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Sample records for photocatalytic nano-crystalline titania

  1. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of titania microspheres with hierarchical structures

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    Cheng, Qian-Qian; Cao, Ying; Yang, Lin; Zhang, Pei-Pei; Wang, Kui; Wang, Hua-Jie

    2011-03-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Lauryl alcohol directs the formation of titania with hierarchical structures. {yields} Hierarchical structures endow the higher specific area to titania. {yields} Titania had a higher photocatalytic activity than commercial Degussa P25. {yields} The synthesis process of the target product is low-cost. -- Abstract: A combined sol-gel and solvothermal process was introduced to fabricate the titania microspheres with hierarchical structures by using lauryl alcohol as the structure-directing agent. Scanning electron microscope, high-resolution transmission electron microscope, Fourier transform infrared spectrograph and powder X-ray powder diffraction indicated that the molar ratio of lauryl alcohol, water and tetra-n-butyl titanate was the key factor for the formation of the mono-dispersed titania with anatase phase and the optimal ratio was 1.2:4:1. The diameter of the end-product was 523 {+-} 74 nm and it was composed of smaller nanoparticles with about 6.8 nm size in diameter. Photocatalytic activity of the end-product was investigated by employing Rhodamine B and Methylene blue as the model compounds. The target microspheres exhibited the higher photocatalytic efficiency compared with commercial Degussa P25 titania and this result might be due to the hierarchical structures of microspheres according to the analysis of Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface areas.

  2. Photocatalytic activity of titania coatings synthesised by a combined laser/sol–gel technique

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    Adraider, Y.; Pang, Y.X.; Nabhani, F.; Hodgson, S.N.; Sharp, M.C.; Al-Waidh, A.

    2014-06-01

    Highlights: • Sol–gel method was used to prepare titania coatings. • Titania thin films were coated on substrate surface by dip coating. • Fibre laser was employed to irradiate the titania coated surfaces. • Photocatalytic efficiency of titania coatings was significantly improved after laser processing. - Abstract: Titania coatings were prepared using sol–gel method and then applied on the substrate surface by dip coating. Fibre laser (λ = 1064 nm) in continuous wave mode was used to irradiate the titania coated surfaces at different specific energies. The ATR-FTIR, XRD, SEM, EDS and contact angle measurement were employed to analyse surface morphology, phase composition and crystalline structure of laser-irradiated titania coatings, whilst the photocatalytic activity was evaluated by measuring the decomposition of methylene blue (MB) after exposure to the visible light for various illumination times. Results showed that the laser-irradiated titania coatings demonstrate significant different composition and microstructure in comparison with the as-coated from the same sol–gel titania. Photocatalytic efficiency of titania coatings was significantly improved after laser processing. The photocatalytic activity of laser-irradiated titania coatings was higher than that of the as-coated titania. The titania coating processed at laser specific energy of 6.5 J/mm{sup 2} exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity among all titania samples.

  3. Engineering titania nanostructure to tune and improve its photocatalytic activity.

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    Cargnello, Matteo; Montini, Tiziano; Smolin, Sergey Y; Priebe, Jacqueline B; Delgado Jaén, Juan J; Doan-Nguyen, Vicky V T; McKay, Ian S; Schwalbe, Jay A; Pohl, Marga-Martina; Gordon, Thomas R; Lu, Yupeng; Baxter, Jason B; Brückner, Angelika; Fornasiero, Paolo; Murray, Christopher B

    2016-04-12

    Photocatalytic pathways could prove crucial to the sustainable production of fuels and chemicals required for a carbon-neutral society. Electron-hole recombination is a critical problem that has, so far, limited the efficiency of the most promising photocatalytic materials. Here, we show the efficacy of anisotropy in improving charge separation and thereby boosting the activity of a titania (TiO2) photocatalytic system. Specifically, we show that H2 production in uniform, one-dimensional brookite titania nanorods is highly enhanced by engineering their length. By using complimentary characterization techniques to separately probe excited electrons and holes, we link the high observed reaction rates to the anisotropic structure, which favors efficient carrier utilization. Quantum yield values for hydrogen production from ethanol, glycerol, and glucose as high as 65%, 35%, and 6%, respectively, demonstrate the promise and generality of this approach for improving the photoactivity of semiconducting nanostructures for a wide range of reacting systems. PMID:27035977

  4. Photocatalytic activity of a hierarchically macro/mesoporous titania.

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    Wang, Xinchen; Yu, Jimmy C; Ho, Chunman; Hou, Yidong; Fu, Xianzhi

    2005-03-15

    Light-harvesting macroporous channels have been successfully incorporated into a mesoporous TiO(2) framework to increase its photocatalytic activity. This bimodal porous material was characterized by X-ray diffractometry in both low-angle and wide-angle ranges, N(2) adsorption-desorption analysis, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, FT-IR, and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Ethylene photodegradation in gas-phase medium was employed as a probe reaction to evaluate the photocatalytic reactivity of the catalysts. The results reveal that sintering temperature significantly affects the structural stability and photocatalytic activity of titania. The catalyst which calcined at 350 degrees C possessed an intact macro/mesoporous structure and showed photocatalytic reactivity about 60% higher than that of commercial P25 titania. When the sample was calcined at 500 degrees C, the macroporous structure was retained but the mesoporous structure was partly destroyed. Further heating at temperatures above 600 degrees C destroyed both macro- and mesoporous structures, accompanied by a loss in photocatalytic activity. The high photocatalytic performance of the intact macro/mesoporous TiO(2) may be explained by the existence of macrochannels that increase photoabsorption efficiency and allow efficient diffusion of gaseous molecules. PMID:15752052

  5. Photocatalytic Degradation of Azo Dyes using Doped Titania Fibers

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    Shanmugasundaram, Prasad

    Photo-catalytic degradation using semiconductor particle as dispersion in aqueous medium has been gaining increased attention over the past several years. Their versatility in application makes them unique along with their easy processing techniques and low cost. Titania semiconductor is one of the most important members of this family. It has been widely used for various applications ranging from environmental to bio-medical. Titanium dioxide has gained importance as an effective photo-catalyst because of its advantages over other semiconductor oxides which include high photo-stability, inexpensive, reusable property, chemical and biological inertness, high reactivity, non-toxicity, corrosion resistance, operation at ambient temperatures and its ability to treat trace level pollutants. Its use as a photocatalyst is primarily because of its band gap of 3.0-3.3 eV which can be effectively activated under ultraviolet radiation (wavelength lambda < 400 nm), which leads to electron jump from valence to conduction band. This project aims at developing electrospun titania fibers doped with copper in order to study and demonstrate photocatalytic activity in the visible light spectrum, resulting in quick formation of holes which are ready to react with water to form -OH radicals. A comparative study of pure titania and copper doped titania for degradation of azo dyes were carried out. SEM, EDAX, XRD were carried out to thoroughly understand the structure of the fibers. The photocatalytic activity measurements for different dyes were noted using Uv-Vis method. The fibers when fully developed will be disposable photocatalytic materials for degrading dyes, Organic pollutants and for bio-medical applications when exposed to visible light.

  6. In vitro apatite formation on nano-crystalline titania layer aligned parallel to Ti6Al4V alloy substrates with sub-millimeter gap.

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    Hayakawa, Satoshi; Matsumoto, Yuko; Uetsuki, Keita; Shirosaki, Yuki; Osaka, Akiyoshi

    2015-06-01

    Pure titanium substrates were chemically oxidized with H2O2 and subsequent thermally oxidized at 400 °C in air to form anatase-type titania layer on their surface. The chemically and thermally oxidized titanium substrate (CHT) was aligned parallel to the counter specimen such as commercially pure titanium (cpTi), titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) popularly used as implant materials or Al substrate with 0.3-mm gap. Then, they were soaked in Kokubo's simulated body fluid (SBF, pH 7.4, 36.5 °C) for 7 days. XRD and SEM analysis showed that the in vitro apatite-forming ability of the contact surface of the CHT specimen decreased in the order: cpTi > Ti6Al4V > Al. EDX and XPS surface analysis showed that aluminum species were present on the contact surface of the CHT specimen aligned parallel to the counter specimen such as Ti6Al4V and Al. This result indicated that Ti6Al4V or Al specimens released the aluminum species into the SBF under the spatial gap. The released aluminum species might be positively or negatively charged in the SBF and thus can interact with calcium or phosphate species as well as titania layer, causing the suppression of the primary heterogeneous nucleation and growth of apatite on the contact surface of the CHT specimen under the spatial gap. The diffusion and adsorption of aluminum species derived from the half-sized counter specimen under the spatial gap resulted in two dimensionally area-selective deposition of apatite particles on the contact surfaces of the CHT specimen. PMID:25989935

  7. Photoactive transparent nano-crystalline glass-ceramic for remazole red dye degradation

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    Gad-Allah, Tarek A.; Margha, Fatma H.

    2012-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► Preparation and characterization of novel transparent nanocrystalline glass-ceramic. ► Precipitation of photoactive phases by using controlled heat-treatment. ► Conservation of transparency along with photoactivity. ► Using the prepared nanocrystalline glass-ceramic in water purification. -- Abstract: Transparent glass ceramic material was prepared from alkali-borosilicate glass containing titania by proper heat treatment scheme. The prepared samples were characterized using differential thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, selected area electron diffraction and UV–visible spectroscopy. The applied heat treatment program allowed the crystallization of nano-crystalline anatase, rutile, barium titanate, titanium borate and silicate phases while maintaining the transparency. The precipitated nano-crystalline anatase and rutile phases were responsible for the observed high photocatalytic activity of the prepared samples. Samples of 24.29 and 32.39 TiO{sub 2} wt% showed better efficiency for the decolorization of remazole red dye compared with commercial-TiO{sub 2} used in preparation of glass-ceramic. The reuse of prepared glass-ceramic photocatalyst with nearly same efficiency for different times was also proved.

  8. Titania produced from Ti-salt flocculated sludge: photocatalytic activity under solar light.

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    Shon, Ho Kyong; Okour, Yousef; Park, Se Min; Kim, Jong Beom; Kim, Jong-Ho

    2014-08-01

    In this study, titania photocatalyst was produced from the wastewater sludge of Ti-salt flocculation. The high photocatalytic activity of titania reported was evaluated based on a single organic substrate. However, the photocatalytic activity is a substrate-specific; one photocatalyst showed different photocatalytic degradation rates for different substrates. Thus, to investigate the substrate-specific photocatalytic activity of titania, various substrates of humic acid (HA), dichloroacetic acid (DCA), rhodamine B (RhB), metsulfuron methyl (M&M) and phenol were used under simulated solar light irradiation. Results showed titania had a high activity rate for RhB, moderate activity for HA and DCA and low activity for M&M and phenol indicating substrate-specific activities. When compared with Degussa-P25, titania showed higher activity for M&M, while the opposite was observed for HA and phenol. The specific-substrate behaviour of titania could depend on specific physicochemical and electronic interactions between titania, substrates, and their intermediates compounds formed. PMID:25936122

  9. Hollow mesoporous titania microspheres: New technology and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Feng, Zhenliang; Wei, Wenrui; Wang, Litong; Hong, Ruoyu

    2015-12-01

    Hollow titania microspheres (HTS) were fabricated via a sol-gel process by coating the hydrolysis product of titanium tetrabutoxide (TBOT) onto the amino (-NH2) modified porous polystyrene cross-linked divinyl benzene (PS-DVB) microspheres under changing atmospheric pressure, followed by calcination in nitrogen and air atmosphere. Particularly, the atmospheric pressure was continuously and regularly changed during the formation process of PS-DVB@TiO2 microspheres. Then the TiO2 particles were absorbed into the pores and onto the surface of PS-DVB as well. The resultant HTS (around 2 μm in diameter) featured a high specific surface area (84.37 m2/g), anatase crystal and stable hollow microsphere structure, which led to high photocatalysis activity. The photocatalytic degradation of malachite green (MG) organic dye solution was conducted under ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation, which showed a high photocatalytic ability (81% of MG was degraded after UV irradiation for 88 min). Therefore, it could be potentially applied for the treatment of wastewater contaminated by organic pollutants.

  10. Preparation of hollow titania spheres and their photocatalytic activity under visible light.

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    Liu, Chun; Yin, Hengbo; Shi, Liping; Wang, Aili; Feng, Yonghai; Shen, Linqin; Wu, Zhanao; Wu, Gang; Jiang, Tao

    2014-09-01

    Hollow titania spheres with different shell thicknesses were facilely prepared starting from TiCl4 and using ploystyrene methyl acrylic acid latexes as the sacrificial templates. The average diameters of the hollow titania spheres ranging from 294 to 340 nm were tuned by changing the weight ratios of TiO2 to ploystyrene methyl acrylic acid latex from 0.8:1 to 1.4:1. The hollow titania spheres were constructed by the small-sized anatase TiO2 nanoparticles with the average diameter of ca. 18 nm (SEM). In addition to UV light absorption caused by the primary anatase TiO2 nanoparticles, the hollow titania spheres also had visible light absorption performance. Photocatalytic results showed that all the hollow titania spheres had higher photocatalytic activity for the degradation of phenol under visible light irradiation than the commercial TiO2 nanoparticles (P25). The photocatalytic activity of the hollow titania spheres increased with the increase in sell thickness, being consistent with their visible light absorbance. The visible light photocatalytic activity was probably due to the presence of additional energy levels between valence and conduction bands, which were caused by the formation of oxygen bridging bonds between the primary TiO2 nanoparticles. PMID:25924373

  11. Photocatalytic properties of CoOx-loaded nano-crystalline perovskite oxynitrides ABO2N (A = Ca, Sr, Ba, La; B = Nb, Ta)

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    Oehler, Florian; Ebbinghaus, Stefan G.

    2016-04-01

    Highly crystalline niobium- and tantalum-based oxynitride perovskite nanoparticles were obtained from hydrothermally synthesized oxide precursors by thermal ammonolysis at different temperatures. The samples were studied with respect to their morphological, optical and thermal properties as well as their photocatalytic activity in the decomposition of methyl orange. Phase pure oxynitrides were obtained at rather low ammonolysis temperatures between 740 °C (CaNbO2N) and 1000 °C (BaTaO2N). Particle sizes were found to be in the range 27 nm-146 nm and large specific surface areas up to 37 m2 g-1 were observed. High photocatalytic activities were found for CaNbO2N and SrNbO2N prepared at low ammonolysis temperatures. CoOx as co-catalyst was loaded on the oxynitride particles resulting in a strong increase of the photocatalytic activities up to 30% methyl orange degradation within 3 h for SrNbO2N:CoOx.

  12. Macrostructure-dependent photocatalytic property of high-surface-area porous titania films

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    Kimura, T.

    2014-11-01

    Porous titania films with different macrostructures were prepared with precise control of condensation degree and density of the oxide frameworks in the presence of spherical aggregates of polystyrene-block-poly(oxyethylene) (PS-b-PEO) diblock copolymer. Following detailed explanation of the formation mechanisms of three (reticular, spherical, and large spherical) macrostructures by the colloidal PS-b-PEO templating, structural variation of the titania frameworks during calcination were investigated by X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Then, photocatalytic performance of the macroporous titania films was evaluated through simple degradation experiments of methylene blue under an UV irradiation. Consequently, absolute surface area of the film and crystallinity of the titania frameworks were important for understanding the photocatalytic performance, but the catalytic performance can be improved further by the macrostructural design that controls diffusivity of the targeted molecules inside the film and their accessibility to active sites.

  13. Preparation and visible light photocatalytic activity of N-doped titania.

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    Hu, Yulong; Liu, Hongfang; Chen, Weiran; Chen, Debin; Yin, Jiwei; Guo, Xingpeng

    2010-03-01

    N-doped titania powders were prepared with titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) as the titanium source and urea as the nitrogen source by the sol-gel method. The samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance spectrum (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The XRD and TEM results indicated that urea played an important role in controlling the size and aggregation process of titania nanoparticles. As an appropriate amount of urea was added into the titania sol, the size of the particles decreased. However, the excess urea reduced the dispersion of the particles and resulted in the aggregation. At the same time, the size of particle increased, and the size distribution broadened. The XPS and DRS results showed that the nitrogen was incorporated into titania lattice successfully, which brought about the redshift of the absorption edge and induced the photocatalytic activity in the visible light region. The photocatalytic experiments showed that the N-doped titania nanoparticles could effectively photodegrade methyl orange (MO) aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic activity increased with the increase of the nitrogen doping level in the titania lattice, but decreased with the increase of the particle size and the organic surface residues caused by excess urea. PMID:20355662

  14. Effect of calcination temperature on the photocatalytic reduction and oxidation processes of hydrothermally synthesized titania nanotubes.

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    Viayan, B.; Dimitrijevic, N. M.; Rajh, T.; Gray, K.; Northwestern Univ.

    2010-08-05

    Titania nanotubes having diameters 8 to 12 nm and lengths of 50-300 nm were prepared using a hydrothermal method. Further, the titania nanotubes were calcined over the temperature range 200-800 C in order to enhance their photocatalytic properties by altering their morphology. The calcined titania nanotubes were characterized by using X-ray diffraction and surface area analysis and their morphological features were studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Nanotubes calcined at 400 C showed the maximum extent of photocatalyitc reduction of carbon dioxide to methane, whereas samples calcined at 600 C produced maximum photocatalytic oxidation of acetaldehyde. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy was used to interrogate the effects of nanotube structure on the charge separation and trapping as a function of calcination temperature. EPR results indicated that undercoordinated titania sites are associated with maximum CO{sub 2} reduction occurring in nanotubes calcined at 400 C. Despite the collapse of the nantube structure to form nanorods and the concomitant loss of surface area, the enhanced charge separation associated with increased crystallinity promoted high rates of oxidation of acetaldehyde in titania materials calcined at 600 C. These results illustrate that calcination temperature allows us to tune the morphological and surface features of the titania nanostructures for particular photocatalytic reactions.

  15. The immobilization of titania nanoparticles on hyaluronan films and their photocatalytic properties

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    Pasqui, Daniela; Atrei, Andrea; Barbucci, Rolando

    2009-01-01

    We have developed a method to bind titania nanoparticles onto hyaluronic films (HA) photoimmobilized on silanized glass. Titania nanoparticles were deposited on the HA films from commercially available dispersions by casting and dip-coating methods at various pH values. XPS was used to monitor the deposition of titania and to estimate the surface coverage of the nanoparticles. The topography of the titania-modified HA films was investigated by means of AFM. XPS results indicate that the titania surface coverage depends on the preparation method and the pH of the dispersion. We found that the maximum titania nanoparticle surface coverage was obtained by the casting method with the formation of aggregates and multilayers of particles. The titania surface coverage for the surfaces prepared by the dip-coating method is pH-dependent. The surfaces prepared at pH 2 show a surface coverage of 65% and a rather uniform distribution of particles. We found that titania nanoparticles are anchored in a stable way to the HA substrate in a phosphate buffer solution (PBS) and that the interaction between the HA and the titania is through the carbonyl group of carboxylates and amidic groups of the polymer. AFM images clearly show that titania nanoparticles are uniformly distributed over the HA films. By measuring the average diameter and the average height of the nanoparticles deposited on HA films it appears that the particles are partially embedded in the polysaccharide films. The results of the study on the photobleaching of methylene blue indicate that the characteristic photocatalytic activity of titania is maintained when the nanoparticles are anchored to the HA substrate.

  16. Single-step preparation, characterization and photocatalytic mechanism of mesoporous Fe-doped sulfated titania

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    Yang, Ying; Zhong, Hui; Tian, Congxue; Jiang, Zhiqiang

    2011-07-01

    Mesoporous Fe-doped sulfated titania photocatalysts were prepared by one-step thermal hydrolysis of industrial titanyl sulfate and characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and N2 adsorption-desorption techniques. The effects of the m(Fe)/m(TiO2) on the structures of the titania photocatalysts were investigated. The photocatalytic activity of the mesoporous Fe-doped sulfated titania catalysts was evaluated using the photooxidation of methylene blue in aqueous solutions under UV light irradiation. The results indicated that Fe3+ substitutes Ti4+ in titania lattice, which induced the formation of oxygen vacancies. The oxygen vacancies are favorable to the dissociation adsorption H2O and formation of surface hydroxyl group. Fe3+ captures the photoinduced electrons or holes that are conductive to the efficient separation of the photogenerated carriers, but too many doping Fe3+ will promote recombination of the photogenerated carrier. Sulfur species in the form of sulfate are incorporated into the network of Tisbnd Osbnd Ti and coordinated to titania in bidentate model, resulting in the strong inductive effect, large specific surface area, and mesoporous structure. All these are beneficial to improve the photocatalytic activities of the mesoporous Fe-doped sulfated titania photocatalysts.

  17. Effects of calcining temperature on photocatalytic activity of Fe-doped sulfated titania.

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    Yang, Ying; Tian, Congxue

    2012-01-01

    Using industrial titanyl sulfate as a raw material, Fe-doped sulfated titania (FST) photocatalysts were prepared by using the one-step thermal hydrolysis method and characterized using XRD, SEM, TGA-DSC, FTIR, UV-Vis DRS and N(2) adsorption-desorption techniques. The effects of calcining temperature on the structure of the titania were investigated. The photocatalytic activity of the FST was evaluated using the photodegradation of methylene blue and photooxidation of phenol in aqueous solutions under UV and visible light irradiation, respectively. The results evinced that Ti(4+) is substituted by Fe(3+) in titania lattice and forms impurity level within the band gap of titania, which consequently induces the visible light absorption and visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity. The synergistic effects of Fe-doping and sulfation are beneficial to the efficient separation of the photogenerated carriers and also improve the quantum efficiency of photocatalysis. In addition, Brönsted acidity arisen from the strong inductive effect of sulfate is also conducive to enhancing the photocatalytic performance of FST. However, when the calcining temperature is higher than 800°C, sulfur species and surface hydroxyl groups decompose and desorb from FST and the specific surface area decreases sharply. Moreover, severe sintering and rutile phase formation occur simultaneously. All these are detrimental to photocatalytic activity of FST. PMID:22486465

  18. Preparation of gold/silver/titania trilayered nanorods and their photocatalytic activities.

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    Horiguchi, Yoshimasa; Kanda, Takashi; Torigoe, Kanjiro; Sakai, Hideki; Abe, Masahiko

    2014-01-28

    Gold/silver/titania trilayered nanorods have been prepared by the successive deposition of silver and titania layers on gold nanorod cores, and their photocatalytic activities were investigated under visible-light illumination (λ > 420 nm). The photocatalytic activity of the trilayered nanorods in the oxidation of 2-propanol depends on both the Au/Ag composition and the thickness of the TiO2 shell. It increases with increasing Ag content up to [Au]/[Ag] = 1:5 (molar ratio) and then decreases with further increasing Ag content. The photocatalytic activity also increases with increasing TiO2 shell thickness up to 10 nm and then decreases with further increases in the shell thickness. These effects were explained by electron-transfer and energy-transfer mechanisms. PMID:24401090

  19. Augmented photocatalytic activity and luminescence response of Tb³⁺ doped nanoscale titania systems

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    Paul, Nibedita; Deka, Amrita; Mohanta, Dambarudhar

    2014-10-14

    The present work reports on the effect of Tb³⁺ doping on the luminescence and photocatalytic performance of nano-structured titania derived through a sol-gel route. X-ray diffraction patterns have revealed the existence of anatase phase with and without Tb³⁺ doping and with an improved orientation factor along (004) and (200) planes. Transmission electron microscopy and selective area electron diffraction studies, while exhibiting ample poly-crystallinity feature, have predicted an average particle size of ~9 nm and ~6 nm for the un-doped and 5% Tb³⁺ doped nano-titania samples; respectively. Apart from emissions accompanied by different types of defects, Tb³⁺ related transitions, such as, ⁵D₃ → ⁷F₅, ⁵D₃ → ⁷F₄, and ⁵D₄ → ⁷F₆ were identified in the photoluminescence spectra. Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area analysis, as carried out on a Tb³⁺ doped nano-titania system, has demonstrated a more-open hysteretic loop owing to significant difference of N₂ adsorption/desorption rates. The photocatalytic activity of nano-titania, as evaluated from the nature of degradation of methyl orange under UV illumination, exhibited the highest efficiency for a Tb³⁺ doping level of 2.5%. The augmented photocatalytic degradation has also been discussed in the light of a model based on pseudo first-order kinetics.

  20. Synthesis of nano titania particles embedded in mesoporous SBA-15: characterization and photocatalytic activity.

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    Yang, Jun; Zhang, Jun; Zhu, Liwei; Chen, Shaoyuan; Zhang, Yuanming; Tang, Yu; Zhu, Yulei; Li, Yongwang

    2006-09-21

    Supported nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) has been prepared by a post-synthesis step via Ti-alkoxide hydrolysis through the use of mesoporous SBA-15 silica. TiO2/SBA-15 composites with various TiO2 loading have been prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and diffusive reflective UV-vis spectroscopy. The addition of mesoporous SBA-15 prevents the anatase to rutile phase transformation and the growth of crystal grain. TiO2 did not block the SBA-15 pores, and their surface was fully accessible for nitrogen adsorption. Calcination in air of the composites up to 800 degrees C did not change the nanocrystal phase and slightly increased the domain size from 5.0 to 7.5 nm, indicating that the anatase TiO2 grains in the mesostructures have a relatively high thermal stability and proper pore diameter allows controlling the size of obtained titania particles. The TiO2/SBA-15 composites prepared by this study showed much higher photodegradation ability for methylene blue (MB) than commercial pure TiO2 nanoparticles P-25. Experimental results indicate that the photocatalytic activity of titania/silica mixed materials depends on the adsorption ability of composite and the photocatalytic activity of the titania, and there is an optimal ratio of Ti:Si, too high or low Ti:Si ratio will lower the photodegradation ability of the composites. PMID:16621269

  1. Synthesis and Characterisation of Silica-Modified Titania for Photocatalytic Decolouration of Crystal Violet.

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    Shahid, Mohammad; El Saliby, Ibrahim; Tijing, Leonard D; McDonagh, Andrew; Park, Se Min; Lee, Kwang Young; Shon, Ho Kyong; Kim, Jong-Ho

    2015-07-01

    In the past few years, silica-modified titania has drawn increasing attention due to their special properties making them ideal candidates for a wide range of applications. In this study, we report a novel method for the synthesis of silica-modified titania by a sol-gel method using sodium silicate solution (1 M). The hydrolysis and condensation reactions of titanium dioxide (TiO2, Degussa Aeroxide® P25) in sodium silicate solution proceeded with citric acid (3 M) as a catalyst. The orbital shaking method was followed for the removal of sodium salt formed during the sol-gel process. Solvent exchange was carried out using methanol and hexane. Finally, chemical modification of the gel was conducted using trimethylchlorosilane followed by ambient pressure drying. The obtained silica-modified titania was characterised for nanostructural analysis using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements were employed to investigate the BET surface area, pore structure and pore volume of specimens. Thermal gravimetric analysis showed exothermic peaks at temperature range of 90-190 °C representing the oxidation of organic groups from--Si-R network. The silica-modified titania showed high photocatalytic activity and an easy recovery using crystal violet as model water pollutant. PMID:26373134

  2. Titania by spray pyrolysis for photocatalytic destruction of organics in aqueous solutions

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    Fotou, G.P.; Himebaugh, L.; Kodas, T.T.; Wu, M.

    1996-12-31

    In this study, the potential of spray pyrolysis and spray calcination for the synthesis of effective titanium dioxide photocatalysts is explored. The product titanium dioxide powders were used in the photoassisted oxidation of salicylic acid in aqueous solutions. Titania particles were produced by spray pyrolysis of dihydroxybis titanium solutions in water at concentrations between 20 to 70% by volume at temperatures from 500 to 1100{degrees}C. Powders were made by spray calcination of titanium hydrolysate solutions at temperatures from 700 to 900 {degrees}C. Spray pyrolysis produced titania particles which were partially hollow. Spray calcination resulted in agglomerates which consisted of 15 nm primary particles that showed high photoactivity in the photooxidation of aqueous salicylic acid solutions. Doping with palladium oxide or ruthenium oxides did not improve the photocatalytic activity of these powders. 6 refs., 3 figs.

  3. Impact of ultrasonic dispersion on the photocatalytic activity of titania aggregates

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    Babick, Frank; Kühn, Klaus; Nguyen, Minh Tan; Stintz, Michael; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio

    2015-01-01

    Summary The effectiveness of photocatalytic materials increases with the specific surface area, thus nanoscale photocatalyst particles are preferred. However, such nanomaterials are frequently found in an aggregated state, which may reduce the photocatalytic activity due to internal obscuration and the extended diffusion path of the molecules to be treated. This paper investigates the effect of aggregate size on the photocatalytic activity of pyrogenic titania (Aeroxide® P25, Evonik), which is widely used in fundamental photocatalysis research. Well-defined and reproducible aggregate sizes were achieved by ultrasonic dispersion. The photocatalytic activity was examined by the color removal of methylene blue (MB) with a laboratory-scale setup based on a plug flow reactor (PFR) and planar UV illumination. The process parameters such as flow regime, optical path length and UV intensity are well-defined and can be varied. Our results firstly show that a complete dispersion of the P25 aggregates is not practical. Secondly, the photocatalytic activity is not further increased beyond a certain degree of dispersion, which probably corresponds to a critical size for which UV irradiation can penetrate the aggregate without significant obscuration. PMID:26734533

  4. Impact of ultrasonic dispersion on the photocatalytic activity of titania aggregates.

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    Le, Hoai Nga; Babick, Frank; Kühn, Klaus; Nguyen, Minh Tan; Stintz, Michael; Cuniberti, Gianaurelio

    2015-01-01

    The effectiveness of photocatalytic materials increases with the specific surface area, thus nanoscale photocatalyst particles are preferred. However, such nanomaterials are frequently found in an aggregated state, which may reduce the photocatalytic activity due to internal obscuration and the extended diffusion path of the molecules to be treated. This paper investigates the effect of aggregate size on the photocatalytic activity of pyrogenic titania (Aeroxide(®) P25, Evonik), which is widely used in fundamental photocatalysis research. Well-defined and reproducible aggregate sizes were achieved by ultrasonic dispersion. The photocatalytic activity was examined by the color removal of methylene blue (MB) with a laboratory-scale setup based on a plug flow reactor (PFR) and planar UV illumination. The process parameters such as flow regime, optical path length and UV intensity are well-defined and can be varied. Our results firstly show that a complete dispersion of the P25 aggregates is not practical. Secondly, the photocatalytic activity is not further increased beyond a certain degree of dispersion, which probably corresponds to a critical size for which UV irradiation can penetrate the aggregate without significant obscuration. PMID:26734533

  5. Iron phthalocyanine modified mesoporous titania nanoparticles for photocatalytic activity and CO2 capture applications.

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    Ramacharyulu, P V R K; Muhammad, Raeesh; Praveen Kumar, J; Prasad, G K; Mohanty, Paritosh

    2015-10-21

    An iron(II)phthalocyanine (Fepc) modified mesoporous titania (Fepc-TiO2) nanocatalyst with a specific surface area of 215 m(2) g(-1) has been synthesized by a hydrothermal method. Fepc-TiO2 degrades one of the highly toxic chemical warfare agents, sulfur mustard (SM), photocatalytically under sunlight with an exposure time of as low as 70 min. Furthermore, the mesoporous Fepc-TiO2 also captured 2.1 mmol g(-1) of CO2 at 273 K and 1 atm. PMID:26393761

  6. Water-plasma-assisted synthesis of black titania spheres with efficient visible-light photocatalytic activity.

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    Panomsuwan, Gasidit; Watthanaphanit, Anyarat; Ishizaki, Takahiro; Saito, Nagahiro

    2015-06-01

    Black titania spheres (H-TiO2-x) were synthesized via a simple green method assisted by water plasma at a low temperature and atmospheric pressure. The in situ production of highly energetic hydroxyl and hydrogen species from water plasma are the prominent factors in the oxidation and hydrogenation reactions during the formation of H-TiO2-x, respectively. The visible-light photocatalytic activity toward the dye degradation of H-TiO2-x can be attributed to the synergistic effect of large-surface area, visible-light absorption and the existence of oxygen vacancies and Ti(3+) sites. PMID:25946395

  7. Study on the effect of different acids on the structure and photocatalytic activity of mesoporous titania

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    Ao, Yanhui; Xu, Jingjing; Fu, Degang

    2009-10-01

    Nanocrystalline mesoporous titania was synthesized via a combined sol-gel process with surfactant-assisted templating method using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) as the structure-directing agent. The process was catalyzed by different acid (hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, or phosphoric acid). The prepared samples were characterized by XRD, TEM, BET and FT-IR. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was determined by degradation of phenol in aqueous solution. Results showed that different acid had different effect on the structure and crystal phase of the samples. The sample adjusted by phosphoric acid showed highest surface area and photocatalytic activity. The formation mechanism of the samples catalyzed by different acid was also discussed.

  8. Photocatalytic properties of porous titania grown by oblique angle deposition

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    Riley, M. J.; Williams, B.; Condon, G. Y.; Borja, J.; Lu, T. M.; Gill, W. N.; Plawsky, J. L.

    2012-04-01

    High surface area nanorods of titanium dioxide were grown by oblique angle deposition on a transparent substrate to investigate their effectiveness as photocatalytic agents for the destruction of organic contaminants in air and water. Optical transmission measurements were made that allowed for an estimation of the porosity of the film (75%-78%). Comparing transmission measurements with those from a dense anatase film showed that the penetration depth for the light into the nanorod film was 2.5 times that in a dense, anatase film. The photocatalytic degradation of indigo carmine dye on the porous films was shown to depend on film thickness and annealing conditions. The effectiveness of the film was assessed by observing the change in absorbance of the dye at 610 nm over time and quantifying the film performance using a pseudo-first-order reaction rate model. Reaction rates increased as the film thickness increased from 600 nm to 1000 nm, but leveled out or decreased at thicknesses beyond 1500 nm. A transport/reaction model was used to show that there exists an optimal geometry that maximizes the overall reaction rate and that such a geometry can be simply produced using glancing angle deposition. The nanorod films were benchmarked against nanoparticle films and were shown to perform as well as 0.73 g/L of 25-nm-diameter anatase nanoparticles with surface area of 50 m2/g.

  9. Fabrication of nanocomposites composed of silver cyanamide and titania for improved photocatalytic hydrogen generation.

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    Meng, Hao; Li, Xiaoxue; Zhang, Xia; Liu, Yufeng; Xu, Yan; Han, Yide; Xu, Junli

    2015-12-14

    Highly efficient composite photocatalysts composed of silver cyanamide (Ag2NCN) and anatase titania (TiO2) were fabricated through a chemical precipitation process of silver nitrate and cyanamide in TiO2 suspensions. The TiO2 nanoparticles around 15 nm were immobilized on the surface of rectangular Ag2NCN particles to form a hetero-structure, and the contents of TiO2 were varied to tune the structure and the photocatalytic performances. In comparison with single TiO2 or Ag2NCN, the TiO2/Ag2NCN nanocomposites exhibited a prominent improved photocatalytic activity in the hydrogen generation, and the hydrogen evolution rate (1494.0 μmol (g h)(-1)) was higher than most of the reported TiO2-composite photocatalysts. Based on the structure investigation, the photocatalytic mechanism of these TiO2/Ag2NCN nanocomposites was proposed. The enhanced photocatalytic activity was attributed to three points: the matched energy level between TiO2 and Ag2NCN promoted the electron-hole transfer and thus inhibited the recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes; the great electron storage capacity of metallic silver produced in the photocatalytic process also facilitated the charge separation; in addition, the expanded absorption spectrum because of the composite structure enhanced the UV and visible light response ability. These TiO2/Ag2NCN nanocomposites also presented good photocatalytic stability in the typical cycle tests. This work provided new insights into fabricating highly efficient composite photocatalysts containing silver and TiO2 for hydrogen generation. PMID:26515664

  10. Enhancement of photocatalytic performance of plasmon-assisted metallic ion doped titania

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    Fan, Jimin; Zhao, Zhihuan; Gong, Chao; Cheng, Bin; Xue, Yongqiang; Yin, Shu

    2015-11-01

    Plasmonic assisted metallic ion doped titania was synthesized successfully by combining the hydrothermal and photoreduction methods. The chromium ion doping resulted to smaller particle size and preferable crystallinity than pure TiO2. Ag@AgI-TiO2-Cr showed the smallest band gap of 1.9 eV, corresponding to the wavelength range until 652 nm. The Ag-AgI plasmonic effect promoted electron transfer and accelerated photocatalytic reaction. Excellent visible light induced MO degradation was effectively realized. The sample Ag@AgI-TiO2-Cr exhibited the best photodegradation activity, which might be related to its smallest band gap, larger specific surface area of 178.3 m2 g-1 and the maximum equilibrium adsorption quantity of 18.0 mg/g.

  11. Plasmonic silver nanoparticles loaded titania nanotube arrays exhibiting enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activities

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    Nishanthi, S. T.; Iyyapushpam, S.; Sundarakannan, B.; Subramanian, E.; Pathinettam Padiyan, D.

    2015-01-01

    A combination of electrochemical anodization and photochemical reduction is employed to fabricate highly ordered silver loaded titania nanotubes (Ag/TNT) arrays. The Ag/TNT samples show an extended optical absorbance from UV to visible region owing to the surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag. The photoluminescence intensity of Ag/TNT is significantly lower than that of pure titania revealing a decrease in charge carrier recombination. The photoelectrochemical properties of the prepared samples are studied using linear sweep and transient photocurrent measurements. Compared with pure TNT, the Ag loaded samples show a higher photoelectrochemical activity. The results demonstrate an efficient separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and the consequent increase in lifetime of charge carriers by Ag/TNT. The photocatalytic results of methyl orange dye degradation show that the Ag/TNT-3-05 sample exhibits the maximum degradation efficiency of 98.85% with kinetic rate constant of 0.0236(5) min-1 for 180 min light illumination.

  12. Suspension Plasma Spray Fabrication of Nanocrystalline Titania Hollow Microspheres for Photocatalytic Applications

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    Ren, Kun; Liu, Yi; He, Xiaoyan; Li, Hua

    2015-10-01

    Hollow inorganic microspheres with controlled internal pores in close-cell configuration are usually constructed by submicron-sized particles. Fast and efficient large-scale production of the microspheres with tunable sizes yet remains challenging. Here, we report a suspension plasma spray route for making hollow microspheres from nano titania particles. The processing permits most nano particles to retain their physiochemical properties in the as-sprayed microspheres. The microspheres have controllable interior cavities and mesoporous shell of 1-3 μm in thickness. Spray parameters and organic content in the starting suspension play the key role in regulating the efficiency of accomplishing the hollow sphere structure. For the ease of collecting the spheres for recycling use, ferriferous oxide particles were used as additives to make Fe3O4-TiO2 hollow magnetic microspheres. The spheres can be easily recycled through external magnetic field collection after each time use. Photocatalytic anti-bacterial activities of the hollow spheres were assessed by examining their capability of degrading methylene blue and sterilizing Escherichia coli bacteria. Excellent photocatalytic performances were revealed for the hollow spheres, giving insight into their potential versatile applications.

  13. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of eccentric Au-titania core-shell nanoparticles by block copolymer templates.

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    Li, Xue; Fu, Xiaoning; Yang, Hui

    2011-02-21

    A novel route for a preparation of eccentric Au-titania core-shell nanoparticles using gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) with block copolymer shells as a template is reported. AuNPs with poly(2-vinyl pyridine)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PVP-b-PEO) block copolymer shells are first prepared by UV irradiation of the solution of PVP-b-PEO/HAuCl(4) complexes. Then the sol-gel reaction of titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP) selectively on the surfaces of AuNPs leads to Au-titania core-shell composite nanoparticles. The eccentric Au-titania core-shell nanoparticles are obtained from the Au-titania core-shell composite nanoparticles by removal of organic interlayer by UV treatment. Photocatalytic activities of the resulting eccentric core-shell nanoparticles are investigated in terms of the degradation of methylene blue (MB). The results show that the eccentric core-shell structures endow the catalyst with greatly enhanced photocatalytic activity. PMID:21157597

  14. Titania modification with a ruthenium(II) complex and gold nanoparticles for photocatalytic degradation of organic compounds.

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    Zheng, Shuaizhi; Wei, Zhishun; Yoshiiri, Kenta; Braumüller, Markus; Ohtani, Bunsho; Rau, Sven; Kowalska, Ewa

    2016-01-01

    Titania of fine anatase nanoparticles (ST01) was modified successively with two components, i.e., a ruthenium(II) complex with phosphonic anchoring groups [Ru(bpy)2(4,4'-(CH2PO3H2)2bpy)](2+) bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine (Ru(II)CP) and gold nanoparticles (Au). Various compositions of two titania modifiers were investigated, i.e., Au, Au + Ru(II)CP, Au + 0.5Ru(II)CP, Ru(II)CP, 0.5Ru(II)CP and 0.25Ru(II)CP, where Au and Ru(II)CP correspond to 0.81 mol% and 0.34 mol% (with respect to titania), respectively. In the case of hybrid photocatalysts, the sequence of modification (ruthenium(II) complex adsorption or gold deposition) was investigated to check its influence on the resultant properties and thus photocatalytic performance. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) were applied to characterize the structural properties of the prepared photocatalysts, which confirmed the successful introduction of modifiers of the ruthenium(II) complex and/or gold NPs. Different distributions of gold particle sizes and chemical compositions were obtained for the hybrid photocatalysts prepared with an opposite sequence. It was found that photocatalytic activities depended on the range of used irradiation (UV/vis or vis) and the kind of modifier in different ways. Gold NPs improved the photocatalytic activities, while Ru(II)CP inhibited the reactions under UV/vis irradiation, i.e., methanol dehydrogenation and acetic acid degradation. Oppositely, Ru(II)CP greatly enhanced the photocatalytic activities for 2-propanol oxidation under visible light irradiation. PMID:26661372

  15. Silica-Titania Composite (STC)'s Performance in the Photocatalytic Oxidation of Polar VOCs

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    Levine, Lanfang H.; Coutts, Janelle; Richards, Jeffrey; Mazyck, David; Mazyck, David

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this paper is to determine the performance of a Silica-Titania Composite (STC) in the photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) of polar VOCs for potential applications in trace contaminant control within space habitats such as the ISS and CEV Orion. Tests were carried out in a bench scale STC-packed annular reactor under continuous illumination by either a UV-C germicidal lamp(lambda (sub max) = 254 nm) or UV-A fluorescent BLB (lambda(sub max) = 365 nm) for the removal of ethanol (a predominant polar VOC in the ISS cabin). The STC's performance was evaluated in terms of the ethanol mineralization rate, mineralization efficiency, and the extent of its oxidation intermediate (acetaldehyde) formation in response to the type of light source (photon energy and photon flux) and relative humidity (RH) implemented. Results demonstrated that acetaldehyde was the only quantifiable intermediate in the effluent under UV illumination, but was not found in the dark adsorption experiments. The mineralization rate increased with an increase in photon energy (UV-C greater than UV-A), even though both lamps were adjusted to emit the same incident photon flux, and also increased with increasing photon flux. However, photonic efficiency decreased as the photon flux increased. More importantly, a higher photon flux gave rise to a lower effluent acetaldehyde concentration. The effect of RH on PCO was complex and intriguing because it affected both physical adsorption and photocatalytic oxidation. In general, increasing RH caused a decrease in adsorption capacity for ethanol and reduced the mineralization efficiency with a concomitant higher acetaldehyde evolution rate. The effect of RH was less profound than that of photon flux.

  16. Highly thermostable anatase titania-pillared clay for the photocatalytic degradation of airborne styrene.

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    Lim, Melvin; Zhou, Yan; Wood, Barry; Wang, Lian Zhou; Rudolph, Victor; Lu, Gao Qing

    2009-01-15

    Airborne styrene is a suspected human carcinogen, and traditional ways of mitigation include the use of adsorption technologies (activated carbon or zeolites) or thermal destruction. These methods presenttheir own shortcomings, i.e., adsorbents need to be regenerated or replaced regularly, and relatively large energy inputs are required in thermal treatment. Photocatalysis offers a potentially sustainable and clean means of controlling such fugitive emissions of styrene in air. The present study demonstrates a new type of well-characterized, highly thermostable titania-pillared clay photocatalysts for airborne styrene decomposition in a custom-designed fluidized-bed photoreactor. This photocatalytic system is found to be capable of destroying up to 87% of 300 ppmV airborne styrene in the presence of ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. The effects of relative humidity (RH: 0 or 20%) are also studied, together with the arising physical structures (in terms of porosity and surface characteristics) of the catalysts when subjected to relatively high calcination temperatures of 1000-1200 degrees C. Such a temperature range may be encountered, e.g., in flue gas emissions (1). It is found that relative humidity levels of 20% retard the degradation efficiencies of airborne styrene when using highly porous catalysts. PMID:19238991

  17. Preparation and Characterization of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane-Containing, Titania-Thiol-Ene Composite Photocatalytic Coatings, Emphasizing the Hydrophobic-Hydrophilic Transition.

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    Jefferson, LaCrissia U; Netchaev, Anton D; Jefcoat, Jennifer A; Windham, Amber D; McFarland, Frederick M; Guo, Song; Buchanan, Randy K; Buchanan, J Paige

    2015-06-17

    Coatings prepared from titania-thiol-ene compositions were found to be both self-cleaning, as measured by changes in water contact angle, and photocatalytic toward the degradation of an organic dye. Stable titania-thiol-ene dispersions at approximately 2 wt % solids were prepared using a combination of high-shear mixing and sonication in acetone solvent from photocatalytic titania, trisilanol isobutyl polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) dispersant, and select thiol-ene monomers, i.e., trimethylolpropane tris(3-mercaptopropionate) (TMPMP), pentaerythritol allyl ether (APE), and 1,3,5-triallyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione (TTT). The dispersed particle compositions were characterized by DLS and TEM. The synthetic methods employed yield a strongly bound particle/POSS complex, supported by IR, 29Si NMR, and TGA. The factors of spray techniques, carrier solvent volatility, and particle size and size distributions, in combination, likely all contribute to the highly textured but uniform surfaces observed via SEM and AFM. Polymer composites possessed thermal transitions (e.g., Tg) consistent with composition. In general, the presence of polymer matrix provided mechanical integrity, without significantly compromising or prohibiting other critical performance characteristics, such as film processing, photocatalytic degradation of adsorbed contaminants, and the hydrophobic-hydrophilic transition. In all cases, coatings containing photocatalytic titania were converted from superhydrophobic to superhydrophilic, as defined by changes in the water contact angle. The superhydrophilic state of samples was considered persistent, since long time durations in complete darkness were required to observe any significant hydrophobic return. In a preliminary demonstration, the photocatalytic activity of prepared coatings was confirmed through the degradation of crystal violet dye. This work demonstrates that a scalable process can be found to prepare titania

  18. One-pot solvothermal synthesis of dual-phase titanate/titania Nanoparticles and their adsorption and photocatalytic Performances

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    Cheng, Yu Hua; Gong, Dangguo; Tang, Yuxin; Ho, Jeffery Weng Chye; Tay, Yee Yan; Lau, Wei Siew; Wijaya, Olivia; Lim, Jiexiang; Chen, Zhong

    2014-06-01

    Dual phase titanate/titania nanoparticles undergo phase transformation gradually with the increase of solvothermal synthesis temperature from 100 °C to 200 °C, and eventually are fully transformed into anatase TiO{sub 2}. The crystal structure change results in the changes of optical absorption, sensitizer/dopant formation and surface area of the materials which finally affect the overall dye removal ability. Reactions under dark and light have been conducted to distinguish the contributions of surface adsorption from photocatalytic degradation. The sample synthesized at 160 °C (S160) shows the best performances for both adsorption under dark and photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation. The adsorption mechanism for S160 is determined as monolayer adsorption based on the adsorption isotherm test under dark condition, and an impressive adsorption capacity of 162.19 mg/g is achieved. For the photocatalytic application, this sample at 0.1 g/L loading is also able to degrade 20 ppm MB within 6 hours under the visible light (>420 nm) condition. - Graphical abstract: The effect of solvothermal synthesis temperature on the formation and dye removal performance of dual phase titanate/titania nanoparticles was unveiled and optimized. - Highlights: • Low temperature one-pot solvothermal synthesis of dual-phase photocatalysts. • Correlation of the synthesis temperature is made with the phase composition. • Adsorption isotherm, kinetics, photocatalytic degradation were studied. • Synthesis at 160 °C yields the best material for adsorption of MB in dark. • The same sample also shows the best visible light degradation of MB.

  19. Effect of calcination temperature on physical parameters and photocatalytic activity of mesoporous titania spheres using chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel beads as a template

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    Jiang, R.; Zhu, H.-Y.; Chen, H.-H.; Yao, J.; Fu, Y.-Q.; Zhang, Z.-Y.; Xu, Y.-M.

    2014-11-01

    Mesoporous titania spheres were prepared by modified sol-gel method using chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) hydrogel beads as a template. Effects of calcination temperature on physical parameters were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption-desorption, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, thermogravimetry and differential thermal analyses (TG-DTA), high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The photocatalytic activity of mesoporous titania spheres prepared was also evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of phenol as a model molecule under UV irradiation. With increasing calcination temperature, average crystallite size and pore size increased. In contrast, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface areas, porosity and pore volumes steadily decreased. Results of characterization proved that prepared titania spheres with highly organized pores were mesoporous structure. The photocatalytic activity of mesoporous titania spheres calcined at 500 °C was more effective than those calcined at other temperatures, which were attributed to the porous structure, large BET surface area, crystalline, and smaller crystallite size. This work may provide new insights into the preparation of novel mesoporous titania spheres and further practical applications in the treatment of wastewater.

  20. Boron and nitrogen co-doped titania with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution

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    Li, Yuexiang; Ma, Gangfeng; Peng, Shaoqin; Lu, Gongxuan; Li, Shuben

    2008-08-01

    A visible-light boron and nitrogen co-doped titania (B-N-TiO 2) photocatalyst was prepared by sol-gel method with titanium tetra- n-butyl oxide, urea and boric acid as precursors. The photocatalyst was characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR), UV-vis diffusive reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), BET and electrochemistry method. Photocatalytic activity for hydrogen production over platinized B-N-TiO 2 under visible-light ( λ ≥ 420 nm) irradiation was investigated. In nitrogen doped titania (N-TiO 2) N sbnd Ti sbnd O bond is formed, which extends the absorption edge to the visible-light region. A part of doping boron enters into titania lattice and most of the boron exists at the surface of the catalyst. The crystallite size of B-N-TiO 2 decreases compared to N-TiO 2, while its photocurrent and the surface hydroxyl group increase. Furthermore, doping boron could act as shallow traps for photoinduced electrons to prolong the life of the electrons and holes. Therefore, the visible-light activity of B-N-iO 2 increases greatly compared with that of N-TiO 2.

  1. Highly hydrophilic poly(vinylidene fluoride)/meso-titania hybrid mesoporous membrane for photocatalytic membrane reactor in water

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    Wang, Meng; Yang, Guang; Jin, Peng; Tang, Hao; Wang, Huanhuan; Chen, Yong

    2016-01-01

    The high hydrophobicity of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane remains an obstacle to be applied in some purification processes of water or wastewater. Herein, a highly hydrophilic hybrid mesoporous titania membrane composed of mesoporous anatase titania (meso-TiO2) materials inside the three-dimensional (3D) macropores of PVDF membrane was successfully prepared by using the dual-templated synthesis method combined with solvent extraction and applied as the photocatalytic membrane reactor for the photodegredation of organic dye in water. The structure and the properties of as-prepared hybrid membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption–desorption and contact angle measurements. It was found that the hydrophilicity of PVDF membrane can be significantly improved by filling mesoporous TiO2 inside the 3D macropores of PVDF membrane. Moreover, such a PVDF/meso-TiO2 hybrid membrane exhibits promising photocatalytic degradation of dye in water due to the existence of mesoporous anatase TiO2 materials inside PVDF membrane. This study provides a new strategy to simultaneously introduce hydrophilicity and some desirable properties into PVDF and other hydrophobic membranes. PMID:26754440

  2. Highly hydrophilic poly(vinylidene fluoride)/meso-titania hybrid mesoporous membrane for photocatalytic membrane reactor in water.

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    Wang, Meng; Yang, Guang; Jin, Peng; Tang, Hao; Wang, Huanhuan; Chen, Yong

    2016-01-01

    The high hydrophobicity of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane remains an obstacle to be applied in some purification processes of water or wastewater. Herein, a highly hydrophilic hybrid mesoporous titania membrane composed of mesoporous anatase titania (meso-TiO2) materials inside the three-dimensional (3D) macropores of PVDF membrane was successfully prepared by using the dual-templated synthesis method combined with solvent extraction and applied as the photocatalytic membrane reactor for the photodegredation of organic dye in water. The structure and the properties of as-prepared hybrid membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption-desorption and contact angle measurements. It was found that the hydrophilicity of PVDF membrane can be significantly improved by filling mesoporous TiO2 inside the 3D macropores of PVDF membrane. Moreover, such a PVDF/meso-TiO2 hybrid membrane exhibits promising photocatalytic degradation of dye in water due to the existence of mesoporous anatase TiO2 materials inside PVDF membrane. This study provides a new strategy to simultaneously introduce hydrophilicity and some desirable properties into PVDF and other hydrophobic membranes. PMID:26754440

  3. Highly hydrophilic poly(vinylidene fluoride)/meso-titania hybrid mesoporous membrane for photocatalytic membrane reactor in water

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    Wang, Meng; Yang, Guang; Jin, Peng; Tang, Hao; Wang, Huanhuan; Chen, Yong

    2016-01-01

    The high hydrophobicity of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) membrane remains an obstacle to be applied in some purification processes of water or wastewater. Herein, a highly hydrophilic hybrid mesoporous titania membrane composed of mesoporous anatase titania (meso-TiO2) materials inside the three-dimensional (3D) macropores of PVDF membrane was successfully prepared by using the dual-templated synthesis method combined with solvent extraction and applied as the photocatalytic membrane reactor for the photodegredation of organic dye in water. The structure and the properties of as-prepared hybrid membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption-desorption and contact angle measurements. It was found that the hydrophilicity of PVDF membrane can be significantly improved by filling mesoporous TiO2 inside the 3D macropores of PVDF membrane. Moreover, such a PVDF/meso-TiO2 hybrid membrane exhibits promising photocatalytic degradation of dye in water due to the existence of mesoporous anatase TiO2 materials inside PVDF membrane. This study provides a new strategy to simultaneously introduce hydrophilicity and some desirable properties into PVDF and other hydrophobic membranes.

  4. Hexagonal pillar structure of heteroepitaxial titania-vanadia nanocrystal films for high performance in thermochromic and photocatalytic properties.

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    Zhou, Pei-Yin; Cheng, Chih-Chia; Huang, Chi-Hsien; Chen, Jem-Kun

    2016-04-01

    In this study, we employed the mixture of titanium and vanadium sols with various ratios in WO3 and poly(vinylpyrrolidone) solution to generate the precursors of W-doped titania-vanadia composites. The heteroepitaxial W-doped titania-vanadia crystals (HWTVCs) with various structures were obtained after a calcination process at 700 °C for 3 h. The structure transformation of HWTVCs was highly relative to the ratio of titanium to vanadium sols. A hexagonal pillar structure was found at a ratio of 0.25 for titanium to vanadium sols. The scales of the hexagonal pillars could be apparently divided into two groups. The scale of one group ranged from 80 to 130 nm while the scale of the other ranged from 300 to 950 nm. The heteroepitaxial crystals with hexagonal pillar structure enhanced the visible transmittance, near-infrared switching efficiency and the ability to photocatalytically degrade the organic component under visible light irradiation. Such bifunctional (photocatalytic and thermochromic) nanomaterials might have applications in energy-saving smart windows. PMID:26972307

  5. Rare earth oxide-doped titania nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic activity towards the degradation of partially hydrolysis polyacrylamide

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    Li, Jinhuan; Yang, Xia; Yu, Xiaodan; Xu, Leilei; Kang, Wanli; Yan, Wenhua; Gao, Hongfeng; Liu, Zhonghe; Guo, Yihang

    2009-01-01

    Rare-earth oxide-doped titania nanocomposites (RE 3+/TiO 2, where RE = Eu 3+, Pr 3+, Gd 3+, Nd 3+, and Y 3+) were prepared by a one-step sol-gel-solvothermal method. The products exhibited anatase phase structure, mesoporosity, and interesting surface compositions with three oxygen species and two titanium species. The products were used as the photocatalysts to degrade a partially hydrolysis polyacrylamide (HPAM) under UV-light irradiation, a very useful polymer in oil recovery. For comparison, Degussa P25 and as-prepared pure TiO 2 were also tested under the same conditions. The enhanced photocatalytic activity was obtained on as-prepared Eu 3+ (Gd 3+, Pr 3+)/TiO 2 composites, and the reasons were explained. Finally, the degradation pathway of HPAM over the RE 3+/TiO 2 composite was put forward based on the intermediates produced during the photocatalysis procedure.

  6. Nitrogen-modified nano-titania: True phase composition, microstructure and visible-light induced photocatalytic NOx abatement

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    Tobaldi, D. M.; Pullar, R. C.; Gualtieri, A. F.; Otero-Irurueta, G.; Singh, M. K.; Seabra, M. P.; Labrincha, J. A.

    2015-11-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a popular photocatalyst used for many environmental and anti-pollution applications, but it normally operates under UV light, exploiting ∼5% of the solar spectrum. Nitrification of titania to form N-doped TiO2 has been explored as a way to increase its photocatalytic activity under visible light, and anionic doping is a promising method to enable TiO2 to harvest visible-light by changing its photo-absorption properties. In this paper, we explore the insertion of nitrogen into the TiO2 lattice using our green sol-gel nanosynthesis method, used to create 10 nm TiO2 NPs. Two parallel routes were studied to produce nitrogen-modified TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), using HNO3+NH3 (acid-precipitated base-peptised) and NH4OH (totally base catalysed) as nitrogen sources. These NPs were thermally treated between 450 and 800 °C. Their true phase composition (crystalline and amorphous phases), as well as their micro-/nanostructure (crystalline domain shape, size and size distribution, edge and screw dislocation density) was fully characterised through advanced X-ray methods (Rietveld-reference intensity ratio, RIR, and whole powder pattern modelling, WPPM). As pollutants, nitrogen oxides (NOx) are of particular concern for human health, so the photocatalytic activity of the NPs was assessed by monitoring NOx abatement, using both solar and white-light (indoor artificial lighting), simulating outdoor and indoor environments, respectively. Results showed that the onset of the anatase-to-rutile phase transformation (ART) occurred at temperatures above 450 °C, and NPs heated to 450 °C possessed excellent photocatalytic activity (PCA) under visible white-light (indoor artificial lighting), with a PCA double than that of the standard P25 TiO2 NPs. However, higher thermal treatment temperatures were found to be detrimental for visible-light photocatalytic activity, due to the effects of four simultaneous occurrences: (i) loss of OH groups and water adsorbed

  7. Synthesis of Nano-Crystalline Gamma-TiAl Materials

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    Hales, Stephen J.; Vasquez, Peter

    2003-01-01

    One of the principal problems with nano-crystalline materials is producing them in quantities and sizes large enough for valid mechanical property evaluation. The purpose of this study was to explore an innovative method for producing nano-crystalline gamma-TiAl bulk materials using high energy ball milling and brief secondary processes. Nano-crystalline powder feedstock was produced using a Fritsch P4(TM) vario-planetary ball mill recently installed at NASA-LaRC. The high energy ball milling process employed tungsten carbide tooling (vials and balls) and no process control agents to minimize contamination. In a collaborative effort, two approaches were investigated, namely mechanical alloying of elemental powders and attrition milling of pre-alloyed powders. The objective was to subsequently use RF plasma spray deposition and short cycle vacuum hot pressing in order to effect consolidation while retaining nano-crystalline structure in bulk material. Results and discussion of the work performed to date are presented.

  8. Photocatalytic degradation of agricultural N-heterocyclic organic pollutants using immobilized nanoparticles of titania.

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    Mahmoodi, Niyaz Mohammad; Arami, Mokhtar; Limaee, Nargess Yousefi; Gharanjig, Kamaladin

    2007-06-25

    Degradation and mineralization of two agricultural organic pollutants (Diazinon and Imidacloprid as N-heterocyclic aromatics) in aqueous solution by nanophotocatalysis using immobilized titania nanoparticles were investigated. Insecticides, Diazinon and Imidacloprid, are persistent pollutants in agricultural soil and watercourses. A simple and effective method was developed to immobilization of titania nanoparticles. UV-vis, ion chromatography (IC) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) analyses were employed. The effects of operational parameters such as H(2)O(2) and inorganic anions (NO(3)(-), Cl(-) and SO(4)(2-)) were investigated. The mineralization of Diazinon and Imidacloprid was evaluated by monitoring of the formed inorganic anions. The selected pollutants are effectively degraded following first order kinetics model. Results show that the nanophotocatalysis using immobilized titania nanoparticle is an effective method for treatment Diazinon and Imidacloprid from contaminated water. PMID:17145132

  9. Mixed phase lamellar titania-titanate anchored with Ag2O and polypyrrole for enhanced adsorption and photocatalytic activity.

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    Kumar, Rajeev

    2016-09-01

    Ag2O/TiO2/polypyrrole composite was synthesized by stepwise modification of the rutile TiO2 though hydrothermal alkaline treatment to obtain mixed phase sodium titanate/titania (Na-TiO2) followed ion-exchange replacement of Na(+) by Ag(+) to get Ag2O/TiO2 (through precipitation) and H2O2 oxidative polymerization of pyrrole onto Ag2O/TiO2 to get final composite Ag2O/TiO2/polypyrrole (Ag2O/TiO2/PPY). Composite materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Diffuse reflectance ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS) and Raman analysis. The synthesized materials showed increase in the optical property, adsorption and photocatalytic scavenging of the methylene blue (MB). The adsorption capacity of MB onto the prepared materials was observed in the following order: TiO2photocatalytic decontamination of MB was as follows: TiO2photocatalytic decontamination was observed at pH 9. The kinetics studies revealed that the adsorption of MB followed the pseudo-first-order kinetic model. While kinetics for MB degradation were well defined by the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model at low and high concentrations. The obtained results demonstrate that the synergistic effect of adsorption and visible light photocatalysis is enough capable for 100% removal of MB from aquatic solution. PMID:27244593

  10. Probing the Effects of Templating on the UV and Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity of Porous Nitrogen-Modified Titania Monoliths for Dye Removal.

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    Nursam, Natalita M; Wang, Xingdong; Tan, Jeannie Z Y; Caruso, Rachel A

    2016-07-13

    Porous nitrogen-modified titania (N-titania) monoliths with tailored morphologies were prepared using phase separation and agarose gel templating techniques. The doping and templating process were simultaneously carried out in a one-pot step using alcohol amine-assisted sol-gel chemistry. The amount of polymer used in the monoliths that were prepared using phase separation was shown to affect both the physical and optical properties: higher poly(ethylene glycol) content increased the specific surface area, porosity, and visible light absorption of the final materials. For the agarose-templated monoliths, the infiltration conditions affected the monolith morphology. A porous monolith with high surface area and the least shrinkage was obtained when the N containing alkoxide precursor was infiltrated into the agarose scaffolds at 60 °C. The effect of the diverse porous morphologies on the photocatalytic activity of N-titania was studied for the decomposition of methylene blue (MB) under visible and UV light irradiation. The highest visible light activity was achieved by the agarose-templated N-titania monolith, in part due to higher N incorporation. This sample also showed better UV activity, partly because of the higher specific surface area (up to 112 m(2) g(-1)) compared to the phase separation-induced monoliths (up to 103 m(2) g(-1)). Overall, agarose-templated, porous N-titania monoliths provided better features for effectively removing the MB contaminant. PMID:27347742

  11. Supercritical-assistant liquid crystal template approach to synthesize mesoporous titania/multiwalled carbon nanotube composites with high visible-light driven photocatalytic performance

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    Liu, Chen; Li, Youji Xu, Peng; Li, Ming; Huo, Pingxiang

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: We investigate the influence of mesoporous titania content upon the visible-light driven photocatalytic performance of MPT/MWCNTs in phenol degradation. - Highlights: • MPT/MWCNTs were fabricated by liquid-crystal template in supercritical CO{sub 2}. • MPT/MWCNTs show high visible-light driven photoactivity for phenol degradation. • MPT/MWCNTs also show high reusable photoactivity under visible irradiation. • MPT content can control visible-light driven photoactivity of MPT/MWCNTs. • MPT is not easily broken away from from MPT/MWCNT composites. - Abstract: Mesoporous titania (MPT) was deposited onto multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) by deposition of titanium sol containing liquid-crystal template with assistant of supercritical CO{sub 2}. The products were characterized with various analytical techniques to determine their structural, morphological, optical absorption and photocatalytic properties. The results indicate that in photocatalytic degradation of phenol under visible light, the mixtures or composites of MPT and MWCNT show the high efficiency because of synergies between absorbing visible light, releasing electrons and facilitating transfer of charge carriers of MWCNTs and providing activated centers of MPT. Because of the mutual constraint between MPT and MWCNTs on the photocatalytic efficiency, the optimal loading of MPT in MPT/MWCNT-3 for phenol degradation is 48%. Because the intimate contact between MWCNTs and MPT is more beneficial to electron transformation, photoactivity of mixture is lower than that of composites with high reusable performance. The optimum conditions of phenol degradation were obtained.

  12. Effect of Sn on the physical and photocatalytic properties of sprayed titania thin films

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    Martinez, Arturo I.; Acosta, Dwight; Lopez, Alcides; Cedillo, Gerardo

    2004-05-01

    TiO2 alloys in thin film configuration with different amounts of SnO2 have been studied. In this work we present the effects of tin on the structural, optical, morphological and photocatalytical properties of TiO2 thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis. The prepared alloys shown a greater porosity and a smaller band-gap energies than those pure TiO2 thin films, therefore, they exhibit a greater photocatalytic activity in the degradation of methylene blue. The degradation products have been identified by ^1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) as dimethylamine hydrochloride, methanethiol and methylamine. Additionally, it has been found that these small organic compounds can be degraded to mineral compounds by means photocatalytic reactions with TiO2 and TiO_2/SnO2 thin films.

  13. Synthesis of Cr,N-codoped titania nanotubes and their visible-light-driven photocatalytic properties

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    Fan, Jinmin; Zhao, Zhihuan; Wang, Jianye; Zhu, Lixiao

    2015-01-01

    Cr and N-codoped TiO2 nanotubes with larger specific surface area and smaller band gap energy compared with pure TiO2 nanotubes were prepared via a two-step process of hydrothermal and post-impregnation method. The obtained catalysts were characterized by TEM, XRD, XPS, BET, FT-IR and UV-Vis DRS measurements for investigating nanostructure, crystal phase, specific surface area, bonding state and light-harvesting properties of these samples, respectively. Additionally, the effects of doping amount of Cr ions on the morphology, crystal structure, optical adsorption and photocatalytic activity of codoped TiO2 nanotubes were investigated. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible light for 100 min. It was found that the highest photocatalytic activity could be realized when the concentration of Cr was 1.06%, and the degradation rate was up to 97.16%, far higher than that of undoped TiO2 nanotubes (10.56%). In addition, photocatalytic degradation of MO on codoped TiO2 nanotubes surface was proven to be in accordance with the first-order kinetics.

  14. Biotemplated synthesis of high specific surface area copper-doped hollow spherical titania and its photocatalytic research for degradating chlorotetracycline

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    Bu, Dan; Zhuang, Huisheng

    2013-01-01

    Copper-doped titania (Cu/TiO2) hollow microspheres were fabricated using the rape pollen as biotemplates via an improved sol-gel method and a followed calcinations process. In the fabricated process, a titanium(IV)-isopropoxide-based sol directly coated onto the surface of rape pollen. Subsequently, after calcinations, rape pollen was removed by high temperature and the hollow microsphere structure was retained. The average diameter of as-obtained hollow microspheres is 15-20 μm and the thickness of shell is approximately 0.6 μm. Knowing from XRD results, the main crystal phase of microspheres is anatase, coupled with rutile. The specific surface area varied between 141.80 m2/g and 172.51 m2/g. This hollow sphere photocatalysts with high specific surface area exhibited stronger absorption ability and higher photoactivity, stimulated by visible light. The degradation process of chlortetracycline (CTC) solution had been studied. The degradated results indicate that CTC could be effective degradated by fabricated hollow spherical materials. And the intermediate products formed in the photocatalytic process had been identified.

  15. Photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic degradation of the drug omeprazole on nanocrystalline titania films in alkaline media: Effect of applied electrical bias on degradation and transformation products.

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    Tantis, Iosif; Bousiakou, Leda; Frontistis, Zacharias; Mantzavinos, Dionissios; Konstantinou, Ioannis; Antonopoulou, Maria; Karikas, George-Albert; Lianos, Panagiotis

    2015-08-30

    Photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic degradation of the drug omeprazole has been studied in the presence of nanocrystalline titania films supported on glass slides or transparent FTO electrodes in alkaline environment. Its photocatalytic degradation rate was assessed by its UV absorbance and by HPLC, while its transformation products were analyzed by HR-LC-MS. Based on UV absorbance, omeprazole can be photocatalytically degraded at an average rate of 6.7×10(-4)min(-1) under low intensity UVA irradiation of 1.5mWcm(-2) in the presence of a nanoparticulate titania film. This corresponds to degradation of 1.4mg of omeprazole per gram of the photocatalyst per liter of solution per hour. The photodegradation rate can be accelerated in a photoelectrochemical cell by applying a forward bias. In this case, the maximum rate reached under the present conditions was 11.6×10(-4)min(-1) by applying a forward bias of +0.6V vs. Ag/AgCl. Four major transformation products were successfully identified and their profiles were followed by HR-LC-MS. The major degradation path includes the scission of the sulfoxide bridge into the corresponding pyridine and benzimidazole ring derivates and this is accompanied by the release of sulfate anions in the reaction mixture. PMID:25855613

  16. Synthesis of Carbon Nanotube-Nanotubular Titania Composites by Catalyst-Free CVD Process: Insights into the Formation Mechanism and Photocatalytic Properties.

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    Alsawat, Mohammed; Altalhi, Tariq; Gulati, Karan; Santos, Abel; Losic, Dusan

    2015-12-30

    This work presents the synthesis of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) inside titania nanotube (TNTs) templates by a catalyst-free chemical vapor deposition (CVD) approach as composite platforms for photocatalytic applications. The nanotubular structure of TNTs prepared by electrochemical anodization provides a unique platform to grow CNTs with precisely controlled geometric features. The formation mechanism of carbon nanotubes inside nanotubular titania without using metal catalysts is explored and explained. The structural features, crystalline structures, and chemical composition of the resulting CNTs-TNTs composites were systematically characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and Raman spectroscopy. The deposition time during CVD process was used to determine the formation mechanism of CNTs inside TNTs template. The photocatalytic properties of CNTs-TNTs composites were evaluated via the degradation of rhodamine B, an organic model molecule, in aqueous solution under mercury-xenon Hg (Xe) lamp irradiation monitored by UV-visible spectroscopy. The obtained results reveal that CNTs induces a synergestic effect on the photocatalytic activity of TNTs for rhodamine B degradation, opening new opportunities to develop advanced photocatalysts for environmental and energy applications. PMID:26587676

  17. Photocatalytic Properties of Silver Core/Titania Shell Nano-Wires Grown on a Glass Substrate Using a Glycothermal Process Assisted by a Photochemical Reaction.

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    Song, Duck-Hyun; Hirato, Tetsuji

    2015-07-01

    A silver core/titania shell nano-wire film was successfully prepared on a glass substrate via a glycothermal process that was assisted by a photochemical reaction using tetra-n-butyl titanate as the titanium source and silver nitrate as the silver source in an autoclave with ethylene glycol as a solvent. The morphology, diameter, length, and density of the core/shell nano-wires that were synthesized could be varied by changing the silver/titanium molar ratio of the starting materials. The samples produced were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the silver core/titania shell nano-wire film was investigated by measuring the photodegradation rate of rhodamine B in aqueous solution. PMID:26373082

  18. Enhanced photocatalytic H2-production activity of graphene-modified titania nanosheets

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    Xiang, Quanjun; Yu, Jiaguo; Jaroniec, Mietek

    2011-09-01

    Graphene-modified TiO2 nanosheets with exposed (001) facets (graphene/TiO2) were prepared by microwave-hydrothermal treatment of graphene oxide (GO) and hydrothermally synthesized TiO2 nanosheets with exposed (001) facets in an ethanol-water solvent. These nanocomposite samples showed high photocatalytic H2-production activity in aqueous solutions containing methanol, as sacrificial reagent, even without Pt co-catalyst. The optimal graphene content was found to be ~1.0 wt%, giving a H2-production rate of 736 μmol h-1 g-1 with a quantum efficiency (QE) of 3.1%, which exceeded the rate observed on pure TiO2 nanosheets by more than 41 times. This high photocatalytic H2-production activity is due to the deposition of TiO2 nanosheets on graphene sheets, which act as an electron acceptor to efficiently separate the photogenerated charge carriers. The observed enhancement in the photocatalytic activity is due to the lower absolute potential of graphene/graphene z.rad- (-0.08 V vs. SHE, pH = 0) in comparison to the conduction band (-0.24 V) of anatase TiO2, meanwhile the aforementioned absolute value is higher than the reduction potential of H+ (0 V), which favors the electron transfer from the conduction band (CB) of TiO2 to graphene sheets and the reduction of H+, thus enhancing photocatalytic H2-production activity. The proposed mechanism for the observed photocatalytic performance of TiO2 nanosheets, modified with a small amount of graphene, was further confirmed by photoluminescence spectroscopy and transient photocurrent response. This work not only shows a possibility for the utilization of low cost graphene sheets as a substitute for noble metals (such as Pt) in the photocatalytic H2-production but also for the first time shows a significant enhancement in the H2-production activity by using metal-free carbon material as an effective co-catalyst.

  19. Enhanced photocatalytic H₂-production activity of graphene-modified titania nanosheets.

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    Xiang, Quanjun; Yu, Jiaguo; Jaroniec, Mietek

    2011-09-01

    Graphene-modified TiO(2) nanosheets with exposed (001) facets (graphene/TiO(2)) were prepared by microwave-hydrothermal treatment of graphene oxide (GO) and hydrothermally synthesized TiO(2) nanosheets with exposed (001) facets in an ethanol-water solvent. These nanocomposite samples showed high photocatalytic H(2)-production activity in aqueous solutions containing methanol, as sacrificial reagent, even without Pt co-catalyst. The optimal graphene content was found to be ∼1.0 wt%, giving a H(2)-production rate of 736 μmol h(-1) g(-1) with a quantum efficiency (QE) of 3.1%, which exceeded the rate observed on pure TiO(2) nanosheets by more than 41 times. This high photocatalytic H(2)-production activity is due to the deposition of TiO(2) nanosheets on graphene sheets, which act as an electron acceptor to efficiently separate the photogenerated charge carriers. The observed enhancement in the photocatalytic activity is due to the lower absolute potential of graphene/graphene˙(-) (-0.08 V vs. SHE, pH = 0) in comparison to the conduction band (-0.24 V) of anatase TiO(2), meanwhile the aforementioned absolute value is higher than the reduction potential of H(+) (0 V), which favors the electron transfer from the conduction band (CB) of TiO(2) to graphene sheets and the reduction of H(+), thus enhancing photocatalytic H(2)-production activity. The proposed mechanism for the observed photocatalytic performance of TiO(2) nanosheets, modified with a small amount of graphene, was further confirmed by photoluminescence spectroscopy and transient photocurrent response. This work not only shows a possibility for the utilization of low cost graphene sheets as a substitute for noble metals (such as Pt) in the photocatalytic H(2)-production but also for the first time shows a significant enhancement in the H(2)-production activity by using metal-free carbon material as an effective co-catalyst. PMID:21826308

  20. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of ytterbium-doped titania/diatomite composite photocatalysts

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    Tang, Wenjian; Qiu, Kehui; Zhang, Peicong; Yuan, Xiqiang

    2016-01-01

    Ytterbium-doped titanium dioxide (Yb-TiO2)/diatomite composite materials with different Yb concentrations were prepared by sol-gel method. The phase structure, morphology, and chemical composition of the as-prepared composites were well characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) diffuse reflection spectroscopy. The XRD and Raman spectroscopy analysis indicated that the TiO2 existed in the form of pure anatase in the composites. The SEM images exhibited the well deposition and dispersion of TiO2 nanoparticles with little agglomeration on the surfaces of diatoms. The UV-vis diffuse reflection spectra showed that the band gap of TiO2 could be narrowed by the introduction of Yb species, which was further affected by doping concentration of Yb. The photocatalytic activity of synthesized samples was investigated by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV light irradiation. It was observed that the photocatalytic degradation followed a pseudo-first-order kinetics according to the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. Compared to TiO2 and TiO2/diatomite, the Yb-TiO2/diatomite composites exhibited higher photocatalytic activity toward degradation of MB using UV light irradiation.

  1. Preparation and characterization of photocatalytic carbon dots-sensitized electrospun titania nanostructured fibers

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    Li, Haopeng; Zhu, Yihua; Cao, Huimin; Yang, Xiaoling; Li, Chunzhong

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► The TiO{sub 2}-CDs nanostructured fibers are fabricated by using APS combining the electrospinning TiO{sub 2} nanostructured fibers and CDs. ► The CD can work as a photosensitizer in the degradation of rhodamine B under visible light irradiation. ► The TiO{sub 2}-CDs nanostructured fibers exhibit enhanced photocatalytic efficiency and can be easily handled and recycled. -- Abstract: The carbon dots (CDs) are new functional carbon-aceous materials. Compared to conventional dye molecules and semiconductor quantum dots, CDs are superior in chemical inertness and low toxicity. The TiO{sub 2}-CDs nanostructured fibers were fabricated by combining the electrospinning technique and reflux method. Compared with the pure TiO{sub 2} nanostructured fibers and P25, the TiO{sub 2}-CDs nanostructured fibers exhibited enhanced photocatalytic efficiency of photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2}-CDs nanostructured fibers could be attributed to the presence of CDs embedded in TiO{sub 2} nanostructured fibers. The CD can work as a photosensitizer in the degradation. Furthermore, the TiO{sub 2}-CDs nanostructured fibers could be easily handled and recycled due to their one-dimensional nanostructural property.

  2. The structure and the photocatalytic activity of titania based nanotube and nanofiber coatings

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    Radtke, A.; Piszczek, P.; Topolski, A.; Lewandowska, Ż.; Talik, E.; Andersen, I. Hald; Nielsen, L. Pleth; Heikkilä, M.; Leskelä, M.

    2016-04-01

    The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 based nanotube (TNT) and nanofiber (TNF) coatings has been investigated, in correlation to their structure, morphology, specific surface area, acidity and the amount of surface H2O molecules and sbnd OH groups. Characterization of these materials was carried out using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Raman spectroscopy, and diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFT). The photocatalytic activity has been quantified by two different methods, based on the photodegradation of methylene blue (the pattern of water-soluble organic pollutant) and acetone (the pattern of volatile organic pollutant), respectively. Results of our investigations revealed that TNF coatings were significantly more active in case of both photodegradation processes in air and water, as compared to TNT, even if the specific surface area of TNF films was smaller than the adequate surface area of TNT. The microstructure of produced materials, the amount of adsorbed sbnd OH groups and H2O molecules located on the surface of materials, and the acidity of the surface, were the main factors which affect their photoactivity. Photocatalytic properties of tubular and porous TiO2-based materials are the resultant of the compilation of individual factors impact and any of them cannot be neglected.

  3. Lifetime and regeneration of immobilized titania for photocatalytic removal of aqueous hexavalent chromium.

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    Tuprakay, Seree; Liengcharernsit, Winai

    2005-09-30

    Immobilized titania (TiO2) batch reactors reduced hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) in the form of potassium dichromate (K2Cr2O7) to trivalent chromium (Cr(III)) in aqueous solution at pH 3 under 171 W/m2 light intensity. The light source was a 125-W ultraviolet (UV) lamp. The Cr(VI) reduction showed zero-order kinetics (k0), while the Cr(VI) adsorption fitted with first-order kinetics (k(1st)). Adsorption capacity increased with increasing initial Cr(VI) concentration, and the area of immobilized TiO2 limited the reduction efficiency. The lifetime of fresh immobilized TiO2 was approximately 14 h. In addition, the regeneration of TiO2 with 3M sodium hydroxide (NaOH) was necessary to improve adsorption reaction. PMID:16046253

  4. Cathodoluminescence evaluation of oxygen vacancy population in nanostructured titania thin films for photocatalytic applications.

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    Battiston, Simone; Leto, Andrea; Minella, Marco; Gerbasi, Rosalba; Miorin, Enrico; Fabrizio, Monica; Daolio, Sergio; Tondello, Eugenio; Pezzotti, Giuseppe

    2010-04-29

    Room-temperature results of cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy investigations are presented for nanostructured titanium dioxide (anatase) thin films (500 nm thick) deposited via RF magnetron sputtering on high-purity silica substrates. The collected CL bands of the anatase thin films, as deposited and after different annealing cycles, showed a broad morphology consisting of three Voigtian bands located at 500, 550, and 610 nm that were partially overlapping. The overall CL emission increased with increasing temperature and time of the annealing cycle as a consequence of the increased crystallinity of the thin film. A clear trend was found for the oxygen-vacancy-related band (located at 610 nm), whose relative intensity decreased, as compared with the as-grown sample, after annealing in air; the higher the annealing temperature, the lower the relative intensity. We evaluated the photoactivity of the nanostructured thin film samples by measuring their photocatalytic activity in aqueous solution toward the degradation of phenol. A relationship between the decrease in oxygen vacancy concentration as a consequence of the annealing and the increase in the photoactivity was highlighted. PMID:20373795

  5. Nonaqueous seeded growth of flower-like mixed-phase titania nanostructures for photocatalytic applications

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    Hsu, Y.-C.; Lin, H.-C.; Chen, C.-H.; Liao, Y.-T.; Yang, C.-M.

    2010-09-15

    A nonaqueous seeded-grown synthesis of three-dimensional TiO{sub 2} nanostructures in the benzyl alcohol reaction system was reported. The synthesis was simple, high-yield, and requires no structural directing or capping agents. It could be largely accelerated by applying microwave heating. The TiO{sub 2} nanostructures had a unique flower-like morphology and high surface area. Furthermore, the structural analyses suggested that the nanostructures had a non-uniform distribution of crystalline phases, with the inner part rich in anatase and the outer part rich in rutile. After heat treatments, the mixed-phase TiO{sub 2} nanostructures exhibited high photocatalytic activities for the photodegradation of methylene blue as compared to Degussa P25. The high photoactivities may be associated with the high surface area and the synergistic effect resulting from the anisotropic mixed-phase nanostructures. The results demonstrate the uniqueness of the nonaqueous seeded growth and the potential of the TiO{sub 2} nanostructures for practical applications. - Graphical abstract: Flower-like TiO{sub 2} nanostructures synthesized by a nonaqueous seeded growth without using any structural directing or capping agents.

  6. Ab initio simulations on N and S co-doped titania nanotubes for photocatalytic applications

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    Chesnokov, Andrei; Lisovski, Oleg; Bocharov, Dmitry; Piskunov, Sergei; Zhukovskii, Yuri F.; Wessel, Michael; Spohr, Eckhard

    2015-09-01

    In this paper we present the results of quantum chemical modeling for energetically stable anatase (001) TiO2 nanotubes, undoped, doped, and codoped with N{}{{O}} and S{}{{O}} atoms. We calculate the electronic structure of one-dimensional (1D) nanotubes and zero-dimensional (0D) atomic fragments cut out from these nanotubes, employing hybrid density functional theory with a partial incorporation of an exact, nonlocal Hartree-Fock exchange within the formalism of the linear combination of atomic orbitals, as implemented in both CRYSTAL and NWChem total energy codes. Structural optimization of 1D nanotubes has been performed using CRYSTAL09 code, while the cut-out 0D fragments have been modelled using the NWChem code. The electronic properties of the studied systems prove that the band structure of the pristine TiO2 nanotube can be substantially modified by introducing substitutional impurity defects. The N-doped nanotube creates a midgap state that largely has a nitrogen 2p character. The S-doped nanotube has a defect state that almost coincides with the top of the valence bond for the pristine material. For nanotubes codoped with both S and N, we observe a downward shift of the gap state of nitrogen relative to the purely N-doped state by about 0.3 eV. This results in a system with a filled gap state about 0.3 eV below the O2/H2O oxidation level, making it a very promising candidate for photocatalytic hydrogen generation under visible light, because due to the presence of sulfur, the bottom of the conduction band is only about 2.2 eV above the occupied midgap state, and also, clearly above the standard hydrogen electrode level.

  7. Transparent Nano-Crystalline TiO2 films

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    Sakthivel, K.; Venkatachalam, T.; Renugadevi, R.

    2011-10-01

    Thin films of TiO2 have been deposited on well cleaned glass substrates by Sol-Gel dip-drive coating technique. The films have been prepared at three different pH values (3, 5, and 9) of Sol and annealed in muffle furnace at three distinct temperatures (350 °C, 450 °C, and 550 °C) for one hour and are allowed to cool to room temperature. The films were characterized by XRD, EDAX, SEM and UV-Vis Spectrophotometer. The as deposited films were found to be amorphous in nature. The annealed films exhibit anatase in crystalline structure. The EDAX results have shown that all the films are maintained with TiO2 in composition. The XRD results reveal that they are nano-crystalline in nature and the crystalline nature increases with annealing temperature and pH of the Sol. The transmittance and absorbance spectra have shown that the films are transparent and band gap of the films are of the order of 3 eV. The ab initio studies of TiO2 (using GGA) was performed with Vienna ab initio Simulation package and the band structure and effective masses of the electrons and holes were determined.

  8. Fabrication and characterization of nano-crystalline diamond films

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    Gruen, D.M.; Pan, X.; Krauss, A.R.; Liu, S.; Luo, J.; Foster, C.M.

    1993-11-01

    Highly uniform, smooth nano-crystalline diamond films have been fabricated with a magneto-active microwave CVD system. Top and bottom magnet currents were 145A and 60A, while microwave power and substrate temperature were controlled at 1500W and 850{degrees}C during deposition. Total processing pressure was regulated at 40 Pa (300 mTorr), with gas flow rates of 30 sccm of hydrogen, 2.4 sccm of methane and 1 sccm of oxygen. Diamond films obtained under the above conditions have grain sizes between 0.1--0.3 {mu}m, a growth rate of 0.1{mu}m/hr and a mean roughness of 14.95 nm. Characterization techniques have involved XRD, Raman spectroscopy, SEM, AFM and TEM. Both X-ray and electron diffraction patterns show no evidence of non-diamond phases. Although a high density of twins and stacking faults were revealed by HREM, compact diamond grains and clean intergranular boundaries (no graphitic or amorphous phases) were observed.

  9. A simple route to synthesize mesoporous titania from TiOSO4: Influence of the synthesis conditions on the structural, pigments and photocatalytic properties

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    Yang, Guang; Ding, Hao; Chen, Daimei; Ao, Weihua; Wang, Jian; Hou, Xifeng

    2016-07-01

    The work obtained mesoporous TiO2 white pigments using titanyl sulfate as titanium source with a simple, low-temperature method simplifying the synthesis process and reducing the energy consumption. We investigated the effects of the aging temperature and aging time on the structure and pigments properties of the samples. The structure and morphology of mesoporous samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The obtained mesoporous TiO2 showed excellent pigments properties of whiteness (93.91%), hiding power (12.37 g m-2), and lightness value (97.89), respectively. Moreover, such materials showed outstanding photodegradation performance of organic dyes under UV light irradiation. The current research provided an alternative route to prepare mesoporous TiO2 micspheres white pigments with well photocatalytic performance for indoor purification on industrial scale. It has great significance in titania white pigments field.

  10. Influence of physicochemical-electronic properties of transition metal ion doped polycrystalline titania on the photocatalytic degradation of Indigo Carmine and 4-nitrophenol under UV/solar light

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    Devi, L. Gomathi; Kumar, S. Girish

    2011-01-01

    To understand the role of dopant inside TiO2 matrix, anatase TiO2 was doped with transition metal ions like Mn2+, Fe3+, Ru3+ and Os3+ having unique half filled electronic configuration and their photocatalytic activity was probed in the degradation of Indigo Carmine (IC) and 4-nitrophenol (NP) under UV/solar light. For comparison, TiO2 was also doped with V5+, Ni2+ and Zn2+ metal ions having d0, d8 and d10 electronic configuration respectively. Irrespective of excitation source UV/solar light and nature of the organic pollutant, photocatalytic activities of doped photocatalysts followed the order: Mn2+-TiO2 > Fe3+-TiO2 > Ru3+-TiO2 ≥ Os3+-TiO2 > Zn2+-TiO2 > V5+-TiO2 > Ni2+-TiO2 at an optimum concentration of dopant. Based on the experimental results obtained, it is proposed that the existence of dopant with half filled electronic configuration in TiO2 matrix which is known to enhance the photocatalytic activity is not universal! Rather it is a complex function of several physicochemical-electronic properties of doped titania. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of Mn2+ (0.06 at.%)-TiO2 was attributed to the combined factors of high positive reduction potential of Mn2+/Mn3+ pairs, synergistic effects in the mixed polymorphs of anatase and rutile, smaller crystallite size with high intimate contact between two phases and favorable surface structure of the photocatalyst. Despite the intense research devoted to transition metal ion doped TiO2, it is rather difficult to make unifying conclusion which is highlighted in this study.

  11. Synthesis and evaluation of iron-doped titania/silane based hydrogel for the adsorptional photocatalytic degradation of Victoria blue under visible light.

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    Anirudhan, Thayyath S; Divya, Peethambaran L; Nima, Jayachandran; Sandeep, Sadanandan

    2014-11-15

    Novel photocatalyst, poly(itaconic acid-co-2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane-1-sulfonic acid) iron doped titania/silane was successfully prepared by the polymerization of iron doped titania/silane and two functional monomers, itaconic acid and 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane-1-sulfonic acid in aqueous solution using ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as cross-linker and benzoylperoxide as initiator. The sample was characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) techniques. Effects of various factors like pH, adsorbent dose, contact time, and ionic strength on the adsorption capacity of photocatalyst for Victoria blue (VB) were studied by batch adsorption experiments. The kinetic data were found to follow pseudo-second-order kinetic model with low chi square, χ(2) values and R(2) values closer to unity. The equilibrium data were in well agreement with Langmuir isotherm model and maximum adsorption capacity was found to be 153.89 mg/g. The swelling capacity of the adsorbent with changes in pH, time and temperature was also investigated. The kinetics of photocatalytic degradation of VB by the photocatalyst found to follow first-order kinetics. The regeneration and repeated use of photocatalyst were also examined upto four cycles. The prepared photocatalyst was found to be efficient photocatalyst-cum-adsorbent for the degradation of VB from aqueous solutions under solar light. PMID:25168582

  12. Formation of Nano-crystalline Todorokite from Biogenic Mn Oxides

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    Feng, X.; Zhu, M; Ginder-Vogel, M; Ni, C; Parikh, S; Sparks, D

    2010-01-01

    Todorokite, as one of three main Mn oxide phases present in oceanic Mn nodules and an active MnO{sub 6} octahedral molecular sieve (OMS), has garnered much interest; however, its formation pathway in natural systems is not fully understood. Todorokite is widely considered to form from layer structured Mn oxides with hexagonal symmetry, such as vernadite ({delta}-MnO{sub 2}), which are generally of biogenic origin. However, this geochemical process has not been documented in the environment or demonstrated in the laboratory, except for precursor phases with triclinic symmetry. Here we report on the formation of a nanoscale, todorokite-like phase from biogenic Mn oxides produced by the freshwater bacterium Pseudomonas putida strain GB-1. At long- and short-range structural scales biogenic Mn oxides were transformed to a todorokite-like phase at atmospheric pressure through refluxing. Topotactic transformation was observed during the transformation. Furthermore, the todorokite-like phases formed via refluxing had thin layers along the c* axis and a lack of c* periodicity, making the basal plane undetectable with X-ray diffraction reflection. The proposed pathway of the todorokite-like phase formation is proposed as: hexagonal biogenic Mn oxide {yields} 10-{angstrom} triclinic phyllomanganate {yields} todorokite. These observations provide evidence supporting the possible bio-related origin of natural todorokites and provide important clues for understanding the transformation of biogenic Mn oxides to other Mn oxides in the environment. Additionally this method may be a viable biosynthesis route for porous, nano-crystalline OMS materials for use in practical applications.

  13. Formation of nano-crystalline todorokite from biogenic Mn oxides

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    Feng, Xiong Han; Zhu, Mengqiang; Ginder-Vogel, Matthew; Ni, Chaoying; Parikh, Sanjai J.; Sparks, Donald L.

    2010-06-01

    Todorokite, as one of three main Mn oxide phases present in oceanic Mn nodules and an active MnO 6 octahedral molecular sieve (OMS), has garnered much interest; however, its formation pathway in natural systems is not fully understood. Todorokite is widely considered to form from layer structured Mn oxides with hexagonal symmetry, such as vernadite (δ-MnO 2), which are generally of biogenic origin. However, this geochemical process has not been documented in the environment or demonstrated in the laboratory, except for precursor phases with triclinic symmetry. Here we report on the formation of a nanoscale, todorokite-like phase from biogenic Mn oxides produced by the freshwater bacterium Pseudomonas putida strain GB-1. At long- and short-range structural scales biogenic Mn oxides were transformed to a todorokite-like phase at atmospheric pressure through refluxing. Topotactic transformation was observed during the transformation. Furthermore, the todorokite-like phases formed via refluxing had thin layers along the c∗ axis and a lack of c∗ periodicity, making the basal plane undetectable with X-ray diffraction reflection. The proposed pathway of the todorokite-like phase formation is proposed as: hexagonal biogenic Mn oxide → 10-Å triclinic phyllomanganate → todorokite. These observations provide evidence supporting the possible bio-related origin of natural todorokites and provide important clues for understanding the transformation of biogenic Mn oxides to other Mn oxides in the environment. Additionally this method may be a viable biosynthesis route for porous, nano-crystalline OMS materials for use in practical applications.

  14. The enhanced photocatalytic performance of Z-scheme two-dimensional/two-dimensional heterojunctions from graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets and titania nanosheets.

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    Chen, Binhe; Li, Peiran; Zhang, Shisheng; Zhang, Wei; Dong, Xiaoping; Xi, Fengna; Liu, Jiyang

    2016-09-15

    A direct solid state Z-scheme photocatalytic system was fabricated by assembling two-dimensional (2D) g-C3N4 nanosheets (CNNS) and titania nanosheets (TNS), which were obtained from the delamination of their corresponding layered precursors. By introducing TNS, the interlayer restacking of CNNS was effectively prohibited, forming uniform CNNS/TNS composites. The tightly contacted CNNS/TNS interface promoted the charge transfer and therefore improved the separation ratio of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. The photocatalytic performance of CNNS/TNS in various mass ratios was investigated for dye degradation, and the degradation rate of optimal sample 0.7CNNS/0.3TNS was 2.34 and 48.5 times higher than those of proton flocculated pure CNNS and TNS, respectively. Superoxide radicals and hydroxyl radicals were determined as the main active species by the quenching experiment. Moreover, the enhanced generation of superoxide radicals and hydroxyl radicals was confirmed by the absorption spectra of nitroblue tetrazolium and the photoluminescence spectra of 2-hydroxy terephthalic acid, respectively. Finally, we proposed a possible Z-scheme mechanism based on the theoretical calculation and the experimental results. PMID:27309946

  15. Influence of post-treatment operations on structural properties and photocatalytic activity of octahedral anatase titania particles prepared by an ultrasonication-hydrothermal reaction.

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    Wei, Zhishun; Kowalska, Ewa; Ohtani, Bunsho

    2014-01-01

    The influence of changes in structural and physical properties on the photocatalytic activity of octahedral anatase particles (OAPs), exposing eight equivalent {101} facets, caused by calcination (2 h) in air or grinding (1 h) in an agate mortar was studied with samples prepared by ultrasonication (US; 1 h)-hydrothermal reaction (HT; 24 h, 433 K). Calcination in air at temperatures up to 1173 K induced particle shape changes, evaluated by aspect ratio (AR; d001/d101 = depth vertical to anatase {001} and {101} facets estimated by the Scherrer equation with data obtained from X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns) and content of OAP and semi-OAP particles, without transformation into rutile. AR and OAP content, as well as specific surface area (SSA), were almost unchanged by calcination at temperatures up to 673 K and were then decreased by elevating the calcination temperature, suggesting that calcination at a higher temperature caused dull-edging and particle sintering, the latter also being supported by the analysis of particle size using XRD patterns and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images. Time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) showed that the maximum signal intensity (Imax), corresponding to a product of charge-carrier density and mobility, and signal-decay rate, presumably corresponding to reactivity of charge carriers, were increased with increase in AR, suggesting higher photocatalytic activity of OAPs than that of dull-edged particles. Grinding also decreased the AR, indicating the formation of dull-edged particles. The original non-treated samples showed activities in the oxidative decomposition of acetic acid (CO2 system) and dehydrogenation of methanol (H2 system) comparable to and lower than those of a commercial anatase titania (Showa Denko Ceramics FP-6), respectively. The activities of calcined and ground samples for the CO2 system and H2 system showed almost linear relations with AR and Imax, respectively, suggesting that those activities may

  16. Visible-Light-Responsive Photocatalytic Flow Reactor Composed of Titania Film Photosensitized by Metal Complex-Clay Hybrid.

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    Goto, Takehito; Ogawa, Makoto

    2015-06-17

    Synthetic saponite containing a photosensitizing metal complex, tris(2,2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(II)), in the interlayer space was complexed with anatase nanoparticles to obtain transparent hybrid film photocatalyst. The catalyst film was mounted in a flow reactor device to catalyze such photocatalytic reactions as the decomposition of aqueous acetic acid and N-alkylation of benzylamine with ethanol. PMID:26029789

  17. Photocatalytic discoloration of Acid Red 14 aqueous solution using titania nanoparticles immobilized on graphene oxide fabricated plate.

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    Akerdi, Abdollah Gholami; Bahrami, S Hajir; Arami, Mokhtar; Pajootan, Elmira

    2016-09-01

    Textile industry consumes remarkable amounts of water during various operations. A significant portion of the water discharge to environment is in the form of colored contaminant. The present research reports the photocatalytic degradation of anionic dye effluent using immobilized TiO2 nanoparticle on graphene oxide (GO) fabricated carbon electrodes. Acid Red 14 (AR 14) was used as model compound. Graphene oxide nanosheets were synthesized from graphite powder using modified Hummer's method. The nanosheets were characterized with field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) images, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and FTIR spectrum. The GO nanoparticles were deposited on carbon electrode (GO-CE) by electrochemical deposition (ECD) method and used as catalyst bed. TiO2 nanoparticles were fixed on the bed (GO-CE- TiO2) with thermal process. Photocatalytic processes were carried out using a 500 ml solution containing dye in batch mode. Each photocatalytic treatment were carried out for 120 min. Effect of dye concentration (mg/L), pH of solution, time (min) and TiO2 content (g/L) on the photocatalytic decolorization was investigated. PMID:27309674

  18. 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.

  19. Exfoliated and reorganized graphite oxide on titania nanoparticles as an auxiliary co-catalyst for photocatalytic solar conversion.

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    Park, Yiseul; Kang, Seung-Hee; Choi, Wonyong

    2011-05-28

    The hybrid of graphite oxide (GO)/TiO(2) was prepared through the spontaneous exfoliation of bulky graphite oxide and reorganization with TiO(2) nanoparticles as a solar conversion and hydrogen-generating photocatalyst. GO/TiO(2) showed enhanced activities for both photocurrent generation (in an electrode form) and hydrogen production (in a slurry form) than those of bare TiO(2) under UV light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of GO/TiO(2) is ascribed to the ability of graphitic layers in accepting and transporting electrons from excited TiO(2), promoting the charge separation. When GO was hybridized with platinized TiO(2) (Pt/TiO(2)), it showed a marked synergistic effect for the photocatalytic hydrogen production compared with GO/TiO(2) and Pt/TiO(2). This indicates that the cheap and abundant carbon material can be a good candidate for an electron attracting reservoir and an auxiliary co-catalyst for the photocatalytic hydrogen production. PMID:21483932

  20. H2 production by the photocatalytic reforming of cellulose and raw biomass using Ni, Pd, Pt and Au on titania

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    Jones, W.; Hardacre, C.; Bowker, M.

    2016-01-01

    Here, we report a method for sustainable hydrogen production using sunlight and biomass. It is shown that cellulose can be photoreformed to produce hydrogen, even in solid form, by use of metal-loaded titania photocatalysts. The experiments performed verified that the process is enabled by initial hydrolysis via glucose, which itself is shown to be efficiently converted to produce hydrogen by photocatalysis. Importantly, it is shown that not only precious metals such as Pt, Pd and Au can be used as the metal component, but also much more economic and less environmentally damaging Ni is effective. Even more importantly, we show for the first time, to the best our knowledge, that fescue grass as raw biomass can be effective for hydrogen production without significant pre-treatment. This provides additional benefits for the efficiency of biomass hydrogen production, because fewer processing steps for the raw material are required than in the production of purer forms of cellulose, for example. PMID:27493561

  1. Atomic thin titania nanosheet-coupled reduced graphene oxide 2D heterostructures for enhanced photocatalytic activity and fast lithium storage

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    Li, Dong Jun; Huang, Zhegang; Hwang, Tae Hoon; Narayan, Rekha; Choi, Jang Wook; Kim, Sang Ouk

    2016-03-01

    Realizing practical high performance materials and devices using the properties of 2D materials is of key research interest in the materials science field. In particular, building well-defined heterostructures using more than two different 2D components in a rational way is highly desirable. In this paper, a 2D heterostructure consisting of atomic thin titania nanosheets densely grown on reduced graphene oxide surface is successfully prepared through incorporating polymer functionalized graphene oxide into the novel TiO2 nanosheets synthesis scheme. As a result of the synergistic combination of a highly accessible surface area and abundant interface, which can modulate the physicochemical properties, the resultant heterostructure can be used in high efficiency visible light photocatalysis as well as fast energy storage with a long lifecycle. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  2. Silica-titania composite aerogel photocatalysts by chemical liquid deposition of titania onto nanoporous silica scaffolds.

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    Zu, Guoqing; Shen, Jun; Wang, Wenqin; Zou, Liping; Lian, Ya; Zhang, Zhihua

    2015-03-11

    Silica-titania composite aerogels were synthesized by chemical liquid deposition of titania onto nanoporous silica scaffolds. This novel deposition process was based on chemisorption of partially hydrolyzed titanium alkoxides from solution onto silica nanoparticle surfaces and subsequent hydrolysis and condensation to afford titania nanoparticles on the silica surface. The titania is homogeneously distributed in the silica-titania composite aerogels, and the titania content can be effectively controlled by regulating the deposition cycles. The resultant composite aerogel with 15 deposition cycles possessed a high specific surface area (SSA) of 425 m(2)/g, a small particle size of 5-14 nm, and a large pore volume and pore size of 2.41 cm(3)/g and 18.1 nm, respectively, after heat treatment at 600 °C and showed high photocatalytic activity in the photodegradation of methylene blue under UV-light irradiation. Its photocatalytic activity highly depends on the deposition cycles and heat treatment. The combination of small particle size, high SSA, and enhanced crystallinity after heat treatment at 600 °C contributes to the excellent photocatalytic property of the silica-titania composite aerogel. The higher SSAs compared to those of the reported titania aerogels (<200 m(2)/g at 600 °C) at high temperatures combined with the simple method makes the silica-titania aerogels promising candidates as photocatalysts. PMID:25664480

  3. Microemulsion-mediated solvothermal synthesis and photocatalytic properties of crystalline titania with controllable phases of anatase and rutile.

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    Shen, Xiaojun; Zhang, Jinlong; Tian, Baozhu

    2011-08-30

    Titanium oxide with different ratios of anatase to rutile has been prepared by the microemulsion-mediated solvothermal method. The resulting samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis. The contents of anatase and rutile in the TiO(2) particles have been successfully controlled by simply adjusting the amount of urea in the aqueous phase of the microemulsion. Both the degradation of Rhodamine B in aqueous solutions and mineralization of TOC revealed that the catalyst containing 47.6% anatase have presented the highest photocatalytic activity. A proposed mechanism is discussed to interpret the evolution of the phases based on the effect of different amount of urea. PMID:21684078

  4. Voltammetric and impedance behaviours of surface-treated nano-crystalline diamond film electrodes

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    Liu, F. B.; Jing, B.; Cui, Y.; Di, J. J.; Qu, M.

    2015-04-15

    The electrochemical performances of hydrogen- and oxygen-terminated nano-crystalline diamond film electrodes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and AC impedance spectroscopy. In addition, the surface morphologies, phase structures, and chemical states of the two diamond films were analysed by scanning probe microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, respectively. The results indicated that the potential window is narrower for the hydrogen-terminated nano-crystalline diamond film than for the oxygen-terminated one. The diamond film resistance and capacitance of oxygen-terminated diamond film are much larger than those of the hydrogen-terminated diamond film, and the polarization resistances and double-layer capacitance corresponding to oxygen-terminated diamond film are both one order of magnitude larger than those corresponding to the hydrogen-terminated diamond film. The electrochemical behaviours of the two diamond film electrodes are discussed.

  5. The Effect of Photon Source on Heterogeneous Photocatalytic Oxidation of Ethanol by a Silica-Titania Composite

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    Coutts, Janelle L.; Levine, Lanfang H.; Richards, Jeffrey T.; Mazyck, David W.

    2011-01-01

    The objective of this study was to distinguish the effect of photon flux (i.e., photons per unit time reaching a surface) from that of photon energy (i.e., wavelength) of a photon source on the silica-titania composite (STC)-catalyzed degradation of ethanol in the gas phase. Experiments were conducted in a bench-scale annular reactor packed with STC pellets and irradiated with either a UV-A fluorescent black light blue lamp ((gamma)max=365 nm) at its maximum light intensity or a UV-C germicidal lamp ((gamma)max=254 nm) at three levels of light intensity. The STC-catalyzed oxidation of ethanol was found to follow zero-order kinetics with respect to CO2 production, regardless of the photon source. Increased photon flux led to increased EtOH removal, mineralization, and oxidation rate accompanied by lower intermediate concentration in the effluent. The oxidation rate was higher in the reactor irradiated by UV-C than by UV-A (38.4 vs. 31.9 nM/s) at the same photon flux, with similar trends for mineralization (53.9 vs. 43.4%) and reaction quantum efficiency (i.e., photonic efficiency, 63.3 vs. 50.1 nmol CO2 (mu)mol/photons). UV-C irradiation also led to decreased intermediate concentration in the effluent . compared to UV-A irradiation. These results demonstrated that STC-catalyzed oxidation is enhanced by both increased photon flux and photon energy.

  6. Achieving significantly enhanced visible-light photocatalytic efficiency using a polyelectrolyte: the composites of exfoliated titania nanosheets, graphene, and poly(diallyl-dimethyl-ammonium chloride)

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    Zhang, Qian; An, Qi; Luan, Xinglong; Huang, Hongwei; Li, Xiaowei; Meng, Zilin; Tong, Wangshu; Chen, Xiaodong; Chu, Paul K.; Zhang, Yihe

    2015-08-01

    A high-performance visible-light-active photocatalyst is prepared using the polyelectrolyte/exfoliated titania nanosheet/graphene oxide (GO) precursor by flocculation followed by calcination. The polyelectrolyte poly(diallyl-dimethyl-ammonium chloride) serves not only as an effective binder to precipitate GO and titania nanosheets, but also boosts the overall performance of the catalyst significantly. Unlike most titania nanosheet-based catalysts reported in the literature, the composite absorbs light in the UV-Vis-NIR range. Its decomposition rate of methylene blue is 98% under visible light. This novel strategy of using a polymer to enhance the catalytic performance of titania nanosheet-based catalysts affords immense potential in designing and fabricating next-generation photocatalysts with high efficiency.A high-performance visible-light-active photocatalyst is prepared using the polyelectrolyte/exfoliated titania nanosheet/graphene oxide (GO) precursor by flocculation followed by calcination. The polyelectrolyte poly(diallyl-dimethyl-ammonium chloride) serves not only as an effective binder to precipitate GO and titania nanosheets, but also boosts the overall performance of the catalyst significantly. Unlike most titania nanosheet-based catalysts reported in the literature, the composite absorbs light in the UV-Vis-NIR range. Its decomposition rate of methylene blue is 98% under visible light. This novel strategy of using a polymer to enhance the catalytic performance of titania nanosheet-based catalysts affords immense potential in designing and fabricating next-generation photocatalysts with high efficiency. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03256c

  7. Assessment of formulation robustness for nano-crystalline suspensions using failure mode analysis or derisking approach.

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    Nakach, Mostafa; Authelin, Jean-René; Voignier, Cecile; Tadros, Tharwat; Galet, Laurence; Chamayou, Alain

    2016-06-15

    The small particle size of nano-crystalline suspensions can be responsible for their physical instability during drug product preparation (downstream processing), storage and administration. For that purpose, the commercial formulation needs to be sufficiently robust to various triggering conditions, such as ionic strength, shear rate, wetting/dispersing agent desorption by dilution, temperature and pH variation. In our previous work we described a systematic approach to select the suitable wetting/dispersant agent for the stabilization of nano-crystalline suspension. In this paper, we described the assessment of the formulation robustness (stabilized using a mixture of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and) by measuring the rate of perikinetic (diffusion-controlled) and orthokinetic (shear-induced) aggregation as a function of ionic strength, temperature, pH and dilution. The results showed that, using the SDS/PVP system, the critical coagulation concentration is about five times higher than that observed in the literature for suspension colloidaly stable at high concentration. The nano-suspension was also found to be very stable at ambient temperature and at different pH conditions. Desorption test confirmed the high affinity between API and wetting/dispersing agent. However, the suspension undergoes aggregation at high temperature due to the desorption of the wetting/dispersing agent and disaggregation of SDS micelles. Furthermore, aggregation occurs at very high shear rate (orhokinetic aggregation) by overcoming the energy barrier responsible for colloidal stability of the system. PMID:27102992

  8. Effect Of Chromium Underlayer On The Properties Of Nano-Crystalline Diamond Films

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    Garratt, Elias; AlFaify, Salem; Yoshitake, T.; Katamune, Yuki; Bowden, Mark; Nandasiri, Manjula I.; Ghantasala, S.; Mancini, D. C.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Kayani, A.

    2013-01-11

    This paper investigated the effect of chromium underlayer on the structure, microstructure and composition of the nano-crystalline diamond films. Nano-crystalline diamond thin films were deposited at high temperature in microwave-induced plasma diluted with nitrogen, on silicon substrate with a thin film of chromium as an underlayer. The composition, structure and microstructure of the deposited layers were analyzed using non-Rutherford Backscattering Spectrometry, Raman Spectroscopy, Near-Edge X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure, X-ray Diffraction and Atomic Force Microscopy. Nanoindentation studies showed that the films deposited on chromium underlayer have higher hardness values compared to those deposited on silicon without an underlayer. Diamond and graphitic phases of the films evaluated by x-ray and optical spectroscopic analysis determined consistency between sp2 and sp3 phases of carbon in chromium sample to that of diamond grown on silicon. Diffusion of chromium was observed using ion beam analysis which was correlated with the formation of chromium complexes by x-ray diffraction.

  9. Seasonal variation in the properties of titania photocatalysts produced from Ti-salt flocculated bioresource sludge.

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    Okour, Y; Shon, H K; Liu, H; Kim, J B; Kim, J H

    2011-05-01

    Ti-salt flocculation of biologically treated sewage effluent (BTSE) was carried out on monthly basis during one year to trace the seasonal variation in the properties of BTSE, Ti-salt flocculated BTSE and titania photocatalysts. Titania photocatalysts were produced from incineration of Ti-salt flocculated sludge at 600°C. The physio-chemical properties of BTSE, Ti-salt flocculated BTSE and titania photocatalysts were investigated. The photocatalytic activity of titania was examined using different substrates of rhodamine B and humic acid under UV light irradiation. Results indicated that the flocculation performance of Ti-salt was not affected by the seasonal variation of BTSE. BTSE characteristics resulted in marginal effect in titania characterisation and photocatalytic activity. Titania photocatalysts produced from Ti-salt flocculated sludge in different seasons showed constant anatase phase, high BET surface area and high photocatalytic activity. PMID:21144742

  10. Low energy radiation stability of nano-crystalline cubic Zirconia films

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    Kalita, Parswajit; Ghosh, Santanu; Avasthi, Devesh K.

    2016-07-01

    The radiation stability of nano-crystalline cubic Zirconia films was investigated under 41 keV He ion irradiation. These ions were chosen to simulate alpha particles (produced during fission events) because of the similar electronic energy loss in Zirconia. The ZrO2 films, with an average grain size of 8 nm, were grown on Si (1 0 0) substrates by electron beam assisted thermal evaporation. Although the cubic structure was retained upon irradiation, a slight reduction in crystallinity in the irradiated films was detected as compared to the as-deposited film. No bulk amorphization was however observed for any of the fluences and hence these films are radiation tolerant to alpha particles.

  11. Synthesis of nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite and ammonium sulfate from phosphogypsum waste

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    Mousa, Sahar; Hanna, Adly

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: TEM micrograph of dried HAP at 800 °C. -- Abstract: Phosphogypsum (PG) waste which is derived from phosphoric acid manufacture by using wet method was converted into hydroxyapatite (HAP) and ammonium sulfate. Very simple method was applied by reacting PG with phosphoric acid in alkaline medium with adjusting pH using ammonia solution. The obtained nano-HAP was dried at 80 °C and calcined at 600 °C and 900 °C for 2 h. Both of HAP and ammonium sulfate were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and infrared spectroscopy (IR) to study the structural evolution. The thermal behavior of nano-HAP was studied; the particle size and morphology were estimated by using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). All the results showed that HAP nano-crystalline and ammonium sulfate can successfully be produced from phosphogypsum waste.

  12. High pressure nano-crystalline microstructure of shock compressed single crystal iron

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    Hawreliak, J; Kalantar, D; Stolken, J; Remington, B; Lorenzana, H; Wark, J

    2007-12-11

    We discuss the first grain size measurements made during shock compression using in situ x-ray diffraction. Our experiments have shown unambiguously that single crystal iron shock loaded above 13 GPa along the [100] direction will transform from the ambient {alpha}-phase (BCC) to a highly ordered polycrystalline {epsilon}-phase (HCP). Here, we present a detailed shape analysis of the diffraction peaks using a modified Warren-Averbach method to quantify the microstructure of shock compressed high pressure iron. The {epsilon}-phase was determined through this method to have grain sizes between of 2 and 15 nm, in reasonable agreement with results from large scale MD simulations. We conclude that single crystal iron becomes nano-crystalline in shock transforming from the {alpha} to {epsilon} phase.

  13. Nano-crystalline porous tin oxide film for carbon monoxide sensing

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    Liu, Chung-Chiun (Inventor); Savinell, Robert F. (Inventor); Jin, Zhihong (Inventor)

    2000-01-01

    A tin oxide sol is deposited on platinum electrodes (12) of a sensor (10). The sol is calcined at a temperature of 500 to 800.degree. C. to produce a thin film of tin oxide with a thickness of about 150 nm to 2 .mu. and having a nano-crystalline structure with good stability. The sensor rapidly detects reducing gases, such as carbon monoxide, or hydrocarbons and organic vapors. Sensors using films calcined at around 700.degree. C. have high carbon monoxide selectivity with a response time of around 4 minutes and a recovery time of 1 minute, and therefore provide good detection systems for detection of trace amounts of pollutants such as toxic and flammable gases in homes, industrial settings, and hospitals.

  14. The composite of nitrogen-doped anatase titania plates with exposed {001} facets/graphene nanosheets for enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity.

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    Shi, Jian-Wen; Ai, Hui-Ying; Chen, Jian-Wei; Cui, Hao-Jie; Fu, Ming-Lai

    2014-09-15

    Composite photocatalysts composed of nitrogen-doped anatase TiO2 plates with exposed {001} facets (NTS) and graphene nanosheets (G) were firstly synthesized by a facile one-pot hydrothermal process. The morphologies, structural properties, and photocatalytic activities of the resultant NTS/G composites were investigated in detail. Graphene nanosheets were demonstrated play three important roles in the NTS/G composites, as transporter of photo-excited electrons, extender of light absorption range and enhancer of adsorptive capacity, respectively. Due to the effective charge anti-recombination, the efficient utilization of the visible light and the high adsorptive capacity to target pollutants, the composites exhibited significant improvement in photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue under visible light irradiation. Based on the results, the mechanism of enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity on NTS/G composites was proposed. PMID:24998060

  15. Self-organized vanadium and nitrogen co-doped titania nanotube arrays with enhanced photocatalytic reduction of CO2 into CH4

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    2014-01-01

    Self-organized V-N co-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs) with various doping amount were synthesized by anodizing in association with hydrothermal treatment. Impacts of V-N co-doping on the morphologies, phase structures, and photoelectrochemical properties of the TNAs films were thoroughly investigated. The co-doped TiO2 photocatalysts show remarkably enhanced photocatalytic activity for the CO2 photoreduction to methane under ultraviolet illumination. The mechanism of the enhanced photocatalytic activity is discussed in detail. PMID:24948893

  16. Synthesis and characterization of nano crystalline BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} powders by low temperature combustion

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    Huang Jianguo; Zhuang Hanrui; Li Wenlan

    2003-01-01

    Nano crystalline BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} powders have been prepared at a relatively low calcination temperature by a gel combustion technique using citric acid as a fuel/reductant and nitrates as oxidants. The effects of processing parameters, such as Ba/Fe ratio, citric acid/nitrates ratio, reaction temperature on the powder characteristics and magnetic properties of the resultant barium ferrites were investigated. By controlling the molar ratio of citric acid to metal nitrates, nano crystalline BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} powders with different particle sizes have been obtained. Phase attributes, microstructures and magnetic properties of the powders were characterized using X-ray diffraction analysis, X-ray line-broadening technique, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy measurements, transmission electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. The maximum saturation magnetization value and intrinsic coercivity value for the obtained barium hexaferrites are 59.36 emu/g and 5540 Oe.

  17. Nano-crystalline powders and suspensions generated using a flow-through hydrothermal process, Part 1: Characterization

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    Darab, J.G.; Buehler, M.F.; Linehan, J.C.; Matson, D.W.

    1994-04-01

    A wide range of ultra-fine, nano-crystalline powders and suspensions have been produced using Rapid Thermal Decomposition of precursors in Solution (RTDS). These materials include single and multi-component iron-, 11 zirconium-, titanium-, nickel-, and chromium-oxide/oxyhydroxide powders. RTDS is a flow-through hydrothermal process capable of producing nano-crystalline particulate material at rates of up to 100 grams of solid per hour. We present the results of characterization efforts on RTDS iron oxyhydroxide and zirconium oxide systems. As-collected RTDS suspensions were characterized using optical light scattering. Separated RTDS powders were evaluated using X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, gas adsorption analysis, thermal gravimetric analysis, and chemical analysis.

  18. Preparation of titania nanotube-Cd0.65Zn0.35S nanocomposite by a hydrothermal sulfuration method for efficient visible-light-driven photocatalytic hydrogen production

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    Li, Juan; Wu, Liangpeng; Long, Lizhen; Xi, Min; Li, Xinjun

    2014-12-01

    Titania nanotube-Cd0.65Zn0.35S nanocomposite (Cd0.65Zn0.35S-TiO2) was synthesized from titanate nanotubes for ion change of Cd2+ and Zn2+ followed by hydrothermal sulfuration treatment using thiourea as sulfur source. The Cd0.65Zn0.35S-TiO2 with enhanced crystallinity of TiO2 nanotube can be obtained by increasing hydrothermal temperature from 90 °C to 120 °C. And further increasing hydrothermal temperature to 150 °C, TiO2 nanotubes collapse and transform into irregular shaped particles. The photocatalytic activity for hydrogen production of the prepared Cd0.65Zn0.35S-TiO2 with different hydrothermal temperature was investigated under visible-light irradiation. The result shows that the Cd0.65Zn0.35S-TiO2 with hydrothermal temperature of 120 °C presents the highest hydrogen evolution rate and photostability, which can be attributed to a rapid charge transfer at the interface between Cd0.65Zn0.35S and TiO2 nanotube due to the increased crystallinity and unique 1-D nanotubular structure of TiO2.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of nano crystalline nickel zinc ferrite for chlorine gas sensor at room temperature

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    Pawar, C. S.; Gujar, M. P.; Mathe, V. L.

    2015-06-24

    Nano crystalline Nickel Zinc ferrite (Ni{sub 0.25}Zn{sub 0.75}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) thin films were synthesized by Sol Gel method for gas response. The phase and microstructure of the obtained Ni{sub 0.25}Zn{sub 0.75}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The nanostructured Ni{sub 0.25}Zn{sub 0.75}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin film shows single spinel phase. Magnetic study was obtained with the help of VSM. The effects of working temperature on the gas response were studied. The results reveal that the Ni{sub 0.25}Zn{sub 0.75}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin film gas sensor shows good selectivity to chlorine gas at room temperature. The sensor shows highest sensitivity (∼50%) at room temperature, indicating its application in detecting chlorine gas at room temperature in the future.

  20. Oxidation-Based Continuous Laser Writing in Vertical Nano-Crystalline Graphite Thin Films.

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    Loisel, Loïc; Florea, Ileana; Cojocaru, Costel-Sorin; Tay, Beng Kang; Lebental, Bérengère

    2016-01-01

    Nano and femtosecond laser writing are becoming very popular techniques for patterning carbon-based materials, as they are single-step processes enabling the drawing of complex shapes without photoresist. However, pulsed laser writing requires costly laser sources and is known to cause damages to the surrounding material. By comparison, continuous-wave lasers are cheap, stable and provide energy at a more moderate rate. Here, we show that a continuous-wave laser may be used to pattern vertical nano-crystalline graphite thin films with very few macroscale defects. Moreover, a spatially resolved study of the impact of the annealing to the crystalline structure and to the oxygen ingress in the film is provided: amorphization, matter removal and high oxygen content at the center of the beam; sp(2) clustering and low oxygen content at its periphery. These data strongly suggest that amorphization and matter removal are controlled by carbon oxidation. The simultaneous occurrence of oxidation and amorphization results in a unique evolution of the Raman spectra as a function of annealing time, with a decrease of the I(D)/I(G) values but an upshift of the G peak frequency. PMID:27194181

  1. Oxidation-Based Continuous Laser Writing in Vertical Nano-Crystalline Graphite Thin Films

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    Loisel, Loïc; Florea, Ileana; Cojocaru, Costel-Sorin; Tay, Beng Kang; Lebental, Bérengère

    2016-01-01

    Nano and femtosecond laser writing are becoming very popular techniques for patterning carbon-based materials, as they are single-step processes enabling the drawing of complex shapes without photoresist. However, pulsed laser writing requires costly laser sources and is known to cause damages to the surrounding material. By comparison, continuous-wave lasers are cheap, stable and provide energy at a more moderate rate. Here, we show that a continuous-wave laser may be used to pattern vertical nano-crystalline graphite thin films with very few macroscale defects. Moreover, a spatially resolved study of the impact of the annealing to the crystalline structure and to the oxygen ingress in the film is provided: amorphization, matter removal and high oxygen content at the center of the beam; sp2 clustering and low oxygen content at its periphery. These data strongly suggest that amorphization and matter removal are controlled by carbon oxidation. The simultaneous occurrence of oxidation and amorphization results in a unique evolution of the Raman spectra as a function of annealing time, with a decrease of the I(D)/I(G) values but an upshift of the G peak frequency. PMID:27194181

  2. Controllable formation of nano-crystalline in Sb4Te films by Zn doping

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    Wang, Guoxiang; Chen, Yimin; Shen, Xiang; Lu, Yegang; Dai, Shixun; Nie, Qiuhua; Xu, Tiefeng

    2015-01-01

    We investigated the optical, electrical, and thermal properties of Zn-doped Sb4Te films for application in phase change memory. Together with well-documented results of Zn-doped Sb2Te3, Sb2Te, Sb7Te3, and Sb3Te systems, we plotted the ternary amorphous-phase forming-region of Zn-Sb-Te. Zn-doping increased the crystallization temperature and data retention ability of Sb4Te films. We identified the optimal composition as Zn28.6(Sb4Te)71.4, which presents reversible optical performance between the amorphous and crystalline states. The minimum time for onset crystallization was 15 ns and the required pulse width for complete crystallization was 165 ns at 70 mW. Furthermore, in all of the Zn-doped Sb-Te films, it was confirmed that Zn-doping can effectively control the growth of nano-crystalline grains and allows only a single phase to form during crystallization.

  3. Oxidation-Based Continuous Laser Writing in Vertical Nano-Crystalline Graphite Thin Films

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    Loisel, Loïc; Florea, Ileana; Cojocaru, Costel-Sorin; Tay, Beng Kang; Lebental, Bérengère

    2016-05-01

    Nano and femtosecond laser writing are becoming very popular techniques for patterning carbon-based materials, as they are single-step processes enabling the drawing of complex shapes without photoresist. However, pulsed laser writing requires costly laser sources and is known to cause damages to the surrounding material. By comparison, continuous-wave lasers are cheap, stable and provide energy at a more moderate rate. Here, we show that a continuous-wave laser may be used to pattern vertical nano-crystalline graphite thin films with very few macroscale defects. Moreover, a spatially resolved study of the impact of the annealing to the crystalline structure and to the oxygen ingress in the film is provided: amorphization, matter removal and high oxygen content at the center of the beam; sp2 clustering and low oxygen content at its periphery. These data strongly suggest that amorphization and matter removal are controlled by carbon oxidation. The simultaneous occurrence of oxidation and amorphization results in a unique evolution of the Raman spectra as a function of annealing time, with a decrease of the I(D)/I(G) values but an upshift of the G peak frequency.

  4. Neural learning circuits utilizing nano-crystalline silicon transistors and memristors.

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    Cantley, Kurtis D; Subramaniam, Anand; Stiegler, Harvey J; Chapman, Richard A; Vogel, Eric M

    2012-04-01

    Properties of neural circuits are demonstrated via SPICE simulations and their applications are discussed. The neuron and synapse subcircuits include ambipolar nano-crystalline silicon transistor and memristor device models based on measured data. Neuron circuit characteristics and the Hebbian synaptic learning rule are shown to be similar to biology. Changes in the average firing rate learning rule depending on various circuit parameters are also presented. The subcircuits are then connected into larger neural networks that demonstrate fundamental properties including associative learning and pulse coincidence detection. Learned extraction of a fundamental frequency component from noisy inputs is demonstrated. It is then shown that if the fundamental sinusoid of one neuron input is out of phase with the rest, its synaptic connection changes differently than the others. Such behavior indicates that the system can learn to detect which signals are important in the general population, and that there is a spike-timing-dependent component of the learning mechanism. Finally, future circuit design and considerations are discussed, including requirements for the memristive device. PMID:24805040

  5. Nano-crystalline silicon solar cell architecture with absorption at the classical 4n2 limit

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    Biswas, Rana; Xu, Chun

    2011-07-04

    We develop a periodically patterned conformal photonic-plasmonic crystal based solar architecture for a nano-crystalline silicon solar cell, through rigorous scattering matrix simulations. The solar cell architecture has a periodic array of tapered silver nano-pillars as the back-reflector coupled with a conformal periodic structure at the top of the cell. The absorption and maximal current, averaged over the entire range of wavelengths, for this solar cell architecture is at the semi-classical 4n{sup 2} limit over a range of common thicknesses (500-1500 nm) and slightly above the 4n{sup 2} limit for a 500 nm nc-Si cell. The absorption exceeds the 4n{sup 2} limit, corrected for reflection loss at the top surface. The photonic crystal cell current is enhanced over the flat Ag back-reflector by 60%, for a thick 1000 nm nc-Si layer, where predicted currents exceed 31 mA/cm{sup 2}. The conformal structure at the top surface focuses light within the absorber layer. There is plasmonic concentration of light, with intensity enhancements exceeding 7, near the back reflector that substantially enhances absorption.

  6. Pulse I–V characterization of a nano-crystalline oxide device with sub-gap density of states

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    Kim, Taeho; Hur, Ji-Hyun; Jeon, Sanghun

    2016-05-01

    Understanding the charge trapping nature of nano-crystalline oxide semiconductor thin film transistors (TFTs) is one of the most important requirements for their successful application. In our investigation, we employed a fast-pulsed I–V technique for understanding the charge trapping phenomenon and for characterizing the intrinsic device performance of an amorphous/nano-crystalline indium-hafnium-zinc-oxide semiconductor TFT with varying density of states in the bulk. Because of the negligible transient charging effect with a very short pulse, the source-to-drain current obtained with the fast-pulsed I–V measurement was higher than that measured by the direct-current characterization method. This is because the fast-pulsed I–V technique provides a charge-trap free environment, suggesting that it is a representative device characterization methodology of TFTs. In addition, a pulsed source-to-drain current versus time plot was used to quantify the dynamic trapping behavior. We found that the charge trapping phenomenon in amorphous/nano-crystalline indium-hafnium-zinc-oxide TFTs is attributable to the charging/discharging of sub-gap density of states in the bulk and is dictated by multiple trap-to-trap processes.

  7. Pulse I-V characterization of a nano-crystalline oxide device with sub-gap density of states.

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    Kim, Taeho; Hur, Ji-Hyun; Jeon, Sanghun

    2016-05-27

    Understanding the charge trapping nature of nano-crystalline oxide semiconductor thin film transistors (TFTs) is one of the most important requirements for their successful application. In our investigation, we employed a fast-pulsed I-V technique for understanding the charge trapping phenomenon and for characterizing the intrinsic device performance of an amorphous/nano-crystalline indium-hafnium-zinc-oxide semiconductor TFT with varying density of states in the bulk. Because of the negligible transient charging effect with a very short pulse, the source-to-drain current obtained with the fast-pulsed I-V measurement was higher than that measured by the direct-current characterization method. This is because the fast-pulsed I-V technique provides a charge-trap free environment, suggesting that it is a representative device characterization methodology of TFTs. In addition, a pulsed source-to-drain current versus time plot was used to quantify the dynamic trapping behavior. We found that the charge trapping phenomenon in amorphous/nano-crystalline indium-hafnium-zinc-oxide TFTs is attributable to the charging/discharging of sub-gap density of states in the bulk and is dictated by multiple trap-to-trap processes. PMID:27094772

  8. Sono-assisted photocatalytic degradation of styrene-acrylic acid copolymer in aqueous media with nano titania particles and kinetic studies.

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    Saien, J; Delavari, H; Solymani, A R

    2010-05-15

    The ultrasonic irradiation (28 kHz, 50 W) in pre-cavitations regime was employed to enhance the degradation rate of styrene-acrylic acid copolymer in aqueous media with nano titania photocatalyst particles. A stainless steel cylindrical sono-photo reactor with capacity of about 1.25 L, equipped with a UV lamp (250 W) was used. The influence of operational parameters, i.e. catalyst concentration, pH and temperature was studied and the role of active species was also distinguished. For an initial substrate concentration of 30 mg L(-1), under mild applied conditions of 30 mg L(-1) of photocatalyst, 25 degrees C and natural pH, a degradation and mineralization conversion of 96% and 91%, respectively, was achieved using sono-assisted photocatalysis process in about only 60 min. These efficiencies are much higher than those obtained with only photocatalysis process. Meanwhile, the threshold of cavitations was found corresponded to catalyst concentration of about 70 mg L(-1). Kinetic studies based on Langmuir-Hinshelwood and power law models in addition to the results from radical scavenger usage revealed that for sono-assisted process, the substrate undergoes degradation mainly via electron-hole redox on the surface of titania particles. It is while for the only photocatalysis process, the reaction proceeds via hydroxyl radicals in the solution bulk. PMID:20092940

  9. Tubular structured hierarchical mesoporous titania material derived from natural cellulosic substances and application as photocatalyst for degradation of methylene blue

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    Huang, Haiqing; Liu, Xiaoyan; Huang, Jianguo

    2011-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Bio-inspired, tubular structured hierarchical mesoporous titania material with high photocatalytic activity under UV light was fabricated employing natural cellulosic substance (cotton) as hard template and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant as soft template using a one-pot sol-gel method. Highlights: {yields} Tubular structured mesoporous titania material was fabricated by sol-gel method. {yields} The titania material faithfully recorded the hierarchical structure of the template substrate (cotton). {yields} The titania material exhibited high photocatalytic activity in decomposition of methylene blue. -- Abstract: Bio-inspired, tubular structured hierarchical mesoporous titania material was designed and fabricated employing natural cellulosic substance (cotton) as hard template and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactant as soft template by one-pot sol-gel method. The tubular structured hierarchical mesoporous titania material processes large specific surface area (40.23 m{sup 2}/g) and shows high photocatalytic activity in the photodegradation of methylene blue under UV light irradiation.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of zirconium-doped mesoporous nano-crystalline TiO2

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    Bineesh, Kanattukara Vijayan; Kim, Dong-Kyu; Park, Dae-Won

    2010-07-01

    A series of zirconium-doped nano-titania (Zr/TiO2) with various amounts of Zr were prepared by sol-gel method using titanium(iv) isopropoxide and zirconium nitrate as precursors. Zr/TiO2 samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), surface area-pore volume measurements, infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV-vis-diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis-DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric (TG) analysis, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. XRD data and Raman spectra indicated that even after 5 mol% doping of zirconium in the crystal lattice of TiO2, the samples were phase pure with the anatase structure. The crystalline size of the anatase decreased with increasing Zr content. An increase in the BET surface area was also observed after doping of zirconium on nano-titania.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of zirconium-doped mesoporous nano-crystalline TiO2.

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    Bineesh, Kanattukara Vijayan; Kim, Dong-Kyu; Park, Dae-Won

    2010-07-01

    A series of zirconium-doped nano-titania (Zr/TiO(2)) with various amounts of Zr were prepared by sol-gel method using titanium(iv) isopropoxide and zirconium nitrate as precursors. Zr/TiO(2) samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), surface area-pore volume measurements, infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV-vis-diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis-DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric (TG) analysis, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. XRD data and Raman spectra indicated that even after 5 mol% doping of zirconium in the crystal lattice of TiO(2), the samples were phase pure with the anatase structure. The crystalline size of the anatase decreased with increasing Zr content. An increase in the BET surface area was also observed after doping of zirconium on nano-titania. PMID:20648353

  12. Development of Micro and Nano Crystalline CVD Diamond TL/OSL Radiation Detectors for Clinical Applications

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    Barboza-Flores, Marcelino

    2015-03-01

    Modern radiotherapy methods requires the use of high photon radiation doses delivered in a fraction to small volumes of cancer tumors. An accurate dose assessment for highly energetic small x-ray beams in small areas, as in stereotactic radiotherapy, is necessary to avoid damage to healthy tissue surrounding the tumor. Recent advances on the controlled synthesis of CVD diamond have demonstrated the possibility of using high quality micro and nano crystalline CVD as an efficient detector and dosimeter suitable for high energy photons and energetic particle beams. CVD diamond is a very attractive material for applications in ionizing radiation dosimetry, particularly in the biomedical field since the radiation absorption by a CVD diamond is very close to that of soft tissue. Furthermore, diamond is stable, non-toxic and radiation hard. In the present work we discuss the CVD diamond properties and dosimeter performance and discuss its relevance and advantages of various dosimetry methods, including thermally stimulated luminescence (TL) as well as optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). The recent CVD improved method of growth allows introducing precisely controlled impurities into diamond to provide it with high dosimetry sensitivity. For clinical dosimetry applications, high accuracy of dose measurements, low fading, high sensitivity, good reproducibility and linear dose response characteristics are very important parameters which all are found in CVD diamonds specimens. In some cases, dose linearity and reproducibility in CVD diamond have been found to be higher than standard commercial TLD materials like LiF. In the present work, we discuss the state-of-the art developments in dosimetry applications using CVD diamond. The financial support from Conacyt (Mexico) is greatly acknowledged

  13. Hydrogen peroxide route to Sn-doped titania photocatalysts

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    2012-01-01

    Background The work aims at improving photocatalytic activity of titania under Vis light irradiation using modification by Sn ions and an original, simple synthesis method. Tin-doped titania catalysts were prepared by thermal hydrolysis of aqueous solutions of titanium peroxo-complexes in the presence of SnCl4 or SnCl2 using an original, proprietary "one pot" synthesis not employing organic solvents, metallo-organic precursors, autoclave aging nor post-synthesis calcination. The products were characterized in details by powder diffraction, XPS, UV–vis, IR, and Raman spectroscopies, electron microscopy and surface area and porosity measurements Results The presence of tin in synthesis mixtures favors the formation of rutile and brookite at the expense of anatase, decreases the particle size of all formed titania polymorphs, and extends light absorption of titania to visible light region >400 nm by both red shift of the absorption edge and introduction of new chromophores. The photocatalytic activity of titania under UV irradiation and >400 nm light was tested by decomposition kinetics of Orange II dye in aqueous solution Conclusions Doping by Sn improves titania photoactivity under UV light and affords considerable photoactivity under >400 nm light due to increased specific surface area and a phase heterogeneity of the Sn-doped titania powders. PMID:23035821

  14. Copper NPs decorated titania: A novel synthesis by high energy US with a study of the photocatalytic activity under visible light.

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    Stucchi, Marta; Bianchi, Claudia L; Pirola, Carlo; Cerrato, Giuseppina; Morandi, Sara; Argirusis, Christos; Sourkouni, Georgia; Naldoni, Alberto; Capucci, Valentino

    2016-07-01

    The most important drawback of the use of TiO2 as photocatalyst is its lack of activity under visible light. To overcome this problem, the surface modification of commercial micro-sized TiO2 by means of high-energy ultrasound (US), employing CuCl2 as precursor molecule to obtain both metallic copper as well as copper oxides species at the TiO2 surface, is here. We have prepared samples with different copper content, in order to evaluate its impact on the photocatalytic performances of the semiconductor, and studied in particular the photodegradation in the gas phase of some volatile organic molecules (VOCs), namely acetone and acetaldehyde. We used a LED lamp in order to have only the contribution of the visible wavelengths to the TiO2 activation (typical LED lights have no emission in the UV region). We employed several techniques (i.e., HR-TEM, XRD, FT-IR and UV-Vis) in order to characterize the prepared samples, thus evidencing different sample morphologies as a function of the various copper content, with a coherent correlation between them and the photocatalytic results. Firstly, we demonstrated the possibility to use US to modify the TiO2, even when it is commercial and micro-sized as well; secondly, by avoiding completely the UV irradiation, we confirmed that pure TiO2 is not activated by visible light. On the other hand, we showed that copper metal and metal oxides nanoparticles strongly and positively affect its photocatalytic activity. PMID:26964952

  15. Heterogeneous photocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) in UV-irradiated titania suspensions: Effect of protons, ammonium ions, and other interfacial aspects

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    Chenthamarakshan, C.R.; Rajeshwar, K.; Wolfrum, E.J.

    2000-03-21

    Heterogeneous photocatalytic reactions in UV-irradiated TiO{sub 2} suspensions are comprised of two conjugate reaction pathways involving the photogenerated electrons and holes, respectively. The role of the hole reaction pathway in the dynamics of the photocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) is a major focus of this study. It is shown that proton supply plays a crucial role in this reduction reaction. Thus, the Cr(VI) photoreduction kinetics switch from first order to zero order as the proton concentration is systematically increased in the aqueous suspensions. Ammonium ions are also shown to exert a dramatic accelerating influence on Cr(VI) reduction in media of initial pH6. This new observation is rationalized by considering that these species act as hole scavengers. The consequent improvement in quantum yield combines with the facile proton generation upon NH{sub 4}{sup +} photooxidation, to result in the observed rate enhancement. Other interfacial aspects (i.e. adsorption) are also discussed.

  16. Superlattice assembly of graphene oxide (GO) and titania nanosheets: fabrication, in situ photocatalytic reduction of GO and highly improved carrier transport.

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    Cai, Xingke; Ma, Renzhi; Ozawa, Tadashi C; Sakai, Nobuyuki; Funatsu, Asami; Sasaki, Takayoshi

    2014-11-01

    Two different kinds of two-dimensional (2D) materials, graphene oxide (GO) and titanium oxide nanosheets (Ti₀.₈₇O2(0.52-)), were self-assembled layer-by-layer using a polycation as a linker into a superlattice film. Successful construction of an alternate molecular assembly was confirmed by atomic force microscopy and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy as well as X-ray diffraction analysis. Exposure of the resulting film to UV light effectively promoted photocatalytic reduction of GO as well as decomposition of the polycation, which are due to their intimate molecular-level contact. The reduction completed within 3 hours, bringing about a decrease of the sheet resistance by ∼10(6). This process provides a clean and mild route to reduced graphene oxide (rGO), showing advantages over other chemical and thermal reduction processes. A field-effect-transistor device was fabricated using the resulting superlattice assembly of rGO/Ti₀.₈₇O₂(0.52-) as a channel material. The rGO in the film was found to work as a unipolar n-type conductor, which is in contrast to ambipolar or unipolar p-type behavior mostly reported for rGO films. This unique property may be associated with the electron doping effect from Ti₀.₈₇O₂(0.52-) nanosheets. A significant improvement in the conductance and electron carrier mobility by more than one order of magnitude was revealed, which may be accounted for by the heteroassembly with Ti₀.₈₇(0.52-) nanosheets with a high dielectric constant as well as the better 2D structure of rGO produced via the soft photocatalytic reduction. PMID:25340970

  17. Photocatalytic degradation of methyl blue by silver ion-doped titania: Identification of degradation products by GC-MS and IC analysis.

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    Sahoo, Chittaranjan; Gupta, Ashok K

    2015-01-01

    An anionic triphenyl methane dye, methyl blue ((disodium;4-[4-[[4-(4-sulfonatoanilino)phenyl]-[4-(4-sulfonatophenyl)azaniumylidenecyclohexa-2,5-dien-1-ylidene]methyl]anilino]benzene sulfonate) was degraded photocatalytically with undoped micro-TiO2- and Ag(+)-doped micro TiO2 in a slurry-type batch reactor under UV irradiation and the efficiency was compared with that obtained using nano-TiO2- and Ag(+)-doped nano-TiO2. The influence of different parameters, i.e., photocatalyst loading, dye concentration, initial pH, temperature, depth of solution, interfering ions and electron acceptors on the dye degradation was investigated. The decolorization and mineralization efficiency was better for Ag(+)-doped micro-TiO2 than undoped micro-TiO2. Nano-TiO2 was more efficient than micro-TiO2, while Ag(+)-doped nano-TiO2 was the most efficient of all. Cost analysis showed degradation using micro-TiO2- and Ag(+)-doped micro-TiO2 are much cheaper than that using nano-TiO2 and Ag(+)-doped nano-TiO2. Therefore Ag(+)-doped micro-TiO2 was used for the detailed study. The degradation products formed were identified using GC-MS analysis after photocatalytic degradation for 180 min with Ag(+) -doped micro TiO2. Ion chromatography analysis was carried out for anions to identify the end products of degradation. PMID:26230736

  18. Biotemplated diatom silica-titania materials for air purification.

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    Van Eynde, Erik; Tytgat, Tom; Smits, Marianne; Verbruggen, Sammy W; Hauchecorne, Birger; Lenaerts, Silvia

    2013-04-01

    We present a novel manufacture route for silica-titania photocatalysts using the diatom microalga Pinnularia sp. Diatoms self-assemble into porous silica cell walls, called frustules, with periodic micro-, meso- and macroscale features. This unique hierarchical porous structure of the diatom frustule is used as a biotemplate to incorporate titania by a sol-gel methodology. Important material characteristics of the modified diatom frustules under study are morphology, crystallinity, surface area, pore size and optical properties. The produced biosilica-titania material is evaluated towards photocatalytic activity for NOx abatement under UV radiation. This research is the first step to obtain sustainable, well-immobilised silica-titania photocatalysts using diatoms. PMID:23128085

  19. Photocatalysis of phenol and salicyclic acid by nanostructured titania powders

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    Fotou, G.P.; Pratsinis, S.E.

    1995-12-31

    The photocatalytic destruction of phenol and salicylic acid was studied in aqueous suspensions of titania powders made in flame reactors. These powders were made in six hydrocarbon diffusion flames by hydrolysis and oxidation of TiCl{sub 4} that resulted in powders of high specific surface area and high anatase content. The photoactivity of the flame-made titania powders was compared with that of commercially available powders. Doping the titania with SiO{sub 2} was detrimental to the photoactivity of the powders in aerated solutions in contrast to non-aerated solutions. Titania powders in the range of 20-40 nm containing small amounts of rutile were more active than pure anatase powders. The phenol degradation reaction followed a first-order law while the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model was found to most accurately represent the photodegradation of salicylic acid.

  20. Nucleation and crystallization behaviors of nano-crystalline lithium–mica glass–ceramic prepared via sol–gel method

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    Tohidifar, M.R.; Alizadeh, P.; Riello, P.

    2012-06-15

    Graphical abstract: The effects of nucleation and crystallization treatments on nano-crystalline lithium–mica glass–ceramic, synthesized by sol–gel technique, were investigated. It was found that MgF{sub 2} crystals act as nuclei centers for the mica crystallization so that a large quantity of mica crystallites was obtained following nucleation process. The crystallization activation energy for both the un-nucleated and nucleated samples was measured as 400.2 and 229.6 kJ mol{sup −1}, respectively. The calculated Avrami exponents demonstrated that the growth mechanism of mica crystallites changes from the needle-like to three-dimensional growth with applying the appropriate nucleation treatment ▪. Highlights: ► Crystallization temperature shifts to 625 from 680 °C following nucleation process. ► Activation energy of crystallization for the nucleated specimen is 229.6 kJ mol{sup −1}. ► Crystallization activation energy for the un-nucleated specimen is 400.2 kJ mol{sup −1}. ► Needle-like growth is predominant growth mechanism for un-nucleated sample. ► Three-dimensional growth is predominant growth mechanism for nucleated sample. -- Abstract: The paper investigates the effects of nucleation and crystallization treatments on nano-crystalline lithium–mica glass–ceramics, taking the composition LiMg{sub 3}AlSi{sub 3(1+x)}O{sub 10+6x}F{sub 2} (x = 0.5) and 8 mass% MgF{sub 2} synthesized by sol–gel technique. Here, X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis and transmission electron microscopy were used to assess the structural evolutions of as-synthesized nano-crystalline lithium–mica glass–ceramics. It was found that MgF{sub 2} crystals perform as nuclei centers for the mica crystallization hence; a large quantity of mica crystallites obtained following the nucleation process at 400 °C for 12 h. For both the un-nucleated and nucleated samples, the crystallization activation energy was measured as 400.2 and 229.6 kJ mol{sup −1

  1. Characterisation of nano-crystalline titanium dioxide films grown by atmospheric pressure plasma electrolytic deposition

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    Paulmier, Thierry; Bell, John M.; Fredericks, Peter M.

    2006-01-01

    A new atmospheric pressure plasma electrolytic process has been developed for the deposition of TiO II crystalline thin films on metal substrate. Contrary to the other deposition techniques, the process occurs in a liquid precursor, composed of titanium tetraisopropoxide and absolute ethanol. A plasma discharge is created and confined around the cathode in a superheated vapour sheath surrounded by the liquid phase, inducing the production of a thin TiO II coating at the surface of the cathode. Because of the flexibility of the operating parameters, this technology allows the rapid deposition of thin films with a wide range of structural and physical properties. This process enables therefore the production of nanocrystalline titania films with adjustable morphology and structure (anatase, rutile) by adjusting the operating voltage, current intensity, the treatment time and calcination temperature. The analysis of the structure and composition of these TiO II coatings have been carried out by Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction. A thorough study has been performed to understand the influence of the operating parameters on the properties and structure of the coatings.

  2. Titania coated hollow glass microspheres for environmental applications

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    Koopman, Mark C.

    The potential applicability of titania coated hollow glass microspheres (HGMs) to the photocatalytic degradation of microbiological and organic chemical water pollutants could have dramatic positive effects on improving the quality of industrial wastewaters that empty into rivers and streams, as well as potential use in economically improving the quality of drinking water. Heterogeneous photocatalysis using titania has been extensively studied since the 1990's because of its non-toxic nature, its high quantum yield of electrons and photo-holes, and its ability to use ambient solar radiation as a power source. Although titania embodies extraordinarily attractive properties for a range of environmental applications, a viable substrate or method of using the material effectively has not been recognized. HGMs are particularly attractive as a support for titania because of their low density and high surface area to volume ratio, but details of how they react to imposed loading, wear, and impact have not been addressed, nor have materials engineering analyses that could maximize their utility been made. In this study we have examined the microstructure, morphology and micro-compression properties of two types of titania coated hollow microspheres, a commercially produced HGM and cenospheres, a derivative of fly ash. Comparisons of uncoated and titania coated hollow microspheres showed improved failure loads and facture energies for the titania coated materials over the uncoated hollow microspheres. Also, the relationship between failure load and hollow microsphere diameter was characterized and the function employed to explain part of the gain in average failure load for the HGMs. Microscopic examination of titania coated HGMs that were subjected to various turbulent conditions, as well as intentional fracture, indicated good interfacial integrity, which supports the viability of both types of HGMs for potential applications. The photocatalytic reactivity of the titania

  3. Nano-Crystalline Diamond Films with Pineapple-Like Morphology Grown by the DC Arcjet vapor Deposition Method

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    Li, Bin; Zhang, Qin-Jian; Shi, Yan-Chao; Li, Jia-Jun; Li, Hong; Lu, Fan-Xiu; Chen, Guang-Chao

    2014-08-01

    A nano-crystlline diamond film is grown by the dc arcjet chemical vapor deposition method. The film is characterized by scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectra, respectively. The nanocrystalline grains are averagely with 80 nm in the size measured by XRD, and further proven by Raman and HRTEM. The observed novel morphology of the growth surface, pineapple-like morphology, is constructed by cubo-octahedral growth zones with a smooth faceted top surface and coarse side surfaces. The as-grown film possesses (100) dominant surface containing a little amorphous sp2 component, which is far different from the nano-crystalline film with the usual cauliflower-like morphology.

  4. Characterization of Nano-Crystalline Diamond like Carbon (DLC) Films with Substrate Temperature Using Dense Plasma Focusing Method

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    Yadav, Vikram S; Dhubkarya, D. C.; Singh, Yashpal; Sahu, Devendra K; Singh, Manveer; Kumar, Kuldeep

    2010-06-17

    Nano-crystalline Diamond like Carbon (DLC) film has been grown by Dense Plasma Focusing Method (DPF) using pure graphite Plasma, on different substrate (glass/silica) at different substrate temperature. The films were grown at substrate temperature 100 deg. C, 150 deg. C and 300 deg. C by the high dense plasma of energy 1.3 k Joule on glass and silica. Raman spectra confirmed that sp{sup 3} content is grown in the films under various conditions. The Raman spectra of these films show a broad asymmetric peak which narrow with sp{sup 2} decreasing contents. We believe that our data presented here may be used as reference of DLC characterization.

  5. A study of structural and mechanical properties of nano-crystalline tungsten nitride film synthesis by plasma focus

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    Hussnain, Ali; Singh Rawat, Rajdeep; Ahmad, Riaz; Hussain, Tousif; Umar, Z. A.; Ikhlaq, Uzma; Chen, Zhong; Shen, Lu

    2015-02-01

    Nano-crystalline tungsten nitride thin films are synthesized on AISI-304 steel at room temperature using Mather-type plasma focus system. The surface properties of the exposed substrate against different deposition shots are examined for crystal structure, surface morphology and mechanical properties using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscope, field emission scanning electron microscope and nano-indenter. The XRD results show the growth of WN and WN2 phases and the development of strain/stress in the deposited films by varying the number of deposition shots. Morphology of deposited films shows the significant change in the surface structure with different ion energy doses (number of deposition shots). Due to the effect of different ion energy doses, the strain/stress developed in the deposited film leads to an improvement of hardness of deposited films.

  6. A 4F2-cross-point phase change memory using nano-crystalline doped GeSbTe material

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    Takaura, Norikatsu; Kinoshita, Masaharu; Tai, Mitsuharu; Ohyanagi, Takasumi; Akita, Kenichi; Morikawa, Takahiro

    2015-04-01

    This paper reports on the use of nano-crystalline doped GeSbTe, or nano-GST, to fabricate a cross-point phase change memory with 4F2 cell size and test results obtained for it. We show the characteristics of a poly-Si diode select device with a high on-off ratio and data writing in a 4F2 memory cell array. The advantages of nano-GST over conventional GeSbTe are presented in terms of neighboring disturbance and 4F2 cross-point array formation. The memory cells’ high drivability, low power, and selective write and read performances are demonstrated. The scalability of the diode current density is also presented.

  7. Effects of calcination on microscopic and mesoscopic structures in Ca- and Sr-doped nano-crystalline lanthanum chromites

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    Bhatt, Himal; Bahadur, J.; Deo, M.N.; Ramanathan, S.; Pandey, K.K.; Sen, D.; Mazumder, S.; Sharma, Surinder M.

    2011-01-15

    Calcination behavior of nano-crystalline lanthanum chromites doped with calcium and strontium has been probed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and small-angle neutron scattering as a function of temperature. Infrared spectroscopic results imply that over a range of temperatures, some intermediate phase of dopant chromates evolve and then dissolve back, which has also been confirmed by the XRD. Neutron scattering data reveal a fractal type correlation of building blocks in virgin powders. Increase in fractal dimension and reduction in upper cutoff vis-a-vis the densification of agglomerates were found with increasing calcination temperature. Calcination, beyond 900 {sup o}C, results in breaking down of the fractal morphology almost completely. Such shrinkage event also results in a modification of the microscopic structure. These changes have been attributed to the compaction of agglomerates of both Ca- and Sr-doped lanthanum chromites, assisted via liquid state sintering by the melting of the intermediate phases at intermediate calcination stages. -- Graphical Abstract: Dopant chromates evolve as intermediate phases during calcination of Ca- and Sr-doped nano-crystalline lanthanum chromites at intermediate temperatures, around 900 {sup o}C, evident from infrared spectroscopy. Such an event results in a modification of the microscopic and mesoscopic structures. Display Omitted Research highlights: {yields} Meso/microscopic structures of La{sub 0.7}Ca{sub 0.3}CrO{sub 3} and La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}CrO{sub 3} modify during calcination. {yields} Transient phases CaCrO{sub 4} and SrCrO{sub 4} appear at intermediate temperatures. {yields} Bond length, unit cell volume, etc. modify as intermediate phases evolve and extinct. {yields} Compaction of the agglomerates takes place due to liquid state assisted sintering.

  8. Atomic structure of titania nanosheet with vacancies

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    Ohwada, Megumi; Kimoto, Koji; Mizoguchi, Teruyasu; Ebina, Yasuo; Sasaki, Takayoshi

    2013-01-01

    Titania nanosheets are two-dimensional single crystallites of titanium oxide with a thickness of one titanium or two oxygen atoms, and they show attractive material properties, such as photocatalytic reactions. Since a titania (Ti0.87O2) nanosheet is synthesized by the delamination of a parent layered K0.8Ti1.73Li0.27O4 crystal using a soft chemical procedure, substantial Ti vacancies are expected to be included and affect the material properties. The atomic arrangement of a titania nanosheet with vacancies has not been revealed owing to the difficulties of direct observation. Here, we have directly visualized the atomic arrangement and Ti vacancies of a titania nanosheet using advanced lower-voltage transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Analyses of the results of first-principles calculations and TEM image simulations for various Ti vacancy structure models indicate that two particular oxygen atoms around each Ti vacancy are desorbed, suggesting the sites where atomic reduction first occurs. PMID:24077611

  9. Degradation and toxicity reduction of textile wastewater using immobilized titania nanophotocatalysis.

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    Mahmoodi, Niyaz Mohammad; Arami, Mokhtar

    2009-01-01

    The feasibility and performance of photocatalytic degradation and toxicity reduction of textile dye (Acid Blue 25) have been studied at pilot scale in an immobilized titania nanoparticle photocatalytic reactor. UV-Vis, Ion Chromatography (IC) and chemical oxygen demand (COD) analyses were employed to obtain the details of the photocatalytic dye degradation. The effects of operational parameters such as H2O2, pH and dye concentration on the photocatalytic degradation of Acid Blue 25 were investigated. The aliphatic carboxylic acid intermediates and inorganic anions generated during the dye degradation process were analyzed. Daphnia magna bioassay has been used to test the progress of toxicity during the treatment process. Total disappearance of dye was attained. During the photocatalytic treatment process, the residual acute toxicity was reduced. The results showed that immobilized titania nanophotocatalysis capable to degradation and toxicity reduction of acid dye textile wastewater. PMID:18948013

  10. Carbon nanosheet-titania nanocrystal composites from reassembling of exfoliated graphene oxide layers with colloidal titania nanoparticles

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    Liu Yongjun; Aizawa, Mami; Peng Wenqing; Wang Zhengming; Hirotsu, Takahiro

    2013-01-15

    Nanoporous composites of carbon nanosheets (CNS) and titania nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by reassembling of delaminated graphite oxide (GO) layers with titania clear sol (TCS), and their structural and porous properties were examined by various physico-chemical methods such as XRD, TG/DTA, FT-IR, Raman, FE-SEM/TEM, and low temperature N{sub 2} adsorption. It was found that the facile approach, which utilizes the electrostatic attraction between the negatively charged GO layers and the positively charged TCS particles, leads to a well composed CNS and ultrafine TiO{sub 2} NPs material whose titania amount reaches up to 71 wt%. The titania phase in these composite materials is mainly anatase, which is resistible against high temperature calcination, but also contains a little amount of rutile and brookite depending on synthesis condition. The porosity of the composite is improved and partially affected by the size distributions of TiO{sub 2} NPs. The unique structure, better porosity, and compatible surface affinity of these composites bring about an adsorption concentration-promoted photocatalytic effects toward organic dyes by successfully combining both properties of CNS and titania NPs. - Graphical Abstract: Carbon nanosheet-titania nanocrystal composites can be synthesized by a facile delamination-reassembling method from graphene oxide and colloidal titania. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A facile delamination-reassembling method for graphene oxide-titania nanocomposite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A nanoporous composite containing mixed phase titania nanocrystals. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Partition effect of carbon nanosheets preventing TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles from aggregating. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Adsorption concentration-promoted photocatalysis.

  11. Titania-supported silver-based bimetallic nanoparticles as photocatalysts.

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    Barakat, M A; Al-Hutailah, R I; Hashim, M H; Qayyum, E; Kuhn, J N

    2013-06-01

    Photocatalytic process has shown recently a great potential as an environmental friendly and clean remediation technology for organic pollutants in wastewater. This work described the synthesis of silver-based bimetallic nanoparticles using colloid chemistry and the subsequent immobilization onto titania to form composite photocatalytic materials (titania-supported Ag-Pt nanoparticles). The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and nitrogen physisorption. The catalytic activity of the photocatalysts was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of phenol and 2-chlorophenol (2-CP) in synthetic wastewater solutions. The photocatalytic processes were conducted in a batch photoreactor containing appropriate solutions of phenol and 2-CP with UV irradiation of 450 W. UV-visible spectrophotometer was used for analyzing the concentration of phenol and 2-CP in solutions. Parameters affecting the photocatalytic process such as the solution pH, phenol and 2-CP concentrations, and catalyst concentration were investigated. The results obtained revealed that TiO(2)-supported Ag/Pt nanoparticles showed a higher activity for UV-photocatalytic degradation of both phenol and 2-CP pollutants in the solution (as compared to the plain rutile TiO(2)). The photodegradation processes were optimized by the 0.5-g/L catalyst with a pollutant concentration of 50 mg/L for all the samples. Complete degradation for both phenol and 2-CP was achieved after 120 min. PMID:23161501

  12. The anti-microbial activity of titania-nickel ferrite composite nanoparticles

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    Rana, S.; Misra, R. D. K.

    2005-12-01

    A novel approach to synthesize a new generation of composite nanoparticles consisting of a photocatalytic shell of anatase-titania and a magnetic core of nickel ferrite has been adopted combining reverse micelle and chemical hydrolysis techniques. Titania is an effective anti-microbial agent that can be directly sprayed on infected areas of the human body or environment. Unfortunately, titania is an electrical insulator and is difficult to extract from the sprayed surface after treatment. The titania photocatalytic shell provides good antimicrobial capability that renders the bacteria inactive and removes the organic pollutants, while the nickel ferrite magnetic core enables controlled delivery of composite nanoparticles through the application of a small magnetic field, encouraging their application as removable anti-microbial photocatalyst nanoparticles.

  13. Hydrogenated blue titania with high solar absorption and greatly improved photocatalysis.

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    Zhu, Guilian; Shan, Yufeng; Lin, Tianquan; Zhao, Wenli; Xu, Jijian; Tian, Zhangliu; Zhang, Hui; Zheng, Chong; Huang, Fuqiang

    2016-02-18

    Hydrogenated black titania, with a crystalline core/amorphous shell structure, has attracted global interest due to its excellent photocatalytic properties. However, the understanding of its structure-property relationships remains a great challenge and a more effective method to produce hydrogenated titania is desirable. Herein, we report a TiH2 assisted reduction method to synthesize bluish hydrogenated titania (TiO2-x:H) that is highly crystallized. The characteristic amorphous shells, which are essential for the enhancement of solar absorption and photocatalysis in many reported hydrogenated titania, are completely removed by hydrogen peroxide. The blue TiO2-x:H sample without amorphous shells delivers not only significantly improved visible- and infrared-light absorption but also greatly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to pristine TiO2. Its water decontamination is 2.5 times faster and the hydrogen production was 1.9-fold higher over pristine TiO2. Photoelectrochemical measurement reveals greatly improved carrier density and photocurrent (a 4.3-fold increase) in the reduced TiO2-x:H samples. This work develops a facile and versatile method to prepare hydrogenated titania and proposes a new understanding of the hydrogenated titania that doped hydrogen atoms, instead of the amorphous shells, are essential for its high photocatalytic performance. PMID:26858035

  14. Sintering effects on structure, morphology, and electrical properties of sol-gel synthesized, nano-crystalline erbium oxide

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    Bakhsh, Allah; Maqsood, Asghari

    2012-12-01

    The nano-crystalline erbium oxide powder was synthesized through the sol-gel technique. The effect of sintering temperature from 250°C to 1400°C on structure, morphology, and electrical properties was studied. The results were compared with the microcrystalline erbium oxide purchased from the market. The synthesized erbium oxide showed fiber like nanostructures. Dielectric properties at different sintering temperatures were measured in the frequency range 100 Hz to 5MHz. The synthesized erbium oxide had the highest dielectric constant at 650°C. The behavior of the dissipation factor tan δ for sol-gel synthesized material was distinct from that of the purchased material; it was higher at low frequencies and then decreased with the increase in frequency. The synthesized material sintered at different temperatures exhibited a similar sort of frequency-dependent response for permittivity (ɛ) and resistivity ( ρ). This was in accordance with Koop's theory of dielectrics. For the microcrystalline material, frequency dependence of permittivity and resistivity was not uniform. The results showed that sol-gel synthesized erbium oxide could be a good candidate for high-k applications.

  15. Building a nano-crystalline α-alumina layer at a liquid metal/sapphire interface by ultrasound.

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    Cui, Wei; Yan, Jiuchun; Dai, Yan; Li, Dandan

    2015-01-01

    Transitional layers at the metal/ceramic interface play an very important role in ceramic joining. In this study, sapphire blocks were ultrasonically dipped in liquid Sn-Zn-Al alloy. It is found that the ultrasound promoted rapid oxidation reaction of aluminum at the Sn-Zn-Al/sapphire interface at 230°C in the ambient atmosphere, resulting in the formation of a nano-crystalline α-Al2O3 layer (NCAL). In a ∼2nm boundary layer of the NCAL, the lattice matches the sapphire substrate well. Thus, a smooth transition of the lattice from sapphire to metal was formed through the NCAL. Ultrasonically soldered sapphire joints were made with Sn-Zn-Al as the filler alloy. Compressive shear strength of the joints reached 43-48MPa, which is relatively high comparing to other Al2O3 joints made of Sn alloys doped with Ti or Rear Earth elements. Thus, a new mechanism of ultrasonic soldering, i.e. building an oxide transitional layer on the surface of the solid, was revealed. We expect this sonochemical process to be applicable to other metal/oxide systems. PMID:24882591

  16. Effect of lead ion concentration on the structural and optical properties of nano-crystalline PbS thin films

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    Zaman, S.; Mehmood, S. K.; Mansoor, M.; Asim, M. M.

    2014-06-01

    PbS thin films have received considerable attention because of their potential applications in opto-electronics applications. Spontaneous reaction of lead acetate and thiourea in aqueous hydrazine hydrate has been used for depositing PbS thin films on glass substrates. Structural and optical properties of PbS thin films are greatly influenced by the morality of the reactants and crystal defects in the lattice. Our work focuses on the variation in lead ion concentration and its effect on the structural and optical properties of PbS thin films. The deposited films were analyzed using XRD, SEM, spectrophotometer and dark resistance measurement. XRD patterns indicated the formation of major phase of nano crystalline PbS with minor presence of lead oxide phase. We also noticed that peak intensity ratio of I111/I200 varied by changing the Pb ion concentration. The film thickness and dark resistance increased whereas optical band gap decreased with the decreasing Pb ion concentration. SEM scans showed that the grain size is less than 100 nm and is not affected by varying Pb ion concentration.

  17. Nano-crystalline Ag-PbTe thermoelectric thin films by a multi-target PLD system

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    Cappelli, E.; Bellucci, A.; Medici, L.; Mezzi, A.; Kaciulis, S.; Fumagalli, F.; Di Fonzo, F.; Trucchi, D. M.

    2015-05-01

    It has been evaluated the ability of ArF pulsed laser ablation to grow nano-crystalline thin films of high temperature PbTe thermoelectric material, and to obtain a uniform and controlled Ag blending, through the entire thickness of the film, using a multi-target system in vacuum. The substrate used was a mirror polished technical alumina slab. The increasing atomic percentage of Ag effect on physical-chemical and electronic properties was evaluated in the range 300-575 K. The stoichiometry and the distribution of the Ag component, over the whole thickness of the samples deposited, have been studied by XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) and corresponding depth profiles. The crystallographic structure of the film was analyzed by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GI-XRD) system. Scherrer analysis for crystallite size shows the presence of nano-structures, of the order of 30-35 nm. Electrical resistivity of the samples, studied by the four point probe method, as a function of increasing Ag content, shows a typical semi-conductor behavior. From conductivity values, carrier concentration and Seebeck parameter determination, the power factor of deposited films was calculated. Both XPS, Hall mobility and Seebeck analysis seem to indicate a limit value to the Ag solubility of the order of 5%, for thin films of ∼200 nm thickness, deposited at 350 °C. These data resulted to be comparable to theoretical evaluation for thin films but order of magnitude lower than the corresponding bulk materials.

  18. Nano crystalline Bi2(VO5) phases in lithium bismuth borate glasses containing mixed vanadium-nickel oxides

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    Yadav, Arti; Khasa, S.; Dahiya, M. S.; Agarwal, A.

    2016-05-01

    Glass composition 7V2O5.23Li2O.20Bi2O3.50B2O3 and x(2NiO.V2O5).(30-x)Li2O.20Bi2O3.50B2O3, x=0, 2, 5, 7 and 10, were produced by conventional melt quenching technique. The quenched amorphous glass samples were annealed at temperatures 400°C and 500°C for 6 hours. The Bi2(VO5) crystallite were grown in all prepared glass matrix. Tn vanadium lithium bismuth borate glass (annealed), the some phrase of V2O5-crystal were observed along with the nano crystalline Bi2(VO5) phase. The sharp peaks in FTTR spectra of all annealed compositions were also compatible with the XRD diffraction peaks of the system under investigation. Average crystalline size (D) of the Bi2(VO5) nano-crystallite was ~30nm for samples annealed at 400°C and ~42nm for samples annealed at 500°C. Lattice parameter and the lattice strain for all the samples was also calculated corresponding to the (113) plane of Bi2(VO5) crystallite.

  19. Microwave Plasma Source for Fabrication of Micro- and Nano-Crystalline Diamond Thin Films for Electronic Devices

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    Paosawatyanyong, Boonchoat; Rujisamphan, Nopporn; Bhanthumnavin, Worawan

    2013-01-01

    The design and utilization of an affordable compact-size high-density plasma reactor for micro- and nano-crystalline diamond (MCD/NCD) thin film deposition is presented. The system is based on a 2.45 GHz domestic microwave oven magnetron. A switching power supply module, which yields a low-voltage high-current AC filament feeding and a high-voltage low-current DC cathode bias, is constructed to serve as the magnetron power source. With a high stability of the power module combined with the usage of water cooling gaskets, over 100 h of plasma processing time was achieved without overheating or causing any damage to the magnetron. Depositions of well-faceted MCD/NCD thin films, with distinct diamond Raman characteristics, were obtained using H2-CH4 discharge with 1-5% CH4. Metal-semiconductor diode structures were fabricated using gold and aluminum as ohmic and rectifying contacts, respectively, and their responses to DC signals revealed a high rectification ratio of up to 106 in the intrinsic MCD/NCD devices.

  20. Activation energy of the growth of ion-beam-synthesized nano-crystalline 3C SiC

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    Intarasiri, S.; Dangtip, S.; Hallén, A.; Jensen, J.; Yu, L. D.; Possnert, G.; Singkarat, S.

    2007-04-01

    In this experiment, carbon ions at 40 keV were implanted into (1 0 0) high-purity p-type silicon wafers at 400 °C to a fluence of 6.5 × 1017 ions/cm2. Subsequent thermal annealing of the implanted samples was performed in a vacuum furnace at 800-1000 °C. Glancing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) was used to characterize the crystalline quality and estimate the grain size of nano-crystalline 3C-SiC. Activation energy for the growth of 3C-SiC was evaluated following the annealing behaviour of the GIXRD-characteristic 3C-SiC (1 1 1) peaks. It was found that the 3C-SiC was directly formed during ion implantation at this substrate temperature and the activation energy of the process was about 0.05 eV. Such a low energy was explained in terms of ion beam induced precipitate formation.

  1. [Research on the mineral phase and component of non-crystalline and nano-crystalline corrosion products on bronzes unearthed from Shang Tomb in Xingan].

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    Cheng, Xiao-lin; Pan, Lu

    2012-05-01

    The patinas on bronzes in Shang Tomb of Xingan were powdery, pale green, which were more like "bronze disease", but the mineral composition of patinas was not paratacamite or atacamite. Micro X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high performance transmission electroscope (HTEM) showed that the patinas were mainly composed of non-crystalline and nano-crystalline SnO2, and the size of nano-crystalline particle was in the range of 4-5.7 nm; Moreover, the energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry showed that element tin is the primary ingredient of the sample, as well as little copper, silicon, lead and iron were detected. By studying the crystal lattice stripe image of the nanometer SnO2, it was deduced that the chemical formula of nano-crystalline SnO2 did not include other elements; The Raman spectrum of the sample showed that there were not any characteristic peaks of SnO2, the spectrum was more like non-crystalline SnO2, and the weak and broad peak of 973 cm(-1) indicated that the sample may contain silicate grains, It was inferred that little of copper, silicon, lead and iron should exist in the form of non-crystalline silicate particles. PMID:22827070

  2. Titania-Silica Materials for Enhanced Photocatalysis.

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    Rico-Santacruz, Marisa; Serrano, Elena; Marcì, Giuseppe; García-López, Elisa I; García-Martínez, Javier

    2015-12-01

    Mesoporous titania-organosilica nanoparticles comprised of anatase nanocrystals crosslinked with organosilica moieties have been prepared by direct co-condensation of a titania precursor, tetrabuthylortotitanate (TBOT), with two organosilica precursors, 1,4-bis(triethoxysilyl) benzene (BTEB) and 1,2-bis(triethoxysilyl) ethane (BTEE), in mild conditions and in the absence of surfactant. These hybrid materials show both high surface areas (200-360 m(2)  g(-1) ) and pore volumes (0.3 cm(3)  g(-1) ) even after calcination, and excellent photoactivity in the degradation of rhodamine 6G and in the partial oxidation of propene under UV irradiation, especially after the calcination of the samples. During calcination, there is a change in the Ti(IV) coordination and an increase in the content of SiOTi moieties in comparison with the uncalcined materials, which seems to be responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of hybrid titania-silica materials as compared to both uncalcined samples and the control TiO2 . PMID:26503306

  3. New High Aspect-Ratio Titania Nanotubes

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    Panaitescu, Eugen; Richter, Christiaan; Menon, Latika

    2007-03-01

    Titanium oxide nanotubes show great promise in photocatalytic, gas sensing, biological, and other applications. Techniques for the fabrication of titania nanotubes include electrodeposition in polymer molds starting from alumina templates, anodization of titanium in fluoride containing solutions, and hydrothermal treatment of nano- and micropowders. We have developed a new synthesis route for the production of new ultra-high aspect-ratio (over 1000:1) titania nanotubes by anodization in chloride containing acid solutions. The fabrication process occurs rapidly, in a fraction of the time when compared with other methods such as anodization in the highly toxic fluoride-containing electrolytes. We have demonstrated nanotubes with diameters as small as 25 nm, and lengths of up to 50 μm, and we have produced them with varying carbon content through the addition of organic acids in the electrolyte. This opens up new possibilities for many advanced applications of such nanotubes. Various synthesis conditions (pH, chloride content, electrolyte nature), and their influence on morphology, composition, and crystalline structure will be presented. Preliminary results on photocatalytic and transmission properties will also be discussed.

  4. Effect of Argon/Oxygen Flow Rate Ratios on DC Magnetron Sputtered Nano Crystalline Zirconium Titanate Thin Films

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    Rani, D. Jhansi; Kumar, A. GuruSampath; Sarmash, T. Sofi; Chandra Babu Naidu, K.; Maddaiah, M.; Rao, T. Subba

    2016-06-01

    High transmitting, non absorbent, nano crystalline zirconium titanate (ZT) thin films suitable for anti reflection coatings (ARC) were deposited on to glass substrates by direct current (DC) magnetron reactive sputtering technique, under distinct Argon to Oxygen (Ar/O2) gas flow rate ratios of 31/1, 30/2, 29/3 and 28/4, with a net gas flow (Ar + O2) of 32sccm, at an optimum substrate temperature of 250°C. The influence of the gas mixture ratio on the film properties has been investigated by employing x-ray diffraction (XRD), ultra violet visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX) and four point probe methods. The films showed a predominant peak at 30.85° with (111) orientation. The crystallite size reduced from 22.94 nm to 13.5 nm and the surface roughness increased from 11.53 nm to 50.58 nm with increase in oxygen content respectively. The films deposited at 31/1 and 30/2 showed almost similar chemical composition. Increased oxygen content results an increase in electrical resistivity from 3.59 × 103 to 2.1 × 106 Ωm. The film deposited at Ar/O2 of 28/4 exhibited higher average optical transmittance of 91%, but its refractive index is higher than that of what is required for ARC. The films deposited at 31/1 and 30/2 of Ar/O2 possess higher transmittance (low absorbance) apart from suitable refractive index. Thus, these films are preferable candidates for ARC.

  5. Effect of Argon/Oxygen Flow Rate Ratios on DC Magnetron Sputtered Nano Crystalline Zirconium Titanate Thin Films

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    Rani, D. Jhansi; Kumar, A. GuruSampath; Sarmash, T. Sofi; Chandra Babu Naidu, K.; Maddaiah, M.; Rao, T. Subba

    2016-04-01

    High transmitting, non absorbent, nano crystalline zirconium titanate (ZT) thin films suitable for anti reflection coatings (ARC) were deposited on to glass substrates by direct current (DC) magnetron reactive sputtering technique, under distinct Argon to Oxygen (Ar/O2) gas flow rate ratios of 31/1, 30/2, 29/3 and 28/4, with a net gas flow (Ar + O2) of 32sccm, at an optimum substrate temperature of 250°C. The influence of the gas mixture ratio on the film properties has been investigated by employing x-ray diffraction (XRD), ultra violet visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX) and four point probe methods. The films showed a predominant peak at 30.85° with (111) orientation. The crystallite size reduced from 22.94 nm to 13.5 nm and the surface roughness increased from 11.53 nm to 50.58 nm with increase in oxygen content respectively. The films deposited at 31/1 and 30/2 showed almost similar chemical composition. Increased oxygen content results an increase in electrical resistivity from 3.59 × 103 to 2.1 × 106 Ωm. The film deposited at Ar/O2 of 28/4 exhibited higher average optical transmittance of 91%, but its refractive index is higher than that of what is required for ARC. The films deposited at 31/1 and 30/2 of Ar/O2 possess higher transmittance (low absorbance) apart from suitable refractive index. Thus, these films are preferable candidates for ARC.

  6. Efficiency of sensitizing nano-titania with organic dyes and peroxo complexes

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    Savinkina, Elena; Obolenskaya, Lubov; Kuzmicheva, Galina

    2015-01-01

    A new method of sensitizing titania by treatment of the reaction mixture with Methylene Blue, Methyl Red or hydrogen peroxide is developed; the sensitizer was introduced into the reaction mixture while synthesizing nanosize TiO2 from titanyl sulfate. The samples prepared by this method are compared to the samples prepared by cold impregnation of Methylene Blue, Methyl Red or hydrogen peroxide on titania, pre-synthesized by sulfate method, or commercial Degussa P25 and Hombikat UV100. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction; their photocatalytic activity was studied in the model reaction of Methyl Orange decomposition in aqueous solution under UV and visible light. The highest photocatalytic activity under visible light was found for titania, sensitized with titanium peroxo complexes by the new method. It is also active for photodegradation of salicylic acid under visible light.

  7. Heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of toxic organic waste waters with supported semiconductor

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    Renzi, C.; Mazzarino, I.; Baldi, G.

    1996-12-31

    The photocatalytic oxidation of coumaric acid by dissolved oxygen in aqueous solution was carried using supported Titania catalysts. Thin catalytic layers on inert supports were obtained by Physical Vapor Deposition. The oxidation process was performed in two experimental reactors: a small-scale batch apparatus and a pilot-size continuous photocatalytic reactor (CPR). 6 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  8. Depth-dependent crystallinity of nano-crystalline silicon induced by step-wise variation of hydrogen dilution during hot-wire CVD

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    Arendse, C. J.; van Heerden, B. A.; Muller, T. F. G.; Cummings, F. R.; Oliphant, C. J.; Malgas, G. F.; Motaung, D. E.

    2015-06-01

    To induce an amorphous surface in a nano-crystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) thin film, the hydrogen dilution was reduced step-wise at fixed time intervals from 90 - 50% during the hotwire chemical vapour deposition process. This contribution reports on the structural properties of the resultant nc-Si:H thin film as a function of the deposition time. Raman spectroscopy, confirmed by high resolution transmission spectroscopy, indicates crystalline uniformity in the growth direction, accompanied by the progression of an amorphous surface layer as the deposition time is increased. The silicon- and oxygen bonding configurations were probed using infrared spectroscopy and electron energy loss spectroscopy. The growth mechanism is ascribed to the improved etching rate by atomic hydrogen in nano-crystalline silicon towards the film/substrate interface region. The optical properties were calculated by applying the effective medium approximation theory, where the existence of bulk and interfacial layers, as inferred from cross-sectional microscopy, were taken into account.

  9. Structural morphology, upconversion luminescence and optical thermometric sensing behavior of Y2O3:Er3+/Yb3+ nano-crystalline phosphor

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    Joshi, C.; Dwivedi, A.; Rai, S. B.

    2014-08-01

    Infrared-to-visible upconverting rare earths Er3+/Yb3+ co-doped Y2O3 nano-crystalline phosphor samples have been prepared by solution combustion method followed by post-heat treatment at higher temperatures. A slight increase in average crystallite size has been found on calcinations verified by X-ray analysis. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) confirms the nano-crystalline nature of the as-prepared and calcinated samples. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis shows the structural changes in as-prepared and calcinated samples. Upconversion and downconversion emission recorded using 976 and 532 nm laser sources clearly demonstrates a better luminescence properties in the calcinated samples as compared to as-prepared sample. Upconversion emission has been quantified in terms of standard chromaticity diagram (CIE) showing a shift in overall upconversion emission of as-prepared and calcinated samples. Temperature sensing behaviour of this material has also been investigated by measurement of fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) of various signals in green emission in the temperature range of 315 to 555 K under 976 nm laser excitation.

  10. Hydrogenated blue titania with high solar absorption and greatly improved photocatalysis

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    Zhu, Guilian; Shan, Yufeng; Lin, Tianquan; Zhao, Wenli; Xu, Jijian; Tian, Zhangliu; Zhang, Hui; Zheng, Chong; Huang, Fuqiang

    2016-02-01

    Hydrogenated black titania, with a crystalline core/amorphous shell structure, has attracted global interest due to its excellent photocatalytic properties. However, the understanding of its structure-property relationships remains a great challenge and a more effective method to produce hydrogenated titania is desirable. Herein, we report a TiH2 assisted reduction method to synthesize bluish hydrogenated titania (TiO2-x:H) that is highly crystallized. The characteristic amorphous shells, which are essential for the enhancement of solar absorption and photocatalysis in many reported hydrogenated titania, are completely removed by hydrogen peroxide. The blue TiO2-x:H sample without amorphous shells delivers not only significantly improved visible- and infrared-light absorption but also greatly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to pristine TiO2. Its water decontamination is 2.5 times faster and the hydrogen production was 1.9-fold higher over pristine TiO2. Photoelectrochemical measurement reveals greatly improved carrier density and photocurrent (a 4.3-fold increase) in the reduced TiO2-x:H samples. This work develops a facile and versatile method to prepare hydrogenated titania and proposes a new understanding of the hydrogenated titania that doped hydrogen atoms, instead of the amorphous shells, are essential for its high photocatalytic performance.Hydrogenated black titania, with a crystalline core/amorphous shell structure, has attracted global interest due to its excellent photocatalytic properties. However, the understanding of its structure-property relationships remains a great challenge and a more effective method to produce hydrogenated titania is desirable. Herein, we report a TiH2 assisted reduction method to synthesize bluish hydrogenated titania (TiO2-x:H) that is highly crystallized. The characteristic amorphous shells, which are essential for the enhancement of solar absorption and photocatalysis in many reported hydrogenated titania, are

  11. Synthesis and polymorphic control for visible light active titania nanoparticles

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    Kaewgun, Sujaree

    Titania (TiO2) is useful for many applications in photocatalysis, antimicrobials, pigment, deodorization, and decomposition of harmful organics and undesirable compounds in the air and waste water under UV irradiation. Among the three phases of TiO2, Rutile, Anatase, and Brookite, studies have been more focused on the anatase and rutile phases. Pure brookite is the most difficult phase to prepare, even under hydrothermal conditions. Predominantly brookite phase TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared by the Water-based Ambient Condition Sol (WACS) process in our laboratory. The objectives of this research were to enhance visible light active (VLA) photocatalytic properties of polymorphic brookite TiO2 by minimizing the lattice defects and narrowing band gap of titania by nitrogen and/or carbon chromophone, and to investigate the deactivation, reusability, and regeneration of the VLA titania in order to design better titania catalysts for organic compound degradation applications. In order to study the influence of hydroxyl content on photocatalytic activities (PCAs) of polymorphic titania nanoparticles, the WACS samples were post-treated by a Solvent-based Ambient Condition Sol (SACS) process in sec-butanol (sec-BuOH). All samples were characterized for phase composition, surface area, hydroxyl contamination, and particle morphology by x-ray diffraction, N2 physisorption, FT-IR, solid state 1H NMR and scanning electron microscopy, and then compared to a commercial titania, Degussa P25. Evaluation of methyl orange (MO) degradation under UV irradiation results showed that the lower lattice hydroxyl content in SACS titania enhanced the PCA. As-prepared titania and SACS samples, which have similar surface areas and crystallinity, were compared in order to prove that the superior PCA came from the reduction in the lattice hydroxyl content. To enhance PCA and VLA properties of WACS, an alternative high boiling point polar solvent, N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP), was utilized in the

  12. Optical, Electrical and Catalytic Properties Of Titania Nanotubes

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    AbdElmoula, Mohamed

    In past decades revolutionary developments took place in many aspects of science. One of the leading developments is in the field of material science where there is great interest in developing new materials for various applications. Massive number of applications will change the entire life of mankind on earth and in space. Nanomaterials science is considered the pioneer in this new era. Titania nanotube is considered a very important material due to its promising applications in many fields ranging from energy harvesting to sensors and photocatalytic applications. Electrochemical anodization method is used to fabricate titania nanotube arrays, this method is preferred than other methods for many reasons, for example it has good degree of controlling tube length, tube diameter and tube wall thickness. In addition to controlling tube parameter this method provides a scalable, easy and cheap technique for future industrial applications. My work in this thesis is focused on this kind of nanotubes arrays. In this dissertation we will provide an introduction to fabrication of titania nanotube arrays. We will provide an overview about the reported methods of fabrication and the advantage of each method. Also we will describe some anticipated application and the challenges to make these nanotubes functional and efficient. Secondly, we will carry out a comprehensive study of the electrical transport of a single titania nanotube, where we have been able to study for the first time the electrical transport properties of a single titania nanotube using E-beam Lithography technique. Also we will explore parameters that affect these transport properties such as annealing conditions and the morphology of the nanotube. We will describe a study of the optical properties of free standing titania nanotube arrays, where we will investigate the transmission, reflection and absorption of electromagnetic spectrum from 300nm to 1000nm (which cover the infrared, visible light and ultra

  13. Synthesis, Characterization and Exploration of Multiferroic Properties in Nano-Crystalline Tb1-xYxMnO3 (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.4).

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    Shukla, R; Chakraborty, Keka R; Mandal, B P; Kaushik, S D; Mukadam, M D; Lawes, G; Naik, R; Kumarasiri, A; Siruguri, V; Yusuf, S M; Tyagil, A K

    2016-04-01

    We report the synthesis and electric properties of nano-crystalline Tb1-xYxMnO3 (x = 0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4) compounds prepared by gel-combustion method. These samples were characterized by a number of techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, specific-heat measurement, neutron diffraction, and magnetic field dependent pyrocurrent measurement. All the samples crystallize in the orthorhombic structure with space group Pnma at room temperature. Anomalies were observed in low temperature specific-heat measurement corresponding to magnetic and electric phase transitions. The magnetic phase transitions occurred at ~35, ~22-28 and ~7 K for all the samples. Signatures of coupling between magnetic and electric order parameters were revealed by pyrocurrent measurements carried out in presence of magnetic fields. PMID:27451770

  14. REUSABLE ADSORBENTS FOR DILUTE SOLUTIONS SEPARATION. 5: PHOTODEGRADATION OF ORGANIC COMPOUNDS ON SURFACTANT-MODIFIED TITANIA. (R828598C753)

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    A semiconductor titania (TiO2) surface was modified by surfactant adsorption to make it more hydrophobic and to increase the adsorption of hydrophobic organic compounds (HOCs) and their photodegradation rates under UV irradiation. Photocatalytic experiments using Ti...

  15. Fabrication of AgAu alloy-TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles and their photocatalytic properties

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    Zhang, Xiao-yu; Yuan, Shu-long; Yuan, Yu-zhen; Li, Xue

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, for improving the photocatalytic efficiency of titania (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs), AgAu alloy-TiO2 core-shell NPs are fabricated via a sol-gel (SG) process in the presence of AgAu alloy NPs with block copolymer shells as templates. The photocatalytic activities of the AgAu-TiO2 NPs on the photodecomposition of methylene blue (MB) are investigated. The AgAu-TiO2 composite NPs coated with 5.0% titania related to block copolymers show higher photocatalytic activity than the other samples in which the titania contents are larger than 5.0%. The results indicate that the increase of the thickness of the TiO2 shell leads to the decrease of the photocatalytic activity.

  16. Titania bound sodium titanate ion exchanger

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    DeFilippi, Irene C. G.; Yates, Stephen Frederic; Shen, Jian-Kun; Gaita, Romulus; Sedath, Robert Henry; Seminara, Gary Joseph; Straszewski, Michael Peter; Anderson, David Joseph

    1999-03-23

    This invention is method for preparing a titania bound ion exchange composition comprising admixing crystalline sodium titanate and a hydrolyzable titanium compound and, thereafter drying the titania bound crystalline sodium titanate and subjecting the dried titania bound ion exchange composition to optional compaction and calcination steps to improve the physical strength of the titania bound composition.

  17. Functionalization of a cotton fabric surface with titania nanosols: applications for self-cleaning and UV-protection properties.

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    Abidi, Noureddine; Cabrales, Luis; Hequet, Eric

    2009-10-01

    In this study, cotton fabric was successfully modified by titania nanosols prepared by means of the sol-gel process with tetrabutyl orthotitanate [Ti(OC(4)H(9))(4)] as the active ingredient. The cotton fabric was padded with the nanosol solution, dried at 60 degrees C, and cured at 150 degrees C. Scanning electron microscopy showed the presence of a titania film on the fiber surface. The photocatalytic properties of titania-nanosol-treated cotton fabric were investigated. The results showed that stains of coffee and red wine were successfully decomposed by exposure of the stained fabric to UV radiation. Furthermore, titania-nanosol treatment imparted to the cotton fabric a very good protection against UV radiation. The durability of the treatment was investigated by performing repeated home laundering, and the results showed no effect of laundering on the UV-protection efficiency. PMID:20355847

  18. Nanostructuring titania by embossing with polymer molds made from anodic alumina templates.

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    Goh, Chiatzun; Coakley, Kevin M; McGehee, Michael D

    2005-08-01

    We demonstrate a method for embossing titania sol--gel precursor with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) molds to make thin films of titania that have dense arrays of 35--65 nm diameter pores, whose features are 1 order of magnitude smaller than those previously demonstrated for sol--gel molding. We show that the high modulus of PMMA is necessary to preserve small features with high aspect ratios on the mold for nanopatterning. The molds are prepared by thermally infiltrating PMMA into anodic alumina templates, whose pore dimensions and depths are adjustable by varying anodization conditions. The difficulties associated with mold release from a master are avoided by wet etching the template. These titania films, and others made with other semiconductors, could be useful for photovoltaic, photocatalytic, and sensing applications where nanostructuring of surfaces with controlled dimensions are essential. PMID:16089486

  19. Synthesis of nano-crystalline LiSr xMn 2 - xO 4 powder by a novel sol-gel thermolysis process for Li-ion polymer battery

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    Subramania, A.; Angayarkanni, N.; Vasudevan, T.

    Cubic spinel nano-crystalline LiSr xMn 2 - xO 4 (x = 0.10, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25) powders are prepared at low temperature by means of a facile gel-polymer thermolysis process by calcining the prepared precursor samples at 340 °C to obtain the products. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopic analyses confirm that the products consists of nano-crystalline particles with uniform distribution. The effect of calcinations on the crystallinity of the cubic spinel LiSr xMn 2 - xO 4 powder is examined by differential scanning colorimetric analysis. In order to asses the electrochemical reversibility of the cathode material, cyclic voltametry studies are performed by fabricating button cells with the configuration of carbon/MPPE/LiSr xMn 2 - xO 4.

  20. Improving the long-term stability of Ti6Al4V abutment screw by coating micro/nano-crystalline diamond films.

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    Xie, Youneng; Zhou, Jing; Wei, Qiuping; Yu, Z M; Luo, Hao; Zhou, Bo; Tang, Z G

    2016-10-01

    Abutment screw loosening is the most common complication of implanting teeth. Aimed at improving the long-term stability of them, well-adherent and homogeneous micro-crystalline diamond (MCD) and nano-crystalline diamond (NCD) were deposited on DIO(®) (Dong Seo, Korea) abutment screws using a hot filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD) system. Compared with bare DIO(®) screws, diamond coated ones showed higher post reverse toque values than the bare ones (p<0.05) after cyclic loading one million times under 100N, and no obvious flaking happened after loading test. Diamond coated disks showed lower friction coefficients of 0.15 and 0.18 in artificial saliva when countered with ZrO2 than that of bare Ti6Al4V disks of 0.40. Though higher cell apoptosis rate was observed on film coated disks, but no significant difference between MCD group and NCD group. And the cytotoxicity of diamond films was acceptable for the fact that the cell viability of them was still higher than 70% after cultured for 72h. It can be inferred that coating diamond films might be a promising modification method for Ti6Al4V abutment screws. PMID:27393893

  1. Evidence of quantum correction to conductivity and variable range hopping conduction in nano-crystalline Cu{sub 3}N thin film

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    Sahoo, Guruprasad Jain, Mahaveer K.

    2015-10-15

    We have investigated the temperature dependent carrier transport properties of nano-crystalline copper nitride thin films synthesized by modified activated reactive evaporation. The films, prepared in a Cu-rich growth condition are found to be highly disordered and the carrier transport in these films is mainly attributed to the impurity band conduction. We have observed that no single conduction mechanism is appropriate to elucidate the carrier transport in the entire temperature range of 20 – 300 K. Therefore, we have employed different conduction mechanisms in different temperature regimes. The carrier transport of the films in the low temperature regime (20 – 150 K) has been interpreted by implementing quantum correction to the conductivity. In the high temperature regime (200 – 300 K), the conduction mechanism has been successfully analyzed on the basis of Mott’s variable range hopping mechanism. Furthermore, it can be predicted that copper ions present at the surface of the crystallites are responsible for the hopping conduction mechanism.

  2. A micro-scale hot wire anemometer based on low stress (Ni/W) multi-layers deposited on nano-crystalline diamond for air flow sensing

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    Talbi, A.; Gimeno, L.; Gerbedoen, J.-C.; Viard, R.; Soltani, A.; Mortet, V.; Preobrazhensky, V.; Merlen, A.; Pernod, P.

    2015-12-01

    A linear array of microscale thermal anemometers has been designed, fabricated and characterized. The sensitive element consists of a self-compensated-stress multilayer (Ni/W) patterned to form a wire with length, width, and thickness close to 200 μm, 5 μm and 2 μm respectively. The wire is deposited and supported by prongs made of nano-crystalline diamond (NCD) of about 2 μm in thickness. Due to its high Young’s modulus, NCD allows a very high mechanical toughness without the need for thicker support for the hot wire. Also, depending on grain size, the NCD is able to present thermal conductivity smaller than 10 W mK-1, providing good thermal insulation from the substrate and less conductive end losses to the prongs. The sensor was characterized experimentally. Its electrical and thermal properties were obtained first in the absence of fluid flow. The results confirm the effectiveness of thermal insulation and the mechanical robustness of the structure. The fluidic characterizations were performed and analysed in the case of an airflow with velocities of up to 30 m s-1.

  3. Spray pyrolysis growth of a high figure of merit, nano-crystalline, p-type transparent conducting material at low temperature

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    Farrell, L.; Norton, E.; O'Dowd, B. J.; Caffrey, D.; Shvets, I. V.; Fleischer, K.

    2015-07-01

    In this letter, we demonstrate a low temperature (≈345 °C) growth method for Cu deficient CuCrO2 performed by spray pyrolysis using metal-organic precursors and a simple air blast nozzle. Smooth films were grown on glass substrates with a highest conductivity of 12 S/cm. The most conductive samples retain transparencies above 55% resulting in a figure of merit as high as 350 μS, which is the best performing p-type transparent conducting material grown by solution methods to date. Remarkably, despite the nano-crystallinity of the films, properties comparable with crystalline CuCrO2 are observed. No postannealing of the films is required in contrast to previous reports on crystalline material. The low processing temperature of this method means that the material can be deposited on flexible substrates. As this is a solution based technique, it is more attractive to industry as physical vapour deposition methods are slow and costly in comparison.

  4. Effect of Gas Sources on the Deposition of Nano-Crystalline Diamond Films Prepared by Microwave Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Weng, Jun; Xiong, Liwei; Wang, Jianhua; Man, Weidong; Chen, Guanhu

    2010-12-01

    Nano-crystalline diamond (NCD) films were deposited on silicon substrates by a microwave plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) reactor in C2H5OH/H2 and CH4/H2/O2 systems, respectively, with a constant ratio of carbon/hydrogen/oxygen. By means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), it was shown that the NCD films deposited in the C2H5OH/H2 system possesses more uniform surface than that deposited in the CH4/H2/O2 system. Results from micro-Raman spectroscopy revealed that the quality of the NCD films was different even though the plasmas in the two systems contain exactly the same proportion of elements. In order to explain this phenomenon, the bond energy of forming OH groups, energy distraction in plasma and the deposition process of NCD films were studied. The experimental results and discussion indicate that for a same ratio of carbon/hydrogen/oxygen, the C2H5OH/H2 plasma was beneficial to deposit high quality NCD films with smaller average grain size and lower surface roughness.

  5. Synthesis of micro- or nano-crystalline diamond films on WC-Co substrates with various pretreatments by hot filament chemical vapor deposition

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    Wei, Qiu-ping; Yu, Z. M.; Ashfold, Michael N. R.; Ye, J.; Ma, L.

    2010-04-01

    Diamond films deposited on tungsten carbide can lead to major improvements in the life and performance of cutting tools. However, deposition of diamond onto cemented tungsten carbide (WC-Co) is problematic due to the cobalt binder in the WC. This binder provides additional toughness to the tool but results in poor adhesion and low nucleation density of any diamond film. A two-step chemical etching pretreatment (Murakami reagent and Caro acid, (MC)-pretreatment) and a boronization pretreatment have both been used extensively to improve adhesion of CVD diamond film on WC-Co substrates. Here we discuss the applicability of MC-pretreatment for a range of Co-containing WC-Co substrates, and demonstrate a controlled synthesis process based on liquid boronizing pretreatment for obtaining smooth and dense micro- or nano-crystalline diamond films on high Co-containing WC-Co substrates. Substrate treatments and deposition parameters were found to have major influences on the smoothness, structure and quality of the diamond films. The best quality diamond films were achieved under conditions of relatively high substrate temperature ( Ts) and the best adhesion was achieved at Ts = 800 °C.

  6. Anomalous behavior of B1g mode in highly transparent anatase nano-crystalline Nb-doped Titanium Dioxide (NTO) thin films

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    Gautam, Subodh K.; Gautam, Naina; Singh, R. G.; Ojha, S.; Shukla, D. K.; Singh, Fouran

    2015-12-01

    The effect of Niobium doping and size of crystallites on highly transparent nano-crystalline Niobium doped Titanium Dioxide (NTO) thin films with stable anatase phase are reported. The Nb doping concentration is varied within the solubility limit in TiO2 lattice. Films were annealed in controlled environment for improving the crystallinity and size of crystallites. Elemental and thickness analysis were carried out using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and cross sectional field emission scanning electron microscopy. Structural characteristics reveal a substitutional incorporation of Nb+5 in the TiO2 lattice which inhibits the anatase crystallites growth with increasing the doping percentage. The micro-Raman (MR) spectra of films with small size crystallites shows stiffening of about 4 cm-1 for the Eg(1) mode and is ascribed to phonon confinement and non-stoichiometry. In contrast, B1g mode exhibits a large anomalous softening of 20 cm-1 with asymmetrical broadening; which was not reported for the case of pure TiO2 crystallites. This anomalous behaviour is explained by contraction of the apical Ti-O bonds at the surface upon substitutional Nb5+ doping induced reduction of Ti4+ ions also known as hetero-coordination effect. The proposed hypotheses is manifested through studying the electronic structure and phonon dynamics by performing the near edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) and temperature dependent MR down to liquid nitrogen temperature on pure and 2.5 at.% doped NTO films, respectively.

  7. High-rate nano-crystalline Li 4Ti 5O 12 attached on carbon nano-fibers for hybrid supercapacitors

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    Naoi, Katsuhiko; Ishimoto, Shuichi; Isobe, Yusaku; Aoyagi, Shintaro

    A lithium titanate (Li 4Ti 5O 12)-based electrode which can operate at unusually high current density (300 C) was developed as negative electrode for hybrid capacitors. The high-rate Li 4Ti 5O 12 electrode has a unique nano-structure consisting of unusually small nano-crystalline Li 4Ti 5O 12 (ca. 5-20 nm) grafted onto carbon nano-fiber anchors (nc-Li 4Ti 5O 12/CNF). This nano-structured nc-Li 4Ti 5O 12/CNF composite are prepared by simple sol-gel method under ultra-centrifugal force (65,000 N) followed by instantaneous annealing at 900 °C for 3 min. A model hybrid capacitor cell consisting of a negative nc-Li 4Ti 5O 12/CNF composite electrode and a positive activated carbon electrode showed high energy density of 40 Wh L -1 and high power density of 7.5 kW L -1 comparable to conventional EDLCs.

  8. Fabrication of Self-Cleaning, Reusable Titania Templates for Nanometer and Micrometer Scale Protein Patterning.

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    Moxey, Mark; Johnson, Alexander; El-Zubir, Osama; Cartron, Michael; Dinachali, Saman Safari; Hunter, C Neil; Saifullah, Mohammad S M; Chong, Karen S L; Leggett, Graham J

    2015-06-23

    The photocatalytic self-cleaning characteristics of titania facilitate the fabrication of reuseable templates for protein nanopatterning. Titania nanostructures were fabricated over square centimeter areas by interferometric lithography (IL) and nanoimprint lithography (NIL). With the use of a Lloyd's mirror two-beam interferometer, self-assembled monolayers of alkylphosphonates adsorbed on the native oxide of a Ti film were patterned by photocatalytic nanolithography. In regions exposed to a maximum in the interferogram, the monolayer was removed by photocatalytic oxidation. In regions exposed to an intensity minimum, the monolayer remained intact. After exposure, the sample was etched in piranha solution to yield Ti nanostructures with widths as small as 30 nm. NIL was performed by using a silicon stamp to imprint a spin-cast film of titanium dioxide resin; after calcination and reactive ion etching, TiO2 nanopillars were formed. For both fabrication techniques, subsequent adsorption of an oligo(ethylene glycol) functionalized trichlorosilane yielded an entirely passive, protein-resistant surface. Near-UV exposure caused removal of this protein-resistant film from the titania regions by photocatalytic degradation, leaving the passivating silane film intact on the silicon dioxide regions. Proteins labeled with fluorescent dyes were adsorbed to the titanium dioxide regions, yielding nanopatterns with bright fluorescence. Subsequent near-UV irradiation of the samples removed the protein from the titanium dioxide nanostructures by photocatalytic degradation facilitating the adsorption of a different protein. The process was repeated multiple times. These simple methods appear to yield durable, reuseable samples that may be of value to laboratories that require nanostructured biological interfaces but do not have access to the infrastructure required for nanofabrication. PMID:26042335

  9. Hemocompatibility of titania nanotube arrays.

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    Smith, Barbara S; Yoriya, Sorachon; Grissom, Laura; Grimes, Craig A; Popat, Ketul C

    2010-11-01

    Hemocompatibility is a key consideration for the long-term success of blood contacting biomaterials; hence, there is a critical need to understand the physiological response elicited from blood/nano-biomaterial interactions. In this study, we have investigated the adsorption of key blood serum proteins, in vitro adhesion and activation of platelets, and clotting kinetics of whole blood on titania nanotube arrays. Previous studies have demonstrated improved mesenchymal stem cell functionality, osteoblast phenotypic behavior, localized drug delivery, and the production of endothelial cell ECM on titania nanotube arrays. Furthermore, these titania nanotube arrays have elicited minimal levels of monocyte activation and cytokine secretion, thus exhibiting a very low degree of immunogenicity. Titania nanotube arrays were fabricated using anodization technique and the surface morphology was examined through scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The crystalline phases were identified using glancing angled X-ray diffraction (GAXRD). Nanoindentation and scratch tests were used to characterize the mechanical properties of titania nanotube arrays. The adsorption of key blood proteins (albumin, fibrinogen, and immunoglobulin-g) was evaluated using a micro-BCA assay and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The adhesion and activation of platelets was investigated using live-cell staining, MTT assay, and SEM. Whole blood clotting kinetics was evaluated by measuring the free hemoglobin concentration, and SEM was used to visualize the clot formation. Our results indicate increased blood serum protein adsorption, platelet adhesion and activation, and whole blood clotting kinetics on titania nanotube arrays. PMID:20629021

  10. Titanium dioxide-assisted photocatalytic induction of prophages to lytic cycle.

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    Skorb, Ekaterina V; Andreeva, Daria V; Raiski, Andrey P; Belyasova, Natalya A; Möhwald, Helmuth; Sviridov, Dmitry V

    2011-12-01

    The investigations on the kinetics of photocatalytic inactivation of bacteriophages, lactic bacteria and lysogenic lactic bacteria have shown that the rate of bacterial inactivation is ca. 10 times less than the inactivation of bacteriophages. Titania-assisted photorelease of bacteriophages from lysogenic bacteria proves that photogenerated reactive oxygen species affect the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of bacteria before their deactivation. On this basis a novel photocatalytic method of a prophage induction to the lytic cycle and detection of lysogenic bacteria is proposed. PMID:22057553

  11. Development and characterization of silica and titania based nano structured materials for the removal of indoor and outdoor air pollutants

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    Peiris, Thelge Manindu Nirasha

    Solar energy driven catalytic systems have gained popularity in environmental remediation recently. Various photocatalytic systems have been reported in this regard and most of the photocatalysts are based on well-known semiconducting material, Titanium Dioxide, while some are based on other materials such as Silicon Dioxide and various Zeolites. However, in titania based photocatalysts, titania is actively involved in the catalytic mechanism by absorbing light and generating exitons. Because of this vast popularity of titania in the field of photocatalysis it is believed that photocatalysis mainly occurs via non-localized mechanisms and semiconductors are extremely important. Even though it is still rare, photocatalysis could be localized and possible without use of a semiconductor as well. Thus, to support localized photocatalytic systems, and to compare the activity to titania based systems, degradation of organic air pollutants by nanostructured silica, titania and mixed silica titania systems were studied. New materials were prepared using two different approaches, precipitation technique (xerogel) and aerogel preparation technique. The prepared xerogel samples were doped with both metal (silver) and non-metals (carbon and sulfur) and aerogel samples were loaded with Chromium, Cobalt and Vanadium separately, in order to achieve visible light photocatalytic activity. Characterization studies of the materials were carried out using Nova BET analysis, DR UV-vis spectrometry, powder X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron Spectroscopy, FT-IR spectroscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, etc. Kinetics of the catalytic activities was studied using a Shimadzu GCMS-QP 5000 instrument using a closed glass reactor. All the experiments were carried out in gaseous phase using acetaldehyde as the model pollutant. Kinetic results suggest that chromium doped silica systems are good UV and visible light active photocatalysts. This is a good example for a localized

  12. Chemically Assisted Photocatalytic Oxidation System

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    Andino, Jean; Wu, Chang-Yu; Mazyck, David; Teixeira, Arthur A.

    2009-01-01

    The chemically assisted photocatalytic oxidation system (CAPOS) has been proposed for destroying microorganisms and organic chemicals that may be suspended in the air or present on surfaces of an air-handling system that ventilates an indoor environment. The CAPOS would comprise an upstream and a downstream stage that would implement a tandem combination of two partly redundant treatments. In the upstream stage, the air stream and, optionally, surfaces of the air-handling system would be treated with ozone, which would be generated from oxygen in the air by means of an electrical discharge or ultraviolet light. In the second stage, the air laden with ozone and oxidation products from the first stage would be made to flow in contact with a silica-titania photocatalyst exposed to ultraviolet light in the presence of water vapor. Hydroxyl radicals generated by the photocatalytic action would react with both carbon containing chemicals and microorganisms to eventually produce water and carbon dioxide, and ozone from the first stage would be photocatalytically degraded to O2. The net products of the two-stage treatment would be H2O, CO2, and O2.

  13. Polymer embedded nanocrystalline titania sorbent for 99Mo-99mTc generator.

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    Chakravarty, Rubel; Shukla, Rakesh; Gandhi, Shyamla; Ram, Ramu; Dash, Ashutosh; Venkatesh, Meera; Tyagi, A K

    2008-09-01

    A new sorbent material, polymer embedded nano crystalline titania (Titanium Polymer-TiP) has been developed, from titanium (IV) chloride and isopropyl alcohol, for the adsorption of 99Mo, which is a precursor to 99mTc, a workhorse in radio-pharmaceuticals. The infrared absorption spectra of the TiP showed peaks corresponding to Ti-O groups. X-ray diffraction pattern of the adsorbent corresponded to rutile TiO2. The surface area of this polymer was 30 m2/g with an average pore size of 40 nm. The average crystallite size of TiO2, embedded in polymer, was found to be 5 nm. TEM micrograph of the adsorbent revealed the network of polymer with dispersed titania phase. Potential of this adsorbent for the preparation of 99Mo-99mTc generator has been explored. 99Mo could be adsorbed on to the adsorbent column containing TiP at pH 1 from which 99mTC could be eluted with normal (0.9%) saline solution with an elution yield of approximately 80%. The quality of the 99mTcO4 obtained was in accordance with the international specifications applicable for radiopharmaceutical use. A process demonstration run was carried out with 1.1 GBq (30 mCi) 99Mo activity level making use of the above adsorbent and consistent results were obtained over a period of one week, which is generally the shelf life of 99MO-99mTC generator. PMID:19049039

  14. Titania Deposition on PMR-15

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    Meador, Mary B.; Sutter, James K.; Pizem, Hillel; Gershevitz, Olga; Goffer, Yossi; Frimer, Aryeh A.; Sukenik, Chaim N.; Sampathkumaran, Uma; Milhet, Xavier; McIlwain, Alan

    2005-01-01

    The formation, degree of crystallinity and adherence of dense titania (TiO2) thin film coatings on a high-temperature polyimide resin (PMR-15) can be influenced by the chemical composition of the polymer surface. Furthermore, solution deposition conditions can be adjusted to provide additional control over the morphology and crystallinity of the titania films. Recipes for solution-based titania deposition that used a slowly-hydrolyzing titanium fluoride salt in the presence of boric acid as a fluoride scavenger allowed growth of films up to 750 nm thick in 22 h. By adjusting solution pH and temperature, either amorphous titania or oriented crystalline anatase films could be formed. Surface sulfonate groups enhance the adhesion of solution-deposited oxide thin film coatings. While most sulfonation procedures severely damaged the PMR-15 surface, the use of chlorosulfonic acid followed by hydrolysis of the installed chlorosulfonyl groups provided effective surface sulfonation without significant surface damage. In some cases, the oxide deposition solution caused partial hydrolysis of the polymer surface, which itself was sufficient to allow adhesion of the titania film through chelation of titanium ions by exposed benzoic acid groups on the polymer surface.

  15. Nano-crystalline p-ZnGa{sub 2}Te{sub 4}/n-Si as a new heterojunction diode

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    Sakr, G.B.; Fouad, S.S.; Yahia, I.S.; Abdel Basset, D.M.; Yakuphanoglu, F.

    2013-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: ► ZnGa{sub 2}Te{sub 4}/Si thin film was prepared by thermal evaporation technique. ► XRD and AFM graphs support the nano-crystalline of the studied device. ► Dark current–voltage characteristics of the heterojunction diode were investigated. ► Electrical parameters and conduction mechanism were determined. ► Conduction mechanisms were controlled by TE, SCLC and TCLC. -- Abstract: In this communication, ZnGa{sub 2}Te{sub 4} thin film was prepared by thermal evaporation technique on n-Si substrate. P-ZnGa{sub 2}Te{sub 4}/n-Si heterojunction diode was fabricated. The structure of ZnGa{sub 2}Te{sub 4} thin film was checked by XRD pattern and confirmed by AFM micrographs. The dark current–voltage characteristics of the heterojunction diode were investigated to determine the electrical parameters and conduction mechanism as a function of forward and reverse biasing conditions in the range (−10 V to 10 V) at temperature interval (303–423 K). The conduction mechanism was controlled by thermionic emission, space charge limited (SCLC) and trap-charge limited current (TCLC) mechanisms. The basic parameters such as the series resistance R{sub s}, the shunt resistance R{sub sh}, the ideality factor n and the barrier height φ{sub b} of the diode, the total density of trap states N{sub 0} and the exponential trapping distribution P{sub o} were determined. The obtained results showed that ZnGa{sub 2}Te{sub 4} is a good candidate for the applications of electronic devices.

  16. Anomalous behavior of B{sub 1g} mode in highly transparent anatase nano-crystalline Nb-doped Titanium Dioxide (NTO) thin films

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    Gautam, Subodh K. E-mail: fouran@gmail.com; Ojha, S.; Singh, Fouran E-mail: fouran@gmail.com; Gautam, Naina; Singh, R. G.; Shukla, D. K.

    2015-12-15

    The effect of Niobium doping and size of crystallites on highly transparent nano-crystalline Niobium doped Titanium Dioxide (NTO) thin films with stable anatase phase are reported. The Nb doping concentration is varied within the solubility limit in TiO{sub 2} lattice. Films were annealed in controlled environment for improving the crystallinity and size of crystallites. Elemental and thickness analysis were carried out using Rutherford backscattering spectrometry and cross sectional field emission scanning electron microscopy. Structural characteristics reveal a substitutional incorporation of Nb{sup +5} in the TiO{sub 2} lattice which inhibits the anatase crystallites growth with increasing the doping percentage. The micro-Raman (MR) spectra of films with small size crystallites shows stiffening of about 4 cm{sup −1} for the E{sub g(1)} mode and is ascribed to phonon confinement and non-stoichiometry. In contrast, B{sub 1g} mode exhibits a large anomalous softening of 20 cm{sup −1} with asymmetrical broadening; which was not reported for the case of pure TiO{sub 2} crystallites. This anomalous behaviour is explained by contraction of the apical Ti-O bonds at the surface upon substitutional Nb{sup 5+} doping induced reduction of Ti{sup 4+} ions also known as hetero-coordination effect. The proposed hypotheses is manifested through studying the electronic structure and phonon dynamics by performing the near edge x-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) and temperature dependent MR down to liquid nitrogen temperature on pure and 2.5 at.% doped NTO films, respectively.

  17. Commercial and home-made nitrogen modified titanias. A short reflection about the advantageous/disadvantageous properties of nitrogen doping in the frame of their applicability

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    Pap, Zs.; Mogyorósi, K.; Veréb, G.; Dombi, A.; Hernádi, K.; Danciu, V.; Baia, L.

    2014-09-01

    As visible light driven photocatalysis became more and more intensively studied, the first commercial products showed up on the market. Simultaneously controversial results appeared in the literature generating an intensive debate regarding the advantages and draw-backs of nitrogen doping of titania. Hence, the present work focuses on two commercially available and four sol-gel made nitrogen modified titania powders regarding their structure and activity. It is demonstrated that the interstitial nitrogen entities “leak out” from the catalysts if the material is irradiated with UV light, while substitutional nitrogen remains stable. However, the latter one was proven to be less important in the photocatalytic point of view. These observations were also valid in the case of sol-gel made nitrogen modified titanias. Furthermore, the results obtained after applying different spectroscopic methods (IR, XPS and DRS) shown that the yellow color of the titanias, does not necessary mean that a successful doping is achieved.

  18. Photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic degradation of the antibacterial agent ciprofloxacin.

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    Tantis, Iosif; Bousiakou, Leda; Karikas, George-Albert; Lianos, Panagiotis

    2015-03-01

    Photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic degradation of the antibacterial fluoroquinolone drug, ciprofloxacin, has been studied in the presence of nanocrystalline titania films supported on glass slides or transparent electrodes. The degradation has been examined either in pure water or in the presence of NaOH or NaCl. Titania films can photocatalytically or photoelectrocatalytically degrade ciprofloxacin. In the presence of NaOH, the degradation rate was lower than in pure water and this is explained by the fact that at high pH values attraction of ciprofloxacin to the titania surface is discouraged. In the presence of NaCl, the degradation rate was the highest, thanks to Cl-based radicals which can be photocatalytically created by interacting with photogenerated holes. Application of a forward (anodic) bias increased the photodegradation rate in the presence of both electrolytes while a reverse (cathodic) bias decreased the photodegradation rate. Electrocatalytic effects, i.e. degradation of ciprofloxacin in the dark or in the absence of a photocatalyst under an applied bias of up to ±1.0 V vs. Ag/AgCl, were not detected in the case of NaOH and were of limited importance in the case of NaCl. PMID:25436477

  19. Synthesis of mesoporous TiO2-curcumin nanoparticles for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye.

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    Abou-Gamra, Z M; Ahmed, M A

    2016-07-01

    Herein, we demonstrate a facile route for synthesis a new photocatalyst based on TiO2-curcumin nanoparticles for photodegradation of methylene blue dye under UV and visible light irradiation. The photocatalyst was prepared by sol-gel method using chitosan as biodegradable polymer. The crystalline and the nanostructure were characteristic X-ray diffraction [XRD], adsorption-desorption isotherm and high resolution transmission electron microscopy [HRTEM]. However, the optical features of the samples were investigated by a UV-visible spectrophotometer. It is obvious to notice the removal of the majority of methylene blue dye on a pure titania surface via adsorption mechanism owing to the high surface area and to the organized mesoporous nature of the solid sample. Incorporation of curcumin on titania surface changes the removal direction from adsorption to the photocatalytic pathway. Various photocatalytic experiments were performed to investigate the influence of initial dye concentration, weight of catalyst, stirring and light intensity on the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue as primary pollutant model. Chemical oxygen demand [COD] test confirms the complete degradation of methylene blue dye. The exceptional photocatalytic reactivity of titania-curcumin nanoparticles is referred to reduction in band gap energy and to the facility of electron transfer from II* curcumin energy level to titania conduction band which increases the concentration of reactive oxygen superoxide radicals which in turn prevents the electron-hole recombination. The effect of various scavengers on the methylene blue dye degradation was investigated using ethanol, ascorbic acid and methyl viologen. The results have pointed out that O2(-) and HO(.) are considered the main active species in the degradation process. A plausible pathway and mechanism for the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue by titania-curcumin nanoparticles were illustrated. PMID:27107333

  20. Titania Nanostructures for Optoelectronics Applications

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    Wang, Lili

    Titanium dioxide (titania) nanotubular structure discovered in 2001 have been attracting extensive interest due to their widely applications in photocatalysis, catalysis and solar cells. The final products of titania nanotube (TiNT) arrays can be synthesized in three forms. One is in form of ordered arrays attached to original Ti substrate, another one is in form of free-standing arrays and the last form is white powders. In this dissertation, we review the development history of these three types of TiNT arrays and introduce the fabrication process of TiNTs products in detail including morphology characterization, fabrication parameter study and optimization of synthesis condition. Since titania is a semiconductor with large band gap (3.2 eV), the large bandgap leads to only UV light absorption, which constitutes less than 5% of the whole solar spectrum. In order to efficiently harvest solar energy for the solar cells made of titania, several methods depositing TiNT arrays with metal oxides to improve the light harvesting are presented in this dissertation. A comprehensive study of forced hydrolysis method is carried out and investigated. Preliminary devices are built up in DSSCs concept based on the hybrid structure of TiO2/Fe2O3. Some important parameters, such as open circuit voltage (VOC), short circuit current (ISC), and fill factor (FF) are evaluated. Optical properties of the samples with the hybrid architecture are studied to achieve an optimal performance in DSSCs-type solar cells.

  1. Ceramic ultrafiltration membranes with photocatalytic properties

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    Bell, Deborah Wildman

    The photocatalytic properties of ceramic ultrafilters have been utilized in the development of a novel in-situ membrane cleaning process for ultrafiltration membranes fabricated from titania. The use of the photoactive membrane layer mitigates the effects of foulants in the system, thereby yielding an increase in the observed overall flux without sacrificing rejection of the solute by the membrane. Photocatalytic membranes of titania supported on porous tubes of alpha-alumina were fabricated using sol-gel techniques. These membranes were developed on the basis of the results of two-level factorial experimental designs. Electron microscopy and x-ray spectrometry were employed to evaluate coverage of the support by the membrane, the thickness of the membrane, and the presence of defects in the membrane. The photocatalytic membrane system was characterized to determine both morphological and performance parameters. Morphological parameters included the pore diameters, Darcy coefficients, and the individual resistances associated with each of the porous layers comprising the composite photocatalytic membrane. Performance parameters included the nominal molecular weight cutoff values of the ceramic membranes, the rate of permeation of pure solvent in the presence and the absence of UV illumination through the porous layers of interest, and the ability of the photocatalytic membrane to resist fouling and maintain permselectivity in the presence of UV illumination. The photocatalytic membranes were used to ultrafilter aqueous solutions of polymeric organic foulants present at an initial concentration of 1 x 10-3 M. Formation of a gel layer of foulant on the surface of the membrane was observed in the presence and in the absence of UV radiation; however, the results of permeability experiments indicated that formation of this foulant layer was significantly retarded (by a factor of two) in the presence of UV radiation. Improvement in the flow rate of permeate through the

  2. Adsorption and degradation of model volatile organic compounds by a combined titania-montmorillonite-silica photocatalyst.

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    Chen, Jiangyao; Li, Guiying; He, Zhigui; An, Taicheng

    2011-06-15

    A series of adsorptive photocatalysts, combined titania-montmorillonite-silica were synthesized. The resultant photocatalysts consisted of more and more spherically agglomerated TiO(2) particles with increasing of TiO(2) content, and anatase was the only crystalline phase with nano-scale TiO(2) particles. With increasing of the cation exchange capacity to TiO(2) molar ratio, specific surface area and pore volume increased very slightly. In a fluidized bed photocatalytic reactor by choosing toluene, ethyl acetate and ethanethiol as model pollutants, all catalysts had relatively high adsorption capacities and preferred to adsorb higher polarity pollutants. Langmuir isotherm model better described equilibrium data compared to Freundlich model. Competitive adsorptions were observed for the mixed pollutants on the catalysts, leading to decrease adsorption capacity for each pollutant. The combined titania-montmorillonite-silica photocatalyst exhibited excellent photocatalytic removal ability to model pollutants of various components. Almost 100% of degradation efficiency was achieved within 120 min for each pollutant with about 500 ppb initial concentration, though the efficiencies of multi-component compounds slightly decreased. All photocatalytic reactions followed the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. Degradation rate constants of multi-component systems were lower than those for single systems, following the order of toluene

  3. Cold-Setting Inkjet Printed Titania Patterns Reinforced by Organosilicate Binder.

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    Králová, Marcela; Dzik, Petr; Kašpárek, Vít; Veselý, Michal; Cihlář, Jaroslav

    2015-01-01

    A hybrid organo-silica sol was used as a binder for reinforcing of commercial titanium dioxide nanoparticles (Evonic P25) deposited on glass substrates. The organo-silica binder was prepared by the sol-gel process and mixtures of titania nanoparticles with the binder in various ratios were deposited by materials printing technique. Patterns with both positive and negative features down to 100 µm size and variable thickness were reliably printed by Fujifilm Dimatix inkjet printer. All prepared films well adhered onto substrates, however further post-printing treatment proved to be necessary in order to improve their reactivity. The influence of UV radiation as well as of thermal sintering on the final electrochemical and photocatalytic properties was investigated. A mixture containing 63 wt % of titania delivered a balanced compromise of mechanical stability, generated photocurrent density and photocatalytic activity. Although the heat treated samples yielded generally higher photocurrent, higher photocatalytic activity towards model aqueous pollutant was observed in the case of UV cured samples because of their superhydrophilic properties. While heat sintering remains the superior processing method for inorganic substrates, UV-curing provides a sound treatment option for heat sensitive ones. PMID:26378515

  4. Platinum nanoparticles on electrospun titania nanofibers as hydrogen sensing materials working at room temperature.

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    Fratoddi, Ilaria; Macagnano, Antonella; Battocchio, Chiara; Zampetti, Emiliano; Venditti, Iole; Russo, Maria V; Bearzotti, Andrea

    2014-08-01

    Platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs), with diameters of 3-10 nm, were synthesized by water phase reduction, using 3-mercapto-1-propanesulfonate (3MPS) as a hydrophilic capping agent. PtNPs were deposited by a dipcoating technique on titania nanofibers (TiO2NFs), obtained by electrospinning. The investigated properties of the Pt-TiO2 hybrid at room temperature show that this material combines the properties of photoconduction of titania and the photocatalytic activity of the hybrid. To assess the best performance of Pt-TiO2, different measurements were performed at room temperature, comparing hydrogen response under UV of the uncoated TiO2NFs, compared with the Pt-TiO2 system prepared with two different amounts of PtNPs. During the sensing tests toward hydrogen an enhancement of photoconductivity (150%), an increase in response (400%) and an overall improvement of their dynamic behaviour were observed. PMID:24981799

  5. Stability and prospect of UV/H2O2 activated titania films for biomedical use

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    Unosson, Erik; Welch, Ken; Persson, Cecilia; Engqvist, Håkan

    2013-11-01

    Biomedical implants and devices that penetrate soft tissue are highly susceptible to infection, but also accessible for UV induced decontamination through photocatalysis if coated with suitable surfaces. As an on-demand antibacterial strategy, photocatalytic surfaces should be able to maintain their antibacterial properties over repeated activation. This study evaluates the surface properties and photocatalytic performance of titania films obtained by H2O2-oxidation and heat treatment of Ti and Ti-6Al-4V substrates, as well as the prospect of assisting photocatalytic reactions with H2O2 for improved efficiency. H2O2-oxidation generated a nanoporous coating, and subsequent heat treatment above 500 °C resulted in anatase formation. Tests using photo-assisted degradation of rhodamine B showed that prior to heat treatment, an initially high photocatalytic activity (PCA) of H2O2-oxidized substrates decayed significantly with repeated testing. Heat treating the samples at 600 °C resulted in stable yet lower PCA. Addition of 3% H2O2 during the photo-assisted reaction led to a substantial increase in PCA due to synergetic effects at the surface and H2O2 photolysis, the effect being most notable for non-heat treated samples. Both heat treated and non-heat treated samples showed stable PCA through repeated tests with H2O2-assisted photocatalysis, indicating that the combination of H2O2-oxidized titania films, UV light and added H2O2 can improve efficiency of these photocatalytic surfaces.

  6. Platinum nanoparticles on electrospun titania nanofibers as hydrogen sensing materials working at room temperature

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    Fratoddi, Ilaria; Macagnano, Antonella; Battocchio, Chiara; Zampetti, Emiliano; Venditti, Iole; Russo, Maria V.; Bearzotti, Andrea

    2014-07-01

    Platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs), with diameters of 3-10 nm, were synthesized by water phase reduction, using 3-mercapto-1-propanesulfonate (3MPS) as a hydrophilic capping agent. PtNPs were deposited by a dipcoating technique on titania nanofibers (TiO2NFs), obtained by electrospinning. The investigated properties of the Pt-TiO2 hybrid at room temperature show that this material combines the properties of photoconduction of titania and the photocatalytic activity of the hybrid. To assess the best performance of Pt-TiO2, different measurements were performed at room temperature, comparing hydrogen response under UV of the uncoated TiO2NFs, compared with the Pt-TiO2 system prepared with two different amounts of PtNPs. During the sensing tests toward hydrogen an enhancement of photoconductivity (150%), an increase in response (400%) and an overall improvement of their dynamic behaviour were observed.Platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs), with diameters of 3-10 nm, were synthesized by water phase reduction, using 3-mercapto-1-propanesulfonate (3MPS) as a hydrophilic capping agent. PtNPs were deposited by a dipcoating technique on titania nanofibers (TiO2NFs), obtained by electrospinning. The investigated properties of the Pt-TiO2 hybrid at room temperature show that this material combines the properties of photoconduction of titania and the photocatalytic activity of the hybrid. To assess the best performance of Pt-TiO2, different measurements were performed at room temperature, comparing hydrogen response under UV of the uncoated TiO2NFs, compared with the Pt-TiO2 system prepared with two different amounts of PtNPs. During the sensing tests toward hydrogen an enhancement of photoconductivity (150%), an increase in response (400%) and an overall improvement of their dynamic behaviour were observed. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01400f

  7. Structural characteristics of mixed oxides MOx/SiO2 affecting photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue

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    Gun'ko, V. M.; Blitz, J. P.; Bandaranayake, B.; Pakhlov, E. M.; Zarko, V. I.; Sulym, I. Ya.; Kulyk, K. S.; Galaburda, M. V.; Bogatyrev, V. M.; Oranska, O. I.; Borysenko, M. V.; Leboda, R.; Skubiszewska-Zięba, J.; Janush, W.

    2012-06-01

    A series of photocatalysts based on silica (nanoparticulate) supported titania, ceria, and ceria/zirconia were synthesized and characterized by a variety of techniques including surface area measurements, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, zeta potential, surface charge density, and photocatalytic behavior toward methylene blue decomposition. Thermal treatment at 600 °C increases the anatase content of the titania based catalysts detected by XRD. Changes in the infrared spectra before and after thermal treatment indicate that at low temperature there are more tbnd Sisbnd Osbnd Titbnd bonds than at high temperature. As these bonds break upon heating the SiO2 and TiO2 separate, allowing the TiO2 anatase phase to form. This results in an increased catalytic activity for the thermally treated samples. Nearly all titania based samples exhibit a negative surface charge density at pH 7 (initial pH of photocatalytic studies) which aids adsorption of methylene blue. The crystallinity of ceria and ceria/zirconia based catalysts are in some cases limited, and in others non-existent. Even though the energy band gap (Eg) can be lower for these catalysts than for the titania based catalysts, their photocatalytic properties are inferior.

  8. Preparation of nanodispersed titania using stabilized ammonium nitrate melts

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    Raciulete, Monica; Kachina, Anna; Puzenat, Eric; Afanasiev, Pavel

    2010-10-15

    An expedite one-step approach using simple precursors has been proposed to obtain metallic oxide compounds and exemplified by preparation of highly dispersed TiO{sub 2}. The technique consists in heating to 400-500 {sup o}C of molten ammonium nitrate stabilized with an organic nitrogen-containing compound (urea, melamine, ammonium oxalate) and containing dissolved metal salt precursor (TiOCl{sub 2}). The crystallites of the resulting TiO{sub 2} demonstrated variable size and shape as a function of stabilizer used. Their activity in photocatalytic oxidation of formic acid also depends on the nature of the stabilizer. The catalysts as-prepared showed high photocatalytic performance, superior to that of the Degussa P25 reference. Nitrogen containing stabilizers play a double role of increasing the process safety and modifying the properties of the solid products. - Graphical abstract: Ammonium nitrate melts stabilized by nitrogen-containing organic molecules can be applied for expedite one-step preparation of highly dispersed oxides, as exemplified by synthesis of titania photocatalysts.

  9. Structure of Amorphous Titania Nanoparticles

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    Zhang, H.; Chen, B.; Banfield, J. F.; Waychunas, G. A.

    2008-12-01

    Ultrafine (2 - 3 nm) titania (TiO2) nanoparticles show only diffuse scattering by both conventional powder x-ray diffraction and electron diffraction. We used synchrotron wide-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS) to probe the atomic correlations in this amorphous material. The atomic pair-distribution function (PDF) derived from Fourier transform of the WAXS data was used for reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) simulations of the atomic structure of the small nanoparticles. Molecular dynamics simulations were used to generate input structures for the RMC. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) simulations were used to screen candidate structures obtained from the RMC. The structure model that best describes both the WAXS and XAS data consists of particles with a highly distorted shell and a small strained anatase-like crystalline core. The average coordination number of Ti is 5.3 and the Ti-O bond length peaks at 1.940 Å. Relative to bulk titania, the reduction of the coordination number is primarily due to the truncation of the Ti-O octahedra at the titania nanoparticle surface, and the shortening of the Ti-O bond length is due to bond contraction in the distorted shell. Core-shell structures in ultrafine nanoparticles may be common in many materials (e.g. ZnS).

  10. Nanocasting of Periodic Mesoporous Materials as an Effective Strategy to Prepare Mixed Phases of Titania.

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    Mahoney, Luther; Rasalingam, Shivatharsiny; Wu, Chia-Ming; Koodali, Ranjit T

    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous titanium dioxide materials were prepared using a nanocasting technique involving silica SBA-15 as the hard-template. At an optimal loading of titanium precursor, the hexagonal periodic array of pores in SBA-15 was retained. The phases of titanium dioxide could be easily varied by the number of impregnation cycles and the nature of titanium alkoxide employed. Low number of impregnation cycles produced mixed phases of anatase and TiO₂(B). The mesoporous TiO₂ materials were tested for solar hydrogen production, and the material consisting of 98% anatase and 2% TiO₂(B) exhibited the highest yield of hydrogen from the photocatalytic splitting of water. The periodicity of the pores was an important factor that influenced the photocatalytic activity. This study indicates that mixed phases of titania containing ordered array of pores can be prepared by using the nanocasting strategy. PMID:26670222

  11. A novel route for synthesis of UV-resistant hydrophobic titania-containing silica aerogels by using potassium titanate as precursor.

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    Wei, Wei; Lü, Xiaomeng; Jiang, Deli; Yan, Zaoxue; Chen, Min; Xie, Jimin

    2014-07-01

    Developing a novel and facile way to synthesize composite aerogels plays an important role in the applications of aerogels. UV-resistant hydrophobic titania-containing silica aerogels are prepared for the first time using potassium titanate as precursor by a modified ambient pressure drying method. The well established silica-titania networks, which can be tuned from 10 to 30 nm by adjusting the precursor content in the preparation process, provide effective confinement of spherical solid clusters. The UV-resistant hydrophobic composite aerogels show excellent photocatalytic dye degradation activity under visible light irradiation. This can be ascribed to the insert of suitable titania into the silica organizational structure. The present work gives a promising method of one pot synthesis and surface modification of aerogel composite structures, which have a broader application as photocatalyst. PMID:24825183

  12. Electrochemical coating of dental implants with anodic porous titania for enhanced osteointegration

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    Shayganpour, Amirreza; Rebaudi, Alberto; Cortella, Pierpaolo; Diaspro, Alberto

    2015-01-01

    Summary Clinical long-term osteointegration of titanium-based biomedical devices is the main goal for both dental and orthopedical implants. Both the surface morphology and the possible functionalization of the implant surface are important points. In the last decade, following the success of nanostructured anodic porous alumina, anodic porous titania has also attracted the interest of academic researchers. This material, investigated mainly for its photocatalytic properties and for applications in solar cells, is usually obtained from the anodization of ultrapure titanium. We anodized dental implants made of commercial grade titanium under different experimental conditions and characterized the resulting surface morphology with scanning electron microscopy equipped with an energy dispersive spectrometer. The appearance of nanopores on these implants confirm that anodic porous titania can be obtained not only on ultrapure and flat titanium but also as a conformal coating on curved surfaces of real objects made of industrial titanium alloys. Raman spectroscopy showed that the titania phase obtained is anatase. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that by carrying out the anodization in the presence of electrolyte additives such as magnesium, these can be incorporated into the porous coating. The proposed method for the surface nanostructuring of biomedical implants should allow for integration of conventional microscale treatments such as sandblasting with additive nanoscale patterning. Additional advantages are provided by this material when considering the possible loading of bioactive drugs in the porous cavities. PMID:26665091

  13. Preparation of gold/titania core-shell nanocomposites with a tunable shell thickness.

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    Kanda, Takashi; Komata, Kazuyoshi; Torigoe, Kanjiro; Endo, Takeshi; Sakai, Kenichi; Abe, Masahiko; Sakai, Hideki

    2014-01-01

    Gold/titania nanocomposites with a core-shell structure were prepared by sol-gel reaction of titanium tetrabutoxide (TTBO) with gold nanoparticles, core-stabilized with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), using a ternary mixture of alcohol/acetonitrile/water as solvent. TEM characterization of the resulting constructs revealed spherical nanocomposites, each containing a single gold core. The mean diameter of the gold cores was 13 nm, while the thicknesses of titania shells were readily tuned in the range 4-30 nm by varying the alkyl chain length of the alcohol. In addition, the gold nanoparticles exhibited a deep red color, with an intense extinction peak at 527 nm, owing to their surface plasmon resonance (SPR) properties. When the Au nanoparticles were coated with a titania shell, their color changed to purple and the SPR peak shifted to a higher wavelength of 537 nm. Furthermore, the core-shell nanocomposites were found to display photocatalytic activity for the oxidation of 2-propanol under illumination by visible light (λ=500-560 nm). PMID:24717542

  14. Effects of mineral tourmaline particles on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 thin films.

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    Meng, Junping; Liang, Jinsheng; Ou, Xiuqin; Ding, Yan; Liang, Guangchuan

    2008-03-01

    Titania composite thin films (T/TiO2) containing tourmaline particles were prepared by a sol-gel method, using alkoxide solutions as precursor. The tourmaline particles and thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and so on. The effects of tourmaline on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 were measured with methyl orange as an objective photodegradation substance. The results showed that the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange conformed to the first-order kinetic equation and the composite thin films had better photocatalytic activity due to the cooperation of polarity and the far infrared emission of tourmaline. The T/TiO2 thin films including 0.5 wt% tourmaline exhibited better photocatalytic activity when heat-treated at 250 degrees C for 3 h, than pure TiO2 thin films under the ultraviolet irradiation. PMID:18468139

  15. Effect of annealing temperature on titania nanoparticles

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    Manikandan, K.; Arumugam, S.; Chandrasekaran, G.

    2014-04-01

    Titania polycrystalline samples are prepared by using sol-gel route hydrolyzing a alkoxide titanium precursor under acidic conditions. The as prepared samples are treated with different calcination temperatures. The anatase phase of titania forms when treated below 600°C, above that temperature the anatase phase tends to transform into the rutile phase of titania. The experimental determination of average grain size, phase formation, lattice parameters and the crystal structures of titania samples at different calcinations is done using X-ray diffraction (XRD). Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Analysis X-ray are used to characterize the samples to bring impact on the respective properties.

  16. Effect of annealing temperature on titania nanoparticles

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    Manikandan, K. Arumugam, S.; Chandrasekaran, G.

    2014-04-24

    Titania polycrystalline samples are prepared by using sol-gel route hydrolyzing a alkoxide titanium precursor under acidic conditions. The as prepared samples are treated with different calcination temperatures. The anatase phase of titania forms when treated below 600°C, above that temperature the anatase phase tends to transform into the rutile phase of titania. The experimental determination of average grain size, phase formation, lattice parameters and the crystal structures of titania samples at different calcinations is done using X-ray diffraction (XRD). Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Analysis X-ray are used to characterize the samples to bring impact on the respective properties.

  17. Scanning photo-electrochemical microscopy as a versatile tool to investigate dye-sensitized nano-crystalline surfaces for solar cells

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    Figgemeier, Egbert; Kylberg, William H.; Bozic, Biljana

    2006-04-01

    Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of metal complexes are a central component of functional chemical systems for energy conversion like in e.g. the dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical solar cells or photocatalytic processes at semiconductor surfaces. In this context, scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) under illumination is a most valuable tool for the understanding of elementary processes of such systems. SECM comprises an ultra-microelectrode (UME), which is incorporated into a 3- or 4-electrode, respectively, electrochemical setup and which can be positioned with sub-micrometer resolution in 3 dimensions relative to a substrate. In our system, we used Pt-UMEs and dye-sensitized nano-structured electrodes as substrates. The substrate can be illuminated from the backside, which resembles working conditions of solar cell arrangements. The electrolyte consists of 2-methoxypropionitrile in conjunction with redox couples as they are used in dye-sensitized nano-structured solar cell. With this setup the photoelectrochemistry in close contact to the substrate surface initiated by the injection of electrons from the dye into the conduction band of the TiO II due to illumination at working conditions has been investigated. In this contribution we present the general principle of the method as well as an initial validation by relating photocurrents measured with the SECM and solar cell performances.

  18. Free-standing carbon nanotube-titania photoactive sheets.

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    Koo, Youngmi; Malik, Rachit; Alvarez, Noe; Shanov, Vesselin N; Schulz, Mark; Sankar, Jag; Yun, Yeoheung

    2015-06-15

    We report on the development of a new photoactive material via titania (TiO2) nanoparticle deposition on free-standing aligned carbon nanotube (CNT) sheets. Controlling homogeneous dispersion of negatively charged TiO2 nanoparticles, achieved by adjusting pH higher than the point of zero charge (PZC), influenced electrochemical deposition of TiO2 on CNT sheets substrate. Varying deposition time with constant voltage, 5 V allowed different thickness of TiO2 to be deposited layer on the CNT sheets. The thickness and morphology of CNT-TiO2 sheets was verified by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Electrochemical experiments show that diffusion coefficient of Fe(CN)6(3-) was 5.56×10(-6) cm(2) s(-1) at pristine CNT sheets and 2.19×10(-6) cm(2) s(-1) at the CNT-TiO2 sheets. Photocatalytic activity for CNT-TiO2 sheets exhibits high photocurrent density (when deposition time=30 min, 4.3 μA cm(-2) in N2, 13.4 μA cm(-2) in CO2). This paper proved a possibility to use CNT-TiO2 sheets based on highly-aligned CNT sheets substrate as new photoactive material. PMID:25725399

  19. Preparation and characterization of sulfur-modified mesoporous titania photocatalyst

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    Shi, Zhongliang; Liu, Guiqing; Sun, Na; Yao, Shuhua; Wang, Shaofeng

    2013-08-01

    Sulfur-modified mesoporous titania (S-MTiO2) was investigated as a potential photocatalyst under visible light. The photocatalyst was prepared by template method using thiourea and tetrabutyl titanate (Ti(OC4H9)4) as precursors and Pluronic P123 as template. The photoabsorbance of as-prepared photocatalyst was measured by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, which confirmed the extension of absorption into the visible region. The microstructure of S-MTiO2 was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and N2 adsorption-desorption measurements. The micro crystal of the S-doped photocatalyst consisted of anatase phase and no significant influence on the nature of crystal formation. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements indicated the presence of C in the prepared photocatalyst in addition to S. The photo-catalytic performance was studied by photodegradation methyl orange (MO) in water under visible light irradiation. The calcination temperature and the doping content influenced the photoactivity.

  20. Photocatalytic coatings for environmental applications.

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    Allen, Norman S; Edge, Michele; Sandoval, Gonzalo; Verran, Jo; Stratton, John; Maltby, Julie

    2005-01-01

    are shown to exhibit effective light stabilization in various water- and oil-based paint media in comparison with conventional organic stabilizers. Hindered piperidine stabilizers are shown to provide no additional benefits in this regard, often exhibiting strong antagonism. The use of photocatalytic titania nanoparticles in the development of self-cleaning paints and microbiological surfaces is also demonstrated in this study. In the former case, surface erosion is shown to be controlled by varying the ratio of admixture of durable pigmentary-grade rutile (heavily coated) and a catalytic-grade anatase nanoparticle. For environmental applications in the development of coatings for destroying atmospheric pollutants such as nitrogen oxide gases (NO(X)), stable substrates are developed with photocatalytic nanoparticle-grade anatase. In this study, porosity of the coatings through calcium carbonate doping is shown to be crucial in the control of the effective destruction of atmospheric NO(X) gases. For the development of microbiological substrates for the destruction of harmful bacteria, effective nanoparticle anatase titania is shown to be important, with hydrated high surface area particles giving the greatest activity. PMID:15279507

  1. Microwave-assisted synthesis of porous carbon-titania and highly crystalline titania nanostructures.

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    Parker, Alison; Marszewski, Michal; Jaroniec, Mietek

    2013-03-01

    Porous carbon-titania and highly crystalline titania nanostructured materials were obtained through a microwave-assisted one-pot synthesis. Resorcinol and formaldehyde were used as carbon precursors, triblock copolymer Pluronic F127 as a stabilizing agent, and titanium isopropoxide as a titania precursor. This microwave-assisted one-pot synthesis involved formation of carbon spheres according to the recently modified Stöber method followed by hydrolysis and condensation of titania precursor. This method afforded carbon-titania composite materials containing anatase phase with specific surface areas as high as 390 m(2) g(-1). The pure nanostructured titania, obtained after removal of carbon through calcination of the composite material in air, was shown to be the anatase phase with considerably higher degree of crystallinity and the specific surface area as high as 130 m(2) g(-1). The resulting titania, because of its high surface area, well-developed porosity, and high crystallinity, is of great interest for catalysis, water treatment, lithium batteries, and other energy-related applications. PMID:23432344

  2. Synthesis and Characterisation of Porous Titania-Silica Composite Aerogel for NO(x) and Acetaldehyde Removal.

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    Lee, Kwang Young; Park, Se Min; Kim, Jong Beom; El Saliby, Ibrahim; Shahid, Mohammad; Kim, Geon-Joong; Shon, Ho Kyong; Kim, Jong-Ho

    2016-05-01

    In this study, the synthesis of porous titania-silica (TiO2-SiO2) composite aerogel at ambient pressure by using non-hazardous chemicals as a source of silica was investigated. TiO2-SiO2 composite aerogels were characterised and their photocatalytic performances were investigated for the removal efficiency of acetaldehyde and NO(x) under UV light. Results showed that porous composite aerogel with aggregated morphology, high surface area and an increased mesoporosity were formed. TiO2-SiO2(1.8) composite, with high Ti/Si ratio, showed the best results in terms of photocatalytic removal of acetaldehyde and nitrogen oxide. PMID:27483782

  3. Parameters Influencing the Photocatalytic Activity of Suspension-Sprayed TiO2 Coatings

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    Toma, Filofteia-Laura; Berger, Lutz-Michael; Shakhverdova, Irina; Leupolt, Beate; Potthoff, Annegret; Oelschlägel, Kathrin; Meissner, Tobias; Gomez, José Antonio Ibáñez; de Miguel, Yolanda

    2014-10-01

    Photocatalytic properties of titania have been studied very intensively for a variety of applications, including air and water purification. In order to clarify the influence of the phase composition and other parameters, thermal spraying with suspensions was applied to produce photocatalytically active titania coatings starting from two commercially available anatase and rutile submicron powders. Aqueous suspensions containing 40% solids by weight were sprayed with an HVOF process using ethylene as the fuel gas. The spray parameters were chosen in order to produce mechanically stable coatings and to preserve a high content of the initial crystalline phases of the powders. The coating microstructures, phase compositions, and surface properties were characterized. The photocatalytic performance was evaluated by degradation of the pink dye Rhodamine B (RB) using two techniques: degradation of an aqueous solution of RB and discoloration of impregnated RB. All the coatings exhibited photocatalytic activity to varying degrees, depending on the phase composition as well as other factors, namely, the coating microstructure, surface morphology, surface hydroxylation, light absorption, and interaction with the pollutant.

  4. Photocatalytic activity of titanium dioxide modified by Fe2O3 nanoparticles

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    Wodka, Dawid; Socha, Robert P.; Bielańska, Elżbieta; Elżbieciak-Wodka, Magdalena; Nowak, Paweł; Warszyński, Piotr

    2014-11-01

    Photocatalytic activity of Fe2O3/TiO2 composites obtained by precipitation was investigated. The composite material containing 1.0 wt% of iron(III) oxide nanoparticles was obtained by depositing Fe2O3 on the Evonic-Degussa P25 titania surface. SEM, XPS, DRS, CV and EIS techniques were applied to examine synthetized pale orange photocatalyst. The XPS measurements revealed that iron is present mainly in the +3 oxidation state but iron in the +2 oxidation state can be also detected. Electrochemical analysis indicated that surface modification of Degussa P25 by Fe2O3 causes the appearance of surface states in such a material. Nevertheless, based on the DRS measurement it was shown that iron(III) oxide nanoparticles modified the P25 spectral properties but they did not change the band gap width. The photocatalytic activity of Fe2O3/TiO2 composite was compared to photocatalytic activity of pristine P25 in photooxidation reaction of model compounds: oxalic acid (OxA) and formic acid (FA). Photodecomposition reaction was investigated in a batch reactor containing aqueous suspension of a photocatalyst illuminated by either UV or artificial sunlight (halogen lamp). The tests proved that nanoparticles deposited on titania surface triggers the increase in photocatalytic activity, this increase depends however on the decomposed substance.

  5. Synthesis of nano-crystalline (Ba 0.5Sr 0.5)Co 0.8Fe 0.2O 3- δ cathode material by a novel sol-gel thermolysis process for IT-SOFCs

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    Subramania, A.; Saradha, T.; Muzhumathi, S.

    Nano-crystalline (Ba 0.5Sr 0.5)Co 0.8Fe 0.2O 3- δ powder has been successfully synthesized by a novel sol-gel thermolysis method using a unique combination of PVA and urea. The decomposition and crystallization behaviour of the gel precursor was studied by TG/DTA analysis. The gel precursor was calcined at different temperatures and the phase evoluation was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. From the result of X-ray diffraction patterns, it is found that a cubic perovskite (Ba 0.5Sr 0.5)Co 0.8Fe 0.2O 3- δ was formed by calcining the precursor at 450 °C for 5 h, but the well-crystalline cubic perovskite (Ba 0.5Sr 0.5)Co 0.8Fe 0.2O 3- δ was obtained by calcining the precursor at 650 °C for 5 h. Morphological analysis of the powder calcined at various temperatures was done by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Thermogravimetric (TG) results showed the lattice oxygen loss of the product was about ∼2% in its original weight in the temperature range 40-900 °C. Finally, thermal expansion and electrical conductivity of the synthesized material were measured by dilatometer and four-probe dc method, respectively.

  6. Anomalous electrical relaxation and polaron conduction in nano-crystalline Mn{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}

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    Kumar, N. S. Krishna; Shahid, T. S.; Govindaraj, G.

    2015-06-24

    Nano-crystalline Mn{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was synthesized by chemical co-precipitation method and characterized with X-ray diffraction. Ac electrical impedance data are taken for the frequency range of 1Hz to 1MHz for various temperatures from 303K to 483K. The ac electrical conduction deviates from the Debye type relaxation which indicates polaron type conduction. In the present study unique anomalous relaxation function in time and frequency domain is used to investigate deviation from the Debye relaxation. The physical basis of anomalous or non-Debye process is explained in terms of change in Debye dipole μ{sub D}=ρr{sub D} of charge ρ into gρ due to the molecular charge interaction and defect disorder. This interaction shifts the Debye relaxation rate τ to a slow relaxation rate τ{sup g}. The fraction 0

  7. The enhancement of photovoltaic parameters in dye-sensitized solar cells of nano-crystalline SnO2 by incorporating with large SrTiO3 particles.

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    Aponsu, G M L P; Wijayarathna, T R C K; Perera, I K; Perera, V P S; Siriwardhana, A C P K

    2013-05-15

    In this paper, the performance of nano-porous electrodes made of a composite material of SrTiO3 and SnO2 are compared with those made of bare SnO2. When these particular devices are analyzed in a comparative mode the results confirmed the enhancement of photovoltaic parameters in the former device. The performance of respective cells were examined by several methods including I-V characteristic measurements, photocurrent action spectra, dark I-V measurements, Mott-Schottky measurements and X-ray diffraction measurements. Even though such improvements in this particular cell could be explicated by the formation of a potential energy barrier of SrTiO3 particles of comparably large width at the SrTiO3/SnO2 interface, the passivation of voids in the SnO2 film by SrTiO3 particles to a certain extent could not be totally ruled out. Besides, high energetic electrons injected by dye molecules move more credibly through mini-bands formed in the chain of nano-crystalline SnO2 particles to the back contact. The blocking of the recombination path and the shifting up of the uppermost electron occupied level of SnO2 accompanying the conduction band edge in the SrTiO3/SnO2 composite film, may have lead to the observed enhancement of the fill factor and photovoltage, respectively. PMID:23501715

  8. SEM/TEM characterization of periodical novel amorphous/nano-crystalline micro-composites obtained by laser interference structuring: The system HAlO-Al?Al2O3

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    Petersen, Christian; Lasagni, Andres Fabian; Holzapfel, Christian; Daniel, Claus; M�cklich, Frank; Veith, Michael

    2007-01-01

    Abstract Layers of the metastable, amorphous HAlO are synthesized by chemical vapor deposition from the molecular compound tert-butoxyalane ([tBu-O-AlH2]2). At temperatures above 500 C, these layers transform to biphasic Al Al2O3 due to the elimination of di-hydrogen. The interaction of HAlO films with short laser pulses causes partial transformation of amorphous HAlO into nano-crystalline Al Al2O3. Using an interference pattern of two coherent high-power Nd:YAG laser beams produces local and periodic heating, inducing crystallization at equally distant lines in the HAlO layer. Depending on the laser fluence, different morphologies and different amounts of crystalline phases are obtained. In this study, the surface morphology and the distribution of crystalline phases of the structured samples are analyzed using SEM, FIB and TEM. The two-dimensional structures consist of periodic variations of morphology, chemical composition, and phase identity with a well-defined long-range order. When bio-functionalized, the structured samples may be used as carriers for structurally controlled cell-cultivation.

  9. Solar thermal harvesting for enhanced photocatalytic reactions.

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    Hashemi, Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini; Choi, Jae-Woo; Psaltis, Demetri

    2014-03-21

    The Shockley-Queisser limit predicts a maximum efficiency of 30% for single junction photovoltaic (PV) cells. The rest of the solar energy is lost as heat and due to phenomena such as reflection and transmission through the PV and charge carrier recombination. In the case of photocatalysis, this maximum value is smaller since the charge carriers should be transferred to acceptor molecules rather than conductive electrodes. With this perspective, we realize that at least 70% of the solar energy is available to be converted into heat. This is specifically useful for photocatalysis, since heat can provide more kinetic energy to the reactants and increase the number of energetic collisions leading to the breakage of chemical bonds. Even in natural photosynthesis, at the most 6% of the solar spectrum is used to produce sugar and the rest of the absorbed photons are converted into heat in a process called transpiration. The role of this heating component is often overlooked; in this paper, we demonstrate a coupled system of solar thermal and photocatalytic decontamination of water by titania, the most widely used photocatalyst for various photo reactions. The enhancement of this photothermal process over solely photocatalytic water decontamination is demonstrated to be 82% at 1× sun. Our findings suggest that the combination of solar thermal energy capture with photocatalysis is a suitable strategy to utilize more of the solar spectrum and improve the overall performance. PMID:24480846

  10. Photocatalytic transformation of CO2 to CH4 and CO on acidic surface of TiO2 anatase

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    Civiš, Svatopluk; Ferus, Martin; Knížek, A.; Kubelík, P.; Kavan, L.; Zukalová, M.

    2016-06-01

    Recently, many studies have demonstrated that carbon dioxide can be converted to methane on TiO2 surface by a photocatalytic process. We show that such a photo-reduction can be significantly affected by the presence of an acidic proton in powder samples of titania. Using in situ absorption gas-phase rovibrational spectroscopic detection of CH4, CO and CO2, we demonstrate that proton enhancement positively affects transformation of intermediate derivatives to methane during the photo-irradiation process via several reactions in which the electron transfer inside titania is coupled to oxygen transfer to the Ti3+ centers of TiO2 structure. The yield of CH4 or CO depends on the surface conditioning of titania: the formation of CH4 is boosted by a presence of adsorbed HCl, while the formation of CO is boosted by adsorbed H2SO4.

  11. Mesoporous silica-titania composed materials.

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    Messina, Paula V; Morini, Marcela A; Sierra, María B; Schulz, Pablo C

    2006-08-01

    Titania mesosized particles were obtained by TiCl4 hydrolysis in Aerosol OT/water/n-hexane microemulsion. These particles were incorporated in surfactant templated silica mesoporous materials of MCM-41 and MCM-50 structures. Results depended on the surfactant: hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide templated materials retained the honeycomb structure with small modifications in their characteristics. The dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide templated material changed from honeycomb to lamellar structure when the titania particles were included, with dramatic changes in the structure characteristics. The didodecyldimethylammonium bromide templated lamellar structure was retained after TIO2 inclusion, with a slight increase in the specific area, pore diameter and pore walls thickness. PMID:16600274

  12. V photometry of Titania, Oberon, and Triton

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    Goguen, J.D.; Hammel, H.B.; Brown, R.H.

    1989-02-01

    The phase angle and orbital brightness variations of Titania, Oberon, and Triton are presently obtained through analysis of V filter photometry obtained at Mauna Kea in 1982-1983. While Titania and Oberon exhibit magnitude variations with phase angle comparable to those of low-to-moderate albedo asteroids observed within several deg of opposition, Triton's phase variation is distinctly different from these and has a phase coefficient consistent with either a high-albedo regolith or an optically thick nonparticulate scattering layer (perhaps an atmosphere, or an ocean). A low-albedo regolith cannot on the strength of these data be ruled out, however. 39 references.

  13. Photocatalytic and thermal catalytic oxidation of acetaldehyde on Pt/TiO{sub 2}

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    Falconer, J.L.; Magrini-Bair, K.A.

    1998-10-01

    Low concentrations of acetaldehyde in air (60 ppm) were oxidized over TiO{sub 2} (Degussa P25) and 0.5% Pt/TiO{sub 2} catalysts from 24 to 200 C by photocatalytic and thermal catalytic reactions. On Pt/TiO{sub 2}, the contribution by photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) is a maximum at 140 C, where conversion is 2.8 times that at 24 C. Titania without Pt deactivates rapidly during PCO at elevated temperature due to a thermal catalytic reaction that takes place in parallel with PCO, but the addition of Pt dramatically slows deactivation. Apparently, Pt supplies spillover oxygen onto the TiO{sub 2}, and the oxygen oxidizes the acetaldehyde decomposition products in a dark reaction. Deactivated TiO{sub 2} without Pt was regenerated by PCO at room temperature. Seven distinct reactions (photocatalytic and thermal catalytic) are identified on Pt/TiO{sub 2}.

  14. Structural and adsorption characteristics and catalytic activity of titania and titania-containing nanomaterials.

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    Gun'ko, V M; Blitz, J P; Zarko, V I; Turov, V V; Pakhlov, E M; Oranska, O I; Goncharuk, E V; Gornikov, Y I; Sergeev, V S; Kulik, T V; Palyanytsya, B B; Samala, R K

    2009-02-01

    Morphological, structural, adsorption, and catalytic properties of highly disperse titania prepared using sulfate and pyrogenic methods, and fumed titania-containing mixed oxides, were studied using XRD, TG/DTA, nitrogen adsorption, (1)H NMR, FTIR, microcalorimetry on immersion of oxides in water and decane, thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) and catalytic photodecomposition of methylene blue (MB). Phase composition and aggregation characteristics of nanoparticles (pore size distribution) of sulfate and pyrogenically prepared titania are very different; temperature dependent structural properties are thus very different. Catalytic activity for the photodecomposition of MB is greatest (per gram of TiO(2) for the pure oxide materials) for non-treated ultrafine titania PC-500, which has the largest S(BET) value and smallest particle size of the materials studied. However, this activity calculated per m(2) is higher for PC-105, possessing a much smaller S(BET) value than PC-500. The activity per unit surface area of titania is greatest for the fumed silica-titania mixed oxide ST20. Calcination of PC-500 at 650 degrees C leads to enhancement of anatase content and catalytic activity, but heating at 800 and 900 degrees C lowers the anatase content (since rutile appears) and diminishes catalytic activity, as well as the specific surface area because of nanoparticle sintering. PMID:18996539

  15. Chitosan as a potential stabilizing agent for titania nanoparticle dispersions for preparation of multifunctional cotton fabric.

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    Goyal, Nidhi; Rastogi, Deepali; Jassal, Manjeet; Agrawal, Ashwini K

    2016-12-10

    Titania (TiO2) nanoparticle dispersions in water were prepared using chitosan (CS) as the stabilizing agent. The dispersion stability was evaluated with respect to storage time, hydrodynamic particle size, and zeta potential. The effect of the molecular weight of CS and presence of non-ionic polymers (poly(vinyl alcohol) and poly(ethylene glycol)) as co-dispersants was investigated. Despite the increase in size of dispersed particles, the long-term storage stability of the dispersions improved with increasing concentration and molecular weight of CS. The TiO2/CS dispersions were applied on cotton fabric and characterized. The presence of CS did not seriously affect the photocatalytic self-cleaning activity (SCA) of TiO2; with CS, a SCA of 89% was achieved compared with a value of 96% without CS. In addition, the TiO2/CS-treated cotton fabrics provided UV protection and significant antimicrobial activity. PMID:27577907

  16. Effect of titania nanotubes on the flux and separation performance of polyethersulfone membranes

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    Subramaniam, M. N.; Goh, P. S.; Ismail, A. F.; Lau, W. J.

    2016-06-01

    The improvement of membrane performances in terms of separation and permeation is a constant research problem. In this study, polyethersulfone (PES) hollow fiber nanocomposite membranes were fabricated with titania nanotubes (TNT) synthesized via hydrothermal method used as inorganic filler to improve separation and membrane permeation. The membranes were prepared using dry/wet phase inversion process. The concentration of PES was fixed at 18% and TNT was added at concentration of 0.1% wt. The membranes were characterized in terms of pure water permeation rate (PWP), proteins (BSA) rejection, porosity and water contact angle. The results showed that addition of TNT improves the water flux and rejection rate as well as increasing hydrophilicity of the membrane. The flux of membrane is improved more than 20% while the rejection has been improved from 79% to 96%. The addition of TNT into the membrane matrix has shown that photocatalytic property can be introduced to a normal membrane.

  17. Nano-Titania Photocatalyst Loaded on W-MCM-41 Support and Its Highly Efficient Degradation of Methylene Blue

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    Shankar, H.; Saravanan, R.; Narayanan, V.; Stephen, A.

    2011-07-01

    Most of the azo dyes produced in textile, printing, paper manufacturing, pulp processing and pharmaceutical industries contain different organic contaminants. These dyes can enter the body through ingestion and the high content in living systems can prove to be carcinogenic. Therefore photocatalytic degradation of such toxic organic compounds in water, in the presence of semiconductor powders has received much attention over the last two decades. Nanocrystalline titanium dioxide, TiO2, is a well studied and commonly used material for photocatalytic applications. However, the control of particle size, monodispersity, large catalytic surface for sufficient adsorption of organic pollutants, recovery and recycle of TiO2 nanoparticles are challenging tasks. Hence in the present study, titania was introduced into the nanopores (2-10 nm size) of MCM-41 to produce stable nanoparticles of uniform size and shape. Further, in order to lengthen the life time of the excited electrons/holes during photoreaction, tungsten atoms were incorporated in to the MCM-41 silica matrix in addition to titania loading.

  18. Composite TiO2/clays materials for photocatalytic NOx oxidation

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    Todorova, N.; Giannakopoulou, T.; Karapati, S.; Petridis, D.; Vaimakis, T.; Trapalis, C.

    2014-11-01

    TiO2 photocatalyst received much attention for air purification applications especially for removal of air pollutants like NOx, VOCs etc. It has been established that the activity of the photocatalyst can be significantly enhanced by its immobilization onto suitable substrates like inorganic minerals, porous silica, hydroxyapatite, adsorbent materials like activated carbon, various co-catalysts such as semiconductors, graphene, reduced graphite oxide, etc. In the present work, photocatalytic composite materials consisted of mineral substrate and TiO2 in weight ratio 1:1 were manufactured and examined for oxidation and removal of nitric oxides NOx (NO and NO2). Commercial titania P25 (Evonik-Degussa) and urea-modified P25 were used as photocatalytically active components. Inorganic minerals, namely kunipia, talk and hydrotalcite were selected as supporting materials due to their layered structure and expected high NOx adsorption capability. Al3+ and Ca2+ intercalation was applied in order to improve the dispersion of TiO2 and its loading into the supporting matrix. The X-ray diffraction analysis and Scanning Electron Microscopy revealed the binary structure of the composites and homogeneous dispersion of the photocatalyst into the substrates. The photocatalytic behavior of the materials in NOx oxidation and removal was investigated under UV and visible light irradiation. The composite materials exhibited superior photocatalytic activity than the bare titania under both types of irradiation. Significant visible light activity was recorded for the composites containing urea-modified titania that was accredited to the N-doping of the semiconductor. Among the different substrates, the hydrotalcite caused highest increase in the NOx removal, while among the intercalation ions the Ca2+ was more efficient. The results were related to the improved dispersion of the TiO2 and the synergetic activity of the substrates as NOx adsorbers.

  19. The effect of process parameters on the Liquid Flame Spray generated titania nanoparticles.

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    Aromaa, Mikko; Keskinen, Helmi; Mäkelä, Jyrki M

    2007-11-01

    Nanoparticles have become important in many applications. It is essential to be able to control the particle size because the properties of nanoparticles change dramatically with particle size. An efficient way to generate nanoparticles is via aerosol processes. In this study we used Liquid Flame Spray consisting of liquid precursor droplets sprayed into a high-speed hydrogen/oxygen flame where they evaporate, vapours react and nucleate to form titania nanoparticles. Using flame methods, also dopants and sensitizers can easily be introduced in order to, e.g. improve the photocatalytic activity of the nanomaterial. To obtain a practical guideline in order to tailor the final nanoparticle size in the process, we have systematically studied the effects of different process parameters on the particle size of titania. Titania is used, e.g. as a photocatalyst, and then both particle size and crystal structure are important when looking at the efficiency. In this work, the generated nanoparticle size has been measured by aerosol instrumentation and the particle morphology has been verified with transmission electron microscopy. In Liquid Flame Spray method, there are several adjustable parameters such as precursor feed rate into the flame; concentration of the precursor; precursor material itself as well as solvent used in the precursor; mass flow of combustion gases and also the mechanical design of the torch used. We used metal organic based titanium precursors in alcohol solvents, predominantly ethanol and 2-propanol. Large differences in particle production between the precursors were found. Differences could also be seen for various solvents. As for precursor feed in the flame, the more mass is introduced the larger the nanoparticles are, i.e. precursor concentration and precursor feed rate have an impact on particle size. A similar phenomenon can be discovered for the combustion gas flow rates. Torch design also plays an important role in controlling the particle

  20. Critical aspects in the production of periodically ordered mesoporous titania thin films.

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    Soler-Illia, Galo J A A; Angelomé, Paula C; Fuertes, M Cecilia; Grosso, David; Boissiere, Cedric

    2012-04-21

    Periodically ordered mesoporous titania thin films (MTTF) present a high surface area, controlled porosity in the 2-20 nm pore diameter range and an amorphous or crystalline inorganic framework. These materials are nowadays routinely prepared by combining soft chemistry and supramolecular templating. Photocatalytic transparent coatings and titania-based solar cells are the immediate promising applications. However, a wealth of new prospective uses have emerged on the horizon, such as advanced catalysts, perm-selective membranes, optical materials based on plasmonics and photonics, metamaterials, biomaterials or new magnetic nanocomposites. Current and novel applications rely on the ultimate control of the materials features such as pore size and geometry, surface functionality and wall structure. Even if a certain control of these characteristics has been provided by the methods reported so far, the needs for the next generation of MTTF require a deeper insight in the physical and chemical processes taking place in their preparation and processing. This article presents a critical discussion of these aspects. This discussion is essential to evolve from know-how to sound knowledge, aiming at a rational materials design of these fascinating systems. PMID:22419250

  1. Assessment of compatibility and durability of photocatalytic TiO2 for stone coating

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    Calia, Angela; Lettieri, Maria Teresa; Licciulli, Antonio; Masieri, Maurizio

    2014-05-01

    The use of Titanium dioxide nano-particles has received increasing attention in many fields as these particles can trap and decompose organic and inorganic soiling matter and air pollutants by a photocatalytic process, providing new functional properties in terms of self-cleaning and depolluting performances to the treated materials. Since recent years, the use of photocatalytic TiO2 as external coating for natural stones has been allowed thanks to the fine-tuning of nano-titania preparation, overcoming the initial limits of application related to a necessary thermal treatment. Notwithstanding nano-titania benefits, the potential of its application as stone coating needs to be assessed with respect to basic requirements involved for any surface stone treatment, especially in the field of the preservation of historical-architectural heritage. They concern the harmlessness with respect to the original characteristics of the stones, the effectiveness and durability of the treatments themselves. In this work we present the study for the assessment of compatibility of Titania coatings applied to calcareous stones paying attention to their effects on chromatic properties, water absorption by capillarity, permeability to water vapour, water wettability. The durability of the coatings under mechanical action in laboratory simulated conditions was also investigated.

  2. Photocatalytic Destruction of Tetracycline Hydrochloride on the Surface of Titanium Dioxide Films Modified by Gold Nanoparticles

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    Linnik, O. P.; Zhukovskiy, M. A.; Starukh, G. N.; Smirnova, N. P.; Gaponenko, N. V.; Asharif, A. M.; Khoroshko, L. S.; Borisenko, V. E.

    2015-01-01

    Films of titania (TiO2) and titania modified with gold nanoparticles (TiO2:Au) were synthesized by a sol-gel method on substrates of glass, aluminum, and aluminum with a layer of nanotextured aluminum or porous anodic alumina. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was investigated in an aqueous solution of the antibiotic tetracycline hydrochloride (TC). TC decomposition was observed in the presence of all samples as a reduction of the solution optical density in the range below 500 nm. Titania was in the crystalline anatase phase with incorporated spherical gold nanoparticles primarily of sizes 1-10 nm after heat treatment at 400°C. Modification of TiO2 films with gold nanoparticles on glass or aluminum substrates did not increase the photocatalytic activity of the samples. It was found that complexes of TC with Al3+ in solution formed only in the presence of gold nanoparticles in the film either in the dark or with UV irradiation.

  3. Titania-lanthanum phosphate photoactive and hydrophobic new generation catalyst

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    Jyothi, Chembolli K.; Jaimy, Kanakkanmavudi B.; Ghosh, Swapankumar; Sankar, Sasidharan; Smitha, V. S.; Warrier, K. G. K.

    2011-07-01

    Titania-lanthanum phosphate nanocomposites with multifunctional properties have been synthesized by aqueous sol-gel method. The precursor sols with varying TiO 2:LaPO 4 ratios were applied as thin coating on glass substrates in order to be transparent, hydrophobic, photocatalytically active coatings. The phase compositions of the composite powders were identified by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). The anatase phase of TiO 2 in TiO 2-LaPO 4 composite precursors was found to be stable even on annealing at 800 °C. The glass substrates, coated with TL1 (TiO 2-LaPO 4 composition with 1 mol% LaPO 4) and TL50 (composite precursor containing TiO 2 and LaPO 4 with molar ratio 1:1) sols and annealed at 400 °C, produced contact angles of 74° and 92°, respectively, though it is only 62° for pure TiO 2 coating. The glass substrates, coated with TL50 sol, produced surfaces with relatively high roughness and uneven morphology. The TL1 material, annealed at 800 °C, has shown the highest UV photoactivity with an apparent rate constant, kapp=24×10 -3 min -1, which is over five times higher than that observed with standard Hombikat UV 100 ( kapp=4×10 -3 min -1). The photoactivity combined with a moderate contact angle (85.3°) shows that this material has a promise as an efficient self-cleaning precursor.

  4. Nitrogen-sensitized dual phase titanate/titania for visible-light driven phenol degradation

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    Cheng, Yu Hua; Subramaniam, Vishnu P.; Gong, Dangguo; Tang, Yuxin; Highfield, James; Pehkonen, Simo O.; Pichat, Pierre; Chen, Zhong

    2012-12-15

    A dual-phase material (DP-160) comprising hydrated titanate (H{sub 2}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 7}{center_dot}xH{sub 2}O) and anatase (TiO{sub 2}) was synthesized in a low-temperature one-pot process in the presence of triethylamine (TEA) as the N-source. The unique structure exhibits strong visible light absorption. The chromophore is linked to Ti-N bonds derived from both surface sensitization and sub-surface (bulk) doping. From transmission electron microscope (TEM) and textural studies by N{sub 2} physisorption, the composite exists as mesoporous particles with a grain size of {approx}20 nm and mean pore diameter of 3.5 nm, responsible for the high surface area ({approx}180 m{sup 2}/g). DP-160 demonstrated photocatalytic activity in the degradation of phenol under visible light ({lambda}>420 nm). The activity of the composite was further enhanced by a small addition (0.001 M) of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}, which also gave rise to some visible light activity in the control samples. This effect is believed to be associated with the surface peroxo-titanate complex. GC-MS analyses showed that the intermediate products of phenol degradation induced by visible light irradiation of DP-160 did not differ from those obtained by UV (band-gap) irradiation of TiO{sub 2}. The overall performance of the composite is attributed to efficient excitation via inter-band states (due to N-doping), surface sensitization, improved adsorptive properties of aromatic compounds due to the N-carbonaceous overlayer, and the presence of heterojunctions that are known to promote directional charge transfer in other mixed-phase titanias like Degussa P25. - graphical abstract: Nitrogen-sensitized dual phase titanate/titania photocatalyst showing extended visible light absorption and efficient photocatalytic degradation of phenol. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low temperature one-pot synthesis of visible light active dual phase photocatalyst. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The dual phase consists of

  5. Influence of dye content on the conduction band edge of titania in the steam-treated dye-dispersing titania electrodes.

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    Setiawan, Rudi Agus; Nishikiori, Hiromasa; Tanaka, Nobuaki; Fujii, Tsuneo

    2014-01-01

    The titania and dye-dispersing titania electrodes were prepared by a nitric acid-catalyzed sol-gel process. The dye-dispersing titania contains the dye molecules dispersed on the surface of the individual nanosized titania particles. The photo-cyclic voltammetry (Photo-CV) and photoelectric measurements of the dye-dispersing titania electrodes were conducted to clarify the factors changing the conduction band edge of the titania and the open-circuit voltage (Voc ) of the electrodes. The remaining nitrate ions caused a negative shift of conduction band edge of the titania of the dye-dispersing titania. The conduction band edge of the titania was shifted in a negative direction in the electrode containing a greater amount of the dye. These results are due to the adsorption of nitrate ions and the dye-titania complex formation on the titania particle surface. The effect of the dye-titania complex formation on the shift in the titania conduction band edge was greater than that of the adsorption of nitrate ions due to strong interaction between the dye and titania through the carboxylate and quinone-like groups of the dye. The shift in the titania conduction band edge corresponded to the change in the Voc value. PMID:24893823

  6. Three-dimensional developing flow model for photocatalytic monolith reactors

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    Hossain, Md.M.; Raupp, G.B.; Hay, S.O.; Obee, T.N.

    1999-06-01

    A first-principles mathematical model describes performance of a titania-coated honeycomb monolith photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) reactor for air purification. The single-channel, 3-D convection-diffusion-reaction model assumes steady-state operation, negligible axial dispersion, and negligible homogeneous reaction. The reactor model accounts rigorously for entrance effects arising from the developing fluid-flow field and uses a previously developed first-principles radiation-field submodel for the UV flux profile down the monolith length. The model requires specification of an intrinsic photocatalytic reaction rate dependent on local UV light intensity and local reactant concentration, and uses reaction-rate expressions and kinetic parameters determined independently using a flat-plate reactor. Model predictions matched experimental pilot-scale formaldehyde conversion measurements for a range of inlet formaldehyde concentrations, air humidity levels, monolith lengths, and for various monolith/lamp-bank configurations. This agreement was realized without benefit of any adjustable photocatalytic reactor model parameters, radiation-field submodel parameters, or kinetic submodel parameters. The model tends to systematically overpredict toluene conversion data by about 33%, which falls within the accepted limits of experimental kinetic parameter accuracy. With further validation, the model could be used in PCO reactor design and to develop quantitative energy utilization metrics.

  7. Black Nb2O5 nanorods with improved solar absorption and enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Zhao, Wenli; Zhao, Wei; Zhu, Guilian; Lin, Tianquan; Xu, Fangfang; Huang, Fuqiang

    2016-03-01

    Black titania, with greatly improved solar absorption, has demonstrated its effectiveness in photocatalysis and photoelectrochemical cells (PEC), inspiring us to explore the blackening of other wide band-gap oxide materials for enhanced performance. Herein, we report the fabrication of black, reduced Nb2O5 nanorods (r-Nb2O5), with active exposed (001) surfaces, and their enhanced photocatalytic and PEC properties. Black r-Nb2O5 nanorods were obtained via reduction of pristine Nb2O5 by molten aluminum in a two-zone furnace. Unlike the black titania, r-Nb2O5 nanorods are well-crystallized, without a core-shell structure, which makes them outstanding in photocatalytic stability. Substantial Nb(4+) cation and oxygen vacancies (VO) were introduced into r-Nb2O5, resulting in the enhanced absorption in both the visible and near-infrared regions and improved charge separation and transport capability. The advantage of the r-Nb2O5 was also proved by its more efficient photoelectrochemical performance (138 times at 1.23 VRHE) and higher photocatalytic hydrogen-generation activity (13 times) than pristine Nb2O5. These results indicate that black r-Nb2O5 is a promising material for PEC application and photocatalysis. PMID:26906245

  8. Room-temperature embedment of anatase titania nanoparticles into porous cellulose aerogels

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    Jiao, Yue; Wan, Caichao; Li, Jian

    2015-07-01

    In this paper, a facile easy method for room-temperature embedment of anatase titania (TiO2) nanoparticles into porous cellulose aerogels was reported. The obtained anatase TiO2/cellulose (ATC) aerogels were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption measurements, and thermogravimetric analysis. The results showed that high-purity anatase TiO2 nanoparticles with sizes of 3.69 ± 0.77 nm were evenly dispersed in the cellulose aerogels, which leaded to the significant improvement in specific surface area and pore volume of ATC aerogels. Meanwhile, the hybrid ATC aerogels also had a high loading content of TiO2 (ca. 17.7 %). Furthermore, through a simple photocatalytic degradation test of indigo carmine dye under UV light, ATC aerogels exhibited superior photocatalytic activity and shape stability, which might be useful in some fields like governance of water pollution, and chemical leaks.

  9. Zr doped anatase supported reticulated ceramic foams for photocatalytic water purification

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    Plesch, G.; Vargová, M.; Vogt, U.F.; Gorbár, M.; Jesenák, K.

    2012-07-15

    Highlights: ► Thick photocatalytic anatase films on macroporous reticulated ceramic foams. ► Alumina and alumina–mullite macroporous reticulated foams as photocatalyst support. ► Zr doping significantly improves the TiO{sub 2} film activity in phenol photomineralization. ► Comparison of photocatalytic activity of thick films and powder suspensions. -- Abstract: Titanium dioxide films were deposited on macroporous reticulated Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and alumina–mullite foams with pore sizes of 15 ppi (pores per inch). Coatings were prepared from suspensions of precursor powders of Aeroxide{sup ®} P25 nanopowder and precipitated TiO{sub 2} by using a dip coating process. The TiO{sub 2} forms films with a thickness of ∼2–20 μm. The photocatalytic activity was characterized as the mineralization rate of an aqueous phenol solution under UVA irradiation by the TOC technique. Precipitated TiO{sub 2} films have nearly the same photocatalytic activity as a titania suspension, in which powder aggregates have a size comparable with the thickness of the films. Samples made of Aeroxide{sup ®} P25 nanopowder, in which the size of aggregates is ∼0.1 μm show higher efficiency of photodecomposition in suspensions with films. The doping of precipitated anatase with Zr(IV) in the atomic ratio Zr/Ti = 0.008 significantly improves the photocatalytic activity of the foam supported titania. Zr doped anatase films show better performance as the films prepared only from Aeroxide{sup ®} P25 nanopowder.

  10. High visible light photocatalytic property of Co2+-doped TiO2 nanoparticles with mixed phases

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    Zhao, Cong; Shu, Xin; Zhu, Da-chuan; Wei, Shang-hai; Wang, Yu-xin; Tu, Ming-jing; Gao, Wei

    2015-12-01

    Mixed phases Co2+-doped TiO2 nanoparticles have been prepared by a novel method combined with sol-gel and hydrothermal methods. The section of sol-gel method, sol, provides an unstable colloidal reaction system for the next reaction process. The hydrothermal method is to treat the above reaction system to prepare undoped and doped samples. The as-prepared samples have been characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, HRTEM and UV-vis spectroscopy. The results show that the as-prepared samples contain three titania polymorphs: brookite, rutile and anatase phases. These titania polymorphs probably form polymorph-junctions that can extend the lifetime of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. The photocatalytic activity has been evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B in air under visible-light irradiation. The degradation results indicate that the photocatalytic activity of as-prepared samples is higher than that of Degussa P25, especially the doped sample. This is ascribed to the fact that the phases with smaller band gap can enhance visible-light photocatalytic activity, the polymorph-junctions effectively extend the photoelectron lifetime and the nano size effect and Co-doping induce the shift of the absorption edge into the visible-light region. Furthermore, the XRD, SEM, and TEM data indicate that Co2+-doping results in the decrease of particle size.

  11. Electrochemical performance of granulated titania nanoparticles

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    Wilhelm, O.; Pratsinis, S. E.; de Chambrier, E.; Crouzet, M.; Exnar, I.

    The electrochemical performance of Li-ion insertion into electrodes made of various sizes of anatase titania nanoparticles embedded in larger granulated entities (1-10 μm) is investigated. The granules are formed by spray drying of a suspension containing titania nanoparticles made by hydrolyzing titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP). Depending on the three process steps, i.e. hydrolysis-condensation, hydrothermal processing and spray drying, different properties for the electrode made from these granules can be achieved in terms of phase composition, specific surface area (SSA) and specific charge capacity. Hydrothermally processed (HP) particles are more resistant to calcination than sol-gel precipitated (SGP) ones and have a higher SSA which leads to a better performance with respect to specific charge capacity. Electrodes made from granulated nanoparticles have superior specific charge capacity than from non-granulated ones as the former have more inter-particle contacts.

  12. Investigation of titania membranes for nanofiltration

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    Wildman, D.L.; Peterson, R.A.; Hill, C.G. Jr.

    1994-12-31

    The development of ceramic membranes for industrial scale separations is receiving increased attention because of the numerous potential benefits that these inorganic membranes offer over their organic counterparts. These benefits include increased thermal stability, ability to operate over a broader range of pH values, and increased resistance to organic solvents. One method for the synthesis of ceramic membranes involves sol-gel techniques. Titania sols have been fabricated which are characterized by mean particle diameters of ca. 8 nm. Membranes fabricated from these sols are characterized by pore diameters of approximately 15 {angstrom}. Permselectivity measurements of these titania membranes indicate that their molecular weight cut-off value is less than 200. Rejection coefficients for several molecular species increased with increasing applied pressure in a manner which was not predicted from theoretical considerations. Rejection coefficients for several nitrate salts and permeability data for selected non-aqueous solvents were measured. Rejection coefficients for cupric and zinc nitrate salts were approximately 25%.

  13. Hydrogen sulfide conversion with nanophase titania

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    Beck, D.D.; Siegel, R.W.

    1996-08-20

    A process is described for disassociating H{sub 2}S in a gaseous feed using an improved catalytic material in which the feed is contacted at a temperature of at least about 275 C with a catalyst of rutile nanocrystalline titania having grain sizes in the range of from about 1 to about 100 nanometers. Other transition metal catalysts are disclosed, each of nanocrystalline material with grain sizes in the 1-100 nm range. 5 figs.

  14. Synthesis of Micro/Nano Crystalline Ceramics

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    Mathew, Philip; Isac, Sheelakumari; Abraham, Rosalin; Isac, Jayakumari

    2008-04-01

    As a matter of fact almost every industrial production line, office and home is dependant on ceramic materials. Newly designed devices incorporate ceramic materials because of their useful chemical, electrical, mechanical, thermal and structural properties. The effectiveness of a large system depends critically on its ceramic components. That is ceramics are important, first because they comprise a large basic industry and second because their properties are essential for many applications. Ceramics are more stable than metals both in chemical and thermal environments. In this work the authors describes a method for the preparation of PBT ceramics material from lead oxide (PbO), barium carbonate and titanium oxide based on pre-calcinations of oxides. The results were analyzed by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Infrared Spectroscopy (IR) and TGA. XRD and SEM studies revealed that its particle size is in nanometer range. Dielectric studies were conducted at a frequency range of 100 KHz to 13 MHz. Mechanical properties were calculated.

  15. ONE-DIMENSIONAL PLASMONIC NANO-PHOTOCATALYSTS: SYNTHESIS, CHARACTERIZATION AND PHOTOCATALYTIC ACTIVITY

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    Murph, S.

    2011-08-14

    This study describes a simple two-step approach to coat gold nanorods with a silica/titania shell. Gold nanorods with an aspect ratio of 2.5 (L = 48 {+-} 2 and d = 19 {+-} 1) are synthesized by a silver-seed mediated growth approach according to our previously reported procedure (Hunyadi Murph ACS Symposium Series, Volume 1064, Chapter 8, 2011, 127-163 and reference herein). Gold nanorods are grown on pre-formed gold nano-seeds in the presence of surfactant, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), and a small amount of silver ions. A bifunctional linker molecule which has a thiol group at one end and a silane group at the other is used to derivatize gold nanorods. The silane group is subsequently reacted with both sodium silicate and titanium isopropoxide to a silica/titania shell around the gold nanorods. By fine tuning the reaction conditions, the silica/titania shell thickness can be controlled from {approx}5 to {approx}40nm. The resulting nanomaterials are stable, amenable to scale up and can be isolated without core aggregation or decomposition. These new materials have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, UV-Vis spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering analysis. Photocatalytic activity of Au-silica/titania nanomaterials under visible and UV illumination is measured via degradation of a model dye, methyl orange (MO) under visible and UV illumination. The results indicate a 3 fold improvement in the photocatalytic decomposition rate of MO under visible illumination vs. UV illumination.

  16. UV-induced photocatalytic degradation of aqueous acetaminophen: the role of adsorption and reaction kinetics.

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    Basha, Shaik; Keane, David; Nolan, Kieran; Oelgemöller, Michael; Lawler, Jenny; Tobin, John M; Morrissey, Anne

    2015-02-01

    Nanostructured titania supported on activated carbon (AC), termed as integrated photocatalytic adsorbents (IPCAs), were prepared by ultrasonication and investigated for the photocatalytic degradation of acetaminophen (AMP), a common analgesic and antipyretic drug. The IPCAs showed high affinity towards AMP (in dark adsorption studies), with the amount adsorbed proportional to the TiO2 content; the highest adsorption was at 10 wt% TiO2. Equilibrium isotherm studies showed that the adsorption followed the Langmuir model, indicating the dependence of the reaction on an initial adsorption step, with maximum adsorption capacity of 28.4 mg/g for 10 % TiO2 IPCA. The effects of initial pH, catalyst amount and initial AMP concentration on the photocatalytic degradation rates were studied. Generally, the AMP photodegradation activity of the IPCAs was better than that of bare TiO2. Kinetic studies on the photocatalytic degradation of AMP under UV suggest that the degradation followed Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H) kinetics, with an adsorption rate constant (K) that was considerably higher than the photocatalytic rate constant (k r), indicating that the photocatalysis of AMP is the rate-determining step during the adsorption/photocatalysis process. PMID:25173973

  17. 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.

  18. Electrochemical biosensing based on polypyrrole/titania nanotube hybrid.

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    Xie, Yibing; Zhao, Ye

    2013-12-01

    The glucose oxidase (GOD) modified polypyrrole/titania nanotube enzyme electrode is fabricated for electrochemical biosensing application. The titania nanotube array is grown directly on a titanium substrate through an anodic oxidation process. A thin film of polypyrrole is coated onto titania nanotube array to form polypyrrole/titania nanotube hybrid through a normal pulse voltammetry process. GOD-polypyrrole/titania nanotube enzyme electrode is prepared by the covalent immobilization of GOD onto polypyrrole/titania nanotube hybrid via the cross-linker of glutaraldehyde. The morphology and microstructure of nanotube electrodes are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared analysis. The biosensing properties of this nanotube enzyme electrode have been investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The hydrophilic polypyrrole/titania nanotube hybrid provides highly accessible nanochannels for GOD encapsulation, presenting good enzymatic affinity. As-formed GOD-polypyrrole/titania nanotube enzyme electrode well conducts bioelectrocatalytic oxidation of glucose, exhibiting a good biosensing performance with a high sensitivity, low detection limit and wide linear detection range. PMID:24094220

  19. Enhanced Optical Absorption Induced by Dense Nanocavities Inside Titania Nanorods

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    Han,W.; Wu, L.; Klie, R.; Zhu, Y.

    2007-01-01

    Titania, a wide band gap semiconductor, can generate powerful oxidants and reductants by absorbing photon energies. Titania has been extensively used in photoelectrochemical systems, such as dye-sensitized titania, a wide band gap semiconductor, can generate powerful oxidants and reductants by absorbing photon energies. To improve the photoreactivity of titania, several approaches, including doping and metal loading have been proposed. Nanocavities are isolated entities inside a solid and hence are very different from nanoporous, whose pores (often amorphous and irregular) connect together and open to the surface. Dense polyhedral nanocavities inside single-crystalline anatase titania nanorods were successfully synthesized by simply heating titanate nanorods. The size of the nanocavities is typically about 10 nm. The surfaces of the nanocavity polyhedron are determined to be the crystallographic low-index planes of the titania crystal. We found that these dense nanocavities significantly enhance the optical absorption coefficient of titania in the near-ultraviolet region, thereby providing a new approach to increasing the photoreactivity of the titania nanorods in the applications related to absorbing photons.

  20. Enhanced Photovoltaic Properties of Potassium-Adsorbed Titania Nanotubes

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    Richter, C.; Jaye, C; Fischer, D; Lewis, L; Willey, R; Menon, L

    2009-01-01

    It is demonstrated that vertically-aligned titania nanotube planar arrays fabricated by electrochemical anodization using standard potassium-containing electrolytes invariably contain a significant amount of surface-adsorbed potassium ions, hitherto undetected, that affect the titania photoelectrochemical or PEC performance. Synchrotron-based near edge X-ray absorption fine structure (NEXAFS) spectroscopy reveals the strong ionic nature of surface potassium-titania bonds that alters the PEC performance over that of pure titania nanotubes through reduction of the external electrical bias needed to produce hydrogen at maximum efficiency. This result implies that the external electrical energy input required per liter of solar hydrogen produced with potassium-adsorbed titania nanotubes may be reduced. Tailoring the potassium content may thus be an alternative means to fine-tune the photoelectrochemical response of TiO2 nanotube-based PEC electrodes.

  1. A review on plasmonic metal-TiO2 composite for generation, trapping, storing and dynamic vectorial transfer of photogenerated electrons across the Schottky junction in a photocatalytic system

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    Gomathi Devi, L.; Kavitha, R.

    2016-01-01

    The titania based nanomaterials are an attractive candidates for energy and environmental applications. TiO2 is one of the most important photocatalyst for its special multiple characteristics like high reactivity, low toxicity, low cost, high flexibility, long term stability especially in aqueous medium, shows relatively high energy conversion efficiency, easy to prepare several modifications with various morphologies, with good recycle ability, favorable band edge positions and superior physicochemical and optoelectronic properties. However, large band gap of titania and massive charge carrier recombination impairs its wide photocatalytic applications. As an alternative to various strategies reported extensively in literature, noble metal deposition on the titania surface seems to be effective and reliable method for increasing the life time of excitonic pairs and to extend the band gap absorption to visible range of the solar spectrum. In this focused review, we discuss the fundamental and critical issues in the photocatalytic activity of metal deposited titania taking into consideration the influence of various parameters like preparation methods, metal dispersion on titania, formation of heterojunctions and optimum metal loadings on the interfacial charge carrier dynamics. The metal deposition onto the varied hierarchical morphology, crystal structure, defective surface of titania along with extended modification like simultaneous doping and heterostructure coupling with other semiconductors is also highlighted. It was revealed that deposited metal is involved in multiple crucial roles like; (i) it serves as passive electron sink with high capacity to store electrons to suppress photogenerated charge carrier recombination; (ii) it facilitates rapid dioxygen reduction to generate reactive free radicals; (iii) visible light response for titania can be achieved through surface plasmon resonance effect; (iv) direct excitation of metal nanoparticles especially

  2. Structural morphological and optoelectronic study of titania and gold doped titania nanoparticles grown by sol-gel technique

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    Jadhav, Yogesh A.; Gattu, Ketan P.; Ghule, Anil; Sharma, Ramphal

    2013-02-01

    Here in this work, the titania (TiO2), gold ion doped titania (Au+3TiO2) and gold nanoparticles doped titania (Au NPs TiO2) have been prepared by sol-gel technique. In a typical synthesis titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) is treated with citric acid in presence of methanol as solvents, forms titanium citrate complex sol at 40°C. This sol forms a viscous gel after 2 h of stirring and heating at 60 °C. The pre-synthesized Au+3 ions and Au NPs were then added drop wise to the titanium citrate complex sol to form gold ion doped titania (Au+3TiO2) and gold nanoparticles doped titania. The products obtained were calcined at 700 °C. The obtained particles were studied for their structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties.

  3. Preparation, characterization, and photocatalytic studies on anatase nano-TiO{sub 2} at internal air lift circulating photocatalytic reactor

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    Xu, Hang Li, Mei; Jun, Zhang

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: The micro morphological structure of the nano-TiO{sub 2} particles was also observed with TEM, as shown in figure. The TEM images clearly exhibited the homogeneous microstructure of particles with a size of around 10–15 nm. - Highlights: • Nano-TiO{sub 2} was prepared by complex techniques of sol–gel, micro-emulsion and solvent thermal. • The size of TiO{sub 2} was nano level and uniformity. • Nano-TiO{sub 2} exhibited high photo-catalytic activity at internal air lift circulating reactor. • The best nano-TiO{sub 2} dosage was obtained. - Abstract: Anatase nano-titania (TiO{sub 2}) powder was prepared by using a sol–gel process mediated in reverse microemulsion combined with a solvent thermal technique. The structures of the obtained TiO{sub 2} were characterized by TG-DSC, XRD, TEM. The photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue (MB) on nano-TiO{sub 2} was studied by using an internal air lift circulating photocatalytic reactor. The results show that the anatase structure appears in the calcination temperature range of 400–510 °C, while the transformation of anatase into rutile takes place above 510 °C. The homogeneous microstructure of nano-TiO{sub 2} particles was obtained with a size of around 10–15 nm. In the photocatalytic performance, degradation process follows pseudo first order kinetics with different dosages of photocatalyst and initial MB concentrations and optimal TiO{sub 2} dosage is 0.1 g/L with neutral medium.

  4. Photocatalytic/Magnetic Composite Particles

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    Wu, Chang-Yu; Goswami, Yogi; Garretson, Charles; Andino, Jean; Mazyck, David

    2007-01-01

    Photocatalytic/magnetic composite particles have been invented as improved means of exploiting established methods of photocatalysis for removal of chemical and biological pollutants from air and water. The photocatalytic components of the composite particles are formulated for high levels of photocatalytic activity, while the magnetic components make it possible to control the movements of the particles through the application of magnetic fields. The combination of photocatalytic and magnetic properties can be exploited in designing improved air- and water treatment reactors.

  5. Photocatalytic efficiencies of self-cleaning glasses. Influence of physical factors.

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    Peruchon, L; Puzenat, E; Herrmann, J M; Guillard, C

    2009-07-01

    Two commercial types of self-cleaning glass (SCG) have been tested to confirm the real photocatalytic nature of their properties. This was done by using four photocatalytic tests: (i) in the gas phase with the total oxidation of acetylene; (ii) in water with the total degradation of malic acid, (iii) in water with the total degradation of methylene blue, and (iv) in the solid phase with the total oxidative degradation of a layer of stearic acid deposited on the self-cleaning glass surface, in contact with the superficial titania coating. The influence of various factors (temperature, humidity, wavelength, radiant flux, presence of inorganic particles stuck at the glass surface) was explained in line with the fundamentals of photocatalysis. The results helped to understand the behaviour of self-cleaning glass. PMID:19582281

  6. Formation and Characteristics of Anatase-Type Titania Solid Solution Nanoparticles Doped with Nb5+ M (M = Ga3+, Al3+, Sc3+)

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    Hirano, Masanori; Ito, Takaharu

    2011-10-01

    Anatase-type titania solid solutions co-doped with Nb5+ and cation M (M = Ga3+, Al3+, Sc3+) with composition Ti1-2XNbXMXO2 were directly formed as nanoparticles from precursor solutions of TiOSO4, NbCl5, and metal salts (Ga(SO4)3, Al(NO3)3, and Sc(NO3)3) under mild hydrothermal conditions at 180 °C for 5 h using the hydrolysis of urea. The effect of co-doped cation M on the formation and properties of anatase-type titania solid solutions was investigated. The region of anatse-type solid solution depended on the co-doped cation M. The composition range of anatase-type titania solid solution in the case of M = Sc3+ was much wider than that in the case of M = Ga3+ and Al3+. The increase in the amount of co-doped cation M = Ga3+, Al3+ enhanced the crystallite growth of anatase solid solutions under the hydrothermal conditions. The solid solutions co-doped with M = Al3+ showed the most improved photocatalytic activity in the three cations. The anatase-to-rutile phase transformation of solid solutions was promoted at lower temperature via the presence of co-doped cation M = Ga3+.

  7. Light Scattering Study of Titania Aerosols

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    Oh, Choonghoon; Sorensen, Chris

    1997-03-01

    We studied the fractal morphology of titania aerosols by light scattering. Titania aerosols were generated by the thermal decomposition of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) in a silica tube furnace. TTIP was evaporated at temperatures up to 80^circC and its vapor was carried by dry nitrogen to a furnace with temperature in the range of 400 - 600^circC. A TEM analysis of the generated particles showed a typical DLCA structure with a monomer diameter about 50 nm. The particles were then made to flow through a narrow outlet as a laminar stream. The light scattering from these particles was measured using a He-Ne laser as a light source. The measured structure factor clearly showed the Rayleigh, Guinier, and fractal regimes. The fractal morphological parameters, such as the cluster radius of gyration, the fractal dimension, and the fractal prefactor were studied from the structure factor as a function of particle generation conditions. The cluster radius of gyration was about 1 μm and showed a modest dependency on the generation conditions. The fractal dimension was about 1.7 in all cases. These results are in good agreement with the TEM analysis.

  8. Novel multifunctional titania-silica-lanthanum phosphate nanocomposite coatings through an all aqueous sol-gel process.

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    Smitha, Venu Sreekala; Jyothi, Chembolli Kunhatta; Peer, Mohamed A; Pillai, Saju; Warrier, Krishna Gopakumar

    2013-04-01

    A novel nanocomposite coating containing titania, silica and lanthanum phosphate prepared through an all aqueous sol-gel route exhibits excellent self-cleaning ability arising from the synergistic effect of the constituents in the nanocomposite. A highly stable titania-silica-lanthanum phosphate nanocomposite sol having particle size in the range of 30-50 nm has been synthesized starting from a titanyl sulphate precursor, which was further used for the development of photocatalytically active composite coatings on glass. The coatings prepared by the dip coating technique as well as the nanocomposite powders are heat treated and characterized further for their morphology and multifunctionality. The nanocomposite containing 1.5 wt% LaPO4 has shown a surface area as high as 138 m(2) g(-1) and a methylene blue degradation efficiency of 94% in two hours of UV exposure. The composite coating has shown very good homogeneity evidenced by transparency as high as 99.5% and low wetting behaviour. The present novel approach for energy conserving, aqueous derived, self-cleaning coatings may be suitable for large scale industrial applications. PMID:23358559

  9. Photocatalytic conversion of gaseous ethylbenzene on lanthanum-doped titanium dioxide nanotubes.

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    Cheng, Zhuo-Wei; Feng, Li; Chen, Jian-Meng; Yu, Jian-Ming; Jiang, Yi-Feng

    2013-06-15

    The photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide (TiO₂) make it an attractive material for environmental remediation. In the present study, lanthanum (La(3+))-doped TiO2 nanotubes with excellent photocatalytic activity were fabricated by a combination of sol-gel method and hydrothermal technique. The optimal preparation parameters were determined by the structural characterization using a range of methods and the photocatalytic degradation of gaseous ethylbenzene (EB). Compared with pure TiO₂ nanoparticles, 1.2%-La(3+)-doped - titania nanotubes (1.2%-La(3+)-TNTs) exhibited higher activity under 254 nm UV for conversion of EB. The initial EB concentrations and relative humidity (RH) obviously influenced the photocatalytic activity of 1.2%-La(3+)-TNTs. Kinetic analysis showed that surface adsorption and surface reaction controlled the rate-determining step for RH of 40-50% and >80%, respectively. Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry were used to analyze the intermediates generated in the conversion of EB, allowing a tentative decomposition pathway to be proposed. The prepared photocatalyst exhibited enhanced EB conversion compared with undoped TiO₂, and showed a promise for the decomposition of recalcitrant compounds before subsequent biopurification. PMID:23643959

  10. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of mesoporous cerium doped TiO{sub 2} as visible light sensitive photocatalyst

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    Aman, Noor; Satapathy, P.K.; Mishra, T.; Mahato, M.; Das, N.N.

    2012-02-15

    Graphical abstract: Cerium doped titania having optimum 5 wt% of cerium can decompose methylene blue and reduce selenium (IV) efficiently under visible light. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Effect of cerium doping on the surface properties and visible light mediated photocatalytic reaction is studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cerium doping increases the anatase phase stability, surface area (up to 137 m{sup 2}/g) and visible light absorption. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Importance of Ce{sup 3+}/Ce{sup 4+}, oxygen vacancy, surface area and crystallinity is correlated with improved catalytic activity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Material with 5 wt% Ce is found to be most active photocatalyst for methylene blue decomposition and Se (IV) reduction. -- Abstract: Cerium doped titania materials were synthesized varying the cerium concentration from 0 to 10 wt%. Materials are characterised by XRD, TEM, XPS and N{sub 2} adsorption desorption method. Surface area and visible light absorption substantially increases and crystallite size decreases with the increasing cerium content. Cerium doping stabilizes the anatase phase and surface area even at 600 Degree-Sign C calcination. Photocatalytic activity towards methylene blue decomposition and selenium (IV) reduction is found to increase with the cerium content up to 5 wt% and then decreases. Materials calcined at 600 Degree-Sign C shows better activity than that calcined at 400 Degree-Sign C, even though surface area decreases. Anatase crystallinity mostly decides the photocatalytic activity rather than only surface area. It can be concluded that the optimum visible light absorption and oxygen vacancy with 5% cerium doping enhances the photocatalytic activity. In addition photocatalytic performance is found to depend on the presence of Ce{sup 4+}/Ce{sup 3+} rather than only visible light absorption.

  11. Deposition of photocatalytically active TiO2 films by inkjet printing of TiO2 nanoparticle suspensions obtained from microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis.

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    Arin, Melis; Lommens, Petra; Hopkins, Simon C; Pollefeyt, Glenn; Van der Eycken, Johan; Ricart, Susagna; Granados, Xavier; Glowacki, Bartek A; Van Driessche, Isabel

    2012-04-27

    In this paper, we present an inkjet printing approach suited for the deposition of photocatalytically active, transparent titanium oxide coatings from an aqueous, colloidal suspension. We used a bottom-up approach in which a microwave-assisted hydrothermal treatment of titanium propoxide aqueous solutions in the presence of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid and triethanolamine was used to create suspensions containing titania nanoparticles. Different inkjet printing set-ups, electromagnetic and piezoelectric driven, were tested to deposit the inks on glass substrates. The presence of preformed titania nanoparticles was expected to make it possible to reduce the heating temperature necessary to obtain the functionality of photocatalysis which can widen the application range of the approach to heat-sensitive substrates. We investigated the crystallinity and size of the obtained nanoparticles by electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering. The rheological properties of the suspensions were evaluated against the relevant criteria for inkjet printing and the jettability was analyzed. The photocatalytic activity of the obtained layers was analyzed by following the decomposition of a methylene blue solution under UV illumination. The influence of the heat treatment temperature on the film roughness, thickness and photocatalytic activity was studied. Good photocatalytic performance was achieved for heat treatments at temperatures as low as 150 °C, introducing the possibility of using this approach for heat-sensitive substrates. PMID:22460736

  12. Formation and photopatterning of nanoporous titania thin films

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    Park, Oun-Ho; Cheng, Joy Y.; Kim, Hyun Suk; Rice, Philip M.; Topuria, Teya; Miller, Robert D.; Kim, Ho-Cheol

    2007-06-04

    Photopatternable nanoporous titania thin films were generated from mixtures of an organic diblock copolymer, poly(styrene-b-ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO), and an oligomeric titanate (OT) prepared from a chelated titanium isopropoxide. The PS-b-PEO templates well-defined microdomains in thin films of the mixtures, which upon thermal treatment at 450 deg. C, become nanopores in titania. Average pore size and porosity are controlled by the molecular weight and loading level of the PS-b-PEO, respectively. Patterns of nanoporous titania were created by selectively exposing UV light on the mixture films. The UV irradiation destroys the chelating bond and induces the cross-linking reaction of the OT. Subsequent wet development followed by thermal treatment gives patterned nanoporous films of anatase phase titania.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured Ag on porous titania

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    Wen, Ming; Li, Yanqiong; Zhang, Junmin; Guan, Weiming; Li, Yuncang; Wen, Cui'e.; Hodgson, Peter

    2011-03-01

    In this work, porous titania was prepared on bulk Ti by chemical oxidation, and then nanostructured silver (Ag) was deposited on titania surface by ion beam sputtering. After annealing treatment, Ag/TiO 2 composites were characterized using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Results indicated that a nano-porous titania layer with mean pore size of 150 nm and thickness of 1 μm was formed by chemical oxidation at 80 °C for 45 min. There were three Ag species (Ag (0), Ag (1+), and Ag (2+)) on composites surface after annealing treatment, and metallic Ag content achieved maximum value with annealing temperature of 500 °C in air. Ag showed high thermal stability being partly attributed to the inhibiting the diffusion of Ag by the underlying porous titania.

  14. Modulation of mixed-phase titania photoluminescence by oxygen adsorption

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    Pallotti, D.; Orabona, E.; Amoruso, S.; Maddalena, P.; Lettieri, S.

    2014-07-21

    We investigate the effect of oxygen (O{sub 2}) adsorption on photoluminescence properties of mixed-phase titania nanoparticle films deposited by femtosecond pulsed laser deposition, aiming to assess preliminary conclusions about the feasibility of opto-chemical sensing based on titania. We evidence that O{sub 2} produces opposite responses in rutile and anatase photoluminescence efficiency, highlighting interesting potentialities for future double-parametric optical sensing based on titania. The results evidence an important role of lattice oxygen atoms, suggesting that the standard Schottky barrier mechanism driving the response toward gas species in most used metal-oxide sensors (e.g., tin dioxide) is not the only active mechanism in titania.

  15. Photocatalytic nanolithography of self-assembled monolayers and proteins.

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    Ul-Haq, Ehtsham; Patole, Samson; Moxey, Mark; Amstad, Esther; Vasilev, Cvetelin; Hunter, C Neil; Leggett, Graham J; Spencer, Nicholas D; Williams, Nicholas H

    2013-09-24

    Self-assembled monolayers of alkylthiolates on gold and alkylsilanes on silicon dioxide have been patterned photocatalytically on sub-100 nm length-scales using both apertured near-field and apertureless methods. Apertured lithography was carried out by means of an argon ion laser (364 nm) coupled to cantilever-type near-field probes with a thin film of titania deposited over the aperture. Apertureless lithography was carried out with a helium-cadmium laser (325 nm) to excite titanium-coated, contact-mode atomic force microscope (AFM) probes. This latter approach is readily implementable on any commercial AFM system. Photodegradation occurred in both cases through the localized photocatalytic degradation of the monolayer. For alkanethiols, degradation of one thiol exposed the bare substrate, enabling refunctionalization of the bare gold by a second, contrasting thiol. For alkylsilanes, degradation of the adsorbate molecule provided a facile means for protein patterning. Lines were written in a protein-resistant film formed by the adsorption of oligo(ethylene glycol)-functionalized trichlorosilanes on glass, leading to the formation of sub-100 nm adhesive, aldehyde-functionalized regions. These were derivatized with aminobutylnitrilotriacetic acid, and complexed with Ni(2+), enabling the binding of histidine-labeled green fluorescent protein, which yielded bright fluorescence from 70-nm-wide lines that could be imaged clearly in a confocal microscope. PMID:23971891

  16. Photocatalytic Nanolithography of Self-Assembled Monolayers and Proteins

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    2013-01-01

    Self-assembled monolayers of alkylthiolates on gold and alkylsilanes on silicon dioxide have been patterned photocatalytically on sub-100 nm length-scales using both apertured near-field and apertureless methods. Apertured lithography was carried out by means of an argon ion laser (364 nm) coupled to cantilever-type near-field probes with a thin film of titania deposited over the aperture. Apertureless lithography was carried out with a helium–cadmium laser (325 nm) to excite titanium-coated, contact-mode atomic force microscope (AFM) probes. This latter approach is readily implementable on any commercial AFM system. Photodegradation occurred in both cases through the localized photocatalytic degradation of the monolayer. For alkanethiols, degradation of one thiol exposed the bare substrate, enabling refunctionalization of the bare gold by a second, contrasting thiol. For alkylsilanes, degradation of the adsorbate molecule provided a facile means for protein patterning. Lines were written in a protein-resistant film formed by the adsorption of oligo(ethylene glycol)-functionalized trichlorosilanes on glass, leading to the formation of sub-100 nm adhesive, aldehyde-functionalized regions. These were derivatized with aminobutylnitrilotriacetic acid, and complexed with Ni2+, enabling the binding of histidine-labeled green fluorescent protein, which yielded bright fluorescence from 70-nm-wide lines that could be imaged clearly in a confocal microscope. PMID:23971891

  17. Photoassisted and photocatalytic degradation of sulfur mustard using TiO2 nanoparticles and polyoxometalates.

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    Naseri, Mohammad Taghi; Sarabadani, Mansour; Ashrafi, Davood; Saeidian, Hamdollah; Babri, Mehran

    2013-02-01

    The decomposition of highly toxic chemical warfare agent, sulfur mustard (bis(2-chloroethyl) sulfide or HD), has been studied by homogeneous photolysis and heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation on titania nanoparticles. Direct photolysis degradation of HD with irradiation system was investigated. The photocatalytic degradation of HD was investigated in the presence of TiO(2) nanoparticles and polyoxometalates embedded in titania nanoparticles in liquid phase at room temperature (33 ± 2 °C). Degradation products during the treatment were identified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Whereas apparent first-order kinetics of ultraviolet (UV) photolysis were slow (0.0091 min(-1)), the highest degradation rate is obtained in the presence of TiO(2) nanoparticles as nanophotocatalyst. Simultaneous photolysis and photocatalysis under the full UV radiation leads to HD complete destruction in 3 h. No degradation products observed in the presence of nanophotocatalyst without irradiation in 3 h. It was found that up to 90 % of agent was decomposed under of UV irradiation without TiO(2), in 6 h. The decontamination mechanisms are often quite complex and multiple mechanisms can be operable such as hydrolysis, oxidation, and elimination. By simultaneously carrying out photolysis and photocatalysis in hexane, we have succeeded in achieving faster HD decontamination after 90 min with low catalyst loading. TiO(2) nanoparticles proved to be a superior photocatalyst under UV irradiation for HD decontamination. PMID:22707206

  18. Photocatalytic properties and selective antimicrobial activity of TiO2(Eu)/CuO nanocomposite

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    Michal, Robert; Dworniczek, Ewa; Caplovicova, Maria; Monfort, Olivier; Lianos, Panagiotis; Caplovic, Lubomir; Plesch, Gustav

    2016-05-01

    TiO2(Eu)/CuO nanocomposites were prepared by precipitation method. The anatase nanocrystallites with a size of 26 nm exhibited well crystallized and characteristical dipyramidal morphology and {1 0 1} and {0 0 1} faceting. Transmission electron microscopy photographs with atomic resolution showed that the Eu(III) dopants were bounded on surface of titania. In the composites, the CuO nanocrystals exhibiting a monoclinic tenorite structure with a size in the range from 2 to 5 nm were grafted to the surface of titania. The influence of copper(II) oxide led to distinct selectivity in the photocatalytic and antimicrobial properties of the investigated TiO2(Eu)/CuO nanocomposites. While the presence of CuO nanocrystals strongly increased the photocatalytic production of hydrogen by ethanol reforming, it decreased the activity in photoinduced total mineralization of phenol comparing with non-modified TiO2(Eu). In investigated TiO2(Eu)/CuO powders, the photoinduced antimicrobial activity against membranes of Enterococcus species was influenced by the selective binding of CuO to the surface of the microorganism leading to distinct selectivity in their action. The activity against Enterococcus faecalis was higher than against Enterococcus faecium.

  19. Non-stoichiometric mixed-phase titania photocatalyst

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    Chen, Le; Gray, Kimberly A.; Graham, Michael E.

    2012-06-19

    A mixed anatase-rutile phase, non-stoichiometric titania photocatalyst material is a highly reactive and is a UV and visible light responsive photocastalyst in the as-deposited condition (i.e. without the need for a subsequent thermal treatment). The mixed phase, non-stoichiometric titania thin film material is non-stoichiometric in terms of its oxygen content such that the thin film material shows a marked red-shift in photoresponse.

  20. Nanoporous titania films produced by pulsed interference lithography

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    Verevkin, Yu K; Petryakov, V N; Burenina, V N; Filatov, D O; Vorontsov, D A

    2010-12-09

    We describe a simple, inexpensive technique for producing deep nanopores on the surface of titania films using laser exposure in a four-beam interference configuration. In addition to producing nanopores, laser pulses convert amorphous titania films to a polycrystalline state. The effect of laser exposure on the TiO{sub 2} surface can be used to improve its biophotocatalytic properties, optimise solar cells, etc. (nanostructures)

  1. Preparation and electrocatalytic activity of tungsten carbide and titania nanocomposite

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    Hu, Sujuan; Shi, Binbin; Yao, Guoxing; Li, Guohua; Ma, Chunan

    2011-10-15

    Graphical abstract: The electrocatalytic activity of tungsten carbide and titania nanocomposite is related to the structure, crystal phase and chemical components of the nanocomposite, and is also affected by the property of electrolyte. A synergistic effect exists between tungsten carbide and titania of the composite. Highlights: {yields} Electrocatalytic activity of tungsten carbide and titania nanocomposite with core-shell structure. {yields} Activity is related to the structure, crystal phase and chemical component of the nanocomposite. {yields} The property of electrolyte affects the electrocatalytic activity. {yields} A synergistic effect exists between tungsten carbide and titania of the composite. -- Abstract: Tungsten carbide and titania nanocomposite was prepared by combining a reduced-carbonized approach with a mechanochemical approach. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope under scanning mode and X-ray energy dispersion spectrum. The results show that the crystal phases of the samples are composed of anatase, rutile, nonstoichiometry titanium oxide, monotungsten carbide, bitungsten carbide and nonstoichiometry tungsten carbide, and they can be controlled by adjusting the parameters of the reduced-carbonized approach; tungsten carbide particles decorate on the surface of titania support, the diameter of tungsten carbide particle is smaller than 20 nm and that of titania is around 100 nm; the chemical components of the samples are Ti, O, W and C. The electrocatalytic activity of the samples was measured by a cyclic voltammetry with three electrodes. The results indicate that the electrocatalytic activities of the samples are related to their crystal phases and the property of electrolyte in aqueous solution. A synergistic effect between titania and tungsten carbide is reported for the first time.

  2. Titanium complex formation of organic ligands in titania gels.

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    Nishikiori, Hiromasa; Todoroki, Kenta; Setiawan, Rudi Agus; Teshima, Katsuya; Fujii, Tsuneo; Satozono, Hiroshi

    2015-01-27

    Thin films of organic ligand-dispersing titania gels were prepared from titanium alkoxide sols containing ligand molecules by steam treatment without heating. The formation of the ligand-titanium complex and the photoinduced electron transfer process in the systems were investigated by photoelectrochemical measurements. The complex was formed between the 8-hydroxyquinoline (HQ) and titanium species, such as the titanium ion, on the titania nanoparticle surface through the oxygen and nitrogen atoms of the quinolate. A photocurrent was observed in the electrodes containing the complex due to the electron injection from the LUMO of the complex into the titania conduction band. A bidentate ligand, 2,3-dihydroxynaphthalene (DHN), formed the complex on the titania surface through dehydration between its two hydroxyl groups of DHN and two TiOH groups of the titania. The electron injection from the HOMO of DHN to the titania conduction band was observed during light irradiation. This direct electron injection was more effective than the two-step electron injection. PMID:25535798

  3. Enhanced stability of catalase covalently immobilized on functionalized titania submicrospheres.

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    Wu, Hong; Liang, Yanpeng; Shi, Jiafu; Wang, Xiaoli; Yang, Dong; Jiang, Zhongyi

    2013-04-01

    In this study, a novel approach combing the chelation and covalent binding was explored for facile and efficient enzyme immobilization. The unique capability of titania to chelate with catecholic derivatives at ambient conditions was utilized for titania surface functionalization. The functionalized titania was then used for enzyme immobilization. Titania submicrospheres (500-600 nm) were synthesized by a modified sol-gel method and functionalized with carboxylic acid groups through a facile chelation method by using 3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl) propionic acid as the chelating agent. Then, catalase (CAT) was covalently immobilized on these functionalized titania submicrospheres through 1-ethyl-3-[3-dimethylaminopropyl] carbodiimide hydrochloride/N-hydroxysuccinimide (EDC/NHS) coupling reaction. The immobilized CAT retained 65% of its free form activity with a loading capacity of 100-150 mg/g titania. The pH stability, thermostability, recycling stability and storage stability of the immobilized CAT were evaluated. A remarkable enhancement in enzyme stability was achieved. The immobilized CAT retained 90% and 76% of its initial activity after 10 and 16 successive cycles of decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, respectively. Both the Km and the Vmax values of the immobilized CAT (27.4 mM, 13.36 mM/min) were close to those of the free CAT (25.7 mM, 13.46 mM/min). PMID:23827593

  4. Applications of Titania Nanotubes in Bone Biology.

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    Nair, Manitha; Elizabeth, Elmy

    2015-02-01

    Orthopedic implants, including artificial joints and fracture fixation devices, have helped to restore the physical independence of many patients, thereby improving the quality of their lives. Titania (Ti) and its alloys are better implant materials than stainless steel and Co-Cr alloys owing to their superior mechanical properties and biocompatibility; however, Ti-based implants may sometimes fail, leading to repeated surgeries. With the recent advancements in nanotechnology, the nanosurface modifications of Ti, especially in the form of Ti nanotubes (TNTs), have drastically improved the properties of orthopedic implants. In this review, we have summarized the fabrication of Ti nanotubes by electrochemical anodization and their influence on osteoblast cells and staphylococcus aureus. In addition, we have discussed the corrosion resistance of Ti nanotubes. PMID:26353600

  5. Method of photocatalytic nanotagging

    DOEpatents

    Shelnutt, John A.; Medforth, Craig J.; Song, Yujiang

    2010-04-27

    A nanotagged chemical structure comprising a chemical structure with an associated photocatalyst and a tagging nanoparticle (a nanotag) grown in proximity to the photocatalyst, and a method for making the nanotagged chemical structure. The nanoparticle is grown in proximity to the photocatalyst by using a photocatalytic reduction reaction.

  6. Formation of bimodal porous silica-titania monoliths by sol-gel route

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    Ruzimuradov, O. N.

    2011-10-01

    Silica-titania monoliths with micrometer-scale macroporous and nanometer-scale mesoporous structure and high titania contents are prepared by sol-gel process and phase separation. Titanium alkoxide precursor was not effective in the preparation of high titania content composites because of strong decrease in phase separation tendency. Bimodal porous gels with high titania content were obtained by using inorganic salt precursors such as titanium sulfate and titanium chloride. Various characterization techniques, including SEM, XRD, Hg porosimetry and N2 adsorption have been carried out to investigate the formation process and physical-chemical properties of silica-titania monoliths. The characterization results show that the silica-titania monoliths possess a bimodal porous structure with well-dispersed titania inside silica network. The addition of titania in silica improves the thermal stability of both macroporous and mesoporous structures.

  7. Controlling morphology, mesoporosity, crystallinity, and photocatalytic activity of ordered mesoporous TiO2 films prepared at low temperature

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    Elgh, Björn; Yuan, Ning; Cho, Hae Sung; Magerl, David; Philipp, Martine; Roth, Stephan V.; Yoon, Kyung Byung; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Terasaki, Osamu; Palmqvist, Anders E. C.

    2014-11-01

    Partly ordered mesoporous titania films with anatase crystallites incorporated into the pore walls were prepared at low temperature by spin-coating a microemulsion-based reaction solution. The effect of relative humidity employed during aging of the prepared films was studied using SEM, TEM, and grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering to evaluate the mesoscopic order, porosity, and crystallinity of the films. The study shows unambiguously that crystal growth occurs mainly during storage of the films and proceeds at room temperature largely depending on relative humidity. Porosity, pore size, mesoscopic order, crystallinity, and photocatalytic activity of the films increased with relative humidity up to an optimum around 75%.

  8. Controlling morphology, mesoporosity, crystallinity, and photocatalytic activity of ordered mesoporous TiO{sub 2} films prepared at low temperature

    SciTech Connect

    Elgh, Björn; Yuan, Ning; Palmqvist, Anders E. C.; Cho, Hae Sung; Terasaki, Osamu; Magerl, David; Philipp, Martine; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Roth, Stephan V.; Yoon, Kyung Byung

    2014-11-01

    Partly ordered mesoporous titania films with anatase crystallites incorporated into the pore walls were prepared at low temperature by spin-coating a microemulsion-based reaction solution. The effect of relative humidity employed during aging of the prepared films was studied using SEM, TEM, and grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering to evaluate the mesoscopic order, porosity, and crystallinity of the films. The study shows unambiguously that crystal growth occurs mainly during storage of the films and proceeds at room temperature largely depending on relative humidity. Porosity, pore size, mesoscopic order, crystallinity, and photocatalytic activity of the films increased with relative humidity up to an optimum around 75%.

  9. Rapid solid-state metathesis route to transition-metal doped titanias

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    Coleman, Nathaniel; Perera, Sujith; Gillan, Edward G.

    2015-12-01

    Rapid solid-state metathesis (SSM) reactions are often short-lived highly exothermic reactions that yield a molten alkali halide salt that aids in product growth and crystallization. SSM reactions may also produce kinetically stabilized structures due to the short (seconds) reaction times. This report describes the investigation of rapid SSM reactions in the synthesis of transition-metal doped titanias (M-TiO2). The dopant targeted compositions were ten mol percent and based on elemental analysis, many of the M-TiO2 samples were close to this targeted level. Based on surface analysis, some samples showed large enrichment in surface dopant content, particularly chromium and manganese doped samples. Due to the highly exothermic nature of these reactions, rutile structured TiO2 was observed in all cases. The M-TiO2 samples are visible colored and show magnetic and optical properties consistent with the dopant in an oxide environment. UV and visible photocatalytic experiments with these visibly colored rutile M-TiO2 powders showed that many of them are strongly absorbent for methylene blue dye and degrade the dye under both UV and visible light illumination. This work may open up SSM reactions as an alternate non-thermodynamic reaction strategy for dopant incorporation into a wide range of oxide and non-oxides.

  10. Simulated sunlight photodegradation of aqueous phthalate esters catalyzed by the polyoxotungstate/titania nanocomposite.

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    Xu, Lei; Yang, Xia; Guo, Yihang; Ma, Fengyan; Guo, Yingna; Yuan, Xing; Huo, Mingxin

    2010-06-15

    A series of porous polyoxotungstate/titania nanocomposites (PW(12)/TiO(2)) with particle size lower than 10nm and BET surface area of ca. 200 m(2)g(-1) was prepared by sol-gel chemistry combined with solvothermal treatment. The composites were successfully applied to the degradation of aqueous phthalate esters (PAEs) including di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), diethyl phthalate (DEP), and dimethyl phthalate (DMP) under the simulated sunlight irradiation (lambda=320-680 nm) for the first time, and the conversion of DBP, DEP, and DMP reached to 98%, 84%, and 80%, respectively, after the simulated sunlight irradiation the suspension including PAE (5 mg L(-1), 100 mL) and PW(12)/TiO(2)-19.8 (100 mg) for 90 min. In addition, nearly total mineralization of DBP and DEP was realized by further increasing light irradiation time to 12h. Based on the intermediates identified in the reaction system, the photocatalytic degradation pathway of PAEs was put forward. PMID:20236760

  11. Preparation of hydroxyapatite-titania hybrid coatings on titanium alloy.

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    Un, Serhat; Durucan, Caner

    2009-08-01

    Hydroxypapatite-titania hybrid films on Ti6Al4V alloys were prepared by sol-gel technique by incorporating presynthesized hydroxypapatite (Ca(10)(PO(4))(6)(OH)(2) or HAp) powders into a titanium-alkoxide dip coating solution. Titania network was formed by the hydrolysis and condensation of Ti-isopropoxide Ti[OCH(CH(3))(2)](4)-based sols. The effect of titania sol formulation, specifically the effect of organic solvents on the microstructure of the dip coated films calcined at 500 degrees C has been investigated. The coatings exhibit higher tendency for cracking when a high vapor pressure solvent, such as ethanol (C(2)H(5)OH) is used causing development of higher macroscopic stresses during evaporation of the sol. Titania sol formulations replacing the solvent with n-proponal (CH(3)(CH(2))(2)OH) and acetly-acetone (C(5)H(8)O) combinations enhanced the microstructural integrity of the coating during evaporation and calcination treatments. Sol-gel processing parameters, such as multilayer coating application and withdrawal rate, can be employed to change the titania thickness in the range of 0.120-1.1 microm and to control the microstructure of HAp-titania hybrid coatings. A high-calcination temperature in the range of 400-600 degrees C does not cause a distinct change in crystals nature of the titania matrix or HAp, but results in more cracking due to the combined effect of densification originated stresses and thermal stresses upon cooling. Slower withdraw rates and multilayer dip coating lead to coatings more vulnerable to microcracking. PMID:19180525

  12. Surface and related bulk properties of titania nanoparticles recovered from aramid–titania hybrid films: A novel attempt

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    Al-Omani, Sara J.; Bumajdad, Ali; Al Sagheer, Fakhreia A.; Zaki, Mohamed I.

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: ► Aramid–titania hybrid films (5 and 10 wt%-TiO{sub 2}) were prepared via sol–gel processing. ► 450 °C calcination of the films yield anatase-TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles of rod-like morphology. ► The titania nanoparticle, crystal structure, high surface area are stable up to 800 °C. ► The novel approach has the advantage of nearly 100% recovery of titania. ► Increasing calcination temperature up to 1100 °C triggers anatase → rutile transition. -- Abstract: 5 and 10 wt%-TiO{sub 2}-containing aramid–titania hybrid films were prepared using sol–gel processing improved by the inclusion of 3-isocyanato-propyltriethoxysilane (ICTOS) to strengthen bonding of the titania species to the polymer backbone and, hence, lessen its agglomeration. The films were thermally degraded by heating at 450 °C in a dynamic atmosphere of air. The solid residues were found by thermogravimetry, X-ray diffractometry and electron microscopy to consist dominantly of uniformly agglomerated rod-like anatase-TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles, irrespective of the titania content of the film. The recovered titania particle morphology and surface microstructure were examined by field emission scanning and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, respectively. Whereas, the particle surface chemistry and texture were assessed, respectively, by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and N{sub 2} sorptiometry. The recovered titanias were found, irrespective of the film content of titania, to enjoy not only a high temperature (up to 800 °C) stable nanoscopic anatase bulk structure, but also a high-temperature stable surface chemical composition (lattice Ti{sup 4+} and O{sup 2−}, and adsorbed OH/CH{sub x} species), (101)-faceted microstructure and highly accessible (145–112 m{sup 2}/g), uniform mesoporous texture with average pore diameter in the narrow range of 3.9–6.3 nm. Increasing the calcination temperature up to 1100 °C enhances an anatase → rutile

  13. 40 CFR 721.9680 - Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

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  14. 40 CFR 721.9680 - Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

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  15. 40 CFR 721.9680 - Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

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  16. 40 CFR 721.9680 - Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 30 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Alkaline titania silica gel (generic... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9680 Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name). (a) Chemical substance... alkaline titania silica gel (PMN P-95-529) is subject to reporting under this section for the...

  17. 40 CFR 721.9680 - Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Alkaline titania silica gel (generic... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9680 Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name). (a) Chemical substance... alkaline titania silica gel (PMN P-95-529) is subject to reporting under this section for the...

  18. Direct coating of mesoporous titania on CTAB-capped gold nanorods.

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    Zhao, Junwei; Xu, Pengyu; Li, Yue; Wu, Jian; Xue, Junfei; Zhu, Qiannan; Lu, Xuxing; Ni, Weihai

    2016-03-14

    We demonstrate a CTAB-templated approach towards direct coating of mesoporous titania on gold nanorods in aqueous solutions. The formation of the mesoporous shell is found to be closely correlated with CTAB concentration and the amount of the titania precursor. This approach can be readily extended to form mesoporous titania shells on other CTAB-capped nanoparticles. PMID:26585611

  19. Synthesizing mixed phase titania nanocomposites with enhanced photoactivity and redshifted photoresponse by reactive DC magnetron sputtering

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    Chen, Le

    Recent work points out the importance of the solid-solid interface in explaining the high photoactivity of mixed phase TiO2 catalysts. The goal of this research was to probe the synthesis-structure-function relationships of the solid-solid interfaces created by the reactive direct current (DC) magnetron sputtering of titanium dioxide. I hypothesize that the reactive DC magnetron sputtering is a useful method for synthesizing photo-catalysts with unique structure including solid-solid interfaces and surface defects that are associated with enhanced photoreactivity as well as a photoresponse shifted to longer wavelengths of light. I showed that sputter deposition provides excellent control of the phase and interface formation as well as the stoichiometry of the films. I explored the effects exerted by the process parameters of pressure, oxygen partial pressure, target power, substrate bias (RF), deposition incidence angle, and post annealing treatment on the structural and functional characteristics of the catalysts. I have successfully made pure and mixed phase TiO2 films. These films were characterized with UV-Vis, XPS, AFM, SEM, TEM, XRD and EPR, to determine optical properties, elemental stoichiometry, surface morphology, phase distribution and chemical coordination. Bundles of anatase-rutile nano-columns having high densities of dual-scale of interfaces among and within the columns are fabricated. Photocatalytic performance of the sputtered films as measured by the oxidation of the pollutant, acetaldehyde, and the reduction of CO2 for fuel (CH4) production was compared (normalized for surface area) to that of mixed phase TiO2 fabricated by other methods, including flame hydrolysis powders, and solgel deposited TiO 2 films. The sputtered mixed phase materials were far superior to the commercial standard (Degussa P25) and solgel TiO2 based on gas phase reaction of acetaldehyde oxidation under UV light and CO2 reduction under both UV and visible illuminations. The

  20. TiO2 and Fe (III) photocatalytic ozonation processes of a mixture of emergent contaminants of water.

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    Rodríguez, Eva M; Fernández, Guadalupe; Alvarez, Pedro M; Beltrán, Fernando J

    2012-01-01

    A mixture of three emergent contaminants: testosterone (TST), bisphenol A (BPA) and acetaminophen (AAP) has been treated with different photocatalytic oxidation systems. Homogeneous catalysts as Fe(III) alone or complexed with oxalate or citrate ions, heterogeneous catalysts as titania, and oxidants such as hydrogen peroxide and/or ozone have been used to constitute the oxidation systems. For the radiation type, black light lamps mainly emitting at 365 nm have been used. The effects of pH (3 and 6.5) have been investigated due to the importance of this variable both in ozone and Fe(III) systems. Removal of initial compounds and mineralization (total organic carbon: TOC) were followed among other parameters. For the initial compounds removal ozonation alone, in many cases, allows the highest elimination rates, regardless of the presence or absence of UVA light and catalyst. For mineralization, however, ozone photocatalytic processes clearly leads to the highest oxidation rates. PMID:22078252

  1. A review of polymeric dispersant stabilisation of titania pigment.

    PubMed

    Farrokhpay, Saeed

    2009-10-30

    A review of past and present published works examining the interaction of polymeric dispersants with titania pigment particles is presented. Titania is the most important white pigments currently used in the world and its suspension properties are very important for consumer industries such as paints, papermaking and plastics; if aggregates are present, the end-use properties including gloss, opacity and storage stability will be highly affected. As polymeric dispersants are generally used to disperse titania pigment particles, it is very important to understand the interactions between the pigment particles and polymeric dispersants of varying functionality. Although, in principle, the adsorption of polymers onto titania pigment and influences on pigment dispersion and stabilisation are fairly known, it is nevertheless hardly possible to forecast the behaviour of a given polymeric dispersant in advance, unless to have a broad knowledge of the interaction occurring between pigment and dispersants and effect of dispersant structure upon adsorption. While only titania pigment is discussed, the issues raised may also apply to other mineral oxides such as alumina or zirconia. PMID:19691945

  2. Ag-loaded TiO2/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity

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    Vasilaki, E.; Georgaki, I.; Vernardou, D.; Vamvakaki, M.; Katsarakis, N.

    2015-10-01

    In this work, Ag nanoparticles were loaded by chemical reduction onto TiO2 P25 under different loadings ranging from 1 up to 4 wt% and hydrothermally deposited on reduced graphene oxide sheets. Chemical reduction was determined to be an effective preparation approach for Ag attachment to titania, leading to the formation of small silver nanoparticles with an average diameter of 4.2 nm. The photocatalytic performance of the hybrid nanocomposite materials was evaluated via methylene blue (MB) dye removal under visible-light irradiation. The rate of dye decolorization was found to depend on the metal loading, showing an increase till a threshold value of 3 wt%, above which the rate drops. Next, the as prepared sample of TiO2/Ag of better photocatalytic response, i.e., at a 3 wt% loading value, was hydrothermally deposited on a platform of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) of tunable content (mass ratio). TiO2/Ag/rGO coupled nanocomposite presented significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to the TiO2/Ag, TiO2/rGO composites and bare P25 titania semiconductor photocatalysts. In particular, after 45 min of irradiation almost complete decolorization of the dye was observed for the TiO2/Ag/rGO nanocatalyst, while the respective removal efficiency was 92% for TiO2/Ag, 93% for TiO2/rGO and only 80% for the bare TiO2 nanoparticles. This simple step by step preparation strategy allows for optimum exploitation of the advanced properties of metal plasmonic effect and reduced graphene oxide as the critical host for boosting the overall photocatalytic activity towards visible-light.

  3. Influence of titania thin film morphology on the photovoltaic action of hybrid titania-P3HT solar cell

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Her, H.-J.; Baek, W.-H.; Lee, H. H.; Kang, C. J.; Kim, Y.-S.

    2008-03-01

    We report the effects of surface properties of a titania (TiO2) interconnected network structure for photovoltaic applications of organic thin-film solar cell. The electron acceptor layer was obtained by annealing after spin coating of mixture of polyethylene glycol (PEG), Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and Poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) with titania sol-gel solution. The fabrication method was simple and efficient for the increase of titania surface area. The size and height of nanocrystal titania was controlled by spin-coating speed of mixed solution and components of mixed polymer. The bulk-heterojunction solar cells consist of a nanocrystalline titania. In addition, P3HT solar cell showed strong dependence upon surface morphology and the best performance of cell was produced an open circuit voltage of 0.55 V, a short circuit current density of 0.78 mA/cm2, a fill factor of 0.51 and corresponding to a power efficiency of 0.22 % (air mass 1.5).

  4. Fabrication and characterization of electrospun titania nanofibers

    SciTech Connect

    Chandrasekar, Ramya; Zhang, Lifeng; Howe, Jane Y; Hedin, Nyle E; Zhang, Y

    2009-01-01

    Titania (TiO2) nanofibers were fabricated by electrospinning three representative spin dopes made of titanium (IV) n-butoxide (TNBT) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) with the TNBT/PVP mass ratio being 1/2 in three solvent systems including N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF), isopropanol, and DMF/isopropanol (1/1 mass ratio) mixture, followed by pyrolysis at 500 C. The detailed morphological and structural properties of both the as-electrospun precursor nanofibers and the resulting final TiO2 nanofibers were characterized by SEM, TEM, and XRD. The results indicated that the precursor nanofibers and the final TiO2 nanofibers made from the spin dopes containing DMF alone or DMF/isopropanol mixture as the solvent had the common cylindrical morphology with diameters ranging from tens to hundreds of nanometers, while those made from the spin dope containing isopropanol alone as the solvent had an abnormal concave morphology with sizes/widths ranging from sub-microns to microns. Despite the morphological discrepancies, all precursor nanofibers were structurally amorphous without distinguishable phase separation, while all final TiO2 nanofibers consisted of anatase-phased TiO2 single-crystalline grains with sizes of approximately 10 nm. The electrospun TiO2 nanofiber mat is expected to significantly outperform other forms (such as powder and film) of TiO2 for the solar cell (particularly dye-sensitized solar cell) and photo-catalysis applications.

  5. Light Scattering From Fractal Titania Aggregates

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Pande, Rajiv; Sorensen, Christopher M.

    1996-03-01

    We studied the fractal morphology of titania aggregates by light scattering. Titanium dioxide particles were generated by the thermal decomposition of titanium tetra-isopropoxide(TTIP) in a glass furnace at various temperatures in the range of 100 - 500^o C. We scattered vertically polarized He-Ne laser (λ = 6328Ålight from a laminar aerosol stream of particles and measured the optical structure factor. This structure factor shows Rayleigh, Guinier, fractal and Porod regimes. The radius of gyration Rg was determined from the Guinier analysis. The data were then fit to the Fisher-Burford form to determine the fractal dimension of about 2.0. This fit also delineated the crossover from the fractal to Porod regime, which can be used to determine the monomer particle size of about 0.1 μm. These optical measurements will be compared to electron microscope analysis of aggregates collected from the aerosol. This work was supported by NSF grant CTS-9908153.

  6. Adsorption of vitamin E on mesoporous titania nanocrystals

    SciTech Connect

    Shih, C.J.; Lin, C.T.; Wu, S.M.

    2010-07-15

    Tri-block nonionic surfactant and titanium chloride were used as starting materials for the synthesis of mesoporous titania nanocrystallite powders. The main objective of the present study was to examine the synthesis of mesoporous titania nanocrystals and the adsorption of vitamin E on those nanocrystals using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption and desorption isotherms. When the calcination temperature was increased to 300 {sup o}C, the reflection peaks in the XRD pattern indicated the presence of an anatase phase. The crystallinity of the nanocrystallites increased from 80% to 98.6% with increasing calcination temperature from 465 {sup o}C to 500 {sup o}C. The N{sub 2} adsorption data and XRD data taken after vitamin E adsorption revealed that the vitamin E molecules were adsorbed in the mesopores of the titania nanocrystals.

  7. 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.

  8. Solar light photocatalytic CO2 reduction: general considerations and selected bench-mark photocatalysts.

    PubMed

    Neațu, Stefan; Maciá-Agulló, Juan Antonio; Garcia, Hermenegildo

    2014-01-01

    The reduction of carbon dioxide to useful chemicals has received a great deal of attention as an alternative to the depletion of fossil resources without altering the atmospheric CO2 balance. As the chemical reduction of CO2 is energetically uphill due to its remarkable thermodynamic stability, this process requires a significant transfer of energy. Achievements in the fields of photocatalysis during the last decade sparked increased interest in the possibility of using sunlight to reduce CO2. In this review we discuss some general features associated with the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 for the production of solar fuels, with considerations to be taken into account of the photocatalyst design, of the limitations arising from the lack of visible light response of titania, of the use of co-catalysts to overcome this shortcoming, together with several strategies that have been applied to enhance the photocatalytic efficiency of CO2 reduction. The aim is not to provide an exhaustive review of the area, but to present general aspects to be considered, and then to outline which are currently the most efficient photocatalytic systems. PMID:24670477

  9. Solar Light Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction: General Considerations and Selected Bench-Mark Photocatalysts

    PubMed Central

    Neaţu, Ştefan; Maciá-Agulló, Juan Antonio; Garcia, Hermenegildo

    2014-01-01

    The reduction of carbon dioxide to useful chemicals has received a great deal of attention as an alternative to the depletion of fossil resources without altering the atmospheric CO2 balance. As the chemical reduction of CO2 is energetically uphill due to its remarkable thermodynamic stability, this process requires a significant transfer of energy. Achievements in the fields of photocatalysis during the last decade sparked increased interest in the possibility of using sunlight to reduce CO2. In this review we discuss some general features associated with the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 for the production of solar fuels, with considerations to be taken into account of the photocatalyst design, of the limitations arising from the lack of visible light response of titania, of the use of co-catalysts to overcome this shortcoming, together with several strategies that have been applied to enhance the photocatalytic efficiency of CO2 reduction. The aim is not to provide an exhaustive review of the area, but to present general aspects to be considered, and then to outline which are currently the most efficient photocatalytic systems. PMID:24670477

  10. Hierarchical chlorine-doped rutile TiO{sub 2} spherical clusters of nanorods: Large-scale synthesis and high photocatalytic activity

    SciTech Connect

    Xu Hua; Zheng Zhi; Zhang Lizhi Zhang Hailu; Deng Feng

    2008-09-15

    In this study, we report the synthesis of hierarchical chlorine-doped rutile TiO{sub 2} spherical clusters of nanorods photocatalyst on a large scale via a soft interface approach. This catalyst showed much higher photocatalytic activity than the famous commercial titania (Degussa P25) under visible light ({lambda}>420 nm). The resulting sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM (HRTEM), nitrogen adsorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, {sup 1}H solid magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (MAS-NMR) and photoluminescence spectroscopy. On the basis of characterization results, we found that the doping of chlorine resulted in red shift of absorption and higher surface acidity as well as crystal defects in the photocatalyst, which were the reasons for high photocatalytic activity of chlorine-doped TiO{sub 2} under visible light ({lambda}>420 nm). These hierarchical chlorine-doped rutile TiO{sub 2} spherical clusters of nanorods are very attractive in the fields of environmental pollutants removal and solar cell because of their easy separation and high activity. - Graphical abstract: Hierarchical chlorine-doped rutile TiO{sub 2} spherical clusters of nanorods photocatalyst were synthesized on a large scale via a soft interface approach. This catalyst showed much higher photocatalytic activity than the famous commercial titania (Degussa P25) under visible light ({lambda}>420 nm)

  11. Photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange over nitrogen-fluorine codoped TiO2 nanobelts prepared by solvothermal synthesis.

    PubMed

    He, Zuoli; Que, Wenxiu; Chen, Jing; Yin, Xingtian; He, Yucheng; Ren, Jiangbo

    2012-12-01

    Anatase type nitrogen-fluorine (N-F) codoped TiO(2) nanobelts were prepared by a solvothermal method in which amorphous titania microspheres were used as the precursors. The as-prepared TiO(2) nanobelts are composed of thin narrow nanobelts and it is noted that there are large amount of wormhole-like mesopores on these narrow nanobelts. Photocatalytic activity of the N-F codoped TiO(2) nanobelts was measured by the reaction of photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange. Results indicate that the photocatalytic activity of the N-F codoped TiO(2) nanobelts is higher than that of P25, which is mainly ascribed to wormhole-like mesopores like prison, larger surface area, and enhanced absorption of light due to N-F codoping. Interestingly, it is also found that the photocatalytic activity can be further enhanced when tested in a new testing method because more photons can be captured by the nanobelts to stimulate the formation of the hole-electron pair. PMID:23148575

  12. Characterization and comparison of photocatalytic activities of prepared TiO2/graphene nanocomposites using titanium butoxide and TiO2 via microwave irradiation method

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    Darvishi, Motahareh; Seyed-Yazdi, Jamileh

    2016-08-01

    Photocatalysis based on TiO2 nanostructures with nanoscale hybridization of graphene, is a promising method to create highly conductive composite materials and surfaces with enhanced light absorption. In this study, graphite-oxide (GO) was produced by improved Hummers’ method followed by synthesis of TiO2/graphene nanocomposites. We used two precursors, titanium butoxide (TBO) and commercial TiO2, to produce nanocomposites in a mixture of water/ethanol and graphene-oxide, for hydrolysis of titania precursors on graphene-oxide sheets resulting in the formation of nanocomposites. Microwave irradiation is used to reduce graphene-oxide into graphene. TiO2/graphene nanocomposites in both cases demonstrate enhancement of overall photocatalytic activity compared with titania precursors which was examined by degradation of methylene blue (MB). In this study, nanocomposites were synthesized with different mass ratios of GO compare to titania precursors (i.e. GO: 1, 5 and 8 wt%). Photocatalytic performance increased with the increasing content of graphene in both cases. The reduction rate of MB for TiO2 was 62% and for TiO2/graphene (TiO2/G) (GO: 8 wt%) was 85% after 90 min, and for TBO and TBO/G (GO: 8 wt%) was 3% and 99.95%, respectively. SEM, XRD, Fourier transform infrared and UV–vis spectroscopy were used to characterize the synthesized nanocomposites. FTIR analysis demonstrates the formation of Ti–O–C bonds and confirms the formation of nanocomposites made of graphene and titania nanoparticles.

  13. Fabrication of Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles and investigation of photocatalytic decolorization of reactive red 198 under visible light irradiation.

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    Moradi, Halimeh; Eshaghi, Akbar; Hosseini, Seyed Rahman; Ghani, Kamal

    2016-09-01

    In this research, Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles with various Fe concentrations (0. 0.1, 1, 5 and 10wt%) were prepared by a sol-gel method. Then, nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), BET surface area, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The photocatalytic activity of the nano-particles was evaluated through degradation of reactive red 198 (RR 198) under UV and visible light irradiations. XRD results revealed that all samples contained only anatase phase. DRS showed that the Fe doping in the titania induced a significant red shift of the absorption edge and then the band gap energy decreased from 3 to 2.1eV. Photocatalytic results indicated that TiO2 had a highest photocatalytic decolorization of the RR 198 under UV irradiation whereas photocatalytic decolorization of the RR 198 under visible irradiation increased in the presence of Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles. Among the samples, Fe-1wt% doped TiO2 nanoparticles showed the highest photocatalytic decolorization of RR198 under visible light irradiation. PMID:27150776

  14. Recent progress in the synthesis of magnetic titania/iron-based, composite nanoparticles manufactured by laser pyrolysis

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    Fleaca, C. T.; Scarisoreanu, M.; Morjan, I.; Alexandrescu, R.; Dumitrache, F.; Luculescu, C.; Morjan, I. P.; Birjega, R.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Filoti, G.; Kuncser, V.; Vasile, E.; Danciu, V.; Popa, M.

    2014-05-01

    We report the continuous, single step synthesis of titania/iron-based magnetic nanocomposites in a single step using gas-phase laser pyrolysis technique by separately and simultaneously introducing the precursors (together with C2H4 sensitizer) in the reaction zone: Fe(CO)5 on the central flow and, using air as carrier, TiCl4 on the annular coflow. The laser power and, for the last experiment, the injection geometry were modified in order to change the Fe/Ti ratio in the resulted nanopowders. Due to the specific geometry, the reaction zone (visible as a flame) have a reductive inner central zone surrounded by and oxidative environment, allowing the formation of the metallic-carbidic iron and/or iron-doped titania and iron oxide nanophases. The raw Fe-containing nanopowders have a ferromagnetic behavior, those synthesized at higher laser power and gas velocities show significant saturation magnetization Ms values (10-12 emu/g), whereas those obtained (with higher yield and carbon content) at lower laser power and gas velocities (using wider central nozzle cross-section) have a very weak magnetization (Ms ∼ 0.05 emu/g) in spite of the higher ethylene carried Fe(CO)5 flow. The powders were annealed in air at 400 °C show lower carbon content and, for those highly Fe-doped, the hematite phase formation. Preliminary tests using UV light confirm the photocatalytic action of the annealed nanopowders in salicylic acid degradation process in solution.

  15. Porphyrin-Based Photocatalytic Lithography

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    Bearinger, J; Stone, G; Christian, A; Dugan, L; Hiddessen, A; Wu, K J; Wu, L; Hamilton, J; Stockton, C; Hubbell, J

    2007-10-15

    Photocatalytic lithography is an emerging technique that couples light with coated mask materials in order to pattern surface chemistry. We excite porphyrins to create radical species that photocatalytically oxidize, and thereby pattern, chemistries in the local vicinity. The technique advantageously does not necessitate mass transport or specified substrates, it is fast and robust and the wavelength of light does not limit the resolution of patterned features. We have patterned proteins and cells in order to demonstrate the utility of photocatalytic lithography in life science applications.

  16. Single tube electric transport properties of synthesized Titania nanotubes

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    Abdelmoula, Mohamed; Menon, Latika

    2011-03-01

    Titania nanotube arrays fabricated by means of electrochemical anodization is currently the main interest of several research groups due to its promising applications. The high aspect ratio, durability, cheap and scalable fabrication technique make it highly attractive material for efficient solar cell. In this regard extensive research work is being carried out to investigate its properties. In our previous work we were able to find a mechanism for separating a single titania nanotube from the titania nanotube arrays and to measure its electric transport properties using e-beam lithography technique, In this work we investigated the effect of thermal annealing on the transport properties, we studied the effect of different annealing temperatures, heating and cooling rates, and in different gases. As a result, we were able to find the optimal annealing conditions to enhance the transport properties in blank titania nanotube. Under these optimal conditions, we were able to study the effect of coating TNTs with N719 dye and gold nanoparticles on the transport properties. As a result of our work we were able to optimize the treatments for more efficient solar cell fabrication.

  17. Fractal Character of Titania Nanoparticles Formed by Laser Ablation

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    Musaev, O.; Midgley, A; Wrobel, J; Yan, J; Kruger, M

    2009-01-01

    Titania nanoparticles were fabricated by laser ablation of polycrystalline rutile in water at room temperature. The resulting nanoparticles were analyzed with x-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The electron micrograph image of deposited nanoparticles demonstrates fractal properties.

  18. Linking the Physicochemical Properities of Titania with Its Biocidal Properities

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    LINKING THE PHYSICOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF TITANIA WITH ITS BIOCIDAL PROPERTIES. C. Han1, L. Putvin2, M. Pelaez1, H. Zamankhan3, H. Choi3, D. Betancourt4a, D. Dionysiou1. B. Veronesi4b, 1 Department of Biomedical, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati...

  19. Ethylene glycol-assisted coating of titania on nanoparticles.

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    Dahl, Michael; Castaneda, Fernando; Joo, Ji Bong; Reyes, Victor; Goebl, James; Yin, Yadong

    2016-06-14

    Coating titania shells onto sub-micron sized particles has been widely studied recently, with success mainly limited to objects with sizes above 50 nm. Direct coating on particles below this size has been difficult to attain especially with good control over properties such as thickness and crystallinity. Here we demonstrate that titanium-glycolate formed by reacting titanium alkoxide and ethylene glycol is an excellent precursor for coating titania on aqueous nanoparticles. The new coating method is particularly useful for its ability to coat materials lacking strong polymers or ligands which are frequently needed to facilitate typical titania coatings. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the process of coating titania on metal nanoparticles ranging from citrate-stabilized gold and silver spheres to gold nanorods and silver nanoplates, and larger particles such as SiO2 microspheres and polymer spheres. Further the thickness of these coatings can be tuned from a few nanometers to ∼40 nm through sequential coatings. These coatings can subsequently be crystallized into TiO2 through refluxing in water or by calcination to obtain crystalline shells. This procedure can be very useful for the production of TiO2 coatings with tunable thickness and crystallinity as well as for further study on the effect of TiO2 coatings on nanoparticles. PMID:26673403

  20. Antibacterial performance of nanocrystallined titania confined in mesoporous silica nanotubes.

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    Cendrowski, Krzysztof; Peruzynska, Magdalena; Markowska-Szczupak, Agata; Chen, Xuecheng; Wajda, Anna; Lapczuk, Joanna; Kurzawski, Mateusz; Kalenczuk, Ryszard J; Drozdzik, Marek; Mijowska, Ewa

    2014-06-01

    In this paper, we study synthesis and characteristics of mesoporous silica nanotubes modified by titanium dioxide, as well as their antimicrobial properties and influence on mitochondrial activity of mouse fibroblast L929. Nanocrystalized titania is confined in mesopores of silica nanotubes and its light activated antibacterial response is revealed. The analysis of the antibacterial effect on Escherichia coli. (ATCC 25922) shows strong enhancement during irradiation with the artificial visible and ultraviolet light in respect to the commercial catalyst and control sample free from the nanomaterials. In darkness, the mesoporous silica/titania nanostructures exhibited antibacterial activity dependent on the stirring speed of the suspension containing nanomaterials. Obtained micrograph proved internalization of the sample into the microorganism trough the cell membrane. The analysis of the mitochondrial activity and amount of lactate dehydrogenase released from mouse fibroblast cells L929 in the presence of the sample were determined with LDH and WST1 assays, respectively. The synthesized silica/titania antibacterial agent also exhibits pronounced photoinduced inactivation of the bacterial growth under the artificial visible and UV light irritation in respect to the commercial catalyst. Additionally, mesoporous silica/titania nanotubes were characterized in details by means of high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), XRD and BET Isotherm. PMID:24676537

  1. Structural analysis of hybrid titania-based mesostructured composites.

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    Boettcher, Shannon W; Bartl, Michael H; Hu, Jerry G; Stucky, Galen D

    2005-07-13

    High-optical-quality titania-based mesostructured films with cubic or 2D-hexagonal symmetry were fabricated by combining trifluoroacetate (TFA)-modified titanium precursors with amphiphilic triblock poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) copolymers. The distribution, dynamics, and local environments of the TFA-modified titania, PEO, and PPO components of the hybrid were investigated. IR/Raman spectroscopy, in situ small-angle X-ray scattering, and transmission electron microscopy studies indicate that TFA coordinates the titanium center and forms a stable complex that is subsequently organized by the block copolymer species into ordered mesostructures. Solid-state NMR (19)F-->(1)H cross-polarization, (13)C{(1)H} two-dimensional heteronuclear correlation, and (1)H relaxation techniques were used to determine that PEO is predominantly incorporated within the TFA-modified titania, and that PPO environments encompass both microphase separated regions and interfacial regions composed of mixed PPO and TFA-modified titania. NMR (19)F multiple-quantum spin counting measurements suggest that -CF(3) groups of the trifluoroacetate ligands do not form clusters but instead randomly distribute within the inorganic component of the hybrid. PMID:15998076

  2. Preparation, Characterization, and Enhanced Thermal and Mechanical Properties of Epoxy-Titania Composites

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    Rubab, Zakya; Siddiqi, Humaira M.; Saeed, Shaukat

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents the synthesis and thermal and mechanical properties of epoxy-titania composites. First, submicron titania particles are prepared via surfactant-free sol-gel method using TiCl4 as precursor. These particles are subsequently used as inorganic fillers (or reinforcement) for thermally cured epoxy polymers. Epoxy-titania composites are prepared via mechanical mixing of titania particles with liquid epoxy resin and subsequently curing the mixture with an aliphatic diamine. The amount of titania particles integrated into epoxy matrix is varied between 2.5 and 10.0 wt.% to investigate the effect of sub-micron titania particles on thermal and mechanical properties of epoxy-titania composites. These composites are characterized by X-ray photoelectron (XPS) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric (TG), and mechanical analyses. It is found that sub-micron titania particles significantly enhance the glass transition temperature (>6.7%), thermal oxidative stability (>12.0%), tensile strength (>21.8%), and Young's modulus (>16.8%) of epoxy polymers. Epoxy-titania composites with 5.0 wt.% sub-micron titania particles perform best at elevated temperatures as well as under high stress. PMID:24578638

  3. A novel preparation of three-dimensionally ordered macroporous M/Ti (M=Zr or Ta) mixed oxide nanoparticles with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Wang, Changhua; Geng, Aifang; Guo, Yihang; Jiang, Shujuan; Qu, Xuesong; Li, Li

    2006-09-01

    Three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3 DOM) M/Ti (M=Zr or Ta) mixed oxides were prepared by cohydrolysis of a mixture of Zr(n-OC(4)H(9))(4)/TTIP or TaCl(5)/TTIP (TTIP=titanium isopropoxide) combined with a polystyrene (PS) latex sphere templating technique. The resulting products exhibited homogeneous wall compositions, namely, Zr or Ta was uniformly dispersed into the TiO(2) framework with the loading levels of 5, 10, and 20 mol% for Zr and 2.5, 5.0, and 7.5 mol% for Ta, respectively. The estimated macropore diameter, wall thickness, and particle size of the products ranged from 280 to 290 nm, from 30 to 50 nm, and from 10 to 12 nm, respectively. The products showed only anatase phase structure although their starting solitary metal oxides exhibited suitable crystalline structures under the same preparation conditions. Raman scattering spectroscopy showed that the crystal structure of titania had a slight interference due to the incorporation of Zr or Ta, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) showed the narrower band gap of the products compared with that of pure anatase TiO(2). The products exhibited mesoporous wall structures, and their BET surface areas were higher than those of the corresponding pure 3 DOM metal oxides. The UV-light photocatalytic activity of the products was assessed by monitoring the photodegradation of two organic molecules including 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) and rhodamine B (RB). Both the photocatalytic reactions confirmed that the presence of the second metal oxide in the titania framework resulted in enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with the pure titania framework. PMID:16777130

  4. Surface science studies on titania for solar fuel applications

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    Hadsell, Courtney Sara Mathews

    Titanium dioxide (titania) is a well-studied material for various applications including but not limited to, paint, sunscreen, pharmaceuticals and solar cell applications (photocatalysis.) It can be found in three main crystal forms; rutile, anatase, and brookite and this work will focus on the anatase form which has been heavily studied for its potential in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs.) I propose that aqueous and photo dye stability can be improved by taking special care to the exposed surface of anatase. Additionally, the theoretical maximum open circuit voltage of a DSSC is dependent upon which surface is exposed to the electrolyte. Previous works in this area have not been rigorous with respect to the surface and morphology of titania being used. Standard synthesis techniques of anatase lead to a crystal that generally has 94% of the titania (101) surface exposed, and the other 6% is the higher energy (001) surface. The (101) surface has 5 & 6-fold coordinated titania whereas the (001) surface only has 5-fold (under) coordinated titania. This under-coordination leads to enhanced reactivity of the (001) surface which has been demonstrated by dissassociative adsorption of water, and catalysis applications. Much theoretical work has focused on the minority (001) surface because up until recently synthesizing anatase with enhanced exposure of the (001) surface has been difficult. The initial materials for this study will be multilayer titania nanotubes (TiNTs) and nanosheets (TiNS) which have been previously characterized by my predecessor. The TiNTs and TiNS have 100% exposed (001)-like surface. Both of these materials show enhanced stability of phosphonated dye binding as compared to the current standard of anatase nanoparticles (NPs) however, due to their limited thermal stability the potential of incorporating the TiNTs and TiNSs into devices has been eliminated in this study. To overcome the device limitations I will synthesis a novel titania nanotile

  5. Photocatalytic degradation of surfactants with immobilized TiO2: comparing two reaction systems.

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    Lizama, C; Bravo, C; Caneo, C; Ollino, M

    2005-08-01

    The photocatalytic degradation of two industrial-grade surfactants, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium dodecylbenzenesulphonate (SDDBS), were achieved using TiO2 immobilised on glass Raschig rings and inside a bent tube of glass, using two different photoreactors in recirculation batch mode with a black light fluorescent tube as irradiation source. The influence of parameters pH, recalculation flow, airflow and number of treatment units were determined. For comparison purposes, the energetic cost of treatment was determined for both reaction systems as the figure-of-merit EE/O, showing that titania supported on glass Raschig rings is a more efficient system than the inner coated spring with TiO2, but this condition is strongly dependent on the surfactant identity. The best conditions for surfactants elimination were used to carry out the treatment of solutions containing two commercial detergents, reaching an 80% of removal in 60 min of irradiation. PMID:16128389

  6. Poly(dimethylsiloxane)/TiO2 Photocatalytic Membranes Obtained by Different Electrospinning Systems.

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    Castellano, Maila; Cantù, Riccardo; Mauri, Marco; Marsano, Enrico; Vicini, Silvia

    2016-06-01

    Porous membranes based on polydimethylsiloxane fibers with titanium dioxide nanoparticles were developed to be used as photocatalysts. PDMS was chosen as a support for the titania because of its high thermal and chemical resistance to the photodegradative effect of the TiO2. Porous membranes are produced via electrospinning using three different apparatus configurations. The photocatalytic activity analysis shows that the best results are obtained dispersing the titanium oxide on the surface of the polymer using an electrospinning configuration which involves the use of two needles. The membranes produced in this way show a good catalytic activity, even though lower than the one observed for the pure TiO2 nanoparticles. This is caused by the low wettability of the membranes and by the surface area of the oxide being hidden from the polymer. PMID:27427757

  7. Fabrication of TiO2 Colloidal Crystal Films and Characterization of Their Photocatalytic Properties

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    Huang, Wei; Wang, Feng; Wang, Wei

    2011-01-01

    We have studied hydrolysis of organic alkyltitanate compounds and optimized reaction condition for synthesis of monodisperse titania (TiO2 colloidal particles with controlled size from nanometer to submicron. The synthesized TiO2 colloidal particles were further surface-modified with hydrophobic silane coupling agent. With the monodisperse hydrophobic particles, we fabricated TiO2 colloidal crystal thin films through transferring self-assembled colloidal crystal monolayer from water surface onto solid substrates. The TiO2 colloidal crystal films exhibit enhanced interaction with visible light. Consequently, in comparison with plain TiO2 particle thin film, the thin film with colloidal crystal structure shows enhanced photocatalytic activity, as evaluated through photodegradation of organic dye methyl orange in solution under simulated solar light.

  8. Photocatalytic activity of porous multiwalled carbon nanotube-TiO2 composite layers for pollutant degradation.

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    Zouzelka, Radek; Kusumawati, Yuly; Remzova, Monika; Rathousky, Jiri; Pauporté, Thierry

    2016-11-01

    TiO2 nanoparticles are suitable building blocks nanostructures for the synthesis of porous functional thin films. Here we report the preparation of films using brookite, P25 titania and anatase pristine nanoparticles and of nanocomposite layers combining anatase nanoparticles and multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) at various concentrations. The structure and phase composition of the layers were characterized by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Their morphology and texture properties were determined by scanning electron microscopy and krypton adsorption experiments, respectively. Additionally to a strong absorption in the UV range, the composites exhibited light absorption in the visible range as well. The photocatalytic performance of the layers was tested in the degradation of aqueous solutions of 4-chlorophenol serving as a model of an eco-persistent pollutant. Besides the determination of the decrease in the concentration of 4-chlorophenol, also the formation of intermediate degradation products, namely hydroquinone and benzoquinone, was followed. The presence of MWCNTs had a beneficial effect on the photocatalytic performance, a marked increase in the photocatalytic degradation rate constant being observed even at very low concentrations of MWCNTs. Compared to a P25 reference layer, the first order rate reaction constant increased by about 100% for the composite films containing MWCNTs at concentrations above 0.6 wt%. The key parameters for the enhancement of the photocatalytic performance are discussed. The presence of carbon nanotubes influences beneficially the degradation of 4-chlorophenol by an attack of the primarily photoproduced hydroxyl radicals onto the 4-chlorophenol molecules. The degradation due to the direct charge transfer is practically not influenced at all. PMID:27262272

  9. Enhanced TiO2 Photocatalytic Processing of Organic Wastes for Green Space Exploration

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    Udom, I.; Goswami, D. Y.; Ram, M. K.; Stefanakos, E. K.; Heep, A. F.; Kulis, M. J.; McNatt, J. S.; Jaworske, D. A.; Jones, C. A.

    2013-01-01

    The effect of transition metal co-catalysts on the photocatalytic properties of TiO2 was investigated. Ruthenium (Ru), palladium, platinum, copper, silver, and gold, were loaded onto TiO2 powders (anatase and mixed-phase P25) and screened for the decomposition of rhodamine B (RhB) under broad-band irradiation. The morphology and estimated chemical composition of photocatalysts were determined by scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy, respectively. Brunhauer, Emmett and Teller (BET) analysis measured mass-specific surface area(s). X-ray diffraction analysis was performed to confirm the identity of titania phase(s) present. The BET surface area of anatase TiO2/Ru 1% (9.2 sq m/gm) was one of the highest measured of all photocatalysts prepared in our laboratory. Photolyses conducted under air-saturated and nitrogen-saturated conditions revealed photodegradation efficiencies of 85 and 2 percent, respectively, after 60 min compared to 58 percent with no catalyst. The cause of low photocatalytic activity under an inert atmosphere is discussed. TiO2/Ru 1% showed a superior photocatalytic activity relative to P25-TiO2 under broad-band irradiation. A potential deployment of photocatalytic technologies on a mission could be a reactor with modest enhancement in solar intensity brought about by a trough-style reactor, with reactants and catalyst flowing along the axis of the trough and therefore being illuminated for a controlled duration based on the flow rate.

  10. Hole localization, water dissociation mechanisms, and band alignment at aqueous-titania interfaces

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    Lyons, John L.

    Photocatalytic water splitting is a promising method for generating clean energy, but materials that can efficiently act as photocatalysts are scarce. This is in part due to the fact that exposure to water can strongly alter semiconductor surfaces and therefore photocatalyst performance. Many materials are not stable in aqueous environments; in other cases, local changes in structure may occur, affecting energy-level alignment. Even in the simplest case, dynamic fluctuations modify the organization of interface water. Accounting for such effects requires knowledge of the dominant local structural motifs and also accurate semiconductor band-edge positions, making quantitative prediction of energy-level alignments computationally challenging. Here we employ a combined theoretical approach to study the structure, energy alignment, and hole localization at aqueous-titania interfaces. We calculate the explicit aqueous-semiconductor interface using ab initio molecular dynamics, which provides the fluctuating atomic structure, the extent of water dissociation, and the resulting electrostatic potential. For both anatase and rutile TiO2 we observe spontaneous water dissociation and re-association events that occur via distinct mechanisms. We also find a higher-density water layer occurring on anatase. In both cases, we find that the second monolayer of water plays a crucial role in controlling the extent of water dissociation. Using hybrid functional calculations, we then investigate the propensity for dissociated waters to stabilize photo-excited carriers, and compare the results of rutile and anatase aqueous interfaces. Finally, we use the GW approach from many-body perturbation theory to obtain the position of semiconductor band edges relative to the occupied 1b1 level and thus the redox levels of water, and examine how local structural modifications affect these offsets. This work was performed in collaboration with N. Kharche, M. Z. Ertem, J. T. Muckerman, and M. S

  11. Direct coating of mesoporous titania on CTAB-capped gold nanorods

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    Zhao, Junwei; Xu, Pengyu; Li, Yue; Wu, Jian; Xue, Junfei; Zhu, Qiannan; Lu, Xuxing; Ni, Weihai

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate a CTAB-templated approach towards direct coating of mesoporous titania on gold nanorods in aqueous solutions. The formation of the mesoporous shell is found to be closely correlated with CTAB concentration and the amount of the titania precursor. This approach can be readily extended to form mesoporous titania shells on other CTAB-capped nanoparticles.We demonstrate a CTAB-templated approach towards direct coating of mesoporous titania on gold nanorods in aqueous solutions. The formation of the mesoporous shell is found to be closely correlated with CTAB concentration and the amount of the titania precursor. This approach can be readily extended to form mesoporous titania shells on other CTAB-capped nanoparticles. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details including chemicals, sample preparation, and characterization methods. UV-Vis extinction spectra, SEM images, and TEM images of AuNR@mTiO2 nanostructures. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05692f

  12. Photocatalytic water splitting

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    Kuo, Yenting

    New photocatalystic materials Ti-In oxy(nitride) and nanosized Ru-loaded strontium titanate doped with Rh (Ru/SrTiO3:Rh) have been synthesized. The textural and surface characteristic properties were studied by nitrogen BET analysis, diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and powder XRD. The photocatalytic properties were enhanced by the binary metal oxides of titanium dioxide and indium oxide. The XRD patterns confirmed the oxygen exchange between two metal oxides during the synthesis. Moreover, the presence of titanium dioxide can help the stabilization of InN during hot NH3(g) treatment. On the other hand, the particle sizes of aerogel prepared Ru/SrTiO3:Rh varied from 12 to 25 nm depended on different Rh doping. A mixture of ethanol and toluene was found to be the best binary solvent for supercritical drying, which yielded a SrTiO3 sample with a surface area of 130 m2/g and an average crystallite size of 6 nm. Enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production under UV-vis light irradiation was achieved by ammonolysis of intimately mixed titanium dioxide and indium oxide at high temperatures. Gas chromatography monitored steadily the formation of hydrogen when sacrificial (methanol or ethanol) were present. XRD patterns confirmed that the photocatalysts maintain crystalline integrity before and after water splitting experiments. Moreover, the presence of InN may be crucial for the increase of hydrogen production activities. These Ru/SrTiO3:Rh photocatalysts have been studied for photocatalytic hydrogen production under visible light. The band gap of the bulk SrTiO 3 (3.2 eV) does not allow response to visible light. However, after doping with rhodium and loaded with ruthenium, the modified strontium titanates can utilize light above 400 nm due to the formation of valence band or electron donor levels inside of the band gap. Moreover, the surface areas of these

  13. The relationship between photocatalytic activity and photochromic state of nanoparticulate silver surface loaded titanium dioxide thin-films.

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    Kafizas, Andreas; Dunnill, Charles W; Parkin, Ivan P

    2011-08-14

    Anatase titania thin-films were prepared by a modified spray-pyrolysis method. Glass substrates were coated at room temperature with an aerosol-spray of a titania sol-gel solution and then annealed at 500 °C to form rough, transparent, crystalline thin-films of anatase TiO(2). Silver nanoparticles were deposited on the surface of these films by a photo-assisted deposition method; films were dip-coated in methanolic solutions of silver nitrate salt and then photo-irradiated for 5 h with UVC light. The AgNO(3) concentration was adjusted to create an array of films with varying silver loadings. The films displayed photochromism; changing colour to orange-brown in UV-light to colourless under white light. The rates of photochromic change, when subjected to four different lighting conditions (UVC, UVA, white light and dark), were analysed by UV-visible spectroscopy. By assessing the photocatalytic activity to these light sources it was found that the initial photochromic state of the material had a profound effect on the films photocatalytic ability. This effect was more pronounced in the more concentrated silver loaded films; where significant enhancements in photoactivity occurred when reactions were initiated from the photo-reduced state. The mode of improved photocatalysis was attributed to the photo-generated electron trapping by silver nanoparticles, which stabilised photo-generated holes and drove photo-oxidation processes. We believe this is the first study in which the relationship between the photochromic state of a thin-film and its subsequent photocatalytic activity is reported. PMID:21720647

  14. Sustainability of the Catalytic Activity of a Silica-Titania Composite (STC) for Long-Term Indoor Air Quality Control

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    Coutts, Janelle L.; Levine, Lanfang H.; Richards, Jeffrey T.

    2011-01-01

    TiO2-assisted photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) is an emerging technology for indoor air quality control and is also being evaluated as an alternative trace contaminant control technology for crew habitats in space exploration. Though there exists a vast range of literature on the development of photocatalysts and associated reactor systems, including catalyst performance and performance-influencing factors, the critical question of whether photocatalysts can sustain their initial catalytic activity over an extended period of operation has not been adequately addressed. For a catalyst to effectively serve as an air quality control product, it must be rugged enough to withstand exposure to a multitude of low concentration volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over long periods of time with minimal loss of activity. The objective of this study was to determine the functional lifetime of a promising photocatalyst - the silica-titania composite (STC) from Sol Gel Solutions, LLC in a real-world scenario. A bench-scale STC-packed annular reactor under continuous irradiation by a UV-A fluorescent black-light blue lamp ((lambda)max = 365 nm) was exposed to laboratory air continuously at an apparent contact time of 0.27 sand challenged with a known concentration of ethanol periodically to assess any changes in catalytic activity. Laboratory air was also episodically spiked with halocarbons (e.g., octafluoropropane), organosulfur compounds (e.g., sulfur hexafluoride), and organosilicons (e.g., siloxanes) to simulate accidental releases or leaks of such VOCs. Total organic carbon (TOC) loading and contaminant profiles of the laboratory air were also monitored. Changes in STC photocatalytic performance were evaluated using the ethanol mineralization rate, mineralization efficiency, and oxidation intermediate (acetaldehyde) formation. Results provide insights to any potential catalyst poisoning by trace halocarbons and organosulfur compounds.

  15. Heterogeneous Decomposition of Volatile Organic Compounds by Visible-Light Activated N, C, S-Embedded Titania.

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    Chun, Ho-Hwan; Jo, Wan-Kuen

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a N-, C-, and S-doped titania (NCS-TiO2) composite was prepared by combining the titanium precursor with a single dopant source, and the photocatalytic activity of this system for the decomposition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at indoor-concentration levels, under exposure to visible light, was examined. The NCS-TiO2 composite and the pure TiO2 photocatalyst, used as a reference, were characterized via X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The average efficiencies of benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and o-xylene decomposition using NCS-TiO2 for were 70, 87, -100, and -100%, respectively, whereas the values obtained using the pure TiO2 powder were -0, 18, 49, and 51%, respectively. These results suggested that, for the photocatalytic decomposition of toxic VOCs under visible-light exposure conditions, NCS-TiO2 was superior to the reference photocatalyst. The decomposition efficiencies of the target VOCs were inversely related to the initial concentration and relative humidity as well as to the air-flow rate. The decomposition efficiencies of the target chemicals achieved with a conventional lamp/NCS-TiO2 system were higher than those achieved with a light emitting diode/NCS-TiO2 system. Overall, NCS-TiO2 can be used for the efficient decomposition of VOCs under visible-light exposure, if the operational conditions are optimized. PMID:27483788

  16. How photocatalytic activity of the MAO-grown TiO 2 nano/micro-porous films is influenced by growth parameters?

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    Bayati, M. R.; Golestani-Fard, F.; Moshfegh, A. Z.

    2010-04-01

    Pure titania porous layers consisted of anatase and rutile phases, chemically and structurally suitable for catalytic applications, were grown via micro-arc oxidation (MAO). The effect of applied voltage, process time, and electrolyte concentration on surface structure, chemical composition, and especially photocatalytic activity of the layers was investigated. SEM and AFM studies revealed that pore size and surface roughness of the layers increased with the applied voltage, and the electrolyte concentration. Moreover, the photocatalytic performance of the layers synthesized at medium applied voltages was significantly higher than that of the layers produced at other voltages. About 90% of methylene blue solution was decomposed after 180 min UV-irradiation on the layers produced in an electrolyte with a concentration of 10 g l -1 at the applied voltage of 450 V.

  17. Widely tuning optical properties of nanoporous gold-titania core-shells.

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    Qian, Lihua; Shen, Bo; Qin, Gaowu W; Das, Biswajit

    2011-01-01

    Widely shifting localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) bands of nanoporous metals is essential for light manipulation within small volumes. In this work, nanoporous gold-titania core-shells fabricated by atomic layer deposition exhibit tunable LSPR of gold skeletons in comparison with nanoporous gold-alumina developed before. Extremely large red-shift of LSPR band in nanoporous gold-titania from 537 to 751 nm results from high refractive index of titania and its dielectric medium dependence of LSPR, and the well-controlled thickness of titania shell at the nanometer scale will benefit to integrate optical nanodevices with supreme performances. PMID:21219020

  18. Performance enhancement of direct ethanol fuel cell using Nafion composites with high volume fraction of titania

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    Matos, B. R.; Isidoro, R. A.; Santiago, E. I.; Fonseca, F. C.

    2014-12-01

    The present study reports on the performance enhancement of direct ethanol fuel cell (DEFC) at 130 °C with Nafion-titania composite electrolytes prepared by sol-gel technique and containing high volume fractions of the ceramic phase. It is found that for high volume fractions of titania (>10 vol%) the ethanol uptake of composites is largely reduced while the proton conductivity at high-temperatures is weakly dependent on the titania content. Such tradeoff between alcohol uptake and conductivity resulted in a boost of DEFC performance at high temperatures using Nafion-titania composites with high fraction of the inorganic phase.

  19. Study of synergistic effect among photo-, electro-, and sonoprocesses in photocatalyst degradation of phenol on tungsten-loaded titania nanotubes composite electrode

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    Momeni, Mohamad Mohsen

    2015-06-01

    The degradation of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) in aqueous solution with different processes was investigated. Tungsten-loaded titania nanotubes (WT-NTs) were used as electrode in photocatalytic (PC), sonophotocatalytic (SPC), photoelectrocatalytic (PEC), and sonophotoelectrocatalytic (SPEC) processes. WT-NTs electrode was fabricated by in situ anodization of titanium in a single-step process using sodium tungstate as the tungsten source. The morphology and structure were characterized by FE-SEM, XRD, and EDX. Experimental results showed that the hybrid processes could efficiently enhance the degradation efficiency of 4-NP and followed pseudo-first-order kinetics. At the optimized experimental conditions, the rate constants of degradation of 4-NP were 0.0594 min-1 for SPEC process, 0.0293 min-1 for PEC process, 0.0211 min-1 for SPC process, and 0.0116 min-1 for PC process. The rate constants indicated that there existed synergistic effect in the ultrasonic, electro-assisted, and photocatalytic processes.

  20. Microstructure and abrasion resistance of plasma sprayed titania coatings

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    Ctibor, P.; Neufuss, K.; Chraska, P.

    2006-12-01

    Agglomerated titania nanopowder and a “classical” titania were sprayed by the high throughput water-stabilized plasma (WSP) and thoroughly compared. Optical microscopy with image analysis as well as mercury intrusion porosimetry were used for quantification of porosity. Results indicate that the “nano” coatings in general exhibit finer pores than coatings of the “conventional” micron-sized powders. Mechanical properties such as Vickers microhardness and slurry abrasion response were measured and linked to the structural investigation. Impact of the variation in the slurry composition on wear resistance of tested coatings and on character of the wear damage is discussed. The overall results, however, suggest that the “nano” coatings properties are better only for carefully selected sets of spraying parameters, which seem to have a very important impact.

  1. Lithium ion batteries with titania/graphene anodes

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    Liu, Jun; Choi, Daiwon; Yang, Zhenguo; Wang, Donghai; Graff, Gordon L; Nie, Zimin; Viswanathan, Vilayanur V; Zhang, Jason; Xu, Wu; Kim, Jin Yong

    2013-05-28

    Lithium ion batteries having an anode comprising at least one graphene layer in electrical communication with titania to form a nanocomposite material, a cathode comprising a lithium olivine structure, and an electrolyte. The graphene layer has a carbon to oxygen ratio of between 15 to 1 and 500 to 1 and a surface area of between 400 and 2630 m.sup.2/g. The nanocomposite material has a specific capacity at least twice that of a titania material without graphene material at a charge/discharge rate greater than about 10 C. The olivine structure of the cathode of the lithium ion battery of the present invention is LiMPO.sub.4 where M is selected from the group consisting of Fe, Mn, Co, Ni and combinations thereof.

  2. Formation of nanosized titania particles in AOT microemulsions

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    Moran, P.D.; Bowmaker, G.A.; Cooney, R.P.

    1995-09-01

    Titania nanoparticles have been produced by the controlled hydrolysis of tetraisopropyltitanate (TPT) in sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl)sulfosuccinate (AOT) reverse micelles. Particle formation and aggregation were investigated by static and dynamic light scattering and the chemical species by FT-IR and FT-Raman spectroscopy. The kinetics of particle formation and aggregation were controlled by varying [H{sub 2}O]/[AOT] (w{sub o}), [H{sub 2}O]/[Ti(IV)] and [AOT]/[Ti(IV)]. Nanoparticles, with diameters < 10 nm, could be produced at relatively high Ti(IV) concentrations (up to 0.05 M). These nanoparticles aggregated into sols, with colloid sizes of 20 to 200 nm, eventually forming gelatinous precipitates. Different titania phases were produced, depending on the size of the micellar water pool; small pools (w{sub 0} < 6) yielded amorphous particles, while large pools (w{sub 0} > 10) produced anatase.

  3. Calcium phosphate crystallization on titania in a flowing Kokubo solution.

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    Hayakawa, Satoshi; Tsuru, Kanji; Uetsuki, Keita; Akasaka, Keisuke; Shirosaki, Yuki; Osaka, Akiyoshi

    2015-08-01

    Dry titania layers on air-oxidized titanium substrates have been found to be active enough to cause apatite to be deposited in Kokubo's simulated body fluid (SBF) in narrow confined spaces, such as those in narrow grooves and thin gaps. Such in vitro apatite deposition is the basis of the GRAPE(®) technique. The aim of the present study is to determine why GRAPE conditions favor apatite deposition when laminar SBF flow (at 0.01-0.3 ml/min) passes through a shallow channel (0.5 mm) between a pair of titanium substrates each with a dry layer of titania. Assessing the factors that control the heterogeneous nucleation process led to the proposal of the working hypothesis that there are nucleation pre-embryos, ion assemblies that can be stabilized to form embryos, on the titania layer but that they are removed by the SBF flow. Specimens were subjected to different combinations of processes. One combination was that titania layers were exposed to still or flowing SBF, and the other was that half of a specimen, the inlet or outlet side, was exposed to still or flowing SBF with the other half being covered. The surface morphologies of the specimens were then compared in detail. The conclusion was that exposure to still SBF for 2 days before exposure to flowing SBF was required for apatite to be deposited. Some complicated apatite deposition modes were observed, e.g., apatite was deposited even on areas unexposed to still SBF. All of the results were successfully interpreted using the working hypothesis. The conclusion was that the GRAPE(®) technique depends on the confined space holding pre-embryo and embryo assemblies. PMID:26264385

  4. Ultrasound-Assisted Synthesis of Titania Nanoparticles, Characterization of Their Thin Films, and Activity in Photooxidation of β-Naphthol

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    Hurain, Syyeda Sana; Habib, Amir; Hussain, Syed Muzammil; Ul-Haq, Noaman

    2015-11-01

    Nanosized titania (TiO2) films and powders were prepared from titanium isopropoxide by ultrasonication then ultrasonic aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition (UAACVD). X-ray diffraction (XRD), used to study the crystal structure, phase, and crystallite size of TiO2 samples annealed at 500°C, revealed anatase was the main crystalline phase. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy revealed the quasi-spherical morphology of the TiO2 nanoparticles; average size distribution was in the range 20-35 nm. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy was used to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of the anatase TiO2, on the basis of efficiency of degradation of β-naphthol. Pure TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized by use of sonication-UAACVD then calcination at 500°C enabled effective photodegradation under UV light. This method of synthesis of TiO2 is superior to the reflux-UAACVD method with titanium isopropoxide as precursor.

  5. New photocatalytic contactors obtained by PECVD deposition of TiO 2 thin layers on the surface of macroporous supports. PECVD TiO2-based membranes as photocatalytic contactors

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    Zhou, M.; Roualdès, S.; Ayral, A.

    2015-07-01

    Two different kinds of PECVD anatase-based composite membranes have been successfully prepared by PECVD synthesis (at 150 °C)/post-annealing (at 300 °C) of a titania film deposited on macroporous supports as a top-layer or a skin-coverage. Photocatalytic activity of PECVD anatase films has been proved performing Pilkington test and methylene blue degradation determination in a lab-scale diffusion cell. Measurements of methylene blue degradation and water flow in a pilot-scale dynamic unit have enabled to show the performance of PECVD anatase-based membranes in terms of permeation and photocatalytic properties. Whereas bi-layered membranes present higher photo-degradation ability (up to 2.5 × 10-8 mol s-1 m-2 destroyed methylene blue moles per unit of time and of membrane surface area), skin-covered membranes are characterized by higher water permeance (up to 6800 L h-1 m-2 bar-1). So both kinds of membranes should have an interest as photocatalytic contactors.

  6. Analysis of Osteoclastogenesis/Osteoblastogenesis on Nanotopographical Titania Surfaces.

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    Silverwood, Robert K; Fairhurst, Paul G; Sjöström, Terje; Welsh, Findlay; Sun, Yuxin; Li, Gang; Yu, Bin; Young, Peter S; Su, Bo; Meek, Robert M D; Dalby, Matthew J; Tsimbouri, Penelope M

    2016-04-20

    A focus of orthopedic research is to improve osteointegration and outcomes of joint replacement. Material surface topography has been shown to alter cell adhesion, proliferation, and growth. The use of nanotopographical features to promote cell adhesion and bone formation is hoped to improve osteointegration and clinical outcomes. Use of block-copolymer self-assembled nanopatterns allows nanopillars to form via templated anodization with control over height and order, which has been shown to be of cellular importance. This project assesses the outcome of a human bone marrow-derived co-culture of adherent osteoprogenitors and osteoclast progenitors on polished titania and titania patterned with 15 nm nanopillars, fabricated by a block-copolymer templated anodization technique. Substrate implantation in rabbit femurs is performed to confirm the in vivo bone/implant integration. Quantitative and qualitative results demonstrate increased osteogenesis on the nanopillar substrate with scanning electron microscopy, histochemical staining, and real-time quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis performed. Osteoblast/osteoclast co-culture analysis shows an increase in osteoblastogenesis-related gene expression and reduction in osteoclastogenesis. Supporting this in vitro finding, in vivo implantation of substrates in rabbit femora indicates increased implant/bone contact by ≈20%. These favorable osteogenic characteristics demonstrate the potential of 15 nm titania nanopillars fabricated by the block-copolymer templated anodization technique. PMID:26890261

  7. Fabrication and structural characterization of highly ordered titania nanotube arrays

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    Shi, Hongtao; Ordonez, Rosita

    Titanium (Ti) dioxide nanotubes have drawn much attention in the past decade due to the fact that titania is an extremely versatile material with a variety of technological applications. Anodizing Ti in different electrolytes has proved to be quite successful so far in creating the nanotubes, however, their degree of order is still not nearly as good as nanoporous anodic alumina. In this work, we first deposit a thin layer of aluminum (Al) onto electropolished Ti substrates, using thermal evaporation. Such an Al layer is then anodized in 0.3 M oxalic acid, forming an ordered nanoporous alumina mask on top of Ti. Afterwards, the anodization of Ti is accomplished at 20 V in solutions containing 1 M NaH2PO4 and 0.5% HF or H2SO4, which results in the creation of ordered titania nanotube arrays. The inner pore diameter of the nanotubes can be tuned from ~50 nm to ~75 nm, depending on the anodization voltage applied to Al or Ti. X-ray diffractometry shows the as-grown titania nanotubes are amorphous. Samples annealed at different temperatures in ambient atmosphere will be also reported.

  8. Cratering history of the Uranian satellites - Umbriel, Titania, and Oberon

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    Plescia, J. B.

    1987-12-01

    Crater size-frequency data for Umbriel, Titania, and Oberon are presented, and the implications of those data are discussed in terms of the geologic histories of these bodies and the populations of objects that have cratered them. The surfaces of Oberon and Umbriel are old and are inferred to date to a period early in their histories when the cratering rate was significantly higher than at present. No significant endogenic resurfacing appears to have occurred on either body after that inferred period of intense cratering. Titania exhibits the youngest surface of these three and appears to have undergone almost complete endogenic resurfacing. Among the Uranian satellites the surfaces of Oberon and Umbriel are interpreted to be the oldest, that of Titania intermediate, and those of Ariel and parts of Miranda the youngest. The size-frequency distributions for these satellites have an average slope of about -3, indicative of a steep crater production function. The cumulative size-frequency data for these Uranian satellites may be interpreted to indicate that parts of their surfaces are saturated with craters at small diameters.

  9. Preparing titania aerogel monolithic chromatography columns using supercritical carbon dioxide.

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    Sui, Ruohong; Liu, Suya; Lajoie, Gilles A; Charpentier, Paul A

    2010-06-01

    The search for a method to fabricate monolithic inorganic columns has attracted significant recent attention due to their unique ability in separation applications of various biomolecules. Silica and polymer based monolithic columns have been prepared, but titania and other metal oxide monoliths have been elusive, primarily due to their fragility. This article describes a new approach for preparing nanostructured titania based columns, which offer better performance over conventional particle packed columns for separating a wide variety of biomolecules including phosphopeptides. TiO(2) monolithic aerogels were synthesized in separation columns using in situ sol-gel reactions in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO(2)) followed by calcination, and compared to those prepared in heptanes. The characterization results show that scCO(2) is a better solvent for the sol-gel reactions, providing lower shrinkage with the anatase TiO(2) monolith composed of nanofibers with very high surface areas. The monolithic columns show the ability to isolate phosphopeptides with little flow resistance compared to conventional titania particle based microcolumns. PMID:20373296

  10. Titania may produce abiotic oxygen atmospheres on habitable exoplanets.

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    Narita, Norio; Enomoto, Takafumi; Masaoka, Shigeyuki; Kusakabe, Nobuhiko

    2015-01-01

    The search for habitable exoplanets in the Universe is actively ongoing in the field of astronomy. The biggest future milestone is to determine whether life exists on such habitable exoplanets. In that context, oxygen in the atmosphere has been considered strong evidence for the presence of photosynthetic organisms. In this paper, we show that a previously unconsidered photochemical mechanism by titanium (IV) oxide (titania) can produce abiotic oxygen from liquid water under near ultraviolet (NUV) lights on the surface of exoplanets. Titania works as a photocatalyst to dissociate liquid water in this process. This mechanism offers a different source of a possibility of abiotic oxygen in atmospheres of exoplanets from previously considered photodissociation of water vapor in upper atmospheres by extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light. Our order-of-magnitude estimation shows that possible amounts of oxygen produced by this abiotic mechanism can be comparable with or even more than that in the atmosphere of the current Earth, depending on the amount of active surface area for this mechanism. We conclude that titania may act as a potential source of false signs of life on habitable exoplanets. PMID:26354078

  11. Titania may produce abiotic oxygen atmospheres on habitable exoplanets

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    Narita, Norio; Enomoto, Takafumi; Masaoka, Shigeyuki; Kusakabe, Nobuhiko

    2015-01-01

    The search for habitable exoplanets in the Universe is actively ongoing in the field of astronomy. The biggest future milestone is to determine whether life exists on such habitable exoplanets. In that context, oxygen in the atmosphere has been considered strong evidence for the presence of photosynthetic organisms. In this paper, we show that a previously unconsidered photochemical mechanism by titanium (IV) oxide (titania) can produce abiotic oxygen from liquid water under near ultraviolet (NUV) lights on the surface of exoplanets. Titania works as a photocatalyst to dissociate liquid water in this process. This mechanism offers a different source of a possibility of abiotic oxygen in atmospheres of exoplanets from previously considered photodissociation of water vapor in upper atmospheres by extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light. Our order-of-magnitude estimation shows that possible amounts of oxygen produced by this abiotic mechanism can be comparable with or even more than that in the atmosphere of the current Earth, depending on the amount of active surface area for this mechanism. We conclude that titania may act as a potential source of false signs of life on habitable exoplanets. PMID:26354078

  12. Titania may produce abiotic oxygen atmospheres on habitable exoplanets

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    Narita, Norio; Enomoto, Takafumi; Masaoka, Shigeyuki; Kusakabe, Nobuhiko

    2015-12-01

    The search for habitable exoplanets in the Universe is actively ongoing in the field of astronomy. The biggest future milestone is to determine whether life exists on such habitable exoplanets. In that context, oxygen in the atmosphere has been considered strong evidence for the presence of photosynthetic organisms. In this paper, we show that a previously unconsidered photochemical mechanism by titanium (IV) oxide (titania) can produce abiotic oxygen from liquid water under near ultraviolet (NUV) lights on the surface of exoplanets. Titania works as a photocatalyst to dissociate liquid water in this process. This mechanism offers a different source of a possibility of abiotic oxygen in atmospheres of exoplanets from previously considered photodissociation of water vapor in upper atmospheres by extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light. Our order-of-magnitude estimation shows that possible amounts of oxygen produced by this abiotic mechanism can be comparable with or even more than that in the atmosphere of the current Earth, depending on the amount of active surface area for this mechanism. We conclude that titania may act as a potential source of false signs of life on habitable exoplanets.Reference:Narita N. et al.,Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 13977 (2015)http://www.nature.com/articles/srep13977

  13. Solar-light photoamperometric and photocatalytic properties of quasi-transparent TiO2 nanoporous thin films.

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    Ji, Yajun; Lin, Keng-Chu; Zheng, Hegen; Liu, Chung-Chiun; Dudik, Laurie; Zhu, Junjie; Burda, Clemens

    2010-11-01

    Transparent photocatalytic surfaces are of ever increasing importance for many applications on self-cleaning windows and tiles in everyday applications. Here, we report the formation and photocatalytic testing of a quasi-transparent thin and nanoporous titania films deposited on glass plates. Sputtered Ti thin films were anodized in fluoride-ion-containing neutral electrolytes to form optically semitransparent nanoporous films, which transformed to be completely transparent after thermal annealing. The nanoporous films were studied at different stages, such as before and after anodization, as well as after thermal annealing using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and UV-vis and Raman spectroscopy. It was observed that anodization at 20 V of high-temperature deposited titanium films resulted in regular nanopore films with pore diameters of 30 nm. Structural investigations on the transparent nanopore arrays reveal the presence of anatase phase TiO(2) even after annealing at 500 °C, which was confirmed by XRD and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The solar-light induced photocatalytic decomposition of stearic acid and photoconductivity characteristics of these nanoporous thin films are also presented. PMID:20973502

  14. Dispersion and surface functionalization of oxide nanoparticles for transparent photocatalytic and UV-protecting coatings and sunscreens

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    Faure, Bertrand; Salazar-Alvarez, German; Ahniyaz, Anwar; Villaluenga, Irune; Berriozabal, Gemma; De Miguel, Yolanda R.; Bergström, Lennart

    2013-04-01

    This review describes recent efforts on the synthesis, dispersion and surface functionalization of the three dominating oxide nanoparticles used for photocatalytic, UV-blocking and sunscreen applications: titania, zinc oxide, and ceria. The gas phase and liquid phase synthesis is described briefly and examples are given of how weakly aggregated photocatalytic or UV-absorbing oxide nanoparticles with different composition, morphology and size can be generated. The principles of deagglomeration are reviewed and the specific challenges for nanoparticles highlighted. The stabilization of oxide nanoparticles in both aqueous and non-aqueous media requires a good understanding of the magnitude of the interparticle forces and the surface chemistry of the materials. Quantitative estimates of the Hamaker constants in various media and measurements of the isoelectric points for the different oxide nanoparticles are presented together with an overview of different additives used to prepare stable dispersions. The structural and chemical requirements and the various routes to produce transparent photocatalytic and nanoparticle-based UV-protecting coatings, and UV-blocking sunscreens are described and discussed.

  15. Enhancement of photocatalytic performance of TiO{sub 2} produced by an alcohothermal approach through inclusion of water

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    Hu, Changyuan; Lu, Tiewen; Chen, Fei; Zhang, Rongbin; Lian, Chengjiang; Zheng, Shizheng; Hu, Quanhong; Duo, Shuwang

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • High crystallinity of TiO{sub 2} with exposed (0 0 1) facets was prepared by an alcohothermal approach through inclusion of water. • Water played an important role in conducting the size, shape, crystallinity, microstructure and photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2}. • High crystallinity of TiO{sub 2} could retard the recombination and promote the separation of electron–hole pairs. - Abstract: High crystallinity of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (NPs) with exposed (0 0 1) facets was prepared by an alcohothermal method without the addition of any specific organic reagents, in which titanium isopropoxide was used as the titania precursor, water and ethanol (0.6/90–5/90, v/v) as the reaction medium. The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) measurements showed that water played an important role in conducting the size, shape, crystallinity and microstructure of TiO{sub 2} NPs. The photoluminescence spectroscopy and photocurrent measurements indicated that enhanced crystallinity could hinder effectively the recombination and promote significantly the separation of electron–hole pairs in TiO{sub 2} NPs. These will contribute to the enhancement of photocatalytic performance. Methyl orange photodegradation under UV light confirmed that high crystallinity of TiO{sub 2} NPs did exhibit a high photocatalytic activity due to the effective separation of photoinduced charges and exposure of highly reactive (0 0 1) facets.

  16. Effect of water composition on the photocatalytic removal of pesticides with different TiO2 catalysts.

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    Carbajo, Jaime; García-Muñoz, Patricia; Tolosana-Moranchel, Alvaro; Faraldos, Marisol; Bahamonde, Ana

    2014-11-01

    The objective of this work is double-firstly to explore the photocatalytic efficiency of five different commercial TiO2 catalysts in the photodegradation of a mixture of pesticides classified by the EU as priority pollutants and secondly to analyze the correlation between their physicochemical properties and the inhibition of the studied photocatalytic process when natural water was employed. Photocatalytic efficiencies when ultrapure water was used seem to point out that surface area was not a prerequisite for the photodegradation of the selected mixture of pesticides. On the other hand, significant differences in total organic carbon (TOC) conversions were obtained with the two studied water compositions. On one side, Evonik materials appear to be mostly inhibited when natural water was employed, whereas on the other, it should be remarked that anatase Sigma-Aldrich (SA) and, particularly, Hombikat UV100 (HBK) materials presented a very limited photo-efficiency inhibition or even a higher initial rate of TOC removal when a natural water matrix was used, probably due to their specific surface properties (PZC, S BET). Therefore, heterogeneous photocatalysis has proved to be a promising technology for the degradation of the selected mixture of pesticides where the final photo-efficiency of the five commercial titania catalysts studied here responds to a complex balance between its surface and structural properties. PMID:24910310

  17. Preparation of nanoscaled TiO2 films with high visible light photocatalytic activity at low temperature.

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    Ji, Rongchang; Lu, Xiaona; Zhang, Jinlong

    2009-09-01

    Iron (III) doped titanium dioxide film with high visible light photocatalytic activity was prepared using the modified sol-gel method, in which, none of organic solvent was used and all the films were prepared at low temperature. The as prepared films were characterized by wide angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and atomic force microscope (AFM). Characteristic results clearly show that the architecture of Fe3+ doped TiO2 is composed of mixed-phase crystal textures of anatase and brookite, and crystal size keeps at approximately 10 nm. After Fe (III) was successfully doped into titania lattice and partly substituted Ti (IV), absorbance of films in visible light displays obvious red shift. The photocatalytic activities of Fe3+ doped TiO2 films show their best efficiency at an optimal atomic ratio of Fe to Ti of 1.2:100. The effect of dopant and preparing conditions on their structure and photocatalytic activities were investigated in detail. PMID:19928191

  18. Porphyrin-based Photocatalytic Nanolithography

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    Bearinger, Jane P.; Stone, Gary; Dugan, Lawrence C.; El Dasher, Bassem; Stockton, Cheryl; Conway, James W.; Kuenzler, Tobias; Hubbell, Jeffrey A.

    2009-01-01

    Nanoarray fabrication is a multidisciplinary endeavor encompassing materials science, chemical engineering, and biology. We formed nanoarrays via a new technique, porphyrin-based photocatalytic nanolithography. The nanoarrays, with controlled features as small as 200 nm, exhibited regularly ordered patterns and may be appropriate for (a) rapid and parallel proteomics screening of immobilized biomolecules, (b) protein-protein interactions, and/or (c) biophysical and molecular biology studies involving spatially dictated ligand placement. We demonstrated protein immobilization utilizing nanoarrays fabricated via photocatalytic nanolithography on silicon substrates where the immobilized proteins are surrounded by a non-fouling polymer background. PMID:19406753

  19. CHARACTERIZATION OF FLAME-SYNTHESIZED FE, CO, OR MN-DOPED TITANIA NANOSTRUCTURED PARTICLES

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    The flame-synthesized catalysts have higher surface areas than commercial-grade titania and are composed of nanometer-sized primary particles with low internal porosity. Preliminary studies suggest that flame-synthesized iron-doped titania may be photoactivated in the visible lig...

  20. Nonlinear optical properties and supercontinuum spectrum of titania-modified carbon quantum dots

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    Kulchin, Yu N.; Mayor, A. Yu; Proschenko, D. Yu; Postnova, I. V.; Shchipunov, Yu A.

    2016-04-01

    We have studied the nonlinear optical properties and supercontinuum spectrum of solutions of carbon quantum dots prepared by a hydrothermal process from chitin and then coated with titania. The titania coating has been shown to have an activating effect on the carbon quantum dots, enhancing supercontinuum generation in the blue-violet spectral region and enabling their nonlinear optical characteristics to be varied.

  1. Photocatalytic characteristics of single phase Fe-doped anatase TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles sensitized with vitamin B{sub 12}

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    Gharagozlou, Mehrnaz; Bayati, R.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Anatase TiO{sub 2}/B{sub 12} hybrid nanostructured catalyst was successfully synthesized by sol–gel technique. • The nanoparticle catalyst was doped with iron at several concentrations. • Nanoparticles were characterized in detail by XRD, Raman, TEM, EDS, and spectroscopy techniques. • The formation mechanism and role of point defects on photocatalytic properties were discussed. • A structure-property-processing correlation was established. - Abstract: We report a processing-structure-property correlation in B{sub 12}-anatase titania hybrid catalysts doped with several concentrations of iron. Our results clearly show that low-level iron doping alters structure, defect content, and photocatalytic characteristics of TiO{sub 2}. XRD and Raman studies revealed formation of a single-phase anatase TiO{sub 2} where no iron based segregation in particular iron oxide, was detected. FT-IR spectra clearly confirmed sensitization of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles with vitamin B{sub 12}. TEM micrographs and diffraction patterns confirmed crystallization of anatase nanoparticles with a radius of 15–20 nm. Both XRD and Raman signals showed a peak shift and a peak broadening which are surmised to originate from creation of point defects, namely oxygen vacancy and titanium interstitial. The doped samples revealed a narrower band gap as compared to undoped samples. Photocatalytic activity of the samples was assessed through measuring the decomposition rate of rhodamine B. It was found that sensitization with vitamin B{sub 12} and Fe-doping significantly enhances the photocatalytic efficiency of the anatase nanoparticles. We also showed that there is an optimum Fe-doping level where the maximum photocatalytic activity is achieved. The boost of photocatalytic activity was qualitatively understood to originate from a more effective use of the light photons, formation of point defects, which enhance the charge separation, higher carrier mobility.

  2. The preparation, surface structure, zeta potential, surface charge density and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanostructures of different shapes

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    Grover, Inderpreet Singh; Singh, Satnam; Pal, Bonamali

    2013-09-01

    Titania based nanocatalysts such as sodium titanates of different morphology having superior surface properties are getting wide importance in photocatalysis research. Despite having sodium (Na) contents and its high temperature synthesis (that generally deteriorate the photoreactivity), these Na-titanates often exhibit better photoactivity than P25-TiO2 catalyst. Hence, this work demonstrated the influence of crystal structure, BET surface area, surface charge, zeta potential (ζ) and metal loading on the photocatalytic activity of as-prepared sodium titanate nanotube (TNT) and titania nanorod (TNR). Straw like hollow orthorhombic-TNT (Na2Ti2O5·H2O) particles (W = 9-12 nm and L = 82-115 nm) and rice like pure anatase-TNR particles (W = 8-13 nm and L = 81-134 nm) are obtained by the hydrothermal treatment of P25-TiO2 with NaOH, which in fact, altered the net surface charge of TNT and TNR particles. The observed ζ = -2.82 (P25-TiO2), -13.5 (TNT) and -22.5 mV (TNR) are significantly altered by the Ag and Cu deposition. It has been found here that TNT displayed best photocatalytic activity for the imidacloprid insecticide (C9H10ClN5O2) degradation to CO2 formation under UV irradiation because of its largest surface area 176 m2 g-1 among the catalysts studied.

  3. Effect of calcination temperature on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 powders prepared by co-precipitation of TiCl3

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    Yudoyono, Gatut; Ichzan, Nur; Zharvan, Vicran; Daniyati, Rizqa; Santoso, Hadi; Indarto, Bachtera; Pramono, Yono Hadi; Zainuri, Mochamad; Darminto

    2016-04-01

    The adsorption of basic dye methylene blue (MB) onto titanium dioxide (titania) powder that were prepared by coprecipitation method of TiCl3 and NH4OH as iniatial material with different calcination temperature was studied to examine the photocatalytic activity. Synthesis process carried out by the solution pH was adjusted to be 8. Effect of calcination temperature on the titania powder were characterized with Differential Scanning Calorimetry/Thermogravimetry (DSC/TG), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The result of TG and XRD showed that the NH4Cl decomposed between 235-372°C. The XRD result showed that the anatase TiO2 only contained a single phase when the calcination temperature of the precursor at 800°C, and over which it began to grow rutile phase. The influence of synthesis condition on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 powder was determined by the photodegradation of MB dye under UV light.

  4. Morphological Characterization Of Titania Slag Obtained From Red Sediment Placer Ilmenite Using Microwave Energy

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    Srikant, S. S.; Mukherjee, P. S.; Bhima Rao, R.

    2015-04-01

    This paper deals with the main objective to observe the effect of microwave heat treatment for the production of Titania rich slag and pig iron from placer ilmenite. The experiments carried out in the present investigation on the oxidized ilmenite sample for microwave heat treatment in microwave sintering furnace reveals that a product can be obtained containing Titania rich slag and metalized iron. The in-depth characterisation of these products using SEM-EDAX shows that around 75-85 % of titanium dioxide is formed in terms of titania rich slag by using microwave sintering furnace after reduction of oxidized ilmenite with proper stoichiometric graphitic carbon and silicon carbide (SiC) susceptor. The titania rich slag is considered to be better input material for production of pigment grade titanium dioxide. On the other hand, the pig iron obtained as by product from titania rich slag is also important for automobile and steel industries application.

  5. Role of titania incorporated on activated carbon cloth for capacitive deionization of NaCl solution.

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    Ryoo, Min-Woong; Kim, Jong-Ho; Seo, Gon

    2003-08-15

    Adsorption isotherms of NaCl on activated carbon cloth (ACC) and titania-incorporated activated carbon cloth (Ti-ACC) under an electric field were investigated to deduce the role of titania in capacitive deionization (CDI) of NaCl. Electrosorption of NaCl on the ACC was significantly increased by titania incorporation, whereas its physical adsorption was considerably decreased, resulting in an improved performance of the Ti-ACC as a CDI electrode. Langmuir isotherms based on a localized and fixed amount of adsorption were suitable for the simulation of electrosorption and physical adsorption of ions on the ACC electrodes. The variances of q(m) and b of Langmuir isotherms with electric potential indicate increases in the number of ions per adsorption site and in electrosorption strength of ions by titania incorporation. A cyclic voltammetric study for ion adsorption on ACC electrodes confirms the reversibility between electrosorption and desorption of ions, regardless of titania incorporation. PMID:16256660

  6. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on nanocrystalline titania electrodes made at various sintering temperatures.

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    Stathatos, Elias; Lianos, Panagiotis

    2007-02-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells were made by using nanocrystalline titania deposited on Fluorine-doped SnO2 (FTO) electrodes. Nanocrystalline titania deposition was made by the sol-gel method using reverse micelles of bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate sodium salt (AOT) in cyclohexane as reaction medium. This surfactant could be easily removed from the deposited nanocomposite organic-inorganic film by simple rinsing with distilled water, without affecting titania adherence on FTO electrode. These nanocrystalline titania electrodes were used to make solar cells either without sintering or after sintering at various temperatures. Sintering extensively affected short circuit current but had small effect on device open-circuit voltage. Thus satisfactory photovoltaic response could be obtained even with devices made of non-sintered (room-temperature) titania. PMID:17450794

  7. Solar detoxification of nitroglycerine-contaminated water using immobilized Titania

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    Muradov, N.Z. )

    1994-03-01

    A solar-driven photocatalytic process based on TiO[sub 2] has been developed to destroy nitroglycerine (NG) in aqueous solutions. The study involved the design and construction of a plate type photoreactor with immobilized TiO[sub 2] (Degussa P25). The bench scale experiments with the solar (one sun) photocatalytic system demonstrated destruction of NG from an initial concentration of 500 to less than 1 ppm, with CO[sub 2], nitrate ion and water being the major products of the decomposition. the platinization of TiO[sub 2] surface did not significantly affect the rate of NG decomposition. Rhodamine dye, as a model compound, was also photocatalytically decomposed in the solar photoreactor from concentrations of 10 to less than 0.01 ppm in 20 min.

  8. Biomolecular Patterning via Photocatalytic Lithography

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    Bearinger, J P; Hiddessen, A L; Wu, K J; Christian, A T; Dugan, L C; Stone, G; Camarero, J; Hinz, A K; Hubbell, J A

    2005-02-18

    We have developed a novel method for patterning surface chemistry: Photocatalytic Lithography. This technique relies on inexpensive stamp materials and light; it does not necessitate mass transport or specified substrates, and the wavelength of light should not limit feature resolution. We have demonstrated the utility of this technique through the patterning of proteins, single cells and bacteria.

  9. Water-splitting using photocatalytic porphyrin-nanotube composite devices

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    Shelnutt, John A.; Miller, James E.; Wang, Zhongchun; Medforth, Craig J.

    2008-03-04

    A method for generating hydrogen by photocatalytic decomposition of water using porphyrin nanotube composites. In some embodiments, both hydrogen and oxygen are generated by photocatalytic decomposition of water.

  10. Green synthesis of biphasic TiO₂-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites with highly enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Sher Shah, Md Selim Arif; Park, A Reum; Zhang, Kan; Park, Jong Hyeok; Yoo, Pil J

    2012-08-01

    A series of TiO(2)-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanocomposites were prepared by simple one-step hydrothermal reactions using the titania precursor, TiCl(4) and graphene oxide (GO) without reducing agents. Hydrolysis of TiCl(4) and mild reduction of GO were simultaneously carried out under hydrothermal conditions. While conventional approaches mostly utilize multistep chemical methods wherein strong reducing agents, such as hydrazine, hydroquinone, and sodium borohydride are employed, our method provides the notable advantages of a single step reaction without employing toxic solvents or reducing agents, thereby providing a novel green synthetic route to produce the nanocomposites of RGO and TiO(2). The as-synthesized nanocomposites were characterized by several crystallographic, microscopic, and spectroscopic characterization methods, which enabled confrimation of the robustness of the suggested reaction scheme. Notably, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron micrograph proved that TiO(2) contained both anatase and rutile phases. In addition, the photocatalytic activities of the synthesized composites were measured for the degradation of rhodamine B dye. The catalyst also can degrade a colorless dye such as benzoic acid under visible light. The synthesized nanocomposites of biphasic TiO(2) with RGO showed enhanced catalytic activity compared to conventional TiO(2) photocatalyst, P25. The photocatalytic activity is strongly affected by the concentration of RGO in the nanocomposites, with the best photocatalytic activity observed for the composite of 2.0 wt % RGO. Since the synthesized biphasic TiO(2)-RGO nanocomposites have been shown to effectively reduce the electron-hole recombination rate, it is anticipated that they will be utilized as anode materials in lithium ion batteries. PMID:22788800

  11. Methods of making non-covalently bonded carbon-titania nanocomposite thin films and applications of the same

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    Liang, Yu Teng; Vijayan, Baiju K.; Gray, Kimberly A.; Hersam, Mark C.

    2016-07-19

    In one aspect, a method of making non-covalently bonded carbon-titania nanocomposite thin films includes: forming a carbon-based ink; forming a titania (TiO.sub.2) solution; blade-coating a mechanical mixture of the carbon-based ink and the titania solution onto a substrate; and annealing the blade-coated substrate at a first temperature for a first period of time to obtain the carbon-based titania nanocomposite thin films. In certain embodiments, the carbon-based titania nanocomposite thin films may include solvent-exfoliated graphene titania (SEG-TiO.sub.2) nanocomposite thin films, or single walled carbon nanotube titania (SWCNT-TiO.sub.2) nanocomposite thin films.

  12. Granulating titania powder by colloidal route using polyelectrolytes.

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    Pringuet, Antoine; Pagnoux, Cécile; Videcoq, Arnaud; Baumard, Jean-François

    2008-10-01

    A new, convenient, and inexpensive approach to process and granulate titania powders by a chemical route is proposed. It is based on the use of a formulation that includes a polyanion such as poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS). Such a polyelectrolyte is most often considered to achieve dispersion of oxide powders in water. Basically, it adsorbs onto the surface of particles and induces electrical and/or steric interactions between particles in the suspension, which prevents agglomeration and rapid sedimentation. The advantages of polyelectrolytes in ceramic processing is well documented in the literature to produce low viscosity suspensions that are further used to form ceramic parts. In the case of TiO2 powders, such aqueous dispersions were obtained by adding small quantities of PSS. However, when exploring the behavior of mixtures containing lower contents of dispersant, we have discovered that, well below the optimum concentration required to get stable dispersions, the polyelectrolyte can act as a binder for titania particles. This can confer cohesion to the agglomerates, which can be processed to form large size (e.g., millimeter size) spheres. This phenomenon takes place when the oxide surface carries both positive and negative electrical charges and can be explained on a simple basis involving surface chemistry. For the optimum concentration of PSS that disperses titania, a polycation such as chitosan should be added to get spheres. This simple technique is expected to receive increasing attention due its potentialities and strong advantages with respect to other granulation techniques, such as spray-drying, which are energy consuming. PMID:18774832

  13. Heats of immersion of titania powders in primer solutions

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    Siriwardane, R.; Wightman, J. P.

    1983-01-01

    The oxide layer present on titanium alloys can play an important role in determining the strength and durability of adhesive bonds. Here, three titania powders in different crystalline phases, rutile-R1, anatase-A1, and anatase-A2, are characterized by several techniques. These include microelectrophoresis, X-ray diffractometry, surface area pore volume analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and measurements of the heats of immersion. Of the three powders, R1 has the highest heat of immersion in water, while the interaction between water and A1 powder is low. Experimental data also suggest a specific preferential interaction of polyphenylquinoxaline with anatase.

  14. Recycling of fly ash for preparing porous mullite membrane supports with titania addition.

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    Dong, Yingchao; Hampshire, Stuart; Zhou, Jian-er; Lin, Bin; Ji, Zhanlin; Zhang, Xiaozhen; Meng, Guangyao

    2010-08-15

    In order to effectively utilize industrial waste fly ash, porous mullite ceramic membrane supports were prepared from fly ash and calcined bauxite with chemically pure titania as sintering additive. The effects of TiO(2) on the sintering behaviors and main properties of porous mullite were studied in detail. Due to the addition of titania, the sintering of the flyash-based mullite was inhibited at low temperatures, but effectively improved at high temperatures, the latter is suitable for preparing porous mullite membrane supports by incomplete sintering. Titania entered into liquid glassy phase with low high-temperature viscosity during sintering, resulting in the improvement of sintering activity, as well as the lowering of secondary mullitization temperature (where 2.0% titania). Between 1300 and 1500 degrees C, with increasing titania content, the samples exhibit increased trends in both linear shrinkage percent and bulk density, but a slightly decreased trend in open porosity, at all sintering temperatures. At 1300-1500 degrees C, the samples sintered at 1450 degrees C for 2h exhibit the lowest shrinkage and bulk density, as well as the highest open porosities in the investigated titania content range of 0-6.0 wt.%. Also, with increasing titania content, the pore size decreases slightly but the three-point flexural strength increases gradually at 1450 degrees C. PMID:20452727

  15. Preparation and characterization of titania-deposited silica composite hollow fiber membranes with high hydrothermal stability.

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    Kwon, Young-Nam; Kim, In-Chul

    2013-11-01

    Hydrothermal stability of a porous nickel-supported silica membrane was successfully improved by deposition of titania multilayers on colloidal silica particles embedded in the porous nickel fiber support. Porous nickel-supported silica membranes were prepared by means of a dipping-freezing-fast drying (DFF) method. The titania layers were deposited on colloidal silica particles by repeating hydrolysis and condensation reactions of titanium isopropoxide on the silica particle surfaces. The deposition of thin titania layers on the nickel-supported silica membrane was verified by various analytical tools. The water flux and the solute rejection of the porous Ni fiber-supported silica membranes did not change after titania layer deposition, indicating that thickness of titania layers deposited on silica surface is enough thin not to affect the membrane performance. Moreover, improvement of the hydrothermal stability in the titania-deposited silica membranes was confirmed by stability tests, indicating that thin titania layers deposited on silica surface played an important role as a diffusion barrier against 90 degrees C water into silica particles. PMID:24245310

  16. Sintering and mechanical properties of the alumina-tricalcium phosphate-titania composites.

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    Sakka, Siwar; Bouaziz, Jamel; Ben Ayed, Foued

    2014-07-01

    The objective of this study was to determine the effect of the content of titania and the sintering process on the transformation phase, the densification, the rupture strength and the microstructures of the alumina-10 wt.% tricalcium phosphate composites. After the sintering process, the samples were examined by using (31)P and (27)Al magic angle scanning nuclear magnetic resonance, X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analysis. The Brazilian test was used to measure the rupture strength of the samples. The present results provide new information about solid-state reactivity in the ternary system α-alumina-β-tricalcium phosphate-anatase-titania. The differential thermal analysis of the α-alumina-β-tricalcium phosphate-titania composites shows two endothermic peaks, at 1360 °C and at 1405 °C, which are caused by the reactions between titania/alumina and titania/tricalcium phosphate, respectively. Thus, the presence of titania in the alumina-10 wt.% tricalcium phosphate leads to the formation of β-Al2TiO5 at 1360 °C. At 1600 °C, the alumina-10 wt.% tricalcium phosphate-5 wt.% titania composites displayed the highest rupture strength (74 MPa), compared to the alumina-10 wt.% tricalcium phosphate composites (13.5 MPa). Accordingly, the increase of the rupture strength is due to the formation of the new β-Al2TiO5 phase. PMID:24857470

  17. Fabrication and apatite inducing ability of different porous titania structures by PEO treatment.

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    Rao, X; Chu, C L; Sun, Q; Zheng, Y Y

    2016-09-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) was employed to grow different porous titania structures on Ti6Al4V alloy (TC4) substrate using various parameters. It was found that the PEO voltage and working frequency could affect the morphology, the pore size, the pore density, the thickness and the phase composition of titania structures. Thereafter, three typical porous titania structures with nanosize pores, microsize pores and microsize grooves were respectively selected to estimate their bioactivity using SBF immersion test. After soaking at different durations (3-28d), the surface morphology, the chemical composition as well as the phase structure of deposited apatite layers on porous titania were evaluated using SEM, EDS, and XRD. The formation of various biomimetic apatite layers indicated the different influence due to the characteristics of porous titania structures. The porous titania structure with nanosize pores could induce a fast apatite growth at the early immersion stage (~7d), while the one with microsize pores exhibited the best apatite inducing ability at long term immersion (~28d). Based on the experimental results, the formation mechanism of biomimetic apatite affected by the pore structure of titania was discussed as well. PMID:27207066

  18. Rapid photocatalytic destruction of pentachlorophenol in F-Si-comodified TiO(2) suspensions under microwave irradiation.

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    Yang, Shaogui; Fu, Hongbo; Sun, Cheng; Gao, Zhanqi

    2009-01-30

    A novel photocatalysis material, F-Si-comodified TiO(2) (FST) powder, was synthesized by ultrasound-assisted hydrolysis. The prepared material was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, respectively. XRD analysis indicated that the phase of FST was pure anatase and Si atoms suppressed the growth of titania crystalline, XPS spectra showed that FST was composed of Ti, O, Si and F element, the band gap energy of FST calculated according to the spectrum of UV-vis absorption was 3.26 eV. The electron spin resonance (ESR) spin-trapping technique using 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide (DMPO) as the spin-trap reagent has been applied to detect free radical intermediates generated from FST. ESR results showed the concentration of the active species (OH) on FST is higher than those on F-doping TiO(2) (FT), Si-modifying TiO(2) (ST) and P25 titania. The degradation of pentachlorophenol (PCP) in the microwave-assisted photocatalysis (MAPC) process was faster than other processes including microwave-assisted direct photolysis (MADP), microwave process alone (MP) and dark process (DP). The photocatalytic activity of FST is much higher than that of ST, FT and P25 titania. It may be attributed to its strong capacity of absorption to the UV-vis irradiation and more hydroxyl radical on surface of FST. In MPAC process, 40 mg L(-1) PCP was completely degraded in 20 min and its corresponding mineralization efficiency was 71%, the pH of solutions decreased from 10.3 to 6.47 and the dechlorination was completed in 12 min. The intermediates products of PCP in MAPC process identified by GC/MS were trichlorophenols (TCP), tetrachlorophenols (TTCP) and tetrachlorocatechol (TTCC) and the possible mechanism of PCP degradation is proposed. PMID:18555596

  19. Thick Nano-Crystalline Diamond films for fusion applications

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    Dawedeit, Christoph

    2010-06-30

    This Diplomarbeit deals with the characterization of 9 differently grown diamond samples. Several techniques were used to determine the quality of these specimens for inertial confinement fusion targets. The quality of chemical vapor deposition diamond is usually considered in terms of the proportion of sp3-bonded carbon to sp2-bonded carbon in the sample. For fusion targets smoothness, Hydrogen content and density of the diamonds are further important characteristics. These characteristics are analyzed in this thesis. The research for thesis was done at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institut für angewandte Festkörperphysik Freiburg, Germany. Additionally the Lehrstuhl fuer Nukleartechnik at Technical University of Germany supported the work.

  20. Nano-crystalline P/M aluminium for automotive applications

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    Hummert, K.; Schattevoy, R.; Broda, M.; Knappe, M.; Beiss, P.; Klubberg, F.; Schubert, T. H.; Leuschner, R.

    2009-01-01

    The reduction of total vehicle weight and lowering of moving masses within the engine are key elements to overcome future emission challenges of the automotive industry. Within a German BMBF funded project the melt spinning technology will be driven to a series production status. The very fast cooling condition of the melt leads to a nano-structure of the aluminium material. This results in new material properties of known alloys. The strength increases dramatically without lowered forming behaviour. With this process the freedom of designing complex alloys is very flexible. Different alloys have been investigated for several applications, where high strength at room and elevated temperatures and/or high wear resistance is required. This paper presents some results regarding the processing, microstructure and mechanical properties of a developed Al-Ni-Fe alloy. This joined research project with partners from the automotive industry as well as automotive suppliers and universities is funded by the German BMBF "NanoMobile" Program under Project number 03X3008.

  1. Synthesis of nano-crystalline multifibrous zirconia needle

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    Biswas, Mridula; Bandyopadhyay, Siddhartha

    2013-06-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Zirconia needles have been successfully prepared by simple inorganic sol–gel route. • The shape of the needles was retained after firing with aspect ratio > 400. • Needles are composed of multiple fibres. • Fibres are composed of nano crystals. - Abstract: Zirconia needles have been successfully synthesized using a simple inorganic sol–gel process without using any template. The method employs mixture of zirconium oxychloride octahydrate and sulphuric acid in aqueous medium. This process requires heat treatment at 40 °C for 2 h in an oven for nucleus formation. Complete formation of needle occurs after 17 days. The green needle retained its original shape after calcination at 1200 °C. Fired needles were of 1–2 cm in length and 5–50 μm in diameter and possess monoclinic phase. Needles are composed of multiple fibres. Depending on the heat treatment temperature, crystallite size varies in the range of 8 to around 300 nm.

  2. Biokinetics and effects of titania nano-material after inhalation and i.v. injection

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    Landsiedel, Robert; Fabian, Eric; Ma-Hock, Lan; Wiench, Karin; van Ravenzwaay, Bennard

    2009-05-01

    Within NanoSafe2 we developed a special inhalation model to investigate deposition of inhaled particles in the lung and the further distribution in the body after. Concurrently, the effects of the inhaled materials in the lung were examined. The results for nano-Titania were compared to results from inhalation studies with micron-sized (non-nano) Titania particles and to quartz particles (DQ12, known to be potent lung toxicants). To build a PBPK model for nano-Titania the tissue distribution of the material was also examined following intravenous (i.v.) administration.

  3. Resolving dynamic parameters of the August 2007 Titania and Ariel occultations by Umbriel

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    Miller, C.; Chanover, N. J.

    2009-03-01

    We observed the 15 August 2007 occultation of the uranian satellite Titania and the 19 August 2007 occultation of Ariel by Umbriel using the Agile high-speed photometer on the APO 3.5 m telescope. We find that the Titania event midpoint occurred at 09:16:39.20 UT and the Ariel event midpoint at 07:59:49.4 UT, which was 26.2 s and 37.4 s later than predicted, respectively. Our best fit impact parameter was 71.0 km for the Titania occultation and 476.9 km for the Ariel event, both of which were less than predicted.

  4. Effect of process parameters on the chemical vapour synthesis of nanocrystalline titania

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    Md, Imteyaz Ahmad; Bhattacharya, S. S.

    2008-08-01

    In this investigation nanocrystalline titania powders were produced by the chemical vapour synthesis (CVS) route and characterized by standard techniques of XRD, HRTEM and BET. The effects of precursor/gas flow rates, hotwall temperature and system pressure on the particle size and distribution, as well as phase composition of the synthesized nanocrystalline titania powder, were studied. It was demonstrated that by suitably adjusting the process parameters during CVS it becomes possible to control the anatase crystallite size, specific surface area and the rutile content in the synthesized nanocrystalline titania powders.

  5. Titania-supported catalysts and their preparation for use in Fischer-Tropsch synthesis

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    Mauldin, C.H.; Riley, K.L.

    1991-02-12

    This patent describes a support composition for forming a catalyst useful for the conversion of synthesis gas to hydrocarbons. It comprises: titania in which there is incorporated from 0.1 to about 20 wt% of an inorganic oxide binder selected from the group consisting of alumina and zirconia based on the weight of the titania-binder support, to provide a titania-binder support having a pore volume ranging from about 0.2 cc/g to about 0.5 cc/g, and surface area ranging from about 8 m{sup 2}/g to about 70 m{sup 2}/g.

  6. Titania nanotube arrays as potential interfaces for neurological prostheses

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    Sorkin, Jonathan Andrew

    Neural prostheses can make a dramatic improvement for those suffering from visual and auditory, cognitive, and motor control disabilities, allowing them regained functionality by the use of stimulating or recording electrical signaling. However, the longevity of these devices is limited due to the neural tissue response to the implanted device. In response to the implant penetrating the blood brain barrier and causing trauma to the tissue, the body forms a to scar to isolate the implant in order to protect the nearby tissue. The scar tissue is a result of reactive gliosis and produces an insulated sheath, encapsulating the implant. The glial sheath limits the stimulating or recording capabilities of the implant, reducing its effectiveness over the long term. A favorable interaction with this tissue would be the direct adhesion of neurons onto the contacts of the implant, and the prevention of glial encapsulation. With direct neuronal adhesion the effectiveness and longevity of the device would be significantly improved. Titania nanotube arrays, fabricated using electrochemical anodization, provide a conductive architecture capable of altering cellular response. This work focuses on the fabrication of different titania nanotube array architectures to determine how their structures and properties influence the response of neural tissue, modeled using the C17.2 murine neural stem cell subclone, and if glial encapsulation can be reduced while neuronal adhesion is promoted.

  7. Surface wettability of titania thin films with increasing Nb content

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    Mardare, Diana; Yildiz, Abdullah; Girtan, Mihaela; Manole, Alina; Dobromir, Marius; Irimia, Mihaela; Adomnitei, Catalin; Cornei, Nicoleta; Luca, Dumitru

    2012-10-01

    TiO2 and TiO2/Nb amorphous thin films were grown on glass substrates by a sol-gel technique (spin coating). Films' surface composition, structure, and morphology were derived from x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, and atomic force microscopy data. The investigated films showed a smooth surface (roughness values below 5 nm). A separate surface wettability investigation showed that by increasing the Nb amount in pristine titania films results in a decrease of contact angle (CA) values from 40° to nearly 0°, thus, indicating a super-hydrophilic conversion under UV illumination. This conversion rate is greatly enhanced by increasing the Nb content, the surface super-hydrophilic behavior occurring after a couple of minutes in the TiO2/Nb samples, but after 4 h in the pristine titania specimen. The current results are discussed in terms of the optical band gap shift towards higher energies, by increasing the Nb content in the films, a process explained based on small polaron hopping model.

  8. Production and characterization of alumina-titania biocomposite

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    Cetiner, B. N.; Erkmen, Z. E.

    2015-03-01

    Alumina is a biomaterial of choice for more than 20 years due to its high hardness accompanied by low friction, wear and inertness to in vivo environment. It has been reported that titanium oxidized to the rutile phase is bioactive. This is a property discovered for certain ceramics such as Bioglass and sintered hydroxylapatite (HA). But the combination of alumina and titania forming tialite (Aluminium titanate-50 mol % Al2O3 and 50 mol % TiO2) is a new challenge. In this work we made firstly the beneficiation of the Seydişehir alumina by leaching it in the acidic solution "the Aqua Regia" followed by preparation of batches containing 2,5 wt %, 3,5 wt % and 4,5 wt % of MgO as the sintering aid, 1 wt % of SiO2 and the balance; the alumina and titania powder mixture (1:1 mole). After sintering these batches at 1600°C for about 12 h, their mechanical properties (the compression and hardness testings) and phase ratios (the XRD analysis) were analyzed and compared with the control group containing the laboratory scale alumina instead of the Seydişehir alumina. Following the characterization (the SEM and the EDS analysis) of the substrate material, the comparison of two different materials was carried out.

  9. Organically modified titania nanoparticles for sustained drug release applications.

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    Sethi, Komal; Roy, Indrajit

    2015-10-15

    In this paper, we report the synthesis, characterization of drug-doped organically modified titania nanoparticles, and their applications in sustained drug release. The drug-doped nanoparticles were synthesized in the hydrophobic core of oil-in-water microemulsion medium. Structural aspects obtained through TEM and FESEM depicted that organically modified titania nanoparticles are monodispersed with spherical morphology, with an average size of around 200 nm. Their polymorphic forms and porosity were determined using powder XRD and BET, respectively, which showed that they are present in the anatase form, with a surface area of 136.5 m(2)/g and pore-diameter of 5.23 nm. After synthesis and basic structural characterizations, optical properties were studied for both fluorophore and drug encapsulated nanoparticles. The results showed that though the optical properties of the fluorophore are partially diminished upon nanoencapsulation, it became more stable against chemical quenching. The nanoparticles showed pH-dependent drug release pattern. In vitro studies showed that the nanoparticles were efficiently uptaken by cells. Cell viability assay results showed that though the placebo nanoparticles are non-cytotoxic, the drug-doped nanoparticles show drug-induced toxicity. Therefore, such porous nanoparticles can be used in non-toxic drug delivery applications. PMID:26093234

  10. Physical adsorption of anisotropic titania nanoparticles onto poly(2-vinylpyridine) latex and characterisation of the resulting nanocomposite particles.

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    Fielding, Lee A; Armes, Steven P; Staniland, Paul; Sayer, Robert; Tooley, Ian

    2014-07-15

    Four poly(2-vinylpyridine) latexes with intensity-average mean diameters ranging between 246 and 955nm were prepared by aqueous emulsion polymerisation. These latexes were characterised by transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, aqueous electrophoresis, disc centrifuge photosedimentometry and thermogravimetry. The adsorption of rice grain-shaped nano-sized titania particles onto the surface of these latex particles from aqueous solution was investigated. It was found that the titania particles adsorb strongly at pH 10 and the optimal loading and packing density of titania was investigated for each latex. The resulting core-shell P2VP-titania nanocomposite particles were characterised in terms of their titania contents, surface coverages and colloidal stabilities. UV-Vis spectra were recorded for the titania nanoparticles, the original P2VP latexes and the poly(2-vinylpyridine)-titania nanocomposite particles. It was found that, for the larger nanocomposite particles, UV-Vis absorption was dominated by the latex core, whereas the smaller P2VP-titania nanocomposite particles exhibited UV attenuation to longer wavelengths compared to both the bare latex and the titania particles. The poly(2-vinylpyridine) cores were selectively removed by calcination of the nanocomposite particles and the resulting hollow titania structures were investigated by transmission electron microscopy. PMID:24863780

  11. The Role of Silica in Precious Metal Supported Titania Hybrid Mesoporous Materials for Remediation and Energy Production

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    Kibombo, Harrison S.

    Semiconductor photocatalysis is an advanced oxidation process (AOP) that continues to show promise for the concomitant mineralization of non--biodegradable noxious and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to environmentally benign products, and the splitting of water. This work examined the use of sol--gel chemistry as a viable approach for the incorporation of transparent silica (SiO2) matrix and/or platinum onto titania (TiO2) so as to optimize physico-chemical properties such as charge separation, crystallinity, surface area, and particle size. It was determined that crystallinity of anatase in the mixed oxide photocatalyst can be improved by the addition of simple non-polar aromatic co-solvents in the sol-gel route, and subsequently enhance the photocatalytic degradation of phenol under UV--light irradiation. The Pt of smaller particle sizes in Pt--TiO2--SiO 2 resulted in higher phenol degradation efficiencies under solar simulated conditions, irrespective of the synthesis method employed. The presence of Pt in the lowest oxidation state, Pt0, is crucial for enhanced phenol degradation whereas PtO2 (Pt4+) serves as a mild recombination center for photogenerated charge carriers rather than demonstrating total inactivity. The production of ·OH radicals was shown to be imperative for sustaining the degradation process. In the water splitting reaction for hydrogen production, the role of the crystallinity of anatase is reaffirmed when TiO2--SiO2 is used, as the surface defects present in the silica phase seem to serve as recombination centers. However, in Pt--TiO2 photocatalysts, the presence of Pt 0 or PtO2 in close contact with TiO2 (heterojunction) allows for more efficient electron propagation and facilitates minimization of electron--hole recombination, hence improved solar simulated photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Extensive characterization of the photocatalysts were carried out by powder X--ray Diffraction (XRD), Nitrogen Physisorption Studies, Diffuse

  12. Study of Porosity on Titania Slag Obtained by Conventional Sintering and Thermal Plasma Process

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    Samal, S.

    2016-07-01

    This article investigates the development of porosity in titania-rich slag obtained by sintering via conventional and thermal plasma heating at 1000°C in inert atmosphere. The holder in the plasma reactor acted as the discharge anode confined within a hollow graphite cathode. Quantitative evaluation of the porosity in the conventionally sintered and plasma-sintered titania-rich slag was performed via pycnometry. Specifically, the physical dimension and morphology of the pores were characterized according to the area fraction, mean diameter, shape factor, and elongation factor. Under both conventional and thermal plasma heating conditions, porosity developed on the surface of titania-rich slag. The titania-rich slag obtained by two processes showed different porosity features in terms of the morphology and porosity. A lower porosity was observed in the plasma-sintered sample when compared with that obtained via conventional heating.

  13. Microscopic observation of dye molecules for solar cells on a titania surface

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    Koshiya, Shogo; Yamashita, Shunsuke; Kimoto, Koji

    2016-04-01

    The lateral distribution and coverage of Ru-based dye molecules, which are used for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), were directly examined on a titania surface using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The clean surface of a free-standing titania nanosheet was first confirmed with atomic resolution, and then, the nanosheet was used as a substrate. A single dye molecule on the titania nanosheet was visualized for the first time. The quantitative STEM images revealed an inhomogeneous dye-molecule distribution at the early stage of its absorption, i.e., the aggregation of the dye molecules. The majority of the titania surface was not covered by dye molecules, suggesting that optimization of the dye molecule distribution could yield further improvement of the DSC conversion efficiencies.

  14. Improvement in capacitive deionization function of activated carbon cloth by titania modification.

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    Ryoo, Min-Woong; Seo, Gon

    2003-04-01

    Activated carbon cloth (ACC) was modified by the reaction between polar groups on its surface and metal alkoxides of titanium, silicon, aluminum and zirconium to enhance its capacitive deionization (CDI) performance. Incorporated state of metals and surface property of modified ACC were deduced from surface analysis results obtained using FE-SEM, XRD, XPS and zeta-potential meter. Titania was highly dispersed on the ACC surface with tetrahedral coordination, and the incorporated titania was effective to decrease physical adsorption of NaCl and to increase electric field adsorption, resulting in a significant enhancement of CDI performance. The negligible contribution of silica, alumina and zirconia modifications suggested that the small oxidation-reduction potential of titania was responsible for the enhancement of the electric field adsorption. Reversibility of adsorption and desorption operation on titania-modified ACC were also discussed relating to its CDI function. PMID:12600380

  15. New insight into the structure of dispersed titania by combining normal-mode analysis with experiment

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    Nitsche, David; Hess, Christian

    2014-11-01

    Normal-mode analysis has been combined with experiment to gain new insight into the vibrational structure of dispersed titania. For the calculations, double- and tri-grafted hydroxylated titania species have been adapted to a model silica support based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS). The choice of hydroxylated models was validated by IR detection of the Osbnd H stretching band of dispersed titania (0.7 Ti/nm2). UV resonance Raman experiments have identified three titania-related vibrational features within the spectral region 900-1100 cm-1 due to Tisbnd Osbnd Si interphase, Tisbnd Osbnd Si in-phase and out-of-phase stretching vibrations. This behaviour is fully consistent with the results obtained by the normal-mode analysis.

  16. Comparative evaluation of biocompatibility of dense nanostructured and microstructured Hydroxyapatite/Titania composites.

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    Farzin, A; Ahmadian, M; Fathi, M H

    2013-05-01

    This work deals with the biocompatibility of dense nano- and micro-structured Hydroxyapatite/Titania composites prepared by two step and conventional sintering, respectively. By application of two step sintering, it was shown that the final grain size of HA-15 wt.% TiO2 is maintained lower than 100 nm while by the application of conventional sintering it reaches higher than 100 nm. Biocompatibility of the dense bulks was evaluated by cell attachment and proliferation experiments. Cell morphology, and viability on each nano- and micro-structured Hydroxyapatite/Titania composites were examined at different time points. The nanostructured HA/Titania dense bulk exhibited higher cell viability than a microstructured one. In addition, the effects of ionic products from nano- and micro-structured bulk dissolution on osteoblasts were studied. The MTT test confirmed that the products from nanostructured HA/Titania dense bulk significantly promoted osteoblast proliferation within a certain concentration range. PMID:23498255

  17. Preparation of highly dispersed core/shell-type titania nanocapsules containing a single Ag nanoparticle.

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    Sakai, Hideki; Kanda, Takashi; Shibata, Hirobumi; Ohkubo, Takahiro; Abe, Masahiko

    2006-04-19

    Core/shell-type titania nanocapsules containing a single Ag nanoparticle were prepared. Ag nanoparticles were prepared using the reduction of silver nitrate with hydrazine in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as protective agent. The sol-gel reaction of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) was used to prepare core/shell-type titania nanocapsules with CTAB-coated Ag nanoparticles as the core. TEM observations revealed that the size of the core (Ag particle) and the thickness of the shell (titania) of the core/shell particles obtained are about 10 nm and 5-10 nm, respectively. In addition, the nanocapsules were found to be dispersed in the medium as individual particles without aggregation. Moreover, titania coating caused the surface plasmon absorption of Ag nanoparticles to shift toward the longer wavelength side. PMID:16608315

  18. Ultrathin titania coating for high-temperature stable SiO2/Pt nanocatalysts.

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    Reddy, A Satyanarayana; Kim, Sunmi; Jeong, Hu Young; Jin, Sookyoung; Qadir, Kamran; Jung, Kyoungmin; Jung, Chan Ho; Yun, Jung Yeul; Cheon, Jae Yeong; Yang, Jun-Mo; Joo, Sang Hoon; Terasaki, Osamu; Park, Jeong Young

    2011-08-01

    The facile synthesis of silica supported platinum nanoparticles with ultrathin titania coating to enhance metal-support interactions suitable for high temperature reactions is reported, as thermal and structure stability of metal nanoparticles is important for catalytic reactions. PMID:21701753

  19. Microscopic observation of dye molecules for solar cells on a titania surface

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    Koshiya, Shogo; Yamashita, Shunsuke; Kimoto, Koji

    2016-01-01

    The lateral distribution and coverage of Ru-based dye molecules, which are used for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), were directly examined on a titania surface using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The clean surface of a free-standing titania nanosheet was first confirmed with atomic resolution, and then, the nanosheet was used as a substrate. A single dye molecule on the titania nanosheet was visualized for the first time. The quantitative STEM images revealed an inhomogeneous dye-molecule distribution at the early stage of its absorption, i.e., the aggregation of the dye molecules. The majority of the titania surface was not covered by dye molecules, suggesting that optimization of the dye molecule distribution could yield further improvement of the DSC conversion efficiencies. PMID:27087005

  20. Investigations of mechanical and wear properties of alumina/titania/fire-clay reinforced epoxy composites

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    Patel, Vinay Kumar; Chauhan, Shivani; Sharma, Aarushi

    2016-05-01

    In this work, the effect of various particulates (alumina, titania, fire clay) reinforcements on mechanical and wear properties of epoxy composites have been studied with a prime motive of replacing the costly alumina and titania by much economical fire clay for high mechanical strength and/or wear resistant materials. Fire clay based epoxy composites delivered better mechanical (both tensile and impact) properties than the alumina filled or neat epoxy composites and slightly lower than titania reinforced composites, which qualified the fire clay a very suitable cost effective alternatives of both alumina and titania for high mechanical strength based applications. However, the poor wear behavior of fire clay reinforced composites revealed its poor candidacy for wear and tear applications.

  1. Titania sol-gel coatings with silver on non-porous titanium and titanium alloys

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    Horkavcova, D.; Cerny, M.; Sanda, L.; Novak, P.; Jablonska, E.; Zlamalova-Cflova, Z.; Helebrant, A.

    2016-04-01

    The objective of the work was to prepare and characterize titania sol-gel coatings on non-porous titanium and newly developed titanium alloys. Basic titania sol contained two forms of silver. Titania sol without silver was used as a reference sample. Coatings were prepared by dip-coating technique during stirring and fired. Coatings after firing were characterized by scanning electron microscopy. All titania coatings were measured to determine their adhesive and bactericidal properties. Adhesion of the coatings to the substrate was measured by tape test. Gram-negative bacteria E. coli was used for the bactericidal test. Coated substrates were immersed into suspension of E. coli in physiological solution for 24 hours. The in vitro cytotoxicity test was performed after one day. The bactericidal effect without toxicity was confirmed for selected coatings.

  2. Microscopic observation of dye molecules for solar cells on a titania surface.

    PubMed

    Koshiya, Shogo; Yamashita, Shunsuke; Kimoto, Koji

    2016-01-01

    The lateral distribution and coverage of Ru-based dye molecules, which are used for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), were directly examined on a titania surface using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The clean surface of a free-standing titania nanosheet was first confirmed with atomic resolution, and then, the nanosheet was used as a substrate. A single dye molecule on the titania nanosheet was visualized for the first time. The quantitative STEM images revealed an inhomogeneous dye-molecule distribution at the early stage of its absorption, i.e., the aggregation of the dye molecules. The majority of the titania surface was not covered by dye molecules, suggesting that optimization of the dye molecule distribution could yield further improvement of the DSC conversion efficiencies. PMID:27087005

  3. Deposition and characterization of alumina-titania coating by multi-chamber gas-dynamic sprayer

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    Kovaleva, M.; Prozorova, M.; Arseenko, M.; Tyurin, Yu.; Kolisnichenko, O.; Vasilik, N.; Sirota, V.; Pavlenko, I.

    In this paper, alumina-titania coatings have been formed on aluminium substrate by multi-chamber detonation sprayer. The coatings were investigated using SEM, EDS, XRD and Vickers microhardness tester. The results show that the alumina-titania coatings consist of both fully melted regions and partially melted regions, and the fully melted region has a lamellar-like structure. The multi-chamber detonation sprayer produced the dense layers of coating with a high hardness.

  4. Preparation of porous nickel-titania cermets and their application to anode materials

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    Taimatsu, H.; Kudo, K.; Kaneko, H.; Matsukaze, N.; Iwata, T.

    1995-12-31

    Porous nickel-titania cermets have been prepared as new-type anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells using the solid-state displacement reaction method. The microstructures of the cermets were interwoven aggregate-type, differently from those of conventional nickel-YSZ cermets: nickel and titania phases three-dimensionally entangled each other. These cermets revealed good properties in compatibility of thermal expansion with YSZ, strength, gas permeation and electrical conduction.

  5. Iron on mixed zirconia-titania substrate Fischer-Tropsch catalyst and method of making same

    DOEpatents

    Dyer, Paul N.; Nordquist, Andrew F.; Pierantozzi, Ronald

    1986-01-01

    A Fischer-Tropsch catalyst comprising iron co-deposited with or deposited on particles comprising a mixture of zirconia and titania, preferably formed by co-precipitation of compounds convertible to zirconia and titania, such as zirconium and titanium alkoxide. The invention also comprises the method of making this catalyst and an improved Fischer-Tropsch reaction process in which the catalyst is utilized.

  6. F-T process using an iron on mixed zirconia-titania supported catalyst

    DOEpatents

    Dyer, Paul N.; Nordquist, Andrew F.; Pierantozzi, Ronald

    1987-01-01

    A Fischer-Tropsch catalyst comprising iron co-deposited with or deposited on particles comprising a mixture of zirconia and titania, preferably formed by co-precipitation of compounds convertible to zirconia and titania, such as zirconium and titanium alkoxide. The invention also comprises the method of making this catalyst and an improved Fischer-Tropsch reaction process in which the catalyst is utilized.

  7. 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

  8. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of Hemin (chloro(protoporhyinato)iron(III)) anchored TiO2 photocatalyst for methyl orange degradation: A surface modification method

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    Devi, L. Gomathi; ArunaKumari, M. L.

    2013-07-01

    TiO2 was prepared by sol-gel method through the hydrolysis of TiCl4 and its surface derivatization was carried out with molecular catalyst like Hemin (chloro(protoporhyinato)iron(III)). Catalyst was characterized by various analytical techniques like UV-vis spectroscopy, FT-IR, FE-SEM and XRD. The anchoring of Hemin on titania surface is confirmed by FT-IR spectra through the linkage of Odbnd Csbnd Osbnd Ti bond and also by TGA-DSC and elemental analysis. The photocatalytic activity of the surface modified catalyst is tested for the degradation of methyl orange (MO) as a model compound under UV light. The Hemin impregnated TiO2 (H-TiO2) in presence of H2O2 shows an excellent photocatalytic activity compared to pristine TiO2, Hemin, H2O2, TiO2/H2O2, and Hemin/H2O2 systems. The enhancement in the photocatalytic activity is attributed to the presence of iron (III) porphyrin ring on the TiO2 surface, which reduces the electron-hole recombination rate and also by acting as a mediator for continuous production of enriched concentration of hydroxyl radicals along with various other reactive free radicals.

  9. Titania nanobundle networks as dye-sensitized solar cell photoanodes

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    Dong, Cunku; Xiang, Wanchun; Huang, Fuzhi; Fu, Dongchuan; Huang, Wenchao; Bach, Udo; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Li, Xin; Spiccia, Leone

    2014-03-01

    Quasi-one-dimensional (1D) titania nanobundles were synthesized via a hydrothermal method and used to print random network nanostructured films. These films are shown to be ideally suited for application as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) as they have a higher porosity compared to the traditional 1D nanostructured TiO2 materials. Devices constructed using the N719 dye and iodide/triiodide as the redox mediator in the electrolyte yielded energy conversion efficiencies (η = 6.1 +/- 0.2%), which were marginally lower than for devices made with the commonly used P25 titania films (η = 6.3 +/- 0.1%) under one sun simulated solar radiation. Application of an electrolyte based on the [Co(bpy)3]2+/3+ redox couple and the MK2 organic sensitizer resulted in higher efficiencies (η = 7.70 +/- 0.1%) than for the P25 devices (η = 6.3 +/- 0.3%). Each performance parameter (short circuit current density, open circuit voltage and fill factor) was higher for the TiO2 nanobundle devices than those for the P25-based devices. The results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), intensity-modulated photovoltage spectroscopy (IMVS), and dye-loading measurements indicated that the better performance of TiO2 nanobundle devices with cobalt electrolytes correlates with higher porosity, relatively fast electron transport and more efficient suppression of electron recombination. A faster rate of diffusion of the cobalt complexes through the highly porous TiO2 nanobundle network is proposed to contribute to the enhanced device efficiency.Quasi-one-dimensional (1D) titania nanobundles were synthesized via a hydrothermal method and used to print random network nanostructured films. These films are shown to be ideally suited for application as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) as they have a higher porosity compared to the traditional 1D nanostructured TiO2 materials. Devices constructed using the N719 dye and iodide/triiodide as the redox mediator in

  10. Mussel foot protein-1 (mcfp-1) interaction with titania surfaces†

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    Harrington, Matthew J.; Lu, Qingye; Masic, Admir

    2012-01-01

    Marine mussels utilize a variety of DOPA-rich proteins for purposes of underwater adhesion, as well as for creating hard and flexible surface coatings for their tough and stretchy byssal fibers. In the present study, moderately strong, yet reversible wet adhesion between the protective mussel coating protein, mcfp-1, and amorphous titania was measured with a surface force apparatus (SFA). In parallel, resonance Raman spectroscopy was employed to identify the presence of bidentate DOPA–Ti coordination bonds at the TiO2–protein interface, suggesting that catechol–TiO2 complexation contributes to the observed reversible wet adhesion. These results have important implications for the design of protective coatings on TiO2. PMID:23100857

  11. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of nanostructured anatase titania: A photocatalyst

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    Porkodi, K. . E-mail: porkodikathirvel@yahoo.com; Arokiamary, S. Daisy

    2007-06-15

    Nanocrystalline TiO{sub 2} was synthesized by the sol-gel process by controlling the crystallite size through calcination. The resulting nanocrystals were characterized using XRD, FT-Raman, SEM/EDX, DSC/TGA and UV-Vis spectroscopic techniques. XRD patterns confirmed the presence of only pure 100% anatase phase TiO{sub 2}. The surface morphology of the nanotitania was evaluated with Scanning Electron Microscopy. The purity of the sol-gel-derived TiO{sub 2} was confirmed through EDX measurements. The band gap of the nanotitania was found to be 3.6 eV from UV-Vis measurements. The pHzpc of the titania sample was measured as 5.90.

  12. Surface acidity of silica-titania mixed oxides

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    Odenbrand, C.U.I.; Brandin, J.G.M. ); Busca, G. )

    1992-06-01

    A study of the acidity of coprecipitated SiO[sub 2]-TiO[sub 2] oxides is presented. The amount of acidity has been determined by ammonia adsorption at 150 C. The acidity was also characterized by TPD of adsorbed ammonia and by infrared spectroscopy of various adsorbed probes, such as pivalonitrile, pyridine, ammonia, and n-butylamine. From the quantitative measurements of adsorption of ammonia and from TPD it was concluded that the SiO[sub 2]-TiO[sub 2] mixture can be regarded as a mechanical mixture of silica and titania. However, the IR investigation showed that Ti enters in small amounts into the silica framework. This results in formation of very strong Lewis acid sites, caused by incomplete tetrahedral coordination of Ti[sup 4[minus

  13. ``Crystallographic'' holes: new insights for a beneficial structural feature for photocatalytic applications

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    Vajda, Krisztina; Kása, Zsolt; Dombi, András; Németh, Zoltán; Kovács, Gábor; Danciu, Virginia; Radu, Teodora; Ghica, Corneliu; Baia, Lucian; Hernádi, Klára; Pap, Zsolt

    2015-03-01

    One of the most fundamental aspects of the heterogeneous catalysis field is the manipulation of the catalysts' activity. In photocatalysis this is carried out by maximizing the right crystal plane of a semiconductor oxide. Until now, most of the papers have achieved this by a combination of different oxides, with noble metals and sometimes with carbon nanomaterials. In this work MWCNTs (multiwalled carbon nanotubes) were applied as ``crystallization promoters'' in a very simple, safe, one-step hydrothermal method. By this method TiO2 nano/micro crystals with exposed {001} facets were obtained in the first step. The next episode in the crystal manipulation ``saga'' was the modification of the (001) crystallographic plane's structure by creating ordered/own faceted ``crystallographic holes''. These elements are capable of further enhancing the obtained activity of titania microcrystals to a higher extent, as shown by the UV driven photocatalytic phenol degradation experiments. The appearance of the holes was ``provoked'' by simple calcination and their presence and influence were demonstrated by XPS and HRTEM.One of the most fundamental aspects of the heterogeneous catalysis field is the manipulation of the catalysts' activity. In photocatalysis this is carried out by maximizing the right crystal plane of a semiconductor oxide. Until now, most of the papers have achieved this by a combination of different oxides, with noble metals and sometimes with carbon nanomaterials. In this work MWCNTs (multiwalled carbon nanotubes) were applied as ``crystallization promoters'' in a very simple, safe, one-step hydrothermal method. By this method TiO2 nano/micro crystals with exposed {001} facets were obtained in the first step. The next episode in the crystal manipulation ``saga'' was the modification of the (001) crystallographic plane's structure by creating ordered/own faceted ``crystallographic holes''. These elements are capable of further enhancing the obtained activity of

  14. Plasma sprayed rutile titania-nanosilver antibacterial coatings

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    Gao, Jinjin; Zhao, Chengjian; Zhou, Jingfang; Li, Chunxia; Shao, Yiran; Shi, Chao; Zhu, Yingchun

    2015-11-01

    Rutile titania (TiO2) coatings have superior mechanical properties and excellent stability that make them preferential candidates for various applications. In order to prevent infection arising from bacteria, significant efforts have been focused on antibacterial TiO2 coatings. In the study, titania-nanosilver (TiO2/Ag) coatings with five different kinds of weight percentages of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were prepared by plasma spray. The feedstock powders, which had a composition of rutile TiO2 powders containing 1-10,000 ppm AgNPs, were double sintered and deposited on stainless steel substrates with optimized spraying parameters. X-Ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were used to analysize the phase composition and surface morphology of TiO2/Ag powders and coatings. Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) were employed to examine the antibacterial activity of the as-prepared coatings by bacterial counting method. The results showed that silver existed homogeneously in the TiO2/Ag coatings and no crystalline changed happened in the TiO2 structure. The reduction ratios on the TiO2/Ag coatings with 10 ppm AgNPs were as high as 94.8% and 95.6% for E. coli and S. aureus, respectively, and the TiO2/Ag coatings with 100-1000 ppm AgNPs exhibited 100% bactericidal activity against E. coli and S. aureus, which indicated the TiO2/Ag coatings with more than 10 ppm AgNPs had strong antibacterial activity. Moreover, the main factors influencing the antibacterial properties of TiO2/Ag coatings were discussed with grain size and the content of silver as well as the microstructure of the coatings.

  15. Efficient photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants by magnetically recoverable nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalysts under visible light irradiation.

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    Hamzezadeh-Nakhjavani, Sahar; Tavakoli, Omid; Akhlaghi, Seyed Parham; Salehi, Zeinab; Esmailnejad-Ahranjani, Parvaneh; Arpanaei, Ayyoob

    2015-12-01

    Preparation of novel nanocomposite particles (NCPs) with high visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity and possessing recovery potential after advanced oxidation process (AOP) is much desired. In this study, pure anatase phase titania (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) as well as three types of NCPs including nitrogen-doped titania (TiO2-N), titania-coated magnetic silica (Fe3O4 cluster@SiO2@TiO2 (FST)), and a novel magnetically recoverable TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalyst containing nitrogen element (Fe3O4 cluster@SiO2@TiO2-N (FST-N)) were successfully synthesized via a sol-gel process. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) with an energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared samples was further investigated and compared with each other by degradation of phenol, as a model for the organic pollutants, in deionized (DI) water under visible light irradiation. The TiO2-N (55 ± 1.5%) and FST-N (46 ± 1.5%) samples exhibited efficient photocatalytic activity in terms of phenol degradation under visible light irradiation, while undoped samples were almost inactive under same operating conditions. Moreover, the effects of key operational parameters, the optimum sample calcination temperature, and reusability of FST-N NCPs were evaluated. Under optimum conditions (calcination temperature of 400 °C and near-neutral reaction medium), the obtained results revealed efficient degradation of phenol for FST-N NCPs under visible light irradiation (46 ± 1.5%), high yield magnetic separation and efficient reusability of FST-N NCPs (88.88% of its initial value) over 10 times reuse. PMID:26206125

  16. Solvent-controlled preparation and photocatalytic properties of nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films with different morphologies

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    Ao, Yanhui Gao, Yinyin; Wang, Peifang; Wang, Chao; Hou, Jun; Qian, Jin

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Low-temperature growth of nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films was presented by a solvent-controlled method. Nanoparticle structured films in anatase phase have been successfully fabricated with some adjustment. The effects of the solvent were investigated and the formation mechanism was proposed. - Highlights: • Nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films with different morphologies were obtained at low temperature. • The effects of the solvent on the morphologies of the products were investigated. • The effects of the solvent on the phtocatalytic activity were investigated. - Abstract: A low-temperature growth method of nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films with different morphologies was reported. Rod-like, grass-like and nanosheet structured films have been successfully fabricated just by adjusting the ratio of different solvents. The effects of the solvent on the morphologies of the TiO{sub 2} nanostructures were investigated. The formation mechanism of different morphologies was proposed based on the experiment results. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared samples for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) in water was evaluated under UV illumination. Results showed that the solvents exhibited important effect on the morphologies and photocatalytic activity of as-prepared nanostructured titania films.

  17. Microwave-assisted synthesis and photocatalytic properties of sulphur and platinum modified TiO2 nanofibers

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    Drunka, R.; Grabis, J.; Jankovica, Dz; Krumina, A.; Rasmane, Dz

    2015-03-01

    In the present work formation of active TiO2 nanofibers in microwave synthesis and their modification with platinum were studied. Mixture of anatase and rutile nanopowder and 10M KOH solution were used as raw materials. Microwave assisted synthesis method permitted to obtain TiO2 nanofibres with a diameter of 10nm and a specific surface area up to 40.2 m2/g. In order to modify TiO2 nanofibers with platinum it was stirred in H2PtCl6 solution and illuminated with UV irradiation or reduced with sodium boronhydride. To modify titania with sulphur and prepare co-doped nanofibers platinum doped samples were extra treated in hydrogen sulphide atmosphere. Photocatalytic activity was determined by degradation of the methylene blue (MB) solution under UV and visible light irradiation. The obtained samples showed higher photocatalytic activity with respect to pure TiO2 nanofibers. The doped TiO2 nanofibers were appropriate for degradation of harmful organic compounds.

  18. Study on the photocatalytic reduction of dichromate and photocatalytic oxidation of dichlorvos.

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    Chen, Shifu; Cao, Gengyu

    2005-09-01

    In this paper, dichromate and dichlorvos are selected as the deputies of inorganic and organic pollutants, respectively, and TiO2/beads is used as a photocatalyst. The effects of various parameters, such as the amount of the photocatalyst, H2O2 concentration, metal ions, anions, pH value, and organic compounds on the photocatalytic reduction of dichromate and photocatalytic oxidation of dichlorvos are studied. From the studies, the differences of the parameters effect on the photocatalytic degradation of organic and inorganic pollutants are obtained. The results show that the optimum amount of the photocatalyst used is 6.0 g cm(-3) for the photocatalytic reactions. With the addition of a small amount of H2O2, the photocatalytic reduction of dichromate is inhibited while the photocatalytic oxidation of dichlorvos is accelerated. With the addition of trace amounts of Fe3+ or Cu2+, both the reactions are accelerated, and with the addition of Zn2+ and Na+, no obvious effects on the reactions are observed. Acidic solution is favorable for the photocatalytic reduction of dichromate; and acidic and alkaline solutions are favorable for the photocatalytic oxidation of dichlorvos. Adding SO4(2-), the photocatalytic oxidation is accelerated and adding Cl- the reaction is inhibited; and with the addition of trace amounts of SO4(2-), Cl- and NO3-, no obvious effects on the photocatalytic reduction of dichromate are observed. With the addition of methanol and toluene, the photocatalytic reduction of dichromate is accelerated, and the photocatalytic oxidation of dichlorvos is inhibited. The possible roles of the additives on the reactions are also discussed. PMID:16018902

  19. Nanophase Changes in Nickel Doped Titania Composites by Thermal Treatment and Photocatalytic Destruction of NO(x).

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    Jeon, Ki-Yong; Kim, Wha-Jung; Lee, Chang-Joon; Gopalan, Anantha-Iyengar; Lee, Kwang-Pill

    2015-09-01

    This study investigated the influence of Ni doping and thermal treatment (600, 800 degrees and 1000 degrees C) on the physiochemical properties of a commercially available low cost KA100 TiO2. Ni containing KA100 samples were prepared with different loading of Ni (3%, 6% and 9% wt to KA100) and subjected to heat treatement at 600 degrees, 800 degrees and 1000 degrees C. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Diffuse reflection UV-Visible spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy and nitrogen-adsorption-desorption measurements to observe the nanophase changes in the particle characteristics following Ni modification and thermal treatment. The results show that the Ni atom entered the TiO2 lattice structure upon heat treatment at 800 degrees C and 1000 degrees C influencing the anatase-rutile phase transformation. The TiO2 powders after heat treatment had a bimodal pore-size distribution as the temperature of the heat treatment increased. In addition, the anatase crystallite size and average pore sizes increased. Photodegradation of NO(x) was investigated using the Ni doped KA100 as a photocatalyst. Modification of KA100 with nickel and heat treatment up to 1000 degrees C enhanced the photocatalysis for the degradation of NO(x). Typically, KA100 modified with 6% Ni and heat treated to 1000 degrees C exhibited excellent NO(x) removal activity. PMID:26716321

  20. Aqueous photocatalytic oxidation of sulfamethizole.

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    Klauson, D; Krichevskaya, M; Borissova, M; Preis, S

    2010-12-14

    Aqueous photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) of a non-biodegradable sulphonamide antibiotic sulfamethizole was studied. The impacts of photocatalyst dose, initial pH, and substrate concentration in the range from 1 to 100 mg L(-1) were examined with a number of organic and inorganic by-products determined, suggesting the initial break-up of the SMZ molecule at the sulphonamide bond. The experiments were carried out under artificial near-UV and visible light, and solar radiation using Degussa P25 and less efficient visible light-sensitive C-doped titanium dioxide as photocatalysts. PMID:21275251

  1. Porphyrin-based Photocatalytic Nanolithography

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    Bearinger, J P; Stone, G; Dugan, L C; Dasher, B E; Stockton, C; Conway, J W; Kuenzler, T; Hubbell, J A

    2009-06-08

    Nanoarray fabrication is a multidisciplinary endeavor encompassing materials science, chemical engineering and biology. We form nanoarrays via a new technique, porphyrin-based photocatalytic nanolithography (PCNL). The nanoarrays, with controlled features as small as 200 nm, exhibit regularly ordered patterns and may be appropriate for (a) rapid and parallel proteomic screening of immobilized biomolecules, (b) protein-protein interactions and/or (c) biophysical and molecular biology studies involving spatially dictated ligand placement. We demonstrate protein immobilization utilizing nanoarrays fabricated via PCNL on silicon substrates, where the immobilized proteins are surrounded by a non-fouling polymer background.

  2. Graphene oxide as a photocatalytic material

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    Krishnamoorthy, Karthikeyan; Mohan, Rajneesh; Kim, S.-J.

    2011-06-13

    The photocatalytic characteristics of graphene oxide (GO) nanostructures synthesized by modified Hummer's method were investigated by measuring reduction rate of resazurin (RZ) into resorufin (RF) as a function of UV irradiation time. The progress of the photocatalytic reaction was monitored by change in color from blue (RZ) into pink (RF) followed by absorption spectra. It exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity, leading to the reduction of RZ in UV irradiation. The fitting of absorbance maximum versus time suggests that the reduction of RZ follow the pseudo first-order reaction kinetics. These results indicate that GO have great potential for use as a photocatalyst.

  3. Parallelization of photocatalytic gas-producing reactions

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    Khnayzer, Rony S.; Martin, Douglas R.; Codding, Charles L.; Castellano, Felix N.

    2015-03-01

    High-throughput screening has been widely utilized in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industry targeting the development of new molecules and materials for numerous applications. To enable more rapid progress in photocatalytic water-splitting reactions, the construction of high-throughput combinatorial photoreactors enabling the parallel optimization of relevant compositions under varieties of experimental conditions seems appropriate. This contribution describes a 16-photoreactor apparatus permitting the kinetic evaluation of photocatalytic gas-producing reactions using head-space pressure, gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry operating in parallel, illustrated with molecular-based homogeneous photocatalytic H2-generating compositions.

  4. Structural Characterization and Corrosion Behavior of Stainless Steel Coated With Sol-Gel Titania

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    Vasconcelos, Daniela C. L.; Nunes, Eduardo H. M.; Sabioni, Antônio Claret S.; da Costa, João C. Diniz; Vasconcelos, Wander L.

    2012-03-01

    Sol-gel titania films were prepared from hydrolysis and condensation of titanium (IV) isopropoxide. Diethanolamine was used as chelant agent in titania synthesis. 316L stainless steel substrates were dip-coated at three different withdrawal speeds (6, 30, and 60 mm/min) and heated up to 400 °C. Thermogravimetry and differential thermal analyses of the titania gel solution evinced a continuous mass loss for temperatures up to 800 °C. The transition of anatase to the rutile phase begins at 610-650 °C, being the rutile transformation completed at 900 °C. The thicknesses of the films were determined as a function of the heat treatment and withdrawal speed. It was observed that their thicknesses varied from 130 to 770 nm. Scanning electron microscopy images of the composites revealed the glass-like microstructure of the films. The obtained sol-gel films were also characterized by energy dispersive spectroscopy. The chemical evolution of the films as a function of the heating temperature was evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (specular reflectance method). After performing the adhesion tests, the adherence of the titania films to the stainless steel substrate was excellent, rated 5B according to ASTM 3359. The hardness of the ceramic films obtained was measured by the Knoop microindentation hardness test with a 10 g load. We observed that the titania film became harder than the steel substrate when it was heated above 400 °C. The corrosion rates of the titania/steel composites, determined from potentiodynamic curves, were two orders of magnitude lower than that of the bare stainless steel. The presence of the sol-gel titania film contributed to the increase of the corrosion potential in ca. 650 mV and the passivation potential in ca. 720 mV.

  5. High surface area platinum-titania aerogels: Preparation, structural properties, and hydrogenation activity

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    Schneider, M.; Duff, D.G.; Mallat, T.; Wildberger, M.; Baiker, A. )

    1994-06-01

    High surface area platinum-titania aerogels with marked meso-to macroporosity have been synthesized via the sol-gel-aerogel route. An acid-catalyzed titania gel was prepared from tetrabutoxy-titanium(IV) with methanol as solvent. The platinum precursor solutions added after the redispersion of the titania gel were either PtCl[sub 4], (NH[sub 4])[sub 2]PtCl[sub 6] or Pt(acac)[sub 2] dissolved in protic solvents. Platinum metal particles formed upon high-temperature supercritical drying. The platinum-titania aerogels have a BET surface area of 150 to 190 m[sup 2] g[sup [minus]1] after thermal pretreatments up to 673 K and the titania matrix consists of well-developed anatase crystallites of about 8-9 nm mean size. Depending on the platinum precursor used, the volume-weighted-mean particle size, determined by TEM, varies in the range 3.6 to 68 nm, consistent with XRD results for the platinum component. All aerogel samples showed a pronounced stability of both the titania matrix and the platinum particles towards air or hydrogen at temperatures up to 673 K. Thermal analysis, combined with mass spectroscopy, revealed that the untreated catalysts contain a considerable amount of entrapped organic impurities after the high-temperature supercritical drying. For the characterization of the activity and the accessibility of platinum particles the liquid phase hydrogenations of trans-stilbene and benzophenone were used as test reactions. Compared to a commercial alumina-supported platinum catalyst, the untreated 2-5 wt% platinum-titania catalysts derived from (NH[sub 4])[sub 2]PtCl[sub 6]- and especially PtCl[sub 4]-precursor solutions exhibit a markedly higher catalytic activity. In general, air pretreatments at 573 K or above had either no or promoting influence on activity. In contrast, pretreatments in hydrogen produced either no or detrimental activity change. 50 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  6. Silver decorated titanate/titania nanostructures for efficient solar driven photocatalysis

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    Gong, Dangguo; Ho, Weng Chye Jeffrey; Tang Yuxin; Tay Qiuling; Lai Yuekun; Highfield, James George; Chen Zhong

    2012-05-15

    Photocatalysis has attracted significant interest to solve both the energy crisis and effectively combat environmental contamination. However, as the most widely used photocatalyst, titania (TiO{sub 2}) suffers from inefficient utilization of solar energy due to its wide band gap. In the present paper, we describe a method to extend the absorption edge of photocatalyst to visible region by the surface plasmon effect of silver. Silver ions are photo-reduced onto the surface of titanate nanotubes, which are synthesized by a conventional hydrothermal method. The as-synthesized Ag/titanate composite is transformed into Ag/titania nanoparticles by annealing at different temperatures. It is found that the interaction of Ag nanoparticles with the supports (titanate/titania) plays a key role for the visible light activity. The samples annealed at low temperature (<350 Degree-Sign C) do not show significant activity under our conditions, while the one annealed at 450 Degree-Sign C shows fast-degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. The detailed mechanisms are also discussed. - Graphical abstract: Silver nanoparticles decorated titanate/titania as visible light active photocatalysts: silver nanoparticles could be excited by visible light due to its surface plasmon effect and excited electrons could be transferred to the conduction band of the semiconductor, where the reduction process occurs. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Uniform Ag nanoparticles are photo-reduced onto titanate and titania nanostructures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Titania crystal is formed by annealing hydrogen titanate at different temperatures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Best visible-light activity is achieved by Ag-loaded titania annealed at 450 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The visible light activity is attributed to the surface plasmonic resonance effect.

  7. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of nanotitania loaded W-MCM-41.

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    Shankar, H; Rajasudha, G; Karthikeyan, A; Narayanan, V; Stephen, A

    2008-08-01

    Nanocrystalline titanium oxide (TiO(2)) is a promising material as a photocatalyst for photodecomposition of hazardous organic pollutants under illumination, because it is cheap, safe, environmentally benign, and chemically stable. However, the control of particle size and monodispersity of TiO(2) is a challenging task. The use of MCM-41, an inorganic template of uniform pore size (2-10 nm), can overcome this difficulty and produce stable nanoparticles of uniform size and shape. In an attempt to extend light absorption of the TiO(2)-based photocatalyst towards the visible light range and eliminate the rapid recombination of excited electrons/holes during photoreaction, a new photocatalyst (25%TiO(2)-loaded W-MCM-41) powder was prepared. W-MCM-41, with different ratios of Si to W (Si/W = 25, 50, 75), was synthesized by a hydrothermal method and loaded with 25 wt% TiO(2) utilizing a sol-gel method. In order to compare the photocatalytic activity of our sample, titania-loaded plain MCM-41 was also prepared. These materials were characterized by various physiochemical techniques such as UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm measurement, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the prepared samples was evaluated using methyl orange as a model organic compound. It was found that the photodegradation ability of 25% TiO(2)-loaded W-MCM-41 was highly related to the amount of W atoms present in the sample; the optimum atomic ratio of Si to W was 25. It has been confirmed that the recombination rate of electrons/holes in 25%TiO(2)/W-MCM-41 declined due to the existence of W atoms in the sample. PMID:21828803

  8. 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

  9. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of neodymium, nitrogen and neodymium–nitrogen doped TiO{sub 2}

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    Kralchevska, R.; Milanova, M.; Hristov, D.; Pintar, A.; Todorovsky, D.

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: ► The influence of Nd/N-doping on the sol–gel prepared TiO{sub 2} characteristics is described. ► The photocatalytic activity of the materials for dye degradation is established. ► The activity depends on the catalysts composition and synthetic conditions. ► The doping has a positive under UV and no or negative effect at solar irradiation. ► Degussa P25 TiO{sub 2} reveals high activity at sunlight illumination. -- Abstract: TiO{sub 2} doped with 0.1–10% Nd{sup 3+} or 1.8% nitrogen or co-doped with both dopants as well as Nd{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} are synthesized by a sol–gel. The phase composition, crystal structure, morphology, optical properties and binding energies of the doped titania were investigated. The photocatalytic activity was tested for malachite green dye degradation and compared with the results obtained by dopant-free TiO{sub 2} synthesized using the same procedure and with the commercial Degussa P25 product. The influence of the dopant type and relative content, temperature of ignition in the course of the synthesis, pH of the reaction medium and the type of the illumination light on the efficiency of the prepared catalysts were determined. A positive effect of Nd- and N-doping on the apparent degradation rate constant under UV irradiation and negative one of Nd-presence at solar illumination is found. Nd–N-codoping has a negative effect on the photocatalytic activity.

  10. Heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of atmospheric trace contaminants

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    Ollis, David F.

    1993-01-01

    Work performed during the period 1 May - 31 Oct. 1992 on heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of atmospheric trace contaminants is presented. Topics discussed include photoreactor monolith fundamental studies and monolith reactor operation: batch recirculation system.

  11. Photocatalytic silver enhancement reaction for gravimetric immunosensors

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    Seo, Hyejung; Joo, Jinmyoung; Ko, Wooree; Jung, Namchul; Jeon, Sangmin

    2010-12-01

    A novel microgravimetric immunosensor has been developed using TiO2 nanoparticle-modified immunoassay and silver enhancement reaction. An antibody-conjugated TiO2 nanoparticle is bound to the AFP antigen immobilized on a quartz resonator. When the nanoparticles are exposed to UV light in a silver nitrate solution, the photocatalytic reduction of silver ions results in the formation of metallic silver onto the nanoparticles and induces a decrease in the resonance frequency. The frequency change by this photocatalytic reduction reaction is three orders of magnitude larger than the change by antigen binding alone. The efficiency of the photocatalytic reaction has been found to increase with the fraction of anatase crystallites in the nanoparticles and the concentration of the AgNO3 solution. The results highlight the potential of the photocatalytic nanoparticles for the detection of low concentrations of target molecules using gravimetric sensors.

  12. Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Contaminants in Water

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    Photocatalytic treatment of organics, including regulated and contaminants of emerging concern, has been an important area of this field. Details are provided on the mechanism of degradation, reaction intermediates, kinetics, and nanointerfacial adsorption phenomena. The degradat...

  13. Photocatalytic Active Radiation Measurements and Use

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    Davis, Bruce A.; Underwood, Lauren W.

    2011-01-01

    Photocatalytic materials are being used to purify air, to kill microbes, and to keep surfaces clean. A wide variety of materials are being developed, many of which have different abilities to absorb various wavelengths of light. Material variability, combined with both spectral illumination intensity and spectral distribution variability, will produce a wide range of performance results. The proposed technology estimates photocatalytic active radiation (PcAR), a unit of radiation that normalizes the amount of light based on its spectral distribution and on the ability of the material to absorb that radiation. Photocatalytic reactions depend upon the number of electron-hole pairs generated at the photocatalytic surface. The number of electron-hole pairs produced depends on the number of photons per unit area per second striking the surface that can be absorbed and whose energy exceeds the bandgap of the photocatalytic material. A convenient parameter to describe the number of useful photons is the number of moles of photons striking the surface per unit area per second. The unit of micro-einsteins (or micromoles) of photons per m2 per sec is commonly used for photochemical and photoelectric-like phenomena. This type of parameter is used in photochemistry, such as in the conversion of light energy for photosynthesis. Photosynthetic response correlates with the number of photons rather than by energy because, in this photochemical process, each molecule is activated by the absorption of one photon. In photosynthesis, the number of photons absorbed in the 400 700 nm spectral range is estimated and is referred to as photosynthetic active radiation (PAR). PAR is defined in terms of the photosynthetic photon flux density measured in micro-einsteins of photons per m2 per sec. PcAR is an equivalent, similarly modeled parameter that has been defined for the photocatalytic processes. Two methods to measure the PcAR level are being proposed. In the first method, a calibrated

  14. Photocatalytic, highly hydrophilic porcelain stoneware slabs

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    Raimondo, M.; Guarini, G.; Zanelli, C.; Marani, F.; Fossa, L.; Dondi, M.

    2011-10-01

    Photocatalytic, highly hydrophilic industrial porcelain stoneware large slabs were realized by deposition of nanostructured TiO2 coatings. Different surface finishing and experimental conditions were considered in order to assess the industrial feasibility. Photocatalytic and wetting behaviour of functionalized slabs mainly depends on surface phase composition in terms of anatase/rutile ratio, this involving - as a key issue - the deposition of TiO2 on industrially sintered products with an additional annealing step to strengthen coatings' performances and durability.

  15. Influence of acid precursors on physicochemical properties of nanosized titania synthesized by thermal-hydrolysis method

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    Rajesh, B.; Sasirekha, N.R.; Chen, Y.-W.

    2008-03-04

    The influence of nature and concentration of acid species on surface morphology and physicochemical properties of titania particles synthesized by direct thermal hydrolysis of titanium tetrachloride was investigated. The acids used were hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, and perchloric acid with a concentration of 3 M. Thermal hydrolysis of titanium tetrachloride in hydrochloric acid and perchloric acid with molar ratios of [H{sup +}]/[Ti{sup 4+}] = 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0, respectively, was used to study the effect of acid concentration. The synthesized materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and thermogravimetric analysis. Characterization of the samples by X-ray diffraction studies revealed the influence of acid species on the phase transformation of titania. Samples prepared by hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, and perchloric acid formed rutile phase with rhombus primary particles, while sulfuric acid resulted in anatase phase with flake-shaped primary particles. Transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering results confirmed the nanosized titania particles and the agglomeration of primary particles to form secondary particles in spherical shape. The particle size of titania prepared using perchloric acid was smaller than those prepared with other acid sources. A direct correlation between [H{sup +}]/[Ti{sup 4+}] ratio and particle size of titania was observed.

  16. Enhanced photoelectrocatalytic activity for dye degradation by graphene-titania composite film electrodes.

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    Wang, Peifang; Ao, Yanhui; Wang, Chao; Hou, Jun; Qian, Jin

    2012-07-15

    Graphene-titania composite film electrodes have been fabricated by a dip-coating method. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images show that the titania nanoparticles were dispersed uniformly, with only a little aggregation on the surface and edges of the graphene sheets. XRD analysis showed that the composite electrodes comprised the anatase phase of titania with just a little rutile phase. The photoelectrocatalytic activities of the as-prepared samples were investigated by studies of the degradation of Reactive Brilliant Red dye X-3B (C.I. reactive red 2). An enhancement of the photocurrents was observed using the graphene-titania composite electrodes, compared with pure titania film electrodes, under UV light irradiation. This improvement is attributed to the following two reasons: enhanced migration efficiency of the photo-induced electrons and enhanced adsorption activity of the dye molecules. In addition, we investigated the effects of graphene content and pH values on the photoelectrocatalytic activity of the as-prepared composite film electrodes. Results showed that there was an optimal amount of 5% (initial graphite oxide content). PMID:22579760

  17. Preparation of antibacterial composite material of natural rubber particles coated with silica and titania

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    Wisutiratanamanee, Apisit; Poompradub, Sirilux; Poochinda, Kunakorn

    2014-06-01

    Silica coating, followed by titania coating, was performed over spray-dried natural rubber (NR) compound for physical and anti-bacterial characterizations. Titania has a strong photo-oxidative catalytic property, which can disinfect bacteria, but may degrade NR. Therefore, silica coating was intended to form a barrier between NR and titania. First, NR particles were prepared by spray-drying of NR compound latex, formulated for household glove products, mixed with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) to reduce particle agglomeration. The factorial experimental design was employed to investigate the effects of nozzle flow rate (500-700 Lh-1), inlet air temperature (110-150 °C), SDS content (35-55 phr) and mass flow rate (1.2-1.7 g rubber/min) on NR yield and moisture content. Then, the NR compound particles prepared at the optimum condition were coated with silica, using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as the precursor, by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) at 60 °C for 2-48 hours. Next, the particles were coated with titania using titanium tetrafluoride (TiF4) by liquid phase deposition (LPD) at 60 ºC for 4-8 hours. The NR composites were characterized for surface morphology by SEM, silica and titania content by TGA and EDX. The NR composites were found to cause more than 99% reduction of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus under 1-hour exposure to natural light.

  18. Porous titania films fabricated via sol gel rout - Optical and AFM characterization

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    Karasiński, Paweł; Gondek, Ewa; Drewniak, Sabina; Kajzer, Anita; Waczyńska-Niemiec, Natalia; Basiaga, Marcin; Izydorczyk, Weronika; Kouari, Youssef E. L.

    2016-06-01

    Mesoporous titania films of low refractive index ∼1.72 and thickness within the range of 57-96 nm were fabricated via sol-gel rout and dip-coating technique on a soda-lime glass substrate. Tetrabutylorthotitanate Ti(OBu)4 was used as a titania precursor. High porosity and consequently low refractive index were achieved using the polyethylene glycol (PEG 1100) as a template. Based on transmittance, using Tauc's relations, the optical energy band gaps and the Urbach energy were determined. The research shows that in the fabricated titania films there are two types of optical energy band gaps, connected with direct and indirect electron transitions and brought about by the presence of amorphous and crystalline phase respectively. Based on the quantum size effect, the diameters of nanocrystals versus film thickness were determined. AFM studies of the titania films have demonstrated that there are changes of surface morphology taking place with the change of thickness. We have demonstrated that the surface morphology of titania films has influence on wettability.

  19. Synthesis and Microstructure Evolution of Nano-Titania Doped Silicon Coatings

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    Moroz, N. A.; Umapathy, H.; Mohanty, P.

    2010-01-01

    The Anatase phase of Titania (TiO2) in nanocrystalline form is a well known photocatalyst. Photocatalysts are commercially used to accelerate photoreactions and increase photovoltaic efficiency such as in solar cells. This study investigates the in-flight synthesis of Titania and its doping into a Silicon matrix resulting in a catalyst-dispersed coating. A liquid precursor of Titanium Isopropoxide and ethanol was coaxially fed into the plasma gun to form Titania nanoparticles, while Silicon powder was externally injected downstream. Coatings of 75-150 μm thick were deposited onto flat coupons. Further, Silicon powder was alloyed with aluminum to promote crystallization and reduce the amorphous phase in the Silicon matrix. Dense coatings containing nano-Titania particles were observed under electron microscope. X-ray diffraction showed that both the Rutile and Anatase phases of the Titania exist. The influence of process parameters and aluminum alloying on the microstructure evolution of the doped coatings is analyzed and presented.

  20. Improved Thermoelectric Performances of SrTiO3 Ceramic Doped with Nb by Surface Modification of Nanosized Titania.

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    Li, Enzhu; Wang, Ning; He, Hongcai; Chen, Haijun

    2016-12-01

    Nb-doped SrTiO3 ceramics doped with the surface modification of nanosized titania was prepared via liquid phase deposition approach and subsequent sintered in an Ar atmosphere. The surface modification of nanosized titania significantly improved the ratio of the electrical conductivity to thermal conductivity of SrTiO3 ceramic doped with Nb, and has little impact on the Seebeck coefficient, thus obviously improving the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT value). The surface modification of nanosized titania is a much better method to lower the thermal conductivity and to enhance the electrical conductivity than the mechanical mixing process of nanosized titania. The highest ZT value of 0.33 at 900 K was obtained. The reason for the improved thermoelectric performances by the surface modification of nano-sized titania was preliminary investigated. PMID:27067736

  1. Improved Thermoelectric Performances of SrTiO3 Ceramic Doped with Nb by Surface Modification of Nanosized Titania

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    Li, Enzhu; Wang, Ning; He, Hongcai; Chen, Haijun

    2016-04-01

    Nb-doped SrTiO3 ceramics doped with the surface modification of nanosized titania was prepared via liquid phase deposition approach and subsequent sintered in an Ar atmosphere. The surface modification of nanosized titania significantly improved the ratio of the electrical conductivity to thermal conductivity of SrTiO3 ceramic doped with Nb, and has little impact on the Seebeck coefficient, thus obviously improving the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit ( ZT value). The surface modification of nanosized titania is a much better method to lower the thermal conductivity and to enhance the electrical conductivity than the mechanical mixing process of nanosized titania. The highest ZT value of 0.33 at 900 K was obtained. The reason for the improved thermoelectric performances by the surface modification of nano-sized titania was preliminary investigated.

  2. Competitive removal of pharmaceuticals from environmental waters by adsorption and photocatalytic degradation.

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    Rioja, N; Benguria, P; Peñas, F J; Zorita, S

    2014-10-01

    This work explores the competitive removal of pharmaceuticals from synthetic and environmental waters by combined adsorption-photolysis treatment. Five drugs usually present in waterways have been used as target compounds, some are pseudo-persistent pollutants (carbamazepine, clofibric acid, and sulfamethoxazole) and others are largely consumed (diclofenac and ibuprofen). The effect of the light source on adsorption of drugs onto activated carbons followed by photolysis with TiO2 was assessed, being UV-C light the most effective for drug removal in both deionized water and river water. Different composites prepared from titania nanoparticles and powdered activated carbons were tested in several combined adsorption-photocatalysis assays. The composites prepared by calcination at 400 °C exhibited much better performance than those synthesized at 500 °C, being the C400 composite the most effective one. Furthermore, some synthetic waters containing dissolved species and environmental waters were used to investigate the effect of the aqueous matrix on each drug removal. In general, photocatalyst deactivation was found in synthetic and environmental waters. This was particularly evident in the experiments performed with bicarbonate ions as well as with wastewater effluent. In contrast, tests conducted in seawater showed adsorption and photocatalytic degradation yields comparable to those obtained in deionized water. Considering the peculiarities of substrate competition in each aqueous matrix, the combined adsorption-photolysis treatment generally increased the overall elimination of drugs in water. PMID:24532206

  3. Photocatalytic self-cleaning TiO2 coatings on carbonatic stones

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    Bergamonti, Laura; Bondioli, Federica; Alfieri, Ilaria; Lorenzi, Andrea; Mattarozzi, Monica; Predieri, Giovanni; Lottici, Pier Paolo

    2016-02-01

    A self-cleaning coating based on TiO2 nanoparticles obtained by sol-gel method in an alkaline environment has been tested on different types of carbonatic stones: Botticino, Carrara and Pietra Dorata, frequently used in historic buildings. XRD and Raman measurements confirmed the nanocrystalline nature of titania in anatase form, with 5-10 nm crystal size, and evidenced a small amount of brookite. A fast photocatalytic oxidation by TiO2 coatings of the stained stones with methyl orange and methylene blue under UV lamp irradiation has been assessed. The enhancement of surface wettability due to UV-induced TiO2 hydrophilicity has been evidenced by contact angle measurements. ESEM/EDS showed a surface distribution of the coating fairly homogeneous. The coating does not introduce significant colorimetric changes of the stones and does not alter the water capillarity absorption. Thus, the alkaline nanocrystalline TiO2 is promising for self-cleaning coatings on carbonatic stones.

  4. "Crystallographic" holes: new insights for a beneficial structural feature for photocatalytic applications.

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    Vajda, Krisztina; Kása, Zsolt; Dombi, András; Németh, Zoltán; Kovács, Gábor; Danciu, Virginia; Radu, Teodora; Ghica, Corneliu; Baia, Lucian; Hernádi, Klára; Pap, Zsolt

    2015-03-19

    One of the most fundamental aspects of the heterogeneous catalysis field is the manipulation of the catalysts' activity. In photocatalysis this is carried out by maximizing the right crystal plane of a semiconductor oxide. Until now, most of the papers have achieved this by a combination of different oxides, with noble metals and sometimes with carbon nanomaterials. In this work MWCNTs (multiwalled carbon nanotubes) were applied as "crystallization promoters" in a very simple, safe, one-step hydrothermal method. By this method TiO₂ nano/micro crystals with exposed {001} facets were obtained in the first step. The next episode in the crystal manipulation "saga" was the modification of the (001) crystallographic plane's structure by creating ordered/own faceted "crystallographic holes". These elements are capable of further enhancing the obtained activity of titania microcrystals to a higher extent, as shown by the UV driven photocatalytic phenol degradation experiments. The appearance of the holes was "provoked" by simple calcination and their presence and influence were demonstrated by XPS and HRTEM. PMID:25757557

  5. Photocatalytic degradation of organic compounds over combustion-synthesized nano-TiO2.

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    Nagaveni, K; Sivalingam, G; Hegde, M S; Madras, Giridhar

    2004-03-01

    The photocatalytic degradation of various organics such as phenol, p-nitrophenol, and salicylic acid was carried out with combustion-synthesized nano-TiO2 under UV and solar exposure. Under identical conditions of UV exposure, the initial degradation rate of phenol with combustion-synthesized TiO2 is 2 times higher than the initial degradation rate of phenol with commercial Degussa P-25 TiO2. The intermediates such as catechol (CC) and hydroquinone (HQ) were not detected during the degradation of phenol with combustion-synthesized TiO2, while both the intermediates were detected when phenol was degraded over Degussa P-25. This indicates that the rates of secondary photolysis of CC and HQ occur extremely faster than the rates at which they are formed from phenol and further implies that the primary hydroxylation step is rate limiting for the combustion-synthesized TiO2 aided photodegradation of phenol. The degradation rates of salicylic acid and p-nitrophenol were also investigated, and the rates were higher for combustion-synthesized titania compared to Degussa P-25 TiO2. Superior activity of combustion-synthesized TiO2 toward photodegradation of organic compounds can be attributed to crystallinity, higher surface area, more surface hydroxyl groups, and optical absorption at higher wavelength. PMID:15046366

  6. [Low-temperature preparation of TiO2/PS/Fe3O4, and its photocatalytic activity and magnetic recovery].

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    Wang, Xue-jiao; Ren, Xue-chang; Nian, Juan-ni; Xiao, Ju-qian; Wang, Gang; Chang, Qing

    2012-08-01

    This study reports the fabrication of magnetically responsive titania catalyst, which consisted of a magnetic core surrounded by a titania shell. The magnetic core (oleic acid-modified Fe3O4 nanoparticles) was modified with polystyrene as inert isolating layer. The magnetic photocatalyst was prepared at low temperature (90 degrees C) and a neutral pH (about 7). The phase composition, morphology, surface properties and magnetic properties of the composite particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), fourier infrared photometer (FT-IR) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The photocatalytic activity of the samples were determined by degradation of phenol and their recovery characteristics were determined by a self-regulating magnetic recycling equipment. The results illustrated that the mean diameter of anatase titanium dioxide synthesized at low temperature was 2-5 nm, the catalyst TiO2/PS/Fe3O4 [the molar ratio of the magnetic photocatalyst was n(TiO2): n(St): n(Fe3O4) = 60:2.5:1] had the structural integrity of shell/shell/core, and titanium dioxide was loaded firmly on the PS/FeO4 surface. The photocatalytic degradation of phenol followed first-order reaction kinetics and the reaction rate constant K of the TiO2/PS/Fe3O4 [n(TiO2): n(St): n (Fe3O4) = 60:2.5:1] was 0.0258, which was close to that of pure TiO2 (K = 0.0262). After 5 times recycling, the K value reduced only by 0.0034. The catalyst had a strong magnetic induction, and the average recovery rate reached 92%. The magnetic TiO2 photocatalyst prepared by this low-temperature hydrolysis method has a good application prospect. PMID:23213901

  7. Effect of the composition of Ti alloy on the photocatalytic activities of Ti-based oxide nanotube arrays prepared by anodic oxidation

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    Tang, Dingding; Wang, Yixin; Zhao, Yuwei; Yang, Yijia; Zhang, Lieyu; Mao, Xuhui

    2014-11-01

    Three types of Ti-based oxide nanotube arrays are prepared by anodic oxidation of pure Ti and Ti alloys (Ti-0.2Pd and Ti-6Al-4V) in the glycol-2 wt% H2O-0.3 wt% NH4F solution. The nanotube arrays are characterized by a series of techniques, including SEM, TEM, EIS, XRD, EDS, ICP, XPS and UV-vis DRS, to elucidate the effect of alloying elements on the properties of titania nanotube arrays. The results suggest that aluminium and vanadium elements greatly slow down the growth rate and therefore decrease the yield of nanotube arrays. Al and V deteriorate the photoreactivity of the resultant nanotube arrays. The palladium inside the Ti-0.2Pd alloy-derived nanotube arrays cannot be detected by EDS or XPS, but is quantitatively determined by ICP analysis. Incorporation of Pd significantly improves the photocatalytic activity of the resultant titania nanotube arrays powder. The presence of Pd element not only enhances the light absorption, but also facilitates the separation of photogenerated charge carriers. The uniform doping of Pd into the microstructure endows nanotube arrays with resistance to sulphur poison and preferable stability for organic degradation. This study suggests that anodization of Ti alloys, rather than pure Ti metal, allows to produce micron-sized high-performance photocatalysts for environmental and energy applications.

  8. Photocatalytic degradation of the diazo dye naphthol blue black in water using MWCNT/Gd,N,S-TiO2 nanocomposites under simulated solar light.

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    Mamba, Gcina; Mbianda, Xavier Yangkou; Mishra, Ajay Kumar

    2015-07-01

    A simple sol-gel method was employed to prepare gadolinium, nitrogen and sulphur tridoped titania decorated on oxidised multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT/Gd,N,S-TiO2), using titanium (IV) butoxide and thiourea as titanium and nitrogen and sulphur source, respectively. Samples of varying gadolinium loadings (0.2%, 0.6%, 1.0% and 3.0% Gd3+) relative to titania were prepared to investigate the effect of gadolinium loading and the amounts of carbon nanotubes, nitrogen and sulphur were kept constant for all the samples. Furthermore, the prepared nanocomposites were evaluated for the degradation of naphthol blue black (NBB) in water under simulated solar light irradiation. Higher degradation efficiency (95.7%) was recorded for the MWCNT/Gd,N,S-TiO2 (0.6% Gd) nanocomposites. The higher photocatalytic activity is attributed to the combined effect of improved visible light absorption and charge separation due to the synergistic effect of Gd, MWCNTs, N, S and TiO2. Total organic carbon (TOC) analysis revealed a higher degree of complete mineralisation of naphthol blue black (78.0% TOC removal) which minimises the possible formation of toxic degradation by-products such as the aromatic amines. The MWCNT/Gd,N,S-TiO2 (0.6% Gd) was fairly stable and could be re-used for five times, reaching a maximum degradation efficiency of 91.8% after the five cycles. PMID:26141896

  9. A surface functionalized nanoporous titania integrated microfluidic biochip.

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    Ali, Md Azahar; Srivastava, Saurabh; Mondal, Kunal; Chavhan, Pandurang M; Agrawal, Ved V; John, Renu; Sharma, Ashutosh; Malhotra, Bansi D

    2014-11-21

    We present a novel and efficient nanoporous microfluidic biochip consisting of a functionalized chitosan/anatase titanium dioxide nanoparticles (antTiO2-CH) electrode integrated in a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microchannel assembly. The electrode surface can be enzyme functionalized depending on the application. We studied in detail cholesterol sensing using the cholesterol esterase (ChEt) and cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) functionalized chitosan supported mesoporous antTiO2-CH microfluidic electrode. The available functional groups present in the nanoporous antTiO2-CH surface in this microfluidic biochip can play an important role for enzyme functionalization, which has been quantified by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic technique. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) studies are used to quantify the specific surface area and nanopore size distribution of titania nanoparticles with and without chitosan. Point defects in antTiO2 can increase the heterogeneous electron transfer constant between the electrode and enzyme active sites, resulting in improved electrochemical behaviour of the microfluidic biochip. The impedimetric response of the nanoporous microfluidic biochip (ChEt-ChOx/antTiO2-CH) shows a high sensitivity of 6.77 kΩ (mg dl(-1))(-1) in the range of 2-500 mg dl(-1), a low detection limit of 0.2 mg dl(-1), a low Michaelis-Menten constant of 1.3 mg dl(-1) and a high selectivity. This impedimetric microsystem has enormous potential for clinical diagnostics applications. PMID:25316118

  10. Superhydrophilic - Superhydrophobic Transition in Vertically Aligned Titania Nanotubes

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    Varghese, Oomman; Neupane, Ram; Paulose, Maggie

    2015-03-01

    Both hydrophilic (wetting) and hydrophobic (non-wetting) surfaces find applications in a variety of technological areas. For example, hydrophilic surfaces are used in microfluidic devices to provide antifogging and antifouling functions whereas hydrophobic coatings are used in clothes to attribute stain resistance. While in superhydrophilic surfaces the contact angle that water droplets make with the surface is nearly zero, the surfaces that make contact angles greater than about 120° are considered superhydrophobic. Oxide ceramics generally exhibit hydrophilic behavior. Surface texturing or organic coatings are often used to make the surface hydrophobic or superhydrophobic. We prepared highly ordered titania nanotube arrays on titanium foils using anodic oxidation that showed superhydrophilic behavior upon fabrication. We noticed a strong correlation between fabrication conditions and the wettability. We have become successful in converting such a superhydrophilic nanostructure into superhydrophobic without modifying the surface with organic molecules or texturing. Contact angles in excess of 145° have been obtained. We will present these results and discuss the physiochemical processes that decide wetting properties of oxide nanostructures.

  11. Highly efficient hydrophobic titania ceramic membranes for water desalination.

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    Kujawa, Joanna; Cerneaux, Sophie; Koter, Stanisław; Kujawski, Wojciech

    2014-08-27

    Hydrophobic titania ceramic membranes (300 kD) were prepared by grafting of C6F13C2H4Si(OC2H5)3 and C12F25C2H4Si(OC2H5)3 molecules and thus applied in membrane distillation (MD) process of NaCl solutions. Grafting efficiency and hydrophobicity were evaluated by contact angle measurement, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption/desorption, and liquid entry pressure measurement of water. Desalination of NaCl solutions was performed using the modified hydrophobic membranes in air gap MD (AGMD) and direct contact MD (DCMD) processes in various operating conditions. High values of NaCl retention coefficient (>99%) were reached. The permeate fluxes were in the range 231-3692 g·h(-1)·m(-2), depending on applied experimental conditions. AGMD mode appeared to be more efficient showing higher fluxes and selectivity in desalination. Overall mass transfer coefficients (K) for membranes tested in AGMD were constant over the investigated temperature range. However, K values in DCMD increased at elevated temperature. The hydrophobic layer was also stable after 4 years of exposure to open air. PMID:25084346

  12. Biocompatible two-layer tantalum/titania-polymer hybrid coating.

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    Cortecchia, Elisa; Pacilli, Annalisa; Pasquinelli, Gianandrea; Scandola, Mariastella

    2010-09-13

    Using a two-step procedure, radiopaque and biocompatible coatings were obtained, consisting of a tantalum layer deposited by sputtering technique and of an upper organic-inorganic hybrid layer synthesized via sol-gel. As shown by radiographic images, tantalum confers to plastic substrates good X-ray visibility, adjustable via control of deposition time, but its adhesion to the substrate is poor and manipulation easily damages the metal layer. Polymer-titania hybrid coatings, synthesized using poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) or carboxy-terminated polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) as organic precursors, were applied on the metal layer as biocompatible protective coatings. Biocompatibility is demonstrated by cytotoxicity tests conducted using vascular wall resident-mesenchymal stem cells (VW-MSCs). Both coatings show very good adhesion to the substrate, showing no sign of detachment upon large substrate deformations. Under such conditions, SEM observations show that the PCL-containing hybrid forms cracks, whereas the PDMS-based hybrid does not crack, suggesting possible applications of the latter material as a protective layer of sputtered tantalum radiopaque markers for flexible medical devices. PMID:20831278

  13. Fate and transport of titania nanoparticles in freshwater mesocosms

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    Miracle, Ann L.; Bunn, Amoret L.; Brandenberger, Jill M.; Gaspar, Daniel J.; Ward, Jeffrey A.

    2008-10-01

    Titania nanoparticles are currently associated with air, soil, and water and with numerous products directed at human use and consumption (e.g., sunscreen, cosmetics, and food coatings). The environmental fate and transport of TiO2, or any nanomaterials entering dynamic aquatic environments are largely unknown. Because the physical and chemical properties of TiO2 are variable (size, surface chemistry, and composition), the movement, bioaccumulation, and toxicity of these materials are difficult to study in a complex ecosystem. Many metal oxide materials are durable and recalcitrant, and the accumulation of TiO2 in the environment could be significant over time and cause unforeseen impacts on ecosystems. Fate and transport of TiO2 nanomaterials in a bench-scale mesocosm system was assessed through nanomaterial partitioning and complexation in water, sediment, and tissue media characterized using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, respectively. Research data sets like these will build the foundation for future use in fate and transport of other nanomaterials in different water systems (fresh, estuarine, and marine) and in building empirical and process models that investigate environmental fate and transport and relevant freshwater ecological impacts of nanomaterials.

  14. Titania nanotube arrays as interfaces for neural prostheses

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    Sorkin, Jonathan A.; Hughes, Stephen; Soares, Paulo; Popat, Ketul C.

    2015-01-01

    Neural prostheses have become ever more acceptable treatments for many different types of neurological damage and disease. Here we investigate the use of two different morphologies of titania nanotube arrays as interfaces to advance the longevity and effectiveness of these prostheses. The nanotube arrays were characterized for their nanotopography, crystallinity, conductivity, wettability, surface mechanical properties and adsorption of key proteins: fibrinogen, albumin and laminin. The loosely packed nanotube arrays fabricated using a diethylene glycol based electrolyte, contained a higher presence of the anatase crystal phase and were subsequently more conductive. These arrays yielded surfaces with higher wettability and lower modulus than the densely packed nanotube arrays fabricated using water based electrolyte. Further the adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of the C17.2 neural stem cell line was investigated on the nanotube arrays. The proliferation ratio of the cells as well as the level of neuronal differentiation was seen to increase on the loosely packed arrays. The results indicate that loosely packed nanotube arrays similar to the ones produced here with a DEG based electrolyte, may provide a favorable template for growth and maintenance of C17.2 neural stem cell line. PMID:25687003

  15. Infection Mitigation Efficacy of Photoactive Titania on Orthopedic Implant Materials

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    Azad, Abdul-Majeed; Hershey, Ryan; Aboelzahab, Asem; Goel, Vijay

    2011-01-01

    In order to impede infection and achieve accelerated wound healing in the postorthopaedic surgery patients, a simple and benign procedure for creating nanotubular or nanofibrillar structure of photoactive TiO2 on the surface of Ti plates and wires is described. The nanoscale TiO2 films on titanium were grown by hydrothermal processing in one case and by anodization in the presence of dilute mineral acids under mild and benign conditions in the other. Confocal microscopy results demonstrated at least 50% reduction in the population of E. coli colonies (concentration 2.15 × 107 cells/mL) on TiO2-coated implants upon an IR exposure of up to 30 s; it required ∼20 min of exposure to UV beam for the same effect. These findings suggest the probability of eliminating wound infection during and after orthopedic surgical procedures by brief illumination of photoactive titania films on the implants with an IR beam. PMID:21994891

  16. Physisorption of enzymatically active chymotrypsin on titania colloidal particles.

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    Derr, Ludmilla; Dringen, Ralf; Treccani, Laura; Hildebrand, Nils; Ciacchi, Lucio Colombi; Rezwan, Kurosch

    2015-10-01

    In this study we use a straightforward experimental method to probe the presence and activity of the proteolytic enzyme α-chymotrypsin adsorbed on titania colloidal particles. We show that the adsorption of α-chymotrypsin on the particles is irreversible and pH-dependent. At pH 8 the amount of adsorbed chymotrypsin is threefold higher compared to the adsorption at pH 5. However, we observe that the adsorption is accompanied by a substantial loss of enzymatic activity, and only around 6-9% of the initial enzyme activity is retained. A Michaelis-Menten kinetics analysis of both unbound and TiO2-bound chymotrypsin shows that the K(M) value is increased from ∼10 μM for free chymotrypsin to ∼40 μM for the particle bound enzyme. Such activity decrease could be related by the hindered accessibility of substrate to the active site of adsorbed chymotrypsin, or by adsorption-induced structural changes. Our simple experimental method does not require any complex technical equipment, can be applied to a broad range of hydrolytic enzymes and to various types of colloidal materials. Our approach allows an easy, fast and reliable determination of particle surface-bound enzyme activity and has high potential for development of future enzyme-based biotechnological and industrial processes. PMID:26072448

  17. Plasma amino acid coatings for a conformal growth of titania nanoparticles.

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    Anderson, Kyle D; Marczewski, Kamil; Singamaneni, Srikanth; Slocik, Joseph M; Jakubiak, Rachel; Naik, Rajesh R; Bunning, Timothy J; Tsukruk, Vladimir V

    2010-08-01

    We report on the conformal synthesis of ultrathin films from the amino acid histidine on flat silicon substrates and 3D periodic polymer structures via plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. We demonstrate the efficient utilization of this functional amino acid nanocoating for the formation of individual titania nanoparticles with dimensions from 2 to 15 nm depending upon reduction conditions. The titania nanoparticles were grown directly on histidine-functionalized planar and 3D polymer substrates by a wet-chemistry method that showed uniform surface coverage that reached approximately 75%. This approach demonstrates the potential for modifying the optical properties of periodic porous polymeric structures via direct conformal growth of titania nanoparticles. PMID:20735097

  18. Preparation, structural properties, and hydrogenation activity of highly porous palladium-titania aerogels

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    Schneider, M.; Wildberger, M.; Maciejewski, M.; Duff, D.G.; Mallat, T.; Baiker, A. )

    1994-08-01

    Mesoporous to macroporous palladium-titania aerogels with high surface area have been synthesized by the sol-gel-aerogel route. A titania gel was prepared by the addition of an acidic hydrolysant to tetrabutoxytitanium(IV) in methanol. The palladium precursor solutions, added after the redispersion of the titania gel, were either Na[sub 2]PdCl[sub 4], (NH[sub 4])[sub 2]PdCl[sub 4], Pd(acac)[sub 2], or Pd(OAc)[sub 2] dissolved in protic or aprotic solvents. The palladium-titania aerogels have a BET surface area of 170-190 m[sup 2]g[sup [minus]1] after a thermal treatment up to 673 K and contain well-developed anatase crystallites of about 7-8 nm mean size. Depending on the palladium precursor used, the volume-weighted-mean particle size, determined by TEM, varies significantly in the range 21-224 nm, this being independently consistent with XRD line-broadening results. All aerogel samples showed pronounced structural stability of both the titania matrix and the palladium particles towards the pretreatment media used (air or hydrogen) at temperatures up to 773 K. Thermal analysis, combined with mass spectrometry, revealed that the untreated catalysts contain a considerable amount of entrapped organic impurities after high-temperature supercritical drying. Liquid-phase hydrogenations of tras-stilbene and benzophenone were used as test reactions for characterizing the activity and accessibility of the palladium particles. A comparison of the best dispersed Pd(OAc)[sub 2]-derived aerogel catalysts with conventionally impregnated titania-supported palladium catalysts in the liquid-phase hydrogenation of 4-methylbenzaldehyde reveals superior activity and selectivity for the aerogel catalysts. 32 refs., 10 figs., 4 tabs.

  19. The effects of UV irradiation on titania deposition from titanium tetra-isopropoxide

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    Egashira, Yasuyuki; Sugimachi, Masato; Nishizawa, Kouichi; Saito, Kazunobu; Osawa, Toshio; Komiyama, Hiroshi

    1994-05-01

    The influence of UV irradiation on the deposition of titania from titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP) under reduced pressure was studied. It was found that UV irradiation accelerates the titania growth rate by a factor of 2-3 in the temperature range of 573 to 623 K. The coverage quality of micron-size trenches in the cases with and without UV irradiation indicates the role of the photo-enhanced surface reaction. The threshold wavelength of 380 nm which is equivalent to the energy gap of anatase indicates strongly that band-to-band excitation is responsible for the photo-enhanced surface reaction.

  20. Experimental and analytical study of ionic self-assembly of silica and titania nanoparticles

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    Simpson, Brian; Banks, Will; Kim, Vincent; Seredinski, Andrew; Wilson, Katy; Mazilu, Irina; Mazilu, Dan

    2013-03-01

    Using the ionically self-assembled monolayers (ISAM) technique we investigate the time dependence of the surface coverage of thin films that consist of alternating layers of silica or titania nanoparticles deposited on polymer substrates. We conduct experiments in order to investigate the significant observable factors that affected the quality of the coatings including the dipping time, pH, and the molarity of the silica, titania, and PDDA solutions. Using SEM micrographs, we analyzed the surface coverage and compared it to analytical results obtained using a cooperative sequential adsorption model.

  1. Photo-effects on the viscosity of titania nanoparticle suspensions in conducting and insulating medium

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    Smith, York R.; Heermance, David; Smith, Ryan N.

    2016-02-01

    The effect of illumination on the viscosity of titania suspensions in silicone oil (insulating medium) and an aqueous buffer (conducting medium) was investigated. Commercially available P25 anatase titania was suspended at a volume fraction of 0.5%. A 12.3% increase in viscosity was observed when silicone oil suspension was used as the medium, while a 2.47% decrease in viscosity was observed for the aqueous buffer suspension after exposure to UV-vis irradiation. The capability of the suspension medium to scavenge photoinduced charges results in the observed photorheological effects. The results presented here demonstrate a new method for influencing the rheological properties of nanoparticle suspensions.

  2. Some alkali and titania analyses of tektites before and after G-1 precision monitoring

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    Tatlock, D.B.

    1966-01-01

    A comparison of 55 older analyses of Australasian tektites with 110 modern precisely monitored analyses suggests that more than half of the older alkali and titania determinations are decidedly inaccurate and misleading. Deviations of the older analyses from the restricted values of the modern analyses are comparable to the imprecisions shown by early analyses of G-1 granite and W-1 diabase. This suggests that a high percentage of older alkali and titania analyses, such as those of Washington's tables, are of questionable quality. ?? 1966.

  3. Surface layer composition of titania produced by various methods. The change of layer state under illumination

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    Zakharenko, V.; Daibova, E.; Kosova, N.; Zmeeva, O.

    2016-01-01

    The comparative analysis of experimental data over titanium dioxide powders prepared by various ways under ambient air is carried out. The results over TiO2 prepared by high-temperature heating of anatase, produced by burning of titanium micro particles and grinding of rutile crystal are used for that comparison. Water and carbon dioxide were the main products released from the surface of the titania powders. It was found that under UV irradiation absorbed by titania, in absent oxygen, water effectively reacts with lattice oxygen of titanium dioxide.

  4. Design of titania nanotube structures by focused laser beam direct writing

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    Enachi, Mihai; Stevens-Kalceff, Marion A.; Sarua, Andrei; Ursaki, Veaceslav; Tiginyanu, Ion

    2013-12-21

    In this work, we report on electrochemical fabrication of titania films consisting of nanotubes (NTs) and their treatment by focused laser beam. The results of sample characterization by optical and scanning electron microscopy, cathodoluminescence imaging, and Raman scattering scanning spectroscopy are compared to those inherent to specimens subjected to thermal treatment in a furnace. The obtained data demonstrate possibilities for controlling crystallographic structure of TiO{sub 2} NTs by focused laser beam direct writing. These findings open new prospects for the design and fabrication of spatial architectures based on titania nanotubes.

  5. In vivo demonstration of enhanced radiotherapy using rare earth doped titania nanoparticles

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    Townley, Helen E.; Kim, Jeewon; Dobson, Peter J.

    2012-07-01

    Radiation therapy is often limited by damage to healthy tissue and associated side-effects; restricting radiation to ineffective doses. Preferential incorporation of materials into tumour tissue can enhance the effect of radiation. Titania has precedent for use in photodynamic therapy (PDT), generating reactive oxygen species (ROS) upon photoexcitation, but is limited by the penetration depth of UV light. Optimization of a nanomaterial for interaction with X-rays could be used for deep tumour treatment. As such, titania nanoparticles were doped with gadolinium to optimize the localized energy absorption from a conventional medical X-ray, and further optimized by the addition of other rare earth (RE) elements. These elements were selected due to their large X-ray photon interaction cross-section, and potential for integration into the titania crystal structure. Specific activation of the nanoparticles by X-ray can result in generation of ROS leading to cell death in a tumour-localized manner. We show here that intratumoural injection of RE doped titania nanoparticles can enhance the efficacy of radiotherapy in vivo.Radiation therapy is often limited by damage to healthy tissue and associated side-effects; restricting radiation to ineffective doses. Preferential incorporation of materials into tumour tissue can enhance the effect of radiation. Titania has precedent for use in photodynamic therapy (PDT), generating reactive oxygen species (ROS) upon photoexcitation, but is limited by the penetration depth of UV light. Optimization of a nanomaterial for interaction with X-rays could be used for deep tumour treatment. As such, titania nanoparticles were doped with gadolinium to optimize the localized energy absorption from a conventional medical X-ray, and further optimized by the addition of other rare earth (RE) elements. These elements were selected due to their large X-ray photon interaction cross-section, and potential for integration into the titania crystal

  6. Giant humidity dependence of conductivity in a single exfoliated titania nanosheet

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    Tanaka, Ayaka; Hatakeyama, Kazuto; Oku, Azusa; Matsuzaki, Koji; Saitou, Natsumi; Yokoi, Hiroyuki; Taniguchi, Takaaki; Matsumoto, Yasumichi; Hara, Masahiro

    2014-04-21

    We have investigated an in-plane electrical transport in an individual titania nanosheet, which forms a lepidocrocite structure with a few atomic layer thickness. The conductivity in the titania nanosheet varied five orders for the change of the relative humidity from 45% to 95%. The drastic change in the conductivity is due to a sensitive response with respect to water molecules adsorbed on the surface of the two-dimensional nanosheet. The results may open an avenue for nanodevices built from various oxide nanosheets.

  7. Interaction of carbon monoxide and oxygen at the surface of inverse titania/Au model catalyst

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    Magkoev, Tamerlan T.

    2007-07-01

    Interaction of carbon monoxide and oxygen on the surface of titania/Au(1 1 1) inverse model catalyst held at 200 K has been studied by reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy. It was found that CO adsorbs on the oxide/Au perimeter interface, whereas no or very weak adsorption was observed on Au(1 1 1) or titania surface, respectively. Exposing of such species to oxygen results in their decay possibly due to carbon dioxide formation. Efficiency of this effect is higher at lower CO initial concentration which points at the importance of free surface sites for the reaction process.

  8. Mixed conductivity, structural and microstructural characterization of titania-doped yttria tetragonal zirconia polycrystalline/titania-doped yttria stabilized zirconia composite anode matrices

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    Colomer, M. T.; Maczka, M.

    2011-02-01

    Taking advantage of the fact that TiO 2 additions to 8YSZ cause not only the formation of a titania-doped YSZ solid solution but also a titania-doped YTZP solid solution, composite materials based on both solutions were prepared by solid state reaction. In particular, additions of 15 mol% of TiO 2 give rise to composite materials constituted by 0.51 mol fraction titania-doped yttria tetragonal zirconia polycrystalline and 0.49 mol fraction titania-doped yttria stabilized zirconia (0.51TiYTZP/0.49TiYSZ). Furthermore, Y 2(Ti 1- yZr y) 2O 7 pyrochlore is present as an impurity phase with y close to 1, according to FT-Raman results. Lower and higher additions of titania than that of 15 mol%, i.e., x=0, 5, 10, 20, 25 and 30 mol% were considered to study the evolution of 8YSZ phase as a function of the TiO 2 content. Furthermore, zirconium titanate phase (ZrTiO 4) is detected when the titania content is equal or higher than 20 mol% and this phase admits Y 2O 3 in solid solution according to FE-SEM-EDX. The 0.51TiYTZP/0.49TiYSZ duplex material was selected in this study to establish the mechanism of its electronic conduction under low oxygen partial pressures. In the pO 2 range from 0.21 to 10 -7.5 atm. the conductivity is predominantly ionic and constant over the range and its value is 0.01 S/cm. The ionic plus electronic conductivity is 0.02 S/cm at 1000 °C and 10 -12.3 atm. Furthermore, the onset of electronic conductivity under reducing conditions exhibits a -1/4 pO 2 dependence. Therefore, it is concluded that the n-type electronic conduction in the duplex material can be due to a small polaron-hopping between Ti 3+ and Ti 4+.

  9. Multifunctional alumina/titania hybrid blocking layer modified nanocrystalline titania films as efficient photoanodes in dye sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Changlei; Yu, Zhenhua; Bu, Chenghao; Liu, Pei; Bai, Sihang; Liu, Chang; Kondamareddy, Kiran Kumar; Sun, Weiwei; Zhan, Kan; Zhang, Kun; Guo, Shishang; Zhao, Xingzhong

    2015-05-01

    A facile way of fabricating efficient blocking layer on mesoporous TiO2 film of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) is demonstrated here for the first time. Al2O3 and TiO2 are combined together to form a blocking layer. A simple spin coating technique is employed which is a versatile and low-cost method over the atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. Multifunctional alumina/titania (Al2O3/TiO2) hybrid overlayer is prepared on traditional TiO2 nanocrystalline thin film surface, through sequential deposition of AlCl3·6H2O and TiCl4 precursor solutions followed by sintering at 500 °C for 30 min. Al2O3 effectively plays its role in retarding interfacial recombination of electrons and improving open circuit potential (Voc), while the tiny TiO2 clusters synthesized from TiCl4 treatment act as electron transporting channels to facilitate electron diffusion which leads to enhanced photocurrent (Jsc). Compared to the device without blocking layer, the DSSCs assembled with Al2O3/TiO2 hybrid blocking layer showed improvement in Jsc (from 13.09 mA/cm2 to 16.90 mA/cm2) as well as in Voc (from 0.72 V to 0.73 V) resulting a much better conversion efficiency of 8.60%.

  10. Photoinduced Charge Transfer from Titania to Surface Doping Site

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    Inerbaev, Talgat; Hoefelmeyer, James D.; Kilin, Dmitri S.

    2013-01-01

    We evaluate a theoretical model in which Ru is substituting for Ti at the (100) surface of anatase TiO2. Charge transfer from the photo-excited TiO2 substrate to the catalytic site triggers the photo-catalytic event (such as water oxidation or reduction half-reaction). We perform ab-initio computational modeling of the charge transfer dynamics on the interface of TiO2 nanorod and catalytic site. A slab of TiO2 represents a fragment of TiO2 nanorod in the anatase phase. Titanium to ruthenium replacement is performed in a way to match the symmetry of TiO2 substrate. One molecular layer of adsorbed water is taken into consideration to mimic the experimental conditions. It is found that these adsorbed water molecules saturate dangling surface bonds and drastically affect the electronic properties of systems investigated. The modeling is performed by reduced density matrix method in the basis of Kohn-Sham orbitals. A nano-catalyst modeled through replacement defect contributes energy levels near the bottom of the conduction band of TiO2 nano-structure. An exciton in the nano-rod is dissipating due to interaction with lattice vibrations, treated through non-adiabatic coupling. The electron relaxes to conduction band edge and then to the Ru cite with faster rate than hole relaxes to the Ru cite. These results are of the importance for an optimal design of nano-materials for photo-catalytic water splitting and solar energy harvesting. PMID:23795229

  11. Photoinduced Charge Transfer from Titania to Surface Doping Site.

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    Inerbaev, Talgat; Hoefelmeyer, James D; Kilin, Dmitri S

    2013-05-16

    We evaluate a theoretical model in which Ru is substituting for Ti at the (100) surface of anatase TiO2. Charge transfer from the photo-excited TiO2 substrate to the catalytic site triggers the photo-catalytic event (such as water oxidation or reduction half-reaction). We perform ab-initio computational modeling of the charge transfer dynamics on the interface of TiO2 nanorod and catalytic site. A slab of TiO2 represents a fragment of TiO2 nanorod in the anatase phase. Titanium to ruthenium replacement is performed in a way to match the symmetry of TiO2 substrate. One molecular layer of adsorbed water is taken into consideration to mimic the experimental conditions. It is found that these adsorbed water molecules saturate dangling surface bonds and drastically affect the electronic properties of systems investigated. The modeling is performed by reduced density matrix method in the basis of Kohn-Sham orbitals. A nano-catalyst modeled through replacement defect contributes energy levels near the bottom of the conduction band of TiO2 nano-structure. An exciton in the nano-rod is dissipating due to interaction with lattice vibrations, treated through non-adiabatic coupling. The electron relaxes to conduction band edge and then to the Ru cite with faster rate than hole relaxes to the Ru cite. These results are of the importance for an optimal design of nano-materials for photo-catalytic water splitting and solar energy harvesting. PMID:23795229

  12. A study on flash sintering and related phenomena in titania and its composite with alumina

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    Shikhar

    In 2010, Cologna et. al. [1] reported that with a help of small electric field 120 Vcm-1, the sintering temperature of 3 mol % yittria stabilized zirconia could be brought down to 850°C from 1450°C. On top of reducing the temperature requirements, the green sample could be sintered from starting density of 50% to near full density in mere 5 seconds, a sintering rate three orders of magnitude higher than conventional methods. This discovery led to the emergence of a new field of enhanced sintering with electric field, named "Flash Sintering". The objective of this thesis is to understand the phenomenological behavior of flash-sintering and related phenomena on titania and its composites with alumina at elevated temperature. The possible mechanisms to explain flash sintering are discussed: Joule heating and the avalanche of defect generation [2], both induced by the rapid rise in conductivity just before the onset of the flash. Apparently, both mechanisms play a role. The thesis covers the response of pure titania and composites of titania-alumina under flash and compared with conventional sintering. We start with the sintering behavior of pure titania and observe lowering of sintering temperature requirements with higher applied electric field. The conductivity of titania during flash is also measured, and compared with the nominal conductivity of titania at equivalent temperatures. The conductivity during flash is determined to be have a different activation energy. For the composites of titania-alumina, effect of flash on the constrained sintering was studied. It is a known fact that sintering of one component of composite slows down when the other component of a different densification rate is added to it, called constrained sintering. In our case, large inclusions of alumina particles were added to nano-grained titania green compact that hindered its densification. Flash sintering was found to be overcoming this problem and near full densification was achieved

  13. Photocatalytic degradation of contaminants of concern with composite NF-TiO2 films under visible and solar light.

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    Barndõk, H; Peláez, M; Han, C; Platten, W E; Campo, P; Hermosilla, D; Blanco, A; Dionysiou, D D

    2013-06-01

    This study reports the synthesis and characterization of composite nitrogen and fluorine co-doped titanium dioxide (NF-TiO(2)) for the removal of contaminants of concern in wastewater under visible and solar light. Monodisperse anatase TiO(2) nanoparticles of different sizes and Evonik P25 were assembled to immobilized NF-TiO(2) by direct incorporation into the sol-gel or by the layer-by-layer technique. The composite films were characterized with X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, environmental scanning electron microscopy, and porosimetry analysis. The photocatalytic degradation of atrazine, carbamazepine, and caffeine was evaluated in a synthetic water solution and in an effluent from a hybrid biological concentrator reactor (BCR). Minor aggregation and improved distribution of monodisperse titania particles was obtained with NF-TiO(2)-monodisperse (10 and 50 nm) from the layer-by-layer technique than with NF-TiO(2) +monodisperse TiO(2) (300 nm) directly incorporated into the sol. The photocatalysts synthesized with the layer-by-layer method achieved significantly higher degradation rates in contrast with NF-TiO(2)-monodisperse titania (300 nm) and slightly faster values when compared with NF-TiO(2)-P25. Using NF-TiO(2) layer-by-layer with monodisperse TiO(2) (50 nm) under solar light irradiation, the respective degradation rates in synthetic water and BCR effluent were 14.6 and 9.5 × 10(-3) min(-1) for caffeine, 12.5 and 9.0 × 10(-3) min(-1) for carbamazepine, and 10.9 and 5.8 × 10(-3) min(-1) for atrazine. These results suggest that the layer-by-layer technique is a promising method for the synthesis of composite TiO(2)-based films compared to the direct addition of nanoparticles into the sol. PMID:23436122

  14. Thermal-structural relationship of individual titania nanotubes

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    Brahmi, Hatem; Katwal, Giwan; Khodadadi, Mohammad; Chen, Shuo; Paulose, Maggie; Varghese, Oomman K.; Mavrokefalos, Anastassios

    2015-11-01

    The thermal properties of nano-scale materials are largely influenced by their geometry. The zero, one and quasi one dimensional forms of the same material could exhibit unique thermal transport properties depending upon the shape and nano-scale feature size. In order to gain a clear understanding of the contributions from geometrical scattering effects on thermal transport, it is required to study these nano-materials in a single isolated form rather than in clusters or films. In the past decade, titanium dioxide nanotube arrays fabricated by anodic oxidation of titanium emerged as a useful semiconductor architecture for a variety of applications, particularly for solar energy conversion. Nonetheless, the thermal properties of individual nanotubes that are important for their use in high temperature applications have not been clearly understood. Here we report the thermal transport properties of individual titania nanotubes as revealed by our preliminary study using a suspended microdevice that facilitates the thermal conductivity measurements and crystal structure investigation on the same nanotube. The nanotubes were prepared by anodic oxidation of a titanium foil in HF-DMSO electrolyte at 60 V, having outer diameters in the range of 200 to 300 nm and wall thicknesses of ~30 to 70 nm in either amorphous or polycrystalline anatase phase. The thermal conductivity of single nanotubes was found to be very close to that of the amorphous phase (1.5 W mK-1 and 0.85 W mK-1 respectively) and it was only half of the thermal conductivity of the nanotube arrays in the film form. The thermal conductivity of bulk TiO2 is known to be almost six times higher. The observed thermal conductivity suppression in single nanotubes was explained using a transport model developed by considering diffuse phonon-surface scattering and scattering of phonons by ionized impurities of concentrations in the order of 1018-1019 cm-3.

  15. Antibacterial nano-structured titania coating incorporated with silver nanoparticles.

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    Zhao, Lingzhou; Wang, Hairong; Huo, Kaifu; Cui, Lingyun; Zhang, Wenrui; Ni, Hongwei; Zhang, Yumei; Wu, Zhifen; Chu, Paul K

    2011-08-01

    Titanium (Ti) implants are widely used clinically but post-operation infection remains one of the most common and serious complications. A surface boasting long-term antibacterial ability is highly desirable in order to prevent implant associated infection. In this study, titania nanotubes (TiO(2)-NTs) incorporated with silver (Ag) nanoparticles are fabricated on Ti implants to achieve this purpose. The Ag nanoparticles adhere tightly to the wall of the TiO(2)-NTs prepared by immersion in a silver nitrate solution followed by ultraviolet light radiation. The amount of Ag introduced to the NTs can be varied by changing processing parameters such as the AgNO(3) concentration and immersion time. The TiO(2)-NTs loaded with Ag nanoparticles (NT-Ag) can kill all the planktonic bacteria in the suspension during the first several days, and the ability of the NT-Ag to prevent bacterial adhesion is maintained without obvious decline for 30 days, which are normally long enough to prevent post-operation infection in the early and intermediate stages and perhaps even late infection around the implant. Although the NT-Ag structure shows some cytotoxicity, it can be reduced by controlling the Ag release rate. The NT-Ag materials are also expected to possess satisfactory osteoconductivity in addition to the good biological performance expected of TiO(2)-NTs. This controllable NT-Ag structure which provides relatively long-term antibacterial ability and good tissue integration has promising applications in orthopedics, dentistry, and other biomedical devices. PMID:21565401

  16. The Synthesis and Characterization of Multifunctional Titania-based Materials for the Photo/Thermal Catalytic Reduction of CO2

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    Schwartzenberg, Kevin

    The work presented in this dissertation is aimed at improving our understanding of the fundamental processes required for the photocatalytic reduction of CO2. A QCM reactor system for measuring CO2 adsorption under a range of conditions was designed, constructed, and characterized. Measurements on catalyst films revealed sufficient sensitivity to detect CO2 adsorption on the order of 0.1 molecules/nm2. Adsorption experiments were repeatable across multiple measurements for the same film. However, variation across multiple films prepared using the same mass of catalyst highlights the large contribution of surface roughness to frequency response and the importance of uniform, reproducible film preparation. The design of a multifunctional photo/thermal catalyst was explored through the concept of MnOx-TiO2 composites with thermally generated oxygen vacancies as the active sites for CO2 activation. MnOx-TiO 2 were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation of titania supports with one of two Mn precursors, and were characterized and screened for catalytic activity. The results were compared with predictions from theoretical modeling studies. Through TPR, UV-vis spectroscopy, and XANES, it was observed that a Mn(NO 3)2•4H2O precursor led to bulk-like domains of MnOx whereas a Mn(CH3COO)2•4H2O precursor led to a dispersed surface oxide. This precursor effect was less pronounced on rutile than on anatase support. As predicted by theory, the MnOx-TiO 2 exhibited the reversible generation of oxygen vacancies at mild temperatures (< 300°C) and a red shift in the band gap for anatase-supported composites. A similar red shift was not observed for rutile-supported materials. In screening reactions, however, neither CO nor other products were detected by GC. In-situ FTIR experiments also failed to show evidence of nonvolatile CO2 reduction products. However, several carbonate, bicarbonate, and carboxylate species were observed, confirming the interaction of CO 2 with oxygen

  17. Photocatalytic paper using zinc oxide nanorods

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    Baruah, Sunandan; Jaisai, Mayuree; Imani, Reza; Nazhad, Mousa M.; Dutta, Joydeep

    2010-10-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods were grown on a paper support prepared from soft wood pulp. The photocatalytic activity of a sheet of paper with ZnO nanorods embedded in its porous matrix has been studied. ZnO nanorods were firmly attached to cellulose fibers and the photocatalytic paper samples were reused several times with nominal decrease in efficiency. Photodegradation of up to 93% was observed for methylene blue in the presence of paper filled with ZnO nanorods upon irradiation with visible light at 963 Wm-2 for 120 min. Under similar conditions, photodegradation of approximately 35% was observed for methyl orange. Antibacterial tests revealed that the photocatalytic paper inhibits the growth of Escherichia coli under room lighting conditions.

  18. Plasmon-enhanced photocatalytic water purification.

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    Gomez, Leyre; Sebastian, Victor; Arruebo, Manuel; Santamaria, Jesus; Cronin, Stephen B

    2014-08-01

    Increasing water demand and water scarcity around the world requires the development of robust and efficient methods for water purification in the coming decades. Here, we report a photocatalytic water purification method using visible light (532 nm) utilizing 5 nm gold nanoparticles and their enhancement when attached on the surface of silica nanospheres as an inactive support to prevent nanoparticle coalescence or sintering. This is a non-toxic, low-cost, and easy photocatalytic process which provides high decomposition rates. Decomposition of the methyl orange dye is tested as a reaction model and trichloroethylene is selected as an example of a real water pollutant. When irradiated at their plasmon resonant frequency, the gold nanoparticles generate hydroxyl radicals that degradate organic pollutants into non-toxic molecules representing a basic mechanism of photocatalytic water purification. PMID:24590124

  19. SiC nanowires: A photocatalytic nanomaterial

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    Zhou Weimin; Yan Lijun; Wang Ying; Zhang Yafei

    2006-07-03

    Single-crystal {beta}-SiC nanowires coated with amorphous SiO{sub 2} were synthesized by a simple thermal evaporation technique. The photocatalytic activity of the SiC nanowires was characterized by measuring the photodegradation rate of acetaldehyde catalyzed by SiC as a function of UV irradiation time. It exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity, leading to the efficient decomposition of acetaldehyde by irradiation with UV light. The progress of the photocatalytic reaction can be monitored by the evolution of one of the products, CO{sub 2}. It has been observed that the as-synthesized SiC nanowires (with the SiO{sub 2} coating) have higher catalytic activity than the HF-etched, oxide-free SiC nanowires.

  20. Primary role of electron work function for evaluation of nanostructured titania implant surface against bacterial infection.

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    Golda-Cepa, M; Syrek, K; Brzychczy-Wloch, M; Sulka, G D; Kotarba, A

    2016-09-01

    The electron work function as an essential descriptor for the evaluation of metal implant surfaces against bacterial infection is identified for the first time. Its validity is demonstrated on Staphylococcus aureus adhesion to nanostructured titania surfaces. The established correlation: work function-bacteria adhesion is of general importance since it can be used for direct evaluation of any electrically conductive implant surfaces. PMID:27207043

  1. The hydrolysis of COS and CS{sub 2} on titania in Claus plants

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    Huisman, H.M.; Van Dillen, A.J.; Geus, J.W.

    1993-12-31

    COS and CS{sup 2} are adding considerably to the emission of SO{sub 2} from Claus plants. The carbon sulfides can be catalytically hydrolyzed to H{sub 2}S and CO{sub 2} by using {gamma}-alumina or titania. Titania catalysts have proved to be better oxygen resistant, though titanium sulfate is quite stable and raises the acidity. The formation of sulfates appeared to decrease the activity of titania, but due to the easy reduction of the sulfates by H{sub 2}S, the titania catalyst remains active under Claus operating conditions. Subsequently discussed, is the influence of the water pressure of the COS and CS{sub 2} hydrolysis rate, The water pressure is varying throughout the Claus plant, as the temperature of operation, and those factors appeared to be of major importance on the hydrolysis rate. Finally, the possibility of improving the catalyst with promoters will be discussed in relation with the mechanism involved in the hydrolysis reaction.

  2. Immobilization in cement mortar of chromium removed from water using titania nanoparticles.

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    Husnain, Ahmed; Qazi, Ishtiaq Ahmed; Khaliq, Wasim; Arshad, Muhammad

    2016-05-01

    Because of the high toxicity of chromium, particularly as Cr (VI), it is removed from industrial effluents before their discharge into water bodies by a variety of techniques, including adsorption. Ultimate disposal of the sludge or the adsorbate, however, is a serious problem. While titania, in nanoparticle form, serves as a very good adsorbent for chromium, as an additive, it also helps to increase the compressive strength of mortar and concrete. Combining these two properties of the material, titania nanoparticles were used to adsorb chromium and then added to mortar up to a concentration of 20% by weight. The compressive strength of the resulting mortar specimens that replaced 15% of cement with chromium laden titania showed an improved strength than that without titania, thus confirming that this material had positive effect on the mortar strength. Leachate tests using the Toxicity Characteristics Leaching Procedure (TCLP) confirmed that the mortar sample chromium leachate was well within the permissible limits. The proposed technique thus offers a safe and viable method for the ultimate disposal of toxic metal wastes, in general, and those laden waste chromium, in particular. PMID:26915979

  3. Climatic impacts of stratospheric geoengineering with sulfate, black carbon and titania injection

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    Jones, Anthony C.; Haywood, James M.; Jones, Andy

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we examine the potential climatic effects of geoengineering by sulfate, black carbon and titania injection against a baseline RCP8.5 scenario. We use the HadGEM2-CCS model to simulate scenarios in which the top-of-the-atmosphere radiative imbalance due to rising greenhouse gas concentrations is offset by sufficient aerosol injection throughout the 2020-2100 period. We find that the global-mean temperature is effectively maintained at historical levels for the entirety of the period for all three aerosol-injection scenarios, though there is a wide range of side-effects which are discussed in detail. The most prominent conclusion is that although the BC injection rate necessary to produce an equivalent global mean temperature response is much lower, the severity of stratospheric temperature changes (> +70 °C) and precipitation impacts effectively exclude BC from being a viable option for geoengineering. Additionally, while it has been suggested that titania would be an effective particle because of its high scattering efficiency, it also efficiently absorbs solar ultraviolet radiation producing a significant stratospheric warming (> +20 °C). As injection rates and climatic impacts for titania are close to those for sulfate, there appears to be little benefit in terms of climatic influence of using titania when compared to the injection of sulfur dioxide, which has the added benefit of being well-modeled through extensive research that has been carried out on naturally occurring explosive volcanic eruptions.

  4. Climatic impacts of stratospheric geoengineering with sulfate, black carbon and titania injection

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    Jones, A. C.; Haywood, J. M.; Jones, A.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we examine the potential climatic effects of geoengineering by sulfate, black carbon and titania injection against a baseline RCP8.5 scenario. We use the HadGEM2-CCS model to simulate scenarios in which the top-of-the-atmosphere radiative imbalance due to rising greenhouse gas concentrations is offset by sufficient aerosol injection throughout the 2020-2100 period. We find that the global-mean temperature is effectively maintained at historical levels for the entirety of the period for all 3 aerosol-injection scenarios, though there are a wide range of side-effects which are discussed in detail. The most prominent conclusion is that although the BC injection rate necessary to produce an equivalent global mean temperature-response is much lower, the severity of stratospheric temperature changes (> +70 °C) and precipitation impacts effectively exclude BC from being a viable option for geoengineering. Additionally, while it has been suggested that titania would be an effective particle because of its high scattering efficiency, it also efficiently absorbs solar ultraviolet radiation producing a significant stratospheric warming (> +20 °C). As injection rates for titania are close to those for sulfate, there appears little benefit of using titania when compared to injection of sulfur dioxide, which has the added benefit of being well modelled through extensive research that has been carried out on naturally occurring explosive volcanic eruptions.

  5. As(V) adsorption onto nanoporous titania adsorbents (NTAs): effects of solution composition.

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    Han, Dong Suk; Batchelor, Bill; Park, Sung Hyuk; Abdel-Wahab, Ahmed

    2012-08-30

    This study has focused on developing two nanoporous titania adsorbents (NTA) to enhance removal efficiency of adsorption process for As(V) by characterizing the effects of pH and phosphate concentration on their sorption capacities and behaviors. One type of adsorbent is a mesoporous titania (MT) solid phase and the other is group of a highly ordered mesoporous silica solids (SBA-15) that can incorporate different levels of reactive titania sorption sites. Microscopic analysis showed that Ti((25))-SBA-15 (Ti/SBA=0.25 g/g) had titania nanostructured mesopores that do not rupture the highly ordered hexagonal silica framework. However, MT has disordered, wormhole-like mesopores that are caused by interparticle porosity. Adsorption experiments showed that Ti((25))-SBA-15 had a greater sorption capacity for As(V) than did Ti((15))-SBA-15 or Ti((35))-SBA-15 and the amount of As(V) adsorbed generally decreased as pH increased. Higher removal of As(V) was observed with Ti((25))-SBA-15 than with MT at pH 4, but MT had higher removals at higher pH (7, 9.5), even though MT has a lower specific surface area. However, in the presence of phosphate, MT showed higher removal of As(V) at low pH rather than did Ti((25))-SBA-15. As expected, the NTAs showed very fast sorption kinetics, but they followed a bi-phasic sorption pattern. PMID:22727482

  6. Biological performance of titania containing phosphate-based glasses for bone tissue engineering applications.

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    Abou Neel, Ensanya Ali; Chrzanowski, Wojciech; Knowles, Jonathan Campbell

    2014-02-01

    The interplay between glass chemistry, structure, degradation kinetics, and biological activity provides flexibility for the development of scaffolds with highly specific cellular response. The aim of this study was therefore to investigate the role of titania inclusion into the phosphate-based glass on its ability to stimulate osteoblast-like human osteosarcoma (HOS) cells to adhere, proliferate and differentiate. In depth morphological and biochemical characterisation was performed on HOS cells cultured on the surface of glass discs. Cell proliferation was also studied in the presence of the glass extract. Cell differentiation, through osteoblast phenotype genes, alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and osteocalcin production, was carried out using normal or osteogenic media. Both Thermanox® and titania free glass were used as controls. The data demonstrated that titania inclusion provides desired cytocompatible surface that supported initial cell attachment, sustained viability, and increased cell proliferation similar or significantly higher than Thermanox®. The modified glasses regulated osteoblastic cell differentiation as detected by osteoblast phenotype gene transcription and upregulated ALP and osteocalcin expression. Using osteogenic media had no significant effect on ALP activity and osteocalcin expression. Therefore, titania modified phosphate glasses may have future use as bone tissue engineering scaffolds. PMID:24411382

  7. NANOSIZE TITANIA STIMULATES REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES IN BRAIN MICROGLIA AND DAMAGES NEURONS.

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    Research that addresses the environmental impact and biological consequences of widely distributed, commonly used nanoparticles is needed. Nanosize titanium dioxide (i.e., titania, TiO2) is used in air and water remediation and in numerous products designed for direct human us...

  8. Sintering and the mechanical properties of the tricalcium phosphate-titania composites.

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    Ayadi, Ibticem; Ben Ayed, Foued

    2015-09-01

    The sintering of the tricalcium phosphate with different percentages of titania was investigated. The samples were characterized by differential thermal analysis, dilatometry analysis, X-Ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy, magic angle scanning nuclear magnetic resonance and scanning electronic microscopy measurements. The samples were examined by using the mechanical properties such as rupture strength, Vickers hardness and elastic modulus. The sintering of the tricalcium phosphate-titania composites indicates the evolution of the microstructure, the densification and the mechanical properties. The performances of the composites increase with both the sintering temperature and the addition of the titania. The highest values of the composites of rupture strength (33 MPa), Vickers hardness (270 Hv), Young׳s modulus (33.1GPa) and shear modulus (15.7 GPa) were obtained after the sintering process with 40 wt% titania at 1200 °C. The increase of these performances is due to the formation of the liquid-phase which helps to fill the pores in the microstructure. Above 40 wt% TiO2, the mechanical properties of the composites are hindered by the exaggerated grain growth formation. PMID:26005844

  9. Use of sol-gel-derived titania coating for direct soft tissue attachment.

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    Areva, Sami; Paldan, Hannu; Peltola, Timo; Närhi, Timo; Jokinen, Mika; Lindén, Mika

    2004-08-01

    A firm bond between an implant and the surrounding soft tissue is important for the performance of many medical devices (e.g., stents, canyls, and dental implants). In this study, the performance of nonresorbable and reactive sol-gel-derived nano-porous titania (TiO(2)) coatings in a soft tissue environment was investigated. A direct attachment between the soft tissue and the sol-gel-derived titania coatings was found in vivo after 2 days of implantation, whereas the titanium control implants showed no evidence of soft tissue attachment. The coated implants were in immediate contact with the connective tissue, whereas the titanium controls formed a gap and a fibrous capsule on the implant-tissue interface. The good soft tissue attachment of titania coatings may result from their ability to initiate calcium phosphate nucleation and growth on their surfaces (although the formation of poorly crystalline bonelike apatite does not occur). Thus, the formation of a bonelike CaP layer is not crucial for their integration in soft tissue. The formation of bonelike apatite was hindered by the adsorption of proteins onto the initially formed amorphous calcium phosphate growth centers, thus preventing the dissolution/reprecipitation processes required for the formation of poorly crystalline bonelike apatite. These findings might open novel application areas for sol-gel-derived titania-based coatings. PMID:15227661

  10. Divalent ion encapsulated nano titania on Ti metal as a bioactive surface with enhanced protein adsorption.

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    Anbazhagan, Esaitamil; Rajendran, Archana; Natarajan, Duraipandy; Kiran, M S; Pattanayak, Deepak K

    2016-07-01

    A novel approach on incorporation of divalent species such as Mg, Ca and Sr into the titania nanostructures formed on Ti metal surface and their comparative study on enhancement of bioactivity, protein adsorption and cell compatibility is reported. When treated with hydrogen peroxide, Ti metal forms hydrogen titanate. On subsequent treatment with Mg or Ca or Sr nitrate solutions, respective ions are incorporated into hydrogen titanate layer, and heat treatment leads to titania decorated with these ions. The resultant heat-treated samples when soaked in simulated body fluid form bone-like apatite which indicates the present surface modification enhances the bioactivity. Further, enhanced protein adsorption in bovine serum albumin is an indication of suitability of these divalent species to form chelate compounds with amino acids, and Ca containing titania nanostructure favours more protein adsorption compared to the others. Cytocompatibility studies using MG-63, human osteosarcoma cell lines shows these divalent ion containing titania nanostructure favours the cell attachment and did not show any cytotoxicity. Bioactivity, enhanced protein adsorption along with cytocompatibility clearly indicates such surface modification approach to be useful to design hard tissue replacement materials in orthopaedic and dental field. PMID:27011351

  11. HOT ELUENT CAPILLARY LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY USING ZIRCONIA AND TITANIA BASED STATIONARY PHASES. (R825344)

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    Abstract

    High speed capillary liquid chromatographic separations using a simple home made system constructed from readily available inexpensive components have been studied. Using thermally stable zirconia and titania based packing, the separation of eight alkylbenzene...

  12. Influence of pH on the formulation of TiO2 powder prepared by co-precipitation of TiCl3 and photocatalytic activity

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    Yudoyono, Gatut; Zharvan, Vicran; Ichzan, Nur; Daniyati, Rizqa; Indarto, Bachtera; Pramono, Yono Hadi; Zainuri, Mochamad; Darminto

    2016-02-01

    Titanium dioxide (titania) nanoparticle were synthesized by coprecipitation process of titanium trichloride (TiCl3) in aqueous medium, with NH4OH as pH regulator. The pH solution was varied during the synthesis process between pH 3-8.4, and all samples were calcined temperature at 400°C for 3 hours. Characteristics and properties of the TiO2 powder were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). XRD results show that the single-phase rutile formed when the pH is less than 5, anatase single phase formed began pH 8, and the pH of the solution between 5-8 formed mixed phase rutile-anatase-brookite, rutile-brookite or anatase-brookite. Methylene Blue (MB) photodegradation test were performed in order to evaluate photocatalytic activity. Nanoparticles TiO2 rutile, anatase phase, and mixed phase rutile-brookite, anatase-brookite used to test the photocatalytic activity by measuring the absorbance spectrum photodegradation using UV-Vis spectrometer. The test results showed that the mixture phase of rutile-brookite provide the greatest photodegradation than other phases.

  13. Preparation of magnetic photocatalyst nanoparticles—TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Mn–Zn ferrite—and its photocatalytic activity influenced by silica interlayer

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    Laohhasurayotin, Kritapas; Pookboonmee, Sudarat; Viboonratanasri, Duangkamon; Kangwansupamonkon, Wiyong

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: ► TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Mn–Zn ferrite acts as magnetic photocatalyst nanoparticle. ► SiO{sub 2} interlayer is used to prevent electron migration between photocatalyst and magnetic core. ► TiO{sub 2}/Mn–Zn ferrite without SiO{sub 2} interlayer shows poor magnetic and photocatalytic property. -- Abstract: A magnetic photocatalyst, TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Mn–Zn ferrite, was prepared by stepwise synthesis involving the co-precipitation of Mn–Zn ferrite as a magnetic core, followed by a coating of silica as the interlayer, and titania as the top layer. The particle size and distribution of magnetic nanoparticles were found to depend on the addition rate of reagent and dispersing rate of reaction. The X-ray diffractometer and transmission electron microscope were used to examine the crystal structures and the morphologies of the prepared composites. Vibrating sample magnetometer was also used to reveal their superparamagnetic property. The UV–Vis spectrophotometer was employed to monitor the decomposition of methylene blue in the photocatalytic efficient study. It was found that at least a minimum thickness of the silica interlayer around 20 nm was necessary for the inhibition of electron transference initiated by TiO{sub 2} and Mn–Zn ferrite.

  14. Modulation of pore sizes of titanium dioxide photocatalysts by a facile template free hydrothermal synthesis method: implications for photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B.

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    Rasalingam, Shivatharsiny; Wu, Chia-Ming; Koodali, Ranjit T

    2015-02-25

    Mesoporous TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared in ethanol media by using relatively green, template free sol-gel technique. A mild hydrothermal treatment procedure was employed to tune the pore sizes of the materials. Comprehensive techniques that include powder X-ray diffraction, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, specific surface area analysis, electron microscopy, FT-IR, TGA, and ζ-potential measurements were used to characterize the titania materials. Porosity (pore size and pore volume) of the materials were found to be key factors for the variation in the rate of photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B; in addition to specific surface area, and surface hydroxyl groups. An increase in porosity permits effective transport of the dye molecules resulting in an increase in the rate of the degradation in materials having larger pores. A detailed electrospray ionization-mass spectrometric (ESI-MS) study was carried out for selected materials to identify photodegraded intermediates and products formed during the degradation of rhodamine B. In addition, experiments were also carried out to understand the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS). In summary, this work provides a simple way to tune pore sizes without the use of any template and an insight into the influence of pore size for the photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B. PMID:25633643

  15. Photocatalytic degradation of an azo dye Sunset Yellow under UV-A light using TiO2/CAC composite catalysts

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    Rajamanickam, D.; Shanthi, M.

    2014-07-01

    The photocatalytic activity and the promoting effect of titania (TiO2) by commercial activated carbon (CAC) for removing the pollutant in wastewater were investigated. The TiO2/CAC composite photocatalysts with various ratios of CAC to TiO2 were prepared by sol-gel method. The catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscope (HR-SEM), energy dispersive spectra (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence spectra (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurement methods. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2/CAC was investigated for the degradation of Sunset Yellow (SY) in aqueous solution using UV-A light. The TiO2/CAC is found to be more efficient than prepared TiO2 and TiO2-P25 at pH 7 for the mineralization of SY. The synergism between TiO2 and CAC may increase the catalytic activity. The effects of operational parameters such as the amount of photocatalyst, dye concentration and initial pH on photo mineralization of SY have been analyzed. The mineralization of SY has been confirmed by COD measurements. The catalyst is found to be reusable.

  16. Palladium nanoparticles anchored to anatase TiO2 for enhanced surface plasmon resonance-stimulated, visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity

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    Leong, Kah Hon; Chu, Hong Ye; Ibrahim, Shaliza

    2015-01-01

    Summary Freely assembled palladium nanoparticles (Pd NPs) on titania (TiO2) nano photocatalysts were successfully synthesized through a photodeposition method using natural sunlight. This synthesized heterogeneous photocatalyst (Pd/TiO2) was characterized through field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), BET surface area, UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-DRS), Raman and photoluminescence (PL) analyses. The simple and smart synthesis anchored well the deposition with controlled Pd NPs size ranging between 17 and 29 nm onto the surface of TiO2. Thus, it gives the characteristic for Pd NPs to absorb light in the visible region obtained through localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPRs). Apparently, the photocatalytic activity of the prepared photocatalysts was evaluated by degrading the endocrine disrupting compound (EDC) amoxicillin (AMX) excited under an artificial visible light source. In the preliminary run, almost complete degradation (97.5%) was achieved in 5 h with 0.5 wt % Pd loading and the degradation followed pseudo-first-order kinetics. The reusability trend proved the photostability of the prepared photocatalysts. Hence, the study provides a new insight about the modification of TiO2 with noble metals in order to enhance the absorption in the visible-light region for superior photocatalytic performance. PMID:25821683

  17. Titania-silica mixed oxides. II. Catalytic behaviour in olefin epoxidation

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    Hutter, R.; Mallat, T.; Baiker, A.

    1995-04-15

    Various titania-silica aerogels prepared by an alkoxide-sol-gel route have been tested in the epoxidation of bulky olefins using cumene hydroperoxide as oxidant. The drying method, the titanium content between 2 and 20 wt%, and the calcination temperature between 473 and 1073 K were the most important preparation parameters, influencing the catalytic behaviour of the aerogels. The aerogels dried by semicontinuous extraction with supercritical CO{sub 2} at low temperature (LT aerogel) were found to be much more efficient epoxidation catalysts than aerogels prepared by high-temperature supercritical drying and conventionally dried xerogels. The reaction rate of cyclohexene epoxidation over LT aerogels increased monotonically with increasing Ti content. In the range of 333-363 K the catalysts containing 20 wt% TiO{sub 2} (20LT) showed high activity and selectivity (79-93% to peroxide and 87-100% to epoxide) in the oxidation of various cyclic olefins, including cyclododecene, norbornene, cyclohexene, and limonene. Catalytic experiments, FTIR, and UV-vis spectroscopy indicated that the LT aerogels consist of two different types of active species: titanium well-dispersed in the silica matrix and titania nanodomains. The key factors determining the activity and selectivity of sol-gel titania-silica catalysts are the morphology (surface area and pore size) and the relative proportions of Ti-O-Si and Ti-O-Ti structural parts. A comparative study of the epoxidation of cyclohexene, cyclododecene, and norbornene over structurally different titania-silica catalysts, indicates that 20LT shows better catalytic behaviour in these reactions than Ti zeolites and silica-supported titania. 46 refs., 12 figs., 3 tabs.

  18. Correlation of lattice defects and thermal processing in the crystallization of titania nanotube arrays

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    Hosseinpour, Pegah M.; Yung, Daniel; Panaitescu, Eugen; Heiman, Don; Menon, Latika; Budil, David; Lewis, Laura H.

    2014-12-01

    Titania nanotubes have the potential to be employed in a wide range of energy-related applications such as solar energy-harvesting devices and hydrogen production. As the functionality of titania nanostructures is critically affected by their morphology and crystallinity, it is necessary to understand and control these factors in order to engineer useful materials for green applications. In this study, electrochemically-synthesized titania nanotube arrays were thermally processed in inert and reducing environments to isolate the role of post-synthesis processing conditions on the crystallization behavior, electronic structure and morphology development in titania nanotubes, correlated with the nanotube functionality. Structural and calorimetric studies revealed that as-synthesized amorphous nanotubes crystallize to form the anatase structure in a three-stage process that is facilitated by the creation of structural defects. It is concluded that processing in a reducing gas atmosphere versus in an inert environment provides a larger unit cell volume and a higher concentration of Ti3+ associated with oxygen vacancies, thereby reducing the activation energy of crystallization. Further, post-synthesis annealing in either reducing or inert atmospheres produces pronounced morphological changes, confirming that the nanotube arrays thermally transform into a porous morphology consisting of a fragmented tubular architecture surrounded by a network of connected nanoparticles. This study links explicit data concerning morphology, crystallization and defects, and shows that the annealing gas environment determines the details of the crystal structure, the electronic structure and the morphology of titania nanotubes. These factors, in turn, impact the charge transport and consequently the functionality of these nanotubes as photocatalysts.

  19. Hafnia-rich mixed oxide ceramics of the system HfO2-ZrO2-TiO2 for heaters and heat exchangers in electrothermal thrusters: The effects of titania on selected electrical and mechanical properties of Hafnia-rich mixed oxides in the system Hafnia-Zirconia-Titania, volume 1

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    Staszak, Paul Russell; Wirtz, G. P.; Berg, M.; Brown, S. D.

    1988-01-01

    A study of the effects of titania on selected properties of hafnia-rich mixed oxides in the system hafnia-zirconia-titania (HZT) was made in the region 5 to 20 mol percent titania. The studied properties included electrical conductivity, thermal expansion, and fracture strength and toughness. The effects of titania on the properties were studied for the reduced state as well as the oxidized state of the sintered mixed oxides. X-ray analysis showed that the materials were not always single phase. The oxidized compositions went from being monoclinic solid solutions at low titania additions to having three phases (two monoclinic and a titanate phase) at high additions of titania. The reduced compositions showed an increasing cubic phase presence mixed with the monoclinic phase as titania was added. The electrical conductivity increased with temperature at approximately 0.1 mhos/cm at 1700 C for all compositions. The thermal expansion coefficient decreased with increasing titania as did the monoclinic to tetragonal transformation temperature. The fracture strength of the oxidized bars tended to decrease with the addition of titania owing to the presence of the second phase titania. The fracture strength of the reduced bars exhibited a minimum corresponding to a two-phase region of monoclinic and cubic phases. When the second phases were suppressed, the titania tended to increase the fracture strength slightly in both the oxidized and reduced states. The fracture toughness followed similar trends.

  20. Photocatalytic reduction synthesis of SrTiO3-graphene nanocomposites and their enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    2014-01-01

    SrTiO3-graphene nanocomposites were prepared via photocatalytic reduction of graphene oxide by UV light-irradiated SrTiO3 nanoparticles. Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy analysis indicates that graphene oxide is reduced into graphene. Transmission electron microscope observation shows that SrTiO3 nanoparticles are well assembled onto graphene sheets. The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared SrTiO3-graphene composites was evaluated by the degradation of acid orange 7 (AO7) under a 254-nm UV irradiation, revealing that the composites exhibit significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to the bare SrTiO3 nanoparticles. This can be explained by the fact that photogenerated electrons are captured by graphene, leading to an increased separation and availability of electrons and holes for the photocatalytic reaction. Hydroxyl (·OH) radicals were detected by the photoluminescence technique using terephthalic acid as a probe molecule and were found to be produced over the irradiated SrTiO3 nanoparticles and SrTiO3-graphene composites; especially, an enhanced yield is observed for the latter. The influence of ethanol, KI, and N2 on the photocatalytic efficiency was also investigated. Based on the experimental results, ·OH, h+, and H2O2 are suggested to be the main active species in the photocatalytic degradation of AO7 by SrTiO3-graphene composites. PACS 61.46. + w; 78.67.Bf; 78.66.Sq PMID:25050089

  1. Hierarchical Heterogeneity at the CeO x –TiO 2 Interface: Electronic and Geometric Structural Influence on the Photocatalytic Activity of Oxide on Oxide Nanostructures

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    Luo, Si; Nguyen-Phan, Thuy-Duong; Johnston-Peck, Aaron C.; Barrio, Laura; Sallis, Shawn; Arena, Dario A.; Kundu, Shankhamala; Xu, Wenqian; Piper, Louis F. J.; Stach, Eric A.; et al

    2015-01-13

    Mixed oxide interfaces are critical for delivering active components of demanding catalytic processes such as the photo-catalytic splitting of water. We have studied CeOxTiO₂ catalysts with low ceria loadings of 1 wt%, 3 wt% and 6 wt% that were prepared with wet impregnation methods to favor a strong interaction between CeOx and TiO₂. In these materials the interfaces between CeOx-TiO₂ have been sequentially loaded (1%, 3% and 6%), with and without Pt (0.5 wt%). The structure and properties of the catalysts were characterized using several X-ray and electron based techniques including XRD, XPS, UPS, NEXAFS, UV-Vis and HR-STEM/STEM-EELS, to unravelmore » the local morphology, bulk structure, surface states and electronic structure. The combination of all these techniques allow us to analyze in a systematic way the complete structural and electronic properties that prevail at the CeOx-TiO₂ interface. Fluorite structured nano crystallites of ceria on anatase-structured titania were identified by both XRD and NEXAFS. A sequential increasing of the CeOx loading led to the formation of clusters, then plates and finally nano particles in a hierarchical manner on the TiO₂ support. The electronic structures of these catalysts indicate that the interaction between TiO₂ and CeO₂ is closely related to the local morphology of nanostructured CeO₂. Ce³⁺ cations were detected at the surface of CeO₂ and at the interface of the two oxides. In addition, the titania is perturbed by the interaction with ceria and also with Pt. The photocatalytic activity for the splitting of H₂O using UV light was measured for these materials and correlated with our understanding of the electronic and structural properties. Optimal catalytic performance and photo response results were found for the 1 wt% CeOx-TiO₂ catalyst where low dimensional geometry of the ceria provided ideal electronic and geometrical properties. The structural and electronic properties of the interface

  2. Novelties of combustion synthesized titania ultrafiltration membrane in efficient removal of methylene blue dye from aqueous effluent.

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    Doke, Suresh M; Yadav, Ganapati D

    2014-12-01

    In this study, titania nanoparticles were synthesized by combustion and used to make ultrafiltration membrane. Characteristics of titania membranes such as textural evaluation, surface morphology, pure water permeability and protein rejection were investigated. Titania membrane sintered at 450 °C showed pure water permeability 11 × 10−2 L h−1 m−2 kPa−1 and 76% protein rejection. The membrane presented good water flux and retention properties with regards to protein and methylene blue dye. Ultrafiltration process was operated at lower pressure (100 kPa) and showed 99% removal of methylene blue using adsorptive micellar flocculation at sodium dodecyl sulfate concentration below its critical micellar concentration. Ferric chloride was used as the coagulant. The method of making titania membrane and its use are new. These studies can be extended to other dyes and pollutants. PMID:25461945

  3. Photocatalytic Solutions Create Self-Cleaning Surfaces

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    2013-01-01

    A Stennis Space Center researcher investigating the effectiveness of photocatalytic materials for keeping the Center's buildings free of grime turned to a solution created by PURETi Inc. of New York City. Testing proved successful, and NASA and the company now share a Dual Use Technology partnership. PURETi's coatings keep surfaces clean and purify surrounding air, eliminating pollution, odors, and microbes.

  4. Heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of atmospheric trace contaminants

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    Ollis, David F.

    1993-01-01

    The progress report on heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of atmospheric trace contaminants covering the period from 1 May - 31 Oct. 1992 is presented. The two topics discussed are photoreactor monolith fundamental studies and monolith reactor operation: batch recirculation system. Concentration profiles are shown.

  5. Apparatus for photocatalytic treatment of liquids

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    Cooper, Gerald (Inventor); Ratcliff, Matthew A. (Inventor)

    1992-01-01

    Apparatus for decontaminating a contaminated fluid by using photocatalytic particles. The apparatus includes a reactor tank for holding a slurry of the contaminated fluid and the photocatalytic particles ultraviolet light irradiates the surface of the slurry, thereby activating the photocatalytic properties of the particles. Stirring blades for continuously agitate the irradiated fluid surface maintaining the particles in a suspended state within the fluid. A cross flow filter is used for separating the fluid from the semiconductor powder after the decomposition reaction is ended. The cross flow filter is occasionally back flushed to remove any caked semiconductor powder. The semiconductor powder may be recirculated back to the tank for reuse, or may be stored for future use. A series of reactor tanks may be used to gradually decompose a chemical in the fluid. The fluid may be pretreated to remove certain metal ions which interfere with the photocatalytic process. Such pretreatment may be accomplished by dispersing semiconductor particles within the fluid, which particles adsorb ions or photodeposit the metal as the free metal or its insoluble oxide or hydroxide, and then removing the semiconductor particles together with the adsorbed metal ions/oxides/hydroxide/free metal from the fluid.

  6. Synthesis of carbon nanotube/anatase titania composites by a combination of sol-gel and self-assembly at low temperature

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    Hu Changyuan; Zhang Rongfa; Xiang Junhuai; Liu Tingzhi; Li Wenkui; Li Mingsheng; Duo Shuwang; Wei Fei

    2011-05-15

    A simple method is described for the synthesis of carbon nanotube/anatase titania composites by a combination of a sol-gel method with a self-assembly technique at 65 {sup o}C. This method makes use of polyelectrolyte for wrapping multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) and providing them with adsorption sites for electrostatically driven TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle deposition. The composites were characterized using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and photoluminescence for analyzing their crystal phase, microstructure, particle size, and other physicochemical properties. The results showed that MWCNT were covered with an anatase TiO{sub 2} thin layer or surrounded by an anatase TiO{sub 2} thick coating, which is constructed of TiO{sub 2} particles about 6 nm in size. The composites were rich in surface hydroxyl groups. The excited e{sup -} in conduction band of TiO{sub 2} may migrate to MWCNT. Concerning the potential applicability, MWCNT/TiO{sub 2} composites showed excellent photocatalytic activity toward the photodegradation of methyl orange. -- Graphical abstract: MWCNT/anatase TiO{sub 2} composites have been prepared by a combination of a sol-gel method and a self-assembly technique in one step at low temperature without high temperature calcination. Display Omitted Highlights: {yields} MWCNT/anatase TiO{sub 2} composites could be prepared in one-pot at low temperature. {yields} MWCNT were covered with a TiO{sub 2} thin layer or surrounded by a TiO{sub 2} thick coating. {yields} Composites were rich in surface hydroxyl groups. {yields} Composites showed excellent photodegradation activity of methyl orange.

  7. Polymorphic phase transition among the titania crystal structures using a solution-based approach: from precursor chemistry to nucleation process

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    Kumar, S. Girish; Rao, K. S. R. Koteswara

    2014-09-01

    Nanocrystalline titania are a robust candidate for various functional applications owing to its non-toxicity, cheap availability, ease of preparation and exceptional photochemical as well as thermal stability. The uniqueness in each lattice structure of titania leads to multifaceted physico-chemical and opto-electronic properties, which yield different functionalities and thus influence their performances in various green energy applications. The high temperature treatment for crystallizing titania triggers inevitable particle growth and the destruction of delicate nanostructural features. Thus, the preparation of crystalline titania with tunable phase/particle size/morphology at low to moderate temperatures using a solution-based approach has paved the way for further exciting areas of research. In this focused review, titania synthesis from hydrothermal/solvothermal method, conventional sol-gel method and sol-gel-assisted method via ultrasonication, photoillumination and ILs, thermolysis and microemulsion routes are discussed. These wet chemical methods have broader visibility, since multiple reaction parameters, such as precursor chemistry, surfactants, chelating agents, solvents, mineralizer, pH of the solution, aging time, reaction temperature/time, inorganic electrolytes, can be easily manipulated to tune the final physical structure. This review sheds light on the stabilization/phase transformation pathways of titania polymorphs like anatase, rutile, brookite and TiO2(B) under a variety of reaction conditions. The driving force for crystallization arising from complex species in solution coupled with pH of the solution and ion species facilitating the orientation of octahedral resulting in a crystalline phase are reviewed in detail. In addition to titanium halide/alkoxide, the nucleation of titania from other precursors like peroxo and layered titanates are also discussed. The non-aqueous route and ball milling-induced titania transformation is briefly

  8. Polymorphic phase transition among the titania crystal structures using a solution-based approach: from precursor chemistry to nucleation process.

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    Kumar, S Girish; Rao, K S R Koteswara

    2014-10-21

    Nanocrystalline titania are a robust candidate for various functional applications owing to its non-toxicity, cheap availability, ease of preparation and exceptional photochemical as well as thermal stability. The uniqueness in each lattice structure of titania leads to multifaceted physico-chemical and opto-electronic properties, which yield different functionalities and thus influence their performances in various green energy applications. The high temperature treatment for crystallizing titania triggers inevitable particle growth and the destruction of delicate nanostructural features. Thus, the preparation of crystalline titania with tunable phase/particle size/morphology at low to moderate temperatures using a solution-based approach has paved the way for further exciting areas of research. In this focused review, titania synthesis from hydrothermal/solvothermal method, conventional sol-gel method and sol-gel-assisted method via ultrasonication, photoillumination and ILs, thermolysis and microemulsion routes are discussed. These wet chemical methods have broader visibility, since multiple reaction parameters, such as precursor chemistry, surfactants, chelating agents, solvents, mineralizer, pH of the solution, aging time, reaction temperature/time, inorganic electrolytes, can be easily manipulated to tune the final physical structure. This review sheds light on the stabilization/phase transformation pathways of titania polymorphs like anatase, rutile, brookite and TiO2(B) under a variety of reaction conditions. The driving force for crystallization arising from complex species in solution coupled with pH of the solution and ion species facilitating the orientation of octahedral resulting in a crystalline phase are reviewed in detail. In addition to titanium halide/alkoxide, the nucleation of titania from other precursors like peroxo and layered titanates are also discussed. The non-aqueous route and ball milling-induced titania transformation is briefly

  9. Effect of N-doping on the photocatalytic activity of sol-gel TiO2.

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    Nolan, Nicholas T; Synnott, Damian W; Seery, Michael K; Hinder, Steven J; Van Wassenhoven, Axel; Pillai, Suresh C

    2012-04-15

    In order to study the visible light photocatalytic activity of nitrogen doped titanium dioxide, the interaction between nitrogen dopant sources and titania precursors during sol-gel synthesis is investigated. N-TiO(2) was synthesised using the sol-gel method using 1,3-diaminopropane as a nitrogen source. Samples were annealed several temperatures and the percentage of rutile present determined by X-ray diffraction to be 0% (500°C), 46% (600°C), and 94% (700°C). The reducing amounts of anatase at higher temperatures are studied using FTIR, which suggests the absence of any polymeric chains formed by the chelating agents, which would normally extend anatase-to-rutile transformation temperatures. Differential scanning calorimetry shows that crystalliation occurs before 500°C, providing the crystalline form determined by XRD at 500°C. Increased temperature also resulted in diminished visible light absorption capability, with only the 500°C sample showing significant absorption in the visible region. XPS studies revealed that nitrogen remained within the TiO(2) lattice at higher temperatures. Consequent with the reduced visible light absorption capacity, photocatalytic activity also reduced with increased annealing temperature. Degradation kinetics of methylene blue, irradiated with a 60 W house-bulb, resulted in first order degradation rates constants of 0.40 × 10(-2), 0.19 × 10(-2), and 0.22 × 10(-2)min(-1) for 500, 600, and 700°C respectively. Degradation of Degussa P25 was minimal under the same conditions, and that of undoped TiO(2) was 0.02 × 10(-2)min(-1). Similarly, using 4-chlorophenol under solar irradiation conditions, the N-doped sample at 500°C substantially out-performed the undoped sample. These results are discussed in the context of the effect of increasing temperature on the nature of the band gap. PMID:21963170

  10. 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

  11. Correlation of lattice distortion with photocatalytic activity of titanium dioxide

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    Wang Xia; Shui Miao Li Rongsheng; Song Yue

    2008-08-04

    The photocatalytic activity of titanium dioxide dispersions on X-3B pigment degradation has been investigated. A variety of factors that would influence the photocatalytic activity such as crystallite size, lattice distortion, and anatase content are discussed in detail. It is found that lattice distortion is the most important one among these factors and is expected to inhibit the hole and electron pair recombination. It determines, to some extent, the photocatalytic efficiency of titanium dioxide dispersions.

  12. Tungsten-based nanomaterials (WO3 & Bi2WO6): Modifications related to charge carrier transfer mechanisms and photocatalytic applications

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    Girish Kumar, S.; Koteswara Rao, K. S. R.

    2015-11-01

    Heterogeneous photocatalysis is an ideal green energy technology for the purification of wastewater. Although titania dominates as the reference photocatalyst, its wide band gap is a bottleneck for extended utility. Thus, search for non-TiO2 based nanomaterials has become an active area of research in recent years. In this regard, visible light absorbing polycrystalline WO3 (2.4-2.8 eV) and Bi2WO6 (2.8 eV) with versatile structure-electronic properties has gained considerable interest to promote the photocatalytic reactions. These materials are also explored in selective functional group transformation in organic reactions, because of low reduction and oxidation potential of WO3 CB and Bi2WO6 VB, respectively. In this focused review, various strategies such as foreign ion doping, noble metal deposition and heterostructuring with other semiconductors designed for efficient photocatalysis is discussed. These modifications not only extend the optical response to longer wavelengths, but also prolong the life-time of the charge carriers and strengthen the photocatalyst stability. The changes in the surface-bulk properties and the charge carrier transfer dynamics associated with each modification correlating to the high activity are emphasized. The presence of oxidizing agents, surface modification with Cu2+ ions and synthesis of exposed facets to promote the degradation rate is highlighted. In depth study on these nanomaterials is likely to sustain interest in wastewater remediation and envisaged to signify in various green energy applications.

  13. Microwave accelerated synthesis of zinc oxide nanoplates and their enhanced photocatalytic activity under UV and solar illuminations

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    Anas, S.; Rahul, S.; Babitha, K. B.; Mangalaraja, R. V.; Ananthakumar, S.

    2015-11-01

    Photoactive zinc based nanoplates were developed through a rapid microwave synthesis. A low temperature thermolysis reaction in a surfactant medium was initially performed for producing microwave active zinc based polar precursors. Using these precursors, the zinc oxide nanopowder having platelet morphologies were prepared. The nanoplatelets exhibited random growth with non-polar (1 0 1) surface as the major growth plane. The structural and functional features of the resultant zinc oxide samples were monitored using XRD, FTIR, TEM and PL. The photocatalytic activities of the samples were investigated through the standard photoreduction kinetics using the methylene blue dye. The catalytic efficiencies of the samples were checked both under UV and sunlight. A comparative study was also performed with the standard TiO2 sample. The analyses revealed that the microwave derived zinc oxide have higher catalytic efficiency, than the standard titania samples, both under UV and sunlight illuminations. The unique nature of the zinc oxide non-polar surfaces can be attributed due to the presence of more active two dimensional open surfaces and the higher content of oxygen defect concentrations.

  14. New nanostructured silica incorporated with isolated Ti material for the photocatalytic conversion of CO2 to fuels

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    Akhter, Parveen; Hussain, Murid; Saracco, Guido; Russo, Nunzio

    2014-04-01

    In this work, new nanoporous silica (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology-6 (KIT-6)-dried or KIT-6-calcined) incorporated with isolated Ti materials with different Si/Ti ratios (Si/Ti = 200, 100, and 50) has been synthesized and investigated to establish photocatalytic reduction of CO2 in the presence of H2O vapors. The properties of the materials have been characterized through N2 adsorption/desorption, UV-vis, TEM, FT-IR, and XPS analysis techniques. The intermediate amount of the isolated Ti (Si/Ti = 100) has resulted to be more uniformly distributed on the surface and within the three-dimensional pore structure of the KIT-6 material, without its structure collapsing, than the other two ratios (Si/Ti = 200 and 50). However, titania agglomerates have been observed to have formed due to the increased Ti content (Si/Ti = 50). The Ti-KIT-6 (calcined) materials in the reaction showed higher activity than the Ti-KIT-6 (dried) materials, which produced CH4, H2, CO, and CH3OH (vapors) as fuel products. The Ti-KIT-6 (Si/Ti = 100) material also showed more OH groups, which are useful to obtain a higher production rate of the products, particularly methane, which was even higher than the rate of the best commercial TiO2 (Aeroxide P25, Evonik Industries AG, Essen, Germany) photocatalyst.

  15. New nanostructured silica incorporated with isolated Ti material for the photocatalytic conversion of CO2 to fuels

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    2014-01-01

    In this work, new nanoporous silica (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology-6 (KIT-6)-dried or KIT-6-calcined) incorporated with isolated Ti materials with different Si/Ti ratios (Si/Ti = 200, 100, and 50) has been synthesized and investigated to establish photocatalytic reduction of CO2 in the presence of H2O vapors. The properties of the materials have been characterized through N2 adsorption/desorption, UV-vis, TEM, FT-IR, and XPS analysis techniques. The intermediate amount of the isolated Ti (Si/Ti = 100) has resulted to be more uniformly distributed on the surface and within the three-dimensional pore structure of the KIT-6 material, without its structure collapsing, than the other two ratios (Si/Ti = 200 and 50). However, titania agglomerates have been observed to have formed due to the increased Ti content (Si/Ti = 50). The Ti-KIT-6 (calcined) materials in the reaction showed higher activity than the Ti-KIT-6 (dried) materials, which produced CH4, H2, CO, and CH3OH (vapors) as fuel products. The Ti-KIT-6 (Si/Ti = 100) material also showed more OH groups, which are useful to obtain a higher production rate of the products, particularly methane, which was even higher than the rate of the best commercial TiO2 (Aeroxide P25, Evonik Industries AG, Essen, Germany) photocatalyst. PMID:24690396

  16. Development of a Novel Titania Slag Upgrading Process Using Titanium Tetrachloride

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    Kang, Jungshin; Okabe, Toru H.

    2016-02-01

    In order to remove iron from titania slag for the production of high-grade titanium dioxide (TiO2), a novel slag upgrading process was developed based on a selective chlorination method. In the experiments, various types of suitably pretreated slag reacted with titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) as a chlorinating agent at 1100 K (827 °C) for 5 hours in the presence of carbon. Once the reaction had reached completion, the iron in the slags was selectively removed as iron chloride (FeCl2) in a dry form. As a result, the mass percent of iron decreased from 13.9 to 0.21 pct (nominal, excluding oxygen) and the mass percent of titanium increased from 78.1 to 96.0 pct (nominal, excluding oxygen) under certain conditions. Therefore, this selective chlorination process using TiCl4 is considered a feasible approach for the upgrading of titania slag.

  17. Effect of titania on the characteristics of a Tin-Platinum catalyst

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    Morales-Gil, P.; Nava, N.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.

    2015-06-01

    Pt-Sn bimetallic catalysts dispersed on alumina are commonly used for reforming and dehydrogenation reactions. In this research work, Pt and Sn were supported on titania. The resulting interactions between the components in the prepared samples, before and after treatment with hydrogen, were studied by Mössbauer spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement. The results show the presence of Pt and SnO2 after calcinations. After the reduction process, metallic Pt, PtSn, and Pt3Sn alloys were identified. The Rietveld refinement analysis shows that some Ti4+ atoms were replaced by Sn4+ atoms in the titania structure. Finally, the Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction results indicate that metallic platinum and SnO2 are encapsulated by a TiOx layer.

  18. Narrow-band spectrophotometry of Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, Oberon, and Triton

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    Johnson, P. E.; Greene, T. F.; Shorthill, R. W.

    1978-01-01

    The spectral reflectances of Ariel, Umbriel, Titania, Oberon, and Triton were measured in 28 bandpasses between lambda 326 and lambda 976 nm on the night of 28/29 June 1974. These observations were made with the 200-in. Hale telescope and multichannel spectrometer. Bandpasses of 8 nm from lambda 326 to lambda 566 nm and 16 nm from lambda 592 to lambda 976 nm were employed. The spectral reflectances of Ariel, Oberon, and Titania increase from lambda 342 to lambda 534 nm and are relatively flat from lambda 550 to lambda 976 nm. Umbriel's reflectance decreases monotonically with increasing wavelength through the entire range of measured wavelengths. Triton is found to have a constant spectral reflectance.

  19. Characterization of vanadium-doped mesoporous titania and its adsorption of gaseous benzene

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    Nguyen-Phan, Thuy-Duong; Song, Myoung Bock; Yun, Hyunran; Kim, Eui Jung; Oh, Eun-Suok; Shin, Eun Woo

    2011-01-01

    A series of vanadium-doped mesoporous titania with different metal contents was synthesized in the study via a sol-gel process with the assistance of a dodecylamine surfactant. The existence of vanadium ions not only suppressed crystallization and sintering but also enhanced the porosity of the mesoporous TiO 2. Varying the vanadium concentration led to significant changes in the chemical oxidation state of each component. The presence of metal dopants significantly improved the removal efficiency of benzene and the doping the titania with 5 mol% vanadium removed the most benzene, regardless of the adsorption temperature. The adsorption behavior was elucidated by the specific surface area, the interactions between surface hydroxyl groups and the π-electrons of benzene, and the formation of σ-bonding and d-π* back-donation between the adsorbent and organic compounds.

  20. Study of phase transformation and microstructure of alcohol washed titania nanoparticles for thermal stability

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    Kaur, Manpreet Singh, Gaganjot; Bimbraw, Keshav; Uniyal, Poonam

    2015-08-28

    Nanostructured titania have been successfully synthesized by hydrolysis of alkoxide at calcination temperatures 500 °C, 600 °C and 700 °C. As the calcination temperature increases, alcohol washed samples show lesser rutile content as compared to water washed samples. Morphology and Particle sizes was determined by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), while thermogravimetric-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC) was used to determine thermal stability. Alcohol washed samples undergo 30% weight loss whereas 16% in water washed samples was observed. The mean particle sizes were found to be increase from 37 nm to 100.9 nm and 35.3 nm to 55.2 nm for water and alcohol washed samples respectively. Hydrolysis of alkoxide was shown to be an effective means to prepare thermally stable titania by using alcohol washed samples as a precursor.