CTAB-assisted synthesis of monoclinic BiVO4 photocatalyst and its highly efficient degradation of organic dye under visible-light irradiation

Wenzong Yin, Wenzhong Wang, Lin Zhou, Songmei Sun, Ling Zhang

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A highly efficient monoclinic BiVO4 photocatalyst (C-BVO) was synthesized by an aqueous method with the assistance of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB). The structure, morphology and photophysical properties of the C-BVO were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, respectively. The photocatalytic efficiencies were evaluated by the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible-light irradiation, revealing that the degradation rate over the C-BVO was much higher than that over the reference BiVO4 prepared by aqueous method and over the one prepared by solid-state reaction. The efficiency of de-ethylation and that of the cleavage of conjugated chromophore structure were investigated, respectively. The chemical oxygen demand (COD) values of the RhB were measured after the photocatalytic degradation over the C-BVO and demonstrated a 53% decrease in COD. The effects of CTAB on the synthesis of C-BVO were investigated, which revealed that CTAB not only changed the reaction process via the formation of BiOBr as an intermediate, but also facilitated the transition from BiOBr to BiVO4. Comparison experiments were carried out and showed that the existence of impurity level makes significant contribution to the high photocatalytic efficiency of the C-BVO.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-199
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Volume173
Issue number1-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2010
Externally publishedYes

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rhodamine B
Photocatalysts
bromide
Biological Oxygen Demand Analysis
dye
irradiation
Coloring Agents
Dyes
Chemical oxygen demand
Irradiation
Light
Degradation
chemical oxygen demand
degradation
Chromophores
Solid state reactions
cleavage
Spectrum Analysis
reflectance
scanning electron microscopy

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  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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CTAB-assisted synthesis of monoclinic BiVO4 photocatalyst and its highly efficient degradation of organic dye under visible-light irradiation. / Yin, Wenzong; Wang, Wenzhong; Zhou, Lin; Sun, Songmei; Zhang, Ling.

In: Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 173, No. 1-3, 15.01.2010, p. 194-199.

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