Indirect Z‑scheme assembly of 2D ZnV2O6/RGO/g‑C3N4 nanosheets with RGO/PCN as solid-state electron mediators toward visible-light-enhanced CO2 reduction

Abdullah Bafaqeer, Muhammad Tahir, Azmat Ali Khan, Nor Aishah Saidina Amin

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Abstract

Indirect Z-scheme assembly of graphene-bridged 2D ZnV2O6/pCN nanosheets composite has been fabricated by one-step solvothermal process and tested for photoinduced CO2 conversion under visible-light irradiations. The highest CH3OH production of 3488 μmol g-cat−1 was obtained over ZnV2O6/RGO/g-C3N4 composite, 1.02 and 1.25 times higher comparing to ZnV2O6/RGO and ZnV2O6/g-C3N4 samples, respectively. This enhanced efficiency can be ascribed to well-designed ternary heterojunction with hierarchical structure and efficient charges separation by RGO. More importantly, CH3OH yield was further improved by introducing RGO/pCN as an electron sink, which led to a 1.07 times higher yield than using only RGO. This reveals that ternary 2D ZnV2O6/RGO/pCN nanostructure has higher visible-light absorption, improved charge separation, and enhanced photocatalytic efficiency due to RGO/pCN as multiple mediators. The stability of composite catalyst also prevailed for 32 h for continuous CH3OH production. Therefore, structured Z-scheme composite with multiple electron mediators enables efficient CO2 conversion under visible-light irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8612-8624
Number of pages13
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume58
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 22 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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