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Electronic structure, optical properties and photocatalytic activities of LaFeO3-NaTaO3 solid solution
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory. (Condense Matter Theory Group)
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Technological University.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Materials Theory. (Condense Matter Theory Group)
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2012 (English)In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, ISSN 1932-7447, E-ISSN 1932-7455, Vol. 116, no 43, 22767-22773 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A solid solution photocatalyst, Na1–xLaxFe1–xTaxO3 (x up to 0.06), was prepared by the conventional solid-state method. The photophysical properties of the samples were studied by various experimental techniques and the electronic structures were investigated by using screened hybrid density functional (HSE06) calculations. The solid solution photocatalyst showed absorption of visible light extending up to 450 nm. Upon loading of platinum nanoparticles cocatalyst, the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution of 0.81 μ·mol·h–1·g–1 was obtained for 2% doping of LaFeO3 in NaTaO3, under visible radiation (λ > 390 nm; 20% methanol solution). The photocatalytic properties of the solid solution were found to be better than Fe doped NaTaO3 compounds on account of the suitable band structure. The electronic structure analysis revealed that, in the case of Fe doping at the Ta site, unoccupied electronic states in between the band gap appear that are responsible for the visible-light absorption. However, in the case of La and Fe codoping (passivated doping) the mid-gap electronic states are completely filled, which makes the band structure suitable for the visible-light photocatalysis. The present solid solution of perovskites (LaFeO3 and NaTaO3) sheds light on the interesting photophysical properties and photocatalytic activities which could be beneficial for the photocatalysts derived from these compounds.

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American Chemical Society (ACS), 2012. Vol. 116, no 43, 22767-22773 p.
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Condensed Matter Physics
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Physics with spec. in Atomic, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179336DOI: 10.1021/jp307857hISI: 000310482900014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-179336DiVA: diva2:544222
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2012-08-13 Created: 2012-08-13 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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1. Atomic Scale Design of Clean Energy Materials: Efficient Solar Energy Conversion and Gas Sensing
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2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The focus of this doctoral thesis is the atomic level design of photocatalysts and gas sensing materials. The band gap narrowing in the metal oxides for the visible-light driven photocatalyst as well as the interaction of water and gas molecules on the reactive surfaces of metal oxides and the electronic structure of kaolinite has been studied by the state-of-art calculations. Present thesis is organized into three sections.

The first section discusses the possibility of converting UV active photocatalysts (such as Sr2Nb2O7, NaTaO3, SrTiO3, BiTaO4 and BiNbO4) into a visible active photocatalysts by their band gap engineering. Foreign elements doping in wide band gap semiconductors is an important strategy to reduce their band gap. Therefore, we have investigated the importance of mono- and co-anionic/cationic doping on UV active photocatalysts. The semiconductor's band edge position is calculated with respect to the water oxidation/reduction potential for various doping. Moreover, the tuning of valence and conduction band edge position is discussed on the basis of dopant's p/d orbital energy.

In the second section of thesis the energetic, electronic and optical properties of TiO2, NiO and β-Si3N4 have been discussed to describe the adsorption mechanism of gas molecules at the surfaces. The dissociation of water into H+ or OH- occurs on the O-vacancy site of the (001)-surface of rutile TiO2 nanowire, which is due to the charge transfer from Ti atom to water molecule. The dissociation of water into OH- and imino (NH) groups is also observed on the β-Si3N4 (0001)-surface due to the dangling bonds of the lower coordinated N and Si surface atoms. Fixation of the SO2 molecules on the anatase TiO2 surfaces with O-deficiency have been investigated by Density Functional Theory (DFT) simulation and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. DFT calculations have been employed to explore the gas-sensing mechanism of NiO (100)-surface on the basis of energetic and electronic properties.

In the final section the focus is to describe the optical band gap of pristine kaolinite using the hybrid functional method and GW approach. Different possible intrinsic defects in the kaolinite (001) basal surface have been studied and their effect on the electronic structure has been explained. The detailed electronic structure of natural kaolinite has been determined by the combined efforts of first principles calculations and Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS).

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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2012. 68 p.
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Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 958
Keyword
Photocatalysts, Band gap narrowing, Water dissociation, Density functional theory, Gas sensing, Kaolinite
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Condensed Matter Physics Nano Technology Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Research subject
Physics with spec. in Atomic, Molecular and Condensed Matter Physics
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179372 (URN)978-91-554-8436-1 (ISBN)
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2012-09-28, Häggsalen, Ångström Laboratory, Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Uppsala, 10:15 (English)
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