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  1. Enrichment of Sc2O3 and TiO2 from bauxite ore residues.

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    Deng, Bona; Li, Guanghui; Luo, Jun; Ye, Qing; Liu, Mingxia; Peng, Zhiwei; Jiang, Tao

    2017-06-05

    As a major byproduct generated in the alumina industry, bauxite ore residue is an important reserve of scandium and titanium. In this study, the feasibility and mechanism of enriching Sc2O3 and TiO2 from a non-magnetic material, which was obtained from carbothermal reductive roasting and magnetic separation of bauxite ore residue, were investigated based on a two-step (acidic and alkali) leaching process. It was revealed that approximately 78% SiO2 and 30-40% of CaO, FeO and Al2O3 were removed from a non-magnetic material with 0.0134wt.% Sc2O3 and 7.64wt.% TiO2 by phosphoric acidic leaching, while about 95% Al2O3 and P2O5 were further leached by subsequent sodium hydroxide leaching of the upper-stream leach residue. A Sc2O3-, TiO2- rich material containing 0.044wt.% Sc2O3 and 25.5wt.% TiO2 was obtained, the recovery and the enrichment factor of Sc2O3 and TiO2 were about 85% and 5, respectively. The enrichment of Sc2O3 was attributed to higher pH (>3.3) of phosphoric acid solution than its dissolution pH(0), and the enrichment of TiO2 was mainly associated with the insoluble perovskite (CaTiO3) in the acidic solution at ambient temperature. As Sc2O3 and TiO2 cannot be dissolved in the alkali solution, they were further enriched in the leach residue.

  2. Study of synergistic effect of Sc and C co-doping on the enhancement of visible light photo-catalytic activity of TiO2

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    Nasir, Muhammad; Lei, Juying; Iqbal, Waheed; Zhang, Jinlong

    2016-02-01

    Scandium and carbon co-doped TiO2 catalyst was prepared through a simple sol-gel synthesis method by using scandium nitrate as scandium dopant precursor, glucose as carbon precursor and tetrabutyl orthotitanate as titanium precursor and calcined them at 450 °C for 3 h. The characterizations of the prepared samples were accomplished through X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS), photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET). The X-ray diffraction results of the samples showed the decrease in the crystal size of the sample with the subsequent increase in the specific surface area as shown by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller. The UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy displayed the blue shift in the absorption together with the photoluminescence spectroscopy revealed the decrease in the recombination of electrons and holes by the addition of the scandium and then after the certain optimum value, the further increase of the scandium further increased the recombination of electrons and holes. The photo-catalytic activity of the samples was investigated with the help of photo-catalytic degradation of Acid orange 7 under visible light irradiation. The degradation of Acid orange 7 was highly increased for the Sc and C co-doped samples compared to the single C doped sample. And the sample 0.2 Sc/C-TiO2 had the maximum increase. The enhanced photo-catalytic performance was due the decrease of the crystal size, increase of the surface area, increase in the surface hydroxyl groups, and increase of the lifetime of the electrons and holes because of the synergistic effect of the Sc and C co-doping in TiO2.

  3. The Vibrational Frequencies of CaO2, ScO2, and TiO2: A Comparison of Theoretical Methods

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    Rosi, Marzio; Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Chertihin, George V.; Andrews, Lester; Arnold, James O. (Technical Monitor)

    1997-01-01

    The vibrational frequencies of several states of CaO2, ScO2, and TiO2 are computed at using density functional theory (DFT), the Hatree-Fock approach, second order Moller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2), and the complete-active-space self-consistent-field theory. Three different functionals are used in the DFT calculations, including two hybrid functionals. The coupled cluster singles and doubles approach including the effect of unlinked triples, determined using perturbation theory, is applied to selected states. The Becke-Perdew 86 functional appears to be the cost effective method of choice, although even this functional does not perform well for one state of CaO2. The MP2 approach is significantly inferior to the DFT approaches.

  4. Antifibrotic effect of dexamethasone/alginate-coated silicone sheet in the abraded middle ear mucosa.

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    Jang, Chul Ho; Ahn, Seung Hyun; Kim, Geun Hyung

    2016-12-01

    Silicone sheet is a material which is commonly used in middle ear surgery to prevent the formation of adhesions between the tympanic membrane and the medial bony wall of the middle ear cavity. However, silicone sheet can induce a tight and hard fibrous capsule in the region of the stapes, and this is particularly common in cases of eustachian tube dysfunction. As a result of the fibrous encapsulation around the silicone sheet, postoperative aeration of the stapes can be interrupted causing poor hearing gain. In this study, we performed an in vitro and in vivo evaluation of the antifibrotic effects of a dexamethasone and alginate (Dx/alginate) coating on silicone sheet. The Dx/alginate-coated silicone sheets were fabricated using a plasma-treatment and coating method. The Dx/alginate-coated silicone sheets effectively limited in vitro fibroblast attachment and proliferation due to the controlled release of Dx, which can be modified by manipulation of the alginate coating. For the in-vivo evaluation, guinea pigs (albino, male, weighing 250g) were divided into two groups, with the control group (n=5) implanted with silicone sheet and the test group (n=5) receiving Dx/alginate-coated silicone sheet. Animals were sacrificed 3 weeks after implantation, and histological analysis was performed using hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and immunohistochemical staining techniques. Dx/alginate-coated silicone sheets showed marked inhibition of fibrosis in both the in vitro and in vivo studies. Silicone sheet that incorporates a Dx/alginate coating can release Dx and inhibit fibrosis in the middle ear. This material could be utilized in middle ear surgery as a means of preserving proper aeration and hearing gain following ossiculoplasty.

  5. Alginate-coated magnetic nanoparticles for noninvasive MRI of extracellular calcium.

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    Bar-Shir, Amnon; Avram, Liat; Yariv-Shoushan, Shani; Anaby, Debbie; Cohen, Smadar; Segev-Amzaleg, Niva; Frenkel, Dan; Sadan, Ofer; Offen, Daniel; Cohen, Yoram

    2014-07-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) have great potential to increase the diagnostic capacity of many imaging modalities. MRI is currently regarded as the method of choice for the imaging of deep tissues, and metal ions, such as calcium ions (Ca(2+)), are essential ingredients for life. Despite the tremendous importance of Ca(2+) for the well-being of living systems, the noninvasive determination of the changes in Ca(2+) levels in general, and extracellular Ca(2+) levels in particular, in deep tissues remains a challenge. Here, we describe the preparation and contrast mechanism of a flexible easy to prepare and selective superparamagnetic iron oxide (SPIO) NPs for the noninvasive determination of changes in extracellular Ca(2+) levels using conventional MRI. We show that SPIO NPs coated with monodisperse and purified alginate, having a specific molecular weight, provide a tool to selectively determine Ca(2+) concentrations in the range of 250 µm to 2.5 mm, even in the presence of competitive ions. The alginate-coated magnetic NPs (MNPs) aggregate in the presence of Ca(2+) , which, in turn, affects the T2 relaxation of the water protons in their vicinity. The new alginate-coated SPIO NP formulations, which have no effect on cell viability for 24 h, allow the detection of Ca(2+) levels secreted from ischemic cell cultures and the qualitative examination of the change in extracellular Ca(2+) levels in vivo. These results demonstrate that alginate-coated MNPs can be used, at least qualitatively, as a platform for the noninvasive MRI determination of extracellular Ca(2+) levels in myriad in vitro and in vivo biomedical applications.

  6. Optimization of antimicrobial and physical properties of alginate coating containing carvacrol and methyl cinnamate for strawberry application

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    Response surface methodology (RSM) was used to evaluate the effect of different concentrations of carvacrol (0.25 – 0.5 % w/w) and methyl cinnamate (0.5 - 2.5 % w/w), natural active compounds, in alginate coating solutions to improve the antimicrobial and physical properties of the coating. Antimicr...

  7. Photoresponse and Donor Concentration of Plasma-Sprayed TiO2 and TiO2-ZnO Electrodes

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    Ye, F.-X.; Ohmori, A.; Li, C.-J.

    2005-12-01

    The photoelectrochemical characteristics of plasma-sprayed porous TiO2, TiO2-5%ZnO, and TiO2-10%ZnO electrodes in 0.1 N NaOH solution were studied through a three-electrode cell system. The microstructure, morphology, and composition of the electrodes were analyzed using an electron probe surface roughness analyzer (ERA-8800FE), scanning electron microscopy, and x-ray diffraction. The results indicate that the sprayed electrodes have a porous microstructure, which is affected by the plasma spray parameters and composition of the powders. The TiO2-ZnO electrodes consist of anatase TiO2, rutile TiO2, and Zn2Ti3O8 phase. The photoresponse characteristics of the plasma-sprayed electrodes are comparable to those of single-crystal TiO2, but the breakdown voltage is close to 0.5 V (versus that of a saturated calomel electrode). The short-circuit photocurrent density ( J SC) increases with a decrease of donor concentration, which was calculated according to the Gartner-Butler model. For the lowest donor concentration of a TiO2-5%ZnO electrode sprayed under an arc current of 600 A, the short-circuit J SC is approximately 0.4 mA/cm2 higher than that of the TiO2 electrodes under 30 mW/cm2 xenon light irradiation. The J SC increases linearly with light intensity.

  8. Hierarchical structured TiO2 photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Shih, Yen-Chen; Chu, Ann-Kuo; Huang, Wen-Yao

    2012-04-01

    A novel approach has been developed to fabricate hills-like hierarchical structured TiO2 photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The appropriately aggregated TiO2 clusters in the photoanode layer could cause stronger light scattering and higher dye loading that increases the efficiency of photovoltaic device. For detailed light-harvesting study, different molecular weights of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) were used as binders for TiO2 nanoparticles (P-25 Degussa) aggregation. A series of TiO2 films with dissimilar morphology, the reflection of TiO2 films, absorbance of attached dye, amount of dye loading, and performance of fabricated DSSC devices, were measured and investigated. An optimized device had energy conversion efficiency of 4.47% having a higher dye loading and good light harvesting, achieving a 23% increase of short-circuit current J(sc) in DSSCs.

  9. Enhanced efficiency of dye-sensitized TiO2 solar cells (DSSC) by doping of metal ions.

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    Ko, Kyung Hyun; Lee, Young Cheol; Jung, Young Jin

    2005-03-15

    Doped TiO(2) semiconductor powders were synthesized using Al and W as photovoltaic property-enhancing impurities. Al-doped TiO(2) electrodes increased open-circuit voltage (V(oc)), but reduced short-circuit current (I(sc)). In contrast, W-doped TiO(2) had an opposite effect. However, dye-sensitized solar cell efficiency fabricated with doped TiO(2) was remarkably better than that of undoped TiO(2). It seems that these phenomena were related to electrical surface-state modifications induced by metal-ion dopants. These modifications led to significant changes in powder aggregation, charge transfer kinetics, and dye adsorption characteristics. The highest efficiency was found by using (Al+W)-doped TiO(2) nanopowders.

  10. Electrodeposited Ultrathin TiO2 Blocking Layers for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Su, Tzu-Sen; Hsieh, Tsung-Yu; Hong, Cheng-You; Wei, Tzu-Chien

    2015-11-01

    In this study, the electrodeposition (ED) of ultrathin, compact TiO2 blocking layers (BLs) on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass for perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is evaluated. This bottom-up method allows for controlling the morphology and thickness of TiO2 films by simply manipulating deposition conditions. Compared with BLs produced using the spin-coating (SC) method, BLs produced using ED exhibit satisfactory surface coverage, even with a film thickness of 29 nm. Evidence from cyclic voltammetry shows that an ED BL suppresses interfacial recombination more profoundly than an SC BL does, consequently improving the photovoltaic properties of the PSC significantly. A PSC equipped with an ED TiO2 BL having a 13.6% power conversion efficiency is demonstrated.

  11. Electrodeposited Ultrathin TiO2 Blocking Layers for Efficient Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Su, Tzu-Sen; Hsieh, Tsung-Yu; Hong, Cheng-You; Wei, Tzu-Chien

    2015-01-01

    In this study, the electrodeposition (ED) of ultrathin, compact TiO2 blocking layers (BLs) on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass for perovskite solar cells (PSCs) is evaluated. This bottom-up method allows for controlling the morphology and thickness of TiO2 films by simply manipulating deposition conditions. Compared with BLs produced using the spin-coating (SC) method, BLs produced using ED exhibit satisfactory surface coverage, even with a film thickness of 29 nm. Evidence from cyclic voltammetry shows that an ED BL suppresses interfacial recombination more profoundly than an SC BL does, consequently improving the photovoltaic properties of the PSC significantly. A PSC equipped with an ED TiO2 BL having a 13.6% power conversion efficiency is demonstrated. PMID:26526771

  12. Band structure engineering of anatase TiO2 by metal-assisted P-O coupling.

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    Wang, Jiajun; Meng, Qiangqiang; Huang, Jing; Li, Qunxiang; Yang, Jinlong

    2014-05-07

    In this work, we demonstrate that the metal-assisted P-O coupling is an effective approach to improve the photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2. The (Sc + P) and (In + P) codoping effects on electronic structures and photocatalytic activities of anatase TiO2 are examined by performing hybrid density functional theory calculations. It is found that the coupling of P dopant with the second-nearest neighboring O atom assisted by acceptor metals (Sc/In) leads to the fully occupied and delocalized intermediate bands within the band gap of anatase TiO2, which is driven by the P-O antibonding states (π*). This metal-assisted P-O coupling can prevent the recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs and effectively reduce the band gap of TiO2. Moreover, the band edge alignments in (Sc + P) and (In + P) codoped anatase TiO2 are desirable for water-splitting. The calculated optical absorption curves indicate that (Sc + P) and (In + P) codoping in anatase TiO2 can also effectively enhance the visible light absorption.

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

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

    2012-03-07

    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.

  14. Influences of Sr-Incorporated TiO2 Layer on the Photovoltaic Properties of Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Kim, Eun Seong; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Lee, Sang-Ju; Han, Yoon Soo

    2016-03-01

    Effects of a mixed overlayer composed of TiO2 and TiSrO3 on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were investigated. The surface of TiO2 photoelectrode formed on F-doped SnO2 (FTO) was modified by soaking it in a TiCl4:SrCl2 mixed aqueous solution with various molar ratios and then calcining to produce the TiCl4:SrCl2-treated TiO2 photoelectrode (Ti:Sr-TiO2/FTO). The highest power conversion efficiency (PCE) was obtained from DSSC with Ti:Sr(7:3)-TiO2/FTO, which was prepared from the mixed solution with the molar ratio of 7:3 (TiOl4:SrCl2). An enhancement in short-circuit photocurrent (J(sc)) and open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) of DSSC with Ti:Sr(7:3)-TiO2/FTO was achieved, compared to those of the reference device with Ti:Sr(10:0)-TiC2/FTO (i.e., TiO2-coated TiO2/FTO). The incorporation of the mixed overlayer on the nanoporous TiO2 photoelectorde led to an improvement in the electron collection efficiency by a prolonged electron lifetime, thereby increasing the J(sc) value. The increase in V(oc) value of the device with Ti:Sr(7:3)-TiO2/FTO was due to the suppression of the charge recombination between injected electrons and I3(-) ions.

  15. Comparison of photovoltaic properties of TiO2 electrodes prepared with nanoparticles and nanorods.

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    Nam, Sang-Hun; Ju, Dong-Woo; Boo, Jin-Hyo

    2014-12-01

    In this report, single crystalline rutile TiO2 nanoparticles and nanorods were synthesized via the hydrothermal method using titanium tetra-isopropoxide as a precursor then, these were coated on top of a fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate by using a doctor blade and direct deposition, respectively. Consequently, TiO2 nanorods-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) exhibit a J(sc) of 3.37 mA/cm2, a V(oc) of 0.82 V and fill factor of 60.1% with an overall conversion efficiency of 1.66%. This result shows an increase of around 38% for current density and 35% for conversion efficiency. Also, with respect to the impedance data, TiO2 nanorods-based DSSCs had smaller semicircles than did the nanoparticles-based DSSCs. These results demonstrate that the nanorod structure can have fast electron transport and reduced charge recombination.

  16. Fast removal of malachite green dye using novel superparamagnetic sodium alginate-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles.

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    Mohammadi, Abbas; Daemi, Hamed; Barikani, Mehdi

    2014-08-01

    In this study, superparamagnetic sodium alginate-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles (Alg-Fe3O4) as a novel magnetic adsorbent were prepared by in situ coprecipitation method, in which Fe3O4 nanoparticles were precipitated from FeCl3 and FeCl2 under alkaline medium in the presence of sodium alginate. The Alg-Fe3O4 nanoparticles were used for removal of malachite green (MG) from aqueous solutions using batch adsorption technique. The characterization of synthesized nanoparticles was performed using XRD, FTIR, TEM, TGA and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) techniques. FTIR analysis of synthesized nanoparticles provided the evidence that sodium alginate was successfully coated on the surface of Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The FT-IR and TGA characterization showed that the Alg-Fe3O4 nanoparticles contained about 14% (w/w) of sodium alginate. Moreover, TEM analysis indicated that the average diameter of the Alg-Fe3O4 nanoparticles was about 12nm. The effects of adsorbent dosage, pH and temperature were investigated on the adsorption properties of MG onto Alg-Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The equilibrium adsorption data were modeled using the Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms. The maximum adsorption capacity obtained from Langmuir isotherm equation was 47.84mg/g. The kinetics of adsorption of MG onto Alg-Fe3O4 nanoparticles were investigated using the pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order kinetic models. The results showed that the adsorption of MG onto nanoparticles followed pseudo-second-order kinetic model.

  17. A Comparative Study of Nanostructured TiO2, ZnO and Bilayer TiO2/ZnO Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Rani, Mamta; Tripathi, S. K.

    2015-04-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2), Zinc oxide (ZnO) and bilayer TiO2/ZnO (TZO) based cells have been developed and sensitized with five organic dyes and one cocktail dye composed of five dyes. Photovoltaic performance of TiO2 and ZnO solar cell sensitized with six dyes is compared to that of bilayer TZO cells. The forward current is found to increase with applied voltage in the range V ≤ 0.4 V, which is dominated by thermionic emission, whereas in 0.4 ≤ V ≤ 0.7 V, the current transport is due to space charge-limited current controlled by exponential trap distribution in all devices. The combined properties of the materials enhance the efficiency of composite TZO cells. TiO2 permits the formation of an energy barrier at the ZnO electrode/electrolyte interface, which reduces the back electron transfer from the conduction band of ZnO to I3 - in the electrolyte. Also, due to the TiO2 layer on the ZnO, the latter forms a compact layer between flourine-doped tin oxide (FTO)/TiO2 which benefits the fast electron transfer from TiO2 to ZnO to FTO glass. This reduces the charge recombination occurring at the ZnO/FTO interface leading to higher open circuit voltage ( V oc), higher short circuit current ( J sc), lower series resistance ( R s), and in turn higher efficiency in TZO solar cells as compared to ZnO cells. Among the six dyes, Eosin-Y and Rose Bengal dye gave the best performance as sensitizers with TZO.

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

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    2013-01-01

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

  19. Porous TiO2 Assembled from Monodispersed Nanoparticles.

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

    2016-12-01

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

  20. Preparation and solar-light photocatalytic activity of TiO2 composites: TiO2/kaolin, TiO2/diatomite, and TiO2/zeolite

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    Li, Y.; Li, S. G.; Wang, J.; Li, Y.; Ma, C. H.; Zhang, L.

    2014-12-01

    Three TiO2 loaded composites, TiO2/kaolin, TiO2/diatomite, and TiO2/zeolite, were prepared in order to improve the solar-light photocatalytic activity of TiO2. The results showed that the photocatalytic activity could obviously be enhanced by loading appropriate amount of inorganic mineral materials. Meanwhile, TiO2 content, heat-treatment temperature and heat-treatment time on the photocatalytic activity were reviewed. Otherwise, the effect of solar light irradiation time and dye concentration on the photocatalytic degradation of Acid Red B was investigated. Furthermore, the degradation mechanism and adsorption process were also discussed.

  1. 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.

  2. Improved performance of Ag-doped TiO2 synthesized by modified sol-gel method as photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Gupta, Arun Kumar; Srivastava, Pankaj; Bahadur, Lal

    2016-08-01

    Ag-doped TiO2 with Ag content ranging from 1 to 7 mol% was synthesized by a modified sol-gel route, and its performance as the photoanode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) was compared with undoped TiO2 photoanode. Titanium(IV)isopropoxide was used as precursor and hexamethylenetetramine as the capping agent. XRD results show the formation of TiO2 nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 5 nm (1 % Ag-doped TiO2) and 9 nm (undoped TiO2), respectively. The TiO2 nanopowder was used to prepare its thin film photoelectrode using doctor's blade method. Significant improvement in light-to-energy conversion efficiency was achieved when thin films of 1 % Ag-doped TiO2 were applied as photoanode in DSSC taking N719 as the sensitizer dye. As evidenced by EIS measurements, the electron lifetime of DSSC with Ag-doped TiO2 increased from 1.33 (for undoped TiO2) to 2.05 ms. The short-circuit current density ( J sc), open-circuit voltage ( V oc), fill factor (FF) and the overall energy conversion efficiency ( η) were 1.07 mA cm-2, 0.72 V, 0.73 and 0.40 %, respectively, with the use of 1 % Ag-doped TiO2 photoanode, whereas with undoped TiO2 under similar conditions, J sc = 0.63 mA cm-2, V oc = 0.70 V, fill factor 0.45 and conversion efficiency 0.14 % could be obtained. Therefore, compared with the reference DSSC containing an undoped TiO2 photoanode, the power conversion efficiency of the cell based on Ag-doped TiO2 has been remarkably enhanced by ~70 %. The substantial improvement in the device performance is attributed to the reduced band-gap energy, retarded charge recombination and greater surface coverage of the sensitizing dye over Ag-doped TiO2, which ultimately resulted in improved IPCE, J SC and η values.

  3. Growing TiO2 nanowires on the surface of graphene sheets in supercritical CO2: characterization and photoefficiency

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    Farhangi, Nasrin; Medina-Gonzalez, Yaocihuatl; Chowdhury, Rajib Roy; Charpentier, Paul A.

    2012-07-01

    Tremendous interest exists towards synthesizing nanoassemblies for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using earth-abundant and -friendly materials with green synthetic approaches. In this work, high surface area TiO2 nanowire arrays were grown on the surface of functionalized graphene sheets (FGSs) containing -COOH functionalities acting as a template by using a sol-gel method in the green solvent, supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2). The effect of scCO2 pressure (1500, 3000 and 5000 psi), temperature (40, 60 and 80 °C), acetic acid/titanium isopropoxide monomer ratios (HAc/TIP = 2, 4 and 6), functionalized graphene sheets (FGSs)/TIP weight ratios (1:20, 1:40 and 1:60 w/w) and solvents (EtOH, hexane) were investigated. Increasing the HAc/TIPweight ratio from 4 to 6 in scCO2 resulted in increasing the TiO2 nanowire diameter from 10 to 40 nm. Raman and high resolution XPS showed the interaction of TiO2 with the -COOH groups on the surface of the graphene sheets, indicating that graphene acted as a template for polycondensation growth. UV-vis diffuse reflectance and photoluminescence spectroscopy showed a reduction in titania’s bandgap and also a significant reduction in electron-hole recombination compared to bare TiO2 nanowires. Photocurrent measurements showed that the TiO2nanowire/graphene composites prepared in scCO2 gave a 5× enhancement in photoefficiency compared to bare TiO2 nanowires.

  4. Growing TiO2 nanowires on the surface of graphene sheets in supercritical CO2: characterization and photoefficiency.

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    Farhangi, Nasrin; Medina-Gonzalez, Yaocihuatl; Chowdhury, Rajib Roy; Charpentier, Paul A

    2012-07-27

    Tremendous interest exists towards synthesizing nanoassemblies for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using earth-abundant and -friendly materials with green synthetic approaches. In this work, high surface area TiO(2) nanowire arrays were grown on the surface of functionalized graphene sheets (FGSs) containing -COOH functionalities acting as a template by using a sol-gel method in the green solvent, supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO(2)). The effect of scCO(2) pressure (1500, 3000 and 5000 psi), temperature (40, 60 and 80 °C), acetic acid/titanium isopropoxide monomer ratios (HAc/TIP = 2, 4 and 6), functionalized graphene sheets (FGSs)/TIP weight ratios (1:20, 1:40 and 1:60 w/w) and solvents (EtOH, hexane) were investigated. Increasing the HAc/TIPweight ratio from 4 to 6 in scCO(2) resulted in increasing the TiO(2) nanowire diameter from 10 to 40 nm. Raman and high resolution XPS showed the interaction of TiO(2) with the -COOH groups on the surface of the graphene sheets, indicating that graphene acted as a template for polycondensation growth. UV-vis diffuse reflectance and photoluminescence spectroscopy showed a reduction in titania's bandgap and also a significant reduction in electron-hole recombination compared to bare TiO(2) nanowires. Photocurrent measurements showed that the TiO(2)nanowire/graphene composites prepared in scCO(2) gave a 5× enhancement in photoefficiency compared to bare TiO(2) nanowires.

  5. Double-layer coating of SrCO3/TiO2 on nanoporous TiO2 for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Wang, Shutao; Zhang, Xi; Zhou, Gang; Wang, Zhong-Sheng

    2012-01-14

    Surface modification plays a crucial role in improving the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), but the reported surface treatments are in general superior to the untreated TiO(2) but inferior to the typical TiCl(4)-treated TiO(2) in terms of solar cell performance. This work demonstrates a two-step treatment of the nanoporous titania surface with strontium acetate [Sr(OAc)(2)] and TiCl(4) in order, each step followed by sintering. An electronically insulating layer of SrCO(3) is formed on the TiO(2) surface via the Sr(OAc)(2) treatment and then a fresh TiO(2) layer is deposited on top of the SrCO(3) layer via the TiCl(4) treatment, corresponding to a double layer of Sr(OAc)(2)/TiO(2) coated on the TiO(2) surface. As compared to the typical TiCl(4)-treated DSSC, the Sr(OAc)(2)-TiCl(4) treated DSSC improves short-circuit photocurrent (J(sc)) by 17%, open-circuit photovoltage (V(oc)) by 2%, and power conversion efficiency by 20%. These results indicate that the Sr(OAc)(2)-TiCl(4) treatment is better than the often used TiCl(4) treatment for fabrication of efficient DSSCs. Charge density at open circuit and controlled intensity modulated photocurrent/photovoltage spectroscopy reveal that the two electrodes show almost same conduction band level but different electron diffusion coefficient and charge recombination rate constant. Owing to the blocking effect of the SrCO(3) layer on electron recombination with I(3)(-) ions, the charge recombination rate constant of the Sr(OAc)(2)-TiCl(4) treated DSSC is half that of the TiCl(4)-treated DSSC, accounting well for the difference of their V(oc). The improved J(sc) is also attributed to the middle SrCO(3) layer, which increases dye adsorption and may improve charge separation efficiency due to the blocking effect of SrCO(3) on charge recombination.

  6. Fabrication of High Efficiency Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Based on TiO2 Nanoparticles Embedded in Ti Substrate.

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    Kim, Kang-Pil; Lee, Sang-Ju; Hwang, Dae-Kue; Kim, Dae-Hwan; Heo, Young-Woo

    2015-01-01

    We have embedded a TiO2 nanoparticle (NP) photoelectrode in a Ti substrate to improve the cell efficiency of conventional TiO2 NP based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using Ti substrate. Compared to the conventional standing-type (TiO2 NPs on Ti substrate) DSSCs, the embedded-type (TiO2 NPs embedded in Ti substrate) DSSCs have shown an approximately 35% improvement in power conversion efficiency due to the improvement of J(sc). The embedded-type DSSCs have more charge transport paths than do standing-type DSSCs due to the increase of contact area between the TiO2 NP sidewall and the Ti substrate. This increased contact area decreases the electrical resistance and increases the charge collection efficiency, which leads to the improvement of J(sc). The embedded-type NP-DSSCs are very effective DSSC structures for enhancing the power conversion efficiency of Ti substrate based DSSCs.

  7. Basella alba rubra spinach pigment-sensitized TiO2 thin film-based solar cells

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    Gokilamani, N.; Muthukumarasamy, N.; Thambidurai, M.; Ranjitha, A.; Velauthapillai, Dhayalan

    2015-03-01

    Nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films have been prepared by sol-gel dip coating method. The X-ray diffraction results showed that TiO2 thin films annealed at 400, 450 and 500 °C are of anatase phase and the peak corresponding to the (101) plane is present in all the samples. The grain size of TiO2 thin films was found to increase with increasing annealing temperature. The grain size is found to be 20, 25 and 33 nm for the films annealed at 400, 450 and 500 °C. The structure of the TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films have been examined by high-resolution transmission electron microscope, Raman spectroscopy and FTIR spectroscopy. TiO2 thin films were sensitized by natural dyes extracted from basella alba rubra spinach. It was found that the absorption peak of basella alba rubra extract is at about 665 nm. The dye-sensitized TiO2-based solar cell sensitized using basella alba rubra exhibited a J sc of 4.35 mA cm-2, V oc of 0.48 V, FF of 0.35 and efficiency of 0.70 %. Natural dyes as sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells are promising because of their environmental friendliness, low-cost production and fully biodegradable.

  8. TiO2-nanotube-based dye-sensitized solar cells containing fluorescent material.

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    Kim, Woong-Rae; Lee, Young-Joon; Park, Hun; Lee, Jae-Joon; Choi, Won-Youl

    2013-05-01

    We fabricated a dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) with TiO2 nanotube arrays obtained by anodization of Ti foil. Vertical structure of TiO2 nanotube arrays is very attractive due to a high electron transfer from dye to electrode. To improve the power conversion efficiency, fluorescent material, F-6377, was applied in TiO2-nanotube-based DSCs to use a light spectrum efficiently. Fluorescent material was absorbed the different wavelength of 460 nm from the light absorbed by N719 dye. Fluorescent material to emit the absorbed light energy provided an additional light for dye in DSCs and additional electrons was generated. Thickness of TiO2 nanotube arrays grown by anodic oxidation was 15 microm. N719 dye and 13(-)/l(-) electrolyte were used to fabricate the DSCs. The short circuit current densities (J(sc)) and the power conversion efficiency in DSCs with fluorescent were 10.8 mA/cm2 and 2.48%, respectively. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was observed to understand an electron transfer and life time.

  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. Double-Shelled TiO2 Hollow Spheres Assembled with TiO2 Nanosheets.

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    Zhang, Chao; Zhou, Yuming; Zhang, Yiwei; Zhao, Shuo; Fang, Jiasheng; Sheng, Xiaoli; Zhang, Tao; Zhang, Hongxing

    2017-02-08

    High-quality double-shelled TiO2 hollow spheres (DHS-Ti) assembled with TiO2 nanosheets have been synthesized for the first time through a simple hydrothermal treatment of sSiO2 @TiO2 (TiO2 -coated solid SiO2 spheres). The double-shelled structure shows a high BET surface area up to 417.6 m(2)  g(-1) . Anatase DHS-Ti of high crystallinity can be obtained without structural collapse by calcination treatment. The effects of cetyl trimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) concentration, pH, and hydrothermal reaction temperature have also been investigated with a series of contrast experiments. A formation mechanism involving the in situ growth of amorphous TiO2 nanosheets followed by the redeposition of dissolved silica species is proposed. Lastly, the DHS-Ti forming strategy can be extended as a general strategy to fabricate various morphological hollow nanostructures and double-shelled Pt nanocatalysts by rationally selecting functional sSiO2 nanoparticles as core materials. This work could open up a new strategy for controllable synthesis of complex hollow structures and other functional materials.

  11. Efficient photodegradation of methyl violet dye using TiO2/Pt and TiO2/Pd photocatalysts

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    Saeed, Khalid; Khan, Idrees; Gul, Tamanna; Sadiq, Mohammad

    2017-02-01

    Titanium oxide supported palladium (TiO2/Pd) and titanium oxide supported platinum (TiO2/Pt) nanoparticles were prepared from their precursors through the incipient wetness method. The TiO2/Pd and TiO2/Pt nanoparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive X-rays (EDX), while the photodegradation study of methyl violet was performed by UV/VIS spectrophotometry. The morphological study shows that the Pd and Pt were well deposited on the surface of TiO2, which was confirmed by EDX. Both TiO2/Pd and TiO2/Pt nanoparticles were used as photocatalysts for the photodegradation of methyl violet in aqueous media under UV-light irradiation. The photodegradation study revealed that the TiO2/Pd and TiO2/Pt nanoparticles degraded about 95 and 78% of dye within 20 min, respectively. The effect of various parameters such as catalyst dosage, concentration of dye, and medium on the photocatalytic degradation was examined. The activity of recovered TiO2/Pd and TiO2/Pt nanoparticles was studied.

  12. Fine designing 3-dimensional ZnO nanowalls with TiO2 nanoparticles for DSSC application

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    Polkoo, Sajad Saghaye; Saievar-Iranizad, Esmaiel; Bayatloo, Elham

    2015-06-01

    In this research, we report a low-cost low-temperature hydrothermal technique for covering 3-dimensional (3-D) electrodeposited ZnO nanowall with thin layer of aggregated TiO2 nanoparticles on FTO substrate for dye-sensitized solar cell application, in a way that morphology and crystal structure of ZnO nanowalls were preserved. Comparing photovoltaic characteristics of devices with and without TiO2-coating layer, it was revealed that the 3-D ZnO/TiO2-nanostructured photoanode resulted in a 35 % cell performance improved mostly because of enhancement of short-circuit current density ( J sc) and open-circuit voltage ( V oc). The XRD pattern showed that 3-D ZnO nanowalls and TiO2 compose of wurtzite and anatase phases, respectively.

  13. Influence of Au and TiO2 structures on hydrogen dissociation over TiO2/Au(100)

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    Nakamura, I.; Mantoku, H.; Furukawa, T.; Takahashi, A.; Fujitani, T.

    2012-11-01

    We performed H2-D2 exchange reactions over TiOx/Au(100) and compared the observed reaction kinetics with those reported for TiOx/Au(111) in order to clarify the influence of the Au and TiO2 structures on dissociation of H2 molecules. Low energy electron diffraction observations showed that the TiO2 produced on Au(100) was disordered, in contrast to the comparatively ordered TiO2 structure formed on Au(111). The activation energies and the turnover frequencies for HD formation over TiO2/Au(100) agreed well with those for TiO2/Au(111), clearly indicating that the hydrogen dissociation sites created over TiO2/Au(100) were the perimeter interface between stoichiometric TiO2 and Au, as was previously concluded for TiO2/Au(111). We concluded that the creation of active sites for hydrogen dissociation was independent of the Au and TiO2 structures consisting perimeter interface, and that local bonds that formed between Au and O atoms of stoichiometric TiO2 were essential for the creation of active sites.

  14. Photovoltaic performance of nanoporous TiO2 replicas synthesized from mesoporous materials for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hwang, Kyung-Jun; Yoo, Seung-Joon; Kim, Sung-Soo; Kim, Ji-Man; Shim, Wang-Geun; Kim, Sun-Il; Lee, Jae-Wook

    2008-10-01

    For dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC), highly ordered nanoporous TiO2 materials with crystalline frameworks were successfully synthesized from different silica templates including SBA-15, KIT-6 and MSU-H. A photoelectrode in DSSC was fabricated by adsorbing cis-bis(isothiocyanato)bis(2,2'-bipyridyl-4,4'-dicarboxylato)-ruthenium(II)bis-tetrabutylammonium dye (N719) onto the prepared TiO2 nanoparticles. The samples were characterized by XRD, TEM, FE-SEM, AFM and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), and FT-IR analysis. An investigation of the influence of the bonding structure of N719 dye and nanoporous TiO2 on the photovoltaic performance of DSSC revealed that the bonding structure of N719 on TiO2 films is caused by the unidentate and bidentate linkage. Based on the overall conversion efficiency (eta), fill factor (FF), open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) and short-circuit current (/sc) from the I-V curves measured, it was observed that the photoelectric performance is strongly dependent on the dispersion properties of the nanoporous TiO2 replicas from mesoporous silica templates.

  15. High efficiency dye-sensitized solar cell based on novel TiO2 nanorod/nanoparticle bilayer electrode.

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    Hafez, Hoda; Lan, Zhang; Li, Qinghua; Wu, Jihuai

    2010-08-26

    High light-to-energy conversion efficiency was achieved by applying novel TiO2 nanorod/nanoparticle (NR/NP) bilayer electrode in the N719 dye-sensitized solar cells. The short-circuit current density (J SC), the open-circuit voltage (V OC), the fill factor (FF), and the overall efficiency (η) were 14.45 mA/cm(2), 0.756 V, 0.65, and 7.1%, respectively. The single-crystalline TiO2 NRs with length 200-500 nm and diameter 30-50 nm were prepared by simple hydrothermal methods. The dye-sensitized solar cells with pure TiO2 NR and pure TiO2 NP electrodes showed only a lower light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 4.4% and 5.8%, respectively, compared with single-crystalline TiO2 NRs. This can be attributed to the new NR/NP bilayer design that can possess the advantages of both building blocks, ie, the high surface area of NP aggregates and rapid electron transport rate and the light scattering effect of single-crystalline NRs.

  16. Effect of TiO2 Particle Size on the Performance of Flexible Dye Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Li, Zhen-yu; Akhtar, M Shaheer; Yang, O-bong

    2015-09-01

    The size TiO2 nanoparticles was controlled by changing the concentration of titanium tetraisopropanolate (TTIP) and utilized as light scattering particles in the efficient flexible photoelectrodes for flexible dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The flexible photoelectrodes were prepared by TiO2 nanoparticles (-25 nm) paste with different concentrations of ethanolic TTIP solution. The addition of TTIP produced the bigger TiO2 nanoparticles, which significantly enhanced the dye absorption of flexible TiO2 photoelectrode. The fabricated flexible DSSCs showed the reasonable conversion efficiency of 2.50% with short circuit current (J(sc)) of 6.3 mA/cm2, open circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 0.720 V and fill factor (FF) of 0.55. The improvement in photovoltaic performance with 25 wt% TTIP might due to uniform distribution of small TiO2 nanoparticles over the big particles to lead the enhancement in the surface area, resulting in the high dye absorption and light harvesting efficiency.

  17. 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.

  18. Disinfection studies on TiO2 thin films prepared by a sol-gel method.

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    Kambala, Venkata Subba Rao; Naidu, Ravi

    2009-02-01

    Transparent anatase TiO2 nanometer thin films were prepared by dip-coating on soda-lime glass plates via the sol-gel method. The un-calcined and the calcined films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), AFM, Nano-indentation (hardness and Young's modulus), UV-vis spectrometry, thickness and hydrophilicity (contact angle measurements). The photocatalytic activity of the thin films was evaluated by performing disinfection studies on the Gram-negative microorganisms like Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus Aureus, a Gram-positive organism. The photocatalytic activity for both groups of organisms was studied in saline and nutrient broth. The leakage of potassium from the bacteria was observed parallel to cell viability. The activity of the sol-gel prepared TiO2 thin films were compared under UV lamps and natural day light (ND) lamps with Degussa P-25 TiO2 thin films prepared on soda-lime glass using a polymer support and the commercial self-cleaning glass (SC). The sol-gel prepared thin films which were annealed at 450 degrees C, show highest photocatalytic activity, the slowest conversion rate from hydrophilic to a hydrophobic state, light-induced hydrophilicity, and also higher disinfection activities compared to P-25 films and commercial self-cleaning glass. The films also show excellent activities when continuously reused for more than a month.

  19. Ellipsoidal TiO2 hierarchitectures with enhanced photovoltaic performance.

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    Peng, Wenqin; Yanagida, Masatoshi; Chen, Han; Han, Liyuan

    2012-04-23

    Hierarchical TiO(2) ellipsoids 250-500 nm in size have been synthesized on a large scale by a template-free hydrothermal route. The submicrometer-sized hierarchitectures are assembled from highly crystallized anatase nanorods about 17 nm in diameter with macroporous cavities on the outer shells. Based on the time-dependent morphological evolution under hydrothermal conditions, an oriented attachment process is proposed to explain formation of the hierarchical structures. Such hierarchical TiO(2) not only adsorbs large amounts of dye molecules due to high surface area, but also shows good light scattering caused by the submicrometer size. The TiO(2) hierarchitectures were deposited on top of a transparent TiO(2) nanocrystalline main layer to construct a double-layered photoanode for dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) application, exhibiting enhanced light harvesting and power-conversion efficiency compared to a commercial TiO(2)-based electrode.

  20. Effect of sodium alginate coating enriched with horsemint (Mentha longifolia) essential oil on the quality of bighead carp fillets during storage at 4°C

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    Heydari, Ramin; Bavandi, Shahmir; Javadian, Seyed Roholla

    2015-01-01

    Effect of sodium alginate coating enriched with horsemint essential oil (HEO) on the quality of bighead carp (Aristichthys nobilis) fillets at refrigeration temperature (4 ± 1°C) was studied. Bighead carp fillets were coated with neat sodium alginate (SA) and sodium alginate containing 0.5 and 1% v/v of HEO and their quality changes in terms of total volatile basic nitrogen (TVB-N), peroxide value (PV), thiobarbituric acid (TBA), and microbial counts were investigated. SA coating enriched with the essential oil could reduce the spoilage of the fillets and extend their shelf-life. Samples treated with SA-containing HEO showed significantly (P < 0.05) lower TVB-N content and lipid oxidation, as reflected by lower PV, FFA and TBA values during the storage period compared with the SA and control. The treatment also reduced the degree of microbial deterioration of the fillets (about 1.5 log10 CFU/g) more efficiently than the SA. PMID:25987993

  1. Effect of sodium alginate coating incorporated with nisin, Cinnamomum zeylanicum, and rosemary essential oils on microbial quality of chicken meat and fate of Listeria monocytogenes during refrigeration.

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    Raeisi, Mojtaba; Tabaraei, Alijan; Hashemi, Mohammad; Behnampour, Nasser

    2016-12-05

    The present study was conducted to preserve the microbial quality of chicken meat fillets during storage time by using sodium alginate active coating solutions incorporated with different natural antimicrobials including nisin, Cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon), and rosemary essential oils (EOs) which were added individually and in combination. The samples were stored in refrigeration condition for 15days and were analyzed for total viable count, Enterobacteriaceae count, lactic acid bacteria count, Pseudomonas spp. count, psychrotrophic count, and yeast and mold count, as well as fate of inoculated Listeria monocytogenes at 3-day intervals. Results indicated that values of tested microbial indicators in all samples increased during storage. Antimicrobial agents, when used in combination, had stronger effect in preserving the microbial quality of chicken meat samples rather than their individual use and the strongest effect was observed in samples coated with alginate solution containing both cinnamon and rosemary EOs (CEO+REO). However, all treatments significantly inhibited microbial growth when compared to the control (P<0.05). Therefore, based on the results of this study, application of alginate coating solutions containing nisin, cinnamon, and rosemary EOs as natural preservatives is recommended in meat products especially in chicken meats.

  2. Photocatalysis effect of nanometer TiO2 and TiO2-coated ceramic plate on Hepatitis B virus.

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    Zan, Ling; Fa, Wenjun; Peng, Tianyou; Gong, Zhen-Kui

    2007-02-01

    The photocatalysis effect of nanometer TiO2 particles and TiO2-coated ceramic plate on Hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg) was investigated. The ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) standard method was used to assess the efficiency of TiO2 material to destroy the HBsAg. The research has shown that the suspension of TiO2 (0.5g/L) can destroy most of the HBsAg under the irradiation of mercury lamp, with the light intensity of 0.6mW/cm(2) at 365nm wavelength, or under the sunlight irradiation for a few hours. TiO2-coated ceramic plates can also destroy the HBsAg under the irradiation of mercury lamp, with the light intensity of 0.05mW/cm(2) at 365nm wavelength or under the room daylight for a few hours.

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

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    Sivakumar, R.; Paulraj, M.

    2016-05-01

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

  4. Optimized nanostructured TiO2 photocatalysts

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    Topcu, Selda; Jodhani, Gagan; Gouma, Pelagia

    2016-07-01

    Titania is the most widely studied photocatalyst. In it’s mixed-phase configuration (anatase-rutile form) -as manifested in the commercially available P25 Degussa material- titania was previously found to exhibit the best photocatalytic properties reported for the pure system. A great deal of published research by various workers in the field have not fully explained the underlying mechanism for the observed behavior of mixed-phase titania photocatalysts. One of the prevalent hypothesis in the literature that is tested in this work involves the presence of small, active clusters of interwoven anatase and rutile crystallites or “catalytic “hot-spots””. Therefore, non-woven nanofibrous mats of titania were produced and upon calcination the mats consisted of nanostructured fibers with different anatase-rutile ratios. By assessing the photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical properties of these samples the optimized photocatalyst was determined. This consisted of TiO2 nanostructures annealed at 500˚C with an anatase /rutile content of 90/10. Since the performance of this material exceeded that of P25 complete structural characterization was employed to understand the catalytic mechanism involved. It was determined that the dominant factors controlling the photocatalytic behavior of the titania system are the relative particle size of the different phases of titania and the growth of rutile laths on anatase grains which allow for rapid electron transfer between the two phases. This explains how to optimize the response of the pure system.

  5. Highly active nanocrystalline TiO(2) photoelectrodes.

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    Paronyan, Tereza M; Kechiantz, A M; Lin, M C

    2008-03-19

    A simple method for the fabrication of highly photoactive nanocrystalline two-layer TiO(2) electrodes for solar cell applications is presented. Diluted titanium acetylacetonate has been used as a precursor for covering SnO(2):F (FTO) films with dense packed TiO(2) nanocrystallites. The nanoporous thick TiO(2) film follows the dense packed thin TiO(2) film as a second layer. For the latter, amorphous TiO(2) nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized by a sol-gel technique in an acidic environment with pH<1 and hydrothermal growth at a temperature of 200 °C. The acidic nanoparticle gel was neutralized by basic ammonia and a TiO(2) gel of pH 5 was obtained; this pH value is higher than the recently reported value of 3.1 (Park et al 2005 Adv. Mater. 17 2349-53). Highly interconnected, nanoporous, transparent and active TiO(2) films have been fabricated from the pH 5 gel. SEM, AFM and XRD analyses have been carried out for investigation of the crystal structure and the size of nanoparticles as well as the surface morphology of the films. Investigation of the photocurrent-voltage characteristics has shown improvement in cell performance along with the modification of the surface morphology, depending on pH of the TiO(2) gel. Increasing the pH of the gel from 2.1 to 5 enhanced the overall conversion efficiency of the dye-sensitized solar cells by approximately 30%. An energy conversion efficiency of 8.83% has been achieved for the cell (AM1.5, 100  mWcm(-2) simulated sunlight) compared to 6.61% efficiency in the absence of ammonia in the TiO(2) gel.

  6. 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

  7. Anatase TiO2 sheet-assisted synthesis of Ti(3+) self-doped mixed phase TiO2 sheet with superior visible-light photocatalytic performance: Roles of anatase TiO2 sheet.

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    Zhang, Xiaojie; Zuo, Guoqing; Lu, Xin; Tang, Changqing; Cao, Shuo; Yu, Miao

    2017-03-15

    On the basis of measurements, such as field emission scanning electron microscope, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra, X-ray diffraction, electron paramagnetic resonance, photoluminescence spectra, and photocurrent measurements, the roles of anatase TiO2 sheet on synthesizing Ti(3+) self-doped mixed phase TiO2 nanosheets (doped TiO2 (A/R, TiO2 (A))) and on improving the performance for photocatalytic CO2 reduction were explored systematically. High surface area anatase TiO2 nanosheets (TiO2 (A)) as a substrate, structure directing agent, and inhibitor, mediated the synthesis of Ti(3+) self-doped mixed phase TiO2 nanosheets. Addition of TiO2 (A) significantly improved not only visible light absorption of doped TiO2 (A/R, TiO2 (A)), but also the efficiency of photo-excited charges separations due to the existence of interfacial regions of anatase-rutile TiO2 junctions. Finally, a possible mechanism for interfacial charge transfer at the anatase-rutile TiO2 interface and for photocatalytic CO2 reduction over Pt loaded doped TiO2 (A/R, TiO2 (A)) were proposed.

  8. 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.

  9. Photoinduced underwater superoleophobicity of TiO2 thin films.

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    Sawai, Yusuke; Nishimoto, Shunsuke; Kameshima, Yoshikazu; Fujii, Eiji; Miyake, Michihiro

    2013-06-11

    The photoinduced wettabilities of water, n-hexadecane, dodecane, and n-heptane on a flat TiO2 surface prepared by a sol-gel method-based coating were investigated. An amphiphilic surface produced by UV irradiation exhibited underwater superoleophobicity with an extremely high static oil contact angle (CA) of over 160°. The TiO2 surface almost completely repelled the oil droplet in water. A robust TiO2 surface with no fragile nanomicrostructure was fabricated on a Ti mesh with a pore size of approximately 150 μm. The fabricated mesh was found to be applicable as an oil/water separation filter.

  10. Photocatalytic activity of hydrogenated TiO2.

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    Leshuk, Tim; Parviz, Roozbeh; Everett, Perry; Krishnakumar, Harish; Varin, Robert A; Gu, Frank

    2013-03-01

    Photocatalysis is a promising advanced water treatment technology, and recently the possibility of using hydrogenation to improve the photocatalytic efficiency of titanium dioxide has generated much research interest. Herein we report that the use of high-temperature hydrogenation to prepare black TiO2 primarily results in the formation of bulk defects in the material without affecting its electronic band structure. The hydrogenated TiO2 exhibited significantly worse photocatalytic activity under simulated sunlight compared to the unhydrogenated control, and thus we propose that high-temperature hydrogenation can be counterproductive to improving the photocatalytic activity of TiO2, because of its propensity to form bulk vacancy defects.

  11. Photocatalytic metamaterials: TiO2 inverse opals.

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

    2011-06-07

    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.

  12. 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...

  13. TiO2-ITO and TiO2-ZnO nanocomposites: application on water treatment

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    Chorfi, H.; Saadoun, M.; Bousselmi, L.; Bessais, B.

    2012-06-01

    One of the most promising ideas to enhance the photocatalytic efficiency of the TiO2 is to couple this photocatalyst with other semiconductors. In this work, we report on the development of photo-catalytic properties of two types of composites based on TiO2 - ITO (Indium Tin Oxide) and TiO2 - ZnO deposited on conventional ceramic substrates. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The photo-catalytic test was carried out under UV light in order to reduce/oxidize a typical textile dye (Cibacron Yellow). The experiment was carried out in a bench scale reactor using a solution having a known initial dye concentration. After optimization, we found that both nanocomposites exhibit better photocatalytic activity compared to the standard photocatalyst P25 TiO2.

  14. Dye-sensitized TiO2 nanotube solar cells: rational structural and surface engineering on TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Wang, Jun; Lin, Zhiqun

    2012-12-01

    Owing to well-defined structural parameters and enhanced electronic properties, highly ordered TiO(2) nanotube arrays have been employed to substitute TiO(2) nanoparticles for use in dye-sensitized solar cells. To further improve the performance of dye-sensitized TiO(2) nanotube solar cells, efforts have been directed toward the optimization of TiO(2) photoanodes, dyes, electrolytes, and counter electrodes. Herein, we highlight recent progress in rational structural and surface engineering on anodic TiO(2) nanotube arrays and their effects on improving the power conversion efficiency of dye-sensitized TiO(2) nanotube solar cells.

  15. 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.

  16. Nanofibrous TiO2 improving performance of mesoporous TiO2 electrode in dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Zukalová, Markéta; Kavan, Ladislav; Procházka, Jan; Zukal, Arnošt; Yum, Jun-Ho; Graetzel, Michael

    2013-05-01

    A method of direct coating of conducting glass by electrospinning was developed. Electrospun fibrous TiO2 consisting of closely packed anatase nanocrystals of 40-50 nm in size was incorporated into mesoporous TiO2 thin film stabilized by phosphorus. The mesoporous framework formed by walls with 5-6 nm TiO2 nanocrystals surrounding 20 nm mesopores exhibits extreme porosity and consequently limited number of necking points. TiO2 with fibrous morphology was found to solidify mesoporous titania and to be beneficial for the performance of corresponding photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC). Obviously, its wire-like structure suitably interconnects mesoporous network and thus increases the electron collection efficiency from the TiO2 layer to the F-doped SnO2 electrode. The solar conversion efficiency of a DSC employing optimized photoanode consisting of nanocrystalline fibrous bottom layer, four mesoporous layers, and one nanocrystalline anatase scattering top layer sensitized with the N945 dye reached 5.35 %. This represents an improvement of about 9 % compared to the solar conversion efficiency of a DSC employing purely mesoporous TiO2 layer prepared by means of phosphorus doping (5.05 %).

  17. 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.

  18. 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

    2014-12-07

    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.

  19. Quasiparticle Interfacial Level Alignment of Highly Hybridized Frontier Levels: H2O on TiO2(110)

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    Migani, Annapaola; Mowbray, Duncan J.; Zhao, Jin; Petek, Hrvoje

    2015-01-13

    Knowledge of the frontier levels’ alignment prior to photoirradiation is necessary to achieve a complete quantitative description of H2O photocatalysis on TiO2(110). Although H2O on rutile TiO2(110) has been thoroughly studied both experimentally and theoretically, a quantitative value for the energy of the highest H2O occupied levels is still lacking. For experiment, this is due to the H2O levels being obscured by hybridization with TiO2(110) levels in the difference spectra obtained via ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy (UPS). For theory, this is due to inherent difficulties in properly describing many-body effects at the H2O–TiO2(110) interface. Using the projected density of states (DOS) from state-of-the-art quasiparticle (QP) G0W0, we disentangle the adsorbate and surface contributions to the complex UPS spectra of H2O on TiO2(110). We perform this separation as a function of H2O coverage and dissociation on stoichiometric and reduced surfaces. Due to hybridization with the TiO2(110) surface, the H2O 3a1 and 1b1 levels are broadened into several peaks between 5 and 1 eV below the TiO2(110) valence band maximum (VBM). These peaks have both intermolecular and interfacial bonding and antibonding character. We find the highest occupied levels of H2O adsorbed intact and dissociated on stoichiometric TiO2(110) are 1.1 and 0.9 eV below the VBM. We also find a similar energy of 1.1 eV for the highest occupied levels of H2O when adsorbed dissociatively on a bridging O vacancy of the reduced surface. In both cases, these energies are significantly higher (by 0.6 to 2.6 eV) than those estimated from UPS difference spectra, which are inconclusive in this energy region. Finally, we apply self-consistent QPGW (scQPGW1) to obtain the ionization potential of the H2O–TiO2(110) interface.

  20. Dynamics of fibronectin adsorption on TiO2 surfaces.

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    Sousa, S R; Brás, M Manuela; Moradas-Ferreira, P; Barbosa, M A

    2007-06-19

    In the present work we analyze the dynamics of fibronectin (FN) adsorption on two different stable titanium oxides, with varied surface roughness, and chemically similar to those used in clinical practice. The two types of titanium oxide surfaces used were TiO2 sputtered on Si (TiO2 sp) and TiO2 formed on commercially pure titanium after immersion in H2O2 (TiO2 cp). Surface characterization was previously carried out using different techniques (Sousa, S. R.; Moradas-Ferreira, P.; Melo, L. V.; Saramago, B.; Barbosa, M. A. Langmuir 2004, 20 (22), 9745-9754). Imaging and roughness analysis before and after FN adsorption used atomic force microscopy (AFM) in tapping mode, in air, and in magnetic alternating current mode, in liquid (water). FN adsorption as a function of time was followed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), by radiolabeling of FN with 125I (125I-FN), and by ellipsometry. Exchangeability studies were performed using FN and HSA. AFM roughness analysis revealed that, before FN adsorption, both TiO2 surfaces exhibited a lower root-mean-square (Rq) and maximum peak with the depth of the maximum valley (Rmax) roughness in air than in water, due to TiO2 hydration. After protein adsorption, the same behavior was observed for the TiO2 sp substrate, while Rq and Rmax roughness values in air and in water were similar in the case of the TiO2 cp substrate, for the higher FN concentration used. Surface roughness was always significantly higher on the TiO2 cp surfaces. AFM led to direct visualization of adsorbed FN on both surfaces tested, indicating that after 10 min of FN incubation the TiO2 sp surface was partially covered by FN. The adsorbed protein seems to form globular aggregates or ellipsoids, and FN aggregates coalesce, forming clusters as the time of adsorption and the concentration increase. Radiolabeling of FN revealed that a rapid adsorption occurs on both surfaces and the amount adsorbed increased with time, reaching a maximum after 60 min of incubation. Time dependence is also observed for the evolution of the atomic (%) of N determined by XPS and by the increase of the thickness by ellipsometry. TiO2 cp adsorbs more FN than the TiO2 sp surfaces, after 60 min of adsorption, as shown by the radiolabeling data. FN molecules are also more strongly attached to the former surface as indicated by the exchangeability studies. The overall results provide novel evidence that FN spontaneously adsorbs as a self-assembly at TiO2 surfaces as a function of time. The aggregate structure is an intermediate feature shared by some protein fibrillar assemblies at interfaces, which is believed to promote cell adhesion and cytoskeleton organization (Pellenc, D.; Berry, H.; Gallet, O. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 2006, 298 (1), 132-144. Maheshwari, G.; Brown, G.; Lauffenburger, D. A.; Wells, A.; Griffith, L. G. J. Cell Sci. 2000, 113 (10), 1677-1686).

  1. Tailoring of electron diffusion through TiO2 nanowires

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    Jose, R.; Yusoff, M. M.

    2012-11-01

    Charge transport through a random network of onedimensional TiO2 nanostructures such as nanorods, nanowires, and nanofibers developed by electrospinning technique has been studied in the presence of an electrolyte by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and transient photocurrent measurements. The results have been compared with the charge transport parameters of random TiO2 nanoparticle (25 nm) network. The charge transport was discussed under the framework of hopping transport. Continuous nanofibers had longer charge collecting times and short nanorods have enhanced scattering losses. The TiO2 films containing random network of nanowires of aspect ratio 10:1 can have an order of magnitude higher diffusion coefficient than other morphologies. Furthermore, charge transport through Nb-doped anatase TiO2 nanofibers was studied. It was observed that the Fermi level of TiO2 rise close to its conduction band and result in a band-edge type diffusion mechanism even at low bias voltages when 2 wt% Nb atoms replaces the Ti atoms in the anatase lattice. The Nb-doped anatase electrospun nanofibers showed high chemical capacitance, high effective diffusion coefficient, and lower transport resistance compared to the undoped samples and conventional nanoparticles.

  2. 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

  3. Water - Based TiO2 Suspensions: A Raman Study

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    Rangel, Roberto; Chipara, Dorina; Yust, Brian; Padilla, Desiree; Chipara, Mircea

    The antibacterial features of TiO2 are under scrutiny due to the UV radiation, which contributes to the generation of reactive oxygen species, mainly in water environments. A study of TiO2 suspensions in water and broth is reported. TiO2 has a low solubility in water. TiO2 (anatase), with average diameter of 15 nm from Nanostructured & Amorphous Materials, Inc. has been added to the fluid (water, broth) and the mixture was stirred for 1-10 h, followed by a 10-60 minutes sonication. The suspension was left to sediment for 1 day before measurements. Quasistable suspensions of TiO2 in water and broth were investigated by Raman spectroscopy using a Renishaw InVia spectrometer operating at 532 and 785 nm. The spectra of the nanofiller have been simulated by a collection of Breit-Wigner Fano line shapes and the effect of the preparation conditions (stirring and sonication time) on the parameters of Raman lines are reported. The differences are explained by observing that the sonication destroys the agglomerates of anatase resulting in a better dispersion of nanoparticles and consequently a longer sedimentation time. Sample preparation/storage have been done both under dark and UV light conditions.

  4. Semiconducting ferroelectric SbSI quantum dots in organically modified TiO2 matrix

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    Ye, Hui; Xu, Yuhuan; Mackenzie, John D.

    2000-05-01

    Semiconducting ferro electric antimony sulphoiodide (SbSI) microcrystallite doped organically modified TiO2 thin film and bulk solids are successfully fabricated by the sol- gel process. Ferro electric SbSI crystallites have some attractive properties, including high dielectric permittivity, high electro-optical coefficient and high photoconductivity. SbSI is also an intrinsic semiconductor with a relatively narrow energy gap. If the crystal size is near its Bohr radius and the microcrystallites are dispersed in a suitable matrix, a dramatic improvement of the third order non linearity will be achieved due to the quantum confinement effect. It is clear that the SbSI quantum dot composites are good candidates for electro-optical devices. Glycidoxypropyltrimetroxysilane modified TiO2 is used as the matrix and SbSI is synthesized in situ by using SbI3 SC9NH2)2 and H2S gas. The size is controlled by the heat-treatment conditions and is characterized by the XRD and HRTEM measurements. The optical absorption spectrum gives evidence of the quantum confinement effect. The third order susceptibility of the SbSI quantum dot is measured by the degenerate four wave mixing method.

  5. Lunar Prospector neutron spectrometer constraints on TiO2

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    Elphic, R. C.; Lawrence, D. J.; Feldman, W. C.; Barraclough, B. L.; Gasnault, O. M.; Maurice, S.; Lucey, P. G.; Blewett, D. T.; Binder, A. B.

    2002-04-01

    Lunar Prospector neutron spectrometer measurements of the epithermal and thermal neutron leakage fluxes are used to provide constraints on TiO2 abundances in lunar surface materials. We use FeO abundance estimates based on both Clementine spectral reflectance techniques and preliminary Lunar Prospector gamma ray spectrometer determinations to first establish a model thermal neutron absorption due to all major elements except titanium. Then we remove the additional absorbing effects due to the rare earth elements gadolinium and samarium by using Lunar Prospector gamma ray spectrometer thorium abundances as a rare earth element proxy. The result can be compared to the ratio of epithermal to thermal neutron fluxes, which point to the presence of the additional thermal neutron absorber, titanium. We can derive abundance estimates of TiO2 and compare to other estimates derived spectroscopically. Our results show a significantly lower abundance of TiO2 than has been derived using Clementine data.

  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. 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.

  8. Optical and photocatalytic properties of TiO2 nanoplumes

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    Scuderi, Viviana; Miritello, Maria; Nicotra, Giuseppe; Impellizzeri, Giuliana; Privitera, Vittorio

    2017-01-01

    Here we report the photocatalytic efficiency of hydrogenated TiO2 nanoplumes studied by measuring dye degradation in water. Nanoplumes were synthesized by peroxide etching of Ti films with different thicknesses. Structural characterization was carried out by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. We investigated in detail the optical properties of the synthesized material and related them to the efficiency of UV photodegradation of methylene blue dye. The obtained results show that TiO2 nanoplumes act as an effective antireflective layer increasing the UV photocatalytic yield of the film. PMID:28243556

  9. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue under UV light irradiation on prepared carbonaceous TiO2.

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    Ramli, Zatil Amali Che; 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 m(2) 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.

  10. Degradation of 4-chlorophenol in TiO2, WO3, SnO2, TiO2/WO3 and TiO2/SnO2 systems.

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    Lin, Cheng-Fang; Wu, Chung-Hsin; Onn, Zong-Nan

    2008-06-15

    The present study was undertaken to evaluate the degradation performance of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) using TiO2/WO3 and TiO2/SnO2 systems. A BET surface area analyzer, UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA) were employed to characterize the photocatalyst. The band edge wavelength increased to 475 nm and gap energy decreased to 2.61 eV in the TiO2/WO3 system as compare to the single TiO2. Although the specific surfaces area of TiO2/WO3 decreases due to its larger size as compared to either TiO2 or WO3, the 4-CP degradation efficiency significantly increased as compared to single TiO2 or WO3 system at 435 nm wavelength. The TiO2/WO3 degradation of 4-CP at 369 nm was in fact inhibited. For TiO2/SnO2, the degradation efficiency also suffered at 369 nm, and only slightly increased compared to otherwise hardly 4-CP degraded in single TiO2 or SnO2 system. Since there is a significant accumulation of byproducts, the buildup of these intermediates on the catalyst surface may be responsible for their poor performance.

  11. Rose Bengal sensitized bilayered photoanode of nano-crystalline TiO2-CeO2 for dye-sensitized solar cell application

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    Sayyed, Suhail A. A. R.; Beedri, Niyamat I.; Kadam, Vishal S.; Pathan, Habib M.

    2016-08-01

    The present work deals with the study of TiO2-CeO2 bilayered photoanode with low-cost Rose Bengal (RB) dye as sensitizer for dye-sensitized solar cell application. The recombination reactions are reduced in bilayered TiO2-CeO2 photoanode as compared to the single-layered CeO2 photoanode. Once the electrons get transferred from lowest unoccupied molecular orbital level of RB dye to the conduction band (CB) of TiO2, then the possibilities of recombination of electrons with oxidized dye molecules or oxidized redox couple are reduced. This is because the CB position of CeO2 is higher than that of TiO2, which blocks the path of electrons. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis shows negative shift in frequency for bilayered TiO2-CeO2 photoanode as compared to CeO2 photoanode. Hence, in bilayered photoanode lifetime of electrons is more than in single-layered photoanode, confirming reduction in recombination reactions. The X-ray diffraction patterns confirm both anatase TiO2 and CeO2 with crystalline size using Scherrer formula as 24 and 10 nm, respectively. The scanning electron microscopy images of photoanode show the porous structure useful for dye adsorption. The presence of Ti and Ce is confirmed by electron diffraction studies. The band gap values for TiO2 and CeO2 were calculated as 3.20 and 3.11 eV, respectively, using diffused reflectance spectroscopy. The bilayered TiO2-CeO2 photoanode showed open-circuit voltage ( V OC) ~500 mV and short-circuit photocurrent density ( J SC) ~0.29 mA/cm2 with fill factor (FF) ~62.17 %. There is increase in V OC and J SC values by 66.67 and 38.10 %, respectively, compared to RB-sensitized CeO2 photoanode.

  12. Influence of TiO2 nanofiber additives for high efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Hwang, Kyung-Jun; Lee, Jae-Wook; Park, Ju-Young; Kim, Sun-Il

    2011-02-01

    TiO2 nanofibers were prepared from a mixture of titanium-tetra-isopropoxide and poly vinyl pyrrolidone by applying the electrospinning method. The samples were characterized by XRD, FE-SEM, TEM and BET analyses. The diameter of electrospun TiO2 nanofibers is in the range of 70 approximately 160 nm. To improve the short-circuit photocurrent, we added the TiO2 nanofibers in the TiO2 electrode of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). TiO2 nanofibers added in DSSCs can make up to 20% more conversion energy than the conventional DSSC with only TiO2 films only.

  13. 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.

  14. Photocatalytic bacterial inactivation by TiO2-coated surfaces

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    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. PMID:24090112

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. The Synthesis of Cadmium Doped Mesoporous TiO2

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

    2007-06-01

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

  18. Dry-spray deposition of TiO2 for a flexible dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) using a nanoparticle deposition system (NPDS).

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    Kim, Min-Saeng; Chun, Doo-Man; Choi, Jung-Oh; Lee, Jong-Cheon; Kim, Yang Hee; Kim, Kwang-Su; Lee, Caroline Sunyong; Ahn, Sung-Hoon

    2012-04-01

    TiO2 powders were deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrates for application to the photoelectrode of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). In the conventional DSSC manufacturing process, a semiconductor oxide such as TiO2 powder requires a sintering process at higher temperature than the glass transition temperature (T(g)) of polymers, and thus utilization of flexible polymer substrates in DSSC research has been constrained. To overcome this restriction related to sintering, we used a nanoparticle deposition system (NPDS) that could produce a thin coating layer through a dry-spray method under atmospheric pressure at room temperature. The powder was sprayed through a slit-type nozzle having a 0.4 x 10 mm2 rectangular outlet. In order to determine the deposited TiO2 thickness, five kinds of TiO2 layered specimens were prepared, where the specimens have single and double layer structures. Deposited powders on the ITO coated PET substrates were observed using FE-SEM and a scan profiler The thicker TiO2 photoelectrode with a DSSC having a double layer structure showed higher energy efficiency than the single layer case. The highest fabricated flexible DSSC displayed a short circuit current density J(sc) = 1.99 mA cm(-2), open circuit voltage V(oc) = 0.71 V, and energy efficiency eta = 0.94%. These results demonstrate the possibility of utilizing the dry-spray method to fabricate a TiO2 layer on flexible polymer substrates at room temperature under atmospheric pressure.

  19. TiO2 nanorod arrays functionalized with In2S3 shell layer by a low-cost route for solar energy conversion.

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    Gan, Xiaoyan; Li, Xiaomin; Gao, Xiangdong; Qiu, Jijun; Zhuge, Fuwei

    2011-07-29

    We report the fabrication and characterization of a TiO(2)-In(2)S(3) core-shell nanorod array structure for application of semiconductor-sensitized solar cells. Hydrothermally synthesized TiO(2) nanorod arrays on FTO glass substrates are functionalized with a uniform In(2)S(3) shell layer by using the successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. This low-cost technique promotes a uniform deposition of In(2)S(3) nanoshells on the surface of TiO(2) nanorods, thus forming an intact interface between the In(2)S(3) shell and TiO(2) core. Results show that the thickness of In(2)S(3) shell layers as well as the visible light absorption threshold can be effectively controlled by varying the coating cycles during the SILAR process. The best reproducible performance of the sandwich solar cell using the TiO(2)-In(2)S(3) core-shell nanorod arrays as photoelectrodes was obtained after 30 SILAR cycles, exhibiting a short-circuit current (I(sc)) of 2.40 mA cm(-2), an open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 0.56 V, a fill factor (ff) of 0.40 and a conversion efficiency (η) of 0.54%, respectively. These results demonstrate a feasible and controllable route towards In(2)S(3) coating on a highly structured substrate and a proof of concept that such TiO(2)-In(2)S(3) core-shell architectures are novel and promising photoelectrodes in nanostructured solar cells.

  20. 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.

  1. Dielectric and Infrared Properties of TiO2 Films Containing Anatase and Rutile

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    2005-07-18

    properties of TiO2 films containing anatase and rutile 2. Experimental details Thin films of TiO2 were deposited onto Si(1 0 0) wafers...annealed) and 7.4 nm (225 nm, deposited with a bias 872 Dielectric and infrared properties of TiO2 films containing anatase and rutile then annealed...Article POSTPRINT 3. DATES COVERED (From - To) 2001 - 2004 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Dielectric and infrared properties of TiO2 films

  2. Atomic layer deposited (ALD) TiO(2) and TiO(2-x)-N(x) thin film photocatalysts in salicylic acid decomposition.

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    Vilhunen, S H; Sillanpää, M E T

    2009-01-01

    Degradation of salicylic acid (SA) with thin film photocatalyst, titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) and nitrogen-doped TiO(2) (TiO(2-x)-N(x)) combined with ultraviolet (UV) radiation was studied. TiO(2) film with thickness of 15 and 65 nm was tested. The TiO(2-x)-N(x) film had thickness of 15 nm on top of TiO(2) (50 nm). Photocatalysts were prepared on glass substrate by atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique. The effect of initial pH (3-10) was studied with SA concentration of 10 mg/l. Decomposition of SA was fastest at pH 6 with both films and the rate was equal at initial pH values 3 and 4.3. However, at higher pH values the non-doped film was more efficient.

  3. Efficient CO2 capture and photoreduction by amine-functionalized TiO2.

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    Liao, Yusen; Cao, Shao-Wen; Yuan, Yupeng; Gu, Quan; Zhang, Zhenyi; Xue, Can

    2014-08-11

    Amine-functionalization of TiO2 nanoparticles, through a solvothermal approach, substantially increases the affinity of CO2 on TiO2 surfaces through chemisorption. This chemisorption allows for more effective activation of CO2 and charge transfer from excited TiO2 , and significantly enhances the photocatalytic rate of CO2 reduction into methane and CO.

  4. Photocatalytic properties of nanostructured TiO2 surfaces

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    Moore, Lauren; Luttrell, Timothy; Batzill, Matthias

    2012-02-01

    Photocatalytic chemical reactions are actively explored for direct production of chemical fuels from sun light through electrolysis or for the clean-up of organic pollutants through photocatalysis. Titanium dioxide is a prototypical photocatalyst which has been studied extensively. However, there are still unanswered questions regarding the relationship between surface morphology and photocatalytic properties. In this study, we used ion beam assisted surface nanopatterning and UV-catalysis to investigate the dependence of photoreactivity on surface nanostructures. Energetic argon gas ions were used to induce self-formation of nanopatterns on TiO2 surfaces and the structure formation was characterized by atomic force microscopy. The influence of the surface structure on the photochemical properties was assessed through photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange in aqueous solution with a flat sample and a nanopatterned sample of TiO2, respectively. The resulting absorbance spectrums were then compared.

  5. Hydroxyapatite growth on anodic TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Tsuchiya, Hiroaki; Macak, Jan M; Müller, Lenka; Kunze, Julia; Müller, Frank; Greil, Peter; Virtanen, Sannakaisa; Schmuki, Patrik

    2006-06-01

    In the present work, we study the growth of hydroxyapatite formation on different TiO(2) nanotube layers. The nanotube layers were fabricated by electrochemical anodization of titanium in fluoride-containing electrolytes. To study various nanotube lengths, layers with an individual tube diameter of 100 nm were grown to a thickness of approximately 2 mum or 500 nm. The ability to form apatite on the nanotube layers was examined by immersion tests combined with SEM, XRD and FT-IR investigations. For reference, experiments were also carried out on compact anodic TiO(2) layers. The results clearly show that the presence of the nanotubes on a titanium surface enhances the apatite formation and that the 2-mum thick nanotube layer triggers deposition faster than the thinner layers. Tubes annealed to anatase, or a mixture of anatase and rutile are clearly more efficient in promoting apatite formation than the tubes in their "as-formed" amorphous state.

  6. Comparison study on photocatalytic oxidation of pharmaceuticals by TiO2-Fe and TiO2-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites immobilized on optical fibers.

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    Lin, Lu; Wang, Huiyao; Jiang, Wenbin; Mkaouar, Ahmed Radhi; Xu, Pei

    2017-03-08

    Incorporating reduced graphene oxide (rGO) or Fe(3+) ions in TiO2 photocatalyst could enhance photocatalytic degradation of organic contaminants in aqueous solutions. This study characterized the photocatalytic activities of TiO2-Fe and TiO2-rGO nanocomposites immobilized on optical fibers synthesized by polymer assisted hydrothermal deposition method. The photocatalysts presented a mixture phase of anatase and rutile in the TiO2-rGO and TiO2-Fe nanocomposites. Doping Fe into TiO2 particles (2.40eV) could reduce more band gap energy than incorporating rGO (2.85eV), thereby enhancing utilization efficiency of visible light. Incorporating Fe and rGO in TiO2 decreased significantly the intensity of TiO2 photoluminescence signals and enhanced the separation rate of photo-induced charge carriers. Photocatalytic performance of the synthesized nanocomposites was measured by the degradation of three pharmaceuticals under UV and visible light irradiation, including carbamazepine, ibuprofen, and sulfamethoxazole. TiO2-rGO exhibited higher photocatalytic activity for the degradation of pharmaceuticals under UV irradiation, while TiO2-Fe demonstrated more suitable for visible light oxidation. The results suggested that the enhanced photocatalytic performance of TiO2-rGO could be attributed to reduced recombination rate of photoexcited electrons-hole pairs, but for TiO2-Fe nanocomposite, narrower band gap would contribute to increased photocatalytic activity.

  7. 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

    2013-01-01

    Summary 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. PMID:23844339

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Nanomechanical properties of TiO2 granular thin films.

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    Yaghoubi, Houman; Taghavinia, Nima; Alamdari, Eskandar Keshavarz; Volinsky, Alex A

    2010-09-01

    Post-deposition annealing effects on nanomechanical properties of granular TiO2 films on soda-lime glass substrates were studied. In particular, the effects of Na diffusion on the films' mechanical properties were examined. TiO2 photocatalyst films, 330 nm thick, were prepared by dip-coating using a TiO2 sol, and were annealed between 100 °C and 500 °C. Film's morphology, physical and nanomechanical properties were characterized by atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, differential thermo-gravimetric analysis, and nanoindentation. Contrary to expectations, the maximum film hardness was achieved for 300°C annealing, with a value of 0.69±0.05 GPa. Higher annealing temperatures resulted in inferior mechanical properties. No pile-up or sink-in effects were observed with minimal creep for the 300 °C annealed sample. Considerable decrease in the amount of chemisorbed water was found with increasing annealing temperature, causing gel films densification, explaining the increasing trend of hardness with annealing temperature between 100 °C and 300 °C. DTA/TGA results also confirmed the weight loss and the endothermic reaction due to desorption of chemisorbed water. Decrease in hardness above 300 °C annealing is attributed to thermal diffusion of Na ions from the glass substrate, confirmed by nanoindentation tests on TiO2 films deposited on fused quartz, which did not exhibit hardness decrease after 300 °C annealing.

  11. Photocatalytic Activity of Immobilized Geometries of TiO2

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    Koohestani, Hassan; Sadrnezhaad, Sayed Khatiboleslam

    2015-07-01

    Photocatalysts that are used for waste water treatment are often suspended in the waste water during processing and then must be removed from the water after treatment. To reduce the post-degradation expenses and time, separation is facilitated by an immobilization process. The effect of immobilized TiO2 geometries on the photocatalytic behavior of the photocatalyst is investigated in this work. Powder, fiber, film, and network-shaped TiO2 nanocatalysts were produced by using different templates. The cellulose fiber and ceramic templates were used as substrates for fiber and film/network geometry production. The products were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurement. The photocatalytic performance was determined by methyl orange degradation and cyanide photo-oxidation under ultraviolet irradiation. From the SEM images, the size range of the TiO2 particles in the film and in the network geometries were 20-60 nm. The nanoparticles had covered the surface of the substrate, uniformly. Removal of the cellulose substrate by heat treatment yielded hollow TiO2 fibers with diameters of 0.5-1 µm and lengths of 30 µm. The efficiencies of both photocatalytic reactions were obtained in the following order: powder > network > film > fiber geometry. The rate constant of the dye degradation reaction using powder catalyst was 0.0118 min-1. For network catalyst, it was 0.0083 min-1. Corresponding results for cyanide disinfection were 0.0055 and 0.0046 min-1. Although powder samples had higher rate constants, network geometry was preferred due to its higher immobility.

  12. COMMUNICATION: Drug loading of nanoporous TiO2 films

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    Ayon, Arturo A.; Cantu, Michael; Chava, Kalpana; Mauli Agrawal, C.; Feldman, Marc D.; Johnson, Dave; Patel, Devang; Marton, Denes; Shi, Emily

    2006-12-01

    The loading of therapeutic amounts of drug on a nanoporous TiO2 surface is described. This novel drug-loading scheme on a biocompatible surface, when employed on medical implants, will benefit patients who require the deployment of drug-eluting implants. Anticoagulants, analgesics and antibiotics can be considered on the associated implants for drug delivery during the time of maximal pain or risk for patients undergoing orthopedic procedures. Therefore, this scheme will maximize the chances of patient recovery.

  13. Methanethiol chemistry on TiO 2-supported Ni clusters

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    Ozturk, O.; Park, J. B.; Black, T. J.; Rodriguez, J. A.; Hrbek, J.; Chen, D. A.

    2008-10-01

    The thermal decomposition of methanethiol on Ni clusters grown on TiO 2(1 1 0) was studied by temperature programmed desorption (TPD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and low energy ion scattering (LEIS). On all of the Ni surfaces investigated, methane and hydrogen were observed as gaseous products in the TPD experiments, and the only sulfur-containing species that desorbed from the surface was methanethiol itself at low temperatures. The two pathways for methanethiol reaction were hydrodesulfurization to produce methane and nonselective decomposition, which leaves atomic carbon and sulfur on the surface. From high resolution XPS studies, methyl thiolate was identified as the surface intermediate for reaction on TiO 2 and on all of the Ni surfaces investigated, similar to what is observed on single-crystal Ni surfaces. However, the binding sites for methyl thiolate on the 1 ML (monolayer) Ni clusters were different from those on the Ni clusters at coverages of 2.5 ML and higher, based on the S(2p) binding energies for methyl thiolate. No distinct changes in activity or selectivity were observed for the smaller Ni clusters grown at low coverage compared to the more film-like Ni surfaces other than what could be accounted for by changes in total surface area. Interactions between the Ni clusters and the TiO 2 support had two main effects on chemical activity. First, carbon was oxidized by oxygen from the TiO 2 lattice to produce CO at temperatures above 800 K. Second, annealing induced encapsulation of the Ni clusters by reduced TiO x and chemisorbed oxygen. At 800 K, the Ni clusters were totally encapsulated, resulting in a complete loss of methanethiol activity; partial encapsulation at 700 K caused a smaller decrease in activity accompanied by increased oxidation of carbon by lattice oxygen.

  14. Methanethiol Chemistry on TiO2-Supported Ni Clusters

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    Ozturk,O.; Park, J.; Black, T.; Rodriguez, J.; Hrbek, J.; Chen, D.

    2008-01-01

    The thermal decomposition of methanethiol on Ni clusters grown on TiO2(1 1 0) was studied by temperature programmed desorption (TPD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and low energy ion scattering (LEIS). On all of the Ni surfaces investigated, methane and hydrogen were observed as gaseous products in the TPD experiments, and the only sulfur-containing species that desorbed from the surface was methanethiol itself at low temperatures. The two pathways for methanethiol reaction were hydrodesulfurization to produce methane and nonselective decomposition, which leaves atomic carbon and sulfur on the surface. From high resolution XPS studies, methyl thiolate was identified as the surface intermediate for reaction on TiO2 and on all of the Ni surfaces investigated, similar to what is observed on single-crystal Ni surfaces. However, the binding sites for methyl thiolate on the 1 ML (monolayer) Ni clusters were different from those on the Ni clusters at coverages of 2.5 ML and higher, based on the S(2p) binding energies for methyl thiolate. No distinct changes in activity or selectivity were observed for the smaller Ni clusters grown at low coverage compared to the more film-like Ni surfaces other than what could be accounted for by changes in total surface area. Interactions between the Ni clusters and the TiO2 support had two main effects on chemical activity. First, carbon was oxidized by oxygen from the TiO2 lattice to produce CO at temperatures above 800 K. Second, annealing induced encapsulation of the Ni clusters by reduced TiOx and chemisorbed oxygen. At 800 K, the Ni clusters were totally encapsulated, resulting in a complete loss of methanethiol activity; partial encapsulation at 700 K caused a smaller decrease in activity accompanied by increased oxidation of carbon by lattice oxygen.

  15. Photocatalytic TiO2/glass nanoflake array films.

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    Ho, Wingkei; Yu, Jimmy C; Yu, Jiaguo

    2005-04-12

    A new approach for the fabrication of oriented TiO2/glass nanoflake arrays has been developed. The ceramic nanoflake array was formed on a glass substrate via a simple, low temperature, and one-step hydrothermally induced phase separation approach without using any templates or additives. The factors affecting the formation of ceramic nanoflakes were examined by various characterization techniques. The results showed that the leaching of the soluble phase from the glass surface through hydrothermal processes resulted in oriented uniform ceramic nanoflake arrays. Electron microscope observations revealed that the nanoflakes formed a continuous porous three-dimensional-network array with a large surface-to-volume ratio. In addition, an anatase TiO2 film was successfully coated onto the nanoflake array by the sol-gel method. The TiO2/glass nanoflake array exhibited high activity for the photocatalytic degradation of acetone and for photoinduced hydrophilic conversion. Such enhancements were attributed to the beneficial effects of the new continuous porous three-dimensional-interconnected nanoflake network and its surface geometrical nanostructure. The present approach provides a convenient route to modify a photocatalytic coating with a porous nano-architectured substrate. This opens extensive new opportunities in the design of semiconductor/ceramic nanostructural array thin films with unusual properties for future optical and electronic applications.

  16. Band alignment of rutile and anatase TiO2

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    Scanlon, David O.; Dunnill, Charles W.; Buckeridge, John; Shevlin, Stephen A.; Logsdail, Andrew J.; Woodley, Scott M.; Catlow, C. Richard A.; Powell, Michael. J.; Palgrave, Robert G.; Parkin, Ivan P.; Watson, Graeme W.; Keal, Thomas W.; Sherwood, Paul; Walsh, Aron; Sokol, Alexey A.

    2013-09-01

    The most widely used oxide for photocatalytic applications owing to its low cost and high activity is TiO2. The discovery of the photolysis of water on the surface of TiO2 in 1972 launched four decades of intensive research into the underlying chemical and physical processes involved. Despite much collected evidence, a thoroughly convincing explanation of why mixed-phase samples of anatase and rutile outperform the individual polymorphs has remained elusive. One long-standing controversy is the energetic alignment of the band edges of the rutile and anatase polymorphs of TiO2 (ref. ). We demonstrate, through a combination of state-of-the-art materials simulation techniques and X-ray photoemission experiments, that a type-II, staggered, band alignment of ~ 0.4 eV exists between anatase and rutile with anatase possessing the higher electron affinity, or work function. Our results help to explain the robust separation of photoexcited charge carriers between the two phases and highlight a route to improved photocatalysts.

  17. Characterization of nanocrystalline anatase TiO(2) thin films.

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    Huber, Bernd; Gnaser, Hubert; Ziegler, Christiane

    2003-04-01

    Nanoporous thin films were deposited onto glass substrates by painting with a solution of nanocrystalline anatase TiO(2) particles (with a size of either 6 nm or 16 nm) suspended in an organic solvent. Upon drying in air for about 1 day, the films were tempered at 450 degrees C in air for 1 h. This procedure results in stoichiometric TiO(2) films with a thickness of several micro m and a milky whitish appearance. Scanning force microscopy of the surface revealed that the nanoparticles of the films agglomerated into structures with lateral dimensions of some 100 nm. Transmission electron microscopy was utilized to investigate the structural arrangement of the crystallites in the films. High-resolution electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction analyses demonstrated, furthermore, that the material consists exclusively of a single TiO(2) phase, namely anatase, and that the films do not exhibit any preferential texture. The elemental stoichiometry and the possible presence of impurities were monitored throughout the films by means of secondary-ion mass spectrometry depth profiling. Electrical measurements have been carried out as a function of both the sample temperature T and the ambient oxygen partial pressure p(O(2)). From these data the electrical conductivity sigma of the porous films was determined in dependence of those parameters.

  18. 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

  19. Characteristics of dye-sensitized solar cell with TiO2 anode under UV irradiation

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    Lee, Ming-Kwei; Hsiao, Chih-Chen; Weng, Hao-Wei

    2016-03-01

    The anatase phase crystalline quality of commercial TiO2 (P25) nanoparticle sintered in air and N2 is improved. Compared DSSC with air-sintered TiO2 anode, DSSC with N2-sintered TiO2 anode has better performance mainly from high optical absorption efficiency. Under UV irradiation, organic contaminants adsorbed on TiO2 are dissociated by the photocatalysis, and the dye adsorption is enhanced. The DSSC performance with UV-treated/N2-sintered TiO2 anode is further improved.

  20. Fabrication and characterization of photovoltaic devices based on perovskite compounds with TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Kanayama, Masato; Oku, Takeo; Suzuki, Atsushi; Yamada, Masahiro; Fukunishi, Sakiko; Kohno, Kazufumi; Sakamoto, Hiroki

    2015-02-01

    Perovskite-type photovoltaic devices were fabricated by a spin-coating method using a mixture solution. The compact and meso-porous TiO2 of the solar cells were fabricated from TiO2 nanoparticles and sol, and the photovoltaic properties and microstructures were characterized. The conversion efficiencies were improved by the combination of TiO2 nanoparticles and sol. Current density was also improved by increasing numbers of spin-coatings of meso-porous TiO2. Thick meso-porous TiO2 layers would assist the construction of perovskite layers and block of the leak current.

  1. Fabrication and characterization of perovskite photovoltaic devices with TiO2 nanoparticle layers

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    Oku, Takeo; Ueoka, Naoki; Suzuki, Kohei; Suzuki, Atsushi; Yamada, Masahiro; Sakamoto, Hiroki; Minami, Satoshi; Fukunishi, Sakiko; Kohno, Kazufumi; Miyauchi, Shinsuke

    2017-01-01

    TiO2/CH3NH3PbI3-based photovoltaic devices were fabricated by a spin-coating method using mixture solutions with TiO2 nanoparticles. Compact TiO2 layers were prepared from titanium diisopropoxide bis(acetyl acetonate) and TiO2 nanoparticles with different particle sizes. The performance of the photovoltaic devices was improved by sequential deposition of the TiO2 layers, which resulted in microstructural change of the perovskite layers.

  2. Photochemistry on TiO2: Mechanisms Behind the Surface Chemistry

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    2009-01-21

    photoinduced antimicrobial [11,13] properties of TiO2 films have recently been discovered and these ideas are now employed for new photochemically acti...ation in air causes water droplets to wet the TiO2 film surface, resulting in a lowering of the contact angle over time. The anatase TiO2 film was...Hydrophilic H2O Hydrocarbon film a b s t r a c t Photochemistry from TiO2 surfaces is described for two cases: The UV-induced photodesorption of O2 from TiO2

  3. Structural analysis of TiO2 and TiO2-Ag thin films and their antibacterial behaviors

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    Hsieh, J. H.; Yu, R. B.; Chang, Y. K.; Li, C.

    2012-01-01

    TiO2 (rutile and anatase) thin films was first prepared using reactive sputtering, in an Ar+O2 plasma. In the 2nd stage of the experiment, various amounts (3, 7, and 10 at. %) of Ag was doped into the rutile film in order to form TiO2-Ag thin films. These films were annealed for one hour in Ar atmosphere, at 300, 400, and 500 °C. The films' structures were then examined using X-ray diffractometry. FESEM (field-emission scaning electron microscopy) was used to investigate the surface emergence of Ag particles. As for the examination of optical band gaps and absorption of these films, UV-Vis-NIR photometer was used. The results show that, in as-deposited condition, the addition of Ag might disrupt the growth of crystalline structure and cause the formation of amorphous films. After annealing, it is found that the structure tends to become anatase phase which is a metastable phase between amorphous titanium oxide and rutile. More importantly, the absorption of the Ag-doped films would be enhanced in the visible-light range. Some of the enhancement is clearly due to plasmon resonance effect. The Ag-doped samples have shown some antibacterial effect in dark. When irradiated with light, the samples show a synergistic behavior combining the bactericidal effect of Ag ions and photocatalytic effect of TiO2.

  4. Aggregation of stabilized TiO2 nanoparticle suspensions in the presence of inorganic ions.

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    Shih, Yang-Hsin; Liu, Wei-Szu; Su, Yuh-Fan

    2012-08-01

    The present study aims to evaluate the effect of inorganic ions on the aggregation kinetics of stabilized titanium dioxide (TiO(2) ) nanoparticle (NP) suspension, an NP mode widely used in consumer goods and in aquatic environments. The point of zero charge of stabilized TiO(2) NPs was approximately pH 6.5. The particle size of the stabilized TiO(2) NP suspensions increased with the increase in salt concentrations. The additional salts caused the shift of zeta potentials of TiO(2) suspensions to a lower value. The TiO(2) NPs aggregated more obviously in the presence of anions than cations, and the effect of divalent anions was larger than that of monovalent anions. The critical coagulation concentration (CCC) values for commercial TiO(2) NP suspensions with positive surfaces were estimated as 290 and 2.3 meq/L for Cl(-) and SO 42-, respectively. These CCC values of stabilized TiO(2) NP suspensions are higher than those of TiO(2) NP powders, indicating greater stability of the commercial stabilized TiO(2) NP suspensions. The effects of commercial TiO(2) NP suspensions still need to be explored and defined. Derjaguin-Landau-Verwey-Overbeek (DLVO) analysis can explain the aggregation behaviors of stabilized TiO(2) NP suspensions. Such an understanding can facilitate the prediction of NP fate in the environment.

  5. A theoretical investigation on photocatalytic oxidation on the TiO2 surface

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    Suzuki, Satoshi; Tsuneda, Takao; Hirao, Kimihiko

    2012-01-01

    The TiO2 photocatalytic oxidation mechanism was theoretically investigated by using long-range corrected time-dependent density functional theory (LC-TDDFT) with a cluster model of the anatase TiO2(001) surface. We found that LC-TDDFT with the cluster model quantitatively reproduces the photoexcitations of the TiO2 surface by calculating the electronic spectra of a clean TiO2 surface and one with oxygen defects. We calculated the electronic spectra of a molecularly adsorbed TiO2 surface for the adsorptions of phenol, methanol, and methane molecules as typical organic molecules. We obtained the surprising result that the main peak of the phenol-adsorbed TiO2 surface, which overlaps with the main peak of the clean TiO2 surface, corresponds to charge transfers from the phenol molecule to the TiO2 surface. This indicates that the TiO2 photocatalytic oxidation proceeds through direct charge transfer excitation from the substrate molecules to the TiO2 surface. In contrast, we found slight and no charge transfer for methanol and methane adsorption, respectively, in agreement with the experimental findings for their reactivities. In light of these results, we propose a new mechanism for heterogeneous TiO2 photocatalytic oxidations.

  6. A theoretical investigation on photocatalytic oxidation on the TiO2 surface.

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    Suzuki, Satoshi; Tsuneda, Takao; Hirao, Kimihiko

    2012-01-14

    The TiO(2) photocatalytic oxidation mechanism was theoretically investigated by using long-range corrected time-dependent density functional theory (LC-TDDFT) with a cluster model of the anatase TiO(2)(001) surface. We found that LC-TDDFT with the cluster model quantitatively reproduces the photoexcitations of the TiO(2) surface by calculating the electronic spectra of a clean TiO(2) surface and one with oxygen defects. We calculated the electronic spectra of a molecularly adsorbed TiO(2) surface for the adsorptions of phenol, methanol, and methane molecules as typical organic molecules. We obtained the surprising result that the main peak of the phenol-adsorbed TiO(2) surface, which overlaps with the main peak of the clean TiO(2) surface, corresponds to charge transfers from the phenol molecule to the TiO(2) surface. This indicates that the TiO(2) photocatalytic oxidation proceeds through direct charge transfer excitation from the substrate molecules to the TiO(2) surface. In contrast, we found slight and no charge transfer for methanol and methane adsorption, respectively, in agreement with the experimental findings for their reactivities. In light of these results, we propose a new mechanism for heterogeneous TiO(2) photocatalytic oxidations.

  7. Photodegradation of nalidixic acid assisted by TiO(2) nanorods/Ag nanoparticles based catalyst.

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    Petronella, F; Diomede, S; Fanizza, E; Mascolo, G; Sibillano, T; Agostiano, A; Curri, M L; Comparelli, R

    2013-05-01

    Two different nanosized TiO2-based catalysts supported onto glass with tailored photocatalytic properties upon irradiation by UV light were successfully employed for the degradation of nalidixid acid, a widely diffused antibacterial agent of environmental relevance known to be non-biodegradable. Anatase rod-like TiO2 nanocrystals (TiO2NRs) and a semiconductor oxide-noble metal nanocomposite TiO2 NRs/Ag nanoparticles (NPs), synthesized by colloidal chemistry routes, were cast onto glass slide and employed as photocatalysts. A commercially available catalyst (TiO2 P25), also immobilized onto a glass slide, was used as a reference material. It was found that both TiO2 NRs/Ag NPs composite and TiO2 NRs demonstrated a photocatalytic efficiency significantly higher than the reference TiO2 P25. Specifically, TiO2 NRs/Ag NPs showed a photoactivity in nalidixic acid degradation 14 times higher than TiO2 P25 and 4 times higher than bare TiO2 NRs in the first 60min of reaction. Several by-products were identified by HPLC-MS along the nalidixic acid degradation, thus getting useful insight on the degradation pathway. All the identified by-products resulted completely removed after 6h of reaction.

  8. Synergistic effects between TiO2 and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in a TiO2/CNTs system under visible light irradiation.

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    Wu, Chung-Hsin; Kuo, Chao-Yin; Chen, Shih-Ting

    2013-01-01

    This study synthesized a TiO2/carbon nanotubes (CNTs) composite via the sol-gel method. The surface characteristics of the TiO2/CNTs composite were determined by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, specific surface area analyser, ultraviolent (UV)-vis spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectrometer. The photocatalytic activity ofthe TiO2/CNTs composite was evaluated by decolourizing C.I. Reactive Red 2 (RR2) under visible light irradiation. Furthermore, the effects of calcination temperature, pH, RR2 concentration, and the TiO2/CNTs composite dosage on RR2 decolourization were determined simultaneously. The optimal calcination temperature to generate TiO2 and the TiO2/CNTs composite was 673 K, as the percentage of anatase crystallization at this temperature was highest. The specific surface area of the TiO2/CNTs composite and TiO2 were 45 and 42 m2/g, respectively. The band gap of TiO2 and the TiO2/CNTs composite was 2.97 and 2.71 eV by UV-vis measurements, respectively. Experimental data indicate that the Ti-O-C bond formed in the TiO2/CNTs composite. The RR2 decolourization rates can be approximated by pseudo-first-order kinetics; moreover, only the TiO2/CNTs composite had photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation. At pH 7, the RR2 decolourization rate constant of 0.5, 1 and 2 g/L TiO2/CNTs addition was 0.005, 0.0015, and 0.0047 min(-1), respectively. Decolourization rate increased as pH and the RR2 concentration decreased. The CNTs functioned as electron acceptors, promoting separation of photoinduced electron-hole pairs to retard their recombination; thus, photocatalytic activity of the TiO2/CNTs composite exceeded that of TiO2.

  9. Enhanced efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells with novel synthesized TiO2.

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    Ju, Ki-Young; Cho, Jung-Min; Cho, Sung-June; Yun, Je-Jung; Mun, Soo-San; Han, Eun-Mi

    2010-05-01

    An anatase TiO2 and three kinds of novel TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared by a hydrothermal method for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), which were obtained by mixing NaOH (10 M), KOH (14 M) and LiOH (10 M) solution with an anatase TiO2 powder, respectively. The TiO2 working electrodes of DSSCs were prepared and the photoelectric properties of the cells were characterized. The influence of different poly(ethylene glycol) contents in TiO2 films with and without HNO3 treatment on the electron transfer in DSSCs were investigated. It is found that the DSSC with HNO3 (0.002 mol/l)-treated film containing 16.7 wt% PEG shows the higher power conversion efficiency of 6.0%, which was mainly depended on the degrees of TiO2 pore size and uniformity of TiO2 films.

  10. Photocatalytic antibacterial performance of Sn(4+)-doped TiO(2) thin films on glass substrate.

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    Sayilkan, Funda; Asiltürk, Meltem; Kiraz, Nadir; Burunkaya, Esin; Arpaç, Ertuğrul; Sayilkan, Hikmet

    2009-03-15

    Pure anatase, nanosized and Sn(4+) ion doped titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) particulates (TiO(2)-Sn(4+)) were synthesized by hydrothermal process. TiO(2)-Sn(4+) was used to coat glass surfaces to investigate the photocatalytic antibacterial effect of Sn(4+) doping to TiO(2) against gram negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) and gram positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). Relationship between solid ratio of TiO(2)-Sn(4+) in coatings and antibacterial activity was reported. The particulates and the films were characterized using particle size analyzer, zeta potential analyzer, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), SEM, AAS and UV/VIS/NIR techniques. The results showed that TiO(2)-Sn(4+) is fully anatase crystalline form and easily dispersed in water. Increasing the solid ratio of TiO(2)-Sn(4+) from 10 to 50% in the coating solution increased antibacterial effect.

  11. Preparation and properties of antibacterial TiO2@C/Ag core-shell composite

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    Tan, San-Xiang; Tan, Shao-Zao; Chen, Jing-Xing; Liu, Ying-Liang; Yuan, Ding-Sheng

    2009-08-01

    An environment-friendly hydrothermal method was used to prepare TiO2@C core-shell composite using TiO2 as core and sucrose as carbon source. TiO2@C served as a support for the immobilization of Ag by impregnation in silver nitrate aqueous solution. The chemical structures and morphologies of TiO2@C and TiO2@C/Ag composite were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis. The antibacterial properties of the TiO2@C/Ag core-shell composite against Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) were examined by the viable cell counting method. The results indicate that silver supported on the surface of TiO2@C shows excellent antibacterial activity.

  12. 130-fold enhancement of TiO2 photocatalytic activities by ball milling

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    Saitow, Ken-ichi; Wakamiya, Tomoji

    2013-07-01

    Submicrometer TiO2 particles were prepared by changing the mechanochemical parameters in planetary ball milling. The TiO2 particles before and after milling were characterized by five experimental methods. The photocatalytic activities of the TiO2 particles were evaluated by the photoreduction of an aqueous solution of methylene blue. The activity of milled TiO2 was 136 times that of TiO2 (anatase) before milling and 62 times that of commercial available TiO2 photocatalyst (P25). In addition to the reduction in particle size and increase in specific surface area due to milling, the disorder TiO2, involving amorphous and srilankite phases, significantly increased the catalytic performance.

  13. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of TiO2-ZnO hybrid nanostructures

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    Cheng, Chun; Amini, Abbas; Zhu, Chao; Xu, Zuli; Song, Haisheng; Wang, Ning

    2014-01-01

    We studied the photocatalytic properties of rational designed TiO2-ZnO hybrid nanostructures, which were fabricated by the site-specific deposition of amorphous TiO2 on the tips of ZnO nanorods. Compared with the pure components of ZnO nanorods and amorphous TiO2 nanoparticles, these TiO2-ZnO hybrid nanostructures demonstrated a higher catalytic activity. The strong green emission quenching observed from photoluminescence of TiO2-ZnO hybrid nanostructures implied an enhanced charge transfer/separation process resulting from the novel type II heterostructures with fine interfaces. The catalytic performance of annealing products with different TiO2 phase varied with the annealing temperatures. This is attributed to the combinational changes in Eg of the TiO2 phase, the specific surface area and the quantity of surface hydroxyl groups. PMID:24566978

  14. Photocatalytic hydrogen generation over lanthanum doped TiO2 under UV light irradiation.

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    Liu, Y; Xie, L; Li, Y; Qu, J L; Zheng, J; Li, X G

    2009-02-01

    TiO2 nanoparticles doped with different amount of lanthanum were obtained by sol-gel approach and followed annealing at different temperature. The crystal size of TiO2 doped with lanthanum was smaller than that of pure TiO2. Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 doped with lanthanum for water splitting into H2 was investigated. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 doped with lanthanum for water splitting into H2 is higher than that of pure TiO2. It was found that the optimal photocatalyst was TiO2 doped with 2 wt% lanthanum and calcined at 600 degrees C for 4 h which had hydrogen generation rate 700.6 micromol h(-1).

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Effect of the rutile content on the photovoltaic performance of the dye-sensitized solar cells composed of mixed-phase TiO2 photoelectrodes.

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    Yun, Tae Kwan; Park, Sung Soo; Kim, Duckhyun; Shim, Jae-Hyun; Bae, Jae Young; Huh, Seong; Won, Yong Sun

    2012-01-28

    The effect of the rutile content on the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) composed of mixed-phase TiO(2) photoelectrode has been investigated. The mixed-phase TiO(2) particles with varied amounts of rutile, relative to anatase phase, are synthesized by an in situ method where the concentration of sulfate ion is used as a phase-controlling parameter in the formation of TiO(2) using TiCl(4) hydrolysis. The surface area (S(BET)) varies from 33 (pure rutile) to 165 (pure anatase) m(2) g(-1). Generally, both the current density (J(sc)) and photo-conversion efficiency (η) decrease as the rutile content increases. The incorporation of rod-shaped rutile particles causes low uptake of dye due to the reduced surface area, as well as slow electron transport in less efficiently-stacked structure. However, maximum J(sc) (14.63 mA cm(-2)) and η (8.69%) appear when relatively low rutile content (16%) is employed. The reported synergistic effect by the efficient interparticle electron transport from rutile to anatase seems to overbalance the decrease of surface area when small amount of rutile particles is incorporated.

  19. 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

    2014-04-05

    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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Self-standing Hybrid Nanofibers of TiO2 and TiO2/Hydroxyapatite: Application in Photocatalytic and Photovoltatic Systems

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    Rouhani, Parvaneh

    2012-02-01

    A Hybrid fibers of Hydroxyapatite TiO2, HAp/TiO2 with modified photocatalytic properties were synthesized using a template method. Liquid phase deposition (LPD) technique was employed to grow TiO2 layers on cellulose fibers, followed by deposition of HAp from a pseudo body solution, and finally heat removing the cellulose template. The resulting material has a fibrous structure, mimicking the cellulose fibers shape, and have a typical surface area of 114 m^2/g, compared to 74 m^2/g for pure TiO2 fibers. Adsorption and photocatalytic degradation tests showed that addition of HAp to TiO2 fibers increased the adsorptive from 17% to 35%. Nano particulated TiO2 fibers as one-dimensional long structures were introduced into TiO2 P25 nano particle films using co-electrophoretic deposition. This resulted in less porosity and higher roughness factor of the films that provided more favorable conditions for electron transport. The films used as the photoanode of a dye solar cell (DSC) produced 65% higher photovoltaic efficiency. TiO2 fibers can be excellent binders in single-step, organic-free electrophoretic deposition of TiO2 for DSC photoanode.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of sulfated TiO2 nanorods and ZrO2/TiO2 nanocomposites for the esterification of biobased organic acid.

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    Li, Zhonglai; Wnetrzak, Renata; Kwapinski, Witold; Leahy, James J

    2012-09-26

    TiO(2) nanorods and ZrO(2)-modified TiO(2) nanocomposites have been prepared by hydrothermal synthesis and the deposition-precipitation method. Their sulfated products were tested as solid superacid catalysts for the esterification of levulinic acid which was used as a model bio-oil molecule. SEM and TEM characterization showed that TiO(2) nanorods with diameters ranging from 20 to 200 nm and with lengths of up to 5 μm were synthesized by a hydrothermal method at 180 °C. ZrO(2) nanoparticles with the diameters ranging from 10 to 20 nm were evenly deposited on TiO(2) nanorods. IR and XPS results suggested that sulfated ZrO(2)/TiO(2) nanocomposite has higher content of sulfate groups on the surface with a S/(Zr+Ti) ratio of 13.6% than sulfated TiO(2) nanorods with a S/Ti ratio of 4.9%. The HPLC results showed that sulfated ZrO(2)/TiO(2) nanocomposite have enhanced catalytic activity for esterification reaction between levulinic acid and ethanol compared to sulfated TiO(2) nanorods. The conversion of levulinic acid to ethyl levulinate can reach to 90.4% at the reaction temperature of 105 °C after 180 min.

  4. Photocatalytic oxidation of selected gas-phase VOCs using UV light, TiO2, and TiO2/Pd.

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    Fujimoto, Tânia M; Ponczek, Milena; Rochetto, Ursula L; Landers, Richard; Tomaz, Edson

    2016-03-30

    Heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation systems using titanium dioxide (TiO2) have been extensively studied for the removal of several volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The addition of noble metals such as palladium on TiO2 may improve photocatalytic activity by increasing charge separation efficiency. In this work, palladium was impregnated on TiO2 and the efficiency of the new catalyst was tested and compared with that of pure TiO2. Pd was impregnated on TiO2 by the reduction method, using NaBH4, and was characterized by XRD, XPS, UV-Vis, and H2 chemisorption. The photocatalytic tests were performed in an annular coated-wall reactor using octane, isooctane, n-hexane, and cyclohexane at inlet concentrations varying from 100 to 120 ppmv. Compared with pure TiO2 film, the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 impregnated with 1 wt% of palladium was improved. All the aforementioned analytical techniques confirmed the presence of Pd incorporated into the structure of TiO2, and the conversion rates were studied in a broad range of residence times, yielding up to 90 % or higher rates in 40 s of residence time, thus underscoring the relevant contribution of the technology.

  5. 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

  6. A TiO2/CNT coaxial structure and standing CNT array laminated photocatalyst to enhance the photolysis efficiency of TiO2.

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    Wang, Gou-Jen; Lee, Ming-Way; Chen, Yi-Hong

    2008-01-01

    In this study a TiO2/CNT coaxial structure and standing CNT array laminated photocatalyst to enhance the photolysis efficiency of TiO2 is presented. An electrochemical bath that used a nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide membrane as the separation grating to separate two vessels with a transmembrane concentration gradient was constructed. The catalyzed photolysis efficiency was measured in terms of the photolysis-induced ion current. The experimental results demonstrate that the photolysis efficiency of TiO2 could be increased by the high electron conductibility of the standing CNT array. The experimental results also indicate that photolysis efficiency could be enhanced by increasing the height of the standing CNT array substrate; however, it degraded as the thickness of the TiO2/CNT coaxial structure and the TiO2 shell increased.

  7. Photoelectrical properties of Ag2S quantum dot-modified TiO2 nanorod arrays and their application for photovoltaic devices.

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    Liu, Bingkun; Wang, Dejun; Zhang, Yu; Fan, Haimei; Lin, Yanhong; Jiang, Tengfei; Xie, Tengfeng

    2013-02-14

    Vertically aligned TiO(2) nanorod arrays (NRAs) modified with Ag(2)S quantum dots (QDs) have been successfully prepared via a successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) process. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectra and surface photovoltage (SPV) measurements reveal that the Ag(2)S sensitization extends the range of the photoresponse of the TiO(2) NRAs to the visible region and exhibits higher photovoltage responses. With a polysulfide electrolyte, a maximum conversion efficiency of 0.148% with a superior J(sc) of 1.177 mA cm(-2) are obtained after 6 SILAR cycles under illumination at 100 mW cm(-2). These results indicate that the Ag(2)S QDs/TiO(2) NRAs photoelectrode has a promising application in solar cells.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  9. Structural and optical characterization of electrodeposited CdSe in mesoporous anatase TiO2 for regenerative quantum-dot-sensitized solar cells.

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    Sauvage, Frédéric; Davoisne, Carine; Philippe, Laetitia; Elias, Jamil

    2012-10-05

    We investigated CdSe-sensitized TiO(2) solar cells by means of electrodeposition under galvanostatic control. The electrodeposition of CdSe within the mesoporous film of TiO(2) gives rise to a uniform, thickness controlled, conformal layer of nanostructured CdSe particles intimately wrapping the anatase TiO(2) nanoparticles. This technique has the advantage of providing not only a fast method for sensitization ( < 5 min) but also being easily scalable to the sensitization of large-area panels. XRD together with SAED analysis highlight that the deposit of CdSe is exclusively constituted of the hexagonal polymorph. In addition, hierarchical growth has also been shown, starting from the formation of a TiO(2)-CdSe core-shell structure followed by the growth of an assembly of CdSe nanoparticles resembling cauliflowers. This assembly exhibits at its core a mosaic texture with crystallites of about 3 nm in size, in contrast to a shell composed of well-crystallized single crystals between 5 and 10 nm in size. Preliminary results on the photovoltaic performance of such a nanostructured composite of TiO(2) and CdSe show 0.8% power conversion efficiency under A.M.1.5 G conditions-100 mW cm(-2) in association with a new regenerative redox couple based on cobalt(+III/+II) polypyridil complex (V(oc ) = 485 mV, J(sc ) = 4.26 mA cm (-2), ff=0.37).

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Surface Properties and Catalytic Performance of Activated Carbon Fibers Supported TiO2 Photocatalyst

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    Yang, Huifen; Fu, Pingfeng

    Activated carbon fibers supported TiO2 photocatalyst (TiO2/ACF) in felt-form was successfully prepared with a dip-coating process using organic silicon modified acrylate copolymer as a binder followed by calcination at 500°C in a stream of Ar gas. The photocatalyst was characterized by SEM, XRD, XPS, FTIR, and BET surface area. Most of carbon fibers were coated with uniformly distributed TiO2 clusters of nearly 100 nm. The loaded TiO2 layer was particulate for the organic binder in the compact film was carbonized. According to XPS and FTIR analysis, amorphous silica in carbon grains was synthesized after carbonizing organic silicon groups, and the Ti-O-Si bond was formed between the interface of loaded TiO2 and silica. Additionally, the space between adjacent carbon fibers still remained unfilled after TiO2 coating, into which both UV light and polluted solutions could penetrate to form a three-dimensional environment for photocatalytic reactions. While loaded TiO2 amount increased to 456 mg TiO2/1 g ACF, the TiO2/ACF catalyst showed its highest photocatalytic activity, and this activity only dropped about 10% after 12 successive runs, exhibiting its high fixing stability of coated TiO2.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. Photocatalytic degradation properties of V-doped TiO2 to automobile exhaust.

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    Wang, Tong; Shen, Dongya; Xu, Tao; Jiang, Ruiling

    2017-05-15

    To improve the photocatalytic degradation properties of titanium dioxide (TiO2) used as raw materials for purifying automobile exhaust (AE), the vanadium (V)-doped TiO2 samples were prepared. The photocatalytic degradation efficiencies of V-doped TiO2 to each component in AE were evaluated under ultraviolet (UV) and visible light irradiation, respectively. Results indicated that the photocatalytic activity of V-doped TiO2 to AE was higher than that of pure TiO2, and the optimal V dopant content of TiO2 was 1.0% under UV light irradiation. The degradation efficiencies of V-doped TiO2 to NOx and HC were higher than those to CO2 and CO in AE because of the reversible reaction between CO2 and CO. In addition, it was found that the photocatalytic degradation efficiencies of V-doped TiO2 to each component in AE were also increased under visible light irradiation. The V-doped TiO2 also showed higher degradation efficiencies to NOx and HC than those to CO2 and CO under visible light irradiation. The V doped TiO2 presented higher photocatalytic activity to CO2 than that to CO, but the reversible reaction between CO and CO2 was not found under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic reactions of pure and V-doped TiO2 samples to each component in AE followed the first order kinetic pathway under the two light irradiations. It is concluded that the V doping is a feasible method to improve the photocatalytic degradation properties of TiO2 to AE for air purification, developing a sustainable environmental purification technology based on TiO2 materials.

  17. Hyaluronic acid immobilization on the poly-allylamine coated nano-network TiO2 surface.

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    Shim, Jae-Won; Lee, Kang; Jeong, Moon-Jin; Jung, Sang-Chul; Kim, Byung-Hoon

    2011-08-01

    Recently, biocompatibility report revealed that the TiO2 nano-network (TiO2 NT) structure has much higher cells colonization than the native TiO2 on Ti surface. In this study, we prepared the hyaluronic acid (HA) immobilized TiO2 NT layer by plasma surface modification and then evaluated biological behavior of MC3T3-E1 on the Ti, TiO2 NT and TiO2 NT/NH2/HA surface. The cell viability tests revealed slightly enhanced viability on the TiO2 NT/NH2/HA surfaces than on the untreated Ti surfaces.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Photocatalytic degradation of monoethanolamine in wastewater using nanosized TiO2 loaded on clinoptilolite

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    Khodadoust, Saeid; Sheini, Azarmidokht; Armand, Nezam

    2012-06-01

    The use of titanium dioxide (TiO2) as photocatalyst to degrade the organic compounds is an effective method of oxidation process and has been widely studied in environmental engineering. In this investigation photocatalytic degradation of monoethanolamine (MEA) using TiO2 (in form of anatase) loaded on surface of clinoptilolite (CP) (TiO2-CP) in wastewater was studied. The surface interaction between TiO2 and CP was investigated by means of transmission electron microscope (TEM), atom force microscope (AFM), IR and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Then the effects of some parameters such as pH, amount of photocatalyst, and initial concentration of MEA on degradation percentage of MEA were examined. The obtained results show that the TiO2-CP is an active photocatalyst as compared with TiO2 nanopowders. All these results indicated that this proposed method can be useful for the development of wastewater treatment applications.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

    2012-12-12

    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.

  7. 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.

  8. Effect of TiO2 pigment gradation on the properties of thermal insulation coatings

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    Shen, Lu-wei; Zhang, Ya-mei; Zhang, Pei-gen; Shi, Jin-jie; Sun, Zheng-ming

    2016-12-01

    This study was designed to evaluate the thermal performance and mechanical properties of coatings with different gradations of TiO2 pigments. The solar reflectance, cooling performance, wash resistance, and film adhesion strength of the coatings were investigated. The influence of TiO2 powder gradation on the final properties of the coatings was studed. The solar reflectance and the thermal insulation were observed to increase with increasing content of nanosized TiO2. The mechanical properties of the coatings, such as their wash resistance and film adhesion strength, were observed to increase with increased incorporation of nanosized TiO2. Such improvements in the properties of the coatings were attributed to the greater specific surface area and lower thermal conductivity of nanosized TiO2 particles compared to normal TiO2 particles.

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

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

    2013-02-01

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Photocatalytical removal of fluorouracil using TiO2-P25 and N/S doped TiO2 catalysts: A kinetic and mechanistic study.

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    Koltsakidou, Α; Antonopoulou, M; Εvgenidou, Ε; Konstantinou, I; Giannakas, A E; Papadaki, M; Bikiaris, D; Lambropoulou, D A

    2017-02-01

    In the present study, the photocatalytic activity of TiO2-based photocatalysts toward degradation and mineralization of the anti-cancer drug 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) in aqueous phase was investigated under simulated solar and visible irradiation. Commercial TiO2 (P25) and N/S-doped TiO2 catalysts synthesized by a simple sol-gel method were used as photocatalysts. TiO2 P-25 was found to be the most photoactive catalyst for the removal of 5-FU, under simulated solar irradiation. Among N/S-doped TiO2 catalysts, the one with molar Ti:N/S ratio equal to 0.5 was the most efficient under simulated solar irradiation. In contrast, under visible irradiation the catalyst with equimolar Ti:N/S ratio showed the highest performance for the removal of 5-FU. Scavenging experiments revealed that HO radicals and h(+) were the major reactive species mediating photocatalytic degradation of 5-FU using TiO2 P-25 and N/S-doped TiO2 catalysts, under simulated solar irradiation. On the other hand, the essential contribution of (1)O2 and O2(-) in the degradation of 5-FU under visible light was proved. The transformation products (TPs) of 5-FU, were identified by LC-MS-TOF suggesting that defluorination followed by hydroxylation and oxidation are the main transformation pathways, under all the studied photocatalytic systems.

  13. Photocatalytic degradation of phenol by visible light-responsive iron-doped TiO2 and spontaneous sedimentation of the TiO2 particles.

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    Nahar, Mst Shamsun; Hasegawa, Kiyoshi; Kagaya, Shigehiro

    2006-12-01

    Fe-doped TiO2 was prepared by the calcination of Fe(x)TiS(2) (x=0, 0.002, 0.005, 0.008, 0.01) and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra. All the Fe-doped TiO2 were composed of an anatase crystal form and showed red shifts to a longer wavelength. The activity of the Fe-doped TiO2 for the degradation of phenol was investigated by varying the iron content during UV (365nm) and visible light (405nm and 436nm) irradiation. The degradation rate depended on the Fe content and the Fe-doped TiO2 was responsive to the visible light as well as the elevated activity toward UV light. The molar ratio of 0.005 was the optimum for both the UV and visible light irradiations. The result was discussed on the basis of the balance of the excited electron-hole trap by the doped Fe(3+) and their charge recombination on the doped Fe(3+) level. The Fe-doped TiO2 (x=0.005) was more active than P25 TiO2 under solar light irradiation. The suspended Fe-doped TiO2 spontaneously precipitated once the stirring of the reaction mixture was terminated.

  14. 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.

  15. Tunable TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Flexible Bio-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    2012-08-01

    Tunable TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Flexible Bio-Sensitized Solar Cells by Joshua J. Martin, Mark H. Griep, Anit Giri, Samuel G. Hirsch... Tio2 Nanotube Arrays for Flexible Bio-Sensitized Solar Cells 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 6. AUTHOR(S...pathway vs. TiO2 nanoparticles in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) designs. TiNT arrays prepared by electrochemical anodization of Ti foils and

  16. [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.

  17. Rapid detection of TiO2 (E171) in table sugar using Raman spectroscopy.

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    Tan, Chen; Zhao, Bin; Zhang, Zhiyun; He, Lili

    2017-02-01

    The potential toxic effects of titanium dioxide (TiO2) to humans remain debatable despite its broad application as a food additive. Thus, confirmation of the existence of TiO2 particles in food matrices and subsequently quantifying them are becoming increasingly critical. This study developed a facile, rapid (< 30 min) and highly reliable method to detect and quantify TiO2 particles (E171) from food products (e.g., table sugar) by Raman spectroscopy. To detect TiO2 particles from sugar solution, sequential centrifugation and washing procedures were effectively applied to separate and recover 97% of TiO2 particles from the sugar solution. The peak intensity of TiO2 sensitively responded to the concentration of TiO2 with a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.073 mg kg(-1). In the case of sugar granules, a mapping technique was applied to directly estimate the level of TiO2, which can be potentially used for rapid online monitoring. The plot of averaged intensity to TiO2 concentration in the sugar granules exhibited a good linear relationship in the wide range of 5-2000 mg kg(-1), with an LOD of 8.46 mg kg(-1). Additionally, we applied Raman spectroscopy to prove the presence of TiO2 in sugar-coated doughnuts. This study begins to fill in the analytical gaps that exist regarding the rapid detection and quantification of TiO2 in food, which facilitate the risk assessment of TiO2 through food exposure.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. Fabrication of CaO-NaO-SiO(2)/TiO (2) scaffolds for surgical applications.

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    Wren, A W; Coughlan, A; Smale, K E; Misture, S T; Mahon, B P; Clarkin, O M; Towler, M R

    2012-12-01

    A series of titanium (Ti) based glasses were formulated (0.62 SiO(2)-0.14 Na(2)O-0.24 CaO, with 0.05 mol% TiO(2) substitutions for SiO(2)) to develop glass/ceramic scaffolds for bone augmentation. Glasses were initially characterised using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and particle size analysis, where the starting materials were amorphous with 4.5 μm particles. Hot stage microscopy and high temperature XRD were used to determine the sintering temperature (~700 °C) and any crystalline phases present in this region (Na(2)Ca(3)Si(6)O(16), combeite and quartz). Hardness testing revealed that the Ti-free control (ScC-2.4 GPa) had a significantly lower hardness than the Ti-containing materials (Sc1 and Sc2 ~6.6 GPa). Optical microscopy determined pore sizes ranging from 544 to 955 μm. X-ray microtomography calculated porosity from 87 to 93 % and surface area measurements ranging from 2.5 to 3.3 SA/mm(3). Cytotoxicity testing (using mesenchymal stem cells) revealed that all materials encouraged cell proliferation, particularly the higher Ti-containing scaffolds over 24-72 h.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

    2013-03-05

    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.

  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. 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.

  6. 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

  7. TiO2 micro-devices fabricated by laser direct writing.

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    Wang, Yongsheng; Miao, Junjie; Tian, Ye; Guo, Chuanfei; Zhang, Jianming; Ren, Tianling; Liu, Qian

    2011-08-29

    Constructing micro/nanostructures based on TiO2 has attracted increasing attention due to the excellent properties of TiO2. In this study, we report a simple method to directly fabricate TiO2 micro-devices, including Fresnel lens, gear structures and suspended beams only by laser direct writing and selective-etching processing. This route shows great potential in fabricating TiO2 structures for micro-electro-mechanical systems, diffractive optical elements and bio-applications, owing to its maskless process, low cost, and flexible dry/wet alternative etching treatment.

  8. Determination of electron and hole lifetimes of rutile and anatase TiO2 single crystals

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    Yamada, Yasuhiro; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2012-09-01

    The dynamical behavior of photoexcited states of TiO2 governs the activities of TiO2-based solar cells and photocatalysts. We determined the lifetimes of photoexcited electrons and holes in rutile and anatase TiO2 single crystals by combining advantages of time-resolved photoluminescence, photoconductance, and transient absorption spectroscopy. Electrons and holes in rutile show exponential decays with the lifetime of a few tens of nanoseconds, while non-exponential decays are observed in anatase, indicating the presence of multiple carrier trapping processes. We revealed the generic features of the carrier recombination processes in rutile and anatase TiO2.

  9. Atomic-scale investigation of a new phase transformation process in TiO2 nanofibers.

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    Lei, Yimin; Li, Jian; Wang, Zhan; Sun, Jun; Chen, Fuyi; Liu, Hongwei; Ma, Xiaohua; Liu, Zongwen

    2017-03-21

    Crystallography of phase transformation combining transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with in situ heating techniques and X-ray diffraction (XRD) can provide critical information regarding solid-state phase transitions and the transition-induced interfaces in TiO2 nanomaterials theoretically and experimentally. Two types of reduced titanium oxides (Ti3O5, Ti6O11) are found during ex situ and in situ heating of TiO2 (B) nanofibers with a specific morphology of the {100} single form (SF) in air and vacuum. The results indicate that the phase transformation process from TiO2 (B) follows the TiO2 (B) → Ti3O5 → Ti6O11 → anatase sequence for the nanofibers with the {100} SF. The occurrence of such a phase transition is selective to the morphology of TiO2 (B) nanofibers. The corresponding orientation relationships (COR) between the four phases are revealed according to the TEM characterization. Four types of coherent interfaces, following the CORs are also found. They are TiO2 (B)/Ti3O5, TiO2 (B)/Ti6O11, Ti6O11/anatase and TiO2 (B)/anatase respectively. The habit plane for the TiO2 (B) to Ti3O5 transition is calculated as the {100}TB by using the invariant line model. The detailed atomic transformation mechanism is elucidated based on the crystallographic features of the four phases.

  10. 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.

  11. Influence of TiO2 nanostructures on the optical absorption of organic-inorganic perovskite

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    Liu, Zongyi; Ye, Mao; Ostrowski, Michel; Yi, Ya Sha

    2016-04-01

    This work aims to reveal the strong influence of TiO2 nanostructures on the light absorption property of TiO2 and perovskite mixture. Three TiO2 nanostructures, i.e., nanoparticles (S1), ultrapure nanorods (S2), and ultrasmall nanorods (S3), were studied: S1 was selected as a baseline; S2 and S3 were synthesized from S1 by using modified hydrothermal processes. Mesoporous TiO2 thin films were spin-coated from solutions containing these TiO2 nanorods and nanoparticles (S1 as baseline). Organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite CH3NH3PbI3 was then incorporated into these mesoporous TiO2 thin films. Optical absorption results showed that the perovskite mixture with ultrasmall TiO2 nanostructures (S3) has significantly higher optical absorption coefficient. Finite-difference time domain models were built based on three distinct nanostructures of TiO2 and CH3NH3PbI3 mixtures fabricated (S1 to S3) to understand their optical absorption properties. Our work is promising to fabricate TiO2 nanostructures, as a backbone structure, for a series of applications including photovoltaics and photodetection.

  12. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of 1D TiO2 nanostructures.

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

    2014-01-01

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

  13. AC conductivity studies of Fe doped TiO2 nanotubes

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    Vijayan, P. P.; Thomas, M.; George, K. C.

    2015-02-01

    Fe-doped TiO2 nanotubes are prepared by the combination of sol-gel process with hydrothermal treatment. The morphology and crystalline structure of TiO2 nanotubes are characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction respectively (XRD). Fe doping induces a structural transformation from anatase to rutile. The temperature dependence of the ac electrical conductivity is investigated in the temperature range 303-413 K. Positive temperature coefficient of resistance is observed in the Fe doped TiO2 nanotubes. PL spectrum shows the presence of oxygen vacancies and self trapped excitons in Fe doped TiO2 nanotubes and undoped samples.

  14. Optical absorption and electrical transport in hybrid TiO2 and polymer nanocomposite films

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    Zhou, Xi-Song; Li, Zheng; Wang, Ning; Lin, Yuan-Hua; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2006-06-01

    Hybrid nanofilms of poly(2-methoxy-5-ethylhexyloxy-1,4-phenylene)vinylene (MEH-PPV) and anatase-TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared. The results showed that the optical absorption spectra and electrical transport properties of the TiO2/MEH-PPV nanocomposite films were strongly dependent on the particle size and concentration of TiO2 nanoparticles in the hybrid films. In comparison with pure TiO2 nanofilms, the hybrid TiO2/MEH-PPV films presented a shift of the absorption edge to the lower-energy region, and an obvious nonlinear current-voltage characteristic.

  15. The electronic and optical properties of Eu/Si-codoped anatase TiO2 photocatalyst

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    Lin, Yanming; Jiang, Zhenyi; Hu, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Xiaodong; Fan, Jun

    2012-03-01

    The electronic and optical properties of Eu/Si-codoped anatase TiO2 are investigated using the density functional theory. The calculated results show that the synergistic effects of Eu/Si codoping can effectively extend the optical absorption edge, which can lead to higher visible-light photocatalytic activities than pure anatase TiO2. To verify the reliability of our calculated results, nanocrystalline Eu/Si-codoped TiO2 is prepared by a sol-gel-solvothermal method, and the experimental results also indicate that the codoping sample exhibits better absorption performance and higher photocatalytic activities than pure TiO2.

  16. Alternative structure of TiO2 with higher energy valence band edge

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    Coh, Sinisa; Yu, Peter Y.; Aoki, Yuta; Saito, Susumu; Louie, Steven G.; Cohen, Marvin L.

    2017-02-01

    We propose an alternative structure of TiO2 anatase that has a higher energy oxygen p -like valence band maximum than pristine TiO2 anatase and thus has a much better alignment with the water splitting levels. This alternative structure is unique when considering a large subspace of possible structural distortions of TiO2 anatase. We propose two routes towards this state and argue that one of them might have been realized in the recently discovered so-called black TiO2.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of Ag doped TiO2 heterojunction films and their photocatalytic performances

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    Demirci, Selim; Dikici, Tuncay; Yurddaskal, Metin; Gultekin, Serdar; Toparli, Mustafa; Celik, Erdal

    2016-12-01

    In this study, undoped and silver (Ag) doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) films were successfully synthesized by sol-gel spin coating technique on the Si substrates. Photocatalytic activities of the TiO2 films with different Ag content were investigated for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV light irradiation. The crystal phase structure, surface morphology, chemical and optical properties of Ag-doped TiO2 films were characterized using an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis spectrophotometer, and FTIR spectrophotometer. The results showed that the Ag-doped TiO2 films calcined at 500 °C had the crystalline anatase phases and the surface morphologies with some cracks. Ag substitution into TiO2 matrix enhanced the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 films under UV light irradiation as compared to the undoped TiO2 film. Furthermore, the results indicated that the 0.7% Ag doped TiO2 film exhibited a superior photocatalytic activity than that of undoped and other Ag-doped TiO2 films. This study demonstrated the potential of an application of Ag doped films to efficiently treat dissolved organic contaminants in water.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

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

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    Zhao, Cong; Zhu, Dachuan; Cao, Shixiu

    2016-02-01

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

  1. Effects of oxygen vacancy on 3d transition-metal doped anatase TiO2: First principles calculations

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

    2016-03-01

    In this work, systematic study of the formation energy, crystalline and electronic structures of 3d transition metal (Sc, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) doped anatase TiO2 specimens with and without oxygen vacancy has been carried out by the first principles calculations. The impurity states located at the band gaps enhance the visible light absorption, and the oxygen vacancy result in the EF move into the CB for some doped systems, which induce the Ti3+ ions and promote the separation of photogenerated carriers. Doping and oxygen vacancy can change the hybrid strength and MP value of TMsbnd O bonding which has the approximately linearly with the band gap.

  2. 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.

  3. Growth Morphologies of Nanostructured Rutile TiO2

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    Huang, Yuan-Sheng; Liu, Hong-Wei

    2014-04-01

    The morphological and structural characteristics of nanostructure rutile TiO2 were investigated by using x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, electron diffraction, conventional and high resolution transmission electron microscopy. As a product of the precursor template of hydrogen titanate nanofibers, rutile could exhibit forms like tree, sheaf, or bundle. Both the branch and trunk of tree-like rutile have the same growth axis of [001]. The sheaf-like rutile forms while it grows along both [001] and [] directions. The bundle-like rutile grows along only one [001] direction. Tree-like morphology of nanocrystals rutile is revealed to be controlled by (101) twin structure. Twin formation is a possible mechanism to decrease the density of defects and reduce the system energy as the crystal grows.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Surface structures of rutile TiO2(114)

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    Kubo, Toshitaka; Orita, Hideo; Nozoye, Hisakazu

    2016-11-01

    The surface structures of rutile TiO2(114) have been studied using a combination of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Depending on the sample preparation, the surface exhibits many complicated local nanostructures, e.g., dot-like, missing row, row-like (1 × 3), and twin dotted (2 × 2) structures. After several cycles of sputtering and high-temperature annealing, all samples exhibit triangular pyramidal structure. Microfaceted structural models, which are composed of combinations of {111} and (001) microfacets, can explain all experimental results as well as the structural variety. The calculated STM images are in good agreement with the experimental results. The decreasing density of dangling bonds, the increasing coordination number, and the evolution of non-polar structures stabilize the surface energy, which results in the microfaceted reconstructions. The formation of various nanostructures and the surface stoichiometric changes are discussed.

  7. Structure and stability of small TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Hamad, S; Catlow, C R A; Woodley, S M; Lago, S; Mejías, J A

    2005-08-25

    The effect of the nanostructure on the photochemistry of TiO2 is an active field of research owing to its applications in photocatalysis and photovoltaics. Despite this interest, little is known of the structure of small particles of this oxide with sizes at the nanometer length scale. Here we present a computational study that locates the global minima in the potential energy surface of Ti(n)O2n clusters with n = 1-15. The search procedure does not refer to any of the known TiO2 polymorphs, and is based on a novel combination of simulated annealing and Monte Carlo basin hopping simulations, together with genetic algorithm techniques, with the energy calculated by means of an interatomic potential. The application of several different methods increases our confidence of having located the global minimum. The stable structures are then refined by means of density functional theory calculations. The results from the two techniques are similar, although the methods based on interatomic potentials are unable to describe some subtle effects. The agreement is especially good for the larger particles, with n = 9-15. For these sizes the structures are compact, with a preference for a central octahedron and a surrounding layer of 4- and 5-fold coordinated Ti atoms, although there seems to be some energy penalty for particles containing the 5-fold coordinated metal atoms with square base pyramid geometry and dangling Ti=O bonds. The novel structures reported provide the basis for further computational studies of the effect of nanostructure on adsorption, photochemistry, and nucleation of this material.

  8. Water diffusion on TiO2 anatase surface

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    Agosta, L.; Gala, F.; Zollo, G.

    2015-06-01

    Compatibility between biological molecules and inorganic materials, such as crystalline metal oxides, is strongly dependent on the selectivity properties and the adhesion processes at the interface between the two systems. Among the many different aspects that affect the adsorption processes of peptides or proteins onto inorganic surfaces, such as the charge state of the amino acids, the peptide 3D structure, the surface roughness, the presence of vacancies or defects on and below the surface, a key role is certainly played by the water solvent whose molecules mediate the interaction. Then the surface hydration pattern may strongly affect the adsorption behavior of biological molecules. For the particular case of (101) anatase TiO2 surface that has a fundamental importance in the interaction of biocompatible nano-devices with biological environment, it was shown, both theoretically and experimentally, that various hydration patterns are close in energy and that the water molecules are mobile at as low temperature values as 190 K. Then it is important to understand the dynamical behavior of first hydration layer of the (101) anatase surface. As a first approach to this problem, density functional calculations are used to investigate water diffusion on the (101) anatase TiO2 surface by sampling the potential energy surface of water molecules of the first hydration layer thus calculating the water molecule migration energy along some relevant diffusion paths on the (101) surface. The measured activation energy of water migration seems in contrast with the observed surface mobility of the water molecules that, as a consequence could be explained invoking a strong role of the entropic term in the context of the transition state theory.

  9. TiO2@carbon core/shell nanofibers: Controllable preparation and enhanced visible photocatalytic properties

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    Zhang, Peng; Shao, Changlu; Zhang, Zhenyi; Zhang, Mingyi; Mu, Jingbo; Guo, Zengcai; Liu, Yichun

    2011-07-01

    TiO2@carbon core/shell nanofibers (TiO2@C NFs) with different thinkness of carbon layers (from 2 to 8 nm) were fabricated by combining the electrospinning technique and hydrothermal method. The results showed that a uniform graphite carbon layer was formed around the electrospun TiO2 nanofiber via C-O-Ti bonds. By adjusting the hydrothermal fabrication parameters, the thickness of carbon layer could be easily controlled. Furthermore, the TiO2@C NFs had remarkable light absorption in the visible region. The photocatalytic studies revealed that the TiO2@C NFs exhibited enhanced photocatalytic efficiency of photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RB) compared with the pure TiO2 nanofibers under visible light irradiation, which might be attributed to high separation efficiency of photogenerated electrons and holes based on the synergistic effect between carbon as a sensitizer and TiO2 with one dimension structure. Notably, the TiO2@C NFs could be easily recycled due to their one-dimensional nanostructural property.TiO2@carbon core/shell nanofibers (TiO2@C NFs) with different thinkness of carbon layers (from 2 to 8 nm) were fabricated by combining the electrospinning technique and hydrothermal method. The results showed that a uniform graphite carbon layer was formed around the electrospun TiO2 nanofiber via C-O-Ti bonds. By adjusting the hydrothermal fabrication parameters, the thickness of carbon layer could be easily controlled. Furthermore, the TiO2@C NFs had remarkable light absorption in the visible region. The photocatalytic studies revealed that the TiO2@C NFs exhibited enhanced photocatalytic efficiency of photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RB) compared with the pure TiO2 nanofibers under visible light irradiation, which might be attributed to high separation efficiency of photogenerated electrons and holes based on the synergistic effect between carbon as a sensitizer and TiO2 with one dimension structure. Notably, the TiO2@C NFs could be easily recycled due to their one-dimensional nanostructural property. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: See DOI: 10.1039/c1nr10269a

  10. Flame-made ultra-porous TiO2 layers for perovskite solar cells

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    Osorio Mayon, Yahuitl; Duong, The; Nasiri, Noushin; White, Thomas P.; Tricoli, Antonio; Catchpole, Kylie R.

    2016-12-01

    We report methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) solar cells with an ultra-porous TiO2 electron transport layer fabricated using sequential flame aerosol and atomic layer depositions of porous and compact TiO2 layers. Flame aerosol pyrolysis allows rapid deposition of nanostructured and ultra-porous TiO2 layers that could be easily scaled-up for high-throughput low-cost industrial solar cell production. An efficiency of 13.7% was achieved with a flame-made nanostructured and ultra-porous TiO2 electrode that was coated with a compact 2 nm TiO2 layer. This demonstrates that MAPbI3 solar cells with a flame-made porous TiO2 layer can have a comparable efficiency to that of the control MAPbI3 solar cell with the well-established spin-coated porous TiO2 layer. The combination of flame aerosol and atomic layer deposition provides precise control of the TiO2 porosity. Notably, the porosity of the as-deposited flame-made TiO2 layers was 97% which was then fine-tuned down to 87%, 56% and 35% by varying the thickness of the subsequent compact TiO2 coating step. The effects of the decrease in porosity on the device performance are discussed. It is also shown that MAPbI3 easily infiltrates into the flame-made porous TiO2 nanostructure thanks to their high porosity and large pore size.

  11. Flame-made ultra-porous TiO2 layers for perovskite solar cells.

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    Mayon, Yahuitl Osorio; Duong, The; Nasiri, Noushin; White, Thomas P; Tricoli, Antonio; Catchpole, Kylie R

    2016-12-16

    We report methyl ammonium lead iodide (MAPbI3) solar cells with an ultra-porous TiO2 electron transport layer fabricated using sequential flame aerosol and atomic layer depositions of porous and compact TiO2 layers. Flame aerosol pyrolysis allows rapid deposition of nanostructured and ultra-porous TiO2 layers that could be easily scaled-up for high-throughput low-cost industrial solar cell production. An efficiency of 13.7% was achieved with a flame-made nanostructured and ultra-porous TiO2 electrode that was coated with a compact 2 nm TiO2 layer. This demonstrates that MAPbI3 solar cells with a flame-made porous TiO2 layer can have a comparable efficiency to that of the control MAPbI3 solar cell with the well-established spin-coated porous TiO2 layer. The combination of flame aerosol and atomic layer deposition provides precise control of the TiO2 porosity. Notably, the porosity of the as-deposited flame-made TiO2 layers was 97% which was then fine-tuned down to 87%, 56% and 35% by varying the thickness of the subsequent compact TiO2 coating step. The effects of the decrease in porosity on the device performance are discussed. It is also shown that MAPbI3 easily infiltrates into the flame-made porous TiO2 nanostructure thanks to their high porosity and large pore size.

  12. Visible-light-induced photoelectrochemical behaviors of Fe-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Xu, Zhihua; Yu, Jiaguo

    2011-08-01

    Fe-modified TiO(2) nanotube arrays (TiO(2) NTs) were prepared by annealing amorphous TiO(2) NTs whose surface was covered with Fe(3+) by a dip-coating procedure, and characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV-visible reflectance spectroscopy. The photoelectrochemical properties were evaluated by the photocurrent response and photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) degradation of methylene orange (MO) and 4-chlorophenol in water under visible-light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). The results showed that a Fe-modified TiO(2) NTs electrode exhibited a larger photocurrent response and higher PEC activity for the degradation of organic pollutants than a pure TiO(2) NTs electrode. At a bias potential of 0.4 V, the photocurrent response of a 0.5 M Fe-modified TiO(2) NTs electrode exceeded that of a pure TiO(2) NTs electrode by a factor of about 10, and the PEC degradation rates of MO and 4-chlorophenol on a 0.5 M Fe-modified TiO(2) NTs electrode exceeded those on a pure TiO(2) NTs electrode by a factor of about 2.5. The larger photocurrent response and higher PEC activity of Fe-modified TiO(2) NTs could be attributed to the enhancement of separation of charge-carriers at the external electric field and the extension of the light response range of TiO(2) to the visible-light region with the narrowing of the band gap.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Tunable Pseudocapacitance in 3D TiO2-δ Nanomembranes Enabling Superior Lithium Storage Performance.

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    Huang, Shaozhuan; Zhang, Lin; Lu, Xueyi; Liu, Lifeng; Liu, Lixiang; Sun, Xiaolei; Yin, Yin; Oswald, Steffen; Zou, Zhaoyong; Ding, Fei; Schmidt, Oliver G

    2017-01-24

    Nanostructured TiO2 of different polymorphs, mostly prepared by hydro/solvothermal methods, have been extensively studied for more than a decade as anode materials in lithium ion batteries. Enormous efforts have been devoted to improving the electrical conductivity and lithium ion diffusivity in chemically synthesized TiO2 nanostructures. In this work we demonstrate that 3D Ti(3+)-self-doped TiO2 (TiO2-δ) nanomembranes, which are prepared by physical vapor deposition combined with strain-released rolled-up technology, have a great potential to address several of the long-standing challenges associated with TiO2 anodes. The intrinsic electrical conductivity of the TiO2 layer can be significantly improved by the in situ generated Ti(3+), and the amorphous, thin TiO2 nanomembrane provides a shortened Li(+) diffusion pathway. The fabricated material shows a favorable electrochemical reaction mechanism for lithium storage. Further, post-treatments are employed to adjust the Ti(3+) concentration and crystallinity degree in TiO2 nanomembranes, providing an opportunity to investigate the important influences of Ti(3+) self-doping and amorphous structures on the electrochemical processes. With these experiments, the pseudocapacitance contributions in TiO2 nanomembranes with different crystallinity degree are quantified and verified by an in-depth kinetics analysis. Additionally, an ultrathin metallic Ti layer can be included, which further improves the lithium storage properties of the TiO2, giving rise to the state-of-the-art capacity (200 mAh g(-1) at 1 C), excellent rate capability (up to 50 C), and ultralong lifetime (for 5000 cycles at 10 C, with an extraordinary retention of 100%) of TiO2 anodes.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. Open-ended TiO2 nanotubes formed by two-step anodization and their application in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Yip, Cho-Tung; Guo, Min; Huang, Haitao; Zhou, Limin; Wang, Yu; Huang, Chuanjun

    2012-01-21

    We demonstrate a simple method to fabricate open-ended TiO(2) nanotube (NT) based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), where the NTs are attached to either TiO(2) nanorods (NRs) grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) or FTO directly by nanoparticles (NPs). A completely hole-through TiO(2) NT layer is fabricated via a two-step anodization with heat treatment immediately after the first anodization. DSSCs with the open-ended NTs show better photovoltaic performance than those with close-ended NTs, due to the enhanced charge transport in the open-ended structure. Under optimum conditions, DSSCs fabricated with the open-ended NT layer exhibit a short circuit current density (J(sc)) of 19.10 mA cm(-2), an open circuit voltage (V(oc)) of 0.68 V, a fill factor (FF) of 0.49, and a power conversion efficiency (eff) of 6.3%.

  19. TiO2 photoanode sensitized with nanocrystalline Bi2S3: the effect of sensitization time and annealing on its photovoltaic performance

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    Kulkarni, Anil N.; Rajendra Prasad, M. B.; Pathan, Habib M.; Patil, Rajendra S.

    2016-04-01

    This work deals with the sensitization of the porous TiO2 films of thickness about 4 µm deposited on fluorine-doped tin oxide with nanocrystalline Bi2S3 for photovoltaic application. The sensitization was achieved for four different sensitization times employing chemical solution deposition with bismuth nitrate and sodium thiosulphate as precursors for Bi3+ and S2-, respectively. The unsensitized and sensitized photoelectrodes were characterized using X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy and diffused reflectance spectroscopy. XRD patterns show the signatures of both anatase TiO2 and orthorhombic Bi2S3 in the sensitized photoanodes. However, crystallinity of Bi2S3 increased with increase in sensitization time from 10 to 40 min. The temporal effect of sensitization and annealing on the photovoltaic performance of the solar cells fabricated using four different photoelectrodes was studied using the photocurrent density versus photovoltage curves. Annealing apparently improved the photovoltaic performance of photoanodes. The best performance was obtained for cell fabricated using annealed TiO2/Bi2S3 photoanode after 30 min sensitization time showing V oc ~ 0.37 mV, J sc ~ 0.52 mA/cm2, FF ~ 68 and 0.43 %.

  20. In3+-doped TiO2 and TiO2/In2S3 nanocomposite for photocatalytic and stoichiometric degradations.

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    Stengl, Václav; Opluštil, František; Němec, Tomáš

    2012-01-01

    A novel In(3+)-doped TiO(2) and TiO(2)/In(2)S(3) nanocomposites for photocatalytic degradation of environmental pollutants and stoichiometric degradation of warfare agents were prepared by a homogeneous hydrolysis with urea and thioacetamide, respectively. The prepared samples series TiInTAA were annealed at 600°C. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, IR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, specific surface area (BET) and porosity determination. The method of UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy was employed to estimate band-gap energies. The photocatalytic activity (PCA) was tested by degradation of Orange dye, whereas stoichiometric activity was studied by degradation of sulfur mustard. Incorporation of In(3+) into titania lattice increases PCA of TiO(2) in the visible light and increases stoichiometric decomposition of sulfur mustard against nondoped TiO(2) as well. PCA of TiO(2)/In(2)S(3) composite depends on the optimal ratio of TiO(2):In(2)S(3) in composite, while the activity for stoichiometric decomposition of sulfur mustards depends on the content of In(2)S(3) in nanocomposite.

  1. A novel 3D structure composed of strings of hierarchical TiO2 spheres formed on TiO2 nanobelts with high photocatalytic properties

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    Jiang, Yongjian; Li, Meicheng; Song, Dandan; Li, Xiaodan; Yu, Yue

    2014-03-01

    A novel hierarchical titanium dioxide (TiO2) composite nanostructure with strings of anatase TiO2 hierarchical micro-spheres and rutile nanobelts framework (TiO2 HSN) is successfully synthesized via a one-step hydrothermal method. Particularly, the strings of hierarchical spheres are assembled by very thin TiO2 nanosheets, which are composed of highly crystallized anatase nanocrystals. Meanwhile, the HSN has a large surface area of 191 m2/g, which is about 3 times larger than Degussa P25. More importantly, the photocatalytic activity of HSN and P25 were evaluated by the photocatalytic oxidation decomposition of methyl orange (MO) under UV light illumination, and the TiO2 HSN shows enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with Degussa P25, as result of its continuous hierarchical structures, special conductive channel and large specific surface area. With these features, the hierarchical TiO2 may have more potential applications in the fields of dye-sensitized solar cells and lithium ion batteries.

  2. Analysis of the electron transport properties in dye-sensitized solar cells using highly ordered TiO2 nanotubes and TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Kao, Mu-Jung; Chang, Ho; Cho, Kun-Ching; Kuo, Chin-Guo; Chien, Shu-Hua; Liang, Shi-Sheng

    2012-04-01

    This study uses TiO2 nanoparticles and highly ordered anatase TiO2 nanotubes (AOTnt) as thin film photoanodes for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). DSSCs are assembled by single-layer and double-layer films of photoanodes and their electron transfer performance is compared. TiO2 nanoparticles were fabricated by the sol-gel method, and AOTnts were grown on titanium foil. This study uses TiO2 nanoparticles or AOTnts to prepare single-layer photoanodes and TiO2 nanoparticles coated on an AOTnt film to fabricate double-layer photoanodes. These three different photoanodes are soaked in dye and assembled into DSSCs, and their open-loop voltage recession, electrochemical impedance, lifetime, life cycle, and effective diffusion coefficient are measured. Electron transfer efficiency of the photoanodes and light harvesting efficiency are further analyzed. The results show that the electron transfer efficiency, open-loop voltage recession, lifetime, life cycle, and effective diffusion coefficient of the DSSCs assembled using double-layer photoanodes (AOTnt-TiO2) are superior to those of single-layer photoanodes (TiO2 or AOTnt).

  3. Interference effects in photoacoustic and reflectance spectroscopies on TiO2/Si structures and TiO2 band gap.

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    Conde-Gallardo, A; Cruz-Orea, A; Tomas, S A

    2004-08-01

    Experimental results of photoacoustic (PAS) and reflectance (RS) spectroscopies of titanium dioxide thin films (TiO2), deposited on Si substrates, are compared in a wide optical range including transparent and absorbent regions of TiO2. Due to the fact that the light modulation frequency f used in the photoacoustic experiments was so low that the thermal diffusion length of the TiO2 (mu = 100 microm) is always larger than the thickness of the studied films, the PAS turns out to be complementary to RS over the entire range. The presence of multiple reflection interference effects makes difficult a direct evaluation of the TiO2 band gap from the PAS signal. However, by employing k(lambda) values, obtained from transmission experiments on equivalent TiO2 films deposited on transparent fused quartz substrates, the PAS spectra for the films deposited on silicon are reconstructed by using those theoretical models that consider multiple reflections. The reasonable agreement of the simulated and experimental PAS spectra allows one to obtain reliable Eg values for the TiO2 films deposited on opaque silicon substrates.

  4. 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.

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

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    Wang, Jingang; Yu, Jiemei; Zhu, Xiaoli; Kong, Xiang Zheng

    2012-11-01

    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.

  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. Adsorption properties and photocatalytic activity of TiO2/activated carbon fiber composite

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    Yao, Shuhua; Song, Shuangping; Shi, Zhongliang

    2014-06-01

    Photocatalysts of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and TiO2/activated carbon fiber (TiO2/ACF) composite were prepared by sol-gel method, followed by calcining the pure TiO2 sols and the TiO2/ACF sols at 500°C for 2 h in a N2 atmosphere, respectively. These photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms measurement. Batch experiments were conducted to study the adsorption property of TiO2/ACF composite using methylene blue as adsorbate. The adsorption data obtained from different batch experiments were analyzed using pseudo-second-order kinetic model, the experimental data can be adequately described by the pseudo-second-order equation. The photodecomposition behavior of TiO2/ACF was investigated in aqueous solution using methylene blue as target pollutant. It was found that methylene blue could be removed rapidly from water by TiO2/ACF, the photocatalytic decomposition was obviously improved when the photocatalyst was used. Kinetics analysis revealed that the photocatalytic decomposition reaction can be described well by a first-order rate equation.

  9. Mo + C codoped TiO(2) using thermal oxidation for enhancing photocatalytic activity.

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    Zhang, Jun; Pan, Chunxu; Fang, Pengfei; Wei, Jianhong; Xiong, Rui

    2010-04-01

    The photocatalytic activity of TiO(2) is enhanced mainly through heightening absorption of UV-vis light and improving the separation efficiency of photoinduced electrons and holes. The recent new theoretical research revealed that the TiO(2) codoped with Mo + C is considered to be an optimal doping system. On the basis of this theory, the Mo + C codoped TiO(2) powders were first experimentally synthesized by thermal oxidizing a mixture of TiC and MoO(3) powders in the air. The XRD patterns and the XPS survey spectrum showed that carbon (C) acted as a Ti-O-C band structure and molybdenum (Mo) existed as Mo(6+) in anatase TiO(2). The Mo+C codoped TiO(2) had a 32 nm red shift of the spectrum onset compared with pure anatase TiO(2), and its band gap was reduced from 3.20 to 2.97 eV. The photocurrent of the Mo + C codoped TiO(2) was about 4 times as high as that of pure anatase TiO(2), and its photocatalytic activity on decomposition of methylene blue was enhanced.

  10. Investigating the antifungal activity of TiO2 nanoparticles deposited on branched carbon nanotube arrays

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    Darbari, S.; Abdi, Y.; Haghighi, F.; Mohajerzadeh, S.; Haghighi, N.

    2011-06-01

    Branched carbon nanotube (CNT) arrays were synthesized by plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition on a silicon substrate. Ni was used as the catalyst and played an important role in the realization of branches in vertically aligned nanotubes. TiO2 nanoparticles on the branched CNTs were produced by atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition followed by a 500 °C annealing step. Transmission and scanning electron microscopic techniques were used to study the morphology of the TiO2/branched CNT structures while x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy were used to verify the characteristics of the prepared nanostructures. Their antifungal effect on Candida albicans biofilms under visible light was investigated and compared with the activity of TiO2/CNT arrays and thin films of TiO2. The TiO2/branched CNTs showed a highly improved photocatalytic antifungal activity in comparison with the TiO2/CNTs and TiO2 film. The excellent visible light-induced photocatalytic antifungal activity of the TiO2/branched CNTs was attributed to the generation of electron-hole pairs by visible light excitation with a low recombination rate, in addition to the high surface area provided for the interaction between the cells and the nanostructures. Scanning electron microscopy was used to observe the resulting morphological changes in the cell body of the biofilms existing on the antifungal samples.

  11. 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.

  12. Superstructure of TiO2 Crystalline Nanoparticles Yields Effective Conduction Pathways for Photogenerated Charges.

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    Bian, Zhenfeng; Tachikawa, Takashi; Majima, Tetsuro

    2012-06-07

    Materials with intricate nanostructures display fascinating properties, which have inspired extensive research on the synthesis of materials with controlled structures. In this study, we investigated the properties of superstructures of TiO2 to understand the inter-relationship between structural ordering and photocatalytic performance. The nanoplate anatase TiO2 mesocrystals were chosen as the typical investigation objects, which were newly synthesized by a topotactic structural transformation. The TiO2 mesocrystals displayed the superstructure of crystallographically ordered alignment of anatase TiO2 nanocrystals with high surface area and large high-energy surface {001} planes exposed. The photoconductive atomic force microscopy and time-resolved diffuse reflectance spectroscopy were utilized to determine the charge transport properties of TiO2 mesocrystals, and their features were highlighted by a comparison with reference TiO2 samples, for example, anatase TiO2 nanocrystals with similar surface area and single crystal structure. Consequently, it was found for the first time that such a superstructure of TiO2 could largely enhance charge separation and had remarkably long-lived charges, thereby exhibiting greatly increased photoconductivity and photocatalytic activity.

  13. 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.

  14. Photoassisted NO reduction with NH3 over TiO2 photocatalyst.

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    Tanaka, Tsunehiro; Teramura, Kentaro; Arakaki, Kyoko; Funabiki, Takuzo

    2002-11-21

    Photoassisted selective catalytic reduction of NO with ammonia (photo-SCR) at low temperature over irradiated TiO2 in a flow reactor was confirmed to proceed efficiently and the adsorbed ammonia reacted with NO under irradiation of TiO2.

  15. Preparation of nanorod-like anatase TiO2 nanocrystals and their photovoltaic properties.

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    Zhang, Qinghong; Li, Shuang; Li, Yaogang; Wang, Hongzhi

    2011-12-01

    Anatase TiO2 nanocrystals with the high specific surface area were prepared by the hydrothermal treatment of anatase TiO2 sols at the temperature of 150 degrees C and above. When TiO2 sols with a lower content of TiO2 and at a relatively high pH value were hydrothermal treated, the dispersible and nanorod-like TiO2 nanocrystals were formed via the oriented attachment. The nanorod-like TiO2 nanocrystals with an aspect ratio of larger than 5 and a mean diameter of less than 7 nm were obtained in the absence of organic compounds. The as-prepared TiO2 nanocrystals were characterized with X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and BET surface area techniques. The TiO2 nanostructures were deposited on the FTO conductive glass as the anodic electrode for the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) and assembled into solar cells. The derived solar cells showed a conversion efficiency of 6.12% under 1 sun illumination of simulated sunlight and external quantum efficiency (EQE) of more than 60% at the wavelength of 550 nm. The DSSCs from the anatase nanorods has a higher open circuit voltage compared to the spherical nanocrystals.

  16. Shock induced phase transition of different TiO2 precursors

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    Chen, Pengwan; Gao, Xiang; Liu, Jianjun; Zhou, Qiang

    2011-06-01

    To investigate the effects of phase composition and particle size on shock-induced phase transition of TiO2, different TiO2 precursors including MC-150 TiO2(pure anatase,5nm), P25 TiO2(85% anatase/15% rutile,15nm), T2 TiO2(pure anatase,35nm) and T1 TiO2(pure rutile, 24nm) were impacted by detonation-driven high velocity flyers. Powder X-ray diffraction(XRD) was used to characterize the phase composition of recovered samples. Two types of phase transition were observed, including anatase to rutile transition and anatase to high pressure phase of srilankite transition. The phase transition mechanisms and effects of shock conditions, initial phase composition and particle size were analyzed. Complete transition from anatase to srilankite can be obtained by adjusting the shock conditions. In the case of impacting pure P25 TiO2, anatase to srilankite transition was hardly observed, which may be due to the restraint of initial phase of thermodynamically stable rutile. However, in the case of impacting a mixture of P25 TiO2 and dicyandiamide(C2N4H4) , it is interesting to observe anatase to srilankite transition and the mechanisms was analyzed. National Natural Science Foundation of China

  17. Structural and photocatalytic studies of Mn doped TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Chauhan, Ruby; Kumar, Ashavani; Chaudhary, Ram Pal

    2012-12-01

    Mn-doped TiO(2) nanoparticles (Ti(1-)(x)Mn(x)O(2); where x=0.00-0.10) were synthesized by sol-gel method. The synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and UV-Vis spectrometer. The SEM and TEM micrographs revealed the agglomerated spherical-like morphology and measurements show that the size of crystallites is in the range of 10-20 nm. Optical measurements indicated a red shift in the absorption band edge after Mn doping. Direct allowed band gap of undoped and Mn-doped TiO(2) nanoparticles measured by UV-Vis spectrometer were 3.00 and 2.95 eV at 300 °C, respectively. Photocatalytic activities of TiO(2) and Mn doped TiO(2) were evaluated by irradiating the sample solution of methylene blue (MB) dye under ultraviolet and visible light exposure. It was found that Mn-doped TiO(2) bleaches MB much faster than undoped TiO(2) upon its exposure to the visible light as comparison to ultraviolet light. The experiment demonstrated that the photodegradation efficiency of Mn-doped TiO(2) was significantly higher than that of undoped TiO(2) upon its exposure to visible light.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  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. Structuring a TiO2-based photonic crystal photocatalyst with Schottky junction for efficient photocatalysis.

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    Chen, Huan; Chen, Shuo; Quan, Xie; Zhang, Yaobin

    2010-01-01

    Facile and effective approaches were developed to fabricate the inverse TiO2/Pt opals Schottky structures on the Ti substrate. The as-prepared samples were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectra (DRS), respectively. The results indicate that these samples were of ordered network, which was built by the Pt skeleton frame and the outer TiO2 layer. The TiO2 layer was identified as anatase with the preferential orientation of (101) plane. The experiments of short-circuit photocurrent (SCPC) and photocatalytic degradation of phenol were also conducted under the UV irradiation in order to evaluate the photoactivity of the samples. By tuning the red edge of photonic stop-band overlapping the absorption maximum of anatase (at 360 nm), both the UV absorption and the carrier separation of the samples were improved. The kinetic constant using the optimal inverse TiO2/Pt opals (0.992 h(-1)) was about 1.5 times as great as that of the disordered inverse TiO2/Pt opals (TiO2/Pt-mix) and was 3.3 times as great as that of pristine TiO2 nanocrystalline film (TiO2-nc) on Ti substrate.

  3. 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.

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

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

    2013-11-21

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

  5. Micro-twins TiO2 nanorods grown on seeded ZnO film

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    Zhao, Lei; Xia, Maosheng; Liu, Yuhua; Zheng, Biju; Jiang, Qing; Lian, Jianshe

    2012-04-01

    TiO2 anatase nanorods (NRs) epitaxially grew along the [001] direction at 600 °C on seeded c-axis oriented ZnO films which were deposited on a quartz glass substrate. The length of TiO2 NRs was about 450 nm. Micro-twins (MTs) were found in the TiO2 NRs with the (103) plane as the twin planes. The possible growth mechanisms of these TiO2 MTs have been studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). The photo-degradation experiment showed that the TiO2 NRs have a high degradation efficiency of 32.9%. The effects of structural defects and MTs on the photocatalytic activity have been discussed.

  6. Sandwich structure of Pd doped nanostructure TiO2 film as O2 sensor.

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    Wang, Hairong; Sun, Quantao; Chen, Lei; Zhao, Yulong

    2013-09-01

    In this paper, we investigated the sensing properties of sandwich structure of TiO2/Pd/TiO2 thin films at various operating temperatures and oxygen partial pressures. The nanostructure TiO2 thin films were prepared by the sol-gel method. Various thickness of Pd buried layer was deposited by magnetron sputtering of a pure Pd target. The films were characterized using X-ray diffraction analysis and SEM. It was found that TiO2/Pd/TiO2 thin films have the p-type behavior while the pure TiO2 thin film is n-type semiconductor materials. We found that the structure of TiO2/Pd/TiO2 thin films with 10 s sputtering Pd layer has a better stability at 240 °C.

  7. Optimized dispersion of conductive agents for enhanced Li-storage performance of TiO2

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    Han, Moyan; Chen, Ge

    2016-12-01

    Novel TiO2/carbon (TiO2/C) composites have been synthesized by a layer-by-layer deposition method, with electrostatic interaction. The addition of carbon conductive agents enhances the electrochemical performance of TiO2. Carbon for these has been sourced 0D nitrogen-doped carbon, 1D carbon nanotubes and 2D graphene. The as-obtained TiO2/C composites show carbon nanotubes and titanium dioxide coaxial nanocables anchored on the graphene. The nitrogen-doped carbon is uniformly dispersed on the nanocables. As anode materials for Li-ion batteries, the TiO2/C composites exhibit excellent rate capability and cycling stability. A capacity of 150 mAh/g is retained at a current density of 4 A/g. The enhanced electrochemical performance may be attributed to the well-dispersed carbon conductive framework, which facilitates charge transfer during the lithium insertion/extraction process.

  8. Effect of Porosity on Photocatalytic Activity of Plasma-Sprayed TiO2 Coating

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    Zhang, Cheng; Chaudhary, Ujwal; Das, Santanu; Godavarty, Anuradha; Agarwal, Arvind

    2013-10-01

    The effect of porosity on photocatalytic activity of plasma-sprayed TiO2 coating on steel substrate is studied by varying processing parameters viz. plasma power and powder feed rate. The relationship between porosity content and methylene blue (MB) dye decomposition rate was established to correlate coating microstructure and its photocatalytic activity. The coating with the highest porosity content exhibited best photocatalytic efficiency. The same processing parameters were used to deposit TiO2 coating on FTO glass. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 coating on FTO was 2.5 times better than TiO2 coating on the steel substrate. TiO2 coating on FTO glass contains bimodal porosity distribution (micropores and submicron pores) which accelerated MB decomposition by accelerated diffusion of ionic species.

  9. Photoconductivity studies on amorphous and crystalline TiO2 films doped with gold nanoparticles

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    Valverde-Aguilar, G.; García-Macedo, J. A.; Rentería-Tapia, V.; Aguilar-Franco, M.

    2011-06-01

    In this work, amorphous and crystalline TiO2 films were synthesized by the sol-gel process at room temperature. The TiO2 films were doped with gold nanoparticles. The films were spin-coated on glass wafers. The crystalline samples were annealed at 100°C for 30 minutes and sintered at 520°C for 2 h. All films were characterized using X-ray diffraction, transmission electronic microscopy and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. Two crystalline phases, anatase and rutile, were formed in the matrix TiO2 and TiO2/Au. An absorption peak was located at 570 nm (amorphous) and 645 nm (anatase). Photoconductivity studies were performed on these films. The experimental data were fitted with straight lines at darkness and under illumination at 515 nm and 645 nm. This indicates an ohmic behavior. Crystalline TiO2/Au films are more photoconductive than the amorphous ones.

  10. One-Step Solvothermal Synthesis of Black TiO2 Films for Enhanced Visible Absorption.

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    Chen, Shanlong; Tao, Jie; Tao, Haijun; Wang, Chen; Shen, Yizhou; Jiang, Jiajia; Zhu, Lumin; Zeng, Xiaofei; Wang, Tao

    2016-03-01

    An economic and facile solvothermal method was reported to prepare black TiO2 films on Ti foils that possessed the property of optical absorption in the visible region. The UV-vis spectra showed that the black TiO2 samples exhibited highly enhanced visible-light absorption from 400-600 nm. The black TiO2 films were compact and uniform, composed of nanoparticles and nanosheets. Moreover, a mixed structure of anatase and rutile was present in black TiO2 films. The electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra confirmed the presence of Ti3+ in samples, which accounted for longer wavelength optical absorption. The results showed that the TiO2 films had retained their black color upon storage in ambient atmosphere for more than one month. Therefore, it was supposed that the ethylene glycol in solvothermal reaction was the key factor for the extension of the absorption spectrum.

  11. 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.

  12. A TiO2 nanotube network electron transport layer for high efficiency perovskite solar cells.

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    Gao, Xianfeng; Li, Jianyang; Gollon, Sam; Qiu, Ming; Guan, Dongsheng; Guo, Xiaoru; Chen, Junhong; Yuan, Chris

    2017-02-15

    The electron transport layer (ETL) plays a critical role in high efficiency perovskite solar cells. In this study, an anodic TiO2 nanotube film was transformed into a TiO2 nanotube network film, which maintained its advantage as an efficient ETL for perovskite solar cells. Compared with the mesoporous TiO2 nanoparticle ETL, the TiO2 nanotube network ETL can increase the efficiency of perovskite solar cells by 26.6%, which is attributed to its superior charge collection property and light trapping ability. The results confirm the importance of optimizing the electron collecting layer and suggest another way to design and fabricate novel perovskite solid state solar cells, potentially by using a TiO2 nanotube network film as an alternative high efficiency electrode.

  13. Enhanced photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2 nanorod arrays decorated with CdS nanoparticles

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    Xie, Zheng; Liu, Xiangxuan; Wang, Weipeng; Liu, Can; Li, Zhengcao; Zhang, Zhengjun

    2014-01-01

    TiO2 nanorod arrays (TiO2 NRAs) sensitized with CdS nanoparticles were fabricated via successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR), and TiO2 NRAs were obtained by oxidizing Ti NRAs obtained through oblique angle deposition. The TiO2 NRAs decorated with CdS nanoparticles exhibited excellent photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic properties under visible light, and the one decorated with 20 SILAR cycles CdS nanoparticles shows the best performance. This can be attributed to the enhanced separation of electrons and holes by forming heterojunctions of CdS nanoparticles and TiO2 NRAs. This provides a promising way to fabricate the material for solar energy conversion and wastewater degradation. PMID:27877718

  14. Mechanochemical Synthesis of TiO2 Nanocomposites as Photocatalysts for Benzyl Alcohol Photo-Oxidation

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    Ouyang, Weiyi; Kuna, Ewelina; Yepez, Alfonso; Balu, Alina M.; Romero, Antonio A.; Colmenares, Juan Carlos; Luque, Rafael

    2016-01-01

    TiO2 (anatase phase) has excellent photocatalytic performance and different methods have been reported to overcome its main limitation of high band gap energy. In this work, TiO2-magnetically-separable nanocomposites (MAGSNC) photocatalysts with different TiO2 loading were synthesized using a simple one-pot mechanochemical method. Photocatalysts were characterized by a number of techniques and their photocatalytic activity was tested in the selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde. Extension of light absorption into the visible region was achieved upon titania incorporation. Results indicated that the photocatalytic activity increased with TiO2 loading on the catalysts, with moderate conversion (20%) at high benzaldehyde selectivity (84%) achieved for 5% TiO2-MAGSNC. These findings pointed out a potential strategy for the valorization of lignocellulosic-based biomass under visible light irradiation using designer photocatalytic nanomaterials. PMID:28335221

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Photocatalytic treatment of municipal wastewater using modified neodymium doped TiO(2) hybrid nanoparticles.

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    Shahmoradi, Behzad; Ibrahim, Ibrahim A; Sakamoto, Naonori; Ananda, Sannaiah; Somashekar, Rudrappa; Row, Tagur N Guru; Byrappa, Kullaiah

    2010-08-01

    Photocatalytic degradation of municipal wastewater was investigated using reagent grade TiO(2) and modified neodymium doped TiO(2) hybrid nanoparticles. For the first time, surface modification of Nd(3 +) doped TiO(2) hybrid nanoparticles were carried out with n-butylamine as surface modifier under mild hydrothermal conditions. The modified nanoparticles obtained were characterized by Powder XRD, FTIR, DLS, TEM, BET surface area, zeta potential and UV-Vis Spectroscopy. The characterization results indicated better morphology, particle size distribution and low agglomeration of the nanoparticles synthesized. It was found that photodegradation of wastewater using surface modified neodymium doped TiO(2) nanoparticles was more compared to pure TiO(2), which can be attributed to the doping and modification with n-butylamine.

  18. Fabrication and photovoltaic properties of heterostructured TiO2 nanowires.

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    Noh, Suk-In; Park, Dong-Won; Shim, Hee-Sang; Ahn, Hyo-Jin

    2012-07-01

    One-dimensional heterostructured TiO2 nanowires were successfully fabricated by an electrospinning technique and modified by hydrolysis. We investigated their structure, morphology, chemical composition, and optical properties by using the X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-vis spectroscopy. In the case of the photovoltaic performance, the short-circuit current density and cell efficiency of the DSSCs employing single TiO2 nanowires and heterostructured TiO2 nanowires improve from 6.90 to 11.38 mA/cm2 and from 2.56 to 4.29%, respectively. The results show that the photoconversion efficiency of the heterostructured TiO2 nanowires could be improved by more than approximately 67% compared to that of the single TiO2 nanowires because of the enhanced specific surface area that facilitates dye adsorption.

  19. 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.

  20. Fundamental reactions in TiO 2 nanocrystallite aqueous solutions studied by pulse radiolysis

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    Gao, Ruomei; Safrany, Agnes; Rabani, Joseph

    2002-12-01

    Reactions of the hydrated electron, H atoms, 2-propanol, and methanol radicals with the TiO 2 nano-particles have been studied either directly or by competition kinetics. The radicals were produced by radiolysis of 2-propanol, t-butanol, or methanol aqueous solutions in acid pH's. The reactions involve electron injection to the conduction band. As expected, the t-butanol radical is inert towards TiO 2 under our conditions, while the other reducing radicals react with TiO 2. The reactivity decreases in the order: e aq->H>CH 3COHCH 3>CH 2OH. Two TiO 2 nanocrystallite sizes, with average diameters of 1.0 and 4.7 nm were compared. For equal concentrations (in terms of TiO 2 molecules), the rate of electron injection shows relatively little dependency on particle size. The rates of interfacial electron transfer and transfer coefficient are also reported.

  1. Nb doping effect on TiO2-x films for bolometer applications

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    Shin, Young Bong; Kumar Reddy, Y. Ashok; Kang, In-Ku; Lee, Hee Chul

    2016-04-01

    Nb-doped TiO2-x thin films were deposited using a 1 at% niobium doped titanium target by RF reactive magnetron sputtering at various oxygen partial pressures (pO2). The films appeared amorphous in the pO2 range of 4.4-4.7% with resistivity ranging from 0.39 Ω cm to 2.48 Ω cm. Compared to pure TiO2-x films, the resistivity of the Nb-doped TiO2-x films did not change sensitively with the oxygen partial pressure, indicating that the resistivity of the films can be accurately controlled. 1/f noise parameter of Nb-doped TiO2-x films were found to decrease largely while the measured temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of the films was still high. The obtained results indicate that Nb-doped TiO2-x films have great potential as an alternative bolometric material.

  2. Effects of annealed temperature on the properties of TiO2 thin films

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    Kumar, Avesh

    2016-05-01

    In this work, the structural, morphological and electrical properties of TiO2 thin films are studied. The phase transformation of TiO2 from anatase to rutile is occurred at a certain temperature. This transformation increases defects concentration onthe surface of the film which acts as trapping sites for carriers, thereby affecting the Fermi level of TiO2 film.Quantitative estimation of Fermi level shifting is measured in terms of work function measurement using scanning Kelvin probe measurement. Work function of TiO2 was found to decrease with increasing annealed temperature indicating shifting of Fermi level towards conduction band. Position of Fermi level plays an important role in phase transformation and electronic properties of TiO2.

  3. Origin of photoactivity of oxygen-deficient TiO2 under visible light

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    Lo, Hsin-Hsi; Gopal, Neeruganti O.; Ke, Shyue-Chu

    2009-08-01

    As it is now well established that oxygen vacancies are spontaneously introduced during nitrogen doping of anatase TiO2, there is a lively debate on whether nitrogen dopant or oxygen vacancy contributes to the visible light photoactivity of the doped catalyst. We showed that the coordinately unsaturated Ti site is integral to the visible light photoactivity in anatase oxygen-deficient TiO2 catalyst. Accordingly, oxygen vacancies may contribute to the visible light photoactivities in N-doped TiO2 and other nonmetallic ion-doped TiO2 as well. A redox active visible light photocatalyst has been developed based on oxygen-deficient structure in anatase TiO2.

  4. Photocatalytic oxidation of propylene on La and N codoped TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Liu, Jinfeng; Li, Haiyan; Zong, Lanlan; Li, Qiuye; Wang, Xiaodong; Zhang, Min; Yang, Jianjun

    2015-02-01

    Lanthanum- and nitrogen-codoped TiO2 photocatalysts was synthesized using orthorhombic nanotubes titanic acid as the precursor by a simple impregnation and subsequent calcination method. The morphology, phase structure, and properties of La- and N-codoped TiO2 were well characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra. The La-/N-codoped TiO2 showed excellent photoactivity of propylene oxidation compared with the single-doped TiO2 and La-/N-codoped P25 TiO2 nanoparticles under visible light irradiation. The origin of the enhancement of the visible light-responsive photocatalytic activity was discussed in detail.

  5. 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.

  6. Influence of annealing on optical and photovoltaic properties of nanostructured TiO2 films

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    Serikov, T. M.; Ibrayev, N. Kh; Smagulov, Zh Kh; Kuterbekov, К. А.

    2017-01-01

    Spectral and kinetic characteristics of the photoluminescence of TiO2 films obtained from TiO2 nanoparticles and nanotubes were studied. Luminescence spectra typical for the TiO2 with anatase structure were observed under UV excitation of the films. Heat treatment of the films at T=1273 K leads to a long-wavelength shift of the photoluminescence band with maximum at 850 nm, which corresponds to the rutile structure. The luminescence duration of rutile films is longer than the luminescence duration of the anatase films as for nanoparticles and for nanotubes. The photovoltaic properties of TiO2 films with different structures were investigated. It was established that anatase structured films have a higher photocurrent than the rutile structured film. By impedance spectroscopy method it was found that the electron transport resistance in the nanotube films is higher but the recombination rate is lower than in the TiO2 nanoparticle films.

  7. Shape transformation and relaxation dynamics of photoexcited TiO2/Ag nanocomposites.

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    Kim, Mee Rahn; Ah, Chil Seong; Shin, Dongha; Lee, Sang Kyung; Lee, Wan In; Jang, Du-Jeon

    2008-06-01

    The laser-induced sintering of TiO2 nanoparticles into larger nanospheres is accelerated by adsorbed silver particles. For the same weight fraction of silver, silver nanoparticles of 5 nm in diameter modify TiO2 nanoparticles more effectively than those of 1.5 nm do, suggesting that the photocatalysis of TiO2 nanoparticles as well as their stability is highly dependent on the sizes, the shapes, and the distribution of adsorbed metal nanoparticles. The photoexcited electrons of TiO2 nanoparticles are quenched at trap sites and surface states by transfer to the conduction band of silver, implying that the presence of adsorbed silver nanoparticles enhances the photocatalytic effect of TiO2.

  8. Formaldehyde degradation by photocatalytic Ag-doped TiO2 film of glass fiber roving.

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    Ubolchonlakate, Kornkanok; Sikong, Lek; Tontai, Tienchai

    2010-11-01

    The photocatalytic Ag doped TiO2 porous films were prepared by sol-gel method and dip coated on glass fiber roving. The sol composed of titanium (IV) isopropoxide, triethanolamine, ethanol and nitric acid followed by calcination of the film at 500 degrees C for 1 hour with a heating rate of 3 degrees C/min. The surface morphology and properties of synthesized TiO2 films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic forced microscope and scanning electron microscope. A laboratory photocatalytic reactor was set up to carry out photoactivity of the prepared catalysts. The results show that TiO2-Ag and TiO2-Ag-TEA porous films give highest rate of formaldehyde gas degradation. It can be noted that triethanolamine exhibits two effects on TiO2 composite films; one is its effect on porous film structure and second is a reverse effect of hindrance of anatase growth.

  9. UV protection afforded by gel-trapped TiO2 particles.

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    Sojka, Milan F; Cummins, Phillip G; Declercq, Lieve A G; Fthenakis, Christina G; Ionita-Manzatu, Mirela C; Lee, Wilson A; Maes, Daniel H; McKeever-Alfieri, Mary Ann; Najdek, Linda J; Pernodet, Nadine; Sente, Ilse M E; Teta, Lawrence P; Van Rillaer, Katrin; Yarosh, Daniel B; Giacomoni, Paolo U

    2011-07-01

    We have developed a technology to incorporate micronized titanium dioxide (TiO(2)), together with antioxidants, in particles of a UV-visible transparent polymer gel. These particles are coated with silica to avoid clustering and the size of the micronized TiO(2) reduces the back scattering of white light. gel-trapped TiO(2) minimizes the oxidative stress exerted by UV radiation, increases the photo-stability of some accompanying ingredients, such as avobenzone. The size of the particles is in the micrometre range. This favors their permanence on the top of the stratum corneum. Gel-trapped TiO(2)-based sunscreens provide a larger SPF and two-fold larger UVA protection than equal-composition sunscreens that contain larger amounts of untrapped TiO(2).

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  11. The morphological characterizations of titanium dioxide (TiO2) via sol-gel method

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    Nordin, N. K. S.; Hashim, U.; Vijayakumaran, T.

    2017-03-01

    Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) has comes with many fascinating properties in environmental purification, photocatalytic activity and in sensor application. TiO2 is prepared by sol-gel method and been coated on the silicon oxide (SiO) and glasses for 1 layer, 3 layers, 5 layers and finally 7 layers to find the best layer for coating purpose. A few characterizations had been carried out such as Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Photoluminescence (PL) and Current-Voltage (I-V) measurement for TiO2. The I-V recorded for the presence of Interdigitated Electrode (IDE) is 2.46×10-10 at 1V increased from 2.24×10-10 without the coating of TiO2. TiO2 coated on IDE triggered more sensitive sensor compared to IDE without metal oxides coated.

  12. A study of bactericidal effect and optimization of pathogenic bacteria using TiO2 photocatalyst.

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    Kim, Tae-Young; Park, Seung-Shik; Kim, Seung-Jai; Cho, Sung-Young

    2011-02-01

    The photocatalytic degradation of Salmonella choleraesuis subsp. and Vibrio parahaemolyticus in water by TiO2 catalysts was investigated in a batch reactor. After 30 min of irradiation with UV light in the presence of 1 mg/ml of TiO2, death ratio of S. choleraesuis subsp. and V. parahaemolyticus was 60% and 83%, respectively. And complete killing of the cells was achieved after 3 h of illumination in the presence of TiO2. We established the response surface methodology to investigate the effect of principal parameters on the pathogenic bacteria sterilization such as TiO2 concentration, pH and temperature. By applying response surface analysis to the bactericidal effect of S. almonella choleraesuis subsp. and V. parahaemolyticus, we found that the cell death ratio was influenced significantly by the first order term of TiO2 concentration.

  13. 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.

  14. TiO2 crystal facet-dependent antimony adsorption and photocatalytic oxidation.

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    Song, Jiaying; Yan, Li; Duan, Jinming; Jing, Chuanyong

    2017-02-24

    Anatase TiO2 crystal facets are garnering increasing attention due to their unique surface property. However, no specific linear relationship had been derived between the facet exposed on TiO2 and the surface adsorption capacity as well as photocatalytic performance. This study systematically explored the facet effects on antimony (Sb) adsorption and photocatalytic oxidation using high-index {201} and low-index {101}, {001}, and {100} TiO2. The results suggest that high-index {201} TiO2 exhibits the best Sb(III) adsorption and photocatalytic activity compared to the low-index TiO2. Both the Sb(III) adsorption density and the amount of OH and O2(-) generated in solution were correlated to the magnitude of surface energy on TiO2 facets. Photocatalytically generated OH and O2(-) were responsible for Sb(III) photooxidation as evidenced by radical-trapping experiments. The great contribution of OH was observed only on {201}, not on low-index TiO2. This phenomenon was found to be attributable to the high surface energy on {201}, which enables the generation of a large amount of photogeneration OH to compensate for the fast rate of OH dissipation. Therefore, the predominant participation of OH in Sb(III) photooxidation was only possible on high-index {201} TiO2, which resulted in an enhanced photocatalytic rate. On the other hand, O2(-) dominated the Sb(III) photocatalytic oxidation on low-index TiO2. The intrinsic facet-dependent adsorption and photocatalytic mechanism obtained from this study would be useful for developing TiO2-based environmental technologies.

  15. Synthesis and photo-degradation application of WO3/TiO2 hollow spheres.

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    Lv, Kezhen; Li, Jie; Qing, Xiaoxia; Li, Wenzhang; Chen, Qiyuan

    2011-05-15

    A WO(3)/TiO(2) composite, hollow-sphere photocatalyst with average diameter of 320 nm and shell thickness of 50 nm was successfully prepared using a template method. UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra illustrated that the main absorption edges of the WO(3)/TiO(2) hollow spheres were red-shifted compared to the TiO(2) hollow spheres, indicating an extension of light absorption into the visible region of the composite photocatalyst. The WO(3) and TiO(2) phases were confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. BET isotherms revealed that the specific surface area and average pore diameter of the hollow spheres were 40.95 m(2)/g and 19 nm, respectively. Photocatalytic experiments indicate that 78% MB was degraded by WO(3)/TiO(2) hollow spheres under visible light within 80 min. Under the same conditions, only 24% MB can be photodegraded by TiO(2). The photocatalytic mineralization of MB, catalyzed by TiO(2) and WO(3)/TiO(2), proceeded at a significantly higher rate under UV irradiation than that under visible light, and more significant was the increase in the apparent rate constant with the WO(3)/TiO(2) composite semiconductor material which was 3.2- and 3.5-fold higher than with the TiO(2) material under both UV and visible light irradiation. The increased photocatalytic activity of the coupled nanocomposites was attributed to photoelectron/hole separation efficiency and the extension of the wavelength range of photoexcitation.

  16. High photocatalytic activity of immobilized TiO2 nanorods on carbonized cotton fibers.

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    Wang, Bin; Karthikeyan, Rengasamy; Lu, Xiao-Ying; Xuan, Jin; Leung, Michael K H

    2013-12-15

    In this study, TiO2 nanorods were successfully immobilized on carbon fibers by a facile pyrolysis of natural cotton in nitrogen atmosphere followed by a one-pot hydrothermal method. Carbonized cotton fibers (CCFs) and TiO2-CCFs composites were characterized using field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometer (XRD), diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectroscopy (DRS) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Results implied that the band gap narrowing of TiO2 was achieved after integration of CCFs. Dye adsorption isotherm indicated that the maximum dye adsorption capacity (qm) of CCFs-1000 (13.4 mg/g) was 2 times higher than that of cotton fibers and qm of TiO2-CCFs-1000 (9.0mg/g) was 6-7 times higher than that of TiO2 nanorods. Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanorods prepared with 3 mL Ti(OBu)4 showed the highest photocatalytic activity. TiO2-CCFs-1000 exhibited higher activity than TiO2 immobilized on CCFs-400, CCFs-600 and CCFs-800. Good photostability of TiO2-CCFs-1000 was found for dye degradation under visible light irradiation. The enhancement of photocatalytic dye degradation was due to the high adsorptivity of dye molecules, enhanced light adsorption and effective separation of electron-hole pairs. This work provides a low-cost and sustainable approach to immobilize nanostructured TiO2 on carbon fibers for environmental remediation.

  17. 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.

  18. Monodisperse TiO2 Spheres with High Charge Density and Their Self-Assembly.

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    Xia, Hongbo; Wu, Suli; Su, Xin; Zhang, Shufen

    2017-01-03

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2 ) spheres are potential candidates to fabricate three-dimensional (3D) photonic crystals owing to their high refractive index and low absorption in the visible and near-infrared regions. Here, TiO2 spheres with both high surface charge density and uniform size, which are necessary for the self-assembly of TiO2 spheres, have been prepared by means of sol-gel methods in ethanol in the presence of thioglycolic acid as ligand. Thioglycolic acid, which contains two functional groups, not only acts as coordinating ligand for stabilizing and controlling the growth of TiO2 spheres but also endows the resulting TiO2 spheres with high charge density as based on ζ-potential analysis when the pH of the TiO2 aqueous dispersion was 6.5 or higher. The SEM images illustrate that the diameter of the prepared TiO2 spheres can be tuned from 100 to 300 nm by simply controlling the concentration of H2 O. FTIR spectra confirm that thioglycolic acid bonded to the surface of TiO2 spheres through carboxylic groups. As anticipated, the obtained TiO2 spheres could self-assemble to form a 3D opal photonic crystal structure by means of a simple gravity sedimentation method. Then the TiO2 spheres in the 3D opal photonic crystal structure were able to transform into a pure anatase phase by annealing at different temperatures.

  19. Inverted organic solar cells based on Cd-doped TiO2 as an electron extraction layer

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    Ranjitha, A.; Muthukumarasamy, N.; Thambidurai, M.; Velauthapillai, Dhayalan; Madhan Kumar, A.; Gasem, Zuhair M.

    2014-10-01

    Nanocrystalline Cd-doped TiO2 thin films have been prepared by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that TiO2 and Cd-doped TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films are of anatase phase. The average grain size of TiO2 and Cd-doped TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films was found to lie in the range of 15-18 nm. Solar cells have been fabricated with a device structure of ITO/Cd-doped TiO2/P3HT:PC71BM/MoO3/Al configuration. The power conversion efficiency of the inverted organic solar cell with Cd-doped TiO2 is 3.06% and is higher than that of TiO2 based organic solar cell (2.64%).

  20. 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.

  1. Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell with Photoanode Made with Polystyrene-Ball-Embedded TiO2 Pastes

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    Hsu, Yu-Ching; Wu, Tony Chang Chi; Cheng, I.-Chun; Chen, Jian-Zhang; Yang, Mu-Rong

    2011-06-01

    We report the effect of varying the concentration of polystyrene (PS) balls embedded in TiO2 paste during the fabrication of TiO2 photoanodes on the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We fabricated porous photoanodes using TiO2 pastes mixed with various concentrations of PS balls in aqueous solution. During the TiO2 sintering processes, the PS evaporated, leaving behind large cavities (>1 µm) in the photoanodes. These cavities enhance the scattering of light, leading to improved absorption of light by N3 dyes. DSSC efficiency increases with the increase in PS ball concentration during TiO2 fabrication. As with classical devices, TiCl4 treatment of TiO2 and the use of a compact TiO2 layer both improve the cell efficiency of DSSC devices with our large-cavity TiO2 photoanodes.

  2. Photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide over TiO2.

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    Martyanov, Igor N; Klabunde, Kenneth J

    2003-08-01

    Photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide (2-CEES, ClCH2CH2SCH2CH3) over TiO2 illuminated with UV light and maintained at 25 or 80 degrees C in air has been investigated. 2-CEES was found to suffer progressive oxidation to yield ethylene (CH2CH2), chloroethylene (ClCHCH2), ethanol (CH3CH2OH), acetaldehyde (CH3C(O)H), chloroacetaldehyde (ClCH2C(O)H), diethyl disulfide (CH3CH2S2CH2CH3), 2-chloroethyl ethyl disulfide (ClCH2CH2S2CH2CH3), and bis(2-chloroethyl) disulfide (ClCH2CH2S2CH2CH2Cl) as the main primary intermediates, and water (H2O), carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), surface sulfate ions (SO4(2-)), and hydrogen chloride (HCl) as the final products. Trace concentrations of gaseous 2-chloroethanol (ClCH2CH2OH), ethanesulfonyl chloride (CH3CH2SO2Cl), ethyl thioacetate (CH3CH2SC(O)CH3), and considerable amounts of acetic acid (CH3C(O)OH), crotonaldehyde (CH3CHCHC(O)H), methyl acetate (CH3C(O)OCH3), and methyl formate (CH3OC(O)H) were also detected in the gas phase during the photooxidation conducted at 80 degrees C. Increase in temperature from 25 to 80 degrees C accelerates formation of gaseous ethanol, acetaldehyde, chloroacetaldehyde, diethyl disulfide, 2-chloroethyl ethyl disulfide, and bis(2-chloroethyl) disulfide but suppresses ethylene and chloroethylene production at initial stages of the process. Some aspects of the possible reaction mechanism leading to this wide array of intermediates and final products are discussed.

  3. Omnidirectional reflection from nanocolumnar TiO2 films

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    Leontyev, Viktor; Hawkeye, Matthew; Kovalenko, Andriy; Brett, Michael J.

    2012-10-01

    Anisotropic properties of columnar nanoporous thin films were utilized to design and fabricate interference mirrors with lossless omnidirectional reflection in the visible spectral range. Index graded columnar films with distributed Bragg reflector (DBR), sinusoidal, and Gaussian refractive index profiles were studied using finite-difference frequency-domain and finite-difference time-domain methods, with an emphasis on maximizing the omnidirectional reflection bandwidth. Titanium dioxide columnar films with sixteen period sinusoidal refractive index profile were fabricated using the glancing angle deposition technique and characterized by angle resolved transmittance measurements. Simulations and experimental measurements have shown the presence of the omnidirectional reflection band up to 5% wide for a film with a maximum refractive index nmax=2.3 and refractive index contrast Δn =0.8. Simulations further showed that with the optimal choice of the refractive index variation range, the omnidirectional reflection band can reach 10.5% width in TiO2 films with a sinusoidal index profile, 14.5% with a DBR index profile, and 12% with a Gaussian profile. Due to the optical anisotropy of the columnar films, the reflection bandwidth exceeded the corresponding value, observed in isotropic analogs, by a factor of three to four depending on the choice of the refractive index profile.

  4. The potential health challenges of TiO2 nanomaterials.

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    Sha, Baoyong; Gao, Wei; Cui, Xingye; Wang, Lin; Xu, Feng

    2015-10-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2 ) nanomaterials (NMs) have found widespread applications owing to their attractive physical and chemical properties. As a result, the potential adverse impacts of nano-TiO2 exposure on humans have become a matter of concern. This review presents the state-of-the-art advances on the investigations of the adverse effects of NMs, including the potential exposure routes of nano-TiO2 (e.g. respiratory system, skin absorption and digestive system), the physico-chemical characterizations of nano-TiO2 (e.g. crystal structure, shape,size, zeta potential, treatment media, aggregation and agglomeration tendency, surface characteristics and coatings), risk evaluation of nanotoxicity (e.g. cytotoxicity, ecotoxicity, phototoxicity, and phytotoxicity) and potential mechanisms of adverse effects (e.g. generation of reactive oxygen species, oxidative stress and organelle dysfunction). The review aims to facilitate scientific assessments of health risks to nano-TiO2 , which would guide the safe applications of NMs in our daily life.

  5. New evidence for TiO2 uniform surfaces leading to complete bacterial reduction in the dark: critical issues.

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    Nesic, Jelena; Rtimi, Sami; Laub, Danièle; Roglic, Goran M; Pulgarin, Cesar; Kiwi, John

    2014-11-01

    This study presents new evidence for the events leading to Escherichia coli reduction in the absence of light irradiation on TiO2-polyester (from now on TiO2-PES. By transmission electron microscopy (TEM) the diffusion of TiO2 NP's aggregates with the E. coli outer lipo-polyssacharide (LPS) layer is shown to be a prerequisite for the loss of bacterial cultivability. Within 30 min in the dark the TiO2 aggregates interact with E. coli cell wall leading within 120 min to the complete loss of bacterial cultivability on a TiO2-PES 5% TiO2 sample. The bacterial reduction was observed to increase with a higher TiO2 loading on the PES up to 5%. Bacterial disinfection on TiO2-PES in the dark was slower compared to the runs under low intensity simulated sunlight light irradiation. The interaction between the TiO2 aggregates and the E. coli cell wall is discussed in terms of the competition between the TiO2 units collapsing to form TiO2-aggregates at a physiologic pH-value followed by the electrostatic interaction with the bacteria surface. TiO2-PES samples were able to carry repetitive bacterial inactivation. This presents a potential for practical applications. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) evidence was found for the reduction of Ti4+ to Ti3+ contributing to redox interactions between TiO2-PES and the bacterial cell wall. Insight is provided into the mechanism of interaction between the E. coli cell wall and TiO2 NP's. The properties of the TiO2-PES surface like percentage atomic concentration, TiO2-loading, optical absorption, surface charge and crystallographic phases are reported in this study.

  6. TiO2 derived by titanate route from electrospun nanostructures for high-performance dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Nair, A Sreekumaran; Zhu, Peining; Babu, V Jagadeesh; Yang, Shengyuan; Krishnamoorthy, Thirumal; Murugan, Rajendiran; Peng, Shengjie; Ramakrishna, Seeram

    2012-04-17

    We report the use of highly porous, dense, and anisotropic TiO(2) derived from electrospun TiO(2)-SiO(2) nanostructures through titanate route in dye-sensitized solar cells. The titanate-derived TiO(2) of high surface areas exhibited superior photovoltaic parameters (efficiency > 7%) in comparison to the respective electrospun TiO(2) nanomaterials and commercially available P-25.

  7. 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

    2011-03-07

    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).

  8. Improving the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells with TiO2/graphene/TiO2 sandwich structure.

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    Chen, Lung-Chien; Hsu, Chih-Hung; Chan, Po-Shun; Zhang, Xiuyu; Huang, Cing-Jhih

    2014-01-01

    This study investigates the extent to which the TiO2/graphene/TiO2 sandwich structure improves the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) over that of DSSCs with the traditional structure. Studies have demonstrated that the TiO2/graphene/TiO2 sandwich structure effectively enhances the open circuit voltage (V oc), short-circuit current density (J sc), and photoelectrical conversion efficiency (η) of DSSCs. The enhanced performance of DSSCs with the sandwich structure can be attributed to an increase in electron transport efficiency and in the absorption of light in the visible range. The DSSC with the sandwich structure in this study exhibited a V oc of 0.6 V, a high J sc of 11.22 mA cm(-2), a fill factor (FF) of 0.58, and a calculated η of 3.93%, which is 60% higher than that of a DSSC with the traditional structure.

  9. Effect of double blocking layers at TiO2/Sb2S3 and Sb2S3/spiro-MeOTAD interfaces on photovoltaic performance.

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    Kang, Hyun-Woo; Lee, Jin-Wook; Park, Nam-Gyu

    2014-01-01

    The effect of double blocking layers on the Sb(2)S(3)-sensitized all solid state solar cell are investigated. Thin layers of ZrO(2) (blocking layer 1, BL1) and ZnS (blocking layer 2, BL2) are introduced at the TiO(2)/Sb(2)S(3) and Sb(2)S(3)/hole transporting material (HTM) interfaces. The presence of BL1 is found to improve the open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) from 457 mV to 618 mV, whereas BL2 improves mainly short-circuit current density (J(sc)) from 11.1 mA cm(-2) to 14.0 mA cm(-2). Transient photovoltage confirms that the BL1 efficiently blocks charge recombination, responsible for the V(oc) enhancement, whereas the BL2 has little effect on suppression of charge recombination. Surface modification of Sb(2)S(3) by BL2, on the other hand, leads to recovery of Sb(2)S(3) from the surface oxidized Sb(2)O(5), which affects the J(sc) increment. The present results suggest that the TiO(2)/Sb(2)S(3) interface is the main pathway for charge recombination rather than the Sb(2)S(3)/HTM interface. Double blocking layers enhanced the power conversion efficiency by 30%.

  10. In situ Fenton reagent generated from TiO2/Cu2O composite film: a new way to utilize TiO2 under visible light irradiation.

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    Zhang, Yong-Gang; Ma, Li-Li; Li, Jia-Lin; Yu, Ying

    2007-09-01

    TiO2/Cu2O composite is prepared by a simple electrochemical method and coated on glass matrix through a spraying method. The obtained composite is characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The effect of TiO2/Cu2O composite films with different ratio of TiO2 and Cu2O on photodegradation of the dye methylene blue under visible light is investigated in detail. It is found that the photocatalytic activity of TiO2/Cu2O composite film with the presence of FeSO4 and EDTA is much higher than that for the similar system with only TiO2 and Cu2O film respectively. Without the presence of FeSO4 and EDTA, there is no degradation for methylene blue. The exploration of the optimized parameters for the degradation of methylene blue by using TiO2/Cu2O composite film as catalyst under visible light was also carried out. The most significant factor is the amount of Ti02 in the composite, and the second significant factor is the concentration of FeSO4. During the degradation of methylene blue under visible light, TiO2/Cu2O composite film generates H202, and Fenton regent is formed with Fe2+ and EDTA, which is detected in this study. The mechanism for the great improvement of photocatalytic activity of TiO2/Cu2O composite film under visible light is proposed by the valence band theory. Electrons excitated from TiO2/Cu2O composite under visible light are transferred from the conduction band of Cu2O to that of Ti02. The formed intermediate state of Ti 3+ ion is observed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) on the TiO/Cu2O composite film. Additionally, the accumulated electrons in the conduction band of TiO2 are transferred to oxygen on the TiO2 surface for the formation of O2- or O2(2-), which combines with H+ to form H2O2. The evolved H202 with FeSO4 and EDTA forms Fenton reagentto degrade methylene blue. Compared to the traditional Fenton reagent, this new kind of in situ Fenton reagent generated from TiO2/Cu2O composite film does not need to supply H202. It is expected to be easily recycled, which may reduce second pollution and the cost of wastewater treatment. Moreover, this TiO/Cu2O composite film with FeSO4 and EDTA provides a new way to take advantage of TiO2 under visible light.

  11. Adsorption and solar light decomposition of acetone on anatase TiO2 and niobium doped TiO2 thin films.

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    Mattsson, Andreas; Leideborg, Michael; Larsson, Karin; Westin, Gunnar; Osterlund, Lars

    2006-01-26

    Adsorption and solar light decomposition of acetone was studied on nanostructured anatase TiO2 and Nb-doped TiO2 films made by sol-gel methods (10 and 20 mol % NbO2.5). A detailed characterization of the film materials show that films contain only nanoparticles with the anatase modification with pentavalent Nb oxide dissolved into the anatase structure, which is interpreted as formation of substituted Nb=O clusters in the anatase lattice. The Nb-doped films displayed a slight yellow color and an enhanced the visible light absorption with a red-shift of the optical absorption edge from 394 nm for the pure TiO2 film to 411 nm for 20 mol % NbO2.5. In-situ Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) transmission spectroscopy shows that acetone adsorbs associatively with eta1-coordination to the surface cations on all films. On Nb-doped TiO2 films, the carbonyl bonding to the surface is stabilized, which is evidenced by a lowering of the nu(C=O) frequency by about 20 cm(-1) to 1672 cm(-1). Upon solar light illumination acetone is readily decomposed on TiO2, and stable surface coordinated intermediates are formed. The decomposition rate is an order of magnitude smaller on the Nb-doped films despite an enhanced visible light absorption in these materials. The quantum yield is determined to be 0.053, 0.004 and 0.002 for the pure, 10% Nb:TiO2, and 20%Nb:TiO2, respectively. Using an interplay between FTIR and DFT calculations we show that the key surface intermediates are bidentate bridged formate and carbonate, and H-bonded bicarbonate, respectively, whose concentration on the surface can be correlated with their heats of formation and bond strength to coordinatively unsaturated surface Ti and Nb atoms at the surface. The oxidation rate of these intermediates is substantially slower than the initial acetone decomposition rate, and limits the total oxidation rate at t>7 min on TiO2, while no decrease of the rate is observed on the Nb-doped films. The rate of degradation of key surface intermediates is different on pure TiO2 and Nb-doped TiO2, but cannot explain the overall lower total oxidation rate for the Nb-doped films. Instead the inferior photocatalytic activity in Nb-doped TiO2 is attributed to an enhanced electron-hole pair recombination rate due to Nb=O cluster and cation vacancy formation.

  12. Disruption of Autolysis in Bacillus subtilis using TiO2 Nanoparticles

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    McGivney, Eric; Han, Linchen; Avellan, Astrid; VanBriesen, Jeanne; Gregory, Kelvin B.

    2017-01-01

    In contrast to many nanotoxicity studies where nanoparticles (NPs) are observed to be toxic or reduce viable cells in a population of bacteria, we observed that increasing concentration of TiO2 NPs increased the cell survival of Bacillus subtilis in autolysis-inducing buffer by 0.5 to 5 orders of magnitude over an 8 hour exposure. Molecular investigations revealed that TiO2 NPs prevent or delay cell autolysis, an important survival and growth-regulating process in bacterial populations. Overall, the results suggest two potential mechanisms for the disruption of autolysis by TiO2 NPs in a concentration dependent manner: (i) directly, through TiO2 NP deposition on the cell wall, delaying the collapse of the protonmotive-force and preventing the onset of autolysis; and (ii) indirectly, through adsorption of autolysins on TiO2 NP, limiting the activity of released autolysins and preventing further lytic activity. Enhanced darkfield microscopy coupled to hyperspectral analysis was used to map TiO2 deposition on B. subtilis cell walls and released enzymes, supporting both mechanisms of autolysis interference. The disruption of autolysis in B. subtilis cultures by TiO2 NPs suggests the mechanisms and kinetics of cell death may be influenced by nano-scale metal oxide materials, which are abundant in natural systems. PMID:28303908

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. Preparation of Amine-Functionalized TiO2/Carbon Photocatalyst by Arc Discharge in Liquid

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    Arikawati, Erlina; Pranoto; Endah Saraswati, Teguh

    2017-02-01

    Amine-functionalized titanium dioxide/carbon (TiO2/C) was prepared via the arc discharge method using graphite electrodes and a liquid medium consisting of 50% ethanol with the addition of urea. The arc discharge was conducted using a voltage of 20 to 40 V. X-ray diffraction (XRD) of prepared TiO2/C showed a pattern of definitive peaks at 25.32°, 26.61°, and 36.14°, which are the main characteristic peaks of TiO2, C graphite, and titanium carbide, respectively. The successful surface modification of TiO2/C synthesized in liquid ethanol/urea resulted in better dispersion of nanoparticles in water than TiO2/C synthesized in ethanol only. This surface characteristic was also confirmed via Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra of TiO2/C synthesized in liquid ethanol/urea, which revealed C=O, C–N, C–O, and N–H stretching vibrations at 1600–1700, 1400–1100, 1200–1300, and 3300–3400 cm‑1, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis showed that the nanocomposite had a spherical morphology. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis found that the structure of the nanocomposite was carbon coated with TiO2.

  16. Density functional theory study of dopants in polycrystalline TiO2

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    Körner, Wolfgang; Elsässer, Christian

    2011-05-01

    We present a density functional theory (DFT) study of doped rutile and anatase TiO2 in which we investigate the impact of grain boundaries on the physics of atomic defects. The main goal is to obtain information about the positions of the defect levels generated by an oxygen vacancy, a titanium interstitial, cation dopants Nb, Al, and Ga, and an anion dopant N in the electronic band gap having in mind the application of TiO2 as a transparent conducting oxide (TCO) or its use in heterogeneous catalysis. Due to the known deficiency of the local density approximation (LDA) of DFT to yield accurate values for band gap energies for insulators such as TiO2, a self-interaction correction (SIC) to the LDA is employed. The main result of our study is that grain boundaries do affect the defect formation energies as well as the position and shape of the dopant-induced electronic energy levels significantly with respect to the single crystal. According to our study Nb doping may lead to n-conducting TiO2 whereas doping with N, Al, or Ga is not promising in order to achieve p-conducting TiO2. Furthermore an increase in the photoconductivity of TiO2:N and the colorlessness of TiO2:Al may be explained by our results.

  17. 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.

  18. Bifunctional bridging linker-assisted synthesis and characterization of TiO2/Au nanocomposites

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    Žunič, Vojka; Kurtjak, Mario; Suvorov, Danilo

    2016-11-01

    Using a simple organic bifunctional bridging linker, titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles were coupled with the Au nanoparticles to form TiO2/Au nanocomposites with a variety of Au loadings. This organic bifunctional linker, meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid, contains two types of functional groups: (i) the carboxyl group, which enables binding to the TiO2, and (ii) the thiol group, which enables binding to the Au. In addition, the organic bifunctional linker acts as a stabilizing agent to prevent the agglomeration and growth of the Au particles, resulting in the formation of highly dispersed Au nanoparticles. To form the TiO2/Au nanocomposites in a simple way, we deliberately applied a synthetic method that simultaneously ensures: (i) the capping of the Au nanoparticles and (ii) the binding of different amounts of Au to the TiO2. The TiO2/Au nanocomposites formed with this method show enhanced UV and Vis photocatalytic activities when compared to the pure TiO2 nanopowders.

  19. Dense and high-hydrophobic rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays

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    Peng, X.; Chen, A.

    2005-02-01

    Dense and well-oriented rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays were synthesized on a titanium substrate using the organic compound dibutyltin dilaurate as the oxygen source in the oxidation of Ti at 850 °C. The influence of temperature on the nanostructured TiO2 formation and the effect of the TiO2 structures on their wettability were also investigated. Polycrystalline TiO2 grains were formed at 800 °C; in contrast, TiO2 micro-whiskers were grown on the Ti substrate at 900 °C. The measurement of the water contact angle shows that the wetting property of the TiO2 films strongly depends on their surface structure. The surface of the dense well-oriented nanorod arrays is highly hydrophobic with a water contact angle of 130 °C. This study has demonstrated that the direct oxidation of Ti substrate using an organic oxygen source is a promising method for fabrication of large scale, uniform and well-aligned TiO2 nanorod arrays on titanium substrates.

  20. Cr2O3 nanoparticles modified TiO2 nanotubes for enhancing visible photoelectrochemical performance.

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    Zhang, Fen; Jin, Tao; Zeng, Rongchang; Cui, Hongzhi; Song, Liang

    2014-09-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays modified by nanoparticles Cr2O3 with high sensibility in the visible spectrum were prepared by annealing the anodic TiO2 nanotube arrays pre-loaded with Cr(NO3)3 solution which was uniformly clung to the TiO2 nanotube arrays. The influence of the dipping time on the microstructure of the Cr2O3/TiO2-nanotubes was investigated. The microstructure and the elemental analysis were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX). The photoelectrochemical performances of the as-prepared composite nanotubes were determined by measuring the photogenerated current and voltage under illumination of ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis)/visible light. The TiO2 nanotube arrays modified by Cr2O3 showed higher photocurrent values than those of unmodified TiO2 nanotube arrays. The enhanced photoelectrochemical behaviors can be attributed to the modified Cr2O3 which increases the probability of charge-carrier separation and extends the range of the TiO2 photoresponse from UV to visible region due to the low band gap of 2.3 eV of Cr2O3.

  1. 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.

  2. Mechanism of TiO2 nanoparticle-induced neurotoxicity in zebrafish (Danio rerio).

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    Sheng, Lei; Wang, Ling; Su, Mingyu; Zhao, Xiaoyang; Hu, Renping; Yu, Xiaohong; Hong, Jie; Liu, Dong; Xu, Bingqing; Zhu, Yunting; Wang, Han; Hong, Fashui

    2016-02-01

    Zebrafish (Danio rerio) has been used historically for evaluating the toxicity of environmental and aqueous toxicants, and there is an emerging literature reporting toxic effects of manufactured nanoparticles (NPs) in zebrafish embryos. Few researches, however, are focused on the neurotoxicity on adult zebrafish after subchronic exposure to TiO2 NPs. This study was designed to evaluate the morphological changes, alterations of neurochemical contents, and expressions of memory behavior-related genes in zebrafish brains caused by exposures to 5, 10, 20, and 40 μg/L TiO2 NPs for 45 consecutive days. Our data indicated that spatial recognition memory and levels of norepinephrine, dopamine, and 5-hydroxytryptamine were significantly decreased and NO levels were markedly elevated, and over proliferation of glial cells, neuron apoptosis, and TiO2 NP aggregation were observed after low dose exposures of TiO2 NPs. Furthermore, the low dose exposures of TiO2 NPs significantly activated expressions of C-fos, C-jun, and BDNF genes, and suppressed expressions of p38, NGF, CREB, NR1, NR2ab, and GluR2 genes. These findings imply that low dose exposures of TiO2 NPs may result in the brain damages in zebrafish, provide a developmental basis for evaluating the neurotoxicity of subchronic exposure, and raise the caution of aquatic application of TiO2 NPs.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Low doses of TiO2-polyethylene glycol nanoparticles stimulate proliferation of hepatocyte cells.

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    Sun, Qingqing; Kanehira, Koki; Taniguchi, Akiyoshi

    2016-01-01

    This paper describes the effect of low concentrations of 100 nm polyethylene glycol-modified TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2-PEG NPs) on HepG2 hepatocellular carcinoma cells. Proliferation of HepG2 cells increased significantly when the cells were exposed to low doses (<100 μg ml(-1)) of TiO2-PEG NPs. These results were further confirmed by cell counting experiments and cell cycle assays. Cellular uptake assays were performed to determine why HepG2 cells proliferate with low-dose exposure to TiO2-PEG NPs. The results showed that exposure to lower doses of NPs led to less cellular uptake, which in turn decreased cytotoxicity. We therefore hypothesized that TiO2-PEG NPs could affect the activity of hepatocyte growth factor receptors (HGFRs), which bind to hepatocyte growth factor and stimulate cell proliferation. The localization of HGFRs on the surface of the cell membrane was detected via immunofluorescence staining and confocal microscopy. The results showed that HGFRs aggregate after exposure to TiO2-PEG NPs. In conclusion, our results indicate that TiO2-PEG NPs have the potential to promote proliferation of HepG2 cells through HGFR aggregation and suggest that NPs not only exhibit cytotoxicity but also affect cellular responses.

  6. Air detoxification with nanosize TiO2 aerosol tested on mice.

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    Besov, A S; Krivova, N A; Vorontsov, A V; Zaeva, O B; Kozlov, D V; Vorozhtsov, A B; Parmon, V N; Sakovich, G V; Komarov, V F; Smirniotis, P G; Eisenreich, N

    2010-01-15

    A method for fast air purification using high concentration aerosol of TiO(2) nanoparticles is evaluated in a model chemical catastrophe involving toxic vapors of diisopropyl fluorophosphate (DFP). Mice are used as human model in a closed 100 dm(3) chamber. Exposure of mice to 37 ppm of DFP vapor for 15 min resulted in acute poisoning. Spraying TiO(2) aerosol in 2 min after the start of exposure to DFP vapors resulted in quick removal of DFP vapors from the chamber's air. Animals did not show signs of poisoning after the decontamination experiment and exposure to TiO(2) aerosol alone. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and antioxidant activity (AOA) of mice blood plasma were measured for animals exposed to sound of aerosol generator, DFP vapors, TiO(2) aerosol and DFP vapors+TiO(2) aerosol. Reduced ROS and increased AOA were found for mice exposure to sound, DFP and TiO(2) aerosol. Exposure to DFP and decontamination with TiO(2) nanoparticles resulted in decreased AOA in 48 h following the exposure. The results suggest that application of TiO(2) aerosol is a powerful method of air purification from toxic hydrolysable compounds with moderate health aftermaths and requires further study and optimization.

  7. Natural dye sensitized TiO2 nanorods assembly of broccoli shape based solar cells.

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    Yuvapragasam, Akila; Muthukumarasamy, N; Agilan, S; Velauthapillai, Dhayalan; Senthil, T S; Sundaram, Senthilarasu

    2015-07-01

    TiO2 nanorods based thin films with rutile phase have been synthesized using template free low temperature hydrothermal method. The scanning electron microscope images showed that the prepared TiO2 samples were made of TiO2 nanorods and the nanorods had arranged by itself to form a broccoli like shape. The X-ray diffraction studies revealed that the prepared TiO2 samples exhibit rutile phase. The grown TiO2 nanorods had been sensitized using the flowers of Sesbania (S) grandiflora, leaves of Camellia (C) sinensis and roots of Rubia (R) tinctorum. Dye sensitized solar cells had been fabricated using the natural dye sensitized TiO2 nanorods based thin film photoelectrode and the open circuit voltage and short circuit current density were found to lie in the range of 0.45-0.6 V and 5.6-6.4 mA/cm(2) respectively. The photovoltaic performance of all the fabricated natural dye sensitized TiO2 solar cells indicate that natural dyes have the potential to be used as effective sensitizer in dye sensitized solar cells.

  8. Organic photovoltaic devices with colloidal TiO2 nanorods as key functional components.

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    Loiudice, Anna; Rizzo, Aurora; De Marco, Luisa; Belviso, Maria R; Caputo, Gianvito; Cozzoli, P Davide; Gigli, Giuseppe

    2012-03-21

    We report on a novel approach to integrate colloidal anatase TiO(2) nanorods as key functional components into polymer bulk heterojunction (BHJ) photovoltaic devices by means of mild, all-solution-based processing techniques. The successful integration of colloidal nanoparticles in organic solar cells relies on the ability to remove the long chain insulating ligands, which indeed severely reduces the charge transport. To this aim we have exploited the concomitant mechanisms of UV-light-driven photocatalytic removal of adsorbed capping ligands and hydrophilicization of TiO(2) surfaces in both solid-state and liquid-phase conditions. We have demonstrated the successful integration of the UV-irradiated films and colloidal solutions of TiO(2) nanorods in inverted and conventional solar cell geometries, respectively. The inverted devices show a power conversion efficiency of 2.3% that is a ca. three times improvement over their corresponding cell counterparts incorporating untreated TiO(2), demonstrating the excellent electron-collecting property of the UV-irradiated TiO(2) films. The integration of UV-treated TiO(2) solutions in conventional devices results in doubled power conversion efficiency for the thinner active layer and in maximum power conversion efficiency of 2.8% for 110 nm thick devices. In addition, we have demonstrated, with the support of device characterizations and optical simulations, that the TiO(2) nanocrystal buffer layer acts both as electron-transporting/hole-blocking material and optical spacer.

  9. Interfacial confined formation of mesoporous spherical TiO2 nanostructures with improved photoelectric conversion efficiency.

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    Shao, Wei; Gu, Feng; Li, Chunzhong; Lu, Mengkai

    2010-06-21

    Uniform mesoporous TiO(2) nanospheres were successfully developed via an interfacial confined formation process for application in dye-sensitized solar cells. The mesoporous spherical structures greatly promote the dye-loading capacity, electron transfer, and light scattering, resulting in remarkable enhancement of the cell performance. The designed interfacial platform caused a reaction-limited aggregation of the TiO(2) nanocrystals, resulting in the formation of mesoporous spherical nanostructures with sphere diameter of 216 nm and pore size of 8 nm. The oriented attachment of adjacent TiO(2) nanocrystals facilitated the electron transfer process when the mesoporous TiO(2) nanospheres were used as electrode films. The dye coverage was enhanced remarkably in the mesoporous spherical TiO(2) samples. Owing to the enhanced light-harvesting efficiency, solar conversion efficiency was enhanced about 30% for the dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) based on mesoporous spherical TiO(2) in comparison with that made by commercial TiO(2) nanoparticles.

  10. Structural and optical properties of electrohydrodynamically atomized TiO2 nanostructured thin films

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    Choi, Kyung-Hyun; Duraisamy, Navaneethan; Muhammad, Nauman Malik; Kim, Inyoung; Choi, Hyunseok; Jo, Jeongdai

    2012-06-01

    In this paper, we report an alternate technique for the deposition of nanostructured TiO2 thin films using the electrohydrodynamic atomization (EHDA) technique using polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as a stabilizer. The required parameters for achieving uniform TiO2 films using EHDA are also discussed in detail. X-ray diffraction results confirm that the TiO2 films were oriented in the anatase phase. Scanning electron microscope studies revealed the uniform deposition of the TiO2. The purity of the films is characterized by using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), confirming the presence of Ti-O bonding in the films without any organic residue. The optical properties of the TiO2 films were measured by UV-visible spectroscopy, which shows that the transparency of the films is nearly 85% in the visible region. The current-voltage ( I- V) curve of the TiO2 thin films shows a nearly linear behavior with 45 mΩ cm of electrical resistivity. These results suggest that TiO2 thin films deposited via the EHDA method possess promising applications in optoelectronic devices.

  11. Light-induced antifungal activity of TiO 2 nanoparticles/ZnO nanowires

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    Haghighi, N.; Abdi, Y.; Haghighi, F.

    2011-09-01

    Antifungal activity of TiO2/ZnO nanostructures under visible light irradiation was investigated. A simple chemical method was used to synthesize ZnO nanowires. Zinc acetate dihydrate, Polyvinyl Pyrrolidone and deionized water were used as precursor, capping and solvent, respectively. TiO2 nanoparticles were deposited on ZnO nanowires using an atmospheric pressure chemical vapor deposition system. X-ray diffraction pattern of TiO2/ZnO nano-composite has represented the diffraction peaks relating to the crystal planes of the TiO2 (anatase and rutile) and ZnO. TiO2/ZnO nanostructure antifungal effect on Candida albicans biofilms was studied and compared with the activity of TiO2 nanoparticles and ZnO nanowires. The high efficiency photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanoparticles leads to increased antifungal activity of ZnO nanowires. Scanning electron microscope was utilized to study the morphology of the as prepared nanostructures and the degradation of the yeast.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Biogenesis of TiO2 nanoparticles using endophytic Bacillus cereus

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    Sunkar, Swetha; Nachiyar, C. Valli; Lerensha, Rashmi; Renugadevi, K.

    2014-11-01

    Synthesis of nanoparticles has attracted a lot of attention due to their unusual optical, photoelectrochemical, and electronic properties. Semi conductor TiO2 nanoparticles are known to be effective UV absorbers or photocatalysts, thereby making them important in environmental purification. The present study reports a simple, green, and easily reproducible method for the synthesis of TiO2 NPs using the endophytic bacteria Bacillus cereus under ambient conditions. The synthesized TiO2 NPs were characterized for their size, shape, and crystalline nature using various instrumental analyses. Anatase TiO2 NPs were formed whose size was in the range of 69-140 nm which was confirmed further by XRD analysis. The surface topology was studied by AFM analysis, and the SEM micrographs displayed the 2D images of the TiO2 NPs. EDX analysis was performed to confirm the presence of the elements in the sample. Phytotoxic analysis of these nanoparticles was carried out, and it was found that germination rate was not affected but there is a decrease in the length of the roots by around 40 %. But these TiO2 nanoparticles did not show significant cytotoxicity in normal cells (Vero) compared to cancer cells (Hep2). This study offers a feasible and ecofriendly alternative to the existing syntheses methods and suggests a plausible means for the large-scale production of TiO2 NPs.

  15. Noble metal nanoparticle-decorated TiO2 nanobelts for enhanced photocatalysis

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    He, Haiyan; Yang, Ping; Jia, Changchao; Miao, Yanping; Zhao, Jie; Du, Yingying

    2014-07-01

    TiO2 nanobelts have been fabricated through a hydrothermal method and subsequently sulfuric-acid-corrosion-treated for a rough surface. Noble metal nanoparticles such as Ag and Au were deposited on the coarse surface of TiO2 nanobelts via a coprecipitation procedure. Ag-TiO2 nanobelts were prepared in ethanolic solution contained silver nitrate (AgNO3) and sodium hydroxide (NaOH). Au-TiO2 nanobelts were obtained in chloroauric acid (HAuCl4) using sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as the reductant. It is confirmed by the results of XRD patterns together with the SEM images that the composite of noble metal and TiO2 nanobelts were obtained successfully and the Ag or Au nanoparticles were well-dispersed on the TiO2 nanobelts. Moreover, the as-prepared Ag and Au nanoparticle-decorated TiO2 nanobelts represent an enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with pure TiO2 nanobelts, which is due to the fact that the Ag and Au nanoparticles on the surface of TiO2 nanobelts act as sinks for the photogenerated electrons and promote the separation of the electrons and holes.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

    2012-03-07

    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.

  19. Synthesis of natural cellulose-templated TiO2/Ag nanosponge composites and photocatalytic properties.

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    Yu, Dong-Hui; Yu, Xiaodan; Wang, Changhua; Liu, Xian-Chun; Xing, Yan

    2012-05-01

    In this paper, TiO(2)/Ag sponge-like nanostructure composites have been prepared by the surface sol-gel method with the template of natural cellulose, which is relatively simple, low-cost, and environmentally friendly. The Ag nanoparticles are deposited on the TiO(2) nanosponges through UV irradiation photoreduction of silver nitrate solutions. The physicochemical properties of as-prepared composites are characterized by XRD, BET, SEM, TEM, XPS and UV-vis DRS techniques. The UV-light photocatalytic activities of the composites are evaluated through the photodegradation of two model organic molecules including RhB and salicylic acid. The experimental results show that the photocatalytic activities of TiO(2)/Ag nanosponge composites are superior to that of P25, pure TiO(2) nanoparticle aggregates synthesized by the hydrothermal method and pure TiO(2) nanosponge. The superior activities of TiO(2)/Ag nanosponge composite photocatalysts can be attributed to the unique nanosponge morphology, uniform dispersion of Ag nanoparticles, and strong interaction between Ag and TiO(2) nanosponges.

  20. 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

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

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

    2013-02-01

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

  2. Carbon functionalized TiO2 nanofibers for high efficiency photocatalysis

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    Raghava Reddy, Kakarla; Gomes, Vincent G.; Hassan, Mahbub

    2014-03-01

    TiO2 nanofibers (30-50 nm diameter), fabricated by the electro-spinning process, were modified with organo-silane agents via a coupling reaction and were grafted with carbohydrate molecules. The mixture was carbonized to produce a uniform coating of amorphous carbon on the surface of the TiO2 nanofibers. The TiO2@C nanofibers were characterized by high resolution electron microscopy (HRTEM), x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron (XPS), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and UV-vis spectroscopy. The photocatalytic property of the functional TiO2 and carbon nanocomposite was tested via the decomposition of an organic pollutant. The catalytic activity of the covalently functionalized nanocomposite was found to be significantly enhanced in comparison to unfunctionalized composite and pristine TiO2 due to the synergistic effect of nanostructured TiO2 and amorphous carbon bound via covalent bonds. The improvement in performance is due to bandgap modification in the 1D co-axial nanostructure where the anatase phase is bound by nano-carbon, providing a large surface to volume ratio within a confined space. The superior photocatalytic performance and recyclability of 1D TiO2@C nanofiber composites for water purification were established through dye degradation experiments.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Super-long aligned TiO2/carbon nanotube arrays

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    Zhao, Yang; Hu, Yue; Li, Yan; Zhang, Han; Zhang, Shaowen; Qu, Liangti; Shi, Gaoquan; Dai, Liming

    2010-12-01

    5 mm long aligned titanium oxide/carbon nanotube (TiO2/CNT) coaxial nanowire arrays have been prepared by electrochemically coating the constituent CNTs with a uniform layer of highly crystalline anatase TiO2 nanoparticles. While the presence of the TiO2 coating was confirmed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction, the resultant TiO2/CNT coaxial arrays were demonstrated to exhibit minimized recombination of photoinduced electron-hole pairs and fast electron transfer from the long TiO2/CNT arrays to external circuits. This, in conjunction with the aligned macrostructure, facilitates the fabrication of TiO2/CNT arrays for various device applications, ranging from photodetectors to photocatalytic systems. Thus, the millimeter long TiO2/CNT arrays represent a significant advance in the development of new macroscopic photoelectronic nanomaterials attractive for a variety of device applications beyond those demonstrated in this study.

  6. 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.

  7. Low doses of TiO2-polyethylene glycol nanoparticles stimulate proliferation of hepatocyte cells

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    Sun, Qingqing; Kanehira, Koki; Taniguchi, Akiyoshi

    2016-01-01

    Abstract This paper describes the effect of low concentrations of 100 nm polyethylene glycol-modified TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2-PEG NPs) on HepG2 hepatocellular carcinoma cells. Proliferation of HepG2 cells increased significantly when the cells were exposed to low doses (<100 μg ml–1) of TiO2-PEG NPs. These results were further confirmed by cell counting experiments and cell cycle assays. Cellular uptake assays were performed to determine why HepG2 cells proliferate with low-dose exposure to TiO2-PEG NPs. The results showed that exposure to lower doses of NPs led to less cellular uptake, which in turn decreased cytotoxicity. We therefore hypothesized that TiO2-PEG NPs could affect the activity of hepatocyte growth factor receptors (HGFRs), which bind to hepatocyte growth factor and stimulate cell proliferation. The localization of HGFRs on the surface of the cell membrane was detected via immunofluorescence staining and confocal microscopy. The results showed that HGFRs aggregate after exposure to TiO2-PEG NPs. In conclusion, our results indicate that TiO2-PEG NPs have the potential to promote proliferation of HepG2 cells through HGFR aggregation and suggest that NPs not only exhibit cytotoxicity but also affect cellular responses. PMID:27877913

  8. 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.

  9. Layered TiO2: PVK nano-composite thin films for photovoltaic applications. TiO2: PVK nano-composite thin films.

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    Kaune, G; Wang, W; Metwalli, E; Ruderer, M; Rossner, R; Roth, S V; Müller-Buschbaum, P

    2008-01-01

    The influence of the solvent used for spin-coating on the homogeneity of poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) films is investigated. Homogenous films are obtained only by the use of toluene, solution in tetrahydrofuran (THF) and chloroform results in radially oriented inhomogeneities and films prepared by use of N-methylpyrrolidone and dimethylacetamide show particle formation during spin-coating. Layered nano-composite thin films are prepared by spin-coating a PVK film on top of a nano-structured titanium dioxide ( TiO2) layer. The TiO2 thin films are prepared by a sol-gel process using an amphiphilic copolymer as structure-directing agent. Structural characterisation of the TiO2 :PVK nano-composite films is done by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and grazing-incidence small-angle scattering (GISAXS). Bare TiO2 films are probed for comparison. Light is basically only absorbed in the ultraviolet regime and absorption slightly increases upon addition of PVK, which makes the layered TiO2 :PVK nano-composite thin films good candidates for UV photovoltaic devices. Furthermore, absorption remains stable over a period of several days.

  10. 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.

  11. Enhanced photocatalytic degradation of dyes over graphene/Pd/TiO2 nanocomposites: TiO2 nanowires versus TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Safajou, Hamed; Khojasteh, Hossein; Salavati-Niasari, Masoud; Mortazavi-Derazkola, Sobhan

    2017-07-15

    In this study, at first, TiO2 nanowire was prepared by an alkaline hydrothermal process. In the following, Gr/Pd/TiO2-NPs and Gr/Pd/TiO2-NWs were synthesized by a combination of hydrothermal and photodeposition methods. The properties of as prepared products were characterized using XRD, FT-IR, SEM, DRS, TEM, ICP-OES, EDS and TGA analysis. SEM results confirmed nanodimension structure for all samples. Also the band gap values obtained using DRS technique suggests that all the samples have semiconductor behavior. Using TGA analysis, the amount of graphene loaded onto the powders was confirmed. Photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B by TiO2-NWs, Gr/Pd/TiO2-NPs and Gr/Pd/TiO2-NWs nanocomposites was compared under ultraviolet light irradiation. Results confirmed that the Gr/Pd/TiO2-NWs composite show the highest photocatalytic activity due to much higher available surface area of TiO2 substrate in nanowire structure. It is expected that the synthesis of the high surface area TiO2 nanowires, facile photodeposition of palladium into its texture, and simple conversion of GO to graphene during hydrothermal process without using strong reducing agents, could be a suitable rote for preparing different types of carbon based TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalysts.

  12. A facile and versatile method for preparation of colored TiO2 with enhanced solar-driven photocatalytic activity.

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    Tan, Huaqiao; Zhao, Zhao; Niu, Mang; Mao, Chengyu; Cao, Dapeng; Cheng, Daojian; Feng, Pingyun; Sun, Zaicheng

    2014-09-07

    Colored TiO2 has attracted enormous attention due to its visible light absorption and excellent photocatalytic activity. In this report, we develop a simple and facile solid-state chemical reduction approach for a large-scale production of colored TiO2 at mild temperature (300-350 °C). The obtained sample possesses a crystalline core/amorphous shell structure (TiO2@TiO2-x). The oxygen vacancy results in the formation of a disordered TiO2-x shell on the surface of TiO2 nanocrystals. XPS and theoretical calculation results indicate that valence band tail and vacancy band below the conduction band minimum appear for the TiO2-x, which implies that the TiO2@TiO2-x nanocrystal has a narrow band gap and therefore leads to a broad visible light absorption. Oxygen vacancy in a proper concentration promotes the charge separation of photogenerated carriers, which improves the photocatalytic activity of TiO2@TiO2-x nanocrystals. This facile and general method could be potentially used for large scale production of colored TiO2 with remarkable enhancement in the visible light absorption and solar-driven H2 production.

  13. A facile approach for high surface area electrospun TiO2 nanostructures for photovoltaic and photocatalytic applications.

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    Arun, T A; Madhavan, Asha Anish; Chacko, Daya K; Anjusree, G S; Deepak, T G; Thomas, Sara; Nair, Shantikumar V; Nair, A Sreekumaran

    2014-03-28

    A rice-shaped TiO2-ZnO composite was prepared by electrospinning a mixture comprising the precursors of TiO2 and ZnO in polyvinyl acetate polymer dissolved in N,N-dimethyl acetamide. The electrospun nanofibers upon heat treatment in air resulted in collapse of the continuous fiber morphology and the formation of the rice-shaped TiO2-ZnO composite. The TiO2-ZnO composite was then treated with dilute acetic acid under hydrothermal conditions to etch ZnO from the TiO2-ZnO composite to get coral-shaped anisotropic TiO2. The structural anisotropy of TiO2 produced by the selective etching of ZnO resulted in a high surface area of 148 m(2) g(-1) for the TiO2. The initial and final materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman and XPS spectroscopies, powder X-ray diffraction and BET surface area measurements. The utility of the anisotropic TiO2 in photovoltaics and photocatalysis was explored. Dye-sensitized solar cells fabricated using the TiO2 showed a conversion efficiency of 6.54% as against 4.8% for a control experiment with the rice-shaped TiO2. The anisotropic TiO2 also showed good photocatalysis in the degradation of methyl orange dye and phenol.

  14. Structural and optoelectronic characterization of TiO2 films prepared using the sol gel technique

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    Jiménez González, A. E.; Gelover Santiago, S.

    2007-07-01

    TiO2 is a versatile material that makes for fascinating study in any of its several physical forms: monocrystal, polycrystal, powder or thin film. Its enhanced photosensitivity to UV radiation and excellent chemical stability in acidic and aqueous media point to its excellent potential for use in a variety of applications, such as solar cells, electronic devices, chemical sensors and photocatalysts. Of late, thin films of TiO2 have permitted the study of physical and chemical properties that are almost impossible to examine in powders. Using the sol-gel technique, it was possible to prepare TiO2 films, and to specifically modify their characteristic properties by means of annealing treatments. Optical measurements carried out on sol-gel derived films produced results similar to those found in films prepared using the sputtering technique. The use of TiO2 films facilitates the study of the behaviour of crystalline structure, grain size, photoresponse, electrical conductivity in both darkness and light and energy band gap (Eg) as a function of treatment temperature. For the first time, it has been demonstrated that the photoconductivity of TiO2 becomes apparent at a treatment temperature of 350 °C, which means that below this temperature the material is not photosensitive. The photosensitivity (S) of TiO2 films prepared by the sol-gel technique reaches values between 100 and 104, surpassing by more than two orders of magnitude the photosensitivity of TiO2 in powder form. In addition, it was possible to study the surface crystalline structure, where TEM studies clearly revealed both the polycrystalline order and the atomic arrangements of the TiO2 films. Our findings will afford us an opportunity to better study the nature of TiO2 and to enhance its performance with respect to the above-mentioned applications.

  15. Spiky TiO2/Au nanorod plasmonic photocatalysts with enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity.

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    Sun, Hang; Zeng, Shan; He, Qinrong; She, Ping; Xu, Kongliang; Liu, Zhenning

    2017-03-21

    A facile approach for the preparation of spiky TiO2/Au nanorod (NR) plasmonic photocatalysts has been demonstrated, which is through in situ nucleation and growth of spiky TiO2 onto AuNRs. Different aspect ratios of AuNRs in 2.5, 2.7, 4.1 and 4.5 have been applied to prepare spiky TiO2/AuNR nanohybrids to achieve tunable and broad localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) bands. All spiky TiO2/AuNR nanohybrids exhibit enhanced light harvesting by extending visible light absorption range by both transverse and longitudinal LSPR bands and decreasing light reflectance by their unique spiky structures. Compared to the bare AuNRs, commercial TiO2 (P25) and spiky TiO2/Au nanosphere photocatalysts, the spiky TiO2/AuNR photocatalysts exhibit significantly enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity in Rhodamine B (RhB) degradation due to their simultaneous enhancement in the light harvesting, charge utilization efficiency, and substrate accessibility. In particular, the spiky TiO2/AuNR-685 photocatalysts show the best photocatalytic activity with ∼98.9% of the RhB degraded within 90 min under the irradiation of 420-780 nm, which could be ascribed to the most extended visible light absorption range and sufficient photon energy of TiO2/AuNR-685 photocatalysts within this irradiation region. The bio-inspired nanostructure, as well as the facile and scalable fabrication approach, will open a new avenue for the rational design and preparation of high-performance photocatalysts for pollutant removal and water splitting.

  16. Chemically binding carboxylic acids onto TiO2 nanoparticles with adjustable coverage by solvothermal strategy.

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    Qu, Qiyun; Geng, Hongwei; Peng, Ruixiang; Cui, Qi; Gu, Xiaohong; Li, Fanqing; Wang, Mingtai

    2010-06-15

    This paper presents a solvothermal strategy for chemical modification of TiO(2) nanoparticles with carboxylic acids. Solvothermal reaction between the TiO(2) nanoparticles and carboxylic acid molecules in an autoclave at 100 degrees C provides carboxylic acid-modified TiO(2) particles with a modification efficiency much higher than the conventional immersion method. TiO(2) nanoparticles were prepared by hydrolysis of titanium isopropoxide in nitric acid solution; the modified nanoparticles were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction pattern, scanning electron microscopy, absorption and Fourier transform infrared spectra, and thermogravimetric analysis. Results show that the binding form of the modifier molecules on TiO(2) surface is in a bidentate chelating mode, the crystalline phase composition and morphological structure of the preformed TiO(2) nanoparticles are not affected by the solvothermal reaction, and the surface coverage of the modifier molecules can be adjusted by the weight ratio of modifier/TiO(2) during feeding. It is evident that the reaction processes in the solvothermal strategy involve the formation of double hydrogen bondings between carboxylic acid molecule and TiO(2) at the same Ti site and the coordination at solvothermal temperature by dehydration from the hydrogen bondings. The solvothermal strategy for modifying TiO(2) nanoparticles is expected to find potential applications in many fields; for example, our results demonstrate that the photovoltaic performance of the TiO(2) nanoparticles can be improved by the solvothermal modification even with an insulating modifier and controlled by the modifier coverage.

  17. Biocompatibility of different nanostructured TiO2 scaffolds and their potential for urologic applications.

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    Imani, Roghayeh; Pazoki, Meysam; Zupančič, Daša; Kreft, Mateja Erdani; Kralj-Iglič, Veronika; Veranič, Peter; Iglič, Aleš

    2016-11-01

    Despite great efforts in tissue engineering of the ureter, urinary bladder, and urethra, further research is needed in order to improve the patient's quality of life and minimize the economic burden of different lower urinary tract disorders. The nanostructured titanium dioxide (TiO2) scaffolds have a wide range of clinical applications and are already widely used in orthopedic or dental medicine. The current study was conducted to synthesize TiO2 nanotubes by the anodization method and TiO2 nanowires and nanospheres by the chemical vapor deposition method. These scaffolds were characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. In order to test the urologic applicability of generated TiO2 scaffolds, we seeded the normal porcine urothelial (NPU) cells on TiO2 nanotubes, TiO2 nanowires, TiO2 nanospheres, and on the standard porous membrane. The viability and growth of the cells were monitored everyday, and after 3 weeks of culturing, the analysis with scanning electron microscope (SEM) was performed. Our results showed that the NPU cells were attached on all scaffolds; they were viable and formed a multilayered epithelium, i.e., urothelium. The apical plasma membrane of the majority of superficial NPU cells, grown on all three different TiO2 scaffolds and on the porous membrane, exhibited microvilli; thus, indicating that they were at a similar differentiation stage. The maximal caliper diameter measurements of superficial NPU cells revealed significant alterations, with the largest cells being observed on nanowires and the smallest ones on the porous membrane. Our findings indicate that different nanostructured TiO2 scaffolds, especially nanowires, have a great potential for tissue engineering and should be further investigated for various urologic applications.

  18. TiO2 Nanorods Preparation from Titanyl Sulphate Produced by Dissolution of Ilmenite

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    Wahyuningsih, S.; Rinawati, L.; Munifa, R. M. I.; Ramelan, A. H.; Sulistyono, Eko

    2017-02-01

    One-dimensional titanium oxides (TiO2) nanorods have substantial applications in photocatalytic, nanoelectronic, and photoelectrochemical solar cells. These applications require large quantities of materials and a production technique suitable for future industry fabrication. We demonstrate here a new method of TiO2 nanorods production from ilmenite sands (FeTiO3). In this process, the roasted ilmenite sand was separated from the iron content and dissolved in the sulphuric acid solution. Separation process of TiO2 from ilmenite has been carried out by roasting, leaching and precipitation processes. The roasting process was conducted by the addition of Na2S at a temperature of 800°C that had been deomposed ilmenite into hematite (Fe2O3), anatase TiO2, rutile TiO2, Na2SO4, NaFeS2 and NaFeO2. Separation TiO2 from titanyl sulfate (TiOSO4) after leaching in H2SO4 solution was conducted by hydrolysis-condensation step and complexation step of Fe2+ content. KCNS solution was used as a complexing agent. The xerogel synthesized TiO2 then was prepared to 1-D nanostructure of TiO2 nanorods by hydrothermal process under alkaline condition. By the two-step method, we finally gain the 1D nanorods TiO2 extracted from ilmenite sand. The characterization using the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) obtained the nanorod morphology at a diameter about 9.6 nm.

  19. [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.

  20. Synergistic effects of F and Fe in co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Zhang, Yufei; Shen, Huiyuan; Liu, Yanhua

    2016-03-01

    TiO2 photocatalysts co-doped with F and Fe were synthesized by a sol-gel method. Synergistic effects of F and Fe in the co-doped TiO2 were verified by NH3 decomposition, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy, and was analyzed by the simulation based on the density functional theory (DFT). The results from NH3 decomposition confirmed that the cooperation of F and Fe broadened the optical response of TiO2 to visible light region and also enhanced the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 under ultraviolet light. XRD patterns, SEM and HRTEM images showed that the co-doped samples were nanometric anatase with an average particle size of 25 nm. Co-doping with F and Fe inhibited the grain growth of TiO2 from anatase to rutile and resulted in a larger lattice defect. XPS analysis exhibited that the doped F and Fe atoms were into the TiO2 lattice. UV-Vis absorption spectra showed that its optical absorption edge was moved up to approximately 617 nm and its ultraviolet absorption was also enhanced. The DFT results indicated that the cooperation of Fe 3d and O 2p orbits narrowed the band gap of TiO2 and F 2p orbit widened the upper valence bands. The synergistic electron density around F and Fe in co-doped TiO2 was capable to enhance the photo-chemical stability of TiO2.

  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. Beneficial surface passivation of hydrothermally grown TiO2 nanowires for solar water oxidation

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    Yun, Gun; Song, Gwang Yeom; Ahn, Bo-Eun; Lee, Sang-Kwon; Heo, Jaeyeong; Ahn, Kwang-Soon; Kang, Soon Hyung

    2016-03-01

    Rutile TiO2 nanowires (TONWs) with a length of 2.0 μm were synthesized using a facile hydrothermal method in a strong acid solution. To investigate the effect of surface passivation of TONW arrays, a TiO2 layer with a thickness varying from 5 to 20 nm on TONW arrays was applied by atomic layer deposition (ALD). No distinct morphological modification was observed in all prepared TONW arrays in the environment where the diameter of the TONW arrays was systematically increased from 10 to 40 nm. In this study, Mott-Schottky analysis revealed that 10 nm TiO2-coated TONW (denoted as TiO2(10 nm)/TONW) arrays showed the highest electronic conductivity, followed by the 5 nm, 20 nm, and 0 nm TiO2/TONW arrays. The photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance was assessed in 0.1 M KOH, which revealed that TiO2(10 nm)/TONW arrays displayed a photocurrent density (3.92 mA/cm2 at 0.5 VNHE) higher than that (2.72 mA/cm2) of TONW arrays. This may be ascribed to the surface passivation of trap or defect sites by the thin TiO2 surface coating, leading to the increased electron densities and improving the PEC performance. For a more definitive examination, photovoltage decay measurement was performed to calculate the decay lifetime, which is closely correlated to the electron-hole recombination reaction. In this study, TiO2(10 nm)/TONW arrays exhibited a decay lifetime (0.7 s) shorter than that (1.1 s) of TONW arrays, proving the suppressed charge recombination in the thin TiO2/TONW arrays.

  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. 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.

  6. Effects of TiO2 structures in dye-sensitized solar cell.

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    Kim, Bok-Min; Rho, Seon-Gyun; Kang, Choon-Hyoung

    2011-02-01

    In this work, the effects of crystalline structure of the TiO2, which is incorporated in fabrication of the n-type electrode, on the DSSC performance were investigated in terms of the energy conversion efficiency. In this effort, TiO2 nanoparticle pastes with varying contents of rutile and anatase structures were prepared by using the ethanol mixing method. The most efficient photo-electro-chemical performance was achieved for the DSSC fabricated with the TiO2 paste in which the anatase form of the nanocrystal extends to 90%.

  7. Activation of TiO2 photocatalyst by single-bubble sonoluminescence for water treatment.

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    Ogi, Hirotsugu; Hirao, Masahiko; Shimoyama, Masashi

    2002-05-01

    Single-bubble sonoluminescence (SBSL) continues to attract many researchers because the physics behind it remains uncertain and few applications have appeared. In this study, we propose to apply SBSL to a water-treatment technique. The SBSL flashes contain intense ultraviolet light, which activates a TiO2 photocatalyst to decompose organic compounds in water. This mechanism comes from the similar spectrum patterns between SBSL emission and TiO2 absorption. SBSL in solutions containing small amount of TiO2 powder decomposed phenol and 2,4-dinitrophenol with efficiency several times higher than those by the existing methods.

  8. Doping of TiO 2 Polymorphs for Altered Optical and Photocatalytic Properties

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    Nie, Xiliang; Zhuo, Shuping; Maeng, Gloria; ...

    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

  9. Preparation of nanostructured TiO2 photoelectrode for flexible dye-sensitized solar cell applications

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    Karuppuchamy, S.; Andou, Y.; Endo, T.

    2013-08-01

    Nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin film was successfully prepared by simple electrodeposition method from alkaline aqueous solution containing potassium titanium oxalate and hydroxylamine. Surface characterization of the electrodeposited films indicates the formation of crystalline TiO2. The dye solar cell constructed from dye-modified electrodeposited TiO2 film achieved an overall light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 2.1 % under 1 sun illumination, indicating its high potential as a photoelectrode material for the DSCs.

  10. Human serum albumin adsorption on TiO2 from single protein solutions and from plasma.

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    Sousa, S R; Moradas-Ferreira, P; Saramago, B; Melo, L Viseu; Barbosa, M A

    2004-10-26

    In the present work, the adsorption of human serum albumin (HSA) on commercially pure titanium with a titanium oxide layer formed in a H(2)O(2) solution (TiO(2) cp) and on TiO(2) sputtered on Si (TiO(2) sp) was analyzed. Adsorption isotherms, kinetic studies, and work of adhesion determinations were carried out. HSA exchangeability was also evaluated. Surface characterization was performed by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and wettability studies. The two TiO(2) surfaces have very distinct roughnesses, the TiO(2) sp having a mean R(a) value 14 times smaller than the one of TiO(2) cp. XPS analysis revealed consistent peaks representative of TiO(2) on sputtered samples as well as on Ti cp substrate after 48 h of H(2)O(2) immersion. Nitrogen was observed as soon as protein was present, while sulfur, present in disulfide bonds in HSA, was observed for concentrations of protein higher than 0.30 mg/mL. The work of adhesion was determined from contact angle measurements. As expected from the surface free energy values, the work of adhesion of HSA solution is higher for the TiO(2) cp substrate, the more hydrophilic one, and lower for the TiO(2) sp substrate, the more hydrophobic one. The work of adhesion between plasma and the substrates assumed even higher values for the TiO(2) cp surface, indicating a greater interaction between the surface and the complex protein solutions. Adsorption studies by radiolabeling of albumin ((125)I-HSA) suggest that rapid HSA adsorption takes place on both surfaces, reaching a maximum value after approximately 60 min of incubation. For the higher HSA concentrations in solution, a multilayer coverage was observed on both substrates. After the adsorption step from single HSA solutions, the exchangeability of adsorbed HSA molecules by HSA in solution was evaluated. The HSA molecules adsorbed on TiO(2) sp seem to be more easily exchanged by HSA itself than those adsorbed on TiO(2) cp after 24 h. In contrast, after 72 h, nearly all the adsorbed albumin molecules effectively exchange with other albumin molecules.

  11. Photoassisted Water-Gas Shift Reaction over Platinized TiO2 Catalysts.

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    1980-07-15

    level diagram, (2) that holes will be found at both the Pt/ TiO2 and the TiO2 /gas Interfaces and (3) that electrons will be captured at the Pt...T10 2 which enhances photoconductivity . We expect this sa~e change in conductivity to be important in our powdered catalysts. Changes in electronic band...02 during the photoassisted water-gas shiit reaction over Pt/ TIO2 at 25 0 C. p W24 tort. I20 figure a Pictorial Model of the photoinduced redox

  12. Effects of TiO2 NPs on Silkworm Growth and Feed Efficiency.

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    Li, YangYang; Ni, Min; Li, FanChi; Zhang, Hua; Xu, KaiZun; Zhao, XiaoMing; Tian, JiangHai; Hu, JingSheng; Wang, BinBin; Shen, WeiDe; Li, Bing

    2016-02-01

    Silkworm (Bombyx mori) (B. mori) is an economically important insect and a model species for Lepidoptera. It has been reported that feeding of low concentrations of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) can improve feed efficiency and increase cocoon mass, cocoon shell mass, and the ratio of cocoon shell. However, high concentrations of TiO2 NPs are toxic. In this study, we fed B. mori with different concentrations of TiO2 NPs (5, 10, 20, 40, 80, and 160 mg/L) and investigated B. mori growth, feed efficiency, and cocoon quality. We found that low concentrations of TiO2 NPs (5 and 10 mg/L) were more effective for weight gains, with significant weight gain being obtained at 72 h (P < 0.05). TiO2 NPs at 20 mg/L or higher had certain inhibitory effects, with significant inhibition to B. mori growth being observed at 48 h. The feed efficiency was significantly improved at low concentrations of 5 and 10 mg/L for 14.6 and 13.1 %, respectively (P < 0.05). All B. mori fed with TiO2 NPs showed increased cocoon mass and cocoon shell mass; at 5 and 10 mg/L TiO2 NPs, cocoon mass was significantly increased by 8.29 and 9.39 %, respectively (P < 0.05). We also found that low concentrations (5 and 10 mg/L) of TiO2 NPs promoted B. mori growth and development, improved feed efficiency, and increased cocoon production, while high concentrations (20 mg/L or higher) of TiO2 NPs showed inhibitory effect to the B. mori. Consecutive feeding of high concentrations of TiO2 NPs led to some degrees of adaptability. This study provides a reference for the research on TiO2 NPs toxicity and the basis for the development of TiO2 NPs as a feed additive for B. mori.

  13. 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.

  14. Local Bonding Analysis of the Valence and Conduction Band Features of TiO2

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    2007-01-01

    nanocrystalline samples tenuous at best. Hence, the phase of the unannealed TiO2 films cannot conclusively be identified as either anatase or rutile...reveals the local physical origin of the electronic structure in nanocrystalline films . TiO2 has further been chosen as a natural starting point to...thickness ratio is 2:1 for TiO2 . This assump- tion has been verified by XPS studies of the substrate Si 2p core-level spectra with film thickness. The

  15. Optical near-field induced visible response photoelectrochemical water splitting on nanorod TiO2

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    Huong Le, Thu Hac; Mawatari, Kazuma; Pihosh, Yuriy; Kawazoe, Tadashi; Yatsui, Takashi; Ohtsu, Motoichi; Tosa, Masahiro; Kitamori, Takehiko

    2011-11-01

    Here we report a way to induce the visible response of non-doped TiO2 in the photocatalytic electrochemical water splitting, which is achieved by utilizing the optical near-field (ONF) generated on nanorod TiO2. The visible response is attributed to the ONF-induced phonon-assisted excitation process, in which TiO2 is excited by sub-bandgap photons via phonon energy. Our approach directly gets involved in the excitation process without chemical modification of materials; accordingly it is expected to have few drawbacks on the photocatalytic performance. This study may offer another perspective on the development of solar harvesting materials.

  16. 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

  17. Low-Temperature Preparation and Properties of High Activity Anatase TiO2 Aqueous Sols

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    Liu, Qingju; Na, Wei; Zhu, Zhongqi; Zhang, Jin

    2011-06-01

    Anatase TiO2 aqueous sols were prepared below 70 °C by sol method. The influences of preparing conditions on the crystal structures and stability of the sols were investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Zeta potential. The photocatalytic activities of the anatase TiO2 aqueous sols were characterized by degradation of methyl orange and methylene blue under ultraviolet light, fluorescent light and sunlight. The sols demonstrate higher photocatalytic activity than that of Degussa P25-TiO2.

  18. Photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical oxidation mechanisms of methanol on TiO2 in aqueous solution

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    Ahmed, Amira Y.; Kandiel, Tarek A.; Ivanova, Irina; Bahnemann, Detlef

    2014-11-01

    Methanol is an available, small, and colorless molecule, which can be used for the photocatalytic activity evaluation without the sensitization problem associated with most dye molecules. Thus, TiO2 suspended in aqueous methanol solutions is commonly employed as a model test for the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants in aerobic system or for photocatalytic hydrogen production in absence of molecular oxygen. It is, hence, important to explore the mechanism of its photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical oxidation on TiO2 in aqueous solution. In this mini-review, the possible mechanisms for water and methanol oxidation on TiO2 will therefore be presented and discussed.

  19. Thermal performance of higher aspect ratio microchannels using TiO2-water nanofluids.

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    Raghuraman, D R S; Nagarajan, P K; Suresh, S

    2013-04-01

    An experimental setup was developed to study the heat transfer and fluid flow characteristics in rectangular copper microchannels with hydraulic diameter 29.4 microm using TiO2-Water nanofluids. The experimental facility is validated using existing correlations and subsequently tested with 0.1% and 0.3% concentrations of TiO2 nanofluids. The thermal resistance of heat sink with nanofluids is compared with the base fluid. It is inferred that 0.3% TiO2-Water nanofluids have 18% lower thermal resistance as compared to base fluid having for the same operating conditions.

  20. 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.

  1. Study of gamma irradiation effect on commercial TiO2 photocatalyst.

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    Bello Lamo, M P; Williams, P; Reece, P; Lumpkin, G R; Sheppard, L R

    2014-07-01

    The aim of this work is to understand the effect of gamma irradiation on commercial TiO2 photocatalyst for water treatment applications. Previous studies concluded that gamma-irradiation is able to modify the electronic properties of TiO2 based photocatalysts and consequently their photocatalytic performance. However, there are some discrepancies in the literature where on one hand a significant enhancement of the material properties is reported and on the other hand only a weak effect is observed. In this study a surface effect on TiO2 is confirmed by using low and medium gamma irradiation doses.

  2. A facile TiO2/PVDF composite membrane synthesis and their application in water purification

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    Zhang, Wei; Zhang, Yiming; Fan, Rong; Lewis, Rosmala

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we have demonstrated a facile wet chemical method to synthesise TiO2/PVDF composite membranes as alternative water purification method to traditional polymer-based membrane. For the first time, hydrothermally grown TiO2 nanofibers under alkali conditions were successfully inserted into PVDF membranes matrix. The structure, permeability and anti-fouling performance of as-prepared PVDF/TiO2 composite membranes were studied systematically. The TiO2/PVDF composite membranes prepared in this work promise great potential uses in water purification applications as microfiltration membranes due to its excellent physical/chemical resistance, anti-fouling and mechanical properties.

  3. The effect of TiO2 nanostructures on self-degrading polyurethane foams

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    Chen, Chao; Charpentier, Paul A.

    2014-03-01

    Waste polyurethane foams are becoming a serious environmental problem due to their low degradation rates upon exposure to the environment. By adding TiO2 nanostructures as a photocatalyst, we can simultaneously enhance mechanical properties during use for higher performance applications, while enhancing degradation when exposed to light when placed in landfills. In this work, we integrated anatase TiO2 nanoparticles into polyurethane foams using a unique bifunctional monomer approach and studied the photodegradation ability and mechanism in a weathering chamber simulating natural environmental conditions. We found that the TiO2 nanoparticles increased the degradation rate in a significant manner showing the utility of this approach.

  4. Theoretical study of magnetism in transition-metal-doped TiO2 and TiO2-δ

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    Errico, L. A.; Rentería, M.; Weissmann, M.

    2005-11-01

    In recent years there has been an intense search for room temperature ferromagnetism in semiconductors doped with dilute magnetic impurities, in particular, oxides. In this work we study the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of doped rutile TiO2 for two different impurity concentrations (25% and 6.25%), considering different distributions of the impurities in the host lattice. Calculations were performed with ab initio methods, assuming that the magnetic impurities substitutionally replace the Ti ions. Our results show that a local magnetic moment appears in the cases of Mn, Fe, and Co impurities, but not in the cases of Ni and Cu impurities. They also show that in the system Ti1-xCoxO2 the magnetic ions align ferromagnetically, while in Ti1-xMnxO2 and Ti1-xFexO2 the antiferromagnetic alignment is energetically favorable. We have also studied the effect of oxygen vacancies, which turned out to be very important. Their presence decreases the energy required to introduce the impurities in the host lattice and reciprocally, the presence of impurities is related to a higher vacancy concentration. The pairs impurity-nearest-neighbor oxygen vacancy seem to be the energetically preferred structures and to produce the highest local magnetic moments. Ni and even Cu impurities acquire magnetic moments in this environment.

  5. 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.

  6. Wet chemically prepared rutile TiO2(110) and TiO2(011): Substrate preparation for surface studies under non-UHV conditions

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    Ahmed, M. H. M.; Lydiatt, F. P.; Chekulaev, D.; Wincott, P. L.; Vaughan, D. J.; Jang, J. H.; Baldelli, S.; Thomas, A. G.; Walters, W. S.; Lindsay, R.

    2014-12-01

    A procedure for wet chemical preparation of TiO2 single crystal surfaces is detailed. The potential of this procedure is demonstrated through application to rutile-TiO2(110) and rutile-TiO2(011) substrates. Characterisation with atomic force microscopy, low energy electron diffraction, auger electron spectroscopy, and vibrational sum frequency spectroscopy indicates that flat, well-ordered, carbon-free surfaces can be generated. Notably, in contrast to the (2 × 1) low energy electron diffraction pattern observed for TiO2(011) prepared in ultra-high vacuum, wet chemical preparation results in a (4 × 1) unit cell; wet chemically prepared TiO2(110) displays an unreconstructed (1 × 1) surface.

  7. Impact of bimetal electrodes on dielectric properties of TiO2 and Al-doped TiO2 films.

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    Kim, Seong Keun; Han, Sora; Jeon, Woojin; Yoon, Jung Ho; Han, Jeong Hwan; Lee, Woongkyu; Hwang, Cheol Seong

    2012-09-26

    Rutile structured Al-doped TiO(2) (ATO) and TiO(2) films were grown on bimetal electrodes (thin Ru/thick TiN, Pt, and Ir) for high-performance capacitors. The work function of the top Ru layer decreased on TiN and increased on Pt and Ir when it was thinner than ~2 nm, suggesting that the lower metal within the electrodes influences the work function of the very thin Ru layer. The use of the lower electrode with a high work function for bottom electrode eventually improves the leakage current properties of the capacitor at a very thin Ru top layer (≤2 nm) because of the increased Schottky barrier height at the interface between the dielectric and the bottom electrode. The thin Ru layer was necessary to achieve the rutile structured ATO and TiO(2) dielectric films.

  8. 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; ...

    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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Angle dependent antireflection property of TiO2 inspired by cicada wings

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    Zada, Imran; Zhang, Wang; Li, Yao; Sun, Peng; Cai, Nianjin; Gu, Jiajun; Liu, Qinglei; Su, Huilan; Zhang, Di

    2016-10-01

    Inspired by cicada wings, biomorphic TiO2 with antireflective structures (ARSs) was precisely fabricated using a simple, inexpensive, and highly effective sol-gel process combined with subsequent calcination. It was confirmed that the fabricated biomorphic TiO2 not only effectively inherited the ARS but also exhibited high-performance angle dependent antireflective properties ranging from normal to 45°. Reflectance spectra demonstrated that the reflectivity of the biomorphic TiO2 with ARSs gradually changed from 1.4% to 7.8% with the increasing incidence angle over a large visible wavelength range. This angle dependent antireflective property is attributed to an optimized gradient refractive index between air and TiO2 via ARSs on the surface. Such surfaces with ARSs may have potential application in solar cells.

  14. Facile embedding of single vanadium atoms at the anatase TiO2(101) surface.

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    Koust, Stig; Arnarson, Logi; Moses, Poul G; Li, Zheshen; Beinik, Igor; Lauritsen, Jeppe V; Wendt, Stefan

    2017-04-05

    To understand the structure-reactivity relationships for mixed-metal oxide catalysts, well-defined systems are required. Mixtures of vanadia and titania (TiO2) are of particular interest for application in heterogeneous catalysis, with TiO2 often acting as the support. By utilizing high-resolution scanning tunneling microscopy, we studied the interaction of vanadium (V) with the anatase TiO2(101) surface in the sub-monolayer regime. At 80 K, metallic V nucleates into homogeneously distributed clusters onto the terraces with no preference for nucleation at the step edges. However, embedding of single V atoms into TiO2 occurs following annealing at room temperature. In conjunction with X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data and density functional theory calculations, we propose that monomeric V atoms occupy positions of regular surface Ti sites, i.e., Ti atoms are substituted by V atoms.

  15. Fabrication of TiO2/ZnS nanocomposites for solar energy mediated photocatalytic application

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    Prasannalakshmi, P.; Shanmugam, N.

    2017-03-01

    In the present work, we demonstrate the photocatalytic properties of nanosized TiO2, and different levels of ZnS-loaded TiO2/ZnS composites, for the degradation of the organic dyes brilliant green (BG), and methylene blue (MB) under solar light irradiation. For this process, TiO2 and the composites were synthesized by a sol-gel method. Further, the prepared products were subjected to structural, optical, and morphological characterizations. The results of the photocatalytic activity imply that for the samples studied, TiO2 loaded with an optimum level of zinc (0.25 M), and sulfur (0.5 M) is better able to actively degrade both BG and MB, due to its enhanced BET surface area, reduced band gap, and low charge transfer resistance.

  16. 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.

  17. Fabrication of TiO2/ZnS nanocomposites for solar energy mediated photocatalytic application.

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    Prasannalakshmi, P; Shanmugam, N

    2017-03-15

    In the present work, we demonstrate the photocatalytic properties of nanosized TiO2, and different levels of ZnS-loaded TiO2/ZnS composites, for the degradation of the organic dyes brilliant green (BG), and methylene blue (MB) under solar light irradiation. For this process, TiO2 and the composites were synthesized by a sol-gel method. Further, the prepared products were subjected to structural, optical, and morphological characterizations. The results of the photocatalytic activity imply that for the samples studied, TiO2 loaded with an optimum level of zinc (0.25M), and sulfur (0.5M) is better able to actively degrade both BG and MB, due to its enhanced BET surface area, reduced band gap, and low charge transfer resistance.

  18. Phase stability frustration on ultra-nanosized anatase TiO2.

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    Patra, Snehangshu; Davoisne, Carine; Bouyanfif, Houssny; Foix, Dominique; Sauvage, Frédéric

    2015-06-04

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. Transport properties in single-crystalline rutile TiO2 nanorods

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    Chen, R. S.; Chen, C. A.; Wang, W. C.; Tsai, H. Y.; Huang, Y. S.

    2011-11-01

    Electronic transport properties of the single-crystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods (NRs) with single rutile phase have been investigated. The conductivity values for the individual TiO2 NRs grown by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition are in the range of 1-10 Ω-1 cm-1. The temperature-dependent measurement shows the presence of two shallow donor levels/bands with activation energies at 8 and 28 meV, respectively. On the photoconductivity (PC), the TiO2 NRs exhibit the much higher normalized PC gain and sensitive excitation-power dependence than the polycrystalline nanotubes. The results demonstrate the superior photoconduction efficiency and distinct mechanism in the monocrystalline one-dimensional TiO2 nanostructures in comparison to the polycrystalline or nanoporous counterparts.

  1. Effect of construction of TiO2 nanotubes on platelet behaviors: Structure-property relationships.

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    Huang, Qiaoling; Yang, Yun; Zheng, Dajiang; Song, Ran; Zhang, Yanmei; Jiang, Pinliang; Vogler, Erwin A; Lin, Changjian

    2017-03-15

    Blood compatibility of TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) has been assessed in rabbit platelet-rich plasma (PRP), which combines activation of both blood plasma coagulation and platelets. We find that (i) amorphous TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) with relatively larger outer diameters led to reduced platelet adhesion/activation, (ii) TNTs with relatively smaller outer diameters in a predominately rutile phase also inhibited platelet adhesion and activation, and (iii) a pervasive fibrin network formed on larger outer diameter TNTs in a predominately anatase phase. Thus, this study suggests that combined effect of crystalline phase and surface chemistry controls blood-contact behavior of TNTs. A more comprehensive mechanism is proposed for understanding hemocompatibility of TiO2 which might prove helpful as a guide to prospective design of TiO2-based biomaterials.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. PCDDs, PCDFs, and PCBs co-occurrence in TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Ctistis, Georgios; Schön, Peter; Bakker, Wouter; Luthe, Gregor

    2016-03-01

    In the present study, we report on the co-occurrence of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) adsorbed on nanoparticular titanium dioxide (TiO2). We report on the finding of polychlorinated dibenzodioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) on the surface of commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles, being formed during the fabrication process of the TiO2. Thereby, the samples comprise PCBs with higher congener numbers or, in the absence of PCBs, a high concentration of PCDDs and PCDFs. This new class of POPs on an active catalytic surface and the great range of applications of nanoparticular TiO2, such as in color pigments, cosmetics, and inks, give rise to great concern due to their potential toxicity.

  5. Photoinduced superhydrophilicity of TiO2 thin film with hierarchical Cu doping

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    Liu, Zhifeng; Wang, Yun; Peng, Xinli; Li, Yabin; Liu, Zhichao; Liu, Chengcheng; Ya, Jing; Huang, Yizhong

    2012-04-01

    Hydrophilic Cu-TiO2 thin films with a gradient in the Cu concentration were prepared on glass by layer-by-layer dip-coating from TiO2 precursors. The effects of the Cu doping on the structure and properties of TiO2 self-cleaning thin films are discussed. The Cu gradient markedly affects the hydrophilicity of the films, with the water contact angle significantly reduced compared with those of the pure or uniformly doped TiO2 thin films. This enhanced hydrophilicity is explained by the more efficient absorption of the solar light and by the reduced recombination of photoexcited electrons and holes in the TiO2 films containing a gradient of Cu dopants.

  6. Photoinduced superhydrophilicity of TiO2 thin film with hierarchical Cu doping.

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    Liu, Zhifeng; Wang, Yun; Peng, Xinli; Li, Yabin; Liu, Zhichao; Liu, Chengcheng; Ya, Jing; Huang, Yizhong

    2012-04-01

    Hydrophilic Cu-TiO2 thin films with a gradient in the Cu concentration were prepared on glass by layer-by-layer dip-coating from TiO2 precursors. The effects of the Cu doping on the structure and properties of TiO2 self-cleaning thin films are discussed. The Cu gradient markedly affects the hydrophilicity of the films, with the water contact angle significantly reduced compared with those of the pure or uniformly doped TiO2 thin films. This enhanced hydrophilicity is explained by the more efficient absorption of the solar light and by the reduced recombination of photoexcited electrons and holes in the TiO2 films containing a gradient of Cu dopants.

  7. Photoinduced superhydrophilicity of TiO2 thin film with hierarchical Cu doping

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    Liu, Zhifeng; Wang, Yun; Peng, Xinli; Li, Yabin; Liu, Zhichao; Liu, Chengcheng; Ya, Jing; Huang, Yizhong

    2012-01-01

    Hydrophilic Cu–TiO2 thin films with a gradient in the Cu concentration were prepared on glass by layer-by-layer dip-coating from TiO2 precursors. The effects of the Cu doping on the structure and properties of TiO2 self-cleaning thin films are discussed. The Cu gradient markedly affects the hydrophilicity of the films, with the water contact angle significantly reduced compared with those of the pure or uniformly doped TiO2 thin films. This enhanced hydrophilicity is explained by the more efficient absorption of the solar light and by the reduced recombination of photoexcited electrons and holes in the TiO2 films containing a gradient of Cu dopants. PMID:27877479

  8. Effect of Electric Field on CO2 Photoreduction by TiO2 Film

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    Huang, Zhengfeng; Cheng, Xudong; Dong, Peimei; Zhang, Xiwen

    2017-02-01

    To mitigate the greenhouse effect, many studies have been carried out to improve the CO2 conversion efficiency of TiO2. Modification of TiO2 has been intensively investigated, but the influence of an electric field on photoreduction by this material remains largely unknown. Accordingly, in this study, we explored the effect of an electric field on the photoreduction process using a porous TiO2-Ti material. The results indicated that the CO yield improved 85-fold (equivalent to 4772 μmol/g h) when a 30-kV voltage was applied during the reduction process. To make the electric field effect fully functional, we also explored the effect of water on the photoreduction process, finding that TiO2 showed the highest conversion rate when the humidity was controlled at 50% relative humidity (RH).

  9. Enhanced supercapacitor performances using C-doped porous TiO2 electrodes

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    Chen, Juanrong; Qiu, Fengxian; Zhang, Ying; Liang, Jianzheng; Zhu, Huijun; Cao, Shunsheng

    2015-11-01

    Considerable efforts have been paid to develop electrochemical capacitors with energy storage capability in order to meet the demands of multifunctional electronics. Here we report a facile method to fabricate C-doped porous anatase TiO2. This technique involves the preparation of monodisperse cationic polystyrene nanoparticles (CPN), following sequential deposition of tetrabutylorthotitanate (TBT), and directly carbonizing of CPN. Interestingly, during the process of carbonizing CPN, a phase transition of TiO2 will be happened and whist C-doped porous anatase TiO2 is in situ formed. When this porous C-doped TiO2 is used as electrode material to prepare electrochemical capacitor, it manifests a higher capacitance than the commercial P25, effectively broadening it potential for many practical applications.

  10. Preparation and photoactivity of nanostructured anatase, rutile and brookite TiO2 thin films.

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    Addamo, Maurizio; Bellardita, Marianna; Di Paola, Agatino; Palmisano, Leonardo

    2006-12-21

    Photoactive films consisting of pure anatase, brookite or rutile TiO2 were prepared by dip coating from water dispersions obtained by using TiCl4 as the precursor under similar mild experimental conditions.

  11. 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.

  12. TiO2-coated carbon nanotubes: A redshift enhanced photocatalysis at visible light

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    Lu, Sheng-Yi; Tang, Chiung-Wen; Lin, Yu-Hsien; Kuo, Hsin-Fu; Lai, Yao-Cheng; Tsai, Meng-Yen; Ouyang, Hao; Hsu, Wen-Kuang

    2010-06-01

    Annealing of carbon nanotubes coated with thin and uniform TiO2 results in carbon diffusion into oxygen lattices and doping induced redshift is evident by an efficient photocatalysis at visible light. The underlying mechanism is discussed.

  13. Effect of fluorine doped TiO2 on the property of perovskite solar cell

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    Zhang, X. Q.; Wu, Y. P.; Huang, Y.; Zhou, Z. H.; Shen, S.

    2017-03-01

    Anatase TiO2 nanoparticles with different amounts of fluorine doping were synthesized by a hydrothermal method using hydrogen titanate nanotubes as a precursor and applied as mesoporous layer for preparing perovskite solar cell. The morphology and structures were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), meanwhile, the properties and performances were tested by photoluminescence spectrum (PL) and current density and voltage (J-V) curve. It was found that doping fluorine into TiO2 made the photoelectric conversion efficiency (PCE) of perovskite solar cell (PSC) to be improved. The best PCE of PSC based on a F-doped TiO2 was 13.06% and increased by 51% compared to an un-doped TiO2. The study provided a direction for the exploration of high performance electron transport layer of perovskite solar cell.

  14. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic activities of TiO2-SrTiO3 composites

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    Wang, Yan; Zhu, Lianjie; Gao, Fubo; Xie, Hanjie

    2017-01-01

    Series of TiO2-SrTiO3 composites were synthesized by hydrothermal method, using TiO2 nanotube array as a precursor and Sr(OH)2 as a Sr source material. TiO2-SrTiO3 products with various composition were obtained by simply changing the reaction time. The as-synthesized products were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The optical properties were studied by means of UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. Their photocatalytic activities were assessed by photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB) solution and the photocatalytic reaction mechanism was discussed. The TiO2-SrTiO3 composites obtained at 2 h exhibits the highest activity for photodegradation of RhB.

  15. 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.

  16. Improving the efficiency of dye sensitized solar cells by TiO2-graphene nanocomposite photoanode

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    Mehmood, Umer; Ahmed, Shakeel; Hussein, Ibnelwaleed A.; Harrabi, Khalil

    2015-08-01

    Nanocomposite photoanodes were prepared by addition of graphene (GR) micro-platelets to TiO2 nanoparticulate paste. TiO2/graphene based DSSCs were fabricated using Z907 photosensitizer. Transmission electron microscope was used to confirm the presence of graphene in composite films after heating at 450 °C for 30 min. UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, photocurrent-voltage characteristics and electrochemical impedance spectroscopic measurements were conducted to characterize the DSSCs. The results show that the photo conversion efficiency is highly dependent on the concentration of graphene in the photoanode. Under an optimal conditions, solar cell based on graphene/TiO2 shows power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 4.03%, which is about 26% greater than the cell based on pristine TiO2 electrode (3.20%). A density functional theory was used to compute the band gap of TiO2 and graphene-TiO2 nano clusters.

  17. 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.

  18. Multicomponent polymer coating to block photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Lee, Wilson A; Pernodet, Nadine; Li, Bingquan; Lin, Chien H; Hatchwell, Eli; Rafailovich, Miriam H

    2007-12-07

    Chemical grafting of anti-oxidant molecules with an additional hydrophobic polymer coating directly onto TiO(2) particle surfaces, using sonochemistry, is found to eliminate photocatalytic degradation enabling highly effective screening against UV radiation.

  19. Nano TiO2 film electrode for electrocatalytic reduction of furfural in ionic liquids

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    Chu, Daobao; Hou, Yuanyuan; He, Jianguo; Xu, Mai; Wang, Yuqing; Wang, Shuxi; Wang, Jian; Zha, Longwu

    2009-10-01

    Nanoporous TiO2 having enhanced surface area was synthesized by sol-gel method. An "environmental friendly" method for production of furfuryl alcohol was presented by electrocatalytic reduction of furfural to furfuryl alcohol in ionic liquid medium at the surface of nanoporous TiO2 film electrode. The heterogeneous catalytic redox behaviour of a nanoporous TiO2 film electrode surface was investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV). It was found that the catalytic reduction of furfural by Ti(IV)/Ti(III) redox system on the nanoporous TiO2 film surface. The electrode reaction mechanism is called catalytic (EC') mechanism, current density can reach 38 mA/cm2 and yielding an overall conversion efficiency of 61.7%.

  20. Ultralong Rutile TiO2 Nanowire Arrays for Highly Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.

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    Li, Hailiang; Yu, Qingjiang; Huang, Yuewu; Yu, Cuiling; Li, Renzhi; Wang, Jinzhong; Guo, Fengyun; Jiao, Shujie; Gao, Shiyong; Zhang, Yong; Zhang, Xitian; Wang, Peng; Zhao, Liancheng

    2016-06-01

    Vertically aligned rutile TiO2 nanowire arrays (NWAs) with lengths of ∼44 μm have been successfully synthesized on transparent, conductive fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass by a facile one-step solvothermal method. The length and wire-to-wire distance of NWAs can be controlled by adjusting the ethanol content in the reaction solution. By employing optimized rutile TiO2 NWAs for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), a remarkable power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 8.9% is achieved. Moreover, in combination with a light-scattering layer, the performance of a rutile TiO2 NWAs based DSC can be further enhanced, reaching an impressive PCE of 9.6%, which is the highest efficiency for rutile TiO2 NWA based DSCs so far.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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...

  7. Influences of nano-anatase TiO2 on the nitrogen metabolism of growing spinach.

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    Yang, Fan; Hong, Fashui; You, Wenjuan; Liu, Chao; Gao, Fengqing; Wu, Cheng; Yang, Ping

    2006-05-01

    Previous research showed that nano-TiO2 could significantly promote photosynthesis and greatly improve growth of spinach, but we also speculated that an increase of spinach growth by nano-TiO2 treatment might be closely related to the change of nitrogen metabolism. The effects of nanoanatase TiO2 on the nitrogen metabolism of growing spinach were studied by treating them with nano-anatase TiO2. The results showed that nano-anatase TiO2 treatment could obviously increase the activities of nitrate reductase, glutamate dehydrogenase, glutamine synthase, and glutamic-pyruvic transaminase during the growing stage. Nano-anatase TiO2 treatment could also promote spinach to absorb nitrate, accelerate inorganic nitrogen (such as NO3--N and NH4+-N) to be translated into organic nitrogen (such as protein and chlorophyll), and enhance the fresh weight and dry weights.

  8. 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.

  9. The synthesis of rutile nano-structured TiO2 composite under low temperature

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    Zhang, Lei; Zheng, Yibo; Dong, Mofei; Li, Simian

    2012-11-01

    In this paper, in order to improve the photocatalytic application of TiO2, the low-density material such as Ps and TiCl4 is proposed to be the raw carrier, and the nana-structured TiO2 composite is obtained by combining the sol-gel technology and layer-by-layer self-assembly methods; The pure rutile nano-structured TiO2 whose diameter is about 0.25mm are prepared under different conditions at low temperature. By being calcined under 450 ℃ the hollow sphere TiO2 is prepared and its composition, size, structure analysis and characterization are studied by using X ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and thermal gravimetric analysis (DSC-TG) respectively.

  10. 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.

  11. The effect of multiwalled carbon nanotube doping on the CO gas sensitivity of TiO2 xerogel composite film

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    Lee, Jin-Seok; Ha, Tae-Jung; Hong, Min-Hee; Park, Chang-Sun; Park, Hyung-Ho

    2013-03-01

    A simple sol-gel method was applied for the synthesis of 0.01 wt% multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)-doped TiO2 xerogel composite film. The film's CO gas sensing properties were then evaluated. Doped MWCNTs were coated with TiO2 and distributed on a TiO2 xerogel matrix. The TiO2 xerogel showed an anatase structure after heat treatment at 450 °C under vacuum. The specific surface area of the composite material was larger than the pure TiO2 xerogel material. The CO gas sensitivity of the MWCNTs(0.01 wt%)-doped TiO2 xerogel composite film was found to be seven times higher than that of pure TiO2 xerogel film and to have good stability. This higher gas-sensing property of the composite film was due to both an increase of specific surface area and the n-p junction structure of the TiO2 xerogel coated on MWCNTs. The electrons generated from TiO2 after adsorption of CO gas induces electron transfer from the TiO2 to the MWCNTs. This induces a characteristic change in the MWCNTs from p-type to n-type, and the resistance of MWCNTs-doped TiO2 xerogel composite sensor is therefore decreased.

  12. Interfacial electron transfer in TiO(2) surfaces sensitized with Ru(II)-polypyridine complexes.

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    Jakubikova, Elena; Snoeberger, Robert C; Batista, Victor S; Martin, Richard L; Batista, Enrique R

    2009-11-12

    Studies of interfacial electron transfer (IET) in TiO(2) surfaces functionalized with (1) pyridine-4-phosphonic acid, (2) [Ru(tpy)(tpy(PO(3)H(2)))](2+), and (3) [Ru(tpy)(bpy)(H(2)O)-Ru(tpy)(tpy(PO(3)H(2)))](4+) (tpy = 2,2':6,2''-terpyridine; bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) are reported. We characterize the electronic excitations, electron injection time scales, and interfacial electron transfer (IET) mechanisms through phosphonate anchoring groups. These are promising alternatives to the classic carboxylates of conventional dye-sensitized solar cells since they bind more strongly to TiO(2) surfaces and form stable covalent bonds that are unaffected by humidity. Density functional theory calculations and quantum dynamics simulations of IET indicate that electron injection in 1-TiO(2) can be up to 1 order of magnitude faster when 1 is attached to TiO(2) in a bidentate mode (tau approximately 60 fs) than when attached in a monodentate motif (tau approximately 460 fs). The IET time scale also depends strongly on the properties of the sensitizer as well as on the nature of the electronic excitation initially localized in the adsorbate molecule. We show that IET triggered by the visible light excitation of 2-TiO(2) takes 1-10 ps when 2 is attached in a bidentate mode, a time comparable to the lifetime of the excited electronic state. IET due to visible-light photoexcitation of 3-TiO(2) is slower, since the resulting electronic excitation remains localized in the tpy-tpy bridge that is weakly coupled to the electronic states of the conduction band of TiO(2). These results are particularly valuable to elucidate the possible origin of IET efficiency drops during photoconversion in solar cells based on Ru(II)-polypyridine complexes covalently attached to TiO(2) thin films with phosphonate linkers.

  13. 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).

  14. Microglial cells (BV-2) internalize titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles: toxicity and cellular responses.

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    Rihane, Naima; Nury, Thomas; M'rad, Imen; El Mir, Lassaad; Sakly, Mohsen; Amara, Salem; Lizard, Gérard

    2016-05-01

    Because of their whitening and photocatalytic effects, titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) are widely used in daily life. These NPs can be found in paints, plastics, papers, sunscreens, foods, medicines (pills), toothpastes, and cosmetics. However, the biological effect of TiO2-NPs on the human body, especially on the central nervous system, is still unclear. Many studies have demonstrated that the brain is one of the target organs in acute or chronic TiO2-NPs toxicity. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of TiO2-NPs at different concentrations (0.1 to 200 μg/mL) on murine microglial cells (BV-2) to assess their activity on cell growth and viability, as well as their neurotoxicity. Different parameters were measured: cell viability, cell proliferation and DNA content (SubG1 peak), mitochondrial depolarization, overproduction of reactive oxygen species (especially superoxide anions), and ultrastructural changes. Results showed that TiO2-NPs induced some cytotoxic effects with a slight inhibition of cell growth. Thus, at high concentrations, TiO2-NPs were not only able to inhibit cell adhesion but also enhanced cytoplasmic membrane permeability to propidium iodide associated with a loss of mitochondrial transmembrane potential and an overproduction of superoxide anions. No induction of apoptosis based on the presence of a SubG1 peak was detected. The microscopic observations also indicated that small groups of nanosized particles and micron-sized aggregates were engulfed by the BV-2 cells and sequestered as intracytoplasmic aggregates after 24-h exposure to TiO2-NPs. Altogether, our data show that the accumulation TiO2-NPs in microglial BV-2 cells favors mitochondrial dysfunctions and oxidative stress.

  15. Optimization of PZT Thin Film Crystalline Orientation Through Optimization of TiO2/Pt Templates

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    2011-01-01

    6,887,716 B2, May 3, 2005. 5. Calame, F.; Muralt, P. Growth and Properties of Gradient Free Sol Gel Lead Zirconate Titanate Thin Films. Appl. Phys...Optimization of PZT Thin Film Crystalline Orientation Through Optimization of TiO2 /Pt Templates by Daniel M. Potrepka, Glen R. Fox, and... TiO2 /Pt Templates Daniel M. Potrepka and Ronald G. Polcawich Sensors and Electron Devices Directorate, ARL Glen R. Fox Fox Materials

  16. Interfacial Electron Transfer in TiO2 Surfaces Sensitized with Ru(II)-Polypyridine Complexes

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    Jakubikova, Elena; Snoeberger, Robert C., III; Batista, Victor S.; Martin, Richard L.; Batista, Enrique R.

    2009-07-01

    Studies of interfacial electron transfer (IET) in TiO2 surfaces functionalized with (1) pyridine-4-phosphonic acid, (2) [Ru(tpy)(tpy(PO3H2))]2+, and (3) [Ru(tpy)(bpy)(H2O)-Ru(tpy)(tpy(PO3H2))]4+ (tpy = 2,2':6,2''-terpyridine; bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) are reported. We characterize the electronic excitations, electron injection time scales, and interfacial electron transfer (IET) mechanisms through phosphonate anchoring groups. These are promising alternatives to the classic carboxylates of conventional dye-sensitized solar cells since they bind more strongly to TiO2 surfaces and form stable covalent bonds that are unaffected by humidity. Density functional theory calculations and quantum dynamics simulations of IET indicate that electron injection in 1-TiO2 can be up to 1 order of magnitude faster when 1 is attached to TiO2 in a bidentate mode (τ ˜ 60 fs) than when attached in a monodentate motif (τ ˜ 460 fs). The IET time scale also depends strongly on the properties of the sensitizer as well as on the nature of the electronic excitation initially localized in the adsorbate molecule. We show that IET triggered by the visible light excitation of 2-TiO2 takes 1-10 ps when 2 is attached in a bidentate mode, a time comparable to the lifetime of the excited electronic state. IET due to visible-light photoexcitation of 3-TiO2 is slower, since the resulting electronic excitation remains localized in the tpy-tpy bridge that is weakly coupled to the electronic states of the conduction band of TiO2. These results are particularly valuable to elucidate the possible origin of IET efficiency drops during photoconversion in solar cells based on Ru(II)-polypyridine complexes covalently attached to TiO2 thin films with phosphonate linkers.

  17. TiO2-Based Nanomaterials for Gas Sensing-Influence of Anatase and Rutile Contributions.

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    Zakrzewska, K; Radecka, M

    2017-12-01

    The paper deals with application of three nanomaterial systems: undoped TiO2, chromium-doped TiO2:Cr and TiO2-SnO2 synthesized by flame spray synthesis (FSS) technique for hydrogen sensing. The emphasis is put on the role of anatase and rutile polymorphic forms of TiO2 in enhancing sensitivity towards reducing gases. Anatase-to-rutile transformation is achieved by annealing of undoped TiO2 in air at 700 °C, specific Cr doping and modification with SnO2. Undoped TiO2 and TiO2-SnO2 exhibit n-type behaviour and while TiO2: 5 at.% Cr is a p-type semiconductor. X-ray diffraction (XRD) has been applied to determine anatase-to-rutile weight ratio as well as anatase and rutile crystal size. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) have been used to characterize the structure and morphological parameters. Optical reflectometry enabled to find and compare the band gaps E g of anatase and rutile predominated compositions. Electrical properties, i.e. the electrical conductivity and values of constant phase element (CPE), have been established on the basis of impedance spectroscopy. Dynamic responses of the electrical resistance as a function of hydrogen concentration revealed that predominance of rutile in anatase/rutile mixture is beneficial for gas sensing. Partial transformation to rutile in all three material systems under study resulted in an increased sensitivity towards hydrogen. It is proposed that this effect can be explained in a similar way as in photocatalysis, i.e. by specific band alignment and electron transfer from rutile to anatase to facilitate oxygen preadsorption on the surface of anatase grains.

  18. Tissue distribution and clearance of intravenously administered titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles.

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    Shinohara, Naohide; Danno, Nobuko; Ichinose, Takayuki; Sasaki, Takeshi; Fukui, Hiroko; Honda, Kazumasa; Gamo, Masashi

    2014-03-01

    The organ-tissue distribution and clearance of Degussa P25 TiO2 nanoparticles were determined after intravenous administration to rats (0.95 mg/kg bodyweight) using an inductively coupled plasma sector field mass spectrometer. The detection limits of Ti analysis, 0.54 and 1.4 ng/mL for blood and urine and 0.35-2.0 ng/g tissue for several organ tissues, enabled determination of tissue distribution and clearance for organs in which Ti content could not be previously determined due to low concentrations. Blood concentrations of TiO2 were 420 and 19 ng/mL at 5 and 15 min after administration, which were equivalent of only 2.8% and 0.13% of the administration dose, respectively. At 6 h, 94%, 2.0%, 0.17%, 0.023%, 0.014% and 0.026% of administered TiO2 was found in the liver, spleen, lung, kidney, heart and blood, respectively. Liver and spleen TiO2 burden was significantly higher in the administration than control group (p < 0.01) and did not decrease up to 30 days after administration, while TiO2 burden in the lung, kidney, heart and blood decreased over time. A two-step decay model was more suitable than a one-step decay model for the decay curves of pulmonary TiO2 burden but did not improve fitting to the decay curves of kidney TiO2 burden. No translocation to the brain was confirmed at a lower detection limit than was applied in previous studies. Ti content in faeces and urine in the TiO2 administration group did not differ from that in the control group.

  19. Biomimetic Approach to Solar Cells Based on TiO2 Nanotubes

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    2008-04-01

    reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources , gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection information... terpineol as solvent and ethyl cellulose as binder. The aqueous system was optimized with a mass percent of 15.9%, 4.8%, and 79.3% of TiO2...hydroxyethylcellulose, and water, respectively. The terpineol - based system was optimized with a mass percent of 17.7%, 4.3%, and 79.4% of TiO2

  20. Aggregation behaviour of TiO2 nanoparticles in natural river water

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    Adam, Véronique; Loyaux-Lawniczak, Stéphanie; Labille, Jérôme; Galindo, Catherine; del Nero, Mireille; Gangloff, Sophie; Weber, Tiphaine; Quaranta, Gaetana

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to determine and understand the aggregation behaviour of industrial nanoparticulate TiO2 (NPs) in the river water near a TiO2 production plant. The aggregation was tested in near-reality conditions with industrial NPs and the filtered river water in which they are potentially released. The initial size of TiO2 NPs is around 5 nm. The evolution of the hydrodynamic diameters of the TiO2 aggregates in the presence of added Suwannee River fulvic acid (SRFA) and illite in the filtered river water was measured at pH 8 for at least 30 min with dynamic light scattering and laser diffraction. The experiments performed in the filtered river water allowed the determination of the attachment efficiency coefficients, and the experiments performed under conditions facilitating aggregation (with higher Ca2+ content) were used to understand the potential aggregation processes. When no Ca2+ was added into the river water, the initially aggregated TiO2 did not develop a secondary aggregation in the presence of SRFA and illite. Upon the addition of 2.75 mM Ca2+, TiO2 was shown to heteroaggregate with illite at all tested concentrations. Consequently, in the studied river, the fate of the TiO2 NPs does not seem to be related to that of the clay suspended particles upstream of the plant. However, the behaviours of the TiO2 NPs and the clays are closely linked in the water with higher salt content, which is the case downstream of one of the industrial effluent release points.

  1. TiO2-graphene sponge for the removal of tetracycline

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    Zhao, Lianqin; Xue, Fumin; Yu, Baowei; Xie, Jingru; Zhang, Xiaoliang; Wu, Ruihan; Wang, Ruijue; Hu, Zhiyan; Yang, Sheng-Tao; Luo, Jianbin

    2015-01-01

    Spongy graphene adsorbents have attracted great research interest recently, because of the high adsorption capacity, easy handling, and low operating cost. Fabrication of graphene sponge with other high-performance adsorbents might combine the merits of both materials, thus deserves more investigations. In this study, TiO2-graphene sponge (TiO2-GS) was prepared by the deposition of amorphous TiO2 on graphene oxide (GO) sheets for the adsorption of tetracycline antibiotics, where lyophilization was adopted to obtain the porous structure. TiO2-GS adsorbed tetracycline with a large adsorption capacity of 1,805 mg/g, larger than that of GO (313 mg/g) and GO-chitosan aerogel (1,470 mg/g). The adsorption kinetics, which finally reached the equilibrium at 48 h, was clearly controlled by the diffusion of tetracycline to TiO2-GS in the initial stage according to intraparticle diffusion model. Thermodynamics investigation indicated that the adsorption process was endothermic and promoted at higher temperature, with a positive Δ H of 35.8 kJ/mol. Generally, higher pH facilitated the adsorption of tetracycline on TiO2-GS, except that the adsorption was also very effective at pH 1. In contrast, ionic strength had insignificant influence. The adsorbed tetracycline could be washed out with acidic ice-cold water to regenerate TiO2-GS. The implication to the applications of TiO2-GS in water treatment is discussed.

  2. Influence of terbium on structure and luminescence of nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films

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    Wojcieszak, Damian; Kaczmarek, Danuta; Domaradzki, Jaroslaw; Lukowiak, Anna; Strek, Wieslaw

    2013-02-01

    In this work analysis of the structural and optical properties of TiO2 thin films doped with terbium has been described. Samples were prepared by a high energy reactive magnetron sputtering process under low pressure of oxygen plasma. X-ray diffraction results have shown that different TiO2 crystal forms have been produced, depending on the amount of Tb dopant. The undoped matrix had rutile structure with crystallites with a size of 8.7 nm, while incorporation of 0.4 at. % of Tb into the film during the sputtering process resulted in anatase structure with bigger crystallites (11.7 nm). Increasing the amount of terbium up to 2 at. % and 2.6 at. % gave rutile structure with crystallites with a size of 6.6 nm for both films. However, Raman spectroscopy has revealed that in the case of TiO2:(2 at. % Tb), except for the rutile form, the presence of fine-crystalline anatase was observed. Moreover, the lack of Raman peaks shift attests to the lack of stress in the titania lattice of all of the TiO2:Tb films. This fact indicates localization of Tb3+ ions on the surface of TiO2 nanocrystals. In the case of optical investigation, results have shown that doping with terbium has a significant influence on the properties of TiO2, but it does not decrease the high transparency of the matrix. The observed changes of the transmission characteristics were produced only due to modification of the TiO2:Tb structure. Photoluminescence measurements have shown that emission of light from TiO2:Tb films occurs when the amount of terbium is 2.6 at. %. Based on the obtained results a scheme of direct energy transfer from titanium dioxide matrix (with rutile structure) to Tb3+ ions has been proposed.

  3. Rutile TiO2 nanowire-based perovskite solar cells.

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    Jiang, Qinglong; Sheng, Xia; Li, Yingxuan; Feng, Xinjian; Xu, Tao

    2014-12-07

    Different lengths of rutile TiO2 nanowires (NW) with wide-open space for effective material filling were used as photoanodes for perovskite solar cells. Cells with 900 nm nanowires as photoanodes exhibit a current density of 22 mA cm(-2) and an efficiency of 11.7%, outperforming the reported TiO2 nanowire-based perovskite solar cells.

  4. Apatite-forming PEEK with TiO2 surface layer coating.

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    Kizuki, Takashi; Matsushita, Tomiharu; Kokubo, Tadashi

    2015-01-01

    Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is widely used in orthopedic implants, such as spinal fusion devices, because of its moderate elastic modulus, as well as relatively high mechanical strength. However, it does not bond to living bone, and hence it needs autograft to be fixed to the bone. In this study, we attempted to add bone-bonding properties to PEEK by coating with TiO2 synthesized by the sol-gel process. When a TiO2 sol solution consisting of titanium isopropoxide, water, ethanol, and nitric acid was deposited on a PEEK substrate without any pretreatment, the formed TiO2 gel layer was easily peeled off after subsequent treatments. However, when the same solution was deposited on PEEK that was preliminarily subjected to UV or O2 plasma treatment, the deposited TiO2 gel layer strongly adhered to the substrate even after subsequent treatments. The strong adhesion was attributed to the interaction among the C-O, C=O, and O-C=O groups on the PEEK owing to the UV or O2 plasma treatment and the Ti-O bond of the TiO2 gel. Apatite did not form on the as-formed TiO2 gel layer in a simulated body fluid (SBF) even within 3 days; however, apatite formed after soaking in 0.1 M HCl solution at 80 °C for 24 h. This apatite formation was attributed to positive surface charge of the TiO2 gel layer induced by the acid treatment. The PEEK with the TiO2 gel layer coating formed by the proposed process is expected to bond to living bone, because a positively charged titanium oxide which facilitates the formation of apatite in SBF within a short period is known to bond to living bone.

  5. The Effect of Carbon Nanotube on Band Gap Energy of TiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Taleshi, F.

    2015-05-01

    A composite of TiO2-carbon nanotubes (CNTs) was synthesized via a sol-gel method. The structure and morphology of the nanocomposite samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The optical properties of the samples were studied using UV-Vis spectroscopy. The results show that CNTs can decrease the value of band gap energy of TiO2 nanoparticles considerably.

  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. 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

    2016-03-07

    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.

  8. Experimental research of pulsed discharge plasma and TiO2/Zeolite coupling technology for formaldehyde removal

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    Dong, Bingyan; Lan, Shuirong

    2013-03-01

    The pulsed discharge plasma combining with catalyst to remove formaldehyde is a novel type of advanced oxidation technology. In the present work, taking wire-tube pulsed discharge plasma and TiO2/Zeolite coupling technology for formaldehyde removal. The studies have investigated the wire-tube reactor with zeolite, TiO2, TiO2/Zeolite for formaldehyde removal respectively. Results show that in the optimal experimental conditions and the baking time is 120 min, the baking temperature is 450 °C, that TiO2/Zeolite catalyst which made by sol-gel shows higher photocatalytic activity and efficiency. The pulsed discharge with TiO2/Zeolite catalyst for formaldehyde removal has higher removal efficiency than pulsed discharge with zeolite or TiO2. Therefore, pulsed discharge plasma with TiO2/Zeolite for the removal of formaldehyde can greatly increase the removal efficiency.

  9. Rapid synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles by electrochemical anodization of a Ti wire.

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    Ali, Ghafar; Kim, Hyun Jin; Kum, Jong Min; Cho, Sung Oh

    2013-05-10

    We present a simple and novel strategy to synthesize TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) based on electrochemical anodization of a Ti wire in an aqueous KCl electrolyte. The Ti wire is very rapidly and directly converted to TiO2 NPs by the anodization process, allowing mass production of TiO2 NPs. The size of the synthesized NPs can be readily tuned by changing the concentration of the electrolyte. We found that the field-assisted etching related to a strong electric field and the rapid etching rate caused by chloride ions play important roles for the formation of TiO2 NPs. This approach can also be applied to the mass production of other semiconducting metal oxide NPs such as tungsten-oxide NPs. TiO2 NPs showed higher photocatalytic activity compared to Degussa (P 25) under the same conditions. The higher photocatalytic activity of TiO2 NPs is attributed to the polymorphism. We believe that our approach can be used in broad areas including biomedical applications, photovoltaics, optics, and electronics.

  10. Preparation of near micrometer-sized TiO2 nanotube arrays by high voltage anodization.

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    Ni, Jiahua; Noh, Kunbae; Frandsen, Christine J; Kong, Seong Deok; He, Guo; Tang, Tingting; Jin, Sungho

    2013-01-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays with large diameter of 680-750 nm have been prepared by high voltage anodization in an electrolyte containing ethylene glycol at room temperature. To effectively suppress dielectric breakdown due to high voltage, pre-anodized TiO2 film was formed prior to the main anodizing process. Vertically aligned, large sized TiO2 nanotubes with double-wall structure have been demonstrated by SEM in detail under various anodizing voltages up to 225 V. The interface between the inner and outer walls in the double-wall configuration is porous. Surface topography of the large diameter TiO2 nanotube array is substantially improved and effective control of the growth of large diameter TiO2 nanotube array is achieved. Interestingly, the hemispherical barrier layer located at the bottom of TiO2 nanotubes formed in this work has crinkles analogous to the morphology of the brain cortex. These structures are potentially useful for orthopedic implants, storage of biological agents for controlled release, and solar cell applications.

  11. TiO2 Nanoparticles Produced by Electric-Discharge-Nanofluid-Process as Photoelectrode of DSSC

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    Chen, Sih-li; Su, Hung-ting; Chang, Ho; Jwo, Ching-song; Feng, Hsiao Ju

    2010-04-01

    Self-made TiO2 nanoparticles were used as photoelectrode material of dye sensitized solar cell. The TiO2 thin film coats through spreading nanoparticles evenly onto the ITO glass via self-made spin-heat platform, and then TiO2 thin film is soaked in the dye N-719 more than 12 h to prepare the photoelectrode device. The TiO2 nanoparticles produced by electric-discharge-nanofluid-process have premium anatase crystal property, and its diameter can be controlled within a range of 20-50 nm. The surface energy zeta potential of nanofluid is from -22 mV to -28.8 mV, it is a stable particle suspension in the deionized water. A trace of surfactant Triton X-100 put upon the surface of ITO glass can produce a uniform and dense TiO2 thin film and heating up the spin platform to 200 °C is able to eliminate mixed surfactant. Self-made TiO2 film presents excellent dye absorption performance and even doesn't need heat treatment procedure to enhance essential property. Results of energy analysis show the thicker film structure will increase the short-circuit current density that causes higher conversion efficiency. But, as the film structure is large and thick, both the open-circuit voltage and fill factor will decline gradually to lead bad efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cell.

  12. 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

    2013-09-07

    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.

  13. Enhanced photoelectrochemical activity by nanostructured V2O5/TiO2 bilayer

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    Mumtaz, Asad; Mohamed, Norani Muti; Saheed, Mohamed Shuaib Mohamed; Yar, Asfand; Irshad, Muhammad Imran

    2016-11-01

    Hydrogen production by splitting of water using solar means is a renewable alternative and is a need of the hour. The generation of hydrogen is studied using nanostructured V2O5/TiO2 bilayer photoctatalyst synthesized by two different methods. The solution deposition followed by annealing and flame oxidized methods are applied to deposit the nanostructured V2O5 onto TiO2 nanorod arrays. These two methods are compared and studied using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron energy loss spectrum and photoelectrochemical study. The morphological study provides the optimized surface area of the TiO2 nanorod arrays. It shows that 0.45 mL tetra butyl titanate at 180C shows the improved surface area. It also differentiates the 3D network as morphology of nanostructured V2O5/TiO2 bilayer photoctatalyst synthesized by flame oxidation method. Electron energy loss spectrum confirms the presence of respective elemental states of V2O5/TiO2 bilayer photoctatalyst. Photoelectrochemical studies show the photocurrent density of 7.89µA/cm2 at 0 V vs Ag/AgCl using flame oxidized nanostructured V2O5/TiO2 nanorod arrays. This study explores the potential of flame oxidized synthesis of nanostructured photocatalysts.

  14. Microwave assisted rapid and complete degradation of atrazine using TiO(2) nanotube photocatalyst suspensions.

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    Zhanqi, Gao; Shaogui, Yang; Na, Ta; Cheng, Sun

    2007-07-16

    A technology, microwave-assisted photocatalysis on TiO(2) nanotubes, which can be applied to degrade atrazine rapidly and completely, was investigated. TiO(2) nanotubes were prepared, and confirmed by XRD, TEM and ESR. Microwave-assisted photocatalytic degradation of atrazine in aqueous solution was investigated. The result indicates that atrazine is completely degraded in 5min and the mineralization efficiency is 98.5% in 20min, which is obviously more efficient than that by the traditional photocatalytic degradation methods. It may be attributed to the intense UV radiation generated by electrodeless discharge lamps under microwave irradiation, the increased number of OH, additional defect sites on TiO(2) under the irradiation of microwave and larger specific surface area of TiO(2) nanotubes which could adsorb more organic substances to degrade than TiO(2) nanoparticles. Along with the degradation of atrazine, the concentrations of Cl(-) and NO(3)(-) increase gradually. In 20min [Cl(-)] and [NO(3)(-)] are 3, 27.8mg/L, respectively, which are close to their stoichiometric values. The major intermediates of atrazine were identified by HPLC/MS and possible degradation pathways of atrazine in microwave-assisted photocatalysis on TiO(2) nanotubes were proposed.

  15. 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.

  16. Photoconductivity and trap-related decay in porous TiO2/ZnO nanocomposites

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    Wu, Jun; Li, Huayao; Liu, Yuan; Xie, Changsheng

    2011-12-01

    Photoconductivity and trap-related decay were investigated in porous TiO2/ZnO nanocomposites. Photoconductivity responses of TiO2 and ZnO were completely different, which were attributed to electron-scavenging effect and hole trapping effect, respectively. When the mole ratio of TiO2:ZnO was from 9:1 to 6:4, the photoconductivity responses were consistent with TiO2. On the contrary, when the mole ratio of TiO2:ZnO was from 4:6 to 1:9, the photoconductivity responses were controlled by ZnO. Time constants were obtained by fitting the experiment data with an exponential function. We found that they tended to get larger with the percentage of ZnO while a turning point appeared at TiO2:ZnO = 1:9. The pattern was assigned to different carrier trapping mechanisms as well as carrier separation. Composition effect was defined by a quantitative formula to evaluate the recombination processes of composite materials. A mechanism was proposed to explain this phenomenon.

  17. Surface modification and enhanced photocatalytic CO2 reduction performance of TiO2: a review

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    Low, Jingxiang; Cheng, Bei; Yu, Jiaguo

    2017-01-01

    Recently, the excessive consumption of fossil fuels has caused high emissions of the greenhouse gases, CO2 into atmosphere and global energy crisis. Mimicking the natural photosynthesis by using semiconductor materials to achieve photocatalytic CO2 reduction into valuable solar fuels such as CH4, HCO2H, CH2O, and CH3OH is known as one of the best solutions for addressing the aforementioned issue. Among various proposed photocatalysts, TiO2 has been extensively studied over the past several decades for photocatalytic CO2 reduction because of its cheapness and environmental friendliness. Particularly, surface modification of TiO2 has attracted numerous interests due to its capability of enhancing the light absorption ability, facilitating the electron-hole separation, tuning the CO2 reduction selectivity and increasing the CO2 adsorption and activation ability of TiO2 for photocatalytic CO2 reduction. In this review, recent approaches of the surface modification of TiO2 for photocatalytic CO2 reduction, including impurity doping, metal deposition, alkali modification, heterojunction construction and carbon-based material loading, are presented. The photocatalytic CO2 reduction mechanism and pathways of TiO2 are discussed. The future research direction and perspective of photocatalytic CO2 reduction over surface-modified TiO2 are also presented.

  18. 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.

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

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

    2012-07-01

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

  20. Size Effects in the Interface Level Alignment of Dye-Sensitized TiO2 Clusters.

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    Marom, Noa; Körzdörfer, Thomas; Ren, Xinguo; Tkatchenko, Alexandre; Chelikowsky, James R

    2014-07-17

    The efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) depends critically on the electronic structure of the interfaces in the active region. We employ recently developed dispersion-inclusive density functional theory (DFT) and GW methods to study the electronic structure of TiO2 clusters sensitized with catechol molecules. We show that the energy level alignment at the dye-TiO2 interface is the result of an intricate interplay of quantum size effects and dynamic screening effects and that it may be manipulated by nanostructuring and functionalizing the TiO2. We demonstrate that the energy difference between the catechol LUMO and the TiO2 LUMO, which is associated with the injection loss in DSCs, may be reduced significantly by reducing the dimensions of nanostructured TiO2 and by functionalizing the TiO2 with wide-gap moieties, which contribute additional screening but do not interact strongly with the frontier orbitals of the TiO2 and the dye. Precise control of the electronic structure may be achieved via "interface engineering" in functional nanostructures.

  1. 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.

  2. Electrically polarized micro-arc oxidized TiO2 coatings with enhanced surface hydrophilicity.

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    Ma, Chufan; Nagai, Akiko; Yamazaki, Yuko; Toyama, Takeshi; Tsutsumi, Yusuke; Hanawa, Takao; Wang, Wei; Yamashita, Kimihiro

    2012-02-01

    The use of micro-arc oxidation titania (MAO TiO2) coatings to modify titanium surfaces improves the biocompatibility of implant surfaces. To obtain hydrophilic MAO TiO2 coating surfaces electric polarization, which induces surface electric fields in the materials and produces surface charges, was performed in this study. Electric polarization of the MAO TiO2 coatings was confirmed by measuring the thermally stimulated depolarization current. After electric polarization treatment the MAO TiO2 coatings did not exhibit any obvious changes in surface roughness, morphology, or phase components. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicated that electric polarization resulted in oxidation of the cathodic-faced surfaces and reduction of the anodic-faced surfaces. This result suggests that the existence of a concentration gradient of oxide ions/oxygen vacancies produced the stored space charge in the coatings. Reduction of the deionized water contact angle on the polarized MAO TiO2 surfaces was maintained for longer periods compared with the non-polarized surface. Our study demonstrated that metastable electric fields across the MAO TiO2 coating produced by electric polarization made it durably wettable by reducing the interfacial surface tension between the material and water.

  3. 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

  4. First-principles study on transition metal-doped anatase TiO2

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    2014-01-01

    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. PMID:24472374

  5. Effect of band gap engineering in anionic-doped TiO2 photocatalyst

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    Samsudin, Emy Marlina; Abd Hamid, Sharifah Bee

    2017-01-01

    A simple yet promising strategy to modify TiO2 band gap was achieved via dopants incorporation which influences the photo-responsiveness of the photocatalyst. The mesoporous TiO2 was successfully mono-doped and co-doped with nitrogen and fluorine dopants. The results indicate that band gap engineering does not necessarily requires oxygen substitution with nitrogen or/and fluorine, but from the formation of additional mid band and Ti3+ impurities states. The formation of oxygen vacancies as a result of modified color centres and Ti3+ ions facilitates solar light absorption and influences the transfer, migration and trapping of the photo-excited charge carriers. The synergy of dopants in co-doped TiO2 shows better optical properties relative to single N and F doped TiO2 with c.a 0.95 eV band gap reduction. Evidenced from XPS, the synergy between N and F in the co-doped TiO2 uplifts the valence band towards the conduction band. However, the photoluminescence data reveals poorer electrons and holes separation as compared to F-doped TiO2. This observation suggests that efficient solar light harvesting was achievable via N and F co-doping, but excessive defects could act as charge carriers trapping sites.

  6. Enhanced photocatalytic performances of CeO2/TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures.

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    Tian, Jian; Sang, Yuanhua; Zhao, Zhenhuan; Zhou, Weijia; Wang, Dongzhou; Kang, Xueliang; Liu, Hong; Wang, Jiyang; Chen, Shaowei; Cai, Huaqiang; Huang, Hui

    2013-11-25

    CeO2 /TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures are synthesized via a cost-effective hydrothermal method. The as-prepared nanocomposites consist of CeO2 nanoparticles assembled on the rough surface of TiO2 nanobelts. In comparison with P25 TiO2 colloids, surface-coarsened TiO2 nanobelts, and CeO2 nanoparticles, the CeO2 /TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures exhibit a markedly enhanced photocatalytic activity in the degradation of organic pollutants such as methyl orange (MO) under either UV or visible light irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is attributed to a novel capture-photodegradation-release mechanism. During the photocatalytic process, MO molecules are captured by CeO2 nanoparticles, degraded by photogenerated free radicals, and then released to the solution. With its high degradation efficiency, broad active light wavelength, and good stability, the CeO2 /TiO2 nanobelt heterostructures represent a new effective photocatalyst that is low-cost, recyclable, and will have wide application in photodegradation of various organic pollutants. The new capture-photodegradation-release mechanism for improved photocatalysis properties is of importance in the rational design and synthesis of new photocatalysts.

  7. A facile method to synthesize the photocatalytic TiO2/montmorillonite nanocomposites with enhanced photoactivity

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    Chen, Daimei; Zhu, Honglei; Wang, Xue

    2014-11-01

    A new method for immobilizing nano-scaled TiO2 on the surface of montmorillonite (Mt) clay has been developed. First, cationic surfactants were introduced into the Mt galleries through ion exchange and physical adsorption processes. Next a titanium precursor with negative charges was allowed to hydrolyze and condense around the nature clay to form meso-phase assemblies on the external and internal surface of the Mt. After the removal of the surfactant, a highly porous TiO2 pillared clay with mesopores was formed. The cationic surfactant has a templating role, which not only tailored the formation of TiO2 but also controlled the TiO2 content in the composite. The photocatalytic performances of these new porous materials were evaluated by using methylene blue degradation. The photocatalytic activity of these TiO2 composite is higher than that of P25 although TiO2 only accounts for about one-third of the sample's mass in the composite samples.

  8. 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

  9. Thermally induced superhydrophilicity in TiO2 films prepared by supersonic aerosol deposition.

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    Park, Jung-Jae; Kim, Do-Yeon; Latthe, Sanjay S; Lee, Jong-Gun; Swihart, Mark T; Yoon, Sam S

    2013-07-10

    Superhydrophilic and superhydrophobic surfaces enable self-cleaning phenomena, either forming a continuous water film or forming droplets that roll off the surface, respectively. TiO2 films are well-known for their extreme hydrophilicity and photocatalytic characteristics. Here, we describe nanostructured TiO2 thin films prepared by supersonic aerosol deposition, including a thorough study of the effects of the annealing temperature on the crystal structure, surface morphology, surface roughness, and wetting properties. Powder X-ray diffraction showed that supersonic deposition resulted in fragmentation and amorphization of the micrometer-size anatase (60%)-rutile (40%) precursor powder and that, upon annealing, a substantial fraction of the film (~30%) crystallized in the highly hydrophilic but metastable brookite phase. The film morphology was also somewhat modified after annealing. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy revealed rough granular films with high surface roughness. The as-deposited TiO2 films were moderately hydrophilic with a water contact angle (θ) of ~45°, whereas TiO2 films annealed at 500 °C became superhydrophilic (θ ~ 0°) without UV illumination. This thermally induced superhydrophilicity of the TiO2 films can be explained on the basis of the combined effects of the change in the crystal structure, surface microstructure, and surface roughness. Supersonic aerosol deposition followed by annealing is uniquely able to produce these nanostructured films containing a mixture of all three TiO2 phases (anatase, rutile, and brookite) and exhibiting superhydrophilicity without UV illumination.

  10. Enhanced bolometric properties of TiO2-x thin films by thermal annealing

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    Ashok Kumar Reddy, Y.; Shin, Young Bong; Kang, In-Ku; Lee, Hee Chul; Sreedhara Reddy, P.

    2015-07-01

    The effect of thermal annealing on the bolometric properties of TiO2-x films was investigated. The test-patterned TiO2-x samples were annealed at 300 °C temperature in order to enhance their structural and electrical properties for effective infrared image sensor device applications. The crystallinity was changed from amorphous to rutile/anatase in annealed TiO2-x films. Compared to the as-deposited samples, a decrement of the band gap and a decrease of the electrical resistivity were perceived in annealed samples. We found that the annealed samples show linear current-voltage (I-V) characteristic performance, which implies that ohmic contact was well formed at the interface between the TiO2-x and the Ti electrode. Moreover, the annealed TiO2-x sample had a significantly low 1/f noise parameter (1.21 × 10-13) with a high bolometric parameter (β) value compared to those of the as-deposited samples. As a result, the thermal annealing process can be used to prepare TiO2-x film for a high-performance bolometric device.

  11. Photochemical grafting and patterning of biomolecular layers onto TiO2 thin films.

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    Li, Bo; Franking, Ryan; Landis, Elizabeth C; Kim, Heesuk; Hamers, Robert J

    2009-05-01

    TiO2 thin films are highly stable and can be deposited onto a wide variety of substrate materials under moderate conditions. We demonstrate that organic alkenes will graft to the surface of TiO2 when illuminated with UV light at 254 nm and that the resulting layers provide a starting point for the preparation of DNA-modified TiO2 thin films exhibiting excellent stability and biomolecular selectivity. By using alkenes with a protected amino group at the distal end, the grafted layers can be deprotected to yield molecular layers with exposed primary amino groups that can then be used to covalently link DNA oligonucleotides to the TiO2 surface. We demonstrate that the resulting DNA-modified surfaces exhibit excellent selectivity toward complementary versus noncomplementary target sequences in solution and that the surfaces can withstand 25 cycles of hybridization and denaturation in 8.3 M urea with little or no degradation. Furthermore, the use of simple masking methods provides a way to directly control the spatial location of the grafted layers, thereby providing a way to photopattern the spatial distribution of biologically active molecules to the TiO2 surfaces. Using Ti films ranging from 10 to 100 nm in thickness allows the preparation of TiO2 films that range from highly reflective to almost completely transparent; in both cases, the photochemical grafting of alkenes can be used as a starting point for stable surfaces with good biomolecular recognition properties.

  12. 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.

  13. Conducting interface in oxide homojunction: Understanding of superior properties in black TiO2

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    Lu, Xujie; Chen, Aiping; Luo, Yongkang; ...

    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. As a result, this workmore » 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.« less

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures for high electrochromic activity

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    Reyes-Gil, Karla R.; Stephens, Zachary D.; Stavila, Vitalie; ...

    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

  17. Methanol Conversion into Dimethyl Ether on the Anatase TiO2(001) Surface.

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    Xiong, Feng; Yu, Yan-Yan; Wu, Zongfang; Sun, Guanghui; Ding, Liangbing; Jin, Yuekang; Gong, Xue-Qing; Huang, Weixin

    2016-01-11

    Exploring reactions of methanol on TiO2 surfaces is of great importance in both C1 chemistry and photocatalysis. Reported herein is a combined experimental and theoretical calculation study of methanol adsorption and reaction on a mineral anatase TiO2(001)-(1×4) surface. The methanol-to-dimethyl ether (DME) reaction was unambiguously identified to occur by the dehydration coupling of methoxy species at the fourfold-coordinated Ti(4+) sites (Ti(4c)), and for the first time confirms the predicted higher reactivity of this facet compared to other reported TiO2 facets. Surface chemistry of methanol on the anatase TiO2(001)-(1×4) surface is seldom affected by co-chemisorbed water. These results not only greatly deepen the fundamental understanding of elementary surface reactions of methanol on TiO2 surfaces but also show that TiO2 with a high density of Ti(4c) sites is a potentially active and selective catalyst for the important methanol-to-DME reaction.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Photocatalytic performance of Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles under visible-light irradiation

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    Ali, T.; Tripathi, P.; Azam, Ameer; Raza, Waseem; Ahmed, Arham S.; Ahmed, Ateeq; Muneer, M.

    2017-01-01

    The present work focuses on the synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of a nanosized Fe-doped TiO2 photocatalyst. The samples were synthesized by the sol–gel method and characterized by using techniques such as x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), UV–visible spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR). The powder XRD spectra revealed that the synthesized samples are pure and crystalline in nature and show a tetragonal anatase phase of TiO2. The Raman spectroscopy also confirmed the formation of an anatase phase structure in both pure and Fe-doped TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs). The UV–visible and PL spectra illustrated the red shift in Fe-doped TiO2 NPs. The FTIR spectra indicated the vibrational band of the Ti–O lattice. The photocatalytic experimental results demonstrate that Fe-doped TiO2 NPs effectively degrade MB under visible-light illumination. Interestingly, the prepared TiO2 NPs with a dopant concentration of 3.0 mole% showed the maximum photocatalytic activity under investigation.

  1. Photocatalytic properties of silver nanoparticles decorated nanobranched TiO2 nanofibers.

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    Yi, Chuan; Nirmala, R; Barakat, Nasser A M; Navamathavan, R; Kim, Hak-Yong

    2011-08-01

    In this study, nanobranched TiO2 nanofibers and silver loaded nanobranched TiO2 nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning technique followed by TiCl4 aqueous solution treatment and silver photodeposition method. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were employed to investigate the morphology of the products. X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were conducted on the samples to study their chemical composition as well as crystallographic structure. The photocatalytic activities of these produced nanofibers were examined with two organic dyes, methylene blue and methyl orange, under ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation. The effect of nanobranches and silver modification on TiO2 nanofibers was revealed in the photocatalysis process. The photocatalytic degradation rates of silver loaded on nanobranched TiO2 nanofibers were 1.6 and 1.7 times as that of pure TiO2 nanofibers in the presence of methylene blue and methyl orange, respectively, which indicated silver nanoparticles combined nanobranches modified on the surface of TiO2 nanofibers could enhance the photocatalytic ability.

  2. First-principles study on anatase TiO2 codoped with nitrogen and praseodymium

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    Gao, Pan; Wu, Jing; Liu, Qing-Ju; Zhou, Wen-Fang

    2010-08-01

    The crystal structures, electronic structures and optical properties of nitrogen or/and praseodymium doped anatase TiO2 were calculated by first principles with the plane-wave ultrasoft pseudopotential method based on density functional theory. Highly efficient visible-light-induced nitrogen or/and praseodymium doped anatase TiO2 nanocrystal photocatalyst were synthesized by a microwave chemical method. The calculated results show that the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 can be enhanced by N doping or Pr doping, and can be further enhanced by N+Pr codoping. The band gap change of the codoping TiO2 is more obvious than that of the single ion doping, which results in the red shift of the optical absorption edges. The results are of great significance for the understanding and further development of visible-light response high activity modified TiO2 photocatalyst. The photocatalytic activity of the samples for methyl blue degradation was investigated under the irradiation of fluorescent light. The experimental results show that the codoping TiO2 photocatalytic activity is obviously higher than that of the single ion doping. The experimental results accord with the calculated results.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Adsorption and Photocatalyzed Oxidation of Methylated Arsenic Species in TiO2 Suspensions

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    XU, TIELIAN; CAI, YONG; O’SHEA, KEVIN E.

    2008-01-01

    Monomethylarsonic acid (MMA) and dimethylarsinic acid (DMA) are used as herbicides in the agriculture industry. We have demonstrated that MMA and DMA are readily degraded upon TiO2 photocatalysis. DMA is oxidized to MMA as the primary oxidation product, which is subsequently oxidized to inorganic arsenate, As(V). The adsorption of MMA and DMA on TiO2 surface was measured as a function of initial arsenic concentration and solution pH. The pH of the solution influences the adsorption and photocatalytic degradation to a similar degree, due to the speciation of the arsenic substrates and surface charge of TiO2 as a function of pH. The mineralization of MMA and DMA by TiO2 photocatalysis follows the Langmuir–Hinshelwood kinetic model. Addition of tert-butyl alcohol, a hydroxyl radical scavenger, during TiO2 photocatalysis dramatically reduces the rate of degradation, indicating that •OH is the primary oxidant. For dilute solutions, TiO2 may also be applicable as an absorbent for direct removal of a variety of arsenic species, namely As(III), As(V), MMA, and DMA, all of which are strongly adsorbed, thus eliminating the need for a multistep treatment process. PMID:17822119

  6. High yield production of reduced TiO2 with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Tian, Jian; Hu, Xiaolin; Yang, Hongru; Zhou, Yanli; Cui, Hongzhi; Liu, Hong

    2016-01-01

    The reduced TiO2 nanobelts are prepared through reduction of pure nanobelts by utilizing NaBH4. Compared with pure TiO2 nanobelts, the reduced TiO2 nanobelts present enhanced UV and visible photocatalytic performance in decomposing methyl orange (MO) and water splitting for hydrogen production. Experimental results and theoretical calculations show that the improved performance is due to the generation of Ti3+ and oxygen vacancy, which can increase the visible light absorption, promote charge carrier trapping, and improve photogenerated electron⿿hole separation efficiency, thus the photocatalytic property is improved. Moreover, the reduced TiO2 nanobelts with high ratio of Ti3+ (55.8%) present better photocatalytic properties than that of reduced TiO2 nanobelts with lower ratio of Ti3+ (9.8%), which indicates that a certain high ratio of Ti3+ will facilitate photocatalysis. The results show that the reduced TiO2 represent an effective strategy in improving the visible photocatalytic properties.

  7. 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.

  8. Preparation and tribological properties of stearic acid-modified hierarchical anatase TiO 2 microcrystals

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    Qian, Jianhua; Yin, Xiangyu; Wang, Ning; Liu, Lin; Xing, Jinjuan

    2012-01-01

    Hierarchical TiO2 microcrystals were synthesized through a facile solvothermal method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) measurements were used to characterize the structure of the as-prepared samples. The results indicated that the synthesized hierarchical titania (TiO2) microspheres were composed of numerous anatase phase TiO2 particles. The as-prepared samples were chemically modified with stearic acid to improve their dispersion in oil. Fourier transmission infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and thermogravimetry analysis (TGA) were carried out to evaluate the characteristics of the modified TiO2 microcrystals. The tribological properties of the modified TiO2 microcrystals as additives of liquid paraffin were studied by a four-ball tester, and the results showed that they could significantly improve anti-wear performance, friction-reduction property and load-carrying capacity of liquid paraffin. These advantages make the modified TiO2 microcrystals promising for green lubricating oil additives.

  9. Enhanced electrochromic properties of TiO2 nanoporous film prepared based on an assistance of polyethylene glycol

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    Xu, Shunjian; Luo, Xiaorui; Xiao, Zonghu; Luo, Yongping; Zhong, Wei; Ou, Hui; Li, Yinshuai

    2017-01-01

    Polyethylene glycol (PEG) was employed as pore-forming agent to prepare TiO2 nanoporous film based on spin-coating a TiO2 nanoparticle mixed paste on fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) glass. The electrochromic and optical properties of the obtained TiO2 film were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronoamperometry (CA) and UV–Vis spectrophotometer. The results show that the PEG in the mixed paste endows the TiO2 film with well-developed porous structure and improves the uniformity of the TiO2 film, which are helpful for the rapid intercalation and extraction of lithium ions within the TiO2 film and the strengthening of the diffuse reflection of visible light in the TiO2 film. As a result, the TiO2 film derived from the mixed paste with PEG displays higher electrochemical activity and more excellent electrochromic performances compared with the TiO2 film derived from the mixed paste without PEG. The switching times of coloration/bleaching are respectively 10.16/5.65 and 12.77/6.13 s for the TiO2 films with PEG and without PEG. The maximum value of the optical contrast of the TiO2 film with PEG is 21.2% while that of the optical contrast of the TiO2 film without PEG is 14.9%. Furthermore, the TiO2 film with PEG has better stability of the colored state than the TiO2 film without PEG.

  10. The Influence of TiO2 Nanoparticles on LaFeO3/TiO2 Nanocomposites for Reduction of Aqueous Organic Dyes

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    Afifah, N.; Saleh, R.

    2016-11-01

    A series of Lanthanum ferrite (LaFeO3) nanoparticles over titanium dioxide (TiO2) were synthesized using sol-gel method at room temperature by varying the loading of LaFeO3 on TiO2. The magnetic properties of samples were measured using vibrating sample magnetometer and photosonocatalytic activity towards the degradation of methylene blue under light (UV or visible) and ultrasound irradiation was also evaluated. The morphology and structure of the samples were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive analysis and X-ray diffraction. Furthermore the optical properties were also characterized by UV-visible diffuse reflectance. The experimental results showed that the prepared perovskites had sphere-like shape and strong visible light absorption. LaFeO3 demonstrated ferromagnetic properties and the magnetization decreased with the incorporation of TiO2 in the samples. However, the incorporation of TiO2 increased the photosonocatalytic activity and extended the photoresponding to UV light.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. Photocatalytic degradation of gaseous benzene over TiO2/Sr2CeO4: preparation and photocatalytic behavior of TiO2/Sr2CeO4.

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    Zhong, Junbo; Wang, Jianli; Tao, Lin; Gong, Maochu; Zhimin, Liu; Chen, Yaoqiang

    2007-02-09

    The paper demonstrates that the photocatalytic activity of TiO(2) towards the decomposition of gaseous benzene in a batch reactor can be greatly improved by loading TiO(2) on the surface of Sr(2)CeO(4). The research investigates the optimum loading amount of TiO(2) on Sr(2)CeO(4) in enhancing the photocatalytic activity of TiO(2). The prepared photocatalyst was characterized by XRD, UV-vis diffuse reflectance and XPS analyses. TiO(2) is loaded on Sr(2)CeO(4) at 773K. TiO(2)/Sr(2)CeO(4) absorbs much more visible light than TiO(2). The XPS spectrum shows that there are Ti, O, C, Sr elements on the surface of the TiO(2)/Sr(2)CeO(4), and that the binding energy value of Ti2p transfers to a lower value. TiO(2)/Sr(2)CeO(4) demonstrates 2.0 times the photocatalytic activity of pure TiO(2). Based upon these observations, the mechanistic role of Sr(2)CeO(4) in the photocatalytic oxidation reaction has been suggested.

  15. 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.

  16. TiO2(B) nanoparticle-functionalized WO3 nanorods with enhanced gas sensing properties.

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    Zhang, Hongxin; Wang, Shurong; Wang, Yanshuang; Yang, Jiedi; Gao, Xueling; Wang, Liwei

    2014-06-14

    In this work, TiO2(B) nanoparticle (NP)-functionalized WO3 nanorods (NRs) were synthesized by a two-step solution strategy, with a hydrothermal process for WO3 NRs and hydrolyzation of Ti(OBu)4 for the functionalization of TiO2(B) NPs. Various techniques, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), were employed to investigate the morphology, microstructure, crystalline nature and chemical composition of the prepared TiO2(B) NP-functionalized WO3 NRs. SEM and TEM results revealed that the TiO2(B)-WO3 composite showed a rod-like nanostructure with a diameter in the range from 93 to 154 nm and a rough surface, which could increase the accessible surface area and the amount of surface active sites, thus improving the properties or performance of the as-prepared composite NRs. XRD and XPS analysis clearly verified that monoclinic TiO2(B) NPs, a metastable polymorph of TiO2, were successfully supported on the WO3 NRs. Gas sensing measurement results for several common reductive organic gases such as acetone, ethanol, ether, methanol and formaldehyde demonstrated that the sensor based on the as-obtained TiO2(B) NP-functionalized WO3 NRs exhibited obviously enhanced responses compared with a pure WO3 NR based sensor, as well as fast response-recovery speeds, good reproducibility and good stability, indicating their promising application in gas sensors. The excellent gas sensing performance could be attributed to the unique 1D rod-like nanostructure with a rough surface, the existence of TiO2-WO3 heterojunctions and the catalytic effect of the TiO2(B) NPs. The as-prepared TiO2(B) NP-functionalized WO3 NRs will also have very good prospects in electrochromic devices and catalysis applications.

  17. Nanocrystalline TiO2/SnO2 heterostructures for gas sensing

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    Kusior, Anna; Rekas, Mieczylaw; Zukrowski, Jan; Gajewska, Marta; Michalow-Mauke, Katarzyna; Graule, Thomas; Radecka, Marta; Zakrzewska, Katarzyna

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this research is to study the role of nanocrystalline TiO2/SnO2 n–n heterojunctions for hydrogen sensing. Nanopowders of pure SnO2, 90 mol % SnO2/10 mol % TiO2, 10 mol % SnO2/90 mol % TiO2 and pure TiO2 have been obtained using flame spray synthesis (FSS). The samples have been characterized by BET, XRD, SEM, HR-TEM, Mössbauer effect and impedance spectroscopy. Gas-sensing experiments have been performed for H2 concentrations of 1–3000 ppm at 200–400 °C. The nanomaterials are well-crystallized, anatase TiO2, rutile TiO2 and cassiterite SnO2 polymorphic forms are present depending on the chemical composition of the powders. The crystallite sizes from XRD peak analysis are within the range of 3–27 nm. Tin exhibits only the oxidation state 4+. The H2 detection threshold for the studied TiO2/SnO2 heterostructures is lower than 1 ppm especially in the case of SnO2-rich samples. The recovery time of SnO2-based heterostructures, despite their large responses over the whole measuring range, is much longer than that of TiO2-rich samples at higher H2 flows. TiO2/SnO2 heterostructures can be intentionally modified for the improved H2 detection within both the small (1–50 ppm) and the large (50–3000 ppm) concentration range. The temperature T max at which the semiconducting behavior begins to prevail upon water desorption/oxygen adsorption depends on the TiO2/SnO2 composition. The electrical resistance of sensing materials exhibits a power-law dependence on the H2 partial pressure. This allows us to draw a conclusion about the first step in the gas sensing mechanism related to the adsorption of oxygen ions at the surface of nanomaterials. PMID:28144570

  18. Nanocrystalline TiO2/SnO2 heterostructures for gas sensing.

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    Lyson-Sypien, Barbara; Kusior, Anna; Rekas, Mieczylaw; Zukrowski, Jan; Gajewska, Marta; Michalow-Mauke, Katarzyna; Graule, Thomas; Radecka, Marta; Zakrzewska, Katarzyna

    2017-01-01

    The aim of this research is to study the role of nanocrystalline TiO2/SnO2 n-n heterojunctions for hydrogen sensing. Nanopowders of pure SnO2, 90 mol % SnO2/10 mol % TiO2, 10 mol % SnO2/90 mol % TiO2 and pure TiO2 have been obtained using flame spray synthesis (FSS). The samples have been characterized by BET, XRD, SEM, HR-TEM, Mössbauer effect and impedance spectroscopy. Gas-sensing experiments have been performed for H2 concentrations of 1-3000 ppm at 200-400 °C. The nanomaterials are well-crystallized, anatase TiO2, rutile TiO2 and cassiterite SnO2 polymorphic forms are present depending on the chemical composition of the powders. The crystallite sizes from XRD peak analysis are within the range of 3-27 nm. Tin exhibits only the oxidation state 4+. The H2 detection threshold for the studied TiO2/SnO2 heterostructures is lower than 1 ppm especially in the case of SnO2-rich samples. The recovery time of SnO2-based heterostructures, despite their large responses over the whole measuring range, is much longer than that of TiO2-rich samples at higher H2 flows. TiO2/SnO2 heterostructures can be intentionally modified for the improved H2 detection within both the small (1-50 ppm) and the large (50-3000 ppm) concentration range. The temperature Tmax at which the semiconducting behavior begins to prevail upon water desorption/oxygen adsorption depends on the TiO2/SnO2 composition. The electrical resistance of sensing materials exhibits a power-law dependence on the H2 partial pressure. This allows us to draw a conclusion about the first step in the gas sensing mechanism related to the adsorption of oxygen ions at the surface of nanomaterials.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  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

    2012-02-01

    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 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. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr11251e

  2. 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

  3. Novel TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites with high photocatalytic activity

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    Wu, Hao-Shuai; Sun, Ling-Dong; Zhou, Huan-Ping; Yan, Chun-Huan

    2012-05-01

    This article reports a facile and controllable two-step method to construct TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites. TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), with small size and high surface energy, were synthesized by a solvothermal reaction process. The TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites were fabricated by a reverse micro-emulsion method. SiO2 shell coated NPs were adopted for further photocatalytic reaction. Because of their small size and high surface energy, TiO2@SiO2 and TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites show higher photocatalytic activity than commercial Degussa P25. Compared with TiO2@SiO2, TiO2-Pt@SiO2nanocomposites have improved photocatalytic activity due to the Pt induced spatial separation of electrons and holes. The silica shells not only maintain the structure of the nanocomposites but also prevent their aggregation during the photocatalytic reactions, which is highly important for the good durability of the photocatalyst. This strategy is simple, albeit efficient, and can be extended to the synthesis of other composites of noble metals. It has opened a new window for the construction of hetero-nanocomposites with high activity and durability, which would serve as excellent models in catalytic systems of both theoretical and practical interest.This article reports a facile and controllable two-step method to construct TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites. TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), with small size and high surface energy, were synthesized by a solvothermal reaction process. The TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites were fabricated by a reverse micro-emulsion method. SiO2 shell coated NPs were adopted for further photocatalytic reaction. Because of their small size and high surface energy, TiO2@SiO2 and TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites show higher photocatalytic activity than commercial Degussa P25. Compared with TiO2@SiO2, TiO2-Pt@SiO2nanocomposites have improved photocatalytic activity due to the Pt induced spatial separation of electrons and holes. The silica shells not only maintain the structure of the nanocomposites but also prevent their aggregation during the photocatalytic reactions, which is highly important for the good durability of the photocatalyst. This strategy is simple, albeit efficient, and can be extended to the synthesis of other composites of noble metals. It has opened a new window for the construction of hetero-nanocomposites with high activity and durability, which would serve as excellent models in catalytic systems of both theoretical and practical interest. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr30523b

  4. 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.

  5. Cellulose Tailored Anatase TiO2 Nanospindles in Three-Dimensional Graphene Composites for High-Performance Supercapacitors.

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    Ding, Yangbin; Bai, Wei; Sun, Jinhua; Wu, Yu; Memon, Mushtaque A; Wang, Chao; Liu, Chengbin; Huang, Yong; Geng, Jianxin

    2016-05-18

    The morphologies of transition metal oxides have decisive impact on the performance of their applications. Here, we report a new and facile strategy for in situ preparation of anatase TiO2 nanospindles in three-dimensional reduced graphene oxide (RGO) structure (3D TiO2@RGO) using cellulose as both an intermediate agent eliminating the negative effect of graphene oxide (GO) on the growth of TiO2 crystals and as a structure-directing agent for the shape-controlled synthesis of TiO2 crystals. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometer analysis indicated that the spindle shape of TiO2 crystals was formed through the restriction of the growth of high energy {010} facets due to preferential adsorption of cellulose on these facets. Because of the 3D structure of the composite, the large aspect ratio of the TiO2 nanospindles, and the exposed high-energy {010} facets of the TiO2 crystals, the 3D TiO2@RGO(Ce 1.7) exhibited excellent capacitive performance as an electrode material for supercapacitors, with a high specific capacitance (ca. 397 F g(-1)), a high energy density (55.7 Wh kg(-1)), and a high power density (1327 W kg(-1)) on the basis of the masses of RGO and TiO2. These levels of capacitive performance far exceed those of previously reported TiO2-based composites.

  6. 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.

  7. Enhanced photocatalytic activity towards degradation and H2 evolution over one dimensional TiO2@MWCNTs heterojunction

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    Zhang, Xiao; Cao, Shuang; Wu, Zhijiao; Zhao, Suling; Piao, Lingyu

    2017-04-01

    With the distinct electronic and optical properties, multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are identified as an outstanding catalyst support, which can effectively improve the performance of the TiO2 photocatalysts. Herein, the unique one dimensional TiO2@MWCNTs nanocomposites have been prepared by a facile hydrothermal method. The TiO2 coating layers are extremely uniform and the thickness is adjustable for different nanocomposites. XPS measurements confirm that intimate electronic interactions are existed between MWCNTs and TiO2 via interfacial Tisbnd Osbnd C bond and the photoluminescence intensity of the TiO2@MWCNTs nanocomposites are effectively quenched compared with pure TiO2, suggesting the fast electron transfer rates. The thickness of TiO2 coating layers of the TiO2@MWCNTs nanocomposites plays a significant role in the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants, such as methylene blue (MB) and Rhodamine B (RhB), and photocatalytic H2 evolution from water. Due to the formation of one dimensional heterojunction of TiO2@MWCNTs nanocomposites and the positive synergistic effect between TiO2 and carbon nanotubes, it is found that the photocatalytic activity of the system is significantly improved.

  8. Water-phase strategy for synthesis of TiO2-graphene composites with tunable structure for high performance photocatalysts

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    Hu, Changyuan; Chen, Fei; Lu, Tiewen; Lian, Chengjiang; Zheng, Shizheng; Hu, Quanhong; Duo, Shuwang; Zhang, Rongbin

    2014-10-01

    The controllable synthesis of strongly coupled TiO2/graphene composites has been a long-standing challenge for developing advanced photocatalysts. Here, we report a facile water-phase protocol for synthesis of TiO2-graphene composites using GO aqueous suspension and TiO2 aqueous nanosols as precursors. By controlling the ratio of GO to TiO2, both high-/low-dense TiO2 nanoparticles across graphene and graphene-TiO2-graphene sandwich structured composites are successfully achieved through electrostatic attraction between negatively charged GO nanosheets and positively charged TiO2nanosols. The TiO2-graphene composites show an enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV light. Interestingly, the sandwich structured TiO2-graphene composite exhibits the best photocatalytic activity and the highest photocurrent density, which is 12.2 and 35.46 times as that of pure TiO2, respectively. The outstanding photocatalytic activity of sandwich structured composite is likely due to the following two reasons, two-channel electron conduction path between TiO2 and graphene, as well as the better adsorption capability of MB molecule.

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

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    Velmurugan, Rengasamy; Sreedhar, Bojja; Swaminathan, Meenakshisundaram

    2011-07-30

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

  10. TiO2/activated carbon fibers photocatalyst: effects of coating procedures on the microstructure, adhesion property, and photocatalytic ability.

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    Shi, Jian-Wen; Cui, Hao-Jie; Chen, Jian-Wei; Fu, Ming-Lai; Xu, Bin; Luo, Hong-Yuan; Ye, Zhi-Long

    2012-12-15

    In order to more easily separate TiO(2) photocatalyst from the treated wastewater, TiO(2) film was immobilized on the surface of activated carbon fibers (ACFs) by employing two kinds of coating procedures, dip-coating, and hydrothermal treatment. The effects of coating procedures on microstructure of TiO(2)-coated ACFs (TiO(2)/ACFs), such as morphology, porous property, crystal structure, and light absorption characteristics were investigated in detail. The adhesion property between TiO(2) film and ACFs was evaluated by ultrasonic vibration, and the photocatalytic activity of TiO(2)/ACFs was tested by the photocatalytic decoloration of methylene blue solution. The results show that hydrothermal treatment presented many advantages to obtain high-performance TiO(2)/ACFs photocatalyst in comparison with dip-coating. Hydrothermal treatment could improve the binding property between TiO(2) films and ACFs, which endowed the as-obtained TiO(2)/ACFs photocatalyst with improved reusable performance, and TiO(2)/ACFs synthesized by hydrothermal treatment presented higher photocatalytic activity.

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

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    Banerjee, Arghya Narayan

    2011-01-01

    Recent advances in basic fabrication techniques of TiO2-based nanomaterials such as nanoparticles, nanowires, nanoplatelets, and both physical- and solution-based techniques have been adopted by various research groups around the world. Our research focus has been mainly on various deposition parameters used for fabricating nanostructured materials, including TiO2-organic/inorganic nanocomposite materials. Technically, TiO2 shows relatively high reactivity under ultraviolet light, the energy of which exceeds the band gap of TiO2. The development of photocatalysts exhibiting high reactivity under visible light allows the main part of the solar spectrum to be used. Visible light-activated TiO2 could be prepared by doping or sensitizing. As far as doping of TiO2 is concerned, in obtaining tailored material with improved properties, metal and nonmetal doping has been performed in the context of improved photoactivity. Nonmetal doping seems to be more promising than metal doping. TiO2 represents an effective photocatalyst for water and air purification and for self-cleaning surfaces. Additionally, it can be used as an antibacterial agent because of its strong oxidation activity and superhydrophilicity. Therefore, applications of TiO2 in terms of photocatalytic activities are discussed here. The basic mechanisms of the photoactivities of TiO2 and nanostructures are considered alongside band structure engineering and surface modification in nanostructured TiO2 in the context of doping. The article reviews the basic structural, optical, and electrical properties of TiO2, followed by detailed fabrication techniques of 0-, 1-, and quasi-2-dimensional TiO2 nanomaterials. Applications and future directions of nanostructured TiO2 are considered in the context of various photoinduced phenomena such as hydrogen production, electricity generation via dye-sensitized solar cells, photokilling and self-cleaning effect, photo-oxidation of organic pollutant, wastewater management, and organic synthesis. PMID:24198485

  12. 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.

  13. Bolometric properties of reactively sputtered TiO2-x films for thermal infrared image sensors

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    Reddy, Y. Ashok Kumar; Kang, In-Ku; Shin, Young Bong; Lee, Hee Chul

    2015-09-01

    A heat-sensitive layer (TiO2-x ) was successfully deposited by RF reactive magnetron sputtering for infrared (IR) image sensors at different relative mass flow of oxygen gas (R O2) levels. The deposition rate was decreased with an increase in the percentage of R O2 from 3.4% to 3.7%. TiO2-x samples deposited at room temperature exhibited amorphous characteristics. Oxygen deficiency causes a change in the oxidation state and is assumed to decrease the Ti4+ component on the surfaces of TiO2-x films. The oxygen stoichiometry (x) in TiO2-x films decreased from 0.35 to 0.05 with increasing the R O2 level from 3.4% to 3.7%, respectively. In TiO2-x -test-patterned samples, the resistivity decreased with the temperature, confirming the typical semiconducting property. The bolometric properties of the resistivity, temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR), and the flicker (1/ f) noise parameter were determined at different x values in TiO2-x samples. The rate of TCR dependency with regard to the 1/ f noise parameter is a universal bolometric parameter (β), acting as the dynamic element in a bolometer. It is high when a sample has a relatively low resistivity (0.82 Ω·cm) and a lower 1/ f noise parameter (3.16   ×   10-12). The results of this study indicate that reactively sputtered TiO2-x is a viable bolometric material for uncooled IR image sensor devices.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Plasmon-enhanced water splitting on TiO2-passivated GaP photocatalysts.

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    Qiu, Jing; Zeng, Guangtong; Pavaskar, Prathamesh; Li, Zhen; Cronin, Stephen B

    2014-02-21

    Integrating plasmon resonant nanostructures with photocatalytic semiconductors shows great promise for high efficiency photocatalytic water splitting. However, the electrochemical instability of most III-V semiconductors severely limits their applicability in photocatalysis. In this work, we passivate p-type GaP with a thin layer of n-type TiO2 using atomic layer deposition. The TiO2 passivation layer prevents corrosion of the GaP, as evidenced by atomic force microscopy and photoelectrochemical measurements. In addition, the TiO2 passivation layer provides an enhancement in photoconversion efficiency through the formation of a charge separating pn-region. Plasmonic Au nanoparticles deposited on top of the TiO2-passivated GaP further increases the photoconversion efficiency through local field enhancement. These two enhancement mechanisms are separated by systematically varying the thickness of the TiO2 layer. Because of the tradeoff between the quickly decaying plasmonic fields and the formation of the pn-charge separation region, an optimum performance is achieved for a TiO2 thickness of 0.5 nm. Finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulations of the electric field profiles in this photocatalytic heterostructure corroborate these results. The effects of plasmonic enhancement are distinguished from the natural catalytic properties of Au by evaluating similar photocatalytic TiO2/GaP structures with catalytic, non-plasmonic metals (i.e., Pt) instead of Au. This general approach of passivating narrower band gap semiconductors enables a wider range of materials to be considered for plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis for high efficiency water splitting.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Sonocatalytic degradation of methylene blue with TiO2 pellets in water.

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    Shimizu, Nobuaki; Ogino, Chiaki; Dadjour, Mahmoud Farshbaf; Murata, Tomoyuki

    2007-02-01

    A series of experiments were carried out to study the degradation of methylene blue by the irradiation of ultrasound onto TiO(2) in aqueous solution. A statistically significant decrease in the concentration of methylene blue was observed after 60 min irradiation. While the reduction was 22% of the initial concentration without H(2)O(2), addition of H(2)O(2) significantly enhanced the degradation of methylene blue for the TiO(2) containing system (85% reduction of the initial concentration). The addition of H(2)O(2) had no effect on the methylene blue degradation when the system contained Al(2)O(3). The degradation ratio of methylene blue was dependent on the amount of TiO(2) and also the specific surface area of TiO(2) in the solution. The effects of radical scavenging agents on the degradation of methylene blue were also investigated for the system with TiO(2). It was found that the radical scavenging agents dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), methanol, and mannitol suppressed the degradation, with DMSO being the most effective. The effect of pH on the degradation of methylene blue was further investigated. An U-shaped change in the concentration of methylene blue in the presence of TiO(2) was observed along with the change in pH values (pH 3-12), and the highest degradation ratio was observed at around pH 7. In conclusion, ultrasound irradiation of TiO(2) in aqueous solution resulted in significant generation of hydroxyl radicals, and this process may have potential for the treatment of organic dyes in wastewater.

  20. 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.

  1. 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).

  2. Preparation and characterization of TiO2 barrier layers for dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zheng, Yichen; Klankowski, Steven; Yang, Yiqun; Li, Jun

    2014-07-09

    A TiO2 barrier layer is critical in enhancing the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Two methods to prepare the TiO2 barrier layer on fluorine-doped tin dioxide (FTO) surface were systematically studied in order to minimize electron-hole recombination and electron backflow during photovoltaic processes of DSSCs. The film structure and materials properties were correlated with the photovoltaic characteristics and electrochemical properties. In the first approach, a porous TiO2 layer was deposited by wet chemical treatment of the sample with TiCl4 solution for time periods varying from 0 to 60 min. The N719 dye molecules were found to be able to insert into the porous barrier layers. The 20 min treatment formed a nonuniform but intact TiO2 layer of ∼100-300 nm in thickness, which gave the highest open-circuit voltage VOC, short-circuit photocurrent density JSC, and energy conversion efficiency. But thicker TiO2 barrier layers by this method caused a decrease in JSC, possibly limited by lower electrical conductance. In the second approach, a compact TiO2 barrier layer was created by sputter-coating 0-15 nm Ti metal films on FTO/glass and then oxidizing them into TiO2 with thermal treatment at 500 °C in the air for 30 min. The dye molecules were found to only attach at the outer surface of the barrier layer and slightly increased with the layer thickness. These two kinds of barrier layer showed different characteristics and may be tailored for different DSSC studies.

  3. Surface modification of TiO2 nanotubes with osteogenic growth peptide to enhance osteoblast differentiation.

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    Lai, Min; Jin, Ziyang; Su, Zhiguo

    2017-04-01

    To investigate the influence of surface-biofunctionalized substrates on osteoblast behavior, a layer of aligned TiO2 nanotubes with a diameter of around 70nm was fabricated on titanium surface by anodization, and then osteogenic growth peptide (OGP) was conjugated onto TiO2 nanotubes through the intermediate layer of polydopamine. The morphology, composition and wettability of different surfaces were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contact angle measurements, respectively. The effects of OGP-modified TiO2 nanotube substrates on the morphology, proliferation and differentiation of osteoblasts were examined in vitro. Immunofluorescence staining revealed that the OGP-functionalized TiO2 nanotubes were favorable for cell spreading. However, there was no significant difference in cell proliferation observed among the different groups. Cells grown onto OGP-functionalized TiO2 nanotubes showed significantly higher (p<0.05 or p<0.01) levels of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and mineralization after 4, 7 and 14days of culture, respectively. Cells grown on OGP-functionalized TiO2 nanotubes had significantly higher (p<0.05 or p<0.01) expression of osteogenic-related genes including runt related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), ALP, collagen type I (Col I), osteopontin (OPN) and osteocalcin (OC) after 14days of culture. These data suggest that surface functionalization of TiO2 nanotubes with OGP was beneficial for cell spreading and differentiation. This study provides a novel platform for the development and fabrication of titanium-based implants that enhance the propensity for osseointegration between the native tissue and implant interface.

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

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

    2016-01-27

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Effects of calcination treatment on the morphology, crystallinity, and photoelectric properties of all-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells assembled by TiO2 nanorod arrays.

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    Sun, Xianmiao; Sun, Qiong; Li, Yang; Sui, Lina; Dong, Lifeng

    2013-11-14

    TiO2 has been extensively investigated due to its unique photoelectric properties. In this study, oriented single-crystal rutile TiO2 nanorod arrays were synthesized and then calcined at different temperatures in the atmosphere. The morphology and crystalline characterization indicated that the length of TiO2 nanorods increased rapidly and the nanorods became aggregated and fragile after calcination, yet the sintering treatment seemed to have almost no effect on the crystallinity. To obtain the all-solid-state, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), a newly reported solid inorganic semiconductor, CsSnI2.95F0.05, was employed as the electrolyte, and the Pt deposited on the conductive side of the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate was used as the counter-electrode. The effects of the calcination treatment on the photoelectric properties of the solar cells, including external quantum efficiency (EQE), open circuit voltage (V(OC)), short-circuit current (J(SC)), and photoelectric conversion efficiency (η), were investigated under the illumination of a solar simulator. As a result, all of the EQE, V(OC), J(SC), and η values of the cells first increased and then declined with the increase of calcination temperatures, and the highest η of 2.81% was obtained by the cell assembled with its TiO2 electrode sintered at 450 °C for 3 h, a value almost 2.5 times that of the non-sintered sample (1.1%).

  8. Comparison Studies of Interfacial Electronic and Energetic Properties of LaAlO3/TiO2 and TiO2/LaAlO3 Heterostructures from First-Principles Calculations.

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    Cheng, Jianli; Luo, Jian; Yang, Kesong

    2017-03-01

    By using first-principles electronic structure calculations, we studied electronic and energetic properties of perovskite oxide heterostructures with different epitaxial growth order between anatase TiO2 and LaAlO3. Two types of heterostructures, i.e., TiO2 film grown on LaAlO3 substrate (TiO2/LaAlO3) and LaAlO3 film grown on TiO2 substrate (LaAlO3/TiO2), were modeled. The TiO2/LaAlO3 model is intrinsically metallic and thus does not exhibit an insulator-to-metal transition as TiO2 film thickness increases; in contrast, the LaAlO3/TiO2 model shows an insulator-to-metal transition as the LaAlO3 film thickness increases up to 4 unit cells. The former model has a larger interfacial charge carrier density (n ∼ 10(14) cm(-2)) and smaller electron effective mass (0.47me) than the later one (n ∼ 10(13) cm(-2), and 0.70me). The interfacial energetics calculations indicate that the TiO2/LaAlO3 model is energetically more favorable than the LaAlO3/TiO2 model, and the former has a stronger interface cohesion than the later model. This research provides fundamental insights into the different interfacial electronic and energetic properties of TiO2/LaAlO3 and LaAlO3/TiO2 heterostructures.

  9. 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 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. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: XRD of three types of TiO2 hosts, TEM images of nanorod-decorated TiO2 hierarchical nanostructures and host 0S-TiO2, reflectance of the free-standing TiO2 nanorod, SEM images of photoelectrodes employing various scattering layers with tmax, the amount of adsorbed dye molecules per surface volume on 0S and BS monolayer films, J-V curves of the DSSCs employing each active layer with tmax thickness, the transport time constants and recombination time constants versus various scattering layer thicknesses at constant Jsc (Jsc = 0.5 mA cm-2) and the photovoltaic parameters of each DSSC employing each tmax of various scattering layers. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr03439a

  10. 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.

  11. Amorphous and crystalline TiO2 nanotube arrays for enhanced Li-ion intercalation properties.

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    Guan, Dongsheng; Cai, Chuan; Wang, Ying

    2011-04-01

    We have employed a simple process of anodizing Ti foils to prepare TiO2 nanotube arrays which show enhanced electrochemical properties for applications as Li-ion battery electrode materials. The lengths and pore diameters of TiO2 nanotubes can be finely tuned by varying voltage, electrolyte composition, or anodization time. The as-prepared nanotubes are amorphous and can be converted into anatase nanotubes with heat treatment at 480 degrees C. Rutile crystallites emerge in the anatase nanotube when the annealing temperature is increased to 580 degrees C, resulting in TiO2 nanotubes of mixed phases. The morphological features of nanotubes remain unchanged after annealing. Li-ion insertion performance has been studied for amorphous and crystalline TiO2 nanotube arrays. Amorphous nanotubes with a length of 3.0 microm and an outer diameter of 125 nm deliver a capacity of 91.2 microA h cm(-2) at a current density of 400 microA cm(-2), while those with a length of 25 microm and an outer diameter of 158 nm display a capacity of 533 microA h cm-2. When the 3-microm long nanotubes become crystalline, they deliver lower capacities: the anatase nanotubes and nanotubes of mixed phases show capacities of 53.8 microA h cm-2 and 63.1 microA h cm(-2), respectively at the same current density. The amorphous nanotubes show excellent capacity retention ability over 50 cycles. The cycled nanotubes show little change in morphology compared to the nanotubes before electrochemical cycling. All the TiO2 nanotubes demonstrate higher capacities than amorphous TiO2 compact layer reported in literature. The amorphous TiO2 nanotubes with a length of 1.9 microm exhibit a capacity five times higher than that of TiO2 compact layer even when the nanotube array is cycled at a current density 80 times higher than that for the compact layer. These results suggest that anodic TiO2 nanotube arrays are promising electrode materials for rechargeable Li-ion batteries.

  12. Using Mini-RF To Improve Accuracy Of Lunar TiO2 Maps

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    Gillis-Davis, J. J.; Bussey, B.; Trang, D.; Carter, L. M.; Williams, K. K.

    2010-12-01

    The Mini-Radio Frequency (Mini-RF) instrument is on board the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been in orbit around the Moon since June 2009. Mini-RF is capable of imaging in two bands, X-band (4.2-cm) and S-band (12.6-cm), at 150 m and 30 m (Zoom Mode) resolution respectively, and with an illumination incidence angle of ~48 degrees. The majority of its observations to date have been obtained in S-Band Zoom Mode. Mini-RF was designed to map the permanently dark areas of the lunar poles and characterize the nature of the deposits. In addition, to aid global analyses of mare composition, Mini-RF has acquired coverage for most of the maria. Mini-RF observations of geologic targets of interest are used to improve TiO2 mapping within the lunar maria. Targets of interest include basalt flows that were estimated to contain high-TiO2 compositions based on Clementine spectral reflectance data but had low-TiO2 compositions as measured by Lunar Prospector neutron spectrometer data (LPNS). Visible and near infrared spectral characteristics of lunar soils are controlled by multiple competing factors. Ilmenite, the principal oxide phase, is dark and spectrally neutral relative to the spectrally red mature lunar mare soils; thus causing soils to become spectrally bluer as ilmenite content increases. However, large uncertainties in ultraviolet-visible (UVVIS) based estimates of TiO2 are revealed when comparing LPNS TiO2 and Clementine UVVIS 415/750 ratio. Prime culprits identified as causing this effect are differential agglutinate formation on high-FeO flows, TiO2 in phases other than ilmenite, and surface contamination by highlands materials. Similar to UVVIS spectra, depolarized radar return is found to anticorrelate with titanium abundance - with higher TiO2 abundance leading to lower radar returns. The source of the titanium affecting the radar return is thought to be ilmenite. The possibility that the radar loss tangent is modulated by other mineralogic components is unsupported. Therefore, differences between TiO2 or FeO in silicates, which darkens them so they act opaque, and TiO2 in ilmenite can be determined. Integrating complimentary information from these independent data sets yields encouraging results explaining observed differences between UVVIS spectral based maps of TiO2 and LPNS TiO2.

  13. Photocatalitic Properties of Tio2 and ZnO Nanopowders / Tio2 un Zno Nanopulveru Fotokatalitiskās Īpašības

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    Grigorjeva, L.; Rikveilis, J.; Grabis, J.; Jankovica, Dz.; Monty, C.; Millers, D.; Smits, K.

    2013-08-01

    Photocatalytic activity of TiO2 and ZnO nanopowders is studied depending on the morphology, grain sizes and method of synthesizing. Photocatalysis of the prepared powders was evaluated by degradation of the methylene blue aqueous solution. Absorbance spectra (190-100 nm) were measured during exposure of the solution to UV light. The relationships between the photocatalytic activity and the particle size, crystal polymorph phases and grain morphology were analyzed. The photocatalytic activity of prepared TiO2 nanopowders has been found to depend of the anatase-to-rutile phase ratio. Comparison is given for the photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanopowders prepared by sol-gel and solar physical vapour deposition (SPVD) methods Darbā pētīta fotokatalīzes efektivitāte ar dažādām metodēm sintezētiem TiO2 and ZnO nanopulveriem, kuriem ir atšķirīga morfoloģija un grauda izmērs. Foto katalīzes process raksturots ar metilenzilā sagraušanu ūdens šķīdumā, to apstarojot ar UV gaismu. Analizēta fotokatalīzes efektivitātes atkarība no grauda izmēra, nanokristālu graudu morfoloģijas, TiO2 nanopulveru anatasa-rutīla fāžu svara attiecībām. Parādīts, ka fotokatalītiskā efektivitāte ir atšķirīga TiO2 nanopulveriem sintezētiem ar dažādām metodēm: sola-gēla un tvaicēšanu-kondensēšanu saules reaktorā. Salīdzināta fotokatalīzes efektivitāte ZnO un TiO2 nanopulveriem un secināts, ka ZnO nanopulveri ar tetrapodu morfoloģiju ir labs fotokatalizators

  14. Review on charge transfer and chemical activity of TiO2: Mechanism and applications

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    Cai, Yongqing; Feng, Yuan Ping

    2016-12-01

    Charge separation and transfer at the interface between two materials play a significant role in various atomic-scale processes and energy conversion systems. In this review, we present the mechanism and outcome of charge transfer in TiO2, which is extensively explored for photocatalytic applications in the field of environmental science. We list several experimental and computational methods to estimate the amount of charge transfer. The effects of the work function, defects and doping, and employment of external electric field on modulating the charge transfer are presented. The interplay between the band bending and carrier transport across the surface and interface consisting of TiO2 is discussed. We show that the charge transfer can also strongly affect the behavior of deposited nanoparticles on TiO2 through built-in electric field that it creates. This review encompasses several advances of composite materials where TiO2 is combined with two-dimensional materials like graphene, MoS2, phosphorene, etc. The charge transport in the TiO2-organohalide perovskite with respect to the electron-hole separation at the interface is also discussed.

  15. Monoethanolamine adsorption on TiO2 (110) for solid supported CO2 capture

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    Lu, Deyu; Muller, Kathrin; Senanayake, Sanjaya; Starr, David

    2012-02-01

    Solid supported CO2 capture materials are drawing substantial attention as a promising, cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to aqueous amine based CO2 capture. Recently CO2 capture was observed from monoethanolamine (MEA) adsorbed TiO2 powders. In order to facilitate the rational design of future solid CO2 capture materials, it is very important to understand the interaction between MEA and the TiO2 surface at the atomic level and how it affects the CO2 capture capabilities. In this work, we report a combined experimental and theoretical study of MEA adsorption on rutile TiO2 (110). We found that 1 ML of MEAs can form a stable and ordered patten on TiO2 (110). However, the amine group in MEA (the CO2 capture site) binds preferably to the TiO2 surface in the gauche mode. The binding energy of the gauche mode is about 0.8 eV larger than the trans mode, where the amine group is free, causing the present MEA/TiO2 system unable to capture CO2. We found that this large binding energy difference is originated from a combination of surface donor-acceptor bonds, H-bonds, and dipole-induced dipole interaction. Our study suggests that these effects are key factors to design future amine-based solid supported CO2 capture materials.

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

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    Reyes, Karla Rosa; Robinson, David B.

    2013-05-01

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

  17. 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

    2013-12-07

    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.

  18. HOS cell adhesion on TiO2 nanotubes texturized by laser engraving

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    Sandoval Amador, A.; Montañez Supelano, N. D.; Arias, A. M. Vera; Escobar Rivero, P.; Peña Ballesteros, D. Y.

    2017-01-01

    Due to its outstanding properties, the titanium and its alloys have been widely used in the dental and orthopaedic fields as biomaterials. The TiO2 nanotubes surface and the texturized process by laser engraving enables significantly accelerated osteoblast adhesion on the biomaterial. For this reason in this paper, the HOS cell responses on TiO2 nanotubes fabricated on Ti6Al4V alloy and texturized by laser engraving were evaluated. The test surfaces were carried out on smooth Ti6Al4V as control, TiO2 nanotubes (NT) and surfaces with micropoints obtained by laser engraving, with 1mm spacing (NTP1) and 0.5mm (NTP2). The results show that the texturized process enables decreases the contact angle thus improving wettability of the TiO2 nanotubes surface. The NTP1 and NTP2 surfaces show excellent cell adhesion and spreading on the surface, which is evident in epifluorescence microscopy images. Furthermore, the NTP1 and NTP2 surfaces improved the cell proliferation at 18% and 16% respectively in relation with NT surface, showing that the laser texturing improves cell response of TiO2 nanotubes.

  19. Highly efficient TiO2-based microreactor for photocatalytic applications.

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    Krivec, Matic; Žagar, Kristina; Suhadolnik, Luka; Čeh, Miran; Dražić, Goran

    2013-09-25

    A photocatalytic, TiO2-based microreactor is designed and fabricated on a metal-titanium foil. The microchannel is mechanically engraved in the substrate foil, and a double-layered TiO2 anatase film is immobilized on its inner walls with a two-step synthesis, which included anodization and a hydrothermal treatment. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) confirm the presence of an approximately 10-μm-thick layer of titania nanotubes and anatase nanoparticles. The SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of the cross sections show a dense interface between the titanium substrate and the TiO2 nanotubes. An additional layer of TiO2-anatase nanoparticles on the top of the film provides a large, photocatalytic surface area. The metal-titanium substrate with a functionalized serpentine channel is sealed with UV-transparent Plexiglas, and four 0.8-mW UV LEDs combined with a power controller on a small printed-circuit board are fixed over the substrate. The photocatalytic activity and the kinetic properties for the degradation of caffeine are provided, and the longer-term stability of the TiO2 film is evaluated. The results show that after 6 months of use and 3600 working cycles the microreactor still exhibits 60% of its initial efficiency.

  20. Enhancement of stability of N-doped TiO2 photocatalysts with Ag loading

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    Gao, Yuanpeng; Fang, Pengfei; Chen, Feitai; Liu, Yang; Liu, Zhi; Wang, Dahai; Dai, Yiqun

    2013-01-01

    Various contents of Ag nanoparticles were successfully introduced into the N-doped TiO2 photocatalysts via a hydrothermal procedure in the silver-ammonia solutions with different Ag concentrations. Effects of Ag loading on the structure and properties of N-doped TiO2 photocatalysts were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy (FL), UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and N2 physical adsorption analysis. The relationship between the stability of N dopants in TiO2 lattice and the Ag loading content was investigated for the first time. The results confirm that Ag nanoparticles loading on TiO2 surfaces significantly restrain the escape of the N dopants from the oxide during the hydrothermal process, and the escape rate of N dopants decreased gradually with the increase of Ag loading amount. The dependence of photocatalytic activity on Ag content was also investigated through degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation. It was found that the photocatalytic activity increases gradually with increasing Ag content first, and then decreases after exceeding the optimal Ag content. Therefore, the photocatalytic activity of Ag/N co-modified TiO2 photocatalysts can be adjusted by the Ag content.