Origin of Activity and Stability Enhancement for Ag3PO4 Photocatalyst after Calcination
AbstractPristine Ag3PO4 microspheres were synthesized by a co-precipitation method, followed by being calcined at different temperatures to obtain a series of calcined Ag3PO4 photocatalysts. This work aims to investigate the origin of activity and stability enhancement for Ag3PO4 photocatalyst after calcination based on the systematical analyses of the structures, morphologies, chemical states of elements, oxygen defects, optical absorption properties, separation and transfer of photogenerated electron-hole pairs, and active species. The results indicate that oxygen vacancies (VO˙˙) are created and metallic silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) are formed by the reaction of partial Ag+ in Ag3PO4 semiconductor with the thermally excited electrons from Ag3PO4 and then deposited on the surface of Ag3PO4 microspheres during the calcination process. Among the calcined Ag3PO4 samples, the Ag3PO4-200 sample exhibits the best photocatalytic activity and greatly enhanced photocatalytic stability for photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) solution under visible light irradiation. Oxygen vacancies play a significantly positive role in the enhancement of photocatalytic activity, while metallic Ag has a very important effect on improving the photocatalytic stability. Overall, the present work provides some powerful evidences and a deep understanding on the origin of activity and stability enhancement for the Ag3PO4 photocatalyst after calcination. View Full-Text
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Dong, P.; Hou, G.; Liu, C.; Zhang, X.; Tian, H.; Xu, F.; Xi, X.; Shao, R. Origin of Activity and Stability Enhancement for Ag3PO4 Photocatalyst after Calcination. Materials 2016, 9, 968.
Dong P, Hou G, Liu C, Zhang X, Tian H, Xu F, Xi X, Shao R. Origin of Activity and Stability Enhancement for Ag3PO4 Photocatalyst after Calcination. Materials. 2016; 9(12):968.Chicago/Turabian Style
Dong, Pengyu; Hou, Guihua; Liu, Chao; Zhang, Xinjiang; Tian, Hao; Xu, Fenghua; Xi, Xinguo; Shao, Rong. 2016. "Origin of Activity and Stability Enhancement for Ag3PO4 Photocatalyst after Calcination." Materials 9, no. 12: 968.
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