The 3D microspheres of Bi2MoO6 samples were synthesized hydrothermally using different Bi:Mo molar ratios and evaluated for the removal of orange II under visible light by activating with K2S2O8. The Bi-Mo-2 sample (Bi:Mo molar ratio of 2:1, i.e., stoichiometric composition of Bi2MoO6) showed the strongest catalytic activity by removing 99.43% orange II within 120 min among the several different Bi-Mo materials. The surface of the microspheres was composed of irregular nanosheets with exposed reactive sites, which are beneficial for degrading orange II. Moreover, the Bi2MoO6 catalyst demonstrated good cycling stability and could be reused for at least five runs with only a 6.99% decrease in degradation. The proposed mechanism of photocatalytic activity could be explained by the generation of superoxide radical O2 [rad]− along with SO4 [rad]− and OH[rad] radicals, which were found to be responsible for the orange II degradation. Our research led to an efficient and stable photochemical catalyst for orange II dye degradation in wastewater.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering