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Single-crystalline orthorhombic molybdenum oxide nanobelts: synthesis and photocatalytic properties

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Abstract

Single crystalline MoO3 nanobelts with width of 200–300 nm and the length up to several tens of micrometres were prepared by a facile hydrothermal method and characterized. Based on time- and temperature-dependent experiments, a solid–solution–solid transformation mechanism was proposed for the formation of crystalline MoO3 nanobelts. The as-prepared MoO3 nanobelts were used as a photocatalyst to degrade methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation and demonstrated a dramatic activity, indicating that the as-prepared MoO3 nanobelts were promising candidates for the photodegradation of organic dyes. A self-sensitization photocatalytic mechanism was suggested based on the experimental results.

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The article was received on 13 Jan 2010, accepted on 11 May 2010 and first published on 12 Jul 2010


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C000744G
Citation: CrystEngComm, 2010,12, 3740-3747
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    Single-crystalline orthorhombic molybdenum oxide nanobelts: synthesis and photocatalytic properties

    Y. Chen, C. Lu, L. Xu, Y. Ma, W. Hou and J. Zhu, CrystEngComm, 2010, 12, 3740
    DOI: 10.1039/C000744G

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