Piezoelectric effect synergistically enhances the performance of Ti32-oxo-cluster/BaTiO3/CuS p-n heterojunction photocatalytic degradation of pollutants

Luping Zhou, Shuqi Dai, Shuai Xu, Yuqi She, Yuliang Li*, Sebastien Leveneur, Yanlin Qin

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A cyclic Ti32-oxo-cluster (CTOC)/BaTiO3/CuS three-layer heterojunction material that can effectively use visible light and vibration energy for photo-piezoelectric synergistic catalytic degradation of pollutants was synthesized by hydrothermal and ultrasonic methods. Under the conditions of visible light irradiation and mechanical vibration, the three-layer nanomaterial showed a tetracycline decomposition rate that reached ∼100 % within 60 min, which is higher than the degradation rate of 55.67 % and 45.2 % found for photocatalysis and piezoelectric catalysis, respectively. The piezoelectric material BaTiO3 inserted between the p-type CuS and the n-type CTOC can generate a polarized electric field under the action of an external force to promote the separation and migration of photo-generated carriers of the photocatalytic material, and achieve photo-piezoelectric synergistic catalysis effect. This work demonstrates the feasibility of combining photocatalytic technology with a piezoelectric effect, and provides a promising strategy for the development of photocatalytic materials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number120019
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • CTOC/BaTiO/CuS three-layer composite
  • Photocatalytic
  • Piezoelectric effect
  • Tetracycline


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