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Preparation of MoO3/MoS2/TiO2 Composites for Catalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue

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Metastable hexagonal MoO3 microrods were grown from bulk MoS2 and used as support materials for MoS2 and TiO2 nanoparticles. The hybrid composites that consisted of MoO3, MoS2, and TiO2 were prepared at a low temperature using the one-step synthesis method. The crystallinity and morphology of the MoO3/MoS2/TiO2 composites that were prepared using HNO3 and titanium tetraisopropoxide were compared with those of the MoO3/MoS2 composites that were prepared without titanium tetraisopropoxide. Titanium isopropoxide facilitated the formation of the MoO3 microrods from the oxidation of the bulk MoS2. The desired MoO3/MoS2/TiO2 composites were obtained using 0.5 g of bulk MoS2, 3-4 ml of HNO3, and 0.367 ml of titanium tetraisopropoxide. The MoO3/MoS2/TiO2 composites that were treated with ultrasonic waves showed rapid degradation of the methylene blue solution (2×10-4 M) in the dark and good photocatalytic ability under ultraviolet light irradiation. The decomposition of methylene blue depended on the composition of the composite.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: July 1, 2012

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