Enhancing photocatalytic activity of zno nanoparticles in a circulating fluidized bed with plasma jets

Shiwei Ma, Yunyun Huang, Ruoyu Hong*, Xuesong Lu, Jianhua Li, Ying Zheng

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In this work, zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were modified in a circulating fluidized bed through argon and hydrogen (Ar–H) alternating-current (AC) arc plasma, which shows the characteristics of nonequilibrium and equilibrium plasma at the same time. In addition, a circulating fluidized bed with two plasma jets was used for cyclic processing. The catalytic degradation performance on Rhodamine B (Rh B) by Ar–H plasma-modified ZnO and pure ZnO was tested in aqueous media to identify the significant role of hydrogen atoms in Rh B degradation mechanism. Meanwhile, the effects of plasma treatment time on the morphology, size and photocatalytic performance of ZnO were also investigated. The results demonstrated that ZnO after 120-min treatment by Ar–H plasma showed Rh B photocatalytic degradation rate of 20 times greater than that of pure ZnO and the reaction follows a first kinetics for the Rh B degradation process. Furthermore, the photocatalyst cycle experiment curve exhibited that the modified ZnO still displays optimum photocatalytic activity after five cycles of experiment. The improvement of photocatalytic activity and luminescence performance attributes to the significant increase in the surface area, and the introduction of hydrogen atoms on the surface also could enhance the time of carrier existence where the hydrogen atoms act as shallow donors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number77
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2021


  • Nanomaterials
  • Photocatalysis
  • Plasma
  • Zinc oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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