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Internal Electric Field Assisted Photocatalytic Generation of Hydrogen Peroxide over BiOCl with HCOOH

  • Yang Su
    Yang Su
    State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructures, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050, P. R. China
    University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, P. R. China
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  • Ling Zhang*
    Ling Zhang
    State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructures, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050, P. R. China
    University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, P. R. China
    *Tel: +86-21-5241-5295. E-mail: [email protected] (L.Z.).
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  • Wenzhong Wang*
    Wenzhong Wang
    State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructures, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050, P. R. China
    University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, P. R. China
    *Tel: +86-21-5241-5295. E-mail: [email protected] (W.W.).
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  • Dengkui Shao
    Dengkui Shao
    State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructures, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050, P. R. China
    University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, P. R. China
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Cite this: ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2018, 6, 7, 8704–8710
Publication Date (Web):June 7, 2018
https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b01023
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Abstract

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is a superb, clean, and versatile reagent. However, large-scale production of H2O2 is manufactured through nongreen methods that motivate people to develop more efficient and green technologies as alternatives. As a novel and green technology used for H2O2 generation, the efficiency of photocatalysis is still far from satisfactory. Here, we demonstrate a novel and efficient path of the generation of H2O2 in BiOCl photocatalysis but not the direct electron reduction of O2 or hole oxidation of OH to H2O2. Super high production (685 μmol/h) of H2O2 by the addition of HCOOH as the hole shuttle was realized over BiOCl nanoplates. In this photocatalytic system, the BiOCl supplied abundant photoinduced holes to initiate HCOO radical. The HCOO further reacts with OH to •OH which is proven to be the source of the H2O2. Apart from HCOOH, O2 also played important roles. The O2 not only promoted the reaction through the cycle between Bi3+ and Bi, which decreased the combination of carriers, but also avoided the carbonation of surfaces, thus achieving the high production of H2O2 (1020 μmol/h). In this work, we shed light on a deep understanding of the photocatalytic evolution of H2O2 in a novel perspective and achieve high production.

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  • UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectrum of BiOCl; image of the color change of BiOCl after reaction in HCOOH solution; degradation experiments of NBT for the detection of O2•– yield; and summary for generating H2O2 (PDF)

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