Tailoring structural and photocatalytic features of nitrogen-doped Bi2MoO6 structures under different nitrogen sources

R. Rangel*, J. Rodríguez-López, J. Lara, A. Ramos-Carrazco, D. Berman-Mendoza, J. L. Cervantes-López, V. J. Cedeño-Garcidueñas

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The present research aimed to obtain Bi2MoO6 and nitrogen-doped Bi2MoO6 compounds capable of extending their light absorption capability toward the visible regime through nitrogen doping of those structures. It were obtained employing a high pressure-hydrothermal method assisted by microwave heating by using different nitrogen precursors including urea, thiourea, hydrazine, and ethylenediamine. The effect of nitrogen precursors on the physicochemical and structural properties was investigated in detail through scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and specific surface area determination using the BET method. The energy bandgap was calculated by UV–Vis spectroscopy, which exhibits high absorption from the UV region up to the visible regime. Nitrogen-doped Bi2MoO6 compounds show high specific surface area values as well as a reduction in their bandgap energy values compared to pristine Bi2MoO6. Regarding the influence of the different nitrogen sources, it was observed that thiourea provided the highest percentage of nitrogen content in the Bi2MoO6 structure (15.76 at. %), while hydrazine showed the highest specific surface area (11.01 m2/g). The compounds showed a positive effect, reaching a degradation of 66% under UV and 68%, under Vis irradiation of the lignin molecule. Also, the results indicate that the N-doped Bi2MoO6 compounds are more active than the pristine Bi2MoO6. The methodology presented here provides an easy and low-cost way for the synthesis of Bi2MoO6 structures with potential use in the field of photocatalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110837
JournalJournal of Physics and Chemistry of Solids
StatePublished - Oct 2022

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  • Bismuth molybdate
  • Microwave irradiation
  • Nitrogen doping
  • Semiconductor


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