High-performance photocatalyst based on nanosized ZnO-reduced graphene oxide hybrid for removal of Rhodamine B under visible light irradiation Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • © 2016 Hung-Jue Sue, et al. Nano-sized zinc oxide-reduced graphene oxide (ZnO-RGO) hybrid containing welldispersed ZnO nanoparticles with an average diameter of 4.5 ± 0.5 nm has been successfully prepared via a one-step sol-gel method. FTIR characterization reveals that GO underwent deoxygenation during the preparation of ZnO nanoparticle. The introduction of RGO in the ZnORGO hybrid significantly improved the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO in the degradation of Rhodamine B under visible light irradiation. The apparent reaction constant of ZnO-RGO is 8 times higher than that of pure ZnO, and the photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO-RGO remains high even after 4 consecutive reactions. Results from the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett- Teller surface area measurements, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analysis suggest that the enhancement in the photocatalytic activity of the ZnO-RGO hybrid comes from (1) the enormous surface area provided by the nano-sized ZnO particles, (2) significant dye adsorption from RGO template, and (3) excellent electron reception and conduction of RGO. The attractive properties of ZnO-RGO make it a promising candidate material in addressing the environmental pollution issues we have to face today.

author list (cited authors)

  • Li, F., Sue, H., Lutkenhaus, J., Kotaki, M., & Yao, H.

citation count

  • 15

publication date

  • January 2016