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Title: Enhanced properties for visible-light-driven photocatalysis of Ag nanoparticle modified Bi<inf>2</inf>MoO<inf>6</inf> nanoplates
Authors: Anukorn Phuruangrat
Sunisa Putdum
Phattranit Dumrongrojthanath
Nuengruethai Ekthammathat
Somchai Thongtem
Titipun Thongtem
Keywords: Engineering
Materials Science
Physics and Astronomy
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2015
Abstract: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. The visible light driven Bi<inf>2</inf>MoO<inf>6</inf> photocatalyst doped with different contents of Ag nanoparticles was successfully synthesized by a combination of hydrothermal and sonochemical methods. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) and UV-visible spectroscopy to investigate crystalline structure, morphology, composition and photocatalytic properties. XRD patterns and TEM images of the samples revealed pure phase orthorhombic Bi<inf>2</inf>MoO<inf>6</inf> nanoplates without any detection of Ag dopant due to its low concentration and very tiny particle size. TEM images showed that Ag nanoparticles with the size of 10-15 nm were dispersed randomly on the surface of Bi<inf>2</inf>MoO<inf>6</inf>. The XPS analysis of Ag/Bi<inf>2</inf>MoO<inf>6</inf> nanocomposites revealed the presence of additional metallic Ag. Photocatalytic activities of the Ag/Bi<inf>2</inf>MoO<inf>6</inf> nanocomposites were evaluated by determining the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light radiation. In this research, the 10 wt% Ag/Bi<inf>2</inf>MoO<inf>6</inf> nanocomposites showed the best photocatalytic activity. The results suggest that the dispersion of Ag nanoparticles on the surface of Bi<inf>2</inf>MoO<inf>6</inf> significantly enhances its photocatalytic activity.
ISSN: 13698001
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