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Catalysts 2017, 7(9), 276; doi:10.3390/catal7090276

The Preparation of a Highly Efficient Ag3PO4/Ag/Bi2O2CO3 Photo-Catalyst and the Study of Its Photo-Catalytic Organic Synthesis Reaction Driven by Visible Light

College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Inner Mongolia University, Hohhot 010021, China
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Received: 18 August 2017 / Revised: 14 September 2017 / Accepted: 14 September 2017 / Published: 17 September 2017
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Ag3PO4/Ag/Bi2O2CO3 composites were prepared by a hydrothermal and precipitation method. The morphology, structure, and valence state of the photo-catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface areas, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-vis DRS). They were applied as heterogeneous catalysts in the synthesis of esters from aldehydes (or alcohols) and alcohols and the synthesis of imines from alcohols and amines under visible light irradiation. The photo-catalytic activities of the esterification reactions of aldehydes and alcohols were heavily dependent on the loading of Ag3PO4/Ag/Bi2O2CO3 as well as the intensity and wavelength of the visible light. Furthermore, their conversion under visible light irradiation was superior to that in the dark. Herein a reaction mechanism from aldehydes and alcohols to esters was proposed, and the Ag3PO4/Ag/Bi2O2CO3 catalysts could be used six times without a significant decrease in activity. Using these catalysts under visible light could motivate future studies to develop efficient recyclable photo-catalysts and facilitate many synthetic organic reactions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Ag3PO4/Ag/Bi2O2CO3 photo-catalysts; esterification; amination; visible light Ag3PO4/Ag/Bi2O2CO3 photo-catalysts; esterification; amination; visible light

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Guo, Z.; Xin, H.; Ma, J.; Bai, M.; Wang, Y.; Li, J. The Preparation of a Highly Efficient Ag3PO4/Ag/Bi2O2CO3 Photo-Catalyst and the Study of Its Photo-Catalytic Organic Synthesis Reaction Driven by Visible Light. Catalysts 2017, 7, 276.

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