Facile one-pot synthesis of flower-like AgCl microstructures and enhancing of visible light photocatalysis
1 State Key Laboratory of Alternate Electrical Power System with Renewable Energy Sources, School of Renewable Energy, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
2 Suzhou Institute, North China Electric Power University, Beijing 102206, China
3 School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:442 doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-442Published: 24 October 2013
Flower-like AgCl microstructures with enhanced visible light-driven photocatalysis are synthesized by a facile one-pot hydrothermal process for the first time. The evolution process of AgCl from dendritic structures to flower-like octagonal microstructures is investigated quantitatively. Furthermore, the flower-like AgCl microstructures exhibit enhanced ability of visible light-assisted photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of the flower-like AgCl microstructure is attributed to its three-dimensional hierarchical structure exposing with  facets. This work provides a fresh view into the insight of electrochemical process and the application area of visible light photocatalysts.