Facile synthesis of efficient photocatalytic tantalum nitride nanoparticles

Zheng Wang, Jiangting Wang, Jungang Hou, Kai Huang, Shuqiang Jiao, Hongmin Zhu

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Abstract

Tantalum nitride nanoparticles, as visible-light photocatalysts were synthesized by a two-step homogeneously chemical reduction without any polymers and templates. The well-crystallized Ta 3N 5 nanoparticles with a range of 20-50 nm in size have been characterized by a number of techniques, such as XRD, XPS, SEM, TEM, BET and UV-Vis spectrum. Most importantly, the Ta 3N 5 nanoparticles with good stability exhibited higher photooxidation activities in the water splitting and degradation of methylene blue under visible light irradiation than bulk Ta 3N 5 particles and commercial P25 TiO 2, demonstrating that Ta 3N 5 nanoparticle is a promising candidate as a visible-light photocatalyst.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3605-3611
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Research Bulletin
Volume47
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Nov 1
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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