Synthesis and Characterization Ag Nanoparticles Supported on Bi2WO6 Nanoplates for Enhanced Visible-Light-Driven Photocatalytic Degradation of Rhodamine B

  • Anukorn PhuruangratEmail author
  • Paveen-On Keereesaensuk
  • K. Karthik
  • Phattranit Dumrongrojthanath
  • Nuengruethai Ekthammathat
  • Somchai Thongtem
  • Titipun ThongtemEmail author


Heterostructure Ag/Bi2WO6 nanocomposites with different weight contents of Ag nanoparticles for photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB) were successfully synthesized by solution precipitate-deposition method using sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as a reducing agent. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) certify the successful synthesis of cubic Ag nanoparticles supported on the surface of orthorhombic Bi2WO6 nanoplates. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed the presence of metallic Ag species supported on Bi2WO6 nanoplates. The photocatalytic performance of heterostructure Ag/Bi2WO6 nanocomposites were investigated through the degradation of RhB under visible light irradiation. In this research, Ag/Bi2WO6 nanocomposites exhibited excellent chemical stability and recyclability under visible light irradiation. The 5 wt% Ag/Bi2WO6 showed the highest photodegradation of RhB due to the Ag nanoparticles acting as an electron trapper, to restrain the recombination of photo-induced electrons and holes, to improve the charge separation, and to enhance the photocatalytic performance of Bi2WO6.


Ag/Bi2WO6 heterojunction Photocatalysis Spectroscopy X-ray diffraction 



We are extremely grateful to Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Songkhla 90112, Thailand for providing financial support through the Contact No. SCI6202009S, and Center of Excellence in Materials Science and Technology, Chiang Mai University under the administration of Materials Science Research Center, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and Technology, Faculty of SciencePrince of Songkla UniversitySongkhlaThailand
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsBharathidasan UniversityTiruchirappalliIndia
  3. 3.Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Chiang RaiChiang RaiThailand
  4. 4.Program in Chemistry, Faculty of Science and TechnologyBansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat UniversityBangkokThailand
  5. 5.Department of Physics and Materials Science, Faculty of ScienceChiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand
  6. 6.Materials Science Research Center, Faculty of ScienceChiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand
  7. 7.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceChiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand

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