One-step synthesis of Ag2S-TiO2 and its photocatalytic degradation of ethyl paraben wastewater

  • Xian Liu
  • Lei ZhuEmail author
  • Xun WangEmail author
  • Xide Meng
Research Article


At first, naked TiO2 was prepared by sol-gel method. Silver nitrate and thiourea were respectively used as silver source and sulfur source added to form a TiO2 sol and Ag2S polymer blend system. Then, the properties of Ag2S-TiO2 was one-step synthesized and investigated by photocatalytic experiment and material characterization. According to the characterization results, Ag2S-TiO2 is anatase with a band gap of 3.14 eV, a specific surface area of 39.80 m2/g, and an average pore diameter of 3.56 nm. The results of photocatalytic experiments show that Ag2S-TiO2 can efficiently remove ethyl paraben within 2 h. Quenching experiments show that both •OH and photogenerated holes have a large effect on photocatalytic performance.


Ag2S-TiO2 Sol-gel method Ethyl paraben 


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This work is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51672196).

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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wuhan University of Science and Technology, School of Urban ConstructionWuhanChina

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