Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics

, Volume 29, Issue 17, pp 15138–15146 | Cite as

Construction of ternary Ag/AgBr@UIO-66(NH2) heterojunctions with enhanced photocatalytic performance for the degradation of methyl orange

  • Sainan Cui
  • Zhouquan Ye
  • Cheng Qian
  • Jun Liu
  • Jie Jin
  • Qian LiangEmail author
  • Changhai Liu
  • Song Xu
  • Zhongyu LiEmail author


Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) have been attracting considerable attention and present a great potential in photocatalytic water treatment, paving the way for building efficient and environmentally-friendly photocatalysts. In this work, a stable photoactive UIO-66(NH2) incorporated with Ag/AgBr photocatalyst has been successfully fabricated through the sonication-assisted deposition–precipitation technique and exhibits remarkable photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange (MO) dye under visible light irradiation (λ ≥ 420 nm). The as-prepared photocatalysts are characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, BET, X-ray photoelectron spectra, UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra, and photoluminescence spectra. Moreover, the obtained Ag/AgBr@UIO-66(NH2) photocatalyst shows an outstanding recyclability. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is attributed to the favorable band alignment between UIO-66(NH2) and AgBr mediated by Ag NPs. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect of Ag NPs make the electrons in Ag NPs preferentially transfer to AgBr, which facilitates the charge transfer of Ag/AgBr@UIO-66(NH2).



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21703019, 51702025), Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (BK20150259, BK20160277).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sainan Cui
    • 1
  • Zhouquan Ye
    • 1
  • Cheng Qian
    • 1
  • Jun Liu
    • 1
  • Jie Jin
    • 1
  • Qian Liang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Changhai Liu
    • 3
  • Song Xu
    • 1
  • Zhongyu Li
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Advanced Catalysis and Green Manufacturing Collaborative Innovation Center, School of Petrochemical EngineeringChangzhou UniversityChangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.School of Environmental & Safety EngineeringChangzhou UniversityChangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Jiangsu Collaborative Innovation Center of Photovolatic Science and Engineering, School of Materials Science & EngineeringChangzhou UniversityChangzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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