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S K Jesudoss, J Judith Vijaya, L John Kennedy, P Iyyappa Rajan, Hamad A Al-Lohedan, R Jothi Ramalingam, K Kaviyarasu, M Bououdina
The present work describes the successful synthesize of spinel magnetic ferrite Mn1-xNixFe2O4 (x=0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 & 0.5) nanoparticles via a simple microwave combustion method which was then evaluated for its photocatalytic activity in the degradation of indigo carmine (IC) synthetic dye, a major water pollutant. Our results reveal that the synthesized of Ni(2+) doped MnFe2O4 nanoparticles possess well-crystalline pure cubic spinel phase, exhibit excellent optical and magnetic properties. Further, the photocatalytic performance of the synthesized nanoparticles at different concentration ratios of Ni(2+) ions was monitored by photocatalytic degradation of indigo carmine synthetic dye under UV (λ=365nm) light irradiation...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Athanassios Panagiotopoulos, Antonios M Douvas, Panagiotis Argitis, Athanassios G Coutsolelos
Hydrogen evolution using photocatalytic systems based on artificial photosynthesis is a major approach toward solar energy conversion and storage. In the polyoxometalate-based photocatalytic systems proposed in the past, middle/near UV light irradiation and noble-metal catalysts were mainly used. Although recently polyoxometalates were sensitized in visible light, photosensitizers or catalysts based on noble metals, and/or poor activity of polyoxometalates were generally obtained. Here we show the highly efficient [turnover number (TON)=215] hydrogen evolution induced by the zinc(II) mesotetrakis(N-methyl-pyridinium-4-yl)porphyrin (ZnTMPyP(4+) ) sensitization of a series of polyoxometalate catalysts (two Dawson type, P2 Mo18 O62(6-) and P2 W18 O62(6-) anions, and one Keplerate {Mo132 } cluster) in a visible-light-driven, noble-metal-free, and fully water-soluble system...
October 24, 2016: ChemSusChem
Yadan Guo, Wenchao Yu, Jinquan Chen, Xuegang Wang, Bai Gao, Guanghui Wang
To overcome the drawback of low stable brought by the transformation of Ag(+) into Ag, a highly efficient and stable photocatalyst Ag3PO4/rectorite composite was successfully synthesized by ultrasound-assisted precipitation method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption, room-temperature photoluminescence spectra, Fourier transform infrared spectrum measurements and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
T Mahvelati-Shamsabadi, E K Goharshadi
Zinc sulfide is a UV-active photocatalyst and it undergoes photocorrosion under light irradiation. In this work, the defect sites on ZnS nanoparticles (NPs) surfaces were induced with the help of powerful ultrasonic waves. The defect sites caused (1) suppression of photocorrosion in a large extent under UV light irradiation and (2) enhancement of visible light photo activity. The photocorrosion inhibition was induced by raising valence band (VB) position through the formation of interstitial zinc and sulfur vacancy states in the ZnS band structure and weakening of oxidative capacity of hole...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Shilpi Agarwal, Inderjeet Tyagi, Vinod Kumar Gupta, Maryam Sohrabi, Sanaz Mohammadi, Ahmad Nozad Golikand, Ali Fakhri
Sol-gel and precipitation reaction methods were used to synthesize Un-doped and Fe-doped SnO2/Co3O4 nanocomposites under UV light; the synthesized nanocomposites were applied for the photocatalytic degradation of metronidazole antibiotic. The developed photo catalyst was well characterized using energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), UV-Visible and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Effective parameters such as pH, photocatalyst dose and contact time was optimized and well investigated...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Jiajia Li, Chunlai Ding, Zhengbiao Zhang, Xiangqiang Pan, Na Li, Jian Zhu, Xiulin Zhu
Butyl acrylate is polymerized in the living way under the irradiation of purple light-emitting diode (LED) or sunlight without photocatalyst at ambient temperature. 2-((Phenoxycarbonothioyl)thio) ethyl propanoate) is exclusively added and acted as an initiator and a chain transfer agent simultaneously in the current system. Poly(butyl acrylate) with well-regulated molecular weight and relatively narrow molecular weight distribution (Ð < 1.30) is synthesized. High conversion (>95%) can be achieved within several minutes...
October 21, 2016: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Qiang Wang, Qingjun Guo, Leping Wang, Bing Li
Highly crystalline and idiomorphic CoTiO3 single crystals with a well-defined polyhedral morphology were grown successfully for the first time by a facile flux method. Herein, the effects of the molten salt type and cobalt precursor on the phase composition, crystallization habit and morphology of the CoTiO3 products were also investigated. Importantly, using the flux-grown CoTiO3 crystal as the visible-light sensitizer due to its narrow band gap to couple with graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) by a direct in situ thermal induced polycondensation route, novel CoTiO3/g-C3N4 composite photocatalysts were obtained...
October 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Sahar Soltan, Hoda Jafari, Shahrara Afshar, Omid Zabihi
In the present study, silicon dioxide (SiO2) nanoparticles were loaded to titanium dioxide (TiO2) nano-particles by sol-gel method to make a high porosity photocatalyst nano-hybrid. These photocatalysts were synthesized using titanium tetrachloride and tetraethyl orthosilicate as titanium and silicon sources, respectively, and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope methods. Subsequently, the optimizations of the component and operation conditions were investigated. Then, nano-sized TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 were supported on concrete bricks by the dip coating process...
October 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Feigao Xu, Wencheng Tan, Heng Liu, Dan Li, Yuexiang Li, Min Wang
Crack-free PDMS-SiO2-TiO2 composite as photocatalyst was prepared for degrading dyes by using thin-film fixed bed reactor. The hydrophobic surface of the photocatalyst loaded with PDMS-SiO2-TiO2 composite could be considered as an extractant for organic pollutants. The effect of different supports including pumice stone, medicinal stone, and fiberglass for photocatalytic efficiency were compared. Under the same condition, it was found that the photocatalytic degradation effect of dyes was best when PDMS-SiO2-TiO2 composite was fixed on pumice stone rather than medicinal stone or fiberglass...
October 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Lu Yang, Fangyun Ye, Peng Liu, Fazhou Wang
Visible light driven Ag/AgBr/TiO2 /activated carbon (AC) composite was prepared by sol-gel method coupled with photo-reduction method. For comparison, TiO2 , TiO2 /AC and Ag/AgBr/TiO2 were also synthesized. Their characteristics were analyzed by XRD, SEM-EDS, TG-DSC and UV-Vis techniques. Photocatalytic activity and antibacterial performance under visible light irradiation were investigated by ICP-AES, ATR-FT-IR and spectrophotometry methods using methylene blue and Escherichia coli as target systems, respectively...
October 20, 2016: Photochemistry and Photobiology
Yoshihiko Imanaka, Toshihisa Anazawa, Toshio Manabe, Hideyuki Amada, Sachio Ido, Fumiaki Kumasaka, Naoki Awaji, Gabriel Sánchez-Santolino, Ryo Ishikawa, Yuichi Ikuhara
The artificial photosynthesis technology known as the Honda-Fujishima effect, which produces oxygen and hydrogen or organic energy from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide, is an effective energy and environmental technology. The key component for the higher efficiency of this reaction system is the anode electrode, generally composed of a photocatalyst formed on a glass substrate from electrically conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO). To obtain a highly efficient electrode, a dense film composed of a nanoparticulate visible light responsive photocatalyst that usually has a complicated multi-element composition needs to be deposited and adhered onto the FTO...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yating Zhao, Binbin Huang, Chao Yang, Qingqing Chen, Wujiong Xia
A photoredox catalytic route to carbamates enabled by visible irradiation (or simply sunlight) has been developed. This process leads to a novel approach to the construction of heterocyclic rings wherein the amide or ester motifs of carbamates were assembled from three isolated components. Large-scale experiments were realized by employing continuous flow techniques, and reuse of photocatalyst demonstrated the green and sustainable aspects of this method.
October 18, 2016: Organic Letters
Guang-Lin Zhang, Sheng Wang, Jin-Le Hou, Chong-Jiao Mo, Chen-Jie Que, Qin-Yu Zhu, Jie Dai
Although a lot of titanium oxo-clusters (TOCs) have been synthesized and characterized, research studies on their application properties are still limited. The work described here is not only aimed at the synthesis and crystal structures of the TOCs, but also aimed at exploration of their potential applications in molecule based fluorescence labelling and photocatalysis. Three heterometallic TOC compounds with lanthanide (Ln) elements Sm(iii) (1), Eu(iii) (2) and Gd(iii) (3) are prepared and their cluster structures are characterized as LnTi11 cages...
October 18, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Youliang Wang, Mingzhu Xia, Kebin Li, Xinlin Shen, Tahir Muhmood, Fengyun Wang
Correction for 'Facile solvothermal synthesis of a high-efficiency CNNs/Ag/AgCl plasmonic photocatalyst' by Youliang Wang et al., Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, DOI: .
October 18, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Nicoleta Petrea, Răzvan Petre, Gabriel Epure, Vasile Şomoghi, Liviu C Tănase, Cristian M Teodorescu, Ştefan Neaţu
We report the applicability of a hybrid system comprising a La(3+)-based catalyst and an Au/TiO2 photocatalyst in the decomposition of chemical weapons. This system is able to perform complete degradation of soman, sarin and VX in less than 1 minute under low basic conditions and visible light irradiation.
October 18, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Tobias F Berto, Kai E Sanwald, J Paige Byers, Nigel D Browning, Oliver Yair Gutiérrez Tinoco, Johannes A Lercher
Photocatalytic overall water splitting requires co-catalysts, which efficiently promote the generation of H2, but do not catalyze its reverse oxidation. We demonstrate, that CO chemisorbed on metal co-catalysts (Rh, Pt, Pd) suppresses the back reaction, while maintaining the rate of H2 evolution. On Rh/GaN:ZnO, the highest H2 production rates were obtained with 4 - 40 mbar CO, the back reaction remaining suppressed below 7 mbar O2. The O2 and H2 evolution rates compete with CO oxidation and the back reaction...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Young Kwang Kim, Eun Bi Kang, Sung Han Kim, Shazid Md Sharker, Beyung Youn Kong, Insik In, Kang Dae Lee, Sung Young Park
In this study, a new hydrophilic-hydrophobic transition surface was designed via visible-light-induced photocatalytic perfluorinated silica-based fluorescent carbon nanoparticles (FNPs)/TiO2. Perfluorinated silica-polydopamine hybrid FNPs (f-FNPs) were easily fabricated by carbonization in an emulsion system consisting of tetraethyl orthosilicate and dopamine, followed by the deposition of TiO2 on f-FNPs, which demonstrated the reversal from hydrophobic to hydrophilic nature during successful photocatalysis...
October 17, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Qiang Hao, Xiuxiu Niu, Changshun Nie, Simeng Hao, Wei Zou, Jiangman Ge, Daimei Chen, Wenqing Yao
SiO2, an insulator, hardly has any photocatalytic acitivity due to its intrinsic property, and it is generally used as a hard template to increase the surface area of catalysts. However, in this work, we found that the surface state of the insulator SiO2 can promote the migration of photogenerated charge carriers, leading to the enhancement of the photooxidation ability of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4). A one-pot calcination method was employed to prepare g-C3N4/SiO2 composites using melamine and SiO2 as precursors...
October 17, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Shuai-Ru Zhu, Peng-Fei Liu, Meng-Ke Wu, Wen-Na Zhao, Guo-Chang Li, Kai Tao, Fei-Yan Yi, Lei Han
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are considered as suitable materials for various applications in the area of photocatalysis. On the other hand, 2D BiOBr materials are efficient for the photodegradation of organic dyes under visible light illumination. In this work, BiOBr/NH2-MIL-125(Ti) composite photocatalysts with different NH2-MIL-125(Ti) content were prepared by incorporating NH2-MIL-125(Ti) with BiOBr using a co-precipitation method. A series of characterizations confirmed the strong synergistic effect between BiOBr and NH2-MIL-125(Ti)...
October 17, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
G Meenakshi, A Sivasamy
Semiconductor zinc oxide nanorods (NRZnO) were prepared by sol-gel technique using zinc acetate as the precursor and ammonia as the precipitating agent. The prepared photocatalyst were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis-DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Field Emission-Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), High Resolution-Tunneling Microscope (HR-TEM), Brunauer, Emmett and Teller (BET) and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) analysis...
October 13, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
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