Immobilization of polymeric g-C₃N₄ on structured ceramic foam for efficient visible light photocatalytic air purification with real indoor illumination

Fan DONG, Zhenyu WANG, Yuhan LI, Wing Kei HO, Shun Cheng Frank LEE

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Abstract

The immobilization of a photocatalyst on a proper support is pivotal for practical environmental applications. In this work, graphitic carbon nitride (g-C₃N₄) as a rising visible light photocatalyst was first immobilized on structured Al₂O₃ ceramic foam by a novel in situ approach. Immobilized g-C₃N₄ was applied for photocatalytic removal of 600 ppb level NO in air under real indoor illumination of an energy-saving lamp. The photocatalytic activity of immobilized g-C₃N₄ was gradually improved as the pyrolysis temperature was increased from 450 to 600 °C. The optimized conditions for g-C₃N₄ immobilization on Al₂O₃ supports can be achieved at 600 °C for 2 h. The NO removal ratio could reach up to 77.1%, exceeding that of other types of well-known immobilized photocatalysts. Immobilized g-C₃N₄ was stable in activity and can be used repeatedly without deactivation. The immobilization of g-C₃N₄ on Al₂O₃ ceramic foam was found to be firm enough to overwhelm the continuous air flowing, which can be ascribed to the special chemical interaction between g-C₃N₄ and Al₂O₃. On the basis of the 5,5'-dimethyl-1-pirroline-N-oxide electron spin resonance (DMPO ESR) spin trapping and reaction intermediate monitoring, the active species produced from g-C₃N₄ under illumination were confirmed and the reaction mechanism of photocatalytic NO oxidation by g-C₃N₄ was revealed. The present work could provide new perspectives for promoting large-scale environmental applications of supported photocatalysts. Copyright © 2014 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10345-10353
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Volume48
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014

Citation

Dong, F., Wang, Z., Li, Y., Ho, W.-K., & Lee, S. C. (2014). Immobilization of polymeric g-C₃N₄ on structured ceramic foam for efficient visible light photocatalytic air purification with real indoor illumination. Environmental Science and Technology, 48(17), 10345-10353. doi: 10.1021/es502290f

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