TiO2/TaS2 with superior charge separation and adsorptive capacity to the photodegradation of gaseous acetaldehyde

Qinglong Zeng, Xiao Wang, Xiaofeng Xie, Guanhong Lu, Yan Wang, Shun Cheng Lee, Jing Sun

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Differing from the photocatalysis of liquid contaminant, the capture of gaseous molecule is an essential factor on the photocatalytic activity because of the fast and random motion of gaseous molecule. TaS2 is a two-dimensional material with good conductivity and large specific area, which are beneficial to the adsorption of gaseous pollutant and the separation of photo-induced e-h+ pairs. Here, P25/TaS2 (P25: commercial TiO2) was synthesized for the first time to explore the effect of the addition of TaS2 on the photocatalytic degradation of gaseous acetaldehyde. It turned out that the existence of TaS2 provided two merits: on the one side, the adsorptive capacity of P25/TaS2 for gaseous acetaldehyde boosted greatly with the highest adsorptive amount of 234.4 mL, which was three times of that of P25 (76.4 mL); on the other side, the separation efficiency of e-h+ pairs of P25/TaS2 also increased extremely with the highest photo-current response of 15.5 μA/cm2, which was almost four times of that of P25 (4.2 μA/cm2). These two merits made P25/TaS2 have superior photocatalytic activity for the degradation of gaseous acetaldehyde with the highest removal ratio of 98%, which was twice of that of P25 (48%). The cyclic experiments verified that P25/TaS2 could keep excellent cycling stability after 6 cycles usage. In addition, proved by electron spin resonance (ESR) analyses and radicals quenching tests, superoxide radical was the decisive active species for the degradation of gaseous acetaldehyde compared with hydroxyl radical. Briefly, this work not only created the pioneer of the application of TaS2 in the photocatalytic field but also verified TaS2 an efficient co-catalyst in gaseous photocatalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122395
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • 2D material
  • Gaseous acetaldehyde
  • Photodegradation
  • Superoxide radical
  • TiO/TaS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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