Preparation of Au-BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructures as highly efficient visible-light photocatalysts
Boey, Freddy Yin Chiang
Loo, Say Chye Joachim
Date of Issue2011
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Au-BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructures have been successfully prepared through in situ growth of gold nanoparticles on BiVO4 microtubes and nanosheets via a cysteine-linking strategy. The experimental results reveal that these Au-BiVO4 heterogeneous nanostructures exhibit much higher visible-light photocatalytic activities than the individual BiVO4 microtubes and nanosheets for both dye degradation and water oxidation. The enhanced photocatalytic efficiencies are attributed to the charge transfer from BiVO4 to the attached gold nanoparticles as well as their surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorption. These new heteronanostructures are expected to show considerable potential applications in solar-driven wastewater treatment and water splitting.
ACS applied materials & interfaces
© 2011 American Chemical Society. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, American Chemical Society. 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: [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/am201481b].