Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity of Electrospun beta-Ga2O3 Nanofibers via In-Situ Si Doping Using Tetraethyl Orthosilicate

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β-Ga2O3 has attracted considerable attention as an alternative photocatalyst to replace conventional TiO2 under ultraviolet-C irradiation due to its high reduction and oxidation potential. In this study, to enhance the photocatalytic activity of β-Ga2O3, nanofibers are formed via the electrospinning method, and Si atoms are subsequently doped. As the Si concentration in the β-Ga2O3 nanofiber increases, the optical bandgap of the β-Ga2O3 nanofibers continuously decreases from 4.5 eV (intrinsic) to 4.0 eV for the Si-doped (2.4 at. %) β-Ga2O3 nanofibers, and accordingly, the photocatalytic activity of the β-Ga2O3 nanofibers is enhanced. This higher photocatalytic performance with Si doping is attributed to the increased doping-induced carriers in the conduction band edges. This differs from the traditional mechanism in which the doping-induced defect sites in the bandgap enhance separation and inhibit the recombination of photon-generated carriers.
Publisher
MDPI
Issue Date
2019-12
Language
English
Article Type
Article
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CATALYSTS, v.9, no.12

ISSN
2073-4344
DOI
10.3390/catal9121005
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/268857
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EE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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