标题：Fabrication and Characterization of Visible-Light-Driven Plasmonic Photocatalyst Ag/AgCl/ TiO2 Nanotube Arrays
作者：Jiaguo Yu;Gaopeng Dai;Baibiao Huang
作者机构：[Yu, J] State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China, State 更多
通讯作者地址：[Yu, JG]Wuhan Univ Technol, State Key Lab Adv Technol Mat Synth & Proc, Wuhan 430070, Peoples R China.
来源：The journal of physical chemistry, C. Nanomaterials and interfaces
摘要：Conventional TiO2 photocatalyst possesses excellent activities and stabilities, but requires near-ultraviolet (UV) irradiation (about 4% of the solar spectrum) for effective photocatalysis, thereby severely limiting its practical application. It is highly desirable to develop a photocatalyst that can use visible light in high efficiency under sunlight irradiation. In this work, we prepare new visible-light-driven plasmonic photocatalyst Ag/ AgCl/TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTs) by depositing AgCl nanoparticles (NPs) into, the self-organized TiO2 NTs, and then reducing partial Ag~+ ions in the surface region of the AgCl particles to Ag° species under xenon lamp irradiation. The prepared metal—semiconductor nanocomposite plasmonic photocatalyst exhibits a highly visible-light photocatalytic activity for photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange in water and stability. A new plasmonic photocatalytic mechanism, which is proposed on the basis of the fact that the Ag NPs are photoexcited due to plasmon resonance and charge separation, is accomplished by the transfer of photoexcited electrons from the Ag NPs to the TiO2 conduction band and the simultaneous transfer of compensative electrons from a donor (Cl~-) to the Ag NPs. The proposed mechanism is further confirmed by the experiments of hydroxyl radical and transient photocurrent response. The prepared photocatalysts are also of great interest in solar cell, catalysis, separation technology, biomedical engineering, and nanotechnology. This study may provide new insight into the design .and preparation of advanced visible-light photocatalytic materials. .