The interfacial adsorption process and the white-light-induced photosensitized degradation of different rhodamine dyes (rhodamine B, rhodamine 6G, and rhodamine 101) on the wide-band-gap semiconductor BiOCl have been investigated. Adsorption of all the rhodamine molecules on BiOCl is an exothermic process and the saturated adsorption capacities were best deduced by Langmuir model fitting. By using quantum chemical calculations (Gaussian 03 software), the relationship between the frontier orbital energy of the dye molecules and the rate of photodegradation was also established. The calculated absolute value of E LUMO was found to increase in the order Rh 101 < Rh 6G < RhB, which was similar to the trend of photodegradation reaction kinetics rate fitted by use of the pseudo-zero-order kinetics model.
Research on Chemical Intermediates – Springer Journals
Published: Sep 26, 2013
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