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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 30, Number 3
BKCSDE 30(3)
March 20, 2009 

Synthesis of Bi2WO6 Nanometer Sheet Shaped and Approach to the Photocatalysis
Dong Young Kim, Sujung Kim, Misook Kang*
Bi2WO6, Thermal treatment, Photoluminescence, Methyl orange removal
For use as a photocatalyst, bismuth tungsten oxide, Bi2WO6, was successfully synthesized by hydrothermal treatment at pH = 11 and heating at 200℃ for 24 h, and samples were subsequently thermal treated at 400, 600, and 800℃ to increase crystallinity. TEM results revealed that the initial untreated particles were sheet-shaped, grain size was below 80 nm, and it increased with treated temperatures. These Bi2WO6 samples absorbed at around 400 nm in the visible light range and the intensity of absorption was particularly strongest in samples thermal treated at 600℃. Their photoluminescence abilities, related to the recombination between the excited electrons and holes, were overall small for other general photocatalysts such as TiO2, and the smallest in the case of thermal treatment at 600℃, as reversible result of UV-visible absorbance. Methyl orange of 5.0 ppm aqueous solution was almost completely removed after 2 h when treated over the Bi2WO6 thermal treated at 600℃.
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