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Title: Enhancement of photocatalytic activity of BiVO4 by barium doping
Authors: Sunny, Athul
Prabu, N. Manikanda
Keywords: BiVO4;Photocatalysis;Degradation of pollutants;Barium doping
Issue Date: Jun-2020
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: BiVO4 has been successfully synthesized by solid state method and doped by barium in the sites of bismuth in 3%, 6%, 9% and 15% to form Bi1-xBaxVO4 (x = 0.03, 0.06, 0.09 & 0.15). The products have been characterized using powder X-ray diffraction, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The band gap of undoped BiVO4 is calculated to be 2.19 eV and the barium doped BiVO4 compounds exhibit band gaps which are closer to the band gap of undoped compound. The photocatalytic activities of undoped and doped catalysts for the degradation of methylene blue have been studied using UV-visible spectroscopy and found to be depended largely on the barium content and the particle size of the compounds.
Page(s): 775-782
ISSN: 0975-0975(Online); 0376-4710(Print)
Appears in Collections:IJC-A Vol.59A(06) [June 2020]

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