Controllable Synthesis of core-shell Bi@amorphous Bi2O3 nanospheres with tunable optical and photocatalytic activity for NO removal

Meijuan CHEN, Yan LI, Zhenyu WANG, Yunxia GAO, Yu HUANG, Junji CAO, Wing Kei HO, Shuncheng LEE

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The size, morphology, and structure of a Bi nanoparticle can significantly affect its photocatalytic performance. In this study, core-shell structured Bi@amorphous Bi2O3 nanospheres were synthesized through a one-step solvothermal method, and the reaction mechanisms on NO removal were proposed. It was found that Bi nanoparticles can generate charge carriers by surface plasma resonance (SPR) under visible light irradiation, while the surface amorphous Bi2O3 layer can facilitate the charge carriers' separation. The Bi@Bi2O3 sample with the synthesis time of 18 h exhibited superior visible light photocatalytic activity for NO degradation, attributed to the suited size and suitable amorphous Bi2O3 layer. O2-, 1O2, and OH radicals were identified as the main reactive species involved in the photocatalysis processes. Moreover, the enhancement mechanisms of photocatalytic NO removal over Bi@Bi2O3 samples were discussed. This study demonstrated that the fabrication of core-shell structured Bi@Bi2O3 is a good strategy for effective air pollution control. (Chemical Equation Presented). Copyright © 2017 American Chemical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10251-10258
JournalIndustrial & Engineering Chemistry Process Design and Development
Issue number37
Early online date23 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2017


Chen, M., Li, Y., Wang, Z., Gao, Y., Huang, Y., Cao, J., . . . Lee, S. (2017). Controllable Synthesis of core-shell Bi@amorphous Bi₂O₃ nanospheres with tunable optical and photocatalytic activity for NO removal. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 56(37), 10251-10258. doi: 10.1021/acs.iecr.7b02497


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