Synthesis, characterization, and electronic structure studies of cubic Bi1.5ZnTa1.5O7 for photocatalytic applications

Perenlei, Ganchimeg, Alarco, Jose A., Talbot, Peter C., & Martens, Wayde N. (2015) Synthesis, characterization, and electronic structure studies of cubic Bi1.5ZnTa1.5O7 for photocatalytic applications. International Journal of Photoenergy, 2015, Article ID 349030.

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Abstract

Bi1.5ZnTa1.5O7 (BZT) has been synthesized using an alkoxide based sol-gel reaction route. The evolution of the phases produced from the alkoxide precursors and their properties have been characterized as function of temperature using a combination of thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) coupled with mass spectrometry (MS), infrared emission spectrometry (IES), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet and visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms. The lowest sintering temperature (600∘C) to obtain phase pure BZT powders with high surface area (14.5m2/g) has been determined from the thermal decomposition and phase analyses.The photocatalytic activity of the BZT powders has been tested for the decolorization of organic azo-dye and found to be photoactive under UV irradiation.The electronic band structure of the BZT has been investigated using density functional theory (DFT) calculations to determine the band gap energy (3.12 eV) and to compare it with experimental band gap (3.02 eV at 800∘C) from optical absorptionmeasurements. An excellent match is obtained for an assumption of Zn cation substitutions at specifically ordered sites in the BZT structure.

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ID Code: 89986
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Bismuth zinc tantalum oxide, Photocatalysis, Band structure, Density functional theory, Optical absorption
DOI: 10.1155/2015/349030
ISSN: 1110-662X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (030200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > INORGANIC CHEMISTRY (030200) > Transition Metal Chemistry (030207)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY (030700)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Ganchimeg Perenlei et al
Copyright Statement: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2015 02:32
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2015 22:40

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