Photocatalytic Activity of Bi2O3 Prepared by Different pH Value


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Abstract. Bismuth oxide is an important metal-oxide semicondutor, the interest in developing methods which can prepare Bi2O3 with unique properties has been a hot issue recently. In this paper, paralled flaw precipitation method has been employed to synthesize nanostructured Bi2O3. It is found that the bandgap and photocatalytic performance of Bi2O3 has a strong dependence on the pH value of precipitation reaction.The prepared photocatalysts were characterized by BET, XRD and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance. The results show that Bi2O3 prepared under pH value 8.5 has the highest BET surface area, pore volume, the smallest pore size and the average crystal size. Bi2O3 prepared under pH value 8.5 exhibits the best photocatalytic activity. The results of further experiments show that bandgap and the specific surface area all play an important role in promotion of photocatalytic activity of Bi2O3 prepared under pH 8.5.



Advanced Materials Research (Volumes 418-420)

Edited by:

Xianghua Liu, Zhengyi Jiang and Jingtao Han




Y. Lu et al., "Photocatalytic Activity of Bi2O3 Prepared by Different pH Value", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 418-420, pp. 554-557, 2012

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December 2011




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