Low-temperature hydrothermal synthesis of pure BiFeO3 nanopowders using triethanolamine and their applications as visible-light photocatalysts

Chin Moo Cho, Jun Hong Noh, In Sun Cho, Jae Sul An, Kug Sun Hong, Jin Young Kim

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BiFeO3 (BFO) nanopowders were synthesized at low temperatures via a hydrothermal process with the aid of triethanolamine (TEA) and their structural, optical, and photocatalytic properties were investigated. As a result of a strong reaction between TEA and Fe ions, pure BFO nanopowders without any secondary phases could be synthesized at temperatures as low as 130°C. BFO nanopowders exhibited a strong absorption in the visible-light regime, which resulted in the efficient photocatalytic activity for decomposition of organic compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3753-3755
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Nov
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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