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Insights into the photocatalytic performance of Bi2O2CO3/BiVO4 heterostructures prepared by one-step hydrothermal method

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Lopes, Osmando F. [1, 2] ; Carvalho, Kele T. G. [3] ; Avansi, Jr., Waldir [4] ; Milori, Debora M. B. [3] ; Ribeiro, Caue [3]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Quim Sao Carlos, Ave Trabalhador Sao Carlense 400, BR-13566590 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Sao Carlos UFSCar, Dept Quim, Rod Washington Luiz, Km 235, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[3] Embrapa Instrumentacao, Rua 15 Novembro, 1452, BR-13560970 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[4] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, Dept Fis, Rod Washington Luiz, Km 235, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 4
Document type: Journal article
Source: RSC ADVANCES; v. 8, n. 20, p. 10889-10897, 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 6

This paper describes the synthesis of Bi2O2CO3/BiVO4 heterostructures through a one-step method based on the difference in solubility between two semiconductors that possess a metal in common. The as-synthesized Bi2O2CO3/BiVO4 heterostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Raman spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N-2 physisorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy (TRPL). The role of the heterojunction formed was evaluated by methylene blue (MB) dye and amiloride photodegradation. The formation of the heterostructure was observed indirectly by the great increase in the thermal stability of the Bi2O2CO3 phase when compared to its pure phase. The amount of heterojunctions formed between the Bi2O2CO3 and BiVO4 was tuned by vanadium precursor concentration. The proposed strategy was efficient for obtaining Bi2O2CO3/BiVO4 heterostructures with enhanced photocatalytic performance when compared to their isolated phases, MB and amiloride photodegradation occurred mainly by the action of OH radicals, i.e. by an indirect mechanism. Based on TRPL spectroscopy and VB-XPS results, an enhancement of photoactivity related to an increase in the spatial separation of photo-generated electron/hole pairs was observed due to the formation of a type-II heterostructure. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/13888-0 - Synthesis of BiVO4/bismuth oxides nano-heterostructures and evaluation of photocatalytic properties
Grantee:Osmando Ferreira Lopes
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 16/09746-3 - Electro-/Photoelectrocatalysis Reduction of CO2: Efficiency, Selectivity and Oscillatory Kinetics
Grantee:Osmando Ferreira Lopes
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 15/12304-0 - Evaluation of the photocatalytic activity of g-C3N4/Nb2O5 heterojunctions in the abatement of pollutants in gas phase
Grantee:Kele Tatiane Gomes Carvalho
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate