Photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes by La3+/Ce3+-H3PW12O40 under different light irradiation
New photocatalysts (La3+-H3PW12O40 and Ce3+-H3PW12O40) were prepared, and the degradation activity of these products was evaluated. These photocatalysts were synthesized by the hydrothermal method assisted by PEG-1000 from the reactions of LaCl3 or CeCl3 and phosphotungstic acid. The prepared catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectroscopy (UV-vis) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). The catalytic activity of La3+-H3PW12O40 and Ce3+-H3PW12O40 was evaluated by adopting methyl orange (MO) and Rhodamine B (RhB) as model dyes, and the reaction was carried out under UV- and visible light irradiation.