Facile synthesis of cerium oxide nanoparticles decorated flower-like bismuth molybdate for enhanced photocatalytic activity toward organic pollutant degradation.

Author(s) Li, S.; Hu, S.; Jiang, W.; Liu, Y.; Zhou, Y.; Liu, J.; Wang, Z.
Journal J Colloid Interface Sci
Date Published 2018 Nov 15

One of the great challenges in the field of photocatalysis is to develop novel photocatalysts with excellent solar-light-harvesting capacity and separation efficiency of photo-induced charge. Herein, novel CeO/BiMoO heterojunctions were fabricated through in-situ precipitation of CeO nanoparticles (size: ∼26 nm) on the surface of flower-like BiMoO superstructures (diameter: 2.1-3.5 μm) by a simple method. The as-prepared photocatalysts were systematically characterized by a range of techniques. The photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) dye, methyl orange (MO) dye and tetracycline (TC) antibiotic by this novel photocatalyst was investigated under visible-light irradiation. The CeO/BiMoO heterojunction with a CeO/BiMoO weight ratio of 0.05 (0.05Ce-Bi) exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity with the RhB degradation efficiency of 100% in 75 min, which was considerably higher than those of pristine CeO (26.8%) and BiMoO (80.3%) as well as their physical mixtures (74.8%). The more efficient separation of electron-hole pairs was identified as the primary reason of the enhanced photocatalytic activity. Moreover, the synthesized material maintained satisfactory activity even after 6 recycling runs, indicating its high photocatalytic stability. Therefore, our finding offers a new avenue for development of stable and efficient heterojunction photocatalysts for environmental purification.

DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2018.06.084
ISSN 1095-7103
Citation J Colloid Interface Sci. 2018;530:171178.

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