alexa Zn:In(OH)ySz solid solution nanoplates: synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic mechanism.
Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering

Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology

Author(s): Zhang LS, Wong KH, Zhang DQ, Hu C, Yu JC,

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Abstract Zn:In(OH)ySz solid solution nanoplates (Zn:In(OH)ySz-SSNs) with uniform nanoparticle size were synthesized through a simple sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)-assisted hydrothermal process. To achieve better photoabsorption in the visible light (VL) region and suitable redox potentials of the Zn:In(OH)ySz solid solution (Zn:In(OH)ySz-SS), the substitution of S(2-) for OH was carried out by adjusting the concentration of thiourea and SDS in the synthesis solution, while the doping of Zn2+ was realized by adjusting Zn2+ concentration. In addition, the morphology and crystallinity of Zn:In(OH)ySz-SSs were also controlled by the concentration of SDS. Using Rhodamine B (RhB) as a target pollutant the photocatalytic performance of these Zn:In(OH)ySz-SSs with different components, diameter sizes, and morphologies was investigated. Remarkably, Zn:In(OH)ySz-SSNs prepared with atomic ratio of Zn2+ and In3+ of 0.6, 45 mmol L(-1) thiourea, and 26 mmol L(-1) SDS, have the highest visible-light-driven (VLD) photocatalytic activity, exceeding 95\% for the degradation of RhB after 60 min. The investigation of photocatalylic mechanism further indicates that the holes, superoxide radical (*O2(-)) and surficial hydroxyl radical (*OHs) are the major reactive species for the photocatalytic reactions. More importantly, for the first time, a simple and versatile strategy is developed to confirm the fact that direct contact between the Zn:In(OH)ySz-SS and RhB is the prerequisite for the photocatalytic degradation of RhB. Therefore, we report not only the preparation of a novel and effective VL-driven photocatalyst, but also provide mechanistic insight into semiconductor photocatalysis. This article was published in Environ Sci Technol and referenced in Journal of Chemical Engineering & Process Technology

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