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Niobium Oxide Nanoparticles

Niobium Oxide Nanoparticles

Niobium Oxide Nanoparticles
Product Number NRE-3044
CAS No. 1313-96-8
Formula Nb2O5
Molecular Weight 265.80 / g/mol
APS <100 nm (Can be Customized)
Purity 99.9%
Colour White
Density 4.6 g/cm³
Melting Point 1,512 °C
Boiling Point NA

Niobium Oxide Nanoparticles

The application of niobium oxides as photocatalytic materials for the removal of contaminants is scarcely reported in the literature. This work reports the methodology to synthesize four different mesoporous niobium oxide materials and the correlation between the physicochemical properties and the photocatalytic activity. X-ray diffraction, UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption techniques are used to characterize the structure and composition of the obtained materials. The photocatalytic oxidation of methanol is used as reaction test to assess the photocatalytic activities and photonic efficiencies of the materials as a function of the catalyst concentration. Nb2O5 materials display lower reaction rates, which can be attributed to the relatively high average particle size. By contrast, NaNbO3 materials show higher activity, especially for high catalyst loading. No significant differences in absorption and scattering of light are observed among the materials, indicating that the higher photonic efficiency of NaNbO3 should be the result of a lower charge recombination derived from its microstructure, sodium composition, low particle size, and high specific surface area of these materials.