Enhanced photocatalytic activity of Bi2WO6 doped with upconversion luminescence agent

Zhijie Zhang, Wenzhong Wang, Jie Xu, Meng Shang, Jia Ren, Songmei Sun

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In order to utilize visible light more effectively, a novel Er 3+:Y3Al5O12/Bi2WO 6 photocatalyst was designed, in which Er3+:Y 3Al5O12 is a kind of upconversion luminescence agent and can emit ultraviolet light under visible light excitation. The photo-degradation of a typical model pollutant, phenol, demonstrated that Er3+:Y3Al5O12/Bi2WO 6 photocatalyst exhibited much enhanced photo-activity than bare Bi2WO6 under simulated solar light irradiation. Moreover, the Er3+:Y3Al5O12/Bi 2WO6 photocatalyst also showed photo-activity under visible light with wavelengths beyond the absorption edge of Bi 2WO6, further testifying the upconversion effect of Er3+:Y3Al5O12.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-34
Number of pages4
JournalCatalysis Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 5 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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