Journal Article Discovery of a Novel Sn(II)-Based Oxide β-SnMoO 4 for Daylight-Driven Photocatalysis

Hayashi, Hiroyuki  ,  Katayama, Shota  ,  Komura, Takahiro  ,  Hinuma, Yoyo  ,  Yokoyama, Tomoyasu  ,  Mibu, Ko  ,  Oba, Fumiyasu  ,  Tanaka, Isao

2016-08 , John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
高効率スクリーニングによる新しい2価スズ酸化物系光触媒材料の発見. 京都大学プレスリリース. 2016-09-14.
Daylight-driven photocatalysts have attracted much attention in the context of "green" technology. Although various active materials have been reported and their applications are rapidly increasing, many are discovered after enormous experimental efforts. Herein the discovery of a novel oxide photocatalyst, β-SnMoO[4], is demonstrated via a rational search of 3483 known and hypothetical compounds with various compositions and structures over the whole range of SnO-MO[q/2] (M: Ti, Zr, and Hf (q = 4); V, Nb, and Ta (q = 5); Cr, Mo, and W (q = 6)) pseudobinary systems. Screening using thermodynamic stability, band gap, and band-edge positions by density functional theory calculations identifies β-SnMoO[4] as a potential target. Then a low temperature route is used to successfully synthesize the novel crystal, which is confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy. β-SnMoO[4] is active for the photocatalytic decomposition of a methylene blue solution under daylight and its activity is comparable to a known photocatalyst, β-SnWO[4].

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