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Title: Facile synthesis and characterization of erythrocyte-like Y-doped PbWO{sub 4} mesocrystals and their photocatalytic activity

Novel erythrocyte-like Y-doped PbWO{sub 4} mesocrystals with average diameter and thickness of 1.5 and 0.7 μm are fabricated via a facile co-precipitation route at room temperature in the ethylene glycol (EG)-water mixed solvent. Time-dependent samples centrifuged at different times are carefully characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (pXRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and Raman spectrum. The possible formation mechanism for the novel erythrocyte-like mesocrystals is proposed on the basis of these observations. The photocatalytic activity of the Y-doped PbWO{sub 4} mesocrystals is further investigated in terms of the degradation of the acid orange II under UV irradiation. This simple and environment-friendly strategy presented here offers promising route for the synthesis of other inorganic materials with unique morphologies and interesting properties. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Novel erythrocyte-like Y-doped PbWO{sub 4} mesocrystals are firstly synthesized via a facile co-precipitation route. • The mesocrystals are assembled by small nanoparticles a common crystallographic fashion. • The erythrocyte-like mesocrystals exhibit well photocatalytic activity. • A recrystallization-growth-oriented attachment formation mechanism is proposed.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22476109
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Characterization; Journal Volume: 105; 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; COPRECIPITATION; CRYSTALLOGRAPHY; DOPED MATERIALS; GLYCOLS; IRRADIATION; LEAD TUNGSTATES; MIXED SOLVENTS; NANOPARTICLES; PHOTOCATALYSIS; RAMAN SPECTRA; RECRYSTALLIZATION; RESOLUTION; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; SYNTHESIS; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0273-0400 K; THICKNESS; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; YTTRIUM ADDITIONS