Control of the recombination process and improvement of transport charge carriers could be achieved in photocatalysts by modifying the catalytic support. In the present study, our goal was to study the effect of nitrogen doping on graphene oxide sheets using doping sources such as urea, thiourea, or ethylenediamine to produce GO-N catalytic supports which were used to form ZnO/GO-N systems. The synthesis of ZnO and GO-N was carried out through a hydrothermal process under microwave heating. The ZnO/GO-N compounds were tested to study the degradation of the lignin molecule under UV irradiation. A set of characterization techniques were used to study the ZnO/GO-N compounds, including XPS analyses which confirmed the N-doping in the samples. The ZnO compound reached 40% of lignin degradation in 70 min, while the ZnO/GO-N compound produced 79% of lignin degradation, also in 70 min evidencing the positive effect of the GO-N support. The best results of degradation were obtained when thiourea was used as the N-doping media.
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- graphene oxide
- nitrogen doped-graphene oxide
- vis irradiation