Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 45, Issue 5, pp 2587–2603 | Cite as

The improved photocatalytic capacity derived from AgI-modified mesoporous PANI spherical shell with open pores

  • Xueting Liu
  • Hongcheng Zhu
  • Jingjing Wu
  • Fang Wang
  • Fengyu WeiEmail author


Sulfonated polystyrene microspheres have been used as a template to produce a mesoporous polyaniline (M-PANI) spherical shell with open pores, based on which a novel visible-light-active AgI-modified M-PANI@AgI composite was prepared by a chemisorption method. The photocatalytic activity of M-PANI@AgI was significantly enhanced as compared to conventional PANI@AgI, and it increased with the increasing proportion of M-PANI. Superior stability was also observed in the cyclic runs, indicating that the as-prepared composite is highly desirable for the remediation of organic contaminated wastewaters. The improved photocatalytic performance is due to synergistic effects derived from the AgI-modified mesoporous PANI spherical shell with open pores, which can effectively accelerate the charge separation and reinforce the photostability of the composite. In addition, based on active species trapping experiments, a possible mechanism has been proposed.

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Microspheres Polyaniline AgI Photocatalysis Synergism 



Financial support was by the Anhui Provincial Natural Science Foundation (No. 1508085MB28) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51372062).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xueting Liu
    • 1
  • Hongcheng Zhu
    • 1
  • Jingjing Wu
    • 1
  • Fang Wang
    • 1
  • Fengyu Wei
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui Key Laboratory of Controllable Chemical Reaction and Material Chemical EngineeringHefei University of TechnologyHefeiChina

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