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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2012, Article ID 301954, 11 pages
Research Article

Synthesis, Property Characterization, and Photocatalytic Activity of Novel Visible Light-Responsive Photocatalyst

State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China

Received 15 July 2011; Accepted 2 September 2011

Academic Editor: Shifu Chen

Copyright © 2012 Jingfei Luan and Zhitian Hu. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Fe2BiSbO7 was synthesized by a solid-state reaction method for the first time. The structural and photocatalytic properties of Fe2BiSbO7 have been characterized. The results showed that Fe2BiSbO7 was crystallized with the pyrochlore-type structure, cubic crystal system, and space group Fd3m. The lattice parameter for Fe2BiSbO7 was  Å. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) was realized under visible light irradiation with Fe2BiSbO7 as catalyst. Fe2BiSbO7 owned higher catalytic activity compared with Bi2InTaO7 or pure TiO2 or N-doped TiO2 for photocatalytic degradation of MB. The photocatalytic degradation of MB with Fe2BiSbO7, Bi2InTaO7, or N-doped TiO2 followed the first-order reaction kinetics, and the first-order rate constant was 0.01189, 0.00275, or 0.00333 min−1. After visible light irradiation for 230 min with Fe2BiSbO7, complete removal and mineralization of MB was observed. The reduction of the total organic carbon, the formation of inorganic products, and , and the evolution of CO2 revealed the continuous mineralization of MB during the photocatalytic process. The photocatalytic degradation pathway of MB was obtained. Fe2BiSbO7/(visible light) photocatalysis system was found to be suitable for textile industry wastewater treatment.