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  1. In vitro bioactivity and corrosion resistance of Zr incorporated TiO2 nanotube arrays for orthopaedic applications

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    Indira, K.; KamachiMudali, U.; Rajendran, N.

    2014-10-01

    The present investigation deals with the incorporation of zirconium (Zr) ions onto TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNT) by simple dip coating method for biomedical implants. The electrochemical behaviour of the specimens were studied with potentiodynamic polarization (Tafel plots) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), while surface analysis involved field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), attenuated total reflectance fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, thin film x-ray diffraction (TF-XRD) and contact angle measurements. The FE-SEM morphology revealed that self-organised TNT was tightly arrayed with an average diameter of 110 ± 4 nm. The wall thickness and length of 15 ± 2 nm and 2.1 ± 0.3 μm respectively were developed by electrochemical anodization of titanium sheet in a mixture of ethylene glycol and NH4F electrolyte. The EDS, ATR-FTIR and TF-XRD studies were revealed the incorporation of Zr onto TNT specimens. Hydroxyapatite (HAp) was grown over Zr ions incorporated TNT (Zr-TNT) via in vitro immersion method. The HAp grown Zr-TNT exhibited higher bioactivity as well as enhanced corrosion resistance when compared to other specimen. Hence, Zr-TNT could be a viable material for the use as orthopaedic implant with good bioactivity and corrosion resistance.

  2. Formation mechanism of TiO2 nanotubes

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    Yao, B. D.; Chan, Y. F.; Zhang, X. Y.; Zhang, W. F.; Yang, Z. Y.; Wang, N.

    2003-01-01

    Transmission electron microscopic observation showed that TiO2 nanotubes synthesized via a simple hydrothermal chemical process formed a crystalline structure with open-ended and multiwall morphologies. Unlike multiwalled carbon nanotubes, the TiO2 nanotube walls were not seamless. During alkali treatment, crystalline TiO2 raw material underwent delamination in the alkali solution to produce single-layer TiO2 sheets. TiO2 nanotubes were formed by rolling up the single-layer TiO2 sheets with a rolling-up vector of [001] and attracting other sheets to surround the tubes.

  3. Incorporating TiO2 nanotubes with a peptide of D-amino K122-4 (D) for enhanced mechanical and photocatalytic properties.

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    Guo, L Q; Hu, Y W; Yu, B; Davis, E; Irvin, R; Yan, X G; Li, D Y

    2016-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes are promising for a wide variety of potential applications in energy, biomedical and environmental sectors. However, their low mechanical strength and wide band gap limit their widespread technological use. This article reports our recent efforts to increase the mechanical strength of TiO2 nanotubes with lowered band gap by immobilizing a peptide of D-amino K122-4 (D) onto the nanotubes. Topographies and chemical compositions of the peptide-coated and uncoated TiO2 nanotubular arrays were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Properties of the peptide-coated and uncoated TiO2 nanotubular arrays, including hardness, elastic modulus, electron work function and photocurrent, were evaluated using micromechanical probe, Kelvin Probe and electrochemical system. Effect of the peptide on surface conductivity was also investigated through current mapping and I-V curve analysis with conductive atomic force microscopy. It is demonstrated that the peptide coating simultaneously enhances the mechanical strength, photocatalytic and electrical properties of TiO2 nanotubes. PMID:26915564

  4. Incorporating TiO2 nanotubes with a peptide of D-amino K122-4 (D) for enhanced mechanical and photocatalytic properties

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    Guo, L. Q.; Hu, Y. W.; Yu, B.; Davis, E.; Irvin, R.; Yan, X. G.; Li, D. Y.

    2016-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes are promising for a wide variety of potential applications in energy, biomedical and environmental sectors. However, their low mechanical strength and wide band gap limit their widespread technological use. This article reports our recent efforts to increase the mechanical strength of TiO2 nanotubes with lowered band gap by immobilizing a peptide of D-amino K122-4 (D) onto the nanotubes. Topographies and chemical compositions of the peptide-coated and uncoated TiO2 nanotubular arrays were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Properties of the peptide-coated and uncoated TiO2 nanotubular arrays, including hardness, elastic modulus, electron work function and photocurrent, were evaluated using micromechanical probe, Kelvin Probe and electrochemical system. Effect of the peptide on surface conductivity was also investigated through current mapping and I–V curve analysis with conductive atomic force microscopy. It is demonstrated that the peptide coating simultaneously enhances the mechanical strength, photocatalytic and electrical properties of TiO2 nanotubes. PMID:26915564

  5. Incorporating TiO2 nanotubes with a peptide of D-amino K122-4 (D) for enhanced mechanical and photocatalytic properties

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    Guo, L. Q.; Hu, Y. W.; Yu, B.; Davis, E.; Irvin, R.; Yan, X. G.; Li, D. Y.

    2016-02-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes are promising for a wide variety of potential applications in energy, biomedical and environmental sectors. However, their low mechanical strength and wide band gap limit their widespread technological use. This article reports our recent efforts to increase the mechanical strength of TiO2 nanotubes with lowered band gap by immobilizing a peptide of D-amino K122-4 (D) onto the nanotubes. Topographies and chemical compositions of the peptide-coated and uncoated TiO2 nanotubular arrays were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Properties of the peptide-coated and uncoated TiO2 nanotubular arrays, including hardness, elastic modulus, electron work function and photocurrent, were evaluated using micromechanical probe, Kelvin Probe and electrochemical system. Effect of the peptide on surface conductivity was also investigated through current mapping and I-V curve analysis with conductive atomic force microscopy. It is demonstrated that the peptide coating simultaneously enhances the mechanical strength, photocatalytic and electrical properties of TiO2 nanotubes.

  6. Optimizing stem cell functions and antibacterial properties of TiO2 nanotubes incorporated with ZnO nanoparticles: experiments and modeling

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    Liu, Wenwen; Su, Penglei; Gonzales, Arthur; Chen, Su; Wang, Na; Wang, Jinshu; Li, Hongyi; Zhang, Zhenting; Webster, Thomas J

    2015-01-01

    To optimize mesenchymal stem cell differentiation and antibacterial properties of titanium (Ti), nano-sized zinc oxide (ZnO) particles with tunable concentrations were incorporated into TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) using a facile hydrothermal strategy. It is revealed here for the first time that the TNTs incorporated with ZnO nanoparticles exhibited better biocompatibility compared with pure Ti samples (controls) and that the amount of ZnO (tailored by the concentration of Zn(NO3)2 in the precursor) introduced into TNTs played a crucial role on their osteogenic properties. Not only was the alkaline phosphatase activity improved to about 13.8 U/g protein, but the osterix, collagen-I, and osteocalcin gene expressions was improved from mesenchymal stem cells compared to controls. To further explore the mechanism of TNTs decorated with ZnO on cell functions, a response surface mathematical model was used to optimize the concentration of ZnO incorporation into the Ti nanotubes for stem cell differentiation and antibacterial properties for the first time. Both experimental and modeling results confirmed (R2 values of 0.8873–0.9138 and 0.9596–0.9941, respectively) that Ti incorporated with appropriate concentrations (with an initial concentration of Zn(NO3)2 at 0.015 M) of ZnO can provide exceptional osteogenic properties for stem cell differentiation in bone cells with strong antibacterial effects, properties important for improving dental and orthopedic implant efficacy. PMID:25792833

  7. Ultra-fine structural characterization and bioactivity evaluation of TiO2 nanotube layers.

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    Jang, JaeMyung; Kwon, TaeYub; Kim, KyoHan

    2008-10-01

    For an application as biomedical materials of high performance with a good biocompatibility, the TiO2 nanotube-type oxide film on Ti substrate has been fabricated by electrochemical method, and the effects of surface characteristics of TiO2 naotube layer have been investigated. The surface morphology of TiO2 nanotube layer depends on factors such as anodizing time, current density, and electrolyte temperature. Moreover, the cell and pore size gradually were increased with the passage of anodizing time. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicated that the TiO2 nanotube layer formed in acidic electrolytes was mainly composed of anatase structure containing rutile. From the analysis of chemical states of TiO2 nanotube layer using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Ti2p, P2p and O1s were observed in the nanotubes layer, which were penetrated from the electrolyte into the oxide layer during anodic process. The incorporated phosphate species were found mostly in the forms of HPO4-, PO4-, and PO3-. From the result of biological evaluation in simulated body fluid (SBF) the TiO2 nanotube layer was effective for bioactive property. PMID:19198362

  8. Both Enhanced Biocompatibility and Antibacterial Activity in Ag-Decorated TiO2 Nanotubes

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    Lan, Ming-Ying; Liu, Chia-Pei; Huang, Her-Hsiung; Lee, Sheng-Wei

    2013-01-01

    In this study, Ag is electron-beam evaporated to modify the topography of anodic TiO2 nanotubes of different diameters to obtain an implant with enhanced antibacterial activity and biocompatibility. We found that highly hydrophilic as-grown TiO2 nanotubes became poorly hydrophilic with Ag incorporation; however they could effectively recover their wettability to some extent under ultraviolet light irradiation. The results obtained from antibacterial tests suggested that the Ag-decorated TiO2 nanotubes could greatly inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus. In vitro biocompatibility evaluation indicated that fibroblast cells exhibited an obvious diameter-dependent behavior on both as-grown and Ag-decorated TiO2 nanotubes. Most importantly, of all samples, the smallest diameter (25-nm-diameter) Ag-decorated nanotubes exhibited the most obvious biological activity in promoting adhesion and proliferation of human fibroblasts, and this activity could be attributed to the highly irregular topography on a nanometric scale of the Ag-decorated nanotube surface. These experimental results demonstrate that by properly controlling the structural parameters of Ag-decorated TiO2 nanotubes, an implant surface can be produced that enhances biocompatibility and simultaneously boosts antibacterial activity. PMID:24124484

  9. A novel TiO2 nanotube array/Ti wire incorporated solid-phase microextraction fiber with high strength, efficiency and selectivity.

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    Liu, Hongmei; Wang, Daoai; Ji, Li; Li, Jubai; Liu, Shujuan; Liu, Xia; Jiang, Shengxiang

    2010-03-19

    A novel solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber is fabricated through the anodization of Ti wire substrates in an electrolyte containing ethylene glycol and NH(4)F. By a combination of field emission scanning electron microscope and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope studies, it is shown that perpendicularly orientated and well-aligned TiO(2) nanotubes are grown in situ on the Ti wire substrate. The SPME fiber coupled with gas chromatograph (GC) is then used to extract polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), anilines, phenols, and alkanes from standard and real water samples, and exhibits high selectivity for PAHs. After the optimization of adsorption factors (pH, ionic strength, time and temperature) and desorption factors (time and temperature) of the SPME fiber for PAHs, the limit of detection (LOD) of less than 0.1 microg L(-1) is achieved, and the calibration curves are all linear (R(2)> or =0.9898) in the range from 0.1 to 1000 microg L(-1). Beyond that, the SPME fiber has high strength, large surface area, good stability at high temperature and in acid and alkali solutions, and long service life, making it have strong application potentials in the selective extraction of PAHs from complex samples at trace levels. PMID:20153861

  10. TiO(2) nanotube arrays: intrinsic peroxidase mimetics.

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    Zhang, Lingling; Han, Lei; Hu, Peng; Wang, Li; Dong, Shaojun

    2013-11-18

    TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTA), prepared by potentiostatic anodization, were discovered to possess an intrinsic peroxidase-like activity. The colorimetric and electrochemical assays both demonstrated their excellent catalytic activity towards H2O2 reduction. On this basis, a simple and inexpensive electrochemical biosensor for glucose detection was developed. PMID:24084751

  11. Preparation of TiO2 nanotubes/mesoporous calcium silicate composites with controllable drug release.

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    Xie, Chunling; Li, Ping; Liu, Yan; Luo, Fei; Xiao, Xiufeng

    2016-10-01

    Nanotube structures such as TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays produced by self-ordering electrochemical anodization have been extensively explored for drug delivery applications. In this study, we presented a new implantable drug delivery system that combined mesoporous calcium silicate coating with nanotube structures to achieve a controllable drug release of water soluble and antiphlogistic drug loxoprofen sodium. The results showed that the TiO2 nanotubes/mesoporous calcium silicate composites were successfully fabricated by a simple template method and the deposition of mesoporous calcium silicate increased with the soaking time. Moreover, the rate of deposition of biological mesoporous calcium silicate on amorphous TNTs was better than that on anatase TNTs. Further, zinc-incorporated mesoporous calcium silicate coating, produced by adding a certain concentration of zinc nitrate into the soaking system, displayed improved chemical stability. A significant improvement in the drug release characteristics with reduced burst release and sustained release was demonstrated. PMID:27287140

  12. Study of TiO2 nanotubes as an implant application

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    Hazan, Roshasnorlyza; Sreekantan, Srimala; Mydin, Rabiatul Basria S. M. N.; Abdullah, Yusof; Mat, Ishak

    2016-01-01

    Vertically aligned TiO2 nanotubes have become the primary candidates for implant materials that can provide direct control of cell behaviors. In this work, 65 nm inner diameters of TiO2 nanotubes were successfully prepared by anodization method. The interaction of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSC) in term of cell adhesion and cell morphology on bare titanium and TiO2 nanotubes is reported. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) analysis proved interaction of BMSC on TiO2 nanotubes structure was better than flat titanium (Ti) surface. Also, significant cell adhesion on TiO2 nanotubes surface during in vitro study revealed that BMSC prone to attach on TiO2 nanotubes. From the result, it can be conclude that TiO2 nanotubes are biocompatible to biological environment and become a new generation for advanced implant materials.

  13. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of bicrystal phase TiO2 nanotubes containing TiO2-B and anatase

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    Huang, Chuanxi; Zhu, Kerong; Qi, Mengyao; Zhuang, Yonglong; Cheng, Chao

    2012-06-01

    Bicrystal phase TiO2 nanotubes (NTS) containing monoclinic TiO2-B and anatase were prepared by the hydrothermal reaction of anatase nanoparticles with NaOH aqueous solution and a heat treatment. Their structure was characterized by XRD, TEM and Raman spectra. The results showed that the bicrystal phase TiO2 NTS were formed after calcining H2Ti4O9·H2O NTS at 573 K. The bicrystal phase TiO2 NTS exhibit significantly higher photocatalytic activity than the single phase anatase NTS and Dessuga P-25 nanoparticles in the degradation of Methyl Orange aqueous solution under ultraviolet light irradiation, which is attributed to the large surface and interface areas of the bicrystal phase TiO2 NTS.

  14. Photocatalytic degradation of textile dyestuffs using TiO2 nanotubes prepared by sonoelectrochemical method

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    Tekin, Derya

    2014-11-01

    TiO2 nanotubes were prepared by anodization of Ti plates by conventional electrochemical technique as well as by an emerging sonoelectrochemical technique. Scanning electron miscroscope (SEM) analysis showed that ultrasound assisted anodization yielded more ordered and controllable TiO2 tube banks with higher tube diameter. The photocatalytical activities of TiO2 nanotubes were tested in the photocatalytical degradation of Orange G dye. The results showed that sonoelectrochemically prepared TiO2 tubes exhibited 10% higher photocatalytic performance than the electrochemical prepared ones, and more than 18% higher activity than the other TiO2 samples.

  15. Effect of TiO2 nanotubes arrays on osseointegration of orthodontic miniscrew.

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    Jang, Insan; Shim, Seong-Cheol; Choi, Dong-Soon; Cha, Bong-Kuen; Lee, Jae-Kwan; Choe, Byung-Hak; Choi, Won-Youl

    2015-08-01

    To increase the stability of orthodontic miniscrews, TiO2 nanotube arrays were fabricated on the surface of Ti miniscrews and the effect of those arrays on the osseointegration of miniscrews was evaluated. Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays were grown on the surface of orthodontic miniscrews. Ethylene glycol based electrolyte was used in the anodic oxidation process. Two-step anodic oxidation was conducted to obtain clean and open windows in TiO2 nanotube arrays. The diameter and length of the TiO2 nanotube arrays were ~ 70 nm and ~ 5 μm, respectively. The miniscrews with TiO2 nanotube arrays were implanted in the legs of New Zealand white rabbits for 8 weeks. Histological osseointegration was assessed by bone-to-implant contact ratio, and three-dimensional bone volume ratio was measured by micro-computed tomography analysis. The miniscrews with TiO2 nanotube arrays had a greater mean bone-to-implant contact ratio of 52.8 % than the control, 29.3 %. Mean bone volume ratio (BV/TV) was also higher in the miniscrews with TiO2 nanotube arrays, at 81.2 % than those in the control via micro-CT analysis. Our findings support that TiO2 nanotube arrays on the surface of miniscrews enhance osseointegration and improve the stability of the miniscrew. PMID:26149697

  16. Carbon nanotubes enhanced Seebeck coefficient and power factor of rutile TiO2.

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    Lai, Yao-Cheng; Tsai, Hsin-Jung; Hung, Chia-I; Fujishiro, Hiroyuki; Naito, Tomoyuki; Hsu, Wen-Kuang

    2015-03-28

    The Seebeck coefficient, according to Ioffe's approximation, is inversely proportional to carrier density and decreases with doping. Herein, we find that the incorporation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes into rutile TiO2 improves the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient at a low filling fraction of tubes; moreover, the former was due to the lengthening of the mean free path and doping modified carrier mobility for the latter. Tube-oxide mixing also causes significant phonon drag at the interfaces and the reduced thermal conductivity was verified by the promoted figure of merit. PMID:25729788

  17. Fast diffusion of silver in TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Zhang, Wanggang; Liu, Yiming; Zhou, Diaoyu; Wang, Hui

    2016-01-01

    Summary Using magnetron sputtering and heat treatment, Ag@TiO2 nanotubes are prepared. The effects of heat-treatment temperature and heating time on the evolution of Ag nanofilms on the surface of TiO2 nanotubes and microstructure of Ag nanofilms are investigated by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Ag atoms migrate mainly on the outmost surface of the TiO2 nanotubes, and fast diffusion of Ag atoms is observed. The diffusivity for the diffusion of Ag atoms on the outmost surface of the TiO2 nanotubes at 400 °C is 6.87 × 10−18 m2/s, which is three orders of magnitude larger than the diffusivities for the diffusion of Ag through amorphous TiO2 films. The activation energy for the diffusion of Ag atoms on the outmost surface of the TiO2 nanotubes in the temperature range of 300 to 500 °C is 157 kJ/mol, which is less than that for the lattice diffusion of Ag and larger than that for the grain boundary diffusion. The diffusion of Ag atoms leads to the formation of Ag nanocrystals on the outmost surface of TiO2 nanotubes. Probably there are hardly any Ag nanocrystals formed inside the TiO2 nanotubes through the migration of Ag. PMID:27547630

  18. Fast diffusion of silver in TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Zhang, Wanggang; Liu, Yiming; Zhou, Diaoyu; Wang, Hui; Liang, Wei; Yang, Fuqian

    2016-01-01

    Using magnetron sputtering and heat treatment, Ag@TiO2 nanotubes are prepared. The effects of heat-treatment temperature and heating time on the evolution of Ag nanofilms on the surface of TiO2 nanotubes and microstructure of Ag nanofilms are investigated by X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Ag atoms migrate mainly on the outmost surface of the TiO2 nanotubes, and fast diffusion of Ag atoms is observed. The diffusivity for the diffusion of Ag atoms on the outmost surface of the TiO2 nanotubes at 400 °C is 6.87 × 10(-18) m(2)/s, which is three orders of magnitude larger than the diffusivities for the diffusion of Ag through amorphous TiO2 films. The activation energy for the diffusion of Ag atoms on the outmost surface of the TiO2 nanotubes in the temperature range of 300 to 500 °C is 157 kJ/mol, which is less than that for the lattice diffusion of Ag and larger than that for the grain boundary diffusion. The diffusion of Ag atoms leads to the formation of Ag nanocrystals on the outmost surface of TiO2 nanotubes. Probably there are hardly any Ag nanocrystals formed inside the TiO2 nanotubes through the migration of Ag. PMID:27547630

  19. A stable, label-free optical interferometric biosensor based on TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Mun, Kyu-Shik; Alvarez, Sara D; Choi, Won-Youl; Sailor, Michael J

    2010-04-27

    Optical interferometry of a thin film array of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes allows the label-free sensing of rabbit immunoglobulin G (IgG). A protein A capture probe is used, which is immobilized on the inner pore walls of the nanotubes by electrostatic adsorption. Control experiments using IgG from chicken (which does not bind to protein A) confirms the specificity of the protein A-modified TiO2 nanotube array sensor. The aqueous stability of the TiO2 nanotube array was examined and compared with porous silica (SiO2), a more extensively studied thin film optical biosensor. The TiO2 nanotube array is stable in the pH range 2 to 12, whereas the porous SiO2 sensor displays significant degradation at pH > 8. PMID:20356100

  20. A novel cost effective fabrication technique for highly preferential oriented TiO2 nanotubes.

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    K, Aijo John; Naduvath, Johns; Mallick, Sudhanshu; Shripathi, Thoudinja; Thankamoniamma, Manju; Philip, Rachel Reena

    2015-12-28

    Single crystal like TiO(2) nanotubes with preferential orientation along the [001] direction, parallel to the growth direction of nanotubes, that offer ease of charge transport much higher than reported so far, are fabricated using a cost effective two step technique. The success of this method to grow the nanotubes with the anomalous intense [001] preferential orientation is attributed to the zinc assisted minimization of the (001) surface energy. The single crystal like TiO(2) nanotubes show superior performance as supercapacitor electrodes compared to the normal polycrystalline titanium dioxide nanotubes. PMID:26602105

  1. Inverted polymer solar cells with employing of electrochemical-anodizing synthesized TiO2 nanotubes

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    Mehdi, Ahmadi; Sajjad Rashidi, Dafeh; Hamed, Fatehy

    2016-04-01

    An inverted structure of polymer solar cells based on Poly(3-hexylthiophene)(P3HT):[6-6] Phenyl-(6) butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) with using thin films of TiO2 nanotubes and nanoparticles as an efficient cathode buffer layer is developed. A total of three cells employing TiO2 thin films with different thickness values are fabricated. Two cells use layers of TiO2 nanotubes prepared via self-organized electrochemical-anodizing leading to thickness values of 203 and 423.7 nm, while the other cell uses only a simple sol–gel synthesized TiO2 thin film of nanoparticles with a thickness of 100 nm as electron transport layer. Experimental results demonstrate that TiO2 nanotubes with these thickness values are inefficient as the power conversion efficiency of the cell using 100-nm TiO2 thin film is 1.55%, which is more than the best power conversion efficiency of other cells. This can be a result of the weakness of the electrochemical anodizing method to grow nanotubes with lower thickness values. In fact as the TiO2 nanotubes grow in length the series resistance (R s) between the active polymer layer and electron transport layer increases, meanwhile the fill factor of cells falls dramatically which finally downgrades the power conversion efficiency of the cells as the fill factor falls.

  2. Crystallinity of anodic TiO2 nanotubes and bioactivity.

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    An, Sang-Hyun; Narayanan, Ramaswamy; Matsumoto, Takuya; Lee, Hyo-Jin; Kwon, Tae-Yub; Kim, Kyo-Han

    2011-06-01

    Anodic TiO2 nanotubes were produced on titanium at 20 V using 1 M Na2SO4 and 0.5 wt% NaF. Oxidation for 3 hours produced amorphous tubes of diameter 100 nm and thicknesses 2 microm. Heat-treatments were done for 3 hours at different temperatures. 300 degrees C treatment converted the amorphous coatings to anatase. 550 and 700 degrees C treatments formed dual anatase and rutile; 850 degrees C treatment crystallized to rutile. The treatment at 700 degrees C produced an oxide surface with higher roughness, lower wetting angle and higher coating adhesion. Bioactivity of the as-oxidized and heated coatings were evaluated by treating them in a simulated body fluid (SBF) to form hydroxyapatite (HA) and the rates of HA formation were compared. Deposits of HA could be seen on the dual oxide structure within 3 days. HA was detected after 7 days in the anatase structure and only after 21 days in the amorphous and rutile structures. In vitro cell culture tests done using mouse osteoblasts indicated that, the 700 degrees C-heated surface showed higher levels of cell activity than the other surfaces. It is concluded that the dual rutile and anatase structure formed by heating the oxide at 700 degrees C is the best of the five surfaces tested. PMID:21770121

  3. Nb doped TiO2 nanotubes for enhanced photoelectrochemical water-splitting.

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    Das, Chittaranjan; Roy, Poulomi; Yang, Min; Jha, Himendra; Schmuki, Patrik

    2011-08-01

    Nanostructured titanium dioxide is one of the classic materials for photoelectrochemical water splitting. In the present work we dope TiO(2) nanotube anodes. For this, various low concentration bulk-Nb-doped TiO(2) nanotube layers were grown by self-organizing anodization of Ti-Nb alloys. At Nb-contents around 0.1 at%, and after an adequate heat-treatment, a strongly increased and stable photoelectrochemical water-splitting rate is obtained. PMID:21761039

  4. Enhanced conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells using a CNT-incorporated TiO2 slurry-based photoanode

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    Cai, Jiaoping; Chen, Zexiang; Li, Jun; Wang, Yan; Xiang, Dong; Zhang, Jijun; Li, Hai

    2015-02-01

    A new titanium dioxide (TiO2) slurry formulation is herein reported for the fabrication of TiO2 photoanode for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The prepared TiO2 photoanode featured a highly uniform mesoporous structure with well-dispersed TiO2 nanoparticles. The energy conversion efficiency of the resulting TiO2 slurry-based DSSC was ˜63% higher than that achieved by a DSSC prepared using a commercial TiO2 slurry. Subsequently, the incorporation of acid-treated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into the TiO2 slurry was examined. More specifically, the effect of varying the concentration of the CNTs in this slurry on the performance of the resulting DSSCs was studied. The chemical state of the CNTs-incorporated TiO2 photoanode was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A high energy conversion efficiency of 6.23% was obtained at an optimum CNT concentration of ˜0.06 wt.%. The obtained efficiency corresponds to a 63% enhancement when compared with that obtained from a DSSC based on a commercial TiO2 slurry. The higher efficiency was attributed to the improvement in the collection and transport of excited electrons in the presence of the CNTs.

  5. Influence of Different Defects in Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes on TiO2 Nanoparticle Formation through Atomic Layer Deposition.

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    Acauan, Luiz; Dias, Anna C; Pereira, Marcelo B; Horowitz, Flavio; Bergmann, Carlos P

    2016-06-29

    The chemical inertness of carbon nanotubes (CNT) requires some degree of "defect engineering" for controlled deposition of metal oxides through atomic layer deposition (ALD). The type, quantity, and distribution of such defects rules the deposition rate and defines the growth behavior. In this work, we employed ALD to grow titanium oxide (TiO2) on vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNT). The effects of nitrogen doping and oxygen plasma pretreatment of the CNT on the morphology and total amount of TiO2 were systematically studied using transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. The induced chemical changes for each functionalization route were identified by X-ray photoelectron and Raman spectroscopies. The TiO2 mass fraction deposited with the same number of cycles for the pristine CNT, nitrogen-doped CNT, and plasma-treated CNT were 8, 47, and 80%, respectively. We demonstrate that TiO2 nucleation is dependent mainly on surface incorporation of heteroatoms and their distribution rather than structural defects that govern the growth behavior. Therefore, selecting the best way to functionalize CNT will allow us to tailor TiO2 distribution and hence fabricate complex heterostructures. PMID:27269125

  6. Enhanced photocatalytic activity in anodized WO3-loaded TiO2 nanotubes

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    Nazari, M.; Golestani-Fard, F.; Bayati, R.; Eftekhari-Yekta, B.

    2015-04-01

    In this work, TiO2 and WO3-grafted TiO2 nanotubes were grown via anodizing of titanium substrates in tungstate containing electrolytes. The samples were characterized in detail by XRD, XPS, SEM, EDX, and UV-Vis spectrophotometry techniques. Besides, photocatalytic characteristics were evaluated through measuring the degradation rate of 4-chlorophenol to establish a correlation between structure and photochemical properties. We were able to control morphology and growth mode of nanotubes from a tubular to a worm-like structure by changing the electrolyte composition. The samples possessed an anatase-rutile matrix where the anatase/rutile ratio was found to increase with the concentration of tungstate in the electrolyte. We attributed this observation to change in electrical conductivity of the electrolyte and the heat generated on the substrates. It was unambiguously revealed that a composite of WO3 and TiO2 forms and, in parallel, tungsten is doped into the crystalline lattice of TiO2. The maximum photocatalytic reaction rate constant for TiO2 and WO3-TiO2 samples was determined to be 0.0131 and 0.0174 min-1 respectively. The grafting TiO2 nanotubes with WO3 enhances the photocatalytic activity mainly due to the hindrance of charge carrier recombination and the formation of a more acidic surface. We established a correlation between structure, stoichiometry, and photocatalytic characteristics of nanotubes.

  7. A novel cost effective fabrication technique for highly preferential oriented TiO2 nanotubes

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    John K, Aijo; Naduvath, Johns; Mallick, Sudhanshu; Shripathi, Thoudinja; Thankamoniamma, Manju; Philip, Rachel Reena

    2015-12-01

    Single crystal like TiO2 nanotubes with preferential orientation along the [001] direction, parallel to the growth direction of nanotubes, that offer ease of charge transport much higher than reported so far, are fabricated using a cost effective two step technique. The success of this method to grow the nanotubes with the anomalous intense [001] preferential orientation is attributed to the zinc assisted minimization of the (001) surface energy. The single crystal like TiO2 nanotubes show superior performance as supercapacitor electrodes compared to the normal polycrystalline titanium dioxide nanotubes.Single crystal like TiO2 nanotubes with preferential orientation along the [001] direction, parallel to the growth direction of nanotubes, that offer ease of charge transport much higher than reported so far, are fabricated using a cost effective two step technique. The success of this method to grow the nanotubes with the anomalous intense [001] preferential orientation is attributed to the zinc assisted minimization of the (001) surface energy. The single crystal like TiO2 nanotubes show superior performance as supercapacitor electrodes compared to the normal polycrystalline titanium dioxide nanotubes. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr06328k

  8. Room temperature alcohol sensing by oxygen vacancy controlled TiO2 nanotube array

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    Hazra, A.; Dutta, K.; Bhowmik, B.; Chattopadhyay, P. P.; Bhattacharyya, P.

    2014-08-01

    Oxygen vacancy (OV) controlled TiO2 nanotubes, having diameters of 50-70 nm and lengths of 200-250 nm, were synthesized by electrochemical anodization in the mixed electrolyte comprising NH4F and ethylene glycol with selective H2O content. The structural evolution of TiO2 nanoforms has been studied by field emission scanning electron microscopy. Variation in the formation of OVs with the variation of the structure of TiO2 nanoforms has been evaluated by photoluminescence and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The sensor characteristics were correlated to the variation of the amount of induced OVs in the nanotubes. The efficient room temperature sensing achieved by the control of OVs of TiO2 nanotube array has paved the way for developing fast responding alcohol sensor with corresponding response magnitude of 60.2%, 45.3%, and 36.5% towards methanol, ethanol, and 2-propanol, respectively.

  9. Interface feature characterization and Schottky interfacial layer confirmation of TiO2 nanotube array film

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    Li, Hongchao; Tang, Ningxin; Yang, Hongzhi; Leng, Xian; Zou, Jianpeng

    2015-11-01

    We report here characterization of the interfacial microstructure and properties of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube array films fabricated by anodization. Field effect scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nanoindentation, atomic force microscopy (AFM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were used to characterize the interface of the film. With increasing annealing temperature from 200 °C to 800 °C, the interfacial fusion between the film and the Ti substrate increased. The phase transformation of the TiO2 nanotube film from amorphous to anatase to rutile took place gradually; as the phase transformation progressed, the force needed to break the film increased. The growth of TiO2 nanotube arrays occurs in four stages: barrier layer formation, penetrating micropore formation, regular nanotube formation, and nanofiber formation. The TiO2 nanotubes grow from the Schottky interface layer rather than from the Ti substrate. The Schottky interface layer's thickness of 35-45 nm was identified as half the diameter of the corresponding nanotube, which shows good agreement to the Schottky interface layer growth model. The TiO2 nanotube film was amorphous and the Ti substrate was highly crystallized with many dislocation walls.

  10. Tailoring of antibacterial Ag nanostructures on TiO2 nanotube layers by magnetron sputtering.

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    Uhm, Soo-Hyuk; Song, Doo-Hoon; Kwon, Jae-Sung; Lee, Sang-Bae; Han, Jeon-Geon; Kim, Kyoung-Nam

    2014-04-01

    To reduce the incidence of postsurgical bacterial infection that may cause implantation failure at the implant-bone interface, surface treatment of titanium implants with antibiotic materials such as silver (Ag) has been proposed. The purpose of this work was to create TiO2 nanotubes using plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO), followed by formation of an antibacterial Ag nanostructure coating on the TiO2 nanotube layer using a magnetron sputtering system. PEO was performed on commercially pure Ti sheets. The Ag nanostructure was added onto the resulting TiO2 nanotube using magnetron sputtering at varying deposition rates. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the surface, and Ag content on the TiO2 nanotube layer was analyzed by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Scanning probe microscopy for surface roughness and contact angle measurement were used to indirectly confirm enhanced TiO2 nanotube hydrophilicity. Antibacterial activity of Ag ions in solution was determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and antibacterial testing against Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). In vitro, TiO2 nanotubes coated with sputtered Ag resulted in significantly reduced S. aureus. Cell viability assays showed no toxicity for the lowest sputtering time group in the osteoblastic cell line MC3T3-E1. These results suggest that a multinanostructured layer with a biocompatible TiO2 nanotube and antimicrobial Ag coating is a promising biomaterial that can be tailored with magnetron sputtering for optimal performance. PMID:24123999

  11. Achieving enhanced DSSC performance by microwave plasma incorporation of carbon into TiO2 photoelectrodes

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    Dang, Binh H. Q.; MacElroy, Don; Dowling, Denis P.

    2013-06-01

    The photoactivity of carbon-incorporated titanium dioxide (TiO2) has been widely reported. This study involves a novel approach to the incorporation of carbon into TiO2 through the use of microwave plasma processing. The process involved thermally treating printed TiO2 nanoparticle coatings in a microwave-induced argon-oxygen plasma containing low concentrations of methane. The resulting deposited carbon layer was characterized using XRD, XPS, Raman, UV-vis, ellipsometry, and optical profilometry. It was found that the methane gas was dissociated in the microwave plasma into its carbon species, which were then deposited as a nm-thick layer onto the TiO2 coatings, most likely in the form of graphite. The photovoltaic performances of both the TiO2 and the carbon-incorporated TiO2 were assessed through J-V and IPCE measurements of the N719-sensitized solar cells using the titania as their photoanodes. Up to a 72% improvement in the maximum power density (Pd-max) was observed for the carbon-incorporated TiO2 samples as compared to the TiO2, onto which no carbon was added. This improvement was found to be mainly associated with an increase in the short-circuit current density (Jsc), but independent from the open-circuit voltage (Voc), the filter factor (FF), and the level of dye adsorption. Possible contributory factors to the improved performance of the carbon-incorporated TiO2 were the enhanced electron conductivity and electron lifetime, both of which were elucidated through electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). When the surface layer was examined using XPS, the optimal carbon content on the TiO2 coating surface was found to be 8.4%, beyond which there was a reduction in the DSSC efficiency.

  12. Anodic fabrication and bioactivity of Nb-doped TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Ding, Dongyan; Ning, Congqin; Huang, Lin; Jin, Fangchun; Hao, Yongqiang; Bai, Shuo; Li, Yan; Li, Ming; Mao, Dali

    2009-07-29

    We report anodic formation of Ti-Nb-O nanotubes on top of a Ti35Nb alloy, and in vitro bioactivity and stem cell response of the anodic nanotubes. It was found that the amorphous Ti-Nb-O nanotubes presented a significantly enhanced in vitro bioactivity (in simulated body fluids) compared to those of undoped TiO2 nanotubes and porous Ti-Nb-O without nanotubular structure. Similar to undoped TiO2 nanotubes, the Ti-Nb-O nanotubes also promote mesenchymal stem cell adhesion and fast formation of extracellular matrix (ECM) materials. The above findings make it possible to further explore the biological properties, such as cell proliferation and drug delivery, of a variety of Ti-alloy-based oxide nanotubes. PMID:19581696

  13. Lithium intercalation and diffusion in TiO2 nanotubes: a first-principles investigation.

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    Liang, Ke; Chen, Xue; Guo, Zhenyu; Hou, Tingjun; Zhang, Xiaohong; Li, Youyong

    2016-09-21

    Titanium dioxide nanotubes have attracted considerable attention because of their excellent photoelectric and electrochemical performance in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Precise intercalation sites and controllable diffusion paths are very important for the structures and transport properties of TiO2 nanotubes. Based on first-principles calculations, herein, we discuss these parameters. The results indicate that TiO2 nanotubes with 2-coordinate oxygen vacancies could effectively improve the immigration ability of Li ions. The effective diffusion barriers (0.53 eV) between the outer and inner surfaces suggest a potential material for application in Li-ion barriers. PMID:27533347

  14. OH radical generation in a photocatalytic reactor using TiO2 nanotube plates.

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    Lee, Kangpyung; Ku, Haemin; Pak, Daewon

    2016-04-01

    In order to use TiO2 nanotubes grown on a Ti plate as a photocatalyst, self-organized oxide nanotube layers were grown by anodization in a glycerol based electrolyte. The ultimate conditions for the synthesis of the TiO2 nanotube array on the Ti plate were investigated by comparing the morphology, length, and inner diameter of the nanotubes. They were significantly affected by the applied anodic voltage, anodization time, and composition of the electrolyte such as the water and fluoride ion concentration. The crystallographic structures of TiO2 nanotubes before and after annealing were compared. The photocatalytic reactor used in this study consisted of two parallel and closely spaced TiO2 nanotube plates. The plates were squares while a UV lamp was inserted perpendicularly to them. OH radical generation in the photocatalytic reactor was monitored by using a probe compound, parachlorobenzoate (pCBA). The steady state OH radical concentration was compared depending on the length of nanotubes and crystallographic structure. The longer the nanotubes, the higher the steady state OH radical concentration. PMID:26855214

  15. Structure -- Magnetic Property Correlations in TiO 2 Nanotube Arrays

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    Mohammad Hosseinpour, Pegah

    TiO2 nanotube arrays are promising candidates for applications such as photocatalysis and for potential employment in spin-electronic (spintronic) devices. The functionality of TiO2-based nanotubes is highly dependent on their structure (microstructure and crystallographic symmetry) and magnetic properties. Unified understanding of the influence of these factors on the electronic structure of TiO2 is of paramount importance towards engineering these materials. This Dissertation aims at investigating the correlations of the morphology, crystallinity, crystal structure, electronic structure and magnetic properties of TiO2 nanotubes, with potential relevance to their functionality. Self-ordered arrays of amorphous TiO2 nanotubes (pure and Fe-doped with cationic concentration of ~2.1 at%) were synthesized by the electrochemical anodization technique, followed by subjecting them to thermal treatments up to 450 °C to crystallize these nanostructures. A variety of probes---morphological, structural, magnetic and spectroscopic---were used to characterize the properties of these nanostructures as functions of their processing conditions and the dopant content. Structure-functionality relationships in these nanostructures were verified by examining the photodegradation rate of methyl orange (a model water pollutant) in presence of TiO2 nanotubes under UV-Visible light irradiation. Results from this Dissertation research demonstrated that post-synthesis processing conditions---specifically, the nature of the annealing environment, as well as the presence of an external dopant, can alter the crystal structure and local electronic environment in TiO2 nanotubes, with subsequent effects on the magnetic properties of these nanostructures. The fundamental knowledge obtained in this research, on the interrelations of structural-magnetic properties and their potential influence on the functionality of TiO 2-based nanotubes, can be extended to the metal oxide semiconducting systems

  16. WO3/TiO2 nanotube photoanodes for solar water splitting with simultaneous wastewater treatment.

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    Reyes, Karla Rosa; Robinson, David B.

    2013-05-01

    Nanostructured WO3/TiO2 nanotubes with properties that enhance solar photoconversion reactions were developed, characterized and tested. The TiO2 nanotubes were prepared by anodization of Ti foil, and WO3 was electrodeposited on top of the nanotubes. SEM images show that these materials have the same ordered structure as TiO2 nanotubes, with an external nanostructured WO3 layer. Diffuse reflectance spectra showed an increase in the visible absorption relative to bare TiO2 nanotubes, and in the UV absorption relative to bare WO3 films. Incident simulated solar photon-to-current efficiency increased from 30% (for bare WO3) to 50% (for WO3/TiO2 composites). With the addition of diverse organic pollutants, the photocurrent densities exhibited more than a 5-fold increase. Chemical oxygen demand measurements showed the simultaneous photodegradation of organic pollutants. The results of this work indicate that the unique structure and composition of these composite materials enhance the charge carrier transport and optical properties compared with the parent materials.

  17. Disorder engineering of undoped TiO2 nanotube arrays for highly efficient solar-driven oxygen evolution.

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    Salari, M; Aboutalebi, S H; Aghassi, A; Wagner, P; Mozer, A J; Wallace, G G

    2015-02-28

    The trade-off between performance and complexity of the device manufacturing process should be balanced to enable the economic harvest of solar energy. Here, we demonstrate a conceptual, yet practical and well-regulated strategy to achieve efficient solar photocatalytic activity in TiO2 through controlled phase transformation and disorder engineering in the surface layers of TiO2 nanotubes. This approach enabled us to fine-tune the bandgap structure of undoped TiO2 according to our needs while simultaneously obtaining robust separation of photo-excited charge carriers. Introduction of specific surface defects also assisted in utilization of the visible part of sunlight to split water molecules for the production of oxygen. The strategy proposed here can serve as a guideline to overcome the practical limitation in the realization of efficient, non-toxic, chemically stable photoelectrochemical systems with high catalytic activity at neutral pH under visible illumination conditions. We also successfully incorporated TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTAs) with free-based porphyrin affording a pathway with an overall 140% enhanced efficiency, an oxygen evolution rate of 436 μL h(-1) and faradic efficiencies over 100%. PMID:25623280

  18. Electrophoretic Deposition of Carbon Nanotubes over TiO2 Nanotubes: Evaluation of Surface Properties and Biocompatibility

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    Park, Jung Eun; Park, Il Song; Bae, Tae Sung; Lee, Min Ho

    2014-01-01

    Titanium (Ti) is often used as an orthopedic and dental implant material due to its better mechanical properties, corrosion resistance, and excellent biocompatibility. Formation of TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2 NTs) on titanium is an interesting surface modification to achieve controlled drug delivery and to promote cell growth. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) possess excellent chemical durability and mechanical strength. The use of CNTs in biomedical applications such as scaffolds has received considerable attention in recent years. The present study aims to modify the surface of titanium by anodizing to form TiO2 NTs and subsequently deposit CNTs over it by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). Characteristic, biocompatibility, and apatite forming ability of the surface modified samples were evaluated. The results of the study reveal that CNTs coating on TiO2 nanotubes help improve the biological activity and this type of surface modification is highly suitable for biomedical applications. PMID:25093017

  19. TiO2 Nanotubes: Recent Advances in Synthesis and Gas Sensing Properties

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    Galstyan, Vardan; Comini, Elisabetta; Faglia, Guido; Sberveglieri, Giorgio

    2013-01-01

    Synthesis—particularly by electrochemical anodization-, growth mechanism and chemical sensing properties of pure, doped and mixed titania tubular arrays are reviewed. The first part deals on how anodization parameters affect the size, shape and morphology of titania nanotubes. In the second part fabrication of sensing devices based on titania nanotubes is presented, together with their most notable gas sensing performances. Doping largely improves conductivity and enhances gas sensing performances of TiO2 nanotubes. PMID:24184919

  20. Preparation of TiO2 nanotubes coated on polyurethane and study of their photocatalytic activity

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    Liu, Pei; Liu, Haijin; Liu, Guoguang; Yao, Kun; Lv, Wenying

    2012-10-01

    TiO2 nanotubes have been synthesized by a hydrothermal method and their surface has been effectively modified with silane coupling agents. TiO2 nanotubes-polyurethane photocatalytic composites were then successfully synthesized through a series of activation reactions using polyurethane (PU) membrane as a solid carrier. All of these products have been characterized and identified by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and attenuated total reflectance Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). The results have shown that the TiO2 nanotubes treated by silicon alkylation could efficiently combine with the solid carrier (PU) and that the surface multilayer structure was very stable and compact. In addition, the new composite showed very good photocatalytic activity and was recyclable, which was demonstrated by the photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B.

  1. TiO2 Nanotube Array Sensor for Detecting the SF6 Decomposition Product SO2

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    Zhang, Xiaoxing; Zhang, Jinbin; Jia, Yichao; Xiao, Peng; Tang, Ju

    2012-01-01

    The detection of partial discharge through analysis of SF6 gas components in gas-insulated switchgear, is significant for the diagnosis and assessment of the operating state of power equipment. The present study proposes the use of a TiO2 nanotube array sensor for detecting the SF6 decomposition product SO2, and the application of the anodic oxidation method for the directional growth of highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays. The sensor response of 10–50 ppm SO2 gas is tested, and the sensitive response mechanism is discussed. The test results show that the TiO2 nanotube sensor array has good response to SO2 gas, and by ultraviolet radiation, the sensor can remove attached components very efficiently, shorten recovery time, reduce chemical poisoning, and prolong the life of the components. PMID:22737009

  2. TiO2 nanotube array sensor for detecting the SF6 decomposition product SO2.

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    Zhang, Xiaoxing; Zhang, Jinbin; Jia, Yichao; Xiao, Peng; Tang, Ju

    2012-01-01

    The detection of partial discharge through analysis of SF(6) gas components in gas-insulated switchgear, is significant for the diagnosis and assessment of the operating state of power equipment. The present study proposes the use of a TiO(2) nanotube array sensor for detecting the SF(6) decomposition product SO(2), and the application of the anodic oxidation method for the directional growth of highly ordered TiO(2) nanotube arrays. The sensor response of 10-50 ppm SO(2) gas is tested, and the sensitive response mechanism is discussed. The test results show that the TiO(2) nanotube sensor array has good response to SO(2) gas, and by ultraviolet radiation, the sensor can remove attached components very efficiently, shorten recovery time, reduce chemical poisoning, and prolong the life of the components. PMID:22737009

  3. Effects of Functionalization of TiO2 Nanotube Array Sensors with Pd Nanoparticles on Their Selectivity

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    Park, Sunghoon; Kim, Soohyun; Park, Suyoung; Lee, Wan In; Lee, Chongmu

    2014-01-01

    This study compared the responses of Pd-functionalized and pristine titanate (TiO2) nanotube arrays to ethanol with those to acetone to determine the effects of functionalization of TiO2 nanotubes with Pd nanoparticles on the sensitivity and selectivity. The responses of pristine and Pd-functionalized TiO2 nanotube arrays to ethanol gas at 200 °C were ∼2877% and ∼21,253%, respectively. On the other hand, the responses of pristine and Pd-functionalized TiO2 nanotube arrays to acetone gas at 250 °C were ∼1636% and 8746% respectively. In the case of ethanol sensing, the response and recovery times of Pd-functionalized TiO2 nanotubes (10.2 and 7.1 s) were obviously shorter than those of pristine TiO2 nanotubes (14.3 and 8.8 s), respectively. In contrast, in the case of acetone sensing the response and recovery times of Pd-functionalized TiO2 nanotubes (42.5 and 19.7 s) were almost the same as those of pristine TiO2 nanotubes (47.2 and 17.9 s). TiO2 nanotube arrays showed the strongest response to ethanol and Pd functionalization was the most effective in improving the response of TiO2 nanotubes to ethanol among six different types of gases: ethanol, acetone, CO, H2, NH3 and NO2. The origin of the superior sensing properties of Pd-functionalized TiO2 nanotubes toward ethanol to acetone is also discussed. PMID:25166499

  4. Growth and characterization of TiO2 nanotubes from sputtered Ti film on Si substrate

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    Chappanda, Karumbaiah N.; Smith, York R.; Mohanty, Swomitra K.; Rieth, Loren W.; Tathireddy, Prashant; Misra, Mano

    2012-07-01

    In this paper, we present the synthesis of self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays formed by anodization of thin Ti film deposited on Si wafers by direct current (D.C.) sputtering. Organic electrolyte was used to demonstrate the growth of stable nanotubes at room temperature with voltages varying from 10 to 60 V (D.C.). The tubes were about 1.4 times longer than the thickness of the sputtered Ti film, showing little undesired dissolution of the metal in the electrolyte during anodization. By varying the thickness of the deposited Ti film, the length of the nanotubes could be controlled precisely irrespective of longer anodization time and/or anodization voltage. Scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, diffuse-reflectance UV-vis spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction were used to characterize the thin film nanotubes. The tubes exhibited good adhesion to the wafer and did not peel off after annealing in air at 350 °C to form anatase TiO2. With TiO2 nanotubes on planar/stable Si substrates, one can envision their integration with the current micro-fabrication technique large-scale fabrication of TiO2 nanotube-based devices.

  5. A novel drug delivery of 5-fluorouracil device based on TiO2/ZnS nanotubes.

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    Faria, Henrique Antonio Mendonça; de Queiroz, Alvaro Antonio Alencar

    2015-11-01

    The structural and electronic properties of titanium oxide nanotubes (TiO2) have attracted considerable attention for the development of therapeutic devices and imaging probes for nanomedicine. However, the fluorescence response of TiO2 has typically been within ultraviolet spectrum. In this study, the surface modification of TiO2 nanotubes with ZnS quantum dots was found to produce a red shift in the ultra violet emission band. The TiO2 nanotubes used in this work were obtained by sol-gel template synthesis. The ZnS quantum dots were deposited onto TiO2 nanotube surface by a micelle-template inducing reaction. The structure and morphology of the resulting hybrid TiO2/ZnS nanotubes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. According to the results of fluorescence spectroscopy, pure TiO2 nanotubes exhibited a high emission at 380nm (3.26eV), whereas TiO2/ZnS exhibited an emission at 410nm (3.02eV). The TiO2/ZnS nanotubes demonstrated good bio-imaging ability on sycamore cultured plant cells. The biocompatibility against mammalian cells (Chinese Hamster Ovarian Cells-CHO) suggesting that TiO2/ZnS may also have suitable optical properties for use as biological markers in diagnostic medicine. The drug release characteristic of TiO2/ZnS nanotubes was explored using 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), an anticancer drug used in photodynamic therapy. The results show that the TiO2/ZnS nanotubes are a promising candidate for anticancer drug delivery systems. PMID:26249588

  6. TiO2 nanotube structures for enhanced cell and biological functionality

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    Brammer, Karla S.; Oh, Seunghan; Frandsen, Christine J.; Jin, Sungho

    2010-04-01

    Nanostructures have pronounced effects on biological processes such as growth of cells and their functionality. Advances in biomaterial surface structure and design have resulted in improved tissue engineering. Nanotechnology can be utilized for optimization of titanium implants with a formation of vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays on the implant surface. The anodic oxidation of the titanium implant surface to form a TiO2 nanotube array involves electrochemical processes and self assembly. In this paper, the mechanism of nanotube formation, nanotube bio-characteristics, and their emerging role in soft and hard tissue engineering as well as in regenerative medicine will be reviewed, and the beneficial effects of surface nanotubes on cell adhesion, proliferation, and functionality will be discussed in relation to potential orthopedics applications.

  7. Ultrafast Room-Temperature Crystallization of TiO2 Nanotubes Exploiting Water-Vapor Treatment

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    Lamberti, Andrea; Chiodoni, Angelica; Shahzad, Nadia; Bianco, Stefano; Quaglio, Marzia; Pirri, Candido F.

    2015-01-01

    In this manuscript a near-room temperature crystallization process of anodic nanotubes from amorphous TiO2 to anatase phase with a fast 30 minutes treatment is reported for the first time. This method involves the exposure of as-grown TiO2 nanotubes to water vapor flow in ambient atmosphere. The water vapor-crystallized samples are deeply investigated in order to gain a whole understanding of their structural, physical and chemical properties. The photocatalytic activity of the converted material is tested by dye degradation experiment and the obtained performance confirms the highly promising properties of this low-temperature processed material. PMID:25589038

  8. Amorphous TiO2 nanotube-derived synthesis of highly ordered anatase TiO2 nanorod arrays

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    Zhao, Cong; Zhu, Dachuan; Cao, Shixiu

    2016-02-01

    A facile method by combining anodic oxidation and hydrothermal method was developed to construct highly ordered anatase TiO2 nanorods (TNRs) and nanotubes (TNTs). In this method, the anodic oxidation was used for preparing highly ordered amorphous TNTs, which subsequently served as highly ordered template for next reaction process. Upon hydrothermal treatment, the as-anodized amorphous template got converted to highly ordered anatase TNTs (blank sample) in without cobalt nitrate solution and TNRs (doped sample) in cobalt nitrate solution, respectively. To our best knowledge, this is first successful attempt to prepare highly ordered anatase TNRs based on the above amorphous template. The scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations indicate that the as-prepared anatase TNRs are composed by a large number of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles (TNPs) and the morphology at top of TNRs is different from that of its trunk. Details of the morphology, phase transformation, and growth mechanism of the obtained TNRs are discussed. In addition, the role of Co2+ in the crystallization process had been also discussed.

  9. Improved photocatalytic activity of zeolite- and silica-incorporated TiO2 film.

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    Tanaka, K; Fukuyoshi, J; Segawa, H; Yoshida, K

    2006-09-21

    Porous TiO2 film was prepared by sol-gel method from TiO2 sol containing polyvinylpyrolidone (PVP). Photocatalytic activity of the film was evaluated by the elimination rate of ethylene. Several adsorbents including zeolite and silica powders were incorporated into the TiO2 film. All the adsorbents enhanced the activity. The optimum adsorbent content was 0.005-0.01 g/ml of the coating sol solution. Silica provided better activity than zeolite. At high humidity and in dry air the activity decreased. PMID:16704899

  10. Enhanced photoelectrochemical performance by synthesizing CdS decorated reduced TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Zhang, Qian; Wang, Ling; Feng, Jiangtao; Xu, Hao; Yan, Wei

    2014-11-14

    The efficient utilization of solar spectrum and photo-induced charge transport are critical aspects in improving the light conversion efficiency of solar cells and hydrogen generation. In this work, reduced TiO2 nanotube arrays with CdS decoration were fabricated through the simple cathodic polarization of annealed TiO2 nanotube arrays followed by the chemical deposition of CdS nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy confirmed the successful fabrication of the target material. UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra showed a Burstein-Moss shift for reduced TiO2 NTs and a red shift of the absorption edge towards ca. 563 nm for CdS-decorated R-TiO2 NTs. Cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectra together demonstrate the decreased charge transport resistance for reduced TiO2 NTs. Under the excitation of monochromatic light at 420 nm, the proposed CdS-decorated reduced TiO2 NTs exhibit the maximum IPCE value of 30.12% in 1 M Na2SO3 electrolyte, which is almost twice higher than that achieved on CdS-decorated pristine TiO2 NTs. Therefore, the results here highlight the significance of charge transport in the light conversion process. The enhanced charge transport properties are ascribed to the increased number of electrons, which is brought about by the lattice oxygen vacancies (Ti(3+)) during the cathodic polarization. PMID:25265452

  11. Facile electrochemical synthesis of antimicrobial TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Zhao, Yu; Xing, Qi; Janjanam, Jagadeesh; He, Kun; Long, Fei; Low, Ke-Bin; Tiwari, Ashutosh; Zhao, Feng; Shahbazian-Yassar, Reza; Friedrich, Craig; Shokuhfar, Tolou

    2014-01-01

    Infection-related complications have been a critical issue for the application of titanium orthopedic implants. The use of Ag nanoparticles offers a potential approach to incorporate antimicrobial properties into the titanium implants. In this work, a novel and simple method was developed for synthesis of Ag (II) oxide deposited TiO2 nanotubes (TiNTs) using electrochemical anodization followed by Ag electroplating processes in the same electrolyte. The quantities of AgO nanoparticles deposited in TiNT were controlled by selecting different electroplating times and voltages. It was shown that AgO nanoparticles were crystalline and distributed throughout the length of the nanotubes. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry tests showed that the quantities of released Ag were less than 7 mg/L after 30 days at 37°C. Antimicrobial assay results show that the AgO-deposited TiNTs can effectively kill the Escherichia coli bacteria. Although the AgO-deposited TiNTs showed some cytotoxicity, it should be controllable by optimization of the electroplating parameters and incorporation of cell growth factor. The results of this study indicated that antimicrobial properties could be added to nanotextured medical implants through a simple and cost effective method. PMID:25429214

  12. Photocatalytic activity of heterostructures based on TiO2 and halloysite nanotubes.

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    Wang, Rijing; Jiang, Guohua; Ding, Yuanwei; Wang, Yin; Sun, Xinke; Wang, Xiaohong; Chen, Wenxing

    2011-10-01

    A one-step solvothermal method was used to prepare TiO(2)/halloysite composites. TiO(2) nanoparticles were deposited on the platform of the halloysite nanotubes (HNTs). XRD, FT-IR, FE-SEM, and TEM were applied to investigate the structures and morphologies of the resultant samples. The as-prepared TiO(2)/HNTs photocatalyst exhibits pH sensibility on the degradation of methanol and a higher photocatalytic activity on the degradation of acetic acid. The combination of the photocatalytic property of TiO(2) and the unique structure of halloysite endowed this material with a bright perspective in degradation of organic pollutant. PMID:21916434

  13. Amine functionalized TiO2-carbon nanotube composite: synthesis, characterization and application to glucose biosensing

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    Tasviri, Mahboubeh; Rafiee-Pour, Hossain-Ali; Ghourchian, Hedayatollah; Gholami, Mohammad Reza

    2011-12-01

    The synthesis of amine functionalized TiO2-coated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (NH2-TiO2-CNTs) using sol-gel method was investigated. The synthesized nanocomposite was characterized with XRD, FTIR spectroscopy, BET test and SEM imaging. The results demonstrated a unique nanostructure with no destruction of the CNTs' shape. In addition, the presence of amine groups on the composite surface was confirmed by FTIR. This nanocomposite was used for one-step immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx) to sense glucose. The result of cyclic voltammetry showed a pair of well-defined and quasi-reversible peaks for direct electron transfer of GOx in the absence of glucose. Also, the result of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy indicated that GOx was successfully immobilized on the surface of NH2-TiO2-CNTs. Furthermore, good amperometric response showed that immobilized GOx on the NH2-TiO2-CNTs exhibits exceptional bioelectrocatalytic activity toward glucose oxidation.

  14. Guided proliferation and bone-forming functionality on highly ordered large diameter TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Zhang, Ruopeng; Wu, Hongliu; Ni, Jiahua; Zhao, Changli; Chen, Yifan; Zheng, Chengjunyi; Zhang, Xiaonong

    2015-08-01

    The significantly enhanced osteoblast adhesion, proliferation and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity were observed on TiO2 nanotube surface in recent studies in which the scale of nanotube diameter was restricted under 100 nm. In this paper, a series of highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays with larger diameters ranging from 150 nm to 470 nm were fabricated via high voltage anodization. The behaviors of MC3T3-E1 cells in response to the diameter-controlled TiO2 nanotubes were investigated. A contrast between the trend of proliferation and the trend of cell elongation was observed. The highest cell elongation (nearly 10:1) and the lowest cell number were observed on the TiO2 nanotube arrays with 150 nm diameter. While, the lowest cell elongation and highest cell number were achieved on the TiO2 nanotube arrays with 470 nm diameter. Furthermore, the ALP activity peaked on the 150 nm diameter TiO2 nanotube arrays and decreased dramatically with the increase of nanotube diameter. Thus a narrow range of diameter (100-200 nm) that could induce the greatest bone-forming activity is determined. It is expected that more delicate design of orthopedic implant with regional abduction of cell proliferation or bone forming could be achieved by controlling the diameter of TiO2 nanotubes. PMID:26042715

  15. Enhanced cellular mobility guided by TiO2 nanotube surfaces.

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    Brammer, Karla S; Oh, Seunghan; Gallagher, John O; Jin, Sungho

    2008-03-01

    The in vitro endothelial response of primary bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAECs) was investigated on a flat Ti surface vs a nanostructured TiO2 nanotube surface. The nanotopography provided nanoscale cues that facilitated cellular probing, cell sensing, and especially cell migration, where more organized actin cytoskeletal filaments formed lamellipodia and locomotive morphologies. Motile cell protrusions were able to probe down into the nanotube pores for contact stimulation, and focal adhesions were formed and disassembled readily for enhanced advancement of cellular fronts, which was not observed on a flat substrate of titanium. NOx and endothelin-1 functional assays confirmed that the nanotubes also up-regulated an antithrombic cellular state for maintaining vascular tone. The enhanced endothelial response to TiO2 nanotubes is significant for a potential modification of vascular stent surfaces in order to increase the rate and reliability of endothelialization and endothelial cell migration onto the stent for repairing arterial injury after activation. PMID:18251515

  16. Whole Genome Expression Analysis Reveals Differential Effects of TiO2 Nanotubes on Vascular Cells

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    Peng, Lily; Barczak, Andrea J.; Barbeau, Rebecca A.; Xiao, Yuanyuan; LaTempa, Thomas J.; Grimes, Craig A.; Desai, Tejal A.

    2010-01-01

    The response of primary human endothelial (ECs) and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) to TiO2 nanotube arrays is studied through gene expression analysis. Microarrays revealed that nanotubes enhanced EC proliferation and motility, decreased VSMC proliferation, and decreased expression of molecules involved in inflammation and coagulation in both cell types. Networks generated from significantly affected genes suggest that cells may be sensing nanotopographical cues via pathways previously implicated in sensing shear stress. PMID:20030358

  17. Study on Fabrication and UV Photoelectric Property of TiO2 Nanotube Array Electrodes.

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    Fu, Yao; Duan, Xiao-Long; Xing, Ming-Ming; Luo, Xi-Xian; Zhang, Ying-Hui; Liu, Wang

    2016-04-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube array electrodes were successfully fabricated by a two-step anodization method on Ti sheet substrates in an electrolyte composed of ammonium fluoride, deionized water, and glycol. The tube wall was smooth, and the average internal and external diameters, wall thickness, and tube length achieved were 80 nm, 90 nm, 10 nm, and 9 µm, respectively. X-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy results revealed that the TiO2 nanotube arrays presented an amorphous structure. When calcined at 300 °C, the arrays crystallized into the anatase phase, and the crystallization degree of the oxide layer increased as the temperature rose. Calcinating at 400 °C did not obviously disrupt the porous structure of the highly ordered arrays. However, higher temperature enlarged the diameter of the nanotube array and roughened the tube wall. When the temperature reached 600 °C, the nanotube mouth broke because of the excessive stress, causing the oxide layer's thinness and nanotube mouth clogging. The photoelectric test showed that the electrode presented obvious photoresponse under 300-400 nm UV excitation (maximized at 360 nm). The degree of crystallization and the micro-structure of the oxide layer can significantly affect the photoelectric properties of the electrode. After calcination at 400 °C, the TiO2 nanotube arrays, with highly ordered tubular structure directly connected to the Ti substrate, can ensure the rapid transportation of photo-induced electrons to the Ti substrate, while the high crystallinity of the arrays can help reduce the defect density of the nanotube and extend the lifetime of the photo-induced carriers. The electrode showed the best photoelectric property, and the photocurrent intensity was maximized (29.6 µA). However, the calcination process with over-temperature resulted in substantial loss of the TiO2 oxide layer, mouth clogging, and a severe decline in the photoelectric properties. PMID:27451743

  18. Plasmonic photocatalysis properties of Au nanoparticles precipitated anatase/rutile mixed TiO2 nanotubes

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    Wen, Yan; Liu, Bitao; Zeng, Wei; Wang, Yuhua

    2013-09-01

    Anatase/rutile mixed titania nanotubes (TiO2 NTs) precipitated with gold nanoparticles (Au NPs), i.e. Au/TiO2, have been synthesized and investigated on visible photocatalysis properties. A deposition-precipitation (DP) method was adopted to reduce the gold precursor to Au NPs within the preformed TiO2 NTs by the emulsion electrospinning technique. The optimal visible photocatalytic activity was found in the sample Au3(DP350)/TiO2 with a loading of 3 wt% Au NPs and calcining at 350 °C. Through transmission electron microscopy, Au NPs of 4.16 nm diameter were observed at the interface between the anatase and rutile phases in the optimal Au3(DP350)/TiO2 sample, and these joint active sites at the interface were beneficial for charge separation. The obtained optimal photocatalytic efficiency of Au3(DP350)/TiO2 was ascribed to the synergistic effect of the enhanced visible absorption and the anatase/rutile mixed-phase composition, and the possible mechanism for this was discussed in detail.Anatase/rutile mixed titania nanotubes (TiO2 NTs) precipitated with gold nanoparticles (Au NPs), i.e. Au/TiO2, have been synthesized and investigated on visible photocatalysis properties. A deposition-precipitation (DP) method was adopted to reduce the gold precursor to Au NPs within the preformed TiO2 NTs by the emulsion electrospinning technique. The optimal visible photocatalytic activity was found in the sample Au3(DP350)/TiO2 with a loading of 3 wt% Au NPs and calcining at 350 °C. Through transmission electron microscopy, Au NPs of 4.16 nm diameter were observed at the interface between the anatase and rutile phases in the optimal Au3(DP350)/TiO2 sample, and these joint active sites at the interface were beneficial for charge separation. The obtained optimal photocatalytic efficiency of Au3(DP350)/TiO2 was ascribed to the synergistic effect of the enhanced visible absorption and the anatase/rutile mixed-phase composition, and the possible mechanism for this was discussed in

  19. Fabrication of anti-aging TiO2 nanotubes on biomedical Ti alloys.

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    Hamlekhan, Azhang; Butt, Arman; Patel, Sweetu; Royhman, Dmitry; Takoudis, Christos; Sukotjo, Cortino; Yuan, Judy; Jursich, Gregory; Mathew, Mathew T; Hendrickson, William; Virdi, Amarjit; Shokuhfar, Tolou

    2014-01-01

    The primary objective of this study was to fabricate a TiO2 nanotubular surface, which could maintain hydrophilicity over time (resist aging). In order to achieve non-aging hydrophilic surfaces, anodization and annealing conditions were optimized. This is the first study to show that anodization and annealing condition affect the stability of surface hydrophilicity. Our results indicate that maintenance of hydrophilicity of the obtained TiO2 nanotubes was affected by anodization voltage and annealing temperature. Annealing sharply decreased the water contact angle (WCA) of the as-synthesized TiO2 nanotubular surface, which was correlated to improved hydrophilicity. TiO2 nanotubular surfaces are transformed to hydrophilic surfaces after annealing, regardless of annealing and anodization conditions; however, WCA measurements during aging demonstrate that surface hydrophilicity of non-anodized and 20 V anodized samples decreased after only 11 days of aging, while the 60 V anodized samples maintained their hydrophilicity over the same time period. The nanotubes obtained by 60 V anodization followed by 600 °C annealing maintained their hydrophilicity significantly longer than nanotubes which were obtained by 60 V anodization followed by 300 °C annealing. PMID:24788345

  20. Fabrication of Anti-Aging TiO2 Nanotubes on Biomedical Ti Alloys

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    Hamlekhan, Azhang; Butt, Arman; Patel, Sweetu; Royhman, Dmitry; Takoudis, Christos; Sukotjo, Cortino; Yuan, Judy; Jursich, Gregory; Mathew, Mathew T.; Hendrickson, William; Virdi, Amarjit; Shokuhfar, Tolou

    2014-01-01

    The primary objective of this study was to fabricate a TiO2 nanotubular surface, which could maintain hydrophilicity over time (resist aging). In order to achieve non-aging hydrophilic surfaces, anodization and annealing conditions were optimized. This is the first study to show that anodization and annealing condition affect the stability of surface hydrophilicity. Our results indicate that maintenance of hydrophilicity of the obtained TiO2 nanotubes was affected by anodization voltage and annealing temperature. Annealing sharply decreased the water contact angle (WCA) of the as-synthesized TiO2 nanotubular surface, which was correlated to improved hydrophilicity. TiO2 nanotubular surfaces are transformed to hydrophilic surfaces after annealing, regardless of annealing and anodization conditions; however, WCA measurements during aging demonstrate that surface hydrophilicity of non-anodized and 20 V anodized samples decreased after only 11 days of aging, while the 60 V anodized samples maintained their hydrophilicity over the same time period. The nanotubes obtained by 60 V anodization followed by 600 °C annealing maintained their hydrophilicity significantly longer than nanotubes which were obtained by 60 V anodization followed by 300 °C annealing. PMID:24788345

  1. Transparent TiO2 nanotube array photoelectrodes prepared via two-step anodization

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    Kim, Jin Young; Zhu, Kai; Neale, Nathan R.; Frank, Arthur J.

    2014-04-01

    Two-step anodization of transparent TiO2 nanotube arrays has been demonstrated with aid of a Nb-doped TiO2 buffer layer deposited between the Ti layer and TCO substrate. Enhanced physical adhesion and electrochemical stability provided by the buffer layer has been found to be important for successful implementation of the two-step anodization process. With the proposed approach, the morphology and thickness of NT arrays could be controlled very precisely, which in turn, influenced their optical and photoelectrochemical properties.

  2. Transparent TiO2 nanotube array photoelectrodes prepared via two-step anodization

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    Kim, Jin Young; Zhu, Kai; Neale, Nathan R.; Frank, Arthur J.

    2014-04-04

    Two-step anodization of transparent TiO2 nanotube arrays has been demonstrated with aid of a Nb-doped TiO2 buffer layer deposited between the Ti layer and TCO substrate. Enhanced physical adhesion and electrochemical stability provided by the buffer layer has been found to be important for successful implementation of the two-step anodization process. As a result, with the proposed approach, the morphology and thickness of NT arrays could be controlled very precisely, which in turn, influenced their optical and photoelectrochemical properties.

  3. Effect of alkali and heat treatments for bioactivity of TiO2 nanotubes

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    Kim, Seo young; Kim, Yu kyoung; Park, Il song; Jin, Guang chun; Bae, Tae sung; Lee, Min ho

    2014-12-01

    In this study, for improving the bioactivity of titanium used as an implant material, alkali and heat treatments were carried out after formation of the nanotubes via anodization. Nanotubes with uniform length, diameter, and thickness were formed by anodization. The alkali and heat-treated TiO2 nanotubes were covered with the complex network structure, and the Na compound was generated on the surface of the specimens. In addition, after 5 and 10 days of immersion in the SBF, the crystallized OCP and HAp phase was significantly increased on the surface of the alkali-treated TiO2 nanotubes (PNA) and alkali and heat-treated TiO2 nanotubes (PNAH) groups. Cell proliferation was decreased due to the formation of amorphous sodium titanate (Na2TiO3) layer on the surface of the PNA group. However, anatase and crystalline sodium titanate were formed on the surface of the PNAH group after heat treatment at 550 °C, and cell proliferation was improved. Thus, PNA group had higher HAp forming ability in the simulated body fluid. Additional heat treatment affected on enhancement of the bioactivity and the attachment of osteoblasts for PNA group.

  4. Photocatalytic Oxidation of Propylene on Pd-Loaded Anatase TiO2 Nanotubes Under Visible Light Irradiation

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    Li, Chen; Zong, Lanlan; Li, Qiuye; Zhang, Jiwei; Yang, Jianjun; Jin, Zhensheng

    2016-05-01

    TiO2 nanotubes attract much attention because of their high photoelectron-chemical and photocatalytic efficiency. But their large band gap leads to a low absorption of the solar light and limits the practical application. How to obtain TiO2 nanotubes without any dopant and possessing visible light response is a big challenge nowadays. Orthorhombic titanic acid nanotubes (TAN) are a special precursor of TiO2, which possess large Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface areas and strong ion exchange and adsorption capacity. TAN can transform to a novel TiO2 with a large amount of single-electron-trapped oxygen vacancies (SETOV) during calcination, while their nanotubular structure would be destroyed, and a BET surface area would decrease remarkably. And interestingly, SETOV can lead to a visible light response for this kind of TiO2. Herein, glucose was penetrated into TAN by the vacuum inhalation method, and TAN would dehydrate to anatase TiO2, and glucose would undergo thermolysis completely in the calcination process. As a result, the pure TiO2 nanotubes with visible light response and large BET surface areas were obtained. For further improving the photocatalytic activity, Pd nanoparticles were loaded as the foreign electron traps on TiO2 nanotubes and the photocatalytic oxidation efficiency of propylene was as high as 71 % under visible light irradiation, and the photostability of the catalyst kept over 90 % after 4 cyclic tests.

  5. Photocatalytic Oxidation of Propylene on Pd-Loaded Anatase TiO2 Nanotubes Under Visible Light Irradiation.

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    Li, Chen; Zong, Lanlan; Li, Qiuye; Zhang, Jiwei; Yang, Jianjun; Jin, Zhensheng

    2016-12-01

    TiO2 nanotubes attract much attention because of their high photoelectron-chemical and photocatalytic efficiency. But their large band gap leads to a low absorption of the solar light and limits the practical application. How to obtain TiO2 nanotubes without any dopant and possessing visible light response is a big challenge nowadays. Orthorhombic titanic acid nanotubes (TAN) are a special precursor of TiO2, which possess large Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface areas and strong ion exchange and adsorption capacity. TAN can transform to a novel TiO2 with a large amount of single-electron-trapped oxygen vacancies (SETOV) during calcination, while their nanotubular structure would be destroyed, and a BET surface area would decrease remarkably. And interestingly, SETOV can lead to a visible light response for this kind of TiO2. Herein, glucose was penetrated into TAN by the vacuum inhalation method, and TAN would dehydrate to anatase TiO2, and glucose would undergo thermolysis completely in the calcination process. As a result, the pure TiO2 nanotubes with visible light response and large BET surface areas were obtained. For further improving the photocatalytic activity, Pd nanoparticles were loaded as the foreign electron traps on TiO2 nanotubes and the photocatalytic oxidation efficiency of propylene was as high as 71 % under visible light irradiation, and the photostability of the catalyst kept over 90 % after 4 cyclic tests. PMID:27229518

  6. Temperature dependence of Young's modulus of titanium dioxide (TIO2) nanotubes: Molecular mechanics modeling

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    Lukyanov, S. I.; Bandura, A. V.; Evarestov, R. A.

    2015-12-01

    Temperature dependence of the Young's modulus of cylindrical single-wall nanotubes with zigzag and armchair chiralities and consolidated-wall nanotubes has been studied by the molecular mechanics method with the use of the atom-atom potential. The nanotubes have been obtained by rolling up of crystal layers (111) of TiO2 with fluorite structure. Calculations have been performed for isothermal conditions on the basis of calculating the Helmholtz free energy of the system. The dependence of the Helmholtz free energy of nanotubes on the period has been calculated in the quasi-harmonic approximation as a result of calculation of phonon frequencies. It has been shown that the temperature dependence of the stiffness of nanotubes is determined by their chirality, and some nanotubes exibit anomalous behavior of both the Young's modulus and the period of unit cell with variation in temperature.

  7. Wide-range hydrogen sensing with Nb-doped TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Liu, Hegang; Ding, Dongyan; Ning, Congqin; Li, Zhaohui

    2012-01-13

    Anatase-type titania nanotubes doped with Nb element were fabricated through an anodization of Ti35Nb alloy substrate and further annealing at 450 °C. Hydrogen sensitivity of the Nb-doped TiO(2) nanotubes at room temperature was investigated through exposure of the nanotube samples to different hydrogen atmospheres. At room temperature, the Nb-doped nanotubes demonstrated a good sensitivity for wide-range detection of both dilute and high-concentration hydrogen atmospheres ranging from 50 ppm to 2% H(2). The Nb-doped nanotubes also presented remarkable reversibility and repeatability as well as a quick response to the hydrogen atmosphere. The Nb-doped titania nanotubes have great advantages as robust and wide-range hydrogen sensors operating at room temperature. PMID:22156054

  8. Optimum Thickness Conditions of TiO2 Nanotubes Layer for Efficient Electrochemical Luminescence Cells Application.

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    Choi, Min-Ki; Sung, Youl-Moon; Park, Min-Woo

    2015-02-01

    We report a TiO2 nanotubes (NTs)-based Electrochemical luminescence (ECL) cell. The ECL cell was fabricated using the electrode of TiO2 NTs and Ru(II) complex (Ru(bpy)2+(3)) as a luminescence materials. The fabricated ECL cell is composed of F-doped SnO2 (FTO) glass/Ru(II)/TiO2 NTs/Ti plate. At a bias voltage of 3 V, the measured ECL efficiencies were 0 Im/W for cell without NTs, 0.03 Im/W for NTs-6.5 µm, 0.07 Im/W for NTs-8 µm and 0.1 Im/W for NTs-10 µm, respectively. The use of Ti02 NTs increases ECL intensities by about 2 times compared to the typical ECL cell without the use of TiO2 NTs. PMID:26353679

  9. PAMAM-grafted TiO2 nanotubes as novel versatile materials for drug delivery applications.

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    Torres, Cecilia C; Campos, Cristian H; Diáz, Carola; Jiménez, Verónica A; Vidal, Felipe; Guzmán, Leonardo; Alderete, Joel B

    2016-08-01

    PAMAM-grafted TiO2 nanotubes (PAMAM-TiO2NT) have been synthesized and evaluated as new drug nanocarriers, using curcumin (CUR), methotrexate (MTX), and silibinin (SIL) as model therapeutic compounds. TiO2NT were surface-modified using a silane coupling agent and subsequently conjugated with PAMAM dendrimer of the third generation. The characterization of PAMAM-TiO2NT nanomaterials was performed by FTIR, TEM, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, XRD, and TGA techniques, which accounted for a 2.6wt.% of PAMAM grafting in the prepared materials. The drug loading capacity, drug release properties, and cytotoxicity of PAMAM-TiO2NT showed a significant improvement compared to pristine TiO2NT, thus revealing the promising properties of these new materials for drug delivery purposes. PMID:27157739

  10. Novel phosphorus doped carbon nitride modified TiO2 nanotube arrays with improved photoelectrochemical performance

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    Su, Jingyang; Geng, Ping; Li, Xinyong; Zhao, Qidong; Quan, Xie; Chen, Guohua

    2015-10-01

    Novel phosphorus-doped graphitic-carbon nitride (P-C3N4) modified vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTs) were designed and synthesized. They can significantly enhance the conduction and utilization of photogenerated charge carriers of TiO2 NTs. The heterostructure was successfully fabricated through a three-step process: electrochemical anodization and wet-dipping followed by thermal polymerization. The prepared P-C3N4/TiO2 NTs exhibit enhanced light-absorption characteristics and improved charge separation and transfer ability, thus resulting in a 3-fold photocurrent (1.98 mA cm-2 at 0 V vs. Ag/AgCl) compared with that of pure TiO2 NTs (0.66 mA cm-2 at 0 V vs. Ag/AgCl) in 1 M NaOH solution. The prepared P-C3N4/TiO2 NT photoelectrodes also present excellent photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic capabilities in the degradation of methylene blue (MB). The kinetic rate of P-C3N4/TiO2 NTs in the photoelectrocatalytic process for MB is 2.7 times that of pristine TiO2 NTs. Furthermore, the prepared sample was used as a photoanode for solar-driven water splitting, giving a H2 evolution rate of 36.6 μmol h-1 cm-2 at 1.0 V vs. RHE under simulated solar light illumination. This novel structure with a rational design for a visible light response shows potential for metal free materials in photoelectrochemical applications.Novel phosphorus-doped graphitic-carbon nitride (P-C3N4) modified vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTs) were designed and synthesized. They can significantly enhance the conduction and utilization of photogenerated charge carriers of TiO2 NTs. The heterostructure was successfully fabricated through a three-step process: electrochemical anodization and wet-dipping followed by thermal polymerization. The prepared P-C3N4/TiO2 NTs exhibit enhanced light-absorption characteristics and improved charge separation and transfer ability, thus resulting in a 3-fold photocurrent (1.98 mA cm-2 at 0 V vs. Ag/AgCl) compared with that of pure TiO2 NTs (0

  11. An efficient photoanode consisting of TiO2 nanoparticle-filled TiO2 nanotube arrays for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Jun; Li, Quantong; Li, Siqian; Wang, Yi; Ye, Cong; Ruterana, Pierre; Wang, Hao

    2014-12-01

    An efficient photoanode consisting of TiO2 nanoparticle-filled TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays is prepared by a sol-gel process through hydrolysis and condensation of titaniumtetrachloride in an aqueous medium containing alcohol and ammonia. By introducing the TiO2 nanoparticles of proper particle size ∼20 nm into TNT arrays, the surface area, dye adsorption, short-circuit photocurrent density (Jsc), open circuit voltage (Voc) and the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are significantly improved (up to 107% enhancement on PCE). Particularly, the addition of alcohol and ammonia in TiO2 sol results in more hydroxyl groups chemisorbed onto the surface of the photoanodes, which is favorable for achieving large amount of dye adsorption. The influence of sol-treating time on the microstructure, morphology of photoanodes and the corresponding photovoltaic performance of DSSCs are investigated. It is found that immersing the TNT arrays into TiO2 sol for 0.5-2 h gives PCE of DSSC higher than 9.6%, and the highest PCE of 9.86% is achieved in DSSC when treating the TNT arrays with TiO2 sol for 2 h.

  12. Improved performance of dye-sensitized solar cells using TiO2 nanotubes infiltrated by TiO2 nanoparticles using a dipping-rinsing-hydrolysis process

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    Lin, Lu-Yin; Chen, Chia-Yuan; Yeh, Min-Hsin; Tsai, Keng-Wei; Lee, Chuan-Pei; Vittal, R.; Wu, Chun-Guey; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2013-12-01

    An efficient back-illuminated dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is made with a flexible Ti-foil based photoanode composed of a composite TiO2 film with TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) and TiO2 nanoparticles (TNP). The composite TiO2 film is fabricated through a novel dipping-rinsing-hydrolysis (DRH) process by inserting TiO2 into TNT and sintering the product to form TNP inside TNT. By directly placing TiO2 nanoparticles into TNT, the former grow internally from the base of TNT to occupy it completely. This solves previous problems of incomplete filling of TNP into TNT, which used partial penetration of TiCl4 reactant from the top of the TNT. In the present case, the TNP are grown from the base of TNT. A DSSC containing TNT and TNP prepared in this way shows a photoelectric efficiency of 6.45%, which is much higher than that (4.21%) of a DSSC with untreated TNT. The films are characterized by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The improvement in the photoelectric efficiency is explained by using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) analysis, and UV-absorption spectra analysis.

  13. Hierarchical TiO2 flowers built from TiO2 nanotubes for efficient Pt-free based flexible dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Lei, Bing-Xin; Luo, Qiu-Ping; Yu, Xiao-Yun; Wu, Wu-Qiang; Su, Cheng-Yong; Kuang, Dai-Bin

    2012-10-14

    A novel hierarchical TiO(2) flower consisting of anatase TiO(2) nanotubes on a Ti foil substrate has been prepared via a mild hydrothermal reaction of TiO(2) nanoparticles/Ti foil. The photovoltaic performance of DSSC based on hierarchical TiO(2) flowers/Ti (7.2%) is much higher than that of TiO(2) nanoparticle/Ti (6.63%) because of its superior light scattering ability and fast electron transport. Moreover, full flexible DSSC based on the novel hierarchical TiO(2) flowers/Ti foil photoelectrode and electrodeposited poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) on indium tin oxide-coated poly(ethylene terephthalate) (ITO-PET) counter electrode shows a significant power conversion efficiency of 6.26%, accompanying a short-circuit current density of 11.96 mA cm(-2), an open-circuit voltage of 761 mV and a fill factor of 0.69. PMID:22914771

  14. Biofilm formation on a TiO2 nanotube with controlled pore diameter and surface wettability

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    Anitha, V. C.; Lee, Jin-Hyung; Lee, Jintae; Narayan Banerjee, Arghya; Joo, Sang Woo; Min, Bong Ki

    2015-02-01

    Titania (TiO2) nanotube arrays (TNAs) with different pore diameters (140 - 20 nm) are fabricated via anodization using hydrofluoric acid (HF) containing ethylene glycol (EG) by changing the HF-to-EG volume ratio and the anodization voltage. To evaluate the effects of different pore diameters of TiO2 nanotubes on bacterial biofilm formation, Shewanella oneidensis (S. oneidensis) MR-1 cells and a crystal-violet biofilm assay are used. The surface roughness and wettability of the TNA surfaces as a function of pore diameter, measured via the contact angle and AFM techniques, are correlated with the controlled biofilm formation. Biofilm formation increases with the decreasing nanotube pore diameter, and a 20 nm TiO2 nanotube shows the maximum biofilm formation. The measurements revealed that 20 nm surfaces have the least hydrophilicity with the highest surface roughness of ˜17 nm and that they show almost a 90% increase in the effective surface area relative to the 140 nm TNAs, which stimulate the cells more effectively to produce the pili to attach to the surface for more biofilm formation. The results demonstrate that bacterial cell adhesion (and hence, biofilm formation) can effectively be controlled by tuning the roughness and wettability of TNAs via controlling the pore diameters of TNA surfaces. This biofilm formation as a function of the surface properties of TNAs can be a potential candidate for both medical applications and as electrodes in microbial fuel cells.

  15. Synthesis of self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays: Microstructural, stereoscopic, and topographic studies

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    Quiroz, Heiddy P.; Dussan, A.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, titanium dioxide nanotubes were prepared by using titanium foils via electrochemical anodization in ethylene glycol solutions containing different amounts of water and fluoride in the ranges of 1%-3% and 0.15%-0.5%, respectively, to determine their effects on morphology, optical, and crystalline structure properties. Annealing processes were performed on all samples in the range between 273 and 723 K. Morphology and structure properties of the samples were studied by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes, through anodization method, are strongly influenced by conditions, like fluoride concentration and applied voltages. Tube lengths between 2 and 7 μm were obtained, exhibiting different diameters and wall thicknesses. When alternating voltage was applied, the outer surface of the nanotubes exhibited evenly spaced ring-shaped regions, while smooth tubes were observed when constant voltage was applied. Reflection peaks, corresponding to Brookite, Anatase, and Rutile, of TiO2 phases, were observed from the XRD pattern. These phases were corroborated via μXRD measurements, and the Ti3O5 phase was also observed in detail. Absorption coefficient (α), optical band gap (Eg), and extinction coefficient (ɛ) of TiO2 nanotubes were calculated by transmittance spectra in the UV-Vis range. Strong absorption was noted in the UV region from reflectance and absorbance measurements. A correlation between synthesis parameters and physical properties is presented.

  16. A TiO2 nanostructure transformation: from ordered nanotubes to nanoparticles.

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    Alivov, Yahya; Fan, Z Y

    2009-10-01

    Transformation of TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) to truncated tetragonal bipyramidal shape nanoparticles (NPs) was observed upon thermally annealing titanium dioxide (TiO2) ordered nanotube arrays in fluorine ambient, resulting from the reaction of fluorine ions (F(-)) from the electrolyte residues in long nanotubes grown by anodization in ethylene glycol+NH4F electrolyte. The size of the TiO2 nanoparticles formed depends on the fluorine concentration and can be controlled from 20 to 500 nm. The crystal and optical properties of the nanoparticle layers are superior compared with those of nanotube arrays which are also annealed but without undergoing a morphology transformation, as was shown by means of x-ray diffraction and photoluminescence spectroscopy measurements. The NT-NP transformation mechanism was studied by analyzing the initial stages of the NT-NP transformation. This was achieved by terminating the annealing process in F ambient after 1-5 min. It was found that amorphous NTs first contract, then break down, and finally merge and crystallize to form NPs. PMID:19752502

  17. Plasmonic photocatalysis properties of Au nanoparticles precipitated anatase/rutile mixed TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Wen, Yan; Liu, Bitao; Zeng, Wei; Wang, Yuhua

    2013-10-21

    Anatase/rutile mixed titania nanotubes (TiO2 NTs) precipitated with gold nanoparticles (Au NPs), i.e. Au/TiO2, have been synthesized and investigated on visible photocatalysis properties. A deposition-precipitation (DP) method was adopted to reduce the gold precursor to Au NPs within the preformed TiO2 NTs by the emulsion electrospinning technique. The optimal visible photocatalytic activity was found in the sample Au3(DP350)/TiO2 with a loading of 3 wt% Au NPs and calcining at 350 °C. Through transmission electron microscopy, Au NPs of 4.16 nm diameter were observed at the interface between the anatase and rutile phases in the optimal Au3(DP350)/TiO2 sample, and these joint active sites at the interface were beneficial for charge separation. The obtained optimal photocatalytic efficiency of Au3(DP350)/TiO2 was ascribed to the synergistic effect of the enhanced visible absorption and the anatase/rutile mixed-phase composition, and the possible mechanism for this was discussed in detail. PMID:23963545

  18. Effect of low Fe3+ doping on characteristics, sonocatalytic activity and reusability of TiO2 nanotubes catalysts for removal of Rhodamine B from water.

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    Pang, Yean Ling; Abdullah, Ahmad Zuhairi

    2012-10-15

    Fe-doped titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) nanotubes were prepared using sol-gel followed by hydrothermal methods and characterized using various methods. The sonocatalytic activity was evaluated based on oxidation of Rhodamine B under ultrasonic irradiation. Iron ions (Fe(3+)) might incorporate into the lattice and intercalated in the interlayer spaces of TiO(2) nanotubes. The catalysts showed narrower band gap energies, higher specific surface areas, more active surface oxygen vacancies and significantly improved sonocatalytic activity. The optimum Fe doping at Fe:Ti=0.005 showed the highest sonocatalytic activity and exceeded that of un-doped TiO(2) nanotubes by a factor of 2.3 times. It was believed that Fe(3+) doping induced the formation of new states close to the valence band and conduction bands and accelerated the separation of charge carriers. Leached Fe(3+) could catalyze Fenton-like reaction and led to an increase in the hydroxyl radical (OH) generation. Fe-doped TiO(2) nanotubes could retain high degradation efficiency even after being reused for 4 cycles with minimal loss of Fe from the surface of the catalyst. PMID:22939090

  19. Two novel hierarchical homogeneous nanoarchitectures of TiO2 nanorods branched and P25-coated TiO2 nanotube arrays and their photocurrent performances

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    2011-01-01

    We report here for the first time the synthesis of two novel hierarchical homogeneous nanoarchitectures of TiO2 nanorods branched TiO2 nanotube arrays (BTs) and P25-coated TiO2 nanotube arrays (PCTs) using two-step method including electrochemical anodization and hydrothermal modification process. Then the photocurrent densities versus applied potentials of BTs, PCTs, and pure TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTAs) were investigated as well. Interestingly, at -0.11 V and under the same illumination condition, the photocurrent densities of BTs and PCTs show more than 1.5 and 1 times higher than that of pure TNTAs, respectively, which can be mainly attributed to significant improvement of the light-absorbing and charge-harvesting efficiency resulting from both larger and rougher surface areas of BTs and PCTs. Furthermore, these dramatic improvements suggest that BTs and PCTs will achieve better photoelectric conversion efficiency and become the promising candidates for applications in DSSCs, sensors, and photocatalysis. PMID:21711607

  20. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of N-nitrosodimethylamine on TiO2 nanotube based on the role of singlet oxygen.

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    Guo, Xiaoyan; Li, Qilin; Zhang, Man; Long, Mingce; Kong, Lulu; Zhou, Qixing; Shao, Huaiqi; Hu, Wanli; Wei, Tingting

    2015-02-01

    N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) photocatalytic degradation performance and mechanism were investigated on the TiO2 nanotube prepared from anatase TiO2 nanopowder in terms of the production of reactive oxygen species including hydroxyl radical, singlet oxygen and superoxide radical. Significantly higher NDMA degradation efficiency was obtained on anatase TiO2 nanotube rather than anatase TiO2 nanopowder. The tubular morphology may be responsible for almost 100% NDMA removal on TiO2 nanotube, presumably due to its confinement effect leading to NDMA molecules within the nanotube being attacked by reactive oxygen species such as hydroxyl radical and singlet oxygen, and initiating reaction inside the nanotube. In particular, the ability of the nanotubular structure of TiO2 nanotube to promote a singlet oxygen oxidation pathway contributes much to the enhanced NDMA degradation efficiency and favors the formation of dimethylamine and NO3(-). Such function originating from nanotube morphology could bring new insights for the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants. PMID:25290358

  1. Influence of Anodization Time and Voltage on the Parameters of TiO2 Nanotubes

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    Chernozem, R. V.; Surmeneva, M. A.; Surmenev, R. A.

    2016-02-01

    A vertically aligned titania nanotube layer was obtained by electrochemical anodic oxidation in the electrolyte contained 0.4 wt% solution of NH4F in 54 ml of ethylene glycol and 5 ml of deionized water, after titanium was chemically cleaned/etched with a mixture of HCl, H2O and HNO3 solution for removing the natural oxide films. The morphology and composition of the titania nanotube layer were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The anodization of TiO2 nanotubes was done using 60 V for 240 min and 30 min, and 30 V for 30 min. The diameter of the titania nanotubes was about 52-156 nm, the wall thickness about 32-53 nm and the height about 0.9-6.3 μm. The pore size of TiO2 nanotubes influences the dissolution rate of CaP thin films and Young's modulus, which is significantly lower than that of the Ti substrate. Our future challenge will be investigation of the microstructure and mechanical behavior of titania nanotubes with CaP film.

  2. Photoelectrochemical characterization of hydrogenated TiO2 nanotubes as photoanodes for sensing applications.

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    Li, Sheng; Qiu, Jingxia; Ling, Min; Peng, Feng; Wood, Barry; Zhang, Shanqing

    2013-11-13

    In this work, hydrogenated TiO2 nanotubes (H-TNTs) electrodes were successfully fabricated via the anodization of a titanium sheet followed by a hydrogenation process. Oxygen vacancies were induced in the crystalline structure of TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) as shallow donors that enhance the electronic conductivity of the TNTs. This improvement in the electronic conductivity and photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) performance was confirmed and evaluated by a photoelectrochemical characterization. Most importantly, the H-TNTs electrode was able to degrade potassium hydrogen phthalate (strong adsorbent) and glucose (weak adsorbent) indiscriminately. The corresponding photocurrents at the H-TNTs were 2-fold greater than that of the TNTs samples for the same concentrations of the organic compounds. This suggests that the H-TNTs electrode can be a promising sensor for the PEC determination of individual organic compounds or as an aggregative parameter of organic compounds (e.g., chemical oxygen demand). PMID:24083843

  3. Aggregated TiO2 Based Nanotubes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Nie, Zimin; Zhou, Xiaoyuan; Zhang, Qifeng; Cao, Guozhong; Liu, Jun

    2013-11-01

    One-dimensional (1D) semiconducting oxides have attracted great attention for dye sensitized solar cells (DSCs), but the overall performance is still quite limited as compared to TiO2 nanocrystalline DSCs. Here, we report the synthesis of aggregated TiO2 based nanotubes with controlled morphologies and crystalline structures to obtain an overall power conversion efficiency of 9.9% using conventional dye without any additional chemical treatment steps. The high efficiency is attributed to the unique aggregate structure for light harvesting, optimized high surface area, and good crystallinity of the nanotube aggregates obtained through proper thermal annealing. This study demonstrates that high efficiency DSCs can be obtained with 1D nanomaterials, and provides lessons on the importance of optimizing both the nanocrystalline structure and the overall microscale morphology.

  4. Wire-shaped perovskite solar cell based on TiO2 nanotubes

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    Wang, Xiaoyan; Kulkarni, Sneha A.; Li, Zhen; Xu, Wenjing; Batabyal, Sudip K.; Zhang, Sam; Cao, Anyuan; Wong, Lydia Helena

    2016-05-01

    In this work, a wire-shaped perovskite solar cell based on TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays is demonstrated for the first time by integrating a perovskite absorber on TNT-coated Ti wire. Anodization was adopted for the conformal growth of TNTs on Ti wire, together with the simultaneous formation of a compact TiO2 layer. A sequential step dipping process is employed to produce a uniform and compact perovskite layer on top of TNTs with conformal coverage as the efficient light absorber. Transparent carbon nanotube film is wrapped around Ti wire as the hole collector and counter electrode. The integrated perovskite solar cell wire by facile fabrication approaches shows a promising future in portable and wearable textile electronics.

  5. Wire-shaped perovskite solar cell based on TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Wang, Xiaoyan; Kulkarni, Sneha A; Li, Zhen; Xu, Wenjing; Batabyal, Sudip K; Zhang, Sam; Cao, Anyuan; Wong, Lydia Helena

    2016-05-20

    In this work, a wire-shaped perovskite solar cell based on TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays is demonstrated for the first time by integrating a perovskite absorber on TNT-coated Ti wire. Anodization was adopted for the conformal growth of TNTs on Ti wire, together with the simultaneous formation of a compact TiO2 layer. A sequential step dipping process is employed to produce a uniform and compact perovskite layer on top of TNTs with conformal coverage as the efficient light absorber. Transparent carbon nanotube film is wrapped around Ti wire as the hole collector and counter electrode. The integrated perovskite solar cell wire by facile fabrication approaches shows a promising future in portable and wearable textile electronics. PMID:27070991

  6. Efficient suppression of nanograss during porous anodic TiO2 nanotubes growth

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    Gui, Qunfang; Yu, Dongliang; Li, Dongdong; Song, Ye; Zhu, Xufei; Cao, Liu; Zhang, Shaoyu; Ma, Weihua; You, Shiyu

    2014-09-01

    When Ti foil was anodized in fluoride-containing electrolyte for a long time, undesired etching-induced “nanograss” would inevitably generate on the top of porous anodic TiO2 nanotubes (PATNTs). The nanograss will hinder the ions transport and in turn yield depressed (photo) electrochemical performance. In order to obtain nanograss-free nanotubes, a modified three-step anodization and two-layer nanostructure of PATNTs were designed to avoid the nanograss. The first layer (L1) nanotubes were obtained by the conventional two-step anodization. After washing and drying processes, the third-step anodization was carried out with the presence of L1 nanotubes. The L1 nanotubes, serving as a sacrificed layer, was etched and transformed into nanograss, while the ultralong nanotubes (L2) were maintained underneath the L1. The bi-layer nanostructure of the nanograss/nanotubes (L1/L2) was then ultrasonically rinsed in deionized water to remove the nanograss (L1 layer). Then much longer nanotubes (L2 layer) with intact nanotube mouths could be obtained. Using this novel approach, the ultralong nanotubes without nanograss can be rationally controlled by adjusting the anodizing times of two layers.

  7. Nb doping of TiO2 nanotubes for an enhanced efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Yang, Min; Kim, Doohun; Jha, Himendra; Lee, Kiyoung; Paul, Jonathan; Schmuki, Patrik

    2011-02-21

    Nb-doped TiO(2) nanotube (with C(Nb) < 1 wt%) layers were successfully fabricated by self-ordered electrochemical anodization of Ti-Nb alloys. When used in dye-sensitized solar cells the efficiency enhanced by up to 30% compared to non-doped TiO(2) nanotubes. IMVS measurements indicate the beneficial effect to be due to lower recombination losses. PMID:21184009

  8. Photoelectrochemical oxidation of ibuprofen via Cu2O-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Sun, Qiannan; Peng, Yen-Ping; Chen, Hanlin; Chang, Ken-Lin; Qiu, Yang-Neng; Lai, Shiau-Wu

    2016-12-01

    A p-n junction based Cu2O-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (Cu2O-TNAs) were synthesized and used as a working anode in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) system. The results revealed that the Cu2O-TNAs were dominated by the anatase phase and responded significantly to visible light. XPS analyses indicated that with an amount of 24.79% Cu doping into the structure, the band gap of Cu2O-TNAs was greatly reduced. SEM images revealed that the supported TiO2 nanotubes had diameters of approximately 80nm and lengths of about 2.63μm. Upon doping with Cu2O, the TiO2 nanotubes maintained their structural integrity, exhibiting no significant morphological change, favoring PEC applications. Under illumination, the photocurrent from Cu2O/TNAs was 2.4 times larger than that from TNAs, implying that doping with Cu2O significantly improved electron mobility by reducing the rate of recombination of electron-hole pairs. The EIS and Bode plot revealed that the estimated electron lifetimes, τel, of TNAs and Cu2O/TNAs were 6.91 and 26.26ms, respectively. The efficiencies of degradation of Ibuprofen by photoelectrochemical, photocatalytic (PC), electrochemical (EC) and photolytic (P) methods were measured. PMID:27021261

  9. Ni-doped TiO2 nanotubes for wide-range hydrogen sensing

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    2014-01-01

    Doping of titania nanotubes is one of the efficient way to obtain improved physical and chemical properties. Through electrochemical anodization and annealing treatment, Ni-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays were fabricated and their hydrogen sensing performance was investigated. The nanotube sensor demonstrated a good sensitivity for wide-range detection of both dilute and high-concentration hydrogen atmospheres ranging from 50 ppm to 2% H2. A temperature-dependent sensing from 25°C to 200°C was also found. Based on the experimental measurements and first-principles calculations, the electronic structure and hydrogen sensing properties of the Ni-doped TiO2 with an anatase structure were also investigated. It reveals that Ni substitution of the Ti sites could induce significant inversion of the conductivity type and effective reduction of the bandgap of anatase oxide. The calculations also reveal that the resistance change for Ni-doped anatase TiO2 with/without hydrogen absorption was closely related to the bandgap especially the Ni-induced impurity level. PMID:24624981

  10. Electrical characterization of TiO2 nanotubes synthesized through electrochemical anodizing method

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    Manescu Paltanea, Veronica; Paltanea, Gheorghe; Popovici, Dorina; Jiga, Gabriel

    2016-05-01

    In the present paper, the electrochemical anodizing method was used for the obtaining of TiO2 nanotube layers, developed on titanium surface. Self-organized titanium nanotubes were obtained when an aqueous solution of 49.5 wt % H2O - 49.5 wt % glycerol - 1 wt % HF was used as electrolyte, the anodizing time being equal to 8 hours and the applied voltage to 25 V. Scanning electron microscopy shows that the one-dimensional nanostructure has a tubular configuration with an inner diameter of approximately 60 nm and an outer diameter of approximately 100 nm. The electrical properties of these materials were analyzed through dielectric spectroscopy method.

  11. Mechanical degradation of TiO2 nanotubes with and without nanoparticulate silver coating.

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    Shivaram, Anish; Bose, Susmita; Bandyopadhyay, Amit

    2016-06-01

    The primary objective of this research was to evaluate the extent of mechanical degradation on TiO2 nanotubes on Ti with and without nano-particulate silver coating using two different lengths of TiO2 nanotubes-300nm and ~1µm, which were fabricated on commercially pure Titanium (cp-Ti) rods using anodization method using two different electrolytic mediums-(1) deionized (DI) water with 1% HF, and (2) ethylene glycol with 1% HF, 0.5wt% NH4F and 10% DI water. Nanotubes fabricated rods were implanted into equine cadaver bone to evaluate mechanical damage at the surface. Silver was electrochemically deposited on these nanotubes and using a release study, silver ion concentrations were measured before and after implantation, followed by surface characterization using a Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM). In vitro cell-material interaction study was performed using human fetal osteoblast cells (hFOB) to understand the effect of silver coating using an MTT assay for proliferation and to determine any cytotoxic effect on the cells and to study its biocompatibility. No significant damage due to implantation was observed for nanotubes up to ~1µm length under current experimental conditions. Cell-materials interaction showed no cytotoxic effects on the cells due to silver coating and anodization of samples. PMID:27017285

  12. Gold nanoparticles-immobilized, hierarchically ordered, porous TiO2 nanotubes for biosensing of glutathione

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    Mers, SV Sheen; Kumar, Elumalai Thambuswamy Deva; Ganesh, V

    2015-01-01

    Glutathione (GSH) is vital for several functions of our human body such as neutralization of free radicals and reactive oxygen compounds, maintaining the active forms of vitamin C and E, regulation of nitric oxide cycle, iron metabolism, etc. It is also an endogenous antioxidant in most of the biological reactions. Given the importance of GSH, a simple strategy is proposed in this work to develop a biosensor for quantitative detection of GSH. This particular biosensor comprises of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs)-immobilized, hierarchically ordered titanium dioxide (TiO2) porous nanotubes. Hexagonally arranged, honeycomb-like nanoporous tubular TiO2 electrodes are prepared by using a simple electrochemical anodization process by applying a constant potential of 30 V for 24 hours using ethylene glycol consisting of ammonium fluoride as an electrolytic medium. Structural morphology and crystalline nature of such TiO2 nanotubes are analyzed using field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Interestingly, nanocomposites of TiO2 with Au NPs is prepared in an effort to alter the intrinsic properties of TiO2, especially tuning of its band gap. Au NPs are prepared by a well-known Brust and Schiffrin method and are immobilized onto TiO2 electrodes which act as a perfect electrochemical sensing platform for GSH detection. Structural characterization and analysis of these modified electrodes are performed using FESEM, XRD, and UV-visible spectroscopic studies. GSH binding events on Au NPs-immobilized porous TiO2 electrodes are monitored by electrochemical techniques, namely, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA). Several parameters such as sensitivity, selectivity, stability, limit of detection, etc are investigated. In addition, Au NPs dispersed in aqueous medium are also explored for naked-eye detection of GSH using UV-visible spectroscopy in order to compare the performance of the proposed sensor. Our studies clearly indicate

  13. Gold nanoparticles-immobilized, hierarchically ordered, porous TiO2 nanotubes for biosensing of glutathione.

    PubMed

    Mers, Sv Sheen; Kumar, Elumalai Thambuswamy Deva; Ganesh, V

    2015-01-01

    Glutathione (GSH) is vital for several functions of our human body such as neutralization of free radicals and reactive oxygen compounds, maintaining the active forms of vitamin C and E, regulation of nitric oxide cycle, iron metabolism, etc. It is also an endogenous antioxidant in most of the biological reactions. Given the importance of GSH, a simple strategy is proposed in this work to develop a biosensor for quantitative detection of GSH. This particular biosensor comprises of gold nanoparticles (Au NPs)-immobilized, hierarchically ordered titanium dioxide (TiO2) porous nanotubes. Hexagonally arranged, honeycomb-like nanoporous tubular TiO2 electrodes are prepared by using a simple electrochemical anodization process by applying a constant potential of 30 V for 24 hours using ethylene glycol consisting of ammonium fluoride as an electrolytic medium. Structural morphology and crystalline nature of such TiO2 nanotubes are analyzed using field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Interestingly, nanocomposites of TiO2 with Au NPs is prepared in an effort to alter the intrinsic properties of TiO2, especially tuning of its band gap. Au NPs are prepared by a well-known Brust and Schiffrin method and are immobilized onto TiO2 electrodes which act as a perfect electrochemical sensing platform for GSH detection. Structural characterization and analysis of these modified electrodes are performed using FESEM, XRD, and UV-visible spectroscopic studies. GSH binding events on Au NPs-immobilized porous TiO2 electrodes are monitored by electrochemical techniques, namely, cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperometry (CA). Several parameters such as sensitivity, selectivity, stability, limit of detection, etc are investigated. In addition, Au NPs dispersed in aqueous medium are also explored for naked-eye detection of GSH using UV-visible spectroscopy in order to compare the performance of the proposed sensor. Our studies clearly indicate

  14. In situ synthesis of TiO2(B) nanotube/nanoparticle composite anode materials for lithium ion batteries.

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    Liu, Xiang; Sun, Qian; Ng, Alan M C; Djurišić, Aleksandra B; Xie, Maohai; Liao, Changzhong; Shih, Kaimin; Vranješ, Mila; Nedeljković, Jovan M; Deng, Zhaofeng

    2015-10-23

    Titania nanotubes were prepared by a simple hydrothermal route. Their electrochemical performance has been examined in detail and compared to TiO2(B) nanoparticles, TiO2 anatase and P25 titania nanoparticles. The cycling and rate performance of TiO2 nanotubes is superior to both types of nanoparticles, and it can be further improved by an in situ titanium precursor treatment, which results in the formation of TiO2 nanoparticles on/between the nanotubes. The obtained specific capacity after 200 cycles at 0.2 A g(-1) charge/discharge rate remained above 130 mAh g(-1). The enhanced lithium storage properties of these samples can be attributed to their unique morphology and crystal structure. PMID:26421360

  15. High quantum yield graphene quantum dots decorated TiO2 nanotubes for enhancing photocatalytic activity

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    Qu, Ailan; Xie, Haolong; Xu, Xinmei; Zhang, Yangyu; Wen, Shengwu; Cui, Yifan

    2016-07-01

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with high quantum yield (about 23.6% at an excitation wavelength of 320 nm) and GQDs/TiO2 nanotubes (GQDs/TiO2 NTs) composites were achieved by a simple hydrothermal method at low temperature. Photoluminescence characterization showed that the GQDs exhibited the down-conversion PL features at excitation from 300 to 420 nm and up-conversion photoluminescence in the range of 600-800 nm. The photocatalytic activity of prepared GQDs/TiO2 NTs composites on the degradation of methyl orange (MO) was significantly enhanced compared with that of pure TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2 NTs). For the composites coupling with 1.5%, 2.5% and 3.5% GQDs, the degradation of MO after 20 min irradiation under UV-vis light irradiation (λ = 380-780 nm) were 80.52%, 94.64% and 51.91%, respectively, which are much higher than that of pure TiO2 NTs (35.41%). It was inferred from the results of characterization that the improved photocatalytic activity of the GQDs/TiO2 NTs composites was attributed to the synergetic effect of up-conversion properties of the GQDs, enhanced visible light absorption and efficient separation of photogenerated electron-holes of the GQDs/TiO2 composite.

  16. In vivo evaluation of anodic TiO2 nanotubes: an experimental study in the pig.

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    von Wilmowsky, Cornelius; Bauer, Sebastian; Lutz, Rainer; Meisel, Mark; Neukam, Friedrich Wilhelm; Toyoshima, Takeshi; Schmuki, Patrik; Nkenke, Emeka; Schlegel, Karl Andreas

    2009-04-01

    Because of their ability to mimic the dimensions of constituent components of natural bone and the possibility to serve as a gene and drug-delivery carrier, nanotubes seem to be a promising coating for medical implants. Aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a TiO(2) nanotube structured surface on periimplant bone formation in vivo when compared with an untreated standard titanium surface. Twenty-five titanium implants covered with an ordered TiO(2) nanotube layer with an individual tube diameter of 30 nm and 25 commercially pure titanium (cp-Ti) implants were placed in the frontal skull of 25 domestic pigs. To evaluate the effects of the nanotube structured implants on the periimplant bone formation, bone-implant contact (BIC), and immunohistochemistry analysis were performed at day 3, 7, 14, 30, and 90. Evaluating immunohistochemistry, a significantly higher collagen type- I expression occurred at day 7 (p = 0.003), day 14 (p = 0.016), and day 30 (p = 0.044), for the nanostructured implants in comparison with the control group. It could be found that a nanotube structured implant surface with a diameter of 30 nm does influence bone formation and bone development by enhancing osteoblast function. SEM evaluation of the specimen surfaces revealed that the nanotube coatings do resist shearing forces that evoked by implant insertion. Because of their simple, low cost, flexible manufacturing and the possibility for the usage as drug or growth factor delivery system, nanotubes seem to be a promising method for future medical implant coatings. PMID:18780361

  17. Electrochemical assisted photocatalytic degradation of salicylic acid with highly ordered TiO2 nanotube electrodes

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    Zhang, Qian; Zhu, Jinwei; Wang, Ying; Feng, Jiangtao; Yan, Wei; Xu, Hao

    2014-07-01

    To explore the kinetics of photoelectrocatalytic degradation of salicylic acid, one of the important PPCPs, highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTs) were prepared by the electrochemical anodization and characterized with scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. The effect of TiO2 NTs properties, bias potential, initial salicylic acid concentration and solution pH on the degradation efficiency was studied and carefully analyzed. The results revealed that the salicylic acid degradation follows quasi-first order kinetics in the photoelectrocatalytic process, and the fastest decay kinetics was achieved in acidic environment (pH 2). The result was further interpreted through the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It is confirmed that the electrochemical assisted photocatalysis is a synergetic approach to combat stable organic substances with improved efficiency.

  18. Low temperature synthesis of polyaniline-crystalline TiO2-halloysite composite nanotubes with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity.

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    Li, Cuiping; Wang, Jie; Guo, Hong; Ding, Shujiang

    2015-11-15

    A series of one-dimensional polyaniline-crystalline TiO2-halloysite composite nanotubes with different mass ratio of polyaniline to TiO2 are facilely prepared by employing the low-temperature synthesis of crystalline TiO2 on halloysite nanotubes. The halloysite nanotubes can adsorb TiO2/polyaniline precursors and induce TiO2 nanocrystals/polyaniline to grow on the support in situ simultaneously. By simply adjusting the acidity of reaction system, PANI-crystalline TiO2-HA composite nanotubes composed of anatase, a mixed phase TiO2 and different PANI redox state are obtained. The XRD and UV-vis results show that the surface polyaniline sensitization has no effect on the crystalline structure of halloysite and TiO2 and the light response of TiO2 is extended to visible-light regions. Photocatalysis test results reveal the photocatalytic activity will be affected by the pH value and the volume ratio of ANI to TTIP. The highest photocatalytic activity is achieved with the composite photocatalysts prepared at pH 0.5 and 1% volume ratio of ANI and TTIP owing to the sensitizing effect of polyaniline and the charge transfer from the photoexcited PANI sensitizer to TiO2. Moreover, the PANI-TiO2-HA composite nanotubes synthesized by one-step at pH 0.5 with 1% volume ratio of ANI to TTIP exhibit higher visible light photocatalytic activity than those synthesized by the two-step. Heterogeneous PANI-TiO2-HA composite nanotubes prepared at pH 0.5 exhibit a higher degradation activity than that prepared at pH 1.5. The redoped experiment proves that the PANI redox state plays the main contribution to the enhanced visible light catalytic degradation efficiency of PANI-TiO2-HA prepared at pH 0.5. Furthermore, the heterogeneous PANI-crystalline TiO2-HA nanotubes have good photocatalytic stability and can be reused four times with only gradual loss of activity under visible light irradiation. PMID:26197106

  19. Nanoscale TiO2 nanotubes govern the biological behavior of human glioma and osteosarcoma cells.

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    Tian, Ang; Qin, Xiaofei; Wu, Anhua; Zhang, Hangzhou; Xu, Quan; Xing, Deguang; Yang, He; Qiu, Bo; Xue, Xiangxin; Zhang, Dongyong; Dong, Chenbo

    2015-01-01

    Cells respond to their surroundings through an interactive adhesion process that has direct effects on cell proliferation and migration. This research was designed to investigate the effects of TiO2 nanotubes with different topographies and structures on the biological behavior of cultured cells. The results demonstrated that the nanotube diameter, rather than the crystalline structure of the coatings, was a major factor for the biological behavior of the cultured cells. The optimal diameter of the nanotubes was 20 nm for cell adhesion, migration, and proliferation in both glioma and osteosarcoma cells. The expression levels of vitronectin and phosphor-focal adhesion kinase were affected by the nanotube diameter; therefore, it is proposed that the responses of vitronectin and phosphor-focal adhesion kinase to the nanotube could modulate cell fate. In addition, the geometry and size of the nanotube coating could regulate the degree of expression of acetylated α-tubulin, thus indirectly modulating cell migration behavior. Moreover, the expression levels of apoptosis-associated proteins were influenced by the topography. In conclusion, a nanotube diameter of 20 nm was the critical threshold that upregulated the expression level of Bcl-2 and obviously decreased the expression levels of Bax and caspase-3. This information will be useful for future biomedical and clinical applications. PMID:25848261

  20. Anodic growth and biomedical applications of TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Cipriano, Aaron F; Miller, Christopher; Liu, Huinan

    2014-10-01

    Over the past decades, self-assembled, vertically-aligned nanotubes have been generated on metallic substrates via anodization, which attracted significant scientific interest for a broad range of applications. These nano-tubular structures integrate highly controllable geometry at the nano-scale with fascinating chemical and biological properties. In this review, we first discussed mechanistic aspects of nanotube growth primarily on titanium (Ti) substrates by controlled anodization, a relatively inexpensive and scalable electrochemical process. We thoroughly reviewed electrochemical conditions that led to formation of self-assembled, vertically-aligned nano-tubular layers as they apply primarily to Ti substrates; we also reviewed anodization conditions that have led to formation of nanotubes on zirconium and various Ti alloys. We discussed how to adjust a set of anodization parameters to fine-tune the geometry of vertically oriented titania (TiO2) nanotubes, such as nanotube diameter, wall thickness, and length. We critically analyzed the key anodization parameters in the literature, including applied voltage, anodization duration, voltage ramp, electrolyte composition and concentration, electrolyte pH, electrolyte temperature, and electrolyte fluoride and water concentrations. Lastly, we discussed the promising properties of anodically grown TiO2 nano-tubular arrays for a wide range of biomedical applications, including directing cell bioactivity, anti-bacterial efficacy, modulating deposition of hydroxyapatite, drug delivery, biosensors, and orthopedic implants (in vivo). We highlighted ongoing in vitro and in vivo studies on the effects of nanotube geometry and aspect ratio on their hydrophilicity and interactions with biological entities at the protein, cellular and tissue level. PMID:25992426

  1. Single-Walled TiO2 Nanotubes: Enhanced Carrier-Transport Properties by TiCl4 Treatment.

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    Hwang, Imgon; So, Seulgi; Mokhtar, Mohamed; Alshehri, Abdelmohsen; Al-Thabaiti, Shaeel A; Mazare, Anca; Schmuki, Patrik

    2015-06-15

    In the present work we report significant enhancement of the photoelectrochemical properties of self- organized TiO2 nanotubes by a combined "de-coring" of classic nanotubes followed by an appropiate TiCl4 treatment. We show that, except for the expected particle decoration, a key effect of the TiCl4 treatment is that the electron transport characteristics in TiO2 nanotubes can be drastically improved, for example, we observe an enhancement of up to 70 % in electron-transport times. PMID:25962935

  2. Diameter-sensitive biocompatibility of anodic TiO2 nanotubes treated with supercritical CO2 fluid

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    2013-01-01

    This work reports on the diameter-sensitive biocompatibility of anodic TiO2 nanotubes with different nanotube diameters grown by a self-ordering process and subsequently treated with supercritical CO2 (ScCO2) fluid. We find that highly hydrophilic as-grown TiO2 nanotubes become hydrophobic after the ScCO2 treatment but can effectively recover their surface wettability under UV light irradiation as a result of photo-oxidation of C-H functional groups formed on the nanotube surface. It is demonstrated that human fibroblast cells show more obvious diameter-specific behavior on the ScCO2-treated TiO2 nanotubes than on the as-grown ones in the range of diameters of 15 to 100 nm. This result can be attributed to the removal of disordered Ti(OH)4 precipitates from the nanotube surface by the ScCO2 fluid, thus resulting in purer nanotube topography and stronger diameter dependence of cell activity. Furthermore, for the smallest diameter of 15 nm, ScCO2-treated TiO2 nanotubes reveal higher biocompatibility than the as-grown sample. PMID:23547743

  3. Modification of physicochemical and thermal properties of starch films by incorporation of TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Oleyaei, Seyed Amir; Zahedi, Younes; Ghanbarzadeh, Babak; Moayedi, Ali Akbar

    2016-08-01

    In this research, potato starch and TiO2 nanoparticles (0.5, 1 and 2wt%) films were developed. Influences of different concentrations of TiO2 on the functional properties of nanocomposite films (water-related properties, mechanical characteristics, and UV transmittance) were investigated. XRD, FTIR, and DSC analyses were used to characterize the morphology and thermal properties of the films. The results revealed that TiO2 nanoparticles dramatically decreased the values of water-related properties (water vapor permeability: 11-34%; water solubility: 1.88-9.26%; moisture uptake: 2.15-11.18%). Incorporation of TiO2 led to a slight increment of contact angle and tensile strength, and a decrease in elongation at break of the films. TiO2 successfully blocked more than 90% of UV light, while opacity and white index of the films were enhanced. Glass transition temperature and melting point of the films were positively affected by the addition of TiO2 nanoparticles. The result of XRD study exhibited that due to a limited agglomeration of TiO2 nanoparticles, the mean crystal size of TiO2 increased. Formation of new hydrogen bonds between the hydroxyl groups of starch and nanoparticles was confirmed by FTIR spectroscopy. In conclusion, TiO2 nanoparticles improved the functional properties of potato starch film and extended the potential for food packaging applications. PMID:27132884

  4. Development of Amperometric Glucose Biosensor Based on Prussian Blue Functionlized TiO2 Nanotube Arrays

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    Gao, Zhi-Da; Qu, Yongfang; Li, Tongtong; Shrestha, Nabeen K.; Song, Yan-Yan

    2014-01-01

    Amperometric biosensors consisting of oxidase and peroxidase have attracted great attention because of their wide application. The current work demonstrates a novel approach to construct an enzymatic biosensor based on TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiNTs) as a supporting electrode on which Prussian Blue (PB)-an “artificial enzyme peroxidase” and enzyme glucose oxidase (GOx) have been immobilized. For this, PB nanocrystals are deposited onto the nanotube wall photocatalytically using the intrinsic photocatalytical property of TiO2, and the GOx/AuNPs nanobiocomposites are subsequently immobilized into the nanotubes via the electrodeposition of polymer. The resulting electrode exhibits a fast response, wide linear range, and good stability for glucose sensing. The sensitivity of the sensor is as high as 248 mA M−1 cm−2, and the detection limit is about 3.2 μM. These findings demonstrate a promising strategy to integrate enzymes and TiNTs, which could provide an analytical access to a large group of enzymes for bioelectrochemical applications including biosensors and biofuel cells. PMID:25367086

  5. Development of Amperometric Glucose Biosensor Based on Prussian Blue Functionlized TiO2 Nanotube Arrays

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    Gao, Zhi-Da; Qu, Yongfang; Li, Tongtong; Shrestha, Nabeen K.; Song, Yan-Yan

    2014-11-01

    Amperometric biosensors consisting of oxidase and peroxidase have attracted great attention because of their wide application. The current work demonstrates a novel approach to construct an enzymatic biosensor based on TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiNTs) as a supporting electrode on which Prussian Blue (PB)-an ``artificial enzyme peroxidase'' and enzyme glucose oxidase (GOx) have been immobilized. For this, PB nanocrystals are deposited onto the nanotube wall photocatalytically using the intrinsic photocatalytical property of TiO2, and the GOx/AuNPs nanobiocomposites are subsequently immobilized into the nanotubes via the electrodeposition of polymer. The resulting electrode exhibits a fast response, wide linear range, and good stability for glucose sensing. The sensitivity of the sensor is as high as 248 mA M-1 cm-2, and the detection limit is about 3.2 μM. These findings demonstrate a promising strategy to integrate enzymes and TiNTs, which could provide an analytical access to a large group of enzymes for bioelectrochemical applications including biosensors and biofuel cells.

  6. Development of amperometric glucose biosensor based on Prussian Blue functionlized TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Gao, Zhi-Da; Qu, Yongfang; Li, Tongtong; Shrestha, Nabeen K; Song, Yan-Yan

    2014-01-01

    Amperometric biosensors consisting of oxidase and peroxidase have attracted great attention because of their wide application. The current work demonstrates a novel approach to construct an enzymatic biosensor based on TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiNTs) as a supporting electrode on which Prussian Blue (PB)-an "artificial enzyme peroxidase" and enzyme glucose oxidase (GOx) have been immobilized. For this, PB nanocrystals are deposited onto the nanotube wall photocatalytically using the intrinsic photocatalytical property of TiO2, and the GOx/AuNPs nanobiocomposites are subsequently immobilized into the nanotubes via the electrodeposition of polymer. The resulting electrode exhibits a fast response, wide linear range, and good stability for glucose sensing. The sensitivity of the sensor is as high as 248 mA M(-1) cm(-2), and the detection limit is about 3.2 μM. These findings demonstrate a promising strategy to integrate enzymes and TiNTs, which could provide an analytical access to a large group of enzymes for bioelectrochemical applications including biosensors and biofuel cells. PMID:25367086

  7. N incorporation and electronic structure in N-doped TiO2(110) rutile

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    Cheung, Sau H.; Nachimuthu, Ponnusamy; Joly, Alan G.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Bowman, Michael K.; Chambers, Scott A.

    2007-02-08

    Epitaxial TiO2-xNx film growth under anion-rich conditions is characterized by nearly balanced incorporation rates for substitutional N (NO) and interstitial Ti (Tii). Tii donors fully compensate and stabilize N3-, but preclude the formation of p-type material. Hybridization occurs between Tii(IV) and NO3-, but the value of x is limited to ~0.02 under these conditions. Tii(IV)-NO3- states occur above the valence band maximum of pure TiO2, riving rise to enhanced optical absorption in the visible up to ~2.5 eV. Much higher NO and Tii concentrations result from using cation-rich conditions.

  8. An Alternative to Annealing TiO2 Nanotubes for Morphology Preservation: Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet Treatment.

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    Seo, Sang-Hee; Uhm, Soo-Hyuk; Kwon, Jae-Sung; Choi, Eun Ha; Kim, Kwang-Mahn; Kim, Kyoung-Nam

    2015-03-01

    Titanium oxide nanotube layer formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) is known to be excellent in biomaterial applications. However, the annealing process which is commonly performed on the TiO2 nanotubes cause defects in the nanotubular structure. The purpose of this work was to apply a non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet on diameter-controlled TiO2 nanotubes to mimic the effects of annealing while maintaining the tubular structure for use as biomaterial. Diameter-controlled nanotube samples fabricated by plasma electrolytic oxidation were dried and prepared under three different conditions: untreated, annealed at 450 °C for 1 h in air with a heating rate of 10 °C/min, and treated with an air-based non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet for 5 minutes. The contact angle measurement was investigated to confirm the enhanced hydrophilicity of the TiO2 nanotubes. The chemical composition of the surface was studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the morphology of TiO2 nanotubes was examined by field emission scanning electron microscopy. For the viability of the cell, the attachment of the osteoblastic cell line MC3T3-E1 was determined using the water-soluble tetrazolium salt assay. We found that there are no morphological changes in the TiO2 nanotubular structure after the plasma treatment. Also, we investigated a change in the chemical composition and enhanced hydrophilicity which result in improved cell behavior. The results of this study indicated that the non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet results in osteoblast functionality that is comparable to annealed samples while maintaining the tubular structure of the TiO2 nanotubes. Therefore, this study concluded that the use of a non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma jet on nanotube surfaces may replace the annealing process following plasma electrolytic oxidation. PMID:26413696

  9. Lithium ion conductive behavior of TiO2 nanotube/ionic liquid matrices

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    2014-01-01

    A series of TiO2 nanotube (TNT)/ionic liquid matrices were prepared, and their lithium ion conductive properties were studied. SEM images implied that ionic liquid was dispersed on the whole surface of TNT. Addition of TNT to ionic liquid (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)amide (BMImTFSA)) resulted in significant increase of ionic conductivity. Furthermore, lithium transference number was also largely enhanced due to the interaction of anion with TNT. Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann parameter showed higher carrier ion number for TNT/BMImTFSA in comparison with BMImTFSA. PMID:25313300

  10. The large diameter and fast growth of self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays achieved via electrochemical anodization

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    Yin, H.; Liu, H.; Shen, W. Z.

    2010-01-01

    We have carried out a detailed investigation of the effect of water content on the electrochemical anodization of Ti in electrolytes consisting of ammonium fluoride, water, and ethylene glycol. We have explored the possible growth of ordered TiO2 nanotubes in the electrolyte with water concentrations from 1 to 100 vol% and the applied voltage from 10 to 150 V, where large diameter (~600 nm) and fast growth rate (~100 µm h-1) have been successfully realized for the self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays. The achievement benefits from the clear understanding of the effects of both the water content and the anodization voltage on the formation of TiO2 nanotube arrays. We have further shown crystalline formation of TiO2 nanotubes by simple thermal annealing. The mechanisms of the effect of the water content on the diameter and growth rate revealed here should establish a basis for further optimization of the TiO2 nanotube geometries.

  11. Anodization parameters influencing the morphology and electrical properties of TiO2 nanotubes for living cell interfacing and investigations.

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    Khudhair, D; Bhatti, A; Li, Y; Hamedani, H Amani; Garmestani, H; Hodgson, P; Nahavandi, S

    2016-02-01

    Nanotube structures have attracted tremendous attention in recent years in many applications. Among such nanotube structures, titania nanotubes (TiO2) have received paramount attention in the medical domain due to their unique properties, represented by high corrosion resistance, good mechanical properties, high specific surface area, as well as great cell proliferation, adhesion and mineralization. Although lot of research has been reported in developing optimized titanium nanotube structures for different medical applications, however there is a lack of unified literature source that could provide information about the key parameters and experimental conditions required to develop such optimized structure. This paper addresses this gap, by focussing on the fabrication of TiO2 nanotubes through anodization process on both pure titanium and titanium alloys substrates to exploit the biocompatibility and electrical conductivity aspects, critical factors for many medical applications from implants to in-vivo and in-vitro living cell studies. It is shown that the morphology of TiO2 directly impacts the biocompatibility aspects of the titanium in terms of cell proliferation, adhesion and mineralization. Similarly, TiO2 nanotube wall thickness of 30-40nm has shown to exhibit improved electrical behaviour, a critical factor in brain mapping and behaviour investigations if such nanotubes are employed as micro-nano-electrodes. PMID:26652471

  12. Antibacterial Activity of As-Annealed TiO2 Nanotubes Doped with Ag Nanoparticles against Periodontal Pathogens

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    Yeniyol, Sinem; He, Zhiming; Yüksel, Behiye; Boylan, Robert Joseph; Ürgen, Mustafa; Özdemir, Tayfun; Ricci, John Lawrence

    2014-01-01

    It is important to develop functional transmucosal implant surfaces that reduce the number of initially adhering bacteria and they need to be modified to improve the anti-bacterial performance. Commercially pure Ti sheets were anodized in an electrolyte containing ethylene glycol, distilled water and ammonium fluoride at room temperature to produce TiO2 nanotubes. These structures were then annealed at 450°C to transform them to anatase. As-annealed TiO2 nanotubes were then treated in an electrolyte containing 80.7 g/L NiSO4·7H2O, 41 g/L MgSO4·7H2O, 45 g/L H3BO3, and 1.44 g/L Ag2SO4 at 20°C by the application of 9 V AC voltage for doping them with silver. As-annealed TiO2 nanotubes and as-annealed Ag doped TiO2 nanotubes were evaluated by SEM, FESEM, and XRD. Antibacterial activity was assessed by determining the adherence of A. actinomycetemcomitans, T. forsythia, and C. rectus to the surface of the nanotubes. Bacterial morphology was examined using an SEM. As-annealed Ag doped TiO2 nanotubes revealed intense peak of Ag. Bacterial death against the as-annealed Ag doped TiO2 nanotubes were detected against A. actinomycetemcomitans, T. forsythia, and C. rectus indicating antibacterial efficacy. PMID:25202230

  13. Hierarchical Nanotube-Constructed Porous TiO2-B Spheres for High Performance Lithium Ion Batteries

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    Cai, Yi; Wang, Hong-En; -Zhuan Huang, Shao; Jin, Jun; Wang, Chao; Yu, Yong; Li, Yu; Su, Bao-Lian

    2015-01-01

    Hierarchically structured porous TiO2-B spheres have been synthesized via a hydrothermal process using amorphous titania/oleylamine composites as a self-sacrificing template. The TiO2-B spheres are constructed by interconnected nanotubes and possess a high specific surface area of 295 m2 g-1. When evaluated as an anode material in lithium-half cells, the as-obtained TiO2-B material exhibits high and reversible lithium storage capacity of 270 mA h g-1 at 1 C (340 mA g-1), excellent rate capability of 221 mA h g-1 at 10 C, and long cycle life with over 70% capacity retention after 1000 cycles at 10 C. The superior electrochemical performance of TiO2-B material strongly correlates to the synergetic superiorities with a combination of TiO2-B polymorph, hierarchically porous structure, interconnected nanotubes and spherical morphology. Post-mortem structural analyses reveal some discrete cubic LiTiO2 nanodots formed on the outer surfaces of TiO2-B nanotubes, which might account for the slight capacity loss upon prolonged electrochemical cycling. PMID:26170081

  14. The effect of dye-sensitized solar cell based on the composite layer by anodic TiO2 nanotubes

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    Yang, Jun Hyuk; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Bark, Chung Wung; Choi, Hyung Wook

    2014-12-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays are very attractive for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) owing to their superior charge percolation and slower charge recombination. Highly ordered, vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays have been fabricated by a three-step anodization process. Although the use of a one-dimensional structure provides an enhanced photoelectrical performance, the smaller surface area reduces the adsorption of dye on the TiO2 surface. To overcome this problem, we investigated the effect of DSSCs constructed with a multilayer photoelectrode made of TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2 nanotube arrays. We fabricated the novel multilayer photoelectrode via a layer-by-layer assembly process and thoroughly investigated the effect of various structures on the sample efficiency. The DSSC with a four-layer photoelectrode exhibited a maximum conversion efficiency of 7.22% because of effective electron transport and enhanced adsorption of dye on the TiO2 surface.

  15. Photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells using TiO2 nanotubes aggregates produced by hydrothermal synthesis

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    Chen, Qiufan; Sun, Xiaonan; Liu, Anping; Zhang, Qifeng; Cao, Guozhong; Zhou, Xiaoyuan

    2015-09-01

    This paper reports the synthesis, detailed structural characterization of aggregated TiO2 nanotubes and the application of such aggregated TiO2 nanotubes as photoelectrodes in solar cells (dye sensitized DSCs). A maximum overall conversion efficiency of 7.9% has been achieved, which use conventional dyes without any additional chemical treatments under circumstances of an open-circuit voltage of 710 mV, a short-circuit current density of 16.8mA/cm2, and a fill factor of 66%. This impressive performance is believed to attribute to the micron-sized aggregate structure which may be favorable for light harvesting, the desired high specific surface area and pure anatase phase for dye absorption. This significant improvement in the conversion efficiency indicates that DSCs based on aggregated TiO2 nanotubes are a promising alternative to semiconductor-based solar cells.

  16. Photo-assisted Enhancement of Formic Acid Oxidation over Platinized TiO2 Nanotube Composite

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    Mojumder, Nazrul I.

    1D TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) prepared by anodization deposited with 0D Pt nanoparticles (TNT--PT) prepared by a solvothermal method is used as a photoelectrocatalyst for formic acid (FA) oxidation. SEM, XRD, absorbance, EDX analysis indicates the polycrystalline TiO2 nanotubes of approximately 100+/-10 nm in diameter with 5--25 nm dimensions of Pt aggregates are formed. The composite was tested as a working electrode in the photoelectrooxidation of FA for applications such as fuel cells. Electrochemical characterization of the synthesized electrode was studied under the effect of light in order to determine the current generation of the photoactive electrode. The results show that Pt coupled with TiO 2 leads to a synergistic, i.e. boosting effect, in the increase of current density. In the presence of light, there is about a 5--fold increase in current density (75.1 mA/cm2) as compared to the absence of light (16.0 mA/cm 2). At a bias of 0.45 V the increase is about 20--fold in the presence of light (62.5 mA/cm2) compared to (3.04 mA/cm 2) in the absence of light. In addition, the effect of light in the current generation as a result of voltage bias effect is shown, thus leading to the observation that the longer the working electrode encounters light, the greater number of electrons that are generated to yield a higher current density. The study of this effect indicates a progressive current generation from light off to light on, traversing the whole range of the current generation. Thus, a combination of Helmholtz electrical double layer based limitation and mass transport limitations determine the extent of this boosting phenomenon.

  17. Photocatalytic Activity and Photocurrent Properties of TiO2 Nanotube Arrays Influenced by Calcination Temperature and Tube Length

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    Hou, Jian; Zhang, Min; Yan, Guotian; Yang, Jianjun

    2012-06-01

    In this article, titanium oxide nanotube arrays (TiO2-NTAs) were fabricated by anodic oxidation in an ethylene glycol (EG) electrolyte solution containing 0.25 wt.% NH4F. By varying anodized time and annealed temperature, the obtained nanotube arrays behaved different photocatalytic (PC) activities and photocurrent properties. These samples were characterized by scanning electronic microscope (SEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). It was indicated in SEM images that TiO2 nanotube manifests highly ordered structure which, however, has been completely destroyed when the temperature comes to 800°C. XRD manifested that TiO2 nanotubes with various kinds of length all possessed anatase crystallite when annealed at 500°C; meanwhile, with certain length, TiO2-NTAs annealed at series calcination temperature range of 300-600°C also presented anatase crystallite, which is gradually enhanced with the increment of temperature. At 700°C, mixed structure was observed which was made up of proportions of overwhelming anatase and toothful rutile. Methyl blue (MB) degradation and photocurrent measurement testified that TiO2-NTAs under 4 h oxidation and 3 h of 600°C calcination manifested the highest activity and photocurrent density.

  18. Surface-assisted laser desorption-ionization mass spectrometry on titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube layers.

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    Piret, Gaëlle; Kim, Doohun; Drobecq, Hervé; Coffinier, Yannick; Melnyk, Oleg; Schmuki, Patrik; Boukherroub, Rabah

    2012-07-01

    The paper reports on the use of a titanium oxide (TiO(2)) nanotube layer as a sensitive substrate for surface-assisted laser desorption-ionization mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) of peptides and small molecules. The nanotube layers were prepared by electrochemical anodization of titanium foil. The optimized TiO(2) nanotubes morphology coupled to a controlled surface chemistry allowed desorption-ionization (D/I) of a peptide mixture (Mix1) with a detection limit of 10 femtomoles for the neurotensin peptide. The performance of the TiO(2) nanotubes for the D/I of small molecules was also tested for the detection of sutent, a small tyrosine kinase inhibitor, and verapamil. A detection limit of 50 fmol was obtained for these molecules, as compared to 500 fmol using classical matrix-assisted laser desorption-ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS). Both amorphous and anatase TiO(2) layers displayed a comparable performance for D/I of analyte molecules. In a control experiment, we have performed D/I of analyte molecules on a flat TiO(2) layer. The absence of signal emphasizes the role of the nanostructured substrate in the D/I process. PMID:22624145

  19. Adsorption of Hg(II) from aqueous solutions using TiO2 and titanate nanotube adsorbents

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    López-Muñoz, María-José; Arencibia, Amaya; Cerro, Luis; Pascual, Raquel; Melgar, Álvaro

    2016-03-01

    Titania and titanate nanotubes were evaluated as adsorbents for the removal of Hg(II) from aqueous solution. Commercial titanium dioxide (TiO2-P25, Evonik), a synthesized anatase sample obtained by the sol-gel method (TiO2-SG) and titanate nanotubes (TNT) prepared via hydrothermal treatment were compared. Mercury adsorption was analysed by kinetic and equilibrium experiments, studying the influence of pH and the type of adsorbents. The kinetics of Hg(II) adsorption on titania and titanate nanotubes could be well described by the pseudo-second order model. It was found that the process is generally fast with small differences between adsorbents, which cannot be explained by their dissimilarities in textural properties. Equilibrium isotherm data were best fitted with the Sips isotherm model. The maximum adsorption capacities of Hg(II) were achieved with titanate nanotubes sample, whereas between both titania samples, TiO2-SG exhibited the highest mercury uptake. For all adsorbents, adsorption capacities were enhanced as pH was increased, achieving at pH 10 Hg(II) adsorption capacities of 100, 121, and 140 mg g-1 for TiO2-P25, TiO2-SG, and TNT, respectively. Differences between samples were discussed in terms of their crystalline phase composition and chemical nature of both, mercury species and surface active sites.

  20. Electrolyte Concentration Effect of a Photoelectrochemical Cell Consisting of TiO 2 Nanotube Anode

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    Ren, Kai; Gan, Yong X.; Nikolaidis, Efstratios; Sofyani, Sharaf Al; Zhang, Lihua

    2013-01-01

    The photoelectrochemical responses of a TiO 2 nanotube anode in ethylene glycol (EG), glycerol, ammonia, ethanol, urea, and Na 2 S electrolytes with different concentrations were investigated. The TiO 2 nanotube anode was highly efficient in photoelectrocatalysis in these solutions under UV light illumination. The photocurrent density is obviously affected by the concentration change. Na 2 S generated the highest photocurrent density at 0, 1, and 2 V bias voltages, but its concentration does not significantly affect the photocurrent density. Urea shows high open circuit voltage at proper concentration and low photocurrent at different concentrations. Externally applied bias voltage ismore » also an important factor that changes the photoelectrochemical reaction process. In view of the open circuit voltage, EG, ammonia, and ethanol fuel cells show the trend that the open circuit voltage (OCV) increases with the increase of the concentration of the solutions. Glycerol has the highest OCV compared with others, and it deceases with the increase in the concentration because of the high viscosity. The OCV of the urea and Na 2 S solutions did not show obvious concentration effect.« less

  1. PbS sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays with different sizes and filling degrees for enhancing photoelectrochemical properties.

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    Cai, Fanggong; Yang, Feng; Zhang, Yong; Ke, Chuan; Cheng, Cuihua; Zhao, Yong; Yan, Guo

    2014-11-21

    PbS nanoparticles (PbS NPs), an efficient sensitizer for TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2 NAs), were fabricated by the method of sonication-assisted successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR). The filling degree and size of PbS NPs can be tuned by changing the repeated cycles (N) of the SILAR process. TiO2 NAs can be fully covered with PbS NPs with a size ranging from less than 4 nm to 25 nm and large aggregates inside and outside the nanotubes when N reaches 15. The growth mechanism of PbS NPs in TiO2 NAs was expounded in great detail in this work. Ultraviolet-visible diffuse-reflectance spectra and surface photovoltage spectroscopy were used to investigate the light absorption properties and the transfer behavior of photogenerated charges in PbS-modified TiO2 NA heterostructures. Results show that the absorption range of TiO2 NAs is extended from the ultraviolet to the visible region by PbS NPs modification. A heterojunction is formed between PbS NPs and TiO2 NAs, facilitating the separation of photogenerated charge carriers. This PbS NPs fully-covered TiO2 NA electrode exhibits the best photoelectrochemical performance in all PbS-sensitized TiO2 NA electrodes, due to a larger number of small PbS NPs (<4 nm). With AM 1.5G illumination at 100 mW cm(-2), its short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage and photoelectric conversion efficiency are 9.55 mA cm(-2), 0.95 V and 2.83%, respectively. PMID:25286398

  2. Use of ion-assisted techniques for determining the structure of TiO2 nanotubes

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    Renz, Renata P.; Vargas, André L. M.; Hübler, Roberto

    2015-12-01

    In recent years, several researchers have reported obtaining titanium dioxide nanotubes presenting a variety of advanced and functional properties for high-performance applications, e.g., for solar and fuel cells, gas sensor, self-cleaning and biomedical devices. Electrochemical oxidation of titanium has been widely used as a method for fabrication of self-organized titanium oxide nanotubes (TiO2 NTs), since it is a simple and inexpensive process, which allows a great control over the size and configuration of the formed structure. Normally, the morphological and structural characterizations are based on images from scanning or transmission electron microscopy. The use of characterization techniques assisted by energetic ion beams, such as RBS or MEIS, can simultaneously evaluate the composition and structural properties of the nanotubes. In this work, titanium oxide nanotubes were obtained by electrochemical oxidation of commercially pure titanium via constant-voltage experiments varying the growth time and the potential applied in order to access the formation dynamics of the NTs, including inner and outer diameters as function of the length, and the formation of the end lace type porous layer. The characterizations made by RBS were compared by analysis of top and cross-sectional FEG-SEM images demonstrating a good compromise between them.

  3. Influence of Ag-Au microstructure on the photoelectrocatalytic performance of TiO2 nanotube array photocatalysts.

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    Wang, Qingyao; Wang, Xiaotong; Zhang, Miao; Li, Guihua; Gao, Shanmin; Li, Mingyang; Zhang, Yiqing

    2016-02-01

    In this work, vertically-aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2 NTs) were grown on Ti substrates via a facile electrochemical anodization method followed by calcinations. Then, Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles and Ag@Au core-shell nanoparticles were deposited on the obtained TiO2 NTs via UV reduction and displacement reaction, respectively. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy indicated that Ag-Au alloy nanoparticles and Ag@Au core-shell nanoparticles grew uniformly on the walls of TiO2 NTs. Investigation results from removal of methyl orange (MO) and Cr(IV) ions indicated that the as-prepared bimetal plasmonic photocatalysts exhibited excellent photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activities. The influences of Ag-Au alloy and core-shell microstructures on PEC properties of TiO2 NTs were investigated and the TiO2 NTs/Ag@Au photocatalyst showed more outstanding PEC removal efficiency than that of TiO2 NTs/Ag-Au due to the regular core-shell microstructure and low recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes. PMID:26555961

  4. Electrochemical performance and biosensor application of TiO2 nanotube arrays with mesoporous structures constructed by chemical etching.

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    Wang, Jinwen; Xu, Guangqing; Zhang, Xu; Lv, Jun; Zhang, Xinyi; Zheng, Zhixiang; Wu, Yucheng

    2015-04-28

    Novel mesoporous TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2 NTAs) were synthesized by an anodization method combined with chemical etching in HF solution, and the electrochemical performance was studied. Glucose oxidase (GOx) was immobilized on the mesoporous TiO2 NTAs to achieve an efficient biosensor for amperometric detection of glucose. The morphology, structure, component and electrochemical performance of mesoporous TiO2 NTAs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, X-ray photoelectron spectrometry and an electrochemical workstation, respectively. The influence of the mesoporous structure on the electrochemical performance is discussed in detail by comparing the cyclic voltammograms and electrochemical impedance spectrum of TiO2 and mesoporous TiO2 NTAs in different conditions. High electrochemical active surface area and electron transfer rate play key roles in enhancing the electrochemical performance of mesoporous TiO2 NTAs. When used as the basis of a biosensor, the amperometric response of glucose on a GOx/TiO2-0.5 NTAs electrode is linearly proportion to the glucose concentration in the range from 0.1 to 6 mM with a sensitivity of 0.954 μA mM(-1) cm(-2), which is 14.3 times that of un-etched GOx/TiO2 NTAs. PMID:25811301

  5. Structure and dye-sensitized solar cell application of TiO2 nanotube arrays fabricated by the anodic oxidation method

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    Ok, Seon-Yeong; Cho, Kwon-Koo; Kim, Ki-Won; Ryu, Kwang-Sun

    2010-05-01

    Well-ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays were fabricated by the potentiostatic anodic oxidation method using pure Ti foil as a working electrode and ethylene glycol solution as an electrolyte with the small addition of NH4F and H2O. The influence of anodization temperature and time on the morphology and formation of TiO2 nanotube arrays was examined. The TiO2 nanotube arrays were applied as a photoelectrode to dye-sensitized solar cells. Regardless of anodizing temperature and time, the average diameter and wall thickness of TiO2 nanotube arrays show a similar value, whereas the length increases with decreasing reaction temperature. The conversion efficiency is very low, which is due to a morphology breaking of the TiO2 nanotube arrays in the manufacturing process of a photoelectrode.

  6. Electrochemical growth behavior, surface properties, and enhanced in vivo bone response of TiO2 nanotubes on microstructured surfaces of blasted, screw-shaped titanium implants

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    Sul, Young-Taeg

    2010-01-01

    TiO2 nanotubes are fabricated on TiO2 grit-blasted, screw-shaped rough titanium (ASTM grade 4) implants (3.75 × 7 mm) using potentiostatic anodization at 20 V in 1 M H3PO4 + 0.4 wt.% HF. The growth behavior and surface properties of the nanotubes are investigated as a function of the reaction time. The results show that vertically aligned nanotubes of ≈700 nm in length, with highly ordered structures of ≈40 nm spacing and ≈15 nm wall thickness may be grown independent of reaction time. The geometrical properties of nanotubes increase with reaction time (mean pore size, pore size distribution [PSD], and porosity ≈90 nm, ≈40–127 nm and 45%, respectively for 30 minutes; ≈107 nm, ≈63–140 nm and 56% for one hour; ≈108 nm, ≈58–150 nm and 60% for three hours). It is found that the fluorinated chemistry of the nanotubes of F-TiO2, TiOF2, and F-Ti-O with F ion incorporation of ≈5 at.%, and their amorphous structure is the same regardless of the reaction time, while the average roughness (Sa) gradually decreases and the developed surface area (Sdr) slightly increases with reaction time. The results of studies on animals show that, despite their low roughness values, after six weeks the fluorinated TiO2 nanotube implants in rabbit femurs demonstrate significantly increased osseointegration strengths (41 vs 29 Ncm; P = 0.008) and new bone formation (57.5% vs 65.5%; P = 0.008) (n = 8), and reveal more frequently direct bone/cell contact at the bone–implant interface by high-resolution scanning electron microscope observations as compared with the blasted, moderately rough implants that have hitherto been widely used for clinically favorable performance. The results of the animal studies constitute significant evidence that the presence of the nanotubes and the resulting fluorinated surface chemistry determine the nature of the bone responses to the implants. The present in vivo results point to potential applications of the TiO2 nanotubes in the

  7. Improved osseointegration of dental titanium implants by TiO2 nanotube arrays with recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2: a pilot in vivo study.

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    Lee, Jae-Kwan; Choi, Dong-Soon; Jang, Insan; Choi, Won-Youl

    2015-01-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays on the surface of dental implants were fabricated by two-step anodic oxidation. Their effects on bone-implant contact were researched by a pilot in vivo study. The implants were classified into four groups. An implant group with TiO2 nanotube arrays and recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) was compared with various surface implants, including machined surface, sandblasted large-grit and acid-etched surface, and TiO2 nanotube array surface groups. The diameter of the TiO2 nanotube window and TiO2 nanotube were ~70 nm and ~110 nm, respectively. The rhBMP-2 was loaded into TiO2 nanotube arrays and elution was detected by an interferometric biosensing method. A change in optical thickness of ~75 nm was measured by flow cell testing for 9 days, indicating elution of rhBMP-2 from the TiO2 nanotube arrays. For the in vivo study, the four groups of implants were placed into the proximal tibia of New Zealand White rabbits. In the implant group with TiO2 nanotube arrays and rhBMP-2, the bone-to-implant contact ratio was 29.5% and the bone volume ratio was 77.3%. Bone remodeling was observed not only in the periosteum but also in the interface between the bone and implant threads. These values were higher than in the machined surface, sandblasted large-grit and acid-etched surface, and TiO2 nanotube array surface groups. Our results suggest that TiO2 nanotube arrays could potentially be used as a reservoir for rhBMP-2 to reinforce osseointegration on the surface of dental implants. PMID:25709438

  8. Improved osseointegration of dental titanium implants by TiO2 nanotube arrays with recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2: a pilot in vivo study

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    Lee, Jae-Kwan; Choi, Dong-Soon; Jang, Insan; Choi, Won-Youl

    2015-01-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays on the surface of dental implants were fabricated by two-step anodic oxidation. Their effects on bone-implant contact were researched by a pilot in vivo study. The implants were classified into four groups. An implant group with TiO2 nanotube arrays and recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) was compared with various surface implants, including machined surface, sandblasted large-grit and acid-etched surface, and TiO2 nanotube array surface groups. The diameter of the TiO2 nanotube window and TiO2 nanotube were ~70 nm and ~110 nm, respectively. The rhBMP-2 was loaded into TiO2 nanotube arrays and elution was detected by an interferometric biosensing method. A change in optical thickness of ~75 nm was measured by flow cell testing for 9 days, indicating elution of rhBMP-2 from the TiO2 nanotube arrays. For the in vivo study, the four groups of implants were placed into the proximal tibia of New Zealand White rabbits. In the implant group with TiO2 nanotube arrays and rhBMP-2, the bone-to-implant contact ratio was 29.5% and the bone volume ratio was 77.3%. Bone remodeling was observed not only in the periosteum but also in the interface between the bone and implant threads. These values were higher than in the machined surface, sandblasted large-grit and acid-etched surface, and TiO2 nanotube array surface groups. Our results suggest that TiO2 nanotube arrays could potentially be used as a reservoir for rhBMP-2 to reinforce osseointegration on the surface of dental implants. PMID:25709438

  9. High energy and power density TiO2 nanotube electrodes for single and complete lithium-ion batteries

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    Plylahan, Nareerat; Letiche, Manon; Samy Barr, Maïssa Kenza; Ellis, Brian; Maria, Sébastien; Phan, Trang N. T.; Bloch, Emily; Knauth, Philippe; Djenizian, Thierry

    2015-01-01

    The benefits of the conformal coating of polyethylene oxide (PEO)-based polymer electrolyte by the electropolymerization technique on titania nanotubes (TiO2nts) are highlighted. Due to the presence of polymer electrolyte coating the nanotubes, the capacity of the half cell is improved by 45% at 1 C compared to bare TiO2nts. The polymer-coated TiO2nts in the full cell deliver an average capacity of ∼30 μA h cm-2 (120 mA h g-1) with LiNi0.5M1.5O4, ∼25 μA h cm-2 (100 mA h g-1) with LiFePO4 and ∼23 μA h cm-2 (90 mA h g-1) with LiCoO2, respectively during 50 cycles.

  10. Enhanced capacitance of composite TiO2 nanotube/boron-doped diamond electrodes studied by impedance spectroscopy

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    Siuzdak, K.; Bogdanowicz, R.; Sawczak, M.; Sobaszek, M.

    2014-12-01

    We report on novel composite nanostructures based on boron-doped diamond thin films grown on top of TiO2 nanotubes. The nanostructures made of BDD-modified titania nanotubes showed an increase in activity and performance when used as electrodes in electrochemical environments. The BDD thin films (~200-500 nm) were deposited using microwave plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (MW PA CVD) onto anodically fabricated TiO2 nanotube arrays. The influence of boron-doping level, methane admixture and growth time on the performance of the Ti/TiO2/BDD electrode was studied in detail. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was applied to investigate the surface morphology and grain size distribution. Moreover, the chemical composition of TiO2/BDD electrodes was investigated by means of micro-Raman spectroscopy. The composite electrodes TiO2/BDD are characterized by a significantly higher capacitive current compared to BDD films deposited directly onto a Ti substrate. The novel composite electrode of TiO2 nanotube arrays overgrown by boron-doped diamond (BDD) immersed in 0.1 M NaNO3 can deliver a specific capacitance of 2.10, 4.79, and 7.46 mF cm-2 at a scan rate of 10 mV s-1 for a [B]/[C] ratio of 2k, 5k and 10k, respectively. The substantial improvement of electrochemical performance and the excellent rate capability could be attributed to the synergistic effect of TiO2 treatment in CH4 : H2 plasma and the high electrical conductivity of BDD layers. The analysis of electrochemical impedance spectra using an electric equivalent circuit allowed us to determine the surface area on the basis of the value of constant phase element.

  11. Preparation and Application of TiO2 Nanotube Array Gas Sensor for SF6-Insulated Equipment Detection: a Review.

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    Zhang, Xiaoxing; Gui, Yingang; Dong, Xingchen

    2016-12-01

    Since Zwilling and co-workers first introduced the electrochemical anodization method to prepare TiO2 nanotubes in 1999, it has attracted a lot of researches due to its outstanding gas response and selectivity, making it widely used in gas detection field. This review presents an introduction to the sensor applications of TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTAs) in sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)-insulated equipment, which is used to evaluate and diagnose the insulation status of SF6-insulated equipment by detecting their typical decomposition products of SF6: sulfur dioxide (SO2), thionyl fluoride (SOF2), and sulfuryl fluoride (SO2F2). The synthesis and sensing properties of TiO2 nanotubes are discussed first. Then, it is followed by discussing the theoretical sensing to the typical SF6 decomposition products, SO2, SOF2, and SO2F2, which analyzes the sensing mechanism at the molecular level. Finally, the gas response of pure and modified TiO2 nanotubes sensor to SO2, SOF2, and SO2F2 is provided according to the change of resistance in experimental observation. PMID:27316743

  12. Preparation and Application of TiO2 Nanotube Array Gas Sensor for SF6-Insulated Equipment Detection: a Review

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    Zhang, Xiaoxing; Gui, Yingang; Dong, Xingchen

    2016-06-01

    Since Zwilling and co-workers first introduced the electrochemical anodization method to prepare TiO2 nanotubes in 1999, it has attracted a lot of researches due to its outstanding gas response and selectivity, making it widely used in gas detection field. This review presents an introduction to the sensor applications of TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTAs) in sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)-insulated equipment, which is used to evaluate and diagnose the insulation status of SF6-insulated equipment by detecting their typical decomposition products of SF6: sulfur dioxide (SO2), thionyl fluoride (SOF2), and sulfuryl fluoride (SO2F2). The synthesis and sensing properties of TiO2 nanotubes are discussed first. Then, it is followed by discussing the theoretical sensing to the typical SF6 decomposition products, SO2, SOF2, and SO2F2, which analyzes the sensing mechanism at the molecular level. Finally, the gas response of pure and modified TiO2 nanotubes sensor to SO2, SOF2, and SO2F2 is provided according to the change of resistance in experimental observation.

  13. A Pt-Doped TiO2 Nanotube Arrays Sensor for Detecting SF6 Decomposition Products

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    Zhang, Xiaoxing; Tie, Jing; Zhang, Jinbin

    2013-01-01

    The detection of partial discharge and analysis of SF6 gas components in gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) is important for the diagnosis and operating state assessment of power equipment. The use of a Pt-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays sensor for detecting sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) decomposition products is proposed in this paper. The electrochemical pulse deposition method is employed to prepare the sensor array. The sensor's response to the main characteristic gaseous decomposition products of SF6 is evaluated. The gas sensing characteristic curves of the Pt-doped TiO2 nanotube sensor and intrinsic TiO2 nanotube arrays sensor are compared. The mechanism of the sensitive response is discussed. Test results showed that the Pt-doped nanoparticles not only change the gas sensing selectivity of the TiO2 nanotube arrays sensor with respect to the main characteristic SF6 decomposition products, but also reduce the operating temperature of the sensor. PMID:24177728

  14. TiO2 nanotube arrays grown in ionic liquids: high-efficiency in photocatalysis and pore-widening

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    Li, Huaqing; Qu, Jun; Cui, Qingzhou; Xu, Hanbing; Luo, Huimin; Chi, Miaofang; Meisner, Roberta Ann; Wang, Wei; Dai, Sheng

    2011-01-01

    Debris-free, long, well-separated TiO2 nanotube arrays were obtained using an ionic liquid (IL) as electrolyte. The high conductivity of IL resulted in fast pore widening and few contaminants from electrolyte decomposition leading to high photocatalytic efficiency in water splitting.

  15. Conical islands of TiO2 nanotube arrays in the photoelectrode of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kim, Woong-Rae; Park, Hun; Choi, Won-Youl

    2015-02-01

    Ti conical island structures were fabricated using photolithography and the reactive ion etching method. The resulting conical island structures were anodized in ethylene glycol solution containing 0.25 wt% NH4F and 2 vol% H2O, and conical islands composed of TiO2 nanotubes were successfully formed on the Ti foils. The conical islands composed of TiO2 nanotubes were employed in photoelectrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). DSC photoelectrodes based on planar Ti structures covered with TiO2 nanotubes were also fabricated as a reference. The short-circuit current ( J sc) and efficiency of DSCs based on the conical island structures were higher than those of the reference samples. The efficiency of DSCs based on the conical island structures reached up to 1.866%. From electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and open-circuit voltage ( V oc) decay measurements, DSCs based on the conical island structures exhibited a lower charge transfer resistance at the counter cathode and a longer electron lifetime at the interface of the photoelectrode and electrolyte compared to the reference samples. The conical island structure was very effective at improving performances of DSCs based on TiO2 nanotubes.

  16. Effect of annealing temperature on wettability of TiO2 nanotube array films

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    2014-01-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube array (TN) films were prepared by anodization of titanium foil in a mixed electrolyte solution of glycerin and NH4F and then annealed at 200°C, 400°C, 600°C, and 800°C, respectively. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), water contact angle (WCA), and photoluminescence (PL). It was found that low temperature (below 600°C) has no significant influence on surface morphology, but the diameter of the nanotube increases from 40 to 50 nm with increasing temperature. At 800°C, the nanotube arrays are completely destroyed and only dense rutile film is observed. Samples unannealed and annealed at 200°C are amorphous. At 400°C, anatase phase appears. At 600°C, rutile phase appears. At 800°C, anatase phase changes into rutile phase completely. The wettability of the TN films shows that the WCAs for all samples freshly annealed at different temperatures are about 0°. After the annealed samples have been stored in air for 1 month, the WCAs increase to 130°, 133°, 135°, 141°, and 77°, respectively. Upon ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, they exhibit a significant transition from hydrophobicity to hydrophilicity. Especially, samples unannealed and annealed at 400°C show high photoinduced hydrophilicity. PMID:25426006

  17. Effective approach to strengthening TiO2 nanotube arrays by using double or triple reinforcements

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    Sun, Mengwei; Yu, Dongliang; Lu, Linfeng; Ma, Weihua; Song, Ye; Zhu, Xufei

    2015-08-01

    Porous anodic TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTAs) are fragile and also susceptible to be damaged during physical manipulation. Few studies have involved the improvement of the poor interfacial adhesion of TNTAs to the Ti substrate. Here, the poor adhesion of TNTAs was dramatically improved by appending an additional compact layer (ACL) formed at the interface between TNTAs and the Ti substrate. The adhesion of TNTAs with single-ACL increased with the increase of the ACL thickness. Furthermore, the reinforced TNTAs with double-ACL and triple-ACL have been successfully developed for the first time. The experimental results indicated that the critical load of the TNTAs with triple-ACL is roughly 5.8 times higher than that of the untreated TNTAs. The present results may be helpful to assemble less brittle and large area TNTAs for extensive applications.

  18. Bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells based on vertically oriented TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Liu, Zhaoyue; Misra, Mano

    2010-03-01

    In this work we describe a novel bifacial design concept for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Bifacial DSCs are fabricated with ruthenium complex chemisorbed double-sided TiO2 nanotube arrays on a Ti metal substrate, in combination with two electron-collecting counter electrodes. Our investigation shows that the present bifacial DSCs have similar conversion efficiencies when illuminated from either their front or rear side, and a summated output power when illuminated on both sides. Furthermore, this type of bifacial DSC is also able to summate the output power of each side when working at an 'unsymmetrical' mode, in which much different output powers are generated by the front and rear sides. Therefore, this bifacial design concept exhibits a promising potential to reduce the cost of solar electricity when DSCs are operated at a location where a high albedo radiation is available.

  19. Bifacial dye-sensitized solar cells based on vertically oriented TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Liu, Zhaoyue; Misra, Mano

    2010-03-26

    In this work we describe a novel bifacial design concept for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Bifacial DSCs are fabricated with ruthenium complex chemisorbed double-sided TiO(2) nanotube arrays on a Ti metal substrate, in combination with two electron-collecting counter electrodes. Our investigation shows that the present bifacial DSCs have similar conversion efficiencies when illuminated from either their front or rear side, and a summated output power when illuminated on both sides. Furthermore, this type of bifacial DSC is also able to summate the output power of each side when working at an 'unsymmetrical' mode, in which much different output powers are generated by the front and rear sides. Therefore, this bifacial design concept exhibits a promising potential to reduce the cost of solar electricity when DSCs are operated at a location where a high albedo radiation is available. PMID:20195012

  20. Electrospun TiO2 nanofibers incorporated with graphene nanoflakes for energy conversion

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    Shinde, Manish A.; Alarifi, Ibrahim; Alharbi, Abdulaziz; Asmatulu, Ramazan

    2015-03-01

    Solar energy has been used in many different ways, including solar water heater, solar cooking, space heating, and electricity generation. The major drawbacks of the solar energy conversion systems are the lower conversion efficiency and higher manufacturing and replacement costs. In order to eliminate these obstacles, many studies were focused on the energy and cost efficiencies of the solar cells (particularly dye sensitized solar cells - DSSC and thin film solar cells). In the present study, TiO2 nanofibers incorporated with graphene nanoflakes (0, 2, 4, and 8wt.%) were produced using electrospinning process. The chemical utilized for the electrospinning process included poly (vinyle acetate), dimetylfomamide (DMF), titanium (IV) isopropoxide and acetic acid in the presence and absence of graphene nanoflakes. The resultant nanofibers were heat treated at 300 °C for 2 hrs in a standard oven to remove all the organic parts of the nanofibers, and then further heated up to 500 °C in an argon atmosphere for additional 12 hrs to crystalline the nanofibers. SEM, TEM and XRD studies showed that graphene and TiO2 nanofibers are well integrated in the nanofiber structures. This study may guide some of the scientists and engineers to tailor the energy bang gap structures of some of the semiconductor materials for different industrial applications, including DSSC, water splitting, catalyst, batteries, and fuel cell.

  1. Au Nanoparticles Decorated TiO2 Nanotube Arrays as a Recyclable Sensor for Photoenhanced Electrochemical Detection of Bisphenol A.

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    Hu, Liangsheng; Fong, Chi-Chun; Zhang, Xuming; Chan, Leo Lai; Lam, Paul K S; Chu, Paul K; Wong, Kwok-Yin; Yang, Mengsu

    2016-04-19

    A photorefreshable and photoenhanced electrochemical sensing platform for bisphenol A (BPA) detection based on Au nanoparticles (NPs) decorated carbon doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2/Au NTAs) is described. The TiO2/Au NTAs were prepared by quick annealing of anodized nanotubes in argon, followed by controllable electrodeposition of Au NPs. The decoration of Au NPs not only improved photoelectrochemical behavior but also enhanced electrocatalytic activities of the resulted hybrid NTAs. Meanwhile, the high photocatalytic activity of the NTAs allowed the electrode to be readily renewed without damaging the microstructures and surface states after a short UV treatment. The electrochemical detection of BPA on TiO2/Au NTAs electrode was significantly improved under UV irradiation as the electrode could provide fresh reaction surface continuously and the further increased photocurrent resulting from the improved separation efficiency of the photogenerated electron-hole pairs derived from the consumption of holes by BPA. The results showed that the refreshable TiO2/Au NTAs electrode is a promising sensor for long-term BPA monitoring with the detection limit (S/N = 3) of 6.2 nM and the sensitivity of 2.8 μA·μM(-1)·cm(-2). PMID:27002339

  2. Electrochemically conductive treatment of TiO2 nanotube arrays in AlCl3 aqueous solution for supercapacitors

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    Zhong, Wenjie; Sang, Shangbin; Liu, Yingying; Wu, Qiumei; Liu, Kaiyu; Liu, Hongtao

    2015-10-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) with excellent stability and large specific surface area make them competitive using as supercapacitor materials. Improving the conductivity of TiO2 is of great concern for the construction of high-performance supercapacitors. In this work, we developed a novel approach to improve the performance of TiO2 materials, involving the fabrication of Al-doped TiO2 NTAs by a simple electrochemical cathodic polarization treatment in AlCl3 aqueous solution. The prepared Al-doped TiO2 NTAs exhibited excellent electrochemical performances, attributing to the remarkably improved electrical conductivity (i.e., from approx. 10 kΩ to 20 Ω). Further analysis showed that Al3+ ions rather than H+ protons doped into TiO2 lattice cause this high conductivity. A MnO2/Al-TiO2 composite was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry, and achieved the specific capacitance of 544 F g-1, and the Ragone plot of the sample showed a high power density but less reduction of energy density. These results indicate that the MnO2/Al-TiO2 NTAs sample could be served as a promising electrode material for high -performance supercapacitors.

  3. Fabrication of bioactive, antibacterial TiO2 nanotube surfaces, coated with magnetron sputtered Ag nanostructures for dental applications.

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    Uhm, Soo-Hyuk; Lee, Sang-Bae; Song, Doo-Hoon; Kwon, Jae-Sung; Han, Jeon-Geon; Kim, Kyoung-Nam

    2014-10-01

    We investigated whether a silver coating on an anodic oxidized titania (TiO2) nanotube surface would be useful for preventing infections in dental implants. We used a magnetron sputtering process to deposit Ag nanoparticles onto a TiO2 surface. We studied different sputtering input power densities and maintained other parameters constant. We used scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and contact angle measurements to characterize the coated surfaces. Staphylococcus aureus was used to evaluate antibacterial activity. The X-ray diffraction analysis showed peaks that corresponded to metallic Ag, Ti, O, and biocompatible anatase phase TiO2 on the examined surfaces. The contact angles of the Ag nanoparticle-loaded surfaces were significantly lower at 2.5 W/cm2 input power under pulsed direct current mode compared to commercial, untreated Ti surfaces. In vitro antibacterial analysis indicated that a significantly reduced number of S. aureus were detected on an Ag nanoparticle-loaded TiO2 nanotube surface compared to control untreated surfaces. No cytotoxicity was noted, except in the group treated with 5 W/cm2 input power density, which was the highest input of power density we tested for the magnetron sputtering process. Overall, we concluded that it was feasible to create antibacterial Ag nanoparticle-loaded titanium nanotube surfaces with magnetron sputtering. PMID:25942879

  4. Photoelectrochemical properties and the detection mechanism of Bi2WO6 nanosheet modified TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Pang, Yajun; Xu, Guangqing; Zhang, Xu; Lv, Jun; Shi, Kai; Zhai, Pengbo; Xue, Qianyun; Wang, Xuedong; Wu, Yucheng

    2015-10-28

    Bi2WO6 nanosheet modified TiO2 nanotube arrays were synthesized by an anodization method combined with sequential chemical bath deposition for enhancement of the photoelectrochemical detection performance. The structures, morphologies and elemental compositions of the nanotube arrays were characterized with X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectrometry. Bi2WO6 nanosheets were successfully deposited on the tube walls of TiO2 nanotubes. The photoelectrochemical property of Bi2WO6/TiO2 NTAs was determined with chronoamperometry and cyclic voltammetry using an electrochemical workstation equipped with a UV LED light (365 nm). The optimum detection sensitivity of glucose in water was determined to be 0.244 μA mM(-1) in the linear range from 0 to 2500 μM. Bi2WO6 modification on TiO2 NTAs simultaneously decreased the background photocurrent and increased the current response to organics, resulting in the enhancement of photoelectrochemical detection properties. Mechanisms of the Bi2WO6 modification are discussed by analyzing the photoelectrochemical processes, including optical absorption, charges transfer and surface electrochemical reactions. Direct oxidation by holes rather than indirect oxidation by ˙OH radicals is believed to be a key role in this enhancement. PMID:26400480

  5. Nickel hydroxide nanoparticle activated semi-metallic TiO(2) nanotube arrays for non-enzymatic glucose sensing.

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    Gao, Zhi-Da; Guo, Jing; Shrestha, Nabeen K; Hahn, Robert; Song, Yan-Yan; Schmuki, Patrik

    2013-11-11

    Semi-metallic TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiOx Cy NTs) have been decorated uniformly with Ni(OH)2 nanoparticles without the aid of a polymer binder. The resulting hybrid nanotube arrays exhibit excellent catalytic activity towards non-enzymatic glucose electro-oxidation. The anodic current density of the glucose oxidation is significantly improved compared with traditional TiO2 nanotubes decorated with Ni(OH)2 . Moreover, the Ni(OH)2 /TiOx Cy NT-based electrode shows a fast response, high sensitivity, wide linear range, good selectivity and stability towards glucose electro-oxidation, and thus provides a promising and cost-effective sensing platform for non-enzymatic glucose detection. PMID:24115116

  6. Influence of crystallite size and surface morphology on electrochemical properties of annealed TiO2 nanotubes

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    Munirathinam, Balakrishnan; Pydimukkala, Haveela; Ramaswamy, Narayanan; Neelakantan, Lakshman

    2015-11-01

    The current study investigates the effect of crystallite size and surface morphology of TiO2 nanotubes on their wettability and electrochemical properties. Self-organized amorphous TiO2 nanotubes were synthesized by anodization process in an acidic (0.5 wt% HF) and a neutral electrolyte (1 M Na2SO4 + 0.5 wt% NaF). Subsequently, the nanotubes were annealed at 450 °C to achieve crystalline phase. Scanning electron microscope micrographs revealed that nanotubes formed from the neutral bath are four times longer (1.2 μm) than the ones synthesized from the acidic bath (325 nm). The charge consumed during anodization is greater under the acidic conditions implying the severity of the attack on the nanotubes by the electrolyte. X-Ray diffraction analysis showed that after annealing TiO2 crystallizes in the tetragonal lattice as anatase structure. Peak fitting method for line profile analysis was employed to estimate the crystallite size and the micro strain. The oxide nanotubes formed in neutral medium showed smaller crystallite size (28.91 nm) than the one formed in acidic medium (43.37 nm). Wettability measurements showed wetting angles <60°, indicating hydrophilic nature of the anatase nanotubes. Further, both the dimensional aspect (i.e., length and diameter of nanotubes) and the crystallite size have significant effect on the hydrophilic behavior. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in a simulated body fluid environment confirmed that structural changes in the oxide layer influence the electrochemical properties. Polarization studies demonstrated that crystallite size affects the passive behavior of the nanotubes. Smaller crystallite size (28.91 nm) lowers the passive current density (0.11 μA cm-2), indicating the good protectiveness.

  7. Synthesis of TiO2 nanotubes with ZnO nanoparticles to achieve antibacterial properties and stem cell compatibility

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    Liu, Wenwen; Su, Penglei; Chen, Su; Wang, Na; Ma, Yuanping; Liu, Yiran; Wang, Jinshu; Zhang, Zhenting; Li, Hongyi; Webster, Thomas J.

    2014-07-01

    To endow titanium (Ti) with antibacterial properties, different concentrations of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were decorated on anodized titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes by a simple hydrothermal treatment method. The particle sizes of ZnO, which were evenly distributed and tightly adherent to the walls of the Ti nanotubes, ranged from 20-50 nm. Results from this study showed that Zn was released from the TiO2 nanotubes in a constant, slow, and biologically inspired manner. Importantly, the results showed that the ZnO decorated TiO2 nanotubular samples inhibited Streptococcus mutants and Porphyromonas gingivalis growth compared to control unmodified Ti samples. Specifically, S. mutants and P. gingivalis growth were both reduced 45-85% on the ZnO decorated Ti samples compared to Ti controls after 7 days of culture. When examining the mechanism of action, it has been further found for the first time that the ZnO decorated Ti samples inhibited the expression of Streptococcus mutans bacterial adhesion genes. Lastly, the results showed that the same samples which decreased bacterial growth the most (0.015 M precursor Zn(NO3)2 samples) did not inhibit mesenchymal stem cell growth compared to Ti controls for up to 7 days. In summary, results from this study showed that compared to plain TiO2 nanotubes, TiO2 decorated with 0.015 M ZnO provided unprecedented antibacterial properties while maintaining the stem cell proliferation capacity necessary for enhancing the use of Ti in numerous medical applications, particularly in dentistry.

  8. Highly efficient photoelectrocatalytic removal of RhB and Cr(VI) by Cu nanoparticles sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Zhong, J. S.; Wang, Q. Y.; Zhou, J.; Chen, D. Q.; Ji, Z. G.

    2016-03-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays sensitized by copper nanoparticles (TiO2 NTs/Cu) exhibited highly efficient photoelectrocatalytic removal of RhB and Cr(VI). Vertically grown anatase TiO2 NTs on Ti substrates were prepared by electrochemical anodization followed by calcinations. Subsequently, Cu nanoparticles with uniform spherical structures and size distributions were deposited on TiO2 nanotubes by a modified hydrothermal reaction. By exploiting TiO2 NTs/Cu as both photoelectrodes and photocatalysts, high photocurrent density and photoelectrocatalytic removal efficiencies of RhB and Cr(VI) were achieved under solar light irradiation. The enhancement on the photoelectrochemical performance was explained by the optoelectronic coupling between Cu nanoparticles and TiO2 NTs, which accelerated the transfer rate of electrons, and subsequently decreased the electron/hole pair recombination.

  9. Preparation and Solar Light Photocatalytic Activity of N-Doped TiO2-Loaded Halloysite Nanotubes Nanocomposites

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    Cheng, Zhi-Lin; Sun, Wei

    2015-10-01

    A novel method to prepare N-doped TiO2-loaded halloysite nanotubes (N-TiO2/HNTs) nanocomposites was achieved by using the chemical vapor deposition in autoclave. The N-TiO2/HNTs nanocomposites obtained by the different form of the doping N source were studied through a series of characterizations. The XRD, SEM, and TEM characterizations verified the anatase structure of TiO2 nanoparticles with the size of ca.20nm loaded on the outer surface of HNTs. The UV-vis characterization of the N-TiO2/HNTs presented a further red-shift compared to the pure N-TiO2 nanoparticles.. The XPS characterizations confirmed the N element doped into the crystal structure of TiO2 nanoparticles. The photocatalytic activities of N-TiO2/HNTs nanocomposites prepared were evaluated by degradation of phenol at room temperature under simulated solar light irradiation.

  10. Polydopamine-Coated TiO2 Nanotubes for Selective Photocatalytic Oxidation of Benzyl Alcohol to Benzaldehyde Under Visible Light.

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    Tripathy, Jyotsna; Loget, Gabriel; Altomare, Marco; Schmuki, Patrik

    2016-05-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays grown by anodization were coated with thin layers of polydopamine as visible light sensitizer. The PDA-coated TiO2 scaffolds were used as photocatalyst for selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol under monochromatic irradiation at 473 nm. Benzaldehyde was selectively formed and no by-products could be detected. A maximized reaction yield was obtained in O2-saturated acetonitrile. A mechanism is proposed that implies firstly the charge carrier generation in polydopamine as a consequence of visible light absorption. Secondly, photo-promoted electrons are injected in TiO2 conduction band, and subsequently transferred to dissolved O2 to form O*2- radicals. These radicals react with benzyl alcohol and lead to its selective dehydrogenation oxidation towards benzaldehyde. PMID:27483930

  11. Alumina decorated TiO2 nanotubes with ordered mesoporous walls as high sensitivity NOx gas sensors at room temperature

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    Lü, Renjiang; Zhou, Wei; Shi, Keying; Yang, Ying; Wang, Lei; Pan, Kai; Tian, Chungui; Ren, Zhiyu; Fu, Honggang

    2013-08-01

    Alumina (Al2O3) decorated anatase TiO2 nanotubes with ordered mesoporous pore walls (Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotubes) are successfully synthesized through vacuum pressure induction technology, and then combined with the thermal decomposition of a mesoporous TiO2 sol precursor, inside the cylindrical nanochannels of an anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) template. The decorated Al2O3 was formed by in situ deposition via direct reaction of the strong acid sol precursor and the nanochannel wall of the AAO template. The resultant Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotubes are characterized in detail by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption-desorption. The experimental results reveal that the Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotubes have a tubular structure with an average diameter of ~200 nm and highly ordered mesopores in the tubular walls. The Al2O3 is distributed evenly on the anatase TiO2 nanotubes. Moreover, the Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotubes possess a large specific surface area (136 m2 g-1) and narrow mesopore size distribution (~10 nm). By using NOx as a probe molecule, the Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotube films exhibit better sensing performance than that of mesoporous TiO2 nanotubes, in terms of their high sensitivity, fast response-recovery time, and good stability in air at room temperature. The outstanding performance in the gas sensing ability of Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotubes is a result of their one-dimensional tubular and mesoporous nanostructures, advantageous for the adsorption and diffusion of NOx gas. In addition, the sensing response is greatly improved by virtue of the decorated Al2O3 on the surfaces of the TiO2 nanotubes, which acts as an energy barrier to suppress charge recombination. The structural properties of the Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotubes makes them a viable novel gas sensor material at room temperature.Alumina (Al2O3) decorated anatase TiO2 nanotubes with ordered mesoporous pore walls

  12. A comparison of TiO2 nanoparticles and nanotubes for catalytic gas phase destruction of H2S gas at high temperatures.

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    Shahzad, Naeem; Hussain, Syed Tajammul; Siddiqua, Asima; Baig, Muhammad Anwar

    2012-06-01

    Reduction of H2S gas over Sulphur doped TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2 nanotubes was studied in this work. Fixed bed catalytic system was used for the catalytic reduction of H2S gas at a high temperature of 450 degrees C under laboratory conditions. 99.97% reduction was achieved using S-doped TiO2. 2.89% Sulphur was adsorbed on S-doped TiO2 nanoparticles in the form of Ti(SO4)2, while 95.6% reduction was achieved in case of TiO2 nanotubes and the sulphur adsorption was 2.67%. The XRD, SEM, and EDX techniques were carried out to characterize the nanoparticles and nanotubes, while gas reduction analysis was carried out using GC-MS for gas samples. PMID:22905577

  13. Low-temperature, facile fabrication of ultrafine Cu2O networks by anodization on TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Luo, S. L.; Li, Y.; Yang, L. X.; Liu, C. B.; Su, F.; Chen, Y.

    2012-10-01

    A green and facile process was developed to fabricate ultrafine p-type Cu2O single crystal nanowires by anodizing copper (Cu0) particles preloaded on TiO2 nanotube arrays. The Cu2O nanowires with a diameter of less than 5 nm were assembled on the top surface of n-type TiO2 nanotube arrays, constructing a novel p-n junction heterostructure with larger specific surface area compared to the unmodified TiO2 nanotube arrays. X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were employed to demonstrate that the resulting Cu2O was single crystalline. The composite Cu2O/TiO2 nanotube arrays exhibited significantly enhanced response to the visible light, resulting from Cu2O with a narrow-band gap. Furthermore, under visible light irradiation, enhanced efficiency in separating photogenerated hole-electron pairs was achieved due to the potential difference generated on the p-n interface. A possible mechanism was proposed to explain the formation of crystal Cu2O nanowires.

  14. Sonochemical Degradation of Reactive Black 5 with a Composite Catalyst of TiO2/Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

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    Cho, Eunju; Choi, Jongbok; Lee, Yonghyeon; Park, Jeong Min; Khim, Jeehyeong

    2013-07-01

    In the sonocatalytic process, composites of TiO2-carbon were used because carbon provides more adsorption sites and acts like an electron sink to prevent the recombination of an electron/hole. Therefore, in the present study, the characteristics of a TiO2/single-walled carbon nanotubes catalyst (TiO2/SWCNTs) have been investigated, and the optimal weight ratio of SWCNTs and the dose for degradation of reactive black 5 (RB5) were also evaluated. TiO2/SWCNT composite was characterized using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray diffraction microanalysis and spectra, and X-ray diffraction patterns. The degradation rate constants of RB5 with the ratio of SWCNTs were found to depend on the adsorption phenomenon of a surface catalyst, light absorbance, and the recombination of electrons and holes. As a result, the optimal ratio of carbon in the sono-TiO2/SWCNTs process for degradation of RB5 was TiO2:SWCNTs= 200:1. Additionally, the optimal dose of the catalyst was 0.5 g/L.

  15. Preparation of TiO2 nanotube/nanoparticle composite particles and their applications in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    2012-01-01

    Efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells [DSSCs] was enhanced by combining the use of TiO2 nanotubes [TNTs] and nanoparticles. TNTs were fabricated by a sol-gel method, and TiO2 powders were produced through an alkali hydrothermal transformation. DSSCs were constructed using TNTs and TiO2 nanoparticles at various weight percentages. TNTs and TiO2 nanoparticles were coated onto FTO glass by the screen printing method. The DSSCs were fabricated using ruthenium(II) (N-719) and electrolyte (I3/I3-) dyes. The crystalline structure and morphology were characterized by X-ray diffraction and using a scanning electron microscope. The absorption spectra were measured using an UV-Vis spectrometer. The incident photocurrent conversion efficiency was measured using a solar simulator (100 mW/cm2). The DSSCs based on TNT/TiO2 nanoparticle hybrids showed better photovoltaic performance than cells made purely of TiO2 nanoparticles. PMID:22222095

  16. Direct formation of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes by atomic layer deposition and their photocatalytic properties.

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    Huang, Sheng-Hsin; Liao, Shih-Yun; Wang, Chih-Chieh; Kei, Chi-Chung; Gan, Jon-Yiew; Perng, Tsong-Pyng

    2016-10-01

    TiO2 with different morphology was deposited on acid-treated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by atomic layer deposition at 100 °C-300 °C to form a TiO2@CNT structure. The TiO2 fabricated at 100 °C was an amorphous film, but became crystalline anatase nanoparticles when fabricated at 200 °C and 300 °C. The saturation growth rates of TiO2 nanoparticles at 300 °C were about 1.5 and 0.4 Å/cycle for substrate-enhanced growth and linear growth processes, respectively. It was found that the rate constants for methylene blue degradation by the TiO2@CNT structure formed at 300 °C were more suitable to fit with second-order reaction. The size of 9 nm exhibited the best degradation efficiency, because of the high specific area and appropriate diffusion length for the electrons and holes. PMID:27576914

  17. Bioactivity of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes used as surface treatment on Ti biomaterials

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    Souza, M. R.; Reyes, K. M.; Oliveira, N. T. C.; Kuromoto, N. K.; Marino, C. E. B.

    2016-03-01

    Titanium and its alloys are widely used as implants due to their excellent mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility. TiO2 nanotubes have been studied as surface treatment to increase the specific area and to improve osseointegration. However, the thermodynamic stability and bioactivity of these nanostructures must be evaluated. The objective of this research was to obtain nanotubes oxides on Ti6Al4V alloy and to analyze the electrochemical stability in physiological solution at 37 °C and the bioactive response of the biomaterial. The nanotubes were obtained by potentiostatic anodization. The morphology of the oxides was evaluated by scanning electron microscopy. The chemical characterization was analyzed by energy dispersive spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques. The electrochemical stability was analyzed by open circuit potential (OCP) and the bioactivity by biomimetic test in a simulated body fluid (SBF) solution. The OCP of the nanotubes oxides was shown to be more noble and stable than the compacted oxides. The biomaterial covered with theses oxides showed sealing by Ca and P after 30 d immersion in artificial blood. And after 15 d of immersion in SBF, the hydroxyapatite could be seen on the non-sealed nanotubes. TiO2 nanotube layers could improve the superficial chemical stability and also the osseointegration process.

  18. Improved conversion efficiency of Ag2S quantum dot-sensitized solar cells based on TiO2 nanotubes with a ZnO recombination barrier layer

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    2011-01-01

    We improve the conversion efficiency of Ag2S quantum dot (QD)-sensitized TiO2 nanotube-array electrodes by chemically depositing ZnO recombination barrier layer on plain TiO2 nanotube-array electrodes. The optical properties, structural properties, compositional analysis, and photoelectrochemistry properties of prepared electrodes have been investigated. It is found that for the prepared electrodes, with increasing the cycles of Ag2S deposition, the photocurrent density and the conversion efficiency increase. In addition, as compared to the Ag2S QD-sensitized TiO2 nanotube-array electrode without the ZnO layers, the conversion efficiency of the electrode with the ZnO layers increases significantly due to the formation of efficient recombination layer between the TiO2 nanotube array and electrolyte. PMID:21777458

  19. General strategy for fabricating transparent TiO2 nanotube arrays for dye-sensitized photoelectrodes: illumination geometry and transport properties.

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    Kim, Jin Young; Noh, Jun Hong; Zhu, Kai; Halverson, Adam F; Neale, Nathan R; Park, Sangbaek; Hong, Kug Sun; Frank, Arthur J

    2011-04-26

    We report on the preparation of transparent oriented titania nanotube (NT) photoelectrodes and the effect of illumination direction on light harvesting, electron transport, and recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) incorporating these electrodes. High solar conversion efficiency requires that the incident light enters the cell from the photoelectrode side. However, it has been synthetically challenging to prepare transparent TiO(2) NT electrodes by directly anodizing Ti metal films on transparent conducting oxide (TCO) substrates because of the difficulties of controlling the synthetic conditions. We describe a general synthetic strategy for fabricating transparent TiO(2) NT films on TCO substrates. With the aid of a conducting Nb-doped TiO(2) (NTO) layer between the Ti film and TCO substrate, the Ti film was anodized completely without degrading the TCO. The NTO layer was found to protect the TCO from degradation through a self-terminating mechanism by arresting the electric field-assisted dissolution process at the NT-NTO interface. The illumination direction and wavelength of the light incident on the DSSCs were shown to strongly influence the incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency, light-harvesting, and charge-collection properties, which, in turn, affect the photocurrent density, photovoltage, and solar energy conversion efficiency. Effects of NT film thickness on the properties and performance of DSSCs were also examined. Illuminating the cell from the photoelectrode substantially increased the conversion efficiency compared with illuminating it from the counter-electrode side. PMID:21395234

  20. Design and evaluation of a UV LED Photocatalytic Reactor Using Anodized TiO2 Nanotubes.

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    Ghosh, Jyoti P; Achari, Gopal; Langford, Cooper H

    2016-08-01

    A bench-scale flow-through photocatalytic reactor using light emitting diodes (LED) as light source and a TiO2 nanotube array (TN) as immobilized catalyst has been designed, fabricated and tested on commonly studied contaminants. The photoreactor is comprised of 144, 365-nm UV-LED lamps mounted along the inner periphery of an annular cylinder. An ordered array of TN, as catalyst, was immobilized by electrochemical anodization of a titanium cylinder and placed in the center of the reactor. Synthesized TN was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Laboratory investigations were conducted on the photoreactor to treat 4-chlorophenol (4-CP), atrazine and methylene blue. The performance of the photoreactor at different flow rates and at varying distances of photocatalyst from the light source was monitored. The photocatalytic reaction rates increased with bubbling oxygen into the reservoir. Significant improvement was observed when H2O2 was added and degradation to detection limits was observed. PMID:26488573

  1. Anatase TiO2 nanotube powder film with high crystallinity for enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Lin, Jia; Liu, Xiaolin; Zhu, Shu; Liu, Yongsheng; Chen, Xianfeng

    2015-03-01

    We report on the synthesis of TiO2 nanotube (NT) powders using anodic oxidation and ultrasonication. Compared to free-standing NT array films, the powder-type NTs can be easily fabricated in a cost-effective way. Particularly, without the substrate effect arising from underlying Ti metals, highly crystallized NT powders with intact tube structures and pure anatase phase can be obtained using high-temperature heat treatment. The application of NTs with different crystallinity for the photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue (MB) was then demonstrated. The results showed that with increasing annealing temperature, the photocatalytic decomposition rate was gradually enhanced, and the NT powder electrode annealed at 650°C showed the highest photoactivity. Compared to typical NTs annealed at 450°C, the rate constant increased by 2.7-fold, although the surface area was 21% lower. These findings indicate that the better photocatalytic activity was due to the significantly improved crystallinity of anatase anodic NTs in powder form, resulting in a low density of crystalline defects. This simple and efficient approach is applicable for scaled-up water purification and other light utilization applications.

  2. Electrochemical immunosensor constructed using TiO2 nanotubes as immobilization scaffold and tracing tag.

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    Huo, Xiaohe; Liu, Peipei; Zhu, Jie; Liu, Xiaoqiang; Ju, Huangxian

    2016-11-15

    A ternary TiO2 nanotube (TNT) composite and a signal antibody and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) functionalized TNT were designed as an electrode scaffold for immobilization of high quantity of capture antibody and a tracing tag for immunosensing, respectively. The polyaniline (PANI) was coated on TNTs by chemical oxidative polymerization, and gold nanoparticles were deposited on TNT-PANI with a routine chemical reduction. Various techniques including scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray, transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectra, impedance and electrochemical techniques were used to characterize the nano-materials. Using bis(sulfosuccinimidyl) suberate as amino cross-linker, the TNT composite could be further functionalized with protein G' for oriented immobilization of capture antibody on electrode surface. Upon sandwich-type immunoreaction, the signal antibody on the tracing tag was quantitatively captured on the surface to generate sensitive electrochemical response with a H2O2 mediated HRP catalytic reaction. With α-fetoprotein as an analyte model, the immunosensor showed a linear range of 0.01-350ngmL(-1) with a detection limit of 1.5pgmL(-1). The accelerated electron transfer by the ternary composite, oriented immobilization of capture antibody and high loading of HRP on the TNT tracing tag greatly amplified the electrochemical signal, and led to the superior performance of the immunoassay. PMID:27261885

  3. Low-temperature synthesis of high-ordered anatase TiO2 nanotube array films coated with exposed {001} nanofacets

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    Ding, Jie; Huang, Zhennan; Zhu, Jihao; Kou, Shengzhong; Zhang, Xiaobin; Yang, Hangsheng

    2015-01-01

    High-ordered anatase TiO2 nanotube array films coated with exposed high-reactive {001} nanofacets were fabricated by a modified hydrothermal method using amorphous anodic TiO2 nanotube arrays (ATONAs) as starting materials. It was found that the reaction between gas phase HF and solid ATONAs played a key role in the transformation process from amorphous to anatase TiO2, and the TiO2 tubular structure kept unchanged during the surface modification with an exposed {001} facets up to 76.5%, which could be attributed to the low reaction temperature of 130 °C. Our study provided a novel route for the facile preparation of {001} facets exposed anatase TiO2. PMID:26634815

  4. TiO2 Nanotubes of Enhanced Nanocrystallinity and Well-Preserved Nanostructure by Pre-Annealing and Post-Hydrothermal Treatments

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    Yuwono, Akhmad Herman; Ferdiansyah, Alfian; Sofyan, Nofrijon; Kartini, Indriana; Pujianto, Tego Hadi

    2011-12-01

    In the current investigation, a modified process combining pre-annealing and post-hydrothermal treatments has been applied on the as-dried TiO2 nanotubes derived from alkaline route of TiO2 P25 nanoparticles in 10 M NaOH solution. The combined treatment is purposely aimed at enhancing the nanocrystallinity of anatase TiO2, while at the same time maintaining the integrity of the nanotube hollow structures. The detail of the structure, morphology and crystallinity of the resulting nanotubes were examined by XRD, SEM and TEM, while the optical properties of nanotubes were investigated by UV-visible spectroscopy. For the nanotube samples which have been previously annealed at 300 °C, the crystallite size of anatase TiO2 in nanotubes increased from 17.20 to 18.30 nm after being subjected to post-hydrothermal treatment at 100 to 150 °C. The band gap energy (Eg) of the resulting nanotubes is inversely proportional to the crystallite size of anatase phase where the lowest value of 3.21 eV was obtained from the TiO2 nanotube sample with the biggest crystallite size of 18.30 nm.

  5. Fabrication of plasmonic AgBr/Ag nanoparticles-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays and their enhanced photo-conversion and photoelectrocatalytic properties

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    Wang, Qingyao; Qiao, Jianlei; Jin, Rencheng; Xu, Xiaohui; Gao, Shanmin

    2015-03-01

    Plasmonic photosensitizer AgBr/Ag nanospheres supported on TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2 NTs) are prepared by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique followed by photoreduction methods. The structural and surface morphological properties of AgBr/Ag nanoparticles sensitized TiO2 NTs and their photoelectrochemical performance are investigated and discussed. A detailed formation mechanism of the TiO2 NTs/AgBr/Ag is proposed. The TiO2 NTs/AgBr/Ag exhibit excellent photocurrent and photoelectrocatalytic activities under visible light irradiation. Efficient utilization of solar energy to create electron-hole pairs is attributed to the significant visible light response and surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanoparticles. This finding indicates that the high photosensitivity of the TiO2 NTs-based surface plasmon resonance materials could be applied toward the development of new plasmonic visible-light-sensitive photovoltaic fuel cells and photocatalysts.

  6. Fabrication of single TiO2 nanotube devices with Pt interconnections using electron- and ion-beam-assisted deposition

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    Lee, Mingun; Cha, Dongkyu; Huang, Jie; Ha, Min-Woo; Kim, Jiyoung

    2016-06-01

    Device fabrication using nanostructured materials, such as nanotubes, requires appropriate metal interconnections between nanotubes and electrical probing pads. Here, electron-beam-assisted deposition (EBAD) and ion-beam-assisted deposition (IBAD) techniques for fabrication of Pt interconnections for single TiO2 nanotube devices are investigated. IBAD conditions were optimized to reduce the leakage current as a result of Pt spreading. The resistivity of the IBAD-Pt was about three orders of magnitude less than that of the EBAD-Pt, due to low carbon concentration and Ga doping, as indicated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. The total resistances of single TiO2 nanotube devices with EBAD- or IBAD-Pt interconnections were 3.82 × 1010 and 4.76 × 108 Ω, respectively. When the resistivity of a single nanotube is low, the high series resistance of EBAD-Pt cannot be ignored. IBAD is a suitable method for nanotechnology applications, such as photocatalysis and biosensors.

  7. Use of highly-ordered TiO(2) nanotube arrays in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Mor, Gopal K; Shankar, Karthik; Paulose, Maggie; Varghese, Oomman K; Grimes, Craig A

    2006-02-01

    We describe the use of highly ordered transparent TiO(2) nanotube arrays in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Highly ordered nanotube arrays of 46-nm pore diameter, 17-nm wall thickness, and 360-nm length were grown perpendicular to a fluorine-doped tin oxide-coated glass substrate by anodic oxidation of a titanium thin film. After crystallization by an oxygen anneal, the nanotube arrays are treated with TiCl(4) to enhance the photogenerated current and then integrated into the DSC structure using a commercially available ruthenium-based dye. Although the negative electrode is only 360-nm-thick, under AM 1.5 illumination the generated photocurrent is 7.87 mA/cm(2), with a photocurrent efficiency of 2.9%. Voltage-decay measurements indicate that the highly ordered TiO(2) nanotube arrays, in comparison to nanoparticulate systems, have superior electron lifetimes and provide excellent pathways for electron percolation. Our results indicate that remarkable photoconversion efficiencies may be obtained, possibly to the ideal limit of approximately 31% for a single photosystem scheme, with an increase of the nanotube-array length to several micrometers. PMID:16464037

  8. A TiO2 Nanofiber-Carbon Nanotube-Composite Photoanode for Improved Efficiency in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Macdonald, Thomas J; Tune, Daniel D; Dewi, Melissa R; Gibson, Christopher T; Shapter, Joseph G; Nann, Thomas

    2015-10-26

    A light-scattering layer fabricated from electrospun titanium dioxide nanofibers (TiO2 -NFs) and single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) formed a fiber-based photoanode. The nanocomposite scattering layer had a lawn-like structure and integration of carbon nanotubes into the NF photoanodes increased the power conversion efficiency from 2.9 % to 4.8 % under 1 Sun illumination. Under reduced light intensity (0.25 Sun), TiO2 -NF and TiO2 -NF/SWCNT-based DSSCs reached PCE values of up to 3.7 % and 6.6 %, respectively. PMID:26383499

  9. Multistep structural transition of hydrogen trititanate nanotubes into TiO2-B nanotubes: a comparison study between nanostructured and bulk materials.

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    Morgado, Edisson; Jardim, P M; Marinkovic, Bojan A; Rizzo, Fernando C; de Abreu, Marco A S; Zotin, José L; Araújo, Antonio S

    2007-12-12

    H-trititanate nanotubes obtained by alkali hydrothermal treatment of TiO(2) followed by proton exchange were compared to their bulk H(2)Ti(3)O(7) counterpart with respect to their thermally induced structural transformation paths. As-synthesized and heat-treated samples were characterized by XRD, TEM/SAED, DSC and spectroscopy techniques, indicating that H(2)Ti(3)O(7) nanotubes showed the same sequence of structural transformations as their bulk counterpart obtained by conventional solid state reaction. Nanostructured H(2)Ti(3)O(7) converts into TiO(2)(B) via multistep transformation without losing its nanotubular morphology. The transformation occurs between 120 and 400 degrees C through topotactic mechanisms with the intermediate formation of nanostructured H(2)Ti(6)O(13) and H(2)Ti(12)O(25), which are more condensed layered titanates eventually rearranging to TiO(2)(B). Our results suggest that the intermediate tunnel structure H(2)Ti(12)O(25) is the final layered intermediate phase, on which TiO(2)(B) nucleates and grows. The conversion of nanostructured TiO(2)(B) into anatase is completed at a much lower temperature than its bulk counterpart and is accompanied by loss of the nanotubular morphology. PMID:20442491

  10. Origin of the improved photocatalytic activity of Cu incorporated TiO2 for hydrogen generation from water

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    Hu, Qianqian; Huang, Jiquan; Li, Guojing; Jiang, Yabin; Lan, Hai; Guo, Wang; Cao, Yongge

    2016-09-01

    Cu incorporated TiO2 has been regarded as a low-cost photocatalyst with excellent photocatalytic performance for water splitting. Here we try to exploit the origin of its high reactivity by fabricating a series of Cu incorporated TiO2 films with the same Cu content under different atmosphere. Based on the comprehensive structure and surface characterizations, it is found that CuO is unstable and will be reduced to Cu2O or even to metallic Cu under light irradiation during the photocatalytic reaction, and Cu2O is an efficient co-catalyst that promotes the separation of photogenerated carriers while metallic Cu can further boost the photocatalytic activity. Besides, it is also noticed that the chemisorbed oxygen on the particle surface blocks the water splitting. By depositing TiO2 films under oxygen rich condition, oxygen vacancy is decreased greatly, which facilitates the removal of chemisorbed oxygen and the formation of metallic Cu during photocatalytic reaction, resulting in an ultra-high H2 evolution rate of 2.80 μmol cm-2 h-1, which is about 55 times higher than that of pure TiO2.

  11. Preparation and photovoltaic properties of layered TiO2/carbon nanotube/TiO2 photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Barberio, M.; Grosso, D. R.; Imbrogno, A.; Xu, F.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we report on the realization of photoanodes for dye sensitized solar cells based on composites of carbon nanotubes and titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Our results show the best photovoltaics performance for carbon nanotubes weight percentages between 0.2% and 0.4%. Photoanodes realized in three-layer configuration, TiO2/carbon nanotube/TiO2, show a cell efficiency of 10.5% and a fill factor of 70%, values 2.4 times greater with respect to that of classical TiO2 anode. The presence of carbon nanotubes enhances the charge transport, strongly reducing the electron/hole recombination in the anode bulk, while the double layer of TiO2 increases the dye adsorption limiting the reduction caused by the presence of carbon nanotubes.

  12. Cumulative effect of Fe2O3 on TiO2 nanotubes via atomic layer deposition with enhanced lithium ion storage performance

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    Lv, Xiaoxin; Deng, Jiujun; Sun, Xuhui

    2016-04-01

    Fe2O3 coated TiO2 nanotube (Fe2O3@TiO2 nanotube) composites anodes for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have been prepared by hydrothermal and atomic layer deposition (ALD) method. The composites anodes show a reversible capacity of 450 mAh g-1 after 150 cycles at the current density of 200 mA g-1, which is approximately two times of pure TiO2 nanotubes. Even at a high current density of 3200 mA g-1, the composite anodes still exhibit a good capacity of 198 mAh g-1, more than three times higher than that of pure TiO2 nanotubes. The good reversible capacity and rete capability of composite anodes indicate the cumulative effect of Fe2O3 on TiO2 nanotube by the integration of structural stability of TiO2 and high theoretical capacity of Fe2O3.

  13. Effect of doping level of colored TiO2 nanotube arrays fabricated by electrochemical self-doping on electrochemical properties.

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    Kim, Choonsoo; Kim, Seonghwan; Hong, Sung Pil; Lee, Jaehan; Yoon, Jeyong

    2016-06-01

    Recently, two types of TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) (blue- and black-colored TiO2 NTAs), which are easily fabricated by electrochemical self-doping, have gained much attention due particularly to their enhanced capacitive and oxidant-generating properties. These enhanced electrochemical properties mean that they have potential as basic materials for energy and environmental applications, such as in supercapacitors and anodes for water treatment. However, the understanding of the effect of the doping level of these TiO2 NTAs on their electrochemical properties is limited because there is no direct comparison or relevant discussion of their respective electrochemical properties under the same conditions, despite the similar surface characteristics of the TiO2 NTAs obtained by comparable electrochemical doping. Therefore, the objective of this study was to investigate the effect of the doping level of blue and black TiO2 NTAs on their electrochemical properties, including the capacitive and oxidant-generating properties. Although no significant difference in their surface properties was found using SEM, XRD and XPS, the black TiO2 NTA revealed a slightly higher doping level than the blue TiO2 NTA, which is caused by the order of the electrochemical self-doping and annealing conditions. With the different doping levels of the two TiO2 NTAs, the black TiO2 NTA showed a higher areal capacitance, indicating good capacitive properties, and better service life in oxidant-generation than that of the blue TiO2 NTA. The blue TiO2 NTA exhibited a larger oxygen evolution overpotential and higher chlorine evolution efficiency than that of the black TiO2 NTA. We report that the new knowledge on blue and black TiO2 NTAs from this study can contribute to the further development of supercapacitors and oxidant-generating anodes for water treatment. PMID:27169417

  14. Photoelectrocatalytic Inactivation of E. coli by ZnSe/CdS Co-sensitized TiO2 Nanotube Array.

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    Zou, Jianmei; Nguyen, VanManh; Yin, Xuehua; Wu, Zeming; Cai, Qingyun

    2016-01-01

    A step-wise structural ZnSe/CdS co-sensitized TiO2 nanotube (NT) electrode was prepared by pulse-electrodeposition and successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR), with an aim towards enhancing the absorption efficiency of TiO2 NTs in visible light region and enhancing the photo-electrical transform efficiency. The as-prepared CdS/ZnSe/TiO2 NTs were applied to the photoelectrocatalytic inactivation of E. coli. A complete inactivation of 3.0 × 10(8) cfu mL(-1) E. coli was observed after 60 min of photoelectrocatalysis process under the illumination of visble light. PMID:27302579

  15. Ag nanoparticle-deposited TiO2 nanotube arrays for electrodes of Dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kawamura, Go; Ohmi, Hayato; Tan, Wai Kian; Lockman, Zainovia; Muto, Hiroyuki; Matsuda, Atsunori

    2015-05-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells composed of a photoanode of Ag nanoparticle (NP)-deposited TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays were fabricated. The TNT arrays were prepared by anodizing Ti films on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO)-coated glass substrates. Efficient charge transportation through the ordered nanostructure of TNT arrays should be carried out compared to conventional particulate TiO2 electrodes. However, it has been a big challenge to grow TNT arrays on FTO glass substrates with the lengths needed for sufficient light-harvesting (tens of micrometers). In this work, we deposited Ag nanoparticles (NPs) on the wall of TNT arrays to enhance light-harvesting property. Dye-sensitized solar cells with these Ag NP-deposited TNT arrays yielded a higher power conversion efficiency (2.03 %) than those without Ag NPs (1.39 %).

  16. Effect of TiCl4 Post-Treatment on the Embedded-Type TiO2 Nanotubes Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Kim, Kang-Pil; Kim, Jeong-Hwa; Hwang, Dae-Kue; Sung, Shi-Joon; Heo, Young-Woo

    2015-10-01

    We have studied the effect of TiCl4 post-treatment on the embedded-type TiO2 nanotubes (NT)-dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The TiO2 nanoparticles layer formed on TiO2 NTs surface by TiCl4 post-treatment showed different morphologies depending on TiCl4 treatment temperature. These different morphologies influenced the cell efficiency of TiO2 NT-DSSCs. The TiO2 NT treated with TiCl4 at 50 °C exhibited a rougher surface than that treated at 70 °C. The rough surface of the TiO2 NT improved the charge exchange between the dye and electrolyte. The TiO2 NT treated with TiCl4 at 50 °C showed better fill factor and cell efficiency than that treated at 70 °C. The TiCl4 post-treatment of TiO2 NT was effective at conditions of low temperature and long times. The TiO2 NT-DSSCs with TiCl4 post-treatment at 50 °C for 1.5 h showed an efficiency of 6.52%. PMID:26726426

  17. Hierarchical fabrication of heterojunctioned SrTiO3/TiO2 nanotubes on 3D microporous Ti substrate with enhanced photocatalytic activity and adhesive strength

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    Zhou, Jie; Yin, Lu; Zha, Kang; Li, Huirong; Liu, Zhiyuan; Wang, Jianxin; Duan, Ke; Feng, Bo

    2016-03-01

    Recently, construction of three-dimensional (3D) architecture and design of heterostructure have been proved to be two important approaches for improving photocatalytic (PC) properties of TiO2-based catalysts. In this work, a 3D microporous surface on Ti substrate (MPT) was prepared by simple acid etching. Then, heterojunctioned SrTiO3/TiO2 nanotubes with dominant {001} facets of anatase TiO2were successfully fabricated on MPT by combining anodization with hydrothermal treatment. The 3D microporous-patterned SrTiO3/TiO2 nanotubes heterojunction shows significantly enhanced photo-current density and ∼200% improved PC effect in degradation of Rhodamine B owing to its higher specific surface area, stronger light-harvesting ability and positive heterojunction effect in comparison with TiO2 nanotubes formed on flat Ti substrate. Moreover, the 3D microporous structure on Ti substrate improved the adhesive strength between the nanotubes layer and Ti substrate, which can be ascribed to the effective release of internal stress. Therefore, this present strategy is expected to expand the application of TiO2-based catalysts in many fields which require excellent PC properties and mechanical stability.

  18. Enhanced thermoelectric performance of TiO2-based hybrid materials by incorporating conducting polymer

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    Wu, Zi-Hua; Xie, Hua-Qing; Zhai, Yong-Biao; Gan, Liang-Hua; Liu, Jun

    2015-03-01

    In order to study the thermoelectric properties of TiO2-based hybrid materials, TiO2/polyparaphenylene (PPP) nanocomposites are fabricated by spark plasma sintering (SPS). The results show that the electrical conductivity follow percolation theory is enhanced due to the electron transfer highway provided by the conducting PPP phase. Furthermore, the thermal conductivity is reduced due to the drastic difference of vibrational spectra between organic and inorganic components. As a result, the greatest ZT = 0.24 is obtained for TiO2/0.75 wt% PPP sample, which is 15-fold higher than pure TiO2 (ZT = 0.016). Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51206103), the Innovation Program of Shanghai Municipal Education Commission, China (Grant No. 13YZ128), the Opening Project of CAS Key Laboratory of Materials for Energy Conversion, China, and the Program for Professor of Special Appointment (Eastern Scholar) at Shanghai Institutions of Higher learning, China.

  19. Tantalum coating on TiO2 nanotubes induces superior rate of matrix mineralization and osteofunctionality in human osteoblasts.

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    Frandsen, Christine J; Brammer, Karla S; Noh, Kunbae; Johnston, Gary; Jin, Sungho

    2014-04-01

    Nanostructured surface geometries have been the focus of a multitude of recent biomaterial research, and exciting findings have been published. However, only a few publications have directly compared nanostructures of various surface chemistries. The work herein directly compares the response of human osteoblast cells to surfaces of identical nanotube geometries with two well-known orthopedic biomaterials: titanium oxide (TiO2) and tantalum (Ta). The results reveal that the Ta surface chemistry on the nanotube architecture enhances alkaline phosphatase activity, and promotes a ~30% faster rate of matrix mineralization and bone-nodule formation when compared to results on bare TiO2 nanotubes. This study implies that unique combinations of surface chemistry and nanostructure may influence cell behavior due to distinctive physico-chemical properties. These findings are of paramount importance to the orthopedics field for understanding cell behavior in response to subtle alterations in nanostructure and surface chemistry, and will enable further insight into the complex manipulation of biomaterial surfaces. With increased focus in the field of orthopedic materials research on nanostructured surfaces, this study emphasizes the need for careful and systematic review of variations in surface chemistry in concurrence with nanotopographical changes. PMID:24582257

  20. Tantalum coating on TiO2 nanotubes induces superior rate of matrix mineralization and osteofunctionality in human osteoblasts

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    Frandsen, Christine J.; Brammer, Karla S.; Noh, Kunbae; Johnston, Gary; Jin, Sungho

    2014-01-01

    Nanostructured surface geometries have been the focus of a multitude of recent biomaterials research, and exciting findings have been published. However, only a few publications have directly compared nanostructures of various surface chemistries. The work herein directly compares the response of human osteoblast cells to surfaces of identical nanotube geometries with two well-known orthopedic biomaterials: titanium oxide (TiO2) and tantalum (Ta). The results reveal that the Ta surface chemistry on the nanotube architecture enhances alkaline phosphatase activity, and promotes a ~30% faster rate of matrix mineralization and bone-nodule formation when compared to results on bare TiO2 nanotubes. This study implies that unique combinations of surface chemistry and nanostructure may influence cell behavior due to distinctive physico-chemical properties. These findings are of paramount importance to the orthopedics field for understanding cell behavior in response to subtle alterations in nanostructure and surface chemistry, and will enable further insight into the complex manipulation of biomaterial surfaces. With increased focus in the field of orthopedic materials research on nanostructured surfaces, this study emphasizes the need for careful and systematic review of variations in surface chemistry in concurrence with nanotopographical changes. PMID:24582257

  1. Dual effects and mechanism of TiO2 nanotube arrays in reducing bacterial colonization and enhancing C3H10T1/2 cell adhesion

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    Peng, Zhaoxiang; Ni, Jiahua; Zheng, Kang; Shen, Yandong; Wang, Xiaoqing; He, Guo; Jin, Sungho; Tang, Tingting

    2013-01-01

    Competition occurs between the osteoblasts in regional microenvironments and pathogens introduced during surgery, on the surface of bone implants, such as joint prostheses. The aim of this study was to modulate bacterial and osteoblast adhesion on implant surfaces by using a nanotube array. Titanium oxide (TiO2) nanotube arrays, 30 nm or 80 nm in diameter, were prepared by a two-step anodization on titanium substrates. Mechanically polished and acid-etched titanium samples were also prepared to serve as control groups. The standard strains of Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis, American Type Culture Collection [ATCC]35984) and mouse C3H10T1/2 cell lines with osteogenic potential were used to evaluate the different responses to the nanotube arrays, in bacteria and eukaryotic cells. We found that the initial adhesion and colonization of S. epidermidis on the surface of the TiO2 nanotube arrays were significantly reduced and that the adhesion of C3H10T1/2 cells on the surface of the TiO2 nanotube arrays was significantly enhanced when compared with the control samples. Based on a surface analysis of all four groups, we observed increased surface roughness, decreased water contact angles, and an enhanced concentration of oxygen and fluorine atoms on the TiO2 nanotube surface. We conclude that the TiO2 nanotube surface can reduce bacterial colonization and enhance C3H10T1/2 cell adhesion; multiple physical and chemical properties of the TiO2 nanotube surface may contribute to these dual effects. PMID:23983463

  2. Effects of the large distribution of CdS quantum dot sizes on the charge transfer interactions into TiO2 nanotubes for photocatalytic hydrogen generation.

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    González-Moya, Johan R; Garcia-Basabe, Yunier; Rocco, Maria Luiza M; Pereira, Marcelo B; Princival, Jefferson L; Almeida, Luciano C; Araújo, Carlos M; David, Denis G F; da Silva, Antonio Ferreira; Machado, Giovanna

    2016-07-15

    Hydrogen fuels generated by water splitting using a photocatalyst and solar irradiation are currently gaining the strength to diversify the world energy matrix in a green way. CdS quantum dots have revealed a hydrogen generation improvement when added to TiO2 materials under visible-light irradiation. In the present paper, we investigated the performance of TiO2 nanotubes coupled with CdS quantum dots, by a molecular bifunctional linker, on photocatalytic hydrogen generation. TiO2 nanotubes were obtained by anodization of Ti foil, followed by annealing to crystallize the nanotubes into the anatase phase. Afterwards, the samples were sensitized with CdS quantum dots via an in situ hydrothermal route using 3-mercaptopropionic acid as the capping agent. This sensitization technique permits high loading and uniform distribution of CdS quantum dots onto TiO2 nanotubes. The XPS depth profile showed that CdS concentration remains almost unchanged (homogeneous), while the concentration relative to the sulfate anion decreases by more than 80% with respect to the initial value after ∼100 nm in depth. The presence of sulfate anions is due to the oxidation of sulfide and occurs in greater proportion in the material surface. This protection for air oxidation inside the nanotubular matrix seemingly protected the CdS for photocorrosion in sacrificial solution leading to good stability properties proved by long duration, stable photocurrent measurements. The effect of the size and the distribution of sizes of CdS quantum dots attached to TiO2 nanotubes on the photocatalytic hydrogen generation were investigated. The experimental results showed three different behaviors when the reaction time of CdS synthesis was increased in the sensitized samples, i.e. similar, deactivation and activation effects on the hydrogen production with regard to TiO2 nanotubes. The deactivation effect was related to two populations of sizes of CdS, where the population with a shorter band gap acts as a

  3. Effects of the large distribution of CdS quantum dot sizes on the charge transfer interactions into TiO2 nanotubes for photocatalytic hydrogen generation

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    González-Moya, Johan R.; Garcia-Basabe, Yunier; Rocco, Maria Luiza M.; Pereira, Marcelo B.; Princival, Jefferson L.; Almeida, Luciano C.; Araújo, Carlos M.; David, Denis G. F.; Ferreira da Silva, Antonio; Machado, Giovanna

    2016-07-01

    Hydrogen fuels generated by water splitting using a photocatalyst and solar irradiation are currently gaining the strength to diversify the world energy matrix in a green way. CdS quantum dots have revealed a hydrogen generation improvement when added to TiO2 materials under visible-light irradiation. In the present paper, we investigated the performance of TiO2 nanotubes coupled with CdS quantum dots, by a molecular bifunctional linker, on photocatalytic hydrogen generation. TiO2 nanotubes were obtained by anodization of Ti foil, followed by annealing to crystallize the nanotubes into the anatase phase. Afterwards, the samples were sensitized with CdS quantum dots via an in situ hydrothermal route using 3-mercaptopropionic acid as the capping agent. This sensitization technique permits high loading and uniform distribution of CdS quantum dots onto TiO2 nanotubes. The XPS depth profile showed that CdS concentration remains almost unchanged (homogeneous), while the concentration relative to the sulfate anion decreases by more than 80% with respect to the initial value after ∼100 nm in depth. The presence of sulfate anions is due to the oxidation of sulfide and occurs in greater proportion in the material surface. This protection for air oxidation inside the nanotubular matrix seemingly protected the CdS for photocorrosion in sacrificial solution leading to good stability properties proved by long duration, stable photocurrent measurements. The effect of the size and the distribution of sizes of CdS quantum dots attached to TiO2 nanotubes on the photocatalytic hydrogen generation were investigated. The experimental results showed three different behaviors when the reaction time of CdS synthesis was increased in the sensitized samples, i.e. similar, deactivation and activation effects on the hydrogen production with regard to TiO2 nanotubes. The deactivation effect was related to two populations of sizes of CdS, where the population with a shorter band gap acts as a

  4. Fluorescent Carbon Quantum Dots Incorporated into Dye-Sensitized TiO2 Photoanodes with Dual Contributions.

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    Shi, Yan; Na, Yong; Su, Ting; Li, Liang; Yu, Jia; Fan, Ruiqing; Yang, Yulin

    2016-06-22

    Fluorescent carbon quantum dots (CQDs) were prepared through bottom-up synthesis, which possess excitation wavelength-dependent photoluminescence properties upon excitation by near visible light. For the first time, CQDs were incorporated into N719-sensitized TiO2 photoelectrodes as the electron-transport medium, presenting dual contributions to the photo-to-electrical energy conversion: 1) spectral response compensation for the dye-sensitized TiO2 film at around 400 nm was successfully observed in the incident photon-to-current conversion measurements; and 2) intensity modulated photocurrent/photovoltage spectroscopy showed that the electron transport time, charge collection efficiency, and electron diffusion length in the TiO2 electrode were all improved after CQDs incorporation. An example of using the CQDs- containing photoanode in a solar cell device resulted in enhancements of 32 % and 21 % for the short-circuit current density and photo-to-electrical conversion efficiency, respectively. PMID:27218888

  5. Fabrication and performance evaluation of hybrid supercapacitor electrodes based on carbon nanotubes and sputtered TiO2.

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    Aravinda, L S; Nagaraja, K K; Nagaraja, H S; Bhat, K Udaya; Bhat, B Ramachandra

    2016-08-01

    We report a simple and eco-friendly method for the fabrication of a titanium dioxide/functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotube (TiO2/FMWCNT) composite electrode for use in supercapacitors. The nanocomposite electrodes were formed by depositing titanium dioxide onto FMWCNTs using reactive magnetron sputtering, thus providing a green roue for the formation of the binder-free composite electrode. It is shown that the electrochemical performance of the fabricated electrodes can be altered by tuning the thickness of the titanium dioxide overlayer. The integrated nanocomposite electrode showed an improved specific capacitance of 90 Fg(-1) in two-electrode configuration. PMID:27334299

  6. Fabrication and performance evaluation of hybrid supercapacitor electrodes based on carbon nanotubes and sputtered TiO2

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    Aravinda, L. S.; Nagaraja, K. K.; Nagaraja, H. S.; Udaya Bhat, K.; Ramachandra Bhat, B.

    2016-08-01

    We report a simple and eco-friendly method for the fabrication of a titanium dioxide/functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotube (TiO2/FMWCNT) composite electrode for use in supercapacitors. The nanocomposite electrodes were formed by depositing titanium dioxide onto FMWCNTs using reactive magnetron sputtering, thus providing a green roue for the formation of the binder-free composite electrode. It is shown that the electrochemical performance of the fabricated electrodes can be altered by tuning the thickness of the titanium dioxide overlayer. The integrated nanocomposite electrode showed an improved specific capacitance of 90 Fg‑1 in two-electrode configuration.

  7. Formation of TiO2 nanotube arrays in KOH added fluoride-ethylene glycol (EG) electrolyte and its photoelectrochemical response

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    Nyein, Nyein; Lockman, Zainovia; Matsuda, Astunori; Kawamura, Go; Tan, Wai Kian; Oo, Than Zaw

    2016-07-01

    In this study, highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays were prepared by anodic oxidation of titanium foil in fluoride -EG electrolyte containing a small amount of potassium hydroxide, KOH at 60 V for 30 min. This electrolyte resulted in the formation of long nanotubes with an average length of 10 µm and diameter of 170 nm. For comparison, TiO2 nanotubes anodized in H2O added EG electrolyte which produces short nanotubes with an average tube length of 5 µm and diameter of 170 nm. It appears that the addition of KOH into the fluoride EG electrolyte accelerated the formation of the TiO2 nanotubes as it is believed that the chemical dissolution at the tips of the nanotubes is suppressed. Highly ordered TiO2 nanotubes anodized in KOH added EG electrolyte exhibited the photocurrent density of 2 mA/cm2, which is significantly higher than H2O added sample (1.5 mA/cm2).

  8. Enhanced efficiencies in thin and semi-transparent dye-sensitized solar cells under low photon flux conditions using TiO2 nanotube photonic crystal

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    Xie, Keyu; Guo, Min; Liu, Xiaolin; Huang, Haitao

    2015-10-01

    The photovoltaic output of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) are greatly dependent on the amount of absorbed photons, which is limited by the thickness of active layer of DSSCs and the illumination conditions. To improve the cell performance under low irradiance condition, a photoanode was designed by attaching a TiO2 nanotube photonic crystal (NTPC) onto the thin TiO2 nanoparticle (NP) layer for applications in thin and semi-transparent DSSCs. It is found that the introduction of the TiO2 NTPC significantly increases the light harvesting and hence the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the respective DSSCs. The TiO2 NTPC provides multi-functionalities, such as Bragg reflection, light scatting and additional light harvesting from its nanotube structure, leading to more significant light harvesting enhancement in these thin and semi-transparent DSSCs. Compared with the single-layer TiO2 NP based reference DSSCs, the above-mentioned synergic effects in a cell incoporated with a ∼2.3-μm-thick TiO2 NTPC yield PCE enhancements up to 99.1% and 130%, under 1 and 0.5 Sun conditions, respectively. Meanwhile, an obvious compensation effect of TiO2 NTPC to reduce the output power drop of these cells under tilted incient light is also demonstrated. The work will boost the practical applications of PC in irradiance sensitive devices.

  9. High electrocatalytic activity of Pt-Pd binary spherocrystals chemically assembled in vertically aligned TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Lei, Yanzhu; Zhao, Guohua; Tong, Xili; Liu, Meichuan; Li, Dongming; Geng, Rong

    2010-01-18

    To obtain noble metal catalysts with high efficiency, long-term stability, and poison resistance, Pt and Pd are assembled in highly ordered and vertically aligned TiO(2) nanotubes (NTs) by means of the pulsed-current deposition (PCD) method with assistance of ultrasonication (UC). Here, Pd serves as a dispersant which prevents agglomeration of Pt. Thus Pt-Pd binary catalysts are embed into TiO(2) NTs array under UC in sunken patterns of composite spherocrystals (Sps). Owing to this synthesis method and restriction by the NTs, the these catalysts show improved dispersion, more catalytically active sites, and higher surface area. This nanotubular metallic support material with good physical and chemical stability prevents catalyst loss and poisoning. Compared with monometallic Pt and Pd, the sunken-structured Pt-Pd spherocrystal catalyst exhibits better catalytic activity and poison resistance in electrocatalytic methanol oxidation because of its excellent dispersion. The catalytic current density is enhanced by about 15 and 310 times relative to monometallic Pt and Pd, respectively. The poison resistance of the Pt-Pd catalyst was 1.5 times higher than that of Pt and Pd, and they show high electrochemical stability with a stable current enduring for more than 2100 s. Thus, the TiO(2) NTs on a Ti substrate serve as an excellent support material for the loading and dispersion of noble metal catalysts. PMID:19924757

  10. Carbon-Decorated TiO2 Nanotube Membranes: A Renewable Nanofilter for Charge-Selective Enrichment of Proteins.

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    Xu, Jingwen; Yang, Lingling; Han, Yuyao; Wang, Yongmei; Zhou, Xuemei; Gao, Zhida; Song, Yan-Yan; Schmuki, Patrik

    2016-08-31

    In this work, we design a TiO2 nanomembrane (TiNM) that can be used as a nanofilter platform for selective enrichment of specific proteins. After a first use, the photocatalytic properties of TiO2 allow the decomposition of unwanted remnants on the substrate and thus make the platform reusable. To construct this platform, we fabricate a free-standing TiO2 nanotube array and remove the bottom oxide to form a both-end-open TiNM. By pyrolysis of the natural tube wall contamination, the walls become decorated with graphitic carbon patches (C/TiNM). Owing to the large surface area, the amphiphilic nature and the charge-adjustable character, this C/TiNM can be used to extract and enrich hydrophobic charged biomolecules. Using human serum albumin (HSA) as a model protein as well as protein mixtures, we show that the composite membrane exhibits a highly enhanced loading capacity and protein selectivity and is reusable after a short UV treatment. PMID:27509326

  11. Spectroscopic studies of porphyrin functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes and their interaction with TiO2 nanoparticles surface

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    Zannotti, Marco; Giovannetti, Rita; D'Amato, Chiara Anna; Rommozzi, Elena

    2016-01-01

    UV-vis and fluorescence investigations about the non-covalent interaction, in ethanolic solutions, of multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT) with Coproporphyrin-I, and its Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes (MCPIs) have been reported. Evidence of binding between MWCNTs and porphyrins was discovered from spectral adsorption decrease with respect to free porphyrins and by the exhibition of photoluminescence quenching with respect to free porphyrins demonstrating that MWCNT@MCPIs are potential donor-acceptor complexes. Equilibrium and kinetic aspects in the interactions with monolayer transparent TiO2 thin films with the obtained MWCNT@MCPIs are clarified showing their effective adsorption by porphyrin links on the TiO2 monolayer support, with respect to not only MWCNTs, according to the Langmuir model and with pseudo-first-order kinetics. Morphological description of the adsorption of MWCNT@MCPIs on TiO2 with scanning electron microscopy has been reported. The obtained experimental evidences describe therefore MWCNT@MCPIs as potential sensitizers in the DSSC (Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell) applications.

  12. Electrical, magnetic, and corrosion resistance properties of TiO2 nanotubes filled with NiFe2O4 quantum dots and Ni-Fe nanoalloy

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    Bahgat, Mohamed; Farghali, Ahmed A.; Moustafa, Ahmed F.; Khedr, Mohamed H.; Mohassab-Ahmed, Mohassab Y.

    2013-06-01

    This work was carried out as an integral part of a project aiming to improve the catalytic, electrical, magnetic, and mechanical properties of synthesized TiO2NTs filled with metal ferrites. TiO2 nanotubes in the anatase-phase (TiO2NTs) were prepared using a hydrothermal method followed by ion exchange and phase transformation. The obtained TiO2NTs were filled with NiFe2O4 quantum dots (QDs) and then reacted at 600 °C in a reducing atmosphere to produce TiO2NTs filled with Ni-Fe nanoalloy. The effect of the TiO2NTs' coating on the dissolution rate of Ni-Fe nanoalloy in 0.5 M HCl solution was monitored chemically using a weight-loss technique that was performed at different temperatures. The TiO2NTs' coating exhibited high protective performance and amazing corrosion resistance. The magnetic properties of the TiO2NTs filled with NiFe2O4 QDs and Ni-Fe nanoalloy compacts were analyzed by a vibrating sample magnetometer. The electrical conductivity-temperature dependence of anatase TiO2NTs, anatase TiO2NTs filled with NiFe2O4 quantum dots, anatase TiO2NTs filled with Ni-Fe nanoalloy, and NiFe2O4 was measured in the temperature range of 25-850 °C. The conductivity increased with temperature, indicating the semiconductor-like nature of the sample. During cooling, the conductivity retains values higher than that obtained during heating.

  13. Conveniently fabricated heterojunction ZnO/TiO2 electrodes using TiO2 nanotube arrays for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Liu, Rui; Yang, Wein-Duo; Qiang, Liang-Sheng; Liu, Hsin-Yi

    2012-12-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays with an inner average pore diameter of 83 nm and a length of 14 μm are grown on Ti foils by electrochemical anodization in ammonium fluoride-water-glycerol solution. ZnO is introduced into the TiO2 nanotube arrays by a convenient electrodeposition technique. ZnO/TiO2 nanocomposites supported on Ti substrate are used as the photo-anode electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The morphology, structure and electrochemical properties are investigated using field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-vis diffusion reflection spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and cyclic voltammetry measurements. It is found that ZnO have been embedded in the TiO2 nanotube arrays, and changed some photoelectric properties. The conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells is more than doubled, compared with that of bare TiO2 nanotube arrays with deposited 60 min. This improvement comes from the synergetic effect between ZnO and TiO2, which increases dye absorption, electron transport and electron lifetime.

  14. TiO2 Nanotubes/MWCNTs Nanocomposite Photocatalysts: Synthesis, Characterization and Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution Under UV-Vis Light Illumination

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    Li, Hao-Peng; Zhang, Xiao-Yan; Cui, Xiao-Li; Lin, Yuehe

    2012-03-01

    Nanocomposite of TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2NTs) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) has been synthesized by a hydrothermal method and firstly used in photocatalytic hydrogen production. The obtained TiO2 NTs/MWCNTs composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectrum and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The experimental results revealed that the MWCNTs were decorated with well dispersed anatase TiO2 nanotubes with a diameter of 8-15 nm. A slight blue shift and weak symmetry was observed for the strongest Raman peak which resulted from strain gradients originating from interface integration between TiO2 nanotubes and MWCNTs. The photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared samples was evaluated by hydrogen evolution from water splitting using Na2S and Na2SO3 as sacrificial reagents under UV-vis light irradiation. Enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with P25 has been observed for the resulted samples. The nanocomposite with optimized MWCNTs content of 1% displayed a hydrogen production rate of 161 u mol/h/g. Good photocatalytic stability of the as-synthesized samples was observed as well.

  15. Graphitic C3 N4 -Sensitized TiO2 Nanotube Layers: A Visible-Light Activated Efficient Metal-Free Antimicrobial Platform.

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    Xu, Jingwen; Li, Yan; Zhou, Xuemei; Li, Yuzhen; Gao, Zhi-Da; Song, Yan-Yan; Schmuki, Patrik

    2016-03-14

    Herein, we use a facile procedure to graft a thin graphitic C3N4 (g-C3N4) layer on aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiNT) by a one-step chemical vapor deposition (CVD) approach. This provides a platform to enhance the visible-light response of TiO2 nanotubes for antimicrobial applications. The formed g-C3N4/TiNT binary nanocomposite exhibits excellent bactericidal efficiency against Escherichia coli (E. coli) as a visible-light activated antibacterial coating, without the use of additional bactericides. PMID:26789421

  16. Double-layer electrode based on TiO2 nanotubes arrays for enhancing photovoltaic properties in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    He, Zuoli; Que, Wenxiu; Sun, Peng; Ren, Jiangbo

    2013-12-26

    The present work reports a rapid and facile method to fabricate a novel double-layer TiO2 photoanode, which is based on highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays and monodispersive scattering microspheres. This double-layer TiO2 sphere/TNTA photoanode have got many unique structural and optical properties from TiO2 scattering microspheres, such as high specific surface area, multiple interparticle scattering, and efficient light-harvesting. Results indicate that this as-fabricated double-layer TiO2 sphere/TNTA front-illumination dye-sensitized solar cell, which is fabricated from the TiO2 nanotube arrays with a 17.4 μm length after TiCl4 treatment, exhibits a pronounced power conversion efficiency of 7.24% under an AM1.5 G irradiation, which can be attributed to the increased incident photon-to-current conversion and light-harvesting efficiency. PMID:24304127

  17. Helical TiO2 Nanotube Arrays Modified by Cu-Cu2O with Ultrahigh Sensitivity for the Nonenzymatic Electro-oxidation of Glucose.

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    Yang, Qian; Long, Mei; Tan, Lin; Zhang, Yi; Ouyang, Jin; Liu, Ping; Tang, Aidong

    2015-06-17

    A novel Cu-Cu2O/TiO2/Ti electrode for the nonenzymatic electro-oxidation of glucose has been fabricated by secondary anodic oxidation combined with the electrodeposition method. It represents a new type of copper oxide-TiO2 complex nanostructure that demonstrates a new application. At the potential range from -1.0 to -1.6 V, Cu2+ was electrochemically reduced to Cu2O, accompanied by the simultaneous formation of Cu covering the top surface of the TiO2 nanotubes. The highest response current was obtained at the optimized fabrication conditions with a deposition charge of 1.5 C, a pH of 12, 4 mM CuSO4, and a deposition potential of -1.4 V. The results indicate that Cu2O helps to keep a broad linear range, and the incorporation of Cu nanoparticles improves the response current and sensitivity. The linearity between the response current and the glucose concentration was obtained in the range from 0.1 to 2.5 mM with a sensitivity of 4895 μA cm(-2) mM(-1). Such high sensitivity was attributed to the synergistic effect of the small Cu-Cu2O grain size and the large surface area of the helical TiO2 nanotube arrays as well as the fast electron transfer. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been successfully applied to explain the differences among different electrode interfaces and the change rule of nonenzymatic electro-oxidation properties. PMID:25970570

  18. Selective microwave sensors exploiting the interaction of analytes with trap states in TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Zarifi, M. H.; Farsinezhad, S.; Abdolrazzaghi, M.; Daneshmand, M.; Shankar, K.

    2016-03-01

    Sensing of molecular analytes by probing the effects of their interaction with microwaves is emerging as a cheap, compact, label-free and highly sensitive detection and quantification technique. Microstrip ring-type resonators are particularly favored for this purpose due to their planar sensing geometry, electromagnetic field enhancements in the coupling gap and compatibility with established printed circuit board manufacturing. However, the lack of selectivity in what is essentially a permittivity-sensing method is an impediment to wider adoption and implementation of this sensing platform. By placing a polycrystalline anatase-phase TiO2 nanotube membrane in the coupling gap of a microwave resonator, we engineer selectivity for the detection and differentiation of methanol, ethanol and 2-propanol. The scavenging of reactive trapped holes by aliphatic alcohols adsorbed on TiO2 is responsible for the alcohol-specific detection while the different short chain alcohols are distinguished on the basis of differences in their microwave response. Electrodeless microwave sensors which allow spectral and time-dependent monitoring of the resonance frequency and quality factor provide a wealth of information in comparison with electrode-based resistive sensors for the detection of volatile organic compounds. A high dynamic range (400 ppm-10 000 ppm) is demonstrated for methanol detection.Sensing of molecular analytes by probing the effects of their interaction with microwaves is emerging as a cheap, compact, label-free and highly sensitive detection and quantification technique. Microstrip ring-type resonators are particularly favored for this purpose due to their planar sensing geometry, electromagnetic field enhancements in the coupling gap and compatibility with established printed circuit board manufacturing. However, the lack of selectivity in what is essentially a permittivity-sensing method is an impediment to wider adoption and implementation of this sensing platform

  19. Enhanced osteogenic activity and anti-inflammatory properties of Lenti-BMP-2-loaded TiO2 nanotube layers fabricated by lyophilization following trehalose addition

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    Zhang, Xiaochen; Zhang, Zhiyuan; Shen, Gang; Zhao, Jun

    2016-01-01

    To enhance biocompatibility and osseointegration between titanium implants and surrounding bone tissue, numerous efforts have been made to modify the surface topography and composition of Ti implants. In this paper, Lenti-BMP-2-loaded TiO2 nanotube coatings were fabricated by lyophilization in the presence of trehalose to functionalize the surface. We characterized TiO2 nanotube layers in terms of the following: surface morphology; Lenti-BMP-2 and trehalose release; their ability to induce osteogenesis, proliferation, and anti-inflammation in vitro; and osseointegration in vivo. The anodized TiO2 nanotube surfaces exhibited an amorphous glassy matrix perpendicular to the Ti surface. Both Lenti-BMP-2 and trehalose showed sustained release over the course of 8 days. Results from real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction studies demonstrated that lyophilized Lenti-BMP-2/TiO2 nanotubes constructed with trehalose (Lyo-Tre-Lenti-BMP-2) significantly promoted osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells but not their proliferation. In addition, Lyo-Tre-Lenti-BMP-2 nanotubes effectively inhibited lipopolysaccharide-induced interleukin-1β and tumor necrosis factor-α production. In vivo, the formulation also promoted osseointegration. This study presents a promising new method for surface-modifying biomedical Ti-based implants to simultaneously enhance their osteogenic potential and anti-inflammatory properties, which can better satisfy clinical needs. PMID:26869786

  20. Application of highly-ordered TiO2 nanotube-arrays in heterojunction dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Paulose, Maggie; Shankar, Karthik; Varghese, Oomman K.; Mor, Gopal K.; Grimes, Craig A.

    2006-06-01

    Highly-ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays are made by potentiostatic anodization of a titanium film in a fluoride containing electrolyte. Here we describe the application of this unique material architecture in both front-side and back-side illuminated dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The back-side illuminated solar cells are based on the use of 6.2 µm long (110 nm pore diameter, 20 nm wall thickness) highly-ordered nanotube-array films made by anodization of a 250 µm thick Ti foil in a KF electrolyte. Front-side illuminated solar cells use a negative electrode composed of optically transparent nanotube arrays, approximately 3600 nm in length (46 nm pore diameter, 17 nm wall thickness), grown on a fluorine doped tin oxide coated glass substrate by anodic oxidation of a previously deposited RF-sputtered titanium thin film in a HF electrolyte. After crystallization by oxygen annealling the nanotube-arrays are treated with TiCl4 to enhance photocurrent amplitudes. The arrays are then sensitized by a self-assembled monolayer of bis(tetrabutylammonium)-cis-(dithiocyanato)-N, N'- bis(4-carboxylato-4'-carboxylic acid-2, 2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(II) (commonly called 'N719'). Superior photoresponse is obtained using acetonitrile as the dye solvent. Voltage decay measurements indicate that the highly-ordered TiO2 nanotube-arrays, in comparison with nanoparticulate systems, provide excellent pathways for electron percolation with superior electron lifetimes. The front-side illuminated DSSCs, show a typical AM 1.5 photocurrent of 10.3 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage of 0.84 V, 0.54 fill factor, and 4.7% efficiency although the transparent nanotube-array negative electrode is only 360 nm thick. The back-side illuminated DSSCs show an AM 1.5 short-circuit current density of 10.6 mA cm-2, 0.82 V open circuit potential and a 0.51 fill factor yielding a solar conversion efficiency of 4.4%.

  1. TiO2 quantum dots embedded in bamboo-like porous carbon nanotubes as ultra high power and long life anodes for lithium ion batteries

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    Tang, Yakun; Liu, Lang; Wang, Xingchao; Jia, Dianzeng; Xia, Wei; Zhao, Zongbin; Qiu, Jieshan

    2016-07-01

    TiO2 quantum dots embedded in bamboo-like porous carbon nanotubes have been constructed through the pyrolysis of sulfonated polymer nanotubes and TiO2 hybrids. The TiO2 quantum dots are formed during the pyrolysis, due to the space confinement within the highly cross-linked copolymer networks. The sulfonation degree of the polymer nanotubes is a critical factor to ensure the formation of the unique interpenetrating structure. The nanocomposites exhibit high reversible capacity of 523 mAh g-1 at 100 mA g-1 after 200 cycles, excellent rate capability and superior long-term cycling stability at high current density, which could attain a high discharge capacity of 189 mAh g-1 at 2000 mA g-1 for up to 2000 cycles. The enhanced electrochemical performance of the nanocomposites benefit from the uniform distribution of TiO2 quantum dots, high electronic conductivity of porous carbons and unique interpenetrating structure, which simultaneously solved the major problems of TiO2 anode facing the pulverization, loss of electrical contact and particle aggregation.

  2. In situ plasmonic Ag nanoparticle anchored TiO2 nanotube arrays as visible-light-driven photocatalysts for enhanced water splitting.

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    Ge, Ming-Zheng; Cao, Chun-Yan; Li, Shu-Hui; Tang, Yu-Xin; Wang, Lu-Ning; Qi, Ning; Huang, Jian-Ying; Zhang, Ke-Qin; Al-Deyab, S S; Lai, Yue-Kun

    2016-03-01

    An ultrasonication-assisted in situ deposition strategy was utilised to uniformly decorate plasmonic Ag nanoparticles on vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) to construct a Ag@TiO2 NTA composite. The Ag nanoparticles act as efficient surface plasmon resonance (SPR) photosensitizers to drive photocatalytic water splitting under visible light irradiation. The Ag nanoparticles were uniformly deposited on the surface and inside the highly oriented TiO2 nanotubes. The visible-light-driven hydrogen production activities of silver nanoparticle anchored TiO2 nanotube array photocatalysts were evaluated using methanol as a sacrificial reagent in water under a 500 W Xe lamp with a UV light cutoff filter (λ ≥ 420 nm). It was found that the hydrogen production rate of the Ag@TiO2 NTAs prepared with ultrasonication-assisted deposition for 5 min was approximately 15 times higher than that of its pristine TiO2 NTAs counterpart. The highly efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution is attributed to the SPR effect of Ag for enhanced visible light absorption and boosting the photogenerated electron-hole separation/transfer. This strategy is promising for the design and construction of high efficiency TiO2 based photocatalysts for solar energy conversion. PMID:26878901

  3. Bifunctional 4MBA mediated recyclable SERS-based immunoassay induced by photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Wang, Xiaolong; Zhou, Lu; Lai, Wei; Jiang, Tao; Zhou, Jun

    2016-09-14

    We first report here a novel recyclable surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)-based immunoassay via the photocatalytic ability of anatase titania nanotube (TiO2-NT) arrays. In this immunoassay, an immune probe was realized by immobilizing anti-CA19-9 onto Ag@SiO2@Ag three core-shell nanoparticles (TCSNPs), which showed a much higher SERS activity than bare Ag NPs with an enhancement ratio of 1.75. Then, the vertically oriented TiO2-NT immune substrate was synthesized by ultra-fast anodic oxidation of flexible titanium foils and functionalised with 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4MBA) molecules to link them with anti-CA19-9. The immunoassay using the above immune probe and the substrate exhibited a wide linear range from 1000 to 0.5 U mL(-1) and a low detection limit of 0.5 U mL(-1) for CA19-9 due to the excellent SERS performance of Ag@SiO2@Ag TCSNPs. More importantly, the linkage between TiO2-NTs and 4MBA was destroyed by catalyzing 4MBA into 4-sulfobenzoate upon UV irradiation in O2-saturated water. The target antigen and the immune probe were simultaneously removed leading to a recyclable immunoassay and a detection limit of 5 U mL(-1) was achieved after six cycles. The simplicity and versatility of this strategy may bridge the technology gap between academia and practical detection, which makes it promising for clinical SERS-based immunoassay. PMID:27523026

  4. Morphology and crystallinity control of ultrathin TiO2 layers deposited on carbon nanotubes by temperature-step atomic layer deposition

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    Guerra-Nuñez, Carlos; Zhang, Yucheng; Li, Meng; Chawla, Vipin; Erni, Rolf; Michler, Johann; Park, Hyung Gyu; Utke, Ivo

    2015-06-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) coated with titanium oxide (TiO2) have generated considerable interest over the last decade and become a promising nanomaterial for a wide range of energy applications. The efficient use of the outstanding electrical properties of this nanostructure relies heavily on the quality of the interface and the thickness and morphology of the TiO2 layer. However, complete surface coverage of the chemically inert CNTs and appropriate control of the morphology of the TiO2 layer have not been achieved so far. Here, we report a new strategy to obtain ultrathin TiO2 coatings deposited by ``Temperature-step'' Atomic Layer Deposition (TS-ALD) with complete surface coverage of non-functionalized multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and controlled morphology and crystallinity of the TiO2 film. This strategy consists of adjusting the temperature during the ALD deposition to obtain the desired morphology. Complete coverage of long non-functionalized MWCNTs with conformal anatase layers was obtained by using a low temperature of 60 °C during the nucleation stage followed by an increase to 220 °C during the growth stage. This resulted in a continuous and amorphous TiO2 layer, covered with a conformal anatase coating. Starting with the deposition at 220 °C and reducing to 60 °C resulted in sporadic crystal grains at the CNT/TiO2 interface covered with an amorphous TiO2 layer. The results were accomplished through an extensive study of nucleation and growth of titanium oxide films on MWCNTs, of which a detailed characterization is presented in this work.Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) coated with titanium oxide (TiO2) have generated considerable interest over the last decade and become a promising nanomaterial for a wide range of energy applications. The efficient use of the outstanding electrical properties of this nanostructure relies heavily on the quality of the interface and the thickness and morphology of the TiO2 layer. However, complete surface coverage of the

  5. TiO2 Nanotubes with Open Channels as Deactivation-Resistant Photocatalyst for the Degradation of Volatile Organic Compounds.

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    Weon, Seunghyun; Choi, Wonyong

    2016-03-01

    We synthesized ordered TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) and compared their photocatalytic activity with that of TiO2 nanoparticles (TNP) film during the repeated cycles of photocatalytic degradation of gaseous toluene and acetaldehyde to test the durability of TNT as an air-purifying photocatalyst. The photocatalytic activity of TNT showed only moderate reduction after the five cycles of toluene degradation, whereas TNP underwent rapid deactivation as the photocatalysis cycles were repeated. Dynamic SIMS analysis showed that carbonaceous deposits were formed on the surface of TNP during the photocatalytic degradation of toluene, which implies that the photocatalyst deactivation should be ascribed to the accumulation of recalcitrant degradation intermediates (carbonaceous residues). In more oxidizing atmosphere (100% O2 under which less carbonaceous residues should form), the photocatalytic activity of TNP still decreased with repeating cycles of toluene degradation, whereas TNT showed no sign of deactivation. Because TNT has a highly ordered open channel structure, O2 molecules can be more easily supplied to the active sites with less mass transfer limitation, which subsequently hinders the accumulation of carbonaceous residues on TNT surface. Contrary to the case of toluene degradation, both TNT and TNP did not exhibit any significant deactivation during the photocatalytic degradation of acetaldehyde, because the generation of recalcitrant intermediates from acetaldehyde degradation is insignificant. The structural characteristics of TNT is highly advantageous in preventing the catalyst deactivation during the photocatalytic degradation of aromatic compounds. PMID:26854616

  6. The combination of rotating disk photocatalytic reactor and TiO2 nanotube arrays for environmental pollutants removal.

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    Zhang, Aiyong; Zhou, Minghua; Han, Lu; Zhou, Qixing

    2011-02-28

    A combined photocatalytic system on one single TiO(2)-nanotube (TNT)/Ti photocatalyst, which was indeed the functional combination of photon-efficient thin-film and conventional bulk-phase photocatalysis processes, was effectively developed in rotating disk photocatalytic reactor for environmental purification applications. The TNT/Ti rotating disk, of uniform size and well-aligned, was successfully prepared by direct anodic oxidation on a dominantly large surface area of 38 cm(2), compared to the typical 1 cm(2) in available literature. To estimate the potentials of combined photocatalytic system for environmental applications, the degradation of rhodamine B was carried out under the optimized conditions, a substrate removal efficiency of nearly 90% and a mineralization efficiency of 56% were observed for initial 20 mg/L solution after 3 h treatment. Compared with the combined photocatalytic system on TiO(2) nanoparticle disk, a significant improvement in substrate removal efficiency of about 25-40% was observed on TNT/Ti disk. It was confirmed that the main degradation of rhodamine B occurred on the upper half of TNT/Ti disk above the heavily colorized sample solution, which was attributed to the superior UV utilization efficiency and the resultant high interfacial photoactivity. PMID:21190795

  7. Fabrication and characterization of novel composite membranes composed of photonic crystals and TiO2 nanotube array films

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    Tang, Junjie; Zhu, Huili; Wang, Aijun; Chen, Sheng-Li; Yuan, Yao

    2016-05-01

    Novel composite membranes composed of photonic crystals (PCs) and TiO2 nanotube array (TNA) films have been fabricated by combining the room temperature floating self-assembly (RTFSA) method, recently developed by our research group, and the liquid-phase deposition technique. By applying this combined procedure, polystyrene (PS) opal PC/TNA and TiO2 inverse opal PC/TNA composite membranes were prepared. Scanning electron microscopy and ultraviolet/visible spectroscopy analyses showed that the membrane samples possessed very high crystalline quality. Notably, the ordered packing of the PS microspheres from the top to the bottom of the opal PC film was not affected by the surface roughness of the porous TNA substrate. This is attributed to the self-assembly mechanism of the colloidal particles, which produces a three-dimensional ordered structure in the RTFSA method. Herein, the crystallization of the colloidal particles occurred at the surface of the colloidal suspension, and the crystal growth proceeded downward from the surface of the suspension to the substrate.

  8. Selective microwave sensors exploiting the interaction of analytes with trap states in TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Zarifi, M H; Farsinezhad, S; Abdolrazzaghi, M; Daneshmand, M; Shankar, K

    2016-04-14

    Sensing of molecular analytes by probing the effects of their interaction with microwaves is emerging as a cheap, compact, label-free and highly sensitive detection and quantification technique. Microstrip ring-type resonators are particularly favored for this purpose due to their planar sensing geometry, electromagnetic field enhancements in the coupling gap and compatibility with established printed circuit board manufacturing. However, the lack of selectivity in what is essentially a permittivity-sensing method is an impediment to wider adoption and implementation of this sensing platform. By placing a polycrystalline anatase-phase TiO2 nanotube membrane in the coupling gap of a microwave resonator, we engineer selectivity for the detection and differentiation of methanol, ethanol and 2-propanol. The scavenging of reactive trapped holes by aliphatic alcohols adsorbed on TiO2 is responsible for the alcohol-specific detection while the different short chain alcohols are distinguished on the basis of differences in their microwave response. Electrodeless microwave sensors which allow spectral and time-dependent monitoring of the resonance frequency and quality factor provide a wealth of information in comparison with electrode-based resistive sensors for the detection of volatile organic compounds. A high dynamic range (400 ppm-10,000 ppm) is demonstrated for methanol detection. PMID:26809385

  9. Photocatalytic oxidation of methyl orange in water phase by immobilized TiO2-carbon nanotube nanocomposite photocatalyst

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    Dong, Yinmao; Tang, Dongyan; Li, Chensha

    2014-03-01

    We developed an immobilized carbon nanotube (CNT)-titanium dioxide (TiO2) heterostructure material for the photocatalytic oxidation of methyl orange in aqueous phase. The catalyst material was prepared via sol-gel method using multi-walled CNTs grown on graphite substrate as carriers. The multi-walled CNTs were synthesized from thermal decomposing of hydrocarbon gas directly on thin graphite plate, forming immobilized 3-dimensional network of CNTs. The nanophase TiO2 was synthesized coating on CNTs to form "coral"-shaped nanocomposite 3-dimensional network on graphite substrate, thus bringing effective porous structure and high specific surface area, and possessing the merit of dispersive powder photocatalysts, which is the fully available surface area, while adapting the requirement for clean and convenient manipulation as an immobilized photocatalyst. Moreover, the CNT-TiO2 heterostructure reduced the electron-hole pair recombination rate and enhanced the photoabsorption and the adsorption ability, resulting in elevating the photocatalysis efficiency. These synergistic effects due to the hybrid nature of the materials and interphase interaction greatly improved the catalytic activity, and demonstrated superior photocatalytic performances. Our work can be a significant inspiration for developing hybrid nano-phase materials to realize sophisticated functions, and bear tremendous significance for the development and applications of semiconductor nano-materials.

  10. Self-assembly of palladium nanoparticles on functional TiO2 nanotubes for a nonenzymatic glucose sensor.

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    Chen, Xianlan; Li, Gang; Zhang, Guowei; Hou, Keyu; Pan, Haibo; Du, Min

    2016-05-01

    Polydiallyldimethylammonium chloride, PDDA, was used as a stabilizer and linker for functionalized TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2 NTs). Self-assembled process with palladium nanoparticles (NPs) was successfully synthesized and used for the oxidation of glucose on glassy carbon electrodes. Based on the voltammetric and amperometric results, Pd NPs efficiently catalyzed the oxidation of glucose at -0.05 V in the presence of 0.1 M NaCl and showed excellent resistance toward interference poisoning from such interfering species as ascorbic acid, uric acid and urea. To further increase sensitivity, the Pd NPs-PDDA-TiO2 NTs/GCE was electrochemically treated with H2SO4 and NaOH, the glucose oxidation current was magnified 2.5 times than that before pretreatments due to greatly enhancing the electron transport property of the sensor based on the increased defect sites and surface oxide species. In view of the physiological level of glucose, the wide linear concentration range of glucose (4×10(-7)-8×10(-4)M) with a detection limit of 8×10(-8)M (S/N=3) was obviously good enough for clinical application. PMID:26952430

  11. Photoelectrochemical aptasensor for the sensitive and selective detection of kanamycin based on Au nanoparticle functionalized self-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Xin, Yanmei; Li, Zhenzhen; Zhang, Zhonghai

    2015-11-01

    In this communication, a new photoelectrochemical aptasensor with Au nanoparticle functionalized self-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (Au/SD-TiO2 NTs) as the core sensing unit and aptamers as the recognition unit was set up to accomplish the sensitive and selective detection of kanamycin with the lowest detection limit of 0.1 nM. PMID:26382019

  12. Enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays with Al2O3 overcoating by atomic layer deposition.

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    Zeng, Min; Peng, Xiange; Liao, Jianjun; Wang, Guizhen; Li, Yanfang; Li, Jianbao; Qin, Yong; Wilson, Joshua; Song, Aimin; Lin, Shiwei

    2016-06-29

    While TiO2 nanotube arrays cosensitized with CdS and PbS quantum dots can achieve water splitting under visible light excitation, the use of quantum dots is limited by the relatively slow interfacial hole transfer rate and low internal quantum efficiencies in the visible region. Al2O3 overcoating by atomic layer deposition (ALD) can drastically enhance the photoelectrochemical performance of the quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays. 30 ALD cycles of the Al2O3 overlayer can achieve a good balance between surface coverage and charge transfer resistance. The resulting maximum photocurrent density of 5.19 mA cm(-2) under simulated solar illumination shows a 52 times improvement over the pure TiO2 nanotube arrays, and more significantly, a 60% enhancement over bare quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays. The incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency can reach the record value of 83% at 350 nm and remain above 30% up to 450 nm. A systematic examination of the role of the ALD Al2O3 overlayer indicates that surface recombination passivation, catalytic improvement in interfacial charge transfer kinetics, and chemical stabilization might synergistically enhance the photoelectrochemical performance in the visible region. These results provide a physical insight into the facile surface treatment, which could be applied to develop and optimize high-performance photoelectrodes for artificial photosynthesis. PMID:27138558

  13. Graphene-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays as an adsorbent in micro-solid phase extraction for determination of carbamate pesticides in water samples.

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    Zhou, Qingxiang; Fang, Zhi

    2015-04-15

    Graphene is a good adsorbent for organic pollutants, especially for compounds containing benzene rings. When used in TiO2 nanotube arrays for micro-solid phase extraction (μ-SPE), the combination of graphene's strong adsorptive properties with its good separation capabilities results in excellent sample preconcentration performance. In the present study, graphene-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays were prepared by electrodeposition using a cyclic voltammetric reduction method. Four carbamate pesticides, including metolcarb, carbaryl, isoprocarb, and diethofencarb, were used as model analytes to validate the enrichment properties of the prepared adsorbent in μ-SPE. Factors affecting the enrichment efficiency of the μ-SPE procedure were optimized and included sample pH, elution solvents, salting-out effect, adsorption time and desorption time. Under optimal conditions, graphene-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays exhibited excellent enrichment efficiency for carbamate pesticides. The detection limits of these carbamate pesticides ranged from 2.27 to 3.26 μg L(-1). The proposed method was validated using four environmental water samples, and yields of pesticides recovered from spiked test samples of the four analytes were in the range of 83.9-108.8%. These results indicate that graphene-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays exhibit good adsorption to the target pollutants, and the method described in this work could be used as a faster and easier alternative procedure for routine analysis of carbamate pesticides in real water samples. PMID:25818138

  14. Transfer and assembly of large area TiO2 nanotube arrays onto conductive glass for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Zhang, Jun; Li, Siqian; Ding, Hao; Li, Quantong; Wang, Baoyuan; Wang, Xina; Wang, Hao

    2014-02-01

    Highly ordered titanium oxide nanotube arrays are synthesized by a two-step anodic oxidation of pure titanium foil at constant voltage. It is found that the length of nanotube arrays firstly increased rapidly with the anodization time, and then the growth rate gradually slowed down with further increasing the anodization time. The mechanism of anodization time-dependent tube length growth is discussed. Large area free-standing TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays are detached from the underlying Ti foil and transferred onto the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) conductive glass substrates to serve as the photoanodes of the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The photoelectric performance of the DSSCs assembled by TNT/FTO films is strongly related to the tube length of titania and the surface treatment. For the photoanodes without any surface modification, the highest overall photovoltaic conversion efficiency (PCE) that can be achieved is 4.12% in the DSSC assembled with 33-μm-thick TNT arrays, while the overall PCE of DSSC based on the 33-μm-thick TNT arrays increases to 9.02% in response to the treatment with TiCl4.

  15. Surface nano-texturing of silicon by picosecond laser irradiation through TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Babu, K. E. Sarath Raghavendra; Duraiselvam, Muthukannan

    2015-10-01

    This article presents, nano-texturing of crystalline silicon by irradiating picosecond laser with variable spatial intensity, caused by optically non-linear TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTA). Along with micro-scale surface structure, highly ordered laser-induced periodic surface structures (LIPSS) was observed at nano-scale. The periodicity (Λ) of the LIPSS generated was near to the laser wavelength (532 nm). Surface morphology at micro-level was characterized by optical microscopy (OM) and white light interferometer (WLI) and at the nano-scale by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). The results highlight the potential use of TNTA as a single step process to produce micro/nanostructures without any gas/liquid medium under ambient condition.

  16. Towards efficient visible-light active photocatalysts: CdS/Au sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Nguyen, VanManh; Cai, Qingyun; Grimes, Craig A

    2016-12-01

    A visible-light active photocatalyst, CdS/Au/TiO2 nanotube array (NTA) photoelectrode, was prepared by electrodeposition of Au nanoparticles onto TiO2 NTA with subsequent deposition of visible-light absorbable 2.4eV band-gap CdS quantum dots using successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR). The Au nanoparticles here act as electron sinks facilitating charge carrier separation. Under AM1.5G illumination a photoconversion efficiency of 4.06% was achieved for the CdS/Au/TiO2 NTA photoelectrode, suggesting the promise of the material architecture for achieving high-performance cost-effective materials. PMID:27565960

  17. Alumina decorated TiO2 nanotubes with ordered mesoporous walls as high sensitivity NO(x) gas sensors at room temperature.

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    Lü, Renjiang; Zhou, Wei; Shi, Keying; Yang, Ying; Wang, Lei; Pan, Kai; Tian, Chungui; Ren, Zhiyu; Fu, Honggang

    2013-09-21

    Alumina (Al2O3) decorated anatase TiO2 nanotubes with ordered mesoporous pore walls (Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotubes) are successfully synthesized through vacuum pressure induction technology, and then combined with the thermal decomposition of a mesoporous TiO2 sol precursor, inside the cylindrical nanochannels of an anodic aluminium oxide (AAO) template. The decorated Al2O3 was formed by in situ deposition via direct reaction of the strong acid sol precursor and the nanochannel wall of the AAO template. The resultant Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotubes are characterized in detail by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption-desorption. The experimental results reveal that the Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotubes have a tubular structure with an average diameter of ∼200 nm and highly ordered mesopores in the tubular walls. The Al2O3 is distributed evenly on the anatase TiO2 nanotubes. Moreover, the Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotubes possess a large specific surface area (136 m(2) g(-1)) and narrow mesopore size distribution (∼10 nm). By using NO(x) as a probe molecule, the Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotube films exhibit better sensing performance than that of mesoporous TiO2 nanotubes, in terms of their high sensitivity, fast response-recovery time, and good stability in air at room temperature. The outstanding performance in the gas sensing ability of Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotubes is a result of their one-dimensional tubular and mesoporous nanostructures, advantageous for the adsorption and diffusion of NO(x) gas. In addition, the sensing response is greatly improved by virtue of the decorated Al2O3 on the surfaces of the TiO2 nanotubes, which acts as an energy barrier to suppress charge recombination. The structural properties of the Al2O3/meso-TiO2 nanotubes makes them a viable novel gas sensor material at room temperature. PMID:23892951

  18. Effects of anodization growth of TiO2-nanotube array membrane on photo-conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Park, Min-Woo; Chun, Ki-Young

    2009-03-01

    Membranes of TiO2 nanotube(NT) arrays were grown by potentiostatic anodic oxidation in an ethylene glycol electrolyte with small addition of H2O and NH4F. Ti metal plate with a thickness of 0.1 mm was completely converted into ≈0.2 mm-thick TiO2 NT membrane for 24 to 96 h of anodization. Stacked NTs in membrane were separated into individual NT from the neighboring NTs as anodization continues up to 96 h. As-fabricated membrane of NTs were mechanically grinded to yield fine NT particles for the photoanode application to dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), in replacement of conventional TiO2 particles. Photo-conversion efficiency of the DSC using TiO2 crystalline NT particles is varying from 2.22% to 5.03%. Fine TiO2 NT particles can increase dye attachment due to high surface to volume ratio.

  19. Photocatalysis-assisted water filtration: using TiO2-coated vertically aligned multi-walled carbon nanotube array for removal of Escherichia coli O157:H7.

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    Oza, Goldie; Pandey, Sunil; Gupta, Arvind; Shinde, Sachin; Mewada, Ashmi; Jagadale, Pravin; Sharon, Maheshwar; Sharon, Madhuri

    2013-10-01

    A porous ceramic was coated with vertically aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) by spray pyrolysis. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles were then coated onto this densely aligned MWCNT. The presence of TiO2/MWCNT interfacial arrays was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive analysis of X-ray (SEM-EDAX) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). This is a novel report in which water loaded with a most dreadful enterohemorrhagic pathogenic strain of Escherichia coli O157:H7 was filtered through TiO2/MWCNT coated porous ceramic filter and then analysed. Bacterial removal performance was found to be significantly lower in control i.e. plain porous ceramic (P<0.05) as compared to TiO2/MWCNT coated ceramic. The photocatalytic killing rate constant for TiO2-ceramic and MWCNT/TiO2-ceramic under fluorescent light was found be 1.45×10(-2) min(-1) and 2.23×10(-2) min(-1) respectively. Further, when I-V characteristics were performed for TiO2/MWCNT composite, it was corroborated that the current under light irradiation is comparatively higher than that in dark, thus proving it to be photocatalytically efficient system. The enhanced photocatalysis may be a contribution of increased surface area and charge transfer rate as a consequence of aligned MWCNT network. PMID:23910358

  20. Influence of TiO2 nanotube morphology and TiCl4 treatment on the charge transfer in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Lee, Sun Hong; Chae, Sang Youn; Hwang, Yun Jeong; Koo, Kee-Kahb; Joo, Oh-Shim

    2013-09-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated using TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs), and surface-modified NTAs with a TiCl4 treatment. The photovoltaic efficiencies of the DSSCs using TiO2 NP, NTA, and TiCl4-treated NTA electrodes are 4.25, 4.74, and 7.47 %, respectively. The highest performance was observed with a TiCl4-treated TiO2 NTA photoanode, although in the case of the latter two electrodes, the amounts of N719 dye adsorbed were similar and 68 % of that of the NP electrode. Electrochemical impedance measurements show that the overall resistance, including the charge-transfer resistance, was smaller with NTA morphologies than with NP morphologies. We suggest that a different electron transfer mechanism along the one-dimensional nanostructure of the TiO2 NTAs contributes to the smaller charge-transfer resistance, resulting in a higher short circuit current ( J sc), even at lower dye adsorption. Furthermore, the TiCl4-treated NTAs showed even smaller charge-transfer resistance, resulting in the highest J sc value, because the downward shift in the conduction band edge improves the electron injection efficiency from the excited dye into the TiCl4-treated TiO2 electrodes.

  1. In situ plasmonic Ag nanoparticle anchored TiO2 nanotube arrays as visible-light-driven photocatalysts for enhanced water splitting

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    Ge, Ming-Zheng; Cao, Chun-Yan; Li, Shu-Hui; Tang, Yu-Xin; Wang, Lu-Ning; Qi, Ning; Huang, Jian-Ying; Zhang, Ke-Qin; Al-Deyab, S. S.; Lai, Yue-Kun

    2016-02-01

    An ultrasonication-assisted in situ deposition strategy was utilised to uniformly decorate plasmonic Ag nanoparticles on vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) to construct a Ag@TiO2 NTA composite. The Ag nanoparticles act as efficient surface plasmon resonance (SPR) photosensitizers to drive photocatalytic water splitting under visible light irradiation. The Ag nanoparticles were uniformly deposited on the surface and inside the highly oriented TiO2 nanotubes. The visible-light-driven hydrogen production activities of silver nanoparticle anchored TiO2 nanotube array photocatalysts were evaluated using methanol as a sacrificial reagent in water under a 500 W Xe lamp with a UV light cutoff filter (λ >= 420 nm). It was found that the hydrogen production rate of the Ag@TiO2 NTAs prepared with ultrasonication-assisted deposition for 5 min was approximately 15 times higher than that of its pristine TiO2 NTAs counterpart. The highly efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution is attributed to the SPR effect of Ag for enhanced visible light absorption and boosting the photogenerated electron-hole separation/transfer. This strategy is promising for the design and construction of high efficiency TiO2 based photocatalysts for solar energy conversion.An ultrasonication-assisted in situ deposition strategy was utilised to uniformly decorate plasmonic Ag nanoparticles on vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) to construct a Ag@TiO2 NTA composite. The Ag nanoparticles act as efficient surface plasmon resonance (SPR) photosensitizers to drive photocatalytic water splitting under visible light irradiation. The Ag nanoparticles were uniformly deposited on the surface and inside the highly oriented TiO2 nanotubes. The visible-light-driven hydrogen production activities of silver nanoparticle anchored TiO2 nanotube array photocatalysts were evaluated using methanol as a sacrificial reagent in water under a 500 W Xe lamp with a UV light cutoff filter (λ >= 420 nm

  2. Electrochemically assisted photocatalytic degradation of 4-chlorophenol by ZnFe2O4-modified TiO2 nanotube array electrode under visible light irradiation.

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    Hou, Yang; Li, Xinyong; Zhao, Qidong; Quan, Xie; Chen, Guohua

    2010-07-01

    A well-aligned ZnFe(2)O(4)/TiO(2) composite nanotube array (ZnFe(2)O(4)/TiO(2)-NTs) electrode with visible-light activity was successfully prepared using a two-step electrochemical process of anodization and a novel cathodic electrodeposition method followed by annealing. The ZnFe(2)O(4) nanoparticles were highly dispersed inside the TiO(2)-NTs but minimized at the tube entrances. The structure and optical properties of the TiO(2) nanotubes and the derived composites have been well characterized. The composites displayed a strong photo response in the visible region and low recombination rate of the electron-hole pairs. In addition, the synthesized ZnFe(2)O(4)/TiO(2)-NTs electrode showed much higher photocurrent density in the visible region than pure TiO(2)-NTs electrode. The dramatically enhanced electrochemically assisted photocatalytic activity of the composite electrode was evaluated in the decomposition of 4-chlorophenol and dichloroacetate under visible light irradiation (420 nm < lambda < 600 nm). The improved photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activity is derived from the synergetic effect between ZnFe(2)O(4) and TiO(2), which promoted the migration efficiency of photogenerated carriers at the interface of the composite and enhanced the efficiency of photon harvesting in the visible region. The degradation of 4-chlorophenol was monitored by measuring Cl(-) concentrations and analyzing reaction intermediates by high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy (HPLC-MS). PMID:20527761

  3. Morphology and crystallinity control of ultrathin TiO2 layers deposited on carbon nanotubes by temperature-step atomic layer deposition.

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    Guerra-Nuñez, Carlos; Zhang, Yucheng; Li, Meng; Chawla, Vipin; Erni, Rolf; Michler, Johann; Park, Hyung Gyu; Utke, Ivo

    2015-06-28

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) coated with titanium oxide (TiO2) have generated considerable interest over the last decade and become a promising nanomaterial for a wide range of energy applications. The efficient use of the outstanding electrical properties of this nanostructure relies heavily on the quality of the interface and the thickness and morphology of the TiO2 layer. However, complete surface coverage of the chemically inert CNTs and appropriate control of the morphology of the TiO2 layer have not been achieved so far. Here, we report a new strategy to obtain ultrathin TiO2 coatings deposited by "Temperature-step" Atomic Layer Deposition (TS-ALD) with complete surface coverage of non-functionalized multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and controlled morphology and crystallinity of the TiO2 film. This strategy consists of adjusting the temperature during the ALD deposition to obtain the desired morphology. Complete coverage of long non-functionalized MWCNTs with conformal anatase layers was obtained by using a low temperature of 60 °C during the nucleation stage followed by an increase to 220 °C during the growth stage. This resulted in a continuous and amorphous TiO2 layer, covered with a conformal anatase coating. Starting with the deposition at 220 °C and reducing to 60 °C resulted in sporadic crystal grains at the CNT/TiO2 interface covered with an amorphous TiO2 layer. The results were accomplished through an extensive study of nucleation and growth of titanium oxide films on MWCNTs, of which a detailed characterization is presented in this work. PMID:26018433

  4. Influence of various sterilization procedures on TiO2 nanotubes used for biomedical devices.

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    Junkar, Ita; Kulkarni, Mukta; Drašler, Barbara; Rugelj, Neža; Mazare, Anca; Flašker, Ajda; Drobne, Damjana; Humpolíček, Petr; Resnik, Matic; Schmuki, Patrik; Mozetič, Miran; Iglič, Aleš

    2016-06-01

    Sterilization is the final surface treatment procedure of all implantable devices and is one of the key factors which have to be considered before implementation. Since different sterilization procedures for all implantable devices influence mechanical properties as well as biological response, the influence of different sterilization techniques on titanium nanotubes was studied. Commonly used sterilization techniques such as autoclaving, ultra-violet light sterilization, hydrogen peroxide plasma sterilization as well as the not so frequently used gaseous oxygen plasma sterilization were used. Three different nanotube diameters; 15nm, 50nm and 100nm were employed to study the effects of various sterilization techniques. It was observed that autoclave sterilization resulted in destruction of nanotubular features on all three studied nanotube diameters, while UV-light and both kinds of plasma sterilization did not cause any significant morphological changes on the surfaces. Differences between the sterilization techniques employed influenced cytocompatibility, especially in the case of nanotubes with 100nm diameter. PMID:26900885

  5. Bioactivity and osteogenic cell response of TiO2 nanotubes coupled with nanoscale calcium phosphate via ultrasonification-assisted electrochemical deposition

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    Chen, Jianyu; Zhang, Zhiguang; Ouyang, Jianglin; Chen, Xianshuai; Xu, Zhewu; Sun, Xuetong

    2014-06-01

    Ultrasonification-assisted electrochemical deposition was used to introduce nanoscale calcium phosphate (CaP) into well-ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTA) fabricated by anodic oxidation. Field emission scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and a drop-shape analysis system were used to investigate the morphology, constituent components and hydrophilicity of the nanostructured CaP/NTA surface. Bioactivity and osteogenic cell response were also characterized by hydroxyapatite (HA) formation tests, protein adsorption tests, and in vitro preosteoblast culture experiments. Abundant acicular nanoscale calcium phosphate was successfully deposited on the inner and outer walls of the nanotubes. After immersion in simulated body fluid, increased hydroxyapatite formation was apparent on the surface of TiO2 nanotubes coupled with nanoscale CaP when compared to simple nanotube structures and polished titanium. The CaP/NTA surface also adsorbed a greater amount of protein after being exposed to bovine serum albumin solution. During cell culture experiments, the preosteoblasts exhibited enhanced cellular adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation on the CaP/NTA surfaces. The results demonstrate that the introduction of nanoscale calcium phosphate into self-organized TiO2 nanotubes via a straightforward ultrasonification-assisted deposition technique enhances the bioactivity and osteogenic cell response, owing to the combined effects of the nanostructured surface topography, chemical composition, and hydrophilicity.

  6. Synthesis of LaVO4/TiO2 heterojunction nanotubes by sol-gel coupled with hydrothermal method for photocatalytic air purification.

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    Zou, Xuejun; Li, Xinyong; Zhao, Qidong; Liu, Shaomin

    2012-10-01

    With the aim of improving the effective utilization of visible light, the LaVO(4)/TiO(2) heterojunction nanotubes were fabricated by sol-gel coupled with hydrothermal method. The photocatalytic ability was demonstrated through catalytic removal of gaseous toluene species. The nanotube samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), surface photovoltage (SPV), Raman spectra and N(2) adsorption-desorption measurements. The characterization results showed that the samples with high specific surface areas were of typical nanotubular morphology, which would lead to the high separation and transfer efficiency of photo induced electron-hole pairs. The as-prepared nanotubes exhibited high photocatalytic activity in decomposing toluene species under visible light irradiation with fine photochemical stability. The enhanced photocatalytic performance of LaVO(4)/TiO(2) nanotubes might be attributed to the matching band potentials, the interconnected heterojunction of LaVO(4) versus TiO(2), and the large specific surface areas of nanotubes. PMID:22795044

  7. TiO2 nanotube arrays for photocatalysis: Effects of crystallinity, local order, and electronic structure

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    Liu, Jing; Hosseinpour, Pegah M.; Luo, Si; Heiman, Don; Menon, Latika; Arena, Dario A.; Lewis, Laura H.

    2014-11-19

    To furnish insight into correlations of electronic and local structure and photoactivity, arrays of short and long TiO₂ nanotubes were synthesized by electrochemical anodization of Ti foil, followed by thermal treatment in O₂ (oxidizing), Ar (inert), and H₂ (reducing) environments. The physical and electronic structures of these nanotubes were probed with x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and synchrotron-based x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and correlated with their photocatalytic properties. The photocatalytic activity of the nanotubes was evaluated by monitoring the degradation of methyl orange under UV-VIS light irradiation. Results show that upon annealing at 350 °C all as-anodized amorphous TiO₂ nanotube samplesmore » partially transform to the anatase structure, with variations in the degree of crystallinity and in the concentration of local defects near the nanotubes' surface (~5 nm) depending on the annealing conditions. Degradation of methyl orange was not detectable for the as-anodized TiO₂ nanotubes regardless of their length. The annealed long nanotubes demonstrated detectable catalytic activity, which was more significant with the H₂-annealed nanotubes than with the Ar- and O₂-annealed nanotube samples. This enhanced photocatalytic response of the H₂-annealed long nanotubes relative to the other samples is positively correlated with the presence of a larger concentration of lattice defects (such as Ti3+ and anticipated oxygen vacancies) and a slightly lower degree of crystallinity near the nanotube surface. These physical and electronic structural attributes impact the efficacy of visible light absorption; moreover, the increased concentration of surface defects is postulated to promote the generation of hydroxyl radicals and thus accelerate the photodegradation of the methyl orange. The information obtained from this study provides unique insight into the role of the near-surface electronic and defect structure

  8. Effect of Cr incorporation on the structural and optoelectronic properties of TiO 2:Cr deposited by means of a magnetron co-sputtering process

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    Hajjaji, A.; Gaidi, M.; Bessais, B.; Khakani, M. A. El

    2011-10-01

    In this work, we report on the effect of Cr incorporation on the microstructural and optical properties of TiO 2:Cr thin films deposited by the RF-magnetron sputtering method. The structural, morphological, chemical bonding and optoelectronic properties of the sputter-deposited TiO 2:Cr films were systematically investigated, as a function the incorporated Cr content, by means of various techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier-Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) absorption, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and ellipsometry. The Cr incorporation into the TiO 2 films was controlled by adjusting the RF power ( PCr) on the Cr target during the co-sputtering process of TiO 2 and Cr. We were thus able to demonstrate that by varying PCr from 8 W to 150 W, the Cr content of the TiO 2:Cr films can be fairly controlled from ˜2 at.% to ˜18 at.% and their associated bandgap engineered from 3.3 eV to 1.5 eV. The room-temperature deposited TiO 2:Cr are mainly amorphous with the presence of some TiO 2 nanocrystallites, and their density increases as their Cr content is increased. The Cr inclusions were found to coexist under both metallic and oxidized forms in the films. By subjecting the TiO 2:Cr films to post-annealing treatment (at 550 °C), their crystalline structure was found to be sensitive to their Cr content. Indeed, an anatase-to-rutile phase transformation has been pointed out to occur at a Cr content of ˜7 at.%. Likewise, the Cr-content dependence of the bandgap of annealed TiO 2:Cr films undergoes a transition around the 7 at.% of Cr. Our results demonstrate the ability to control the Cr-content of TiO 2:Cr films, which leads to tune their optoelectronic properties, such as bandgap or optical absorption edge.

  9. Silver nanoparticles decorated anatase TiO2₂nanotubes for removal of pentachlorophenol from water.

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    Yu, Lian; Yang, Xiaofang; Ye, Yushi; Peng, Xianjia; Wang, Dongsheng

    2015-09-01

    One-dimensional nanotubes are promising materials for environmental applications. In this study, anatase TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) were fabricated using an alkaline hydrothermal method at 130°C and then calcinated at 400°C for 2h. Ag nanoparticles were photo-deposited onto the TNTs for enhanced photodegradation of pentachlorophenol (PCP) under simulated solar light. The samples were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, physical adsorption of nitrogen, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopic techniques. The as-synthesized TNTs showed tubular structures with the outer and inner diameter of 9-10 and 5-6 nm, respectively. The results showed that metallic Ag nanoparticles were uniformly dispersed on the TNTs surface, and Ag/TNTs exhibited significant visible-light absorption. After 180 min irradiation, about 99% PCP was removed by Ag/TNTs (5.4 at.%), compared to 54.3% by P25 and 59.4% by pure TNTs. This is attributed to the synergistic effects between Ag nanoparticles acting as traps to effectively capture the photo-generated electrons, and the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of Ag nanoparticles promoting the absorption of visible light. The intermediates during the PCP photodegradation were systematically analyzed, ruling out the existence of high toxic polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans. Ag/TNTs showed excellent stability even after five cycles. PMID:25982935

  10. SaOS-2 cell response to macro-porous boron-incorporated TiO2 coating prepared by micro-arc oxidation on titanium.

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    Huang, Qianli; Elkhooly, Tarek A; Liu, Xujie; Zhang, Ranran; Yang, Xing; Shen, Zhijian; Feng, Qingling

    2016-10-01

    The aims of the present study were to develop boron-incorporated TiO2 coating (B-TiO2 coating) through micro-arc oxidation (MAO) and subsequently evaluate the effect of boron incorporation on the in vitro biological performance of the coatings. The physicochemical properties of B-TiO2 coating and its response to osteoblast like cells (SaOS-2) were investigated compared to the control group without boron (TiO2 coating). The morphological and X-ray diffraction results showed that both coatings exhibited similar surface topography and phase composition, respectively. However, the incorporation of B led to an enhancement in the surface hydrophilicity of B-TiO2 coating. The spreading of SaOS-2 cells on B-TiO2 coating was faster than that on TiO2 coating. The proliferation rate of SaOS-2 cells cultured on B-TiO2 decreased after 5days of culture compared to that on TiO2 coating. SaOS-2 cells cultured on B-TiO2 coating exhibited an enhanced alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity, Collagen I synthesis and in vitro mineralization compared to those on TiO2 coating. The present findings suggest that B-TiO2 coating is a promising candidate surface for orthopedic implants. PMID:27287114

  11. Enhanced charge-collection efficiencies and light scattering in dye-sensitized solar cells using oriented TiO2 nanotubes arrays.

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    Zhu, Kai; Neale, Nathan R; Miedaner, Alexander; Frank, Arthur J

    2007-01-01

    We report on the microstructure and dynamics of electron transport and recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) incorporating oriented TiO2 nanotube (NT) arrays. The morphology of the NT arrays, which were prepared from electrochemically anodized Ti foils, were characterized by scanning and transmission electron microscopies. The arrays were found to consist of closely packed NTs, several micrometers in length, with typical wall thicknesses and intertube spacings of 8-10 nm and pore diameters of about 30 nm. The calcined material was fully crystalline with individual NTs consisting of about 30 nm sized crystallites. The transport and recombination properties of the NT and nanoparticle (NP) films used in DSSCs were studied by frequency-resolved modulated photocurrent/photovoltage spectroscopies. While both morphologies display comparable transport times, recombination was much slower in the NT films, indicating that the NT-based DSSCs have significantly higher charge-collection efficiencies than their NP-based counterparts. Dye molecules were shown to cover both the interior and exterior walls of the NTs. Analysis of photocurrent measurements indicates that the light-harvesting efficiencies of NT-based DSSCs were higher than those found for DSSCs incorporating NPs owing to stronger internal light-scattering effects. PMID:17212442

  12. TiO2 thin films with rutile phase prepared by DC magnetron co-sputtering at room temperature: Effect of Cu incorporation

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    Wang, Hui; Li, Yujie; Ba, Xin; Huang, Lin; Yu, Ying

    2015-08-01

    The thin films for pure TiO2 and that incorporated with Cu ion were deposited by DC magnetron co-sputtering with Ar gas. The crystal texture, surface morphology, energy gap and optical properties of the prepared films have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), UV-vis spectrophotometer, and Raman spectroscopy. The results show that as-deposited TiO2 film mainly possesses anatase structure at room temperature with pure Ar gas, but the introduction of Cu can alter the phase structure of crystallite TiO2. XRD patterns and Raman spectra indicate that the Cu incorporation with high concentration (ACu/ATi + ACu ≈ 20%) favors the formation of rutile phase. Moreover, the Cu incorporation into TiO2 lattice induces band gap narrowing. Band structures and density of states have been analyzed based on density functional theory (DFT) and periodic models in order to investigate the influence of the Cu incorporation on the electronic structure of TiO2. Both experimental data and electronic structure calculations evidence the fact that the change in film structure from the anatase to the rutile phase can be ascribed to the possible incorporation of Cu1+ in the sites previously occupied by Ti4+, and the presence of Cu results in important effect on the electronic states, which is mainly related to the 3d Cu orbitals in the gap and in the vicinity of the valence band edges for TiO2.

  13. 3D silk fibroin scaffold incorporating titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticle (NPs) for tissue engineering.

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    Kim, Jung-Ho; Sheikh, Faheem A; Ju, Hyung Woo; Park, Hyun Jung; Moon, Bo Mi; Lee, Ok Joo; Park, Chan Hum

    2014-07-01

    The present study deals with fabrication of scaffolds composing of silk fibroin and TiO2 NPs fabricated using a salt-leaching process. At first instance, the TiO2 NPs were prepared by using sol-gel synthesis, affording to have average diameter of 77±21μm. Furthermore, the aqueous solutions of silk fibroin were mixed with 0.2%, 2.0% and 4.0% of TiO2 NPs and salt-leaching process was introduced which resulted in creation of porous scaffolds modified with TiO2 NPs. The presence of TiO2 NPs in scaffolds was confirmed by VP-FE-SEM-EDS, TGA and XRD. The presence of TiO2 NPs influenced in decrease in pore size and swelling behavior of composite scaffolds. The resultant mechanical property of scaffolds was improved upon the introduction of TiO2 NPs. Moreover, cell cytotoxicity results for 1, 3 and 7 days; revealed no toxic behavior to osteoblasts. However, a mild toxicity to NIH 3T3 fibroblasts was observed with the scaffolds containing 4.0% TiO2 NPs. The cell fixation results from 1 and 7 days of incubation indicated the attachment, spreading and subsequent proliferation of fibroblasts. However, these findings were independent to the amount of TiO2 NPs in scaffolds. PMID:24794196

  14. Zr Incorporation into TiO2 Electrodes Reduces Hysteresis and Improves Performance in Hybrid Perovskite Solar Cells while Increasing Carrier Lifetimes.

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    Nagaoka, Hirokazu; Ma, Fei; deQuilettes, Dane W; Vorpahl, Sarah M; Glaz, Micah S; Colbert, Adam E; Ziffer, Mark E; Ginger, David S

    2015-02-19

    We investigate zirconium (Zr) incorporation into the titanium dioxide (TiO2) electron-transporting layer used in organometal halide perovskite photovoltaics. Compared to Zr-free controls, solar cells employing electrodes containing Zr exhibit increased power conversion efficiency (PCE) and decreased hysteresis. We use transient photovoltage and photocurrent extraction to measure carrier lifetimes and densities and observe longer carrier lifetimes and higher charge densities in devices on Zr-containing electrodes at microsecond times as well as longer persistent photovoltages extending from ∼milliseconds to tens of seconds. We characterize the surface stoichiometry and change in work function and reduction potential of the TiO2 upon incorporation of Zr and discuss the charge recombination at the TiO2 interface in the context of these variables. Finally, we show that the combination of Zr-TiO2 electrode modification with device pyridine treatment leads to a cumulative improvement in performance. PMID:26262483

  15. TiO2 nanotubes as alternative cathode in microbial fuel cells: Effect of annealing treatment on its performance

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    Yahia, S. Ait Ali; Hamadou, L.; Salar-García, M. J.; Kadri, A.; Ortiz-Martínez, V. M.; Hernández-Fernández, F. J.; de los Rios, A. Pérez; Benbrahim, N.

    2016-11-01

    In the present work, amorphous and crystalline TiO2 nanotubes (TiNT) were fabricated via anodization and characterized as an alternative cathode for Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs). The morphology of TiNT is characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The crystalline structure and chemical composition are examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The electrical conductivity characteristics were examined by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). MFCs based on the alternative cathodes were evaluated in terms of energy generation and wastewater treatment. The performances of the as-anodized nanotubes and TiNT annealed at 450 °C and at 550 °C were investigated in double-chamber MFCs with carbon rod and graphite granules as anode and polymer inclusion membrane based on ionic liquid as separator. Industrial wastewater was the source of carbon and inoculum for the experiments. The as grown amorphous nanotubes exhibited the best output power density of 15.16 mWm-2. The results reported here indicate that the specific surface area and the oxygen vacancies of the TiNT cathode can influence the MFCs performance together, because both factors play crucial role in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). As-anodized TiNT, due to its higher specific surface provide more active sites for electrode reactions. The final oxygen demand (COD) for all systems achieved a COD removal within the interval 54-71% after 10 days. This approved the suitability of MFCs for wastewater treatment.

  16. Thin layer of ordered boron-doped TiO2 nanotubes fabricated in a novel type of electrolyte and characterized by remarkably improved photoactivity

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    Siuzdak, Katarzyna; Szkoda, Mariusz; Lisowska-Oleksiak, Anna; Grochowska, Katarzyna; Karczewski, Jakub; Ryl, Jacek

    2015-12-01

    This paper reports a novel method of boron doped titania nanotube arrays preparation by electrochemical anodization in electrolyte containing boron precursor - boron trifluoride diethyl etherate (BF3 C4H10O), simultaneously acting as an anodizing agent. A pure, ordered TiO2 nanotubes array, as a reference sample, was also prepared in solution containing a standard etching compound: ammonium fluoride. The doped and pure titania were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, photoluminescence emission spectroscopy and by means of electrochemical methods. The B-doping decidedly shifts the absorption edge of TiO2 nanotubes towards the visible light region and significantly inhibits the radiative recombination processes. Despite the fact that the doped sample is characterized by 4.6 lower real surface area when compared to pure titania, it leads to the decomposition of methylene blue in 93%, that is over 2.3 times higher than the degradation efficiency exhibited by the undoped material. The formation rate of hydroxyl radicals (rad OH) upon illumination significantly favours boron doped titania as a photocatalytic material. Moreover, the simple doping of TiO2 nanotubes array results in the enhancement of generated photocurrent from 120 μA/cm2 to 350 μA/cm2 registered for undoped and doped electrode, respectively.

  17. Vascular toxicity of ultra-small TiO2 nanoparticles and single walled carbon nanotubes in vitro and in vivo.

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    Bayat, Narges; Lopes, Viviana R; Schölermann, Julia; Jensen, Lasse Dahl; Cristobal, Susana

    2015-09-01

    Ultra-small nanoparticles (USNPs) at 1-3 nm are a subset of nanoparticles (NPs) that exhibit intermediate physicochemical properties between molecular dispersions and larger NPs. Despite interest in their utilization in applications such as theranostics, limited data about their toxicity exist. Here the effect of TiO2-USNPs on endothelial cells in vitro, and zebrafish embryos in vivo, was studied and compared to larger TiO2-NPs (30 nm) and to single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). In vitro exposure showed that TiO2-USNPs were neither cytotoxic, nor had oxidative ability, nevertheless were genotoxic. In vivo experiment in early developing zebrafish embryos in water at high concentrations of TiO2-USNPs caused mortality possibly by acidifying the water and caused malformations in the form of pericardial edema when injected. Myo1C involved in glomerular development of zebrafish embryos was upregulated in embryos exposed to TiO2-USNPs. They also exhibited anti-angiogenic effects both in vitro and in vivo plus decreased nitric oxide concentration. The larger TiO2-NPs were genotoxic but not cytotoxic. SWCNTs were cytotoxic in vitro and had the highest oxidative ability. Neither of these NPs had significant effects in vivo. To our knowledge this is the first study evaluating the effects of TiO2-USNPs on vascular toxicity in vitro and in vivo and this strategy could unravel USNPs potential applications. PMID:26066004

  18. Design and preparation of highly active carbon nanotube-supported sulfated TiO 2 and platinum catalysts for methanol electrooxidation

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    Song, Huanqiao; Xiao, Pu; Qiu, Xinping; Zhu, Wentao

    A novel electrocatalyst structure of carbon nanotube-supported sulfated TiO 2 and Pt (Pt-S-TiO 2/CNT) is reported. The Pt-S-TiO 2/CNT catalysts are prepared by a combination of improved sol-gel and ethylene glycol reduction methods. Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction show that the sulfated TiO 2 is amorphous and is coated uniformly on the surface of the CNTs. Pt nanoparticles of about 3.6 nm in size are homogenously dispersed on the sulfated TiO 2 surface. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis proves that the CNT surfaces are modified with sulfated TiO 2 and a high concentration of SO x, and adsorbed OH species exist on the surface of the sulfated TiO 2. Electrochemical studies are carried out using chronoamperometry, cyclic voltammetry, CO stripping voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy. The results indicate that Pt-S-TiO 2/CNT catalysts have much higher catalytic activity and CO tolerance for methanol electrooxidation than Pt/TiO 2/CNTs, Pt/CNTs and commercial Pt/C.

  19. High cyclability of ionic liquid-produced TiO2 nanotube arrays as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Li, Huaqing; Martha, Surendra K.; Unocic, Raymond R.; Luo, Huimin; Dai, Sheng; Qu, Jun

    2012-11-01

    TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) are considered as a potential SEI-free anode material for Li-ion batteries to offer enhanced safety. Organic solutions, dominatingly ethylene glycol (EG)-based, have widely been used for synthesizing TiO2 NTs via anodization because of their ability to generate long tubes and well-aligned structures. However, it has been revealed that the EG-produced NTs are composited with carbonaceous decomposition products of EG, release of which during the tube crystallization process inevitably causes nano-scale porosity and cracks. These microstructural defects significantly deteriorate the NTs' charge transport efficiency and mechanical strength/toughness. Here we report using ionic liquids (ILs) to anodize titanium to grow low-defect TiO2 NTs by reducing the electrolyte decomposition rate (less IR drop due to higher electrical conductivity) as well as the chance of the decomposition products mixing into the TiO2 matrix (organic cations repelled away). Promising electrochemical results have been achieved when using the IL-produced TiO2 NTs as an anode for Li-ion batteries. The ILNTs demonstrated excellent capacity retention without microstructural damage for nearly 1200 cycles of charge-discharge, while the NTs grown in a conventional EG solution totally pulverized in cycling, resulting in significant capacity fade.

  20. TiO2 decorated Co3O4 acicular nanotube arrays and its application as a non-enzymatic glucose sensor.

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    Gao, Zhenfei; Zhang, Liqiang; Ma, Chi; Zhou, Qidong; Tang, Yushu; Tu, Zhiqiang; Yang, Wang; Cui, Lishan; Li, Yongfeng

    2016-06-15

    TiO2 modified Co3O4 acicular nanotube arrays (ANTAs) have been fabricated in this study, showing a good performance in glucose detection. In the experiment, the precursor Co(CO3)0.5(OH)·0.11H2O acicular nanowire arrays (ANWAs) was first grown on the fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by a hydrothermal method. Thereafter, the uniform pink precursor Co(CO3)0.5(OH)·0.11H2O ANWAs was completely converted to the black Co3O4 ANTAs thin film by alkaline treatment. After the decoration of TiO2, the TiO2/Co3O4 ANTAs electrode exhibits a much higher current response to glucose compared with the Co3O4 ANTAs. Importantly, this neotype composite structure of Co3O4 enhances the glucose sensing performance by increasing specific surface area, additional reactive sites and synergistic effect, which make the TiO2/Co3O4 glucose sensor show a high sensitivity of 2008.82μAmM(-1)cm(-2), a fast response time (less than 5s) and a detection limit as low as 0.3396μM (S/N=3). The TiO2/Co3O4 ANTAs modified electrode exhibits a high selectivity for glucose in human serum, against ascorbic acid and uric acid. PMID:26890826

  1. New Approach to Create TiO2(B)/Carbon Core/Shell Nanotubes: Ideal Structure for Enhanced Lithium Ion Storage.

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    Zhu, Xiaoyi; Yang, Xianfeng; Lv, Chunxiao; Guo, Shaojun; Li, Jianjiang; Zheng, Zhanfeng; Zhu, Huaiyong; Yang, Dongjiang

    2016-07-27

    To achieve uniform carbon coating on TiO2 nanomaterials, high temperature (>500 °C) annealing treatment is a necessity. However, the annealing treatment inevitably leads to the strong phase transformation from TiO2(B) with high lithium ion storage (LIS) capacity to anatase with low LIS one as well as the damage of nanostructures. Herein, we demonstrate a new approach to create TiO2(B)/carbon core/shell nanotubes (C@TBNTs) using a long-chain silane polymethylhydrosiloxane (PMHS) to bind the TBNTs by forming Si-O-Ti bonds. The key feature of this work is that the introduction of PMHS onto TBNTs can afford TBNTs with very high thermal stability at higher than 700 °C and inhibit the phase transformation from TiO2(B) to anatase. Such a high thermal property of PMHS-TBNTs makes them easily coated with highly graphitic carbon shell via CVD process at 700 °C. The as-prepared C@TBNTs deliver outstanding rate capability and electrochemical stability, i.e., reversible capacity above 250 mAh g(-1) at 10 C and a high specific capacity of 479.2 mAh g(-1) after 1000 cycles at 1 C. As far as we know, the LIS performance of our sample is the highest among the previously reported TiO2(B) anode materials. PMID:27383450

  2. Towards TiO2 nanotubes modified by WO3 species: influence of ex situ crystallization of precursor on the photocatalytic activities of WO3/TiO2 composites

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    Sun, Hui; Dong, Bohua; Su, Ge; Gao, Rongjie; Liu, Wei; Song, Liang; Cao, Lixin

    2015-09-01

    TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) crystallized at different temperatures were loaded with WO3 hydrate through the reaction between (NH4)6W7O24·6H2O and an aqueous solution of HCl. The photocatalytic activities of nanocomposites firstly increase and then decrease as a function of the crystallized temperature of the TNT precursor. The structural, morphologic and optical properties of WO3/TiO2 nanocomposites were also investigated in this study. The samples, initially anatase titania (573 K-773 K), presented phase transition to rutile titania at 873 K. With the crystallized temperature increasing, an evolution of samples morphology changing from nanotube-like structure to nanorod-like structure was observed. Meanwhile, the absorption edge of samples exhibited a red shift, and correspondingly their band gap decreased. Consistent with x-ray diffraction diffractograms, the existence of rutile titania as an impurity in the precursor TNT, crystallized at higher than 873 K, depressed photocatalytic activity evidently. As a result, the degradation rate of methyl orange (MO) increased with the samples crystallinity firstly, and then reduced due to the appearance of rutile titania. In our experimental conditions, the optimal photocatalytic activity was achieved for the sample crystalized at 773 K. Its degradation rate could reach 98.76% after 90 min UV light irradiation.

  3. Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Activity of ZnO-Coated TiO2 Nanotubes and Its Dependence on ZnO Coating Thickness.

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    Cai, Hua; Liang, Peipei; Hu, Zhigao; Shi, Liqun; Yang, Xu; Sun, Jian; Xu, Ning; Wu, Jiada

    2016-12-01

    One-dimensional heterogeneous nanostructures in the form of ZnO-coated TiO2 nanotubes (ZnO/TiO2 NTs) were fabricated by atomic layer deposition of an ultrathin ZnO coating on electrochemical anodization-formed TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) with the thickness of ZnO coating being precisely controlled at atomic scale, and the photoelectrochemical activity of the fabricated ZnO/TiO2 NTs and the influence of ZnO coating and its thickness were studied. The structures of TiO2 NTs and ZnO coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman backscattering spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The photoelectrochemical activity was studied through the measurements of electrochemical impendence, flat-band potential, and transient photocurrent density. The TiO2 NTs exhibit anatase structure, and the ZnO coatings are structured with hexagonal wurtzite. The photoelectrochemical activity of the ZnO/TiO2 NTs is strongly dependent on the thickness of ZnO coating. ZnO/TiO2 NTs with a thinner rather than a thicker ZnO coating exhibit better photoelectrochemical activity with reduced charge transfer resistance, increased negative flat-band potentials, and enhanced photocurrent densities. Under visible illumination, an increase of about 60 % in the photoelectrochemical activity is obtained for ZnO/TiO2 NTs with an about 2-nm-thick ZnO coating. PMID:26911568

  4. Preparation and UV-Vis photodegradation of gaseous benzene by TiO2 nanotube arrays supporting V2O5 nanoparticles

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    Zhao, Chunxia; Song, Yanbao; Yang, Yunxia; Chen, Wen; Li, Xiaoyu; Wang, Zongsheng

    2015-07-01

    TiO2-based catalysts effective in visible radiation for eliminating organic pollutants have attracted intense research activity as a future generation photocatalytic material. However, recombination of electron-hole pairs through trapping/de-trapping as well as the disadvantages of recycling and separation/filtration of powders lead to the limitation of powder TiO2 materials. TiO2 nanotube array films supporting vanadium pentoxide nanoparticles (VTNTs) were synthesized by electrophoresis deposition method with the prepared TiO2 nanotube arrays as the cathode and V2O5 sol as the electrolyte. The results indicate that the formation of Ti-O-V bonds and intimate interaction between host-guest interfaces help to enhance the hybrids’ photodegradation activity of gaseous benzene. Importantly, hybrid film catalysts prepared with 0.05 mol/L V2O5 sol for 10 min electrophoresis deposition perform a 98% conversion rate of benzene and 1028.8 mg/m3CO2 production in 80 min under UV-Vis irradiation.

  5. Gas Sensitivity and Sensing Mechanism Studies on Au-Doped TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Detecting SF6 Decomposed Components

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    Zhang, Xiaoxing; Yu, Lei; Tie, Jing; Dong, Xingchen

    2014-01-01

    The analysis to SF6 decomposed component gases is an efficient diagnostic approach to detect the partial discharge in gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) for the purpose of accessing the operating state of power equipment. This paper applied the Au-doped TiO2 nanotube array sensor (Au-TiO2 NTAs) to detect SF6 decomposed components. The electrochemical constant potential method was adopted in the Au-TiO2 NTAs' fabrication, and a series of experiments were conducted to test the characteristic SF6 decomposed gases for a thorough investigation of sensing performances. The sensing characteristic curves of intrinsic and Au-doped TiO2 NTAs were compared to study the mechanism of the gas sensing response. The results indicated that the doped Au could change the TiO2 nanotube arrays' performances of gas sensing selectivity in SF6 decomposed components, as well as reducing the working temperature of TiO2 NTAs. PMID:25330053

  6. CdTe and graphene co-sensitized TiO2 nanotube array photoanodes for protection of 304SS under visible light

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    Li, Hong; Wang, Xiutong; Zhang, Liang; Hou, Baorong

    2015-04-01

    CdTe/graphene/TiO2 films that served as photoanodes for cathodic protection application were prepared by an electrochemical deposition method. The deposition of graphene and CdTe nanoparticles (NPs) on the surface of the TiO2 nanotubes was confirmed by scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscopy. The composites exhibited high light absorption in both the UV and visible light region. The results indicated that TiO2 nanotube photoelectrodes sensitized by 20-cycle graphene and 30-cycle CdTe NPs exhibited effective photocathodic protection properties for 304 stainless steel (304SS) under the visible-light illumination, with an photopotential of -750 mV versus saturated calomel electrode and a current density of 560 μA cm-2. Due to the efficient photogenerated charge separation, the three-component CdTe/graphene/TiO2 showed stronger photoresponse than pure TiO2 under visible-light illumination. In summary, the CdTe/graphene could improve the photocathodic protection properties of TiO2 films.

  7. Synthesis and Characterization of TiO2 Nanotubes Sensitized with CdS Quantum Dots Using a One-Step Method

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    Song, Jiahui; Zhang, Xinguo; Zhou, Chunyan; Lan, Yuwei; Pang, Qi; Zhou, Liya

    2015-01-01

    A novel one-step synthesis process was used to assemble CdS quantum dots (QDs) into TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTAs). The sensitization time of the TiO2 nanotubes can be adjusted by controlling the CdS QD synthesis time. The absorption band of sensitized TNTAs red-shifted and broadened to the visible spectrum. The photoelectric conversion efficiency increased to 0.83%, the open-circuit voltage to 776 mV, and the short-circuit current density ( J SC) to 2.30 mA cm-2 with increased sensitization time. The conversion efficiency with this new sensitization method was five times that of nonsensitized TNTAs, providing novel ideas for study of TNTA solar cells.

  8. Improved visible solar absorber based on TiO2 nanotube film by surface-loading of plasmonic Au nanoparticles

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    Shao, Zhufeng; Wang, Xinshun; Ren, Shoutian; Tian, Zhaoshuo; Fan, Shengli; Sun, Shengsheng; Liu, Shutian; Wang, Qiang

    2013-08-01

    Plasmon-driven electrons injection into active layers of optoelectronic devices is a promising and challenging research topic due to the great unavailability of suitable materials and devices configurations capable of providing comprehensively high photocurrent. In this letter, anodic TiO2 nanotubes array (TNA) films are formed to show enhanced visible light absorbing properties by surface-loading of isolated Au nanoparticles (NPs), exhibiting increased photocurrent and decreased response time. Surface Plasmon produces hot free electrons in the gold NPs when the device is illuminated by visible light with suitable photon energies, and the direct injection of hot electrons into TNA film is realized due to the energy nonequilibrium between gold NPs and TNA film. A significant fraction of these electrons will tunnel into the semiconductor's conduction band, which will introduce the surface n-type conduction layer, resulting in about 145% enhancement of photocurrent and 37% reduction of response time. A scattering-induced enhancement mechanism contributes effectively to the plasmonic photoresponse.

  9. Aperiodic TiO2 Nanotube Photonic Crystal: Full-Visible-Spectrum Solar Light Harvesting in Photovoltaic Devices

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    Guo, Min; Xie, Keyu; Wang, Yu; Zhou, Limin; Huang, Haitao

    2014-01-01

    Bandgap engineering of a photonic crystal is highly desirable for photon management in photonic sensors and devices. Aperiodic photonic crystals (APCs) can provide unprecedented opportunities for much more versatile photon management, due to increased degrees of freedom in the design and the unique properties brought about by the aperiodic structures as compared to their periodic counterparts. However, many efforts still remain on conceptual approaches, practical achievements in APCs are rarely reported due to the difficulties in fabrication. Here, we report a simple but highly controllable current-pulse anodization process to design and fabricate TiO2 nanotube APCs. By coupling an APC into the photoanode of a dye-sensitized solar cell, we demonstrate the concept of using APC to achieve nearly full-visible-spectrum light harvesting, as evidenced by both experimental and simulated results. It is anticipated that this work will lead to more fruitful practical applications of APCs in high-efficiency photovoltaics, sensors and optoelectronic devices. PMID:25245854

  10. Improved antibacterial activity and biocompatibility on vancomycin-loaded TiO2 nanotubes: in vivo and in vitro studies

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    Zhang, Hangzhou; Sun, Yu; Tian, Ang; Xue, Xiang Xin; Wang, Lin; Alquhali, Ali; Bai, Xizhuang

    2013-01-01

    The goal for current orthopedic implant research is to design implants that have not only good biocompatibility but also antibacterial properties. TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) were fabricated on the titanium surface through electrochemical anodization, which added new properties, such as enhanced biocompatibility and potential utility as drug nanoreservoirs. The aim of the present study was to investigate the antibacterial properties and biocompatibility of NTs loaded with vancomycin (NT-V), both in vitro and in vivo. Staphylococcus aureus was used to study the antibacterial properties of the NT-V. There were three study groups: the commercially pure titanium (Cp-Ti) group, the NT group (nonloaded vancomycin), and the NT-V group. We compared NT-V biocompatibility and antibacterial efficacy with those of the NT and Cp-Ti groups. Compared with Cp-Ti, NT-V showed good antibacterial effect both in vitro and in vivo. Although the NTs reduced the surface bacterial adhesion in vitro, implant infection still developed in in vivo studies. Furthermore, the results also revealed that both NTs and NT-V showed good biocompatibility. Therefore, the NTs loaded with antibiotic might be potentially used for future orthopedic implants. PMID:24403827

  11. Bioinspired patterning with extreme wettability contrast on TiO2 nanotube array surface: a versatile platform for biomedical applications.

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    Lai, Yuekun; Lin, Longxiang; Pan, Fei; Huang, Jianying; Song, Ran; Huang, Yongxia; Lin, Changjian; Fuchs, Harald; Chi, Lifeng

    2013-09-01

    Binary wettability patterned surfaces with extremely high wetting contrasts can be found in nature on living creatures. They offer a versatile platform for microfluidic management. In this work, a facile approach to fabricating erasable and rewritable surface patterns with extreme wettability contrasts (superhydrophilic/superhydrophobic) on a TiO2 nanotube array (TNA) surface through self-assembly and photocatalytic lithography is reported. The multifunctional micropatterned superhydrophobic TNA surface can act as a 2D scaffold for site-selective cell immobilization and reversible protein absorption. Most importantly, such a high-contrast wettability template can be used to construct various well-defined 3D functional patterns, such as calcium phosphate, silver nanoparticles, drugs, and biomolecules in a highly selective manner. The 3D functional patterns would be a versatile platform in a wide range of applications, especially for biomedical devices (e.g., high-throughput molecular sensing, targeted antibacterials, and drug delivery). In a proof-of-concept study, the surface-enhanced Raman scattering and antibacterial performance of the fabricated 3D AgNP@TNA pattern, and the targeted drug delivery for site-specific and high-sensitivity cancer cell assays was investigated. PMID:23420792

  12. Fabrication of 3D interconnected porous TiO2 nanotubes templated by poly(vinyl chloride-g-4-vinyl pyridine) for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Koh, Joo Hwan; Koh, Jong Kwan; Seo, Jin Ah; Shin, Jong-Shik; Kim, Jong Hak

    2011-09-01

    Porous TiO2 nanotube arrays with three-dimensional (3D) interconnectivity were prepared using a sol-gel process assisted by poly(vinyl chloride-graft-4-vinyl pyridine), PVC-g-P4VP graft copolymer and a ZnO nanorod template. A 7 µm long ZnO nanorod array was grown from the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass via a liquid phase deposition method. The TiO2 sol-gel solution templated by the PVC-g-P4VP graft copolymer produced a random 3D interconnection between the adjacent ZnO nanorods during spin coating. Upon etching of ZnO, TiO2 nanotubes consisting of 10-15 nm nanoparticles were generated, as confirmed by wide-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS), energy-filtering transmission electron microscopy (EF-TEM) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The ordered and interconnected nanotube architecture showed an enhanced light scattering effect and increased penetration of polymer electrolytes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The energy conversion efficiency reached 1.82% for liquid electrolyte, and 1.46% for low molecular weight (Mw) and 0.74% for high Mw polymer electrolytes.

  13. The fabrication and characterization of novel carbon doped TiO2 nanotubes, nanowires and nanorods with high visible light photocatalytic activity.

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    Wu, Zhongbiao; Dong, Fan; Zhao, Weirong; Wang, Haiqiang; Liu, Yue; Guan, Baohong

    2009-06-10

    Novel carbon doped TiO(2) nanotubes, nanowires and nanorods were fabricated by utilizing the nanoconfinement of hollow titanate nanotubes (TNTs). The fabrication process included adsorption of ethanol molecules in the inner space of TNTs and thermal treatment of the complex in inert N(2) atmosphere. The structural morphology of carbon doped TiO(2) nanostructures can be tuned using the calcination temperature. X-ray diffraction, Raman and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller studies proved that the doped carbon promoted the crystallization and phase transition by acting as nucleation seeds. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) showed that O-Ti-C and Ti-O-C bonds were formed in the nanostructures. Additional electronic states from the XPS valence band due to carbon doping were observed. This evidence indicated the electronic origin of the band gap narrowing and visible light absorption. The differences in chemical and electronic states between the surface and bulk of as-prepared samples confirmed that carbon was doped into the lattice of TiO(2) nanostructure through an inner doping process. The as-prepared catalysts exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity for degradation of toluene in gas phase under both visible and simulated solar light irradiation compared with that of commercial Degussa P25. This novel fabrication approach can valuably contribute to designing nanostructured photocatalytic materials and modifying various nanotube materials. PMID:19451679

  14. Front-side illuminated CdS/CdSe quantum dots co-sensitized solar cells based on TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Guan, Xiao-Fang; Huang, Shu-Qing; Zhang, Quan-Xin; Shen, Xi; Sun, Hui-Cheng; Li, Dong-Mei; Luo, Yan-Hong; Yu, Ri-Cheng; Meng, Qing-Bo

    2011-11-01

    We fabricated a front-side illuminated CdS/CdSe quantum dots co-sensitized solar cell based on TiO2 nanotube arrays. The freestanding TiO2 nanotube arrays were first detached from anodic oxidized Ti foils and then transferred to the fluorine-doped tin oxide to form photoanodes. An opaque Cu2S with high electrochemical activity was used as the counter electrode. A photovoltaic conversion efficiency as high as 3.01% under one sun illumination has been achieved after optimizing the deposition time of CdSe quantum dots and the length of the TiO2 nanotube arrays. It is observed that the power conversion efficiency of quantum dots sensitized solar cells from the front-side illumination mode (3.01%) is much higher than that of the back-side illumination mode (1.32%) owing to the poor catalytic activity of Pt to polysulfide electrolytes and light absorption by the electrolytes for the latter.

  15. Photoinduced deposition of gold nanoparticles on TiO2-WO3 nanotube films as efficient photoanodes for solar water splitting

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    Momeni, Mohamad Mohsen; Ghayeb, Yousef

    2016-06-01

    Gold-modified TiO2-WO3 nanotubes with different amounts of gold were obtained by two methods; photoassisted deposition and one-step electrochemical anodizing method. The morphology, crystallinity and elemental composition were studied by FE-SEM, XRD and EDX. The photoelectrochemical performance was examined under Xe light illumination in 1 M NaOH electrolyte. Characterization of the as-prepared TiO2-WO3 samples indicated that sodium tungstate concentration in anodizing solution significantly influenced the morphology and photoelectrochemical activity of fabricated films. Also, photoelectrochemical characterizations show that the photocatalytic activity of Au/TiO2-WO3 nanotubes was improved as compared with that of bare TiO2-WO3 nanotubes. The experimental results showed that the photocatalytic activities of Au/TiO2-WO3 were significantly affected by the amount of Au nanoparticles. The amount of gold nanoparticles was effectively controlled by time of photoreduction of the chloroauric acid solution. These new photoanodes showed enhanced high photocurrent density with good stability and are a highly promising photoanodes for photocatalytic hydrogen production.

  16. Effect of fluoride and water content on the growth of TiO2 nanotubes synthesized via ethylene glycol with voltage changes during anodizing process

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    Quiroz, Heiddy P.; Quintero, Francisco; Arias, Pedro J.; Dussan, A.; Zea, Hugo R.

    2015-07-01

    In this work, titanium foils were anodized in ethylene glycol solutions containing different amounts of water and fluoride to determine their effects on the top morphology and crystalline structure of the formed titania nanostructures. Anodizing was performed for 2 h by using titanium foils as both anode and cathode applying a squared-pulse voltage profile composed of one step at 80 V for 3 min followed by another at 20 V for 5 min; constant voltage conditions were also used to study the nanostructure formation on the surface. We found the formation of nanostructured titania on the surface of the anodized foil when small amounts of water and fluoride are present in the anodizing solution. The top of these nanostructures is irregular when no water is added, but is expected to change with different amounts of water and fluoride in the ranges of 1 - 9% and 0.05 - 0.5%, respectively. Synthesis parameters also change nanotube morphology. The morphology and structure properties of the samples were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). Formation of TiO2 nanotubes by anodization method are strongly correlated to conditions like fluoride concentration and applied voltages. Tube length varying between 2 and 7 μm, exhibiting different diameters and wall thicknesses were obtained. When an alternate voltage was applied, the wall of the nanotubes presented evenly spaced rings while nanotubes with smooth wall form were observed when constant voltage was applied. Reflection peaks corresponding to Brookite, Anatase, and Rutile of TiO2 phases were observed from XRD measurements. A correlation between the effects of synthesis parameters on nanotube formation and morphological properties is presented. TiO2 nanotubes prepared by electrochemical anodization have excellent performance in various applications such as photocatalysts, solar cells, gas sensors, and biomedical applications.

  17. Improved charge transfer and photoelectrochemical performance of CuI/Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure nanotube arrays.

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    Yang, Feng; Xi, Jinfang; Gan, Li-Yong; Wang, Yushu; Lu, Shuangwei; Ma, Wenli; Cai, Fanggong; Zhang, Yong; Cheng, Cuihua; Zhao, Yong

    2016-02-15

    Charge transfer is important for the performance of a photoelectrochemical cell. Understanding photogenerated charge accumulation and separation is mandatory for the design and optimisation of photoelectrochemical cells. Unique stacked and embedded heterostructure of Sb2S3/TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) was fabricated through anodic oxidation with the hydrothermal method. Surface photovoltage spectroscopy, phase spectra and photoluminescence measurements were performed to explore the mechanism by which the inorganic hole transport material CuI affects the charge transfer and photoelectrochemical properties of Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs. The interfacial separation and transport of photoinduced charge carriers were also examined by applying current-voltage characteristics (J-V), incident-photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) and Mott-Schottky techniques. Results show that CuI acts not only as a hole-conducting and electron-blocking material but also as a light-absorbing material in the ultraviolet range. Efficient charge transfer processes exist in CuI/Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs. The photoelectrochemical performance of CuI/Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs is dramatically improved. Under AM 1.5G illumination at 100mW/cm(2), the short-circuit current density and open-circuit voltage are 3.51mA/cm(2) and 0.87V, respectively. The photoelectric conversion efficiency of CuI/Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs (0.95%) is 36% higher than that of Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs (0.66%). PMID:26598949

  18. TiO2 nanotube composite layers as delivery system for ZnO and Ag nanoparticles - an unexpected overdose effect decreasing their antibacterial efficacy.

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    Roguska, A; Belcarz, A; Pisarek, M; Ginalska, G; Lewandowska, M

    2015-06-01

    Enhancement of biocompatibility and antibacterial properties of implant materials is potentially beneficial for their practical value. Therefore, the use of metallic and metallic oxide nanoparticles as antimicrobial coatings components which induce minimized antibacterial resistance receives currently particular attention. In this work, TiO2 nanotubes layers loaded with ZnO and Ag nanoparticles were designed for biomedical coatings and delivery systems and evaluated for antimicrobial activity. TiO2 nanotubes themselves exhibited considerable and diameter-dependent antibacterial activity against planktonic Staphylococcus epidermidis cells but favored bacterial adhesion. Loading of nanotubes with moderate amount of ZnO nanoparticles significantly diminished S. epidermidis cell adhesion and viability just after 1.5h contact with modified surfaces. However, an increase of loaded ZnO amount unexpectedly altered the structure of nanoparticle-nanolayer, caused partial closure of nanotube interior and significantly reduced ZnO solubility and antibacterial efficacy. Co-deposition of Ag nanoparticles enhanced the antibacterial properties of synthesized coatings. However, the increase of ZnO quantity on Ag nanoparticles co-deposited surfaces favored the adhesion of bacterial cells. Thus, ZnO/Ag/TiO2 nanotube composite layers may be promising delivery systems for combating post-operative infections in hard tissue replacement procedures. However, the amount of loaded antibacterial agents must be carefully balanced to avoid the overdose and reduced efficacy. PMID:25842121

  19. The effect of carbon nanotubes and titanium dioxide incorporated in PDMS on biofilm community composition and subsequent mussel plantigrade settlement.

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    Yang, Jin-Long; Li, Yi-Feng; Guo, Xing-Pan; Liang, Xiao; Xu, Yue-Feng; Ding, De-Wen; Bao, Wei-Yang; Dobretsov, Sergey

    2016-08-01

    This study investigated the effect of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) incorporated in PDMS on biofilm formation and plantigrade settlement of Mytilus coruscus. TiO2 increased bacterial density, and CNTs also increased bacterial density but reduced diatom density in biofilms after 28 days. Further analysis was conducted between bacterial communities on glass, PDMS, CNTs (0.5 wt%) and TiO2 (7.5 wt%). ANOSIM analysis revealed significant differences (R > 0.9) between seven, 14, 21 and 28 day-old bacterial communities. MiSeq sequencing showed that CNTs and TiO2 impacted the composition of 28 day-old bacterial communities by increasing the abundance of Proteobacteria and decreasing the abundance of Bacteroidetes. The maximum decreased settlement rate in 28 day-old biofilms on CNTs and TiO2 was > 50% in comparison to those on glass and PDMS. Thus, CNTs and TiO2 incorporated in PDMS altered the biomass and community composition of biofilms, and subsequently decreased mussel settlement. PMID:27348759

  20. Lithium storage study on MoO3-grafted TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Anwar, Tauseef; Wang, Li; Jiaoyang, Li; Chen, Wang; Sagar, Rizwan Ur Rehman; Tongxiang, Liang

    2016-03-01

    Titanium dioxide nanotube arrays (TNAs) were fabricated via anodic ionization. Porous MoO3 was grafted on TNAs with the help of hydrothermal method. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray powder diffraction was utilized for the confirmation of one dimensional morphology and phase identification. The porous MoO3 nanoflake-grafted TNAs (MoO3/TNAs) electrode was used as anode material in lithium ion battery (LIB) and it was found that the areal specific capacity of MoO3/TNAs (~797 µAh cm-2) was three times higher than those of anatase TNAs (~287 µAh cm-2) and porous MoO3 (~234 µAh cm-2) at 50 µA cm-2.

  1. Designing nanostructured one-dimensional TiO2 nanotube and TiO2 nanoparticle multilayer composite film as photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells to increase the charge collection efficiency

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    Akilavasan, Jeganathan; Al-Jassim, Maufick; Bandara, Jayasundera

    2015-01-01

    A photoanode consisting of hydrothermally synthesized TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) and TiO2 nanoparticles (TNP) was designed for efficient charge collection in dye-sensitized solar cells. TNT and TNP films were fabricated on a conductive glass substrate by using electrophoretic deposition and doctor-blade methods, respectively. The TNP, TNT, and TNT/TNP bi-layer electrodes exhibit solar cell efficiencies of 5.3, 7.4, and 9.2%, respectively. Solar cell performance results indicate a higher short-circuit current density (Jsc) for the TNT/TNP bi-layer electrode when compared to a TNT or TNP electrode alone. The open-circuit voltages (Voc) of TNT/TNP and TNT electrodes are comparable while the Voc of TNP electrode is inferior to that of the TNT/TNP electrode. Fill factors of TNT/TNP, TNT, and TNP electrodes also exhibit similar behaviors. The enhanced efficiency of the TNT/TNP bi-layer electrode is found to be mainly due to the enhancement of charge collection efficiency, which is confirmed by the charge transport parameters measured by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). EIS analyses also revealed that the TNT/TNP incurs smaller charge transport resistances and longer electron life times when compared to those of TNT or TNP electrodes alone. It was demonstrated that the TNT/TNP bi-layer electrode can possess the advantages of both rapid electron transport rate and a high light scattering effect.

  2. Integrin-mediated osteoblastic adhesion on a porous manganese-incorporated TiO2 coating prepared by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    ZHANG, ZHENXIANG; GU, BEIBEI; ZHU, WEI; ZHU, LIXIAN

    2013-01-01

    This study was conducted to evaluate the bioactivity of manganese-incorporated TiO2 (Mn-TiO2) coating prepared on titanium (Ti) plate by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) technique in Ca-, P- and Mn-containing electrolytes. The surface topography, phase and element compositions of the coatings were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), respectively. The adhesion of osteoblast-like MG63 cells onto Ti, TiO2 and Mn-TiO2 surfaces was evaluated, and the signal transduction pathway involved was confirmed by the sequential expression of the genes for integrins β1, β3, α1 and α3, focal adhesion kinase (FAK), and the extracellular regulated kinases (ERKs), including ERK1 and ERK2. The results obtained indicated that Mn was successfully incorporated into the porous nanostructured TiO2 coating, and did not alter the surface topography or the phase composition of the coating. The adhesion of the MG63 cells onto the Mn-incorporated TiO2 coating was significantly enhanced compared with that on the Mn-free TiO2 coating and the pure Ti plates. In addition, the enhanced cell adhesion on the Mn-TiO2 coatings may have been mediated by the binding of the integrin subunits, β1 and α1, and the subsequent signal transduction pathway, involving FAK and ERK2. The study indicated that the novel Mn-TiO2 coating has potential for orthopedic implant applications, and that further investigations are required. PMID:24137252

  3. Very low amount of TiO2 on N-doped carbon nanotubes significantly improves oxygen reduction activity and stability of supported Pt nanoparticles.

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    Zhao, Anqi; Masa, Justus; Xia, Wei

    2015-04-28

    Electrochemical corrosion is a major problem for carbon materials used in electrocatalysis. Highly dispersed TiO2 was deposited on O-functionalized and N-doped carbon nanotubes by chemical vapour deposition to tackle the carbon corrosion problem. Very low Ti loadings of about 1 wt% were applied to minimize the negative influence of TiO2 as a semiconductor on the high conductivity of carbon materials. Both N doping and TiO2 coating facilitate strong metal-support interactions and favour the formation of small Pt particles. N doping improved the intrinsic catalytic activity of the carbon support and enhanced the conductivity due to the removal of surface oxygen groups, while the negative effect of TiO2 on conductivity is counterbalanced by its promoting effect on metal-support interactions leading to enhanced overall catalytic performance. Pt/TiO2/NCNTs showed the highest ORR activity, and significantly outperformed Pt/NCNTs in electrochemical stability tests. PMID:25811122

  4. Self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays: synthesis by anodization in an ionic liquid and assessment of photocatalytic properties.

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    Wender, Heberton; Feil, Adriano F; Diaz, Leonardo B; Ribeiro, Camila S; Machado, Guilherme J; Migowski, Pedro; Weibel, Daniel E; Dupont, Jairton; Teixeira, Sérgio R

    2011-04-01

    Self-organized TiO(2) nanotube (NT) arrays were produced by anodization in ethylene glycol (EG) electrolytes containing 1-n-butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium tetrafluoroborate (BMI.BF(4)) ionic liquid and water. The morphology of the as-formed NTs was considerably affected by changing the anodization time, voltage, and water and ionic liquid electrolyte concentrations. In general, a nanoporous layer was formed on the top surface of the TiO(2) NTs, except for anodization at 100 V with 1 vol % of BMI.BF(4), where the NT's mouth was revealed. The length and bottom diameter of the NTs as well as the pore diameter of the top layer showed a linear relationship with increased anodization voltage. These TiO(2) NTs were tested as photocatalysts for methyl orange photodegradation and hydrogen evolution from water/methanol solutions by UV light irradiation. The results show that the TiO(2) NTs obtained by anodization in EG/H(2)O/BMI.BF(4) electrolytes are active and efficient for both applications. PMID:21443251

  5. A thermal study on the structural changes of bimetallic ZrO2-modified TiO2 nanotubes synthesized using supercritical CO2.

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    Lucky, R A; Charpentier, P A

    2009-05-13

    In this study the thermal behavior of bimetallic ZrO(2)-TiO(2) (10/90 mol/mol) nanotubes are discussed which were synthesized via a sol-gel process in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO(2)). The effects of calcination temperature on the morphology, phase structure, mean crystallite size, specific surface area and pore volume of the nanotubes were investigated by using a variety of physiochemical techniques. We report that SEM and TEM images showed that the nanotubular structure was preserved at up to 800 degrees C calcination temperature. When exposed to higher temperatures (900-1000 degrees C) the ZrO(2)-TiO(2) tubes deformed and the crystallites fused together, forming larger crystallites, and a bimetallic ZrTiO(4) species was detected. These results were further examined using TGA, FTIR, XRD and HRTEM analysis. The BET textural properties demonstrated that the presence of a small amount of Zr in the TiO(2) matrix inhibited the grain growth, stabilized the anatase phase and increased the thermal stability. PMID:19420640

  6. Self-Organized Amorphous TiO2 Nanotube Arrays on Porous Ti Foam for Rechargeable Lithium and Sodium Ion Batteries

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    Bi, Zhonghe; Paranthaman, Mariappan Parans; Menchhofer, Paul A; Dehoff, Ryan R; Bridges, Craig A; Chi, Miaofang; Guo, Bingkun; Sun, Xiao-Guang; Dai, Sheng

    2013-01-01

    Self-organized amorphous TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) were successfully fabricated on both Ti foil and porous Ti foam through electrochemical anodization techniques. The starting Ti foams were fabricated using ARCAM s Electron Beam Melting (EBM) technology. The TiO2 NTAs on Ti foam were used as anodes in lithium ion batteries; they exhibited high capacities of 103 Ahcm-2 at 10 Acm-2 and 83 Ahcm-2 at 500 Acm-2, which are two to three times higher than those achieved on the standard Ti foil, which is around 40 Ahcm-2 at 10 Acm-2 and 24 Ahcm-2 at 500 Acm-2, respectively. This improvement is mainly attributed to higher surface area of the Ti foam and higher porosity of the nanotube arrays layer grown on the Ti foam. In addition, a Na-ion half-cell composed of these NTAs anodes and Na metal showed a self-improving specific capacity upon cycling at 10 Acm-2. These results indicate that TiO2 NTAs grown on Ti porous foam are promising electrodes for Li-ion or Na-ion rechargeable batteries.

  7. Gold nanocluster sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays for visible-light driven photoelectrocatalytic removal of antibiotic tetracycline

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    Liu, Yanbiao; Yao, Qiaofeng; Wu, Xuejun; Chen, Tiankai; Ma, Ying; Ong, Choon Nam; Xie, Jianping

    2016-05-01

    It is of technical interest to develop low-cost, high-quality and scalable photosensitizers that could efficiently harvest visible light. Here we design an efficient photoelectrocatalyst by integrating a recently developed gold nanocluster (AuNC, as a photosensitizer) into two types of highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs, as substrates to host the photosensitizers). The TNA electrodes used in this study are a short TNA (~0.5 µm in length, synthesized by the anodic oxidation in an aqueous hydrofluoric (HF) acid solution) and a long TNA (~4.5 µm in length, synthesized by the anodic oxidation in a fluorinated ethylene glycol (EG) solution). A number of characterization techniques (e.g., FESEM, XRD and XPS) were applied to study the as-synthesized nanocomposites. In particular, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photochemical measurements suggest that the AuNC-coated TNA electrodes have successfully extended visible light absorption and improved their photochemical performance. Compared with the blank TNAs, the as-designed nanocomposites exhibit an evidently enhanced photoelectrocatalytic performance towards tetracycline (an emerging antibiotic contaminant in aquatic environment) decomposition, where the removal efficiency increases from 65% to 81% for AuNC/long-TNA and from 46% to 73% for AuNC/short-TNA electrodes, respectively. The improved performance is largely attributed to the photo-electro-chemical synergetic effect. The photochemical performance of the as-designed nanocomposites could be further improved by fine tuning the size, composition, and surface of the AuNC-based photosensitizers.It is of technical interest to develop low-cost, high-quality and scalable photosensitizers that could efficiently harvest visible light. Here we design an efficient photoelectrocatalyst by integrating a recently developed gold nanocluster (AuNC, as a photosensitizer) into two types of highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs, as substrates to host the

  8. A simple low pressure method for the synthesis of TiO2 nanotubes and nanofibers and their application in DSSCs

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    Karimipour, Masoud; Mashhoun, Sara; Mollaei, Mohsen; Molaei, Mehdi; Taghavinia, Nima

    2015-07-01

    TiO2 nanotubes were synthesized using a modified autoclave-free thermal method from as-prepared initial powders. The size of initial powders (IP) was found to be critical in determining the morphology and crystal structure of the final product. Oleylamine (OA) was used as the polymer agent in the preparation of initial powders with different mol ratios of OA/Ti: 1, 5, and 10. X-ray diffraction analysis depicted that the increase of mole ratio up to 10 resulted in smaller nanoparticles with the sizes of about 8 nm. It was also deliberated that low temperature thermally treated IP showed the characteristic diffraction pattern of titanate phase of nanotubes. Scanning electron microscope images showed nanorods, short nanotubes, and single-phase long and uniform nanofibers produced from initial powders. SEM cross-section of the anode cell of TiO2 nanofibers demonstrated the presence of uniformly closed net long fibers in the cell. Open circuit voltage measurements of the nanofiber cell demonstrated a several hundreds of seconds in the electron transport decay, which was significantly higher than that of the nanoparticles. IMPS/IMVS measurements of the nanofibers and nanotube solar cells showed electron transport enhancement and long life time compared to their nanoparticle counterparts. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  9. Characterization of the structure, thermal stability and wettability of the TiO2 nanotubes growth on the Ti-7.5Mo alloy surface

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    Chaves, J. M.; Escada, A. L. A.; Rodrigues, A. D.; Alves Claro, A. P. R.

    2016-05-01

    In this study, the Ti-7.5Mo experimental alloy for biomedical applications was processed showing orthorhombic (α″) martensite phase and low elastic modulus (54 GPa). The surface treatment permitted the growth of ordered TiO2 nanotubes via anodization process. The heat treatment during in situ Raman measurement revealed that the TiO2 nanotubes were transformed of the amorphous state for crystalline (anatase phase) around 400 °C. Annealing of the nanotubes was evaluated by XRD, SEM and Raman spectroscopy. Results showed a high stability of the nanostructure, since only for temperatures above of 500 °C, at which the phase rutile appears, the nanostructure tends to vanish. It was observed in Raman analysis an increasing of the average size of the crystallite of the anatase phase with annealing temperature ranging from 6.5 nm up to 13 nm, besides of the precipitation of the layer rutile in the interface nanotubes-substrate. It is believed that the contact between anatase crystallites or layer rutile of the interface lead to growth of the rutile phase, causing coalescence and subsequent collapse of the tubular nanostructure. The wettability, as well as, surface energy was dependent of the crystalline structure and morphology, becoming more hydrophilic in the anatase phase when as compared with amorphous and rutile phase. The typical features of the surface together excellent bulk properties (low elastic modulus) of the Ti-7.5Mo alloy can provide a guideline for future biomedical applications.

  10. Gold nanocluster sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays for visible-light driven photoelectrocatalytic removal of antibiotic tetracycline.

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    Liu, Yanbiao; Yao, Qiaofeng; Wu, Xuejun; Chen, Tiankai; Ma, Ying; Ong, Choon Nam; Xie, Jianping

    2016-05-21

    It is of technical interest to develop low-cost, high-quality and scalable photosensitizers that could efficiently harvest visible light. Here we design an efficient photoelectrocatalyst by integrating a recently developed gold nanocluster (AuNC, as a photosensitizer) into two types of highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs, as substrates to host the photosensitizers). The TNA electrodes used in this study are a short TNA (∼0.5 µm in length, synthesized by the anodic oxidation in an aqueous hydrofluoric (HF) acid solution) and a long TNA (∼4.5 µm in length, synthesized by the anodic oxidation in a fluorinated ethylene glycol (EG) solution). A number of characterization techniques (e.g., FESEM, XRD and XPS) were applied to study the as-synthesized nanocomposites. In particular, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photochemical measurements suggest that the AuNC-coated TNA electrodes have successfully extended visible light absorption and improved their photochemical performance. Compared with the blank TNAs, the as-designed nanocomposites exhibit an evidently enhanced photoelectrocatalytic performance towards tetracycline (an emerging antibiotic contaminant in aquatic environment) decomposition, where the removal efficiency increases from 65% to 81% for AuNC/long-TNA and from 46% to 73% for AuNC/short-TNA electrodes, respectively. The improved performance is largely attributed to the photo-electro-chemical synergetic effect. The photochemical performance of the as-designed nanocomposites could be further improved by fine tuning the size, composition, and surface of the AuNC-based photosensitizers. PMID:27121049

  11. Influence of the Ti microstructure on anodic self-organized TiO2 nanotube layers produced in ethylene glycol electrolytes

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    Macak, J. M.; Jarosova, M.; Jäger, A.; Sopha, H.; Klementová, M.

    2016-05-01

    The relationship between the microstructure of Ti substrates and the anodic growth of self-organized TiO2 nanotube layers obtained upon their anodization in the ethylene glycol based electrolytes on these substrates is reported for the first time. Polished Ti sheets with mirror-like surface as well as unpolished Ti foils were considered in this work. Grains with a wide range of crystallographic orientations and sizes were revealed by Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) and correlated with nanotube growth on both types of substrates. A preferred grain orientation with [0 0 0 1] axis perpendicular to the surface was observed on all substrates. Surfaces of all substrates were anodized for 18 h in ethylene glycol electrolytes containing 88 mM NH4F and 1.5% water and thoroughly inspected by SEM. By a precise comparison of Ti substrates before and after anodization, the uniformity of produced self-organized TiO2 nanotube layers was evaluated in regard to the specific orientation of individual grains. Grains with [0 0 0 1] axis perpendicular to the surface turned out to be the most growth-promoting orientation on polished substrates. No orientation was found to be strictly growth-retarding, but sufficient anodization time (24 h) was needed to obtain uniform nanotube layers on all grains without remnant porous initial oxide. In contrast with polished Ti sheets, no specific orientation was found to significantly promote or retard the nanotube growth in the case of unpolished Ti foils. Finally, the difference between the average nanotube diameters of nanotubes grown on various grains was investigated showing non-negligible differences in the diameter for different grain orientations and substrates.

  12. High-Performance Stable Field Emission with Ultralow Turn on Voltage from rGO Conformal Coated TiO2 Nanotubes 3D Arrays.

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    Agrawal, Yogyata; Kedawat, Garima; Kumar, Pawan; Dwivedi, Jaya; Singh, V N; Gupta, R K; Gupta, Bipin Kumar

    2015-01-01

    A facile method to produce conformal coated reduced graphene oxide (rGO) on vertically aligned titanium oxide (TiO2) nanotubes three dimensional (3D) arrays (NTAs) is demonstrated for enhanced field emission display applications. These engineered nano arrays exhibit efficient electron field emission properties such as high field emission current density (80 mA/cm(2)), low turn-on field (1.0 V/μm) and field enhancement factor (6000) with high emission current stability. Moreover, these enhancements observed in nano arrays attribute to the contribution of low work function with non-rectifying barriers, which allow an easy injection of electrons from the conduction band of TiO2 into the Fermi level of reduced graphene oxide under external electric field. The obtained results are extremely advantageous for its potential application in field emission devices. PMID:26152895

  13. A cylindrical core-shell-like TiO2 nanotube array anode for flexible fiber-type dye-sensitized solar cells

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    2011-01-01

    A versatile anodization method was reported to anodize Ti wires into cylindrical core-shell-like and thermally crystallized TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays that can be directly used as the photoanodes for semi- and all-solid fiber-type dye-sensitized solar cells (F-DSSC). Both F-DSSCs showed higher power conversion efficiencies than or competitive to those of previously reported counterparts fabricated by depositing TiO2 particles onto flexible substrates. The substantial enhancement is presumably attributed to the reduction of grain boundaries and defects in the prepared TNT anodes, which may suppress the recombination of the generated electrons and holes, and accordingly lead to more efficient carrier-transfer channels. PMID:21711629

  14. Efficient removal of herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid from water using Ag/reduced graphene oxide co-decorated TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Tang, Yanhong; Luo, Shenglian; Teng, Yarong; Liu, Chengbin; Xu, Xiangli; Zhang, Xilin; Chen, Liang

    2012-11-30

    A new photocatalyst, Ag nanoparticles (NPs) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) co-decorated TiO(2) nanotube arrays (NTs) (Ag/RGO-TiO(2) NTs), was designed and facilely produced by combining electrodeposition and photoreduction processes. The structures and properties of the photocatalysts were characterized. The ternary catalyst exhibited almost 100% photocatalytic removal efficiency of typical herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) from water under simulated solar light irradiation. The photodegradation rate toward 2,4-D over Ag/RGO-TiO(2) NTs is 11.3 times that over bare TiO(2) NTs. After 10 successive cycles with 1600 min of irradiation, Ag/RGO-TiO(2) NTs maintained as high 2,4-D removal efficiency as 97.3% with excellent stability and easy recovery, which justifies the photocatalytic system a promising application for herbicide removal from water. PMID:23062512

  15. The atomic layer deposition array defined by etch-back technique: a new method to fabricate TiO2 nanopillars, nanotubes and nanochannel arrays

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    Huang, Yujian; Pandraud, Grégory; Sarro, Pasqualina M.

    2012-12-01

    A novel fabrication method for nanostructures made of TiO2, a hard-to-etch material with very attractive optical, physical and chemical properties, is developed. This technique ‘atomic layer deposition array defined by etch-back’ (AARDE) enables the formation of a large area of perfectly ordered, high aspect ratio nanostructures, such as nanopillars, nanotubes and nanochannels. High quality functional surfaces and versatile structures with tunable dimensions on various substrates can be realized. With all the process steps being controllable and compatible with integrated circuits, high throughput and repeatability are achieved. To demonstrate the potential of this new technique, results for AARDE TiO2 nanopillar arrays as photonic crystals are also reported.

  16. High-Performance Stable Field Emission with Ultralow Turn on Voltage from rGO Conformal Coated TiO2 Nanotubes 3D Arrays

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    Agrawal, Yogyata; Kedawat, Garima; Kumar, Pawan; Dwivedi, Jaya; Singh, V. N.; Gupta, R. K.; Gupta, Bipin Kumar

    2015-01-01

    A facile method to produce conformal coated reduced graphene oxide (rGO) on vertically aligned titanium oxide (TiO2) nanotubes three dimensional (3D) arrays (NTAs) is demonstrated for enhanced field emission display applications. These engineered nano arrays exhibit efficient electron field emission properties such as high field emission current density (80 mA/cm2), low turn-on field (1.0 V/μm) and field enhancement factor (6000) with high emission current stability. Moreover, these enhancements observed in nano arrays attribute to the contribution of low work function with non-rectifying barriers, which allow an easy injection of electrons from the conduction band of TiO2 into the Fermi level of reduced graphene oxide under external electric field. The obtained results are extremely advantageous for its potential application in field emission devices. PMID:26152895

  17. An Investigation on Effects of TiO2 Nano-Particles Incorporated in Electroless NiP Coatings' Properties

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    Allahkaram, S. R.; Salmi, S.; Tohidlou, E.

    Electroless composite coatings have been vastly used in various industries during last decades due to their good properties, such as corrosion and wear resistance, hardness and uniform thickness. In this paper, co-deposition of TiO2 nano-particles with Nickel-Phosphorus electroless coatings on API-5L-X65 steel substrates was investigated. Surface morphology and composition of coatings were studied via SEM and EDX, respectively. XRD analyses showed that these coatings had amorphous structure with TiO2 crystalline particles. TiO2 nano-particles increased microhardness of coatings. Corrosion resistance of these coatings was tested using linear polarization in 0.5M sulfuric acid electrolyte. Results showed that NiP-TiO2 electroless composite coatings increased corrosion resistance of substrates.

  18. Hybrid micro/nano-topography of a TiO2 nanotube-coated commercial zirconia femoral knee implant promotes bone cell adhesion in vitro

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    Frandsen, Christine J.; Noh, Kunbae; Brammer, Karla S.; Johnston, Gary; Jin, Sungho

    2014-01-01

    Various approaches have been studied to engineer the implant surface to enhance bone in-growth properties, particularly using micro- and nano- topography. In this study, the behavior of osteoblast (bone) cells was analyzed in response to a titanium oxide (TiO2) nanotube-coated commercial zirconia femoral knee implant consisting of a combined surface structure of a micro-roughened surface with the nanotube coating. The osteoblast cells demonstrated high degrees of adhesion and integration into the surface of the nanotube-coated implant material, indicating preferential cell behavior on this surface when compared to the bare implant. The results of this brief study provide sufficient evidence to encourage future studies. The development of such hierarchical micro and nano topographical features, as demonstrated in this work, can provide for insightful designs for advanced bone-inducing material coatings on ceramic orthopedic implant surfaces. PMID:23623092

  19. Silicon on conductive self-organized TiO2 nanotubes - A high capacity anode material for Li-ion batteries

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    Brumbarov, Jassen; Kunze-Liebhäuser, Julia

    2014-07-01

    The study of high energy density electrode materials is central to the development of Li+-ion batteries. Si is among the most promising anode materials for next generation Li+-ion batteries. Model composite electrodes of self-organized, conductive titania (TiO2-x-C) nanotubes coated with silicon (Si) via plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) are produced and studied in terms of their lithiation/delithiation characteristics. The nanotube array provides direct one dimensional electron transport to the current collector, without the need of adding binders or conductive additives. Both components of the composite can be lithiated delivering 120 μAh cm-2 total capacity for a film thickness of 1 μm and a Si loading of ∼10 wt.%. 86% capacity retention upon 88 cycles at a rate of C/5 and 60 μAh cm-2 total capacity at a rate of 10 C are achieved owing to the low lateral expansion and thus good adhesion of the thin Si coating to the TiO2-x-C nanotubes, and due to the formation of a stable solid electrolyte interface (SEI) in ethylene-carbonate (EC), dimethyl-carbonate (DMC), vinylene-carbonate (VC) electrolyte with 1 M LiPF6.

  20. Hydroxyapatite/gelatin functionalized graphene oxide composite coatings deposited on TiO2 nanotube by electrochemical deposition for biomedical applications

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    Yan, Yajing; Zhang, Xuejiao; Mao, Huanhuan; Huang, Yong; Ding, Qiongqiong; Pang, Xiaofeng

    2015-02-01

    Graphene oxide cross-linked gelatin was employed as reinforcement fillers in hydroxyapatite coatings by electrochemical deposition process on TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNs). The TNs were grown on titanium by electrochemical anodization in hydrofluoric electrolyte using constant voltage. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Field emission scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive X-ray analysis and biological studies were used to characterize the coatings. The corrosion resistance of the coatings was also investigated by electrochemical method in simulated body fluid solution.

  1. A bilayer composite composed of TiO2-incorporated electrospun chitosan membrane and human extracellular matrix sheet as a wound dressing.

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    Woo, Chang Hee; Choi, Young Chan; Choi, Ji Suk; Lee, Hee Young; Cho, Yong Woo

    2015-01-01

    We designed bilayer composites composed of an upper layer of titanium dioxide (TiO2)-incorporated chitosan membrane and a sub-layer of human adipose-derived extracellular matrix (ECM) sheet as a wound dressing for full-thickness wound healing. The dense and fibrous top layer, which aims to protect the wound from bacterial infection, was prepared by electrospinning of chitosan solution followed by immersion in TiO2 solution. The sponge-like sub-layer, which aims to promote new tissue regeneration, was prepared with acellular ECM derived from human adipose tissue. Using a modified drop plate method, there was a 33.9 and 69.6% reduction in viable Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus on the bilayer composite, respectively. In an in vivo experiment using rats, the bilayer composites exhibited good biocompatibility and provided proper physicochemical and compositional cues at the wound site. Changes in wound size and histological examination of full-thickness wounds showed that the bilayer composites induced faster regeneration of granulation tissue and epidermis with less scar formation, than control wounds. Overall results suggest that the TiO2-incorporated chitosan/ECM bilayer composite can be a suitable candidate as a wound dressing, with an excellent inhibition of bacterial penetration and wound healing acceleration effects. PMID:26096447

  2. Supported noble metals on hydrogen-treated TiO2 nanotube arrays as highly ordered electrodes for fuel cells.

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    Zhang, Changkun; Yu, Hongmei; Li, Yongkun; Gao, Yuan; Zhao, Yun; Song, Wei; Shao, Zhigang; Yi, Baolian

    2013-04-01

    Hydrogen-treated TiO2 nanotube (H-TNT) arrays serve as highly ordered nanostructured electrode supports, which are able to significantly improve the electrochemical performance and durability of fuel cells. The electrical conductivity of H-TNTs increases by approximately one order of magnitude in comparison to air-treated TNTs. The increase in the number of oxygen vacancies and hydroxyl groups on the H-TNTs help to anchor a greater number of Pt atoms during Pt electrodeposition. The H-TNTs are pretreated by using a successive ion adsorption and reaction (SIAR) method that enhances the loading and dispersion of Pt catalysts when electrodeposited. In the SIAR method a Pd activator can be used to provide uniform nucleation sites for Pt and leads to increased Pt loading on the H-TNTs. Furthermore, fabricated Pt nanoparticles with a diameter of 3.4 nm are located uniformly around the pretreated H-TNT support. The as-prepared and highly ordered electrodes exhibit excellent stability during accelerated durability tests, particularly for the H-TNT-loaded Pt catalysts that have been annealed in ultrahigh purity H2 for a second time. There is minimal decrease in the electrochemical surface area of the as-prepared electrode after 1000 cycles compared to a 68 % decrease for the commercial JM 20 % Pt/C electrode after 800 cycles. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows that after the H-TNT-loaded Pt catalysts are annealed in H2 for the second time, the strong metal-support interaction between the H-TNTs and the Pt catalysts enhances the electrochemical stability of the electrodes. Fuel-cell testing shows that the power density reaches a maximum of 500 mWcm(-2) when this highly ordered electrode is used as the anode. When used as the cathode in a fuel cell with extra-low Pt loading, the new electrode generates a specific power density of 2.68 kWg(Pt) (-1) . It is indicated that H-TNT arrays, which have highly ordered nanostructures, could be used as ordered electrode supports

  3. Domain-confined catalytic soot combustion over Co3O4 anchored on a TiO2 nanotube array catalyst prepared by mercaptoacetic acid induced surface-grafting.

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    Ren, Jiale; Yu, Yifu; Dai, Fangfang; Meng, Ming; Zhang, Jing; Zheng, Lirong; Hu, Tiandou

    2013-12-21

    Herein, we introduce a specially designed domain-confined macroporous catalyst, namely, the Co3O4 nanocrystals anchored on a TiO2 nanotube array catalyst, which was synthesized by using the mercaptoacetic acid induced surface-grafting method. This catalyst exhibits much better performance for catalytic soot combustion than the conventional TiO2 powder supported one in gravitational contact mode (GMC). PMID:24177172

  4. Rational design of anatase TiO2 architecture with hierarchical nanotubes and hollow microspheres for high-performance dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Gu, Jiuwang; Khan, Javid; Chai, Zhisheng; Yuan, Yufei; Yu, Xiang; Liu, Pengyi; Wu, Mingmei; Mai, Wenjie

    2016-01-01

    Large surface area, sufficient light-harvesting and superior electron transport property are the major factors for an ideal photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), which requires rational design of the nanoarchitectures and smart integration of state-of-the-art technologies. In this work, a 3D anatase TiO2 architecture consisting of vertically aligned 1D hierarchical TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) with ultra-dense branches (HTNTs, bottom layer) and 0D hollow TiO2 microspheres with rough surface (HTS, top layer) is first successfully constructed on transparent conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide glass through a series of facile processes. When used as photoanodes, the DSSCs achieve a very large short-current density of 19.46 mA cm-2 and a high overall power conversion efficiency of 8.38%. The remarkable photovoltaic performance is predominantly ascribed to the enhanced charge transport capacity of the NTs (function as the electron highway), the large surface area of the branches (act as the electron branch lines), the pronounced light harvesting efficiency of the HTS (serve as the light scattering centers), and the engineered intimate interfaces between all of them (minimize the recombination effect). Our work demonstrates a possibility of fabricating superior photoanodes for high-performance DSSCs by rational design of nanoarchitectures and smart integration of multi-functional components.

  5. Synthesis, features and solar-light-driven photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanotube arrays loaded with SnO2.

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    Sim, Lan Ching; Ng, Kai Wern; Ibrahim, Shaliza; Saravanan, Pichiah

    2014-09-01

    In the present study TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTs) were loaded with a post-transition metal oxide particles namely SnO2 via incipient wet impregnation method by varying its concentration (1.59 wt%, 2.25 wt% and 2.84 wt%). The photocatalytic activity of the prepared photocatalyst was evaluated for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) in presence of natural solar light irradiation. The morphological analyses revealed that the prepared TNTs had average inner diameter of 109 nm, wall thickness of 15 nm and tube length of 7-10 μm, respectively, while the crystalline phase and Raman spectra confirmed the 100% anatase mineral form of TiO2. Further, the presence of SnO2 in TNTs was confirmed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The visible light absorption properties of TNTs improved drastically with increasing SnO2 loadings. The coupling effect of SnO2 and TiO2 significantly enhanced degradation efficiency of MB. An 84% degradation of MB was achieved in 6 h of irradiation under clear sky condition. PMID:25924362

  6. All solid-state solar cells based on CH3NH3PbI3-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Yang, Xiuchun; Liu, Wei; Ren, Peng

    2016-09-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2 NTAs) were firstly used as photoanode in methylammonium lead iodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite/TiO2 NTAs heterojunction solar cell, where CH3NH3PbI3 functions as both light absorber and hole conductor. The composition, structure and photoelectrochemical properties of the as-prepared samples were characterized by x-ray diffractometer (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometer and electrochemical workstation. The results indicate that the as-prepared CH3NH3PbI3 belongs to the cubic crystal system, and TiO2 NTAs sensitized by 0.3 M CH3NH3I and PbI2 exhibit the best photoelectrochemical properties with an open-circuit voltage of 0.422 V and a short-circuit current density of 173.4 μA cm-2. The EIS result shows that the extremely large resistance at CH3NH3PbI3/FTO interface contributes to the low current density of the perovskite solar cell.

  7. Photogenerated charges transfer across the interface between NiO and TiO2 nanotube arrays for photocatalytic degradation: A surface photovoltage study.

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    Hou, Libo; Li, Shuo; Lin, Yanhong; Wang, Dejun; Xie, Tengfeng

    2016-02-15

    To better understand the behavior of photogenerated charges in the composite photocatalyst interface is beneficial to the designing of effective photocatalyst for photocatalytic reaction. In our work, the separation and transfer process of photogenerated charges in NiO/TiO2 nanotube arrays (NiO/TiO2 NTAs) has been studied by surface photovoltage (SPV) spectroscopy and transient photovoltage (TPV) measurement. Through the experimental results analysis, we find that an interfacial electric field is formed at NiO/TiO2 NTAs interface, which is attributed to the work function difference between NiO and TiO2 NTAs. The photogenerated holes in TiO2 can transfer to the NiO layer along the interface electric field under the ultraviolet irradiation. A large amount of photogenerated holes can be separated effectively and then prolonged the holes lifetime to participate in the photocatalytic oxidation reaction. The above results show that the favorable hole-collecting process of NiO in the surface of TiO2 NTAs is the main factor being responsible for the increase the photocatalytic efficiency. PMID:26609928

  8. Self-assembly graphitic carbon nitride quantum dots anchored on TiO2 nanotube arrays: An efficient heterojunction for pollutants degradation under solar light.

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    Su, Jingyang; Zhu, Lin; Geng, Ping; Chen, Guohua

    2016-10-01

    In this study, an efficient heterojunction was constructed by anchoring graphitic carbon nitride quantum dots onto TiO2 nanotube arrays through hydrothermal reaction strategy. The prepared graphitic carbon nitride quantum dots, which were prepared by solid-thermal reaction and sequential dialysis process, act as a sensitizer to enhance light absorption. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that the charge transfer and separation in the formed heterojunction were significantly improved compared with pristine TiO2. The prepared heterojunction was used as a photoanode, exhibiting much improved photoelectrochemical capability and excellent photo-stability under solar light illumination. The photoelectrocatalytic activities of prepared heterojunction were demonstrated by degradation of RhB and phenol in aqueous solution. The kinetic constants of RhB and phenol degradation using prepared photoelectrode are 2.4 times and 4.9 times higher than those of pristine TiO2, respectively. Moreover, hydroxyl radicals are demonstrated to be dominant active radicals during the pollutants degradation. PMID:27232727

  9. (0 0 1) Facet-exposed anatase-phase TiO2 nanotube hybrid reduced graphene oxide composite: Synthesis, characterization and application in photocatalytic degradation

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    Zhou, Xun; Shi, Tiejun; Wu, Jing; Zhou, Haiou

    2013-12-01

    Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and TiO2 nanotube (TNT) with (0 0 1) facet-exposed anatase phase are covalently bonded together to synthesize TNT hybrid RGO (RGO-TNT) through consecutive process such as hydrothermal reaction, HCl washing, lyophilization and heat treatment with graphene oxide (GO), TiO2 powder and high concentration NaOH solution as the starting materials. The TNT with the diameter between 10 and 20 nm characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) is in anatase phase proven by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and HRTEM. Additionally, the more active (0 0 1) facet is exposed identified by HRTEM. More significantly, TNT is bridged to RGO by Csbnd Ti bond by the measurement of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photoluminescence (PL) spectra has testified that RGO in RGO-TNT can transfer and accept photoelectrons from TNT. The photocatalytic activity of RGO-TNT for degrading methylene blue (MB) is enhanced by contrast with pure TNT, and changeable by adjusting the mass ratios of GO to TiO2 powder. Simultaneously, lyophilization is benefit for maintaining the high active surface area of RGO-TNT, which is deeply in relationship with a higher photocatalytic activity. After four running cycles of photocatalytic degradation, RGO-TNT has shown a high stability and perfect reproducibility.

  10. Growth of close-packed semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotube arrays using oxygen-deficient TiO2 nanoparticles as catalysts.

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    Kang, Lixing; Hu, Yue; Liu, Lili; Wu, Juanxia; Zhang, Shuchen; Zhao, Qiuchen; Ding, Feng; Li, Qingwen; Zhang, Jin

    2015-01-14

    For the application of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) in nanoelectronic devices, techniques to obtain horizontally aligned semiconducting SWNTs (s-SWNTs) with higher densities are still in their infancy. We reported herein a rational approach for the preferential growth of densely packed and well-aligned s-SWNTs arrays using oxygen-deficient TiO2 nanoparticles as catalysts. Using this approach, a suitable concentration of oxygen vacancies in TiO2 nanoparticles could form by optimizing the flow rate of hydrogen and carbon sources during the process of SWNT growth, and then horizontally aligned SWNTs with the density of ∼ 10 tubes/μm and the s-SWNT percentage above 95% were successfully obtained on ST-cut quartz substrates. Theoretical calculations indicated that TiO2 nanoparticles with a certain concentration of oxygen vacancies have a lower formation energy between s-SWNT than metallic SWNT (m-SWNT), thus realizing the preferential growth of s-SWNT arrays. Furthermore, this method can also be extended to other semiconductor oxide nanoparticles (i.e., ZnO, ZrO2 and Cr2O3) for the selective growth of s-SWNTs, showing clear potential to the future applications in nanoelectronics. PMID:25539021

  11. Antifungal activity of Ag:hydroxyapatite thin films synthesized by pulsed laser deposition on Ti and Ti modified by TiO2 nanotubes substrates

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    Eraković, S.; Janković, A.; Ristoscu, C.; Duta, L.; Serban, N.; Visan, A.; Mihailescu, I. N.; Stan, G. E.; Socol, M.; Iordache, O.; Dumitrescu, I.; Luculescu, C. R.; Janaćković, Dj.; Miškovic-Stanković, V.

    2014-02-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a widely used biomaterial for implant thin films, largely recognized for its excellent capability to chemically bond to hard tissue inducing the osteogenesis without immune response from human tissues. Nowadays, intense research efforts are focused on development of antimicrobial HA doped thin films. In particular, HA doped with Ag (Ag:HA) is expected to inhibit the attachment of microbes and contamination of metallic implant surface. We herewith report on nano-sized HA and Ag:HA thin films synthesized by pulsed laser deposition on pure Ti and Ti modified with 100 nm diameter TiO2 nanotubes (fabricated by anodization of Ti plates) substrates. The HA-based thin films were characterized by SEM, AFM, EDS, FTIR, and XRD. The cytotoxic activity was tested with HEp2 cells against controls. The antifungal efficiency of the deposited layers was tested against the Candida albicans and Aspergillus niger strains. The Ti substrates modified with TiO2 nanotubes covered with Ag:HA thin films showed the highest antifungal activity.

  12. Charge transport improvement employing TiO2 nanotube arrays as front-side illuminated dye-sensitized solar cell photoanodes.

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    Lamberti, Andrea; Sacco, Adriano; Bianco, Stefano; Manfredi, Diego; Cappelluti, Federica; Hernandez, Simelys; Quaglio, Marzia; Pirri, Candido Fabrizio

    2013-02-21

    TiO(2) nanotube (NT) arrays with different lengths were fabricated by anodic oxidation of Ti foil and free-standing NT membranes were detached by the metal substrate and bonded on the fluorine-doped tin oxide surface implementing an easy procedure. Morphology of the as-grown material and of the prepared photoanode was investigated by means of electron microscopy, deepening the investigation on the thermal treatment effect. Crystalline orientation and exposed surface area were studied by X-ray diffraction and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller measurements, showing suitable characteristics for the application in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). DSCs were assembled employing a microfluidic housing system. The cell performances and the electron transport properties as a function of the tube length, before and after a TiCl(4) treatment, were characterized by I-V electrical measurements, incident photon-to-electron conversion efficiency, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and open circuit voltage decay. Fitting the impedance spectra with an equivalent circuit, it was possible to obtain information on the electron diffusion properties into the TiO(2) nanotubes. A comparison with the charge transport properties evaluated in nanoparticle-based photoanodes witnesses a noteworthy increase of electron lifetime and diffusion length, yielding an overall power conversion efficiency up to 7.56%. PMID:22918400

  13. Plasmonic silver quantum dots coupled with hierarchical TiO2 nanotube arrays photoelectrodes for efficient visible-light photoelectrocatalytic hydrogen evolution

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    Lian, Zichao; Wang, Wenchao; Xiao, Shuning; Li, Xin; Cui, Yingying; Zhang, Dieqing; Li, Guisheng; Li, Hexing

    2015-01-01

    A plasmonic Ag/TiO2 photocatalytic composite was designed by selecting Ag quantum dots (Ag QDs) to act as a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) photosensitizer for driving the visible-light driven photoelectrocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Vertically oriented hierarchical TiO2 nanotube arrays (H-TiO2-NTAs) with macroporous structure were prepared through a two-step method based on electrochemical anodization. Subsequently, Ag QDs, with tunable size (1.3-21.0 nm), could be uniformly deposited on the H-TiO2 NTAs by current pulsing approach. The unique structure of the as-obtained photoelectrodes greatly improved the photoelectric conversion efficiency. The as-obtained Ag/H-TiO2-NTAs exhibited strong visible-light absorption capability, high photocurrent density, and enhanced photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activity toward photoelectrocatalytic hydrogen evolution under visible-light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). The enhancement in the photoelectric conversion efficiency and activity was ascribed to the synergistic effects of silver and the unique hierarchical structures of TiO2 nanotube arrays, strong SPR effect, and anti-shielding effect of ultrafine Ag QDs. PMID:26067850

  14. Plasmonic silver quantum dots coupled with hierarchical TiO2 nanotube arrays photoelectrodes for efficient visible-light photoelectrocatalytic hydrogen evolution.

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    Lian, Zichao; Wang, Wenchao; Xiao, Shuning; Li, Xin; Cui, Yingying; Zhang, Dieqing; Li, Guisheng; Li, Hexing

    2015-01-01

    A plasmonic Ag/TiO2 photocatalytic composite was designed by selecting Ag quantum dots (Ag QDs) to act as a surface plasmon resonance (SPR) photosensitizer for driving the visible-light driven photoelectrocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Vertically oriented hierarchical TiO2 nanotube arrays (H-TiO2-NTAs) with macroporous structure were prepared through a two-step method based on electrochemical anodization. Subsequently, Ag QDs, with tunable size (1.3-21.0 nm), could be uniformly deposited on the H-TiO2 NTAs by current pulsing approach. The unique structure of the as-obtained photoelectrodes greatly improved the photoelectric conversion efficiency. The as-obtained Ag/H-TiO2-NTAs exhibited strong visible-light absorption capability, high photocurrent density, and enhanced photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activity toward photoelectrocatalytic hydrogen evolution under visible-light irradiation (λ>420 nm). The enhancement in the photoelectric conversion efficiency and activity was ascribed to the synergistic effects of silver and the unique hierarchical structures of TiO2 nanotube arrays, strong SPR effect, and anti-shielding effect of ultrafine Ag QDs. PMID:26067850

  15. Effect of phosphonate monolayer adsorbate on the microwave photoresponse of TiO2 nanotube membranes mounted on a planar double ring resonator

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    Zarifi, Mohammad H.; Farsinezhad, Samira; Wiltshire, Benjamin D.; Abdorrazaghi, Mohammad; Mahdi, Najia; Kar, Piyush; Daneshmand, Mojgan; Shankar, Karthik

    2016-09-01

    In this study, the effects of a phosphonate molecular monolayer adsorbed on the surface of a free-standing self-organized TiO2 nanotube membrane, on the microwave photoresponse of the membrane are presented. This phenomenon is monitored using planar microwave sensors. A double ring resonator is utilized to monitor the permittivity and conductivity variation on the monolayer coated membrane and the sensor environment separately. It is shown that the rise time and subsequent decay of the amplitude (A), resonance frequency (f 0) and quality factor (Q) of the resonator depend on the existence and the type of the monolayer coating the membrane. Three different monolayers of n-decylphosphonic acid (DPA), 1H, 1H‧, 2H, 2H‧-perfluorodecyl phosphonic acid (PFDPA) and 16-phosphonohexadecanoic acid adsorbed on the titania nanotube membrane are investigated while monitoring their microwave properties during the illumination time period and in the relaxation period, which demonstrate different behavior in comparison to each other and to the bare nanotube membrane layer. The effect of humidity on the TiO2 nanotube membrane with and without different monolayers is also studied and the results demonstrate distinguishable microwave responses. While each of the monolayer-coated membranes exhibited an attenuation of the photo-induced change in A, f 0 and Q with respect to the bare membrane, PFDPA-coated membranes showed the smallest relative change in the monitored microwave parameters upon ultraviolet illumination and upon the introduction of different levels of humidity. These effects are explained on the basis of surface trap passivation by the monolayers as well as the hydrophobicity of the monolayers. Our work also shows how the interactions of self-assembled monolayers with charge carriers and surface states on metal oxides may be used to indirectly sense their presence through measurement of the microwave response.

  16. Effect of phosphonate monolayer adsorbate on the microwave photoresponse of TiO2 nanotube membranes mounted on a planar double ring resonator.

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    Zarifi, Mohammad H; Farsinezhad, Samira; Wiltshire, Benjamin D; Abdorrazaghi, Mohammad; Najia Mahdi; Kar, Piyush; Daneshmand, Mojgan; Shankar, Karthik

    2016-09-16

    In this study, the effects of a phosphonate molecular monolayer adsorbed on the surface of a free-standing self-organized TiO2 nanotube membrane, on the microwave photoresponse of the membrane are presented. This phenomenon is monitored using planar microwave sensors. A double ring resonator is utilized to monitor the permittivity and conductivity variation on the monolayer coated membrane and the sensor environment separately. It is shown that the rise time and subsequent decay of the amplitude (A), resonance frequency (f 0) and quality factor (Q) of the resonator depend on the existence and the type of the monolayer coating the membrane. Three different monolayers of n-decylphosphonic acid (DPA), 1H, 1H', 2H, 2H'-perfluorodecyl phosphonic acid (PFDPA) and 16-phosphonohexadecanoic acid adsorbed on the titania nanotube membrane are investigated while monitoring their microwave properties during the illumination time period and in the relaxation period, which demonstrate different behavior in comparison to each other and to the bare nanotube membrane layer. The effect of humidity on the TiO2 nanotube membrane with and without different monolayers is also studied and the results demonstrate distinguishable microwave responses. While each of the monolayer-coated membranes exhibited an attenuation of the photo-induced change in A, f 0 and Q with respect to the bare membrane, PFDPA-coated membranes showed the smallest relative change in the monitored microwave parameters upon ultraviolet illumination and upon the introduction of different levels of humidity. These effects are explained on the basis of surface trap passivation by the monolayers as well as the hydrophobicity of the monolayers. Our work also shows how the interactions of self-assembled monolayers with charge carriers and surface states on metal oxides may be used to indirectly sense their presence through measurement of the microwave response. PMID:27487465

  17. TiO2 nanotube arrays deposited on Ti substrate by anodic oxidation and their potential as a long-term drug delivery system for antimicrobial agents

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    Moseke, Claus; Hage, Felix; Vorndran, Elke; Gbureck, Uwe

    2012-05-01

    Nanotube arrays on medical titanium surfaces were fabricated by two different anodization methods and their potential for storage and release of antimicrobial substances was evaluated. The treatment of the Ti surfaces in fluoride containing electrolytes on water as well as on polyethylene glycol basis led to the formation of TiO2 nanotubes with up to 6.54 μm length and average diameters of up to 160 nm. Drug release experiments with the model antibiotic vancomycin and with antibacterial silver ions showed that the increased surface area of the anodized samples enabled them to be loaded with up to 450% more active agent than the untreated Ti surfaces. Significant surface-dependent differences in the release kinetics of vancomycin were observed. In comparison to surfaces anodized in an aqueous electrolyte, the release of the antibiotic from surfaces anodized in an electrolyte based on ethylene glycol was significantly retarded, with a release of noticeable amounts over a period of more than 300 days. Loading of nanotube surfaces fabricated in aqueous electrolyte with silver ions revealed increased amounts of adsorbed silver by up to 230%, while the release kinetics showed significant differences in comparison to untreated Ti. It was concluded that nanotube arrays on favored medical implant materials have a high potential for loading with antimicrobial agents and also provide the possibility of tailored release kinetics by variation of anodization parameters.

  18. Gold nanocluster-sensitized TiO2 nanotubes to enhance the photocatalytic hydrogen generation under visible light

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    Wang, Hongkai; Chen, Fuyi; Li, Weiyin; Tian, Tian

    2015-08-01

    The wide band-gap of TiO2 semiconductors hinders the photocatalytic hydrogen generation under visible light. In this research, we introduce glutathione-protected gold (Au-GSH) nanoclusters as a sensitizer to extend the active region of TiO2 up to a wavelength of 510 nm under visible light spectrum. We demonstrate that Au-GSH nanoclusters are capable of enhancing photocatalytic effects for hydrogen generation in photo-electrochemical cells (PECs). The combined effects of metal nanoclusters and sacrificial agent (EDTA) enhance the photocurrent up to six times more than what can be achieved using Au-GSH nanoclusters without EDTA. Moreover, the mechanisms of interaction between Au-GSH nanoclusters and EDTA have been investigated through instantaneous photoresponse measurements. A single electrode system has been designed to simplify PECs for hydrogen generation, which exhibits the same enhanced photocatalytic effect.

  19. Rapid charge-discharge property of Li4Ti5O12-TiO2 nanosheet and nanotube composites as anode material for power lithium-ion batteries.

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    Yi, Ting-Feng; Fang, Zi-Kui; Xie, Ying; Zhu, Yan-Rong; Yang, Shuang-Yuan

    2014-11-26

    Well-defined Li4Ti5O12-TiO2 nanosheet and nanotube composites have been synthesized by a solvothermal process. The combination of in situ generated rutile-TiO2 in Li4Ti5O12 nanosheets or nanotubes is favorable for reducing the electrode polarization, and Li4Ti5O12-TiO2 nanocomposites show faster lithium insertion/extraction kinetics than that of pristine Li4Ti5O12 during cycling. Li4Ti5O12-TiO2 electrodes also display lower charge-transfer resistance and higher lithium diffusion coefficients than pristine Li4Ti5O12. Therefore, Li4Ti5O12-TiO2 electrodes display lower charge-transfer resistance and higher lithium diffusion coefficients. This reveals that the in situ TiO2 modification improves the electronic conductivity and electrochemical activity of the electrode in the local environment, resulting in its relatively higher capacity at high charge-discharge rate. Li4Ti5O12-TiO2 nanocomposite with a Li/Ti ratio of 3.8:5 exhibits the lowest charge-transfer resistance and the highest lithium diffusion coefficient among all samples, and it shows a much improved rate capability and specific capacity in comparison with pristine Li4Ti5O12 when charging and discharging at a 10 C rate. The improved high-rate capability, cycling stability, and fast charge-discharge performance of Li4Ti5O12-TiO2 nanocomposites can be ascribed to the improvement of electrochemical reversibility, lithium ion diffusion, and conductivity by in situ TiO2 modification. PMID:25330170

  20. The effect of calcination temperature on the microstructure and photocatalytic activity of TiO2-based composite nanotubes prepared by an in situ template dissolution method

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    Fan, Jiajie; Zhao, Li; Yu, Jiaguo; Liu, Gang

    2012-09-01

    TiO2-based composite nanotubes, based on an in situ template dissolution method, were one-step fabricated in a mixed aqueous solution of ammonium hexafluorotitanate and boric acid using ZnO nanorods as templates, and then the samples were calcined at different temperatures. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by photocatalytic decoloration of Methyl Orange (MO) aqueous solution at ambient temperature under UV light. The results showed that the prepared sample possessed nanoscale tubular morphology with a wall thickness of ca. 30-50 nm, inner diameters of ca. 50-150 nm and lengths of ca. 400-2000 nm. The calcined samples exhibited excellent stabilization of the anatase phase in a wide temperature range of 300-800 °C. The un-calcined and calcined samples possessed hierarchically macro-mesoporous structures. The sample calcined at 600 °C exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity, corresponding to the maximal formation rate of \\z.rad OH on the photocatalyst. This is attributed to the improvement of anatase TiO2 crystallization, the formation of multi-phase structures including anatase, cubic Zn2TiO4, hexagonal ZnTiO3 and cubic ZnTiO3, and the presence of hierarchically macro-mesoporous structures.

  1. Lithiation Confined in One Dimensional Nanospace of TiO2 (Anatase) Nanotube to Enhance the Lithium Storage Property of CuO Nanowires.

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    Li, Ang; Song, Huaihe; Chen, Xiaohong; Zhou, Jisheng; Ma, Zhaokun

    2015-10-14

    We have fabricated CuO@TiO2 nanocable arrays by a facile method involving in situ thermal oxidation of Cu foil and coating of tetrabutyl titanate solution. The structure of the nanocables has been investigated by various techniques to comfirm that the cores are mainly crystalline monoclinic CuO, and the shells are crystalline tetragonal anatase TiO2. When used as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries, the nanoconfinement effect plays an important role in improving the lithium-ion storage preformance: the lithiation will be confined in one-dimensional space of TiO2 nanotubes to limit the pulverization of CuO, and the phase interface will cause an interfacial adsorption to enrich more lithium ions at some level. Benefiting from the nanoconfinement effect and interfacial adsorption, the reversible capacity does not fade, but rather increases gradually to 725 mAh g(-1) after 400 cycles at a current density of 60 mA g(-1), superior to the theoretical capacity of CuO. PMID:26383966

  2. Photocatalytic direct conversion of ethanol to 1,1- diethoxyethane over noble-metal-loaded TiO2 nanotubes and nanorods.

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    Zhang, Hongxia; Wu, Yupeng; Li, Li; Zhu, Zhenping

    2015-04-13

    As one of the most important biomass platform molecules, ethanol needs to have its product chain chemically extended to meet future demands in renewable fuels and chemicals. Additionally, chemical conversion of ethanol under mild and green conditions is still a major challenge. In this work, ethanol is directly converted into 1,1-diethoxyethane (DEE) and H2 under mild photocatalytic conditions over platinum-loaded TiO2 nanotubes and nanorods. The reaction follows a tandem dehydrogenation-acetalization mechanism, in which ethanol is first dehydrogenated into acetaldehyde and H(+) ion by photogenerated holes, and then acetalization between acetaldehyde and ethanol proceeds through promotion by H(+) ions formed in real time. Excess H(+) ions are simultaneously reduced into H2 by photogenerated electrons. This photocatalytic process has a very high reaction rate over nanosized tubular and rod-like TiO2 photocatalysts, reaching 157.7 mmol g(-1)  h(-1) in relatively low photocatalyst feeding. More importantly, the reaction is highly selective, with a nearly stoichiometric conversion of reacted ethanol into DEE. This photocatalytic dehydrogenation CO coupling of ethanol is a new green approach to the direct efficient conversion of ethanol into DEE and provides a promising channel for sustainable bioethanol applications. PMID:25755072

  3. Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic activity of porous La-N-co-doped TiO2 nanotubes for gaseous chlorobenzene oxidation.

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    Cheng, Zhuowei; Gu, Zhiqi; Chen, Jianmeng; Yu, Jianming; Zhou, Lingjun

    2016-08-01

    The photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous chlorobenzene (CB) by the 365nm-induced photocatalyst La/N-TiO2, synthesized via a sol-gel and hydrothermal method, was evaluated. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to model and optimize the conditions for synthesis of the photocatalyst. The optimal photocatalyst was 1.2La/0.5N-TiO2 (0.5) and the effects of La/N on crystalline structure, particle morphology, surface element content, and other structural characteristics were investigated by XRD (X-ray diffraction), TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy), FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), UV-vis (Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy), and BET (Brunauer Emmett Teller). Greater surface area and smaller particle size were produced with the co-doped TiO2 nanotubes than with reference TiO2. The removal of CB was effective when performed using the synthesized photocatalyst, though it was less efficient at higher initial CB concentrations. Various modified Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic models involving the adsorption of chlorobenzene and water on different active sites were evaluated. Fitting results suggested that competitive adsorption caused by water molecules could not be neglected, especially for environments with high relative humidity. The reaction intermediates found after GC-MS (Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry) analysis indicated that most were soluble, low-toxicity, or both. The results demonstrated that the prepared photocatalyst had high activity for VOC (volatile organic compounds) conversion and may be used as a pretreatment prior to biopurification. PMID:27521952

  4. Synergistic effect of TiCl4-ZnO treated TiO2 nanotubes in dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Lee, Jin Soo; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Kim, Chang Seob; Choi, Hyung Wook

    2015-06-01

    Oxide semiconducting TiO2 nanoparticles (TNPs) with TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) have attracted considerable attention because of a fast electron migration process in the photoelectrode. However, TNT films of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) displayed low conversion efficiency because of lower dye loading and sunlight absorption than in the case of TNPs films. For high-performance DSSCs, an aqueous solution treatment using titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and zinc oxide (ZnO) was used on the TNT film. The TNT array was prepared by an anodization process. Herein, we studied that a double dip-coating TiCl4-ZnO treatment of the TNTs enhanced photocurrent density and fill factor due to an improvement in electron transfer, increase in dye adsorption, and reduction in the recombination charge rate. The results show that the DSSCs with a TiCl4-ZnO treatment show a maximum conversion efficiency of 8.29% and JSC of 21.19 mA/cm2 under a simulated solar light irradiation of 100 mW/cm2 (AM 1.5).

  5. Air-gating and chemical-gating in transistors and sensing devices made from hollow TiO2 semiconductor nanotubes

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    Alivov, Yahya; Funke, Hans; Nagpal, Prashant

    2015-07-01

    Rapid miniaturization of electronic devices down to the nanoscale, according to Moore’s law, has led to some undesirable effects like high leakage current in transistors, which can offset additional benefits from scaling down. Development of three-dimensional transistors, by spatial extension in the third dimension, has allowed higher contact area with a gate electrode and better control over conductivity in the semiconductor channel. However, these devices do not utilize the large surface area and interfaces for new electronic functionality. Here, we demonstrate air gating and chemical gating in hollow semiconductor nanotube devices and highlight the potential for development of novel transistors that can be modulated using channel bias, gate voltage, chemical composition, and concentration. Using chemical gating, we reversibly altered the conductivity of nanoscaled semiconductor nanotubes (10-500 nm TiO2 nanotubes) by six orders of magnitude, with a tunable rectification factor (ON/OFF ratio) ranging from 1-106. While demonstrated air- and chemical-gating speeds were slow here (˜seconds) due to the mechanical-evacuation rate and size of our chamber, the small nanoscale volume of these hollow semiconductors can enable much higher switching speeds, limited by the rate of adsorption/desorption of molecules at semiconductor interfaces. These chemical-gating effects are completely reversible, additive between different chemical compositions, and can enable semiconductor nanoelectronic devices for ‘chemical transistors’, ‘chemical diodes’, and very high-efficiency sensing applications.

  6. Air-gating and chemical-gating in transistors and sensing devices made from hollow TiO2 semiconductor nanotubes.

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    Alivov, Yahya; Funke, Hans; Nagpal, Prashant

    2015-07-24

    Rapid miniaturization of electronic devices down to the nanoscale, according to Moore's law, has led to some undesirable effects like high leakage current in transistors, which can offset additional benefits from scaling down. Development of three-dimensional transistors, by spatial extension in the third dimension, has allowed higher contact area with a gate electrode and better control over conductivity in the semiconductor channel. However, these devices do not utilize the large surface area and interfaces for new electronic functionality. Here, we demonstrate air gating and chemical gating in hollow semiconductor nanotube devices and highlight the potential for development of novel transistors that can be modulated using channel bias, gate voltage, chemical composition, and concentration. Using chemical gating, we reversibly altered the conductivity of nanoscaled semiconductor nanotubes (10-500 nm TiO2 nanotubes) by six orders of magnitude, with a tunable rectification factor (ON/OFF ratio) ranging from 1-10(6). While demonstrated air- and chemical-gating speeds were slow here (∼seconds) due to the mechanical-evacuation rate and size of our chamber, the small nanoscale volume of these hollow semiconductors can enable much higher switching speeds, limited by the rate of adsorption/desorption of molecules at semiconductor interfaces. These chemical-gating effects are completely reversible, additive between different chemical compositions, and can enable semiconductor nanoelectronic devices for 'chemical transistors', 'chemical diodes', and very high-efficiency sensing applications. PMID:26134618

  7. Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity of Ag, Au and Cu nanoclusters on TiO 2-nanotubes/Ti substrate

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    Roguska, Agata; Kudelski, Andrzej; Pisarek, Marcin; Opara, Magdalena; Janik-Czachor, Maria

    2011-07-01

    Tubular arrays of TiO 2 nanotubes (ranging in diameter from 40 to 110 nm) on a Ti substrate were used as a support for Ag, Au or Cu deposits obtained by the sputter deposition technique, where the amount of metal varied from 0.01 to 0.2 mg/cm 2. Those composite supports were intended for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) investigations. Composite samples were studied with the aid of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) to reveal their characteristic morphological and chemical features. Raman spectra of pyridine (as a probe molecule) were measured at different cathodic potentials ranging from -0.2 down to -1.2 V after the pyridine had been adsorbed on the metal-covered TiO 2 nanotube/Ti substrates. In addition, SERS spectra on a bulk standard activated Ag, Au and Cu substrates were also measured. The SERS activity of the composite samples was strongly dependent on the amount of metal deposit, e.g. at and above 0.06 mg Ag/cm 2, the intensity of SERS signal was even higher than that for the Ag reference substrate. The high activity of these composites is mainly a result of their specific morphology. The high SERS sensitivity on the surface morphology of the substrate made it possible to monitor very small temporal changes in the Ag metal clusters. This rearrangement was not detectable with microscopic (SEM) or microanalytical (AES) methods. The SERS activity of Au or Cu clusters was distinctly lower than those of Ag. The spectral differences exhibited by the three kinds of composites as compared to the reference metal samples are discussed.

  8. Sensitive determination of dopamine in the presence of uric acid and ascorbic acid using TiO2 nanotubes modified with Pd, Pt and Au nanoparticles.

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    Mahshid, Sara; Li, Chengcheng; Mahshid, Sahar Sadat; Askari, Masoud; Dolati, Abolghasem; Yang, Lixia; Luo, Shenglian; Cai, Qingyun

    2011-06-01

    A simple modified TiO(2) nanotubes electrode was fabricated by electrodeposition of Pd, Pt and Au nanoparticles. The TiO(2) nanotubes electrode was prepared using the anodizing method, followed by modifying Pd nanoparticles onto the tubes surface, offering a uniform conductive surface for electrodeposition of Pt and Au. The performance of the modified electrode was characterized by cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry methods. The Au/Pt/Pd/TiO(2) NTs modified electrode represented a high sensitivity towards individual detection of dopamine as well as simultaneous detection of dopamine and uric acid using 0.1 M phosphate buffer solution (pH 7.00) as the base solution. In both case, electro-oxidation peak currents of dopamine were linearly related to accumulated concentration over a wide concentration range of 5.0 × 10(-8) to 3.0 × 10(-5) M. However in the same range of dopamine concentration, the sensitivity had a significant loss at Pt/Pd/TiO(2) NTs electrode, suggesting the necessity for Au nanoparticles in modified electrode. The limit of the detection was determined as 3 × 10(-8) M for dopamine at signal-to-noise ratio equal to 3. Furthermore, the Au/Pt/Pd/TiO(2) NTs modified electrode was able to distinguish the oxidation response of dopamine, uric acid and ascorbic acid in mixture solution of different acidity. It was shown that the modified electrode possessed a very good reproducibility and long-term stability. The method was also successfully applied for determination of DA in human urine samples with satisfactory results. PMID:21494708

  9. Nanostructural evolution of one-dimensional BaTiO3 structures by hydrothermal conversion of vertically aligned TiO2 nanotubes

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    Muñoz-Tabares, J. A.; Bejtka, K.; Lamberti, A.; Garino, N.; Bianco, S.; Quaglio, M.; Pirri, C. F.; Chiodoni, A.

    2016-03-01

    The use of TiO2 nanotube (NT) arrays as templates for hydrothermal conversion of one-dimensional barium titanate (BaTiO3) structures is considered a promising synthesis approach, even though the formation mechanisms are not yet fully understood. Herein we report a nanostructural study by means of XRD and (HR)TEM of high aspect ratio TiO2-NTs hydrothermally converted into BaTiO3. The nanostructure shows two different and well-defined regions: at the top the conversion involves complete dissolution of NTs and subsequent precipitation of BaTiO3 crystals by homogeneous nucleation, followed by the growth of dendritic structures by aggregation and oriented attachment mechanisms. Instead, at the bottom, the low liquid/solid ratio, due to the limited amount of Ba solution that infiltrates the NTs, leads to the rapid crystallization of such a solution into BaTiO3, thus allowing the NTs to act as a template for the formation of highly oriented one-dimensional nanostructures. The in-depth analysis of the structural transformations that take place during the formation of the rod-like arrays of BaTiO3 could help elucidate the conversion mechanism, thus paving the way for the optimization of the synthesis process in view of new applications in energy harvesting devices, where easy and low temperature processing, controlled composition, morphology and functional properties are required.The use of TiO2 nanotube (NT) arrays as templates for hydrothermal conversion of one-dimensional barium titanate (BaTiO3) structures is considered a promising synthesis approach, even though the formation mechanisms are not yet fully understood. Herein we report a nanostructural study by means of XRD and (HR)TEM of high aspect ratio TiO2-NTs hydrothermally converted into BaTiO3. The nanostructure shows two different and well-defined regions: at the top the conversion involves complete dissolution of NTs and subsequent precipitation of BaTiO3 crystals by homogeneous nucleation, followed by the

  10. Incorporation of N-doped TiO2 nanorods in regenerated cellulose thin films fabricated from recycled newspaper as a green portable photocatalyst.

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    Mohamed, Mohamad Azuwa; Salleh, W N W; Jaafar, Juhana; Ismail, A F; Abd Mutalib, Muhazri; Jamil, Siti Munira

    2015-11-20

    In this work, an environmental friendly RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film was designed as a green portable photocatalyst by utilizing recycled newspaper as sustainable cellulose resource. Investigations on the influence of N-doped TiO2 nanorods incorporation on the structural and morphological properties of RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film are presented. The resulting nanocomposite thin film was characterized by FESEM, AFM, FTIR, UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy, and XPS analysis. The results suggested that there was a remarkable compatibility between cellulose and N-doped TiO2 nanorods anchored onto the surface of the RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film. Under UV and visible irradiation, the RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film showed remarkable photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue solution with degradation percentage of 96% and 78.8%, respectively. It is crucial to note that the resulting portable photocatalyst produced via an environmental and green technique in its fabrication process has good potential in the field of water and wastewater treatment application. PMID:26344299

  11. Enhanced charge collection and reduced recombination of CdS /TiO2 quantum-dots sensitized solar cells in the presence of single-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Lee, Wonjoo; Lee, Jungwoo; Lee, Sangjin; Yi, Whikun; Han, Sung-Hwan; Cho, Byung Won

    2008-04-01

    This paper reports the modification of CdS /TiO2 quantum-dot sensitized solar cells by using single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) on indium-doped tin oxide (ITO) electrodes. The presence of the SWCNT layers on an ITO electrode increased the short-circuit current under the irradiation condition and also reduced the charge recombination process under the dark condition. The power conversion efficiency of CdS /TiO2 on ITO increased 50.0% in the presence of SWCNTs due to the improved charge-collecting efficiency and reduced recombination.

  12. The influence of geometrical characteristics on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanotube arrays for degradation of refractory organic pollutants in wastewater.

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    Noeiaghaei, T; Yun, J-H; Nam, S W; Zoh, K D; Gomes, V G; Kim, J O; Chae, S R

    2015-01-01

    The effects of geometrical characteristics such as surface area (SA) and porosity of TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs) on its photocatalytic activity were investigated by applying variable voltages and reaction times for the anodization of Ti substrates. While larger SA of nanotubes was observed under higher applied potential, the porosity of TNAs decreased by increasing anodizing voltage. Under applied potential of 80 V, the SA of TNAs increased from 0.164 to 0.471 m2/g as anodization time increased from 1 to 5 hours, respectively. However, no significant effect on the porosity of TNAs was observed. On the other hand, both SA and porosity of TNAs, synthesized at 60 V, increased by augmenting the anodization time from 1 to 3 hours. But further increasing of anodization time to 5 hours resulted in a decreased SA of TNAs with no effect on their porosity. Accordingly, the TNAs with SA of 0.368 m2/g and porosity of 47% showed the highest photocatalytic activity for degradation of 4-chlorobenzoic acid (4CBA). Finally, the degradation of refractory model compounds such as carbamazepine and bisphenol-A was tested and more than 50% of both compounds could be degraded under UV-A irradiation (λmax=365 nm). PMID:25945845

  13. Effect of micropatterned TiO2 nanotubes thin film on the deposition of endothelial extracellular matrix: For the purpose of enhancing surface biocompatibility.

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    Wu, Juejue; Li, Jingan; Wu, Feng; He, Zikun; Yang, Ping; Huang, Nan

    2015-01-01

    The vascular endothelial cells (EC) extracellular matrix (ECM) on the biomaterial surface can significantly improve the blood compatibility and cell compatibility of the cardiovascular materials. In the present study, two types of micropatterned TiO2 nanotubes surfaces (gronano and toponano) were fabricated on the titanium surface by photolithography and two-step anodizing technology, for the purpose of enhancing the deposition and loading ability of the EC ECM. The effect of the micropatterned nanotubes on EC ECM deposition and loading was investigated by qualitative and quantitative characterizations of type IV collagen (CoIV). The blood compatibility of the deposited ECM layers was evaluated by platelet adhesion and activation tests, and the endothelialization function of the deposited ECM layers was investigated by EC culture for 3 days. As a result, there was more CoIV on the toponano surface compared with the control. Meanwhile, the ECM loaded toponano (ECM/toponano) possessed better blood compatibility and better endothelialization than the control. This ECM loaded micro-/nanocomposite thin film was anticipated for the potential application of the surface modification of cardiovascular devices based on its excellent biocompatibility. PMID:26282700

  14. Ultra-sensitive determination of epinephrine based on TiO2-Au nanoclusters supported on reduced graphene oxide and carbon nanotube hybrid nanocomposites.

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    Li, Jianbo; Wang, Xiaojiao; Duan, Huimin; Wang, Yanhui; Luo, Chuannan

    2016-07-01

    A highly efficient and sensitive electrochemical sensor for EP based on reduced graphene and multi-walled carbon nanotube hybrid nanocomposites loaded TiO2-Au nano-clusters modified glassy carbon electrode was developed. The surface nature and morphology of the nanocomposite film and the electrochemical properties of the sensor were characterized by Raman spectra, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectra (EDX), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV), respectively. Carbon nanomaterials were widely used in sensing due to its large electroactive surface area, fast electron transport and strong adsorption capacity. Meanwhile, TiO2-Au nano-clusters could accelerate the electron transfer, increase reactive site and extend electrochemical response window. The nanocomposite film could greatly enhance the response sensitivity and decrease the overpotential. The resulting sensor showed an excellent electrocatalytic activity toward EP. Under the optimum conditions (i.e. pH6.0, 0.1M PBS, preconcentration for 110s), Differential pulse voltammetry was employed to detect ultra-trace amounts of EP. The result of a wide linear range of 1.0-300nM and limited of detection 0.34nM (S/N=3) were obtained. The constructed sensor exhibited excellent accuracy and precision, the relative standard deviation (RSD) was less than 5%. The nanocomposite film sensor was successfully used to accurately detect the content of EP in practical samples, and the recoveries for the standards added are 97%-105%. PMID:27127069

  15. Polyaniline nanotubes coated with TiO2&γ-Fe2O3@graphene oxide as a novel and effective visible light photocatalyst for removal of rhodamine B from water

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    Ghavami, Monireh; Kassaee, Mohammad Zaman; Mohammadi, Reza; Koohi, Maryam; Haerizadeh, Bibi Narjes

    2014-12-01

    Synthesis of polyaniline-nanotubes (PANI-NT), in the presence of TiO2 and γ-Fe2O3 functionalized graphene oxide (GO), gives a green and magnetically recyclable photocatalyst, TiO2&γ-Fe2O3@GO/PANI-NT. The later orchestrates 94% photocatalytic efficiency in removal of rhodamine B (RB) from water, under simulated solar light irradiation. This is far higher than the 36% observed in the presence of TiO2&γ-Fe2O3@GO alone, where PANI-NT is excluded from the structure. Morphology, composition, and structural properties of our economically sound photocatalyst are characterized by X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, thermo-gravimetric, transmission electron microscopy, inductively coupled plasma, RAMAN and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy.

  16. Attenuation of the macrophage inflammatory activity by TiO2 nanotubes via inhibition of MAPK and NF-κB pathways

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    Neacsu, Patricia; Mazare, Anca; Schmuki, Patrik; Cimpean, Anisoara

    2015-01-01

    Biomaterial implantation in a living tissue triggers the activation of macrophages in inflammatory events, promoting the transcription of pro-inflammatory mediator genes. The initiation of macrophage inflammatory processes is mainly regulated by signaling proteins of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) and by nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) pathways. We have previously shown that titania nanotubes modified Ti surfaces (Ti/TiO2) mitigate the immune response, compared with flat Ti surfaces; however, little is known regarding the underlying mechanism. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate the mechanism(s) by which this nanotopography attenuates the inflammatory activity of macrophages. Thus, we analyzed the effects of TiO2 nanotubes on the activation of MAPK and NF-κB signaling pathways in standard and lipopolysaccharide-evoked conditions. Results showed that the Ti/TiO2 significantly reduce the expression levels of the phosphorylated forms of p38, ERK1/2, c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK), IKKβ, and IkB-α. Furthermore, a significant reduction in the p65 nuclear accumulation on the nanotubular surface was remarked. Following, by using specific MAPK inhibitors, we observed that lipopolysaccharide-induced production of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 and nitric oxide was significantly inhibited on the Ti/TiO2 surface via p38 and ERK1/2, but not via JNK. However, the selective inhibitor for JNK signaling pathway (SP600125) was effective in reducing tumor necrosis factor alpha release as well as monocyte chemotactic protein-1 and nitric oxide production. Altogether, these data suggest that titania nanotubes can attenuate the macrophage inflammatory response via suppression of MAPK and NF-κB pathways providing a potential mechanism for their anti-inflammatory activity. PMID:26491301

  17. In situ synthesis of carbon incorporated TiO2 with long-term performance as anode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Chen, Yang; Ma, Xiaoqing; Cui, Xiaoli; Jiang, Zhiyu

    2016-01-01

    The carbon incorporated titanium dioxide (C-TiO2) has been in-situ synthesized via facile flame-assisted approach using tetrabutyl orthotitanate as a precursor. The as-prepared C-TiO2 samples are characterized by SEM, XRD, XPS, Raman spectroscopy, EDX, TGA and electrochemical measurements. It is found that carbon incorporated TiO2 microspheres can be directly obtained without any post annealing. Enhanced lithium storage performance is observed for the resultant sample after ball milling. The reversible capacity remains 159.8 mAh g-1 at a specific current of 335 mA g-1 even after 960 charge-discharge cycles. The high capacity reversibility and good long-term cycling capability are attributed to the inherently incorporated carbon species, which efficiently improve electronic conductivity. Meanwhile, the intrinsic crystal structure and enlarged contact area between electrode and electrolyte provide abundant channels for Li-ion transport. This work could not only make the prepared C-TiO2 a promising anode candidate, but also present an available strategy for developing other electrode materials.

  18. Controlling available active sites of Pt-loaded TiO2 nanotube-imprinted Ti plates for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Lin, Lu-Yin; Yeh, Min-Hsin; Chen, Wei-Chieh; Ramamurthy, Vittal; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2015-02-25

    The counter electrode (CE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) plays an important role for transferring electrons and catalyzing the I-/I3- reduction. Active surface area of the substrate determines the reduction sites of the deposited catalyst as well as the catalytic ability of the CE. An effective method for enhancing and controlling the active surface area of metal plates is provided in this study. The Ti plates are imprinted by TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) via the technique of anodization along with the ultrasonic vibration process. The available active area of imprinted Ti plates is controlled by varying the anodization voltage to produce TNT imprints with different diameters and depths. A solar-to-electricity conversion efficiency (η) of 9.35% was obtained for the DSSC with a TNT-imprinted Ti plate as the CE substrate, while the cell with an imprint-free Ti plate shows an η of 7.81%. The enhanced η is due to the improved electrocatalytic ability of the CE by using the TNT-imprinted Ti plate as the substrate with higher active surface area. PMID:25642665

  19. Fabrication of highly ordered TiO2 nanotubes from fluoride containing aqueous electrolyte by anodic oxidation and their photoelectrochemical response.

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    Chin, Lim Ying; Zainal, Zulkarnain; Hussein, Mohd Zobir; Tee, Tan Wee

    2011-06-01

    The fabrication of TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) was carried out by electrochemical anodization of Ti in aqueous electrolyte containing NH4F. The effect of electrolyte pH, applied voltage, fluoride concentration and anodization duration on the formation of TNT was investigated. It was observed that self-organized TNT can be formed by adjusting the electrolyte to pH 2-4 whereby applied voltage of 10-20 V can be performed to produce highly ordered, well-organized TNT. At 20 V, TNT can be fabricated in the concentration range of 0.07 M to 0.20 M NH4F. Higher fluoride concentration leads to etching of Ti surface and reveals the Ti grain boundaries. The prepared TNT films also show an increase in depth and in size with time and the growth of TNT films reach a steady state after 120 minutes. The morphology and geometrical aspect of the TNT would be an important factor influencing the photoelectrochemical response, with higher photocurrent response is generally associated with thicker layer of TNT. Consequently, one can tailor the resulting TNT to desired surface morphologies by simply manipulating the electrochemical parameters for wide applications such as solar energy conversion and photoelectrocatalysis. PMID:21770120

  20. Determination of phthalate esters from environmental water samples by micro-solid-phase extraction using TiO2 nanotube arrays before high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Zhou, Qingxiang; Fang, Zhi; Liao, Xiangkun

    2015-07-01

    We describe a highly sensitive micro-solid-phase extraction method for the pre-concentration of six phthalate esters utilizing a TiO2 nanotube array coupled to high-performance liquid chromatography with a variable-wavelength ultraviolet visible detector. The selected phthalate esters included dimethyl phthalate, diethyl phthalate, dibutyl phthalate, butyl benzyl phthalate, bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate and dioctyl phthalate. The factors that would affect the enrichment, such as desorption solvent, sample pH, salting-out effect, extraction time and desorption time, were optimized. Under the optimum conditions, the linear range of the proposed method was 0.3-200 μg/L. The limits of detection were 0.04-0.2 μg/L (S/N = 3). The proposed method was successfully applied to the determination of six phthalate esters in water samples and satisfied spiked recoveries were achieved. These results indicated that the proposed method was appropriate for the determination of trace phthalate esters in environmental water samples. PMID:25944027

  1. Carbon-dot-decorated TiO2 nanotube arrays used for photo/voltage-induced organic pollutant degradation and the inactivation of bacteria

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    Feng, Lingyan; Sun, Hanjun; Ren, Jinsong; Qu, Xiaogang

    2016-03-01

    Photoluminescent carbon dots (c-dots) have recently attracted growing interest as a new member of the carbon-nanomaterial family. Here, we report for the first time that c-dot-decorated TiO2 nanotube arrays (c-dot/TiNTs) exhibit highly enhanced abilities regarding photo/voltage-induced organic pollutant degradation and bacterial inactivation. By applying UV irradiation (365 nm) or an electrochemical potential over 3 V (versus Ag/AgCl), an organic dye and a herbicide were efficiently degraded. Moreover, the inactivation of Gram-positive S. aureus and Gram-negative E. coli bacteria was realized on a c-dot/TiNT film. The c-dots were able to absorb light efficiently resulting in multiple exciton generation and also a reduction in the recombination of the e-/h+ pair produced in c-dot/TiNT film during photo/voltage-induced degradation. It was also possible to readily regenerate the surface using ultraviolet light irradiation, leaving the whole film structure undamaged and with high reproducibility and stability.

  2. TiO2 nanotube array photoelectrocatalyst and Ni-Sb-SnO2 electrocatalyst bifacial electrodes: a new type of bifunctional hybrid platform for water treatment.

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    Yang, So Young; Choi, Wonyong; Park, Hyunwoong

    2015-01-28

    Bifunctional hybrid electrodes capable of generating various reactive oxygen species (ROS) over a wide range of potentials were developed by coupling electrocatalysts and photoelectrocatalysts. To achieve this, Ni-doped Sb-SnO2 (NSS) was deposited on one side of a titanium (Ti) foil while the other side was anodized to grow a TiO2 nanotube array (TNA) for electrochemical ozone generation and photoelectrochemical hydroxyl radical generation, respectively. Surface characterization indicated that NSS and TNA were formed and spatially separated yet electrically connected through the Ti substrate. While each catalyst possessed unique electrochemical properties, the coupling of both catalysts resulted in mixed electrochemical properties that drove electrocatalysis at high potentials and photoelectrocatalysis at low potentials. The performance of the NSS/TNA electrode for phenol decomposition was ∼3 times greater than that of single-layer catalysts and ∼1.5 times greater than the combined catalytic performances of the individual NSS and TNA catalysts. This synergistic effect was attributed partly to the simultaneous generation of hydroxyl radicals and ozone, followed by the production of other ROS. A mechanism for the generation of ROS was discussed. PMID:25561436

  3. Enhanced photocatalytic degradation activity over TiO2 nanotubes co-sensitized by reduced graphene oxide and copper(II) meso-tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin

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    Wei, Meng; Wan, Junmin; Hu, Zhiwen; Peng, Zhiqin; Wang, Bing

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) co-sensitized with copper(II) meso-tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin (CuTCPP) and reduced graphene oxide nanosheets (rGO), which was fabricated through two-step improved hydrothermal method and heating reflux process. The effect of rGO and CuTCPP on the co-photocatalytic behavior of TNT for the degradation of Methylene Blue (MB) were measured under visible light irradiation. The photocatalysts have been characterized and analyzed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electronic diffraction (SAED), elemental mapping by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). The results provide a deeper insight into the co-photocatalytic mechanism of CuTCPP/rGO-TNT nanocomposites. The degradation results showed a purification of more than 95% MB in wastewater, which is about 5 times higher than that of the pure TNT. The results also confirm the prepared CuTCPP/rGO-TNT nanocomposites possess superior co-photocatalytic activities.

  4. Asymmetric and symmetric absorption peaks observed in infrared spectra of CO2 adsorbed on TiO2 nanotubes

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    Yamakawa, Koichiro; Sato, Yoshinori; Fukutani, Katsuyuki

    2016-04-01

    Infrared spectra of CO2 physisorbed on titania nanotubes (TiNTs), predominantly in the anatase polymorph, were measured at 81 K. Asymmetric and symmetric absorption peaks due to the antisymmetric stretch vibration (ν3) of CO2 were observed at 2340 cm-1 and 2350 cm-1, respectively. On the basis of the exposure- and time-dependence of the spectrum, the 2340 cm-1 peak was attributed to CO2 at the defective sites related to subsurface O vacancies (Vos) while the 2350 cm-1 peak was assigned to that at the fivefold coordinated Ti4+ sites. It was found that the generalized Fano line shape was well fitted to the 2340 cm-1 peak. We also observed an absorption peak at 2372 cm-1, which was attributed to the combination band of ν3 and the external mode of CO2 at Ti4+.

  5. One-step approach for hydroxyapatite-incorporated TiO 2 coating on titanium via a combined technique of micro-arc oxidation and electrophoretic deposition

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    Bai, Yu; Park, Il Song; Lee, Sook Jeong; Bae, Tae Sung; Duncan, Warwick; Swain, Michael; Lee, Min Ho

    2011-05-01

    A porous hydroxyapatite (HA) - incorporated TiO 2 coating layer was deposited on the titanium substrate using a combination of micro-arc oxidation and electrophoretic deposition. The size of the synthesized HA nano-particles was approximately 10-20 nm in width and 30-40 nm in length. The microstructure, as well as elemental and phase composition of the coating layers were examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). XRD showed that the coating layers were composed mainly of HA and anatase phases. The composition and surface morphologies were strongly dependent on the applied voltages. The amount of HA deposited into the coating increased with increasing applied voltage. The corrosion behavior of the coating layers in the simulated body fluids (SBF) was evaluated using a potentiodynamic polarization test. The corrosion resistance of the coated sample was higher than that of the untreated titanium sample. Moreover, the corrosion resistance of the coated samples also showed a positive correlation with the applied voltage. In addition, the in vitro cellular responses to the coated samples were assessed to investigate the proliferation, differentiation and morphology of the osteoblast cell line.

  6. Capacitive and oxidant generating properties of black-colored TiO2 nanotube array fabricated by electrochemical self-doping.

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    Kim, Choonsoo; Kim, Seonghwan; Lee, Jaehan; Kim, Jiye; Yoon, Jeyong

    2015-04-15

    Recently, black-colored TiO2 NTA (denoted as black TiO2 NTA) fabricated by self-doping of TiO2 NTA with the amorphous phase led to significant success as a visible-light-active photocatalyst. This enhanced photocatalytic activity is largely attributed to a higher charge carrier density as an effect of electrochemical self-doping resulting in a higher optical absorbance and lower transport resistance. Nevertheless, the potential of black TiO2 NTA for other electrochemical applications, such as a supercapacitor and an oxidant-generating anode, has not been fully investigated. Here, we report the capacitive and oxidant generating properties of black TiO2 NTA. The black TiO2 NTA exhibited significantly a high value for areal capacitance with a good rate capability and novel electrocatalytic activity in generating (•)OHs and Cl2 compared to pristine TiO2 NTA with the anatase phase. This study suggests that the black TiO2 NTA be applied as a supercapacitor and an oxidant generating anode. PMID:25793300

  7. Simultaneous degradation of ofloxacin and recovery of Cu(II) by photoelectrocatalysis with highly ordered TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Liu, Lan; Li, Ruizhen; Liu, Yong; Zhang, Jingdong

    2016-05-01

    A photoelectrocatalytic system for removal of ofloxacin and Cu(2+) complex was developed. In such a photoelectrocatalytic system, highly ordered titanium dioxide nanotubes served as a highly active photoanode for photoelectrocatalytic degradation of ofloxacin; and titanium plate was used as the cathode, on which Cu(2+) ions were electrodeposited. Compared with other treatment methods including photocatalysis, electrochemistry and direct photolysis, photoelectrocatalytic technique exhibited the highest removal efficiency for either ofloxacin or Cu(2+). To obtain the optimum photoelectrocatalytic operation conditions, some influencing factors such as current, pH and supporting electrolyte concentration were investigated systematically. The mutual influence analysis indicated that the photoelectrocatalytic removal efficiency of ofloxacin was first promoted by Cu(2+) but was then suppressed with prolonging the treatment time; whereas the removal of Cu(2+) was always promoted by ofloxacin over the whole photoelectrocatalytic treatment process. Furthermore, the photoelectrocatalytic removal of ofloxacin -Cu(2+) was studied by differential pulse voltammetry and high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. The results indicated that although Cu(2+) influenced the removal rate of ofloxacin, it did not change the degradation mechanism of ofloxacin. The formation of an electroactive intermediate product during the photoelectrocatalytic process was clearly observed by voltammetric analysis. Based on intermediate products identified by high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, a possible photoelectrocatalytic removal mechanism for ofloxacin -Cu(2+) was proposed. PMID:26848824

  8. High-performance large-scale flexible dye-sensitized solar cells based on anodic TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Jen, Hsiu-Ping; Lin, Meng-Hung; Li, Lu-Lin; Wu, Hui-Ping; Huang, Wei-Kai; Cheng, Po-Jen; Diau, Eric Wei-Guang

    2013-10-23

    A simple strategy to fabricate flexible dye-sensitized solar cells involves the use of photoanodes based on TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays with rear illumination. The TNT films (tube length ∼35 μm) were produced via anodization, and sensitized with N719 dye for photovoltaic characterization. Pt counter electrodes of two types were used: a conventional FTO/glass substrate for a device of rigid type and an ITO/PEN substrate for a device of flexible type. These DSSC devices were fabricated into either a single-cell structure (active area 3.6×0.5 cm2) or a parallel module containing three single cells (total active area 5.4 cm2). The flexible devices exhibit remarkable performance with efficiencies η=5.40% (single cell) and 4.77% (parallel module) of power conversion, which outperformed their rigid counterparts with η=4.87% (single cell) and 4.50% (parallel model) under standard one-sun irradiation. The flexible device had a greater efficiency of conversion of incident photons to current and a broader spectral range than the rigid device; a thinner electrolyte layer for the flexible device than for the rigid device is a key factor to improve the light-harvesting ability for the TNT-DSSC device with rear illumination. Measurements of electrochemical impedance spectra show excellent catalytic activity and superior diffusion characteristics for the flexible device. This technique thus provides a new option to construct flexible photovoltaic devices with large-scale, light-weight, and cost-effective advantages for imminent applications in consumer electronics. PMID:24050628

  9. Photocurrent response and semiconductor characteristics of Ce-Ce2O3-CeO2-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    2014-01-01

    We reported Ce and its oxide-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTs) and their semiconductor properties. The TNTs were prepared by anodic oxidation on pure Ti and investigated by electrochemical photocurrent response analysis. Then, the TNT electrodes were deposited of Ce by cathodic reduction of Ce(NO3)3 6H2O. After deposition, the TNT electrodes were fabricated by anodic oxidation at E = 1.0 V(SCE) for various electricity as Ce-Ce2O3-CeO2 modification. The Ce-deposited TNTs (band gap energy Eg = 2.92 eV) exhibited enhanced photocurrent responses under visible light region and indicated more negative flat band potential (Efb) compared with the TNTs without deposition. After anodic oxidation, the mixed Ce and its oxide (Ce2O3-CeO2)-modified TNT photoelectrodes exhibited higher photocurrent responses under both visible and UV light regions than the TNTs without deposition. The photocurrent responses and Efb were found to be strongly dependent on the contents of Ce2O3 and CeO2 deposited on TNTs. A new characteristic of Eg = 2.1 ± 0.1 eV was investigated in the Ce2O3- and CeO2-modified photoelectrodes. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were also employed to characterize various modified TNTs photoelectrodes. PMID:24512541

  10. TiO2 anode materials for lithium-ion batteries with different morphology and additives

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    Liu, Xiang; Ng, Yip Hang; Leung, Yu Hang; Liu, Fangzhou; Djurišic, Aleksandra B.; Xie, Mao Hai; Chan, Wai Kin

    2014-03-01

    Electrochemical performances of different TiO2 nanostructures, TiO2/CNT composite and TiO2 with titanium isopropoxide (TTIP) treatment anode were investigated. For different TiO2 nanostructures, we investigated vertically aligned TiO2 nanotubes on Ti foil and TiO2 nanotube-powders fabricated by rapid breakdown anodization technique. The morphology of the prepared samples was characterized by scanning probe microscopy (SEM). The electrochemical lithium storage abilities were studied by galvanostatic method. In addition, carbon nanotubes (CNT) additives and solution treatment process of TiO2 anode were investigated, and the results show that the additives and treatment could enhance the cycling performance of the TiO2 anode on lithium ion batteries.

  11. Development of a TiO2 modified optical fiber electrode and its incorporation into a photoelectrochemical reactor for wastewater treatment.

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    Esquivel, K; Arriaga, L G; Rodríguez, F J; Martínez, L; Godínez, Luis A

    2009-08-01

    Electrochemical advanced oxidation processes (EAOPs) are used to chemically burn non biodegradable complex organic compounds that are present in polluted effluents. A common approach involves the use of TiO2 semiconductor substrates as either photocatalytic or photoelectrocatalytic materials in reactors that produce a powerful oxidant (hydroxyl radical) that reacts with pollutant species. In this context, the purpose of this work is to develop a new TiO2 based photoanode using an optic fiber support. The novel arrangement of a TiO2 layer positioned on top of a surface modified optical fiber substrate, allowed the construction of a photoelectrochemical reactor that works on the basis of an internally illuminated approach. In this way, a semi-conductive optical fiber modified surface was prepared using 30 microm thickness SnO2:Sb films on which the photoactive TiO2 layer was electrophoretically deposited. UV light transmission experiments were conducted to evaluate the transmittance along the optical fiber covered with SnO2:Sb and TiO2 showing that 43% of UV light reached the optical fiber tip. With different illumination configurations (external or internal), it was possible to get an increase in the amount of photo-generated H(2)O(2) close to 50% as compared to different types of TiO2 films. Finally, the electro-Fenton photoelectrocatalytic Oxidation process studied in this work was able to achieve total color removal of Azo orange II dye (15 mg L(-1)) and a 57% removal of total organic carbon (TOC) within 60 min of degradation time. PMID:19560182

  12. Cytocompatibility and antibacterial activity of titania nanotubes incorporated with gold nanoparticles.

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    Yang, Tingting; Qian, Shi; Qiao, Yuqing; Liu, Xuanyong

    2016-09-01

    TiO2 nanotubes prepared by electrochemical anodization have received considerable attention in the biomedical field. In this work, different amounts of gold nanoparticles were immobilized onto TiO2 nanotubes using 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane as coupling agent. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to investigate the surface morphology and composition. Photoluminescence spectra and surface zeta potential were also measured. The obtained results indicate that the surface modified gold nanoparticles can significantly enhance the electron storage capability and reduce the surface zeta potential compared to pristine TiO2 nanotubes. Moreover, the surface modified gold nanoparticles can stimulate initial adhesion and spreading of rat bone mesenchymal stem cells as well as proliferation, while the osteogenous performance of TiO2 nanotubes will not be reduced. The gold-modified surface presents moderate antibacterial effect on both Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. It should be noted that the surface modified fewer gold nanoparticles has better antibacterial effect compared to the surface of substantial modification of gold nanoparticles. Our study illustrates a composite surface with favorable cytocompatibility and antibacterial effect and provides a promising candidate for orthopedic and dental implant. PMID:27285731

  13. Enhancement of Glycerol Steam Reforming Activity and Thermal Stability by Incorporating CeO2 and TiO2 in Ni- and Co-MCM-41 Catalysts

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    Dade, William N.

    Hydrogen (H2) has many applications in industry with current focus shifted to production of hydrocarbon fuels and valuable oxygenates using the Fischer-Tropsch technology and direct use in proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). Hydrogen is generally produced via steam reforming of natural gas or alcohols like methanol and ethanol. Glycerol, a by-product of biodiesel production process, is currently considered to be one of the most attractive sources of sustainable H2 due to its high H/C ratio and bio-based origin. Ni and Co based catalysts have been reported to be active in glycerol steam reforming (GSR); however, deactivation of the catalysts by carbon deposition and sintering under GSR operating conditions is a major challenge. In this study, a series of catalysts containing Ni and Co nanoparticles incorporated in CeO2 and TiO2 modified high surface area MCM-41 have been synthesized using one-pot method. The catalysts are tested for GSR (at H2O/Glycerol mole ratio of 12 and GHSV of 2200 h-1) to study the effect of support modification and reaction temperature (450 - 700 °C) on the product selectivity and long term stability. GSR results revealed that all the catalysts performed significantly well exhibiting over 85% glycerol conversion at 650 °C except Ni catalysts that showed better low temperature activities. Deactivation studies of the catalysts conducted at 650 °C indicated that the Ni-TiO2-MCM-41 and Ni-CeO 2-MCM-41 were resistant to deactivation with ˜100% glycerol conversion for 40 h. In contrast, Co-TiO2-MCM-41 perform poorly as the catalyst rapidly deactivated after 12 h to yield ˜20% glycerol conversion after 40 h. The WAXRD and TGA-DSC analyses of spent catalysts showed a significant amount of coke deposition that might explain catalysts deactivation. The flattening shape of the original BET type IV isotherm with drastic reduction of catalyst surface area can also be responsible for observed drop in catalysts activities.

  14. Free standing TiO2 nanotube array electrodes with an ultra-thin Al2O3 barrier layer and TiCl4 surface modification for highly efficient dye sensitized solar cells

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    Gao, Xianfeng; Guan, Dongsheng; Huo, Jingwan; Chen, Junhong; Yuan, Chris

    2013-10-01

    Dye sensitized solar cells were fabricated with free standing TiO2 nanotube (TNT) array films, which were prepared by template assisted atomic layer deposition (ALD) with precise wall thickness control. Efforts to improve the photovoltaic performance were made by using Al2O3 barrier layer coating in conjunction with TiCl4 surface modification. An Al2O3 thin layer was deposited on the TNT electrode by ALD to serve as the charge recombination barrier, but it suffers from the drawback of decreasing the photoelectron injection from dye into TiO2 when the barrier layer became too thick. With the TiCl4 treatment in combination with optimal thickness coating, this problem could be avoided. The co-surface treated electrode presents superior surface property with low recombination rate and good electron transport property. A high conversion efficiency of 8.62% is obtained, which is about 1.8 times that of the device without surface modifications.Dye sensitized solar cells were fabricated with free standing TiO2 nanotube (TNT) array films, which were prepared by template assisted atomic layer deposition (ALD) with precise wall thickness control. Efforts to improve the photovoltaic performance were made by using Al2O3 barrier layer coating in conjunction with TiCl4 surface modification. An Al2O3 thin layer was deposited on the TNT electrode by ALD to serve as the charge recombination barrier, but it suffers from the drawback of decreasing the photoelectron injection from dye into TiO2 when the barrier layer became too thick. With the TiCl4 treatment in combination with optimal thickness coating, this problem could be avoided. The co-surface treated electrode presents superior surface property with low recombination rate and good electron transport property. A high conversion efficiency of 8.62% is obtained, which is about 1.8 times that of the device without surface modifications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: UV-Vis spectra of desorbed N719 dyes from

  15. A novel solid-state electrochemiluminescence sensor based on Ru(bpy)32 + immobilization on TiO2 nanotube arrays and its application for detection of amines in water

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    Xu, Zhihua; Yu, Jiaguo

    2010-06-01

    Many amines are proven or suspected to be carcinogenic and have been implicated in inducing cancer of the bladder. Therefore, the monitoring of their levels in environmental samples is important for the protection of health and the environment. Herein, a novel method for effective immobilization of Ru(bpy)32 + on the electrode surface of TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNs) is developed for the first time. The method involves Ru(bpy)32 + spontaneously adsorbed on the surface of negatively charged TiO2 nanotubes due to electrostatic interaction to produce a Ru(bpy)32 + /TNs/Ti (Ru-TNs-Ti) solid-state electrochemiluminescence (ECL) sensor. The prepared solid-state sensor was used to detect the changes of concentrations of pollutant tripropylamine (TPA) in water. The sensor exhibits excellent ECL behavior, very good stability and high sensitivity. This study may provide new insight into the design and preparation of an advanced solid-state ECL sensor for monitoring of amines in water.

  16. A novel solid-state electrochemiluminescence sensor based on Ru(bpy)(3)(2+) immobilization on TiO(2) nanotube arrays and its application for detection of amines in water.

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    Xu, Zhihua; Yu, Jiaguo

    2010-06-18

    Many amines are proven or suspected to be carcinogenic and have been implicated in inducing cancer of the bladder. Therefore, the monitoring of their levels in environmental samples is important for the protection of health and the environment. Herein, a novel method for effective immobilization of Ru(bpy)(3)(2+) on the electrode surface of TiO(2) nanotube arrays (TNs) is developed for the first time. The method involves Ru(bpy)(3)(2+) spontaneously adsorbed on the surface of negatively charged TiO(2) nanotubes due to electrostatic interaction to produce a Ru(bpy)(3)(2+) /TNs/Ti (Ru-TNs-Ti) solid-state electrochemiluminescence (ECL) sensor. The prepared solid-state sensor was used to detect the changes of concentrations of pollutant tripropylamine (TPA) in water. The sensor exhibits excellent ECL behavior, very good stability and high sensitivity. This study may provide new insight into the design and preparation of an advanced solid-state ECL sensor for monitoring of amines in water. PMID:20484789

  17. Synthesis of rare earth doped TiO2 nanorods as photocatalysts for lignin degradation

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    Song, Liang; Zhao, Xueyuan; Cao, Lixin; Moon, Ji-Won; Gu, Baohua; Wang, Wei

    2015-10-01

    A two-step process is developed to synthesize rare earth doped titania nanorods (RE-TiO2 NRs) as photocatalysts for efficient degradation of lignin under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this approach, protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structures were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, and rare earth metal ions were subsequently bound to the negatively charged surface of the synthesized titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The as-synthesized RE-TiO2 NRs after calcination generally showed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies than those of undoped TiO2 NRs or the commercial P25 TiO2 photocatalyst. Using methyl orange (MO) as a probing molecule, we demonstrate that Eu-TiO2 NRs are among the best for degrading MO, with an observed rate constant of 4.2 × 10-3 s-1. The La3+, Sm3+, Eu3+ and Er3+ doped TiO2 NRs also showed higher photocatalytic efficiencies in degrading MO than the commercial P25 TiO2. We further demonstrate that lignin can be photodegraded effectively and rapidly at room temperature under simulated sunlight through two reaction routes, which could be important in controlling ways of lignin depolymerization or the formation of reaction products.A two-step process is developed to synthesize rare earth doped titania nanorods (RE-TiO2 NRs) as photocatalysts for efficient degradation of lignin under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this approach, protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structures were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, and rare earth metal ions were subsequently bound to the negatively charged surface of the synthesized titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The as-synthesized RE-TiO2 NRs after calcination generally showed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies than those of undoped TiO2 NRs or the commercial P25 TiO2 photocatalyst. Using methyl orange (MO) as a probing molecule, we demonstrate that Eu-TiO2 NRs are among the best for degrading MO, with an observed rate constant of 4.2 × 10-3 s-1

  18. Influence of Cu2+ dopant in optical property of CdTe quantum dots and photoelectrochemical performance of CdTe:Cu2+/TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Chen, Qian; Geng, Yue; Zhou, Chunyan; Song, Jiahui; Zhou, Liya

    2016-05-01

    A novel one-step synthesis process was used to prepare CdTe:Cu2+/TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTAs). X-ray powder diffraction and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy analyses confirmed that the obtained CdTe:Cu2+ quantum dots (QDs) possess cubic structures, which are approximately spherical, and a small particle size (2.95 nm). The photoluminescent and UV-visible absorption spectra of CdTe:Cu2+ QDs also display an obvious redshift, which was attributed to the replacement of Cd2+ with Cu2+. Compared with that of the TNTAs and CdTe/TNTAs, the photoelectric conversion efficiency of CdTe:5% Cu2+/TNTAs increased by 785.7% and 103.3%, respectively. The incident photo-to-current conversion efficiency of CdTe:5% Cu2+/TNTAs was 50.6%, which indicated the potential use of QDs in photochemical solar cells.

  19. Synthesis of rare earth doped TiO2 nanorods as photocatalysts for lignin degradation

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    Song, Liang; Zhao, Xueyuan; Cao, Lixin; Moon, Ji-Won; Gu, Baohua; Wang, Wei

    2015-09-10

    In this paper, a two-step process is developed to synthesize rare earth doped titania nanorods (RE–TiO2 NRs) as photocatalysts for efficient degradation of lignin under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this approach, protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structures were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, and rare earth metal ions were subsequently bound to the negatively charged surface of the synthesized titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The as-synthesized RE–TiO2 NRs after calcination generally showed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies than those of undoped TiO2 NRs or the commercial P25 TiO2 photocatalyst. Using methyl orange (MO) as a probing molecule, we demonstrate that Eu–TiO2more » NRs are among the best for degrading MO, with an observed rate constant of 4.2 × 10-3 s-1. The La3+, Sm3+, Eu3+ and Er3+ doped TiO2 NRs also showed higher photocatalytic efficiencies in degrading MO than the commercial P25 TiO2. Finally, we further demonstrate that lignin can be photodegraded effectively and rapidly at room temperature under simulated sunlight through two reaction routes, which could be important in controlling ways of lignin depolymerization or the formation of reaction products.« less

  20. Synthesis of rare earth doped TiO2 nanorods as photocatalysts for lignin degradation.

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    Song, Liang; Zhao, Xueyuan; Cao, Lixin; Moon, Ji-Won; Gu, Baohua; Wang, Wei

    2015-10-28

    A two-step process is developed to synthesize rare earth doped titania nanorods (RE-TiO2 NRs) as photocatalysts for efficient degradation of lignin under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this approach, protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structures were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, and rare earth metal ions were subsequently bound to the negatively charged surface of the synthesized titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The as-synthesized RE-TiO2 NRs after calcination generally showed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies than those of undoped TiO2 NRs or the commercial P25 TiO2 photocatalyst. Using methyl orange (MO) as a probing molecule, we demonstrate that Eu-TiO2 NRs are among the best for degrading MO, with an observed rate constant of 4.2 × 10(-3) s(-1). The La(3+), Sm(3+), Eu(3+) and Er(3+) doped TiO2 NRs also showed higher photocatalytic efficiencies in degrading MO than the commercial P25 TiO2. We further demonstrate that lignin can be photodegraded effectively and rapidly at room temperature under simulated sunlight through two reaction routes, which could be important in controlling ways of lignin depolymerization or the formation of reaction products. PMID:26400095

  1. Dark pulse generation in fiber lasers incorporating carbon nanotubes.

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    Liu, H H; Chow, K K

    2014-12-01

    We demonstrate the generation of dark pulses from carbon nanotube (CNT) incorporated erbium-doped fiber ring lasers with net anomalous dispersion. A side-polished fiber coated with CNT layer by optically-driven deposition method is embedded into the laser in order to enhance the birefringence and nonlinearity of the laser cavity. The dual-wavelength domain-wall dark pulses are obtained from the developed CNT-incorporated fiber laser at a relatively low pump threshold of 50.6 mW. Dark pulses repeated at the fifth-order harmonic of the fundamental cavity frequency are observed by adjusting the intra-cavity polarization state. PMID:25606901

  2. Removing Structural Disorder from Oriented TiO2 Nanotube Arrays: Reducing the Dimensionality of Transport and Recombination in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Zhu, K.; Vinzant, T. B.; Neale, N. R.; Frank, A. J.

    2007-01-01

    We report on the influence of morphological disorder, arising from bundling of nanotubes (NTs) and microcracks in films of oriented TiO{sub 2} NT arrays, on charge transport and recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Capillary stress created during evaporation of liquids from the mesopores of dense TiO{sub 2} NT arrays was of sufficient magnitude to induce bundling and microcrack formation. The average lateral deflection of the NTs in the bundles increased with the surface tension of the liquids and with the film thicknesses. The supercritical CO{sub 2} drying technique was used to produce bundle-free and crack-free NT films. Charge transport and recombination properties of sensitized films were studied by frequency-resolved modulated photocurrent/photovoltage spectroscopies. Transport became significantly faster with decreased clustering of the NTs, indicating that bundling creates additional pathways via intertube contacts. Removing such contacts alters the transport mechanism from a combination of one and three dimensions to the expected one dimension and shortens the electron-transport pathway. Reducing intertube contacts also resulted in a lower density of surface recombination centers by minimizing distortion-induced surface defects in bundled NTs. A causal connection between transport and recombination is observed. The dye coverage was greater in the more aligned NT arrays, suggesting that reducing intertube contacts increases the internal surface area of the films accessible to dye molecules. The solar conversion efficiency and photocurrent density were highest for DSSCs incorporating films with more aligned NT arrays owing to an enhanced light-harvesting efficiency. Removing structural disorder from other materials and devices consisting of nominally one-dimensional architectures (e.g., nanowire arrays) should produce similar effects.

  3. Enhanced photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on NaYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+)-incorporated nanocrystalline TiO2 electrodes.

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    Zhu, Guang; Wang, Hongyan; Zhang, Quanxin; Zhang, Li

    2015-08-01

    Near infrared to visible up-conversion of light by rare earth ion-doped phosphors (NaYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+)) that convert multiple photons of lower energy to higher energy photons offer new possibilities for improved performance of photovoltaic devices. Here, up-conversion phosphor NaYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) doped nanocrystalline TiO2 films are designed and used as a electrode for dye-sensitized solar cells, and the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs based on composite electrodes are investigated. The results show the cell with NaYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) achieves a power conversion efficiency of 7.65% under one sun illumination (AM 1.5G, 100mWcm(-2)), which is an increase of 14% compared to the cell without NaYF4:Yb(3+), Er(3+) (6.71%). The performance improvement is attributed to the dual effects of enhanced light harvesting from extended light absorption range and increased light scattering, and lower electron transfer resistance. PMID:25875488

  4. Composite anodes based on nanotube titanium oxide from electro-oxidation of Ti metal substrate

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    Pozio, A.; Carewska, M.; Mura, F.; D'Amato, R.; Falconieri, M.; De Francesco, M.; Appetecchi, G. B.

    2014-02-01

    In this manuscript is reported an investigation on lithium-ion battery composite anodes based on nanotube titanium oxide active material obtained from electrochemical oxidation of titanium metal substrates. Nanotube TiO2 showed a good nominal capacity, particularly taking into account that no electronic conductive additive as well as no binder was incorporated into the TiO2 material. The performance of nanotube titanium oxide anode tapes was compared with that of electrodes based on TiO2 both commercially available and obtained from laser pyrolysis. Cycling tests have indicated that the anodes based on electrosynthesized nanotube TiO2 exhibit the best performance in terms of capacity values and rate capability in combination with very good capacity retention and coulombic efficiency leveling 100% even at high rates.

  5. A facile strategy to fabricate high-quality single crystalline brookite TiO2 nanoarrays and their photoelectrochemical properties

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    Choi, Mingi; Yong, Kijung

    2014-10-01

    Vertically aligned high-quality single crystalline brookite TiO2 nanoarrays were synthesized for the first time using an environmentally benign one-step hydrothermal reaction. They have a unique bullet-shaped structure which has a length of 700-1000 nm and a width of 150-250 nm with a sharpened tip structure. By adjusting the concentration of NaOH in hydrothermal reaction, we could also synthesize other types of TiO2 nanostructures including anatase TiO2 nanotubes/nanowires. The morphologies and crystal structures of the products were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. Their vertically aligned structures facilitate their application as photoanodes in photoelectrochemical cells, and the photoelectrochemical properties such as photocurrent density and open circuit voltage were measured in a three-electrode electrochemical cell with TiO2 nanoarrays, Ag/AgCl and a Pt flag as the working, reference and counter electrodes, respectively, incorporating a 0.1 M NaOH electrolyte solution. The fabricated brookite TiO2 nanoarrays exhibited a highly enhanced photocurrent density and a longer electron lifetime compared with anatase TiO2 nanoarrays with similar lengths.Vertically aligned high-quality single crystalline brookite TiO2 nanoarrays were synthesized for the first time using an environmentally benign one-step hydrothermal reaction. They have a unique bullet-shaped structure which has a length of 700-1000 nm and a width of 150-250 nm with a sharpened tip structure. By adjusting the concentration of NaOH in hydrothermal reaction, we could also synthesize other types of TiO2 nanostructures including anatase TiO2 nanotubes/nanowires. The morphologies and crystal structures of the products were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. Their vertically aligned structures facilitate their application as photoanodes in photoelectrochemical

  6. Synthesis and characterization of poly(methyl methacrylate)-based experimental bone cements reinforced with TiO2-SrO nanotubes.

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    Khaled, S M Z; Charpentier, Paul A; Rizkalla, Amin S

    2010-08-01

    In an attempt to overcome existing limitations of experimental bone cements we here demonstrate a simple approach to synthesizing strontium-modified titania nanotubes (n-SrO-TiO(2) tubes) and functionalize them using the bifunctional monomer methacrylic acid. Then, using 'grafting from' polymerization with methyl methacrylate, experimental bone cements were produced with excellent mechanical properties, radiopacity and biocompatibility. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy mapping and backscattered SEM micrographs revealed a uniform distribution of SrO throughout the titanium matrix, with retention of the nanotubular morphology. Nanocomposites were then reinforced with 1, 2, 4 and 6 wt.% of the functionalized metal oxide nanotubes. Under the mixing and dispersion regime employed in this study, 2 wt.% appeared optimal, exhibiting a more uniform dispersion and stronger adhesion of the nanotubes in the poly(methyl methacrylate) matrix, as shown by TEM and SEM. Moreover, this optimum loading provided a significant increase in the fracture toughness (K(IC)) (20%) and flexural strength (40%) in comparison with the control matrix (unfilled) at P<0.05. Examination of the fracture surfaces by SEM showed that toughening was provided by the nanotubes interlocking with the acrylic matrix and crack bridging during fracture. On modifying the n-TiO(2) tubes with strontium oxide the nanocomposites exhibited a similar radiopacity to a commercial bone cement (CMW 1), while exhibiting a significant enhancement of osteoblast cell proliferation (242%) in vitro compared with the control at P<0.05. PMID:20170759

  7. The effects of hierarchical micro/nanosurfaces decorated with TiO2 nanotubes on the bioactivity of titanium implants in vitro and in vivo.

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    Ding, Xianglong; Zhou, Lei; Wang, Jingxu; Zhao, Qingxia; Lin, Xi; Gao, Yan; Li, Shaobing; Wu, Jingyi; Rong, Mingdeng; Guo, Zehong; Lai, Chunhua; Lu, Haibin; Jia, Fang

    2015-01-01

    In the present work, a hierarchical hybrid micro/nanostructured titanium surface was obtained by sandblasting with large grit and acid etching (SLA), and nanotubes of different diameters (30 nm, 50 nm, and 80 nm) were superimposed by anodization. The effect of each SLA-treated surface decorated with nanotubes (SLA + 30 nm, SLA + 50 nm, and SLA + 80 nm) on osteogenesis was studied in vitro and in vivo. The human MG63 osteosarcoma cell line was used for cytocompatibility evaluation, which showed that cell adhesion and proliferation were dramatically enhanced on SLA + 30 nm. In comparison with cells grown on the other tested surfaces, those grown on SLA + 80 nm showed an enhanced expression of osteogenesis-related genes. Cell spread was also enhanced on SLA + 80 nm. A canine model was used for in vivo evaluation of bone bonding. Histological examination demonstrated that new bone was formed more rapidly on SLA-treated surfaces with nanotubes (especially SLA + 80 nm) than on those without nanotubes. All of these results indicate that SLA + 80 nm is favorable for promoting the activity of osteoblasts and early bone bonding. PMID:26635472

  8. The effects of hierarchical micro/nanosurfaces decorated with TiO2 nanotubes on the bioactivity of titanium implants in vitro and in vivo

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    Ding, Xianglong; Zhou, Lei; Wang, Jingxu; Zhao, Qingxia; Lin, Xi; Gao, Yan; Li, Shaobing; Wu, Jingyi; Rong, Mingdeng; Guo, Zehong; Lai, Chunhua; Lu, Haibin; Jia, Fang

    2015-01-01

    In the present work, a hierarchical hybrid micro/nanostructured titanium surface was obtained by sandblasting with large grit and acid etching (SLA), and nanotubes of different diameters (30 nm, 50 nm, and 80 nm) were superimposed by anodization. The effect of each SLA-treated surface decorated with nanotubes (SLA + 30 nm, SLA + 50 nm, and SLA + 80 nm) on osteogenesis was studied in vitro and in vivo. The human MG63 osteosarcoma cell line was used for cytocompatibility evaluation, which showed that cell adhesion and proliferation were dramatically enhanced on SLA + 30 nm. In comparison with cells grown on the other tested surfaces, those grown on SLA + 80 nm showed an enhanced expression of osteogenesis-related genes. Cell spread was also enhanced on SLA + 80 nm. A canine model was used for in vivo evaluation of bone bonding. Histological examination demonstrated that new bone was formed more rapidly on SLA-treated surfaces with nanotubes (especially SLA + 80 nm) than on those without nanotubes. All of these results indicate that SLA + 80 nm is favorable for promoting the activity of osteoblasts and early bone bonding. PMID:26635472

  9. A study on electrospun nylon-6/TiO2 composite nanofibers

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    Nirmala, R.; Won, Jeong Jin; Kim, Hak Yong; Navamathavan, R.; Chuan, Yi; El-Newehy, Mohamed; Al-Deyab, Salem S.

    2012-05-01

    We report on the preparation and the characterization of TiO2 nanoparticles incorporated with nylon-6 composite nanofibers by using electrospinning technique. Two different composite nanofiber mats with TiO2 nanoparticles sizes of 20 and 300 nm were prepared. The resultant nanofibers exhibited good incorporation of TiO2 nanoparticles. The doping of TiO2 nanoparticles into the nylon-6 nanofibers was confirmed by using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy. The measurement of the electrical conductivity of the TiO2 nanoparticles incorporated with nylon-6 nanofibers were carried out. Current-voltage (I-V) characteristics revealed that the current was enhanced for the sample with 300 nm TiO2 nanoparticles compared to that with 20-nm TiO2 nanoparticles.

  10. Photocatalytic Water-Splitting Characteristic of Electric Reduced Black TiO2 Nanorods

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    Yun, Jong-Won; Ryu, Ki Yeon; Kim, Sunho; Jang, Se-Jung; Kim, Yong Soo

    In various reduction methods of TiO2, the electric reduction could apply to anodized TiO2 nanotube. However, it is not suitable to reduce TiO2 nanorods(NRs) grown on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate using hydrothermal method, because those are easily peeled off due to lattice mismatching between FTO and TiO2 NRs. In this talk, we will demonstrate electric reduced-black TiO2 NRs with strong adhesion on FTO substrate for an effective visible photocatalyst. To fabricate the reduced-black TiO2 NRs, we firstly deposited TiO2 seed layer on FTO glass using RF-sputtering for mitigating the exfoliation, then grow TiO2 NRs with hydrothermal method. Finally, TiO2 NRs were reduced with electric bias. The final reduced-black TiO2 NRs exhibit a higher photocurrent density, 0.9 mA/cm2 in comparison with pure-TiO2 NRs. This result indicates that our reduced-black TiO2 NRs has lower bandgap with modified valance band position and enhance the surface reactivity with oxygen defect generation. This research was supported by Priority Research Centers Program (2009-0093818), the Basic Science Research Program (2015-019609) and Basic Research Lab Program (2014-071686) through National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korean government.

  11. Solvothermal Process Assisted Sensitization of 1D Anodized TiO2 Nanotubes with 0D Cadmium Chalcogenides (CdTe, CdS) for Efficient Solar to Clean Energy Generation

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    Sarker, Swagotom

    The creation of an n-n heterojunction between TiO2 nanotubes (T_NT) and CdTe nanocrystals (which mostly exist as p-type) is crucial for realizing the benefits of efficient directional charge transport in a photoanode of 1D/0D architecture. The presented one-pot solvothermal approach leverages temperature control to achieve linker-free spatial distribution of CdTe nanocrystals (NCs) on T_NT resulting in highly efficient optical and photoelectrochemical responses. As a result of this positive outcome, a comparative study between the solvothermal approach and the linker mediated approach was performed on water oxidation with CdS NC decorated T_NT. Solvothermally synthesized T_NT/CdS photoelectrode presents ˜600% higher value of short-circuit current density (Isc) than that of the plain T_NT (0.95 mA/cm2); in addition, it demonstrates 4.20-fold increased applied-bias-to photoconversion efficiency (ABPE) in comparison with the lone T_NT (0.77%). However, linker mediated T_NT/MPA-CdS photoelectrode exhibits relatively lower value of I sc (2.51 mA/cm2) and ABPE (1.79 %).

  12. TiO2, SiO2, and Al2O3 coated nanopores and nanotubes produced by ALD in etched ion-track membranes for transport measurements

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    Spende, Anne; Sobel, Nicolas; Lukas, Manuela; Zierold, Robert; Riedl, Jesse C.; Gura, Leonard; Schubert, Ina; Montero Moreno, Josep M.; Nielsch, Kornelius; Stühn, Bernd; Hess, Christian; Trautmann, Christina; Toimil-Molares, Maria E.

    2015-08-01

    Low-temperature atomic layer deposition (ALD) of TiO2, SiO2, and Al2O3 was applied to modify the surface and to tailor the diameter of nanochannels in etched ion-track polycarbonate membranes. The homogeneity, conformity, and composition of the coating inside the nanochannels are investigated for different channel diameters (18-55 nm) and film thicknesses (5-22 nm). Small angle x-ray scattering before and after ALD demonstrates conformal coating along the full channel length. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy provide evidence of nearly stoichiometric composition of the different coatings. By wet-chemical methods, the ALD-deposited film is released from the supporting polymer templates providing 30 μm long self-supporting nanotubes with walls as thin as 5 nm. Electrolytic ion-conductivity measurements provide proof-of-concept that combining ALD coating with ion-track nanotechnology offers promising perspectives for single-pore applications by controlled shrinking of an oversized pore to a preferred smaller diameter and fine-tuning of the chemical and physical nature of the inner channel surface.

  13. A new method to disperse CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays into P3HT:PCBM layer for the improvement of efficiency of inverted polymer solar cells

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    2014-01-01

    We report that the efficiency of ITO/nc-TiO2/P3HT:PCBM/MoO3/Ag inverted polymer solar cells (PSCs) can be improved by dispersing CdS quantum dot (QD)-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTs) in poly (3-hexylthiophene) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) layer. The CdS QDs are deposited on the TNTs by a chemical bath deposition method. The experimental results show that the CdS QD-sensitized TNTs (CdS/TNTs) do not only increase the light absorption of the P3HT:PCBM layer but also reduce the charge recombination in the P3HT:PCBM layer. The dependence of device performances on cycles of CdS deposition on the TNTs was investigated. A high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.52% was achieved for the inverted PSCs with 20 cyclic depositions of CdS on TNTs, which showed a 34% increase compared to the ITO/nc-TiO2/P3HT:PCBM/MoO3/Ag device without the CdS/TNTs. The improved efficiency is attributed to the improved light absorbance and the reduced charge recombination in the active layer. PMID:24936158

  14. Tensile Modulus Measurements of Carbon Nanotube Incorporated Electrospun Polymer Fibers

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    Ozturk, Yavuz; Kim, Jaemin; Shin, Kwanwoo

    2006-03-01

    Electrospinning has become a popular method for producing continuous polymer fibers with diameters in sub-micron scale. By this technique uniaxially aligned fibers can also be obtained, by using two separate parallel strips as conductive collectors. Uniaxial alignment of polymer fibers gives us the chance to well-characterize their structural properties via tensile modulus measurements. Here we report a simple and new technique for tensile testing of polymer fibers which employs a computerized spring-balance/step-motor setup. The key point in our technique is the production of fibers directly on the tensile tester by using two vertical strips as collectors. By this way, even fibers of very brittle nature can be tested without handling them. Calculation of total cross-sectional areas - which is crucial for determining stress values - was done by using scanning electron and optical microscope images for each sample. In this study we have investigated mechanical properties of Polystyrene (PS), Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and PS/PMMA blend fibers; as well as Carbon Nanotube (CNT) incorporated PS, PMMA and PS/PMMA blend fibers. It is expected that the extraordinary mechanical properties of CNTs can be transferred into polymer matrix, by their incorporation into confined space within electrospun fibers. Here we analyzed the influence of CNT on polymer fibers as function of CNT amounts.

  15. Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures for high electrochromic activity.

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    Reyes-Gil, Karla R; Stephens, Zachary D; Stavila, Vitalie; Robinson, David B

    2015-02-01

    A composite material consisting of TiO2 nanotubes (NT) with WO3 electrodeposited on its surface has been fabricated, detached from its Ti substrate, and attached to a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) film on glass for application to electrochromic (EC) reactions. Several adhesion layers were tested, finding that a paste of TiO2 made from commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles creates an interface for the TiO2 NT film to attach to the FTO glass, which is conductive and does not cause solution-phase ions in an electrolyte to bind irreversibly with the material. The effect of NT length and WO3 concentration on the EC performance were studied. The composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures showed higher ion storage capacity, better stability, enhanced EC contrast, and longer memory time compared with the pure WO3 and TiO2 materials. PMID:25562778

  16. Engineering of highly ordered TiO2 nanopore arrays by anodization

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    Wang, Huijie; Huang, Zhennan; Zhang, Li; Ding, Jie; Ma, Zhaoxia; Liu, Yong; Kou, Shengzhong; Yang, Hangsheng

    2016-07-01

    Finite element analysis was used to simulate the current density distributions in the TiO2 barrier layer formed at the initial stage of Ti anodization. The morphology modification of the barrier layer was found to induce current density distribution change. By starting the anodization with proper TiO2 barrier layer morphology, the current density distribution can be adjusted to favor the formation of either nanotube arrays or nanopore arrays of anodic TiO2. We also found that the addition of sodium acetate into the electrolyte suppressed both the field-assisted chemical dissolution of TiO2 and the TiF62- hydrolysis induced TiO2 deposition during anodization, and thus further favored the nanopore formation. Accordingly, highly ordered anodic TiO2 nanopore arrays, similar to anodic aluminum oxide nanopore arrays, were successfully prepared.

  17. Review of the progress in preparing nano TiO2: an important environmental engineering material.

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    Wang, Yan; He, Yiming; Lai, Qinghua; Fan, Maohong

    2014-11-01

    TiO2 nanomaterial is promising with its high potential and outstanding performance in photocatalytic environmental applications, such as CO2 conversion, water treatment, and air quality control. For many of these applications, the particle size, crystal structure and phase, porosity, and surface area influence the activity of TiO2 dramatically. TiO2 nanomaterials with special structures and morphologies, such as nanospheres, nanowires, nanotubes, nanorods, and nanoflowers are thus synthesized due to their desired characteristics. With an emphasis on the different morphologies of TiO2 and the influence factors in the synthesis, this review summarizes fourteen TiO2 preparation methods, such as the sol-gel method, solvothermal method, and reverse micelle method. The TiO2 formation mechanisms, the advantages and disadvantages of the preparation methods, and the photocatalytic environmental application examples are proposed as well. PMID:25458670

  18. Hydrogen production from formic acid solution by modified TiO2 and titanate nanotubes in a two-step system under visible light irradiation.

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    Yeh, H M; Lo, S L; Chen, M J; Chen, H Y

    2014-01-01

    Hydrogen gas is one of the most promising renewable energy sources, and the final product of hydrogen combustion is nothing but water. However, it is still a big challenge to produce hydrogen and store it. Many studies have been conducted into produce hydrogen from water using photocatalysts. Z-scheme photocatalysis is a two-photocatalyst system that comprises a hydrogen catalyst and an oxygen catalyst to produce hydrogen and oxygen respectively. Compared to the one-step system, the two-step system can promote the efficiency of water splitting. In addition, formic acid (FA) is a convenient hydrogen-storage material and can be safely handled in aqueous solutions. Therefore, this study investigated the photocatalytic conversion of FA solution to hydrogen using visible light with several types of hydrogen catalysts (CdS/titanate nanotubes (TNTs), CdS/TiO2, Pt/CdS/TNTs) and WO3 as the oxygen catalyst. The results showed that the yield of hydrogen with CdS/TNTs + WO3 was much higher than with CdS/TiO2 + WO3. Moreover, coating the photocatalysts with metal could further promote the reaction. The optimal platinum loading was 0.01 wt%, and the hydrogen production achieved was 852.5 μmol · h(-1) with 20 vol% FA solution. PMID:24759528

  19. Enhancement of Photo-Current Conversion Efficiency in a CdS/CdSe Quantum-Dot-Sensitized Solar Cell Incorporated with Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes.

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    Park, Hyunjune; Lee, Jongtaek; Park, Taehee; Lee, Sanghun; Yi, Whikun

    2015-02-01

    Cadmium sulfide (CdS) and cadmium selenide (CdSe) are sequentially assembled onto a nanocrystalline TiO2 film to create a quantum-dot (QD)-sensitized solar cell application by a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The results show that CdS and CdSe QDs have a complementary effect in the performance of light harvest of solar cell. Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are incorporated with a CdS/CdSe QDs solar cell by mixing them with TiC2 film to enhance electron transfer. SWNTs are also sprayed onto CdSe QDs (SWNTs onto CdSe) to apply p+ type properties of SWNTs. Absorbance is increased in a wide wavelength range. In particular, cells having the sprayed SWNTs onto the QDs show a clear increase in absorbance at a low wavelength region. The fill factor of CdS/CdSe QDs solar cell with SWNTs is higher than that without SWNTs, indicating the decrease in loss of electron from TiO2 to QDs. Short-circuit current in a QD-sensitized solar cell having SWNTs on CdSe shows maximum value. Photo-current conversion efficiency of cells is increased in both cell types containing SWNTs at 10~17% compared with pristine cells. We expect that solar cells using SWNTs will affect future energy technology and devices. PMID:26353701

  20. TiO2 nanotube (T_NT) surface treatment revisited: Implications of ZnO, TiCl4, and H2O2 treatment on the photoelectrochemical properties of T_NT and T_NT-CdSe

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    Mukherjee, Bratindranath; Wilson, Winn; Subramanian, Vaidyanathan (Ravi)

    2012-12-01

    The surface treatment of an anodized TiO2 nanotube (T_NT) is very desirable for enhancing its photoelectrochemical properties and often is a prerequisite to deposition of any overlying layer for photoactivity efficiency improvement. This study provides a comparative analysis of the effects of such surface treatments and the mechanistic insights behind the observed improvements in the performance of the treated T_NTs. T_NT surface treatment using three approaches, viz., TiCl4, Zn(NH3)42+, and H2O2 is examined. TiCl4 and Zn(NH3)42+ treatment results in the formation of discontinuous islands of the respective oxides with 5-10 nm and 15-20 nm diameter particles. TiCl4 treatment demonstrates an increase of 7.4% in photovoltage and is the most effective of the three approaches. Zn(NH3)42+ treatment also results in an ~2% increase in photovoltage. However, a surface treatment of T_NT using H2O2 results only in a favourable shift in flatband potential (80 mV). The T_NTs are rendered ineffective as H2O2 treatment causes the destabilization of the T_NT at the base. Finally, the activity of an overlying chalcogenide layer is improved with the TiCl4 and Zn(NH3)42+ treatment (and not with H2O2) as evident from the photoelectrochemical responses: (JT_NT-TiO2-CdSe > JT_NT-ZnO-CdSe > JT_NT-CdSe > JT_NT-H2O2-CdSe).The surface treatment of an anodized TiO2 nanotube (T_NT) is very desirable for enhancing its photoelectrochemical properties and often is a prerequisite to deposition of any overlying layer for photoactivity efficiency improvement. This study provides a comparative analysis of the effects of such surface treatments and the mechanistic insights behind the observed improvements in the performance of the treated T_NTs. T_NT surface treatment using three approaches, viz., TiCl4, Zn(NH3)42+, and H2O2 is examined. TiCl4 and Zn(NH3)42+ treatment results in the formation of discontinuous islands of the respective oxides with 5-10 nm and 15-20 nm diameter particles. TiCl4

  1. Formation of TiO2 nanotube arrays by anodic oxidation in LiOH added ethylene glycol electrolyte and the effect of thermal annealing on the photoelectrochemical properties

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    Taib, Mustaffa Ali Azhar; Tan, Wai Kian; Okuno, Teruhisa; Kawamura, Go; Jaafar, Mariatti; Razak, Khairunisak Abdul; Matsuda, Atsunori; Lockman, Zainovia

    2016-07-01

    The present study employs LiOH as an additive in fluoride ethylene glycol (EG) electrolyte (LiOH/EG) for anodic oxidation of Ti in fabricating anodic TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs). TNTs formed in LiOH/EG electrolyte were found to be longer (6.23 ± 0.2 µm) compared to when only water was used in EG electrolyte: 4.54 ± 0.2 µm for the same anodisation time of 30 min and voltage of 60 V. The as-anodised TNTs were however amorphous. Hence, the samples were annealed at high temperatures for crystallization preferably as anatase oxide. Anatase phase is needed as the anodised Ti is used as a photoanode in a photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell. The effect of annealing temperatures on the TNTs to the photocurrent measurement was investigated in a standard KOH PEC cell under visible light illumination. Anodised Ti annealed at 200 °C has the lowest photocurrent of 0.002 mA cm-2. Sample annealed at 400 °C has the highest photocurrent of 0.955 mA cm-2 (0.5 V) since it is comprised of mostly anatase with crystallite size of 31.80 nm, whereas sample annealed at 600 °C seems to be a mixture of anatase and rutile, displays lower photocurrent of 0.823 mA cm-2. It was also observed that the as-anodised sample has slightly higher photocurrent than the 200 °C annealed sample perhaps due to the adsorbed OH species from the electrolyte acting as holes trapping sites.

  2. Polyoxometalate Cluster-Incorporated Metal-Organic Framework Hierarchical Nanotubes.

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    Xu, Xiaobin; Chen, Shuangming; Chen, Yifeng; Sun, Hongyu; Song, Li; He, Wei; Wang, Xun

    2016-06-01

    A simple method to prepare metal-organic framework (MOF) nanotubes is developed by employing polyoxometalates (POMs) as modulators. The local structure of the MOF nanotubes is investigated combining XANES and EXAFS studies. These nanotubes show both an excellent catalytic performance in the detoxification of sulfur compounds in O2 atmosphere and a remarkable cycling stability as the anode material for lithium-ion batteries. PMID:27101564

  3. Structural Modification in Carbon Nanotubes by Boron Incorporation.

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    Handuja, Sangeeta; Srivastava, P; Vankar, V D

    2009-01-01

    We have synthesized boron-incorporated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by decomposition of ferrocene and xylene in a thermal chemical vapor deposition set up using boric acid as the boron source. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy studies of the synthesized CNT samples showed that there was deterioration in crystallinity and improvement in alignment of the CNTs as the boron content in precursor solution increased from 0% to 15%. Raman analysis of these samples showed a shift of ~7 cm(-1) in wave number to higher side and broadening of the G band with increasing boron concentration along with an increase in intensity of the G band. Furthermore, there was an increase in the intensity of the D band along with a decrease in its wave number position with increase in boron content. We speculate that these structural modifications in the morphology and microstructure of CNTs might be due to the charge transfer from boron to the graphite matrix, resulting in shortening of the carbon-carbon bonds. PMID:20596333

  4. Structural Modification in Carbon Nanotubes by Boron Incorporation

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    Handuja, Sangeeta; Srivastava, P.; Vankar, V. D.

    2009-08-01

    We have synthesized boron-incorporated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by decomposition of ferrocene and xylene in a thermal chemical vapor deposition set up using boric acid as the boron source. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy studies of the synthesized CNT samples showed that there was deterioration in crystallinity and improvement in alignment of the CNTs as the boron content in precursor solution increased from 0% to 15%. Raman analysis of these samples showed a shift of ~7 cm-1 in wave number to higher side and broadening of the G band with increasing boron concentration along with an increase in intensity of the G band. Furthermore, there was an increase in the intensity of the D band along with a decrease in its wave number position with increase in boron content. We speculate that these structural modifications in the morphology and microstructure of CNTs might be due to the charge transfer from boron to the graphite matrix, resulting in shortening of the carbon-carbon bonds.

  5. Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Porous Network Film.

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    Yu, Lianqing; Zhi, Qianqian; Huang, Chengxing; Zhang, Yaping; Dong, Kaituo; Neppolian, B

    2015-09-01

    Three-dimensional porous network TiO2 film (PW-film) and nanoparticles film were synthesized on surface of the Ti foil by a facile method to investigate both the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic properties. The prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD) techniques. Methylene blue was used as a target molecule to estimate the photocatalytic activity of the films. Results revealed that the hydrothermal temperature and time have great influence on the crystal type and film morphology of TiO2 catalysts. A higher hydrothermal temperature is benefit for the formation of anatase phase of TiO2 nanotubes with PW-film, which had a large number of nodes. After investigation of the photoelectrochemical properties, a maximum photoconversion efficiency of 4.79% is observed for nanoparticles film with rutile phase of TiO2 under UV light illumination, which was incredible 2 times higher than that of the PW-film with anatase phase. It was shown that the morphology of TiO2 film contributes more significant effect on photocatalytic and photoelectric performance than its crystal type. PMID:26716214

  6. Conversion of Nanocellulose Aerogel into TiO2 and TiO2@C Nano-thorns by Direct Anhydrous Mineralization with TiCl4. Evaluation of Electrochemical Properties in Li Batteries.

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    Henry, Aurélien; Plumejeau, Sandrine; Heux, Laurent; Louvain, Nicolas; Monconduit, Laure; Stievano, Lorenzo; Boury, Bruno

    2015-07-15

    Nanostructured TiO2 and TiO2@C nanocomposites were prepared by an original process combining biotemplating and mineralization of aerogels of nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC). A direct one step treatment of NFC with TiCl4 in strictly anhydrous conditions allows TiO2 formation at the outermost part of the nanofibrils while preserving their shape and size. Such TiO2@cellulose composites can be transformed into TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2-NT) by calcination in air at 600 and 900 °C, or into TiO2@C nanocomposites by pyrolysis in argon at 600 and 900 °C. Detailed characterization of these materials is reported here, along with an assessment of their performance as negative electrode materials for Li-ion batteries. PMID:25881329

  7. Optical properties of polymethine molecules incorporated into a macroscopic set of parallel nanotubes

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    Starovoytov, A. A.; Belotitskii, V. I.; Kumzerov, Yu. A.; Sysoeva, A. A.

    2012-11-01

    The structural properties of polymethine molecules incorporated into nanofibers of chrysotile asbestos have been studied by absorption-spectroscopy methods. These experiments have shown that, in chrysotile nanotubes, monomeric, all- trans- and cis-isomers, dimers and J aggregates can be observed. Upon incorporation of a dye from weakly concentrated solutions, monomeric forms of polymethine molecules, extended chromophores of which are oriented along parallel asbestos nanotubes, are predominantly observed. The hybrid material under investigation may be of interest for applied problems.

  8. Resistive switching mechanisms in random access memory devices incorporating transition metal oxides: TiO2, NiO and Pr0.7Ca0.3MnO3.

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    Magyari-Köpe, Blanka; Tendulkar, Mihir; Park, Seong-Geon; Lee, Hyung Dong; Nishi, Yoshio

    2011-06-24

    Resistance change random access memory (RRAM) cells, typically built as MIM capacitor structures, consist of insulating layers I sandwiched between metal layers M, where the insulator performs the resistance switching operation. These devices can be electrically switched between two or more stable resistance states at a speed of nanoseconds, with long retention times, high switching endurance, low read voltage, and large switching windows. They are attractive candidates for next-generation non-volatile memory, particularly as a flash successor, as the material properties can be scaled to the nanometer regime. Several resistance switching models have been suggested so far for transition metal oxide based devices, such as charge trapping, conductive filament formation, Schottky barrier modulation, and electrochemical migration of point defects. The underlying fundamental principles of the switching mechanism still lack a detailed understanding, i.e. how to control and modulate the electrical characteristics of devices incorporating defects and impurities, such as oxygen vacancies, metal interstitials, hydrogen, and other metallic atoms acting as dopants. In this paper, state of the art ab initio theoretical methods are employed to understand the effects that filamentary types of stable oxygen vacancy configurations in TiO(2) and NiO have on the electronic conduction. It is shown that strong electronic interactions between metal ions adjacent to oxygen vacancy sites results in the formation of a conductive path and thus can explain the 'ON' site conduction in these materials. Implication of hydrogen doping on electroforming is discussed for Pr(0.7)Ca(0.3)MnO(3) devices based on electrical characterization and FTIR measurements. PMID:21572196

  9. Lithium insertion in nanostructured TiO(2)(B) architectures.

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    Dylla, Anthony G; Henkelman, Graeme; Stevenson, Keith J

    2013-05-21

    (+) pathways from surface to subsurface sites, which many chemists believe to contribute to the pseudocapacitive charging. Several disadvantages exist as well. TiO2(B), and titania in general, suffers from poor electronic and ionic conductivity. Nanostructured TiO2(B) also exhibits significant irreversible capacity loss (ICL) upon first discharge (lithiation). Nanostructuring TiO2(B) can help alleviate problems with poor ionic conductivity by shortening lithium diffusion pathways. Unfortunately, this also increases the likelihood of severe first discharge ICL due to reactive Ti-OH and Ti-O surface sites that can cause unwanted electrolyte degradation and irreversible trapping of Li(+). Nanostructuring also results in lowered volumetric energy density, which could be a considerable problem for mobile applications. We will also discuss these problems and proposed solutions. Scientists have synthesized TiO2(B) in a variety of nanostructures including nanowires, nanotubes, nanoparticles, mesoporous-ordered nanostructures, and nanosheets. Many of these structures exhibit enhanced Li(+) diffusion kinetics and increased specific capacities compared to bulk material, and thus warrant investigation on how nanostructuring influences lithiation behavior. This Account will focus on these influences from both experimental and theoretical perspectives. We will discuss the surface charging mechanism that gives rise to the increased lithiation and delithiation kinetics for TiO2(B), along with the influence of dimensional confinement of the nanoarchitectures, and how nanostructuring can change the lithiation mechanism considerably. PMID:23425042

  10. Hydrogen Impurity Defects in Rutile TiO2.

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    Mo, Li-Bin; Wang, Yu; Bai, Yang; Xiang, Qing-Yun; Li, Qun; Yao, Wen-Qing; Wang, Jia-Ou; Ibrahim, Kurash; Wang, Huan-Hua; Wan, Cai-Hua; Cao, Jiang-Li

    2015-01-01

    Hydrogen-related defects play crucial roles in determining physical properties of their host oxides. In this work, we report our systematic experimental and theoretical (based on density functional theory) studies of the defect states formed in hydrogenated-rutile TiO2 in gaseous H2 and atomic H. In gas-hydrogenated TiO2, the incorporated hydrogen tends to occupy the oxygen vacancy site and negatively charged. The incorporated hydrogen takes the interstitial position in atom-hydrogenated TiO2, forming a weak O-H bond with the closest oxygen ion, and becomes positive. Both states of hydrogen affect the electronic structure of TiO2 mainly through changes of Ti 3d and O 2p states instead of the direct contributions of hydrogen. The resulted electronic structures of the hydrogenated TiO2 are manifested in modifications of the electrical and optical properties that will be useful for the design of new materials capable for green energy economy. PMID:26627134

  11. Hydrogen Impurity Defects in Rutile TiO2

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    Mo, Li-Bin; Wang, Yu; Bai, Yang; Xiang, Qing-Yun; Li, Qun; Yao, Wen-Qing; Wang, Jia-Ou; Ibrahim, Kurash; Wang, Huan-Hua; Wan, Cai-Hua; Cao, Jiang-Li

    2015-01-01

    Hydrogen-related defects play crucial roles in determining physical properties of their host oxides. In this work, we report our systematic experimental and theoretical (based on density functional theory) studies of the defect states formed in hydrogenated-rutile TiO2 in gaseous H2 and atomic H. In gas-hydrogenated TiO2, the incorporated hydrogen tends to occupy the oxygen vacancy site and negatively charged. The incorporated hydrogen takes the interstitial position in atom-hydrogenated TiO2, forming a weak O-H bond with the closest oxygen ion, and becomes positive. Both states of hydrogen affect the electronic structure of TiO2 mainly through changes of Ti 3d and O 2p states instead of the direct contributions of hydrogen. The resulted electronic structures of the hydrogenated TiO2 are manifested in modifications of the electrical and optical properties that will be useful for the design of new materials capable for green energy economy. PMID:26627134

  12. Hydrogen Impurity Defects in Rutile TiO2

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    Mo, Li-Bin; Wang, Yu; Bai, Yang; Xiang, Qing-Yun; Li, Qun; Yao, Wen-Qing; Wang, Jia-Ou; Ibrahim, Kurash; Wang, Huan-Hua; Wan, Cai-Hua; Cao, Jiang-Li

    2015-12-01

    Hydrogen-related defects play crucial roles in determining physical properties of their host oxides. In this work, we report our systematic experimental and theoretical (based on density functional theory) studies of the defect states formed in hydrogenated-rutile TiO2 in gaseous H2 and atomic H. In gas-hydrogenated TiO2, the incorporated hydrogen tends to occupy the oxygen vacancy site and negatively charged. The incorporated hydrogen takes the interstitial position in atom-hydrogenated TiO2, forming a weak O-H bond with the closest oxygen ion, and becomes positive. Both states of hydrogen affect the electronic structure of TiO2 mainly through changes of Ti 3d and O 2p states instead of the direct contributions of hydrogen. The resulted electronic structures of the hydrogenated TiO2 are manifested in modifications of the electrical and optical properties that will be useful for the design of new materials capable for green energy economy.

  13. Nitrogen doped TiO2 nano-particles: Phase control by solution combustion method

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    Bapna, Komal; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.; Shastri, Sheetal; Prasad, R.; Ahuja, B. L.

    2016-05-01

    N-doped TiO2 nano powders were prepared by sol-gel solution combustion method. The influence of different fuels (urea and citric acid) used in obtaining N-TiO2 nano particles in similar conditions (heat treatment, amount of precursors) has been investigated. The growth of different phases of TiO2 (anatase and rutile) is strongly affected by the ligands and the dehydration reaction. Reduction in the band gap of TiO2 and features observed in the XPS spectra confirm the incorporation of N into TiO2 matrix.

  14. Location Of Hole And Electron Traps On Nanocrystalline Anatase TiO2

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    Mercado, Candy C.; Knorr, Fritz J.; McHale, Jeanne L.; Usmani, Shirin M.; Ichimura, Andrew S.; Saraf, Laxmikant V.

    2012-05-17

    The defect photoluminescence from TiO2 nanoparticles in the anatase phase is reported for nanosheets which expose predominantly (001) surfaces, and compared to that from conventional anatase nanoparticles which expose mostly (101) surfaces. Also reported is the weak defect photoluminescence of TiO2 nanotubes, which we find using electron back-scattered diffraction to consist of walls which expose (110) and (100) facets. The nanotubes exhibit photoluminescence that is blue-shifted and much weaker than that from conventional TiO2 nanoparticles. Despite the preponderance of (001) surfaces in the nanosheet samples, they exhibit photoluminescence similar to that of conventional nanoparticles. We assign the broad visible photoluminescence of anatase nanoparticles to two overlapping distributions: hole trap emission associated with oxygen vacancies on (101) exposed surfaces, which peaks in the green, and a broader emission extending into the red which results from electron traps on under-coordinated titanium atoms, which are prevalent on (001) facets. The results of this study suggest how morphology of TiO2 nanoparticles could be optimized to control the distribution and activity of surface traps. Our results also shed light on the mechanism by which the TiCl4 surface treatment heals traps on anatase and mixed-phase TiO2 films, and reveals distinct differences in the trap-state distributions of TiO2 nanoparticles and nanotubes. The molecular basis for electron and hole traps and their spatial separation on different facets is discussed.

  15. Enhancement in photo-induced hydrophilicity of TiO2/CNT nanostructures by applying voltage

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    Abdi, Yaser; Khalilian, Maryam; Arzi, Ezatollah

    2011-06-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays were synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition on a silicon substrate. Cabbage-like TiO2 nanostructures on the CNTs were produced by atmospheric-pressure chemical vapour deposition. Scanning electron microcopy was used to study the morphology of the TiO2/CNT structures while x-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were used to verify the characteristics of the prepared nanostructures. Their hydrophilicity under UV and visible light was investigated and compared with the activity of thin films of TiO2. The TiO2/CNTs showed a highly improved photocatalytic activity in comparison with the TiO2 film. The excellent visible-light-induced hydrophilicity of the TiO2/CNTs was attributed to the generation of electron-hole pairs by visible light excitation with a low recombination rate. The results of this study showed that the fabricated cabbage-like TiO2/CNT nanostructures have a super-hydrophilic surface without further UV irradiation. Electrical measurements showed that a p-n junction was formed at the interface of the TiO2/CNTs. Consequently, a super-hydrophilic surface was achieved by applying an electric bias voltage. Visible-light- and electro-induced hydrophilicity of the obtained nanostructure was reported in this work.

  16. Beta zeolite supported sol-gel TiO2 materials for gas phase photocatalytic applications.

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    Lafjah, Mama; Djafri, Fatiha; Bengueddach, Abdelkader; Keller, Nicolas; Keller, Valérie

    2011-02-28

    Beta zeolite supported sol-gel TiO(2) photocatalytic materials were prepared according to a sol-gel route in which high specific surface area Beta zeolite powder was incorporated into the titanium isopropoxide sol during the course of the sol-gel process. This led to an intimate contact between the zeolite surface and the TiO(2) precursors, and resulted in the anchorage of large amounts of dispersed TiO(2) nanoparticles and in the stabilization of TiO(2) in its anatase form, even for high TiO(2) wt. contents and high calcination temperatures. Taking the UV-A photocatalytic oxidation of methanol as gas phase target reaction, high methanol conversions were obtained on the Beta zeolite supported TiO(2) photocatalysts when compared to bulk sol-gel TiO(2), despite lower amounts of TiO(2) within the photoactive materials. The methanol conversion was optimum for about 40 wt.% TiO(2) loading and calcination temperatures of 500-600°C. PMID:21177024

  17. Sonochemical synthesis of TiO(2 nanoparticles on graphene for use as photocatalyst.

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    Guo, Jingjing; Zhu, Shenmin; Chen, Zhixin; Li, Yao; Yu, Ziyong; Liu, Qinglei; Li, Jingbo; Feng, Chuanliang; Zhang, Di

    2011-09-01

    Using ultrasonication we succeed in a controlled incorporation of TiO(2) nanoparticles on the graphene layers homogeneously in a few hours. The average size of the TiO(2) nanoparticles was controlled at around 4-5 nm on the sheets without using any surfactant, which is attributed to the pyrolysis and condensation of the dissolved TiCl(4) into TiO(2) by ultrasonic waves. The photocatalytic activity of the resultant graphene-TiO(2) composites containing 25 wt.% TiO(2) is better than that of commercial pure TiO(2). This is partly due to the extremely small size of the TiO(2) nanoparticles and partly due to the graphene-TiO(2) composite structure consisting of homogeneous dispersion of crystalline TiO(2) nanoparticles on the graphene sheets. As the graphene in the composites has a very good contact with the TiO(2) nanoparticles it enhances the photo-electron conversion of TiO(2) by reducing the recombination of photo-generated electron-hole pairs. PMID:21482166

  18. Eco-friendly synthesis of TiO2, Au and Pt doped TiO2 nanoparticles for dye sensitized solar cell applications and evaluation of toxicity

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    Gopinath, K.; Kumaraguru, S.; Bhakyaraj, K.; Thirumal, S.; Arumugam, A.

    2016-04-01

    Driven by the demand of pure TiO2, Au and Pt doped TiO2 NPs were successfully synthesized using Terminalia arjuna bark extract. The eco-friendly synthesized NPs were characterized by UV-Vis-DRS, ATR-FT-IR, PL, XRD, Raman, SEM with EDX and TEM analysis. The synthesized NPs were investigation for dye sensitized solar cell applications. UV-Vis-Diffused Reflectance Spectra clearly showed that the expected TiO2 inter band absorption below 306 nm, incorporation of gold shows surface plasma resonant (SPR) near 555 nm and platinum incorporated TiO2 NPs shows absorbance at 460 nm. The energy conversion efficiency for Au doped TiO2 NPs when compared to pure and Pt doped TiO2 NPs. In addition to that, Au noble metal present TiO2 matrix and an improve open-circuit voltage (Voc) of DSSC. Synthesized NPs was evaluated into antibacterial and antifungal activities by disk diffusion method. It is observed that NPs have not shown any activities in all tested bacterial and fungal strains. In this eco-friendly synthesis method to provide non toxic and environmental friendly nanomaterials can be used for solar energy device application.

  19. New generation fiber reinforced polymer composites incorporating carbon nanotubes

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    Soliman, Eslam

    The last five decades observed an increasing use of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites as alternative construction materials for aerospace and infrastructure. The high specific strength of FRP attracted its use as non-corrosive reinforcement. However, FRP materials were characterized with a relatively low ductility and low shear strength compared with steel reinforcement. On the other hand, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been introduced in the last decade as a material with minimal defect that is capable of increasing the mechanical properties of polymer matrices. This dissertation reports experimental investigations on the use of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) to produce a new generation of FRP composites. The experiments showed significant improvements in the flexure properties of the nanocomposite when functionalized MWCNTs were used. In addition, MWCNTs were used to produce FRP composites in order to examine static, dynamic, and creep behavior. The MWCNTs improved the off-axis tension, off-axis flexure, FRP lap shear joint responses. In addition, they reduced the creep of FRP-concrete interface, enhanced the fracture toughness, and altered the impact resistance significantly. In general, the MWCNTs are found to affect the behaviour of the FRP composites when matrix failure dominates the behaviour. The improvement in the mechanical response with the addition of low contents of MWCNTs would benefit many industrial and military applications such as strengthening structures using FRP composites, composite pipelines, aircrafts, and armoured vehicles.

  20. Improved performance of lithium ion battery separator enabled by co-electrospinnig polyimide/poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) and the incorporation of TiO2-(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)

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    Chen, Weiya; Liu, Yanbo; Ma, Ying; Yang, Wenxiu

    2015-01-01

    Functionalized TiO2 (f-TiO2) was synthesized by the atom transfer radical polymerization process and then three types of composite nanofiber membranes including PI/PVdF-HFP (PI/PH, with no nanoparticles contained in PI), TiO2@PI/PVdF-HFP (T@PI/PH, with TiO2 mixed in PI) and f-TiO2@PI/PVdF-HFP (f-T@PI/PH, with f-TiO2 blended in PI) were prepared by bicomponent co-electrospinning technique which could separately maintain the original properties of both PVdF-HFP and PI nanofibers. UV-vis characterization manifested that the modified nanoparticles can provide significant improvements in reducing the particle agglomeration. Morphology, porosity, electrolyte uptake and liquid electrolyte contact angle of all the electrospun separators were investigated, and results showed that the composite separator with 2% f-TiO2 nanoparticle had smaller fiber diameter, higher porosity, larger electrolyte uptake, smaller contact angle and more excellent thermal dimensional stability. More importantly, the tensile strength of all the composite membranes increased by more than three times after thermal calendering process, which resulted from the several bonded points caused by the fusion of PVdF-HFP component with low melting temperature. Additionally, electrochemical properties of PI/PH, 2% T@PI/PH and 2% f-T@PI/PH composite separators and cycling performances of corresponding batteries were evaluated and 2% f-T@PI/PH composite separator showed better properties than the other two.

  1. Controllable atomic layer deposition of one-dimensional nanotubular TiO2

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    Meng, Xiangbo; Banis, Mohammad Norouzi; Geng, Dongsheng; Li, Xifei; Zhang, Yong; Li, Ruying; Abou-Rachid, Hakima; Sun, Xueliang

    2013-02-01

    This study aimed at synthesizing one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures of TiO2 using atomic layer deposition (ALD) on anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The precursors used are titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP, Ti(OCH(CH3)2)4) and deionized water. It was found that the morphologies and structural phases of as-deposited TiO2 are controllable through adjusting cycling numbers of ALD and growth temperatures. Commonly, a low temperature (150 °C) produced amorphous TiO2 while a high temperature (250 °C) led to crystalline anatase TiO2 on both AAO and CNTs. In addition, it was revealed that the deposition of TiO2 is also subject to the influences of the applied substrates. The work well demonstrated that ALD is a precise route to synthesize 1D nanostructures of TiO2. The resultant nanostructured TiO2 can be important candidates in many applications, such as water splitting, solar cells, lithium-ion batteries, and gas sensors.

  2. Transport properties in single-crystalline rutile TiO2 nanorods

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    Chen, R. S.; Chen, C. A.; Wang, W. C.; Tsai, H. Y.; Huang, Y. S.

    2011-11-01

    Electronic transport properties of the single-crystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods (NRs) with single rutile phase have been investigated. The conductivity values for the individual TiO2 NRs grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition are in the range of 1-10 Ω-1 cm-1. The temperature-dependent measurement shows the presence of two shallow donor levels/bands with activation energies at 8 and 28 meV, respectively. On the photoconductivity (PC), the TiO2 NRs exhibit the much higher normalized PC gain and sensitive excitation-power dependence than the polycrystalline nanotubes. The results demonstrate the superior photoconduction efficiency and distinct mechanism in the monocrystalline one-dimensional TiO2 nanostructures in comparison to the polycrystalline or nanoporous counterparts.

  3. Hierarchical Oriented Anatase TiO2 Nanostructure arrays on Flexible Substrate for Efficient Dye-sensitized Solar Cells

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    Wu, Wu-Qiang; Rao, Hua-Shang; Xu, Yang-Fan; Wang, Yu-Fen; Su, Cheng-Yong; Kuang, Dai-Bin

    2013-05-01

    The vertically oriented anatase single crystalline TiO2 nanostructure arrays (TNAs) consisting of TiO2 truncated octahedrons with exposed {001} facets or hierarchical TiO2 nanotubes (HNTs) consisting of numerous nanocrystals on Ti-foil substrate were synthesized via a two-step hydrothermal growth process. The first step hydrothermal reaction of Ti foil and NaOH leads to the formation of H-titanate nanowire arrays, which is further performed the second step hydrothermal reaction to obtain the oriented anatase single crystalline TiO2 nanostructures such as TiO2 nanoarrays assembly with truncated octahedral TiO2 nanocrystals in the presence of NH4F aqueous or hierarchical TiO2 nanotubes with walls made of nanocrystals in the presence of pure water. Subsequently, these TiO2 nanostructures were utilized to produce dye-sensitized solar cells in a backside illumination pattern, yielding a significant high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.66% (TNAs, JSC = 7.46 mA cm-2, VOC = 839 mV, FF = 0.75) and 5.84% (HNTs, JSC = 10.02 mA cm-2, VOC = 817 mV, FF = 0.72), respectively.

  4. Antioxidant defences and haemocyte internalization in Limnoperna fortunei exposed to TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Girardello, Francine; Leite, Camila Custódio; Branco, Catia Santos; Roesch-Ely, Mariana; Fernandes, Andreia Neves; Salvador, Mirian; Henriques, João Antonio Pêgas

    2016-07-01

    TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2-NP) have been incorporated into a large range of materials for different applications in the last decades and are very likely to appear in wastewater and effluents, eventually reaching the aquatic environment. Therefore, the assessment of the biological impact of TiO2-NP on aquatic ecosystem is of a major concern. The mussels represent a target group for TiO2-NP toxicity, as they are filter feeders and are capable of bioaccumulating toxic compounds. Furthermore, the exotic organism Limnoperna fortunei, golden mussel, is a freshwater bivalve that has been used in biomonitoring environmental conditions. In this work, the TiO2-NP's ability to interact with haemocytes of golden mussel was assessed by transmission electron microscopy. The enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant defenses were evaluated by superoxide dismutase (Sod) and catalase (Cat) activities and protein sulfhydryl content, which were measured after the golden mussel was exposed to TiO2-NP (1, 5, 10 and 50μgmL(-1)). Results demonstrate that TiO2-NP was internalized by cells, causing alterations in haemocytes membrane. Antioxidant activity of Sod and Cat decreased after 2h TiO2-NP exposure. After 4h exposure, the enzymatic antioxidant activity was restored. Notably, the protein sulfhydryl content decreased after 2h to all the TiO2-NP concentrations and no alterations were observed after 4h of TiO2-NP exposure. These results demonstrate the potential of golden mussel as sentinel organism to TiO2-NP exposure. PMID:27152940

  5. Fabrication and investigation of gas sensing properties of Nb-doped TiO2 nanotubular arrays

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    Galstyan, Vardan; Comini, Elisabetta; Faglia, Guido; Vomiero, Alberto; Borgese, Laura; Bontempi, Elza; Sberveglieri, Giorgio

    2012-06-01

    Synthesis of Nb-containing titania nanotubular arrays at room temperature by electrochemical anodization is reported. Crystallization of pure and Nb-doped TiO2 nanotubes was carried out by post-growth annealing at 400 °C. The morphology of the tubes obtained was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Crystal structure and composition of tubes were investigated by glancing incidence x-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and total reflection x-ray fluorescence (TXRF). For the first time gas sensing characteristics of Nb-doped TiO2 nanotubes were investigated and compared to those of undoped nanotubes. The functional properties of nanotubular arrays towards CO, H2, NO2, ethanol and acetone were tested in a wide range of operating temperature. The introduction of Nb largely improves conductivity and enhances gas sensing performances of TiO2 nanotubes.

  6. Synthesis, characteristics and sonocatalytic activities of calcined γ-Fe2O3 and TiO2 nanotubes/γ-Fe2O3 magnetic catalysts in the degradation of Orange G.

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    Pang, Yean Ling; Lim, Steven; Ong, Hwai Chyuan; Chong, Wen Tong

    2016-03-01

    In this work, γ-Fe2O3 and TiO2 NTs/γ-Fe2O3 composites with good magnetism and sonocatalytic activity were prepared by a facile polyol method and utilize the principle of isoelectric point method, respectively. The structural and magnetic features of the prepared calcined γ-Fe2O3 and composite catalysts were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), surface analysis, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-Vis DRS), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and zeta potential analysis. The effects of calcination temperature on γ-Fe2O3 phase variation, physical properties and sonocatalytic properties were investigated. The porosity, specific surface area, band gap energy and sonocatalytic activity of γ-Fe2O3 were gradually decreased with calcination temperature increased. TiO2 NTs/γ-Fe2O3 with appropriate composition and specific structural features possess synergetic effects such as efficient separation of charge carriers and hydroxyl radicals produced by heterogeneous fenton and fenton-like reactions. This enhanced the sonocatalytic activity for the degradation of Orange G under ultrasonic irradiation. The sonocatalytic reactions obeyed pseudo first-order kinetics. All these information provide insight into the design and development of high-efficiency catalyst for wastewater treatment. PMID:26585012

  7. Enhanced Photovoltaic Performance with Carbon Nanotubes Incorporating into Hole Transport Materials for Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Wang, Junxia; Li, Jingling; Xu, Xueqing; Xu, Gang; Shen, Honglie

    2016-06-01

    In an attempt to further enhance the photovoltaic performance of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) fabricated by spray deposition under ambient conditions, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are introduced for incorporation into hole transport materials (HTM). The effect of CNT category and length on the efficiency of the perovskite solar cell for incorporation into HTM is investigated. The enhanced photovoltaic performance is achieved in multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with the shortest length. The efficiency of acid-treated MWCNT-based cells is improved compared to that of purified MWCNTs due to the better dispersibility and the π-π interaction between the -COOH group and spiro-OMeTAD. As the volume ratio of the spiro-OMeTAD and spiro/MWCNTs mixture is 2:2 or 3:1, the highest power conversion efficiency (PCE) of PSCs containing MWCNTs reaches 8.7% with the enhanced short-circuit current density (J sc) and open-circuit voltage (V oc).

  8. Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures for high electrochromic activity

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    Reyes-Gil, Karla R.; Stephens, Zachary D.; Stavila, Vitalie; Robinson, David B.

    2015-01-06

    A composite material consisting of TiO2 nanotubes (NT) with WO3 electrodeposited on its surface has been fabricated, detached from its Ti substrate, and attached to a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) film on glass for application to electrochromic (EC) reactions. Several adhesion layers were tested, finding that a paste of TiO2 made from commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles creates an interface for the TiO2 NT film to attach to the FTO glass, which is conductive and does not cause solution-phase ions in an electrolyte to bind irreversibly with the material. The effect of NT length and WO3 concentration on the EC performancemore » were studied. As a result, the composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures showed higher ion storage capacity, better stability, enhanced EC contrast, and longer memory time compared with the pure WO3 and TiO2 materials« less

  9. Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures for high electrochromic activity.

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    Reyes, Karla Rosa; Stephens, Zachary Dan.; Robinson, David B.

    2013-05-01

    A composite material consisting of TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) with WO3 electrodeposited homogeneously on its surface has been fabricated, detached from its substrate, and attached to a fluorine-doped tin oxide film on glass for application to electrochromic (EC) reactions. A paste of TiO2 made from commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles creates an interface for the TiO2 NT film to attach to the FTO glass, which is conductive and does not cause solution-phase ions in an electrolyte to bind irreversibly with the material. The effect of NT length on the current density and the EC contrast of the material were studied. The EC redox reaction seen in this material is diffusion- limited, having relatively fast reaction rates at the electrode surface. The composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures showed higher ion storage capacity, better stability, enhanced EC contrast and longer memory time compared with the pure WO3 and TiO2.

  10. Enabling high solubility of ZnO in TiO2 by nanolamination of atomic layer deposition

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    Su, C.-Y.; Wang, C.-C.; Hsueh, Y.-C.; Gurylev, V.; Kei, C.-C.; Perng, T.-P.

    2015-11-01

    Zn-doped TiO2 nanotubes were fabricated by nanolaminated packing of alternating layers of TiO2 and ZnO by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using a polycarbonate (PC) membrane as a template. With 400 cycles of ALD, the nanotubes with a thickness of 28 nm and an outer diameter of 220 nm were obtained after removing the PC membrane by annealing at 450 °C. The doping concentration of ZnO in TiO2 depends on the precursor cycle ratio of ZnO to TiO2. With the precursor cycle ratio of ZnO : TiO2 at 0.04, a uniform bulk solubility of ~8 at% is obtained, and the surface concentration of Zn is even higher, ~16 at%. From the depth profiles measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry, Zn is uniformly distributed across the thickness, which is further confirmed by analyses of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. Additionally, from the transmission electron microscopic observation, the highly doped anatase TiO2 exhibits some regions of severe deformation that results in localized solid-state amorphization.Zn-doped TiO2 nanotubes were fabricated by nanolaminated packing of alternating layers of TiO2 and ZnO by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using a polycarbonate (PC) membrane as a template. With 400 cycles of ALD, the nanotubes with a thickness of 28 nm and an outer diameter of 220 nm were obtained after removing the PC membrane by annealing at 450 °C. The doping concentration of ZnO in TiO2 depends on the precursor cycle ratio of ZnO to TiO2. With the precursor cycle ratio of ZnO : TiO2 at 0.04, a uniform bulk solubility of ~8 at% is obtained, and the surface concentration of Zn is even higher, ~16 at%. From the depth profiles measured by secondary ion mass spectrometry, Zn is uniformly distributed across the thickness, which is further confirmed by analyses of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. Additionally, from the transmission electron microscopic observation, the highly doped anatase TiO2

  11. Photovoltaic Properties of TiO2/Cu2O Heterostructure

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    Li, Dongdong; Chang, Pai-Chun; Chu, Sheng; Chien, C. J.; Lu, Jia G.

    2010-03-01

    TiO2 is an n-type semiconductor with a wide band gap energy of 3.2 eV. It has been known for its photo catalytic effect and widely used in commercial products. Particularly in the growing photovoltaic industry, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSC) made by TiO2 nanotube electrode have demonstrated to have conversion efficiency up to 6.9 %. However, the TiO2 nanotube based DSC is humbled by the nature of its electrolyte environment. Hence, an all solid-state core shell p-n junction utilizing the TiO2 nanostructure solar cell is of great potential to provide another solution for the rising photovoltaic industry. In order to fabricate heterostructures, cuprous oxide (Cu2O), a p-type semiconductor with a direct band gap of 2.0 eV, is a promising candidate to form p-n heterojunction with TiO2. Here we present a method to achieve Cu2O/TiO2 p-n junction through electrochemical approaches. A self-doping method is addressed on crystallized TiO2 nanotubes to further improve the contact and device performance. The photovoltaic property of Cu2O/TiO2 hetero-structure is measured, giving an open circuit voltage ˜0.25 V, a short circuit current ˜0.33mA/cm^2, and filling factor ˜27%. Although the efficiency is still low, it demonstrates promising potential to achieve low cost flexible photovoltaic device.

  12. Synthesis rare earth doped TiO2 nanorods and their application in the photocatalytic degradation of lignin

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    Song, Liang; Zhao, Xueyuan; Cao, Lixin; Moon, Ji Won; Gu, Baohua; Wang, Wei

    2015-01-01

    This research studied the degradation of macromolecular lignin in aqueous environments catalyzed by rare earth doped titania nonorods (RE-TiO2 NRs) under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this work, we developed a two-step process to synthesize the RE-TiO2 NRs. Protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structure and negative surface charges were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, then rare earth metal ions were hemogeneously bound onto the titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The RE-TiO2 NRs with average diameter of ~10 nm were obtained through calcination treatment . Enhanced photocatalytic activities of the RE-TiO2 NRs were observed in comparison with undoped TiO2 NRs and commercialmore » TiO2 photocatalysts. Photooxidation of methyl orange, as probe reaction, was chosen to evaluate the efficiency of the photocatalysts, and Eu-TiO2 NRs showed the fastest apparent reaction rate constant, which was evaluated as 42*10-4 s-1 in this catalytic system. La3+, Sm3+, Eu3+ and Er3+ doped TiO2 NRs showed higher photocatalytic efficiency on the photo-oxidation of azo groups. We have demonstrated that natural macromolecule lignin could be photodegraded effectively and rapidly at room temperature under simulated sunlight irradiation with a light intensity of 36.8 0.2 mW cm-2. Catalyzed by RE-TiO2 NRs, the reaction mechanism of photocatalytic depolymerization of lignin was based on two reaction routes, which were revealed by spectroscopic analysis of intermediate products.« less

  13. Carbon nanotube composites for glucose biosensor incorporated with reverse iontophoresis function for noninvasive glucose monitoring.

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    Sun, Tai-Ping; Shieh, Hsiu-Li; Ching, Congo Tak-Shing; Yao, Yan-Dong; Huang, Su-Hua; Liu, Chia-Ming; Liu, Wei-Hao; Chen, Chung-Yuan

    2010-01-01

    This study aims to develop an amperometric glucose biosensor, based on carbon nanotubes material for reverse iontophoresis, fabricated by immobilizing a mixture of glucose oxidase (GOD) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) epoxy-composite, on a planar screen-printed carbon electrode. MWCNT was employed to ensure proper incorporation into the epoxy mixture and faster electron transfer between the GOD and the transducer. Results showed this biosensor possesses a low detection potential (+500 mV), good sensitivity (4 microA/mM) and an excellent linear response range (r(2) = 0.999; 0-4 mM) of glucose detection at +500 mV (versus Ag/AgCl). The response time of the biosensor was about 25 s. In addition, the biosensor could be used in conjunction with reverse iontophoresis technique. In an actual evaluation model, an excellent linear relationship (r(2) = 0.986) was found between the glucose concentration of the actual model and the biosensor's current response. Thus, a glucose biosensor based on carbon nanotube composites and incorporated with reverse iontophoresis function was developed. PMID:20517479

  14. ZnFe2O4-TiO2 Nanoparticles within Mesoporous MCM-41

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    Tang, Aidong; Deng, Yuehua; Jin, Jiao; Yang, Huaming

    2012-01-01

    A novel nanocomposite ZnFe2O4-TiO2/MCM-41 (ZTM) was synthesized by a sol-gel method and characterized through X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), N2 adsorption-desorption, Raman spectroscopy, and ultraviolet visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometry. The results confirmed the incorporation of ZnFe2O4-TiO2 nanoparticles inside the pores of the mesoporous MCM-41 host without destroying its integrity. ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles can inhibit the transformation of anatase into rutile phase of TiO2. Incorporation of ZnFe2O4-TiO2 within MCM-41 avoided the agglomeration of nanoparticles and reduced the band gap energy of TiO2 to enhance its visible light photocatalytic activity. UV-vis absorption edges of ZTM nanocomposites redshifted with the increase of Zn/Ti molar ratio. The nanocomposite approach could be a potential choice for enhancing the photoactivity of TiO2, indicating an interesting application in the photodegradation and photoelectric fields. PMID:22919325

  15. Photodegradation of bromophenol blue with fluorinated TiO2 composite

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    Dlamini, L. N.; Krause, R. W.; Kulkarni, G. U.; Durbach, S. H.

    2011-09-01

    Fluorinated TiO2 composites were prepared by the sol-gel method. The photocatalytic activities of the composites were evaluated with bromophenol blue (BPB). Composites which contained carbon nanotubes showed the highest photodegradation (98%) of BPB at 20 min as compared to pure TiO2. Photodegradation by-products of BPB such as Br- and [SO4]2- ions were monitored with ion chromatography. All catalysts were characterized with microscopic techniques, including transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy which were both equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray spectrophotometer. The polymorph of TiO2 was verified by the use of Raman spectroscopy and powder X-ray diffraction.

  16. The effect of polyaniline on TiO2 nanoparticles as anode materials for lithium ion batteries.

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    Zheng, Haitao; Ncube, Ntombizodwa M; Raju, Kumar; Mphahlele, Nonhlanhla; Mathe, Mkhulu

    2016-01-01

    Polyaniline (PANI) additives have been shown to have a significant effect on titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles as lithium ion battery anode materials. TiO2/PANI composites were prepared using a solid coating method with different ratios of PANI and then characterized using XRD and SEM. These composites have shown increased reversible capacity compared with pure TiO2. At the current rate of 20 and 200 mAg(-1), maximum capacities were also found on 15 % PANI incorporated TiO2 composite with 281 mAh g(-1) and 168.2 mAh g(-1), respectively, and 230 and 99.6 mAh g(-1) were obtained in the case of pure TiO2. Among all the composite materials, 10 % PANI incorporated TiO2 composite exhibited the highest reversible capacity with cycle stability after 100 cycles at the current rate of 200 mAg(-1), suggestive that the optimal ratio is 10 % PANI of TiO2/polyaniline. The cycle stability showed swift fade when the ratio of PANI in the composites exceeded 10 % though the highest initial capacity was achieved on 15 % PANI in the composites. These results suggest that PANI has effectively enhanced the reversible capacity of commercial TiO2, and may be a promising polymer matrix materials for lithium ion batteries. PMID:27330896

  17. Conducting polymer composite film incorporated with aligned carbon nanotubes for transparent, flexible and efficient supercapacitor

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    Lin, Huijuan; Li, Li; Ren, Jing; Cai, Zhenbo; Qiu, Longbin; Yang, Zhibin; Peng, Huisheng

    2013-01-01

    Polyaniline composite films incorporated with aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are synthesized through an easy electrodeposition process. These robust and electrically conductive films are found to function as effective electrodes to fabricate transparent and flexible supercapacitors with a maximum specific capacitance of 233 F/g at a current density of 1 A/g. It is 36 times of bare MWCNT sheet, 23 times of pure polyaniline and 3 times of randomly dispersed MWCNT/polyaniline film under the same conditions. The novel supercapacitors also show a high cyclic stability. PMID:23443325

  18. The effects of titania nanotubes with embedded silver oxide nanoparticles on bacteria and osteoblasts.

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    Gao, Ang; Hang, Ruiqiang; Huang, Xiaobo; Zhao, Lingzhou; Zhang, Xiangyu; Wang, Lin; Tang, Bin; Ma, Shengli; Chu, Paul K

    2014-04-01

    A versatile strategy to endow biomaterials with long-term antibacterial ability without compromising the cytocompatibility is highly desirable to combat biomaterial related infection. TiO2 nanotube (NT) arrays can significantly enhance the functions of many cell types including osteoblasts thus having promising applications in orthopedics, orthodontics, as well as other biomedical fields. In this study, TiO2 NT arrays with Ag2O nanoparticle embedded in the nanotube wall (NT-Ag2O arrays) are prepared on titanium (Ti) by TiAg magnetron sputtering and anodization. Well-defined NT arrays containing Ag concentrations in a wide range from 0 to 15 at % are formed. Ag incorporation has little influence on the NT diameter, but significantly decreases the tube length. Crystallized Ag2O nanoparticles with diameters ranging from 5 nm to 20 nm are embedded in the amorphous TiO2 nanotube wall and this unique structure leads to controlled release of Ag(+) that generates adequate antibacterial activity without showing cytotoxicity. The NT-Ag2O arrays can effectively kill Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus even after immersion for 28 days, demonstrating the long lasting antibacterial ability. Furthermore, the NT-Ag2O arrays have no appreciable influence on the osteoblast viability, proliferation, and differentiation compared to the Ag free TiO2 NT arrays. Ag incorporation even shows some favorable effects on promoting cell spreading. The technique reported here is a versatile approach to develop biomedical coatings with different functions. PMID:24529392

  19. Facile Synthesis of Robust Free-Standing TiO2 Nanotubular Membranes for Biofiltration Applications

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    Schweicher, Julien; Desai, Tejal A.

    2014-01-01

    Robust monodisperse nanoporous membranes have a wide range of biotechnological applications, but are often difficult or costly to fabricate. Here, a simple technique is reported to produce free-standing TiO2 nanotubular membranes with through-hole morphology. It consists in a 3-step anodization procedure carried out at room temperature on a Ti foil. The first anodization (1 h at 80 V) is used to pattern the surface of the metallic foil. Then, the second anodization (24 h at 80 V) produces the array of TiO2 nanotubes that will constitute the final membrane. A higher voltage anodization (3-5 minutes at 180 V) is finally applied to detach the TiO2 nanotubular layer from the underlying Ti foil. In order to completely remove the barrier layer that obstructs some pores of the membrane, the latter is etched 2 minutes in a buffered oxide etch solution. The overall process produces 60 μm-thick TiO2 nanotubular membranes with tube openings of 110 nm on one side and 73 nm on the other side. The through-hole morphology of these membranes has been verified by performing diffusion experiments with glucose, insulin and immunoglobulin G where in differences in diffusion rate are observed based on molecular weight. Such biocompatible TiO2 nanotubular membranes, with controlled pore size and morphology, have broad biotechnological and biomedical applications. PMID:24634542

  20. Preparation and characterization of a novel PVDF ultrafiltration membrane by blending with TiO2-HNTs nanocomposites

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    Zeng, Guangyong; He, Yi; Yu, Zongxue; Zhan, Yingqing; Ma, Lan; Zhang, Lei

    2016-05-01

    Novel polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) ultrafiltration membranes were prepared by blending with different contents of titanium dioxide-halloysite nanotubes (TiO2-HNTs) composites into the PVDF matrix. The effects of TiO2-HNTs content on the membrane performances, such as hydrophilicity, rejection ratio and antifouling properties were investigated in detail. X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermo-gravimetric analyzer (TGA) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses showed that TiO2 was loaded on the surface of HNTs successfully and homogeneously by sol-gel method. The morphologies and microstructure of the membranes were characterized by SEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The contact angle (CA) tests indicated that the hydrophilicity of membranes was significantly increased with the addition of TiO2-HNTs. The pure water flux of 3%TiO2-HNTs/PVDF was increased by 264.8% and 35.6%, respectively, compared with pure PVDF membrane and 3%TiO2/PVDF membrane, although the rejection of bovine serum albumin (BSA) was slightly decreased. More importantly, TiO2-HNTs/PVDF membrane exhibited an excellent anti-fouling performance, which was attributed to the hydrophobic contaminants being resisted by hydrophilic nanoparticles. It can be expected that this work may provide some references to solve the dispersion of nanoparticle in the membrane and improve the anti-fouling performance of membrane in the field of wastewater treatment.

  1. Formation of hydroxyl radicals and kinetic study of 2-chlorophenol photocatalytic oxidation using C-doped TiO2, N-doped TiO2, and C,N Co-doped TiO2 under visible light.

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    Ananpattarachai, Jirapat; Seraphin, Supapan; Kajitvichyanukul, Puangrat

    2016-02-01

    This work reports on synthesis, characterization, adsorption ability, formation rate of hydroxyl radicals (OH(•)), photocatalytic oxidation kinetics, and mineralization ability of C-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2), N-doped TiO2, and C,N co-doped TiO2 prepared by the sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-visible spectroscopy were used to analyze the titania. The rate of formation of OH(•) for each type of titania was determined, and the OH-index was calculated. The kinetics of as-synthesized TiO2 catalysts in photocatalytic oxidation of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) under visible light irradiation were evaluated. Results revealed that nitrogen was incorporated into the lattice of titania with the structure of O-Ti-N linkages in N-doped TiO2 and C,N co-doped TiO2. Carbon was joined to the Ti-O-C bond in the C-doped TiO2 and C,N co-doped TiO2. The 2-CP adsorption ability of C,N co-doped TiO2 and C-doped TiO2 originated from a layer composed of a complex carbonaceous mixture at the surface of TiO2. C,N co-doped TiO2 had highest formation rate of OH(•) and photocatalytic activity due to a synergistic effect of carbon and nitrogen co-doping. The order of photocatalytic activity per unit surface area was the same as that of the formation rate of OH(•) unit surface area in the following order: C,N co-doped TiO2 > C-doped TiO2 > N-doped TiO2 > undoped TiO2. PMID:26499197

  2. Incorporation of carbon nanotubes in a hierarchical porous photoanode of tandem quantum dot sensitized solar cells.

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    Golobostanfard, Mohammad Reza; Abdizadeh, Hossein; Mohajerzadeh, Shamsoddin

    2014-08-29

    The incorporation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) in quantum dot (QD) sensitized solar cells (QDSC) based on CdSe QDs and quantum rods (QRs) is investigated. The composite hierarchical porous photoanode of titania/CNT is synthesized by sol-gel induced phase separation and QDs/QRs are prepared by the modified solvothermal method. The QDs and QRs form a tandem structure on the hierarchical porous photoanode after deposition by the electrophoretic method. Incorporation of MWCNT in the QDSC photoanode in optimum content (0.32 wt%) causes appreciable enhancement in cells efficiency (about 41% increase). This improvement in efficiency mainly emerges from the beneficial role of MWCNTs in charge injection and collection. The MWCNTs result in longer electron lifetime and higher electron diffusion length, which is confirmed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. PMID:25101717

  3. Incorporation of carbon nanotubes in a hierarchical porous photoanode of tandem quantum dot sensitized solar cells

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    Golobostanfard, Mohammad Reza; Abdizadeh, Hossein; Mohajerzadeh, Shamsoddin

    2014-08-01

    The incorporation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) in quantum dot (QD) sensitized solar cells (QDSC) based on CdSe QDs and quantum rods (QRs) is investigated. The composite hierarchical porous photoanode of titania/CNT is synthesized by sol-gel induced phase separation and QDs/QRs are prepared by the modified solvothermal method. The QDs and QRs form a tandem structure on the hierarchical porous photoanode after deposition by the electrophoretic method. Incorporation of MWCNT in the QDSC photoanode in optimum content (0.32 wt%) causes appreciable enhancement in cells efficiency (about 41% increase). This improvement in efficiency mainly emerges from the beneficial role of MWCNTs in charge injection and collection. The MWCNTs result in longer electron lifetime and higher electron diffusion length, which is confirmed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  4. Enhancing the grain size of organic halide perovskites by sulfonate-carbon nanotube incorporation in high performance perovskite solar cells.

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    Zhang, Yong; Tan, Licheng; Fu, Qingxia; Chen, Lie; Ji, Ting; Hu, Xiaotian; Chen, Yiwang

    2016-04-14

    The grain size of perovskites was enhanced and the grain boundary was filled with sulfonate carbon nanotubes (s-CNTs) during the CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite precursor solution spin-coating process with the incorporation of s-CNTs. The performance of s-CNT incorporated perovskite solar cells remarkably increased from 10.3% to 15.1% (best) compared with pristine CNT incorporated perovskite solar cells. PMID:26940646

  5. Characterization and improved solar light activity of vanadium doped TiO2/diatomite hybrid catalysts.

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    Wang, Bin; Zhang, Guangxin; Leng, Xue; Sun, Zhiming; Zheng, Shuilin

    2015-03-21

    V-doped TiO2/diatomite composite photocatalysts with different vanadium concentrations were synthesized by a modified sol-gel method. The diatomite was responsible for the well dispersion of TiO2 nanoparticles on the matrix and consequently inhibited the agglomeration. V-TiO2/diatomite hybrids showed red shift in TiO2 absorption edge with enhanced absorption intensity. Most importantly, the dopant energy levels were formed in the TiO2 bandgap due to V(4+) ions substituted to Ti(4+) sites. The 0.5% V-TiO2/diatomite photocatalyst displayed narrower bandgap (2.95 eV) compared to undoped sample (3.13 eV) and other doped samples (3.05 eV) with higher doping concentration. The photocatalytic activities of V doped TiO2/diatomite samples for the degradation of Rhodamine B under stimulated solar light illumination were significantly improved compared with the undoped sample. In our case, V(4+) ions incorporated in TiO2 lattice were responsible for increased visible-light absorption and electron transfer to oxygen molecules adsorbed on the surface of TiO2 to produce superoxide radicals ˙O2(-), while V(5+) species presented on the surface of TiO2 particles in the form of V2O5 contributed to e(-)-h(+) separation. In addition, due to the combination of diatomite as support, this hybrid photocatalyst could be separated from solution quickly by natural settlement and exhibited good reusability. PMID:25497036

  6. Porous TiO2 Assembled from Monodispersed Nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Xu; Duan, Weijie; Chen, Yan; Jiao, Shihui; Zhao, Yue; Kang, Yutang; Li, Lu; Fang, Zhenxing; Xu, Wei; Pang, Guangsheng

    2016-12-01

    Porous TiO2 were assembled by evaporating or refluxing TiO2 colloid, which was obtained by dispersing the TiO2 nanoparticles with a crystallite size (d XRD) of 3.2 nm into water or ethanol without any additives. Porous transparent bulk TiO2 was obtained by evaporating the TiO2-C2H5OH colloid at room temperature for 2 weeks, while porous TiO2 nanospheres were assembled by refluxing the TiO2-H2O colloid at 80 °C for 36 h. Both of the porous TiO2 architectures were pore-size-adjustable depending on the further treating temperature. Porous TiO2 nanospheres exhibited enhanced photocatalysis activity compared to the nanoparticles. PMID:27000026

  7. Identification of the mechanisms that drive the toxicity of TiO2 particulates: the contribution of physicochemical characteristics

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    2009-01-01

    This review focuses on outlining the toxicity of titanium dioxide (TiO2) particulates in vitro and in vivo, in order to understand their ability to detrimentally impact on human health. Evaluating the hazards associated with TiO2 particles is vital as it enables risk assessments to be conducted, by combining this information with knowledge on the likely exposure levels of humans. This review has concentrated on the toxicity of TiO2, due to the fact that the greatest number of studies by far have evaluated the toxicity of TiO2, in comparison to other metal oxide particulates. This derives from historical reasons (whereby the size dependency of particulate toxicity was first realised for TiO2) and due to its widespread application within consumer products (such as sunscreens). The pulmonary and dermal hazards of TiO2 have been a particular focus of the available studies, due to the past use of TiO2 as a (negative) control when assessing the pulmonary toxicity of particulates, and due to its incorporation within consumer products such as sunscreens. Mechanistic processes that are critical to TiO2 particulate toxicity will also be discussed and it is apparent that, in the main, the oxidant driven inflammatory, genotoxic and cytotoxic consequences associated with TiO2 exposure, are inherently linked, and are evident both in vivo and in vitro. The attributes of TiO2 that have been identified as being most likely to drive the observed toxicity include particle size (and therefore surface area), crystallinity (and photocatalytic activity), surface chemistry, and particle aggregation/agglomeration tendency. The experimental set up also influences toxicological outcomes, so that the species (or model) used, route of exposure, experiment duration, particle concentration and light conditions are all able to influence the findings of investigations. In addition, the applicability of the observed findings for particular TiO2 forms, to TiO2 particulates in general, requires

  8. Visible-light photocatalytic properties of Mo-C codoped anatase TiO2 films prepared by magnetron sputtering

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    Zhe-Peng, Zhang; Biao, Yu; Hai-Bo, Fan; Xin-Liang, Zheng; He-Bao, Yao

    2015-12-01

    A range of different contents of Mo-C codoped TiO2 films were sputtered by using home-made Mo-C codoped TiO2 targets, which were sintered by mixing the Mo2C and TiO2 powder with different mole ratio. We found that the Mo and C ions were successfully incorporated into the lattice of TiO2 films. As a result, the band gap of TiO2 was reduced and the visible-light photocatalytic property was enhanced. The photocatalytic performance of Mo-C codoped TiO2 films was strictly relevant with the band gap and there was a best codoping concentration of 0.01% for the TiO2 film, which processed the smallest band gap and the best photocatalytic property. If the codoping concentration increased, the photocatalytic performance decreased dramatically. Our results suggest that sputtering technique is a convenient method to prepare Mo-C codoped TiO2 films with tunable doping content and high photocatalytic performance.

  9. Electrochemical behavior and effect of heat treatment on morphology, crystalline structure of self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays on Ti-6Al-7Nb for biomedical applications.

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    Mohan, L; Anandan, C; Rajendran, N

    2015-05-01

    In the present work, we investigate the formation of self-organized titanium oxide nanotube layers by anodic oxidation on titanium alloy Ti-6Al-7Nb in electrolyte solution containing sulfuric acid and hydrofluoric acid. The anodized surface was characterized by micro-Raman, X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The corrosion behavior of the treated and untreated samples was investigated through electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and potentiodynamic polarization studies in simulated body fluid (Hanks' solution). The investigations show that the native oxide on the sample is replaced by self-assembled nanoarray by anodization. FESEM of samples annealed at 450 to 800 °C show tubular morphology whereas those annealed at 850 °C show collapse of nanotubes. Electrochemical impedance data of the substrate and 10 V anodized samples were fitted with a two-time constant equivalent circuit and that of anodized samples (20, 30 V) with a three-time constant equivalent circuit. PMID:25746285

  10. Preparation and solar-light photocatalytic activity of TiO2 composites: TiO2/kaolin, TiO2/diatomite, and TiO2/zeolite

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    Li, Y.; Li, S. G.; Wang, J.; Li, Y.; Ma, C. H.; Zhang, L.

    2014-12-01

    Three TiO2 loaded composites, TiO2/kaolin, TiO2/diatomite, and TiO2/zeolite, were prepared in order to improve the solar-light photocatalytic activity of TiO2. The results showed that the photocatalytic activity could obviously be enhanced by loading appropriate amount of inorganic mineral materials. Meanwhile, TiO2 content, heat-treatment temperature and heat-treatment time on the photocatalytic activity were reviewed. Otherwise, the effect of solar light irradiation time and dye concentration on the photocatalytic degradation of Acid Red B was investigated. Furthermore, the degradation mechanism and adsorption process were also discussed.

  11. Instability of hydrogenated TiO2.

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    Nandasiri, Manjula I; Shutthanandan, Vaithiyalingam; Manandhar, Sandeep; Schwarz, Ashleigh M; Oxenford, Lucas; Kennedy, John V; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Henderson, Michael A

    2015-11-19

    Hydrogenated TiO2 (H-TiO2) is touted as a viable visible light photocatalyst. We report a systematic study on the thermal stability of H-implanted TiO2 using nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Protons (40 keV) implanted at a ∼2 atom % level within a ∼120 nm wide profile of rutile TiO2(110) were situated ∼300 nm below the surface. NRA revealed that this H-profile broadened toward the surface after annealing at 373 K, dissipated out of the crystal into vacuum at 473 K, and was absent within the beam sampling depth (∼800 nm) at 523 K. Photoemission showed that the surface was reduced in concert with these changes. Similar anneals had no effect on pristine TiO2(110). The facile bulk diffusivity of H in rutile at low temperatures, as well as its interfacial activity toward reduction, significantly limits the utilization of H-TiO2 as a photocatalyst. PMID:26545303

  12. Instability of Hydrogenated TiO2

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    Nandasiri, Manjula I.; Shutthanandan, V.; Manandhar, Sandeep; Schwarz, Ashleigh M.; Oxenford, Lucas S.; Kennedy, John V.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Henderson, Michael A.

    2015-11-06

    Hydrogenated TiO2 (H-TiO2) is toted as a viable visible light photocatalyst. We report a systematic study on the thermal stability of H-implanted TiO2 using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). Protons (40 keV) implanted at a ~2 atom % level within a ~120 nm wide profile of rutile TiO2(110) were situated ~300 nm below the surface. NRA revealed that this H-profile broadened preferentially toward the surface after annealing at 373 K, dissipated out of the crystal into vacuum at 473 K, and was absent within the beam sampling depth (~800 nm) at 523 K. Photoemission showed that the surface was reduced in concert with these changes. Similar anneals had no effect on pristine TiO2(110). The facile bulk diffusivity of H in rutile, as well as its activity toward interfacial reduction, significantly limits the utilization of H-TiO2 as a photocatalyst. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multiprogram national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle. The research was performed using the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

  13. Green synthesis of polymer monoliths incorporated with carbon nanotubes in room temperature ionic liquid and deep eutectic solvents.

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    Zhang, Li-Shun; Gao, Shu-Ping; Huang, Yan-Ping; Liu, Zhao-Sheng

    2016-07-01

    In this work, an efficient method to prepare polymer monoliths with incorporated carbon nanotubes in a mixture of room temperature ionic liquid and deep eutectic solvents was developed. With assistance of the binary green solvent, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate and choline chloride/ethylene glycol, single-walled carbon nanotubes were dispersed successfully in pre-polymerization mixture without need of oxidative cutting of carbon nanotubes, which may allow depletion of the emission of volatile organic compounds into environment. The novel single-walled carbon nanotubes monolith was evaluated by capillary electrochromatography. Compared with the monolith made without single-walled carbon nanotubes, the monolith with the incorporation of single-walled carbon nanotubes exhibited high column efficiency (251,000plates/m) in the chromatographic separation. The morphology of the monolith can be tuned by the composition of mixture of ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents to afford good column permeability and excellent separation ability for small molecules of alkyl phenones and alkyl benzenes. The results demonstrated that the method is a green strategy for the fabrication of multifunctional polymer monoliths. PMID:27154683

  14. High-surface-area mesoporous TiO2 microspheres via one-step nanoparticle self-assembly for enhanced lithium-ion storage

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    Wang, Hsin-Yi; Chen, Jiazang; Hy, Sunny; Yu, Linghui; Xu, Zhichuan; Liu, Bin

    2014-11-01

    Mesoporous TiO2 microspheres assembled from TiO2 nanoparticles with specific surface areas as high as 150 m2 g-1 were synthesized via a facile one-step solvothermal reaction of titanium isopropoxide and anhydrous acetone. Aldol condensation of acetone gradually releases structural H2O, which hydrolyzes and condenses titanium isopropoxide, forming TiO2 nanocrystals. Simultaneous growth and aggregation of TiO2 nanocrystals leads to the formation of high-surface-area TiO2 microspheres under solvothermal conditions. After a low-temperature post-synthesis calcination, carbonate could be incorporated into TiO2 as a dopant with the carbon source coming from the organic byproducts during the synthesis. Carbonate doping modifies the electronic structure of TiO2 (e.g., Fermi level, Ef), and thus influences its electrochemical properties. Solid electrolyte interface (SEI) formation, which is not common for titania, could be initiated in carbonate-doped TiO2 due to elevated Ef. After removing carbonate dopants by high-temperature calcination, the mesoporous TiO2 microspheres showed much improved performance in lithium insertion and stability at various current rates, attributed to a synergistic effect of high surface area, large pore size and good anatase crystallinity.Mesoporous TiO2 microspheres assembled from TiO2 nanoparticles with specific surface areas as high as 150 m2 g-1 were synthesized via a facile one-step solvothermal reaction of titanium isopropoxide and anhydrous acetone. Aldol condensation of acetone gradually releases structural H2O, which hydrolyzes and condenses titanium isopropoxide, forming TiO2 nanocrystals. Simultaneous growth and aggregation of TiO2 nanocrystals leads to the formation of high-surface-area TiO2 microspheres under solvothermal conditions. After a low-temperature post-synthesis calcination, carbonate could be incorporated into TiO2 as a dopant with the carbon source coming from the organic byproducts during the synthesis. Carbonate doping

  15. Evaluation of polymethyl methacrylate resin mechanical properties with incorporated halloysite nanotubes

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    2016-01-01

    PURPOSE This study inspects the effect of incorporating halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) into polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) resin on its flexural strength, hardness, and Young's modulus. MATERIALS AND METHODS Four groups of acrylic resin powder were prepared. One group without HNTs was used as a control group and the other three groups contained 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9 wt% HNTs. For each one, flexural strength, Young's modulus and hardness values were measured. One-way ANOVA and Tukey's test were used for comparison (P<.05). RESULTS At lower concentration (0.3 wt%) of HNT, there was a significant increase of hardness values but no significant increase in both flexural strength and Young's modulus values of PMMA resin. In contrast, at higher concentration (0.6 and 0.9 wt%), there was a significant decrease in hardness values but no significant decrease in flexural strength and Young's modulus values compared to those of the control group. CONCLUSION Addition of lower concentration of halloysite nanotubes to denture base materials could improve some of their mechanical properties. Improving the mechanical properties of acrylic resin base material could increase the patient satisfaction. PMID:27350849

  16. Incorporation of multiwalled carbon nanotubes to acrylic based bone cements: effects on mechanical and thermal properties.

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    Ormsby, Ross; McNally, Tony; Mitchell, Christina; Dunne, Nicholas

    2010-02-01

    Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) bone cement-multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) nanocomposites with a weight loading of 0.1% were prepared using 3 different methods of MWCNT incorporation. The mechanical and thermal properties of the resultant nanocomposite cements were characterised in accordance with the international standard for acrylic resin cements. The mechanical properties of the resultant nanocomposite cements were influenced by the type of MWCNT and method of incorporation used. The exothermic polymerisation reaction for the PMMA bone cement was significantly reduced when thermally conductive functionalised MWCNTs were added. This reduction in exotherm translated in a decrease in thermal necrosis index value of the respective nanocomposite cements, which potentially could reduce the hyperthermia experienced in vivo. The morphology and degree of dispersion of the MWCNTs in the PMMA matrix at different scales were analysed using scanning electron microscopy. Improvements in mechanical properties were attributed to the MWCNTs arresting/retarding crack propagation through the cement by providing a bridging effect into the wake of the crack, normal to the direction of crack growth. MWCNT agglomerations were evident within the cement microstructure, the degree of these agglomerations was dependent on the method used to incorporate the MWCNTs into the cement. PMID:20129413

  17. Doping concentration dependence of microstructure and magnetic behaviours in Co-doped TiO2 nanorods

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    2014-01-01

    Co-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods with different doping concentrations were fabricated by a molten salt method. It is found that the morphology of TiO2 changes from nanorods to nanoparticles with increasing doping concentration. The mechanism for the structure and phase evolution is investigated in detail. Undoped TiO2 nanorods show strong ferromagnetism at room temperature, whereas incorporating of Co deteriorates the ferromagnetic ordering. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron spin resonance (ESR) results demonstrate that the ferromagnetism is associated with Ti vacancy. PMID:25593558

  18. On the preparation of TiO2-sepiolite hybrid materials for the photocatalytic degradation of TCE: influence of TiO2 distribution in the mineralization.

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    Suárez, Silvia; Coronado, Juan M; Portela, Raquel; Martín, Juan Carlos; Yates, Malcolm; Avila, Pedro; Sánchez, Benigno

    2008-08-15

    Hybrid structured photocatalysts based on sepiolite, an adsorbent, and TiO2 were prepared by extrusion of ceramic dough and conformed as plates. The influence of the photocatalyst configuration was studied either by including TiO2 in the extrusion process (incorporated materials) or by coating the sepiolite plates with a TiO2 film (coated materials). The influence of the OH- surface concentration in the photocatalytic performance was studied by treating the ceramic plates at different temperatures. The samples were characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption, MIP, SEM, XRD, and UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy and tested in the photocatalytic degradation of trichloroethylene (TCE) as a target VOC molecule. Most of the catalysts presented high photoactivity, but considerable differences were observed when the CO2 selectivity was analyzed. The results demonstrate that there is a significant effect of the catalyst configuration on the selectivity of the process. An intimate contact between the sepiolite fibers and TiO2 particles for incorporated materials with a corncob-like structure favored the migration of nondesirable reaction products such as COCl2 and dichloroacetyl chloride (DCAC) to the adsorbent, reacting with OH- groups of the adsorbent and favoring the TCE mimeralization. PMID:18767641

  19. Facile Preparation of Octadecyl Monoliths with Incorporated Carbon Nanotubes and Neutral Monoliths with Coated Carbon Nanotubes Stationary Phases for HPLC of Small and Large Molecules by Hydrophobic and π-π Interactions

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    Mayadunne, Erandi; Rassi, Ziad El

    2014-01-01

    Two approaches for incorporating carbon nanotubes into monolithic columns for HPLC are described in this report. They pertain to the investigation of carbon nanotubes either (i) as entities to modulate solute retention on monolithic columns bearing well defined retentive ligands or (ii) as entities that constitute the stationary phase responsible for solute retention and separation. Approach (i) involved the incorporation of carbon nanotubes into octadecyl monolithic columns while approach (ii) concerns the preparation and evaluation of an ideal monolithic support and coating it with carbon nanotubes to yield a real “carbon nanotube stationary phase” for the HPLC separation of a wide range of solutes. First, an octadecyl monolithic column based on the in situ polymerization of octadecyl acrylate and trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate was optimized for use in HPLC separations of small and large solutes (e.g., proteins). To further modulate the retention and separation of proteins, small amounts of carbon nanotubes were incorporated into the octadecyl monolith column. In approach (ii), an inert, relatively polar monolith based on the in situ polymerization of glyceryl monomethacrylate (GMM) and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA) proved to be the most suitable support for the preparation of “carbon nanotube stationary phase”. This carbon nanotube “coated” monolith proved useful in the HPLC separation of a wide range of small solutes including enantiomers. In approach (ii), a more homogeneous incorporation of carbon nanotubes into the diol monolithic columns (i.e., GMM/EDMA) was achieved when hydroxyl functionalized carbon nanotubes were incorporated into the GMM/EDMA monolithic support. In addition, high power sonication for a short time enhanced further the homogeneity of the monolith incorporated with nanotubes. In all cases, nonpolar and π interactions were responsible for solute retention on the monolith incorporated carbon nanotubes. PMID:25127634

  20. Facile preparation of octadecyl monoliths with incorporated carbon nanotubes and neutral monoliths with coated carbon nanotubes stationary phases for HPLC of small and large molecules by hydrophobic and π-π interactions.

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    Mayadunne, Erandi; El Rassi, Ziad

    2014-11-01

    Two approaches for incorporating carbon nanotubes into monolithic columns for HPLC are described in this report. They pertain to the investigation of carbon nanotubes either (i) as entities to modulate solute retention on monolithic columns bearing well defined retentive ligands or (ii) as entities that constitute the stationary phase responsible for solute retention and separation. Approach (i) involved the incorporation of carbon nanotubes into octadecyl monolithic columns while approach (ii) concerns the preparation and evaluation of an ideal monolithic support and coating it with carbon nanotubes to yield a real "carbon nanotube stationary phase" for the HPLC separation of a wide range of solutes. First, an octadecyl monolithic column based on the in situ polymerization of octadecyl acrylate and trimethylolpropane trimethacrylate was optimized for use in HPLC separations of small and large solutes (e.g., proteins). To further modulate the retention and separation of proteins, small amounts of carbon nanotubes were incorporated into the octadecyl monolith column. In approach (ii), an inert, relatively polar monolith based on the in situ polymerization of glyceryl monomethacrylate (GMM) and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA) proved to be the most suitable support for the preparation of "carbon nanotube stationary phase". This carbon nanotube "coated" monolith proved useful in the HPLC separation of a wide range of small solutes including enantiomers. In approach (ii), a more homogeneous incorporation of carbon nanotubes into the diol monolithic columns (i.e., GMM/EDMA) was achieved when hydroxyl functionalized carbon nanotubes were incorporated into the GMM/EDMA monolithic support. In addition, high power sonication for a short time enhanced further the homogeneity of the monolith incorporated with nanotubes. In all cases, nonpolar and π interactions were responsible for solute retention on the monolith incorporated carbon nanotubes. PMID:25127634

  1. Size-controlled conformal nanofabrication of biotemplated three-dimensional TiO2 and ZnO nanonetworks

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    Ceylan, Hakan; Ozgit-Akgun, Cagla; Erkal, Turan S.; Donmez, Inci; Garifullin, Ruslan; Tekinay, Ayse B.; Usta, Hakan; Biyikli, Necmi; Guler, Mustafa O.

    2013-01-01

    A solvent-free fabrication of TiO2 and ZnO nanonetworks is demonstrated by using supramolecular nanotemplates with high coating conformity, uniformity, and atomic scale size control. Deposition of TiO2 and ZnO on three-dimensional nanofibrous network template is accomplished. Ultrafine control over nanotube diameter allows robust and systematic evaluation of the electrochemical properties of TiO2 and ZnO nanonetworks in terms of size-function relationship. We observe hypsochromic shift in UV absorbance maxima correlated with decrease in wall thickness of the nanotubes. Photocatalytic activities of anatase TiO2 and hexagonal wurtzite ZnO nanonetworks are found to be dependent on both the wall thickness and total surface area per unit of mass. Wall thickness has effect on photoexcitation properties of both TiO2 and ZnO due to band gap energies and total surface area per unit of mass. The present work is a successful example that concentrates on nanofabrication of intact three-dimensional semiconductor nanonetworks with controlled band gap energies. PMID:23892593

  2. Photoinduced interaction between riboflavin and TiO 2 colloid

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    Kathiravan, A.; Renganathan, R.

    2008-12-01

    The adsorption of riboflavin on the surface of TiO 2 colloidal particles and the electron transfer process from its singlet excited state to the conduction band of TiO 2 were examined by absorption and fluorescence quenching measurements. The apparent association constants ( Kapp) were determined. The quenching mechanism is discussed involving electron transfer from riboflavin to TiO 2.

  3. Hierarchically structured one-dimensional TiO2 for protein immobilization, direct electrochemistry, and mediator-free glucose sensing.

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    Si, Peng; Ding, Shujiang; Yuan, Jun; Lou, Xiong Wen David; Kim, Dong-Hwan

    2011-09-27

    A novel one-dimensional hierarchically structured TiO(2) (1DHS TiO(2)) was synthesized by a solvothermal method using multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as a template and evaluated for the immobilization of protein and biosensing applications. Characterization studies showed that the 1DHS TiO(2) possessed an anatase crystalline structure and a large surface area with narrow pore size distribution. Fast direct electron transfer was observed for glucose oxidase (GOx) immobilized on the 1DHS TiO(2), and excellent electrocatalytic performance for glucose detection can be obtained without a mediator. The glucose sensor based on the GOx/1DHS TiO(2)-modified electrode had a high sensitivity of 9.90 μA mM(-1) cm(-2) and a low detection limit of 1.29 μM. The fabricated biosensor displayed good selectivity and long-term stability, indicating that the novel structured TiO(2) is a promising material for the immobilization of biomolecules and the fabrication of third-generation biosensors. PMID:21866956

  4. A Designed TiO2 /Carbon Nanocomposite as a High-Efficiency Lithium-Ion Battery Anode and Photocatalyst.

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    Peng, Liang; Zhang, Huijuan; Bai, Yuanjuan; Feng, Yangyang; Wang, Yu

    2015-10-12

    Herein, a peapod-like TiO2 /carbon nanocomposite has successfully been synthesized by a rational method for the first time. The novel nanostructure exhibits a distinct feature of TiO2 nanoparticles encapsulated inside and the carbon fiber coating outside. In the synthetic process, H2 Ti3 O7 nanotubes serve as precursors and templates, and glucose molecules act as the green carbon source. With the alliciency of hydrogen bonding between H2 Ti3 O7 and glucose, a thin polymer layer is hydrothermally assembled and subsequently converted into carbon fibers through calcinations under an inert atmosphere. Meanwhile, the precursors of H2 Ti3 O7 nanotubes are transformed into the TiO2 nanoparticles encapsulated in carbon fibers. The achieved unique nanocomposites can be used as excellent anode materials in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and photocatalytic reagents in the degradation of rhodamine B. Due to the synergistic effect derived from TiO2 nanoparticles and carbon fibers, the obtained peapod-like TiO2 /carbon cannot only deliver a high specific capacity of 160 mAh g(-1) over 500 cycles in LIBs, but also perform a much faster photodegradation rate than bare TiO2 and P25. Furthermore, owing to the low cost, environmental friendliness as well as abundant source, this novel TiO2 /carbon nanocomposite will have a great potential to be extended to other application fields, such as specific catalysis, gas sensing, and photovoltaics. PMID:26310518

  5. Hydrogen-treated TiO2 nanowire arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting.

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    Wang, Gongming; Wang, Hanyu; Ling, Yichuan; Tang, Yuechao; Yang, Xunyu; Fitzmorris, Robert C; Wang, Changchun; Zhang, Jin Z; Li, Yat

    2011-07-13

    We report the first demonstration of hydrogen treatment as a simple and effective strategy to fundamentally improve the performance of TiO(2) nanowires for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. Hydrogen-treated rutile TiO(2) (H:TiO(2)) nanowires were prepared by annealing the pristine TiO(2) nanowires in hydrogen atmosphere at various temperatures in a range of 200-550 °C. In comparison to pristine TiO(2) nanowires, H:TiO(2) samples show substantially enhanced photocurrent in the entire potential window. More importantly, H:TiO(2) samples have exceptionally low photocurrent saturation potentials of -0.6 V vs Ag/AgCl (0.4 V vs RHE), indicating very efficient charge separation and transportation. The optimized H:TiO(2) nanowire sample yields a photocurrent density of ∼1.97 mA/cm(2) at -0.6 V vs Ag/AgCl, in 1 M NaOH solution under the illumination of simulated solar light (100 mW/cm(2) from 150 W xenon lamp coupled with an AM 1.5G filter). This photocurrent density corresponds to a solar-to-hydrogen (STH) efficiency of ∼1.63%. After eliminating the discrepancy between the irradiance of the xenon lamp and solar light, by integrating the incident-photon-to-current-conversion efficiency (IPCE) spectrum of the H:TiO(2) nanowire sample with a standard AM 1.5G solar spectrum, the STH efficiency is calculated to be ∼1.1%, which is the best value for a TiO(2) photoanode. IPCE analyses confirm the photocurrent enhancement is mainly due to the improved photoactivity of TiO(2) in the UV region. Hydrogen treatment increases the donor density of TiO(2) nanowires by 3 orders of magnitudes, via creating a high density of oxygen vacancies that serve as electron donors. Similar enhancements in photocurrent were also observed in anatase H:TiO(2) nanotubes. The capability of making highly photoactive H:TiO(2) nanowires and nanotubes opens up new opportunities in various areas, including PEC water splitting, dye-sensitized solar cells, and photocatalysis. PMID:21710974

  6. Hydroxyapatite electrodeposition on anodized titanium nanotubes for orthopedic applications

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    Parcharoen, Yardnapar; Kajitvichyanukul, Puangrat; Sirivisoot, Sirinrath; Termsuksawad, Preecha

    2014-08-01

    Nanotubes modification for orthopedic implants has shown interesting biological performances (such as improving cell adhesion, cell differentiation, and enhancing osseointegration). The purpose of this study is to investigate effect of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube feature on performance of hydroxyapatite-coated titanium (Ti) bone implants. TiO2 nanotubes were prepared by anodization using ammonium fluoride electrolyte (NH4F) with and without modifiers (PEG400 and Glycerol) at various potential forms, and times. After anodization, the nanotubes were subsequently annealed. TiO2 nanotubes were characterized by scanning electron microscope and X-ray diffractometer. The amorphous to anatase transformation due to annealing was observed. Smooth and highly organized TiO2 nanotubes were found when high viscous electrolyte, NH4F in glycerol, was used. Negative voltage (-4 V) during anodization was confirmed to increase nanotube thickness. Length of the TiO2 nanotubes was significantly increased by times. The TiO2 nanotube was electrodeposited with hydroxyapatite (HA) and its adhesion was estimated by adhesive tape test. The result showed that nanotubes with the tube length of 560 nm showed excellent adhesion. The coated HA were tested for biological test by live/dead cell straining. HA coated on TiO2 nanotubes showed higher cells density, higher live cells, and more spreading of MC3T3-E1 cells than that growing on titanium plate surface.

  7. Synthesis of TiO2 /CNT Composites and its Photocatalytic Activity Toward Sudan (I) Degradation.

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    Miribangul, Amat; Ma, Xiaoli; Zeng, Chen; Zou, Huan; Wu, Yahui; Fan, Tengpeng; Su, Zhi

    2016-07-01

    Semiconductor photocatalysis has the potential for achieving sustainable energy generation and degrading organic contaminants. In TiO2 , the addition of carbonaceous nanomaterials has attracted extensive attention as a means to increase its photocatalytic activity. In this study, composites of TiO2 and carbon nanotubes (CNT) in various proportions were synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The crystalline structures, morphologies, and light absorption properties of the TiO2 /CNT photocatalysts were characterized by PXRD, TEM and UV-Vis absorption spectra. The photocatalytic efficiency of the composites was evaluated by the degradation of Sudan (I) in UV-Vis light. Introducing 0.1-0.5 wt% CNT was shown to substantially improve the photoactivity of TiO2 . The composite with 0.3 wt% CNT showed the best catalytic activity, and its reaction activation energy was calculated as 39.57 kJ mol(-1) from experimental rates. The degradation products of Sudan (I) with different irradiation durations were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and a degradation reaction process was proposed. PMID:27221342

  8. p-Type hydrogen sensing with Al- and V-doped TiO2 nanostructures

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    2013-01-01

    Doping with other elements is one of the efficient ways to modify the physical and chemical properties of TiO2 nanomaterials. In the present work, anatase TiO2 nanofilms doped with Al and V elements were fabricated through anodic oxidation of Ti6Al4V alloy and further annealing treatment. Hydrogen sensing behavior of the crystallized Ti-Al-V-O nanofilms at various working temperatures was investigated through exposure to 1,000 ppm H2. Different from n-type hydrogen sensing characteristics of undoped TiO2 nanotubes, the Al- and V-doped nanofilms presented a p-type hydrogen sensing behavior by showing increased resistance upon exposure to the hydrogen-containing atmosphere. The Ti-Al-V-O nanofilm annealed at 450°C was mainly composed of anatase phase, which was sensitive to hydrogen-containing atmosphere only at elevated temperatures. Annealing of the Ti-Al-V-O nanofilm at 550°C could increase the content of anatase phase in the oxide nanofilm and thus resulted in a good sensitivity and resistance recovery at both room temperature and elevated temperatures. The TiO2 nanofilms doped with Al and V elements shows great potential for use as a robust semiconducting hydrogen sensor. PMID:23311459

  9. Evolution of hollow TiO2 nanostructures via the Kirkendall effect driven by cation exchange with enhanced photoelectrochemical performance.

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    Yu, Yanhao; Yin, Xin; Kvit, Alexander; Wang, Xudong

    2014-05-14

    Hollow nanostructures are promising building blocks for electrode scaffolds and catalyst carriers in energy-related systems. In this paper, we report a discovery of hollow TiO2 nanostructure evolution in a vapor-solid deposition system. By introducing TiCl4 vapor pulses to ZnO nanowire templates, we obtained TiO2 tubular nanostructures with well-preserved dimensions and morphology. This process involved the cation exchange reaction between TiCl4 vapor and ZnO solid and the diffusion of reactants and products in their vapor or solid phases, which was likely a manifestation of the Kirkendall effect. The characteristic morphologies and the evolution phenomena of the hollow nanostructures from this vapor-solid system were in a good agreement with the Kirkendall effect discovered in solution systems. Complex hollow TiO2 nanostructures were successfully acquired by replicating various ZnO nanomorphologies, suggesting that this unique cation exchange process could also be a versatile tool for nanostructure replication in vapor-solid growth systems. The evolution of TiO2 nanotubes from ZnO NW scaffolds was seamlessly integrated with TiO2 NR branch growth and thus realized a pure TiO2-phased 3D NW architecture. Because of the significantly enlarged surface area and the trace amount of Zn left in the TiO2 crystals, such 3D TiO2 nanoforests demonstrated enhanced photoelectrochemical performance particularly under AM (air mass) 1.5G illumination, offering a new route for hierarchical functional nanomaterial assembly and application. PMID:24679077

  10. TiO2/EVOH based reactive interlayer in Surlyn for organic device encapsulation

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    Kopanati, Gayathri N.; Ramamurthy, Praveen C.; Madras, Giridhar

    2016-02-01

    Barrier materials are important for improving the stability and lifetimes of organic electronic devices. A simple technique for improving the barrier properties of polymer films was considered in this work by using TiO2 nanoparticles in the interlayer to be incorporated in the polymer film. TiO2 was synthesized by the solution combustion technique, was further functionalized using stearic acid or octadecylamine to induce hydrophobicity and enhance processing of the composite interlayer. The grafting of these compounds on to TiO2 was investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, elemental analysis and thermo-gravimetric analysis. The functionalized and neat TiO2 were blended with poly (vinyl alcohol-ethylene) (EVOH) and were melt compressed between Surlyn films. The resulting nanocomposite films were tested for their transparency and barrier properties using UV-visible spectroscopy and calcium degradation test, respectively. Further, the effectiveness of these barrier films in encapsulating organic devices was determined from accelerated aging tests. Therefore, the synthesized barrier films with neat and functionalized TiO2 in the interlayers proved to be effective as moisture barrier composite films.

  11. Inkjet printed highly porous TiO2 films for improved electrical properties of photoanode.

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    Bernacka-Wojcik, I; Wojcik, P J; Aguas, H; Fortunato, E; Martins, R

    2016-03-01

    The aim of presented work is to show the improvements obtained in the properties of TiO2 films for dye sensitized solar cells fabricated by inkjet printing using an innovative methodology. We describe the development and properties of TiO2-based inks used in a lab-scale printer, testing various commercial TiO2 pastes. The porosity of the deposited inkjet printed TiO2 films is much higher than using the conventional "doctor blade" deposition technique, as the ink solvent evaporates during the droplet fly from the nozzle to the substrate due to its picoliter volume and the applied heating of a printing stage (70°C). Thanks to higher surface area, the dye sensitized solar cells incorporating inkjet printed TiO2 film gave higher efficiencies (ηmax≈3.06%) than the more compact films obtained by the "doctor blade" method (ηmax≈2.56%). Furthermore, electrochemical analysis indicates that for whole tested thickness range, the inkjet printed layers have higher effective electron diffusion length indicating their better transport properties. PMID:26674237

  12. Self-referenced luminescence thermometry with Sm(3+) doped TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Dramićanin, M D; Antić, Ž; Ćulubrk, S; Ahrenkiel, S P; Nedeljković, J M

    2014-12-01

    The performance of Sm(3+) doped TiO2 nanoparticles for luminescence temperature sensing was tested over a temperature range from room to 110 °C. The Sm(3+) ions were incorporated into TiO2 nanocrystals using hydrolytic sol-gel route. Microstructural characterization of the obtained material was performed using transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction measurements. Luminescence emission spectra of Sm(3+) doped TiO2 nanoparticles consists of two distinct spectral regions: the high energy region associated with the trap emission of the TiO2 host, and the low energy region with well-resolved emission peaks of the Sm(3+) ions. The ratio between Sm(3+) emission and TiO2 trap emission shows strong temperature dependence, and is tested for temperature sensing. The relative sensor sensitivity was found to be higher than 1% °C(-1) over given temperature range with the maximum value of 10.54% °C(-1) at 57.5 °C. Lifetime data derived from the Sm(3+) emission decay revealed that time-resolved measurements provide comparable quality of temperature sensing as corresponding ratiometric measurements, with a maximum relative sensitivity of 10.14% °C(-1) at 66.5 °C. PMID:25397324

  13. Enhanced Photocatalytic Performance Using One Dimensional Ordered TiO2 Nanorods Modified by Graphene Oxide.

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    Huang, Jinzhao; Fu, Ke; Yao, Nannan; Deng, Xiaolong; Ding, Meng; Shao, Minghui; Xu, Xijin; Wei, Mingzhi

    2016-02-01

    A new architecture of one dimensional ordered TiO2 nanorods modified by graphene oxide (GO) was assembled. The GO as the higher carrier mobility can reduce the recombination of carriers, which is more favourable for the methy orange (MO) degradation. Incorporating GO with the unblocked passageway for carrier transportation of the TiO2 nanorods can separate the transport pathway of electron and hole effectively. Furthermore, the large surface areas of TiO2 nanorods grown on the GO are beneficial to the enhancement of photocatalytic properties, and the reasonable band energy level can be obtained for the architecture, which is favorable for enhancing carrier separation and transportation. Finally, the higher transparency of the structure can enhance the light absorption. The photocatalyst grown on FTO substrates makes it easier to collect and recycle. PMID:27433607

  14. Photooxidative desulfurization for diesel using Fe / N - TiO2 photocatalyst

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    Khan, Muhammad Saqib; Kait, Chong Fai; Mutalib, Mohd Ibrahim Abdul

    2014-10-01

    A series of N - TiO2 with different mol% N was synthesized via sol-gel method and characterized using thermal gravimetric analyzer and raman spectroscopy. 0.2 wt% Fe was incorporated onto the calcined (200°C) N - TiO2 followed by calcination at 200°C, 250°C and 300°C. Photooxidative desulfurization was conducted in the presence of 0.2wt% Fe / N - TiO2 with different mol% N with and without oxidant (H2O2). Oxidative desulfurization was only achieved when H2O2 was used while without H2O2 no major effect on the sulfur removal. 0.2Fe -30N - H2O2 photocatalysts showed best performance at all calcination temperatures as compared to other mol% N - H2O2 photocatalysts. 16.45% sulfur removal was achieved using photocatalysts calcined at 300 °C.

  15. TiO2-TiO2 composite resistive humidity sensor: ethanol crosssensitivity

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    Ghalamboran, Milad; Saedi, Yasin

    2016-03-01

    The fabrication method and characterization results of a TiO2-TiO2 composite bead used for humidity sensing along with its negative cross-sensitivity to ethanol vapor are reported. The bead shaped resistive sample sensors are fabricated by the drop-casting of a TiO2 slurry on two Pt wire segments. The dried bead is pre-fired at 750°C and subsequently impregnated with a Ti-based sol. The sample is ready for characterization after a thermal annealing at 600°C in air. Structurally, the bead is a composite of the micron-sized TiO2 crystallites embedded in a matrix of nanometric TiO2 particle aggregates. The performance of the beads as resistive humidity sensors is recorded at room temperature in standard humidity level chambers. Results evince the wide dynamic range of the sensors fabricated in the low relative humidity range. While the sensor conductance is not sensitive to ethanol vapor in dry air, in humid air, sensor's responses are negatively affected by the contaminant.

  16. Selenium nanoparticles incorporated into titania nanotubes inhibit bacterial growth and macrophage proliferation.

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    Liu, Wenwen; Golshan, Negar H; Deng, Xuliang; Hickey, Daniel J; Zeimer, Katherine; Li, Hongyi; Webster, Thomas J

    2016-08-25

    Since implants often fail due to infection and uncontrolled inflammatory responses, we designed an in vitro study to investigate the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of titanium dioxide nanotubes (TNTs) incorporated with selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs). Selenium incorporation was achieved by the reaction of sodium selenite (Na2SeO3) with glutathione (GSH) under a vacuum in the presence of TNTs. Two types of bacteria and macrophages were cultured on the samples to determine their respective antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The results showed that the TNT samples incorporating SeNPs (TNT-Se) inhibited the growth of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus compared to unmodified TNTs, albeit the SeNP concentration still needs to be optimized for maximal effect. At their maximum effect, the TNT-Se samples reduced the density of E. coli by 94.6% and of S. aureus by 89.6% compared to titanium controls. To investigate the underlying mechanism of this effect, the expression of six E. coli genes were tracked using qRT-PCR. Results indicated that SeNPs weakened E. coli membranes (ompA and ompF were down-regulated), decreased the function of adhesion-mediating proteins (csgA and csgG were progressively down-regulated with increasing SeNP content), and induced the production of damaging reactive oxygen species (ahpF was up-regulated). Moreover, TNT-Se samples inhibited the proliferation of macrophages, indicating that they can be used to control the inflammatory response and even prevent chronic inflammation, a condition that often leads to implant failure. In conclusion, we demonstrated that SeNP-TNTs display antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that are promising for improving the performance of titanium-based implants for numerous orthopedic and dental applications. PMID:27533297

  17. Electrochemical & osteoblast adhesion study of engineered TiO2 nanotubular surfaces on titanium alloys.

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    Rahman, Zia Ur; Haider, Waseem; Pompa, Luis; Deen, K M

    2016-01-01

    TiO2 nanotubes were grafted on the surface of cpTi, Ti6Al4V and Ti6Al4V-ELI with the aim to provide a new podium for human pre-osteoblast cell (MC3T3) adhesion and proliferation. The surface morphology and chemistry of these alloys were examined with scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. TiO2 nanotubes were further characterized by cyclic potentiodynamic polarization tests and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The vertically aligned nanotubes were subjected to pre-osteoblast cell proliferation in order to better understand cell-material interaction. The study demonstrated that these cells interact differently with nanotubes of different titanium alloys. The significant acceleration in the growth rate of pre-osteoblast cell adhesion and proliferation is also witnessed. Additionally, the cytotoxicity of the leached metal ions was evaluated by using a tetrazolium-based bio-assay, MTS. Each group of data was operated for p<0.05, concluded one way ANOVA to investigate the significance difference. PMID:26478299

  18. Enhanced simultaneous PEC eradication of bacteria and antibiotics by facilely fabricated high-activity {001} facets TiO2 mounted onto TiO2 nanotubular photoanode.

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    Li, Guiying; Nie, Xin; Chen, Jiangyao; Wong, Po Keung; An, Taicheng; Yamashita, Hiromi; Zhao, Huijun

    2016-09-15

    Biohazards and coexisted antibiotics are two groups of emerging contaminants presented in various aquatic environments. They can pose serious threat to the ecosystem and human health. As a result, inactivation of biohazards, degradation of antibiotics, and simultaneous removal of them are highly desired. In this work, a novel photoanode with a hierarchical structured {001} facets exposed nano-size single crystals (NSC) TiO2 top layer and a perpendicularly aligned TiO2 nanotube array (NTA) bottom layer (NSC/NTA) was successfully fabricated. The morphology and facets of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles covered on the top of NTA layer could be controlled by adjusting precalcination temperature and heating rate as the pure NTA was clamped with glasses. Appropriate recalcination can timely remove surface F from {001} facets, and the photocatalytic activity of the resultant photoanode was subsequently activated. NSC/NTA photoanode fabricated under 500 °C precalcination with 20 °C min(-1) followed by 550 °C recalcination possessed highest photoelectrocatalytic efficiency to simultaneously remove bacteria and antibiotics. Results suggest that two-step calcination is necessary for fabrication of high photocatalytic activity NSC/NTA photoanode. The capability of simultaneous eradication of bacteria and antibiotics shows great potential for development of a versatile approach to effectively purify various wastewaters contaminated with complex pollutants. PMID:27314556

  19. Delicate refinement of surface nanotopography by adjusting TiO2 coating chemical composition for enhanced interfacial biocompatibility.

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    Zhao, Xiaobing; Wang, Guocheng; Zheng, Hai; Lu, Zufu; Zhong, Xia; Cheng, Xingbao; Zreiqat, Hala

    2013-08-28

    Surface topography and chemistry have significant influences on the biological performance of biomedical implants. Our aim is to produce an implant surface with favorable biological properties by dual modification of surface chemistry and topography in one single simple process. In this study, because of its chemical stability, excellent corrosion resistance, and biocompatibility, titanium oxide (TiO2) was chosen to coat the biomedical Ti alloy implants. Biocompatible elements (niobium (Nb) and silicon (Si)) were introduced into TiO2 matrix to change the surface chemical composition and tailor the thermophysical properties, which in turn leads to the generation of topographical features under specific thermal history of plasma spraying. Results demonstrated that introduction of Nb2O5 resulted in the formation of Ti0.95Nb0.95O4 solid solution and led to the generation of nanoplate network structures on the composite coating surface. By contrast, the addition of SiO2 resulted in a hairy nanostructure and coexistence of rutile and quartz phases in the coating. Additionally, the introduction of Nb2O5 enhanced the corrosion resistance of TiO2 coating, whereas SiO2 did not exert much effect on the corrosion behaviors. Compared to the TiO2 coating, TiO2 coating doped with Nb2O5 enhanced primary human osteoblast adhesion and promoted cell proliferation, whereas TiO2 coatings with SiO2 were inferior in their bioactivity, compared to TiO2 coatings. Our results suggest that the incorporation of Nb2O5 can enhance the biological performance of TiO2 coatings by changing the surface chemical composition and nanotopgraphy, suggesting its potential use in modification of biomedical TiO2 coatings in orthopedic applications. PMID:23957368

  20. Structural and electrochemical properties of PEMA with the influence of MWCNT / TiO2 filler

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    Pradeepa, P.; Raj, S. Edwin; Kalaiselvimary, J.; Sowmya, G.; Selvakumar, K.; Prabhu, M. Ramesh

    2016-05-01

    An attempt has been made to prepare a hybrid Nano composite polymer electrolytes (NCPES) based on Poly(ethyl methacrylate) (PEMA) doped with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and Titanium oxide (TiO2) as additives, Lithium per chlorate (LiClO4) as ionic salt and Propylene Carbonate as plasticizer (PC) by using solvent casting technique. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) confirms the miscibility and amorphous nature of the prepared electrolytes. It has been found from the a.c impedance analysis that the inorganic filler reduces the bulk resistance of the electrolytes and thus ionic conductivity enhanced. A high dielectric loss value is observed for the case of doped MWCNT-PEMA in comparison with pure PEMA and doped TiO2 -PEMA membranes. Based on the study of relaxation spectra, it is found that the relaxation time decreases with increase in temperature.

  1. The chemical, mechanical, and physical properties of 3D printed materials composed of TiO2-ABS nanocomposites

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    Skorski, Matthew; Esenther, Jake; Ahmed, Zeeshan; Miller, Abigail E.

    2016-01-01

    To expand the chemical capabilities of 3D printed structures generated from commercial thermoplastic printers, we have produced and printed polymer filaments that contain inorganic nanoparticles. TiO2 was dispersed into acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and extruded into filaments with 1.75 mm diameters. We produced filaments with TiO2 compositions of 1%, 5%, and 10% (kg/kg) and printed structures using a commercial 3D printer. Our experiments suggest that ABS undergoes minor degradation in the presence of TiO2 during the different processing steps. The measured mechanical properties (strain and Young’s modulus) for all of the composites are similar to those of structures printed from the pure polymer. TiO2 incorporation at 1% negatively affects the stress at breaking point and the flexural stress. Structures produced from the 5 and 10% nanocomposites display a higher breaking point stress than those printed from the pure polymer. TiO2 within the printed matrix was able to quench the intrinsic fluorescence of the polymer. TiO2 was also able to photocatalyze the degradation of a rhodamine 6G in solution. These experiments display chemical reactivity in nanocomposites that are printed using commercial 3D printers, and we expect that our methodology will help to inform others who seek to incorporate catalytic nanoparticles in 3D printed structures. PMID:27375367

  2. Modified microwave method for the synthesis of visible light-responsive TiO2/MWCNTs nanocatalysts

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    2013-01-01

    Recently, TiO2/multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) hybrid nanocatalysts have been a subject of high interest due to their excellent structures, large surface areas and peculiar optical properties, which enhance their photocatalytic performance. In this work, a modified microwave technique was used to rapidly synthesise a TiO2/MWCNT nanocatalyst with a large surface area. X-ray powder diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller measurements were used to characterise the structure, morphology and the surface area of the sample. The photocatalytic activity of the hybrid nanocatalysts was evaluated through a comparison of the degradation of methylene blue dye under irradiation with ultraviolet and visible light. The results showed that the TiO2/MWCNT hybrid nanocatalysts degraded 34.9% of the methylene blue (MB) under irradiation with ultraviolet light, whereas 96.3% of the MB was degraded under irradiation with visible light. PMID:23919496

  3. Single-step preparation of TiO2/MWCNT Nanohybrid materials by laser pyrolysis and application to efficient photovoltaic energy conversion.

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    Wang, Jin; Lin, Yaochen; Pinault, Mathieu; Filoramo, Arianna; Fabert, Marc; Ratier, Bernard; Bouclé, Johann; Herlin-Boime, Nathalie

    2015-01-14

    This paper presents the continuous-flowand single-step synthesis of a TiO2/MWCNT (multiwall carbon nanotubes) nanohybrid material. The synthesis method allows achieving high coverage and intimate interface between the TiO2particles and MWCNTs, together with a highly homogeneous distribution of nanotubes within the oxide. Such materials used as active layer in theporous photoelectrode of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells leads to a substantial performance improvement (20%) as compared to reference devices. PMID:25545402

  4. Bifunctional ultraviolet/ultrasound responsive composite TiO2/polyelectrolyte microcapsules

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    Gao, Hui; Wen, Dongsheng; Tarakina, Nadezda V.; Liang, Jierong; Bushby, Andy J.; Sukhorukov, Gleb B.

    2016-02-01

    Designing and fabricating multifunctional microcapsules are of considerable interest in both academic and industrial research aspects. This work reports an innovative approach to fabricate composite capsules with high UV and ultrasound responsive functionalities that can be used as external triggers for controlled release, yet with enhanced mechanical strength that can make them survive in a harsh environment. Needle-like TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) were produced in situ into layer-by-layer (LbL) polyelectrolyte (PE) shells through the hydrolysis of titanium butoxide (TIBO). These rigid TiO2 NPs yielded the formed capsules with excellent mechanical strength, showing a free standing structure. A possible mechanism is proposed for the special morphology formation of the TiO2 NPs and their reinforcing effects. Synergistically, their response to UV and ultrasound was visualized via SEM, with the results showing an irreversible shell rapture upon exposure to either UV or ultrasound irradiation. As expected, the release studies revealed that the dextran release from the TiO2/PE capsules was both UV-dependent and ultrasound-dependent. Besides, the biocompatibility of the capsules with the incorporation of amorphous TiO2 NPs was confirmed by an MTT assay experiment. All these pieces of evidence suggested a considerable potential medicinal application of TiO2/PE capsules for controlled drug delivery.Designing and fabricating multifunctional microcapsules are of considerable interest in both academic and industrial research aspects. This work reports an innovative approach to fabricate composite capsules with high UV and ultrasound responsive functionalities that can be used as external triggers for controlled release, yet with enhanced mechanical strength that can make them survive in a harsh environment. Needle-like TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) were produced in situ into layer-by-layer (LbL) polyelectrolyte (PE) shells through the hydrolysis of titanium butoxide (TIBO). These

  5. Electrochemical properties of fiber-in-tube- and filled-structured TiO2 nanofiber anode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Cho, Jung Sang; Hong, Young Jun; Kang, Yun Chan

    2015-07-27

    Phase-pure anatase TiO2 nanofibers with a fiber-in-tube structure were prepared by the electrospinning process. The burning of titanium-oxide-carbon composite nanofibers with a filled structure formed as an intermediate product under an oxygen atmosphere produced carbon-free TiO2 nanofibers with a fiber-in-tube structure. The sizes of the nanofiber core and hollow nanotube were 140 and 500 nm, respectively. The heat treatment of the electrospun nanofibers at 450 and 500 °C under an air atmosphere produced grey and white filled-structured TiO2 nanofibers, respectively. The initial discharge capacities of the TiO2 nanofibers with the fiber-in-tube and filled structures and the commercial TiO2 nanopowders were 231, 134, and 223 mA h g(-1) , respectively, and their corresponding charge capacities were 170, 100, and 169 mA h g(-1) , respectively. The 1000th discharge capacities of the TiO2 nanofibers with the fiber-in-tube and filled structures and the commercial TiO2 nanopowders were 177, 64, and 101 mA h g(-1) , respectively, and their capacity retentions measured from the second cycle were 89, 82, and 52 %, respectively. The TiO2 nanofibers with the fiber-in-tube structure exhibited low charge transfer resistance and structural stability during cycling and better cycling and rate performances than the TiO2 nanofibers with filled structures and the commercial TiO2 nanopowders. PMID:26119328

  6. Antibacterial effects and biocompatibility of titanium surfaces with graded silver incorporation in titania nanotubes.

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    Mei, Shenglin; Wang, Huaiyu; Wang, Wei; Tong, Liping; Pan, Haobo; Ruan, Changshun; Ma, Qianli; Liu, Mengyuan; Yang, Huiling; Zhang, Liang; Cheng, Yicheng; Zhang, Yumei; Zhao, Lingzhou; Chu, Paul K

    2014-05-01

    Most commercial dental implants are made of titanium (Ti) because Ti possesses excellent properties such as osseointegration. However, many types of Ti products still suffer from insufficient antibacterial capability and bacterial infection after surgery remains one of the most common and intractable complications. In this study, a dual process encompassing anodization and silver plasma immersion ion implantation (Ag PIII) is utilized to produce titania nanotubes (TiO₂-NTs) containing Ag at different sites and depths. The concentration and depth of the incorporated Ag can be tailored readily by changing the PIII parameters. The Ag-embedded TiO₂-NTs which retain the nanotubular morphology are capable of sterilizing oral pathogens as opposed to pure Ti plates and pristine TiO₂-NTs. Biological assays indicate that the in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility of the sample plasma-implanted at a lower voltage of 0.5 kV (NT-Ag-0.5) is significantly compromised due to the large amount of surface Ag. On the other hand, the sample implanted at 1 kV (NT-Ag-1.0) exhibits unimpaired effects due to the smaller surface Ag accumulation. Sample NT-Ag-1.0 is further demonstrated to possess sustained antibacterial properties due to the large embedded depth of Ag and the technique and resulting materials have large potential in dental implants. PMID:24565524

  7. Colorimetric cholesterol sensor based on peroxidase like activity of zinc oxide nanoparticles incorporated carbon nanotubes.

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    Hayat, Akhtar; Haider, Waqar; Raza, Yousuf; Marty, Jean Louis

    2015-10-01

    A sensitive and selective colorimetric method based on the incorporation of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) on the surface of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was shown to posses synergistic peroxidase like activity for the detection of cholesterol. The proposed nanocomposite catalyzed the oxidation of 2,2'-azino-bis(3-ethylbenzthiazoline-6-sulfonic acid (ABTS) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to produce a green colored product which can be monitored at 405 nm. H2O2 is the oxidative product of cholesterol in the presence of cholesterol oxidase. Therefore, the oxidation of cholesterol can be quantitatively related to the colorimetric response by combining these two reactions. Under the optimal experimental conditions, the colorimetric response was proportional to the concentration of cholesterol in the range of 0.5-500 nmol/L, with a detection limit of 0.2 nmol/L. The applicability of the proposed assays was demonstrated for the determination of cholesterol in milk powder samples with good recovery results. PMID:26078143

  8. Recent Updates of DNA Incorporated in Carbon Nanotubes and Nanoparticles for Electrochemical Sensors and Biosensors

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    Yogeswaran, Umasankar; Thiagarajan, Soundappan; Chen, Shen-Ming

    2008-01-01

    Innovations in the field of electrochemical sensors and biosensors are of much importance nowadays. These devices are designed with probes and micro electrodes. The miniaturized designs of these sensors allow analyses of materials without damaging the samples. Some of these sensors are also useful for real time analysis within the host system, so these sensors are considered to be more advantageous than other types of sensors. The active sensing materials used in these types of sensors can be any material that acts as a catalyst for the oxidation or reduction of particular analyte or set of analytes. Among various kinds of sensing materials, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and nanoparticles have received considerable attraction in recent years. DNA is one of the classes of natural polymers, which can interact with CNTs and nanoparticles to form new types of composite materials. These composite materials have also been used as sensing materials for sensor applications. They have advantages in characteristics such as extraordinary low weight and multifunctional properties. In this article, advantages of DNA incorporated in CNT and nanoparticle hybrids for electrochemical sensors and biosensors are presented in detail, along with some key results noted from the literature.

  9. Tensile Properties of Polyimide Composites Incorporating Carbon Nanotubes-Grafted and Polyimide-Coated Carbon Fibers

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    Naito, Kimiyoshi

    2014-09-01

    The tensile properties and fracture behavior of polyimide composite bundles incorporating carbon nanotubes-grafted (CNT-grafted) and polyimide-coated (PI-coated) high-tensile-strength polyacrylonitrile (PAN)-based (T1000GB), and high-modulus pitch-based (K13D) carbon fibers were investigated. The CNT were grown on the surface of the carbon fibers by chemical vapor deposition. The pyromellitic dianhydride/4,4'-oxydianiline PI nanolayer coating was deposited on the surface of the carbon fiber by high-temperature vapor deposition polymerization. The results clearly demonstrate that CNT grafting and PI coating were effective for improving the Weibull modulus of T1000GB PAN-based and K13D pitch-based carbon fiber bundle composites. In addition, the average tensile strength of the PI-coated T1000GB carbon fiber bundle composites was also higher than that of the as-received carbon fiber bundle composites, while the average tensile strength of the CNT-grafted T1000GB, K13D, and the PI-coated K13D carbon fiber bundle composites was similar to that of the as-received carbon fiber bundle composites.

  10. Robocasting nanocomposite scaffolds of poly(caprolactone)/hydroxyapatite incorporating modified carbon nanotubes for hard tissue reconstruction.

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    Dorj, Biligzaya; Won, Jong-Eun; Kim, Joong-Hyun; Choi, Seong-Jun; Shin, Ueon Sang; Kim, Hae-Won

    2013-06-01

    Nanocomposite scaffolds with tailored 3D pore configuration are promising candidates for the reconstruction of bone. Here we fabricated novel nanocomposite bone scaffolds through robocasting. Poly(caprolactone) (PCL)-hydroxyapatite (HA) slurry containing ionically modified carbon nanotubes (imCNTs) was robotic-dispensed and structured layer-by-layer into macrochanneled 3D scaffolds under adjusted processing conditions. Homogeneous dispersion of imCNTs (0.2 wt % relative to PCL-HA) was achieved in acetone, aiding in the preparation of PCL-HA-imCNTs slurry with good mixing property. Incorporation of imCNTs into PCL-HA composition significantly improved the compressive strength and elastic modulus of the robotic-dispensed scaffolds (~1.5-fold in strength and ~2.5-fold in elastic modulus). When incubated in simulated body fluid (SBF), PCL-HA-imCNT nanocomposite scaffold induced substantial mineralization of apatite in a similar manner to the PCL-HA scaffold, which was contrasted in pure PCL scaffold. MC3T3-E1 cell culture on the scaffolds demonstrated that cell proliferation levels were significantly higher in both PCL-HA-imCNT and PCL-HA than in pure PCL, and no significant difference was found between the nanocomposite scaffolds. When the PCL-HA-imCNT scaffold was implanted into a rat subcutaneous tissue for 4 weeks, soft fibrous tissues with neo-blood vessels formed well in the pore channels of the scaffolds without any significant inflammatory signs. Tissue reactions in PCL-HA-imCNT scaffold were similar to those in PCL-HA scaffold, suggesting incorporated imCNT did not negate the beneficial biological roles of HA. While more long-term in vivo research in bone defect models is needed to confirm clinical availability, our results suggest robotic-dispensed PCL-HA-imCNT nanocomposite scaffolds can be considered promising new candidate matrices for bone regeneration. PMID:23184729

  11. Photoreduction of CO2 on TiO2/SrTiO3 Heterojunction Network Film

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    Bi, Yongsheng; Zong, Lanlan; Li, Chen; Li, Qiuye; Yang, Jianjun

    2015-08-01

    Nanotube titanic acid (NTA) network film has a porous structure and large BET surface area, which lead them to possessing high utilization of the incident light and strong adsorption ability. We used NTA as the precursor to fabricate a TiO2/ SrTiO3 heterojunction film by the hydrothermal method. In the process of the reaction, part of NTA reacted with SrCl2 to form SrTiO3 nanocubes, and the remainder dehydrated to transform to the rutile TiO2. The ratio of TiO2 and SrTiO3 varied with the hydrothermal reaction time. SEM and TEM images indicated that SrTiO3 nanocubes dispersed uniformly on TiO2 film, and the particle size and crystallinity of SrTiO3 nanocubes increased with the reaction time prolonging. The TiO2/SrTiO3 heterojunction obtained by 1 h showed the best activity for CO2 photoreduction, where the mole ratio of TiO2 and SrTiO3 was 4:1. And the photo-conversion efficiency of CO2 to CH4 improved remarkably after the foreign electron traps of Pt and Pd nanoparticles were loaded. The highest photocatalytic production rate of CH4 reached 20.83 ppm/h cm2. In addition, the selectivity of photoreduction product of CO2 was also increased apparently when Pd acted as the cocatalyst on TiO2/SrTiO3 heterojunction film.

  12. Structural, photoluminescent and photocatalytic properties of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Stojadinović, Stevan; Radić, Nenad; Grbić, Boško; Maletić, Slavica; Stefanov, Plamen; Pačevski, Aleksandar; Vasilić, Rastko

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we used plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) of titanium in water solution containing 10 g/L Na3PO4·12H2O + 2 g/L Eu2O3 powder for preparation of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings. The surfaces of obtained coatings exhibit a typical PEO porous structure. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis showed that the coatings are mainly composed of Ti, O, P, and Eu; it is observed that Eu content in the coatings increases with PEO time. The X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the coatings are crystallized and composed of anatase and rutile TiO2 phases, with anatase being the dominant one. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that Ti 2p spin-orbit components of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings are shifted towards higher binding energy, with respect to pure TiO2 coatings, suggesting that Eu3+ ions are incorporated into TiO2 lattice. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy showed that TiO2:Eu3+ coatings exhibit evident red shift with respect to the pure TiO2 coatings. Photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings are characterized by sharp emission bands in orange-red region ascribed to f-f transitions of Eu3+ ions from excited level 5D0 to lower levels 7FJ (J = 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4). The excitation PL spectra of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings can be divided into two regions: the broad band region from 250 nm to 350 nm associated with charge transfer state of Eu3+ and the series of sharp peaks in the range from 350 nm to 550 nm corresponding to direct excitation of the Eu3+ ions. It is observed that the intensity of peaks in excitation and emission PL spectra increases with the concentration of Eu3+, but the peak positions remain practically unchanged. The ratio of PL emission for electric and magnetic dipole transitions indicates highly asymmetric environment around Eu3+ ions. The photocatalytic activity (PA) of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings is evaluated by measuring the photodegradation of methyl orange under simulated sunlight conditions. It is shown that PEO time, i.e., the amount

  13. Cellulose nanofiber-templated three-dimension TiO2 hierarchical nanowire network for photoelectrochemical photoanode

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    Li, Zhaodong; Yao, Chunhua; Wang, Fei; Cai, Zhiyong; Wang, Xudong

    2014-12-01

    Three dimensional (3D) nanostructures with extremely large porosity possess a great promise for the development of high-performance energy harvesting and storage devices. In this paper, we developed a high-density 3D TiO2 fiber-nanorod (NR) heterostructure for efficient photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The hierarchical structure was synthesized on a ZnO-coated cellulose nanofiber (CNF) template using atomic layer deposition (ALD)-based thin film and NR growth procedures. The tubular structure evolution was in good agreement with the recently discovered vapor-phase Kirkendall effect in high-temperature ALD processes. The NR morphology was formed via the surface-reaction-limited pulsed chemical vapor deposition (SPCVD) mechanism. Under Xenon lamp illumination without and with an AM 1.5G filter or a UV cut off filter, the PEC efficiencies of a 3D TiO2 fiber-NR heterostructure were found to be 22-249% higher than those of the TiO2-ZnO bilayer tubular nanofibers and TiO2 nanotube networks that were synthesized as reference samples. Such a 3D TiO2 fiber-NR heterostructure offers a new route for a cellulose-based nanomanufacturing technique, which can be used for large-area, low-cost, and green fabrication of nanomaterials as well as their utilizations for efficient solar energy harvesting and conversion.

  14. Cellulose nanofiber-templated three-dimension TiO2 hierarchical nanowire network for photoelectrochemical photoanode.

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    Li, Zhaodong; Yao, Chunhua; Wang, Fei; Cai, Zhiyong; Wang, Xudong

    2014-12-19

    Three dimensional (3D) nanostructures with extremely large porosity possess a great promise for the development of high-performance energy harvesting and storage devices. In this paper, we developed a high-density 3D TiO2 fiber-nanorod (NR) heterostructure for efficient photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The hierarchical structure was synthesized on a ZnO-coated cellulose nanofiber (CNF) template using atomic layer deposition (ALD)-based thin film and NR growth procedures. The tubular structure evolution was in good agreement with the recently discovered vapor-phase Kirkendall effect in high-temperature ALD processes. The NR morphology was formed via the surface-reaction-limited pulsed chemical vapor deposition (SPCVD) mechanism. Under Xenon lamp illumination without and with an AM 1.5 G filter or a UV cut off filter, the PEC efficiencies of a 3D TiO2 fiber-NR heterostructure were found to be 22-249% higher than those of the TiO2-ZnO bilayer tubular nanofibers and TiO2 nanotube networks that were synthesized as reference samples. Such a 3D TiO2 fiber-NR heterostructure offers a new route for a cellulose-based nanomanufacturing technique, which can be used for large-area, low-cost, and green fabrication of nanomaterials as well as their utilizations for efficient solar energy harvesting and conversion. PMID:25426973

  15. Rapid photo-degradation of 2-chlorophenol under visible light irradiation using cobalt oxide-loaded TiO2/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite from aqueous media.

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    Sharma, Ajit; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2016-01-01

    The photocatalytic removal of 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) from water environment was investigated by TiO2-RGO-CoO. Cobalt oxide-loaded TiO2 (TiO2-CoO) supported with reduced graphene oxide (RGO) was synthesized using a sol-gel method and then annealed at 500 °C for 5 min. The material characteristics were analyzed by UV-Vis analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy. Incorporation of cobalt oxide and RGO into the TiO2 system (TiO2-RGO-CoO) lowered the band gap energy to 2.83 eV, which greatly enhanced the visible light absorption. The TiO2-RGO-CoO photocatalyst showed complete removal of 20 mg/L 2-CP within 8 h with the addition of 0.01% H2O2 under 100 W visible light irradiation. The photo-degradation efficiency of 2-CP (10 mg/L) was 35.2, 48.9, 58.9 and 98.2% for TiO2, TiO2-RGO, TiO2-CoO and TiO2-RGO-CoO, respectively, in the presence of visible light irradiation at solution pH of 6.0. The TiO2-RGO-CoO photocatalyst retained its high removal efficiency even after five photocatalytic cycles. PMID:26386660

  16. Nano photo scouring and nano photo bleaching of raw cellulosic fabric using nano TiO2.

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    Montazer, M; Morshedi, S

    2012-05-01

    Photo catalytic action of nano TiO(2) for decomposing of some organic compounds is a well known phenomenon. This can be extended to the application on nano TiO(2) on the desized cotton fabric to decompose the hydrophobic impurities and coloring matters of the fabric. This can be nominating as a replacement for the conventional scouring and bleaching processes on cotton fabric producing the hydrophilic white cotton fabric. The photo activities of the nano TiO(2) on the desized cotton through decomposition of the cotton impurities compared for two different light exposures: UV rays and daylight. The desized cotton fabrics treated in the ultrasonic bath containing a colloidal aqueous solution of nano TiO(2)/citric acid (CA)/sodium hypophosphite (SHP). Incorporating CA in the treatment bath enhanced the treatment durability against washing, created a durable hydrophilic white cotton fabric even after several successive washings. Increasing the nano TiO(2) content enhanced the fabric hydrophilicity and whiteness features. Overall, the nano photo scouring and nano photo bleaching on the cotton fabric introduced and thoroughly discussed. This gains the application of nano TiO(2) on textile materials besides the other well known characteristics obtained on the textiles including self-cleaning, antibacterial and UV protection. PMID:22390850

  17. Single-walled carbon nanotube incorporated novel three phase carbon/epoxy composite with enhanced properties.

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    Rana, Sohel; Alagirusamy, Ramasamy; Joshi, Mangala

    2011-08-01

    In the present work, single-walled carbon nanotubes were dispersed within the matrix of carbon fabric reinforced epoxy composites in order to develop novel three phase carbon/epoxy/single-walled carbon nanotube composites. A combination of ultrasonication and high speed mechanical stirring at 2000 rpm was used to uniformly disperse carbon nanotubes in the epoxy resin. The state of carbon nanotube dispersion in the epoxy resin and within the nanocomposites was characterized with the help of optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Pure carbon/epoxy and three phase composites were characterized for mechanical properties (tensile and compressive) as well as for thermal and electrical conductivity. Fracture surfaces of composites after tensile test were also studied in order to investigate the effect of dispersed carbon nanotubes on the failure behavior of composites. Dispersion of only 0.1 wt% nanotubes in the matrix led to improvements of 95% in Young's modulus, 31% in tensile strength, 76% in compressive modulus and 41% in compressive strength of carbon/epoxy composites. In addition to that, electrical and thermal conductivity also improved significantly with addition of carbon nanotubes. PMID:22103118

  18. Mechanical and corrosion resistance properties of TiO2 nanoparticles reinforced Ni coating by electrodeposition

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    Shao, W.; Nabb, D.; Renevier, N.; Sherrington, I.; Luo, J. K.

    2012-09-01

    Coatings have been widely used in engineering and decoration to protect components and products and enhance their life span. Nickel (Ni) is one of the most important hard coatings. Improvement in its tribological and mechanical properties would greatly enhance its use in industry. Nanocomposite coatings of metals with various reinforced nanoparticles have been developed in last few decades. Titania (TiO2) exhibit excellent mechanical properties. It is believed that TiO2 incorporation in Ni matrix will improve the properties of Ni coatings significantly. The main purpose of the current work is to investigate the mechanical and anti-corrosion properties of the electroplated nickel nanocomposite with a small percentage of TiO2. The surface morphology of nanocomposite coating was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The hardness of the nanocoating was carried out using micromaterials nanoplatform. The sliding wear rate of the coating at room temperature in dry condition was assessed by a reciprocating ball-on-disk computer-controlled oscillating tribotester. The results showed the nanocomposite coatings have a smoother and more compact surface than the pure Ni layer and have higher hardness and lower wear rate than the pure Ni coating. The anti-corrosion property of nanocomposite coating was carried out in 3.5% NaCl and high concentrated 35% NaCl solution, respectively. The results also showed that the nanocomposite coating improves the corrosion resistance significantly. This present work reveals that incorporation of TiO2 in nickel nanocomposite coating can achieve improved corrosion resistance and mechanical properties of both hardness and wear resistance performances, and the improvement becomes stronger as the content of TiO2 is increased.

  19. Optical and structural characterization of TiO2 films doped with silver nanoparticles obtained by sol-gel method

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    Ivanova, T.; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T.; Vertruyen, B.

    2013-12-01

    Nanostructured titanium oxide films with incorporated Ag nanoparticles were deposited by sol-gel spin coating method. The films were annealed at 300 °C, 400 °C, 500 °C and 600 °C in oxygen and nitrogen ambient. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) and UV-VIS spectroscopy had been applied for studying the influence of the thermal treatments and the gas ambient on the structural and optical properties of TiO2 and TiO2:Ag films. The XRD analysis revealed the presence of metallic Ag phase without traces of silver oxides and these results were confirmed by FTIR spectra. It has been revealed that the annealing temperatures and the ambient, where the annealing is carried out is crucial for TiO2 crystallization, when there is Ag incorporation and especially for appearance of anatase and rutile phase. The nitrogen and oxygen ambient influences quite different the crystallization of TiO2:Ag films. Transmission and absorption spectra have been analyzed. Optical band gap values were evaluated for pure titania and Ag incorporated TiO2 films.

  20. Magnesium substituted hydroxyapatite coating on titanium with nanotublar TiO2 intermediate layer via electrochemical deposition

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    Yajing, Yan; Qiongqiong, Ding; Yong, Huang; Han, Shuguang; Pang, Xiaofeng

    2014-06-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HAp) coatings doped with magnesium ion is an attractive method to improve the biocompatibility and biodegradability of HAp coatings. In this paper, we used electrochemical deposition to study the production of magnesium-doped HAp (MgHAp) coatings onto pure titanium with anodized titanium oxide (TiO2) nanotubes as intermediate layer. The morphology and composition of coatings were studied by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. Results indicated that Mg was uniformly distributed in the coatings, and each coating was found to be 21 μm thick. With Mg2+ incorporation, Ca2+ was substituted by Mg2+ in the MgHAp coating, thereby reducing apatite crystallinity and weekly increasing bond strength. The bioactivity and corrosion resistance of the coatings were improved in simulated body fluid and polarization tests, respectively. Cell culture tests indicated that the magnesium-substituted coatings had good biocompatibility and no adverse effect.

  1. TiO 2 nanopowders doped with boron and nitrogen for photocatalytic applications

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    Gombac, V.; De Rogatis, L.; Gasparotto, A.; Vicario, G.; Montini, T.; Barreca, D.; Balducci, G.; Fornasiero, P.; Tondello, E.; Graziani, M.

    2007-10-01

    TiO 2-based systems have attracted an increasing interest for their potential use as photocatalysts under visible-light irradiation. In this context, the present work was dedicated to the tailored synthesis of TiO 2 nanopowders doped with boron, nitrogen or both species for the photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes. In particular, the systems were synthesized by a sol-gel route starting from titanium(IV) butoxide as a Ti source and thoroughly characterized by the combined use of N 2 physisorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-Vis reflectance spectroscopy and temperature-programmed oxidation (TPO). Finally, the photocatalytic performances in the decomposition of the azo-dye methyl orange (MO) were investigated. The obtained results suggest that both dopants promote the photocatalytic activity with respect to pure TiO 2 systems. Nevertheless, while our surface N-doping does not appreciably modify the titania structure and texture, B incorporation inhibits the TiO 2 crystallite growth and induces an increase in the surface area. As regards the codoped systems, a remarkable reactivity improvement was observed only when B is present in excess with respect to N. A rational interpretation of the observed behaviour was attempted by calculations based on the density functional theory (DFT). We suggest that the presence of B in molar excess with respect to N generates reactive Ti(III) sites, which, in turn, might induce the formation of reactive superoxide species.

  2. Groundwater Arsenic Adsorption on Granular TiO2: Integrating Atomic Structure, Filtration, and Health Impact.

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    Hu, Shan; Shi, Qiantao; Jing, Chuanyong

    2015-08-18

    A pressing challenge in arsenic (As) adsorptive filtration is to decipher how the As atomic surface structure obtained in the laboratory can be used to accurately predict the field filtration cycle. The motivation of this study was therefore to integrate molecular level As adsorption mechanisms and capacities to predict effluent As from granular TiO2 columns in the field as well as its health impacts. Approximately 2,955 bed volumes of groundwater with an average of 542 μg/L As were filtered before the effluent As concentration exceeded 10 μg/L, corresponding to an adsorption capacity of 1.53 mg As/g TiO2. After regeneration, the TiO2 column could treat 2,563 bed volumes of groundwater, resulting in an As load of 1.36 mg/g TiO2. Column filtration and EXAFS results showed that among coexisting ions present in groundwater, only Ca(2+), Si(OH)4, and HCO3(-) would interfere with As adsorption. The compound effects of coexisting ions and molecular level structural information were incorporated in the PHREEQC program to satisfactorily predict the As breakthrough curves. The total urinary As concentration from four volunteers of local residences, ranging from 972 to 2,080 μg/L before groundwater treatment, decreased to the range 31.7-73.3 μg/L at the end of the experimental cycle (15-33 days). PMID:26198737

  3. Synthesis of Metal Ion-Doped TiO2 Nanoparticles Using Two-Phase Method and Their Photocatalytic Activity Under Visible Light Irradiation.

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    Nguyen, Duy-Trinh; Hong, Seong-Soo

    2016-02-01

    In this study, TiO2 and metal ion-doped TiO2 nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by solvothermal reaction of titanium butoxide precursor in the presence of oleic acid, oleylamine and vapor water and they were characterized by XRD, Raman, TEM and DRS. We also investigated the photocatalytic activity of these oxides for the decomposition of Rhodamine B. From XRD and Raman results, doping of the metal ion in the crystal lattice did not change the high crystallinity of the TiO2 structure, and all the metal ions were incorporated into the structures of titania as well as replaced titanium ion or located at interstitial site. The absorption band shifted to a higher wavelength on the metal ion-doped TiO2 samples compared to the pure TiO2 sample. The Ce ion- doped TiO2 catalysts showed the higher photocatalytic activity compared to the pure TiO2 and a commercial P-25 catalysts and 1% Ce-doped TiO2 showed the highest photocatalytic activity. PMID:27433699

  4. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic behaviors of MFe2O4 (M = Ni, Co, Zn and Sr) modified TiO2 nanorod arrays

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    Gao, Xin; Liu, Xiangxuan; Zhu, Zuoming; Wang, Xuanjun; Xie, Zheng

    2016-07-01

    Modified TiO2 nanomaterials are considered to be promising in energy conversion and ferrites modification may be one of the most efficient modifications. In this research, various ferrites, incorporated with various cations (MFe2O4, M = Ni, Co, Zn, and Sr), are utilized to modify the well aligned TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs), which is synthesized by hydrothermal method. It is found that all MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs show obvious red shift into the visible light region compared with the TiO2 NRAs. In particular, NiFe2O4 modification is demonstrated to be the best way to enhance the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 NRAs. Furthermore, the separation and transfer of charge carriers after MFe2O4 modification are clarified by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Finally, the underlying mechanism accounting for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs is proposed. Through comparison among different transition metals modified TiO2 with the same synthesis process and under the same evaluating condition, this work may provide new insight in designing modified TiO2 nanomaterials as visible light active photocatalysts.

  5. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic behaviors of MFe2O4 (M = Ni, Co, Zn and Sr) modified TiO2 nanorod arrays.

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    Gao, Xin; Liu, Xiangxuan; Zhu, Zuoming; Wang, Xuanjun; Xie, Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Modified TiO2 nanomaterials are considered to be promising in energy conversion and ferrites modification may be one of the most efficient modifications. In this research, various ferrites, incorporated with various cations (MFe2O4, M = Ni, Co, Zn, and Sr), are utilized to modify the well aligned TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs), which is synthesized by hydrothermal method. It is found that all MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs show obvious red shift into the visible light region compared with the TiO2 NRAs. In particular, NiFe2O4 modification is demonstrated to be the best way to enhance the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 NRAs. Furthermore, the separation and transfer of charge carriers after MFe2O4 modification are clarified by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Finally, the underlying mechanism accounting for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs is proposed. Through comparison among different transition metals modified TiO2 with the same synthesis process and under the same evaluating condition, this work may provide new insight in designing modified TiO2 nanomaterials as visible light active photocatalysts. PMID:27464888

  6. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic behaviors of MFe2O4 (M = Ni, Co, Zn and Sr) modified TiO2 nanorod arrays

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    Gao, Xin; Liu, Xiangxuan; Zhu, Zuoming; Wang, Xuanjun; Xie, Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Modified TiO2 nanomaterials are considered to be promising in energy conversion and ferrites modification may be one of the most efficient modifications. In this research, various ferrites, incorporated with various cations (MFe2O4, M = Ni, Co, Zn, and Sr), are utilized to modify the well aligned TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs), which is synthesized by hydrothermal method. It is found that all MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs show obvious red shift into the visible light region compared with the TiO2 NRAs. In particular, NiFe2O4 modification is demonstrated to be the best way to enhance the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 NRAs. Furthermore, the separation and transfer of charge carriers after MFe2O4 modification are clarified by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Finally, the underlying mechanism accounting for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs is proposed. Through comparison among different transition metals modified TiO2 with the same synthesis process and under the same evaluating condition, this work may provide new insight in designing modified TiO2 nanomaterials as visible light active photocatalysts. PMID:27464888

  7. Ultrahigh efficient single-crystalline TiO2 nanorod photoconductors

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    Chen, R. S.; Chen, C. A.; Tsai, H. Y.; Wang, W. C.; Huang, Y. S.

    2012-03-01

    Photoconductive gain and normalized gain, which determine the device and material properties on photoconduction, respectively, have been defined for single-crystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods (NRs) with various diameter sizes. The gain values of the NR photodetectors can reach 105 easily at a low bias of 0.1 V. By excluding the contributions of experimental parameters, the optimal normalized gain of the indirect-bandgap TiO2 NRs at 5.4 × 10-5 m2V-1 is comparable with that estimated from the direct-bandgap ZnO nanowires. The average normalized gain value at 3.3 ± 2.2 × 10-5 m2V-1 obtained from eight individual TiO2 NRs with diameters ranging from 120 to 1250 nm is also over three orders of magnitude higher than the polycrystalline nanotube counterpart. The results demonstrate the superior photoconductivity efficiency in boundary-free titania one-dimensional nanostructure, which is crucial for ultraviolet photodetector, dye-sensitized solar cell, and photochemical device applications.

  8. Enhanced biocompatibility of TiO2 surfaces by highly reactive plasma

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    Junkar, Ita; Kulkarni, Mukta; Drašler, Barbara; Rugelj, Neža; Recek, Nina; Drobne, Damjana; Kovač, Janez; Humpolicek, Petr; Iglič, Aleš; Mozetič, Miran

    2016-06-01

    In the present study the biological response to various nanotopographic features after gaseous plasma treatment were studied. The usefulness of nanostructured surfaces for implantable materials has already been acknowledged, while less is known on the combined effect of nanostructured plasma modified surfaces. In the present work the influence of oxygen plasma treatment on nanostructured titanium oxide (TiO2) surfaces was studied. Characterization of the TiO2 surface chemical composition and morphological features was analyzed after plasma modification by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and by scanning electron microscopy while surface wettability was studied with measuring the water contact angle. Cell adhesion and morphology was assessed from images taken with scanning electron microscopy, whereas cell viability was measured with a calorimetric assay. The obtained results showed that oxygen plasma treatment of TiO2 nanotube surfaces significantly influences the adhesion and morphology of osteoblast-like cells in comparison to untreated nanostructured surfaces. Marked changes in surface composition of plasma treated surfaces were observed, as plasma treatment removed hydrocarbon contamination and removed fluorine impurities, which were present due to the electrochemical anodization process. However no differences in wettability of untreated and plasma treated surfaces were noticed. Treatment with oxygen plasma stimulated osteoblast-like cell adhesion and spreading on the nanostructured surface, suggesting the possible use of oxygen plasma surface treatment to enhance osteoblast-like cell response.

  9. C-doped mesoporous anatase TiO2 comprising 10nm crystallites.

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    Xie, Chong; Yang, Shenghui; Li, Beibei; Wang, Hongkong; Shi, Jian-Wen; Li, Guodong; Niu, Chunming

    2016-08-15

    We report a C-doped mesoporous anatase TiO2 with high surface area synthesized using multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) mat as a "rigid" template and carbon doping source. The characterization by SEM, HRTEM, X-ray diffraction and nitrogen adsorption revealed that TiO2 samples have a porous structure which are figuratively a inverse copy of MWCNT network and pore walls are formed by interconnected TiO2 nanoparticles with average diameter of ∼10nm. We found that annealing temperatures from 400 to 1000°C before MWCNT template removal had very limited effect on particle size (∼10nm), surface area (112-129m(2)/g) and total pore volume (0.74-0.85m(2)/g) of the samples through a significantly delayed phase transition from anatase to rutile started at 800°C, resulting in only ∼9.1% conversion at 1000°C. The pore size distribution is in mesopore range from 6 to 60nm peaked at ∼24nm. XPS analysis showed a relatively strong C1s peak at 288.4eV, indicating C doping at Ti sites, which is responsible for red shift of adsorption edge of UV-vis spectra and photocatalytic activity in visible-light region. PMID:27179173

  10. Self-ordered TiO2 quantum dot array prepared via anodic oxidation

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    2012-01-01

    The template-based methods belong to low-cost and rapid preparation techniques for various nanostructures like nanowires, nanotubes, and nanodots or even quantum dots [QDs]. The nanostructured surfaces with QDs are very promising in the application as a sensor array, also called 'fluorescence array detector.' In particular, this new sensing approach is suitable for the detection of various biomolecules (DNA, proteins) in vitro (in clinical diagnostics) as well as for in vivo imaging. The paper deals with the fabrication of TiO2 planar nanostructures (QDs) by the process of titanium anodic oxidation through an alumina nanoporous template on a silicon substrate. Scanning electron microscopy observation showed that the average diameter of TiO2 QDs is less than 10 nm. Raman spectroscopic characterization of self-organized titania QDs confirmed the presence of an anatase phase after annealing at 400°C in vacuum. Such heat-treated TiO2 QDs revealed a broad emission peak in the visible range (characterized by fluorescence spectroscopy). PMID:22333295

  11. Synergizing nanocomposites of CdSe/TiO2 nanotubes for improved photoelectrochemical activity via thermal treatment.

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    Fernandes, Jesum A; Khan, Sherdil; Baum, Fabio; Kohlrausch, Emerson C; Lucena Dos Santos, José Augusto; Baptista, Daniel L; Teixeira, Sergio R; Dupont, Jairton; Santos, Marcos J Leite

    2016-06-14

    In this work, we show the effect of the thermal treatment temperature on the photoelectrochemical (PEC) activity of CdSe/TiO2 nanocomposites. TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) were synthesized by anodization and the nanocomposites were obtained by depositing CdSe clusters via magnetron sputtering. A two-step thermal treatment was performed: heating the TiO2 NTs at different temperatures prior to CdSe deposition and further heating the CdSe/TiO2 nanocomposites. The nanocomposites were characterized by Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis spectrophotometry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). To compare the PEC performance of the CdSe/TiO2 nanocomposites and pristine TiO2 NTs, linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) curves were obtained under visible light and under 1 sun illumination. It was observed that CdSe incorporation into the TiO2 template enhances the visible light absorbance thereby improving the PEC performance of the nanocomposites. We have found that the optical, structural and PEC properties of the CdSe/TiO2 nanocomposites are dependent on the thermal treatment temperature of the TiO2 nanotubular substrate, prior to CdSe deposition. Moreover, a three-fold improvement in photocurrent was observed upon further thermal treatment of the obtained nanocomposite. PMID:26974402

  12. Graphite-incorporated MoS2 nanotubes: a new coaxial binary system.

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    Reza-San German, C; Santiago, P; Ascencio, J A; Pal, U; Pérez-Alvarez, M; Rendón, L; Mendoza, D

    2005-09-22

    Graphite-filled MoS2 nanotubes were synthesized by pyrolizing propylene inside MoS2 nanotubes prepared by a template-assisted technique. The large coaxial nanotubes were constituted of graphite sheets inserted between the MoS2 layers, forming the outer part, and coaxial multiwall carbon nanotubes intercalated with MoS2 inside. High-resolution electron microscopy (HREM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy techniques along with molecular dynamics simulation and quantum mechanical calculations were used to characterize the samples. The one-dimensional structures exhibit diverse morphologies such as long straight and twisted nanotubes with several structural irregularities. The interplanar spacing between the MoS2 layers was found to increase from 6.3 to 7.4 A due to intercalation with carbon. Simulated HREM images revealed the presence of mechanical strains in the carbon-intercalated MoS2 layers as the reason for obtaining these twisted nanostructures. The mechanism of formation of carbon-intercalated MoS2 tubular structures and their stability and electronic properties are discussed. Our results open up the possibility of using MoS2 nanotubes as templates for the synthesis of new one-dimensional binary-phase systems. PMID:16853236

  13. Biocidal effects of photocatalytic semiconductor TiO2.

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    Rajagopal, G; Maruthamuthu, S; Mohanan, S; Palaniswamy, N

    2006-08-15

    Photocatalytic action of the commercial TiO(2) was the subject of study on the destruction of the microbes within the biofilms. The TiO(2) powder was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) for identifying its type and the particle size was determined. The biofilm was allowed to form over TiO(2) coatings over glass slides irradiated with polychromatic light for different time durations and distances. It indicates that a five-fold decrease in bacterial count due to the formation of H(2)O(2) at TiO(2)/biofilm interface. The formation of H(2)O(2) at the TiO(2)/biofilm interface is estimated and it does not destroy the entire bacterial population within the biofilm. Bacterial killing effect is supported by FT-IR analysis. PMID:16870404

  14. Acetaldehyde photochemistry on TiO2(110)

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    Zehr, Robert T.; Henderson, Michael A.

    2008-07-01

    The ultraviolet (UV) photon induced decomposition of acetaldehyde absorbed on the oxidized retile TIO2(110) surface was studied with photon stimulated desorption (PSD) and theral programmed desorption (TPD). Acetaldehyde desorbs molecularly from TiO2(110) with minor decomposition channels yielding butene on the reduced TiO2 surface and acetate on the oxidized TiO2 surface. Acetaldehyde absorbed on oxidized TiO2(110) undergoes a facile thermal reaction to form a photoactive acetaldehyde-oxygen complex. UV irradiation of the acetaldehyde-oxygen complex resulting in the ejection of methyl radical into gas phase and conversion of the surface bound fragment to formate.

  15. Acetaldehyde Photochemistry on TiO2(110)

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    Zehr, Robert T.; Henderson, Michael A.

    2008-07-01

    The ultraviolet (UV) photon induced decomposition of acetaldehyde adsorbed on the oxidized rutile TiO2(110) surface was studied with photon stimulated desorption (PSD) and thermal programmed desorption (TPD). Acetaldehyde desorbs molecularly from TiO2(110) with minor decomposition channels yielding butene on the reduced TiO2 surface and acetate on the oxidized TiO2 surface. Acetaldehyde adsorbed on oxidized TiO2(110) undergoes a facile thermal reaction to form a photoactive acetaldehyde-oxygen complex. UV irradiation of the acetaldehyde-oxygen complex initiated photofragmentation of the complex resulting in the ejection of methyl radical into gas phase and conversion of the surface bound fragment to formate.

  16. Fabrication of TiO2 Thick Film for Photocatalyst from Commercial TiO2 Powder

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    Asteti, S. Fuji; Syarif, D. Gustaman

    2008-03-01

    Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 thick film ceramics made of commercial TiO2 powder has been studied. The TiO2 powder was nano sized one that was derived from dried TiO2 suspension. The TiO2 suspension was made by pouring some blended commercial TiO2 powder into some amount of water. The paste of TiO2 was made by mixing the nano sized TiO2 powder with organic vehicle and glass frit. The paste was spread on a glass substrate. The paste was dried at 100 °C and heated at different temperatures (400 °C and 500 °C) for 60 minutes to produce thick film ceramics. The photocatalytic activity of these films was evaluated by measuring the concentration of a solution of methylene blue where the thick films were inside after being illuminated by UV light at various periods of times. The initial concentration of the methylene blue solution was 5 ppm. Structural analyses were carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD analyses showed that the produced thick film ceramic had mainly crystal structure of anatase. According to the photocatalytical data, it was known that the produced thick film ceramics were photocatalyst which were capable of decomposing an organic compound such as the methylene blue.

  17. Low-temperature solvothermal synthesis of visible-light-responsive S-doped TiO2 nanocrystal

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    Yang, Guidong; Yan, Zifeng; Xiao, Tiancun

    2012-02-01

    In this work, a low-temperature solvothermal method has been developed to synthesize visible-light-responsive S-doped TiO2 nanocrystal photocatalyst, using thiourea as the sulfur source to enhance sulfur incorporation into TiO2 lattice. The effects of different S:Ti molar ratio on the crystal structure, chemical composition, surface property and catalytic performance have been studied. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra displayed that the TiO2 was modified by the S element incorporated into the TiO2 network to form Tisbnd Osbnd S bond, which therefore led to the formation of intermediate energy level just above the O 2p valance band, and caused the absorption edge of TiO2 to shift into the visible light region up to 500 nm. Characterization results show that the pure nanocrystal anatase structure, with both the degree of S doping and oxygen vacancies makes contribution to the exceptional photocatalytic activity of TONS in visible-light degradation of Methylene Blue (MB) and phenol molecules.

  18. Synthesis, Characterization, and Photocatalytic Properties of Sulfur- and Carbon-Codoped TiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Ivanov, S.; Barylyak, A.; Besaha, K.; Bund, A.; Bobitski, Y.; Wojnarowska-Nowak, R.; Yaremchuk, I.; Kus-Liśkiewicz, M.

    2016-03-01

    One-step TiO2 nanoparticle synthesis based on the interaction between thiourea and metatitanic acid is applied for sulfur and carbon anatase codoping. The synthesis of the doped TiO2 has been monitored by means of differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetric analysis (DTA-TG), which allows determining the optimal thermal conditions for the process. Electron microscopy showed micrometer-sized (5-15 μm) randomly distributed crystal aggregates, consisting of many 15-40-nm TiO2 nanoparticles. The obtained phase composition and chemical states of the doping elements are analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopies, and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). XRD displays in both samples (doped and pristine) the existence of only one crystalline phase—the tetragonal modification of TiO2—anatase. Further data assessment by means of Rietveld refinement allowed detection of a slight c lattice parameter and volume increase related to incorporation of the doping elements. XPS demonstrated the presence of carbon and sulfur as doping elements in the material. It was confirmed that carbon is in elemental form and also present in oxygen-containing compounds, which are adsorbed on the particle surface. The binding energy for sulfur electron core shell corresponds to the established data for sulfate compounds, where sulfur is in 6+ oxidation state. The synthesized S- and C-codoped TiO2 showed excellent photocatalytic performance during the degradation of organic dyes (rhodamine B, methylene blue), gas-phase oxidation of ethanol under visible light, and photocatalytic hydrogen generation from ethanol under ultraviolet light.

  19. Synthesis, Characterization, and Photocatalytic Properties of Sulfur- and Carbon-Codoped TiO2 Nanoparticles.

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    Ivanov, S; Barylyak, A; Besaha, K; Bund, A; Bobitski, Y; Wojnarowska-Nowak, R; Yaremchuk, I; Kus-Liśkiewicz, M

    2016-12-01

    One-step TiO2 nanoparticle synthesis based on the interaction between thiourea and metatitanic acid is applied for sulfur and carbon anatase codoping. The synthesis of the doped TiO2 has been monitored by means of differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetric analysis (DTA-TG), which allows determining the optimal thermal conditions for the process. Electron microscopy showed micrometer-sized (5-15 μm) randomly distributed crystal aggregates, consisting of many 15-40-nm TiO2 nanoparticles. The obtained phase composition and chemical states of the doping elements are analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopies, and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). XRD displays in both samples (doped and pristine) the existence of only one crystalline phase-the tetragonal modification of TiO2-anatase. Further data assessment by means of Rietveld refinement allowed detection of a slight c lattice parameter and volume increase related to incorporation of the doping elements. XPS demonstrated the presence of carbon and sulfur as doping elements in the material. It was confirmed that carbon is in elemental form and also present in oxygen-containing compounds, which are adsorbed on the particle surface. The binding energy for sulfur electron core shell corresponds to the established data for sulfate compounds, where sulfur is in 6+ oxidation state. The synthesized S- and C-codoped TiO2 showed excellent photocatalytic performance during the degradation of organic dyes (rhodamine B, methylene blue), gas-phase oxidation of ethanol under visible light, and photocatalytic hydrogen generation from ethanol under ultraviolet light. PMID:26969593

  20. Tuning the hydrophilic, hydrophobic, and ion exchange properties of mesoporous TiO2.

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    Taffa, Derejehailu; Kathiresan, Murugavel; Walder, Lorenz

    2009-05-01

    Alkyl phosphonic acids (Pho-C(n)-R) of different chain length (6, 10, and 14 carbons) bearing neutral, positive, and negatively charged head groups (R = -H, R(-) = sulfonate, R(+) = pyridinium) were prepared and anchored to the inner walls of randomly sintered mesoporous TiO(2) thin films. Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) measurements show that a monolayer coverage was achieved. The monolayer crystallinity is lower as compared to alkyl thiols on gold, but it increases with the length of the carbon chain. The neutral phosphonic acid modifier makes the TiO(2) highly hydrophobic and suppresses electrochemistry in aqueous media, and the alkyl phosphonic acids with charged head groups render the TiO(2) film as an ion exchanger with a phase separated hydrophilic and hydrophobic portion. Different charged guest molecules were incorporated on top or into the supported membranes. The host-guest interactions were found to be electrostatic, hydrophobic, or both. Highly charged electroactive metal complexes ([Fe(CN)(6)](4-), [IrCl(6)](2-)) and purpose-synthesized organic electrochromophores (dialkylated viologens with variable chain length, C(1)-V(+2)-C(n), C(n)-V(+2)-C(n), n = 6, 10, and 14) were used as molecular guests, and the assemblies were characterized by cyclic voltammetry and FT-IR. Using the preconcentration phenomenon, [Fe(CN)(6)](4-) concentration as low as 200 nM can be detected on a Pho-C(14)-R(+) modified TiO(2) electrode by conventional cyclic voltammetry. The new surface modification technique simplifies the molecular requirements for functional surface modifiers considerably. Using a limited set of organic anchors with orthogonal coordination properties and adjustable hydrophobicity, a broad range of electrochromophores, redox active wiring compounds, or sensitizers can be adsorbed onto TiO(2). PMID:19334720

  1. Preparation, characterization of Au (or Pt)-loaded titania nanotubes and their photocatalytic activities for degradation of methyl orange

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    Zhao, Qian; Li, Mei; Chu, Jinyu; Jiang, Tingshun; Yin, Hengbo

    2009-01-01

    TiO 2 nanotubes were prepared by hydrothermal method and Au (or Pt) was loaded on TiO 2 nanotubes by photodeposition method. The photocatalysts were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and N 2 adsorption technique, respectively. The photocatalytic properties of the samples were also investigated. The results show that TiO 2 nanotubes with uniform diameter were prepared, and they have specific surface areas over 400 m 2/g. The specific surface areas of TiO 2 nanotubes decrease with the increasing of calcining temperature, and crystalline phase of TiO 2 in the wall of nanotubes was transformed from anatase into rutile phase in calcination process. The photocatalytic activities of TiO 2 nanotubes are higher than that of nanosized TiO 2, and the photocatalytic activities of TiO 2 nanotubes were enhanced after loading Au (or Pt). After irradiation for 40 min under a 300 W of middle-pressure mercury lamp (MPML), the degradation rate of methyl orange solution using the Au/TiNT-500 (or Pt/TiNT-500) as a catalyst can reach 96.1% (or 95.1%). On the other hand, Au-loaded sample has evident adsorption peak in visible range, indicating that Au-loaded TiO 2 nanotubes are hopeful to become visible light photocatalyst.

  2. Visible light photoactivity of TiO2 loaded with monometallic (Au or Pt) and bimetallic (Au/Pt) nanoparticles

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    Gołąbiewska, Anna; Lisowski, Wojciech; Jarek, Marcin; Nowaczyk, Grzegorz; Zielińska-Jurek, Anna; Zaleska, Adriana

    2014-10-01

    TiO2 modified with monometallic (Au or Pt) and bimetallic (Au/Pt) nanoparticles have been prepared using a water-in-oil microemulsion system (water/AOT/cyclohexane) followed by calcination step. The effect of metal ratio, reducing agent type (NaBH4 or N2H4), TiO2 matrix type (P-25, ST-01, TiO-5, TiO2 nanotubes or TiO2 obtained by TIP hydrolysis) as well as calcination temperature (from 350 to 650 °C) were systematically investigated. Obtained photocatalysts were characterized by UV-vis diffuse-reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), BET surface area measurements, scanning transmission microscopy (STEM), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Photocatalytic activity under visible light (λ > 420 nm) has been estimated in phenol degradation reaction in aqueous phase. The results showed that phenol degradation rate under visible light in the presence of TiO2 loaded with Au/Pt nanoparticles differed from 0.7 to 2.2 μmol dm-3 min-1 for samples prepared using different reducing agent. Sodium borohydride (NaBH4) favors formation of smaller Au/Pt nanoparticles and higher amount gold in Au/Pt is in the form of electronegative species (Auδ-) resulted in higher photoactivity. TiO2 obtained by TIP hydrolysis in microemulsion system seems to be the best support for Au/Pt nanoparticles from all among investigated matrix. It was also observed that enhancement of calcination temperature from 450 to 650 °C resulted in rapid drop of Au/Pt-TiO2 photoactivity under visible light due to surface area shrinkage, crystal structure change and probably change in Au/Pt nanoparticles morphology.

  3. Effect of TiO2 blocking layer on TiO2 nanorod arrays based dye sensitized solar cells

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    Sivakumar, R.; Paulraj, M.

    2016-05-01

    Highly ordered rutile titanium dioxide nanorod (TNR) arrays (1.2 to 6.2 μm thickness) were grown on TiO2 blocking layer chemically deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate and were used as photo-electrodes to fabricate dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC's). Homogeneous layer of TiO2 on FTO was achieved by using aqueous peroxo- titanium complex (PTC) solutions via chemical bath deposition. Structural and morphological properties of the prepared samples were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. TNR arrays (6.2 μm) with TiO2 blocking layer showed higher energy conversion efficiency (1.46%) than that without TiO2 blocking layer. The reason can be ascertained to the suppression of electron-hole recombination at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface by the effect of TiO2 blocking layer.

  4. Highly reactive {001} facets of TiO2-based composites: synthesis, formation mechanism and characterization

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    Ong, Wee-Jun; Tan, Lling-Lling; Chai, Siang-Piao; Yong, Siek-Ting; Mohamed, Abdul Rahman

    2014-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is one of the most widely investigated metal oxides due to its extraordinary surface, electronic and catalytic properties. However, the large band gap of TiO2 and massive recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs limit its photocatalytic and photovoltaic efficiency. Therefore, increasing research attention is now being directed towards engineering the surface structure of TiO2 at the most fundamental and atomic level namely morphological control of {001} facets in the range of microscale and nanoscale to fine-tune its physicochemical properties, which could ultimately lead to the optimization of its selectivity and reactivity. The synthesis of {001}-faceted TiO2 is currently one of the most active interdisciplinary research areas and demonstrations of catalytic enhancement are abundant. Modifications such as metal and non-metal doping have also been extensively studied to extend its band gap to the visible light region. This steady progress has demonstrated that TiO2-based composites with {001} facets are playing and will continue to play an indispensable role in the environmental remediation and in the search for clean and renewable energy technologies. This review encompasses the state-of-the-art research activities and latest advancements in the design of highly reactive {001} facet-dominated TiO2via various strategies, including hydrothermal/solvothermal, high temperature gas phase reactions and non-hydrolytic alcoholysis methods. The stabilization of {001} facets using fluorine-containing species and fluorine-free capping agents is also critically discussed in this review. To overcome the large band gap of TiO2 and rapid recombination of photogenerated charge carriers, modifications are carried out to manipulate its electronic band structure, including transition metal doping, noble metal doping, non-metal doping and incorporating graphene as a two-dimensional (2D) catalyst support. The advancements made in these aspects are

  5. Highly reactive {001} facets of TiO2-based composites: synthesis, formation mechanism and characterization.

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    Ong, Wee-Jun; Tan, Lling-Lling; Chai, Siang-Piao; Yong, Siek-Ting; Mohamed, Abdul Rahman

    2014-02-21

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is one of the most widely investigated metal oxides due to its extraordinary surface, electronic and catalytic properties. However, the large band gap of TiO2 and massive recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs limit its photocatalytic and photovoltaic efficiency. Therefore, increasing research attention is now being directed towards engineering the surface structure of TiO2 at the most fundamental and atomic level namely morphological control of {001} facets in the range of microscale and nanoscale to fine-tune its physicochemical properties, which could ultimately lead to the optimization of its selectivity and reactivity. The synthesis of {001}-faceted TiO2 is currently one of the most active interdisciplinary research areas and demonstrations of catalytic enhancement are abundant. Modifications such as metal and non-metal doping have also been extensively studied to extend its band gap to the visible light region. This steady progress has demonstrated that TiO2-based composites with {001} facets are playing and will continue to play an indispensable role in the environmental remediation and in the search for clean and renewable energy technologies. This review encompasses the state-of-the-art research activities and latest advancements in the design of highly reactive {001} facet-dominated TiO2via various strategies, including hydrothermal/solvothermal, high temperature gas phase reactions and non-hydrolytic alcoholysis methods. The stabilization of {001} facets using fluorine-containing species and fluorine-free capping agents is also critically discussed in this review. To overcome the large band gap of TiO2 and rapid recombination of photogenerated charge carriers, modifications are carried out to manipulate its electronic band structure, including transition metal doping, noble metal doping, non-metal doping and incorporating graphene as a two-dimensional (2D) catalyst support. The advancements made in these aspects are

  6. Photocatalysis: effect of light-activated nanoscale formulations of TiO(2) on Xanthomonas perforans and control of bacterial spot of tomato.

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    Paret, Mathews L; Vallad, Gary E; Averett, Devron R; Jones, Jeffrey B; Olson, Stephen M

    2013-03-01

    Protection of crops from bacterial diseases presents a continuing challenge, mandating the development of novel agents and approaches. Photocatalysis is a process where chemically reactive oxygen species are catalytically generated by certain minerals in the presence of light. These reactive oxygen species have the capacity to destroy organic molecular structures critical to pathogen viability. In this study, the antibacterial potential of photocatalytic nanoscale titanium dioxide (TiO(2)), nanoscale TiO(2) doped (incorporation of other materials into the structure of TiO(2)) with silver (TiO(2)/Ag), and nanoscale TiO(2) doped with zinc (TiO(2)/Zn; AgriTitan) was evaluated against Xanthomonas perforans, the causal agent for bacterial spot disease of tomato. In vitro experiments on photocatalytic activity and dose dependency were conducted on glass cover slips coated with the nanoscale formulations by adding a known population of X. perforans strain Xp-F7 and illuminating the cover slips under a visible light source. TiO(2)/Ag and TiO(2)/Zn had high photocatalytic activity against X. perforans within 10 min of exposure to 3 × 10(4) lux. Greenhouse studies on naturally and artificially infected transplants treated with TiO(2)/Zn at ≈500 to 800 ppm significantly reduced bacterial spot severity compared with untreated and copper control. Protection was similar to the grower standard, copper + mancozeb. The use of TiO(2)/Zn at ≈500 to 800 ppm significantly reduced disease incidence in three of the four trials compared with untreated and copper control, and was comparable to or better than the grower standard. The treatments did not cause any adverse effects on tomato yield in any of the field trials. PMID:23190116

  7. Electrokinetic Properties of TiO2 Nanotubular Surfaces.

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    Lorenzetti, Martina; Gongadze, Ekaterina; Kulkarni, Mukta; Junkar, Ita; Iglič, Aleš

    2016-12-01

    Surface charge is one of the most significant properties for the characterisation of a biomaterial, being a key parameter in the interaction of the body implant with the surrounding living tissues. The present study concerns the systematic assessment of the surface charge of electrochemically anodized TiO2 nanotubular surfaces, proposed as coating material for Ti body implants. Biologically relevant electrolytes (NaCl, PBS, cell medium) were chosen to simulate the physiological conditions. The measurements were accomplished as titration curves at low electrolytic concentration (10(-3) M) and as single points at fixed pH but at various electrolytic concentrations (up to 0.1 M). The results showed that all the surfaces were negatively charged at physiological pH. However, the zeta potential values were dependent on the electrolytic conditions (electrolyte ion concentration, multivalence of the electrolyte ions, etc.) and on the surface characteristics (nanotubes top diameter, average porosity, exposed surface area, wettability, affinity to specific ions, etc.). Accordingly, various explanations were proposed to support the different experimental data among the surfaces. Theoretical model of electric double layer which takes into account the asymmetric finite size of ions in electrolyte and orientational ordering of water dipoles was modified according to our specific system in order to interpret the experimental data. Experimental results were in agreement with the theoretical predictions. Overall, our results contribute to enrich the state-of-art on the characterisation of nanostructured implant surfaces at the bio-interface, especially in case of topographically porous and rough surfaces. PMID:27562014

  8. Photocatalytic TiO2 nanoparticles enhanced polymer antimicrobial coating

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    Wei, Xiaojin; Yang, Zhendi; Tay, See Leng; Gao, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Copper (Cu) containing coatings can provide sustainable protection against microbial contamination. However, metallic Cu coatings have not been widely used due to the relatively high cost, poor corrosion resistance, and low compatibility with non-metal substrates. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) possesses antibacterial functions by its photocatalytic properties which can destroy bacteria or suppress their reproduction. TiO2 also has the function of improving the mechanical properties through particle dispersion strengthening. We have recently developed an innovative polymer based coating system containing fine particles of Cu and TiO2 nanoparticles. These polymer based coatings simultaneously display excellent antimicrobial and good mechanical properties. The results showed that the addition of TiO2 has improved the antimicrobial property under sunlight, which provides extended applications in outdoor environment. The elimination of 106 bacterial by contacting the coatings without TiO2 needs 5 h, while contacting with the Cu/TiO2- 1 wt.% TiO2 took only 2 h to kill the same amount of bacteria. The coatings also presented enhanced hardness and wear resistance after adding TiO2. The width of wear track decreased from 270 μm of the Cu-polymer coating to 206 μm of Cu/TiO2-polymer coatings with 10 wt.% TiO2. Synchrotron Infrared Microscopy was used to in-situ and in-vivo study the bacteria killing process at the molecular level. The real-time chemical images of bacterial activities showed that the bacterial cell membranes were damaged by the Cu and TiO2 containing coatings

  9. Hierarchical top-porous/bottom-tubular TiO2 nanostructures decorated with Pd nanoparticles for efficient Photoelectrocatalytic decomposition of synergistic pollutants.

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    Zhang, Zhonghai; Yu, Yanjie; Wang, Peng

    2012-02-01

    In this paper, top-porous and bottom-tubular TiO(2) nanotubes (TiO(2) NTs) loaded with palladium nanoparticles (Pd/TiO(2) NTs) were fabricated as an electrode for an enhanced photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activity toward organic dye decomposition. TiO(2) NTs with a unique hierarchical top-porous and bottom-tubular structure were prepared by a facile two-step anodization method and Pd nanoparticles were decorated onto the TiO(2) NTs via a photoreduction process. The PEC activity of Pd/TiO(2) NTs was investigated by decomposition of methylene blue (MB) and Rhodamine B (RhB). Because of formation Schottky junctions between TiO(2) and Pd, which significantly promoted the electron transfer and reduced the recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes, the Pd/TiO(2) NT electrode showed significantly higher PEC activities than TiO(2) NTs. Interestingly, an obvious synergy between two dyes was observed and corresponding mechanism based on facilitated transfer of electrons and holes as a result of a suitable energy level alignment was suggested. The findings of this work provide a fundamental insight not only into the fabrication but also utility of Schottky junctions for enhanced environmental remediation processes. PMID:22233777

  10. Fabrication of TiO2-NTs and TiO2-NTs covered honeycomb lattice and investigation of carrier densities in I-/I3- electrolyte by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy

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    Baran, Evrim; Yazıcı, Birgül

    2015-12-01

    The TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) were produced by one-step (1S) and two-step (2S) anodization technique. Effects of various anodization potential and times on the growth of TiO2-NTs were investigated by using Field Emission-Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM). The crystal structure of the electrodes was determined with X-ray powder diffractometry (XRD). The most suitable potential and time for TiO2-NTs obtained by both of anodization methods were found to be 21 V and 4 h. XRD results indicated that 2S anodization technique provided better crystallinity. The electrochemical behaviors of the electrodes in acetonitrile electrolyte contained I-/I3- were examined by utilizing electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and cyclic voltammetry (CV) techniques. Electrochemical results showed that 2S anodization technique increases the carrier densities (ND) value of TiO2-NTs, and flat band potential is shifted by 50 mV to more negative values.

  11. TiO2 modified with Ag nanoparticles synthesized via ultrasonic atomization-UV reduction and the use of kinetic models to determine the acetic acid photocatalytic degradation

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    Xu, Yingcao; You, Hong

    2014-12-01

    TiO2 surfaces modified with noble metal nanoparticles have been found to effectively reduce the photogenerated carrier recombination rate and significantly extend the light absorption properties of TiO2, thereby greatly increasing its photocatalytic activity. In this paper, highly ordered, double-sided TiO2 nanotube arrays were prepared using an anodic oxidation method in a home-made reactor using glycerol/water (volume ratio 2:1) and NH4F (0.25 mol/L) as the electrolyte, titanium plates (10 cm × 2 cm × 0.5 mm) as the anode and graphite as the cathode at a constant voltage of 25 V. After a 2-h reaction, anatase TiO2 nanotubes were obtained upon calcination at 450 °C for 4 h. The Ag nanoparticles on the surfaces of the TiO2 were prepared via ultrasonic atomization-ultraviolet light reduction. First, a silver nitrate solution was sputtered into small droplets under ultrasonication. Then, the Ag+ droplets were reduced to Ag nanoparticles. The surface morphologies, structures and elemental compositions were characterized using SEM, EDS, XRD and XPS. The photocatalytic activities were determined in acetic acid solutions (40-200 mg/L), and a mathematical model for catalytic degradation was established based on a hyperbolic model. The SEM results showed that the diameters of the as-prepared Ag/TiO2 are approximately 100 nm and that the lengths are approximately 1.8 μm. The XRD crystal structure analysis shows that the anatase phase of the TiO2 does not change during the Ag modification, and there was a peak from Ag (2 2 0). The XPS determined that the Ag atom percentage was 1.11%. The degradation of acetic acid indicated that Ag/TiO2 has a higher photocatalytic activity than the undoped TiO2.

  12. Nanotube

    Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC)

    2007-09-13

    This is a source code to calculate the current-voltage characteristics, the charge distribution and the electrostatic potential in carbon nanotube devices. The code utilizes the non-equilibrium Green's function method, implemented in a tight-binding scheme, to calculate the charge distribution and the energy-dependent transmission function, from which the current or the conductance are obtained. The electrostatic potential is obtained by solving Poisson's equation on a grid with boundary conditions on the electrodes, and at other interfaces.more » Self-consistency between the charge and the electrostatic potential is achieved using a linear mixing method. Different versions of the code allow the modeling of different types of nanotube devices: Version 1.0: Modeling of carbon nanotube electronic devices with cylindrical symmetry Version 1.1: Modeling of planar carbon nanotube electronic devices Version 1.2: Modeling of photocurrent in carbon nanotube devices« less

  13. Thermal Conductivity of Diamond Packed Electrospun PAN-Based Carbon Fibers Incorporated with Multi Wall Carbon Nanotubes.

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    Dong, Qi; Lu, Chunyuan; Tulugan, Kelimu; Jin, Chunzi; Yoon, Soo Jong; Park, Yeong Min; Kim, Tae Gyu

    2016-02-01

    Multi wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and diamond are renowned as superlative material due to their relatively high thermal conductivity and hardness while comparing with any bulk materials. In this research, polyacrylonitrile (PAN) solution incorporated with MWCNTs at an alteration of mass fractions (0 wt%, 0.6 wt%, 1 wt%, 2 wt%) were fabricated via electrospinning under optimized parameters. Dried composite nanofibers were stabilized and carbonized, after which water base polytrafluorethylene (PTFE) mixed with nano diamond powder solution was spin coated on them. Scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray scattering and Laserflash thermal conductivity were used to characterize the composite nanofiber sheets. The result shows that the thermal conductivity increased to 4.825 W/m K from 2.061 W/mK. The improvement of thermal conductivities is suggesting the incorporation of MWCNTs. PMID:27433684

  14. Single step synthesis of rutile TiO2 nanoflower array film by chemical bath deposition method

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    Dhandayuthapani, T.; Sivakumar, R.; Ilangovan, R.

    2016-05-01

    Titanium oxide (TiO2) nanostructures such as nanorod arrays, nanotube arrays and nanoflower arrays have been extensively investigated by the researchers. Among them nanoflower arrays has shown superior performance than other nanostructures in Dye sensitized solar cell, photocatalysis and energy storage applications. Herein, a single step synthesis for rutile TiO2 nanoflower array films suitable for device applications has been reported. Rutile TiO2 nanoflower thin film was synthesized by chemical bath deposition method using NaCl as an additive. Bath temperature induced evolution of nanoflower thin film arrays was observed from the morphological study. X-ray diffraction study confirmed the presence of rutile phase polycrystalline TiO2. Micro-Raman study revealed the presence of surface phonon mode at 105 cm-1 due to the phonon confinement effect (finite size effect), in addition with the rutile Raman active modes of B1g (143 cm-1), Eg (442 cm-1) and A1g (607 cm-1). Further, the FTIR spectrum confirmed the presence of Ti-O-Ti bonding vibration. The Tauc plot showed the direct energy band gap nature of the film with the value of 2.9 eV.

  15. Assessment of phototoxicity, skin irritation, and sensitization potential of polystyrene and TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Park, Yoon-Hee; Jeong, Sang Hoon; Yi, Sang Min; Hyeok Choi, Byeong; Kim, Yu-Ri; Kim, In-Kyoung; Kim, Meyoung-Kon; Son, Sang Wook

    2011-07-01

    The human skin equivalent model (HSEM) is well known as an attractive alternative model for evaluation of dermal toxicity. However, only limited data are available on the usefulness of an HSEM for nanotoxicity testing. This study was designed to investigate cutaneous toxicity of polystyrene and TiO2 nanoparticles using cultured keratinocytes, an HSEM, and an animal model. In addition, we also evaluated the skin sensitization potential of nanoparticles using a local lymph node assay with incorporation of BrdU. Findings from the present study indicate that polystyrene and TiO2 nanoparticles do not induce phototoxicity, acute cutaneous irritation, or skin sensitization. Results from evaluation of the HSEMs correspond well with those from animal models. Our findings suggest that the HSEM might be a useful alternative model for evaluation of dermal nanotoxicity.

  16. Development of high efficient visible light-driven N, S-codoped TiO2 nanowires photocatalysts

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    Zhang, Yanlin; Liu, Peihong; Wu, Honghai

    2015-02-01

    One-dimensional (1D) nanowire material (especially nonmetal doped 1D nanowires) synthesized by a facile way is of great significance and greatly desired as it has higher charge carrier mobility and lower carrier recombination rate. N, S-codoped TiO2 nanowires were synthesized using titanium sulfate as a precursor and isopropanol as a protective capping agent by a hydrothermal route. The obtained doped nanowires were characterized by XRD, SEM, HRTEM, SAED, XPS, BET and UV-vis absorption spectrum. The incorporation of N and S into TiO2 NWs can lead to the expansion of its lattice and remarkably lower its electron-transfer resistance. Photocatalytic activity measurement showed that the N, S-codoped TiO2 nanowires with high quantum efficiency revealed the best photocatalytic performance for atrazine degradation under visible light irradiation compared to N, S-codoped TiO2 nanoparticles and S-doped TiO2 nanowires, which was attributed to (i) the synergistic effect of N and S doping in narrowing the band gap, separating electron-hole pairs and increasing the photoinduced electrons, and (ii) extending the anatase-to-rutile transformation temperature above 600 °C.

  17. Surface Plasmons and Optical Properties of TiO2/X(X = Au and Ag) Nanostructure Thin Films

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    Zolanvari, A.; Sadeghi, H.; Norouzi, R.; Ranjgar, A.

    2013-09-01

    TiO2/X(X = Au and Ag) nanolayers are fabricated by depositing TiO2 films using rf magnetron sputtering on thin quartz substrates embedded with Au and Ag nanoparticles. Enhancement of light absorption of the nanostructural layers is observed. These plasmonic and non-plasmonic materials are ordered in geometric arrangements with dimensions that are fractions of the wavelength of light. The light absorption enhancement of synthesized structure in comparison to TiO2 is originated from near-field enhancement caused by the plasmonic effect of metallic nanoparticles, which can be demonstrated by the optical absorption spectra. We show that plasmon modes can exist for the infrared region of the optical spectrum. Also, we analyze the optical properties of the metal-insulator films, in order to clarify the role of metal inclusions in the TiO2 dielectric matrix. Optical band gaps of the nanolayer films are calculated by using Tauc's relation, and the n values of optical band gaps with the variation composition are found from 1.80 to 3.69 eV. Band gap narrowing and absorption in the visible spectral region induced by the incorporation of TiO2/X(X=Au and Ag) nanolayers enable the design of nanostructured thin films to be achieved for photocatalysts and solar energy converters.

  18. Porous TiO2/C nanocomposite shells as a high-performance anode material for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Wang, Wenshou; Sa, Qina; Chen, Jihua; Wang, Yan; Jung, Heejung; Yin, Yadong

    2013-07-24

    Porous TiO2/C nanocomposite shells with high capacity, excellent cycle stability, and rate performance have been prepared. The synthesis involves coating colloidal TiO2 nanoshells with a resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) layer with controllable thickness through a sol-gel-like process, and calcining the composites at 700 °C in an inert atmosphere to induce crystallization from amorphous TiO2 to anatase and simultaneous carbonization from RF to carbon. The cross-linked RF polymer contributes to the high stability of the shell morphology and the porous nature of the shells. A strong dependence of the capacity on the amount of incorporated carbon has been revealed, allowing the optimization of the electrode structure for high-rate cell performance. PMID:23829667

  19. Amorphous TiO2-coated reduced graphene oxide hybrid nanostructures for polymer composites with low dielectric loss

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    Tong, Wangshu; Zhang, Yihe; Yu, Li; Lv, Fengzhu; Liu, Leipeng; Zhang, Qian; An, Qi

    2015-10-01

    Nanocomposite of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) incorporated with titanium dioxide-modified reduced graphene oxide sheets (rGO-TiO2/PVDF-HFP) was prepared by in situ assembling TiO2 on graphene oxide (GO), and its dielectric properties were carefully characterized. The GO layers were completely coated with amorphous TiO2. The dielectric permittivity increased stably as rGO-TiO2 content increased, and the loss was low at low frequencies. TiO2 inter-layer acted as an inter-particle barrier to prevent direct contact of rGO, which provided a new simple way for tuning the dielectric properties of polymer composites with low dielectric loss by controlling the structure of fillers.

  20. SYNTHESIZING ORGANIC COMPOUNDS USING LIGHT-ACTIVATED TIO2

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    High-value organic compounds have been synthesized successfully from linear and cyclic hydrocarbons, by photocatalytic oxidation using a semiconductor material, titanium dioxide (TiO2). Various hydrocarbons were partially oxgenated in both liquid and gaseous phase reactors usi...