Template-free and eco-friendly synthesis of hierarchical Ag3PO4 microcrystals with sharp corners and edges for enhanced photocatalytic activity under visible light

Santosh Kumar, Tonda Surendar, Vishnu Shanker

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Abstract

Herein, we demonstrate a template-free and eco-friendly strategy to synthesize hierarchical Ag3PO4 microcrystals with sharp corners and edges via silver–ammine complex at room temperature. The as-synthesized hierarchical Ag3PO4 microcrystals were characterized by X-ray diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV–vis DRS), BET surface area analyzer, and photoluminescence analysis (PL). Our results clearly indicated that the as-synthesized Ag3PO4 microcrystals possess a hierarchical structure with sharp corners and edges. More attractively, the adsorption ability and visible light photocatalytic activity of the as-synthesized hierarchical Ag3PO4 is much higher than that of conventional Ag3PO4.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172–175
Number of pages4
JournalMaterials Letters
Volume123
Early online date11 Mar 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2014

Keywords

  • semiconductor
  • hierarchical Ag3PO4
  • photocatalysis
  • template-free
  • crystal growth
  • solar energy materials

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