Self-standing carbon nitride-based hydrogels with high photocatalytic activity

Sun, J., Schmidt, B. V.K.J. , Wang, X. and Shalom, M. (2017) Self-standing carbon nitride-based hydrogels with high photocatalytic activity. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9(3), pp. 2029-2034. (doi: 10.1021/acsami.6b14879) (PMID:28052670)

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Here we report a facile synthesis of carbon nitride-based hydrogels with adjustable shapes, ranging from cylinder to tube and thin sheet, by photopolymerization process in confined templates. The fabricated hydrogel shows enhanced mechanical properties compared to the reference gel without carbon nitride incorporation, good adsorption capacity, and promising photocatalytic activity toward hydrogen production. Meanwhile, the hydrogel also exhibits selective pollutants adsorption properties that could be attributed to the negative-charged carbon nitride as well as relatively high stability alongside enhanced light harvesting. The novel carbon nitride-based hydrogels offer a facile approach as photocatalyst and open up many opportunities for smart-catalyst design with adjustable reaction sites.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Schmidt, Dr Bernhard
Authors: Sun, J., Schmidt, B. V.K.J., Wang, X., and Shalom, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Journal Name:ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Publisher:American Chemical Society
ISSN (Online):1944-8252
Published Online:09 January 2017

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