Authors: Barroso-Martin, I; Moretti, E; Talon, A; Storaro, L; Rodriguez-Castellon, E; Infantes-Molina, A

Materials. vol: 11. page: .
Date: JUN. 2018.
Doi: 10.3390/ma11060890.

The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye has been performed under UV irradiation in aqueous suspension, employing photocatalysts based on Au (1.5 wt %) and AuCu (Au/Cu = 1, 2.0 wt %), and supported on SBA-15-ordered mesoporous silica, with and without titania (Si/Ti = 3), in order to evaluate the versatility of this mesoporous support in this type of reaction of great impact from the environmental point of view. Samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N-2 adsorption-desorption at -196 degrees C, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), so as to study their structural, optical, and chemical properties. All the prepared catalysts were found to be active in the test reaction. The bimetallic AuCu-based catalysts attained very high MB degradation values, in particular AuCu/SBA-15 titania-silica sample reached 100% of dye oxidation after the monitored reaction period (120 min)..