Self-assembled hierarchical nanostructures of Bi2WO6for hydrogen production and dye degradation under solar light

Rajendra P. Panmand, Yogesh A. Sethi, Sunil R. Kadam, Mohaseen S. Tamboli, Latesh K. Nikam, Jalinder D. Ambekar, Chan Jin Park, Bharat B. Kale

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Three dimensional (3D) hierarchical nanostructures of orthorhombic Bi2WO6 with unique morphologies were successfully synthesized by a solvothermal method. The precursor concentration plays a key role in the architecture of the hierarchical nanostructures. A peony flower-like morphology was obtained at higher precursor concentrations, and a red blood cell (RBC)-like morphology with average diameter of 1.5 μm was obtained at lower concentrations. These hierarchical nanostructures were assembled by selfalignment of 20 nm nanoplates. As their band gap is in the visible region, the photocatalytic activity of the Bi2WO6 hierarchical nanostructures for the production of hydrogen from glycerol, and the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and methylene blue (MB) under ambient conditions in the presence of solar light was investigated. The Bi2WO6 with peony flower morphology was observed to be the most efficient photocatalyst (H2: 7.40 mmol h-1 g-1, kRhB: 0.240 and kMB: 0.100) of the reported nanostructures. The higher activity of the peony flowers was due to their porous nature, high surface area and lower band gap. Such unique 3D nanostructures of Bi2WO6 have been fabricated for the first time, and their use as photocatalysts in the production of hydrogen from glycerol has hitherto not been attempted. These nanostructures may have potential in ferroelectric, piezoelectric, pyroelectric and nonlinear dielectric applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-115
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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