Visible light induced photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B and hydrogen generation from solar water splitting by hematite (α-Fe 2O3) coated gold (Au) nanorods have been investigated, in which two types of α-Fe2O3/Au nanorods with different Au surfaces were synthesized and then carefully compared. Vertically aligned smooth Au nanorod and porous Au nanorod arrays were prepared by the electro-deposition method using anodized aluminum oxide templates, followed by deposition of hematite onto nanoporous Au nanorods and smooth Au nanorods to synthesize core/shell like nanostructure. The as-prepared samples were characterized by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy, X-ray Diffraction, and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. Also, their photocatalytic activities were investigated by photo-degradation of rhodamine B, photocurrent-voltage, and incident photon to current conversion efficiency measurements under AM 1.5G light irradiation. Hematite (α-Fe2O3) coated porous Au nanorods showed better photocatalytic activities than α-Fe 2O3 coated smooth Au nanorods, showing faster dye degradation rate, higher photocurrent density and better photon harvesting.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the NRF of Korea Grant funded by the MEST (NRF-2009-C1AAA001-2009-0094157). A. Mao and W. Kim contributed for this work equally.
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- Chemical Engineering(all)