Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol.367, 694-705, 2019
Wide spectrum photocatalytic activity in lanthanide-doped upconversion nanophosphors coated with porous TiO2 and Ag-Cu bimetallic nanoparticles
Approaches towards maximum utilization of solar light spectrum for photocatalysis have currently attracted great interest. The combination of profoundly different properties, such as, upconversion, semiconducting and plasmonic properties can produce a favorable path in efficient utilization of the different regions of solar light reaching to earth. In this regard, design and fabrication of microstructures consisting of upconverting lanthanide doped nanophosphors coated with porous semiconducting material, TiO2 and decorated with plasmonic Ag-Cu bimetallic nanoparticles is presented in this work. These microstructures display great stability and exceptional photocatalytic activity by absorbing wide spectrum from ultraviolet to near infrared. The photocatalytic activity could be attributed to the synergistic effects between the different components and the efficient energy transfer between them. The development of such sort of hybrid microstructures could pave way for the development of new materials for the efficient utilization of the wide spectrum of sunlight.