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Lithium niobate nanowires for photocatalytic water splitting

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Molecule-based preparation of lithium niobate nanowires was achieved by proper combination of a niobium oxooxalate complex, a structure-directing reagent, and a lithium source. Structural and photophysical properties of the nanowires obtained were characterized by several microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. The nanowire was employed as a photocatalyst for overall water splitting, and H2 or O2 evolution reaction from an aqueous solution containing a sacrificial reagent under UV light irradiation to show enhanced photocatalytic properties as compared with a bulky counterpart prepared by a solid state reaction. The factors contributing to the enhancement of the photocatalytic performance were suggested to be an increase in active sites for the photocatalytic reaction in conjunction with a large surface area and a small particle size.

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30 Dec 2010
07 Feb 2011
First published
08 Mar 2011

Dalton Trans., 2011,40, 3909-3913
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Lithium niobate nanowires for photocatalytic water splitting

K. Saito, K. Koga and A. Kudo, Dalton Trans., 2011, 40, 3909
DOI: 10.1039/C0DT01844A

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