Construction and activity of an all-organic heterojunction photocatalyst based on melem and pyromellitic dianhydride

Yuxin LI, Zeyu JIANG, Guohui DONG, Wing Kei HO

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Abstract

The separation efficiency of photogenerated carriers in the g-C₃N₄ system could be improved by the construction of all-organic heterojunctions. However, g-C₃N₄ has a large π–π conjugated plane that induces a low number of amino groups (−NH₂), which are the sites of the heterojunction reaction with organic molecules. In this case, few heterojunction knots can be constructed, and the enhancement effect of the heterojunction cannot be fully displayed. In this study, an all-organic heterojunction with PMDA is constructed with melem instead of g-C₃N₄. Although the photocatalytic activity of melem is far below that of g-C₃N₄, the photocatalytic activity of PI (the all-organic heterojunction constructed with melem) is considerably higher than that of CP (the all-organic heterojunction constructed with g-C₃N₄). This result is attributed to melem that has more –NH₂ groups to form more heterojunction knots, which can enable the effective transfer and separation of electron-hole pairs. These new findings may shed light on the design of all-organic heterojunction photocatalysts. Copyright © 2022 Wiley-VCH GmbH.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e202200477
JournalChemSusChem
Volume15
Issue number12
Early online date29 Apr 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jun 2022

Citation

Li, Y., Jiang, Z., Dong, G., & Ho, W. (2022). Construction and activity of an all-organic heterojunction photocatalyst based on melem and pyromellitic dianhydride. ChemSusChem, 15(12). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1002/cssc.202200477

Keywords

  • Carbon nitride
  • Heterojunctions
  • Imides
  • Photocatalysis
  • Pollution abatement

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