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ZnSnO3 hollow nanospheres/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites as high-performance photocatalysts for degradation of metronidazole

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ZnSnO3 hollow nanospheres/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites as high-performance photocatalysts for degradation of metronidazole
Abstract

•A nanosized ZnSnO3 hollow sphere photocatalyst was targetedly synthesized.•ZnSnO3 hollow sphere showed high photocatalytic degradation of metronidazole.•ZnSnO3 hollow sphere was self-assembled onto reduced graphene oxide (RGO).•ZnSnO3/RGO showed higher photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation.•This improvement was attributed to the change by the introduction of RGO.

The fabrication of novel ZnSnO3 hollow nanospheres/reduced graphene oxide (RGO) hybrid nanocomposite is reported for the first time. The nanocomposites were synthesized via a facile route, and were well characterized with the aid of XRD, FTIR, SEM, TEM, BET, UV–vis, and PL techniques. Moreover, the synthesized nanocomposites were used as photocatalysts in the application of the degradation of pharmaceutical wastewater. In this study, ZnSnO3 hollow nanospheres showed high efficiency in photocatalytic degradation of metronidazole under ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation. More interestingly, the photocatalytic activities of these nanospheres could be enhanced by coupling with RGO, where a large improvement (approx. 30.4% increase compared with pure ZnSnO3) in photodegradation of metronidazole was observed on the prepared ZnSnO3/RGO hybrid nanocomposites under visible light irradiation. This improvement might be attributed to the advanced adsorption efficiency of molecules and enhanced visible light absorption within the hybrid nanocomposites by the introduction of RGO. Such study might pave the way toward designing novel photocatalyst systems for efficient degradation of pharmaceutical wastewater.

Graphical abstractFacile synthesis of ZnSnO3 hollow nanospheres/reduced graphene oxide (RGO) hybrid (ZnSnO3/RGO) nanocomposites is reported, with first-time usage of these novel nanocomposites for the application of pollutant degradation. The ZnSnO3/RGO composites exhibit great performances in photocatalytic degradation of metronidazole under visible light irradiation.Figure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slide

Keywords
ZnSnO3; Hollow nanosphere; Graphene oxide; Metronidazole; Photocatalytic
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental - Volume 144, January 2014, Pages 386–393
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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