Preparation and visible light induced photocatalytic activity of C-NaTaO3 and C-NaTaO3–Cl-TiO2 composite†
A nice visible light responsive C-doped NaTaO3 (C-NaTaO3) particle has been successfully prepared by a facile solvothermal method using water–ethylene glycol mixed solutions as solvent. The results presented that the carbon could be easily incorporated in NaTaO3 from ethylene glycol during a solvothermal reaction, finally leading to excellent visible light absorption. The as-synthesized C-NaTaO3 showed excellent visible light induced photocatalytic activity superior to those of pure NaTaO3 and commercial P25. In addition, in order to further improve the visible light driven photocatalytic performance of C-NaTaO3, a new C-doped NaTaO3–Cl-doped TiO2 (C-NaTaO3–Cl-TiO2) core–shell type of composite was also fabricated. After coupling C-NaTaO3 with Cl-TiO2, the visible light induced NOx gas destruction ability of C-NaTaO3–Cl-TiO2 composite was significantly enhanced as compared to those of sole C-NaTaO3 and Cl-TiO2, probably due to the hindrance of the recombination rate of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. The C-NaTaO3 particle and C-NaTaO3–Cl-TiO2 composite prepared in this work would probably provide a new way to prepare high performance of visible light induced perovskite-type NaTaO3 based photocatalysts.