Science & Technology
; Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
In this study, bismuth oxyhalide (BiOXs (X=Cl, Br, I)) semiconductors were prepared by a simple solvothermal method, with ethanol serving as solvent and a series of tetrabutylammonium halide surfactants as halogen sources. Under identical synthetic conditions, BiOBr was more readily constructed into regular flower-like hierarchical architectures. The photocatalytic properties of the materials were studied by monitoring the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB), with visible light absorption, and colorless salicylic acid (SA). It was found that both RhB and SA were rapidly degraded on the surface of BiOBr. BiOCl was rather active for the degradation of RhB, but ineffective toward the degradation of SA. However, neither RhB nor SA could be degraded effectively in the case of BiOI. Further experiments such as UV-visible spectroscopy and detection of OH and O-2 U-radicals suggest that the electronic structure of the BiOX photocatalysts is responsible for the difference in their activities. (C) 2015 The Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Published by Elsevier B.V.
National Natural Science Foundation of China(21377067
; Natural Science Foundation for Innovation Group of Hubei Province, China(2009CDA020)
; State Key Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, RCEES, CAS(KF2011-07)
1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Hydrobiol, Wuhan 430072, Peoples R China 2.China Three Gorges Univ, Engn Res Ctr Ecoenvironm Three Gorges Reservoir R, Minist Educ, Yichang 443002, Peoples R China 3.Collaborat Innovat Ctr Geohazards & Ecoenvironm T, Yichang 443002, Peoples R China