Controllable Synthesis of Core-Shell Bi@Amorphous Bi2O3Nanospheres with Tunable Optical and Photocatalytic Activity for NO Removal

Meijuan Chen, Yan Li, Zhenyu Wang, Yunxia Gao, Yu Huang, Junji Cao, Wingkei Ho, Shuncheng Lee

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The size, morphology, and structure of a Bi nanoparticle can significantly affect its photocatalytic performance. In this study, core-shell structured Bi@amorphous Bi2O3nanospheres were synthesized through a one-step solvothermal method, and the reaction mechanisms on NO removal were proposed. It was found that Bi nanoparticles can generate charge carriers by surface plasma resonance (SPR) under visible light irradiation, while the surface amorphous Bi2O3layer can facilitate the charge carriers' separation. The Bi@Bi2O3sample with the synthesis time of 18 h exhibited superior visible light photocatalytic activity for NO degradation, attributed to the suited size and suitable amorphous Bi2O3layer.•O2-,1O2, and•OH radicals were identified as the main reactive species involved in the photocatalysis processes. Moreover, the enhancement mechanisms of photocatalytic NO removal over Bi@Bi2O3samples were discussed. This study demonstrated that the fabrication of core-shell structured Bi@Bi2O3is a good strategy for effective air pollution control. (Chemical Equation Presented).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10251-10258
Number of pages8
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Issue number37
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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