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MoO2 nanocrystals were prepared by solvothermal treatment of a Mo chloromethoxide at 250 °C in oleic acid. The monoclinic MoO2 phase, with a mean crystallite size of 29 nm, formed through reduction of molybdenum bronzes. The as-prepared MoO2 nanocrystals were free from organics, allowing their use in photodegradation tests of organic pollutants (methylene blue, rhodamine B, paracetamol), without any preliminary purification treatment of the nanocrystals. It was found that MoO2 was an efficient adsorbent of methylene blue (43 mg g−1 for 1.5 × 10−4 M concentration) in the dark and an efficient photodegradation catalyst under visible light (all methylene blue removed from the solution after 240 min). From the analysis of the combined photodegradation tests of rhodamine B and paracetamol, it was clarified that direct sensitization was responsible for photodegradation. This finding was related to the …
Publication date: 
15 May 2021

Alessandro Di Mauro, Marta Maria Natile, Anton Landström, Isabella Concina, Matteo Ferroni, Vittorio Privitera, Giuliana Impellizzeri, Mauro Epifani

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Volume: 413 Pages: 113258
Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry