A series of Ag-AgBr/Al-MCM-41 nanocomposites were synthesized by dispersion of Ag-AgBr on mesoporous silica Al-MCM-41 obtained from natural bentonite. The synthesized Ag-AgBr/Al-MCM-41 composites with Ag nanoparticles growing on the surface of Al-MCM-41 were used for photocatalytic oxidative desulfurization of dibenzothiophene. The physical properties of Ag-AgBr/Al-MCM-41 were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Ultraviolet–visible diffuse reflection spectroscopy (UV–Vis DRS), photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic activity results showed that in the presence of 40% Ag-AgBr/Al-MCM-41 photocatalyst the oxidative desulfurization of dibenzothiophene reached the maximum efficiency at 99.22% and the photocatalytic activity still keeps high level after four cycles.
- Nanocomposite materials