Preparation and Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity of Cu2O/PVA/Chitosan Composite Films


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Cu2O/PVA/chitosan composite films were prepared successfully by reduction-precipitation method and tape casting process. The composite films were characterized by TEM, SEM, XRD and FT-IR. The characterization results showed that Cu2O particles were 200-300 nm in diameter and in situ formed on PVA-chitosan blend films. The visible-light photocatalytic decolorization behavior on Cu2O/PVA/chitosan was evaluated using reactive brilliant red X-3B (X-3B) as a model pollutant. The influences of various experimental factors on X-3B decolorization were investigated. Results showed that the decolorization rate of X-3B could reach 99.8% after 50 min irradiation under the conditions of initial dye concentration 20 mg/L, catalyst amount of 0.8 g/L, H2O2 dosage of 4.04 mmol/L and pH 5.6. After composite film was reused for 5 times, the decolorization rate of X-3B could still reach more than 90% after 110 min irradiation



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Z.S. Liu, L.P. Xu, X.D. Liang, Z.H. Wang and H.M. Zhang




C. H. Cao and L. Xiao, "Preparation and Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity of Cu2O/PVA/Chitosan Composite Films", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 1015, pp. 623-626, 2014

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August 2014




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