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J Colloid Interface Sci 2024 Jan 01;653Pt B:1444-1454. doi: 10.1016/j.jcis.2023.10.007.
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Three dimensional nickel foam carried sea urchin-like copper-cobalt-cerium cathode for enhanced tetracycline wastewater purification in photocatalytic fuel cell.

Xia L , Sun Y , Wang Y , Yao W , Wu Q , Min Y , Xu Q .

Photocatalytic fuel cells (PFCs) regarded as a potential sustainable technique, have been broadly reported. In this work, the carbon quantum dot-loaded TiO2 photoanode and sea urchin-like CuCoCe ternary metal oxide cathode materials are successfully synthesized and used to construct PFC systems for efficient tetracycline (TC) degradation (45 mg/L) and simultaneous electricity generation. The results demonstrate that the CQDs-modified TiO2 photoanode has improved absorption intensity in both the UV and visible regions, and the photocurrent density at 1.23 V vs RHE reached 1.31 mA cm-2, which is 1.3 times higher than that of the original TiO2 photoanode. The established PFC system achieves the highest removal ratio of 96.9 % for TC in 60 min with a maximum power density of 0.77 mW cm-2. The PFC system can operate efficiently over a wide pH range (3.0-9.0). Furthermore, quenching experiments and ESR spectra show that the main reactive oxygen species in the degradation process are •O2-, 1O2 and •OH. This study provides meaningful way to develop multiple metal oxides as cathode of PFC system for efficient organic pollutant degradation and energy recovery.

PubMed ID: 37804613
Article link: J Colloid Interface Sci