Silver-Loaded Carbon and Phosphorous Co-Doped Boron Nitride Quantum Dots (Ag@CP-BNQDs) for Efficient Organic Waste Removal: Theoretical and Experimental Investigations

ACS Omega. 2022 Oct 17;7(42):37620-37628. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.2c04480. eCollection 2022 Oct 25.

ABSTRACT

In this paper, silver-loaded phosphorous and carbon co-doped boron nitride quantum dot (Ag@CP-BNQD) nanocomposites were synthesized using a co-precipitation method followed by a hydrothermal approach. The nanocomposites of Ag@CP-BNQDs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry. The as-prepared Ag@CP-BNQDs were used for photocatalytic degradation of 10 common organic pollutants, including dyes, pharmaceuticals, and pesticides in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The high-performance photocatalysis of Ag@CP-BNQDs proved that Ag@CP-BNQDs is plasmonic and the n-p junction photocatalyst. Theoretical calculations were done to measure the crystals and electronic structures of Ag@CP-BNQDs. Theoretical results showed that loading of Ag behaves as plasmonic sensitizers and co-catalysts and provides extra bands, which make electron movement easier between valance and conduction bands. The mechanism of the charge separation enhancement was postulated. Our findings might deepen our understanding of how sensitizer surface modification works in photodegradation applications.

PMID:36312368 | PMC:PMC9609080 | DOI:10.1021/acsomega.2c04480

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