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Crystal structures and photocatalysis of the triclinic polymorphs of BiNbO4 and BiTaO4

Muktha, B and Darriet, Jacques and Madras, Giridhar and Guru Row, TN (2006) Crystal structures and photocatalysis of the triclinic polymorphs of BiNbO4 and BiTaO4. In: Journal of Solid State Chemistry, 179 (12). pp. 3919-3925.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jssc.2006.08.032

Abstract

The high-temperature polymorphs of two photocatalytic materials, BiNbO4 and BiTaO4 were synthesized by the ceramic method. The crystal structures of these materials were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. BiNbO4 and BiTaO4 crystallize into the triclinic system P (1) over bar (No. 2), with a = 5.5376(4) angstrom, b = 7.6184(3) angstrom, c = 7.9324(36) angstrom, alpha = 102.565(3)degrees, beta = 90.143(2)degrees, gamma = 92.788 (4)degrees, V = 326.21 (5) angstrom(3). Z = 4 and a = 5.931(1) angstrom, b = 7.672(2) angstrom, c = 7.786(2) angstrom, alpha = 102.94 (3)degrees, beta = 90.04(3)degrees gamma = 93.53(3)degrees, V = 344.59(1) angstrom(3) and Z = 4, respectively. The structures along the c-axis, consist of layers of [Bi2O2] units separated by puckered sheets of (Nb/Ta)O-6 octahedra. Photocatalytic studies on the degradation of dyes indicate selectivity of BiNbO4 towards aromatics containing quinonic and azo functional groups

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: Single-crystal X-ray diffraction; Crystal structure; Bismuth niobate;. Bismuth tantalate;. Photocatalysis.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2010 04:28
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 06:12
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/30639

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