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Research Article Open Access

Enhancing photocatalytic performance of BiOX for Bisphenol – A degradation


Tarek S. Jamil1*, Eman S. Mansor1


1Water Pollution Control Department, Environmental Research Division, National Research Centre, 33 El-Bohouth St.
(Former El-Tahrir St.), Dokki, Giza, PO Box 12622, Egypt.

Adv. Mater. Proc., 2018, 3 (3), 155-160

DOI: 10.5185/amp.2018/990

Publication Date (Web):05 March 2018

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A heterojunctionBiOI0.5Br0.5 was prepared for enhancing the photocatalytic performance of BiOX (X= Br or I) by facile method at room temperature using Bismuth Nitrate Bi(NO3)3.5H2O as Bismuth source. All prepared materials were fully identified by the required characteristics. The effect of heterojunction as well as BiOBr and BiOI on the photocatalytic activities were studied through degradation of widely used endocrine disturbing compound, Bisphenol – A, in aqueous solution under commercial visible lamp. The percent removal of Bisphenol– A was 55%, 79% and 93% with BiOBr, BiOI and BiOI0.5Br0.5 respectively after 120 min irradiation time using 1.0 g/L dose of photocatalysts and pH10. Accordingly, heterostructure considered a promising method that can be used to enhance pure photocatalyst for degradation of organic pollutants in water. Copyright © 2018 VBRI Press.


Heterostructure, BiOX, photocatalysis, bis-phenol – A degradation.