Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics

, Volume 29, Issue 17, pp 14874–14882 | Cite as

Designing visible-light-driven direct Z-scheme Ag2WO4/WS2 heterojunction to enhance photocatalytic activity

  • Xiang-Feng WuEmail author
  • Hui Li
  • Jun-Cheng Pan
  • Yi-Jin Wang
  • Chen-Xu Zhang
  • Jun-Zhang Su
  • Jia-Rui Zhang
  • Ying Zhang
  • Wei-Guang Zhang
  • Li-Song Sun
  • Xiu-Guo Sun


The direct Z-scheme Ag2WO4/WS2 photocatalysts had been fabricated by using a deposition method. Experimental results indicated that WS2 nanosheets could improve the photocatalytic activity, light absorption and recyclability of Ag2WO4 under the visible light irradiation. The degradation efficiency of the as-obtained Ag2WO4/WS2 hybrids for rhodamine B displayed first increasing and then decreasing with increasing the usage of WS2 nanosheets. When the usage of WS2 was 15 wt%, in 120 min, it reached the maximum of 97.8%, which was higher than 17.8% of pure Ag2WO4. Moreover, after three cycles of the degradation, the as-prepared hybrids still possessed 94.4% of the degradation efficiency, which increased by 1211.1% compared with pure Ag2WO4. Moreover, superoxide and hydroxyl radicals played major role during the process of photocatalytic degradation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity could be ascribed to the formation of direct Z-scheme photocatalytic system between Ag2WO4 and WS2.



This work was supported by the Natural Science Foundation of Hebei Province, China (E2013210011 and B2016210111).

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The authors declare they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei Provincial Key Laboratory of Traffic Engineering MaterialsShijiazhuang Tiedao UniversityShijiazhuangChina

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