Enhanced photoelectrocatalytic degradation of bisphenol a by BiVO4 photoanode coupling with peroxymonosulfate

Huixin Shao, Yanbin Wang, Huabin Zeng, Juanjuan Zhang, Yan Wang, Mika Sillanpää, Xu Zhao

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Peroxymonosulfate (PMS) was introduced into a photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) system with a bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) photoanode to enhance the PEC oxidation of bisphenol A (BPA). With the addition of 5 mM PMS, the degradation efficiency of 10 mg/L BPA was significantly improved from 24.2% to 100.0% within 120 min and the side reaction of O2 evolution was avoided at a potential as low as 0.25 V. The electron spin resonance and radicals quenching results suggested that photogenerated holes instead of SO4•− and [rad]OH were primarily responsible for the BPA degradation. To further explore the role of PMS, a photocatalytic fuel cell with the structure of BiVO4 (photoanode)|10 mg/L BPA|proton exchange membrane (separator)|5 mM PMS|Pt (cathode) was constructed and demonstrated that PMS played a key role as electrons acceptor instead of the precursor of SO4•−. The PEC tests including open-circuit potential, linear sweep voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy indicated that a more efficient separation of photogenerated charges was achieved in the PEC process with the help of PMS, thus generating more photogenerated holes for enhanced BPA degradation. This work may provide a novel way to enhance the separation of photogenerated charges at the photoanode.

Original languageEnglish
Article number121105
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Bismuth vanadate
  • Bisphenol A
  • Charges separation
  • Peroxymonosulfate
  • Photoelectrocatalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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