Solar light-driven CoFe2O4/α-Ga2O3 heterojunction nanorods mediated activation of peroxymonosulfate for photocatalytic degradation of norflurazon

R. Rajangam, N. Pugazhenthiran, S. Krishna, R. V. Mangalaraja, H. Valdés, A. Ravikumar, P. Sathishkumar

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Abstract

Low frequency (40 kHz) ultrasound-assisted technique was utilized in the synthesis of CoFe2O4, GaOOH and α-Ga2O3 nanorods. CoFe2O4 was tethered successfully at the crystal matrices of GaOOH and α-Ga2O3 nanorods to form heterojunction nanocatalysts (CoFe2O4/GaOOH; CoFe2O4/Ga2O3). The heterojunction nanocatalysts were characterized using various analytical tools to confirm the expected modifications. The band gap of GaOOH (Eg = 4.50 eV) and α-Ga2O3 (Eg = 4.46 eV) are reduced in the formed heterojunction nanocatalysts CoFe2O4/GaOOH (Eg =2.56 eV) and CoFe2O4/Ga2O3 (Eg = 2.51 eV), respectively. Moreover, the XRD and HR-TEM analyses demonstrate the formation of heterojunction nanocatalysts composed of the lattice diffusion of Co and Fe of CoFe2O4 into the matrix of α-Ga2O3 nanorods with good crystallinity. The photocatalytic efficiency was assessed during solar light-driven photocatalyic oxidation of norflurazon in single treatments and also assisted by peroxymonosulfate addition. The experimental results indicate that ~ 98% of the norflurazon (NRF) is oxidized within 40 min of solar light irradiation in the presence of CoFe2O4/α-Ga2O3 heterojunction nanophotocatalyst, having higher photocatalytic efficiency than benchmarked TiO2 nanoparticles (Degussa P25). Moreover, the results also show that the addition of peroxymonosulfate (PMS) boosts the photocatalytic oxidation and achieving 99% NRF oxidation within 10 min of solar light irradiation by the generation of SO4•− and OH radicals. The novel synthesized heterojunction nanophotocatalyst (CoFe2O4/α-Ga2O3) results to be highly stable after six consecutive operating cycles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number106237
JournalJournal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Low-frequency ultrasound
  • Magnetic nanocomposites
  • Mineralization
  • Norflurazon
  • Photocatalysis

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