Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
Title: Graphitic like carbon nitride (g-C3N4) Nanosheets: A Visible Light Active Photocatalyst for the Degradation of Pharmaceuticals present in wastewater
Biography: Faisal Al Marzouqi
Presence of pharmaceuticals compounds in wastewater has started to threaten the health of human beings. So far, many Pharmaceuticals compounds has been detected in the wastewater and ground water. Recently, as an advanced “green” oxidation technology, photocatalytic water treatment has attracted growing attentions where the heterogeneous photocatalysis has successfully been developed and improved for better treatment of pharmaceuticals contamination. The graphite like carbon nitride (g-C3N4) has twisted research activates of light driven energy materials in new direction and dimension. This specific material exhibits high command on utilising the visible light and widely abundant elements with notable environmental stability. Herein, we study the influence of g-C3N4 nanosheets on photocatalytic degradation of different pharmaceuticals presents in aqueous solution. g-C3N4 were synthesized by thermal poly-condensation carbon and nitrogen rich precursors. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance absorption spectra (UV-DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).