|Synthesis of enhanced corrosion resistant Fe-B-C-Ti amorphous ribbons and evaluation of their photodegradation efficiency under light irradiation.|
Zuo M, Moztahida M, Lee DS, Yi S.
Chemosphere. 2022; 287(Pt 2): 132175
Fe-based amorphous alloys have been found to be very efficient in the degradation of water pollutants due to their unique atomic arrangements with long-range disordered structure. In this work, Fe-B-C-Ti amorphous ribbons were successfully synthesized and showed high catalytic efficiency in the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under simulated sunlight and across a wide pH range. The catalytic efficiency was evaluated under different conditions to optimize the degradation performance. The amorphous ribbon Fe75B10C10Ti5 was found to exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity as explained by its optical and photoelectrochemical properties. It can degrade MB completely with low Fe-leaching and significant recyclability at pH close to a neutral range (pH 5). The degradation mechanisms can be explained in terms of photocatalytic activity along with the galvanic cell effect which contributed to the efficient MB degradation. This work provides a comprehensive idea for the synthesis of amorphous alloys by optimizing their elemental composition and also explains the catalytic activity of partially crystallized regions on the ribbon surface. The significant corrosion resistance and the quick degradation of MB in a wide pH range in a recyclable manner by these easily separable and highly efficient catalysts indicate great potential for their practical application. CI - Copyright (c) 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.