Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1021/la104780d
Title: Self-assembled mesoporous hierarchical-like In2S3 hollow microspheres composed of nanofibers and nanosheets and their photocatalytic activity
Authors: Rengaraj, S.
Venkataraj, S. 
Tai, C.-W.
Kim, Y.
Repo, E.
Sillanpää, M.
Issue Date: 3-May-2011
Citation: Rengaraj, S., Venkataraj, S., Tai, C.-W., Kim, Y., Repo, E., Sillanpää, M. (2011-05-03). Self-assembled mesoporous hierarchical-like In2S3 hollow microspheres composed of nanofibers and nanosheets and their photocatalytic activity. Langmuir 27 (9) : 5534-5541. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1021/la104780d
Abstract: Novel template-free hierarchical-like In2S3 hollow microspheres were synthesized using thiosemicarbazide (NH2NHCSNH 2) as both a sulfur source and a capping ligand in a ethanol/water system. In this study, we demonstrate that several process parameters, such as the reaction time and precursor ratio, strongly influence the morphology of the final product. The In(NO3)3/thiosemicarbazide ratios were found to effectively play crucial roles in the morphologies of the hierarchical-like In2S3 hollow microsphere nanostructure. With the ratios increasing from two to four, the In2S3 crystals exhibited almost spherical morphologies. The synthesized products have been characterized by a variety of methods, including X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and ultraviolet-visible diffused reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS). XRD analysis confirmed the tetragonal structure of the In2S3 hollow microspheres. The products show complex hierarchical structures assembled from nanoscale building blocks. The morphology evolution can be realized on both outside (surface) and inside (hollow cavity) the microsphere. The surface area analysis showed that the porous In2S3 possesses a specific surface area of 108 m2/g and uniform distribution of pore sizes corresponding to the size of pores resulting from the self-assembled structures with flakes. The optical properties of In2S3 were also investigated by UV-vis DRS, which indicated that our In2S3 microsphere samples possess a band gap of ∼1.96 eV. Furthermore, the photocatalytic activity studies revealed that the synthesized In 2S3 hollow microspheres exhibit an excellent photocatalytic performance in rapidly degrading aqueous methylene blue dye solution under visible light irradiation. These results suggest that In 2S3 hollow microspheres will be an interesting candidate for photocatalytic detoxification studies under visible light radiation. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: Langmuir
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/128737
ISSN: 07437463
DOI: 10.1021/la104780d
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