Catalysis Letters, Vol.150, No.1, 159-169, 2020
Hydrothermal Synthesis and Characterization of Ce3+ Doped Bi2MoO6 for Water Treatment
Rhodamine B (RhB) and tetracycline (TC) are the typical organic pollutants in wastewater. More and more attentions have been paid to the removal of them. In the present work, pure and various contents of Ce3+ doped Bi2MoO6 nanostructures were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. They were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-Vis DRS), Raman spectra, photoluminescence spectra, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), N-2 adsorption-desorption tests and X-ray photoelectron spectra. XRD patterns show that the pure and Ce3+ doped Bi2MoO6 exhibit orthorhombic crystal structure and Ce3+ is successfully doped into Bi2MoO6 lattice. UV-Vis DRS results indicate that a narrower band gap was obtained after Ce3+ doped into Bi2MoO6. SEM images show that the Ce-doped Bi2MoO6 is 3D microspheres constructed by many nanosheets. The photocatalytic activities of the as-prepared samples were evaluated by the degradation of RhB and TC. The 0.5% Ce3+ doped Bi2MoO6 exhibits the best photocatalytic activity of 96.6% within 20 min for RhB removal and 78.2% within 90 min for TC removal, respectively. The improved photocatalytic activity can be ascribed to the low recombination and easy migration of photogenerated electron hole pairs derived from the better crystallinity, optimum optical absorption activity and morphology of microspheres after Ce3+ doping. In addition, it also had a good stability and reusability after ten times of recycling experiments. [GRAPHICS] .