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  1. Novel hollow mesoporous 1D TiO2 nanofibers as photovoltaic and photocatalytic materials.

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    Zhang, Xiang; Thavasi, Velmurugan; Mhaisalkar, S G; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2012-03-01

    Hollow mesoporous one dimensional (1D) TiO(2) nanofibers are successfully prepared by co-axial electrospinning of a titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) solution with two immiscible polymers; polyethylene oxide (PEO) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) using a core-shell spinneret, followed by annealing at 450 °C. The annealed mesoporous TiO(2) nanofibers are found to having a hollow structure with an average diameter of 130 nm. Measurements using the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method reveal that hollow mesoporous TiO(2) nanofibers possess a high surface area of 118 m(2) g(-1) with two types of mesopores; 3.2 nm and 5.4 nm that resulted from gaseous removal of PEO and PVP respectively during annealing. With hollow mesoporous TiO(2) nanofibers as the photoelectrode in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC), the solar-to-current conversion efficiency (η) and short circuit current (J(sc)) are measured as 5.6% and 10.38 mA cm(-2) respectively, which are higher than those of DSSC made using regular TiO(2) nanofibers under identical conditions (η = 4.2%, J(sc) = 8.99 mA cm(-2)). The improvement in the conversion efficiency is mainly attributed to the higher surface area and mesoporous TiO(2) nanostructure. It facilitates the adsorption of more dye molecules and also promotes the incident photon to electron conversion. Hollow mesoporous TiO(2) nanofibers with close packing of grains and crystals intergrown with each other demonstrate faster electron diffusion, and longer electron recombination time than regular TiO(2) nanofibers as well as P25 nanoparticles. The surface effect of hollow mesoporous TiO(2) nanofibers as a photocatalyst for the degradation of rhodamine dye was also investigated. The kinetic study shows that the hollow mesoporous surface of the TiO(2) nanofibers influenced its interactions with the dye, and resulted in an increased catalytic activity over P25 TiO(2) nanocatalysts. PMID:22315140

  2. Novel hollow mesoporous 1D TiO2 nanofibers as photovoltaic and photocatalytic materials

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    Zhang, Xiang; Thavasi, Velmurugan; Mhaisalkar, S. G.; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2012-02-01

    Hollow mesoporous one dimensional (1D) TiO2 nanofibers are successfully prepared by co-axial electrospinning of a titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) solution with two immiscible polymers; polyethylene oxide (PEO) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) using a core-shell spinneret, followed by annealing at 450 °C. The annealed mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers are found to having a hollow structure with an average diameter of 130 nm. Measurements using the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method reveal that hollow mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers possess a high surface area of 118 m2 g-1 with two types of mesopores; 3.2 nm and 5.4 nm that resulted from gaseous removal of PEO and PVP respectively during annealing. With hollow mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers as the photoelectrode in dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC), the solar-to-current conversion efficiency (η) and short circuit current (Jsc) are measured as 5.6% and 10.38 mA cm-2 respectively, which are higher than those of DSSC made using regular TiO2 nanofibers under identical conditions (η = 4.2%, Jsc = 8.99 mA cm-2). The improvement in the conversion efficiency is mainly attributed to the higher surface area and mesoporous TiO2 nanostructure. It facilitates the adsorption of more dye molecules and also promotes the incident photon to electron conversion. Hollow mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers with close packing of grains and crystals intergrown with each other demonstrate faster electron diffusion, and longer electron recombination time than regular TiO2 nanofibers as well as P25 nanoparticles. The surface effect of hollow mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers as a photocatalyst for the degradation of rhodamine dye was also investigated. The kinetic study shows that the hollow mesoporous surface of the TiO2 nanofibers influenced its interactions with the dye, and resulted in an increased catalytic activity over P25 TiO2 nanocatalysts.Hollow mesoporous one dimensional (1D) TiO2 nanofibers are successfully prepared by co-axial electrospinning of a titanium

  3. Ammonia sensing behaviors of TiO2-PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers.

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    Wang, Qingqing; Dong, Xianjun; Pang, Zengyuan; Du, Yuanzhi; Xia, Xin; Wei, Qufu; Huang, Fenglin

    2012-01-01

    Titanium dioxide-polyaniline/polyamide 6 (TiO(2)-PANI/PA6) composite nanofibers were prepared by in situ polymerization of aniline in the presence of PA6 nanofibers and a sputtering-deposition process with a high purity titanium sputtering target. TiO(2)-PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers and PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers were fabricated for ammonia gas sensing. The ammonia sensing behaviors of the sensors were examined at room temperature. All the results indicated that the ammonia sensing property of TiO(2)-PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers was superior to that of PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers. TiO(2)-PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers had good selectivity to ammonia. It was also found that the content of TiO(2) had a great influence on both the morphology and the sensing property of TiO(2)-PANI/PA6 composite nanofibers. PMID:23235446

  4. Immobilization of TiO2 nanofibers on reduced graphene sheets: Novel strategy in electrospinning.

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    Pant, Hem Raj; Adhikari, Surya Prasad; Pant, Bishweshwar; Joshi, Mahesh K; Kim, Han Joo; Park, Chan Hee; Kim, Cheol Sang

    2015-11-01

    A simple and efficient approach is developed to immobilize TiO2 nanofibers onto reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheets. Here, TiO2 nanofiber-intercalated RGO sheets are readily produced by two-step procedure involving the use of electrospinning process to fabricate TiO2 precursor containing polymeric fibers on the surface of GO sheets, followed by simultaneous TiO2 nanofibers formation and GO reduction by calcinations. GO sheets deposited on the collector during electrospinning/electrospray can act as substrate on to which TiO2 precursor containing polymer nanofibers can be deposited which give TiO2 NFs doped RGO sheets on calcinations. Formation of corrugated structure cavities of graphene sheets decorated with TiO2 nanofibers on their surface demonstrates that our method constitutes an alternative top-down strategy toward fabricating verities of nanofiber-decorated graphene sheets. It was found that the synthesized TiO2/RGO composite revealed a remarkable increased in photocatalytic activity compared to pristine TiO2 nanofibers. Therefore, engineering of TiO2 nanofiber-intercalated RGO sheets using proposed facile technique can be considered a promising method for catalytic and other applications.

  5. Effect of calcination temperature on the photocatalytic properties of electrospun TiO2 nanofibers.

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    Lee, Young-In; Lee, Jong-Sik; Park, Eun-Sil; Jang, Dae-Hwan; Lee, Jae-Eun; Kim, Kahee; Myung, Nosang V; Choa, Yong-Ho

    2014-10-01

    In this study, TiO2 nanofibers with a high aspect ratio and a large specific surface area were synthesized using the electrospinning technique, and the effect of calcination temperature on their crystal structure, diameter, specific surface area and photocatalytic activity was systematically investigated. The electrospun, as-prepared PVP/TTIP nanofibers were several tens of micrometers in length with a diameter of 74 nm. TiO2 nanofibers with an average diameter of 50 nm were prepared after calcination at various temperatures. The calcination temperature significantly influenced the photocatalytic and material properties of TiO2 including grain size and specific surface area. When compared to other nanostructured TiO2 materials, such as commercial TiO2 nanoparticles (P25, Degussa), the TiO2 nanofibers exhibited greater photocatalytic activity for the degradation of acetaldehyde and ammonia. PMID:25942911

  6. Electrospinning Synthesis and Photocatalytic Activity of Mesoporous TiO2 Nanofibers

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    Li, Jing; Qiao, Hui; Du, Yuanzhi; Chen, Chen; Li, Xiaolin; Cui, Jing; Kumar, Dnt; Wei, Qufu

    2012-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanofibers in the anatase structure were successfully prepared via electrospinning technique followed by calcination process. The morphologies, crystal structure, surface area, and the photocatalytic activity of resulting TiO2 nanofibers were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen sorption, and UV-vis spectroscopy. The results revealed that calcination temperature had greatly influenced the morphologies of TiO2 nanofibers, but no obvious effect was noticed on the crystal structure of TiO2 nanofibers. The photocatalytic properties of TiO2 nanofibers were evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) in water under visible light irradiation. It was observed that TiO2 nanofibers obtained by calcination at 500°C for 3 hours exhibited the most excellent photocatalytic activity. We present a novel and simple method to fabricate TiO2 nanofibers with high-photocatalytic activity. PMID:22619598

  7. Co-electrospinning fabrication and study of structural and electromagnetic interference-shielding effectiveness of TiO2/SiO2 core-shell nanofibers

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    Nakhaei, Omolfajr; Shahtahmassebi, Nasser; Rezaee Roknabadi, Mahmood; Behdani, Mohammad

    2016-05-01

    The present paper reports novel outcome comprising experimental results on electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding and radar signal absorption characteristics of one-dimensional (1D) TiO2/SiO2 core-shell nanofibers. 1D TiO2/SiO2 core-shell nanofibers with various concentrations of nanoparticles (NPs) were fabricated using a single-nozzle co-electrospinning method. The core-shell structure of polyvinylpyrrolidone/polyacrylonitrile nanofibers with NPs have been electrospun from the homogeneous solution of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP and TiO2 NPs, as core) and polyacrylonitrile (PAN and SiO2 NPs, as shell). The morphologies and structures of TiO2/SiO2 core-shell nanofibers were characterized by XRD, FTIR, EDS, and SEM images. Microwave absorption properties of the synthesized nanofibers were studied using a vector network analyzer between 2 and 20 GHz at room temperature. The maximum EMI-shielding effectiveness of 150 dB is obtained with the dominant shielding mechanism of absorption of EM radiation. The excellent microwave absorption properties of the composites nanofibers are attributed to the special 1D fibrous structure and the effective dielectric loss.

  8. Nitrogen-Doped Ordered Mesoporous Anatase TiO2 Nanofibers as Anode Materials for High Performance Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Wu, Ying; Liu, Xiaowu; Yang, Zhenzhong; Gu, Lin; Yu, Yan

    2016-07-01

    Nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers (N-MTO) have been fabricated by electrospinning and subsequent nitridation treatment. The N-doping in TiO2 leads to the formation of Ti(3+) , resulting in the improved electron conductivity of TiO2 . In addition, one-dimensional (1D) N-MTO nanostructure possesses very short diffusion length of Na(+) /e(-) in N-MTO, easy access of electrolyte, and high conductivity transport of electrons along the percolating fibers. The N-MTO shows excellent sodium storage performance.

  9. Photocatalytic Oxidation of Volatile Organic Compounds Over Electrospun Activated TIO2/CARBON Nanofiber Composite

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    Gholamvand, Zahra; Aboutalebi, Seyed Hamed; Keyanpour-Rad, Mansoor

    In this study, TiO2/PAN-based fibers were prepared by electrospinning a composite solution containing both the desirable contents of TiO2 and a 10 wt. % PAN polymer solution dissolved in N, N-dimethylformamide. The TiO2 loaded electrospun PAN nanofibers were then carbonized at 1000 °C in N2 atmosphere furnace after stabilization at 230 °C in air. Then CNF/TiO2 nanofibers were oxidized at 450 °C in air. The morphology and structure of the TiO2-embeded carbon nanofibers were investigated by SEM and Raman spectroscopy. Specific surface area was determined using BET equation from N2 adsorption analysis. Photocatalytic tests were conducted in a UV illuminated set-up specialized for the filters using ethanol vapor. The results have shown that ethanol vapor was efficiently degraded on TiO2/CNF composite nanofiber mat under UV illumination. The aim of this study was to further investigate the feasibility of TiO2/ACF for practical indoor air purification.

  10. Photocatalytic activity for hydrogen evolution of electrospun TiO2 nanofibers.

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    Chuangchote, Surawut; Jitputti, Jaturong; Sagawa, Takashi; Yoshikawa, Susumu

    2009-05-01

    We report herein a simple procedure for the fabrication of TiO2 nanofibers by the combination of electrospinning and sol-gel techniques by using poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP), titanium(IV) butoxide, and acetylacetone in methanol as a spinning solution. TiO2 nanofibers (260-355 nm in diameter), with a bundle of nanofibrils (20-25 nm in diameters) aligned in the fiber direction, or particle-linked structures were obtained from the calcination of as-spun TiO2/PVP composite fibers at temperatures ranging from 300 to 700 degrees C. These nanofibers were utilized as photocatalysts for hydrogen evolution. The nanofiber photocatalyst calcined at 450 degrees C showed the highest activity among the TiO2 nanofibers tested such as ones prepared by the hydrothermal method and anatase nanoparticles (Ishihara ST-01). These results indicate that one-dimensional electrospun nanofibers with highly aligned bundled nanofibrils are beneficial for enhancement of the crystallinity, large surface area, and higher photocatalytic activity. PMID:20355902

  11. Photocatalytic Property of TiO2-Vermiculite Composite Nanofibers via Electrospinning.

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    Tang, Chao; Hu, Meiling; Fang, Minghao; Liu, Yangai; Wu, Xiaowen; Liu, Wenjuan; Wang, Meng; Huang, Zhaohui

    2015-12-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is one of the most common photocatalysts. In this study, TiO2-vermiculite composite nanofibers with a mesh structure and a diameter of approximately 300 nm were prepared via sol-gel approach combined with electrospinning technique. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, etc. The photocatalytic property was also evaluated. The TiO2-vermiculite composite nanofibers annealed at 550 °C for 3 h exhibited the best absorption and photo-degradation ability for the treatment of methylene blue. The results implied that the combination of mineral vermiculite powders with TiO2 enhanced the absorption-degradation performance of the as-prepared photocatalytic materials, consequently promoting the materials' ability to degrade methylene blue. PMID:26130024

  12. Photocatalytic Property of TiO2-Vermiculite Composite Nanofibers via Electrospinning.

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    Tang, Chao; Hu, Meiling; Fang, Minghao; Liu, Yangai; Wu, Xiaowen; Liu, Wenjuan; Wang, Meng; Huang, Zhaohui

    2015-12-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is one of the most common photocatalysts. In this study, TiO2-vermiculite composite nanofibers with a mesh structure and a diameter of approximately 300 nm were prepared via sol-gel approach combined with electrospinning technique. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, etc. The photocatalytic property was also evaluated. The TiO2-vermiculite composite nanofibers annealed at 550 °C for 3 h exhibited the best absorption and photo-degradation ability for the treatment of methylene blue. The results implied that the combination of mineral vermiculite powders with TiO2 enhanced the absorption-degradation performance of the as-prepared photocatalytic materials, consequently promoting the materials' ability to degrade methylene blue.

  13. Photocatalytic Property of TiO2-Vermiculite Composite Nanofibers via Electrospinning

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    Tang, Chao; Hu, Meiling; Fang, Minghao; Liu, Yangai; Wu, Xiaowen; Liu, Wenjuan; Wang, Meng; Huang, Zhaohui

    2015-07-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is one of the most common photocatalysts. In this study, TiO2-vermiculite composite nanofibers with a mesh structure and a diameter of approximately 300 nm were prepared via sol-gel approach combined with electrospinning technique. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, etc. The photocatalytic property was also evaluated. The TiO2-vermiculite composite nanofibers annealed at 550 °C for 3 h exhibited the best absorption and photo-degradation ability for the treatment of methylene blue. The results implied that the combination of mineral vermiculite powders with TiO2 enhanced the absorption-degradation performance of the as-prepared photocatalytic materials, consequently promoting the materials' ability to degrade methylene blue.

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

  15. Electrospun nylon-6 spider-net like nanofiber mat containing TiO(2) nanoparticles: a multifunctional nanocomposite textile material.

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    Pant, Hem Raj; Bajgai, Madhab Prasad; Nam, Ki Taek; Seo, Yun A; Pandeya, Dipendra Raj; Hong, Seong Tshool; Kim, Hak Yong

    2011-01-15

    In this study, electrospun nylon-6 spider-net like nanofiber mats containing TiO(2) nanoparticles (TiO(2) NPs) were successfully prepared. The nanofiber mats containing TiO(2) NPs were characterized by SEM, FE-SEM, TEM, XRD, TGA and EDX analyses. The results revealed that fibers in two distinct sizes (nano and subnano scale) were obtained with the addition of a small amount of TiO(2) NPs. In low TiO(2) content nanocomposite mats, these nanofiber weaves were found uniformly loaded with TiO(2) NPs on their wall. The presence of a small amount of TiO(2) NPs in nylon-6 solution was found to improve the hydrophilicity (antifouling effect), mechanical strength, antimicrobial and UV protecting ability of electrospun mats. The resultant nylon-6/TiO(2) antimicrobial spider-net like composite mat with antifouling effect may be a potential candidate for future water filter applications, and its improved mechanical strength and UV blocking ability will also make it a potential candidate for protective clothing.

  16. Hyperbranched quasi-1D TiO2 nanostructure for hybrid organic-inorganic solar cells.

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    Ghadirzadeh, Ali; Passoni, Luca; Grancini, Giulia; Terraneo, Giancarlo; Li Bassi, Andrea; Petrozza, Annamaria; Di Fonzo, Fabio

    2015-04-15

    The performance of hybrid solar cells is strongly affected by the device morphology. In this work, we demonstrate a poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl)/TiO2 hybrid solar cell where the TiO2 photoanode comprises an array of tree-like hyperbranched quasi-1D nanostructures self-assembled from the gas phase. This advanced architecture enables us to increase the power conversion efficiency to over 1%, doubling the efficiency with respect to state of the art devices employing standard mesoporous titania photoanodes. This improvement is attributed to several peculiar features of this array of nanostructures: high interfacial area; increased optical density thanks to the enhanced light scattering; and enhanced crystallization of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) inside the quasi-1D nanostructure. PMID:25822757

  17. Preparation of highly porous TiO2 nanofibers for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) by electro-spinning

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    Jung, Won Ho; Kwak, Noh-Seok; Hwang, Taek Sung; Yi, Kwang Bok

    2012-11-01

    TiO2 nanofibers for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were prepared from a solution of polymerized titanium tetraisopropoxide using a modified electro-spinning process to create fibers with high specific surface areas. The sol-gel technique was utilized to prepare the spinning solution, and glycerin was added to investigate its effects on the surface area and porosity of the TiO2 nanofibers. The spinning rate, tip-to-collector distance, voltage, and amount of glycerin were varied simultaneously and independently to determine the optimal conditions for the preparation of highly porous TiO2 nanofibers. The optimal conditions for producing such electrospun TiO2 nanofibers were 0.4 g of glycerin per 29 ml of spinning solution, an applied voltage of 22 kV, a flow rate of 0.1 ml/h, and a tip-to-collector distance (TCD) of 20 cm. The thermal decomposition of glycerin during the calcination process increased the surface area of the finished TiO2 nanofibers. SEM and XRD analyses confirmed that the TiO2 nanofibers had an anatase crystallite structure and possessed thicknesses of 80-150 nm, a maximum specific surface area of 103.3 m2/g, maximum porosity of 80.5% and maximum efficiency of 4.6%, which was significantly higher than that of typical TiO2 nanofibers. Thermogravimetric analysis revealed that the solvent, binder, and impurities were removed at 100 °C, 250 °C and 450 °C, respectively.

  18. Photochromism-based detection of volatile organic compounds by W-doped TiO2 nanofibers.

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    Jin, Ming; Zhang, Xintong; Pu, Hongting; Nishimoto, Shunsuke; Murakami, Taketoshi; Fujishima, Akira

    2011-10-01

    W-doped TiO(2) nanofibers with various compositions (W/Ti: 2-8%) were fabricated by the electrospinning method from respective precursor solutions containing tungsten(V) pentaethoxide, titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP), and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), followed with calcination at 550 °C. Morphological and structural characteristics of these nanofibers were studied with SEM, XRD and XPS. W-doping inhibited the crystal growth and anatase-to-rutile transformation of TiO(2) nanofibers. W-doped TiO(2) nanofiber mats showed good photocatalytic oxidation abilities for acetone. Obvious color change from white to blue of mats during the photocatalysis process can be detected by naked eyes, which provides a good way in detection of pollutants in indoor air, especially for the volatile organic compounds (VOCs). PMID:21741658

  19. In situ assembly of well-dispersed Au nanoparticles on TiO2/ZnO nanofibers: a three-way synergistic heterostructure with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Zhang, Peng; Shao, Changlu; Li, Xinghua; Zhang, Mingyi; Zhang, Xin; Sun, Yangyang; Liu, Yichun

    2012-10-30

    The TiO(2)/ZnO nanofibers embedded by Au nanoparticles (TiO(2)/ZnO/Au NFs) were fabricated by combining the electrospinning technique (for TiO(2)/ZnO nanofibers) and an in situ reduction approach (for Au nanoparticles). X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, transmission electronmicroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy, were used to characterize the as-synthesized nanofibers. The results showed that small Au nanoparticles (Au NPs) were well dispersed on the TiO(2)/ZnO nanofibers (TiO(2)/ZnO NFs). And, the TiO(2)/ZnO/Au nanofibers showed high charge separation efficiency under ultraviolet excitation, as evidenced by photoluminescence spectra. The photocatalytic studies revealed that the TiO(2)/ZnO/Au NFs exhibited enhanced photocatalytic efficiency of photodegradation of Methyl orange (MO) and 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) compared with the pure TiO(2) nanofibers, ZnO nanofibers and TiO(2)/ZnO NFs under ultraviolet excitation, which might be attributed to the high separation efficiency of photogenerated electron-hole pairs based on the photosynergistic effect among the three components of TiO(2), ZnO and Au. And, the TiO(2)/ZnO/Au NFs could be easily separated and recycled due to their one-dimensional nanostructural property.

  20. Photocatalytic Activity of W-Doped TiO2 Nanofibers for Methylene Blue Dye Degradation.

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    Song, Yo-Seung; Cho, Nam-Ihn; Lee, Myung-Hyun; Kim, Bae-Yeon; Lee, Deuk Yong

    2016-02-01

    Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) in water was examined using W-doped TiO2 nanofibers prepared by a sol-gel derived electrospinning and subsequent calcination for 4 h at 550 degrees C. Different concentrations of W dopant in the range of 0 to 8 mol% were synthesized to evaluate the effect of W concentration on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2. XRD results indicated that the undoped TiO2 is composed of anatase and rutile phases. The rutile phase was transformed to anatase phase completely with the W doping. Among W-TiO2 catalysts, the 2 mol% W-TiO2 catalyst showed the highest MB degradation rate. The degradation kinetic constant increased from 1.04 x 10(-3) min(-1) to 3.54 x 10(-3) min(-1) with the increase of W doping from 0 to 2 mol%, but decreased down to 1.77 x 10(-3) min(-1) when the W content was 8 mol%. It can be concluded that the degradation of MB under UV radiation was more efficient with W-TiO2 catalysts than with pure TiO2-

  1. Photocatalytic Activity of W-Doped TiO2 Nanofibers for Methylene Blue Dye Degradation.

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    Song, Yo-Seung; Cho, Nam-Ihn; Lee, Myung-Hyun; Kim, Bae-Yeon; Lee, Deuk Yong

    2016-02-01

    Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) in water was examined using W-doped TiO2 nanofibers prepared by a sol-gel derived electrospinning and subsequent calcination for 4 h at 550 degrees C. Different concentrations of W dopant in the range of 0 to 8 mol% were synthesized to evaluate the effect of W concentration on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2. XRD results indicated that the undoped TiO2 is composed of anatase and rutile phases. The rutile phase was transformed to anatase phase completely with the W doping. Among W-TiO2 catalysts, the 2 mol% W-TiO2 catalyst showed the highest MB degradation rate. The degradation kinetic constant increased from 1.04 x 10(-3) min(-1) to 3.54 x 10(-3) min(-1) with the increase of W doping from 0 to 2 mol%, but decreased down to 1.77 x 10(-3) min(-1) when the W content was 8 mol%. It can be concluded that the degradation of MB under UV radiation was more efficient with W-TiO2 catalysts than with pure TiO2- PMID:27433681

  2. Highly Efficient Photocatalytic Hydrogen Evolution in Ternary Hybrid TiO2/CuO/Cu Thoroughly Mesoporous Nanofibers.

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    Hou, Huilin; Shang, Minghui; Gao, Fengmei; Wang, Lin; Liu, Qiao; Zheng, Jinju; Yang, Zuobao; Yang, Weiyou

    2016-08-10

    Development of novel hybrid photocatalysts with high efficiency and durability for photocatalytic hydrogen generation is highly desired but still remains a grand challenge currently. In the present work, we reported the exploration of ternary hybrid TiO2/CuO/Cu thoroughly mesoporous nanofibers via a foaming-assisted electrospinning technique. It is found that by adjusting the Cu contents in the solutions, the unitary (TiO2), binary (TiO2/CuO, TiO2/Cu), and ternary (TiO2/CuO/Cu) mesoporous products can be obtained, enabling the growth of TiO2/CuO/Cu ternary hybrids in a tailored manner. The photocatalytic behavior of the as-synthesized products as well as P25 was evaluated in terms of their hydrogen evolution efficiency for the photodecomposition water under Xe lamp irradiation. The results showed that the ternary TiO2/CuO/Cu thoroughly mesoporous nanofibers exhibit a robust stability and the most efficient photocatalytic H2 evolution with the highest release rate of ∼851.3 μmol g(-1) h(-1), which was profoundly enhanced for more than 3.5 times with respect to those of the pristine TiO2 counterparts and commercial P25, suggesting their promising applications in clean energy production. PMID:27430307

  3. Hierarchically structured suspended TiO2 nanofibers for use in UV and pH sensor devices.

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    Lee, Won Seok; Park, Yang-Seok; Cho, Yoon-Kyoung

    2014-08-13

    Photoelectrochemical sensors based on hierarchically structured titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanofibers (NFs) were fabricated by combination of electrospinning, carbon microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), and hydrothermal reaction. During the electrospinning step, a rotating drum collector was used to align and position NFs of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) on top of a carbon-MEMS structure. Following calcination under vacuum, a stable ohmic contact was obtained between suspended TiO2-carbon NFs (TiO2/C NF) and the carbon electrodes. Subsequent to this, a hierarchical nanostructure of TiO2 nanowires (TiO2 NWs) was hydrothermally synthesized onto the TiO2/C NFs and successfully utilized as UV and pH sensors. This is the first demonstration of a semiconductor-based nanofiber sensor suspended on carbon electrodes that has been achieved by a relatively simple and cost-effective electrospinning method. Furthermore, these sensors demonstrate a high sensitivity, as well as a stable ohmic contact, due to the large surface area of the TiO2 NWs and the carbon-carbon contact between the suspended TiO2/C NFs and carbon electrodes. PMID:25010666

  4. 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.

  5. Performance of photocatalytic oxidation of tetracycline in aqueous solution by TiO2 nanofibers

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    2013-01-01

    The presence of pharmaceutical compounds in water and soil has become an environmental concern. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of TiO2 nanofiber in the oxidation of the antibiotic tetracycline. TiO2 nanofiber was fabricated by electro-spinning method, and then was calcined at 560°C for 2 h. Central composite design (CCD) statistic model was used to optimize tetracycline concentration, time and pH for TiO2 catalyst. A tubular Pyrex glass reactor with diameter of 15 cm and height of 30 cm was designed and a 125W Philips HPLN lamp (UV, λ > 254 nm) was used as light source. Samples were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Equation of model suggests a direct relationship between pH and time with efficiency of tetracycline removal. The observations indicated that time is the most significant (scaled estimate = + 28.04) parameter in efficiency of tetracycline removal. The application of response surface methodology yielded the equation of Y = 65.82 + 5.74 pH + 28.04 time + (−3.07)(pH)2 + (−6.6)(time)2, with R2 = 0.986 which represents good reliability of model. Based on the response surface plots optimum conditions for degradation of tetracycline with maximum efficiency of around 95% was attained. These conditions are as follow; concentration: 50 mg/l, pH= 8.3, time= 15 min. PMID:24499711

  6. Electrochemical properties of fiber-in-tube- and filled-structured TiO2 nanofiber anode materials for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Cho, Jung Sang; Hong, Young Jun; Kang, Yun Chan

    2015-07-27

    Phase-pure anatase TiO2 nanofibers with a fiber-in-tube structure were prepared by the electrospinning process. The burning of titanium-oxide-carbon composite nanofibers with a filled structure formed as an intermediate product under an oxygen atmosphere produced carbon-free TiO2 nanofibers with a fiber-in-tube structure. The sizes of the nanofiber core and hollow nanotube were 140 and 500 nm, respectively. The heat treatment of the electrospun nanofibers at 450 and 500 °C under an air atmosphere produced grey and white filled-structured TiO2 nanofibers, respectively. The initial discharge capacities of the TiO2 nanofibers with the fiber-in-tube and filled structures and the commercial TiO2 nanopowders were 231, 134, and 223 mA h g(-1) , respectively, and their corresponding charge capacities were 170, 100, and 169 mA h g(-1) , respectively. The 1000th discharge capacities of the TiO2 nanofibers with the fiber-in-tube and filled structures and the commercial TiO2 nanopowders were 177, 64, and 101 mA h g(-1) , respectively, and their capacity retentions measured from the second cycle were 89, 82, and 52 %, respectively. The TiO2 nanofibers with the fiber-in-tube structure exhibited low charge transfer resistance and structural stability during cycling and better cycling and rate performances than the TiO2 nanofibers with filled structures and the commercial TiO2 nanopowders. PMID:26119328

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Construction of solid-state Z-scheme carbon-modified TiO2/WO3 nanofibers with enhanced photocatalytic hydrogen production

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    Hu, Junhua; Wang, Lijie; Zhang, Peng; Liang, Changhao; Shao, Guosheng

    2016-10-01

    Carbon-layer-coated TiO2/WO3 nanofibers (WTC) were fabricated by combining the electrospinning technique (for TiO2/WO3 nanofibers) and hydrothermal method (for carbon shell). The structure characterization results showed that TiO2/WO3 nanofibers (WT) were encased within an uniform carbon shell about 10 nm in thickness. By adjusting the content of WO3, the graphitization degree of carbon layer could be controlled, and the WTC nanofibers had remarkable light absorption in the visible region. Furthermore, the photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic activity were investigated systematically. As expected, the H2-generation rate of the as-prepared composite materials was greatly enhanced compared with pure TiO2 nanofibers (TNFs), TiO2/WO3 nanofibers (WT) and TiO2@carbon core/shell nanofibers (TC). The enhanced activities were mainly attributed to the multichannel-improved charge-carrier photosynthetic heterojunction system with the carbon layer on the surface of TiO2 as an electron collector and WO3 as a hole collector, leading to effective charge separation on these components, which were evidenced by photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and photocurrent analysis. Besides, the addition of WO3 promoted the graphitization of carbon layer, which in turn improved transport of electrons in the carbon layer and also contributed to the performance improvement.

  10. Enhancement of the photoelectric performance of dye-sensitized solar cells using Ag-doped TiO2 nanofibers in a TiO2 film as electrode.

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    Jin, En Mei; Zhao, Xing Guan; Park, Ju-Young; Gu, Hal-Bon

    2012-01-01

    For high solar conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells [DSSCs], TiO2 nanofiber [TN] and Ag-doped TiO2 nanofiber [ATN] have been extended to be included in TiO2 films to increase the amount of dye loading for a higher short-circuit current. The ATN was used on affected DSSCs to increase the open circuit voltage. This process had enhanced the exit in dye molecules which were rapidly split into electrons, and the DSSCs with ATN stop the recombination of the electronic process. The conversion efficiency of TiO2 photoelectrode-based DSSCs was 4.74%; it was increased to 6.13% after adding 5 wt.% ATN into TiO2 films. The electron lifetime of DSSCs with ATN increased from 0.29 to 0.34 s and that electron recombination was reduced.

  11. Cellulose nanofiber-templated three-dimension TiO2 hierarchical nanowire network for photoelectrochemical photoanode

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    Li, Zhaodong; Yao, Chunhua; Wang, Fei; Cai, Zhiyong; Wang, Xudong

    2014-12-01

    Three dimensional (3D) nanostructures with extremely large porosity possess a great promise for the development of high-performance energy harvesting and storage devices. In this paper, we developed a high-density 3D TiO2 fiber-nanorod (NR) heterostructure for efficient photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The hierarchical structure was synthesized on a ZnO-coated cellulose nanofiber (CNF) template using atomic layer deposition (ALD)-based thin film and NR growth procedures. The tubular structure evolution was in good agreement with the recently discovered vapor-phase Kirkendall effect in high-temperature ALD processes. The NR morphology was formed via the surface-reaction-limited pulsed chemical vapor deposition (SPCVD) mechanism. Under Xenon lamp illumination without and with an AM 1.5G filter or a UV cut off filter, the PEC efficiencies of a 3D TiO2 fiber-NR heterostructure were found to be 22-249% higher than those of the TiO2-ZnO bilayer tubular nanofibers and TiO2 nanotube networks that were synthesized as reference samples. Such a 3D TiO2 fiber-NR heterostructure offers a new route for a cellulose-based nanomanufacturing technique, which can be used for large-area, low-cost, and green fabrication of nanomaterials as well as their utilizations for efficient solar energy harvesting and conversion.

  12. Rutile TiO2 nanowires on anatase TiO2 nanofibers: a branched heterostructured photocatalysts via interface-assisted fabrication approach.

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    Wang, Changhua; Zhang, Xintong; Shao, Changlu; Zhang, Yanli; Yang, Jikai; Sun, Panpan; Liu, Xueping; Liu, Hong; Liu, Yichun; Xie, Tengfeng; Wang, Dejun

    2011-11-01

    A water-dichloromethane interface-assisted hydrothermal method was employed to grow rutile TiO(2) nanowires (NWs) on electrospun anatase TiO(2) nanofibers (NFs), using highly reactive TiCl(4) as precursor. The water-dichloromethane interface inhibited the formation of rutile NWs in water phase, but promoted the selective radial growth of densely packed rutile NWs on anatase NFs to form a branched heterojunction. The density and length of rutile NWs could be readily controlled by varying reaction parameters. A formation mechanism for the branched heterojunction was proposed which involved (1) the entrapment of rutile precursor nanoparticles at water-dichloromethane interface, (2) the growth of rutile NWs on anatase NFs via Ostwald ripening through the scavengering of interface-entrapped rutile nanoparticles. The heterojunction formed at anatase NF and rutile NW enhanced the charge separation of both under ultraviolet excitation, as evidenced by photoluminescence and surface photovoltage spectra. The branched TiO(2) heterostructures showed higher photocatalytic activity in degradation of rodamine B dye solution than anatase NFs, and the mixture of anatase NFs, and P25 powders, which was discussed in terms of the synergistic effect of enhanced charge separation by anatase-rutile heterojunction, high activity of rutile NWs, and increased specific area of branched heterostructures.

  13. Hierarchical interfaces induce high dielectric permittivity in nanocomposites containing TiO2@BaTiO3 nanofibers.

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    Zhang, Xin; Chen, Weiwei; Wang, Jianjun; Shen, Yang; Gu, Lin; Lin, Yuanhua; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2014-06-21

    Interface issues are common and crucial in nanocomposites or nanohybrid systems since the interface area is enormous on the nanoscale. In the 0-3 dimensional polymer nanocomposites, in which nano-inclusions (0-dimension) are embedded in a 3-dimensionally connected polymer matrix, enhanced dielectric permittivity could be induced by the interfacial polarization at the interfaces between the nano-inclusions and the polymer matrix. In this contribution, we propose and demonstrate that the topological structure of the interface plays an equally important role as the area of the interface in determining the dielectric polarization of polymer nanocomposites. TiO2 nanofibers embedded with BaTiO3 nanoparticles are prepared via electrospinning and then fused with polyvinyl difluoride (PVDF) into polymer nanocomposite films. Modulation of hierarchical interfaces is thus achieved for these nanocomposites. The confinement of these additional interfaces inside the TiO2 nanofibers leads to percolated networks formed by the interfacial regions. The dielectric permittivity of the polymer nanocomposites is thus enhanced by ∼300% over the PVDF matrix at a low filler loading of 11 vol%. A phase-field simulation study indicates that the enhanced dielectric permittivity could be attributed to the increased polarization in the percolated interfacial regions inside the TiO2 nanofibers. The instantaneous electrical breakdown of the TiO2@BaTiO3 nanofibers studied by the in situ transmission electron microscopy method further reveals the striking feature that the breakdown behavior of the nanofibers changes from semiconductive to metallic with the incorporation of insulating BaTiO3 nanoparticles.

  14. Nitrogen-doped carbon-embedded TiO2 nanofibers as promising oxygen reduction reaction electrocatalysts

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    Hassen, D.; Shenashen, M. A.; El-Safty, S. A.; Selim, M. M.; Isago, H.; Elmarakbi, A.; El-Safty, A.; Yamaguchi, H.

    2016-10-01

    The development of inexpensive and effective electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) as a substitute for commercial Pt/C catalyst is an important issue in fuel cells. In this paper, we report on novel fabrication of self-supported nitrogen-doped carbon-supported titanium nanofibers (Nsbnd TiO2@C) and carbon-supported titanium (TiO2@C) electrocatalysts via a facile electrospinning route. The nitrogen atom integrates physically and homogenously into the entire carbon-titanium structure. We demonstrate the catalytic performance of Nsbnd TiO2@C and TiO2@C for ORR under alkaline conditions in comparison with Pt/C catalyst. The Nsbnd TiO2@C catalyst shows excellent ORR reactivity and durability. Interestingly, among all the catalysts used in this ORR, Nsbnd TiO2@C-0.75 exhibits remarkable competitive oxygen reduction activity in terms of current density and onset potential, as well as superior methanol tolerance. Such tolerance attributes to maximizing the diffusion of trigger pulse electrons during catalytic reactions because of enhanced electronic features. Results indicate that our fabrication strategy can provide an opportunity to produce a simple, efficient, cost-effective, and promising ORR electrocatalyst for practical applications in energy conversion and storage technologies.

  15. Controlled synthesis of Ag-coated TiO2 nanofibers and their enhanced effect in photocatalytic applications

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    Guan, Hongyu; Wang, Xiaohong; Guo, Yihang; Shao, Changlu; Zhang, Xintong; Liu, Yichun; Louh, Rong-Fuh

    2013-09-01

    Novel nanostructured Ag/TiO2 hybrid nanofibers (NFs) have been successfully prepared via a simple electrospinning process combined with silver mirror reaction. The Ag/TiO2 NFs demonstrated a unique morphology with evenly distributed Ag nanoparticles uniformly deposited onto the surface of each individual TiO2 NFs. The loading capacity and size of Ag NPs can be easily controlled by varying the silver mirror reaction time. Compared with pristine TiO2 NFs, such heterogeneous Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited preferable photocatalytic activity during photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine-B under the simulated sunlight irradiation and this enhanced photocatalytic performance was driven by combination and interaction between TiO2 and Ag NPs.

  16. Photocatalytic process of simultaneous desulfurization and denitrification of flue gas by TiO2-polyacrylonitrile nanofibers.

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    Su, Chunyan; Ran, Xu; Hu, Jianglei; Shao, Changlu

    2013-10-15

    TiO2 nanoparticles were successfully fabricated on electrospun polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers via the coupling of electrospinning and hydrothermal pathway. A straightforward photocatalysis oxidation process has been developed for simultaneous desulfurization and denitrification of flue gas using the TiO2-PAN photocatalyst. Also, the influences of some important operating parameters, such as titanium loading content of catalyst, flue gas humidity, flue gas flow, and inlet flue gas temperature on removal efficiencies of SO2 and NO were investigated. The results demonstrated that removal efficiencies of 99.3% for SO2 and 71.2% for NO were attained under the following optimal experiment conditions: titanium loading content, 6.78 At %; gas flow rate, 200 mL/min; flue gas humidity, 5%; inlet flue gas temperature, 40 °C. Furthermore, the presumed reaction mechanism of SO2 and NO removal using TiO2-PAN photocatalyst under UV light was proposed. PMID:24024677

  17. Effect of silver-doping on the crystal structure, morphology and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanofibers

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    Barakat, N. A. M.; Kim, H. Y.

    2012-09-01

    In this study, effect of sliver-doping on the crystal structure, the nanofibrous morphology and the photocatalytic activity of titanium oxide nanofibers have been investigated. Silver-doped TiO2 nanofibers having different silver contents were prepared by calcination of electrospun nanofiber mats consisting of silver nitrate, titanium isopropoxide and poly(vinyl acetate) at 600 °C. The results affirmed formation of silver-doped TiO2 nanofibers composed of anatase and rutile when the silver nitrate content in the original electrospun solution was more than 3 wt%. The rutile phase content was directly proportional with the AgNO3 concentration in the electrospun solution. Negative impact of the silver-doping on the nanofibrous morphology was observed as increase the silver content caused to decrease the aspect ratio, i.e. producing nanorods rather nanofibers. However, silver-doping leads to modify the surface roughness. Study of the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye clarified that increase the silver content strongly enhances the dye oxidation process.

  18. Highly branched RuO2 Nanorods on Electrospun TiO2 Nanofibers toward Electrochemical Catalysts

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    Cho, Yukyung; Kim, Su-Jin; Lee, Nam-Suk; Kim, Myung Hwa; Lee, Youngmi

    2014-03-01

    We report a facile growth route to synthesize hierarchically grown single crystalline metallic RuO2 nanorods on electrospun TiO2 nanofibers via a combination of a simple vapour phase transport process with an electrospinning process. This synthetic strategy could be very useful to design a variety of highly branched network architectures of the functional hetero-nanostructures for electrochemical applications. Particularly, Ruthenium oxide (RuO2) 1-dimensional nanostructures can be used as the effective catalysts or electrochemical electrode materials. Thus, we first synthesize TiO2 nanofibers from mixture of titanium isopropoxide precursor and polymer and then ruthenium hydroxide precursor on TiO2 nanofibers are transformed into RuO2 nanorods by thermal treatment at 250oC in air. The crystalline structures of products are confirmed using scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectrum, Raman spectroscopy, and high resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM). The fundamental electrochemical performances are examined using cyclic voltammetry (CV).

  19. Fabrication characterization and activity of a solar light driven photocatalyst: cerium doped TiO2 magnetic nanofibers.

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    Li, Cong-Ju; Wang, Bin; Wang, Jiao-Na

    2012-03-01

    A novel magnetic separable composite photocatalytic nanofiber consisting of TiO2 as the major phase, CeO(2-y) and CoFe2O4 as the dopant phase was prepared by sol-gel method and electrospinning technique, and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV-vis DRS) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The photocatalytic activity of the resultant CoFe2O4-TiO2 and CeO(2-y)/CoFe2O4-TiO2 nanofibers was evaluated by photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) in an aqueous solution under xenon lamp (the irradiation spectrum energy distribution is similar to sunlight) irradiation in a photochemical reactor. The results showed that the dopant of Ce could affect the absorbance ability and photo-response range. The sample containing 1.0 wt% CeO(2-y) exhibited the highest degradation with 35% for MB under simulate solar light irradiation. Furthermore, the as-synthesized composite photocatalytic nanofibers could be separated easily by an external magnetic field, thus it might hold potential for application in wastewater treatment.

  20. Novel-structured electrospun TiO2/CuO composite nanofibers for high efficient photocatalytic cogeneration of clean water and energy from dye wastewater.

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    Lee, Siew Siang; Bai, Hongwei; Liu, Zhaoyang; Sun, Darren Delai

    2013-08-01

    It is still a challenge to photocatalytically cogenerate clean water and energy from dye wastewater owing to the relatively low photocatalytic efficiency of photocatalysts. In this study, novel-structured TiO2/CuO composite nanofibers were successfully fabricated via facile electrospinning. For the first time, the TiO2/CuO composite nanofibers demonstrated multifunctional ability for concurrent photocatalytic organic degradation and H2 generation from dye wastewater. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO2/CuO composite nanofibers was ascribed to its excellent synergy of physicochemical properties: 1) mesoporosity and large specific surface area for efficient substrate adsorption, mass transfer and light harvesting; 2) red-shift of the absorbance spectra for enhanced light utilization; 3) long nanofibrous structure for efficient charge transfer and ease of recovery, 4) TiO2/CuO heterojunctions which enhance the separation of electrons and holes and 5) presence of CuO which serve as co-catalyst for the H2 production. The TiO2/CuO composite nanofibers also exhibited rapid settleability by gravity and uncompromised reusability. Thus, the as-synthesized TiO2/CuO composite nanofibers represent a promising candidate for highly efficient concurrent photocatalytic organic degradation and clean energy production from dye wastewater.

  1. The effects of atmosphere and calcined temperature on photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanofibers prepared by electrospinning

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    2013-01-01

    TiO2-based nanofibers were synthesized using a sol–gel method and electrospinning technique. The as-spun composite fibers were heat-treated at different temperatures (500°C, 550°C, 600°C, and 650°C) and atmospheres (ammonia and nitrogen) for 4 h. The fibers had diameters of 50 to 200 nm and mainly featured anatase and rutile phases. The anatase phase decreased and the rutile phase increased with increasing temperature. Different nitrogen conditions exerted minimal effects on the TiO2 crystalline phase. Different nitriding atmospheres during preservation heating yielded various effects on fibers. The effect of nitrogen in ammonia atmosphere is better than that in nitrogen atmosphere. The fibers heat-treated at 600°C and subjected to preservation heating in NH3 showed high photocatalytic activity. PMID:24373382

  2. The effects of atmosphere and calcined temperature on photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanofibers prepared by electrospinning

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    Hu, MeiLing; Fang, MingHao; Tang, Chao; Yang, Tao; Huang, ZhaoHui; Liu, YanGai; Wu, XiaoWen; Min, Xin

    2013-12-01

    TiO2-based nanofibers were synthesized using a sol-gel method and electrospinning technique. The as-spun composite fibers were heat-treated at different temperatures (500°C, 550°C, 600°C, and 650°C) and atmospheres (ammonia and nitrogen) for 4 h. The fibers had diameters of 50 to 200 nm and mainly featured anatase and rutile phases. The anatase phase decreased and the rutile phase increased with increasing temperature. Different nitrogen conditions exerted minimal effects on the TiO2 crystalline phase. Different nitriding atmospheres during preservation heating yielded various effects on fibers. The effect of nitrogen in ammonia atmosphere is better than that in nitrogen atmosphere. The fibers heat-treated at 600°C and subjected to preservation heating in NH3 showed high photocatalytic activity.

  3. The effects of atmosphere and calcined temperature on photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanofibers prepared by electrospinning.

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    Hu, Meiling; Fang, Minghao; Tang, Chao; Yang, Tao; Huang, Zhaohui; Liu, Yangai; Wu, Xiaowen; Min, Xin

    2013-12-30

    TiO2-based nanofibers were synthesized using a sol-gel method and electrospinning technique. The as-spun composite fibers were heat-treated at different temperatures (500°C, 550°C, 600°C, and 650°C) and atmospheres (ammonia and nitrogen) for 4 h. The fibers had diameters of 50 to 200 nm and mainly featured anatase and rutile phases. The anatase phase decreased and the rutile phase increased with increasing temperature. Different nitrogen conditions exerted minimal effects on the TiO2 crystalline phase. Different nitriding atmospheres during preservation heating yielded various effects on fibers. The effect of nitrogen in ammonia atmosphere is better than that in nitrogen atmosphere. The fibers heat-treated at 600°C and subjected to preservation heating in NH3 showed high photocatalytic activity.

  4. Real-time direct electrochemical sensing of ascorbic acid over rat liver tissues using RuO2 nanowires on electrospun TiO2 nanofibers.

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    Kim, Su-Jin; Cho, Yu Kyung; Lee, Chongmok; Kim, Myung Hwa; Lee, Youngmi

    2016-03-15

    This paper reports that the high electrocatalytic activity of RuO2 nanowires grown on electrospun TiO2 nanofibers for the oxidation of l-ascorbic acid (AA); and the application of these materials for direct selective sensing of AA in complex samples. Compared to bare glassy carbon (GC) electrode, RuO2 nanowires on TiO2 nanofibers-loaded GC electrode facilitates the oxidation of AA most drastically among the tested species: AA, 4-acetamidophenol (AP), dopamine (DA), uric acid (UA), and glucose. The amperometric response of RuO2 nanowires on TiO2 nanofibers at the applied potential of 0.018 V (vs. SCE) exhibits high sensitivity (268.2 ± 3.7 μAmM(-1)cm(-2), n=5), low detection limit (<1.8 μM), great linearity, reasonable stability, and exclusive selectivity over AP, DA, glucose and UA at their physiological levels. In differential pulse voltammetry, it is verified that the potential resolution of RuO2 nanowires on TiO2 nanofibers is able to differentiate AA, DA, UA, and AP one from the others. In addition, as prepared RuO2 nanowires on TiO2 nanofibers are successfully applied for direct and selective AA measurements in commercial vitamin samples and for the real-time direct analysis of AA generated from living rat liver tissue in vitro.

  5. Real-time direct electrochemical sensing of ascorbic acid over rat liver tissues using RuO2 nanowires on electrospun TiO2 nanofibers.

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    Kim, Su-Jin; Cho, Yu Kyung; Lee, Chongmok; Kim, Myung Hwa; Lee, Youngmi

    2016-03-15

    This paper reports that the high electrocatalytic activity of RuO2 nanowires grown on electrospun TiO2 nanofibers for the oxidation of l-ascorbic acid (AA); and the application of these materials for direct selective sensing of AA in complex samples. Compared to bare glassy carbon (GC) electrode, RuO2 nanowires on TiO2 nanofibers-loaded GC electrode facilitates the oxidation of AA most drastically among the tested species: AA, 4-acetamidophenol (AP), dopamine (DA), uric acid (UA), and glucose. The amperometric response of RuO2 nanowires on TiO2 nanofibers at the applied potential of 0.018 V (vs. SCE) exhibits high sensitivity (268.2 ± 3.7 μAmM(-1)cm(-2), n=5), low detection limit (<1.8 μM), great linearity, reasonable stability, and exclusive selectivity over AP, DA, glucose and UA at their physiological levels. In differential pulse voltammetry, it is verified that the potential resolution of RuO2 nanowires on TiO2 nanofibers is able to differentiate AA, DA, UA, and AP one from the others. In addition, as prepared RuO2 nanowires on TiO2 nanofibers are successfully applied for direct and selective AA measurements in commercial vitamin samples and for the real-time direct analysis of AA generated from living rat liver tissue in vitro. PMID:26569445

  6. Necrosis of Staphylococcus aureus by the Electrospun Fe- and Ag-Doped TiO2 Nanofibers

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    Aboelzahab, Asem; Azad, Abdul-Majeed; Goel, Vijay

    2012-01-01

    Postsurgery infections cause prolonged hospitalization, incurring increased patient and hospital costs, making it increasingly vital to develop an effective solution for the mitigation and elimination of infection buildup at these sites. Incorporation of a bactericidal device at the infection-prone sites provides the capability of attacking bacterial growth even after the patient has left the hospital. Polycrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) is photoactive and possesses antibacterial properties that can mitigate the onset of these infections and aid in wound healing. In this work, TiO2 nanofibers were synthesized by electrospinning. Doping with iron as well as with silver (5 wt% and 1 wt%, resp.) was also carried out to increase their effectiveness towards bactericidal properties. The electrospun fibers were processed and tested in the presence of light in the suspensions of methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) bacteria, which are the leading infection-inducing bacteria among hospital patients. It was found that upon brief activation (cf. 30 s) by an infrared laser source, greater than 90% of the S. aureus was rendered inactive within cf. 10 min. of exposure, thereby showing the potential of titania nanofibers for effective mitigation of infection. PMID:24977085

  7. Energy Storage: Nitrogen-Doped Ordered Mesoporous Anatase TiO2 Nanofibers as Anode Materials for High Performance Sodium-Ion Batteries (Small 26/2016).

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    Wu, Ying; Liu, Xiaowu; Yang, Zhenzhong; Gu, Lin; Yu, Yan

    2016-07-01

    On page 3522, Y. Yu and co-workers fabricate nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers (denoted as N-MTO) by electrospinning and subsequent nitridation treatment. Nitrogen atoms are successfully doped into the TiO2 lattice, accompanied by the formation of Ti(3+) and oxygen vacancies, contributing to the improvement of electronic conductivity of TiO2 . When used as an anode for a sodium-ion battery, the N-MTO demonstrates excellent rate capability and superior long cycling performance. PMID:27383035

  8. Energy Storage: Nitrogen-Doped Ordered Mesoporous Anatase TiO2 Nanofibers as Anode Materials for High Performance Sodium-Ion Batteries (Small 26/2016).

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    Wu, Ying; Liu, Xiaowu; Yang, Zhenzhong; Gu, Lin; Yu, Yan

    2016-07-01

    On page 3522, Y. Yu and co-workers fabricate nitrogen-doped ordered mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers (denoted as N-MTO) by electrospinning and subsequent nitridation treatment. Nitrogen atoms are successfully doped into the TiO2 lattice, accompanied by the formation of Ti(3+) and oxygen vacancies, contributing to the improvement of electronic conductivity of TiO2 . When used as an anode for a sodium-ion battery, the N-MTO demonstrates excellent rate capability and superior long cycling performance.

  9. In situ processed gold nanoparticle-embedded TiO2 nanofibers enabling plasmonic perovskite solar cells to exceed 14% conversion efficiency

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    Mali, Sawanta S.; Shim, Chang Su; Kim, Hyungjin; Patil, Pramod S.; Hong, Chang Kook

    2016-01-01

    We have demonstrated organometallic perovskite solar cells (PSCs) based on Au decorated TiO2 nanofibers and methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3). A power conversion efficiency of 14.92% was achieved, which is significantly higher than that of conventional mesoporous (mp) TiO2, as well as TiO2 nanofiber-based devices. The present synthetic process provides new opportunities for the development of efficient plasmonic PSCs based on metal oxide nanofibers. Solar cells based on these architectures exhibit a short-circuit current density JSC of 21.63 +/- 0.36 mA cm-2, VOC of 0.986 +/- 0.01 V and fill factor of 70% +/- 3%, which provide a power conversion efficiency of 14.92% +/- 0.33% under standard AM 1.5 conditions. The results of time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) spectroscopy and solid-state impedance spectroscopy (ssIS) revealed that PSCs based on Au-decorated TiO2 nanofibers exhibit a low recombination rate. The present results are much higher than those for reported PSCs based on a Au@TiO2 electron-transporting layer (ETL).We have demonstrated organometallic perovskite solar cells (PSCs) based on Au decorated TiO2 nanofibers and methylammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3). A power conversion efficiency of 14.92% was achieved, which is significantly higher than that of conventional mesoporous (mp) TiO2, as well as TiO2 nanofiber-based devices. The present synthetic process provides new opportunities for the development of efficient plasmonic PSCs based on metal oxide nanofibers. Solar cells based on these architectures exhibit a short-circuit current density JSC of 21.63 +/- 0.36 mA cm-2, VOC of 0.986 +/- 0.01 V and fill factor of 70% +/- 3%, which provide a power conversion efficiency of 14.92% +/- 0.33% under standard AM 1.5 conditions. The results of time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) spectroscopy and solid-state impedance spectroscopy (ssIS) revealed that PSCs based on Au-decorated TiO2 nanofibers exhibit a low recombination rate. The present results are much

  10. Hierarchical 3D dendritic TiO2 nanospheres building with ultralong 1D nanoribbon/wires for high performance concurrent photocatalytic membrane water purification.

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    Bai, Hongwei; Liu, Lei; Liu, Zhaoyang; Sun, Darren Delai

    2013-08-01

    Hierarchical 3D dendritic TiO2 nanospheres building with ultralong 1D TiO2 nanoribbon/wires were hydrothermally synthesized via controlling the hydrolysis rate of precursor by EG. It is found that the EG and Cl(-) in the precursor solution are the dominant factors in controlling the hydrolysis rate of Ti(4+) from TTIP, and the growing direction of 1D TiO2, respectively. Through optimizing the molar ratio of TTIP:EG, hierarchical 3D dendritic TiO2 nanospheres building with long 1D nanoribbons (TiO2 nanoribbon spheres) were synthesized at a molar ratio of TTIP:EG = 1:2. And hierarchical 3D dendritic TiO2 nanospheres building with even longer and thinner 1D TiO2 nanowires (TiO2 nanowire spheres) were synthesized via further reducing the hydrolysis rate of Ti(4+) by increasing the content of EG at a molar ratio of TTIP:EG = 1:3. The hierarchical 3D dendritic TiO2 nanoribbon/wire spheres were well characterized by a variety of techniques such as FESEM, TEM, XRD, N2 adsorption/desorption, UV-vis spectra, etc. A "win-win" strategy was developed to integrate the hierarchical TiO2 nanoribbon/wire spheres and membrane for high performance photocatalytic membrane water purification through maximizing the advantages of TiO2 photocatalysis and membrane, while minimizing their disadvantages. Hierarchical TiO2 nanoribbon/wire spheres exhibited high performance for water purification in terms of high flux, low fouling, high removal rate of pollutants, and long lifespan of membrane, both in concurrent dead end and cross flow membrane system. The rationale behind this phenomenon lies in that the hierarchical TiO2 nanoribbon/wire spheres in the concurrent system possess the advantages of mitigating the membrane fouling via photocatalytic degrading the organic pollutants relying on their high photocatalytic activities; and keeping high water flux owing to the porous functional layer favorable for water pass through. The experimental results demonstrated that the hierarchical TiO2

  11. Photoconversion of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with a 3D-Structured Photoelectrode Consisting of Both TiO2 Nanofibers and Nanoparticles

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    Hwang, Tae-Hwan; Kim, Wan-Tae; Choi, Won-Youl

    2016-06-01

    In dye-sensitized solar cells, a three-dimensional (3-D)-structured photoelectrode of TiO2 nanofibers and nanoparticles was successfully fabricated by electro-spinning and screen-printing processes. Structures with one-dimensional nanofibers can be expected to improve the charge transport in a photoelectrode. The microstructure and crystalline structure were observed by field-emission scanning electron microscopy and with an x-ray diffractometer, respectively. The particle size of the TiO2 particles and the diameters of the TiO2 nanofiber in the 3-D-structured photoelectrode were ~30 nm and ~500 nm, respectively. The total thickness of the TiO2 layer in the 3-D-structured photoelectrode, which is composed of a nanoparticle layer of ~12 μm and a nanofiber layer of ~8 μm, was ~20 μm. The crystalline, anatase phase was also determined. In these dye-sensitized solar cells with a 3-D-structured layer, a short-circuit current density of 12.36 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage of 0.74 V, a fill factor of 0.46, and an energy conversion efficiency of 4.18% were observed. These values are higher than those of dye-sensitized solar cells with a conventional TiO2 nanoparticle layer. The proposed 3-D-structured photoelectrode consisting of TiO2 nanofibers and nanoparticles can help improve the performance of commercial dye-sensitized solar cells.

  12. Graphene-Wrapped Anatase TiO2 Nanofibers as High-Rate and Long-Cycle-Life Anode Material for Sodium Ion Batteries

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    Yeo, Yeolmae; Jung, Ji-Won; Park, Kyusung; Kim, Il-Doo

    2015-01-01

    Anatase TiO2 has been suggested as a potential sodium anode material, but the low electrical conductivity of TiO2 often limits the rate capability, resulting in poor electrochemical properties. To address this limitation, we propose graphene-wrapped anatase TiO2 nanofibers (rGO@TiO2 NFs) through an effective wrapping of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets on electrospun TiO2 NFs. To provide strong electrostatic interaction between the graphene oxide (GO) sheets and the TiO2 NFs, poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) was used to induce a positively charged TiO2 surface by the immobilization of the -NH3+ group and to promote bonding with the negatively charged carboxylic acid (-COO−) and hydroxyl (-O−) groups on the GO. A sodium anode electrode using rGO@TiO2 NFs exhibited a significantly improved initial capacity of 217 mAh g−1, high capacity retention (85% after 200 cycles at 0.2C), and a high average Coulombic efficiency (99.7% from the second cycle to the 200th cycle), even at a 5C rate, compared to those of pristine TiO2 NFs. The improved electrochemical performances stem from highly conductive properties of the reduced GO which is effectively anchored to the TiO2 NFs. PMID:26355340

  13. Graphene-Wrapped Anatase TiO2 Nanofibers as High-Rate and Long-Cycle-Life Anode Material for Sodium Ion Batteries

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    Yeo, Yeolmae; Jung, Ji-Won; Park, Kyusung; Kim, Il-Doo

    2015-09-01

    Anatase TiO2 has been suggested as a potential sodium anode material, but the low electrical conductivity of TiO2 often limits the rate capability, resulting in poor electrochemical properties. To address this limitation, we propose graphene-wrapped anatase TiO2 nanofibers (rGO@TiO2 NFs) through an effective wrapping of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets on electrospun TiO2 NFs. To provide strong electrostatic interaction between the graphene oxide (GO) sheets and the TiO2 NFs, poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) was used to induce a positively charged TiO2 surface by the immobilization of the -NH3+ group and to promote bonding with the negatively charged carboxylic acid (-COO-) and hydroxyl (-O-) groups on the GO. A sodium anode electrode using rGO@TiO2 NFs exhibited a significantly improved initial capacity of 217 mAh g-1, high capacity retention (85% after 200 cycles at 0.2C), and a high average Coulombic efficiency (99.7% from the second cycle to the 200th cycle), even at a 5C rate, compared to those of pristine TiO2 NFs. The improved electrochemical performances stem from highly conductive properties of the reduced GO which is effectively anchored to the TiO2 NFs.

  14. Influence of PVP template on the formation of porous TiO2 nanofibers by electrospinning technique for dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Elayappan, Vijayakumar; Panneerselvam, Pratheep; Nemala, Sivasankar; Nallathambi, Karthick S.; Angaiah, Subramania

    2015-09-01

    The porous TiO2 nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning technique using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as template as well as pore-forming agent at the calcination temperature of 475 °C for 5 h. The influence of various concentrations of PVP (5, 8 and 10 wt%) on the surface area and porosity of the prepared TiO2 nanofibers (NFs) were studied by using BET-specific surface area analyzer. The TiO2 NFs obtained by using 5 wt% of PVP had higher surface area and porosity than those obtained by using 8 and 10 wt% of PVP. The prepared electrospun TiO2 NFs were characterized by using TG analysis, X-ray diffraction, FTIR, FE-SEM and TEM studies. Finally, dye-sensitized solar cells were assembled using the prepared TiO2 NFs as the photoanode, Pt as the cathode and 0.5 M 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium iodide, 0.5 M LiI, 0.05 M I2, 0.5 M 4-tertbutylpyridine in acetonitrile as an electrolyte. Among the three photoanodes, the cell assembled using porous TiO2 NFs obtained by using 5 wt% of PVP showed higher power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.81 % than those obtained by using 8 and 10 wt% of PVP, which showed the lower PCE of 4.13 and 3.42 %, respectively.

  15. New strategy of photodynamic treatment of TiO2 nanofibers combined with celastrol for HepG2 proliferation in vitro

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    Li, Jingyuan; Wang, Xuemei; Jiang, Hui; Lu, Xiaohua; Zhu, Yudan; Chen, Baoan

    2011-08-01

    As one of the best biocompatible semiconductor nanomaterials, TiO2 nanofibers can act as a good photosensitizer material and show potential application in the field of drug carriers and photodynamic therapy to cure diseases. Celastrol, one of the active components extracted from T. wilfordii Hook F., was widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for many diseases. In this study, the cytotoxicity of celastrol for HepG2 cancer cells was firstly explored. The results showed that celastrol could inhibit cancer cell proliferation in a time-dependent and dose-dependent manner, inducing apoptosis and cell cycle arrest at G2/M phase in HepG2 cells. After the TiO2 nanofibers were introduced into the system of celastrol, the cooperation effect showed that the nanocomposites between TiO2 nanofibers and celastrol could enhance the cytotoxicity of celastrol for HepG2 cells and cut down the drug consumption so as to reduce the side-effect of the related drug. Associated with the photodynamic effect, it is evident that TiO2 nanofibers could readily facilitate the potential application of the active compounds from natural products like celastrol. Turning to the advantages of nanotechnology, the combination of nanomaterials with the related monomer active compounds of promising Chinese medicine could play an important role to explore the relevant mechanism of the drug cellular interaction and promote the potential application of TiO2 nanofibers in the clinical treatment.As one of the best biocompatible semiconductor nanomaterials, TiO2 nanofibers can act as a good photosensitizer material and show potential application in the field of drug carriers and photodynamic therapy to cure diseases. Celastrol, one of the active components extracted from T. wilfordii Hook F., was widely used in traditional Chinese medicine for many diseases. In this study, the cytotoxicity of celastrol for HepG2 cancer cells was firstly explored. The results showed that celastrol could inhibit cancer cell

  16. Efficiency enhancement of dye-sensitized solar cells by use of ZrO2-doped TiO2 nanofibers photoanode.

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    Mohamed, Ibrahim M A; Dao, Van-Duong; Barakat, Nasser A M; Yasin, Ahmed S; Yousef, Ahmed; Choi, Ho-Suk

    2016-08-15

    Due to the good stability and convenient optical properties, TiO2 nanostructures still the prominent photoanode materials in the Dye Sensitized Solar Cells (DSCs). However, the well-known low bandgap energy and weak adsorption affinity for the dye distinctly constrain the wide application. This work discusses the impact of Zr-doping and nanofibrous morphology on the performance and physicochemical properties of TiO2. Zr-doped TiO2 nanofibers (NFs), with various zirconia content (0, 0.5, 1, 1.5 and 2wt%) were prepared by calcination of electrospun mats composed of polyvinyl acetate, titanium isopropoxyl and zirconium n-propoxyl. For all formulations, the results have shown that the prepared materials are continuous, randomly oriented, and good morphology nanofibers. The average diameter decreased from 353.85nm to 210.78nm after calcination without a considerable influence on the nanofibrous structure regardless the zirconia content. XRD result shows that there is no Rutile nor Brookite phases in the obtained material and the average crystallite size of the sample is affected by the presence of Zr-doping and changed from 23.01nm to 37.63nm for TiO2 and Zr-doped TiO2, respectively. Optical studies have shown Zr-doped TiO2 NFs have more absorbance in the visible region than that of pristine TiO2 NFs; the maximum absorbance is corresponding to the NFs having 1wt% zirconia. The improved spectra of Zr-doped TiO2 in the visible region is attributed to the heterostructure composition resulting from Zr-doping. The absorption bandgaps were calculated using Tauc model as 3.202 and 3.217 for pristine and Zr (1wt%)-doped TiO2 NFs, respectively. Furthermore, in Dye-sensitized Solar Cells, utilizing Zr (1wt%)-doped TiO2 nanofibers achieved higher efficiency of 4.51% compared to the 1.61% obtained from the pristine TiO2 NFs.

  17. Ultrafine TiO2 Decorated Carbon Nanofibers as Multifunctional Interlayer for High-Performance Lithium-Sulfur Battery.

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    Liang, Gemeng; Wu, Junxiong; Qin, Xianying; Liu, Ming; Li, Qing; He, Yan-Bing; Kim, Jang-Kyo; Li, Baohua; Kang, Feiyu

    2016-09-01

    Although lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries deliver high specific energy densities, lots of intrinsic and fatal obstacles still restrict their practical application. Electrospun carbon nanofibers (CNFs) decorated with ultrafine TiO2 nanoparticles (CNF-T) were prepared and used as a multifunctional interlayer to suppress the volume expansion and shuttle effect of Li-S battery. With this strategy, the CNF network with abundant space and superior conductivity can accommodate and recycle the dissolved polysulfides for the bare sulfur cathode. Meanwhile, the ultrafine TiO2 nanoparticles on CNFs work as anchoring points to capture the polysulfides with the strong interaction, making the battery perform with remarkable and stable electrochemical properties. As a result, the Li-S battery with the CNF-T interlayer delivers an initial reversible capacity of 935 mA h g(-1) at 1 C with a capacity retention of 74.2% after 500 cycles. It is believed that this simple, low-cost and scalable method will definitely bring a novel perspective on the practical utilization of Li-S batteries. PMID:27508357

  18. Electrospun TiO2/C Nanofibers As a High-Capacity and Cycle-Stable Anode for Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Xiong, Ya; Qian, Jiangfeng; Cao, Yuliang; Ai, Xinping; Yang, Hanxi

    2016-07-01

    Nanosized TiO2 is now actively developed as a low-cost and potentially high capacity anode material of Na-ion batteries, but its poor capacity utilization and insufficient cyclability remains an obstacle for battery applications. To overcome these drawbacks, we synthesized electrospun TiO2/C nanofibers, where anatase TiO2 nanocrystals with a diameter of ∼12 nm were densely embedded in the conductive carbon fibers, thus preventing them from aggregating and attacking by electrolyte. Due to its abundant active surfaces of well-dispersed TiO2 nanocrytals and high electronic conductivity of the carbon matrix, the TiO2/C anode shows a high redox capacity of ∼302.4 mA h g(-1) and a high-rate capability of 164.9 mAh g(-1) at a very high current of 2000 mA g(-1). More significantly, this TiO2/C anode can be cycled with nearly 100% capacity retention over 1000 cycles, showing a sufficiently long cycle life for battery applications. The nanofibrous architecture of the TiO2/C composite and its superior electrochemical performance may provide new insights for development of better host materials for practical Na-ion batteries.

  19. Electrospun TiO2/C Nanofibers As a High-Capacity and Cycle-Stable Anode for Sodium-Ion Batteries.

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    Xiong, Ya; Qian, Jiangfeng; Cao, Yuliang; Ai, Xinping; Yang, Hanxi

    2016-07-01

    Nanosized TiO2 is now actively developed as a low-cost and potentially high capacity anode material of Na-ion batteries, but its poor capacity utilization and insufficient cyclability remains an obstacle for battery applications. To overcome these drawbacks, we synthesized electrospun TiO2/C nanofibers, where anatase TiO2 nanocrystals with a diameter of ∼12 nm were densely embedded in the conductive carbon fibers, thus preventing them from aggregating and attacking by electrolyte. Due to its abundant active surfaces of well-dispersed TiO2 nanocrytals and high electronic conductivity of the carbon matrix, the TiO2/C anode shows a high redox capacity of ∼302.4 mA h g(-1) and a high-rate capability of 164.9 mAh g(-1) at a very high current of 2000 mA g(-1). More significantly, this TiO2/C anode can be cycled with nearly 100% capacity retention over 1000 cycles, showing a sufficiently long cycle life for battery applications. The nanofibrous architecture of the TiO2/C composite and its superior electrochemical performance may provide new insights for development of better host materials for practical Na-ion batteries. PMID:27311835

  20. Enhancement in the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanofibers hybridized with g-C3N4 via electrospinning

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    Wang, Meng; Liu, Zhenglian; Fang, Minghao; Tang, Chao; Huang, Zhaohui; Liu, Yan'gai; Wu, Xiaowen; Mao, Yuanjie

    2016-05-01

    TiO2/g-C3N4 nanofibers with diameter of 100-200 nm were prepared by electrospinning method after calcination at high temperature, using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Melamine (C3H6N6), Ti(OC4H9)4 as raw materials. The composite nanofibers were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, SEM, UV-vis and PL respectively. The effects of different g-C3N4 contents on structure and photocatalytic degradation of the composite nanofibers were investigated. The results indicated that with increasing g-C3N4 content, the diameter of the composite fibers increased and the morphology changed from uniform structure to a nonuniform one, containing beads. The composite nanofibers displayed the best photocatalytic degradation on RhB, when the g-C3N4 content was 0.8 wt%. The degree of degradation was up to 99% at the optimal conditions of 40 min. The degradation activity of the composite nanofibers on RhB, MB and MO was found to be higher than that of the TiO2 nanofibers.

  1. Enhancement in the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanofibers hybridized with g-C3N4 via electrospinning

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    Wang, Meng; Liu, Zhenglian; Fang, Minghao; Tang, Chao; Huang, Zhaohui; Liu, Yan'gai; Wu, Xiaowen; Mao, Yuanjie

    2016-05-01

    TiO2/g-C3N4 nanofibers with diameter of 100-200 nm were prepared by electrospinning method after calcination at high temperature, using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Melamine (C3H6N6), Ti(OC4H9)4 as raw materials. The composite nanofibers were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, SEM, UV-vis and PL respectively. The effects of different g-C3N4 contents on structure and photocatalytic degradation of the composite nanofibers were investigated. The results indicated that with increasing g-C3N4 content, the diameter of the composite fibers increased and the morphology changed from uniform structure to a nonuniform one, containing beads. The composite nanofibers displayed the best photocatalytic degradation on RhB, when the g-C3N4 content was 0.8 wt%. The degree of degradation was up to 99% at the optimal conditions of 40 min. The degradation activity of the composite nanofibers on RhB, MB and MO was found to be higher than that of the TiO2 nanofibers.

  2. 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

  3. Electrospinning Directly Synthesized Porous TiO2 Nanofibers Modified by Graphitic Carbon Nitride Sheets for Enhanced Photocatalytic Degradation Activity under Solar Light Irradiation.

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    Adhikari, Surya Prasad; Awasthi, Ganesh Prasad; Kim, Han Joo; Park, Chan Hee; Kim, Cheol Sang

    2016-06-21

    We report a direct approach to the fabrication of a composite made of porous TiO2 nanofibers (NFs) and graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) sheets, by means of an angled two-nozzle electrospinning combined with calcination process. Different wt % amounts of g-C3N4 particles in a polymer solution from one nozzle and TiO2 precursors containing the same polymer solution from another nozzle were electrospun and deposited on the collector. Structural characterizations confirm a well-defined morphology of the TiO2/g-C3N4 composite in which the TiO2 NFs are uniformly attached on the g-C3N4 sheet. This proper attachment of TiO2 NFs on the g-C3N4 sheets occurred during calcination. The prepared composites showed the enhanced photocatalytic activity over the photodegradation of rhodamine B and reactive black 5 under natural sunlight. Here, the synergistic effect between the g-C3N4 sheets and the TiO2 NFs having anisotropic properties enhanced the photogenerated electron-hole pair separation and migration, which was confirmed by the measurement of photoluminescence spectra, cyclic voltammograms, and electrochemical impedance spectra. The direct synthesis approach that is established here for such kinds of sheetlike structure and porous NFs composites could provide new insights for the design of high-performance energy conversion catalysts. PMID:27254544

  4. Electrospinning Directly Synthesized Porous TiO2 Nanofibers Modified by Graphitic Carbon Nitride Sheets for Enhanced Photocatalytic Degradation Activity under Solar Light Irradiation.

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    Adhikari, Surya Prasad; Awasthi, Ganesh Prasad; Kim, Han Joo; Park, Chan Hee; Kim, Cheol Sang

    2016-06-21

    We report a direct approach to the fabrication of a composite made of porous TiO2 nanofibers (NFs) and graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) sheets, by means of an angled two-nozzle electrospinning combined with calcination process. Different wt % amounts of g-C3N4 particles in a polymer solution from one nozzle and TiO2 precursors containing the same polymer solution from another nozzle were electrospun and deposited on the collector. Structural characterizations confirm a well-defined morphology of the TiO2/g-C3N4 composite in which the TiO2 NFs are uniformly attached on the g-C3N4 sheet. This proper attachment of TiO2 NFs on the g-C3N4 sheets occurred during calcination. The prepared composites showed the enhanced photocatalytic activity over the photodegradation of rhodamine B and reactive black 5 under natural sunlight. Here, the synergistic effect between the g-C3N4 sheets and the TiO2 NFs having anisotropic properties enhanced the photogenerated electron-hole pair separation and migration, which was confirmed by the measurement of photoluminescence spectra, cyclic voltammograms, and electrochemical impedance spectra. The direct synthesis approach that is established here for such kinds of sheetlike structure and porous NFs composites could provide new insights for the design of high-performance energy conversion catalysts.

  5. 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

  6. Promotion of nano-anatase TiO 2 on the spectral responses and photochemical activities of D1/D2/Cyt b559 complex of spinach

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    Su, Mingyu; Liu, Huiting; Liu, Chao; Qu, Chunxiang; Zheng, Lei; Hong, Fashui

    2009-06-01

    Previous researches approved that photocatalysis activity of nano-TiO 2 could obviously increase photosynthetic effects of spinach, but the mechanism of improving light energy transfer and conversion is still unclear. In the present we investigated effects of nano-anatase TiO 2 on the spectral responses and photochemical activities of D1/D2/Cyt b559 complex of spinach. Several effects of nano-anatase TiO 2 were observed: (1) UV-vis spectrum was blue shifted in both Soret and Q bands, and the absorption intensity was obviously increased; (2) resonance Raman spectrum showed four main peaks, which are ascribed to carotene, and the Raman peak intensity was as 6.98 times as that of the control; (3) the fluorescence emission peak was blue shifted and the intensity was decreased by 23.59%; (4) the DCPIP photoreduction activity showed 129.24% enhancement; (5) the oxygen-evolving rate of PS II was elevated by 51.89%. Taken together, the studies of the experiments showed that nano-anatase TiO 2 had bound to D1/D2/Cyt b559 complex, promoted the spectral responses, leading to the improvement of primary electron separation, electron transfer and light energy conversion of D1/D2/Cyt b559 complex.

  7. Anatase mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers with high surface area for solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhang, Wei; Zhu, Rui; Ke, Lin; Liu, Xizhe; Liu, Bin; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2010-10-01

    Mesoporous nanofibers (NFs) with a high surface area of 112 m(2)/g have been prepared by electrospinning technique. The structures of mesoporous NFs and regular NFs are characterized and compared through scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) studies. Using mesoporous TiO(2) NFs as the photoelectrode, solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (SDSCs) have been fabricated employing D131 as the sensitizer and P3HT as the hole transporting material to yield an energy conversion efficiency (η) of 1.82%. A J(sc) of 3.979 mA cm(-2) is obtained for mesoporous NF-based devices, which is 3-fold higher than that (0.973 mA cm(-2)) for regular NF-based devices fabricated under the same condition (η = 0.42%). Incident photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) and dye-desorption test demonstrate that the increase in J(sc) is mainly due to greatly improved dye adsorption for mesoporous NFs as compared to that for regular NFs. In addition, intensity modulated photocurrent spectroscopy (IMPS) and intensity modulated photovoltage spectroscopy (IMVS) measurements indicate that the mesopores on NF surface have very minor effects on charge transport and collection. Initial aging test proves good stability of the fabricated devices, which indicates the promise of mesoporous NFs as photoelectrode for low-cost SDSCs.

  8. Crystal Structure and Photocatalytic Activity of Al-Doped TiO2 Nanofibers for Methylene Blue Dye Degradation.

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    Lee, Deuk Yong; Lee, Myung-Hyun; Kim, Bae-Yeon; Cho, Nam-Ihn

    2016-05-01

    Al-TiO2 nanofibers were prepared using a sol-gel derived electrospinning by varying the Al/Ti molar ratio from 0 to 0.73 to investigate the effect of Al doping on the crystal structure and the photocatalytic activity of Al-TiO2 for methylene blue (MB) degradation. XRD results indicated that as the Al/Ti molar ratio rose, crystal structure of Al-TiO2 was changed from anatase/rutile (undoped), anatase (0.07-0.18), to amorphous phase (0.38-0.73), which was confirmed by XPS and Raman analysis. The degradation kinetic constant increased from 7.3 x 10(-4) min(-1) to 4.5 x 10(-3) min(-1) with the increase of Al/Ti molar ratios from 0 to 0.38, but decreased to 3.4 x 10(-3) min(-1) when the Al/Ti molar ratio reached 0.73. The Al-TiO2 catalyst doped with 0.38 Al/Ti molar ratio demonstrated the best MB degradation. Experimental results indicated that the Al doping in Al-TiO2 was mainly attributed to the crystal structure of TiO2 and the photocatalytic degradation of MB.

  9. Crystal Structure and Photocatalytic Activity of Al-Doped TiO2 Nanofibers for Methylene Blue Dye Degradation.

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    Lee, Deuk Yong; Lee, Myung-Hyun; Kim, Bae-Yeon; Cho, Nam-Ihn

    2016-05-01

    Al-TiO2 nanofibers were prepared using a sol-gel derived electrospinning by varying the Al/Ti molar ratio from 0 to 0.73 to investigate the effect of Al doping on the crystal structure and the photocatalytic activity of Al-TiO2 for methylene blue (MB) degradation. XRD results indicated that as the Al/Ti molar ratio rose, crystal structure of Al-TiO2 was changed from anatase/rutile (undoped), anatase (0.07-0.18), to amorphous phase (0.38-0.73), which was confirmed by XPS and Raman analysis. The degradation kinetic constant increased from 7.3 x 10(-4) min(-1) to 4.5 x 10(-3) min(-1) with the increase of Al/Ti molar ratios from 0 to 0.38, but decreased to 3.4 x 10(-3) min(-1) when the Al/Ti molar ratio reached 0.73. The Al-TiO2 catalyst doped with 0.38 Al/Ti molar ratio demonstrated the best MB degradation. Experimental results indicated that the Al doping in Al-TiO2 was mainly attributed to the crystal structure of TiO2 and the photocatalytic degradation of MB. PMID:27483928

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

  11. 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.

  12. Effects of Carbon Allotrope Interface on the Photoactivity of Rutile One-Dimensional (1D) TiO2 Coated with Anatase TiO2 and Sensitized with CdS Nanocrystals.

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    Pathak, Pawan; Israel, Luis Henrique; Pereira, Ellen Jessica Monterio; Subramanian, Vaidyanathan Ravi

    2016-06-01

    The assembly of a large-bandgap one-dimensional (1D) oxide-conductive carbon-chalcogenide nanocomposite and its surface, optical, and photoelectrochemical properties are presented. Microscopy, surface analysis, and optical spectroscopy results are reported to provide insights into the assembly of the nanostructure. We have investigated (i) how the various carbon allotropes (C60), reduced graphene oxide (RGO), carbon nanotubes (CNTs), and graphene quantum dots (GQDs) can be integrated at the interface of the 1D TiO2 and zero-dimensional (0D) CdS nanocrystals; (ii) the carbon allotrope and CdS loading effects; (iii) the impact of the carbon allotrope presence on 0D CdS nanocrystals; and (iv) how they promote light absorbance. Subsequently, the functioning of the integrated nanostructured assembly in a photoelectrochemical cell has been systematically investigated. These studies include (i) chronoamperometry, (ii) impedance measurements or EIS, and (iii) linear sweep voltammetry. The results indicate that the presence of a GQD interface shows the most enhancement in the photoelectrochemical properties. The optimized photocurrent values were respectively noted to be 2.8, 2.2, 1.9, and 1.6 mA/cm(2), indicating JGQD > JRGO > JCNT > Jfullerene. Furthermore, the annealing conditions have indicated that ammonia treatment leads to an increase in the photoelectrochemical responses when using any form of the carbon allotropes. PMID:27121182

  13. Substrate-immobilized electrospun TiO2 nanofibers for photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals: The effects of pH and dissolved organic matter characteristics.

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    Maeng, Sung Kyu; Cho, Kangwoo; Jeong, Boyoung; Lee, Jaesang; Lee, Yunho; Lee, Changha; Choi, Kyoung Jin; Hong, Seok Won

    2015-12-01

    A substrate-immobilized (SI) TiO2 nanofiber (NF) photocatalyst for multiple uses was prepared through electrospinning and hot pressing. The rate of furfuryl alcohol degradation under UV irradiation was found to be the highest when the anatase to rutile ratio was 70:30; the rate did not linearly increase as a function of the NF film thickness, mainly due to diffusion limitation. Even after eight repeated cycles, it showed only a marginal reduction in the photocatalytic activity for the degradation of cimetidine. The effects of pH and different organic matter characteristics on the photodegradation of cimetidine (CMT), propranolol (PRP), and carbamazepine (CBZ) were investigated. The pH-dependence of the photocatalytic degradation rates of PRP was explained by electrostatic interactions between the selected compounds and the surface of TiO2 NFs. The degradation rates of CMT showed the following order: deionized water > l-tyrosine > secondary wastewater effluent (effluent organic matter) > Suwannee River natural organic matter, demonstrating that the characteristics of the dissolved organic matter (DOM) can affect the photodegradation of CMT. Photodegradation of CBZ was affected by the presence of DOM, and no significant change was observed between different DOM characteristics. These findings suggest that the removal of CMT, PRP, and CBZ during photocatalytic oxidation using SI TiO2 NFs is affected by the presence of DOM and/or pH, which should be importantly considered for practical applications.

  14. Substrate-immobilized electrospun TiO2 nanofibers for photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals: The effects of pH and dissolved organic matter characteristics.

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    Maeng, Sung Kyu; Cho, Kangwoo; Jeong, Boyoung; Lee, Jaesang; Lee, Yunho; Lee, Changha; Choi, Kyoung Jin; Hong, Seok Won

    2015-12-01

    A substrate-immobilized (SI) TiO2 nanofiber (NF) photocatalyst for multiple uses was prepared through electrospinning and hot pressing. The rate of furfuryl alcohol degradation under UV irradiation was found to be the highest when the anatase to rutile ratio was 70:30; the rate did not linearly increase as a function of the NF film thickness, mainly due to diffusion limitation. Even after eight repeated cycles, it showed only a marginal reduction in the photocatalytic activity for the degradation of cimetidine. The effects of pH and different organic matter characteristics on the photodegradation of cimetidine (CMT), propranolol (PRP), and carbamazepine (CBZ) were investigated. The pH-dependence of the photocatalytic degradation rates of PRP was explained by electrostatic interactions between the selected compounds and the surface of TiO2 NFs. The degradation rates of CMT showed the following order: deionized water > l-tyrosine > secondary wastewater effluent (effluent organic matter) > Suwannee River natural organic matter, demonstrating that the characteristics of the dissolved organic matter (DOM) can affect the photodegradation of CMT. Photodegradation of CBZ was affected by the presence of DOM, and no significant change was observed between different DOM characteristics. These findings suggest that the removal of CMT, PRP, and CBZ during photocatalytic oxidation using SI TiO2 NFs is affected by the presence of DOM and/or pH, which should be importantly considered for practical applications. PMID:26025601

  15. Ag@helical chiral TiO2 nanofibers for visible light photocatalytic degradation of 17α-ethinylestradiol.

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    Zhang, Chi; Li, Yi; Wang, Dawei; Zhang, Wenlong; Wang, Qing; Wang, Yuming; Wang, Peifang

    2015-07-01

    Ag-modified helical chiral TiO2 NFs (Ag@chiral TiO2 NFs) were fabricated and characterized by ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. This novel material exhibited efficient photocatalytic activity for the degradation of 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2) in water under visible light irradiation with an optimum size of deposited silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) in the range of 12 ∼ 14 nm. The pseudo-first-order rate constant (k obs) for EE2 photodegradation by Ag@chiral TiO2 NFs increased by up to a factor of 20.1 when compared with that of pure chiral TiO2 NFs. The high photocatalytic activity can be attributed to the interactions between helical chiral TiO2 NFs and surface plasmon resonance effect of Ag NPs. The new catalyst retains its photocatalytic activity at least up to five consecutive cycles. The results clearly demonstrate the feasibility of using Ag@chiral TiO2 NFs for the photocatalytic removal of EE2 and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals from water. PMID:25721529

  16. 2D co-catalytic MoS2 nanosheets embedded with 1D TiO2 nanoparticles for enhancing photocatalytic activity

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    Ren, Xiaohui; Qi, Xiang; Shen, Yongzhen; Xiao, Si; Xu, Guanghua; Zhang, Zhen; Huang, Zongyu; Zhong, Jianxin

    2016-08-01

    2D photocatalytic TiO2/MoS2 hybrid nanosheets (HNs) have been prepared via a facile hydrothermal process. X-ray diffraction patterns and Raman spectra are carried out and confirm a well crystalized anatase and 2H-MoS2 hybridization. Additional morphological and microstructural tests verify a distinct MoS2 framework, indicating the relatively stability of the MoS2 nanosheet platform with a high specific surface area. UV-vis spectra and electrochemical impedance spectra exhibit an enhanced light absorption ability and conductivity of TiO2/MoS2 compared to that of just TiO2. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) tests also demonstrate the photocurrent of 20 : 1 TiO2/MoS2 HNs is greatly improved compared to that of as-prepared TiO2. The saturation current density is about 33 µA cm-2 when the applied potential is 0.2 V, which is nearly twice that of pure TiO2 and four times as high as 5 : 1 TiO2/MoS2 HNs and 1 : 1 TiO2/MoS2 HNs. Besides that, the duration test exhibits no detectable distinction after processing 25 cycles. The improved photocatalytic activities are perhaps derived from the high conductivity and the increased active sites for the introduction of co-catalytic MoS2 nanosheets as well as the positive synergetic effect between the TiO2 and MoS2. This work demonstrates that the as-prepared TiO2/MoS2 HNs may have a great potential application in PEC hydrogen production.

  17. 2D co-catalytic MoS2 nanosheets embedded with 1D TiO2 nanoparticles for enhancing photocatalytic activity

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    Ren, Xiaohui; Qi, Xiang; Shen, Yongzhen; Xiao, Si; Xu, Guanghua; Zhang, Zhen; Huang, Zongyu; Zhong, Jianxin

    2016-08-01

    2D photocatalytic TiO2/MoS2 hybrid nanosheets (HNs) have been prepared via a facile hydrothermal process. X-ray diffraction patterns and Raman spectra are carried out and confirm a well crystalized anatase and 2H-MoS2 hybridization. Additional morphological and microstructural tests verify a distinct MoS2 framework, indicating the relatively stability of the MoS2 nanosheet platform with a high specific surface area. UV–vis spectra and electrochemical impedance spectra exhibit an enhanced light absorption ability and conductivity of TiO2/MoS2 compared to that of just TiO2. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) tests also demonstrate the photocurrent of 20 : 1 TiO2/MoS2 HNs is greatly improved compared to that of as-prepared TiO2. The saturation current density is about 33 µA cm‑2 when the applied potential is 0.2 V, which is nearly twice that of pure TiO2 and four times as high as 5 : 1 TiO2/MoS2 HNs and 1 : 1 TiO2/MoS2 HNs. Besides that, the duration test exhibits no detectable distinction after processing 25 cycles. The improved photocatalytic activities are perhaps derived from the high conductivity and the increased active sites for the introduction of co-catalytic MoS2 nanosheets as well as the positive synergetic effect between the TiO2 and MoS2. This work demonstrates that the as-prepared TiO2/MoS2 HNs may have a great potential application in PEC hydrogen production.

  18. 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.

  19. Green approach for photocatalytic Cu(II)-EDTA degradation over TiO2: toward environmental sustainability.

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    Lee, Siew Siang; Bai, Hongwei; Liu, Zhaoyang; Sun, Darren Delai

    2015-02-17

    A green approach was successfully developed to reap three environmental benefits simultaneously: (1) clean water production, (2) hydrogen (H2) generation, and (3) well-dispersed in situ Cu(2+) recovery for direct TiO2-CuO composite reclamation, by exploiting the synergistic integration of photocatalytic reaction of Cu-EDTA and one-dimensional (1D) ultralong and ultrathin TiO2 nanofibers. In this light-initiated system, Cu-EDTA was oxidized by TiO2 thus releasing Cu(2+) which was reduced and recovered through uniform adsorption onto the long and porous TiO2 surface. A win-win platform was thus attained, on which Cu was recovered while providing active sites for H2 generation via photoreduction of H2O and enhancing photo-oxidation of remaining intermediate oxidation byproducts. Experimental results showed a H2 generation rate of 251 μmol/h concomitantly with TOC reduction. The used TiO2 nanofibers deposited with Cu were reclaimed directly as the TiO2-CuO composite after a facile heat treatment without additional chemicals and subsequently reusable for photocatalytic treatment of other wastewater (glycerol) to cogenerate H2 and clean water under both UV-visible and visible light. This study expounds a significant advancement through an ingenious integration which enhances the environmental sustainability of Cu-EDTA treatment via TiO2 photocatalysis. It also represents a promising and adoptable approach to synthesize other functional composite nanomaterials in a green manner thus broadening its environmental application spectrum, as it promotes industrial environmental management via waste segregation and motivates research to recover more resources from wastewater.

  20. Solvothermal Process Assisted Sensitization of 1D Anodized TiO2 Nanotubes with 0D Cadmium Chalcogenides (CdTe, CdS) for Efficient Solar to Clean Energy Generation

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    Sarker, Swagotom

    The creation of an n-n heterojunction between TiO2 nanotubes (T_NT) and CdTe nanocrystals (which mostly exist as p-type) is crucial for realizing the benefits of efficient directional charge transport in a photoanode of 1D/0D architecture. The presented one-pot solvothermal approach leverages temperature control to achieve linker-free spatial distribution of CdTe nanocrystals (NCs) on T_NT resulting in highly efficient optical and photoelectrochemical responses. As a result of this positive outcome, a comparative study between the solvothermal approach and the linker mediated approach was performed on water oxidation with CdS NC decorated T_NT. Solvothermally synthesized T_NT/CdS photoelectrode presents ˜600% higher value of short-circuit current density (Isc) than that of the plain T_NT (0.95 mA/cm2); in addition, it demonstrates 4.20-fold increased applied-bias-to photoconversion efficiency (ABPE) in comparison with the lone T_NT (0.77%). However, linker mediated T_NT/MPA-CdS photoelectrode exhibits relatively lower value of I sc (2.51 mA/cm2) and ABPE (1.79 %).

  1. Comparison of photocatalytic properties of TiO2 thin films and fibers

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    Ozdemir, Mehtap; Kurt, Metin; Ozyuzer, Lutfi; Aygun, Gulnur

    2016-10-01

    Efficiency of solar panels degrades as a result of organic contamination such as airborne particles, bird droppings and leaves. Any foreign object on photovoltaic panels reduces the sunlight entering the absorbing surface of the solar panels. Since this leads to a major problem decreasing in energy production, solar panels should be cleaned. The self-cleaning method can be preferred. There are some methods to clean the surface of solar panels. Among the self-cleaning materials, TiO2 is the most preferable ones because of its powerful photocatalytic properties. In this study, photocatalytic TiO2 were produced in two different nanostructures: nanofibers and thin films. TiO2 nanofibers were successfully produced by electrospinning. TiO2 thin films were fabricated by reactive magnetron sputtering technique. Both TiO2 nanofiber and thin film structures were heat-treated to form TiO2 in anatase phase at 600 °C for 2 h in air. Then, they were evaluated by SEM analyses for morphology, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses for phase structures, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) for the chemical state and atomic concentration, and UV-spectrometer for photocatalytic performance. The results indicate that photocatalytic and transmittance properties of TiO2 thin films are better than those of nanofibers. Consequently, TiO2 based thin films exhibit better performance for solar cell applications due to the surface cleanliness.

  2. Fabrication and characterization of electrospun titania nanofibers

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

    2009-01-01

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

  3. Unique 1D Co3O4 crystallized nanofibers with (220) oriented facets as high-performance lithium ion battery anode material

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    Tan, Yanli; Gao, Qiuming; Li, Zeyu; Tian, Weiqian; Qian, Weiwei; Yang, Chunxiao; Zhang, Hang

    2016-05-01

    A novel one-step hydrothermal and calcination strategy was developed to synthesize the unique 1D oriented Co3O4 crystal nanofibers with (220) facets on the carbon matrix derived from the natural, abundant and low cost wool fibers acting as both carbon precursor and template reagent. The resultant W2@Co3O4 nanocomposite exhibited very high specific capacity and favorable high-rate capability when used as anode material of lithium ion battery. The high reversible Li+ ion storage capacity of 986 mAh g‑1 was obtained at 100 mA g‑1 after 150 cycles, higher than the theoretical capacity of Co3O4 (890 mAh g‑1). Even at the higher current density of 1 A g‑1, the electrode could still deliver a remarkable discharge capacity of 720 mAh g‑1 over 150 cycles.

  4. Unique 1D Co3O4 crystallized nanofibers with (220) oriented facets as high-performance lithium ion battery anode material

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    Tan, Yanli; Gao, Qiuming; Li, Zeyu; Tian, Weiqian; Qian, Weiwei; Yang, Chunxiao; Zhang, Hang

    2016-01-01

    A novel one-step hydrothermal and calcination strategy was developed to synthesize the unique 1D oriented Co3O4 crystal nanofibers with (220) facets on the carbon matrix derived from the natural, abundant and low cost wool fibers acting as both carbon precursor and template reagent. The resultant W2@Co3O4 nanocomposite exhibited very high specific capacity and favorable high-rate capability when used as anode material of lithium ion battery. The high reversible Li+ ion storage capacity of 986 mAh g−1 was obtained at 100 mA g−1 after 150 cycles, higher than the theoretical capacity of Co3O4 (890 mAh g−1). Even at the higher current density of 1 A g−1, the electrode could still deliver a remarkable discharge capacity of 720 mAh g−1 over 150 cycles. PMID:27217201

  5. TiO2 nanofibrous interface development for Raman detection of environmental pollutants

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    Maznichenko, D.; Selvaganapathy, P. R.; Venkatakrishnan, K.; Tan, B.

    2012-12-01

    Sensor development has been reliant on planar Au and Ag nanoparticle research. The current findings explored a unique 3-D network of crystalline TiO2 nanoparticles linked as nanofibers. In addition to the favorability of using TiO2 for chemical and bio-molecular sensing, the nanofiber network provides molecular diffusion control and an increased confocal volume signal. Controlled femtosecond laser synthesis is also demonstrated that directly impacts surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy detection of two common environmentally harmful chemicals: bisphenol A and diclofenac sodium salt. These findings assert that 3-D nanofibrous network porosity optimization is crucial for Raman monitoring of drinking water.

  6. Directed synthesis of hierarchical nanostructured TiO2 catalysts and their morphology-dependent photocatalysis for phenol degradation.

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    Liu, Lu; Liu, Huajie; Zhao, Ya-Ping; Wang, Yuqiu; Duan, Yueqin; Gao, Guandao; Ge, Ming; Chen, Wei

    2008-04-01

    Nanostructured TiO2 with different hierarchical morphologies were synthesized via a warmly hydrothermal route. The properties of the products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption, UV-vis spectroscopy, etc. Two of the products, TiO2 1D nanorods (one-dimensional rutile TiO2 nanorods) and TiO2 3D0D microspheres (three-dimensional anatase TiO2 nanoparticle-assembled microspheres) exhibited superior photocatalytic effects on phenol degradation under UV illumination, compared with TiO2 3D1D microspheres (three-dimensional rutile TiO2 nanorods-assembled microspheres). Moreover, TiO2 3D0D was superior to TiO2 1D, as indicated by a 30% higher mineralization of dissolved phenol. Dihydroxybenze, 4,4'-dihydroxybiphenyl, benzoquinone, maleic anhydride, etc. were identified as the degradation intermediates. The excellent catalytic effect was attributed to the structural features of TiO2 1D nanorods and TiO2 3D0D microspheres, that is, a larger amount of surface active sites and a higher band gap energy resulted in more efficient decomposition of organic contaminants. PMID:18504963

  7. Directed synthesis of hierarchical nanostructured TiO2 catalysts and their morphology-dependent photocatalysis for phenol degradation.

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    Liu, Lu; Liu, Huajie; Zhao, Ya-Ping; Wang, Yuqiu; Duan, Yueqin; Gao, Guandao; Ge, Ming; Chen, Wei

    2008-04-01

    Nanostructured TiO2 with different hierarchical morphologies were synthesized via a warmly hydrothermal route. The properties of the products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, N2 adsorption, UV-vis spectroscopy, etc. Two of the products, TiO2 1D nanorods (one-dimensional rutile TiO2 nanorods) and TiO2 3D0D microspheres (three-dimensional anatase TiO2 nanoparticle-assembled microspheres) exhibited superior photocatalytic effects on phenol degradation under UV illumination, compared with TiO2 3D1D microspheres (three-dimensional rutile TiO2 nanorods-assembled microspheres). Moreover, TiO2 3D0D was superior to TiO2 1D, as indicated by a 30% higher mineralization of dissolved phenol. Dihydroxybenze, 4,4'-dihydroxybiphenyl, benzoquinone, maleic anhydride, etc. were identified as the degradation intermediates. The excellent catalytic effect was attributed to the structural features of TiO2 1D nanorods and TiO2 3D0D microspheres, that is, a larger amount of surface active sites and a higher band gap energy resulted in more efficient decomposition of organic contaminants.

  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

    2016-02-01

    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

  9. One-pot synthesis of peacock-shaped TiO2 light scattering layer with TiO2 nanorods film for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kim, Hyun Sik; Kim, Young-Jea; Lee, Wonjoo; Kang, Soon Hyung

    2013-05-01

    A titanium dioxide (TiO2) film, showing distinctive functions and morphology, was prepared using the hydrothermal method by controlling the ratio of HCl:CH3COOH in acidic medium. A one-dimensional (1-D) TiO2 nanorod (NR) film was synthesized with a length of 2 μm using a 1:2 ratio of HCl:CH3COOH, whereas a 1-D TiO2 NR film with peacock shaped TiO2 nanobundles as a light scattering layer (LSL) was acquired by employing a 2:1 ratio of HCl:CH3COOH. This LSL exhibited remarkable dual functions with respect to high light harvesting, which was attributable to the large surface area of the micrometer-sized TiO2 nanobundles, consisting of small-sized TiO2 NRs of 30-40 nm in diameter and a light scattering effect in the long wavelength region of 550-700 nm. Accordingly, the dual functions of the LSL resulted in a sharp increase in conversion efficiency (3.93%) that was about twice that (1.49%) of TiO2 NR film synthesized using a 1:2 ratio of HCl:CH3COOH. In particular, a considerably enhanced short-circuit photocurrent (Jsc) was mainly responsible for the resulting increase in overall efficiency with a moderate increase in fill factor and slightly reduced open-circuit voltage.

  10. Controllable atomic layer deposition of one-dimensional nanotubular TiO2

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    Meng, Xiangbo; Banis, Mohammad Norouzi; Geng, Dongsheng; Li, Xifei; Zhang, Yong; Li, Ruying; Abou-Rachid, Hakima; Sun, Xueliang

    2013-02-01

    This study aimed at synthesizing one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures of TiO2 using atomic layer deposition (ALD) on anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). The precursors used are titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP, Ti(OCH(CH3)2)4) and deionized water. It was found that the morphologies and structural phases of as-deposited TiO2 are controllable through adjusting cycling numbers of ALD and growth temperatures. Commonly, a low temperature (150 °C) produced amorphous TiO2 while a high temperature (250 °C) led to crystalline anatase TiO2 on both AAO and CNTs. In addition, it was revealed that the deposition of TiO2 is also subject to the influences of the applied substrates. The work well demonstrated that ALD is a precise route to synthesize 1D nanostructures of TiO2. The resultant nanostructured TiO2 can be important candidates in many applications, such as water splitting, solar cells, lithium-ion batteries, and gas sensors.

  11. Spherical and rodlike inorganic nanoparticle regulated the orientation of carbon nanotubes in polymer nanofibers

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    Jiang, Linbin; Tu, Hu; Lu, Yuan; Wu, Yang; Tian, Jing; Shi, Xiaowen; Wang, Qun; Zhan, Yingfei; Huang, Zuqiang; Deng, Hongbing

    2016-04-01

    PVA nanofibers containing carboxylic-modified MWCNTs were fabricated via electrospinning of PVA/MWCNTs mixed solution. The alignment of MWCNTs in PVA nanofibers was studied using transmission electron microscope and scanning electron microscope. In addition, the orientation of MWCNTs in PVA nanofibers was further investigated in the presence of rod-like nanoparticle rectorite (REC) and of spherical nanoparticle titanium dioxide (TiO2). The images demonstrated the embedment of MWCNTs in the nanofibers and the alignment of MWCNTs along the fiber axis. Moreover, the addition of REC and TiO2 improved the alignment of MWCNTs in PVA nanofibers.

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. Vertically aligned nanostructured TiO2 photoelectrodes for high efficiency perovskite solar cells via a block copolymer template approach

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    Seo, Myung-Seok; Jeong, Inyoung; Park, Joon-Suh; Lee, Jinwoo; Han, Il Ki; Lee, Wan In; Son, Hae Jung; Sohn, Byeong-Hyeok; Ko, Min Jae

    2016-06-01

    We fabricated perovskite solar cells with enhanced device efficiency based on vertically oriented TiO2 nanostructures using a nanoporous template of block copolymers (BCPs). The dimension and shape controllability of the nanopores of the BCP template allowed for the construction of one-dimensional (1-D) TiO2 nanorods and two-dimensional (2-D) TiO2 nanowalls. The TiO2 nanorod-based perovskite solar cells showed a more efficient charge separation and a lower charge recombination, leading to better performance compared to TiO2 nanowall-based solar cells. The best solar cells employing 1-D TiO2 nanorods showed an efficiency of 15.5% with VOC = 1.02 V, JSC = 20.0 mA cm-2 and fill factor = 76.1%. Thus, TiO2 nanostructures fabricated from BCP nanotemplates could be applied to the preparation of electron transport layers for improving the efficiency of perovskite solar cells.We fabricated perovskite solar cells with enhanced device efficiency based on vertically oriented TiO2 nanostructures using a nanoporous template of block copolymers (BCPs). The dimension and shape controllability of the nanopores of the BCP template allowed for the construction of one-dimensional (1-D) TiO2 nanorods and two-dimensional (2-D) TiO2 nanowalls. The TiO2 nanorod-based perovskite solar cells showed a more efficient charge separation and a lower charge recombination, leading to better performance compared to TiO2 nanowall-based solar cells. The best solar cells employing 1-D TiO2 nanorods showed an efficiency of 15.5% with VOC = 1.02 V, JSC = 20.0 mA cm-2 and fill factor = 76.1%. Thus, TiO2 nanostructures fabricated from BCP nanotemplates could be applied to the preparation of electron transport layers for improving the efficiency of perovskite solar cells. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr01010e

  16. Preparation and Characterization of Electro-Spun Fabricated Ag-TiO2 Composite Nanofibers and Its Enhanced Photo-Catalytic Activity for the Degradation of Congo Red.

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    Jadhav, Arvind H; Zhang, Hongliang; Agyemang, Frank O; Hiremath, Vishwanath; Lee, Kyuyoung; Chandradass, Jeyaseelan; Seo, Jeong Gil; Kim, Hern

    2015-10-01

    Electro-spun fabricated TiO2 nanofibers were prepared by simple electro-spinning method, in subsequent step silver (Ag) was deposited using precipitation method and obtained Ag-TiO2 composite nanofibers. The properties and morphology of these prepared composite nanofibers were characterized by XRD, SEM, EDX, and TGA. The prepared electro-spun composite nanofibers were applied as catalyst for the photodegradation of Congo-red under immited solar light in aqueous solution. Result reveals that, Ag loaded TiO2 composite nanofibers were effectively increased photodegradation of Congo red compared with pure TiO2 nanofibers in analogous condition. As a result, 92.0% decomposition of Congo red was obtained by using 5 wt% of Ag loaded TiO2 composite nanofibers at room temperature in short reaction time using 300 W of solar light. In addition, photodegradation of Congo red was also studied under different experimental conditions such as amount of Ag loaded in TiO2 nanofibers and contact time. Moreover, we also studied sintering effect on TiO2 nanofibers and their consequent effect on photodegradation reaction. After completion of reaction, the nanofibers can be easily separated by filtration process and reused several times without significant loss of activity. Overall study reveals that, Ag-TiO2 composite nanofibers were strongly enhanced the surface activity for the photo catalytic degradation of Congo red under ambient condition.

  17. Vertically aligned nanostructured TiO2 photoelectrodes for high efficiency perovskite solar cells via a block copolymer template approach.

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    Seo, Myung-Seok; Jeong, Inyoung; Park, Joon-Suh; Lee, Jinwoo; Han, Il Ki; Lee, Wan In; Son, Hae Jung; Sohn, Byeong-Hyeok; Ko, Min Jae

    2016-06-01

    We fabricated perovskite solar cells with enhanced device efficiency based on vertically oriented TiO2 nanostructures using a nanoporous template of block copolymers (BCPs). The dimension and shape controllability of the nanopores of the BCP template allowed for the construction of one-dimensional (1-D) TiO2 nanorods and two-dimensional (2-D) TiO2 nanowalls. The TiO2 nanorod-based perovskite solar cells showed a more efficient charge separation and a lower charge recombination, leading to better performance compared to TiO2 nanowall-based solar cells. The best solar cells employing 1-D TiO2 nanorods showed an efficiency of 15.5% with VOC = 1.02 V, JSC = 20.0 mA cm(-2) and fill factor = 76.1%. Thus, TiO2 nanostructures fabricated from BCP nanotemplates could be applied to the preparation of electron transport layers for improving the efficiency of perovskite solar cells.

  18. Photocatalytic and antibacterial properties of a TiO2/nylon-6 electrospun nanocomposite mat containing silver nanoparticles.

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    Pant, Hem Raj; Pandeya, Dipendra Raj; Nam, Ki Taek; Baek, Woo-Il; Hong, Seong Tshool; Kim, Hak Yong

    2011-05-15

    Silver-impregnated TiO(2)/nylon-6 nanocomposite mats exhibit excellent characteristics as a filter media with good photocatalytic and antibacterial properties and durability for repeated use. Silver nanoparticles (NPs) were successfully embedded in electrospun TiO(2)/nylon-6 composite nanofibers through the photocatalytic reduction of silver nitrate solution under UV-light irradiation. TiO(2) NPs present in nylon-6 solution were able to cause the formation of a high aspect ratio spider-wave-like structure during electrospinning and facilitated the UV photoreduction of AgNO(3) to Ag. TEM images, UV-visible and XRD spectra confirmed that monodisperse Ag NPs (approximately 4 nm in size) were deposited selectively upon the TiO(2) NPs of the prepared nanocomposite mat. The antibacterial property of a TiO(2)/nylon-6 composite mat loaded with Ag NPs was tested against Escherichia coli, and the photoactive property was tested against methylene blue. All of the results showed that TiO(2)/nylon-6 nanocomposite mats loaded with Ag NPs are more effective than composite mats without Ag NPs. The prepared material has potential as an economically friendly photocatalyst and water filter media because it allows the NPs to be reused.

  19. Electrospun Composite Nanofibers of Semiconductive Polymers for Coaxial PN Junctions

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    Serrano, William; Thomas, Sylvia

    The objective of this research is to investigate the conditions under P3HT and Activink, semiconducting polymers, form 1 dimension (1D) coaxial p-n junctions and to characterize their behavior in the presence of UV radiation and organic gases. For the first time, fabrication and characterization of semiconductor polymeric single fiber coaxial arrangements will be studied. Electrospinning, a low cost, fast and reliable method, with a coaxial syringe arrangement will be used to fabricate these fibers. With the formation of fiber coaxial arrangements, there will be investigations of dimensionality crossovers e.g., from one-dimensional (1D) to two-dimensional (2D). Coaxial core/shell fibers have been realized as seen in a recent publication on an electrospun nanofiber p-n heterojunction of oxides (BiFeO3 and TiO2, respectively) using the electrospinning technique with hydrothermal method. In regards to organic semiconducting coaxial p-n junction nanofibers, no reported studies have been conducted, making this study fundamental and essential for organic semiconducting nano devices for flexible electronics and multi-dimensional integrated circuits.

  20. Titanium Dioxide Nanofibers and Microparticles Containing Nickel Nanoparticles

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    Sheikh, Faheem A.; Macossay, Javier; Kanjwal, Muzafar A.; Abdal-hay, Abdalla; Tantry, Mudasir A.; Kim, Hern

    2013-01-01

    The present study reports on the introduction of various nanocatalysts containing nickel (Ni) nanoparticles (NPs) embedded within TiO2 nanofibers and TiO2 microparticles. Typically, a sol-gel consisting of titanium isopropoxide and Ni NPs was prepared to produce TiO2 nanofibers by the electrospinning process. Similarly, TiO2 microparticles containing Ni were prepared using a sol-gel syntheses process. The resultant structures were studied by SEM analyses, which confirmed well-obtained nanofibers and microparticles. Further, the XRD results demonstrated the crystalline feature of both TiO2 and Ni in the obtained composites. Internal morphology of prepared nanofibers and microparticles containing Ni NPs was characterized by TEM, which demonstrated characteristic structures with good dispersion of Ni NPs. In addition, the prepared structures were studied as a model for hydrogen production applications. The catalytic activity of the prepared materials was studied by in situ hydrolysis of NaBH4, which indicated that the nanofibers containing Ni NPs can lead to produce higher amounts of hydrogen when compared to other microparticles, also reported in this paper. Overall, these results confirm the potential use of these materials in hydrogen production systems. PMID:24436780

  1. Porous TiO2 Assembled from Monodispersed Nanoparticles

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    Liu, Xu; Duan, Weijie; Chen, Yan; Jiao, Shihui; Zhao, Yue; Kang, Yutang; Li, Lu; Fang, Zhenxing; Xu, Wei; Pang, Guangsheng

    2016-03-01

    Porous TiO2 were assembled by evaporating or refluxing TiO2 colloid, which was obtained by dispersing the TiO2 nanoparticles with a crystallite size (d XRD) of 3.2 nm into water or ethanol without any additives. Porous transparent bulk TiO2 was obtained by evaporating the TiO2-C2H5OH colloid at room temperature for 2 weeks, while porous TiO2 nanospheres were assembled by refluxing the TiO2-H2O colloid at 80 °C for 36 h. Both of the porous TiO2 architectures were pore-size-adjustable depending on the further treating temperature. Porous TiO2 nanospheres exhibited enhanced photocatalysis activity compared to the nanoparticles.

  2. 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.

  3. 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). PMID:25665732

  4. SnO2@TiO2 double-shell nanotubes for a lithium ion battery anode with excellent high rate cyclability.

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    Jeun, Jeong-Hoon; Park, Kyu-Young; Kim, Dai-Hong; Kim, Won-Sik; Kim, Hong-Chan; Lee, Byoung-Sun; Kim, Honggu; Yu, Woong-Ryeol; Kang, Kisuk; Hong, Seong-Hyeon

    2013-09-21

    SnO2@TiO2 double-shell nanotubes have been facilely synthesized by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using electrospun PAN nanofibers as templates. The double-shell nanotubes exhibited excellent high rate cyclability for lithium ion batteries. The retention of hollow structures during cycling was demonstrated.

  5. 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.

  6. Anatase TiO2 nanorod-decoration for highly efficient photoenergy conversion

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    Kim, Dong Hoe; Seong, Won Mo; Park, Ik Jae; Yoo, Eun-Sang; Shin, Seong Sik; Kim, Ju Seong; Jung, Hyun Suk; Lee, Sangwook; Hong, Kug Sun

    2013-11-01

    In recent studies of inorganic materials for energy applications, surface modification processes have been shown to be among the most effective methods to enhance the performance of devices. Here, we demonstrate a facile nano-decoration method which is generally applicable to anatase TiO2 nanostructures, as well as a nano-decorated hierarchical TiO2 nanostructure which improves the energy conversion efficiency of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Using a facile sol-gel method, 0-D, 1-D, and 2-D type anatase TiO2 nanostructures were decorated with 200 nm long anatase TiO2 nanorods to create various hierarchical nanostructures. A structural analysis reveals that the branched nanorod has a highly crystalline anatase phase with anisotropic growth in the [001] longitudinal direction. When one of the hierarchical structures, a chestnut bur-like nanostructure, was employed in a dye-sensitized solar cell as a scattering layer, offering increased dye-loading properties, preserving a sufficient level of light-scattering ability and preserving superior charge transport and recombination properties as well, the energy conversion efficiency of the cell improved by 19% (from 7.16% to 9.09%) compared to a cell with a 0-D TiO2 sphere as a scattering layer. This generally applicable anatase nanorod-decorating method offers potential applications in various energy-conversion applications, especially in DSSCs, quantum-dot solar cells, photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices, photocatalysis, and lithium ion batteries.In recent studies of inorganic materials for energy applications, surface modification processes have been shown to be among the most effective methods to enhance the performance of devices. Here, we demonstrate a facile nano-decoration method which is generally applicable to anatase TiO2 nanostructures, as well as a nano-decorated hierarchical TiO2 nanostructure which improves the energy conversion efficiency of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). Using a facile

  7. 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

  8. Photocatalytic degradation of aqueous propoxur solution using TiO2 and Hbeta zeolite-supported TiO2.

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    Mahalakshmi, M; Vishnu Priya, S; Arabindoo, Banumathi; Palanichamy, M; Murugesan, V

    2009-01-15

    Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and zeolites supported TiO2 were investigated using propoxur as a model pollutant. Hbeta, HY and H-ZSM-5 zeolites were examined as supports for TiO2. Hbeta was chosen as the TiO2 support based on the adsorption capacity of propoxur on these zeolites (Hbeta>HY=H-ZSM-5). TiO2/Hbeta photocatalysts with different wt.% were prepared and characterized by XRD, FT-IR and BET surface area. The progress of photocatalytic degradation of aqueous propoxur solution using TiO2 (Degussa P-25) and TiO2 supported on Hbeta zeolite was monitored using TOC analyzer, HPLC and UV-vis spectrophotometer. The degradation of propoxur was systematically studied by varying the experimental parameters in order to achieve maximum degradation efficiency. The initial rate of degradation with TiO2/Hbeta was higher than with bare TiO2. TOC results revealed that TiO2 requires 600min for complete mineralization of propoxur whereas TiO2/Hbeta requires only 480min. TiO2/Hbeta showed enhanced photodegradation due to its high adsorption capacity on which the pollutant molecules are pooled closely and hence degraded effectively.

  9. TiO2-TiO2 composite resistive humidity sensor: ethanol crosssensitivity

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    Ghalamboran, Milad; Saedi, Yasin

    2016-03-01

    The fabrication method and characterization results of a TiO2-TiO2 composite bead used for humidity sensing along with its negative cross-sensitivity to ethanol vapor are reported. The bead shaped resistive sample sensors are fabricated by the drop-casting of a TiO2 slurry on two Pt wire segments. The dried bead is pre-fired at 750°C and subsequently impregnated with a Ti-based sol. The sample is ready for characterization after a thermal annealing at 600°C in air. Structurally, the bead is a composite of the micron-sized TiO2 crystallites embedded in a matrix of nanometric TiO2 particle aggregates. The performance of the beads as resistive humidity sensors is recorded at room temperature in standard humidity level chambers. Results evince the wide dynamic range of the sensors fabricated in the low relative humidity range. While the sensor conductance is not sensitive to ethanol vapor in dry air, in humid air, sensor's responses are negatively affected by the contaminant.

  10. Aggregated TiO2 Based Nanotubes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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

    2013-11-01

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

  11. Proliferation and stemness preservation of human adipose-derived stem cells by surface-modified in situ TiO2 nanofibrous surfaces

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    Tan, Ai Wen; Tay, Lelia; Chua, Kien Hui; Ahmad, Roslina; Ali Akbar, Sheikh; Pingguan-Murphy, Belinda

    2014-01-01

    Two important criteria of an ideal biomaterial in the field of stem cells research are to regulate the cell proliferation without the loss of its pluripotency and to direct the differentiation into a specific cell lineage when desired. The present study describes the influence of TiO2 nanofibrous surface structures on the regulation of proliferation and stemness preservation of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs). TiO2 nanofiber arrays were produced in situ onto Ti-6Al-4V substrate via a thermal oxidation process and the successful fabrication of these nanostructures was confirmed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), and contact angle measurement. ADSCs were seeded on two types of Ti-6Al-4V surfaces (TiO2 nanofibers and flat control), and their morphology, proliferation, and stemness expression were analyzed using FESEM, AlamarBlue assay, flow cytometry, and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) after 2 weeks of incubation, respectively. The results show that ADSCs exhibit better adhesion and significantly enhanced proliferation on the TiO2 nanofibrous surfaces compared to the flat control surfaces. The greater proliferation ability of TiO2 nanofibrous surfaces was further confirmed by the results of cell cycle assay. More importantly, TiO2 nanofibrous surfaces significantly upregulate the expressions of stemness markers Sox-2, Nanog3, Rex-1, and Nestin. These results demonstrate that TiO2 nanofibrous surfaces can be used to enhance cell adhesion and proliferation while simultaneously maintaining the stemness of ADSCs, thereby representing a promising approach for their potential application in the field of bone tissue engineering as well as regenerative therapies. PMID:25473278

  12. Surface tailored PS/TiO2 composite nanofiber membrane for copper removal from water.

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    Wanjale, Santosh; Birajdar, Mallinath; Jog, Jyoti; Neppalli, Ramesh; Causin, Valerio; Karger-Kocsis, József; Lee, Jonghwi; Panzade, Prasad

    2016-05-01

    Polystyrene (PS)/TiO2 composite nanofiber membranes have been fabricated by electrospinning process for Cu(2+) ions removal from water. The surface properties of the polystyrene nanofibers were modulated by introducing TiO2 nanoparticles. The contact angle of the PS nanofiber membrane was found to be decreased with increasing concentration of TiO2, depicted enhanced hydrophilicity. These membranes were highly effective in adsorbing Cu(2+) ions from water. The adsorption capacity of these membranes was found to be 522 mg/g, which is significantly higher than the results reported by other researchers. This was attributed to enhanced hydrophilicity of the PS/TiO2 composite nanofiber membranes and effective adsorption property of TiO2 nanoparticles. PMID:26866887

  13. Novel continuous carbon and ceramic nanofibers and nanocomposites

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    Wen, Yongkui

    2004-12-01

    Manufacturing of carbon nanofibers from PAN precursor is described in Chapter 2 of the dissertation. The electrospun nanofibers were continuous, uniform in diameter, and the samples didn't contain impurities, unlike carbon nanotubes or vapor grown carbon fibers. Systematic studies on the electrospinning parameters showed that nanofiber diameter could be varied in a range of 80 to 1800 nm. XRD studies on the carbon nanofibers fired at different temperatures showed that higher temperature resulted in better nanostructure. Fracture-free random carbon nanofiber sheets were produced by stretch-stabilization and carbonization for the first time. Toughening effects of random as-spun PAN, stabilized PAN, and carbon nanofibers on Mode I and Mode II interlaminar fracture of advanced carbon-epoxy composites were examined by DCB and ENF tests respectively in Chapter 3. The results showed that the interlaminar fracture toughness increased the most with carbon nanofiber reinforcement. 200% improvement in Mode I fracture toughness and 60% in Mode II fracture toughness were achieved with a minimum increase of weight. SEM fractographic analysis showed nanofiber pullout and crack bridging as the main nanomechanisms of toughening. Chapter 4 describes manufacturing of aligned carbon nanofibers and nanocomposites by a modified electrospinning technique. Constant-load stretch-stabilization was applied on carbon nanofibers for the first time. Analysis showed that mechanical properties of nanofibers and nanocomposites improved with stretch-stabilization and alignment of carbon nanofibers. Nanofabrication of ceramic 3Al2O3-2SiO2, SiO2-TiO2 nanofibers by a novel combination of sol-gel and electrospinning techniques invented recently at UNL is described in Chapters 5. The 3Al2O3-2SiO2, SiO2-TiO 2 nanofibers were continuous, non circular in cross section and had crystalline structure after high temperature calcination. Effects of the process parameters on their geometry and structure were

  14. 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.

  15. Synthesis of transparent vertically aligned TiO2 nanotubes on a few-layer graphene (FLG) film.

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    Cottineau, Thomas; Albrecht, Arnaud; Janowska, Izabela; Macher, Nicolas; Bégin, Dominique; Ledoux, Marc Jacques; Pronkin, Sergey; Savinova, Elena; Keller, Nicolas; Keller, Valérie; Pham-Huu, Cuong

    2012-01-30

    Novel transparent 1D-TiO(2)/few-layer graphene electrodes are realised by the anodic growth of vertically aligned TiO(2) nano-tubes on a few-layer graphene film coated on a glass substrate. PMID:22057023

  16. The role of multi-level structure for the improved photocatalytic performance of TiO2 fiber nanomaterial

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    Su, Bitao; Xin, Junlian; Li, Jianjiao; Zheng, Tao; Wang, Qizhao; Lei, Ziqiang

    2016-01-01

    A TiO2 multi-structured fiber nanomaterial was prepared via a template-assisted two-step method, and the effect of the pH value of the precursor solution on the structure of TiO2 nanofibers was mainly investigated. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue solution was used as the model reaction to evaluate the photocatalytic property of the as-prepared TiO2 nanomaterials. Results indicated that the pH value of the precursor solution obviously influenced the formation and microstructure and photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 fiber nanomaterials. The multi-structured fiber nanomaterial showed better photocatalytic property. It was considered that high efficiencies of reactant molecules adsorption, light absorption, and separation of photogenerated e -- h + pairs played crucial roles for enhancing its photocatalytic property. In particular, the need of better understanding the relation of the light absorption and charge transport to the nanostructure has to be pointed out in this paper.

  17. Photodegradation of Orange II by mesoporous TiO2.

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    Kuang, Liyuan; Zhao, Yaping; Liu, Lu

    2011-09-01

    Mesoporous TiO(2) microspheres were prepared by a hydrothermal reaction and are characterized in this paper. Decoloration and mineralization during photodegradation of Orange II by mesoporous TiO(2) at different pH values, formation of sulfate, relative luminosity to luminous bacteria and recycling experiments of the catalyst were studied. The FTIR results further suggested that the novel mesoporous TiO(2) can not only decolor and mineralize dyes completely but also can be effectively reused several times. On the basis of the research, mesoporous TiO(2) would be a promising photocatalyst for practical use. PMID:21833403

  18. Structural investigations of hybrid TiO2/CNTs nanomaterials.

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    Lin, Kuan-Nan; Liou, Wei-Jen; Lin, Hong-Ming; Yang, Tsung-Yeh; Lin, Chung-Kwei

    2010-05-01

    In the present study, pure TiO2 and hybrid TiO2/CNTs nanomaterials are prepared by sol gel technique. Post heat treatment is performed at 600, 800, and 1000 degrees C, respectively. The structural characterizations are performed by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and synchrotron X-ray absorption spectroscopy techniques. Experimental results show that anatase to rutile transformation can be observed for pure TiO2 nanomaterials after heat treatment at 800 degrees C. The anatase to rutile transformation is inhibited by carbon nanotubes, and therefore only anatase phases for TiO2 nanomaterials can be observed in the hybrid nanomaterials. The 600 degrees C hybrid nanomaterials show a microstructure with CNTs covered by continuous TiO2 films of numerous small nanoparticles. After applying heat treatment on the hybrid nanomaterials at 1000 degrees C, only TiO2 nanoparticles adhere individually to the uncovered CNTs. Though all hybrid nanomaterials exhibit anatase TiO2, synchrotron X-ray absorption spectra investigations reveal that hybrid TiO2/CNTs exhibit different electronic properties as compared to those of pure TiO2 nanomaterials.

  19. Correlation between dispersion properties of TiO2 colloidal sols and photoelectric characteristics of TiO2 films.

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    Jung, Hyun Suk; Lee, Sang-Wook; Kim, Jin Young; Hong, Kug Sun; Lee, Young Cheol; Ko, Kyung Hyun

    2004-11-15

    TiO2 film for use as dye-sensitized solar cell was prepared using the TiO2 colloidal sols (unpeptized sol and peptized sol). The optical properties and photocurrent-voltage characteristics of the resultant films were investigated. The optical transmittance of TiO2 thin film prepared from the peptized colloidal sol was over 90%, while that of TiO2 film from the unpeptized sol was under 80%. The TiO2 photoelectrode prepared from the peptized colloidal sol showed low photoelectric conversion efficiency (eta), 1.30%, whereas the efficiency of photoelectrode from the unpeptized sol was 2.21%. The high optical transmittance and low conversion efficiency of TiO2 film from the peptized sol are discussed in terms of dense microstructure due to the drying nature of well-dispersed colloidal sol.

  20. Selective preparation of zero- and one-dimensional gold nanostructures in a TiO2 nanocrystal-containing photoactive mesoporous template.

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    Kawamura, Go; Okuno, Teruhisa; Muto, Hiroyuki; Matsuda, Atsunori

    2012-01-05

    Nanocrystallized SiO2-TiO2 with tubular mesopores was prepared via the sol-gel technique. Gold was deposited in the tubular mesopores of the nanocrystallized SiO2-TiO2. The shape of the gold was varied from one-dimensional [1-D] to zero-dimensional [0-D] nanostructures by an increase in TiO2 content and ultraviolet [UV] irradiation during gold deposition. 1-D gold nanostructures [GNSs] were mainly obtained in the mesopores when a small amount of TiO2-containing mesoporous SiO2-TiO2 was used as a template, whereas the use of a template containing a large amount of TiO2 led to the formation of shorter 1-D or 0-D GNSs. UV irradiation also resulted in the formation of 0-D GNSs.PACS: 06.60.Jn (sample preparation); 81.07.Gf (nanowires); 81.16.Be (chemical synthesis methods).

  1. Effect of TiO2 rutile nanorods on the photoelectrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    2013-01-01

    In order to enhance the electron transport on the photoelectrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells, one-dimensional rutile nanorods were prepared using electrospun TiO2 nanofibers. The grain size of the nanorods increased with increasing temperature. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements revealed reduced interface resistance of the cells with the one-dimensional rutile nanorods due to the improved electron transport and the enhanced electrolyte penetration. Intensity-modulated photocurrent/photovoltage spectroscopy showed that the one-dimensional rutile nanorods provided the electrons with a moving pathway and suppressed the recombination of photogenerated electrons. However, an excessive quantity of rutile nanorods created an obstacle to the electrons moving in the TiO2 thin film. The photoelectrode with 7 wt.% rutile nanorods optimized the performance of the dye-sensitized solar cells. PMID:23331863

  2. Surfactant free most probable TiO2 nanostructures via hydrothermal and its dye sensitized solar cell properties

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    Mali, Sawanta S.; Kim, Hyungjin; Shim, Chang Su; Patil, Pramod S.; Kim, Jin Hyeok; Hong, Chang Kook

    2013-01-01

    Tailoring the nano-morphology and nano-architecture of titanium dioxide (TiO2) is the most important task in the third generation solar cells (Dye sensitized solar cells/Quantum dot sensitized solar cells) (DSSCs/QDSSCs). In this article we present complete study of surfactant free synthesis of TiO2 nanostructures by a simple and promising hydrothermal route. The plethora of nanostructures like nanoparticles clusters, 1D tetragonal nanorods, 3D dendrites containing nanorods having <30 nm diameter and 3D hollow urchin like have been synthesized. These nanostructures possess effective large surface area and thus useful in DSSCs. In the present work, 7.16% power conversion efficiency has been demonstrated for 3D dendritic hollow urchin like morphology. Our synthetic strategy provides an effective solution for surfactant free synthesis of efficient TiO2 nanoarchitectures. PMID:24141599

  3. Electron-beam-induced formation mechanisms for Ti2O3-SiO2 composite nanofibers

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    Shin, Jae Won; Yang, Dae Jin; Lee, Seok-Hoon; Kim, Jin-Gyu; Yoo, Seung Jo; Yun, Dong Yeol; Lee, Dea Uk; Kim, Tae Whan

    2014-09-01

    Anatase TiO2 nanoparticles with high crystallinity were embedded in the SiO2 matrix by electrospining and calcining. As-calcined TiO2-SiO2 nanofibers were transformed into Ti2O3-SiO2 nanofibers owing to in situ electron-beam irradiation in a transmission electron microscope. The microstructural properties and the mechanisms of electron-beam-induced formation of Ti2O3-SiO2 composite nanofibers were described on the basis of the obtained high-resolution transmission electron microscopy images, fast-Fourier-transformed patterns, and energy dispersive spectroscopy profiles.

  4. Acetaldehyde photochemistry on TiO2(110)

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    Zehr, Robert T.; Henderson, Michael A.

    2008-07-01

    The ultraviolet (UV) photon induced decomposition of acetaldehyde absorbed on the oxidized retile TIO2(110) surface was studied with photon stimulated desorption (PSD) and theral programmed desorption (TPD). Acetaldehyde desorbs molecularly from TiO2(110) with minor decomposition channels yielding butene on the reduced TiO2 surface and acetate on the oxidized TiO2 surface. Acetaldehyde absorbed on oxidized TiO2(110) undergoes a facile thermal reaction to form a photoactive acetaldehyde-oxygen complex. UV irradiation of the acetaldehyde-oxygen complex resulting in the ejection of methyl radical into gas phase and conversion of the surface bound fragment to formate.

  5. Acetaldehyde Photochemistry on TiO2(110)

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    Zehr, Robert T.; Henderson, Michael A.

    2008-07-01

    The ultraviolet (UV) photon induced decomposition of acetaldehyde adsorbed on the oxidized rutile TiO2(110) surface was studied with photon stimulated desorption (PSD) and thermal programmed desorption (TPD). Acetaldehyde desorbs molecularly from TiO2(110) with minor decomposition channels yielding butene on the reduced TiO2 surface and acetate on the oxidized TiO2 surface. Acetaldehyde adsorbed on oxidized TiO2(110) undergoes a facile thermal reaction to form a photoactive acetaldehyde-oxygen complex. UV irradiation of the acetaldehyde-oxygen complex initiated photofragmentation of the complex resulting in the ejection of methyl radical into gas phase and conversion of the surface bound fragment to formate.

  6. CdS sensitized 3D hierarchical TiO2/ZnO heterostructure for efficient solar energy conversion

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    Zheng, Zhaoke; Xie, Wen; Lim, Zhi Shiuh; You, Lu; Wang, Junling

    2014-07-01

    For conventional dye or quantum dot sensitized solar cells, which are fabricated using mesoporous films, the inefficient electron transport due to defects such as grain boundaries and surface traps is a major drawback. To simultaneously increase the carrier transport efficiency as well as the surface area, optimal-assembling of hierarchical nanostructures is an attractive approach. Here, a three dimensional (3D) hierarchical heterostructure, consisting of CdS sensitized one dimensional (1D) ZnO nanorods deposited on two dimensional (2D) TiO2 (001) nanosheet, is prepared via a solution-process method. Such heterstructure exhibits significantly enhanced photoelectric and photocatalytic H2 evolution performance compared with CdS sensitized 1D ZnO nanorods/1D TiO2 nanorods photoanode, as a result of the more efficient light harvesting over the entire visible light spectrum and the effective electron transport through a highly connected 3D network.

  7. CdS sensitized 3D hierarchical TiO2/ZnO heterostructure for efficient solar energy conversion

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    Zheng, Zhaoke; Xie, Wen; Lim, Zhi Shiuh; You, Lu; Wang, Junling

    2014-01-01

    For conventional dye or quantum dot sensitized solar cells, which are fabricated using mesoporous films, the inefficient electron transport due to defects such as grain boundaries and surface traps is a major drawback. To simultaneously increase the carrier transport efficiency as well as the surface area, optimal-assembling of hierarchical nanostructures is an attractive approach. Here, a three dimensional (3D) hierarchical heterostructure, consisting of CdS sensitized one dimensional (1D) ZnO nanorods deposited on two dimensional (2D) TiO2 (001) nanosheet, is prepared via a solution-process method. Such heterstructure exhibits significantly enhanced photoelectric and photocatalytic H2 evolution performance compared with CdS sensitized 1D ZnO nanorods/1D TiO2 nanorods photoanode, as a result of the more efficient light harvesting over the entire visible light spectrum and the effective electron transport through a highly connected 3D network. PMID:25030846

  8. Effect of TiO2 blocking layer on TiO2 nanorod arrays based dye sensitized solar cells

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    Sivakumar, R.; Paulraj, M.

    2016-05-01

    Highly ordered rutile titanium dioxide nanorod (TNR) arrays (1.2 to 6.2 μm thickness) were grown on TiO2 blocking layer chemically deposited on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate and were used as photo-electrodes to fabricate dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC's). Homogeneous layer of TiO2 on FTO was achieved by using aqueous peroxo- titanium complex (PTC) solutions via chemical bath deposition. Structural and morphological properties of the prepared samples were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. TNR arrays (6.2 μm) with TiO2 blocking layer showed higher energy conversion efficiency (1.46%) than that without TiO2 blocking layer. The reason can be ascertained to the suppression of electron-hole recombination at the semiconductor/electrolyte interface by the effect of TiO2 blocking layer.

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

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

    2012-06-01

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

  10. Photocatalytic TiO2 nanoparticles enhanced polymer antimicrobial coating

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    Wei, Xiaojin; Yang, Zhendi; Tay, See Leng; Gao, Wei

    2014-01-01

    Copper (Cu) containing coatings can provide sustainable protection against microbial contamination. However, metallic Cu coatings have not been widely used due to the relatively high cost, poor corrosion resistance, and low compatibility with non-metal substrates. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) possesses antibacterial functions by its photocatalytic properties which can destroy bacteria or suppress their reproduction. TiO2 also has the function of improving the mechanical properties through particle dispersion strengthening. We have recently developed an innovative polymer based coating system containing fine particles of Cu and TiO2 nanoparticles. These polymer based coatings simultaneously display excellent antimicrobial and good mechanical properties. The results showed that the addition of TiO2 has improved the antimicrobial property under sunlight, which provides extended applications in outdoor environment. The elimination of 106 bacterial by contacting the coatings without TiO2 needs 5 h, while contacting with the Cu/TiO2- 1 wt.% TiO2 took only 2 h to kill the same amount of bacteria. The coatings also presented enhanced hardness and wear resistance after adding TiO2. The width of wear track decreased from 270 μm of the Cu-polymer coating to 206 μm of Cu/TiO2-polymer coatings with 10 wt.% TiO2. Synchrotron Infrared Microscopy was used to in-situ and in-vivo study the bacteria killing process at the molecular level. The real-time chemical images of bacterial activities showed that the bacterial cell membranes were damaged by the Cu and TiO2 containing coatings

  11. Growth of TiO2 nanoparticles under heat treatment

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    Bahadur, J.; Sen, D.; Mazumder, S.; Sastry, P. U.; Paul, B.

    2013-02-01

    The effect of heat treatment, on growth of NiO doped TiO2, have been investigated. The nanoparticle size has been estimated by small-angle x-ray scattering. The average particle size increases with increasing temperature. The growth of crystallite size has been probed by X-ray diffraction. A polymorphic phase transition of TiO2 is observed beyond 600°C due to growth of TiO2 nanoparticles beyond 14 nm of size.

  12. Low temperature crystallisation of mesoporous TiO2.

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    Kohn, Peter; Pathak, Sandeep; Stefik, Morgan; Ducati, Caterina; Wiesner, Ulrich; Steiner, Ullrich; Guldin, Stefan

    2013-11-01

    Conducting mesoporous TiO2 is rapidly gaining importance for green energy applications. To optimise performance, its porosity and crystallinity must be carefully fine-tuned. To this end, we have performed a detailed study on the temperature dependence of TiO2 crystallisation in mesoporous films. Crystal nucleation and growth of initially amorphous TiO2 derived by hydrolytic sol-gel chemistry is compared to the evolution of crystallinity from nanocrystalline building blocks obtained from non-hydrolytic sol-gel chemistry, and mixtures thereof. Our study addresses the question whether the critical temperature for crystal growth can be lowered by the addition of crystalline nucleation seeds.

  13. TiO2-graphene nanocomposites for gas-phase photocatalytic degradation of volatile aromatic pollutant: is TiO2-graphene truly different from other TiO2-carbon composite materials?

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    Zhang, Yanhui; Tang, Zi-Rong; Fu, Xianzhi; Xu, Yi-Jun

    2010-12-28

    The nanocomposites of TiO(2)-graphene (TiO(2)-GR) have been prepared via a facile hydrothermal reaction of graphene oxide and TiO(2) in an ethanol-water solvent. We show that such a TiO(2)-GR nanocomposite exhibits much higher photocatalytic activity and stability than bare TiO(2) toward the gas-phase degradation of benzene, a volatile aromatic pollutant in air. By investigating the effect of different addition ratios of graphene on the photocatalytic activity of TiO(2)-GR systematically, we find that the higher weight ratio in TiO(2)-GR will decrease the photocatalytic activity. Analogous phenomenon is also observed for the liquid-phase degradation of dyes over TiO(2)-GR. In addition, the key features for TiO(2)-GR including enhancement of adsorptivity of pollutants, light absorption intensity, electron-hole pairs lifetime, and extended light absorption range have also been found in the composite of TiO(2) and carbon nanotubes (TiO(2)-CNT). These strongly manifest that TiO(2)-GR is in essence the same as other TiO(2)-carbon (carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, and activated carbon) composite materials on enhancement of photocatalytic activity of TiO(2), although graphene by itself has unique structural and electronic properties. Notably, this key fundamental question remains completely unaddressed in a recent report ( ACS Nano 2010 , 4 , 380 ) regarding liquid-phase degradation of dyes over the TiO(2)-GR photocatalyst. Thus, we propose that TiO(2)-GR cannot provide truly new insights into the fabrication of TiO(2)-carbon composite as high-performance photocatalysts. It is hoped that our work could avert the misleading message to the readership, hence offering a valuable source of reference on fabricating TiO(2)-carbon composites for their application as a photocatalyst in the environment cleanup. PMID:21117654

  14. TiO2 Fibers: Tunable Polymorphic Phase Transformation and Electrochemical Properties.

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    Garcia, Edna; Li, Qiang; Sun, Xing; Lozano, Karen; Mao, Yuanbing

    2015-05-01

    A series of one-dimensional (1 D) nanoparticle-assembled TiO2 fibers with tunable polymorphs were prepared via a novel and large scale ForceSpinning process of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP)/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) precursor fibers followed with a thermal treatment at various calcination temperatures. The thermal and structural transformations were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis/differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The influence of polymorphic phase of the TiO2 fibers on the electrochemical performance in neutral aqueous 1 M Na2SO4 electrolyte was investigated. The polymorphic amorphous/anatase/rutile TiO2 fibers prepared at 450 degrees C achieved a highest capacitance of 21.2 F g(-1) (6.61 mF cm(-2)) at a current density of 200 mA g(-1), for which the improved electronic conductivity and activated pseudocapacitance mechanism may be responsible. This work helps bridge the gap between nanoscience and manufacturing. It also makes polymorphism control of functional materials a potential strategy for further improving supercapacitive output of metal oxides. PMID:26505001

  15. High-quality crystallinity controlled ALD TiO2 for waveguiding applications.

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    Alasaarela, Tapani; Karvonen, Lasse; Jussila, Henri; Säynätjoki, Antti; Mehravar, Soroush; Norwood, Robert A; Peyghambarian, Nasser; Kieu, Khanh; Tittonen, Ilkka; Lipsanen, Harri

    2013-10-15

    We demonstrate a novel atomic layer deposition (ALD) process to make high-quality nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) with intermediate Al(2)O(3) layers to limit the crystal size. The process is based on titanium chloride (TiCl(4))+water and trimethyl aluminum (TMA)+ozone processes at 250°C deposition temperature. The waveguide losses measured using a prism coupling method for 633 and 1551 nm wavelengths are as low as 0.2±0.1 dB/mm with the smallest crystal size, with losses increasing with crystal size. In comparison, plain TiO(2) deposited at 250°C without the intermediate Al(2)O(3) layers shows high scattering losses and is not viable as waveguide material. The third-order optical nonlinearity decreases with smaller crystal size as verified by third-harmonic generation microscopy but still remains high for all samples. Crystallinity controlled ALD-grown TiO(2) is an excellent candidate for various optical applications, where good thermal stability and high third-order optical nonlinearity are needed.

  16. One-dimensional Au chains on TiO2(110)

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    Kiejna, Adam; Pabisiak, Tomasz

    2007-03-01

    One-dimensional (1D) Au chains on the 1x2 missing row (mr) defected, and the added row (ar) reconstructed, TiO2(110) surfaces are calculated from first principles. Single, dimer, and triple Au rows were considered. The single Au row binds strongly to the mr (2.83 eV) but much weaker to the ar surface (1.56 eV). On the mr surface the bonding of Au is mainly to the Ti atoms below, and to the neighboring Au atoms. In the mr surface the binding energy is decreasing with the number of Au atoms per row, while in the ar surface converse is observed. Even for triple Au rows the binding per atom (2.42 eV) is by 0.17 eV stronger for the mr than for the ar, the latter being suggested as the most favored structure of the clean surface. Thus, Au forms on the 1x2 missing row TiO2(110) surface strongly adsorbed 1D chains. The charge density distribution and the increased density of occupied states around the Fermi edge suggest metallic behavior of the Au rows. The bonding to the substrate is predominantly covalent. Intra- and inter-chain spacings are determined by the substrate periodicity. The large inter-chain distance (13 å) on the more or less insulating substrate makes this system ideal for studies of 1D phenomena.

  17. SYNTHESIZING ORGANIC COMPOUNDS USING LIGHT-ACTIVATED TIO2

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    High-value organic compounds have been synthesized successfully from linear and cyclic hydrocarbons, by photocatalytic oxidation using a semiconductor material, titanium dioxide (TiO2). Various hydrocarbons were partially oxgenated in both liquid and gaseous phase reactors usi...

  18. Photocatalytic metamaterials: TiO2 inverse opals.

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    Sordello, Fabrizio; Duca, Clara; Maurino, Valter; Minero, Claudio

    2011-06-01

    The study of the photocatalytic activity of TiO(2) inverse opals showed that these structures behave as metamaterials: their properties arise principally from the 3D periodic structure of the material and marginally from porosity, reflectivity and scattering.

  19. Investigation of physical properties of TiO2 nanolayers

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    Struk, Przemyslaw; Pustelny, Tadeusz

    2015-12-01

    We present applications of titanium dioxide wide bandgap oxide semiconductor and its application in integrated optics devices. The paper is focus on research of physical properties TiO2 such as: spectral transmittance, refractive index, extinction coefficient in the UV-VIS-IR range of light as well as surface topography. In addition we show the numerical calculation and optical characterization of fabricated optical planar waveguide based on TiO2.

  20. Density functional theory study of interactions between glycine and TiO2/graphene nanocomposites

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    Wang, Meng-hao; Guo, Ya-nan; Wang, Qun; Zhang, Xia-shi-yao; Huang, Jing-jing; Lu, Xiong; Wang, Ke-feng; Zhang, Hong-ping; Leng, Yang

    2014-04-01

    The interactions of glycine (Gly) with TiO2, graphene (G), graphene oxide (GO), TiO2/G and TiO2/GO nanocomposites were investigated by density functional theory (DFT). The results indicate that the interactions between Gly and TiO2 in TiO2/G nanocomposites are stronger than that between Gly and bare TiO2 surfaces, which suggests G helps to strengthen the interaction of amino acids with TiO2 surfaces. In TiO2/GO nanocomposites, the interactions of Gly and TiO2 are slightly weaker than that between Gly and bare TiO2 surfaces, which reveals that GO is not conducive to the interaction of amino acids with TiO2 surfaces.

  1. 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

  2. TiO2 optical sensor for amino acid detection

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    Tereshchenko, Alla; Viter, Roman; Konup, Igor; Ivanitsa, Volodymyr; Geveliuk, Sergey; Ishkov, Yuriy; Smyntyna, Valentyn

    2013-11-01

    A novel optical sensor based on TiO2 nanoparticles for Valine detection has been developed. In the presented work, commercial TiO2 nanoparticles (Sigma Aldrich, particle size 32 nm) were used as sensor templates. The sensitive layer was formed by a porphyrin coating on a TiO2 nanostructured surface. As a result, an amorphous layer between the TiO2 nanostructure and porphyrin was formed. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra were measured in the range of 370-900 nm before and after porphyrin application. Porphyrin adsorption led to a decrease of the main TiO2 peak at 510 nm and the emergence of an additional peak of high intensity at 700 nm. Absorption spectra (optical density vs. wavelenght, measured from 300 to 1100 nm) showed IR shift Sorret band of prophiryn after deposition on metal oxide. Adsorption of amino acid quenched PL emission, related to porphyrin and increased the intensity of the TiO2 emission. The interaction between the sensor surface and the amino acid leads to the formation of new complexes on the surface and results in a reduction of the optical activity of porphyrin. Sensitivity of the sensor to different concentrations of Valine was calculated. The developed sensor can determine the concentration of Valine in the range of 0.04 to 0.16 mg/ml.

  3. Structural, Optical and Thermal Investigations of TiO2 and S-Doped TiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Bhatnagar, Divyanshu; Kumar, Ashavani

    2011-12-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and sulfur doped titanium dioxide (S-doped TiO2) nanoparticles are synthesized by Coprecipitation technique using titanium trichloride (TiCl3) as precursor, ammonium hydroxide (NH4OH) as solvent and sodium sulfite as source of sulfur. The X-ray diffraction (xrd) pattern reveals that TiO2 Nanoparticles are in anatase phase and anatase content decreases with increasing S-doping. The Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) analysis elucidates the metastable anatase phase changes to stable rutile phase at 746 °C temperature. The UV/Vis study predicts larger band gap of TiO2 Nanoparticles as compare to bulk and blue shift with increasing S-doping.

  4. TiO2 (B) nanosheets mediate phase selective synthesis of TiO2 nanostructured photocatalyst

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    Wang, Yuxi; Wang, Changhua; Zhang, Xintong; Sun, Panpan; Kong, Lina; Wei, Yongan; Zheng, Han; Liu, Yichun

    2014-02-01

    Phase selective synthesis is particularly valuable in revealing performance of photocatalyst existing as several polymorphic phases. In this work, we develop a general soft chemical route that used a TiO2 (B) nanosheet as a precursor to synthesize TiO2 nanostructures of desired phase. Benefiting from the structural similarity and ultrathin thickness feature, TiO2 (B) nanosheet precursor can readily transform to pure phase of anatase, rutile and brookite as well as mixed phase of brookite/anatase. A possible dissolution-recrystallization mechanism is proposed for the phase transition of TiO2 (B) nanosheets to other phases. Photocatalytic activity tests demonstrated that the brookite/anatase mixture had the highest activity in degrading acetaldehyde under UV light irradiation, due to the synergistic effect of high crystallinity, large surface area and mixed phase structure.

  5. Selective aerobic oxidation mediated by TiO(2) photocatalysis.

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    Lang, Xianjun; Ma, Wanhong; Chen, Chuncheng; Ji, Hongwei; Zhao, Jincai

    2014-02-18

    TiO2 is one of the most studied metal oxide photocatalysts and has unparal-leled efficiency and stability. This cheap, abundant, and non-toxic material has the potential to address future environmental and energy concerns. Understanding about the photoinduced interfacial redox events on TiO2 could have profound effect on the degradation of organic pollutants, splitting of H2O into H2 and O2, and selective redox organic transformations. Scientists traditionally accept that for a semiconductor photocatalyst such as TiO2 under the illumination of light with energy larger than its band gap, two photocarriers will be created to carry out their independent reduction and oxidation processes. However, our recent discoveries indicate that it is the concerted rather than independent effect of both photocarriers of valence band hole (hvb(+)) and conduction band electron (ecb(-)) that dictate the product formation during interfacial oxidation event mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis. In this Account, we describe our recent findings on the selective oxidation of organic substrates with O2 mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis. The transfer of O-atoms from O2 to the corresponding products dominates the selective oxidation of alcohols, amines, and alkanes mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis. We ascribe this to the concerted effect of both hvb(+) and ecb(-) of TiO2 in contribution to the oxidation products. These findings imply that O2 plays a unique role in its transfer into the products rather than independent role of ecb(-) scavenger. More importantly, ecb(-) plays a crucial role to ensure the high selectivity for the oxygenation of organic substrates. We can also use the half reactions such as those of the conduction band electron of TiO2 for efficient oxidation reactions with O2. To this end, efficient selective oxidation of organic substrates such as alcohols, amines, and aromatic alkanes with O2 mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis under visible light irradiation has been achieved. In summary, the concerted effect of hvb(+) and ecb(-) to implement one oxidation event could pave the way for selective oxofunctionalization of organic substrates with O2 by metal oxide photocatalysis. Furthermore, it could also deepen our understanding on the role of O2 and the elusive nature of oxygen species at the interface of TiO2, which, in turn, could shed new light on avant-garde photocatalytic selective redox processes in addressing the energy and environmental challenges of the future.

  6. Selective aerobic oxidation mediated by TiO(2) photocatalysis.

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    Lang, Xianjun; Ma, Wanhong; Chen, Chuncheng; Ji, Hongwei; Zhao, Jincai

    2014-02-18

    TiO2 is one of the most studied metal oxide photocatalysts and has unparal-leled efficiency and stability. This cheap, abundant, and non-toxic material has the potential to address future environmental and energy concerns. Understanding about the photoinduced interfacial redox events on TiO2 could have profound effect on the degradation of organic pollutants, splitting of H2O into H2 and O2, and selective redox organic transformations. Scientists traditionally accept that for a semiconductor photocatalyst such as TiO2 under the illumination of light with energy larger than its band gap, two photocarriers will be created to carry out their independent reduction and oxidation processes. However, our recent discoveries indicate that it is the concerted rather than independent effect of both photocarriers of valence band hole (hvb(+)) and conduction band electron (ecb(-)) that dictate the product formation during interfacial oxidation event mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis. In this Account, we describe our recent findings on the selective oxidation of organic substrates with O2 mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis. The transfer of O-atoms from O2 to the corresponding products dominates the selective oxidation of alcohols, amines, and alkanes mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis. We ascribe this to the concerted effect of both hvb(+) and ecb(-) of TiO2 in contribution to the oxidation products. These findings imply that O2 plays a unique role in its transfer into the products rather than independent role of ecb(-) scavenger. More importantly, ecb(-) plays a crucial role to ensure the high selectivity for the oxygenation of organic substrates. We can also use the half reactions such as those of the conduction band electron of TiO2 for efficient oxidation reactions with O2. To this end, efficient selective oxidation of organic substrates such as alcohols, amines, and aromatic alkanes with O2 mediated by TiO2 photocatalysis under visible light irradiation has been achieved. In summary, the concerted effect of hvb(+) and ecb(-) to implement one oxidation event could pave the way for selective oxofunctionalization of organic substrates with O2 by metal oxide photocatalysis. Furthermore, it could also deepen our understanding on the role of O2 and the elusive nature of oxygen species at the interface of TiO2, which, in turn, could shed new light on avant-garde photocatalytic selective redox processes in addressing the energy and environmental challenges of the future. PMID:24164388

  7. Effect of calcination temperature on the structure of a Pt/TiO2 (B) nanofiber and its photocatalytic activity in generating H2.

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    Lin, Chiu-Hsun; Chao, Jiunn-Hsing; Liu, Chun-Hsuan; Chang, Jui-Chun; Wang, Feng-Chieh

    2008-09-01

    Hydrogen trititanate (H 2Ti 3O 7) nanofibers were prepared by a hydrothermal method in 10 M NaOH at 403 K, followed by acidic rinsing and drying at 383 K. Calcining H 2Ti 3O 7 nanofibers at 573 K led to the formation of TiO 2 (B) nanofibers. Calcination at 673 K improved the crystallinity of the TiO 2 (B) nanofibers and did not cause any change in the morphology and dimensions of the nanofibers. TiO 2 (B) and H 2Ti 3O 7 nanofibers are 10-20 nm in diameter and several micrometers long, but FE-SEM reveals that several of these nanofibers tend to bind tightly to each other, forming a fiber bundle. Calcination at 773 K transformed TiO 2 (B) nanofibers into a TiO 2 (B)/anatase bicrystalline mixture with their fibrous morphology remaining intact. Upon increasing the calcination temperature to 873 K, most of the TiO 2 (B) nanofibers were converted into anatase nanofibers and small anatase particles with smoother surfaces. In the photocatalytic dehydrogenation of neat ethanol, 1% Pt/TiO 2 (B) nanofiber calcined at 673 K was the most active catalyst and generated about the same amount of H 2 as did 1% Pt/P-25. TPR indicated that the calcination of 1% Pt/TiO 2 (B) nanofiber at 573 K produced a poor Pt dispersion and poor activity. Calcination at a temperature higher than 773 K (in ambient air) resulted in an SMSI effect similar to that observed over TiO 2 in the reductive atmosphere. As suggested by XPS, such an SMSI effect decreased the surface concentration of Pt metal and created Pt (delta) sites, preventing Pt particles from functioning as a Schottky barrier and leading to a lower activity. Because of the synergetic effect between TiO 2 (B) and anatase phases, the bicrystalline mixture, produced by calcining at 773 K, was able to counter negative effects such as the reduction in surface area and the SMSI effect and maintained its photocatalytic activity. PMID:18690728

  8. Lithium insertion in nanostructured TiO(2)(B) architectures.

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    Dylla, Anthony G; Henkelman, Graeme; Stevenson, Keith J

    2013-05-21

    Electric vehicles and grid storage devices have potentialto become feasible alternatives to current technology, but only if scientists can develop energy storage materials that offer high capacity and high rate capabilities. Chemists have studied anatase, rutile, brookite and TiO2(B) (bronze) in both bulk and nanostructured forms as potential Li-ion battery anodes. In most cases, the specific capacity and rate of lithiation and delithiation increases as the materials are nanostructured. Scientists have explained these enhancements in terms of higher surface areas, shorter Li(+) diffusion paths and different surface energies for nanostructured materials allowing for more facile lithiation and delithiation. Of the most studied polymorphs, nanostructured TiO2(B) has the highest capacity with promising high rate capabilities. TiO2(B) is able to accommodate 1 Li(+) per Ti, giving a capacity of 335 mAh/g for nanotubular and nanoparticulate TiO2(B). The TiO2(B) polymorph, discovered in 1980 by Marchand and co-workers, has been the focus of many recent studies regarding high power and high capacity anode materials with potential applications for electric vehicles and grid storage. This is due to the material's stability over multiple cycles, safer lithiation potential relative to graphite, reasonable capacity, high rate capability, nontoxicity, and low cost (Bruce, P. G.; Scrosati, B.; Tarascon, J.-M. Nanomaterials for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries. Angew. Chem., Int. Ed.2008, 47, 2930-2946). One of the most interesting properties of TiO2(B) is that both bulk and nanostructured forms lithiate and delithiate through a surface redox or pseudocapacitive charging mechanism, giving rise to stable high rate charge/discharge capabilities in the case of nanostructured TiO2(B). When other polymorphs of TiO2 are nanostructured, they still mainly intercalate lithium through a bulk diffusion-controlled mechanism. TiO2(B) has a unique open crystal structure and low energy Li(+) pathways from surface to subsurface sites, which many chemists believe to contribute to the pseudocapacitive charging. Several disadvantages exist as well. TiO2(B), and titania in general, suffers from poor electronic and ionic conductivity. Nanostructured TiO2(B) also exhibits significant irreversible capacity loss (ICL) upon first discharge (lithiation). Nanostructuring TiO2(B) can help alleviate problems with poor ionic conductivity by shortening lithium diffusion pathways. Unfortunately, this also increases the likelihood of severe first discharge ICL due to reactive Ti-OH and Ti-O surface sites that can cause unwanted electrolyte degradation and irreversible trapping of Li(+). Nanostructuring also results in lowered volumetric energy density, which could be a considerable problem for mobile applications. We will also discuss these problems and proposed solutions. Scientists have synthesized TiO2(B) in a variety of nanostructures including nanowires, nanotubes, nanoparticles, mesoporous-ordered nanostructures, and nanosheets. Many of these structures exhibit enhanced Li(+) diffusion kinetics and increased specific capacities compared to bulk material, and thus warrant investigation on how nanostructuring influences lithiation behavior. This Account will focus on these influences from both experimental and theoretical perspectives. We will discuss the surface charging mechanism that gives rise to the increased lithiation and delithiation kinetics for TiO2(B), along with the influence of dimensional confinement of the nanoarchitectures, and how nanostructuring can change the lithiation mechanism considerably. PMID:23425042

  9. 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.

  10. Synergistic reinforcing effect of TiO2 and montmorillonite on potato starch nanocomposite films: Thermal, mechanical and barrier properties.

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    Oleyaei, Seyed Amir; Almasi, Hadi; Ghanbarzadeh, Babak; Moayedi, Ali Akbar

    2016-11-01

    In this study, ternary potato starch (PS) bionanocomposite films containing two types of nanoparticles, sodium montmorillonite (MMT), one-dimensional (1D) clay platelets, (3 and 5wt%) and TiO2, three-dimensional (3D) nanospheres, (0.5, 1 and 2wt%), are prepared using solvent casting method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) test confirms the completely exfoliated structure formed in the PS-MMT nanocomposites containing 3 and 5% MMT. The success of the formation of new hydrogen bonds between the hydroxyl groups of starch and nanofillers is confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Tensile strength (TS), elongation at break (EB), glass transition temperature (Tg), and melting point (Tm) of the films are also enhanced after MMT and TiO2 incorporation. The water vapor permeability (WVP) and the visible, UVA, UVB and UVC lights transmittance decreases upon TiO2 and MMT content increasing. Generally, a synergistic effect is observed between MMT and TiO2 at lower concentrations of MMT. PMID:27516271

  11. Bilayer hollow/spindle-like anatase TiO2 photoanode for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Wang, Guanxi; Zhu, Xunjin; Yu, Jiaguo

    2015-03-01

    Derived from a hollow TiO2 nanoparticle (HNP) as underlayer and a TiO2 spindle (SP) as light scattering overlayer, a new bilayer single-crystalline photoanode (HNP/SP) is fabricated for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) application. The prepared bilayer TiO2 photoanode and two comparative HNP/HNP and SP/SP ones are fully characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-vis absorption spectroscopy and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms. An overall photoelectric conversion efficiency of 8.65% has been achieved for HNP/SP DSSC, which is 25% higher than that of HNP/HNP DSSC, and also far superior to that of SP/SP or conventional P25 DSSC. The improved photovoltaic performance of HNP/SP DSSC is attributed to the synergic effects, i.e. the single-crystalline bilayer structure favoring for rapid interfacial electron transport, the relatively large specific surface area of HNP for effective dye adsorption, and the 1D geometry of single-crystalline TiO2 spindles for direct electron transport pathway and strong light scattering effect.

  12. Photocatalytic performance of TiO2-zeolite templated carbon composites in organic contaminant degradation.

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    Donphai, Waleeporn; Kamegawa, Takashi; Chareonpanich, Metta; Nueangnoraj, Khanin; Nishihara, Hirotomo; Kyotani, Takashi; Yamashita, Hiromi

    2014-12-01

    TiO2 composites with zeolite templated carbon (TiO2-ZTC) and activated carbon (TiO2-AC) were prepared and used as the photocatalysts for comparative studies with pure TiO2. TiO2-ZTC exhibited the highest rate of methylene blue degradation with a rate approximately 4 and 400 times higher than those of TiO2-AC and pure TiO2, respectively. Moreover, the highest catalytic performance of TiO2-ZTC in gas-phase degradation of acetone was approximately 1.1 and 12.9 times higher than TiO2-AC and pure TiO2, respectively. These outstanding performances could be attributed to high surface area, pore volume, and hydrophobic surface properties, leading to improvement in the adsorption properties of organic molecules.

  13. A high-response ethanol gas sensor based on one-dimensional TiO2/V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures

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    Wang, Yuan; Zhou, Yun; Meng, Chuanmin; Gao, Zhao; Cao, Xiuxia; Li, Xuhai; Xu, Liang; Zhu, Wenjun; Peng, Xusheng; Zhang, Botao; Lin, Yifeng; Liu, Lixin

    2016-10-01

    Hierarchical nanostructures with much increased surface-to-volume ratio have been of significant interest for prototypical gas sensors. Herein we report a novel resistive gas sensor based on TiO2/V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures fabricated by a facile one-step synthetic process, in which well-matched energy levels induced by the formation of effective heterojunctions between TiO2 and V2O5, a large Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area and complete electron depletion for the V2O5 nanobranches induced by the branched-nanofiber structures are all beneficial to the change of resistance upon ethanol exposure. As a result, the ethanol sensing performance of this device shows a lower operating temperature, faster response/recovery behavior, better selectivity and about seven times higher sensitivity compared with pure TiO2 nanofibers. This study not only confirms the gas sensing mechanism for performing enhancement of branched nanoheterostructures, but also proposes a rational approach to the design of nanostructure-based chemical sensors with desirable performance.

  14. A high-response ethanol gas sensor based on one-dimensional TiO2/V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures.

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    Wang, Yuan; Zhou, Yun; Meng, Chuanmin; Gao, Zhao; Cao, Xiuxia; Li, Xuhai; Xu, Liang; Zhu, Wenjun; Peng, Xusheng; Zhang, Botao; Lin, Yifeng; Liu, Lixin

    2016-10-21

    Hierarchical nanostructures with much increased surface-to-volume ratio have been of significant interest for prototypical gas sensors. Herein we report a novel resistive gas sensor based on TiO2/V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures fabricated by a facile one-step synthetic process, in which well-matched energy levels induced by the formation of effective heterojunctions between TiO2 and V2O5, a large Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area and complete electron depletion for the V2O5 nanobranches induced by the branched-nanofiber structures are all beneficial to the change of resistance upon ethanol exposure. As a result, the ethanol sensing performance of this device shows a lower operating temperature, faster response/recovery behavior, better selectivity and about seven times higher sensitivity compared with pure TiO2 nanofibers. This study not only confirms the gas sensing mechanism for performing enhancement of branched nanoheterostructures, but also proposes a rational approach to the design of nanostructure-based chemical sensors with desirable performance. PMID:27640550

  15. A high-response ethanol gas sensor based on one-dimensional TiO2/V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures.

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    Wang, Yuan; Zhou, Yun; Meng, Chuanmin; Gao, Zhao; Cao, Xiuxia; Li, Xuhai; Xu, Liang; Zhu, Wenjun; Peng, Xusheng; Zhang, Botao; Lin, Yifeng; Liu, Lixin

    2016-10-21

    Hierarchical nanostructures with much increased surface-to-volume ratio have been of significant interest for prototypical gas sensors. Herein we report a novel resistive gas sensor based on TiO2/V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures fabricated by a facile one-step synthetic process, in which well-matched energy levels induced by the formation of effective heterojunctions between TiO2 and V2O5, a large Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area and complete electron depletion for the V2O5 nanobranches induced by the branched-nanofiber structures are all beneficial to the change of resistance upon ethanol exposure. As a result, the ethanol sensing performance of this device shows a lower operating temperature, faster response/recovery behavior, better selectivity and about seven times higher sensitivity compared with pure TiO2 nanofibers. This study not only confirms the gas sensing mechanism for performing enhancement of branched nanoheterostructures, but also proposes a rational approach to the design of nanostructure-based chemical sensors with desirable performance.

  16. Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Porous Network Film.

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    Yu, Lianqing; Zhi, Qianqian; Huang, Chengxing; Zhang, Yaping; Dong, Kaituo; Neppolian, B

    2015-09-01

    Three-dimensional porous network TiO2 film (PW-film) and nanoparticles film were synthesized on surface of the Ti foil by a facile method to investigate both the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic properties. The prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD) techniques. Methylene blue was used as a target molecule to estimate the photocatalytic activity of the films. Results revealed that the hydrothermal temperature and time have great influence on the crystal type and film morphology of TiO2 catalysts. A higher hydrothermal temperature is benefit for the formation of anatase phase of TiO2 nanotubes with PW-film, which had a large number of nodes. After investigation of the photoelectrochemical properties, a maximum photoconversion efficiency of 4.79% is observed for nanoparticles film with rutile phase of TiO2 under UV light illumination, which was incredible 2 times higher than that of the PW-film with anatase phase. It was shown that the morphology of TiO2 film contributes more significant effect on photocatalytic and photoelectric performance than its crystal type. PMID:26716214

  17. Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Porous Network Film.

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    Yu, Lianqing; Zhi, Qianqian; Huang, Chengxing; Zhang, Yaping; Dong, Kaituo; Neppolian, B

    2015-09-01

    Three-dimensional porous network TiO2 film (PW-film) and nanoparticles film were synthesized on surface of the Ti foil by a facile method to investigate both the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic properties. The prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction spectroscopy (XRD) techniques. Methylene blue was used as a target molecule to estimate the photocatalytic activity of the films. Results revealed that the hydrothermal temperature and time have great influence on the crystal type and film morphology of TiO2 catalysts. A higher hydrothermal temperature is benefit for the formation of anatase phase of TiO2 nanotubes with PW-film, which had a large number of nodes. After investigation of the photoelectrochemical properties, a maximum photoconversion efficiency of 4.79% is observed for nanoparticles film with rutile phase of TiO2 under UV light illumination, which was incredible 2 times higher than that of the PW-film with anatase phase. It was shown that the morphology of TiO2 film contributes more significant effect on photocatalytic and photoelectric performance than its crystal type.

  18. Hydrogen Impurity Defects in Rutile TiO2

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    Mo, Li-Bin; Wang, Yu; Bai, Yang; Xiang, Qing-Yun; Li, Qun; Yao, Wen-Qing; Wang, Jia-Ou; Ibrahim, Kurash; Wang, Huan-Hua; Wan, Cai-Hua; Cao, Jiang-Li

    2015-01-01

    Hydrogen-related defects play crucial roles in determining physical properties of their host oxides. In this work, we report our systematic experimental and theoretical (based on density functional theory) studies of the defect states formed in hydrogenated-rutile TiO2 in gaseous H2 and atomic H. In gas-hydrogenated TiO2, the incorporated hydrogen tends to occupy the oxygen vacancy site and negatively charged. The incorporated hydrogen takes the interstitial position in atom-hydrogenated TiO2, forming a weak O-H bond with the closest oxygen ion, and becomes positive. Both states of hydrogen affect the electronic structure of TiO2 mainly through changes of Ti 3d and O 2p states instead of the direct contributions of hydrogen. The resulted electronic structures of the hydrogenated TiO2 are manifested in modifications of the electrical and optical properties that will be useful for the design of new materials capable for green energy economy. PMID:26627134

  19. Hydrogen Impurity Defects in Rutile TiO2

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    Mo, Li-Bin; Wang, Yu; Bai, Yang; Xiang, Qing-Yun; Li, Qun; Yao, Wen-Qing; Wang, Jia-Ou; Ibrahim, Kurash; Wang, Huan-Hua; Wan, Cai-Hua; Cao, Jiang-Li

    2015-12-01

    Hydrogen-related defects play crucial roles in determining physical properties of their host oxides. In this work, we report our systematic experimental and theoretical (based on density functional theory) studies of the defect states formed in hydrogenated-rutile TiO2 in gaseous H2 and atomic H. In gas-hydrogenated TiO2, the incorporated hydrogen tends to occupy the oxygen vacancy site and negatively charged. The incorporated hydrogen takes the interstitial position in atom-hydrogenated TiO2, forming a weak O-H bond with the closest oxygen ion, and becomes positive. Both states of hydrogen affect the electronic structure of TiO2 mainly through changes of Ti 3d and O 2p states instead of the direct contributions of hydrogen. The resulted electronic structures of the hydrogenated TiO2 are manifested in modifications of the electrical and optical properties that will be useful for the design of new materials capable for green energy economy.

  20. Thermal insulation, antibacterial and mold properties of breathable nanofiber-laminated wallpapers.

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    Kim, Byoung-Suhk; Kimura, Naotaka; Kim, Han-Ki; Watanabe, Kei; Kim, Ick-Soo

    2011-06-01

    We studied the thermal insulation, antibacterial and mold properties of the nanofiber laminated wallpapers prepared by laminate-coating using electrospinning method. The thermal insulation capability of the nanofiber laminated wallpapers was evaluated by using a home-made insulated environmental chamber under different environmental conditions. It was found that the nanofiber laminated wallpapers exhibited better thermal insulation performance than the conventional silk wallpaper, which was commercialized silk wallpapers prepared by polyacrylic resin, suggesting that the laminate-coated nanofiber layer played an effective role in thermal insulation. Compared to the normal silk wallpaper, the nanofiber laminated wallpaper also exhibited good moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) due to excellent vapor permeability. In addition, TiO2-containing nanofiber laminated wallpapers exhibited good antibacterial activity against both E. Coli and P. Aeruginosa.

  1. A novel ethanol gas sensor based on TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures

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    Wang, Yuan; Liu, Lixin; Meng, Chuanmin; Zhou, Yun; Gao, Zhao; Li, Xuhai; Cao, Xiuxia; Xu, Liang; Zhu, Wenjun

    2016-09-01

    Much greater surface-to-volume ratio of hierarchical nanostructures renders them attract considerable interest as prototypical gas sensors. In this work, a novel resistive gas sensor based on TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures is fabricated by a facile one-step synthetic process and the ethanol sensing performance of this device is characterized systematically, which shows faster response/recovery behavior, better selectivity, and higher sensitivity of about 9 times as compared to the pure TiO2 nanofibers. The enhanced sensitivity of the TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures should be attributed to the extraordinary branched hierarchical structures and TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 heterojunctions, which can eventually result in an obvious change of resistance upon ethanol exposure. This study not only indicates the gas sensing mechanism for performance enhancement of branched nanoheterostructures, but also proposes a rational approach to design nanostructure based chemical sensors with desirable performance.

  2. Fabrication and characterization of TiO2-NTs based hollow carbon fibers/carbon film composite electrode with NiOx decorated for capacitive application

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    Wei, Kajia; Wang, Yi; Han, Weiqing; Li, Jiansheng; Sun, Xiuyun; Shen, Jinyou; Wang, Lianjun

    2016-06-01

    This work designs a novel structure of TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2-NTs) based hollow carbon nanofibers (HCFs)/carbon film (CF) composite electrode with NiOx decorated for capacitive deionization application. The TiO2-NTs array is obtained through anode oxidation method on the titanium substrate, while the HCFs/CF is synthesized by thermal decomposition of a mixture of C6H12O6 and Ni(CH3COO)2·4H2O inside the nanochannels and over the caps of TiO2-NTs array, then followed by carbonization and HNO3 activation. The nickel possesses multi-functional effects during the synthesis process as carbon catalyst (Ni(II)), molecule binder (NiTi) and pseudo-capacitance supplier (NiOx). FE-SEM, XRD, Raman spectroscopy and water contact angle measurement reveal a uniform carbon distribution, favorable nickel dispersion, high stability and ideal hydrophilicity for this structure. With the addition of C6H12O6 and Ni(Ac)2·4H2O controlled at 10% (wt) and 2% (wt), respectively, a composite electrode with specific capacitance of 244.9 F·g-1, high oxygen evolution potential of 2.15 V and low water contact angle of 41.77° is obtained as well as minimum polarization impedance and efficient capacitive ability, which exhibits promising applications for practical employment.

  3. A novel ethanol gas sensor based on TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures.

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    Wang, Yuan; Liu, Lixin; Meng, Chuanmin; Zhou, Yun; Gao, Zhao; Li, Xuhai; Cao, Xiuxia; Xu, Liang; Zhu, Wenjun

    2016-01-01

    Much greater surface-to-volume ratio of hierarchical nanostructures renders them attract considerable interest as prototypical gas sensors. In this work, a novel resistive gas sensor based on TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures is fabricated by a facile one-step synthetic process and the ethanol sensing performance of this device is characterized systematically, which shows faster response/recovery behavior, better selectivity, and higher sensitivity of about 9 times as compared to the pure TiO2 nanofibers. The enhanced sensitivity of the TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures should be attributed to the extraordinary branched hierarchical structures and TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 heterojunctions, which can eventually result in an obvious change of resistance upon ethanol exposure. This study not only indicates the gas sensing mechanism for performance enhancement of branched nanoheterostructures, but also proposes a rational approach to design nanostructure based chemical sensors with desirable performance. PMID:27615429

  4. A novel ethanol gas sensor based on TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures

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    Wang, Yuan; Liu, Lixin; Meng, Chuanmin; Zhou, Yun; Gao, Zhao; Li, Xuhai; Cao, Xiuxia; Xu, Liang; Zhu, Wenjun

    2016-01-01

    Much greater surface-to-volume ratio of hierarchical nanostructures renders them attract considerable interest as prototypical gas sensors. In this work, a novel resistive gas sensor based on TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures is fabricated by a facile one-step synthetic process and the ethanol sensing performance of this device is characterized systematically, which shows faster response/recovery behavior, better selectivity, and higher sensitivity of about 9 times as compared to the pure TiO2 nanofibers. The enhanced sensitivity of the TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 branched nanoheterostructures should be attributed to the extraordinary branched hierarchical structures and TiO2/Ag0.35V2O5 heterojunctions, which can eventually result in an obvious change of resistance upon ethanol exposure. This study not only indicates the gas sensing mechanism for performance enhancement of branched nanoheterostructures, but also proposes a rational approach to design nanostructure based chemical sensors with desirable performance. PMID:27615429

  5. Electrorheological Response of POLYANILINE-TIO2 Composite Suspensions

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    Sung, J. H.; Lee, I.; Choi, H. J.; Choi, S. B.

    As an organic/inorganic hybrid possessing advantages from the combination of their own unique properties, conducting polyaniline (PANI)-titanium dioxide (TiO2) hybrid particles were synthesized by an oxidation polymerization of aniline, and their ER characteristics were examined. Our aim was to study the ER behavior of highly potential ER-active particles using conducting polymer and TiO2 nanoparticle with relatively high dielectric constant. In addition, we also investigated its ER behavior as a function of particle fraction of TiO2 under an applied electric field. The result was interpreted in terms of the dielectric relaxation mismatch. The fast relaxation time of PANI/TiO2 hybrid was considered to enhance electrostatic force over shear force under a hydrodynamic flow, showing its improved ER performance.

  6. Different methods in TiO2 photodegradation mechanism studies: gaseous and TiO2-adsorbed phases.

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    Deveau, Pierre-Alexandre; Arsac, Fabrice; Thivel, Pierre-Xavier; Ferronato, Corinne; Delpech, Françoise; Chovelon, Jean-Marc; Kaluzny, Pascal; Monnet, Christine

    2007-06-18

    The development of photocatalysis processes offers a significant number of perspectives especially in gaseous phase depollution. It is proved that the photo-oxidizing properties of photocatalyst (TiO(2)) activated by UV plays an important role in the degradation of volatile organic compounds (VOC). Heterogeneous photocatalysis is based on the absorption of UV radiations by TiO(2). This phenomenon leads to the degradation and the oxidation of the compounds, according to a mechanism that associates the pollutant's adsorption on the photocatalyst and radical degradation reactions. The main objective of the study is the understanding of the TiO(2)-photocatalysis phenomenon including gaseous and adsorbed phase mechanisms. Results obtained with three different apparatus are compared; gaseous phases are analysed and mechanisms at the gaseous phase/photocatalyst interface are identified. This study leads to improve understanding of various mechanisms during pollutant photodegradation: adsorption of pollutants on TiO(2) first takes place, then desorption and/or photodegradation, and finally, desorption of degradation products on TiO(2). The association of analytical methods and different processes makes the determination of all parameters that affect the photocatalytic process possible. Mastering these parameters is fundamental for the design and construction of industrial size reactors that aim to purify the atmosphere.

  7. Titanium dioxide nanofibers integrated stainless steel filter for photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceutical compounds.

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    Ramasundaram, Subramaniyan; Yoo, Ha Na; Song, Kyung Guen; Lee, Jaesang; Choi, Kyoung Jin; Hong, Seok Won

    2013-08-15

    A photocatalytically active stainless steel filter (P-SSF) was prepared by integrating electrospun TiO2 nanofibers on SSF surface through a hot-press process where a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) nanofibers interlayer acted as a binder. By quantifying the photocatalytic oxidation of cimetidine under ultraviolet radiation and assessing the stability of TiO2 nanofibers integrated on the P-SSF against sonication, the optimum thickness of the TiO2 and PVDF layer was found to be 29 and 42 μm, respectively. At 10L/m(2)h flux, 40-90% of cimetidine was oxidized when the thickness of TiO2 layer increased from 10 to 29 μm; however, no further increase of cimetidine oxidation was observed as its thickness increased to 84 μm, maybe due to limited light penetration. At flux conditions of 10, 20, and 50 L/m(2) h, the oxidation efficiencies for cimetidine were found to be 89, 64, and 47%, respectively. This was attributed to reduced contact time of cimetidine within the TiO2 layer. Further, the degradation efficacy of cimetidine was stably maintained for 72 h at a flux of 10 L/m(2) h and a trans-filter pressure of 0.1-0.2 kPa. Overall, our results showed that it can potentially be employed in the treatment of effluents containing organic micropollutants. PMID:23721729

  8. A Surface Science Perspective on TiO2 Photocatalysis

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    Henderson, Michael A.

    2011-06-15

    The field of surface science provides a unique approach to understanding bulk, surface and interfacial phenomena occurring during TiO2 photochemistry and photocatalysis. This review highlights, from a surface science perspective, recent literature providing molecular-level insights into phonon-initiated events on TiO2 surfaces obtained in seven key scientific issues: (1) photon absorption, (2) charge transport and trapping, (3) electron transfer dynamics, (4) the adsorbed state, (5) mechanisms, (6) poisons and promoters, and (7) phase and form.

  9. Titanium Dioxide/Upconversion Nanoparticles/Cadmium Sulfide Nanofibers Enable Enhanced Full-Spectrum Absorption for Superior Solar Light Driven Photocatalysis.

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    Zhang, Fu; Zhang, Chuan-Ling; Wang, Wan-Ni; Cong, Huai-Ping; Qian, Hai-Sheng

    2016-06-22

    In this work, we demonstrate an electrospinning technique to fabricate TiO2 /upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs)/CdS nanofibers on large scale. In addition, the as-prepared TiO2 nanofibers are incorporated with a high population of UCNPs and CdS nanospheres; this results in Förster resonance energy-transfer configurations of the UCNPs, TiO2 , and CdS nanospheres that are in close proximity. Hence, strong fluorescent emissions for the Tm(3+) ions including the (1) G4 →(3) H6 transition are efficiently transferred to TiO2 and the CdS nanoparticles through an energy-transfer process. The as-prepared TiO2 /UCNPs/CdS nanofibers exhibit full-spectrum solar-energy absorption and enable the efficient degradation of organic dyes by fluorescence resonance energy transfer between the UCNPs and TiO2 (or CdS). The UCNPs/TiO2 /CdS nanofibers may also have enhanced energy-transfer efficiency for wide applications in solar cells, bioimaging, photodynamics, and chemotherapy.

  10. The potential use of nanosilver-decorated titanium dioxide nanofibers for toxin decomposition with antimicrobial and self-cleaning properties

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    Srisitthiratkul, Chutima; Pongsorrarith, Voraluck; Intasanta, Narupol

    2011-08-01

    While chemical and biological attacks pose risk to human health, clean air is of scientific, environmental and physiological concerns. In the present contribution, the potential use of nanosilver-decorated titanium dioxide (TiO 2) nanofibers for toxin decomposition with antimicrobial activity and self-cleaning properties was investigated. Titanium dioxide nanofibers were prepared through sol-gel reaction followed by an electrospinning process. Following the Japan Industrial Standard (JIS) protocol, decompositions of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and volatile organic compound (VOC) by the TiO 2 nanofibers suggested that these materials were capable of air treatment. To further enhance their anti-microbial activity, silver nanoparticles were decorated onto the TiO 2 nanofibers' surfaces via photoreduction of silver ion in the presence of the nanofibers suspension. Furthermore, tests of photocatalytic activity of the samples were performed by photodegrading methylene blue in water. The nanofibrous membranes prepared from these nanofibers showed superhydrophilicity under UV. Finally, the possibility of using these hybrid nanofibers in environmental and hygienic nanofiltration was proposed, where the self-cleaning characteristics was expected to be valuable in maintenance processes.

  11. Constructing hierarchical interfaces: TiO2-supported PtFe-FeOx nanowires for room temperature CO oxidation

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    Zhu, Huiyuan; Wu, Zili; Dong, Su; Veith, Gabriel M.; Lu, Hanfeng; Zhang, Pengfei; Chai, Song -Hai; Dai, Sheng

    2015-08-05

    This is a report of a facile approach to constructing catalytic active hierarchical interfaces in one-dimensional (1D) nanostructure, exemplified by the synthesis of TiO2-supported PtFe–FeOx nanowires (NWs). The hierarchical interface, constituting atomic level interactions between PtFe and FeOx within each NW and the interactions between NWs and support (TiO2), enables CO oxidation with 100% conversion at room temperature. We identify the role of the two interfaces by probing the CO oxidation reaction with isotopic labeling experiments. Both the oxygen atoms (Os) in FeOx and TiO2 participate in the initial CO oxidation, facilitating the reaction through a redox pathway. Moreover, themore » intact 1D structure leads to the high stability of the catalyst. After 30 h in the reaction stream, the PtFe–FeOx/TiO2 catalyst exhibits no activity decay. These results provide a general approach and new insights into the construction of hierarchical interfaces for advanced catalysis.« less

  12. The role of surface modification for TiO2 nanoparticles in cancer cells.

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    Xie, Jin; Pan, Xiaobo; Wang, Mengyan; Ma, Jiong; Fei, Yiyan; Wang, Pei-Nan; Mi, Lan

    2016-07-01

    Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) have a potential in the field of biological application. However, its poor dispersibility in water hampered its applications. In this study, 3-phosphonopropionic acid and 3-aminopropyl-triethoxysilane were respectively used for surface modification on TiO2 NPs with negative and positive surface charges (denoted as TiO2-COOH and TiO2-NH2). Zeta potentials of the prepared samples with high absolute value demonstrate the great improvement in their dispersibility. In terms of viability experiment, both TiO2-COOH and TiO2-NH2 showed low cytotoxicity. The cellular uptake efficiency and the uptake pathways of TiO2-COOH and TiO2-NH2 for cancer cells were studied. The exocytosis of TiO2-NH2 was also observed in the experiment. PMID:27003465

  13. Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue under UV Light Irradiation on Prepared Carbonaceous TiO2

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    Che Ramli, Zatil Amali; Asim, Nilofar; Isahak, Wan N. R. W.; Emdadi, Zeynab; Ahmad-Ludin, Norasikin; Yarmo, M. Ambar; Sopian, K.

    2014-01-01

    This study involves the investigation of altering the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 using composite materials. Three different forms of modified TiO2, namely, TiO2/activated carbon (AC), TiO2/carbon (C), and TiO2/PANi, were compared. The TiO2/carbon composite was obtained by pyrolysis of TiO2/PANi prepared by in situ polymerization method, while the TiO2/activated carbon (TiO2/AC) was obtained after treating TiO2/carbon with 1.0 M KOH solution, followed by calcination at a temperature of 450°C. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TG-DTA), Brunauer-Emmet-Teller (BET), and UV-Vis spectroscopy were used to characterize and evaluate the prepared samples. The specific surface area was determined to be in the following order: TiO2/AC > TiO2/C > TiO2/PANi > TiO2 (179 > 134 > 54 > 9 m2 g−1). The evaluation of photocatalytic performance for the degradation of methylene blue under UV light irradiation was also of the same order, with 98 > 84.7 > 69% conversion rate, which is likely to be attributed to the porosity and synergistic effect in the prepared samples. PMID:25013855

  14. Three-Dimensional Branched TiO2 Architectures in Controllable Bloom for Advanced Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Wang, Shaofu; Qu, Dandan; Jiang, Yun; Xiong, Wan-Sheng; Sang, Hong-Qian; He, Rong-Xiang; Tai, Qidong; Chen, Bolei; Liu, Yumin; Zhao, Xing-Zhong

    2016-08-10

    Three-dimensional branched TiO2 architectures (3D BTA) with controllable morphologies were synthesized via a facile template-free one-pot solvothermal route. The volume ratio of deionized water (DI water) and diethylene glycol in solvothermal process is key to the formation of 3D BTA assembled by nanowire-coated TiO2 dendrites, which combines the advantages of 3D hierarchical structure and 1D nanoscale building blocks. Benefiting from such unique structural features, the BTA in full bloom achieved significantly increased specific surface areas and shortened Li(+) ion/electrons diffusion pathway. The lithium-ion batteries based on BTA in full bloom exhibited remarkably enhanced reversible specific capacity and rate performance, attributing to the high contact area with the electrolyte and the short solid state diffusion pathway for Li(+) ion/electrons promoting lithium insertion and extraction. PMID:27420343

  15. Electrochemical characterization of TiO2/WOx nanotubes for photocatalytic application

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    2014-01-01

    TiO2/WOx nanotubes have unique photo-energy retention properties that have gathered scientific interest. Herein, we report the synthesis, morphological characterization, and the electrochemical characterization of TiO2/WOx nanotubes compared with pure TiO2 nanotubes, prepared by anodization technique. Significant structural differences were not observed in TiO2/WOx nanotubes as observed by using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The charge transfer resistance of TiO2/WOx before and after photo irradiation determined by using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy proves the inherent energy retention property which was not observed in pure TiO2 nanotubes. PMID:25346647

  16. Nano TiO2 Composite PVDF Polymer Electrolyte

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    Chiang, Chin-Yeh; Chu, Peter P.

    2002-12-01

    Physical and transport properties of lithium ion conducting polymer electrolyte formed by dispersing nanoscale particles and tubes of TiO2 into poly (vinyl dine fluoride) (PVDF) - lithium salt complexes are discussed. The composite in polymer is enhancing the interfacial interaction, ionic conductivity and mechanical strength due to the high surface area of the particle and the tube. DSC studies elucidate that both the crystallinity and melting temperatures of PVDF are decreased with increasing salt content. Blending with TiO2 particles also decreases melting temperature and crystallinity of PVDF, however nano-tube TiO2 shows even more dramatic effects compared to the particles in reducing PVDF crystallinity and the melting temperature. Even with the improved miscibility and higher salt dissociation, the ionic conductivities is reduced for the TiO2 nano particle composite, but increased about 20 fold in the nano-tube composite. The discrepancies are related to the difference of morphology as evidence from SEM micrograph.

  17. Doping of TiO2 for sensitized solar cells.

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    Roose, Bart; Pathak, Sandeep; Steiner, Ullrich

    2015-11-21

    This review gives a detailed summary and evaluation of the use of TiO2 doping to improve the performance of dye sensitized solar cells. Doping has a major effect on the band structure and trap states of TiO2, which in turn affect important properties such as the conduction band energy, charge transport, recombination and collection. The defect states of TiO2 are highly dependent on the synthesis method and thus the effect of doping may vary for different synthesis techniques, making it difficult to compare the suitability of different dopants. High-throughput methods may be employed to achieve a rough prediction on the suitability of dopants for a specific synthesis method. It was however found that nearly every employed dopant can be used to increase device performance, indicating that the improvement is not so much caused by the dopant itself, as by the defects it eliminates from TiO2. Furthermore, with the field shifting from dye sensitized solar cells to perovskite solar cells, the role doping can play to further advance this emerging field is also discussed.

  18. ALMA observations of TiO2 around VY CMa

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    De Beck, Elvire; Vlemmings, Wouter; Muller, Sébastien; Black, John H.; O'Gorman, Eamon; Richards, Anita M. S.; Baudry, Alain; Maercker, Matthias; Decin, Leen; Humphreys, Elizabeth M.

    2016-07-01

    Titanium dioxide, TiO2, is a refractory species that could play a crucial role in the dust-condensation sequence around oxygen-rich evolved stars. We present and discuss the detections of 15 emission lines of TiO2 with ALMA in the complex environment of the red supergiant VY CMa. The observations reveal a highly clumpy, anisotropic outflow in which the TiO2 emission likely traces gas exposed to the stellar radiation field. We find evidence for a roughly east-west oriented, accelerating bipolar-like structure, of which the blue component runs into and breaks up around a solid continuum component. We see a distinct tail to the south-west for some transitions, consistent with features seen in the optical and near-infrared. We find that a significant fraction of TiO2 remains in the gas phase outside the dust-formation zone and suggest that this species might play only a minor role in the dust-condensation process around extreme oxygen-rich evolved stars like VY CMa.

  19. Protein Corona Prevents TiO2 Phototoxicity

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    Garvas, Maja; Testen, Anze; Umek, Polona; Gloter, Alexandre; Koklic, Tilen; Strancar, Janez

    2015-01-01

    Background & Aim TiO2 nanoparticles have generally low toxicity in the in vitro systems although some toxicity is expected to originate in the TiO2-associated photo-generated radical production, which can however be modulated by the radical trapping ability of the serum proteins. To explore the role of serum proteins in the phototoxicity of the TiO2 nanoparticles we measure viability of the exposed cells depending on the nanoparticle and serum protein concentrations. Methods & Results Fluorescence and spin trapping EPR spectroscopy reveal that the ratio between the nanoparticle and protein concentrations determines the amount of the nanoparticles’ surface which is not covered by the serum proteins and is proportional to the amount of photo-induced radicals. Phototoxicity thus becomes substantial only at the protein concentration being too low to completely coat the nanotubes’ surface. Conclusion These results imply that TiO2 nanoparticles should be applied with ligands such as proteins when phototoxic effects are not desired - for example in cosmetics industry. On the other hand, the nanoparticles should be used in serum free medium or any other ligand free medium, when phototoxic effects are desired – as for efficient photodynamic cancer therapy. PMID:26083725

  20. Photocatalytic bacterial inactivation by TiO2-coated surfaces.

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    Bonetta, Silvia; Bonetta, Sara; Motta, Francesca; Strini, Alberto; Carraro, Elisabetta

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was the evaluation of the photoactivated antibacterial activity of titanium dioxide (TiO2)-coated surfaces. Bacterial inactivation was evaluated using TiO2-coated Petri dishes. The experimental conditions optimized with Petri dishes were used to test the antibacterial effect of TiO2-coated ceramic tiles. The best antibacterial effect with Petri dishes was observed at 180, 60, 30 and 20 min of exposure for Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas putida and Listeria innocua, respectively. The ceramic tiles demonstrated a photoactivated bactericidal effect at the same exposure time. In general, no differences were observed between the antibacterial effect obtained with Petri dishes and tiles. However, the photochemical activity of Petri dishes was greater than the activity of the tiles.Results obtained indicates that the TiO2-coated surfaces showed a photoactivated bactericidal effect with all bacteria tested highlighting that the titania could be used in the ceramic and building industry for the production of coated surfaces to be placed in microbiologically sensitive environments, such as the hospital and food industry.

  1. Exploring doxorubicin localization in eluting TiO2 nanotube arrays through fluorescence correlation spectroscopy analysis.

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    De Santo, Ilaria; Sanguigno, Luigi; Causa, Filippo; Monetta, Tullio; Netti, Paolo A

    2012-11-01

    Drug elution properties of TiO(2) nanotube arrays have been largely investigated by means of solely macroscopic observations. Controversial elution performances have been reported so far and a clear comprehension of these phenomena is still missing as a consequence of a lack of molecular investigation methods. Here we propose a way to discern drug elution properties of nanotubes through the evaluation of drug localization by Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy (FCS) analysis. We verified this method upon doxorubicin elution from differently loaded TiO(2) nanotubes. Diverse elution profiles were obtained from nanotubes filled by soaking and wet vacuum impregnation methods. Impregnated nanotubes controlled drug diffusion up to thirty days, while soaked samples completed elution in seven days. FCS analysis of doxorubicin motion in loaded nanotubes clarified that more than 90% of drugs dwell preferentially in inter-nanotube spaces in soaked samples due to decorrelation in a 2D fashion, while a 97% fraction of molecules showed 1D mobility ascribable to displacements along the nanotube vertical axis of wet vacuum impregnated nanotubes. The diverse drug localizations inferred from FCS measurements, together with distinct drug-surface interaction strengths resulting from diverse drug filling techniques, could explain the variability in elution kinetics.

  2. Rational tailoring of ZnSnO3/TiO2 heterojunctions with bioinspired surface wettability for high-performance humidity nanosensors

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    Zhang, Zhenyi; Huang, Jindou; Dong, Bin; Yuan, Qing; He, Yangyang; Wolfbeis, Otto S.

    2015-02-01

    We developed a novel kind of branched heterostructure by hydrothermal growth of ZnSnO3 nanostructures on TiO2 electrospun nanofibers, and demonstrated its enhanced ability to sense humidity through a sequential cactus-inspired tailoring of the ZnSnO3 nanostructures. Combining these results with first-principles calculations, it is deduced that the concentration of water molecules adsorbed on the ZnSnO3/TiO2 heterojunction surface can be increased by reducing the surface potential barrier. Meanwhile, the bioinspired ZnSnO3 nanoneedles, which form branches on the heterostructures, can further boost their adsorption abilities for water molecules via a water collection process. The adsorbed water molecules on the tips of the ZnSnO3 nanoneedles desorb easily in a low-humidity environment due to the small area of the tips (1.5-2.5 nm). Thus, the optimal ZnSnO3/TiO2 heterostructure exhibits response and recovery times of ~2.5 s and ~3 s, respectively. Its good sensitivity may enable it to detect tiny fluctuations in moisture and relative humidity that may surround any high-precision instrument.We developed a novel kind of branched heterostructure by hydrothermal growth of ZnSnO3 nanostructures on TiO2 electrospun nanofibers, and demonstrated its enhanced ability to sense humidity through a sequential cactus-inspired tailoring of the ZnSnO3 nanostructures. Combining these results with first-principles calculations, it is deduced that the concentration of water molecules adsorbed on the ZnSnO3/TiO2 heterojunction surface can be increased by reducing the surface potential barrier. Meanwhile, the bioinspired ZnSnO3 nanoneedles, which form branches on the heterostructures, can further boost their adsorption abilities for water molecules via a water collection process. The adsorbed water molecules on the tips of the ZnSnO3 nanoneedles desorb easily in a low-humidity environment due to the small area of the tips (1.5-2.5 nm). Thus, the optimal ZnSnO3/TiO2 heterostructure

  3. Fate of pristine TiO2 nanoparticles and aged paint-containing TiO2 nanoparticles in lettuce crop after foliar exposure.

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    Larue, Camille; Castillo-Michel, Hiram; Sobanska, Sophie; Trcera, Nicolas; Sorieul, Stéphanie; Cécillon, Lauric; Ouerdane, Laurent; Legros, Samuel; Sarret, Géraldine

    2014-05-30

    Engineered TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) are present in a large variety of consumer products, and are produced in largest amount. The building industry is a major sector using TiO2-NPs, especially in paints. The fate of NPs after their release in the environment is still largely unknown, and their possible transfer in plants and subsequent impacts have not been studied in detail. The foliar transfer pathway is even less understood than the root pathway. In this study, lettuces were exposed to pristine TiO2-NPs and aged paint leachate containing TiO2-NPs and microparticles (TiO2-MPs). Internalization and in situ speciation of Ti were investigated by a combination of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. Not only TiO2-NPs pristine and from aged paints, but also TiO2-MPs were internalized in lettuce leaves, and observed in all types of tissues. No change in speciation was noticed, but an organic coating of TiO2-NPs is likely. Phytotoxicity markers were tested for plants exposed to pristine TiO2-NPs. No acute phytotoxicity was observed; variations were only observed in glutathione and phytochelatin levels but remained low as compared to typical values. These results obtained on the foliar uptake mechanisms of nano- and microparticles are important in the perspective of risk assessment of atmospheric contaminations. PMID:24709478

  4. Fate of pristine TiO2 nanoparticles and aged paint-containing TiO2 nanoparticles in lettuce crop after foliar exposure.

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    Larue, Camille; Castillo-Michel, Hiram; Sobanska, Sophie; Trcera, Nicolas; Sorieul, Stéphanie; Cécillon, Lauric; Ouerdane, Laurent; Legros, Samuel; Sarret, Géraldine

    2014-05-30

    Engineered TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) are present in a large variety of consumer products, and are produced in largest amount. The building industry is a major sector using TiO2-NPs, especially in paints. The fate of NPs after their release in the environment is still largely unknown, and their possible transfer in plants and subsequent impacts have not been studied in detail. The foliar transfer pathway is even less understood than the root pathway. In this study, lettuces were exposed to pristine TiO2-NPs and aged paint leachate containing TiO2-NPs and microparticles (TiO2-MPs). Internalization and in situ speciation of Ti were investigated by a combination of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. Not only TiO2-NPs pristine and from aged paints, but also TiO2-MPs were internalized in lettuce leaves, and observed in all types of tissues. No change in speciation was noticed, but an organic coating of TiO2-NPs is likely. Phytotoxicity markers were tested for plants exposed to pristine TiO2-NPs. No acute phytotoxicity was observed; variations were only observed in glutathione and phytochelatin levels but remained low as compared to typical values. These results obtained on the foliar uptake mechanisms of nano- and microparticles are important in the perspective of risk assessment of atmospheric contaminations.

  5. The Spectrophotometric Features of Lunar Mare Regions with Higher Content of TIO2

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    Busarev, V. V.

    1988-03-01

    The author investigates spectrophotometrically 8 lunar mare regions with higher content of TiO2. The spectral features attributed to TiO2 and ilmenite in the reflectance spectra of these regions are described.

  6. TiO2 anode materials for lithium-ion batteries with different morphology and additives

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    Liu, Xiang; Ng, Yip Hang; Leung, Yu Hang; Liu, Fangzhou; Djurišic, Aleksandra B.; Xie, Mao Hai; Chan, Wai Kin

    2014-03-01

    Electrochemical performances of different TiO2 nanostructures, TiO2/CNT composite and TiO2 with titanium isopropoxide (TTIP) treatment anode were investigated. For different TiO2 nanostructures, we investigated vertically aligned TiO2 nanotubes on Ti foil and TiO2 nanotube-powders fabricated by rapid breakdown anodization technique. The morphology of the prepared samples was characterized by scanning probe microscopy (SEM). The electrochemical lithium storage abilities were studied by galvanostatic method. In addition, carbon nanotubes (CNT) additives and solution treatment process of TiO2 anode were investigated, and the results show that the additives and treatment could enhance the cycling performance of the TiO2 anode on lithium ion batteries.

  7. Robust superamphiphobic film from electrospun TiO2 nanostructures.

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    Ganesh, V Anand; Dinachali, Saman Safari; Nair, A Sreekumaran; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2013-03-13

    Rice-shaped TiO2 nanostructures are fabricated by electrospinning for creating a robust superamphiphobic coating on glass substrates. The as-fabricated TiO2 nanostructures (sintered at 500 °C) are superhydrophilic in nature which upon silanization turn into superamphiphobic surface with surface contact angle (SCA) values achieved using water (surface tension, γ = 72.1 mN/m) and hexadecane (surface tension, γ = 27.5 mN/m) being 166° and 138.5°, respectively. The contact angle hysteresis for the droplet of water and hexadecane are measured to be 2 and 12°, respectively. Thus, we have successfully fabricated superior self-cleaning coatings that possess exceptional superamphiphobic property by employing a simple, cost-effective, and scalable technique called electrospinning. Furthermore, the coating showed good mechanical and thermal stability with strong adherence to glass surface, thus revealing the potential for real applications.

  8. Electrokinetic behaviour of porous TiO2-coated implants.

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    Lorenzetti, Martina; Luxbacher, Thomas; Kobe, Spomenka; Novak, Saša

    2015-06-01

    It is known that the "race for the surface" determining the in vivo response is strictly connected to the physico-chemical properties of the material, especially at its surface. Accordingly, the study of surface roughness, charge and wettability is fundamental to predict the bio-response to the implant. In this work, streaming potential was chosen as a reliable method to quantify the solid surface charge of hydrothermally treated (HT) TiO2-anatase nano-crystalline coatings, grown on titanium substrates. The influence of metal and ionic conductance on the zeta potential values was taken into account, allowing for the correlation of the surface charge with the coating porosity, the semiconductor character of the TiO2 nano-crystals and the metallic nature of the bulk titanium.

  9. Photocatalytic antibacterial performance of TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 against S. aureus. P. aeruginosa and E. coli.

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    Gupta, Kiran; Singh, R P; Pandey, Ashutosh; Pandey, Anjana

    2013-01-01

    This paper reports the structural and optical properties and comparative photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles against different bacterial strains under visible-light irradiation. The TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 photocatalysts were synthesized by acid catalyzed sol-gel technique and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL). The XRD pattern revealed that the annealed sample of TiO2 has both anatase and rutile phases while only an anatase phase was found in Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles. The decreased band-gap energy of Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles in comparison to TiO2 nanoparticles was investigated by UV-vis spectroscopy. The rate of recombination and transfer behaviour of the photoexcited electron-hole pairs in the semiconductors was recorded by photoluminescence. The antimicrobial activity of TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles (3% and 7%) was investigated against both gram positive (Staphylococcus aureus) and gram negative (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli) bacteria. As a result, the viability of all three microorganisms was reduced to zero at 60 mg/30 mL culture in the case of both (3% and 7% doping) concentrations of Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles. Annealed TiO2 showed zero viability at 80 mg/30 mL whereas doped Ag-TiO2 7% showed zero viability at 40 mg/30 mL culture in the case of P. aeruginosa only.

  10. Spectroscopic investigation of PVA-TIO2 membranes gamma irradiated

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    Todica, Mihai; Udrescu, Luciana; Damian, Grigore; Astilean, Simion

    2013-07-01

    The modifications of the PVA-TiO2 membranes exposed to gamma radiations were investigated by ESR and XRD methods. The ESR spectra show the appearance of a strong signal associated with the breaking of the polymeric chain and the appearance of the unpaired electrons. The mechanism is influenced by the concentration of TiO2. The modification of local order of the polymeric chains after irradiation is confirmed by XRD method.

  11. Tunable polaronic conduction in anatase TiO2.

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    Moser, S; Moreschini, L; Jaćimović, J; Barišić, O S; Berger, H; Magrez, A; Chang, Y J; Kim, K S; Bostwick, A; Rotenberg, E; Forró, L; Grioni, M

    2013-05-10

    Oxygen vacancies created in anatase TiO(2) by UV photons (80-130 eV) provide an effective electron-doping mechanism and induce a hitherto unobserved dispersive metallic state. Angle resolved photoemission reveals that the quasiparticles are large polarons. These results indicate that anatase can be tuned from an insulator to a polaron gas to a weakly correlated metal as a function of doping and clarify the nature of conductivity in this material. PMID:23705725

  12. Tunable Polaronic Conduction in Anatase TiO2

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    Moser, S.; Moreschini, L.; Jaćimović, J.; Barišić, O. S.; Berger, H.; Magrez, A.; Chang, Y. J.; Kim, K. S.; Bostwick, A.; Rotenberg, E.; Forró, L.; Grioni, M.

    2013-05-01

    Oxygen vacancies created in anatase TiO2 by UV photons (80-130 eV) provide an effective electron-doping mechanism and induce a hitherto unobserved dispersive metallic state. Angle resolved photoemission reveals that the quasiparticles are large polarons. These results indicate that anatase can be tuned from an insulator to a polaron gas to a weakly correlated metal as a function of doping and clarify the nature of conductivity in this material.

  13. Synthesis of TiO2 and TiO2-Pt and their application in photocatalytic degradation of humic acid.

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    Chen, Wenzhao; Ran, Xianqiang; Jiang, Xu; Min, Hongyang; Li, Dandan; Zou, Liyin; Fan, Jianwei; Li, Guangming

    2014-01-01

    The deposit of noble metal on titanium dioxide (TiO2) has been considered as an effective strategy to improve the activity of TiO2. In this study, TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared using a sol-gel route followed by heat treatment at elevated temperatures (573 K, 773 K, and 973 K). TiO2-Pt catalyst (1 wt%) was prepared by depositing Pt on the surface of the prepared TiO2 nanoparticles. TiO2 and TiO2-Pt were used as heterogeneous catalysts to remove humic acid with UV-light (120 W) illumination. TiO2 prepared at low temperature with smaller particle size and larger specific surface area had stronger activity on humic acid degradation. Deposit of Pt would favor separation of photogenerated charges and enhance the photocatalyst activity, but its coating of the active site also inhibited degradation of humic acid. The addition of H202 enhanced degradation of humic acid for more active oxygen produced. Low pH (pH = 4) was helpful to adsorb humic acid on the surface of TiO2 and, correspondingly, enhance degradation of humic acid (44.4%).

  14. TiO2 nanowire and TiO2 nanowire doped Ag-PVP nanocomposite for antimicrobial and self-cleaning cotton textile.

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    Hebeish, A A; Abdelhady, M M; Youssef, A M

    2013-01-16

    The TiO(2) nanowire (TiO(2) Nw) was successfully prepared via hydrothermal method through TiO(2) nanoparticle (TiO(2) Np). TiO(2) Np doped silver and TiO(2) Nw doped silver were prepared via photo-reducing Ag(+) ions to Ag metal on the TiO(2) Np or TiO(2) Nw surfaces. The prepared nanomaterials were evaluated using X-ray (XRD) diffraction pattern, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Bleached untreated cotton fabric and PVP treated cotton fabrics were coated with the synthesized nanomaterials using pad-dry-cure method. Photocatalytic activity of untreated and coated cotton fabrics with TiO(2) nanomaterials was investigated through the fabric self cleaning of MB dye stains. Also, the PVP finished cotton fabric modified by nanomaterials demonstrated antimicrobial activity against Gram positive bacteria, Gram negative bacteria and fungi. The mechanical properties of coated cotton fabric (tear strength, surface roughness, tensile strength and elongation at break) were examined.

  15. TiO2-polymer composites for biomedical applications.

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    Peña, J; Vallet-Regí, M; San Román, J

    1997-04-01

    Composite hydrogels of poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly-(methyl metacrylate) (PMMA) reinforced with a bioceramic, TiO2, have been prepared by reactive moulding from a mixture of the bioceramic with PMMA beads and acrylic acid. Cylindrical specimens with various TiO2-polymer compositions, but a constant 3:1 PAA/PMMA ratio were obtained, and their corresponding swelling behavior was followed at pH = 7.0 and pH = 8.0 in buffered solution at 37 degrees C. The composition and structure of the composites prepared was studied by thermogravimetry, 1H-NMR spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The composites prepared present a considerable consistency, even in hydrated media, since their swelling behavior is rather sensitive to the pH of the media. Specific polar interactions of the carboxylic groups of the hydrophilic polymer component PAA with the surface of TiO2 particles, modulate the behavior of the composites against the hydration processes at different pH.

  16. Photocatalytic cleavage of single TiO2/DNA nanoconjugates.

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    Tachikawa, Takashi; Asanoi, Yoshiaki; Kawai, Kiyohiko; Tojo, Sachiko; Sugimoto, Akira; Fujitsuka, Mamoru; Majima, Tetsuro

    2008-01-01

    TiO(2)/DNA nanoconjugates were successfully fabricated by using the catechol moiety as a binding functional group, which was confirmed by steady-state absorption and fluorescence spectroscopies. Upon UV irradiation, the photocatalytic cleavage of the TiO(2)/DNA nanoconjugates was observed at the single-molecule level by using wide-field fluorescence microscopy. The decrease in the number of conjugates, which was estimated from the luminescent spots due to semiconductor quantum dots modified at the DNA strand, was significantly inhibited by a single A/C mismatch in the DNA sequences. This result strongly suggests that the migration of holes, which are injected from the photoexcited TiO(2) into the DNA, through the DNA bases plays an important role in the photocatalytic cleavage of the conjugates. The influences of the photogenerated reactive oxygen species (ROS) on the cleavage efficiency were also examined. According to the experimental results, it was concluded that oxidation of the catechol moiety and/or the DNA damage are key reactions in this process.

  17. Raman spectroscopy of ball-milled TiO 2

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    Gajović, A.; Stubičar, M.; Ivanda, M.; Furić, K.

    2001-05-01

    Raman spectroscopy was applied to study structural and dimensional changes during high-energy ball milling of TiO 2 anatase. Milling was performed for up to 10 h using two different sets of grinding tools (wolfram carbide (WC) and agate). The diminution of the TiO 2 particle to nanometric size was monitoring by low-frequency Raman spectroscopy. The nanometric sizes were confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). After short milling time by WC the bands of high-pressure TiO 2 II phase (α-PbO 2 structure) were detected in Raman spectrum. Prolonged milling time was needed for transformation to rutil. When milling was performed by agate, the time necessary for both phase transitions was longer, presumably because of lower ball-to-powder weight ratio. The low-frequency Raman band of the prolonged milled samples was broad, which suggests the wide dispersion in nano-particle dimensions. The position of the low-frequency band in longer-milled samples indicated dimensions smaller than 20 nm, since the diameter of the particle is inversely proportional to the low-frequency mode of the spherical particles. These results were in agreement with the TEM results.

  18. Transparent Nano-Crystalline TiO2 films

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

    2011-10-01

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

  19. Optofluidic microreactors with TiO2-coated fiberglass.

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    Li, Lin; Chen, Rong; Zhu, Xun; Wang, Hong; Wang, Yongzhong; Liao, Qiang; Wang, Dongye

    2013-12-11

    Optofluidic microreactors are promising prospects for photocatalytic reactions. However, because the flow type in conventional designs is typically laminar, the mass transport mainly relies on diffusion, and thus the rate of mass transport is limited. Accordingly, poor mass transport reduces the photocatalytic reaction rate. To alleviate the limitation of mass transport, in this work, we proposed a novel optofluidic microreactor with TiO2-coated fiberglasses immersed in the microreaction chamber. Such a design enables enhanced mass transport by shortening the transport length and inducing the perturbation to liquid flow so as to improve the performance. We demonstrated the feasibility of the optofluidic microreactor with the TiO2-coated fiberglass by the photocatalytic water treatment of methylene blue under UV irradiation. Results showed that the proposed optofluidic microreactor yielded much higher degradation efficiency than did the conventional optofluidic microreactor as a result of enhanced mass transport. The microreactor with the TiO2-coated fiberglass showed a 2-3-fold improvement in the reaction rate constant as opposed to conventional ones. The maximal increment of the degradation efficiency can reach more than 40%. PMID:24262010

  20. BIOLOGICAL RESPONSE TO NANO-SCALE TIO2: ROLE OF PARTICLE DOSE, SHAPE AND RETENTION

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    Silva, Rona M.; TeeSy, Christel; Franzi, Lisa; Weir, Alex; Westerhoff, Paul; Evans, James E.; Pinkerton, Kent E.

    2015-01-01

    TiO2 is one of the most widely used nanomaterials, valued for its highly refractive, photocatalytic and pigmenting properties. TiO2 is also classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a possible human carcinogen. The objectives of this study were to establish a lowest observed effect level (LOEL) for nano-scale TiO2, determine TiO2 uptake in the lungs, and estimate toxicity based on physico-chemical properties and retention in the lungs. In vivo lung toxicity of nano-scale TiO2 using varying forms of well-characterized, highly-dispersed TiO2 was assessed. Anatase/rutile P25 spheres (TiO2-P25), pure anatase spheres (TiO2-A), and anatase nanobelts (TiO2-NB) were tested. To determine the effects of dose and particle characteristics, male Sprague-Dawley rats were given TiO2 (0, 20, 70, or 200 µg) via intratracheal instillation. Broncho-alveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and lung tissue were obtained for analysis 1 and 7 days post exposure. Despite abundant TiO2 inclusions in all exposed animals, only TiO2-NB elicited any significant degree of inflammation seen in BALF at the 1-day time-point. This inflammation resolved by 7 days; although, TiO2 particles had not cleared from alveolar macrophages recovered from the lung. Histological examination showed TiO2-NB caused cellular changes at day 1 which were still evident at day 7. We conclude TiO2-NB is the most inflammatory with a lowest observable effect level of 200 µg at 1 day post instillation. PMID:24156719

  1. Photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B by anchored TiO2 nanowires.

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    Wang, Chih-Chieh; Yu, Chung-Yi; Kei, Chi-Chung; Perng, Tsong-Pyng

    2011-01-01

    Rutile TiO2 nanowires anchored on silica were fabricated by annealing TiO2 nanoparticles dispersed on silicon or quartz substrate by means of a polystyrene nanosphere monolayer template at 1000 degrees C for 1 h without any catalyst. The diameter and length of the nanowires were 30-80 nm and 1-3 microm, respectively. The growth direction of the nanowires is [112]. The photocatalytic activities of TiO2 nanoparticles and anchored nanowires were evaluated. TiO2 nanowires had higher photocatalytic activity for rhodamine B than TiO2 nanoparticles.

  2. 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.

  3. Reaction pathways of dimethyl phthalate degradation in TiO2-UV-O2 and TiO2-UV-Fe(VI) systems.

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    Yuan, Bao-ling; Li, Xiang-zhong; Graham, Nigel

    2008-05-01

    The photocatalytic degradation of dimethyl phthalate (DMP) in aqueous TiO2 suspension under UV illumination has been investigated using oxygen (O2) and ferrate (Fe(VI)) as electron acceptors. The experiments demonstrated that Fe(VI) was a more effective electron acceptor than O2 for scavenging the conduction band electrons from the surface of the catalyst. Some major intermediate products from DMP degradation were identified by HPLC and GC/MS analyses. The analytical results identified dimethyl 3-hydroxyphthalate and dimethyl 2-hydroxyphthalate as the two main intermediate products from the DMP degradation in the TiO2-UV-O2 system, while in contrast phthalic acid was found to be the main intermediate product in the TiO2-UV-Fe(VI) system. These findings indicate that DMP degradation in the TiO2-UV-O2 and TiO2-UV-Fe(VI) systems followed different reaction pathways. An electron spin resonance analysis confirmed that hydroxyl radicals existed in the TiO2-UV-O2 reaction system and an unknown radical species (most likely an iron-oxo species) is suspected to exist in the TiO2-UV-Fe(VI) reaction system. Two pathway schemes of DMP degradation in the TiO2-UV-O2 and TiO2-UV-Fe(VI) reaction systems are proposed. It is believed that the radicals formed in the TiO2-UV-O2 reaction system preferably attack the aromatic ring of the DMP, while in contrast the radicals formed in the TiO2-UV-Fe(VI) reaction systems attack the alkyl chain of DMP.

  4. 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

  5. Study of TiO2 nanotubes as an implant application

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

    2016-01-01

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

  6. Biodistribution and Clearance of TiO2 Nanoparticles in Rats after Intravenous Injection

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    Elgrabli, Dan; Beaudouin, Remy; Jbilou, Nawel; Floriani, Magali; Pery, Alexandre; Rogerieux, Françoise; Lacroix, Ghislaine

    2015-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles are used in many applications. Due to their small size, easy body penetration and toxicological adverse effects have been suspected. Numerous studies have tried to characterize TiO2 translocation after oral, dermal or respiratory exposure. In this study, we focused on TiO2 nanoparticle biodistribution, clearance and toxicological effects after intravenous injection, considering TiO2 translocation in the blood occurs. Using ICP-OES, transmission electron microscopy, and histological methods, we found TiO2 accumulation in liver, lungs and spleen. We estimated TiO2 nanoparticles’ half life in the body to about 10 days. Clinical biomarkers were also quantified for 56 days to identify potential toxicological impact on lungs, blood, liver, spleen and kidneys. Results showed absence of toxicological effects after TiO2 intravenous injection at concentrations of 7.7 to 9.4 mg/kg. PMID:25909957

  7. Electrospinning of nanofibers for filtration media

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    Park, Hyoungjun

    Since particulate impurity is regarded as the primary cause of lung diseases, purification of air has been a crucial issue. Filtration is the most conventional method to obtain clean air, whereby particulate matter is collected on a fibrous media. The use of fibrous filters is prevalent because of their high filtration efficiency and low pressure drop. Fibrous filters were fabricated via the electrospinning process which can be used to produce continuous submicron-diameter sized fibers. Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers with a mean fiber diameter of 224 nm were electrospun to form fibermats. Filtration tests on fibermats of PAN were conducted to confirm that filters of thinner fibers result in higher collection efficiencies and lower pressure drops than that of thicker fibers as predicted by the theoretical filtration mechanism. Results showed that electrospun PAN nanofibermats had a superior quality factor of 0.067+/-0 compared to 0.031+/-0.001 by the current state-of-the-art microfiber-based high particulate air (HEPA) filtration media. The verified theory implies that nanofibermats of other types of materials could also be considered as promising filtration media since filtration performance is independent of the material used. As materials for advanced next-generation filtration media, ceramics are favored over polymeric materials due to their robustness against environmental factors such as ultraviolet rays, abrasive particles, and high temperature all of which degrade and damage the fibrous structure. Amidst various ceramic materials, the anatase phase of TiO2 was selected due to its mechanical property and versatility as a photocatalyst and microwave-absorbing material. Anatase TiO2 fibers were fabricated by electrospinning followed by heat treatment at 500°C for 3 hours. However, early precipitation or gelation of the organic solvent-based TiO2 sol posed a practical challenge in the sample preparation. In order to enhance stability of the precursor sol, a

  8. Bimodal TiO2 Contents of Mare Basalts at Apollo and Luna Sites and Implications for TiO2 Derived from Clementine Spectral Reflectance

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    Gillis, J. J.; Jolliff, B. L.

    2001-01-01

    A revised algorithm to estimate Ti contents of mare regions centered on Apollo and Luna sites shows a bimodal distribution, consistent with mare-basalt sample data. A global TiO2 map shows abundant intermediate TiO2 basalts in western Procellarum. Additional information is contained in the original extended abstract.

  9. 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

  10. Visible light catalysis of rhodamine B using nanostructured Fe(2)O(3), TiO(2) and TiO(2)/Fe(2)O(3) thin films.

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    Mahadik, M A; Shinde, S S; Mohite, V S; Kumbhar, S S; Moholkar, A V; Rajpure, K Y; Ganesan, V; Nayak, J; Barman, S R; Bhosale, C H

    2014-04-01

    The Fe(2)O(3), TiO(2) and TiO(2)/Fe(2)O(3) composite films are deposited using spray pyrolysis method onto glass and FTO coated substrates. The structural, morphological, optical and photocatalytic properties of Fe(2)O(3), TiO(2) and TiO(2)/Fe(2)O(3) thin films are studied. XRD analysis confirms that films are polycrystalline with rhombohedral and tetragonal crystal structures for Fe2O3 and TiO(2) respectively. The photocatalytic activity was tested for the degradation of Rhrodamine B (Rh B) in aqueous medium. The rate constant (-k) was evaluated as a function of the initial concentration of species. Substantial reduction in concentrations of organic species was observed from COD and TOC analysis. Photocatalytic degradation effect is relatively higher in case of the TiO(2)/Fe(2)O(3) than TiO(2) and Fe(2)O(3) thin film photoelectrodes in the degradation of Rh B and 98% removal efficiency of Rh B is obtained after 20min. The photocatalytic experimental results indicate that TiO(2)/α-Fe(2)O(3) photoelectrode is promising material for removing of water pollutants.

  11. Positive role of incorporating P-25 TiO2 to mesoporous-assembled TiO2 thin films for improving photocatalytic dye degradation efficiency.

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    Sreethawong, Thammanoon; Ngamsinlapasathian, Supachai; Yoshikawa, Susumu

    2014-09-15

    In this work, a simple and effective strategy to improve the photocatalytic dye degradation efficiency of the mesoporous-assembled TiO2 nanoparticle thin films by incorporating small contents of commercial P-25 TiO2 during the thin film preparation was developed. The mesoporous-assembled TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by a sol-gel method with the aid of a mesopore-directing surfactant, followed by homogeneously mixing with P-25 TiO2 prior to the thin film coating on glass substrate. The mesoporous-assembled TiO2 film with 5 wt.% P-25 TiO2 incorporation and calcined at 400°C provided an improved photocatalytic Acid Black (AB) dye degradation efficiency. The increase in number of coated layers to the optimum four layers of the aforementioned film was found to further improve the degradation efficiency. The recyclability test of this 5 wt.% P-25 TiO2-incorporated mesoporous-assembled TiO2 film with four coated layers revealed that it can be reused for multiple cycles without a requirement of post-treatment while the degradation efficiency was retained.

  12. Enhanced Dispersion of TiO2 Nanoparticles in a TiO2/PEDOT:PSS Hybrid Nanocomposite via Plasma-Liquid Interactions

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    Liu, Yazi; Sun, Dan; Askari, Sadegh; Patel, Jenish; Macias-Montero, Manuel; Mitra, Somak; Zhang, Richao; Lin, Wen-Feng; Mariotti, Davide; Maguire, Paul

    2015-01-01

    A facile method to synthesize a TiO2/PEDOT:PSS hybrid nanocomposite material in aqueous solution through direct current (DC) plasma processing at atmospheric pressure and room temperature has been demonstrated. The dispersion of the TiO2 nanoparticles is enhanced and TiO2/polymer hybrid nanoparticles with a distinct core shell structure have been obtained. Increased electrical conductivity was observed for the plasma treated TiO2/PEDOT:PSS nanocomposite. The improvement in nanocomposite properties is due to the enhanced dispersion and stability in liquid polymer of microplasma treated TiO2 nanoparticles. Both plasma induced surface charge and nanoparticle surface termination with specific plasma chemical species are proposed to provide an enhanced barrier to nanoparticle agglomeration and promote nanoparticle-polymer binding. PMID:26497265

  13. Enhanced Dispersion of TiO2 Nanoparticles in a TiO2/PEDOT:PSS Hybrid Nanocomposite via Plasma-Liquid Interactions

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    Liu, Yazi; Sun, Dan; Askari, Sadegh; Patel, Jenish; Macias-Montero, Manuel; Mitra, Somak; Zhang, Richao; Lin, Wen-Feng; Mariotti, Davide; Maguire, Paul

    2015-10-01

    A facile method to synthesize a TiO2/PEDOT:PSS hybrid nanocomposite material in aqueous solution through direct current (DC) plasma processing at atmospheric pressure and room temperature has been demonstrated. The dispersion of the TiO2 nanoparticles is enhanced and TiO2/polymer hybrid nanoparticles with a distinct core shell structure have been obtained. Increased electrical conductivity was observed for the plasma treated TiO2/PEDOT:PSS nanocomposite. The improvement in nanocomposite properties is due to the enhanced dispersion and stability in liquid polymer of microplasma treated TiO2 nanoparticles. Both plasma induced surface charge and nanoparticle surface termination with specific plasma chemical species are proposed to provide an enhanced barrier to nanoparticle agglomeration and promote nanoparticle-polymer binding.

  14. Nanoscale TiO2 and Fe2O3 Architectures for Solar Energy Conversion Schemes

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    Sedach, Pavel Anatolyvich

    The direct conversion of sunlight into more useable forms of energy has the potential of alleviating the environmental and social problems associated with a dependence on fossil fuels. If solar energy is to be utilized en-masse, however, it must be inexpensive and widely available. In this vein, the focus of this thesis is on nanostructured materials relevant to solar energy conversion and storage. Specifically, this thesis describes the ambient sol-gel synthesis of titanium dioxide (Ti02) nanowires designed for enhanced charge-transfer in solar collection devices, and the synthesis of novel disordered metal-oxide (MOx) catalysts for water oxidation. The introductory chapter of this thesis gives an overview of the various approaches to solar energy conversion. Sol---gel reaction conditions that enable the growth of one-dimensional (1-D) anatase TiO2 nanostructures from fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) for photovoltaics (PVs) are described in the second chapter. The generation of these linear nanostructures in the absence of an external bias or template is achieved by using facile experimental conditions (e.g., acetic acid (HOAc) and titanium isopropoxide (Ti(OiPr)4) in anhydrous heptane). The procedure was developed by functionalizing base-treated substrates with Ti-oxide nucleation sites that serve as a foundation for the growth of linear Ti-oxide macromolecules, which upon calcination, render uniform films of randomly oriented anatase TiO2 nanowires. A systematic evaluation of how reaction conditions (e.g., solvent volume, stoichiometry of reagents, substrate base treatment) affect the generation of these TiO 2 films is presented. A photo-organic MO. deposition route (i.e., photochemical metal-organic deposition (PMOD)) used to deposit thin-films of amorphous iron oxide (a-Fe2O3) for water oxidation catalysis is detailed in third chapter. It is shown that the irradiation of a spin-coated metal-organic film produces a film of non-crystalline a-Fe203. It is shown

  15. Epitaxial 1D electron transport layers for high-performance perovskite solar cells

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    Han, Gill Sang; Chung, Hyun Suk; Kim, Dong Hoe; Kim, Byeong Jo; Lee, Jin-Wook; Park, Nam-Gyu; Cho, In Sun; Lee, Jung-Kun; Lee, Sangwook; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2015-09-01

    We demonstrate high-performance perovskite solar cells with excellent electron transport properties using a one-dimensional (1D) electron transport layer (ETL). The 1D array-based ETL is comprised of 1D SnO2 nanowires (NWs) array grown on a F:SnO2 transparent conducting oxide substrate and rutile TiO2 nanoshells epitaxially grown on the surface of the 1D SnO2 NWs. The optimized devices show more than 95% internal quantum yield at 750 nm, and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 14.2%. The high quantum yield is attributed to dramatically enhanced electron transport in the epitaxial TiO2 layer, compared to that in conventional nanoparticle-based mesoporous TiO2 (mp-TiO2) layers. In addition, the open space in the 1D array-based ETL increases the prevalence of uniform TiO2/perovskite junctions, leading to reproducible device performance with a high fill factor. This work offers a method to achieve reproducible, high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with high-speed electron transport.We demonstrate high-performance perovskite solar cells with excellent electron transport properties using a one-dimensional (1D) electron transport layer (ETL). The 1D array-based ETL is comprised of 1D SnO2 nanowires (NWs) array grown on a F:SnO2 transparent conducting oxide substrate and rutile TiO2 nanoshells epitaxially grown on the surface of the 1D SnO2 NWs. The optimized devices show more than 95% internal quantum yield at 750 nm, and a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 14.2%. The high quantum yield is attributed to dramatically enhanced electron transport in the epitaxial TiO2 layer, compared to that in conventional nanoparticle-based mesoporous TiO2 (mp-TiO2) layers. In addition, the open space in the 1D array-based ETL increases the prevalence of uniform TiO2/perovskite junctions, leading to reproducible device performance with a high fill factor. This work offers a method to achieve reproducible, high-efficiency perovskite solar cells with high-speed electron transport

  16. A computational study of the TiO2 molecule

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    Ramana, M. V.; Phillips, D. H.

    1988-01-01

    A computational investigation of the ground 1A1 and lowest energy B2 states of the titanium dioxide molecule has been carried out. The treatment utilized SCF calculations in an extended basis followed by a CI treatment for each geometry. The ground state geometry agrees well with experiment, while the agreement between the computed vibrational frequency nu1 and the experimental value for a matrix isolated TiO2 is less satisfactory. Population analysis for the ground state indicates less than one excess electron on each oxygen atom. The first excited state has a linear geometry and the singlet and triplet are essentially degenerate.

  17. TIO2 Based Electrorheological Fluid with High Yield Stress

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    Shen, Rong; Wang, Xuezhao; Wen, Weijia; Lu, Kunquan

    We have fabricated several TiO2 based ER fluids with doping and without designed doping, which exhibit the high yield stress up to more than 100kPa. The titanium oxide nanoparticles were synthesized by using wet chemical method. The ER effect of those materials is dominated by the special additives, such as amide or its ramification, as well as the remained molecules or ions in the sample preparation. It is found that the yield stress is also strongly dependent on the viscosity of the oil. The prepared ER fluids possess other attractive characters, for instance the current density is low and against sedimentation.

  18. Origin of unexpected magnetism in Cu-doped TIO2

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    Li, Q. K.; Wang, B.; Woo, C. H.; Wang, H.; Zhu, Z. Y.; Wang, R.

    2008-01-01

    Cu-doped TiO2 has recently been found to exhibit unexpected room temperature ferromagnetism. In the present work, possible defect structures and the associated magnetism are calculated within the generalized gradient approximation using the projector augmented wave method (PAW). In particular, structures of the vacancy-Cu impurity complex are studied. Our results show that the magnetism is caused by: 1) the hybridization of p-d orbitals between the Cu and O ions, and 2) the spin polarization of the 3d orbital of Cu and of the 2p orbital of O ions.

  19. 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

  20. Improved photoelectrical performance of graphene supported highly crystallized anatase TiO2

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    Zhang, Min; Sun, Qiong; Zhao, Mei; Li, Yang; Liu, Qiuhong; Dong, Lifeng

    2015-08-01

    In this study, titanium oxysulfate (TiOSO4) and graphene were used as titanium source and supporter, respectively, to synthesize anatase TiO2-graphene (TiO2-G) composite. Crystal structure, morphology, and composition of TiO2-G were investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, and thermogravimetric analysis. Both TiO2-G and blank TiO2 powders exhibit spindle-shaped structure with the long axis along [001]. Compared to unsupported TiO2, TiO2 nanoparticles uniformly formed on graphene surface. When fabricated into dye-sensitized solar cells, photoelectrical conversion efficiency of TiO2-G (2.3 %) was much higher than that of blank TiO2 (0.89 %) prepared at the same conditions. Moreover, high sintering temperature enhanced photoelectrical performance of the composite. When the temperature was increased from 450 to 600 °C, the efficiency was improved from 1.5 to 2.6 %. The findings above demonstrate that TiO2-G has great potential for applications in dye-sensitized solar cells.

  1. Physiological effect of anatase TiO2 nanoparticles on Lemna minor.

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    Song, Guanling; Gao, Yuan; Wu, Hao; Hou, Wenhua; Zhang, Chunyang; Ma, Huiquan

    2012-09-01

    Manufactured metal oxide nanoparticles (NPs) are being used on a large scale, and these particles will inevitably reach a body of water through wastewater and urban runoff. The ecotoxicological study of these NPs on hydrophyte is limited at present. Lemna minor was exposed to media with different concentrations of titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) NPs or bulk TiO(2) for 7 d. The changes in plant growth, chlorophyll, antioxidant defense enzymes (peroxidase [POD], catalase [CAT], and superoxide dismutase [SOD] activities), and malondialdehyde (MDA) content were measured in the present study. The particle size of TiO(2) NPs and the zeta potential of TiO(2) NPs and of bulk TiO(2) in the culture media were also analyzed to complementally study the toxicity of these materials on duckweed. The results showed that the effect of TiO(2) NPs on plant growth was more obvious than bulk TiO(2.) Titanium dioxide NPs stimulated plant growth in low concentrations, but inhibited plant growth at high concentrations. The POD, SOD, and CAT activity of Lemna minor increased when TiO(2) NP concentration was lower than 200 mg/L to eliminate accumulated reactive oxygen species in plant cells. The SOD activity decreased when the TiO(2) NP concentration was higher than 200 mg/L, and the plant cell membrane encountered serious damage from 500 mg/L TiO(2) NP concentration in the culture media.

  2. TiO2 coated microfluidic devices for recoverable hydrophilic and hydrophobic patterns

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    Lee, Jin-Hyung; Kim, Sang Kyung; Park, Hyung-Ho; Kim, Tae Song

    2015-03-01

    We report a simple method for modifying the surfaces of plastic microfluidic devices through dynamic coating process with a nano-colloidal TiO2 sol. The surface of the thermoplastic, cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) was coated with the TiO2 film, that displayed an effective photocatalytic property. The hydrophilic surface is obtained in the TiO2-coated zone of a microfluidic channel, and TiO2 coated surface degradation can be reversed easily by UV irradiation. The present work shows a photocatalytic activity concerning the effect of TiO2 coating density, which is controlled by the number of coating cycles. The hydrophilized surface was characterized by the contact angle of water and the TiO2 coated COC surface reduced the water contact angle from 85° to less than 10° upon UV irradiation. The photocatalytic effect of the layer that was coated five times with TiO2 was excellent, and the super-hydrophilicity of the TiO2 surface could be promptly recovered after 10 months of storage at atmospheric conditions. The COC microfluidic devices, in which TiO2 has been freshly deposited and aged for 10 months, were capable of generating water-in oil-in water (W/O/W) double emulsions easily and uniformly by simple control of the flow rates for demonstration of excellent hydrophilic patterning and recovery of the TiO2 coated in the microchannels.

  3. The interplay of peptide sequence and local structure in TiO2 biomineralization.

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    Choi, Noori; Tan, Lihan; Jang, Ji-ryang; Um, Yu Mi; Yoo, Pil J; Choe, Woo-Seok

    2012-10-01

    Using cyclic constrained TiO(2) binding peptides STB1 (CHKKPSKSC), RSTB1 (CHRRPSRSC) and linear peptide LSTB1 (AHKKPSKSA), it was shown that while affinity of the peptide to TiO(2) is essential to enable TiO(2) biomineralization, other factors such as biomineralization kinetics and peptide local structure need to be considered to predict biomineralization efficacy. Cyclic and linear TiO(2) binding peptides show significantly different biomineralization activities. Cyclic STB1 and RSTB1 could induce TiO(2) precipitation in the presence of titanium(IV)-bis-ammonium-lactato-dihydroxide (TiBALDH) precursor in water or tris buffer at pH 8. In contrast, linear LSTB1 was unable to mineralize TiO(2) under the same experimental conditions despite its high affinity to TiO(2) comparable with STB1 and/or RSTB1. LSTB1 being a flexible molecule could not render the stable condensation of TiBALDH precursor to form TiO(2) particles. However, in the presence of phosphate buffer ions, the structure of LSTB1 is stabilized, leading to efficient condensation of TiBALDH and TiO(2) particle formation. This study demonstrates that peptide-mediated TiO(2) mineralization is governed by a complicated interplay of peptide sequence, local structure, kinetics and the presence of mineralizing aider such as phosphate ions.

  4. Activity of Laccase Immobilized on TiO2-Montmorillonite Complexes

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    Wang, Qingqing; Peng, Lin; Li, Guohui; Zhang, Ping; Li, Dawei; Huang, Fenglin; Wei, Qufu

    2013-01-01

    The TiO2-montmorillonite (TiO2-MMT) complex was prepared by blending TiO2 sol and MMT with certain ratio, and its properties as an enzyme immobilization support were investigated. The pristine MMT and TiO2-MMT calcined at 800 °C (TiO2-MMT800) were used for comparison to better understand the immobilization mechanism. The structures of the pristine MMT, TiO2-MMT, and TiO2-MMT800 were examined by HR-TEM, XRD and BET. SEM was employed to study different morphologies before and after laccase immobilization. Activity and kinetic parameters of the immobilized laccase were also determined. It was found that the TiO2 nanoparticles were successfully introduced into the MMT layer structure, and this intercalation enlarged the “d value” of two adjacent MMT layers and increased the surface area, while the calcination process led to a complete collapse of the MMT layers. SEM results showed that the clays were well coated with adsorbed enzymes. The study of laccase activity revealed that the optimum pH and temperature were pH = 3 and 60 °C, respectively. In addition, the storage stability for the immobilized laccase was satisfactory. The kinetic properties indicated that laccase immobilized on TiO2-MMT complexes had a good affinity to the substrate. It has been proved that TiO2-MMT complex is a good candidate for enzyme immobilization. PMID:23771020

  5. A facile method for the structure control of TiO2 particles at low temperature

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    Li, Zhaoqing; Zhu, Yun; Wang, Lianwen; Wang, Jiatai; Guo, Qian; Li, Jiangong

    2015-11-01

    Crystalline and amorphous TiO2 particles have important potential applications in photocatalysis, structural ceramics, solar batteries and nanoglasses. Hence controlling the structure of TiO2 particles is of practical importance. Crystalline TiO2 particles are usually prepared by calcination of their amorphous precursor. Here a facile method was developed to control the structure of TiO2 particles at a low temperature. TiO2 particles were prepared by sol-gel method; and it was found that during the washing process, the TiO2 particles washed with water are crystalline whereas the TiO2 particles washed with ethanol are amorphous. Further analyses indicate that ethanol washing may introduce an organic cover layer on the TiO2 particles which hinders the crystallization of amorphous TiO2 particles. Therefore, the structure of TiO2 particles, amorphous or crystalline (anatase), can be controlled just by changing the washing medium, water or ethanol. This method seems a common method for controlling the (amorphous or crystalline) structure of metal oxides and hydroxides and was verified in the preparation of ZrO2, FeO(OH), and Al(OH)3 particles.

  6. 3D Bi2S3/TiO2 cross-linked heterostructure: An efficient strategy to improve charge transport and separation for high photoelectrochemical performance

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    Han, Minmin; Jia, Junhong

    2016-10-01

    A novel 3D cross-linked heterostructure of TiO2 nanorods connecting with each other via ultrathin Bi2S3 nanosheets is constructed by a facile and effective strategy. The growth mechanism has been investigated and proposed based on the evolution of microstructure by changing the reaction parameters. Benefiting from the unique cross-linked heterostructure, the as-prepared Bi2S3 nanosheets modified TiO2 nanorods arrays could achieve a high energy conversion efficiency of 3.29% which is the highest value to date for Bi2S3-only sensitized solar cells as the reported highest value is 2.23% and other reported values are less than 1%. Furthermore, the photoelectrochemical studies clearly reveal that the novel cross-linked heterostructure exhibits much better activity than 0D nanoparticles decorated TiO2 nanorods under visible light irradiation, which may be primarily ascribed to the efficient electron transfer from 2D ultrathin Bi2S3 nanosheets to 1D TiO2 nanorod arrays. The promising results in this work confirm the advantages of cross-linked heterostructure and also undoubtedly offer an attractive synthesis strategy to fabricate other nanorod-based hierarchical architecture as well as nano-devices for solar energy conversion.

  7. Effects of TiO2 coating dosage and operational parameters on a TiO2/Ag photocatalysis system for decolorizing Procion red MX-5B.

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    Lin, Yu-Chih; Lee, Ho-Shan

    2010-07-15

    In this study, titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) powder was coated onto the surface of a dendritic silver (Ag) carrier to synthesize TiO(2)/Ag for decolorizing Procion red MX-5B (MX-5B), and related operation factors were also studied. The results showed that even without ultraviolet-A (UVA) irradiation, the Ag carrier from the TiO(2)/Ag catalyst had oxidizing ability, which could effectively degrade MX-5B color, but TiO(2) was ineffective. In addition, TiO(2) from TiO(2)/Ag demonstrated photocatalysis performance when irradiated, and the Ag carrier further showed an electron-scavenging ability to mitigate electron-hole pair recombination, which can improve the photocatalytic efficacy. With the oxidization and electron-scavenging ability of Ag and the photocatalysis ability of TiO(2), TiO(2)/Ag can decolor MX-5B more efficiently than TiO(2). The heavier Ag carrier also improves the solid-liquid separation of nano-TiO(2), making TiO(2)/Ag more suitable for application in slurry systems of photocatalytic water treatment. When the TiO(2)/Ag coating ratio was 50% by weight, there was a sufficient amount of TiO(2) on Ag's surface with a good distribution, and it exhibited a good photocatalysis decolorizing effect. In a study of how operational factors impact the decolorizing of MX-5B in the TiO(2)/Ag photocatalysis system with UVA irradiation (UVA-TiO(2)/Ag), the decolorization efficiency was optimal when the solution was maintained at pH 6.35. The addition of 0.01 M hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) aided the photocatalysis decolorization efficiency, although excessive H(2)O(2) reacted with hydroxyl free radicals and decreased the active groups in the system, thereby reducing the photocatalysis activity. An operating temperature of 40 degrees C was conducive to MX-5B decolorization, which was better than operating at room temperature.

  8. TXM-NEXAFS of TiO2-Based Nanostructures

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    Guttmann, P.; Bittencourt, C.; Ke, X.; Van Tendeloo, G.; Umek, P.; Arcon, D.; Ewels, C. P.; Rehbein, S.; Heim, S.; Schneider, G.

    2011-09-01

    In this work, electronic properties of individual TiOx-pristine nanoribbons (NR) prepared by hydrothermal treatment of anatase TiO2 micro-particles were studied using the HZB transmission x-ray microscope (TXM) at the BESSY II undulator beamline U41-FSGM. NEXAFS is ideally suited to study TiO2-based materials because both the O K-edge and Ti L-edge features are very sensitive to the local bonding environment, providing diagnostic information about the crystal structures and oxidation states of various forms of titanium oxides and sub-oxides. TXM-NEXAFS combines full-field x-ray microscopy with spectroscopy, allowing the study of the electronic structure of individual nanostructures with spatial resolution better than 25 nm and a spectral resolution of up to E/ΔE = 10000. The typical image field in TXM-NEXAFS measurements is about 10 μm×10 μm, which is large compared to the individual nanoparticle. Therefore, one image stack already contains statistically significant data. In addition, the directional electric field vector (Ē) of the x-rays can be used as a "search tool" for the direction of chemical bonds of the atom selected by its absorption edge.

  9. Synthesis of visible light-activated TiO 2 photocatalyst via surface organic modification

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    Jiang, Dong; Xu, Yao; Hou, Bo; Wu, Dong; Sun, Yuhan

    2007-05-01

    A visible light-activated TiO 2 photocatalyst was successfully synthesized by the surface organic modification to sol-gel-hydrothermal synthesized TiO 2. The surface hydroxyls of TiO 2 nanoparticles reacted with the active -NCO groups of tolylene diisocyanate (TDI) to form a surface complex that was confirmed by the FT-IR and XPS spectra. Due to the existence of surface complex, the absorption edge of as-prepared TDI-modified TiO 2 nanomaterial extended well into visible region. Compared with unmodified TiO 2 and Degussa P25, the TDI-modified TiO 2 photocatalysts showed higher activity for the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue under visible light irradiation.

  10. Microwave irradiation induced band gap tuning of MoS2-TiO2 nanocomposites

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    Shakya, Jyoti; Mohanty, T.

    2016-05-01

    The MoS2-TiO2 nanocomposites have been synthesized by sol-gel method and characterized by different microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. The crystallinity of these nanocomposites has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The Raman spectrum of MoS2-TiO2 nanocomposites consists of three distinct peaks (E1 g, E1 2g and A1g) which are associated with TiO2 and MoS2. The morphological study is carried out by scanning electron microscope. The effect of microwave irradiation on the band gap of MoS2-TiO2 nanocomposites has been investigated; it is observed that the microwave irradiation causes decrease in the band gap of MoS2-TiO2 nanocomposites. The microwave treated MoS2-TiO2 thin films offers a novel process route in treating thin films for commercial applications.

  11. The state of nano-sized titanium dioxide (TiO2) may affect sunscreen performance.

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    Tyner, K M; Wokovich, A M; Godar, D E; Doub, W H; Sadrieh, N

    2011-06-01

    In the past several years, there has been a trend in the sunscreen/cosmetics industry to replace micron-sized titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) particles with nanoscale materials. The increased use of nanoscale TiO(2) has resulted in questions about these and other nanoproducts. This study examines the effects of using nanoscale TiO(2) on ultraviolet (UV) attenuation in simple to complex sunscreen formulations. UV light attenuation, product stability, and potential damage to the skin barrier were examined with both nanoscale and microscale TiO(2) particles. Results indicate that none of the formulations decreased the barrier function of the skin and the best UV attenuation occurs when the TiO(2) particles are stabilized with a coating and evenly distributed such as with non-agglomerated coated nanoscale materials. This indicates that nanoscale TiO(2) may have better efficacy while lacking toxicity. PMID:21265867

  12. Engineering of highly ordered TiO2 nanopore arrays by anodization

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    Wang, Huijie; Huang, Zhennan; Zhang, Li; Ding, Jie; Ma, Zhaoxia; Liu, Yong; Kou, Shengzhong; Yang, Hangsheng

    2016-07-01

    Finite element analysis was used to simulate the current density distributions in the TiO2 barrier layer formed at the initial stage of Ti anodization. The morphology modification of the barrier layer was found to induce current density distribution change. By starting the anodization with proper TiO2 barrier layer morphology, the current density distribution can be adjusted to favor the formation of either nanotube arrays or nanopore arrays of anodic TiO2. We also found that the addition of sodium acetate into the electrolyte suppressed both the field-assisted chemical dissolution of TiO2 and the TiF62- hydrolysis induced TiO2 deposition during anodization, and thus further favored the nanopore formation. Accordingly, highly ordered anodic TiO2 nanopore arrays, similar to anodic aluminum oxide nanopore arrays, were successfully prepared.

  13. Review of the progress in preparing nano TiO2: an important environmental engineering material.

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    Wang, Yan; He, Yiming; Lai, Qinghua; Fan, Maohong

    2014-11-01

    TiO2 nanomaterial is promising with its high potential and outstanding performance in photocatalytic environmental applications, such as CO2 conversion, water treatment, and air quality control. For many of these applications, the particle size, crystal structure and phase, porosity, and surface area influence the activity of TiO2 dramatically. TiO2 nanomaterials with special structures and morphologies, such as nanospheres, nanowires, nanotubes, nanorods, and nanoflowers are thus synthesized due to their desired characteristics. With an emphasis on the different morphologies of TiO2 and the influence factors in the synthesis, this review summarizes fourteen TiO2 preparation methods, such as the sol-gel method, solvothermal method, and reverse micelle method. The TiO2 formation mechanisms, the advantages and disadvantages of the preparation methods, and the photocatalytic environmental application examples are proposed as well. PMID:25458670

  14. Enhanced performance of natural dye sensitised solar cells fabricated using rutile TIO2 nanorods

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    Akila, Y.; Muthukumarasamy, N.; Agilan, S.; Mallick, Tapas K.; Senthilarasu, S.; Velauthapillai, Dhayalan

    2016-08-01

    Due to the lower cost, natural dye molecules are good alternatives for the ruthenium based sensitizers in the dye-sensitized solar cells. In this article, we have reported the natural sensitizer based dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated using TiO2 nanorods. Rutile phase TiO2 nanorods have been synthesized by template free hydrothermal method which results in TiO2 nanorods in the form of acropora corals. These TiO2 nanorods have been sensitized by flowers of Sesbania grandiflora, leaves of Camellia sinensis and roots of Rubia tinctorum. The maximum conversion efficiency of 1.53% has been obtained for TiO2 nanorods based solar cells sensitized with the leaves of Camellia sinensis. The flowers of Sesbania grandiflora and roots of Rubia tinctorum sensitized TiO2 nanorods based solar cells exhibited an efficiency of 0.65% and 1.28% respectively.

  15. Antibacterial effect of silver modified TiO2/PECVD films

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    Hájková, P.; Patenka, P. Å.; Krumeich, J.; Exnar, P.; Kolouch, A.; Matoušek, J.; Kočí, P.

    2009-08-01

    This paper deals with photocatalytic activity of silver treated TiO2 films. The TiO2 films were deposited on glass substrates by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) in a vacuum reactor with radio frequency (RF) low temperature plasma discharge in the mixture of oxygen and titanium isopropoxide vapors (TTIP). The depositions were performed under different deposition conditions. Subsequently, the surface of TiO2 films was modified by deposition of silver nanoparticles. Photocatalytic activity of both silver modified and unmodified TiO2 films was determined by decomposition of the model organic matter (acid orange 7). Selected TiO2 samples were used for tests of antibacterial activity. These tests were performed on Gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli. The results clearly proved that presence of silver clusters resulted in enhancement of the photocatalytic activity, which was up to four times higher than that for pure TiO2 films.

  16. Conducting Interface in Oxide Homojunction: Understanding of Superior Properties in Black TiO2.

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    Lü, Xujie; Chen, Aiping; Luo, Yongkang; Lu, Ping; Dai, Yaomin; Enriquez, Erik; Dowden, Paul; Xu, Hongwu; Kotula, Paul G; Azad, Abul K; Yarotski, Dmitry A; Prasankumar, Rohit P; Taylor, Antoinette J; Thompson, Joe D; Jia, Quanxi

    2016-09-14

    Black TiO2 nanoparticles with a crystalline core and amorphous-shell structure exhibit superior optoelectronic properties in comparison with pristine TiO2. The fundamental mechanisms underlying these enhancements, however, remain unclear, largely due to the inherent complexities and limitations of powder materials. Here, we fabricate TiO2 homojunction films consisting of an oxygen-deficient amorphous layer on top of a highly crystalline layer, to simulate the structural/functional configuration of black TiO2 nanoparticles. Metallic conduction is achieved at the crystalline-amorphous homointerface via electronic interface reconstruction, which we show to be the main reason for the enhanced electron transport of black TiO2. This work not only achieves an unprecedented understanding of black TiO2 but also provides a new perspective for investigating carrier generation and transport behavior at oxide interfaces, which are of tremendous fundamental and technological interest. PMID:27482629

  17. Structural and Optical Characterization of Synthesized TiO2 Nanopowder Using Sol-Gel Technique

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    Lourduraj, S.; Williams, R. Victor

    2016-02-01

    The nanocrystalline TiO2 powder was synthesized by sol-gel method. The XRD analysis reveals that TiO2 powder was highly crystalline (anatase phase) and nanostructured with tetragonal system. The average crystallite size after calcined at 673K is found to be 7.7nm. The surface morphological studies using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) exhibit that the formation of nanosized TiO2 particles with less densification nature. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) topography exhibits the uniform distribution of spherical-shaped particles. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) confirms the presence of Titanium and Oxygen in synthesized TiO2 nanopowder. The value of optical bandgap of TiO2 nanopowder calculated from UV-Visible spectrum is 3.45eV. The presence of TiO2 particles is confirmed from the dominant fourier transform infrared (FTIR) peaks at 621cm-1 and 412cm-1.

  18. Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanomaterials for methylene blue dye degradation

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    Lee, Deuk Yong; Son, Siwon; Jeon, Min-Seok; Lee, Myung-Hyun; Kim, Bae-Yeon

    2016-04-01

    TiO2 nanomaterials were prepared by a sol-gel derived electrospinning, calcination from 500°C to 650°C, and subsequent mechanical grinding to investigate the effect of calcination temperature on crystal structure, crystallinity, and photocatalytic activity of methylene blue (MB). XRD results indicated that TiO2 nanorods calcined at 500°C is composed of anatase TiO2 only. However, mixed crystals of anatase and rutile were observed for TiO2 calcined above 550°C. Higher MB degradation was found for the TiO2 nanorods calcined at 550°C probably due to the mixed crystals and larger surface area. However, the improved photocatalytic activity was achieved for TiO2 nanotube due to the synergic combinations of mixed crystals, larger specific surface area, and light trapping effect.

  19. Surface Treatment for Effective Dye Adsorption on Nanocrystalline TiO2

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    Yanagida, Masatoshi; Han, Chen; Han, Liyuan

    2012-10-01

    To improve the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) by controlling dye adsorption on TiO2 surface, the effect of surface treatments on the properties of [NBu4]2[Ru(Htcterpy)(NCS)3] (black dye; [NBu4]: tetrabutylammonium cation; H3tcterpy: 4,4',4''-tricarboxy-2,2':6',2''-terpyridine) on nanocrystalline TiO2 films was investigated by analysis of the photovoltaic performance and the electron transport properties. Although the surface treatments do not affect on the condition band edge of TiO2, the amount of dye on TiO2 increases. The enhancement of dye adsorption by treatment of TiO2 in HCl solution is more effective than that by dipping the dye solution containing deoxycholic acid (DCA) as additive. But the charge recombination between an electron in TiO2 and I3- in the electrolyte can be reduced by the DCA treatment.

  20. Electrical Conductivity Characteristic of TiO2 Nanowires From Hydrothermal Method

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    Azlishah Othman, Mohd; Faridah Amat, Noor; Hisham Ahmad, Badrul; Rajan, Jose

    2014-04-01

    One dimensional nanostructures of titanium dioxide (TiO2) were synthesized via hydrothermal method by mixing TiO2 as precursor in aqueous solution of NaOH as solvent. Then, heat and washing treatment was applied. Thus obtained wires had diameter ~15nm. TiO2 nanowires will be used as a network in solar cell such dye-sensitized solar cell in order to improve the performance of electron movement in the device. To improve the performance of electron movement, the characteristics of TiO2 nanowires have been analyses using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) analysis, x-ray diffractometer (XRD) analysis and brunauer emmett teller (BET) analysis. Finally, electrical conductivity of TiO2 nanowires was determined by measuring the resistance of the TiO2 nanowires paste on microscope glass.

  1. In situ growth of TiO2 in interlayers of expanded graphite for the fabrication of TiO2-graphene with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Jiang, Baojiang; Tian, Chungui; Zhou, Wei; Wang, Jianqiang; Xie, Ying; Pan, Qingjiang; Ren, Zhiyu; Dong, Youzhen; Fu, Dan; Han, Jiale; Fu, Honggang

    2011-07-18

    We present a facile route for the preparation of TiO(2)-graphene composites by in situ growth of TiO(2) in the interlayer of inexpensive expanded graphite (EG) under solvothermal conditions. A vacuum-assisted technique combined with the use of a surfactant (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide) plays a key role in the fabrication of such composites. Firstly, the vacuum environment promotes full infusion of the initial solution containing Ti(OBu)(4) and the surfactant into the interlayers of EG. Subsequently, numerous TiO(2) nanoparticles uniformly grow in situ in the interlayers with the help of the surfactant, which facilitates the exfoliation of EG under the solvothermal conditions in ethanol, eventually forming TiO(2)-graphene composites. The as-prepared samples have been characterized by Raman and FTIR spectroscopies, SEM, TEM, AFM, and thermogravimetic analysis. It is shown that a large number of TiO(2) nanoparticles homogeneously cover the surface of high-quality graphene sheets. The graphene exhibits a multi-layered structure (5-7 layers). Notably, the TiO(2)-graphene composite (only 30 wt % of which is TiO(2)) synthesized by subsequent thermal treatment at high temperature under nitrogen shows high photocatalytic activity in the degradation of phenol under visible and UV lights in comparison with bare Degussa P25. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is attributed to increased charge separation, improved light absorbance and light absorption width, and high adsorptivity for pollutants.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. Investigation of photocatalytic degradation of phenol by Fe(III)-doped TiO2 and TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Hemmati Borji, Saeedeh; Nasseri, Simin; Mahvi, Amir Hossein; Nabizadeh, Ramin; Javadi, Amir Hossein

    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.

  5. Hunting for the elusive shallow traps in TiO2 anatase.

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    Antila, Liisa J; Santomauro, Fabio G; Hammarström, Leif; Fernandes, Daniel L A; Sá, Jacinto

    2015-07-11

    Understanding electron mobility on TiO2 is crucial because of its applications in photocatalysis and solar cells. This work shows that shallow traps believed to be involved in electron migration in TiO2 conduction band are formed upon band gap excitation, i.e., are not pre-existing states. The shallow traps in TiO2 results from large polarons and are not restricted to surface.

  6. [TiO2-Induced Photodegradation of Levofloxacin by Visible Light and Its Mechanism].

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    Guo, Hong-sheng; Liu, Ya-nan; Qiao, Qi; Wei, Hong; Dong, Cheng-xing; Xue, Jie; Li, Ke-bin

    2015-05-01

    Levofloxacin is an emerging pollutant. Single levofloxacin and TiO2 have no visible-light activity. However, photodegradation of levofloxacin dramatically enhanced in the presence of TiO2 under visible light irradiation. Considering this finding, he photodegradation of levofloxacin over TiO2 was investigated under visible light irradiation. Effects of TiO2 dosage, levofloxacin concentration, and solution pH on levofloxacin photodegradation were examined by monitoring its concentration decay with time. The results showed that levofloxacin photodegradation fitted the Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic model. Solution pH, TiO2 dose, and levofloxacin concentration had significant effects on the photodegradation rates. In addition, batch adsorption experiments revealed that adsorption of levofloxacin on TiO2 conformed to the pseudo-second-order kinetics and the Langmuir isotherm. DRS spectrum of levofloxacin-adsorbed TiO2 suggested that a surface complex was formed between levofloxacin and TiO2. Addition of radical scavengers and N2-degassing affecting levofloxacin photodegradation indicated that the superoxide ion radical was mainly active species. UV-Vis spectra of a deaerated TiO2 and levofloxacin suspensions further confirmed that the electron injection into TiO2 conduction band took place under visible light irradiation. Based on these results, a charge-transfer mechanism initiated by photoexcitation of TiO2/ levofloxacin surface complex was proposed for levofloxacin photocatalytic degradation over TiO2 under visible light. This study indicates that the charge-transfer-complex-mediated photocatalytic technique has promising applications in the removal of colorless organic pollutants.

  7. Interstitial Boron-Doped TiO2 Thin Films: The Significant Effect of Boron on TiO2 Coatings Grown by Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition.

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    Quesada-González, Miguel; Boscher, Nicolas D; Carmalt, Claire J; Parkin, Ivan P

    2016-09-28

    The work presented here describes the preparation of transparent interstitial boron-doped TiO2 thin-films by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD). The interstitial boron-doping, on TiO2, proved by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), is shown to enhance the crystallinity and significantly improve the photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 films. The synthesis, highly suitable for a reel-to-reel process, has been carried out in one step. PMID:27622709

  8. A comparative study of doped and un-doped sol-gel TiO2 and P25 TiO2 (photo)electrodes.

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    Pooarporn, Y; Worayingyong, A; Wörner, M; Songsiriritthigul, P; Braun, A M

    2007-01-01

    Doped and undoped titanium dioxide films have been deposited on indium tin oxide glass using the sol-gel technique. The percentage of rutile in the prepared TiO2, calcined at 823 K and determined by X-ray diffraction, was 23% compared to 24% of rutile in P25-TiO2. Cerium doped TiO2 showed mainly the anatase phase, as characterised by both X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The electrochemical and photoelectrochemical properties of the films were studied by cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The (photo)electrochemical characteristics of the different films are reported and discussed.

  9. Interstitial Boron-Doped TiO2 Thin Films: The Significant Effect of Boron on TiO2 Coatings Grown by Atmospheric Pressure Chemical Vapor Deposition.

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    Quesada-González, Miguel; Boscher, Nicolas D; Carmalt, Claire J; Parkin, Ivan P

    2016-09-28

    The work presented here describes the preparation of transparent interstitial boron-doped TiO2 thin-films by atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition (APCVD). The interstitial boron-doping, on TiO2, proved by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), is shown to enhance the crystallinity and significantly improve the photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 films. The synthesis, highly suitable for a reel-to-reel process, has been carried out in one step.

  10. 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.

  11. Positron annihilation lifetime characterization of oxygen ion irradiated rutile TiO2

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    Luitel, Homnath; Sarkar, A.; Chakrabarti, Mahuya; Chattopadhyay, S.; Asokan, K.; Sanyal, D.

    2016-07-01

    Ferromagnetic ordering at room temperature has been induced in rutile phase of TiO2 polycrystalline sample by O ion irradiation. 96 MeV O ion induced defects in rutile TiO2 sample has been characterized by positron annihilation spectroscopic techniques. Positron annihilation results indicate the formation of cation vacancy (VTi, Ti vacancy) in these irradiated TiO2 samples. Ab initio density functional theoretical calculations indicate that in TiO2 magnetic moment can be induced either by creating Ti or O vacancies.

  12. 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 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. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr00476g

  13. Annealing of TiO2 Films Deposited on Si by Irradiating Nitrogen Ion Beams

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    Yokota, Katsuhiro; Yano, Yoshinori; Miyashita, Fumiyoshi

    2006-11-13

    Thin TiO2 films were deposited on Si at a temperature of 600 deg. C by an ion beam assisted deposition (IBAD) method. The TiO2 films were annealed for 30 min in Ar at temperatures below 700 deg. C. The as-deposited TiO2 films had high permittivities such 200 {epsilon}o and consisted of crystallites that were not preferentially oriented to the c-axis but had an expanded c-axis. On the annealed TiO2 films, permittivities became lower with increasing annealing temperature, and crystallites were oriented preferentially to the (110) plane.

  14. A comparative study of TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized in premixed and diffusion flames

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    Ma, Hsiao-Kang; Yang, Hsiung-An

    2010-12-01

    Previous studies have been shown that synthesis of titania (TiO2) crystalline phase purity could be effectively controlled by the oxygen concentration through titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP) via premixed flame from a Bunsen burner. In this study, a modified Hencken burner was used to synthesize smaller TiO2 nanoparticles via short diffusion flames. The frequency of collisions among particles would decrease and reduce TiO2 nanoparticle size in a short diffusion flame height. The crystalline structure of the synthesized nanoparticles was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), Barrett-Joyner-Halenda (BJH) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurements. The characteristic properties of TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized from a modified Hencken burner were compared with the results from a Bunsen burner and commercial TiO2 (Degussa P25). The results showed that the average particle size of 6.63 nm from BET method was produced by a modified Hencken burner which was smaller than the TiO2 in a Bunsen burner and commercial TiO2. Moreover, the rutile content of TiO2 nanoparticles increased as the particle collecting height increased. Also, the size of TiO2 nanoparticles was highly dependent on the TTIP loading and the collecting height in the flame.

  15. Solar-driven photocatalytic treatment of diclofenac using immobilized TiO2-based zeolite composites.

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    Kovacic, Marin; Salaeh, Subhan; Kusic, Hrvoje; Suligoj, Andraz; Kete, Marko; Fanetti, Mattia; Stangar, Urska Lavrencic; Dionysiou, Dionysios D; Bozic, Ana Loncaric

    2016-09-01

    The study is aimed at evaluating the potential of immobilized TiO2-based zeolite composite for solar-driven photocatalytic water treatment. In that purpose, TiO2-iron-exchanged zeolite (FeZ) composite was prepared using commercial Aeroxide TiO2 P25 and iron-exchanged zeolite of ZSM5 type, FeZ. The activity of TiO2-FeZ, immobilized on glass support, was evaluated under solar irradiation for removal of diclofenac (DCF) in water. TiO2-FeZ immobilized in a form of thin film was characterized for its morphology, structure, and composition using scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX). Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) was used to determine potential changes in band gaps of prepared TiO2-FeZ in comparison to pure TiO2. The influence of pH, concentration of hydrogen peroxide, FeZ wt% within the composite, and photocatalyst dosage on DCF removal and conversion efficiency by solar/TiO2-FeZ/H2O2 process was investigated. TiO2-FeZ demonstrated higher photocatalytic activity than pure TiO2 under solar irradiation in acidic conditions and presence of H2O2.

  16. Mesoporous submicrometer TiO(2) hollow spheres as scatterers in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Dadgostar, Shabnam; Tajabadi, Fariba; Taghavinia, Nima

    2012-06-27

    Hierarchical submicrometer TiO2 hollow spheres with outer diameter of 300-700 nm and shell thickness of 200 nm are synthesized by liquid phase deposition of TiO2 over carbon microspheres as sacrificial templates. The final TiO2 hollow spheres are applied as a scattering layer on top of a transparent nanocrystalline TiO2 film, serving as the photoanode of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC). In addition to efficient light scattering, the mesoporous structure of TiO2 hollow spheres provides a high surface area, 74 m(2)/g, which allows for higher dye loading. This dual functioning suggests that TiO2 hollow spheres may be good replacements for conventional TiO2 spheres as scatterers in DSCs. A high efficiency of 8.3% is achieved with TiO2 hollow spheres, compared with 6.0% for the electrode with 400 nm spherical TiO2 scatterers, at identical conditions. PMID:22606936

  17. Improvement of solar energy conversion with Nb-incorporated TiO2 hierarchical microspheres.

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    Hoang, Son; Ngo, Thong Q; Berglund, Sean P; Fullon, Raymond R; Ekerdt, John G; Mullins, C Buddie

    2013-07-22

    Niobium-modified TiO2 hierarchical spherical micrometer-size particles, which consist of many nanowires, are synthesized by solvothermal synthesis and studied as photoelectrodes for water photo-oxidation and dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications. Incorporation of Nb leads to a rutile-to-anatase TiO2 phase transition in the TiO2 hierarchical spheres (HSs), with the anatase percentage increasing from 0% for the pristine TiO2 HSs to 47.6% for the 1.82 at.% Nb-incorporated TiO2 sample. Incorporation of Nb leads to significant improvements in water photo-oxidation with the photocurrents reaching 70.5 μA cm(-2) at 1.23 V versus the reversible hydrogen electrode, compared with 28.3 μA cm(-2) for the pristine TiO2 sample. The photoconversion efficiency of Nb:TiO2 HS-based DSSCs reaches 6.09±0.15% at 0.25 at.% Nb, significantly higher than that for the pristine TiO2 HS cells (3.99±0.02%). In addition, the incident-photon-to-current efficiency spectra for DSSCs show that employing TiO2 and Nb:TiO2 HSs provides better light harvesting, especially of long-wavelength photons, than anatase TiO2 nanoparticle-based DSSCs. PMID:23512241

  18. [Preparation of mixed crystal TiO2 nanoparticles and photocatalytic degradation of toxic organic pollutants].

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    Deng, An-Ping; Yang, Jing; Wang, Shu-Lian; Huang, Ying-Ping; Yang, Yong

    2010-12-01

    Mixed crystal TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared from a precursor of TiO2 by hydrothermal-steam method. The effects of the reaction temperature and the reaction time on the photocatalytic activity of the brookite TiO2 were studied. The TiO2 samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Photocatalytic degradation of organic dye sulforhodamine B (SRB) under UV light (lambda < or = 387 nm) was used as probe reaction to evaluate the properties of the TiO2. The result showed that TiO2 prepared under 150 degrees C for 24 h had high photocatalytic activity. The size of the mixed crystal TiO2 was 14.20 nm. Brookite and anatase phase of the mixed crystal TiO2 were 63.6% and 36.4%, respectively. The dye discoloration and degradation rates were tracked, and the intermediate products hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and hydrogen radicals (*OH) were determined during the photocatalytic experiments. The results indicated that photocatalytic degradation of brookite TiO2 mainly referred to the *OH radical mechanism. After 5 h, the mineralization and oxidation rates of SRB and 2,4-DCP mineralization were 89% and 78%, respectively. The catalyst showed good stability with no significant changes in catalytic properties after 5 cycles of SRB photocatalytic degradation experiments.

  19. 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

  20. Tuning hydrophobicity of TiO2 layers with silanization and self-assembled nanopatterning.

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    Van, Trong Nghia; Lee, Young Keun; Lee, Jaesang; Park, Jeong Young

    2013-03-01

    The wettability of TiO2 layers is controlled by forming highly ordered arrays of nanocones using nanopatterning, based on self-assembly and dry etching. Nanopatterning of TiO2 layers is achieved via formation of self-assembled monolayers of SiO2 spheres fabricated using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, followed by dry etching. Three types of TiO2 layers were fabricated using the sol-gel technique, sputtering, and thermal process in order to address the relationship between the wettability and the structure of TiO2 nanostructures. Compared to a thin film TiO2 layer, the nanopatterned TiO2 samples show a smaller static water contact angle (i.e., where the water contact angle decreases as the etching time increases), which is attributed to the Wenzel equation. When TiO2 layers are coated by 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltrichlorosilane, we observed the opposite behavior, exhibiting superhydrophobicity (up to contact angle of 155°) on the nanopatterned TiO2 layers. Self-assembled nanopatterning of the TiO2 layer may provide an advanced method for producing multifunctional transparent layers with self-cleaning properties.

  1. 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

  2. On the Crystal Structural Control of Sputtered TiO2 Thin Films

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    Jia, Junjun; Yamamoto, Haruka; Okajima, Toshihiro; Shigesato, Yuzo

    2016-07-01

    In this study, we focused on the origin on the selective deposition of rutile and anatase TiO2 thin films during the sputtering process. The observation on microstructural evolution of the TiO2 films by transmission electron microscopy revealed the coexistence of rutile and anatase TiO2 phases in the initial stage under the preferential growth conditions for the anatase TiO2; the observations further revealed that the anatase phase gradually dominated the crystal structure with increasing film thickness. These results suggest that the bombardment during the sputtering deposition did not obviously affect the TiO2 crystal structure, and this was also confirmed by off-axis magnetron sputtering experiments. We also investigated the mechanism of the effect of Sn impurity doping on the crystal structure using first-principles calculations. It is found that the formation energy of Sn-doped rutile TiO2 is lower than that of Sn-doped anatase TiO2; this suggests that the Sn-doped TiO2 favours the rutile phase. These results offer a guideline for the utilization of selective deposition of rutile and anatase TiO2 thin films in various industrial applications.

  3. 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

    2015-06-05

    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.

  4. Structural, morphological, optical and photocatalytic investigation of Ag-doped TiO2

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    Kundu, Virender Singh; Singh, Davender; Maan, A. S.; Tanwar, Amit

    2016-05-01

    The pure and Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared by using Titanium isoproxide (TTIP), silver nitrate sodium hydroxide and sodium hydroxide. The calcined nanoparticles at 400°C were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD). XRD analyses reveal that the nanoparticles of various doping concentration were having anatase phase. The particle size was calculated by Scherrer formula and was found 11.08 nm for pure TiO2 and 8.86 nm for 6 mol % Ag doped TiO2. The morphology and nature of nanoparticles was analyzed by using scanning electron microscope (SEM), the optical absorption spectra of pure TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles showed that absorption edge increases towards longer wavelength from 390 nm (pure) to 450 nm (doped), also band gap energy calculated from Tauc's plot decrease from 3.20eV to 2.92eV with increase in doing. The measurement of photocatalytic properties of pure TiO2 and Ag-doped TiO2 nanoparticles showed that Ag-doped TiO2 degrades MB dye more efficiently than pure TiO2.

  5. Environment-friendly biomimetic synthesis of TiO2 nanomaterials for photocatalytic application

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    Bao, Shu-Juan; Lei, Chao; Xu, Mao-Wen; Cai, Chang-Jun; Jia, Dian-Zeng

    2012-05-01

    We have demonstrated an environment-friendly biomimetic synthesis method for the preparation of TiO2 nanomaterials with different crystal phases and morphologies. This is the first time that it has been found that the crystal phase of TiO2 can be controlled just by using different biotemplates, and cannot be changed by calcination up to 750 °C. In our experiment, anatase TiO2 was obtained by using yeast and albumen templates, while rutile TiO2 was formed by using dandelion pollen as the template.

  6. Solar-driven photocatalytic treatment of diclofenac using immobilized TiO2-based zeolite composites.

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    Kovacic, Marin; Salaeh, Subhan; Kusic, Hrvoje; Suligoj, Andraz; Kete, Marko; Fanetti, Mattia; Stangar, Urska Lavrencic; Dionysiou, Dionysios D; Bozic, Ana Loncaric

    2016-09-01

    The study is aimed at evaluating the potential of immobilized TiO2-based zeolite composite for solar-driven photocatalytic water treatment. In that purpose, TiO2-iron-exchanged zeolite (FeZ) composite was prepared using commercial Aeroxide TiO2 P25 and iron-exchanged zeolite of ZSM5 type, FeZ. The activity of TiO2-FeZ, immobilized on glass support, was evaluated under solar irradiation for removal of diclofenac (DCF) in water. TiO2-FeZ immobilized in a form of thin film was characterized for its morphology, structure, and composition using scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX). Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) was used to determine potential changes in band gaps of prepared TiO2-FeZ in comparison to pure TiO2. The influence of pH, concentration of hydrogen peroxide, FeZ wt% within the composite, and photocatalyst dosage on DCF removal and conversion efficiency by solar/TiO2-FeZ/H2O2 process was investigated. TiO2-FeZ demonstrated higher photocatalytic activity than pure TiO2 under solar irradiation in acidic conditions and presence of H2O2. PMID:27255319

  7. The role of interfacial effects on enhanced catalytic performance of TiO2 -graphene nanocomposites

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    Chakarov, Dinko; Sellappan, Raja

    2014-03-01

    Graphene-containining TiO2 nanocomposites have significantly higher photocatalytic activity compared to bare TiO2 films. The enhancement is result of improved transport and higher efficiency of the charge carries separation at carbon-TiO2 interface. These effects were assessed by comparison of six anatase-graphene structures, fabricated by different synthesizing techniques and referenced to the performance of TiO2-graphitic-carbon and TiO2-Au thin films. The work was financially supported by The Nordic Energy Research Council through project N-I-S-F-D.

  8. Nitrogen doped TiO2 nano-particles: Phase control by solution combustion method

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    Bapna, Komal; Choudhary, R. J.; Phase, D. M.; Shastri, Sheetal; Prasad, R.; Ahuja, B. L.

    2016-05-01

    N-doped TiO2 nano powders were prepared by sol-gel solution combustion method. The influence of different fuels (urea and citric acid) used in obtaining N-TiO2 nano particles in similar conditions (heat treatment, amount of precursors) has been investigated. The growth of different phases of TiO2 (anatase and rutile) is strongly affected by the ligands and the dehydration reaction. Reduction in the band gap of TiO2 and features observed in the XPS spectra confirm the incorporation of N into TiO2 matrix.

  9. Tuning hydrophobicity of TiO2 layers with silanization and self-assembled nanopatterning.

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    Van, Trong Nghia; Lee, Young Keun; Lee, Jaesang; Park, Jeong Young

    2013-03-01

    The wettability of TiO2 layers is controlled by forming highly ordered arrays of nanocones using nanopatterning, based on self-assembly and dry etching. Nanopatterning of TiO2 layers is achieved via formation of self-assembled monolayers of SiO2 spheres fabricated using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique, followed by dry etching. Three types of TiO2 layers were fabricated using the sol-gel technique, sputtering, and thermal process in order to address the relationship between the wettability and the structure of TiO2 nanostructures. Compared to a thin film TiO2 layer, the nanopatterned TiO2 samples show a smaller static water contact angle (i.e., where the water contact angle decreases as the etching time increases), which is attributed to the Wenzel equation. When TiO2 layers are coated by 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltrichlorosilane, we observed the opposite behavior, exhibiting superhydrophobicity (up to contact angle of 155°) on the nanopatterned TiO2 layers. Self-assembled nanopatterning of the TiO2 layer may provide an advanced method for producing multifunctional transparent layers with self-cleaning properties. PMID:23413954

  10. Enhanced H{sub 2} sensing by substituting polyaniline nanoparticles with nanofibers

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    Sharma, Preetam K. Srivastava, Subodh Singh, M.; Vijay, Y. K.; Rajaura, Rajveer Singh; Sharma, Vinay; Sharma, S. S.

    2014-04-24

    We have synthesized Polyaniline nanoparticles and nanofibers using chemical oxidation method and tested them for their Hydrogen sensing properties. PANI nanoparticles and nanofibers have demonstrated sensor response of 1.38 and 1.52, respectively. Reaction kinetics has also enhanced in case of PANI nanofibers with response and recovery times of 170 and 95 s, respectively. The increased conductivity, sensor response and reaction kinetics in case of the nanofibers as compared to nanoparticles is attributed to the 1-D conductive channel provided by the nanofibers for faster and better electron transfer.

  11. Characterization of manufactured TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Motzkus, C.; Macé, T.; Vaslin-Reimann, S.; Ausset, P.; Maillé, M.

    2013-04-01

    Technological advances in nanomaterials have allowed the development of new applications in industry, increasing the probability of finding airborne manufactured and engineered nano-objects in the workplace, as well as in ambient air. Scientific studies on health and environmental risks have indicated that airborne nano-objects in ambient air have potential adverse effects on the health of exposed workers and the general population. For regulatory purposes, ambient measurements of particulate matter are based on the determination of mass concentrations for PM10 and PM2.5, as regulated in the European Directive 2008/50/EC. However, this legislation is not suitable for airborne manufactured and engineered nano-objects. Parameters characterising ultrafine particles, such as particle number concentration and size distribution, are under consideration for future health-based legislation, to monitor workplaces and to control industrial processes. Currently, there are no existing regulations covering manufactured airborne nano-objects. There is therefore a clear, unaddressed need to focus on the toxicology and exposure assessment of nano-objects such as titanium dioxide (TiO2), which are manufactured and engineered in large quantities in industry. To perform reliable toxicology studies it is necessary to determine the relevant characteristics of nano-objects, such as morphology, surface area, agglomeration, chemical composition, particle size and concentration, by applying traceable methods. Manufacturing of nanomaterials, and their use in industrial applications, also require traceable characterisation of the nanomaterials, particularly for quality control of the process. The present study arises from the OECD WPMN sponsorship programme, supported by the French Agency for Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES), in order to develop analytical methods for the characterization of TiO2 nanoparticles in size and count size distribution, based on different techniques to characterize five different manufactured TiO2 nanoparticles. In this study, different measurement techniques have been implemented: Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS) and Aerodynamic Particle Sizer (APS). The TEM results lead to a relatively good agreement between data from the manufacturer and our characterizations of primary particle size. With regard to the dustiness, the results show a strong presence of agglomerates / aggregates of primary particles and a significant presence of emitted airborne nanoparticles with a diameter below 100 nm (composed of isolated primary particles and small aggregates / agglomerates formed from a few primary particles): the number proportion of these particles varies from 0 to 44 % in the measurement range 14-360 nm depending on the types of powders and corrections of measurements.

  12. Hydrogen donor in anatase TiO2

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    Lavrov, E. V.

    2016-01-01

    An IR absorption study of hydrogen-related defects in natural single-crystalline anatase TiO2 has been carried out. A complex with IR absorption lines at 3412 and 3417 cm-1 is shown to act as a donor with ionization energy of tens of meV. The two lines are identified as stretching local vibrational modes of the O-H bonds of the donor in the neutral and positive charge states, respectively. The defect is unstable against annealing at approximately 300 ∘C and a storage at room temperature on the time scale of a few weeks. These findings suggest that interstitial hydrogen is a plausible model of this defect.

  13. 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

  14. Fabrication N, F, and N/F-Doped TiO2 Photoelectrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Park, Su Kyung; Yun, Tae Kwan; Bae, Jae Young

    2015-08-01

    In this study, pure TiO2, N-doped TiO2, F-doped TiO2, and N/F-doped TiO2 particles were successfully synthesized through the hydrolysis of TiCl4 in the presence of ammonia water and NH4F, respectively. The introduction of doping materials did not affect the crystalline structure. No absorption peak for pure TiO2 was observed above the wavelength of 400 nm. However, the N-doped TiO2 and N/F-doped TiO2 powders exhibited a new absorption peak in the visible light region between 400 and 530 nm. The Jsc value of DSSCs based on the N/F-doped TiO2 electrode was increased by 10% compared to DSSCs using a pure TiO2 electrode, and the energy conversion efficiency was increased by 12%.

  15. N-doped TiO 2: Theory and experiment

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    Di Valentin, Cristiana; Finazzi, Emanuele; Pacchioni, Gianfranco; Selloni, Annabella; Livraghi, Stefano; Paganini, Maria Cristina; Giamello, Elio

    2007-10-01

    Nitrogen doped titanium dioxide is attracting a continuously increasing attention because of its potential as material for environmental photocatalysis. In this paper we review experimental and theoretical work done on this system in our groups in recent years. The analysis is largely based on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra and on their interpretation based on high-level ab initio calculations. N-doped anatase TiO 2 contains thermally stable single N-atom impurities either as charged diamagnetic Nb- centers or as neutral paramagnetic Nbrad centers (b stays for bulk). The N-atoms can occupy both interstitial or substitutional positions in the solid, with some evidence for a preference for interstitial sites. All types of N b centers give rise to localized states in the band-gap of the oxide, thus accounting for the related reduction of absorption band edge. The relative abundance of these species depends on the oxidation state of the solid. In fact, upon reduction, oxygen vacancies form and transfer electrons from Ti 3+ ions to the Nbrad with formation of Ti 4+ and Nb-. EPR spectra measured under irradiation show that the N b centers are responsible for visible light absorption with promotion of electrons from the localized N-impurity states to the conduction band or to electron scavengers like O 2 adsorbed on the surface. These results provide an unambiguous characterization of the electronic states associated with N-impurities in TiO 2 and a realistic picture of the processes occurring in the solid under irradiation with visible light.

  16. (In,Sn)2O3/TiO2/Pt Schottky-type diode switch for the TiO2 resistive switching memory array

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    Shin, Yong Cheol; Song, Jaewon; Kim, Kyung Min; Choi, Byung Joon; Choi, Seol; Lee, Hyun Ju; Kim, Gun Hwan; Eom, Taeyong; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2008-04-01

    A Schottky-type diode switch consisting of a Pt /(In,Sn)2O3/TiO2/Pt stack was fabricated for applications to cross-bar type resistive-switching memory arrays. The high (0.55eV) and low potential barrier at the TiO2/Pt and TiO2/(In,Sn)2O3 junctions, respectively, constitute the rectifying properties of the stacked structure. The forward/reverse current ratio was as high as ˜1.6×104 at an applied voltage of ˜1V. When Pt /TiO2/Pt memory was connected to this diode in series, there was an insignificant interference on the memory function from the diode under the forward bias and virtually no resistive switching under a reverse bias.

  17. Highly recoverable TiO2-GO nanocomposites for stormwater disinfection.

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    Wang, Gen; Feng, Wenjun; Zeng, Xiangkang; Wang, Zhouyou; Feng, Chuanping; McCarthy, David T; Deletic, Ana; Zhang, Xiwang

    2016-05-01

    A highly recoverable titanium dioxide-graphene oxide (TiO2-GO) composite was developed by a facile method of ultrasonic treatment of GO nanosheets and TiO2 nanoparticles, which should overcome the separation problem of nanosized TiO2 from treated water. Separability of the prepared samples was systematically investigated by gravity settling experiments. The samples' photocatalytic activity for stormwater disinfection was also studied under the irradiation of a solar simulator. The results demonstrated that TiO2-GO showed high efficient separability due to its accelerated settling behaviour. Zeta-potential analysis showed that the accelerated sedimentation of the catalyst was attributed to the aggregation of TiO2-GO resulting from the electrostatic attraction between TiO2 and GO. The TiO2-GO composite with a mass ratio of 100:2 (TiO2-2%GO) achieved both higher separability and good photocatalytic activity for stormwater disinfection. Its suspension became clear (turbidity < 50 NTU) after 8 h of sedimentation, while 99.5% of E.coli were deactivated in 90 min. The TiO2-GO composite exhibited excellent durability; no apparent change in the separability of TiO2-2%GO was observed after 10 treatment cycles (15 h in total), while only slight decrease in the photocatalytic activity was noted. In conclusion, the developed TiO2-GO composite showed promising results for stormwater disinfection. PMID:26991482

  18. High pressure structural phase transitions of TiO2 nanomaterials

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    Quan-Jun, Li; Bing-Bing, Liu

    2016-07-01

    Recently, the high pressure study on the TiO2 nanomaterials has attracted considerable attention due to the typical crystal structure and the fascinating properties of TiO2 with nanoscale sizes. In this paper, we briefly review the recent progress in the high pressure phase transitions of TiO2 nanomaterials. We discuss the size effects and morphology effects on the high pressure phase transitions of TiO2 nanomaterials with different particle sizes, morphologies, and microstructures. Several typical pressure-induced structural phase transitions in TiO2 nanomaterials are presented, including size-dependent phase transition selectivity in nanoparticles, morphology-tuned phase transition in nanowires, nanosheets, and nanoporous materials, and pressure-induced amorphization (PIA) and polyamorphism in ultrafine nanoparticles and TiO2-B nanoribbons. Various TiO2 nanostructural materials with high pressure structures are prepared successfully by high pressure treatment of the corresponding crystal nanomaterials, such as amorphous TiO2 nanoribbons, α-PbO2-type TiO2 nanowires, nanosheets, and nanoporous materials. These studies suggest that the high pressure phase transitions of TiO2 nanomaterials depend on the nanosize, morphology, interface energy, and microstructure. The diversity of high pressure behaviors of TiO2 nanomaterials provides a new insight into the properties of nanomaterials, and paves a way for preparing new nanomaterials with novel high pressure structures and properties for various applications. Project supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (Grant No. 2011CB808200), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11374120, 11004075, 10979001, 51025206, 51032001, and 21073071), and the Cheung Kong Scholars Programme of China.

  19. Plasma surface modified TiO2 nanoparticles: improved photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous m-xylene.

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    Sumitsawan, Sulak; Cho, Jai; Sattler, Melanie L; Timmons, Richard B

    2011-08-15

    Titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) is a preferred catalyst for photocatalytic oxidation of many air pollutants. In an effort to enhance its photocatalytic activity, TiO(2) was modified by pulsed plasma treatment. In this work, TiO(2) nanoparticles, coated on a glass plate, were treated with a plasma discharge of hexafluoropropylene oxide (HFPO) gas. By appropriate adjustment of discharge conditions, it was discovered that the TiO(2) particles can be either directly fluorinated (Ti-F) or coated with thin perfluorocarbon films (C-F). Specifically, under relatively high power input, the plasma deposition process favored direct surface fluorination. The extent of Ti-F formation increased with increasing power input. In contrast, at lower average power inputs, perfluorocarbon films are deposited on the surface of the TiO(2) particles. The plasma surface modified TiO(2) nanoparticles were subsequently employed as catalysts in the photocatalytic oxidation of m-xylene in air, as carried out inside a batch reactor with closed loop constant gas circulation. Both types of modified TiO(2) were significantly more catalytically active than that of the unmodified particles. For example, the rate constant of m-xylene degradation was increased from 0.012 min(-1) with untreated TiO(2) to 0.074 min(-1) with fluorinated TiO(2). Although it is not possible to provide unequivocal reasons for this increased photocatalytic activity, it is noted that the plasma surface treatment converted the TiO(2) from hydrophilic to highly hydrophobic, which would provide more facile catalyst adsorption of the xylene from the flowing air. Also, based on literature reports, the use of fluorinated TiO(2) reduces electron-hole recombination rates, thus increasing the photocatalytic activity. PMID:21761865

  20. Photocatalysis of sub-ppm limonene over multiwalled carbon nanotubes/titania composite nanofiber under visible-light irradiation.

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    Jo, Wan-Kuen; Kang, Hyun-Jung

    2015-01-01

    This study was conducted under visible-light exposure to investigate the photocatalytic characteristics of a multiwalled carbon nanotube/titania (TiO2) composite nanofiber (MTCN) using a continuous-flow tubular reactor. The MTCN was prepared by a sol-gel process, followed by an electrospinning technique. The photocatalytic decomposition efficiency for limonene on the MTCN was higher than those obtained from reference TiO2 nanofibers or P25 TiO2, and the experimental results agreed well with the Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. The CO concentrations generated during the photocatalysis did not reach levels toxic to humans. The mineralization efficiency for limonene on the MTCN was also higher than that for P25 TiO2. Moreover, the mineralization efficiency obtained using the MTCN increased steeply from 8.3 to 91.1% as the residence time increased from 7.8 to 78.0s, compared to the increase in the decomposition efficiencies for limonene from 90.1 to 99.9%. Three gas-phase intermediates (methacrolein, acetic acid, and limonene oxide) were quantitatively determined for the photocatalysis for limonene over the MTCN, whereas only two intermediates (acetic acid and limonene oxide) were quantitatively determined over P25 TiO2. Other provisional gas-phase intermediates included cyclopropyl methyl ketone and 2-ethylbutanal.

  1. TiO2 nanoparticles versus TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites: A comparative study of photo catalysis on acid red 88

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    Balachandran, K.; Venckatesh, Rajendran; Sivaraj, Rajeshwari; Rajiv, P.

    2014-07-01

    A novel, simple, less time-consuming and cost-effective wet chemical technique was used to synthesis TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites using Titanium tetra isopropoxide (TTIP) as a precursor relatively at low temperature in acidic pH. Titania sol was prepared by hydrolysis of TTIP and was mixed with silicic acid and tetrahydrofuran mixture. The reaction was carried out under vigorous stirring for 6 h and dried at room temperature. The resulting powders were characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The grain size of the particles was calculated by X-ray diffraction, surface morphology and chemical composition was determined from scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy, metal oxide stretching was confirmed from FT-IR spectroscopy, band gap was calculated using UV-Visible spectroscopy. Surface area of the composite as calculated by BET analyzer and it was found to be 65 and 75 m2/g for TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 respectively. The photocatalytic experiments were performed with aqueous solution of acid red 88 with TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 batch studies for 4 h irradiation, direct photolysis of TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 contributed 94.2% and 96.5% decomposition in solar radiation for the optimized concentration of acid red 88.

  2. TiO2 nanoparticles versus TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites: a comparative study of photo catalysis on acid red 88.

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    Balachandran, K; Venckatesh, Rajendran; Sivaraj, Rajeshwari; Rajiv, P

    2014-07-15

    A novel, simple, less time-consuming and cost-effective wet chemical technique was used to synthesis TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites using Titanium tetra isopropoxide (TTIP) as a precursor relatively at low temperature in acidic pH. Titania sol was prepared by hydrolysis of TTIP and was mixed with silicic acid and tetrahydrofuran mixture. The reaction was carried out under vigorous stirring for 6h and dried at room temperature. The resulting powders were characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The grain size of the particles was calculated by X-ray diffraction, surface morphology and chemical composition was determined from scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy, metal oxide stretching was confirmed from FT-IR spectroscopy, band gap was calculated using UV-Visible spectroscopy. Surface area of the composite as calculated by BET analyzer and it was found to be 65 and 75 m(2)/g for TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 respectively. The photocatalytic experiments were performed with aqueous solution of acid red 88 with TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 batch studies for 4h irradiation, direct photolysis of TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 contributed 94.2% and 96.5% decomposition in solar radiation for the optimized concentration of acid red 88. PMID:24682063

  3. TiO2 nanoparticles versus TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites: a comparative study of photo catalysis on acid red 88.

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    Balachandran, K; Venckatesh, Rajendran; Sivaraj, Rajeshwari; Rajiv, P

    2014-07-15

    A novel, simple, less time-consuming and cost-effective wet chemical technique was used to synthesis TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites using Titanium tetra isopropoxide (TTIP) as a precursor relatively at low temperature in acidic pH. Titania sol was prepared by hydrolysis of TTIP and was mixed with silicic acid and tetrahydrofuran mixture. The reaction was carried out under vigorous stirring for 6h and dried at room temperature. The resulting powders were characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The grain size of the particles was calculated by X-ray diffraction, surface morphology and chemical composition was determined from scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive spectroscopy, metal oxide stretching was confirmed from FT-IR spectroscopy, band gap was calculated using UV-Visible spectroscopy. Surface area of the composite as calculated by BET analyzer and it was found to be 65 and 75 m(2)/g for TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 respectively. The photocatalytic experiments were performed with aqueous solution of acid red 88 with TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 batch studies for 4h irradiation, direct photolysis of TiO2 and TiO2-SiO2 contributed 94.2% and 96.5% decomposition in solar radiation for the optimized concentration of acid red 88.

  4. Preparation of hollow TiO2 nanoparticles through TiO2 deposition on polystyrene latex particles and characterizations of their structure and photocatalytic activity

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    2012-01-01

    In a mixed solvent of water and ethanol, polystyrene/titanium dioxide (PSt/TiO2) composite particles of core-shell structure were prepared by hydrolysis of tetrabutyl titanate in the presence of cationic PSt particles or anionic PSt particles surface-treated using γ-aminopropyl triethoxysilane. Hollow TiO2 particles were obtained through calcination of the PSt/TiO2 core-shell particles to burn off the PSt core or through dissolution of the core by tetrahydrofuran (THF). An alternative process constituted of preheating the PSt/TiO2 particles at 200°C to allow partial crystallization followed by calcination or PSt dissolution by THF. The outcome TiO2 particles thus prepared were examined by TEM, and hollow TiO2 particles were observed. The crystalline phase structure and phase transformation were characterized, which revealed that preheating before the removal of the PSt core was useful to achieve the desired hollow TiO2 particles, and the calcination process was beneficial to the formation of anatase and rutile structures. The tests of TiO2 particles as catalyst in the photodegradation of Rhodamine B demonstrated that a much higher catalytic activity was observed with the TiO2 hollow particles prepared through calcination combined with preheating. PMID:23176612

  5. Hydrothermal Etching Treatment to Rutile TiO2 Nanorod Arrays for Improving the Efficiency of CdS-Sensitized TiO2 Solar Cells.

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    Wan, Jingshu; Liu, Rong; Tong, Yuzhu; Chen, Shuhuang; Hu, Yunxia; Wang, Baoyuan; Xu, Yang; Wang, Hao

    2016-12-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs) were directly grown on an F:SnO2 (FTO) substrate without any seed layer by hydrothermal route. For a larger surface area, the second-step hydrothermal treatment in hydrochloric acid was carried out to the as-prepared TiO2 NRAs. The results showed that the center portion of the TiO2 nanorods were dissolved in the etching solution to form a nanocave at the initial etching process. As the etching time extended, the tip parts of the nanocave wall split into lots of nanowires with a reduced diameter, giving rise to a remarkable increase of specific surface area for the TiO2 NRAs. The TiO2 films after etching treatment were sensitized by CdS quantum dots (QDs) to fabricate quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs), which exhibited a significant improvement in the photocurrent density in comparison with that of the un-treated device, this mainly attributed to the enhancement of QD loading and diffused reflectance ability. Through modifying the etching TiO2 films with TiCl4, a relatively high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.14 % was obtained after optimizing the etching time.

  6. Hydrothermal Etching Treatment to Rutile TiO2 Nanorod Arrays for Improving the Efficiency of CdS-Sensitized TiO2 Solar Cells

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    Wan, Jingshu; Liu, Rong; Tong, Yuzhu; Chen, Shuhuang; Hu, Yunxia; Wang, Baoyuan; Xu, Yang; Wang, Hao

    2016-01-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs) were directly grown on an F:SnO2 (FTO) substrate without any seed layer by hydrothermal route. For a larger surface area, the second-step hydrothermal treatment in hydrochloric acid was carried out to the as-prepared TiO2 NRAs. The results showed that the center portion of the TiO2 nanorods were dissolved in the etching solution to form a nanocave at the initial etching process. As the etching time extended, the tip parts of the nanocave wall split into lots of nanowires with a reduced diameter, giving rise to a remarkable increase of specific surface area for the TiO2 NRAs. The TiO2 films after etching treatment were sensitized by CdS quantum dots (QDs) to fabricate quantum dot-sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs), which exhibited a significant improvement in the photocurrent density in comparison with that of the un-treated device, this mainly attributed to the enhancement of QD loading and diffused reflectance ability. Through modifying the etching TiO2 films with TiCl4, a relatively high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.14 % was obtained after optimizing the etching time.

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

  9. Significant enhancement of power conversion efficiency for dye sensitized solar cell using 1D/3D network nanostructures as photoanodes.

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    Wang, Hao; Wang, Baoyuan; Yu, Jichao; Hu, Yunxia; Xia, Chen; Zhang, Jun; Liu, Rong

    2015-03-23

    The single-crystalline TiO2 nanorod arrays with rutile phase have attracted much attention in the dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) applications because of their superior chemical stability, better electron transport properties, higher refractive index and low production cost. However, it suffers from a low surface area as compared with TiO2 nanoparticle films. In order to enlarge the surface area of TiO2 nanorod arrays, the 1D nanorods/3D nanotubes sample was synthesized using a facile two-step hydrothermal process involving hydrothermal growth 1D/3D nanorods and followed by post-etching treatment. In such bi-layer structure, the oriented TiO2 nanorods layer could provide direct pathway for fast electron transportation, and the 3D nanotubes layer offers a higher surface area for dye loading, therefore, the 1D nanorods/3D nanotubes photoanode exhibited faster electron transport and higher surface area than either 1D or 3D nanostructures alone, and an highest efficiency of 7.68% was achieved for the DSSCs based on 1D nanorods/3D nanotubes photoanode with further TiCl4 treatment.

  10. A TiO2 abundance map for the northern maria

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    Johnson, T. V.; Saunders, R. S.; Matson, D. L.; Mosher, J. A.

    1977-01-01

    A map of TiO2 abundance for most of the northern maria is presented. The telescopic data base used is the 0.38/0.56-micron ratio mosaic from Johnson et at. (1977). The titanium content has been estimated using the correlation established by Charette et al. (1974). The combination of observational, processing, and calibration errors indicates that the TiO2 map is accurate to + or - 2% (wt% TiO2) for high TiO2 content (more than 5%) and + or - 1% for low values of TiO2. Analysis of the lunar sample and telescopic data suggests strongly that the spectral parameter mapped is sensitive primarily to TiO2 abundance in the range 3-9% and does not correlate directly with iron content. It is suggested, however, that for the low TiO2 mare regions (less than 2-3% TiO2) there may be a relation between the spectral ratio and iron content and that some of the reddest mare areas in the Imbrium region may have low iron contents as well as low titanium abundances.

  11. Neurotoxicity and biochemical responses in the earthworm Pheretima hawayana exposed to TiO2NPs.

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    Khalil, Abdelmonem M

    2015-12-01

    Serious concerns have been expressed about potential risks of manufactured TiO2NPs. In this research, toxicity of nanoparticulate and bulk TiO2 were examined to the earthworm Pheretima hawayana. The 24-h median lethal concentration (LC50) and sublethal endpoints were assessed. Both NPs and their bulk counterparts were toxic. The 24-h LC50 for TiO2NPs (145.36 mg kg(-1)) was highly toxic than that of bulk TiO2 (357.77 mg kg(-1)). The aim of the present work is to evaluate the suitability of P. hawayana and its biochemical responses to be used as a bioindicator organism and biomarkers of TiO2 toxicity. Earthworms were exposed to three sublethal concentrations of TiO2NPs (1, 10 and 100 µg kg(-1)) for 28 days to test acetylcholinesterase (AChE), antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase: SOD and catalase: CAT) activities and MDA content. The response of the antioxidant enzymes combined with AChE inhibition and MDA accumulation indicated that TiO2NPs could induce significant impairments to the earthworms at the actual environment tested concentrations. The results pointed out the high sensitivity of the antioxidant and oxidative stress related responses to TiO2NPs exposure, demonstrating their usefulness in environmental monitoring and risk assessment. The study highlights also the usefulness of earthworm P. hawayana as potential bioindicator species for assessing the risk of nanoparticles environmental contamination.

  12. Charge Separation in TiO2/BDD Heterojunction Thin Film for Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance.

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    Terashima, Chiaki; Hishinuma, Ryota; Roy, Nitish; Sugiyama, Yuki; Latthe, Sanjay S; Nakata, Kazuya; Kondo, Takeshi; Yuasa, Makoto; Fujishima, Akira

    2016-01-27

    Semiconductor photocatalysis driven by electron/hole has begun a new era in the field of solar energy conversion and storage. Here we report the fabrication and optimization of TiO2/BDD p-n heterojunction photoelectrode using p-type boron doped diamond (BDD) and n-type TiO2 which shows enhanced photoelectrochemical activity. A p-type BDD was first deposited on Si substrate by microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) method and then n-type TiO2 was sputter coated on top of BDD grains for different durations. The microstructural studies reveal a uniform disposition of anatase TiO2 and its thickness can be tuned by varying the sputtering time. The formation of p-n heterojunction was confirmed through I-V measurement. A remarkable rectification property of 63773 at 5 V with very small leakage current indicates achieving a superior, uniform and precise p-n junction at TiO2 sputtering time of 90 min. This suitably formed p-n heterojunction electrode is found to show 1.6 fold higher photoelectrochemical activity than bare n-type TiO2 electrode at an applied potential of +1.5 V vs SHE. The enhanced photoelectrochemical performance of this TiO2/BDD electrode is ascribed to the injection of hole from p-type BDD to n-type TiO2, which increases carrier separation and thereby enhances the photoelectrochemical performance. PMID:26756353

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  14. Neurotoxicity and biochemical responses in the earthworm Pheretima hawayana exposed to TiO2NPs.

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    Khalil, Abdelmonem M

    2015-12-01

    Serious concerns have been expressed about potential risks of manufactured TiO2NPs. In this research, toxicity of nanoparticulate and bulk TiO2 were examined to the earthworm Pheretima hawayana. The 24-h median lethal concentration (LC50) and sublethal endpoints were assessed. Both NPs and their bulk counterparts were toxic. The 24-h LC50 for TiO2NPs (145.36 mg kg(-1)) was highly toxic than that of bulk TiO2 (357.77 mg kg(-1)). The aim of the present work is to evaluate the suitability of P. hawayana and its biochemical responses to be used as a bioindicator organism and biomarkers of TiO2 toxicity. Earthworms were exposed to three sublethal concentrations of TiO2NPs (1, 10 and 100 µg kg(-1)) for 28 days to test acetylcholinesterase (AChE), antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase: SOD and catalase: CAT) activities and MDA content. The response of the antioxidant enzymes combined with AChE inhibition and MDA accumulation indicated that TiO2NPs could induce significant impairments to the earthworms at the actual environment tested concentrations. The results pointed out the high sensitivity of the antioxidant and oxidative stress related responses to TiO2NPs exposure, demonstrating their usefulness in environmental monitoring and risk assessment. The study highlights also the usefulness of earthworm P. hawayana as potential bioindicator species for assessing the risk of nanoparticles environmental contamination. PMID:26398239

  15. 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.

  16. Preparation and characterization of whey protein film incorporated with TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Zhou, J J; Wang, S Y; Gunasekaran, S

    2009-09-01

    Biodegradable titanium dioxide (TiO(2))/whey protein isolate (WPI) blend films were made by casting denatured WPI film solutions incorporated with TiO(2) nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction, UV-vis spectra, and fluorescence spectra of the films showed the successful incorporation of TiO(2) nanoparticles into the WPI matrix and indicated the interactions between TiO(2) and WPI. Mechanical tests revealed the antiplasticizing effect of TiO(2) nanoparticles on the WPI/TiO(2) film. Small amounts (<1 wt%) of added TiO(2) nanoparticles significantly increase the tensile properties of WPI film, but also decrease the moisture barrier properties. The addition of higher amounts (>1 wt%) of TiO(2) improves moisture barrier properties but lowers the tensile properties of the film. Microstructural evaluation confirmed the aggregation and distribution of TiO(2) nanoparticles within the WPI matrix and validated the results of functional properties of the WPI/TiO(2) film.

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  18. Sonocatalytic removal of an organic dye using TiO2/Montmorillonite nanocomposite.

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    Khataee, Alireza; Sheydaei, Mohsen; Hassani, Aydin; Taseidifar, Mojtaba; Karaca, Semra

    2015-01-01

    The sonocatalytic performance of the synthesized TiO2/Montmorillonite K10 (TiO2/MMT) nanocomposite was studied in removal of Basic Blue 3 (BB3) from water. The TiO2/MMT nanocomposite was prepared by hydrothermal method. Scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared were used to characterize the synthesized nanocomposite. The average size of TiO2 nanoparticles decreased from 60-80nm to 40-60nm through the immobilization of this semiconductor on the surface of MMT. The obtained results indicated that the sonocatalytic activity of TiO2/MMT nanocomposite was higher than that of pure TiO2 nanoparticles and MMT particles. Furthermore, the main influence factors on the sonocatalytic activity such as the BB3 concentration, pH of solution, TiO2/MMT dose, power of ultrasonic generator, and inorganic salts were studied. The intermediates of BB3 degradation during the sonocatalytic process in the presence of the TiO2/MMT nanocomposite have been monitored by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. PMID:25060118

  19. Novel photocatalytic antibacterial activity of TiO2 microspheres exposing 100% reactive {111} facets.

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    Sun, Liang; Qin, Ying; Cao, Qingqing; Hu, Bingqing; Huang, Zhiwei; Ye, Ling; Tang, Xingfu

    2011-12-21

    TiO(2) microspheres constructed by well-crystallized faceted nanorods with high aspect ratios expose 100% photocatalytic reactive {111} facets on the spherical surface. The microspheres demonstrated excellent photocatalytic antibacterial activity towards Staphylococcus aureus due to effective suppression of photoinduced electron-hole pair recombination and active TiO(2)@˙OH core-shell structure. PMID:22051605

  20. Sunlight highly photoactive Bi2WO6-TiO2 heterostructures for rhodamine B degradation.

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    Colón, G; Murcia López, S; Hidalgo, M C; Navío, J A

    2010-07-14

    Highly efficient Bi(2)WO(6)-TiO(2) heterostructures are synthesized by means of a hydrothermal method; they have high photoactivity for the degradation of rhodamine B under sunlike irradiation. An interesting synergetic effect between TiO(2) and Bi(2)WO(6) leads to an improved charge carrier separation mechanism, causing the excellent photocatalytic performance.

  1. Enhancement in photo-induced hydrophilicity of TiO2/CNT nanostructures by applying voltage

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    Abdi, Yaser; Khalilian, Maryam; Arzi, Ezatollah

    2011-06-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays were synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition on a silicon substrate. Cabbage-like TiO2 nanostructures on the CNTs were produced by atmospheric-pressure chemical vapour deposition. Scanning electron microcopy was used to study the morphology of the TiO2/CNT structures while x-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy were used to verify the characteristics of the prepared nanostructures. Their hydrophilicity under UV and visible light was investigated and compared with the activity of thin films of TiO2. The TiO2/CNTs showed a highly improved photocatalytic activity in comparison with the TiO2 film. The excellent visible-light-induced hydrophilicity of the TiO2/CNTs was attributed to the generation of electron-hole pairs by visible light excitation with a low recombination rate. The results of this study showed that the fabricated cabbage-like TiO2/CNT nanostructures have a super-hydrophilic surface without further UV irradiation. Electrical measurements showed that a p-n junction was formed at the interface of the TiO2/CNTs. Consequently, a super-hydrophilic surface was achieved by applying an electric bias voltage. Visible-light- and electro-induced hydrophilicity of the obtained nanostructure was reported in this work.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. TiO2 hollow spheres composed of highly crystalline nanocrystals exhibit superior lithium storage properties.

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    Zhang, Genqiang; Wu, Hao Bin; Song, Taeseup; Paik, Ungyu; Lou, Xiong Wen David

    2014-11-10

    While the synthesis of TiO2 hollow structures is well-established, in most cases it is particularly difficult to control the crystallization of TiO2 in solution or by calcination. As a result, TiO2 hollow structures do not really exhibit enhanced lithium storage properties. Herein, we report a simple and cost-effective template-assisted method to synthesize anatase TiO2 hollow spheres composed of highly crystalline nanocrystals, in which carbonaceous (C) spheres are chosen as the removable template. The release of gaseous species from the combustion of C spheres may inhibit the growth of TiO2 crystallites so that instead small TiO2 nanocrystals are generated. The small size and high crystallinity of primary TiO2 nanoparticles and the high structural integrity of the hollow spheres gives rise to significant improvements in the cycling stability and rate performance of the TiO2 hollow spheres. PMID:25124735

  6. Enhanced photocatalytic CO₂-reduction activity of electrospun mesoporous TiO₂ nanofibers by solvothermal treatment.

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    Fu, Junwei; Cao, Shaowen; Yu, Jiaguo; Low, Jingxiang; Lei, Yongpeng

    2014-06-28

    Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 into renewable hydrocarbon fuels using semiconductor photocatalysts is considered as a potential solution to the energy deficiency and greenhouse effect. In this work, mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers with high specific surface areas and abundant surface hydroxyl groups are prepared using an electrospinning strategy combined with a subsequent calcination process, followed by a solvothermal treatment. The solvothermally treated mesoporous TiO2 nanofibers exhibit excellent photocatalytic performance on CO2 reduction into hydrocarbon fuels. The significantly improved photocatalytic activity can be attributed to the enhanced CO2 adsorption capacity and the improved charge separation after solvothermal treatment. The highest activity is achieved for the sample with a 2-h solvothermal treatment, showing 6- and 25-fold higher CH4 production rate than those of TiO2 nanofibers without solvothermal treatment and P25, respectively. This work may also provide a prototype for studying the effect of solvothermal treatment on the structure and photocatalytic activity of semiconductor photocatalysts. PMID:24809306

  7. Improvement of Ultrasonic Disinfection Power Using TiO2 Photocatalyst

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    Dadjour, Mahmoud Farshbaf; Ogino, Chiaki; Matsumura, Susumu; Nakamura, Shinichi; Shimizu, Nobuaki

    2005-03-01

    The disinfection power of an ultrasonic system was enhanced using TiO2-photocatalyst in the irradiating solutions. Cultures of Legionella were used in the irradiation system with and without TiO2. A significant decrease in the concentration of viable cells was observed during irradiation in the presence of TiO2. The rate of cell killing was higher in the presence of TiO2 than it was with Al2O3, and was proportional to the amount of TiO2 used in the irradiating samples. There was no significant effect of cell concentration on the rate of cell killing in the range of 103 to 107 CFU/ml. Addition of OH radical scavengers such as glutathione, ascorbic acid and histidine to the irradiating solutions reduced the rate of disinfection, thus indicating the primary role of OH radicals in this process.

  8. Surface morphology of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles on aluminum interdigitated device electrodes (IDEs)

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    Azizah, N.; Hashim, U.; Arshad, M. K. Md.; Gopinath, Subash C. B.; Nadzirah, Sh.; Farehanim, M. A.; Fatin, M. F.; Ruslinda, A. R.; Ayub, R. M.

    2016-07-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles based Interdigitated Device Electrodes (IDEs) Nanobiosensor device was developed for intracellular biochemical detection. Fabrication and characterization of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) using IDE nanocoated with TiO2 was studied in this paper. SEM analysis was carried out at 10 kV acceleration volatege and a 9.8 mA emission current to compare IDE with and without TiO2 on the surface area. The simple fabrication process, high sensitivity, and fast response of the TiO2 based IDEs facilitate their applications in a wide range of areas. The small size of semiconductor TiO2 based IDE for sensitive, label-free, real time detection of a wide range of biological species could be explored in vivo diagnostics and array-based screening.

  9. Surface properties and biocompatibility of nanostructured TiO2 film deposited by RF magnetron sputtering.

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    Majeed, Asif; He, Jie; Jiao, Lingrui; Zhong, Xiaoxia; Sheng, Zhengming

    2015-01-01

    Nanostructured TiO2 films are deposited on a silicon substrate using 150-W power from the RF magnetron sputtering at working pressures of 3 to 5 Pa, with no substrate bias, and at 3 Pa with a substrate bias of -50 V. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that TiO2 films deposited on unbiased as well as biased substrates are all amorphous. Surface properties such as surface roughness and wettability of TiO2 films, grown in a plasma environment, under biased and unbiased substrate conditions are reported according to the said parameters of RF power and the working pressures. Primary rat osteoblasts (MC3T3-E1) cells have been cultured on nanostructured TiO2 films fabricated at different conditions of substrate bias and working pressures. The effects of roughness and hydrophilicity of nanostructured TiO2 films on cell density and cell spreading have been discussed.

  10. 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.

  11. Highly flexible coaxial nanohybrids made from porous TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Wang, Daoai; Liu, Ying; Wang, Chengwei; Zhou, Feng; Liu, Weimin

    2009-05-26

    Anatase TiO(2), an n-type semiconductor, has gained considerable research interest over several decades due to its photocatalytic activity. Most recently, its properties for photoelectrical conversion in solar cells has been explored. Anodized TiO(2) nanotube (NT) arrays have been developed and possess improved photocatalytic, sensing, photoelectrolystic, and photovoltaic properties. The present work describes using TiO(2) as the building block to form ordered heterojunctions via simple electrodeposition with materials of potential interest, including conducting polymers (polypyrrole, poly(3-hexylthiophene)), inorganic semiconducting materials (CdS), and metals (Ni and Au, etc.). A key finding is that the synthesized TiO(2) NT-nanowires(nanotubes) nanohybrids are highly flexible after being peeled off from mother substrates, which is in contrast to more fragile pure TiO(2) NTs. These highly flexible coaxial nanohybrids are expected to have potent applications.

  12. Electrochromic properties of spray deposited TiO 2-doped WO 3 thin films

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    Patil, P. S.; Mujawar, S. H.; Inamdar, A. I.; Sadale, S. B.

    2005-08-01

    TiO 2-doped WO 3 thin films were deposited onto fluorine-doped tin oxide coated conducting glass substrates using spray pyrolysis technique at 525 °C. The volume percentage of TiO 2 dopant was varied from 13% to 38%. The thin film samples were transparent, uniform and strongly adherent to the substrates. Electrochromical properties of TiO 2-doped WO 3 thin films were studied with the help of cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA) and chronocoulometry (CC) techniques. It has been found that TiO 2 doping in WO 3 enhances its electrochromic performance. Colouration efficiency becomes almost double and samples exhibit increasingly high reversibility with TiO 2 doping concentrations, in the studied range.

  13. A simple hydrothermal preparation of TiO 2 nanomaterials using concentrated hydrochloric acid

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    Nguyen Phan, Thuy-Duong; Pham, Hai-Dinh; Viet Cuong, Tran; Jung Kim, Eui; Kim, Sunwook; Woo Shin, Eun

    2009-12-01

    A TiO 2 nanostructure was synthesized via a simple method using only concentrated hydrochloric acid as the morphological/crystallographic controlling agent. Microscopy images showed that the texture of the TiO 2 powder could be easily engineered and tuned by tailoring the HCl volume, creating cuboid, flower, cauliflower, and ball-shaped particles. Three-dimensional TiO 2 microparticles resulted from the self-assembly of nanostructured sub-units including nanocubes, nanoprisms, and nanorods. The crystalline anatase and rutile phases were also identified depending on the acidic medium. HCl played a key role in orchestrating the structures and morphologies of the TiO 2 nanoscale materials. The phase transformation and morphological changes were strongly related to the crystal growth mechanism of the TiO 2 nanostructure.

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

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    Huang, Wei; Wang, Feng; Wang, Wei

    2011-01-01

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

  15. The Effect of WO 3 on the Photocatalytic Activity of TiO 2

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    Do, Y. R.; Lee, W.; Dwight, K.; Wold, A.

    1994-01-01

    Samples of WO 3/TiO 2 mixed oxide powders were prepared by two methods: (1) the incipient wetness impregnation of an aqueous ammonia solution of H 2WO 4 onto TiO 2 (P25), followed by heat treatment and (2) the ultrasonic nebulization and flame hydrolysis of a mixed isopropanol solution of tungsten(V) pentaethoxide and titanium(IV) tetraisopropoxide. The photocatalytic activities of TiO 2-based catalysts were evaluated by the degradation of 1,4-dichlorobenzene (DCB). The addition of WO 3 to TiO 2 greatly increased its photocatalytic behavior. This may be related to an increase in the transfer of electrons from the TiO 2 to the outer system, via the formation of an intermediate W(V) species.

  16. Enhanced adsorption of atrazine from aqueous solution by molecularly imprinted TiO2 film

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    Zhang, Chunjing; Yan, Jinlong; Zhang, Chunxiao; Yang, Zhengpeng

    2012-07-01

    TiO2 film imprinted by atrazine molecule at the surface of quartz crystal was prepared using molecular imprinting and surface sol-gel process. The molecularly imprinted TiO2 film was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and cyclic voltammetry, and the atrazine adsorption was investigated by quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) technique. In comparison with non-imprinted TiO2 film, the molecularly imprinted TiO2 film exhibits high selectivity for atrazine, better reversibility and a much higher adsorption capacity for the target molecule, the adsorption equilibrium constant estimated from the in situ frequency measurement is about 6.7 × 104 M-1, which is thirteen times higher than that obtained on non-imprinted TiO2 film.

  17. Synthesis and Photocatalytic Activity of Anatase TiO2 Nanoparticles-coated Carbon Nanotubes

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    Xie, Yi; Heo, Sung Hwan; Yoo, Seung Hwa; Ali, Ghafar; Cho, Sung Oh

    2010-03-01

    A simple and straightforward approach to prepare TiO2-coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) is presented. Anatase TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) with the average size ~8 nm were coated on CNTs from peroxo titanic acid (PTA) precursor even at low temperature of 100 °C. We demonstrate the effects of CNTs/TiO2 molar ratio on the adsorption capability and photocatalytic efficiency under UV-visible irradiation. The samples showed not only good optical absorption in visible range, but also great adsorption capacity for methyl orange (MO) dye molecules. These properties facilitated the great enhancement of photocatalytic activity of TiO2 NPs-coated CNTs photocatalysts. The TiO2 NPs-coated CNTs exhibited 2.45 times higher photocatalytic activity for MO degradation than that of pure TiO2.

  18. A Multiscale TiO2 Nanorod Array for Ultrasensitive Capture of Circulating Tumor Cells.

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    Sun, Na; Li, Xinpan; Wang, Zhili; Zhang, Ruihua; Wang, Jine; Wang, Kewei; Pei, Renjun

    2016-05-25

    In this work, a uniform multiscale TiO2 nanorod array is fabricated to provide a "multi-scale interacting platform" for cell capture, which exhibits excellent capture specificity and sensitivity of the target cells after modification with bovine serum albumin (BSA) and DNA aptamer. After studying the capture performance of the BSA-aptamer TiO2 nanorod substrates and other nanostructured substrates, we can conclude that the multisacle TiO2 nanorod substrates could indeed effectively enhance the capture yields of target cancer cells. The capture yield of artificial blood samples on the BSA-aptamer TiO2 nanorod substrates is up to 85%-95%, revealing the potential application of the TiO2 nanorods on efficient and sensitive capture of rare circulating tumor cells. PMID:27176724

  19. Surface properties and biocompatibility of nanostructured TiO2 film deposited by RF magnetron sputtering

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    Majeed, Asif; He, Jie; Jiao, Lingrui; Zhong, Xiaoxia; Sheng, Zhengming

    2015-02-01

    Nanostructured TiO2 films are deposited on a silicon substrate using 150-W power from the RF magnetron sputtering at working pressures of 3 to 5 Pa, with no substrate bias, and at 3 Pa with a substrate bias of -50 V. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that TiO2 films deposited on unbiased as well as biased substrates are all amorphous. Surface properties such as surface roughness and wettability of TiO2 films, grown in a plasma environment, under biased and unbiased substrate conditions are reported according to the said parameters of RF power and the working pressures. Primary rat osteoblasts (MC3T3-E1) cells have been cultured on nanostructured TiO2 films fabricated at different conditions of substrate bias and working pressures. The effects of roughness and hydrophilicity of nanostructured TiO2 films on cell density and cell spreading have been discussed.

  20. [Mechanism and kinetics of phenol degradation by TiO2 photocatalytic combined technologies].

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    Zhang, Yi; Huang, Ruo-Nan; Wang, Xiao-Min; Wang, Qi; Cong, Yan-Qing

    2013-02-01

    The combination H2O2, or electrical catalytic (EC) system with TiO2 photbcatalytic system for phenol degradation was investigated. The catalytic systems of TiO2/UV, H2O2/UV, TiO2/UV/H2O2 and TiO2/UV/EC were compared to investigate the phenol degradation mechanism and kinetic model. The degradation of phenol in TiO2/UV/H2O2 and TiO2/UV/EC system is more effective than that in TiO2/UV system. With the solution pH of 6, TiO, concentration of 0.2 g.L-1, UV illumination of 2 h, the photocatalysis removal efficiency of phenol reaches to 86%, if the current density of 12 mA.cm-2 is added, the removal efficiency of phenol could reach to 100%. The energy utilization in different catalytic systems was also compared. When phenol is degraded in 15 min, in TiO2/UV/EC system the energy utilization is the highest of 0.0306 g.(kW. h)-1 with the energy consumption of 0.0640 kW.h-1. It indicates that much more energy is used in TiO2/UV/EC system for phenol degradation. During the analysis of intermediate products in different catalysis systems, the first-order kinetic model of phenol degradation and intermediate products such as hydroquinone, catechol and benzoquinone formation were established. The kinetic model is validated the phenol degradation pathway in different catalysis systems, and also indicates the TiO2/UV/EC system could enhance phenol and intermediate products degradation.

  1. Comparing multistep immobilized metal affinity chromatography and multistep TiO2 methods for phosphopeptide enrichment.

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    Yue, Xiaoshan; Schunter, Alissa; Hummon, Amanda B

    2015-09-01

    Phosphopeptide enrichment from complicated peptide mixtures is an essential step for mass spectrometry-based phosphoproteomic studies to reduce sample complexity and ionization suppression effects. Typical methods for enriching phosphopeptides include immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) or titanium dioxide (TiO2) beads, which have selective affinity and can interact with phosphopeptides. In this study, the IMAC enrichment method was compared with the TiO2 enrichment method, using a multistep enrichment strategy from whole cell lysate, to evaluate their abilities to enrich for different types of phosphopeptides. The peptide-to-beads ratios were optimized for both IMAC and TiO2 beads. Both IMAC and TiO2 enrichments were performed for three rounds to enable the maximum extraction of phosphopeptides from the whole cell lysates. The phosphopeptides that are unique to IMAC enrichment, unique to TiO2 enrichment, and identified with both IMAC and TiO2 enrichment were analyzed for their characteristics. Both IMAC and TiO2 enriched similar amounts of phosphopeptides with comparable enrichment efficiency. However, phosphopeptides that are unique to IMAC enrichment showed a higher percentage of multiphosphopeptides as well as a higher percentage of longer, basic, and hydrophilic phosphopeptides. Also, the IMAC and TiO2 procedures clearly enriched phosphopeptides with different motifs. Finally, further enriching with two rounds of TiO2 from the supernatant after IMAC enrichment or further enriching with two rounds of IMAC from the supernatant TiO2 enrichment does not fully recover the phosphopeptides that are not identified with the corresponding multistep enrichment. PMID:26237447

  2. Characteristics of ionic polymer-metal composite with chemically doped TiO2 particles

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    Jung, Youngsoo; Kim, Seong Jun; Kim, Kwang J.; Lee, Deuk Yong

    2011-12-01

    Many studies have investigated techniques to improve the bending performance of ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) actuators, including 'doping' of metal particles in the polymer membrane usually by means of physical processes. This study is mainly focused on the characterization of the physical, electrochemical and electromechanical properties of TiO2-doped ionic polymer membranes and IPMCs prepared by the sol-gel method, which results in a uniform distribution of the particles inside the polymer membrane. X-ray and UV-visible spectra indicate the presence of anatase-TiO2 in the modified membranes. TiO2-doped membranes (0.16 wt%) exhibit the highest level of water uptake. The glass transition temperature of these membranes, measured using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), increases with the increase of the amount of TiO2 in the membrane. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) demonstrated that the storage modulus of dried TiO2-doped ionic polymer membranes increases as the amount of TiO2 in the membrane increases, whereas the storage modulus of hydrated samples is closely related to the level of water uptake. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) shows that the conductivity of TiO2-doped membranes decreases with increasing TiO2 content in spite of an internal resistance drop in the samples. Above all, bending deflection of TiO2-doped IPMC decreased with higher TiO2 content in the membrane while the blocking force of each sample increased with the higher TiO2 content. Additionally, it was determined that the lifetime of IPMC is strongly dependent on the level of water uptake.

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

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    Darvishi, Motahareh; Seyed-Yazdi, Jamileh

    2016-08-01

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

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

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    Darvishi, Motahareh; Seyed-Yazdi, Jamileh

    2016-08-01

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

  5. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of fluorine doped TiO2 nanoflakes synthesized using solid state reaction method.

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    Umadevi, M; Parimaladevi, R; Sangari, M

    2014-01-01

    Fluorine doped TiO2 were synthesized by solid state reaction method. Optical and structural properties of fluorine doped TiO2 were investigated by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV-vis diffusion reflectance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopic techniques. The prepared fluorine doped TiO2 was smaller in size with respect to pure TiO2 and it is tetragonal in crystalline structure. Nanoflakes like structure of pure and fluorine doped TiO2 was confirmed from SEM image. Fluorine doped TiO2 shows smaller band gap, high strain and dislocation density when compared to pure TiO2. It also has higher photocatalytic activity with respect to pure TiO2.

  6. First-principles calculations of high-pressure phase transition of TiO2 during decompression: From baddeleyite-type TiO2 to α-PbO2-type TiO2

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    Murata, Hidenobu; Taniguchi, Takashi; Tanaka, Isao

    2016-10-01

    First-principles calculations were used to investigate the phase transition from baddeleyite-type to α-PbO2-type TiO2 during decompression. An intermediate structure was found, and its space group is Pbc21, which is polarized along [001]. The phase transition was mainly caused by oxygen diffusion, which has low activation energy for the phase transition. The activation energy increased as the pressure decreased. These results suggest that rapid decompression and preventing oxygen diffusion would be an effective way of recovering baddeleyite-type TiO2.

  7. XAS study of TiO2-based nanomaterials

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    Schneider, K.; Zajac, D.; Sikora, M.; Kapusta, Cz.; Michalow-Mauke, K.; Graule, Th.; Rekas, M.

    2015-07-01

    X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy studies of the W (0-1 at% W) and Mo-doped TiO2 (0-1 at% Mo) nanoparticle specimens at the K edges of titanium and molybdenum as well as at the L2 L3 edges of tungsten are presented. The materials were prepared with Flame Spray Synthesis process by oxidation of metal-organic precursors. The Ti:K edge spectra in the XANES range show pre-edge and post-edge features characteristic for anatase. A decrease of the amplitude of the EXAFS function with doping is observed and attributed to a softening of the crystal lattice. The Mo EXAFS functions show a considerable decrease of the second-neighbour-shell peak with increasing Mo content, which is attributed to an increased number of cation vacancies. For tungsten a less pronounced effect is observed. The Mo and W XANES spectra do not show noticeable changes with doping level, which indicates their unchanged oxidation states.

  8. [Background irradiated photocatalysis of TiO2 thin films].

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    Cen, Ji-wen; Li, Xin-jun; Liang, Yuan-yuan; He, Ming-xing; Zheng, Shao-jian; Feng, Man-zhi

    2005-05-01

    In terms of the UV irradiating directions, photocatalysis with TiO2 thin films can be divided into two types, the background irradiated photocatalysis and the foreground irradiated one. Comparatively, background irradiated photocatalysis has an advantage of avoiding the UV light attenuation which foreground irradiated one suffers when the light is going through the solution. In this article, the influence of the thickness of the films, the wavelength of light source and non-uninformly doping with V on the photocatalytic efficiency of the catalyst in case of background irradiated photocatalysis is investigated, and simultaneously it is compared with foreground irradiated one. The results show that in case of background irradiated photocatalysis there is an optimal thickness of the film according to the wavelength of the light source that is limited in the range of 300 nm to 388 nm, which is quite different from foreground irradiated one. But in both cases, the catalyst's photocatalytic activities are improved by non-uniformly doped with V.

  9. Coupled cluster calculations on TiO2 nanoclusters

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    Berardo, Enrico; Hu, Hanshi; Kowalski, Karol; Zwijnenburg, Martijn A.

    2013-08-14

    The excitation energies of the four lowest-lying singlet excited states of the TiO2 Ti2O4 and Ti3O6 clusters are calculated by a variety of different Equation-of-Motion Coupled Cluster (EOM-CC) approaches in order to obtain benchmark values for the optical excitations of titanium dioxide clusters. More specifically we investigate what is the effect of the inclusion of triple excitations "triples" in the (EOM-)CC scheme on the calculated excited states of those clusters. While for the monomer and dimer the inclusion of triples causes only a rigid shift in the excitation energies, in the case of the trimer the crossing of the interested states is observed. Coupled cluster approaches where triples are treated perturbatively were found to offer no advantage over EOM-CCSD, whereas the active-space methods (EOM-CCSDt(II/I)) proved to yield results very close to the full EOM-CCSDT, but at a much lower computational cost.

  10. A general templated method to homogeneous and composition-tunable hybrid TiO2 nanocomposite fibers.

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    Xu, Ximing; Li, Xiaona; Lin, Pingyong; Chen, Ting; Yuan, Rusheng; Ding, Zhengxin; Wu, Ling; Wang, Xuxu; Li, Zhaohui

    2011-03-01

    Sequential impregnations of metal ions and titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) into activated carbon fibers (ACF) followed by a solvothermal treatment has been found to be a general method in the preparations of homogeneous and composition-tunable hybrid TiO(2) hierarchical nanocomposite fibers like WO(3)/TiO(2), Fe(2)O(3)/TiO(2) and SnO(2)/TiO(2). PMID:21225065

  11. Graphene Oxide Modified TiO2 Micro Whiskers and Their Photo Electrochemical Performance.

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    Rambabu, Y; Jaiswal, Manu; Roy, Somnath C

    2016-05-01

    Harnessing the solar energy and producing clean fuel hydrogen through efficient photo-electrochemical water splitting has remained one of the most challenging endeavors in materials science. The core problem is to develop a suitable photo-catalyst material that absorbs a significant part of the solar spectrum and produces electron-hole pairs that can be easily separated without recombination. In the recent times, the composite of Titanium dioxide with graphene have been investigated to explore the advantages of both class of materials. Here we report on the photo-electrochemical properties of reduced graphene oxide functionalised TiO2 whiskers. The TiO2 whiskers are obtained from potassium titanium oxide (KTi8O16) synthesized through hydrothermal technique followed by ion exchange method and heat treatment. Graphene oxide was deposited on the as prepared TiO2 whiskers using hydrothermal method. As formed samples were characterized by Raman spectroscopy to confirm the presence of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) attached to TiO2 whiskers. Comparative photo electrochemical studies were carried out for TiO2 and reduced graphene oxide modified TiO2 whiskers. Among these, RGO modified TiO2 whiskers show significantly higher photo current density possibly due to enhancement in charge separation ability and longer electron life times. PMID:27483830

  12. Visible-light responsive dye-modified TiO 2 photocatalyst

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    Jiang, Dong; Xu, Yao; Wu, Dong; Sun, Yuhan

    2008-03-01

    A series of dye-modified TiO 2 photocatalysts were synthesized using dye Chrysoidine G (CG), tolylene-2,4-diisocyanate (TDI), and commercial TiO 2 (Degussa P25) as starting materials. TDI was used as a bridging molecule whose two -NCO groups reacted with Ti-OH of TiO 2 and -NH 2 groups of CG, respectively. As a result, special organic complexes were formed on the TiO 2 surface via stable π-conjugated chemical bonds between TiO 2 and dye molecules, confirmed by FT-IR, XPS, and UV-vis spectra. Due to the existence of π-conjugated surface organic complexes, the as-synthesized photocatalysts showed a great improvement in visible absorption (400-550 nm). Methylene blue, as a photodegradation target, was used to evaluate the photocatalytic performance, and the dye-modified TiO 2 exhibited much better activity under the visible light irradiation than bare TiO 2.

  13. Water-dispersible TiO2 nanoparticles via a biphasic solvothermal reaction method

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    Mohan, Rajneesh; Drbohlavova, Jana; Hubalek, Jaromir

    2013-12-01

    A biphasic solvothermal reaction method has been used for the synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs). In this method, hydrolysis and nucleation occur at the interface of organic phase (titanium (IV) n-propoxide and stearic acid dissolved in toluene) and water phase ( tert-butylamine dissolved in water) resulting in the nucleation of the stearic acid-capped TiO2 NPs. These NPs are hydrophilic due to hydrophobic stearic acid ligands and could be dispersed in toluene, but not in water. These stearic acid-capped TiO2 NPs were surface-modified with 2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) in order to make them water soluble. The resultant TiO2 NPs were easily redispersed in water without any noticeable aggregation. The Rietveld profile fitting of X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of the TiO2 NPs revealed highly crystalline anatase structure. The average crystallite size of TiO2 NPs was calculated to be 6.89 nm, which agrees with TEM results. These results have important implications for the use of TiO2 in biomedical, environmental, and industrial applications.

  14. Self-cleaning and superhydrophilic wool by TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposite

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    Pakdel, Esfandiar; Daoud, Walid A.; Wang, Xungai

    2013-06-01

    Wool fabrics were functionalised using TiO2 and TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposites through a low-temperature sol-gel method. Titanium terta isopropoxide (TTIP) and tetra ethylorthosilicate (TEOS) were employed as precursors of TiO2 and SiO2, respectively. Nanocomposite sols were devised based on three molar ratio percentages of TiO2/SiO2 70:30, 50:50, and 30:70 to investigate the role of each component. The self-cleaning and hydrophilicity of wool fabrics were analysed based on the removal of coffee stain under UV and water droplet contact angle measurements, respectively. It was observed that applying TiO2/SiO2 50:50 and 30:70 sols to wool rendered the fabric superhydrophilic. Fabrics functionalised with TiO2/SiO2 30:70 showed the highest efficiency in stain removal, followed by samples functionalised with TiO2/SiO2 50:50.

  15. 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.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  17. Fullerene C70 decorated TiO2 nanowires for visible-light-responsive photocatalyst

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    Cho, Er-Chieh; Ciou, Jing-Hao; Zheng, Jia-Huei; Pan, Job; Hsiao, Yu-Sheng; Lee, Kuen-Chan; Huang, Jen-Hsien

    2015-11-01

    In this study, we have synthesized C60 and C70-modified TiO2 nanowire (NW) through interfacial chemical bonding. The results indicate that the fullerenes (C60 and C70 derivatives) can act as sinks for photogenerated electrons in TiO2, while the fullerene/TiO2 is illuminated under ultraviolet (UV) light. Therefore, in comparison to the pure TiO2 NWs, the modified TiO2 NWs display a higher photocatalytic activity under UV irradiation. Moreover, the fullerenes also can function as a sensitizer to TiO2 which expand the utilization of solar light from UV to visible light. The results reveal that the C70/TiO2 NWs show a significant photocatalytic activity for degradation of methylene blue (MB) in visible light region. To better understand the mechanism responsible for the effect of fullerenes on the photocatalytic properties of TiO2, the electron only devices and photoelectrochemical cells based on fullerenes/TiO2 are also fabricated and evaluated.

  18. Simplified TiO2 force fields for studies of its interaction with biomolecules

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    Luan, Binquan; Huynh, Tien; Zhou, Ruhong

    2015-06-01

    Engineered TiO2 nanoparticles have been routinely applied in nanotechnology, as well as in cosmetics and food industries. Despite active experimental studies intended to clarify TiO2's biological effects, including potential toxicity, the relation between experimentally inferred nanotoxicity and industry standards for safely applying nanoparticles remains somewhat ambiguous with justified concerns. Supplemental to experiments, molecular dynamics simulations have proven to be efficacious in investigating the molecular mechanism of a biological process occurring at nanoscale. In this article, to facilitate the nanotoxicity and nanomedicine research related to this important metal oxide, we provide a simplified force field, based on the original Matsui-Akaogi force field but compatible to the Lennard-Jones potentials normally used in modeling biomolecules, for simulating TiO2 nanoparticles interacting with biomolecules. The force field parameters were tested in simulating the bulk structure of TiO2, TiO2 nanoparticle-water interaction, as well as the adsorption of proteins on the TiO2 nanoparticle. We demonstrate that these simulation results are consistent with experimental data/observations. We expect that simulations will help to better understand the interaction between TiO2 and molecules.

  19. Fast diffusion of silver in TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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

    2016-01-01

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

  20. Heterostructured TiO2 Nanorod@Nanobowl Arrays for Efficient Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Wang, Wenhui; Dong, Jingya; Ye, Xiaozhou; Li, Yang; Ma, Yurong; Qi, Limin

    2016-03-01

    Heterostructured TiO2 nanorod@nanobowl (NR@NB) arrays consisting of rutile TiO2 nanorods grown on the inner surface of arrayed anatase TiO2 nanobowls are designed and fabricated as a new type of photoanodes for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The unique heterostructures with a hierarchical architecture are readily fabricated by interfacial nanosphere lithography followed by hydrothermal growth. Owing to the two-dimensionally arrayed structure of anatase nanobowls and the nearly radial alignment of rutile nanorods, the TiO2 NR@NB arrays provide multiple scattering centers and hence exhibit an enhanced light harvesting ability. Meanwhile, the large surface area of the NR@NB arrays enhances the contact with the electrolyte while the nanorods offer direct pathways for fast electron transfer. Moreover, the rutile/anatase phase junction in the NR@NB heterostructure improves charge separation because of the facilitated electron transfer. Accordingly, the PEC measurements of the TiO2 NR@NB arrays on the fluoride-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate show significantly enhanced photocatalytic properties for water splitting. Under AM1.5G solar light irradiation, the unmodified TiO2 NR@NB array photoelectrode yields a photocurrent density of 1.24 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V with respect to the reversible hydrogen electrode, which is almost two times higher than that of the TiO2 nanorods grown directly on the FTO substrate. PMID:26779803

  1. Graphene Oxide Modified TiO2 Micro Whiskers and Their Photo Electrochemical Performance.

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    Rambabu, Y; Jaiswal, Manu; Roy, Somnath C

    2016-05-01

    Harnessing the solar energy and producing clean fuel hydrogen through efficient photo-electrochemical water splitting has remained one of the most challenging endeavors in materials science. The core problem is to develop a suitable photo-catalyst material that absorbs a significant part of the solar spectrum and produces electron-hole pairs that can be easily separated without recombination. In the recent times, the composite of Titanium dioxide with graphene have been investigated to explore the advantages of both class of materials. Here we report on the photo-electrochemical properties of reduced graphene oxide functionalised TiO2 whiskers. The TiO2 whiskers are obtained from potassium titanium oxide (KTi8O16) synthesized through hydrothermal technique followed by ion exchange method and heat treatment. Graphene oxide was deposited on the as prepared TiO2 whiskers using hydrothermal method. As formed samples were characterized by Raman spectroscopy to confirm the presence of reduced graphene oxide (RGO) attached to TiO2 whiskers. Comparative photo electrochemical studies were carried out for TiO2 and reduced graphene oxide modified TiO2 whiskers. Among these, RGO modified TiO2 whiskers show significantly higher photo current density possibly due to enhancement in charge separation ability and longer electron life times.

  2. Thiourea-Modified TiO2 Nanorods with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity.

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    Wu, Xiaofeng; Fang, Shun; Zheng, Yang; Sun, Jie; Lv, Kangle

    2016-02-01

    Semiconductor TiO2 photocatalysis has attracted much attention due to its potential application in solving the problems of environmental pollution. In this paper, thiourea (CH4N2S) modified anatase TiO2 nanorods were fabricated by calcination of the mixture of TiO2 nanorods and thiourea at 600 °C for 2 h. It was found that only N element was doped into the lattice of TiO2 nanorods. With increasing the weight ratio of thiourea to TiO2 (R) from 0 to 8, the light-harvesting ability of the photocatalyst steady increases. Both the crystallization and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanorods increase first and then decrease with increase in R value, and R2 sample showed the highest crystallization and photocatalytic activity in degradation of Brilliant Red X3B (X3B) and Rhodamine B (RhB) dyes under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). The increased visible-light photocatalytic activity of the prepared N-doped TiO2 nanorods is due to the synergistic effects of the enhanced crystallization, improved light-harvesting ability and reduced recombination rate of photo-generated electron-hole pairs. Note that the enhanced visible photocatalytic activity of N-doped nanorods is not based on the scarification of their UV photocatalytic activity.

  3. N-doped TiO2 Prepared by RF DBD Plasma

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    Sun, Zhi-Guang; Liu, Jing-Lin; Li, Xiao-Song; Zhai, Zhao-Jun; Zhu, Ai-Min; Laboratory of Plasma Physical Chemistry Team

    2014-10-01

    TiO2 is the most promising photocatalyst because of its chemical stable, nontoxic, low cost, high photocatalytic activity and other attractive properties. Anatase has the highest photocatalytic activity among the three crystal form of TiO2. However, the 3.2 eV bandgap of anatase TiO2 makes it can only utilize the ultraviolet part of solar spectrum. Nitrogen doping is an effective method to extend the absorption range of anatase to visible light. N-doped TiO2 preparation methods, such as heat treatment under NH3 flow, the hydrolytic precipitation and the sol-gel process, have been reported. In this work, preparation of N-doped TiO2 was explored by radio-frequency (RF) dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma using Ar as discharge gas. TiCl4, O2 and N2 were used as Ti, O and N precursors, respectively. In addition, H2 was added to the plasma. X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) showed nitrogen was successfully doped into the as-prepared TiO2. Further investigations on structure, composition and optical property of the as-prepared TiO2 samples were conducted by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) and UV-Vis absorption spectra techniques.

  4. Fast diffusion of silver in TiO2 nanotube arrays

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

    2016-01-01

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

  5. Hydrogenated Anatase TiO2 as Lithium-Ion Battery Anode: Size-Reactivity Correlation.

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    Zheng, Jing; Liu, Lei; Ji, Guangbin; Yang, Qifan; Zheng, Lirong; Zhang, Jing

    2016-08-10

    An improved hydrogenation strategy for controllable synthesis of oxygen-deficient anatase TiO2 (H-TiO2) is performed via adjusting the particle size of starting rectangular anatase TiO2 nanosheets from 90 to 30 nm. The morphology and structure characterizations obviously demonstrate that the starting materials of TiO2 nanosheets are transformed into nanoparticles with distinct size reduction; meanwhile, the concentration of oxygen vacancy is gradually increased with the decreasing particle size of starting TiO2. As a result, the Li-storage performance of H-TiO2 is not only much better than that of the pure TiO2 but also elevated stage by stage with the decreasing particle size of starting TiO2; especially the H-TiO2 with highest concentration of oxygen vacancy from smallest TiO2 nanosheets shows the best Li-storage performance with a stable discharge capacity 266 mAh g(-1) after 100 cycles at 1 C. Such excellent performance should be attributed to the joint action from oxygen vacancy and size effect, which promises significant enhancement of high electronic conductivity without weakening Li(+) diffusion via hydrogenation strategy. PMID:27434151

  6. Nanostructured TiO2 Films Attached CdSe QDs Toward Enhanced Photoelectrochemical Performance.

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    Du, Yingying; Yang, Ping; Liu, Yunshi; Zhao, Jie; He, Haiyan; Miao, Yanping

    2016-06-01

    TiO2 films consisted of small nanoparticles were fabricated via a spinning coating method on fluorine doped in tin oxide (FTO) slide glass. After calcination, the films were subsequently sensitized by CdSe quantum dots (QDs) using mercaptopropionic acid (MPA) as a bifunctional surface modifier. Upon UV light irradiation, CdSe QDs inject electrons into TiO2 nanoparticles, thus resulting in the generation of photocurrent in QD-sensitized solar cell. The results indicate that TiO2 films sensitized by CdSe QDs have achieved 1.5-fold enhancement in photocurrent compared with pure TiO2 films, indicating that CdSe QDs can improve the photocurrent by promoting the separation of photoinduced charge carriers. In addition, the photocurrent enhances as the thickness of TiO2 films increased. Such improved photoelectrochemical performance is ascribed to the basis of improved interfacial charge transport of the TiO2-CdSe composite films. Combining QDs on TiO2 thin films is a promising and effective way to enhance the photoelectrochemical performance, which is important in QD-sensitized solar cell application. PMID:27427714

  7. Size of TiO(2) nanoparticles influences their phototoxicity: an in vitro investigation.

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    Xiong, Sijing; George, Saji; Ji, Zhaoxia; Lin, Sijie; Yu, Haiyang; Damoiseaux, Robert; France, Bryan; Ng, Kee Woei; Loo, Say Chye Joachim

    2013-01-01

    To uncover the size influence of TiO(2) nanoparticles on their potential toxicity, the cytotoxicity of different-sized TiO(2) nanoparticles with and without photoactivation was tested. It was demonstrated that without photoactivation, TiO(2) nanoparticles were inert up to 100 μg/ml. On the contrary, with photoactivation, the toxicity of TiO(2) nanoparticles significantly increased, which correlated well with the specific surface area of the particles. Our results also suggest that the generation of hydroxyl radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated damage to the surface-adsorbed biomolecules could be the two major reasons for the cytotoxicity of TiO(2) nanoparticles after photoactivation. Higher ROS generation from smaller particles was detected under both biotic and abiotic conditions. Smaller particles could adsorb more proteins, which was confirmed by thermogravimetric analysis. To further investigate the influence of the generation of hydroxyl radicals and adsorption of protein, poly (ethylene-alt-maleic anhydride) (PEMA) and chitosan were used to coat TiO(2) nanoparticles. The results confirmed that surface coating of TiO(2) nanoparticles could reduce such toxicity after photoactivation, by hindering adsorption of biomolecules and generation of hydroxyl radical (·OH) during photoactivation.

  8. Rubber sheet strewn with TiO2 particles: photocatalytic activity and recyclability.

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    Sriwong, Chaval; Wongnawa, Sumpun; Patarapaiboolchai, Orasa

    2012-01-01

    A new method for the preparation of rubber sheet strewn with titanium dioxide particles (TiO2-strewn sheet) is presented. This simple and low cost method is based on the use of TiO2 powder (Degussa P25) being strewn onto the sheet made from rubber latex (60% HA) through a steel sieve. The characteristic of the TiO2-strewn sheet was studied by using scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (SEM/EDS) and X-ray diffractometer (XRD) techniques. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2-strewn rubber sheet was evaluated using Indigo Carmine (IC) dye as a model for organic dye pollutant in water. The results showed that the TiO2-strewn sheet could degrade IC dye solution under UV light irradiation. The effects of pH, initial concentration, and the intensity of UV light on the photodegradation were also investigated. Kinetics of the photocatalytic degradation was of the first-order reaction. The used TiO2-strewn sheet can be recovered and reused. The recycling uses did not require any cleaning between successive uses and no decline in the photodegradation efficiency was observed compared with freshly prepared TiO2-strewn sheet. PMID:22655360

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

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

    2015-04-01

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

  10. Heterostructured TiO2 Nanorod@Nanobowl Arrays for Efficient Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting.

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    Wang, Wenhui; Dong, Jingya; Ye, Xiaozhou; Li, Yang; Ma, Yurong; Qi, Limin

    2016-03-01

    Heterostructured TiO2 nanorod@nanobowl (NR@NB) arrays consisting of rutile TiO2 nanorods grown on the inner surface of arrayed anatase TiO2 nanobowls are designed and fabricated as a new type of photoanodes for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. The unique heterostructures with a hierarchical architecture are readily fabricated by interfacial nanosphere lithography followed by hydrothermal growth. Owing to the two-dimensionally arrayed structure of anatase nanobowls and the nearly radial alignment of rutile nanorods, the TiO2 NR@NB arrays provide multiple scattering centers and hence exhibit an enhanced light harvesting ability. Meanwhile, the large surface area of the NR@NB arrays enhances the contact with the electrolyte while the nanorods offer direct pathways for fast electron transfer. Moreover, the rutile/anatase phase junction in the NR@NB heterostructure improves charge separation because of the facilitated electron transfer. Accordingly, the PEC measurements of the TiO2 NR@NB arrays on the fluoride-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate show significantly enhanced photocatalytic properties for water splitting. Under AM1.5G solar light irradiation, the unmodified TiO2 NR@NB array photoelectrode yields a photocurrent density of 1.24 mA cm(-2) at 1.23 V with respect to the reversible hydrogen electrode, which is almost two times higher than that of the TiO2 nanorods grown directly on the FTO substrate.

  11. Hydrogenated Anatase TiO2 as Lithium-Ion Battery Anode: Size-Reactivity Correlation.

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    Zheng, Jing; Liu, Lei; Ji, Guangbin; Yang, Qifan; Zheng, Lirong; Zhang, Jing

    2016-08-10

    An improved hydrogenation strategy for controllable synthesis of oxygen-deficient anatase TiO2 (H-TiO2) is performed via adjusting the particle size of starting rectangular anatase TiO2 nanosheets from 90 to 30 nm. The morphology and structure characterizations obviously demonstrate that the starting materials of TiO2 nanosheets are transformed into nanoparticles with distinct size reduction; meanwhile, the concentration of oxygen vacancy is gradually increased with the decreasing particle size of starting TiO2. As a result, the Li-storage performance of H-TiO2 is not only much better than that of the pure TiO2 but also elevated stage by stage with the decreasing particle size of starting TiO2; especially the H-TiO2 with highest concentration of oxygen vacancy from smallest TiO2 nanosheets shows the best Li-storage performance with a stable discharge capacity 266 mAh g(-1) after 100 cycles at 1 C. Such excellent performance should be attributed to the joint action from oxygen vacancy and size effect, which promises significant enhancement of high electronic conductivity without weakening Li(+) diffusion via hydrogenation strategy.

  12. Graphene oxide modified TiO2 nanotube arrays: enhanced visible light photoelectrochemical properties

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    Song, Peng; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Sun, Mingxuan; Cui, Xiaoli; Lin, Yuehe

    2012-02-01

    Novel nanocomposite films, based on graphene oxide (GO) and TiO2 nanotube arrays, were synthesized by assembling GO on the surface of self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays through a simple impregnation method. The composite films were characterized with field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photoelectrochemical properties of the composite nanotube arrays were investigated under visible light illumination. Remarkably enhanced visible light photoelectrochemical response was observed for the GO decorated TiO2 nanotube composite electrode compared with pristine TiO2 nanotube arrays. The sensitizing effect of GO on the photoelectrochemical response of the TiO2 nanotube arrays was demonstrated and about 15 times enhanced maximum photoconversion efficiency was obtained with the presence of GO. An enhanced photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 nanotube arrays towards the degradation of methyl blue was also demonstrated after modification with GO. The results presented here demonstrate GO to be efficient for the improved utilization of visible light for TiO2 nanotube arrays.

  13. Graphene oxide modified TiO2 nanotube arrays: enhanced visible light photoelectrochemical properties.

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    Song, Peng; Zhang, Xiaoyan; Sun, Mingxuan; Cui, Xiaoli; Lin, Yuehe

    2012-03-01

    Novel nanocomposite films, based on graphene oxide (GO) and TiO(2) nanotube arrays, were synthesized by assembling GO on the surface of self-organized TiO(2) nanotube arrays through a simple impregnation method. The composite films were characterized with field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photoelectrochemical properties of the composite nanotube arrays were investigated under visible light illumination. Remarkably enhanced visible light photoelectrochemical response was observed for the GO decorated TiO(2) nanotube composite electrode compared with pristine TiO(2) nanotube arrays. The sensitizing effect of GO on the photoelectrochemical response of the TiO(2) nanotube arrays was demonstrated and about 15 times enhanced maximum photoconversion efficiency was obtained with the presence of GO. An enhanced photocatalytic activity of the TiO(2) nanotube arrays towards the degradation of methyl blue was also demonstrated after modification with GO. The results presented here demonstrate GO to be efficient for the improved utilization of visible light for TiO(2) nanotube arrays. PMID:22297577

  14. Properties of TiO2 thin films and a study of the TiO2-GaAs interface

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    Chen, C. Y.; Littlejohn, M. A.

    1977-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) films prepared by chemical vapor deposition were investigated in this study for the purpose of the application in the GaAs metal-insulator-semiconductor field-effect transistor. The degree of crystallization increases with the deposition temperature. The current-voltage study, utilizing an Al-TiO2-Al MIM structure, reveals that the d-c conduction through the TiO2 film is dominated by the bulk-limited Poole-Frenkel emission mechanism. The dependence of the resistivity of the TiO2 films on the deposition environment is also shown. The results of the capacitance-voltage study indicate that an inversion layer in an n-type substrate can be achieved in the MIS capacitor if the TiO2 films are deposited at a temperature higher than 275 C. A process of low temperature deposition followed by the pattern definition and a higher temperature annealing is suggested for device fabrications. A model, based on the assumption that the surface state densities are continuously distributed in energy within the forbidden band gap, is proposed to interpret the lack of an inversion layer in the Al-TiO2-GaAs MIS structure with the TiO2 films deposited at 200 C.

  15. Effects of TiO2 content on the microstructure, mechanical properties and photocatalytic activity of three dimensional TiO2-Graphene composite prepared by hydrothermal reaction

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    Shi, Xiangru; Chen, Jian; Wang, Wenxiu; Wang, Zengmei; Zhang, Yao; Guo, Xinli

    2016-07-01

    A series of three dimensional (3D) porous TiO2-graphene (TGR) hydrogel samples with different mass ratio of graphene to TiO2 were obtained using a one-step hydrothermal method. Their microstructure, mechanical properties, and photocatalytic activity were investigated. The TGR samples exhibited well defined interconnected 3D porous network microstructure and good mechanical strength. Moreover, the pore size and the compressive strength could be easily adjusted by changing the content of TiO2, showing a decreasing tendency with the increase of the relative content of TiO2. The results of the photodegradation of methylene blue indicated that the photocatalytic activity of the TGR samples can be significantly enhanced, compared to the pure TiO2 nanoparticles. The TGR sample also showed good durability and reusability. The mechanisms resulting in the improvement of photocatalytic activity were investigated with DRS, PL spectra, and adsorption experiment under dark conditions. It was found that adsorption is the dominant factor for the enhanced photocatalytic activity.

  16. Resistive switching characteristics in memristors with Al2O3/TiO2 and TiO2/Al2O3 bilayers

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    Alekseeva, Liudmila; Nabatame, Toshihide; Chikyow, Toyohiro; Petrov, Anatolii

    2016-08-01

    Differences between the resistive switching characteristics of Al2O3/TiO2 and TiO2/Al2O3 bilayer structures, fabricated by atomic layer deposition at 200 °C and post-deposition annealing, were studied in Pt bottom electrode (Pt-BE)/insulator/Pt top electrode (Pt-TE) capacitors. The Pt-BE/Al2O3/TiO2/Pt-TE capacitor exhibits stable bipolar resistive switching with an on-resistance/off-resistance ratio of ∼102 controlled by a small voltage of ±0.8 V. The forming process occurs in two steps of breaking of the Al2O3 layer and transfer of oxygen vacancies (VO) into the TiO2 layer. The capacitor showed poor endurance, particularly in the high-resistance state under vacuum conditions. This indicates that the insulating TiO2 layer without VO is not formed near the Al2O3 layer because oxygen cannot be introduced from the exterior. On the other hand, in the Pt-BE/TiO2/Al2O3/Pt-TE capacitor, multilevel resistive switching with several applied voltage-dependent nonvolatile states is observed. The switching mechanism corresponds to the Al2O3 layer’s trapped VO concentration, which is controlled by varying the applied voltage.

  17. Photoinduced Stepwise Oxidative Activation of a Chromophore–Catalyst Assembly on TiO2

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    Song, Wenjing; Glasson, Christopher R. K.; Luo, Hanlin; Hanson, Kenneth G.; Brennaman, Kyle M.; Concepcion, Javier J.; Meyer, Thomas J.

    2011-07-08

    To probe light-induced redox equivalent separation and accumulation, we prepared ruthenium polypyridyl molecular assembly [(dcb)2Ru(bpy-Mebim2py)Ru(bpy)(OH2)]4+ (RuaII–RubII–OH2) with Rua as light-harvesting chromophore and Rub as water oxidation catalyst (dcb = 4,4'-dicarboxylic acid-2,2'-bipyridine; bpy-Mebim2py = 2,2'-(4-methyl-[2,2':4',4''-terpyridine]-2'',6''-diyl)bis(1-methyl-1H-benzo[d]imidazole); bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine). When bound to TiO2 in nanoparticle films, it undergoes MLCT excitation, electron injection, and oxidation of the remote -RubII–OH2 site to give TiO2(e–)–RuaII–RubIII–OH23+ as a redox-separated transient. The oxidized assembly, TiO2–RuaII–RubIII–OH23+, similarly undergoes excitation and electron injection to give TiO2(e–)–RuaII–RubIV=O2+, with RubIV=O2+ a known water oxidation catalyst precursor. Injection efficiencies for both forms of the assembly are lower than those for [Ru(bpy)2(4,4'-(PO3H2)2bpy)]2+ bound to TiO2 (TiO2–Ru2+), whereas the rates of back electron transfer, TiO2(e–) → RubIII–OH23+ and TiO2(e–) → RubIV=O2+, are significantly decreased compared with TiO2(e–) → Ru3+ back electron transfer.

  18. [Spectrum characterization and fine structure of copper phthalocyanine-doped TiO2 microcavities].

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    Liu, Cheng-lin; Zhang, Xin-yi; Zhong, Ju-hua; Zhu, Yi-hua; He, Bo; Wei, Shi-qiang

    2007-10-01

    Copper phthalocyanine-doped TiO2 microcavities were fabricated by chemistry method. Their spectrum characterization was studied by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy, and their fine structure was analyzed by X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS). The results show that there is interaction of copper phthalocyanine (CuPc) and TiO2 microcavities after TiO2 microcavities was doped with CuPc. For example, there is absorption at 900.76 cm(-1) in FTIR spectra, and the "red shift" of both OH vibration at 3392.75 cm(-1) and CH vibration at 2848.83 cm(-1). There exist definite peak shifts and intensity changes in infrared absorption in the C-C or C-N vibration in the planar phthalocyanine ring, the winding vibration of C-H inside and C-N outside plane of benzene ring. In Raman spectrum, there are 403.4, 592.1 and 679.1 cm(-1) characterized peaks of TiO2 in CuPc-doped TiO2 microcavities, but their wave-numbers show shifts to anatase TiO2. The vibration peaks at 1586.8 and 1525.6 cm(-1) show that there exists the composite material of CuPc and TiO2. These changes are related to the plane tropism of the molecule structure of copper phthalocyanine. XAFS showed tetrahedron TiO4 structure of Ti in TiO2 microcavities doped with copper phthalocyanine, and the changes of inner "medial distances" and the surface structure of TiO2 microcavities.

  19. Effect of TiO2 Nanoparticles on Tensile Strength of Dental Acrylic Resins.

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    Shirkavand, Saeed; Moslehifard, Elnaz

    2014-01-01

    Background and aims. Adding further fillers to dental resins may enhance their physical characteristics. The aim of this study was to evaluate the tensile strength of heat-curing acrylic resin reinforced by TiO2nanoparticles added into the resin matrix. Materials and methods. Commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles were obtained and characterized using X-ray diffrac-tion (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to determine their crystalline structure, particle size and morphology. TiO2-acrylic resin nanocomposite was prepared by mixing 0.5, 1 and 2 (wt%) of surface modified TiO2 nanoparticles in an amalgamator providing three groups of samples. Before curing, the obtained paste was packed into steel molds. After cur-ing, the specimens were removed from the molds. The tensile strength test samples were prepared according to ISO 1567. Results. Two crystalline phases were found in TiO2 nanoparticles including: (i) anatase as the major one, and (ii) rutile. The average particle size calculated according to the Scherrer equation was 20.4 nm, showing a normal size distribution. According to SEM images, the nanocomposite with 1wt% TiO2 nanoparticles had a better distribution compared to other groups. In addition, the group by 1wt% TiO2 exhibited higher tensile strength with a significant difference compared to other groups. ANOVA showed significant differences between the contents of TiO2 particles in acrylic resin (F = 22.19; P < 0.001). Conclusion. A considerable increase in tensile strength was observed with titania NPs reinforcement agents in 1wt% by weight. Further increase of TiO2 nanoparticles decreased the tensile strength.

  20. Antibacterial activity of DLC films containing TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Marciano, F R; Lima-Oliveira, D A; Da-Silva, N S; Diniz, A V; Corat, E J; Trava-Airoldi, V J

    2009-12-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have been the focus of extensive research in recent years due to their potential applications as surface coatings on biomedical devices. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) in the anatase crystalline form is a strong bactericidal agent when exposed to near-UV light. In this work we investigate the bactericidal activity of DLC films containing TiO2 nanoparticles. The films were grown on 316L stainless-steel substrates from a dispersion of TiO2 in hexane using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The composition, bonding structure, surface energy, stress, and surface roughness of these films were also evaluated. The antibacterial tests were performed against Escherichia coli (E. coli) and the results were compared to the bacterial adhesion force to the studied surfaces. The presence of TiO2 in DLC bulk was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. As TiO2 content increased, I(D)/I(G) ratio, hydrogen content, and roughness also increased; the films became more hydrophilic, with higher surface free energy and the interfacial energy of bacteria adhesion decreased. Experimental results show that TiO2 increased DLC bactericidal activity. Pure DLC films were thermodynamically unfavorable to bacterial adhesion. However, the chemical interaction between the E. coli and the studied films increased for the films with higher TiO2 concentration. As TiO2 bactericidal activity starts its action by oxidative damage to the bacteria wall, a decrease in the interfacial energy of bacteria adhesion causes an increase in the chemical interaction between E. coli and the films, which is an additional factor for the increasing bactericidal activity. From these results, DLC with TiO2 nanoparticles can be useful for producing coatings with antibacterial properties. PMID:19758597

  1. TiO2-BASED Composite Films for the Photodegradation of Oxytetracycline

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    Li, Hui; Guan, Ling-Xiao; Feng, Ji-Jun; Li, Fang; Yao, Ming-Ming

    2015-02-01

    The spread of the antibiotic oxytetracycline (OTC) has been thought as a threat to the safety of drinking water. In this paper, the photocatalytic activity of the nanocrystalline Fe/Ca co-doped TiO2-SiO2 composite film for the degradation of OTC was studied. The films were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) equipped with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms, photoluminescence (PL) spectra, and UV-Vis diffraction reflectance absorption spectra (DRS). The FE-SEM results indicated that the Fe/Ca co-doped TiO2-SiO2 film was composed of smaller nanoparticles compared to pure TiO2 or TiO2-SiO2 film. The BET surface area results showed that the specific surface area of the pure TiO2, TiO2-SiO2 and Ca2+/Fe3+ co-doped TiO2-SiO2 is 118.3 m2g-1, 294.3 m2g-1 and 393.7 m2g-1, respectively. The DRS and PL spectra revealed that the Fe/Ca co-doped TiO2-SiO2 film had strong visible light adsorption and diminished electrons/holes recombination. Experimental results showed that the Fe/Ca co-doped TiO2-SiO2 film is effective in the degradation of OTC under both UV and visible light irradiation.

  2. Photodegradation of phenanthrene by N-doped TiO2 photocatalyst.

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    Sirisaksoontorn, Weekit; Thachepan, Surachai; Songsasen, Apisit

    2009-07-15

    The photodegradation of phenanthrene has been catalyzed by nanostructures of TiO2 doped with nitrogen, N-doped TiO2. The N-doped TiO2 was prepared from the sol-gel reaction of Titanium(IV) bis(ethyl acetoacetato)diisopropoxide with 25% ammonia solution. The N-doped TiO2 was calcined at various temperatures from 300 to 700 degrees C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that N-doped TiO2 remained amorphous at 300 degrees C but anatase-to-rutile transformation started at 400 degrees C and was complete at 700 degrees C. The average particle size calculated from Scherrer's equation was in the range of 9-51 nm with surface area (S(BET)) of 253.7-4.8 m2/g. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results confirmed the incorporation of nitrogen atoms (Ti-N bond) in the N-doped catalyst. Moreover, the percentage of nitrogen determined by Elemental analysis was 0.236% of N-doped calcined at 400 degrees C. UV-Vis reflection spectra indicated that N-doped TiO2 calcined at 400 degrees C shifted to the higher absorption edge in the range of visible light. N-doped TiO2 calcined at 400 degrees C successfully catalyzed the photodegradation of phenanthrene (80% conversion) whereas N-doped TiO2 calcined at 500 degrees C and P25 TiO2 failed as catalysts.

  3. Effect of TiO2 Nanoparticles on Tensile Strength of Dental Acrylic Resins

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    Shirkavand, Saeed; Moslehifard, Elnaz

    2014-01-01

    Background and aims. Adding further fillers to dental resins may enhance their physical characteristics. The aim of this study was to evaluate the tensile strength of heat-curing acrylic resin reinforced by TiO2nanoparticles added into the resin matrix. Materials and methods. Commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles were obtained and characterized using X-ray diffrac-tion (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to determine their crystalline structure, particle size and morphology. TiO2-acrylic resin nanocomposite was prepared by mixing 0.5, 1 and 2 (wt%) of surface modified TiO2 nanoparticles in an amalgamator providing three groups of samples. Before curing, the obtained paste was packed into steel molds. After cur-ing, the specimens were removed from the molds. The tensile strength test samples were prepared according to ISO 1567. Results. Two crystalline phases were found in TiO2 nanoparticles including: (i) anatase as the major one, and (ii) rutile. The average particle size calculated according to the Scherrer equation was 20.4 nm, showing a normal size distribution. According to SEM images, the nanocomposite with 1wt% TiO2 nanoparticles had a better distribution compared to other groups. In addition, the group by 1wt% TiO2 exhibited higher tensile strength with a significant difference compared to other groups. ANOVA showed significant differences between the contents of TiO2 particles in acrylic resin (F = 22.19; P < 0.001). Conclusion. A considerable increase in tensile strength was observed with titania NPs reinforcement agents in 1wt% by weight. Further increase of TiO2 nanoparticles decreased the tensile strength. PMID:25587380

  4. Antibacterial activity of DLC films containing TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Marciano, F R; Lima-Oliveira, D A; Da-Silva, N S; Diniz, A V; Corat, E J; Trava-Airoldi, V J

    2009-12-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have been the focus of extensive research in recent years due to their potential applications as surface coatings on biomedical devices. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) in the anatase crystalline form is a strong bactericidal agent when exposed to near-UV light. In this work we investigate the bactericidal activity of DLC films containing TiO2 nanoparticles. The films were grown on 316L stainless-steel substrates from a dispersion of TiO2 in hexane using plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The composition, bonding structure, surface energy, stress, and surface roughness of these films were also evaluated. The antibacterial tests were performed against Escherichia coli (E. coli) and the results were compared to the bacterial adhesion force to the studied surfaces. The presence of TiO2 in DLC bulk was confirmed by Raman spectroscopy. As TiO2 content increased, I(D)/I(G) ratio, hydrogen content, and roughness also increased; the films became more hydrophilic, with higher surface free energy and the interfacial energy of bacteria adhesion decreased. Experimental results show that TiO2 increased DLC bactericidal activity. Pure DLC films were thermodynamically unfavorable to bacterial adhesion. However, the chemical interaction between the E. coli and the studied films increased for the films with higher TiO2 concentration. As TiO2 bactericidal activity starts its action by oxidative damage to the bacteria wall, a decrease in the interfacial energy of bacteria adhesion causes an increase in the chemical interaction between E. coli and the films, which is an additional factor for the increasing bactericidal activity. From these results, DLC with TiO2 nanoparticles can be useful for producing coatings with antibacterial properties.

  5. Ag Nanorods Coated with Ultrathin TiO2 Shells as Stable and Recyclable SERS Substrates

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    Ma, Lingwei; Huang, Yu; Hou, Mengjing; Xie, Zheng; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2015-10-01

    TiO2-coated Ag nanorods (Ag@TiO2 NRs) have been fabricated as multifunctional surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. Uniform TiO2 shells could sufficiently protect the internal Ag NRs against oxidation and sulfuration, thus the temporal stability of SERS substrates was markedly improved. Meanwhile, due to the synergetic effect between crystalline TiO2 and Ag, the nanocomposites could clean themselves via photocatalytic degradation of the adsorbed molecules under ultraviolet irradiation and water dilution, making the SERS substrates renewable. Such Ag@TiO2 NRs were shown to serve as outstanding SERS sensors featuring high sensitivity, superior stability and recyclability.

  6. Fabrication and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 derived nanotubes with Ag ions doping.

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    Liu, Fang; Lai, Shuting; Huang, Peilin; Liu, Yingju; Xu, Yuehua; Fang, Yueping; Zhou, Wuyi

    2012-11-01

    Ag/TiO2 nanotubes with uniform distribution were successfully prepared by a hydrothermal-dipping method. The synthesized samples were characterized by XRD, TEM and FTIR, respectively. The results exhibited that the morphological structure of the TiO2 nanotubes was improved by the doping of Ag ions. The photocatalytic degradation experiment indicated that the photocatalytic activity of the Ag/TiO2 nanotubes indicated better photocatalytic activity than pure TiO2 nanotubes since silver was able to help the electron-hole separation by attracting photoelectrons. The optimal mol ration of TiO2 and AgNO3 was 25:1.

  7. Doping of TiO 2 Polymorphs for Altered Optical and Photocatalytic Properties

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    Nie, Xiliang; Zhuo, Shuping; Maeng, Gloria; Sohlberg, Karl

    2009-01-01

    Tmore » his paper reviews recent investigations of the influence of dopants on the optical properties of TiO 2 polymorphs.he common undoped polymorphs of TiO 2 are discussed and compared.he results of recent doping efforts are tabulated, and discussed in the context of doping by elements of the same chemical group. Dopant effects on the band gap and photocatalytic activity are interpreted with reference to a simple qualitative picture of the TiO 2 electronic structure, which is supported with first-principles calculations.« less

  8. 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.

  9. Ag Nanorods Coated with Ultrathin TiO2 Shells as Stable and Recyclable SERS Substrates

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    Ma, Lingwei; Huang, Yu; Hou, Mengjing; Xie, Zheng; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2015-01-01

    TiO2-coated Ag nanorods (Ag@TiO2 NRs) have been fabricated as multifunctional surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. Uniform TiO2 shells could sufficiently protect the internal Ag NRs against oxidation and sulfuration, thus the temporal stability of SERS substrates was markedly improved. Meanwhile, due to the synergetic effect between crystalline TiO2 and Ag, the nanocomposites could clean themselves via photocatalytic degradation of the adsorbed molecules under ultraviolet irradiation and water dilution, making the SERS substrates renewable. Such Ag@TiO2 NRs were shown to serve as outstanding SERS sensors featuring high sensitivity, superior stability and recyclability. PMID:26486994

  10. Photoelectrochemical deoxyribonucleic acid sensing on a nanostructured TiO2 electrode

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    Tokudome, Hiromasa; Yamada, Yoko; Sonezaki, Shuji; Ishikawa, Hiroshi; Bekki, Makoto; Kanehira, Koki; Miyauchi, Masahiro

    2005-11-01

    A nanostructured TiO2 electrode chemisorbed with probe deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) can photoelectrochemically detect a dye-labeled target DNA molecule. After the hybridization between the probe and target DNA molecules, light irradiation generates electrons in the dye molecules, and these electrons are injected into the TiO2 electrode. The resulting photocurrent can be measured and corresponds to the concentration of target DNA. This sensor can quantitatively detect target DNA at lower than nanomolar concentrations. In addition, by utilizing two different dyes, different DNA sequences can be detected on the TiO2 electrode.

  11. Enhanced Photodetection from TiO2-SiO x -TiO2 One-Dimensional Device

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    Choudhuri, Bijit; Mondal, Aniruddha; Saha, Ardhendu

    2016-08-01

    In this work, TiO2 nanowires (NWs)/SiO x zigzag (ZZ) film/TiO2 NWs structure-based devices were fabricated using glancing angle deposition and oblique angle deposition techniques. An investigation of the optoelectronic properties of the devices will be presented. The NWs-ZZ-NWs structure showed an average of 1.6 times enhancement in absorbance value as compared to the absorbance of the structure that contains only NWs. When irradiated with white light, NWs-ZZ-NWs- and only NWs-based devices exhibited a maximum 6.3 and 2.7 times greater light-to-dark current ratio, respectively, at -3 V. The maximum photoresponsivity and internal gain at the wavelength of 370 nm were calculated to be 57 A/W and 191, respectively, for the NWs-ZZ-NWs devices. The rise and fall time for the NWs-ZZ-NWs and NW devices were 16.56 s and 8.2 s, and 8.39 s and 7.31 s, respectively.

  12. Rational design of anatase TiO2 architecture with hierarchical nanotubes and hollow microspheres for high-performance dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Gu, Jiuwang; Khan, Javid; Chai, Zhisheng; Yuan, Yufei; Yu, Xiang; Liu, Pengyi; Wu, Mingmei; Mai, Wenjie

    2016-01-01

    Large surface area, sufficient light-harvesting and superior electron transport property are the major factors for an ideal photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), which requires rational design of the nanoarchitectures and smart integration of state-of-the-art technologies. In this work, a 3D anatase TiO2 architecture consisting of vertically aligned 1D hierarchical TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) with ultra-dense branches (HTNTs, bottom layer) and 0D hollow TiO2 microspheres with rough surface (HTS, top layer) is first successfully constructed on transparent conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide glass through a series of facile processes. When used as photoanodes, the DSSCs achieve a very large short-current density of 19.46 mA cm-2 and a high overall power conversion efficiency of 8.38%. The remarkable photovoltaic performance is predominantly ascribed to the enhanced charge transport capacity of the NTs (function as the electron highway), the large surface area of the branches (act as the electron branch lines), the pronounced light harvesting efficiency of the HTS (serve as the light scattering centers), and the engineered intimate interfaces between all of them (minimize the recombination effect). Our work demonstrates a possibility of fabricating superior photoanodes for high-performance DSSCs by rational design of nanoarchitectures and smart integration of multi-functional components.

  13. Splitting of magnetic dipole modes in anisotropic TiO 2 micro-spheres: Splitting of magnetic dipole modes in anisotropic TiO 2 micro-spheres

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    Khromova, Irina; Kužel, Petr; Brener, Igal; Reno, John L.; Chung Seu, U-Chan; Elissalde, Catherine; Maglione, Mario; Mounaix, Patrick; Mitrofanov, Oleg

    2016-06-27

    Monocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) micro-spheres support two orthogonal magnetic dipole modes at terahertz (THz) frequencies due to strong dielectric anisotropy. For the first time, we experimentally detected the splitting of the first Mie mode in spheres of radii inline imagem through near-field time-domain THz spectroscopy. By fitting the Fano lineshape model to the experimentally obtained spectra of the electric field detected by the sub-wavelength aperture probe, we found that the magnetic dipole resonances in TiO2 spheres have narrow linewidths of only tens of gigahertz. Lastly, anisotropic TiO2 micro-resonators can be used to enhance the interplay of magnetic and electric dipolemore » resonances in the emerging THz all-dielectric metamaterial technology.« less

  14. Antifungal activity of TiO2 photocatalysis against Penicillium expansum in vitro and in fruit tests.

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    Maneerat, Chamorn; Hayata, Yasuyoshi

    2006-03-15

    The antifungal activity of TiO2 photocatalytic reaction in the form of TiO2 powder and TiO2 coated on a plastic film against Penicillium expansum was investigated in vitro and in fruit tests. The mixture of P. expansum conidial suspension and TiO2 powder was added to potato dextrose agar (PDA) plates for vitro test. The TiO2 photocatalytic reaction reduced conidial germination of the fungal pathogen. It was found that the ability of the TiO2 photocatalytic reaction to suppress P. expansum growth correlated to the amount of TiO2 added. Lower numbers of viable colonies of P. expansum were observed with increasing amount of TiO2. Regardless of the kind of selected fruit inoculated with P. expansum, both TiO2 powder and TiO2-coated film exhibited antifungal activity to control fruit rot. Development of Penicillium rot in apple was significantly (P = 0.05) retarded by the TiO2 photocatalytic reaction. Similarly the TiO2 photocatalytic reaction was the only treatment where no tomato fruit rot was noticeable after 1 week of storage. TiO2-coated film also decreased brown lesions and Penicillium rot infection in lemons. The mean severity fruit rot scores (browning and softening flesh) were 3.2 and 1.9 for uncoated and TiO2-coated film, respectively. Our findings suggest that "TiO2 photocatalytic reaction" shows antifungal activity against P. expansum which may have potential for postharvest disease control.

  15. Electron channeling in TiO2 coated Cu layers

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    Zheng, Pengyuan; Zhou, Tianji; Gall, Daniel

    2016-05-01

    Electron transport in metal conductors with ∼5–30 nm width is dominated by surface scattering. In situ transport measurements as a function of surface chemistry demonstrate that the primary parameter determining the surface scattering specularity is the localized surface density of states at the Fermi level N(E f ). In particular, the measured sheet resistance of epitaxial Cu(001) layers with thickness d Cu = 9–25 nm increases when coated with d Ti = 0.1–4.0 monolayers (MLs) of Ti, but decreases again during exposure to 37 Pa of O2. These resistivity changes are a function of d Cu and d Ti and are due to a transition from partially specular electron scattering at the Cu surface to completely diffuse scattering at the Cu–Ti interface, and the recovery of surface specularity as the Ti is oxidized. X-ray reflectivity and photoelectron spectroscopy indicate the formation of a 0.47 ± 0.03 nm thick Cu2O surface layer on top of the TiO2–Cu2O during air exposure, while density functional calculations of TiO x cap layers as a function of x = 0–2 and d Ti = 0.25–1.0 ML show a reduction of N(E f ) by up to a factor of four. This reduction is proposed to be the key cause for the recovery of surface specularity and results in electron confinement and channeling in the Cu layer upon Ti oxidation. Transport measurements at 293 and 77 K confirm the channeling and demonstrate the potential for high-conductivity metal nanowires by quantifying the surface specularity parameter p = 0.67 ± 0.05, 0.00 ± 0.05, and 0.35 ± 0.05 at the Cu–vacuum, Cu–Ti, and Cu–TiO2 interfaces.

  16. Electrokinetic Properties of TiO2 Nanotubular Surfaces

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    Lorenzetti, Martina; Gongadze, Ekaterina; Kulkarni, Mukta; Junkar, Ita; Iglič, Aleš

    2016-08-01

    Surface charge is one of the most significant properties for the characterisation of a biomaterial, being a key parameter in the interaction of the body implant with the surrounding living tissues. The present study concerns the systematic assessment of the surface charge of electrochemically anodized TiO2 nanotubular surfaces, proposed as coating material for Ti body implants. Biologically relevant electrolytes (NaCl, PBS, cell medium) were chosen to simulate the physiological conditions. The measurements were accomplished as titration curves at low electrolytic concentration (10-3 M) and as single points at fixed pH but at various electrolytic concentrations (up to 0.1 M). The results showed that all the surfaces were negatively charged at physiological pH. However, the zeta potential values were dependent on the electrolytic conditions (electrolyte ion concentration, multivalence of the electrolyte ions, etc.) and on the surface characteristics (nanotubes top diameter, average porosity, exposed surface area, wettability, affinity to specific ions, etc.). Accordingly, various explanations were proposed to support the different experimental data among the surfaces. Theoretical model of electric double layer which takes into account the asymmetric finite size of ions in electrolyte and orientational ordering of water dipoles was modified according to our specific system in order to interpret the experimental data. Experimental results were in agreement with the theoretical predictions. Overall, our results contribute to enrich the state-of-art on the characterisation of nanostructured implant surfaces at the bio-interface, especially in case of topographically porous and rough surfaces.

  17. Electrokinetic Properties of TiO2 Nanotubular Surfaces.

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    Lorenzetti, Martina; Gongadze, Ekaterina; Kulkarni, Mukta; Junkar, Ita; Iglič, Aleš

    2016-12-01

    Surface charge is one of the most significant properties for the characterisation of a biomaterial, being a key parameter in the interaction of the body implant with the surrounding living tissues. The present study concerns the systematic assessment of the surface charge of electrochemically anodized TiO2 nanotubular surfaces, proposed as coating material for Ti body implants. Biologically relevant electrolytes (NaCl, PBS, cell medium) were chosen to simulate the physiological conditions. The measurements were accomplished as titration curves at low electrolytic concentration (10(-3) M) and as single points at fixed pH but at various electrolytic concentrations (up to 0.1 M). The results showed that all the surfaces were negatively charged at physiological pH. However, the zeta potential values were dependent on the electrolytic conditions (electrolyte ion concentration, multivalence of the electrolyte ions, etc.) and on the surface characteristics (nanotubes top diameter, average porosity, exposed surface area, wettability, affinity to specific ions, etc.). Accordingly, various explanations were proposed to support the different experimental data among the surfaces. Theoretical model of electric double layer which takes into account the asymmetric finite size of ions in electrolyte and orientational ordering of water dipoles was modified according to our specific system in order to interpret the experimental data. Experimental results were in agreement with the theoretical predictions. Overall, our results contribute to enrich the state-of-art on the characterisation of nanostructured implant surfaces at the bio-interface, especially in case of topographically porous and rough surfaces. PMID:27562014

  18. Conversion of Nanocellulose Aerogel into TiO2 and TiO2@C Nano-thorns by Direct Anhydrous Mineralization with TiCl4. Evaluation of Electrochemical Properties in Li Batteries.

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    Henry, Aurélien; Plumejeau, Sandrine; Heux, Laurent; Louvain, Nicolas; Monconduit, Laure; Stievano, Lorenzo; Boury, Bruno

    2015-07-15

    Nanostructured TiO2 and TiO2@C nanocomposites were prepared by an original process combining biotemplating and mineralization of aerogels of nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC). A direct one step treatment of NFC with TiCl4 in strictly anhydrous conditions allows TiO2 formation at the outermost part of the nanofibrils while preserving their shape and size. Such TiO2@cellulose composites can be transformed into TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2-NT) by calcination in air at 600 and 900 °C, or into TiO2@C nanocomposites by pyrolysis in argon at 600 and 900 °C. Detailed characterization of these materials is reported here, along with an assessment of their performance as negative electrode materials for Li-ion batteries. PMID:25881329

  19. Synthesis and optimization of Ag-TiO2 composite nanofibers for photocatalytic treatment of impaired water sources.

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    Nalbandian, Michael J; Zhang, Miluo; Sanchez, Joel; Kim, Seil; Choa, Yong-Ho; Cwiertny, David M; Myung, Nosang V

    2015-12-15

    In this work, Ag-TiO2 composite nanofibers were fabricated by electrospinning, where the composition and crystallinity were tuned by controlling the precursor composition and annealing conditions. Characterization revealed that bulk-embedded Ag nanoparticles inhibited anatase-to-rutile phase transformation and a decrease in band gap from 3.2 down to 2.8 eV with increase in the Ag content. The photocatalytic activity of 0.5 at.% Ag-TiO2 nanofibers toward phenol degradation was the greatest, outperforming both unmodified TiO2 nanofibers and commercially available TiO2 Aeroxide(®) P25 by a factor of ∼3. The high reactivity of the low content Ag-TiO2 nanofibers can be attributed to the addition of electron traps, which provide efficient carrier separation and, therefore, decreased recombination. However, further increase in Ag content led to lower photoreactivity, most likely due to the growth of the Ag nanoparticles, which suggests an optimal size of 2 to 3 nm for the Ag nanoparticles at 0.5 at.% provided the greatest photoreactivity. Ag-TiO2 nanofibers show great promise as innovative and highly performing nanomaterials for future nanotechnology-based treatment systems, particularly when the photoreactivity demonstrate herein is used in synergy with the established antimicrobial activity of nano-Ag.

  20. Characteristics of SnO2 nanofiber/TiO2 nanoparticle composite for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Gong, Jiawei; Qiao, Hui; Sigdel, Sudhan; Elbohy, Hytham; Adhikari, Nirmal; Zhou, Zhengping; Sumathy, K.; Wei, Qufu; Qiao, Qiquan

    2015-06-01

    SnO2 nanofibers and their composites based photoanodes were fabricated and investigated in the application of dye-sensitized solar cells. The photoanode made of SnO2/TiO2 composites yielded an over 2-fold improvement in overall conversion efficiency. The microstructure of SnO2 nanofibers was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). A compact morphology of composites was observed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). A long charge diffusion length (62.42 μm) in the composites was derived from time constant in transient photovoltage and photocurrent analysis. These experimental results demonstrate that one-dimensional nanostructured SnO2/TiO2 composites have a great potential for application in solar cells.

  1. 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.

  2. Effects of Mn doping on surface enhanced Raman scattering properties of TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Xue, Xiangxin; Ji, Wei; Mao, Zhu; Li, Zhishi; Ruan, Weidong; Zhao, Bing; Lombardi, John R.

    2012-09-01

    TiO2 and Mn-doped TiO2 (1%, 3% and 5%) nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by a sol-hydrothermal method for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy study. When using the 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA) as the probing molecule, optimum SERS signals were observed on the Mn-TiO2 (3%) samples. On the 3% Mn doped TiO2 substrate, 4-MBA molecules exhibit a higher SERS intensity by a factor of six as compared with the native enhancement of 4-MBA adsorbed on pure TiO2 NPs. The possible mechanism for the phenomena is also discussed. This study opens up a new dimension for the family of SERS substrates.

  3. Comparison of Au and TiO2 based catalysts for the synthesis of chalcogenide nanowires

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    Schönherr, P.; Prabhakaran, D.; Jones, W.; Dimitratos, N.; Bowker, M.; Hesjedal, T.

    2014-06-01

    We present a comparative study of TiO2-based and Au catalysts for the physical vapor deposition of (Bi1-xSbx)2Se3 topological insulator nanowires. The standard Au nanoparticle catalyst was compared to five TiO2 nanoparticle based catalysts (anatase, rutile, P-25, high surface area anatase, and TiO2 supported Au particles). The use of Au nanoparticles seriously harms the properties of nanowires, thereby limiting their application. In contrast, TiO2 based catalysts lead to the residue-free growth of nanowires with a higher degree of crystallinity. Homogeneous nanowire ensembles are achieved with the mixed phase P-25 catalyst, and a possible growth mechanism is proposed.

  4. Molecular Hydrogen Formation from Proximal Glycol Pairs on TiO2(110)

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    Chen, Long; Li, Zhenjun; Smith, R. Scott; Kay, Bruce D.; Dohnalek, Zdenek

    2014-04-16

    Understanding hydrogen formation on TiO2 surfaces is of great importance as it could provide fundamental insight into water splitting for hydrogen production using solar energy. In this work, hydrogen formation from glycols having different numbers of methyl end-groups have been studied using temperature pro-grammed desorption on reduced, hydroxylated, and oxidized TiO2(110) surfaces. The results from OD-labeled glycols demon-strate that gas-phase molecular hydrogen originates exclusively from glycol hydroxyl groups. The yield is controlled by a combi-nation of glycol coverage, steric hindrance, TiO2(110) order and the amount of subsurface charge. Combined, these results show that proximal pairs of hydroxyl aligned glycol molecules and subsurface charge are required to maximize the yield of this redox reaction. These findings highlight the importance of geometric and electronic effects in hydrogen formation from adsorbates on TiO2(110).

  5. Atomic Structure of the Anatase TiO2(001) Surface

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    Xia, Yaobiao; Zhu, Ke; Kaspar, Tiffany C.; Du, Yingge; Birmingham, Blake; Park, Kenneth T.; Zhang, Zhenrong

    2013-08-16

    Understanding the structure of well-defined anatase TiO2 surfaces is critical for deciphering site-specific thermal and photo- reaction mechanisms on anatase TiO2. Using UHV scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), we have studied the atomic structure of anatase TiO2(001) epitaxial thin films grown by oxygen plasma assisted molecular beam epitaxy. Bright rows of the (1×4) reconstructed surface are resolved as three types of features with different sizes. High-resolution STM images taken from the same area at different bias voltages show that these individual features are originated from combinations of two basic atomic building blocks. We propose a modified added molecule model for the anatase TiO2 (001) surface structure.

  6. Phase stability frustration on ultra-nanosized anatase TiO2

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    Patra, Snehangshu; Davoisne, Carine; Bouyanfif, Houssny; Foix, Dominique; Sauvage, Frédéric

    2015-01-01

    This work sheds light on the exceptional robustness of anatase TiO2 when it is downsized to an extreme value of 4 nm. Since at this size the surface contribution to the volume becomes predominant, it turns out that the material becomes significantly resistant against particles coarsening with temperature, entailing a significant delay in the anatase to rutile phase transition, prolonging up to 1000 °C in air. A noticeable alteration of the phase stability diagram with lithium insertion is also experienced. Lithium insertion in such nanocrystalline anatase TiO2 converts into a complete solid solution until almost Li1TiO2, a composition at which the tetragonal to orthorhombic transition takes place without the formation of the emblematic and unwished rock salt Li1TiO2 phase. Consequently, excellent reversibility in the electrochemical process is experienced in the whole portion of lithium content. PMID:26042388

  7. Porous Anatase TiO2 Thin Films for NH3 Vapour Sensing

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    Ponnusamy, Dhivya; Madanagurusamy, Sridharan

    2015-12-01

    Anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were deposited onto cleaned glass substrates by a direct current (DC) reactive magnetron sputtering technique for different deposition times from 10 min to 40 min, which resulted in films of different thicknesses. Characterization techniques, such as x-ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission-scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) were used to characterize the structural and morphological properties of the TiO2 thin films. XRD patterns showed the formation of (101) crystal anatase facets. The grain size values of the film increased with increased deposition time, and the films deposited at 40 min exhibited a porous structure. Anatase TiO2 thin films exhibited excellent sensing response, fast response and recovery time, as well as good stability and selectivity towards ammonia (NH3). The enhanced NH3 sensing behavior of anatase TiO2 films is attributed to the porous morphology and oxygen vacancies.

  8. TiO2 Nanoparticles as a Soft X-ray Molecular Probe

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    Larabell, Carolyn; Ashcroft, Jared M.; Gu, Weiwei; Zhang, Tierui; Hughes, Steven M.; Hartman, Keith B.; Hofmann, Cristina; Kanaras, Antonios G.; Kilcoyne, David A.; Le Gros, Mark; Yin, Yadong; Alivisatos, A. Paul; Larabell, Carolyn A.

    2007-06-30

    With the emergence of soft x-ray techniques for imaging cells, there is a pressing need to develop protein localization probes that can be unambiguously identified within the region of x-ray spectrum used for imaging. TiO2 nanocrystal colloids, which have a strong absorption cross-section within the "water-window" region of x-rays, areideally suited as soft x-ray microscopy probes. To demonstrate their efficacy, TiO2-streptavidin nanoconjugates were prepared and subsequently labeled microtubules polymerized from biotinylated tubulin. The microtubules were imaged using scanning transmission x-ray microscopy (STXM), and the TiO2 nanoparticle tags were specifically identified using x-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy (XANES). These experiments demonstrate that TiO2 nanoparticles are potential probes for protein localization analyses using soft x-ray microscopy.

  9. Molecular design of TiO2 for gigantic red shift via sublattice substitution.

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    Shao, Guosheng; Deng, Quanrong; Wan, Lin; Guo, Meilan; Xia, Xiaohong; Gao, Yun

    2010-11-01

    The effects of 3d transition metal doping in TiO2 phases have been simulated in detail. The results of modelling indicate that Mn has the biggest potential among 3d transition metals, for the reduction of energy gap and the introduction of effective intermediate bands to allow multi-band optical absorption. On the basis of theoretical formulation, we have incorporated considerable amount of Mn in nano-crystalline TiO2 materials. Mn doped samples demonstrate significant red shift in the optical absorption edge, with a secondary absorption edge corresponding to theoretically predicted intermediate bands/states. The gigantic red shift achievable in Mn-doped TiO2 is expected to extend the useful TiO2 functionalities well beyond the UV threshold via the optical absorption of both visible and infrared photon irradiance.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Deposition of Co-doped TiO2 Thin Films by sol-gel method

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    Boutlala, A.; Bourfaa, F.; Mahtili, M.; Bouaballou, A.

    2016-03-01

    Cobalt doped TiO2 thin films have been prepared by sol-gel method onto glass substrate at room temperature. in this present work, we are interesting to study the effect of Cobalt doped TiO2 thin films.the concentration of Co was varied from 0 to 6%at .The obtained films have been annealed at 500°C for 2 hours. X-ray diffraction patterns showed that Co: TiO2 films are polycrystalline with a tetragonal anatase and orthorhombic brookite types structures. The surface morphologies of the TiO2 doped with cobalt thin films were evaluated by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). The optical properties were studied by mean of UV-visible and near infrared spectroscopy.The calculated optical band gap decreases from 3.30 to 2.96 eV with increasing Co doping.

  13. 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...

  14. Composite TiO2-Carbon nano films with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Chakarov, Dinko; Sellappan, Raja

    2011-03-01

    Composite TiO2-carbon thin films prepared by physical vapor deposition techniques on fused silica substrates show enhanced photocatalytic activity, as compared to pure TiO2 films of similar thickness, towards decomposition of methanol to CO2 and water. Raman and XRD measurements confirm that annealed TiO2 films exhibit anatase structure while the carbon layer becomes graphitic. Characteristic for the composite films is an enhanced optical absorption in the visible range. The presence of the carbon film causes a shift of the TiO2 absorption edge and modifies its grain size to be smaller. The observed enhancement is attributed to synergy effects at the carbon-TiO2 interface, resulting in smaller crystallite size and anisotropic charge carrier transport, which in turn reduces their recombination probability. Supported by N-INNER through the Solar Hydrogen project (P30938-1 Solväte).

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

  16. 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.

  17. Preparation TiO2 core-shell nanospheres and application as efficiency drug detection sensor

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    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we report the facile preparation of monodisperse titanium dioxide-diltiazem/tetrachlorobismuth core-shell nanospheres (TiO2@DTMBi), in which, diltiazem (DTM)/tetrachlorobismuth (BiCl4) complexes were employed as electroactive materials. The morphology, size, formation, and structure of the obtained TiO2@DTMBi spheres were investigated by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The optimal condition of obtained monodisperse 40-nm TiO2@DTMBi spheres was researched. The results of using TiO2@DTMBi nanospheres as proposed drug sensor indicate a wide linear range (10-7 to 10-1 M) and a very low detection limit of 0.20 μg/mL. PMID:25246870

  18. Morphology dependent catalytic activity of TiO2 nanostructures towards photodegradation of Rose Bengal

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    Malik, Ritu; Kumar, Ashok; Nehra, S. P.; Rana, Pawan S.

    2015-08-01

    This work deals with the synthesis of TiO2 nanostructures using sol-gel and hydrothermal method for evaluating their photodegradation performance towards decolorization of Rose Bengal (RB). A combination of characterization techniques including X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and UV-Vis spectroscopy were utilized to evaluate the structural, morphological and optical properties of the obtained nanostructures. It was observed that the TiO2 nanoparticles prepared using hydrothermal method were highly crystalline and possess higher band gap value, even when same conditions of temperature, pressure, precursor ratios and solvent amount was kept constant while synthesizing TiO2 nanostructures via sol-gel method. The obvious effect of porous morphology exhibited by TiO2 nanoparticles prepared using hydrothermal route is reflected in its decolorization performance whereby 92.5% of the RB dye solution was degraded in 70 min of irradiation time.

  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. Mussel-Directed Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped Anatase TiO2.

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    Xie, Jingjing; Xie, Hao; Su, Bao-Lian; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Du, Xiaodong; Zeng, Hui; Wang, Menghu; Wang, Weimin; Wang, Hao; Fu, Zhengyi

    2016-02-24

    Structure-forming processes leading to biominerals are well worth learning in pursuit of new synthetic techniques. Strategies that attempt to mimic nature in vitro cannot replace an entire complex natural organism, requiring ingenuity beyond chemists' hands. A "bioprocess-inspired synthesis" is demonstrated for fabrication of N-doped TiO2 materials at ambient temperature by direct implantation of precursor into living mussels. The amorphous precursor transforms into N-doped anatase TiO2 with a hierarchical nanostructure. Synthetic TiO2 exhibits high phase stability and enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity as a result of modifications to its band gap during in vivo mineralization. Intracellular proteins were found to be involved in TiO2 mineralization. Our findings may inspire material production by new synthetic techniques, especially under environmentally benign conditions.

  1. Microbicidal activity of TiO2 nanoparticles synthesised by sol-gel method.

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    Priyanka, Karathan Parakkandi; Sukirtha, Thiruvangium Henry; Balakrishna, Kagalagodu Manjunthiah; Varghese, Thomas

    2016-04-01

    In this study, the authors investigated antimicrobial activity of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) synthesised by sol-gel method. As synthesised TiO2 NPs were characterised by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy. The antimicrobial activity of calcined TiO2 nanoparticle samples was examined in day light on Gram positive bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumonia and Bacillus subtilis), Gram negative bacteria (Proteus vulgaris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli) and fungal test pathogen Candida albicans. The synthesised TiO2 NPs were found to be effective in visible light against Streptococcus pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus vulgaris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans. PMID:27074858

  2. Room-Temperature Ferromagnetism in TiO2 Nanocrystals Synthesized by the Controlled Hydrolysis Procedure.

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    Gu, Deen; Sun, Zhanhong; Zhou, Lv; Hu, Yongda; Jiang, Yadong

    2016-03-01

    TiO2 nanocrystals were prepared by a controlled hydrolysis procedure at room temperature. The effect of V-doping, N-doping and V/N codoping on the lattice parameters and magnetic properties of TiO2 nanocrystals was investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and vibration sample magnetometry. Doping performed at room temperature causes the expansion of lattice parameters. Undoped and doped TiO2 nanocrystals show room-temperature ferromagnetism. A monotonic correlation between saturation magnetization and the ratio of the lattice parameter c to a (c/a) was observed. Saturation magnetization of TiO2 nanocrystals increases with the value of c/a.

  3. Pulsed electric field assisted sol-gel preparation of TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Mani, Rajaboopathi; Han, Bing; Louhi-Kultanen, Marjatta

    2016-10-01

    This work studies the effect of a pulsed electric field (PEF) on the precipitation and properties of TiO2 nanoparticles. TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared using pulsed DC electric field assisted sol-gel method. The duration of the PEF treatment was varied to investigate its effect on the particle size of TiO2 nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, UV diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-DRS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was found that TiO2 particles prepared with pulsed electric field assisted sol-gel method had enhanced average crystallite size due to the effect of the pulsed electric field on primary nucleation. The effect of electric field on nanoparticle preparation is interesting which can be used to control the grain and crystallite size of nanoparticle.

  4. Efficient solar photocatalytic activity of TiO2 coated nano-porous silicon by atomic layer deposition

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    Sampath, Sridhar; Maydannik, Philipp; Ivanova, Tatiana; Shestakova, Marina; Homola, Tomáš; Bryukvin, Anton; Sillanpää, Mika; Nagumothu, Rameshbabu; Alagan, Viswanathan

    2016-09-01

    In the present study, TiO2 coated nano-porous silicon (TiO2/PS) was prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) whereas porous silicon was prepared by stain etching method for efficient solar photocatalytic activity. TiO2/PS was characterized by FESEM, AFM, XRD, XPS and DRS UV-vis spectrophotometer. Absorbance spectrum revealed that TiO2/PS absorbs complete solar light with wave length range of 300 nm-800 nm and most importantly, it absorbs stronger visible light than UV light. The reason for efficient solar light absorption of TiO2/PS is that nanostructured TiO2 layer absorbs UV light and nano-porous silicon layer absorbs visible light which is transparent to TiO2 layer. The amount of visible light absorption of TiO2/PS directly increases with increase of silicon etching time. The effect of silicon etching time of TiO2/PS on solar photocatalytic activity was investigated towards methylene blue dye degradation. Layer by layer solar absorption mechanism was used to explain the enhanced photocatalytic activity of TiO2/PS solar absorber. According to this, the photo-generated electrons of porous silicon will be effectively injected into TiO2 via hetero junction interface which leads to efficient charge separation even though porous silicon is not participating in any redox reactions in direct.

  5. Study of TiO2 nanomembranes obtained by an induction heated MOCVD reactor

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    Crisbasan, A.; Chaumont, D.; Sacilotti, M.; Crisan, A.; Lazar, A. M.; Ciobanu, I.; Lacroute, Y.; Chassagnon, R.

    2015-12-01

    Nanostructures of TiO2 were grown using the metal oxide chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) technique. The procedure used induction heating on a graphite susceptor. This specific feature and the use of cobalt and ferrocene catalysts resulted in nanomembranes never obtained by common MOCVD reactors. The present study discusses the preparation of TiO2 nanomembranes and the dependence of nanomembrane structure and morphology on growth parameters.

  6. Kinetics and mechanism of photolysis and TiO2 photocatalysis of triclosan.

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    Son, Hyun-Seok; Ko, Gwangpyo; Zoh, Kyung-Duk

    2009-07-30

    The degradations of triclosan (5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)-phenol), a potent broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent, were compared in TiO2-only in the dark condition, photolysis, and TiO2 photocatalysis with a UV-A lamp. TiO2 photocatalysis more effectively degraded and mineralized triclosan compared to TiO2-only and photolysis conditions. While triclosan removed only 30% by TiO2-only condition within 20 min, the triclosan degradation in photolysis and photocatalysis at the same time was 75 and 82%, respectively, and TOC removal was significantly higher in photocatalysis than in photolysis. The data of kinetics showed that triclosan adsorption onto TiO2 was fitted to Langmuir isotherm, and TiO2 photocatalysis was fitted to Langmuir-Hinshelwood model (b=27.99 mM(-1), K(triclosan)=9.49 mM(-1)). The neutral range of pH was favorable to photocatalysis due to the charge effect between TiO2 and triclosan. The addition of 2-propanol, a radical scavenger, significantly reduced the degradation of triclosan both in photolysis and photocatalysis. Dioxin-type intermediates such as dibenzo-dichloro-p-dioxin (DCDD), dibenzo-p-dioxin were produced in photolysis with and without 2-propanol, and also in photocatalysis with 2-propanol, but these intermediates were not detected in photocatalysis without 2-propanol. This result indicates that the photocatalytic degradation of triclosan is mainly achieved by radicals, and these radicals can further degrade dioxin-type intermediates once they are produced in photocatalysis.

  7. 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.

  8. Photocatalytic degradation of acetaminophen in modified TiO2 under visible irradiation.

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    Dalida, Maria Lourdes P; Amer, Kristine Marfe S; Su, Chia-Chi; Lu, Ming-Chun

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated the photocatalytic degradation of acetaminophen (ACT) in synthetic titanium dioxide (TiO2) solution under a visible light (λ >440 nm). The TiO2 photocatalyst used in this study was synthesized via sol-gel method and doped with potassium aluminum sulfate (KAl(SO4)2) and sodium aluminate (NaAlO2). The influence of some parameters on the degradation of acetaminophen was examined, such as initial pH, photocatalyst dosage, and initial ACT concentration. The optimal operational conditions were also determined. Results showed that synthetic TiO2 catalysts presented mainly as anatase phase and no rutile phase was observed. The results of photocatalytic degradation showed that LED alone degraded negligible amount of ACT but with the presence of TiO2/KAl(SO4)2, 95% removal of 0.10-mM acetaminophen in 540-min irradiation time was achieved. The synthetic TiO2/KAl(SO4)2 presented better photocatalytic degradation of acetaminophen than commercially available Degussa P-25. The weak crystallinity of synthesized TiO2/NaAlO2 photocatalyst showed low photocatalytic degradation than TiO2/KAl(SO4)2. The optimal operational conditions were obtained in pH 6.9 with a dose of 1.0 g/L TiO2/KAl(SO4)2 at 30 °C. Kinetic study illustrated that photocatalytic degradation of acetaminophen fits well in the pseudo-first order model. Competitive reactions from intermediates affected the degradation rate of ACT, and were more obvious as the initial ACT concentration increased.

  9. Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic activity of TiO(2-x)N(x) nanocatalyst.

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    Wang, Y Q; Yu, X J; Sun, D Z

    2007-06-01

    Nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide powders were prepared by wet method, that is, the hydrolysis of acidic tetra-butyl titanate using aqueous ammonia solution, followed by calcination at temperatures about 350 degrees C. The catalysts exhibited photocatalytic activity in the visible light region owing to N-doping. The light absorption onset of TiO(2-x)N(x) was shifted to the visible region at 459 nm compared to 330 nm of pure TiO(2). An obvious decrease in the band gap was observed by the optical absorption spectroscopy, which resulted from N2p localized states above the valence band of TiO(2-x)N(x) (compared to TiO(2)). The TiO(2-x)N(x) catalyst was characterized to be anatase with oxygen-deficient stoichiometry by X-ray diffraction (XRD), surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The binding energy of N1s measured by XPS characterization was 396.6 eV (TiN bonds, beta-N) and 400.9 eV (NN bonds, gamma-N(2)), respectively. The photocatalytic activity of TiO(2-x)N(x) under visible light was induced by the formation of beta-N in the structure. Photocatalytic decomposition of benzoic acid solutions was carried out in the ultraviolet and visible (UV-vis) light region, and the TiO(2-x)N(x) catalyst showed higher activity than pure TiO(2). PMID:17116365

  10. 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

  11. Bacterial responses to Cu-doped TiO(2) nanoparticles.

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    Wu, Bing; Huang, Rick; Sahu, Manoranjan; Feng, Xueyang; Biswas, Pratim; Tang, Yinjie J

    2010-03-01

    The toxicity of Cu-doped TiO(2) nanoparticles (NPs, 20nm), synthesized by a flame aerosol reactor, to Mycobacterium smegmatis and Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, is the primary focus of this study. Both doped and non-doped TiO(2) NPs (20nm) tended to agglomerate in the medium solution, and therefore did not penetrate into the cell and damage cellular structures. TiO(2) particles (<100mg/L) did not apparently interfere with the growth of the two species in aqueous cultures. Cu-doped TiO(2) NPs (20mg/L) significantly reduced the M. smegmatis growth rate by three fold, but did not affect S. oneidensis MR-1 growth. The toxicity of Cu-doped TiO(2) NPs was driven by the release of Cu(2+) from the parent NPs. Compared to equivalent amounts of Cu(2+), Cu-doped TiO(2) NPs exhibited higher levels of toxicity to M. smegmatis (P-value<0.1). Addition of EDTA in the culture appeared to significantly decrease the anti-mycobacterium activity of Cu-doped TiO(2) NPs. S. oneidensis MR-1 produced a large amount of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) under NP stress, especially extracellular protein. Therefore, S. oneidensis MR-1 was able to tolerate a much higher concentration of Cu(2+) or Cu-doped TiO(2) NPs. S. oneidensis MR-1 also adsorbed NPs on cell surface and enzymatically reduced ionic copper in culture medium with a remediating rate of 61microg/(liter x OD(600) x hour) during its early exponential growth phase. Since the metal reducing Shewanella species can efficiently "clean" metal-oxide NPs, the activities of such environmentally relevant bacteria may be an important consideration for evaluating the ecological risk of metal-oxide NPs. PMID:19931887

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. Photonic crystal formation on optical nanofibers using femtosecond laser ablation technique.

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    Nayak, K P; Hakuta, K

    2013-01-28

    We demonstrate that thousands of periodic nano-craters are fabricated on a subwavelength-diameter tapered optical fiber, an optical nanofiber, by irradiating with just a single femtosecond laser pulse. A key aspect of the fabrication is that the nanofiber itself acts as a cylindrical lens and focuses the femtosecond laser beam on its shadow surface. We also demonstrate that the periodic nano-crater array on the nanofiber shows polarization dependent fiber Bragg grating (FBG) characteristics. Such FBG structures on the nanofiber may act as a 1-D photonic crystal due to the strong transverse and longitudinal confinement of the field. PMID:23389229

  15. Functional nanofibers and membranes by electrospinning

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    Formo, Eric Victor

    This research focuses on advances in the fabrication of functional membranes through the process of electrospinning to either alter the arrangement or composition of nanofiber arrays. To control nanofiber arrangement, easily reconfigurable collectors were constructed that could direct the deposition over large areas (>50 cm2) and pattern the membranes into various designs, including parallel, fan-out, and spiral arrays. Subsequently, the composition of electrospun membranes was modified using the sol-gel method to yield fibers composed of TiO2 (anatase and rutile) and ZrO 2 (tetragonal) phases. Implementing the polyol reduction method, these nanofiber surfaces were coated with Pt, Pd, and Rh nanoparticles of 2-5 nm or Pt nanowires with lengths up to 125 nm. Interestingly, by calcining the ZrO2 at a lower temperature, the nanofibers could mediate the growth of Pt nanostars or Pt nanowires by adjusting the Pt precursor concentration in the polyol reduction bath. The anatase membranes could also be modified through the self-assembly of various silanes to give either thiol or amine surface groups. The functionalized membranes were then tested for a number of applications associated with the catalysis field. Specifically, anatase fiber membranes coated with Pt and Pd nanoparticles were used as catalysts in a continuous flow reactor for either hydrogenation or cross-coupling reactions, respectively, which was proven to operate with a high yield, a rapid flow rate, and were readily recyclable. The effects of both the coverage and morphology of the Pt-decorated anatase fibers on the methanol oxidation reaction were then studied. Nanofibers with a submonolayer of Pt nanoparticles or Pt nanowires were found to display improved catalytic durability over commercial Pt/C as determined by chronoamperometry. Further, by utilizing the oxygen reduction reaction, results showed that the Pt nanostars had superior electrochemical properties in comparison to Pt black. Finally, the

  16. Structural and optical properties of terbium in TiO 2 matrix

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    Domaradzki, Jaroslaw; Prociow, Eugeniusz L.; Kaczmarek, Danuta; Borkowska, Agnieszka; Berlicki, Tadeusz; Prociow, Krystyna

    2009-07-01

    TiO 2 thin films doped with different concentration of Tb have been prepared and study of terbium photoluminescence in TiO 2 host has been presented. Thin films were deposited on silicon and SiO 2 substrates by magnetron sputtering of Ti-Tb mosaic target in oxygen atmosphere. XRD examinations show nanocrystalline nature of prepared thin films with TiO 2-anatase and -rutile phases depending on concentration of Tb. Optical transmission study has shown the red shift of the fundamental absorption edge of TiO 2 with the increase of terbium content in the thin film. Also, the transparency decreased with increasing in amount of Tb. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra, measured upon UV excitation at 302 nm at room temperature, show a dominating green luminescence corresponding to 5D 4- 7F 5 transition at 545 nm for TiO 2-rutile thin film with 2.6 at.% of Tb. The superposition of PL peaks from Tb and TiO 2 host matrix was also observed at 491 nm.

  17. Surface Plasmon Enhanced Photocatalysis of Au/Pt-decorated TiO2 Nanopillar Arrays

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    Shuang, Shuang; Lv, Ruitao; Xie, Zheng; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2016-01-01

    The low quantum yields and lack of visible light utilization hinder the practical application of TiO2 in high-performance photocatalysis. Herein, we present a design of TiO2 nanopillar arrays (NPAs) decorated with both Au and Pt nanoparticles (NPs) directly synthesized through successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) at room temperature. Au/Pt NPs with sizes of ~4 nm are well-dispersed on the TiO2 NPAs as evidenced by electron microscopic analyses. The present design of Au/Pt co-decoration on the TiO2 NPAs shows much higher visible and ultraviolet (UV) light absorption response, which leads to remarkably enhanced photocatalytic activities on both the dye degradation and photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance. Its photocatalytic reaction efficiency is 21 and 13 times higher than that of pure TiO2 sample under UV-vis and visible light, respectively. This great enhancement can be attributed to the synergy of electron-sink function of Pt and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au NPs, which significantly improves charge separation of photoexcited TiO2. Our studies demonstrate that through rational design of composite nanostructures one can harvest visible light through the SPR effect to enhance the photocatalytic activities initiated by UV-light, and thus realize more effectively utilization of the whole solar spectrum for energy conversion. PMID:27215703

  18. 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.

  19. Superhydrophilic graphene-loaded TiO2 thin film for self-cleaning applications.

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    Anandan, Srinivasan; Rao, Tata Narasinga; Sathish, Marappan; Rangappa, Dinesh; Honma, Itaru; Miyauchi, Masahiro

    2013-01-01

    We develop a simple approach to fabricate graphene-loaded TiO(2) thin films on glass substrates by the spin-coating technique. Our graphene-loaded TiO(2) films were highly conductive and transparent and showed enhanced photocatalytic activities. More significantly, graphene/TiO(2) films displayed superhydrophilicity within a short time even under a white fluorescent light bulb, as compared to a pure TiO(2) film. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of graphene/TiO(2) films is attributed to its efficient charge separation, owing to electrons injection from the conduction band of TiO(2) to graphene. The electroconductivity of the graphene-loaded TiO(2) thin film also contributes to the self-cleaning function by its antifouling effect against particulate contaminants. The present study reveals the ability of graphene as a low cost cocatalyst instead of expensive noble metals (Pt, Pd), and further shows its capability for the application of self-cleaning coatings with transparency. The promising characteristics of (inexpensive, transparent, conductive, superhydrophilic, and highly photocatalytically active) graphene-loaded TiO(2) films may have the potential use in various indoor applications.

  20. Location Of Hole And Electron Traps On Nanocrystalline Anatase TiO2

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    Mercado, Candy C.; Knorr, Fritz J.; McHale, Jeanne L.; Usmani, Shirin M.; Ichimura, Andrew S.; Saraf, Laxmikant V.

    2012-05-17

    The defect photoluminescence from TiO2 nanoparticles in the anatase phase is reported for nanosheets which expose predominantly (001) surfaces, and compared to that from conventional anatase nanoparticles which expose mostly (101) surfaces. Also reported is the weak defect photoluminescence of TiO2 nanotubes, which we find using electron back-scattered diffraction to consist of walls which expose (110) and (100) facets. The nanotubes exhibit photoluminescence that is blue-shifted and much weaker than that from conventional TiO2 nanoparticles. Despite the preponderance of (001) surfaces in the nanosheet samples, they exhibit photoluminescence similar to that of conventional nanoparticles. We assign the broad visible photoluminescence of anatase nanoparticles to two overlapping distributions: hole trap emission associated with oxygen vacancies on (101) exposed surfaces, which peaks in the green, and a broader emission extending into the red which results from electron traps on under-coordinated titanium atoms, which are prevalent on (001) facets. The results of this study suggest how morphology of TiO2 nanoparticles could be optimized to control the distribution and activity of surface traps. Our results also shed light on the mechanism by which the TiCl4 surface treatment heals traps on anatase and mixed-phase TiO2 films, and reveals distinct differences in the trap-state distributions of TiO2 nanoparticles and nanotubes. The molecular basis for electron and hole traps and their spatial separation on different facets is discussed.

  1. Micropatterning of TiO2 Thin Films by MOCVD and Study of Their Growth Tendency

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    Hwang, Ki-Hwan; Kang, Byung-Chang; Jung, Duk Young; Kim, Youn Jea; Boo, Jin-Hyo

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we studied the growth tendency of TiO2 thin films deposited on a narrow-stripe area (<10 μm). TiO2 thin films were selectively deposited on OTS patterned Si(100) substrates by MOCVD. The experimental data showed that the film growth tendency was divided into two behaviors above and below a line patterning width of 4 μm. The relationship between the film thickness and the deposited area was obtained as a function of f(x) = a[1 − e(−bx)]c. To find the tendency of the deposition rate of the TiO2 thin films onto the various linewidth areas, the relationship between the thickness of the TiO2 thin film and deposited linewidth was also studied. The thickness of the deposited TiO2 films was measured from the alpha-step profile analyses and cross-sectional SEM images. At the same time, a computer simulation was carried out to reveal the relationship between the TiO2 film thickness and deposited line width. The theoretical results suggest that the mass (velocity) flux in flow direction is directly affected to the film thickness. PMID:25799219

  2. Controllable hydrothermal synthesis, optical and photocatalytic properties of TiO2 nanostructures

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    Xu, Yanyan; Zhang, Maocui; Zhang, Miao; Lv, Jianguo; Jiang, Xishun; He, Gang; Song, XuePing; Sun, Zhaoqi

    2014-10-01

    Different surface morphologies of TiO2 thin films were prepared by hydrothermal synthesis method on Ti substrates through changing reaction time. The microstructure, composition, optical properties and photocatalytic properties of TiO2 thin films were systematically investigated by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectrometer and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. As the reaction time increases, anatase structure and brookite structure of TiO2 films respectively increases and decreases, corresponding to surface morphology changes from irregular structure to regular geometrical shape structure. These structural changes are accompanied by significant variations of optical properties and photocatalytic properties including a widening of the band gap from 2.86 to 3.19 eV, photocatalytic degradation efficiency from 92.5 to 98.1% and photocatalytic degradation rate from 0.032 to 0.048 min-1. Among all samples, TiO2-1 shows the best photocatalytic properties. Compositional analysis indicates that TiO2 surface layer contains Ti and O elements, the ratio of Ti:O is 1:2.28 which is close to the atom ratio of TiO2.

  3. Photoluminescence studies of nitrogen-doped TiO2 powders prepared by annealing with urea

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    Kawai, T.; Kishimoto, Y.; Kifune, K.

    2012-11-01

    Photoluminescence and excitation spectra have been investigated for undoped and nitrogen-doped TiO2 powders at low temperatures. A broad luminescence band peaking at 2.25 eV is observed in the undoped TiO2 powders. The 2.25 eV luminescence band exhibits a sharp rise from 3.34 eV in the excitation spectrum reflecting the fundamental absorption edge of anatase TiO2. On the other hand, the N-doped TiO2 powders obtained by annealing with urea at 350 and 500°C exhibit broad luminescence bands around 2.89 and 2.63 eV, respectively. The excitation spectra for these luminescence bands rise from the lower energy side of the fundamental absorption edge of anatase TiO2. The origin of the luminescence bands and N-related energy levels formed in the band-gap of TiO2 are discussed.

  4. Photoactive TiO2 coatings obtained by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation in refrigerated electrolytes

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    Franz, Silvia; Perego, Daniele; Marchese, Ottavia; Lucotti, Andrea; Bestetti, Massimiliano

    2016-11-01

    The effect of synthesis conditions on the properties of nanoporous TiO2 coatings obtained by PEO in refrigerated electrolytes have been investigated. Linear sweep voltammetry was carried out on the TiO2 coatings, in dark and under UV-C irradiation, in order to assess the photoelectrochemical behavior of samples. The largest photocurrents (0.18 mA/cm2) were measured on TiO2 coatings obtained by PEO in refrigerated aqueous solutions. UV-vis spectra revealed that lowering the processing temperature from 20 to -3.5 °C induced a blue-shift of the absorption band of the TiO2 coatings from 3.05 to 3.42 eV. The main advantage of PEO in refrigerated aqueous solutions over current approaches, based on anodic oxidation and thermal treatments, is that the synthesis of photoactive TiO2 coatings can be carried out in a relatively easy, quick and reproducible way, without annealing pre- and post-treatments. Furthermore, by controlling the solution temperature in PEO process, the photocurrent of the resulting TiO2 coating reaches quite high values.

  5. Charge transfer in photorechargeable composite films of TiO2 and polyaniline

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    Nomiyama, Teruaki; Sasabe, Kenichi; Sakamoto, Kenta; Horie, Yuji

    2015-07-01

    A photorechargeable battery (PRB) is a photovoltaic device having an energy storage function in a single cell. The photoactive electrode of PRB is a bilayer film consisting of bare porous TiO2 and a TiO2-polyaniline (PANi) mixture that work as a photovoltaic current generator and an electrochemical energy storage by ion dedoping, respectively. To study the charge transfer between TiO2 and PANi, the photorechargeable quantum efficiency QE ([electron count on discharge]/[incident photon count on photocharge]) was measured by varying the thickness LS of the TiO2-PANi mixture. The quantum efficiency QEuv for UV photons had a maximum of ˜7% at LS ˜ 7 µm. The time constant τTP for the charge transfer was about 10-1 s, which was longer ten times or more than the lifetime of excited electrons within TiO2. These facts reveal that the main rate-limiting factor in the photocharging process is the charge transfer between TiO2 and PANi.

  6. Nanocomposites of TiO2/cyanoethylated cellulose with ultra high dielectric constants

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    Madusanka, Nadeesh; Shivareddy, Sai G.; Hiralal, Pritesh; Eddleston, Mark D.; Choi, Youngjin; Oliver, Rachel A.; Amaratunga, Gehan A. J.

    2016-05-01

    A novel dielectric nanocomposite containing a high permittivity polymer, cyanoethylated cellulose (CRS) and TiO2 nanoparticles was successfully prepared with different weight percentages (10%, 20% and 30%) of TiO2. The intermolecular interactions and morphology within the polymer nanocomposites were analysed. TiO2/CRS nanofilms on SiO2/Si wafers were used to form metal-insulator-metal type capacitors. Capacitances and loss factors in the frequency range of 1 kHz-1 MHz were measured. At 1 kHz CRS-TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited ultra high dielectric constants of 118, 176 and 207 for nanocomposites with 10%, 20% and 30% weight of TiO2 respectively, significantly higher than reported values of pure CRS (21), TiO2 (41) and other dielectric polymer-TiO2 nanocomposite films. Furthermore, all three CRS-TiO2 nanocomposites show a loss factor <0.3 at 1 kHz and low leakage current densities (10-6-10-7 A cm-2). Leakage was studied using conductive atomic force microscopy and it was observed that the leakage is associated with TiO2 nanoparticles embedded in the CRS polymer matrix. A new class of ultra high dielectric constant hybrids using nanoscale inorganic dielectrics dispersed in a high permittivity polymer suitable for energy management applications is reported.

  7. Surface Plasmon Enhanced Photocatalysis of Au/Pt-decorated TiO2 Nanopillar Arrays.

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    Shuang, Shuang; Lv, Ruitao; Xie, Zheng; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2016-01-01

    The low quantum yields and lack of visible light utilization hinder the practical application of TiO2 in high-performance photocatalysis. Herein, we present a design of TiO2 nanopillar arrays (NPAs) decorated with both Au and Pt nanoparticles (NPs) directly synthesized through successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) at room temperature. Au/Pt NPs with sizes of ~4 nm are well-dispersed on the TiO2 NPAs as evidenced by electron microscopic analyses. The present design of Au/Pt co-decoration on the TiO2 NPAs shows much higher visible and ultraviolet (UV) light absorption response, which leads to remarkably enhanced photocatalytic activities on both the dye degradation and photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance. Its photocatalytic reaction efficiency is 21 and 13 times higher than that of pure TiO2 sample under UV-vis and visible light, respectively. This great enhancement can be attributed to the synergy of electron-sink function of Pt and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au NPs, which significantly improves charge separation of photoexcited TiO2. Our studies demonstrate that through rational design of composite nanostructures one can harvest visible light through the SPR effect to enhance the photocatalytic activities initiated by UV-light, and thus realize more effectively utilization of the whole solar spectrum for energy conversion. PMID:27215703

  8. Degradability of Treated Ethion Insecticide by TiO2 Photocatalysis.

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    Hassarangsee, Siriporn; Uthaibutra, Jamnong; Nomura, Nakao; Whangchai, Kanda

    2015-01-01

    Ethion, an insecticide, is widely used with fruit and vegetable crops. This research studied the reduction and oxidative degradation of standard ethion by TiO2 photocatalysis. A standard ethion solution (1 mg L(-1)) was treated with different concentrations of TiO2 powder (5, 10, 20, 40 and 60 mg mL(-1)) for 0, 15, 30, 45 and 60 min. The amount of ethion residue was detected by gas chromatography with flame photometric detection (GC-FPD) and the concentration of anions produced as major degradation products was determined by Ion Chromatography (IC). The TiO2 photocatalysis efficiently reduced ethion concentrations, with the highest degradation rate occurring within the first 15 min of reaction. The reaction produced sulphate and phosphate anions. The TiO2photocatalysis reduced 1 mg L(-1) ethion to 0.18 mg L(-1) when treated with 60 mg mL(-1) TiO2 powder for 60 min. The lethal concentration (LC50) of standard ethion was also estimated and compared to the treated ethion. All treatments, especially 60 mg mL(-1) TiO2 powder, markedly detoxified ethion, as tested with brine shrimp (Artemia salina L.), with an LC50 value of 765.8 mg mL(-1), compared to the control of 1.01 mg mL(-1). PMID:26353413

  9. Bifunctional ultraviolet/ultrasound responsive composite TiO2/polyelectrolyte microcapsules.

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    Gao, Hui; Wen, Dongsheng; Tarakina, Nadezda V; Liang, Jierong; Bushby, Andy J; Sukhorukov, Gleb B

    2016-03-01

    Designing and fabricating multifunctional microcapsules are of considerable interest in both academic and industrial research aspects. This work reports an innovative approach to fabricate composite capsules with high UV and ultrasound responsive functionalities that can be used as external triggers for controlled release, yet with enhanced mechanical strength that can make them survive in a harsh environment. Needle-like TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) were produced in situ into layer-by-layer (LbL) polyelectrolyte (PE) shells through the hydrolysis of titanium butoxide (TIBO). These rigid TiO2 NPs yielded the formed capsules with excellent mechanical strength, showing a free standing structure. A possible mechanism is proposed for the special morphology formation of the TiO2 NPs and their reinforcing effects. Synergistically, their response to UV and ultrasound was visualized via SEM, with the results showing an irreversible shell rapture upon exposure to either UV or ultrasound irradiation. As expected, the release studies revealed that the dextran release from the TiO2/PE capsules was both UV-dependent and ultrasound-dependent. Besides, the biocompatibility of the capsules with the incorporation of amorphous TiO2 NPs was confirmed by an MTT assay experiment. All these pieces of evidence suggested a considerable potential medicinal application of TiO2/PE capsules for controlled drug delivery. PMID:26878702

  10. Exposure to TiO2 nanoparticles increases Staphylococcusaureusinfection of HeLa cells

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    Xu, Yan; Wei, Ming-Tzo; Walker, Stephen. G.; Wang, Hong Zhan; Gondon, Chris; Brink, Peter; Guterman, Shoshana; Zawacki, Emma; Applebaum, Eliana; Rafailovich, Miriam; Ou-Yang, H. Daniel; Mironava, Tatsiana

    TiO2 is one of the most common nanoparticles in industry from food additives to energy generation. Even though TiO2 is also used as an anti-bacterial agent in combination with UV, we found that, in the absence of UV, exposure of HeLa cells to TiO2 nanoparticles largely increased their risk of bacterial invasion. HeLa cells cultured with low dosage rutile and anatase TiO2 nanoparticles (0.1 mg/ml) for 24 hrs prior to exposure to bacteria had 350% and 250% respectively more bacteria infected per cell. The increase was attributed to increased LDH leakage, and changes in the mechanical response of the cell membrane. On the other hand, macrophages exposed to TiO2 particles ingested 40% fewer bacteria, further increasing the risk of infection. In combination, these two factors raise serious concerns regarding the impact of exposure to TiO2 nanoparticles on the ability of organisms to resist bacterial infection.

  11. Spherical TiO2 aggregates with different building units for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Liu, Zhaohui; Su, Xunjia; Hou, Genliang; Bi, Song; Xiao, Zhou; Jia, Haipeng

    2013-09-01

    Tailoring the architectures of spherical TiO2 aggregates is crucial to obtain superior photovoltaic properties and promote their application in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Herein, we synthesized spherical TiO2 aggregates using different building units, including nanocrystallites, nanorods, nanosheets, and nanotubes, via a hydrothermal method, and studied the effect of the building units on the performances of DSSCs. The aggregates assembled by uniform nanosheet and nanotube building units were synthesized with the use of spherical TiO2 nanorod aggregates as titanium sources in an alkaline hydrothermal reaction. Compared with TiO2 nanoparticles, the spherical TiO2 aggregates possess higher surface area, more efficient light scattering ability, and better electron transport properties. Among the four types of spherical TiO2 aggregates; the nanorod, nanotube, and nanosheet aggregates demonstrate better electron transport properties than the nanocrystallite aggregates; the nanotube and nanosheet aggregates exhibit more efficient light scattering than the nanocrystallite and nanorod aggregates; and the nanotube aggregates show the highest surface area. Thus the DSSC based on nanotube aggregates exhibited the highest energy conversion efficiency of 7.48%, which is 16.0%, 9.7%, and 19.5% higher than those of the DSSCs based on the nanosheet, nanorod, and nanocrystallite aggregates, respectively.

  12. Self-cleaning and mechanical properties of modified white cement with nanostructured TiO2.

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    Khataee, R; Heydari, V; Moradkhannejhad, L; Safarpour, M; Joo, S W

    2013-07-01

    In the present study, self-cleaning and mechanical properties of white Portland cement by addition of commercial available TiO2 nanoparticles with the average particle size of 80 nm were investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and BET were used to characterize TiO2 nanoparticles. For determination of self-cleaning properties of TiO2-modified white cement, colorimetric tests in decolorization of C.I. Basic Red 46 (BR46) in comparison to unmodified cement samples was applied. The results indicated that with increasing the amount of TiO2 nanoparticles in modified cement, self-cleaning property of the samples increased. The mechanical properties of TiO2-modified and unmodified cement samples, such as time of setting of hydraulic cement, compressive strength of hydraulic cement mortar and flexural strength of hydraulic cement mortar were examined. The results indicated that addition of TiO2 nanoparticles up to maximum replacement level of 1.0% improved compressive and flexural strength and decreased its setting time.

  13. Structure and high photocatalytic activity of (N, Ta)-doped TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Le, N. T. H.; Thanh, T. D.; Pham, V.-T.; Phan, T. L.; Lam, V. D.; Manh, D. H.; Anh, T. X.; Le, T. K. C.; Thammajak, N.; Hong, L. V.; Yu, S. C.

    2016-10-01

    A hydrothermal method was used to prepare three nano-crystalline samples of TiO2 (S1), N-doped TiO2 (S2), and (N, Ta)-codoped TiO2 (S3) with average crystallite sizes (D) of 13-25 nm. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed a single phase of the samples with a tetragonal/anatase structure. A slight increase in the lattice parameters was observed when N and/or Ta dopants were doped into the TiO2 host lattice. Detailed analyses of extended X-ray absorption spectra indicated that N- and/or Ta-doping into TiO2 nanoparticles influenced the co-ordination number and radial distance (R) of Ti ions in the anatase structure. Concerning their absorption spectra, (N, Ta)-doping narrowed the band gap (Eg) of TiO2 from 3.03 eV for S1 through 2.94 eV for S2 to 2.85 eV for S3. Such results revealed the applicability of these nanoparticles in the photocatalytic field working in the ultraviolet (UV)-visible region. Among these, photocatalytic activity of S3 was the strongest. By using S3 as a catalyst powder, the degradation efficiency of methylene blue solution was about 99% and 93% after irradiation of UV-visible light for 75 min and visible-light for 180 min, respectively.

  14. Influence of silver doping on surface defect characteristics of TiO2

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    Tripathi, S. K.; Rani, Mamta

    2015-08-01

    In the present work, we proposed a novel silver doped TiO2 polyethylene conjugated films to improve the performance of DSSCs. Oxides nanoparticles dispersed in a semiconducting polymer form the active layer of a solar cell. Localized surface plasmon resonance effects associated with spatially dispersed silver (Ag) nanoparticles can be exploited to enhance the light-harvesting efficiency, the photocurrent density and the overall light-to electrical-energy-conversion efficiency of high-area DSSCs based TiO2 photoanodes. Silver doped titanium dioxide (TiO2:Ag) is prepared by sol-gel technique and deposited on fluorine doped indium oxide (FTO) coated glass substrates by using doctor blade technique at 550°C from aqueous solutions of titanium butoxide and silver nitrate precursors. The effect of Ag doping on electrical properties of films is studied. The Ag-TiO2 films are about 548 times more photosensitive as compare to the pure TiO2 sample. The presence of metallic Ag nanoparticles and oxygen vacancy on the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles promotes the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and thus enhances the photosensitivity. Photoconduction mechanism of all prepared samples is investigated by performing transient photoconductivity measurements on TiO2 and Ag-TiO2 films keeping intensity of light constant.

  15. Equilibration Kinetics and Chemical Diffusion of Indium-Doped TiO2.

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    Nowotny, Janusz; Alim, Mohammad A

    2015-04-30

    The present work reports the gas/solid equilibration kinetics for In-doped TiO2 (0.4 atom % In) at elevated temperatures (1023-1273 K) in the gas phase of controlled oxygen activity [10(-13) Pa < p(O2) < 10(5) Pa]. Thus, the determined chemical diffusion coefficient is considered in terms of a microdiffusion coefficient that is reflective of the transport kinetics within very narrow ranges of oxygen activities. In analogy to pure TiO2, the chemical diffusion coefficient for In-doped TiO2 exhibits a maximum at the n-p transition point. The activation energy of the chemical diffusion exhibits a decrease with temperature from 200 kJ/mol at 1023 K to an insignificant value at 1273 K. This effect is reflective of a segregation-induced electrical potential barrier blocking the transport of defects. The absolute value of the chemical diffusion coefficient for In-doped TiO2 is larger from that of pure TiO2 by a factor of approximately 10. The effect of indium on the diffusion rate is considered in terms of the associated concentration of oxygen vacancies, which are formed in order to satisfy the charge neutrality for In-doped TiO2.

  16. First-principles study on transition metal-doped anatase TiO2.

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    Wang, Yaqin; Zhang, Ruirui; Li, Jianbao; Li, Liangliang; Lin, Shiwei

    2014-01-28

    The electronic structures, formation energies, and band edge positions of anatase TiO2 doped with transition metals have been analyzed by ab initio band calculations based on the density functional theory with the planewave ultrasoft pseudopotential method. The model structures of transition metal-doped TiO2 were constructed by using the 24-atom 2 × 1 × 1 supercell of anatase TiO2 with one Ti atom replaced by a transition metal atom. The results indicate that most transition metal doping can narrow the band gap of TiO2, lead to the improvement in the photoreactivity of TiO2, and simultaneously maintain strong redox potential. Under O-rich growth condition, the preparation of Co-, Cr-, and Ni-doped TiO2 becomes relatively easy in the experiment due to their negative impurity formation energies, which suggests that these doping systems are easy to obtain and with good stability. The theoretical calculations could provide meaningful guides to develop more active photocatalysts with visible light response.

  17. Phenol degradation by TiO2 photocatalysts combined with different pulsed discharge systems.

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    Zhang, Yi; Lu, Jiani; Wang, Xiaoping; Xin, Qing; Cong, Yanqing; Wang, Qi; Li, Chunjuan

    2013-11-01

    Films of TiO2 nanotubes distributed over the inner surface of a discharge reactor cylinder (CTD) or adhered to a stainless steel electrode surface (PTD) in a discharge reactor were compared with a single-discharge (SD) system to investigate their efficiencies in phenol degradation. Morphology studies indicated that the TiO2 film was destroyed in the PTD system, but that there was no change in the CTD system after discharge. X-ray diffraction results revealed that the anatase phase of the original sample was preserved in the CTD system, but that an anatase-to-rutile phase transformation occurred in the PTD system after discharge. The highest efficiencies of phenol degradation and total organic carbon (TOC) mineralization were observed in the CTD system, and there was no decrease in phenol degradation efficiency upon reuse of a TiO2 film, indicating high catalysis activity and stability of the TiO2 photocatalysts in the combined treatment. TiO2 photocatalysts favored the formation of hydrogen peroxide and disfavored the formation of ozone. A greater degree of oxidation of intermediates and higher energy efficiency in phenol oxidation were observed with the TiO2-plasma systems, especially in the CTD system, compared to those with the SD system.

  18. Nanocomposites of TiO2/cyanoethylated cellulose with ultra high dielectric constants

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    Madusanka, Nadeesh; Shivareddy, Sai G.; Hiralal, Pritesh; Eddleston, Mark D.; Choi, Youngjin; Oliver, Rachel A.; Amaratunga, Gehan A. J.

    2016-05-01

    A novel dielectric nanocomposite containing a high permittivity polymer, cyanoethylated cellulose (CRS) and TiO2 nanoparticles was successfully prepared with different weight percentages (10%, 20% and 30%) of TiO2. The intermolecular interactions and morphology within the polymer nanocomposites were analysed. TiO2/CRS nanofilms on SiO2/Si wafers were used to form metal–insulator–metal type capacitors. Capacitances and loss factors in the frequency range of 1 kHz–1 MHz were measured. At 1 kHz CRS-TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited ultra high dielectric constants of 118, 176 and 207 for nanocomposites with 10%, 20% and 30% weight of TiO2 respectively, significantly higher than reported values of pure CRS (21), TiO2 (41) and other dielectric polymer-TiO2 nanocomposite films. Furthermore, all three CRS-TiO2 nanocomposites show a loss factor <0.3 at 1 kHz and low leakage current densities (10‑6–10‑7 A cm‑2). Leakage was studied using conductive atomic force microscopy and it was observed that the leakage is associated with TiO2 nanoparticles embedded in the CRS polymer matrix. A new class of ultra high dielectric constant hybrids using nanoscale inorganic dielectrics dispersed in a high permittivity polymer suitable for energy management applications is reported.

  19. The adsorption and photo-degradation of oxalic acid at the TiO2 surface.

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    Mendive, Cecilia; Blesa, Miguel; Bahnemann, Detlef

    2006-03-01

    Oxalic acid is the simplest model compound to study the heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of pollutants on TiO2 containing more than one carboxylate group. We have carried out a study of a system of an oxalic acid solution in contact with a thin film of TiO2 particles employing ATR - FTIR in combination with quantum chemical calculations. Thus, possible adsorption structures have been identified and molecular dynamic simulations have been used to compare their predictions with the experimental data. It was found that the adsorption of oxalic acid on TiO2 in the dark can be explained in terms of two surface complexation modes for the anatase phase and only one surface complexation mode for the rutile phase. We have found that under illumination one of the complexes on the anatase phase preferably undergoes photo-degradation. At the same time water molecules are desorbed from the TiO2 surface by a thermal mechanism induced by the absorption of photons. Both processes favor the adsorption of more molecules of oxalic acid at the TiO2 surface which is thus enriched in the second complexation mode. A similar mechanism was found to occur on the rutile phase. The only complexation mode appears not to be photo-sensitive but the TiO2 surface is enriched in oxalic acid under illumination due to the replacement of photo-desorbed water molecules.

  20. Preparation, performance and adsorption activity of TiO2 nanoparticles entrapped PVDF hybrid membranes

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    Zhang, Xia; Wang, Yang; You, Yuting; Meng, Hao; Zhang, Jianghua; Xu, Xinxin

    2012-12-01

    The TiO2 nanoparticles entrapped poly(vinylidenefluoride) (PVDF) hybrid membranes were prepared through impregnating the pre-treated PVDF film in the TiO2 suspension. SEM, XRD, TG and ATR-IR analyses were used to character the hybrid membranes. The results showed that the TiO2 nanoparticles with average size about 44 nm were deposited on the surface and inner pores of PVDF films. The pre-treatment of PVDF with cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) is benefit for TiO2loading. The ATR-IR spectra revealed that physical interaction played important role in the construction of hybrid membranes. The adsorption behavior of Cu2+ on the hybrid membranes was studied, and a promoted adsorption and elution efficiency of PVDF/TiO2 hybrid membranes were observed compared with that of the pristine PVDF film. Meanwhile, the surface contact angle, pure water flux and static adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) on the hybrid membranes were also measured to study the effects of TiO2 nanoparticles. It was found that the TiO2 nanoparticles improved the surface hydrophilicity and permeability of PVDF membranes, and the decreasing adsorption capacity of BSA indicated the promoted antifouling ability of PVDF membranes. Such the PVDF/TiO2 hybrid membranes exhibit potential applications in the separation and pre-concentration of metal ions.

  1. Photoelectrochemical Properties of CuS-GeO2-TiO2 Composite Coating Electrode.

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    Wen, Xinyu; Zhang, Huawei

    2016-01-01

    The ITO (indium tin oxide) conductive glass-matrix CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating was generated via EPD (electrophoretic deposition) and followed by a sintering treatment at 450°C for 40 minutes. Characterizations of the CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating were taken by SEM (scanning electron microscope), XRD (X-ray diffraction), EDX (energy dispersive X-ray), UV-Vis DRS (ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectrum), and FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy). Results showed that CuS and GeO2 had dispersed in this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating (mass percentages for CuS and GeO2 were 1.23% and 2.79%, respectively). The electrochemical studies (cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization) of this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode were performed in pH = 9.51 Na2CO3-NaHCO3 buffer solution containing 0.50 mol/L CH3OH under the conditions of visible light, ultraviolet light (λ = 365 nm), and dark (without light irradiation as control), respectively. Electrochemical studies indicated that this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode had better photoelectrocatalytic activity than the pure TiO2 electrode in the electrocatalysis of methanol under visible light. PMID:27055277

  2. Photoelectrochemical Properties of CuS-GeO2-TiO2 Composite Coating Electrode.

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    Wen, Xinyu; Zhang, Huawei

    2016-01-01

    The ITO (indium tin oxide) conductive glass-matrix CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating was generated via EPD (electrophoretic deposition) and followed by a sintering treatment at 450°C for 40 minutes. Characterizations of the CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating were taken by SEM (scanning electron microscope), XRD (X-ray diffraction), EDX (energy dispersive X-ray), UV-Vis DRS (ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectrum), and FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy). Results showed that CuS and GeO2 had dispersed in this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating (mass percentages for CuS and GeO2 were 1.23% and 2.79%, respectively). The electrochemical studies (cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization) of this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode were performed in pH = 9.51 Na2CO3-NaHCO3 buffer solution containing 0.50 mol/L CH3OH under the conditions of visible light, ultraviolet light (λ = 365 nm), and dark (without light irradiation as control), respectively. Electrochemical studies indicated that this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode had better photoelectrocatalytic activity than the pure TiO2 electrode in the electrocatalysis of methanol under visible light.

  3. ZnFe2O4-TiO2 Nanoparticles within Mesoporous MCM-41

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    Tang, Aidong; Deng, Yuehua; Jin, Jiao; Yang, Huaming

    2012-01-01

    A novel nanocomposite ZnFe2O4-TiO2/MCM-41 (ZTM) was synthesized by a sol-gel method and characterized through X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), N2 adsorption-desorption, Raman spectroscopy, and ultraviolet visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometry. The results confirmed the incorporation of ZnFe2O4-TiO2 nanoparticles inside the pores of the mesoporous MCM-41 host without destroying its integrity. ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles can inhibit the transformation of anatase into rutile phase of TiO2. Incorporation of ZnFe2O4-TiO2 within MCM-41 avoided the agglomeration of nanoparticles and reduced the band gap energy of TiO2 to enhance its visible light photocatalytic activity. UV-vis absorption edges of ZTM nanocomposites redshifted with the increase of Zn/Ti molar ratio. The nanocomposite approach could be a potential choice for enhancing the photoactivity of TiO2, indicating an interesting application in the photodegradation and photoelectric fields. PMID:22919325

  4. 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

  5. ZnFe2O4-TiO2 nanoparticles within mesoporous MCM-41.

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    Tang, Aidong; Deng, Yuehua; Jin, Jiao; Yang, Huaming

    2012-01-01

    A novel nanocomposite ZnFe(2)O(4)-TiO(2)/MCM-41 (ZTM) was synthesized by a sol-gel method and characterized through X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), N(2) adsorption-desorption, Raman spectroscopy, and ultraviolet visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometry. The results confirmed the incorporation of ZnFe(2)O(4)-TiO(2) nanoparticles inside the pores of the mesoporous MCM-41 host without destroying its integrity. ZnFe(2)O(4) nanoparticles can inhibit the transformation of anatase into rutile phase of TiO(2). Incorporation of ZnFe(2)O(4)-TiO(2) within MCM-41 avoided the agglomeration of nanoparticles and reduced the band gap energy of TiO(2) to enhance its visible light photocatalytic activity. UV-vis absorption edges of ZTM nanocomposites redshifted with the increase of Zn/Ti molar ratio. The nanocomposite approach could be a potential choice for enhancing the photoactivity of TiO(2), indicating an interesting application in the photodegradation and photoelectric fields.

  6. Photoelectrochemical Properties of CuS-GeO2-TiO2 Composite Coating Electrode

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    Wen, Xinyu; Zhang, Huawei

    2016-01-01

    The ITO (indium tin oxide) conductive glass-matrix CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating was generated via EPD (electrophoretic deposition) and followed by a sintering treatment at 450°C for 40 minutes. Characterizations of the CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating were taken by SEM (scanning electron microscope), XRD (X-ray diffraction), EDX (energy dispersive X-ray), UV-Vis DRS (ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflection spectrum), and FT-IR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy). Results showed that CuS and GeO2 had dispersed in this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating (mass percentages for CuS and GeO2 were 1.23% and 2.79%, respectively). The electrochemical studies (cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Tafel polarization) of this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode were performed in pH = 9.51 Na2CO3-NaHCO3 buffer solution containing 0.50 mol/L CH3OH under the conditions of visible light, ultraviolet light (λ = 365 nm), and dark (without light irradiation as control), respectively. Electrochemical studies indicated that this CuS-GeO2-TiO2 composite coating electrode had better photoelectrocatalytic activity than the pure TiO2 electrode in the electrocatalysis of methanol under visible light. PMID:27055277

  7. 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

  8. 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).

  9. Surface Plasmon Enhanced Photocatalysis of Au/Pt-decorated TiO2 Nanopillar Arrays

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    Shuang, Shuang; Lv, Ruitao; Xie, Zheng; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2016-05-01

    The low quantum yields and lack of visible light utilization hinder the practical application of TiO2 in high-performance photocatalysis. Herein, we present a design of TiO2 nanopillar arrays (NPAs) decorated with both Au and Pt nanoparticles (NPs) directly synthesized through successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) at room temperature. Au/Pt NPs with sizes of ~4 nm are well-dispersed on the TiO2 NPAs as evidenced by electron microscopic analyses. The present design of Au/Pt co-decoration on the TiO2 NPAs shows much higher visible and ultraviolet (UV) light absorption response, which leads to remarkably enhanced photocatalytic activities on both the dye degradation and photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance. Its photocatalytic reaction efficiency is 21 and 13 times higher than that of pure TiO2 sample under UV-vis and visible light, respectively. This great enhancement can be attributed to the synergy of electron-sink function of Pt and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Au NPs, which significantly improves charge separation of photoexcited TiO2. Our studies demonstrate that through rational design of composite nanostructures one can harvest visible light through the SPR effect to enhance the photocatalytic activities initiated by UV-light, and thus realize more effectively utilization of the whole solar spectrum for energy conversion.

  10. Preparation and characterization of TiO 2-cationic hybrid nanoparticles as electrophoretic particles

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    Li, Jingjing; Deng, Liandong; Xing, Jinfeng; Dong, Anjie; Li, Xianggao

    2012-01-01

    The hybrid nanoparticles (TiO2-HNPs) with TiO2 nanoparticles as core and with poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate-co-methyl methacrylate) by using triallylamine as cross-linking agent as shell were firstly prepared via atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) in methanol. Then the hybrid nanoparticles with positive charge were produced by the quaternization with methyl iodide as quaternization reagent so as to endow them with greater electrophoretic mobility. The cationic hybrid nanoparticles (TiO2-CHNPs) were studied by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and dynamic light scattering (DLS) measurements. The results indicate that the cationic polymer is successfully grafted on the surface of the TiO2 nanoparticles. The particle size of TiO2-CHNPs is about 150 nm and the polydispersity index (PDI) is 0.307. The zeta potential, the contrast ratio of white state to dark state and response time of TiO2-CHNPs are +16.8 mV, 30 and 3 s, respectively, which show the potential application prospect in the development of electrophoretic ink.

  11. Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures for high electrochromic activity

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    Reyes-Gil, Karla R.; Stephens, Zachary D.; Stavila, Vitalie; Robinson, David B.

    2015-01-06

    A composite material consisting of TiO2 nanotubes (NT) with WO3 electrodeposited on its surface has been fabricated, detached from its Ti substrate, and attached to a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) film on glass for application to electrochromic (EC) reactions. Several adhesion layers were tested, finding that a paste of TiO2 made from commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles creates an interface for the TiO2 NT film to attach to the FTO glass, which is conductive and does not cause solution-phase ions in an electrolyte to bind irreversibly with the material. The effect of NT length and WO3 concentration on the EC performancemore » were studied. As a result, the composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures showed higher ion storage capacity, better stability, enhanced EC contrast, and longer memory time compared with the pure WO3 and TiO2 materials« less

  12. Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures for high electrochromic activity.

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    Reyes, Karla Rosa; Stephens, Zachary Dan.; Robinson, David B.

    2013-05-01

    A composite material consisting of TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) with WO3 electrodeposited homogeneously on its surface has been fabricated, detached from its substrate, and attached to a fluorine-doped tin oxide film on glass for application to electrochromic (EC) reactions. A paste of TiO2 made from commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles creates an interface for the TiO2 NT film to attach to the FTO glass, which is conductive and does not cause solution-phase ions in an electrolyte to bind irreversibly with the material. The effect of NT length on the current density and the EC contrast of the material were studied. The EC redox reaction seen in this material is diffusion- limited, having relatively fast reaction rates at the electrode surface. The composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures showed higher ion storage capacity, better stability, enhanced EC contrast and longer memory time compared with the pure WO3 and TiO2.

  13. Photosensitivity enhancement with TiO2 in semitransparent light-sensitive skins of nanocrystal monolayers.

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    Akhavan, Shahab; Yeltik, Aydan; Demir, Hilmi Volkan

    2014-06-25

    We propose and demonstrate light-sensitive nanocrystal skins that exhibit broadband sensitivity enhancement based on electron transfer to a thin TiO2 film grown by atomic layer deposition. In these photosensors, which operate with no external bias, photogenerated electrons remain trapped inside the nanocrystals. These electrons generally recombine with the photogenerated holes that accumulate at the top interfacing contact, which leads to lower photovoltage buildup. Because favorable conduction band offset aids in transferring photoelectrons from CdTe nanocrystals to the TiO2 layer, which decreases the exciton recombination probability, TiO2 has been utilized as the electron-accepting material in these light-sensitive nanocrystal skins. A controlled interface thickness between the TiO2 layer and the monolayer of CdTe nanocrystals enables a photovoltage buildup enhancement in the proposed nanostructure platform. With TiO2 serving as the electron acceptor, we observed broadband sensitivity improvement across 350-475 nm, with an approximately 22% enhancement. Furthermore, time-resolved fluorescence measurements verified the electron transfer from the CdTe nanocrystals to the TiO2 layer in light-sensitive skins. These results could pave the way for engineering nanocrystal-based light-sensing platforms, such as smart transparent windows, light-sensitive walls, and large-area optical detection systems. PMID:24821008

  14. Composite nanofibers for highly efficient photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes from contaminated water.

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    Mohamed, Alaa; El-Sayed, Ramy; Osman, T A; Toprak, M S; Muhammed, M; Uheida, A

    2016-02-01

    In this study highly efficient photocatalyst based on composite nanofibers containing polyacrylonitrile (PAN), carbon nanotubes (CNT), and surface functionalized TiO2 nanoparticles was developed. The composite nanofibers were fabricated using electrospinning technique followed by chemical crosslinking. The surface modification and morphology changes of the fabricated composite nanofibers were examined through SEM, TEM, and FTIR analysis. The photocatalytic performance of the composite nanofibers for the degradation of model molecules, methylene blue and indigo carmine, under UV irradiation in aqueous solutions was investigated. The results demonstrated that high photodegradation efficiency was obtained in a short time and at low power intensity compared to other reported studies. The effective factors on the degradation of the dyes, such as the amount of catalyst, solution pH and irradiation time were investigated. The experimental kinetic data were fitted using pseudo-first order model. The effect of the composite nanofibers as individual components on the degradation efficiency of MB and IC was evaluated in order to understand the overall photodegradation mechanism. The results obtained showed that all the components possess significant effect on the photodegradation activity of the composite nanofibers. The stability studies demonstrated that the photodegradation efficiency can remain constant at the level of 99% after five consecutive cycles. PMID:26615225

  15. Composite nanofibers for highly efficient photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes from contaminated water.

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    Mohamed, Alaa; El-Sayed, Ramy; Osman, T A; Toprak, M S; Muhammed, M; Uheida, A

    2016-02-01

    In this study highly efficient photocatalyst based on composite nanofibers containing polyacrylonitrile (PAN), carbon nanotubes (CNT), and surface functionalized TiO2 nanoparticles was developed. The composite nanofibers were fabricated using electrospinning technique followed by chemical crosslinking. The surface modification and morphology changes of the fabricated composite nanofibers were examined through SEM, TEM, and FTIR analysis. The photocatalytic performance of the composite nanofibers for the degradation of model molecules, methylene blue and indigo carmine, under UV irradiation in aqueous solutions was investigated. The results demonstrated that high photodegradation efficiency was obtained in a short time and at low power intensity compared to other reported studies. The effective factors on the degradation of the dyes, such as the amount of catalyst, solution pH and irradiation time were investigated. The experimental kinetic data were fitted using pseudo-first order model. The effect of the composite nanofibers as individual components on the degradation efficiency of MB and IC was evaluated in order to understand the overall photodegradation mechanism. The results obtained showed that all the components possess significant effect on the photodegradation activity of the composite nanofibers. The stability studies demonstrated that the photodegradation efficiency can remain constant at the level of 99% after five consecutive cycles.

  16. Effective photocatalysis of functional nanocomposites based on carbon and TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Lin, Chan; Song, Yang; Cao, Lixin; Chen, Shaowei

    2013-05-01

    A unique nanocomposite C-TiO2 was prepared by the growth of TiO2 on carbon nanoparticles using a simple hydrothermal procedure. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) measurements showed that the nanocomposites exhibited an average core diameter of approximately 5 nm with a rather well-defined lattice space (0.4 nm) that was somewhat larger than that (0.38 nm) of the (100) crystalline planes of anatase TiO2. This lattice expansion was accounted for by the formation of surface defect dipoles of the nanosized TiO2 particles. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) measurements suggested that partial charge transfer occurred from carbon nanoparticles to TiO2 by the interfacial Ti-O-C linkages, which led to effective diminishment of the C-TiO2 photoluminescence as compared to that of pure TiO2 or carbon nanoparticles, suggesting intimate electronic interactions between the carbon and TiO2 components in the nanocomposites. Such unique characteristics were then exploited for the effective photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants, as exemplified by methylene blue, by C-TiO2 under UV photoirradiation. Experimental measurements showed that the photocatalytic activity of C-TiO2 nanocomposites was about twice that of TiO2 alone, whereas little activity was observed with carbon nanoparticles. This was attributed to the electron-accepting sites on the carbon nanoparticles that facilitated interfacial charge separation.A unique nanocomposite C-TiO2 was prepared by the growth of TiO2 on carbon nanoparticles using a simple hydrothermal procedure. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) measurements showed that the nanocomposites exhibited an average core diameter of approximately 5 nm with a rather well-defined lattice space (0.4 nm) that was somewhat larger than that (0.38 nm) of the (100) crystalline planes of anatase TiO2. This lattice expansion was accounted for by the formation of surface defect dipoles of the nanosized TiO2 particles. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) measurements suggested that partial charge transfer occurred from carbon nanoparticles to TiO2 by the interfacial Ti-O-C linkages, which led to effective diminishment of the C-TiO2 photoluminescence as compared to that of pure TiO2 or carbon nanoparticles, suggesting intimate electronic interactions between the carbon and TiO2 components in the nanocomposites. Such unique characteristics were then exploited for the effective photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants, as exemplified by methylene blue, by C-TiO2 under UV photoirradiation. Experimental measurements showed that the photocatalytic activity of C-TiO2 nanocomposites was about twice that of TiO2 alone, whereas little activity was observed with carbon nanoparticles. This was attributed to the electron-accepting sites on the carbon nanoparticles that facilitated interfacial charge separation. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XRD patterns of TiO2 and C-TiO2 nanoparticles. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr01033c

  17. Bio-Inspired Hierarchical Nanofibrous Fe3O4-TiO2-Carbon Composite as a High-Performance Anode Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Li, Shun; Wang, Mengya; Luo, Yan; Huang, Jianguo

    2016-07-13

    A bioinspired hierarchical nanofibrous Fe3O4-TiO2-carbon composite was fabricated by employing natural cellulose substance (e.g., filter paper) as both the scaffold and the carbon source and showed improved electrochemical performances when it is employed as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. FeOOH nanoparticles were first grown uniformly onto the surface of the titania thin-layer precoated cellulose nanofibers, and thereafter, the as-prepared FeOOH-TiO2-cellulose composite was calcined and carbonized in argon atmosphere at 500 °C for 6 h to produce the Fe3O4-TiO2-carbon composite. The resultant composite possesses a hierarchical structure that was faithfully inherited from the initial cellulose substance, which was composed of titania-coated carbon fibers with corncob-like shaped Fe3O4 nanoparticles immobilized on the surfaces. The diameter of the composite nanofiber is ca. 100-200 nm, and the diameter of the Fe3O4 nanoparticle is about 30 nm, which is coated with an ultrathin carbon layer with a thickness about 3 nm. This composite displayed superior lithium-ion storage performance. It showed a first-cycle discharge capacity of 1340 mAh/g, delivering a stable reversible capacity of ca. 525 mAh/g after 100 charge-discharge cycles at a current density of 100 mA/g, and the efficiency is as high as ca. 95% of the theoretical value. This is much higher than those of the commercial Fe3O4 powder (160 mAh/g) and the Fe3O4-carbon counter material (310 mAh/g). It was demonstrated that the thin titania precoating layer (thickness ca. 3-5 nm) is necessary for the high content loading of the Fe3O4 nanoparticles onto the carbon nanofibers. Owing to the unique three-dimensional porous network structure of the carbon-fiber scaffold, together with the ultrathin outer carbon-coating layer, the composite showed significantly improved cycling stability and rate capability.

  18. Bio-Inspired Hierarchical Nanofibrous Fe3O4-TiO2-Carbon Composite as a High-Performance Anode Material for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Li, Shun; Wang, Mengya; Luo, Yan; Huang, Jianguo

    2016-07-13

    A bioinspired hierarchical nanofibrous Fe3O4-TiO2-carbon composite was fabricated by employing natural cellulose substance (e.g., filter paper) as both the scaffold and the carbon source and showed improved electrochemical performances when it is employed as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries. FeOOH nanoparticles were first grown uniformly onto the surface of the titania thin-layer precoated cellulose nanofibers, and thereafter, the as-prepared FeOOH-TiO2-cellulose composite was calcined and carbonized in argon atmosphere at 500 °C for 6 h to produce the Fe3O4-TiO2-carbon composite. The resultant composite possesses a hierarchical structure that was faithfully inherited from the initial cellulose substance, which was composed of titania-coated carbon fibers with corncob-like shaped Fe3O4 nanoparticles immobilized on the surfaces. The diameter of the composite nanofiber is ca. 100-200 nm, and the diameter of the Fe3O4 nanoparticle is about 30 nm, which is coated with an ultrathin carbon layer with a thickness about 3 nm. This composite displayed superior lithium-ion storage performance. It showed a first-cycle discharge capacity of 1340 mAh/g, delivering a stable reversible capacity of ca. 525 mAh/g after 100 charge-discharge cycles at a current density of 100 mA/g, and the efficiency is as high as ca. 95% of the theoretical value. This is much higher than those of the commercial Fe3O4 powder (160 mAh/g) and the Fe3O4-carbon counter material (310 mAh/g). It was demonstrated that the thin titania precoating layer (thickness ca. 3-5 nm) is necessary for the high content loading of the Fe3O4 nanoparticles onto the carbon nanofibers. Owing to the unique three-dimensional porous network structure of the carbon-fiber scaffold, together with the ultrathin outer carbon-coating layer, the composite showed significantly improved cycling stability and rate capability. PMID:27328774

  19. Photocatalytic properties of TiO2 and TiO2/Pt: a sol-precipitation, sonochemical and hydrothermal approach.

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    Žunič, Vojka; Vukomanović, Marija; Škapin, Srečo D; Suvorov, Danilo; Kovač, Janez

    2014-01-01

    In this work we prepared TiO2 nano-powders and TiO2/Pt nano-composites via three synthesis methods (sol-precipitation, sonochemical method, hydrothermal method) starting with the same precursors and media. To evaluate and compare the physical properties of the prepared materials, X-ray diffraction analysis, BET measurements, FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron microscopy (TEM, HRTEM, SAED) were applied. The results showed changes to the TiO2 phase composition and crystallinity, the specific surface area as well as the platinum's particle shape and size, depending on the method of synthesis. To determine the photocatalytic efficiency of the prepared materials, the photocatalytic discoloration of the methylene blue solution was evaluated using UV-Vis spectroscopy. The important properties required for a high photocatalytic activity, related to the surface characteristics and the phase composition, were determined in terms of the synthesis method. It was concluded that the optimum characteristics were obtained when using the hydrothermal approach, where the TiO2 had two phases, i.e., - anatase and rutile, a Pt-phase in the form of nanoparticles and adsorbed Pt-molecular species, as well as the presence of available free surface hydroxyl groups. Such characteristics had a critical influence on the photocatalytic activity of the final material.

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

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    2011-01-01

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

  1. Effect of the Method of Synthesis in the Photoactivity of TiO2-Co and TiO2-CoCe Materials.

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    Mantilla, Angeles; Valverde-Aguilar, Guadalupe; Suarez, Víctor; Navarro-Cerón, Elizabeth; Rodríguez, Rodrigo; Tzompantzi, Francisco; Morales-Mendoza, Getsemaní

    2015-09-01

    Cobalt modified TiO2 and cobalt-cerium modified TiO2 were synthesized by sol gel technique using two different routes. In the first case the material was prepared by adding directly the precursor of metal (Co) during the sol-gel synthesis (In situ). The second one consisted in the impregnation of the supports of TiO2 and Ce-TiO2 prepared by sol-gel with a cobalt solution (Impregnated). The materials obtained were characterized by XRD and their textural properties were determined. The effect of the technique of synthesis as well as the presence of cerium in the photocatalytic properties of the material was evaluated in the photodegradation of phenol in aqueous phase. According to the results obtained in this study, it can be concluded that both, the integration of the metals during the sol-gel synthesis and the presence of cerium significantly improves the photocatalytic activity of TiO2.

  2. Plasmon-induced spatial electron transfer between single Au nanorods and ALD-coated TiO2: dependence on TiO2 thickness.

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    Zheng, Zhaoke; Tachikawa, Takashi; Majima, Tetsuro

    2015-10-01

    We employed single-particle photoluminescence (PL) measurements to investigate the interfacial electron transfer between single Au nanorods (NRs) and TiO2 coated by ALD. Analyzing the energy relaxation path of plasmon-generated hot electrons as well as the PL intensities allowed for the detection and study of the interfacial electron transfer process spatially.

  3. Synchrotron verification of TiO2 accumulation in cucumber fruit: a possible pathway of TiO2 nanoparticle transfer from soil into the food chain.

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    Servin, Alia D; Morales, Maria Isabel; Castillo-Michel, Hiram; Hernandez-Viezcas, Jose Angel; Munoz, Berenice; Zhao, Lijuan; Nunez, Jose E; Peralta-Videa, Jose R; Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L

    2013-10-15

    The transfer of nanoparticles (NPs) into the food chain through edible plants is of great concern. Cucumis sativus L. is a freshly consumed garden vegetable that could be in contact with NPs through biosolids and direct agrichemical application. In this research, cucumber plants were cultivated for 150 days in sandy loam soil treated with 0 to 750 mg TiO2 NPs kg(-1). Fruits were analyzed using synchrotron μ-XRF and μ-XANES, ICP-OES, and biochemical assays. Results showed that catalase in leaves increased (U mg(-1) protein) from 58.8 in control to 78.8 in 750 mg kg(-1) treatment; while ascorbate peroxidase decreased from 21.9 to 14.1 in 500 mg kg(-1) treatment. Moreover, total chlorophyll content in leaves increased in the 750 mg kg(-1) treatment. Compared to control, FTIR spectra of fruit from TiO2 NP treated plants showed significant differences (p ≤ 0.05) in band areas of amide, lignin, and carbohydrates, suggesting macromolecule modification of cucumber fruit. In addition, compared with control, plants treated with 500 mg kg(-1) had 35% more potassium and 34% more phosphorus. For the first time, μ-XRF and μ-XANES showed root-to-fruit translocation of TiO2 in cucumber without biotransformation. This suggests TiO2 could be introduced into the food chain with unknown consequences.

  4. On the preparation of TiO2-sepiolite hybrid materials for the photocatalytic degradation of TCE: influence of TiO2 distribution in the mineralization.

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    Suárez, Silvia; Coronado, Juan M; Portela, Raquel; Martín, Juan Carlos; Yates, Malcolm; Avila, Pedro; Sánchez, Benigno

    2008-08-15

    Hybrid structured photocatalysts based on sepiolite, an adsorbent, and TiO2 were prepared by extrusion of ceramic dough and conformed as plates. The influence of the photocatalyst configuration was studied either by including TiO2 in the extrusion process (incorporated materials) or by coating the sepiolite plates with a TiO2 film (coated materials). The influence of the OH- surface concentration in the photocatalytic performance was studied by treating the ceramic plates at different temperatures. The samples were characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption, MIP, SEM, XRD, and UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy and tested in the photocatalytic degradation of trichloroethylene (TCE) as a target VOC molecule. Most of the catalysts presented high photoactivity, but considerable differences were observed when the CO2 selectivity was analyzed. The results demonstrate that there is a significant effect of the catalyst configuration on the selectivity of the process. An intimate contact between the sepiolite fibers and TiO2 particles for incorporated materials with a corncob-like structure favored the migration of nondesirable reaction products such as COCl2 and dichloroacetyl chloride (DCAC) to the adsorbent, reacting with OH- groups of the adsorbent and favoring the TCE mimeralization.

  5. Improved performance of lithium ion battery separator enabled by co-electrospinnig polyimide/poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) and the incorporation of TiO2-(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate)

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    Chen, Weiya; Liu, Yanbo; Ma, Ying; Yang, Wenxiu

    2015-01-01

    Functionalized TiO2 (f-TiO2) was synthesized by the atom transfer radical polymerization process and then three types of composite nanofiber membranes including PI/PVdF-HFP (PI/PH, with no nanoparticles contained in PI), TiO2@PI/PVdF-HFP (T@PI/PH, with TiO2 mixed in PI) and f-TiO2@PI/PVdF-HFP (f-T@PI/PH, with f-TiO2 blended in PI) were prepared by bicomponent co-electrospinning technique which could separately maintain the original properties of both PVdF-HFP and PI nanofibers. UV-vis characterization manifested that the modified nanoparticles can provide significant improvements in reducing the particle agglomeration. Morphology, porosity, electrolyte uptake and liquid electrolyte contact angle of all the electrospun separators were investigated, and results showed that the composite separator with 2% f-TiO2 nanoparticle had smaller fiber diameter, higher porosity, larger electrolyte uptake, smaller contact angle and more excellent thermal dimensional stability. More importantly, the tensile strength of all the composite membranes increased by more than three times after thermal calendering process, which resulted from the several bonded points caused by the fusion of PVdF-HFP component with low melting temperature. Additionally, electrochemical properties of PI/PH, 2% T@PI/PH and 2% f-T@PI/PH composite separators and cycling performances of corresponding batteries were evaluated and 2% f-T@PI/PH composite separator showed better properties than the other two.

  6. Nanoparticulate anatase TiO2 (TiO2 NPs) upregulates the expression of silkworm (Bombyx mori) neuropeptide receptor and promotes silkworm feeding, growth, and silking.

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    Ni, Min; Zhang, Hua; Li, Fan Chi; Wang, Bin Bin; Xu, Kai Zun; Shen, Wei De; Li, Bing

    2015-06-01

    Bombyx mori orphan G protein-coupled receptor, BNGR-A4, is the specific receptor of B. mori neuropeptide F (BmNPFR, neuropeptide F designated NPF). BmNPFR binds specifically and efficiently to B. mori neuropeptides BmNPF1a and BmNPF1b, which activates the ERK1/2 signaling pathway to regulate B. mori food intake and growth. Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) can promote B. mori growth. However, whether the mechanisms of TiO2 NPs' effects are correlated with BmNPFR remains unknown. In this study, the effects of TiO2 NPs (5mg/L) feeding and BmNPFR-dsRNA injection on B. mori food intake and growth were investigated; after TiO2 NPs treatments, B. mori food intake, body weight, and cocoon shell weight were 5.82%, 4.64%, and 9.30% higher, respectively, than those of controls. The food intake, body weight, and cocoon shell weight of the BmNPFR-dsRNA injection group were reduced by 8.05%, 6.28%, and 6.98%, respectively, compared to the control. After TiO2 NPs treatment for 72h, the transcriptional levels of BmNPFR, BmNPF1a, and BmNPF1b in the midgut were 1.58, 1.43, and 1.34-folds, respectively, of those of the control, but 1.99, 2.26, and 2.19-folds, respectively, of the BmNPFR-dsRNA injection group; the phosphorylation level of MAPK was 24.03% higher than the control, while the phosphorylation level of BmNPFR-dsRNA injection group was 71.00% of control. The results indicated that TiO2 NPs affect B. mori feeding and growth through increasing the expression of BmNPFR. This study helps clarify the roles of BmNPF/BmNPFR system in TiO2 NPs' effects on B. mori feeding, growth, and development.

  7. Nanofiber patent landscape.

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    Ngiam, Michelle; Ramakrishna, Seeram; Raghunath, Michael; Chan, Casey K

    2007-01-01

    Despite the large number of publications in peer review literature in the field of nanofibers, there is still uncertainty as to what aspects of these research results have commercial applications. In an effort to better understand the technological progress made in the field of nanofibers, we surveyed the patents issued in the United States from 1976 up to end 2006. The present review will provide an overall view of the current patent landscape including trends and key applications. Key assignees and key inventors were identified and their contributions were discussed. Patents were identified using keywords such as nanofibers, ultrafine, and electrospinning. After patents were downloaded, we reviewed each patent for relevancy and identified 100 patents to be related to nanofibers. 75% of the current issued patents on nanofibers are directed at either fabrication methods or the use of nanofibers in filtration systems. The patent data indicates that medical applications and medical products using nanofibers appear to be the emerging application for nanofibers. We anticipate a growing number of patents on novel applications for nanofiber would originate from academic centers in the future.

  8. Nanoparticle size and combined toxicity of TiO2 and DSLS (surfactant) contribute to lysosomal responses in digestive cells of mussels exposed to TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Jimeno-Romero, A; Oron, M; Cajaraville, M P; Soto, M; Marigómez, I

    2016-10-01

    The aim of this investigation was to understand the bioaccumulation, cell and tissue distribution and biological effects of disodium laureth sulfosuccinate (DSLS)-stabilised TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) in marine mussels, Mytilus galloprovincialis. Mussels were exposed in vivo to 0.1, 1 and 10 mg Ti/L either as TiO2 NPs (60 and 180 nm) or bulk TiO2, as well as to DSLS alone. A significant Ti accumulation was observed in mussels exposed to TiO2 NPs, which were localised in endosomes, lysosomes and residual bodies of digestive cells, and in the lumen of digestive tubules, as demonstrated by ultrastructural observations and electron probe X-ray microanalysis. TiO2 NPs of 60 nm were internalised within digestive cell lysosomes to a higher extent than TiO2 NPs of 180 nm, as confirmed by the quantification of black silver deposits after autometallography. The latter were localised mainly forming large aggregates in the lumen of the gut. Consequently, lysosomal membrane stability (LMS) was significantly reduced upon exposure to both TiO2 NPs although more markedly after exposure to TiO2-60 NPs. Exposure to bulk TiO2 and to DSLS also affected the stability of the lysosomal membrane. Thus, effects on the lysosomal membrane depended on the nanoparticle size and on the combined biological effects of TiO2 and DSLS.

  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

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

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    Mohammad Hosseinpour, Pegah

    TiO2 nanotube arrays are promising candidates for applications such as photocatalysis and for potential employment in spin-electronic (spintronic) devices. The functionality of TiO2-based nanotubes is highly dependent on their structure (microstructure and crystallographic symmetry) and magnetic properties. Unified understanding of the influence of these factors on the electronic structure of TiO2 is of paramount importance towards engineering these materials. This Dissertation aims at investigating the correlations of the morphology, crystallinity, crystal structure, electronic structure and magnetic properties of TiO2 nanotubes, with potential relevance to their functionality. Self-ordered arrays of amorphous TiO2 nanotubes (pure and Fe-doped with cationic concentration of ~2.1 at%) were synthesized by the electrochemical anodization technique, followed by subjecting them to thermal treatments up to 450 °C to crystallize these nanostructures. A variety of probes---morphological, structural, magnetic and spectroscopic---were used to characterize the properties of these nanostructures as functions of their processing conditions and the dopant content. Structure-functionality relationships in these nanostructures were verified by examining the photodegradation rate of methyl orange (a model water pollutant) in presence of TiO2 nanotubes under UV-Visible light irradiation. Results from this Dissertation research demonstrated that post-synthesis processing conditions---specifically, the nature of the annealing environment, as well as the presence of an external dopant, can alter the crystal structure and local electronic environment in TiO2 nanotubes, with subsequent effects on the magnetic properties of these nanostructures. The fundamental knowledge obtained in this research, on the interrelations of structural-magnetic properties and their potential influence on the functionality of TiO 2-based nanotubes, can be extended to the metal oxide semiconducting systems in general and is anticipated to provide avenues toward novel materials with enhanced functionality that originates from such tailored structural and magnetic characteristics. Despite the success achieved in this Dissertation, there are still open questions to be addressed in order to further enhance the fundamental knowledge of structure---magnetic property correlations in TiO2 nanotubes. In this regard, the concluding section of this Dissertation provides recommendations for additional experiments. Accomplishment of these recommendations is anticipated to provide enhanced insight into the various aspects of property-functionality relationships in TiO2-based nanomaterials, and provides paths to engineer novel multifunctional oxide-based materials for energy-related applications.

  11. High Mobility of Graphene-Based Flexible Transparent Field Effect Transistors Doped with TiO2 and Nitrogen-Doped TiO2.

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    Wu, Yu-Hsien; Tseng, Po-Yuan; Hsieh, Ping-Yen; Chou, Hung-Tao; Tai, Nyan-Hwa

    2015-05-13

    Graphene with carbon atoms bonded in a honeycomb lattice can be tailored by doping various species to alter the electrical properties of the graphene for fabricating p-type or n-type field-effect transistors (FETs). In this study, large-area and single-layer graphene was grown on electropolished Cu foil using the thermal chemical vapor deposition method; the graphene was then transferred onto a poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrate to produce flexible, transparent FETs. TiO2 and nitrogen-doped TiO2 (N-TiO2) nanoparticles were doped on the graphene to alter its electrical properties, thereby enhancing the carrier mobility and enabling the transistors to sense UV and visible light optically. The results indicated that the electron mobility of the graphene was 1900 cm(2)/(V·s). Dopings of TiO2 and N-doped TiO2 (1.4 at. % N) lead to n-type doping effects demonstrating extremely high carrier mobilities of 53000 and 31000 cm(2)/(V·s), respectively. Through UV and visible light irradiation, TiO2 and N-TiO2 generated electrons and holes; the generated electrons transferred to graphene channels, causing the FETs to exhibit n-type electric behavior. In addition, the Dirac points of the graphene recovered to their original state within 5 min, confirming that the graphene-based FETs were photosensitive to UV and visible light. In a bending state with a radius of curvature greater than 2.0 cm, the carrier mobilities of the FETs did not substantially change, demonstrating the application possibility of the fabricated graphene-based FETs in photosensors.

  12. Nano-composite magnetic material embedded on TiO2 pillars to realize magneto-optical resonant guided mode gratings

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    Varghese, B.; Gamet, E.; Jamon, D.; Neveu, S.; Berthod, L.; Shavdina, O.; Reynaud, S.; Verrier, I.; Veillas, C.; Royer, F.

    2016-02-01

    Periodic structuration of magnetic material is a way to enhance the magneto-optical behavior of optical devices like isolators. It is useful to reduce the footprint of such integrated devices or to improve their features. However, the structuration and/or integration of efficient magnetic materials on photonic platforms is still a difficult problem, because classical magneto-optical materials require an annealing temperature as high as 700°C. A novel wafer-scale approach is to incorporate that material into an already structured template through a single step deposition at low temperature. Using the dip-coating method, a magneto-optical thin film (~300nm) of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles in silica matrix prepared by sol-gel technique was coated on a 1D and 2D TiO2 subwavelength gratings. Such gratings were realized by the patterning of TiO2 films obtained by a sol-gel process. It was confirmed by Scanning Electron Microscope images that the magneto-optical composite completely occupies the voids of the 2D structuration showing a good compatibility between both materials. This composite shows a specific Faraday rotation of about 200°cm-1 at 1,5μm for 1% of volume fraction of nanoparticles. Spectral studies of the transmission and the reflection of a 1D TiO2 grating filled with the MO composite have evidenced the presence of a guided-mode optical resonance at 1,55μm. The position of this resonance was confirmed by numerical simulations, as well as its quite low efficiency. Based on simulations results, one can conclude that an increase of the grating depth is required to improve the efficiency of the resonance.

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

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

    2015-10-01

    Novel phosphorus-doped graphitic-carbon nitride (P-C3N4) modified vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTs) were designed and synthesized. They can significantly enhance the conduction and utilization of photogenerated charge carriers of TiO2 NTs. The heterostructure was successfully fabricated through a three-step process: electrochemical anodization and wet-dipping followed by thermal polymerization. The prepared P-C3N4/TiO2 NTs exhibit enhanced light-absorption characteristics and improved charge separation and transfer ability, thus resulting in a 3-fold photocurrent (1.98 mA cm-2 at 0 V vs. Ag/AgCl) compared with that of pure TiO2 NTs (0.66 mA cm-2 at 0 V vs. Ag/AgCl) in 1 M NaOH solution. The prepared P-C3N4/TiO2 NT photoelectrodes also present excellent photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic capabilities in the degradation of methylene blue (MB). The kinetic rate of P-C3N4/TiO2 NTs in the photoelectrocatalytic process for MB is 2.7 times that of pristine TiO2 NTs. Furthermore, the prepared sample was used as a photoanode for solar-driven water splitting, giving a H2 evolution rate of 36.6 μmol h-1 cm-2 at 1.0 V vs. RHE under simulated solar light illumination. This novel structure with a rational design for a visible light response shows potential for metal free materials in photoelectrochemical applications.Novel phosphorus-doped graphitic-carbon nitride (P-C3N4) modified vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTs) were designed and synthesized. They can significantly enhance the conduction and utilization of photogenerated charge carriers of TiO2 NTs. The heterostructure was successfully fabricated through a three-step process: electrochemical anodization and wet-dipping followed by thermal polymerization. The prepared P-C3N4/TiO2 NTs exhibit enhanced light-absorption characteristics and improved charge separation and transfer ability, thus resulting in a 3-fold photocurrent (1.98 mA cm-2 at 0 V vs. Ag/AgCl) compared with that of pure TiO2 NTs (0.66 mA cm-2 at 0 V vs. Ag/AgCl) in 1 M NaOH solution. The prepared P-C3N4/TiO2 NT photoelectrodes also present excellent photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic capabilities in the degradation of methylene blue (MB). The kinetic rate of P-C3N4/TiO2 NTs in the photoelectrocatalytic process for MB is 2.7 times that of pristine TiO2 NTs. Furthermore, the prepared sample was used as a photoanode for solar-driven water splitting, giving a H2 evolution rate of 36.6 μmol h-1 cm-2 at 1.0 V vs. RHE under simulated solar light illumination. This novel structure with a rational design for a visible light response shows potential for metal free materials in photoelectrochemical applications. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr04562b

  14. Highly efficient indoor air purification using adsorption-enhanced-photocatalysis-based microporous TiO2 at short residence time.

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    Lv, Jinze; Zhu, Lizhong

    2013-01-01

    A short residence time is a key design parameter for the removal of organic pollutants in catalyst-based indoor air purification systems. In this study, we synthesized a series of TiO2 with different micropore volumes and studied their removal efficiency of indoor carbonyl pollutants at a short residence time. Our results indicated that the superior adsorption capability of TiO2 with micropores improved its performance in the photocatalytic degradation of cyclohexanone, while the photocatalytic removal of the pollutant successfully kept porous TiO2 from becoming saturated. When treated with 1 mg m(-3) cyclohexanone at a relatively humidity of 18%, the adsorption amount on microporous TiO2 was 5.4-7.9 times higher than that on P25. Removal efficiency via photocatalysis followed'the same order as the adsorption amount: TiO2-5 > TiO2-20 > TiO2-60 > TiO2-180 > P25. The advantage of microporous TiO2 over P25 became more pronounced when the residence time declined from 0.072 to 0.036 s. Moreover, as the concentration of cyclohexanone deceased from 1000 ppb to 500 ppb, removal efficiency by microporous TiO2 increased more rapidly than P25.

  15. The interactions between TiO2 and graphene with surface inhomogeneity determined using density functional theory.

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    Bukowski, Brandon; Deskins, N Aaron

    2015-11-28

    TiO2/graphene composites have shown promise as photocatalysts, leading to improved electronic properties. We have modeled using density functional theory TiO2/graphene interfaces formed between graphene with various defects/functional groups (C vacancy, epoxide, and hydroxyl) and TiO2 clusters of various sizes. We considered clusters from 3 to 45 atoms, the latter a nanoparticle of ∼1 nm in size. Our results show that binding to pristine graphene is dominated by van der Waals forces, and that C vacancies or epoxide groups lead to much stronger binding between the graphene and TiO2. Such sites may serve to anchor TiO2 to graphene. Graphene surfaces with hydroxyls however lead to OH transfer to TiO2 and weak interactions between the graphene and the hydroxylated TiO2 cluster. Charge transfer may occur between TiO2 and graphene in various directions (graphene to TiO2 or TiO2 to graphene), depending on the state of the graphene surface, based on overlap of the density of states. Our work indicates that graphene surface defects or functional groups may have a significant effect on the stability, structure, and photoactivity of these materials.

  16. 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.

  17. Influence of TiO2 Nanorod Arrays on the Bilayered Photoanode for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Cao, Ya; Li, Zhen; Wang, Yang; Zhang, Tao; Li, Yinchang; Liu, Xueqin; Li, Fei

    2016-10-01

    A TiO2 bilayered structure consisting of TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2NP) as an overlayer and single-crystal rutile TiO2 nanorods (TiO2 NRs) as an underlayer on a transparent conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide substrate was designed as the photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) through a facile hydrothermal treatment followed by a doctor-blade method. DSSCs based on the hierarchical TiO2 nano-architecture photoelectrode shows a power conversion efficiency of 7.39% because the relatively large specific surface area of TiO2NP increased the dye absorption, and oriented one-dimensional TiO2 NRs enhanced the light harvesting capability, accelerating interfacial electron transport. In particular, we observed the growth morphology of the TiO2 nanorod arrays in the bilayered photoanode and the influence of the whole solar cell. The result indicated that the TiO2 NRs layer clearly impacted the photoelectron chemical properties, while the vertical and intensive nanorod arrays significantly increased their performance.

  18. Improved efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells applied with nanostructured N-F doped TiO2 electrode

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    Yang, Shuming; Xue, Hongbin; Wang, Hongjun; Kou, Huizhi; Wang, Jichao; Zhu, Guanghui

    2012-07-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated with N-F-doped TiO2 electrodes. The XRD pattern of the N-F-doped TiO2 is almost the same as that of pure TiO2, showing that N and F doping has little influence on the formation of anatase titania. The influence of dopant N and F on band energetics and photoelectrochemical properties of nanostructured TiO2 electrodes were investigated. Compared with pure TiO2 electrodes, the Efb of N-F-doped TiO2 electrodes shifted a little in electrolytes containing LiClO4. However the total trap densities were remarkably decreased as TiO2 electrodes were doped with N and F. Finally the N-F-doped TiO2 electrodes were sensitized with N3 and their photoelectrochemical properties were studied. Experimental results showed that the photoelectric conversion efficiency of N3 sensitized N-F-doped TiO2 electrodes was 8.61% under irradiation of 100 mW cm-2 white light, about 17.1% higher than that of a pure TiO2 electrode.

  19. 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 organic synthesis. PMID:24198485

  20. Semiconducting and quartz microbalance (QCM) humidity sensor properties of TiO2 by sol gel calcination method

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    Yakuphanoglu, Fahrettin

    2012-06-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) material was synthesized using the sol gel calcination method. The structural properties of the TiO2 semiconductor were investigated by atomic force microscopy. The electrical conductivity of the TiO2 was measured as a function of temperature and TiO2 exhibits a conductivity of 2.55 × 10-6 S/m at room temperature with activation energy of 104 meV. The electrical conductivity of the TiO2 at room temperature is higher than that of nanocrystalline TiO2 (3 × 10-7 S/m) and TiO2 thin film in air (5 × 10-9 S/m) and in vacuum (8.8 × 10-10 S/m). It was found that the electrical transport mechanism of the TiO2 is controlled by thermally activated mechanism. The optical band gap of the TiO2 powder sample was determined to be 3.17 eV, which is good in agreement with the bulk TiO2 (Eg = 3.2 eV). Up to our knowledge, there is no any reported data about the band gap of TiO2 nanopowder based on the diffused reflectance calculation. Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) TiO2 humidity sensor was prepared. The sensor indicates a large frequency change with an interaction occurred between TiO2 and humidity molecules. The sensor exhibits a good repeatability when it was exposed to the moist air of 65% RH.

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

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

    2014-04-01

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

  2. Cotransport of TiO2 nanoparticles and Pseudomonas putida in porous media

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    Zaharis, Ioannis; Manariotis, Ioannis D.; Chrysikopoulos, Constantinos V.

    2015-04-01

    The scope of this study was to investigate the cotransport of Pseudomonas putida and TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) in porous media. Flowthrough experiments were conducted in glass columns with diameter of 2.5 cm and length of 30 cm, packed with 2-mm diameter spherical glass beads. Anatase TiO2 NPs solutions were prepared in distilled water of at two different concentrations: 5 and 50 mg/L. The concentration of P. putida solutions varied from 105 to 109 cfu/mL. Initially, transport experiments were conducted separately for P. putida and TiO2 NPs. Subsequently, TiO2 and P. putida cotransport experiments were conducted. The concentration of TiO2 NPs was measured by a fluorescence spectrophotometer and P. putida concentration was determined by plate counts on agar plates and optical density measurements. All experiments were conducted with two different flow rates: 1 and 2 mL/min. The transport experiments with P. putida exhibited similar transport behavior with the tracer (NaBr) indicating that there was not considerable retention. The mass recovery of P. putida was close to 100% in all of the transport experiments conducted. However, the transport experiments with TiO2 NPs suggested that a significant portion of the NPs was retained in the column. Based on the cotransport experimental data, it is evident that the transport of P. putida was not significantly affected by the presence of TiO2. It should be noted that the mass recovery of NPs in the transport and costransport experiments was between 40 and 60%.

  3. 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.

  4. Visible light Cr(VI) reduction and organic chemical oxidation by TiO2 photocatalysis.

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    Sun, Bo; Reddy, Ettireddy P; Smirniotis, Panagiotis G

    2005-08-15

    Here we report the simultaneous Cr(VI) reduction and 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) oxidation in water under visible light (wavelength > 400 nm) using commercial Degussa P25 TiO2. This remarkable observation was attributed to a synergistic effect among TiO2, Cr(VI), and 4-CP. It is well known that TiO2 alone cannot remove either 4-CP or Cr(VI) efficiently under visible light. Moreover, the interaction between Cr(VI) and 4-CP is minimal if not negligible. However, we found that the combination of TiO2, Cr(VI), and 4-CP together can enable efficient Cr(VI) reduction and 4-CP oxidation under visible light. The specific roles of the three ingredients in the synergistic system were studied parametrically. It was found that optimal concentrations of Cr(VI) and TiO2 exist for the Cr(VI) reduction and 4-CP oxidation. Cr(VI) was compared experimentally with other metals such as Cu(ll), Fe(lll), Mn(IV), Ce(IV), and V(V). Among all these metal ions, only Cr(VI) promotes the photocatalytic oxidation of 4-CP. The amount of 4-CP removed was directly related to the initial concentration of Cr(VI). The system was also tested with four other chemicals (aniline, salicylic acid, formic acid, and diethyl phosphoramidate). We found that the same phenomenon occurred for organics containing acid and/or phenolic groups. Cr(VI) was reduced at the same time as the organic chemicals being oxidized during photoreaction under visible light. The synergistic effect was also found with pure anatase TiO2 and rutile TiO2. This study demonstrates a possible economical way for environmental cleanup under visible light.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  6. Superhydrophilic TiO2 thin film by nanometer scale surface roughness and dangling bonds

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    Bharti, Bandna; Kumar, Santosh; Kumar, Rajesh

    2016-02-01

    A remarkable enhancement in the hydrophilic nature of titanium dioxide (TiO2) films is obtained by surface modification in DC-glow discharge plasma. Thin transparent TiO2 films were coated on glass substrate by sol-gel dip coating method, and exposed in DC-glow discharge plasma. The plasma exposed TiO2 film exhibited a significant change in its wetting property contact angle, which is a representative of wetting property, has reduced to considerable limits 3.02° and 1.85° from its initial value 54.40° and 48.82° for deionized water and ethylene glycol, respectively. It is elucidated that the hydrophilic property of plasma exposed TiO2 films dependent mainly upon nanometer scale surface roughness. Variation, from 4.6 nm to 19.8 nm, in the film surface roughness with exposure time was observed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). Analysis of variation in the values of contact angle and surface roughness with increasing plasma exposure time reveal that the surface roughness is the main factor which makes the modified TiO2 film superhydrophilic. However, a contribution of change in the surface states, to the hydrophilic property, is also observed for small values of the plasma exposure time. Based upon nanometer scale surface roughness and dangling bonds, a variation in the surface energy of TiO2 film from 49.38 to 88.92 mJ/m2 is also observed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show change in the surface states of titanium and oxygen. The observed antifogging properties are the direct results of the development of the superhydrophilic wetting characteristics to TiO2 films.

  7. Nuclear microscopy as a tool in TiO2 nanoparticles bioaccumulation studies in aquatic species

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    Pinheiro, Teresa; Moita, Liliana; Silva, Luís; Mendonça, Elsa; Picado, Ana

    2013-07-01

    Engineered Titanium nanoparticles are used for a wide range of applications from coatings, sunscreen cosmetic additives to solar cells or water treatment agents. Inevitably environmental exposure can be expected and data on the ecotoxicological evaluation of nanoparticles are still scarce. The potential effects of nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (TiO2) on two model organisms, the water flea, Daphnia magna and the duckweed Lemna minor, were examined in semichronic toxicity tests. Daphnia and Lemna were exposed to TiO2 nanoparticles (average particle size value of 28 ± 11 nm (n = 42); concentration range, 1.4-25 mg/L) by dietary route and growth in medium containing the nanoparticles of TiO2, respectively. Both morphology and microdistribution of Ti in the individuals were examined by nuclear microscopy techniques. A significant amount of TiO2 was found accumulated in Daphnia exposed to nanoparticles. Nuclear microscopy imaging revealed that Ti was localized only in the digestive tract of the Daphnia, which displayed difficulty in eliminating the nanoparticles from their body. Daphnia showed higher mortality when exposed to higher concentrations of TiO2 (>10 mg/L). The exposure to TiO2 nanoparticles above 25 mg/L caused morphological alterations in Lemna. The roots became stiff and fronds colorless. The Ti mapping of cross-sections of roots and fronds showed that Ti was mainly deposited in the epidermis of the fronds and roots, with minor internalization. In summary, exposure of aquatic organisms to TiO2 nanoparticles may alter the physiology of these organisms at individual and population levels, posing risks to aquatic ecosystems.

  8. Catalytic combustion of toluene on Pd/CeO2-TiO2 catalysts.

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    Chen, Yu-Wen; Lee, Der-Shing

    2013-03-01

    Pd/TiO2 and Pd/CeO2 were reported to be very active to destruct toluene. Combination of TiO2 and CeO2 is an interesting candidate to achieve a catalyst with higher activity. In this study, a series of Pd/CeO2-TiO2 catalysts with various Pd loadings were prepared. CeO2-TiO2 was prepared by impregnation of aqueous solution of cerium nitrate into TiO2 support. It was then calcined at 400 degrees C. Pd was loaded by incipient-wetness impregnation method. The Pd loadings in all samples were fixed at 0.5 wt.%. The catalysts were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, temperature-programmed reduction of hydrogen, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The catalysts were tested for total oxidation of toluene. The feed concentration of toluene was 8.564 g/m3 (2085 ppm), with GHSV = 10,000 h(-1). Pd particle sizes were 3-5 nm and well-dispersed on the support. CeO2 on TiO2 was easier to reduce than the bulk CeO2, therefore it could enhance the activity of VOC destruction. Pd/CeO2-TiO2 was more active than Pd/CeO2 and Pd/TiO2. Pd/CeO2-TiO2 with Ce/Ti ratio of 2/8 was very active for toluene destruction, due to its lower oxygen reduction temperature of ceria and higher concentration of Pd(0). PMID:23755662

  9. Surface modification of mixed-phase hydrogenated TiO2 and corresponding photocatalytic response

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    Samsudin, Emy Marlina; Hamid, Sharifah Bee Abd; Juan, Joon Ching; Basirun, Wan Jefrey; Kandjani, Ahmad Esmaeiljadeh

    2015-12-01

    Preparation of highly photo-activated TiO2 is achievable by hydrogenation at constant temperature and pressure, with controlled hydrogenation duration. The formation of surface disorders and Ti3+ is responsible for the color change from white unhydrogenated TiO2 to bluish-gray hydrogenated TiO2. This color change, together with increased oxygen vacancies and Ti3+ enhanced the solar light absorption from UV to infra-red region. Interestingly, no band gap narrowing is observed. The photocatalytic activity in the UV and visible region is controlled by Ti3+ and oxygen vacancies respectively. Both Ti3+ and oxygen vacancies increases the electron density on the catalyst surface thus facilitates rad OH radicals formation. The lifespan of surface photo-excited electrons and holes are also sustained thus prevents charge carrier recombination. However, excessive amount of oxygen vacancies deteriorates the photocatalytic activity as it serves as charge traps. Hydrogenation of TiO2 also promotes the growth of active {0 0 1} facets and facilitates the photocatalytic activity by higher concentration of surface OH radicals. However, the growth of {0 0 1} facets is small and insignificant toward the overall photo-kinetics. This work also shows that larger role is played by Ti3+ and oxygen vacancies rather than the surface disorders created during the hydrogenation process. It also demonstrates the ability of hydrogenated TiO2 to absorb wider range of photons even though at a similar band gap as unhydrogenated TiO2. In addition, the photocatalytic activity is shown to be decreased for extended hydrogenation duration due to excessive catalyst growth and loss in the total surface area. Thus, a balance in the physico-chemical properties of hydrogenated TiO2 is crucial to enhance the photocatalytic activity by simply controlling the hydrogenation duration.

  10. High photocatalytic activity of mixed anatase-rutile phases on commercial TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Ruu Siah, Wai; Lintang, Hendrik O.; Shamsuddin, Mustaffa; Yuliati, Leny

    2016-02-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is well-known as an active photocatalyst for degradation of various organic pollutants. Over the years, a wide range of TiO2 nanoparticles with different phase compositions, crystallinities, and surface areas have been developed. Due to the different methods and conditions used to synthesize these commercial TiO2 nanoparticles, the properties and photocatalytic performance would also be different from each other. In this study, the photocatalytic removal of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2,4,5- trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T) was investigated on commercial Evonik P25, Evonik P90, Hombikat UV100 and Hombikat N100 TiO2 nanoparticles. Upon photocatalytic tests, it was found that overall, the photocatalytic activities of the P25 and the P90 were higher than the N100 and the UV100 for the removal of both 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T. The high activities of the P25 and the P90 could be attributed to their phase compositions, which are made up of a mixture of anatase and rutile phases of TiO2. Whereas, the UV100 and the N100 are made up of 100% anatase phase of TiO2. The synergistic effect of the anatase/rutile mixture was reported to slow down the recombination rate of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. Consequently, the photocatalytic activity was increased on these TiO2 nanoparticles.

  11. Genetic variation influences immune responses in sensitive rats following exposure to TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Gustafsson, Asa; Jonasson, Sofia; Sandström, Thomas; Lorentzen, Johnny C; Bucht, Anders

    2014-12-01

    This study examines the immunological responses in rats following inhalation to titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs), in naïve rats and in rats with induced allergic airway disease. The responses of two different inbred rat strains were compared: the Dark Aguoti (DA), susceptible to chronic inflammatory disorders, and the Brown Norwegian (BN), susceptible to atopic allergic inflammation. Naïve rats were exposed to an aerosol of TiO2 NPs once daily for 10 days. Another subset of rats was sensitized to the allergen ovalbumin (OVA) in order to induce airway inflammation. These sensitized rats were exposed to TiO2 NPs before and during the allergen challenge. Naïve rats exposed to TiO2 NPs developed an increase of neutrophils and lymphocytes in both rat strains. Airway hyperreactivity and production of inflammatory mediators typical of a T helper 1 type immune response were significantly increased, only in DA rats. Sensitization of the rats induced a prominent OVA-specific-IgE and IgG response in the BN rat while DA rats only showed an increased IgG response. Sensitized rats of both strains developed airway eosinophilia following allergen challenge, which declined upon exposure to TiO2 NPs. The level of neutrophils and lymphocytes increased upon exposure to TiO2 NPs in the airways of DA rats but remained unchanged in the airways of BN rats. In conclusion, the responses to TiO2 NPs were strain-dependent, indicating that genetics play a role in both immune and airway reactivity. DA rats were found to be higher responder compared to BN rats, both when it comes to responses in naïve and sensitized rats. The impact of genetically determined factors influencing the inflammatory reactions pinpoints the complexity of assessing health risks associated with nanoparticle exposures.

  12. Preparation of flexible TiO2 photoelectrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Li, Wen-Ren; Wang, Hsiu-Hsuan; Lin, Chia-Feng; Su, Chaochin

    2014-09-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on nanocrystalline TiO2 photoelectrodes on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated polymer substrates have drawn great attention due to its lightweight, flexibility and advantages in commercial applications. However, the thermal instability of polymer substrates limits the process temperature to below 150 °C. In order to assure high and firm interparticle connection between TiO2 nanocrystals (TiO2-NC) and polymer substrates, the post-treatment of flexible TiO2 photoelectrodes (F-TiO2-PE) by mechanical compression was employed. In this work, Degussa P25 TiO2-NC was mixed with tert-butyl alcohol and DI-water to form TiO2 paste. F-TiO2-PE was then prepared by coating the TiO2 paste onto ITO coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate using doctor blade followed by low temperature sintering at 120 °C for 2 hours. To study the effect of mechanical compression, we applied 50 and 100 kg/cm2 pressure on TiO2/PET to complete the fabrication of F-TiO2-PE. The surface morphology of F-TiO2-PE was characterized using scanning electron microscopy. The resultant F-TiO2-PE sample exhibited a smooth, crack-free structure indicating the great improvement in the interparticle connection of TiO2-NC. Increase of compression pressure could lead to the increase of DSSC photoconversion efficiency. The best photoconversion efficiency of 4.19 % (open circuit voltage (Voc) = 0.79 V, short-circuit photocurrent density (Jsc) = 7.75 mA/cm2, fill factor (FF) = 0.68) was obtained for the F-TiO2-PE device, which showed great enhancement compared with the F-TiO2-PE cell without compression treatment. The effect of compression in DSSC performance was vindicated by the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurement.

  13. Sol-gel TiO2 films as NO2 gas sensors

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    Georgieva, V.; Gadjanova, V.; Grechnikov, A.; Donkov, N.; Sendova-Vassileva, M.; Stefanov, P.; Kirilov, R.

    2014-05-01

    TiO2 films were prepared by a sol-gel technique with commercial TiO2 powder as a source material (P25 Degussa AG). After a special treatment, printing paste was prepared. The TiO2 layers were formed by means of drop-coating on Si-control wafers and on the Au-electrodes of quartz resonators. The surface morphology of the films was examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Their structure was studied by Raman spectroscopy and the surface composition was determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The layers had a grain-like surface morphology and consisted mainly of anatase TiO2 phase. The sensitivity of the TiO2 films to NO2 was assessed by the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) technique. To this end, the films were deposited on both sides of a 16-MHz QCM. The sensing characteristic of the TiO2-QCM structure was investigated by measuring the resonant frequency shift (ΔF) of the QCM due to the mass loading caused by NO2 adsorption. The Sauerbrey equation was applied to establish the correlation between the QCM frequency changes measured after exposure to different NO2 concentrations and the mass-loading of the QCM. The experiments were carried out in a dynamic mode on a special laboratory setup with complete control of the process parameters. The TiO2 films were tested in the NO2 concentration interval from 10 ppm to 5000 ppm. It was found that a TiO2 loading of the QCM by 5.76 kHz corresponded to a system sensitive to NO2 concentrations above 250 ppm. On the basis of the frequency-time characteristics (FTCs) measured, AF at different NO2 concentrations was defined, the adsorption/desorption cycles were studied and the response and recovery times were estimated. The results obtained show that the process is reversible in the NO2 interval investigated. The results further suggested that TiO2 films prepared by a sol-gel method on a QCM can be used as a sensor element for NO2 detection.

  14. Structural and electrical properties of TiO2 thin films

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    Rao, M. C.; Ravindranadh, K.; Shekhawat, M. S.

    2016-05-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is traditionally the most widely used white pigment due to its high refractive index. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is traditionally the most widely used white pigment due to its high refractive index. TiO2 has received considerable attention and it has been used for optical coatings, photo-catalysis agents, gas sensors and solar cells. In this work, nano-structured TiO2 thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) technique on glass substrates. The prepared thin films were annealed from 400-600 °C in air for a period of 2 hours. Effect of annealing on the structural and electrical properties was studied. X-ray diffraction pattern exhibits peaks correspond to tetragonal anatase phase of TiO2 and the evaluated average crystallite size of the prepared materials are in the range of 16 to 30 nm. Electrical properties of the prepared samples are analyzed.

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

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    Schweicher, Julien; Desai, Tejal A

    2014-03-01

    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

  16. TiO2 microboxes with controlled internal porosity for high-performance lithium storage

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    Gao, Xuehui; Li, Gaoran; Xu, Yangyang; Hong, Zhanglian; Liang, Chengdu; Lin, Zhan

    2015-10-02

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is considered a promising anode material for high-power lithium ion batteries (LIBs) because of its low cost, high thermal/chemical stability, and good safety performance without solid electrolyte interface formation. However, the poor electronic conductivity and low lithium ion diffusivity of TiO2 result in poor cyclability and lithium ion depletion at high current rates, which hinder them from practical applications. Herein we demonstrate that hierarchically structured TiO2 microboxes with controlled internal porosity can address the aforementioned problems for high-power, long-life LIB anodes. A self-templating method for the synthesis of mesoporous microboxes was developed through Na2EDTA-assisted ion exchange ofmore » CaTiO3 microcubes. The resulting TiO2 nanorods were organized into microboxes that resemble the microcube precursors. Furthermore, this nanostructured TiO2 material has superior lithium storage properties with a capacity of 187 mAh g-1 after 300 cycles at 1C and good rate capabilities up to 20C.« less

  17. TiO2 Thin Film via Sol-Gel Method: Investigation on Molarity Effect

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    Mohamad Saad, Puteri Sarah; Sutan, Hanis Binti; Sobihana Shariffudin, Shafinaz; Hashim, Hashimah; Mohd Noor, Uzer

    2015-11-01

    We have systematically investigated the current-voltage (I-V), absorbance and optical band gap of TiO2 thin film prepared through varying the molarity of the TiO2 precursor by sol-gel spin coating technique. In addition to the electrical and optical characteristics, the surface morphology was examined by using Atomic Force Microscope (AFM). From the image of the AFM, we were able to observe the uniformity of the TiO2 thin film. From the experimental results, we found that the uniformity of the TiO2 thin film is optimized at 0.2M sample. It is also found that, as the molarity increased, there is tendency of the resistivity to decrease. Not only that, the absorbance measurement and optical band gap also gave its best value for 0.2M sample. Therefore, in this work it is concluded that 0.20M of TiO2 gave the best characteristics for all measurements.

  18. Functionalization of TiO2 with graphene quantum dots for efficient photocatalytic hydrogen evolution

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    Hao, Xuqiang; Jin, Zhiliang; Xu, Jing; Min, Shixiong; Lu, Gongxuan

    2016-06-01

    Graphene quantum dots (GQDs) serve as a novel solid-state electron transfer reagent anchored on TiO2 by in situ photo-assisted strategy and greatly enhanced photocatalytic H2 evolution activity in methanol aqueous solution without the noble mental cocatalyst. The excellent photocatalytic activities were ascribed to the GQDs which act as an excellent electron transporters and acceptors, as well as photosensitizer. GQDs not only acted as efficient electron reservoirs and a solid-state electron transfer reagent from the conduction band of TiO2 to GQDs, but also acted as an excellent photosensitizer to sensitize TiO2, in which the photoinduced electrons transfer from excited GQDs to TiO2 to produce H2. In addition, GQDs is nanoscale fragments of graphene which can provide a larger active surface and greatly increase the contact area with the TiO2, which is conducive to rapidly transfer photo-generated electrons due to the large specific area and high carrier mobility of GQDs. Thus, GQDs improved the photocatalytic activity for H2 evolution.

  19. Bioactive TiO2 fiber films prepared by electrospinning method.

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    Chen, S J; Yu, H Y; Yang, B C

    2013-01-01

    Electrospining method was used to prepare bioactive TiO(2) fibers films in this study. The acetic acid/ethanol/tetrabutyl titanate/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) solvent system was used as precursor for the electrospining. The TiO(2) fiber structures (including its fiber diameter, morphology, and phase composition) could be controlled by changing feeding rate, PVP concentration and sinter temperature. The fiber films were subjected to simulated body fluid soaking experiments and MG63 cells culture experiments to study their bioactivity. According to the X-ray diffraction and MTT assay results, the fiber containing with anatase showed better apatite formation ability than that without anatase at the early stage, while cell proliferated on anatase-rutile TiO(2) fiber was better than that on other samples (p < 0.05).Some string beads in the fiber were beneficial for apatite formation, while the cell proliferated best on the fiber film without string beads (p < 0.05). The fiber with a diameter of 200 nm had the best apatite formation ability and osteoblast compatibility (p < 0.05). The results showed that the TiO(2) fiber film structure had great influence on its bioactivity. It indicated that the electronspining method is an effective way to prepare bioactive titania fiber films, and it is possible to control the structure of the films in the spinning process to optimize the bioactivity of TiO(2) fiber.

  20. Aggregation and deposition of engineered TiO2 nanoparticles in natural fresh and brackish waters

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    Sillanpää, Markus; Paunu, Tiina-Mari; Sainio, Pirjo

    2011-07-01

    The use and thus environmental release potential of metal-based nanoparticles have rapidly increased. Due to their size-dependent new properties, the fate and effect of nanomaterial may differ from those of the conventional form of corresponding material. The agglomeration and sedimentation were studied by spiking the TiO2-P25 particles in natural fresh and brackish water samples. The natural waters were determined for conductivity, pH, salinity, total organic carbon, turbidity, common nutrients and trace elements. The hydrodynamic diameter and concentration of TiO2-P25 particle dispersions were monitored by using a dynamic light scattering and a spectrophotometer, respectively. The experiments were performed at two particle concentrations 100 mg/l and 1 mg/l (10 mg/l for deposition studies). The aggregation rates in brackish waters were clearly higher in higher initial concentration and the sedimentation of aggregates decreased the TiO2 concentration down to 20% and 80% of initial higher and lower concentrations, respectively. One fresh water sample favoured the destabilisation of TiO2-P25 particles whereas another fresh water sample stabilised the TiO2 particle dispersion. The aggregation had a strong dependence on the particle concentration. High ionic content of brackish water probably explains the formation of aggregates, whereas organic substances and pH may account for the different agglomeration behaviour in fresh waters.