Multiple catalytic materials is an important matter to solve environmental pollution and bacterial infection. Some photocatalysts are considered promising, however, they cannot work under dark conditions.
Enzyme-like activity can produce reactive oxygen species (ROS) without visible light, solving the weakness of photocatalysts. Developing catalysts with photocatalytic and enzyme-like activities is significant for improving catalytic efficiency.
Recently, a research team led by Prof. WANG Yi from the Institute of Oceanology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IOCAS) has developed a novel antifouling nanocomposite AgBr/Ag2MoO4 with photocatalytic and enzyme-like activities.
The study was published in Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects.
The researchers examined the oxidase-like and peroxidase-like activities of AgBr/Ag2MoO4 by oxidizing 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) to oxidized TMB (oxTMB).
Results showed that 1:1AgBr/Ag2MoO4 exhibited the highest peroxidase-like and oxidase-like activities of the prepared samples, while the pure AgBr and Ag2MoO4 showed low oxidase-like and peroxidase-like activities.
In addition, they measured the photocatalytic property of AgBr/Ag2MoO4 through the degradation experiment of Rhodamine B (RhB) and tetracycline hydrochloride (TC) under visible light.
They found that the 1:1AgBr/Ag2MoO4 composite displayed the highest photocatalytic activity of RhB degradation, and its degradation rate reached nearly 100% in 60 min. For TC, its photo-degradation rate achieved nearly 73% within 120 min.
"The sterilization rate under the synergistic effect of enzyme-like and photocatalytic activities reached 100% in a short incubation time, emerging the limitation of single light and H2O2. This confirmed the synergistic effect of photocatalysis and enzyme-like catalysis," said Prof. WANG.
The AgBr/Ag2MoO4 composite, as the bactericidal catalyst, with dual catalytic activities is a promising material in the field of environmental pollution and bacterial infection.
The illustration image of the synergistic effect of photocatalysis and enzyme-like catalysis about AgBr/Ag2MoO4 (Image by IOCAS)
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