Preparation of ordered mesoporous Ag/WO3 and its highly efficient degradation of acetaldehyde under visible-light irradiation.
A highly active photocatalyst, silver loaded mesoporous WO(3), was successfully synthesized by an ultrasound assisted insertion method. The photodegradation of a common air pollutant acetaldehyde was adopted to evaluate the photocatalytic performance of the as-prepared sample under visible-light irradiation. The photocatalytic activity was about three and six times higher than that of pure mesoporous WO(3) and nitrogen-doped TiO(2), respectively. The photocatalytic mechanism was investigated to understand the much enhanced photocatalytic activity, which was mainly attributed to the largely improved electron-hole separation in the Ag-WO(3) heterojunction. Copyright 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2010.01.098