Polymer photocatalysts with plasma-enhanced activity

Sprick, Reiner Sebastian and Cheetham, Kieran J. and Bai, Yang and Alves Fernandes, Jesum and Barnes, Michael and Bradley, James W. and Cooper, Andrew I. (2020) Polymer photocatalysts with plasma-enhanced activity. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 8 (15). pp. 7125-7129. ISSN 2050-7488

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    Abstract

    Plasma treatment was used as a new method to enhance the photocatalytic performance of a hydrophobic polymer photocatalyst. The sacrificial hydrogen evolution rate was enhanced by a factor of more than 8 after a plasma treatment time of 20 minutes. Contact angle measurements confirmed that the plasma treatment improved the wettability of the polymer film and XPS results indicated a surface chemical modification.