Title: Nanostructured niobate photocatalysts

Authors: Di Chen, Guozhen Shen

Addresses: Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China. ' Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China

Abstract: Nanostructured niobium-contained semiconductors with special [NbO6] octahedral structure have been proven to be effective photocatalysts on splitting pure water into hydrogen and oxygen or photodegradation organic toxic dyes into small molecules under UV or visible light irradiation. This paper reviews the recent research and development progresses of nanostructured niobate photocatalysts, including the synthetic methods for niobate nanostructures and their characterisation, and the photocatalytic abilities under light irradiation.

Keywords: niobium; niobate nanostructures; nanostructured niobate photocatalysts; semiconductors; nanotechnology.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNP.2011.040506

International Journal of Nanoparticles, 2011 Vol.4 No.2/3, pp.147 - 163

Received: 18 Aug 2010
Accepted: 04 Sep 2010

Published online: 13 Mar 2015 *

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