Improved charge separation through HO assisted copper tungstate for enhanced photocatalytic efficiency for the degradation of organic dyes under simulated sun light.

Author(s) Waimbo, M.; Anduwan, G.; Renagi, O.; Badhula, S.; Michael, K.; Park, J.; Velusamy, S.; Kim, Y.Soo
Journal J Photochem Photobiol B
Date Published 2020 Mar

In the recent years, copper tungstate (CuWO) has been widely researched for its photocatalytic properties as it responds in the visible light range to augment the utilization of solar energy. In the present report, CuWO was synthesized through a facile and cost-effective solvothermal method, followed by annealing process at 700C. The structural, morphological, compositional and optical property of the synthesized powders were examined by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, UV-visible, Raman and photoluminescence studies. The photocatalytic activity of the nanostructured CuWO was evaluated by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) and methyl orange (MO) in aqueous solution under one sun light irradiation. The degradation efficiency of MB was found to be about 70% while that of MO was only 57% at 240 min in the same irradiation time. Surprisingly, the degradation process was accelerated by the addition of electron capturing agent HO and thus MB dye was completely degraded within the time interval of 30 min while MO degraded in 75 min. These results prove that CuWO nanoparticles possess significant photocatalytic activity towards MO and MB dyes, thus indicating the feasibility of using CuWO for the active treatment of organic contaminants in the industrial effluents.

DOI 10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2020.111781
Keywords Azo Compounds; Catalysis; Copper; Hydrogen Peroxide; Methylene Blue; Nanoparticles; Oxidation-Reduction; Photolysis; Sunlight; Tungsten Compounds
ISSN 1873-2682
Citation J Photochem Photobiol B, Biol. 2020;204:111781.

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