A novel BiVO4 hierarchical nanostructure: Controllable synthesis, growth mechanism, and application in photocatalysis

Meng Shang, Wenzhong Wang, Jia Ren, Songmei Sun, Ling Zhang

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    Abstract

    A novel BiVO4 hierarchical nanostructure assembled by nanorods was realized via a facile and additive-free solvothermal method. Based on the electron microscope observations, the growth of such architectures with "rod to dumbbell to sphere" transformation has been proposed as a crystal splitting growth process. Ethylene glycol (EG) instead of organic surfactant played an important dual role during the process. Different shapes were obtained by controlling the synthetic parameters. The as-prepared BiVO 4 hierarchical nanostructures exhibited excellent visible-light-driven photocatalytic efficiency, which was increased to nearly 20 times than that of the products prepared by traditional solid-state reaction (SSR) and the nitrogen doped TiO2 (N-TiO2). Moreover, the photocatalyst could settle immediately, which is beneficial for the separation and recycle considering their future applications in waste water treatment.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1754-1758
    Number of pages5
    JournalCrystEngComm
    Volume12
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Materials Science(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics

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