Characterization of polyoxometalate/polymer photo-composites: A toolbox for the photodegradation of organic pollutants

Mariem Ghali, Chaima Brahmi, Mahmoud Benltifa, Cyril Vaulot, Aissam Airoudj, Philippe Fioux, Frédéric Dumur, Corine Simonnet-Jégat, Fabrice Morlet-Savary, Salah Jellali, Latifa Bousselmi, Jacques Lalevée*

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Different inorganic/organic photocomposites based on polyoxometalate (POM) nanoparticles have been developed for photocatalytic applications. Currently, polyoxometalate nanoparticles have been successfully in-situ embedded into an acrylate polymer network by photopolymerization upon mild visible light irradiation at 405 nm. The proposed POM/polymer photocomposites have been characterized using complementary techniques for a better understanding of their photocatalytic activity. Interestingly, the obtained photocomposites exhibit high rigidity, excellent thermal stability, a non-negligible porosity and new functionalities such as light reactivity and redox properties. Moreover, developed composites showed efficient catalytic activity for the color removal of aqueous solutions of erythrosine and rose Bengal under Light Emitting Diodes LED@375 nm irradiation reaching 80 and 90% as a final color removal, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-169
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Polymer Science
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2021


  • composites
  • photocatalyst
  • photopolymer
  • polyoxometalate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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