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.
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