Catalysis Letters

, Volume 144, Issue 11, pp 1962–1967 | Cite as

Enhanced Activity of BiVO4 Powdered Photocatalyst Under Visible Light Irradiation by Preparing Microwave-Assisted Aqueous Solution Methods

  • Kota Soma
  • Akihide Iwase
  • Akihiko Kudo


BiVO4 has extensively been studied as a promising photocatalyst and a photoanode aiming at highly efficient solar water splitting. We have successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of microwave assistance for the rapid preparation of a BiVO4 photocatalyst with high quality in an aqueous medium. The BiVO4 was highly crystalline polyhedral particles which reflect its crystal structure. Moreover, the present BiVO4 powdered photocatalyst showed higher activities for water oxidation to O2 in the presence of a sacrificial reagent under visible light and simulated sunlight irradiation than BiVO4 prepared by the aqueous solution methods with the traditional external heating.

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Photocatalysis Oxidation Heterogeneous catalysis 



This work was supported by a Grant in Aid (No. 24107001 and 24107004) for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas (No. 2406) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology in Japan.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceTokyo University of ScienceTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Photocatalysis International Research Center, Research Institute for Science and TechnologyTokyo University of ScienceNoda-shiJapan

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