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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Lai C, Wang MM, Zeng GM, Liu YG, Huang DL, Zhang C, Wang RZ, Xu P, Cheng M, Huang C, Wu HP, Qin L
Article Title: Synthesis of surface molecular imprinted TiO2/graphene photocatalyst and its highly efficient photocatalytic degradation of target pollutant under visible light irradiation.
Publication date: 2016
Journal: Applied Surface Science
Volume: 390
Page numbers: 368-376.
DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2016.08.119
Alternative URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169433216317627

Abstract: The molecular imprinted TiO2/graphene photocatalyst (MIP-TiO2/GR) was successfully prepared with bisphenol A (BPA) as the template molecule (target pollutant) and o-phenylenediamine (OPDA) as functional monomers by the surface molecular imprinting method. The combination between BPA and OPDA led to the formation of the precursor, and the subsequent polymerization of OPDA initiated by ultraviolet radiation can ensure the realization of MIP-TiO2/GR. The samples were characterized by SEM, EDS, XRD, BET, UV-vis DRS and Zeta potential. In addition, adsorption capacities, adsorption selectivity and visible light photocatalytic performances of MIP-TiO2/GR and non-imprinted TiO2/graphene (NIP-TiO2/GR) were evaluated. Moreover, the effects of pH and initial BPA concentration on removal efficiency of BPA were also investigated. The results showed that MIP-TiO2/GR exhibited better adsorption capacity and adsorption selectivity towards the template molecule compared to NIP-TiO2/GR due to the imprinted cavities on the surface of MIP-TiO2/GR. Moreover, the photocatalytic activity of MIP-TiO2/GR toward the target molecules was stronger than that of NIP-TiO2/GR as a result of large adsorption capacity to target molecules and narrow band gap energy on MIP-TiO2/GR. Therefore, modifying the photocatalyst by the surface molecular imprinting is a promising method to improve the molecule recognition and photocatalytic efficiency of photocatalyst for target pollutant
Template and target information: bisphenol A, BPA
Author keywords: TiO2, graphene, Surface molecular imprinting technique, molecular recognition, Photocatalytic activity, bisphenol A

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