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Title: Bismuth oxybromide-based photocatalysts for solar energy utilisation and environmental remediation
Author: Kong, Liang
ISNI:       0000 0004 2747 6535
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2013
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This thesis reports the investigation of Bismuth oxybromide (BiOBr) semiconductor material as an efficient photocatalyst for the sunlight harvesting as well as environmental cleanup. I have utilised different synthetic methodologies to obtain BiOBr and its derivatives, such as co-precipitation, ultrasonification, and photo-deposition; and have studied their structural and optical properties by X-ray diffraction and surface analysis techniques. I report the synthesis and characterisation of two new p-n heterojunction systems, AgBr-BiOBr and BiOBr-ZnFe2O4, and have performed initial studies on photocatalytic reaction and their catalytic decomposition mechanisms. I have also reported the surface modification method including the deposition of noble metal on BiOBr to investigate the role played by the noble metal and the interactions between semiconductor and metal using various characterisation measurements. Furthermore, a continuous series of BiOBr-BiOI solid solutions were synthesised, characterised and the photocatalytic degradation was performed on the as-obtained semiconductors, to study the band structure properties of the solid solutions.
Supervisor: Edwards, Peter Sponsor: China Oxford Scholarship Fund
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: Chemistry & allied sciences ; Catalysis ; Inorganic chemistry ; Nanomaterials ; Photochemistry and reaction dynamics ; Semiconductors ; photocatalysis ; semiconductor ; environmental remediation ; surface engineering