Facile synthesis of porous Bi2O3-BiVO4p-n heterojunction composite microrods with highly efficient photocatalytic degradation of phenol

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In the present work, high-quality porous Bi2O3-BiVO4composite microrods (CMRs) with a uniform size distribution have been successfully prepared through a facile solvothermal method followed by an annealing treatment, in which Bi(OH)C2O4-BiVO4precursors were first synthesized using Na2C2O4and NaVO3as starting materials and then thermally decomposed to produce porous Bi2O3-BiVO4p-n heterojunction CMRs. The as-prepared Bi2O3-BiVO4product was characterized by UV–Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and valence-band X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity in degrading colorless organic phenol under visible-light illumination (λ > 420 nm) was observed with the porous CMRs, more than 48 times higher than that of the mixture of BiVO4and Bi2O3, and 192 and 160 times higher than pure BiVO4and Bi2O3, respectively. A direct Z-scheme mechanism was employed to describe the transfer of photogenerated electrons and holes in the Bi2O3-BiVO4CMR system, and the dramatically enhancement of the observed photoactivity may be attributed to the high separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs, resulting from the p-n heterojunction formed in the porous structure.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mao, M; Chen, F; Zheng, C; Ning, J; Zhong, Y; Hu, Y

Published Date

  • January 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 688 /

Start / End Page

  • 1080 - 1087

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0925-8388

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jallcom.2016.07.128

Citation Source

  • Scopus