Designing of highly active g-C3N4/Ni-ZnO photocatalyst nanocomposite for the disinfection and degradation of the organic dye under sunlight radiations

Muhammad Azam Qamar, Sammia Shahid, Mohsin Javed, Shahid Iqbal, Mudassar Sher, Ali Bahadur, Murefah Mana AL-Anazy, A. Laref, Dongxiang Li

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Abstract

An efficient photocatalytic composite Ni/ZnO/g-C3N4 (NiZG), has been successfully synthesized by coupling graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) with nickel doped zinc oxide nanoparticles (Ni/ZnO NPs) via a cost-effective chemical co-precipitation method. This fabricated composite (NiZG) was meticulously characterized by FTIR, XRD, TEM, UV–vis spectroscopy, BET surface area, and transient photocurrent response. The catalytic efficiency of the (NiZG) composites was assessed by measuring the UV–vis absorption spectra of methylene blue and the bactericidal efficiency was checked against Gram-positive and Gram-negative microbes. The NiZG-70 composite (containing 3% Ni/ZnO and 70 % g-C3N4) demonstrated superior bactericidal and photocatalytic properties under solar radiations compared with Ni/ZnO, g-C3N4 alone. Photoluminescence analysis revealed that the electron-hole recombination in the composite was sufficiently reduced because of the Ni atoms functioning as electron transmitters at the interfaces. The recycling measurement of the composite signifies the extra stability of the NiZG and makes it a practical candidate for environmental remediation applications.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126176
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Volume614
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Antibacterial
  • g-CN
  • Methylene blue
  • Nickel doping effect
  • Photocatalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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