A novel composite photocatalyst based on Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) powders was synthesized and investigated for use as a photocatalyst. CZTS powders were first made using a conventional hydrothermal method and were then used to grow silver nanoparticles hybridized onto the CZTS under various conditions through a microwave-assisted hydrothermal process. After the obtained samples were subsequently mixed with 1T-2H MoS2, the three synthesized component samples were characterized using X-ray diffractometry (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (FE-SEM, FE-TEM), UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET), photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The resulting samples were also used as photocatalysts for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under a 300 W halogen lamp simulating sunlight with ~5% UV light. The photodegradation ability was greatly enhanced by the addition of Ag and 1T-2H MoS2. Excellent photodegradation of MB was obtained under visible light. The effects of material characteristics on the photodegradation were investigated and discussed.
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- Materials Science(all)