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Title: Photocatalytic mineralization of organic acids over visible-light-driven Au/BiVO<inf>4</inf>photocatalyst
Authors: Kanlaya Pingmuang
Natda Wetchakun
Wiyong Kangwansupamonkon
Kontad Ounnunkad
Burapat Inceesungvorn
Sukon Phanichphant
Keywords: Chemistry
Materials Science
Physics and Astronomy
Issue Date: 28-Jun-2013
Abstract: Au/BiVO4visible-light-driven photocatalysts were synthesized by coprecipitation method in the presence of sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) as a dispersant. Physical characterization of the obtained materials was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and Brunauer, and Emmett and Teller (BET) specific surface area measurement. Photocatalytic performances of the as-prepared Au/BiVO4have also been evaluated via mineralizations of oxalic acid and malonic acid under visible light irradiation. XRD and SEM results indicated that Au/BiVO4photocatalysts were of almost spherical particles with scheelite-monoclinic phase. Photocatalytic results showed that all Au/BiVO4samples exhibited higher oxalic acid mineralization rate than that of pure BiVO4, probably due to a decrease of BiVO4band gap energy and the presence of surface plasmon absorption upon loading BiVO4with Au as evidenced from UV-Vis DRS results. The nominal Au loading amount of 0.25 mol% provided the highest pseudo-first-order rate constant of 0.0487 min-1and 0.0082 min-1for degradations of oxalic acid (C2) and malonic acid (C3), respectively. By considering structures of the two acids, lower pseudo-first-order rate constantly obtained in the case of malonic acid degradation was likely due to an increased complexity of the degradation mechanism of the longer chain acid. © 2013 Kanlaya Pingmuang et al.
ISSN: 1687529X
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