Semiconductor Photocatalytic Material-Yellow Tungsten Oxide

What is tungstenoxide?

Tungsten Trioxide is a light yellow powder crystal of triclinic tetragonal. Tungsten trioxide turns to orange tetragonal if it is heated above 740°C. After cooling, the crystals will return to their original condition. It is stable when heated to room temperature, having a melting point at 1473C and boiling point above 1750C.
Tungsten oxide is the most stable type of tungsten. It can’t be dissolved in water, or inorganic compounds other than hydrofluoric. You can dissolve it in hot concentrated sodium hydroxylide solution or ammonia to make soluble tungstate. If the temperature exceeds 650 degrees Celsius, H2 can reduce it and C can decrease it to make tungsten-powder at 1000-1100 degrees Celsius.
A typical n type semiconductor material, yellow tungsten dioxide. Because of its excellent solar energy utilization, strong light resistance and well-visible light responsiveness it is a photocatalytic material that has great development potential. It’s been extensively used in photolysis to create hydrogen and the catalytic degradation of organic pollutants.

One of the major factors that affects WO3’s photocatalytic efficiency is the higher photo-generated electron hole recombination efficacy on its surface. This limits industrial applications of yellow-tungsten oxide within the field of photocatalysis. Because photocatalytic technologies are considered one of the best ways to resolve environmental pollution and to end energy crisis, photocatalytic reaction using semiconductors, such as WO3, as catalysts has attracted widespread attention.

Improved photocatalytic performance for yellow tungstenoxide

Researchers have developed a new method for improving the photocatalytic ability of yellow-tungsten oxide by building a heterogeneous joint. This technique is currently one of many effective methods to enhance the electron-hole seperation efficiency of photocatalysts. The yellow tungstenoxid photocatalyst has a greater photocatalytic ability than any single crystal phase when it comes to the photocatalytic degradation of the pollutant-degrading reactions and aqua hydrogen production. Recent years have seen the creation of heterogeneous junctions, such as WO3/WO3*H2O.
Polycrystalline phase material, WO3, is available in a number of crystal structure options, such as the orthorhombic, hexagonal, monoclinic, and tetragonal phases. One of the most popular is m–WO3, because it has good visible light responses and a wide bandwidth. Furthermore, the conduction bands and valence of h–WO3 are smaller than those of M-WO3. This makes it possible to build monoclinic/hexagonal heterogeneous intersections from WO3 materials (m-WO3/h–WO3). Improve photocatalytic performances of WO3.
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