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Electronic structure, optical and sonophotocatalytic properties of spindle-like CaWO4 microcrystals synthesized by the sonochemical method

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de Sousa, P. B. [1] ; Gouveia, A. F. [2] ; Sczancoski, J. C. [3] ; Nogueira, I. C. [4] ; Longo, E. [3] ; San-Miguel, M. A. [2] ; Cavalcante, L. S. [1, 5]
Total Authors: 7
[1] Univ Fed Piaui, Campus Minist Petronio Portella, BR-64049550 Ininga, Teresina Pi - Brazil
[2] Univ Estadual Campinas, Inst Chem, BR-13083970 Campinas, SP - Brazil
[3] DEMA DQ Univ Fed Sao Carlos, POB 676, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[4] Univ Fed Amazonas, Av Rodrigo Otavio Japiim, POB 670, BR-69077000 Manaus, Amazonas - Brazil
[5] Univ Estadual Piaui, Rua Joao Cabral 2231, POB 381, BR-64002150 Teresina Pi - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 5
Document type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Alloys and Compounds; v. 855, n. 1 FEB 25 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 0

In this letter, the electronic structure, optical, and sonophotocatalytic properties of calcium tungstate (CaWO4) microcrystals synthesized by the sonochemical method are reported. Structural and morphological characterization techniques revealed that CaWO4 has a tetragonal structure and composed of several spindle-like microcrystals. The ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy showed an optical band gap energy E-gap(exp) of 4.69 eV. The theoretical calculations were performed to describe the electronic band structure, the density of states, and Infrared/Raman vibrational modes. The theoretical models were based on optimized and defect-based structures. The theoretical optical band gap energy (E-gap) confirmed the existence of direct electronic transitions (Gamma <-> Gamma points in Brillouin zone). The optimized structure exhibited an E-gap(theo) value of 5.70 eV due to the participation of energy levels arising from O and Ca atoms in the valence band as well as W and O atoms in the conduction band. A decrease from 5.70 to 4.29 eV was observed for the defect-based structure. The sonophotocatalytic properties of CaWO4 microcrystals were investigated for the first time with respect to degradation of Rhodamine B dye and they revealed a degradation capacity of approximately 96% after 200 min. Finally, our electron density maps indicate that the presence of structural defects induces a polarization phenomenon and inhomogeneous distribution of electron charge between the {[}CaO8]-{[}WO4] clusters. (C) 2020 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 19/01732-1 - Photocatalytic activity of multifunctional semiconductors: influence of morphology and electron injection
Grantee:Amanda Fernandes Gouveia
Support Opportunities: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 13/07296-2 - CDMF - Center for the Development of Functional Materials
Grantee:Elson Longo da Silva
Support Opportunities: Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC
FAPESP's process: 16/23891-6 - Computer modeling of condensed matter
Grantee:Alex Antonelli
Support Opportunities: Research Projects - Thematic Grants