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A Facile Green Approach for Synthesis of Selenium Nanowires with Visible Light Photocatalytic Properties

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In this work, high purity trigonal selenium (t-Se) nanowires were synthesized through a simple one-step solvothermal process at 50 °C. Sodium formaldehyde sulfoxylate (SFS) was used as a reducing agent. To our knowledge, this is the first time that SFS was used as the reducing agent for synthesis of Se nanostructures. In this method, Se nanowires were obtained at lower temperature, shorter period of reaction time and without using complex equipment. The experimental parameters, such as reaction duration, temperature and amount of surfactant, were investigated. The as-prepared Se nanowires have a diameter of about 100–200 nm and length of up to 10 μm. A “Solid–Solution–Solid” growth mechanism was proposed. In the presence of H2O2, the Se nanowires showed good catalytic performance, where over 99% of methylene blue (MB) was degraded in 3.0 h. Results from this study demonstrated that the Se nanowires exhibit a promising application for photodegradation.
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Keywords: Nanowires; Photocatalytic Performance; Selenium; Synthesis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Materials & Energy, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China

Publication date: January 1, 2019

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