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Distinct Phase Formation of BiREWO6 (RE = La-Yb) Nanoparticles by a One Step Hydrothermal Synthesis and Their Photocatalytic Applications

Shanbogh, Pradeep P and Swain, Diptikanta and Narayana, Chandrabhas and Rao, Ashok and Sundaram, Nalini G (2018) Distinct Phase Formation of BiREWO6 (RE = La-Yb) Nanoparticles by a One Step Hydrothermal Synthesis and Their Photocatalytic Applications. In: CRYSTAL GROWTH & DESIGN, 18 (4). pp. 1935-1939.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.cgd.7b01774

Abstract

Under identical hydrothermal condition, remarkably, Aurivillius BiREWO6 nanoparticles crystallize in an orthorhombic phase for RE = Ce and La, while the RE = Nd-Yb materials crystallize in the monoclinic phase. This kind of distinct phase formation in this series is not observed in solid state synthesis, where for all RE substitution, only the monoclinic phase is formed. Moreover, formation of the orthorhombic phase for BiLaWO6 and BiCeWO6 has been observed for the first time. Calcination of as-synthesized BiLaWO6 and BiCeWO6 nanomaterials results in the monoclinic phase and this indicates that the formation of the orthorhombic phase is favored only under mild reaction conditions. This could be attributed to the crucial role of the ionic radii of RP3+ and Be3+ ions in solution. Rietveld refinement confirms the BiCeWO6 and BiGdWO6 are isostrutural to the low temperature (LT) orthorhombic phase and mondinic high temperature (HT) phase of Bi2WO6, respectively. Additionally phase dependent distinct morphology and photocatalytic activity is observed. As a representative example, it is observed that needle/plate-shaped monoclinic BiGdWO6 nanoparticles show superior visible light driven photocatalytic activity for the Congo-red dye degradation over the spherically agglomerated orthorhombic BiCeWO6 nanomaterial.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
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Date Deposited: 04 May 2018 18:47
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2018 15:21
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/59747

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