Catalysis Letters

, Volume 148, Issue 2, pp 601–611 | Cite as

Graphitic Carbon Nitride with S and Fe(III) Codoping for Improved Photodegradation Performance



The visible light photocatalytic performance of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) can be enhanced by tuning its electronic structure and bandgap via metal and nonmetal elements doping. The Fe and S codoped g-C3N4 is synthesized by the polymerization of melamine, iron chloride and trithiocyanuric acid at elevated temperature and characterized as crimped nanosheets with mesoporous structures. The photocatalytic performance of Fe–S codoped g-C3N4 for RhB degradation increases seven times by enhancing visible light adsorption and increasing the mobility of photoinduced electron/hole pair by narrowing its bandgap compared to the pure g-C3N4 nanosheets. The synergetic effect of Fe(III) ion coordinated in the pore centre among three triazine units and S dopant substituted the N in triazine skeleton causes much stronger delocalized HOMO and LUMO and increases the reactive sites, facilitating the migration of photogenerated charge carriers, thus enhances the visible-light driven photocatalytic performance.

Graphical Abstract


Graphitic carbon nitride Visible-light driven photocatalyst Photocatalysis Non-metal doping Metal doping 



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21173170).

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The manuscript was written through contributions of all authors. All authors have given approval to the final version of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Materials and EnergySouthwest UniversityChongqingChina

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