Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 45, Issue 2, pp 437–451 | Cite as

Controllable synthesis of FeWO4/BiOBr in reactive ionic liquid with effective charge separation towards photocatalytic pollutant removal

  • Yi Zhang
  • Jun Di
  • Wei Tong
  • Xiaoliu Chen
  • Junze Zhao
  • Penghui Ding
  • Sheng Yin
  • Jiexiang XiaEmail author
  • Huaming LiEmail author


In the presence of reactive ionic liquid 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride [Omim]FeCl4, a new ferrous tungstate (FeWO4) was first synthesized by an ethylene glycol-assisted solvothermal process. Subsequently, FeWO4/BiOBr composites were prepared via an ionic liquid N-butyl-N-methylpiperidinium bromide [PP14]Br-assisted solvothermal process in mannitol solution. During the preparation process, [Omim]FeCl4 and [PP14]Br were used as reactants and templates. X-ray diffraction analysis, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS), transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and other techniques were used to characterize the prepared FeWO4/BiOBr material. Besides, the photocatalytic activity of the FeWO4/BiOBr composites was evaluated by degradation of rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation, revealing that the best ratio of FeWO4 was 3 wt%. The photodegradation performance of FeWO4/BiOBr towards tetracycline was better than that of TiO2 (P25). The enhanced photocatalytic activity of the FeWO4/BiOBr composites derived from effective charge separation between FeWO4 and BiOBr. A possible mechanism for the enhanced visible-light photocatalytic performance of FeWO4/BiOBr was proposed.


FeWO4 BiOBr Ionic liquid Charge separation Photocatalytic 



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21676128, 21576123, 21476098, and 21471069).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yi Zhang
    • 1
  • Jun Di
    • 1
  • Wei Tong
    • 1
  • Xiaoliu Chen
    • 2
  • Junze Zhao
    • 1
  • Penghui Ding
    • 1
  • Sheng Yin
    • 1
  • Jiexiang Xia
    • 1
    Email author
  • Huaming Li
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Institute for Energy ResearchJiangsu UniversityZhenjiangPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.School of the EnvironmentJiangsu UniversityZhenjiangPeople’s Republic of China

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