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MoO3-MWCNT nanocomposite photocatalyst with control of light-harvesting under visible light and natural sunlight irradiation

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Abstract

One of the most challenging tasks in solar energy utilization is the quest for inexpensive and stable photocatalysts which can efficiently utilize solar irradiation or interior lighting. Here we report new porous MoO3-MWCNT nanocomposites with excellent chemical stability which can efficiently decompose organic contaminants in aqueous solution under light visible and natural sunlight irradiation. The precise control of light harvesting and photocatalytic efficiency was achieved by controlling the quantity of MWCNTs in the nanocomposites. In comparison to other photocatalysts, porous photocatalysts are chemically and thermally stable and provide excellent electron transfer during photocatalytic reactions. Overall, this work shows that the synthesized MoO3-MWCNT nanocomposites can be efficiently used to improve the disinfection and decontamination of water under light visible and natural sunlight irradiation.

Graphical abstract: MoO3-MWCNT nanocomposite photocatalyst with control of light-harvesting under visible light and natural sunlight irradiation

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The article was received on 29 May 2012, accepted on 03 Aug 2012 and first published on 06 Aug 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM33458E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 20549-20553
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    MoO3-MWCNT nanocomposite photocatalyst with control of light-harvesting under visible light and natural sunlight irradiation

    I. Shakir, J. H. Choi, M. Shahid, Z. Ali and D. J. Kang, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 20549
    DOI: 10.1039/C2JM33458E

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