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Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, Volume 9, Issue 2, 2014, pp. 81-86

H2 evolution on lanthanum and carbon Co-doped NaTaO3 photocatalyst

Abstract :

We report a carbon-modify lanthanum doped sodium tantalum oxide powders (La-C-NaTaO3) by sol-gel process. The resultant materials are characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The X-ray diffraction of La-C-NaTaO3 show a single phases with a good crystallinity and without any impurity. The sample is exactly indexed as NaTaO3 monoclinic structure with the space group P2/m. The SEM measurements give a smaller particle size of doped NaTaO3 than pure NaTaO3. The effect of dopant on the photocatalytic activity of La-C-NaTaO3 in the photocatalytic of hydrogen generation is studied and compared with pure NaTaO3. The results show that the rate of hydrogen evolution over La-C-NaTaO3 is higher as compared to that of pure NaTaO3. The enhancement of photocatalytic activity of La-C-NaTaO3 nanocrystalline is mainly due to their capability for reducing the electron hole pair recombination. The La-C-dopant is believed to play a key role in the enhancement of photocatalytic properties of La-C-NaTaO3 crystalline. © 2014 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved.

Keywords : Hydrogen generation,La-c-doped,Photocatalyst,Sodium tantalum oxide
Subject Area : Catalysis Process Chemistry and Technology

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