Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 54, Issue 9, pp 6867–6881 | Cite as

A facile route to synthesize boron-doped g-C3N4 nanosheets with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

  • Jingye Zou
  • Yongzhi Yu
  • Wenjun Yan
  • Jiang Meng
  • Shouchun Zhang
  • Jigang WangEmail author
Chemical routes to materials


The boron-doped g-C3N4 nanosheets (BCNNs) have been successfully synthesized via an ultra-rapid and environment-friendly microwave heating route. The reaction system is quite simple, using boric-acid-modified melamine as raw materials and carbon fibers as microwave absorbent, respectively. Based on the optical characterizations and calculation, the results show an abnormal phenomenon that the introduction of B element into g-C3N4 host leads to the increase in band gap. The enlarged band gap should be ascribed to the quantum confinement effect derived from the special nanosheets microstructure of the obtained BCNNs. For the visible-light photocatalytic experiment, 92.9% rhodamine B can be degraded at room temperature in just 30 min in the presence of BCNNs, and the photodegradation rate constant of BCNNs is 3.3 times that of the pure g-C3N4 (PCN). In comparison with the PCN, the enhanced photocatalytic activity of BCNNs can be attributed to the more satisfactory mesoporous structure, larger surface-to-volume ratio, and higher charge separation.



This work is supported by Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (NECT-12-0119), the Key Project and Youth Project of Science and Technology of Tibet Autonomous Region (XZ2017ZRG-66(Z), XZ2017ZRG-49(Z)), Technology Research Project of Jiangxi Provincial Education Department (GJJ170785), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jingye Zou
    • 1
  • Yongzhi Yu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wenjun Yan
    • 3
  • Jiang Meng
    • 1
    • 4
  • Shouchun Zhang
    • 3
  • Jigang Wang
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Metallic Materials, School of Materials Science and EngineeringSoutheast UniversityNanjingPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.National Engineering Research Center for Domestic and Building CeramicsJingdezhen Ceramic InstituteJingdezhenPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Analytical Instrumentation CenterInstitute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of SciencesTaiyuanPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Xizang Engineering Laboratory for Water Pollution Control and Ecological Remediation, School of Information EngineeringXizang Minzu UniversityXianyangPeople’s Republic of China

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