In Situ Growth of CuBiO/BiO Z-Scheme Heterostructures for Bifunctional Photocatalytic Applications

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In this study, we present an in situ solvothermal approach for synthesizing a highly efficient bifunctional CuBiO/BiO composite catalyst for applications in H production and the removal of organic pollutants. Various characterization techniques, including XRD, UV-vis DRS, SEM, TEM, and EIS, were used to characterize the prepared catalyst. Density functional theory calculations confirmed a Z-scheme mechanism, revealing the charge transfer mechanism from the BiO surface to the CuBiO surface. The composite exhibited a photocurrent of 2.83 × 10 A/cm and a hydrogen production rate of 526 μmolgh under natural sunlight. Moreover, the catalyst demonstrated efficient degradation of RhB up to 58% in 120 min under 50 W LED illumination. Additionally, multiple recycling tests confirmed its high stability and recyclability, making it a promising candidate for various applications in the field of photocatalysis.

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Langmuir : the ACS journal of surfaces and colloids