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Evaluation of gold-decorated halloysite nanotubes as plasmonic photocatalysts

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Title
Evaluation of gold-decorated halloysite nanotubes as plasmonic photocatalysts
Abstract

•Tubular halloysite nanoclay is chemically modified for gold nanoparticle attachment.•Plasmonic-driven photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes•High decomposition rates using visible light ranges

Herein we report on the synthesis of gold-decorated halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) and their evaluation as photocatalysts in the degradation of a model organic contaminant. The combination of photo-thermally-induced local heating and charge transfer mechanisms between the nanostructured gold surface and the organic molecule results in the observed dye decomposition. The use of an inexpensive natural clay support with suitable surface chemistry and adsorption properties represents an eco-friendly method for light-induced oxidation reactions carried out at ambient temperatures.

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Keywords
Gold nanoparticles; Plasmonics; Organic contaminant; Photocatalysis; Halloysite
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Evaluation of gold-decorated halloysite nanotubes as plasmonic photocatalysts
Publisher
Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Catalysis Communications - Volume 56, 5 November 2014, Pages 115–118
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Subjects
Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis