Investigation of the properties of photocatalytically active Cu-doped Bi2S3 nanocomposite catalysts

Halil Demir, Ömer Şahin, Orhan Baytar, Sabit Horoz*

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In the current study, pure Bi2S3 and Cu-doped Bi2S3 nanocomposite catalysts with different Cu concentrations (0.33, 1, and 3%) were synthesized by the hydrothermal method and photocatalytic degradation experiments of methylene blue were carried out in the presence of these catalysts for the first time. The samples were labeled as Bi2S3, Cu(0.33%):Bi2S3, Cu(1%):Bi2S3 and Cu(3%):Bi2S3, respectively. Cu(0.33%):Bi2S3 nanocomposite catalyst was found to have higher photocatalytic degradation efficiency compared to other catalysts. Moreover, the crystalline size and bandgap value of pure Bi2S3 and Cu(0.33%):Bi2S3 nanocomposite catalysts were determined by X-ray diffraction and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometry (UV–Vis) measurements, respectively. Consequently, it was observed for the first time in this study that the Cu-doped metal effectively affects the photocatalytic degradation efficiency of Bi2S3 nanocomposite catalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10347-10354
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes

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The authors are grateful to the Research Foundation of Siirt University for financial support under Project 2018-SİÜMÜH-033.

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Research Foundation of Siirt University2018-SİÜMÜH-033


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