Solvothermal synthesis of highly active Bi2WO6 visible photocatalyst

  • Jian Zhu
  • Jin-Guo Wang
  • Zhen-Feng Bian
  • Fen-Glei Cao
  • He-Xing Li


Uniform Bi2WO6 spheres with high visible light activity were prepared via a solvothermal route. A variety of techniques including transmission electron micrographs (TEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption, FT-IR spectra, and UV–Vis spectra were employed to characterize the structure of the Bi2WO6 materials so obtained. The results show that the sphere-like Bi2WO6 samples were successfully prepared. And, under the photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B, the samples demonstrated high activity, three times higher than that of a sample from the solid-state method. Moreover, the uniform structure made the sample easy to separate from the reaction solution, providing an intrinsic advantage to the normal Bi2WO6 samples.


Bi2WO6 Solvothermal method Rhodamine B degradation Visible light 



This work was supported by Government (2007CG59), Shanghai Normal University (SK200723), and State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Photocatalysis of Fuzhou University (K-081019).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jian Zhu
    • 1
  • Jin-Guo Wang
    • 1
  • Zhen-Feng Bian
    • 1
  • Fen-Glei Cao
    • 1
  • He-Xing Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryShanghai Normal UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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