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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2013, Article ID 745301, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/745301
Research Article

A Novel Solar Driven Photocatalyst: Well-Aligned Anodic WO3 Nanotubes

1Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre (NANOCAT), Institute of Postgraduate Studies (IPS), University of Malaya, 3rd Floor, Block A, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Engineering Campus, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Seberang Perai Selatan, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Received 6 July 2013; Accepted 25 August 2013

Academic Editor: Meenakshisundaram Swaminathan

Copyright © 2013 Chin Wei Lai et al. 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.

Abstract

Well-aligned anodic tungsten trioxide (WO3) nanotubes were successfully synthesized by anodization of W foil at 40 V in a bath with electrolyte composed of 1 M of sodium sulphate (Na2SO4) and 0.5 wt% ammonium fluoride (NH4F). The effect of electrochemical anodization times on the formation mechanism of anodic WO3 nanotubular structure was investigated. It was found that minimum of 15 min is required for completing transformation from W foil to WO3 nanotubular structure with an average diameter of 50 nm and length of 500 nm. The photocatalytic ability of the samples was evaluated by degradation of methyl blue (MB) dye. The results indicate that the surface morphology of anodic WO3 affected the photocatalytic MB degradation significantly under solar illumination.