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Ternary Polymer Composite of Graphene, Carbon Nitride, and Poly(3-hexylthiophene): an Efficient Photocatalyst

Authors

  • Sandeep Gawande,

    1. Nanotechnology Lab, Department of Chemistry, Science College, Congress nagar, Nagpur-440012 (India), Fax: (+91) 0712-2440955
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  • Dr. Sanjay R. Thakare

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    1. Department of Chemistry, Govt. Institute of Science, Nagpur-440 001 (India)
    • Department of Chemistry, Govt. Institute of Science, Nagpur-440 001 (India)
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Abstract

Herein we report on the synthesis of a ternary polymer composite of graphene, carbon nitride, and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (G-g-C3N4-P3HT) by a solvothermal method. The prepared polymer composite catalysts are characterized by TEM, XRD, FTIR spectroscopy, and photoluminescence techniques for their morphology, structure and photocatalytic efficiency. Graphene-loaded polymer composites of carbon nitride (g-C3N4) and poly(3-hexylthiophene) act as efficient photocatalysts for waste water treatment. Methylene blue is used as the model pollutant and the rate of its photocatalytic degradation with G-g-C3N4-P3HT is three times higher than that achieved with a g-C3N4-P3HT composite.

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