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Metastable Monoclinic ZnMoO4: Hydrothermal Synthesis, Optical Properties and Photocatalytic Performance

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Metastable monoclinic ZnMoO4 was successfully synthesized via a hydrothermal route with variation of reaction temperatures and time at pH value of 5.7. Systematic sample characterizations were carried out, including X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transformed infrared spectra, UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra, and photoluminescence spectra. The results show that all as-prepared ZnMoO4 samples were demonstrated to crystallize in a pure-phase of monoclinic wolframite structure. All samples were formed in plate-like morphology. Six IR active vibrational bands were observed in the wave number range of 400–900 cm−1. The band gap of as-prepared ZnMoO4 was estimated to be 2.86 eV by Tauc equation. Photoluminescence measurement indicates that as-prepared ZnMoO4 exhibits a broad blue–green emission under excitation wavelength of 280 nm at room temperature. Photocatalytic activity of as-prepared ZnMoO4 was examined by monitoring the degradation of methyl orange dye in an aqueous solution under UV radiation of 365 nm. The as-prepared ZnMoO4 obtained at 180 °C for 40 h showed the best photocatalytic activity with completing degradation of MO in irradiation time of 120 min. Consequently, monoclinic ZnMoO4 proved to be an efficient near visible light photocatalyst.


Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2011-11-01

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