Graphene oxide/WS2/Mg-doped ZnO nanocomposites for solar-light catalytic and anti-bacterial applications

Chuansheng Chen, Weiwei Yu, Tiangui Liu, Shiyi Cao, Yuen Hong Tsang

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To improve the dispersion of graphene oxide (GO) and form effective synergistic effect between GO and WS2nanosheets, the layer-by-layer electrostatic assembly method was used to synthesize three-dimensional (3D) reduced graphene oxide/WS2nanosheet/Mg-doped ZnO nanohybrid (rGOWMZ). The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of a reduced graphene oxide/Mg-doped ZnO composites (rGOMZ) was achieved through introducing WS2nanoplate, in which the decomposition rate of Rhodamine B (RhB) reached 100% within 5 min. Furthermore, the rGOWMZ hybrids possess better anti-bacterial activity in dark than rGOMZ hybrid. The enhanced sunlight-driven photocatalytic and anti-bacterial activities are mainly attributed to defect and efficient electron-hole separation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-53
Number of pages11
JournalSolar Energy Materials and Solar Cells
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2017


  • Photocatalytic property anti-bacterial activity
  • Reduced graphene oxide
  • Three-dimensional (3D)
  • WS nanosheet 2

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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