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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2016, Article ID 4054351, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/4054351
Research Article

Ag/AgCl Loaded Bi2WO6 Composite: A Plasmonic Z-Scheme Visible Light-Responsive Photocatalyst

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis Pasteur Private, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5

Received 16 November 2015; Accepted 24 February 2016

Academic Editor: Ying Dai

Copyright © 2016 Xiangchao Meng and Zisheng Zhang. 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.

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