A direct Z-scheme photocatalyst Bi2O3/g-C3N4 was prepared by ball milling and heat treatment methods. The photocatalyst was characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface areas, photoluminescence technique (PL), and electron spin resonance (ESR) technology. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by degradation of methylene blue (MB) and rhodamine B (RhB). The results showed that Bi2O3/g-C3N4 exhibited a much higher photocatalytic activity than pure g-C3N4 under visible light illumination. The rate constants of MB and RhB degradation for Bi2O3(1.0wt.%)/g-C3N4 are about 3.4 and 5 times that of pure g-C3N4, respectively. The migration of photogenerated carriers adopts a Z-scheme mechanism. The photoexcited electrons in the CB of Bi2O3 and photogenerated holes in the VB of g-C3N4 are quickly combined, so the photoexcited electrons in the CB of g-C3N4 and holes in the VB of Bi2O3 participate in reduction and oxidation reactions, respectively. O2-, OH and h+ are the major reactive species for the Bi2O3/g-C3N4 photocatalytic system.
Zhang, J., Hu, Y., Jiang, X., Chen, S., Meng, S., & Fu, X. (2014). Design of a direct Z-scheme photocatalyst: Preparation and characterization of Bi2O3/g-C3N4 with high visible light activity. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 280, 713–722. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2014.08.055