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Cyclic Performance and Photo-Induced Crystalline Growth of Nanostructured AgI/TiO2 Visible Light Photocatalyst

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Nanostructured AgI/TiO2 visible light photocatalyst was prepared with AgNO3, KI, and Ti(OBu)4 as precursors. The photocatalyst was used repeatedly to degrade methylene blue and methyl orange in water with visible light irradiation. Though a high photocatalytic efficiency was observed for the photocatalyst in the first cycle, the photocatalytic efficiency was found to decrease dramatically in subsequent cycles. X-ray diffraction and SEM analyses revealed an obvious crystalline growth of AgI in AgI/TiO2 nanocomposite after photocatalysis or visible light irradiation. It was proposed that photo-induced crystalline growth had occurred to AgI in the course of photocatalysis and resulted in dramatic decrease in the photocatalytic efficiency of the photocatalyst. Photo-induced crystalline growth may be a limiting factor for the lifetime of photocatalysts and should be examined as an important aspect of photostability when new photocatalysts are developed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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