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      Novel ternary Ag/CeVO 4/g-C 3N 4 nanocomposite as a highly efficient visible-light-driven photocatalyst


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          The CeVO 4/graphitic C 3N 4 composites have exhibited much enhanced photocatalytic property for degrading methylene blue (MB) pollutant under visible light irradiation compared with single-phase g-C 3N 4 or CeVO 4. The composite S5 obtained from an optimized mass ratio (5%) of CeVO 4 to dicyanamide (DCDA) exhibits the highest photocatalytic activity. Here, ternary Ag/CeVO 4/g-C 3N 4 composites denoted as X%Ag/S5 were prepared by an ultrasonic precipitation method to improve the photocatalytic property of S5. The TEM images show that CeVO 4 and Ag nanoparticles are well distributed on the layered g-C 3N 4, which agree well with the XRD results. The UV spectra show that the 7%Ag/S5 sample has the widest absorption range and the enhanced absorption intensity under visible light irradiation. The corresponding band gap of 7%Ag/S5 (2.5 eV) is much lower than that of S5 (2.65 eV). The corresponding k value of 7%Ag/S5 is much higher than those of g-C 3N 4 and CeVO 4. The degradation experiments for MB solution suggest that the 7%Ag/S5 sample has the optimal photocatalytic performance, which can degrade MB solution completely within 120 min. The enhanced photocatalytic property of the composites is ascribed to not only the effect of heterojunction structure, but also the surface plasma resonance effect of Ag nanoparticles.

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          Journal of Advanced Ceramics
          Journal of Advanced Ceramics
          Tsinghua University Press (Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China )
          05 March 2018
          : 07
          : 01
          : 50-57
          [ a ] School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, Jiangsu, China
          [ b ] Institute for Advanced Materials, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, Jiangsu, China
          [ c ] Institute of Green Materials and Metallurgy, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, Jiangsu, China
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          * Corresponding author. E-mail: xhyan@ 123456mail.ujs.edu.cn

          J. Ren and Y. Z. Wu contributed equally to this work.


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