Bimetal (Fe/Zn) doped BiOI photocatalyst: An effective photodegradation of tetracycline and bacteria

Neetu Talreja, Shagufta Afreen, Mohammad Ashfaq, Divya Chauhan, Adriana C. Mera, C. A. Rodríguez, R. V. Mangalaraja

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Abstract

Tetracycline (TC) is one of the most commonly used broad-spectrum antibiotics to treat the bacterial infection. TC antibiotics enter into the environment because of partial metabolism in the humans and animals, thereby increasing the environmental toxicity. Therefore, it is highly needed to treat TC antibiotics from the water system. In this aspect, the present work focus on the synthesis of Fe and Zn (bimetal) incorporated with different concentrations into the bismuth-oxy-iodide (Fe/Zn–BiOI) based photocatalyst materials. The synthesized Fe/Zn–BiOI was tested against photocatalytic degradation of TC antibiotics and bacteria. The band gap value of the synthesized Fe/Zn–BiOI was calculated ~2.19 eV. The incorporation of the Fe and Zn metals within the BiOI aided advantages that increased the reactive sites, oxygen defects, photon adsorption, production of hydroxyl radicals, and decrease the recombination rate, thereby high photo-degradation ability. The maximum degradation of ~83% was observed using Fe/Zn–BiOI-1-1 at 10 mg/L of TC antibiotics concentration. Moreover, ~98% of degradation was observed at pH~10 of the TC antibiotics. The photo-activity against bacteria of the Fe/Zn–BiOI was also determined. The data suggested that the synthesized Fe/Zn–BiOI based photocatalyst materials effectively inhibited the bacterial strains. Therefore, Fe/Zn–BiOI based photocatalyst materials might be promising materials that effectively degrade TC antibiotics as well as bacteria.

Original languageEnglish
Article number130803
JournalChemosphere
Volume280
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Antibacterial
  • BiOI
  • Fe
  • Photocatalyst
  • Tetracycline
  • Zn

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