Ionic liquid-assisted synthesis of highly branched Ag: AgCl hybrids and their photocatalytic activity

Ho Seok Lee, Jong Eun Kim, Taeyoung Kim, Kwang Suck Suh

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Abstract

We report on a polyol synthesis of highly branched hybrid crystals of Ag and AgCl (Ag:AgCl) using ionic liquid of 1-butyl-3-imidazolium chloride as a precursor and an efficient shape controlling agent. By rationally varying the concentration of ionic liquid, we achieved the control over structure and morphology of Ag:AgCl hybrid crystals in a way to have multi-arms grown from the corners of cubic seed particles. The formation of Ag:AgCl octapods relies on the preferential overgrowth on {1 1 1} facets of cubic seeds, enabled by the selective adsorption of imidazolium-based ionic liquids on {1 1 0} facets. The obtained Ag:AgCl octapods exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for degradation of methylene blue under visible light irradiation, compared with those with cubic morphologies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-382
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
Volume621
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys

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