An efficient photocatalyst for fast reduction of Cr(VI) by ultra-trace silver enhanced titania in aqueous solution

Shengyan Pu, Yaqi Hou, Hongyu Chen, Daili Deng, Zeng Yang, Shengyang Xue, Rongxin Zhu, Zenghui Diao, Wei Chu

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For the purpose of establishing a simple route to prepare a metal-semiconductor hybrid catalyst efficiently and reduce its cost through precise doping noble metals. In this study, ultra-trace silver doped TiO2 photocatalysts were fabricated via a “green” ultrasonic impregnation-assisted photoreduction strategy in an ethanol system, and its photocatalytic performance was systematically investigated by utilizing Cr(VI) as the model contaminant. A schottky energy barrier was constructed in Ag@TiO2, which served as a recombination center and possessed superior photocatalytic activity for Cr(VI) reduction. The obtained catalysts exhibited a significant e/h+ separation efficiency which directly led to an obvious photocatalytic property enhancement. Then, the resultant Ag@TiO2 (0.06 wt %, 30 min irradiation) showed about 2.5 times the activity as that of commercial P25 NPs for Cr(VI) degradation. Moreover, after five cycles, it still maintained considerably high catalytic ability (62%). This work provides a deep insight into preparation techniques of metal-semiconductor photocatalyst and broadens their application prospect.

Original languageEnglish
Article number251
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2018


  • Ag@TiO
  • Cr(VI) reduction
  • In-situ photoreduction
  • Ultra-trace silver
  • Ultrasonic impregnation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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