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Carbon self-doped polytriazine imide nanotubes with optimized electronic structure for enhanced photocatalytic activity



The triazine-based carbon nitride known as polytriazine imide (PTI) is a metal-free semiconductor photocatalyst but usually shows moderate activity due to its limited charge transfer mobility. Here, carbon self-doped PTI (C-PTI) was prepared via a facile and green method by using glucose as the carbon source. In the condensation process, glucose can promote nanotube formation, giving the product larger surface areas. Moreover, carbon self-doping induces an intrinsic change in the electronic structure, thus optimizing the band structure and the electronic transport property. Therefore, the as-synthesized C-PTI exhibits remarkably enhanced photocatalytic activities for both hydrogen evolution and tetracycline degradation reactions.


目 的

聚三嗪亚胺 (PTI) 较小的共轭体系导致其光生电荷转移受限, 光催化活性较低. 本文旨在通过碳自掺杂来优化PTI的电子结构, 提升电荷传递效率, 以提高体系光催化活性.


1. 通过碳自掺杂提高产物C-PTI的比表面积, 优化其电子结构, 提升电荷传递效率; 2. 提高C-PTI的光催化分解水产氢和光催化降解四环素的活性.

方 法

1. 采用X射线衍射、 X射线光电子能谱、 扫描电镜、 透射电镜、 紫外-可见漫反射光谱等手段对产物进行表征和能带结构研究; 2. 通过光电化学测试和荧光发射光谱, 研究产物中光生电荷的分离和传递效率; 3. 通过光催化分解水产氢和光催化降解四环素的实验, 评价产物的光催化性能.

结 论

1. 以葡萄糖为碳源, 采用一种绿色简便的方法成功制备了碳自掺杂PTI光催化剂; 2. 碳自掺杂使产物具有更大的比表面积、 更负的导带位置、 更正的价带位置以及更高的电荷传递效率; 3. 合成的C-PTI在光催化分解水产氢和光催化降解四环素的反应中都表现出更高的活性.

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Hui ZHANG designed the research. Hui ZHANG, Zhen YANG, Yu-qi CAO, and Zhi-gang MOU processed the corresponding data. Hui ZHANG wrote the first draft of the manuscript. Xin CAO and Jian-hua SUN helped to organize the manuscript. Hui ZHANG revised and edited the final version.

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Correspondence to Xin Cao or Jian-hua Sun.

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Hui ZHANG, Zhen YANG, Yu-qi CAO, Zhi-gang MOU, Xin CAO, and Jian-hua SUN declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51702134), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (No. BK20170310), the PhD Research Startup Foundation of Jiangsu University of Technology (No. KYY18038), and the Postgraduate Research & Practice Innovation Program of Jiangsu Province (No. XSJCX20_01), China

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Zhang, H., Yang, Z., Cao, Yq. et al. Carbon self-doped polytriazine imide nanotubes with optimized electronic structure for enhanced photocatalytic activity. J. Zhejiang Univ. Sci. A 22, 751–759 (2021).

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Key words

  • Polytriazine imide (PTI)
  • Photocatalysis
  • Hydrogen evolution
  • Tetracycline degradation


  • PTI
  • 光催化
  • 产氢
  • 降解四环素

CLC number

  • O643.3