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.
- photocatalytic performance
- hydrophobic polymer photocatalyst
- plasma treatment