Carbon Nitride Supramolecular Hybrid Material Enabled High-Efficiency Photocatalytic Water Treatments

J. Liu, S. Xie, Z. Geng, K. Huang, L. Fan, W. Zhou, L. Qiu, D. Gao, L. Ji, L. Duan, L. Lu, W. Li, S. Bai, Z. Liu, Wei Chen, S. Feng, Y. Zhang

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© 2016 American Chemical Society. Surface defects in relation to surface compositions, morphology, and active sites play crucial roles in photocatalytic activity of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C 3 N 4 ) material for highly reactive oxygen radicals production. Here, we report a high-efficiency carbon nitride supramolecular hybrid material prepared by patching the surface defects with inorganic clusters. Fe (III) {PO 4 [WO(O 2 ) 2 ] 4 } clusters have been noncovalently integrated on surface of g-C 3 N 4 , where the surface defects provide accommodation sites for these clusters and driving forces for self-assembly. During photocatalytic process, the activity of supramolecular hybrid is 1.53 times than pure g-C 3 N 4 for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) and 2.26 times for Methyl Orange (MO) under the simulated solar light. Under the mediation of H 2 O 2 (50 mmol L -1 ), the activity increases to 6.52 times for RhB and 28.3 times for MO. The solid cluster active sites with high specific surface area (SSA) defect surface promoting the kinetics of hydroxide radicals production give rise to the extremely high photocatalytic activity. It exhibits recyclable capability and works in large-scale demonstration under the natural sunlight as well and interestingly the environmental temperature has little effects on the photocatalytic activity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6568-6575
Number of pages8
JournalNano Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Graphitic carbon nitride
  • Peroxo polyoxometalate clusters
  • Photocatalysis
  • Supramolecular hybrid
  • Surface defects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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