The accumulation of organic pollutants in surface water, groundwater, and even drinking water has raised as a serious issue in recent decades. Semiconductor-based photocatalysis has emerged as a green and sustainable approach to find remediate solutions for environmental and energy issues. However, the fast recombination rate of photogenerated charge carriers reduces the photocatalytic efficiency of photocatalysts. In this study, a hydrothermal synthesis method is proposed for preparing four types of p–n heterojunctions, BiVO 4 /BiOX (X = F, Cl, Br, I). BiVO 4 is an n-type semiconductor and BiOX is a p-type semiconductor. Photocatalytic activity tests showed that the BiVO 4 /BiOF has the best photocatalytic performance under visible light, and photoluminescence spectra confirmed the lowest recombination rate of photogenerated charge carriers for BiVO 4 /BiOF as compared with others.
- High-resolution electron microscopy
- Hydrothermal synthesis
- Organic dye degradation
- Visible-light-active photocatalyst