Construction and characterization of BiOI/NH2-MIL-125(Ti) heterostructures with excellent visible-light photocatalytic activity

  • Li Han
  • Xiaomin Zhang
  • Deyong WuEmail author


To utilize the synergistic effect between BiOI and NH2-MIL-125(Ti), a series of BiOI/NH2-MIL-125(Ti) heterostructures with different NH2-MIL-125(Ti) contents were fabricated. The characterization of BiOI/NH2-MIL-125(Ti) was performed by XRD, SEM, TEM, FT-IR, XPS and DRS. The results showed that NH2-MIL-125(Ti) catalysts were highly dispersed on the surface of BiOI nanosheets. Compared to pure BiOI and NH2-MIL-125(Ti) photocatalyst, BiOI/NH2-MIL-125(Ti) composites displayed superior visible light photocatalytic activity. The enhanced photocatalytic performance was ascribed to the formation of heterojunction structure between BiOI nanosheets and NH2-MIL-125(Ti), which significantly suppressed the recombination of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. The optimal content of NH2-MIL-125(Ti) was about 7 wt%, and photocatalytic degradation rate was about 3.8 times and 12.2 times of BiOI and NH2-MIL-125(Ti), respectively. In addition, BiOI/NH2-MIL-125(Ti) composites could keep the photocatalytic activity during the cycle experiment.



This project was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21767009), Hubei Key Laboratory of Biological Resources Protection and Utilization (PKLHB1703), and Undergraduate Innovation Program of Hubei Province (Grant Nos. 201810517080, 201810517033).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hubei Key Laboratory of Biological Resources Protection and Utilization, School of Chemical and Environmental EngineeringHubei University for NationalitiesEnshiChina

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