Facile synthesis of tetrahedral Ag3PO4 mesocrystals and its enhanced photocatalytic activity
Date of Issue2014
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
A novel and rapid strategy has been developed to synthesize tetrahedral Ag3PO4 mesocrystals with the help of surfactant oleic acid. Homogeneous Ag3PO4 tetrahedron with average apex-to-apex length of 1.1 μm could be synthesized under optimized conditions. Oleic acid is considered to be essential for the formation of this homogeneous tetrahedral morphology. The as-prepared tetrahedral Ag3PO4 mesocrystals could be formed through the close-packed assembly of Ag3PO4 nanoparticles, thus the formation of tetrahedral Ag3PO4 mesocrystals is explained by the oriented aggregation mechanism based on time-dependent experiments. Furthermore, the obtained tetrahedral Ag3PO4 mesocrystals exhibit enhanced visible-light photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) and methyl orange (MO) solutions compared to the reported micro-sized spherical Ag3PO4 particles with high photocatalytic performance.
Materials research bulletin
© 2014 Elsevier. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Materials research bulletin, Elsevier. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.materresbull.2014.09.047].