Cu-HyS-urea and Cu-HyS-NaOH, which are hydrotalcite-like copper hydroxyl salts, were prepared by two different methods, urea hydrolysis and precipitation, respectively. Both synthesis methods provided the successful formation of a copper hydroxyl salt, Cu2(OH)3NO3. From XRD and UV-DRS results, the product from the urea hydrolysis methods (Cu-HyS-urea) displayed higher crystallinity, small bandgap energy (Eg), and high light absorption ability because of some intercalated carbonate anions. For the Cr(VI) removal test, the Cu-HyS-NaOH showed superior adsorption of Cr(VI) than Cu-HyS-urea due to a higher specific surface area, confirmed by BET analysis. However, the Cu-HyS-urea presented higher photocatalytic Cr(VI) reduction under light irradiation than Cu-HyS-NaOH, owing to narrow Eg, less recombination, and a high transfer of the photogenerated charge carriers, proven by the results from photoluminescence, photocurrent density, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Thus, this work provides a new function of the hydrotalcite-like copper hydroxyl salts (Cu-HyS-urea and Cu-HyS-NaOH) that can be utilized not only for adsorption of Cr(VI) but also as photocatalysts for Cr(VI) reduction under light irradiation.
!!!All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes