Plasmon-induced ZnO-Ag/AgCl photocatalyst for degradation of tetracycline hydrochloride

Nan Cui, Amir Zada, Jiahe Song, Yuzhuo Yang, Minghui Liu, Yan Wang, Yuxin Wu, Kezhen Qi*, Rengaraj Selvaraj*, Shu Yuan Liu, Ge Jin*

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The release of a large number of antibiotics to the environment has created a shade of sorrow in the scientific community. This work reports the preparation of efficient plasmon-induced ZnO-Ag/ AgCl photocatalysts by in-situ coprecipitation and hydrothermal methods, and applied for the degradation of tetracycline hydrochloride antibiotic under visible light irradiation. The ZnO-Ag/AgCl composites were characterized by XRD, TEM-EDS, DRS, XPS and PL. The photocatalytic efficiency of ZnO was significantly improved by introducing proper amount of Ag/AgCl. The improved photocatalytic activity is due to the surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag metal and charge separation in the nanocomposite material. The obtained results showed that ZnO-Ag/AgCl photocatalyst had higher photocatalytic activity compare to pure ZnO. The amount optimized sample containing 30% Ag/AgCl decomposed 80.7% tetracycline hydrochloride in 2 h. From trapping experiments, it was concluded that super oxide anions were the main degrading species involved in the degradation of tetracycline hydrochloride. Finally, charge transfer mechanism was proposed based on the obtained results and active species involved in the degradation process. In conclusion, the synthesized ZnO-Ag/AgCl composite photocatalyst has a good potential for environmental remediation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-254
Number of pages8
JournalDesalination and Water Treatment
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Photocatalytic activity
  • Tetracycline hydrochloride
  • Visible light
  • ZnO-Ag/AgCl

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Pollution

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