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A One-Pot Hydrothermal Synthesis of Eu/BiVO4 Enhanced Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalyst for Degradation of Tetracycline

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Eu/BiVO4 photocatalyst was synthesized by a facile one-step hydrothermal method. The structures and morphologies of Eu/BiVO4 photocatalysts were investigated by XRD, SEM and FT-IR and their photocatalytic activity was evaluated by the degradation of tetracycline hydrochloride (TCH) under the visible light irradiation. From the photocatalytic activity test, 1% Eu/BiVO4 displayed more superior photodegradation efficiency with 91.4% degradation efficiency of TCH in 150 min by contrast with 77.3% degradation rate of pure BiVO4. The mechanism has been explored that h+ is the primary active species, and ·OH is a secondary active substance in the photocatalytic process.
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Keywords: Eu/BiVO4; Hydrothermal; Nanostructure; Photocatalysis; Tetracycline Hydrochloride

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Engineering, Handan 056038, P. R. China

Publication date: May 1, 2020

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