Polymer photocatalysts with plasma-enhanced activity

Reiner Sebastian Sprick, Kieran J. Cheetham, Yang Bai, Jesum Alves Fernandes, Michael Barnes, James W. Bradley, Andrew I. Cooper

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7125-7129
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number15
Early online date31 Mar 2020
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2020


  • photocatalytic performance
  • hydrophobic polymer photocatalyst
  • plasma treatment


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