Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 187–196 | Cite as

Strontium tantalum oxides with perovskite-type structure: synthesis and dye photodecomposition properties

  • V. Rodríguez-González
  • X. L. García-Montelongo
  • L. L. Garza-Tovar
  • Soo Wohn Lee
  • L. M. Torres-Martínez


In this work the preparation and photocatalytic properties of strontium tantalum oxides with perovskite-type structures are presented. The perovskite-type oxides were prepared by the sol–gel method and annealed at 800, 900 and 1,000 °C for 36 h. Before and after annealing the solids were characterized by XRD, N2 adsorption (BET), UV–visible (diffuse reflectance), FTIR, TGA–DTA, and SEM-EDS techniques. The X-ray diffraction patterns of the samples showed the coexistence of three strontium tantalate oxides, Sr2Ta2O7, SrTa4O11, and Sr5Ta4O15, the relative amounts of which were highly dependent on the annealing temperature. It has been proposed that the photoactivity of the oxides in the decomposition of crystal violet dye could be related to the proportion of the Sr2Ta2O7 phase in the annealed samples.


Perovskite-type structure Sol–gel perovskite synthesis Crystal violet degradation Strontium tantalum oxide perovskite-type structure 



The authors would like to thank to SEP-CONACYT (SEP-2003-C02-42910), SEMARNAT (2004-C01-394), and PAICYT-UANL (CA1248-06, CA1265-06) for financial support to this project. The authors also thank the CONACYT-KRF México-Korea Bilateral Cooperation Program (2007).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Rodríguez-González
    • 1
  • X. L. García-Montelongo
    • 1
  • L. L. Garza-Tovar
    • 1
  • Soo Wohn Lee
    • 2
  • L. M. Torres-Martínez
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Ecomateriales y EnergíaUniversidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ingeniería Civil, Instituto de Ingeniería CivilSan Nicolás de los GarzaMéxico
  2. 2.Department of Materials EngineeringSun Moon UniversityAsan ChungnamSouth Korea

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