Nanoplate-stacked starlike BiVO4 products have been successfully synthesized by a hydrothermal method, where a water/ethanol mixture was the solvent and ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) was the chelating agent. The molar ratio of EDTA to Bi3+ was found to play an important role in the formation of this morphology. These starlike BiVO4 samples exhibited a high visible-light-driven photocatalytic efficiency. For the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible-light irradiation (λ > 420 nm), about 91% of the MB was degraded within 25 min. This is much higher than for BiVO4 samples prepared by solid-state reaction (bulk BiVO4) and other hydrothermal synthesis methods. The reasons for the differences in the photocatalytic activities of these BiVO4 samples were further investigated.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering