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  1. Facile adsorption-dry process to incorporate Cu into TiO2 nanotube for highly efficient photocatalytic hydrogen production.

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    Xu, Shiping; Sun, Darren Delai

    2013-10-01

    Cu species was introduced into TiO2 nanotube prepared by hydrothermal method via a facile adsorption-dry process. The fabricated sample exhibited excellent H2 generation activity (76.3 mmol h(-1) g(-1)(catalyst)), which was higher than most of the reported Cu incorporated TiO2 samples, even superior to some Pt/Pd/Au/Ni incorporated TiO2. Compared to wet impregnation and in-situ photo-deposition methods, the facile adsorption-dry process was much simpler but more efficient to introduce Cu species into TiO2 for H2 production. To fully understand the adsorption-dry process, characterizations of the samples were carried out by high-resolution transmission electron microscope, X-ray diffractometer, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer, BET surface area analysis, UV-visible spectrophotometer and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It was found that the facile adsorption-dry process could well maintain the morphology of TiO2 support, for instance, 1-D tubular structure and large BET surface area of TiO2 nanotube; moreover, the introduced Cu species was highly dispersed and intensively bonded with TiO2. All of these contributed to the high H2 generation activity.

  2. Incorporation of functionalized single-wall carbon nanotubes in dye-sensitized TiO2 solar cells.

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    Jang, Song-Rim; Vittal, R; Kim, Kang-Jin

    2004-10-26

    Effects of incorporation of acid-treated single-wall carbon nanotubes (a-SWCNs) in TiO(2) film and of anchorage of dye-linked, a-SWCNs (hereafter dye-SWCNs) to the TiO(2)/electrolyte interface on photocurrent-voltage characteristics of dye-sensitized solar cells were studied. Compared with an unmodified cell, the modified cell with the a-SWCNs in TiO(2) film showed a 25% increase in short-circuit photocurrent (J(sc)). The J(sc) increase is correlated with improved connectivity between the a-SWCNs and the TiO(2) particles and with enhanced light scattering by TiO(2) clusters formed in the presence of the a-SWCNs. In the case of anchoring dye-SWCNs to the TiO(2)/electrolyte interface, the open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) increased by as much as 0.1 V, possibly due to the basicity of the TiO(2) surface from NH groups of ethylenediamine moieties of the anchored dye-SWCNs.

  3. Synthesis of silver quantum dots decorated TiO2 nanotubes and their incorporation in organic hybrid solar cells

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    Tan, Furui; Qu, Shengchun; Zhang, Xingwang; Liu, Kong; Wang, Zhanguo

    2013-08-01

    Uniform silver quantum dots decorated TiO2 nanotubes (Ag-TiO2 NTs) were synthesized via a simple reduction reaction in ethanol solvent. The size distribution of composite NTs arranges from 3 to 5 nm for Ag quantum dots and about 10 nm for TiO2 NTs in diameter. The composite Ag-TiO2 nanoparticles were incorporated in organic hybrid solar cells through doping into the active layer. Both the optical and electrical properties of the solar cells were improved. The photocurrent and fill factor of the devices were obviously increased after the Ag-TiO2 NTs were introduced, accompanied with a greatly reduced series resistance as well as enlarged shunt resistance. Suppressed recombination due to efficient charge transfer from plasmonic Ag quantum dots to the attached TiO2 NTs made contribution to the charge collection and transportation so that the fill factor was increased. Meanwhile, the enhanced light absorption resulted from effective incident light scattering by the Ag-TiO2 NTs composite played a role in increasing photocurrent. As a result, solar cells with Ag-TiO2 NTs generated an enhanced conversion efficiency up to 20 and 50 % compared to that adopting TiO2 NTs and that without doping, respectively.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-02-26

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

  6. Both enhanced biocompatibility and antibacterial activity in Ag-decorated TiO2 nanotubes.

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Ab initio modeling of TiO2 nanotubes

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    Szieberth, Dénes; Ferrari, Anna Maria; Noel, Yves; Ferrabone, Matteo

    2010-01-01

    TiO2 nanotubes constructed from a lepidocrocite-like TiO2 layer were investigated with ab initio methods employing the periodic CRYSTAL code. The dependence of strain energies, structural and electronic properties on the tube diameter was investigated in the 18-57 Å range. Nanotubes constructed by a (0,n) rollup proved to be the most stable at all diameters. All three types of rollup undergo significant reconstruction at diameters <25 Å. All investigated structures possess a high (~5.4 eV) band gap compared to bulk TiO2 phases (3.96 and 4.63 eV for rutile and anatase calculated with the same functional and basis set).

  11. 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.

  12. A visible-light-driven composite photocatalyst of TiO2 nanotube arrays and graphene quantum dots.

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    Chan, Donald K L; Cheung, Po Ling; Yu, Jimmy C

    2014-01-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays are well-known efficient UV-driven photocatalysts. The incorporation of graphene quantum dots could extend the photo-response of the nanotubes to the visible-light range. Graphene quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays were synthesized by covalently coupling these two materials. The product was characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. The product exhibited high photocatalytic performance in the photodegradation of methylene blue and enhanced photocurrent under visible light irradiation.

  13. Electrode distance regulates the anodic growth of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes

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    Fan, Rong; Wan, Jiandi

    2017-06-01

    Electrochemical anodization of titanium has been used widely to produce self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays. Many experimental parameters, such as anodizing voltage and electrolyte composition, have been investigated extensively in the anodic growth of TiO2 nanotubes. The effect of electrode distance on the anodic growth of TiO2 nanotube arrays, however, remains elusive. This could be an important problem when in situ growth of TiO2 nanotubes is required in microdevices. Here, we show that decreasing the electrode distance at a constant anodizing voltage enhances the anodic growth of TiO2 nanotubes and the change of nanotube structures becomes more sensitive to the electrode distance at high voltages. We further demonstrate the correlation between electrode distance and current density during the anodic growth of TiO2 nanotubes and suggest that the change of current density regulated by electrode distance controls the growth of TiO2 nanotubes. The present study offers an effective approach to enhance the production of TiO2 nanotube arrays without changing the anodizing voltage and electrolyte composition and thus provides useful insights to the anodic growth of TiO2 nanotubes at reduced electrode distances.

  14. Ideally Hexagonally Ordered TiO2 Nanotube Arrays

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    Sopha, Hanna; Samoril, Tomas; Palesch, Erik; Hromadko, Ludek; Zazpe, Raul; Skoda, David; Urbanek, Michal; Ng, Siowwoon; Prikryl, Jan

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Ideally hexagonally ordered TiO2 nanotube layers were produced through the optimized anodization of Ti substrates. The Ti substrates were firstly covered with a TiN protecting layer prepared through atomic layer deposition (ALD). Pre‐texturing of the TiN‐protected Ti substrate on an area of 20×20 μm2 was carried out by focused ion beam (FIB) milling, yielding uniform nanoholes with a hexagonal arrangement throughout the TiN layer with three different interpore distances. The subsequent anodic nanotube growth using ethylene‐glycol‐based electrolyte followed the pre‐textured nanoholes, resulting in perfectly ordered nanotube layers (resembling honeycomb porous anodic alumina) without any point defects and with a thickness of approximately 2 μm over the whole area of the pattern. PMID:28794939

  15. Synthesis of Fe2O3/TiO2 nanorod nanotube arrays by filling TiO2 nanotubes with Fe

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    Mohapatra, Susanta K.; Banerjee, Subarna; Misra, Mano

    2008-08-01

    Synthesis of hematite (α-Fe2O3) nanostructures on a titania (TiO2) nanotubular template is carried out using a pulsed electrodeposition technique. The TiO2 nanotubes are prepared by the sonoelectrochemical anodization method and are filled with iron (Fe) by pulsed electrodeposition. The Fe/TiO2 composite is then annealed in an O2 atmosphere to convert it to Fe2O3/TiO2 nanorod-nanotube arrays. The length of the Fe2O3 inside the TiO2 nanotubes can be tuned from 50 to 550 nm by changing the deposition time. The composite material is characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and diffuse reflectance ultraviolet-visible studies to confirm the formation of one-dimensional Fe2O3/TiO2 nanorod-nanotube arrays. The present approach can be used for designing variable one-dimensional metal oxide heterostructures.

  16. 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.

  17. TiO2 nanotubes and mesoporous silica as containers in self-healing epoxy coatings

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    Vijayan P., Poornima; Al-Maadeed, Mariam Ali S. A.

    2016-01-01

    The potential of inorganic nanomaterials as reservoirs for healing agents is presented here. Mesoporous silica (SBA-15) and TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) were synthesized. Both epoxy-encapsulated TiO2 nanotubes and amine-immobilized mesoporous silica were incorporated into epoxy and subsequently coated on a carbon steel substrate. The encapsulated TiO2 nanotubes was quantitatively estimated using a ‘dead pore ratio’ calculation. The morphology of the composite coating was studied in detail using transmission electron microscopic (TEM) analysis. The self-healing ability of the coating was monitored using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS); the coating recovered 57% of its anticorrosive property in 5 days. The self-healing of the scratch on the coating was monitored using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The results confirmed that the epoxy pre-polymer was slowly released into the crack. The released epoxy pre-polymer came into contact with the amine immobilized in mesoporous silica and cross-linked to heal the scratch. PMID:27941829

  18. TiO2 nanotubes and mesoporous silica as containers in self-healing epoxy coatings

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    Vijayan P., Poornima; Al-Maadeed, Mariam Ali S. A.

    2016-12-01

    The potential of inorganic nanomaterials as reservoirs for healing agents is presented here. Mesoporous silica (SBA-15) and TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) were synthesized. Both epoxy-encapsulated TiO2 nanotubes and amine-immobilized mesoporous silica were incorporated into epoxy and subsequently coated on a carbon steel substrate. The encapsulated TiO2 nanotubes was quantitatively estimated using a ‘dead pore ratio’ calculation. The morphology of the composite coating was studied in detail using transmission electron microscopic (TEM) analysis. The self-healing ability of the coating was monitored using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS); the coating recovered 57% of its anticorrosive property in 5 days. The self-healing of the scratch on the coating was monitored using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The results confirmed that the epoxy pre-polymer was slowly released into the crack. The released epoxy pre-polymer came into contact with the amine immobilized in mesoporous silica and cross-linked to heal the scratch.

  19. 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

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  1. Antibacterial activity of TiO2 nanotubes: Influence of crystal phase, morphology and Ag deposition

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    Li, Huirong; Cui, Qiang; Feng, Bo; Wang, Jianxin; Lu, Xiong; Weng, Jie

    2013-11-01

    TiO2 nanotubes on Ti substrate were fabricated by electrochemical anodization. Ag nanoparticles were deposited on the TiO2 nanotubes by a silver mirror reaction. Antibacterial activity of the nanotubes with different structural features was evaluated by a culture test with Escherichia coli bacteria. The anatase nanotubes showed the highest antibacterial activity among three crystal phases including anatase, rutile and amorphous titania. The diameters of the nanotubes affected the antibacterial activity. The two nanotubes with 200 nm and 50 nm diameters had higher antibacterial rate than those with other diameters. The antibacterial activity of the nanotubes was independent on their lengths. Ag-deposited nanotubes exhibited excellent antibacterial activity and its antibacterial rate was up to approximately 100%. TiO2 nanotubes and Ag-deposited nanotubes on titanium should be potential for antibacterial applications in clinics and industry, especially regarding with their reusability.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

    2016-10-01

    Nanotube structures such as TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays produced by self-ordering electrochemical anodization have been extensively explored for drug delivery applications. In this study, we presented a new implantable drug delivery system that combined mesoporous calcium silicate coating with nanotube structures to achieve a controllable drug release of water soluble and antiphlogistic drug loxoprofen sodium. The results showed that the TiO2 nanotubes/mesoporous calcium silicate composites were successfully fabricated by a simple template method and the deposition of mesoporous calcium silicate increased with the soaking time. Moreover, the rate of deposition of biological mesoporous calcium silicate on amorphous TNTs was better than that on anatase TNTs. Further, zinc-incorporated mesoporous calcium silicate coating, produced by adding a certain concentration of zinc nitrate into the soaking system, displayed improved chemical stability. A significant improvement in the drug release characteristics with reduced burst release and sustained release was demonstrated. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of pentachlorophenol in aqueous solution using a TiO2 nanotube film electrode.

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    Quan, Xie; Ruan, Xiuli; Zhao, Huimin; Chen, Shuo; Zhao, Yazhi

    2007-05-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube film electrodes are fabricated by the anodic oxidation method. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that these tubes were well aligned and organized into high-density uniform arrays. XRD analysis showed the TiO2 nanotubes to be in the anatase crystal form. The TiO2 nanotube film electrode exhibited increased photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) capability compared to a traditional TiO2 film electrode fabricated using the anodizing method for pentachlorophenol (PCP) degradation in aqueous solution. The bias potential, pH value, and electrolyte concentration were shown to be important factors influencing the degradation of PCP by the PEC method using the TiO2 nanotube film electrode as the working electrode.

  7. 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.

  8. Surface characterization of rapidly grown TiO2 nanotubes assisted by field supporting effect

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    David, T. Manovah; Wilson, P.; Joseph, Shibu; Ramesh, C.; Murugesan, N.; Sagayaraj, P.

    2015-06-01

    This study examines the electrochemical anodization of Ti foils in the presence of oxalic acid and malonic acid as field supporting agents. Notably, these additional electrolyte constituents are found to have a strong influence in the formation of TiO2 nanotubes. These nanotubes were also found to possess good crystallinity and better surface morphology. Interestingly, the TiO2 nanotubes grown showed hydrophobic behavior.

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Electrorheological properties of carbon nanotube decorated TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Ma, Ning; Niu, Chenguang; Dong, Xufeng; Han, Baoguo

    2017-06-01

    Titanium oxide (TiO2) particles decorated with multiwall carbon nanotubes (MCNTs) were synthesized and applied to prepare ER suspensions in this study. Compared with the bare TiO2 particles, the MCNTs decorated TiO2 particles have a rougher surface but little change in diameters. Thanks to the less severe aggregation and better dispersibility of the decorated particles, the MCNTs decorated TiO2 particles-based ER fluids present higher viscosity and higher shear stress than the bare TiO2 particles-based materials, indicating enhanced ER performance. In addition, the ER fluid containing the MCNTs decorated TiO2 particles present lower leakage current density and better anti-settling ability than that containing the bare particles. The MCNTs decorated TiO2 particles-based ER fluids with enhanced ER performance, improved anti-sedimentation property, and lower leakage current density may be a promising ER material for practical applications.

  14. Hydrogen Sensing with Ni-Doped TiO2 Nanotubes

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

    2013-01-01

    Doping with other elements is one of the efficient ways to modify the physical and chemical properties of TiO2 nanomaterials. In the present work, Ni-doped TiO2 nanotubes were fabricated through anodic oxidation of NiTi alloy and further annealing treatment. The hydrogen sensing properties of the nanotube sensor were investigated. It was found that the Ni-doped TiO2 nanotubes were sensitive to an atmosphere of 1,000 ppm hydrogen, showing a good response at both room temperature and elevated temperatures. A First-Principle simulation revealed that, in comparison with pure anatase TiO2 oxide, Ni doping in the TiO2 oxide could result in a decreased bandgap. When the oxide sensor adsorbed a certain amount of hydrogen the bandgap increased and the acceptor impurity levels was generated, which resulted in a change of the sensor resistance. PMID:23881124

  15. Activity of vancomycin release from bioinspired coatings of hydroxyapatite or TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Ionita, Daniela; Bajenaru-Georgescu, Daniela; Totea, Georgeta; Mazare, Anca; Schmuki, Patrik; Demetrescu, Ioana

    2017-01-30

    Herein we investigate the efficiency of various biomimetic coatings for localized drug delivery, using vancomycin as key therapeutic drug, which is a widely used antibiotic for the treatment of strong infections caused by positive Gram bacteria. We evaluate classical hydroxyapatite and biomimetic hydroxyapatite-collagen coatings obtained by electrochemical deposition as well as TiO2 nanotubes arrays obtained by electrochemical anodization. Surface morphology, compositional and structural data confirm the incorporation of vancomycin into the layers and drug release profiles for vancomycin evaluate their release ability. Namely, hydroxyapatite coatings lead to a ≈92% vancomycin release after 30h and hydroxyapatite-collagen to 85%, while the TiO2 nanotubes layers lead to 78% release. The antibacterial effect of such drug loaded coatings is evaluated against S. aureus (Gram-positive bacteria). Our study shows that the vancomycin incorporated hydroxyapatite coatings lead to a faster release, while the nanotubular coatings may lead to longer time release and additionally both types of coatings ensure a good antibacterial inhibition.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  17. 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.

  18. Controlled fabrication of porous double-walled TiO2 nanotubes via ultraviolet-assisted anodization

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    Ali, Ghafar; Kim, Hyun Jin; Kim, Jae Joon; Cho, Sung Oh

    2014-03-01

    Double-walled TiO2 nanotubes with porous wall morphologies are fabricated by anodization under ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. TiO2 formed by anodization of Ti is activated to generate electrons and holes by UV and the anodization process is influenced by the photo-generated charges. As a consequence, morphologies of the fabricated TiO2 nanotubes can be adjusted by controlling the UV illumination. Double-walled TiO2 nanotubes or single-walled nanotubes can be selectively formed by switching on/off the UV illumination. The thickness of the inner and outer walls of the double-walled nanotubes can be tailored by changing the UV power. Due to their larger surface areas compared to single-walled nanotubes, the porous double-walled nanotubes exhibit an enhanced photo-degradation rate for methylene blue (MB). The mechanism of the porous double-walled TiO2 nanotubes is proposed based on the photoactive semiconducting property of the as-growing TiO2 nanotubes under UV.Double-walled TiO2 nanotubes with porous wall morphologies are fabricated by anodization under ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. TiO2 formed by anodization of Ti is activated to generate electrons and holes by UV and the anodization process is influenced by the photo-generated charges. As a consequence, morphologies of the fabricated TiO2 nanotubes can be adjusted by controlling the UV illumination. Double-walled TiO2 nanotubes or single-walled nanotubes can be selectively formed by switching on/off the UV illumination. The thickness of the inner and outer walls of the double-walled nanotubes can be tailored by changing the UV power. Due to their larger surface areas compared to single-walled nanotubes, the porous double-walled nanotubes exhibit an enhanced photo-degradation rate for methylene blue (MB). The mechanism of the porous double-walled TiO2 nanotubes is proposed based on the photoactive semiconducting property of the as-growing TiO2 nanotubes under UV. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

  20. Synthesis and growth mechanism of multilayer TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Guan, Dongsheng; Wang, Ying

    2012-04-01

    High-aspect-ratio TiO2 nanotube arrays formed by anodic oxidation have drawn extensive attention due to their easy fabrication and various excellent optical, electrical and biomedical properties. In contrast to conventional single-layer TiO2 nanotubes prepared via constant-voltage anodization, we synthesize multilayer TiO2 nanotube arrays with high surface area by using alternating-voltage anodization steps. This work presents synthesis and growth mechanisms of single-layer smooth TiO2 nanotubes, bamboo-type nanotubes and double-layer nanotubes, by tuning various parameters such as voltage, time, and water content in the electrolyte. It is found that ion diffusion inside the nanotubes dominates growth of these three structures. A stable pH and ion-diffusion profile allows the steady growth of smooth TiO2 tubes in NH4F-containing ethylene glycol (EG). The addition of a low-voltage anodization step reduces the pH and ion-diffusion gradient in the nanotubes and induces formation of bamboo-type nanotubes and double-layer nanotubes when a second high-voltage anodization is conducted. Ion diffusion through a nanotube takes time; thus formation of lower-layer TO2 nanotubes costs more time if longer nanotubes are grown in the upper layer, since ions diffuse through these longer nanotubes. This ion-diffusion controlled growth mechanism is further confirmed by tailoring the water content (0-20 vol%) in the electrolyte and the voltage gaps to control the time needed for initiation of lower-layer TiO2 nanotube arrays. The fundamental understanding of the growth characteristics of double-layer TiO2 nanotubes presented in this paper offers us more flexibility in engineering morphology, tuning dimensions and phase compositions of multilayer TiO2 nanotubes. In addition, we synthesize double-layer TiO2 nanotube arrays composed of one layer of anatase phase and another layer of amorphous phase.High-aspect-ratio TiO2 nanotube arrays formed by anodic oxidation have drawn extensive

  1. 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.

  2. Free-standing arrays of isolated TiO2 nanotubes through supercritical fluid drying.

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    Deneault, James R; Xiao, Xiaoyin; Kang, Tae-Sik; Wang, Joanna S; Wai, Chien M; Brown, Gail J; Durstock, Michael F

    2012-01-16

    A common complication in fabricating arrays of TiO(2) nanotubes is that they agglomerate into tightly packed bundles during the inevitable solvent evaporation step. This problem is particularly acute for template-fabricated TiO(2) nanotubes, as the geometric tunability of this technique enables relatively large inter-pore spacings or, from another perspective, more space for lateral displacement. Our work showed that agglomeration results from the surface tension forces that are present as the ambient solvent is evaporated from the nanotube film. Herein, we report a processing and fabrication approach that utilizes supercritical fluid drying (CO(2)) to prepare arrays of template-fabricated TiO(2) nanotubes that are free-standing and spatially isolated. This approach could be beneficial to many emerging technologies, such as solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells and vertically-oriented carbon nanotube electrodes.

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. 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.

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

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    Lee, Kangpyung; Ku, Haemin; Pak, Daewon

    2016-04-01

    In order to use TiO2 nanotubes grown on a Ti plate as a photocatalyst, self-organized oxide nanotube layers were grown by anodization in a glycerol based electrolyte. The ultimate conditions for the synthesis of the TiO2 nanotube array on the Ti plate were investigated by comparing the morphology, length, and inner diameter of the nanotubes. They were significantly affected by the applied anodic voltage, anodization time, and composition of the electrolyte such as the water and fluoride ion concentration. The crystallographic structures of TiO2 nanotubes before and after annealing were compared. The photocatalytic reactor used in this study consisted of two parallel and closely spaced TiO2 nanotube plates. The plates were squares while a UV lamp was inserted perpendicularly to them. OH radical generation in the photocatalytic reactor was monitored by using a probe compound, parachlorobenzoate (pCBA). The steady state OH radical concentration was compared depending on the length of nanotubes and crystallographic structure. The longer the nanotubes, the higher the steady state OH radical concentration. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. 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.

  11. One‐dimensional TiO2 Nanotube Photocatalysts for Solar Water Splitting

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    Ge, Mingzheng; Li, Qingsong; Cao, Chunyan; Huang, Jianying; Li, Shuhui; Zhang, Songnan; Chen, Zhong; Zhang, Keqin; Al‐Deyab, Salem S.

    2016-01-01

    Hydrogen production from water splitting by photo/photoelectron‐catalytic process is a promising route to solve both fossil fuel depletion and environmental pollution at the same time. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes have attracted much interest due to their large specific surface area and highly ordered structure, which has led to promising potential applications in photocatalytic degradation, photoreduction of CO2, water splitting, supercapacitors, dye‐sensitized solar cells, lithium‐ion batteries and biomedical devices. Nanotubes can be fabricated via facile hydrothermal method, solvothermal method, template technique and electrochemical anodic oxidation. In this report, we provide a comprehensive review on recent progress of the synthesis and modification of TiO2 nanotubes to be used for photo/photoelectro‐catalytic water splitting. The future development of TiO2 nanotubes is also discussed. PMID:28105391

  12. One-dimensional TiO2 Nanotube Photocatalysts for Solar Water Splitting.

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    Ge, Mingzheng; Li, Qingsong; Cao, Chunyan; Huang, Jianying; Li, Shuhui; Zhang, Songnan; Chen, Zhong; Zhang, Keqin; Al-Deyab, Salem S; Lai, Yuekun

    2017-01-01

    Hydrogen production from water splitting by photo/photoelectron-catalytic process is a promising route to solve both fossil fuel depletion and environmental pollution at the same time. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes have attracted much interest due to their large specific surface area and highly ordered structure, which has led to promising potential applications in photocatalytic degradation, photoreduction of CO2, water splitting, supercapacitors, dye-sensitized solar cells, lithium-ion batteries and biomedical devices. Nanotubes can be fabricated via facile hydrothermal method, solvothermal method, template technique and electrochemical anodic oxidation. In this report, we provide a comprehensive review on recent progress of the synthesis and modification of TiO2 nanotubes to be used for photo/photoelectro-catalytic water splitting. The future development of TiO2 nanotubes is also discussed.

  13. 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

  14. Improving Visible Light-Absorptivity and Photoelectric Conversion Efficiency of a TiO2 Nanotube Anode Film by Sensitization with Bi2O3 Nanoparticles

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    Chang, Menglei; Hu, Huawen; Zhang, Yuyuan; Chen, Dongchu; Wu, Liangpeng; Li, Xinjun

    2017-01-01

    This study presents a novel visible light-active TiO2 nanotube anode film by sensitization with Bi2O3 nanoparticles. The uniform incorporation of Bi2O3 contributes to largely enhancing the solar light absorption and photoelectric conversion efficiency of TiO2 nanotubes. Due to the energy level difference between Bi2O3 and TiO2, the built-in electric field is suggested to be formed in the Bi2O3 sensitized TiO2 hybrid, which effectively separates the photo-generated electron-hole pairs and hence improves the photocatalytic activity. It is also found that the photoelectric conversion efficiency of Bi2O3 sensitized TiO2 nanotubes is not in direct proportion with the content of the sensitizer, Bi2O3, which should be carefully controlled to realize excellent photoelectrical properties. With a narrower energy band gap relative to TiO2, the sensitizer Bi2O3 can efficiently harvest the solar energy to generate electrons and holes, while TiO2 collects and transports the charge carriers. The new-type visible light-sensitive photocatalyst presented in this paper will shed light on sensitizing many other wide-band-gap semiconductors for improving solar photocatalysis, and on understanding the visible light-driven photocatalysis through narrow-band-gap semiconductor coupling. PMID:28486406

  15. 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.

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

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    2010-01-01

    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. PMID:20671780

  17. 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.

  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. Nanoindentation study of the mechanical behavior of TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Xu, Y. N.; Liu, M. N.; Wang, M. C.; Oloyede, A.; Bell, J. M.; Yan, C.

    2015-10-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube arrays are attracting increasing attention for use in solar cells, lithium-ion batteries, and biomedical implants. To take full advantage of their unique physical properties, such arrays need to maintain adequate mechanical integrity in applications. However, the mechanical performance of TiO2 nanotube arrays is not well understood. In this work, we investigate the deformation and failure of TiO2 nanotube arrays using the nanoindentation technique. We found that the load-displacement response of the arrays strongly depends on the indentation depth and indenter shape. Substrate-independent elastic modulus and hardness can be obtained when the indentation depth is less than 2.5% of the array height. The deformation mechanisms of TiO2 nanotube arrays by Berkovich and conical indenters are closely associated with the densification of TiO2 nanotubes under compression. A theoretical model for deformation of the arrays under a large-radius conical indenter is also proposed.

  20. Coadsorption of horseradish peroxidase with thionine on TiO2 nanotubes for biosensing.

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    Liu, Songqin; Chen, Aicheng

    2005-08-30

    In this study, we investigate the coadsorption of protein with thionine on TiO(2) nanotubes for biosensor design. The TiO(2) nanotube arrays fabricated by anodic oxidation of titanium substrate possess large surface areas and good uniformity and conformability and are ready for enzyme immobilization. Electrochemical and spectroscopic measurements show that the TiO(2) nanotube arrays provide excellent matrixes for the coadsorption of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and thionine and that the adsorbed HRP on these TiO(2) nanotube arrays effectively retains its bioactivity. The immobilized thionine can be electrochemically reduced but cannot be reoxidized in the electrode potential range between -0.7 and 0.0 V. The addition of H(2)O(2) leads to the biocatalytic oxidation of the reduced thionine in the presence of HRP, resulting in developing a novel H(2)O(2) sensor with good stability and reproducibility. The fabricated TiO(2) nanotubes offer a stage for further study of immobilization and electrochemistry of proteins. The proposed method opens a way to develop biosensors using nanostructured materials with low electrical conductivity.

  1. Engineering bamboo-type TiO2 nanotube arrays to enhance their photocatalytic property.

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    Guan, Dongsheng; Hymel, Paul J; Zhou, Chengjun; Wang, Ying

    2014-06-01

    Bamboo-type TiO2 nanotube arrays with high surface area can be synthesized by alternating voltage (AV) anodization for their important use as photocatalytic medium. Their morphologies are highly dependent on preparation parameters including anodization time and electrolyte composition. Minimum time of high-voltage steps required for forming desired bamboo ridge spacing on these nanotubes can be calculated from current-time profiles recorded during potentiostatic anodization at the voltage. Water content in NH4F-containing ethylene glycol (EG) electrolytes is optimized simply from analyses of current transients or current-voltage relations for anodization in EG electrolytes with different amount of water, in order to achieve efficient electrochemical growth of TiO2 nanotubes for large ridge density and long tube length. Two types of bamboo-type TiO2 nanotubes with the same length of 5.46 microm but different ridge spacing are synthesized for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV radiation. Both of the bamboo-type nanotube arrays show improved photo catalysis compared to smooth TiO2 nanotubes of the same length, due to their larger surface area favorable for heterogeneous catalytic processes. In particular, the apparent rate constant of photocatalytic degradation on bamboo-type nanotubes is up to 29.4% higher than that for degradation on smooth ones.

  2. Fabrication mechanism of compact TiO2 nanotubes and their photo-electrochemical ability

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    Boda, Muzaffar Ahmad; Ashraf Shah, Mohammad

    2017-07-01

    Ordered compact TiO2 nanotubes have been fabricated by using third generation electrolyte on employing the electrochemical anodisation technique. The titania nanotube growth is intiated by etching the oxide layer due to fluoride ions in the prepared electrolyte therby results the pore formation which continue to deepen in the oxide layer by maintaining the atmosphere of high and low pH at the mouth and bottom of the titania nanotubes, respectively. Using field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and anodization current time spectra, detailed fabrication mechanism of compact TiO2 nanotubes have been explained. Moreover, the resulting TiO2 nanotubes were studied for light absorption using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photo-eletrochemical property using electrochemical analyzer. The absorption and photo-electrochemical spectra of the resulting titania nanotubes show the band gap of ~3.2 eV and photocurrent density of ~4.85 mA cm-2 respectively. The elemental composition and phase purity of the finally prepared compact TiO2 nanotubes (anatase) were confirmed by EDAX coupled with FESEM and x-ray diffractogram, respectively.

  3. In Situ Anodization of WO3-Decorated TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Efficient Mercury Removal

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    Lee, Wai Hong; Lai, Chin Wei; Abd Hamid, Sharifah Bee

    2015-01-01

    WO3-decorated TiO2 nanotube arrays were successfully synthesized using an in situ anodization method in ethylene glycol electrolyte with dissolved H2O2 and ammonium fluoride in amounts ranging from 0 to 0.5 wt %. Anodization was carried out at a voltage of 40 V for a duration of 60 min. By using the less stable tungsten as the cathode material instead of the conventionally used platinum electrode, tungsten will form dissolved ions (W6+) in the electrolyte which will then move toward the titanium foil and form a coherent deposit on the titanium foil. The fluoride ion content was controlled to determine the optimum chemical dissolution rate of TiO2 during anodization to produce a uniform nanotubular structure of TiO2 film. Nanotube arrays were then characterized using FESEM, EDAX, XRD, as well as Raman spectroscopy. Based on the FESEM images obtained, nanotube arrays with an average pore diameter of up to 65 nm and a length of 1.8 µm were produced. The tungsten element in the samples was confirmed by EDAX results which showed varying tungsten content from 0.22 to 2.30 at%. XRD and Raman results showed the anatase phase of TiO2 after calcination at 400 °C for 4 h in air atmosphere. The mercury removal efficiency of the nanotube arrays was investigated by photoirradiating samples dipped in mercury chloride solution with TUV (Tube ultraviolet) 96W UV-B Germicidal light. The nanotubes with the highest aspect ratio (15.9) and geometric surface area factor (92.0) exhibited the best mercury removal performance due to a larger active surface area, which enables more Hg2+ to adsorb onto the catalyst surface to undergo reduction to Hg0. The incorporation of WO3 species onto TiO2 nanotubes also improved the mercury removal performance due to improved charge separation and decreased charge carrier recombination because of the charge transfer from the conduction band of TiO2 to the conduction band of WO3. PMID:28793530

  4. 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.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  6. Synthesis, characterization and electrochemical study of Mn-doped TiO2 decorated polypyrrole nanotubes

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    Saidur, M. R.; Aziz, A. R. Abdul; Basirun, W. J.

    2017-06-01

    Nanostructured conductive polymers are the growing interest in the field of electrochemistry due to their superior conductivity and environmental friendliness. The existence of transition metal oxides could improve their nanostructure as well as conductive properties. In this study, polypyrrole nanotubes are synthesized in the presence of TiO2 and manganese (Mn)-doped TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) to investigate their electrochemical properties. Details characterization of the synthesized composites were done by X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and TEM. The TEM analysis shows that doping of TiO2 with Mn decrease the grain size of the TiO2 nanoparticles and successively its effects on the synthesis of the PPy nanotubes (PPyNTs). TEM confirmed that PPyNTs synthesized in the presence of Mn-doped TiO2 are thinner in size compare to the PPyNTs synthesized in presence of pure TiO2. The electrochemical effectiveness of the synthesized PPy nanocomposite was investigated using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). CV and EIS both on a modified glassy carbon electrode reveal the better electron transportability for the Mn-doped TiO2 PPyNTs due to the synergistic effect of doping and decreased the size of PPyNTs as well as increased surface area.

  7. Enhancement of electrochemical properties of micro/nano electrodes based on TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Khudhair, D.; Gaburro, J.; Shafei, S.; Barlow, A.; Nahavandi, S.; Bhatti, A.

    2017-04-01

    Titanium oxide nanotube (TiO2 nanotube) arrays were produced by anodizing titanium foils in two different electrolytes. The first electrolyte consisted of ethylene glycol containing 0.5 wt% NH4F and 4 vol% of distilled water to produce pure TiO2 nanotube arrays and the second consisted of HF aqueous solution (0.5 wt%) containing 0.5% polyvinylalcohol to produce carbon doped TiO2 nanotube arrays. The fabricated TiO2 nanotube arrays were subsequently annealed in the atmosphere of nitrogen. The morphology and crystal structure of fabricated arrays were characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The electrical conductivity and capacitance of TiO2 nanotube arrays were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). Water contact angle and biocompatibility of fabricated nanotube arrays were investigated. The results showed that carbon doped TiO2 nanotube arrays annealed in the atmosphere of nitrogen have higher conductivity and capacitance than those of pure arrays annealed in the same atmosphere. Doping with carbon enhances the biocompatibility and wettability of TiO2 nanotube arrays. It has also noted that electrical conductivity and capacitance of TiO2 nanotube arrays were directly proportional to the tube wall thickness.

  8. Photoelectrochemical characterization of dual-layered anodic TiO2 nanotubes with honeycomb morphology

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    Sitler, S. J.; Raja, K. S.; Karmiol, Z.; Chidambaram, D.

    2017-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes having a novel honeycomb like morphology were synthesized by a two-step anodization process and characterized for photoelectrochemical behavior. The titania nanotubes with honeycomb morphology showed at least 32% higher photocurrent density than the regular vertically oriented titania nanotubes at any given bias potential. The enhanced photoactivity of the honeycomb morphology was attributed to the better charge transport properties and the presence of a hemispherical surface morphology that enhanced the light harvesting behavior.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  10. 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.

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  12. Chemical modification of TiO2 nanotube arrays for label-free optical biosensing applications

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    Terracciano, Monica; Galstyan, Vardan; Rea, Ilaria; Casalino, Maurizio; De Stefano, Luca; Sbervegleri, Giorgio

    2017-10-01

    In this study, we have fabricated TiO2 nanotube arrays by the potentiostatic anodic oxidation of Ti foils in fluoride-containing electrolyte and explored them as versatile devices for biosensing applications. TiO2 nanotubes have been chemically modified in order to bind Protein A as a specific target analyte for the optical biosensing. The obtained structures have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, water contact angle, fluorescence microscopy, spectroscopic reflectometry and photoluminescence. Investigations show that the prepared TiO2 nanotubes, 2.5 μm long and 75 nm thick, can be easily and efficiently bio-modified, and the obtained structures are strongly photoluminescent, thus suitable for the label-free biosensing applications in the range of μM, due to their peculiar optical properties.

  13. Enhanced photoelectrocatalytic performance of heterostructured TiO2-based nanoparticles decorated nanotubes

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    Wu, Liangpeng; Yang, Xu; Huang, Yanqin; Li, Xinjun

    2017-06-01

    Titanium oxide nanotubes were prepared by hydrothermal treatment of TiO2 powder in NaOH aqueous solution and subsequently calcined. Titanium oxide nanotubes were further decorated by TiO2 nanoparticles through in situ hydrolysis of titanium isopropoxide containing alcohol and ammonia in an aqueous medium to form the composite catalyst (TNP/TiO2NTs). The morphology and structure of TNP/TiO2NTs were characterized by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis, and Raman spectra. The separation efficiency of photo-excited carriers was investigated by photoluminescence technique and photoelectrochemical behavior. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange. Due to the synergy effect caused by the interaction of titanium oxide nanotubes and TiO2 nanoparticles, the TNP/TiO2NTs composite shows efficient photogenerated carriers' separation and the increased light absorption. The photocatalytic activity was enhanced.

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  15. Effects of functionalization of TiO2 nanotube array sensors with Pd nanoparticles on their selectivity.

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

    2014-08-27

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-11-01

    The structural and electronic properties of titanium oxide nanotubes (TiO2) have attracted considerable attention for the development of therapeutic devices and imaging probes for nanomedicine. However, the fluorescence response of TiO2 has typically been within ultraviolet spectrum. In this study, the surface modification of TiO2 nanotubes with ZnS quantum dots was found to produce a red shift in the ultra violet emission band. The TiO2 nanotubes used in this work were obtained by sol-gel template synthesis. The ZnS quantum dots were deposited onto TiO2 nanotube surface by a micelle-template inducing reaction. The structure and morphology of the resulting hybrid TiO2/ZnS nanotubes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. According to the results of fluorescence spectroscopy, pure TiO2 nanotubes exhibited a high emission at 380nm (3.26eV), whereas TiO2/ZnS exhibited an emission at 410nm (3.02eV). The TiO2/ZnS nanotubes demonstrated good bio-imaging ability on sycamore cultured plant cells. The biocompatibility against mammalian cells (Chinese Hamster Ovarian Cells-CHO) suggesting that TiO2/ZnS may also have suitable optical properties for use as biological markers in diagnostic medicine. The drug release characteristic of TiO2/ZnS nanotubes was explored using 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), an anticancer drug used in photodynamic therapy. The results show that the TiO2/ZnS nanotubes are a promising candidate for anticancer drug delivery systems. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Flexible symmetric supercapacitors based on vertical TiO2 and carbon nanotubes

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    Chien, C. J.; Chang, Pai-Chun; Lu, Jia G.

    2010-03-01

    Highly conducting and porous carbon nanotubes are widely used as electrodes in double-layer-effect supercapacitors. In this presentation, vertical TiO2 nanotube array is fabricated by anodization process and used as supercapacitor electrode utilizing its compact density, high surface area and porous structure. By spin coating carbon nanotube networks on vertical TiO2 nanotube array as electrodes with 1M H2SO4 electrolyte in between, the specific capacitance can be enhanced by 30% compared to using pure carbon nanotube network alone because of the combination of double layer effect and redox reaction from metal oxide materials. Based on cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements, this type of hybrid electrode has proven to be suitable for high performance supercapacitor application and maintain desirable cycling stability. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy technique shows that the electrode has good electrical conductivity. Furthermore, we will discuss the prospect of extending this energy storage approach in flexible electronics.

  19. TiO2 nanotube structures for enhanced cell and biological functionality

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

    2010-04-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Highly ordered Fe3+/TiO2 nanotube arrays for efficient photocataltyic degradation of nitrobenzene

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    Zhang, Yiyang; Gu, Di; Zhu, Lingyue; Wang, Baohui

    2017-10-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2 NTs) were prepared through a facile two-step electrochemical anodization, subsequently, active iron ions were introduced into the TiO2 NTs via a direct impregnation method. The XPS results showed that the iron elements existed in TiO2 NTs in the form of Fe3+ ions. Compared with the undoped TiO2 NTs, the absorption edge of Fe3+/TiO2 NTs showed an overt red shift and the photocurrent improved obviously, which indicated that Fe3+/TiO2 had a much higher photocatalytic activity. The optimal doping content was tested to be 0.1 mol/L which could make the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 NTs obviously improves under both visible and ultraviolent light. The prepared samples were adopted as photocatalyst to degrade nitrobenzene (NB). The reaction rate constants ks under UV light were in the order kone-stepTiO2NTs = 0.00338

  4. Photo-electro-catalytic performance of highly ordered nitrogen doped TiO2 nanotubes array photoanode

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    Aritonang, Anthoni B.; Surahman, Hedi; Krisnandi, Yuni K.; Gunlazuardi, Jarnuzi

    2017-02-01

    Highly ordered nitrogen doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (N-TNTAs) were synthesized via a one step anodization method at 40 V for 1 hour, in the electrolyte containing ammonium fluoride (NH4F), water and triethylamine solution, followed calcination under N2 atmosphere at 450oC for 3 h. The obtained samples were characterized by means of FE-SEM image showed that the N-TNTs are in a highly ordered array, having inner diameters, wall thickness, tube length of 65 nm, 30 nm and 900 nm, respectively. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns of N-TNTAs and undoped TiO2 nanotubes arrays (TNTAs) are identical consists of anatase phase, which suggests that the doping of N does not affect the crystalline structure. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), revealed that N atom was incorporated into the lattice of a TiO2 nanotube array film. The infrared spectra, showed a new peak at 1240 cm-1 may indicate the incorporation of N into the lattice of TiO2 through substituting O atoms, in the form of ∼N-Ti-O∼. A red shift of the absorption edge toward the visible region of N-TNTAs are observed by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), which is corresponding to a band gap of 2.8 eV. The photo-electro-catalytic (PEC) degradation efficiency toward methylene blue solution under visible light illumination of the N-TNTAs electrode was 89%, in which the rate constant of N-TNTAs electrode was 8 times better compared to that the undoped TNTAs photo-electrode.

  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. Mechanisms of stem cell osteogenic differentiation on TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Yu, Weiqiang; Qian, Chao; Jiang, Xinquan; Zhang, Fuqiang; Weng, Weimin

    2015-12-01

    TiO2 nanotubes could stimulate osteogenic differentiation of stem cells, but the molecular mechanisms underlying the interactions between nanotubes and stem cells remain unclear. In this study, we investigated the response of bone marrow stromal cells to nanotubes of different diameters using microarray-based bioinformatics approach. Gene ontology (GO) and GO enrichment network analysis indicated that larger TiO2 nanotubes were more potent than smaller nanotubes in inducing the expression of genes involved in cell proliferation, differentiation, and immune responses, and inhibiting that of genes responsible for cell adhesion. The analysis of the signaling network containing significantly affected genes suggested that Na(+)/K(+) transporting ATPases ATP1A2 (alpha 2 polypeptide) and ATP1A3 (alpha 3 polypeptide), and MAP3K11 (mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase kinase 11) were important for inducing osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow stromal cells without additional osteogenic stimuli. The upregulation of the ATP1A2 and MAP3K11 genes confirmed by real-time PCR indicates that the response of bone marrow stromal cells to nanotube cues may be mediated by the pathways previously implicated in transducing mechanical stress signals. Our results revealed some molecular mechanisms by which TiO2 nanotubes may direct osteogenic differentiation of stem cells. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Formation and evolution of anodic TiO2 nanotube embryos

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    Jin, Rong; Liao, Maoying; Lin, Tong; Zhang, Shaoyu; Shen, Xiaoping; Song, Ye; Zhu, Xufei

    2017-06-01

    Anodic TiO2 nanotubes (ATNTs) have been widely investigated for decades due to their interesting nanostructures and various applications. However, the formation mechanism of ATNTs still remains unclear. To date, most of researches focus on the tubular structure but neglect the formation process of initial nanotube embryos. Herein, polyethylene glycol (PEG) is added into the traditional electrolyte to moderate the transformation process from compact layer to porous layer. Based on ‘oxygen bubble mould’ and ‘plastic flow model’ theory, the formation and evolution process of nanotube embryo is clarified firstly. Results validate the effect of ‘oxygen bubble mould’ on the formation of nanotube embryo, which has a great effect on regulating the morphology of ATNT arrays. Besides, nanotubes prepared in electrolytes with PEG show shorter tube length with larger diameter than that prepared in traditional electrolytes. The addition of PEG can also effectively avoid the breakdown phenomenon. Highlights Transformation from compact layer into porous layer is observed in PEG electrolyte. The effect of oxygen bubble mould is first demonstrated and observed. The formation process of TiO2 nanotube embryo is described systematically. TiO2 nanotubes prepared in PEG electrolyte show short length and large diameter.

  8. Structural, morphological, and wettability study of electrochemically anodized 1D TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Patil, Jyoti V.; Mali, Sawanta S.; Hong, Chang K.; Kim, Jin H.; Patil, Pramod S.

    2017-10-01

    In the present investigation, anatase titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube arrays (NTAs) have been successfully synthesized by a simple and cost-effective electrochemical anodization of titanium (Ti) foil. To investigate the effect of reaction time on the TiO2 NTAs, the reaction time was varied from 6, 12, 18, and 24 h and studied its morphological changes. Furthermore, the synthesized TiO2 NTAs were characterized by X-ray diffraction, FT-Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photospectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, and the wettability measurement to study detailed investigation of structural, morphological, and wettability characteristics. These results demonstrated that the anodization time is strongly affecting on the morphology and wettability of the TiO2 NTAs. In addition, these results will be useful in dye-sensitized solar cell and supercapacitor applications.

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

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

    2011-12-01

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

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

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

    2011-10-01

    A one-step solvothermal method was used to prepare TiO(2)/halloysite composites. TiO(2) nanoparticles were deposited on the platform of the halloysite nanotubes (HNTs). XRD, FT-IR, FE-SEM, and TEM were applied to investigate the structures and morphologies of the resultant samples. The as-prepared TiO(2)/HNTs photocatalyst exhibits pH sensibility on the degradation of methanol and a higher photocatalytic activity on the degradation of acetic acid. The combination of the photocatalytic property of TiO(2) and the unique structure of halloysite endowed this material with a bright perspective in degradation of organic pollutant. © 2011 American Chemical Society

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

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

    2015-08-01

    The significantly enhanced osteoblast adhesion, proliferation and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity were observed on TiO2 nanotube surface in recent studies in which the scale of nanotube diameter was restricted under 100 nm. In this paper, a series of highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays with larger diameters ranging from 150 nm to 470 nm were fabricated via high voltage anodization. The behaviors of MC3T3-E1 cells in response to the diameter-controlled TiO2 nanotubes were investigated. A contrast between the trend of proliferation and the trend of cell elongation was observed. The highest cell elongation (nearly 10:1) and the lowest cell number were observed on the TiO2 nanotube arrays with 150 nm diameter. While, the lowest cell elongation and highest cell number were achieved on the TiO2 nanotube arrays with 470 nm diameter. Furthermore, the ALP activity peaked on the 150 nm diameter TiO2 nanotube arrays and decreased dramatically with the increase of nanotube diameter. Thus a narrow range of diameter (100-200 nm) that could induce the greatest bone-forming activity is determined. It is expected that more delicate design of orthopedic implant with regional abduction of cell proliferation or bone forming could be achieved by controlling the diameter of TiO2 nanotubes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Dye-sensitized photovoltaic wires using highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Liu, Zhaoyue; Misra, Mano

    2010-04-27

    Dye-sensitized photovoltaic wires (DSPVWs) are developed using anodized Ti wires that contain ordered arrays of TiO2 nanotubes. The prototype DSPVW consists of N719 dye-adsorbed TiO2 nanotube arrays around a Ti wire as a working electrode, a platinum wire as a counter electrode, and an organic electrolyte encased in a capillary glass tube. The effect of length of nanotube arrays on the photovoltaic performance of DSPVWs is studied systematically. A solar-to-electric conversion efficiency of 2.78% is achieved with 55 microm long nanotubes under 98.3 mW/cm(2) AM 1.5 simulated full light. The prototype device is capable of achieving a long distance transport of photocurrent and harvesting all light from any direction in surroundings to generate electricity.

  13. Using Ag-embedded TiO2 nanotubes array as recyclable SERS substrate

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    Ling, Yunhan; Zhuo, Yuqing; Huang, Liang; Mao, Duolu

    2016-12-01

    A simple strategy for synthesizing Ag-loaded TiO2 nanotube film for use as multifunctional photocatalyst and recyclable surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate is introduced. Highly aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTA) prepared via electrochemical anodization were used as a 3D rough host for silver nanoparticles. Ag deposits were sputtered in a vacuum, and it was found that their morphologies were mainly influenced by the diameters of nanotubes and the UV irradiation induced aging process, especially the self-migration of silver along the tubular wall. SERS and the self-cleaning effect were observed using Rhodamine 6G (R6G) as the probe molecule. The results showed that narrow nanotube and silver nanoparticles embedment contributed significantly to both the phenomenal SERS and recyclability.

  14. Synthesis of TiO2 Nanotubes Electrode for Photo Electrochemical cells Application

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    Pooyodying, Pattarapon; Sung, Youl-Moon; Anuntahirunrat, Jirapat

    2017-09-01

    In this research propose a synthesis and study characteristics of electrode for photoelectrochemical cells using TiO2 nanotubes electrode. The fabrication of electrode for photoelectrochemical cells using TiO2 nanotubes which made from anodization process at size area 2×2 cm2 and counter electrode used platinum pastes coated on fluoride-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass at size area 2×2 cm2. The solar simulation was used as the light source for the photoelectrochemical cells at 100mW/cm2. The morphological properties of TiO2 electrode was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). We measure the sheet resistance, open circuit voltage and short circuit current for analyse the photoconversion efficiency. The photoconversion efficiency was 5.78%, open circuit voltage was 0.72V and short circuit current was 2.87mA.

  15. Evaluation of TiO2 nanotubes array ordering in tree-graph representation

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    Titov, P. L.; Schegoleva, S. A.; Kondrikov, N. B.

    2017-09-01

    This paper explores TiO2 nanotubes array ordering on the basis of representation of coordination Cayley tree graphs (CTG). Nanotubes array are obtained by the method of anodic oxidation in different voltage and time modes in aqueous and non-aqueous fluorinated electrolytes, containing glycerin and some surface-active substances (SAS). It is shown that such characteristics of CTG as mode of branchiness distribution and average branchiness correlate to basic type of structure ordering.

  16. 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.

  17. Surface immobilization of gelatin onto TiO2 nanotubes to modulate osteoblast behavior.

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    Lai, Min; Jin, Ziyang; Qiao, Weili

    2017-08-26

    To improve the bioactivity of titanium implants, a homogeneous layer of TiO2 nanotubes with a diameter of approximately 110nm was prepared by anodization. Gelatin was immobilized onto TiO2 nanotubes through an intermediate layer of polydopamine. The surface characteristics of different substrates were evaluated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and contact angle measurements, respectively. These results demonstrate that gelatin was successfully immobilized onto TiO2 nanotubes. In vitro cell culture experiments including immunofluorescence staining, cell viability, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), mineralization and the expression of osteogenic genes including runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), ALP, collagen type I (Col I), and osteopontin (OPN) confirm that cell spreading, proliferation and osteoblastic differentiation were improved when cells were seeded onto gelatin-immobilized TiO2 nanotubes. This resulting material shows great promise as a future material in titanium implant applications. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. 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.

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

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

    2012-11-07

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

  20. Ultrasound aided photochemical synthesis of Ag loaded TiO2 nanotube arrays to enhance photocatalytic activity.

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    Sun, Lan; Li, Jing; Wang, Chenglin; Li, Sifang; Lai, Yuekun; Chen, Hongbo; Lin, Changjian

    2009-11-15

    This work presents a novel approach for preparing TiO(2) nanotube array photocatalyst loaded with highly dispersed Ag nanoparticles through an ultrasound aided photochemical route. The Ag content loaded on the array was controlled by changing the concentration of AgNO(3) solution. The Ag-TiO(2) nanotube arrays were characterized by SEM, XRD, XPS and UV-vis absorption. The effects of Ag content on the photoelectrochemical (PEC) property and photocatalytic activity of TiO(2) nanotube array electrode were studied. The results showed that Ag loading significantly enhanced the photocurrent and photocatalytic degradation rate of TiO(2) nanotube array under UV-light irradiation. The photocurrent and photocatalytic degradation rate of Ag-TiO(2) nanotube array prepared in 0.006 M AgNO(3) solution were about 1.2 and 3.7 times as that of pure TiO(2) nanotube array, respectively.

  1. Fabrication of TiO2 nanotubes by atomic layer deposition and their photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical applications

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

    2011-09-01

    The formation of TiO2 nanotubes was conducted by atomic layer deposition (ALD) with tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline) gallium (GaQ3) nanowires as a template at different substrate temperatures, 50, 100, and 200 °C. TiO2 nanotubes were formed only at 50 and 100 °C. Although a higher growth rate at 50 °C was observed, nanotubes with better uniformity, conformality, and less residual chloride were obtained at 100 °C because of a different formation mechanism. A photocatalysis test of TiO2 nanotubes prepared by different cycle numbers at 100 °C was conducted. It showed that TiO2 nanotubes prepared by 400 cycles of ALD and treated at 700 °C for 1 h to form anatase phase had the best photocatalytic performance. Compared with P-25, the nanotubes showed higher photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B and water splitting efficiency.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  3. Facile fabrication, characterization, and enhanced photoelectrocatalytic degradation performance of highly oriented TiO2 nanotube arrays

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

    2009-11-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays were successfully fabricated using ethanol and water mixture electrolytes (40 vol% ethanol and 0.2 wt% hydrofluoric acid) by a facile electrochemical anodization method. The as-prepared nanotube arrays were grown perpendicular to the titanium substrate with about 90 nm in diameter, 20 nm in wall thickness, and around 500 nm in length. The formation mechanism of the samples is briefly discussed. A blue shift in the spectrum of UV-Vis absorption was observed with respect to a piece of the sol-gel derived TiO2 film. Moreover, photocurrent response and photoelectrocatalytic degradation of methyl orange under ultraviolet light irradiation were adopted to evaluate the photoelectrocatalytic properties of the TiO2 nanotube arrays. We demonstrate that the highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays possess much better photoelectrocatalytic activity than the sol-gel derived TiO2 film and good stability.

  4. 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

  5. Cytocompatibility of Si-incorporated TiO2 nanopores films.

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    Qian, Shi; Liu, Xuanyong

    2015-09-01

    Si-incorporated TiO2 nanopores films were prepared by anodization and silicon plasma immersion ion implantation. The microstructure and phase composition of the films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The hydrophilicity of the films was evaluated using water contact angle measurement and MG63 cells were cultured on the films to investigate the cytocompatibility. The results showed that the concentration and depth of silicon on the Si-incorporated TiO2 nanopores films increased with the duration time of implantation. Both the as-annealed and Si-incorporated nanopores films exhibited good hydrophilicity and cytocompatibility, while the TiO2 nanopores films implanted silicon for 1.0h showed higher proliferation rate and vitality of MG63 cells than others, indicating a great potential application for titanium implants. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. An immutable array of TiO2 nanotubes to pressures over 30 GPa

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    Zhang, Yanyan; Wang, Qinglin; Zhang, Junkai; Wu, Xiaoxin; Ma, Yanzhang

    2017-04-01

    We report the successful formation of an immutable array of α-PbO2 phase TiO2 nanotubes by compression of a TiO2 nanotube array in an anatase phase. During compression to 31.3 GPa, the TiO2 nanotubes started to directly transform from an anatase phase to a baddeleyite phase at 14.5 GPa and completed the transition at 30.1 GPa. Under decompression, the baddeleyite phase transformed to an α-PbO2 phase at 4.6 GPa, which was quenchable to ambient pressure. Notably the tubular array microstructure was retained after the application of ultra high pressure and undergoing a series of phase transformations. Measurements indicated that the nanotubes in the array possessed higher compressibility than in the bulk form. The highly aligned array structure is believed to reinforce the nanotubes themselves, giving exceptional stability. This, as well as the wall thickness, may also account for their different phase transition pathway.

  7. An immutable array of TiO2 nanotubes to pressures over 30 GPa.

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    Zhang, Yanyan; Wang, Qinglin; Zhang, Junkai; Wu, Xiaoxin; Ma, Yanzhang

    2017-04-07

    We report the successful formation of an immutable array of α-PbO2 phase TiO2 nanotubes by compression of a TiO2 nanotube array in an anatase phase. During compression to 31.3 GPa, the TiO2 nanotubes started to directly transform from an anatase phase to a baddeleyite phase at 14.5 GPa and completed the transition at 30.1 GPa. Under decompression, the baddeleyite phase transformed to an α-PbO2 phase at 4.6 GPa, which was quenchable to ambient pressure. Notably the tubular array microstructure was retained after the application of ultra high pressure and undergoing a series of phase transformations. Measurements indicated that the nanotubes in the array possessed higher compressibility than in the bulk form. The highly aligned array structure is believed to reinforce the nanotubes themselves, giving exceptional stability. This, as well as the wall thickness, may also account for their different phase transition pathway.

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

  9. Structural study of TiO2 nanotube based to the (101) anatase surface

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    Dargouthi, Sarra; Minot, Christian; Tangour, Bahoueddine

    2017-02-01

    This work concerns six TiO2 (n,0) nanotubes specifically: (9,0) (10,0) (11,0) (12,0) (13,0) and (14,0). They are obtained by winding a film from the (101) anatase surface, this plane surface serving as a reference. We show that the rolling up is a destabilizing factor. Indeed, the winding provokes a rapprochement between two successive bridged oxygen atoms thus inducing repulsion between them. Structure of nanotubes leads to modulate the O-O distance from 2.845 Å to 4.541 Å whereas the unique value of the anatase is 3.809 Å. This modulation of the internuclear distance O-O may play a role in the reactivity of TiO2 process involving two neighboring oxygen and can allow the proper choice of the nanotube to be used in catalysis.

  10. [Preparation, characterization of Si doped TiO2 nanotubes and its application in photocatalytic oxidation of VOCs].

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    Zou, Xue-Jun; Li, Xin-Yong; Qu, Zhen-Ping; Wang, Jiang-Jiang

    2011-12-01

    The Si-doped TiO2 nanotubes photocatalysts was synthesized by anodic oxidation method, which used Na2SiF6/HF as an electrolyte, and was characterized by means of SEM, XRD, DRS and EDX. TiO2 nanotubes composed of anatase phase and rutile phase, and Si was highly dispersed on the wall of TiO2 nanotubes. The photocatalytic activity of the Si-doped TiO2 nanotubes was investigated for photocatalytic degradation of gaseous toluene. It was found that the photocatalytic activity of Si-doped TiO2 nanotubes, which prepared by 0.03 mol x L x (-1) Na2SiF6/HF and calcined at 400 degrees C for 1 h, was the highest. The conversion of toluene was 60% over the prepared Si doped TiO2 nanotubes under UV light, which was one times higher than that of pure TiO2 nanotubes.

  11. Controlled fabrication of porous double-walled TiO2 nanotubes via ultraviolet-assisted anodization.

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    Ali, Ghafar; Kim, Hyun Jin; Kim, Jae Joon; Cho, Sung Oh

    2014-04-07

    Double-walled TiO2 nanotubes with porous wall morphologies are fabricated by anodization under ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. TiO2 formed by anodization of Ti is activated to generate electrons and holes by UV and the anodization process is influenced by the photo-generated charges. As a consequence, morphologies of the fabricated TiO2 nanotubes can be adjusted by controlling the UV illumination. Double-walled TiO2 nanotubes or single-walled nanotubes can be selectively formed by switching on/off the UV illumination. The thickness of the inner and outer walls of the double-walled nanotubes can be tailored by changing the UV power. Due to their larger surface areas compared to single-walled nanotubes, the porous double-walled nanotubes exhibit an enhanced photo-degradation rate for methylene blue (MB). The mechanism of the porous double-walled TiO2 nanotubes is proposed based on the photoactive semiconducting property of the as-growing TiO2 nanotubes under UV.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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    Kim, Jin Young; Zhu, Kai; Neale, Nathan R.; ...

    2014-04-04

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

  15. Research of the TiO2 nanotubes formation by AC-DC electrochemical anodizing

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    Suvorov, D. V.; Gololobov, G. P.; Karabanov, S. M.; Tarabrin, D. Yu; Slivkin, E. V.; Stryuchkova, Yu M.; Serpova, M. A.; Korotchenko, V. A.

    2017-05-01

    The present paper has represented results of research of nanoporous TiO2 formation process under electrochemical anodizing by direct current with an overlapped variable component. It has been shown that overlapping of the variable component with frequency 100 Hz-10 kHz leads to increase of the growth rate and qualitative change of the nanoporous TiO2 coating structure - open inter-tube space appears, inter-tube “bridges” are generated and form of the nanotube section becomes “rounded”.

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

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

    2016-12-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  19. Recent progress in all-solid-state quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanotube array solar cells

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    Wang, Qingyao; Chen, Chao; Liu, Wei; Gao, Shanmin; Yang, Xiuchun

    2016-01-01

    All-solid-state quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanotube array solar cells have been drawing great attention to solar energy conversion, which break through restrictions in traditional solar cells, such as the high recombination at interfaces of porous TiO2 films/sensitizers/hole conductors/counter electrodes, instability of dyes, and leakage of solution electrolyte, and so the novel solar cells exhibit promising applications in the future. In this Minireview article, the assembling of solar cells including the preparation of TiO2 nanotube array photoanodes, quantum dot preparation and sensitization on photoanodes, filling of hole conductors in TiO2 nanotubes, and selection of counter electrodes are overviewed, and the development course of all-solid-state quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanotube array solar cells in recent years are summarized in detail. Moreover, the influences of TiO2 nanotube array photoanodes, quantum dots, solid electrolyte, and counter electrodes on photon-to-current efficiencies of solar cells are summarized. In addition, current problems of solid-state quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanotube array solar cells are analyzed, and the corresponding improvements, such as multisensitizers and passivation layers, are proposed to improve the photoelectric conversion efficiency. Finally, this Minireview provides a perspective for the future development of this novel solar cell.

  20. Electronic properties of free-standing TiO2 nanotube arrays fabricated by electrochemical anodization.

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    Chen, Chi Liang; Dong, Chung-Li; Chen, Chia-Hao; Wu, Jen-Wei; Lu, Ying-Rui; Lin, Chin-Jung; Liou, Sofia Ya Hsuan; Tseng, Chuan-Ming; Kumar, Krishna; Wei, Da-Hua; Guo, Jinghua; Chou, Wu-Ching; Wu, Maw-Kuen

    2015-09-14

    Nanotubular TiO2 has attracted considerable attention owing to its unique functional properties, including high surface area and vectorial charge transport along the nanotube, making it a good photocatalytic material. Anodic TiO2-nanotube (TiNT) arrays on a Ti foil substrate were prepared by electrochemical anodic oxidation and SEM/HRTEM/XRD analyses have suggested that the walls of TiO2 tubes are formed from stacked [101] planes (anatase). Both HRTEM and XRD indicate an interplanar spacing of d101 = 0.36 nm in the wall structure. Despite the large amount of work done on nanotube synthesis, a thorough investigation of the electronic and atomic structures of free-standing TiNT arrays has not yet been carried out. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) and scanning photoelectron microscopy (SPEM) are employed herein to examine the electronic and atomic structures at the top and bottom of TiNT arrays. These analyses demonstrate the presence of mixed valence states of the Ti ions (Ti(3+) and Ti(4+)) and a structural distortion at the bottom cap region of the TiNT. Additionally, the results obtained herein suggest the formation of a defective anatase phase at the bottom cap barrier layer between the Ti foil substrate and TiNT during the growth of electrochemically anodized nanotubes.

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

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

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    Quiroz, Heiddy P.; Dussan, A.

    2016-08-01

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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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).

  6. Structural feature and catalytic performance of Cu species distributed over TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Nian, Jun-Nan; Chen, Shin-An; Tsai, Chien-Cheng; Teng, Hsisheng

    2006-12-28

    Copper oxide was deposited on tubular TiO2 via Cu2+ introduction into a titanate nanotube aggregate followed by calcination. The titanate has a layered structure allowing Cu intercalation and can readily transform into anatase TiO2 via calcination for condensation of the constituting layers. The activity of the tubular catalysts, with a Cu content of 2 wt %, in selective NO reduction with NH3 was compared with those of other 2 wt % Cu/TiO2 catalysts using TiO2 nanoparticles as the support. The Cu species supported on the nanotubes showed a higher activity than those supported on the nanoparticles. X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) analysis showed that the Cu species on all the TiO2 supports are in the +2 state. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) investigations of these catalysts reflected higher degrees of CuO dispersion and Cu2+ dissolution into the TiO2 lattice for the tubular Cu/TiO2 catalysts. Absence of CuO bulk detection by a temperature-programmed reduction analysis for the tubular catalysts confirmed the high CuO-dispersion feature of the tubular catalysts. The dissolution of Cu2+ to form a CuxTi1-xO2 type of solid solution was improved by using an in-situ ion-intercalation method for Cu deposition on the nanotubes. A fraction as high as 40% for Cu2+ dissolution was obtained for the tubular catalysts while only 20% was obtained for the particulate catalysts. The CuxTi1-xO2 species were considered one form of the active sites on the Cu/TiO2 catalysts.

  7. Improvement of the bio-functional properties of TiO2 nanotubes

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    Roguska, A.; Pisarek, M.; Belcarz, A.; Marcon, L.; Holdynski, M.; Andrzejczuk, M.; Janik-Czachor, M.

    2016-12-01

    Titanium oxide nanotubes with diameters from ca. 40-120 nm fabricated by the anodic oxidation of Ti at a constant voltage (10-28 V) were investigated to identify factors improving their bio-functional properties. Prepared substrates were subsequently annealed at 450 °C and 650 °C to obtain nanotubes having a crystalline structure, and were then examined by SEM, XRD, XPS, BET and contact angle measurement techniques. The thermally stabilized surfaces were subjected to bidirectional functionalization: by deposition of a thin layer of Ca-P and by loading with silver nanoparticles. Three factors were found to promote the proliferation of osteoblast (U2OS) cells: a larger nanotube diameter, a higher annealing temperature, and the presence of a thin Ca-P layer. Differentiation of these cells (by ALP test) was stimulated by a higher (650 °C) nanotube annealing temperature, but not by a thin Ca-P layer. The TiO2 nanotubes-modified samples exhibited noticeable antibacterial properties. Moreover, the additional deposition of Ag nanoparticles almost completely inhibited the survivability of S. epidermidis cells beyond 3 h of contact. In conclusion, TiO2 nanotubes-modified surfaces exhibit distinct bone forming ability and significant antibacterial properties, and can be easily functionalized by a thin Ca-P layer or nano-Ag deposition for further improvement of the above functionalities.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

    2015-02-01

    N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) photocatalytic degradation performance and mechanism were investigated on the TiO2 nanotube prepared from anatase TiO2 nanopowder in terms of the production of reactive oxygen species including hydroxyl radical, singlet oxygen and superoxide radical. Significantly higher NDMA degradation efficiency was obtained on anatase TiO2 nanotube rather than anatase TiO2 nanopowder. The tubular morphology may be responsible for almost 100% NDMA removal on TiO2 nanotube, presumably due to its confinement effect leading to NDMA molecules within the nanotube being attacked by reactive oxygen species such as hydroxyl radical and singlet oxygen, and initiating reaction inside the nanotube. In particular, the ability of the nanotubular structure of TiO2 nanotube to promote a singlet oxygen oxidation pathway contributes much to the enhanced NDMA degradation efficiency and favors the formation of dimethylamine and NO3(-). Such function originating from nanotube morphology could bring new insights for the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  10. Double-wall TiO2 nanotube arrays: enhanced photocatalytic activity and in situ TEM observations at high temperature.

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    Xue, Chaorui; Narushima, Takashi; Ishida, Yohei; Tokunaga, Tomoharu; Yonezawa, Tetsu

    2014-11-26

    By decreasing the water content in an NH4F and glycerol-water electrolyte, the transition from single-wall to double-wall TiO2 nanotube arrays was successfully achieved using an anodization method. The double-wall TiO2 nanotube structures exhibited better photocatalytic activity than the typical single-wall structures. After modification with platinum nanoparticles, the photocatalytic activity of both the single- and double-wall TiO2 nanotubes was improved further. In situ observations at the annealing temperature of the TiO2 nanotubes were performed using a transmission electron microscopy (TEM) system. A slower structural failure of the nanotubes was obtained with the introduction of oxygen gas into the TEM column compared with the structural changes observed under high-vacuum conditions without the introduction of oxygen gas. These behaviors suggest that oxygen injection is an important factor in stabilizing the TiO2 nanotubes during the in situ TEM annealing process. The high-magnification TEM images of the double-wall TiO2 nanotubes revealed that the sintering of the inner wall can draw a clear distinction between the inner and outer walls.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  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. Structure reconstruction of TiO2-based multi-wall nanotubes: first-principles calculations.

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

    2014-07-28

    A new method of theoretical modelling of polyhedral single-walled nanotubes based on the consolidation of walls in the rolled-up multi-walled nanotubes is proposed. Molecular mechanics and ab initio quantum mechanics methods are applied to investigate the merging of walls in nanotubes constructed from the different phases of titania. The combination of two methods allows us to simulate the structures which are difficult to find only by ab initio calculations. For nanotube folding we have used (1) the 3-plane fluorite TiO2 layer; (2) the anatase (101) 6-plane layer; (3) the rutile (110) 6-plane layer; and (4) the 6-plane layer with lepidocrocite morphology. The symmetry of the resulting single-walled nanotubes is significantly lower than the symmetry of initial coaxial cylindrical double- or triple-walled nanotubes. These merged nanotubes acquire higher stability in comparison with the initial multi-walled nanotubes. The wall thickness of the merged nanotubes exceeds 1 nm and approaches the corresponding parameter of the experimental patterns. The present investigation demonstrates that the merged nanotubes can integrate the two different crystalline phases in one and the same wall structure.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-20

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

  16. Aggregated TiO2 Based Nanotubes for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells

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

    2013-11-01

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

  17. Photoelectrocatalytic oxidation of aqueous ammonia using TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Wang, Hua; Zhang, Xiufang; Su, Yan; Yu, Hongtao; Chen, Shuo; Quan, Xie; Yang, Fenglin

    2014-08-01

    The photoelectrocatalytic removal of ammonia in water was investigated using highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays as a photoanode. The results showed that the removal efficiency of total ammonia nitrogen (TAN) was closely related to the bias potential applied on TiO2 nanotube photoanode. Even without an adjustment of pH, over 99% of TAN (initial concentration 0.145 mM) was removed in 120 min with a bias potential of 1.0 V. It is important to note that the TAN could be directly oxidized into N2 and NO3--N without accumulation of an intermediate product of NO2--N. Meanwhile, the presence of the chemical scavengers revealed that photogenerated holes were the main oxidative species for the TAN oxidation. This work highlights the potential application of photoelectrocatalysis in the field of aqueous ammonia elimination.

  18. Asymmetric photoelectric property of transparent TiO2 nanotube films loaded with Au nanoparticles

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    Wang, Hui; Liang, Wei; Liu, Yiming; Zhang, Wanggang; Zhou, Diaoyu; Wen, Jing

    2016-11-01

    Semitransparent composite films of Au loaded TiO2 nanotubes (TNT-Au) were prepared by sputtering Au nanoparticles on highly transparent TiO2 nanotubes films, which were fabricated directly on FTO glasses by anodizing the Ti film sputtered on the FTO glasses. Compared with pure TNT films, the prepared TNT-Au films possessed excellent absorption ability and high photocurrent response and improved photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation. It could be concluded that Au nanoparticles played important roles in improving the photoelectrochemical performance of TNT-Au films. Moreover, in this work, both sides of TNT-Au films were researched and compared owing to theirs semitransparency. It was firstly found that the photoelectric activity of TNT-Au composite films with back-side illumination was obviously superior to front-side illumination.

  19. A Pt-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays sensor for detecting SF6 decomposition products.

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    Zhang, Xiaoxing; Tie, Jing; Zhang, Jinbin

    2013-10-30

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

  20. 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.

  1. Formation process of TiO2 nanotube arrays prepared by anodic oxidation method.

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    Li, Hongyi; Liu, Man; Wang, Hong; Wu, Junshu; Su, Penglei; Li, Dasheng; Wang, Jinshu

    2013-06-01

    TiO2 nanotube array thin films have great potential in many fields, such as solar cell, photo catalyst, photo-induced cathodic protection for metals and bioactivity. In order to investigate the formation process of the TiO2 nanotube array thin films, the EIS spectrum and current density were measured during the anodic oxidation. The results showed that the formation process could be divided into four stages. The current density decreased sharply at the first stage, and then increased at the second stage, followed by declining and finally remained constant value. In addition, the current density increased with the anodic voltage. The EIS spectrum varied in different stage. The simulated circuit was composed three sections, the first sections indicated the resistance of the electrolyte, the second one gave the double layer structure between the electrolyte and titanium electrode, the third one was a inductive loop, which represented the anions absorbed on the surface of the TiO2 nanotube's wall. The more cations were absorbed, the higher value of the inductive loop would be. The EIS results showed that the value increased with the outer voltage, which means that more cations were absorbed under the higher anodic voltage.

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

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    2014-01-01

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

  3. Resistive and capacitive response of nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanotubes film humidity sensor

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    Wang, Q.; Pan, Y. Z.; Huang, S. S.; Ren, S. T.; Li, P.; Li, J. J.

    2011-01-01

    Dielectric oxides are traditionally used to fabricate resistive surface humidity-sensing devices, as well as capacitive sandwich-structured sensors. In the present work, relative humidity (RH) sensors were fabricated by employing vertically aligned TiO2 nanotubes array (TNA) film produced using electro-chemical anodization of Ti foil followed by a nitrogen-doping process, simultaneously showing resistive and capacitive humidity-sensing properties in the range of 11.3-93.6%. For the sample formed at optimized experimental conditions, the capacitance (CS) and resistance (RS) of the as-fabricated RH sensors made from nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanotubes film could be simultaneously obtained. Both the resistive and capacitive sensitivity (KR and KC) of the as-fabricated TiO2 nanotube RH sensors show distinct dependence on the frequency of alternating current (AC) voltage signal and RH. At higher water coverage, water-water interaction will result in lowering of the water dissociation barrier, leading to an increase of conductance. With the increase of RH, the polarization of as-adsorbed water molecules will also occur, causing a sharp increase of capacitance. For an explanation of the frequency response of both CS and RS, ionic transport, as well as the polarization effect, should be comprehensively considered. The changes of capacitance and resistance at different temperatures are plausibly caused by thermal expansion and surface state modification by adsorption and desorption of oxygen and water.

  4. Resistive and capacitive response of nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanotubes film humidity sensor.

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    Wang, Q; Pan, Y Z; Huang, S S; Ren, S T; Li, P; Li, J J

    2011-01-14

    Dielectric oxides are traditionally used to fabricate resistive surface humidity-sensing devices, as well as capacitive sandwich-structured sensors. In the present work, relative humidity (RH) sensors were fabricated by employing vertically aligned TiO(2) nanotubes array (TNA) film produced using electro-chemical anodization of Ti foil followed by a nitrogen-doping process, simultaneously showing resistive and capacitive humidity-sensing properties in the range of 11.3-93.6%. For the sample formed at optimized experimental conditions, the capacitance (C(S)) and resistance (R(S)) of the as-fabricated RH sensors made from nitrogen-doped TiO(2) nanotubes film could be simultaneously obtained. Both the resistive and capacitive sensitivity (K(R) and K(C)) of the as-fabricated TiO(2) nanotube RH sensors show distinct dependence on the frequency of alternating current (AC) voltage signal and RH. At higher water coverage, water-water interaction will result in lowering of the water dissociation barrier, leading to an increase of conductance. With the increase of RH, the polarization of as-adsorbed water molecules will also occur, causing a sharp increase of capacitance. For an explanation of the frequency response of both C(S) and R(S), ionic transport, as well as the polarization effect, should be comprehensively considered. The changes of capacitance and resistance at different temperatures are plausibly caused by thermal expansion and surface state modification by adsorption and desorption of oxygen and water.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  6. 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. To realize optimal design and construction of biomaterials with desired properties for blood contact materials, a comprehensive understanding of structure-property relationships is required. In the existing literature, TiO2 nanotube has been reported to be a good candidate for biomedical applications. However, it is noticeable that the blood compatibility of TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) remains obscure or even inconsistent in the previously published works. The inconsistency could derive from different research protocols, material properties or blood sources. Thus, a thorough investigation of the effect of surface properties on blood compatibility is crucial to the development of titanium based materials. In this paper, we explored the effect of surface properties on the response of platelet-rich plasma, especially surface morphology, chemistry, wettability and crystalline phase. The results indicated that crystalline phase was a dominant factor in platelet behaviors. Reduced adhesion and activation of platelets were observed on amorphous and rutile dominated TNTs, whereas anatase dominated TNTs activated the formation of fibrin network

  7. Integration of TiO2 nanotube arrays into solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Bandara, J.; Shankar, K.; Basham, J.; Wietasch, H.; Paulose, M.; Varghese, O. K.; Grimes, C. A.; Thelakkat, M.

    2011-02-01

    In this investigation, transparent TiO2 nanotube arrays prepared on a FTO substrate are employed as 1D nanostructures providing elongated direct pathways for electron transport and collection in solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell (SDSC). Donor-antenna (D-A) dyes provide an exciting route for improving the light harvesting efficiency in dye sensitized solar cells owing to their high molar extinction coefficients and the effective spatial separation of charges in the charge-separated state. Hence in this study we fabricated SDSC devices with different thicknesses of transparent TiO2 nanotube array electrodes sensitized with Ru-(II)-donor-antenna dye and spiro-OMeTAD as a hole conductor. At AM 1.5 G, 100 mW/cm2 illumination intensity, a power conversion efficiency of 1.94% was achieved when the TiO2 nanotubes are initially subjected to TiCl4 treatment. Furthermore, a linear increase in the cell current without loss in fill factor is observed for increasing length of TiO2 nanotubes. The structural and morphological characteristics of the transparent TiO2 nanotube arrays as well as the optimal conditions for the fabrication of SDSCs with transparent TiO2 nanotubes on FTO glass are reported.

  8. The Synthesis and Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Nanotube Array by Starch-Modified Anodic Oxidation.

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    Zhang, Fengjun; Liu, Zijian; Lu, Wei; Lyu, Cong; Lyu, Chuan; Wang, Xiansheng

    2015-11-01

    In this study, the characterization and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanotube arrays prepared by anodization process with starch addition were investigated in detail. The results suggested that the optimum mass fraction of starch added in anodization process was 0.1%, with which TiO2 nanotube arrays owning good tubular structure were synthesized. The tube length and average inner diameter of nanotubes were approximately 4 μm and 30 nm, respectively. Through the characterization of TiO2 nanotube arrays by energy dispersive spectrometer, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, it was found that the as-prepared nanotubes possessed well uniformed and higher photodegradation responsive than the pure TiO2 . Moreover, it was expected that the as-prepared nanotubes exhibited good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of RhB under UV-light irradiation, which could be ascribed to their good morphology, enhanced UV-light absorption property and electron transmission ability during the photocatalytic reaction. In addition, the nanotubes were not significantly regenerated during the cycling runs experiment. Overall, this study could provide a principle method to synthesize TiO2 nanotube arrays with enhanced photocatalytic activity by anodization process with starch addition for environmental purification. © 2015 The American Society of Photobiology.

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

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    Shivaram, Anish; Bose, Susmita; Bandyopadhyay, Amit

    2016-06-01

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

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

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    Shivaram, Anish; Bose, Susmita; Bandyopadhyay, Amit

    2016-01-01

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

  11. Enhanced visible-light photocatalytic performance of electrospun carbon-doped TiO2/halloysite nanotube hybrid nanofibers.

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    Jiang, Ling; Huang, Yunpeng; Liu, Tianxi

    2015-02-01

    In this work, the effects of halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) on the visible-light photocatalytic ability of electrospun carbon doped TiO2/HNT (C-TH) nanofibers have been explored. Structural and morphological investigations demonstrate that incorporation of HNTs into anatase C-TH hybrid nanofibers was easily achieved by using sol-gel processing combined with electrospinning approach, thus HNTs could be uniformly embedded in the electrospun nanofibers. The visible-light photocatalytic efficiency of C-TH hybrid on the degradation of methyl blue (MB) was greatly enhanced with the combination of moderate amount of HNTs (8%), which was 23 times higher than that of commercial anatase TiO2. Mechanism of the enhancing effect of HNTs has been explored by analyzing the dual-effect of adsorption and photocatalysis in various amounts of HNTs incorporated C-TiO2 nanofibers. With nanotubular structure and considerable adsorption ability, incorporated HNTs functioned as porogen agent in C-TH nanofibers. This simple incorporation approach increases the specific surface areas of nanofibers, which improves the mass transport of reactant into the nanofibers and the adsorption of visible-light by scattering, meanwhile may suppress the charge recombination and enhance photoinduced charge separation, thus efficiently enhancing visible-light photocatalytic performance of the C-TH hybrid nanofibers. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Photocathodic Protection of 304 Stainless Steel by Bi2S3/TiO2 Nanotube Films Under Visible Light.

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    Li, Hong; Wang, Xiutong; Wei, Qinyi; Hou, Baorong

    2017-12-01

    We report the preparation of TiO2 nanotubes coupled with a narrow bandgap semiconductor, i.e., Bi2S3, to improve the photocathodic protection property of TiO2 for metals under visible light. Bi2S3/TiO2 nanotube films were successfully synthesized using the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The morphology and structure of the composite films were studied by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, respectively. UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra were recorded to analyze the optical absorption property of the composite films. In addition, the influence of Bi2S3 deposition cycles on the photoelectrochemical and photocathodic protection properties of the composite films was also studied. Results revealed that the heterostructure comprised crystalline anatase TiO2 and orthorhombic Bi2S3 and exhibited a high visible light response. The photocurrent density of Bi2S3/TiO2 was significantly higher than that of pure TiO2 under visible light. The sensitization of Bi2S3 enhanced the separation efficiency of the photogenerated charges and photocathodic protection properties of TiO2. The Bi2S3/TiO2 nanotubes prepared by SILAR deposition with 20 cycles exhibited the optimal photogenerated cathodic protection performance on the 304 stainless steel under visible light.

  13. Photocathodic Protection of 304 Stainless Steel by Bi2S3/TiO2 Nanotube Films Under Visible Light

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    Li, Hong; Wang, Xiutong; Wei, Qinyi; Hou, Baorong

    2017-01-01

    We report the preparation of TiO2 nanotubes coupled with a narrow bandgap semiconductor, i.e., Bi2S3, to improve the photocathodic protection property of TiO2 for metals under visible light. Bi2S3/TiO2 nanotube films were successfully synthesized using the successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The morphology and structure of the composite films were studied by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction, respectively. UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra were recorded to analyze the optical absorption property of the composite films. In addition, the influence of Bi2S3 deposition cycles on the photoelectrochemical and photocathodic protection properties of the composite films was also studied. Results revealed that the heterostructure comprised crystalline anatase TiO2 and orthorhombic Bi2S3 and exhibited a high visible light response. The photocurrent density of Bi2S3/TiO2 was significantly higher than that of pure TiO2 under visible light. The sensitization of Bi2S3 enhanced the separation efficiency of the photogenerated charges and photocathodic protection properties of TiO2. The Bi2S3/TiO2 nanotubes prepared by SILAR deposition with 20 cycles exhibited the optimal photogenerated cathodic protection performance on the 304 stainless steel under visible light.

  14. Preparation of the scattering layer based on TiO2 nanotube and their dye sensitized solar cell applications

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    Salman, Odai N.; Agool, Ibrahim R.; Ismail, Mukhlis M.

    2017-06-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes with an outer diameter of approximately 245 nm have been successfully prepared using an electrochemical anodization method with anodizing electrolyte containing ethylene glycol solution. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis shows that the TiO2 nanostructure was a crystalline anatase phase. Fabricated of dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) with enhanced energy conversion efficiency using TiO2 nanotubes as scattering layer was performed. Energy conversion efficiency was increased from 2.54 to 6.9%.

  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

  16. Memristive behaviour in poly-acrylic acid coated TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Conti, Daniele; Lamberti, Andrea; Porro, Samuele; Rivolo, Paola; Chiolerio, Alessandro; Fabrizio Pirri, Candido; Ricciardi, Carlo

    2016-12-01

    This work investigates titanium dioxide nanotube arrays (TiO2-NTA) grown by anodic oxidation as an active material for memristive applications. In particular, metal-insulator-metal structures made of vertically oriented amorphous TiO2-NTA grown on titanium foil were exploited in Ti/TiO2-NTA/Pt devices. The deposition of a polymeric thin film between NTA and top electrodes significantly improved the stability of the devices and increased by more than double the off/on resistance ratio. The resistive switching of TiO2-NTA samples crystallised by thermal annealing was also studied. Such devices displayed nonlinear I-V curves characterised by a smooth rectifying behaviour, without any evident resistive switching (RS). Also in this case, the interposition of the polymeric layer enhanced the RS behaviour of TiO2-NTA samples, remarkably increasing the devices’ off/on ratio and endurance. The rise of high resistance states can be simply related to the addition of the polymer as resistance in series, while the variation of the low resistance states is here attributed to the occurrence of surface chemical reactions between polymer functional groups and the metal oxide, which increase the charge carriers available for conduction.

  17. Inverted organic photovoltaic cells using three-dimensionally interconnected TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Kim, Sehwan; Koh, Joo Hwan; Kim, Jong Hak; Kim, Eunkyoung

    2013-04-01

    Here we describe a simple sol-gel method to fabricate inverted organic photovoltaics (OPV) using interconnected TiO2 nanotubes (inter-TiO2 NT) as an efficient electron transport layer. Three-dimensionally inter-TiO2 NT arrays were prepared by spin-coating a TiO2 precursor solution on the ZnO nanorod (NR) template grown via the liquid phase deposition method. Upon etching of ZnO NRs, inter-TiO2 NT arrays were generated, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-filtering transmission electron microscopy (EF-TEM) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). A blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) deeply infiltrated into the pores of inter-TiO2 NT, as revealed by FE-SEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM) images. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of inter-TiO2 NT-based inverted OPV reached 3.0% at an air mass of 1.5 (100 mW/cm2), which is a 25% performance improvement compared to flat TiO2 films derived from the sol-gel process or commercial paste. The efficiency improvement arises from facilitated charge separation and collection due to the increased TiO2 interface arera and efficient transport pathway.

  18. Tunable TiO2 Nanotubes as Nanotemplate for Solar Cells

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    Lu, Jia; Li, Dongdong; NAMI Team

    2011-03-01

    Titanium oxide (TiO2) is an n-type semiconductor with a bandgap energy of 3.0-3.2 eV. It has broad applications, because of the versatile functionalities. Synthesis of anodic titanium oxide (ATO) nanotube templates has gained significant progress in fluoride-ion-contained electrolytes. The one-dimensional (1D) structure provides a large specific surface area as well as a direct pathway for charge transport, thus rendering superior capabilities in lightharvesting, electrochromic switching, environmental sensing, energy storage, etc. In this work, highly ordered ATO nanotubes film has been synthesized by two-step anodization method. After using a reductive doping approach, the metal materials (Cu and Ni) can be electrodeposited into the nanotubes. The versatile process yields reproducible tubular structures in ATO nanotubes due to the conductive nature of crystallized TiO2, indicating great potential for nanotemplate application. A dye-sensitized solar cell is also demonstrated by employing the ATO films. It is observed that bottom treatment greatly enhances short current density and filling factor resulting in improved energy conversion efficiency. DOE EFRC.

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

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

    2009-04-01

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

  20. Photoelectrocatalytic degradation Rhodamine B over highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays photoelectrode

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    Wu, Jia; Xu, Hao; Yan, Wei

    2016-11-01

    Different nanotube length of TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) electrodes was successfully prepared by anodization method with different duration time. The as-prepared electrodes were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Mott-Shottky measurement. The influence of bias potential, illumination and nanotube length on Rhodamine B (RhB) degradation was investigated. The results show that applied bias potential and short nanotube length are beneficial to RhB degradation due to the enhanced charge transfer. Moreover, it is found that an induction period exists in the RhB photoelectrodegradation with short nanotube length and the rate is sensitive to the carriers' concentration. This can be attributed to the increased effective holes for degradation RhB and the decreased recombination rate of electrons-holes. Nevertheless, RhB photoelectrodegradation with long nanotube length did not display the similar kinetic characteristic. The possible explanation is that long nanotube length increases the recombination rate of electrons-holes and limits the charge transfer, hence decreases the amount of effectively charge carriers. This may decrease the degradation rate and thus result in the disappearing of the second degradation constant. Moreover, we further demonstrate our deduction by the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and Mott-Shottky measurement.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  3. TiO2-Coated Carbon Nanotube-Silicon Solar Cells with Efficiency of 15%

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    Shi, Enzheng; Zhang, Luhui; Li, Zhen; Li, Peixu; Shang, Yuanyuan; Jia, Yi; Wei, Jinquan; Wang, Kunlin; Zhu, Hongwei; Wu, Dehai; Zhang, Sen; Cao, Anyuan

    2012-01-01

    Combining carbon nanotubes (CNTs), graphene or conducting polymers with conventional silicon wafers leads to promising solar cell architectures with rapidly improved power conversion efficiency until recently. Here, we report CNT-Si junction solar cells with efficiencies reaching 15% by coating a TiO2 antireflection layer and doping CNTs with oxidative chemicals, under air mass (AM 1.5) illumination at a calibrated intensity of 100 mW/cm2 and an active device area of 15 mm2. The TiO2 layer significantly inhibits light reflectance from the Si surface, resulting in much enhanced short-circuit current (by 30%) and external quantum efficiency. Our method is simple, well-controlled, and very effective in boosting the performance of CNT-Si solar cells. PMID:23181192

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

  5. Dye-sensitized TiO2 nanotube solar cells: fabrication and electronic characterization.

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    Ohsaki, Yoshinori; Masaki, Naruhiko; Kitamura, Takayuki; Wada, Yuji; Okamoto, Takumi; Sekino, Toru; Niihara, Kohichi; Yanagida, Shozo

    2005-12-21

    TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) with large aspect ratio and large specific surface area were prepared from P25 (Nippon Aerosil) and applied to dye-sensitized titanium dioxide solar cells (DSSCs). Optimization of fabrication conditions, i.e., pH of the starting paste, sintering temperature for the TiO2 electrodes, electrolyte compositions of DSSCs gave the high conversion efficiency with improved open circuit voltage (V(oc)) and fill factor (FF) when compared to DSSCs made of P25. The evaluation of dye adsorption and the photo-injected electron transport such as electron diffusion coefficient (D) and electron lifetime (tau) in TNTs electrodes revealed that the higher efficiency resulted from increase of electron density with keeping much longer tau in TNTs electrodes than in P25 electrodes.

  6. Fabrication and characterization of CdS doped TiO2 nanotube composite and its photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange.

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    Chung, Jinwook; Kim, Seu-Run; Kim, Jong-Oh

    2015-01-01

    CdS doped TiO2 nanotube composite was fabricated by chemical bath deposition, and was characterized by the structural, spectral and photoelectrochemical properties. The results of the structural and spectral properties showed that CdS particles were successfully deposited onto the surface of TiO2 nanotube. It is demonstrated that CdS doped TiO2 nanotube composite improved the light harvesting ability. Power conversion efficiency of about 0.32% was observed. This value is about 2.9 times higher than that of pure TiO2 nanotube. The CdS doped TiO2 nanotube composite possesses relatively higher photocatalytic activity and photodegradation efficiency than that of pure TiO2 nanotube under UV light irradiation, and the degradation efficiency of methyl orange was about 42% at UV intensity of 32 W.

  7. Novel carbon-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays with high aspect ratios for efficient solar water splitting.

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    Park, Jong Hyeok; Kim, Sungwook; Bard, Allen J

    2006-01-01

    The photocatalytic splitting of water into hydrogen and oxygen using solar light is a potentially clean and renewable source for hydrogen fuel.(1,2) There has been extensive investigation into metal-oxide semiconductors such as TiO(2), WO(3), and Fe(2)O(3), which can be used as photoanodes in thin-film form.(3-5) Of the materials being developed for photoanodes, TiO(2) remains one of the most promising because of its low cost, chemical inertness, and photostability.(6) However, the widespread technological use of TiO(2) is hindered by its low utilization of solar energy in the visible region. In this study, we report the preparation of vertically grown carbon-doped TiO(2) (TiO(2-x)C(x)) nanotube arrays with high aspect ratios for maximizing the photocleavage of water under white-light irradiation. The synthesized TiO(2-x)C(x) nanotube arrays showed much higher photocurrent densities and more efficient water splitting under visible-light illumination (> 420 nm) than pure TiO(2) nanotube arrays. The total photocurrent was more than 20 times higher than that with a P-25 nanoparticulate film under white-light illumination.

  8. Plasma-induced synthesis of Pt nanoparticles supported on TiO2 nanotubes for enhanced methanol electro-oxidation

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    Su, Nan; Hu, Xiulan; Zhang, Jianbo; Huang, Huihong; Cheng, Jiexu; Yu, Jinchen; Ge, Chao

    2017-03-01

    A Pt/C/TiO2 nanotube composite catalyst was successfully prepared for enhanced methanol electro-oxidation. Pt nanoparticles with a particle size of 2 nm were synthesized by plasma sputtering in water, and anatase TiO2 nanotubes with an inner diameter of approximately 100 nm were prepared by a simple two-step anodization method and annealing process. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy images indicated that the different morphologies of TiO2 synthesized on the surface of Ti foils were dependent on the different anodization parameters. The electrochemical performance of Pt/C/TiO2 catalysts for methanol oxidation showed that TiO2 nanotubes were more suitable for use as Pt nanoparticle support materials than irregular TiO2 short nanorods due to their tubular morphology and better electronic conductivity. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy characterization showed that the binding energies of the Pt 4f of the Pt/C/TiO2 nanotubes exhibited a slightly positive shift caused by the relatively strong interaction between Pt and the TiO2 nanotubes, which could mitigate the poisoning of the Pt catalyst by COads, and further enhance the electrocatalytic performance. Thus, the as-obtained Pt/C/TiO2 nanotubes composites may become a promising catalyst for methanol electro-oxidation.

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

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

    2015-11-15

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

  10. 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

  11. Photoelectrocatalytic treatment of pentachlorophenol in aqueous solution using a rutile nanotube-like TiO2/Ti electrode.

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    Yang, Shaogui; Quan, Xie; Li, Xinyong; Sun, Cheng

    2006-09-01

    Taking pentachlorophenol (PCP) as a reference, we investigated the photoelectrocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants using a rutile nanotube-like TiO(2)/Ti film electrode. The nanotube-like TiO2 electrode was prepared by first oxidizing the surface of a titanium sheet to form rutile TiO2 and then treating it to form the tubular structure in NaOH aqueous solution. The occurrence of PCP degradation was indicated by the decrease in pH, concentration of PCP and TOC, and by the formation of chloride ions. The photoelectrochemical (PEC) efficiency of the nanotube-like TiO2/Ti electrode has been determined in terms of degradation of PCP and the incident photo-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE). The experimental results showed that PCP could be degraded more efficiently by a photoelectrocatalytic process than by a photocatalytic or electrochemical oxidation alone. A significant photoelectrochemical synergetic effect was observed. The kinetic constant of PEC degradation of PCP using a nanotube-like TiO2 electrode was over 60% higher than that using a TiO2 film electrode. It is noted that chloride ion and hydrogen ion concentration increased with irradiation time in the PEC degradation of PCP; PCP was gradually mineralized and the complete minimization of PCP took more time than its degradation.

  12. Dominant factors governing the rate capability of a TiO2 nanotube anode for high power lithium ion batteries.

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    Han, Hyungkyu; Song, Taeseup; Lee, Eung-Kwan; Devadoss, Anitha; Jeon, Yeryung; Ha, Jaehwan; Chung, Yong-Chae; Choi, Young-Min; Jung, Yeon-Gil; Paik, Ungyu

    2012-09-25

    Titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) is one of the most promising anode materials for lithium ion batteries due to low cost and structural stability during Li insertion/extraction. However, its poor rate capability limits its practical use. Although various approaches have been explored to overcome this problem, previous reports have mainly focused on the enhancement of both the electronic conductivity and the kinetic associated with lithium in the composite film of active material/conducting agent/binder. Here, we systematically explore the effect of the contact resistance between a current collector and a composite film of active material/conducting agent/binder on the rate capability of a TiO(2)-based electrode. The vertically aligned TiO(2) nanotubes arrays, directly grown on the current collector, with sealed cap and unsealed cap, and conventional randomly oriented TiO(2) nanotubes electrodes were prepared for this study. The vertically aligned TiO(2) nanotubes array electrode with unsealed cap showed superior performance with six times higher capacity at 10 C rate compared to conventional randomly oriented TiO(2) nanotubes electrode with 10 wt % conducting agent. On the basis of the detailed experimental results and associated theoretical analysis, we demonstrate that the reduction of the contact resistance between electrode and current collector plays an important role in improving the electronic conductivity of the overall electrode system.

  13. Atomic Layer Deposition for Coating of High Aspect Ratio TiO2 Nanotube Layers.

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    Zazpe, Raul; Knaut, Martin; Sopha, Hanna; Hromadko, Ludek; Albert, Matthias; Prikryl, Jan; Gärtnerová, V; Bartha, Johann W; Macak, Jan M

    2016-10-05

    We present an optimized approach for the deposition of Al2O3 (as a model secondary material) coating into high aspect ratio (≈180) anodic TiO2 nanotube layers using the atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. In order to study the influence of the diffusion of the Al2O3 precursors on the resulting coating thickness, ALD processes with different exposure times (i.e., 0.5, 2, 5, and 10 s) of the trimethylaluminum (TMA) precursor were performed. Uniform coating of the nanotube interiors was achieved with longer exposure times (5 and 10 s), as verified by detailed scanning electron microscopy analysis. Quartz crystal microbalance measurements were used to monitor the deposition process and its particular features due to the tube diameter gradient. Finally, theoretical calculations were performed to calculate the minimum precursor exposure time to attain uniform coating. Theoretical values on the diffusion regime matched with the experimental results and helped to obtain valuable information for further optimization of ALD coating processes. The presented approach provides a straightforward solution toward the development of many novel devices, based on a high surface area interface between TiO2 nanotubes and a secondary material (such as Al2O3).

  14. Atomic Layer Deposition for Coating of High Aspect Ratio TiO2 Nanotube Layers

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    2016-01-01

    We present an optimized approach for the deposition of Al2O3 (as a model secondary material) coating into high aspect ratio (≈180) anodic TiO2 nanotube layers using the atomic layer deposition (ALD) process. In order to study the influence of the diffusion of the Al2O3 precursors on the resulting coating thickness, ALD processes with different exposure times (i.e., 0.5, 2, 5, and 10 s) of the trimethylaluminum (TMA) precursor were performed. Uniform coating of the nanotube interiors was achieved with longer exposure times (5 and 10 s), as verified by detailed scanning electron microscopy analysis. Quartz crystal microbalance measurements were used to monitor the deposition process and its particular features due to the tube diameter gradient. Finally, theoretical calculations were performed to calculate the minimum precursor exposure time to attain uniform coating. Theoretical values on the diffusion regime matched with the experimental results and helped to obtain valuable information for further optimization of ALD coating processes. The presented approach provides a straightforward solution toward the development of many novel devices, based on a high surface area interface between TiO2 nanotubes and a secondary material (such as Al2O3). PMID:27643411

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  17. Plasma assisted deposition of single and multistacked TiO2 hierarchical nanotube photoanodes.

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    Nicolas Filippin, A; Sanchez-Valencia, Juan R; Idígoras, Jesús; Rojas, T Cristina; Barranco, Angel; Anta, Juan A; Borras, Ana

    2017-04-13

    We present herein an evolved methodology for the growth of nanocrystalline hierarchical nanotubes combining physical vapor deposition of organic nanowires (ONWs) and plasma enhanced chemical vacuum deposition of anatase TiO2 layers. The ONWs act as vacuum removable 1D and 3D templates, with the whole process occurring at temperatures ranging from RT to 250 °C. As a result, a high density of hierarchical nanotubes with tunable diameter, length and tailored wall microstructures are formed on a variety of processable substrates as metal and metal oxide films or nanoparticles including transparent conductive oxides. The reiteration of the process leads to the development of an unprecedented 3D nanoarchitecture formed by stacking the layers of hierarchical TiO2 nanotubes. As a proof of concept, we present the superior performance of the 3D nanoarchitecture as a photoanode within an excitonic solar cell with efficiencies as high as 4.69% for a nominal thickness of the anatase layer below 2.75 μm. Mechanical stability and straightforward implementation in devices are demonstrated at the same time. The process is extendable to other functional oxides fabricated by plasma-assisted methods with readily available applications in energy harvesting and storage, catalysis and nanosensing.

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

  19. Phosphorus Cation Doping: A New Strategy for Boosting Photoelectrochemical Performance on TiO2 Nanotube Photonic Crystals.

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    Li, Zhenzhen; Xin, Yanmei; Wu, Wenlong; Fu, Baihe; Zhang, Zhonghai

    2016-11-16

    Photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting is a promising technique for sustainable hydrogen generation. However, PEC performance on current semiconductors needs further improvement. Herein, a phosphorus cation doping strategy is proposed to fundamentally boost PEC performance on TiO2 nanotube photonic crystal (TiO2 NTPC) photoelectrodes in both the visible-light region and full solar-light illumination. The self-supported P-TiO2 NTPC photoelectrodes are fabricated by a facile two-step electrochemical anodization method and subsequent phosphidation treatment. The Ti(4+) is partially replaced by P cations (P(5+)) from the crystal lattice, which narrows the band gap of TiO2 and induces charge imbalance by the formation of Ti-O-P bonds. We believe the combination of unique photonic nanostructures of TiO2 NTPCs and P cation doping strategy will open up a new opportunity for enhancing PEC performance of TiO2-based photoelectrodes.

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

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    2014-01-01

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

  1. Fast Growth of Highly Ordered TiO2 Nanotube Arrays on Si Substrate under High-Field Anodization

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    Song, Jingnan; Zheng, Maojun; Zhang, Bin; Li, Qiang; Wang, Faze; Ma, Liguo; Li, Yanbo; Zhu, Changqing; Ma, Li; Shen, Wenzhong

    2017-04-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) on Si substrate possess broad applications due to its high surface-to-volume ratio and novel functionalities, however, there are still some challenges on facile synthesis. Here, we report a simple and cost-effective high-field (90-180 V) anodization method to grow highly ordered TiO2 NTAs on Si substrate, and investigate the effect of anodization time, voltage, and fluoride content on the formation of TiO2 NTAs. The current density-time curves, recorded during anodization processes, can be used to determine the optimum anodization time. It is found that the growth rate of TiO2 NTAs is improved significantly under high field, which is nearly 8 times faster than that under low fields (40-60 V). The length and growth rate of the nanotubes are further increased with the increase of fluoride content in the electrolyte.

  2. BiVO4/TiO2(N2) Nanotubes Heterojunction Photoanode for Highly Efficient Photoelectrocatalytic Applications

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    Wang, Rui; Bai, Jing; Li, Yunpo; Zeng, Qingyi; Li, Jinhua; Zhou, Baoxue

    2017-04-01

    We report the development of a novel visible response BiVO4/TiO2(N2) nanotubes photoanode for photoelectrocatalytic applications. The nitrogen-treated TiO2 nanotube shows a high carrier concentration rate, thus resulting in a high efficient charge transportation and low electron-hole recombination in the TiO2-BiVO4. Therefore, the BiVO4/TiO2(N2) NTs photoanode enabled with a significantly enhanced photocurrent of 2.73 mA cm-2 (at 1 V vs. Ag/AgCl) and a degradation efficiency in the oxidation of dyes under visible light. Field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer, and UV-Vis absorption spectrum were conducted to characterize the photoanode and demonstrated the presence of both metal oxides as a junction composite.

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

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

    2007-02-08

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

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

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

    2016-02-01

    Nanotube structures have attracted tremendous attention in recent years in many applications. Among such nanotube structures, titania nanotubes (TiO2) have received paramount attention in the medical domain due to their unique properties, represented by high corrosion resistance, good mechanical properties, high specific surface area, as well as great cell proliferation, adhesion and mineralization. Although lot of research has been reported in developing optimized titanium nanotube structures for different medical applications, however there is a lack of unified literature source that could provide information about the key parameters and experimental conditions required to develop such optimized structure. This paper addresses this gap, by focussing on the fabrication of TiO2 nanotubes through anodization process on both pure titanium and titanium alloys substrates to exploit the biocompatibility and electrical conductivity aspects, critical factors for many medical applications from implants to in-vivo and in-vitro living cell studies. It is shown that the morphology of TiO2 directly impacts the biocompatibility aspects of the titanium in terms of cell proliferation, adhesion and mineralization. Similarly, TiO2 nanotube wall thickness of 30-40nm has shown to exhibit improved electrical behaviour, a critical factor in brain mapping and behaviour investigations if such nanotubes are employed as micro-nano-electrodes. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Improved rhBMP-2 function on MBG incorporated TiO2 nanorod films.

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    Ge, Fei; Yu, Mengfei; Yu, Cuixia; Lin, Jun; Weng, Wenjian; Cheng, Kui; Wang, Huiming

    2017-02-01

    In the process of biomaterials mediated bone regeneration, rhBMP-2 delivery at efficient dose in sustained kinetics is crucial for promoting cell osteogenic differentiation. Meanwhile, surface morphology of the biomaterials could regulate cellular responses as well as strengthen the rhBMP-2 interaction with cells for better bone induction. Herein, TiO2 nanorod films with varied mesoporous bioactive glass (MBG) incorporation amount were designed to strengthen the efficacy of rhBMP-2, basing on optimized loading/release behaviors and surface nanostructure cooperatively. The MBG incorporation improved rhBMP-2 loading amount and regulated its release behavior. Consequently, the osteogenic differentiation of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) on the incorporated films was extremely enhanced, and the incorporated nanorod film with 200nm MBG thickness exhibited the best osteoinduction effect. However, MBG film and the incorporated nanorod film had the same loading amount of rhBMP-2, the latter showed a much higher expression of 7-day osteogenic differentiation index than the former, which could be attributed to the synergistic effect of optimized rhBMP-2 release behavior and surface morphology. The MBG incorporated TiO2 nanorod films here presents a promising strategy for enhancing osteoinduction through optimized rhBMP-2 release behavior.

  6. High-efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells based on robust and both-end-open TiO2 nanotube membranes

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    2011-01-01

    In the present work, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated by incorporating transparent electrodes of ordered free-standing TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays with both ends open transferred onto fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) conductive glass. The high-quality TiO2 membranes used here were obtained by a self-detaching technique, with the superiorities of facile but reliable procedures. Afterwards, these TNT membranes can be easily transferred to FTO glass substrates by TiO2 nanoparticle paste without any crack. Compared with those DSSCs consisting of the bottom-closed membranes or attached to Ti substrate, the carefully assembled and front-side illuminated DSSCs showed an enhanced solar energy conversion efficiency as high as 5.32% of 24-μm-thick TiO2 nanotube membranes without further treatments. These results reveal that by facilitating high-quality membrane synthesis, this kind of DSSCs assembly with optimized tube configuration can have a fascinating future. PMID:21794157

  7. Oriented TiO2 Nanotubes as a Lithium Metal Storage Medium

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    Zhu, Kai; Kim, Jae-Hun; Kang, Hee-Kook; Woo, Sang-Gil; Jeong, Goojin; Kim, Ki Jae; Yu, Ji-Sang; Yim, Taeeun; Jo, Yong Nam; Kim, Hansu; Kim, Young-Jun

    2014-05-15

    A new strategy for suppressing dendritic lithium growth in rechargeable lithium metal batteries is introduced, in which TiO2 nanotube (NT) array electrodes prepared by anodization are used as a metallic lithium storage medium. During the first charge process, lithium ions are inserted into the crystal structure of the TiO2 NT arrays, and then, lithium metal is deposited on the surfaces of the NT arrays, i.e., in the NT pores and between NT walls. From the second cycle onward, the TiO2 material is used as lithium ion pathways, which results in the effective current distribution for lithium deposition and prevents disintegration of the deposited metallic lithium. Compared to a Li(Cu foil)-LiCoO2 cell, the Li(TiO2 NT)-LiCoO2 cell exhibits enhanced cycling efficiency. This new concept will enable other 3D structured negative active materials to be used as lithium metal storage media for lithium metal batteries.

  8. Enhanced performance of surface modified TiO2 nanotubes for the decomposition of perfluorooctanoic acid

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    Tian, Aijun; Wu, Yunbo; Mao, Kai

    2017-01-01

    Photocatalytic decomposition of an emerging pollutant perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in aqueous solution by Ag nanoparticles and molecularly imprinted polymers modified TiO2 nanotubes were investigated. The modified TiO2 were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. PFOA decomposition by the MIP-Ag/TiO2 NTs reached 91% after 8 h reaction. Compared with other prepared photo catalyst, MIP-Ag/TiO2 NTs exhibited higher activities for PFOA decomposition. The rate constant of pseudo-first-order kinetics for MIP-Ag/TiO2 NTs was 0.0055min-1, which were much higher than that of other TiO2 materials. The great performance of MIP-Ag/TiO2 NTs were attributed to electron traps of Ag nanoparticles, and the footprint cavities formed by molecularly imprinted polymer. Shorter-chain PFCs were identified as main degradation products, and the PFOA degradation mechanism and pathway were proposed.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  10. WO3-enhanced TiO2 nanotube photoanodes for solar water splitting with simultaneous wastewater treatment.

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    Reyes-Gil, Karla R; Robinson, David B

    2013-12-11

    Composite WO3/TiO2 nanostructures with optimal properties that enhance solar photoconversion reactions were developed, characterized, and tested. The TiO2 nanotubes were prepared by anodization of Ti foil and used as substrates for WO3 electrodeposition. The WO3 electrodeposition parameters were controlled to develop unique WO3 nanostructures with enhanced photoelectrochemical properties. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that the nanomaterials with optimal photocurrent density have the same ordered structure as TiO2 nanotubes, with an external tubular 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 (IPCE) increased from 30% (for bare WO3) to 50% (for tubular 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 showed that the unique structure and composition of these composite WO3/TiO2 materials enhance the IPCE efficiencies, optical properties, and photodegradation performance compared with the parent materials.

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

  14. Application of TiO2 nanoparticles coated multi-wall carbon nanotube to dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Chang, Ho; Kao, Mu-Jung; Huang, Kuohsiu-David; Hsieh, Tung-Jung; Chien, Shu-Hua

    2010-11-01

    This study uses the sol-gel method to prepare TiO2 nanoparticle, and further applies TiO2 nanoparticle coating on the surface of the multi-wall carbon nanotube (MWCNT). As a result, TiO2-CNT composite nanoparticles are prepared to serve as photoelectrode material in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). First, after acid treatment of MWCNT is used to remove impurities. Then, the sol-gel method is employed to prepare TiO2-CNT composite nanopowder. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern shows that after the TiO2 in TiO2-CNT composite nanopowder has been thermally treated at 450 degrees C, it can be completely changed to anatase phase. Furthermore, as shown from the SEM image, TiO2 has been successfully coated on CNT. The photoelectrode of DSSC is prepared using the electrophoretic deposition method (EPD) to mix the Degassa P25 TiO2 nanoparticles with TiO2-CNT powder for deposition on the indium tin oxide (ITO) conductive glass. After secondary EPD, a thin film of TiO2/CNTs with thickness 17 microm can be acquired. For the prepared TiO2-CNT composite nanoparticles, since MWCNT can increase the short-circuit current density of DSSC, the light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of DSSC can be effectively increased. Experimental results show that the photoelectric conversion efficiency of DSSC using CNT/TiO2 photoelectrode and N719 dye is increased by 41% from the original 3.45% to 4.87%.

  15. Dependence of TiO2 nanotube microstructural and electronic properties on water splitting

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    Freitas, R. G.; Santanna, M. A.; Pereira, E. C.

    2014-04-01

    In this work, TiO2 nanotubes were prepared by anodization in ionic liquid at 10 °C and 20 °C. Different tube diameters (50.8 nm and 70.5 nm) were obtained, and both of them exhibited an anatase phase with distinct crystallite sizes and lattice strains. The increase in the crystallite size led to a decrease in the grain boundary surface area, which could be associated with the recombination centers of the photogenerated charge carriers. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was used to correlate the water splitting photoactivity with the charge transfer resistance and the apparent roughness. A schematic representation of the nanotube structures consisting of two layers, compact and porous, proved to be appropriate to clarify the obtained results.

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  17. MFI-type (ZSM-5) zeolite-filled TiO2 nanotubes for enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Paramasivam, I; Avhale, A; Inayat, A; Bösmann, A; Schmuki, P; Schwieger, W

    2009-06-03

    The present work demonstrates enhanced photocatalytic activity for zeolite-filled TiO2 nanotubes. ZSM-5 zeolite nanocrystals were grown on and into a TiO2 nanotubular skeleton (TiNT/ZSM-5) by multi-step hydrothermal synthesis consisting of in situ seeding and multiple in situ crystallization (MISC). The resulting zeolite nanocrystals were in the range of a few nanometers and they adhere well to the nanotubular inner walls. After crystallization, the photocatalytic activity of this zeolite-filled nanotube catalyst system was compared with neat anatase TiO2 nanotube (TiNT) and with calcined ZSM-5 powder. The results show for TiNT/ZSM-5 a highly enhanced efficiency for the decomposition of acetophenone (used as an aromatic model organic pollutant).

  18. Preparation of Ag nanoparticle surface modified TiO2 nanotube arrays and establishment of a catalytic kinetic model

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    Tang, Hong; Xu, Yingcao; Zhang, Qing

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, the highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays were prepared by anodic oxidation method. The electrolyte was composed of ammonium fluoride (0.25 mol/L), glycerol and water (volume ratio 2:1). The anodic oxidation voltage was 25 V, time for two hours. The temperature of calcinations was 450°C, time for four hours. The silver nanoparticles were modified on the surface of TiO2 nanotube arrays by the method of ultrasonic atomization. The experimental results showed that the diameter of TiO2 nanotubes was about 120 nm, the wall thickness was about 12 nm, and the diameter of Ag nanoparticles was about 10 nm, which was more evenly distributed on the pipe diameter. Finally, the catalytic kinetic model of Ag-TiO2 photocatalyst was established based on the Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H) model.

  19. Effects of TiO2 nanotubes with different diameters on gene expression and osseointegration of implants in minipigs.

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    Wang, Na; Li, Hongyi; Lü, Wulong; Li, Jinghui; Wang, Jinshu; Zhang, Zhenting; Liu, Yiran

    2011-10-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) nanotubes can accelerate the adhesion and differentiation of osteoblasts, yet little is known how this nano-modified implant surface affects osseointegration at molecular level in vivo. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of TiO(2) nanotubes with different diameters (30 nm, 70 nm and 100 nm) on biological attachment mechanism of implants to bone in vivo by studying the gene expression and bone formation around the implants. The histological features and fluorochrome labeling changes of bone around implants on the non-decalcified sections (at 3, 5 and 8 weeks after implantation) were investigated by using traditional light- and fluorescent microscopy, and the gene expression of alkaline phosphatase (ALP), osterix (Osx), collagen-I (Col-I) and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) was examined by using real-time PCR at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 weeks after implantation. Comparing with machined titanium implants, a significant increase in bone-implant contact (BIC) and gene expression levels was found in the bone attached to implants with TiO(2) nanotubes, especially with 70 nm diameter nanotubes. At the same time, the sequential fluorescent labeling images illustrated dynamic bone deposition. In conclusion, TiO(2) nanotubes can modulate bone formation events at the bone-implant interface as to reach favorable molecular response and osseointegration; in addition, the diameters of nanotubes can be precisely controlled in order to obtain better bone formation.

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

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    Mojumder, Nazrul I.

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

  1. TiO2 nanotubes as animal drug delivery system and in vitro controlled release.

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    Lai, Shuting; Zhang, Wei; Liu, Fang; Wu, Cui; Zeng, Dongping; Sun, Yongxue; Xu, Yuehua; Fang, Yueping; Zhou, Wuyi

    2013-01-01

    The enrofloxacin hydrochloride (Enro), an anti-inflammatory drug for the animals, was loaded on the TNTs through physical absorption due to the high specific surface area and excellent surface activity of the TiO2 nanotubes. The samples were characterized by XRD, BET, TEM, TG and FTIR. The in vitro controlled release behavior at different temperatures was studied in detail. The results showed that the obtained TNTs were uniform and mainly amorphous crystal phase with a diameter of 10-15 nm and a length of 350-400 nm. By investigating the effect of the hydrothermal reaction process of the obtained TiO2 nanotubes and the drug loading frequency on the loading content of Enro drugs, the results indicated that the increasing loading frequency of the drug was available for the drug loading and the maximum loading content of drug reached to 33.28%. Enro-TNTs performed a better release profile at low temperature than at high temperature in PBS solution. The Higuchi square root models are suitable to explain the in vitro drug release behavior of Enro from Enro-TNTs.

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

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    Ren, Kai; Gan, Yong X.; Nikolaidis, Efstratios; ...

    2013-01-01

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

  3. Adsorption of carbon dioxide on amine-modified TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Song, Fujiao; Zhao, Yunxia; Zhong, Qin

    2013-03-01

    TiO2 nanotubes (TiNT) were prepared by a hydrothermal treatment and modified by three kinds of amines, namely ethylenediamine, polyetherimide and tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA), to study their CO2 adsorption properties from gas streams. The resultant samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and infrared spectroscopy, as well as low temperature N2 adsorption. CO2 capture was investigated in a dynamic packed column at 30 degrees C. TEPA-modified TiO2 nanotubes showed the highest adsorption capacity of 167.64 mg/g because it had the highest amino-group content among the three amines. CO2 fixation on TiNT impregnated by TEPA was investigated at 30, 50, and 70 degrees C, and the adsorption capacity increased slightly with temperature. Following the adsorption step, the sorbents were regenerated by temperature programmed desorption, and the TiNT-TEPA sample, as CO2 sorbent, was found to be readily regenerated and energy-efficient. The cycle test also revealed that the TiNT-TEPA adsorbent is fairly stable, with only a 5% drop in the adsorption capacity after 10 adsorption/desorption cycles. In addition, the CO2 adsorption behavior was investigated with the deactivation model, and which showed an excellent prediction for the TiNT-TEPA breakthrough curves.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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

    2012-06-01

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

  6. Effect of anodisation time and thermal treatment temperature on the structural and photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2 nanotubes

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    Fernandes, Jesum A.; Kohlrausch, Emerson C.; Khan, Sherdil; Brito, Rafael C.; Machado, Guilherme J.; Teixeira, Sérgio R.; Dupont, Jairton; Leite Santos, Marcos J.

    2017-07-01

    In this work we study the influence of anodisation time and thermal treatment temperature on the morphological, optical, structural and photoelectrochemical properties of highly ordered TiO2 nanotubes. X-ray diffractometry and Rietveld refinement show that up to 600 °C, the free standing nanotubes present only the anatase phase, while the diffraction patterns of the nanotubes attached to the surface reveal the formation of a rutile barrier layer. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy shows that TiO2 nanotubes thermally treated at 400 °C present smaller impedance while the nanotubes treated at 600 °C presented high impedance, and a second semi-circle in the Nyquist plot suggests the formation a second path for the carriers. The results show that improved photoelectrochemical performance is dependent on a balance between maximum absorbance maximum crystallinity (in the anatase phase) and a minimum impedance to charge transport.

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

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

    2014-11-21

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

  8. Incorporation of nitrogen into TiO2 thin films during PVD processes

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    Asenova, I.; Manova, D.; Mändl, S.

    2014-11-01

    In this paper we investigate the possibility of incorporating nitrogen into amorphous, photocatalytic TiO2 thin films, prepared at room temperature, during the growth process. The aim is to reduce the bandgap of the UV active thin films. Physical vapor deposition experiments employing a titanium vacuum arc with gas backfill ranging from pure oxygen to pure nitrogen, are carried out. The resulting films are characterized for chemical composition, phase composition, optical properties and hydrophilicity in order to determine a correlation between gas composition and thin film properties. The experimental results point that a visible change in the band structure of the deposited layers is achieved.

  9. Nano Size Effects of TiO2 Nanotube Array on the Glioma Cells Behavior

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    Yang, He; Qin, Xiaofei; Tian, Ang; Zhang, Dongyong; Xue, Xiangxin; Wu, Anhua

    2013-01-01

    In order to investigate the interplay between the cells and TiO2 nanotube array, and to explore the ability of cells to sense the size change in nano-environment, we reported on the behavior of glioma C6 cells on nanotube array coatings in terms of proliferation and apoptosis. The behavior of glioma C6 cells was obviously size-dependent on the coatings; the caliber with 15 nm diameter provided effective spacing to improve the cells proliferation and enhanced the cellular activities. C6 cells’ biological behaviors showed many similar tendencies to many phorocytes; the matching degree of geometry between nanotube and integrin defined that a spacing of 15 nm was optimal for inducing signals to nucleus, which results in achieving maximum activity of glioma cells. In addition, the immune behavior of cells was studied, a variety of inflammatory mediator’s gene expression levels were controlled by the nanoscale dimension, the expressions of IL-6 and IL-10 were higher on 30 nm than on 15 nm nanotube. PMID:23344031

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  11. N-doped TiO2 Nanotubes as an Effective Additive to Improve the Catalytic Capability of Methanol Oxidation for Pt/Graphene Nanocomposites

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    Wang, Xiaohua; Li, Yueming; Liu, Shimin; Zhang, Long

    2016-01-01

    N-doped TiO2 nanotubes have been prepared as additives to improve the catalytic capability of Pt/graphene composites in methanol oxidation reactions. Electrochemical experiments show that the catalytic performance of Pt/graphene composites has been greatly improved by the introduction of N-doped TiO2 nanotubes.

  12. Fabrication of thin film TiO2 nanotube arrays on Co-28Cr-6Mo alloy by anodization.

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    Ni, Jiahua; Frandsen, Christine J; Noh, Kunbae; Johnston, Gary W; He, Guo; Tang, Tingting; Jin, Sungho

    2013-04-01

    Titanium oxide (TiO2) nanotube arrays were prepared by anodization of Ti/Au/Ti trilayer thin film DC sputtered onto forged and cast Co-28Cr-6Mo alloy substrate at 400 °C. Two different types of deposited film structures (Ti/Au/Ti trilayer and Ti monolayer), and two deposition temperatures (room temperature and 400 °C) were compared in this work. The concentrations of ammonium fluoride (NH4F) and H2O in glycerol electrolyte were varied to study their effect on the formation of TiO2 nanotube arrays on a forged and cast Co-28Cr-6Mo alloy. The results show that Ti/Au/Ti trilayer thin film and elevated temperature sputtered films are favorable for the formation of well-ordered nanotube arrays. The optimized electrolyte concentration for the growth of TiO2 nanotube arrays on forged and cast Co-28Cr-6Mo alloy was obtained. This work contains meaningful results for the application of a TiO2 nanotube coating to a CoCr alloy implant for potential next-generation orthopedic implant surface coatings with improved osseointegrative capabilities.

  13. Photoactive layered nanocomposites obtained by direct transferring of anodic TiO2 nanotubes to commodity thermoplastics

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    Sanz, Ruy; Buccheri, Maria Antonietta; Zimbone, Massimo; Scuderi, Viviana; Amiard, Guillaume; Impellizzeri, Giuliana; Romano, Lucia; Privitera, Vittorio

    2017-03-01

    TiO2 nanotubes demonstrated to be a versatile nanostructure for biomaterials, clean energy and water remediation applications. However, the cost of titanium and the poor mechanical properties of the nanotubes hinder their adoption at large scale. This work presents a straightforward and scalable method for transferring photoactive anodic TiO2 nanotubes from titanium foils to commodity thermoplastic polymers, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polycarbonate, and polymethylmetacrylate, allowing the reusing of the remaining titanium. The obtained flexible nanocomposites reach a maximum photonic efficiencies of 0.038% (ISO-10678:2010) representing the 93% of photonic efficiency of TiO2 nanotubes on titanium. In addition, the nanocomposites and TiO2 nanotubes on titanium present similar antibacterial properties under 1 mW cm-2 UV-A, 60% of Escherichia coli survival after 1 h of exposition. The final objective of this work is to point out main concepts and key parameters for a low-cost fabrication of a photoactive nanocomposite material.

  14. ALD Al2O3-Coated TiO2 Nanotube Layers as Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

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    2017-01-01

    The utilization of the anodic TiO2 nanotube layers, with uniform Al2O3 coatings of different thicknesses (prepared by atomic layer deposition, ALD), as the new electrode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), is reported herein. Electrodes with very thin Al2O3 coatings (∼1 nm) show a superior electrochemical performance for use in LIBs compared to that of the uncoated TiO2 nanotube layers. A more than 2 times higher areal capacity is received on these coated TiO2 nanotube layers (∼75 vs 200 μAh/cm2) as well as higher rate capability and coulombic efficiency of the charging and discharging reactions. Reasons for this can be attributed to an increased mechanical stability of the TiO2 nanotube layers upon Al2O3 coating, as well as to an enhanced diffusion of the Li+ ions within the coated nanotube layers. In contrast, thicker ALD Al2O3 coatings result in a blocking of the electrode surface and therefore an areal capacity decrease. PMID:28691112

  15. ALD Al2O3-Coated TiO2 Nanotube Layers as Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Sopha, Hanna; Salian, Girish D; Zazpe, Raul; Prikryl, Jan; Hromadko, Ludek; Djenizian, Thierry; Macak, Jan M

    2017-06-30

    The utilization of the anodic TiO2 nanotube layers, with uniform Al2O3 coatings of different thicknesses (prepared by atomic layer deposition, ALD), as the new electrode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), is reported herein. Electrodes with very thin Al2O3 coatings (∼1 nm) show a superior electrochemical performance for use in LIBs compared to that of the uncoated TiO2 nanotube layers. A more than 2 times higher areal capacity is received on these coated TiO2 nanotube layers (∼75 vs 200 μAh/cm(2)) as well as higher rate capability and coulombic efficiency of the charging and discharging reactions. Reasons for this can be attributed to an increased mechanical stability of the TiO2 nanotube layers upon Al2O3 coating, as well as to an enhanced diffusion of the Li(+) ions within the coated nanotube layers. In contrast, thicker ALD Al2O3 coatings result in a blocking of the electrode surface and therefore an areal capacity decrease.

  16. Fabrication of thin film TiO2 nanotube arrays on Co-28Cr-6Mo alloy by anodization

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    Ni, Jiahua; Frandsen, Christine J.; Noh, Kunbae; Johnston, Gary W.; He, Guo; Tang, Tingting; Jin, Sungho

    2014-01-01

    Titanium oxide (TiO2) nanotube arrays were prepared by anodization of Ti/Au/Ti trilayer thin film DC sputtered onto forged and cast Co-28Cr-6Mo alloy substrate at 400 °C. Two different types of deposited film structures (Ti/Au/Ti trilayer and Ti monolayer), and two deposition temperatures (room temperature and 400 °C) were compared in this work. The concentrations of ammonium fluoride (NH4F) and H2O in glycerol electrolyte were varied to study their effect on the formation of TiO2 nanotube arrays on a forged and cast Co-28Cr-6Mo alloy. The results show that Ti/Au/Ti trilayer thin film and elevated temperature sputtered films are favorable for the formation of well-ordered nanotube arrays. The optimized electrolyte concentration for the growth of TiO2 nanotube arrays on forged and cast Co-28Cr-6Mo alloy was obtained. This work contains meaningful results for the application of a TiO2 nanotube coating to a CoCr alloy implant for potential next-generation orthopedic implant surface coatings with improved osseointegrative capabilities. PMID:23827596

  17. Enhancement of photoelectrochemical and photocathodic protection properties of TiO2 nanotube arrays by simple surface UV treatment

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    Zhang, Tingting; Liu, Yupeng; Liang, Jun; Wang, Daoai

    2017-02-01

    A simple and efficient surface treatment method toward practical applications to enhance photo response of TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTs) photoelectrode was reported. TiO2 NTs were prepared by two-step electrochemical anodization methods, following by surface ultra violet light (UV) illumination treatment, which can produce amounts of hydroxyl groups on the surface of TiO2 NTs photoelectrode. The photoelectrochemical measurements demonstrate that the photocurrent density of the UV treated TiO2 NTs photoelectrode enhances by 50% than that of the pristine TiO2 NTs photoelectrode. More interestingly, the decayed photocurrent density of TiO2 NTs can recover the high value by illumination treatment again after using/storing for several days. Additionally, open circuit potential, tafel curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements exhibit that the UV illumination treatment for TiO2 NTs photoelectrode is an easy and effective strategy to protect 304 stainless steel from corrosion by photogenerated cathode protection.

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

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

    2015-04-28

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

  19. The heterojunction effects of TiO2 nanotubes fabricated by atomic layer deposition on photocarrier transportation direction

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    2012-01-01

    The heterojunction effects of TiO2 nanotubes on photoconductive characteristics were investigated. For ITO/TiO2/Si diodes, the photocurrent is controlled either by the TiO2/Si heterojunction (p-n junction) or the ITO-TiO2 heterojunction (Schottky contact). In the short circuit (approximately 0 V) condition, the TiO2-Si heterojunction dominates the photocarrier transportation direction due to its larger space-charge region and potential gradient. The detailed transition process of the photocarrier direction was investigated with a time-dependent photoresponse study. The results showed that the diode transitioned from TiO2-Si heterojunction-controlled to ITO-TiO2 heterojunction-controlled as we applied biases from approximately 0 to -1 V on the ITO electrode. PMID:22525197

  20. Antibacterial activity and increased bone marrow stem cell functions of Zn-incorporated TiO2 coatings on titanium.

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    Hu, H; Zhang, W; Qiao, Y; Jiang, X; Liu, X; Ding, C

    2012-02-01

    In this work, zinc was incorporated into TiO2 coatings on titanium by plasma electrolytic oxidation to obtain the implant with good bacterial inhibition ability and bone-formability. The porous and nanostructured Zn-incorporated TiO2 coatings are built up from pores smaller than 5 μm and grains 20-100 nm in size, in which the element Zn exists as ZnO. The results obtained from the antibacterial studies suggest that the Zn-incorporated TiO2 coatings can greatly inhibit the growth of both Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, and the ability to inhibit bacteria can be improved by increasing the Zn content in the coatings. Moreover, the in vitro cytocompatibility evaluation demonstrates that the adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of rat bone marrow stem cells (bMSC) on Zn-incorporated coatings are significantly enhanced compared with Zn-free coating and commercially pure Ti plate, and no cytotoxicity appeared on any of the Zn-incorporated TiO2 coatings. Moreover, bMSC express higher level of alkaline phosphatase activity on Zn-incorporated TiO2 coatings and are induced to differentiate into osteoblast cells. The better antibacterial activity, cytocompatibility and the capability to promote bMSC osteogenic differentiation of Zn-incorporated TiO2 coatings may be attributed to the fact that Zn ions can be slowly and constantly released from the coatings. In conclusion, innovative Zn-incorporated TiO2 coatings on titanium with excellent antibacterial activity and biocompatibility are promising candidates for orthopedic and dental implants.

  1. Are TiO2 nanotubes worth using in photocatalytic purification of air and water?

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    Pichat, Pierre

    2014-09-19

    Titanium dioxide nanotubes (TNT) have mainly been used in dye sensitized solar cells, essentially because of a higher transport rate of electrons from the adsorbed photo-excited dye to the Ti electrode onto which TNT instead of TiO2 nanoparticles (TNP) are attached. The dimension ranges and the two main synthesis methods of TNT are briefly indicated here. Not surprisingly, the particular and regular texture of TNT was also expected to improve the photocatalytic efficacy for pollutant removal in air and water with respect to TNP. In this short review, the validity of this expectation is checked using the regrettably small number of literature comparisons between TNT and commercialized TNP referring to films of similar thickness and layers or slurries containing an equal TiO2 mass. Although the irradiated geometrical area differed for each study, it was identical for each comparison considered here. For the removal of toluene (methylbenzene) or acetaldehyde (ethanal) in air, the average ratio of the efficacy of TNT over that of TiO2 P25 was about 1.5, and for the removal of dyes in water, it was around 1. This lack of major improvement with TNT compared to TNP could partially be due to TNT texture disorders as seems to be suggested by the better average performance of anodic oxidation-prepared TNT. It could also come from the fact that the properties influencing the efficacy are more numerous, their interrelations more complex and their effects more important for pollutant removal than for dye sensitized solar cells and photoelectrocatalysis where the electron transport rate is the crucial parameter.

  2. Visible-Light-Triggered Drug Release from TiO2 Nanotube Arrays: A Controllable Antibacterial Platform.

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    Xu, Jingwen; Zhou, Xuemei; Gao, Zhida; Song, Yan-Yan; Schmuki, Patrik

    2016-01-11

    In this work, we use a double-layered stack of TiO2 nanotubes (TiNTs) to construct a visible-light-triggered drug delivery system. The key for visible light drug release is a hydrophobic cap on the nanotubes containing Au nanoparticles (AuNPs). The AuNPs allow for a photocatalytic scission of the hydrophobic chain under visible light. To demonstrate this principle, we loaded ampicillin (AMP) into the lower part of the TiO2 nanotube stack, triggered visible-light-induced release, and carried out antibacterial studies. The release from the platform becomes most controllable if the drug is silane-grafted in the hydrophilic bottom layer for drug storage. Thus, visible light photocatalysis can also determine the release kinetics of the active drug from the nanotube wall. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  5. Non-metal doped TiO2 nanotube arrays for high efficiency photocatalytic decomposition of organic species in water

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    Szkoda, Mariusz; Siuzdak, Katarzyna; Lisowska-Oleksiak, Anna

    2016-10-01

    Titanium dioxide is a well-known photoactive semiconductor with a variety of possible applications. The procedure of pollutant degradation is mainly performed using TiO2 powder suspension. It can also be exploited an immobilized catalyst on a solid support. Morphology and chemical doping have a great influence on TiO2 activity under illumination. Here we compare photoactivity of titania nanotube arrays doped with non-metal atoms: nitrogen, iodine and boron applied for photodegradation of organic dye - methylene blue and terephtalic acid. The doped samples act as a much better photocatalyst in the degradation process of methylene blue and lead to the formation of much higher amount of hydroxyl radicals (•OH) than undoped TiO2 nanotube arrays. The use of a catalyst active under solar light illumination in the form of thin films on a stable substrate can be scaled up for an industrial application.

  6. Comparative study on the process behavior and reaction kinetics in sonocatalytic degradation of organic dyes by powder and nanotubes TiO2.

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    Pang, Yean Ling; Abdullah, Ahmad Zuhairi

    2012-05-01

    Sonocatalytic degradation of various organic dyes (Congo Red, Reactive Blue 4, Methyl Orange, Rhodamine B and Methylene Blue) catalyzed by powder and nanotubes TiO(2) was studied. Both catalysts were characterized using transmission electron microscope (TEM), surface analyzer, Raman spectroscope and thermal gravimetric analyzer (TGA). Sonocatalytic activity of powder and nanotubes TiO(2) was elucidated based on the degradation of various organic dyes. The former catalyst was favorable for treatment of anionic dyes, while the latter was more beneficial for cationic dyes. Sonocatalytic activity of TiO(2) nanotubes could be up to four times as compared to TiO(2) powder under an ultrasonic power of 100 W and a frequency of 42 kHz. This was associated with the higher surface area and the electrostatic attraction between dye molecules and TiO(2) nanotubes. Fourier transform-infrared spectrometer (FT-IR) was used to identify changes that occurred on the functional group in Rhodamine B molecules and TiO(2) nanotubes after the reaction. Sonocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B by TiO(2) nanotubes apparently followed the Langmuir-Hinshelwood adsorption kinetic model with surface reaction rate of 1.75 mg/L min. TiO(2) nanotubes were proven for their high potential to be applied in sonocatalytic degradation of organic dyes. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Improved photoanode structure based on anodic titania nanotube array covered by TiO2-NPs/nanographite composite layer for ETA-cells

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    Gavrilin, I. M.; Dronov, A. A.; Shilyaeva, Yu I.; Lebedev, E. A.; Kuzmicheva, M. S.; Savchuk, T. P.; Gavrilov, S. A.

    2016-08-01

    This work is devoted to the morphology and electrical properties optimization of flexible photoanodes based on anodic titanium oxide nanotubular arrays (TiO2-NTAs) for solar cells with extremely thin absorbing layer (ETA-cells) by TiO2-nanographite thin composite layer formation on the TiO2-NTAs surface. First, the carbon doped TiO2-NTAs were synthesized by annealing of the as-anodized TiO2-NTAs in argon without foreign carbonaceous precursor. The residual ethylene glycol absorbed on the nanotube wall during anodization serves as the carbon source and the C species are uniformly distributed along the entire nanotube to form the C-TiO2 NTAs. Further decorating of C-TiO2-NTAs surface by TiO2 nanoparticles to form the TiO2-nanographite (NG) composite layer with high conductivity and increased photoanode effective area showed improved ETA-cells performance.

  8. TiO2 nanotubes infiltrated with nanoparticles for dye sensitized solar cells

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    Pan, Xuan; Chen, Changhong; Zhu, Kai; Fan, Zhaoyang

    2011-06-01

    We present a detailed study of the infiltration of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes (NTs) with TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The aim is to combine the merits of the NP's high dye loading and high light harvesting capability with the NT's straight carrier transport path and high electron collection efficiency to improve the DSSC performance. On infiltrating NTs with TiCl4 solution followed by hydrothermal synthesis, 10 nm size NPs were observed to form a conformal and dense layer on the NT walls. Compared with the bare NT structure, dye loading of this mixed NT and NP structure is more than doubled. The overall photon conversion efficiencies of the fabricated DSSCs are improved by 152%, 107%, and 49% for 8, 13, and 20 µm long NTs, respectively. Electron transport and recombination parameters were extracted based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Although a slight reduction of electron lifetime was observed in the mixed structures due to enhanced recombination with a larger surface area, the diffusion length is still significantly longer than the NT length used, suggesting that most electrons are collected. In addition to dye loading and hence photocurrent increment, the photovoltage and filling factor were also improved in the mixed structure due to a low serial resistance, leading to the enhancement of the overall efficiency.

  9. TiO2 nanotubes infiltrated with nanoparticles for dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Pan, Xuan; Chen, Changhong; Zhu, Kai; Fan, Zhaoyang

    2011-06-10

    We present a detailed study of the infiltration of titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) nanotubes (NTs) with TiO(2) nanoparticles (NPs) for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The aim is to combine the merits of the NP's high dye loading and high light harvesting capability with the NT's straight carrier transport path and high electron collection efficiency to improve the DSSC performance. On infiltrating NTs with TiCl(4) solution followed by hydrothermal synthesis, 10 nm size NPs were observed to form a conformal and dense layer on the NT walls. Compared with the bare NT structure, dye loading of this mixed NT and NP structure is more than doubled. The overall photon conversion efficiencies of the fabricated DSSCs are improved by 152%, 107%, and 49% for 8, 13, and 20 µm long NTs, respectively. Electron transport and recombination parameters were extracted based on electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Although a slight reduction of electron lifetime was observed in the mixed structures due to enhanced recombination with a larger surface area, the diffusion length is still significantly longer than the NT length used, suggesting that most electrons are collected. In addition to dye loading and hence photocurrent increment, the photovoltage and filling factor were also improved in the mixed structure due to a low serial resistance, leading to the enhancement of the overall efficiency.

  10. Structure and Properties of Self-Organized TiO2 Nanotubes from Stirred Baths

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    Narayanan, R.; Ha, Jung-Yun; Kwon, Tae-Yub; Kim, Kyo-Han

    2008-06-01

    Self-organized porous nanotubular TiO2 was anodically formed on titanium in 1M Na2SO4 electrolyte containing 0.5 wt pct NaF. The oxidation was carried out for 0.5, 1, 2, and 4 hours at 20 V with the baths stirred using (1) magnetic pellet and (2) ultrasonic vibration. During the initial stages of oxidation, a barrier type of oxide film is formed, which gives rise to the formation of pores beneath it. With increasing time of oxidation, the pores self-organize to tubular structure. Of the two types of agitation studied, ultrasonics help in earlier complete removal of the barrier layer. The nanotubes have single-pore diameter of 50 to 90 nm under the magnetic pellet conditions and 55 to 110 nm under the ultrasonic agitation condition. The porosity was of the order of 24 to 30 pct for both types. The charges that have flown onto the coatings are greater under the ultrasonated condition. The as-oxidized coatings were amorphous for both types. The coatings obtained by using magnetic pellet had lower tensile adhesion strengths than those obtained using ultrasonic agitation. Heat treatment for 2 hours at 500 °C maintained the tubular morphology and converted the amorphous coatings to anatase TiO2. These anatase containing coatings were analyzed for texture by X-ray pole figures, and it was found that (101) and (200) poles were randomly oriented.

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

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

    2015-01-14

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

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

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

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    Yang, Lei; Zhang, Miao; Shi, Shiwei; Lv, Jianguo; Song, Xueping; He, Gang; Sun, Zhaoqi

    2014-01-01

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

  14. Heterogeneous TiO2/V2O5/Carbon Nanotube Electrodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Kurttepeli, Mert; Deng, Shaoren; Mattelaer, Felix; Cott, Daire J; Vereecken, Philippe; Dendooven, Jolien; Detavernier, Christophe; Bals, Sara

    2017-03-08

    Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) is proposed and investigated as a cathode material for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. However, the dissolution of V2O5 during the charge/discharge remains as an issue at the V2O5-electrolyte interface. In this work, we present a heterogeneous nanostructure with carbon nanotubes supported V2O5/titanium dioxide (TiO2) multilayers as electrodes for thin-film Li-ion batteries. Atomic layer deposition of V2O5 on carbon nanotubes provides enhanced Li storage capacity and high rate performance. An additional TiO2 layer leads to increased morphological stability and in return higher electrochemical cycling performance of V2O5/carbon nanotubes. The physical and chemical properties of TiO2/V2O5/carbon nanotubes are characterized by cyclic voltammetry and charge/discharge measurements as well as electron microscopy. The detailed mechanism of the protective TiO2 layer to improve the electrochemical cycling stability of the V2O5 is unveiled.

  15. Detection of T4 polynucleotide kinase activity with immobilization of TiO2 nanotubes and amplification of Au nanoparticles.

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    Wang, Guangfeng; He, Xiuping; Xu, Gang; Chen, Ling; Zhu, Yanhong; Zhang, Xiaojun; Wang, Lun

    2013-05-15

    Determination of nucleotide kinase activity is valuable due to its importance in regulating nucleic acid metabolism. Herein, we describe a strategy for simply and accurately determining nucleotide kinase activity by TiO2 nanotubes mediated signal transition and Au nanoparticles amplification. In this method, DNA containing 5'-hydroxyl group is self-assembled onto a gold electrode and used as a substrate for T4 polynucleotide kinase (PNK). By the specific immobilization affinity of TiO2 nanotubes with the phosphorylated DNA, TiO2 nanotubes were linked with phosphorylated substrate DNA on the electrode. And then Au nanoparticles modified 5'-phosphate DNA was conjugated with the TiO2 nanotubes and hybridized with methylene blue labeled signal DNA. Because gold nanoparticles have high loading of signal indicator methylene blue, the electrochemical signal is generated and amplified. It presents an excellent performance with wide linear range and low detection limit. Additionally, inhibition effects of some salts have also been investigated. The developed method is a potentially useful tool in researching the interactions between proteins and nucleic acids and provides a diversified platform for a kinase activity assay. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Sustained release of melatonin from TiO2 nanotubes for modulating osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells in vitro.

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    Lai, Min; Jin, Ziyang; Tang, Qiang; Lu, Min

    2017-10-01

    To control the sustained release of melatonin and modulate the osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), melatonin was firstly loaded onto TiO2 nanotubes by direct dropping method, and then a multilayered film was coated by a spin-assisted layer-by-layer technique, which was composed of chitosan (Chi) and gelatin (Gel). Successful fabrication was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and contact angle measurement, respectively. The efficient sustained release of melatonin was measured by UV-visible-spectrophotometer. After 2 days of culture, well-spread morphology was observed in MSCs grown on the Chi/Gel multilayer-coated melatonin-loaded TiO2 nanotube substrates as compared to different groups. After 4, 7, 14 and 21 days of culture, the multilayered-coated melatonin-loaded TiO2 nanotube substrates increased cell proliferation, increased alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and mineralization, increased expression of mRNA levels for runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), ALP, osteopontin (OPN) and osteocalcin (OC), indicative of osteoblastic differentiation. These results demonstrated that Chi/Gel multilayer-coated melatonin-loaded TiO2 nanotube substrates promoted cell adhesion, spreading, proliferation and differentiation and could provide an alternative fabrication method for titanium-based implants to enhance the osteointegration between bone tissues and implant surfaces.

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

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    Zhang, Xiaoxing; Gui, Yingang; Dong, Xingchen

    2016-06-01

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

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

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    Zhang, Xiaoxing; Gui, Yingang; Dong, Xingchen

    2016-12-01

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

  20. Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of triclosan on TiO2 nanotube arrays and toxicity change.

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    Liu, Haijin; Cao, Xianglin; Liu, Guoguang; Wang, Yingling; Zhang, Nan; Li, Tong; Tough, Robert

    2013-09-01

    Triclosan, one of the most widely used disinfectants, has been found to be toxic to animals and human beings. In this paper, triclosan was degraded on TiO2 nanotube arrays, using a photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) process under UV illumination, with Na2SO4 as the supporting electrolyte. The effect of bias potential was investigated and the results showed that 0V was the most appropriate potential for the degradation of triclosan. In 30min, 78.7% of triclosan had degraded during the PEC process. Intermediate analysis showed that 2,7-dichlorodibenzodioxin (DCDD) had formed during the degradation. The toxicity change during the PEC process was investigated using a luminescent bacteria test, with the results demonstrating that the toxicity of the reaction liquid decreased at the beginning and subsequently increased to a stable level. The indications were that some intermediates such as 2,7-dichlorodibenzodioxin was more toxic and stable than triclosan in the solution.

  1. Electronic states and photoluminescence of TiO2 nanotubes with adsorbed surface oxygen

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    Liu, L. Z.; Xu, W.; Wu, X. L.; Zhang, Y. Y.; Chen, T. H.; Chu, Paul K.

    2012-03-01

    The electronic states associated with enhanced photocatalytic activity of anodic anatase TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) annealed in N2 and O2 are investigated by photoluminescence (PL). The NTs annealed in N2 show a green peak related to oxygen vacancies and its position blueshifts with deceasing temperature, whereas those annealed in O2 show a double peak at 475-600 nm and the energy separation increases with decreasing temperature. Spectral analysis and density function theory calculation disclose that the double peak results from residual oxygen vacancies and oxygen atoms on the NT wall and the increased energy separation arises from the larger difference between the inner and outer NT stress at low temperature.

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  3. Recent advances on smart TiO2 nanotube platforms for sustainable drug delivery applications.

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    Wang, Qun; Huang, Jian-Ying; Li, Hua-Qiong; Zhao, Allan Zi-Jian; Wang, Yi; Zhang, Ke-Qin; Sun, Hong-Tao; Lai, Yue-Kun

    To address the limitations of traditional drug delivery, TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) are recognized as a promising material for localized drug delivery systems. With regard to the excellent biocompatibility and physicochemical properties, TNTs prepared by a facile electrochemical anodizing process have been used to fabricate new drug-releasing implants for localized drug delivery. This review discusses the development of TNTs applied in localized drug delivery systems, focusing on several approaches to control drug release, including the regulation of the dimensions of TNTs, modification of internal chemical characteristics, adjusting pore openings by biopolymer coatings, and employing polymeric micelles as drug nanocarriers. Furthermore, rational strategies on external conditions-triggered stimuli-responsive drug release for localized drug delivery systems are highlighted. Finally, the review concludes with the recent advances on TNTs for controlled drug delivery and corresponding prospects in the future.

  4. Recent advances on smart TiO2 nanotube platforms for sustainable drug delivery applications

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    Wang, Qun; Huang, Jian-Ying; Li, Hua-Qiong; Zhao, Allan Zi-Jian; Wang, Yi; Zhang, Ke-Qin; Sun, Hong-Tao; Lai, Yue-Kun

    2017-01-01

    To address the limitations of traditional drug delivery, TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) are recognized as a promising material for localized drug delivery systems. With regard to the excellent biocompatibility and physicochemical properties, TNTs prepared by a facile electrochemical anodizing process have been used to fabricate new drug-releasing implants for localized drug delivery. This review discusses the development of TNTs applied in localized drug delivery systems, focusing on several approaches to control drug release, including the regulation of the dimensions of TNTs, modification of internal chemical characteristics, adjusting pore openings by biopolymer coatings, and employing polymeric micelles as drug nanocarriers. Furthermore, rational strategies on external conditions-triggered stimuli-responsive drug release for localized drug delivery systems are highlighted. Finally, the review concludes with the recent advances on TNTs for controlled drug delivery and corresponding prospects in the future. PMID:28053530

  5. Fluctuation-induced tunneling in TiO2-derived nanotube pellets

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    Filipič, Cene; Levstik, Adrijan; Kutnjak, Zdravko; Umek, Polona; Arčon, Denis

    2007-04-01

    The frequency-dependent conductivity of TiO2-derived nanotubes pressed to a pellet was measured over the temperature range 100 to 390 K. The temperature dependence of the electrical conductivity measured at 100 Hz indicates a three-dimensional variable range hopping mechanism at higher temperatures and fluctuation-induced tunneling conduction below 300 K. From the frequency dependence of the conductivity it is possible to conclude that the conductivity is governed by two parallel channels. The first channel, dominating at higher temperatures, is characterized by the three-dimensional variable range hopping mechanism and the second channel, which takes over at lower temperatures, by the fluctuation-induced tunneling mechanism. Such a two-channel mechanism may be responsible for the similar temperature dependence of the electrical conductivity observed in some other three-dimensional systems.

  6. 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.

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

  8. One-Step Formation of WO3-Loaded TiO2 Nanotubes Composite Film for High Photocatalytic Performance

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    Lee, Wai Hong; Lai, Chin Wei; Abd Hamid, Sharifah Bee

    2015-01-01

    High aspect ratio of WO3-loaded TiO2 nanotube arrays have been successfully synthesized using the electrochemical anodization method in an ethylene glycol electrolyte containing 0.5 wt% ammonium fluoride in a range of applied voltage of 10–40 V for 30 min. The novelty of this research works in the one-step formation of WO3-loaded TiO2 nanotube arrays composite film by using tungsten as the cathode material instead of the conventionally used platinum electrode. As compared with platinum, tungsten metal has lower stability, forming dissolved ions (W6+) in the electrolyte. The W6+ ions then move towards the titanium foil and form a coherent deposit on titanium foil. By controlling the oxidation rate and chemical dissolution rate of TiO2 during the electrochemical anodization, the nanotubular structure of TiO2 film could be achieved. In the present study, nanotube arrays were characterized using FESEM, EDAX, XRD, as well as Raman spectroscopy. Based on the results obtained, nanotube arrays with average pore diameter of up to 74 nm and length of 1.6 µm were produced. EDAX confirmed the presence of tungsten element within the nanotube arrays which varied in content from 1.06 at% to 3.29 at%. The photocatalytic activity of the nanotube arrays was then investigated using methyl orange degradation under TUV 96W UV-B Germicidal light irradiation. The nanotube with the highest aspect ratio, geometric surface area factor and at% of tungsten exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity due to more photo-induced electron-hole pairs generated by the larger surface area and because WO3 improves charge separation, reduces charge carrier recombination and increases charge carrier lifetime via accumulation of electrons and holes in the two different metal oxide semiconductor components.

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

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

    2016-04-19

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

  10. Self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays in the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue under UV light irradiation

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    Chung, Eun Hyuk; Baek, Seong Rim; Yu, Seong Mi; Kim, Jong Pil; Hong, Tae Eun; Kim, Hyun Gyu; Bae, Jong-Seong; Jeong, Euh Duck; Khan, F. Nawaz; Jung, Ok-sang

    2015-04-01

    Nanostructured titanium dioxide (NTiO2) is known to possess efficient photocatalytic activity and to have diverse applications in many fields due to its chemical stability, high surface area/volume ratio, high transmittance, and high refractive index in the visible and the near-ultraviolet regions. These facts prompted us to develop TiO2 nanotube (TiO2 NT) arrays through electrochemical anodic oxidation involving different electrolytes comprised of phosphoric acid — hydrofluoric acid aqueous systems by varying the voltage and the time. The annealing temperature of the nanotubes, TiO2 NTs, were varied to modify the surface morphology and were characterized by using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction results showed that the samples had uniform morphologies and good crystalline structures of the anatase phase at lower annealing temperatures and of the rutile phase at higher annealing temperatures. A secondary-ion mass-spectrometry analysis was used to investigate the surface atoms and to conduct a depth profile analysis of the TiO2 NTs. The efficiency of the photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 NT arrays in degrading methylene blue (MB) was investigated under UV-Vis light irradiation. The maximum photocatalytic activity was achieved for the samples with lower annealing temperatures due to their being in the anatase phase and having a higher surface area and a smaller crystal size, which play important roles in the degradation of organic pollutants.

  11. Transparent, well-aligned TiO(2) nanotube arrays with controllable dimensions on glass substrates for photocatalytic applications.

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    Tan, Lee Kheng; Kumar, Manippady K; An, Wen Wen; Gao, Han

    2010-02-01

    Transparent, well-aligned TiO(2) nanotube arrays (NTAs) with controllable dimensions are grown on glass substrates via atomic layer deposition (ALD) of TiO(2) onto free-standing porous anodic alumina (PAA) templates. Photodegradation of aqueous methylene blue (MB) solution and solid stearic acid (SA) film using TiO(2) NTAs of various wall thicknesses are investigated. The Pd functionalized TiO(2) NTAs, with a wall thickness of 15 nm and height of 200 nm, has the highest photodegradation efficiency at 76% after 4 h of UV irradiation. These functionalized NTAs are able to photodegrade MB molecules completely as no obvious demethylated byproducts are observed during the process. It also demonstrates excellent photocatalytic activity for solid contaminants such as SA film. By using the ALD technique, the nanotube wall thickness can be precisely controlled so that it is sufficiently thin to be transparent while sufficiently thick for excellent photocatalytic performances. The transparent TiO(2) NTAs on glass substrates with excellent photocatalytic properties might have potential applications in self-cleaning coating, transparent electronics, and solar cells.

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  13. Characteristics of the Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells Using TiO2 Nanotubes Treated with TiCl4

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

    2014-01-01

    The replacement of oxide semiconducting TiO2 nano particles with one dimensional TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) has been used for improving the electron transport in the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Although use of one dimensional structure provides the enhanced photoelectrical performance, it tends to reduce the adsorption of dye on the TiO2 surface due to decrease of surface area. To overcome this problem, we investigate the effects of TiCl4 treatment on DSSCs which were constructed with composite films made of TiO2 nanoparticles and TNTs. To find optimum condition of TNTs concentration in TiO2 composites film, series of DSSCs with different TNTs concentration were made. In this optimum condition (DSSCs with 10 wt% of TNT), the effects of post treatment are compared for different TiCl4 concentrations. The results show that the DSSCs using a TiCl4 (90 mM) post treatment shows a maximum conversion efficiency of 7.83% due to effective electron transport and enhanced adsorption of dye on TiO2 surface. PMID:28788633

  14. TiO2 nanotube-supported cu as the catalyst for selective NO reduction with NH3.

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    Chen, Shin-An; Nian, Jun-Nan; Tsai, Chien-Cheng; Teng, Hsisheng

    2007-05-01

    Catalyst supports composed of titanate nanotubes were prepared from hydrothermal treatment on TiO2 nanoparticles in NaOH followed by HCl washing. The nanotubes exhibited well-defined TiO2 anatase phase after calcination at 400 degrees C. The nanotube aggregates and other commercially available TiO2 nanoparticles, all with surface areas >300 m(2)/g, were impregnated with Cu and examined in selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3. In catalyst preparation, the nanotubes were found to be more thermally stable than nanoparticles, withstanding agglomeration at elevated temperatures. The Cu species supported on the nanotubes showed a higher catalytic activity than those supported on the nanoparticles. Analysis with temperature programmed reduction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and NO adsorption reflected that the layered-titanate feature of the tube wall was advantageous for even distribution of the Cu species, thus leading to the high-catalytic activity of the tubular Cu/TiO2 catalyst.

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  16. Synthesis of TiO2 nanotube array thin films and determination of the optical constants using transmittance data

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    Ahmadi, K.; Abdolahzadeh Ziabari, Ali; Mirabbaszadeh, K.; Ahmadi, S.

    2015-01-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays were grown on glass substrate by ZnO nanorod sol-gel template process. XRD analysis and FESEM microscopy were employed to characterize the structural and morphological properties of the prepared nanotube. EDX and UV-Vis spectroscopy were used to assess the chemical composition and study the optical properties of the film. An optical model has been performed to simulate the optical constants and thicknesses of the films from transmittance data using the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm via Drude model. The simulated transmittance is in good agreement with the measured spectrum in the whole measurement wavelength range. The refractive index and extinction coefficient, thickness and dielectric function of TiO2 nanotube films were calculated by Drude model. Also, the related absorption coefficient, optical bandgap and porosity were determined.

  17. Preparation of TiO2 Nanotubes Loaded on Polyurethane Membrane and Research on Their Photocatalytic Properties

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    Wu, Qijun; Zhang, Yu

    2017-01-01

    To solve the problem of separation and recovery of photocatalyst in water, the modification of TiO2 was studied as well as its immobilization and photocatalytic properties. To improve surface properties, TiO2 nanotubes were synthesized by a hydrothermal method and silylated by silane coupling agents to introduce a certain functional group. Supported on polyurethane (PU) membrane, TiO2 nanotubes were prepared to produce immobilized PU/TiO2. Catalysts were characterized and identified by means of Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), attenuated total reflectance Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results showed that silylated TiO2 nanotubes were well grafted on the surface of the activated PU membrane. With a 300 W high pressure mercury lamp as light source, the photocatalytic activity and stability of immobilized PU/TiO2 were investigated with degrading methyl orange. It was showed that the target is degraded by immobilized PU/TiO2 with high activation and the catalytic performance is stable for a long time if catalyst is washed with ethanol. PMID:28194295

  18. Morphological studies of vertical arrays TiO2 nanotubes by electrochemical anodization technique for dye sensitized solar cell application

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    Su'ait, M. S.; Alamgir, F.; Scardi, P.; Ahmad, A.

    2013-11-01

    A vertical array titanium dioxide nanotube (n-TiO2) for photovoltaic materials in dye sensitized solar cell has been synthesized by electrochemical anodization technique in NH4F aqueous solution. The morphological observation performed by SEM analysis on the scratch film showed that the distribution growths of TiO2 nanotubes on Ti subtract were uniform. The duration of growth is varied up to 12 h, with tubes length approximately 1 μm. However, at the maximum duration, a compact TiO2 layers were formed. This phenomenon is due to the field-assisted anodic oxidation at the interfaces of Ti/TiO2 is at equal rate with the field-assisted dissolution rate of the top TiO2 nanotube's surface, resulting from the decreased quantity of F- ions to form fluoro complexes, [TiF6]2-. A slight increase in the rate of the chemical dissolution reaction produced a precipitated TiO2. Hence, [TiF6]2- complexes which are required for tubes formation are difficult to exist.

  19. Polyoxometalate-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays photoanode materials for enhanced dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Liu, Ran; Sun, Zhixia; Zhang, Yuzhuo; Xu, Lin; Li, Na

    2017-10-01

    In this work, we prepared for the first time the TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs) photoanode with polyoxometalate(POMs)-modified TiO2 electron-transport layer for improving the performance of zinc phthalocyanine(ZnPc)-sensitized solar cells. The as-prepared POMs/TNAs/ZnPc composite photoanode exhibited higher photovoltaic performances than the TNAs/ZnPc photoanode, so that the power conversion efficiency of the solar cell device based on the POMs/TNAs/ZnPc photoanode displayed a notable improvement of 45%. These results indicated that the POMs play a key role in reducing charge recombination in phthalocyanine-sensitized solar cells, together with TiO2 nanotube arrays being helpful for electron transport. The mechanism of the performance improvement was demonstrated by the measurements of electrochemical impedance spectra and open-circuit voltage decay curves. Although the resulting performance is still below that of the state-of-the-art dye-sensitized solar cells, this study presents a new insight into improving the power conversion efficiency of phthalocyanine-sensitized solar cells via polyoxometalate-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays photoanode.

  20. Preparation of TiO2 Nanotubes Loaded on Polyurethane Membrane and Research on Their Photocatalytic Properties.

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    Lin, Longli; Wu, Qijun; Gong, Xun; Zhang, Yu

    2017-01-01

    To solve the problem of separation and recovery of photocatalyst in water, the modification of TiO2 was studied as well as its immobilization and photocatalytic properties. To improve surface properties, TiO2 nanotubes were synthesized by a hydrothermal method and silylated by silane coupling agents to introduce a certain functional group. Supported on polyurethane (PU) membrane, TiO2 nanotubes were prepared to produce immobilized PU/TiO2. Catalysts were characterized and identified by means of Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), attenuated total reflectance Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results showed that silylated TiO2 nanotubes were well grafted on the surface of the activated PU membrane. With a 300 W high pressure mercury lamp as light source, the photocatalytic activity and stability of immobilized PU/TiO2 were investigated with degrading methyl orange. It was showed that the target is degraded by immobilized PU/TiO2 with high activation and the catalytic performance is stable for a long time if catalyst is washed with ethanol.

  1. Photo-induced effects on self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays: the influence of surface morphology.

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    Kontos, A G; Kontos, A I; Tsoukleris, D S; Likodimos, V; Kunze, J; Schmuki, P; Falaras, P

    2009-01-28

    Self-organized TiO(2) nanotubes with packed, vertically aligned morphology and different lateral characteristics were grown on Ti metal substrates by controlled electrochemical anodization in phosphate/HF and ethylene glycol/HF electrolytes. The wetting, photo-induced superhydrophilicity, and photocatalytic activity of the nanotubular materials were investigated under ultraviolet irradiation. The photoactivity of the TiO(2) nanotube arrays was analysed in terms of their morphological characteristics that were determined by means of scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy in conjunction with geometrical modelling. The wetting and the UV-induced superhydrophilicity could be accordingly modelled by the Cassie-Baxter mode arising from the large scale roughness of the nanotubular arrays in combination with the Wenzel mode due to the small scale roughness induced by ridges at the outer tube surface. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO(2) nanotube arrays was further found to correlate quantitatively with the variation of the geometric roughness factor, verifying the strong impact of morphology on the photo-induced properties of the vertically oriented TiO(2) tubular architecture.

  2. Orthodontic tunnel miniscrews with and without TiO2 nanotube arrays as a drug-delivery system: In vivo study.

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    Cha, Bong-Kuen; Choi, Dong-Soon; Jang, Insan; Choe, Byung-Hak; Choi, Won-Youl

    2016-09-28

    Orthodontic tunnel miniscrews with and without TiO2 nanotube arrays were fabricated to improve the induction of new bone formation and osseointegration. To inject the drug of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein, tunnels in a conventional machined miniscrew were machined by a computer-numerical-control lathe. TiO2 nanotube arrays to load the drug were also formed on the surface of the tunnel miniscrew by anodic oxidation. To obtain clean TiO2 nanotube arrays, two-step anodic oxidation was conducted. The diameters of TiO2 nanotube window and TiO2 nanotube were ∼70 nm and ∼110 nm, respectively. Three groups, i.e., a conventional machined miniscrew, a tunnel miniscrew without TiO2 nanotube arrays, and a tunnel miniscrew with TiO2 nanotube arrays, were prepared and inserted in the legs of five New Zealand White rabbits. In a histomorphometric analysis, the bone implant contact ratios of the tunnel miniscrews with the TiO2 nanotube arrays and without the TiO2 nanotube arrays were 5.84% and 5.88%, respectively. These values were higher than the value of 4.30% for the conventional machined miniscrew. The bone surface ratios in the tunnel miniscrew with and without the TiO2 nanotube were also higher than those of the conventional machined miniscrew. The measured values of the tunnel miniscrew with and without the nanotube and the conventional miniscrew were 76.75%, 73.41%, and 44.82%, respectively, although the differences were statistically insignificant. New bone at three weeks and six weeks after the operations were found in the tunnel miniscrews in fluorescent images. Both the tunnel miniscrews with and without the TiO2 nanotube arrays demonstrated greater bone formation compared to the conventional miniscrews. However, TiO2 nanotube arrays was not likely to provide additional benefit to the tunnel miniscrew. An in vivo study suggested that the tunnel fabricated in the miniscrew can be efficient drug-delivery systems to improve osseointegration.

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  5. Transparent anodic TiO2 nanotube arrays on plastic substrates for disposable biosensors and flexible electronics.

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    Farsinezhad, Samira; Mohammadpour, Arash; Dalrymple, Ashley N; Geisinger, Jared; Kar, Piyush; Brett, Michael J; Shankar, Karthik

    2013-04-01

    Exploitation of anodically formed self-organized TiO2 nanotube arrays in mass-manufactured, disposable biosensors, rollable electrochromic displays and flexible large-area solar cells would greatly benefit from integration with transparent and flexible polymeric substrates. Such integration requires the vacuum deposition of a thin film of titanium on the desired substrate, which is then anodized in suitable media to generate TiO2 nanotube arrays. However the challenges associated with control of Ti film morphology, nanotube array synthesis conditions, and film adhesion and transparency, have necessitated the use of substrate heating during deposition to temperatures of at least 300 degrees C and as high as 500 degrees C to generate highly ordered open-pore nanotube arrays, thus preventing the use of polymeric substrates. We report on a film growth technique that exploits atomic peening to achieve high quality transparent TiO2 nanotube arrays with lengths up to 5.1 microm at room temperature on polyimide substrates without the need for substrate heating or substrate biasing or a Kauffman ion source. The superior optical quality and uniformity of the nanotube arrays was evidenced by the high specular reflectivity and the smooth pattern of periodic interferometric fringes in the transmission spectra of the nanotube arrays, from which the wavelength-dependent effective refractive index was extracted for the air-TiO2 composite medium. A fluorescent immunoassay biosensor constructed using 5.1 microm-long transparent titania nanotube arrays (TTNAs) grown on Kapton substrates detected human cardiac troponin I at a concentration of 0.1 microg ml(-1).

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

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    Cheng, Zhi-Lin; Sun, Wei

    2015-10-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  8. Effect of heat treatment on morphology, crystalline structure and photocatalysis properties of TiO 2 nanotubes on Ti substrate and freestanding membrane

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    Fang, Dong; Luo, Zhiping; Huang, Kelong; Lagoudas, Dimitris C.

    2011-05-01

    Highly ordered titanium oxide (TiO 2) nanotubes were prepared by electrolytic anodization of titanium electrodes. Morphological evolution and phase transformations of TiO 2 nanotubes on a Ti substrate and that of freestanding TiO 2 membranes during the calcinations process were studied by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction microscopy. The detailed results and mechanisms on the morphology and crystalline structure were presented. Our results show that a compact layer exists between the tubular layer and Ti substrate at 600 °C, and the length of the nanotubes shortens dramatically at 750 °C. The freestanding membranes have many particles on their tubes during calcinations from 450 to 900 °C. The TiO 2 nanotubes on the Ti substrate transform to rutile crystals at 600 °C, while the freestanding TiO 2 membranes retain an anatase crystal with increasing temperature to 800 °C. The photocatalytic activity of TiO 2 nanotubes on a Ti substrate annealed at different temperatures was investigated by the degradation of methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. Due to the anatase crystals in the tubular layer and rutile crystals in the compact layer, TiO 2 nanotubes annealed at 450 °C with pure anatase crystals have a better photocatalytic activity than those annealed at 600 °C or 750 °C.

  9. Selective strain incorporation and retention into Si-substrate through VLS growth of TiO2 nano-islands

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    Palit, Mainak; Nag Chowdhury, Basudev; Das, Avishek; Das, Souvik; Chattopadhyay, Sanatan

    2017-02-01

    In this work, process induced strain has been incorporated selectively into Si-substrate by growing TiO2 nano-islands on it using vapour–liquid–solid method and the induced strain has been retained by chemically removing the TiO2 nano-islands. The retained strain is quantified by employing pole study method of the electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and compared with the similar results obtained from micro-Raman measurements. A very good agreement between the results indicates accuracy of the developed pole study analyses. Both the methods suggest that such a low-cost approach is capable of incorporating and retaining a compressive strain  >4.7% along < \\text{1} 0 0> and tensile strain  >1.3% along < 0 \\text{1} 0> and < 0 0 \\text{1}> directions by growing the crystalline TiO2 nano-islands on Si substrates followed by their chemical removal.

  10. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Co-incorporated TiO2 thin films.

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    Sharma, Sudesh; Chaudhary, Sujeet; Panwar, N; Kashyap, Subhash C; Pandya, D K

    2011-03-01

    Observation of room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) in nano-crystalline Co-incorporated titanium dioxide [Ti(1-x)Co(x)O2(x = 0.05)] thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis technique is reported. While only the anatase phase was detected in as-deposited 5 at.% Co-incorporated TiO2 film, a small amount of rutile phase developed following its vacuum annealing. Besides, no X-ray diffraction peak corresponding to cobalt metal could be detected in any of the two films. SQUID magnetometry of both pristine and Co-doped thin films at room temperature elucidated distinct ferromagnetic behavior in 5 at.% Co-incorporated as-deposited film with saturation moment M(s) approximately 5.6 emu/cm3 which got enhanced up to 11.8 emu/cm3 on subsequent vacuum annealing. From the zero field cooled magnetization measurement we confirmed the absence of Co-metal clusters. The electrical resistivity was found to be greater than 108 omega-cm for the films. Based on the magnetic and electrical measurements the origin of RTFM has been attributed to the bound magnetic polaron (BMP) model.

  11. Bi-functional anodic TiO2 oxide: Nanotubes for wettability control and barrier oxide for uniform coloring

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    Kim, Sunkyu; Jung, Minkyeong; Kim, Moonsu; Choi, Jinsub

    2017-06-01

    A uniformly colored TiO2, on which the surface is functionalized with nanotubes to control wettability, was prepared by a two-step anodization; the first anodization was carried out to prepare nanotubes for a super-hydrophilic or -hydrophobic surface and the second anodization was performed to fabricate a thin film barrier oxide to ensure uniform coloring. The effect of the nanotubes on barrier oxide coloring was examined by spectrophotometry and UV-vis-IR spectroscopy. We found four different regimes governing the color changes in terms of anodization voltage, indicating that the color of the duplex TiO2 was primarily determined by the thickness of the barrier oxide layer formed during the second anodization step. The surface wettability, as confirmed by the water contact angle, revealed that the single barrier TiO2 yielded 74.6° ± 2.1, whereas the nanotubes on the barrier oxide imparted super-hydrophilic properties as a result of increasing surface roughness as well as imparting a higher hydrophobicity after organic acid treatment.

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

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    Lee, Chang Hyo; Rhee, Seung Woo; Choi, Hyung Wook

    2012-01-01

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

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

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    Lee, Chang Hyo; Rhee, Seung Woo; Choi, Hyung Wook

    2012-01-05

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

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

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

    2016-10-01

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

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

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    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  18. Elaboration and characterization of TiO2 nanoparticles incorporated in SiO2 host matrix

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    Amlouk, A.; El Mir, L.; Kraiem, S.; Alaya, S.

    2006-07-01

    Nanometer-scale TiO2 particles have been synthesized by sol gel method. It was incorporated in a glass-based silica aerogel. The composite was characterized by various techniques such as particle size analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and photoluminescence (PL). The bulk glass presents a strong luminescence at wavelengths ranging from 750 to 950 nm. This PL was attributed to various non-bridging oxygen hole centers (NBOHCs) defects resulting from thermal treatment and crystallization of TiO2 at the interface between titania nanoparticles and silica host matrix.

  19. Transparent TiO2 nanotube electrodes via thin layer anodization: fabrication and use in electrochromic devices.

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    Berger, S; Ghicov, A; Nah, Y-C; Schmuki, P

    2009-05-05

    In the present work, we describe an anodization process that is able to fully transform a thin Ti metal layer on a conductive glass into a TiO(2) nanotubular array. Under optimized conditions, nanotube electrodes can be obtained that are completely transparent and defect-free and allow electrochromic switching. These electrochromic electrodes show remarkable properties and can be directly integrated into devices.

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

  1. Synthesis and photo-catalytic property of TiO2 nanotube arrays/ZnS

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    Kong, Junhan; Liu, Zhe; Xiong, Yehan; Liu, Zhanhong; Wang, Yongqian

    2017-04-01

    TiO2 nanotube arrays/ZnS (TNAs/ZnS) nanocomposites were synthesized successfully via anodic oxidation method and hydrothermal method as well. In this study, field emission scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) was used to monitor the morphological features and elemental composition of the samples. UV-Vis absorption spectra showed the absorption performance in both UV and visible light regions. In addition, the photo-catalytic activity of the samples was measured by the photo-degradation rate of methylene blue. From the result, we could notice that the morphology of the samples would change gradually when the amounts of zinc source and sulfur source changed, and the hydrothermal temperature was one of the significant factors which influenced the morphology. EDS spectra showed the existence of zinc and sulfur elements. Photo-catalytic activity test indicated that the photo-degradation rate of MB rises up to 91.6% after 240 min. Furthermore, there existed an expected relationship between the photo-degradation rate and the amounts of zinc source and sulfur source. UV-Vis absorption spectra of the samples also verified the result of photo-catalytic activity test.

  2. TiO2 nanotubes supported NiW hydrodesulphurization catalysts: Characterization and activity

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    Palcheva, R.; Dimitrov, L.; Tyuliev, G.; Spojakina, A.; Jiratova, K.

    2013-01-01

    High surface area TiO2 nanotubes (Ti-NT) synthesized by alkali hydrothermal method were used as a support for NiW hydrodesulphurization catalyst. Nickel salt of 12-tungstophosphoric acid - Ni3/2PW12O40 was applied as oxide precursor of the active components. The catalyst was characterized by SBET, XRD, UV-vis DRS, Raman spectroscopy, XPS, TPR and HRTEM. The results obtained were compared with those for the NiW catalysts prepared over high surface area titania and alumina supports. A polytungstate phase evidenced by Raman spectroscopy was observed indicating the destruction of the initial heteropolyanion. The catalytic experiments revealed two times higher thiophene conversion on NiW catalyst supported on Ti-NT than those of catalysts supported on alumina and titania. Increased HDS activity of the NiW catalyst supported on Ti-NT could be related to a higher amount of W oxysulfide entities interacting with Ni sulfide particles as consequence of the electronic effects of the Ti-NT observed with XPS analysis.

  3. Capture of carbon dioxide by amine-loaded as-synthesized TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Song, Fujiao; Zhao, Yunxia; Ding, Huiling; Cao, Yan; Ding, Jie; Bu, Yunfei; Zhong, Qin

    2013-01-01

    Titanium-based adsorbents for CO2 capture were prepared through impregnating the as-synthesized TiO2 nanotubes (TiNT) with four kinds of amines, namely monoethanolamine (MEA), ethylenediamine (EDA), triethylenetetramine (TETA) and tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA). The resultant samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, low-temperature N2 adsorption as well as transmission electron microscopy. The absorption of CO2 was carried out in a dynamic packed column. The sample impregnated with TEPA showed a better adsorption capacity due to its higher amino groups content. In addition, CO2 adsorption capacity increases as the amount of amine loaded increases. Therefore, TiNT-TEPA-69 showed the highest CO2 adsorption capacity among the three samples impregnated with TETA; approximately 4.10 mmol/g at 30 degrees C. In addition, the dynamic adsorption/desorption performance was investigated. The adsorption capacity of TiNT-TEPA-69 dropped slightly (about 2%) during a total of five cycles. The TiNT-TEPA-69 adsorbent exhibited excellent CO2 adsorption/desorption performance.

  4. Nitrogen doped TiO2 nanotube arrays with high photoelectrochemical activity for photocatalytic applications

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    Yuan, Bao; Wang, Yan; Bian, Haidong; Shen, Tiankuo; Wu, Yucheng; Chen, Zhong

    2013-09-01

    Nitrogen doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (N-TNAs) were prepared by immersing TNAs in 1 M NH3·H2O solution and then annealing in different temperatures. The morphology, structure and composition of the N-TNAs were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-vis spectroscopy, respectively. Effects of annealing temperatures on structure, photocatalytic properties, and the crystal structure transformation process of the N-TNAs were discussed. Photocatalytic properties of the N-TNAs were evaluated in term of the degradation of methyl orange (MO) under UV light and visible light, and the photocurrent of N-TNAs were tested by electrochemical workstation. The XPS results showed that the N-TNAs were achieved by interstitial doping and substitutional doping, and the FESEM results showed the morphology was not changed after doping process. Compared with the pure TNAs, the N-TNAs annealed at 500 ̊C for 2 h with a mixed phase of anatase and rutile exhibited higher photocatalytic degradation activity to MO. Furthermore, the photocatalytic mechanism of organic pollutants degradation (MO) was discussed based on our experiments.

  5. On the biocompatibility between TiO2 nanotubes layer and human osteoblasts.

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    Portan, Diana V; Kroustalli, Anthi A; Deligianni, Despina D; Papanicolaou, George C

    2012-10-01

    Titanium and its alloys are the most popular biomaterials replacing hard tissues in implant surgeries. Clinicians are generally pleased by titanium mechanical properties and non-toxicity performances; on the other hand, there have been reported several cases of titanium implantation failure, phenomenon explained sometimes as "non adherence of human tissue to the metallic surface." Yet, researchers reported that titanium surfaces are favorable for osteoblasts adhesion. Therefore, titanium integration into the human body remains an unsolved problem. In the present study, biocompatibility tests were performed on titanium and TiO(2) nanotubes substrates, involving human bone marrow cells. The combination of a newly developed analytical model based on the hybrid interphase concept, applicable to systems consisting of inert materials when in contact with living tissues, together with experimental results, confirmed previous research studies and lead to the conclusion that osteoblasts adhere efficiently to titanium surfaces. However, the present results suggest that osteoblasts strong anchorage at the very first moment of their contact with the metallic material leads to their apoptosis. It is most probable that in several cases this is the reason of failed implantation surgeries involving titanium.

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  7. Capture of carbon dioxide from flue gases by amine-functionalized TiO2 nanotubes

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    Song, Fujiao; Zhao, Yunxia; Cao, Yan; Ding, Jie; Bu, Yunfei; Zhong, Qin

    2013-03-01

    The novel carbon dioxide (CO2) adsorbents with high capture efficiency were prepared through impregnating TiO2 nanotubes (TiNT) with four kinds of amines, namely monoethanolamine (MEA), ethylenediamine (EDA), triethylenetetramine (TETA) and tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA), respectively. The samples were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, low temperature N2 adsorption and transmission electron microscopy. CO2 capture was investigated in a dynamic packed column. The TEPA-loaded sample showed a better adsorption capacity due to its higher amino-groups content. In condition, TiNT-TEPA-69 shows the highest CO2 adsorption capacity among the four TEPA-loaded samples, approximately 4.37 mmol/g at 60 °C. The adsorption capacity was enhanced to 5.24 mmol/g under moisture conditions. TiNT-TEPA-69 was selected as adsorbent to study the adsorption/desorption behavior in the absence of moisture and in the presence of moisture. While the former is fairly stable after 5 adsorption/desorption cycles, the latter decreases dramatically.

  8. Highly sensitive chemiluminescence immunoassay on chitosan membrane modified paper platform using TiO2 nanoparticles/multiwalled carbon nanotubes as label.

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    Li, Weiping; Ge, Shenguang; Wang, Shoumei; Yan, Mei; Ge, Lei; Yu, Jinghua

    2013-01-01

    A highly sensitive chemiluminescence (CL) immunoassay was incorporated into a low-cost microfluidic paper-based analytical device (μ-PAD) to fabricate a facile paper-based CL immunodevice (denoted as μ-PCLI). This μ-PCLI was constructed by covalently immobilizing capture antibody on a chitosan membrane modified μ-PADs, which was developed by simple wax printing methodology. TiO2 nanoparticles coated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (TiO2/MWCNTs) were synthesized as an amplification catalyst tag to label signal antibody (Ab2). After sandwich-type immunoreactions, the TiO2/MWCNTs were captured on the surface of μ-PADs to catalyze the luminol-p-iodophenol-H2O2 CL system, which produced an enhanced CL emission. Using prostate-specific antigen as a model analyte, the approach provided a good linear response range from 0.001 to 20 ng/mL with a low detection limit of 0.8 pg/mL under optimal conditions. This μ-PCLI showed good reproducibility, selectivity and stability. The assay results of prostate-specific antigen in clinical serum samples were in good agreement with that obtained by commercially used electrochemiluminescence methods at the Cancer Research Center of Shandong Tumor Hospital (Jinan, Shandong Province, China). This μ-PCLI could be very useful to realize highly sensitive, qualitative point-of-care testing in developing or developed countries.

  9. The function of a TiO2 compact layer in dye-sensitized solar cells incorporating "planar" organic dyes.

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    Burke, Anthony; Ito, Seigo; Snaith, Henry; Bach, Udo; Kwiatkowski, Joe; Grätzel, Michael

    2008-04-01

    We present a device based study into the operation of liquid electrolyte dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC's) using organic dyes. We find that, for these systems, it is entirely necessary to employ a compact TiO2 layer between the transparent fluorine doped SnO2 (FTO) anode and the electrolyte in order to reduce charge recombination losses. By incorporation of a compact layer, the device efficiency can be increased by over 160% under simulated full sun illumination and more than doubled at lower light intensities. This is strong evidence that the more widely employed ruthenium based sensitizers act as to "insulate" the anode against recombination losses and that many planar organic dyes employed in DSSC's could greatly benefit from the use of a compact TiO2 blocking layer. This is in strong contrast to DSSC's sensitized with ruthenium based systems, where the introduction of compact TiO2 has only marginal effects on conversion efficiencies.

  10. Carbon Single Walled Nanotubes- Electron Acceptor Molecules for Improving the Efficiency of the Photoexcitation of TiO2 for Solar-Driven Technologies

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    2012-10-16

    Single walled nanotubes ( SWNTs ) are shown to be electron acceptor molecules. The PL was used to observe the buildup during UV irradiation of surface...surface. Single walled nanotubes ( SWNTs ) are shown to be electron acceptor molecules. The PL was used to observe the buildup during UV irradiation of...the TiO2 bed and through the bed containing SWNT linkers. It was found that while SWNTs are good acceptors, no added conductivity from isolated TiO2

  11. Preparation and properties of a phthalocyanine-sensitized TiO2 nanotube array for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Cheng, Wanxi; Shen, Yue; Wu, Guizhi; Gu, Feng; Zhang, Jiancheng; Wang, Linjun

    2010-12-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) based on an ordered titanate nanotube (TNT) array were fabricated using phthalocyanine as a dye sensitizer. The ordered TNT photoanode was prepared via two steps: (1) electrosynthesis of the TiO2 nanotube array in the HF solution by the anodization method; (2) electrodeposition of 2,9,16,23-tetra-amino zinc phthalocyanine (TAZnPc) in the TiO2 nanotubes array. The morphological characteristics and structures of TAZnPc immobilized TiO2 NTs (TAZnPc/TiO2 NTs) were examined. The average pore diameter of the TNT structures was 100 nm and its average length was 500 nm. The diffuse reflection spectra (DRS) curves of TAZnPc/TiO2 NTs had a wide absorption at 550-950 nm, which may come from the TAZnPc. The photocurrent and photovoltage of the cells were measured with an active area of 0.25 cm2 by using CHI660B electrochemical workstation in the condition of illumination (AM 1.5, 100 mW cm-2). The open circuit voltage (Voc), short circuit current (Jsc) and fill factor (FF) of the DSSC are 0.416 V, 0.115 mA cm-2 and 0.68, respectively.

  12. Application of nitrogen-doped TiO2 nano-tubes in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Tran, Vy Anh; Truong, Trieu Thinh; Phan, Thu Anh Pham; Nguyen, Trang Ngoc; Huynh, Tuan Van; Agresti, Antonio; Pescetelli, Sara; Le, Tien Khoa; Di Carlo, Aldo; Lund, Torben; Le, So-Nhu; Nguyen, Phuong Tuyet

    2017-03-01

    Our research aimed to improve the overall energy conversion efficiency of DSCs by applying nitrogen-doped TiO2 nano-tubes (N-TNT) for the preparation of DSCs photo-anodes. The none-doped TiO2 nano-tubes (TNTs) were synthesized by alkaline hydrothermal treatment of Degussa P25 TiO2 particles in 10 M NaOH. The nano-tubes were N-doped by reflux in various concentrations of NH4NO3. The effects of nitrogen doping on the structure, morphology, and crystallography of N-TNT were analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), infrared spectroscopy (IR), Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS). DSCs fabricated with doped N-TNT and TNT was characterized by J-V measurements. Results showed that nitrogen doping significantly enhanced the efficiency of N-TNT cells, reaching the optimum value (η = 7.36%) with 2 M nitrogen dopant, compared to η = 4.75% of TNT cells. The high efficiency of the N-TNT cells was attributed to increased current density due to the reduction of dark current in the DSCs.

  13. Visible light-harvesting of TiO2 nanotubes array by pulsed laser deposited CdS

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    Bjelajac, Andjelika; Djokic, Veljko; Petrovic, Rada; Socol, Gabiel; Mihailescu, Ion N.; Florea, Ileana; Ersen, Ovidiu; Janackovic, Djordje

    2014-08-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes arrays, obtained by anodization technique and annealing, were decorated with CdS using pulsed laser deposition method. Their structural, morphological and chemical characterization was carried out by electron microscopy in scanning (SEM) and transmission (TEM) modes, combined with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). It was demonstrated that the quantity of deposited CdS can be controlled by varying the number of laser pulses. The chemical mapping of the elements of interest was performed using the energy filtered mode of the electron microscope. The results showed that pulse laser deposition is an adequate technique for deposition of CdS inside and between 100 nm wide TiO2 nanotubes. The diffuse reflectance spectroscopy investigation of selected samples proved that the absorption edge of the prepared CdS/TiO2 nanocomposites is significantly extended to the visible range. The corresponding band gaps were determinated from the Tauc plot of transformed Kubelka-Munk function. The band gap reduction of TiO2 nanotubes by pulsed laser deposition of CdS was put in evidence.

  14. Fe3+-Doped TiO2 Nanotube Arrays on Ti-Fe Alloys for Enhanced Photoelectrocatalytic Activity

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    Yu, Jiangdong; Wu, Zhi; Gong, Cheng; Xiao, Wang; Sun, Lan; Lin, Changjian

    2016-01-01

    Highly ordered, vertically oriented Fe3+-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (Fe-TNTs) were prepared on Ti-Fe alloy substrates with different Fe contents by the electrochemical anodization method. The as-prepared Fe-TNTs were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and related electrochemical techniques. XPS results demonstrated that Fe3+ ions were successfully doped into TiO2 nanotubes. The photoelectrochemical activity of Fe-TNTs was compared with that of pure TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTs). The results showed that Fe-TNTs grown on low concentration (0.5 wt %–1 wt % Fe) Ti-Fe alloys possessed higher photocurrent density than TNTs. The Fe-TNTs grown on Ti-Fe alloy containing 0.8 wt % Fe exhibited the highest photoelectrochemical activity and the photoelectrocatalytic degradation rate of methylene blue (MB) aqueous solution was significantly higher than that of TNTs. PMID:28335234

  15. Polydopamine Modified TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Long-Term Controlled Elution of Bivalirudin and Improved Hemocompatibility.

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    Yang, Ying; Li, Xiangyang; Qiu, Hua; Li, Ping; Qi, Pengkai; Maitz, Manfred F; You, Tianxue; Shen, Ru; Yang, Zhilu; Tian, Wenjie; Huang, Nan

    2017-08-28

    Sustained and controllable release characteristics are pivotal factors for novel drug delivery technologies. TiO2 nanotube arrays prepared by self-ordering electrochemical anodization are attractive for the development of biomedical devices for local drug delivery applications. In this work, several layers of polydopamine (PDA) were deposited to functionalize TiO2 nanotube arrays. The anticoagulant drug bivalirudin (BVLD) was used as a model drug. PDA extended the release period of BVLD and maintained a sustained release kinetic. Depending on the number of PDA layers, the release characteristics of BVLD improved, as there was a reduced burst release (from 45% to 11%) and extended overall release period from 40 days to more than 300 days in the case of 5 layers. Besides, the BVLD loaded 5-layer PDA coating maintained the high bioactivity of BVLD and effectively reduced the thrombosis formation by inhibition of the adhesion and denaturation of fibrinogen, platelets, and other blood components. Both in vitro and ex vivo blood evaluation results demonstrated that this coating significantly improved the hemocompatibility. These results confirmed the capability of PDA fitted TiO2 nanotube systems to be applied for local drug delivery over an extended period with well retained bioactivity and predictable release kinetics.

  16. Polypyrrole self-organized nanopore arrays formed by controlled electropolymerization in TiO2 nanotube template.

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    Kowalski, Damian; Schmuki, Patrik

    2010-12-07

    A new concept for formation of nanostructured intrinsically conducting polymers (ICP) is demonstrated. Polypyrrole can be electropolymerized from an ionic-surfactant-solution in TiO(2) nanotube framework to form a geometrical structure of self-organized nanopore arrays. Polymerization is initialized selectively in the space between nanotube walls forming a mechanically stable polymer network with controlled wall thickness from 40 to 10 nm. Such robust polymer nanostructures are very promising for application in electrochemical systems of limited charge carrier diffusion length.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  18. Preparation of Pd-loaded La-doped TiO2 nanotubes and investigation of their photocatalytic activity under visible light

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    Zong, Lanlan; Li, Qiuye; Zhang, Jiwei; Wang, Xiaodong; Yang, Jianjun

    2013-11-01

    Orthorhombic titanic acid nanotubes (TAN) have large BET surface area and small-diameter one-dimensional nanotubular morphology, so they can work as a good supporter and a precursor of TiO2. However, in our former research, we found that calcination of TAN to anatase TiO2 would destroy the nanotubular structure and decrease the BET surface area sharply. In this work, we utilized the pillar effect of the foreign nanoparticles (La2O3) to keep the nanotubular morphology of TiO2, and obtained the anatase TiO2 nanotubes with large BET surface area. For improving the photocatalytic activity, Pd nanoparticles were loaded as the electron traps on the surface of La-doped TiO2 by photo-deposition method. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, diffuse reflectance spectra, and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms measurement. Their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by the removal of propylene under visible light irradiation ( λ ≥ 420 nm). The results showed that the photocatalytic activity of Pd-loaded La-doped TiO2 nanotubes improved effectively compared with that of La-doped TiO2 and pure TiO2.

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

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

    2007-12-12

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

  20. Enhancing the photoelectrochemical response of TiO2 nanotubes through their nanodecoration by pulsed-laser-deposited Ag nanoparticles

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

    2017-08-01

    We report on the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) based nanodecoration of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube arrays (NTAs) by Ag nanoparticles (NPs). We focus here on the investigation of the effect of the number of laser ablation pulses (NLP) of the silver target on both the average size of the Ag-NPs and the photoelectrochemical conversion efficiency of the Ag-NP decorated TiO2-NT based photoanodes. By varying the NLP, we were able to not only control the size of the PLD-deposited Ag nanoparticles from 20 to ˜50 nm, but also to increase concomitantly the surface coverage of the TiO2 NTAs by Ag-NPs. The red-shifting of the surface plasmon resonance peak of the PLD-deposited Ag-NPs deposited onto quartz substrates confirmed the increase of their size as the NLP is increased from 500 to 10 000. By investigating the photo-electrochemical properties of Ag-NP decorated TiO2-NTAs, by means of linear sweep cyclic voltammetry under UV-Vis illumination, we found that the generated photocurrent is sensitive to the size of the Ag-NPs and reaches a maximum value at NLP =500 (i.e.,; Ag-NP size of ˜20 nm). For NLP = 500, the photoconversion efficiency of the Ag-NP decorated TiO2-NTAs is shown to reach a maximum of 4.5% (at 0.5 V vs Ag/AgCl). The photocurrent enhancement of Ag-NP decorated TiO2-NTAs is believed to result from the additional light harvesting enabled by the ability of Ag-NPs to absorb visible irradiation caused by various localized surface plasmon resonances, which in turn depend on the size and interdistance of the Ag nanoparticles.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-10-26

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

  3. Development of nano TiO2-incorporated phosphate coatings on hot dip zinc surface for good paintability and corrosion resistance

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    Shibli, S. M. A.; Chacko, Francis

    2011-01-01

    Phosphating is one of the most important chemical conversion processes for the purpose of corrosion protection and primer for painting. In the present work, nano TiO2 incorporated phosphate coating was developed on hot dip galvanized zinc surface for achieving good paintability and corrosion resistance. Based on the results from preliminary studies, the amount of nano TiO2 incorporated into the phosphating bath was optimized as 0.1 g. TiO2 incorporation effectively reduced the extent of zinc dissolution during phosphating and activated the process to achieve the expected coating weight faster. Also it yielded coating with greater thickness than the normal phosphate coating. The TiO2 incorporation resulted in a well crystallized phosphate coating with large crystal size and greater surface coverage. Results from the electrochemical analysis revealed the better barrier protection characteristics and enhanced corrosion resistance of TiO2 incorporated phosphate coatings over the normal phosphate coatings.

  4. Preparation, characterization and visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity of Fe-incorporated TiO2 microspheres photocatalysts

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    Li, Jun-Qi; Wang, De-Fang; Guo, Zhan-Yun; Zhu, Zhen-Feng

    2012-12-01

    Fe incorporated TiO2 microspheres (Fe-TiO2) were prepared by integrating the sol-gel method and impregnating-calcination method. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy indicated that α-Fe2O3 nanoparticles were deposited onto the TiO2 microspheres, and in the mean time, some Fe3+ ions were doped into TiO2 lattice. The absorption of Fe-TiO2 microspheres in the visible light region increased with the increasing of Fe content. Photoluminescence (PL) analyses further confirmed that Fe-incorporation effectively promoted the separation and transfer of photogenerated charge carriers, which can improve the photocatalytic activity of the samples. The photocatalytic activity of Fe-TiO2 microspheres was evaluated by the degradation of methylene blue aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The results demonstrated that the Fe-TiO2 microspheres exhibited significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared with pure TiO2 microspheres. What is more, the charge-transfer processes in Fe-TiO2 were also discussed.

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  6. CdS quantum dots sensitized solar cells based on free-standing and through-hole TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Wang, Xuelai; Zheng, Jun; Sui, Xiaotao; Xie, Hao; Liu, Baoshun; Zhao, Xiujian

    2013-10-01

    Front-side illuminated solar cells with CdS quantum dots (QDs) incorporated with free-standing through-hole TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs) were developed. The solar cells, based on TNAs with different lengths that were sensitized by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction method (SILAR) with various cycles, have been tested. The morphology and crystalline phase of the TiO2 nanotubes were studied by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The crystallized free-standing through-hole TNAs were easily transferred to the fluorine-doped tin oxide glass to form a photoanode by slightly modifying the anodization procedure. The SILAR technique enables us to control the loading amount and particle size of CdS QDs by altering deposition cycles. The cells with TNAs ca. 20 μm long (obtained by anodization for 4 h) and 5 SILAR cycles show a photovoltaic conversion efficiency as high as 1.187% under simulated sunlight (AM 1.5, 100 mW cm(-2)).

  7. Incorporation of graphenes in nanostructured TiO(2) films via molecular grafting for dye-sensitized solar cell application.

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    Tang, Yong-Bing; Lee, Chun-Sing; Xu, Jun; Liu, Zeng-Tao; Chen, Zhen-Hua; He, Zhubing; Cao, Yu-Lin; Yuan, Guodong; Song, Haisheng; Chen, Limiao; Luo, Linbao; Cheng, Hui-Ming; Zhang, Wen-Jun; Bello, Igor; Lee, Shuit-Tong

    2010-06-22

    This paper presents a systematic investigation on the incorporation of chemical exfoliation graphene sheets (GS) in TiO(2) nanoparticle films via a molecular grafting method for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). By controlling the oxidation time in the chemical exfoliation process, both high conductivity of reduced GS and good attachment of TiO(2) nanoparticles on the GS were achieved. Uniform GS/TiO(2) composite films with large areas on conductive glass were prepared by electrophoretic deposition, and the incorporation of GS significantly improved the conductivity of the TiO(2) nanoparticle film by more than 2 orders of magnitude. Moreover, the power conversion efficiency for DSSC based on GS/TiO(2) composite films is more than 5 times higher than that based on TiO(2) alone, indicating that the incorporation of GS is an efficient means for enhancing the photovoltaic (PV) performance. The better PV performance of GS/TiO(2) DSSC is also attributed to the better dye loading of GS/TiO(2) film than that of TiO(2) film. The effect of GS content on the PV performances was also investigated. It was found that the power conversion efficiency increased first and then decreased with the increasing of GS concentration due to the decrease in the transmittance at high GS content. Further improvements can be expected by fully optimizing fabrication conditions and device configuration, such as increasing dye loading via thicker films. The present synthetic strategy is expected to lead to a family of composites with designed properties.

  8. Atomic Layer Deposition Al2O3 Coatings Significantly Improve Thermal, Chemical, and Mechanical Stability of Anodic TiO2 Nanotube Layers

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    2017-01-01

    We report on a very significant enhancement of the thermal, chemical, and mechanical stability of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes layers, provided by thin Al2O3 coatings of different thicknesses prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD). TiO2 nanotube layers coated with Al2O3 coatings exhibit significantly improved thermal stability as illustrated by the preservation of the nanotubular structure upon annealing treatment at high temperatures (870 °C). In addition, a high anatase content is preserved in the nanotube layers against expectation of the total rutile conversion at such a high temperature. Hardness of the resulting nanotube layers is investigated by nanoindentation measurements and shows strongly improved values compared to uncoated counterparts. Finally, it is demonstrated that Al2O3 coatings guarantee unprecedented chemical stability of TiO2 nanotube layers in harsh environments of concentrated H3PO4 solutions. PMID:28291942

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  10. Atomic Layer Deposition Al2O3 Coatings Significantly Improve Thermal, Chemical, and Mechanical Stability of Anodic TiO2 Nanotube Layers.

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    Zazpe, Raul; Prikryl, Jan; Gärtnerova, Viera; Nechvilova, Katerina; Benes, Ludvik; Strizik, Lukas; Jäger, Ales; Bosund, Markus; Sopha, Hanna; Macak, Jan M

    2017-04-04

    We report on a very significant enhancement of the thermal, chemical, and mechanical stability of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes layers, provided by thin Al2O3 coatings of different thicknesses prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD). TiO2 nanotube layers coated with Al2O3 coatings exhibit significantly improved thermal stability as illustrated by the preservation of the nanotubular structure upon annealing treatment at high temperatures (870 °C). In addition, a high anatase content is preserved in the nanotube layers against expectation of the total rutile conversion at such a high temperature. Hardness of the resulting nanotube layers is investigated by nanoindentation measurements and shows strongly improved values compared to uncoated counterparts. Finally, it is demonstrated that Al2O3 coatings guarantee unprecedented chemical stability of TiO2 nanotube layers in harsh environments of concentrated H3PO4 solutions.

  11. TiO2 nanotube membranes on transparent conducting glass for high efficiency dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Dubey, Mukul; Shrestha, Maheshwar; Zhong, Yihan; Galipeau, David; He, Hongshan

    2011-07-15

    Crack-free TiO(2) nanotube (NT) membranes were obtained by short time re-anodization of a sintered TiO(2) NT array on Ti foil, followed by dilute HF etching at room temperature. The resulting freestanding TiO(2) membranes were opaque with a slight yellow color having one end open and another end closed. The membranes were then fixed on transparent fluorine-tin-oxide glass using a thin layer of screen-printed TiO(2) nanoparticles (NPs) as a binding medium. It was found that low temperature treatment of the resulting NT/NP film under appropriate pressure before sintering at 450 °C was critical for successful fixation of the NT membrane on the NP layer. The resulting films with open-ends of NT membranes facing the NP layer (open-ends down, OED, configuration) exhibited better interfacial contact between NTs and NPs than those with closed-ends facing the NP layer (closed-ends down, CED, configuration). The cells with an OED configuration exhibit higher external quantum efficiency, greater charge transfer resistance from FTO/TiO(2) to electrolyte, and better dye loading compared to CED configurations. The solar cells with the OED configuration gave 6.1% energy conversion efficiency under AM1.5G condition when the commercial N719 was used as a dye and I(-)/I(3)(-) as a redox couple, showing the promise of this method for high efficiency solar cells.

  12. Preparation of Fe-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays and their room-temperature ferromagnetic properties.

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    Wang, Jianli; Liu, Chao; Shen, Weidong; Cao, Chunlan; Song, Sihong

    2014-08-01

    Fe-doped titania nanotube arrays (NTs) were fabricated by electrochemical anodization on a Ti foil using Fe(NO3)3 · 2H2O as iron source. Their morphology, structure and optical properties were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The UV-visible reflection spectrum of the Fe-doped TiO2 NTs showed a red shift in wavelength of absorption and greater reflectivity compared with the undoped sample due to the Fe ion incorportion in TiO2 lattices. The photoluminescence spectrum of the Fe-doped TiO2 NTs shows two strong new peaks centered at 388 nm and 694 nm, besides the UV emission peak owing to the electronic transition mediated by the defect levels such as oxygen vacancies in the band gap. The magnetic property of the Fe-doped TiO2 NTs exhibits a room temperature ferromagnetic characteristic with a saturation magnetization (Ms) of 0.146 x 10(-2) emu/cm3 and a coercive field of 60 Oe. And the cause of the magnetic properties has been discussed in detail.

  13. Broadband and omnidirectional light harvesting enhancement in photovoltaic devices with aperiodic TiO2 nanotube photonic crystal

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    Guo, Min; Su, Haijun; Zhang, Jun; Liu, Lin; Fu, Nianqing; Yong, Zehui; Huang, Haitao; Xie, Keyu

    2017-03-01

    Design of more effective broadband light-trapping elements to improve the light harvesting efficiency under both normal and tilted light for solar cells and other photonic devices is highly desirable. Herein we present a theoretical analysis on the optical properties of a novel TiO2 nanotube aperiodic photonic crystal (NT APC) following an aperiodic sequences and its photocurrent enhancement effect for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) under various incidence angles. It is found that, compared to regular PC, the designed TiO2 NT APC owns broader reflection region and a desired omnidirectional reflection (ODR) bandgaps, leading to considerable and stable photocurrent enhancement under both normal and oblique light. The effects of the structural parameters of the TiO2 NT APC, including the average lattice constant and the common sequence difference, on the optical properties, ODR bandgaps and absorption magnification of the integrated DSSCs are investigated in detail. Moreover, the angular dependence of photocurrent enhancement and angular compensation effect of such TiO2 NT APCs are also provided to offer a guidance on the optimum structural parameters design under different engineering application conditions.

  14. Rational Design of Three-Layered TiO2 @Carbon@MoS2 Hierarchical Nanotubes for Enhanced Lithium Storage.

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    Wang, Sibo; Guan, Bu Yuan; Yu, Le; Lou, Xiong Wen David

    2017-10-01

    Here we demonstrate the rational design and synthesis of three-layered TiO2 @carbon@MoS2 hierarchical nanotubes for anode applications in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). Through an efficient step-by-step strategy, ultrathin MoS2 nanosheets are grown on nitrogen-doped carbon (NC) coated TiO2 nanotubes to achieve the TiO2 @NC@MoS2 tubular nanostructures. This smart design can effectively shorten the diffusion length of Li(+) ions, increase electric conductivity of the electrode, relax volume variation of electrode materials upon cycling, and provide more active sites for electrochemical reactions. Owing to these structural and compositional features, the hierarchical TiO2 @NC@MoS2 nanotubes manifest remarkable lithium storage performance with good rate capability and long cycle life. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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

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    Lv, Xiaoxin; Deng, Jiujun; Sun, Xuhui

    2016-04-01

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

  16. [Research of the photoelectrocatalysis degradation of methylene blue of TiO2 nanotube array films annealed in oxygen atmospheres].

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    Zhang, Xi; Liao, Lei; Ling, Yun-Han; Qin, Ai-Miao; Zhao, Cheng-Gen; Zhao, Fei-Chao

    2011-11-01

    Well-aligned and uniform titanium dioxide nanotube arrays were fabricated in situ on titanium substrate by electrochemical anodic oxidation. SEM images indicate that the TiO2 nanotubes are well organized into high-density uniform arrays,with diameter ranging in size from 70 to 100 nm. The XRD patterns show that the sample fabricated by anodic oxidation is amorphous without being annealed. As the 500 degrees C annealed sample crystallized in the anatase phase, which is in good photocatalytic activity. In quartz glass reactor, the photoelectrocatalytic degradation of MB in aqueous solutions as well as the effect factors and then to 0.1 mol/L NaCl as the electrolyte, under with in oxygen atmospheres annealed the applied bias is 0.5 V and has a pH = 3.25, light intensity is 1 000 microW/cm2 and the surface area of nano-tube array film conditions, will help to improve the TiO2 nanotubes array film photoelectrocatalysis degradation of MB degradation efficiency is 99.56%. The results of EIS analyses revealed that the surface reaction step was the only rate limiting step either for the photoelectrocatalytic process. The extra bias potential could decrease the values of the electron-transfer resistance and increase the separation efficiency of photogenerated electron-hole pairs.

  17. Structure, wettability and photocatalytic activity of CO(2) laser sintered TiO(2)/multi-walled carbon nanotube coatings.

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    Castro, M R S; Sam, E D; Veith, M; Oliveira, P W

    2008-03-12

    Nanocomposites of titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were prepared and deposited by sol-gel spin coating on borosilicate substrates and sintered in air at 300 °C for 15 min. Further irradiation of the films with different CO(2) laser intensities (4.3-17 W m(-2)) was carried out in order to crystallize TiO(2) in the anatase form while preserving the MWNT's structure. The laser irradiation changed the crystal structure of the coatings and also affected the wettability and photocatalytic activity of the films. The anatase phase was only observed when a minimum laser intensity of 12.5 W m(-2) was used. The contact angle decreased with the enhancement of the laser intensity. The photocatalytic activity of the films was determined from the degradation of a stearic acid layer deposited on the films. It was observed that the addition of carbon nanotubes themselves increases the photocatalytic activity of TiO(2) films. This efficiency is even improved when high CO(2) laser intensities are used during the sintering of the coatings.

  18. Effects of TiO2 nanotube layers on RAW 264.7 macrophage behaviour and bone morphogenetic protein-2 expression.

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    Sun, S J; Yu, W Q; Zhang, Y L; Jiang, X Q; Zhang, F Q

    2013-12-01

    To investigate behaviour and osteogenic cytokine expression of RAW264.7 macrophages grown on TiO2 nanotube layers. The murine macrophage cell line RAW 264.7 was cultured on TiO2 nanotubes of varying diameter; macrophage morphology was examined using scanning electron microscopy. Cell adhesion and viability were assessed with the aid of the MTT method and BMP-2 and TGF-β gene expression were examined by RT-PCR analysis. Levels of BMP-2, TGF-β1 and ICAM-1 proteins secreted into the supernatant were measured by ELISA assay. Macrophages cultured on nanotube layers had spread out morphology, the largest (120 nm) nanotube layer eliciting an elongation by 24 h. Macrophages adhered significantly less to 120 nm TiO2 nanotubes than to control discs at 4 h after application; after 24 h incubation, macrophages were sufficiently viable (P < 0.05) on 30 and 70 nm nanotube layers. Increasing nanotube diameter led to increased BMP-2 protein secretion and increased BMP-2 mRNA expression. These results demonstrate that nanoscale topography of TiO2 nanotube layers can affect macrophage morphology, adhesion, viability and BMP-2 expression. Macrophages grown on layers of large nanotubes had the highest potential to enhance bone formation during bone healing. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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

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

    2016-06-07

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

  20. Gas sensing properties and p-type response of ALD TiO2 coated carbon nanotubes.

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    Marichy, Catherine; Donato, Nicola; Latino, Mariangela; Willinger, Marc Georg; Tessonnier, Jean-Philippe; Neri, Giovanni; Pinna, Nicola

    2015-01-16

    Amorphous titanium dioxide-coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were prepared by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and investigated as sensing layers for resistive NO2 and O2 gas sensors. By varying ALD process conditions and CNT structure, heterostructures with different metal oxide grain size, morphology and coating thickness were synthesized. Higher responses were observed with homogeneous and continuous 5.5 nm thick films onto CNTs at an operating temperature of 150 °C, while CNTs decorated with either discontinuous film or TiO2 nanoparticles showed a weak response close to the one of device made of bare CNTs. An unexpected p-type behavior in presence of the target gas was also noticed, independently of the metal oxide morphology and thickness. Based on previous works, hypotheses were made in order to explain the p-type behavior of TiO2/CNT sensors.

  1. A Formaldehyde Sensor Based on Molecularly-Imprinted Polymer on a TiO2 Nanotube Array

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    Tang, Xiaohui; Raskin, Jean-Pierre; Lahem, Driss; Krumpmann, Arnaud; Decroly, André; Debliquy, Marc

    2017-01-01

    Today, significant attention has been brought to the development of sensitive, specific, cheap, and reliable sensors for real-time monitoring. Molecular imprinting technology is a versatile and promising technology for practical applications in many areas, particularly chemical sensors. Here, we present a chemical sensor for detecting formaldehyde, a toxic common indoor pollutant gas. Polypyrrole-based molecularly-imprinted polymer (PPy-based MIP) is employed as the sensing recognition layer and synthesized on a titanium dioxide nanotube array (TiO2-NTA) for increasing its surface-to-volume ratio, thereby improving the sensor performance. Our sensor selectively detects formaldehyde in the parts per million (ppm) range at room temperature. It also shows a long-term stability and small fluctuation to humidity variations. These are attributed to the thin fishnet-like structure of the PPy-based MIP on the highly-ordered and vertically-aligned TiO2-NTA. PMID:28338635

  2. Enhanced photocatalytic performance of TiO2 nanotube based heterojunction photocatalyst via the coupling of graphene and FTO

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    Niu, Xiaoyou; Yu, Jianyuan; Wang, Likun; Fu, Chen; Wang, Jixia; Wang, Li; Zhao, Hongli; Yang, Jingkai

    2017-08-01

    The TiO2 nanotube (TONT) based heterojunction photocatalyst was developed via the coupling of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and SnO2:F film (FTO). Based on the characterization of Raman analysis, XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS and ESR, the crystal phase, morphology, heterojunction interfacial interaction and the photoinduced electron chemical environment of the samples are studied. In the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) solution under UV irradiation, the rGO-TONT/FTO heterojunction photocatalyst exhibits the improved photocatalytic reaction rate, 3 times greater than that of pure TONT. The enhanced photocatalytic mechanism was discussed by PL. The effectively separate charge in heterojunction structure of rGO-TONT/FTO is responsible for the enhanced photocatalytic activity. Wherein, the abundant oxygen vacancies at TiO2 surface and the chemically bonded interface in rGO-TONT heterojunction also contributes to the interfacial electron transfer. Besides, the introduction of rGO enhanced its optical absorption capacity.

  3. Langmuir-Blodgett assembly of visible light responsive TiO2 nanotube arrays/graphene oxide heterostructure

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    Chen, Ying; Gao, Hongyan; Wei, Danming; Dong, Xinju; Cao, Yan

    2017-01-01

    The hybrid nanocomposites of titanium dioxide (TiO2) with graphene oxide (GO) have recently garnered much attention as electronic devices, energy conversion devices, photocatalysts and other applications. In this study, Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) assembly method was firstly reported to prepare a TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNA)-GO heterostructure. The as-prepared TNA-GO sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectra, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The promising characteristics of this TNA-GO material, the inexpensive, nontoxic and highly visible-light responsiveness, may raise the potential uses in many, various photocatalytic applications.

  4. Reliable metal deposition into TiO(2) nanotubes for leakage-free interdigitated electrode structures and use as a memristive electrode.

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    Liu, Ning; Lee, Kiyoung; Schmuki, Patrik

    2013-11-18

    Nearly 100 % filling of TiO2 nanotubes with metals, including Ag, Cu, Au, and Pt, was achieved by defect-sealing treatment at the bottom of the nanotubes, followed by metal deposition using nuclei formation/coalescence. The resulting short-circuit-free interdigitated electrode configurations can, for example, be used to fabricate memristive electrodes.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  6. Porous TiO2 Nanotubes with Spatially Separated Platinum and CoOx Cocatalysts Produced by Atomic Layer Deposition for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production.

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    Zhang, Jiankang; Yu, Zhuobin; Gao, Zhe; Ge, Huibin; Zhao, Shichao; Chen, Chaoqiu; Chen, Shuai; Tong, Xili; Wang, Meihua; Zheng, Zhanfeng; Qin, Yong

    2017-01-16

    Efficient separation of photogenerated electrons and holes, and associated surface reactions, is a crucial aspect of efficient semiconductor photocatalytic systems employed for photocatalytic hydrogen production. A new CoOx /TiO2 /Pt photocatalyst produced by template-assisted atomic layer deposition is reported for photocatalytic hydrogen production on Pt and CoOx dual cocatalysts. Pt nanoclusters acting as electron collectors and active sites for the reduction reaction are deposited on the inner surface of porous TiO2 nanotubes, while CoOx nanoclusters acting as hole collectors and active sites for oxidation reaction are deposited on the outer surface of porous TiO2 nanotubes. A CoOx /TiO2 /Pt photocatalyst, comprising ultra-low concentrations of noble Pt (0.046 wt %) and CoOx (0.019 wt %) deposited simultaneously with one atomic layer deposition cycle, achieves remarkably high photocatalytic efficiency (275.9 μmol h(-1) ), which is nearly five times as high as that of pristine TiO2 nanotubes (56.5 μmol h(-1) ). The highly dispersed Pt and CoOx nanoclusters, porous structure of TiO2 nanotubes with large specific surface area, and the synergetic effect of the spatially separated Pt and CoOx dual cocatalysts contribute to the excellent photocatalytic activity.

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  8. 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

  9. Enhanced supercapacitance in anodic TiO2 nanotube films by hydrogen plasma treatment

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    Wu, Hui; Xu, Chen; Xu, Jing; Lu, Linfeng; Fan, Zhiyong; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Song, Ye; Li, Dongdong

    2013-11-01

    One-dimensional anodic titanium oxide (ATO) nanotube arrays hold great potential as electrode materials for high-performance electrochemical supercapacitors. However, their poor electronic conductivity limits their practical applications. Here, we develop a hydrogen (H2) plasma treatment method to greatly improve the electrochemical performance of ATO electrodes. Compared with pristine ATO, the nanotubes treated by H2 plasma illumination (ATO-H) present a rough and amorphous layer at the surface of the nanotubes with simultaneously incorporated Ti3+ and -OH groups. At a current density of 0.05 mA cm-2 in charge-discharge measurements, the specific capacitance of the ATO-H electrode has substantially increased ˜7.4 times, with a value as high as 7.22 mF cm-2. Moreover, the novel ATO-H electrode has also exhibited excellent rate capability (6.37 mF cm-2 at a current density of 2 mA cm-2) and cycling performance with no degradation after 10 000 cycles.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-04-01

    Nanostructured surface geometries have been the focus of a multitude of recent biomaterial research, and exciting findings have been published. However, only a few publications have directly compared nanostructures of various surface chemistries. The work herein directly compares the response of human osteoblast cells to surfaces of identical nanotube geometries with two well-known orthopedic biomaterials: titanium oxide (TiO2) and tantalum (Ta). The results reveal that the Ta surface chemistry on the nanotube architecture enhances alkaline phosphatase activity, and promotes a ~30% faster rate of matrix mineralization and bone-nodule formation when compared to results on bare TiO2 nanotubes. This study implies that unique combinations of surface chemistry and nanostructure may influence cell behavior due to distinctive physico-chemical properties. These findings are of paramount importance to the orthopedics field for understanding cell behavior in response to subtle alterations in nanostructure and surface chemistry, and will enable further insight into the complex manipulation of biomaterial surfaces. With increased focus in the field of orthopedic materials research on nanostructured surfaces, this study emphasizes the need for careful and systematic review of variations in surface chemistry in concurrence with nanotopographical changes. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Free-Standing Membranes to Study the Optical Properties of Anodic TiO2 Nanotube Layers.

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    Cha, Gihoon; Schmuki, Patrik; Altomare, Marco

    2016-03-04

    In the present work we investigate various optical properties (such as light absorption and reflectance) of anodic TiO2 nanotube layers directly transferred as self-standing membranes onto quartz substrates. This allows investigation in a transmission geometry which provides significantly more reliable data than measurements on the metallic Ti substrate. Light transmission and reflectance measurements were carried out for layers of thickness varying from 1.8 to 50 μm, and the layers were investigated in their amorphous and crystalline forms. A series of wavelength-dependent light attenuation coefficients are extrapolated and found to match the photocurrent versus irradiation wavelength behavior. A feature specific to anodic nanotubes is that their intrinsic carbon contamination content causes a proportional sub-bandgap response. Overall, the extracted data provide a valuable basis and understanding for the design of photo-electrochemical devices based on TiO2 nanotubes. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Aligned TiO2 nanotube/nanoparticle heterostructures with enhanced electrochemical performance as three-dimensional anode for lithium-ion microbatteries

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    Xie, Keyu; Guo, Min; Lu, Wei; Huang, Haitao

    2014-11-01

    A novel TiO2 three-dimensional (3D) anode with an aligned TiO2 nanotube/nanoparticle heterostructure (TiO2 NTs/NPs) is developed by simply immersing as-anodized TiO2 NTs into water and further crystallizing the TiO2 NTs by post-annealing. The heterostructure, with its core in a tubular morphology and with both the outer and inner surface consisting of nanoparticles, is confirmed by FESEM and TEM. A reversible areal capacity of 0.126 mAh · cm-2 is retained after 50 cycles for the TiO2 NTs/NPs heterostructure electrode, which is higher than that of the TiO2 NTs electrode (0.102 mAh · cm-2 after 50 cycles). At the current densities of 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, 0.10 and 0.20 mA · cm-2, the areal capacities are 0.142, 0.127, 0.117, 0.110, 0.104 and 0.089 mAh · cm-2, respectively, for the TiO2 NTs/NPs heterostructure electrode compared to the areal capacities of 0.123, 0.112, 0.105, 0.101, 0.094 and 0.083 mAh · cm-2, respectively, for the the TiO2 NTs electrode. The enhanced electrochemical performance is attributed to the unique microstructure of the TiO2 NTs/NPs heterostructure electrode with the TiO2 NT core used as a straight pathway for electronic transport and with TiO2 NP offering enhanced surface areas for facile Li+ insertion/extraction. The results described here inspire a facile approach to fabricate a 3D anode with an enhanced electrochemical performance for lithium-ion microbattery applications.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  15. Influence of applied voltage on anodized TiO2 nanotube arrays and their performance on dye sensitized solar cells.

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    Wang, Hong; Li, Hongyi; Wang, Jinshu; Wu, Junshu; Liu, Man

    2013-06-01

    Highly ordered titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube films have been fabricated using anodic oxidation at different voltages (10 V to 70 V). The morphology, specific surface area, light absorbance capability and conductivity of the obtained films have been investigated. The anodized voltage was found to have a crucial influence on the morphology, light absorb capability and photo-electrochemical properties of the anodized nanotube films. The diameter of the nanotube increases linearly with the applied voltage. The nanotube film anodized at 30 V has the highest BET (Brunauer-Emmett-Teller) surface area, much more quantity of coated sensitizer N719, and the smallest resistance for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC). Back side illuminated DSSC were assembled using these as-anodized nanotube films. Pt-FTO, which has a transmittance of about 50%, served as counter electrode. The best device based on nanotube films performed at 30 V gives a highest power conversion efficiency of 1.87%, with a photocurrent density (J(SC)) of 6.70 mA/cm2 and open circuit voltage (V(OC)) of 0.57 V.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-15

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

  18. Electrochemical Infilling of CuInSe2 within TiO2 Nanotube Layers and Subsequent Photoelectrochemical Studies

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    Das, Sayantan; Sopha, Hanna; Krbal, Milos; Zazpe, Raul; Podzemna, Veronika; Prikryl, Jan

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Anodic self‐organized TiO2 nanotube layers (with different aspect ratios) were electrochemically infilled with CuInSe2 nanocrystals with the aim to prepare heterostructures with a photoelectrochemical response in the visible light. The resulting heterostructure assembly was confirmed by field‐emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X‐ray diffraction (XRD). High incident photon‐to‐electron conversion efficiency values exceeding 55% were obtained in the visible‐light region. The resulting heterostructures show promise as a candidate for solid‐state solar cells. PMID:28392991

  19. Zinc-porphyrin-imide type sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays as photoactive electrode in a dyes sensitized solar cell

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    Syafaat, F.; Gunlazuardi, J.

    2017-04-01

    In this work, TiO2 nanotube was prepared by rapid breakdown electrooxidation of Ti foil in electrolyte containing 0.15 M HClO4. The obtained TiO2 nanotube bundling powder was calcinated at 450°C for 3 hours, then characterized by SEM, XRD, UV-Vis DRS, and BET. Zinc-porphyrin-imide dyes was deposited into TiO2 nanotube by immersion of TiO2 nanotube in zinc-porphyrin-imide solution for 24 hours. Free zinc-porphyrin-imide dyes shows characteristics of absorption spectra in visible region at 439 nm and 620 nm. Meanwhile, when it was immobilized to TiO2-nanotube, the absorption peak shifted to 421 nm and 640 nm. The zinc-porphyrin-imide/TiO2 electrode showed an excellent response toward the visible light with the typical photocurrent density of 1.1 mA/cm2. When the fabricated photoelectrode was assembled in a typical Dyes Sensitize Solar Cell (DSSC), the I-V curve showed photoconversion efficiency of the assembled zinc-porphyrin-imide/TiO2 DSSC was 1.914% (front side illumination) and 1.147% (backside illumination), respectively.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  1. Characterization of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes on Ti-4Zr-22Nb-2Sn alloys and the application in drug delivery system.

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    Liang, Y Q; Cui, Z D; Zhu, S L; Yang, X J

    2011-03-01

    In this study, the self-organized TiO(2) nanotubes grown by anodization of Ti-4Zr-22Nb-2Sn at different potentials, concentration of NH(4)F and anodization time was investigated. The morphology of nanotubes was observed by FE-SEM. The drug-loaded nanotubes were also fabricated in aqueous media containing minocycline hydrochloride. They were characterized by SEM, XPS and FT-IR. The results showed that the drug of minocycline hydrochloride (MH) was loaded in the nanotubes. The release effects were studied in phosphate buffer solution (PBS). The release rate of MH from TiO(2) nanotubes with shorter tube length in PBS was lower than the one of MH from longer nanotubes. The sustaining release time could last at least 150 h. Hence, it is a promising method to eliminate the harmful reactions by carrying drug in the tubes when the titanium alloys were used as biomedical implants.

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

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

    2016-06-22

    Fluorescent carbon quantum dots (CQDs) were prepared through bottom-up synthesis, which possess excitation wavelength-dependent photoluminescence properties upon excitation by near visible light. For the first time, CQDs were incorporated into N719-sensitized TiO2 photoelectrodes as the electron-transport medium, presenting dual contributions to the photo-to-electrical energy conversion: 1) spectral response compensation for the dye-sensitized TiO2 film at around 400 nm was successfully observed in the incident photon-to-current conversion measurements; and 2) intensity modulated photocurrent/photovoltage spectroscopy showed that the electron transport time, charge collection efficiency, and electron diffusion length in the TiO2 electrode were all improved after CQDs incorporation. An example of using the CQDs- containing photoanode in a solar cell device resulted in enhancements of 32 % and 21 % for the short-circuit current density and photo-to-electrical conversion efficiency, respectively. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Synthesis of α-Bi2Mo3O12/TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Photoelectrochemical COD Detection Application.

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    Pang, Yajun; Xu, Guangqing; Feng, Qiang; Liu, Jiaqin; Lv, Jun; Zhang, Yong; Wu, Yucheng

    2017-09-12

    One-dimensional anodic TiO2 nanotube arrays hold great potential as a photoelectrochemical sensor for the determination of chemical oxygen demand (COD). In this work, we report a warm synthesis of modified TiO2 nanotube arrays with enhanced photoelectrochemical determination performance. Herein, a bismuth-based semiconductor (α-Bi2Mo3O12) was introduced into TiO2 nanotube arrays by sequential chemical bath deposition (CBD) at room temperature. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to investigate the morphologies, structures, and elemental analysis of the products. The photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2 and α-Bi2Mo3O12/TiO2 NTAs were measured by amperometry and cyclic votammetry methods. The α-Bi2Mo3O12/TiO2 nanotube arrays decrease the background photocurrent and increase the current response to organics at the same time, both of which are beneficial to enhancing the photoelectrochemical detection performance. The optimized α-Bi2Mo3O12/TiO2 NTAs with enhanced photoelectrochemical detection performance can achieve a detection sensitivity of 2.05 μA·cm(-2)/(mg·L(-1)) and a COD detection range of 0.366-208.9 mg/L respectively. With the α-Bi2Mo3O12 modification, the surface electrochemical reactions of TiO2 NTAs were regulated, the mechanisms of which were also further studied.

  4. Performance enhancement of quantum dot sensitized solar cells under TiO2 nanotube arrays membranes optimization

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    Peng, Zhuoyin; Liu, Yueli; Zhao, Yinghan; Liao, Lida; Chen, Jian

    2017-07-01

    One-dimensional single crystalline TiO2 nanotube arrays with different length are prepared, and transferred onto the FTO glass substrate with different concentration of Ti-precursor. The relationships between the concentration of Ti-precursor and the optical properties, as well as the photovoltaic performance of the as-prepared solar cells have been investigated. The optical absorption intensity is obviously enhanced and optical absorption edge is expanded to 800 nm for the CdSe/CdS/TiO2 NTs solar cells. In addition, 20 μm - CdSe/CdS/TiO2 NTs solar cells with 0.1 M Ti-precursor have the great photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 4.18%. The excellent photovoltaic performance is attributed to the suitable TiO2 connection layer from 0.1 M Ti-precursor and length of TiO2 NTs, which greatly enhances the electron-hole generation and charge transfer performance in the solar cells. Finally, the photovoltaic efficiency of the as-fabricated solar cells can be further enhanced to 4.51% through the ZnS passivation layer deposition.[Figure not available: see fulltext.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  6. Photo-electrochemical properties of graphene wrapped hierarchically branched nanostructures obtained through hydrothermally transformed TiO2 nanotubes.

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

    2017-10-06

    Hierarchically structured nanomaterials play an important role in both light absorption and separation of photo-generated charges. In the present study, hierarchically branched TiO2 nanostructures (HB-MLNTs) are obtained through hydrothermal transformation of electrochemically anodized TiO2 multi-leg nanotubes (MLNT) arrays. Photo-anodes based on HB-MLNTs demonstrated 5 fold increase in applied bias to photo-conversion efficiency (%ABPE) over that of TiO2 MLNTs without branches. Further, such nanostructures are wrapped with reduced graphene oxide (rGO) films to enhance the charge separation, which resulted in ∼6.5 times enhancement in %ABPE over that of bare MLNTs. We estimated charge transport (η tr) and charge transfer (η ct) efficiencies by analyzing the photo-current data. The ultra-fine nano branches grown on the MLNTs are effective in increasing light absorption through multiple scattering and improving charge transport/transfer efficiencies by enlarging semiconductor/electrolyte interface area. The charge transfer resistance, interfacial capacitance and electron decay time have been estimated through electrochemical impedance measurements which correlate with the results obtained from photocurrent measurements.

  7. Electronic Structure of Semiconducting and Metallic Tubes in TiO2/Carbon Nanotube Heterojunctions: Density Functional Theory Calculations.

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    Long, Run

    2013-04-18

    The electronic structure of the TiO2(110) surface interfaced with both a semiconducting and metallic carbon nanotube (CNT) was investigated by density functional theory. Our simulations rationalized visible light photocatalytic activity of CNT/TiO2 hybrid materials higher than that under ultraviolent irradiation and showed that the photoactivity of a semiconducting CNT decorating TiO2 is better than that of the metallic CNT/TiO2 system due to efficient charge separation across the interface. This suggests that semiconducting CNT/TiO2 could be a potential photovoltaic material. In contrast, strong interaction between a metallic CNT and TiO2 leads to large charge transfer. Such charge transfer reduces the built-in potential, in turn resulting in inefficient charge separation. Functionalizing the metallic CNT with a small platinum cluster can increase the built-in potential and drive charge separation. These observations indicate that the CNT/TiO2 interface can be a potential photovoltaic material by a metal cluster decorating a CNT despite a real tube being composed of the mixture of metallic and semiconducting CNTs.

  8. Photo-electrochemical properties of graphene wrapped hierarchically branched nanostructures obtained through hydrothermally transformed TiO2 nanotubes

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

    2017-10-01

    Hierarchically structured nanomaterials play an important role in both light absorption and separation of photo-generated charges. In the present study, hierarchically branched TiO2 nanostructures (HB-MLNTs) are obtained through hydrothermal transformation of electrochemically anodized TiO2 multi-leg nanotubes (MLNT) arrays. Photo-anodes based on HB-MLNTs demonstrated 5 fold increase in applied bias to photo-conversion efficiency (%ABPE) over that of TiO2 MLNTs without branches. Further, such nanostructures are wrapped with reduced graphene oxide (rGO) films to enhance the charge separation, which resulted in ∼6.5 times enhancement in %ABPE over that of bare MLNTs. We estimated charge transport (η tr) and charge transfer (η ct) efficiencies by analyzing the photo-current data. The ultra-fine nano branches grown on the MLNTs are effective in increasing light absorption through multiple scattering and improving charge transport/transfer efficiencies by enlarging semiconductor/electrolyte interface area. The charge transfer resistance, interfacial capacitance and electron decay time have been estimated through electrochemical impedance measurements which correlate with the results obtained from photocurrent measurements.

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

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

    2016-08-31

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

  10. Electrodeposition technique-dependent photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic properties of an In2S3/TiO2 nanotube array.

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    Li, Yue; Luo, Shenglian; Wei, Zhendong; Meng, Deshui; Ding, Mingyue; Liu, Chengbin

    2014-03-07

    Electrodeposition is a very versatile tool to fabricate multicomponent TiO2 nanotube array (NTA) composites. However, the understanding of the correlation between the component structure and the fabrication technique has not been clearly investigated yet, though it has been observed that the performance of composites is bound up with the component structure. In this work, the photoelectrochemical properties of In2S3-TiO2 NTA composites prepared by CV electrodeposition, potentiostatic electrodeposition and pulse electrodeposition, respectively, were investigated. The results revealed that the as-prepared photoelectrodes exhibited electrodeposition technique-dependent properties, and the pulse prepared In2S3-TiO2 yielded the highest and stable photocurrent response, consequently exhibiting a superior photocatalytic activity in the degradation of p-nitrophenol (PNP). This may be attributed to the homogeneous, ultra-fine structure of In2S3 nanoparticles (NPs), which brings about a high charge separation efficiency. Furthermore, the trapping tests showed that both radicals and holes were the main active species in the photocatalytic degradation of PNP. This work not only provided a firm basis for maximizing photocatalytic activity via tuning fabrication techniques but also gave a deep insight into the photocatalytic mechanism.

  11. Hydrothermal solid-gas route to TiO2 nanoparticles/nanotube arrays for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Fan, Haowen; Zhang, He; Luo, Xiaolei; Liao, Maoying; Zhu, Xufei; Ma, Jing; Song, Ye

    2017-07-01

    Although TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTAs) have shown great promise as supercapacitor materials, their specific capacitances are still not comparable with some typical materials. Here, TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs)/TNTAs hybrid structure has been derived from the anodized TNTAs by a facile hydrothermal solid-gas method (HSGM), which can avoid cracking or curling of the TNTAs from Ti substrate. The obtained NPs/TNTAs hybrid structure can exhibit a ∼4.90 times increase in surface area and a ∼5.49 times increase in areal specific capacitance compared to the TNTAs without HSGM treatment. Besides, the argon-atmosphere annealing can offer improved areal capacitance and cycling stability relative to the air-atmosphere annealing. The hydrothermal vapor pressure is a key factor for controlling microscopic morphologies of TNTAs, the morphology transformations of TNTAs during the HSGM treatment can be accelerated under enhanced vapor pressures. The highest areal capacitance of HSGM-treated TNTAs is up to 76.12 mF cm-2 at 0.5 mA cm-2, well above that of any TiO2 materials reported to date.

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  13. TiO2 nanotube arrays modified with Cr-doped SrTiO3 nanocubes for highly efficient hydrogen evolution under visible light.

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    Jiao, Zhengbo; Zhang, Yan; Chen, Tao; Dong, Qingsong; Lu, Gongxuan; Bi, Yingpu

    2014-02-24

    In recent decades, solar-driven hydrogen production over semiconductors has attracted tremendous interest owing to the global energy and environmental crisis. Among various semiconductor materials, TiO2 exhibits outstanding photocatalytic properties and has been extensively applied in diverse photocatalytic and photoelectric systems. However, two major drawbacks limit practical applications, namely, high charge-recombination rate and poor visible-light utilization. In this work, heterostructured TiO2 nanotube arrays grafted with Cr-doped SrTiO3 nanocubes were fabricated by simply controlling the kinetics of hydrothermal reactions. It was found that coupling TiO2 nanotube arrays with regular SrTiO3 nanocubes can significantly improve the charge separation. Meanwhile, doping Cr cations into SrTiO3 nanocubes proved to be an effective and feasible approach to enhance remarkably the visible-light response, which was also confirmed by theoretical calculations. As a result, the rate of photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution of these novel heteronanostructures is an order of magnitude larger than those of TiO2 nanotube arrays and other previously reported SrTiO3 /TiO2 nanocomposites under visible-light irradiation. Furthermore, the as-prepared Cr-doped SrTiO3 /TiO2 heterostructures exhibit excellent durability and stability, which are favorable for practical hydrogen production and photoelectric nanodevices.

  14. Narrowing of band gap and effective charge carrier separation in oxygen deficient TiO2 nanotubes with improved visible light photocatalytic activity.

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    Choudhury, Biswajit; Bayan, Sayan; Choudhury, Amarjyoti; Chakraborty, Purushottam

    2016-03-01

    Oxygen vacancies are introduced into hydrothermally processed TiO2 nanotube by vacuum calcination. Formation of oxygen vacancies modifies the local coordination in TiO2 as evident from Raman spectroscopy and secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) results. The surface area is increased from 172.5m(2)/g in pure to 405.1m(2)/g in defective TiO2 nanotube. The mid-band gap electronic states created by oxygen vacancies are mostly responsible for the effective narrowing of band gap. Charge carrier separation is sufficiently prolonged as the charged oxygen defect states inhibit facile carrier recombination. With high surface area, narrowed band gap and separated charge carriers defective TiO2 nanotube is a suitable candidate in the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) and phenol under visible light illumination. Photosensitized electron transfer from MB to the conduction band of TiO2 and the photodegradation of MB is facilitated in presence of high density of oxygen vacancies. Unlike MB, phenol absorbs in the UV region and does not easily excited under visible light. Phenol shows activity under visible light by forming charge transfer complex with TiO2. Defect trapped carriers become available at the phenol-TiO2 interface and finally interact with phenol molecule and degrade it.

  15. Enhanced Self-Assembly of Crystalline, Large-Area, and Periodicity-Tunable TiO2 Nanotube Arrays on Various Substrates.

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    Liang, Xiaoguang; Zhang, Heng; Li, Ho-Wa; Shu, Lei; Cheung, HoYuen; Li, Dapan; Yip, SenPo; Yang, Qing Dan; Wong, Chun-Yuen; Tsang, Sai-Wing; Ho, Johnny C

    2017-02-22

    Due to their superior physical properties, titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotube arrays are one of the most investigated nanostructure systems in materials science until now. However, it is still a great challenge to achieve damage-free techniques to realize controllable, cost-effective, and high-performance TiO2 nanotube arrays on both rigid and flexible substrates for different technological applications. In this work, we demonstrate a unique strategy to achieve self-assemble crystalline, large-area, and regular TiO2 nanotube arrays on various substrates via hybrid combination of conventional semiconductor processes. Besides the usual applications of TiO2 as carrier transport layers in thin-film electronic devices, we demonstrate that the periodic TiO2 nanotube arrays can show the effect of optical grating with large-area uniformity. Specifically, the fabricated nanotube geometries, such as the tube height, pitch, diameter, and wall thickness, as well as the crystallinity can be reliably controlled by varying the processing conditions. More importantly, utilizing these nanotube arrays in perovskite solar cells can further enhance the optical absorption, leading to improved power conversion efficiency. In contrast to other typical template-assisted fabrication approaches, we employ a soft template here, which would enable the construction of nanotube arrays without any significant damage associated with template removal. Furthermore, without the thermal restriction of underlying substrates, these crystalline nanotube arrays can be transferred to mechanically flexible substrates by a simple one-step method, which can expedite these nanotubes for potential utilization in other application domains.

  16. Fabrication of In2S3 nanoparticle decorated TiO2 nanotube arrays by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction technique and their photocatalytic application.

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    Zhang, Zhenrong; Tang, Yanhong; Liu, Chengbin; Wan, Long

    2014-06-01

    In2S3 nanoparticle (NP) decorated self-organized TiO2 nanotube array (In2S3/TiO2 NT) hybrids were fabricated via simple successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) technique. The In2S3 NPs in a size of about 15 nm were found to deposit on the top surface of the highly oriented TiO2 NT while without clogging the tube entrances. The loading amount of In2S3 NPs on the TiO2 NT was controlled by the cycle number of SILAR deposition. Compared with the bare TiO2 NT, the In2S3/TiO2 NT hybrids showed stronger absorption in the visible light region and significantly enhanced photocurrent density. The photocatalytic activity of the In2S3/TiO2 NT photocatalyst far exceeds that of bare TiO2 NT in the degradation of typical herbicide 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) under simulated solar light. After 160-min irradiation, almost 100% 2,4-D removal is obtained on the 7-In2S3/TiO2 NT prepared through seven SILAR deposition cycles, much higher than 26% on the bare TiO2 NT. After 10 successive cycles of photocatalytic process with total 1,600 min of irradiation, In2S3/TiO2 NT maintained as high 2,4-D removal efficiency as 95.1% with good stability and easy recovery, which justifies the potential of the photocatalytic system in application for the photocatalytic removal of organic pollutants such as herbicides or pesticides from water.

  17. An integrated power pack of dye-sensitized solar cell and Li battery based on double-sided TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Guo, Wenxi; Xue, Xinyu; Wang, Sihong; Lin, Changjian; Wang, Zhong Lin

    2012-05-09

    We present a new approach to fabricate an integrated power pack by hybridizing energy harvest and storage processes. This power pack incorporates a series-wound dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) and a lithium ion battery (LIB) on the same Ti foil that has double-sided TiO(2) nanotube (NTs) arrays. The solar cell part is made of two different cosensitized tandem solar cells based on TiO(2) nanorod arrays (NRs) and NTs, respectively, which provide an open-circuit voltage of 3.39 V and a short-circuit current density of 1.01 mA/cm(2). The power pack can be charged to about 3 V in about 8 min, and the discharge capacity is about 38.89 μAh under the discharge density of 100 μA. The total energy conversion and storage efficiency for this system is 0.82%. Such an integrated power pack could serve as a power source for mobile electronics.

  18. Photovoltaic properties of dye sensitised solar cells using TiO2 nanotube arrays for photoanodes: Role of hydrochloric acid treatment

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    Liu, Tian; Wang, Baoyuan; Xie, Jian; Li, Quantong; Zhang, Jun; Asghar, Muhammad Imran; Lund, Peter D.; Wang, Hao

    2015-11-01

    A hydrochloric acid treatment was performed to modify the surface of TiO2 nanotube arrays for improving the photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells. The microstructural, optical and photovoltaic properties of TiO2 nanotube arrays and the assembled cells were investigated in detail. It was found that HCl treatment does not change the morphology and crystallographic structure of the nanotube arrays, but it results in more hydroxyl groups on the TiO2 surface for dye adsorption and a surface protonation for both an improved dye adsorption and a higher quantum yield of electron injection. A major performance enhancement was found which originated from the remarkable increase in the dye adsorption. A power conversion efficiency of 8.4%, JSC of ∼16.8 mA cm-2 and VOC of 0.7 V was observed when the photoanode was treated with a 0.1 M HCl solution.

  19. Synthesis of calcium-phosphorous doped TiO2 nanotubes by anodization and reverse polarization: A promising strategy for an efficient biofunctional implant surface

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    Alves, Sofia A.; Patel, Sweetu B.; Sukotjo, Cortino; Mathew, Mathew T.; Filho, Paulo N.; Celis, Jean-Pierre; Rocha, Luís A.; Shokuhfar, Tolou

    2017-03-01

    The modification of surface features such as nano-morphology/topography and chemistry have been employed in the attempt to design titanium oxide surfaces able to overcome the current dental implants failures. The main goal of this study is the synthesis of bone-like structured titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes enriched with Calcium (Ca) and Phosphorous (P) able to enhance osteoblastic cell functions and, simultaneously, display an improved corrosion behavior. To achieve the main goal, TiO2 nanotubes were synthetized and doped with Ca and P by means of a novel methodology which relied, firstly, on the synthesis of TiO2 nanotubes by anodization of titanium in an organic electrolyte followed by reverse polarization and/or anodization, in an aqueous electrolyte. Results show that hydrophilic bone-like structured TiO2 nanotubes were successfully synthesized presenting a highly ordered nano-morphology characterized by non-uniform diameters. The chemical analysis of such nanotubes confirmed the presence of CaCO3, Ca3(PO4)2, CaHPO4 and CaO compounds. The nanotube surfaces submitted to reverse polarization, presented an improved cell adhesion and proliferation compared to smooth titanium. Furthermore, these surfaces displayed a significantly lower passive current in artificial saliva, and so, potential to minimize their bio-degradation through corrosion processes. This study addresses a very simple and promising multidisciplinary approach bringing new insights for the development of novel methodologies to improve the outcome of osseointegrated implants.

  20. Carbon-Pt nanoparticles modified TiO2 nanotubes for simultaneous detection of dopamine and uric acid.

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    Mahshid, Sara; Luo, Shenglian; Yang, Lixia; Mahshid, Sahar Sadat; Askari, Masoud; Dolati, Abolghasem; Cai, Qingyun

    2011-08-01

    The present work describes sensing application of modified TiO2 nanotubes having carbon-Pt nanoparticles for simultaneous detection of dopamine and uric acid. The TiO2 nanotubes electrode was prepared using anodizing method, followed by electrodeposition of Pt nanoparticles onto the tubes. Carbon was deposited by decomposition of polyethylene glycol in a tube furnace to improve the conductivity. The C-Pt-TiO2 nanotubes modified electrode was characterized by cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry methods. The modified electrode displayed high sensitivity towards the oxidation of dopamine and uric acid in a phosphate buffer solution (pH 7.00). The electro-oxidation currents of dopamine and uric acid were linearly related to the concentration over a wide range of 3.5 x 10(-8) M to 1 x 10(-5) M and 1 x 10(-7) M to 3 x 10(-5) M respectively. The limit of detection was determined as 2 x 10(-10) M for dopamine at signal-to-noise ratio of 3. The interference of uric acid was also investigated. Electro-oxidation currents of dopamine in the presence of fix amount of uric acid represented a linear behaviour towards successive addition of dopamine in range of 1 x 10(-7) M to 1 x 10(-5) M. Furthermore, in a solution containing dopamine, uric acid and ascorbic acid the overlapped oxidation peaks of dopamine and ascorbic acid could be easily separated by using C-Pt-TiO2 nanotubes modified electrode.

  1. Photoelectrochemical H2 Generation from Suboxide TiO2 Nanotubes: Visible-Light Absorption versus Conductivity.

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    Mohajernia, Shiva; Hejazi, Seyedsina; Mazare, Anca; Nguyen, Nhat Truong; Schmuki, Patrik

    2017-09-07

    In the present work we report on the key factors dictating the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of suboxide titania (TiOx ) nanotubes. TiOx nanotubes were produced by a systematic variation of reduction heat treatments of TiO2 in Ar/H2 . The properties of the TiOx tubes were investigated by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), solid-state conductivity, reflectivity measurements, photocurrent spectroscopy, and photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution. In line with earlier literature, these suboxide tubes show a drastically improved photoelectrochemical water-splitting performance compared to non-reduced anatase TiO2 tubes. In this work we show that the key improvement in water-splitting performance is due to the strongly improved conductivity of TiOx semimetalic tubes, reaching 13.5 KΩ per tube compared to 70 MΩ (for non-reduced anatase), and is not due to the enhanced visible-light absorbance. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Magnetic, electronic, optical, and photocatalytic properties of nonmetal- and halogen-doped anatase TiO2 nanotubes

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    Fadlallah, M. M.

    2017-05-01

    The structure stability, magnetic, electronic, optical, and photocatalytic properties of nonmetal (B, C, N, P, and S), and halogen (F, Cl, Br, and I)-doped anatase TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) have been investigated using spin polarized density functional theory. The N- and F-doped TNTs are the most stable among other doped TNTs. It is found that the magnetic moment of doped TNT is the difference between the number of the valence electrons of the dopant and host anion. All dopants decrease the band gap of TNT. The decrease in the band gap of nonmetal (C, N, P, and S)-doped TNTs, in particular N and P, is larger than that of halogen-doped TNTs due to the created states of the nonmetal dopant in the band gap. There is a good agreement between the calculation results and the experimental observations. Even though C-, N-, and P-doped TNTs have the lowest band gap, they cannot be used as a photocatalysis for water splitting. The B-, S-, and I-doped TiO2 nanotubes are of great potential as candidates for water splitting in the visible light range.

  3. Synthesis and Photocatalytic Properties of Ce-Doped TiO2 Nanotube Arrays via Anodic Oxidation

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    Kong, Junhan; Wang, Yongqian; Sun, Qimeng; Meng, Dawei

    2017-08-01

    Ce-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs) were prepared successfully through one-step anodic oxidation methods. The structural and morphological features of the TNAs were monitored by x-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy. Ultraviolet-visible light absorption spectra showed the light absorption performances of TiO2 nanotubes in both ultraviolet (UV) and visible light regions. Also, the photocatalytic activities of these samples were measured by the photodegradation rate of methylene blue (MB). The result indicated that doping a moderate amount of cerium ions into TNAs increased the absorption of both ultraviolet light and visible light obviously. However, the excess amount of doping ions would destroy the tubular structure severely and decrease the specific surface area of TNAs sharply. It could directly lead to the decreasing of photocatalytic activitity of TNAs. Furthermore, the best photodegradation rate of the Ce-doped TNAs on MB reached to 95.6%, which had a huge improvement comparing with pure TNAs.

  4. Synthesis and Photocatalytic Properties of Ce-Doped TiO2 Nanotube Arrays via Anodic Oxidation

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    Kong, Junhan; Wang, Yongqian; Sun, Qimeng; Meng, Dawei

    2017-03-01

    Ce-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs) were prepared successfully through one-step anodic oxidation methods. The structural and morphological features of the TNAs were monitored by x-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy. Ultraviolet-visible light absorption spectra showed the light absorption performances of TiO2 nanotubes in both ultraviolet (UV) and visible light regions. Also, the photocatalytic activities of these samples were measured by the photodegradation rate of methylene blue (MB). The result indicated that doping a moderate amount of cerium ions into TNAs increased the absorption of both ultraviolet light and visible light obviously. However, the excess amount of doping ions would destroy the tubular structure severely and decrease the specific surface area of TNAs sharply. It could directly lead to the decreasing of photocatalytic activitity of TNAs. Furthermore, the best photodegradation rate of the Ce-doped TNAs on MB reached to 95.6%, which had a huge improvement comparing with pure TNAs.

  5. Three-dimensional SnO2@TiO2 double-shell nanotubes on carbon cloth as a flexible anode for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhang, Haifeng; Ren, Weina; Cheng, Chuanwei

    2015-07-01

    In this study, three-dimensional SnO2@TiO2 double-shell nanotubes on carbon cloth are synthesized by a combination of the hydrothermal method for ZnO nanorods and a subsequent SnO2 and TiO2 thin film coating with atomic layer deposition (ALD). The as-prepared SnO2@TiO2 double-shell nanotubes are further tested as a flexible anode for Li ion batteries. The SnO2@TiO2 double-shell nanotubes/carbon cloth electrode exhibited a high initial discharge capacity (e.g. 778.8 mA h g-1 at a high current density of 780 mA g-1) and good cycling performance, which could be attributed to the 3D double-layer nanotube structure. The interior space of the stable TiO2 hollow tube can accommodate the large internal stress caused by volume expansion of SnO2 and protect SnO2 from pulverization and exfoliation.

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

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

    2012-03-01

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

  7. Ag Nanoparticle–Functionalized Open-Ended Freestanding TiO2 Nanotube Arrays with a Scattering Layer for Improved Energy Conversion Efficiency in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Rho, Won-Yeop; Chun, Myeung-Hwan; Kim, Ho-Sub; Kim, Hyung-Mo; Suh, Jung Sang; Jun, Bong-Hyun

    2016-01-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were fabricated using open-ended freestanding TiO2 nanotube arrays functionalized with Ag nanoparticles (NPs) in the channel to create a plasmonic effect, and then coated with large TiO2 NPs to create a scattering effect in order to improve energy conversion efficiency. Compared to closed-ended freestanding TiO2 nanotube array–based DSSCs without Ag or large TiO2 NPs, the energy conversion efficiency of closed-ended DSSCs improved by 9.21% (actual efficiency, from 5.86% to 6.40%) with Ag NPs, 6.48% (actual efficiency, from 5.86% to 6.24%) with TiO2 NPs, and 14.50% (actual efficiency, from 5.86% to 6.71%) with both Ag NPs and TiO2 NPs. By introducing Ag NPs and/or large TiO2 NPs to open-ended freestanding TiO2 nanotube array–based DSSCs, the energy conversion efficiency was improved by 9.15% (actual efficiency, from 6.12% to 6.68%) with Ag NPs and 8.17% (actual efficiency, from 6.12% to 6.62%) with TiO2 NPs, and by 15.20% (actual efficiency, from 6.12% to 7.05%) with both Ag NPs and TiO2 NPs. Moreover, compared to closed-ended freestanding TiO2 nanotube arrays, the energy conversion efficiency of open-ended freestanding TiO2 nanotube arrays increased from 6.71% to 7.05%. We demonstrate that each component—Ag NPs, TiO2 NPs, and open-ended freestanding TiO2 nanotube arrays—enhanced the energy conversion efficiency, and the use of a combination of all components in DSSCs resulted in the highest energy conversion efficiency. PMID:28335245

  8. Enhanced performance of dye-sensitized solar cells based on TiO2 nanotube membranes using an optimized annealing profile.

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    Mohammadpour, F; Moradi, M; Lee, K; Cha, G; So, S; Kahnt, A; Guldi, D M; Altomare, M; Schmuki, P

    2015-01-31

    We use free-standing TiO2 nanotube membranes that are transferred onto FTO slides in front-side illuminated dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). We investigate the key parameters for solar cell arrangement of self-ordered anodic TiO2 nanotube layers on the FTO substrate, namely the influence of the annealing procedure on the DSSC light conversion efficiency. The results show that using an optimal temperature annealing profile can significantly enhance the DSSC efficiency (in our case η = 9.8%), as it leads to a markedly lower density of trapping states in the tube oxide, and thus to strongly improved electron transport properties.

  9. Visible-light-driven photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic performances of Cr-doped SrTiO3/TiO2 heterostructured nanotube arrays.

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    Jiao, Zhengbo; Chen, Tao; Xiong, Jinyan; Wang, Teng; Lu, Gongxuan; Ye, Jinhua; Bi, Yingpu

    2013-01-01

    Well-aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays have become of increasing significance because of their unique highly ordered array structure, high specific surface area, unidirectional charge transfer and transportation features. However, their poor visible light utilization as well as the high recombination rate of photoexcited electron-hole pairs greatly limited their practical applications. Herein, we demonstrate the fabrication of visible-light-responsive heterostructured Cr-doped SrTiO3/TiO2 nanotube arrays by a simple hydrothermal method, which facilitate efficient charge separation and thus improve the photoelectrochemical as well as photocatalytic performances.

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

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

    2016-03-14

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

  11. Photodegradation performance and mechanism of 4-nonylphenol by WO3/TiO2 and TiO2 nanotube array photoelectrodes.

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    Xin, Yanjun; Wang, Gang; Zhu, Xiangwei; Gao, Mengchun; Liu, Yongping; Chen, Qinghua

    2017-02-20

    TiO2 Nanotube arrays (TNA) and WO3-coated TNA photoelectrodes were fabricated using an in situ anodization and pulse electrochemical deposition technology. The performance of the TNA photoelectrodes in the photocatalytic (PC) and photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) degradation of 4-nonylphenol (4-NP) was investigated. The effects of the initial pH and the anions on the degradation rates and reaction mechanism of 4-NP were studied by the photoluminescence (PL) spectra and electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS). The degradation of 4-NP was fitted to a first-order reaction, and the apparent kinetic constants were 1.9 × 10(-2) min(-1) for TNA photoelectrodes and 2.4 × 10(-2) min(-1) for WO3/TNA photoelectrodes. When a bias potential of 1.0 V was applied, the values for TNA and WO3/TNA photoelectrodes increased to 2.5 × 10(-2) and 3.0 × 10(-2) min(-1), respectively. The degradation of 4-NP was controlled by a charge-transfer process one. WO3-decorated TNA photoelectrodes could increase the adsorption of 4-NP and promote its degradation. For the TNA and WO3/TNAs photoelectrodes, acid and alkaline solutions could facilitate the formation of hydroxyl radicals, whereas the removal of 4-NP was inhibited. The presence of [Formula: see text] , Cl(-), [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] has a negative effect on the formation of •OH, so did the removal of 4-NP. For the TNA photoelectrodes, the inhibition effect of [Formula: see text] on the formation of hydroxyl radicals and the removal of 4-NP was the most serious compared with that of [Formula: see text], Cl(-) and [Formula: see text] , while for the WO3/TNA photoelectrodes the inhibition effect of [Formula: see text] on the removal of 4-NP was maximum.

  12. Stoichiometry, Length, and Wall Thickness Optimization of TiO2 Nanotube Array for Efficient Alcohol Sensing.

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

    2015-05-13

    The present study concerns development of an efficient alcohol sensor by controlling the stoichiometry, length, and wall thickness of electrochemically grown TiO2 nanotube array for its use as the sensing layer. Judicious variation of H2O content (0, 2, 10 and 100% by volume) in the mixed electrolyte comprising ethylene glycol and NH4F resulted into the desired variation of stoichiometry. The sensor study was performed within the temperature range of 27 to 250 °C for detecting the alcohols in the concentration range of 10-1000 ppm. The nanotubes grown with the electrolyte containing 2 vol % H2O offered the maximum response magnitude. For this stoichiometry, variation of corresponding length (1.25-2.4 μm) and wall thickness (19.8-9 nm) of the nanotubes was achieved by varying the anodization time (4-16 h) and temperatures (42-87 °C), respectively. While the variation of length influenced the sensing parameters insignificantly, the best response magnitude was achieved for ∼13 nm wall thickness. The underlying sensing mechanism was correlated with the experimental findings on the basis of structural parameters of the nanotubes.

  13. Electrospinning directly synthesized metal nanoparticles decorated on both sidewalls of TiO2 nanotubes and their applications.

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    Zhang, Guanhua; Duan, Huigao; Lu, Bingan; Xu, Zhi

    2013-07-07

    The hybrid structure of nanoparticle-decorated nanotubes has the advantage of both large specific surface areas of nanoparticles and anisotropic properties of nanotubes, which is desirable for many applications. In this study, Ag nanoparticles on highly porous TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) on both internal and external sidewalls (Ag@TiO2@Ag NTs) are directly synthesized by emulsion electrospinning and thermal evaporation for the first time. The Ag@TiO2@Ag NT heterostructures, which have large surface-to-volume ratios, improved electrical conductivity, and an excellent material synergetic effect, demonstrate excellent electrochemical properties and superior photocatalytic performance. The new method for the synthesis of Ag@TiO2@Ag NT heterostructures can be applied to fabricate various types of other novel metal nanoparticles (for example Au and Pt) on highly porous nanotubes on both internal and external sidewalls. The possible growth mechanism and reasons for excellent electrochemical properties and superior photocatalytic performance were discussed in detail.

  14. Heterostructured ZnFe2O4/TiO2 nanotube arrays with remarkable visible-light photoelectrocatalytic performance and stability.

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    Xie, Shan; Ouyang, Ke; Lao, Yueming; He, Peihao; Wang, Qun

    2017-05-01

    A series of heterostructured ZnFe2O4/TiO2-nanotube arrays (NTAs) with remarkable visible-light photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activity were successfully prepared via a two-step process of anodization and impregnation, followed by annealing. The structure and morphology of the as-prepared ZnFe2O4/TiO2-NTAs samples, PEC degradation abilities and photoelectrochemical performances, as well as long-term stabilities toward degradation of methyl orange (MO) solution under visible-light irradiation were deeply investigated. Results showed that forming a heterojunction by combination of TiO2-NTAs with ZnFe2O4 successfully extended the absorption edge of TiO2-NTAs to visible-light region. Among all the ZnFe2O4/TiO2-NTAs samples, the 2-ZnFe2O4/TiO2-NTAs sample, named ZT(2), obtained the best PEC activity and the highest photocurrent density under visible-light irradiation. Moreover, the ZT(2) sample retained a good reproducibility and high stability after 20days of PEC degradation. The outstanding visible-light PEC activity and photocurrent response of the ZT(2) sample were attributed to the proper amount of ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles loaded onto the TiO2-NTAs, which not only dramatically improved the visible-light absorption of TiO2-NTAs, but also assisted the separation of photo-induced electron-hole pairs and reduced their recombination by forming a ZnFe2O4/TiO2-NTAs heterojunction. The reaction mechanism responsible for the enhanced visible-light PEC performance of the ZnFe2O4/TiO2-NTAs heterostructure was also discussed.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-12-26

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

  18. Acid-assisted hydrothermal synthesis of nanocrystalline TiO2 from titanate nanotubes: influence of acids on the photodegradation of gaseous toluene.

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    Chen, Kunyang; Zhu, Lizhong; Yang, Kun

    2015-01-01

    In order to efficiently remove volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from indoor air, one-dimensional titanate nanotubes (TiNTs) were hydrothermally treated to prepare TiO2 nanocrystals with different crystalline phases, shapes and sizes. The influences of various acids such as CH3COOH, HNO3, HCl, HF and H2SO4 used in the treatment were separately compared to optimize the performance of the TiO2 nanocrystals. Compared with the strong and corrosive inorganic acids, CH3COOH was not only safer and more environmentally friendly, but also more efficient in promoting the photocatalytic activity of the obtained TiO2. It was observed that the anatase TiO2 synthesized in 15 mol/L CH3COOH solution exhibited the highest photodegradation rate of gaseous toluene (94%), exceeding that of P25 (44%) by a factor of more than two. The improved photocatalytic activity was attributed to the small crystallite size and surface modification by CH3COOH. The influence of relative humidity (20%-80%) on the performance of TiO2 nanocrystals was also studied. The anatase TiO2 synthesized in 15 mol/L CH3COOH solution was more tolerant to moisture than the other TiO2 nanocrystals and P25. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  19. Controllable Synthesis of TiO2@Fe2O3 Core-Shell Nanotube Arrays with Double-Wall Coating as Superb Lithium-Ion Battery Anodes

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    Zhong, Yan; Ma, Yifan; Guo, Qiubo; Liu, Jiaqi; Wang, Yadong; Yang, Mei; Xia, Hui

    2017-01-01

    Highlighted by the safe operation and stable performances, titanium oxides (TiO2) are deemed as promising candidates for next generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). However, the pervasively low capacity is casting shadow on desirable electrochemical behaviors and obscuring their practical applications. In this work, we reported a unique template-assisted and two-step atomic layer deposition (ALD) method to achieve TiO2@Fe2O3 core-shell nanotube arrays with hollow interior and double-wall coating. The as-prepared architecture combines both merits of the high specific capacity of Fe2O3 and structural stability of TiO2 backbone. Owing to the nanotubular structural advantages integrating facile strain relaxation as well as rapid ion and electron transport, the TiO2@Fe2O3 nanotube arrays with a high mass loading of Fe2O3 attained desirable capacity of ~520 mA h g-1, exhibiting both good rate capability under uprated current density of 10 A g-1 and especially enhanced cycle stability (~450 mA h g-1 after 600 cycles), outclassing most reported TiO2@metal oxide composites. The results not only provide a new avenue for hybrid core-shell nanotube formation, but also offer an insight for rational design of advanced electrode materials for LIBs.

  20. Controllable Synthesis of TiO2@Fe2O3 Core-Shell Nanotube Arrays with Double-Wall Coating as Superb Lithium-Ion Battery Anodes.

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    Zhong, Yan; Ma, Yifan; Guo, Qiubo; Liu, Jiaqi; Wang, Yadong; Yang, Mei; Xia, Hui

    2017-01-18

    Highlighted by the safe operation and stable performances, titanium oxides (TiO2) are deemed as promising candidates for next generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). However, the pervasively low capacity is casting shadow on desirable electrochemical behaviors and obscuring their practical applications. In this work, we reported a unique template-assisted and two-step atomic layer deposition (ALD) method to achieve TiO2@Fe2O3 core-shell nanotube arrays with hollow interior and double-wall coating. The as-prepared architecture combines both merits of the high specific capacity of Fe2O3 and structural stability of TiO2 backbone. Owing to the nanotubular structural advantages integrating facile strain relaxation as well as rapid ion and electron transport, the TiO2@Fe2O3 nanotube arrays with a high mass loading of Fe2O3 attained desirable capacity of ~520 mA h g(-1), exhibiting both good rate capability under uprated current density of 10 A g(-1) and especially enhanced cycle stability (~450 mA h g(-1) after 600 cycles), outclassing most reported TiO2@metal oxide composites. The results not only provide a new avenue for hybrid core-shell nanotube formation, but also offer an insight for rational design of advanced electrode materials for LIBs.

  1. Preparation and photoelectrocatalytic activity of ZnO nanorods embedded in highly ordered TiO(2) nanotube arrays electrode for azo dye degradation.

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    Zhang, Zhonghai; Yuan, Yuan; Liang, Linhong; Cheng, Yuxiao; Shi, Guoyue; Jin, Litong

    2008-10-30

    In this article, the ZnO nanorods embedded in highly ordered TiO(2) nanotube arrays (ZnO/TiO(2) NR/Ts) electrodes were fabricated through two steps: (1) electrosynthesis of TiO(2) nanotube arrays (TiO(2) NTs) in HF solution by anodization method; (2) followed by cathodic electrodeposition of ZnO embedded in the TiO(2) nanotube arrays. The morphological characteristics and structures of ZnO/TiO(2) NR/Ts electrodes were examined by field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, and UV-vis spectra. The linear-sweep photovoltammetry response on the ZnO/TiO(2) NR/Ts electrode was presented and the photocurrent was dramatically enhanced on the ZnO/TiO(2) NR/Ts electrode, comparing with that on bare TiO(2) NTs electrode. The photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic activity of ZnO/TiO(2) NR/Ts electrode was evaluated in degradation of methyl orange (MO) in aqueous solution.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  3. Controllable Synthesis of TiO2@Fe2O3 Core-Shell Nanotube Arrays with Double-Wall Coating as Superb Lithium-Ion Battery Anodes

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    Zhong, Yan; Ma, Yifan; Guo, Qiubo; Liu, Jiaqi; Wang, Yadong; Yang, Mei; Xia, Hui

    2017-01-01

    Highlighted by the safe operation and stable performances, titanium oxides (TiO2) are deemed as promising candidates for next generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). However, the pervasively low capacity is casting shadow on desirable electrochemical behaviors and obscuring their practical applications. In this work, we reported a unique template-assisted and two-step atomic layer deposition (ALD) method to achieve TiO2@Fe2O3 core-shell nanotube arrays with hollow interior and double-wall coating. The as-prepared architecture combines both merits of the high specific capacity of Fe2O3 and structural stability of TiO2 backbone. Owing to the nanotubular structural advantages integrating facile strain relaxation as well as rapid ion and electron transport, the TiO2@Fe2O3 nanotube arrays with a high mass loading of Fe2O3 attained desirable capacity of ~520 mA h g−1, exhibiting both good rate capability under uprated current density of 10 A g−1 and especially enhanced cycle stability (~450 mA h g−1 after 600 cycles), outclassing most reported TiO2@metal oxide composites. The results not only provide a new avenue for hybrid core-shell nanotube formation, but also offer an insight for rational design of advanced electrode materials for LIBs. PMID:28098237

  4. Atomic layer deposition of amorphous oxygen-deficient TiO2-x on carbon nanotubes as cathode materials for lithium-air batteries

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    Yang, Jingbo; Ma, Dingtao; Li, Yongliang; Zhang, Peixin; Mi, Hongwei; Deng, Libo; Sun, Lingna; Ren, Xiangzhong

    2017-08-01

    The amorphous oxygen-deficient TiO2-x thin layer coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are synthesized by atomic layer deposition and employed as cathode materials for lithium-air battery. The cathode demonstrates high electrocatalytic activity toward electrode reactions, resulting from the introduction of oxygen-deficient TiO2-x into the nanocomposites. It is found that the intrinsically isotropic nature of amorphous TiO2 which a certain amount of Ti3.5+ and Ti3+ can improve the catalytic activity. Consequently, the battery with the corresponded CNT@TiO2-x cathode shows high discharge/charge capacities and good cycling performance, which the cyclic retention of more than 90 cycles are achieved, while with the pristine CNTs only 50 cycles are obtained. This study provides an approach to fabricate cathode materials for lithium-air battery and moreover clarifies the influence of oxygen vacancies of TiO2 on the electrochemical performance.

  5. Effect of irradiation on deposition of CdS in fabricating co-axial heterostructure of TiO2 nanotube arrays via chemical deposition

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    Pan, Rongjun; Wu, Yucheng; Li, Zhenglin; Fang, Zhijie

    2014-02-01

    Highly-ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays were synthesized electrochemically. Effect of irradiation on deposition of CdS in fabricating co-axial heterogeneous structure via chemical deposition was investigated. The field emission measurements revealed that irradiation with higher energy will help to achieve not only more CdS, but also neater and more intimate heterostructure through exerting influences on ion migration into the tubes and attachment of ions onto the tube walls. The XRD measurements revealed that the deposited nanotubes are composed of anatase TiO2, metallic Ti, and CdS. The optical characterization revealed that the photoabsorption and absorption activity are correlated with the energy of irradiation. The photoelectrochemical measurements revealed that the photocurrent density are also correlated with the energy of the irradiation. The stability of the obtained structures was governed by the contact between CdS and TiO2 as well as the amount of CdS.

  6. Tailoring resistive switching properties of TiO2 with controlled incorporation of oxide nanoparticles

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    Cristians Rios, Alejandro; Aarão-Rodrigues, Lorena; Ronieri Cadore, Alisson; de Andrade, Rodrigo R.; Montoro, Luciano A.; Malachias, Angelo

    2016-08-01

    Reversible resistance states were extensively observed in thin film systems, and their physical properties were in most cases determined by the electric behavior of the dielectric layer placed between contacts. Here we include SnO2 nanoparticles on TiO2 dielectric films, inducing modifications of the resistive switching behavior. We show that the choice of oxide nanoparticles with dielectric constant smaller than the dielectric constant of the main oxide film guides conductive channels, increasing the extension of the Fowler-Nordheim (tunneling) conduction regime during their electroforming as the density of nanoparticles rises. It is found that the SnO2 nanoparticles show reduced impact on the resistive switching response of devices produced following this methodology. The formation of Ti4O7 conductive channels is discussed based on electric measurements as well as on scanning probe and electron microscopy techniques.

  7. The anodization voltage influence on the properties of TiO2 nanotubes grown by electrochemical oxidation.

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    Alivov, Yahya; Pandikunta, Mahesh; Nikishin, Sergey; Fan, Z Y

    2009-06-03

    A systematic study of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes (NTs) grown by electrochemical anodization in NH4F + glycerol electrolyte has been carried out in a broad range of anodization voltage of 5-350 V and acid concentration of 0.1-0.7 wt%. It is found that NTs can be grown in the voltage range from 10 to 240 V. The maximum NH4F acid concentration at which NTs can be formed decreases with the anodization voltage (V(a)). The maximum NH4F acid concentration is 0.7% for V(a)<60 V, and it decreases to 0.1% at V(a) = 240 V. Glancing angle x-ray diffractometer (GAXRD) measurements show that as-grown amorphous TiO2 transforms to the anatase phase when annealed at 400 degrees C, and further transforms to the rutile phase at annealing temperatures higher than 500 degrees C. The transition temperature from anatase to rutile phase depends on the anodization conditions. The electrical resistivity of the NT increases by eight orders of magnitude when V(a) increases from 10 to 240 V.

  8. Role of interfacial strain in fiber-shaped solar cell based on TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Fan, Xing; Huang, Lu; Liu, Zuohua; Tao, Changyuan

    2014-09-01

    This study reports the first equivalent circuit model for all-solid, fiber-shaped, dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC), in order to reveal the internal catalytic reaction mechanism in this new type of solar cells. The counter electrode of the winding structure leads to negative impedance under high frequency, which is consistent with the model. The study further investigates the strain of the TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays and its influence on interfacial mechanism. As a unique characteristic of fiber-shaped DSSC, the strain of the TNT arrays strengthens the permeation of the electrolyte. The permeation not only improves the efficiency of interfacial photochemical reactions, but also magnifies the probability of the side reactions on the electrolyte/Ti interfaces. Therefore, both the variation of impedance and overall conversion efficiency exhibit similar inflection points. Different from that of traditional plate-type device, the interfacial impedance in the equivalent circuit of fiber-shaped devices should be treated as a variable for changes in TiO2 and CuI layers.

  9. Effect of annealing environments on self-organized TiO2 nanotubes for efficient photocatalytic applications.

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    Hyam, Rajeshkumar Shankar; Lee, Jongseok; Cho, Eunju; Khim, Jeehyeong; Lee, Haigun

    2012-12-01

    In the present study, amorphous titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes were synthesized by one-step anodization technique and subsequently annealed in different environments to investigate the effect of annealing atmospheres on the formation of different crystalline phases. X-ray Diffraction (XRD) patterns clearly showed the presence of anatase TiO2 phase with various crystallite sizes. The samples annealed in oxygen and air atmospheres at 500 degrees C showed a dominant anatase phase and a small amount of rutile phase, on the other hand, the samples annealed in nitrogen and argon atmospheres and in a vacuum at 500 degrees C contained the anatase phase only. XPS analysis of the samples showed a broadening in the binding energy curves with respect to variation in annealing atmosphere, confirming the variation in surface defects, which in turn affect photocatalytic degradation. The vacuum-annealed sample showed superior photocatalytic degradation efficiency as it had relatively higher pseudo-first order rate constants (k) of 0.009/min.

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

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    Weon, Seunghyun; Choi, Wonyong

    2016-03-01

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

  11. Removal of toluene from water by photocatalytic oxidation with activated carbon supported Fe(3+)-doped TiO2 nanotubes.

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    Yuan, Rongfang; Zhou, Beihai; Ma, Li

    2014-01-01

    In this work, activated carbon (AC)-supported TiO2 containing 1.0% (mass percent) of 1.0 at.% (atomic percent) Fe(3+)-doped TiO2 nanotubes (Fe-TNTs) were successfully synthesized. The catalyst was used to effectively decompose toluene in water under O3/UV conditions, and some properties including the morphology, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction patterns, specific surface area and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy were analyzed. A removal efficiency of 90.7% was achieved in the presence of fresh AC-supported Fe-TNTs calcined at 550 °C, with a pseudo-first-order rate constant of 0.038/min. The removal efficiency of toluene was reduced when the catalysts were repeatedly used, since the amount of adsorption sites of the supporting substrates decreased. However, even after AC-supported catalyst was used four times, the removal efficiency of toluene was still sufficient in water treatment. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of AC-supported Fe-TNTs was related to the synergistic effect of AC adsorption and Fe-TNTs photocatalytic ozonation. The water from a petrochemical company in China was used to obtain the removal efficiency of the pollutants, and the toluene and total organic carbon removal efficiencies were 69.9% and 58.3%, respectively.

  12. Characterization and application of surface-molecular-imprinted-polymer modified TiO2 nanotubes for removal of perfluorinated chemicals.

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    Hu, Lei; Li, Yi; Zhang, Wenlong

    2016-09-01

    The removal of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) during wastewater reclamation is a great concern. However, the existing advanced treatment processes are inefficient for the removal of PFCs from secondary effluents of municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) because other coexistent pollutants with less environmental significance are removed simultaneously. Therefore, research on high-selectivity, low-cost removal methods is needed. The S-MIP-TiO2 nanotube (NT) photocatalysts were fabricated, characterized and tested for removal of PFCs from wastewater for the first time. Scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy show that the TiO2 NTs (average diameter 60 nm) were successfully imprinted with functional groups (i.e. carboxyl). The adsorption selectivity and photocatalytic activity of the S-MIP-TiO2 NTs over perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) were improved compared with neat TiO2 NTs and interestingly, were higher at low PFOA concentrations (10 to 100 ng/L, as normal PFC concentrations in secondary effluents) than at high concentrations (10 to 1,000 mg/L). With S-MIP-TiO2 NTs used as photocatalysts, some representative PFCs were selectively and rapidly removed from secondary effluents of a municipal WWTP. S-MIP-TiO2 NTs exhibited excellent regeneration performance. Thus, photocatalytic treatment using is promising for effective removal of PFCs from secondary effluents of municipal WWTPs.

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

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    Dong, Yinmao; Tang, Dongyan; Li, Chensha

    2014-03-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  15. Synthesis and Stabilization of Blue-Black TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Electrochemical Oxidant Generation and Wastewater Treatment.

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    Yang, Yang; Hoffmann, Michael R

    2016-11-01

    Efficient, inexpensive, and stable electrode materials are key components of commercially viable electrochemical wastewater treatment system. In this study, blue-black TiO2 nanotube array (BNTA) electrodes are prepared by electrochemical self-doping. The 1-D structure, donor state density, and Fermi energy level position are critical for maintaining the semimetallic functionality of the BNTA. The structural strength of the BNTA is enhanced by surface crack minimization, reinforcement of the BNTA-Ti metal interface, and stabilized by a protective overcoating with nanoparticulate TiO2 (Ti/EBNTA). Ti/EBNTA electrodes are employed as both anodes and cathodes with polarity switching at a set frequency. Oxidants are generated at the anode, while the doping levels are regenerated along with byproduct reduction at the cathode. The estimated maximum electrode lifetime is 16 895 h. Ti/EBNTA has comparable hydroxyl radical production activity (6.6 × 10(-14) M) with boron-doped diamond (BDD, 7.4 × 10(-14) M) electrodes. The chlorine production rate follows a trend with respective to electrode type of Ti/EBNTA > BDD > IrO2. Ti/EBNTA electrodes operated in a bipolar mode have a minimum energy consumption of 62 kWh/kg COD, reduced foam formation due to less gas bubble production, minimum scale formation, and lower chlorate production levels (6 mM vs 18 mM for BDD) during electrolytic wastewater treatment.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

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

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

    2014-02-01

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

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

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    Xin, Yanmei; Li, Zhenzhen; Zhang, Zhonghai

    2015-11-04

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

  20. Effect of dye-sensitized solar cells based on the anodizing TiO2 nanotube array/nanoparticle double-layer electrode

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

    2014-11-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube arrays fabricated by anodization are very attractive for dye-sensitized solar cells owing to their superior charge percolation and slower charge recombination. Highly ordered, vertically aligned TiO2 nanotube arrays have been prepared by a three-step anodic oxidation. In this work, we considered the aforementioned strategies to improve the efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells. Employing one of these approaches, the use of oxide semiconductors in the form of a TiO2 nanotube array was attempted as a novel means of improving the electron transport through the film. We fabricated a novel TiO2 nanoparticle/TiO2 nanotube array double-layer photoelectrode by a layer-by-layer assembly process, and we thoroughly investigated the effect of various structures on sample efficiency. Dye-sensitized solar cells with a light-to-electric energy conversion efficiency of 5.48% were achieved at a simulated solar light irradiation of 100 mW/cm2 (AM 1.5).

  1. CdS or CdSe decorated TiO2 nanotube arrays from spray pyrolysis deposition: use in photoelectrochemical cells.

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    Shin, Kahee; Seok, Sang Il; Im, Sang Hyuk; Park, Jong Hyeok

    2010-04-14

    In the present work we report on an investigation of TiO(2) nanotube arrays sensitized by low band-gap materials, such as CdS and CdSe, prepared by the one-step spray pyrolysis deposition method, which is very suitable for mass production, and their performance in photoelectrochemical cells.

  2. The Effect of the Electrodes Area Ratio on TiO2 Nanotube Arrays Yield in Anodization

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    He, Yun-Bing; Zhang, Wei-Cai; Mo, Xiao-Yan; Yu, Tao-Ran; Fan, Hong-Bo

    2016-05-01

    The anodization with different cathodes (i.e., point cathode, linear cathode or planar cathodes with different areas) was performed to determine the effect of the cathode area on TiO2 nanotube (TiNT) yield. Results show that proper planar cathode, but not point or linear cathode, is necessary for the production of TiNT, and 8:3 (S(-)/S(+)) is regarded as the optimal electrode area ratio. The anodization with three electrodes would help to further enhance the unit yield. And the unit yield by one cathode and two anodes is higher than that by two cathodes and one anode, but the product of the latter featured with more uniform structure. Our work would help in guiding the further exploration of high yield TiNT.

  3. Aperiodic TiO2 nanotube photonic crystal: full-visible-spectrum solar light harvesting in photovoltaic devices.

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

    2014-09-23

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

  4. Transient competition between photocatalysis and carrier recombination in TiO2 nanotube film loaded with Au nanoparticles

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    Shao, Zhu-Feng; Yang, Yan-Qiang; Liu, Shu-Tian; Wang, Qiang

    2014-09-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube array (TNA) films are fabricated by using an anodic oxidation method. Au nanoparticles (NPs) films are decorated onto the top of TNA films with the aid of ion-sputtering and thermal annealing. An enhanced photocatalytic activity under ultraviolet C (UVC, 266 nm) light irradiation is obtained compared with that of the pristine TNA, which is shown by the steady-state photoluminescence (PL) spectra. Furthermore, a distinct blue shift in the nanosecond time-resolved transient photoluminescence (NTRT-PL) spectra is observed. Such a phenomenon could be well explained by considering the competition between the surface photocatalytic process and the recombination of the photo-generated carriers. The enhanced UV photocatalytic activities of the Au—TNA composite are evaluated through photo-degradation of methyl orange (MO) in an aqueous solution with ultraviolet—visible absorption spectrometry. Our current work may provide a simple strategy to synthesize defect-related composite photocatalytic devices.

  5. Optimization of conditions for hydrogen production from anodized TiO2 nanotube-based photoelectrochemical cells.

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    Hong, Won Sung; Park, Jong Hyeok; Han, Gui Young

    2009-12-01

    The photocatalytic splitting of water into H2 and O2 using semiconductors has received much attention, especially in terms of its potential application to the direct production of H2 as a clean energy source. In this study, the H2 yield increased with increasing reactor temperature, but the TiO2 nanotube arrays collapsed after prolonged operation at temperatures over 75 degrees C. We found that aqueous Na2SO3 reagent was the best hole scavenger of the different aqueous solutions examined. Using the optimum temperatures and electrolytes, we conducted an experiment to produce H2 from solutions with different pH values, and found that acidic conditions were better in terms of the amount of H2 produced. The results obtained allowed us to identify the optimal temperature, electrolyte and pH conditions required to produce H2 by photochemically splitting water.

  6. TiO2 nanotube sensor for online chemical oxygen demand determination in conjunction with flow injection technique.

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    Li, Xuejin; Yin, Weiping; Li, Jianyong; Bai, Jing; Huang, Ke; Li, Jinhua; Zhou, Baoxue

    2014-06-01

    A simple, rapid and environmental friendly online chemical oxygen demand (COD) analytical method based on TiO2 nanotube sensor in conjunction with the flow injection technique was proposed to determine the COD of aqueous samples, especially for refractory organics, low-concentration wastewater, and surface water. The new method can overcome the drawbacks of the conventional COD determination methods. The results show that with the new method, each analysis takes only about 1 to 3 min, the linear range is up to 1 to 500 mg x L(-1) of the compound of interest, and the detection limit is 1 mg x L(-1). The COD values obtained by the proposed method are more accurate than those obtained by the conventional method.

  7. Synthesis of TiO2 nanotubes: effect of post-treatment on crystallinity and photocatalytic activity

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    Moriai, Kyle; Nakajima, Nobuo; Moriyoshi, Chikako; Maruyama, Hiroshi

    2017-04-01

    Photocatalytically active TiO2 nanotubes (TNs) were synthesized by anodizing a Ti foil. The morphology and crystal structure of the TNs were examined by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction (XRD), and x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). It was revealed that the crystal structure of as-grown TNs was based on the anatase structure. The crystallinity of as-grown TNs was low but increased after annealing below the anatase-rutile transition temperature. The photocatalytic activity of the TNs was evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue aqueous solution. The as-grown TNs showed little photocatalytic activity owing to fluorine residue on the surfaces and their low crystallinity. However, rinsing and annealing post-treatment greatly enhanced TN activity by removing fluorine residue and increasing crystallinity. TNs annealed at 450 °C showed the highest photocatalytic activity due to their increased crystallinity and anatase-rich phase composition.

  8. The effect of anatase TiO2 nanotube layers on MC3T3-E1 preosteoblast adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation.

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    Yu, Wei-qiang; Jiang, Xing-quan; Zhang, Fu-qiang; Xu, Ling

    2010-09-15

    Titanium oxide nanotube layers by anodization have received considerable attention in biomedical application. Previous studies have demonstrated increased osteoblast (bone-forming cell) adhesion and function on nanotube layers compared with unanodized counterparts. More recently, one study showed amorphous TiO(2) nanotube diameter determined cell fate. The anatase phase is known to be much more beneficial for bone growth than amorphous phase, so there is increasing demand to explore the response of osteoblast on anatase phase TiO(2) nanotube layers. For this reason, we evaluated MC3T3-E1 preosteoblast behavior on different diameter nanotube layers with anatase phase. The results showed that the diameter of 20-70 nm provided an effective length scale for cell adhesion, alkaline phosphatase activity, and mineralization. However, cell adhesion, alkaline phosphatase activity, and mineralization were severely impaired on nanotube layers with 100-120 nm. Interestingly, the filopodia seemed not spread into the nanotubular and like extending anatase nanotube walls, where there may be higher numbers of atoms at the surface compared to the nanotubular architecture. To our surprise, the proliferation rates of cells cultured on anatase nanotube layers increased with increasing tube diameter from 20 to 120 nm, which may be attributed to different length and nanometer-scale roughness of the nanotube layers. (c) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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

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

    2013-09-21

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

  10. Optical anisotropy in vertically oriented TiO2 nanotube arrays.

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    Zhang, Yun; Farsinezhad, Samira; D Wiltshire, Benjamin; Kisslinger, Ryan; Kar, Piyush; Shankar, Karthik

    2017-09-15

    Nanofabricated optically anisotropic uniaxial thin films with deep submicron feature sizes are emerging as potential platforms for low-loss all-dielectric metamaterials, and for Dyakonov surface wave-based subwavelength optical confinement and guiding at interfaces with isotropic media. In this context, we investigate the optical properties of one such uniaxial platform, namely self-organized titania nanotube arrays (TNTAs) grown by the bottom-up nanofabrication process of electrochemical anodization on silicon wafer substrates, and subsequently annealed at different temperatures, i.e. 500 °C and 750 °C. We performed detailed quantitative analysis of the structure of the TNTAs using x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, which revealed a measurable phonon confinement in TNTAs annealed at 500 °C. Variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry was used to investigate the optical anisotropy in two kinds of TNTAs-those constituted by anatase-phase and those containing a mixture of anatase and rutile phases. Both kinds of TNTAs were found to have positive birefringence (Δn) exceeding 0.06 in the spectral region of interest while mixed phase TNTAs exhibited Δn as high as 0.15. The experimentally measured anisotropy in the refractive index of the TNTAs was compared with the predictions of two different effective medium approximations incorporating the uniaxial geometry. The measured value of Δn for TNTAs exceeded that of bulk anatase single crystals, indicating the potential of nanostructured dielectrics to outperform dielectric crystals of the same material with respect to the magnitude of the achievable directional refractive index contrast.

  11. Optical anisotropy in vertically oriented TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Zhang, Yun; Farsinezhad, Samira; Wiltshire, Benjamin D.; Kisslinger, Ryan; Kar, Piyush; Shankar, Karthik

    2017-09-01

    Nanofabricated optically anisotropic uniaxial thin films with deep submicron feature sizes are emerging as potential platforms for low-loss all-dielectric metamaterials, and for Dyakonov surface wave-based subwavelength optical confinement and guiding at interfaces with isotropic media. In this context, we investigate the optical properties of one such uniaxial platform, namely self-organized titania nanotube arrays (TNTAs) grown by the bottom-up nanofabrication process of electrochemical anodization on silicon wafer substrates, and subsequently annealed at different temperatures, i.e. 500 °C and 750 °C. We performed detailed quantitative analysis of the structure of the TNTAs using x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy, which revealed a measurable phonon confinement in TNTAs annealed at 500 °C. Variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometry was used to investigate the optical anisotropy in two kinds of TNTAs—those constituted by anatase-phase and those containing a mixture of anatase and rutile phases. Both kinds of TNTAs were found to have positive birefringence (Δn) exceeding 0.06 in the spectral region of interest while mixed phase TNTAs exhibited Δn as high as 0.15. The experimentally measured anisotropy in the refractive index of the TNTAs was compared with the predictions of two different effective medium approximations incorporating the uniaxial geometry. The measured value of Δn for TNTAs exceeded that of bulk anatase single crystals, indicating the potential of nanostructured dielectrics to outperform dielectric crystals of the same material with respect to the magnitude of the achievable directional refractive index contrast.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  13. Designing tissue phantoms for ultrasonography and elastography with TiO2 incorporated polyacrylamide hydrogels

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    Kumar, Kishore; Mohanty, Maneesha Esther; Jayashankar, V.; Suresh, S.; Mishra, Ashok K.

    2012-07-01

    Research on ultrasonography and elastography instrumentation is crucially dependent on the quality of tissue-mimicking phantoms on which the instrumental parameters are tested. The phantoms should ideally possess values of various acoustic parameters corresponding to normal and abnormal tissues of different types and these properties should not change significantly with time. Designing such phantoms requires a molecular level understanding of the material to be used. In this context, polyacrylamide gels made from corresponding monomer, initiator and cross-linker were developed. An understanding of the network structure of these hydrogels at the molecular level was made possible using fluorescence spectroscopy with anilinonaphthylsulfonate as an extrinsic fluorescent probe. TiO2 was used to adjust the acoustic transparency so as to bring the ultrasound reflection parameters close to those of human tissues. It was found that the network structure of poly-acrylamide (PAM) hydrogels as well as their acoustic and viscoelastic properties could be conveniently varied by altering the composition of the components. This understanding at the molecular as well as the bulk level was then used to develop tissue phantoms appropriate for imaging in ultrasound-B and elastography modes.

  14. Cobalt-Nickel Layered Double Hydroxides Modified on TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Highly Efficient and Stable PEC Water Splitting.

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    Chen, Weijian; Wang, Taotao; Xue, Jiawei; Li, Shikuo; Wang, Zidan; Sun, Song

    2017-03-01

    TiO2 -based photoanodes have attracted extensive attention worldwide for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, but these materials still suffer from poor electron-hole separation and low photoconversion efficiency. Here, the high PEC water splitting activity and long-term stability against photocorrosion of well-aligned hierarchical TiO2 @CoNi-layered double hydroxides nanotube arrays (TiO2 @CoNi-LDHs NTAs) are reported. The typical TiO2 @CoNi-LDHs NTAs exhibits enhancing photocurrent density of 4.4 mA cm(-2) at a potential of 1.23 V (vs reversible hydrogen electrode) under AM 1.5G simulated sunlight (100 mW cm(-2) ), 3.3 times higher than that of the pristine TiO2 sample. Moreover, this hierarchical electrode displays excellent stability against photocorrosion with initial activity loss no more than 1.0% even after 10 h irradiation in Na2 SO4 electrolyte solution (pH 6.8), much competitive to those reported TiO2 -based photoelectrodes. This work may offer a combinatorial synthesis strategy for the preparation of hierarchical architectures with high PEC performances.

  15. Preparation of TiO2 nanowires/nanotubes using polycarbonate membranes and their uses in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Roh, Dong Kyu; Patel, Rajkumar; Ahn, Sung Hoon; Kim, Dong Jun; Kim, Jong Hak

    2011-10-01

    Track-etched polycarbonate (PC) membranes were used as a soft template to synthesize mesoporous TiO2 for use in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The Ti precursor infiltrated into the cylindrical confined spaces of PC membranes. Upon calcination at 500 °C, TiO2 nanowires (15TNW) were obtained from PC with a 15 nm pore diameter, whereas TiO2 nanotubes (50TNT and 100TNT) were generated from PC with 50 and 100 nm diameter pores, respectively. TNW and TNT were used as photoelectrodes in DSSCs employing a polymer electrolyte. The ranking of the cell efficiencies of the 200 nm thick TiO2 films was 50TNT (1.1%) > 15TNW (0.8%) ≅ 100TNT (0.7%), which was mostly attributed to different amounts of dye adsorption due to different surface areas. These TNW and TNT films were further coated with the graft copolymer-directed mesoporous TiO2 and were used as interfacial layers between the FTO glass and the 4 μm thick nanocrystalline TiO2 film. As a result, the order of energy conversion efficiency was 15TNW (5.0%) ≅ 50TNT (4.8%) > 100TNT (4.1%). The improved performance of 15TNW was due to a higher transmittance through the electrode and a longer electron lifetime for recombination. The DSSC performance was systematically investigated in terms of interfacial resistance and charge recombination using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

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

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

    2013-10-01

    A porous ceramic was coated with vertically aligned multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) by spray pyrolysis. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles were then coated onto this densely aligned MWCNT. The presence of TiO2/MWCNT interfacial arrays was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope-energy dispersive analysis of X-ray (SEM-EDAX) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). This is a novel report in which water loaded with a most dreadful enterohemorrhagic pathogenic strain of Escherichia coli O157:H7 was filtered through TiO2/MWCNT coated porous ceramic filter and then analysed. Bacterial removal performance was found to be significantly lower in control i.e. plain porous ceramic (P<0.05) as compared to TiO2/MWCNT coated ceramic. The photocatalytic killing rate constant for TiO2-ceramic and MWCNT/TiO2-ceramic under fluorescent light was found be 1.45×10(-2) min(-1) and 2.23×10(-2) min(-1) respectively. Further, when I-V characteristics were performed for TiO2/MWCNT composite, it was corroborated that the current under light irradiation is comparatively higher than that in dark, thus proving it to be photocatalytically efficient system. The enhanced photocatalysis may be a contribution of increased surface area and charge transfer rate as a consequence of aligned MWCNT network. © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Enhanced visible-photocatalytic activity of anodic TiO2 nanotubes film via decoration with CuInSe2 nanocrystals.

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    Liao, Yulong; Zhang, Huaiwu; Zhong, Zhiyong; Jia, Lijun; Bai, Feiming; Li, Jie; Zhong, Peng; Chen, Hua; Zhang, Jin

    2013-11-13

    The fabrication and photocatalytic properties of visible-light driven CuInSe2/TiO2 heterojunction films are reported. CuInSe2 nanoparticles (NCs) were synthesized using a solvothermal method and then decorated onto self-organized anodic TiO2 nanotube (NT) arrays through an electrophoretic deposition process, forming a CuInSe2 NC/TiO2 NT hetero-structure film. An increase in deposition time produced an increased amount of CuInSe2 NCs loaded onto the TiO2 NT arrays, expanding the light-absorption range of the CuInSe2 NCs/TiO2 NTs film from 400 nm to 700 nm. Photocatalytic degradation results show that activities of the CuInSe2 NCs/TiO2 NTs films were significantly enhanced compared to that of pure TiO2 NTs (degradation rate constant k increased from 3 × 10(-3) min(-1) to >1 × 10(-2) min(-1)). Particularly, the CuInSe2 NCs/TiO2 NTs with 50 min electrophoretic deposition show the highest degradation rate, k = 1.6 × 10(-2) min(-1) (more than 5 times greater than that of the pure TiO2 NTs film), due to optimization of CuInSe2 NCs loading and a well-maintained open TiO2 tube-mouth configuration.

  18. Electrochemically hydrogenated TiO2 nanotubes with improved photoelectrochemical water splitting performance

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    Xu, Chen; Song, Ye; Lu, Linfeng; Cheng, Chuanwei; Liu, Dongfang; Fang, Xiaohong; Chen, Xiaoyuan; Zhu, Xufei; Li, Dongdong

    2013-09-01

    One-dimensional anodic titanium oxide (ATO) nanotube arrays hold great potential as photoanode for photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. In this work, we report a facile and eco-friendly electrochemical hydrogenation method to modify the electronic and PEC properties of ATO nanotube films. The hydrogenated ATO (ATO-H) electrodes present a significantly improved photocurrent of 0.65 mA/cm2 in comparison with that of pristine ATO nanotubes (0.29 mA/cm2) recorded under air mass 1.5 global illumination. The incident photon-to-current efficiency measurement suggests that the enhanced photocurrent of ATO-H nanotubes is mainly ascribed to the improved photoactivity in the UV region. We propose that the electrochemical hydrogenation induced surface oxygen vacancies contribute to the substantially enhanced electrical conductivity and photoactivity.

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

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    Liu, Jing; Hosseinpour, Pegah M.; Luo, Si; ...

    2014-11-19

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

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

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

    2014-06-01

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

  1. Enhanced photocatalytic degradation of humic acids using Al and Fe co-doped TiO2 nanotubes under UV/ozonation for drinking water purification.

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    Yuan, Rongfang; Zhou, Beihai; Hua, Duo; Shi, Chunhong

    2013-11-15

    O3/UV/TiO2 was used to effectively decompose humic acids (HAs) in drinking water. To obtain a large specific surface area and low band gap energy, Al and Fe co-doped TiO2 nanotubes were successfully synthesized using the hydrothermal method. The effect of the optimal co-doped TiO2 nanotubes catalyst on the HAs removal efficiency through O3/UV/co-doped TiO2 process was investigated. The highest HAs removal efficiency (79.4%) that exhibited a pseudo-first-order rate constant of 0.172 min(-1) was achieved, in the presence of 550 °C calcined 1.0% co-doped TiO2 nanotubes with an Al:Fe ratio of 0.25:0.75. The effects of calcination temperature and doping concentration on anatase phase weight fractions, average crystallite sizes, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, catalyst band gap energy, and catalyst photocatalytic activity were also discussed. The inorganic anions also affected the catalyst photocatalytic ability. In a neutral solution, SO4(2-) slightly promoted HAs removal. However, HCO3(-) was found to significantly inhibit the catalyst activity, whereas Cl(-) had negligible effect on photocatalytic ability.

  2. Removing structural disorder from oriented TiO2 nanotube arrays: reducing the dimensionality of transport and recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Zhu, Kai; Vinzant, Todd B; Neale, Nathan R; Frank, Arthur J

    2007-12-01

    We report on the influence of morphological disorder, arising from bundling of nanotubes (NTs) and microcracks in films of oriented TiO2 NT arrays, on charge transport and recombination in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Capillary stress created during evaporation of liquids from the mesopores of dense TiO2 NT arrays was of sufficient magnitude to induce bundling and microcrack formation. The average lateral deflection of the NTs in the bundles increased with the surface tension of the liquids and with the film thicknesses. The supercritical CO2 drying technique was used to produce bundle-free and crack-free NT films. Charge transport and recombination properties of sensitized films were studied by frequency-resolved modulated photocurrent/photovoltage spectroscopies. Transport became significantly faster with decreased clustering of the NTs, indicating that bundling creates additional pathways via intertube contacts. Removing such contacts alters the transport mechanism from a combination of one and three dimensions to the expected one dimension and shortens the electron-transport pathway. Reducing intertube contacts also resulted in a lower density of surface recombination centers by minimizing distortion-induced surface defects in bundled NTs. A causal connection between transport and recombination is observed. The dye coverage was greater in the more aligned NT arrays, suggesting that reducing intertube contacts increases the internal surface area of the films accessible to dye molecules. The solar conversion efficiency and photocurrent density were highest for DSSCs incorporating films with more aligned NT arrays owing to an enhanced light-harvesting efficiency. Removing structural disorder from other materials and devices consisting of nominally one-dimensional architectures (e.g., nanowire arrays) should produce similar effects.

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  4. On the Certain Topological Indices of Titania Nanotube TiO2[m, n

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    Javaid, M.; Liu, Jia-Bao; Rehman, M. A.; Wang, Shaohui

    2017-07-01

    A numeric quantity that characterises the whole structure of a molecular graph is called the topological index that predicts the physical features, chemical reactivities, and boiling activities of the involved chemical compound in the molecular graph. In this article, we give new mathematical expressions for the multiple Zagreb indices, the generalised Zagreb index, the fourth version of atom-bond connectivity (ABC4) index, and the fifth version of geometric-arithmetic (GA5) index of TiO2[m, n]. In addition, we compute the latest developed topological index called by Sanskruti index. At the end, a comparison is also included to estimate the efficiency of the computed indices. Our results extended some known conclusions.

  5. Surface and sorption properties of TIO2 nanotubes, synthesized by electrochemical anodization

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    Serikov, T. M.; Ibrayev, N. Kh; Smagulov, Zh

    2016-02-01

    Electrochemical anodizing of titanium metal in the fluorine-containing electrolyte was used for production of nanotubes of titanium dioxide. The surface morphology of the films was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. It was found that with increasing anodizing voltage the inner diameter, growth rate and nanotubes interporous distance is increasing. The distribution of pore volume studied by the method of adsorption and desorption of nitrogen. The specific surface area of titanium dioxide films was measured for determine the conditions of anodizing on their changes. The sorption capacity of the films was studied.

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

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

    2016-10-01

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

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

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

    2016-11-01

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

  8. One-dimensional hierarchical nanostructures of TiO(2) nanosheets on SnO(2) nanotubes for high efficiency solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Ahn, Sung Hoon; Kim, Dong Jun; Chi, Won Seok; Kim, Jong Hak

    2013-09-20

    Hierarchical nanostructures of TiO2 nanosheets on SnO2 nanotubes (SNT@TNS) are uniformly dispersed in an organized mesoporous (OM) TiO2 film with large pores, high porosity, and good interconnectivity. The solid-state dye sensitized solar cells (ssDSSCs) fabricated with 10 wt% SNT@TNS dispersed in a OM-TiO2 film show an energy conversion efficiency of 7.7% at 100 mW cm(-2) , which is one of the highest values for N719-based ssDSSCs and much larger than that of a randomly oriented TiO2 nanoparticles-based cell (4.0%).

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

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

    2016-06-01

    Sterilization is the final surface treatment procedure of all implantable devices and is one of the key factors which have to be considered before implementation. Since different sterilization procedures for all implantable devices influence mechanical properties as well as biological response, the influence of different sterilization techniques on titanium nanotubes was studied. Commonly used sterilization techniques such as autoclaving, ultra-violet light sterilization, hydrogen peroxide plasma sterilization as well as the not so frequently used gaseous oxygen plasma sterilization were used. Three different nanotube diameters; 15 nm, 50 nm and 100 nm were employed to study the effects of various sterilization techniques. It was observed that autoclave sterilization resulted in destruction of nanotubular features on all three studied nanotube diameters, while UV-light and both kinds of plasma sterilization did not cause any significant morphological changes on the surfaces. Differences between the sterilization techniques employed influenced cytocompatibility, especially in the case of nanotubes with 100 nm diameter. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. TiO2 nanotubes with ultrathin walls for enhanced water splitting.

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    Mohamed, Ahmad M; Aljaber, Amina S; AlQaradawi, Siham Y; Allam, Nageh K

    2015-08-14

    We demonstrate, for the first time, the synthesis of titania nanotubes with ultrathin (3-5 nm) wall thickness. As revealed by the incident photon-to-current collection efficiency (IPCE) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements, the ultrathin walls, less than the charge carrier diffusion length, were essential to ensure fast and efficient charge carrier collection.

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

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

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

    2015-09-01

    Ultra-small nanoparticles (USNPs) at 1-3 nm are a subset of nanoparticles (NPs) that exhibit intermediate physicochemical properties between molecular dispersions and larger NPs. Despite interest in their utilization in applications such as theranostics, limited data about their toxicity exist. Here the effect of TiO2-USNPs on endothelial cells in vitro, and zebrafish embryos in vivo, was studied and compared to larger TiO2-NPs (30 nm) and to single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs). In vitro exposure showed that TiO2-USNPs were neither cytotoxic, nor had oxidative ability, nevertheless were genotoxic. In vivo experiment in early developing zebrafish embryos in water at high concentrations of TiO2-USNPs caused mortality possibly by acidifying the water and caused malformations in the form of pericardial edema when injected. Myo1C involved in glomerular development of zebrafish embryos was upregulated in embryos exposed to TiO2-USNPs. They also exhibited anti-angiogenic effects both in vitro and in vivo plus decreased nitric oxide concentration. The larger TiO2-NPs were genotoxic but not cytotoxic. SWCNTs were cytotoxic in vitro and had the highest oxidative ability. Neither of these NPs had significant effects in vivo. To our knowledge this is the first study evaluating the effects of TiO2-USNPs on vascular toxicity in vitro and in vivo and this strategy could unravel USNPs potential applications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Tetrabromobisphenol A photoelectrocatalytic degradation using reduced graphene oxide and cerium dioxide comodified TiO2 nanotube arrays as electrode under visible light.

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    Zhou, Qingxiang; Xing, An; Zhao, Danchen; Zhao, Kuifu

    2016-12-01

    Tetrabromobisphenol A, one of the most important brominated retardants, is an typical persistent organic pollutant and it is of great value to develop rapid and effective degradation method. Present study established a photoelectrodegradation method with CeO2 and reduced graphene oxide co-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays (RGO-CeO2-TiO2 NAs), which were successfully synthesized and characterized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X Ray Spectrometry (EDX). The SEM Images revealed that the nanotubes had a diameter of about 100 nm and an obvious layer of CeO2 and RGO on the surface of TiO2 nanotube arrays. The EDX data exhibited the presence of Ce element. The results demonstrated that TBBPA was degraded at a high degradation rate constant of 0.0191 min(-1), and photogenerated holes played a major role in the degradation reaction. Significant decrease of degradation efficiency was achieved with the presence of EDTA-2Na(hole scavenger), yet while the existence of t-BuOH(OH scavenger) resulted in less inhibition on the degradation. Besides, RGO-CeO2-TiO2 NAs exhibited good stability with rarely decline of degradation efficiency for ten reused runs. All these indicated that RGO-CeO2-TiO2 NAs were a good catalyst with extraordinary catalytic activity and stability for PEC degradation, and would have great potential in the control and removal of pollutants. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. DFT Investigation on the Electronic and Water Adsorption Properties of Pristine and N-Doped TiO2 Nanotubes for Photocatalytic Water Splitting Applications

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    Enriquez, John Isaac G.; Moreno, Joaquin Lorenzo V.; David, Melanie Y.; Arboleda, Nelson B.; Lin, Ong Hui; Villagracia, Al Rey C.

    2017-02-01

    Experimental studies have shown the production of hydrogen through a photocatalytic water splitting process using a titanium dioxide nanotube (TiO2NT) as a photoelectrode. In this study, a theoretical model of pristine and nitrogen-doped TiO2NT based on a TiO2 anatase (101) surface is presented. Spin unrestricted density functional theory calculations were performed to provide a detailed description of the geometries, electronic properties, and adsorption of water (H2O) on pristine and N-doped TiO2NT. The calculations show that doping with N will improve the photocatalytic properties of TiO2NT in two ways: First, the energy barrier of the dissociation reaction of water into hydroxyl radical and hydrogen atom is reduced; and second, the defect-induced states above the valence band lowers the band gap which will result in enhanced visible-light-driven photoactivity. Based on the position of the Fermi level relative to the defect induced energy levels, an optimal doping concentration of around 1.4% is proposed, which is in good agreement with experimental results. This study provides an atomic/molecular level understanding of the photocatalytic water splitting process and may serve as a groundwork for the rational design of more efficient photocatalysts.

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

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

    2016-06-15

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

  18. Electrochemical degradation of refractory pollutant using a novel microstructured TiO2 nanotubes/ Sb-doped SnO2 electrode.

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    Zhao, Guohua; Cui, Xiao; Liu, Meichuan; Li, Peiqiang; Zhang, Yonggang; Cao, Tongcheng; Li, Hongxu; Lei, Yanzhu; Liu, Lei; Li, Dongming

    2009-03-01

    A novel Sb-doped SnO2 electrode featuring high oxygen evolution potential, excellent electrocatalytic performance, and long stabilitytoward electrochemical degradation of refractory organic pollutants was constructed by designing and regenerating the microstructure of the Ti substrate. Highly ordered TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2-NTs) with three-dimensional microstructure, large specific surface area and space utilization rate could be grown in situ on Ti substrate under controlled conditions, followed by being implanted with Sb-doped SnO2 through a surfactant-assisted, sol-gel method under vacuum environment. The amount of Sb-doped SnO2 and service lifetime for the constructed electrode (TiO2-NTs/SnO2) were 2.4 and 12 times as much asthose for a traditional Sb-doped SnO2 (SnO2) electrode. Moreover, the constructed electrode performed at higher oxygen evolution potential and exhibited superior electrochemical capability to that on SnO2 electrode. Compared with low TOC removal by the SnO2 electrode, the TiO2-NTs/SnO2 electrode could completely mineralize benzoic acid (BA) under the same condition. The mineralization current efficiency and the first-order kinetic constant for BA degradation at the TiO2-NTs/SnO2 electrode were 1 and 3.5 times greater than those observed for the SnO2 electrode.

  19. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of bismuth-doped TiO2 nanotubes under direct sunlight irradiation for degradation of Rhodamine B dye

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    Natarajan, Thillai Sivakumar; Natarajan, Kalithasan; Bajaj, Hari C.; Tayade, Rajesh J.

    2013-05-01

    Bismuth-doped TiO2 nanotubes (Bi-TNT) were successfully synthesized by combination of sol-gel and hydrothermal methods. The synthesized photocatalyst was efficiently used for degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) dye under direct sunlight irradiation. Subsequent characterization of synthesized photocatalysts was carried out using PXRD, SEM, TEM, EDX, FT-IR, Raman, N2 adsorption, TPD-NH3, UV-Vis DRS, XRF and ICP techniques. The surface area of the TiO2 nanoparticles increased after tubular structure formation (TiO2 nanoparticles—114.21 m2/g, TiO2 nanotube—191.93 m2/g). The degradation studies revealed that initial rate of photocatalytic degradation of RhB dye using Bi-TNT was 5.56, 4.16, 1.30 and 2.38 times higher as compared to TNP, Bi-TNP, TNT and Degussa P-25 TiO2 (P-25), respectively, under direct sunlight irradiation. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of Bi-TNT may be due to the increase in the surface area and Bi doping, which leads to effective separation of photogenerated carriers. The degradation was confirmed by chemical oxygen demand, total organic carbon and total inorganic carbon analysis of the degraded dye solutions. The probable degradation mechanism of RhB dye has also been proposed using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis of degraded samples.

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

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

    2016-07-27

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

  1. DFT Investigation on the Electronic and Water Adsorption Properties of Pristine and N-Doped TiO2 Nanotubes for Photocatalytic Water Splitting Applications

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    Enriquez, John Isaac G.; Moreno, Joaquin Lorenzo V.; David, Melanie Y.; Arboleda, Nelson B.; Lin, Ong Hui; Villagracia, Al Rey C.

    2017-06-01

    Experimental studies have shown the production of hydrogen through a photocatalytic water splitting process using a titanium dioxide nanotube (TiO2NT) as a photoelectrode. In this study, a theoretical model of pristine and nitrogen-doped TiO2NT based on a TiO2 anatase (101) surface is presented. Spin unrestricted density functional theory calculations were performed to provide a detailed description of the geometries, electronic properties, and adsorption of water (H2O) on pristine and N-doped TiO2NT. The calculations show that doping with N will improve the photocatalytic properties of TiO2NT in two ways: First, the energy barrier of the dissociation reaction of water into hydroxyl radical and hydrogen atom is reduced; and second, the defect-induced states above the valence band lowers the band gap which will result in enhanced visible-light-driven photoactivity. Based on the position of the Fermi level relative to the defect induced energy levels, an optimal doping concentration of around 1.4% is proposed, which is in good agreement with experimental results. This study provides an atomic/molecular level understanding of the photocatalytic water splitting process and may serve as a groundwork for the rational design of more efficient photocatalysts.

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

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

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

  3. Highly ordered and vertically oriented TiO2/Al2O3 nanotube electrodes for application in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Kim, Jae-Yup; Lee, Kyeong-Hwan; Shin, Junyoung; Park, Sun Ha; Kang, Jin Soo; Han, Kyu Seok; Sung, Myung Mo; Pinna, Nicola; Sung, Yung-Eun

    2014-12-01

    The surface of long TiO2 nanotube (NT) electrodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) was modified without post-annealing by using atomic layer deposition (ALD) for the enhancement of photovoltage. Vertically oriented TiO2 NT electrodes with highly ordered and crack-free surface structures over large areas were prepared by a two-step anodization method. The prepared TiO2 NTs had a pore size of 80 nm, and a length of 23 μm. Onto these TiO2 NTs, an Al2O3 shell of a precisely controlled thickness was deposited by ALD. The conformally coated shell layer was confirmed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The open-circuit voltage (Voc) of the DSSCs was gradually enhanced as the thickness of the Al2O3 shell of the TiO2/Al2O3 NT electrodes was increased, which resulted from the enhanced electron lifetime. The enhanced electron lifetime caused by the energy barrier effect of the shell layer was measured quantitatively by the open-circuit voltage decay technique. As a result, 1- and 2-cycle-coated samples showed enhanced conversion efficiencies compared to the bare sample.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

    2016-12-01

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

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

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

    2015-04-17

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  8. The effect of crystal structure of TiO2 nanotubes on the formation of calcium phosphate coatings during biomimetic deposition

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    Liu, Yi; Kim, Sun; McLeod, John A.; Li, Jun; Guo, Xiaoxuan; Sham, Tsun-Kong; Liu, Lijia

    2017-02-01

    The crystallization process of bioactive calcium phosphate (CaP) species via biomimetic deposition onto anodic TiO2 nanotubes is investigated. The porous surface of nanostructured TiO2 provides an ideal substrate for CaP crystallization. The compositions of CaP coatings are studied using X-ray absorption near-edge structures (XANES) at the Ca K-edge. Using detection modes with different probing depths, both the surface of the CaP coating and the CaP-TiO2 interface are simultaneously analyzed. Calcium phosphate (CaP) species, such as hydroxyapatite (HAp), octacalcium phosphate (Ca8(HPO4)2(PO4)4·5H2O, OCP), brushite (CaHPO4·2H2O, DCPD), and amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP), are found in the CaP coatings. TiO2 nanotubes of amorphous and anatase phases are comparatively studied to determine their effect on the efficiency of CaP formation and the phase transformation among CaP species in prolonged deposition time. It is found the composition of CaP coating has a strong dependency on the crystal structure of TiO2 substrate and the kinetics (deposition time).

  9. Preparation of platinum- and silver-incorporated TiO2 coatings in thin-film photoreactor for the photocatalytic decomposition of o-cresol.

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    Kuo, Yu-Lin; Su, Te-Li; Chuang, Kai-Jen; Chen, Hua-Wei; Kung, Fu-Chen

    2011-12-01

    Platinum-incorporated TiO2 (Pt-TiO2) and silver-incorporated TiO2 (Ag-TiO2) coatings on sapphire tubes of a thin-film photoreactor were prepared using a photoreduction process. Results of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) revealed that the Ag-TiO2 coatings consisted of a mixture of Ag2O, Ag and TiO2 particles, owing to the partial oxidization of silver particles on the TiO2 coatings, while the Pt-TiO2 coating contained a mixture of Pt and TiO2 particles. Diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectra (DRS) showed that metal particles (Ag or Pt) incorporated into the TiO2 coatings promoted optical absorption in the visible region and made it possible for the coatings to be excited by visible light. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed that the PL intensity of the Pt-TiO2 coating was lower than that of the Ag-TiO2 and TiO2 coatings, indicating that the Pt-TiO2 coating had a higher efficiency of charge carrier trapping, immigration and transfer, which subsequently promoted the pseudo-first-order rate constants after the UV/TiO2 process. The Pt-TiO2 coatings for the photocatalytic decomposition of o-cresol under UV light irradiation corresponded to a higher pseudo-first-order rate constant (k) of 0.02 min(-1) when compared with the photocatalytic decomposition rates of pure TiO2 coatings (k = 0.0062 min(-1)) and Ag-TiO2 coatings (k = 0.01 min(-1)). The experimental results also indicated that the photodegradation rate of the Pt-TiO2 coating under visible light irradiation was significantly higher than the photodegradation rates of the Ag-TiO2 and pure TiO2 coatings.

  10. 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.

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

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    Zhou, Qingxiang; Fang, Zhi

    2015-04-15

    Graphene is a good adsorbent for organic pollutants, especially for compounds containing benzene rings. When used in TiO2 nanotube arrays for micro-solid phase extraction (μ-SPE), the combination of graphene's strong adsorptive properties with its good separation capabilities results in excellent sample preconcentration performance. In the present study, graphene-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays were prepared by electrodeposition using a cyclic voltammetric reduction method. Four carbamate pesticides, including metolcarb, carbaryl, isoprocarb, and diethofencarb, were used as model analytes to validate the enrichment properties of the prepared adsorbent in μ-SPE. Factors affecting the enrichment efficiency of the μ-SPE procedure were optimized and included sample pH, elution solvents, salting-out effect, adsorption time and desorption time. Under optimal conditions, graphene-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays exhibited excellent enrichment efficiency for carbamate pesticides. The detection limits of these carbamate pesticides ranged from 2.27 to 3.26 μg L(-1). The proposed method was validated using four environmental water samples, and yields of pesticides recovered from spiked test samples of the four analytes were in the range of 83.9-108.8%. These results indicate that graphene-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays exhibit good adsorption to the target pollutants, and the method described in this work could be used as a faster and easier alternative procedure for routine analysis of carbamate pesticides in real water samples. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Optical modeling-assisted characterization of dye-sensitized solar cells using TiO2 nanotube arrays as photoanodes

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    Kim, Il Ku; Wang, Lianzhou; Amal, Rose

    2014-01-01

    Summary Photovoltaic characteristics of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) using TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays as photoanodes were investigated. The TNT arrays were 3.3, 11.5, and 20.6 μm long with the pore diameters of 50, 78.6, and 98.7 nm, respectively. The longest TNT array of 20.6 μm in length showed enhanced photovoltaic performances of 3.87% with significantly increased photocurrent density of 8.26 mA·cm−2. This improvement is attributed to the increased amount of the adsorbed dyes and the improved electron transport property with an increase in TNT length. The initial charge generation rate was improved from 4 × 1021 s−1·cm−3 to 7 × 1021 s−1·cm−3 in DSSCs based on optical modelling analysis. The modelling analysis of optical processes inside TNT-based DSSCs using generalized transfer matrix method (GTMM) revealed that the amount of dye and TNT lengths were critical factors influencing the performance of DSSCs, which is consistent with the experimental results. PMID:24991527

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  15. Fabrication and characterization of gold nanoparticle-loaded TiO2 nanotube arrays for medical implants.

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    Bai, Yu; Bai, Yulong; Wang, Cunyang; Gao, Jingjun; Ma, Wen

    2016-02-01

    Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) are successfully assembled on TiO2 nanotube (TN) arrays through electrochemical deposition technology to improve the surface characteristics of TN arrays as an implant material. The loading amount of AuNPs can be controlled by adjusting the deposition time of electrochemical deposition. The effect of the amount of the loaded AuNPs on surface roughness and surface energy is systematically investigated on the basis of various characterizations. Results show that the increase in the loading amount of AuNPs on the TN arrays can increase surface roughness and decrease surface energy. Potentiodynamic polarization tests indicate that AuNP-modified TNs possess a higher corrosion resistance than unmodified TNs. Corrosion resistance increases as the amount of the loaded AuNP increases. In vitro cell culture tests are performed on the basis of cell morphology observations and MTT assays. Osteoblast cell adhesion and proliferation ability on the AuNP-modified TN surface are greater than those on the unmodified TN surface. The sample fabricated at the deposition time of 90 s exhibits an optimum cell performance. This work can provide a new platform to develop the surface chemistry of TN arrays and to fabricate titanium-based implant materials to enhance bioactivity.

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

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

    2013-08-01

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

  17. Metal-cluster-decorated TiO2 nanotube arrays: a composite heterostructure toward versatile photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical applications.

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    Xiao, Fang-Xing; Hung, Sung-Fu; Miao, Jianwei; Wang, Hsin-Yi; Yang, Hongbin; Liu, Bin

    2015-02-04

    Recent years have witnessed increasing interest in the solution-phase synthesis of atomically precise thiolate-protected gold clusters (Aux ); nonetheless, research on the photocatalytic properties of Aux -semiconductor nanocomposites is still in its infancy. In this work, recently developed glutathione-capped gold clusters and highly ordered nanoporous layer-covered TiO2 nanotube arrays (NP-TNTAs) are employed as nanobuilding blocks for the construction of a well-defined Aux /NP-TNTA heterostructure via a facile electrostatic self-assembly strategy. Versatile photocatalytic performances of the Aux /NP-TNTA heterostructure which acts as a model catalyst, including photocatalytic oxidation of organic pollutant, photocatalytic reduction of aromatic nitro compounds and photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting under simulated solar light irradiation, are systematically exploited. It is found that synergistic interaction stemming from monodisperse coverage of Aux clusters on NP-TNTAs in combination with hierarchical nanostructure of NP-TNTAs reinforce light absorption of Aux /NP-TNTA heterostructure especially within visible region, hence contributing to the significantly enhanced photocatalytic and PEC water splitting performances. Moreover, photocatalytic and PEC mechanisms over Aux /NP-TNTA heterostructure are elucidated and corresponding reaction models were presented. It is anticipated that this work could boost new insight for photocatalytic properties of metal-cluster-sensitized semiconductor nanocomposites. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

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

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

    2011-09-01

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

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

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    Momeni, Mohamad Mohsen; Ghayeb, Yousef

    2016-06-01

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

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

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

    2011-09-07

    Porous TiO(2) nanotube arrays with three-dimensional (3D) interconnectivity were prepared using a sol-gel process assisted by poly(vinyl chloride-graft-4-vinyl pyridine), PVC-g-P4VP graft copolymer and a ZnO nanorod template. A 7 µm long ZnO nanorod array was grown from the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass via a liquid phase deposition method. The TiO(2) sol-gel solution templated by the PVC-g-P4VP graft copolymer produced a random 3D interconnection between the adjacent ZnO nanorods during spin coating. Upon etching of ZnO, TiO(2) nanotubes consisting of 10-15 nm nanoparticles were generated, as confirmed by wide-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS), energy-filtering transmission electron microscopy (EF-TEM) and field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The ordered and interconnected nanotube architecture showed an enhanced light scattering effect and increased penetration of polymer electrolytes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The energy conversion efficiency reached 1.82% for liquid electrolyte, and 1.46% for low molecular weight (M(w)) and 0.74% for high M(w) polymer electrolytes.

  2. Surface wettability of TiO2 nanotube arrays prepared by electrochemical anodization

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    Liu, Guohua; Du, Kang; Wang, Kaiying

    2016-12-01

    This work reports structural engineering and wettability of titania nanotube arrays (TNTs). The nanotube diameter and thickness of TNT layer increase with increasing of applied voltage from 20 to 40, 60 and 80 V, and the diameter has no relevance to extending anodic duration. The fabricated TNTs are 30-190 nm inner diameter and 5-40 mm height. 10 mL water droplets are applied to define wettability of the TNTs by measuring contact angles. Hydrophilicity is enhanced with increasing diameter of TNTs as well as over-etching occurring on the surface. Large diameter tubes and capillary force provide more space and power for liquid to penetration. The contact angle reduces from 35° to 2° with the tube diameter increasing from 30 to 190 nm. Bare Ti foil is inherently hydrophobic with approximately 90° contact angle. The as-prepared TNTs are hydrophilic with contact angle of 24°, and annealing further improves this property to a contact angle of 13°. The bottom of TNTs shows superhydrophilic due to hydroxide compounds existed on the surface. The metal substrate with tube footprint left presents hydrophobic with contact angle of 68°, which is lower than the bare one. It is believed that wettability on the surface of TNTs is dependent on their morphology and chemical composition.

  3. Interface Architecture Determined Electrocatalytic Activity of Pt on Vertically Oriented TiO2 Nanotubes

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    R Rettew; N Allam; F Alamgir

    2011-12-31

    The surface atomic structure and chemical state of Pt is consequential in a variety of surface-intensive devices. Herein we present the direct interrelationship between the growth scheme of Pt films, the resulting atomic and electronic structure of Pt species, and the consequent activity for methanol electro-oxidation in Pt/TiO{sub 2} nanotube hybrid electrodes. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements were performed to relate the observed electrocatalytic activity to the oxidation state and the atomic structure of the deposited Pt species. The atomic structure as well as the oxidation state of the deposited Pt was found to depend on the pretreatment of the TiO{sub 2} nanotube surfaces with electrodeposited Cu. Pt growth through Cu replacement increases Pt dispersion, and a separation of surface Pt atoms beyond a threshold distance from the TiO{sub 2} substrate renders them metallic, rather than cationic. The increased dispersion and the metallic character of Pt results in strongly enhanced electrocatalytic activity toward methanol oxidation. This study points to a general phenomenon whereby the growth scheme and the substrate-to-surface-Pt distance dictates the chemical state of the surface Pt atoms, and thereby, the performance of Pt-based surface-intensive devices.

  4. Self-Cleaning Glass of Photocatalytic Anatase TiO2@Carbon Nanotubes Thin Film by Polymer-Assisted Approach.

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    Yi, Qinghua; Wang, Hao; Cong, Shan; Cao, Yingjie; Wang, Yun; Sun, Yinghui; Lou, Yanhui; Zhao, Jie; Wu, Jiang; Zou, Guifu

    2016-12-01

    Due to the good photocatalytic activity, the TiO2@CNTs thin film is highly desirable to apply to the self-cleaning glass for green intelligent building. Here, the TiO2@CNTs thin film has been successfully achieved by polymer-assisted approach of an aqueous chemical solution method. The polymer, polyethylenimine, aims to combine the Ti(4+) with CNTs for film formation of TiO2@CNTs. The resultant thin film was uniform, highly transparent, and super-hydrophilic. Owing to fast electron transport and effectively hindering electron-hole recombination, the TiO2@CNTs thin film has nearly twofold photocatalytic performance than pure TiO2. The TiO2@CNTs thin films show a good application for self-cleaning glasses.

  5. Self-Cleaning Glass of Photocatalytic Anatase TiO2@Carbon Nanotubes Thin Film by Polymer-Assisted Approach

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    Yi, Qinghua; Wang, Hao; Cong, Shan; Cao, Yingjie; Wang, Yun; Sun, Yinghui; Lou, Yanhui; Zhao, Jie; Wu, Jiang; Zou, Guifu

    2016-10-01

    Due to the good photocatalytic activity, the TiO2@CNTs thin film is highly desirable to apply to the self-cleaning glass for green intelligent building. Here, the TiO2@CNTs thin film has been successfully achieved by polymer-assisted approach of an aqueous chemical solution method. The polymer, polyethylenimine, aims to combine the Ti4+ with CNTs for film formation of TiO2@CNTs. The resultant thin film was uniform, highly transparent, and super-hydrophilic. Owing to fast electron transport and effectively hindering electron-hole recombination, the TiO2@CNTs thin film has nearly twofold photocatalytic performance than pure TiO2. The TiO2@CNTs thin films show a good application for self-cleaning glasses.

  6. Environmental exposure to TiO 2 nanomaterials incorporated in building material

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    Bossa, Nathan; Chaurand, Perrine; Levard, Clément; Borschneck, Daniel; Miche, Hélène; Vicente, Jérôme; Geantet, Christophe; Aguerre-Chariol, Olivier; Michel, F. Marc; Rose, Jérôme

    2017-01-01

    Nanomaterials are increasingly being used to improve the properties and functions of common building materials. A new type of self-cleaning cement incorporating TiO2 nanomaterials (TiO2-NMs) with photocatalytic properties is now marketed. This promising cement might provide air pollution-reducing properties but its environmental impact must be validated. During cement use and aging, an altered surface layer is formed that exhibits increased porosity. The surface layer thickness alteration and porosity increase with the cement degradation rate. The hardened cement paste leaching behavior has been fully documented, but the fate of incorporated TiO2-NMs and their state during/after potential release is currently unknown. In this study, photocatalytic cement pastes with increasing initial porosity were leached at a lab-scale to produce a range of degradation rates concerning the altered layer porosity and thickness. No dissolved Ti was released during leaching, only particulate TiO2-NM release was detected. The extent of release from this batch test simulating accelerated worst-case scenario was limited and ranged from 18.7 ± 2.1 to 33.5 ± 5.1 mg of Ti/m2 of cement after 168 h of leaching. TiO2-NMs released into neutral aquatic media (simulate pH of surface water) were not associated or coated by cement minerals. The TiO2-NM release mechanism is suspected to start from freeing of TiO2-NMs in the altered layer pore network due to partial cement paste dissolution followed by diffusion into the bulk pore solution to the surface. The extent of TiO2-NM release was not solely related to the cement degradation rate.

  7. Preparation and characterization of phosphate-modified mesoporous TiO2 incorporated in a silica matrix and their photocatalytic properties in the photodegradation of Congo red

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    Estrella González, Alberto; Asomoza, Maximiliano; Arellano, Ulises; Cipagauta Díaz, Sandra; Solís, Silvia

    2017-09-01

    This study describes the development of mesostructured TiO2 photocatalysts modified with PO4 3- to improve its specific surface area and reduce the recombination rate of the electron—hole pairs. The mesoporous photocatalyst was successfully incorporated into a high specific surface area silica matrix by the hydrolysis reaction of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). Pluronic 123 and phosphoric acid were used as the directing agent for the structure of the mesoporous TiO2 and as a source of phosphorus, respectively. TiO2, P/TiO2, TiO2-SiO2 and P/TiO2-SiO2 materials were characterized by BET, XRD, TEM-EDS, FTIR and UV-vis DRS measurements. The photoactivity of TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites containing 15 wt.% photocatalyst/silica was evaluated in the degradation reaction of anionic dyes with UV radiation. The proposed nanomaterials showed high potential for applications in the remediation of wastewater, being able to reuse in several cycles of reaction, maintaining its photoactivity and stability. The separation and recovery time of the material is reduced between cycles since no centrifugation or filtration processes are required after the photooxidation reaction.

  8. Ag Nanoparticles Located on Three-Dimensional Pine Tree-Like Hierarchical TiO2 Nanotube Array Films as High-Efficiency Plasmonic Photocatalysts

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    Xu, Jinxia; Wang, Zhenhuan; Li, Wenqing; Zhang, Xingang; He, Dong; Xiao, Xiangheng

    2017-01-01

    High specific surface area three-dimensional pine tree-like hierarchical TiO2 nanotube array films loaded with Ag nanoparticles were successfully prepared by one-step hydrothermal reaction combining with simple and feasible magnetron sputtering. The composite Ag/TiO2-branched nanotube arrays show outstanding photocatalytic property, which is attributed to the boost of plasmonic enhancement carrier generation and separation, higher specific surface area, higher organic pollutant absorption, faster charge transport, and superior light-harvesting efficiency for efficient charge collection. The work provides a cost-effective and flexible pathway to develop high-performance photocatalyst or optoelectronic devices.

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

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

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

    2016-11-01

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

  11. TiO2 nanotube platforms for smart drug delivery: a review.

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    Wang, Qun; Huang, Jian-Ying; Li, Hua-Qiong; Chen, Zhong; Zhao, Allan Zi-Jian; Wang, Yi; Zhang, Ke-Qin; Sun, Hong-Tao; Al-Deyab, Salem S; Lai, Yue-Kun

    Titania nanotube (TNT) arrays are recognized as promising materials for localized drug delivery implants because of their excellent properties and facile preparation process. This review highlights the concept of localized drug delivery systems based on TNTs, considering their outstanding biocompatibility in a series of ex vivo and in vivo studies. Considering the safety of TNT implants in the host body, studies of the biocompatibility present significant importance for the clinical application of TNT implants. Toward smart TNT platforms for sustainable drug delivery, several advanced approaches were presented in this review, including controlled release triggered by temperature, light, radiofrequency magnetism, and ultrasonic stimulation. Moreover, TNT implants used in medical therapy have been demonstrated by various examples including dentistry, orthopedic implants, cardiovascular stents, and so on. Finally, a future perspective of TNTs for clinical applications is provided.

  12. TiO2 nanotube platforms for smart drug delivery: a review

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    Wang, Qun; Huang, Jian-Ying; Li, Hua-Qiong; Chen, Zhong; Zhao, Allan Zi-Jian; Wang, Yi; Zhang, Ke-Qin; Sun, Hong-Tao; Al-Deyab, Salem S; Lai, Yue-Kun

    2016-01-01

    Titania nanotube (TNT) arrays are recognized as promising materials for localized drug delivery implants because of their excellent properties and facile preparation process. This review highlights the concept of localized drug delivery systems based on TNTs, considering their outstanding biocompatibility in a series of ex vivo and in vivo studies. Considering the safety of TNT implants in the host body, studies of the biocompatibility present significant importance for the clinical application of TNT implants. Toward smart TNT platforms for sustainable drug delivery, several advanced approaches were presented in this review, including controlled release triggered by temperature, light, radiofrequency magnetism, and ultrasonic stimulation. Moreover, TNT implants used in medical therapy have been demonstrated by various examples including dentistry, orthopedic implants, cardiovascular stents, and so on. Finally, a future perspective of TNTs for clinical applications is provided. PMID:27703349

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

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

    2016-02-15

    Charge transfer is important for the performance of a photoelectrochemical cell. Understanding photogenerated charge accumulation and separation is mandatory for the design and optimisation of photoelectrochemical cells. Unique stacked and embedded heterostructure of Sb2S3/TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTAs) was fabricated through anodic oxidation with the hydrothermal method. Surface photovoltage spectroscopy, phase spectra and photoluminescence measurements were performed to explore the mechanism by which the inorganic hole transport material CuI affects the charge transfer and photoelectrochemical properties of Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs. The interfacial separation and transport of photoinduced charge carriers were also examined by applying current-voltage characteristics (J-V), incident-photon-to-current conversion efficiency (IPCE) and Mott-Schottky techniques. Results show that CuI acts not only as a hole-conducting and electron-blocking material but also as a light-absorbing material in the ultraviolet range. Efficient charge transfer processes exist in CuI/Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs. The photoelectrochemical performance of CuI/Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs is dramatically improved. Under AM 1.5G illumination at 100mW/cm(2), the short-circuit current density and open-circuit voltage are 3.51mA/cm(2) and 0.87V, respectively. The photoelectric conversion efficiency of CuI/Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs (0.95%) is 36% higher than that of Sb2S3/TiO2 heterostructure NTAs (0.66%). Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Pseudocapacitive Lithium-Ion Storage in Oriented Anatase TiO2 Nanotube Arrays

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    Zhu, K.; Wang, Q.; Kim, J. H.; Pesaran, A. A.; Frank, A. J.

    2012-06-07

    We report on the synthesis and electrochemical properties of oriented anatase TiO{sub 2} nanotube (NT) arrays as electrodes for Li-ion batteries. The TiO{sub 2} NT electrodes displayed both pseudocapacitive Li{sup +} storage associated with the NT surface and the Li{sup +} storage within the bulk material. The relative contribution of the pseudocapacitive and bulk storages depends strongly on the scan rate. While the charges are stored primarily in the bulk at low scan rates (<< 1 mV/s), the surface storage dominates the total storage capacity at higher scan rates (>1 mV/s). The storage capacity of the NT electrodes as a function of charge/discharge rates showed no dependence on the NT film thickness, suggesting that the Li{sup +} insertion/extraction processes occur homogeneously across the entire length of NT arrays. These results indicated that the electron conduction along the NT walls and the ion conduction within the electrolyte do not cause significant hindering of the charge/discharge kinetics for NT electrode architectures. As a result of the surface pseudocapacitive storage, the reversible Li{sup +} storage capacities for TiO{sub 2} NT electrodes were higher than the theoretical storage capacity for bulk anatase TiO{sub 2} materials.

  15. Co3O4-modified TiO2 nanotube arrays via atomic layer deposition for improved visible-light photoelectrochemical performance.

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    Huang, Bin; Yang, Wenjuan; Wen, Yanwei; Shan, Bin; Chen, Rong

    2015-01-14

    Composite Co3O4/TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTs) were fabricated via atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Co3O4 thin film onto well-aligned anodized TiO2 NTs. The microscopic morphology, composition, and interfacial plane of the composite structure were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersion mapping, X-ray photoelectron spectra, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. It was shown that the ultrathin Co3O4 film uniformly coat onto the inner wall of the high aspect ratio (>100:1) TiO2 NTs with film thickness precisely controlled by the number of ALD deposition cycles. The composite structure with ∼4 nm Co3O4 coating revealed optimal photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance in the visible-light range (λ > 420 nm). The photocurrent density reaches as high as 90.4 μA/cm(2), which is ∼14 times that of the pristine TiO2 NTs and 3 times that of the impregnation method. The enhanced PEC performance could be attributed to the finely controlled Co3O4 coating layer that enhances the visible-light absorption, maintains large specific surface area to the electrolyte interface, and facilitates the charge transfer.

  16. Theoretical and photo-electrochemical studies of surface plasmon induced visible light absorption of Ag loaded TiO2 nanotubes for water splitting

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    Gross, P. A.; Javahiraly, N.; Geraldini Sabat, N.; Cottineau, T.; Savinova, E. R.; Keller, V.

    2016-10-01

    Vertically aligned TiO2 nanotubes (TiO2-NTs), obtained by anodization in organic electrolyte, are decorated with 15 nm Ag nanoparticles prepared by a micro-wave assisted polyol synthesis. The Ag/TiO2 system is characterized by electronic microscopies in order to build a Finite Differential Time Domain (FDTD) model to simulate the interaction of light with the system. By combining UV-visible spectroscopy and FDTD simulations, the observed red shift in the surface plasmon resonance wavelength of the Ag nanoparticles, deposited on TiO2, is explained. The Ag/TiO2-NT system is used as photoanode in a photoelectrochemical water splitting setup and shows an increasing Incident Photon to Current Conversion Efficiency (IPCE) in the visible light domain with an increasing amount of deposited Ag. The spectral position of this activity enhancement coincides with the one expected from the FDTD calculations for the surface plasmon resonance of the Ag nanoparticles deposited on TiO2.

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

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

    2011-04-01

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

  18. Low temperature transfer of well-tailored TiO2 nanotube array membrane for efficient plastic dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Fu, Nianqing; Li, Xiaoyan; Liu, Yan; Liu, Yanchun; Guo, Min; Li, Wenfang; Huang, Haitao

    2017-03-01

    Transferring semiconductor film onto plastic substrate for efficient flexible photovoltaic devices with good mechanical stability against shape wrench is always a big challenge. In this work, well-designed TiO2 nanotube array (TNTA) membrane is achieved by a combination of hot-water-soaking and TiCl4 post-treatment for efficient plastic DSSCs. In this engineered TiO2 architecture, the TiO2 particle decorated and nanowire capped TNTA hybrid structure provides not only enormous dye-loading amount and excellent light scattering/trapping effects for superior light harvesting efficiency, but also fast charge transport along the 1D aligned TNTA scaffold. More importantly, the thin and mesoporous TiO2 layer deposited on the bottom surface of TNTA makes it is possible to form mechanical interlocking between TNTA membrane and the adhesive layer to insure the excellent mechanical stability and efficient electron transfer from the TNTA membrane to the substrate. The plastic DSSCs based on the well-tailored TNTA membranes yield an exciting efficiency of 6.25% and at the same time maintain 90% of its initial efficiency after hundreds of bending cycles.

  19. Investigating the photocatalytic degradation property of Pt, Pd and Ni nanoparticles-loaded TiO2 nanotubes powder prepared via rapid breakdown anodization.

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    Manovah David, T; Wilson, P; Mahesh, R; Dhanavel, S; Hussain, Shamima; Jacob Melvin Boby, S; Stephen, A; Ramesh, C; Sagayaraj, P

    2017-09-07

    The present study was performed to investigate the photocatalytic efficiency of the titania (TiO2) nanotubes (NTs) powder prepared via rapid breakdown anodization sensitized individually with Ni, Pd and Pt metal nanoparticles (NPs). The TiO2 NTs powder had the length of 5-6 μm, with the outer diameter between 20 and 25 nm and the wall thickness of 3-4 nm as observed in the scanning and transmission electron microscopes. The crystal structure analysis employing X-ray diffraction indicated the presence of Pt, Pd and Ni NPs in face-centered cubic phase over the anatase TiO2 NTs powder. The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) was carried out with these photocatalysts. As a result, the performance of the 2 at.% Pt-loaded Pt-TiO2 NTs nanocomposite was determined to be superior on comparison to other photocatalysts under the current investigation. Fourier-transform infrared spectra confirmed the absence of any adsorption of MB or degraded products onto the surface of all the photocatalysts. The electron paramagnetic resonance analysis substantiated the e(-) transfer interaction from the conduction band of TiO2 NTs to Fermi level of Pt NPs has resulted in the better photodegradation process. The possible degradation mechanism using Pt-TiO2 NTs nanocomposites is discussed.

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

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    Zhao, Anqi; Masa, Justus; Xia, Wei

    2015-04-28

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

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

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    Zhang, Zhenxiang; Gu, Beibei; Zhu, Wei; Zhu, Lixian

    2013-09-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  4. A high-throughput reaction system to measure the gas-phase photocatalytic oxidation activity of TiO2 nanotubes

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    Grasser, Jordan A.; Muggli, Darrin S.

    2009-07-01

    A sixteen-channel, high-throughput system was designed and built to test the activity of catalysts for gas-phase photocatalytic oxidation of methanol. The system utilizes granular catalyst films to model relevant applications and allow for rapid processing. It is capable of 48 catalyst tests per day using the procedure described herein. Several experiments were performed to minimize both the within-node and between-node variances of the system. Utilizing the high-throughput system, the significance of preparation methods on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanotubes was investigated. A one-half fractional factorial experiment identified the factors that significantly impact catalyst activity as the following: precursor type (Degussa P-25, or nanotubes), platinum loading, the interaction between precursor and dope time, and the interaction between the precursor and calcination temperature. Based on experimental results, catalyst activity is optimized by doping TiO2 nanotubes directly (rather than doping P-25 prior to nanotube formation), a low platinum loading (0.01 wt %), and using a dope time of 30 min followed by calcination at 773 K. The optimum catalyst preparation conditions produced a catalyst that was three times more active than the starting P-25 material.

  5. TiO2 nanotubes wrapped with reduced graphene oxide as a high-performance anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Zheng, Peng; Liu, Ting; Su, Ying; Zhang, Lifeng; Guo, Shouwu

    2016-01-01

    Through electrostatic interaction and high-temperature reduction methods, rGO was closely coated onto the surface of TiO2 nanotubes. Even at a high temperature of 700 °C, the nanotube morphology of TiO2 (anatase) was preserved because of the assistance of rGO, which provides a framework that prevents the tubes from breaking into particles and undergoing a phase transformation. The rGO/TiO2 nanotubes deliver a high capacity (263 mAh g−1 at the end of 100 cycles at 0.1 A g−1), excellent rate performance (151 mAh g−1 at 2 A g−1 and 102 mAh g−1 at 5 A g−1), and good cycle stability (206 mAh g−1 after 500 cycles at 0.5 A g−1). These characteristics arise from the GO/TiO2 nanotubes’ advanced structure. First, the closely coated rGO and Ti3+ in the tubes give rise to a high electro-conductivity of the nanotubes. Additionally, the Li+ ions can rapidly transfer into the electrode via the nanotubes’ empty inner diameter and short tube wall. PMID:27808271

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2015-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  10. Fabrication of transparent TiO2 nanotube-based photoanodes for CdS/CdTe quantum co-sensitized solar cells

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    Gualdrón-Reyes, A. F.; Cárdenas-Arenas, A.; Martínez, C. A.; Kouznetsov, V. V.; Meléndez, A. M.

    2017-01-01

    In order to fabricate a solar cell, ordered TiO2 nanotube (TNT) arrays were prepared by double anodization. TNT arrays with variable lengths were obtained by changing the duration of the anodizing process of up to 3h. TNT membranes were transferred to indium tin oxide substrates and attached with a B-TiO2 sol. TNT photoanode with the best photoelectrochemical performance was sensitized with CdS by SILAR method. On other hand, CdTe quantum dots prepared via colloidal synthesis were deposited on TNT photoanodes for 2h, 4h and 6h. In addition, TNT/CdS was loaded with CdTe quantum dots for 4 h. Morphology and chemical modification of TiO2 were characterized by FESEM and XPS, while their photoelectrochemical performance was measured by open-circuit photopotential and photovoltammetry under visible light. TiO2 nanotubes grown during 2.5h showed the highest photocurrent due to presence of Ti3+ donor states by N and F co-doping, increasing the number of photogenerated electrons transported to back collector. TNT/CdS/CdTe photoanode reach the highest conversion efficiency under AM 1.5G simulated solar illumination.

  11. Layer-by-layer assembly of TiO2 nanowire/carbon nanotube films and characterization of their photocatalytic activity

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    Darányi, Mária; Csesznok, Tamás; Kukovecz, Ákos; Kónya, Zoltán; Kiricsi, Imre; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Vajtai, Robert

    2011-05-01

    We report on the layer-by-layer (LbL) formation of TiO2-MWNT-TiO2 coatings on quartz with either trititanate derived TiO2 nanowires or Degussa P25 as the photocatalytically active material. The optimized deposition sequence is discussed in detail and the morphology of the prepared coatings is analyzed by SEM and XRD. The heterogeneous photocatalytic performance of the coatings was tested in the methyl orange oxidation reaction. The apparent first order rate constant fell in the 0.01-0.20 h - 1 range over a 2.5 × 2.5 cm2 film depending on the type and the thickness of the titanate coating. Building a multiwall carbon nanotube layer into the middle of the layer improved the photocatalytic activity for each material for all of the studied thicknesses. P25 based films performed 2-5 times better than TiO2 nanowire films; however, the pores in the P25 based films were largely blocked because the isotropic P25 nanoparticles form closely packed layers by themselves and even more so with the comparably sized multiwall carbon nanotubes. Therefore, films derived from titanate nanowires appear to be more suitable for use as multifunctional, photocatalytically active filtration media.

  12. Layer-by-layer assembly of TiO2 nanowire/carbon nanotube films and characterization of their photocatalytic activity.

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    Darányi, Mária; Csesznok, Tamás; Kukovecz, Akos; Kónya, Zoltán; Kiricsi, Imre; Ajayan, Pulickel M; Vajtai, Robert

    2011-05-13

    We report on the layer-by-layer (LbL) formation of TiO(2)-MWNT-TiO(2) coatings on quartz with either trititanate derived TiO(2) nanowires or Degussa P25 as the photocatalytically active material. The optimized deposition sequence is discussed in detail and the morphology of the prepared coatings is analyzed by SEM and XRD. The heterogeneous photocatalytic performance of the coatings was tested in the methyl orange oxidation reaction. The apparent first order rate constant fell in the 0.01-0.20 h(-1) range over a 2.5 × 2.5 cm(2) film depending on the type and the thickness of the titanate coating. Building a multiwall carbon nanotube layer into the middle of the layer improved the photocatalytic activity for each material for all of the studied thicknesses. P25 based films performed 2-5 times better than TiO(2) nanowire films; however, the pores in the P25 based films were largely blocked because the isotropic P25 nanoparticles form closely packed layers by themselves and even more so with the comparably sized multiwall carbon nanotubes. Therefore, films derived from titanate nanowires appear to be more suitable for use as multifunctional, photocatalytically active filtration media.

  13. A promising electrode material modified by Nb-doped TiO2 nanotubes for electrochemical degradation of AR 73.

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    Xu, Li; Liang, Gaorui; Yin, Ming

    2017-04-01

    A distinctive SnO2Sb electrode with highly ordered Nb doped TiO2 nanotubes sheet as a new substrate, obtained by NbTi alloy anodization, is prepared by pulse electrochemical deposition for the first time as electrocatalytic oxidation anode for wastewater treatment. The novel electrode has a larger surface area and smaller crystallite particles than conventional SnO2Sb electrodes as obtained from the analysis of scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Compared with Ti/SnO2Sb and Ti/TiO2-NTs/SnO2Sb prepared by pulse electrochemical deposition, the electrode modified by NbTiO2-NTs has the higher oxygen evolution potential of 2.29 V (vs. Ag/AgCl), and the lower charge transfer resistance, which decreased by 65% and 79%. The service lifetime of NbTi/NbTiO2-NTs/SnO2Sb is 4.9 times longer than that of Ti/SnO2Sb and 1.9 times longer than that of Ti/TiO2-NTs/SnO2Sb. The new electrode is proved to have an excellent electrochemical oxidation and degradation ability using Acid Red 73 as a target organic pollutant. The AR 73 removal, chemical oxygen demand removal and kinetic rate constant are increased obviously due to the introduction of NbTiO2-NTs. Besides, the energy consumption reduces 37.2% and 31.4% in contrast with Ti/SnO2Sb and Ti/TiO2-NTs/SnO2Sb. Hence, the Ti/SnO2Sb modified by NbTiO2-NTs is a very promising anode material for the electrochemical treatment of dye wastewater. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. The controlled release of simvastatin from TiO2 nanotubes to promote osteoblast differentiation and inhibit osteoclast resorption

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    Lai, Min; Jin, Ziyang; Yang, Xinyi; Wang, Huaying; Xu, Kui

    2017-02-01

    The aim of this study was to fabricate a novel drug-releasing bioactive platform that has excellent potential for improving osteoblast differentiation and inhibiting osteoclast resorption. TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) with an outer diameter of around 70 nm were prepared by an anodization method. TNTs were filled with simvastatin (SV) and then coated using chitosan/gelatin multilayers (TNT-SV-LBL). The successful fabrication of TNT-SV-LBL substrates was confirmed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and contact angle measurement, respectively. The in vitro release behavior of simvastatin from TNT-SV-LBL substrates showed a sustained release as compared to the uncoated group. Osteoblasts adhering to TNT-SV-LBL substrates attached well and displayed significantly higher (p < 0.01) cell viability compared with the other substrates. More importantly, osteoblasts grown on TNT-SV-LBL substrates displayed a statistically significant (p < 0.01 or p < 0.05) increase in protein production levels of alkaline phosphatase (ALP), osteocalcin (OC) and mRNA expression of runt related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), ALP, collagen type I (Col I), osteopontin (OPN), OC and osteoprotegerin (OPG) compared to the other groups after 4, 7 and 14 days of culture, respectively. Additionally, multinuclear osteoclastic differentiation of RAW264.7 cells grown on TNT-SV-LBL substrates was inhibited as confirmed by tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) analysis. These results demonstrated that bio-functionalized substrates with SV and chitosan/gelatin multilayers have great potential for improving osteoblast differentiation, as well as inhibiting osteoclast formation. Therefore, these advanced surface and chemical capabilities make this substrate well suited for the development of a drug-releasing Ti implant for bone regeneration.

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

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

    2012-11-30

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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    2011-01-01

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

  18. Fast growth with crystal splitting of morphology-controllable Bi2S3 flowers on TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Yang, L. X.; Ding, Y. B.; Luo, S. L.; Luo, Y.; Deng, F.; Li, Y.

    2013-03-01

    Bi2S3 crystals with flower-like morphologies are deposited on TiO2 nanotube arrays (NTs) by applying the cathodic pulse electrodeposition (PED) technique at 120 °C in 20 s. The highly oriented TiO2 NTs/Ti serving as substrate has high surface energy which is favorable for Gibbs free energy decreasing in nucleation process. Numerous boundaries between NTs are nucleation sites for atomic clusters, resulting in a fast nucleation velocity. Effective and fast heterogeneous nucleation initiates a thermodynamic control growth model and finally leads to the fast formation of highly crystallized Bi2S3 with a typical splitting property. Ethylene glycol (EG) was introduced into the electrolytes to inhibit the typical growth along the c axis ([0 0 1] plane) and facilitate the growth along the ab plane, producing Bi2S3 crystals with variable morphologies from sheaves to flowers by increasing EG contents.

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

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

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

  20. Synergistic effects of the aspect ratio of TiO2 nanowires and multi-walled carbon nanotube embedment for enhancing photovoltaic performance of dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Ahn, Ji Young; Kim, Ji Hoon; Moon, Kook Joo; Park, So Dam; Kim, Soo Hyung

    2013-08-07

    The existence of numerous interfacial boundaries among TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) accumulated in the photoelectrode layer of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) hinders the effective transport of photogenerated electrons to an electrode. Therefore, as a replacement for TiO2 NPs, one-dimensional TiO2 nanowires (NWs) can be suggested to provide pathways for fast electron transport by significantly reducing the number of interfacial boundaries. In order to provide direct evidence for the better performance of such longer TiO2 NWs than shorter TiO2 NWs, we examine the effect of the controlled aspect ratio of the TiO2 NWs randomly accumulated in the photoelectrode layer on the photovoltaic performance of DSSCs. It is clearly found that longer TiO2 NWs significantly improve the electron transport by reducing the TiO2/dye/electrolyte interfacial contact resistance. Furthermore, the embedment of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as an effective charge transfer medium in longer TiO2 NWs is proposed in this study to promote more synergistic effects, which lead to significant improvements in the photovoltaic properties of DSSCs.