Constructing Pd/ferroelectric Bi4Ti3O12 nanoflake interfaces for O2 activation and boosting NO photo-oxidation

Qian Zhang, Yuanyu Shi, Xianjin Shi, Tingting Huang, Shuncheng Lee, Yu Huang (Corresponding Author), Junji Cao (Corresponding Author)

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Photo-oxidative NO x removal often encountered with sluggish charge carrier separation kinetics and poor selectivity. Herein, Pd/ferroelectric Bi 4Ti 3O 12 nanoflakes (Pd/BTO NF) were constructed to investigate the photo-excited charge separation, O 2 activation and the generated reactive oxygen species (ROS) in dictating NO removal. Results showed that the depolarization field of ferroelectric BTO NF significantly promoted bulk charge separation, leading to boosted NO removal reaction kinetics (10 times higher) for Pd/BTO NF comparing with Pd/TiO 2. Revealed by electronic paramagnetic resonance and radical scavenging tests, it is observed that the primary O 2 activation species differed among Pd, Ag and Pt supported BTO NF photocatalysts, which resulted in different selectivity. The underlying mechanism of NO photo-oxidative conversion pathway was studied by in situ diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy. This work illustrate that metal/ferroelectric interfaces can be tuned to obtain differing O 2 activation species, and notable selectivity changes in photocatalysis mediated environmental remediation reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120876
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022


  • Air pollution
  • Ferroelectric polarization
  • O activation
  • Perovskite nanomaterials
  • Photocatalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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