Enhanced Visible-Light Photoactivities of Perovskite-Type LaFeO3 Nanocrystals by Simultaneously Doping Er3+ and Coupling MgO for CO2 Reduction

Sijia Li, Yanzhen Li, Yajie Chen, Linna Xu, Qiuyu Chen, Yang Qu, Guofeng Wang, Peifen Zhu, Dingsheng Wang, Weiping Qin

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Abstract

The use of solar energy to convert CO2 into chemical fuels not only can create renewable energy but also can alleviate the greenhouse effect. In this work, MgO/LaFeO3 : Er3+ composites were prepared, and their photocatalytic CO2 reduction capability was tested under visible-light irradiation. The MgO/LaFeO3 : Er3+ composites displayed improved charge carrier separation efficiency, higher CO2 adsorption capacity, and increased photoactivities for photocatalytic CO2 reduction to CO and CH4 (71.52 μmol g−1 h−1 and 5.54 μmol g−1 h−1, respectively). As a comparison, the production rates of CO and CH4 are 29.36 μmol g−1 h−1 (CO) and 4.13 μmol g−1 h−1, respectively for pure LaFeO3. The enhanced photoactivities are attributed to the increased electron-hole separation rate resulting from the Er3+ doping and improved CO2 adsorption capacity by MgO coupling. This work thus identifies a novel approach towards highly efficient photocatalysts for CO2 reduction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-630
Number of pages8
JournalChemCatChem
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 18 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Er doping
  • LaFeO
  • MgO coupling
  • Photocatalysis
  • Reduction CO

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