One-pot synthesis of bismuth silicate heterostructures with tunable morphology and excellent visible light photodegradation performances.

Author(s) Le Jia, K.; Qu, J.; Hao, S.M.; An, F.; Jing, Y.Q.; Yu, Z.Z.
Journal J Colloid Interface Sci
Date Published 2017 Nov 15

Construction of a heterostructure to prolong the life of electron-hole pairs is a very important approach to endow it with excellent photodegradation performances. Particularly, one-pot synthesis of heterostructures with the same component but different crystal structures to form a proper band gap is still challenging. Herein, bismuth silicate (BSO) heterostructures are synthesized using a one-pot hydrothermal approach without adding any other inorganic components. The crystal phase, morphology, surface state, and photochemical properties of the BSO materials are precisely tuned to fabricate two kinds of bismuth silicate heterostructures: rod-like Bi2SiO5/Bi12SiO20 and flower-like Bi2SiO5/Bi4Si3O12 heterostructures. Thanks to the two heterostructures and clean surface, the optimized BSO material exhibits a highly active photocatalytic performance with a remarkable cycling stability. It photodegrades Rhodamine B under visible light irradiation as fast as 15min with the reaction rate constants k and ks to be 0.399min(-1) and 0.698min(-1)Lm(-2), respectively, which is up to 189 times faster than reported.

DOI 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.07.040
ISSN 1095-7103
Citation J Colloid Interface Sci. 2017;506:255262.

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