Journal of Cluster Science

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 67–74 | Cite as

Novel Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalyst Co3O4/FeWO4 for Efficient Decomposition of Organic Pollutants

  • Ashok Kumar Chakraborty
  • Md. Rashidul Islam
  • Md. Helal Uddin
  • Md. Masudur Rhaman
Original Paper


A highly efficient and visible light (λ ≥ 420 nm) responsive composite photocatalyst, Co3O4/FeWO4 was prepared by simple impregnation method. The heterojunction semiconductors Co3O4/FeWO4 demonstrated notably high photocatalytic activity over a wide range of composition than the individual component Co3O4 or FeWO4 for the complete degradation of 1,4-dichlorobenzene (DCB) in aqueous phase under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic activity of composite was optimized at 1/99 Co3O4/FeWO4 composition. After 2 h of visible light irradiation 51% decomposition of 1,4-dichlorobenzene (DCB) was observed utilizing 1/99 Co3O4/FeWO4 photocatalyst while the end members demonstrated a negligible degradation under the same experimental condition. The valence band (VB) and conduction band (CB) of Co3O4 is located above the VB and CB of FeWO4, respectively. Both the semiconductors Co3O4 and FeWO4 exhibit strong absorption over the wide range of visible light. The obviously enhanced photocatalytic performance of Co3O4/FeWO4 composite has been discussed on the hole (h+) as well as electron (e) transfer mechanism between the VB and CB of individual semiconductors.


Composite photocatalyst Co3O4/FeWO4 Visible light Decomposition 1,4-Dichlorobenzene (DCB) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashok Kumar Chakraborty
    • 1
  • Md. Rashidul Islam
    • 1
  • Md. Helal Uddin
    • 1
  • Md. Masudur Rhaman
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Applied Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringIslamic UniversityKushtiaBangladesh
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryChittagong University of Engineering and TechnologyChittagongBangladesh

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