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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2017, Article ID 6976203, 6 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/6976203
Research Article

Facile Hydrothermal Synthesis of SnO2 Nanospheres as Photocatalysts

1School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenyang University of Technology, Shenyang 110870, China
2School of Materials Science and Engineering, Liaoning Technical University, Fuxin 123000, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Xiaoguang Yuan; nc.ude.tus@gxnauy

Received 15 March 2017; Accepted 6 April 2017; Published 31 May 2017

Academic Editor: Xiaowei He

Copyright © 2017 Wenquan Hu and Xiaoguang Yuan. 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

Large amounts of SnO2 nanospheres are successfully synthesized through a simple and effective hydrothermal method. The as-synthesized products consist of numerous small SnO2 nanocrystals with an average diameter of 40 nm. The as-prepared SnO2 nanospheres are further used as the photocatalysts for photodegrading several organic dyes (methylene blue, methyl orange, Congo red, and rhodamine B) under UV light irradiation. The photocatalytic results show that the as-synthesized SnO2 nanospheres possess high photocatalytic activities. Compared with the degradation rates of other dyes, that of methylene blue reaches 98.5% by 30 min irradiation. It reveals that the as-prepared product might be potential candidate in wastewater purification.