Investigation of the band gap and photocatalytic properties of CeO2/rGO composites

Salwa Hussein Ahmed, Maram Bakiro, Fatma Ibrahim Abdulla Aljasmi, Aseilah Mohamed Obaid Albreiki, Safae Bayane, Ahmed Alzamly

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Abstract

CeO2 and CeO2/rGO composites photocatalysts has been prepared using simple coprecipitation method. The effect of rGO on structural surface morphology and optical properties of the prepared photocatalysts was characterized using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller for determination of the specific surface area/ porosity (BET). All prepared photocatalysts exhibits fluorite-type structure with no phase change up to 5 wt percent rGO when calcinated at 700 °C for 1 h. A red shift in optical band gap measurements was observed with increasing rGO percent. Photocatalytic performance of prepared photocatalysts were examined using visible-light-induced photocatalytic reduction of 4-nitroaniline to p-phenylenediamine. The highest photocatalytic efficiency was achieved using CeO2 photocatalyst with 5 wt percent rGO.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110874
JournalMolecular Catalysis
Volume486
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2020

Keywords

  • Band gap
  • CeO/rGO
  • Composite
  • Photocatalyst
  • Visible light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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