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A novel composite photocatalyst based on in situ growth of ultrathin tungsten oxidenanowires on graphene oxide sheets

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Abstract

Graphene oxide sheets were initially prepared by a modified pressurized oxidation method. Through a one-pot solvothermal route, a novel composite photocatalyst based on in situ growth of ultrathin W18O49 nanowires with diameters of 2–3 nm on graphene oxide sheets was then successfully fabricated. The as-prepared graphene oxide sheets and W18O49–reduced graphene oxide composite have been systematically characterized by combined techniques of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectrometry, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Compared to the W18O49 nanoflowers prepared in the absence of graphene oxide sheets, the W18O49–reduced graphene oxide composite exhibited significantly enhanced photocatalytic properties for the decomposition of methyl orange solution and for the growth inhibition of V. natriegens under full spectrum light, which is mainly due to the strong coupling interaction between the W18O49 nanowires and the reduced graphene oxide sheets. The present solvothermal process simultaneously enables the reduction of graphene oxide and the formation of W18O49, making it suitable for the preparation of other graphene-based composites.

Graphical abstract: A novel composite photocatalyst based on in situ growth of ultrathin tungsten oxide nanowires on graphene oxide sheets

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Submitted
07 Mar 2013
Accepted
11 Jun 2013
First published
13 Jun 2013

RSC Adv., 2013,3, 15005-15013
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A novel composite photocatalyst based on in situ growth of ultrathin tungsten oxide nanowires on graphene oxide sheets

X. Chang, L. Dong, Y. Yin and S. Sun, RSC Adv., 2013, 3, 15005
DOI: 10.1039/C3RA41109E

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