The photoelectrocatalytic performance of ZnIn2S4 nanosheets and microspheres grown on flexible graphite felt

Bo Gao, Weiping Chen, Jiadong Liu, Jiajun An, Lei Wang, Mika Sillanpää

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The fabrication of ternary ZnIn2S4 on flexible graphite felt (GF) by the one-step hydrothermal method was intensively investigated regarding the photoelectrochemical and photoelectrocatalytic degradation performance. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that the fabrication of ZnIn2S4 started from the formation of net-like nanosheet film on GF substrate and then followed with the growth of microspheres on the nanosheet layer. The transient photocurrent response, cyclic voltammetry (CV), linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were adopted to evaluate the photoelectrochemical performance. The 5 mm GF electrode with one layer of ZnIn2S4 coating exhibited the best photoelectrochemical properties. More ZnIn2S4 layers in turn led to a compact blocked structure and further deteriorated the photoelectrochemical properties. The effect of applied anodic and cathodic bias potential under both direct (DC) and alternating (AC) current on the photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) degradation of tetracycline was comparatively studied. Comparing the DC at a potential of −0.6 V, AC shifting wave plus a below offset of −0.6 V increased the photoelectrocatalytic efficiency. At the same time, shifting wave plus an above offset of 0.9 V remarkably reduced the efficiency compared to anodic DC of 0.9 V. The best 64% photoelectrocatalytic mineralisation of tetracycline was achieved by the DC mode at anodic bias of 0.9 V after 3 h PEC process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-153
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Electroanalytical Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Mineralisation
  • Photocurrent
  • Photoelectrocatalysis (PEC)
  • Tetracycline
  • Visible light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Electrochemistry


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