Bi2WO6/Nb2CTx MXene hybrid nanosheets with enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity for organic pollutants degradation

Ce Cui, Ronghui Guo, Hongyan Xiao, Erhui Ren, Qingshuang Song, Cheng Xiang, Xiaoxu Lai, Jianwu Lan, Shouxiang Jiang

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The 2D/2D hybrid photocatalyst of ultrathin Bi2WO6/Nb2CTx hybrid nanosheets was synthesized via a facile hydrothermal process. The photocatalytic performance of Bi2WO6/Nb2CTx hybrid nanosheets for the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB), methylene blue (MB) and tetracycline hydrochloride (TC-HCl) were investigated. The results showed that the Nb2CTx nanosheets greatly improved the separation efficiency of photogenerated carriers and the photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6. Compared with Bi2WO6, Bi2WO6/Nb2CTx hybrid nanosheets photocatalysts exhibited excellent photodegradation efficiency for RhB (99.8%), MB (92.7%) and TC-HCl (83.1%), respectively. The photodegradation rate constants of Bi2WO6 coupled with 2 wt% Nb2CTx for RhB and MB were 0.072 min−1 and 0.0285 min−1, which were 2.8 times and 2 times as high as that of pristine Bi2WO6, respectively. In addition, the photodegradation rate constant of Bi2WO6 coupled with 2 wt% Nb2CTx for TC-HCl reaches 0.0171 min−1. This study provided an efficient photocatalyst with 2D/2D structures and demonstrated that 2D Nb2CTx is a promising co-catalyst to improve the photodegradation performance of photocatalysts.

Original languageEnglish
Article number144595
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2020


  • BiWO/NbCT hybrid nanosheets
  • NbCT MXene
  • Photodegradation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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