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SrNb2O6 nanotubes with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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SrNb2O6 having a rhombic nanotubular structure with a diameter of 300 nm, average length of 3 μm and wall thickness of 50 nm was synthesized via a facile hydrothermal route. The prepared powders were characterized using X-ray diffraction, field-emission electron microscopy (FESEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and Raman spectroscopy. Compared to the same material prepared by the solid-state reaction method, the rhombic nanotubes of SrNb2O6 exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for the production of H2 from pure water, which was mainly attributed to their higher surface area. Moreover, the increased optical absorption properties resulting from the variation of the crystal structure also contributed to their higher photocatalytic activity.

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The article was received on 17 Dec 2009, accepted on 19 Feb 2010 and first published on 19 Mar 2010

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B926694A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2010,20, 3979-3983
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    SrNb2O6 nanotubes with enhanced photocatalytic activity

    I. Cho, S. Lee, J. H. Noh, D. W. Kim, D. K. Lee, H. S. Jung, D. Kim and K. S. Hong, J. Mater. Chem., 2010, 20, 3979
    DOI: 10.1039/B926694A

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