Flexible hollow TiO2@CMS/carbon-fiber van der Waals heterostructures for simulated-solar light photocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis

Chen, Hua-Jun and Yang, Yan-Ling and Zou, Xin-Xin and Shi, Xiao-Lei ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0905-2547 and Chen, Zhi-Gang ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9309-7993 (2022) Flexible hollow TiO2@CMS/carbon-fiber van der Waals heterostructures for simulated-solar light photocatalysis and photoelectrocatalysis. Journal of Materials Science & Technology, 98. pp. 143-150. ISSN 1005-0302


The recycling technology of photocatalyst powdery has hardly been mature in the photocatalytic oxidation so far. In this work, the hollow TiO2 microspheres with an appropriate thickness are confined in carbon microspheres (CMSs) to form hollow TiO2@CMSs, which are physically integrated with carbon-fiber textile by van der Waals (vdW) interactions to generate separable and recyclable hollow TiO2@CMSs/carbon-fiber vdW heterostructures. Such separable and recyclable heterostructures show remarkable oxidation of 2,4-dinitrophenol. From our detailed characterization and density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we found that carbon fiber can trap electrons exerted from the excitation of hollow TiO2@CMSs and creates holes in hollow TiO2 microspheres, which endow the carbon fiber with photoelectric activity through coherent charge injection. This study indicates that our general strategy for the fabrication of hollow TiO2@CMSs/carbon-fiber vdW heterostructures can be used as separable and recyclable photocatalyst and photoelectrocatalyst with potential industrial applications in environment-related fields.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published online: 6 July 2021. Permanent restricted access to Publisher's Accepted version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences - Centre for Future Materials (1 Jan 2017 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2021 02:08
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2021 04:09
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091205 Functional Materials
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4016 Materials engineering > 401605 Functional materials
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmst.2021.05.009
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/42646

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