Soft chemistry synthesis of high-crystalline orthogermanate CeGeO4: A new photocatalyst
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A new orthogermanate phase of CeGeO4was studied and the corresponding nanocrystals have been successfully synthesizedviaa facile hydrothermal method without adding any capping agent. The pH value of the solution and the reaction time were also further investigated, respectively. The as-prepared CeGeO4nanocrystals with a uniform size of 15 nm have been characterized by using XRD/TEM/TGA/ UV-vis techniques, and their electronic structures and band gap were calculated based on a plane wave density function theory (DFT). The promising photocatalytic properties of CeGeO4have been confirmed through monitoring reactive oxidative species generated in photocatalytic reactions of terephthalic acid as a fluorescence probe.
Journal of Solid State Chemistry
Inorganic Green Chemistry