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High yield synthesis of novel boron nitride submicro-boxes and their photocatalytic application under visible light irradiation

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Abstract

In this study, hexagonal boron nitride submicro-boxes (BNMB) (0.50–1.4 μm) have been synthesized by using KBH4, NH4F and Zn in a stainless steel autoclave at 450 °C. The formation process was studied by XRD, TEM and EDS, and it is considered that the in situ formed KZnF3 intermediate cubes serve as templates for the formation of BNMB. The as-formed BNMB, with unique structural features, high specific surface area (∼86.9 m2 g−1) and good chemical properties, can be applied as a catalyst support for SnO2. The UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum of SnO2/BNMB shows the absorption edge in the visible region (∼470 nm), making it suitable for photocatalytic application. The experimental result indicates that the SnO2/BNMB exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity on the degradation of methyl orange (MO), which was up to 92% after 30 min of visible-light (λ > 420 nm) irradiation. The good photocatalytic activity was attributed mainly to its suitable band gap energy, strong adsorption ability for MO, and effective charge separation at the SnO2/BNMB photocatalyst interface.

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The article was received on 29 Mar 2011, accepted on 07 Jun 2011 and first published on 11 Jul 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00111F
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011,1, 1159-1165

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    High yield synthesis of novel boron nitride submicro-boxes and their photocatalytic application under visible light irradiation

    M. Wang, M. Li, L. Xu, L. Wang, Z. Ju, G. Li and Y. Qian, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011, 1, 1159
    DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00111F

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