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Synthesis and characterization of bismuth vanadate for water splitting and degradation of the organic molecules

Grant number: 14/06704-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2014
Effective date (End): July 31, 2016
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Physical-Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Lucia Helena Mascaro Sales
Grantee:Francisco Wirley Paulino Ribeiro
Home Institution: Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


In recent years, has increased research involving the development of technologies for energy production and environmental protection. In this case, photoelectrochemical systems appear as promising for the water splitting technology, with a high potential for solar energy conversion and storage. Furthermore, the removal of organic pollutants from aquatic environments may also be possible by use of these systems. Nanostructured films of mixed oxides of vanadium have excellent photocatalytic properties with energy visible light irradiations. Research has shown that the efficiency of photocatalytic materials depends on the synthesis conditions. Thus, this project proposes the synthesis, characterization and application of nanostructured films of bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) pure and doped with Co, Mo and W for water splitting and degradation of the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A. The synthesis of these films will be based the use of polyethyleneglycol and films will be formed on the surface of ITO, FTO or Ti. Parameters to be evaluated in the synthesis of the films: temperature, number of layers, concentration of precursors and dopants. This study will be conducted by means of experimental design. The characterization of the films will be made by the techniques of scanning electron microscopy, transmission and atomic force, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, infrared and photoelectron. The cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, capacitance measurements, photocurrent spectroscopy of the modulated intensity and modulated potential also will be applied. Therefore, it is waiting to improve the performance of this material to obtain higher yields in water splitting and degradation of bisphenol A.

Scientific publications (6)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
COELHO, DYOVANI; GAUDENCIO, JOAO PEDRO R. S.; CARMINATI, SAULO A.; RIBEIRO, FRANCISCO W. P.; NOGUEIRA, ANA F.; MASCARO, LUCIA H. Bi electrodeposition on WO3 photoanode to improve the photoactivity of the WO3/BiVO4 heterostructure to water splitting. CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, v. 399, NOV 1 2020. Web of Science Citations: 0.
ARAGAO, JANMILLE S.; RIBEIRO, FRANCISCO W. P.; PORTELA, RAFAEL R.; SANTOS, VANESSA N.; SOUSA, CAMILA P.; BECKER, HELENA; CORREIA, ADRIANA N.; DE LIMA-NETO, PEDRO. Electrochemical determination diethylstilbestrol by a multi-walled carbon nanotube/cobalt phthalocyanine film electrode. SENSORS AND ACTUATORS B-CHEMICAL, v. 239, p. 933-942, FEB 2017. Web of Science Citations: 21.
PAULINO RIBEIRO, FRANCISCO WIRLEY; GROMBONI, MURILO FERNANDO; MARKEN, FRANK; MASCARO, LUCIA H. Photoelectrocatalytic properties of BiVO4 prepared with different alcohol solvents. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, v. 41, n. 39, p. 17380-17389, OCT 19 2016. Web of Science Citations: 1.
DE HOLANDA, LUCAS FREIRE; PAULINO RIBEIRO, FRANCISCO WIRLEY; SOUSA, CAMILA PINHEIRO; DA SILVA CASCIANO, PAULO NAFTALI; DE LIMA-NETO, PEDRO; CORREIA, ADRIANA NUNES. Multi-walled carbon nanotubes-cobalt phthalocyanine modified electrode for electroanalytical determination of acetaminophen. Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry, v. 772, p. 9-16, JUL 1 2016. Web of Science Citations: 23.
PAULINO RIBEIRO, FRANCISCO WIRLEY; DE SOUZA LUCAS, FRANCISCO WILLIAN; MASCARO, LUCIA H.; MORAIS, SIMONE; DA SILVA CASCIANO, PAULO NAFTALI; DE LIMA-NETO, PEDRO; CORREIA, ADRIANA N. Electroanalysis of formetanate hydrochloride by a cobalt phthalocyanine functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes modified electrode: characterization and application in fruits. Electrochimica Acta, v. 194, p. 187-198, MAR 10 2016. Web of Science Citations: 11.
PAULINO RIBEIRO, FRANCISCO WIRLEY; MORAES, FERNANDO CRUZ; PEREIRA, ERNESTO CHAVES; MARKEN, FRANK; MASCARO, LUCIA HELENA. New application for the BiVO4 photoanode: A photoelectroanalytical sensor for nitrite. Electrochemistry Communications, v. 61, p. 1-4, DEC 2015. Web of Science Citations: 16.

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