I-doped Bi2WO6 microflowers enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity for organic pollution degradation and NO removal
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Bi2WO6 is a widely used photocatalyst, which has a good visible light response owing to the narrow band gap. But in the process of photocatalytic reactions, the combination of electrons and holes has a significant effect on the photocatalytic activity. In this work, I-doped Bi2WO6 microflowers were prepared by a simple one-step hydrothermal method. The microflower has a large surface area, which can be conducive to the adsorption of pollutants, degrading Rhodamine B and removal of NO effectively. The structure, as well as optical properties of the I-doped Bi2WO6 microflowers have been characterized by a series of techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. According to the results of UV–vis spectra, the I-doped Bi2WO6 microflowers are found demonstrating a significantly enhanced visible light absorption. The photocurrent and photoluminescence spectra indicate an increased separation rate for the I-doped Bi2WO6 photocatalyst of the photo-generated electron–hole pairs. Under visible-light irradiation, the S3 I-doped Bi2WO6 photocatalyst shows the photocatalytic efficiency about 97.6% and 50.0% for Rhodamine B and NO, respectively.
This work was supported by the Student’s Platform for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Training Program Foundation (No. 1301070014).
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