Synthesis of zinc germanium oxynitride nanotube as a visible-light driven photocatalyst for NOx decomposition through ordered morphological transformation from Zn2GeO4 nanorod obtained by hydrothermal reaction

Jingwen Wang, Yusuke Asakura, Shu Yin

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    Abstract

    Oxynitrides with narrow band gap are promising materials as visible-light sensitive photocatalysts, because introduction of nitrogen ions can negatively shift the position of valence band maximum of the corresponding oxides to negative side. (Zn1+xGe)(N2Ox) with wurtzite structure is one of the oxynitride materials. (Zn1+xGe)(N2Ox) with nanotube morphology was synthesized by nitridation of Zn2GeO4 nanorods at 800 °C for 6 h. During the nitridation process, the nanorod with smooth surface was transformed into nanotube with rough surface in spite of no template for formation of tube structure. The nanotube formation can be caused by ordered morphological transformation from Zn2GeO4 nanorod during the nitridation. (Zn1+xGe)(N2Ox) nanotube exhibited a large specific surface area due to its nanotube morphology and the ability to be responsive to visible light because of the narrow band gap of 2.76 eV. Compared to (Zn1+xGe)(N2Ox) synthesized by conventional solid state reaction, the optimized (Zn1+xGe)(N2Ox) nanotube possessed enhanced photocatalytic NOx decomposition activity under both ultraviolet and visible light irradiation.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number122709
    JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
    Volume396
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2020 Sep 5

    Keywords

    • Hydrothermal synthesis
    • Nanotube
    • Nitridation
    • Oxynitride
    • Photocatalysts

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Environmental Engineering
    • Environmental Chemistry
    • Waste Management and Disposal
    • Pollution
    • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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