PCBM nanoparticles as visible-light-driven photocatalysts for photocatalytic decomposition of organic dyes

Chanon Pornrungroj, Tsunenobu Onodera, Hidetoshi Oikawa

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    Abstract

    [6,6]-Phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl esters (PCBM) have emerged in recent years as important building blocks for photovoltaic devices. However, the potential of PCBM itself as a photocatalyst has not been reviewed. Here, we demonstrate PCBM nanoparticles (NPs) fabricated by the reprecipitation method as suitable photocatalysts for an effective visible-light-driven photocatalytic degradation for organic dyes. An enhanced catalytic performance of PCBM can be achieved by a simple annealing process. The present PCBM NPs outperform the state-of-the-art P25 TiO2 and therefore highlights its potential as promising small molecule organic semiconductor photocatalysts with high photocatalytic activity and good long-term stability.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)321-326
    Number of pages6
    JournalMRS Communications
    Volume9
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019 Mar 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Materials Science(all)

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