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Synthesis and Visible-Light Photocatalytic Property of Bi2WO6Hierarchical Octahedron-Like Structures

Yuanyuan Li*, Jinping Liu and Xintang Huang*

Author Affiliations

Department of Physics, Central China Normal University, Wuhan, 430079, Hubei, People’s Republic of China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2008, 3:365-371  doi:10.1007/s11671-008-9168-7

Published: 19 September 2008

Abstract

A novel octahedron-like hierarchical structure of Bi2WO6has been fabricated by a facile hydrothermal method in high quantity. XRD, SEM, TEM, and HRTEM were used to characterize the product. The results indicated that this kind of Bi2WO6crystals had an average size of ~4 μm, constructed by quasi-square single-crystal nanosheets assembled in a special fashion. The formation of octahedron-like hierarchical structure of Bi2WO6depended crucially on the pH value of the precursor suspensions. The photocatalytic activity of the hierarchical Bi2WO6structures toward RhB degradation under visible light was investigated, and it was found to be significantly better than that of the sample fabricated by SSR. The better photocatalytic property should be strongly associated with the high specific surface area and the abundant pore structure of the hierarchical octahedron-like Bi2WO6.

Keywords:
Nanostructure; Photodegradation; Optical absorption