Rose-like monodisperse bismuth subcarbonate hierarchical hollow microspheres: One-pot template-free fabrication and excellent visible light photocatalytic activity and photochemical stability for NO removal in indoor air

Fan Dong, S. C. Lee, Zhongbiao Wu, Yu Huang, Min Fu, Wing Kei Ho, Shichun Zou, Bo Wang

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Rose-like monodisperse hierarchical (BiO)2CO3hollow microspheres are fabricated by a one-pot template-free method for the first time based on hydrothermal treatment of ammonia bismuth citrate and urea in water. The microstructure and band structure of the as-prepared (BiO)2CO3superstructure are characterized in detail by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, N2adsorption-desorption isotherms, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The monodisperse hierarchical (BiO)2CO3microspheres are constructed by the self-assembly of single-crystalline nanosheets. The aggregation of nanosheets result in the formation of three dimensional hierarchical framework containing mesopores and macropores, which is favorable for efficient transport of reaction molecules and harvesting of photo-energy. The result reveals the existence of special two-band-gap structure (3.25 and 2.0eV) for (BiO)2CO3. The band gap of 3.25eV is intrinsic and the formation of smaller band gap of 2.0eV can be ascribed to the in situ doped nitrogen in lattice. The performance of hierarchical (BiO)2CO3microspheres as efficient photocatalyst are further demonstrated in the removal of NO in indoor air under both visible light and UV irradiation. It is found that the hierarchical (BiO)2CO3microspheres not only exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity but also high photochemical stability during long term photocatalytic reaction. The special microstructure, the high charge separation efficiency due to the inductive effect, and two-band-gap structure in all contribute to the outstanding photocatalytic activities. The discovery of monodisperse hierarchical nitrogen doped (BiO)2CO3hollow structure is significant because of its potential applications in environmental pollution control, solar energy conversion, catalysis and other related areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346-354
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2011


  • (BiO) CO 2 3
  • Hollow microsphere
  • Indoor air
  • Photocatalytic
  • Visible light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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