Tunable and rapid crystallisation of phase pure Bi 2MoO 6 (koechlinite) and Bi 2Mo 3O 12 via continuous hydrothermal synthesis
Herein, we report the rapid single step hydrothermal synthesis of phase pure Bi 2MoO 6 (koechlinite) and Bi 2Mo 3O 12, via a continuous hydrothermal flow synthesis (CHFS) reactor, which uses supercritical water of 375-450 °C at a pressure of 24.1 MPa as a crystallising medium. The product being obtained as highly crystalline nano-materials with high surface area. Simple variation in synthesis condition and appropriate solution stoichiometry were shown to be sufficient to select the phase of the product. The materials synthesised showed significant photcatalytic activity towards the decolourisation of methylene blue in comparison to a commercial gold standard photocatalyst.