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Keywords:

  • green chemistry;
  • microwave chemistry;
  • nanoparticles;
  • photocatalysis;
  • silver

Abstract

A simple, green, and fast approach (complete within 5 min) was explored for the fabrication of hybrid AgCl/Ag plasmonic nanoparticles under microwave (MW) irradiation. In this method, beet juice served as a reducing reagent, which is an abundant sugar-rich agricultural produce. Interestingly, the obtained AgCl/Ag samples have a smaller size than the AgCl reaction precursor. This makes it an unusual top-down hydrothermal synthesis. The as-prepared material displayed good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange (MO) dye.