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Photoluminescence and Photocatalytic Properties of Ag3PO4 Microcrystals: An Experimental and Theoretical Investigation

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Botelho, Gleice [1] ; Andres, Juan [2] ; Gracia, Lourdes [2] ; Matos, Leandro S. [1] ; Longo, Elson [3]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, INCTMN UFSCar, POB 676, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Jaume 1, Dept Quim Fis & Analit, Castellon de La Plana 12071 - Spain
[3] Univ Estadual Paulista, INCTMN UNESP, POB 355, BR-14801907 Araraquara, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: CHEMPLUSCHEM; v. 81, n. 2, p. 202-212, FEB 2016.
Web of Science Citations: 18

The structural, morphological, and optical properties of Ag3PO4 microcrystals were systematically characterized by using a combination of theoretical calculations and experimental techniques. These microcrystals were synthesized by the microwave-assisted hydrothermal (MAH) method. XRD, Rietveld refinements, and FTIR spectroscopy were employed to carry out a structural analysis; the morphologies of the microcrystals were examined by FEG-SEM. First-principles computational studies were used to calculate the geometries of bulk Ag3PO4 and its (010), (100), (001), (110), (101), (011), and (111) surfaces. A continuous decrease in the energy of the (100) surface led to a good agreement between the experimental and theoretical morphologies. Optical properties were investigated by UV/Vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) measurements, which revealed a maximum PL emission at lambda = 444 nm. The MAH-synthesized sample exhibited good activity for the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange dye under visible irradiation. The photocatalytic activity and PL behavior were correlated with the observed morphology. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 08/57872-1 - National Institute for Materials Science in Nanotechnology
Grantee:Elson Longo da Silva
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 13/07296-2 - CDMF - Center for the Development of Functional Materials
Grantee:Elson Longo da Silva
Support type: Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC