Anatase TiO2 decorated CuCr2O4 nanocomposite: A versatile photocatalyst under domestic LED light irradiation

Ghorai, K and Panda, A and Hossain, A and Bhattacharjee, M and Chakraborty, M and Bhattacharya, SK and Bera, Parthasarathi and Kim, H and Seikh, MM and Gayen, A (2021) Anatase TiO2 decorated CuCr2O4 nanocomposite: A versatile photocatalyst under domestic LED light irradiation. Applied Surface Science, 568. ISSN 0169-4332

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The rutile and anatase polymorphs of TiO2 are the most extensively studied photocatalyst materials with the efficient absorption in the violet to near ultra violet region of the electromagnetic spectrum, which boost tremendous research endeavors in increasing the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 under visible light sources through rational modifications. Here, we report the astonishing performance of CuCr2O4(CCO)/anatase-TiO2 nanocomposite as a Fenton like catalyst with potential impact for sustainable design and environmental protection. All the materials were thoroughly characterized by several physico chemical techniques. CCO/TiO2 nanocomposite obtained by heat-treatment at 400 °C is found to exhibit high performance towards degradation of azo dyes like methylene blue (MB), rhodamine B (RhB) and methyl orange (MO), antibiotics like tetracycline hydrochloride and norfloxacine, and a promising Pt-free candidate for photoelectrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction under domestic light emitting diode (LED) light irradiation. CCO/TiO2 shows high recycling activity and chemical stability. Under domestic visible LED light irradiation, the electrons are photoexcited from the conduction band of CCO to that of TiO2 resulting in enhanced charge separation eventually facilitating the catalytic performance of the nanocomposite. TiO2 plays two primordial roles, firstly, it acts as an electron receiver to improve the charge separation in the nanocomposite and secondly, it participates in the Fenton like reaction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: CuCr2O4/TiO2 nanocomposite, Domestic LED light, Organic pollutants degradation, Photo Fenton like reaction, Photoeletrocatalytic oxygen evolution, Wastewater treatment
Subjects: CHEMISTRY AND MATERIALS > Chemistry and Materials (General)
PHYSICS > Optics
Depositing User: Mrs. Usha Kumari
Date Deposited: 18 May 2022 11:20
Last Modified: 18 May 2022 11:20

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