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Title: Photocatalytic activities of ultra-small β-FeOOH and TiO{sub 2} heterojunction structure under simulated solar irradiation

Highlights: • Ultra small β-FeOOH with TiO{sub 2} in heterojunction showed good photocatalytic activity under simulated solar irradiation. • Significant improvement of photocatalytic activity compared to pristine TiO{sub 2}. • The as prepared catalyst decoloured industrial textile effluent within 30 min. - Abstract: Photocatalytic performance of β-FeOOH/TiO{sub 2} heterojunction structure, created from ultra-small β-FeOOH nanorods (2–6 nm diameter) and spherical anatase phase of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (∼100 nm), is reported in this study. Three different β-FeOOH mol% of (2, 5 and 10%) β-FeOOH/TiO{sub 2} composite was prepared. 5% β-FeOOH/TiO{sub 2} composite material showed the highest photocatalytic activity. XRD, high temperature XRD, FTIR, TEM, UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) were used to characterise the prepared catalyst. The developed catalyst showed excellent photocatalytic activity in photodegradation of methyl orange (MO) than β-FeOOH and TiO{sub 2} under simulated solar irradiation. Two commercial metal complex dyes and real textile effluent were efficiently photodegraded under identical conditions. The developed catalyst exhibited good recyclability without the need of sintering. No significant loss in efficiency was observed during the recycling cycle. These characteristics highlight the potential application of the developed photocatalyst in textile effluent treatment via photocatalysis. The enhanced photocatalytic activity was attributed to the relative energymore » band positions and very good electron, e{sup −} and hole, h{sup +} conduction ability of TiO{sub 2} and β-FeOOH particles respectively.« less
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OSTI Identifier:
22475840
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 68; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 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; CATALYSTS; COMPOSITE MATERIALS; EFFICIENCY; FOURIER TRANSFORMATION; HETEROJUNCTIONS; INFRARED SPECTRA; METALS; METHYL ORANGE; NANOPARTICLES; NANOSTRUCTURES; PERFORMANCE; PHOTOCATALYSIS; RECYCLING; SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS; SIMULATION; SINTERING; TEXTILES; TITANIUM OXIDES; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; X-RAY DIFFRACTION