Design of Pd-Decorated SrTiO3/BiOBr Heterojunction Materials for Enhanced Visible-Light-Based Photocatalytic Reactivity

Mary O. Olagunju, Elsayed M. Zahran, Elnaz Zeynaloo, Dharmendra Shukla, Joshua L. Cohn, Bapurao Surnar, Shanta Dhar, Leonidas G. Bachas, Marc R. Knecht

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The development of photocatalytic materials that exploit visible light is imperative for their sustainable application in environmental remediation. While a variety of approaches have been attempted, facile routes to achieve such structures remain limited. In this contribution, a direct route for the production of a SrTiO3/BiOBr/Pd heterojunction is presented that employs a low temperature, sustainable production method. The materials were produced in a two-step process wherein BiOBr nanoplates are fabricated in the presence of the SrTiO3 nanospheres, generating a highly integrated composite material. Pd nanoparticle surface decoration was subsequently employed to facilitate and enhance charge separation lifetimes to optimize reactivity. The structures were fully characterized via a suite of approaches to confirm the final material composition and arrangement. Their reactivity was explored for the degradation of both colored and colorless model environmental pollutants, where the SrTiO3/BiOBr/Pd demonstrated significant reactivity using visible light, leading to substrate degradation in <10 min in some cases. The enhanced reactivity was attributed to the significant integration between materials, facilitating electron transfer. Such studies provide key information for the development of new materials with optimized visible-light-driven photocatalytic reactivity for sustainable environmental remediation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11986-11995
Number of pages10
Issue number41
StatePublished - Oct 19 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry


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