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  1. [Preparation of weak light driven TiO2 multi composite photocatalysts via adsorption phase synthesis].

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    Wang, Ting; Zhu, Yi-Chen; Sun, Zhi-Xuan; Wu, Li-Guang

    2015-02-01

    Photodegradation of pollutions by TiO2 under irradiation of weak UV and visible lights was one of the key points to expand the application of heterogeneous photocatalysis. Based on the adsorption phase synthesis, N doping and co-doping with N and Fe2O3 were employed to prepare TiO2 multi composite photocatalysts. The activity of these photocatalyts was evaluated by photodegradation of methyl-orange illuminated under weak UV and visible lights. Via UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectra, the effects on the light absorption and visible response expansion of catalysts caused by different conditions were explored, such as sintering temperature, doping content of N and co-doping. Followed that, the changes in the photocatalytic activities were studied under the irradiation of weak light. The results showed that, N doping could enhance the light absorption of the catalysts, thus significantly enhanced their photocatalytic activity illuminated under UV weak light. All N-doped photocatalysts had a higher activity than the commercial available P25 photocatalyst. The visible response of catalysts was expanded little caused by N doping, thereby most catalysts doped by single N element had no activity illuminated by weak visible light. Only the catalyst doped with 5% of N element showed a weak activity after calcined at 900 degrees C . Due to the synergy effects between N doping and Fe2O3 coupling, co-doping did not only enhance the light absorption of the catalysts, but also significantly expanded the visible response of catalysts. So, co-doped catalysts showed a good catalytic activity when excited by weak visible light. PMID:26031083

  2. [Characterization and photocatalytic activity of Ni-doped tiO2 nano photocatalysts prepared by low temperature combustion synthesis].

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    Liu, Chao; Tang, Xin-Hu; Mo, Ce-Hui; Wang, Jun

    2006-11-01

    Ni-doped TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by low temperature combustion synthesis and some properties, such as optical absorption, crystal type, grain size distribution and chemistry transformation during temperature rising were characterized by UV-Vis DRS, X-ray diffraction (XRD), laser light dispersion grain size measurement machine and TG-DSC respectively. The photocatalytic activities of the prepared photocatalysts under visible light irradiation were evaluated by monitoring the degradation of methylene blue dye, a probe pollutant. The results indicate that the Ni-doped TiO2 photocatalysts prepared by low temperature combustion synthesis shift the optical absorption threshold to visible light, the band gap of 0.4 Ni-TiO2 (atomic ratio) is 2.3 eV, which corresponds to a 564 nm threshold in the visible light range. The crystal type of photocatalyst is anatase TiO2 and the content of NiTiO3 rise with the increase of Ni dopant. The grain size of photocatalyst distributes from 50 to 150nm, which account for 96.9% of entire quantity. During temperature rising, the TiO2 phase in photocatalyst transforms from amorphous structure to anatase and NiTiO3 crystallites appear at 445.2 degrees C. After 150 min visible light irradiation, 93.9% of methylene blue dye are degraded over 0.4 Ni-TiO2 photocatalyst. The photocatalytic activity of Ni doped TiO2 is higher than that of P25 under identical conditions. PMID:17326417

  3. Synthesis of rare earth doped TiO2 nanorods as photocatalysts for lignin degradation

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    Song, Liang; Zhao, Xueyuan; Cao, Lixin; Moon, Ji-Won; Gu, Baohua; Wang, Wei

    2015-10-01

    A two-step process is developed to synthesize rare earth doped titania nanorods (RE-TiO2 NRs) as photocatalysts for efficient degradation of lignin under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this approach, protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structures were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, and rare earth metal ions were subsequently bound to the negatively charged surface of the synthesized titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The as-synthesized RE-TiO2 NRs after calcination generally showed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies than those of undoped TiO2 NRs or the commercial P25 TiO2 photocatalyst. Using methyl orange (MO) as a probing molecule, we demonstrate that Eu-TiO2 NRs are among the best for degrading MO, with an observed rate constant of 4.2 × 10-3 s-1. The La3+, Sm3+, Eu3+ and Er3+ doped TiO2 NRs also showed higher photocatalytic efficiencies in degrading MO than the commercial P25 TiO2. We further demonstrate that lignin can be photodegraded effectively and rapidly at room temperature under simulated sunlight through two reaction routes, which could be important in controlling ways of lignin depolymerization or the formation of reaction products.A two-step process is developed to synthesize rare earth doped titania nanorods (RE-TiO2 NRs) as photocatalysts for efficient degradation of lignin under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this approach, protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structures were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, and rare earth metal ions were subsequently bound to the negatively charged surface of the synthesized titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The as-synthesized RE-TiO2 NRs after calcination generally showed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies than those of undoped TiO2 NRs or the commercial P25 TiO2 photocatalyst. Using methyl orange (MO) as a probing molecule, we demonstrate that Eu-TiO2 NRs are among the best for degrading MO, with an observed rate constant of 4.2 × 10-3 s-1

  4. Synthesis of rare earth doped TiO2 nanorods as photocatalysts for lignin degradation

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    Song, Liang; Zhao, Xueyuan; Cao, Lixin; Moon, Ji-Won; Gu, Baohua; Wang, Wei

    2015-09-10

    In this paper, a two-step process is developed to synthesize rare earth doped titania nanorods (RE–TiO2 NRs) as photocatalysts for efficient degradation of lignin under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this approach, protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structures were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, and rare earth metal ions were subsequently bound to the negatively charged surface of the synthesized titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The as-synthesized RE–TiO2 NRs after calcination generally showed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies than those of undoped TiO2 NRs or the commercial P25 TiO2 photocatalyst. Using methyl orange (MO) as a probing molecule, we demonstrate that Eu–TiO2more » NRs are among the best for degrading MO, with an observed rate constant of 4.2 × 10-3 s-1. The La3+, Sm3+, Eu3+ and Er3+ doped TiO2 NRs also showed higher photocatalytic efficiencies in degrading MO than the commercial P25 TiO2. Finally, we further demonstrate that lignin can be photodegraded effectively and rapidly at room temperature under simulated sunlight through two reaction routes, which could be important in controlling ways of lignin depolymerization or the formation of reaction products.« less

  5. Synthesis of rare earth doped TiO2 nanorods as photocatalysts for lignin degradation.

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    Song, Liang; Zhao, Xueyuan; Cao, Lixin; Moon, Ji-Won; Gu, Baohua; Wang, Wei

    2015-10-28

    A two-step process is developed to synthesize rare earth doped titania nanorods (RE-TiO2 NRs) as photocatalysts for efficient degradation of lignin under simulated sunlight irradiation. In this approach, protonated titanate nanotubes with layered structures were first prepared by a hydrothermal approach, and rare earth metal ions were subsequently bound to the negatively charged surface of the synthesized titanate via electrostatic incorporation. The as-synthesized RE-TiO2 NRs after calcination generally showed much higher photocatalytic efficiencies than those of undoped TiO2 NRs or the commercial P25 TiO2 photocatalyst. Using methyl orange (MO) as a probing molecule, we demonstrate that Eu-TiO2 NRs are among the best for degrading MO, with an observed rate constant of 4.2 × 10(-3) s(-1). The La(3+), Sm(3+), Eu(3+) and Er(3+) doped TiO2 NRs also showed higher photocatalytic efficiencies in degrading MO than the commercial P25 TiO2. We further demonstrate that lignin can be photodegraded effectively and rapidly at room temperature under simulated sunlight through two reaction routes, which could be important in controlling ways of lignin depolymerization or the formation of reaction products. PMID:26400095

  6. Novel TiO2/C nanocomposites: synthesis, characterization, and application as a photocatalyst for the degradation of organic pollutants.

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    da Costa, Elias; Zamora, Patricio P; Zarbin, Aldo J G

    2012-02-15

    Novel TiO(2)/carbon nanocomposites were prepared through the pyrolysis of TiO(2)/poly(furfuryl alcohol) hybrid materials, which were obtained by the sol-gel method, starting from titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and furfuryl alcohol (FA) precursors. Six different TiO(2)/C samples were prepared based on different TiO(2) nanoparticle sizes and TiO(2)/FA ratios. All of the samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction, infrared, and Raman spectroscopy. The results indicated effective FA polymerization onto the TiO(2) (anatase) nanoparticles, polymer conversion to disordered carbon following the pyrolysis, and a simultaneous TiO(2) anatase-rutile phase transition. The resulting TiO(2)/carbon composites were used as photocatalysts in the advanced oxidative process (AOP) for the degradation of reactive organic dyes in aqueous solution. The results indicate excellent photocatalytic performance (degradation of 99% of the dye after 60 min) with several advantages over traditional TiO(2)-based photocatalysts. PMID:22056275

  7. Sonochemical synthesis of TiO(2 nanoparticles on graphene for use as photocatalyst.

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    Guo, Jingjing; Zhu, Shenmin; Chen, Zhixin; Li, Yao; Yu, Ziyong; Liu, Qinglei; Li, Jingbo; Feng, Chuanliang; Zhang, Di

    2011-09-01

    Using ultrasonication we succeed in a controlled incorporation of TiO(2) nanoparticles on the graphene layers homogeneously in a few hours. The average size of the TiO(2) nanoparticles was controlled at around 4-5 nm on the sheets without using any surfactant, which is attributed to the pyrolysis and condensation of the dissolved TiCl(4) into TiO(2) by ultrasonic waves. The photocatalytic activity of the resultant graphene-TiO(2) composites containing 25 wt.% TiO(2) is better than that of commercial pure TiO(2). This is partly due to the extremely small size of the TiO(2) nanoparticles and partly due to the graphene-TiO(2) composite structure consisting of homogeneous dispersion of crystalline TiO(2) nanoparticles on the graphene sheets. As the graphene in the composites has a very good contact with the TiO(2) nanoparticles it enhances the photo-electron conversion of TiO(2) by reducing the recombination of photo-generated electron-hole pairs. PMID:21482166

  8. Synthesis of N-doped TiO2 Using Guanidine Nitrate: An Excellent Visible Light Photocatalyst

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    An excellent visible light active nitrogen-rich TiO2 photocatalyst have been synthesized by using guanidine nitrate as the doping material. The catalytic efficiency of the catalyst has been demonstrated by the decomposition of the dye, methyl orange (MO), and the pollutant, 2,4 d...

  9. Synthesis of nanostructured TiO2/SiO2 as an effective photocatalyst for degradation of acid orange

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    Cetinkaya, Tugrul; Neuwirthová, Lucie; Kutláková, Kateřina M.; Tomášek, Vladimír; Akbulut, Hatem

    2013-08-01

    TiO2/SiO2 composites were produced as photocatalysts both by hydrolysis of TiCl4 and from TiO2 suspension prepared by hydrolysis of TiCl4. TiO2/SiO2 composites were dried at 70 °C and calcinated at 400 °C and 600 °C to investigate the effect of calcination temperature on the phase transformation of TiO2 structure. Photocatalytic effects of produced TiO2/SiO2 composites were measured against degradation of acid orange 7 (AO7) by UV-vis spectroscopy. The chemical compositions of produced samples were studied by X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technique. The composite structures were analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) facilities to reveal the surface morphology and their phase structures. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) was conducted to understand the elemental surface composition of composites. Photocatalytic activity of composites normalized with surface area, and TiO2/SiO2 composite produced by TiO2 suspension prepared by hydrolysis of TiCl4 and calcinated at 600 °C indicated 40% photocatalytic degradation of AO7 after 2 h under UV radiation.

  10. Hydrothermal synthesis of Fe-doped TiO2 nanostructure photocatalyst

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    Nghia Nguyen, Van; Khoa Truong Nguyen, Ngoc; Nguyen, Phi Hung

    2011-09-01

    Fe-doped TiO2 catalyst was prepared by the hydrothermal method. The resulting nanopowders were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and Raman and UV-visible spectroscopies. The photocatalytic activity of the Fe-doped TiO2 was tested by decomposition of methylene orange with a concentration of 10 mg l‑1 in aqueous solution. The obtained results showed that methylene orange was significantly degraded after irradiation for 90 min under a halogen lamp and sunlight. The doping effect on the photocatalytic activity of the iron-doped catalyst samples are discussed.

  11. Synthesis of molecularly imprinted photocatalysts containing low TiO2 loading: Evaluation for the degradation of pharmaceuticals.

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    de Escobar, Cícero Coelho; Lansarin, Marla Azário; dos Santos, João Henrique Zimnoch

    2016-04-01

    A molecularly imprinted (MI) photocatalyst containing a low TiO2 loading (7.00-16.60mgL(-1) of TiO2) was prepared via an acid-catalyzed sol-gel route using different classes of pharmaceutical compounds (i.e., Atorvastatin, Diclofenac, Ibuprofen, Tioconazole, Valsartan, Ketoconazole and Gentamicine) as the template. Herein, our main goal was to test the hypothesis that photocatalysts based on molecular imprinting may improve the degradation performance of pharmaceutical compounds compared to that of a commercial sample (Degussa P25) due to presence of specific cavities in the silica domain. To elucidate certain trends between the performance of photocatalysts and their structural and textural properties, as well the effect of the structure of the drugs on molecular imprinting, the data were analyzed in terms of pore diameter, pore volume, surface area, zeta potential and six-membered ring percentage of silica. In comparison to the commercial sample (P25), we have shown that adsorption and degradation were enhanced from 48 to 752% and from 5 to 427%, respectively. A comparison with the control system (non-imprinted) indicates that the increased performance of the MI systems was due to the presence of specific cavities on the silica domain, and the textural and structural aspects also support this conclusion. The MI photocatalyst was reusable for seven cycles of reuse in which approximately 60% of its photocatalytic efficiency was preserved for the system containing Diclofenac as the template. PMID:26800507

  12. Optimum calcination temperature in the synthesis of a N-C-S co-doped TiO2 photocatalyst, as monitored by neutron diffraction

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    Rozas, Francisco; Bengtsson, Nicklas; Fabelo, Oscar; Puente, Inés; Castellote, Marta

    2014-11-01

    Calcination of a co-doped (N-C-S) TiO2 photocatalyst has been done following the whole process by neutron diffraction (instrument D1B of the ILL) with the objective of study the transition between two crystalline phases: anatase and rutile in order to find the optimum temperature leading to the coexistence of both for this catalyst whose band gap has been shifted to give activity in the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum. This coexistence is important as it has been established that these catalyst are more efficient than those having only one individual phase. At this respect, it is very important to find the optimum temperature at with synthesis has to be done. In this research it was established that at the heating ramp of 17°C/5 min, the coexistence of both crystalline phases took place within a narrow margin of temperatures between 610°C and 690°C. At higher temperatures only rutile can be identified as the crystalline phase of the TiO2.

  13. Synthesis of C-N-Y tri-doped TiO2 photo-catalyst for MO degradation and characterization

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    Hoseinian-Maleki, F.; Nemati, A.; Joya, Yasir F.

    2015-10-01

    In this research C-N-Y tri-doped TiO2 nanopowders were synthesized by the sol-gel method. The C-N-Y TiO2 photo-catalyst was prepared using hexamine and yttrium nitrate Hexahydrate as the dopant precursors. Methyl-orange (MO) was used to study the photocatalytic performance of the doped TiO2 under UV irradiation. The synthesized samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Transmission electron microscopy, Photoluminescence and Field emission scanning electron microscopy. The tri-doped sample with 8% N, 0.4% Y and 1.5% C exhibited enhanced photocatalytic efficiencies. After 100 min of irradiation with UV light, 87% of MO was decomposed by C-N-Y tri-doped TiO2 sample. It is suggested that the co-activity of C and N could make the intra-gap localized states above the valence band of TiO2, and carbon in TiO2 structure causes carbonate species to appear. These carbonate species acted as photosensitizer on the TiO2 surface to promote photo-catalytic activity of the as synthesized sample.

  14. Zirconium-doped and silicon-doped TiO2 photocatalysts synthesis from ionic-liquid-like precursors.

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    Estruga, Marc; Domingo, Concepción; Domènech, Xavier; Ayllón, José A

    2010-04-15

    Nanocrystalline titania powders doped with either zirconium or silicon were synthesized at low temperature via destabilization of ionic-liquid-like precursors. Titania materials prepared at low temperature (85 degrees C) consisted of anatase nanocrystals of about 25 nm, according to powder X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Dopant incorporation was evaluated using inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry, and it was found that dopant/titanium ratios in the powder (0.011 for Zr and 0.026 for Si) were lower than those in the precursor (0.11 for both). Low-temperature nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms displayed the characteristic hysteresis loop of mesoporous materials. Specific surface areas reached values of 130 and 155 m(2) g(-1) for Zr-doped and Si-doped TiO(2), respectively. The photocatalytic activity of the synthesized nanopowders was tested using methyl orange and 4-chlorophenol as target pollutants. PMID:20138629

  15. A facile approach for the synthesis of magnetic separable Fe3O4@TiO2, core-shell nanocomposites as highly recyclable photocatalysts

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    Xin, Tiejun; Ma, Mingliang; Zhang, Hepeng; Gu, Junwei; Wang, Shuangjie; Liu, Mengjiao; Zhang, Qiuyu

    2014-01-01

    A facile and efficient approach for the fabrication of Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites with a good core-shell structure has been demonstrated. The approach employed involved the coating of successive titania shell on Fe3O4 core using a mixed solvent method with the catalysis of ammonia followed by the crystallization of TiO2 through solvothermal method. The as-obtained core-shell structure was composed of a central Fe3O4 core with a strong response to external fields, whereas the outer titanium oxide coating was useful for the degradation of organic contaminants. The results showed that Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited high degree of crystallinity, excellent magnetic properties at room temperature. Furthermore, the as-prepared Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited good photocatalytic activity toward the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) solution, which meant that they can be used as efficient and conveniently recoverable photocatalysts. In addition, the mechanism of coating by ammonia catalysis was also investigated.

  16. SURFACTANT TEMPLATED SOL-GEL SYNTHESIS OF MESOPOROUS TIO2 PHOTOCATALYSTS AND THEIR APPLICATION IN THE DESTRUCTION OF CYANOBACTERIAL TOXINS

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    In the symposium, we will present the synthesis and properties of the mesoporous TIO2 films and membranes and fundamental and systematic study on the decomposition pathway of such biological toxins.

  17. XAFS Study on TiO2 Photocatalyst Loaded on Zeolite Synthesized from Steel Slag

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    Kuwahara, Yasutaka; Ohmichi, Tetsutaro; Mori, Kosuke; Katayama, Iwao; Yamashita, Hiromi

    2007-02-02

    The convenient route for the synthesis of Y-zeolites by utilizing steel slag as a material source was developed. Through hydrothermal treatment, well-crystallized Y-zeolite was obtained. We also synthesized TiO2-loaded Y-zeolites by an impregnation method. The structure of titanium oxide species highly dispersed on the zeolite, which couldn't be detected by XRD patterns, was investigated by XAFS analysis. Photocatalytic activity for decomposition of 2-propanol in liquid phase was found to be enhanced by the hydrophobic surface property of zeolite. It has been demonstrated that the zeolite synthesized from steel slag would be applicable as a promising support of TiO2 photocatalyst.

  18. Fabrication of TiO2 Thick Film for Photocatalyst from Commercial TiO2 Powder

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    Asteti, S. Fuji; Syarif, D. Gustaman

    2008-03-01

    Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 thick film ceramics made of commercial TiO2 powder has been studied. The TiO2 powder was nano sized one that was derived from dried TiO2 suspension. The TiO2 suspension was made by pouring some blended commercial TiO2 powder into some amount of water. The paste of TiO2 was made by mixing the nano sized TiO2 powder with organic vehicle and glass frit. The paste was spread on a glass substrate. The paste was dried at 100 °C and heated at different temperatures (400 °C and 500 °C) for 60 minutes to produce thick film ceramics. The photocatalytic activity of these films was evaluated by measuring the concentration of a solution of methylene blue where the thick films were inside after being illuminated by UV light at various periods of times. The initial concentration of the methylene blue solution was 5 ppm. Structural analyses were carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The XRD analyses showed that the produced thick film ceramic had mainly crystal structure of anatase. According to the photocatalytical data, it was known that the produced thick film ceramics were photocatalyst which were capable of decomposing an organic compound such as the methylene blue.

  19. Synthesis of mesoporous TiO2/SiO2 hybrid films as an efficient photocatalyst by polymeric micelle assembly.

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    Li, Yunqi; Bastakoti, Bishnu Prasad; Imura, Masataka; Hwang, Soo Min; Sun, Ziqi; Kim, Jung Ho; Dou, Shi Xue; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2014-05-12

    Thermally stable mesoporous TiO2/SiO2 hybrid films with pore size of 50 nm have been synthesized by adopting the polymeric micelle-assembly method. A triblock copolymer, poly(styrene-b-2-vinyl pyridine-b-ethylene oxide), which serves as a template for the mesopores, was utilized to form polymeric micelles. The effective interaction of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) with the polymeric micelles enabled us to fabricate stable mesoporous films. By changing the molar ratio of TEOS and TTIP, several mesoporous TiO2/SiO2 hybrid films with different compositions can be synthesized. The presence of amorphous SiO2 phase effectively retards the growth of anatase TiO2 crystal in the pore walls and retains the original mesoporous structure, even at higher temperature (650 °C). These TiO2/SiO2 hybrid films are of very high quality, without any cracks or voids. The addition of SiO2 phase to mesoporous TiO2 films not only adsorbs more organic dyes, but also significantly enhances the photocatalytic activity compared to mesoporous pure TiO2 film without SiO2 phase. PMID:24710980

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

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

    2012-03-01

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

  1. Controllable Synthesis and Tunable Photocatalytic Properties of Ti3+-doped TiO2

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    Ren, Ren; Wen, Zhenhai; Cui, Shumao; Hou, Yang; Guo, Xiaoru; Chen, Junhong

    2015-01-01

    Photocatalysts show great potential in environmental remediation and water splitting using either artificial or natural light. Titanium dioxide (TiO2)-based photocatalysts are studied most frequently because they are stable, non-toxic, readily available, and highly efficient. However, the relatively wide band gap of TiO2 significantly limits its use under visible light or solar light. We herein report a facile route for controllable synthesis of Ti3+-doped TiO2 with tunable photocatalytic properties using a hydrothermal method with varying amounts of reductant, i.e., sodium borohydride (NaBH4). The resulting TiO2 showed color changes from light yellow, light grey, to dark grey with the increasing amount of NaBH4. The present method can controllably and effectively reduce Ti4+ on the surface of TiO2 and induce partial transformation of anatase TiO2 to rutile TiO2, with the evolution of nanoparticles into hierarchical structures attributable to a high pressure and strong alkali environment in the synthesis atmosphere; in this way, the photocatalytic activity of Ti3+-doped TiO2 under visible-light can be tuned. The as-developed strategy may open up a new avenue for designing and functionalizing TiO2 materials for enhancing visible light absorption, narrowing band gap, and improving photocatalytic activity. PMID:26044406

  2. Controllable Synthesis and Tunable Photocatalytic Properties of Ti(3+)-doped TiO2.

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    Ren, Ren; Wen, Zhenhai; Cui, Shumao; Hou, Yang; Guo, Xiaoru; Chen, Junhong

    2015-01-01

    Photocatalysts show great potential in environmental remediation and water splitting using either artificial or natural light. Titanium dioxide (TiO2)-based photocatalysts are studied most frequently because they are stable, non-toxic, readily available, and highly efficient. However, the relatively wide band gap of TiO2 significantly limits its use under visible light or solar light. We herein report a facile route for controllable synthesis of Ti(3+)-doped TiO2 with tunable photocatalytic properties using a hydrothermal method with varying amounts of reductant, i.e., sodium borohydride (NaBH4). The resulting TiO2 showed color changes from light yellow, light grey, to dark grey with the increasing amount of NaBH4. The present method can controllably and effectively reduce Ti(4+) on the surface of TiO2 and induce partial transformation of anatase TiO2 to rutile TiO2, with the evolution of nanoparticles into hierarchical structures attributable to a high pressure and strong alkali environment in the synthesis atmosphere; in this way, the photocatalytic activity of Ti(3+)-doped TiO2 under visible-light can be tuned. The as-developed strategy may open up a new avenue for designing and functionalizing TiO2 materials for enhancing visible light absorption, narrowing band gap, and improving photocatalytic activity. PMID:26044406

  3. Solvothermal synthesis of stable nanoporous polymeric bases-crystalline TiO2 nanocomposites: visible light active and efficient photocatalysts for water treatment

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    Liu, Fujian; Kong, Weiping; Wang, Liang; Noshadi, Iman; Zhang, Zhonghua; Qi, Chenze

    2015-02-01

    Visible light active and stable nanoporous polymeric base-crystalline TiO2 nanocomposites were solvothermally synthesized from in situ copolymerization of divinylbenzene (DVB) with 1-vinylimidazolate (VI) or 4-vinylpyridine (Py) in the presence of tetrabutyl titanate without the use of any other additives (PDVB-VI-TiO2-x, PDVB-Py-TiO2-x, where x stands for the molar ratio of TiO2 to VI or Py), which showed excellent activity with respect to catalyzing the degradation of organic pollutants of p-nitrophenol (PNP) and rhodamine-B (RhB). TEM and SEM images show that PDVB-VI-TiO2-x and PDVB-Py-TiO2-x have abundant nanopores, and TiO2 nanocrystals with a high degree of crystallinity were homogeneously embedded in the PDVB-VI-TiO2-x and PDVB-Py-TiO2-x, forming a stable ‘brick-and-mortar’ nanostructure. PDVB-VI and PDVB-Py supports act as the glue linking TiO2 nanocrystals to form nanopores and constraining the agglomeration of TiO2 nanocrystals. XPS spectra show evidence of unique interactions between TiO2 and basic sites in these samples. UV diffuse reflectance shows that PDVB-VI-TiO2-x and PDVB-Py-TiO2-x exhibit a unique response to visible light. Catalytic tests show that the PDVB-VI-TiO2-x and PDVB-Py-TiO2-x were active in catalyzing the degradation of PNP and RhB organic pollutants under visible light irradiation. The enhanced activities of the PDVB-VI-TiO2-x and PDVB-Py-TiO2-x were ascribed to synergistic effects between abundant nanopores and the unique optical adsorption of visible light in the samples.

  4. Solvothermal synthesis of stable nanoporous polymeric bases-crystalline TiO2 nanocomposites: visible light active and efficient photocatalysts for water treatment.

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    Liu, Fujian; Kong, Weiping; Wang, Liang; Noshadi, Iman; Zhang, Zhonghua; Qi, Chenze

    2015-02-27

    Visible light active and stable nanoporous polymeric base-crystalline TiO2 nanocomposites were solvothermally synthesized from in situ copolymerization of divinylbenzene (DVB) with 1-vinylimidazolate (VI) or 4-vinylpyridine (Py) in the presence of tetrabutyl titanate without the use of any other additives (PDVB-VI-TiO2-x, PDVB-Py-TiO2-x, where x stands for the molar ratio of TiO2 to VI or Py), which showed excellent activity with respect to catalyzing the degradation of organic pollutants of p-nitrophenol (PNP) and rhodamine-B (RhB). TEM and SEM images show that PDVB-VI-TiO2-x and PDVB-Py-TiO2-x have abundant nanopores, and TiO2 nanocrystals with a high degree of crystallinity were homogeneously embedded in the PDVB-VI-TiO2-x and PDVB-Py-TiO2-x, forming a stable 'brick-and-mortar' nanostructure. PDVB-VI and PDVB-Py supports act as the glue linking TiO2 nanocrystals to form nanopores and constraining the agglomeration of TiO2 nanocrystals. XPS spectra show evidence of unique interactions between TiO2 and basic sites in these samples. UV diffuse reflectance shows that PDVB-VI-TiO2-x and PDVB-Py-TiO2-x exhibit a unique response to visible light. Catalytic tests show that the PDVB-VI-TiO2-x and PDVB-Py-TiO2-x were active in catalyzing the degradation of PNP and RhB organic pollutants under visible light irradiation. The enhanced activities of the PDVB-VI-TiO2-x and PDVB-Py-TiO2-x were ascribed to synergistic effects between abundant nanopores and the unique optical adsorption of visible light in the samples. PMID:25656872

  5. Self-cleaning properties of cement plates loaded with N,C-modified TiO2 photocatalysts

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    Janus, Magdalena; Zatorska, Justyna; Czyżewski, Adam; Bubacz, Kamila; Kusiak-Nejman, Ewelina; Morawski, Antoni W.

    2015-03-01

    The photocatalytic activity of cement pastes containing nitrogen and carbon co-modified TiO2 photocatalysts (TiO2-N,C) were evaluated trough the degradation of model organic water contaminate (Reactive Red 198) under UV-vis light source. It was found that cement plates containing TiO2-N,C photocatalysts exhibited higher photocatalytic efficiency than those containing unmodified TiO2.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of Fe3O4/TiO2 magnetic and photocatalyst bifunctional core-shell with superparamagnetic performance

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    Behrad, F.; Helmi Rashid Farimani, M.; Shahtahmasebi, N.; Rezaee Roknabadi, M.; Karimipour, M.

    2015-07-01

    In this research a simple method has been presented to coat magnetic nanoparticles with TiO2. Firstly, Fe3O4 nanoparticles have been prepared using a co-precipitation method. Thereafter, in order to achieve particles with better dispersibility, the surface of Fe3O4 nanoparticles has been modified with the help of trisodium citrate as stabilizer. Afterward, Fe3O4 / TiO2 core-shell nanocomposites were synthesized by the Stöber method. The prepared samples were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). XRD results show the formation of two compounds of crystalline magnetite and brookite-type TiO2 . TEM images confirmed the formation of their core-shell structure. The surface modification of magnetite nanoparticles using trisodium citrate was confirmed by FTIR analysis. Magnetic studies also indicated that prepared core-shells exhibit superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature. Combining this property with the photocatalytic ability of TiO2 could result in a synthesized nanocomposite with different medical and environmental applications.

  7. Stable semiconductor black phosphorus (BP)@titanium dioxide (TiO2) hybrid photocatalysts.

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    Lee, Hyun Uk; Lee, Soon Chang; Won, Jonghan; Son, Byung-Chul; Choi, Saehae; Kim, Yooseok; Park, So Young; Kim, Hee-Sik; Lee, Young-Chul; Lee, Jouhahn

    2015-01-01

    Over the past few decades, two-dimensional (2D) and layered materials have emerged as new fields. Due to the zero-band-gap nature of graphene and the low photocatalytic performance of MoS2, more advanced semiconducting 2D materials have been prompted. As a result, semiconductor black phosphorus (BP) is a derived cutting-edge post-graphene contender for nanoelectrical application, because of its direct-band-gap nature. For the first time, we report on robust BP@TiO2 hybrid photocatalysts offering enhanced photocatalytic performance under light irradiation in environmental and biomedical fields, with negligible affected on temperature and pH conditions, as compared with MoS2@TiO2 prepared by the identical synthesis method. Remarkably, in contrast to pure few layered BP, which, due to its intrinsic sensitivity to oxygen and humidity was readily dissolved after just several uses, the BP@TiO2 hybrid photocatalysts showed a ~92% photocatalytic activity after 15 runs. Thus, metal-oxide-stabilized BP photocatalysts can be practically applied as a promising alternative to graphene and MoS2. PMID:25732720

  8. Stable semiconductor black phosphorus (BP)@titanium dioxide (TiO2) hybrid photocatalysts

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    Uk Lee, Hyun; Lee, Soon Chang; Won, Jonghan; Son, Byung-Chul; Choi, Saehae; Kim, Yooseok; Park, So Young; Kim, Hee-Sik; Lee, Young-Chul; Lee, Jouhahn

    2015-01-01

    Over the past few decades, two-dimensional (2D) and layered materials have emerged as new fields. Due to the zero-band-gap nature of graphene and the low photocatalytic performance of MoS2, more advanced semiconducting 2D materials have been prompted. As a result, semiconductor black phosphorus (BP) is a derived cutting-edge post-graphene contender for nanoelectrical application, because of its direct-band-gap nature. For the first time, we report on robust BP@TiO2 hybrid photocatalysts offering enhanced photocatalytic performance under light irradiation in environmental and biomedical fields, with negligible affected on temperature and pH conditions, as compared with MoS2@TiO2 prepared by the identical synthesis method. Remarkably, in contrast to pure few layered BP, which, due to its intrinsic sensitivity to oxygen and humidity was readily dissolved after just several uses, the BP@TiO2 hybrid photocatalysts showed a ~92% photocatalytic activity after 15 runs. Thus, metal-oxide-stabilized BP photocatalysts can be practically applied as a promising alternative to graphene and MoS2. PMID:25732720

  9. Reduced TiO2-Graphene Oxide Heterostructure As Broad Spectrum-Driven Efficient Water-Splitting Photocatalysts.

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    Li, Lihua; Yu, Lili; Lin, Zhaoyong; Yang, Guowei

    2016-04-01

    The reduced TiO2-graphene oxide heterostructure as an alternative broad spectrum-driven efficient water splitting photocatalyst has become a really interesting topic, however, its syntheses has many flaws, e.g., tedious experimental steps, time-consuming, small scale production, and requirement of various additives, for example, hydrazine hydrate is widely used as reductant to the reduction of graphene oxide, which is high toxicity and easy to cause the second pollution. For these issues, herein, we reported the synthesis of the reduced TiO2-graphene oxide heterostructure by a facile chemical reduction agent-free one-step laser ablation in liquid (LAL) method, which achieves extended optical response range from ultraviolet to visible and composites TiO2-x (reduced TiO2) nanoparticle and graphene oxide for promoting charge conducting. 30.64% Ti(3+) content in the reduced TiO2 nanoparticles induces the electronic reconstruction of TiO2, which results in 0.87 eV decrease of the band gap for the visible light absorption. TiO2-x-graphene oxide heterostructure achieved drastically increased photocatalytic H2 production rate, up to 23 times with respect to the blank experiment. Furthermore, a maximum H2 production rate was measured to be 16 mmol/h/g using Pt as a cocatalyst under the simulated sunlight irradiation (AM 1.5G, 135 mW/cm(2)), the quantum efficiencies were measured to be 5.15% for wavelength λ = 365 ± 10 nm and 1.84% for λ = 405 ± 10 nm, and overall solar energy conversion efficiency was measured to be 14.3%. These findings provided new insights into the broad applicability of this methodology for accessing fascinate photocatalysts. PMID:26986700

  10. Hydrogenated TiO2 nanobelts as highly efficient photocatalytic organic dye degradation and hydrogen evolution photocatalyst.

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    Tian, Jian; Leng, Yanhua; Cui, Hongzhi; Liu, Hong

    2015-12-15

    TiO2 nanobelts have gained increasing interest because of its outstanding properties and promising applications in a wide range of fields. Here we report the facile synthesis of hydrogenated TiO2 (H-TiO2) nanobelts, which exhibit excellent UV and visible photocatalytic decomposing of methyl orange (MO) and water splitting for hydrogen production. The improved photocatalytic property can be attributed to the Ti(3+) ions and oxygen vacancies in TiO2 nanobelts created by hydrogenation. Ti(3+) ions and oxygen vacancies can enhance visible light absorption, promote charge carrier trapping, and hinder the photogenerated electron-hole recombination. This work offers a simple strategy for the fabrication of a wide solar spectrum of active photocatalysts, which possesses significant potential for more efficient photodegradation, photocatalytic water splitting, and enhanced solar cells using sunlight as light source. PMID:26118828

  11. A high-stability silica-clay composite: synthesis, characterization and combination with TiO2 as a novel photocatalyst for Azo dye.

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    Li, Fangfei; Jiang, Yinshan; Xia, Maosheng; Sun, Mengmeng; Xue, Bing; Ren, Xuehong

    2009-06-15

    A novel micro-mesopores composite material has successfully been synthesized at basic hydrothermal conditions using natural mineral montmorillonite (MMT) and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS). Two surfactants, cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and polyethylene glycol (PEG), have been employed in order to shape the pores in the composite. The resultant silica-clay has large surface area (472m(2)/g) and high hydrothermal stability, which makes it a potentially host-material for catalyst. The molecular size of different surfactant leads to the multi-peak distribution of pore size, and the surfactant of larger size (PEG) corresponds to the formation of larger pores. Moreover, the photocatalytic results show that, comparing with pure TiO(2) particles, the loaded TiO(2) on such silica-clay shows higher photodegradation rate of methyl orange (MO) in aqueous. And another porous aluminosilicate host, zeolite, was also discussed for comparison. PMID:19036502

  12. Layered silicate as an excellent partner of a TiO2 photocatalyst for efficient and selective green fine-chemical synthesis.

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    Ide, Yusuke; Torii, Masato; Sano, Tsuneji

    2013-08-14

    When the partial oxidation of benzene to phenol, which is one of the most important reactions in chemical industry, was conducted using TiO2 in the presence of a phenol-philic adsorbent derived from a layered silicate, phenol was recovered in unprecedentedly high yield and purity. This resulted from the fact that the adsorbent captured the generated phenol promptly, selectively, and effectively to prevent the overoxidation, after which the captured phenol could be easily eluted. PMID:23902420

  13. Synergetic effects in novel hydrogenated F-doped TiO2 photocatalysts

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    Samsudin, Emy Marlina; Abd Hamid, Sharifah Bee; Juan, Joon Ching; Basirun, Wan Jefrey; Centi, Gabriele

    2016-05-01

    The synergistic effect between fluorine and hydrogen in hydrogenated F-doped TiO2 photocatalysts is evaluated for the photocatalytic degradation of atrazine. The interaction between fluorine and hydrogen species in hydrogenated F-doped TiO2 overcomes the limitations of individual F-doped TiO2 and hydrogenated TiO2 photocatalyst properties. Hydrogenated F-doped TiO2 is photo-active under UV, visible and infrared light illumination with efficient electrons and holes separations. The optimized concentration of surface vacancies and Ti3+ centers coupled with enhanced surface hydrophilicity facilitates the production of surface-bound and free hydroxyl radicals. The surface of the catalyst contains dbnd Tisbnd F, dbnd Tisbnd OH, dbnd Tisbnd Ovacancy and dbnd Tisbnd H bonds as evidenced by XPS, Raman, FTIR and HR-TEM analysis. This combination also triggers the formation of new Ti3+ occupied states under the conduction band of hydrogenated F-doped TiO2. Moreover, the change in the pore structure from cylindrical to slits and larger surface area facilitates surface charge interactions. The thermal stability is also enhanced and a single anatase phase is obtained. The size of the particles of hydrogenated F-doped TiO2 is also uniform with defined and homogeneous crystal structure. This synergetic effect between fluorine and hydrogen opens up new alternatives in improving the properties of TiO2 and its photocatalytic activity.

  14. Photooxidative desulfurization for diesel using Fe / N - TiO2 photocatalyst

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    Khan, Muhammad Saqib; Kait, Chong Fai; Mutalib, Mohd Ibrahim Abdul

    2014-10-01

    A series of N - TiO2 with different mol% N was synthesized via sol-gel method and characterized using thermal gravimetric analyzer and raman spectroscopy. 0.2 wt% Fe was incorporated onto the calcined (200°C) N - TiO2 followed by calcination at 200°C, 250°C and 300°C. Photooxidative desulfurization was conducted in the presence of 0.2wt% Fe / N - TiO2 with different mol% N with and without oxidant (H2O2). Oxidative desulfurization was only achieved when H2O2 was used while without H2O2 no major effect on the sulfur removal. 0.2Fe -30N - H2O2 photocatalysts showed best performance at all calcination temperatures as compared to other mol% N - H2O2 photocatalysts. 16.45% sulfur removal was achieved using photocatalysts calcined at 300 °C.

  15. One-pot approach for synthesis of N-doped TiO2/ZnFe2O4 hybrid as an efficient photocatalyst for degradation of aqueous organic pollutants.

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    Yao, Yunjin; Qin, Jiacheng; Chen, Hao; Wei, Fengyu; Liu, Xueting; Wang, Jianlong; Wang, Shaobin

    2015-06-30

    N-doped TiO2/ZnFe2O4 catalysts were successfully prepared by coupling nitrogen modified TiO2 with ZnFe2O4 via a one-pot vapor-thermal method. The physicochemical properties of the as-prepared catalysts have been characterized using various spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. The UV-vis-light-driven photocatalytic activities of the hybrids were evaluated and the effects of the amount of photocatalyst, different types of dyes, catalyst stability on photodegradation of organic dyes were investigated. Moreover, degradation kinetics and mechanism as well as the roles of N doping, ZnFe2O4 and TiO2 have been analyzed. It was revealed that N-doped TiO2/ZnFe2O4 exhibited an improved performance compared with TiO2/ZnFe2O4 or ZnFe2O4 because of the formation of a heterostructure at the interface as well as the introduction of N species. Active species such as holes, electrons, hydroxyl radicals, and superoxide radicals involved in the photodegradation process were detected by using different types of scavengers. Because of ZnFe2O4 in the hybrid, the catalyst shows ferromagnetism, and thus, the hybrid catalyst is easily isolated from the reaction mixture after the photocatalytic experiments. This work not only offers a simple method for the fabrication of N doped TiO2/ZnFe2O4 hybrids, but also provides an effective and conveniently recyclable photocatalyst for the purification of water. PMID:25748999

  16. Design of Novel Visible Light Active Photocatalyst Materials: Surface Modified TiO2.

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    Nolan, Michael; Iwaszuk, Anna; Lucid, Aoife K; Carey, John J; Fronzi, Marco

    2016-07-01

    Work on the design of new TiO2 based photocatalysts is described. The key concept is the formation of composite structures through the modification of anatase and rutile TiO2 with molecular-sized nanoclusters of metal oxides. Density functional theory (DFT) level simulations are compared with experimental work synthesizing and characterizing surface modified TiO2 . DFT calculations are used to show that nanoclusters of metal oxides such as TiO2 , SnO/SnO2 , PbO/PbO2 , ZnO and CuO are stable when adsorbed at rutile and anatase surfaces, and can lead to a significant red shift in the absorption edge which will induce visible light absorption; this is the first requirement for a useful photocatalyst. The origin of the red shift and the fate of excited electrons and holes are determined. For p-block metal oxides the oxidation state of Sn and Pb can be used to modify the magnitude of the red shift and its mechanism. Comparisons of recent experimental studies of surface modified TiO2 that validate our DFT simulations are described. These nanocluster-modified TiO2 structures form the basis of a new class of photocatalysts which will be useful in oxidation reactions and with a correct choice of nanocluster modified can be applied to other reactions. PMID:26833714

  17. Dramatic activity of mixed-phase TiO2 photocatalyst synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Li, Huiquan; Xu, Bolian; Fan, Yining

    2013-02-01

    The mixed-phase TiO2 photocatalysts with different anatase/rutile/brookite ratios and high specific surface area (157-218 m2/g) were prepared by hydrothermal method at 100 °C and the effect of rutile content in TiO2 on the BET surface area, light absorption and separation efficiency of photogenerated charge carriers was studied and correlated to the photocatalytic activity of TiO2. Rutile content increased from 0% to 100% by increasing the amount of TiCl4 in aqueous phase and the initial pH value of reaction solution played an important role in the phase composition of TiO2. The photocatalytic mechanism of mixed-phase TiO2 was discussed.

  18. Study of adsorption and degradation of dimethylphthalate on TiO2-based photocatalysts

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    Pulido Melián, E.; Henríquez-Cárdenes, E.; González Díaz, O.; Doña Rodríguez, J. M.

    2016-08-01

    This work studied the degradation and adsorption of dimethylphthalate (DMP) using various TiO2-based photocatalysts: TiO2 Aeroxide P25, Kronos vlp7000, Hombikat UV-100, Kemira 650 and a synthesized photocatalyst named SG750. As the photocatalysts with mixed anatase and rutile phases, P25 and SG750, showed greater activity than those of pure phase, an in-depth study was undertaken of these two catalysts in the adsorption and degradation of DMP. The degradation results were fitted with a high degree of correlation to the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model and those for adsorption to the Freundlich model. The Freundlich constants showed good correlation with FTIR observations of the DMP-P25 and DMP-SG750 interactions. These two photocatalysts were additionally modified by photodeposition with Pt and Au (0.5-1.5 wt%) to study the effect of these metals on degradation and mineralization kinetics.

  19. TiO2 impregnated graphene nanostructures: An effectual photocatalysts for water remediation application

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    Rakkesh, R. Ajay; Durgalakshmi, D.; Balakumar, S.

    2015-06-01

    In this work, we describe the fabrication of nanohybrid TiO2 impregnated Graphene nanostructures by modified Hummer's method. The chemically impregnated TiO2-Graphene hybrid nanostructures drastically enhanced their photodegradation activity of methylene blue (MB) dye in an aqueous medium compare to pure TiO2 nanoparticles. The enhancement in the photocatalytic activity was ascribed by a heterojunction between TiO2-Graphene interfaces. It remarkably decreased the recombination rate and likewise increased the number of holes participating in the photodegradation process, confirmed by XPS analysis. This study can provide a new insight for constructing the hybrid photocatalysts, which can be used in environmental pollution and water treatment applications.

  20. Fabrication of TiO2/MoS2@zeolite photocatalyst and its photocatalytic activity for degradation of methyl orange under visible light

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    Zhang, Weiping; Xiao, Xinyan; Zheng, Lili; Wan, Caixia

    2015-12-01

    TiO2/MoS2@zeolite composite photocatalysts with visible-light activity were fabricated via a simple ultrasonic-hydrothermal synthesis method, using TiCl4 as Ti source, MoS2 as a direct sensitizer, glycerol water solution with certain dispersion agent as hydrolytic agent, and zeolite as carrier. The structure, morphology, composition, optical properties, and specific surface area of the as-prepared photocatalysts were characterized by using XRD, FTIR, SEM-EDS, TEM, XPS, UV-vis, PL and BET analyzer, respectively. And the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) in aqueous suspension has been employed to evaluate the photocatalytic activity and degradation kinetics of as-prepared photocatalysts with xenon lamp as irradiation source. The results indicate that: (1) TiO2/MoS2@zeolite composite photocatalysts exhibit enhanced photocatalytic activities for methyl orange (MO) degradation compared to Degussa P25; (2) photocatalytic degradation of MO obeys Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic model (pseudo-first order reaction), and its degradation rate constant (kapp) (2.304 h-1) is higher than that of Degussa P25 (0.768 h-1); (3) the heterostructure consisted of zeolite, MoS2 and TiO2 nanostructure could provide synergistic effect for degradation of MO due to the efficient electron transfer process and better absorption property of TiO2/MoS2@zeolite composite photocatalyst.

  1. Decomposition of 3-chlorophenol on nitrogen modified TiO2 photocatalysts.

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    Mozia, Sylwia; Bubacz, Kamila; Janus, Magdalena; Morawski, Antoni W

    2012-02-15

    Photocatalytic activity of nitrogen modified TiO(2) calcined at temperatures of 100-350°C toward 3-chlorophenol (3-CP) degradation was studied. In the experiments the fluorescent UV lamp and the incandescent lamp emitting mainly Vis light were applied. The degradation efficiency was evaluated on a basis of changes of 3-CP, total organic carbon and Cl(-) concentration. A significant improvement of the photoactivity of the N-modified photocatalysts compared to the reference sample was observed. The rate of 3-CP degradation increased with the calcination temperature, and the highest efficiency was achieved for TiO(2) annealed at 350°C. After 5h of UV irradiation in the presence of TiO(2)/N-350 and reference TiO(2) the 3-CP concentration decreased for 77% and 36%, respectively. The 3-CP removal after 24h of Vis irradiation was 30% and 12% for the N-modified and reference samples, respectively. The 3-CP decomposition and mineralization were greatly influenced by pH of the solution, achieving the highest rate at pH 7 for the modified photocatalysts. An increase of the calcination temperature resulted in an increase of the rate of OH formation. The photocatalytic activity of the N-modified TiO(2) remained unchanged during repeated photocatalytic degradation cycles. PMID:22192586

  2. Efficient removal of toluene and benzene in gas phase by the TiO2/Y-zeolite hybrid photocatalyst.

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    Takeuchi, Masato; Hidaka, Manabu; Anpo, Masakazu

    2012-10-30

    Efficient removal of toluene or benzene molecules thinly diffused in gas phase was achieved by using TiO(2)/Y-zeolite hybrid photocatalysts. TiO(2) of 10 wt% hybridized with a hydrophobic USY zeolite showed higher photocatalytic reactivity as compared to TiO(2) hybridized with hydrophilic H-Y or Na-Y zeolites. This phenomenon can be explained by the fact that the hydrophobic USY zeolite efficiently adsorbs the organic compounds and smoothly supplies them onto the TiO(2) photocatalyst surface. However, the toluene or benzene molecules, which are strongly trapped on the hydrophilic H(+) or Na(+) sites of zeolite, cannot diffuse onto the TiO(2) surfaces, resulting in lower photocatalytic reactivity. Although the adsorption capacity of the pure TiO(2) sample rapidly deteriorated, the TiO(2)/Y-zeolite hybrid system maintained a high adsorption efficiency to remove such aromatic compounds for a long period. PMID:22947182

  3. Modulating TiO2 photocatalyst by Al doping: Density functional theory approach

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    Zhao, Ya Fei; Li, Can; Lu, Song; Gong, Yin Yan; Niu, Leng Yuan; Liu, Xin Juan

    2016-06-01

    In this work, systematic study of the thermal stability, crystal structure and electronic properties of Al doped TiO2 were studied by the first principles calculations. The results showed that Al atoms preferentially occupying the interstitial site under Ti-rich condition, but substituting the Ti atom under O-rich condition. In contrast to pure TiO2, the values of VBM and CBM are reduced for Al substituting Ti doped mode, but increased for Al interstitial atom doped mode. Thus, we can modulate the preparation condition and dosage concentration for preparing the optimal photocatalyst.

  4. Metal oxide nanocluster-modified TiO2 as solar activated photocatalyst materials.

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    Fronzi, Marco; Iwaszuk, Anna; Lucid, Aoife; Nolan, Michael

    2016-02-24

    In this review we describe our work on new TiO2 based photocatalysts. The key concept in our work is to form new composite structures by the modification of rutile and anatase TiO2 with nanoclusters of metal oxides and our density functional theory (DFT) level simulations are validated by experimental work synthesizing and characterizing surface-modified TiO2. We use DFT to show that nanoclusters of different metal oxides, TiO2, SnO/SnO2, PbO/PbO2, NiO and CuO can be adsorbed at rutile and anatase surfaces and can induce red shifts in the absorption edge to enable visible light absorption which is the first key requirement for a practical photocatalyst. We furthermore determine the origin of the red shift and discuss the factors influencing this shift and the fate of excited electrons and holes. For p-block metal oxides we show how the oxidation state of Sn and Pb can be used to tune both the magnitude of the red shift and also its mechanism. Finally, aiming to make our models more realistic, we present some new results on the stability of water at rutile and anatase surfaces and the effect of water on oxygen vacancy formation and on nanocluster modification. These nanocluster-modified TiO2 structures form the basis of a new class of photocatalysts which will be useful in oxidation reactions and with the suitable choice of nanocluster modifier can be applied to CO2 reduction. PMID:26808905

  5. Metal oxide nanocluster-modified TiO2 as solar activated photocatalyst materials

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    Fronzi, Marco; Iwaszuk, Anna; Lucid, Aoife; Nolan, Michael

    2016-02-01

    In this review we describe our work on new TiO2 based photocatalysts. The key concept in our work is to form new composite structures by the modification of rutile and anatase TiO2 with nanoclusters of metal oxides and our density functional theory (DFT) level simulations are validated by experimental work synthesizing and characterizing surface-modified TiO2. We use DFT to show that nanoclusters of different metal oxides, TiO2, SnO/SnO2, PbO/PbO2, NiO and CuO can be adsorbed at rutile and anatase surfaces and can induce red shifts in the absorption edge to enable visible light absorption which is the first key requirement for a practical photocatalyst. We furthermore determine the origin of the red shift and discuss the factors influencing this shift and the fate of excited electrons and holes. For p-block metal oxides we show how the oxidation state of Sn and Pb can be used to tune both the magnitude of the red shift and also its mechanism. Finally, aiming to make our models more realistic, we present some new results on the stability of water at rutile and anatase surfaces and the effect of water on oxygen vacancy formation and on nanocluster modification. These nanocluster-modified TiO2 structures form the basis of a new class of photocatalysts which will be useful in oxidation reactions and with the suitable choice of nanocluster modifier can be applied to CO2 reduction.

  6. Controlled synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 nanoparticles on glass fibres and their photocatalytic performance.

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    Chen, Lin; Yang, Sudong; Mäder, Edith; Ma, Peng-Cheng

    2014-09-01

    This paper reports the synthesis of novel photocatalysts consisting of TiO2 nanoparticles and glass fibres (GF) using a two-step process. The method involves the hydrolysis of titanium tetrachloride in the presence of GF and a following hydrothermal process under alkaline conditions. Various techniques are employed to characterize the morphology, structure and crystallinity of TiO2 on the fibre surface. The results show that depending on the experiment setups, TiO2 nanoparticles exhibit spherical or flake-like morphology, forming characteristic hierarchical structures along with flexible GF. Flake-like TiO2/GF exhibits much enhanced photocatalytic activity thanks to the large surface area and the hetero-junction of anatase and TiO2-B phases observed in its structure. An interesting observation is that the alkali treatment of GF leads to the formation of porous structures on the fibre surface, facilitating the adsorption-concentration-promoted photocatalytic process. The removal ratio of the organic dye by employing TiO2/GF remains more than 80% after six cyclic runs, showing the reusability of photocatalysts in real application. The novelty of this work lies in the synergy arising from materials with unique morphologies, structures and availabilities as well as capabilities in separating photogenerated electron-hole pairs, which have not been specifically considered previously in photocatalytic semiconductors. PMID:25011616

  7. Comparative study of (N, Fe) doped TiO2 photocatalysts

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    Larumbe, S.; Monge, M.; Gómez-Polo, C.

    2015-02-01

    The effect of N and Fe doping on the structural, optical, photocatalytic and magnetic properties of TiO2 nanoparticles is analyzed. Undoped, N and Fe doped TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method. Titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) was used as the alkoxyde precursor and iron (III) nitrate and urea were the employed precursors to obtain Fe and N doped TiO2 nanoparticles, respectively. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and Thermogravimetrical Analysis (TGA) enabled the analysis of the thermal decomposition process and the final calcination temperature. X-Ray Diffraction patterns of the calcined nanoparticles displayed a monophasic anatase structure in all the samples with mean crystallite diameter around 4-6 nm. The introduction of Fe or N induced a red-shift in the absorption spectra. Such a red-shift is characterized by a decrease in the band-gap energy and the occurrence of an absorption (Urbach) tail in the visible region. Finally, the photocatalytic efficiency was evaluated under UV and Visible light, obtaining an improvement of the kinetic constants in the nitrogen doped TiO2 nanoparticles with respect to undoped and Fe doped TiO2. The differences in the photocatalytic response under Fe and N doping are also analyzed in terms of the magnetic response of the analyzed photocatalysts.

  8. TiO2@Carbon Photocatalysts: The Effect of Carbon Thickness on Catalysis.

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    Zhang, Jianming; Vasei, Mitra; Sang, Yuanhua; Liu, Hong; Claverie, Jerome P

    2016-01-27

    Nanocomposites composed of TiO2 and carbon materials (C) are widely popular photocatalysts because they combine the advantages of TiO2 (good UV photocatalytic activity, low cost, and stability) to the enhanced charge carrier separation and lower charge transfer resistance brought by carbon. However, the presence of carbon can also be detrimental to the photocatalytic performance as it can block the passage of light and prevent the reactant from accessing the TiO2 surface. Here using a novel interfacial in situ polymer encapsulation-graphitization method, where a glucose-containing polymer was grown directly on the surface of the TiO2, we have prepared uniform TiO2@C core-shell structures. The thickness of the carbon shell can be precisely and easily tuned between 0.5 and 8 nm by simply programming the polymer growth on TiO2. The resulting core@shell TiO2@C nanostructures are not black and they possess the highest activity for the photodegradation of organic compounds when the carbon shell thickness is 1-2 nm, corresponding to ∼3-5 graphene layers. Photoluminescence and photocurrent generation tests further confirm the crucial contribution of the carbon shell on charge carrier separation and transport. This in situ polymeric encapsulation approach allows for the careful tuning of the thickness of graphite-like carbon, and it potentially constitutes a general and efficient route to prepare other oxide@C catalysts, which can therefore largely expand the applications of nanomaterials in catalysis. PMID:26716463

  9. Photocatalytic oxidation of organic dyes with visible-light-driven codoped TiO2 photocatalysts

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    Zhang, Dongfang; Zeng, Fanbin

    2011-06-01

    A novel copper (II) and zinc (II) codoped TiO2 photocatalyst was synthesized by a modified sol-gel method using titanium (IV) isopropoxide, Zn(NO3)2 · 6H2O and copper(Il) nitrate as precursors. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and photo-luminescence spectra (PL). The XRD results showed undoped and Zn, Cu-codoped TiO2 nanoparticles mainly including anatase phase and a tiny amount of Zn- and Cu-oxides exist in the mixed system, which is attributed to the decomposition of copper and zinc nitrates in the TiO2 gel to form CuO and ZnO and randomly dispersed on the TiO2 surface. On the basis of the optical characterization results, we found that the codoping of copper (II) and zinc (II) resulted a red shift of adsorption and lower recombination probability between electrons and holes, which were the reasons for high photocatalytic activity of Zn, Cu-codoped TiO2 nanoparticles under visible light (λ > 400 nm). The photocatalytic activity of samples was tested for degradation of methyl orange (MO) in solutions. The results indicated that the visible-light driven capability of the codoped catalyst were much higher than that of the pure TiO2 catalyst under visible irradiation. Because of the synergetic effect of copper (II) and zinc (II) element, the Zn, Cu-codoped TiO2 catalyst will show higher quantum yield and enhance absorption of visible light. In the end, a key mechanism was proposed in order to account for the enhanced activity.

  10. A high efficiency microfluidic-based photocatalytic microreactor using electrospun nanofibrous TiO2 as a photocatalyst

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    Meng, Zhaoxu; Zhang, Xu; Qin, Jianhua

    2013-05-01

    We present a novel microfluidic-based photocatalytic microreactor by using electrospun nanofibrous TiO2 as a photocatalyst for the first time. The microreactor exhibits not only a simple fabrication process, but also much higher photocatalytic activity than that achieved by a TiO2 film microreactor.We present a novel microfluidic-based photocatalytic microreactor by using electrospun nanofibrous TiO2 as a photocatalyst for the first time. The microreactor exhibits not only a simple fabrication process, but also much higher photocatalytic activity than that achieved by a TiO2 film microreactor. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr00775h

  11. A new visible-light photocatalyst: CdS quantum dots embedded mesoporous TiO2.

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    Li, Gui-Sheng; Zhang, Die-Qing; Yu, Jimmy C

    2009-09-15

    Cadmium sulfide quantum dots (QDs) sensitized mesoporous TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by preplanting cadmium oxide as crystal seeds into the framework of ordered mesoporous titanium dioxide and then converting CdO to CdS QDs through ion-exchange. The presence of CdS QDs in the TiO2 framework extended its photoresponse to the visible-light region by accelerating the photogenerated electron transfer from the inorganic sensitizer to TiO2. The new photocatalyst showed excellent photocatalytic efficiency for both oxidation of NO gas in air and degradation of organic compounds in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The photocatalysts were characterized byX RD, N2 adsorption-desorption, TEM, XPS, UV/vis, and PL spectroscopy. The relationship between the physicochemical properties and the photocatalytic performance of the sample is discussed. PMID:19806745

  12. Photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous DMF using thin film TiO2 photocatalyst.

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    Chang, Chiu-Ping; Chen, Jong-Nan; Lu, Ming-Chun; Yang, He-Yuan

    2005-02-01

    The heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous N,N'-dimethylformamide (DMF) widely used in the manufacture of synthetic leather and synthetic textile was investigated. The experiments were carried out in a plug flow annular photoreactor coated with Degussa P-25 TiO2. The oxidation rate was dependent on DMF concentration, reaction temperature, water vapor, and oxygen content. Photocatalytic deactivation was observed in these reactions. The Levenspiel deactivation kinetic model was used to describe the decay of catalyst activity. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) was used to characterize the surface and the deactivation mechanism of the photocatalyst. Results revealed that carbonylic acids, aldehydes, amines, carbonate and nitrate were adsorbed on the TiO2 surface during the photocatalytic reaction. The ions, NH4+ and NO3-, causing the deactivation of catalysts were detected on the TiO2 surface. Several treatment processes were applied to find a suitable procedure for the regeneration of catalytic activity. Among these procedures, the best one was found to be the H2O2/UV process. PMID:15664614

  13. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic performance of self-assembled mesoporous TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Lin, Yuan-Chung; Liu, Shou-Heng; Syu, Han-Ren; Ho, Tsung-Han

    A facile synthesis route is reported for preparation of mesoporous TiO2 nanoparticles (MT-x) through evaporation induced self-assembly by using Pluronic F127, titanium isopropoxide, and various amounts of ethanol as templating agents, titanium sources and solvents, respectively. A variety of different spectroscopic and analytical techniques, such as small- and large-angle powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopies were used to characterize the physicochemical properties of various MT-x catalysts. Among the catalysts, MT-20 was found to have better mesostructures formed by the arrangement of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles of ca. 17.3 nm with broad interparticle pore size distribution. Hydrogen generation from water splitting on MT-20 using visible light was enhanced by at least 8.7 times if compared with the conventional TiO2 photocatalyst. The superior photocatalytic performances observed for the synthesized MT-20 may be attributed to the presence of unique nanostructures in the TiO2 photocatalysts.

  14. Quick and Facile Preparation of Visible light-Driven TiO2 Photocatalyst with High Absorption and Photocatalytic Activity

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    Yang, Yucheng; Zhang, Ting; Le, Ling; Ruan, Xuefeng; Fang, Pengfei; Pan, Chunxu; Xiong, Rui; Shi, Jing; Wei, Jianhong

    2014-01-01

    Self-doping TiO2 has recently attracted considerable attention for its high photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation. However, the literature reported synthetic methods until now were very time-consuming. In this study, we establish a quick and facile method for obtaining self-doping TiO2 with the use of directly treated commercial P25 at a desired temperature for only 5 min through spark plasma sintering technology. With the using of this method, the modified P25 samples exhibit significantly high photoelectric and photocatalytic performance. Furthermore, the sample prepared at 600°C exhibits the optimum catalytic activity. The photodegradation and H2 evolution rates of this samples are significantly higher than those of unmodified P25 sample under visible-light irradiation. The physical origin of the visible-light absorption for the modified P25 samples is investigated in detail according to their structural, optical, and electronic properties. This work will provide a quick and facile method for the large-scale synthesis of visible-light driven photocatalyst for practical applications. PMID:25391987

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  16. Preparation and characterization of CuCrO2/TiO2 heterostructure photocatalyst with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Xiong, Dehua; Chang, Haimei; Zhang, Qingqing; Tian, Shouqin; Liu, Baoshun; Zhao, Xiujian

    2015-08-01

    A series of novel p-type CuCrO2/n-type TiO2 heterostructure photocatalysts were fabricated for the first time by depositing CuCrO2 nanoparticles on TiO2 nanorod-array film through a facile spin-coating method. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and photocurrent response were employed to characterize the as-synthesized composites. The photocatalytic activity of CuCrO2/TiO2 for degradation of methylene blue (MB) aqueous solution was much higher than pure TiO2, which could be ascribed to the formation of p-n heterojunctions between CuCrO2 nanoparticles and TiO2 nanorods. In particular, the best degradation efficiency of CuCrO2/TiO2 heterojunction was 85.3%, about 1.14 times higher than pure TiO2 (74.6%), which could be attributed to their high separation efficiency of photogenerated electrons and holes. It is expected this strategy of p-n junction for enhancing photocatalytic activity can have considerable impact to promote the development of high efficient photocatalyst and industrial application for degrading pollutant, treating waste water and other environmental protection fields.

  17. Study on the photocatalytic degradation of glyphosate by TiO(2) photocatalyst.

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    Chen, Shifu; Liu, Yunzhang

    2007-03-01

    In this paper, the photocatalytic degradation of glyphosate selected as the deputy of organic pollutant in aqueous solution with TiO(2) powder as a photocatalyst has been studied. The effects of various parameters, such as the amount of the photocatalyst, illumination time, initial pH value, electron acceptors, metal ions, and anions on the photocatalytic degradation of glyphosate were investigated. From the studies, the best condition for the effect of the parameters on the photocatalytic degradation of glyphosate was obtained. The results show that the optimum amount of the photocatalyst used is 6.0 g l(-1) for the photocatalytic reactions. The photodegradation efficiency of glyphosate increases with the increase of the illumination time. With the addition of Fe(3+), Cu(2+), H(2)O(2), K(2)S(2)O(8) or KBrO(3), the photocatalytic degradation of glyphosate is accelerated. However, with the addition of Na(+), K(+), Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Zn(2+), Co(2+) and Ni(2+), or with the addition of trace amounts of Cl(-), Br(-), SO(4)(2-), there are no obvious effects on the reactions. Acidic or alkaline mediums are favorable for the photocatalytic degradation of glyphosate. The possible roles of the additives on the reactions and the possible mechanisms of effect were discussed. PMID:17156814

  18. A TiO2/AC composite photocatalyst with high activity and easy separation prepared by a hydrothermal method.

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    Liu, S X; Chen, X Y; Chen, X

    2007-05-01

    In the present work, a TiO2/activated carbon (AC) photocatalyst with high activity and easy separation was prepared using a hydrothermal method. Phenol, methyl orange (MO) and Cr(VI) were used as target pollutants to test the activity and decantability. SEM, XRD, FTIR, diffuse reflectance spectra (UV/DRS) and N2 adsorption isotherms were used to characterize the crystalline and electronic structure. Results show that the AC composite has a significant effect on the TiO2 activity. With suitable AC content, the TiO2/xAC catalysts prepared were much more active. The TiO2/5AC catalyst exhibited easy separation and less deactivation after several runs, and was less sensitive to pH changes. UV/DRS revealed that no electronic bandgap changes in TiO2 occurred on addition of the AC. SEM and XRD results suggest that better TiO2 distribution can be achieved when an optimal AC content is used. A Ti-O-C bond was formed and a slight conjugation effect appeared between the AC bulk and TiO2. The advantages of the obtained TiO2/5AC catalyst revealed its great practical potential in wastewater treatment. PMID:17049160

  19. Plasmonic TiO2/AgBr/Ag ternary composite nanosphere with heterojunction structure for advanced visible light photocatalyst

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    Dai, Kai; Li, Dongpei; Lu, Luhua; Liu, Qi; Liang, Changhao; Lv, Jiali; Zhu, Guangping

    2014-09-01

    In this work, TiO2/AgBr/Ag ternary composite nanosphere photocatalyst has been synthesized by in situ deposition of AgBr onto hollow spherical TiO2 template and followed by sun light reduction of AgBr into AgBr/Ag. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images have shown that the diameter of hollow TiO2 nanospheres is 250-350 nm and AgBr/Ag nanoparticles are well dispersed on the outer surface of TiO2 nanosphere. UV-vis spectrum analysis has shown largely improved visible light absorption of this ternary composite, in comparison to pure TiO2 and AgBr. The building-in AgBr/Ag, TiO2/AgBr and TiO2/Ag junctions within the ternary composite enhanced the visible light absorption because of plasmonic resonance and narrow bandgap. The pseudo-first-order rate constant kapp of the TiO2/AgBr/Ag ternary composite for methylene blue photodegradation displays 24.5 times and 3.3 times than the pure TiO2 nanosphere and AgBr/Ag nanoparticles, respectively. Furthermore, the stability of TiO2/AgBr/Ag ternary composite is characterized through cyclic photocatalytic test. Results indicate that 92.7% of photocatalytic degradation can be achieved by TiO2/AgBr/Ag ternary composite even after five recycles.

  20. An effective method for the preparation of high temperature stable anatase TiO2 photocatalysts

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    Fagan, Rachel; Synnott, Damian W.; McCormack, Declan E.; Pillai, Suresh C.

    2016-05-01

    An efficient, rapid and straightforward method for the preparation of nitrogen and fluorine (N, F) codoped high temperature stable anatase using a microwave pre-treatment is reported. Using a single source, ammonium fluoride (NH4F) for both nitrogen and fluorine, effective doping of the precursor titanium isopropoxide (TTIP) was possible. These samples were characterised for their structural and optical properties using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform IR (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy and UV-vis spectroscopy. In terms of the anatase to rutile transition enhancement using a novel microwave assisted technique, the sample prepared in a composition of 1:8 TiO2: NH4F at 1200 °C was seen to be most effective, having stable anatase present at 57.1% compared to undoped TiO2 being 100% rutile from 900 °C. This method involves the production of ammonium oxofluorotitanates (NH4TiOF3) at low temperatures. The inclusion of these intermediates greatly reduces the particle size growth and delays the anatase to rutile transition. The photocatalytic activity of these materials was studied by analysing the degradation of an organic dye, rhodamine 6G as a model system and the rate constant was calculated by pseudo-first-order kinetics. These results showed that the doped sample (0.0225 min-1) was three times more active than the undoped sample (0.0076 min-1) and over seven times faster than the commercial TiO2 photocatalyst standard Degussa P-25 calcined at 1200 °C (0.0030 min-1). The formation of intermediate compounds, oxofluorotitanates, was identified as the major reason for a delay in the anatase to rutile transition.

  1. Heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of sulfamethoxazole in water using a biochar-supported TiO2 photocatalyst.

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    Kim, Jihyun R; Kan, Eunsung

    2016-09-15

    The present study reports an effective heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) in water using a biochar-supported TiO2 (biochar/TiO2). The biochar was used as a low cost and effective support for TiO2 to lower the recombination rate of electrons and electron holes during photocatalysis, allow efficient attachment of TiO2, increase adsorption capacity and help easy separation of the photocatalyst after use. The biochar/TiO2 showed much higher adsorption of SMX than the commercial TiO2 powder due to the hydrophobic interaction between the biochar and SMX. Particularly this study focused on the effects of water quality and operating conditions on the photocatalytic oxidation of SMX. The addition of low concentration of bicarbonate made drastic enhancement in SMX removal and mineralization while the final effluent showed high biotoxicity. On the contrary, the presence of nitrate exhibited slight enhancement in SMX removal efficiency. The photocatalyst loading and UV irradiation time also played their important roles in enhancement of SMX removal and mineralization. In overall the photocatalytic oxidation of SMX using the biochar/TiO2 at the selected catalyst loading and irradiation time (5 g biochar-supported TiO2 L(-1), 6 h) resulted in the high removal and mineralization of SMX and negligible toxicity. PMID:27213862

  2. Polyaniline nanotubes coated with TiO2&γ-Fe2O3@graphene oxide as a novel and effective visible light photocatalyst for removal of rhodamine B from water

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    Ghavami, Monireh; Kassaee, Mohammad Zaman; Mohammadi, Reza; Koohi, Maryam; Haerizadeh, Bibi Narjes

    2014-12-01

    Synthesis of polyaniline-nanotubes (PANI-NT), in the presence of TiO2 and γ-Fe2O3 functionalized graphene oxide (GO), gives a green and magnetically recyclable photocatalyst, TiO2&γ-Fe2O3@GO/PANI-NT. The later orchestrates 94% photocatalytic efficiency in removal of rhodamine B (RB) from water, under simulated solar light irradiation. This is far higher than the 36% observed in the presence of TiO2&γ-Fe2O3@GO alone, where PANI-NT is excluded from the structure. Morphology, composition, and structural properties of our economically sound photocatalyst are characterized by X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, thermo-gravimetric, transmission electron microscopy, inductively coupled plasma, RAMAN and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy.

  3. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of B, Ce Co-doped TiO2 hollow fibers photocatalyst

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    Qiu, Jingping; Sun, Xiaogang; Xing, Jun; Liu, Xiaobo

    2014-07-01

    A series of B, Ce co-doped TiO2 (B, Ce-TiO2) photocatalytic materials with a hollow fiber structure were successfully prepared by template method using boric acid, ammonium ceric nitrate and tetrabutyltitanate as precursors and cotton fibers as template, followed by calcination at 500°C in an N2 atmosphere for 2 h. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements, and UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis) were employed to characterize the morphology, crystal structure, surface structure, and optical absorption properties of the samples. The photocatalytic performance of the samples was studied by photodegradation phenol in water under UV light irradiation. The results showed that the TiO2 fiber materials have hollow structures, and the fiber structure materials showed better photocatalytic properties for the degradation of phenol than pure TiO2 under UV light. In the experiment condition, the photocatalytic activity of B, Ce co-doped TiO2 fibers was optimal of all the prepared samples. In addition, the possibility of cyclic usage of B, Ce co-doped TiO2 fiber photocatalyst was also confirmed, the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 fibers remained above 90% of that of the fresh sample after being used four times. The material was easily removed by centrifugal separation from the medium. It can therefore be potentially applied for the treatment of water contaminated by organic pollutants.

  4. Rapid destruction of the rhodamine B using TiO2 photocatalyst in the liquid phase plasma

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    2013-01-01

    Background Rhodamine B (RhB) is widely used as a colorant in textiles and food stuffs, and is also a well-known water tracer fluorescent. It is harmful to human beings and animals, and causes irritation of the skin, eyes and respiratory tract. The carcinogenicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity and chronic toxicity toward humans and animals have been experimentally proven. RhB cannot be effectively removed by biological treatment due to the slow kinetics. Therefore, RhB is chosen as a model pollutant for liquid phase plasma (LPP) treatment in the present investigation. Results This paper presents experimental results for the bleaching of RhB from aqueous solutions in the presence of TiO2 photocatalyst with LPP system. Properties of generated plasma were investigated by optical emission spectroscopy methods. The results of electrical-discharge degradation of RhB showed that the decomposition rate increased with the applied voltage, pulse width, and frequency. The oxygen gas addition to reactant solution increases the degradation rate by active oxygen species. The RhB decomposition rate was shown to increase with the TiO2 particle dosage. Conclusion This work presents the conclusions on the photocatalytic oxidation of RhB, as a function of plasma conditions, oxygen gas bubbling as well as TiO2 particle dosage. We knew that using the liquid phase plasma system with TiO2 photocatalyst at high speed we could remove the organic matter in the water. PMID:24041151

  5. Self-Cleaning Effect of Solid Immersion Lens Using Photocatalyst TiO2 Film for Near-Field Recording

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    Hong, Hyun-Guk; Kim, Young-Joo

    2008-07-01

    A novel approach using the self-cleaning effect of photocatalyst TiO2 film was proposed and studied experimentally to solve the critical contamination issues in solid immersion lens (SIL) based near-field recording (NFR). To evaluate the feasibility of the self-cleaning approach, the surface of a hemispherical (half-ball) SIL and a glass disk were coated with TiO2 film which constituted the final layer of an antireflection (AR) coating for better optical transmittance. The hydrophilic property of the TiO2-coated SIL and disk was confirmed by the contact angle measurement with deionized water after thermal treatment to form an anatase structure and by the irradiation of UV light. To determine the effectiveness of the self-cleaning effect, a removal test was conducted with different contaminants such as a fingerprint and laser toner particles. The effects of the wavelength and intensity of UV light were tested over a range of irradiation times. The air flow during the rotation of the disk was also helpful for removing the contaminants. From the experimental results, it was confirmed that the self-cleaning effect of photocatalyst TiO2 film is very effective for removing organic contaminants from the surfaces of an SIL and disk, which means that this approach can be applied to SIL-based NFR systems.

  6. Advanced nanoporous TiO2 photocatalysts by hydrogen plasma for efficient solar-light photocatalytic application

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    An, Ha-Rim; Park, So Young; Kim, Hyeran; Lee, Che Yoon; Choi, Saehae; Lee, Soon Chang; Seo, Soonjoo; Park, Edmond Changkyun; Oh, You-Kwan; Song, Chan-Geun; Won, Jonghan; Kim, Youn Jung; Lee, Jouhahn; Lee, Hyun Uk; Lee, Young-Chul

    2016-01-01

    We report an effect involving hydrogen (H2)-plasma-treated nanoporous TiO2(H-TiO2) photocatalysts that improve photocatalytic performance under solar-light illumination. H-TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by application of hydrogen plasma of assynthesized TiO2(a-TiO2) without annealing process. Compared with the a-TiO2, the H-TiO2 exhibited high anatase/brookite bicrystallinity and a porous structure. Our study demonstrated that H2 plasma is a simple strategy to fabricate H-TiO2 covering a large surface area that offers many active sites for the extension of the adsorption spectra from ultraviolet (UV) to visible range. Notably, the H-TiO2 showed strong ·OH free-radical generation on the TiO2 surface under both UV- and visible-light irradiation with a large responsive surface area, which enhanced photocatalytic efficiency. Under solar-light irradiation, the optimized H-TiO2 120(H2-plasma treatment time: 120 min) photocatalysts showed unprecedentedly excellent removal capability for phenol (Ph), reactive black 5(RB 5), rhodamine B (Rho B) and methylene blue (MB) — approximately four-times higher than those of the other photocatalysts (a-TiO2 and P25) — resulting in complete purification of the water. Such well-purified water (>90%) can utilize culturing of cervical cancer cells (HeLa), breast cancer cells (MCF-7), and keratinocyte cells (HaCaT) while showing minimal cytotoxicity. Significantly, H-TiO2 photocatalysts can be mass-produced and easily processed at room temperature. We believe this novel method can find important environmental and biomedical applications. PMID:27406992

  7. Advanced nanoporous TiO2 photocatalysts by hydrogen plasma for efficient solar-light photocatalytic application

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    An, Ha-Rim; Park, So Young; Kim, Hyeran; Lee, Che Yoon; Choi, Saehae; Lee, Soon Chang; Seo, Soonjoo; Park, Edmond Changkyun; Oh, You-Kwan; Song, Chan-Geun; Won, Jonghan; Kim, Youn Jung; Lee, Jouhahn; Lee, Hyun Uk; Lee, Young-Chul

    2016-07-01

    We report an effect involving hydrogen (H2)-plasma-treated nanoporous TiO2(H-TiO2) photocatalysts that improve photocatalytic performance under solar-light illumination. H-TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by application of hydrogen plasma of assynthesized TiO2(a-TiO2) without annealing process. Compared with the a-TiO2, the H-TiO2 exhibited high anatase/brookite bicrystallinity and a porous structure. Our study demonstrated that H2 plasma is a simple strategy to fabricate H-TiO2 covering a large surface area that offers many active sites for the extension of the adsorption spectra from ultraviolet (UV) to visible range. Notably, the H-TiO2 showed strong ·OH free-radical generation on the TiO2 surface under both UV- and visible-light irradiation with a large responsive surface area, which enhanced photocatalytic efficiency. Under solar-light irradiation, the optimized H-TiO2 120(H2-plasma treatment time: 120 min) photocatalysts showed unprecedentedly excellent removal capability for phenol (Ph), reactive black 5(RB 5), rhodamine B (Rho B) and methylene blue (MB) — approximately four-times higher than those of the other photocatalysts (a-TiO2 and P25) — resulting in complete purification of the water. Such well-purified water (>90%) can utilize culturing of cervical cancer cells (HeLa), breast cancer cells (MCF-7), and keratinocyte cells (HaCaT) while showing minimal cytotoxicity. Significantly, H-TiO2 photocatalysts can be mass-produced and easily processed at room temperature. We believe this novel method can find important environmental and biomedical applications.

  8. Advanced nanoporous TiO2 photocatalysts by hydrogen plasma for efficient solar-light photocatalytic application.

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    An, Ha-Rim; Park, So Young; Kim, Hyeran; Lee, Che Yoon; Choi, Saehae; Lee, Soon Chang; Seo, Soonjoo; Park, Edmond Changkyun; Oh, You-Kwan; Song, Chan-Geun; Won, Jonghan; Kim, Youn Jung; Lee, Jouhahn; Lee, Hyun Uk; Lee, Young-Chul

    2016-01-01

    We report an effect involving hydrogen (H2)-plasma-treated nanoporous TiO2(H-TiO2) photocatalysts that improve photocatalytic performance under solar-light illumination. H-TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by application of hydrogen plasma of assynthesized TiO2(a-TiO2) without annealing process. Compared with the a-TiO2, the H-TiO2 exhibited high anatase/brookite bicrystallinity and a porous structure. Our study demonstrated that H2 plasma is a simple strategy to fabricate H-TiO2 covering a large surface area that offers many active sites for the extension of the adsorption spectra from ultraviolet (UV) to visible range. Notably, the H-TiO2 showed strong ·OH free-radical generation on the TiO2 surface under both UV- and visible-light irradiation with a large responsive surface area, which enhanced photocatalytic efficiency. Under solar-light irradiation, the optimized H-TiO2 120(H2-plasma treatment time: 120 min) photocatalysts showed unprecedentedly excellent removal capability for phenol (Ph), reactive black 5(RB 5), rhodamine B (Rho B) and methylene blue (MB) - approximately four-times higher than those of the other photocatalysts (a-TiO2 and P25) - resulting in complete purification of the water. Such well-purified water (>90%) can utilize culturing of cervical cancer cells (HeLa), breast cancer cells (MCF-7), and keratinocyte cells (HaCaT) while showing minimal cytotoxicity. Significantly, H-TiO2 photocatalysts can be mass-produced and easily processed at room temperature. We believe this novel method can find important environmental and biomedical applications. PMID:27406992

  9. Reduced graphene oxide and Ag wrapped TiO2 photocatalyst for enhanced visible light photocatalysis

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    Leong, Kah Hon; Sim, Lan Ching; Bahnemann, Detlef; Jang, Min; Ibrahim, Shaliza; Saravanan, Pichiah

    2015-10-01

    A well-organised reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and silver (Ag) wrapped TiO2 nano-hybrid was successfully achieved through a facile and easy route. The inherent characteristics of the synthesized RGO-Ag/TiO2 were revealed through crystalline phase, morphology, chemical composition, Raman scattering, UV-visible absorption, and photoluminescence analyses. The adopted synthesis route significantly controlled the uniform formation of silver nanoparticles and contributed for the absorption of light in the visible spectrum through localized surface plasmon resonance effects. The wrapped RGO nanosheets triggered the electron mobility and promoted visible light shift towards red spectrum. The accomplishment of synergised effect of RGO and Ag well degraded Bisphenol A under visible light irradiation with a removal efficiency of 61.9%.

  10. High-performance photodetectors and enhanced photocatalysts of two-dimensional TiO2 nanosheets under UV light excitation

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    Yang, Jiao; Jiang, Yi-Lin; Li, Lin-Jie; Muhire, Elisée; Gao, Mei-Zhen

    2016-04-01

    Due to the large surface area-to-volume ratio and rapid electron transfer, two-dimensional (2D) TiO2 nanosheets with ultrathin thicknesses are synthesized by using a bottom-up strategy and these self-assembled nanosheet (NS)-based photocatalysts and photodetectors were explored for the first time. The influence of calcination temperature on microstructures and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanosheets were discovered and presented. The as-obtained TiO2 nanosheets were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV-vis spectrophotometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The following heat treatment process induced phase evolution from rutile to anatase. The TiO2 nanosheets calcined at 500 °C exhibited the best activity for photo-degradation of organic dyes under UV light irradiation. The obtained photodetector exhibits excellent performance with a high photocurrent to dark current ratio and fast response and recovery times. Additionally, we demonstrated that the device may have potential applications in the future low-power optoelectronics system.Due to the large surface area-to-volume ratio and rapid electron transfer, two-dimensional (2D) TiO2 nanosheets with ultrathin thicknesses are synthesized by using a bottom-up strategy and these self-assembled nanosheet (NS)-based photocatalysts and photodetectors were explored for the first time. The influence of calcination temperature on microstructures and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanosheets were discovered and presented. The as-obtained TiO2 nanosheets were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV-vis spectrophotometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The following

  11. Investigation of TiO2 photocatalyst performance for decolorization in the presence of hydrodynamic cavitation as hybrid AOP.

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    Bethi, Bhaskar; Sonawane, S H; Rohit, G S; Holkar, C R; Pinjari, D V; Bhanvase, B A; Pandit, A B

    2016-01-01

    In this article, an acoustic cavitation engineered novel approach for the synthesis of TiO2, cerium and Fe doped TiO2 nanophotocatalysts is reported. The prepared TiO2, cerium and Fe doped TiO2 nanophotocatalysts were characterized by XRD and TEM analysis to evaluate its structure and morphology. Photo catalytic performance of undoped TiO2 catalyst was investigated for the decolorization of crystal violet dye in aqueous solution at pH of 6.5 in the presence of hydro dynamic cavitation. Effect of catalyst doping with Fe and Ce was also studied for the decolorization of crystal violet dye. The results shows that, 0.8% of Fe-doped TiO2 exhibits maximum photocatalytic activity in the decolorization study of crystal violet dye due to the presence of Fe in the TiO2 and it may acts as a fenton reagent. Kinetic studies have also been reported for the hybrid AOP (HAOP) that followed the pseudo first-order reaction kinetics. PMID:26384894

  12. Photocatalytic synthesis of TiO(2) and reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite for lithium ion battery.

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    Qiu, Jingxia; Zhang, Peng; Ling, Min; Li, Sheng; Liu, Porun; Zhao, Huijun; Zhang, Shanqing

    2012-07-25

    In this work, we synthesized graphene oxide (GO) using the improved Hummers' oxidation method. TiO2 nanoparticles can be anchored on the GO sheets via the abundant oxygen-containing functional groups such as epoxy, hydroxyl, carbonyl, and carboxyl groups on the GO sheets. Using the TiO2 photocatalyst, the GO was photocatalytically reduced under UV illumination, leading to the production of TiO2-reduced graphene oxide (TiO2-RGO) nanocomposite. The as-prepared TiO2, TiO2-GO, and TiO2-RGO nanocomposite were used to fabricate lithium ion batteries (LIBs) as the active anode materials and their corresponding lithium ion insertion/extraction performance was evaluated. The resultant LIBs of the TiO2-RGO nanocomposite possesses more stable cyclic performance, larger reversible capacity, and better rate capability, compared with that of the pure TiO2 and TiO2-GO samples. The electrochemical and materials characterization suggest that the graphene network provides efficient pathways for electron transfer, and the TiO2 nanoparticles prevent the restacking of the graphene nanosheets, resulting in the improvement in both electric conductivity and specific capacity, respectively. This work suggests that the TiO2 based photocatalytic method could be a simple, low-cost, and efficient approach for large-scale production of anode materials for lithium ion batteries. PMID:22738305

  13. Influences of TiO2 phase structures on the structures and photocatalytic hydrogen production of CuOx/TiO2 photocatalysts

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    Liu, Yuanxu; Wang, Zhonglei; Huang, Weixin

    2016-12-01

    CuOx/TiO2 photocatalysts employing TiO2 with different phase structures as well as P25 as supports were prepared, and their structures and activity for photocatalytic H2 production in methanol/water solution under simulated solar light were comparatively studied. Structural characterization results demonstrated that the TiO2 phase structure strongly affects the CuOx-TiO2 interaction and copper species in various CuOx/TiO2 photocatalysts. The Cu2O-rutile TiO2 interaction is much stronger than the Cu2O-anatase TiO2 interaction, facilitates the interfacial charge transfer process within the Cu2O-rutile TiO2 heterojunction but disables supported Cu2O to catalyze the hole-participated methanol oxidation. The Cu2O-anatase TiO2 heterojunction with the appropriate Cu2O-anatase TiO2 interaction and thus the balancing efficiencies between the interfacial charge transfer process and hole-participated methanol oxidation is most photocatalytic active, and CuOx/P25 with the largest population of Cu2O-anatase TiO2 heterojunction exhibits the highest photocatalytic H2 production. These results provide novel insights in the applied surface science of CuOx/TiO2 photocatalysts.

  14. High-performance photodetectors and enhanced photocatalysts of two-dimensional TiO2 nanosheets under UV light excitation.

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    Yang, Jiao; Jiang, Yi-Lin; Li, Lin-Jie; Muhire, Elisée; Gao, Mei-Zhen

    2016-04-14

    Due to the large surface area-to-volume ratio and rapid electron transfer, two-dimensional (2D) TiO2 nanosheets with ultrathin thicknesses are synthesized by using a bottom-up strategy and these self-assembled nanosheet (NS)-based photocatalysts and photodetectors were explored for the first time. The influence of calcination temperature on microstructures and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanosheets were discovered and presented. The as-obtained TiO2 nanosheets were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV-vis spectrophotometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The following heat treatment process induced phase evolution from rutile to anatase. The TiO2 nanosheets calcined at 500 °C exhibited the best activity for photo-degradation of organic dyes under UV light irradiation. The obtained photodetector exhibits excellent performance with a high photocurrent to dark current ratio and fast response and recovery times. Additionally, we demonstrated that the device may have potential applications in the future low-power optoelectronics system. PMID:27030475

  15. Ease synthesis of mesoporous WO3-TiO2 nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic performance for photodegradation of herbicide imazapyr under visible light and UV illumination.

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    Ismail, Adel A; Abdelfattah, Ibrahim; Helal, Ahmed; Al-Sayari, S A; Robben, L; Bahnemann, D W

    2016-04-15

    Herein, we report the ease synthesis of mesoporous WO3-TiO2 nanocomposites at different WO3 contents (0-5wt%) together with their photocatalytic performance for the degradation of the imazapyr herbicide under visible light and UV illumination. XRD and Raman spectra indicated that the highly crystalline anatase TiO2 phase and monoclinic and triclinic of WO3 were formed. The mesoporous TiO2 exhibits large pore volumes of 0.267cm(3)g-1 and high surface areas of 180m(2)g(-1) but they become reduced to 0.221cm(3)g(-1) and 113m(2)g(-1), respectively upon WO3 incorporation, with tunable mesopore diameter in the range of 5-6.5nm. TEM images show WO3-TiO2 nanocomposites are quite uniform with 10-15nm of TiO2 and 5-10nm of WO3 sizes. Under UV illumination, the overall photocatalytic efficiency of the 3% WO3-TiO2 nanocomposite is 3.5 and 6.6 times higher than that of mesoporous TiO2 and commercial UV-100 photocatalyst, respectively. The 3% WO3-TiO2 nanocomposite is considered to be the optimum photocatalyst which is able to degrade completely (100% conversion) of imazapyr herbicide along 120min with high photonic efficiency ∼8%. While under visible light illumination, the 0.5% WO3-TiO2 nanocomposite is the optimum photocatalyst which achieves 46% photocatalytic efficiency. PMID:26775101

  16. Feasibility of silver doped TiO2/glass fiber photocatalyst under visible irradiation as an indoor air germicide.

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    Pham, Thanh-Dong; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2014-03-01

    This study investigated the feasibility of using Ag-TiO2 photocatalyst supported on glass fiber (Ag-TiO2/GF) prepared by a sol-gel method as an indoor air germicide. An experimental model was designed to investigate the bacterial disinfection efficiency of Staphylococcus (Staph), the most popular bacterium in hospitals in Korea, by the Ag-TiO2/GF photocatalyst. The silver content in Ag/TiO2 was altered from 1 to 10% to investigate the optimal ratio of Ag doped on TiO2/glass fiber (TiO2/GF) for photocatalytic disinfection of Staph. This study confirmed that Ag in Ag-TiO2/GF could work as an electron sink or donor to increase photocatalytic activity and promote the charge separation of electron-hole pairs generated from TiO2 after photon absorption. Ag also acts as an intermediate agent for the transfer of photo-generated electrons from the valence band of TiO2 to an acceptor (O2 gas) to promote photo-oxidation processes. The photocatalytic disinfection activity of Ag-TiO2/GF under visible light increased with the increase in silver content up to 7.5% and then slightly decreased with further increasing silver content. The highest disinfection efficiency and disinfection capacity of Staph using 7.5% Ag-TiO2/GF were 75.23% and 20 (CFU∙s-1∙cm-2) respectively. The medium level of humidity of 60% ± 5% showed better photocatalytic disinfection than the lower (40% ± 5%) or higher (80% ± 5%) levels. PMID:24658408

  17. Feasibility of Silver Doped TiO2/Glass Fiber Photocatalyst under Visible Irradiation as an Indoor Air Germicide

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    Pham, Thanh-Dong; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated the feasibility of using Ag-TiO2 photocatalyst supported on glass fiber (Ag-TiO2/GF) prepared by a sol-gel method as an indoor air germicide. An experimental model was designed to investigate the bacterial disinfection efficiency of Staphylococcus (Staph), the most popular bacterium in hospitals in Korea, by the Ag-TiO2/GF photocatalyst. The silver content in Ag/TiO2 was altered from 1 to 10% to investigate the optimal ratio of Ag doped on TiO2/glass fiber (TiO2/GF) for photocatalytic disinfection of Staph. This study confirmed that Ag in Ag-TiO2/GF could work as an electron sink or donor to increase photocatalytic activity and promote the charge separation of electron-hole pairs generated from TiO2 after photon absorption. Ag also acts as an intermediate agent for the transfer of photo-generated electrons from the valence band of TiO2 to an acceptor (O2 gas) to promote photo-oxidation processes. The photocatalytic disinfection activity of Ag-TiO2/GF under visible light increased with the increase in silver content up to 7.5% and then slightly decreased with further increasing silver content. The highest disinfection efficiency and disinfection capacity of Staph using 7.5% Ag-TiO2/GF were 75.23% and 20 (CFU∙s−1∙cm−2) respectively. The medium level of humidity of 60% ± 5% showed better photocatalytic disinfection than the lower (40% ± 5%) or higher (80% ± 5%) levels. PMID:24658408

  18. TiO2/carboxylate-rich porous carbon: A highly efficient visible-light-driven photocatalyst based on the ligand-to-metal charge transfer (LMCT) process

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    Qu, Lingling; Huang, Dongliang; Shi, Hefei; Gu, Mengbin; Li, Jilei; Dong, Fei; Luo, Zhijun

    2015-10-01

    A novel visible-light-driven photocatalyst based on TiO2/carboxylate-rich porous carbon composite (TiO2/CRPC) was successfully synthesized by low temperature carbonization process in air. Sodium gluconate plays a crucial role in the formation of TiO2/CRPC. Different functional groups of sodium gluconate play synergetic roles in the formation of TiO2/CRPC. XRD and Raman spectra studies indicated that there are two different TiO2 crystalline phases existing in TiO2/CRPC, which are anatase and brookite, and the CRPC is amorphous. Via FT-IR and XPS spectra investigations, it was demonstrated that carboxylate group, the ligand-to-metal charge transfer (LMCT) forming functional group, was solidified into the CRPC and form the LMCT complex on TiO2 surface through the fabrication of TiO2/CRPC. Compared with the pure TiO2, TiO2/CRPC exhibit enhanced absorption in the UV and visible light region around 260-600 nm. The strong absorption in the visible light region gives TiO2/CRPC advantages over pure TiO2 for the degradation of organic pollutants. TiO2/CRPC can activate O2 in air under mild conditions and exhibit excellent visible-light-driven photocatalytic activities. However, TiO2/C composite obtained by using glucose instead of sodium gluconate exhibits poor photocatalytic activity, which demonstrated that carboxylate-TiO2 complexes are responsible for the prominent photocatalytic properties of TiO2/CRPC under visible light irradiation.

  19. Enhanced sunlight photocatalytic activity of Ag3PO4 decorated novel combustion synthesis derived TiO2 nanobelts for dye and bacterial degradation.

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    Eswar, Neerugatti KrishnaRao; Ramamurthy, Praveen Chandrashekarapura; Madras, Giridhar

    2015-07-01

    This study demonstrates the synthesis of TiO2 nanobelts using solution combustion derived TiO2 with enhanced photocatalytic activity for dye degradation and bacterial inactivation. Hydrothermal treatment of combustion synthesized TiO2 resulted in unique partially etched TiO2 nanobelts and Ag3PO4 was decorated using the co-precipitation method. The catalyst particles were characterized using X-ray diffraction analysis, BET surface area analysis, diffuse reflectance and electron microscopy. The photocatalytic properties of the composites of Ag3PO4 with pristine combustion synthesized TiO2 and commercial TiO2 under sunlight were compared. Therefore the studies conducted proved that the novel Ag3PO4/unique combustion synthesis derived TiO2 nanobelt composites exhibited extended light absorption, better charge transfer mechanism and higher generation of hydroxyl and hole radicals. These properties resulted in enhanced photodegradation of dyes and bacteria when compared to the commercial TiO2 nanocomposite. These findings have important implications in designing new photocatalysts for water purification. PMID:26056065

  20. Photocatalytic degradation of sulfamethoxazole in aqueous solution using a floating TiO2-expanded perlite photocatalyst.

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    Długosz, Maciej; Żmudzki, Paweł; Kwiecień, Anna; Szczubiałka, Krzysztof; Krzek, Jan; Nowakowska, Maria

    2015-11-15

    Photocatalytic degradation of an antibiotic, sulfamethoxazole (SMX), in aqueous solution using a novel floating TiO2-expanded perlite photocatalyst (EP-TiO2-773) and radiation from the near UV spectral range was studied. The process is important considering that SMX is known to be a widespread and highly persistent pollutant of water resources. SMX degradation was described using a pseudo-first-order kinetic equation according to the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. The products of the SMX photocatalytic degradation were identified. The effect of pH on the kinetics and mechanism of SMX photocatalytic degradation was explained. PMID:26024615

  1. High-Throughput Synthesis and Screening of Titania-Based Photocatalysts.

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    Nursam, Natalita M; Wang, Xingdong; Caruso, Rachel A

    2015-10-12

    Titanium dioxide is widely known as a prominent photocatalyst material and research in this area has increased substantially over the last decades. However, the photoactivity of TiO2 is hindered by several factors, such as a relatively high photogenerated electron-hole recombination rate and a wide bandgap of ∼ 3.2 eV, rendering it inactive under visible light. Approaches to optimize the TiO2 photocatalyst, either by altering its morphological or chemical properties, have been conducted for many years, yet further modification of this semiconductor has the potential to yield photocatalysts with excellent properties and higher photocatalytic activity. This could be effectively explored using combinatorial synthesis coupled with high-throughput characterization approaches. Such an approach has been widely applied for the discovery of new functional materials, including photocatalysts. By using high-throughput synthesis and characterization technology, preparation and screening of materials on small sample scales can be accelerated; hence, new TiO2-based photocatalysts with enhanced photocatalytic activity can be acquired more rapidly. Additionally, the large database of materials being systematically examined will greatly build our fundamental understanding of the relation between materials structure/composition and photocatalytic activity. This review details various high-throughput syntheses and characterization techniques applied to improve the photocatalytic properties of TiO2 materials and discuss several challenges that have been raised or may be encountered in the future when using this approach. PMID:26371558

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

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

    2015-11-15

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

  3. Probing interactions between TiO 2 photocatalyst and adsorbing species using quartz crystal microbalance

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    Morand, R.; Noworyta, K.; Augustynski, J.

    2002-10-01

    Photoactivity of nanocrystalline TiO 2 films is shown to be strongly affected by the presence in aqueous solution of salicylic acid, known to form Ti(IV)salicylate surface complexes. In particular, the photooxidation of methanol - an effective hole scavenger - at TiO 2 appears to be in part, or even completely inhibited by the additions of increasing amounts of salicylic acid. The chemisorption of salicylic and also phthalic acid on TiO 2 was followed using quartz crystal microbalance, QCM. The observed resonant frequency changes of the quartz crystal bearing TiO 2 films, accompanying increasing additions of the benzoic acids to the contacting solutions, indicate large displacement of water as a consequence of the adsorbent-imparted hydrophobicity of the interface.

  4. OXYGENATION OF HYDROCARBONS USING NANOSTRUCTURED TIO2 AS A PHOTOCATALYST: A GREEN ALTERNATIVE

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    High-value organic compounds have been synthesized successfully from linear and cyclic saturated hydrocarbons by a photocatalytic oxidation process using a semiconductor material, titanium dioxide (TiO2). Various hydrocarbons were partially oxygenated in both aqueous and gaseous...

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

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    Weon, Seunghyun; Choi, Wonyong

    2016-03-01

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

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

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    Dong, Yinmao; Tang, Dongyan; Li, Chensha

    2014-03-01

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

  7. Why is anatase a better photocatalyst than rutile? - Model studies on epitaxial TiO2 films

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    Luttrell, Tim; Halpegamage, Sandamali; Tao, Junguang; Kramer, Alan; Sutter, Eli; Batzill, Matthias

    2014-01-01

    The prototypical photocatalyst TiO2 exists in different polymorphs, the most common forms are the anatase- and rutile-crystal structures. Generally, anatase is more active than rutile, but no consensus exists to explain this difference. Here we demonstrate that it is the bulk transport of excitons to the surface that contributes to the difference. Utilizing high –quality epitaxial TiO2 films of the two polymorphs we evaluate the photocatalytic activity as a function of TiO2-film thickness. For anatase the activity increases for films up to ~5 nm thick, while rutile films reach their maximum activity for ~2.5 nm films already. This shows that charge carriers excited deeper in the bulk contribute to surface reactions in anatase than in rutile. Furthermore, we measure surface orientation dependent activity on rutile single crystals. The pronounced orientation-dependent activity can also be correlated to anisotropic bulk charge carrier mobility, suggesting general importance of bulk charge diffusion for explaining photocatalytic anisotropies. PMID:24509651

  8. Enhanced Hydrogen Production from DNA-Assembled Z-Scheme TiO2-CdS Photocatalyst Systems.

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    Ma, Ke; Yehezkeli, Omer; Domaille, Dylan W; Funke, Hans H; Cha, Jennifer N

    2015-09-21

    A wide range of inorganic nanostructures have been used as photocatalysts for generating H2. To increase activity, Z-scheme photocatalytic systems have been implemented that use multiple types of photoactive materials and electron mediators. Optimal catalysis has previously been obtained by interfacing different materials through aggregation or epitaxial nucleation, all of which lowers the accessible active surface area. DNA has now been used as a structure-directing agent to organize TiO2 and CdS nanocrystals. A significant increase in H2 production compared to CdS or TiO2 alone was thus observed directly in solution with no sacrificial donors or applied bias. The inclusion of benzoquinone (BQ) equidistant between the TiO2 and CdS through DNA assembly further increased H2 production. While the use of a second quinone in conjunction with BQ showed no more improvement, its location within the Z-scheme was found to strongly influence catalysis. PMID:26136433

  9. Solvothermal fabrication of activated semi-coke supported TiO2-rGO nanocomposite photocatalysts and application for NO removal under visible light

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    Yang, Weiwei; Li, Chunhu; Wang, Liang; Sun, ShengNan; Yan, Xin

    2015-10-01

    The photocatalysts of activated semi-coke supported TiO2-rGO nanocomposite (TiO2-rGO/ASC) with different contents of reduced graphene oxide were fabricated by one-step solvothermal method for NO removal under visible light irradiation. It was confirmed that 8% content of reduced graphene oxide presented the best NO photooxidation performance under visible light irradiation at 70 °C with 350-400 mg/m3 NO,5% O2 and 5% relative humidity. The reasons for improved activity were discussed, alloyed with the mechanism of producing CO. Detailed structural information of TiO2-rGO/ASC photocatalysts was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-Vis DRS) and photoluminescence (PL), which indicated that the introduction of rGO was responsible for well dispersion, smaller crystalline size, red shift of absorption band and suppressing quick photo-induced charges recombination of TiO2-rGO/ASC photocatalysts. Optimization of operational parameters with 70 °C, 8% O2 and 8% relative humidity were also obtained. Deactivation of TiO2-rGO/ASC photocatalysts for NO removal was investigated by Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) analysis. Regeneration experiments showed that thermal vapor regeneration would be optimal method owing to excellent regenerative capacity and inexpensive procedure.

  10. Au-loaded TiO2 and Ag-loaded TiO2 synthesized by modified sol-gel/impregnation method as photocatalysts

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    Ninsonti, Hathaithip; Sriwichai, Saengrawee; Wetchakun, Natda; Kangwansupamonkon, Wiyong; Phanichphant, Sukon

    2016-02-01

    In this work, Au-loaded TiO2 and Ag-loaded TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by modified sol-gel method together with impregnation method. The samples were characterized by their physicochemical properties using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in order to obtain the correlation between structure and photocatalytic properties. XRD results indicated unloaded TiO2, Au-loaded TiO2 and Ag-loaded TiO2 nanoparticles were all in the anatase phase with average crystallite size in the range of 10-13 nm. In addition, XPS analysis confirmed the presence of Au and Ag elements in Au-loaded TiO2 and Ag-loaded TiO2 nanoparticles, respectively. The photocatalytic activities of TiO2, Au-loaded TiO2 and Ag-loaded TiO2 nanoparticles were evaluated through the mineralization of formic acid under UV-light illumination. The results showed that Au-loading and Ag-loading could effectively improve the photocatalytic activities of TiO2. Furthermore, Au-loaded TiO2 exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity than Ag-loaded TiO2.

  11. Highly efficient and recyclable triple-shelled Ag@Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 photocatalysts for degradation of organic pollutants and reduction of hexavalent chromium ions

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    Su, Jianwei; Zhang, Yunxia; Xu, Sichao; Wang, Shuan; Ding, Hualin; Pan, Shusheng; Wang, Guozhong; Li, Guanghai; Zhao, Huijun

    2014-04-01

    (P25), pure TiO2 microspheres, Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 and annealed Ag@Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 nanocomposites, the as-obtained amorphous triple-shelled Ag@Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 hierarchical nanospheres exhibit a markedly enhanced visible light or sunlight photocatalytic activity towards the photodegradation of methylene blue and photoreduction of hexavalent chromium ions in wastewater. The outstanding photocatalytic activities of the plasmonic photocatalyst are mainly due to the enhanced light harvesting, reduced transport paths for both mass and charge transport, reduced recombination probability of photogenerated electrons/holes, near field electromagnetic enhancement and efficient scattering from the plasmonic nanostructure, increased surface-to-volume ratio and active sites in three dimensional (3D) hierarchical porous nanostructures, and improved photo/chemical stability. More importantly, the hierarchical nanostructured Ag@Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 photocatalysts could be easily collected and separated by applying an external magnetic field and reused at least five times without any appreciable reduction in photocatalytic efficiency. The enhanced photocatalytic activity and excellent chemical stability, in combination with the magnetic recyclability, make these multifunctional nanostructures promising candidates to remediate aquatic contaminants and meet the demands of future environmental issues. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Synthesis of TiO2 microspheres; synthesis of Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 nanospheres; synthesis of Ag@Fe3O4@TiO2 nanospheres; SEM images of the as-prepared products: (a) Ag@Fe3O4, (b) Ag@Fe3O4@SiO2 and (c) Ag@Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 (Fig. S1); TEM images of the Ag@Fe3O4@SiO2 synthesized with adding different amount of TEOS (Fig. S2); SEM, TEM and EDS spectrum of Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 NPs (Fig. S3); SEM and TEM images of as-prepared TiO2 microspheres (Fig. S4); nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm and pore size distribution plot for as-prepared Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 and TiO2

  12. TiO2 synthesis inspired by biomineralization: control of morphology, crystal phase, and light-use efficiency in a single process.

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    Nonoyama, Takayuki; Kinoshita, Takatoshi; Higuchi, Masahiro; Nagata, Kenji; Tanaka, Masayoshi; Sato, Kimiyasu; Kato, Katsuya

    2012-05-30

    Hydroxyapatite is mineralized along the long axis of collagen fiber during osteogenesis. Mimicking such biomineralization has great potential to control inorganic structures and is fast becoming an important next-generation inorganic synthesis method. Inorganic matter synthesized by biomineralization can have beautiful and functional structures that cannot be created artificially. In this study, we applied biomineralization to the synthesis of the only photocatalyst in practical use today, titanium dioxide (TiO(2)). The photocatalytic activity of TiO(2) mainly relates to three properties: morphology, crystal phase, and light-use efficiency. To optimize TiO(2) morphology, we used a simple sequential peptide as an organic template. TiO(2) mineralized by a β-sheet peptide nanofiber template forms fiber-like shapes that are not observed for mineralization by peptides in the shape of random coils. To optimize TiO(2) crystal phase, we mineralized TiO(2) with the template at 400 °C to transform it into the rutile phase and at 700 °C to transform it into a mixed phase of anatase and rutile. To optimize light-use efficiency, we introduced nitrogen atoms of the peptide into the TiO(2) structure as doped elemental material during sintering. Thus, this biomineralization method enables control of inorganic morphology, crystal phase, and light-use efficiency in a single process. PMID:22578231

  13. Sandwich SrTiO3/TiO2/H-Titanate nanofiber composite photocatalysts for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

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    Liu, Yuanxu; Wang, Zhonglei; Wang, Wendong; An, Xiaoqiang; Mi, Shiyang; Tang, Junwang; Huang, Weixin

    2014-10-01

    SrTiO3/TiO2/H-Titanate nanofiber composites were synthesized through facile thermal treatment of Sr(OH)2 and H-titanate nanofibers in an ethanol/water solution and their photocatalytic activities for H2 evolution from a methanol/water solution under simulated solar irradiation were evaluated. TiO2/H-titanate nanofiber composites were acquired without Sr(OH)2 addition. At low Sr/Ti molar ratios, SrTiO3/TiO2/H-titanate nanofiber composites form. SrTiO3 nanoparticles were found to selectively grow on the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles, forming a unique SrTiO3-TiO2-H-titanate sandwich heterojunction. Upon increasing the Sr/Ti molar ratio, the fraction of TiO2 in the resultant composites decreases and eventually SrTiO3/H-titanate nanofiber composites form. SrTiO3/TiO2/H-titanate nanofiber composites are significantly more photocatalytically active than SrTiO3/H-titanate nanofiber and TiO2/H-titanate nanofiber composites due to the mitigated charge recombination and the accumulation of photo-excited electrons on the photocatalytically active TiO2 component. These results demonstrate an effective strategy of multi-heterojunctions with both appropriately-aligned band structures and appropriately-arranged composite structures to fabricate efficient composite photocatalysts.

  14. Preparation and characterization of SeO2/TiO2 composite photocatalyst with excellent performance for sunset yellow azo dye degradation under natural sunlight illumination.

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    Rajamanickam, D; Dhatshanamurthi, P; Shanthi, M

    2015-03-01

    To improve the solar light induced photocatalytic application performances of TiO2, in this study, the SeO2 modified TiO2 composite photocatalysts with various ratios of SeO2 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 SeO2/TiO2 was investigated for the degradation of sunset yellow (SY) in aqueous solution using solar light. The SeO2/TiO2 is found to be more efficient than prepared TiO2 and TiO2-P25 at pH 7 for the mineralization of SY. 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 degradation was strongly enhanced in the presence of electron acceptors such as oxone, KIO4 and KBrO3. The kinetics of SY photodegradation was found to follow the pseudo-first order rate law and could be described in terms of Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. The mineralization of SY has been confirmed by COD measurements. The catalyst is found to be reusable. PMID:25528508

  15. Preparation and characterization of SeO2/TiO2 composite photocatalyst with excellent performance for sunset yellow azo dye degradation under natural sunlight illumination

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    Rajamanickam, D.; Dhatshanamurthi, P.; Shanthi, M.

    2015-03-01

    To improve the solar light induced photocatalytic application performances of TiO2, in this study, the SeO2 modified TiO2 composite photocatalysts with various ratios of SeO2 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 SeO2/TiO2 was investigated for the degradation of sunset yellow (SY) in aqueous solution using solar light. The SeO2/TiO2 is found to be more efficient than prepared TiO2 and TiO2-P25 at pH 7 for the mineralization of SY. 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 degradation was strongly enhanced in the presence of electron acceptors such as oxone, KIO4 and KBrO3. The kinetics of SY photodegradation was found to follow the pseudo-first order rate law and could be described in terms of Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. The mineralization of SY has been confirmed by COD measurements. The catalyst is found to be reusable.

  16. Photocatalytic degration kinetics in Rhodamine B dye degradation with poriferous TiO2 photocatalyst

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    Wang, Zheng-Ping; Jiao, Cai-Shan; Chen, Xing-Juan

    2006-06-01

    A type of poriferous TiO2 material was prepared using cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide as a template agent and butyl tetra titanate as a precursor. Through studying the photocatalytic kinetic activity of Rhodamine B photocatalytic degradation reaction with a UV-1601PC ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer, the photocatalytic degradation process of Rhodamine B was found to not correspond to the first-order kinetic process completely. According to the reaction phenomenon, the photocatalytic degradation process of Rhodamine B with poriferous TiO2 involved two irrevesible reactions. The kinetic model was tested using experimental data.

  17. Constructing inverse V-type TiO2-based photocatalyst via bio-template approach to enhance the photosynthetic water oxidation

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    Jiang, Jinghui; Zhou, Han; Ding, Jian; Zhang, Fan; Fan, Tongxiang; Zhang, Di

    2015-08-01

    Bio-template approach was employed to construct inverse V-type TiO2-based photocatalyst with well distributed AgBr in TiO2 matrix by making dead Troides Helena wings with inverse V-type scales as the template. A cross-linked titanium precursor with homogenous hydrolytic rate, good liquidity, and low viscosity was employed to facilitate a perfect duplication of the template and the dispersion of AgBr based on appropriate pretreatment of the template by alkali and acid. The as-synthesized inverse V-type TiO2/AgBr can be turned into inverse V-type TiO2/Ag0 from AgBr photolysis during photocatalysis to achieve in situ deposition of Ag0 in TiO2 matrix, by this approach, to avoid the deformation of surface microstructure inherited from the template. The result showed that the cooperation of perfect inverse V-type structure and the well distributed TiO2/Ag0 microstructures can efficiently boost the photosynthetic water oxidation compared to non-inverse V-type TiO2/Ag0 and TiO2/Ag0 without using template. The anti-reflection function of inverse V-type structure and the plasmatic effect of Ag0 might be able to account for the enhanced photon capture and efficient photoelectric conversion.

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

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

    2016-12-01

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

  19. Enhancement of photocatalytic degradation of polyethylene plastic with CuPc modified TiO 2 photocatalyst under solar light irradiation

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    Zhao, Xu; Li, Zongwei; Chen, Yi; Shi, Liyi; Zhu, Yongfa

    2008-01-01

    Solid-phase photocatalytic degradation of polyethylene (PE) plastic, one of the most common commercial plastic, over copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) modified TiO 2 (TiO 2/CuPc) photocatalyst was investigated in the ambient air under solar light irradiation. Higher PE weight loss rate, greater texture change; more amount of generated CO 2, which is the main product of the photocatalytic degradation of the composite PEC plastic can be achieved in the system of PE-(TiO 2/CuPc) in comparison with PE-TiO 2 system. The CuPc promoted charge separation of TiO 2 and enhanced the photocatalytic degradation of PE based on the analysis of surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS). During the photodegradation of PE plastic, the reactive oxygen species generated on TiO 2 or TiO 2/CuPc particle surfaces play important roles. The present study demonstrates that the combination of polymer plastic with TiO 2/CuPc composite photocatalyst in the form of thin film is a practical and useful way to photodegrade plastic contaminants under solar light irradiation.

  20. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanoparticles prepared by chemical vapor condensation method with different precursor concentration and residence time.

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    Chin, Sungmin; Park, Eunseuk; Kim, Minsu; Bae, Gwi-Nam; Jurng, Jongsoo

    2011-10-15

    Nanosized TiO(2) photocatalysts were synthesized using a chemical vapor condensation method under a range of synthesis conditions (precursor vapor concentration and residence time in a tubular electric furnace). X-ray diffraction showed that the prepared TiO(2) powders consisted mainly of anatase (>94%) with a small amount of rutile. The mean particle diameter from the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area and transmission electron microscopy measurements ranged from 9.4 to 16.6 nm. The specific surface area (92.5-163.5 m(2) g(-1)) of the prepared TiO(2) powders was found to be dependent on the synthesis conditions. The content of hydroxyl groups on the surface of the prepared TiO(2) sample was higher than those on commercial TiO(2), resulting in increased photocatalytic oxidation. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO(2) samples prepared in a methylene blue solution was strongly dependent on the crystallinity and specific surface area, which were affected by the TTIP vapor concentration and residence time. PMID:21802692

  1. Visible-light-induced photocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) with coupled Bi2O3/TiO2 photocatalyst and the synergistic bisphenol A oxidation.

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    Yang, Juan; Dai, Jun; Li, Jiantong

    2013-04-01

    Coupled Bi2O3/TiO2 photocatalysts were fabricated by sol-gel and hydrothermal methods and characterized using various spectroscopy techniques. Photocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) in aqueous solution, together with the synergistic effect of photodegradation of bisphenol A (BPA), was investigated using these coupled Bi2O3/TiO2 under visible-light irradiation. Coupling of Bi2O3 inhibited the phase transformation from anatase to rutile and extended absorption region to visible light. Bi ions did not enter TiO2 lattice and were more likely to bond with oxygen atoms to form Bi2O3 on the surface of TiO2. Photovoltage signals in visible range revealed the effective interfacial charge transfer between Bi2O3 and TiO2. Two percent Bi2O3/TiO2 exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity of visible-light-induced reduction of Cr(VI). The addition of BPA effectively increased the photocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI). Simultaneously, the presence of Cr(VI) promoted the degradation of BPA, which was demonstrated by the investigation of TOC removal yield and generated intermediates. A possible mechanism of photocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) and degradation of BPA in Bi2O3/TiO2 system was proposed. The synergistic effect, observed between reduction of Cr(VI) and degradation of BPA, provides beneficial method for environmental remediation and purification of the complex wastewater. PMID:22935862

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  3. Design of H3PW12O40/TiO2 nano-photocatalyst for efficient photocatalysis under simulated sunlight irradiation

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    Zhao, Kun; Lu, Ying; Lu, Nan; Zhao, Yahui; Yuan, Xing; Zhang, Hao; Teng, Lianghui; Li, Fu

    2013-11-01

    H3PW12O40/TiO2 (PW12/TiO2) nano-photocatalyst was successfully synthesized through a modified sol-gel-hydrothermal method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV-vis DRS), and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms were characterized respectively to investigate the physical and chemical properties of prepared catalysts. Under simulated sunlight (320 nm < λ < 780 nm) irradiation, the degradation of fuchsin acid, malachite green and p-nitrophenol (PNP) were carried out to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of PW12/TiO2. The results showed that the pollutants degradation followed first-order kinetics, and the kinetic constants of photocatalytic degradation of fuchsin acid, malachite green and PNP were 2.82, 4.66, and 3.48 times as great as that using pristine TiO2, respectively. The high pollutants degradation efficiency was ascribed to the synergistic effect between H3PW12O40 and TiO2, which resulted in enhanced quantum efficiency and high light harvesting efficiency. We believe this work could provide new insights into the fabrication of photocatalyst with high photocatalytic performance and facilitate their practical application in environmental issues.

  4. Defective TiO2 with oxygen vacancies: synthesis, properties and photocatalytic applications

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    Pan, Xiaoyang; Yang, Min-Quan; Fu, Xianzhi; Zhang, Nan; Xu, Yi-Jun

    2013-04-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2), as an important semiconductor metal oxide, has been widely investigated in the field of photocatalysis. The properties of TiO2, including its light absorption, charge transport and surface adsorption, are closely related to its defect disorder, which in turn plays a significant role in the photocatalytic performance of TiO2. Among all the defects identified in TiO2, oxygen vacancy is one of the most important and is supposed to be the prevalent defect in many metal oxides, which has been widely investigated both by theoretical calculations and experimental characterizations. Here, we give a short review on the existing strategies for the synthesis of defective TiO2 with oxygen vacancies, and the defect related properties of TiO2 including structural, electronic, optical, dissociative adsorption and reductive properties, which are intimately related to the photocatalytic performance of TiO2. In particular, photocatalytic applications with regard to defective TiO2 are outlined. In addition, we offer some perspectives on the challenge and new direction for future research in this field. We hope that this tutorial minireview would provide some useful contribution to the future design and fabrication of defective semiconductor-based nanomaterials for diverse photocatalytic applications.Titanium dioxide (TiO2), as an important semiconductor metal oxide, has been widely investigated in the field of photocatalysis. The properties of TiO2, including its light absorption, charge transport and surface adsorption, are closely related to its defect disorder, which in turn plays a significant role in the photocatalytic performance of TiO2. Among all the defects identified in TiO2, oxygen vacancy is one of the most important and is supposed to be the prevalent defect in many metal oxides, which has been widely investigated both by theoretical calculations and experimental characterizations. Here, we give a short review on the existing strategies for the

  5. Understanding electronic and optical properties of anatase TiO2 photocatalysts co-doped with nitrogen and transition metals.

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    Meng, Qingsen; Wang, Tuo; Liu, Enzuo; Ma, Xinbin; Ge, Qingfeng; Gong, Jinlong

    2013-06-28

    This paper describes an investigation into the general trend in electronic properties of anatase TiO2 photocatalysts co-doped with transition metals and nitrogen employing first-principles density functional theory. Fourteen different transition metals (M), including Sc, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Y, Zr, Nb, Mo, and Cd, have been considered. The characteristic band structures of the co-doping systems involving the transition metal series are presented. Our results indicate that the absorption edges of TiO2 are shifted to the visible-light region upon introduction of dopants, due to the reduced conduction band minimum (CBM) and the formation of impurity energy levels (IELs) in the band gap. These IELs are primarily formed from (a) the anti-bonding orbitals of the M-O (M indicates the doped transition metal) bonds, (b) the unsaturated nonbonding d orbitals of the doped transition metal (mainly d(xy), d(yz), and d(xz)), and (c) the Ti-O bonding/Ti-N anti-bonding orbitals of the bond next to the doped transition metal. When the valence d electrons of the doped metal are between 3 and 7, all three types of IELs appear in the band gap of the (M, N) co-doped systems. For systems doped with a metal of more than 7 valence electrons, only types (a) and (c) of IELs as well as the unoccupied pz state of N are observed. Based on our analysis, we propose that the co-doping systems such as (V, N), (Cr, N), and (Mn, N), which have the IELs with a significant bandwidth, are of great potential as candidates for photovoltaic applications in the visible light range. PMID:23652827

  6. Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic activity of porous La-N-co-doped TiO2 nanotubes for gaseous chlorobenzene oxidation.

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    Cheng, Zhuowei; Gu, Zhiqi; Chen, Jianmeng; Yu, Jianming; Zhou, Lingjun

    2016-08-01

    The photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous chlorobenzene (CB) by the 365nm-induced photocatalyst La/N-TiO2, synthesized via a sol-gel and hydrothermal method, was evaluated. Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to model and optimize the conditions for synthesis of the photocatalyst. The optimal photocatalyst was 1.2La/0.5N-TiO2 (0.5) and the effects of La/N on crystalline structure, particle morphology, surface element content, and other structural characteristics were investigated by XRD (X-ray diffraction), TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy), FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), UV-vis (Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy), and BET (Brunauer Emmett Teller). Greater surface area and smaller particle size were produced with the co-doped TiO2 nanotubes than with reference TiO2. The removal of CB was effective when performed using the synthesized photocatalyst, though it was less efficient at higher initial CB concentrations. Various modified Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic models involving the adsorption of chlorobenzene and water on different active sites were evaluated. Fitting results suggested that competitive adsorption caused by water molecules could not be neglected, especially for environments with high relative humidity. The reaction intermediates found after GC-MS (Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry) analysis indicated that most were soluble, low-toxicity, or both. The results demonstrated that the prepared photocatalyst had high activity for VOC (volatile organic compounds) conversion and may be used as a pretreatment prior to biopurification. PMID:27521952

  7. Photocatalytic Hydrogen Formation from Ammonia in an Aqueous Solution Over Pt-Enriched TiO2-ZrO2 Photocatalyst.

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    Sihor, Marcel; Kočí, Kamila; Matĕjová, Lenka; Reli, Martin; Ambrožová, Nela; Pavlovský, Jiří; Capek, Libor; Obalová, Lucie

    2015-09-01

    The aim of this study was to remove ammonia from an aqueous solution by its decomposition to valuable products such as H2 and harmless N2 under UV light. The decomposition of ammonia by photocatalytic process represents an emerging and interesting way of its removal since beside the need of its reduction from the drinking and wastewaters with the respect to its negative impact on human and mammals health, it can lead to generation of hydrogen as an alternative fuel. A laboratory-synthesized Pt/TiO2-ZrO2 photocatalyst was studied and its photocatalytic activity was compared with the activity of commercial TiO2 Evonik P25. The Pt/TiO2-ZrO2 photocatalyst was prepared by combining a sol-gel process controlled within reverse micelles of nonionic surfactant Triton X-114 in cyclohexane, impregnation under vacuum and calcination. Explored photocatalysts were characterized by organic elementary analysis, nitrogen physisorption, XRD, FESEM and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The real platinum content in the Pt/TiO2-ZrO2 photocatalyst was determined by ICP-MS. The photocatalytic decomposition of ammonia was investigated in the time range of 0-12 h. During the first two hours the generation of hydrogen was almost negligible. The generation of hydrogen increased after 4 h of irradiation. Based on time dependences of ammonia decomposition the kinetic rate constants for Pt/TiO2-ZrO2 and TiO2 Evonik P25 photocatalysts were calculated. The ammonia photocatalytic decomposition was described well by the first order kinetic equation. The photocatalytic ammonia decomposition over the platinized TiO2-ZrO2 photocatalyst was proving 2 times higher photocatalytic performance than Evonik P25 (1241 μmol/g(cat) and 665 μmol/g(cat), respectively). PMID:26716252

  8. 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

  9. Green microwave switching from oxygen rich yellow anatase to oxygen vacancy rich black anatase TiO2 solar photocatalyst using Mn(ii) as `anatase phase purifier'

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    Ullattil, Sanjay Gopal; Periyat, Pradeepan

    2015-11-01

    Green and rapid microwave syntheses of `yellow oxygen rich' (YAT-150) and `black oxygen vacancy rich' (BAT-150) anatase TiO2 nanoparticles are reported for the first time. YAT-150 was synthesized using only titanium(iv) butoxide and water as precursors. The in situ precursor modification by Mn(ii) acetate switched anatase TiO2 from YAT-150 to BAT-150. The entry of Mn2+ into the crystal lattice of anatase TiO2 paved the way for peak texturing in the existing peak orientations along with the origin of three new anatase TiO2 peaks in the (103), (213) and (105) directions. The as synthesized ultra-small (~5 nm) yellow and black anatase TiO2 nanoparticles were found to be two fold and four fold more photoactive than the commercially available photocatalyst Degussa-P25 under sunlight illumination.Green and rapid microwave syntheses of `yellow oxygen rich' (YAT-150) and `black oxygen vacancy rich' (BAT-150) anatase TiO2 nanoparticles are reported for the first time. YAT-150 was synthesized using only titanium(iv) butoxide and water as precursors. The in situ precursor modification by Mn(ii) acetate switched anatase TiO2 from YAT-150 to BAT-150. The entry of Mn2+ into the crystal lattice of anatase TiO2 paved the way for peak texturing in the existing peak orientations along with the origin of three new anatase TiO2 peaks in the (103), (213) and (105) directions. The as synthesized ultra-small (~5 nm) yellow and black anatase TiO2 nanoparticles were found to be two fold and four fold more photoactive than the commercially available photocatalyst Degussa-P25 under sunlight illumination. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Photographs of YAT-150 and BAT-150, wide range XPS and SEM images, EDX and UV-Visible absorption spectra of the degradation of methylene blue using as synthesized samples and Degussa-P25 are included. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05975e

  10. Synthesis of anatase and rutile TiO2 nanostructures from natural ilmenite

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    Wahyuingsih, Sayekti; Ramelan, Ari Handono; Pramono, Edi; Sulistya, Ariantama Djati; Argawan, Panji Rofa; Dharmawan, Frenandha Dwi; Rinawati, Ludfiaastu; Hanif, Qonita Awliya; Sulistiyono, Eko; Firdiyono, Florentinus

    2016-02-01

    Nanostructure anatase and rutile type TiO2 were synthesized from dissolution roasted ilmenite from natural ilmenite sand as the starting materials. Anatase TiO2 and rutile TiO2 (high crystallinity) with the diameters of 20-100 nm were obtained by calcined soluble ilmenite sand produced by leaching process. Calcinations of the xerogel TiO2 from liquor products were conducted for 4 hours at temperature of 450 °C. The samples were characterized by XRD (X-ray diffraction), STA (simultant thermal analysis), TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy), and BET surface area. Titania Anatase-Rutile form as a mixture were produced by titania slag with the hydrolysis product. While, in another route, complete titania anatase phase was produced through hydrolysis and condensation steps of leach liquors. This synthesis methods provide a simple route to fabricate nanostructure TiO2 from low cost material.

  11. Preparation and caracterization of TiO{2} powder photocatalysts. Comparative studies of photocatalytic activity in the degradation of β-naphthol

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    Qourzal, S.; Tamimi, M.; Assabbane, A.; Nounah, A.; Maroufi, N.; Bouamrane, A.; Ichou, Y. Ait

    2005-03-01

    Titanium dioxide TiO{2} powder photocatalysts were prepared at the laboratory by two methods: hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and the precipitation of a precursor starting from titanium tetrachloride TiCl{4} in basic medium. The products obtained are calcined at temperatures around 800° C. Their characterization was carried out by both diffraction X-ray (XRD) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The photocatalytic activity of the elaborate solids (TiO{2}) is evaluated. It is compared with that given for commercial TiO{2} “Degussa P-25” in the degradation of β-naphthol chosen as an model molecule in aqueous suspension. These reactions are done at room temperature in a photochemical reactor.

  12. 2D and 3D characterization of a surfactant-synthesized TiO2-SiO2 mesoporous photocatalyst obtained at ambient temperature.

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    Pinho, Luís; Hernández-Garrido, Juan C; Calvino, Juan J; Mosquera, Maria J

    2013-02-28

    A mesoporous TiO(2)-SiO(2) nanocomposite photocatalyst has been prepared from TiO(2) nanoparticles and ethoxysilane oligomers in the presence of a non-ionic surfactant (n-octylamine). The 2D and 3D structure properties of the resulting nanomaterial are described. The use of 3D techniques, particularly HAADF-STEM electron tomography, together with 3D reconstructions and atomic force microscopy, provides insight into the fine structure of these materials. We find that n-octylamine creates a mesoporous silica structure in which titania nanoparticles are embedded, and that some of the titania is retained on the outer surface of the material. Rapid photodegradation of methylene blue dye is facilitated, due to the synergistic effect of: (1) its adsorption into the composite mesoporous structure, and (2) its photodegradation by the superficial TiO(2). PMID:23338827

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  14. Preparation of nitrogen-substituted TiO2 thin film photocatalysts by the radio frequency magnetron sputtering deposition method and their photocatalytic reactivity under visible light irradiation.

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    Kitano, Masaaki; Funatsu, Keisho; Matsuoka, Masaya; Ueshima, Michio; Anpo, Masakazu

    2006-12-21

    Nitrogen-substituted TiO2 (N-TiO2) thin film photocatalysts have been prepared by a radio frequency magnetron sputtering (RF-MS) deposition method using a N2/Ar mixture sputtering gas. The effect of the concentration of substituted nitrogen on the characteristics of the N-TiO2 thin films was investigated by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analyses. The absorption band of the N-TiO2 thin film was found to shift smoothly to visible light regions up to 550 nm, its extent depending on the concentration of nitrogen substituted within the TiO2 lattice in a range of 2.0-16.5%. The N-TiO2 thin film photocatalyst with a nitrogen concentration of 6.0% exhibited the highest reactivity for the photocatalytic oxidation of 2-propanol diluted in water even under visible (lambda > or = 450 nm) or solar light irradiation. Moreover, N-TiO2 thin film photocatalysts prepared on conducting glass electrodes showed anodic photocurrents attributed to the photooxidation of water under visible light, its extent depending on wavelengths up to 550 nm. The absorbed photon to current conversion efficiencies reached 25.2% and 22.4% under UV (lambda = 360 nm) and visible light (lambda = 420 nm), respectively. UV-vis and photoelectrochemical investigations also confirmed that these thin films remain thermodynamically and mechanically stable even under heat treatment at 673 K. In addition, XPS and XRD studies revealed that a significantly high substitution of the lattice O atoms of the TiO2 with the N atoms plays a crucial role in the band gap narrowing of the TiO2 thin films, enabling them to absorb and operate under visible light irradiation as a highly reactive, effective photocatalyst. PMID:17165971

  15. Effects of SO2 on selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3 over a TiO2 photocatalyst

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    Yamamoto, Akira; Teramura, Kentaro; Hosokawa, Saburo; Tanaka, Tsunehiro

    2015-04-01

    The effect of SO2 gas was investigated on the activity of the photo-assisted selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen monoxide (NO) with ammonia (NH3) over a TiO2 photocatalyst in the presence of excess oxygen (photo-SCR). The introduction of SO2 (300 ppm) greatly decreased the activity of the photo-SCR at 373 K. The increment of the reaction temperature enhanced the resistance to SO2 gas, and at 553 K the conversion of NO was stable for at least 300 min of the reaction. X-ray diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy, thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), elemental analysis and N2 adsorption measurement revealed that the ammonium sulfate species were generated after the reaction. There was a strong negative correlation between the deposition amount of the ammonium sulfate species and the specific surface area. Based on the above relationship, we concluded that the deposition of the ammonium sulfate species decreased the specific surface area by plugging the pore structure of the catalyst, and the decrease of the specific surface area resulted in the deactivation of the catalyst.

  16. Facile Scalable Synthesis of TiO2/Carbon Nanohybrids with Ultrasmall TiO2 Nanoparticles Homogeneously Embedded in Carbon Matrix.

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    Wang, Xiaoyan; Meng, Jian-Qiang; Wang, Meimei; Xiao, Ying; Liu, Rui; Xia, Yonggao; Yao, Yuan; Metwalli, Ezzeldin; Zhang, Qian; Qiu, Bao; Liu, Zhaoping; Pan, Jing; Sun, Ling-Dong; Yan, Chun-Hua; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Cheng, Ya-Jun

    2015-11-01

    A facile scalable synthesis of TiO2/C nanohybrids inspired by polymeric dental restorative materials has been developed, which creates ultrasmall TiO2 nanoparticles homogeneously embedded in the carbon matrix. The average size of the nanoparticles is tuned between about 1 and 5 nm with the carbon content systematically increased from 0% to 65%. Imaging analysis and a scattering technique have been applied to investigate the morphology of the TiO2 nanoparticles. The composition, nature of carbon matrix, crystallinity, and tap density of the TiO2/C nanohybrids have been studied. The application of the TiO2/C nanohybrids as lithium-ion battery anode is demonstrated. Unusual discharge/charge profiles have been exhibited, where characteristic discharge/charge plateaus of crystalline TiO2 are significantly diminished. The tap density, cyclic capacities, and rate performance at high current densities (10 C, 20 C) of the TiO2/C nanohybrid anodes have been effectively improved compared to the bare carbon anode and the TiO2/C nanohybrids with larger particle size. PMID:26465800

  17. One pot synthesis of nanosized anion doped TiO2: Effect of irradiation of sound waves on surface morphology and optical properties

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    Sharotri, Nidhi; Sud, Dhiraj

    2015-08-01

    Commercialization of AOP's for remediation of pollutants from environmental matrix required the process to be operated by solar light. Semiconductor TiO2 has emerged as an effective and preferred photocatalyst in the field of environmental photocatalysis due to its; (i) biological and chemical inertness (ii) resistance to chemical and photo corrosion, (iii) can absorb natural UV light due to appropriate energetic separation between its valence and conduction band. However, unfortunately the optical band gap of TiO2 (3.0-3.23 eV) with absorption cut off ˜ 380 nm, enables it to harness only a small fraction (˜ 5%) of the entire solar spectrum. One of the current areas of research is modification of TiO2 photocatalyst. In present paper one pot greener synthesis from titanium isopropoxide and hydroxylamine hydrochloride has been used as titanium and nitrogen precursor under ultrasonic waves. The as synthesized TiO2 nanomaterials were dried at 100°C and further calcinated at different temperatures. The effect of reaction parameters such as ultrasonication time on the yield, surface morphology, spectroscopic data and optical properties was also investigated. The results confirm that the anatase phase is a main phase with a crystallite size of 35-77 nm and the calculated band gap of nanomaterials varies from 2.10-3.1 eV.

  18. Fe doped TiO2-graphene nanostructures: synthesis, DFT modeling and photocatalysis.

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    Farhangi, Nasrin; Ayissi, Serge; Charpentier, Paul A

    2014-08-01

    In this work, Fe-doped TiO(2) nanoparticles ranging from a 0.2 to 1 weight % were grown from the surface of graphene sheet templates containing -COOH functionalities using sol-gel chemistry in a green solvent, a mixture of water/ethanol. The assemblies were characterized by a variety of analytical techniques, with the coordination mechanism examined theoretically using the density functional theory (DFT). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images showed excellent decoration of the Fe-doped TiO(2) nanoparticles on the surface of the graphene sheets >5 nm in diameter. The surface area and optical properties of the Fe-doped photocatalysts were measured by BET, UV and PL spectrometry and compared to non-graphene and pure TiO(2) analogs, showing a plateau at 0.6% Fe. Interactions between graphene and Fe-doped anatase TiO(2) were also studied theoretically using the Vienna ab initio Simulation Package based on DFT. Our first-principles theoretical investigations validated the experimental findings, showing the strength in the physical and chemical adsorption between the graphene and Fe-doped TiO(2). The resulting assemblies were tested for photodegradation under visible light using 17β-estradiol (E2) as a model compound, with all investigated catalysts showing significant enhancements in photocatalytic activity in the degradation of E2. PMID:25002220

  19. Fe doped TiO2-graphene nanostructures: synthesis, DFT modeling and photocatalysis

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    Farhangi, Nasrin; Ayissi, Serge; Charpentier, Paul A.

    2014-08-01

    In this work, Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles ranging from a 0.2 to 1 weight % were grown from the surface of graphene sheet templates containing -COOH functionalities using sol-gel chemistry in a green solvent, a mixture of water/ethanol. The assemblies were characterized by a variety of analytical techniques, with the coordination mechanism examined theoretically using the density functional theory (DFT). Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images showed excellent decoration of the Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles on the surface of the graphene sheets >5 nm in diameter. The surface area and optical properties of the Fe-doped photocatalysts were measured by BET, UV and PL spectrometry and compared to non-graphene and pure TiO2 analogs, showing a plateau at 0.6% Fe. Interactions between graphene and Fe-doped anatase TiO2 were also studied theoretically using the Vienna ab initio Simulation Package based on DFT. Our first-principles theoretical investigations validated the experimental findings, showing the strength in the physical and chemical adsorption between the graphene and Fe-doped TiO2. The resulting assemblies were tested for photodegradation under visible light using 17β-estradiol (E2) as a model compound, with all investigated catalysts showing significant enhancements in photocatalytic activity in the degradation of E2.

  20. TiO2 Fibers Supported β-FeOOH Nanostructures as Efficient Visible Light Photocatalyst and Room Temperature Sensor

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    Zhu, Ting; Li Ong, Wei; Zhu, Liangliang; Wei Ho, Ghim

    2015-01-01

    Hierarchical heterostructures of beta-iron oxyhydroxide (β-FeOOH) nanostructures on electrospun TiO2 nanofibers were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. This synthesis method proves to be versatile to tailoring of β-FeOOH structural design that cuts across zero-dimensional particles (TF-P), one-dimensional needles (TF-N) to two-dimensional flakes (TF-F). In addition, synthesizing such oxyhyroxide nanostructures presents the advantage of exhibiting similar functional performances to its oxides counterpart however, without the need to undergo any annealing step which leads to undesirable structural collapse or sintering. The as-prepared hierarchical heterostructures possess high surface area for dye adsorptivity, efficient charge separation and visible photocatalytic activity. Also, for the first time, hydrogen gas sensing has been demonstrated on β-FeOOH nanostructures at room temperature. The reported hierarchical heterostructures of β-FeOOH on TiO2 nanofibers afford multiple functions of photocatalysis and sensing which are highly promising for environment monitoring and clean up applications. PMID:26030002

  1. The Synthesis of Cadmium Doped Mesoporous TiO2

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    Li, Xiaohong S.; Fryxell, Glen E.; Engelhard, Mark H.; Wang, Chong M.

    2007-06-01

    Cd doped mesoporous titanium oxide was prepared using non-ionic surfactants and easily handled titanium precursors. The Cd doping was found to be able to significantly inhibit the growth of anatase crystal size, stabilize the mesoporous structure, and retard the densification of nanoporous TiO2 at elevated temperatures.

  2. Fabrication of a TiO2-BDD heterojunction and its application as a photocatalyst for the simultaneous oxidation of an azo dye and reduction of Cr(VI).

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    Yu, Hongbin; Chen, Shuo; Quan, Xie; Zhao, Huimin; Zhang, Yaobin

    2008-05-15

    A TiO2-boron doped diamond (TiO2-BDD) heterojunction was employed as a photocatalyst to simultaneously oxidize an azo dye C.I. reactive yellow 15 (RY15) and reduce hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)). This heterojunction was fabricated first by depositing a BDD film on a Ti sheet in a hot filament chemical vapor deposition reactor, followed by covering a layer of TiO2 in a metal-organic chemical vapor deposition system. The morphology of this heterojunction was characterized by using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, and current-voltage (I-V) measurement were used to characterize its structures. Additionally, the characterization of surface photovoltage showed that the TiO2-BDD heterojunction exhibited a higher photovoltage response and a better ability for charge separation than the photocatalyst of TiO2 directly deposited on a Ti sheet (TiO2-Ti). The photocatalytic experiments revealed that the kinetic constants for the oxidation of RY15 and the reduction of Cr(VI) were, respectively, increased by 85 and 71% when the photocatalyst of TiO2-Ti was replaced by the TiO2-BDD heterojunction. Meanwhile, a significant synergy was confirmed in the simultaneous oxidation of RY15 and reduction of Cr(VI). The enhanced photocatalytic ability of the TiO2-BDD composite could be attributed to the heterojunction. The possible photocatalytic mechanism was also discussed. PMID:18546724

  3. Novel high potential visible-light-active photocatalyst of CNT/Mo, S-codoped TiO2 hetero-nanostructure

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    Hamadanian, M.; Shamshiri, M.; Jabbari, V.

    2014-10-01

    The current study deals with synthesize of novel nanophotocatalysts of CNT/Mo,S-codoped TiO2 by reacting between titanium isopropoxide (Ti(OC3H7)4) and CNT in aqueous ammonia and subsequent calcining of hydrolysis of the products. The prepared catalysts were characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption measurements, XRD, SEM, TEM, EDX, FT-IR, and UV-vis DRS spectroscopy. SEM and TEM images exhibited uniform coverage of CNT with anatase TiO2 nanoclusters. It was also demonstrated that the presence of S and Mo within the TiO2 acts as electrons traps and prevents the charge recombination and also enables the TiO2 photocatalyst to be active in visible-light region. Moreover, the CNT/Mo,S-doped TiO2 nanohybrids has been proven to has a excellent photocatalytic performance in photodecomposition of Congored (CR), at which the rate of decomposition reaches 100% in only 20 and 30 min under UV and visible-light irradiation, respectively. The enhanced photocatalytic activity was ascribed to the synergetic effects of excellent electrical property of CNT and metal-non-metal codoping. Finally, which to best of our knowledge is done for the first time, we have demonstrated that Mo- and S-doped TiO2 decorated over CNT, or CNT/Mo,S-codoped TiO2, may have high potential applications in photocatalysis and environmental protection with superior catalytic activity under visible-light illumination.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of anionic/nonionic surfactant-interceded iron-doped TiO2 to enhance sorbent/photo-catalytic properties

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    Sharma, Ajit; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2015-09-01

    We investigated the synthesis, characterization, and application of surfactant-interceded Fe nanoparticle-doped TiO2 (TiO2/Fe-S1 and TiO2/Fe-S2) that were used as adsorbents and photo-catalysts for the removal of As(V) ions from aqueous media. Two types of surfactant (anionic (sodium dodecyl sulfate), S1 and non-ionic (Triton X-100), S2) were used to obtain the separation and mono-dispersion of Fe(III) ions in the reaction solution. The nanocomposites were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis, scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX) and elemental mapping analysis before and after As(V) removal. The Langmuir capacities (qe, mg/g) of the sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and Triton X-100 interceded nanocomposites (TiO2/Fe-S1 and TiO2/Fe-S2, respectively) for arsenic removal were determined to be 65.79 and 50.76 mg/g, respectively, in aqueous media with As(V) concentration ranges of 0-10 mg/L at pH 6.5.

  5. Eco-friendly synthesis of TiO2, Au and Pt doped TiO2 nanoparticles for dye sensitized solar cell applications and evaluation of toxicity

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    Gopinath, K.; Kumaraguru, S.; Bhakyaraj, K.; Thirumal, S.; Arumugam, A.

    2016-04-01

    Driven by the demand of pure TiO2, Au and Pt doped TiO2 NPs were successfully synthesized using Terminalia arjuna bark extract. The eco-friendly synthesized NPs were characterized by UV-Vis-DRS, ATR-FT-IR, PL, XRD, Raman, SEM with EDX and TEM analysis. The synthesized NPs were investigation for dye sensitized solar cell applications. UV-Vis-Diffused Reflectance Spectra clearly showed that the expected TiO2 inter band absorption below 306 nm, incorporation of gold shows surface plasma resonant (SPR) near 555 nm and platinum incorporated TiO2 NPs shows absorbance at 460 nm. The energy conversion efficiency for Au doped TiO2 NPs when compared to pure and Pt doped TiO2 NPs. In addition to that, Au noble metal present TiO2 matrix and an improve open-circuit voltage (Voc) of DSSC. Synthesized NPs was evaluated into antibacterial and antifungal activities by disk diffusion method. It is observed that NPs have not shown any activities in all tested bacterial and fungal strains. In this eco-friendly synthesis method to provide non toxic and environmental friendly nanomaterials can be used for solar energy device application.

  6. Mesoporous yolk-shell SnS2-TiO2 visible photocatalysts with enhanced activity and durability in Cr(vi) reduction

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    Wang, Jinguo; Li, Xinru; Li, Xi; Zhu, Jian; Li, Hexing

    2013-02-01

    A novel mesoporous yolk-shell SnS2-TiO2 visible photocatalyst (ST-is) was synthesized by in situ doping TiO2 with SnO2 through solvothermal alcoholysis, followed by sulfurization under hydrothermal conditions. The ST-is displayed higher activity in photocatalytic reduction of Cr(vi) owing to the strong photosensitizing effect of SnS2 in uniform nanoparticles and the enhanced light harvesting via multiple reflections in yolk-shell chambers. Meanwhile, the strong SnS2-TiO2 interaction could generate more heterojunctions which facilitated photoelectron transfer from SnS2 to TiO2, leading to the enhanced activity by inhibiting photoelectron-hole recombination. Moreover, the ST-is displayed strong durability owing to the strong SnS2-TiO2 interaction and the encapsulation of SnS2 nanoparticles in the yolk-shell chamber, which could inhibit SnS2 leaching. Furthermore, because of the electronegative surface and high surface area, the ST-is could thoroughly purify wastewater by completely adsorbing Cr3+ resulting from Cr(vi) reduction. In addition, the presence of photocatalytic degradation of organic compounds promoted Cr(vi) reduction owing to inhibition of photoelectron-hole recombination by consuming holes.A novel mesoporous yolk-shell SnS2-TiO2 visible photocatalyst (ST-is) was synthesized by in situ doping TiO2 with SnO2 through solvothermal alcoholysis, followed by sulfurization under hydrothermal conditions. The ST-is displayed higher activity in photocatalytic reduction of Cr(vi) owing to the strong photosensitizing effect of SnS2 in uniform nanoparticles and the enhanced light harvesting via multiple reflections in yolk-shell chambers. Meanwhile, the strong SnS2-TiO2 interaction could generate more heterojunctions which facilitated photoelectron transfer from SnS2 to TiO2, leading to the enhanced activity by inhibiting photoelectron-hole recombination. Moreover, the ST-is displayed strong durability owing to the strong SnS2-TiO2 interaction and the encapsulation

  7. Nanostructured AgBr loaded TiO2: An efficient sunlight active photocatalyst for degradation of Reactive Red 120.

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    Velmurugan, Rengasamy; Sreedhar, Bojja; Swaminathan, Meenakshisundaram

    2011-01-01

    The AgBr loaded TiO2 catalyst was prepared by a feasible approach with AgBr and tetraisopropyl orthotitanate and characterized by BET surface area measurement, diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectra (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM) analysis. The results of characterization reveal that AgBr loaded TiO2 has a nanostructure. Formation of the nanostructure in AgBr loaded TiO2 results in substantial shifting of the absorption edge of TiO2 to red and enhancement of visible light absorption. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements reveal that AgBr loaded TiO2 has a higher photoconductivity than prepared TiO2 due to higher separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs. Cyclic voltammetric studies reveal enhanced conductivity in AgBr loaded TiO2, which causes an increase in its photocatalytic activity. AgBr loaded TiO2 exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity than TiO2-P25 and prepared TiO2 in the photodegradation of Reactive Red 120 (RR 120). PMID:21801445

  8. Nanostructured AgBr loaded TiO2: An efficient sunlight active photocatalyst for degradation of Reactive Red 120

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    2011-01-01

    The AgBr loaded TiO2 catalyst was prepared by a feasible approach with AgBr and tetraisopropyl orthotitanate and characterized by BET surface area measurement, diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectra (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM) analysis. The results of characterization reveal that AgBr loaded TiO2 has a nanostructure. Formation of the nanostructure in AgBr loaded TiO2 results in substantial shifting of the absorption edge of TiO2 to red and enhancement of visible light absorption. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements reveal that AgBr loaded TiO2 has a higher photoconductivity than prepared TiO2 due to higher separation efficiency of electron-hole pairs. Cyclic voltammetric studies reveal enhanced conductivity in AgBr loaded TiO2, which causes an increase in its photocatalytic activity. AgBr loaded TiO2 exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity than TiO2-P25 and prepared TiO2 in the photodegradation of Reactive Red 120 (RR 120). PMID:21801445

  9. Sol-gel synthesis of mesoporous anatase-brookite and anatase-brookite-rutile TiO2 nanoparticles and their photocatalytic properties.

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    Mutuma, Bridget K; Shao, Godlisten N; Kim, Won Duck; Kim, Hee Taik

    2015-03-15

    TiO2 photocatalysts with a mixture of different TiO2 crystal polymorphs have customarily been synthesized hydrothermally at high temperatures using complicated and expensive equipment. In this study TiO2 nanoparticles with a mixture of TiO2 crystals were synthesized using a modified sol-gel method at low temperature. In order to form nanoparticles with different polymorphs a series of samples were obtained at pH 2, 4, 7 and 9. Raw samples were calcined at different temperatures ranging from 200 to 800°C to evaluate the effect of the calcination temperature on the physico-chemical properties of the samples. XRD results revealed that a mixture of anatase and brookite can be obtained in the as-synthesized samples and in those calcined up to 800°C depending on the pH used to obtain the final product. Indeed, a mixture of anatase brookite and rutile; or a sample with only rutile phase can be yielded through further calcination of the as-prepared samples at temperatures ⩾600°C due to phase transformation. The photocatalytic performance of the samples with a mixture of anatase-brookite; anatase-brookite-rutile; and anatase-rutile (Degussa P25 TiO2) was exquisitely investigated in the degradation of methylene blue solutions. The samples obtained at pH 2 and calcined at 200°C possessed the highest activity of all due to its superior properties. This study elucidates a facile method suitable for the synthesis of TiO2 with different mixtures of TiO2 polymorphs with desirable properties for various applications. PMID:25514642

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

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

    2011-12-01

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

  11. Gold and gold-palladium alloy nanoparticles on heterostructured TiO2 nanobelts as plasmonic photocatalysts for benzyl alcohol oxidation

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    Jiang, Tongtong; Jia, Chuancheng; Zhang, Lanchun; He, Shuren; Sang, Yuanhua; Li, Haidong; Li, Yanqing; Xu, Xiaohong; Liu, Hong

    2014-11-01

    Plasmonic photocatalysts composed of Au and bimetallic Au-Pd alloy nanoparticles (NPs) on one-dimensional TiO2 nanobelts (TiO2-NBs) were used for the aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol under visible light irradiation. Remarkable light-promoted activity was observed for the as-synthesized M/TiO2-NB (M = Au, Au-Pd) nanostructures based on the TiO2(B)/anatase heterostructured nanobelt. The difference in band structure and the well matched interface between the TiO2(B) and anatase phases, coupled with the one-dimensional nanostructure, enable an enhanced charge transfer within the heterostructured nanobelt. This inter-phase charge transfer greatly facilitates the flow of hot electrons from the metal NPs to TiO2 and promotes benzyl alcohol oxidation. This efficient electron transfer was identified by the much higher photocurrent response measured for the Au/TiO2-NB nanostructure with the TiO2(B)/anatase heterojunction than those with either of the single phases under visible light irradiation. Alloying Au with Pd in Au-Pd/TiO2-NB results in a significant improvement in the visible light-promoted activity compared to the monometallic Au/TiO2-NB sample. It is supposed that the plasmon-mediated charge distribution within the alloy NPs is mainly responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of the bimetallic nanostructures.Plasmonic photocatalysts composed of Au and bimetallic Au-Pd alloy nanoparticles (NPs) on one-dimensional TiO2 nanobelts (TiO2-NBs) were used for the aerobic oxidation of benzyl alcohol under visible light irradiation. Remarkable light-promoted activity was observed for the as-synthesized M/TiO2-NB (M = Au, Au-Pd) nanostructures based on the TiO2(B)/anatase heterostructured nanobelt. The difference in band structure and the well matched interface between the TiO2(B) and anatase phases, coupled with the one-dimensional nanostructure, enable an enhanced charge transfer within the heterostructured nanobelt. This inter-phase charge transfer greatly

  12. Preparation of nanostructured TiO2-based photocatalyst by controlling the calcining temperature and pH

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    Uddin, Mohammed Jasim; Islam, Md Akhtarul; Haque, Sheikh Ariful; Hasan, Saidul; Amin, Mohammad Shaiful Alam; Rahman, Mohammed Mastabur

    2012-08-01

    Nanostructured TiO2 has been synthesized using one-step sol-gel method and characterized by different characterization techniques (SEM, EDS, XRD, and UV-vis spectroscopy). The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) and Congo red (CR) is studied with the synthesized TiO2. The photocatalytic degradation data has been validated using several kinetic models. The TiO2 showed efficient photocatalytic degradation performance on MB and CR. In addition to this, the effect of pH on the photocatalytic degradation has been investigated. The TiO2 showed enhanced photocatalytic performance in basic media than that in neutral or acidic ones.

  13. Synthesis of TiO2 /CNT Composites and its Photocatalytic Activity Toward Sudan (I) Degradation.

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    Miribangul, Amat; Ma, Xiaoli; Zeng, Chen; Zou, Huan; Wu, Yahui; Fan, Tengpeng; Su, Zhi

    2016-07-01

    Semiconductor photocatalysis has the potential for achieving sustainable energy generation and degrading organic contaminants. In TiO2 , the addition of carbonaceous nanomaterials has attracted extensive attention as a means to increase its photocatalytic activity. In this study, composites of TiO2 and carbon nanotubes (CNT) in various proportions were synthesized by the hydrothermal method. The crystalline structures, morphologies, and light absorption properties of the TiO2 /CNT photocatalysts were characterized by PXRD, TEM and UV-Vis absorption spectra. The photocatalytic efficiency of the composites was evaluated by the degradation of Sudan (I) in UV-Vis light. Introducing 0.1-0.5 wt% CNT was shown to substantially improve the photoactivity of TiO2 . The composite with 0.3 wt% CNT showed the best catalytic activity, and its reaction activation energy was calculated as 39.57 kJ mol(-1) from experimental rates. The degradation products of Sudan (I) with different irradiation durations were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and a degradation reaction process was proposed. PMID:27221342

  14. A hydrothermal synthesis of Pr3+ doped mesoporous TiO2 for UV light photocatalysis.

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    Wang, Yong; Chen, Guihua; Shen, Qianhong; Yang, Hui; Li, Liquan; Song, Yanjiang

    2014-07-01

    Pr3+ doped mesoporous TiO2 photocatalysts with a different molar ratio of Pr to Ti were prepared by a hydrothermal method using triblock copolymer as the template. The as-prepared samples were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption-desorption, X-ray photoelectron spectra, transmission electron microscopy and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The characterizations indicated all the samples had mesoporous structure and narrow pore size distribution. Pr3+ doping enlarged the surface area and decreased the crystallite size. The surface area of the samples varied from 136 to 170 m2/g, and the average crystallite size ranged between 5.04 and 7.60 nm. The effect of Pr3+ doping amount on the photocatalytic activity of mesoporous TiO2 was evaluated by the degradation of methyl orange under UV light irradiation. The results showed that the suitable amount of Pr3+ doped samples exhibited the higher photocatalytic activity than mesoporous TiO2. Among the samples, 1 at.% Pr3+ doped mesoporous TiO2 showed the highest photocatalytic activity. PMID:24757971

  15. Enhanced photocatalytic activities of the heterostructured upconversion photocatalysts with cotton mediated on TiO2/ZnWO4:Yb3+,Tm3.

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    Feng, Kaili; Huang, Shouqiang; Lou, Ziyang; Zhu, Nanwen; Yuan, Haiping

    2015-08-14

    To improve the photocatalytic efficiency and make full use of solar energy, ZnWO(4):Yb(3+),Tm(3+) (ZYT) was introduced as the upconversion luminescence agent on TiO(2) with a cotton template, and novel upconversion photocatalysts of TiO(2)/ZnWO(4):Yb(3+),Tm(3+) (TZYT-C) were synthesized and optimized with 5%-30% of ZYT. The heterostructure between ZYT and TiO(2) was formed in the TZYT-C composites with the presence of tube-like morphologies due to the addition of the cotton template. UV (364 nm) and blue (484 nm) light was emitted from ZYT upon 980 nm NIR irradiation. The BET specific surface areas of all the TZYT-C composites increased from 37 m(2) g(-1) (TiO(2)-C) to the maximum value of 75 m(2) g(-1) on 5%TZYT-C. The photocatalytic activities of the TZYT-C composites were tested using the degradation process of methyl orange (MO). 5%TZYT-C showed the highest degradation efficiency, with a value of 55.6% under sun-like irradiation for 210 min. The same performance was observed on 5%TZYT-C under NIR (λ ≥ 780 nm) irradiation, with a maximum removal rate of 9.02%, since 5%TZYT-C showed the most efficient electron-hole (e(-)/h(+)) pair separation, compared to ZYT and other TZYT-C composites. PMID:26150279

  16. Preparation and characterization of Zr-N-codoped TiO2 nano-photocatalyst and its activity enhanced-mechanism.

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    Du, Fengwei; Yu, Shuyu

    2014-09-01

    Zr-N-codoped TiO2 nano-photocatalyst was prepared through sol-gel method using ammonia water and zirconium nitrate as the source of N and Zr, respectively. The resulting materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS). XRD results showed that codoping with Zr and N elements could greatly inhibit the phase transformation of TiO2 from anatase to rutile. XPS analysis indicated that Zr4+ was incorporated into the lattice of TiO2 through substituting titanium atoms. Meanwhile, N was also incorporated into the lattice of TiO2 through substituting oxygen atoms and existed in the form of N-Ti-O. DRS revealed that the light absorption edge of Zr-N-TiO2 was significantly red-shifted to visible region, leading to a narrower band gap and higher visible photocatalytic activity. The enhanced visible activity was attributed to the well anatase crystallite, intense light absorbance in visible region and narrow band gap. PMID:25924356

  17. Design of composite photocatalyst of TiO2 and Y-zeolite for degradation of 2-propanol in the gas phase under UV and visible light irradiation.

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    Kamegawa, Takashi; Ishiguro, Yasushi; Kido, Ryota; Yamashita, Hiromi

    2014-01-01

    Hydrophobic Y-zeolite (SiO2/Al2O3 = 810) and TiO2 composite photocatalysts were designed by using two different types of TiO2 precursors, i.e., titanium ammonium oxalate and ammonium hexafluorotitanate. The porous structure, surface property and state of TiO2 were investigated by various characterization techniques. By using an ammonium hexafluorotitanate as a precursor, hydrophobic modification of the Y-zeolite surface and realizing visible light sensitivity was successfully achieved at the same time after calcination at 773 K in the air. The prepared sample still maintained the porous structure of Y-zeolite and a large surface area. Highly crystalline anatase TiO2 was also formed on the Y-zeolite surface by the role of fluorine in the precursor. The usages of ammonium hexafluorotitanate were effective for the improvement of the photocatalytic performance of the composite in the degradation of 2-propanol in the gas phase under UV and visible light (λ > 420 nm) irradiation. PMID:25314607

  18. Synthesis and characterisation of biologically compatible TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Cheyne, Richard W.; Smith, Tim Ad; Trembleau, Laurent; McLaughlin, Abbie C.

    2011-06-01

    We describe for the first time the synthesis of biocompatible TiO2 nanoparticles containing a functional NH2 group which are easily dispersible in water. The synthesis of water dispersible TiO2 nanoparticles coated with mercaptosuccinic acid is also reported. We show that it is possible to exchange the stearic acid from pre-synthesised fatty acid-coated anatase 5-nm nanoparticles with a range of organic ligands with no change in the size or morphology. With further organic functionalisation, these nanoparticles could be used for medical imaging or to carry cytotoxic radionuclides for radioimmunotherapy where ultrasmall nanoparticles will be essential for rapid renal clearance.

  19. Hydrothermal synthesis spherical TiO2 and its photo-degradation property on salicylic acid

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    Guo, Wenlu; Liu, Xiaolin; Huo, Pengwei; Gao, Xun; Wu, Di; Lu, Ziyang; Yan, Yongsheng

    2012-07-01

    Anatase TiO2 spheres have been prepared using hydrothermal synthesis. The prepared spheres were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-vis DRS). The TiO2 consisted of well-defined spheres with size of 3-5 μm. The photocatalytic activity of spherical TiO2 was determined by degradation of salicylic acid under visible light irradiation. It was revealed that the degradation rate of the spherical TiO2 which was processed at 150 °C for 48 h could reach 81.758%. And the kinetics of photocatalytic degradation obeyed first-order kinetic, which the rate constant value was 0.01716 S-1 of the salicylic acid onto TiO2 (temperature: 150, time: 48 h). The kinetics of adsorption followed the pseudo-second-order model and the rate constant was 1.2695 g mg-1 of the salicylic acid onto TiO2 (temperature: 150, time: 48 h).

  20. Pulsed-laser-deposited TiO2 nanocrystalline films supporting Au nanoparticles for visible-light-operating plasmonic photocatalysts

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    Yoshida, Takehito; Watanabe, Tei; Kikuchi, Fumito; Tabuchi, Takeru; Umezu, Ikurou; Haraguchi, Masanobu

    2016-05-01

    We have synthesized pulsed-laser-deposited (PLD) TiO2 nanocrystalline films supporting Au nanoparticles. Au films were deposited on the PLD TiO2 nanocrystalline films with the mass thickness of 4 nm. The as-deposited Au films had island structures. After furnace annealing at 300 °C for 180 min in air, the as-deposited island-structured Au films were balled with the mean diameter of 19 nm on the PLD TiO2 nanocrystalline films. We confirmed that the balled Au nanoparticles had the localized surface plasmonic resonance absorption band in the range of 510-600 nm. Photocatalytic activities of the Au-supporting TiO2 nanocrystalline films were evaluated by a methylene blue decomposition method. We clarified that the Au-supporting TiO2 nanocrystalline films demonstrated visible-light-driven photocatalytic activities, under the filtered (490-500 nm) Xe arc lamp irradiation.

  1. Recyclable magnetic photocatalysts of Fe2+/TiO2 hierarchical architecture with effective removal of Cr(VI) under UV light from water.

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    Xu, S C; Zhang, Y X; Pan, S S; Ding, H L; Li, G H

    2011-11-30

    We report the synthesis and photocatalytic removal of Cr(VI) from water of hierarchical micro/nanostructured Fe(2+)/TiO(2) tubes. The TiO(2) tubes fabricated by a facile solvothermal approach show a three-level hierarchical architecture assembled from dense nanosheets nearly vertically standing on the surface of TiO(2) microtube. The nanosheets with a thickness of about 20 nm are composed of numerous TiO(2) nanocrystals with size in the range of 15-20 nm. Ferrous ions are doped into the hierarchical architecture by a reduction route. The Fe(2+)/TiO(2) catalyst demonstrates an effective removal of Cr(VI) from water under UV light and the removal effectiveness reaches 99.3% at the initial Cr(VI) concentration of 10 mg L(-1). The ferrous ion in the catalyst serves not as the photo-electron trap but as an intermedium of a two-step reduction. The TiO(2) photoreduces the Fe(2+) ions to Fe atoms firstly, then the Fe atoms reduce the Cr(VI) to Cr(III), and the later is removed by adsorption. The hierarchical architecture of the catalyst serves as a reactor for the photocatalytic reaction of Cr(VI) ions and an effective absorbent for the removal of Cr(III) ions. The catalyst can be easily magnetically separated from the wastewater after photocatalytic reaction and recycled after acid treatment. PMID:21917375

  2. TiO2 doped with nitrogen: synthesis and characterization.

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    Abazović, Nadica D; Montone, Amelia; Mirenghi, Luciana; Janković, Ivana A; Comor, Mirjana I

    2008-02-01

    In this study, nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) powders were synthesized in two ways: by heating of titanium hydroxide with urea and by direct hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) with ammonium hydroxide. The samples were characterized by structural (XRD), analytical (XPS), optical (UV/Vis absorption/reflection and Raman spectroscopy) and morphological (SEM, TEM) techniques. The characterization suggested that the doped materials have anatase crystalline form without any detectable peaks that correspond to dopants. The absorption threshold of titanium dioxide was moved in the visible range of optical spectrum from 3.2 eV to 2.20 eV. Particle sizes of synthesized powders were obtained from XRD measurements and from TEM data ranging from 6-20 nm. XPS and Raman spectroscopy were used for detection of nitrogen in doped samples. PMID:18464379

  3. 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

  4. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2 loaded cashew nut shell activated carbon and photocatalytic activity on BG and MB dyes under sunlight radiation

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    Ragupathy, S.; Raghu, K.; Prabu, P.

    2015-03-01

    Synthesis of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles and TiO2 loaded cashew nut shell activated carbon (TiO2/CNSAC) had been undertaken using sol-gel method and their application in BG and MB dyes removal under sunlight radiation has been investigated. The synthesized photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Fourier infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-Vis-diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). The various experimental parameters like amount of catalyst, contact time for efficient dyes degradation of BG and MB were concerned in this study. Activity measurements performed under solar irradiation has shown good results for the photodegradation of BG and MB in aqueous solution. It was concluded that the higher photocatalytic activity in TiO2/CNSAC was due to parameters like band-gap, number of hydroxyl groups, surface area and porosity of the catalyst. The kinetic data were also described by the pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order kinetic models.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2 loaded cashew nut shell activated carbon and photocatalytic activity on BG and MB dyes under sunlight radiation.

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    Ragupathy, S; Raghu, K; Prabu, P

    2015-03-01

    Synthesis of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles and TiO2 loaded cashew nut shell activated carbon (TiO2/CNSAC) had been undertaken using sol-gel method and their application in BG and MB dyes removal under sunlight radiation has been investigated. The synthesized photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Fourier infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-Vis-diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). The various experimental parameters like amount of catalyst, contact time for efficient dyes degradation of BG and MB were concerned in this study. Activity measurements performed under solar irradiation has shown good results for the photodegradation of BG and MB in aqueous solution. It was concluded that the higher photocatalytic activity in TiO2/CNSAC was due to parameters like band-gap, number of hydroxyl groups, surface area and porosity of the catalyst. The kinetic data were also described by the pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order kinetic models. PMID:25506648

  6. Controlled synthesis and photocatalysis of sea urchin-like Fe3O4@TiO2@Ag nanocomposites

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    Zhao, Yilin; Tao, Chengran; Xiao, Gang; Wei, Guipeng; Li, Linghui; Liu, Changxia; Su, Haijia

    2016-02-01

    Based on the synergistic photocatalytic activities of nano-sized TiO2 and Ag, as well as the magnetic properties of Fe3O4, a sea urchin-like Fe3O4@TiO2@Ag nanocomposite (Fe3O4@TiO2@Ag NCs) is controllably synthesized with tunable cavity size, adjustable shell layer of TiO2 nanofiber, higher structural stability and larger specific surface area. Here, Fe3O4@TiO2@Ag NCs are obtained with Fe3O4 as the core and nanofiber TiO2/Fe3O4/Ag nanoheterojunctions as the shell; and Ag nanoparticles with diameter of approximately 4 nm are loaded both on TiO2 nanofibers and inside the cavities of sea urchin-like Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites uniformly. Ag nanoparticles lead to the production of more photogenerated charges in the TiO2/Fe3O4/Ag heterojunction via LSPR absorption, and enhance the band-gap absorption of TiO2, while the Fe3O4 cocatalyst provides the active sites for oxygen reduction by the effective transfer of photogenerated electrons to oxygen. So the photocatalytic performance is improved due to the synergistic effect of TiO2/Fe3O4/Ag nanoheterojunctions. As photocatalysts under UV and visible irradiation, the as-synthesized nanocomposites display enhanced photocatalytic and recycling properties for the degradation of ampicillin. Moreover, they present better broad-spectrum antibiosis under visible irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity and excellent chemical stability, in combination with the magnetic recyclability, makes this multifunctional nanostructure a promising candidate for antibiosis and remediation in aquatic environmental contamination in the future.Based on the synergistic photocatalytic activities of nano-sized TiO2 and Ag, as well as the magnetic properties of Fe3O4, a sea urchin-like Fe3O4@TiO2@Ag nanocomposite (Fe3O4@TiO2@Ag NCs) is controllably synthesized with tunable cavity size, adjustable shell layer of TiO2 nanofiber, higher structural stability and larger specific surface area. Here, Fe3O4@TiO2@Ag NCs are obtained with Fe3O4 as the

  7. Investigation of the antibacterial effects of silver-modified TiO2 and ZnO plasmonic photocatalysts embedded in polymer thin films.

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    Tallósy, Szabolcs Péter; Janovák, László; Ménesi, Judit; Nagy, Elisabeth; Juhász, Ádám; Balázs, László; Deme, István; Buzás, Norbert; Dékány, Imre

    2014-10-01

    Nanosilver-modified TiO2 and ZnO photocatalysts were studied against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus on the surface and against naturally occurring airborne microorganisms. The photocatalysts/polymer nanohybrid films were prepared by spray coating technique on the surface of glass plates and on the inner surface of the reactive light source. The photoreactive surfaces were activated with visible light emitting LED light at λ = 405 nm. The optical properties of the prepared photocatalyst/polymer nanohybrid films were characterized by diffuse reflectance measurements. The photocatalytic properties were verified with the degradation of ethanol by gas chromatography measurements. The destruction of the bacterial cell wall component was examined with transmission electron microscope. The antibacterial effect of the photocatalyst/polymer nanohybrid films was tested with different methods and with the associated standard ISO 27447:2009. With the photoreactive coatings, an extensive disinfectant film was developed and successfully prepared. The cell wall component of S. aureus was degraded after 1 h of illumination. The antibacterial effect of the nanohybrid films has been proven by measuring the decrease of the number of methicillin-resistant S. aureus on the surface and in the air as the function of illumination time. The photocatalyst/polymer nanohybrid films could inactivate 99.9 % of the investigated bacteria on different thin films after 2 h of illumination with visible light source. The reactive light source with the inner-coated photocatalyst could kill 96 % of naturally occurring airborne microorganisms after 48 h of visible light illumination in indoor air sample. The TEM results and the microbiological measurements were completed with toxicity tests carried out with Vibrio fischeri bioluminescence bacterium. PMID:24497305

  8. Controlled synthesis and photocatalysis of sea urchin-like Fe3O4@TiO2@Ag nanocomposites.

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    Zhao, Yilin; Tao, Chengran; Xiao, Gang; Wei, Guipeng; Li, Linghui; Liu, Changxia; Su, Haijia

    2016-03-01

    Based on the synergistic photocatalytic activities of nano-sized TiO2 and Ag, as well as the magnetic properties of Fe3O4, a sea urchin-like Fe3O4@TiO2@Ag nanocomposite (Fe3O4@TiO2@Ag NCs) is controllably synthesized with tunable cavity size, adjustable shell layer of TiO2 nanofiber, higher structural stability and larger specific surface area. Here, Fe3O4@TiO2@Ag NCs are obtained with Fe3O4 as the core and nanofiber TiO2/Fe3O4/Ag nanoheterojunctions as the shell; and Ag nanoparticles with diameter of approximately 4 nm are loaded both on TiO2 nanofibers and inside the cavities of sea urchin-like Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites uniformly. Ag nanoparticles lead to the production of more photogenerated charges in the TiO2/Fe3O4/Ag heterojunction via LSPR absorption, and enhance the band-gap absorption of TiO2, while the Fe3O4 cocatalyst provides the active sites for oxygen reduction by the effective transfer of photogenerated electrons to oxygen. So the photocatalytic performance is improved due to the synergistic effect of TiO2/Fe3O4/Ag nanoheterojunctions. As photocatalysts under UV and visible irradiation, the as-synthesized nanocomposites display enhanced photocatalytic and recycling properties for the degradation of ampicillin. Moreover, they present better broad-spectrum antibiosis under visible irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity and excellent chemical stability, in combination with the magnetic recyclability, makes this multifunctional nanostructure a promising candidate for antibiosis and remediation in aquatic environmental contamination in the future. PMID:26884248

  9. TiO2 supported over porous silica photocatalysts for pesticide degradation using solar light: Part 2. Silica prepared using acrylic acid emulsion.

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    Sharma, Mangalampalli V Phanikrishna; Kumari, Valluri Durga; Subrahmanyam, Machiraju

    2010-03-15

    An acrylic acid emulsion mixture is used for synthesis of novel porous silica (E-Si) material. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 under solar light irradiation for isoproturon (herbicide) degradation is drastically increased when dispersed over E-Si support using solid state dispersion (SSD) technique. The composite material is characterized by XRD, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms, UV-vis DRS, SEM and TEM measurements. The photocatalytic activities of the composite catalysts are evaluated for different parameters. The 5 wt% TiO2/E-Si is found to be highly active for isoproturon degradation. PMID:19962829

  10. Incorporation of N-doped TiO2 nanorods in regenerated cellulose thin films fabricated from recycled newspaper as a green portable photocatalyst.

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    Mohamed, Mohamad Azuwa; Salleh, W N W; Jaafar, Juhana; Ismail, A F; Abd Mutalib, Muhazri; Jamil, Siti Munira

    2015-11-20

    In this work, an environmental friendly RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film was designed as a green portable photocatalyst by utilizing recycled newspaper as sustainable cellulose resource. Investigations on the influence of N-doped TiO2 nanorods incorporation on the structural and morphological properties of RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film are presented. The resulting nanocomposite thin film was characterized by FESEM, AFM, FTIR, UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy, and XPS analysis. The results suggested that there was a remarkable compatibility between cellulose and N-doped TiO2 nanorods anchored onto the surface of the RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film. Under UV and visible irradiation, the RC/N-TiO2 nanocomposite thin film showed remarkable photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue solution with degradation percentage of 96% and 78.8%, respectively. It is crucial to note that the resulting portable photocatalyst produced via an environmental and green technique in its fabrication process has good potential in the field of water and wastewater treatment application. PMID:26344299

  11. A study of parameter setting and characterization of visible-light driven nitrogen-modified commercial TiO2 photocatalysts.

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    Kuo, Yu-Lin; Su, Te-Li; Kung, Fu-Chen; Wu, Tsai-Jung

    2011-06-15

    An optimal condition applied to the Taguchi method with an L(9) orthogonal array for preparing a visible-light driven nitrogen-modified TiO(2) (N-TiO(2)) photocatalyst by a simple hydrolysis method has been examined for material characteristics and a photodecolorization test of methyl blue (MB) under various visible light source (fluorescent and blue LED lamps) irradiations. Results of the material characterization showed that the absorption of prepared N-TiO(2) powder exhibited a significant extension into visible light regimes with an optical bandgap (Eg) of around 2.96 eV, which subsequently improved the visible-light photocatalytic activity of N-TiO(2) samples. The superior photocatalytic properties, the pseudo first-order reaction rate constants (k) and photodecolorization efficiency (η%) of a N-TiO(2) photocatalyst during the photodecolorization test of methyl blue (MB) under two different visible light irradiations were very evident compared to those for pure TiO(2). For photodecolorization of practical dyeing from the waste water from the dyeing and finishing industry, a higher photodecolorization efficiency of N-TiO(2) powder toward Direct blue-86 (DB-86) (Direct Fast Turquoise Blue GL) dye was also achieved. PMID:21555185

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of Photocatalytic TiO 2 -ZnFe 2 O 4 Nanoparticles

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    Srinivasan, Sesha S.; Wade, Jeremy; Stefanakos, Elias K.

    2006-01-01

    A new coprecipimore » tation/hydrolysis synthesis route is used to create a TiO 2 -ZnFe 2 O 4 nanocomposite that is directed towards extending the photoresponse of TiO 2 from UV to visible wavelengths ( > 400   nm ). The effect of TiO 2 's accelerated anatase-rutile phase transformation due to the presence of the coupled ZnFe 2 O 4 narrow-bandgap semiconductor is evaluated. The transformation's dependence on pH, calcinations temperature, particle size, and ZnFe 2 O 4 concentration has been analyzed using XRD, SEM, and UV-visible spectrometry. The requirements for retaining the highly photoactive anatase phase present in a ZnFe 2 O 4 nanocomposite are outlined. The visible-light-activated photocatalytic activity of the TiO 2 -ZnFe 2 O 4 nanocomposites has been compared to an Aldrich TiO 2 reference catalyst, using a solar-simulated photoreactor for the degradation of phenol.« less

  13. Synthesize and characterize of Ag3VO4/TiO2 nanorods photocatalysts and its photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation

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    Zou, Xuejun; Dong, Yuying; Zhang, Xiaodong; Cui, Yubo

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, in order to expand the light response range of TiO2, Ag3VO4/TiO2 nanorods photocatalysts were fabricated by a simple sol-gel method with microwave and hydrothermal method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, DRS, XPS and N2 adsorption-desorption. Meanwhile, their photocatalytic properties were investigated by the degradation of toluene under visible light irradiation. The degradation conversation of toluene had gotten to about 70% in 1% Ag3VO4/TiO2 nanorods after reaction 4 h. The predominant photocatalytic activity can be attributed to its strong absorption in visible light region and excellent charge separation characteristics. By using in situ FTIR, benzyl alcohol and benzaldehyde species could be observed during the reaction and the formed intermediates would be partially oxidized into CO2 and H2O. Electron spin resonance confirmed that OHrad and O2rad - were involved in the photocatalytic degradation of toluene.

  14. Bio-inspired artificial functional photocatalyst: biomimetic enzyme-like TiO2/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite with excellent molecular recognition ability

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    Li, Wentao; Pei, Xule; Deng, Fang; Luo, Xubiao; Li, Fengcong; Xiao, Yong

    2015-05-01

    An enzyme-like TiO2/reduced graphene oxide (enzyme-TiO2/rGO) nanocomposite with molecular recognition ability was fabricated by biomimicking the geometrical and chemical complementation of the enzyme and substrate. The anatase TiO2 nanocrystals were densely dispersed on rGO nanosheets with close interfacial contacts. With geometrical and chemical matching of target molecules and memorized cavities, the adsorption capacity of enzyme-TiO2/rGO nanocomposites for 4-nitrophenol (4.71 mg g-1) is about six times that of control TiO2/rGO without the enzyme-like feature (0.79 mg g-1), and the enzyme-TiO2/rGO shows a relative selectivity coefficient of 7.24. Moreover, enzyme-TiO2/rGO exhibits molecular recognitive photocatalytic degradation for a particular contaminant. The results demonstrate that enzyme-substrate recognition provides a convenient and powerful basis on which to biomimic and construct efficient photocatalysts with high selectivity.

  15. Degradations of acetaminophen via a K2S2O8-doped TiO2 photocatalyst under visible light irradiation.

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    Lin, Justin Chun-Te; de Luna, Mark Daniel G; Aranzamendez, Graziel L; Lu, Ming-Chun

    2016-07-01

    Acetaminophen (ACT) is a mild analgesic commonly used for relief of fever, headache and some minor pains. It had been detected in both fixed factory-discharged wastewaters, and diverse sources, e.g. surface waters during festival events. Degradation of such trace emergent pollutants by titanium dioxide (TiO2) photocatalysts is a common approach; however, the band gap that can be utilized in the UV range is limited. In order to extend downward the energy required to excite the photocatalytic material, doping with potassium peroxodisulfate (K2S2O8) by a sol-gel method was done in this work. The visible-light active photocatalyst was tested on the degradation of ACT under four parameters including: initial ACT concentration, catalyst dose, initial pH, and system temperature. Optimal conditions, which achieved 100% ACT degradation, were obtained by using 0.1 mM ACT initial concentration, catalyst dose of 1 g L(-1), initial pH of 9.0 and system temperature of 22 °C at the end of 9-h irradiation. Meanwhile, three types of degradation kinetic models (i.e. zero, pseudo first and second order) were tested. The feasible model followed a pseudo-first order model with the computed constant (kapp) of 7.29 × 10(-3) min(-1). The present study provides a better photocatalytic degradation route by K2S2O8-modified TiO2 in comparison with pristine TiO2, in wastewater treatment dealing with ACT and other persistent organic pollutants. PMID:27135700

  16. A Designed TiO2 /Carbon Nanocomposite as a High-Efficiency Lithium-Ion Battery Anode and Photocatalyst.

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    Peng, Liang; Zhang, Huijuan; Bai, Yuanjuan; Feng, Yangyang; Wang, Yu

    2015-10-12

    Herein, a peapod-like TiO2 /carbon nanocomposite has successfully been synthesized by a rational method for the first time. The novel nanostructure exhibits a distinct feature of TiO2 nanoparticles encapsulated inside and the carbon fiber coating outside. In the synthetic process, H2 Ti3 O7 nanotubes serve as precursors and templates, and glucose molecules act as the green carbon source. With the alliciency of hydrogen bonding between H2 Ti3 O7 and glucose, a thin polymer layer is hydrothermally assembled and subsequently converted into carbon fibers through calcinations under an inert atmosphere. Meanwhile, the precursors of H2 Ti3 O7 nanotubes are transformed into the TiO2 nanoparticles encapsulated in carbon fibers. The achieved unique nanocomposites can be used as excellent anode materials in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) and photocatalytic reagents in the degradation of rhodamine B. Due to the synergistic effect derived from TiO2 nanoparticles and carbon fibers, the obtained peapod-like TiO2 /carbon cannot only deliver a high specific capacity of 160 mAh g(-1) over 500 cycles in LIBs, but also perform a much faster photodegradation rate than bare TiO2 and P25. Furthermore, owing to the low cost, environmental friendliness as well as abundant source, this novel TiO2 /carbon nanocomposite will have a great potential to be extended to other application fields, such as specific catalysis, gas sensing, and photovoltaics. PMID:26310518

  17. Development of high efficient visible light-driven N, S-codoped TiO2 nanowires photocatalysts

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    Zhang, Yanlin; Liu, Peihong; Wu, Honghai

    2015-02-01

    One-dimensional (1D) nanowire material (especially nonmetal doped 1D nanowires) synthesized by a facile way is of great significance and greatly desired as it has higher charge carrier mobility and lower carrier recombination rate. N, S-codoped TiO2 nanowires were synthesized using titanium sulfate as a precursor and isopropanol as a protective capping agent by a hydrothermal route. The obtained doped nanowires were characterized by XRD, SEM, HRTEM, SAED, XPS, BET and UV-vis absorption spectrum. The incorporation of N and S into TiO2 NWs can lead to the expansion of its lattice and remarkably lower its electron-transfer resistance. Photocatalytic activity measurement showed that the N, S-codoped TiO2 nanowires with high quantum efficiency revealed the best photocatalytic performance for atrazine degradation under visible light irradiation compared to N, S-codoped TiO2 nanoparticles and S-doped TiO2 nanowires, which was attributed to (i) the synergistic effect of N and S doping in narrowing the band gap, separating electron-hole pairs and increasing the photoinduced electrons, and (ii) extending the anatase-to-rutile transformation temperature above 600 °C.

  18. Synthesis and optical properties of TiO2-based magnetic nanocomposites

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    Scarisoreanu, M.; Morjan, I.; Fleaca, C.-T.; Morjan, I. P.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Dutu, E.; Badoi, A.; Birjega, R.; Luculescu, C.; Vasile, E.; Danciu, V.; Filoti, G.

    2015-05-01

    Magnetic titania nanoparticles covered/embedded in SiO2 shell/matrix were simultaneously manufactured by the single-step laser pyrolysis. The present study is a continuation of our previous investigations on the TiO2/Fe and TiO2/HMDSO (hexamethyldisiloxane) derived-systems. The aim of this work is to study the synthesis by IR (Infrared) laser pyrolysis of magnetic TiO2 based nanocomposites which implies many concurrent processes induced in the gas phase by the laser radiation. The dependence between characteristic properties and the synthesis parameters was determined by many analytical and complementary methods: XRD (X-ray diffraction) structural analysis, UV-vis (ultraviolet-visible) and EDAX (energy-dispersive X-ray) spectroscopy, TEM and HRTEM (transmission electron microscopy at low and high resolution) analysis and magnetic measurements. The results of analysis indicate the presence of disordered silica, Fe, α-Fe2O3 and mixtures of anatase and rutile phases with mean crystallite dimensions (in the 14-34 nm range) with typical character of diluted magnetic oxide systems and a lower bandgap energy (Eg = 1.85 eV) as compared with TiO2 P25 Degussa sample.

  19. Preparation of visible-light-responsive TiO2-xNx photocatalyst by a sol-gel method: analysis of the active center on TiO2 that reacts with NH3.

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    Kuroda, Yasushige; Mori, Toshinori; Yagi, Kazunori; Makihata, Naoko; Kawahara, Yoichiro; Nagao, Mahiko; Kittaka, Shigeharu

    2005-08-16

    Active reaction centers for ammonia on titanium oxyhydroxide were explored to direct the search for an efficient sol-gel method for the synthesis of a titanium oxynitride (TiO2-xNx) sample with an efficient responsiveness to the visible light constituting a main part of the solar spectrum. The results lead to the conclusion that the site giving IR bands at around 2195 cm(-1) for the adsorbed CO molecules at 300 K is a reactive site and behaves as Lewis acid site in the coordination environment of distorted five-coordinate Ti4+ ions. Ammonia molecules are adsorbed on such a site to form -NH2 and -OH species during the heat treatments at a temperature above 373 K, and they are ultimately incorporated into the TiO2 lattice as nitride through the dehydration at higher temperatures of up to 723 K, resulting in the formation of an anatase type of TiO2-xNx. PMID:16089416

  20. Synthesis, Characterization, and Photocatalytic Properties of Sulfur- and Carbon-Codoped TiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Ivanov, S.; Barylyak, A.; Besaha, K.; Bund, A.; Bobitski, Y.; Wojnarowska-Nowak, R.; Yaremchuk, I.; Kus-Liśkiewicz, M.

    2016-03-01

    One-step TiO2 nanoparticle synthesis based on the interaction between thiourea and metatitanic acid is applied for sulfur and carbon anatase codoping. The synthesis of the doped TiO2 has been monitored by means of differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetric analysis (DTA-TG), which allows determining the optimal thermal conditions for the process. Electron microscopy showed micrometer-sized (5-15 μm) randomly distributed crystal aggregates, consisting of many 15-40-nm TiO2 nanoparticles. The obtained phase composition and chemical states of the doping elements are analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopies, and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). XRD displays in both samples (doped and pristine) the existence of only one crystalline phase—the tetragonal modification of TiO2—anatase. Further data assessment by means of Rietveld refinement allowed detection of a slight c lattice parameter and volume increase related to incorporation of the doping elements. XPS demonstrated the presence of carbon and sulfur as doping elements in the material. It was confirmed that carbon is in elemental form and also present in oxygen-containing compounds, which are adsorbed on the particle surface. The binding energy for sulfur electron core shell corresponds to the established data for sulfate compounds, where sulfur is in 6+ oxidation state. The synthesized S- and C-codoped TiO2 showed excellent photocatalytic performance during the degradation of organic dyes (rhodamine B, methylene blue), gas-phase oxidation of ethanol under visible light, and photocatalytic hydrogen generation from ethanol under ultraviolet light.

  1. Synthesis, Characterization, and Photocatalytic Properties of Sulfur- and Carbon-Codoped TiO2 Nanoparticles.

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    Ivanov, S; Barylyak, A; Besaha, K; Bund, A; Bobitski, Y; Wojnarowska-Nowak, R; Yaremchuk, I; Kus-Liśkiewicz, M

    2016-12-01

    One-step TiO2 nanoparticle synthesis based on the interaction between thiourea and metatitanic acid is applied for sulfur and carbon anatase codoping. The synthesis of the doped TiO2 has been monitored by means of differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetric analysis (DTA-TG), which allows determining the optimal thermal conditions for the process. Electron microscopy showed micrometer-sized (5-15 μm) randomly distributed crystal aggregates, consisting of many 15-40-nm TiO2 nanoparticles. The obtained phase composition and chemical states of the doping elements are analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopies, and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). XRD displays in both samples (doped and pristine) the existence of only one crystalline phase-the tetragonal modification of TiO2-anatase. Further data assessment by means of Rietveld refinement allowed detection of a slight c lattice parameter and volume increase related to incorporation of the doping elements. XPS demonstrated the presence of carbon and sulfur as doping elements in the material. It was confirmed that carbon is in elemental form and also present in oxygen-containing compounds, which are adsorbed on the particle surface. The binding energy for sulfur electron core shell corresponds to the established data for sulfate compounds, where sulfur is in 6+ oxidation state. The synthesized S- and C-codoped TiO2 showed excellent photocatalytic performance during the degradation of organic dyes (rhodamine B, methylene blue), gas-phase oxidation of ethanol under visible light, and photocatalytic hydrogen generation from ethanol under ultraviolet light. PMID:26969593

  2. The hybrid photocatalyst of TiO2-SiO2 thin film prepared from rice husk silica

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    Klankaw, P.; Chawengkijwanich, C.; Grisdanurak, N.; Chiarakorn, Siriluk

    2012-03-01

    The TiO2-SiO2 thin film was prepared by self-assembly method by mixing SiO2 precursor with titanium precursor solution and aged to obtain a co-precipitation of silica and titanium crystals. Dip coating method was applied for thin film preparation on glass slide. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) of the self-assembly thin film had no characteristic property of SiO2 and even anatase TiO2 but indicated new crystal structure which was determined from the Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometer (FTIR) as a hybridized Ti-O-Si bonding. The surface area and surface volume of the self-assembly sample were increased when SiO2 was incorporated into the film. The self-assembly TiO2-SiO2 thin film exhibited the enhanced photocatalytic decolorization of methylene blue (MB) dye. The advantages of SiO2 are; (1) to increase the adsorbability of the film and (2) to provide the hydroxyl radical to promote the photocatalytic reaction. The self-assembly thin film with the optimum molar ratio (SiO2:TiO2) as 20:80 gave the best performance for photocatalytic decolorization of MB dye with the overall efficiency of 81%.

  3. TiO2 as a photocatalyst for control of the aquatic invasive alga, Cladophora, under natural and artificial light

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    Peller, J.R.; Whitman, R.L.; Griffith, S.; Harris, P.; Peller, C.; Scalzitti, J.

    2007-01-01

    Cladophora, a nuisance and invasive, filamentous algae (Chlorophyta), massively accumulates along the shores of the lower Great Lakes each summer causing great economic damage and compromising recreational opportunity and perhaps public health. In vitro experiments showed that Cladophora samples were physically and biologically degraded when subjected to TiO2-mediated photocatalysis. For the most successful photocatalytic process, TiO2 was immobilized on a glass surface and used in combination with either sunlight or artificial UV light. The loss of vital algal pigments was monitored using UV–vis spectrophotometry, and cell structural changes were determined by microscopic observation. Cladophora, in the presence of TiO2-covered glass beads, experienced a loss of chloroplast pigments after 2 h of UV lamp light irradiation. In a separate experiment, sunlight exposure over 4 days (∼24 h) resulted in the complete oxidative degradation of the green chloroplast pigments, verified by the UV spectra of the algal extracts. These results suggest that TiO2, mobilized on sunlit silicates may be useful in controlling growth and survival of this alga in the Great Lakes, thus mitigating many of the economic, aesthetic ecological impacts of this invasive alga.

  4. Synthesis of green TiO2/ZnO/CdS hybrid nano-catalyst for efficient light harvesting using an elegant pulsed laser ablation in liquids method

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    Gondal, M. A.; Ilyas, A. M.; Fasasi, T. A.; Dastageer, M. A.; Seddigi, Z. S.; Qahtan, T. F.; Faiz, M.; Khattak, G. D.

    2015-12-01

    The main limitation on the applications of TiO2 as a photocatalyst is its large band gap (3.2 eV) which limits its absorption only to the ultraviolet region of the solar spectrum. To overcome this problem, a facile strategy for clean synthesis of a nanocomposite green catalyst of zinc oxide (ZnO), titanium dioxide (TiO2) and cadmium sulphide (CdS) was developed using pulsed laser ablation in liquids (PLAL) technique for the first time to the best of our knowledge. The main aim of addition of ZnO is to reduce the electron-hole recombination in the TiO2 while CdS is used to increase the light harvesting efficiency of TiO2 in the visible spectral region. The absorption spectrum of the TiO2/ZnO/CdS composite obtained from the UV-vis spectrophotometer exhibits strong absorption in the visible region as compared to the pure TiO2 whose absorption band lies around 380 nm which is in the UV-region. The morphology of the composite quantum dots was also investigated using high resolution TEM technique which shows that the synthesized composite size ranges between 10 and 40 nm. These nanocomposites have demosntarted noticible improvement in the carriers transport in the visible region which could enhance its efficiency for many applications in the visible region especially for energy harvesting using solar radiations.

  5. Facile synthesis of TiO2/trititanate heterostructure with enhanced photoelectric efficiency for an improved photocatalysis

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    Chen, Feitai; Li, Youji; Liu, Zhi; Fang, Pengfei

    2015-06-01

    TiO2/trititanate photocatalyst was prepared by alkaline hydrothermal treatment of TiO2, and characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman etc. The photocatalytic activities of catalysts were evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B (RhB). It is found that the heterostructure can be directly formed via the conversion of surface TiO2 into trititanate. The coupled nanostructure possesses enhanced adsorption ability for RhB as compared with the raw TiO2, owing to the formation of an increased amount of hydroxyl groups on the prepared catalyst surface. Besides, the generated trititanate can successfully introduce a shallow energy level in the coupled composite, which results in the improvement of separation efficiency of photoinduced electron-hole pairs. In the degradation experiments, TiO2/trititanate exhibits much higher photocatalytic activity than the bare TiO2. These advantages of the coupled nanostructure in adsorption capacity and photoelectric efficiency may make it a wider application for the removal of organic pollutants.

  6. Influence of the pH of the synthesis using sol-gel method on the structural and optical properties of TiO2

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    Jaramillo, J.; Garzón, B. A.; Tirado Mejía, L.

    2016-02-01

    The photocatalysis process using semiconductor materials, in particular TiO2, is one of the most attractive treatment for polluted waters decontamination because of its advantages over other oxidation processes [1-6]. In this study the effect on the physical properties of TiO2 due to the pH used during the manufacturing of the semiconductor is studied. Different samples were synthesized using ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH) and nitric acid (HNO3) as catalysts to provide basic and acid pH environments, respectively. Changes in composition, structure and morphology of the samples were studied and its dependence with the pH of the synthesis is discussed. Results indicate that the base catalysis favours the formation of anatase TiO2 crystalline phase with crystallite size ∼ 26nm obtained by Rietveld refinement; the spherical particles formed agglomerates of ∼100nm the average pore size is in the range of mesopores and the surface area increases with the amount of NH4OH added in the process. On the other hand, with acid catalysis, a mixture of two crystalline phases, anatase and rutile, was obtained with crystallite sizes around 26 and 49nm, respectively. The grain size is several orders of magnitude higher than those obtained by basic catalysis. The photocatalytic activity was measured using methylene blue solutions to determine their degradation with radiation. Greater efficiency was observed in the photocatalysts synthesized with NH4OH.

  7. Highly reactive {001} facets of TiO2-based composites: synthesis, formation mechanism and characterization

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    Ong, Wee-Jun; Tan, Lling-Lling; Chai, Siang-Piao; Yong, Siek-Ting; Mohamed, Abdul Rahman

    2014-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is one of the most widely investigated metal oxides due to its extraordinary surface, electronic and catalytic properties. However, the large band gap of TiO2 and massive recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs limit its photocatalytic and photovoltaic efficiency. Therefore, increasing research attention is now being directed towards engineering the surface structure of TiO2 at the most fundamental and atomic level namely morphological control of {001} facets in the range of microscale and nanoscale to fine-tune its physicochemical properties, which could ultimately lead to the optimization of its selectivity and reactivity. The synthesis of {001}-faceted TiO2 is currently one of the most active interdisciplinary research areas and demonstrations of catalytic enhancement are abundant. Modifications such as metal and non-metal doping have also been extensively studied to extend its band gap to the visible light region. This steady progress has demonstrated that TiO2-based composites with {001} facets are playing and will continue to play an indispensable role in the environmental remediation and in the search for clean and renewable energy technologies. This review encompasses the state-of-the-art research activities and latest advancements in the design of highly reactive {001} facet-dominated TiO2via various strategies, including hydrothermal/solvothermal, high temperature gas phase reactions and non-hydrolytic alcoholysis methods. The stabilization of {001} facets using fluorine-containing species and fluorine-free capping agents is also critically discussed in this review. To overcome the large band gap of TiO2 and rapid recombination of photogenerated charge carriers, modifications are carried out to manipulate its electronic band structure, including transition metal doping, noble metal doping, non-metal doping and incorporating graphene as a two-dimensional (2D) catalyst support. The advancements made in these aspects are

  8. Highly reactive {001} facets of TiO2-based composites: synthesis, formation mechanism and characterization.

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    Ong, Wee-Jun; Tan, Lling-Lling; Chai, Siang-Piao; Yong, Siek-Ting; Mohamed, Abdul Rahman

    2014-02-21

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is one of the most widely investigated metal oxides due to its extraordinary surface, electronic and catalytic properties. However, the large band gap of TiO2 and massive recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs limit its photocatalytic and photovoltaic efficiency. Therefore, increasing research attention is now being directed towards engineering the surface structure of TiO2 at the most fundamental and atomic level namely morphological control of {001} facets in the range of microscale and nanoscale to fine-tune its physicochemical properties, which could ultimately lead to the optimization of its selectivity and reactivity. The synthesis of {001}-faceted TiO2 is currently one of the most active interdisciplinary research areas and demonstrations of catalytic enhancement are abundant. Modifications such as metal and non-metal doping have also been extensively studied to extend its band gap to the visible light region. This steady progress has demonstrated that TiO2-based composites with {001} facets are playing and will continue to play an indispensable role in the environmental remediation and in the search for clean and renewable energy technologies. This review encompasses the state-of-the-art research activities and latest advancements in the design of highly reactive {001} facet-dominated TiO2via various strategies, including hydrothermal/solvothermal, high temperature gas phase reactions and non-hydrolytic alcoholysis methods. The stabilization of {001} facets using fluorine-containing species and fluorine-free capping agents is also critically discussed in this review. To overcome the large band gap of TiO2 and rapid recombination of photogenerated charge carriers, modifications are carried out to manipulate its electronic band structure, including transition metal doping, noble metal doping, non-metal doping and incorporating graphene as a two-dimensional (2D) catalyst support. The advancements made in these aspects are

  9. Hydrothermal synthesis of TiO2-ZnO-graphene nanocomposite towards photocatalytic and photovoltaic applications

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    Gayathri, S.; Jayabal, P.; Ramakrishnan, V.

    2015-06-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) - Zinc oxide (ZnO) - Graphene (G) nanocomposite was successfully synthesized through facile hydrothermal method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and the micro-Raman spectroscopic technique revealed the formation of TiO2-ZnO-Graphene (TZG) nanocomposite. The ZnO and TiO2 nanoparticles decorated graphene sheets were clearly noticeable in the Field Emission Scanning Electron Micrograph (FE-SEM). The UV-Visible absorption spectra clearly indicated that the formation of TZG nanocomposite enriched the absorption in the visible region. Hence, the prepared nanocomposite can be used as photocatalyst to remove organic dyes from water and as photoanode in the fabrication of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs).

  10. Ultrasound with low intensity assisted the synthesis of nanocrystalline TiO2 without calcination.

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    Ghows, Narjes; Entezari, Mohamad H

    2010-06-01

    A novel method has been developed for the preparation of nano-sized TiO(2) with anatase phase. Nanoparticles with diameter about 6 nm were prepared at a relatively low temperature (75 degrees C) and short time. The synthesis was carried out by the hydrolysis of titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP) in the presence of water, ethanol, and dispersant under ultrasonic irradiation (500 kHz) at low intensity. The results show that variables such as water/ethanol ratio, irradiation time, and temperature have a great influence on the particle size and crystalline phases of TiO(2) nanoparticles. Characterization of the product was carried out by different techniques such as powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and UV-vis spectroscopy. PMID:20382553

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

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    Zhao, Cong; Zhu, Dachuan; Cao, Shixiu

    2016-02-01

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

  12. Enhanced nitrogen selectivity for nitrate reduction on Cu-nZVI by TiO2 photocatalysts under UV irradiation

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    Krasae, Nalinee; Wantala, Kitirote

    2016-09-01

    The aims of this work were to study the effect of Cu-nZVI with and without TiO2 on nitrate reduction and to study the pathway of nitrate reduction utilizing to nitrogen gas. The chemical and physical properties of Cu-nZVI and Cu-nZVI/TiO2 such as specific surface area, crystalline phase, oxidation state of Cu and Fe and morphology were determined by N2 adsorption-desorption Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analytical technique, X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray Absorption Near Edge Structure (XANES) technique and Transmittance Electron Microscopy (TEM). The full factorial design (FFD) was used in this experiment for the effect of Cu-nZVI with and without TiO2, where the initial solution pH was varied at 4, 5.5, and 7 and initial nitrate concentration was varied at 50, 75, and 100 ppm. Finally, the pathway of nitrate reduction was examined to calculate the nitrogen gas selectivity. The specific area of Cu-nZVI and Cu-nZVI/TiO2 was found to be about 4 and 36 m2/g, respectively. The XRD pattern of Fe0 in Cu-nZVI was found at 45° (2θ), whereas Cu-nZVI/TiO2 cannot be observed. TEM images can confirm the position of the core and the shell of nZVI for Fe0 and ferric oxide. Cu-nZVI/TiO2 proved to have higher activity in nitrogen reduction performance than that without TiO2 and nitrate can be completely degraded in both of solution pH of 4 and 7 in 75 ppm of initial nitrate concentration. It can be highlighted that the nitrogen gas selectivity of Cu-nZVI/TiO2 greater than 82% was found at an initial solution pH of 4 and 7. The main effects of Cu-nZVI with and without TiO2 and the initial nitrate concentration on nitrate reduction were significant. The interaction between solution pH and initial nitrate concentration and the interaction of all effects at a reaction time of 15 min on nitrate reduction were also significant.

  13. High efficiency TiO2 photocatalysts by the sol-gel process. Final report, 1 April-30 September 1995

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    Huang, Y.; Chu, C.J.

    1995-10-25

    Objective of Phase I project is to demonstrate that the dye-sensitized and doped materials by sol-gel process can be used in the photocatalytic reaction for oxidation of chemical wastes under the simulated solar irradiation, and to develop innovative technologies to improve the efficiency of photodegradation of chemical waste. In Phase I research, the authors met the following goals: (1) Development of various technologies on fabrication of TiO2 materials including powders, and porous aerogels with much higher specific surface area comparing to commercial TiO2 anatase powder-Degussa P25 powder. (2) Characterization of crystallographic phase development, morphologies and surface area of materials using XRD, SEM and BET analyser. (3) Investigation on effects of various parameters, such as tungsten doping, dye-sensitization crystallographic phase, morphologies and specific surface area, on efficiency of photodegradation of chemical waste under the simulated solar radiation. (4) Improvements of photocatalytic efficiency by developing innovative technologies, such as using aerosol and aerogel routes with doping and sensitized dye.

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

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    Quiroz, Heiddy P.; Dussan, A.

    2016-08-01

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

  15. Low-temperature solvothermal synthesis of visible-light-responsive S-doped TiO2 nanocrystal

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    Yang, Guidong; Yan, Zifeng; Xiao, Tiancun

    2012-02-01

    In this work, a low-temperature solvothermal method has been developed to synthesize visible-light-responsive S-doped TiO2 nanocrystal photocatalyst, using thiourea as the sulfur source to enhance sulfur incorporation into TiO2 lattice. The effects of different S:Ti molar ratio on the crystal structure, chemical composition, surface property and catalytic performance have been studied. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra displayed that the TiO2 was modified by the S element incorporated into the TiO2 network to form Tisbnd Osbnd S bond, which therefore led to the formation of intermediate energy level just above the O 2p valance band, and caused the absorption edge of TiO2 to shift into the visible light region up to 500 nm. Characterization results show that the pure nanocrystal anatase structure, with both the degree of S doping and oxygen vacancies makes contribution to the exceptional photocatalytic activity of TONS in visible-light degradation of Methylene Blue (MB) and phenol molecules.

  16. Facile synthesis of the Ti3+ self-doped TiO2-graphene nanosheet composites with enhanced photocatalysis

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    Qiu, Bocheng; Zhou, Yi; Ma, Yunfei; Yang, Xiaolong; Sheng, Weiqin; Xing, Mingyang; Zhang, Jinlong

    2015-01-01

    This study developed a facile approach for preparing Ti3+ self-doped TiO2-graphene photocatalyst by a one-step vacuum activation technology involved a relative lower temperature, which could be activated by the visible light owing to the synergistic effect among Ti3+ doping, some new intersurface bonds generation and graphene oxide reduction. Compared with the traditional methods, the vacuum activation involves a low temperature and low-costing, which can achieve the reduction of GO, the self doping of Ti3+ in TiO2 and the loading of TiO2 nanoparticles on GR surface at the same time. These resulting TiO2-graphene composites show the high photodegradation rate of MO, high hydrogen evolution activity and excellent IPCE in the visible light irradiation. The facile vacuum activation method can provide an effective and practical approach to improve the performance of TiO2-graphene and other metal oxides-graphene towards their practical photocatalytic applications. PMID:25716132

  17. Facile synthesis of the Ti3+ self-doped TiO2-graphene nanosheet composites with enhanced photocatalysis

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    Qiu, Bocheng; Zhou, Yi; Ma, Yunfei; Yang, Xiaolong; Sheng, Weiqin; Xing, Mingyang; Zhang, Jinlong

    2015-02-01

    This study developed a facile approach for preparing Ti3+ self-doped TiO2-graphene photocatalyst by a one-step vacuum activation technology involved a relative lower temperature, which could be activated by the visible light owing to the synergistic effect among Ti3+ doping, some new intersurface bonds generation and graphene oxide reduction. Compared with the traditional methods, the vacuum activation involves a low temperature and low-costing, which can achieve the reduction of GO, the self doping of Ti3+ in TiO2 and the loading of TiO2 nanoparticles on GR surface at the same time. These resulting TiO2-graphene composites show the high photodegradation rate of MO, high hydrogen evolution activity and excellent IPCE in the visible light irradiation. The facile vacuum activation method can provide an effective and practical approach to improve the performance of TiO2-graphene and other metal oxides-graphene towards their practical photocatalytic applications.

  18. Simultaneous amination of TiO2 nanoparticles in the gas phase synthesis for bio-medical applications

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    Lee, Kyoung-No; Kim, Yangeon; Lee, Chang-Woo; Lee, Jai-Sung

    2011-10-01

    A simultaneous synthesis and surface amination method to effectively modify the surface of inorganic nanoparticles is discussed in this study. As a target material system and surface functional group, TiO2 nanoparticles and amine were selected. APTES (3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane), the source of amine group, was mixed with TTIP (titanium tetraisopropoxide) and used for the synthesis of aminated TiO2 nanoparticles. XRD (X-ray diffractometry) results showed TiO2 nanoparticles of pure anatase phase, 15 nm in crystallite size, were successfully synthesized at 700°C and 50 mbar. Fourier transformation infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy measurement and confocal microscopy study using fluoresceine isothiocyanate (FITC) confirmed that amine groups were successfully deposited and activated on the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles.

  19. Design and synthesis of ternary Co3O4/carbon coated TiO2 hybrid nanocomposites for asymmetric supercapacitors.

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    Kim, Myeongjin; Choi, Jaeho; Oh, Ilgeun; Kim, Jooheon

    2016-07-20

    Recently, attention has been focused on the synthesis and application of nanocomposites for supercapacitors, which can have superior electrochemical performance than single structured materials. Here, we report a carbon-coated TiO2/Co3O4 ternary hybrid nanocomposite (TiO2@C/Co) electrode for supercapacitors. A carbon layer was directly introduced onto the TiO2 surface via thermal vapor deposition. The carbon layer provides anchoring sites for the deposition of Co3O4, which was introduced onto the carbon-coated TiO2 surface by hydrazine and the thermal oxidation method. The TiO2@C/Co electrode exhibits much higher charge storage capacity relative to pristine TiO2, carbon-coated TiO2, and pristine Co3O4, showing a specific capacitance of 392.4 F g(-1) at a scan rate of 5 mV s(-1) with 76.2% rate performance from 5 to 500 mV s(-1) in 1 M KOH aqueous solution electrolyte. This outstanding electrochemical performance can be attributed to the high conductivity and high pseudo-capacitive contributions of the nanoscale particles. To evaluate the capacitive performance of a supercapacitor device employing the TiO2@C/Co electrode, we have successfully assembled TiO2@C/Co//activated carbon (AC) asymmetric supercapacitors. The optimized TiO2@C/Co//AC supercapacitor could be cycled reversibly in the voltage range from 0 to 1.5 V, and it exhibits a specific capacitance of 59.35 F g(-1) at a scan rate of 5 mV s(-1) with a specific capacitance loss of 15.4% after 5000 charge-discharge cycles. These encouraging results show great potential in terms of developing high-capacitive energy storage devices for practical applications. PMID:27381559

  20. A facile one-step solvothermal synthesis of graphene/rod-shaped TiO2 nanocomposite and its improved photocatalytic activity

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    Dong, Pengyu; Wang, Yuhua; Guo, Linna; Liu, Bin; Xin, Shuangyu; Zhang, Jia; Shi, Yurong; Zeng, Wei; Yin, Shu

    2012-07-01

    Graphene sheets were obtained through solvothermal reduction of colloidal dispersion of graphene oxide in benzyl alcohol. The graphene/rod-shaped TiO2 nanocomposite was synthesized by this novel and facile solvothermal method. During the solvothermal reaction, both the reduction of graphene oxide and the growth of rod-shaped TiO2 nanocrystals as well as its deposition on graphene occur simultaneously. The photocatalytic activity of graphene/rod-shaped TiO2 and graphene/spherical TiO2 nanocomposites was compared. In the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO), the graphene/rod-shaped TiO2 nanocomposite with the optimized graphene content of 0.48 wt% shows good stability and exhibits a significant enhancement of photocatalytic activity compared to the bare commercial TiO2 (P25) and graphene/spherical TiO2 nanocomposite with the same graphene content. Photocurrent experiments were performed, which demonstrate that the photocurrent of the graphene/rod-shaped TiO2 nanocomposite electrode is about 1.2 times as high as that of the graphene/spherical TiO2 nanocomposite electrode. The photocatalytic mechanism of graphene/rod-shaped TiO2 nanocomposite was also discussed on the basis of the experimental results. This work is anticipated to open a possibility in the integration of graphene and TiO2 with various morphologies for obtaining high-performance photocatalysts in addressing environmental protection issues.Graphene sheets were obtained through solvothermal reduction of colloidal dispersion of graphene oxide in benzyl alcohol. The graphene/rod-shaped TiO2 nanocomposite was synthesized by this novel and facile solvothermal method. During the solvothermal reaction, both the reduction of graphene oxide and the growth of rod-shaped TiO2 nanocrystals as well as its deposition on graphene occur simultaneously. The photocatalytic activity of graphene/rod-shaped TiO2 and graphene/spherical TiO2 nanocomposites was compared. In the photocatalytic degradation of methyl

  1. TiO(2) doping by hydroxyurea at the nucleation stage: towards a new photocatalyst in the visible spectral range.

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    Azouani, R; Tieng, S; Chhor, K; Bocquet, J-F; Eloy, P; Gaigneaux, E M; Klementiev, K; Kanaev, A V

    2010-10-01

    We report an original method of preparation of OCN-doped TiO(2) for photocatalysis in the visible spectral range. The preparation is achieved by a sol-gel route using titanium tetraisopropoxide precursor. Special attention was paid to fluid micromixing, which enables homogeneous reaction conditions in the reactor bulk and monodispersity of the produced clusters/nanoparticles. The dopant hydroxyurea (HyU, CH(4)N(2)O(2)) is injected into the reactive fluid at the nucleation stage, which lasts tens of milliseconds. The doping results in a strong yellow coloration of the nanocolloids due to the absorption band in the spectral range 380-550 nm and accelerates the aggregation kinetics of both nuclei at the induction stage and sub-nuclei units (clusters) at the nucleation stage. FTIR, Raman and UV-visible absorption analyses show the formation of a stable HyU-TiO(2) complex. EXAFS spectra indicate no appreciable changes of the first-shell Ti atom environment. The doping agent takes available surface sites of TiO(2) clusters/nanoparticles attaining ∼10% molar loading. The reaction kinetics then accelerates due to a longer collisional lifetime between nanoparticles induced by the formation of a weak [double bond, length as m-dash]OTi bond. The OCN-group bonding to titanium atoms produces a weakening of the C[double bond, length as m-dash]O double bond and a strengthening of the C-N and N-O bonds. PMID:20714464

  2. Highly efficient and recyclable triple-shelled Ag@Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 photocatalysts for degradation of organic pollutants and reduction of hexavalent chromium ions.

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    Su, Jianwei; Zhang, Yunxia; Xu, Sichao; Wang, Shuan; Ding, Hualin; Pan, Shusheng; Wang, Guozhong; Li, Guanghai; Zhao, Huijun

    2014-05-21

    Herein, we demonstrate the design and fabrication of the well-defined triple-shelled Ag@Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 nanospheres with burr-shaped hierarchical structures, in which the multiple distinct functional components are integrated wonderfully into a single nanostructure. In comparison with commercial TiO2 (P25), pure TiO2 microspheres, Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 and annealed Ag@Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 nanocomposites, the as-obtained amorphous triple-shelled Ag@Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 hierarchical nanospheres exhibit a markedly enhanced visible light or sunlight photocatalytic activity towards the photodegradation of methylene blue and photoreduction of hexavalent chromium ions in wastewater. The outstanding photocatalytic activities of the plasmonic photocatalyst are mainly due to the enhanced light harvesting, reduced transport paths for both mass and charge transport, reduced recombination probability of photogenerated electrons/holes, near field electromagnetic enhancement and efficient scattering from the plasmonic nanostructure, increased surface-to-volume ratio and active sites in three dimensional (3D) hierarchical porous nanostructures, and improved photo/chemical stability. More importantly, the hierarchical nanostructured Ag@Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2 photocatalysts could be easily collected and separated by applying an external magnetic field and reused at least five times without any appreciable reduction in photocatalytic efficiency. The enhanced photocatalytic activity and excellent chemical stability, in combination with the magnetic recyclability, make these multifunctional nanostructures promising candidates to remediate aquatic contaminants and meet the demands of future environmental issues. PMID:24710730

  3. Green synthesis of anatase TiO(2) nanocrystals with diverse shapes and their exposed facets-dependent photoredox activity.

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    Roy, Nitish; Park, Yohan; Sohn, Youngku; Leung, Kam Tong; Pradhan, Debabrata

    2014-10-01

    The exposed facets of a crystal are known to be one of the key factors to its physical, chemical and electronic properties. Herein, we demonstrate the role of amines on the controlled synthesis of TiO2 nanocrystals (NCs) with diverse shapes and different exposed facets. The chemical, physical and electronic properties of the as-synthesized TiO2 NCs were evaluated and their photoredox activity was tested. It was found that the intrinsic photoredox activity of TiO2 NCs can be enhanced by controlling the chemical environment of the surface, i.e.; through morphology evolution. In particular, the rod shape TiO2 NCs with ∼25% of {101} and ∼75% of {100}/{010} exposed facets show 3.7 and 3.1 times higher photocatalytic activity than that of commercial Degussa P25 TiO2 toward the degradation of methyl orange and methylene blue, respectively. The higher activity of the rod shape TiO2 NCs is ascribed to the facetsphilic nature of the photogenerated carriers within the NCs. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 NCs are found to be in the order of {101}+{100}/{010} (nanorods) > {101}+{001}+{100}/{010} (nanocuboids and nanocapsules) > {101} (nanoellipsoids) > {001} (nanosheets) providing the direct evidence of exposed facets-depended photocatalytic activity. PMID:25188808

  4. Efficient phyto-synthesis and structural characterization of rutile TiO2 nanoparticles using Annona squamosa peel extract

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    Roopan, Selvaraj Mohana; Bharathi, A.; Prabhakarn, A.; Abdul Rahuman, A.; Velayutham, K.; Rajakumar, G.; Padmaja, R. D.; Lekshmi, Mohan; Madhumitha, G.

    2012-12-01

    In the present study, the biosynthesis of rutile TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) was achieved by a novel, biodegradable and convenient procedure using fruit peel Annona squamosa aqueous extract. This is the first report on the new, simple, rapid, eco-friendly and cheaper methods for the synthesis of rutile TiO2 NPs at lower temperature using agricultural waste. Rutile TiO2 NPs were characterized by UV, XRD, SEM, TEM and EDS studies. The UV-Vis spectrophotometer results were promising and showed a rapid production of TiO2 NPs with a surface plasmon resonance occurring at 284 nm. The formation of the TiO2 NPs as observed from the XRD spectrum is confirmed to be TiO2 particles in the rutile form as evidenced by the peaks at 2θ = 27.42°, 36.10°, 41.30° and 54.33° when compared with the literature. The TEM images showed polydisperse nanoparticles with spherical shapes and size 23 ± 2 nm ranges.

  5. Hydrothermal synthesis of rutile-anatase TiO2 nanobranched arrays for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kwon, Soon Jin; Im, Hyo Been; Nam, Jung Eun; Kang, Jin Kyu; Hwang, Taek Sung; Yi, Kwang Bok

    2014-11-01

    Rutile-anatase TiO2 nanobranched arrays were prepared in two sequential hydrothermal-synthesis steps. The morphologies and crystalline nanostructures of the samples were investigated by controlling growth time and the concentration of the titanium precursor. All samples were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis. It was found that treating the surfaces of rutile TiO2 nanorods with aqueous TiCl4 solutions allows the anatase TiO2 nanobranches to grow perpendicular to the main rutile TiO2 nanorods attached to the FTO glass. Irregularly shaped, dense TiO2 structures formed in the absence of TiCl4 treatment. A light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 3.45% was achieved using 2.3 μm tall TiO2 nanobranched arrays in a dye-sensitized solar cell. This value is significantly higher than that observed for pure rutile TiO2 nanorods.

  6. One-step synthesis of hierarchically porous hybrid TiO2 hollow spheres with high photocatalytic activity

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    Liu, Ruiping; Ren, Feng; Yang, Jinlin; Su, Weiming; Sun, Zhiming; Zhang, Lei; Wang, Chang-an

    2016-03-01

    Hierarchically porous hybrid TiO2 hollow spheres were solvothermally synthesized successfully by using tetrabutyl titanate as titanium precursor and hydrated metal sulfates as soft templates. The as-prepared TiO2 spheres with hierarchically pore structures and high specific surface area and pore volume consisted of highly crystallized anatase TiO2 nanocrystals hybridized with a small amount of metal oxide from the hydrated sulfate. The proposed hydrated-sulfate assisted solvothermal (HAS) synthesis strategy was demonstrated to be widely applicable to various systems. Evaluation of the hybrid TiO2 hollow spheres for the photo-decomposition of methyl orange (MO) under visible-light irradiation revealed that they exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity and durability.

  7. Synthesis of TiO 2 nanostructured reservoir with temozolomide: Structural evolution of the occluded drug

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    López, T.; Sotelo, J.; Navarrete, J.; Ascencio, J. A.

    2006-10-01

    Sol-gel synthesized nanostructured TiO 2 matrix were produced with different channel sizes, where drug are immersed, producing a reservoir with Temozolomide (TMZ). This drug is particularly important for the treatment of cancer tumors, which are fundamentally a consequence of the uncontrolled reproduction of human cell. In this way the chemotherapy plays an important role in the treatment of both recurrent and newly diagnosed patients. In the handling of brain tumors TMZ has been discovered as a recent and efficient second generation drug employed in the control of advanced brain gliomas, and it is a welcome addition. Its active component binds to the cancerous DNA cells, thus preventing their disordered growth, destroying them. In this work, we report the synthesis of TiO 2 nanostructured reservoir with TMZ, focusing the effort to the understanding of structural effects on the TMZ configuration by using nuclear magnetic resonance, Raman and IR spectroscopy methods. Our results establish that TMZ molecules are quite sensible to chemical processes and it produces the activation of the molecule, which is followed and understood with help of quantum molecular simulation methods. The study of the molecules allows determining the conditions that produce the activation and chemical selectivity of the molecules, which determines the conditions of synthesis. This information gives parameters for the reservoir structural and chemical optimization.

  8. Two-Dimensional Hollow TiO2 Nanoplates with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity.

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    Song, Chuang; Wang, Lanfang; Gao, Feng; Lu, Qingyi

    2016-04-25

    Two-dimensional anatase TiO2 hollow nanoplates were firstly synthesized through a facile synthesis route by using α-Fe2 O3 nanoplates as removable templates. Two-dimensional hollow TiO2 nanoplates with different ratios of anatase and rutile phases were obtained by adjusting the calcining temperature. The average diameters were around 600 nm, and the shell thickness was approximately 30 nm. The photocatalytic performance of TiO2 was investigated by decomposing rhodamine B under simulated sunlight. Among the TiO2 samples, the anatase TiO2 hollow nanoplates manifested a significant enhancement in the photocatalytic performances. The excellent catalytic performance can be attributed to the unique structure of the two-dimensional anatase TiO2 hollow nanoplates, including a large surface area and increased dye-photocatalyst contact areas as well as more active sites for photodegradation. PMID:26996999

  9. TiO2/vanadate (Sr10V6O25, Ni3V2O8, Zn2V2O7) heterostructured photocatalysts with enhanced photocatalytic activity for photoreduction of CO2 into CH4.

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    Yan, Yabin; Yu, Yanlong; Wu, Di; Yang, Yajun; Cao, Yaan

    2016-01-14

    A series of TiO2/vanadate (Sr10V6O25, Ni3V2O8, Zn2V2O7) heterostructured photocatalysts were prepared by a simple sol-gel method. The theoretical calculations imply the possible energy band match between TiO2 and vanadates. Characterized by XRD, Raman, TEM, EDX, XPS, absorption spectra, PL and time-resolved PL decay curves, it is revealed that the vanadates, which exist on the surface of TiO2, could suppress the recombination of charge carriers, prolong the life-time of photogenerated electrons and provide surface reactive hole sites, improving the photocatalytic activity for photo-reduction of CO2 into CH4. PMID:26662343

  10. Solvothermal synthesis of carbon coated N-doped TiO2 nanostructures with enhanced visible light catalytic activity

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    Yan, Xue-Min; Kang, Jialing; Gao, Lin; Xiong, Lin; Mei, Ping

    2013-01-01

    Visible light-active carbon coated N-doped TiO2 nanostructures(CTS-TiO2) were prepared by a facile one-step solvothermal method with chitosan as carbon and nitrogen resource at 180 °C. The as-prepared samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption-desorption analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The CTS-TiO2 nanocomposites possess anatase phase of nanocrystalline structure with average particle size of about 5-7 nm. A wormhole mesostructure can be observed in the CTS-TiO2 nanocomposites due to the constituent agglomerated of nanoparticles. It has been evidenced that the nitrogen was doped into the anatase titania lattice and the carbon species were modified on the surface of TiO2. The photocatalytic activities of the as-prepared photocatalysts were measured by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible light irradiation at λ ≥ 400 nm. The results show that CTS-TiO2 nanostructures display a higher visible light photocatalytic activity than pure TiO2, commercial P25 and C-coated TiO2 (C-TiO2) photocatalysts. The higher photocatalytic activity could be attributed to the band-gap narrowed by N-doping and the accelerated separation of the photo-generated electrons and holes by carbon modification.

  11. Low temperature synthesis of N-doped TiO2 with rice-like morphology through peroxo assisted hydrothermal route: Materials characterization and photocatalytic properties

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    Bakar, Shahzad Abu; Ribeiro, Caue

    2016-07-01

    Nanorice-shaped N:TiO2 photocatalysts have been prepared by the peroxo assisted hydrothermal method using stabilized titanium complex as a precursor and urea as a N source. The N:TiO2 nanorices were characterised by XRD, FE-SEM, HRTEM, XPS, UV-vis spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and measurements of photocatalytic degradation of organic molecules (atrazine and RhB dye) under the UV and visible-light irradiation. XRD analyses showed that pristine TiO2 crystallizes into anatase polymorph and that the N-doping process at 5% introduced a degree of disorder on the TiO2 crystalline structure. XPS study revealed the successful incorporation of the nitrogen atoms at the interstitial sites of the TiO2 crystal lattice. Microscopy studies revealed that the particle size was in the range 50-80 nm for the pristine TiO2. The photocatalysts were assembled in the form of nanorices with a high surface area (102 m2 g-1). The successful incorporation of nitrogen atoms into the TiO2 crystal lattice is expected to be responsible for enhanced photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared samples for the degradation of pollutants (RhB and atrazine) under UV and visible light irradiation. The rate of rad OH radicals formation under visible-light irradiation was examined and found to be correlated with the photocatalytic activity per unit surface area. The N:TiO2 particles with nanorice morphology was efficient photocatalysts for decomposition of organic dyes under UV and visible-light exposure while pristine TiO2 photocatalyst did not show any significant photocatalytic activity when stimulated by visible-light. The 3% doped N:TiO2 sample exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity among all synthesized photocatalysts.

  12. 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.

  13. THERMALLY STABLE NANOCRYSTALLINE TIO2 PHOTOCATALYSTS SYNTHESIZED VIA SOL-GEL METHODS MODIFIED WITH IONIC LIQUID AND SURFACTANT MOLECULES

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    Recently, sol-gel methods employing ionic liquids (ILs) have shown significant implications for the synthesis of well-defined nanostructured inorganic materials. Herein, we synthesized nanocrystalline TiO2 particles via an alkoxide sol-gel method employing a water-immi...

  14. Nanomaterial synthesis and characterization for toxicological studies: TiO2 case study

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    Valsami-Jones, E.; Berhanu, D.; Dybowska, A.; Misra, S.; Boccaccini, A.R.; Tetley, T.D.; Luoma, S.N.; Plant, J.A.

    2008-01-01

    In recent years it has become apparent that the novel properties of nanomaterials may predispose them to a hitherto unknown potential for toxicity. A number of recent toxicological studies of nanomaterials exist, but these appear to be fragmented and often contradictory. Such discrepancies may be, at least in part, due to poor description of the nanomaterial or incomplete characterization, including failure to recognise impurities, surface modifications or other important physicochemical aspects of the nanomaterial. Here we make a case for the importance of good quality, well-characterized nanomaterials for future toxicological studies, combined with reliable synthesis protocols, and we present our efforts to generate such materials. The model system for which we present results is TiO2 nanoparticles, currently used in a variety of commercial products. ?? 2008 The Mineralogical Society.

  15. Synthesis of TiO2 visible light catalysts with controllable crystalline phase and morphology from Ti-bearing electric arc furnace molten slag.

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    Li, Yang; Liu, Lulu; Guo, Min; Zhang, Mei

    2016-09-01

    TiO2 visible light catalysts with different crystalline phases and morphologies were synthesized from titanium-bearing electric arc furnace molten slag (Ti-bearing EAF slag) by using a simple acidolysis process. The effects of the pH of the HCl solution, liquid to solid ratio (RL/S, HCl solution to the residue ratio, mL/g) and acidolysis time on the micro-morphology and crystalline phase of as-prepared TiO2 photocatalysts were systematically investigated. The results indicated that with decreasing pH in the HCl solution and increasing RL/S, the crystalline phase and micro-morphology of the obtained TiO2 nanostructures tended to transform from anatase type TiO2 with spherical nanoparticle structures to rutile type TiO2 with needle-like nanorod structures. The acidolysis time had little influence on the crystalline phase but great impact on the size of the obtained TiO2. The growth mechanism of TiO2 from Ti-bearing EAF slag during the acidolysis process was also discussed. In addition, the influence of RL/S on the photocatalytic properties of the synthesized nanostructured TiO2 was studied. The results showed that the photodegradation efficiency for Rhodamine B solution could reach 91.00% in 120min when the RL/S was controlled at 50:1. PMID:27593268

  16. The synthesis of TiO2 and TiO2-Pt and their application in the removal of Cr (VI).

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    Fan, Jian-Wei; Liu, Xiang-Hu; Zhang, Jie

    2011-01-01

    The deposition of noble metal on titanium dioxide (TiO2) has been considered as an effective strategy to improve the activity of TiO2. In this paper, TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared via a sol-gel route, followed by heat treatment at elevated temperatures. TiO2-Pt catalyst was prepared by deposition of platinum (Pt) on the surface of as-prepared TiO2 nanoparticles. TiO2 and TiO2-Pt were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible differential reflectance spectra and infrared spectroscopy. TiO2 and TiO2-Pt were used as heterogeneous catalysts for the removal of Cr (VI) under ultraviolet-light illumination. TiO2 prepared at low temperature had smaller particle size and higher specific surface area, and consequently had higher activity on the removal of Cr (VI). The Pt deposited on the surface of TiO2 favoured the separation of photo-produced electrons (e-) and holes (h+), inhibited the recombination of e- and h+, and enhanced Cr (VI) removal. However, its blocking of active sites also inhibited the removal of Cr (VI). The deposition of 1% (wt.%) Pt to TiO2 produced the optimum activity for the removal of Cr (VI). A lower pH favoured the adsorption of Cr (VI) on the surface of TiO2, and correspondingly enhanced the removal of Cr (VI). PMID:21780710

  17. Green synthesis of highly crystalline and visible-light sensitive C-, N- and S- codoped with Ag TiO2 nanocatalyst

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    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) has been a focus of attention as chemically stable, relatively nontoxic, inexpensive and highly efficient photocatalyst applicable for a wide array of uses. However, main disadvantage that severely limits its wider use is the large band gap, 3.0 eV and 3.2...

  18. Facile synthesis of TiO2/microcrystalline cellulose nanocomposites: photocatalytically active material under visible light irradiation

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    Doped TiO2 nanocomposites were prepared in situ by a facile and simple synthesis utilizing benign and renewable precursors such as microcrystalline cellulose (MC) and TiCl4 through hydrolysis in alkaline medium without the addition of organic solvents. The as-prepared nanocompos...

  19. Controlled synthesis and electrical conduction properties of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles via the polyol method

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    Bargougui, R.; Bouazizi, N.; Ben Soltan, W.; Gadri, A.; Azzouz, A.; Ammar, S.

    2016-04-01

    This paper reports the preparation and characterization of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) with pure anatase phases using polyol synthesis process. The preparation state and the particle size are controlled by varying the synthesis parameters such as the precursor concentration, hydrolysis rate and the synthesis time. Nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffractometry, TEM, FT-IR spectroscopy and the measure of the complex impedance spectroscopy. Their physicochemical properties were investigated to optimize the synthesis conditions. FT-IR spectra exhibit broad peaks where anatase phases of TiO2 demonstrate very sharp peaks. The structural characterization by XRD confirms that there is a formation of anatase TiO2-NPs phases at 550 °C and the crystalline size is in the range of 19-25 nm. The crystallite size of the TiO2 core decreases with the concentration of titanium tetrachloride TiCl4 precursor. Electrical properties and relaxation phenomenon of the material were studied at several temperatures.

  20. Synthesis of polycarbonate-r-polyethylene glycol copolymer for templated synthesis of mesoporous TiO2 films.

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    Patel, Rajkumar; Kim, Jinkyu; Lee, Chang Soo; Kim, Jong Hak

    2014-12-01

    We synthesized a novel polycarbonate Z-r-polyethylene glycol (PCZ-r-PEG) copolymer by solution polycondensation. Successful synthesis of PCZ-r-PEG copolymer was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). PCZ-r-PEG copolymer was used as a structure-directing agent for fabrication of mesoporous thin film containing a titanium dioxide (TiO2) layer. To control the porosity of the resultant inorganic layer, the ratio of titanium(IV) isopropoxide (TTIP) to PCZ-r-PEG copolymer was varied. The structure and porosity of the resulting mesoporous films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analyses. Mesoporous TiO2 films fabricated on an F-doped tin oxide (FTO) surface were used as photoanodes for quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (qssDSSCs). The highest efficiency achieved was 3.3% at 100 mW/cm2 for a film thickness of 750 nm, which is high considering the thickness of TiO2 film, indicating the importance of the structure-directing agent. PMID:25971065

  1. Synthesis of TiO2-poly(3-hexylthiophene) hybrid particles through surface-initiated Kumada catalyst-transfer polycondensation.

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    Boon, Florian; Moerman, David; Laurencin, Danielle; Richeter, Sébastien; Guari, Yannick; Mehdi, Ahmad; Dubois, Philippe; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Clément, Sébastien

    2014-09-30

    TiO2/conjugated polymers are promising materials in solar energy conversion where efficient photoinduced charge transfers are required. Here, a "grafting-from" approach for the synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles supported with conjugated polymer brushes is presented. Poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), a benchmark material for organic electronics, was selectively grown from TiO2 nanoparticles by surface-initiated Kumada catalyst-transfer polycondensation. The grafting of the polymer onto the surface of the TiO2 nanoparticles by this method was demonstrated by (1)H and (13)C solid-state NMR, X-ray photoelectron spectrometry, thermogravimetric analysis, transmission electron microscopy, and UV-visible spectroscopy. Sedimentation tests in tetrahydrofuran revealed improved dispersion stability for the TiO2@P3HT hybrid material. Films were produced by solvent casting, and the quality of the dispersion of the modified TiO2 nanoparticles was evaluated by atomic force microscopy. The dispersion of the P3HT-coated TiO2 NPs in the P3HT matrix was found to be homogeneous, and the fibrillar structure of the P3HT matrix was maintained which is favorable for charge transport. Fluorescence quenching measurements on these hybrid materials in CHCl3 indicated improved photoinduced electron-transfer efficiency. All in all, better physicochemical properties for P3HT/TiO2 hybrid material were reached via the surface-initiated "grafted-from" approach compared to the "grafting-onto" approach. PMID:25188446

  2. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of co-doped mesoporous TiO 2 on Brij98/CTAB composite surfactant template

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    Zhang, Xiaotong; Zhou, Guowei; Xu, Jing; Bai, Guangwei; Wang, Lei

    2010-06-01

    Using composite surfactant templates, polyoxyethylene (20) oleyl ether (Brij98) and cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB), as structure-directing agents, N and La co-doped mesoporous TiO 2 complex photocatalysts were synthesized successfully. The micromorphology of co-doped mesoporous TiO 2 samples was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) and N 2 adsorption-desorption measurements. The results indicated that the complex photocatalyst prepared with a molar ratio of Brij98:CTAB=1:1 showed a uniform pore size of ca. 7 nm and a high specific surface area ( SBET) of 279.0 m 2 g -1, and exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity for degradation of papermaking wastewater under ultra-violet light irradiation. The chemical oxygen demand (CODc r) percent degradation was about 73% in 12 h and chroma percent degradation was 100% in 8 h.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2 and Ag/TiO2 nanostructure

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    Gahlot, Swati; Thakur, Amit Kumar; Kulshrestha, Vaibhav; Shahi, V. K.

    2013-02-01

    Single phase anatase TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared using Titanium tertachloride (TiCl4) as precursor through an inexpensive method. Well dispersed nanocomposites of silver at TiO2 were synthesized successfully by photochemical route. Both TiO2 and Ag/TiO2 were characterized using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The particle size of TiO2 is found to be ˜ 11 nm and ˜ 22 nm for Ag/TiO2, by XRD and confirmed by TEM. TEM micrographs also show the single phase crystal of TiO2 and confirm the deposition of silver among TiO2.

  4. Hydrothermal synthesis of Mo-doped VO2/TiO2 composite nanocrystals with enhanced thermochromic performance.

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    Li, Dengbing; Li, Ming; Pan, Jing; Luo, Yuanyuan; Wu, Hao; Zhang, Yunxia; Li, Guanghai

    2014-05-14

    This paper reports a one-step TiO2 seed-assistant hydrothermal synthesis of Mo-doped VO2(M)/TiO2 composite nanocrystals. It was found that excess Mo doping can promote formation of the VO2(M) phase, and rutile TiO2 seed is beneficial to morphology control, size reduction, and infrared modulation of Mo-doped VO2(M) nanocrystals. The Mo-doped VO2 nanocrystals epitaxially grow on TiO2 seeds and have a quasi-spherical shape with size down to 20 nm and a nearly 35% infrared modulation near room temperature. The findings of this work demonstrate important progress in the near-room-temperature thermochromic performance of VO2(M) nanomaterials, which will find potential application in constructing VO2(M) nanocrystal-based smart window coatings. PMID:24734771

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  6. Stereospecific growth of densely populated rutile mesoporous TiO2 nanoplate films: a facile low temperature chemical synthesis approach

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    Lee, Go-Woon; Ambade, Swapnil B.; Cho, Young-Jin; Mane, Rajaram S.; Shashikala, V.; Yadav, Jyotiprakash; Gaikwad, Rajendra S.; Lee, Soo-Hyoung; Jung, Kwang-Deog; Han, Sung-Hwan; Joo, Oh-Shim

    2010-03-01

    We report for the first time, using a simple and environmentally benign chemical method, the low temperature synthesis of densely populated upright-standing rutile TiO2 nanoplate films onto a glass substrate from a mixture of titanium trichloride, hydrogen peroxide and thiourea in triply distilled water. The rutile TiO2 nanoplate films (the phase is confirmed from x-ray diffraction analysis, selected area electron diffraction, energy-dispersive x-ray analysis, and Raman shift) are 20-35 nm wide and 100-120 nm long. The chemical reaction kinetics for the growth of these upright-standing TiO2 nanoplate films is also interpreted. Films of TiO2 nanoplates are optically transparent in the visible region with a sharp absorption edge close to 350 nm, confirming an indirect band gap energy of 3.12 eV. The Brunauer-Emmet-Teller surface area, Barret-Joyner-Halenda pore volume and pore diameter, obtained from N2 physisorption studies, are 82 m2 g - 1, 0.0964 cm3 g - 1 and 3.5 nm, respectively, confirming the mesoporosity of scratched rutile TiO2 nanoplate powder that would be ideal for the direct fabrication of nanoscaled devices including upcoming dye-sensitized solar cells and gas sensors.

  7. Synthesis of TiO2 Materials Using Ionic Liquids and Its Applications for Sustainable Energy and Environment.

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    Yoo, Kye Sang

    2016-05-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) has received significant attention because of the global climate change and the consumption of fossil fuel resources. Specifically, using TiO2 in photocatalytic applications, such as the removal of organic pollutants and a hydrogen production has become an important issue. Thus, many researchers have attempted to prepare highly active TiO2 materials using various synthetic approaches. Modifications of the conventional sol-gel method, such as the addition of surfactants, have been employed in synthetic procedures. Moreover, hydrothermal, solvothermal, sonochemical and microwave methods have also been used as alternative approaches. Recently, the use of ionic liquids represents a burgeoning direction in inorganic material synthesis. Ionic liquids are exceptional solvents consisting of ions possessing low vapor pressure and tunable solvent properties. This article reviews the preparation of TiO2 materials using ionic liquids with various synthetic approaches. Also, sustainable energy and environmental cleanup applications of TiO2 materials, including the treatment of hazardous organic substances and hydrogen energy derived from electrochemical methods, are discussed. PMID:27483750

  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 1D TiO2 nanostructures.

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    Cabrera, Julieta; Alarcón, Hugo; López, Alcides; Candal, Roberto; Acosta, Dwight; Rodriguez, Juan

    2014-01-01

    Nanowire/nanorod TiO(2) structures of approximately 8 nm in diameter and around 1,000 nm long were synthesized by alkaline hydrothermal treatment of two different TiO(2) nanopowders. The first precursor was TiO(2) obtained by the sol-gel process (SG-TiO(2)); the second was the well-known commercial TiO(2) P-25 (P25-TiO(2)). Anatase-like 1D TiO(2) nanostructures were obtained in both cases. The one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures synthesized from SG-TiO(2) powders turned into rod-like nanostructures after annealing at 400 °C for 2 h. Conversely, the nanostructures synthesized from P25-TiO(2) preserved the tubular structure after annealing, displaying a higher Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area than the first system (279 and 97 m²/g, respectively). Despite the higher surface area shown by the 1D nanostructures, in both cases the photocatalytic activity was lower than for the P25-TiO(2) powder. However, the rod-like nanostructures obtained from SG-TiO(2) displayed slightly higher efficiency than the sol-gel prepared powders. The lower photocatalytic activity of the nanostructures with respect to P-25 can be associated with the lower crystallinity of 1D TiO(2) in both materials. PMID:25259484

  10. Synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 nanowires with densely-packed and omnidirectional branches

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    Lee, Daeho; Rho, Yoonsoo; Allen, Frances I.; Minor, Andrew M.; Ko, Seung Hwan; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.

    2013-10-01

    In this study, a hierarchical TiO2 nanostructure with densely-packed and omnidirectional branches grown by a hydrothermal method is introduced. This morphology is achieved via high-concentration TiCl4 treatment of upright backbone nanowires (NWs) followed by hydrothermal growth. Secondary nanobranches grow in all directions from densely distributed, needle-like seeds on the jagged round surface of the backbone NWs. In addition, hierarchical, flower-like branches grow on the top surface of each NW, greatly increasing the surface area. For dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications, the TiO2 nanostructure demonstrated a photoconversion efficiency of up to 6.2%. A parametric study of the DSSC efficiency showed that branched TiO2 DSSCs can achieve nearly four times the efficiency of non-branched TiO2 nanowire DSSCs, and up to 170% the efficiency of previously-reported sparsely-branched TiO2 NW DSSCs.

  11. The design, fabrication, and photocatalytic utility of nanostructured semiconductors: focus on TiO2-based nanostructures

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    Banerjee, Arghya Narayan

    2011-01-01

    Recent advances in basic fabrication techniques of TiO2-based nanomaterials such as nanoparticles, nanowires, nanoplatelets, and both physical- and solution-based techniques have been adopted by various research groups around the world. Our research focus has been mainly on various deposition parameters used for fabricating nanostructured materials, including TiO2-organic/inorganic nanocomposite materials. Technically, TiO2 shows relatively high reactivity under ultraviolet light, the energy of which exceeds the band gap of TiO2. The development of photocatalysts exhibiting high reactivity under visible light allows the main part of the solar spectrum to be used. Visible light-activated TiO2 could be prepared by doping or sensitizing. As far as doping of TiO2 is concerned, in obtaining tailored material with improved properties, metal and nonmetal doping has been performed in the context of improved photoactivity. Nonmetal doping seems to be more promising than metal doping. TiO2 represents an effective photocatalyst for water and air purification and for self-cleaning surfaces. Additionally, it can be used as an antibacterial agent because of its strong oxidation activity and superhydrophilicity. Therefore, applications of TiO2 in terms of photocatalytic activities are discussed here. The basic mechanisms of the photoactivities of TiO2 and nanostructures are considered alongside band structure engineering and surface modification in nanostructured TiO2 in the context of doping. The article reviews the basic structural, optical, and electrical properties of TiO2, followed by detailed fabrication techniques of 0-, 1-, and quasi-2-dimensional TiO2 nanomaterials. Applications and future directions of nanostructured TiO2 are considered in the context of various photoinduced phenomena such as hydrogen production, electricity generation via dye-sensitized solar cells, photokilling and self-cleaning effect, photo-oxidation of organic pollutant, wastewater management, and

  12. Synthesis of Ni nanoparticles decorated SiO2/TiO2 magnetic spheres for enhanced photocatalytic activity towards the degradation of azo dye

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    Mahesh, K. P. O.; Kuo, Dong-Hau

    2015-12-01

    Highly photocatalytic active Ni magnetic nanoparticles-decorated SiO2 core/TiO2 shell (Ni-SiO2/TiO2) particles have been prepared by the simultaneous hydrolysis and condensation of titanium tetra-isopropoxide on SiO2 sphere of ∼300 nm in size followed by the reduction of nickel chloride using hydrazine hydrate as a reducing agent. The crystalline nature, surface morphology, electrochemical impedance spectra and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra of the Ni-SiO2/TiO2 magnetic spheres were characterized by PXRD, FE-SEM, TEM, EIS and UV-vis DRS. The Ni-SiO2/TiO2 magnetic photocatalyst was used for the degradation of Acid Black 1 (AB 1) dye under UV irradiation. The effects of different concentrations of the Ni nanoparticles deposited on the SiO2/TiO2 composite spheres for the photo-mineralization of AB 1 dye were analyzed. The results showed the Ni-SiO2/TiO2 magnetic photocatalyst to be efficient and reusable.

  13. Facile electrochemical synthesis of antimicrobial TiO2 nanotube arrays

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

    2014-01-01

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

  14. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2 nanostructure thin films grown by thermal CVD

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    Rizal, Umesh; Das, Soham; Kumar, Dhruva; Swain, Bhabani S.; Swain, Bibhu P.

    2016-04-01

    Thermal Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) deposited Titanium dioxide nanostructures (TiO2-NSs) were grown by using Ti powder and O2 precursors on Si/SiO2 (100) substrate. The microstructure and vibration properties of TiO2-NSs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), SEM, and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The role of O2 flow rate on TiO2-NSs revealed decreased deposition rate, however, surface roughness has been increased resulted into formation of nanostructure thin films.

  15. Single step synthesis of rutile TiO2 nanoflower array film by chemical bath deposition method

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    Dhandayuthapani, T.; Sivakumar, R.; Ilangovan, R.

    2016-05-01

    Titanium oxide (TiO2) nanostructures such as nanorod arrays, nanotube arrays and nanoflower arrays have been extensively investigated by the researchers. Among them nanoflower arrays has shown superior performance than other nanostructures in Dye sensitized solar cell, photocatalysis and energy storage applications. Herein, a single step synthesis for rutile TiO2 nanoflower array films suitable for device applications has been reported. Rutile TiO2 nanoflower thin film was synthesized by chemical bath deposition method using NaCl as an additive. Bath temperature induced evolution of nanoflower thin film arrays was observed from the morphological study. X-ray diffraction study confirmed the presence of rutile phase polycrystalline TiO2. Micro-Raman study revealed the presence of surface phonon mode at 105 cm-1 due to the phonon confinement effect (finite size effect), in addition with the rutile Raman active modes of B1g (143 cm-1), Eg (442 cm-1) and A1g (607 cm-1). Further, the FTIR spectrum confirmed the presence of Ti-O-Ti bonding vibration. The Tauc plot showed the direct energy band gap nature of the film with the value of 2.9 eV.

  16. Influence of Cr on structural and optical properties of TiO 2:Cr nanopowders prepared by flame spray synthesis

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    Trenczek-Zajac, A.; Radecka, M.; Jasinski, M.; Michalow, K. A.; Rekas, M.; Kusior, E.; Zakrzewska, K.; Heel, A.; Graule, T.; Kowalski, K.

    Influence of chromium incorporation on structural and optical properties of titanium dioxide nanopowders obtained by flame spray synthesis, FSS is studied by means of: X-ray diffraction, XRD; Raman spectroscopy; transmission electron spectroscopy, TEM; photoelectron spectroscopy, XPS and optical spectrophotometry over the ultraviolet, UV and visible range of the light spectrum from 250 nm to 2200 nm. The specific surface area, SSA, of the powders has been adjusted from 48 m 2/g for TiO 2 + 0.1at.% Cr to 177 m 2/g for TiO 2 + 15 at.% Cr which is accompanied by a decrease in the anatase grain size from 21 nm to 5 nm. The anatase-to-rutile ratio changes with Cr 3+ concentration but there is no evidence of precipitation of chromium oxides or chromium titanates. Incorporation of Cr 3+ into TiO 2 lattice, as proved by XPS, is found to affect the electronic structure of TiO 2, as indicated by the optical spectrophotometry. The impurity band is formed within the forbidden band gap of titanium dioxide which results in the additional absorption within the visible range of the light spectrum. The general aim of this work is to improve the visible light absorption and hence the efficiency of photocatalytic decomposition of organic contaminants.

  17. Sonocrystallization of ZIF-8 on Electrostatic Spinning TiO2 Nanofibers Surface with Enhanced Photocatalysis Property through Synergistic Effect.

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    Zeng, Xue; Huang, Liuqing; Wang, Chaonan; Wang, Jianshu; Li, Jintang; Luo, Xuetao

    2016-08-10

    Semiconductor-metal-organic framework (MOF) hybrid photocatalysts have attracted increasing attention because of their enhanced photocatalytic activity. However, the effect of the interface reaction between semiconductor and MOFs is rarely studied. In this work, we studied the synthesis and photocatalytic activity of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) decorated electrostatic spinning TiO2 nanofibers (TiO2 ESNFs). TiO2/ZIF-8 hybrid photocatalysts were prepared via a facile sonochemical route. It was crucial that the ZIF-8 was assembled homogeneously on the surface of TiO2 ESNFs and formed a N-Ti-O bond under sonochemical treatment, which may result in reducing recombination of the electron-hole pairs. The chemically bonded TiO2/ZIF-8 nanocomposites displayed excellent performance of thermal stability, controllable crystallinity, and great enhancement of photocatalytic activity in Rhodamine B (Rh B) photodegradation. Furthermore, the UV-vis light adsorption spectra of TiO2/ZIF-8 nanocomposites showed that the ZIF-8 photosensitizer extended the spectral response of TiO2 to the visible region. The new strategy reported here can enrich the method for designing new semiconductor-MOF hybrid photocatalysts. PMID:27433886

  18. Silicon carbide coated with TiO2 with enhanced cobalt active phase dispersion for Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

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    Liu, Yuefeng; Florea, Ileana; Ersen, Ovidiu; Pham-Huu, Cuong; Meny, Christian

    2015-01-01

    The introduction of a thin layer of TiO2 on β-SiC allows a significant improvement of the cobalt dispersion. This catalyst exhibits an excellent and stable catalytic activity for the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis (FTS) with high C5+ selectivity, which contributes to the development of a new active catalyst family in the gas-to-liquid process. PMID:25387082

  19. Microwave-assisted synthesis of nanocrystalline TiO2 for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kuo, Ta-Chuan; Guo, Tzung-Fang; Chen, Peter

    2012-09-01

    The main purposes of this study are replacing conventional hydro-thermal method by microwave heating using water as reaction medium to rapidly synthesize TiO2.Titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) was hydrolyzed in water. The solution is subsequently processed with microwave heating for crystal growth. The reaction time could be shortened into few minutes. Then we chose different acids as dispersion agents to prepare TiO2 paste for investigating the effects of dispersion on the power conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). The photovoltaic performance of the microwave-assisted synthesized TiO2 achieved power conversion efficiency of 6.31% under AM 1.5 G condition (100 mW/cm2). This PCE value is compatible with that of the devices made from commercial TiO2.

  20. Dip coated TiO2 nanostructured thin film: synthesis and application

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    Vanaraja, Manoj; Muthukrishnan, Karthika; Boomadevi, Shanmugam; Karn, Rakesh Kumar; Singh, Vijay; Singh, Pramod K.; Pandiyan, Krishnamoorthy

    2016-02-01

    TiO2 thin film was fabricated by dip coating method using titanium IV chloride as precursor and sodium carboxymethyl cellulose as thickening as well as capping agent. Structural and morphological features of TiO2 thin film were characterized by X-ray diffractometer and field emission scanning electron microscope, respectively. Crystallinity of the film was confirmed with high-intensity peak at (101) plane, and its average crystallite size was found to be 28 nm. The ethanol-sensing properties of TiO2 thin film was studied by the chemiresistive method. Furthermore, various gases were tested in order to verify the selectivity of the sensor. Among the several gases, the fabricated TiO2 sensor showed very high selectivity towards ethanol at room temperature.

  1. Synthesis of TiO2/functionalized graphene sheets (FGSs) nanocomposites in super critical CO2

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    Farhangi, Nasrin; Medina-Gonzalez, Yaocihuatl; Chen, Bo; Charpentier, Paul A.

    2010-06-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanowire arrays were prepared on the surface of Functionalized Graphene sheets (FGSs) by solgel method using titanium isopropoxide monomer with acetic acid as the polycondensation agent in the green solvent, supercritical carbon dioxide (sc-CO2). Morphology of synthesized materials was studied by SEM and TEM. Optical properties of the nanocomposites studied by UV spectroscopy which showed high absorption in visible area as well as reduction in their band gap compared to TiO2. By high resolution XPS, chelating bidentate structure of TiO2 with carboxylic group on the surface of graphene sheets can be confirmed. Improvement in the optical properties of the synthesized composites compared to TiO2 alone was confirmed by photocurrent measurements.

  2. Green synthesis of nickel species in situ modified hollow microsphere TiO2 with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Qi; Qin, Zenan; Chen, Jie; Ren, Baosheng; Chen, Qifeng; Guo, Yanchuan; Cao, Xiaofeng

    2016-02-01

    A green template-free solvothermal approach was developed to synthesize hollow microsphere TiO2-modified in situ with nickel species (Ni2+/Ni3+). Oxalic acid played a pivotal role in the formation of hollow architecture, acting as chelating agent, structure-directing reagent, and acidity-modulation reagent, while isopropyl alcohol ensured the formation of spherical structure. The microstructure and composition of the products were characterized with various techniques, and the results showed that the products exhibited not only highly crystallized anatase phase, large specific surface areas, and the mesoporous shell and hollow architecture, but also the coexistence of Ni2+/Ni3+. The unique structure and composition of the photocatalysts resulted in improved UV and visible photocatalytic activity for degradation of Rhodamine-B and 2,4-dichlorophenol.

  3. Controlled synthesis of highly dispersed TiO2 nanoparticles using SBA-15 as hard template.

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    Zhao, Li; Yu, Jiaguo

    2006-12-01

    Highly dispersed TiO2 nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by a wet impregnation method using SBA-15 as hard template for confining the growth of TiO2 nanocrystals, and then calcined at 550 degrees C in muffle furnace for 2 h. The as-synthesized samples were characterized with Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), small-angle X-ray diffraction (SAXRD), nitrogen adsorption, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and photoluminescence spectra (PL). It was found that SBA-15 contained abundant silanol groups after removal of triblock copolymers by ethanol extraction and could easily adsorb a great number of titanium alkoxide via chemisorption. After subsequent hydrolysis of the anchored Ti complexes and calcination of the amorphous TiO2, anatase TiO2 nanocrystals with spherical shape and uniform particle diameter of about 6 nm were formed. A blue shift was observed in UV-vis absorption spectra due to the quantum size effect of TiO2 nanoparticles. Moreover, the as-prepared TiO2 nanoparticles showed a high PL intensity due to an increase in the recombination rate of photogenerated electrons and holes under UV light irradiation. PMID:16989852

  4. Facile synthesis of porous TiO2 nanospheres and their photocatalytic properties

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    Huang, Jiarui; Ren, Haibo; Liu, Xiaosi; Li, Xuexue; Shim, Jae-Jin

    2015-05-01

    Uniform and monodisperse porous TiO2 nanospheres were synthesized by a hydrothermal method. Techniques of X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) nitrogen adsorption-desorption, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the structure and morphology of the products. The BET surface area of the porous TiO2 nanospheres was calculated to be 26.1 cm2 g-1. In addition, the obtained porous TiO2 nanospheres were used as catalyst to photodegrade methylene blue, Rhodamine B, methyl orange, p-nitrophenol, and eosin B. Compared to commercial TiO2 powder, the as-prepared porous TiO2 nanospheres exhibited higher catalytic activities due to their large surface areas and porous nanostructures. The photocatalytic reaction rate constant of the porous TiO2 nanospheres in photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue and Rhodamine B under simulated solar light were calculated as 0.0545 min-1 and 0.0579 min-1, respectively. Moreover, the catalyst was demonstrated to have good stability and reusability.

  5. Self-induced synthesis of phase-junction TiO2 with a tailored rutile to anatase ratio below phase transition temperature

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    Wang, Wei-Kang; Chen, Jie-Jie; Zhang, Xing; Huang, Yu-Xi; Li, Wen-Wei; Yu, Han-Qing

    2016-01-01

    The surface phase junction of nanocrystalline TiO2 plays an essential role in governing its photocatalytic activity. Thus, facile and simple methods for preparing phase-junction TiO2 photocatalysts are highly desired. In this work, we show that phase-junction TiO2 is directly synthesized from Ti foil by using a simple calcination method with hydrothermal solution as the precursor below the phase transition temperature. Moreover, the ratio of rutile to anatase in the TiO2 samples could be readily tuned by changing the ratio of weight of Ti foil to HCl, which is used as the hydrothermal precursor, as confirmed by the X-ray diffraction analysis. In the photocatalytic reaction by the TiO2 nanocomposite, a synergistic effect between the two phases within a certain range of the ratio is clearly observed. The results suggest that an appropriate ratio of anatase to rutile in the TiO2 nanocomposite can create more efficient solid-solid interfaces upon calcination, thereby facilitating interparticle charge transfer in the photocatalysis. PMID:26864501

  6. The result of synthesis analysis of the powder TiO2/ZnO as a layer of electrodes for dye sensitized solar cell applications

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    Retnaningsih, Lilis; Muliani, Lia

    2016-04-01

    This study has been conducted synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticle powders and ZnO nanoparticle powder into a paste to be in this research, dye-sensitive solar cells (DSSC) was produced by TiO2 nanopowder and ZnO nanopowder synthesis to make paste that is applied as electrode. This electrode works based on photon absorbed by dye and transferred to different composition of TiO2/ ZnO particle. Properties of DSSC are affected by fabrication method, parameter and dimension of TiO2 / ZnO nanoparticles, technique and composition of TiO2 / ZnO paste preparation is important to get the higher performance of DSSC. Doctor blade is a method for electrode coating on glass substrate. The electrode was immersed into dye solution of Z907 and ethanol. From the experiment, the effect of TiO2 and ZnO nanopowder mixture for electrode was investigated. XRD characterization show anatase and rutile phase, which sintered TiO2/ZnO has intensity more than 11,000. SEM characterization shows the composition of 20% TiO2 / 80% ZnO has better porosity. Higher efficiency that is investigated by I-V measurement using Sun Simulator.

  7. Low temperature synthesis of iodine-doped TiO 2 nanocrystallites with enhanced visible-induced photocatalytic activity

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    Ma, Yi; Fu, Ji-Wen; Tao, Xia; Li, Xin; Chen, Jian-Feng

    2011-03-01

    Iodine-doped TiO 2 nanocrystallites (denoted as I-TNCs) were prepared via a newly developed triblock copolymer-mediated sol-gel method at a temperature of 393 K. I-doping, crystallization and the formation of porous structure have been simultaneously achieved. The obtained particles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV-vis spectrophotometer. The results indicated that the as-prepared I-TNCs possessed a diameter of ca. 5 nm with anatase crystalline structure and a specific surface area of over 200 m 2 g -1. The presence of iodine expanded the photoresponse in visible light range, and led to enrich in surface hydroxyl group on the TiO 2 surface. Compared with the commercial photocatalyst P25, the I-TNCs significantly enhanced the photocatalytic efficiency in the degradation of rhodamine B and 2,4-dichlorophenol, and the I-TNCs with 2.5 mol% doping ratio exhibited the best photocatalytic activity.

  8. A novel fractional crystallization route to porous TiO2-Fe2O3 composites: large scale preparation and high performances as a photocatalyst and Li-ion battery anode.

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    Li, Li; Zhang, Jianbo; Zhu, Qingshan

    2016-02-21

    Meso/macroporous TiO2-Fe2O3 composite particles are prepared using naturally abundant ilmenite via a novel heat treatment induced fractional crystallization strategy in a fluidized bed. Fluid-bed roasting in oxidizing and reducing environments is carried out in order to realize the fractional crystallization of ilmenite. Subsequently, acid leaching is employed to remove most of the ferrous phase and form porous TiO2-Fe2O3 composites. The influences of the reaction parameters on the composition, structure and properties of the products are studied. It is found that the pore structure and composition of the porous TiO2-Fe2O3 composite particles can be controlled simply by controlling some parameters, such as the roasting time, temperature, precursor particle size, and post-roasting treatment. Photocatalytic and electrochemical cycling measurements show that the synergism of porous structures and the controlled doping of α-Fe2O3 endow the as-obtained products with excellent visible light photocatalytic activity and provide enhanced performance in lithium ion batteries. The composite porous particles thus obtained may have some promising applications in the fields of photocatalysts, electrode materials, absorbers, pigments etc. This work opens a new avenue for reasonable combination of cost-effective raw materials, a large scale fabricating process and fine control over the structure and composition in the design and preparation of functional materials. PMID:26743456

  9. A novel and efficient surfactant-free synthesis of Rutile TiO2 microflowers with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Nair, Radhika V.; Jijith, M.; Gummaluri, Venkata Siva; Vijayan, C.

    2016-05-01

    Rutile TiO2 microflowers with three-dimensional spiky flower like architecture at the nanometer level are obtained by a fast single step surfactant free ethylene glycol based solvothermal scheme of synthesis. These structures are characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. These measurements confirm Rutile phase of TiO2 flowers with very high crystallinity. Photodegradation of Rhodamine B with UV exposure is investigated by UV-Visible spectroscopy measurements in the presence of these samples. They are shown to have high photocatalytic activity due to the large surface area contributed by the highly dense spiky nanostructures. The plasmonic (Au) loading in these structures are shown to significantly enhance the photocatalytic activity.

  10. Facile Synthesis of Robust Free-Standing TiO2 Nanotubular Membranes for Biofiltration Applications

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    Schweicher, Julien; Desai, Tejal A.

    2014-01-01

    Robust monodisperse nanoporous membranes have a wide range of biotechnological applications, but are often difficult or costly to fabricate. Here, a simple technique is reported to produce free-standing TiO2 nanotubular membranes with through-hole morphology. It consists in a 3-step anodization procedure carried out at room temperature on a Ti foil. The first anodization (1 h at 80 V) is used to pattern the surface of the metallic foil. Then, the second anodization (24 h at 80 V) produces the array of TiO2 nanotubes that will constitute the final membrane. A higher voltage anodization (3-5 minutes at 180 V) is finally applied to detach the TiO2 nanotubular layer from the underlying Ti foil. In order to completely remove the barrier layer that obstructs some pores of the membrane, the latter is etched 2 minutes in a buffered oxide etch solution. The overall process produces 60 μm-thick TiO2 nanotubular membranes with tube openings of 110 nm on one side and 73 nm on the other side. The through-hole morphology of these membranes has been verified by performing diffusion experiments with glucose, insulin and immunoglobulin G where in differences in diffusion rate are observed based on molecular weight. Such biocompatible TiO2 nanotubular membranes, with controlled pore size and morphology, have broad biotechnological and biomedical applications. PMID:24634542

  11. Synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 nanowires with densely-packed and omnidirectional branches.

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    Lee, Daeho; Rho, Yoonsoo; Allen, Frances I; Minor, Andrew M; Ko, Seung Hwan; Grigoropoulos, Costas P

    2013-11-21

    In this study, a hierarchical TiO2 nanostructure with densely-packed and omnidirectional branches grown by a hydrothermal method is introduced. This morphology is achieved via high-concentration TiCl4 treatment of upright backbone nanowires (NWs) followed by hydrothermal growth. Secondary nanobranches grow in all directions from densely distributed, needle-like seeds on the jagged round surface of the backbone NWs. In addition, hierarchical, flower-like branches grow on the top surface of each NW, greatly increasing the surface area. For dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications, the TiO2 nanostructure demonstrated a photoconversion efficiency of up to 6.2%. A parametric study of the DSSC efficiency showed that branched TiO2 DSSCs can achieve nearly four times the efficiency of non-branched TiO2 nanowire DSSCs, and up to 170% the efficiency of previously-reported sparsely-branched TiO2 NW DSSCs. PMID:24071926

  12. Synthesis and photocatalytic properties of Palladium-loaded three dimensional flower-like anatase TiO2 with dominant {001} facets.

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    Bai, Xue; Lv, Lingling; Zhang, Xiaoyuan; Hua, Zulin

    2016-04-01

    Palladium-loaded (Pd-loaded) anatase TiO2 with dominant {001} facets used as photocatalysts was prepared by a two-step process. Three dimensional flower-like structures of anatase TiO2 with exposed {001} facets were synthesized by solvothermal method, and then Pd nanoparticles were photodeposited onto the {101} surface of TiO2 by UV reduction. The resulting Pd/TiO2 was characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. Characterization results indicated that the flower-like structures of anatase TiO2 were assembled by two dimensional nanosheets with a thickness of approximately 10nm and a length of approximately 1.0μm. The Pd/TiO2 nanocomposites with improved visible-light-harvesting capability, high charge-hole mobility, and low electron-hole recombination exhibited improved photocatalytic performance in degrading bisphenol A. This study provided new insights into the fabrication and practical application of high-performance photocatalysts in degrading organic pollutants. PMID:26771748

  13. Photocatalytic properties of Au-deposited mesoporous SiO2-TiO2 photocatalyst under simultaneous irradiation of UV and visible light

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    Okuno, T.; Kawamura, G.; Muto, H.; Matsuda, A.

    2016-03-01

    Mesoporous SiO2 templates deposited TiO2 nanocrystals are synthesized via a sol-gel route, and Au nanoparticles (NPs) are deposited in the tubular mesopores of the templates by a photodeposition method (Au/SiO2-TiO2). The photocatalytic characteristics of Au/SiO2-TiO2 are discussed with the action spectra of photoreactions of 2-propanol and methylene blue. Photocatalytic activities of SiO2-TiO2 under individual ultraviolet (UV) and visible (Vis) light illumination are enhanced by deposition of Au NPs. Furthermore, Au/SiO2-TiO2 shows higher photocatalytic activities under simultaneous irradiation of UV and Vis light compared to the activity under individual UV and Vis light irradiation. Since the photocatalytic activity under simultaneous irradiation is almost the same as the total activities under individual UV and Vis light irradiation, it is concluded that the electrons and the holes generated by lights of different wavelengths are efficiently used for photocatalysis without carrier recombination.

  14. 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.

  15. Photo and Chemical Reduction of Copper onto Anatase-Type TiO2 Nanoparticles with Enhanced Surface Hydroxyl Groups as Efficient Visible Light Photocatalysts.

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    Eskandarloo, Hamed; Badiei, Alireza; Behnajady, Mohammad A; Mohammadi Ziarani, Ghodsi

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the photocatalytic efficiency of anatase-type TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized using the sol-gel low-temperature method, were enhanced by a combined process of copper reduction and surface hydroxyl groups enhancement. UV-light-assisted photo and NaBH4 -assisted chemical reduction methods were used for deposition of copper onto TiO2. The surface hydroxyl groups of TiO2 were enhanced with the assistance of NaOH modification. The prepared catalysts were immobilized on glass plates and used as the fixed-bed systems for the removal of phenazopyridine as a model drug contaminant under visible light irradiation. NaOH-modified Cu/TiO2 nanoparticles demonstrated higher photocatalytic efficiency than that of pure TiO2 due to the extending of the charge carriers lifetime and enhancement of the adsorption capacity of TiO2 toward phenazopyridine. The relationship of structure and performance of prepared nanoparticles has been established by using various techniques, such as XRD, XPS, TEM, EDX, XRF, TGA, DRS and PL. The effects of preparation variables, including copper content, reducing agents rate (NaBH4 concentration and UV light intensity) and NaOH concentration were investigated on the photocatalytic efficiency of NaOH-modified Cu/TiO2 nanoparticles. PMID:25809844

  16. Synthesis of one-dimensional TiO2/V2O5 branched heterostructures and their visible light photocatalytic activity towards Rhodamine B.

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    Wang, Y; Su, Y R; Qiao, L; Liu, L X; Su, Q; Zhu, C Q; Liu, X Q

    2011-06-01

    We present the synthesis and visible-light-induced catalytic activity of one-dimensional (1D) TiO(2)/V(2)O(5) branched heterostructures. The 1D TiO(2)/V(2)O(5) heterostructures were prepared by RF reactive magnetron sputtering of V(2)O(5) onto electrospun TiO(2) nanofibers. Then, the samples were annealed at 300 °C for 2 h in air ambient to form the 1D TiO(2)/V(2)O(5) branched heterostructures. The photodecomposition rate of Rhodamine B (RhB) by the 1D TiO(2)/V(2)O(5) branched heterostructures under visible light was much faster than that of pure TiO(2) nanofibers, revealing that the visible-light-induced catalytic activity of the 1D TiO(2)/V(2)O(5) branched heterostructures was greatly improved. The enhancement of the photocatalytic activity of the 1D TiO(2)/V(2)O(5) branched heterostructures can be ascribed to the coupling with a small bandgap semiconductor material V(2)O(5), where the absorption range is extended, the photogenerated electrons and holes are highly separated and the surface charge carrier transfer rate is promoted. PMID:21454938

  17. Synthesis and Magnetotransport Properties of CrO2-TiO2 Composites

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    Fan, Yin-Bo; Zhang, Cai-Ping; Du, Xiao-Bo; Wen, Ge-Hui; Ma, Hong-An; Jia, Xiao-Peng

    2013-03-01

    CrO2-TiO2 composites are synthesized by using a high temperature and high pressure method using CrO3 and H2TiO3 as precursors. The composites consist of large rod-like CrO2 crystals separated by small TiO2 grains. The CrO2 in the composites is very pure and its saturation magnetization is very close to the theoretical value (i.e., 2μB per formula unit). The composites exhibit a large negative magnetoresistance (MR) at 5K. The MR in CrO2-TiO2 composites is mainly attributed to spin-polarized tunneling between CrO2 crystals. The conductivity of the composites is best described by a fluctuation-induced tunneling model below 230K.

  18. Preparation of visible-light nano-photocatalysts through decoration of TiO2 by silver nanoparticles in inverse miniemulsions.

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    Cao, Zhihai; Zhu, Shudi; Qu, Hui; Qi, Dongming; Ziener, Ulrich; Yang, Liu; Yan, Yingjie; Yang, Haitang

    2014-12-01

    Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites were prepared through combination of a sol-gel process of a titanium precursor in inverse miniemulsions and in situ reduction of silver ions in the "nanoreactors". The morphological investigation shows that Ag nanoparticles are mainly located on the surface of TiO2 nano-supports because of the fast reduction rate of Ag ions by hydrazine. Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites with amorphous or anatase TiO2 phase displayed high visible-light catalytic activity for degradation of Rhodamine B. The photoactivity of Ag/anatase TiO2 nanocomposites could be influenced by the Ag content that could be conveniently tuned by the loading of silver salts. The influence of the loading of silver salts on the particle properties of the Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites was investigated systematically. PMID:25217730

  19. Impact of growth kinetics on morphology and pore structure of TiO2-one-pot synthesis of macroporous TiO2 microspheres.

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    Zhong, Ziyi; Chen, Fengxi; Ang, Thiam-Peng; Han, Yifan; Lim, Weiqiang; Gedanken, Aharon

    2006-06-12

    Titanium dioxide was synthesized by the hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) in the presence of acetic acid, 2-propanol, and organic amines (octylamine, aniline, and isobutylamine). H2O was supplied by an esterification reaction between acetic acid and 2-propanol (denoted as H2Oe), and/or by intentionally adding it (denoted as H2Oa). It was found that the quantity of H2Oa plays a crucial role in the morphology and porous structure of the final TiO2 product. Without the addition of H2Oa, 1D and porous TiO2 was synthesized. With the addition of H2Oa, and when the H2Oa:TiO2 molar ratio was in the range of 1:1 to 60:1, macroporous TiO2 microspheres possessing a large surface area and high thermal stability were obtained. When the H2Oa:TiO2 molar ratio exceeded 60:1, porous TiO2 with an irregular shape was formed. The variation in the morphology and porous structure is attributed to the manipulation of the growth kinetics by the addition of water. PMID:16749824

  20. Synthesis of metabolites of paracetamol and cocaine via photooxidation on TiO2 catalyzed by UV light.

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    Raoof, Hana; Mielczarek, Przemyslaw; Michalow, Katarzyna A; Rekas, Mieczyslaw; Silberring, Jerzy

    2013-01-01

    Prediction and synthesis of drug metabolites generated by photodegradation using TiO(2)/UV system in aqueous solution was performed to monitor illicit drugs and to support legal actions against drug dealers. Metabolism of paracetamol and cocaine applied as exemplary compounds was monitored by liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and direct analysis by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS). The experiments proved that simulated metabolic pathways of the drug samples are efficient and lead to the formation of products that are observed using living organisms or hepatocyte microsomal preparations. Routinely, TiO(2) nanopowders are used for complete degradation of unwanted waste to protect environment. We applied such system for prediction of potential metabolites of harmful substances, such as cocaine. The results demonstrate that TiO(2)/UV oxidative system can be an efficient, complementary method to the in vivo approaches to obtain important metabolites for further studies. Investigations using such methodology may be helpful for toxicologists providing a vital knowledge on metabolites derived from e.g. newly introduced cognitive enhancers (designer drugs), and home-made substances prepared from the over-the-counter tablets (legal highs). PMID:23245731

  1. Formation of molecular monolayers on TiO2 surfaces: a surface analogue of the Williamson ether synthesis.

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    Chen, Jixin; Franking, Ryan; Ruther, Rose E; Tan, Yizheng; He, Xueying; Hogendoorn, Stephanie R; Hamers, Robert J

    2011-06-01

    Strategies to modify metal oxide surfaces are important because of the increasing applications of metal oxides in catalysis, sensing, electronics, and renewable energy. Here, we report the formation of molecular monolayers on anatase nanocrystalline TiO(2) surfaces at near-ambient temperatures by a simple one-step immersion. This is achieved by an analogue of the Williamson ether synthesis, in which the hydroxyl groups of the TiO(2) surface react with iodo-alkane molecules to release HI and form a Ti-O-C surface linkage. The grafted molecules were characterized by Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to confirm the formation of covalently bonded monolayers. Kinetic studies yielded an activation barrier of ∼59 kJ/mol for the grafting reaction. Measurements of hydrolytic stability of the grafted molecules in water show that approximately half the molecules are removed within minutes to hours at temperatures of 25-100 °C with an activation energy of ∼82 kJ/mol, while the remaining molecules are stable for much longer periods of time. These different stabilities are discussed in terms of the different types of Ti-O-C bonds that can form on TiO(2) surfaces. PMID:21528935

  2. Direct synthesis of a mesoporous TiO2-RuO2 composite through evaporation-induced polymeric micelle assembly.

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    Bastakoti, Bishnu Prasad; Salunkhe, Rahul R; Ye, Jinhua; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2014-06-14

    Here we report a direct synthesis of a mesoporous TiO2-RuO2 composite. Titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and RuCl3 are used as inorganic precursors for TiO2 and RuO2, respectively. Evaporation-induced assembly of spherical micelles made of an asymmetric poly(styrene-b-2-vinyl pyridine-b-ethylene oxide) triblock copolymer enables the fabrication of a mesoporous TiO2-RuO2 composite with a uniform pore size of 30 nm. PMID:24760227

  3. Synthesis of Pt-Loaded Self-Interspersed Anatase TiO2 with a Large Fraction of (001) Facets for Efficient Photocatalytic Nitrobenzene Degradation.

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    Wang, Wei-Kang; Chen, Jie-Jie; Li, Wen-Wei; Pei, Dan-Ni; Zhang, Xing; Yu, Han-Qing

    2015-09-16

    TiO2 is capable of directly utilizing solar energy for sustainable energy harvest and water purification. Facet-dependent performance of TiO2 has attracted enormous interests due to its tunable photocatalytic activity toward photoredox transformations, but information about the noble-metal-loaded TiO2 for its facet-dependent photocatalytic performance, especially in pollutant degradation systems, is limited. In this work, inspired by our previous theoretical calculations about the roles of the crystal surface in Pt-loaded TiO2 in its enhanced photocatalytic capacity, TiO2 nanocrystals with interspersed polyhedron nanostructures and coexposed (001) and (101) surfaces as a support of Pt nanoparticles are prepared in a simple and relatively green route. Also, their performance for photocatalytic degradation of nitrobenzene (NB), a model organic pollutant, is explored. The experimental results demonstrate that the NB photodegradation and photoconversion efficiencies are significantly enhanced by uniformly loading Pt nanoparticles on the crystal surfaces, but the Pt nanoparticles deposited on only the (101) surface have no contribution to the improved NB photodegradation. Furthermore, the liquid chromatography mass spectrometry results also show that NB photodegradation tends to proceed on the (001) surface of Pt/TiO2 for the generation of nitrophenol intermediates through the photooxidation pathway. This work provides a new route to design and construct advanced photocatalysts toward pollutant photoredox conversions and deepens our fundamental understanding about crystal surface engineering. PMID:26308282

  4. The Synthesis of Ag-Doped Mesoporous TiO2

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    Li, Xiaohong S.; Fryxell, Glen E.; Wang, Chong M.; Engelhard, Mark H.

    2008-04-15

    Ag-doped mesoporous titanium oxide was prepared using non-ionic surfactants and easily handled titanium precursors, under mild reaction conditions. In contrast to the stabilizing effect of Cd-doping on mesoporous TiO2, Ag-doping was found to significantly destabilize the mesoporous structure.

  5. In situ synthesis of TiO2/polyethylene terephthalate hybrid nanocomposites at low temperature

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    Peng, Xinyan; Ding, Enyong; Xue, Feng

    2012-06-01

    TiO2 nanoflowers were in situ grown on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) non-woven fabric by hydrolysis of TiCl4 in aqueous solution in the presence of nanocrystal cellulose grafted PET fabric (NCC-g-PET) at a low temperature of 70 °C. Nanocrystal cellulose (NCC) pre-grafted on PET fabric acted as hydrophilic substrate and morphology inducing agent to promote the nucleation and crystal growth of TiO2. Detailed information on the synthetic process was presented. The resulting samples were characterized using FE-SEM, EDS, ATR-IR, Raman microscopy, XRD and TG analysis. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by the degradation of orange methyl under solar light. Characteristic results indicate that rutile TiO2 nanoflowers have grown abundantly on PET non-woven fabric, and the established hydrogen bonding strengthens the interfacial interaction between the inorganic particles and the polymeric substrates. The methyl orange decoloration test under natural solar light demonstrates that this TiO2/PET hybrid nanocomposites exhibit excellent self-cleaning performance which is expected to have a good potential for commercialization.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2-pillared Romanian clay and their application for azoic dyes photodegradation.

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    Dvininov, E; Popovici, E; Pode, R; Cocheci, L; Barvinschi, P; Nica, V

    2009-08-15

    The synthesis and properties of metal oxide pillared cationic clays (PILCs) has been subject to numerous studies in the last decades. In order to obtain TiO(2)-pillared type materials, sodium montmorillonite from Romania-areal of Valea Chioarului, having the following composition (% wt): SiO(2)-72.87; Al(2)O(3)-14.5; MgO-2.15; Fe(2)O(3)-1.13; Na(2)O-0.60; K(2)O-0.60; CaO-0.90; PC-5.70 and cation exchange capacity, determined by ammonium acetate method, of 82 meq/100g, as matrix, was used. Sodium form of the clay was modified, primarily, by intercalation of cetyl-trimethylammonium cations between negatively charged layers which will lead to the expansion of the interlayer space. For the preparation of the TiO(2)-pillared clay, the alkoxide molecules, as titania precursor, were adsorbed onto/into clay samples (1 mmol Ti/g clay), in hydrochloric acid environment, the resulted species being converted into TiO(2) pillars by calcination. The as-prepared materials have been used as catalysts for Congo Red dye photodegradation, under UV. The photocatalytic activity of the pillared clays is a function of TiO(2) pillars size, their increase leading to the enhancement of the contact areas between dye solution and photoactive species present in the interlayer space. The structural characteristics and properties of the obtained materials were investigated by X-ray Diffraction, Thermogravimetry Analysis, UV-vis Diffuse Reflectance, Transmission Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis. PMID:19250741

  7. Visible Light-Driven Photocatalytic Activity of Oleic Acid-Coated TiO2 Nanoparticles Synthesized from Absolute Ethanol Solution

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    Li, Huihui; Liu, Bin; Yin, Shu; Sato, Tsugio; Wang, Yuhua

    2015-10-01

    The one-step synthesis of oleic acid-coated TiO2 nanoparticles with visible light-driven photocatalytic activity was reported by this manuscript, using oleic acid-ethanol as crucial starting materials. The photocatalytic degradation of nitrogen monoxide (deNOx) in the gas phase was investigated in a continuous reactor using a series of TiO2 semiconductors, prepared from oleic acid- or acetic acid-ethanol solution. The surface modification on TiO2 by organic fatty acid, oleic acid, could reinvest TiO2 photocatalyst with the excellent visible light response. The deNOx ability is almost as high as 30 % destruction in the visible light region ( λ > 510 nm) which is similar to the nitrogen-doped TiO2. Meanwhile, acetic acid, a monobasic acid, has a weaker ability on visible light modification of TiO2.

  8. Influence of the oxygen concentration on the formation of crystalline phases of TiO2 during the low-pressure arc-discharge plasma synthesis

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    Ushakov, A. V.; Karpov, I. V.; Lepeshev, A. A.

    2016-02-01

    The synthesis of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles with different percentage of anatase and rutile phases is investigated. The synthesis is performed by controlling the oxygen percentage in the gas mixture in the plasmachemical evaporation-condensation process employing a low-pressure arc discharge. In all our experiments, the pressure in the plasmachemical reactor and the average size of particles remain constant and are 60 Pa and 6 nm, respectively. The crystal structure of synthesized TiO2 is studied using X-ray diffraction; the morphology of the particles is analyzed employing transmission electron microscopy. Using X-ray phase analysis, it is established that the concentration of the TiO2 anatase phase decreases upon a decrease in the oxygen concentration in the gas mixture. It is shown that the TiO2 anatase phase is more efficient for photocatalytic decomposition of methylene blue than the rutile phase.

  9. Synthesis and photocatalytic properties of Fe3O4@TiO2 core-shell for degradation of Rhodamine B

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    Mufti, Nandang; Munfarriha, Ulfatien; Fuad, Abdulloh; Diantoro, Markus

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this research is to synthesis Fe3O4@TiO2 core-shell and used it as photocatalytic for degradation of Rhodamine B. The Fe3O4 nanoparticle core was synthesized by coprecipitation method from the iron sand. The TiO2 shell synthesized using coprecipitation method to capsulated Fe3O4 nanoparticle with vary of Fe3O4 mass. The Fe3O4@TiO2 core-shells were characterized using SEM-EDX, XRD. Photocatalytic activity of Rhodamine B degradation was performed under UV irradiation with variation of time exposure. The efficiency of photodegradation is measured by UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The XRD result showed that Fe3O4 nanoparticle is single phase with crystal size of 15.5 nm. The existence of Fe3O4 and anatase of TiO2 phases in the XRD pattern shows that The Fe3O4@TiO2 core-shells are successfully synthesized. While, the TiO2 shell is confirmed by thermal test up to 550 OC for two hours to the samples. Based on SEM characterization, The Fe3O4@TiO2 core-shells are agglomerated with averages diameter sizes of particles between 38.5 nm to 72.8 nm. The concentration of TiO2 decrease with increasing Fe3O4 mass with atomic composition of Fe/Ti elements in Fe3O4@TiO2 core-shells are 0.083, 1.12, and 1.48. Based on photo degradation test of Rhodamine B under UV irradiation, we conclude that the degradation of Rhodamin B is caused by absorbsion and photocatalytic mechanism. For photocatalytic mechanism the efficiency of photodegradation of Rhodamin B increases by increasing TiO2 concentration.

  10. Low-Temperature Synthesis of a TiO2/Si Heterojunction.

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    Sahasrabudhe, Girija; Rupich, Sara M; Jhaveri, Janam; Berg, Alexander H; Nagamatsu, Ken A; Man, Gabriel; Chabal, Yves J; Kahn, Antoine; Wagner, Sigurd; Sturm, James C; Schwartz, Jeffrey

    2015-12-01

    The classical SiO2/Si interface, which is the basis of integrated circuit technology, is prepared by thermal oxidation followed by high temperature (>800 °C) annealing. Here we show that an interface synthesized between titanium dioxide (TiO2) and hydrogen-terminated silicon (H:Si) is a highly efficient solar cell heterojunction that can be prepared under typical laboratory conditions from a simple organometallic precursor. A thin film of TiO2 is grown on the surface of H:Si through a sequence of vapor deposition of titanium tetra(tert-butoxide) (1) and heating to 100 °C. The TiO2 film serves as a hole-blocking layer in a TiO2/Si heterojunction solar cell. Further heating to 250 °C and then treating with a dilute solution of 1 yields a hole surface recombination velocity of 16 cm/s, which is comparable to the best values reported for the classical SiO2/Si interface. The outstanding performance of this heterojunction is attributed to Si-O-Ti bonding at the TiO2/Si interface, which was probed by angle-resolved X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) showed that Si-H bonds remain even after annealing at 250 °C. The ease and scalability of the synthetic route employed and the quality of the interface it provides suggest that this surface chemistry has the potential to enable fundamentally new, efficient silicon solar cell devices. PMID:26579554

  11. Solid-state NMR and EPR analysis of carbon-doped titanium dioxide photocatalysts (TiO(2-)(x)C(x)).

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    Reyes-Garcia, Enrique A; Sun, Yanping; Reyes-Gil, Karla R; Raftery, Daniel

    2009-04-01

    Carbon-doped TiO(2) have received attention recently because of their potential for environmental photocatalysis and solar hydrogen conversion applications. Three different carbon-doped TiO(2) nanoparticle materials were synthesized via sol-gel and hydrothermal procedures, and analyzed by (13)C solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (SSNMR) and other methods to characterize the environment of the doping species. UV/vis spectra and powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed that the synthesized materials absorbed visible light and their crystal structures corresponded to anatase. (13)C SSNMR analyses of TiO(2-)(x)C(x) displayed signals corresponding to carbonate-type or sp(2)-type carbon species. Variable contact CP-MAS and dipolar dephasing analyses gave evidence for the presence and proximity of H atoms near these carbonate species. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy showed that the thermally oxidized TiO(2-)(x)C(x) displayed a complex mixture of point defects, electron and hole trapping centers, all attributable to the incorporation of carbon, while the XPS data ruled out the presence of carbide species. PMID:19307109

  12. Photodeposition-assisted synthesis of novel nanoparticulate In, S-codoped TiO2 powders with high visible light-driven photocatalytic activity

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    Hamadanian, M.; Reisi-Vanani, A.; Razi, P.; Hoseinifard, S.; Jabbari, V.

    2013-11-01

    In order to search for an efficient photocatalysts working under visible light illumination, we have investigated the effect of metal and nonmetal ions (In, S) codoping on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) prepared by combining of sol-gel (SG) and photodeposition (PD) methods using titanium tetra isopropoxide (TTIP), indium nitrate (In(NO3)3) and thiourea as precursors. In this regard, at first three different percentage of S (0.05, 0.2 and 0.5) doped into the TiO2 by SG method, and then different amount of In(III) loaded on the surface of the prepared samples by PD technique. The results showed that the In, S-codoped TiO2 (In, S-TiO2) with a spheroidal shape demonstrates a smaller grain size than the pure TiO2. Meanwhile, the UV-vis DRS of In, S-TiO2 showed a considerable red shift to the visible region. Finally, the photocatalytic activity of In, S-TiO2 photocatalysts were evaluated by photooxidative degradation of methyl orange (MO) solution under UV and visible light illumination. As a result, it was found that 0.05%S-0.5%In/TiO2, 0.2%S-1.5%In/TiO2 and 0.5%S-0.5%In/TiO2 had the highest catalytic activity under visible light in each group and among these samples 0.2%S-1.5%In/TiO2 showed the best photocatalytic performance under visible light and decomposes more than 95% MO in only 90 min.

  13. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Carbon-Based (N, Fe)-Codoped TiO2 for the Photocatalytic Degradation of Formaldehyde

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    Tian, Fei; Wu, Zhansheng; Tong, Yanbin; Wu, Zhilin; Cravotto, Giancarlo

    2015-09-01

    A microwave-assisted sol-gel method was used to synthesize (N, Fe)-codoped activated carbon (AC)/TiO2 photocatalyst for enhanced optical absorption in the visible light region. The prepared samples were characterized via X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis, ultraviolet-visible light spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The results showed no significant difference in the surface area of AC/TiO2 (approximately 500 m2/g) after doping. TiO2 was uniformly distributed on the surface of AC, which exhibited coexisting anatase and rutile structures with a mean crystallite diameter of approximately 20 nm. N and Fe monodoping on AC/TiO2 reduced the energy band gap of TiO2 to 2.81 and 2.79 eV, respectively, which mainly attributed to the impurity energy formed in the energy gap of TiO2. In (N, Fe)-codoped AC/TiO2, N and Fe are incorporated into the TiO2 framework and narrow the band gap of TiO2 to 2.58 eV, thereby causing a large redshift. Codoping of N and Fe enhanced the production of hydroxyl radicals (ṡOH) and improved the photocatalytic activity of the resultant AC/TiO2 compared with those of undoped and N- or Fe-monodoped AC/TiO2. N-Fe-AC/TiO2 degraded 93 % of the formaldehyde under Xe-lamp irradiation. Moreover, the photocatalyst was easily recyclable. In summary, a novel and efficient method to mineralize low concentrations of HCHO in wastewater was discovered.

  14. Microemulsion-based synthesis of nanoscale TiO 2 hollow spheres

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    Zurmühl, C.; Popescu, R.; Gerthsen, D.; Feldmann, C.

    2011-08-01

    Nanoscale TiO 2 hollow spheres are prepared based on gelatine-filled reversed microemulsions. The resulting nanomaterial exhibits an outer diameter of 25-35 nm, a thickness of the sphere wall of 4-6 nm and an inner cavity of 15-20 nm in diameter. The as-prepared hollow spheres are characterized based on different electron microscopic techniques, infrared spectroscopy and optical spectroscopy. Thermogravimetry, X-ray powder diffraction and sorption measurements according to the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis are used to elucidate the thermal properties as well as the specific surface of the hollow spheres. Finally, the photocatalytic properties of as-prepared TiO 2 hollow spheres are studied.

  15. Size controlled synthesis and photocatalytic activity of anatase TiO2 hollow microspheres

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    Dwivedi, Charu; Dutta, V.

    2012-10-01

    Titanium oxide hollow microspheres were synthesized from organic precursor titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) using continuous spray pyrolysis reactor. Effects of precursor concentration, applied voltage and annealing have been investigated. It was observed that the annealing of the as-synthesized TiO2 hollow microspheres at 250 °C, which had an average external diameter of 200 nm, leads to an increase in the size and also more spherical shape. The precursor concentration and applied voltage were found to have a direct impact on the size of the microspheres, which is also evident in the absorption spectrum. The as-prepared TiO2 hollow microspheres exhibited good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of MO.

  16. Synthesis of TiO(2) nanoframe and the prototype of a nanoframe solar cell.

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    Chen, Ying; Kim, Ho-Cheol; McVittie, Jim; Ting, Chiu; Nishi, Yoshio

    2010-05-01

    Nanoframes containing 20 nm diameter TiO(2) nanowire arrays were synthesized with polymer templates via cathodic sol-gel deposition followed by 450 degrees C sintering. Raman spectra indicated that they are composed of pure anatase TiO(2). The nanowire array inside the nanoframe was confirmed to be single crystalline by high resolution TEM. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on this nanoframe were fabricated and the effects of the top cover in the nanoframe, which is the only difference between nanoframe cells and nanowire cells, were investigated. The results show that the top cover does not prevent the I( - ) and I(3)( - ) ions underneath from diffusing freely in the electrolyte and causes no deterioration of the cell performance. The nanoframe cell is a promising device in which nanowire arrays are strengthened and the effective internal surface area has the potentiality to be increased without sacrificing the advantages of nanowire cells compared to nanoparticle cells. PMID:20378944

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  18. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2 pillared montmorillonites: application for methylene blue degradation.

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    Chen, Daimei; Du, Gaoxiang; Zhu, Qian; Zhou, Fengsan

    2013-11-01

    TiO2 pillared clay composites were prepared by modifying of montmorillonite (Mt) with cetyl-trimethyammoniumbromide (CTAB) and then using an acidic solution of hydrolyzed Ti alkoxide to intercalate into the interlayer space of the organic modified Mt. The as-prepared materials were characterized by XRD, FTIR, TEM, SEM TG-DTA, specific surface area and porosity measurements. The composites had a porous delaminated structure with pillared fragments and well dispersed TiO2 nanoparticles. Introduction of CTAB into the synthetic system accelerated the hydrolysis and condensation of the Ti source, which promoted TiO2 formation. In addition, the CTAB also significantly increased the porosity and surface area of the composites. A number of anatase particles, with crystal sizes of 5-10 nm, were homogenously distributed on the surface of the Mt as the result of the templating role of CTAB. The resultant TiO2 pillared Mt exhibited good thermal stability as indicated by its surface area after calcination at 800°C. No phase transformations from anatase to rutile were observed even under calcination at 900°C. The grain size of the anatase in prepared sample increased from 2.67 nm to 13.42 nm as the calcination temperature increased from 300°C to 900°C. The photocatalytic performance of these new porous materials was evaluated by using methylene blue degradation. The composite exhibited better photocatalytic property than P 25. The maximum removal efficiency of this composite was up to 99% within 60 min. PMID:23957927

  19. Synthesis of monodisperse TiO2-paraffin core-shell nanoparticles for improved dielectric properties.

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    Balasubramanian, Balamurugan; Kraemer, Kristin L; Reding, Nicholas A; Skomski, Ralph; Ducharme, Stephen; Sellmyer, David J

    2010-04-27

    Core-shell structures of oxide nanoparticles having a high dielectric constant, and organic shells with large breakdown field are attractive candidates for large electrical energy storage applications. A high growth temperature, however, is required to obtain the dielectric oxide nanoparticles, which affects the process of core-shell formation and also leads to poor control of size, shape, and size-distribution. In this communication, we report a new synthetic process to grow core-shell nanoparticles by means of an experimental method that can be easily adapted to synthesize core-shell structures from a variety of inorganic-organic or inorganic-inorganic materials. Monodisperse and spherical TiO2 nanoparticles were produced at room temperature as a collimated cluster beam in the gas phase using a cluster-deposition source and subsequently coated with uniform paraffin nanoshells using in situ thermal evaporation, prior to deposition on substrates for further characterization and device processing. The paraffin nanoshells prevent the TiO2 nanoparticles from contacting each other and also act as a matrix in which the volume fraction of TiO2 nanoparticles was varied by controlling the thickness of the nanoshells. Parallel-plate capacitors were fabricated using dielectric core-shell nanoparticles having different shell thicknesses. With respect to the bulk paraffin, the effective dielectric constant of TiO2-paraffin core-shell nanoparticles is greatly enhanced with a decrease in the shell thickness. The capacitors show a minimum dielectric dispersion and low dielectric losses in the frequency range of 100 Hz-1 MHz, which are highly desirable for exploiting these core-shell nanoparticles for potential applications. PMID:20359188

  20. Synthesis and characterization of Fe3O4-TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles

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    Stefan, M.; Pana, O.; Leostean, C.; Bele, C.; Silipas, D.; Senila, M.; Gautron, E.

    2014-09-01

    Composite core-shell nanoparticles may have morpho-structural, magnetic, and optical (photoluminescence (PL)) properties different from each of the components considered separately. The properties of Fe3O4-TiO2 nanoparticles can be controlled by adjusting the titania amount (shell thinness). Core-shell nanoparticles were prepared by seed mediated growth of semiconductor (TiO2) through a modified sol-gel process onto preformed magnetite (Fe3O4) cores resulted from the co-precipitation method. The structure and morphology of samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high resolution-TEM respectively. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was correlated with ICP-AES. Magnetic measurements, optical absorption spectra, as well as PL spectroscopy indicate the presence of a charge/spin transfer from the conduction band of magnetite into the band gap of titania nanocrystals. The process modifies both Fe3O4 and TiO2 magnetic and optical properties, respectively.

  1. TiO2 Hollow Spheres: One-Pot Synthesis and Enhanced Photocatalysis

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    Jia, Changchao; Cao, Yongqiang; Yang, Ping

    2013-06-01

    Hollow TiO2 microspheres were successfully fabricated by metal salts with low solubility in ethanol acting as intelligent templates using a simple one-pot solvothermal method. Hollow spheres with large diameter were obtained using CuSO4ṡ5H2O as templates while small ones were obtained using Sr(NO3)2 as templates. It is found that titanium precursor plays an important role for the morphology of samples. Solid TiO2 microspheres were prepared by using titanium tetrabutoxide (TBT). In contrast, bowl-like hollow microspheres were obtained by using titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4). Furthermore, the amount of H2O can stimulate the hydrolysis rate of TiCl4 to form solid spheres. Compared with solid microspheres, hollow TiO2 microspheres depending on their interior cavity structure exhibited enhanced photocatalysis efficiency for the UV-light photodegradation of methyl orange. Quantificationally, the apparent photocatalytic degradation pseudo-first-rate constant of the hollow microspheres is 1.25 times of that of the solid ones.

  2. Synthesis and photocatalytic performances of the TiO2 pillared montmorillonite.

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    Chen, Daimei; Zhu, Qian; Zhou, Fengsan; Deng, Xutao; Li, Fatang

    2012-10-15

    TiO(2) pillared clay materials were prepared by montmorillonite (Mt) and acidic solutions of hydrolyzed Ti alkoxides in the presence of high-molecular-weight polyoxypropylene (POP)-backboned di-quaternary salts (POP). The as-prepared materials were characterized by means of XRD, FTIR, TG-DTA, XRF, specific surface area and porosity determinations, TEM and SEM, respectively. The experiments showed that the resulting material was a porous delaminated structure containing pillared fragments and nano-scaled TiO(2) particles well dispersed among each other. Introducing polymer surfactant POP as an expanding agent of Mt cannot only promote the formation of the delaminated structure, but significantly improve the porosity and surface area of the composites. The resulting TiO(2) pillared Mt exhibited a good thermal stability as indicated by its surface area after calcination at 800 °C. No phase transformation from anatase to rutile was observed even under calcination at 900 °C. The grain size of anatase in as-prepared sample decreased with the increase of the POP concentration, but increased with the increment of calcination temperature. The photocatalytic performances of these new porous materials were evaluated by using methylene blue degradation. The composite solid exhibited superior photocatalyic property and the maximum removal efficiency was up to 98% within 90 min. PMID:22884731

  3. Plasma-spraying synthesis of high-performance photocatalytic TiO2 coatings

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    Takahashi, Yasuo; Shibata, Yoshitaka; Maeda, Masakatsu; Miyano, Yasuyuki; Murai, Kensuke; Ohmori, Akira

    2014-08-01

    Anatase (A-) TiO2 is a photocatalytic material that can decompose air-pollutants, acetaldehyde, bacteria, and so on. In this study, three kinds of powder (A-TiO2 without HAp, TiO2 + 10mass%HAp, and TiO2+30mass%HAp, where HAp is hydroxyapatite and PBS is polybutylene succinate) were plasma sprayed on biodegradable PBS substrates. HAp powder was mixed with A-TiO2 powder by spray granulation in order to facilitate adsorption of acetaldehyde and bacteria. The crystal structure was almost completely maintained during the plasma spray process. HAp enhanced the decomposition of acetaldehyde and bacteria by promoting adsorption. A 10mass% HAp content was the most effective for decomposing acetaldehyde when plasma preheating of the PBS was not carried out before the plasma spraying. The plasma preheating of PBS increased the yield rate of the spray process and facilitated the decomposition of acetaldehyde by A-TiO2 coatings without HAp. HAp addition improved photocatalytic sterilization when plasma preheating of the PBS was performed.

  4. Preparation and characterization of magnetically separable photocatalyst (TiO2/SiO2/Fe3O4): effect of carbon coating and calcination temperature.

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    Gad-Allah, Tarek A; Fujimura, Kyoko; Kato, Shigeru; Satokawa, Shigeo; Kojima, Toshinori

    2008-06-15

    TiO2/SiO2/Fe3O4 composite was synthesized by sol-gel technique for silica and titania coatings on magnetite core to enable recovery after photocatalytic degradation. Carbon coating was also carried out by calcination of TiO2/SiO2/Fe3O4 under nitrogen atmosphere in presence of PVA as a source of carbon to enhance the adsorption of organic compounds on catalyst surface and to get better activity. All prepared samples were characterized using EDX, CN analyzer, XRD, BET and SEM. Degradation of methyl orange dye was used to assess the photocatalytic performance of the prepared samples. Calcination temperature was found to affect rate of reaction because of the formation of rutile phase at high calcination temperature. Carbon coated samples unexpectedly exhibited lower rate of reaction at almost all calcination temperatures. PMID:18082953

  5. The Comparative Photodegradation Activities of Pentachlorophenol (PCP) and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) Using UV Alone and TiO2-Derived Photocatalysts in Methanol Soil Washing Solution

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    Zhou, Zeyu; Zhang, Yaxin; Wang, Hongtao; Chen, Tan; Lu, Wenjing

    2014-01-01

    Photochemical treatment is increasingly being applied to remedy environmental problems. TiO2-derived catalysts are efficiently and widely used in photodegradation applications. The efficiency of various photochemical treatments, namely, the use of UV irradiation without catalyst or with TiO2/graphene-TiO2 photodegradation methods was determined by comparing the photodegadation of two main types of hydrophobic chlorinated aromatic pollutants, namely, pentachlorophenol (PCP) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Results show that photodegradation in methanol solution under pure UV irradiation was more efficient than that with either one of the catalysts tested, contrary to previous results in which photodegradation rates were enhanced using TiO2-derived catalysts. The effects of various factors, such as UV light illumination, addition of methanol to the solution, catalyst dosage, and the pH of the reaction mixture, were examined. The degradation pathway was deduced. The photochemical treatment in methanol soil washing solution did not benefit from the use of the catalysts tested. Pure UV irradiation was sufficient for the dechlorination and degradation of the PCP and PCBs. PMID:25254664

  6. Synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of nanoparticles of TiO2 doped with Pt produced via the self-combustion route

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    Lopera, A. A.; Chavarriaga, E. A.; Estupiñan, H. A.; Valencia, I. C.; Paucar, C.; Garcia, C. P.

    2016-05-01

    Titanium oxide (TiO2) is the most important semiconductor used in photocatalysis. For that reason, most recent scientific studies have focused on improving the absorbance of this material in the visible region. In this paper, we report on the production of nanopowders of TiO2 doped with platinum via the solution combustion synthesis method, using glycine as a fuel at concentrations of 0.3, 0.6, 0.9, and 1.2% w/w of Pt with respect to TiO2 (Pt / TiO2), in order to study the influence of the dopant content on the absorbance spectrum in the visible region. The structure of the samples was characterized using x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, which confirmed the production of a pure anatase phase. VIS diffuse reflectance spectroscopy confirmed that in the visible region the samples doped with Pt absorb within the range of 400 nm to 800 nm. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy showed the formation of TiO2 nanoparticles with an average size of 13 nm and with spherical morphology. Colorimetry (Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage L *, a *, b *) confirmed photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B using visible light. It was concluded that the route of synthesis and the Pt content play important roles in the absorbance spectrum and the activation energy of TiO2.

  7. Selective Catalytic Reduction of NO by NH3 with WO3-TiO2 Catalysts: Influence of Catalyst Synthesis Method

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    He, Yuanyuan; Ford, Michael E; Zhu, Minghui; Liu, Qingcai; Wu, Zili; Wachs, Israel

    2016-01-01

    A series of supported WO3/TiO2 catalysts was prepared by a new synthesis procedure involving co-precipitation of an aqueous TiO(OH)2 and (NH4)10W12O41*5H2O slurry under controlled pH conditions. The morphological properties, molecular structures, surface acidity and surface chemistry of the supported WO3/TiO2 catalysts were determined with BET, in situ Raman, in situ IR and temperature-programmed surface reaction (TPSR) spectroscopy, respectively. Isotopic 18O-16O exchange demonstrated that tungsten oxide was exclusively present as surface WOx species on the TiO2 support with mono-oxo W=O coordination. In contrast to previous studies employing impregnation synthesis that found only surface one mono-oxo O=WO4 site on TiO2, the co-precipitation procedure resulted in the formation of two distinct surface WOx species: mono-oxo O=WO4 (~1010-1017 cm-1) on low defect density patches of TiO2 and a second mono-oxo O=WO4 (~983-986 cm-1) on high defect density patches of TiO2. The concentration of the second WOx surface species increases as a function of solution pH. Both surface WOx sites, however, exhibited the same NO/NH3 SCR reactivity. The co-precipitated WO3-TiO2 catalysts synthesized in alkaline solutions exhibited enhanced performance for the NO/NH3 SCR reaction that is ascribed to the greater number of surface defects on the resulting TiO2 support. For the co-precipitated catalyst prepared at pH10, surface NH4+ species on Br nsted acid sites were found to be more reactive than surface NH3* species on Lewis acid sites for SCR of NO with NH3.

  8. Synthesis of TiO2 by electrochemical method from TiCl4 solution as anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Nur, Adrian; Purwanto, Agus; Jumari, Arif; Dyartanti, Endah R.; Sari, Sifa Dian Permata; Hanifah, Ita Nur

    2016-02-01

    Metal oxide combined with graphite becomes interesting composition. TiO2 is a good candidate for Li ion battery anode because of cost, availability of sufficient materials, and environmentally friendly. TiO2 gravimetric capacity varied within a fairly wide range. TiO2 crystals form highly depends on the synthesis method used. The electrochemical method is beginning to emerge as a valuable option for preparing TiO2 powders. Using the electrochemical method, the particle can easily be controlled by simply adjusting the imposed current or potential to the system. In this work, the effects of some key parameters of the electrosynthesis on the formation of TiO2 have been investigated. The combination of graphite and TiO2 particle has also been studied for lithium-ion batteries. The homogeneous solution for the electrosynthesis of TiO2 powders was TiCl4 in ethanol solution. The electrolysis was carried out in an electrochemical cell consisting of two carbon electrodes with dimensions of (5 × 2) cm. The electrodes were set parallel with a distance of 2.6 cm between the electrodes and immersed in the electrolytic solution at a depth of 2 cm. The electrodes were connected to the positive and negative terminals of a DC power supply. The electrosynthesis was performed galvanostatically at 0.5 to 2.5 hours and voltages were varied from 8 to 12 V under constant stirring at room temperature. The resulted suspension was aged at 48 hrs, filtered, dried directly in an oven at 150°C for 2 hrs, washed 2 times, and dried again 60 °C for 6 hrs. The particle product has been used to lithium-ion battery as anode. Synthesis of TiO2 particle by electrochemical method at 10 V for 1 to 2.5 hrs resulted anatase and rutile phase.

  9. Selective Catalytic Reduction of NO by NH3 with WO3-TiO2 Catalysts: Influence of Catalyst Synthesis Method

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    He, Yuanyuan; Ford, Michael E.; Zhu, Minghui; Liu, Qingcai; Wu, Zili; Wachs, Israel E.

    2016-02-02

    A series of supported WO3/TiO2 catalysts was prepared by a new synthesis procedure involving co-precipitation of an aqueous TiO(OH)2 and (NH4)10W12O41*5H2O slurry under controlled pH conditions. The morphological properties, molecular structures, surface acidity and surface chemistry of the supported WO3/TiO2 catalysts were determined with BET, in situ Raman, in situ IR and temperature-programmed surface reaction (TPSR) spectroscopy, respectively. Isotopic 18O-16O exchange demonstrated that tungsten oxide was exclusively present as surface WOx species on the TiO2 support with mono-oxo W=O coordination. In contrast to previous studies employing impregnation synthesis that found only surface one mono-oxo O=WO4 site on TiO2, the co-precipitationmore » procedure resulted in the formation of two distinct surface WOx species: mono-oxo O=WO4 (~1010-1017 cm-1) on low defect density patches of TiO2 and a second mono-oxo O=WO4 (~983-986 cm-1) on high defect density patches of TiO2. The concentration of the second WOx surface species increases as a function of solution pH. Both surface WOx sites, however, exhibited the same NO/NH3 SCR reactivity. The co-precipitated WO3-TiO2 catalysts synthesized in alkaline solutions exhibited enhanced performance for the NO/NH3 SCR reaction that is ascribed to the greater number of surface defects on the resulting TiO2 support. For the co-precipitated catalyst prepared at pH10, surface NH4+ species on Br nsted acid sites were found to be more reactive than surface NH3* species on Lewis acid sites for SCR of NO with NH3.« less

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

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

    2011-04-01

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

  11. Bamboo leaf-assisted formation of carbon/nitrogen co-doped anatase TiO2 modified with silver and graphitic carbon nitride: novel and green synthesis and cooperative photocatalytic activity.

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    Jiang, Zhifeng; Liu, Dong; Jiang, Deli; Wei, Wei; Qian, Kun; Chen, Min; Xie, Jimin

    2014-09-28

    We report a novel synthesis approach employing bamboo leaves as sources of both the C/N dopant and reductant to the formation of C/N co-doped TiO2 modified with Ag and g-C3N4 (Ag/CN-TiO2@g-C3N4). In this case, the ternary composite has a hierarchical structure and a large surface area, which increases the contact area of reactants. Degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and hydrogen generation were carried out to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of as-prepared samples under visible light irradiation. It is found that with respect to single and binary catalysts, the Ag/CN-TiO2@g-C3N4 ternary composite shows the highest photocatalytic activity (degradation of RhB, H2 evolution from water splitting) as a result of the fast generation, separation and transportation of the photogenerated carriers, which was evidenced by photoluminescence measurements and free radical/hole scavenging experiments. At last, a possible photocatalytic mechanism under visible light irradiation was proposed. The novel and green synergistic approach presented here could provide a facile yet effective method for designing other visible light active non-metal co-doped TiO2 based photocatalysts with enhanced activity and high chemical stability. PMID:25102976

  12. Visible-light-driven g-C3N4/Ti3+-TiO2 photocatalyst co-exposed {0 0 1} and {1 0 1} facets and its enhanced photocatalytic activities for organic pollutant degradation and Cr(VI) reduction

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    Lu, Dan; Zhang, Gaoke; Wan, Zhen

    2015-12-01

    Novel g-C3N4/Ti3+-TiO2 photocatalyst co-exposed {0 0 1} and {1 0 1} facets of TiO2 was synthesized via a hydrothermal-sonication assisted strategy. The photocatalytic activities of the as-obtained photocatalyst were evaluated by the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and the reduction of Cr(VI) under visible-light irradiation. It was found that the g-C3N4/Ti3+-TiO2 composites with 6 wt% g-C3N4 exhibited the highest visible-light photocatalytic efficiency, which is also higher than the pure g-C3N4 and Ti3+-TiO2. A possible photocatalytic mechanism was discussed on the basis of the theoretical analyses and scavenger experiments. Results show that holes (h+) and superoxide anions (rad O2-) reactive species participated in the degradation of RhB solution over the g-C3N4/Ti3+-TiO2 composites. The enhanced photocatalytic activities of g-C3N4/Ti3+-TiO2 composites can be attributed to the wide optical adsorption of g-C3N4 and Ti3+ as well as the effectively separation and transportation of photo-generated electrons and holes pairs, which was resulted from the surface heterojunction between the g-C3N4 and Ti3+-TiO2 nanosheets co-exposed {1 0 1} and {0 0 1} facets of anatase TiO2.

  13. In situ synthesis of graphene molecules on TiO2: application in sensitized solar cells.

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    Ji, Zhiqiang; Wu, Ruilian; Adamska, Lyudmyla; Velizhanin, Kirill A; Doorn, Stephen K; Sykora, Milan

    2014-11-26

    We present a method for preparation of graphene molecules (GMs), whereby a polyphenylene precursor functionalized with surface anchoring groups, preadsorbed on surface of TiO2, is oxidatively dehydrogenated in situ via a Scholl reaction. The reaction, performed at ambient conditions, yields surface adsorbed GMs structurally and electronically equivalent to those synthesized in solution. The new synthetic approach reduces the challenges associated with the tendency of GMs to aggregate and provides a convenient path for integration of GMs into optoelectronic applications. The surface synthesized GMs can be effectively reduced or oxidized via an interfacial charge transfer and can also function as sensitizers for metal oxides in light harvesting applications. Sensitized solar cells (SSCs) prepared from mesoscopic TiO2/GM films and an iodide-based liquid electrolyte show photocurrents of ∼2.5 mA/cm2, an open circuit voltage of ∼0.55 V and fill factor of ∼0.65 under AM 1.5 illumination. The observed power conversion efficiency of η=0.87% is the highest reported efficiency for the GM sensitized solar cell. The performance of the devices was reproducible and stable for a period of at least 3 weeks. We also report first external and internal quantum efficiency measurements for GM SSCs, which point to possible paths for further performance improvements. PMID:25322280

  14. Synthesis, characterization, and photoconductivity studies on nanocrystalline TiO2 films doped with gold nanoparticles

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    Valverde-Aguilar, G.; García-Macedo, J. A.; Galván-Ramírez, P.; Rentería-Tapia, V.

    2009-08-01

    Nanocrystalline TiO2 films doped with gold nanoparticles were synthesized by the sol-gel process at room temperature. The TiO2 films were synthesized by using tetrabutyl orthotitanate as the inorganic precursor. The films were spin-coated on glass wafers. The samples were annealed at 100°C for 30 minutes and sintered at 520°C for 1 hour to generated anatase and rutile phases. The films were characterized using UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. An absorption peak located at around 651 nm is due to the surface plasmon resonance of the gold nanoparticles. Optical absorption spectrum was fitted by Gans model by using a high refractive index (nlocal = 2.6). This high index is related to the high content of anatase nanoparticles embedded in the film. Photoconductivity studies were performed on nanocrystalline (anatase phase) films. The experimental data were fitted with straight lines at darkness and under illumination at 515 nm and 645 nm. This indicates an ohmic behavior. Transport parameters were calculated. Results are discussed.

  15. Synthesis and performance of novel magnetically separable nanospheres of titanium dioxide photocatalyst with egg-like structure

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    Xu, Shihong; Shangguan, Wenfeng; Yuan, Jian; Chen, Mingxia; Shi, Jianwei; Jiang, Zhi

    2008-03-01

    A magnetically separable photocatalyst TiO2/SiO2/NiFe2O4 (TSN) nanosphere with egg-like structure was prepared by a unique process that combined a liquid catalytic phase transformation method, reverse micelle technique and chemical precipitation means. The prepared photocatalyst shows high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange in water. The magnetic property measurements indicate that the photocatalyst possesses a superparamagnetic nature. It can be separated from water when an external magnetic field is added and redispersed into water solution after the external magnetic field is eliminated. It is one of the promising photocatalysts for wastewater treatment. A transmission electron microscope (TEM) and an x-ray diffractometer (XRD) were used to characterize the structure of the TSN photocatalyst. The results indicate that nickel ferrite core nanoparticles were completely encapsulated into monodisperse silica nanospheres as carrier, and titania nanoparticle aggregates were coated onto the surface of SN nanospheres, forming an imperfect TiO2 shell for photocatalysis. The SiO2 layer between the NiFe2O4 core and the TiO2 shell effectively prevents the injection of charges from TiO2 particles to NiFe2O4, which gives rise to an increase in photocatalytic activity. Moreover, the recycled TSN exhibits good repeatability of the photocatalytic activity.

  16. Synthesis and performance of novel magnetically separable nanospheres of titanium dioxide photocatalyst with egg-like structure.

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    Xu, Shihong; Shangguan, Wenfeng; Yuan, Jian; Chen, Mingxia; Shi, Jianwei; Jiang, Zhi

    2008-03-01

    A magnetically separable photocatalyst TiO(2)/SiO(2)/NiFe(2)O(4) (TSN) nanosphere with egg-like structure was prepared by a unique process that combined a liquid catalytic phase transformation method, reverse micelle technique and chemical precipitation means. The prepared photocatalyst shows high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange in water. The magnetic property measurements indicate that the photocatalyst possesses a superparamagnetic nature. It can be separated from water when an external magnetic field is added and redispersed into water solution after the external magnetic field is eliminated. It is one of the promising photocatalysts for wastewater treatment. A transmission electron microscope (TEM) and an x-ray diffractometer (XRD) were used to characterize the structure of the TSN photocatalyst. The results indicate that nickel ferrite core nanoparticles were completely encapsulated into monodisperse silica nanospheres as carrier, and titania nanoparticle aggregates were coated onto the surface of SN nanospheres, forming an imperfect TiO(2) shell for photocatalysis. The SiO(2) layer between the NiFe(2)O(4) core and the TiO(2) shell effectively prevents the injection of charges from TiO(2) particles to NiFe(2)O(4), which gives rise to an increase in photocatalytic activity. Moreover, the recycled TSN exhibits good repeatability of the photocatalytic activity. PMID:21817681

  17. AAO-assisted synthesis of highly ordered, large-scale TiO2 nanowire arrays via sputtering and atomic layer deposition.

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    Yao, Zhao; Wang, Cong; Li, Yang; Kim, Nam-Young

    2015-01-01

    Highly ordered nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) thin films were fabricated in oxalic acid under a constant voltage via a two-step anodization process. To investigate the high-aspect-ratio (7.5:1) filling process, both sputtering and atomic layer deposition (ALD) were used to form TiO2 nanowires. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images indicated that mushroom-like TiO2 structures were sputtered onto the AAO template surface, and the ALD-coated TiO2 exhibited fine filling results and clear crystal grain boundaries. Large-scale and free-standing TiO2 nanowire arrays were liberated by selectively removing the aluminum substrate and AAO template via a wet etching process with no collapsing or agglomeration after the drying process. ALD-deposited TiO2 nanowire arrays that were 67 nm in diameter and 400 nm high were transferred from the AAO template. The ALD process enabled the rapid, simple synthesis of highly ordered TiO2 nanowire arrays with desired parameters such as diameter, density, and thickness determined using diverse AAO templates. PMID:25897309

  18. AAO-assisted synthesis of highly ordered, large-scale TiO2 nanowire arrays via sputtering and atomic layer deposition

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    Yao, Zhao; Wang, Cong; Li, Yang; Kim, Nam-Young

    2015-04-01

    Highly ordered nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) thin films were fabricated in oxalic acid under a constant voltage via a two-step anodization process. To investigate the high-aspect-ratio (7.5:1) filling process, both sputtering and atomic layer deposition (ALD) were used to form TiO2 nanowires. Field emission scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images indicated that mushroom-like TiO2 structures were sputtered onto the AAO template surface, and the ALD-coated TiO2 exhibited fine filling results and clear crystal grain boundaries. Large-scale and free-standing TiO2 nanowire arrays were liberated by selectively removing the aluminum substrate and AAO template via a wet etching process with no collapsing or agglomeration after the drying process. ALD-deposited TiO2 nanowire arrays that were 67 nm in diameter and 400 nm high were transferred from the AAO template. The ALD process enabled the rapid, simple synthesis of highly ordered TiO2 nanowire arrays with desired parameters such as diameter, density, and thickness determined using diverse AAO templates.

  19. Clean and time-effective synthesis of anatase TiO2 nanocrystalline by microwave-assisted solvothermal method for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Shen, Po-Shen; Tai, Yu-Chuen; Chen, Peter; Wu, Yu-Chun

    2014-02-01

    In this article, we report a clean and time-effective solvothermal synthesis route using microwave-assisted heating method to prepare nanocrystalline anatase TiO2 with its application for dye-sensitized solar cells. With this proposed method, pure anatase TiO2 nanoparticles with size about 20 nm are successfully obtained at 220 °C for 30 min. Our method of microwave-assisted organic solvothermal route significantly reduces the elaborating process of washing and solvent exchange for the subsequent paste formation. The as-synthesized TiO2 colloidal solution is ready for particle dispersion that markedly simplified the preparation procedures. Material characterizations of the anatase TiO2 nanoparticles are performed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The photovoltaic performances of the dye-sensitized solar cells assembled with the as-synthesized TiO2 nanocrystallines as photoanodes in various film thicknesses are examined. An excellent energy conversion efficiency of 7.8% is achieved which is comparable to the previously reported dye-sensitized solar cells made of hydrothermal microwave-synthesized TiO2.

  20. Synthesis of scaly Sn3O4/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures for enhanced UV-visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Chen, Guohui; Ji, Shaozheng; Sang, Yuanhua; Chang, Sujie; Wang, Yana; Hao, Pin; Claverie, Jerome; Liu, Hong; Yu, Guangwei

    2015-02-01

    A novel scaly Sn3O4/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructured photocatalyst was fabricated via a facile hydrothermal route. The scaly Sn3O4 nanoflakes can be synthesized in situ and assembled on surface coarsened TiO2 nanobelts through a hydrothermal process. The morphology and distribution of Sn3O4 nanoflakes can be well-controlled by simply tuning the Sn/Ti molar ratio of the reactants. Compared with single phase nanostructures of Sn3O4 and TiO2, the scaly hybrid nanobelts exhibited markedly enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC) response, which caused higher photocatalytic hydrogen evolution even without the assistance of Pt as a co-catalyst, and enhanced the degradation ability of organic pollutants under both UV and visible light irradiation. In addition to the increased exposure of active facets and broad light absorption, the outstanding performance is ascribed to the matching energy band structure between Sn3O4 and TiO2 at the two sides of the heterostructure, which efficiently reduces the recombination of photo-excited electron-hole pairs and prolongs the lifetime of charge carriers. Both photocatalytic assessment and PEC tests revealed that Sn3O4/TiO2 heterostructures with a molar ratio of Sn/Ti of 2/1 exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity. This study provides a facile and low-cost method for the large scale production of Sn3O4 based materials in various applications.A novel scaly Sn3O4/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructured photocatalyst was fabricated via a facile hydrothermal route. The scaly Sn3O4 nanoflakes can be synthesized in situ and assembled on surface coarsened TiO2 nanobelts through a hydrothermal process. The morphology and distribution of Sn3O4 nanoflakes can be well-controlled by simply tuning the Sn/Ti molar ratio of the reactants. Compared with single phase nanostructures of Sn3O4 and TiO2, the scaly hybrid nanobelts exhibited markedly enhanced photoelectrochemical (PEC) response, which caused higher photocatalytic hydrogen evolution even without the

  1. Synthesis and characterization of porous TiO2 with wormhole-like framework structure

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    Narayanaswamy, A.; McBride, J.; Swafford, L.A.; Dhar, S.; Budai, John D; Feldman, Leonard C.; Rosenthal, Sandra

    2008-01-01

    A fast and reliable synthetic route for preparing contaminant-free porous TiO2 with a wormhole-like framework and close packed macropores is demonstrated based on a sol-gel process involving acid hydrolysis of an alkoxide in the presence of a cationic surfactant. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurements have been used to characterize the porous structure and the crystallinity. The XRD patterns, TEM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images confirm that these materials have disordered wormhole-like topology with close-packed nearly hexagonal macropores. The mesopore diameters and surface area of titanium dioxide, evaluated from the N2-sorption isotherms, indicate average pore diameters of about 7 and 6 nm and surface areas of about 100 and 335 m2/g, for as-prepared and calcined samples at 400 C.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Synthesis and characterization of a POM-based nanocomposite as a novel magnetic photocatalyst

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    Shi, Yan-Li; Qiu, Wei; Zheng, Ying

    2006-11-01

    A novel magnetic photocatalyst, prepared by grafting polyoxometalates (POM) anions PW12O403- onto Fe3O4 nanoparticles via a layer of Ag, was synthesized and characterized. The coated Ag layer was used as an intermediate bond for anchoring POM anions onto the magnetite cores. Resulting materials have been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption desorption isotherm, magnetization, and inductively coupled plasma (ICP). The activity of the photocatalyst was tested by the photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B. It was found that, compared to pure POM, the decolorization fraction of Rhodamine B in 2 h operation was 2.8 3.4 times higher by using the POM-based nanocomposite. ICP analysis of the concentration of Fe, W and P in treated water showed that photodissolution was minimal. In addition, as the synthesized composite possesses a magnetite core, it is possible to retrieve the photocatalyst by exerting an external magnetic field, which is easier than the recovery of conventional TiO2 fine particles and homogeneous POM photocatalysts. The exhibited photocatalytic activity and magnetization of the novel photocatalyst provide a promising solution for the degradation of water contaminants and photocatalyst recovery.

  5. Sol-gel low-temperature synthesis of stable anatase-type TiO2 nanoparticles under different conditions and its photocatalytic activity.

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    Behnajady, Mohammad A; Eskandarloo, Hamed; Modirshahla, Nasser; Shokri, Mohammad

    2011-01-01

    In this work, TiO(2) nanoparticles in anatase phase was prepared by sol-gel low temperature method from titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP) as titanium precursor in the presence of acetic acid (AcOH). The effects of synthesis parameters such as AcOH and water ratios, sol formation time, synthesis and calcination temperature on the photocatalytic activity of TiO(2) nanoparticles were evaluated. The resulting nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis reflectance spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller techniques. Photocatalytic activity of anatase TiO(2) nanoparticles determined in the removal of C. I. Acid Red 27 (AR27) under UV light irradiation. Results indicate that with increasing AcOH/TTIP molar ratio from 1 to 10, sol formation time from 1 to 3 h and synthesis temperature from 0 to 25°C, increases crystallite size of synthesized nanoparticles. It was found that optimal conditions for low temperature preparation of anatase-type TiO(2) nanoparticles with high photocatalytic activity were as follows: TTIP:AcOH:water molar ratio 1:1:200, sol formation time 1 h, synthesis temperature 0°C and calcination temperature 450°C. PMID:21668867

  6. Synthesis and anti-staphylococcal activity of TiO2 nanoparticles and nanowires in ex vivo porcine skin model.

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    Nataraj, Namrata; Anjusree, G S; Madhavan, Asha Anish; Priyanka, P; Sankar, Deepthi; Nisha, N; Lakshmi, S V; Jayakumar, R; Balakrishnan, Avinash; Biswas, Raja

    2014-05-01

    Staphylococcus aureus is one of the major causes of skin and soft tissue infections. In this study we compared the antimicrobial activity of two different TiO2 nanoformulations against Staphylococcus aureus. We synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles of approximately 80 nm diameter and TiO2 nanowires of approximately 100 nm diameter. Both nanoformulations possess anti-microbial activity; were non-hemolytic and cytocompatible. However, the anti-staphylococcal activity of TiO2 nanowires was better than the nanoparticles. In broth culture, growth of S. aureus was only partially inhibited by 2% and 4 wt% TiO2 nanoparticles and completely inhibited by TiO2 nanowires till 24 h. TiO2 nanowires treated S. aureus cells exhibits diminished membrane potential than nanoparticle treated cells. The anti-microbial properties of both TiO2 nanoformulations were validated using ex vivo porcine skin model which supplements the in vitro assays. Anti-bacterial activity of the TiO2 nanowires were also validated against multi drug resistant pathogenic strains of S. aureus, showing the clinical potency of the TiO2 nanowires compared to its nanoparticles. PMID:24734539

  7. A direct synthesis of B-doped TiO2 and its photocatalytic performance on degradation of RhB

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    Li, Liang; Yang, Yulin; Liu, Xinrong; Fan, Ruiqing; Shi, Yan; Li, Shuo; Zhang, Lingyun; Fan, Xiao; Tang, Pengxiao; Xu, Rui; Zhang, Wenzhi; Wang, Yazhen; Ma, Liqun

    2013-01-01

    B-doped TiO2 was synthesized by a direct hydrolyzation of n-tetrabutyl titanate in a solution of boric acid, and was treated by hydro-thermal synthesis. The powder was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), FT-IR, scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), surface photoviolet spectra, UV-visible absorption spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Rhodamine B (RhB) degradation was used as a probe reaction to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of B-doped TiO2 under simulate sunlight, and excellent photocatalytic performance was achieved.

  8. Synthesis, characterization and degradation of Bisphenol A using Pr, N co-doped TiO 2 with highly visible light activity

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    Yang, Juan; Dai, Jun; Li, Jiantong

    2011-08-01

    Praseodymium and nitrogen co-doped titania (Pr/N-TiO 2) photocatalysts, which could degrade Bisphenol A (BPA) under visible light irradiation, were prepared by the modified sol-gel process. Tetrabutyl titanate, urea and praseodymium nitrate were used as the sources of titanium, nitrogen and praseodymium, respectively. The resulting materials were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), UV-vis absorbance spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), N 2 adsorption-desorption isotherm and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR). It was found that Pr doping inhibited the growth of crystalline size and the transformation from anatase to rutile. The degradation of BPA under visible light illumination was taken as probe reaction to evaluate the photo-activity of the co-doped photocatalyst. In our experiments, the optimal dopant amount of Pr was 1.2 mol% and the calcination temperature was 500 °C for the best photocatalytic activity. Pr/N-TiO 2 samples exhibited enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity compared to N-TiO 2, undoped TiO 2 and commercial P25. The nitrogen atoms were incorporated into the crystal of titania and could narrow the band gap energy. Pr doping could slow the radiative recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes in TiO 2. The improvement of photocatalytic activity was ascribed to the synergistic effects of nitrogen and Pr co-doping.

  9. Synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles utilizing hydrated reverse micelles in CO2.

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    Lim, Kwon Taek; Hwang, Ha Soo; Ryoo, Won; Johnston, Keith P

    2004-03-16

    Titanium dioxide nanoparticles were produced by the controlled hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) in the presence of reverse micelles formed in CO2 with the surfactants ammonium carboxylate perfluoropolyether (PFPECOO-+NH4) (Mw = 587) and poly(dimethyl amino ethyl methacrylate-block-1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA-b-PFOMA). Based on dynamic light scattering measurements, the amorphous TiO2 particles formed by injection of TTIP are larger than the reverse micelles, indicating surfactant reorganization. The size of the particles and the stability of dispersions in CO2 were affected by the molar ratio of water to surfactant headgroup (w(o)), precursor concentration, and injection rate. The amorphous particle size did not change upon depressurization and redispersion in CO2. PDMAEMA-b-PFOMA provided greater stability against particle aggregation at higher reactant concentration compared with PFPECOO-+NH4. The crystallite size after calcination, which was examined by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, increased with w(o). PMID:15835711

  10. Hydrothermal synthesis of core-shell TiO2 to enhance the photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

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    Jiang, Jinghui; Zhou, Han; Zhang, Fan; Fan, Tongxiang; Zhang, Di

    2016-04-01

    A hydrothermal approach was designed to synthesize core-shell TiO2 with interior cavity by making sodium dodecyl sulfonate (SDS) as the surfactant and the mixture of water and ethanol as the solvent. The control experiment of solvent reveals ethanol and water are responsible for the formation of sphere and interior cavity, respectively. Besides, SDS can assist the growth of core-shell structure, and the sizes of sphere and interior cavity can be tuned by regulating the reaction time or temperature. UV-vis absorption proves core-shell structure with interior cavity can increase the absorption of incident light to enhance the optical activity of final product. The calculated bandgap and photoluminescence (PL) analyses reveal the coexistence of rutile in final product can optimize the bandgap to 3.03 eV and delay the charge recombination. As a result, an effective photocatalytic hydrogen evolution under full spectrum irradiation can be harvested by the as-synthesized core-shell spheres to reach a quantum yield, approximately 9.57% at 340 nm wavelength.

  11. Synthesis, features and solar-light-driven photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanotube arrays loaded with SnO2.

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    Sim, Lan Ching; Ng, Kai Wern; Ibrahim, Shaliza; Saravanan, Pichiah

    2014-09-01

    In the present study TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTs) were loaded with a post-transition metal oxide particles namely SnO2 via incipient wet impregnation method by varying its concentration (1.59 wt%, 2.25 wt% and 2.84 wt%). The photocatalytic activity of the prepared photocatalyst was evaluated for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) in presence of natural solar light irradiation. The morphological analyses revealed that the prepared TNTs had average inner diameter of 109 nm, wall thickness of 15 nm and tube length of 7-10 μm, respectively, while the crystalline phase and Raman spectra confirmed the 100% anatase mineral form of TiO2. Further, the presence of SnO2 in TNTs was confirmed by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The visible light absorption properties of TNTs improved drastically with increasing SnO2 loadings. The coupling effect of SnO2 and TiO2 significantly enhanced degradation efficiency of MB. An 84% degradation of MB was achieved in 6 h of irradiation under clear sky condition. PMID:25924362

  12. Synthesis of capped TiO2 nanocrystals of controlled shape and their use with MEH-PPV conjugated polymer to develop nanocomposite films for photovoltaic applications

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    Mighri, F.; Duong, Vu Thi Thuy; On, Do Trong; Ajji, A.

    2014-05-01

    This study presents the synthesis details of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) of different shapes (nanospheres, nanorods and nanorhombics) using oleic acid (OA) and oleyl amine (OM) as capping agents. In order to develop nanocomposite thin films for photovoltaic cells, these TiO2 NPs were carefully dispersed in 2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylene vinylene (MEH-PPV) matrix. The properties of synthesized TiO2 NPs and MEH-PPV/TiO2 nanocomposites were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), UV-Visible spectroscopy, and Photoluminescence technique. It was found that the shape of NPs and the amount of OA and OM surfactants capped on their surface have an effect on their energy bandgap and also on the dispersion quality of MEH-PPV/TiO2 nanocomposites. Even though there was no evidence of chemical bonding between MEH-PPV matrix and TiO2 dispersed NPs, MEH-PPV/TiO2 nanocomposites showed very promising results for light absorption properties and charge transfer at the interface of the conjugated MEH-PPV matrix and TiO2 dispersed NPs, which are two main characteristics for photovoltaic materials.

  13. Ultrasonic-assisted sol-gel synthesis of samarium, cerium co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles with enhanced sonocatalytic efficiency.

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    Eskandarloo, Hamed; Badiei, Alireza; Behnajady, Mohammad A; Ziarani, Ghodsi Mohammadi

    2015-09-01

    In this work, pure TiO2 and samarium, cerium mono-doped and co-doped TiO2 catalysts were synthesized by an ultrasonic-assisted sol-gel method and their sonocatalytic efficiency studied toward removal of Methyl Orange as a model organic pollutant from the textile industry. The relationship of structure and sonocatalytic performance of catalysts was established by using various techniques, such as XRD, TEM, SEM, EDX, DRS, and PL. A comparison on the removal efficiency of sonolysis alone and sonocatalytic processes was performed. The results showed that the samarium, cerium co-doped TiO2 catalyst with narrower band gap energy and smaller particle size leads to a rapid removal of pollutant. It was believed that Sm(3+) and Ce(4+) ions can serve as superficial trapping for electrons at conduction band of TiO2 and prolonged the lifetime of electron-hole pairs. Finally, the effect of synthesis and operational variables on the sonocatalytic activity of co-doped TiO2 catalyst was studied and optimized using response surface methodology as a statistical technique. The results showed that the maximum removal efficiency (96.33%) was achieved at the optimum conditions: samarium content of 0.6 wt%, cerium content of 0.82 wt%, initial pollutant concentration of 4.31 mg L(-1), catalyst dosage of 0.84 mg L(-1), ultrasonic irradiation power of 700 W, and irradiation time of 50 min. PMID:25682738

  14. A facile solvothermal route to photocatalytically active nanocrystalline anatase TiO 2 from peroxide precursors

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    Perera, Sujith; Gillan, Edward G.

    2008-07-01

    This report describes the rapid synthesis of nanocrystalline powders of anatase TiO 2 using exothermic metathesis (exchange) reactions moderated by a high-boiling hexadecane solvent. One reagent, TiBr 4, dissolved in hexadecane interacts with a dispersion of Na 2O 2 at elevated temperatures to produce TiO 2 and NaBr. Reactions occur within a few hours near the reflux point of hexadecane (bp 287 °C). The isolated crystalline TiO 2 powders are either anatase or anatase/brookite mixtures, depending on how quickly the reagents were heated to reflux. Locally exothermic solution-surface events occur and are likely responsible for crystalline TiO 2 formation directly from the solvothermal reaction without need for any post-reaction annealing. Rapidly synthesized nanocrystalline TiO 2 exhibits elongated nanostructural features. Results from variations in reaction conditions and use of other halide and oxygen reagents are also discussed. The isolated TiO 2 powders have organic surface coatings, but brief air calcination yields water-dispersible titania nanoparticulate powders that function as active UV photocatalysts for methylene blue solution oxidation.

  15. Catalytic and photocatalytic behavior of TiO2 based nanoparticles—their use in the synthesis of a novel TICT probe

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    Biswas, Abhijit; Prasad Mandal, Ranju; Dutta, Saheb; Nandi, Nilashis; De, Swati

    2015-06-01

    Biologically inspired synthesis of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) and Au/TiO2 nanocomposites (NCs) using L-tryptophan is reported. Highly crystalline composite NPs are obtained by this totally ‘clean’ synthesis. The TiO2 NPs and Au/TiO2 NCs cause efficient photocatalytic degradation of the well-known dye pollutant malachite green. The surface area, pore volume and probability of dye reduction by photogenerated electrons and holes are important considerations for the photodegradation efficiency. Contrary to popular belief, the Au/TiO2 NCs show decreased photocatalytic efficiency. The TiO2 NPs and Au/TiO2 NCs also function as very efficient catalysts in a novel multi component reaction (MCR). In contrast to photocatalysis, Au/TiO2 NCs shows better catalytic efficiency. A comparison is made of the difference in photocatalytic and catalytic behaviors of the NPs. This is the first report of the catalysis of an MCR by TiO2-based NPs. The product of the MCR is a novel fluorescent probe which shows evidence for the existence of a twisted intramolecular charge transfer state. Thus this work shows promise for the development of new catalysts for synthesis of novel fluorescent probes.

  16. Synthesis, characterization and amoebicidal potential of locally synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles against pathogenic Acanthamoeba trophozoites in vitro.

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    Imran, Muhammad; Muazzam, Ambreen Gul; Habib, Amir; Matin, Abdul

    2016-06-01

    Acanthamoeba is an opportunistic protozoan pathogen that plays a pivotal role in the ecosystem. It may cause blinding keratitis and fatal encephalitis involving the central nervous system. Here we synthesized pure and Zn doped TiO2 nanoparticles (~10-30nm) via sol-gel and sol-hydrothermal methods and demonstrated its impact on the biological characteristics of pathogenic Acanthamoeba castellanii. Our results revealed that pure and Zn doped TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized by sol-hydrothermal methods (ranging 5, 10, 25 and 50μg/ml) exhibited amoebicidal effects i.e., >60% of trophozoites executed under normal light at maximum dose (50μg/ml) within 1h incubation. In contrast pure/doped TiO2 obtained via sol gel method showed ~40% amoeba damage. Furthermore, amoebae growth assay demonstrated that Zn doped TiO2 also inhibited Acanthamoeba numbers up to 7days in dose dependent manner. It was interesting to note that all the tested TiO2 nanoparticles have shown maximum amoebicidal effects at pH7 which is quite relevant to amoebic growth favorable conditions. Our results confirmed that TiO2 has inhibitory effects on Acanthamoeba growth and viability. Overall, we reported the amoebicidal and amoebic growth inhibition potential of pure and Zn doped TiO2 nanoparticles against Acanthamoeba due to attached OH(-) groups, reduced size and decreased band gap of sol hydrothermally synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles. PMID:27054875

  17. Green synthesis of shape-defined anatase TiO2 nanocrystals wholly exposed with {001} and {100} facets.

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    Wang, Lan; Zang, Ling; Zhao, Jincai; Wang, Chuanyi

    2012-12-14

    Anatase TiO(2) nanocuboids wholly exposed with high-energy {001} and {100} facets were successfully synthesized by a novel, environmentally benign synthetic strategy using acid-delaminated vermiculite (DVMT) and tetramethylammonium hydroxide as synergistic morphology-controlling reagents, where the DVMT layers act as effective hard template selectively stabilizing the {001} facets of TiO(2). PMID:23041712

  18. Synthesis of nanosize MCM-41 loaded with TiO 2 and study of its photocatalytic activity

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    Sadjadi, M. S.; Farhadyar, N.; Zare, K.

    2009-07-01

    In recent years, nanosized mesoporous materials have received significant attention due to their impact in different processes. Several diverse applications of these materials, e.g. high density magnetic recording, magnetic fluids, magnetic refrigeration as well as in photocatalysis, solar cells, photosensors, have triggered considerable research activities in the area of nanotechnology. In this work, nanosize MCM-41 was synthesized and loaded then with TiO 2 using tetra butoxy titanium (TBT). As prepared TiO 2 loaded materials was investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The photocatalytic activity of the prepared TiO 2 loaded MCM-41 was finally evaluated by the degradation of methyl orange under irradiation of UV light. The result showed that TiO 2 loaded on nanosize MCM-41 has higher photocatalytic activity than that of TiO 2.

  19. Chemical synthesis of CdS onto TiO2 nanorods for quantum dot sensitized solar cells

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    Pawar, Sachin A.; Patil, Dipali S.; Lokhande, Abhishek C.; Gang, Myeng Gil; Shin, Jae Cheol; Patil, Pramod S.; Kim, Jin Hyeok

    2016-08-01

    A quantum dot sensitized solar cell (QDSSC) is fabricated using hydrothermally grown TiO2 nanorods and successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) deposited CdS. Surface morphology of the TiO2 films coated with different SILAR cycles of CdS is examined by Scanning Electron Microscopy which revealed aggregated CdS QDs coverage grow on increasing onto the TiO2 nanorods with respect to cycle number. Under AM 1.5G illumination, we found the TiO2/CdS QDSSC photoelectrode shows a power conversion efficiency of 1.75%, in an aqueous polysulfide electrolyte with short-circuit photocurrent density of 4.04 mA/cm2 which is higher than that of a bare TiO2 nanorods array.

  20. Enhanced photo-catalytic activity of Sr and Ag co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles for the degradation of Direct Green-6 and Reactive Blue-160 under UV & visible light.

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    Naraginti, Saraschandra; Thejaswini, T V L; Prabhakaran, D; Sivakumar, A; Satyanarayana, V S V; Arun Prasad, A S

    2015-10-01

    This work is focused on sol-gel synthesis of silver and strontium co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles and their utilization as photo-catalysts in degradation of two textile dyes. Effect of pH, intensity of light, amount of photo-catalyst, concentration of dye, sensitizers, etc., were studied to optimize conditions for obtaining enhanced photo-catalytic activity of synthesized nanoparticles. XRD, BET, HR-TEM, EDAX and UV-Vis (diffused reflectance mode) techniques were used to characterize the nanoparticles. Interestingly, band gap of Sr and Ag co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles showed considerable narrowing (2.6 eV) when compared to Ag doped TiO2 (2.7 eV) and undoped TiO2 (3.17 eV) nanoparticles. Incorporation of Ag and Sr in the lattice of TiO2 could bring isolated energy levels near conduction and valence bands thus narrowing band gap. The XRD analysis shows that both Ag and Sr nanoparticles are finely dispersed on the surface of titania framework, without disturbing its crystalline structure. TEM images indicate that representative grain sizes of Ag-doped TiO2 & Sr and Ag co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles are in the range of 8-20 nm and 11-25 nm, respectively. Effective degradation of Direct Green-6 (DG-6) and Reactive Blue-160 (RB-160) under UV and visible light has been achieved using the photo-catalysts. Sr and Ag co-doped TiO2 photo-catalysts showed higher catalytic activity during degradation process in visible region when compared to Ag-doped and undoped TiO2 nanoparticles which could be attributed to the interactive effect caused by band gap narrowing and enhancement in charge separation. For confirming degradation of the dyes, total organic carbon (TOC) content was monitored periodically. PMID:25983059

  1. Graphene oxide based Pt-TiO2 photocatalyst: ultrasound assisted synthesis, characterization and catalytic efficiency.

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    Neppolian, Bernaurdshaw; Bruno, Andrea; Bianchi, Claudia L; Ashokkumar, Muthupandian

    2012-01-01

    An ultrasound-assisted method was used for synthesizing nanosized Pt-graphene oxide (GO)-TiO2 photocatalyst. The Pt-GO-TiO2 nanoparticles were characterized by diffused reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, N2 BET adsorption-desorption measurements, atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The photocatalytic and sonophotocatalytic degradation of a commonly used anionic surfactant, dodecylbenzenesulfonate (DBS), in aqueous solution was carried out using Pt-GO-TiO2 nanoparticles in order to evaluate the photocatalytic efficiency. For comparison purpose, sonolytic degradation of DBS was carried out. The Pt-GO-TiO2 catalyst degraded DBS at a higher rate than P-25 (TiO2), prepared TiO2 or GO-TiO2 photocatalysts. The mineralization of DBS was enhanced by a factor of 3 using Pt-GO-TiO2 compared to the P-25 (TiO2). In the presence of GO, an enhanced rate of DBS oxidation was observed and, when doped with platinum, mineralization of DBS was further enhanced. The Pt-GO-TiO2 catalyst also showed a considerable amount of degradation of DBS under visible light irradiation. The initial solution pH had an effect on the rate of photocatalytic oxidation of DBS, whereas no such effect of initial pH was observed in the sonochemical or sonophotocatalytic oxidation of DBS. The intermediate products formed during the degradation of DBS were monitored using electrospray mass spectrometry. The ability of GO to serve as a solid support to anchor platinum particles on GO-TiO2 is useful in developing new photocatalysts. PMID:21684791

  2. Modeling Geometric Arrangements of TiO2-Based Catalyst Substrates and Isotropic Light Sources to Enhance the Efficiency of a Photocatalystic Oxidation (PCO) Reactor

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    Richards, Jeffrey T.; Levine, Lanfang H.; Husk, Geoffrey K.

    2011-01-01

    The closed confined environments of the ISS, as well as in future spacecraft for exploration beyond LEO, provide many challenges to crew health. One such challenge is the availability of a robust, energy efficient, and re-generable air revitalization system that controls trace volatile organic contaminants (VOCs) to levels below a specified spacecraft maximum allowable concentration (SMAC). Photocatalytic oxidation (PCO), which is capable of mineralizing VOCs at room temperature and of accommodating a high volumetric flow, is being evaluated as an alternative trace contaminant control technology. In an architecture of a combined air and water management system, placing a PCO unit before a condensing heat exchanger for humidity control will greatly reduce the organic load into the humidity condensate loop ofthe water processing assembly (WPA) thereby enhancing the life cycle economics ofthe WPA. This targeted application dictates a single pass efficiency of greater than 90% for polar VOCs. Although this target was met in laboratory bench-scaled reactors, no commercial or SBIR-developed prototype PCO units examined to date have achieved this goal. Furthermore, the formation of partial oxidation products (e.g., acetaldehyde) was not eliminated. It is known that single pass efficiency and partial oxidation are strongly dependent upon the contact time and catalyst illumination, hence the requirement for an efficient reactor design. The objective of this study is to maximize the apparent contact time and illuminated catalyst surface area at a given reactor volume and volumetric flow. In this study, a Ti02-based photocatalyst is assumed to be immobilized on porous substrate panels and illumination derived from linear isotropic light sources. Mathematical modeling using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analyses were performed to investigate the effect of: 1) the geometry and configuration of catalyst-coated substrate panels, 2) porosity of the supporting substrate, and 3

  3. A facile in-situ hydrothermal synthesis of SrTiO3/TiO2 microsphere composite

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    Wang, Hongxing; Zhao, Wei; Zhang, Yubo; Zhang, Shimeng; Wang, Zihao; Zhao, Dan

    2016-06-01

    TiO2 was successfully used as sacrificed template to synthesise SrTiO3/TiO2 microsphere composite via an in-situ hydrothermal process. The diameter of SrTiO3/TiO2 microsphere was about 700 nm with the same size of the template, and all of the microspheres were in good dispersity. The optimized reaction parameters for the phase and morphology of the as-synthesized samples were investigated. The results showed the SrTiO3/TiO2 microsphere can be synthesized at 170 °C when the concentration of sodium hydroxide was 0.1 M. Lower hydrothermal temperature hampered the formation of the SrTiO3/TiO2 composite, the higher alkali concentration, however, will destroy the morphology of products. The formation mechanism of SrTiO3/TiO2 microsphere composite was proposed and the photocatalytic properties of the samples were characterized using methylene blue solution as the pollutant under the UV light irradiation. The results indicated the proper OH- concentration will provide a channel for Sr2+ to react with Ti4+ located in the template and form the SrTiO3/TiO2 composite, and those with micro-scaled spherical morphology exhibited good photocatalytic activities.

  4. Synthesis and Properties of Cellulose-Functionalized POSS-SiO2/TiO2 Hybrid Composites.

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    Hong, Gwang-Wook; Ramesh, Sivalingam; Kim, Joo-Hyung; Kim, Hyeon-Ju; Lee, Ho-Saeng

    2015-10-01

    The mechanical, thermal, optical, electrical and morphological properties of cellulose, an excellent natural biomaterial, can be improved by organic-inorganic hybrid composite methods. Based on the pristine properties of cellulose, the preparation of cellulose-metal oxide hybrid nanocomposites using a dispersion process of nanoparticles into the cellulose host matrix by traditional methods, has limitations. Recently, the functionalized cellulose-polymer-based materials were considered to be an important class of high-performance materials, providing the synthesis of various functional hybrid nanocomposites using a sol-gel method. Transparent cellulose-POSS-amine-silica/titania hybrids were prepared by an in-situ sol-gel process in the presence of γ-aminopropyltrimethoxylsilane (γ-APTES). The methodology involves the formation of covalent bonding between the cellulose-POSS amine and SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite material. An analysis of the synthesized hybrid material by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, differential thermal calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy indicated that the silica/titania nanoparticles were bonded covalently and dispersed uniformly into the cellulose-POSS amine matrix. In addition, biological properties of the cellulose-POSS-silica/titania hybrid material were examined using an antimicrobial test against pathogenic bacteria, such as Bacillus cereus (F481072) and E. coli (ATCC35150) for the bacterial effect. PMID:26726461

  5. Influence of calcination parameters on the synthesis of N-doped TiO2 by the polymeric precursors method

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    Dawson, Margaret; Soares, Gabriela Byzynski; Ribeiro, Caue

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, the influence of calcination parameters on the synthesis of N:TiO2 catalysts obtained through the polymeric precursors method was evaluated. The powders were prepared by annealing Ti4+ precursor resins at different temperature-time conditions in air, resulting in powders with different degrees of crystallinity for N doping, which was done by adding urea to the as-prepared powders and calcining in N2 atmosphere. The N doping process resulted in band gap narrowing of TiO2 and, varying annealing temperature and time, can be an alternative method for preferential formation of substitutional N or interstitial N. It was found that the percentage of interstitial N increased with an increase in annealing temperature, resulting in the complete absence of substitutional N at 400 °C. The photocatalytic performance of the powders was evaluated using Rhodamine-B and Atrazine solutions under ultraviolet and visible irradiations. The coefficients revealed that interstitial N had a positive correlation to both ultraviolet and visible photoactivity. In contrast, substitutional N showed a negative correlation. Further, the ratio of substitutional N to interstitial N indicated a strong negative correlation to ultraviolet light photoactivity and no correlation to visible light photoactivity. However, substitutional N should be controlled for better photocatalytic properties.

  6. Synthesis of biomorphological mesoporous TiO2 templated by mimicking bamboo membrane in supercritical CO2.

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    Li, Jinhong; Shi, Xiaoying; Wang, Lijuan; Liu, Fei

    2007-11-01

    A new approach is presented for preparing biomorphological mesoporous TiO2 templated by mimicking bamboo inner shell membrane via supercritical CO2 (SCCO2) transportation through titanium tetrabutyloxide (TTBO). The analysis of wide-angle X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) showed the prepared TiO2 in phase of anatase, and the small-angle XRD revealed the presence of mesopores without periodicity. The product exhibited the shape of crinkled films and extended in two dimensions up to centimeters. The electron microscopic observation showed that the TiO2 films were around 200 nm in thickness, and across the films there were numerous round or ellipse-shaped mesopores, being 10-50 nm in diameter, which were formed by the close packing of TiO2 particles. High-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) displayed that the single TiO2 particle size was about 12.5 nm. The UV-vis absorption spectrum was transparent in the wavelength of 320-350 nm for suspensions of the prepared mesoporous TiO2 in ethanol at the concentration of 5.0 mg/l. The mesoporous TiO2 prepared with the aid of SCCO2 exhibited an obvious blue shift compared with the TiO2 prepared by sol-gel infiltration. The possible mechanism for the formation of the mesoporous TiO2 is summarized into a biomimetic mineralization pathway. First, TTBO was transported to the membrane surface via SCCO2, and then condensed. Hydrolysis reactions between the functional groups of organic membrane and TTBO took place to form the nuclear TiO2, and the TiO2 seeds grew around the organic membrane into TiO2 mesoporous materials. The approach provides a low-cost and efficient route for the production of ceramics nanomaterials with unique structural features, which may have potential application in designing UV-selective shielding devices [S. Zhao, X.H. Wang, S.B. Xin, Q. Jiang, X.P. Liang, Rare Metal Mater. Eng. 35 (2006) 508-510]. PMID:17689547

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  8. Influence of catalyst synthesis method on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO by NH3 with V2O5-WO3/TiO2 catalysts

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    He, Yuanyuan; Ford, Michael E.; Zhu, Minghui; Liu, Qingcai; Tumuluri, Uma; Wu, Zili; Wachs, Israel E.

    2016-04-14

    We compared the molecular structures, surface acidity and catalytic activity for NO/NH3/O2 SCR of V2O5-WO3/TiO2 catalysts for two different synthesis methods: co-precipitation of aqueous vanadium and tungsten oxide precursors with TiO(OH)2 and by incipient wetness impregnation of the aqueous precursors on a reference crystalline TiO2 support (P25; primarily anatase phase). Bulk analysis by XRD showed that co-precipitation results in small and/or poorly ordered TiO2(anatase) particles and that VOx and WOx do not form solid solutions with the bulk titania lattice. Surface analysis of the co-precipitated catalyst by High Sensitivity-Low Energy Ion Scattering (HS-LEIS) confirms that the VOx and WOx aremore » surface segregated for the co-precipitated catalysts. In situ Raman and IR spectroscopy revealed that the vanadium and tungsten oxide components are present as surface mono-oxo O = VO3 and O = WO4 sites on the TiO2 supports. Co-precipitation was shown for the first time to also form new mono-oxo surface VO4 and WO4 sites that appear to be anchored at surface defects of the TiO2 support. IR analysis of chemisorbed ammonia showed the presence of both surface NH3* on Lewis acid sites and surface NH4+* on Brønsted acid sites. TPSR spectroscopy demonstrated that the specific SCR kinetics was controlled by the redox surface VO4 species and that the surface kinetics was independent of TiO2 synthesis method or presence of surface WO5 sites. SCR reaction studies revealed that the surface WO5 sites possess minimal activity below ~325 °C and their primary function is to increase the adsorption capacity of ammonia. A relationship between the SCR activity and surface acidity was not found. The SCR reaction is controlled by the surface VO4 sites that initiate the reaction at ~200 °C. The co-precipitated catalysts were always more active than the corresponding impregnated catalysts. Finally, we ascribe the higher activity of the co-precipitated catalysts to the presence of

  9. Self-cleaning properties of TiO2/palygorskite and TiO2/halloysite nanocomposite coatings

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    Panagiotaras, Dionisios; Kaplani, Eleni; Stathatos, Elias; Papoulis, Dimitrios

    2014-10-01

    Tubular halloysite and microfibrous palygorskite clay mineral combined with nanocrystalline TiO2 are involved in the preparation of nanocomposite films on glass substrates via sol-gel route at 450°C. The synthesis employing nonionic surfactant molecule as pore directing agent along with the acetic acid-based sol-gel route without addition of water molecules. Drying and thermal treatment of composite films ensure elimination of organic material lead to the formation of TiO2 nanoparticles homogeneously distributed on the palygorskite and halloysite surfaces. Nanocomposite films without cracks of active anatase crystal phase on palygorskite and halloysite surfaces are characterized by microscopy techniques, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and porosimetry methods in order to examine their structural properties. The composite palygorskite-TiO2 and halloysite/TiO2 films with variable quantities of palygorskite and halloysite were tested as photocatalysts in the photo-oxidation of Basic Blue 41 azo dye in water. These nanocomposite films proved to be most promising photocatalysts and highly effective to dye's decoloration in spite of small amount of palygorskite/TiO2 or halloysite/TiO2 catalyst immobilized onto glass substrates.

  10. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of N-doped TiO2 produced in a solid phase reaction

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    Xin, Gang; Pan, Hongfei; Chen, Dan; Zhang, Zhihua; Wen, Bin

    2013-02-01

    N-doped TiO2 was synthesized by calcining a mixture of titanic acid and graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) at temperatures above 500 °C. The final samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. The photocatalytic activity of N-doped TiO2 was studied by assessing the degradation of methylene blue in an aqueous solution, under visible light and UV light irradiation. It was found that the N-doped TiO2 displayed higher photocatalytic activity than pure TiO2, under both visible and UV light.

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

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

    2015-10-23

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

  12. Synthesis of palladium nanoparticles on TiO2(110) using a beta-diketonate precursor.

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    Lei, Yu; Liu, Bin; Lu, Junling; Lin, Xiao; Gao, Li; Guisinger, Nathan P; Greeley, Jeffrey P; Elam, Jeffrey W

    2015-03-01

    The adsorption of palladium hexafluoracetylacetone (Pd(hfac)2) and nucleation of Pd nanoparticles on TiO2(110) surface were observed using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). Surface species of Pd(hfac)* and Ti(hfac)* uniformly adsorbed on TiO2(110) upon exposure of Pd(hfac)2. No preferential nucleation was observed for the surface species. Atomic resolution STM images revealed that both Pd(hfac)* and Ti(hfac)* appeared on the metastable Ti(5c) sites. After annealing at 700 K, sub-nm Pd nanoparticles were observed across the TiO2(110) without preferential nucleation. The adsorption preferences of Pd(hfac), hfac, and atomic Pd on TiO2(110) surface were studied using density functional theory (DFT), and possible decomposition pathways of Pd(hfac)2 leading to the formation of Pd nucleation sites were presented. PMID:25657070

  13. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic behaviors of MFe2O4 (M = Ni, Co, Zn and Sr) modified TiO2 nanorod arrays

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    Gao, Xin; Liu, Xiangxuan; Zhu, Zuoming; Wang, Xuanjun; Xie, Zheng

    2016-07-01

    Modified TiO2 nanomaterials are considered to be promising in energy conversion and ferrites modification may be one of the most efficient modifications. In this research, various ferrites, incorporated with various cations (MFe2O4, M = Ni, Co, Zn, and Sr), are utilized to modify the well aligned TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs), which is synthesized by hydrothermal method. It is found that all MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs show obvious red shift into the visible light region compared with the TiO2 NRAs. In particular, NiFe2O4 modification is demonstrated to be the best way to enhance the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 NRAs. Furthermore, the separation and transfer of charge carriers after MFe2O4 modification are clarified by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Finally, the underlying mechanism accounting for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs is proposed. Through comparison among different transition metals modified TiO2 with the same synthesis process and under the same evaluating condition, this work may provide new insight in designing modified TiO2 nanomaterials as visible light active photocatalysts.

  14. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic behaviors of MFe2O4 (M = Ni, Co, Zn and Sr) modified TiO2 nanorod arrays.

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    Gao, Xin; Liu, Xiangxuan; Zhu, Zuoming; Wang, Xuanjun; Xie, Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Modified TiO2 nanomaterials are considered to be promising in energy conversion and ferrites modification may be one of the most efficient modifications. In this research, various ferrites, incorporated with various cations (MFe2O4, M = Ni, Co, Zn, and Sr), are utilized to modify the well aligned TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs), which is synthesized by hydrothermal method. It is found that all MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs show obvious red shift into the visible light region compared with the TiO2 NRAs. In particular, NiFe2O4 modification is demonstrated to be the best way to enhance the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 NRAs. Furthermore, the separation and transfer of charge carriers after MFe2O4 modification are clarified by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Finally, the underlying mechanism accounting for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs is proposed. Through comparison among different transition metals modified TiO2 with the same synthesis process and under the same evaluating condition, this work may provide new insight in designing modified TiO2 nanomaterials as visible light active photocatalysts. PMID:27464888

  15. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic behaviors of MFe2O4 (M = Ni, Co, Zn and Sr) modified TiO2 nanorod arrays

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    Gao, Xin; Liu, Xiangxuan; Zhu, Zuoming; Wang, Xuanjun; Xie, Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Modified TiO2 nanomaterials are considered to be promising in energy conversion and ferrites modification may be one of the most efficient modifications. In this research, various ferrites, incorporated with various cations (MFe2O4, M = Ni, Co, Zn, and Sr), are utilized to modify the well aligned TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs), which is synthesized by hydrothermal method. It is found that all MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs show obvious red shift into the visible light region compared with the TiO2 NRAs. In particular, NiFe2O4 modification is demonstrated to be the best way to enhance the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 NRAs. Furthermore, the separation and transfer of charge carriers after MFe2O4 modification are clarified by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Finally, the underlying mechanism accounting for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs is proposed. Through comparison among different transition metals modified TiO2 with the same synthesis process and under the same evaluating condition, this work may provide new insight in designing modified TiO2 nanomaterials as visible light active photocatalysts. PMID:27464888

  16. Effect of synthesis temperature on the morphology, structure and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanocrystals

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    Nayak, J.; Mohapatra, A. K.; Kim, Heeje

    2015-06-01

    Nanocrystals of TiO2 were synthesized by a single-step chemical reaction between oleic acid and titanium (IV) iso-propoxide. The morphology and structure of the crystals were studied by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The vibrational properties of the nanocrystals were studied by Raman spectroscopy. The ultraviolet photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 nanocrystals was investigated by studying the photodegradation of aqueous solution of protocatecheuic acid (3,4-dihydroxy benzoic acid).

  17. Cluster synthesis of monodisperse rutile-TiO2 nanoparticles and dielectric TiO2-vinylidene fluoride oligomer nanocomposites.

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    Balasubramanian, Balamurugan; Kraemer, Kristin L; Valloppilly, Shah R; Ducharme, Stephen; Sellmyer, David J

    2011-10-01

    The embedding of oxide nanoparticles in polymer matrices produces a greatly enhanced dielectric response by combining the high dielectric strength and low loss of suitable host polymers with the high electric polarizability of nanoparticles. The fabrication of oxide-polymer nanocomposites with well-controlled distributions of nanoparticles is, however, challenging due to the thermodynamic and kinetic barriers between the polymer matrix and nanoparticle fillers. In the present study, monodisperse TiO(2) nanoparticles having an average particle size of 14.4 nm and predominant rutile phase were produced using a cluster-deposition technique without high-temperature thermal annealing and subsequently coated with uniform vinylidene fluoride oligomer (VDFO) molecules using a thermal evaporation source, prior to deposition as TiO(2)-VDFO nanocomposite films on suitable substrates. The molecular coatings on TiO(2) nanoparticles serve two purposes, namely to prevent the TiO(2) nanoparticles from contacting each other and to couple the nanoparticle polarization to the matrix. Parallel-plate capacitors made of TiO(2)-VDFO nanocomposite film as the dielectric exhibit minimum dielectric dispersion and low dielectric loss. Dielectric measurements also show an enhanced effective dielectric constant in TiO(2)-VDFO nanocomposites as compared to that of pure VDFO. This study demonstrates for the first time a unique electroactive particle coating in the form of a ferroelectric VDFO that has high-temperature stability as compared to conventionally used polymers for fabricating dielectric oxide-polymer nanocomposites. PMID:21911930

  18. Cluster synthesis of monodisperse rutile-TiO2 nanoparticles and dielectric TiO2-vinylidene fluoride oligomer nanocomposites

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    Balasubramanian, Balamurugan; Kraemer, Kristin L.; Valloppilly, Shah R.; Ducharme, Stephen; Sellmyer, David J.

    2011-10-01

    The embedding of oxide nanoparticles in polymer matrices produces a greatly enhanced dielectric response by combining the high dielectric strength and low loss of suitable host polymers with the high electric polarizability of nanoparticles. The fabrication of oxide-polymer nanocomposites with well-controlled distributions of nanoparticles is, however, challenging due to the thermodynamic and kinetic barriers between the polymer matrix and nanoparticle fillers. In the present study, monodisperse TiO2 nanoparticles having an average particle size of 14.4 nm and predominant rutile phase were produced using a cluster-deposition technique without high-temperature thermal annealing and subsequently coated with uniform vinylidene fluoride oligomer (VDFO) molecules using a thermal evaporation source, prior to deposition as TiO2-VDFO nanocomposite films on suitable substrates. The molecular coatings on TiO2 nanoparticles serve two purposes, namely to prevent the TiO2 nanoparticles from contacting each other and to couple the nanoparticle polarization to the matrix. Parallel-plate capacitors made of TiO2-VDFO nanocomposite film as the dielectric exhibit minimum dielectric dispersion and low dielectric loss. Dielectric measurements also show an enhanced effective dielectric constant in TiO2-VDFO nanocomposites as compared to that of pure VDFO. This study demonstrates for the first time a unique electroactive particle coating in the form of a ferroelectric VDFO that has high-temperature stability as compared to conventionally used polymers for fabricating dielectric oxide-polymer nanocomposites.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2/SiO2 nano composites for solar cell applications

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    Arun Kumar, D.; Merline Shyla, J.; Xavier, Francis P.

    2012-12-01

    The use of titania-silica in photocatalytic process has been proposed as an alternative to the conventional TiO2 catalysts. Mesoporous materials have been of great interest as catalysts because of their unique textural and structural properties. Mesoporous TiO2, SiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposites were successfully synthesized by sol-gel method using titanium (IV) isopropoxide, tetra-ethylorthosilicate as starting materials. The synthesized samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Brunauett-Emmett-Teller and field-dependent photoconductivity. The UV-Vis spectrum of as-synthesized samples shows similar absorption in the visible range. The crystallite size of the as-synthesized samples was calculated by Scherrer's formula. The BET surface area for TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposite is found to be 303 m2/g and pore size distribution has average pore diameter about 10 nm. It also confirms the absence of macropores and the presence of micro and mesopores. The field-dependent photoconductivity of TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposite shows nearly 300 folds more than that of TiO2 nanoparticle for a field of 800 V/cm.

  20. Cluster synthesis of monodisperse rutile-TiO2 nanoparticles and dielectric TiO2-vinylidene fluoride oligomer nanocomposites

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    Balasubramanian, B; Kraemer, KL; Valloppilly, SR; Ducharme, S; Sellmyer, DJ

    2011-09-13

    The embedding of oxide nanoparticles in polymer matrices produces a greatly enhanced dielectric response by combining the high dielectric strength and low loss of suitable host polymers with the high electric polarizability of nanoparticles. The fabrication of oxide-polymer nanocomposites with well-controlled distributions of nanoparticles is, however, challenging due to the thermodynamic and kinetic barriers between the polymer matrix and nanoparticle fillers. In the present study, monodisperse TiO2 nanoparticles having an average particle size of 14.4 nm and predominant rutile phase were produced using a cluster-deposition technique without high-temperature thermal annealing and subsequently coated with uniform vinylidene fluoride oligomer (VDFO) molecules using a thermal evaporation source, prior to deposition as TiO2-VDFO nanocomposite films on suitable substrates. The molecular coatings on TiO2 nanoparticles serve two purposes, namely to prevent the TiO2 nanoparticles from contacting each other and to couple the nanoparticle polarization to the matrix. Parallel-plate capacitors made of TiO2-VDFO nanocomposite film as the dielectric exhibit minimum dielectric dispersion and low dielectric loss. Dielectric measurements also show an enhanced effective dielectric constant in TiO2-VDFO nanocomposites as compared to that of pure VDFO. This study demonstrates for the first time a unique electroactive particle coating in the form of a ferroelectric VDFO that has high-temperature stability as compared to conventionally used polymers for fabricating dielectric oxide-polymer nanocomposites.

  1. Electrochemical synthesis and characterization of TiO2 nanoparticles and their use as a platform for flavin adenine dinucleotide immobilization and efficient electrocatalysis

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    Ashok Kumar, S.; Lo, Po-Hsun; Chen, Shen-Ming

    2008-06-01

    Here, we report the electrochemical synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) using the potentiostat method. Synthesized particles have been characterized by using x-ray diffraction (XRD) studies, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results revealed that the TiO2 film produced was mainly composed of rutile and that the particles are of a size in the range of 100 ± 50 nm. TiO2 NPs were used for the modification of a screen printed carbon electrode (SPE). The resulting TiO2 film coated SPE was used to immobilize flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). The flavin enzyme firmly attached onto the metal oxide surface and this modified electrode showed promising electrocatalytic activities towards the reduction of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in physiological conditions. The electrochemistry of FAD confined in the oxide film was investigated. The immobilized FAD displayed a pair of redox peaks with a formal potential of -0.42 V in pH 7.0 oxygen-free phosphate buffers at a scan rate of 50 mV s-1. The FAD in the nanostructured TiO2 film retained its bioactivity and exhibited excellent electrocatalytic response to the reduction of H2O2, based on which a mediated biosensor for H2O2 was achieved. The linear range for the determination of H2O2 was from 0.15 × 10-6 to 3.0 × 10-3 M with the detection limit of 0.1 × 10-6 M at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. The stability and repeatability of the biosensor is also discussed.

  2. Decorated TiO2 Nanoparticles with La and Ag Elements to Improve Photocatalytic Activity Under Visible Light for the Degradation of MO.

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    Wang, Qinghua; Gao, Xuechuan; Zhang, Renfei; Shen, Beibei; Tan, Zhibing; Li, Zhao; Yu, Shiyong

    2016-04-01

    Visible-light photocatalyst of TiO2/La/Ag nanocomposites were successfully synthesized via the conventional sol-gel method and reducing agent of Ag+. The photocatalytic activities were evaluated by methyl orange (MO) degradation. They have remarkable photocatalytic activities compared to TiO2-Anatase, which is thanks to the separation of electron-hole pairs by Ag nanoparticles and lanthanum. The products were characterized by a series of techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and Uv-vis. The results show that spherical nanocomposites have been prepared with the size 300 nm and Ag nanoparticles (~10 nm) are dispersed uniformly onto the surface of TiO2/La, which forms TiO2/La/Ag nanocomposites. TiO2/La/Ag nanocomposites have good absorption in the visible region (700 nm > λ > 400 nm). The reasons are as follows: (1) the efficient separation of photogenerated electrons and holes of the photocatalysts on the surface of TiO2/La/Ag nanocomposites and (2) a wide visible-light photoabsorption range (700 nm > λ > 400 nm). Therefore, this study may provide some new idea for the rational design and the facile synthesis of composite catalysts with a green, efficient pathway. PMID:27451670

  3. Synthesis, characterization and photoactivity of bi-crystalline mesoporous TiO2

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    Nguyen, Dongthanh; Wang, Wei; Long, Haibo; Ru, Hongqiang

    2016-03-01

    Mesoporous titania (meso-TiO2) has received extensive attention owing to its versatile potential applications. This paper reports a low-temperature templating approach for the fabrication of meso-TiO2 using the peroxo titanic acid (PTA) sol as precursor and Pluronic P123 as nonionic template. The TGA, XRD, N2 sorption, FE-SEM and HRTEM were used to characterize the obtained samples. The results showed that meso-TiO2 with high surface area up to 163 m2·g-1 and large pore volume of 0.65 cm3·g-1 can be obtained. The mesopore sizes can be varied between 13 and 20 nm via this synthesis approach. The amount of P123 and the calcination conditions were found to have great influence on the mesoporous and crystalline structures of meso-TiO2. The photocatalytic activity testing clearly shows that the high surface area and bi-crystallinity phases of meso-TiO2 play important roles in enhancing photocatalytic properties of meso-TiO2 in photo-decomposing Rhodamine B in water.

  4. Novel TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites with high photocatalytic activity

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    Wu, Hao-Shuai; Sun, Ling-Dong; Zhou, Huan-Ping; Yan, Chun-Huan

    2012-05-01

    This article reports a facile and controllable two-step method to construct TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites. TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), with small size and high surface energy, were synthesized by a solvothermal reaction process. The TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites were fabricated by a reverse micro-emulsion method. SiO2 shell coated NPs were adopted for further photocatalytic reaction. Because of their small size and high surface energy, TiO2@SiO2 and TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites show higher photocatalytic activity than commercial Degussa P25. Compared with TiO2@SiO2, TiO2-Pt@SiO2nanocomposites have improved photocatalytic activity due to the Pt induced spatial separation of electrons and holes. The silica shells not only maintain the structure of the nanocomposites but also prevent their aggregation during the photocatalytic reactions, which is highly important for the good durability of the photocatalyst. This strategy is simple, albeit efficient, and can be extended to the synthesis of other composites of noble metals. It has opened a new window for the construction of hetero-nanocomposites with high activity and durability, which would serve as excellent models in catalytic systems of both theoretical and practical interest.This article reports a facile and controllable two-step method to construct TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites. TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), with small size and high surface energy, were synthesized by a solvothermal reaction process. The TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites were fabricated by a reverse micro-emulsion method. SiO2 shell coated NPs were adopted for further photocatalytic reaction. Because of their small size and high surface energy, TiO2@SiO2 and TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites show higher photocatalytic activity than commercial Degussa P25. Compared with TiO2@SiO2, TiO2-Pt@SiO2nanocomposites have improved photocatalytic activity due to the Pt induced spatial separation of electrons and holes. The silica shells not only maintain the structure of the

  5. Confined-space synthesis of single crystal TiO2 nanowires in atmospheric vessel at low temperature: a generalized approach

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    Wang, Xiaoyue; Wang, Hai; Zhou, Yu; Liu, Yong; Li, Baojun; Zhou, Xiang; Shen, Hui

    2015-01-01

    Extensive efforts have been devoted to develop innovative synthesis strategies for nanomaterials in order to exploit the true potential of nanotechnology. However, most approaches require high temperature or high pressure to favor crystallization. Here we highlight an unconventional approach for the confined-space synthesis of the single crystal TiO2 nanowires in the atmospheric vessel at low temperature by cleverly manipulating the unique physical properties of straight-chain saturated fatty acids. Our method also applys to icosane due to its straight-chain saturated hydrocarbon structure and similar physical properties to the saturated fatty acids. Interestingly, we also found that the unsaturated fatty acids can facilitate the crystal growth, but their bent chains lead to the formation of TiO2 particle aggregates. In addition, we demonstrate the growth of TiO2 nanowires on arbitrary substrates, which are of great importance for their wider applications. We thus anticipate our presented method to be a possible starting point for non-classical crystallization strategies and be easily adapted for the fabrication of all other inorganic materials.

  6. Synthesis of tunable core-shell nanostructures based on TiO2-graphene architectures and their application in the photodegradation of rhodamine dyes

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    Biris, Alexandru R.; Toloman, Dana; Popa, Adriana; Lazar, Mihaela D.; Kannarpady, Ganesh K.; Saini, Viney; Watanabe, Fumiya; Chhetri, Bijay Paudel; Ghosh, Anindya; Biris, Alexandru S.

    2016-07-01

    We present the synthesis of core-shell nanostructural materials with multi-component architectures based on TiO2 and graphitic layers. The composites have been synthesized by chemical vapor deposition with methane as the carbon source, for 5, 10, 30 and 45 min. The final products were characterized by a combination of analytical approaches which include: electron microscopy, Raman, FT-IR and UV-vis spectroscopy as well as thermogravimetric analysis. The amount of graphene shells covering the TiO2 surfaces was found to vary linearly with the reaction time. Furthermore, the compounds were shown to have excellent stability and photocatalytic activity towards the UV degradation of rhodamine (RhB) dye solution at room temperature. These composites could have major applications in the area of environmental cleaning of various pollutants, electrochemistry or nanomedicine.

  7. Low temperature synthesis and visible light driven photocatalytic activity of highly crystalline mesoporous TiO2 particles.

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    Gujar, Tanaji P; Anand, Chokkalingam; Shinde, Vaishali R; Ye, Jinhua; Ariga, Katsuhiko; Vinu, Ajayan

    2010-12-01

    Mesoporous TiO2 powder materials with a high crystallinity have been prepared by evaporation induced self assembly (EISA) process using titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and pluronic P123 surfactant (EO20PO70EO20) as titanium source and structure-directing reagent, respectively. The prepared materials were characterized by low and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), optical absorption, and N2 adsorption-desorption experiments. The crystallinity of the materials was controlled by varying the calcination temperature. The resulting TiO2 materials showed highly crystalline structure with uniform particle size which increases from 11.8 to 23.8 nm with increasing the calcination temperature from 400 to 600 degrees C, respectively, whereas the specific surface area decreases from 125 to 40 m2/g. TEM and XRD results revealed that the calcination temperature of 600 degrees C is the best condition to obtain highly crystalline mesoporous TiO2. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 mesoporous materials with different crystallinity and textural parameters has been studied in the decomposition of methylene blue (MB) dye molecules under visible light irradiation. Among the mesoporous TiO2 materials studied, the material with the highest crystallinity, prepared at 600 degrees C, showed the best photocatalytic performance in the decomposition of MB under visible light in a short time. PMID:21121305

  8. Synthesis and photocatalytic properties of porous TiO 2 films prepared by ODA/sol-gel method

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    Zhang, Wenjie; Bai, Jiawei

    2012-01-01

    Porous TiO2 films were deposited on SiO2 pre-coated glass-slides by sol-gel method using octadecylamine (ODA) as template. The amount of ODA in the sol played an important role on the physicochemical properties and photocatalytic performance of the TiO2 films. The films prepared at different conditions were all composed of anatase titanium dioxide crystals, and TiO2 crystalline size got larger with increasing ODA amount. The maximum specific surface area of 41.5 m2/g was obtained for TiO2 powders prepared from titanium sol containing 2.0 g ODA. Methyl orange degradation rate was enhanced along with increasing ODA amount and reached the maximal value at 2.0 g addition of ODA. After 40 min of UV-light irradiation, methyl orange degradation rate reached 30.5% on the porous film, which was about 10% higher than that on the smooth film. Porous TiO2 film showed almost constant activity with slight decrease from 30.5% to 28.5% after 4 times of recycles.

  9. Effect of post-synthesis acid activation of TiO2 nanofilms on the photocatalytic efficiency under visible light

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    Stambolova, I.; Blaskov, V.; Shipochka, M.; Eliyas, A.; Vassilev, S.

    2014-12-01

    Nanosized TiO2 films were deposited by spray pyrolysis and thermally treated at 400oC. Then the films were dipped in 1M aqueous solution of HCl. The activated samples were divided into two parts - one part was dried (A) and another was annealed (AT) in air. The photocatalytic degradation of Reactive Black (RB5) textile dye under visible light was tested. The following instrumental methods: X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were applied for the phase and surface characterization of obtained samples. According to Raman and XRD analyses all films are anatase. The XRD showed that activated films are better crystallized than non activated TiO2 film. The presence of chlorine at 200.3 eV was registered for acid activated samples by X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The acidic activated films exhibited higher rate of dye photodegradation than that of the reference TiO2 sample. The photocatalytic efficiency decreases in the order A > AT> non activated TiO2 films. The degradation rate constant for acid activated films is two times higher than those of the reference film. The hydroxyl content in TiO2 acidic activated films is greater than that of the non- activated films, which results in significant increase in the photocatalytic activity. In addition, the presence of chlorine may also lead to enhancement in efficiency.

  10. Low Temperature Hydrothermal Synthesis of Visible-Light-Activated I-Doped TiO2 for Improved Dye Degradation.

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    Wang, Dongting; Li, Jianwen; Zhou, Guangsheng; Wang, Wenxu; Zhang, Xianxi; Pan, Xu

    2016-06-01

    Iodine doped TiO2 with different iodine/Ti molar ratios has been firstly synthesized with a low temperature hydrothermal route and has been studied systematically in photocatalysis under visible light condition. The resulting iodine doped TiO2 were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM), diffuse reflectance spectrum (DRS), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic performance investigations were conducted by means of the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under the visible light irradiation in aqueous solution. Under an optimized I/Ti doping ratio of 10 mol%, the photocatalytic performance is greatly better, with degradation efficiency of 95%, which is almost double that of pure TiO2. The superior photocatalytic activity of iodine-doped TiO2 could be mainly attributed to extended visible light absorption originated from the formation of continuous states existed in the band gap of the doped TiO2 introduced by iodine. Active oxygen species, that is, *OH and O2-, were evidenced to be involved in the degradation process and a possible mechanism was also proposed. PMID:27427614

  11. Modified microwave method for the synthesis of visible light-responsive TiO2/MWCNTs nanocatalysts

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    2013-01-01

    Recently, TiO2/multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) hybrid nanocatalysts have been a subject of high interest due to their excellent structures, large surface areas and peculiar optical properties, which enhance their photocatalytic performance. In this work, a modified microwave technique was used to rapidly synthesise a TiO2/MWCNT nanocatalyst with a large surface area. X-ray powder diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller measurements were used to characterise the structure, morphology and the surface area of the sample. The photocatalytic activity of the hybrid nanocatalysts was evaluated through a comparison of the degradation of methylene blue dye under irradiation with ultraviolet and visible light. The results showed that the TiO2/MWCNT hybrid nanocatalysts degraded 34.9% of the methylene blue (MB) under irradiation with ultraviolet light, whereas 96.3% of the MB was degraded under irradiation with visible light. PMID:23919496

  12. Hydrothermal synthesis and photoelectrochemical performance enhancement of TiO2/graphene composite in photo-generated cathodic protection

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    Zhang, Weiwei; Guo, Hanlin; Sun, Haiqing; Zeng, Rong-Chang

    2016-09-01

    TiO2/graphene composites were synthesized through one-step hydrothermal method. The composites show an enhancement in photo-generated cathodic protection as the time-dependent profiles of photocurrent responses has confirmed. XRD data show that a bicrystalline framework of anatase and brookite formed as graphene provided donor groups in the hydrothermal process. The transfer of photoinduced electrons in the biphasic TiO2 results in effective electron-hole separation. Moreover, graphene lead to a negative shift of the Fermi level as evidenced by Mott-Schottky analysis, which decreases the Schottky barrier formed in the TiO2 and 304 stainless steel interface and results in the enhancement of photo-generated cathodic protection.

  13. Modification of dense TiO2 particles using polyethylene glycol template: Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic activity

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    Dostanić, J.; Lončarević, D.; Radosavljević-Mihajlović, A.; Jovanović, D. M.

    2015-12-01

    In this study, an effort has been made to prepare TiO2 materials by sol-gel technique using polyethylene glycol (PEG) as pore directing agent. Different PEG amounts were used during samples preparation in order to investigate the change in intrinsic material properties. The photocatalytic activity of prepared catalysts was estimated by measuring the decomposition of arylazo pyridone dye. The optimum template amount was determined, resulting in catalyst with enhanced textural properties, optimal anatase/rutile ratio and hence improved photocatalytic properties. Specific surface area and anatase/rutile ratio were found to be the main contributing factors to the catalyst activity. A synergistic effect between anatase and rutile TiO2 has been observed, since the presence of relatively inactive rutile phase enhanced the photoactivity of mixed TiO2.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of pure anatase phase nanocrystalline TiO2 thin film by magnetron sputtering method

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    Pawar, Nimisha; Bhargava, Ankita; Dayal, Saurabh; Kumar, C. Sasi

    2016-05-01

    In present work, our focus is to deposit anatase phase nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films. In order to prepare Titanium oxide films we first deposited Titanium thin films using DC magnetron sputtering and then the substrates were annealed in a muffle furnace at different temperatures. Further the samples were characterized for analysis of phase, morphology and optical properties using XRD, SEM, AFM and photoluminescence spectroscopy respectively. XRD shows the formation of tetragonal phase TiO2 with lattice parameters values a= 3.8 Å and c=9.6 Å. The surface roughness value of the films were found to vary from 1.6 nm to 15.9 nm. The grain size as estimated from AFM varies from 48 nm to 125 nm at different temperatures. Thus, the results revealed the formation of ultra-smooth anatase phase pure nanocrystalline TiO2 spherical particles.

  15. Synthesis and photolysis of NaYF4@SiO2@TiO2 core-shell nanocomposites

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    Shi, Guoyou; Mao, Yifu; Ren, Guozhong; Gong, Lunjun; Zhi, Zhugong

    2014-12-01

    Monodisperse β-NaYF4 nanocrystals were synthesized with oleic acid as capping ligands by solvothermal method, and then, SiO2 and TiO2 were coated successively. Intense ultraviolet light is emitted from NaYF4:Yb/Tm under the 980 nm laser and the intensity of ultraviolet light reduce dramatically after these nanocrystals were coated with SiO2 and TiO2 shells, which means NaYF4@SiO2@TiO2 core-shell nanocomposites can be used to realize the infared photocatalysis. Photocatalytic activity of these nanocomposites is demonstrated using methyl orange (MO) as a chemical probe under the 980 nm laser excitation.

  16. Ultrasonic-assisted sol-gel method of preparation of TiO2 nano-particles: characterization, properties and 4-chlorophenol removal application.

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    Neppolian, B; Wang, Q; Jung, H; Choi, H

    2008-04-01

    Nano-size TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by sol-gel and ultrasonic-assisted sol-gel methods using two different sources of ultrasonicator, i.e., a bath type and tip type. The physicochemical characteristics of the catalysts were investigated by BET, XRD and TEM analyses and the photocatalytic properties of the TiO2 catalysts prepared by three different methods were compared. The intrinsic and extrinsic properties of TiO2, such as the particle size, surface area, pore-volume, pore-diameter, crystallinity as well as anatase, rutile and brookite phase ratios, could be controlled by the ultrasonic-assisted sol-gel method. During this preparation method, the effect of such important operating variables as the ultrasonic irradiation time, power density, the ultrasonic sources (bath-type and tip-type), magnetic stirring during synthesis, initial temperatures and size of the reactors are discussed here. It was found that each of the parameters played a significant role in controlling the properties of the TiO2 nano-particles. Among the three different methods, TiO2 photocatalysts prepared by ultrasonic (tip-US) assisted sol-gel possessed the smallest particle size, highest surface area and highest pore-volume than the catalysts prepared by the other two methods. 4-Chlorophenol was used as a pollutant to observe the photocatalytic degradation ability of the prepared photocatalysts and the TiO2 catalysts prepared by the bath-US ultrasonic-assisted sol-gel method were shown to be the most highly active. This is due to their high surface area and high pore-diameter. This study clearly demonstrates the importance and advantages of ultrasonication in the modification and improvement of the photocatalytic properties of mesoporous nano-size TiO2 particles. PMID:18024153

  17. Green synthesis of Pt-doped TiO2 nanocrystals with exposed (001) facets and mesoscopic void space for photo-splitting of water under solar irradiation

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    Banerjee, Biplab; Amoli, Vipin; Maurya, Abhayankar; Sinha, Anil Kumar; Bhaumik, Asim

    2015-06-01

    We report a non-trivial facile chemical approach using ionic liquid ([bmim][Cl]) as a porogen for the synthesis of (001) faceted TiO2 nanocrystals having mesoscopic void space. This faceted TiO2 nanomaterial has been doped with Pt nanoclusters through chemical impregnation. The resulting Pt-doped TiO2 nanomaterials are thoroughly characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Raman spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), ultra high resolution transmission electron microscopy (UHR-TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), UV-vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS) and N2 sorption studies. These Pt/TiO2 nanocrystals with (001) exposed facets are employed as efficient and benign catalysts for hydrogen production from pure water and methanol-water systems under one AM 1.5G sunlight illumination. The effect of platinum loading and methanol-water ratio on the photocatalytic activity of the faceted TiO2 nanocrystals are investigated and it is found that hydrogen evolution rates have been enhanced significantly upon Pt loading. Under optimized reaction conditions the highest photocatalytic activity of 11.2 mmol h-1 g-1 has been achieved over ca. 1.0 wt% Pt loaded Pt/TiO2 nanocrystals with (001) exposed facets, which is one of the highest hydrogen evolution rates over the noble metal/TiO2 system reported to date in the literature.We report a non-trivial facile chemical approach using ionic liquid ([bmim][Cl]) as a porogen for the synthesis of (001) faceted TiO2 nanocrystals having mesoscopic void space. This faceted TiO2 nanomaterial has been doped with Pt nanoclusters through chemical impregnation. The resulting Pt-doped TiO2 nanomaterials are thoroughly characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), Raman spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), ultra high resolution transmission electron microscopy (UHR-TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX), UV-vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy (DRS) and

  18. Study on the effect of hydrogen addition on the variation of plasma parameters of argon-oxygen magnetron glow discharge for synthesis of TiO2 films

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    Saikia, Partha; Saikia, Bipul Kumar; Bhuyan, Heman

    2016-04-01

    We report the effect of hydrogen addition on plasma parameters of argon-oxygen magnetron glow discharge plasma in the synthesis of H-doped TiO2 films. The parameters of the hydrogen-added Ar/O2 plasma influence the properties and the structural phases of the deposited TiO2 film. Therefore, the variation of plasma parameters such as electron temperature (Te), electron density (ne), ion density (ni), degree of ionization of Ar and degree of dissociation of H2 as a function of hydrogen content in the discharge is studied. Langmuir probe and Optical emission spectroscopy are used to characterize the plasma. On the basis of the different reactions in the gas phase of the magnetron discharge, the variation of plasma parameters and sputtering rate are explained. It is observed that the electron and heavy ion density decline with gradual addition of hydrogen in the discharge. Hydrogen addition significantly changes the degree of ionization of Ar which influences the structural phases of the TiO2 film.

  19. Facile Aluminum Reduction Synthesis of Blue TiO2 with Oxygen Deficiency for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Zheng, Jing; Ji, Guangbin; Zhang, Peng; Cao, Xingzhong; Wang, Baoyi; Yu, Linhui; Xu, Zhichuan

    2015-12-01

    An ultrafacile aluminum reduction method is reported herein for the preparation of blue TiO2 nanoparticles (donated as Al-TiO2 , anatase phase) with abundant oxygen deficiency for lithium-ion batteries. Under aluminum reduction, the morphology of the TiO2 nanosheets changes from well-defined rectangular into uniform round or oval nanoparticles and the particle size also decreases from 60 to 31 nm, which can aggressively accelerate the lithium-ion diffusion. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) results reveal that plentiful oxygen deficiencies relative to the Ti(3+) species were generated in blue Al-TiO2 ; this effectively enhances the electron conductivity of the TiO2 . X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS) analysis indicates that a small peak is observed for the Al-O bond, which probably plays a very important role in the stabilization of the oxygen deficiencies/Ti(3+) species. As a result, the blue Al-TiO2 possesses significantly higher capacity, better rate performance, and a longer cycle life than the white pure TiO2 . Such improvements can be attributed to the decreased particle size, as well as the existence of the oxygen deficiencies/Ti(3+) species. PMID:26511473

  20. Novel Fe doped mesoporous TiO 2 microspheres: Ultrasonic-hydrothermal synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic properties

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    Li, Haibin; Liu, Guocong; Chen, Shuguang; Liu, Qicheng

    2010-04-01

    Novel Fe doped mesoporous TiO 2 microspheres were fabricated by an ultrasonic-hydrothermal method when tetrabutyl titanate was used as a precursor and octadecylamine was used as a structure-directing agent. The mesoporous materials were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, N 2 adsorption-desorption measurements, XPS, FL, and UV-vis. The results suggest that both ultrasonic treatment and hydrothermal procedure are critical for the fabrication of Fe doped mesoporous TiO 2 microspheres with a combination of regular morphology, large specific surface area, high crystallinity, and high thermal stability. Low-angle XRD and TEM images indicate that the disordered wormhole-like mesostructure of Fe doped TiO 2 microspheres with diameters of about 300-400 nm is actually formed by the agglomerization of nanoparticles with an average size of about 10 nm. The photocatalytic activity of Fe doped mesoporous TiO 2 microspheres was evaluated by the photodegradation of methyl orange. A small amount of Fe 3+ can obviously enhance their photocatalytic activity. The optimal atomic ratio of Fe to Ti for photocatalytic activity is about 0.5 at%.

  1. Controllable synthesis and luminescence properties of TiO2:Eu3+ nanorods, nanoparticles and submicrospheres by hydrothermal method

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    Qi, Xiaofei; Song, Yanhua; Sheng, Ye; Zhang, Hongguang; Zhao, Huan; Shi, Zhan; Zou, Haifeng

    2014-12-01

    Eu3+-doped TiO2 nanocrystals with three kinds of morphologies (nanorods, nanoparticles, and submicrospheres) have been successfully fabricated in cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)/water/cyclohexane/n-pentanol reverse micelle by hydrothermal method for the first time and their photoluminescence (PL) properties have also been studied. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), FT-IR, and PL spectra were used to characterize the samples. The acidic and alkaline conditions of the microemulsion play an important role in determining the geometric morphologies of the final products. TiO2:Eu3+ with three different morphologies all exist only in anatase phase and show high luminescence intensity without further calcinations, which show its advantages of energy saving. The shape of emission spectra was independent of the morphologies of the products but the luminescence intensity of the TiO2:Eu3+ materials is strongly dependent on their morphology. The results show that TiO2:Eu3+ nanorods possess the strongest luminescence intensity among the three nanostructured samples.

  2. Synthesis of hybrid cellulose nanocomposite bonded with dopamine SiO2/TiO2 and its antimicrobial activity

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    Ramesh, Sivalingam; Kim, Gwang-Hoon; Kim, Jaehwan; Kim, Joo-Hyung

    2015-04-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid material based cellulose was synthesized by the sol-gel approach. The explosion of activity in this area in the past decade has made tremendous progress in industry or academic both fundamental understanding of sol-gel process and applications of new functionalized hybrid materials. In this present research work, we focused on cellulose-dopamine functionalized SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite by sol-gel process. The cellulose-dopamine hybrid nanocomposite was synthesized via γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (γ-APTES) coupling agent by in-situ sol-gel process. The chemical structure of cellulose-amine functionalized dopamine bonding to cellulose structure with covalent cross linking hybrids was confirmed by FTIR spectral analysis. The morphological analysis of cellulose-dopamine nanoSiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite materials was characterized by XRD, SEM and TEM. From this different analysis results indicate that the optical transparency, thermal stability, control morphology of cellulose-dopamine-SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite. Furthermore cellulose-dopamine-SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite was tested against pathogenic bacteria for antimicrobial activity.

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

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    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

  4. Synthesis and visible light photoactivity of anatase Ag, and garlic loaded TiO2 nanocrystalline catalyst

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    An excellent visible light activated Ag and S doped TiO2 nanocatalyst was prepared by using AgNO3 and garlic (Allium sativum) as Ag+ and sulfur sources, respectively. The catalyst resisted the change from anatase to rutile phase even at calcination at 700 oC. The photocatalytic e...

  5. Choline Chloride Assisted Synthesis of N and Metal Codoped TiO2 and their Photocatalytic Activity under Visible Light.

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    Kaur, Navneet; Shahi, Satwant Kaur; Singh, Vasundhara

    2016-01-01

    A few nanocrystalline N,metal codoped TiO2 (metal = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu and Zn) have been synthesized by a simple sol-gel method using choline chloride which is biodegradable, low cost, nontoxic ionic salt both as a structure directing agent and source of nitrogen. The prepared samples were well characterized by XRD, HRTEM, FTIR, DRS, EDX, XPS and BET techniques. The photocatalytic activity of all synthesized N, metal codoped TiO2 has been carried out for the degradation of Reactive Black 5 dye under visible light irradiation and among them, N, Fe codoped TiO2 was found to be the best for the degradation of Reactive Black 5 dye. The effect of incorporated metals on the photocatalytic activity of the various modified TiO2 has been discussed in detail based on the mechanism involved in the degradation of dye and their physico-chemical properties which includes surface area, particle size, defect sites, phase, band gap and electron-hole recombination effect. PMID:26436709

  6. Synthesis of highly active thin film based on TiO2 nanomaterial for self-cleaning application

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    Saif, M.; El-Molla, S. A.; Aboul-Fotouh, S. M. K.; Hafez, H.; Ibrahim, M. M.; Abdel-Mottaleb, M. S. A.; Ismail, L. F. M.

    2013-08-01

    Highly active self-cleaning surfaces were prepared from hydrothermally treated TiO2 nanomaterials for different times (0, 12, 24 and 36 h) under acidic condition. TiO2 thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). TiO2 thin film (hydrothermal 24 h) exhibited hybrid morphology from accumulated plates, clusters, rods and spheres. The photo self-cleaning activity in term of quantitative determination of the active oxidative species (rad OH) produced on the thin film surfaces was evaluated using fluorescent probe method. The results show that, the highly active thin film is the hydrothermally treated for 24 h at 200 °C. The structural, morphology and photoactivity properties of nano-TiO2 thin films make it promising surfaces for self-cleaning application. Mineralization of commercial textile dye (Remazol Red RB-133, RR) from highly active TiO2 thin film surface was applied. Moreover, the durability of this nano-TiO2 thin film (hydrothermal 24 h) was studied.

  7. Synthesis of Au/TiO2 Core-Shell Nanoparticles from Titanium Isopropoxide and Thermal Resistance Effect of TiO2 Shell

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    Kwon, Hyun-Woo; Lim, Young-Min; Tripathy, Suraj Kumar; Kim, Byoung-Gyu; Lee, Min-Sang; Yu, Yeon-Tae

    2007-04-01

    On the synthesis of Au/TiO2 core-shell structure nanoparticles, the effect of the concentration of Ti4+ on the morphology and optical property of Au/TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles was examined. A gold colloid was prepared by mixing HAuCl4\\cdot4H2O and C6H5Na3\\cdot2H2O. Titanium stock solution was prepared by mixing solutions of titanium(IV) isopropoxide (TTIP) and triethanolamine (TEOA). The concentration of the Ti4+ stock solution was adjusted to 0.01-0.3 mM, and then the gold colloid was added to the Ti4+ stock solution. Au/TiO2 core-shell structure nanoparticles could be prepared by the hydrolysis of the Ti4+ stock solution at 80 °C. The size of the as-prepared Au nanoparticles was 15 nm. The thickness of the TiO2 shell on the surface of gold particles was about 10 nm. The absorption peak of the Au/TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles shifted towards the red end of the spectrum by about 3 nm because of the formation of the TiO2 shell on the surface of the gold particles. The crystal structure of the TiO2 shell showed an anatase phase. The increase in the Au crystallite size of the Au/TiO2 nanoparticles with increasing heat treatment temperature is smaller than that in the pure Au nanoparticles. This may be due to the encapsulation of Au particles with the TiO2 shell that prevents the growth of the nanoparticle nucleation.

  8. The Synthesis and Photocatalytic Performance of Peapod-Like One Dimensional Nanocomposites Composed of Au Nanoparticles and TiO2 Nanofibers.

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    Zhang, Taiji; Chen, Fenghua; Ma, Yurong; Qi, Limin

    2016-06-01

    Recently, material scientists have paid a lot of attention on the synthesis of one dimensional peapod-like nanostructures composed of metal nanoparticles and inorganic nanofibers due to their superior properties. In this work, we realized the synthesis of Au-TiO2 nanopeapods by using Au-bacteria cellulose nanofibers as templates in aqueous solution through a simple sol-gel method. Reaction conditions such as the Au contents in the gold-bacteria cellulose nanofibers, the reaction times and the calcination temperatures were investigated in detail for the synthesis of nanopeapods of Au-TiO2. The photocatalytic degradation tests show that the presence of a small amount of Au nanoparticles can improve the photocatalytic performance of Au-TiO2 nanocomposites compared with pure TiO2 nanofibers. The strategy to synthesize peapodlike Au-TiO2 nanocomposites by using biotemplates may shed light for the synthesis of other peapod-like nanostructures. PMID:27427642

  9. Photocatalytic degradation of monoethanolamine in wastewater using nanosized TiO2 loaded on clinoptilolite

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    Khodadoust, Saeid; Sheini, Azarmidokht; Armand, Nezam

    2012-06-01

    The use of titanium dioxide (TiO2) as photocatalyst to degrade the organic compounds is an effective method of oxidation process and has been widely studied in environmental engineering. In this investigation photocatalytic degradation of monoethanolamine (MEA) using TiO2 (in form of anatase) loaded on surface of clinoptilolite (CP) (TiO2-CP) in wastewater was studied. The surface interaction between TiO2 and CP was investigated by means of transmission electron microscope (TEM), atom force microscope (AFM), IR and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Then the effects of some parameters such as pH, amount of photocatalyst, and initial concentration of MEA on degradation percentage of MEA were examined. The obtained results show that the TiO2-CP is an active photocatalyst as compared with TiO2 nanopowders. All these results indicated that this proposed method can be useful for the development of wastewater treatment applications.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of a stable, label-free optical biosensor from TiO2-coated porous silicon.

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    Li, Jianlin; Sailor, Michael J

    2014-05-15

    A nanoscale layer of TiO2 is coated on the inner pore walls of a porous silicon (PSi) film by room-temperature infiltration of a TiO2 sol-gel precursor and firing at 500 °C. The PSi:TiO2 composite films are characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectral analysis (EDS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and reflective interferometric Fourier transform spectroscopy (RIFTS). The analysis indicates that TiO2 conformally coats the inner pore surfaces of the PSi film. The film displays greater aqueous stability in the pH range 2-12 relative to a PSi:SiO2 surface. A label-free optical interference immunosensor based on the TiO2-coated PSi film is demonstrated by real-time monitoring of the physical adsorption of protein A, followed by the specific binding of rabbit anti-sheep immunoglobulin (IgG) and then specific capture of sheep IgG. The time to achieve equilibrium for the physical adsorption of protein A on the surface of TiO2-coated PSi film is significantly greater than that of PSi film. The specificity of the protein A and rabbit anti-sheep IgG construct on the sensor is confirmed by tests with non-binding chicken IgG. The sensitivity of the immunosensor is shown to be 8210 ± 170 nm/refractive index unit (RIU). PMID:24419080

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

  12. Instability of hydrogenated TiO2.

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    Nandasiri, Manjula I; Shutthanandan, Vaithiyalingam; Manandhar, Sandeep; Schwarz, Ashleigh M; Oxenford, Lucas; Kennedy, John V; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Henderson, Michael A

    2015-11-19

    Hydrogenated TiO2 (H-TiO2) is touted as a viable visible light photocatalyst. We report a systematic study on the thermal stability of H-implanted TiO2 using nuclear reaction analysis (NRA), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Protons (40 keV) implanted at a ∼2 atom % level within a ∼120 nm wide profile of rutile TiO2(110) were situated ∼300 nm below the surface. NRA revealed that this H-profile broadened toward the surface after annealing at 373 K, dissipated out of the crystal into vacuum at 473 K, and was absent within the beam sampling depth (∼800 nm) at 523 K. Photoemission showed that the surface was reduced in concert with these changes. Similar anneals had no effect on pristine TiO2(110). The facile bulk diffusivity of H in rutile at low temperatures, as well as its interfacial activity toward reduction, significantly limits the utilization of H-TiO2 as a photocatalyst. PMID:26545303

  13. Instability of Hydrogenated TiO2

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    Nandasiri, Manjula I.; Shutthanandan, V.; Manandhar, Sandeep; Schwarz, Ashleigh M.; Oxenford, Lucas S.; Kennedy, John V.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Henderson, Michael A.

    2015-11-06

    Hydrogenated TiO2 (H-TiO2) is toted as a viable visible light photocatalyst. We report a systematic study on the thermal stability of H-implanted TiO2 using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). Protons (40 keV) implanted at a ~2 atom % level within a ~120 nm wide profile of rutile TiO2(110) were situated ~300 nm below the surface. NRA revealed that this H-profile broadened preferentially toward the surface after annealing at 373 K, dissipated out of the crystal into vacuum at 473 K, and was absent within the beam sampling depth (~800 nm) at 523 K. Photoemission showed that the surface was reduced in concert with these changes. Similar anneals had no effect on pristine TiO2(110). The facile bulk diffusivity of H in rutile, as well as its activity toward interfacial reduction, significantly limits the utilization of H-TiO2 as a photocatalyst. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multiprogram national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle. The research was performed using the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

  14. Development of the IR laser pyrolysis for the synthesis of iron-doped TiO 2 nanoparticles: Structural properties and photoactivity

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    Alexandrescu, R.; Morjan, I.; Scarisoreanu, M.; Birjega, R.; Fleaca, C.; Soare, I.; Gavrila, L.; Ciupina, V.; Kylberg, W.; Figgemeier, E.

    2010-03-01

    The preparation of TiO 2-based nanoparticles of closely controlled sizes and purity gives rise to considerable interest in the frame of environmental applications, e.g. in photocatalysis. When nanoparticles instead of their bulk counterpart are used the synthesis method plays a fundamental role in defining specific structural properties. Between the different gas-phase synthesis techniques, the CO 2 laser pyrolysis is a versatile method allowing for the preparation of nanostructures of various chemical compositions. Here we demonstrate that pure and Fe-doped TiO 2 nanoparticles with rather low Fe concentration may be prepared by applying the sensitized IR laser pyrolysis to a gas mixtures containing titanium tetrachloride, air and iron pentacarbonyl (vapors). The structures of TiO 2-based particles were systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high-resolution electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy. Depending on the synthesis parameters, the nanoparticle system contains mixtures of anatase and rutile, with a preponderance of the anatase phase. Higher rutile proportion was found in the iron-doped samples. Mean particle diameters of around 14 nm and 12 nm were estimated for undoped and doped anatase titania, respectively. From UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra, higher absorbance and red shifted absorption were evidenced at higher amount of doped iron. Preliminary evaluation tests of the UV photoactivity of samples were performed by using the scanning electrochemical microscopy for determining the evolution of the oxygen consumption in the presence of IV-chlorophenol. They show that the undoped nano titania samples perform better than the reference P25 Degussa sample. A drop of the nano-titania photoactivity as a consequence of Fe doping was observed. Possible reasons of this effect are tentatively discussed.

  15. Low-frequency ultrasound induces oxygen vacancies formation and visible light absorption in TiO2 P-25 nanoparticles.

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    Osorio-Vargas, Paula A; Pulgarin, Cesar; Sienkiewicz, Andrzej; Pizzio, Luis R; Blanco, Mirta N; Torres-Palma, Ricardo A; Pétrier, Christian; Rengifo-Herrera, Julián A

    2012-05-01

    Low-frequency ultrasound (LFUS) irradiation induces morphological, optical and surface changes in the commercial nano-TiO(2)-based photocatalyst, Evonik-Degussa P-25. Low-temperature electron spin resonance (ESR) measurements performed on this material provided the first experimental evidence for the formation of oxygen vacancies (V(o)), which were also found responsible for the visible-light absorption. The V(o) surface defects might result from high-speed inter-particle collisions and shock waves generated by LFUS sonication impacting the TiO(2) particles. This is in contrast to a number of well-established technologies, where the formation of oxygen vacancies on the TiO(2) surface often requires harsh technological conditions and complicated procedures, such as annealing at high temperatures, radio-frequency-induced plasma or ion sputtering. Thus, this study reports for the first time the preparation of visible-light responsive TiO(2)-based photocatalysts by using a simple LFUS-based approach to induce oxygen vacancies at the nano-TiO(2) surface. These findings might open new avenues for synthesis of novel nano-TiO(2)-based photocatalysts capable of destroying water or airborne pollutants and microorganisms under visible light illumination. PMID:22192787

  16. Nanostructured nitrogen and carbon codoped TiO2 thin films: Synthesis, structural characterization and optoelectronic properties

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    Ruzybayev, Inci

    TiO2 is widely used in applications like photocatalysis, sensors, solar cells, and memory devices because it is inexpensive, abundant, nontoxic and stable in aqueous solution. Another exciting application where TiO 2 has the potential to be a very useful catalyst is the clean hydrogen generation using solar radiation. Energy consumption is increasing every year and, as a result, renewable and sustainable alternative energy sources are becoming increasingly important. Therefore, clean hydrogen generation research is becoming more and more important. This study aims at the preparation and characterization of nitrogen and carbon (N-C) codoped TiO2 photoanode material that could potentially be used in photoelectrochemical cells for hydrogen generation. The solar spectrum peaks around 500 nm (2.48 eV) which is in the visible part of the spectrum. The photoanode material to be used for solar hydrogen generation should absorb visible light photons to yield high efficiency. The challenge with TiO2 is that the wide band gap (3.00--3.20 eV) absorbs only ultra-violet (UV) photons and only a small percentage of the solar spectrum is in the UV range. There are various ways to overcome the challenge of sensitizing the material to visible light absorption and this study focuses on one of the most promising ways: band modification of TiO2 by N-C codoping. The role of pure oxygen pressure on pulsed laser deposited N-C codoped TiO2 films were investigated. At low pressures rutile phase of TiO2 was dominant and a microstructure with densely packed grains was obtained. However, at high pressures anatase phase became dominant and columnar structure was favored. Therefore, the anatase-rutile phase ratio as well as the microstructure of the films can be controlled by adjusting oxygen pressure and introducing N and C into the TiO2 matrix. Optimized oxygen pressure and higher doping concentrations yielded films with more effective absorption in the visible region. The preparation and characterization of pulsed laser deposited N-C codoped TiO2 thin films were investigated for dopant incorporation using N2 and CH4 gases. Polycrystalline anatase structured films were obtained. A 2 theta shift of the anatase (101) X-ray diffraction main peak towards lower values indicated carbon incorporation into the lattice. N incorporation was confirmed with observed Ti-N bonds using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Optical data showed significant reduction, approximately 1.00 eV, of the band gap. The reduction of the band gap allowed the photons in the visible part of the solar spectrum to be absorbed. Through a collaborative work with scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Yonsei University, precise modeling of the electronic structure of N-C codoped TiO2 films were carried out to reveal the underlying physics of band gap reduction. Experimental results were compared with first-principle density functional theory calculations. Hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed that O, N and C 2p states overlapped effectively and shifts in the valence band maximum towards the Fermi level were observed. Optical band gap results showed that N-C codoping is an effective route for band gap reduction in TiO2. Comparison of the measured valence band structure with theoretical photoemission density of states further revealed C substitution on the Ti site and N substitution on the O site. Finally, films grown using radio frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering were compared with the pulsed laser deposited films. Sputtered N-C codoped TiO2 films showed phase transformation from anatase to rutile at constant argon pressure with increasing doping concentration. Moreover, with slow-rate N-C codoping of TiO2, a texturing effect was observed in X-ray diffraction scans such that anatase (004) Bragg reflection plane became more favored over anatase (101). Optical band gap was reduced but the reduction was not as significant as in the films prepared with the pulsed laser deposition method. Electrochemical methods were applied in the photoelectrochemical cell and the sample prep

  17. Large scale fabrication of highly monodispersed rattle-type TiO2@void@SiO2 spheres via synthesis-cum-organization process.

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    Wu, Liangzhuan; Yu, Yuan; Zhang, Yuan; Li, Yuzhen; Zhang, Yang; Zhi, Jinfang

    2012-03-01

    Architected nanostructures with interior space have attracted enormous attention due to both their esthetic beauty and their potential applications. It is a current dream to develop a template-free, one-pot and low-temperature synthetic routes for hetero-architecture in liquid media. In this manuscript, we develop a kind of template-free, low-temperature, and one-pot total synthetic strategy for synthesis of inorganic multi-component hetero-architecture. This synthetic strategy analogous to standard organic reactions used in total synthesis is an important breakthrough in inorganic chemical synthesis. We can achieve 1 kilogram (kg) yield of the TiO(2)@void@SiO(2) core-shell sphere one time by using this synthetic strategy, which may lead to practical applications of the sample. By embodying the new reaction and concept into future investigation, a more mature research field in synthetic architecture of nanomaterials can be anticipated. PMID:22226617

  18. Large-Scale Synthesis of Transition-Metal-Doped TiO2 Nanowires with Controllable Overpotential

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    Liu, Bin; Chen, HaoMing; Liu, Chong; Andrews, Sean; Han, Chris; Yang, Peidong

    2013-03-13

    Practical implementation of one-dimensional semiconductors into devices capable of exploiting their novel properties is often hindered by low product yields, poor material quality, high production cost, or overall lack of synthetic control. Here, we show that a molten-salt flux scheme can be used to synthesize large quantities of high-quality, single-crystalline TiO2 nanowires with controllable dimensions. Furthermore, in situ dopant incorporation of various transition metals allows for the tuning of optical, electrical, and catalytic properties. With this combination of control, robustness, and scalability, the molten-salt flux scheme can provide high-quality TiO2 nanowires to satisfy a broad range of application needs from photovoltaics to photocatalysis.

  19. TiO2-catalyzed synthesis of sugars from formaldehyde in extraterrestrial impacts on the early Earth

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    Civiš, Svatopluk; Szabla, Rafał; Szyja, Bartłomiej M.; Smykowski, Daniel; Ivanek, Ondřej; Knížek, Antonín; Kubelík, Petr; Šponer, Jiří; Ferus, Martin; Šponer, Judit E.

    2016-01-01

    Recent synthetic efforts aimed at reconstructing the beginning of life on our planet point at the plausibility of scenarios fueled by extraterrestrial energy sources. In the current work we show that beyond nucleobases the sugar components of the first informational polymers can be synthesized in this way. We demonstrate that a laser-induced high-energy chemistry combined with TiO2 catalysis readily produces a mixture of pentoses, among them ribose, arabinose and xylose. This chemistry might be highly relevant to the Late Heavy Bombardment period of Earth’s history about 4–3.85 billion years ago. In addition, we present an in-depth theoretical analysis of the most challenging step of the reaction pathway, i.e., the TiO2-catalyzed dimerization of formaldehyde leading to glycolaldehyde. PMID:26979666

  20. TiO2-catalyzed synthesis of sugars from formaldehyde in extraterrestrial impacts on the early Earth

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    Civiš, Svatopluk; Szabla, Rafał; Szyja, Bartłomiej M.; Smykowski, Daniel; Ivanek, Ondřej; Knížek, Antonín; Kubelík, Petr; Šponer, Jiří; Ferus, Martin; Šponer, Judit E.

    2016-03-01

    Recent synthetic efforts aimed at reconstructing the beginning of life on our planet point at the plausibility of scenarios fueled by extraterrestrial energy sources. In the current work we show that beyond nucleobases the sugar components of the first informational polymers can be synthesized in this way. We demonstrate that a laser-induced high-energy chemistry combined with TiO2 catalysis readily produces a mixture of pentoses, among them ribose, arabinose and xylose. This chemistry might be highly relevant to the Late Heavy Bombardment period of Earth’s history about 4–3.85 billion years ago. In addition, we present an in-depth theoretical analysis of the most challenging step of the reaction pathway, i.e., the TiO2-catalyzed dimerization of formaldehyde leading to glycolaldehyde.

  1. TiO2-catalyzed synthesis of sugars from formaldehyde in extraterrestrial impacts on the early Earth.

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    Civiš, Svatopluk; Szabla, Rafał; Szyja, Bartłomiej M; Smykowski, Daniel; Ivanek, Ondřej; Knížek, Antonín; Kubelík, Petr; Šponer, Jiří; Ferus, Martin; Šponer, Judit E

    2016-01-01

    Recent synthetic efforts aimed at reconstructing the beginning of life on our planet point at the plausibility of scenarios fueled by extraterrestrial energy sources. In the current work we show that beyond nucleobases the sugar components of the first informational polymers can be synthesized in this way. We demonstrate that a laser-induced high-energy chemistry combined with TiO2 catalysis readily produces a mixture of pentoses, among them ribose, arabinose and xylose. This chemistry might be highly relevant to the Late Heavy Bombardment period of Earth's history about 4-3.85 billion years ago. In addition, we present an in-depth theoretical analysis of the most challenging step of the reaction pathway, i.e., the TiO2-catalyzed dimerization of formaldehyde leading to glycolaldehyde. PMID:26979666

  2. Microemulsion synthesis of nanosized TiO(2) particles doping with rare-earth and their photocatalytic activity.

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    Jian, Zicong; Pu, Yuying; Fang, Jianzhang; Ye, Zhiping

    2010-01-01

    Microemulsion is the easiest and cleanest of the popular methods of synthesizing nanomaterial. This work synthesized the nanosized La-TiO(2) and Ce-TiO(2) particles through the hydrolyzation of tetrabutyl titanate in a Triton X-100/n-hexanol/cyclohexane/water reverse microemulsion. The particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and thermogravimetry (TG). The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) under ultraviolet light and visible light irradiation. The results showed that reverse microemulsion produced the nanosized and well-separated particles, which are obviously in degrading MO. Comparing the pure TiO(2) with doping TiO(2) , the doping ones are smaller and have better photocatalytic activity, which was best at the molar content of 0.1% for La, whereas for Ce it was 0.5%. PMID:20630027

  3. Synthesis of a CNT-grafted TiO(2) nanocatalyst and its activity triggered by a DC voltage.

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    Kuo, Chien-Sheng; Tseng, Yao-Hsuan; Lin, Hong-Ying; Huang, Chia-Hung; Shen, Chih-Yen; Li, Yuan-Yao; Ismat Shah, S; Huang, Chin-Pao

    2007-11-21

    Carbon nanotube (CNT)-grafted TiO(2) (CNT/TiO(2)) was synthesized as an electrically conductive catalyst that exhibits redox ability under electrical excitation besides ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. The CNT/TiO(2) material was synthesized by a two-step process. Ni nanoparticles were photodeposited onto TiO(2) first. The Ni nanoparticles then served as seeds for the growth of CNTs using the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of C(2)H(2). The CNT/TiO(2) nanocomposite exhibits strong oxidation activity toward NO gas molecules via both photocatalysis under UV irradiation and electrocatalysis under a DC voltage of 500 V in dark conditions. PMID:21730487

  4. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of nanostructured TiO2/gamma-Al2O3 composite membranes.

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    Kwon, Hyuk Taek; Kim, Jinsoo

    2011-08-01

    Nanostructured TiO2/gamma-Al2O3 composite membranes with various compositions were prepared by sol-gel method. The structural and textural properties of the composite membranes could be modified by the mixing ratio of boehmite sol and titania sol, and calcination temperature. The existence of alumina in the composite membranes retarded anatase-to-rutile phase transformation, resulting in stabilization of textural properties. Defect-free composite membranes were confirmed by gas permeation test. PMID:22103175

  5. Hydrothermal synthesis of fluorinated anatase TiO2/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites and their photocatalytic degradation of bisphenol A

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    Luo, Lijun; Yang, Ye; Zhang, Ali; Wang, Min; Liu, Yongjun; Bian, Longchun; Jiang, Fengzhi; Pan, Xuejun

    2015-10-01

    The surface fluorinated TiO2/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites (denoted as F-TiO2-RGO) were synthesized via hydrothermal method. The as-prepared materials were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared spectra (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF). The results showed that pure anatase TiO2 particles were anchored on the surface of reduced graphene oxide. And the HF added during the preparation process can not only prevent phase transformation from anatase to rutile, but also the F- ion adsorbed on the surface of TiO2-RGO surface can enhance photocatalytic activity of F-TiO2-RGO. The photocatalytic activities of F-TiO2-RGO nanocomposites were evaluated by decomposing bisphenol A under UV light illumination. Under optimal degradation condition, the degradation rate constant of BPA over F-TiO2-10RGO (0.01501 min-1) was 3.41 times than that over P25 (0.00440 min-1). The result indicated that the enhanced photocatalytic activity of F-TiO2-10RGO was ascribed to the adsorbed F ion and RGO in F-TiO2-RGO composite, which can reduce the recombination rate of the photo-generated electrons and holes synergistically.

  6. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic study of graphene oxide and cerium co-doped in TiO2

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    Li, Jia; Zhang, Quan; Zeng, Liping; He, Deliang

    2016-02-01

    The nanocomposite of titanium dioxide (TiO2) combined with graphene oxide (GO) and cerium (Ce) was successfully synthesized via sol-gel method followed by calcining at 300 °C for 2 h. The composite was characterized by X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) under the irradiation of xenon lamp. This study demonstrated that GO and Ce co-doped in TiO2 could broaden absorption edge to the visible light and increase surface area of samples. SEM observation showed that addition of Ce could solve the problem of the agglomeration of GO under the same experimental conditions. Moreover, the MB photocatalytic degradation rate of the composite with GO doped for 0.2 % and Ce doped for 0.6 % (mass ratio) was up to 97.7 %, which was largely attributed to the synergistic effects in the GO, Ce and TiO2 system.

  7. Highly Ordered Vertical Arrays of TiO2/ZnO Hybrid Nanowires: Synthesis and Electrochemical Characterization.

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    Gujarati, Tanvi P; Ashish, Ajithan G; Rai, Maniratnam; Shaijumon, Manikoth M

    2015-08-01

    We report the fabrication of vertically aligned hierarchical arrays of TiO2/ZnO hybrid nanowires, consisting of ZnO nanowires grown directly from within the pores of TiO2 nanotubes, through a combination of electrochemical anodization and hydrothermal techniques. These novel nano-architectured hybrid nanowires with its unique properties show promise as high performance supercapacitor electrodes. The electrochemical behaviour of these hybrid nanowires has been studied using Cyclic voltammetry, Galvanostatic charge-discharge and Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements using 1.5 M tetraethylammoniumtetrafluoroborate in acetonitrile as the electrolyte. Excellent electrochemical performances with a maximum specific capacitance of 2.6 mF cm-2 at a current density of 10 µA cm-2, along with exceptional cyclic stability, have been obtained for TiO2/ZnO-1 h hybrid material. The obtained results demonstrate the possibility of fabricating new geometrical architectures of inorganic hybrid nanowires with well adhered interfaces for the development of hybrid energy devices. PMID:26369158

  8. A simple, template-free route for the synthesis of bicrystalline mesoporous TiO2 materials.

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    Su, Zhili; Yang, Chun

    2009-11-01

    A simple, low-temperature and green template-free synthetic route has been used to prepare mesoporous TiO2 with anatase and brookite bicrystalline framework. This route combines a quick hydrolysis at ambient temperature and sequent hydrothermal treatment at 80-180 egrees C without further calcination. The resultant materials were characterized by XRD, TEM and nitrogen adsorption. It was found that the wormhole-like mesostructure and the bicrystalline framework could be formed in the hydrothermal treatment, and high surface areas of 160-250 m2 x g(-1) could be obtained due to the avoidance of calcination at high temperature. The effect of hydrothermal temperature on mesoporosity and crystallinity was also investigated and discussed. The as-prepared TiO2 samples exhibited higher photocatalytic activities than pure anatase TiO2 and corresponding calcined samples in the degradation of methyl orange, which can be attributed to the combined effect of composite crystalline phase and high surface area. PMID:19908583

  9. Biodiesel synthesis by TiO2-ZnO mixed oxide nanocatalyst catalyzed palm oil transesterification process.

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    Madhuvilakku, Rajesh; Piraman, Shakkthivel

    2013-12-01

    Biodiesel is a promising alternating environmentally benign fuel to mineral diesel. For the development of easier transesterification process, stable and active heterogeneous mixed metal oxide of TiO2-ZnO and ZnO nanocatalysts were synthesized and exploited for the palm oil transesterification process. The synthesized catalysts were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, and FE-SEM studies for their structural and morphological characteristics. It was found that TiO2-ZnO nanocatalyst exhibits good catalytic activity and the catalytic performance was greatly depends on (i) catalyst concentration (ii) methanol to oil molar ratio (iii) reaction temperature and (iv) reaction time. A highest 98% of conversion was obtained at the optimum reaction parameters with 200 mg of catalyst loading and the biodiesel was analyzed by TLC and (1)H NMR techniques. The TiO2-ZnO nanocatalyst shows good catalytic performance over the ZnO catalyst, which could be a potential candidate for the large-scale biodiesel production from palm oil at the reduced temperature and time. PMID:24148858

  10. Synthesis and photoelectrochemical response of CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes

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    2013-01-01

    A continuous and compact CdS quantum dot-sensitive layer was synthesized on TiO2 nanorods by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) and subsequent thermal annealing. The thickness of the CdS quantum dot layer was tuned by SILAR cycles, which was found to be closely related to light absorption and carrier transformation. The CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet–visible absorption spectroscopy, and photoelectrochemical property measurement. The optimum sample was fabricated by SILAR in 70 cycles and then annealed at 400°C for 1 h in air atmosphere. A TiO2/CdS core-shell structure was formed with a diameter of 35 nm, which presented an improvement in light harvesting. Finally, a saturated photocurrent of 3.6 mA/cm2 was produced under the irradiation of AM1.5G simulated sunlight at 100 mW/cm2. In particular, the saturated current density maintained a fixed value of approximately 3 mA/cm2 without decadence as time passed under the light conditions, indicating the steady photoelectronic property of the photoanode. PMID:23663590

  11. 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.

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

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    Lee, Kangpyung; Ku, Haemin; Pak, Daewon

    2016-04-01

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

  13. 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

  14. Soft chemical synthesis of carbon-modified Ti3+ self-doped hierarchical porous TiO2 with enhanced photocatalysis

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    Zhao, Chunxia; Wang, Zongsheng; Chen, Wen; Song, Yanbao; Chen, Xuehua; Xie, Tao

    2016-03-01

    Carbon-modified Ti3+ self-doped hierarchical porous titanium dioxides were synthesized by one-step soft chemical method. The contents of carbon and Ti3+ of the catalysts were tuned through a facile heat treatment. The prepared photocatalysts possess well-packed uniform macropores with the size of ˜200nm, mesoporous structure with the pore size of 5.9-6.8nm, and the specific surface area of 50-200m2/g. The results illustrate the carbon combined with TiO2 via the interfacial C‑O‑Ti bonds and the rich existence of Ti3+. The catalyst with 18wt.% carbon content exhibits a degradation ratio of crystal violet up to 97.5%. The enhanced photocatalysis is ascribed to the synergistic effect of carbon and Ti3+. The interfacial C‑O‑Ti bonds act as the pathway to transfer excited electrons and the Ti3+ can trap the electrons to hinder the recombination of electrons and holes.

  15. A Facile Molecular Precursor-based Synthesis of Ag2 Se Nanoparticles and Its Composites with TiO2 for Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity.

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    Mishra, Shashank; Du, Dan; Jeanneau, Erwann; Dappozze, Frederic; Guillard, Chantal; Zhang, Jinlong; Daniele, Stéphane

    2016-06-01

    The reactions of different silver(I) reagents AgX (X(-) =iodide, trifluoroacetate, triflate) with selenoethers R2 Se (R=Me, tBu) in a variety of solvents were investigated in relation with their use as precursors for Ag2 Se nanomaterials. Different reaction conditions led to different reactivities and afforded either molecular complexes or metal selenide nanoparticles. The reactions leading to in situ formation of the metal selenide nanoparticles were then extended in the presence of commercial TiO2 (P25) to prepare silver selenide-titania nanocomposites with different Ag/Ti ratios. These nanocomposites, well characterized by elemental analysis (Ag, Se), PXRD, TEM, BET, XPS and UV/Vis studies, were investigated as photocatalysts for the degradation of formic acid (FA) solution. The xAg2 Se-TiO2 nanocomposites (x=0.01, 0.13 and 0.25 mol %) exhibited a much higher catalytic activity as compared to P25, which is an established benchmark for the photocatalysis under UV light, and retained a good photocatalytic stability after recycling for several times. PMID:27123779

  16. Low-temperature synthesis of soluble and processable organic-capped anatase TiO2 nanorods.

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    Cozzoli, P Davide; Kornowski, Andreas; Weller, Horst

    2003-11-26

    We demonstrate the controlled growth of high aspect ratio anatase TiO2 nanorods by hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) in oleic acid (OLEA) as surfactant at a temperature as low as 80 degrees C. Chemical modification of TTIP by OLEA is proven to be a rational strategy to tune the reactivity of the precursor toward water. The most influential factors in shape control of the nanoparticles are investigated by simply manipulating their growth kinetics. The presence of tertiary amines or quaternary ammonium hydroxides as catalysts is essential to promote fast crystallization under mild conditions. The novelty of the present approach relies on the large-scale production of organic-capped TiO2 nanocrystals to which standard processing of colloidal nanocrystals, such as surface ligand exchange, can be applied for the first time. Concentrated colloidal titania dispersions can be prepared for a number of fundamental studies in homogeneous solutions and represent a new source of easily processable oxide material for many technological applications. PMID:14624603

  17. Synthesis, characterization and binding interactions of amino acids coupled perylene diimides with colloidal doped and undoped TiO2

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    Kavery, E.; Nagarajan, N.; Paramaguru, G.; Renganathan, R.

    2015-07-01

    Two sensitizers based on amino acids coupled with perylene moiety having absorption in the visible region have been designed and their interaction with doped and undoped TiO2 for the application of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) has been studied. The synthesized compounds PDI-PA and PDI-AA were characterized using 1H and 13C NMR, Mass and FT-IR spectroscopic techniques. The optical properties and lifetime measurements of the sensitizers were analyzed using various solvents with different polarity. The solvatochromism effect was studied using Lippert-Mataga plot. The electrochemical studies of both dyes were investigated in DMF with various scan rate ranging from 200 to 1000 mV s-1. Colloidal doped and undoped TiO2 was prepared and characterized by using absorption measurements. Binding ability of the sensitizers with the nanoparticles was studied through absorption, fluorescence quenching, cyclic voltammetry and FT-IR measurements. Results obtained from all the above analysis suggest the mode of quenching may be static. The binding constant values were calculated using Kamat-Fox equation indicates the binding behavior of the sensitizers with the nanoparticles. The fluorescence quenching was mainly attributed to electron transfer from the excited state of PDI's to the conduction band of colloidal semiconductors. The electron transfer mechanism was explained based on the Rehm-Weller equation as well as the energy level diagram.

  18. Preparation of TiO2 Nanoparticle Loaded MCM-41 and Study of Its Photo-Catalytic Activity Towards Decolorization of Methyl Orange.

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    Naik, Bhanudas; Hazra, Subhenjit; Dayananda, Desagani; Prasad, V S; Ghosh, Narendra Nath

    2015-09-01

    Here we report the synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticle loaded mesoporous MCM-41 photocatalysts for degradation of methyl orange dye in aqueous medium under sunlight exposure. TiO2 loaded MCM-41 was synthesized by impregnation method. Anatase form of TiO2 nanoparticles were formed in the porous matrix of the silicate MCM-41. The synthesized materials were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction method, surface area and porosimetry analysis; diffuse reflectance analysis, particle size analysis and transmission electron microscopy. The photocatalytic property of the synthesized materials were investigated towards the degradation of methyl orange under sunlight exposure and monitored by UV-visible spectrophotometer. Synthesized catalysts showed high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange. PMID:26716226

  19. Fundamental study of Ti feedstock evaporation and the precursor formation process in inductively coupled thermal plasmas during TiO2 nanopowder synthesis

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    Kodama, Naoto; Tanaka, Yasunori; Kita, K.; Ishisaka, Y.; Uesugi, Y.; Ishijima, T.; Sueyasu, S.; Nakamura, K.

    2016-08-01

    Two-dimensional spectroscopic observations were conducted for an inductively coupled thermal plasma (ICTP) torch during TiO2 nanopowder synthesis. The feedstock was injected intermittently into the ICTP torch to investigate the Ti feedstock evaporation process clearly and to elucidate the formation process of precursor species. Spatiotemporal distributions of Ti atomic lines and TiO spectra were observed simultaneously inside the plasma torch with the observation system developed. The observation results showed that the injected Ti feedstock was evaporated to form high-density Ti atomic vapour in the torch, and that the generated Ti atomic vapour is transported and diffused by gas flow and the density gradient. In addition, TiO molecular vapour was generated almost simultaneously around the on-axis region in the torch.

  20. Autogenic reaction synthesis of photocatalysts for solar fuel generation

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    Ingram, Brian J.; Pol, Vilas G.; Cronauer, Donald C.; Ramanathan, Muruganathan

    2016-04-19

    In one preferred embodiment, a photocatalyst for conversion of carbon dioxide and water to a hydrocarbon and oxygen comprises at least one nanoparticulate metal or metal oxide material that is substantially free of a carbon coating, prepared by heating a metal-containing precursor compound in a sealed reactor under a pressure autogenically generated by dissociation of the precursor material in the sealed reactor at a temperature of at least about 600.degree. C. to form a nanoparticulate carbon-coated metal or metal oxide material, and subsequently substantially removing the carbon coating. The precursor material comprises a solid, solvent-free salt comprising a metal ion and at least one thermally decomposable carbon- and oxygen-containing counter-ion, and the metal of the salt is selected from the group consisting of Mn, Ti, Sn, V, Fe, Zn, Zr, Mo, Nb, W, Eu, La, Ce, In, and Si.

  1. Synthesis of Visible-Light-Responsive Cu and N-Codoped AC/TiO2 Photocatalyst Through Microwave Irradiation.

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    Tian, Fei; Wu, Zhansheng; Yan, Yujun; Ye, Bang-Ce; Liu, Dandan

    2016-12-01

    N-Cu-activated carbon (AC)/TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared by the sol-gel technique through microwave irradiation to modify the visible-light response of TiO2. Their structure, surface chemical composition, and optical absorption properties were characterized. The results showed that the codoped particles had a higher surface area and smaller particle size than pure AC/TiO2 and monodoped AC/TiO2. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of N-Cu-AC/TiO2 showed that Cu atoms replaced Ti atom sites, whereas N atoms occupied the O atom sites and interstitial sites in the TiO2 lattice, which changed the electric and band-gap structures of the photocatalyst. N or Cu monodoping of AC/TiO2 reduced the energy band gap of TiO2 from 2.86 eV to 2.81 or 2.61 eV, respectively. In (N, Cu)-codoped AC/TiO2, N and Cu were incorporated into the TiO2 framework and narrowed the band gap of TiO2 to 2.47 eV, causing a large red shift and enhancing visible-light utilization efficiency. Photocatalytic activities were further examined by formaldehyde degradation under visible-light irradiation. N-Cu-AC/TiO2 was found to have the highest activity (ca. 94.4 % formaldehyde degradation efficiency) and to be easily recyclable. These results show an important and innovative method of improving AC/TiO2 activity by modifying the nonmetallic and metallic species. PMID:27295260

  2. Synthesis of Visible-Light-Responsive Cu and N-Codoped AC/TiO2 Photocatalyst Through Microwave Irradiation

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    Tian, Fei; Wu, Zhansheng; Yan, Yujun; Ye, Bang-Ce; Liu, Dandan

    2016-06-01

    N-Cu-activated carbon (AC)/TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared by the sol-gel technique through microwave irradiation to modify the visible-light response of TiO2. Their structure, surface chemical composition, and optical absorption properties were characterized. The results showed that the codoped particles had a higher surface area and smaller particle size than pure AC/TiO2 and monodoped AC/TiO2. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of N-Cu-AC/TiO2 showed that Cu atoms replaced Ti atom sites, whereas N atoms occupied the O atom sites and interstitial sites in the TiO2 lattice, which changed the electric and band-gap structures of the photocatalyst. N or Cu monodoping of AC/TiO2 reduced the energy band gap of TiO2 from 2.86 eV to 2.81 or 2.61 eV, respectively. In (N, Cu)-codoped AC/TiO2, N and Cu were incorporated into the TiO2 framework and narrowed the band gap of TiO2 to 2.47 eV, causing a large red shift and enhancing visible-light utilization efficiency. Photocatalytic activities were further examined by formaldehyde degradation under visible-light irradiation. N-Cu-AC/TiO2 was found to have the highest activity (ca. 94.4 % formaldehyde degradation efficiency) and to be easily recyclable. These results show an important and innovative method of improving AC/TiO2 activity by modifying the nonmetallic and metallic species.

  3. Fabrication of pure and Ag-doped TiO2 nanorods and study of the lattice strain and the activation energy of the crystalline phases

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    Riazian, Mehran; Rad, Shima Daliri; Azinabadi, Reza Ramezani

    2013-02-01

    TiO2 nanorods can be used as dye-sensitized solar cells and as various sensors and photocatalysts. These nanorods are synthesized by using a thermal corrosion process in a NaOH solution at 200 °C with TiO2 powder as a source material. In the present work, the synthesis of TiO2 nanorods in anatase, rutile and Ti8O15 phases and the synthesis of TiO2 nanorods by using the sol-gel method and alkaline corrosion to incorporate silver and silver-oxide dopants are reported. The morphologies and the crystalline structures of the TiO2 nanorods are characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), tunneling electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. The obtained results show an aggregation structure at high calcining temperatures with spherical particles and with Ti-O-Ti, Ti-O and Ag-O bonds. The effects of the chemical composition and the calcining temperature on the surface topography, lattice strain and phase crystallization are studied. The activation energy (E) of nanoparticle formation in a pure state during thermal treatment is calculated.

  4. Synthesis of bifunctional TiO2@SiO2-B(OH)2@Fe3O4@TiO2 sandwich-like nanosheets for sequential selective enrichment of phosphopeptides and glycopeptides for mass spectrometric analysis.

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    Xu, Dongpo; Gao, Mingxia; Deng, Chunhui; Zhang, Xiangmin

    2016-08-01

    In this work, the bifunctional TiO2@SiO2-B(OH)2@Fe3O4@TiO2 sandwich-like nanosheets were designed and synthesized for the sequential selective enrichment of phosphopeptides and glycopeptides. Due to the bifunctional property of the titanium dioxide and the boronic acid group, the nanosheets were successfully applied to the enrichment of phosphopeptides and glycopeptides sequentially, evaluated by capturing phosphopeptides from tryptic digestion of model phosphoprotein bovine β-casein diluted to 0.02 ng/μL (8 × 10(-16) mol/μL) and glycopeptides from tryptic digestion of model glycoprotein horseradish peroxidase (HRP) diluted to 0.1 ng/μL (2.5 × 10(-15) mol/μL). The enrichment selectivity of the bifunctional nanosheets was evaluated by capturing phosphopeptides from a peptide mixture of β-casein and bovine serum albumin (BSA) with the molar ratio of 1:1000 (8.3 × 10(-12) mol of β-casein and 8.3 × 10(-9) mol of BSA in 100 μL) and glycopeptides from a peptide mixture of HRP and BSA up to the ratio of 1:50 (5.0 × 10(-11) mol of HRP and 2.5 × 10(-9) mol of BSA in 100 μL). Graphical Abstract A workflow of the sequential enrichment strategy for phosphopeptides and glycopeptides by the bifunctional TiO2@SiO2-B(OH)2@Fe3O4@TiO2 sandwich-like nanosheets. PMID:27236315

  5. Tuning TiO2 nanoparticle morphology in graphene-TiO2 hybrids by graphene surface modification

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    Sordello, Fabrizio; Zeb, Gul; Hu, Kaiwen; Calza, Paola; Minero, Claudio; Szkopek, Thomas; Cerruti, Marta

    2014-05-01

    We report the hydrothermal synthesis of graphene (GNP)-TiO2 nanoparticle (NP) hybrids using COOH and NH2 functionalized GNP as a shape controller. Anatase was the only TiO2 crystalline phase nucleated on the functionalized GNP, whereas traces of rutile were detected on unfunctionalized GNP. X-Ray Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) showed C-Ti bonds on all hybrids, thus confirming heterogeneous nucleation. GNP functionalization induced the nucleation of TiO2 NPs with specific shapes and crystalline facets exposed. COOH functionalization directed the synthesis of anatase truncated bipyramids, bonded to graphene sheets via the {101} facets, while NH2 functionalization induced the formation of belted truncated bipyramids, bonded to graphene via the {100} facets. Belted truncated bipyramids formed on unfunctionalized GNP too, however the NPs were more irregular and rounded. These effects were ascribed to pH variations in the proximity of the functionalized GNP sheets, due to the high density of COOH or NH2 groups. Because of the different reactivity of anatase {100} and {101} crystalline facets, we hypothesize that the hybrid materials will behave differently as photocatalysts, and that the COOH-GNP-TiO2 hybrids will be better photocatalysts for water splitting and H2 production.We report the hydrothermal synthesis of graphene (GNP)-TiO2 nanoparticle (NP) hybrids using COOH and NH2 functionalized GNP as a shape controller. Anatase was the only TiO2 crystalline phase nucleated on the functionalized GNP, whereas traces of rutile were detected on unfunctionalized GNP. X-Ray Photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) showed C-Ti bonds on all hybrids, thus confirming heterogeneous nucleation. GNP functionalization induced the nucleation of TiO2 NPs with specific shapes and crystalline facets exposed. COOH functionalization directed the synthesis of anatase truncated bipyramids, bonded to graphene sheets via the {101} facets, while NH2 functionalization induced the formation of belted

  6. Facile Synthesis of Defective TiO2−x Nanocrystals with High Surface Area and Tailoring Bandgap for Visible-light Photocatalysis

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    Wajid Shah, Muhammad; Zhu, Yunqing; Fan, Xiaoyun; Zhao, Jie; Li, Yingxuan; Asim, Sumreen; Wang, Chuanyi

    2015-01-01

    A facile hydrothermal approach has been developed to prepare defective TiO2−x nanocrystals using Ti(III)-salt as a precursor and L-ascorbic acid as reductant and structure direction agent. The prepared TiO2−x nanocrystals are composed of a highly crystallized TiO2 core and a disordered TiO2−x outer layer, possessing high surface area, controlled oxygen vacancy concentration and tunable bandgap via simply adjusting the amount of added L-ascorbic acid. The defective TiO2−x shows high photocatalytic efficiency in methylene blue and phenol degradation as well as in hydrogen evolution under visible light, underlining the significance of the present strategy for structural and bandgap manipulation in TiO2-based photocatalysis. PMID:26515503

  7. Facile Synthesis of Defective TiO2-x Nanocrystals with High Surface Area and Tailoring Bandgap for Visible-light Photocatalysis

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    Wajid Shah, Muhammad; Zhu, Yunqing; Fan, Xiaoyun; Zhao, Jie; Li, Yingxuan; Asim, Sumreen; Wang, Chuanyi

    2015-10-01

    A facile hydrothermal approach has been developed to prepare defective TiO2-x nanocrystals using Ti(III)-salt as a precursor and L-ascorbic acid as reductant and structure direction agent. The prepared TiO2-x nanocrystals are composed of a highly crystallized TiO2 core and a disordered TiO2-x outer layer, possessing high surface area, controlled oxygen vacancy concentration and tunable bandgap via simply adjusting the amount of added L-ascorbic acid. The defective TiO2-x shows high photocatalytic efficiency in methylene blue and phenol degradation as well as in hydrogen evolution under visible light, underlining the significance of the present strategy for structural and bandgap manipulation in TiO2-based photocatalysis.

  8. Facile Synthesis of Defective TiO2-x Nanocrystals with High Surface Area and Tailoring Bandgap for Visible-light Photocatalysis.

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    Wajid Shah, Muhammad; Zhu, Yunqing; Fan, Xiaoyun; Zhao, Jie; Li, Yingxuan; Asim, Sumreen; Wang, Chuanyi

    2015-01-01

    A facile hydrothermal approach has been developed to prepare defective TiO2-x nanocrystals using Ti(III)-salt as a precursor and L-ascorbic acid as reductant and structure direction agent. The prepared TiO2-x nanocrystals are composed of a highly crystallized TiO2 core and a disordered TiO2-x outer layer, possessing high surface area, controlled oxygen vacancy concentration and tunable bandgap via simply adjusting the amount of added L-ascorbic acid. The defective TiO2-x shows high photocatalytic efficiency in methylene blue and phenol degradation as well as in hydrogen evolution under visible light, underlining the significance of the present strategy for structural and bandgap manipulation in TiO2-based photocatalysis. PMID:26515503

  9. Facile synthesis of tetragonal columnar-shaped TiO2 nanorods for the construction of sensitive electrochemical glucose biosensor.

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    Yang, Zhanjun; Tang, Yan; Li, Juan; Zhang, Yongcai; Hu, Xiaoya

    2014-04-15

    A tetragonal columnar-shaped TiO2 (TCS-TiO2) nanorods are synthesized via a facile route for the immobilization of glucose oxidase (GOx). A novel electrochemical glucose biosensor is constructed based on the direct electrochemistry of GOx at TCS-TiO2 modified glassy carbon electrode. The fabricated biosensor is characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, electrochemical impedance spectra and cyclic voltammetry. The immobilized enzyme molecules on TCS-TiO2 nanorods retain its native structure and bioactivity and show a surface controlled, quasi-reversible and fast electron transfer process. The TCS-TiO2 nanorods have large surface area and provide a favorable microenvironment for enhancing the electron transfer between enzyme and electrode surface. The constructed glucose biosensor shows wide linear range from 5.0×10(-6) to 1.32×10(-3) M with a high sensitivity of 23.2 mA M(-1) cm(-2). The detection limit is calculated to be 2.0×10(-6) M at signal-to-noise of 3. The proposed glucose biosensor also exhibits excellent selectivity, good reproducibility, and acceptable operational stability. Furthermore, the biosensor can be successfully applied in the detection of glucose in serum sample at the applied potential of -0.50 V. The TCS-TiO2 nanorods provide an efficient and promising platform for the immobilization of proteins and development of excellent biosensors. PMID:24325982

  10. Synthesis of TiO2 nano-powders prepared from purified sulphate leach liquor of red mud.

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    Tsakiridis, P E; Oustadakis, P; Katsiapi, A; Perraki, M; Agatzini-Leonardou, S

    2011-10-30

    The research work presented in this paper is focused on the development of a purification process of red mud sulphate leach liquor for the recovery of titanium oxide (TiO(2)) nano-powders in the form of anatase. Initially, titanium was extracted over iron and aluminium from the leach liquor by solvent extraction using Cyanex 272 in toluene, at pH: 0.3 and T: 25°C, with 40% extractant concentration. Stripping of the loaded, with titanium, organic phase was carried out by diluted HCl (3 mol/L) at ambient temperature. Finally, the recovery of titanium nano-powder, in the form of anatase, was performed by chemical precipitation at pH: 6 and T: 95°C, using 10 wt% MgO pulp as neutralizing agent. The produced precipitates were characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis (TGA/DTA). Their morphological characteristics and microstructure were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). High grade titanium white precipitate, in the form of anatase, was obtained. Iron concentration in the precipitate did not exceed 0.3%, whereas no aluminium was detected. PMID:21868153

  11. Synthesis and characterization of Pt-MoO x -TiO2 electrodes for direct ethanol fuel cells

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    Wang, Xiu-Yu; Zhang, Jing-Chang; Cao, Xu-Dong; Jiang, Yuan-Sheng; Zhu, Hong

    2011-10-01

    To enhance the CO-tolerance performance of anode catalysts for direct ethanol fuel cells, carbon nanotubes were modified by titanium dioxide (donated as CNTs@TiO2) and subsequently served as the support for the preparation of Pt/CNTs@TiO2 and Pt-Mo/CNTs@TiO2 electrocatalysts via a UV-photoreduction method. The physicochemical characterizations of the catalysts were carried out by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and infrared spectroscopy of adsorbed probe ammonia molecules. The electrocatalytic properties of the catalysts for methanol oxidation were investigated by the cyclic voltammetry technique. The results show that Pt-Mo/CNTs@TiO2 electrode exhibits the highest performance in all the electrodes. It is explained that, the structure, the oxidation states, and the acid-base properties of the catalysts are influenced due to the strong interaction between Ti and Mo species by adding TiO2 and MoO x to the Pt-based catalysts.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of high photocatalytic activity and stable Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers for photocatalytic degradation of black liquor

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    Cai, Li; Long, Qiyi; Yin, Chao

    2014-11-01

    The TiO2 fiber was prepared by using cotton fiber as a template, and then Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers were synthesized via in situ Ag3PO4 particles onto the surface of TiO2 fiber. Their structure and physical properties were characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), specific surface analyzer, X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis absorption spectra and photoluminescence spectra (PL). SEM analysis indicated that the well-defined surface morphology of natural cotton fiber was mostly preserved in TiO2 and Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers. Compared with TiO2 fiber, the absorbance wavelengths of Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers were apparently red shifted and the PL intensities revealed a significant decrease. By using the photocatalytic degradation of black liquor as a model reaction, the visible light and ultraviolet light catalytic efficiencies of TiO2, Ag3PO4 and Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers were evaluated. The reaction results showed that Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers had stronger photocatalytic activity and excellent chemical stability in repeated and long-term applications. Therefore, the prepared Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers could act as an efficient catalyst for the photocatalytic degradation of black liquor, which suggested their promising applications. It was proposed that the •OH radicals played the leading role in the photocatalytic degradation of the black liquor by Ag3PO4/TiO2 fibers system.

  13. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of WO3-surface modified TiO2 thin film.

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    Qamar, Mohammad; Drmosh, Qasem; Ahmed, Muhammad I; Qamaruddin, Muhammad; Yamani, Zain H

    2015-01-01

    Development of nanostructured photocatalysts for harnessing solar energy in energy-efficient and environmentally benign way remains an important area of research. Pure and WO3-surface modified thin films of TiO2 were prepared by magnetron sputtering on indium tin oxide glass, and photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activities of these films were studied. TiO2 particles were <50 nm, while deposited WO3 particles were <20 nm in size. An enhancement in the photocurrent was observed when the TiO2 surface was modified WO3 nanoparticles. Effect of potential, WO3 amount, and radiations of different wavelengths on the photoelectrochemical activity of TiO2 electrodes was investigated. Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and WO3-modified TiO2 for the decolorization of methyl orange was tested. Graphical abstractWO3-surface modified TiO2 film showing better photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activity. PMID:25852351

  14. Facile synthesis and enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of N and Zr co-doped TiO2 nanostructures from nanotubular titanic acid precursors

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    2013-01-01

    Zr/N co-doped TiO2 nanostructures were successfully synthesized using nanotubular titanic acid (NTA) as precursors by a facile wet chemical route and subsequent calcination. These Zr/N-doped TiO2 nanostructures made by NTA precursors show significantly enhanced visible light absorption and much higher photocatalytic performance than the Zr/N-doped P25 TiO2 nanoparticles. Impacts of Zr/N co-doping on the morphologies, optical properties, and photocatalytic activities of the NTA precursor-based TiO2 were thoroughly investigated. The origin of the enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity is discussed in detail. PMID:24369051

  15. Synthesis and characterization of zinc-molybdenum oxide photocatalysts using an electrochemical-thermal process

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    Goveas, J. J.; Gonsalves, R. A.; Rao, P.; Pinto, R.

    2016-05-01

    Dyes act as major pollutants in water and can be degraded by photocatalysis. This paper establishes the role of electrochemically generated nanostructures of Zinc-Molybdenum oxides (ZMO) as photocatalysts by degrading EBT (Eriochrome Black- T) taken as a model pollutant under UV light. A facile, rapid and low cost process to synthesize these nanostructures (ZMO) is presented. Various factors that affect the synthesis and photocatalytic activity of these nanostructures are discussed. The role of calcination temperature and pulverization on the photocatalytic action has also been established. Particles have been synthesized in pure form as well as using surfactants such as cetrimide (cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide), polyethylene glycol (PEG) and SDS (sodium dodecyl sulphate) to enhance their photocatalytic action. This paper also discusses the characterization of these nanoparticles by powder XRD, SEM, FT-IR and UV-Visible spectroscopy. Decolourisation was achieved to completion under optimum experimental conditions at room temperature ascertaining the application of these nanostructures as effective photocatalysts.

  16. Hierarchical photocatalysts.

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    Li, Xin; Yu, Jiaguo; Jaroniec, Mietek

    2016-05-01

    As a green and sustainable technology, semiconductor-based heterogeneous photocatalysis has received much attention in the last few decades because it has potential to solve both energy and environmental problems. To achieve efficient photocatalysts, various hierarchical semiconductors have been designed and fabricated at the micro/nanometer scale in recent years. This review presents a critical appraisal of fabrication methods, growth mechanisms and applications of advanced hierarchical photocatalysts. Especially, the different synthesis strategies such as two-step templating, in situ template-sacrificial dissolution, self-templating method, in situ template-free assembly, chemically induced self-transformation and post-synthesis treatment are highlighted. Finally, some important applications including photocatalytic degradation of pollutants, photocatalytic H2 production and photocatalytic CO2 reduction are reviewed. A thorough assessment of the progress made in photocatalysis may open new opportunities in designing highly effective hierarchical photocatalysts for advanced applications ranging from thermal catalysis, separation and purification processes to solar cells. PMID:26963902

  17. Few-layered MoS2 nanosheets wrapped ultrafine TiO2 nanobelts with enhanced photocatalytic property.

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    Li, Haidong; Wang, Yana; Chen, Guohui; Sang, Yuanhua; Jiang, Huaidong; He, Jiating; Li, Xu; Liu, Hong

    2016-03-10

    Photocatalytic materials comprised of semiconductor nanostructures have attracted tremendous scientific and technological interest over the last 30 years. This is due to the fact that these photocatalytic materials have unique properties that allow for an effective direct energy transfer from light to highly reactive chemical species which are applicable in the remediation of environmental pollutants and photocatalytic hydrogen generation. Heterostructured photocatalysts are a promising type of photocatalyst which can combine the properties of different components to generate a synergic effect, resulting in a high photocatalytic activity. In this work, a heterostructured photocatalyst comprised of few-layered MoS2 nanosheets coated on a TiO2 nanobelts surface was synthesized through a simple hydrothermal treatment. The hybrid heterostructures with enhanced broad spectrum photocatalytic properties can harness UV and visible light energy to decompose organic contaminants in aqueous solutions as well as split water to hydrogen and oxygen. The mechanism of the enhancement is that the MoS2/TiO2 nanobelts heterostructure can enhance the separation of the photo-induced carriers, which results in a higher photocurrent due to the special electronic characteristics of the graphene-like layered MoS2 nanosheets. This methodology is potentially applicable to the synthesis of a range of hybrid nanostructures with promising applications in photocatalysis and other relevant areas. PMID:26932455

  18. Polyol thermolysis synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles and its paste formulation to fabricate photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Pratheep, P.; Vijayakumar, E.; Subramania, A.

    2015-05-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by a simple polyol thermolysis process using various mole ratios of titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). The prepared TiO2 NPs were characterized by TG/DTA, XRD, SEM, and BET analysis. The TiO2 NPs obtained using 0.1 M of TiCl4 and 0.02 M of PVP have high surface area with lesser particles size than the same obtained using 0.1 M of TiCl4 with other mole ratios of PVP. The high surface area TiO2 NPs were used to formulate TiO2 paste. The impact of ethyl cellulose, terpineol, and dibutyl phthalate in the formulation of TiO2 paste was optimized with respect to standard TiO2 paste ( Dyesol Ltd.) on the adsorption of dye was studied by UV-Vis spectroscopy. The photovoltaic performance of DSSCs fabricated using the formulated TiO2 paste has achieved 97.83 % of power conversion efficiency (PCE) (η = 4.5 %) with respect to the standard TiO2 paste ( Dyesol Ltd.) and its PCE were found to be 4.6 % (η). This PCE value was nearly closer to that of the same DSSC fabricated using the standard TiO2 paste ( Dyesol Ltd.) and higher than the P25 TiO2 ( Degussa) paste and its achieved PCE were found to be 86.04 %.

  19. Facile in situ synthesis of plasmonic nanoparticles-decorated g-C3N4/TiO2 heterojunction nanofibers and comparison study of their photosynergistic effects for efficient photocatalytic H2 evolution.

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    Wei, Xinbo; Shao, Changlu; Li, Xinghua; Lu, Na; Wang, Kexin; Zhang, Zhenyi; Liu, Yichun

    2016-06-01

    Ternary heterostructured nanofibers (NFs) consisting of plasmonic noble metal nanoparticles (Au, Ag, or Pt NPs), graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets (g-C3N4 NSs), and TiO2 NPs were synthesized in situ via a facile electrospinning technique combined with a subsequent thermal oxidation/reduction process. The thermal-reduced plasmonic NPs with sizes from 5 to 10 nm are dispersed uniformly into the heterojunctions of the NFs that are formed by thermal oxidation etching of exfoliated g-C3N4 NSs in the electrospun TiO2 nanofibrous matrix, as evidenced by microscopic and electronic structure analyses. In comparison to single-component photocatalysts, such as g-C3N4 NSs or TiO2 NFs, these ternary heterostructures exhibit significantly high photocatalytic activity for H2 evolution under simulated sunlight irradiation. The enhanced photoactivities are attributed to the strong photosynergistic effect between the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and the heterojunction interface sensitization, which results in the improvement of charge-carrier generation and separation in the ternary heterostructured NFs. Further investigations indicate that coupling heterojunction sensitization on the g-C3N4/TiO2 interface with Ag SPR effects by plasmonic resonant energy transfer is the optimal strategy for synergistically improving the charge-carrier kinetics to achieve highly efficient photocatalytic H2 evolution. It is believed that our present study offers a promising method for the rational integration of multi-component photocatalytic systems that can realize high photocatalytic performances for use in solar-to-fuel conversion. PMID:27174531

  20. Facile in situ synthesis of plasmonic nanoparticles-decorated g-C3N4/TiO2 heterojunction nanofibers and comparison study of their photosynergistic effects for efficient photocatalytic H2 evolution

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    Wei, Xinbo; Shao, Changlu; Li, Xinghua; Lu, Na; Wang, Kexin; Zhang, Zhenyi; Liu, Yichun

    2016-05-01

    Ternary heterostructured nanofibers (NFs) consisting of plasmonic noble metal nanoparticles (Au, Ag, or Pt NPs), graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets (g-C3N4 NSs), and TiO2 NPs were synthesized in situ via a facile electrospinning technique combined with a subsequent thermal oxidation/reduction process. The thermal-reduced plasmonic NPs with sizes from 5 to 10 nm are dispersed uniformly into the heterojunctions of the NFs that are formed by thermal oxidation etching of exfoliated g-C3N4 NSs in the electrospun TiO2 nanofibrous matrix, as evidenced by microscopic and electronic structure analyses. In comparison to single-component photocatalysts, such as g-C3N4 NSs or TiO2 NFs, these ternary heterostructures exhibit significantly high photocatalytic activity for H2 evolution under simulated sunlight irradiation. The enhanced photoactivities are attributed to the strong photosynergistic effect between the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and the heterojunction interface sensitization, which results in the improvement of charge-carrier generation and separation in the ternary heterostructured NFs. Further investigations indicate that coupling heterojunction sensitization on the g-C3N4/TiO2 interface with Ag SPR effects by plasmonic resonant energy transfer is the optimal strategy for synergistically improving the charge-carrier kinetics to achieve highly efficient photocatalytic H2 evolution. It is believed that our present study offers a promising method for the rational integration of multi-component photocatalytic systems that can realize high photocatalytic performances for use in solar-to-fuel conversion.

  1. Adsorption properties and photocatalytic activity of TiO2/activated carbon fiber composite

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    Yao, Shuhua; Song, Shuangping; Shi, Zhongliang

    2014-06-01

    Photocatalysts of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and TiO2/activated carbon fiber (TiO2/ACF) composite were prepared by sol-gel method, followed by calcining the pure TiO2 sols and the TiO2/ACF sols at 500°C for 2 h in a N2 atmosphere, respectively. These photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms measurement. Batch experiments were conducted to study the adsorption property of TiO2/ACF composite using methylene blue as adsorbate. The adsorption data obtained from different batch experiments were analyzed using pseudo-second-order kinetic model, the experimental data can be adequately described by the pseudo-second-order equation. The photodecomposition behavior of TiO2/ACF was investigated in aqueous solution using methylene blue as target pollutant. It was found that methylene blue could be removed rapidly from water by TiO2/ACF, the photocatalytic decomposition was obviously improved when the photocatalyst was used. Kinetics analysis revealed that the photocatalytic decomposition reaction can be described well by a first-order rate equation.

  2. Hydrothermal Synthesis of TiO2@SnO2 Hybrid Nanoparticles in a Continuous-Flow Dual-Stage Reactor.

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    Hellstern, Henrik L; Bremholm, Martin; Mamakhel, Aref; Becker, Jacob; Iversen, Bo B

    2016-03-01

    TiO2@SnO2 hybrid nanocomposites were successfully prepared in gram scale using a dual-stage hydrothermal continuous-flow reactor. Temperature and pH in the secondary reactor were found to selectively direct nucleation and growth of the secondary material into either heterogeneous nanocomposites or separate intermixed nanoparticles. At low pH, 2 nm rutile SnO2 nanoparticles were deposited on 9 nm anatase TiO2 particles; the presence of TiO2 was found to suppress formation of larger SnO2 particles. At high pH SnO2 formed separate particles and no deposition on TiO2 was observed. Ball-milling of TiO2 and SnO2 produced no TiO2@SnO2 composites. This verifies that the composite particles must be formed by nucleation and growth of the secondary precursor on the TiO2 . High concentration of secondary precursor led to formation of TiO2 particles embedded in aggregates of SnO2 nanoparticles. The results demonstrate how nanocomposites may be produced in high yield by green chemistry. PMID:26822385

  3. Synthesis of Metal Ion-Doped TiO2 Nanoparticles Using Two-Phase Method and Their Photocatalytic Activity Under Visible Light Irradiation.

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    Nguyen, Duy-Trinh; Hong, Seong-Soo

    2016-02-01

    In this study, TiO2 and metal ion-doped TiO2 nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by solvothermal reaction of titanium butoxide precursor in the presence of oleic acid, oleylamine and vapor water and they were characterized by XRD, Raman, TEM and DRS. We also investigated the photocatalytic activity of these oxides for the decomposition of Rhodamine B. From XRD and Raman results, doping of the metal ion in the crystal lattice did not change the high crystallinity of the TiO2 structure, and all the metal ions were incorporated into the structures of titania as well as replaced titanium ion or located at interstitial site. The absorption band shifted to a higher wavelength on the metal ion-doped TiO2 samples compared to the pure TiO2 sample. The Ce ion- doped TiO2 catalysts showed the higher photocatalytic activity compared to the pure TiO2 and a commercial P-25 catalysts and 1% Ce-doped TiO2 showed the highest photocatalytic activity. PMID:27433699

  4. Hierarchically branched Fe2O3@TiO2 nanorod arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting: facile synthesis and enhanced photoelectrochemical performance.

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    Li, Yuangang; Wei, Xiaoliang; Zhu, Bowen; Wang, Hua; Tang, Yuxin; Sum, Tze Chien; Chen, Xiaodong

    2016-06-01

    Highly photoactive and durable photoanode materials are the key to photoelectrochemical water splitting. In this paper, hierarchically branched Fe2O3@TiO2 nanorod arrays (denoted as Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs) composed of a long Fe2O3 trunk and numerous short TiO2 nanorod branches were fabricated and used as photoanodes for water splitting. Significant improvement of photoelectrochemical water splitting performance was observed based on Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs. The photocurrent density of Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs reaches up to 1.3 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus RHE, which is 10 times higher than that of pristine Fe2O3 nanorod arrays under the same conditions. Furthermore, an obvious cathodic shift in the onset potential of photocurrent was observed in the Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs. More significantly, the Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs are quite stable even after 3600 s continuous illumination, and the photocurrent density shows almost no decay. Finally, a tentative mechanism was proposed to explain the superior performance of Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs for PEC water splitting and discussed in detail on the basis of our experimental results. PMID:27189633

  5. Determination of electron and hole lifetimes of rutile and anatase TiO2 single crystals

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    Yamada, Yasuhiro; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2012-09-01

    The dynamical behavior of photoexcited states of TiO2 governs the activities of TiO2-based solar cells and photocatalysts. We determined the lifetimes of photoexcited electrons and holes in rutile and anatase TiO2 single crystals by combining advantages of time-resolved photoluminescence, photoconductance, and transient absorption spectroscopy. Electrons and holes in rutile show exponential decays with the lifetime of a few tens of nanoseconds, while non-exponential decays are observed in anatase, indicating the presence of multiple carrier trapping processes. We revealed the generic features of the carrier recombination processes in rutile and anatase TiO2.

  6. Synthesis of Ag or Pt nanoparticle-deposited TiO2 nanorods for the highly efficient photoreduction of CO2 to CH4

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    Wang, Qingli; Dong, Peimei; Huang, Zhengfeng; Zhang, Xiwen

    2015-10-01

    Ag or Pt-deposited TiO2 nanocomposites were prepared by a simple method, in which oriented TiO2 nanorods were synthesized by a hydrothermal method and a noble metal (Ag or Pt) was deposited on TiO2 by photocatalytic reduction under UV irradiation. The oriented TiO2 nanorods with Ag or Pt nanoparticles (<20 nm) exhibited high CO2 photoreduction efficiency, with CH4 yield rates up to 16.0 ppm/g h and 10.8 ppm/g h, respectively, considerably higher than that of the pure TiO2 nanorods (4.2 ppm/g h). The improvement in the CH4 yield was attributed to the formation of a Schottky barrier and surface plasmon resonance.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  8. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2 on ZnO-nanorod layer for high-efficiency electrochemiluminescence cell application

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    Chansri, Pakpoom; Sung, Youl-Moon

    2016-02-01

    In this research paper, we present the fabrication of an electrochemiluminescence (ECL) cell with TiO2 on ZnO-nanorod electrodes via the dip-coating technique. The TiO2 nanoparticles coated on ZnO nanorods (TiO2-ZNRs) were grown on transparent conductive oxide (TCO) glass by the dip-coating technique. The electrode of TiO2-ZNRs for ECL cells has the structure F-doped SnO2 (FTO) glass/Ru(II) complex [Ru(bpy)32+]/TiO2-ZNRs/FTO glass. The TiO2-ZNRs were coated on FTO glass by spin-coating and dip-coating methods. The X-ray diffraction system, scanning electron microscope, and spectral brightness analyzer were used to confirm the successful formation of the structure and the morphological properties. The threshold voltage at the start of light emission was 2.25 V for TiO2-ZNRs and was lower than 3.25 V for bare FTO. The threshold voltage was l2.5 V for ZNRs. The electrical and optical properties of the TiO2-ZNRs ECL cell were 30.76 cd/m2 light intensity, 0.067 mA output current, 0.268 cd/A (at 9.67 mA/cm2) current efficiency, and 0.068 lm/W ECL efficiency at 5 V and 60 Hz. The peak intensity of the TiO2-ZNRs-based ECL cell at a wavelength of 621 nm exhibited a dark orange color and was independent of the type of electrode used. The use of TiO2-ZNRs could improve the ECL efficiency and long-lifetime stability.

  9. In-situ synthesis of highly efficient visible light driven stannic oxide/graphitic carbon nitride heterostructured photocatalysts.

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    Tao, Binglin; Yan, Zifeng

    2016-10-15

    Novel and efficient visible-light-driven stannic oxide/graphitic carbon nitride heterostructured photocatalysts are prepared via a simple in-situ solvothermal method. Characterization results demonstrate that there exist strong interactions between SnO2 nanoparticles and g-C3N4 matrix, which indicates the formation of SnO2/g-C3N4 heterojunction. The as-synthesized SnO2/g-C3N4 composite exhibits improved efficiency for photodegradation of rhodamine B in aqueous solutions, with an apparent rate constant 6.5 times higher than that of commercial TiO2 (Degussa P25). The enhanced photocatalytic activity is attributed to synergistic effect between SnO2 and g-C3N4, resulting in effective interfacial charge transfer and prolonged charge-hole separation time. Moreover, SnO2/g-C3N4 composite photocatalysts possess excellent durability and stability after 6 recycling runs, and a possible photocatalytic mechanism is also proposed. This research highlights the promising applications of two dimensional g-C3N4 based composite photocatalysts in the field of waste water disposal and environmental remediation. PMID:27421114

  10. Ultrathin TiO2 layer coated-CdS spheres core-shell nanocomposite with enhanced visible-light photoactivity.

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    Chen, Zhang; Xu, Yi-Jun

    2013-12-26

    Development of various strategies for controllable fabrication of core-shell nanocomposites (CSNs) with highly active photocatalytic performance has been attracting ever-increasing research attention. In particular, control of the ultrathin layer TiO2 shell in constructing CSNs in an aqueous phase is a significant but technologically challenging issue. Here, this paper demonstrates the interface assembly synthesis of CdS nanospheres@TiO2 core-shell photocatalyst via the electrostatic interaction of negatively charged water-stable titania precursor with positively charged CdS nanospheres (CdS NSPs), followed by the formation of the ultrathin-layer TiO2 shell through a facile refluxing process in aqueous phase. The as-formed CdS NSPs@TiO2 core-shell nanohybrid exhibits a high visible-light-driven photoactivity for selective transformation and reduction of heavy metal ions. The ultrathin TiO2 layer coated on CdS NSPs results in excellent light transmission property, enhanced adsorption capacity, and improved transfer of charge carriers and lifespan of photoinduced electron-hole pairs, which would prominently contribute to the significant photoactivity enhancement. It is anticipated that this facile aqueous-phase synthesis strategy could be extended to design a variety of more efficient CSN photocatalysts with controllable morphology toward target applications in diverse photoredox processes. PMID:24245797

  11. In situ synthesis and hydrothermal crystallization of nanoanatase TiO2 -SiO2 coating on aramid fabric (HTiSiAF) for UV protection.

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    Deng, Hui; Zhang, Hongda

    2015-10-01

    TiO2 -SiO2 thin film was prepared by sol-gel method and coated on the aramid fabric to prepare functional textiles. The aramid fabric was dipped and withdrawn in TiO2 -SiO2 gel and hydrothermal crystallization at 80(°) C, then its UV protection functionality was evaluated. The crystalline phase and the surface morphology of TiO2 -SiO2 thin film were characterized using SEM, XRD, and AFM respectively. SEM showed hydrothermal crystallization led to a homogeneous dispersion of anatase nonocrystal in TiO2 -SiO2 film, and XRD suggested the mean particle size of the formed anatase TiO2 was less than 30 nm. AFM indicated that hydrothermal treatment enhanced the crystallization of TiO2 . UV protection analysis suggested that the hydrothermally treated coated textile had a better screening property in comparison with TiO2 -SiO2 gel and native aramid fabric. PMID:26303384

  12. Design of new carbonaceous catalysts and photocatalysts for organic synthesis

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    Rajpara, Vikul B.

    Pristine and modified carbonaceous materials are introduced as convenient catalysts for oxidation, photooxidation and alkylation of aromatic hydrocarbons. Oxidation reactions have been carried out by air and effect of cyclohexene and light has also been investigated. Availability of the reagents, light source (ambient light), minimum chemical waste, low toxicity and reusability of the catalysts make developed processes green alternatives of traditional methods for the synthesis of industrially important organic compounds. Catalytic performance and selectivity of carbonaceous materials have been linked to their morphology (graphite, carbon black, multi-walled, single-walled carbon nanotubes, fullerene C60) and modification oxidation, conjugation with nanoparticles). The reported study is the first step toward targeted design of new carbonaceous catalysts for organic synthesis. Graphite is known for its electric conductivity and quantum dots are known for transfer of energy to attached molecules and their conjugation may provide a unique hybrid material for photocatalysis of organic reactions. Quantum dots with known number of functional group hold an especially great promise in the field of catalysis. However, controlling the number of functionalities on the surface of quantum dots is very challenging. We demonstrated monofuncationalization of gold nanoparticles using trityl (solid) support. Similar approach was used for the monofunctionalization of quantum dots and our preliminary data showed that quantum dots can be attached and detached from the solid support under mild conditions.

  13. Photocatalytic Water-Splitting Characteristic of Electric Reduced Black TiO2 Nanorods

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    Yun, Jong-Won; Ryu, Ki Yeon; Kim, Sunho; Jang, Se-Jung; Kim, Yong Soo

    In various reduction methods of TiO2, the electric reduction could apply to anodized TiO2 nanotube. However, it is not suitable to reduce TiO2 nanorods(NRs) grown on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate using hydrothermal method, because those are easily peeled off due to lattice mismatching between FTO and TiO2 NRs. In this talk, we will demonstrate electric reduced-black TiO2 NRs with strong adhesion on FTO substrate for an effective visible photocatalyst. To fabricate the reduced-black TiO2 NRs, we firstly deposited TiO2 seed layer on FTO glass using RF-sputtering for mitigating the exfoliation, then grow TiO2 NRs with hydrothermal method. Finally, TiO2 NRs were reduced with electric bias. The final reduced-black TiO2 NRs exhibit a higher photocurrent density, 0.9 mA/cm2 in comparison with pure-TiO2 NRs. This result indicates that our reduced-black TiO2 NRs has lower bandgap with modified valance band position and enhance the surface reactivity with oxygen defect generation. This research was supported by Priority Research Centers Program (2009-0093818), the Basic Science Research Program (2015-019609) and Basic Research Lab Program (2014-071686) through National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korean government.

  14. Self-assembly and photocatalytic activity of branched silicatein/silintaphin filaments decorated with silicatein-synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Gardères, Johan; Elkhooly, Tarek A; Link, Thorben; Markl, Julia S; Müller, Werner E G; Renkel, Jochen; Korzhev, Michael; Wiens, Matthias

    2016-09-01

    The fundamental mechanisms of biomineralization and their translation into innovative synthetic approaches have yielded promising perspectives for the fabrication of biomimetic and bioinspired organic-inorganic hybrid materials. In siliceous sponges, the enzyme silicatein catalyzes the polycondensation of molecular precursors to nano-structured SiO2 that is deposited on self-assembled filaments consisting of the two silicatein isoforms (silicatein-α and -β) and the scaffold protein silintaphin-1. Due to its broad substrate specificity silicatein is also able to convert in vitro various other precursors to non-biogenic materials (e.g., hydrolysis of titanium bis(ammonium lactato)-dihydroxide [TiBALDH] and subsequent polycondensation to titania [TiO2]). In the present approach, silicatein was bioengineered to carry a protein tag (Arg-tag) that confers binding affinity to TiO2. Then, by combining Arg-tagged silicatein-α with silicatein-β and silintaphin-1, self-assembled branched hybrid protein microfilaments were fabricated. Upon subsequent incubation with TiBALDH the filaments were decorated with TiO2 and assayed for photocatalytic activity through photodegradation of the dye methylene blue. This is the first approach that considers concomitant application of two silicatein isoforms for the synthesis of bioinspired organic-inorganic hybrid materials. It is also the first time that the biocatalytic activity of the enzymes has been combined with both the structure-providing properties of silintaphin-1 and a TiO2 affinity protein tag to fabricate self-assembled branched protein filaments as template for a silicatein-synthesized TiO2 photocatalyst. The TiO2-decorated filaments might be explored as a practical alternative to approaches where biotemplates have to be laboriously isolated from their original biological source prior to TiO2 immobilization. PMID:27151092

  15. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of WO3-surface modified TiO2 thin film

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    Qamar, Mohammad; Drmosh, Qasem; Ahmed, Muhammad I.; Qamaruddin, Muhammad; Yamani, Zain H.

    2015-02-01

    Development of nanostructured photocatalysts for harnessing solar energy in energy-efficient and environmentally benign way remains an important area of research. Pure and WO3-surface modified thin films of TiO2 were prepared by magnetron sputtering on indium tin oxide glass, and photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activities of these films were studied. TiO2 particles were <50 nm, while deposited WO3 particles were <20 nm in size. An enhancement in the photocurrent was observed when the TiO2 surface was modified WO3 nanoparticles. Effect of potential, WO3 amount, and radiations of different wavelengths on the photoelectrochemical activity of TiO2 electrodes was investigated. Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and WO3-modified TiO2 for the decolorization of methyl orange was tested.

  16. Synthesis of single-crystal-like TiO2 hierarchical spheres with exposed {1 0 1} and {1 1 1} facets via lysine-inspired method

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    Zheng, Zuyang; Wang, Zhenfeng; Xie, Liyan; Fang, Zhibin; Feng, Wenhui; Huang, Mianli; Liu, Ping

    2015-10-01

    Single-crystal-like TiO2 hierarchical spheres, which own the advantages of both high energy facets and big surface area, were successfully synthesized via a biomolecule-inspire method. Exposed facets of these TiO2 samples were custom-designed by controlling the additive amount of L-lysine. The formation mechanism was preliminary studied. Single-crystal-like TiO2 seems to grow through a facile oriented growth mechanism with the help of the capping synergetic effect of SO42- and lysine. Only appropriate ratios of lysine to SO42- can help the formation of single-crystal-like anatase TiO2 with exposed {1 0 1}, {1 1 1} planes. Both high surface area and the exposure of peculiar planes can enhance photocatalytic activity.

  17. Hierarchically branched Fe2O3@TiO2 nanorod arrays for photoelectrochemical water splitting: facile synthesis and enhanced photoelectrochemical performance

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    Li, Yuangang; Wei, Xiaoliang; Zhu, Bowen; Wang, Hua; Tang, Yuxin; Sum, Tze Chien; Chen, Xiaodong

    2016-05-01

    Highly photoactive and durable photoanode materials are the key to photoelectrochemical water splitting. In this paper, hierarchically branched Fe2O3@TiO2 nanorod arrays (denoted as Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs) composed of a long Fe2O3 trunk and numerous short TiO2 nanorod branches were fabricated and used as photoanodes for water splitting. Significant improvement of photoelectrochemical water splitting performance was observed based on Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs. The photocurrent density of Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs reaches up to 1.3 mA cm-2 at 1.23 V versus RHE, which is 10 times higher than that of pristine Fe2O3 nanorod arrays under the same conditions. Furthermore, an obvious cathodic shift in the onset potential of photocurrent was observed in the Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs. More significantly, the Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs are quite stable even after 3600 s continuous illumination, and the photocurrent density shows almost no decay. Finally, a tentative mechanism was proposed to explain the superior performance of Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs for PEC water splitting and discussed in detail on the basis of our experimental results.Highly photoactive and durable photoanode materials are the key to photoelectrochemical water splitting. In this paper, hierarchically branched Fe2O3@TiO2 nanorod arrays (denoted as Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs) composed of a long Fe2O3 trunk and numerous short TiO2 nanorod branches were fabricated and used as photoanodes for water splitting. Significant improvement of photoelectrochemical water splitting performance was observed based on Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs. The photocurrent density of Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs reaches up to 1.3 mA cm-2 at 1.23 V versus RHE, which is 10 times higher than that of pristine Fe2O3 nanorod arrays under the same conditions. Furthermore, an obvious cathodic shift in the onset potential of photocurrent was observed in the Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs. More significantly, the Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs are quite stable even after 3600 s continuous illumination, and the photocurrent density shows almost no decay. Finally, a tentative mechanism was proposed to explain the superior performance of Fe2O3@TiO2 BNRs for PEC water splitting and discussed in detail on the basis of our experimental results. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr02430k

  18. Synthesis and characterization of UV-treated Fe-doped bismuth lanthanum titanate-doped TiO2 layers in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Song, Myoung Geun; Bark, Chung Wung

    2016-06-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on titanium dioxide (TiO2) have been extensively studied because they constitute promising low-cost alternatives to their conventional semiconductor-based counterparts. However, much of the effort aimed at achieving high conversion efficiencies has focused on dye and liquid electrolytes. In this work, we report the photovoltaic characteristics of DSSCs fabricated by mixing TiO2 with Fe-doped bismuth lanthanum titanate (Fe-BLT). These nanosized Fe-BLT powders were prepared by using a high-energy ball-milling process. In addition, we used a UV radiation-ozone (UV-O3) treatment to change the surface wettability of TiO2 from hydrophobic to hydrophilic and thereby prevented the easy separation of the Fe-BLT-mixed TiO2 from the fluorine-doped tin-oxide (FTO) coating glass.

  19. Synthesis of double-shelled sea urchin-like yolk-shell Fe3O4/TiO2/Au microspheres and their catalytic applications

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    Li, Jie; Tan, Li; Wang, Ge; Yang, Mu

    2015-03-01

    Double-shelled sea urchin-like yolk-shell Fe3O4/TiO2/Au microspheres were successfully synthesized through loading Au nanoparticles on the Fe3O4/TiO2 support by a in situ reduction of HAuCl4 with NaBH4 aqueous solution. These microspheres possess tunable cavity size, adjustable shell layers, high structural stability and large specific surface area. The Au nanoparticles of approximately 5 nm in diameter were loaded both on the TiO2 nanofibers and inside the cavities of sea urchin-like yolk-shell Fe3O4/TiO2 microspheres. The sea urchin-like structure composed of TiO2 nanofibers ensure the good distribution of the Au nanoparticles, while the novel double-shelled yolk-shell structure guarantees the high stability of the Au nanoparticles. Furthermore, the Fe3O4 magnetic core facilitates the convenient recovery of the catalyst by applying an external magnetic field. The Fe3O4/TiO2/Au microspheres display excellent activities and recycling properties in the catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP): the rate constant is 1.84 min-1 and turnover frequency is 5457 h-1.

  20. Synthesis and photocatalytic oxidation of different organic dyes by using Mn 2O 3/TiO 2 solid solution and visible light

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    Ghorai, Tanmay K.; Pramanik, Susmita; Pramanik, Panchanan

    2009-08-01

    Mn 2O 3/TiO 2 solid solution was prepared from two different oxides, manganese oxide (from KMnO 4 and ethanol) and TiO 2, these samples were characterized by BET, XRD, EDAX, SEM, FT-IR, ESR, XPS and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. Photocatalytic activities of Mn 2O 3/TiO 2 powder was investigated by photooxidation of different dyes like Rhodamine B, thymol blue, methyl orange and Bromocresol green under visible light (300-W Xe lamp; λ > 420 nm). The results show that the alloy of TiO 2 with 1 mol% of Mn 2O 3 (MNT1) exhibit photocatalytic activity 3-5 times higher than that of P25 TiO 2 for oxidation of various dyes (RB, TB, MO and BG). The average particle size and crystallite size of MNT1 were found to be 100 nm and 12 nm measured from SEM and XRD, respectively. The EPR spectra of the Mn 2O 3/TiO 2 samples is a sharp five-line Mn(III) component centered on geff = 1 .99.

  1. Nanocrystalline TiO2 films containing sulfur and gold: Synthesis, characterization and application to immobilize and direct electrochemistry of cytochrome c

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    Rafiee-Pour, Hossain-Ali; Hamadanian, Masood; Koushali, Samaneh Katebi

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, nanoporous titanium dioxide (TiO2) film was used for cytochrome c (cyt c) immobilization as an electrode substrate for electrochemical redox activity of the adsorbed cyt c. The result of cyclic voltammetry exhibited a pair of well-defined and quasi-reversible peaks for direct electron transfer of cyt c (formal potential [E0‧ = (Epa + Epc)/2] of 53 mV versus Ag/AgCl). In addition the effect of metal and nonmetal ions (Au, S) co-doping on the efficiency of TiO2 nanoparticles (prepared by combining sol-gel and photo-deposition methods) on the cyt c immobilization process was investigated. The results exhibited that the Au, S-co-doped TiO2 (Au/S-TiO2) with a spheroidal shape demonstrates a smaller grain size than the pure TiO2. Meanwhile, the UV-vis DRS of Au/S-TiO2 showed a considerable red shift to the visible region. As a result, it was found that 4% Au/0.1% S-TiO2 had the highest efficiency for cytochrome c immobilization. The results showed that the peak currents were higher after the annealing of the TiO2 film. This observation suggests that the use of TiO2 films may be advantageous for the development of nanoporous biosensors employing reductive electrochemistry.

  2. Band gap engineered, oxygen-rich TiO2 for visible light induced photocatalytic reduction of CO2.

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    Tan, Lling-Lling; Ong, Wee-Jun; Chai, Siang-Piao; Mohamed, Abdul Rahman

    2014-07-01

    A facile and dopant-free strategy was employed to fabricate oxygen-rich TiO2 (O2-TiO2) with enhanced visible light photoactivity. Such properties were achieved by the in situ generation of oxygen through the thermal decomposition of the peroxo-titania complex. The O2-TiO2 photocatalyst exhibited high photoactivity towards CO2 reduction under visible light. PMID:24841282

  3. Synthesis of Hierarchical (BiO)2CO3 Nanosheets Microspheres toward Efficient Photocatalystic Reduction of CO2 into CO

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    Yang, Huohai; Bai, Yang; Chen, Ting; Shi, Xian; Zhu, Yu-chuan

    2016-04-01

    In this paper, hierarchical (BiO)2CO3 nanosheets microspheres were synthesized with dry ice as carbon source, and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscope (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS). The photocatalytic results showed that (BiO)2CO3 display much higher photocatalytic activity than BiOCl and TiO2 for photocatalystic reduction of CO2 under UV-visible light. The photocatalytic mechanism study revealled that (BiO)2CO3 display better separation efficiency of photoinduced charge carriers due to the large interlayer spacing (1.3675 nm).

  4. Rapid flame synthesis of internal Mo6+ doped TiO2 nanocrystals in situ decorated with highly dispersed MoO3 clusters for lithium ion storage

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    Li, Yunfeng; Hu, Yanjie; Shen, Jianhua; Jiang, Haibo; Min, Guoquan; Qiu, Shengjie; Song, Zhitang; Sun, Zhuo; Li, Chunzhong

    2015-11-01

    The rational design of nanoheterostructured materials has attracted much attention because of its importance for developing highly efficient LIBs. Herein, we have demonstrated that internal Mo6+ doped TiO2 nanocrystals in situ decorated with highly dispersed MoO3 clusters have been realized by a facile and rapid flame spray pyrolysis route for electrochemical energy storage. In such intriguing nanostructures, internal Mo6+ doping can improve the conductivity of electrode materials and facilitate rapid Li+ intercalation and ion transport and the heteroassembly of highly dispersed ultrafine MoO3 clusters with excellent electrochemical activity endows the TiO2 with extra Li+ ion storage ability as well as incorporates Mo6+. Thus, the as-prepared nanohybrid electrodes exhibit a high specific capacity and superior rate capability due to the maximum synergetic effect of TiO2, Mo6+ and ultrafine MoO3 clusters. Moreover, the aerosol flame process with a unique temperature gradient opens a new strategy to design novel hybrid materials by the simultaneous doping and heteroassembly engineering for next-generation LIBs.The rational design of nanoheterostructured materials has attracted much attention because of its importance for developing highly efficient LIBs. Herein, we have demonstrated that internal Mo6+ doped TiO2 nanocrystals in situ decorated with highly dispersed MoO3 clusters have been realized by a facile and rapid flame spray pyrolysis route for electrochemical energy storage. In such intriguing nanostructures, internal Mo6+ doping can improve the conductivity of electrode materials and facilitate rapid Li+ intercalation and ion transport and the heteroassembly of highly dispersed ultrafine MoO3 clusters with excellent electrochemical activity endows the TiO2 with extra Li+ ion storage ability as well as incorporates Mo6+. Thus, the as-prepared nanohybrid electrodes exhibit a high specific capacity and superior rate capability due to the maximum synergetic effect of TiO2, Mo6+ and ultrafine MoO3 clusters. Moreover, the aerosol flame process with a unique temperature gradient opens a new strategy to design novel hybrid materials by the simultaneous doping and heteroassembly engineering for next-generation LIBs. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: SEM, TEM images, XRD patterns, EDX and the discharge-charge capacity of Mo6+-TiO2/MoO3 NHs, TiO2, and Mo6+-TiO2/MoO3 NHs after sulfuration, and nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms of Mo6+-TiO2/MoO3 NHs. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05586e

  5. Synthesis, characterization, and performance evaluation of multilayered photoanodes by introducing mesoporous carbon and TiO2 for humic acid adsorption.

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    Hosseini, Soraya; Jahangirian, Hossein; Webster, Thomas J; Soltani, Salman Masoudi; Aroua, Mohamed Kheireddine

    2016-01-01

    Nanostructured photoanodes were prepared via a novel combination of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles and mesoporous carbon (C). Four different photoanodes were synthesized by sol-gel spin coating onto a glassy substrate of fluorine-doped tin oxide. The photocatalytic activities of TiO2, TiO2/C/TiO2, TiO2/C/C/TiO2, and TiO2/C/TiO2/C/TiO2 photoanodes were evaluated by exposing the synthesized photoanodes to UV-visible light. The photocurrent density observed in these photoanodes confirmed that an additional layer of mesoporous carbon could successfully increase the photocurrent density. The highest photocurrent density of ~1.022 mA cm(-2) at 1 V/saturated calomel electrode was achieved with TiO2/C/C/TiO2 under an illumination intensity of 100 mW cm(-2) from a solar simulator. The highest value of surface roughness was measured for a TiO2/C/C/TiO2 combination owing to the presence of two continuous layers of mesoporous carbon. The resulting films had a thickness ranging from 1.605 µm to 5.165 µm after the calcination process. The presence of double-layer mesoporous carbon resulted in a 20% increase in the photocurrent density compared with the TiO2/C/TiO2 combination when only a single mesoporous carbon layer was employed. The improved performance of these photoanodes can be attributed to the enhanced porosity and increased void space due to the presence of mesoporous carbon. For the first time, it has been demonstrated here that the photoelectrochemical performance of TiO2 can be improved by integrating several layers of mesoporous carbon. Comparison of the rate of removal of humic acid by the prepared photoanodes showed that the highest performance from TiO2/C/C/TiO2 was due to the highest photocurrent density generated. Therefore, this study showed that optimizing the sequence of mesoporous carbon layers can be a viable and inexpensive method for enhanced humic acid removal. PMID:27574426

  6. Synthesis, characterization, and performance evaluation of multilayered photoanodes by introducing mesoporous carbon and TiO2 for humic acid adsorption

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    Hosseini, Soraya; Jahangirian, Hossein; Webster, Thomas J; Soltani, Salman Masoudi; Aroua, Mohamed Kheireddine

    2016-01-01

    Nanostructured photoanodes were prepared via a novel combination of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles and mesoporous carbon (C). Four different photoanodes were synthesized by sol–gel spin coating onto a glassy substrate of fluorine-doped tin oxide. The photocatalytic activities of TiO2, TiO2/C/TiO2, TiO2/C/C/TiO2, and TiO2/C/TiO2/C/TiO2 photoanodes were evaluated by exposing the synthesized photoanodes to UV–visible light. The photocurrent density observed in these photoanodes confirmed that an additional layer of mesoporous carbon could successfully increase the photocurrent density. The highest photocurrent density of ~1.022 mA cm−2 at 1 V/saturated calomel electrode was achieved with TiO2/C/C/TiO2 under an illumination intensity of 100 mW cm−2 from a solar simulator. The highest value of surface roughness was measured for a TiO2/C/C/TiO2 combination owing to the presence of two continuous layers of mesoporous carbon. The resulting films had a thickness ranging from 1.605 µm to 5.165 µm after the calcination process. The presence of double-layer mesoporous carbon resulted in a 20% increase in the photocurrent density compared with the TiO2/C/TiO2 combination when only a single mesoporous carbon layer was employed. The improved performance of these photoanodes can be attributed to the enhanced porosity and increased void space due to the presence of mesoporous carbon. For the first time, it has been demonstrated here that the photoelectrochemical performance of TiO2 can be improved by integrating several layers of mesoporous carbon. Comparison of the rate of removal of humic acid by the prepared photoanodes showed that the highest performance from TiO2/C/C/TiO2 was due to the highest photocurrent density generated. Therefore, this study showed that optimizing the sequence of mesoporous carbon layers can be a viable and inexpensive method for enhanced humic acid removal. PMID:27574426

  7. TiO2 nanoparticles induce DNA double strand breaks and cell cycle arrest in human alveolar cells.

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    Kansara, Krupa; Patel, Pal; Shah, Darshini; Shukla, Ritesh K; Singh, Sanjay; Kumar, Ashutosh; Dhawan, Alok

    2015-03-01

    TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) have the second highest global annual production (∼3000 tons) among the metal-containing NPs. These NPs are used as photocatalysts for bacterial disinfection, and in various other consumer products including sunscreen, food packaging, therapeutics, biosensors, surface cleaning agents, and others. Humans are exposed to these NPs during synthesis (laboratory), manufacture (industry), and use (consumer products, devices, medicines, etc.), as well as through environmental exposures (disposal). Hence, there is great concern regarding the health effects caused by exposure to NPs and, in particular, to TiO2 NPs. In the present study, the genotoxic potential of TiO2 NPs in A549 cells was examined, focusing on their potential to induce ROS, different types of DNA damage, and cell cycle arrest. We show that TiO2 NPs can induce DNA damage and a corresponding increase in micronucleus frequency, as evident from the comet and cytokinesis-block micronucleus assays. We demonstrate that DNA damage may be attributed to increased oxidative stress and ROS generation. Furthermore, genomic and proteomic analyses showed increased expression of ATM, P53, and CdC-2 and decreased expression of ATR, H2AX, and Cyclin B1 in A549 cells, suggesting induction of DNA double strand breaks. The occurrence of double strand breaks was correlated with cell cycle arrest in G2/M phase. Overall, the results indicate the potential for genotoxicity following exposure to these TiO2 NPs, suggesting that use should be carefully monitored. PMID:25524809

  8. TiO2@C Core-Shell Nanoparticles Formed by Polymeric Nano-Encapsulation

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    Vasei, Mitra; Das, Paramita; Cherfouh, Hayet; Marsan, Benoit; Claverie, Jerome

    2014-07-01

    TiO2 semiconducting nanoparticles are known to be photocatalysts of moderate activity due to their high band-gap and high rate of electron-hole recombination. The formation of a shell of carbon around the core of TiO2, i.e. the formation of TiO2@C nanoparticles, is believed to partly alleviate these problems. It is usually achieved by a hydrothermal treatment in a presence of a sugar derivative. We present here a novel method for the formation of highly uniform C shell around TiO2 nanoparticles. For this purpose, TiO2 nanoparticles were dispersed in water using an oligomeric dispersant prepared by Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Then the nanoparticles were engaged into an emulsion polymerization of acrylonitrile, resulting in the formation of a shell of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) around each TiO2 nanoparticles. Upon pyrolisis, the PAN was transformed into carbon, resulting in the formation of TiO2@C nanoparticles. The structure of the resulting particles was elucidated by X-Ray diffraction, FTIR, UV-VIS and Raman spectroscopy as well as TEM microscopy. Preliminary results about the use of the TiO2@C particles as photocatalysts for the splitting of water are presented. They indicate that the presence of the C shell is responsible for a significant enhancement of the photocurrent.

  9. TiO2@C core-shell nanoparticles formed by polymeric nano-encapsulation

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    Vasei, Mitra; Das, Paramita; Cherfouth, Hayet; Marsan, Benoît; Claverie, Jerome P.

    2014-01-01

    TiO2 semiconducting nanoparticles are known to be photocatalysts of moderate activity due to their high band-gap and high rate of electron-hole recombination. The formation of a shell of carbon around the core of TiO2, i.e., the formation of TiO2@C nanoparticles, is believed to partly alleviate these problems. It is usually achieved by a hydrothermal treatment in a presence of a sugar derivative. We present here a novel method for the formation of highly uniform C shell around TiO2 nanoparticles. For this purpose, TiO2 nanoparticles were dispersed in water using an oligomeric dispersant prepared by Reversible Addition-Fragmentation chain Transfer (RAFT) polymerization. Then the nanoparticles were engaged into an emulsion polymerization of acrylonitrile, resulting in the formation of a shell of polyacrylonitrile (PAN) around each TiO2 nanoparticles. Upon pyrolysis, the PAN was transformed into carbon, resulting in the formation of TiO2@C nanoparticles. The structure of the resulting particles was elucidated by X-Ray diffraction, FTIR, UV-VIS and Raman spectroscopy as well as TEM microscopy. Preliminary results about the use of the TiO2@C particles as photocatalysts for the splitting of water are presented. They indicate that the presence of the C shell is responsible for a significant enhancement of the photocurrent. PMID:25072054

  10. Graphene oxide nanosheets as an effective template for the synthesis of porous TiO2 film in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Ping; He, Fenglong; Wang, Jin; Yu, Huogen; Zhao, Li

    2015-12-01

    Template method by using various organic components as the pore-forming agent is an effective strategy for the preparation of various porous inorganic materials. After high-temperature calcination in air, the organic components can be in situ decomposed into the gaseous CO2, resulting in the formation of porous structures in inorganic materials. In addition to the well-known organic components, it is highly required to develop new and simple carbon-containing template to prepare porous inorganic nanostructures. In this study, graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets were used as a new template for the preparation of porous TiO2 film photoelectrode, which can be applied in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The porous TiO2 film was fabricated via a three-step method, including the initially homogeneous grafting of GO nanosheets on the TiO2 surface (TiO2-GO), the preparation of TiO2-GO film using blade method and final formation of porous structure after the in situ removal of GO by high-temperature calcination. The effect of GO content on photoelectric conversion performance of the as-fabricated DSSCs was investigated. It was found that the conversion efficiency of DSSC based on porous TiO2-GO (0.75%) film reached up to a maximum value (4.65%), which was much higher than that of DSSC based on nonporous TiO2 film (4.01%). The enhanced conversion efficiency can be attributed to the formation of more porous structures caused by the GO nanosheets after high-temperature calcination. This work may provide a new insight for preparing other porous structured materials.

  11. Sol-gel synthesis, characterization and optical properties of mercury-doped TiO 2 thin films deposited on ITO glass substrates

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    Mechiakh, R.; Ben Sedrine, N.; Chtourou, R.

    2011-08-01

    The Hg-doped and undoped nano-crystalline TiO 2 films on ITO glass substrates surface and polycrystalline powders were prepared by sol-gel dip coating technique. The crystal structure and surface morphology of TiO 2 were characterized by means of X-ray diffractometer (XRD), atomic force microscope (AFM), spectrophotometer, Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR), and spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE). The results indicated that the powder of TiO 2, doped with 5% Hg in room temperature was only composed of the anatase phase whereas in the undoped powder exhibits an amorphous phase were present. After heat treatments of thin films, titanium oxide starts to crystallize at the annealing temperature 400 °C. The average crystallite size of the undoped TiO 2 films was about 8.17 nm and was increased with Hg-doping in the TiO 2 films. Moreover, the grains distributed more uniform and the surface roughness was greater in the Hg-doped TiO 2 films than in the undoped one. Refractive index and porosity were calculated from the measured transmittance spectrum. The values of the index of refraction are in the range (1.95-2.49) and the porosity is in the range (47-2.8). The coefficient of transmission varies from 60 to 90%. SE study was used to determine the annealing temperature effect on the optical properties in the wavelength range from 0.25 to 2 μm and the optical gap of the Hg-doped TiO 2 thin films.

  12. Modelling materials for solar fuel synthesis by artificial photosynthesis; predicting the optical, electronic and redox properties of photocatalysts.

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    Guiglion, Pierre; Berardo, Enrico; Butchosa, Cristina; Wobbe, Milena C C; Zwijnenburg, Martijn A

    2016-02-24

    In this mini-review, we discuss what insight computational modelling can provide into the working of photocatalysts for solar fuel synthesis and how calculations can be used to screen for new promising materials for photocatalytic water splitting and carbon dioxide reduction. We will extensively discuss the different relevant (material) properties and the computational approaches (DFT, TD-DFT, GW/BSE) available to model them. We illustrate this with examples from the literature, focussing on polymeric and nanoparticle photocatalysts. We finish with a perspective on the outstanding conceptual and computational challenges. PMID:26808228

  13. Modelling materials for solar fuel synthesis by artificial photosynthesis; predicting the optical, electronic and redox properties of photocatalysts

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    Guiglion, Pierre; Berardo, Enrico; Butchosa, Cristina; Wobbe, Milena C. C.; Zwijnenburg, Martijn A.

    2016-02-01

    In this mini-review, we discuss what insight computational modelling can provide into the working of photocatalysts for solar fuel synthesis and how calculations can be used to screen for new promising materials for photocatalytic water splitting and carbon dioxide reduction. We will extensively discuss the different relevant (material) properties and the computational approaches (DFT, TD-DFT, GW/BSE) available to model them. We illustrate this with examples from the literature, focussing on polymeric and nanoparticle photocatalysts. We finish with a perspective on the outstanding conceptual and computational challenges.

  14. In situ synthesis of TiO2/SnO(x)-Au ternary heterostructures effectively promoting visible-light photocatalysis.

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    Dong, Zhao; Wu, Minghua; Wu, Jiaying; Ma, Yuanyuan; Ma, Zhenzhen

    2015-07-14

    TiO2/SnOx-Au ternary heterostructures were successfully fabricated via a simple in situ reduction of AuCl4(-) on TiO2 surfaces pre-modified with Sn(2+). The samples were characterized by XRD, TEM, XPS, N2 physical absorption and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. Photocatalytic activity toward degradation of methylene blue (MB) aqueous solution under visible light irradiation was investigated. The results suggested that the highly dispersive and ultrafine Au nanoparticles (NPs) covered with SnOx were deposited onto the surface of TiO2. The heterostructures significantly enhanced the photocatalytic activity compared with the traditional TiO2/Au sample prepared by the impregnation method and also enhanced the activity more than the binary TiO2/SnOx sample. Moreover, the size of the Au NPs could be well controlled by simply tuning the dosage of HAuCl4, and the optimized catalytic activity of the ternary heterostructures was obtained when the dosage of Au was 1% and the Au particle size was ∼2.65 nm. The enhancement of photocatalytic performance could be attributed to the surface plasmon resonance effect of the Au NPs and the electron-sink function of the SnOx, which improve the optical absorption properties as well as photoinduced charge carrier separation, synergistically facilitating the photocatalysis. PMID:26061220

  15. Microwave-solvothermal synthesis of various polymorphs of nanostructured TiO2 in different alcohol media and their lithium ion storage properties.

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    Yoon, Sukeun; Lee, Eun-Sung; Manthiram, Arumugam

    2012-03-19

    The various polymorphs (anatase, rutile, and brookite) of TiO(2) with different nanomorphologies have been synthesized by a facile microwave-assisted solvothermal process without surfactants, employing TiCl(4) or TiCl(3) as precursors in various alcohol (ethanol, propanol, butanol, and octanol) media. The samples have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron microscopy, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis. The Ti/Cl ion concentration, reaction pH, and size of the alcohol molecule are found to control the morphology, crystal structure, and crystallite size of the TiO(2) particles. Among the various TiO(2) polymorphs synthesized, the rutile TiO(2) spheres built up of nanorods that were synthesized with TiCl(4) in octanol have an average pore size and surface area of, respectively, 5 nm and 404 m(2)/g and exhibit the best electrochemical performance with a capacity of >200 mAh/g after 100 cycles and high rate capability. The excellent electrochemical properties originate from the nanorod-building morphology and mesoporosity of TiO(2) spheres that provide good electrical contact, accommodates the strain smoothly, and facilitates facile lithium-ion diffusion. PMID:22380796

  16. A new preparation of doped photocatalytic TiO2 anatase nanoparticles: a preliminary study for the removal of pollutants in confined museum areas

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    Greco, Enrico; Ciliberto, Enrico; Cirino, Antonio M. E.; Capitani, Donatella; Di Tullio, Valeria

    2016-05-01

    The use of nanotechnology in conservation is a relatively new concept. Usually, classical cleanup methods take into account the use of other chemicals: On the one hand they help the environment destroying pollutants, but on the other hand they often become new pollutants. Among the new oxidation methods called advanced oxidation processes, heterogeneous photocatalysis has appeared an emerging technology with several economic and environmental advantages. A new sol-gel method of synthesis of TiO2 anatase is reported in this work using lithium and cobalt (II) salts. The activation energy of the doped photocatalyst was analyzed by solid-state UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The mobility of Li ions on TiO2 NPs surface was studied by 7Li MAS NMR spectroscopy. Use of doped nanotitania is suggested from authors for the removal of pollutants in confined areas containing goods that must be preserved from decomposition and aging phenomena.

  17. Remarkable Charge Separation and Photocatalytic Efficiency Enhancement through Interconnection of TiO2 Nanoparticles by Hydrothermal Treatment.

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    Ide, Yusuke; Inami, Nozomu; Hattori, Hideya; Saito, Kanji; Sohmiya, Minoru; Tsunoji, Nao; Komaguchi, Kenji; Sano, Tsuneji; Bando, Yoshio; Golberg, Dmitri; Sugahara, Yoshiyuki

    2016-03-01

    Although tremendous effort has been directed to synthesizing advanced TiO2 , it remains difficult to obtain TiO2 exhibiting a photocatalytic efficiency higher than that of P25, a benchmark photocatalyst. P25 is composed of anatase, rutile, and amorphous TiO2 particles, and photoexcited electron transfer and subsequent charge separation at the anatase-rutile particle interfaces explain its high photocatalytic efficiency. Herein, we report on a facile and rational hydrothermal treatment of P25 to selectively convert the amorphous component into crystalline TiO2 , which is deposited between the original anatase and rutile particles to increase the particle interfaces and thus enhance charge separation. This process produces a new TiO2 exhibiting a considerably enhanced photocatalytic efficiency. This method of synthesizing this TiO2 , inspired by a recently burgeoning zeolite design, promises to make TiO2 applications more feasible and effective. PMID:26891152

  18. Synthesis of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) triggered Ag/TiO2 photocatalyst for degradation of endocrine disturbing compounds

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    Leong, Kah Hon; Gan, Bee Ling; Ibrahim, Shaliza; Saravanan, Pichiah

    2014-11-01

    Surface deposition of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) onto the 100% anatase titania (Ag/TiO2) for evolution of surface plasmon resonance (SPR) was achieved sustainably with the assistance of solar energy. The preparation resulted in Ag/TiO2 photocatalyst with varied Ag depositions (0.5 wt%, 1.0 wt%, 3.0 wt% and 5.0 wt%). All obtained photocatalysts were characterized for the evolution of SPR via crystalline phase analysis, morphology, lattice fringes, surface area and pore size characteristics, chemical composition with chemical and electronic state, Raman scattering, optical and photoluminescence properties. The deposition of synthesized Ag NPs exhibited high uniformity and homogeneity and laid pathway for effective utilization of the visible region of electromagnetic spectrum through SPR. The depositions also lead for suppressing recombination rates of electron-hole. The photocatalytic evaluation was carried out by adopting two different class of endocrine disturbing compound (EDC) i.e., amoxicillin (pharmaceutical) and 2,4-dichlorophenol (pesticide) excited with artificial visible light source. Ag/TiO2 with Ag > 0.5 wt% exhibited significant degradation efficiency for both amoxicillin and 2,4-dichlorophenol. Thus synthesized Ag/TiO2 revealed the implication of plasmonics on TiO2 for the enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity.

  19. UV-vis light activated Ag decorated monodisperse TiO2 for treatment of pharmaceuticals in water

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    Recently, many researchers have made a lot of effort to utilize the visible light portion of the solar spectrum to activate TiO2 photocatalyst for environmental applications, such as water, air, and soil remediation. The deposition of noble metals on photocatalysts is of great in...

  20. Room-temperature synthesis of single-phase anatase TiO2 by aging and its self-cleaning properties.

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    Qi, Kaihong; Xin, John H

    2010-12-01

    A facile process to synthesize single-phase anatase titanium dioxide nanocrystallites at room temperature was presented. The process included a sol-gel reaction in an aqueous media followed by aging at room temperature. The anatase TiO2 was characterized using XRD, TEM and SEM. The cotton fabrics-coated by the anatase nanocrystallites possessed significant photocatalytic self-cleaning properties as demonstrated by their ability to decompose a colorant and degrade red wine and coffee stains, which was equivalent to that of prepared by heating or hydrothermal methods described previously. The anatase TiO2-coated cotton substrate also showed a high UPF rating of 50+, which means excellent UV protection to human wearers. The study of the adhesion between the anatase TiO2 and the cotton substrate showed that even after 20 times of repeated launderings, the-coated substrate was still capable of decomposing stains, which indicated its photocatalytic power, though this was reduced compared to that before laundering. The tensile strength results of the anatase TiO2-coated cotton fabrics indicate that the anatase TiO2 will not damage the cotton substrate even after 20 h of continuous UV irradiation. The method of preparing single-phase anatase TiO2 revealed in this study not only eliminates the need for high temperature processing, which means energy saving, but also broadens its applications to poor acid-resistant and low thermal stability materials such as many of the biomaterials and cellulosic materials. PMID:21070041

  1. Electron transfers in a TiO2-containing MOR zeolite: synthesis of the nanoassemblies and application using a probe chromophore molecule.

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    Legrand, A; Moissette, A; Hureau, M; Casale, S; Massiani, P; Vezin, H; Mamede, A S; Batonneau-Gener, I

    2014-07-14

    New assemblies constituted by a microporous matrix of mordenite (MOR) zeolite on which TiO2 nanoclusters are deposited were synthesized using ionic oxalate complexes and TiCl3 titanium precursors. The samples were used to investigate the transfer of electrons produced by spontaneous or photo-induced ionization of a guest molecule (t-stilbene, t-St) occluded in the porous volume towards the conduction band of a conductive material placed nearby, in the pores or at least close to their entrance. The reaction mechanisms were compared in these Ti-rich solids and in a Ti-free mordenite sample. The characterization by XRD, N2 physisorption, TEM, XPS and DRIFT spectroscopy of the supramolecular TiO2/MOR systems before t-St adsorption showed the preservation of the crystalline structure after Ti addition and thermal activation treatments. They also revealed that titanium is mainly located at the external surface of the zeolite grains, in the form of highly dispersed and/or aggregated anatase. After incorporation of the guest molecule in the new assemblies, diffuse reflectance UV-visible and EPR spectroscopies indicate that the electron transfer processes are similar with and without TiO2 but strongly stabilized t-St˙(+) radicals are detected in the TiO2-MOR samples whereas such species were never detected earlier in TiO2-free mordenite using these techniques. The stabilization process is found to be more efficient in the sample prepared with TiCl3 as the precursor than with titanium oxalates. It is proposed that the proximity of TiO2 with the formed t-St˙(+) radicals provokes the stabilization of the radical through capture of the ejected electron by the semi-conductor and that confinement effects can also play a role. PMID:24866869

  2. Elementary photocatalytic chemistry on TiO2 surfaces.

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    Guo, Qing; Zhou, Chuanyao; Ma, Zhibo; Ren, Zefeng; Fan, Hongjun; Yang, Xueming

    2016-07-01

    Photocatalytic hydrogen production and pollutant degradation provided both great opportunities and challenges in the field of sustainable energy and environmental science. Over the past few decades, we have witnessed fast growing interest and efforts in developing new photocatalysts, improving catalytic efficiency and exploring the reaction mechanism at the atomic and molecular levels. Owing to its relatively high efficiency, nontoxicity, low cost and high stability, TiO2 becomes one of the most extensively investigated metal oxides in semiconductor photocatalysis. Fundamental studies on well characterized single crystals using ultrahigh vacuum based surface science techniques could provide key microscopic insight into the underlying mechanism of photocatalysis. In this review, we have summarized recent progress in the photocatalytic chemistry of hydrogen, water, oxygen, carbon monoxide, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones and carboxylic acids on TiO2 surfaces. We focused this review mainly on the rutile TiO2(110) surface, but some results on the rutile TiO2(011), anatase TiO2(101) and (001) surfaces are also discussed. These studies provided fundamental insights into surface photocatalysis as well as stimulated new investigations in this exciting field. At the end of this review, we have discussed how these studies can help us to develop new photocatalysis models. PMID:26335268

  3. Efficient Photocatalytic Activities of TiO2 Hollow Fibers with Mixed Phases and Mesoporous Walls

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    Hou, Huilin; Shang, Minghui; Wang, Lin; Li, Wenge; Tang, Bin; Yang, Weiyou

    2015-01-01

    Currently, Degussa P25, with the typical mixed phases of anatase and rutile TiO2, is widely applied as the commercial photocatalysts. However, there are still some of obstacles for the P25 nanoparticles with totally high photocatalytic activities, especially for the catalytic stability due to their inevitable aggregation of the nanoparticles when used as the photocatalysts. In the present work, we reported the exploration of a novel TiO2 photocatalyst, which could offer an ideal platform for synergetic combination of the mixed-phase composition, hollow architecture and mesoporous walls for the desired excellent photocatalytic efficiency and robust stability. The mesoporous TiO2 hollow nanofibers were fabricated via a facile single capillary electrospinning technique, in which the foaming agents were used for creating mesopores throughout the walls of the hollow fibers. The obtained hollow fibers exhibit a high purity and possess the mixed phases of 94.6% anatase and 5.4% rutile TiO2. As compared to P25, the as-fabricated mesoporous TiO2 hollow fibers exhibited much higher efficient photocatalytic activities and stabilities toward the hydrogen evolution with a rate of ~499.1 μmol g−1·h−1 and ~99.5% degradation Rhodamine B (RhB) in 60 min, suggesting their promising application in efficient photocatalysts. PMID:26470013

  4. Efficient Photocatalytic Activities of TiO2 Hollow Fibers with Mixed Phases and Mesoporous Walls.

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    Hou, Huilin; Shang, Minghui; Wang, Lin; Li, Wenge; Tang, Bin; Yang, Weiyou

    2015-01-01

    Currently, Degussa P25, with the typical mixed phases of anatase and rutile TiO2, is widely applied as the commercial photocatalysts. However, there are still some of obstacles for the P25 nanoparticles with totally high photocatalytic activities, especially for the catalytic stability due to their inevitable aggregation of the nanoparticles when used as the photocatalysts. In the present work, we reported the exploration of a novel TiO2 photocatalyst, which could offer an ideal platform for synergetic combination of the mixed-phase composition, hollow architecture and mesoporous walls for the desired excellent photocatalytic efficiency and robust stability. The mesoporous TiO2 hollow nanofibers were fabricated via a facile single capillary electrospinning technique, in which the foaming agents were used for creating mesopores throughout the walls of the hollow fibers. The obtained hollow fibers exhibit a high purity and possess the mixed phases of 94.6% anatase and 5.4% rutile TiO2. As compared to P25, the as-fabricated mesoporous TiO2 hollow fibers exhibited much higher efficient photocatalytic activities and stabilities toward the hydrogen evolution with a rate of ~499.1 μmol g(-1)·h(-1) and ~99.5% degradation Rhodamine B (RhB) in 60 min, suggesting their promising application in efficient photocatalysts. PMID:26470013

  5. Efficient Photocatalytic Activities of TiO2 Hollow Fibers with Mixed Phases and Mesoporous Walls

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    Hou, Huilin; Shang, Minghui; Wang, Lin; Li, Wenge; Tang, Bin; Yang, Weiyou

    2015-10-01

    Currently, Degussa P25, with the typical mixed phases of anatase and rutile TiO2, is widely applied as the commercial photocatalysts. However, there are still some of obstacles for the P25 nanoparticles with totally high photocatalytic activities, especially for the catalytic stability due to their inevitable aggregation of the nanoparticles when used as the photocatalysts. In the present work, we reported the exploration of a novel TiO2 photocatalyst, which could offer an ideal platform for synergetic combination of the mixed-phase composition, hollow architecture and mesoporous walls for the desired excellent photocatalytic efficiency and robust stability. The mesoporous TiO2 hollow nanofibers were fabricated via a facile single capillary electrospinning technique, in which the foaming agents were used for creating mesopores throughout the walls of the hollow fibers. The obtained hollow fibers exhibit a high purity and possess the mixed phases of 94.6% anatase and 5.4% rutile TiO2. As compared to P25, the as-fabricated mesoporous TiO2 hollow fibers exhibited much higher efficient photocatalytic activities and stabilities toward the hydrogen evolution with a rate of ~499.1 μmol g-1·h-1 and ~99.5% degradation Rhodamine B (RhB) in 60 min, suggesting their promising application in efficient photocatalysts.

  6. (I(2))(n) encapsulation inside TiO(2): a way to tune photoactivity in the visible region.

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    Usseglio, Sandro; Damin, Alessandro; Scarano, Domenica; Bordiga, Silvia; Zecchina, Adriano; Lamberti, Carlo

    2007-03-14

    We report on the synthesis of nanovoid-structured TiO(2) material via a sol-gel route using titanium isopropoxide as precursor. The nanovoids are formed during the thermal treatment in air at 773 K. The surfaces of internal cavities are populated by the partial oxidation products of the organic part of the Ti precursor (CO(2), hydrogen carbonates, and residual isopropoxide groups). The thermal treatment in air at 773 K allows the maintainence, in the internal voids, of the encapsulated species. Addition of iodine in the synthesis procedure results in a new nanovoid-structured titanium oxide able to absorb light in the whole visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum. The origin of this absorption is attributed to the presence of (I(2))(n) adducts encapsulated in the nanocavities. These species coexist with partial combustion products of isopropoxide groups. Due to the protection of the TiO(2) walls, the (I(2))(n) adducts are not destroyed by thermal treatments in air. We have investigated whether the electron promoted in the excited state of the dye molecule (upon absorption of visible light from the (I(2))(n) adducts) can be injected into either the TiO(2) conduction band or some titanium-localized acceptor, followed by migration of the injected electron to the surface where it reduces adsorbed organic molecules. Preliminarily experiments conducted with sunlight show that the surface-specific efficiency of this process, tested by following the degradation of methylene blue, is about 10 times higher than that of the P25 commercial TiO(2) photocatalyst. PMID:17305337

  7. Facile synthesis of hierarchical Ag3PO4/TiO2 nanofiber heterostructures with highly enhanced visible light photocatalytic properties

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    Xie, Jinlei; Yang, Yefeng; He, Haiping; Cheng, Ding; Mao, Minmin; Jiang, Qinxu; Song, Lixin; Xiong, Jie

    2015-11-01

    Heterostructured semiconductor nanostructures have provoked great interest in the areas of energy, environment and catalysis. Herein, we report a novel hierarchical Ag3PO4/TiO2 heterostructure consisting of nearly spherical Ag3PO4 particles firmly coupled on the surface of TiO2 nanofibers (NFs). The construction of Ag3PO4/TiO2 heterostructure with tailored morphologies, compositions and optical properties was simply achieved via a facile and green synthetic strategy involving the electrospinning and solution-based processes. Owing to the synergetic effects of the components, the resulting hybrid heterostructures exhibited much improved visible light photocatalytic performance, which could degrade the RhB dye completely in 7.5 min. In addition, the coupling of Ag3PO4 particles with UV-light-sensitive TiO2 NFs enabled full utilization of solar energy and less consumption of noble metals, significantly appealing for their practical use in new energy sources and environmental issues. The developed synthetic strategy was considered to be applicable for the rational design and construction of other heterostructured catalysts.

  8. Template-free synthesis of homogeneous yolk-shell TiO2 hierarchical microspheres for high performance lithium ion batteries

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    Wang, Xiaobing; Wang, Yuanyuan; Yang, Lin; Wang, Kui; Lou, Xiangdong; Cai, Bibo

    2014-09-01

    The homogeneous yolk-shell TiO2 hierarchical microspheres (TiO2 HYSHMs) consisting of small nanoparticles have been fabricated through a facile template-free solvothermal reaction followed by calcination. The obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption/desorption analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. It was found that the microspheres have porous shell (∼100 nm in thickness) composed of small nanoparticles with an average diameter of 10 nm. The interspace between the yolk and shell is ∼150 nm. The BET specific surface area and pore volume of the sample are 151.1 m2 g-1 and 0.23 cm3 g-1, respectively. Ostwald ripening processes are proposed to explain the growth mechanism of the TiO2 HYSHMs based on a series of time-dependent experiments. As the anode materials for the lithium ion batteries, TiO2 HYSHMs exhibit a high initial discharge capacity of 267.6 mAh g-1 at 0.25 C and retain 191 mAh g-1 even after 40 cycles, indicating good electrochemical performance. These good electrochemical performances could be attributed to the short Li-ion and electron pathways, and enough elastic buffer space to accommodate large volume variation of the special yolk-shell hierarchical structure.

  9. Laser synthesis of hierarchically organized nanostructured TiO2 films on microfibrous carbon paper substrate: Characterization and electrocatalyst supporting properties

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    Wang, Youling; Tabet-Aoul, Amel; Mohamedi, Mohamed

    2015-12-01

    Titanium dioxide is cheap, non-toxic, exhibits a high mechanical resistance, very stable in acidic and oxidative environments is being studied as alternative to carbon as catalyst support in low-temperature fuel cells. Herein, via pulsed laser deposition, various morphologies of TiO2 thin films are synthesized at room temperature onto conductive microfibrous carbon paper substrate, which is the type of substrate, employed in energy storage and conversion devices. TiO2 films deposited under vacuum and in the presence of mild pressure of oxygen are very smooth and dense. Instead, TiO2 films deposited in the presence of helium atmosphere are of porous structures and vertically aligned. An increase in the helium pressure leads to the formation of forest-like vertically aligned nanostructures. Micro-Raman spectroscopy reveals that the films are amorphous and of rutile phase. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy shows that Ti is in fully oxidized state of Ti4+. The electrocatalytic supporting properties to Pt are investigated in H2SO4 and O2-saturated H2SO4 solution. It is found that regardless of the film morphology, all the synthesized TiO2 films dramatically increase the electroactive surface area of Pt and enhance its electroactivity towards oxygen reduction reaction as compared with bare Pt electrode.

  10. Template-free synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 hollow microspheres as scattering layer for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Rui, Yichuan; Wang, Linlin; Zhao, Jiachang; Wang, Hongzhi; Li, Yaogang; Zhang, Qinghong; Xu, Jingli

    2016-04-01

    Hierarchical TiO2 hollow microspheres were synthesized by a 2-step process consisting of thermal hydrolysis and subsequent solvothermal reaction. Quasi-monodispersed solid TiO2 microspheres aggregated by amorphous particles were firstly obtained by the controlled thermal hydrolysis of titanium sulfate, and then the solid structures transformed to hollow ones and crystallized during the subsequent solvothermal treatment. SEM and TEM images of the samples revealed that the morphological evolution was in perfect accordance with the inside-out Ostwald ripening mechanism. The rich porosity and unique hierarchical hollow structure endow the TiO2 microspheres with a large specific surface area of 108.0 m2 g-1. As an effective anode material for dye-sensitized solar cells, TiO2 hollow microspheres showed good capability of dye adsorption and strong light scattering, leading to a comparable energy conversion efficiency to the commercial 18NR-T transparent titania. Finally, a high efficiency of 7.84% was achieved for the bi-layer DSSC by coating the hollow microspheres on top of the 18NR-T titania as the light scattering layer.

  11. Low-temperature hydrothermal synthesis of N-doped TiO2 from small-molecule amine systems and their photocatalytic activity.

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    Bao, Nan; Niu, Jun-Jian; Li, Yuan; Wu, Guo-Lin; Yu, Xiao-Hong

    2013-01-01

    Nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanopowders have been successfully synthesized by a one-step hydrothennal route under soft-chemistry conditions (150 degrees, 8 h) without high-temperature calcination using seven different types of nitrogen dopants: methylamine, ethylamine, diethylamine, ethylenediamine, triethylamine, triethanolamine and ammonia. X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption isothenns and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to analyse the as-synthesized TiO2 powders. The results indicated that nitrogen was doped effectively and the structure and morphology of the titania samples were strongly influenced by the nitrogen sources. Among the investigated nitrogen sources, the diethylamine system was clearly superior to the other small-molecule amine or ammonia systems due to the broad-spectrum response (between 400 and 700 nm) of the interstitial nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanopowders. The diethylamine N-doped TiO2 had the largest pore volume (0.39 ml x g(-1)) and showed a well-aligned anatase phase. The visible-light photocatalytic degradation of liquid X-3B used as a probe reaction demonstrated that the removal rate over the diethylamine material reached 99.7% in 90 min. PMID:24617053

  12. Visible Light-activated TiO2 photocatalytic Films; Synthesis, Characterization and Environmental Application for the Destruction of Microcystin-LR

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    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) photocatalysis has become one of the most effective advanced oxidation technologies (AOTs) for the treatment of persistent organic contaminants. To generate hydroxyl radicals, a non-selective, reactive oxidizing species and responsible for the oxidation of...

  13. Beta zeolite supported sol-gel TiO2 materials for gas phase photocatalytic applications.

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    Lafjah, Mama; Djafri, Fatiha; Bengueddach, Abdelkader; Keller, Nicolas; Keller, Valérie

    2011-02-28

    Beta zeolite supported sol-gel TiO(2) photocatalytic materials were prepared according to a sol-gel route in which high specific surface area Beta zeolite powder was incorporated into the titanium isopropoxide sol during the course of the sol-gel process. This led to an intimate contact between the zeolite surface and the TiO(2) precursors, and resulted in the anchorage of large amounts of dispersed TiO(2) nanoparticles and in the stabilization of TiO(2) in its anatase form, even for high TiO(2) wt. contents and high calcination temperatures. Taking the UV-A photocatalytic oxidation of methanol as gas phase target reaction, high methanol conversions were obtained on the Beta zeolite supported TiO(2) photocatalysts when compared to bulk sol-gel TiO(2), despite lower amounts of TiO(2) within the photoactive materials. The methanol conversion was optimum for about 40 wt.% TiO(2) loading and calcination temperatures of 500-600°C. PMID:21177024

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

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

    2016-07-15

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  16. Synthesis of Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles by combining laser decomposition of titanium isopropoxide and ablation of Ag for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Al-Kamal, Ahmed Kamal

    Nanostructured powders of TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 are synthesized by a novel pulsed-laser process that combines laser ablation of a silver (Ag) disc with laser decomposition of a titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP) solution. Nanoparticles are formed by rapid condensation of vaporized species in the plasma plume generated by the high power laser, resulting in the formation of rapidly quenched Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles that have far-from-equilibrium or metastable structures. The uniqueness of the new ablation process is that it is a one-step process, in contrast to the two-step process developed by previous researchers in the field. Moreover, its ability to synthesize an extended-solid solution phase of Ag in TiO 2 may also be unique. The present work implies that other oxide phases, such as Al2O3, MgO and MgAl2O4, can be doped with normally insoluble metals, such as Pt and Ir, thus opening new opportunities for catalytic applications. Again, there is the prospect of being able to synthesize nanopowders of diamond, c-BN, and mixtures thereof, which are of interest for applications in machine tools, rock-drill bits, and lightweight armor. A wet-chemistry method is also investigated, which has much in common with that adopted by previous workers in the field. However, photo-voltaic properties do not measure up to expectations based on published data. A possible explanation is that the selected Ag concentrations are too high, so that recombination of holes and electrons occurs via a quantum-tunneling mechanism reduces photo-activity. Future work, therefore, will investigate lower concentrations of Ag dopant in TiO2, while also examining the effects of metastable states, including extended solid solution, amorphous, and semi-crystalline structures.

  17. Hydrothermal synthesis of TiO2 nanocrystals in different basic pHs and their applications in dye sensitized solar cells

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    Anajafi, Z.; Marandi, M.; Taghavinia, N.

    2015-06-01

    In this research TiO2 nanocrystals with sizes about 11-70 nm were grown by hydrothermal method. The process was performed in basic autoclaving pH in the range of 8.0-12.0. The synthesized anatase phase TiO2 nanocrystals were then applied in the phtoanode of the dye sensitized solar cells. It was shown that the final average size of the nanocrystals was larger when the growth was carried out in higher autoclaving pHs. The photoanodes made of TiO2 nanocrystals prepared in the pHs of 8.0 and 9.0 represented low amounts of dye adsorption and light scattering. The performance of the corresponding dye sensitized solar cells was also not acceptable. Nevertheless, the energy conversion efficiency was better for the state of pH of 9.0. For the photoanodes made of TiO2 nanocrystals prepared at autoclaving pH of 10.0, the dye adsorption and light scattering were quite higher. The photovoltaic characteristics of the best cell in this state were 15.25 mA/cm2, 740 mV, 0.6 and 6.8% for the short-circuit current density, open-circuit voltage, fill factor and efficiency, respectively. The photoanodes composed of TiO2 nanocrystals prepared in autoclaving pHs of 11.0 and 12.0 demonstrated lower amount of dye adsorption and higher light scattering. This was quite considerable for the state of pH of 12.0. The energy conversion efficiencies were consequently decreased compared to that of the pH of 10.0. The optimum situation was finally discussed based on the nanocrystals size and its influence on the sensitization and light harvesting efficiency.

  18. Synthesis of hierarchically porous structured CaCO3 and TiO2 replicas by sol-gel method using lotus root as template.

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    Chen, Jui-Yi; Yang, Ching-Yu; Chen, Po-Yu

    2016-10-01

    Intensive attention has been put in mimicking the morphologies in nature owing to their uniqueness, complexity, and diversity. One of the effective approaches to mimic bio-morphologies is through biotemplating - the technique of using biological structures as template to reproduce intricate structure in other forms of materials. This work presents a facile sol-gel technique that can be widely used to convert various carbon-rich bio-structures into different materials. Lotus root, a biomorphic template with high porosity at varying length scales, was selected as the example to demonstrate this approach. The experiment was conducted by infiltrating precursors - titanium (IV) n-butoxide (TnBT) and acetic acid calcium solution - into the lotus root template under vacuum system, followed by calcination. After the treatment, the replicas were calcite CaCO3 and anatase TiO2. In both CaCO3 and TiO2 replicas, the intact structure of the template was preserved. In spite of the overall similarity of the CaCO3 and TiO2 lotus root replicas, some respective differences were found. TiO2 replica was covered with nanowire bundles of 100-200nm in diameter, formed by preferable crystallization of particles, while CaCO3 replica presented the gradient-distributed pores of 10-100μm, which greatly resembled the microstructure of lotus root template. In the BET result, TiO2 replica was mesoporous structure with pores centralizing in 3-4nm. On the other hand, CaCO3 replica had pores in a wider distribution ranging from micro to macro scale. In addition, the surface area was greatly enhanced in both cases. The synthesized materials with hierarchical biomorphic structures may have great potential for purification applications due to their large specific surface area, photocatalytic property, and high adsorption rate. PMID:27287102

  19. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of supported TiO2 by selective surface modification of zeolite Y

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    Guesh, Kiros; Márquez-Álvarez, Carlos; Chebude, Yonas; Díaz, Isabel

    2016-08-01

    Zeolite Y was treated using ammonium acetate and ammonium fluoride sequentially. As a consequence the aluminum from the surface was selectively removed. Then, loading with TiO2 (20 wt%) led to a final photocatalyst. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), elemental analysis (ICP-OES), N2 adsorption, diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectroscopy (DRS), photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). It was found that 50% of the Al atoms were removed from the surface of the zeolite without affecting the framework structure. The TiO2/treated zeolite sample yielded 92% photocatalytic degradation of 10 ppm methyl orange (MO), a model pollutant, while the TiO2/parent zeolite converted only 7.6%. The mass normalized turnover rate (TORm) of the treated zeolite loaded with TiO2 was about 12 times higher than that of the parent zeolite loaded with the same amount of TiO2 precursor. This higher photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 supported on treated zeolite can be attributed to a more efficient interaction of the TiO2 with the zeolite leading to higher adsorption capacity. Reusability of the photocatalysts was assessed by performing three consecutive reaction cycles that showed no significant loss of photocatalytic activity.

  20. Visible-Light-Driven Oxidation of Primary C–H Bonds over CdS with Dual Co-catalysts Graphene and TiO2

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    Yang, Min-Quan; Zhang, Yanhui; Zhang, Nan; Tang, Zi-Rong; Xu, Yi-Jun

    2013-01-01

    Selective activation of primary C–H bonds for fine chemicals synthesis is of crucial importance for the sustainable exploitation of available feedstocks. Here, we report a viable strategy to synthesize ternary GR-CdS-TiO2 composites with an intimate spatial integration and sheet-like structure, which is afforded by assembling two co-catalysts, graphene and TiO2, into the semiconductor CdS matrix with specific morphology as a visible light harvester. The GR-CdS-TiO2 composites are able to serve as a highly selective visible-light-driven photocatalyst for oxidation of saturated primary C–H bonds using benign oxygen as oxidant under ambient conditions. This work demonstrates a wide, promising scope of adopting co-catalyst strategy to design more efficient semiconductor-based photocatalyst toward selective activation of C–H bonds using solar light and molecular oxygen. PMID:24264835

  1. Fabrication of mixed phase TiO2 heterojunction nanorods and their enhanced photoactivities.

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    Tiwari, Amritanjali; Mondal, Indranil; Ghosh, Saptarshi; Chattopadhyay, Nitin; Pal, Ujjwal

    2016-06-01

    Substantial efforts have been made in recent times in solving the major limiting factors affecting the efficiency of a photocatalyst. The fabrication of efficient junction architectures is one of the viable approaches to resolve this setback. We have developed a facile and systematic approach for the synthesis of anatase TiO2 () nanoparticles and 1-D anatase and rutile TiO2 () heterojunction nanorods to enhance the interfacial contact area by adjusting the titanium(iv) butoxide (TBOT) to titanium chloride (TiCl4) volume ratio. Their narrower band gap, increasing surface area and anatase phase composition engineered by adjusting the relative concentrations of titanium butoxide (TBOT) and titanium chloride (TiCl4) (TBOT/TiCl4, 1 : 0, 1 : 0.25, 1 : 1 and 1 : 4 v/v for , , and respectively) are also addressed. The materials showed impressive photocatalytic activity for H2 evolution from water/methanol and the photodegradation of organic pollutants like rhodamine B (RhB) and methylene blue (MB) dyes. showed superior activity (16.4 mmol g(-1) h(-1)) with an apparent quantum efficiency (AQE) of 7.7% together with its long-term stability. This is attributed to the synergistic effect observed in the mixed phase nanorod heterojunction photocatalyst. Methyl viologen (MV(2+)) has been used as a probe to elucidate the photocatalytic activities and highlight the heterojunction driven separation of photo-excited charge carriers for enhanced hydrogen production. PMID:27212470

  2. Interface actions between TiO2 and porous diatomite on the structure and photocatalytic activity of TiO2-diatomite

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    Xia, Yue; Li, Fangfei; Jiang, Yinshan; Xia, Maosheng; Xue, Bing; Li, Yanjuan

    2014-06-01

    TiO2-diatomite photocatalysts were prepared by sol-gel process with various pre-modified diatomite. In order to obtain diatomite with different surface characteristics, two modification approaches including calcination and phosphoric acid treatment on the micro-structure of diatomite are introduced. The photocatalysts were characterized by XRD, XPS, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms and micromorphology analysis. The results indicate that, compared with pure TiO2, the anatase-to-rutile phase transition temperature of TiO2 loaded on diatomite carrier is significantly increased to nearly 900 °C, depending on the different pretreatment method of diatomite. The photocatalytic activities of different samples were evaluated by their degradation rate of methyl orange (MO) dye under UV and visible-light irradiation. The samples prepared by phosphoric acid pretreatment method exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity. After 90 min of UV irradiation, about 90% of MO is decomposed by the best effective photocatalyst. And after 8 h visible-light irradiation, nearly 60% of MO is decomposed by the same sample. Further mechanism investigation reveals that the H3PO4 pretreatment process can obviously change the surface features of diatomite carrier, cause the formation of Si-O-Ti bond, increase the binding strength between TiO2 and diatomite, restrain crystal growth of loaded TiO2, and thus form thermal-stable mesoporous structure at the granular spaces. It helps to build micro-, meso- and macro-porous hierarchical porous structure in TiO2-diatomite, and improves the charge and mass transfer efficiency during catalyzing process, resulting in the significantly increased photocatalytic activity of TiO2-diatomite pretreated by phosphoric acid.

  3. Few-layered MoS2 nanosheets wrapped ultrafine TiO2 nanobelts with enhanced photocatalytic property

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    Li, Haidong; Wang, Yana; Chen, Guohui; Sang, Yuanhua; Jiang, Huaidong; He, Jiating; Li, Xu; Liu, Hong

    2016-03-01

    Photocatalytic materials comprised of semiconductor nanostructures have attracted tremendous scientific and technological interest over the last 30 years. This is due to the fact that these photocatalytic materials have unique properties that allow for an effective direct energy transfer from light to highly reactive chemical species which are applicable in the remediation of environmental pollutants and photocatalytic hydrogen generation. Heterostructured photocatalysts are a promising type of photocatalyst which can combine the properties of different components to generate a synergic effect, resulting in a high photocatalytic activity. In this work, a heterostructured photocatalyst comprised of few-layered MoS2 nanosheets coated on a TiO2 nanobelts surface was synthesized through a simple hydrothermal treatment. The hybrid heterostructures with enhanced broad spectrum photocatalytic properties can harness UV and visible light energy to decompose organic contaminants in aqueous solutions as well as split water to hydrogen and oxygen. The mechanism of the enhancement is that the MoS2/TiO2 nanobelts heterostructure can enhance the separation of the photo-induced carriers, which results in a higher photocurrent due to the special electronic characteristics of the graphene-like layered MoS2 nanosheets. This methodology is potentially applicable to the synthesis of a range of hybrid nanostructures with promising applications in photocatalysis and other relevant areas.Photocatalytic materials comprised of semiconductor nanostructures have attracted tremendous scientific and technological interest over the last 30 years. This is due to the fact that these photocatalytic materials have unique properties that allow for an effective direct energy transfer from light to highly reactive chemical species which are applicable in the remediation of environmental pollutants and photocatalytic hydrogen generation. Heterostructured photocatalysts are a promising type of

  4. Characterization and improved solar light activity of vanadium doped TiO2/diatomite hybrid catalysts.

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    Wang, Bin; Zhang, Guangxin; Leng, Xue; Sun, Zhiming; Zheng, Shuilin

    2015-03-21

    V-doped TiO2/diatomite composite photocatalysts with different vanadium concentrations were synthesized by a modified sol-gel method. The diatomite was responsible for the well dispersion of TiO2 nanoparticles on the matrix and consequently inhibited the agglomeration. V-TiO2/diatomite hybrids showed red shift in TiO2 absorption edge with enhanced absorption intensity. Most importantly, the dopant energy levels were formed in the TiO2 bandgap due to V(4+) ions substituted to Ti(4+) sites. The 0.5% V-TiO2/diatomite photocatalyst displayed narrower bandgap (2.95 eV) compared to undoped sample (3.13 eV) and other doped samples (3.05 eV) with higher doping concentration. The photocatalytic activities of V doped TiO2/diatomite samples for the degradation of Rhodamine B under stimulated solar light illumination were significantly improved compared with the undoped sample. In our case, V(4+) ions incorporated in TiO2 lattice were responsible for increased visible-light absorption and electron transfer to oxygen molecules adsorbed on the surface of TiO2 to produce superoxide radicals ˙O2(-), while V(5+) species presented on the surface of TiO2 particles in the form of V2O5 contributed to e(-)-h(+) separation. In addition, due to the combination of diatomite as support, this hybrid photocatalyst could be separated from solution quickly by natural settlement and exhibited good reusability. PMID:25497036

  5. Graphene Oxide-Assisted Synthesis of Microsized Ultrathin Single-Crystalline Anatase TiO2 Nanosheets and Their Application in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Chen, Biao; Sha, Junwei; Li, Wei; He, Fang; Liu, Enzuo; Shi, Chunsheng; He, Chunnian; Li, Jiajun; Zhao, Naiqin

    2016-02-01

    High-quality microsized ultrathin single-crystalline anatase TiO2 nanosheets (MS-TiO2) with exposed {001} facets were synthesized by a facile and low-cost two-step process that combines a graphene oxide (GO)-assisted hydrothermal method with calcination. Both GO and HF play an important role in the formation of well dispersed MS-TiO2. As a novel microsized (1-4 μm) ultrathin two-dimensional (2D) material, MS-TiO2 possesses much higher lateral size and aspect ratio compared to common 2D nanosized (30-60 nm) ultrathin TiO2 nanosheets (NS-TiO2), resulting in excellent electronic conductivity and superior electron transfer and diffusion properties. Here, we fabricated MS-TiO2 and NS-TiO2, both of which were incorporated with the TiO2 nanoparticles (P25) to constitute the hybrid photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), and explored the effect of the lateral size (nano- and micro-) of ultrathin TiO2 nanosheets on their electron transfer and diffusion properties. Benefiting from the faster electron transfer rate and short diffusion path of the MS-TiO2, the MS-TiO2/P25 gains the more superior performance compared to pure P25 and NS-TiO2/P25 in the application of DSSCs. Moreover, it is expected that the novel high aspect ratio MS-TiO2 may be applied in diverse fields including photocatalysis, photodetectors, lithium-ion batteries and others concerning the environment and energy. PMID:26745514

  6. A maskless synthesis of TiO2-nanofiber-based hierarchical structures for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells with improved performance

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    2014-01-01

    TiO2 hierarchical nanostructures with secondary growth have been successfully synthesized on electrospun nanofibers via surfactant-free hydrothermal route. The effect of hydrothermal reaction time on the secondary nanostructures has been studied. The synthesized nanostructures comprise electrospun nanofibers which are polycrystalline with anatase phase and have single crystalline, rutile TiO2 nanorod-like structures growing on them. These secondary nanostructures have a preferential growth direction [110]. UV–vis spectroscopy measurements point to better dye loading capability and incident photon to current conversion efficiency spectra show enhanced light harvesting of the synthesized hierarchical structures. Concomitantly, the dye molecules act as spacers between the conduction band electrons of TiO2 and holes in the hole transporting medium, i.e., spiro-OMeTAD and thus enhance open circuit voltage. The charge transport and recombination effects are characterized by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. As a result of improved light harvesting, dye loading, and reduced recombination losses, the hierarchical nanofibers yield 2.14% electrochemical conversion efficiency which is 50% higher than the efficiency obtained by plain nanofibers. PMID:24410851

  7. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of noble metal-modified TiO2 nanosheets with exposed {0 0 1} facets

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    Diak, Magdalena; Grabowska, Ewelina; Zaleska, Adriana

    2015-08-01

    Pt, Pd, Ag and Au nanoparticles were photodeposited on the {0 0 1} crystal facets of the TiO2 anatase nanosheets. Morphological and surface characterization of the samples as well as photocatalytic activity were studied. The influence of metal precursor concentration used during photodeposition (0.05-0.5%) on size of formed metal nanoparticles together with UV and vis-mediated activity of Pt, Pd, Ag or Au-TiO2 was investigated. Generally, samples obtained by photodeposition of noble metal nanoparticles using their 0.2% precursor solutions revealed highest activity in phenol degradation reaction under visible light (λ > 420 nm). The photoactivity of the as-prepared samples with respect to the modified metal species was ordered Ag≅Pd > Au > Pt. TEM analysis showed that photodeposited metal nanoparticles appeared only on {0 0 1} facets of TiO2. The average degradation rate of phenol in the presence of Pd and Ag-TiO2 was 0.5 μmol dm-3 min-1 after 60 min of irradiation under visible light, and was five times higher than that of pure TiO2 nanosheets.

  8. Hydrothermal Synthesis of TiO2 Porous Hollow Nanospheres for Coating on the Photoelectrode of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Madhu Mohan, Varishetty; Murakami, Kenji

    2012-02-01

    Various sizes of TiO2 hollow nanosphers were synthesized by a hydrolysis followed by the hydrothermal treatment using different water content and titanium isopropoxide (TTIP) while the remaining components such as methylamine, ethanol and acetonitrile were kept as a constant. We synthesized the various sizes of spheres, 150, 250, 400, 450, and 600 nm in diameter; those are represented as SP150, SP250, SP400, SP450, and SP600. The prepared spheres diameters were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). These spheres were coated by using a simple spray technique with the TiO2 colloidal solution as a scattering layer for the TiO2 photoelectrode of dye-sensitized solar cells. Optical absorption measurements did not find a difference in the dye adsorption amount with and without the scattering layer. The scattering effect was observed by incident photon to current conversion efficiency (IPCE) measurements especially in the wavelength region of 550-700 nm. The current-voltage (I-V) measurements show that the scattering layer with 450 nm spheres coated on the photoelectrode gave the improved photovoltaic performances compared to other diameters of the spheres. In the present study, the best energy conversion efficiency of 9.56% was obtained for the photoelectrode with the scattering layer, while the pure photoelectrode without the layer gave 8.4%.

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

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

    2012-10-01

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

  10. Rapid flame synthesis of internal Mo(6+) doped TiO2 nanocrystals in situ decorated with highly dispersed MoO3 clusters for lithium ion storage.

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    Li, Yunfeng; Hu, Yanjie; Shen, Jianhua; Jiang, Haibo; Min, Guoquan; Qiu, Shengjie; Song, Zhitang; Sun, Zhuo; Li, Chunzhong

    2015-11-28

    The rational design of nanoheterostructured materials has attracted much attention because of its importance for developing highly efficient LIBs. Herein, we have demonstrated that internal Mo(6+) doped TiO2 nanocrystals in situ decorated with highly dispersed MoO3 clusters have been realized by a facile and rapid flame spray pyrolysis route for electrochemical energy storage. In such intriguing nanostructures, internal Mo(6+) doping can improve the conductivity of electrode materials and facilitate rapid Li(+) intercalation and ion transport and the heteroassembly of highly dispersed ultrafine MoO3 clusters with excellent electrochemical activity endows the TiO2 with extra Li(+) ion storage ability as well as incorporates Mo(6+). Thus, the as-prepared nanohybrid electrodes exhibit a high specific capacity and superior rate capability due to the maximum synergetic effect of TiO2, Mo(6+) and ultrafine MoO3 clusters. Moreover, the aerosol flame process with a unique temperature gradient opens a new strategy to design novel hybrid materials by the simultaneous doping and heteroassembly engineering for next-generation LIBs. PMID:26490363

  11. (0 0 1) Facet-exposed anatase-phase TiO2 nanotube hybrid reduced graphene oxide composite: Synthesis, characterization and application in photocatalytic degradation

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    Zhou, Xun; Shi, Tiejun; Wu, Jing; Zhou, Haiou

    2013-12-01

    Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and TiO2 nanotube (TNT) with (0 0 1) facet-exposed anatase phase are covalently bonded together to synthesize TNT hybrid RGO (RGO-TNT) through consecutive process such as hydrothermal reaction, HCl washing, lyophilization and heat treatment with graphene oxide (GO), TiO2 powder and high concentration NaOH solution as the starting materials. The TNT with the diameter between 10 and 20 nm characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) is in anatase phase proven by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and HRTEM. Additionally, the more active (0 0 1) facet is exposed identified by HRTEM. More significantly, TNT is bridged to RGO by Csbnd Ti bond by the measurement of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photoluminescence (PL) spectra has testified that RGO in RGO-TNT can transfer and accept photoelectrons from TNT. The photocatalytic activity of RGO-TNT for degrading methylene blue (MB) is enhanced by contrast with pure TNT, and changeable by adjusting the mass ratios of GO to TiO2 powder. Simultaneously, lyophilization is benefit for maintaining the high active surface area of RGO-TNT, which is deeply in relationship with a higher photocatalytic activity. After four running cycles of photocatalytic degradation, RGO-TNT has shown a high stability and perfect reproducibility.

  12. Samarium-doped mesoporous TiO2 nanoparticles with improved photocatalytic performance for elimination of gaseous organic pollutants

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    Tang, Jianting; Chen, Xiaomiao; Liu, Yu; Gong, Wei; Peng, Zhenshan; Cai, Tiejun; Luo, Lianjing; Deng, Qian

    2013-01-01

    Mesoporous TiO2 doped with different amounts of Sm were prepared via a sol-gel route with Pluronic P123 as template. The materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and N2 sorption experiments, etc. The photocatalytic activity of the mesoporous TiO2 was tested in elimination of gaseous methanol and acetone. The Sm doped mesoporous TiO2 have higher activity than those of the commercial photocatalyst (Degussa, P25) and Sm doped TiO2 counterparts without mesopore structure under ultraviolet light irradiation. A possible mechanism was proposed to account for the high photocatalytic activity of the Sm doped mesoporous TiO2. The superior activity of the Sm doped mesoporous TiO2 may be attributed to the synergic effect of the high surface area, mesopore structure and doped Sm species.

  13. Synthesis, Characterization, and Tribological Evaluation of TiO2-Reinforced Boron and Nitrogen co-Doped Reduced Graphene Oxide Based Hybrid Nanomaterials as Efficient Antiwear Lubricant Additives.

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    Jaiswal, Vinay; Kalyani; Umrao, Sima; Rastogi, Rashmi B; Kumar, Rajesh; Srivastava, Anchal

    2016-05-11

    The microwave-synthesized reduced graphene oxide (MRG), boron-doped reduced graphene oxide (B-MRG), nitrogen-doped reduced graphene oxide (N-MRG), boron-nitrogen-co-doped reduced graphene oxide (B-N-MRG), and TiO2-reinforced B-N-MRG (TiO2-B-N-MRG) nanomaterials have been synthesized and characterized by various state-of-the-art techniques, like Raman spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, the tribological properties of prepared nanomaterials as antiwear additives in neutral paraffin oil have been evaluated using a four-ball machine at an optimized additive concentration (0.15% w/v). The tribological parameters, like mean wear scar diameter, coefficient of friction, and wear rates, revealed that these nanomaterials have potential to be developed as environmentally friendly sulfated-ash-, phosphorus-, and sulfur-free antiwear lubricant additives. The friction- and wear-reducing behavior of MRG increased upon successive doping of nitrogen, boron, and both nitrogen and boron. Among these additives, B-N-co-doped MRG shows superior tribological behavior in paraffin base oil. Besides this, the load-carrying properties of B-N-co-doped MRG have significantly improved after its reinforcement with TiO2 nanoparticles. A comparative study of the surface morphology of a lubricated track in the presence of various additives has been assessed by SEM and contact-mode atomic force microscopy. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies have proved that the excellent lubrication properties of TiO2-B-N-MRG are due to the in situ formation of a tribofilm composed of boron nitride, adsorbed graphene layers, and tribosintered TiO2 nanoparticles during the tribocontact. Being sulfur-, halogen-, and phosphorus-free, these graphene-based nanomaterials act as green antiwear additives, protecting interacting surfaces significantly from wear and tear. PMID:27097308

  14. 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

  15. TiO2 Photocatalytic Degradation of Phenylarsonic Acid

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    Zheng, Shan; Cai, Yong; O’Shea, Kevin E.

    2010-01-01

    Phenyl substituted arsenic compounds are widely used as feed additives in the poultry industry and have become a serious environmental concern. We have demonstrated that phenylarsonic acid (PA) is readily degraded by TiO2 photocatalysis. Application of the Langmuir–Hinshelwood kinetic model for the initial stages of the TiO2 photocatalysis of PA yields an apparent rate constant (kr) of 2.8 µmol/L·min and the pseudo-equilibrium constant (K) for PA is 34 L/mmol. The pH of the solution influences the adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of PA due to the surface charge of TiO2 photocatalyst and speciation of PA. Phenol, catechol and hydroquinone are observed as the predominant products during the degradation. The roles of reactive oxygen species, •OH, 1O2, O2−• and hVB+ were probed by adding appropriate scavengers to the reaction medium and the results suggest that •OH plays a major role in the degradation of PA. By-products studies indicate the surface of the catalyst plays a key role in the formation of the primary products and the subsequent oxidation pathways leading to the mineralization to inorganic arsenic. TiO2 photocatalysis results in the rapid destruction of PA and may be attractive for the remediation of a variety of organoarsenic compounds. PMID:20473340

  16. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of nanoglued Sn-doped TiO2.

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    Li, Xiang; Xiong, Rongchun; Wei, Gang

    2009-05-30

    In this paper, Sn-doped TiO(2) photocatalyst was prepared and immobilized on a glass substrate using an about-to-gel SiO(2) sol as a nanoglue. The characterization of the Sn-doped TiO(2) by XRD showed that 5% Sn content is formed by anatase and rutile crystallites. Characterization of the nanoglued photocatalyst by the BET measurement, TEM, and SEM showed that the photocatalyst was a nanoporous material with a high-surface area. The Sn-doped TiO(2) was uniformly dispersed within the three-dimensional network of the silica in the form of nanoparticles. The nanoglued photocatalyst showed high photocatalytic activity during the degradation of penicillin under UV light. The effect of different Sn content on the amount of hydroxyl radical was discussed by using salicylic acid as probe molecules. The results show that an appropriate amount of Sn dopant can greatly increase the amount of hydroxyl radicals generated by TiO(2) nanoparticles, which are responsible for the obvious increase of photocatalytic activity. PMID:18834665

  17. Photocatalytic Destruction of an Organic Dye Using TiO2 and Solar Energy.

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    Giglio, Kimberly D.; And Others

    1995-01-01

    Describes a general chemistry experiment that is carried out in sunlight to illustrate the ability of TiO2 to act as a photocatalyst by mineralizing an organic dye into carbon dioxide. Details about the construction of the reactor system used to perform this experiment are included. (DDR)

  18. Enhanced Photocatalytic H2 Production in Core-Shell Engineered Rutile TiO2.

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    Yang, Yongqiang; Liu, Gang; Irvine, John T S; Cheng, Hui-Ming

    2016-07-01

    A rationally designed crystalline Ti(3+) core/amorphous Ti(4+) shell configuration can reverse the population disparity between holes and electrons reaching the surface of microsized rutile TiO2 photocatalyst, thus significantly enhancing its photocatalytic activity by two orders of magnitude in terms of the hydrogen production rate under the irradiation of UV-vis light. PMID:27159036

  19. Core-shell structured TiO2@polydopamine for highly active visible-light photocatalysis.

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    Mao, Wen-Xin; Lin, Xi-Jie; Zhang, Wei; Chi, Zi-Xiang; Lyu, Rong-Wen; Cao, An-Min; Wan, Li-Jun

    2016-06-01

    This communication reports that the TiO2@polydopamine nanocomposite with a core-shell structure could be a highly active photocatalyst working under visible light. A very thin layer of polydopamine at around 1 nm was found to be critical for the degradation of Rhodamine B. PMID:27165843

  20. Biochemical effects of six TiO2 and four CeO2 nanomaterials in HepG2 cells

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    Biochemical effects of six TiO2 and four CeO2 nanomaterials in HepG2 cellsBecause of their growing number of uses, nanoparticles composed of CeO2 (cosmetics, polishing materials and automotive fuel additives) and TiO2 (pigments, sunscreens and photocatalysts) are of particular to...

  1. Hydrothermal Preparation and Characterization of TiO2 /BiVO4 Composite Catalyst and its Photolysis of Water to Produce Hydrogen.

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    Jian, Zicong; Huang, Shaobin; Cao, Yaya; Zhang, Yongqing

    2016-05-01

    In the present work, bismuth vanadate composited photocatalysts were synthesized and characterized. X-ray diffractometry and Raman results showed that the particles were well crystallized, and formed by the complex of monoclinic BiVO4 and TiO2 . On electron microscopy, the photocatalyst exhibited high crystallization, agglutination and irregular shape, and was surrounded by numerous TiO2 particles. The study of surface areas showed that the specific surface area of 30-BiVO4 /TiO2 composited was 112 m(2) ·g(-1) , which was nearly 10 times that of pure BiVO4 . The ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectra indicated the composited photocatalyst were activated in visible light. The activity of photocatalytic water splitting was studied. The results showed that monomer BiVO4 photocatalyst was not able to produce hydrogen under any light source. BiVO4 /TiO2 composited photocatalysts, however, were capable of generating hydrogen. Under UV light irradiation for 120 min, 1 g catalyst dispersed in 50 mL deionized water produced almost 1 mL hydrogen, such that the productivity of hydrogen was higher than that of P25-TiO2 . Photocatalytic decomposition of water under visible light also confirmed that the BiVO4 /TiO2 composited photocatalyst had the ability of water splitting. PMID:26849995

  2. Floating photocatalyst of B–N–TiO2/expanded perlite: a sol–gel synthesis with optimized mesoporous and high photocatalytic activity

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    Xue, Hongbo; Jiang, Ya; Yuan, Kechun; Yang, Tingting; Hou, Jianhua; Cao, Chuanbao; Feng, Ke; Wang, Xiaozhi

    2016-07-01

    Optimized mesoporous photocatalyst endowed with high specific surface area and large pore size was synthesized by sol–gel method. These large pore mesoporous materials (33.39 nm) were conducive to the movement of larger molecules or groups in pore path and for effective use of active sites. The high specific surface area (SBET, 99.23 m2 g‑1) was beneficial to catalytic oxidation on the surface. Moreover, B and N co-doped anatase TiO2 in the presence of Ti–O–B–N and O–Ti–B–N contributed to the pore structure optimization and enhanced photoresponse capacity with a narrow band gap and red shift of absorption. The obtained materials with floating characteristics based on expanded perlite (EP) showed favorable features for photocatalytic activity. The best RhB photodegration rate of B–N–TiO2/EP (6 mg/g, 24 wt% TiO2) reached 99.1% after 5 h in the visible region and 99.8% after 1 h in the UV region. The findings can provide insights to obtain floatable photocatalysts with simple preparation method, optimized mesoporous, co-doping agents, as well as good photocatalytic performance, coverable and reusability. B–N–TiO2/EP has potential applications for practical environmental purification.

  3. Floating photocatalyst of B–N–TiO2/expanded perlite: a sol–gel synthesis with optimized mesoporous and high photocatalytic activity

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    Xue, Hongbo; Jiang, Ya; Yuan, Kechun; Yang, Tingting; Hou, Jianhua; Cao, Chuanbao; Feng, Ke; Wang, Xiaozhi

    2016-01-01

    Optimized mesoporous photocatalyst endowed with high specific surface area and large pore size was synthesized by sol–gel method. These large pore mesoporous materials (33.39 nm) were conducive to the movement of larger molecules or groups in pore path and for effective use of active sites. The high specific surface area (SBET, 99.23 m2 g−1) was beneficial to catalytic oxidation on the surface. Moreover, B and N co-doped anatase TiO2 in the presence of Ti–O–B–N and O–Ti–B–N contributed to the pore structure optimization and enhanced photoresponse capacity with a narrow band gap and red shift of absorption. The obtained materials with floating characteristics based on expanded perlite (EP) showed favorable features for photocatalytic activity. The best RhB photodegration rate of B–N–TiO2/EP (6 mg/g, 24 wt% TiO2) reached 99.1% after 5 h in the visible region and 99.8% after 1 h in the UV region. The findings can provide insights to obtain floatable photocatalysts with simple preparation method, optimized mesoporous, co-doping agents, as well as good photocatalytic performance, coverable and reusability. B–N–TiO2/EP has potential applications for practical environmental purification. PMID:27432460

  4. Floating photocatalyst of B-N-TiO2/expanded perlite: a sol-gel synthesis with optimized mesoporous and high photocatalytic activity.

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    Xue, Hongbo; Jiang, Ya; Yuan, Kechun; Yang, Tingting; Hou, Jianhua; Cao, Chuanbao; Feng, Ke; Wang, Xiaozhi

    2016-01-01

    Optimized mesoporous photocatalyst endowed with high specific surface area and large pore size was synthesized by sol-gel method. These large pore mesoporous materials (33.39 nm) were conducive to the movement of larger molecules or groups in pore path and for effective use of active sites. The high specific surface area (SBET, 99.23 m(2) g(-1)) was beneficial to catalytic oxidation on the surface. Moreover, B and N co-doped anatase TiO2 in the presence of Ti-O-B-N and O-Ti-B-N contributed to the pore structure optimization and enhanced photoresponse capacity with a narrow band gap and red shift of absorption. The obtained materials with floating characteristics based on expanded perlite (EP) showed favorable features for photocatalytic activity. The best RhB photodegration rate of B-N-TiO2/EP (6 mg/g, 24 wt% TiO2) reached 99.1% after 5 h in the visible region and 99.8% after 1 h in the UV region. The findings can provide insights to obtain floatable photocatalysts with simple preparation method, optimized mesoporous, co-doping agents, as well as good photocatalytic performance, coverable and reusability. B-N-TiO2/EP has potential applications for practical environmental purification. PMID:27432460

  5. 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.

  6. Investigation on evaporation of Ti feedstock and formation of precursor TiO molecules during TiO2 nanopowder synthesis in induction thermal plasma with time-controlled feedstock injection

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    Kodama, Naoto; Kita, Kentaro; Ishisaka, Yosuke; Tanaka, Yasunori; Uesugi, Yoshihiko; Ishijima, Tatsuo; Sueyasu, Shiori; Nakamura, Keitaro; Kanazawa University Team; Nisshin Seifun Group Inc. Team

    2015-09-01

    The method using inductively coupled thermal plasma(ICTP) is very effective for nanopowder(NPs) synthesis. However, NPs formation process in the ICTP torch has not been clarified. In this study, the two-dimensional spectroscopic observation was carried out for ICTP torch during TiO2 NPs synthesis process with time-controlled feedstock injection. In order to investigate evaporation process of feedstock and formation process of precursor molecules, Ti feedstock was intermittently injected into the ICTP. Ti I(453.32 nm) and TiO(621 nm) were observed by using an imaging spectroscopic system. Observation results show that injected Ti feedstock was evaporated in the ICTP. Then, generated Ti atoms were transported to downstream of the torch by gas flow and were diffused to the radial direction by density gradient. High concentration of TiO molecular gas was formed only around central axis region in the torch.

  7. Photocatalytic Activity of Immobilized Geometries of TiO2

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    Koohestani, Hassan; Sadrnezhaad, Sayed Khatiboleslam

    2015-07-01

    Photocatalysts that are used for waste water treatment are often suspended in the waste water during processing and then must be removed from the water after treatment. To reduce the post-degradation expenses and time, separation is facilitated by an immobilization process. The effect of immobilized TiO2 geometries on the photocatalytic behavior of the photocatalyst is investigated in this work. Powder, fiber, film, and network-shaped TiO2 nanocatalysts were produced by using different templates. The cellulose fiber and ceramic templates were used as substrates for fiber and film/network geometry production. The products were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurement. The photocatalytic performance was determined by methyl orange degradation and cyanide photo-oxidation under ultraviolet irradiation. From the SEM images, the size range of the TiO2 particles in the film and in the network geometries were 20-60 nm. The nanoparticles had covered the surface of the substrate, uniformly. Removal of the cellulose substrate by heat treatment yielded hollow TiO2 fibers with diameters of 0.5-1 µm and lengths of 30 µm. The efficiencies of both photocatalytic reactions were obtained in the following order: powder > network > film > fiber geometry. The rate constant of the dye degradation reaction using powder catalyst was 0.0118 min-1. For network catalyst, it was 0.0083 min-1. Corresponding results for cyanide disinfection were 0.0055 and 0.0046 min-1. Although powder samples had higher rate constants, network geometry was preferred due to its higher immobility.

  8. Synthesis of [111]- and {010}-faceted anatase TiO2 nanocrystals from tri-titanate nanosheets and their photocatalytic and DSSC performances

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    Chen, Changdong; Ikeuchi, Yasushi; Xu, Linfeng; Sewvandi, Galhenage A.; Kusunose, Takafumi; Tanaka, Yasuhiro; Nakanishi, Shunsuke; Wen, Puhong; Feng, Qi

    2015-04-01

    [111]- and {010}-faceted anatase nanocrystals with controllable crystal size and morphology were synthesized from tri-titanate H2Ti3O7 nanosheets by hydrothermal reaction. The nanostructures and the formation reaction mechanism of the obtained TiO2 nanocrystals were investigated using XRD, FE-SEM, and TEM. Furthermore, the photocatalytic and dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) performances of the synthesized anatase nanocrystals were also characterized. Two types of reactions occur in the formation process of the anatase nanocrystals. One is an in situ topochemical conversion reaction of the layered titanate structure to an anatase structure, and another is the dissolution-deposition reaction on the particle surface, which splits the formed nanosheet-like particles into small TiO2 nanocrystals. The surface photocatalytic activity and the DSSC performance of the anatase nanocrystals are dependent on the crystal facet exposed on the particle surface, which increases in the order of non-facet < [111]-facet < {010}-facet. The increasing order corresponds to the increasing order of the bandgap and energy level of the lowest valence band of the anatase nanocrystals. Furthermore, the facet of the anatase also affects the DSSC performance, which is enhanced in the order of non-facet < [111]-facet < {010}-facet.[111]- and {010}-faceted anatase nanocrystals with controllable crystal size and morphology were synthesized from tri-titanate H2Ti3O7 nanosheets by hydrothermal reaction. The nanostructures and the formation reaction mechanism of the obtained TiO2 nanocrystals were investigated using XRD, FE-SEM, and TEM. Furthermore, the photocatalytic and dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) performances of the synthesized anatase nanocrystals were also characterized. Two types of reactions occur in the formation process of the anatase nanocrystals. One is an in situ topochemical conversion reaction of the layered titanate structure to an anatase structure, and another is the dissolution-deposition reaction on the particle surface, which splits the formed nanosheet-like particles into small TiO2 nanocrystals. The surface photocatalytic activity and the DSSC performance of the anatase nanocrystals are dependent on the crystal facet exposed on the particle surface, which increases in the order of non-facet < [111]-facet < {010}-facet. The increasing order corresponds to the increasing order of the bandgap and energy level of the lowest valence band of the anatase nanocrystals. Furthermore, the facet of the anatase also affects the DSSC performance, which is enhanced in the order of non-facet < [111]-facet < {010}-facet. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XRD patterns of the products obtained by hydrothermal treatment in the temperature range of 140-200 °C, the dependency of the (101) peak intensity of anatase on the pH values of nanosheet solution at different temperature, the EDS analysis results of the synthesized TiO2 samples, TEM images and the FFT diffraction pattern of the TMA-150-2.5 sample, I-V characteristics and FE-SEM images in the cross-section of the TiO2-film electrodes of the DSSC cells fabricated using TMA-200-3.6 and P25 samples, TEM images of TMA-200-3.6 anatase nanocrystal samples after the calcination at 480 °C for 1 h. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr00069f

  9. Facile synthesis of carbon doped TiO2 nanowires without an external carbon source and their opto-electronic properties

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    Kiran, Vankayala; Sampath, Srinivasan

    2013-10-01

    The present study demonstrates a simple protocol for the preparation of one dimensional (1D) oxidized titanium carbide nanowires and their opto-electronic properties. The oxidized titanium carbide nanowires (Ox-TiC-NW) are prepared from TiC nanowires (TiC-NW) that are in turn synthesized from micron sized TiC particles using the solvothermal technique. The Ox-TiC-NW is characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy. Thermal oxidation of TiC-NW yields carbon doped TiO2-NW (C-TiO2-NW), a simple methodology to obtain 1D C-TiO2-NW. Temperature dependent Raman spectra reveal characteristic bands for TiO2-NW. Electrical characterization of individual C-TiO2-NW is performed by fabricating a device structure using the focused ion beam deposition technique. The opto-electronic properties of individual C-TiO2-NW demonstrate visible light activity and the parameters obtained from photoconductivity measurements reveal very good sensitivity. This methodology opens up the possibility of using C-TiO2-NW in electronic and opto-electronic device applications.The present study demonstrates a simple protocol for the preparation of one dimensional (1D) oxidized titanium carbide nanowires and their opto-electronic properties. The oxidized titanium carbide nanowires (Ox-TiC-NW) are prepared from TiC nanowires (TiC-NW) that are in turn synthesized from micron sized TiC particles using the solvothermal technique. The Ox-TiC-NW is characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy. Thermal oxidation of TiC-NW yields carbon doped TiO2-NW (C-TiO2-NW), a simple methodology to obtain 1D C-TiO2-NW. Temperature dependent Raman spectra reveal characteristic bands for TiO2-NW. Electrical characterization of individual C-TiO2-NW is performed by fabricating a device structure using the focused ion beam deposition technique. The opto-electronic properties of individual C-TiO2-NW demonstrate visible light activity and the parameters obtained from photoconductivity measurements reveal very good sensitivity. This methodology opens up the possibility of using C-TiO2-NW in electronic and opto-electronic device applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: SEM image of a hydrothermally treated TiC sample (S1), spectral output of a commercial halogen lamp (S2), preparation and characterization of C-TiO2-NW (prepared at 800 °C) and pristine TiO2-NW, comparison of the optical response between various TiO2-NWs (S3-S6), procedure for measuring Potical, photocurrent growth and decay transients (S7). See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr03309k

  10. Solar photocatalytic activity of TiO2 modified with WO3 on the degradation of an organophosphorus pesticide.

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    Ramos-Delgado, N A; Gracia-Pinilla, M A; Maya-Treviño, L; Hinojosa-Reyes, L; Guzman-Mar, J L; Hernández-Ramírez, A

    2013-12-15

    In this study, the solar photocatalytic activity (SPA) of WO3/TiO2 photocatalysts synthesized by the sol-gel method with two different percentages of WO3 (2 and 5%wt) was evaluated using malathion as a model contaminant. For comparative purpose bare TiO2 was also prepared by sol-gel process. The powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectroscopy (DRUV-vis), specific surface area by the BET method (SSABET), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and scanning transmission electron microscopy with a high annular angle dark field detector (STEM-HAADF). The XRD, Raman, HRTEM and STEM-HAADF analyses indicated that WO3 was present as a monoclinic crystalline phase with nanometric cluster sizes (1.1 ± 0.1 nm for 2% WO3/TiO2 and 1.35 ± 0.3 nm for 5% WO3/TiO2) and uniformly dispersed on the surface of TiO2. The particle size of the materials was 19.4 ± 3.3 nm and 25.6 ± 3 nm for 2% and 5% WO3/TiO2, respectively. The SPA was evaluated on the degradation of commercial malathion pesticide using natural solar light. The 2% WO3/TiO2 photocatalyst exhibited the best photocatalytic activity achieving 76% of total organic carbon (TOC) abatement after 300 min compared to the 5% WO3/TiO2 and bare TiO2 photocatalysts, which achieved 28 and 47% mineralization, respectively. Finally, experiments were performed to assess 2% WO3/TiO2 catalyst activity on repeated uses; after several successive cycles its photocatalytic activity was retained showing long-term stability. PMID:23993423

  11. Synthesis and characterization of C-doped TiO2 thin films for visible-light-induced photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange

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    Hassan, Mohamed Elfatih; Cong, Longchao; Liu, Guanglong; Zhu, Duanwei; Cai, Jianbo

    2014-03-01

    C-TiO2 thin films were synthesized by a modified sol-gel route based on the self-assembly technique exploiting Tween80 (T80) as a pore directing agent and carbon source. The effect of calcination time on the photocatalytic activity of C-doped TiO2 catalyst was studied. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and photoluminescence spectra (PL). The XRD results showed that C-TiO2 sample calcined at 400 °C for various times exhibited anatase phase and no other crystal phase was identified. C-TiO2 exhibited a shift in an absorption edge of samples in the visible region than that of conventional or reference TiO2. The XPS results showed an existence of C in the TiO2 catalysts and C might be existed as COTi group. Moreover, the C-TiO2 thin film calcined at 400 °C for 30 min showed the lowest PL intensity due to a decrease in the recombination rate of photogenerated electrons and holes under UV light irradiation. Also the photocatalytic activity of synthesized catalyst was evaluated by decomposition of methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. The results showed that the optimum preparations of C-TiO2 thin films were found to be under calcination temperature of 400, calcination time of 30 min, and with preparation 9 layers film.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of maleimide-functionalized polystyrene-SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposites by sol-gel process

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    Ramesh, Sivalingam; Sivasamy, Arumugam; Kim, Joo-Hyung

    2012-06-01

    Maleimide-functionalized polystyrene (PSMA-SiO2/TiO2) hybrid nanocomposites were prepared by sol-gel reaction starting from tratraethoxysilane (TEOS) and titanium isopropoxide in the solution of polystyrene maleimide in 1,4-dioxane. The hybrid films were obtained by the hydrolysis and polycondensation of TEOS and titanium isopropoxide in maleimide-functionalized polystyrene solution followed by the Michael addition reaction. The transparency of polymer (PSMA-SiO2/TiO2) hybrid was prepared from polystyrene titanium isopropoxide using the γ-aminopropyltriethoxy silane as crosslinking agent by in situ sol-gel process via covalent bonding between the organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposites. The maleimide-functionalized polystyrene was synthesized by Friedel-Crafts reaction from N-choloromethyl maleimide. The FTIR spectroscopy data conformed the occurrence of Michael addition reaction between the pendant maleimide moieties of the styrene and γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane. The chemical structure and morphology of PSMA-SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposites were characterized by FTIR, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), 13 C NMR, SEM, XRD, and TEM analyses. The results also indicate that the inorganic particles are much smaller in the ternary systems than in the binary systems; the shape of the inorganic particles and compatibility for maleimide-functionalized polystrene and inorganic moieties are varied with the ratio of the inorganic moieties in the hybrids. Furthermore, TGA and DSC results indicate that the thermal stability of maleimide-functionalized polystyrene was enhanced through the incorporation of the inorganic moieties in the hybrid materials.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of maleimide-functionalized polystyrene-SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposites by sol-gel process.

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    Ramesh, Sivalingam; Sivasamy, Arumugam; Kim, Joo-Hyung

    2012-01-01

    Maleimide-functionalized polystyrene (PSMA-SiO2/TiO2) hybrid nanocomposites were prepared by sol-gel reaction starting from tratraethoxysilane (TEOS) and titanium isopropoxide in the solution of polystyrene maleimide in 1,4-dioxane. The hybrid films were obtained by the hydrolysis and polycondensation of TEOS and titanium isopropoxide in maleimide-functionalized polystyrene solution followed by the Michael addition reaction. The transparency of polymer (PSMA-SiO2/TiO2) hybrid was prepared from polystyrene titanium isopropoxide using the γ-aminopropyltriethoxy silane as crosslinking agent by in situ sol-gel process via covalent bonding between the organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposites. The maleimide-functionalized polystyrene was synthesized by Friedel-Crafts reaction from N-choloromethyl maleimide. The FTIR spectroscopy data conformed the occurrence of Michael addition reaction between the pendant maleimide moieties of the styrene and γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane. The chemical structure and morphology of PSMA-SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposites were characterized by FTIR, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), 13 C NMR, SEM, XRD, and TEM analyses. The results also indicate that the inorganic particles are much smaller in the ternary systems than in the binary systems; the shape of the inorganic particles and compatibility for maleimide-functionalized polystrene and inorganic moieties are varied with the ratio of the inorganic moieties in the hybrids. Furthermore, TGA and DSC results indicate that the thermal stability of maleimide-functionalized polystyrene was enhanced through the incorporation of the inorganic moieties in the hybrid materials. PMID:22738226

  14. Synthesis and characterization of maleimide-functionalized polystyrene-SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposites by sol–gel process

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    2012-01-01

    Maleimide-functionalized polystyrene (PSMA-SiO2/TiO2) hybrid nanocomposites were prepared by sol–gel reaction starting from tratraethoxysilane (TEOS) and titanium isopropoxide in the solution of polystyrene maleimide in 1,4-dioxane. The hybrid films were obtained by the hydrolysis and polycondensation of TEOS and titanium isopropoxide in maleimide-functionalized polystyrene solution followed by the Michael addition reaction. The transparency of polymer (PSMA-SiO2/TiO2) hybrid was prepared from polystyrene titanium isopropoxide using the γ-aminopropyltriethoxy silane as crosslinking agent by in situ sol–gel process via covalent bonding between the organic–inorganic hybrid nanocomposites. The maleimide-functionalized polystyrene was synthesized by Friedel-Crafts reaction from N-choloromethyl maleimide. The FTIR spectroscopy data conformed the occurrence of Michael addition reaction between the pendant maleimide moieties of the styrene and γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane. The chemical structure and morphology of PSMA-SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposites were characterized by FTIR, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), 13 C NMR, SEM, XRD, and TEM analyses. The results also indicate that the inorganic particles are much smaller in the ternary systems than in the binary systems; the shape of the inorganic particles and compatibility for maleimide-functionalized polystrene and inorganic moieties are varied with the ratio of the inorganic moieties in the hybrids. Furthermore, TGA and DSC results indicate that the thermal stability of maleimide-functionalized polystyrene was enhanced through the incorporation of the inorganic moieties in the hybrid materials. PMID:22738226

  15. Thermodynamically driven one-dimensional evolution of anatase TiO2 nanorods: one-step hydrothermal synthesis for emerging intrinsic superiority of dimensionality.

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    Chen, Jiazang; Yang, Hong Bin; Miao, Jianwei; Wang, Hsin-Yi; Liu, Bin

    2014-10-29

    In photoelectrochemical cells, there exists a competition between transport of electrons through the porous semiconductor electrode toward the conducting substrate and back-reaction of electrons to recombine with oxidized species on the semiconductor-electrolyte interface, which determines the charge collection efficiency and is strongly influenced by the density and distribution of electronic states in band gap and architectures of the semiconductor electrodes. One-dimensional (1D) anatase TiO2 nanostructures are promising to improve charge transport in photoelectrochemical devices. However, the conventional preparation of 1D anatase nanostructures usually steps via a titanic acid intermediate (e.g., H2Ti3O7), which unavoidably introduces electronic defects into the host lattice, resulting in undesired shielding of the intrinsic role of dimensionality. Here, we manage to promote the 1D growth of anatase TiO2 nanostructures by adjusting the growth kinetics, which allows us to grow single-crystalline anatase TiO2 nanorods through a one-step hydrothermal reaction. The synthesized anatase nanorods possess a lower density of trap states and thus can simultaneously facilitate the diffusion-driven charge transport and suppress the electron recombination. Moreover, the electronically boundary free nanostructures significantly enhance the trap-free charge diffusion coefficient of the anatase nanorods, which enables the emergence of the intrinsic superiority of dimensionality. By virtue of these merits, the anatase nanorods synthesized in this work take obvious advantages over the conventional anatase counterparts in photoelectrochemical systems (e.g., dye-sensitized solar cells) by showing more efficient charge transport and collection and higher energy conversion efficiency. PMID:25290360

  16. Synthesis of Cu-Doped Mixed-Phase TiO2 with the Assistance of Ionic Liquid by Atmospheric-Pressure Cold Plasma

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    Zhan, Zhibin; Di, Lanbo; Zhang, Xiuling; Li, Yanchun

    2016-05-01

    An atmospheric-pressure dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) gas-liquid cold plasma was employed to synthesize Cu-doped TiO2 nanoparticles in an aqueous solution with the assistance of [C2MIM]BF4 ionic liquid (IL) and using air as the working gas. The influences of the discharge voltage, IL and the amount of copper nitrite were investigated. X-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption-desorption measurements and UV-Vis spectroscopy were adopted to characterize the samples. The results showed that the specific surface area of TiO2 was promoted with Cu-doping (from 57.6 m2·g‑1 to 106.2 m2·g‑1 with 3% Cu-doping), and the content of anatase was increased. Besides, the band gap energy of TiO2 with Cu-doping decreased according to the UV-Vis spectroscopy test. The 3%Cu-IL-TiO2 samples showed the highest efficiency in degrading methylene blue (MB) dye solutions under simulated sunlight with an apparent rate constant of 0.0223 min‑1, which was 1.2 times higher than that of non-doped samples. According to the characterization results, the reasons for the high photocatalytic activity were discussed. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21173028, 11505019), the Science and Technology Research Project of Liaoning Provincial Education Department (No. L2013464), the Scientific Research Foundation for the Doctor of Liaoning Province (No. 20131004), the Program for Liaoning Excellent Talents in University (No. LR2012042), and Dalian Jinzhou New District Science and Technology Plan Project (No. KJCX-ZTPY-2014-0001)

  17. On the photocatalytic properties of elongated TiO2 nanoparticles for phenol degradation and Cr(VI) reduction.

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    Mu, Rongxin; Xu, Zhaoyi; Li, Liyuan; Shao, Yun; Wan, Haiqing; Zheng, Shourong

    2010-04-15

    Elongated TiO(2) nanoparticles with high aspect ratio have specific advantages in separation processes. In this study, TiO(2) nanofiber was prepared via a hydrothermal reaction, and TiO(2) nanoparticles with varied structural properties were obtained using hydrothermal and calcination post-treatments. Photocatalytic phenol degradation and Cr(VI) reduction over these catalysts was investigated. Results showed that hydrothermally prepared TiO(2) nanofiber consisted of titanate with high aspect ratio. Calcining the as-prepared TiO(2) nanofiber at 400 and 600 degrees C led to the crystalline phase transformation from titanate to TiO(2)-B and to the presence of mixed crystalline phases composed of TiO(2)-B and anatase. In contrast, hydrothermal post-treatment results in the generation of pure anatase TiO(2) nanoparticles. For photocatalytic phenol degradation, calcining the as-prepared TiO(2) nanofiber resulted in an enhanced catalytic activity, whereas TiO(2) nanoparticles obtained by calcination post-treatment showed lower catalytic activities for photocatalytic Cr(VI) reduction compared to as-prepared TiO(2) nanofiber. TiO(2) nanofiber modified using the hydrothermal post-treatment, however, exhibited the highest catalytic activity among TiO(2) nanoparticles examined for both photocatalytic phenol degradation and Cr(VI) reduction. Furthermore, TiO(2) nanoparticles obtained by hydrothermal post-treatment showed the best sedimentation efficiency, highlighting its prominent potential as a readily separable and recoverable photocatalyst. PMID:19969418

  18. Purification of water by bipolar pulsed discharge plasma combined with TiO2 catalysis

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    Zhang, Yongrui; Zhang, Ruobing; Ma, Wenchang; Zhang, Xian; Wang, Liming; Guan, Zhicheng

    2013-03-01

    In the process of water treatment by bipolar pulsed discharge plasma, there are not only the chemical effects such as the cold plasma, but also the physical effects such as the optical radiation. The energy of the optical radiation can be used by photocatalyst. Therefore, the effect of the photocatalyst to the degradation of the organic pollutant was investigated using a packed bed reactor by bipolar pulsed discharge in the air-liquid-solid mixture. The nanoparticle TiO2 photocatalyst was obtained using the sol-gel method and the typical dye solution Indigo Carmine was chosen as the degradation target to test the catalytic effect of the nanoparticle TiO2 photocatalyst. Experiment results proved that the degradation efficiency of the Indigo Carmine solution was increased by a certain extent with the TiO2 photocatalyst. It was totally decolorized within 3 minutes by bipolar pulsed discharge in the condition that the peak voltage was 30 kV and the air flow was 1.0 m3 h-1.

  19. Investigation of photocatalytic degradation of phenol by Fe(III)-doped TiO2 and TiO2 nanoparticles

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    2014-01-01

    In this study Fe (III)-doped TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by sol–gel method at two atomic ratio of Fe/Ti, 0.006 and 0.034 percent. Then the photoactivity of them was investigated on degradation of phenol under UV (<380 nm) irradiation and visible light (>380 nm). Results showed that at appropriate atomic ratio of Fe to Ti (% 0.034) photoactivity of Fe(III)–doped TiO2 nanoparticles increased. In addition, the effects of various operational parameters on photocatalytic degradation, such as pH, initial concentration of phenol and amount of photocatalyst were examined and optimized. At all different initial concentration, highest degradation efficiency occurred at pH = 3 and 0.5 g/L Fe(III)–doped TiO2 dosage. With increase in initial concentration of phenol, photocatalytic degradation efficiency decreased. Photoactivity of Fe (III)-doped TiO2 under UV irradiation and visible light at optimal condition (pH = 3 and catalyst dosage = and 0.5 g/L) was compared with P25 TiO2 nanoparticles. Results showed that photoactivity of Fe(III)-doped TiO2 under visible light was more than P25 TiO2 photoactivity, but it was less than P25 TiO2 photoactivity under UV irradiation. Also efficiency of UV irradiation alone and amount of phenol adsorption on Fe(III)-doped TiO2 at dark condition was investigated. PMID:25105016

  20. Facile synthesis of carbon doped TiO2 nanowires without an external carbon source and their opto-electronic properties.

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    Kiran, Vankayala; Sampath, Srinivasan

    2013-11-01

    The present study demonstrates a simple protocol for the preparation of one dimensional (1D) oxidized titanium carbide nanowires and their opto-electronic properties. The oxidized titanium carbide nanowires (Ox-TiC-NW) are prepared from TiC nanowires (TiC-NW) that are in turn synthesized from micron sized TiC particles using the solvothermal technique. The Ox-TiC-NW is characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy. Thermal oxidation of TiC-NW yields carbon doped TiO2-NW (C-TiO2-NW), a simple methodology to obtain 1D C-TiO2-NW. Temperature dependent Raman spectra reveal characteristic bands for TiO2-NW. Electrical characterization of individual C-TiO2-NW is performed by fabricating a device structure using the focused ion beam deposition technique. The opto-electronic properties of individual C-TiO2-NW demonstrate visible light activity and the parameters obtained from photoconductivity measurements reveal very good sensitivity. This methodology opens up the possibility of using C-TiO2-NW in electronic and opto-electronic device applications. PMID:24057050