International Journal of
Physical Sciences

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Phys. Sci.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-1950
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPS
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2572

Full Length Research Paper

Controlling crystallization and morphologies of monoclinic bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) dendrite with enhanced photocatalytic activities

Haoyong Yin, Yongfei Sun, Dejun Shi, Xiaoxi Wang and Ling Wang
1College of Materials and Environmental Engneering, Hangzhou Dianzi university, Hangzhou, 310018, P. R. China.  2Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, 310018, P. R. China.   
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 14 July 2011
  •  Published: 02 September 2011


The monoclinic BiVO4 dendrites constructed by Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) branches with average
diameters of about 100 nm have been successfully fabricated by Sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS)
assistant hydrothermal process. The monoclinic BiVO4 dendrites were characterized by X-ray
diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy.
The monoclinic BiVO4 dendrites have uniform branches and the branches were transformed from the
aggregated monoclinic BiVO4 nanoparticles through the Ostwald ripening process. The monoclinic
BiVO4 dendrites show high efficient photocatalytic activities in decomposition of methyl orange.
Key words: Controlling crystallization, hierarchical structures, bismuth vanadate dendrites.