Effect of samarium and vanadium co-doping on structure, ferroelectric and photocatalytic properties of bismuth titanate
authors Ramana, EV; Prasad, NV; Tobaldi, DM; Zavasnik, J; Singh, MK; Hortiguela, MJ; Seabra, MP; Prasad, G; Valente, MA
nationality International
journal RSC ADVANCES
keywords BI4TI3O12 THIN-FILMS; X-RAY-DIFFRACTION; SOL-GEL METHOD; VISIBLE-LIGHT; DOPED BI4TI3O12; ELECTRONIC-STRUCTURE; OPTICAL-PROPERTIES; AIR PURIFICATION; NITROGEN-OXIDES; CERAMICS
abstract We performed a systematic analysis of the structure, ferroelectric and photocatalytic activities of Sm and V co-doped Bi4Ti3O12 (SBVT) ceramics. The formation of 3-layered Aurivillius structure and chemically induced strain of SBVT were analyzed by SEM and HRTEM studies. From the results of structural refinements, temperature dependent XRD and Raman spectra we found that SBVT has a distorted orthorhombic structure and transforms to tetragonal in the temperature range of 475-600 degrees C. Raman modes of Bi sites experience the phase transition earlier compared to torsional bending modes of BO6 octahedra. From the results of polarization and piezoelectric strain measurements, we found that SBVT exhibits superior ferroelectric characteristics as well as improved S-33 (0.02 x 10 (3)) compared to other rare-earth doped Bi4Ti3O12 materials reported in the literature. SBVT exhibited fatigue endurance up to 10(8) switching cycles. Such a behavior is attributed to the structural distortions due to the smaller ionic radius of Sm3+ and reduced oxygen vacancies. Local piezoresponse measurements demonstrated imprint characteristics of ferroelectric domains. Furthermore, we assessed the photocatalytic (PC) activity of SBVT - for the first time - in the gas-solid phase, monitoring the degradation of nitrogen oxides (i.e. NO + NO2). Results demonstrated that SBVT was photocatalytically active in the solar spectrum, being able to degrade NOx at ppb level concentration, and exhibited a very stable PC activity (five consecutive PC runs), proving itself suitable for reuse.
publisher ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY
issn 2046-2069
year published 2017
volume 7
issue 16
beginning page 9680
ending page 9692
digital object identifier (doi) 10.1039/c7ra00021a
web of science category Chemistry, Multidisciplinary
subject category Chemistry
unique article identifier WOS:000393761600038
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times cited (wos core): 0
journal impact factor (jcr 2016): 3.108
5 year journal impact factor (jcr 2016): 3.257
category normalized journal impact factor percentile (jcr 2016): 64.759
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