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Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Bismuth Niobate/Tungsten Oxide Photoanodes for Water Splitting

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Kuznetsova, Maria [1] ; Oliveira, Sibila A. A. [1] ; Rodrigues, Barbara S. [1] ; Souza, Juliana S. [1]
Total Authors: 4
[1] Univ Fed ABC, Ctr Ciencias Nat & Humanas, BR-09210580 Santo Andre, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Web of Science Citations: 0

We report the microwave-assisted synthesis of heterojunctions based on bismuth niobate (BiNbO4) and tungsten oxide (WO3). These architectures have been used as photoanodes for water splitting under simulated AM1.5G solar light. We show for the first time that by controlling temperature and irradiation power it is possible to tune the fraction of orthorhombic and triclinic phases in BiNbO(4)nanoparticles, with strong consequences on the photocatalytic capabilities of the resulting heterojunctions. XRD patterns show that lower temperatures and irradiation power favor the formation of triclinic BiNbO(4)arrangements, whereas the morphology of WO(3)films is straightforwardly controlled by the addition of weak acids in the reactional medium that enable the formation of wrinkle-rod or cube-like particles. The orthorhombic symmetry of BiNbO(4)is shown to decrease the bandgap energy, whereas wrinkle-rod nanoparticles of WO(3)provides a rough surface that enhances the interaction between the semiconductors. This strategy leads to heterojunction able to generate photocurrent densities more than one order of magnitude higher than of bare WO(3)film. Our findings demonstrate that the microwave-assisted route is a very attractive alternative to directly control crystalline structure and ultimately the photocatalytic performance of bismuth niobate- and tungsten oxide-based heterojunctions. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/11395-7 - Microwave-assisted synthesis of metal oxides semiconductors heterojunctions with photocatalytic applications
Grantee:Juliana dos Santos de Souza
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 17/26633-0 - Microwave-assisted synthesis of bismuth vanadate and tungsten oxide nanostructures with application in photoelectrochemical water splitting
Grantee:Bárbara Scola Rodrigues
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master