One-pot sonochemical synthesis of 3D flower-like hierarchical AgCl microsphere with enhanced photocatalytic activity

  • Hujiabudula Maimaitizi
  • Kuerbangnisha Kadeer
  • Abulajiang Reheman
  • Dilinuer Talifu
  • Yalkunjan Tursun
  • Abulikemu AbuliziEmail author
Research Article


A highly uniform 3D flower-like hierarchical AgCl microsphere was prepared by sonochemical method with the existence of β-dextrin. The 3D flower-like hierarchical structure can be ascribed to the existence of β-dextrin, which provides nucleation sites for the growth of nanosheets because of the strong interaction between β-dextrin and Ag+. The 3D flower-like hierarchical AgCl microspheres were assembled by numerous interleaving nanosheet petals with small thickness. Benefiting from the unique structural features, the as-prepared 3D flower-like hierarchical AgCl microsphere exhibited higher degradation efficiency with degrading 98.17% of methylene blue (MB) and 88.50% of tetracycline (TC) within 40 min, which were both remarkably higher than those of irregular AgCl under visible light irradiation. Besides, the photocatalytic degradation rate constant of 3D flower-like hierarchical AgCl microsphere (0.063 min−1) for MB was 3.94 times higher than that of irregular AgCl (0.016 min−1). Moreover, a possible mechanism for the formation and excellent photocatalytic performance of 3D flower-like hierarchical AgCl microsphere was also proposed.


Flower-like Hierarchical AgCl microsphere Visible light Sonochemical Photocatalytic degradation 


Funding information

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21465022).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hujiabudula Maimaitizi
    • 1
  • Kuerbangnisha Kadeer
    • 1
  • Abulajiang Reheman
    • 1
  • Dilinuer Talifu
    • 1
  • Yalkunjan Tursun
    • 1
  • Abulikemu Abulizi
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Coal Conversion & Chemical Engineering Process (Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region), College of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringXinjiang UniversityXinjiangPeople’s Republic of China

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