Enhanced photocatalytic activity of amorphous MoO3 thin films deposited by rf reactive magnetron sputtering

M. Ponce-Mosso, M. Pérez-González, P. E. García-Tinoco, H. Crotte-Ledesma, M. Morales-Luna, S. A. Tomás

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The photocatalytic activity of molybdenum trioxide (MoO3) thin films was studied. The MoO3 thin films were deposited on Corning glass substrates by radio frequency reactive magnetron sputtering using a metallic Mo target. The dependence of the physical properties of the metal oxides on the sputtering power and working pressure was investigated. X-ray diffraction patterns of the films revealed the formation of amorphous structures. From optical absorption spectra, the band-gap energy was obtained in the range 2.8–3.0 eV for most compounds, while this parameter decreased down to 1.64 eV for samples deposited at 4.5 mTorr and 80 W. X-ray photoelectron spectra disclosed signals associated with the Mo6+, Mo5+, and Mo4+ oxidation states, which correspond to MoO3 and other substoichiometric molybdenum oxides. The photodegradation of a methylene blue (MB) aqueous solution was chosen to evaluate the photocatalytic performance of the thin films. There was found a dependence of the photocatalytic activity on the working pressure, with the samples deposited at 8.0 mTorr and 40 W displaying the highest MB removal.

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JournalCatalysis Today
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2018
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Reactive sputtering
Amorphous films
Magnetron sputtering
Thin films
Methylene Blue
Molybdenum oxide
Photodegradation
Photoelectrons
Light absorption
Diffraction patterns
Molybdenum
Sputtering
Absorption spectra
Energy gap
Physical properties
Oxides
X ray diffraction
X rays
Glass
Oxidation

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Ponce-Mosso, M., Pérez-González, M., García-Tinoco, P. E., Crotte-Ledesma, H., Morales-Luna, M., & Tomás, S. A. (Accepted/In press). Enhanced photocatalytic activity of amorphous MoO3 thin films deposited by rf reactive magnetron sputtering. Catalysis Today. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cattod.2018.04.065
Ponce-Mosso, M. ; Pérez-González, M. ; García-Tinoco, P. E. ; Crotte-Ledesma, H. ; Morales-Luna, M. ; Tomás, S. A. / Enhanced photocatalytic activity of amorphous MoO3 thin films deposited by rf reactive magnetron sputtering. In: Catalysis Today. 2018.
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