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Novel AgBr/Ag3PO4 Decorated Ceria Nanoflake Composites for Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity toward Dyes and Bacteria under Visible Light

Eswar, Neerugatti Krishna Rao and Katkar, Venktesh V and Ramamurthy, Praveen C and Madras, Giridhar (2015) Novel AgBr/Ag3PO4 Decorated Ceria Nanoflake Composites for Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity toward Dyes and Bacteria under Visible Light. In: INDUSTRIAL & ENGINEERING CHEMISTRY RESEARCH, 54 (33). pp. 8031-8042.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.5b01993

Abstract

The aim of this study was to develop heterogeneous visible light active photocatalysts using AgBr and Ag3PO4 using CeO2 nanoflakes as an efficient substrate. Ascorbic acid was employed as a fuel to synthesize fine ceria nanoflakes by a facile solution combustion process. AgBr and Ag3PO4 were decorated on ceria to prepare AgBr/Ag3PO4/ceria nanocomposites. The structure of the composite was determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Novel flakelike morphology was revealed using electron microscopy techniques. The nanocomposites exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity under visible light compared to pristine ceria nanoparticles. The nanocomposite catalyst particles degraded both anionic and cationic dyes. It also exhibited efficient antimicrobial activity under visible light. The AgBr/Ag3PO4/ceria nanocomposite was characterized using X-ray diffraction analysis, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, electron microscopy, BET surface area analysis, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the reasons for enhanced photocatalytic activity were elucidated. The presence of silver based semiconductors on ceria has shown to decrease charge recombination through photoluminescence analysis that attributed for enhanced photocatalytic activity. The AgBr/Ag3PO4/ceria nanocomposite has shown a stable performance after many repeated cycles.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the AMER CHEMICAL SOC, 1155 16TH ST, NW, WASHINGTON, DC 20036 USA
Department/Centre: Division of Interdisciplinary Research > Centre for Nano Science and Engineering
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Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 07:16
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2015 07:16
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/52450

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