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Title: α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} modified Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} flower-like mesostructures with enhanced photocatalytic performance

Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} heterostructures were facilely fabricated by an impregnation method. • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} matrix was modified by α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles of 10–20 nm on the surface. • The visible-light absorption region of the composite was effectively red-shifted. • The composite exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity to RhB below Fe-0.4%. • The band gap coupling effect between α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was interpreted. - Abstract: α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} modified Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} mesostructures were facilely prepared by an impregnation method. The characterizations of phase structure, morphology, microstructure, UV–vis absorption, photoluminescence, BET and solar simulated photocatalytic behavior were systematically conducted. The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} heterostructure with a Fe mass percentage in 0.05–0.2% presented obviously enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of Rhodamine B than pristine Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. In particular, the apparent reaction rate constant with Fe-0.1% was 2.24-folds of that of pure Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra showed that the modification of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} broadened the visible light absorption of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The decreased photoluminescence indicated an effective suppression of the recombination of electron–hole pairs at Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} interface.more » The band-gap coupling effect between Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} was interpreted via comparison of relative valence and conductance potentials, which confirmed an irreversible flow of electrons and holes in the interface of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. Moreover, the composite showed excellent circulation stability, suggesting potential application in dealing with environmental pollutions.« less
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OSTI Identifier:
22341854
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 49; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; ABSORPTION; BISMUTH TUNGSTATES; ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; FERRITES; IRON OXIDES; MICROSTRUCTURE; NANOPARTICLES; PHOTOCATALYSIS; PHOTOLUMINESCENCE; REACTION KINETICS; SIMULATION; SPECTRA; SYNTHESIS