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

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

    2011-03-15

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

  2. Photocatalytic properties of titania pillared clays by different drying methods

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    Ding, Z.; Zhu, H.Y.; Lu, G.Q.; Greenfield, P.F.

    1999-01-01

    Photocatalysts based on titania pillared clays (TiO{sub 2} PILCs) have been prepared through a sol-gel method. Different drying methods, air drying (AD), air drying after ethanol extraction (EAD), and supercritical drying (SCD) have been employed and found to have significant effects on the photocatalytic efficiency of the resultant catalysts for the oxidation of phenol in water. Titania pillared clay (TiO{sub 2} PILC) obtained by SCD has the highest external and micropore surface area, largest amount and smallest crystallite size of anatase, and exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity. Furthermore, silica titania pillared clay (SiO{sub 2}-TiO{sub 2} PILC) after SCD, titania coated TiO{sub 2} PILC (SCD) and SiO{sub 2}-TiO{sub 2} PILC (SCD) were synthesized to study the key factors controlling the photocatalytic activity. It is concluded that the dispersion of nanometer-sized anatase on the surface of the PILC particles and the suspensibility of the particles are the most important factors for high photocatalytic efficiency.

  3. Precise size control over ultrafine rutile titania nanocrystallites in hierarchical nanotubular silica/titania hybrids with efficient photocatalytic activity.

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    Gu, Yuanqing; Huang, Jianguo

    2013-08-12

    Hierarchical-structured nanotubular silica/titania hybrids incorporated with particle-size-controllable ultrafine rutile titania nanocrystallites were realized by deposition of ultrathin titania sandwiched silica gel films onto each nanofiber of natural cellulose substances (e.g., common commercial filter paper) and subsequent flame burning in air. The rapid flame burning transforms the initially amorphous titania into rutile phase titania, and the silica gel films suppress the crystallite growth of rutile titania, thereby achieving nano-precise size regulation of ultrafine rutile titania nanocrystallites densely embedded in the silica films of the nanotubes. The average diameters of these nanocrystallites are adjustable in a range of approximately 3.3-16.0 nm by a crystallite size increment rate of about 2.4 nm per titania deposition cycle. The silica films transfer the electrons activated by crystalline titania and generate catalytic reactive species at the outer surface. The size-tuned ultrafine rutile titania nanocrystallites distributed in the unique hierarchical networks significantly improve the photocatalytic performance of the rutile phase titania, thereby enabling a highly efficient photocatalytic degradation of the methylene blue dye under ultraviolet light irradiation, which is even superior to the pure anatase-titania-based materials. The facile stepwise size control of the rutile titania crystallites described here opens an effective pathway for the design and preparation of fine-nanostructured rutile phase titania materials to explore potential applications.

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

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

    2014-06-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-12

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  7. Photocatalytic activity of titania fibers obtained by electrospinning

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    Alves, A.K. Berutti, F.A.; Clemens, F.J.; Graule, T.; Bergmann, C.P.

    2009-02-04

    Composite fibers of polyvinyl pyrrolidone and titanium isopropoxide were prepared in this study using the electrospinning technique. Titanium oxide fibers were obtained after subsequent heat treatment at high temperatures. The photocatalytic activity of these fibers is reported herein. The fibers were characterized using the BET model, thermogravimetry, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the titania fibers was investigated using ultraviolet-visible absorbance by following the photooxidative decomposition of methylene blue in comparison to the reference TiO{sub 2} powder Degussa P25. The temperature of heat treatment, the crystalline structure, and the surface area affected the physical and chemical properties of the as-synthesized titania fibers. Increasing the temperature of heat treatment resulted in a decrease in both the fraction of anatase phase and the surface area, thereby leading to reduced photocatalytic activity.

  8. Photocatalytic Degradation of Azo Dyes using Doped Titania Fibers

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    Shanmugasundaram, Prasad

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

  9. Monolithic 3D titania with ultrathin nanoshell structures for enhanced photocatalytic activity and recyclability

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    Ahn, Changui; Park, Junyong; Kim, Donghyuk; Jeon, Seokwoo

    2013-10-01

    Titania has attracted considerable interest for use in water purification applications due to its excellent photocatalytic activity. To further improve the efficiency of photocatalysis, numerous nanostructures (i.e. nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanowires) have been proposed to increase the surface area of titania. Despite the high photocatalytic performance of the nanostructured titania, subsequent difficulties encountered in recollection and reuse of titania inhibit the practical application for water purification systems. Here we successfully fabricate monolithic, three dimensional (3D) nanoshell titania with high uniformity over large areas (~1 × 1 inch2) through proximity field nanopatterning (PnP) and low-temperature atomic layer deposition (ALD) techniques. The higher surface area of 3D nanoshell titania increases the photocatalytic performance more than three-fold relative to that of a thin film of equivalent sample size. Also, the monolithic form of titania enables it to be reused without any degradation of photocatalytic activity. The newly developed nanomaterials in this study can serve as an efficient and reusable photocatalyst for water purification systems.Titania has attracted considerable interest for use in water purification applications due to its excellent photocatalytic activity. To further improve the efficiency of photocatalysis, numerous nanostructures (i.e. nanoparticles, nanotubes, and nanowires) have been proposed to increase the surface area of titania. Despite the high photocatalytic performance of the nanostructured titania, subsequent difficulties encountered in recollection and reuse of titania inhibit the practical application for water purification systems. Here we successfully fabricate monolithic, three dimensional (3D) nanoshell titania with high uniformity over large areas (~1 × 1 inch2) through proximity field nanopatterning (PnP) and low-temperature atomic layer deposition (ALD) techniques. The higher surface area of 3D

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

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

    2012-12-15

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

  11. Recent developments on titania nanoparticle as photocatalytic cancer cells treatment.

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    Jukapli, Nurhidayatullaili Muhd; Bagheri, Samira

    2016-10-01

    This review provides a background, fundamental and advanced application of titania nanoparticles (TiO2) on the disinfection and killing of cancer cell through photocatalytic chemistry. It starts with the characteristic properties focused on the surface, light sensitivity, crystallinity and toxicology of TiO2 as a photocatalyst. Consequently, outline and design of photocatalytic reactor has been figured out based on the target organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and cancer cells. Despite a large number of studies undertaken, limited selectivity and efficacy of TiO2 photocatalyst are still widely accepted problems. An ideal TiO2 photocatalyst should have the combined properties of highly stable reactive oxygen species yield and a greater degree of selectivity towards cancerous cell without damaging the healthy tissues. Hybridization of TiO2 with metal, metal oxide and carbon nano materials significantly improved both of stability and selectivity of TiO2, whilst maintaining its high Photodynamic reactivity. PMID:27639172

  12. A simple method to synthesize N-doped rutile titania with enhanced photocatalytic activity in sunlight

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    Gandhe, Aditi R.; Fernandes, Julio B. . E-mail: juliofernandes@rediffmail.com

    2005-09-15

    This study demonstrates a simple route for the synthesis of nanocrystalline N doped rutile titania by calcination of acidified TiCl{sub 3} in presence of urea. Urea was used as a source of nitrogen. The N doped rutile titania was yellow in colour and showed excellent photocatalytic activity in sunlight.

  13. Nanostructured photocatalytic titania coatings formed by suspension plasma spraying

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    Toma, Filofteia-Laura; Bertrand, Ghislaine; Klein, Didier; Coddet, Christian; Meunier, Cathy

    2006-12-01

    This paper describes formation of titanium dioxide coatings designed for photocatalytic applications, obtained by suspension plasma spraying (SPS), an alternative of the atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) technique in which the material feedstock is a suspension of the material to be sprayed. Two different TiO2 powders were dispersed in distilled water and ethanol and injected in Ar-H2 or Ar-H2-He plasma under atmospheric conditions. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses were performed to study the microstructure of the titania coatings. Photocatalytic efficiency of the elaborated samples was evaluated from the conversion ratio of different air pollutants: nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2). The morphology and crystalline structure of the deposits depended mainly on the nature of the solvent (water or alcohol) used in the preparation of the slurries. Dense coatings were obtained starting from aqueous suspensions and porous deposits were elaborated by plasma spraying of a PC105 alcoholic suspension. A significant phase transformation from anatase to rutile occurred when ethanol was used as a solvent. Different photocatalytic performances were observed as a function of the nature of the liquid material feed-stock, the spraying parameters, and the nature of the pollutant.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  15. Hierarchical-structured anatase-titania/cellulose composite sheet with high photocatalytic performance and antibacterial activity.

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    Luo, Yan; Huang, Jianguo

    2015-02-01

    Bulk hierarchical anatase-titania/cellulose composite sheets were fabricated by subjecting an ultrathin titania gel film pre-deposited filter paper to a solvo-co-hydrothermal treatment by using titanium butoxide as the precursor to grow anatase-titania nanocrystallites on the cellulose nanofiber surfaces. The titanium butoxide specie is firstly absorbed onto the nanofibers of the cellulose substance through a solvothermal process, which was thereafter hydrolyzed and crystallized upon the subsequent hydrothermal treatment, leading to the formation of fine anatase-titania nanoparticles with sizes of 2-5 nm uniformly anchored on the cellulose nanofibers. The resulting anatase-titania/cellulose composite sheet shows a significant photocatalytic performance towards degradation of a methylene blue dye, and introduction of silver nanoparticles into the composite sheet yields an Ag-NP/anatase-titania/cellulose composite material possessing excellent antibacterial activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

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

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    Kimura, T.

    2014-11-01

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

  17. Bioinspired hierarchical nanotubular titania immobilized with platinum nanoparticles for photocatalytic hydrogen production.

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    Liu, Xiaoyan; Li, Jiao; Zhang, Yiming; Huang, Jianguo

    2015-05-11

    A bioinspired nanocomposite composed of platinum nanoparticles and nanotubular titania was fabricated in which the titania matter was templated by natural cellulose substance. The composite possesses three- dimensional hierarchical structures, and ultrafine metallic platinum particles with sizes of ca. 2 nm were immobilized uniformly on the surfaces of the titania nanotubes. Such a nanocomposite with 1.06 wt % of platinum content shows the optimal photocatalytic hydrogen production activity from water splitting of 16.44 mmol h(-1)  g(-1) , and excessive loading of platinum results in poorer photocatalytic performance. The structural integrity of the nanocomposite upon cyclic water-splitting processes results in its sufficient photocatalytic stability.

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

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

    2010-08-05

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

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

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

    2010-03-01

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

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

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

    2011-07-01

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

  1. Biogenic C-doped titania templated by cyanobacteria for visible-light photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B.

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    He, Jiao; Zi, Guoli; Yan, Zhiying; Li, Yongli; Xie, Jiao; Duan, Deliang; Chen, Yongjuan; Wang, Jiaqiang

    2014-05-01

    Cyanobacteria, which occurred in eutrophic water harvest solar light to carry out photosynthesis with high efficiency. In this work, cyanobacteria (Microcystis sp.) were used as biotemplate to synthesize titania structure. The synthesized titania sample had similar morphology to that of the original template in spite of the fragile unicellular structures and extremely high water content of cyanobacterial cells. Incorporation of biogenic C, as well as the morphology inherited from biotemplate improved visible-light absorbance of the titania structure. The sample exhibited higher visible-light photocatalytic activity than commercial titania photocatalyst Degussa P25 for Rhodamine B (RhB) degradation. Compared with those C-doped titania photocatalysts prepared by other methods, cyanobacteria templated titania photocatalyst offer some potential for competitive advantages. The reported strategy opened up a new use for the cyanobacteria. It could also be used for titania in applications such as treatment of polluted water, dye-sensitized solar cells, or other regions.

  2. Three-dimensionally ordered macroporous titania with structural and photonic effects for enhanced photocatalytic efficiency.

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    Wu, Min; Li, Yu; Deng, Zhao; Su, Bao-Lian

    2011-10-17

    The three dimensional photonic crystals concept has been employed for photocatalysis. Slow photons observed in photonic crystal structures will enhance the absorption of materials when the photon energy matches the absorbance of the materials, which would improve the photocatalytic efficiency. In this work, three dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) titania was prepared by applying the colloidal templating method with a range of pore diameters. Calcination at different temperatures to remove the templates resulted in different crystalline phases. The structural and photonic properties were characterized and their effects on photocatalytic activity are presented as well. A strong effect of the pore diameter on the photocatalytic activity was observed and correlated with the photon energy involved in the photodegradation process of organics. A very interesting phenomenon was also observed: the sample prepared by using PS spheres of 250 nm had a high photocatalytic efficiency, which mismatched the effect of pore diameter, probably owing to the slow photon effect. PMID:21994156

  3. Photocatalytic composites based on titania nanoparticles and carbon nanomaterials

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    Nguyen, Bich Ha; Hieu Nguyen, Van; Vu, Dinh Lam

    2015-09-01

    In this article we present a review on recent experimental works toward the formation of visible light responsive composite photocatalysts on the basis of titania nanoparticles and carbon nanomaterials of different types. The research results achieved in last years has shown that the nanocomposite photocatalysts comprising titania nanoparticles and graphene or graphene oxide sheets, and also nanoparticles of noble metals and metallic oxides, exhibited the evident priority compared to the others. Therefore our review emphasizes the research on these promising visible light responsive nanophotocatalysts.

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

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    Paul, Nibedita; Deka, Amrita; Mohanta, Dambarudhar

    2014-10-14

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

  5. A one-pot method to prepare N-doped titania hollow spheres with high photocatalytic activity under visible light

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    Ao, Yanhui; Xu, Jingjing; Zhang, Songhe; Fu, Degang

    2010-02-01

    N-doped titania hollow spheres (NTHS) were prepared by a one-pot hydrothermal method using urea as precursor of nitrogen. The prepared hollow spheres were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), scanning electron microscope (SEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (DRS). The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared titania hollow spheres was determined by degradation of Reactive Brilliant Red dye X-3B (C.I. reactive red 2) under visible light irradiation, and was compared to non-doped titania hollow spheres and commercial P25 titania. Results indicated that the as-prepared NTHS showed highest photocatalytic activity.

  6. Role of Water and Carbonates in Photocatalytic Transformation of CO2 to CH4 on Titania

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    Dimitrijevic, Nada; Vijayan, Baiju K.; Poluektov, Oleg G.; Rajh, Tijana; Gray, Kimberley A.; He, Haiying; Zapol, Peter

    2011-03-23

    Using the electron paramagnetic resonance technique, we have elucidated the multiple roles of water and carbonates in the overall photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methane over titania nanoparticles. The formation of H atoms (reduction product) and {sm_bullet}OH radicals (oxidation product) from water, and CO{sub 3}{sup -} radical anions (oxidation product) from carbonates, was detected in CO{sub 2}-saturated titania aqueous dispersion under UV illumination. Additionally, methoxyl, {sm_bullet}OCH{sub 3}, and methyl, {sm_bullet}CH{sub 3}, radicals were identified as reaction intermediates. The two-electron, one-proton reaction proposed as an initial step in the reduction of CO{sub 2}, on the surface of TiO{sub 2}, is supported by the results of first-principles calculations.

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

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

    1996-12-31

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

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

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

    2015-10-21

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

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

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

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

    2015-10-21

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

  14. Synthesis of mesoporous titania nanoparticles with anatase frameworks and investigation of their photocatalytic performance.

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    Zakaria, Mohamed B; Suzuki, Norihiro; Shimasaki, Kotaro; Miyamoto, Nobuyoshi; Huang, Yu-Tzu; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2012-06-01

    In this research paper, we synthesize various types of mesoporous titania nanoparticles (MTNs) with suitable surface area and pore size while creating anatase frameworks by applying hydrothermal treatment or calcination at different temperatures. Wide-angle XRD patterns and N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms reveal that the MTNs with crystallized anatase frameworks can be synthesized after an optimized hydrothermal treatment. In contrast, calcination of MTNs at high temperature caused the collapse of mesoporous structure, resulted in drastic reduction of the surface area of the MTNs. In addition, we investigate the photocatalytic activity of the prepared MTNs by measuring the degradation of methylene blue (MB). The results show that the reaction rates of the photocatalytic MB decomposition strongly depend on the degree of crystallinity in the MTNs frameworks and on the surface area of MTNs.

  15. Application of titania fibers obtained by electrospinning in photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange.

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    Alves, Annelise K; Berutti, Felipe A; Bergmann, Carlos P

    2009-07-15

    Composite fibers of polyvinylpirrolidone and titanium propoxide were prepared using the electrospinning technique. Titanium oxide fibers were obtained on heat treatment of this composite. These fibers were characterized by means of specific surface area, thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction and electronic microscopy processes. Evaluation of their photocatalytic activity was carried out in comparison with the nanometric powder TiO2 P25 from Degussa as reference. The photo-oxidative decomposition of methyl orange was followed by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy to determine the acid- and basic pH values. The heat treatment of these fibers at higher temperatures led to a decrease in the anatase phase responsible for their photoactivity. The heat treatment, the phases of the material, the pH of the medium, and the surface area affected the physical-chemical and photocatalytic properties of the titania fibers.

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

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

    2012-04-01

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

  17. Photocatalytic removal of NO and NO2 using titania nanotubes synthesized by hydrothermal method.

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    Nguyen, Nhat Huy; Bai, Hsunling

    2014-05-01

    In this study, the photocatalysts of titania nanotubes (TNTs) were synthesized at different calcination temperatures using commercial Degussa TiO2 (P25) as a precursor. The materials were then characterized by BET, SEM, TEM, and XRD analyses. The photocatalytic reactions with NO and NO2 under UV-A irradiation were both performed. The results showed that the photocatalytic reaction rate of NO was much faster than that of NO2, and the conversion of NO2 to nitrate was the rate-limiting step for photocatalytic removal of NOx if the nitrate produced cannot be removed continuously from the photocatalyst surface. For TNTs calcined at different temperatures, a significant enhancement was observed on the total NOx removal efficiency by TNT calcined at 500°C for both NO and NO2 photocatalytic reaction, which could be attributed to its high anatase crystallinity as well as high surface area. These two factors affect primarily on the NO2 conversion step in which the high anatase crystallinity could be responsible for the high efficiency at the beginning, while the high surface area could be accounted for retaining this high efficiency from nitric acid poisoning during the test period.

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  19. Effective photocatalytic degradation of atrazine over titania-coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) coupled with microwave energy.

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    Chen, Hongzhe; Yang, Shaogui; Yu, Kai; Ju, Yongming; Sun, Cheng

    2011-04-14

    Microwave-assisted photocatalytic (MAPC) degradation of atrazine over nanotitania coated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (TiO(2)/MWCNTs) was investigated in this study. As a result, degradation efficiency of atrazine over TiO(2)/CNTs prepared by hydrothermal method was about 30% and 20% higher than that of titania P25 and anatase prepared hydrothermally in given time. The TiO(2)/CNTs composite samples were characterized by TGA-DSC, TEM, UV-vis DRS, XRD and BET, to explain the reason for efficient degradation and adsorption process of atrazine. Microwave thermal effect in this process was also investigated. Intermediates of degradation both in MAPC process and microwave-assisted photodegradation (MAPD) process were identified by LC/MS. It suggests that MWCNTs have special effects on atrazine degradation during MAPC process, like strong microwave absorption capability.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

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

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    Li, Xue; Fu, Xiaoning; Yang, Hui

    2011-02-21

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  5. Role of water and carbonates in photocatalytic transformation of CO{sub 2} to CH{sub 4} on titania.

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    Dimitrijevic, N. M.; Vijayan, B. K.; Poluektov, O. G.; Rajh, T.; Gray, K. A.; He, H.; Zapol, P.

    2011-02-24

    Using the electron paramagnetic resonance technique, we have elucidated the multiple roles of water and carbonates in the overall photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide to methane over titania nanoparticles. The formation of H atoms (reduction product) and {center_dot}OH radicals (oxidation product) from water, and CO{sub 3}{sup -} radical anions (oxidation product) from carbonates, was detected in CO{sub 2}-saturated titania aqueous dispersion under UV illumination. Additionally, methoxyl, {center_dot}OCH{sub 3}, and methyl, {center_dot}CH{sub 3}, radicals were identified as reaction intermediates. The two-electron, one-proton reaction proposed as an initial step in the reduction of CO{sub 2} on the surface of TiO{sub 2} is supported by the results of first-principles calculations.

  6. Metal doped nanosized titania used for the photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B dye under visible-light.

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    Mahlambi, Mphilisi M; Mishra, Ajay K; Mishra, Shivani B; Krause, Rui W; Mamba, Bhekie B; Raichur, Ashok M

    2013-07-01

    Metal-doped anatase nanosized titania photocatalysts were successfully synthesized using a sol-gel process. Different amounts of the dopants (0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0%) of the metals (Ag, Ni, Co and Pd) were utilized. The UV-Vis spectra (solid state diffuse reflectance spectra) of the doped nanoparticles exhibited a red shift in the absorption edge as a result of metal doping. The metal-doped nanoparticles were investigated for their photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation using Rhodamine B (Rh B) as a control pollutant. The results obtained indicate that the metal-doped titania had the highest activity at 0.4% metal loading. The kinetic models revealed that the photodegradation of Rh B followed a pseudo first order reaction. From ion chromatography (IC) analysis the degradation by-products Rhodamine B fragments were found to be acetate, chloride, nitrite, carbonate and nitrate ions.

  7. The removal of sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate surfactant from water using silica/titania nanorods/nanotubes composite membrane with photocatalytic capability

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    Zhang, Haimin; Quan, Xie; Chen, Shuo; Zhao, Huimin; Zhao, Yazhi

    2006-10-01

    This paper reports experimental results on removal of sodium dodecylbenzene sulfonate (SDBS), using silica/titania nanorods/nanotubes composite membrane with photocatalytic capability. This multifunctional composite membrane has been successfully prepared from colloidal X-silica/titania sols ( X denotes molar percent of silica) by the sol-gel technique. The prepared nanorods/nanotubes composite membranes were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), scanning probe microscope (SPM) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS). XRD patterns confirmed that the embedding of amorphous silica into nanophase titania matrix helped to increase the thermal stability of titania and control the size of titania particles. The small size titania particles with anatase phase played an important role in formation of silica/titania nanorods/nanotubes composite membranes with photocatalytic capability. The percentage of anatase phase titania reached 93% when 20%-silica/titania nanorods/nanotubes composite membrane calcined at 400 °C for 2 h. Most (95%) of the pore volume was located in mesopores of diameters ranging from 1.4 to 10 nm. The experimental results showed that the removal of SDBS achieved 89% after 100 min by combining the photocatalysis with membrane filtration techniques. Although the SDBS was not completely decomposed by photocatalysis, the degradation of the SDBS helped to enhance composite membrane flux and prevent membrane fouling. It was possible to treat successfully surfactant wastewater using multifunctional silica/titania nanorods/nanotubes composite membrane by means of a continuous process; this could be interesting for industrial applications.

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

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

    2015-06-17

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

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

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

    2014-06-01

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

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  14. Synthesis of Nano-Crystalline Gamma-TiAl Materials

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    Hales, Stephen J.; Vasquez, Peter

    2003-01-01

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

  15. Gelatin-templated mesoporous titania for photocatalytic air treatment and application in metal chalcogenide nanoparticle-sensitized solar cells.

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    Stroyuk, Oleksandr L; Rayevska, Oleksandra Ye; Shvalagin, Vitaly V; Kuchmiy, Stepan Ya; Bavykin, Dmitry V; Streltsov, Eugene A; Poznyak, Sergey K

    2013-04-01

    Mesoporous titania as powders and thin films on ITO were prepared using gelatin as an available and non-expensive pore-forming agent. The mesoporous TiO2 manifested a much higher photocatalytic activity in the gas-phase air oxidation of ethanol and acetaldehyde than the commercial nanocrystalline TiO2 P25 (Degussa Corp.). The mesoporous ITO/TiO2 films exhibited 12-14% efficiency of photocurrent generation in aqueous Na2S electrolyte when illuminated by UV light. Deposition of CdS and PbS nanoparticles onto the surface of ITO/TiO2 further increases the photocurrent yields and expands the light sensitivity range of the films to 500-520 nm (CdS) and to 650-700 nm (PbS).

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  17. Preparation, characterization, and photocatalytic activity of sulfate-modified titania for degradation of methyl orange under visible light.

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    Parida, K M; Sahu, N; Biswal, N R; Naik, B; Pradhan, A C

    2008-02-15

    Hydrated titania was prepared by a sol-gel method, taking tetraisopropyl orthotitanate as starting material, and then promoted with different weight percentages of sulfate by an incipient wetness impregnation method. The materials were characterized by various advanced techniques such as PXRD, BET surface area, N(2) adsorption-desorption measurements, FTIR, and SEM. Analytical results demonstrated that TiO(2) is mesoporous in nature, and sulfate modification could inhibit the phase transformation and enhance the thermal stability of TiO(2). It was also found that sulfate modification could reduce the crystallite size and increase the specific surface area of the catalysts. The degradation of methyl orange under solar radiation was investigated to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of these materials. Effects of different parameters such as pH of the solution, amount of catalyst, additives, and kinetics were investigated. At 2.5 wt% sulfate loading, the average percentage of degradation of methyl orange was nearly two times than that of neat TiO(2). The photocatalytic degradation followed first-order kinetics. PMID:18035368

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

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    Kumar, Rajeev

    2016-09-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-13

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

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

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

    2014-12-15

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

  1. Sol-gel synthesis of photoactive kaolinite-titania: Effect of the preparation method and their photocatalytic properties

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    Shao, Godlisten N.; Engole, Marion; Imran, S. M.; Jeon, Sun Jeong; Kim, Hee Taik

    2015-03-01

    Supporting TiO2 on different materials is a potential strategy to improve the photochemical properties of the resulting composites. Kaolinite (K) was used as a support to synthesize a series of kaolinite-titania (K-TiO2) photocatalysts with desirable properties for decolorization of organic contaminants. Initially, TiO2 sol was formed through gelation of titanium oxychloride using ammonium hydroxide solution and subsequent peptization of the preformed gel in a low concentration of nitric acid. The sol was reacted with different concentrations of kaolinite at different pH conditions to yield K-TiO2 composites with different TiO2 compositions. The physicochemical properties of the photocatalysts were examined by XRD, FTIR, TGA, SEM-EDAX, XRF, UV-visible DRS, TEM and nitrogen gas physisorption studies analyses. XRD results revealed that through varying pH of the reaction a mixture of TiO2 crystals can be attained in the sintered samples. A simple photocatalytic experiment of the calcined photocatalysts was carried out to evaluate the decolorization of methylene blue in the presence of an artificial UV source. The obtained results were exquisitely compared to those of the ZrO2-TiO2 based composites obtained in our previous study. It was revealed that the amount of TiO2 in the composites and the calcination temperature had a profound effect on the microstructure and photocatalytic performance of the samples. Thus, the KT34-600 sample exhibited the highest activity of all due to its superior properties. This study provides a criterion for selection of precursors, synthetic routes and support suitable for the formation of metal oxides composites with desirable properties for heterogeneous catalysis.

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

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    Bu, Dan; Zhuang, Huisheng

    2013-01-01

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

  3. Photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide using sol-gel derived titania-supported CoPc catalysts.

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    Liu, Shaohua; Zhao, Zhihuan; Wang, Zhizhong

    2007-06-01

    CoPc loaded titania was synthesized by an improved sol-gel method using a homogeneous hydrolysis technique. The grain size of TiO2 and CoPc-TiO2 was uniform and average diameters were less than 20 nm. Both catalysts had two crystal phases, of which rutile accounted for about 28%. When they were used for the photoreduction of CO2 in NaOH solution under ambient conditions, the formate yield was significantly higher than that of the others, such as formaldehyde, methanol and so on. In order to increase the activity of the photocatalysts some factors were optimized, including the quantity of CoPc-TiO2 catalyst, concentration of Na(2)SO(3) hole scavenger, concentration of the NaOH solution and irradiation time. Under the optimal conditions, the gross photocatalytic reduction of CO2 was 1032 micromol (g cat)(-1). Furthermore, the yield of CH4 did not increase in the presence of CH(3)OH or HCHO, showing that the generation of CH4 from CO2 did not proceed via methanol as an intermediate under these conditions.

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

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

    2015-08-30

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

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

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

    2015-12-30

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

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

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

    2015-08-30

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

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

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

    2015-12-30

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

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

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    Song, Duck-Hyun; Hirato, Tetsuji

    2015-07-01

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

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

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    Xiang, Quanjun; Yu, Jiaguo; Jaroniec, Mietek

    2011-09-01

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

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

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    Xiang, Quanjun; Yu, Jiaguo; Jaroniec, Mietek

    2011-09-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-02-15

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

  14. Photocatalytic performance of titania nanospheres deposited on graphene in coumarin oxidation reaction

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    Wojtoniszak, M.; Zielinska, B.; Kalenczuk, R. J.; Mijowska, E.

    2012-03-01

    In this paper, we present a study on enhanced photocatalytic performance of TiO2 nanospheres deposited on graphene (n-TiO2-G) in a process of coumarin oxidation. The enhancement of the photoactivity has been observed in respect to commercial TiO2 P25. The presented material was prepared in two steps: (i) hydrolysis of titanium (IV) butoxide (TBT) in ethanol solution with simultaneous deposition on graphene oxide (GO) and (ii) calcination of TiO2-GO to form anatase-TiO2 and reduce GO to graphene. The nanomaterial was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier-Transformed Infrared spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. In the presented photocatalytic process the fluorescence was used to detect •OH formed on a photo-illuminated n-TiO2-G surface using coumarin which readily reacted with •OH to produce highly fluorescent 7-hydroxycoumarin.

  15. Synthesis of Cerium-Doped Titania Nanoparticles and Nanotubes.

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    Cao, Wei; Suzuki, Takuya; Elsayed-Ali, Hani E; Abdel-Fattah, Tarek M

    2015-03-01

    Cerium-doped titania nanoparticles and nanotubes were synthesized via hydrothermal processes. X-Ray Diffraction revealed that cerium-doped titania nanoparticles have an anatase crystal structure, while cerium-doped titania nanotubes have an H2Ti3O7-type structure. Scanning electron microscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy showed that both types of titania are well crystallized with relatively uniform size distribution. The photocatalytic degradation of methylthioninium chloride known as methylene blue dye was tested and both cerium-doped titania nanoparticles and nanotubes. The preliminary photocatalytic degradation of Methylene Blue data showed significantly improved visible light photocatalytic activities as compared to commercial titania powders.

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

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

    2010-09-15

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

  17. Effect of disorder on the optically amplified photocatalytic efficiency of titania inverse opals.

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    Chen, Jennifer I L; Freymann, Georg von; Kitaev, Vladimir; Ozin, Geoffrey A

    2007-02-01

    Optically amplified photochemistry with slow photons has been realized in our previous work when a photoactive material such as TiO(2) was molded into a photonic crystal and the corresponding energy of photonic bands overlapped with the electronic excitation. While numerous applications of photonic crystals have been proposed, the real practicality depends on the extent of structural imperfection that can be tolerated before significant deterioration in the optical response deems it unrealistic to use. As a result, it is important to evaluate the amount of structural disorder that can be tolerated in inverse TiO(2) opals if they are to be used as amplified photocatalysts for photolytic degradation of organics in environmental remediation and water purification. We present a systematic study on the effect of disorder with relation to the photocatalytic efficiency of oxidizing methylene blue dye adsorbed on inverse TiO(2) opals by introducing different fractions and sizes of guest spheres into the opal template. Our results show that half of the enhancement originally achieved by the inverse opal made from monodispersed 150-nm spheres is conserved when the domain size of the host spheres remains above a critical threshold. The substitution fraction can be as high as 0.4 when the guest spheres are 1.2 times larger than the host spheres. Such a high tolerance to structural disorder provides strong support for the potential use of inverse TiO(2) opals in environmental cleanup and water treatment applications.

  18. Two-dimensional interface engineering of a titania-graphene nanosheet composite for improved photocatalytic activity.

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    Sun, Jing; Zhang, Hui; Guo, Liang-Hong; Zhao, Lixia

    2013-12-26

    A graphene-based two-dimensional (2D) nanoplatform provides new opportunities for fabricating 2D heterojunction interfaces to fortify charge transfer in semiconductor assemblies. In this report, TiO2 nanosheet/graphene composite based 2D-2D heterojunctions were fabricated by a solvothermal process. Microscopic and spectroscopic characterization revealed a homogeneous sheetlike morphology with intimate interfacial contact between the TiO2 nanosheet and graphene due to chemical interactions. Compared with 0D-2D Degussa P25 (TiO2)/graphene and 1D-2D TiO2 nanotube/graphene composites, the 2D-2D TiO2 nanosheet/graphene hybrid demonstrated higher photocatalytic activity toward the degradation of rhodamine B and 2,4-dichlorophenol under UV irradiation. Radical trapping and ESR experiments revealed the enhanced generation of ·OH and O2(•-) in the 2D-2D heterojunction system. By analyzing TiO2 excited state deactivation lifetime, the interfacial electron transfer rates determined for 0D-2D, 1D-2D, and 2D-2D TiO2/graphene composites were 1.15 × 10(8) s(-1), 3.47 × 10(8) s(-1), and 1.06 × 10(9) s(-1), respectively. It was therefore proposed that the fast charge separation in the TiO2 nanosheet/graphene photocatalyst promoted the generation of reactive oxygen species and enhanced the photodegradation reactions. The results underscore the key role of nanomaterial dimensionality in interfacial charge transfer processes. PMID:24308534

  19. Transparent Nano-Crystalline TiO2 films

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

    2011-10-01

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

  20. Nano crystalline palladium disposable electrode development for electrochemical spectroscopy application

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    Chen, Wei; Su, Chien-Hao; Chen, Peng-Jen; Hsu, Kuo-Chen; Chang, Chia-Ching; Cheeshin Technology Co. Collaboration

    Electrochemical spectroscopy is a highly sensitive and selective detection method to revealing the intermolecular interaction. Gold electrode provides excellent charge transfer property and has been widely used in electrochemical analysis. However, gold electrode is expensive. Moreover, it is time consuming and complicated to regenerate a reaction active gold electrode. Therefore, a ready-to-use electrode is highly desired for electrochemical analysis. In this study, we have developed a novel nano-crystalline palladium (Pd) film electrode which is deposited on flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) by sputtering. This Pd electrode is as good as well prepared gold electrode both in cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electric impedance spectroscopy (EIS) due to its highly dispersive {1 1 1}facets-exposed nanocrystalline Pd on high quality. By using this ready-to-use Pd film electrode, the interactions between DNA and drugs can be detected at sub-nanogram level. This research is supported by MOST 104-2622-M-009-002-CC2; Corresponding author: Chia-Ching Chang; ccchang01@faculty.nctu.edu.tw.

  1. Removal of cationic Rhodamine-B dye using nano-titania with anatase crystalline structure and kinetic analysis of the photocatalytic reaction

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    Zhang, Dongfang

    2013-01-01

    Heterogeneous photocatalytic removal of Rhodamine-B (RhB) dye from liquid phase was done using anatase-phase nanocrystalline TiO2 synthesized via a modified sol-gel process. The anatase-phase nanocrystalline TiO2 was characterized using various analytical techniques including XRD, UV-vis DRS, PL, and FTIR to investigate its phase composition and structure, nanocrystalline size, band gap energy, photoluminescence and surface properties of the prepared systems. The photocatalytic discoloration efficiency of anatase-phase nanocrystalline titania was investigated by monitoring the decomposition of RhB dye as target compounds in an aqueous solution. The results showed that the as-prepared anatase-phase nanocrystalline TiO2 was excellent for degradation of RhB molecule, and the crystallite size, excitonic PL and surface hydroxyl content have intimate relationship with the decomposition efficiency of RhB. The reaction mechanism was proposed and the results demonstrate that the role of direct photolysis on RhB dye degradation can be neglected. Meanwhile, the Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic model describes the photodecay date of RhB in consistent with a first order powder law and thus photocatalytic oxidation reaction followed a pseudo-first-order kinetics.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-09-15

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

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

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    Wei, Zhishun; Kowalska, Ewa; Ohtani, Bunsho

    2014-01-01

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

  5. Superhydrophobic photocatalytic surfaces through direct incorporation of titania nanoparticles into a polymer matrix by aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition.

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    Crick, Colin R; Bear, Joseph C; Kafizas, Andreas; Parkin, Ivan P

    2012-07-10

    A new class of superhydrophobic photocatalytic surfaces that are self-cleaning through light-induced photodegradation and the Lotus effect are presented. The films are formed in a single-step aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD) process. The films are durable and show no degradation on continuous exposure to UV-C radiation. PMID:22706974

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

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    Goto, Takehito; Ogawa, Makoto

    2015-06-17

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

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

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

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

    2011-05-28

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-04-15

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

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

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

    2015-03-11

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

  13. 1H-NMR measurements of proton mobility in nano-crystalline YSZ.

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    Hinterberg, Judith; Adams, Alina; Blümich, Bernhard; Heitjans, Paul; Kim, Sangtae; Munir, Zuhair A; Martin, Manfred

    2013-12-01

    We report nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) results on water saturated, dense, nano-crystalline YSZ samples (9.5 mol% yttria doped zirconia) which exhibit proton conductivity at temperatures as low as room temperature. (1)H-NMR spectra recorded under static and magic angle spinning conditions show two distinct signals. Their temperature-dependent behavior and their linewidths suggest that one can be attributed to (free) water adsorbed on the surface of the sample and the other one to mobile protons within the sample. This interpretation is supported by comparison with measurements on a single-crystalline sample. For the nano-crystalline samples motional narrowing is observed for the signal originating from protons in the sample interior. For these protons, the analysis of temperature and field dependent spin-lattice relaxation time T1 points towards diffusion in a confined two-dimensional geometry. We attribute this quasi two-dimensional motion to protons that are mobile along internal interfaces or nanopores of nano-crystalline YSZ.

  14. Ceria and titania incorporated silica based catalyst prepared from rice husk: adsorption and photocatalytic studies of methylene blue.

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    Adam, Farook; Muniandy, Lingeswarran; Thankappan, Radhika

    2013-09-15

    Titania and ceria incorporated rice husk silica based catalyst was synthesized via sol-gel method using CTAB and glycerol as surface directing agents at room temperature and labeled as RHS-50Ti10Ce. The catalyst was used to study the adsorption and photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV irradiation. The powder XRD pattern of RHS-50Ti10Ce was much broader (2θ=25-30°) than that of the parent RHS (2θ=22°). The catalyst exhibited type IV isotherm with H3 hysteresis loop, and the TEM images showed partially ordered pore arrangements. The TGA-DTG thermograms confirmed the complete removal of the templates after calcination at 500°C. RHS-50Ti10Ce exhibited excellent adsorption capability with more than 99% removal of MB from a 40 mg L(-1) solution in just 15 min. It also decolorized an 80 mg L(-1) MB solution under UV irradiation in 210 min, which was comparable with the commercialized pure anatase TiO2.

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-11

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

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

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

    2016-06-15

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

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  19. Thermal anisotropy in nano-crystalline MoS2 thin films.

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    Muratore, Chris; Varshney, Vikas; Gengler, Jamie J; Hu, Jianjun; Bultman, John E; Roy, Ajit K; Farmer, Barry L; Voevodin, Andrey A

    2014-01-21

    In this work, we grow thin MoS2 films (50-150 nm) uniformly over large areas (>1 cm(2)) with strong basal plane (002) or edge plane (100) orientations to characterize thermal anisotropy. Measurement results are correlated with molecular dynamics simulations of thermal transport for perfect and defective MoS2 crystals. The correlation between predicted (simulations) and measured (experimental) thermal conductivity are attributed to factors such as crystalline domain orientation and size, thereby demonstrating the importance of thermal boundary scattering in limiting thermal conductivity in nano-crystalline MoS2 thin films. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the cross-plane thermal conductivity of the films is strongly impacted by exposure to ambient humidity.

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

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

    2000-01-01

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

  1. Synthesis of Nano-Crystalline Materials in Open-Air Laboratory: A Case Study of Tobacco.

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    Satpati, Biswarup; Bhattacherjee, Ashis; Roy, Madhusudan

    2015-02-01

    The work deals with synthesis of nano-crystalline materials in open-air laboratory and in-depth investigation of the tobacco sample of one branded cigarette and its ash using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and associated techniques. It exhibits the presence of nanocrystals and nanorods of various oxides in cigarette ash. The structure, shape, size and composition of these nanocrystals and nanorods are explored. The energy dispersive X-ray spectra from different regions of the tobacco sample and its ash using high-angle annular dark field scanning/transmission electron microscopy mode are utilized to obtain elemental composition and their relative abundances. For a detailed distribution of different elements in the nanorods, elemental mapping using energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy is also presented. The results highlight the conversion of amorphous constituents of tobacco to nanomaterials on combustion at low temperatures, thus mixing up in the atmosphere.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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    Mousa, Sahar; Hanna, Adly

    2013-02-15

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

  4. Analysis of amorphous-nano-crystalline multilayer structures by optical, photo-deflection and photo-current spectroscopy.

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    Gracin, D; Sancho-Paramon, J; Juraić, K; Gajović, A; Ceh, M

    2009-01-01

    Thin film structures consisting of nano-crystalline and amorphous silicon layers deposited on glass by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition have been studied by optical spectroscopy methods (transmittance, photo-thermal deflection spectroscopy and photo-current spectroscopy) while structure was examined by Raman spectroscopy. The nano-crystalline layers were grown on the same amorphous layers, using different radio-frequency (RF) discharge powers, leading to different structural and optical properties. The energy dependence of the absorption coefficient above the band gap agrees well to the bimodal size distribution of crystals and crystal fraction estimated by Raman spectroscopy. For energies below the band gap, the comparison of the absorption of the bi-layer systems with respect to single amorphous layer reveals that the samples produced at higher RF discharge present a higher disorder degree (Urbach edge increases) and higher number of structural defects (absorption related to the defects increases).

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

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    Huang Jianguo; Zhuang Hanrui; Li Wenlan

    2003-01-01

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

  6. Effect of Nano-crystalline Ceramic Coats Produced by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation on Corrosion Behavior of AA5083 Aluminum Alloy

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    Thayananth, T.; Muthupandi, V.; Rao, S. R. Koteswara

    2010-10-01

    High specific strength offered by aluminum and magnesium alloys makes them desirable in modern transportation industries. Often the restrictions imposed on the usage of these alloys are due to their poor tribological and corrosion properties. However, their corrosion properties can be further enhanced by synthesizing ceramic coating on the substrate through Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) process. In this study, nano-crystalline alumina coatings were formed on the surface of AA5083 aluminum alloy test coupons using PEO process in aqueous alkali-silicate electrolyte with and without addition of sodium aluminate. X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies showed that the crystallite size varied between 38 and 46 nm and α- and γ- alumina were the dominant phases present in the coatings. Corrosion studies by potentiodynamic polarization tests in 3.5% NaCl revealed that the electrolyte composition has an influence on the corrosion resistance of nano-crystalline oxide layer formed.

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

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

    2012-04-01

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

  8. Nano-crystalline hydroxyapatite bio-mineral for the treatment of strontium from aqueous solutions.

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    Handley-Sidhu, Stephanie; Renshaw, Joanna C; Yong, Ping; Kerley, Robert; Macaskie, Lynne E

    2011-01-01

    Hydroxyapatites were analysed using electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analysis. Examination of a bacterially produced hydroxyapatite (Bio-HA) by scanning electron microscopy showed agglomerated nano-sized particles; XRD analysis confirmed that the Bio-HA was hydroxyapatite, with an organic matter content of 7.6%; XRF analysis gave a Ca/P ratio of 1.55, also indicative of HA. The size of the Bio-HA crystals was calculated as ~25 nm from XRD data using the Scherrer equation, whereas Comm-HA powder size was measured as ≤ 50 μm. The nano-crystalline Bio-HA was ~7 times more efficient in removing Sr(2+) from synthetic groundwater than Comm-HA. Dissolution of HA as indicated by the release of phosphate into the solution phase was higher in the Comm-HA than the Bio-HA, indicating a more stable biomaterial which has a potential for the remediation of contaminated sites.

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

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

    2015-06-24

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  12. Characterization and processing of sintered products from Nano-crystalline powders generated by the RTDS method

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

    1993-08-01

    Large quantities of nano-crystalline zirconium oxide/oxyhydroxide and nickel-chromium oxide/oxyhydroxide particles agglomerated and sieved into +320/{minus}200 mesh powders have been produced using the rapid thermal decomposition of solutes (RTDS) method. Green compacts (approximately 40% theoretical density) prepared by cold-pressing the RTDS powders at pressures of 140-280-MPa were heated to form dense (86--91% theoretical density) ZrO{sub 2} or Ni{sub 50}Cr{sub 50}components. Dimensional changes in the compacts during heating were used to extract information about the sintering kinetics in these systems. At 800C, grain-boundary diffusion coupled with some surface diffusion are the dominant mechanisms contributing toward the observed densification in the ZrO{sub 2} system. The mechanism-independent activation energy for densification was determined to be 81-kJ/mol for the ZrO{sub 2} system and 56-kj/mol for the NiCr system.

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

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

    2016-05-19

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  15. Molecular dynamics study of deformation and fracture in a tantalum nano-crystalline thin film

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    Smith, Laura; Zimmerman, Jonathan A.; Hale, Lucas M.; Farkas, Diana

    2014-06-01

    We present results from molecular dynamics simulations of two nano-crystalline tantalum thin films that illuminate the variety of atomic-scale mechanisms of incipient plasticity. Sample 1 contains approximately 500 K atoms and 3 grains, chosen to facilitate study at 105 s-1 strain rate; sample 2 has 4.6 M atoms and 30 grains. The samples are loaded in uniaxial tension at deformation rates of 105-109 s-1, and display phenomena including emission of perfect 1/2<1 1 1>-type dislocations and the formation and migration of twin boundaries. It was found that screw dislocation emission is the first deformation mechanism activated at strain rates below 108 s-1. Deformation twins emerge as a deformation mechanism at higher strains, with twins observed to cross grain boundaries as larger strains are reached. At high strain rates atoms are displaced with the characteristic twin vector at a ratio of 3 : 1 (108 s-1) or 4 : 1 (109 s-1) to characteristic dislocation vectors. Fracture is nucleated through a nano-void growth process. Grain boundary sliding does not scale with increasing strain rate. Detailed analysis of nano-scale deformation using these tools enhances our understanding of deformation mechanisms in tantalum.

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

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    Biswas, Rana; Xu, Chun

    2011-07-04

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-27

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-27

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

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

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    2014-01-01

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

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

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    Barboza-Flores, Marcelino

    2015-03-01

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

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

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    Huang, Haiqing; Liu, Xiaoyan; Huang, Jianguo

    2011-11-15

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

  4. Hydrogen peroxide route to Sn-doped titania photocatalysts

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    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2000-03-21

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

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

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

    2014-11-01

    Two different kinds of two-dimensional (2D) materials, graphene oxide (GO) and titanium oxide nanosheets (Ti0.87O20.52-), were self-assembled layer-by-layer using a polycation as a linker into a superlattice film. Successful construction of an alternate molecular assembly was confirmed by atomic force microscopy and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy as well as X-ray diffraction analysis. Exposure of the resulting film to UV light effectively promoted photocatalytic reduction of GO as well as decomposition of the polycation, which are due to their intimate molecular-level contact. The reduction completed within 3 hours, bringing about a decrease of the sheet resistance by ~106. This process provides a clean and mild route to reduced graphene oxide (rGO), showing advantages over other chemical and thermal reduction processes. A field-effect-transistor device was fabricated using the resulting superlattice assembly of rGO/Ti0.87O20.52- as a channel material. The rGO in the film was found to work as a unipolar n-type conductor, which is in contrast to ambipolar or unipolar p-type behavior mostly reported for rGO films. This unique property may be associated with the electron doping effect from Ti0.87O20.52- nanosheets. A significant improvement in the conductance and electron carrier mobility by more than one order of magnitude was revealed, which may be accounted for by the heteroassembly with Ti0.87O20.52- nanosheets with a high dielectric constant as well as the better 2D structure of rGO produced via the soft photocatalytic reduction.Two different kinds of two-dimensional (2D) materials, graphene oxide (GO) and titanium oxide nanosheets (Ti0.87O20.52-), were self-assembled layer-by-layer using a polycation as a linker into a superlattice film. Successful construction of an alternate molecular assembly was confirmed by atomic force microscopy and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy as well as X-ray diffraction analysis. Exposure of the resulting film to UV light

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

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    Sahoo, Chittaranjan; Gupta, Ashok K

    2015-01-01

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

  10. Synthesis and characterization of carbon-doped titania as an artificial solar light sensitive photocatalyst

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    Li, Yuanzhi; Hwang, Doo-Sun; Lee, Nam Hee; Kim, Sun-Jae

    2005-03-01

    The carbon-doped titania with high surface area was prepared by temperature-programmed carbonization of K-contained anatase titania under a flow of cyclohexane. This carbon-doped titania has much better photocatalytic activity for gas-phase photo-oxidation of benzene under irradiation of artificial solar light than pure titania. The visible light photocatalytic activity is ascribed to the presence of oxygen vacancy states because of the formation of Ti 3+ species between the valence and the conduction bands in the TiO 2 band structure. The co-existence of K and carbonaceous species together stabilize Ti 3+ species and the oxygen vacancy state in the as-synthesized carbon-doped titania.

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

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

    2012-06-15

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

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

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

    2006-01-01

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

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

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

    2010-06-17

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

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

  16. Formation of high conductive nano-crystalline silicon embedded in amorphous silicon-carbide films with large optical band gap

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    Ji, Yang; Shan, Dan; Qian, Mingqing; Xu, Jun; Li, Wei; Chen, Kunji

    2016-10-01

    High conductive phosphorus-doped nano-crystalline Si embedded in Silicon-Carbide (SiC) host matrix (nc-Si:SiC) films were obtained by thermally annealing doped amorphous Si-rich SiC materials. It was found that the room conductivity is increased significantly accompanying with the increase of doping concentrations as well as the enhanced crystallizations. The conductivity can be as high as 630 S/cm for samples with the optical band gap around 2.7 eV, while the carrier mobility is about 17.9 cm2/ V.s. Temperature-dependent conductivity and mobility measurements were performed which suggested that the carrier transport process is strongly affected by both the grain boundaries and the doping concentrations.

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

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

    1995-12-31

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

  18. Titania carbon nanotube composites for enhanced photocatalysis

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    Pyrgiotakis, Georgios

    Photocatalytic composites have been used for the past few decades in a wide range of applications. The most common application is the purification of air and water by removing toxic compounds. There is limited use however towards biocidal applications. Despite their high efficiency, photocatalytic materials are not comparable to the effectiveness of conventional biocidal compounds such as chlorine and alcoholic disinfectants. On the other hand, nearly a decade ago with the discovery of the carbon nanotubes a new vibrant scientific field emerged. Nanotubes are unique structures of carbon that posse amazing electrical, mechanical and thermal properties. In this research carbon nanotubes are used as photocatalytic enhancers. They were coated with anatase titania to form a composite material. Two different types of nanotubes (metallic versus non-metallic) were used and the photocatalytic activity was measured. The metallic tubes demonstrated exceptional photocatalytic properties, while non-metallic tubes had low photocatalytic efficiency. The reason for that difference was investigated and was the major focus of this research. The research concluded that the reasons for the high efficiency of the carbon nanotubes were (i) the metallic nature of the tubes and (ii) the possible bond between the titania coating and the underlying graphite layers (C-O-Ti). Since both composites had the same indications regarding the C-O-Ti bond, the metallic nature of the carbon nanotubes is believed to be the most dominant factor contributing to the enhancement of the photocatalysis. The composite material may have other potential applications such as for sensing and photovoltaic uses.

  19. Titania coated hollow glass microspheres for environmental applications

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    Koopman, Mark C.

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

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

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

    2013-01-15

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

  1. Cinnamon zeylanicum bark extract and powder mediated green synthesis of nano-crystalline silver particles and its bactericidal activity.

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    Sathishkumar, M; Sneha, K; Won, S W; Cho, C-W; Kim, S; Yun, Y-S

    2009-10-15

    The exploitation of various plant materials for the biosynthesis of nanoparticles is considered a green technology as it does not involve any harmful chemicals. The present study reports the synthesis of silver (Ag) nanoparticles from silver precursor using the bark extract and powder of novel Cinnamon zeylanicum. Water-soluble organics present in the plant materials were mainly responsible for the reduction of silver ions to nano-sized Ag particles. TEM and XRD results confirmed the presence of nano-crystalline Ag particles. The pH played a major role in size control of the particles. Bark extract produced more Ag nanoparticles than the powder did, which was attributed to the large availability of the reducing agents in the extract. Zeta potential studies showed that the surface charge of the formed nanoparticles was highly negative. The EC(50) value of the synthesized nanoparticles against Escherichia coli BL-21 strain was 11+/-1.72 mg/L. Thus C. zeylanicum bark extract and powder are a good bio-resource/biomaterial for the synthesis of Ag nanoparticles with antimicrobial activity.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  3. Mn-Zn nano-crystalline ferrites synthesized from spent Zn-C batteries using novel gelatin method.

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    Gabal, M A; Al-Luhaibi, R S; Al Angari, Y M

    2013-02-15

    A novel recycling route using acid leaching, reduction and gelatin method was applied to recycle spent Zn-C batteries into more valuable magnetic nano-crystalline ferrites; Mn(1-x)Zn(x)Fe(2)O(4) (with x=0.2-0.8). The cost of this recycling technology has economical advantages, which holds promising industrial application products. Dried gel thermal decomposition process was monitored by simultaneous differential thermal analysis-thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry. Phase composition, morphological and magnetic properties of the as-prepared precursors were characterized using X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared and vibrating sample magnetometer. Single-phase agglomerated cubic ferrites with crystal sizes in the range 21-41 nm were detected. The obtained magnetization values are significantly lower than that of the bulk ferrite and showed a gradual increase with increasing Zn-substitution with an obvious decrease at x=0.6. On the other hand, a reverse trend was exhibited by coercivity. The effect of Zn-substitution on both structural and magnetic properties, paved the way to suggest proper cation distributions for the investigated system.

  4. Structural and magnetic properties of nano-crystalline Ni-Zn ferrites synthesized using egg-white precursor

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    Gabal, M. A.; El-Shishtawy, Reda M.; Al Angari, Y. M.

    2012-07-01

    Nano-crystalline nickel-zinc ferrites of different compositions; Ni1-xZnxFe2O4 (x=0.0-1.0) were prepared by a precursor method involving egg-white and metal nitrates. An appropriate mechanism for the egg-white-metal complexation was suggested. Differential thermal analysis-thermogravimetry, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), vibrating sample magnetometer and AC-magnetic susceptibility measurements were carried out to investigate chemical, structural and magnetic aspects of Ni-Zn ferrites. XRD confirmed the formation of spinel cubic structure. The average crystallite size was calculated using line broadening in XRD patterns. Structural parameters like lattice constant, X-ray density, bond lengths and inter-cationic distance were determined from XRD data. TEM showed agglomerated particles with average size agreed well with that estimated using XRD. FT-IR spectra confirm the formation of spinel structure and further lends support to the proposed cation distribution. Zn-content was found to have a significant influence on the magnetic properties of the system. The changes in the magnetic properties can be attributed to the influence of the cationic stoichiometry and their occupancy in the specific sites.

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

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    Bakhsh, Allah; Maqsood, Asghari

    2012-12-01

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

  6. Structural, magnetic and electrical characterization of Mg-Ni nano-crystalline ferrites prepared through egg-white precursor

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    Gabal, M. A.; Al Angari, Y. M.; Zaki, H. M.

    2014-08-01

    Soft Ni-Mg nano-crystalline ferrites with the general formula Ni1-xMgxFe2O4 (0≤x≤1) were synthesized through egg-white method. The precursor decomposition was followed by thermal analysis techniques. The obtained ferrites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared and transmission electron microscopy measurements. X-ray diffraction showed the cubic spinel structure with crystallite size variation within the range 20-45 nm. The different structural data obtained were discussed in the view of ionic radii of the entire ions and their distribution within the lattice. The appropriate suggested cation distribution was then confirmed through Fourier transform infrared as well as electrical and magnetic properties measurements. Transmission electron microscopy exhibited a nano-crystal aggregation phenomenon. The observed size of the spherical particles agrees well with that obtained by X-ray diffraction. Hysteresis loop measurements revealed dilution in the obtained magnetic parameters by Mg-substitution due to the preferential occupancy of Mg2+ ions by the octahedral sites. Ac-electrical conductivity as a function of temperature and frequency exhibited a semi-conducting behavior with conductivity decreases by increasing Mg-content. The change in the slope of the curve indicates the changing in the conduction mechanism from electron hopping to polaron mechanism by increasing temperature. The obtained structural, electrical and magnetic properties were explained based on the cation distribution among tetrahedral and octahedral sites.

  7. Engineering of nano-crystalline drug suspensions: employing a physico-chemistry based stabilizer selection methodology or approach.

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

    2014-12-10

    This paper describes a systematic approach to select optimum stabilizer for the preparation of nano-crystalline suspensions of an active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). The stabilizer can be either a dispersant or a combination of dispersant and wetting agent. The proposed screening method is a quick and efficient way to investigate a large number of stabilizers based on the principles of physical-chemistry and employs a stepwise approach. The methodology has been divided in two main parts; the first part being focused on the qualitative screening with the objective of selecting the best candidate(s) for further investigation, the second part has been focused on quantitative screening with the objective to optimize the ratio and amount of wetting and dispersing agents, based on wettability, surface charges measurement, adsorption evaluation, process-ability evaluation and storage stability. The results showed clearly that SDS/PVP 40/60% (w/w) (sodium dodecyl sulfate/poly(vinyl pyrrolidone)) at a total concentration of 1.2% was the optimum stabilizer composition, at which the resulting nanosuspensions were stable for more than 50 days at room temperature.

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

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    Cheng, Xiao-lin; Pan, Lu

    2012-05-01

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

  9. Influence of chitosan-PEG binary template on the crystallite characteristics of sol-gel synthesized mesoporous nano-titania photocatalyst

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    Preethi, T.; Abarna, B.; Rajarajeswari, G. R.

    2014-10-01

    Nano-titania is by far, the most studied material for its photocatalytic application in air and water pollution abatement. In this study, we have demonstrated the advantage offered by using a binary template of PEG and chitosan for the sol-gel synthesis of titania. Nano-titania samples were prepared using PEG, chitosan and the binary combination of these two as templates. XRD showed that all synthesized samples preserved the anatase structure. Titania sample prepared on 1% PEG and 3% chitosan as template (P1-C3 titania) possessed spherical shaped particles with an average particle size of 12.3 nm, a surface area of 82.9 m2/g and uniform dispersion. DRS UV-Vis spectra indicated that, P1-C3 titania showed blue shift in its absorption profile due to decrease in particle size. Consistent with the characteristics, the P1-C3 titania exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity for the degradation of 4-chlorophenol under UV irradiation, in comparison with all the synthesized photocatalytic systems and Degussa-P25. The chitosan bio template is believed to offer controlled growth of titania through Lewis base type interaction with Ti metallic centers in TiO2. Such controlled growth route will be significant in synthesizing custom-made titania for its advanced applications in catalytic processes.

  10. Healing of burn wounds by topical treatment: A randomized controlled comparison between silver sulfadiazine and nano-crystalline silver

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    Adhya, Abhishek; Bain, Jayanta; Ray, Oindri; Hazra, Avijit; Adhikari, Souvik; Dutta, Gouranga; Ray, Sudhin; Majumdar, Bijay Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Background: Silver sulfadiazine (SSD) has been the standard topical antimicrobial for burn wounds for decades. Recently, nanometer-sized silver particles are available which have high surface to volume ratio and remain effective even at a very low concentration and minimizes the chance for tissue toxicity due to silver. Hence, we conducted a randomized controlled trial to compare the effectiveness of topical SSD and nano-crystalline silver (AgNP) hydrogel in burn wounds management. Materials and Methods: Study was conducted in the Burn Unit of IPGME&R & SSKM Hospital Calcutta, from January 2011 to August 2012. Patients with 2° burn injury were randomly allocated to SSD and AgNP treatment group. Clinical assessments of burn wound were done on every week till 4th week and on completion of treatment. Results: Data for evaluation were obtained for 54 patients on SSD (2° deep-dermal cases 27) and 52 (2° deep-dermal cases 31) on AgNP treatment. Healing status of 2° deep-dermal burns was more satisfactory for AgNP group than SSD treatment at 4 weeks. Among patients receiving AgNP, 80.6% showed at least 50% healing of 2° deep-dermal wounds compared to 48.1% on SSD at 4 weeks (P = 0.001). The figures for complete healing at 4 weeks were, respectively, 4% and 0% (P = 0.116). Conclusions: AgNP can be an effective and superior alternative to SSD for burn wounds, particularly 2° deep-dermal burns. Healing can be expected, in general, in 6 to 8 weeks time, depending upon the extent of body surface involvement. PMID:25538469

  11. Titania-Silica Materials for Enhanced Photocatalysis.

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

    2015-12-01

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

  12. Titania-Silica Materials for Enhanced Photocatalysis.

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

    2015-12-01

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

  13. New High Aspect-Ratio Titania Nanotubes

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    Panaitescu, Eugen; Richter, Christiaan; Menon, Latika

    2007-03-01

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

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

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    Liu, Yong-Jun; Aizawa, Mami; Peng, Wen-Qing; Wang, Zheng-Ming; Hirotsu, Takahiro

    2013-01-01

    Nanoporous composites of carbon nanosheets (CNS) and titania nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by reassembling of delaminated graphite oxide (GO) layers with titania clear sol (TCS), and their structural and porous properties were examined by various physico-chemical methods such as XRD, TG/DTA, FT-IR, Raman, FE-SEM/TEM, and low temperature N2 adsorption. It was found that the facile approach, which utilizes the electrostatic attraction between the negatively charged GO layers and the positively charged TCS particles, leads to a well composed CNS and ultrafine TiO2 NPs material whose titania amount reaches up to 71 wt%. The titania phase in these composite materials is mainly anatase, which is resistible against high temperature calcination, but also contains a little amount of rutile and brookite depending on synthesis condition. The porosity of the composite is improved and partially affected by the size distributions of TiO2 NPs. The unique structure, better porosity, and compatible surface affinity of these composites bring about an adsorption concentration-promoted photocatalytic effects toward organic dyes by successfully combining both properties of CNS and titania NPs.

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

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    Savinkina, Elena; Obolenskaya, Lubov; Kuzmicheva, Galina

    2015-01-01

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

  16. Structural morphology, upconversion luminescence and optical thermometric sensing behavior of Y2O3:Er(3+)/Yb(3+) nano-crystalline phosphor.

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

    2014-08-14

    Infrared-to-visible upconverting rare earths Er(3+)/Yb(3+) co-doped Y2O3 nano-crystalline phosphor samples have been prepared by solution combustion method followed by post-heat treatment at higher temperatures. A slight increase in average crystallite size has been found on calcinations verified by X-ray analysis. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) confirms the nano-crystalline nature of the as-prepared and calcinated samples. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis shows the structural changes in as-prepared and calcinated samples. Upconversion and downconversion emission recorded using 976 and 532 nm laser sources clearly demonstrates a better luminescence properties in the calcinated samples as compared to as-prepared sample. Upconversion emission has been quantified in terms of standard chromaticity diagram (CIE) showing a shift in overall upconversion emission of as-prepared and calcinated samples. Temperature sensing behaviour of this material has also been investigated by measurement of fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) of various signals in green emission in the temperature range of 315 to 555 K under 976 nm laser excitation. PMID:24751781

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

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

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

    1996-12-31

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

  19. Superhydrophilicity-assisted preparation of transparent and visible light activated N-doped titania film.

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    Xu, Qing Chi; Wellia, Diana V; Amal, Rose; Liao, Dai Wei; Loo, Say Chye Joachim; Tan, Timothy Thatt Yang

    2010-07-01

    A novel and environmental friendly method was developed to prepare transparent, uniform, crack-free and visible light activated nitrogen doped (N-doped) titania thin films without the use of organic Ti precursors and organic solvents. The N-doped titania films were prepared from heating aqueous peroxotitanate thin films deposited uniformly on superhydrophilic uncoated glass substrates. The pure glass substrates were superhydrophilic after being heated at 500 degrees C for 1 h. Nitrogen concentrations in the titania films were adjusted by changing the amount of ammonia solution. The optimal photocatalytic activity of the N-doped titania films was about 14 times higher than that of a commercial self-cleaning glass under the same visible light illumination. The current reported preparative technique is generally applicable for the preparation of other thin films.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  1. Aligned Titania Nanotube Array Thin Films: Growth Kinetics, Branched Structures, and Photovoltaic Characterization

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    Butail, Gorun

    Titanium dioxide or titania is an attractive raw materials in many applications such as energy generation, storage and delivery, gas sensing, and water purification. Titania due to its excellent photocatalytic activity, stability, and non-toxic nature helps in the efficient realization of number of applications. There is a great deal of interest to synthesize titania nanostructures by inexpensive methods to reap the photocatalytic activity over large surface areas for enhanced application. Recent developments have lead to huge effort that has been put into titania nanomaterials, which has resulted in a rich knowledge for their synthesis, properties and applications. We study and investigate in detail the physical, chemical, electronic, and thermodynamic properties of titania and understand the applications of titania from the point of view of its properties. We emphasize and explore the synthesis of titania nanotubes promising greater surface area and enhanced mass and charge transport. We report the kinetics of titania nanotube length evolution during anodizartion of titanium films. Our results show that the nanotube length increase is thermally activated, and governed by a voltage-dependent activation energy 0.6 eV ≤ Eef f ≤ 1.1 eV expressed by Eef f = E 0 -- alphaVanod where alpha is a constant and E0 = 1.6 eV is a voltage-independent term. The proximity of E0 to that of oxygen diffusion in titania suggests that oxygen transport across the titania walls at the pore bottoms is the rate-limiting step. These results provide insights into the mechanism of titania nanotube formation and a framework for their rational synthesis. We further demonstrate synthesis of branched titania nanotube formation during potentiostatic anodization of titanium films or foils in a single electrochemical bath by stepping down the anodization voltage Vanod below a threshold value. The linear dependence on the titanium nanotube diameter with V anod and the lack of nanotube formation

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  5. Titania bound sodium titanate ion exchanger

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

    1999-03-23

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

  6. Investigation into adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of gaseous benzene in an annular fluidized bed photocatalytic reactor.

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    Geng, Qijin; Tang, Shankang; Wang, Lintong; Zhang, Yunchen

    2015-01-01

    The adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of gaseous benzene were investigated considering the operating variables and kinetic mechanism using nano-titania agglomerates in an annular fluidized bed photocatalytic reactor (AFBPR) designed. The special adsorption equilibrium constant, adsorption active sites, and apparent reaction rate coefficient of benzene were determined by linear regression analysis at various gas velocities and relative humidities (RH). Based on a series of photocatalytic degradation kinetic equations, the influences of operating variables on degradation efficiency, apparent reaction rate coefficient and half-life were explored. The findings indicated that the operating variables have obviously influenced the adsorption/photocatalytic degradation and corresponding kinetic parameters. In the photocatalytic degradation process, the relationship between photocatalytic degradation efficiency and RH indicated that water molecules have a dual-function which was related to the structure characteristics of benzene. The optimal operating conditions for photocatalytic degradation of gaseous benzene in AFBPR were determined as the fluidization number at 1.9 and RH required related to benzene concentration. This investigation highlights the importance of controlling RH and benzene concentration in order to obtain the desired synergy effect in photocatalytic degradation processes.

  7. Properties and Application Perspective of Hybrid Titania-Silica Patterns Fabricated by Inkjet Printing.

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    Dzik, Petr; Veselý, Michal; Kete, Marko; Pavlica, Egon; Štangar, Urška Lavrenčič; Neumann-Spallart, Michael

    2015-08-01

    A hybrid titania-silica cold-setting sol has been developed that can be deposited onto a wide variety of surfaces without the need for high-temperature fixing and that is suitable for material printing deposition. Thin hybrid titania-silica coatings were patterned onto glass and PET substrates by inkjet printing. Well-defined hybrid titania-silica patterns, with thicknesses ranging from 40 to 400 nm, were fabricated by overprinting 1 to 10 layers. Excellent mechanical, optical, and photocatalytic properties were observed, making the reported material well suited for the fabrication of transparent self-cleaning coatings both on mineral and organic substrates. The printed patterns exhibit photoelectrochemical activity that can be further improved by thermal or photonic curing. A concept of fully printed interdigitated photoelectrochemical cells on flexible PET substrates utilizing the reported hybrid photocatalyst is disclosed as well.

  8. Properties and Application Perspective of Hybrid Titania-Silica Patterns Fabricated by Inkjet Printing.

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    Dzik, Petr; Veselý, Michal; Kete, Marko; Pavlica, Egon; Štangar, Urška Lavrenčič; Neumann-Spallart, Michael

    2015-08-01

    A hybrid titania-silica cold-setting sol has been developed that can be deposited onto a wide variety of surfaces without the need for high-temperature fixing and that is suitable for material printing deposition. Thin hybrid titania-silica coatings were patterned onto glass and PET substrates by inkjet printing. Well-defined hybrid titania-silica patterns, with thicknesses ranging from 40 to 400 nm, were fabricated by overprinting 1 to 10 layers. Excellent mechanical, optical, and photocatalytic properties were observed, making the reported material well suited for the fabrication of transparent self-cleaning coatings both on mineral and organic substrates. The printed patterns exhibit photoelectrochemical activity that can be further improved by thermal or photonic curing. A concept of fully printed interdigitated photoelectrochemical cells on flexible PET substrates utilizing the reported hybrid photocatalyst is disclosed as well. PMID:26148679

  9. Isolation of micro- and nano-crystalline cellulose particles and fabrication of crystalline particles-loaded whey protein cold-set gel.

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    Ahmadi, Maede; Madadlou, Ashkan; Sabouri, Ali Akbar

    2015-05-01

    Micro- and nano-crystalline cellulose (MCC and NCC, respectively) particles isolated from cellulose filter papers via acid digestion were characterised and loaded into a heat-denatured whey protein isolate (WPI) solution which was subsequently cold-set-gelled. Both the MCC and NCC particles were rod-shaped and had higher crystallinity degrees than had the cellulose source they were isolated from. The hydrodynamic diameter of NCC particles was ≈ 15 nm. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy suggested more surface hydroxyl groups on the NCC than the MCC particles and complete digestion of hemicellulose on the cellulosic substrate by acid. MCC- and NCC-loaded WPI gel matrices were topographically less uniform and contained many more undulations in comparison to the crystal-free counterpart. It was found, using dynamic rheometry and penetration tests, that the crystal loading into WPI gels weakened the texture. Non-covalent interactions between the cellulose crystals and whey protein strands were proposed in the gel structure according to FTIR results.

  10. Luminescence properties of dual valence Eu doped nano-crystalline BaF2 embedded glass-ceramics and observation of Eu2+ → Eu3+ energy transfer.

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    Biswas, Kaushik; Sontakke, Atul D; Sen, R; Annapurna, K

    2012-03-01

    Europium doped glass-ceramics containing BaF(2) nano-crystals have been prepared by using the controlled crystallization of melt-quenched glasses. X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy have confirmed the presence of cubic BaF(2) nano-crystalline phase in glass matrix in the ceramized samples. Incorporation of rare earth ions into the formed crystalline phase having low phonon energy of 346 cm(-1) has been demonstrated from the emission spectra of Eu(3+) ions showing the transitions from upper excitation states (5)D(J) (J = 1, 2, and 3) to ground states for the glass-ceramics samples. The presence of divalent europium ions in glass and glass-ceramics samples is confirmed from the dominant blue emission corresponding to its 5d-4f transition under an excitation of 300 nm. Increase in the reduction of trivalent europium (Eu(3+)) ions to divalent (Eu(2+)) with the extent of ceramization is explained by charge compensation model based on substitution defect mechanisms. Further, the phenomenon of energy transfer from Eu(2+) to Eu(3+) ion by radiative trapping or re-absorption is evidenced which increases with the degree of ceramization. For the first time, the reduction of Eu(3+) to Eu(2+) under normal air atmospheric condition has been observed in a BaF(2) containing oxyfluoride glass-ceramics system.

  11. Structural and magnetic properties of Ni1-xZnxFe2O4 nano-crystalline ferrites prepared via novel chitosan method

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    Gabal, M. A.; Kosa, S.; Al Mutairi, T. S.

    2014-04-01

    In the present study, nano-crystalline Ni1-xZnxFe2O4 ferrites (x = 0.0-1.0) were prepared via novel chitosan method. The prepared ferrites were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) techniques. XRD revealed the formation of spinel single-phase structure for the samples with Zn-content more than 0.4. The crystallite sizes estimated using Scherer formula are in the range 34-45 nm. TEM images reflect the agglomeration characteristics of the prepared ferrites. FT-IR spectra show two prominent characteristic peaks of ferrites. VSM measurement suggests the validity of the entire method for preparation of ferrites with high magnetization. The saturation magnetization was found to increase up to x = 0.4 then gradually decrease while coercivity decreased with increasing Zn-content. These changes in the magnetic properties by the addition of Zn were discussed depending on the estimated cation distribution of the system and the magneto-crystalline anisotropy of the entire ions, respectively.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    2016-10-01

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

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

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

    2016-10-01

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

  15. Influence of surfactant and annealing temperature on optical properties of sol-gel derived nano-crystalline TiO2 thin films.

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    Vishwas, M; Sharma, Sudhir Kumar; Rao, K Narasimha; Mohan, S; Gowda, K V Arjuna; Chakradhar, R P S

    2010-03-01

    Titanium dioxide thin films have been synthesized by sol-gel spin coating technique on glass and silicon substrates with and without surfactant polyethylene glycol (PEG). XRD and SEM results confirm the presence of nano-crystalline (anatase) phase at an annealing temperature of 300 degrees C. The influence of surfactant and annealing temperature on optical properties of TiO(2) thin films has been studied. Optical constants and film thickness were estimated by Swanepoel's (envelope) method and by ellipsometric measurements in the visible spectral range. The optical transmittance and reflectance were found to decrease with an increase in PEG percentage. Refractive index of the films decreased and film thickness increased with the increase in percentage of surfactant. The refractive index of the un-doped TiO(2) films was estimated at different annealing temperatures and it has increased with the increasing annealing temperature. The optical band gap of pure TiO(2) films was estimated by Tauc's method at different annealing temperature.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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    Sahoo, Guruprasad Jain, Mahaveer K.

    2015-10-15

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

  18. Tailoring the morphology of mesoporous titania thin films through biotemplating with nanocrystalline cellulose.

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    Ivanova, Alesja; Fattakhova-Rohlfing, Dina; Kayaalp, Bugra Eymer; Rathouský, Jiri; Bein, Thomas

    2014-04-23

    The tunable porosity of titania thin films is a key factor for successful applications in photovoltaics, sensing, and photocatalysis. Here, we report on nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) as a novel shape-persistent templating agent enabling the straightforward synthesis of mesoporous titania thin films. The obtained structures are highly porous anatase morphologies having well-defined, narrow pore size distributions. By varying the titania-to-template ratio, it is possible to tune the surface area, pore size, pore anisotropy, and dimensions of titania crystallites in the films. Moreover, a post-treatment at high humidity and subsequent slow template removal can be used to achieve pore widening; this treatment is also beneficial for the multilayer deposition of thick films. The resulting homogeneous transparent films can be directly spin- or dip- coated on glass, silicon, and transparent conducting oxide (TCO) substrates. The mesoporous titania films show very high activity in the photocatalytic NO conversion and in the degradation of 4-chlorophenol. Furthermore, the films can be successfully applied as anodes in dye-sensitized solar cells. PMID:24533864

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

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

    2015-06-23

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

  20. Enhancement in the photocatalytic nature of nitrogen-doped PVD-grown titanium dioxide thin films

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    Tavares, C. J.; Marques, S. M.; Viseu, T.; Teixeira, V.; Carneiro, J. O.; Alves, E.; Barradas, N. P.; Munnik, F.; Girardeau, T.; Riviere, J.-P.

    2009-12-01

    Nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide semiconductor photocatalytic thin films have been deposited by unbalanced reactive magnetron physical vapor deposition on glass substrates for self-cleaning applications. In order to increase the photocatalytic efficiency of the titania coatings, it is important to enhance the catalysts absorption of light from the solar spectra. Bearing this fact in mind, a reduction in the titania semiconductor band-gap has been attempted by using nitrogen doping from a coreactive gas mixture of N{sub 2}:O{sub 2} during the titanium sputtering process. Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy was used in order to assess the composition of the titania thin films, whereas heavy-ion elastic recoil detection analysis granted the evaluation of the doping level of nitrogen. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy provided valuable information about the cation-anion binding within the semiconductor lattice. The as-deposited thin films were mostly amorphous, however, after a thermal annealing in vacuum at 500 deg. C the crystalline polymorph anatase and rutile phases have been developed, yielding an enhancement in the crystallinity. Spectroscopic ellipsometry experiments enabled the determination the refractive index of the thin films as a function of the wavelength, while from the optical transmittance it was possible to estimate the semiconductor indirect band-gap of these coatings, which has been proven to decrease as the N-doping increases. The photocatalytic performance of the titania films has been characterized by the degradation rate of an organic reactive dye under UV/visible irradiation. It has been found that for a certain critical limit of 1.19 at. % of nitrogen doping in the titania anatase crystalline lattice enhances the photocatalytic behavior of the thin films and it is in accordance with the observed semiconductor band-gap narrowing to 3.18 eV. By doping the titania lattice with nitrogen, the photocatalytic activity is enhanced under both UV and

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

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

    2011-12-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-15

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

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

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

    2013-02-15

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

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

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    Peiris, Thelge Manindu Nirasha

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

  5. Chemically Assisted Photocatalytic Oxidation System

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

    2009-01-01

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

  6. Gadolinium nanoparticle-decorated multiwalled carbon nanotube/titania nanocomposites for degradation of methylene blue in water under simulated solar light.

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    Mamba, G; Mbianda, X Y; Mishra, A K

    2014-04-01

    Gadolinium oxide nanoparticles of diameters <5 nm were uniformly decorated on the surfaces of multiwalled carbon nanotubes which were subsequently used as templates to fabricate gadolinium oxide nanoparticle-decorated multiwalled carbon nanotube/titania nanocomposites. The prepared nanocomposites were evaluated for the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue under simulated solar light irradiation. Higher photocatalytic activity was observed for the gadolinium oxide-decorated multiwalled carbon nanotube-based nanocomposites compared to the neat multiwalled carbon nanotube/titania nanocomposite and commercial titania. This improvement in photocatalytic activity was ascribed to the gadolinium oxide nanoparticles supported at the interface of the carbon nanotubes and titania resulting in efficient electron transfer between the two components of the composite. Total organic carbon (TOC) analysis revealed a higher degree of complete mineralisation of methylene blue (80.0 % TOC removal) which minimise the possible formation of toxic by-products. The photocatalyst could be re-used for five times, reaching a maximum degradation efficiency of 85.9 % after the five cycles. The proposed photocatalytic degradation mechanism is outlined herein.

  7. Titania Deposition on PMR-15

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

    2005-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

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

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    Abou-Gamra, Z M; Ahmed, M A

    2016-07-01

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

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

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    Abou-Gamra, Z M; Ahmed, M A

    2016-07-01

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

  11. Titania Nanostructures for Optoelectronics Applications

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    Wang, Lili

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

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

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

    2015-09-11

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

  13. Nanostructure Titania Reinforced Conducting Polymer Composites

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    Kondawar, S. B.; Thakare, S. R.; Khati, V.; Bompilwar, S.

    Composites of polyaniline with synthesized nanostructured titania (TiO2) and polyaniline with commercial TiO2 have been in situ synthesized by oxidative chemical polymerization method. Sulfuric acid was used as dopant during the polymerization process. Sol-gel precipitates of nanostructured titania were synthesized by hydrolyzing the mixture of titanium chloride (TiCl3) and colloidal transparent solution of starch. Composite materials were subjected for comparison to spectroscopic and X-ray diffraction analysis. Strong coupling/interaction of titania with the imine nitrogen in polyaniline confirmed by FTIR spectral analysis. XRD shows the composite of synthesized titania with polyaniline have broaden peak as compared to that of commercial titania with polyaniline indicating particle size in the range of nanometer scale which is supported by 40 nm particle size of the synthesized titania from TEM picture. Increase in conductivity with increasing temperature was observed in both the composite materials.

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

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

    2013-11-01

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

  15. A hydrothermal peroxo method for preparation of highly crystalline silica-titania photocatalysts.

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    Krivtsov, Igor; Ilkaeva, Marina; Avdin, Viacheslav; Khainakov, Sergei; Garcìa, Jose R; Ordòñez, Salvador; Dìaz, Eva; Faba, Laura

    2015-04-15

    A new completely inorganic method of preparation of silica-titania photocatalyst has been described. It has been established that the addition of silica promotes crystallinity of TiO2 anatase phase. Relative crystallinity and TiO2 crystal size in the silica-titania particles increase with the silica content until SiO2/TiO2 molar ratio of 0.9, but at higher molar ratios they start to decrease. The single-source precursor containing peroxo titanic (PTA) and silicic acids has been proved to be responsible for high crystallinity of TiO2 encapsulated into amorphous silica. It has been proposed that peroxo groups enhance rapid formation of crystalline titania seeds, while silica controls their growth. It has been concluded from the TEM that the most morphologically uniform anatase crystallites covered with SiO2 particles are prepared at SiO2/TiO2 molar ratio of 0.4. This sample, according to (29)Si NMR, also shows the high content of hydroxylated silica Q(3) and Q(2) groups, and it is the most photocatalytically active in UV-assisted decomposition of methylene blue among the tested materials. It has been determined that the increase in the amount of the condensed Q(4) silica in the mixed oxides leads to the decrease in photocatalytic performance of the material, despite its better crystallinity. High crystallinity, low degree of incorporation of Ti atoms in SiO2 in the mixed oxide and adsorption of methylene blue in the vicinity of photoactive sites on the hydroxylated silica have been considered as the main factors determining the high degradation degree of methylene blue in the presence of silica-titania.

  16. Preparation of nanoporous titania spherical nanoparticles

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    Shiba, Kota; Sato, Soh; Matsushita, Takayuki; Ogawa, Makoto

    2013-03-01

    Preparation of nanoporous titania particles from well-defined titania-octadecylamine (titania-ODA) hybrid spherical particles with 450 nm in size, which were prepared by the method reported previously (Chem. Commun., 2009, pp. 6851-6853 [39]; RSC Adv., 2012, vol. 2, pp. 1343-1349 [40]), was studied. ODA was removed by solvent extraction with acidic ethanol to obtain nanoporous titania particles and subsequent calcination led to the formation of nanoporous titania particles with the nanopore size ranging from 2 to 4 nm depending on the calcination temperature. The as-synthesized titania was amorphous and was transformed into anatase (at around 300 °C) and rutile (at around 600 °C) by the heat treatment. The phase transition behavior was discussed in comparison with that of as-synthesized titania-ODA particles without ODA removal. Spherical particles of titania-ODA hybrids with 70 nm in size were also transformed into nanoporous titania particles composed of anatase crystallites by the washing and calcination at 500 °C for 1 h.

  17. Preparation of nanodispersed titania using stabilized ammonium nitrate melts

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

    2010-10-15

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

  18. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of poly(3-hexylthiophene)/TiO{sub 2} composites

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    Muktha, B.; Mahanta, Debajyoti; Patil, Satish; Madras, Giridhar

    2007-10-15

    An heterogeneous conducting polymer composite, poly(3-hexylthiophene)/TiO{sub 2} (P3HT/TiO{sub 2}), was synthesized. The photocatalytic activity of P3HT alone and the composite was investigated for the first time by degrading a common dye under UV exposure. It was shown that the photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposites was higher compared to either the polymer or TiO{sub 2} alone. A simple mechanism was proposed to explain this observed synergetic effect. - Graphical abstract: Photocatalytic mechanism of the polymer composite with titania. A new heterogeneous conducting polymer composite with titania (P3HT/TiO{sub 2}) was synthesized and the photocatalytic activity this composite was investigated by degrading a common dye under UV exposure. It was shown that the nanocomposite exhibited synergetic photocatalytic catalytic activity compared to either the polymer or TiO{sub 2} alone. The scheme of the possible mechanism of enhancement of photocatalytic degradation rate in a conducting polymer nanocomposite is shown in the figure.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  20. The photocatalytic enhancement of acrylic and PET solar water disinfection (SODIS) bottles.

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    Carey, J M; Perez, T M; Arsiaga, E G; Loetscher, L H; Boyd, J E

    2011-01-01

    The solar water disinfection method (SODIS) was modified by the addition of a photocatalytic layer of titania on the interior surface of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and acrylic bottles. Titania was solvent deposited on the interior of commercially available PET bottles, as well as bottles that were constructed from acrylic. Uncoated and titania-coated acrylic bottles removed 3,000,000-5,000,000 colony forming units per milliliter of K12 E. coli from 670 mL of contaminated water in 40 min of solar irradiance. After five hours of sunlight exposure, the concentration of 10 ppm methyl orange (a representative organic water contaminant), was reduced by 61% using the titania-coated acrylic bottles. The concentration of 87 ppb microcystin-LR (a representative algal toxin) was reduced by 70% after 7 hours of sunlight exposure in the titania-coated acrylic bottles. Acrylic is an effective alternative to PET for use in the SODIS method due to its greater UV transparency. The addition of titania to PET and acrylic bottles confers the ability to remove chemical contaminants in addition to inactivating microbiological contaminants.

  1. Role of carbon in titania as visible-light photocatalyst prepared by flat-flame chemical vapor condensation method

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    Chen, Y. J.; Wu, J. M.; Lin, C. S.; Jhan, G. Y.; Wong, M. S.; Ke, S.-C.; Lo, H. H.

    2009-07-15

    In this article, the authors report that titania nanopowders synthesized by low-pressure flat-flame metal-organic chemical vapor condensation show visible-light photocatalytic ability. Using acetylene and oxygen as fuel and oxidizer for the flame, the titanium isopropoxide was decomposed and oxidized, and the nanoparticles of titania were formed. From the methylene blue decomposition study they found that the powder synthesized under low precursor feed rate possesses high photocatalytic efficiency under illumination of visible light. The visible-light absorption is resort to the presence of carbon since no other chemical elements were found associated with titania. The presence of carbon species is coincident with the presence of visible-light absorption and carbon is in the form of C-C bond. It also suggests that carbon species are associated with catalytic site on anatase surface so that carriers generated by photon absorption by the carbon species can transfer quickly onto catalytic sites and perform the subsequent catalytic reactions. A possibly unreported mechanism of visible-light TiO{sub 2} photocatalysis induced by carbon doping is identified.

  2. Water disinfection through photoactive modified titania.

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    Sethi, Diptipriya; Pal, Ajoy; Sakthivel, Ramasamy; Pandey, Sony; Dash, Tapan; Das, Trupti; Kumar, Rohit

    2014-01-01

    TiO(2), N-TiO(2) and S-TiO(2) samples have been prepared by various chemical methods. These samples were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Laser Raman spectrometer, UV-Visible spectrophotometer, field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). X-ray powder diffraction study reveals that all three samples are single anatase phase of titania and the crystallinity of titania decreases with sulphur doping whereas nitrogen doping does not affect it. UV-Visible (diffuse) reflectance spectra shows that doping of titania with nitrogen and sulphur shift the absorption edge of titania from ultraviolet to visible region. XPS study confirms that both nitrogen and sulphur are well doped in the titania lattice. It is observed that nitrogen occupies at both substitutional and interstitial position in the lattice of titania. FE-SEM and TEM studies demonstrate that the particles are below 50nm range. It is found that S and N doping of titania increased its water disinfection property in the order TiO(2)

  3. Anodic fabrication of advanced titania nanotubes photocatalysts for photoelectrocatalysis decolorization of Orange G dye.

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    Juang, Yaju; Liu, Yijin; Nurhayati, Ervin; Thuy, Nguyen Thi; Huang, Chihpin; Hu, Chi-Chang

    2016-02-01

    Titania nanotubes (TNTs) were fabricated on Ti mesh substrates by the anodizing technique. The effects of preparation variables, such as anodizing voltage, time and calcination temperature on the textural characteristics and photocatalytic activity of TNTs were investigated. The surface morphology, crystalline phase, and chemical composition were analyzed using field emission-scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The photo-electrochemical properties of TNTs were examined by voltammetry. The TNTs were tested as a photoanode for advanced oxidation processes, such as photocatalytic, electrocatalytic, and photoelectrocatalytic decolorization of Orange G dye. The well-arranged TNTs electrode prepared in this work showed a high photocurrent density of 101 µA cm(-2) at an optimum length-to-diameter aspect ratio of 31.2. In dye decolorization tests, the electrochemical photocatalytic system using TNTs as the photoanode achieved total decolorization and 64% mineralization under extended reaction time. These results show that TNTs prepared by this method is greatly stable in prolonged use and suitable as a photoanode in the photocatalytic/photoelectrocatalytic treatments of dye wastewater.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2008-03-01

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

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

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

    2008-03-01

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

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

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

    2011-07-15

    Titania-lanthanum phosphate nanocomposites with multifunctional properties have been synthesized by aqueous sol-gel method. The precursor sols with varying TiO{sub 2}:LaPO{sub 4} ratios were applied as thin coating on glass substrates in order to be transparent, hydrophobic, photocatalytically active coatings. The phase compositions of the composite powders were identified by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). The anatase phase of TiO{sub 2} in TiO{sub 2}-LaPO{sub 4} composite precursors was found to be stable even on annealing at 800 deg. C. The glass substrates, coated with TL1 (TiO{sub 2}-LaPO{sub 4} composition with 1 mol% LaPO{sub 4}) and TL50 (composite precursor containing TiO{sub 2} and LaPO{sub 4} with molar ratio 1:1) sols and annealed at 400 deg. C, produced contact angles of 74 deg. and 92 deg., respectively, though it is only 62 deg. for pure TiO{sub 2} coating. The glass substrates, coated with TL50 sol, produced surfaces with relatively high roughness and uneven morphology. The TL1 material, annealed at 800 deg. C, has shown the highest UV photoactivity with an apparent rate constant, k{sub app}=24x10{sup -3} min{sup -1}, which is over five times higher than that observed with standard Hombikat UV 100 (k{sub app}=4x10{sup -3} min{sup -1}). The photoactivity combined with a moderate contact angle (85.3 deg.) shows that this material has a promise as an efficient self-cleaning precursor. - Graphical abstract: Multifunctional TiO{sub 2}-LaPO{sub 4} composite stabilizes anatase phase with enhanced photocatalytic activity, and moderately higher hydrophobicity is a promising material for self-cleaning application. Highlights: > Titania-lanthanum phosphate nanocomposites were synthesized by aqueous sol-gel method. > Transparent, hydrophobic, photoactive coatings were developed on glass substrates. > The glass substrates, coated with TL1 annealed at 400 deg. C, produced a contact angle of 74 deg

  8. Effect of annealing temperature on titania nanoparticles

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

    2014-04-24

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

  9. Structure and high photocatalytic activity of (N, Ta)-doped TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Le, N. T. H.; Thanh, T. D.; Pham, V.-T.; Phan, T. L.; Lam, V. D.; Manh, D. H.; Anh, T. X.; Le, T. K. C.; Thammajak, N.; Hong, L. V.; Yu, S. C.

    2016-10-01

    A hydrothermal method was used to prepare three nano-crystalline samples of TiO2 (S1), N-doped TiO2 (S2), and (N, Ta)-codoped TiO2 (S3) with average crystallite sizes (D) of 13-25 nm. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed a single phase of the samples with a tetragonal/anatase structure. A slight increase in the lattice parameters was observed when N and/or Ta dopants were doped into the TiO2 host lattice. Detailed analyses of extended X-ray absorption spectra indicated that N- and/or Ta-doping into TiO2 nanoparticles influenced the co-ordination number and radial distance (R) of Ti ions in the anatase structure. Concerning their absorption spectra, (N, Ta)-doping narrowed the band gap (Eg) of TiO2 from 3.03 eV for S1 through 2.94 eV for S2 to 2.85 eV for S3. Such results revealed the applicability of these nanoparticles in the photocatalytic field working in the ultraviolet (UV)-visible region. Among these, photocatalytic activity of S3 was the strongest. By using S3 as a catalyst powder, the degradation efficiency of methylene blue solution was about 99% and 93% after irradiation of UV-visible light for 75 min and visible-light for 180 min, respectively.

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

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

    2015-06-24

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

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

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

    2013-05-15

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

  12. O-vacancies in (i) nano-crystalline HfO2 and (i) non-crystalline SiO2 and Si3N4 studied by X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

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    Lucovsky, Gerald; Miotti, Leonardo; Bastos, Karen Paz

    2012-06-01

    Performance and reliability in semiconductor devices are limited by electronically active defects, primarily O-atom and N-atom vacancies. Synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy results, interpreted in the context of two-electron multiplet theories, have been used to analyze conduction band edge, and O-vacancy defect states in nano-crystalline transition metal oxides, e.g., HfO2, and the noncrystalline dielectrics, SiO2, Si3N4 and Si-oxynitride alloys. Two-electron multiplet theory been used to develop a high-spin state equivalent d2 model for O-vacancy allowed transitions and negative ion states as detected by X-ray absorption spectroscopy in the O K pre-edge regime. Comparisons between theory and experiment have used Tanabe-Sugano energy level diagrams for determining the symmetries and relative energies of intra-d-state transitions for an equivalent d2 ground state occupancy. Trap-assisted-tunneling, Poole-Frenkel hopping transport, and the negative bias temperature instability have been explained in terms of injection and/or trapping into O-atom and N-atom vacancy sites, and applied to gate dielectric, and metal-insulator-metal structures.

  13. Study on (P, N, Mo)-TiO2 Photocatalytic Coating and Its Photocatalytic Activities Under Visible Light.

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    Shen, Yanfang; Wansong; Cui, Xinyu; Xiong, Tianying

    2015-09-01

    Phosphorous (P), nitrogen (N) and molybdenum (Mo) ternary co-doped titania (TiO2) photocatalytic coatings were fabricated by Cold Gas Dynamic Spraying (CGDS) with (P, N, Mo)-TiO2 nano powders as feedshock. (P, N, Mo)-TiO2 nano powders and cold sprayed (P, N, Mo)-TiO2 coatings were characterized by SEM, Raman, XRD, XPS and UV-Vis spectra. Experiment results show that the characteristics of (P, N, Mo)-TiO2 nano powders can be remained in the coatings as more as possible by CGDS. Cold sprayed (P, N, Mo)-TiO2 coatings exhibited good photocatalytic activity under visible light. In addition, the mechanism of (P, N, Mo)-TiO2 photocatalysts was also proposed. PMID:26716291

  14. Photocatalytic coatings for environmental applications.

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

    2005-01-01

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

  15. Photocatalytic coatings for environmental applications.

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

    2005-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  18. Full-disk view of Titania

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    1986-01-01

    Voyager 2 obtained this full-disk view of Uranus' moon Titania in the early morning hours of Jan. 24, 1986, from a distance of about 500,000 kilometers (300,000 miles). Many circular depressions -- probably impact craters -- are visible in this clear-filter image returned by the Voyager narrow-angle camera. Other bright spots are distinguished by radiating rays and are probably halo craters that mark relatively more recent impacts. Even more interesting are linear troughs (right) that are probably fault canyons. The troughs break the crust in two directions, an indication of some tectonic extension of Titania's crust. These features indicate that this icy satellite has a dynamic, active interior. Titania is about 1,600 km (1,000 mi) in diameter; the resolution of this image is about 9 km (6 mi). The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  20. V photometry of Titania, Oberon, and Triton

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

    1989-02-01

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

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

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

    1998-10-01

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

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

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

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

    2016-12-10

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

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

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

    2011-07-01

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

  5. Composite TiO2/clays materials for photocatalytic NOx oxidation

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

    2014-11-01

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

  6. Titania nanotube arrays: Interfaces for implantable devices

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    Smith, Barbara Symie

    For the 8--10% of Americans (20--25 million people) that have implanted biomedical devices, biomaterial failure and the need for revision surgery are critical concerns. The major causes for failure in implantable biomedical devices promoting a need for re-implantation and revision surgery include thrombosis, post-operative infection, immune driven fibrosis and biomechanical failure. The successful integration of long-term implantable devices is highly dependent on the early events of tissue/biomaterial interaction, promoting either implant rejection or a wound healing response (extracellular matrix production and vasculature). Favorable interactions between the implant surface and the respective tissue are critical for the long-term success of any implantable device. Recent studies have shown that material surfaces which mimic the natural physiological hierarchy of in vivo tissue may provide a possible solution for enhancing biomaterial integration, thus preventing infection and biomaterial rejection. Titania nanotube arrays, fabricated using a simple anodization technique, provide a template capable of promoting altered cellular functionality at a hierarchy similar to that of natural tissue. This work focuses on the fabrication of immobilized, vertically oriented and highly uniform titania nanotube arrays to determine how this specific nano-architecture affects skin cell functionality, hemocompatibility, thrombogenicity and the immune response. The results in this work identify enhanced dermal matrix production, altered hemocompatibility, reduced thrombogenicity and a deterred immune response on titania nanotube arrays. This evidences promising implications with respect to the use of titania nanotube arrays as beneficial interfaces for the successful implantation of biomedical devices.

  7. Nanostructure of biocompatible titania/hydroxyapatite coatings

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    Fomin, Aleksandr A.; Rodionov, Igor V.; Steinhauer, Aleksey B.; Fomina, Marina A.; Petrova, Natalia V.; Zakharevich, Andrey M.; Skaptsov, Aleksandr A.; Gribov, Andrey N.; Atkin, Vsevolod S.

    2014-01-01

    The article describes prospective composite biocompatible titania coatings modified with hydroxyapatite nanoparticles and obtained on intraosseous implants fabricated from commercially pure titanium VT1-00. Consistency changes of morphological characteristics, crystalline structure, physical and mechanical properties and biocompatibility of experimental titanium implant coatings obtained by the combination of oxidation and surface modification with hydroxyapatite during induction heat treatment are defined.

  8. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic applications of Zn-doped TiO2 nanoparticles by sol-gel method

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    Aware, Dinkar V.; Jadhav, Shridhar S.

    2016-10-01

    Mesoporous, nanocrystalline, Zinc-doped TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by surfactant-assisted sol-gel method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), and UV-VIS spectrometer techniques were used to characterize the synthesized products. XRD results confirm the formation of the anatase phase for the TiO2 nanoparticles, with crystallite sizes in the range of 12.6-18.1 nm. The small crystallite size and doping with Zinc ion inhibit phase transformation and promote the growth of the TiO2 anatase phase. The SEM and TEM micrographs revealed the spherical-like morphology with average diameter of about 12-18 nm which is in agreement with XRD results. The optical study shows that doping ions lead to an increase in the absorption edge wavelength and a decrease in the band gap energy of titania. Photocatalytic activity of the synthesized nanomaterials was successfully tested for photodegradation of methyl red as model pollutant under UV light. The photocatalytic activity results confirm that the doped nanoparticles show higher activity than undoped titania. The small grain size, high crystallinity, high specific surface area and decrease in the band gap energy of doped titania may be responsible for the high photocatalytic activity.

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

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

    2012-04-21

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

  12. Synthesis and characterization of nano titania powder with high photoactivity for gas-phase photo-oxidation of benzene from TiOCl(2) aqueous solution at low temperatures.

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    Li, Yuanzhi; Lee, Nam-Hee; Hwang, Doo-Sun; Song, Jae Sung; Lee, Eun Gu; Kim, Sun-Jae

    2004-12-01

    Nano rutile, anatase, and bicrystalline (anatase + brookite) titania powders with an average crystal size of below 10 nm are prepared from aqueous TiOCl(2) solution at low temperatures by adjusting pH values of the starting solution and adding different additives. Adding a small amount of octyl phenol poly(ethylene oxide) into aqueous TiOCl(2) solution leads to the change of particle morphologies of obtained nano titania from needlelike to nano spherical rutile crystals. Amorphous-anatase transformation of titania could proceed in liquid-solid reaction at low temperatures, even at room temperature. A formation mechanism of rutile, anatase, and brookite titania was proposed. It is found that H(+) or H(3)O(+) plays a catalytic role in the phase transformation from amorphous to anatase titania and that the presence of a small amount of SO(4)(2)(-) ion is unfavorable to the formation of both rutile and brookite. By carefully adjusting preparation conditions, nano pure anatase with higher surface area, good crystallinity, and a lower recombination rate of photoexcited electrons and holes was obtained. This nano pure anatase showed a very good photocatalytic activity for gas-phase photo-oxidation of benzene.

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

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

    2012-12-15

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

  14. Effects of the surface characteristics of nano-crystalline and micro-particle calcium phosphate/chitosan composite films on the behavior of human mesenchymal stem cells in vitro.

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    Lee, Y-T; Yu, B-Y; Shao, H-J; Chang, C-H; Sun, Y-M; Liu, H-C; Hou, S-M; Young, T-H

    2011-01-01

    Calcium phosphate (CaP) compounds, the main inorganic constituent of mammalian bone tissues, are believed to support bone precursor cell growth and osteogenic differentiation. Chitosan, a deacetylated derivative of chitin, is a versatile biopolymer to offer broad possibilities for cell-based tissue engineering. In the present study, different scales of CaP crystals on chitosan membranes were prepared for culture of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) in vitro. A series of aqueous CaP suspensions with different concentrations were mixed with chitosan solution and chitosan/calcium phosphate (C/CaP) films were fabricated by the solvent-casting method. With different weight ratios of CaP in chitosan solution, the various surface characteristics of nano-amorphous (C/CaP 0.1), nano-crystalline (C/CaP 0.5) and micro-particle (C/CaP 2) CaP compounds were examined by scanning electron microscopy and electron dispersion spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction on micro-particles of CaP indicated the formation of crystalline hydroxyapatite. The behavior of hMSCs, including proliferation, cell spreading and osteogenic differentiation, was studied on the C/CaP films. In basal culture medium, the incorporation of CaP into chitosan films could promote the proliferation of hMSCs. The C/CaP 0.5 film with connected CaP nano-crystals had better cellular viability. The fluorescence microscope images at 14 days of culture revealed extensive networks of F-actin filaments of hMSCs on chitosan, C/CaP 0.1 and C/CaP 0.5 films. The cellular morphology on C/CaP 2 film with discrete CaP micro-particles was partly restrained. In osteogenic medium, the alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity of hMSCs increased and showed the process of osteogenic differentiation. The ALP levels on C/CaP 2 film were higher than those on C/CaP 0.1 and C/CaP 0.5 films. These results demonstrated that the crystallinity and topography of CaP on chitosan membranes could modulate the behaviors of cultured hMSCs in vitro.

  15. Fabrication of homogeneous titania/MWNT composite materials

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    Korbely, Barbara; Nemeth, Zoltan; Reti, Balazs; Seo, Jin Won; Magrez, Arnaud; Forro, Laszlo; Hernadi, Klara

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Homogenous titania coverage on MWNT surface in a controllable way. {yields} Various titanium alkoxy precursors are suitable for layer formation. {yields} Acetone and ethanol are the best to promote interaction between MWNT and titania. -- Abstract: MWNT/titania nanocomposites were prepared by an impregnation method and subsequent heat treatment at 400 {sup o}C. Precursor compounds such as titanium (IV) propoxide and titanium (IV) ethoxide were used to cover the surface of CNTs under solution conditions. Electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques were carried out to characterize the as-prepared titania layers.

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

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

    1999-06-01

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

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

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    Jiao, Yue; Wan, Caichao; Li, Jian

    2015-07-01

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

  18. Investigation of titania membranes for nanofiltration

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

    1994-12-31

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

  19. Electrochemical performance of granulated titania nanoparticles

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

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

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

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

    2012-07-15

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  2. Hydrogen sulfide conversion with nanophase titania

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    Beck, Donald D.; Siegel, Richard W.

    1996-01-01

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

  3. Hydrogen sulfide conversion with nanophase titania

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

    1996-08-20

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

  4. The potential health risk of titania nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Ruinan; Bai, Yuhong; Zhang, Bin; Chen, Lingxin; Yan, Bing

    2012-04-15

    Widespread use of titania nanoparticles (TNPs) has caused a significant release of TNPs into the environment, increasing human exposure to TNPs. The potential toxicity of TNPs has become an urgent concern. Various models have been used to evaluate the toxic effects of TNPs, but the relationship between TNPs' toxicity and physicochemical properties is largely unknown. This review summarizes relevant reports to support the development of better predictive toxicological models and the safe future application of TNPs.

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

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    Murph, S.

    2011-08-14

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

  6. Towards TiO2 nanotubes modified by WO3 species: influence of ex situ crystallization of precursor on the photocatalytic activities of WO3/TiO2 composites

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    Sun, Hui; Dong, Bohua; Su, Ge; Gao, Rongjie; Liu, Wei; Song, Liang; Cao, Lixin

    2015-09-01

    TiO2 nanotubes (TNT) crystallized at different temperatures were loaded with WO3 hydrate through the reaction between (NH4)6W7O24·6H2O and an aqueous solution of HCl. The photocatalytic activities of nanocomposites firstly increase and then decrease as a function of the crystallized temperature of the TNT precursor. The structural, morphologic and optical properties of WO3/TiO2 nanocomposites were also investigated in this study. The samples, initially anatase titania (573 K-773 K), presented phase transition to rutile titania at 873 K. With the crystallized temperature increasing, an evolution of samples morphology changing from nanotube-like structure to nanorod-like structure was observed. Meanwhile, the absorption edge of samples exhibited a red shift, and correspondingly their band gap decreased. Consistent with x-ray diffraction diffractograms, the existence of rutile titania as an impurity in the precursor TNT, crystallized at higher than 873 K, depressed photocatalytic activity evidently. As a result, the degradation rate of methyl orange (MO) increased with the samples crystallinity firstly, and then reduced due to the appearance of rutile titania. In our experimental conditions, the optimal photocatalytic activity was achieved for the sample crystalized at 773 K. Its degradation rate could reach 98.76% after 90 min UV light irradiation.

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

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    Xie, Yibing; Zhao, Ye

    2013-12-01

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

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

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    Gomathi Devi, L.; Kavitha, R.

    2016-01-01

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

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

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    Xu, Hang Li, Mei; Jun, Zhang

    2013-09-01

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

  10. Photocatalytic/Magnetic Composite Particles

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

    2007-01-01

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

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

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    Hirano, Masanori; Ito, Takaharu

    2011-10-01

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

  12. Facile synthesis of titania nanowires via a hot filament method and conductometric measurement of their response to hydrogen sulfide gas.

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    Munz, Martin; Langridge, Mark T; Devarepally, Kishore K; Cox, David C; Patel, Pravin; Martin, Nicholas A; Vargha, Gergely; Stolojan, Vlad; White, Sam; Curry, Richard J

    2013-02-01

    Titania nanostructures are of increasing interest for a variety of applications, including photovoltaics, water splitting, and chemical sensing. Because of the photocatalytical properties of TiO₂, chemical processes that occur at its surface can be exploited for highly efficient nanodevices. A facile and fast synthesis route has been explored that is free of catalysts or templates. An environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) system was employed to grow titania nanowires (NWs) in a water vapor atmosphere (∼1 mbar) and to monitor the growth in situ. In addition, the growth process was also demonstrated using a simple vacuum chamber. In both processes, a titanium filament was heated via the Joule effect and NWs were found to grow on its surface, as a result of thermal oxidation processes. A variety of nanostructures were observed across the filament, with morphologies changing with the wire temperature from the center to the end points. The longest NWs were obtained for temperatures between ∼730 °C and 810 °C. Typically, they have an approximate thickness of ∼300 nm and lengths of up to a few micrometers. Cross sections prepared by focused-ion-beam milling revealed the presence of a porous layer beneath the NW clusters. This indicates that the growth of NWs is driven by oxidation-induced stresses in the subsurface region of the Ti filament and by enhanced diffusion along grain boundaries. To demonstrate the potential of titania NWs grown via the hot filament method, single NW devices were fabricated and used for conductometric sensing of hydrogen sulfide (H₂S) gas. The NW electric resistance was found to decrease in the presence of H₂S. Its variation can be explained in terms of the surface depletion model. PMID:23327919

  13. Light Scattering Study of Titania Aerosols

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    Oh, Choonghoon; Sorensen, Chris

    1997-03-01

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

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

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

    2013-04-01

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

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

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

    2012-02-15

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

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

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

    2014-07-21

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

  17. Biomimetic synthesis of titania nanoparticles induced by protamine.

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    Jiang, Yanjun; Yang, Dong; Zhang, Lei; Li, Lin; Sun, Qianyun; Zhang, Yufei; Li, Jian; Jiang, Zhongyi

    2008-08-21

    Protamine, a kind of cationic protein extracted from sperm nuclei, was employed for the first time in vitro to induce the formation of a titania/protamine nanoparticle composite from a water-stable titanium precursor, titanium(IV) bis(ammonium lactato) dihydroxide (Ti-BALDH). The resulting titania/protamine nanoparticle composite was extensively characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The titania/protamine nanoparticle composite was of amorphous structure, and exhibited a different morphology from those prepared by an alkali-catalyzed approach. The catalyzing and templating function of protamine involved in the synthesis of the nanoparticle composite is discussed, and a mechanism tentatively proposed. In addition, the effects of pH and temperature on the amount and size of as-prepared titania/protamine nanoparticle composite were systematically investigated.

  18. Photocatalytic Nanolithography of Self-Assembled Monolayers and Proteins

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    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-02-01

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  1. Nanoporous titania films produced by pulsed interference lithography

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

    2010-12-09

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

  2. Non-stoichiometric mixed-phase titania photocatalyst

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

    2012-06-19

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

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

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

    2015-01-27

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

  4. Preparation and characterization of Cu{sub 2}O-TiO{sub 2}: Efficient photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue

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    Xu Yuehua Liang Dahui; Liu Manle; Liu Dingzhong

    2008-12-01

    A series of copper-deposited titania were prepared by photoreduction method under irradiation with a 125-W high-pressure mercury lamp. From XPS and AES results, the deposited-copper formed Ti-O-Cu bond on the surface of TiO{sub 2}, and the Cu species on the surface of copper-deposited TiO{sub 2} can be identified as Cu(I). The photocatalytic degradation activity of methylene blue for the Cu{sub 2}O-TiO{sub 2} series increased with increasing Cu{sub 2}O-deposited content, and then decreased. The highest photocatalytic degradation activity of methylene blue was obtained for 0.16% Cu{sub 2}O-TiO{sub 2}. When copper-deposited content reached to 0.32%, the photocatalytic activity was lower than that of pure TiO{sub 2}. It is shown that Cu{sub 2}O on the surface of TiO{sub 2} can trap electrons from the TiO{sub 2} conduction band, and the electrons trapped on the Cu{sub 2}O-TiO{sub 2} site are subsequently transferred to the surrounding adsorbed O{sub 2}, thereby avoiding electron-hole recombination, and enhancing the photocatalytic activity. Excess copper loading may screen the photocatalyst from the UV source, so the photocatalytic activity diminishes with increasing Cu{sub 2}O.

  5. Applications of Titania Nanotubes in Bone Biology.

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    Nair, Manitha; Elizabeth, Elmy

    2015-02-01

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

  6. Method of photocatalytic nanotagging

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

    2010-04-27

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

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

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    Ruzimuradov, O. N.

    2011-10-01

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

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

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    Jo, Wan-Kuen; Kang, Hyun-Jung

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

  11. Black titania: effect of hydrogenation on structural and thermal stability of nanotitania

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    Khanam, Rizwin; Taparia, Dolly; Mondal, Biplob; Mohanta, Dambarudhar

    2016-02-01

    We report on the effect of hydrogenation on sol-gel-derived, anatase-phase TiO2 nanoparticles. The structural analysis of white nanotitania (W-TiO2) and hydrogenated black titania (B-TiO2) has been carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies, which confirms anatase phase for both the cases, but with weak diffraction signals in the latter system. Upon hydrogenation, nanotitania system is believed to acquire a disordered phase in the form of a thin amorphous layer surrounding the nanoparticles, which can be realized through transmission electron microscopy analyses. As compared to W-TiO2 (~3.15 eV), the optical band gap of B-TiO2 is substantially reduced with respective band gap values of ~1.99 and 1.53 eV for 0.5 and 1 % H2 inclusion cases. Moreover, thermogravimetric analysis reveals high temperature thermal stability of B-TiO2 system, especially in the range of 350-600 °C. Exploiting thermal, optical and electronic properties of hydrogenated nanotitania could find scope in infrared optics, hydrogen storage and suitable photocatalytic applications.

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    2012-11-15

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

  14. Controlled growth of silica-titania hybrid functional nanoparticles through a multistep microfluidic approach.

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    Shiba, K; Sugiyama, T; Takei, T; Yoshikawa, G

    2015-11-11

    Silica/titania-based functional nanoparticles were prepared through controlled nucleation of titania and subsequent encapsulation by silica through a multistep microfluidic approach, which was successfully applied to obtaining aminopropyl-functionalized silica/titania nanoparticles for a highly sensitive humidity sensor.

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

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Alkaline titania silica gel (generic... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9680 Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name). (a) Chemical substance... alkaline titania silica gel (PMN P-95-529) is subject to reporting under this section for the...

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

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 32 2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Alkaline titania silica gel (generic... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9680 Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name). (a) Chemical substance... alkaline titania silica gel (PMN P-95-529) is subject to reporting under this section for the...

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

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

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

  18. 40 CFR 721.9680 - Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ... 40 Protection of Environment 31 2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Alkaline titania silica gel (generic... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.9680 Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name). (a) Chemical substance... alkaline titania silica gel (PMN P-95-529) is subject to reporting under this section for the...

  19. 40 CFR 721.9680 - Alkaline titania silica gel (generic name).

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

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

  20. Influence of vanadia content onto TiO 2-SiO 2 matrix for photocatalytic oxidation of trichloroethylene

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    Ismail, Adel Ali; Matsunaga, Hideyuki

    2007-10-01

    Direct synthesis of vanadia onto titania-silica matrices as photocatalysts was achieved by using simple sol-gel method. This synthetic strategy revealed that the vanadia species could be loaded into TiO 2-SiO 2 matrices up to 18.5 wt%. Results from FTIR indicated that at low loading amounts of vanadia species (i.e. ⩽1), the formation of monolayer vanadia species onto the matrices was successfully fabricated; however, a polymeric vanadate could be formed with high loading of vanadia species. On such heterogeneous photocatalytic systems, the oxidation affinity of trichloroethylene was substantially affected by the loading amount and the degree of dispersion V 2O 5 particles onto the TiO 2-SiO 2 support matrices, indicating the exclusive effect of the V 2O 5 nanoparticles on this photocatalytic reaction. Clearly evident is that this polymeric vanadate was a relatively inactive photocatalysts for the oxidation of trichloroethylene.

  1. Correlation of the heterogeneous discoloration efficiency of aqueous Rhodamine-B solutions and charge separation enhancement of mixed-phase nanocrystalline titania

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    Zhang, Dongfang

    2012-05-01

    Heterogeneous photocatalytic removal of Rhodamine-B (RhB) dye from liquid phase was done using mixed-phase nanocrystalline TiO2 for enhancement of charge separation and UV-visible-light-driven photocatalysis capabilities. The mixed-phase nanocrystalline TiO2 was characterized using various analytical techniques including XRD, TEM, UV-vis DRS and PL to investigate its phase composition and structure, nanocrystalline size distribution, band gap energy, and photoluminescence properties. The photocatalytic discoloration efficiency of mixed-phase nanocrystalline titania was explored by monitoring the decomposition of RhB dye in an aqueous solution. The results showed that the as-prepared mixed-phase nanocrystalline TiO2 was excellent for degradation of RhB molecule, and the combination of crystal phase of anatase and rutile has great effect on decomposition of RhB. The kinetic studies demonstrate that the photocatalytic oxidation reaction followed a pseudo-first-order expression due to the evidence of linear correlation between ln( c/c 0) vs. reaction time t. Moreover, the aqueous RhB dye decomposition over the as-prepared mixed-phase nanocrystalline TiO2 catalyst is controlled by RhB pre-adsorption.

  2. Increased fibroblast functionality on CNN2-loaded titania nanotubes.

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    Wei, Hongbo; Wu, Shuyi; Feng, Zhihong; Zhou, Wei; Dong, Yan; Wu, Guofeng; Bai, Shizhu; Zhao, Yimin

    2012-01-01

    Infection and epithelial downgrowth are major problems associated with maxillofacial percutaneous implants. These complications are mainly due to the improper closure of the implant-skin interface. Therefore, designing a percutaneous implant that better promotes the formation of a stable soft tissue biologic seal around percutaneous sites is highly desirable. Additionally, the fibroblast has been proven to play an important role in the formation of biologic seals. In this study, titania nanotubes were filled with 11.2 kDa C-terminal CCN2 (connective tissue growth factor) fragment, which could exert full CCN2 activity to increase the biological functionality of fibroblasts. This drug delivery system was fabricated on a titanium implant surface. CCN2 was loaded into anodized titania nanotubes using a simplified lyophilization method and the loading efficiency was approximately 80%. Then, the release kinetics of CCN2 from these nanotubes was investigated. Furthermore, the influence of CCN2-loaded titania nanotubes on fibroblast functionality was examined. The results revealed increased fibroblast adhesion at 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, and 24 hours, increased fibroblast viability over the course of 5 days, as well as enhanced actin cytoskeleton organization on CCN2-loaded titania nanotubes surfaces compared to uncoated, unmodified counterparts. Therefore, the results from this in vitro study demonstrate that CCN2-loaded titania nanotubes have the ability to increase fibroblast functionality and should be further studied as a method of promoting the formation of a stable soft tissue biologic seal around percutaneous sites.

  3. Titania nanoparticles synthesis in mesoporous molecular sieve MCM-41.

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    Lihitkar, N B; Abyaneh, Majid Kazemian; Samuel, V; Pasricha, R; Gosavi, S W; Kulkarni, S K

    2007-10-01

    Nanocrystalline titanium oxide (TiO(2)) is one of the most useful oxide material, because of its widespread applications in photocatalysis, solar energy conversion, sensors and optoelectronics. The control of particle size and monodispersity of TiO(2) nanoparticles is a challenging task. The use of MCM-41, an inorganic template of uniform pore size (2-10 nm), can overcome this difficulty and produce stable nanoparticles of uniform size and shape. Here, we demonstrate the synthesis of titania nanoparticles inside the pores of silica based MCM-41 forming a TiO(2)/Si-MCM composite. Composites are formed in the alcoholic medium by incipient wetness impregnation method. Titania particles of average 3 nm size are obtained. Effect of silica and titania precursors on the quality of nanoparticles has been investigated. The characterization of titania-MCM-41 composites has been carried out using a variety of techniques like UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, FT-IR spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. It has been found that the titania particles are co-ordinated with Si-MCM by SiOTi covalent bond. PMID:17586518

  4. Structure of chemical vapor deposition titania/silica gel

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    Leboda, R.; Gun'ko, V.M.; Marciniak, M.; Malygin, A.A.; Malkin, A.A.; Grzegorczyk, W.; Trznadel, B.J.; Pakhlov, E.M.; Voronin, E.F.

    1999-10-01

    The structure of porous silica gel/titania synthesized using chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of titania via repeated reactions of TiCl{sub 4} with the surface and subsequent hydrolysis of residual Ti-Cl bonds at different temperatures was investigated by means of low-temperature nitrogen adsorption-desorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), IR spectroscopy, and theoretical methods. A globular model of porous solids with corpuscular structure was applied to estimate the porosity parameters of titania/silica gel adsorbents. The utilization of this model is useful, for example, to predict conditions for synthesis of titania/silica with a specified structure. Analysis of pore parameters and fractal dimension suggests that the porosity and fractality of samples decrease with increasing amount of TiO{sub 2} covering the silica gel surface in a nonuniform layer, which represents small particles embedded in pores and larger particles formed at the outer surface of silica globules. Theoretical simulation shows that the Si-O-Ti linkages between the cover and the substrate can be easily hydrolyzed, which is in agreement with the IR data corresponding to the absence of a band at 950 cm {sup {minus}1} (characteristic of Si-O-Ti bridges) independent of the concentration of CVD-titania.

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  6. Adsorption of vitamin E on mesoporous titania nanocrystals

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

    2010-07-15

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

  7. Fabrication and characterization of electrospun titania nanofibers

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

    2009-01-01

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

  8. Light Scattering From Fractal Titania Aggregates

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    Pande, Rajiv; Sorensen, Christopher M.

    1996-03-01

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

  9. Memristive behaviour of spin coated titania thin film

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    Kamarozaman, N. S.; Herman, S. H.; Mahmudin, M. A.

    2014-08-01

    This paper presents the memristive behaviour of spin coated titania thin films. The precursor molarity of titania thin film was varied from 0.05 to 0.4 M to study the effect of precursor molarity on the memristive behaviour of the thin films. From the observation, although the film thickness increased with the precursor molarity, the resistance ratios of the best switching loop for all samples showed no significant differences. However, it was found that the sample with less precursor molarity (device that having thinner film) required lesser time to produce the stable switching loop compared to the sample with higher precursor molarity (device that having thicker film).

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-03-25

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

  12. TiO2-graphene oxide nanocomposite as advanced photocatalytic materials

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    2013-01-01

    Background Graphene oxide composites with photocatalysts may exhibit better properties than pure photocatalysts via improvement of their textural and electronic properties. Results TiO2-Graphene Oxide (TiO2 - GO) nanocomposite was prepared by thermal hydrolysis of suspension with graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets and titania peroxo-complex. The characterization of graphene oxide nanosheets was provided by using an atomic force microscope and Raman spectroscopy. The prepared nanocomposites samples were characterized by Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area and Barrett–Joiner–Halenda porosity, X-ray Diffraction, Infrared Spectroscopy, Raman Spectroscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy. UV/VIS diffuse reflectance spectroscopy was employed to estimate band-gap energies. From the TiO2 - GO samples, a 300 μm thin layer on a piece of glass 10×15 cm was created. The photocatalytic activity of the prepared layers was assessed from the kinetics of the photocatalytic degradation of butane in the gas phase. Conclusions The best photocatalytic activity under UV was observed for sample denoted TiGO_100 (k = 0.03012 h-1), while sample labeled TiGO_075 (k = 0.00774 h-1) demonstrated the best activity under visible light. PMID:23445868

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

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

    2008-09-15

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

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

  15. Facile preparation of TiO2-polyvinyl alcohol hybrid nanoparticles with improved visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Filippo, Emanuela; Carlucci, Claudia; Capodilupo, Agostina Lina; Perulli, Patrizia; Conciauro, Francesca; Corrente, Giuseppina Anna; Gigli, Giuseppe; Ciccarella, Giuseppe

    2015-03-01

    Hybrid inorganic/organic core/shell nanoparticles were prepared through a two step synthesis procedure. In the first step, pure anatase TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized though a rapid microwave assisted non-aqueous route. Then, the obtained titania nanoparticles were coated with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) using a simple solution method followed by relatively low temperature treatment. The PVA-coated titania nanoparticles samples were prepared at different TiO2-PVA weight ratio and they were characterized using X-Ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis. Photocatalytic performance was also evaluated for all samples and the results indicated that TiO2:PVA weight ratio was a key factor to obtain an improvement of the photocatalytic activity with respect to bare TiO2 nanoparticles, since PVA concentration influenced the surface area and the aggregation of nanoparticles and the thickness of the coating layer. This inexpensive system provides a simple, quick and effective approach which allows to obtain core/shell hybrid nanostructures.

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

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    Darvishi, Motahareh; Seyed-Yazdi, Jamileh

    2016-08-01

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

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

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    Darvishi, Motahareh; Seyed-Yazdi, Jamileh

    2016-08-01

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

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  20. Photocatalytic oxidation by uranyl

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    McCleskey, T.M.; Tumas, W.; Burns, C.J.

    1995-12-01

    The excited state of uranyl (UO{sub 2}{sup 2+}*) is a potent oxidant (E{sup 0}(UO{sub 2}{sup 2+}*/UO{sub 2}{sup +}) {approx} 2.5 V) which can be quenched by either electron transfer (ET) or H atom abstraction. We have investigated both types of quenching with a variety of organic substrates in water and acetone/water media. Excited-state reactions with alkenes proceed by ET to form cation radicals, while reactions with tertiary alkanes follow an H-atom abstraction pathway. In aqueous media uranyl photocatalytically decomposes tert-butyl peroxide in a manner analogous to Fenton-type chemistry.

  1. Porphyrin-Based Photocatalytic Lithography

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

    2007-10-15

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

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

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

    2016-06-14

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

  3. Fractal Character of Titania Nanoparticles Formed by Laser Ablation

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

    2009-01-01

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

  4. Single tube electric transport properties of synthesized Titania nanotubes

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    Abdelmoula, Mohamed; Menon, Latika

    2011-03-01

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

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

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

  6. Preparation, characterization, and enhanced thermal and mechanical properties of epoxy-titania composites.

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    Rubab, Zakya; Afzal, Adeel; Siddiqi, Humaira M; Saeed, Shaukat

    2014-01-01

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

  7. Increased osteoblast functions on nanophase titania dispersed in poly-lactic-co-glycolic acid composites.

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    Liu, Huinan; Slamovich, Elliott B; Webster, Thomas J

    2005-07-01

    The design of nanophase titania/poly-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) composites offers an exciting approach to combine the advantages of a degradable polymer with nano-size ceramic grains to optimize physical and biological properties for bone regeneration. Importantly, nanophase titania mimics the size scale of constituent components of bone since it is a nanostructured composite composed of nanometre dimensioned hydroxyapatite well dispersed in a mostly collagen matrix. For these reasons, the objective of the present in vitro study was to investigate osteoblast (bone-forming cell) adhesion and long-term functions on nanophase titania/PLGA composites. Since nanophase titania tended to significantly agglomerate when added to polymers, different sonication output powers were applied in this study to improve titania dispersion. Results demonstrated that the dispersion of titania in PLGA was enhanced by increasing the intensity of sonication and that greater osteoblast adhesion correlated with improved nanophase titania dispersion in PLGA. Moreover, results correlated better osteoblast long-term functions, such as alkaline phosphatase activity and calcium-containing mineral deposition, on nanophase titania/PLGA composites compared to plain PLGA. In fact, the greatest collagen production by osteoblasts occurred when cultured on nanophase titania sonicated in PLGA at the highest powers. In this manner, the present study demonstrates that PLGA composites with well dispersed nanophase titania can enhance osteoblast functions necessary for improved bone tissue engineering applications.

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

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

    2006-09-01

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

  9. Surface science studies on titania for solar fuel applications

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    Hadsell, Courtney Sara Mathews

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

  10. Integration of nanostructured titania into microsystems

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    Abu Samah, Zuruzi

    2005-07-01

    This thesis describes research on a novel process to fabricate integrated nanostructured titanic (NST) features as functional components in microsystems devices. NST features were formed by oxidizing Ti films in aqueous hydrogen peroxide followed by thermal annealing. The oxidation kinetics and properties of NST formed were investigated. The process developed is compatible with current microelectronics manufacturing practices for Si and plastic substrates. Amorphous hydrated titanic gels form when hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2) reacts with Ti. Oxidation of a blanket (unpatterned) Ti surface with hydrogen peroxide results in a titanic layer with high crack density. In this study, NST was formed by reacting pre-patterned Ti thin films with H2O2 solution. Crack elimination was achieved when exposed Ti films were below a threshold dimension. Hydrated titanic gel crystallizes into anatase after annealing at 300°C for 8 hr. Crack elimination is thought to result from stress reduction in titanic gels due to patterning. Oxidation of Ti films occurs by nucleation and growth mechanism. During growth, oxidation of Ti films with thickness 50 nm and below proceeds at a constant rate until films are fully consumed. For Ti films with thickness 100 nm or thicker oxidation rate reduces significantly after a period of growth. This reduction is attributed to a change in mechanism controlling growth of the hydrated titania gel layer. Functionality of NST formed and compatibility of the process with current microelectronics manufacturing practices were demonstrated by exploring three applications. First, a prototype conductometric gas sensor was fabricated that used micrometer-scale NST pad arrays as sensing elements. This sensor is capable of detecting hydrogen and oxygen gas at concentration of a few parts per million (ppm). Second, micrometer scale Au-NST interpenetrating network nanocomposite contacts in micro-switches were fabricated by infiltrating NST features with Au using

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

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

    2005-08-01

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

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  13. Novel three-dimensional dandelion-like TiO 2 structure with high photocatalytic activity

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    Bai, Xuelian; Xie, Bin; Pan, Nan; Wang, Xiaoping; Wang, Haiqian

    2008-03-01

    Pure rutile phase crystalline TiO 2 powder with novel 3D dandelion-like structure was synthesized by using a facile hydrothermal method with TiCl 3 as the main starting material. In such a 3D structure, the nanometer-scale construction elements aggregate together and form a micrometer-scale artificial unit. The typical 3D dandelion structure has an average diameter of 1.5-2 μm and is packed radially by nanorods with [001] preference growth direction. Each individual nanorod is hundreds of nanometers in length, and tens of nanometers in diameter. The obtained 3D dandelion-like TiO 2 powder has a high photocatalytic activity, which is equivalent to that of the commercial available P25 titania powder. Mechanisms of the formation of the dandelion-like structure were also discussed. A different oxidation process of Ti(III) to Ti(IV) during hydrothermal was suggested.

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

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    Huang, Wei; Wang, Feng; Wang, Wei

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

    We demonstrate a CTAB-templated approach towards direct coating of mesoporous titania on gold nanorods in aqueous solutions. The formation of the mesoporous shell is found to be closely correlated with CTAB concentration and the amount of the titania precursor. This approach can be readily extended to form mesoporous titania shells on other CTAB-capped nanoparticles.We demonstrate a CTAB-templated approach towards direct coating of mesoporous titania on gold nanorods in aqueous solutions. The formation of the mesoporous shell is found to be closely correlated with CTAB concentration and the amount of the titania precursor. This approach can be readily extended to form mesoporous titania shells on other CTAB-capped nanoparticles. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details including chemicals, sample preparation, and characterization methods. UV-Vis extinction spectra, SEM images, and TEM images of AuNR@mTiO2 nanostructures. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05692f

  16. Laser-ablated titania nanoparticles for aqueous processed hybrid solar cells

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    Körstgens, V.; Pröller, S.; Buchmann, T.; Moseguí González, D.; Song, L.; Yao, Y.; Wang, W.; Werhahn, J.; Santoro, G.; Roth, S. V.; Iglev, H.; Kienberger, R.; Müller-Buschbaum, P.

    2015-02-01

    Titania nanoparticles are produced by laser ablation in liquid in order to initiate functionalization of titania with the polymer for the active layer. By combining these titania nanoparticles and water-soluble poly[3-(potassium-6-hexanoate)thiophene-2,5-diyl] (P3P6T) hybrid solar cells are realized.Titania nanoparticles are produced by laser ablation in liquid in order to initiate functionalization of titania with the polymer for the active layer. By combining these titania nanoparticles and water-soluble poly[3-(potassium-6-hexanoate)thiophene-2,5-diyl] (P3P6T) hybrid solar cells are realized. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Full scheme of the production of solar cells, additional spectra and details of the measurement techniques. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr06782g

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-11-01

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

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

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

    2016-11-01

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

  20. Hole localization, water dissociation mechanisms, and band alignment at aqueous-titania interfaces

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    Lyons, John L.

    Photocatalytic water splitting is a promising method for generating clean energy, but materials that can efficiently act as photocatalysts are scarce. This is in part due to the fact that exposure to water can strongly alter semiconductor surfaces and therefore photocatalyst performance. Many materials are not stable in aqueous environments; in other cases, local changes in structure may occur, affecting energy-level alignment. Even in the simplest case, dynamic fluctuations modify the organization of interface water. Accounting for such effects requires knowledge of the dominant local structural motifs and also accurate semiconductor band-edge positions, making quantitative prediction of energy-level alignments computationally challenging. Here we employ a combined theoretical approach to study the structure, energy alignment, and hole localization at aqueous-titania interfaces. We calculate the explicit aqueous-semiconductor interface using ab initio molecular dynamics, which provides the fluctuating atomic structure, the extent of water dissociation, and the resulting electrostatic potential. For both anatase and rutile TiO2 we observe spontaneous water dissociation and re-association events that occur via distinct mechanisms. We also find a higher-density water layer occurring on anatase. In both cases, we find that the second monolayer of water plays a crucial role in controlling the extent of water dissociation. Using hybrid functional calculations, we then investigate the propensity for dissociated waters to stabilize photo-excited carriers, and compare the results of rutile and anatase aqueous interfaces. Finally, we use the GW approach from many-body perturbation theory to obtain the position of semiconductor band edges relative to the occupied 1b1 level and thus the redox levels of water, and examine how local structural modifications affect these offsets. This work was performed in collaboration with N. Kharche, M. Z. Ertem, J. T. Muckerman, and M. S

  1. Synthesis and comparative study of nano-TiO2 over Degussa P-25 in disinfection of water.

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    Swetha, S; Santhosh, S M; Geetha Balakrishna, R

    2010-01-01

    Nanostructured TiO(2) crystals were synthesized by gel to crystalline conversion. The crystals obtained were anatase form of titania averaging in 30 nm particles with an intrinsic band gap of 3.1 eV. The photocatalytic behavior was evaluated for the bactericidal effect in water, contaminated with the indicator organism Escherichia coli. The 100% photoinactivation of E. coli was achieved within 60 min with suspended nano-TiO(2). The catalytic activity of synthesized nanosample was observed to be 2.6 times more than that of commercial TiO(2) sample referred to as Degussa P-25. The photoinactivation of E. coli was tested with irradiation source of different wavelengths to substantiate the influence of particle size and nano crystallinity on electronic band structure. The photoactivity of nano titania enhanced to 1.625 times when the source of irradiation shifted from 360 to 400 nm while Degussa P-25 showed no change.

  2. Heterogeneous Decomposition of Volatile Organic Compounds by Visible-Light Activated N, C, S-Embedded Titania.

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    Chun, Ho-Hwan; Jo, Wan-Kuen

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a N-, C-, and S-doped titania (NCS-TiO2) composite was prepared by combining the titanium precursor with a single dopant source, and the photocatalytic activity of this system for the decomposition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at indoor-concentration levels, under exposure to visible light, was examined. The NCS-TiO2 composite and the pure TiO2 photocatalyst, used as a reference, were characterized via X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The average efficiencies of benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and o-xylene decomposition using NCS-TiO2 for were 70, 87, -100, and -100%, respectively, whereas the values obtained using the pure TiO2 powder were -0, 18, 49, and 51%, respectively. These results suggested that, for the photocatalytic decomposition of toxic VOCs under visible-light exposure conditions, NCS-TiO2 was superior to the reference photocatalyst. The decomposition efficiencies of the target VOCs were inversely related to the initial concentration and relative humidity as well as to the air-flow rate. The decomposition efficiencies of the target chemicals achieved with a conventional lamp/NCS-TiO2 system were higher than those achieved with a light emitting diode/NCS-TiO2 system. Overall, NCS-TiO2 can be used for the efficient decomposition of VOCs under visible-light exposure, if the operational conditions are optimized. PMID:27483788

  3. Sustainability of the Catalytic Activity of a Silica-Titania Composite (STC) for Long-Term Indoor Air Quality Control

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

    2011-01-01

    TiO2-assisted photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) is an emerging technology for indoor air quality control and is also being evaluated as an alternative trace contaminant control technology for crew habitats in space exploration. Though there exists a vast range of literature on the development of photocatalysts and associated reactor systems, including catalyst performance and performance-influencing factors, the critical question of whether photocatalysts can sustain their initial catalytic activity over an extended period of operation has not been adequately addressed. For a catalyst to effectively serve as an air quality control product, it must be rugged enough to withstand exposure to a multitude of low concentration volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over long periods of time with minimal loss of activity. The objective of this study was to determine the functional lifetime of a promising photocatalyst - the silica-titania composite (STC) from Sol Gel Solutions, LLC in a real-world scenario. A bench-scale STC-packed annular reactor under continuous irradiation by a UV-A fluorescent black-light blue lamp ((lambda)max = 365 nm) was exposed to laboratory air continuously at an apparent contact time of 0.27 sand challenged with a known concentration of ethanol periodically to assess any changes in catalytic activity. Laboratory air was also episodically spiked with halocarbons (e.g., octafluoropropane), organosulfur compounds (e.g., sulfur hexafluoride), and organosilicons (e.g., siloxanes) to simulate accidental releases or leaks of such VOCs. Total organic carbon (TOC) loading and contaminant profiles of the laboratory air were also monitored. Changes in STC photocatalytic performance were evaluated using the ethanol mineralization rate, mineralization efficiency, and oxidation intermediate (acetaldehyde) formation. Results provide insights to any potential catalyst poisoning by trace halocarbons and organosulfur compounds.

  4. Heterogeneous Decomposition of Volatile Organic Compounds by Visible-Light Activated N, C, S-Embedded Titania.

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    Chun, Ho-Hwan; Jo, Wan-Kuen

    2016-05-01

    In this study, a N-, C-, and S-doped titania (NCS-TiO2) composite was prepared by combining the titanium precursor with a single dopant source, and the photocatalytic activity of this system for the decomposition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at indoor-concentration levels, under exposure to visible light, was examined. The NCS-TiO2 composite and the pure TiO2 photocatalyst, used as a reference, were characterized via X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The average efficiencies of benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene, and o-xylene decomposition using NCS-TiO2 for were 70, 87, -100, and -100%, respectively, whereas the values obtained using the pure TiO2 powder were -0, 18, 49, and 51%, respectively. These results suggested that, for the photocatalytic decomposition of toxic VOCs under visible-light exposure conditions, NCS-TiO2 was superior to the reference photocatalyst. The decomposition efficiencies of the target VOCs were inversely related to the initial concentration and relative humidity as well as to the air-flow rate. The decomposition efficiencies of the target chemicals achieved with a conventional lamp/NCS-TiO2 system were higher than those achieved with a light emitting diode/NCS-TiO2 system. Overall, NCS-TiO2 can be used for the efficient decomposition of VOCs under visible-light exposure, if the operational conditions are optimized.

  5. Durable titania films for solar treatment of biomethanated spent wash

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    Akbarzadeh, Rokhsareh; S. Ghole, Vikram; Javadpour, Sirus

    2016-10-01

    The use of TiO2 films for treatment of biomethanated spent wash is reported. The films of TiO2 were formed and photocatalytic performance of the prepared films in degradation of methylene blue and biomethanated spent wash were studied. Photocatalytic use of these films was found to be effective for degradation of biomethanated spent wash. The photocatalyst was used up for 20 cycles without significant reduction in activities showing long life of the catalyst.

  6. Liquid-gas boundary catalysis by using gold/polystyrene-coated hollow titania.

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    Ran, Nur Hidayah Mohd; Yuliati, Leny; Lee, Siew Ling; Mahlia, Teuku Meurah Indra; Nur, Hadi

    2013-03-15

    A microparticle material of gold/polystyrene-coated hollow titania was successfully synthesized. The synthesis steps involved hydrothermal synthesis of a carbon sphere from sucrose as a template, coating of the carbon sphere with titania, removal of the carbon sphere to produce hollow titania, followed by coating of polystyrene on the surface of hollow titania and then attachment of gold nanoparticles. It has been demonstrated that this material can float on water due to its low density and it is a potential catalyst for liquid-gas boundary catalysis in oxidation of benzyl alcohol by using molecular oxygen.

  7. Liquid-gas boundary catalysis by using gold/polystyrene-coated hollow titania.

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    Ran, Nur Hidayah Mohd; Yuliati, Leny; Lee, Siew Ling; Mahlia, Teuku Meurah Indra; Nur, Hadi

    2013-03-15

    A microparticle material of gold/polystyrene-coated hollow titania was successfully synthesized. The synthesis steps involved hydrothermal synthesis of a carbon sphere from sucrose as a template, coating of the carbon sphere with titania, removal of the carbon sphere to produce hollow titania, followed by coating of polystyrene on the surface of hollow titania and then attachment of gold nanoparticles. It has been demonstrated that this material can float on water due to its low density and it is a potential catalyst for liquid-gas boundary catalysis in oxidation of benzyl alcohol by using molecular oxygen. PMID:23380399

  8. Effectiveness of photocatalytic filter for removing volatile organic compounds in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.

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    Yu, Kuo-Pin; Lee, Grace Whei-May; Huang, Wei-Ming; Wu, Chih-Cheng; Lou, Chia-ling; Yang, Shinhao

    2006-05-01

    Nowadays, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has been an important facility for maintaining indoor air quality. However, the primary function of typical HVAC systems is to control the temperature and humidity of the supply air. Most indoor air pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), cannot be removed by typical HVAC systems. Thus, some air handling units for removing VOCs should be added in typical HVAC systems. Among all of the air cleaning techniques used to remove indoor VOCs, photocatalytic oxidation is an attractive alternative technique for indoor air purification and deodorization. The objective of this research is to investigate the VOC removal efficiency of the photocatalytic filter in a HVAC system. Toluene and formaldehyde were chosen as the target pollutants. The experiments were conducted in a stainless steel chamber equipped with a simplified HVAC system. A mechanical filter coated with Degussa P25 titania photocatalyst and two commercial photocatalytic filters were used as the photocatalytic filters in this simplified HVAC system. The total air change rates were controlled at 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.25, and 1.5 hr(-1), and the relative humidity (RH) was controlled at 30%, 50%, and 70%. The ultraviolet lamp used was a 4-W, ultraviolet-C (central wavelength at 254 nm) strip light bulb. The first-order decay constant of toluene and formaldehyde found in this study ranged from 0.381 to 1.01 hr(-1) under different total air change rates, from 0.34 to 0.433 hr(-1) under different RH, and from 0.381 to 0.433 hr(-1) for different photocatalytic filters.

  9. Study of synergistic effect among photo-, electro-, and sonoprocesses in photocatalyst degradation of phenol on tungsten-loaded titania nanotubes composite electrode

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    Momeni, Mohamad Mohsen

    2015-06-01

    The degradation of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) in aqueous solution with different processes was investigated. Tungsten-loaded titania nanotubes (WT-NTs) were used as electrode in photocatalytic (PC), sonophotocatalytic (SPC), photoelectrocatalytic (PEC), and sonophotoelectrocatalytic (SPEC) processes. WT-NTs electrode was fabricated by in situ anodization of titanium in a single-step process using sodium tungstate as the tungsten source. The morphology and structure were characterized by FE-SEM, XRD, and EDX. Experimental results showed that the hybrid processes could efficiently enhance the degradation efficiency of 4-NP and followed pseudo-first-order kinetics. At the optimized experimental conditions, the rate constants of degradation of 4-NP were 0.0594 min-1 for SPEC process, 0.0293 min-1 for PEC process, 0.0211 min-1 for SPC process, and 0.0116 min-1 for PC process. The rate constants indicated that there existed synergistic effect in the ultrasonic, electro-assisted, and photocatalytic processes.

  10. Lithium ion batteries with titania/graphene anodes

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    Liu, Jun; Choi, Daiwon; Yang, Zhenguo; Wang, Donghai; Graff, Gordon L; Nie, Zimin; Viswanathan, Vilayanur V; Zhang, Jason; Xu, Wu; Kim, Jin Yong

    2013-05-28

    Lithium ion batteries having an anode comprising at least one graphene layer in electrical communication with titania to form a nanocomposite material, a cathode comprising a lithium olivine structure, and an electrolyte. The graphene layer has a carbon to oxygen ratio of between 15 to 1 and 500 to 1 and a surface area of between 400 and 2630 m.sup.2/g. The nanocomposite material has a specific capacity at least twice that of a titania material without graphene material at a charge/discharge rate greater than about 10 C. The olivine structure of the cathode of the lithium ion battery of the present invention is LiMPO.sub.4 where M is selected from the group consisting of Fe, Mn, Co, Ni and combinations thereof.

  11. Ultrasound-Assisted Synthesis of Titania Nanoparticles, Characterization of Their Thin Films, and Activity in Photooxidation of β-Naphthol

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    Hurain, Syyeda Sana; Habib, Amir; Hussain, Syed Muzammil; Ul-Haq, Noaman

    2015-11-01

    Nanosized titania (TiO2) films and powders were prepared from titanium isopropoxide by ultrasonication then ultrasonic aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition (UAACVD). X-ray diffraction (XRD), used to study the crystal structure, phase, and crystallite size of TiO2 samples annealed at 500°C, revealed anatase was the main crystalline phase. Scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy revealed the quasi-spherical morphology of the TiO2 nanoparticles; average size distribution was in the range 20-35 nm. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy was used to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of the anatase TiO2, on the basis of efficiency of degradation of β-naphthol. Pure TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized by use of sonication-UAACVD then calcination at 500°C enabled effective photodegradation under UV light. This method of synthesis of TiO2 is superior to the reflux-UAACVD method with titanium isopropoxide as precursor.

  12. Analysis of Osteoclastogenesis/Osteoblastogenesis on Nanotopographical Titania Surfaces.

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    Silverwood, Robert K; Fairhurst, Paul G; Sjöström, Terje; Welsh, Findlay; Sun, Yuxin; Li, Gang; Yu, Bin; Young, Peter S; Su, Bo; Meek, Robert M D; Dalby, Matthew J; Tsimbouri, Penelope M

    2016-04-20

    A focus of orthopedic research is to improve osteointegration and outcomes of joint replacement. Material surface topography has been shown to alter cell adhesion, proliferation, and growth. The use of nanotopographical features to promote cell adhesion and bone formation is hoped to improve osteointegration and clinical outcomes. Use of block-copolymer self-assembled nanopatterns allows nanopillars to form via templated anodization with control over height and order, which has been shown to be of cellular importance. This project assesses the outcome of a human bone marrow-derived co-culture of adherent osteoprogenitors and osteoclast progenitors on polished titania and titania patterned with 15 nm nanopillars, fabricated by a block-copolymer templated anodization technique. Substrate implantation in rabbit femurs is performed to confirm the in vivo bone/implant integration. Quantitative and qualitative results demonstrate increased osteogenesis on the nanopillar substrate with scanning electron microscopy, histochemical staining, and real-time quantitative reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction analysis performed. Osteoblast/osteoclast co-culture analysis shows an increase in osteoblastogenesis-related gene expression and reduction in osteoclastogenesis. Supporting this in vitro finding, in vivo implantation of substrates in rabbit femora indicates increased implant/bone contact by ≈20%. These favorable osteogenic characteristics demonstrate the potential of 15 nm titania nanopillars fabricated by the block-copolymer templated anodization technique. PMID:26890261

  13. Optoelectronic Properties of Hybrid Titania Nanotubes/Hematite Nanoparticles Structures

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    Wang, Lili; Panaitescu, Eugen; Menon, Latika

    2015-03-01

    TiO2/Fe2O3 nanostructures are becoming promising alternatives for improving cost effectiveness (in /W) of emerging photovoltaic devices such as dye sensitized or metal-insulator-semiconductor solar cells, combining the low cost, earth abundance and stability of the materials with the enhanced performance offered by the nanoscale architecture. We investigated novel, high quality titania/hematite composites, namely hematite nanoparticle decorated titania nanotube arrays, which were obtained by a simple, inexpensive and easily scalable two-step process, electrochemical anodization of titanium followed by forced hydrolysis. The titania nanotubular scaffold provides a large active surface area, while the iron oxide nanoparticles significantly broaden the light absorption range into the visible region. The morphological and structural characteristics of the samples were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The light absorption efficiency was measured by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and the optoelectronic behavior of the hybrid structures was analyzed by IV measurements under simulated solar illumination. The influence of the synthesis process and the structure design on the photovoltaic performance is currently investigated for optimal device prototyping.

  14. Titania may produce abiotic oxygen atmospheres on habitable exoplanets

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    Narita, Norio; Enomoto, Takafumi; Masaoka, Shigeyuki; Kusakabe, Nobuhiko

    2015-01-01

    The search for habitable exoplanets in the Universe is actively ongoing in the field of astronomy. The biggest future milestone is to determine whether life exists on such habitable exoplanets. In that context, oxygen in the atmosphere has been considered strong evidence for the presence of photosynthetic organisms. In this paper, we show that a previously unconsidered photochemical mechanism by titanium (IV) oxide (titania) can produce abiotic oxygen from liquid water under near ultraviolet (NUV) lights on the surface of exoplanets. Titania works as a photocatalyst to dissociate liquid water in this process. This mechanism offers a different source of a possibility of abiotic oxygen in atmospheres of exoplanets from previously considered photodissociation of water vapor in upper atmospheres by extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light. Our order-of-magnitude estimation shows that possible amounts of oxygen produced by this abiotic mechanism can be comparable with or even more than that in the atmosphere of the current Earth, depending on the amount of active surface area for this mechanism. We conclude that titania may act as a potential source of false signs of life on habitable exoplanets. PMID:26354078

  15. Titania may produce abiotic oxygen atmospheres on habitable exoplanets

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    Narita, Norio; Enomoto, Takafumi; Masaoka, Shigeyuki; Kusakabe, Nobuhiko

    2015-12-01

    The search for habitable exoplanets in the Universe is actively ongoing in the field of astronomy. The biggest future milestone is to determine whether life exists on such habitable exoplanets. In that context, oxygen in the atmosphere has been considered strong evidence for the presence of photosynthetic organisms. In this paper, we show that a previously unconsidered photochemical mechanism by titanium (IV) oxide (titania) can produce abiotic oxygen from liquid water under near ultraviolet (NUV) lights on the surface of exoplanets. Titania works as a photocatalyst to dissociate liquid water in this process. This mechanism offers a different source of a possibility of abiotic oxygen in atmospheres of exoplanets from previously considered photodissociation of water vapor in upper atmospheres by extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light. Our order-of-magnitude estimation shows that possible amounts of oxygen produced by this abiotic mechanism can be comparable with or even more than that in the atmosphere of the current Earth, depending on the amount of active surface area for this mechanism. We conclude that titania may act as a potential source of false signs of life on habitable exoplanets.Reference:Narita N. et al.,Scientific Reports 5, Article number: 13977 (2015)http://www.nature.com/articles/srep13977

  16. Titania may produce abiotic oxygen atmospheres on habitable exoplanets

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    Narita, Norio; Enomoto, Takafumi; Masaoka, Shigeyuki; Kusakabe, Nobuhiko

    2015-09-01

    The search for habitable exoplanets in the Universe is actively ongoing in the field of astronomy. The biggest future milestone is to determine whether life exists on such habitable exoplanets. In that context, oxygen in the atmosphere has been considered strong evidence for the presence of photosynthetic organisms. In this paper, we show that a previously unconsidered photochemical mechanism by titanium (IV) oxide (titania) can produce abiotic oxygen from liquid water under near ultraviolet (NUV) lights on the surface of exoplanets. Titania works as a photocatalyst to dissociate liquid water in this process. This mechanism offers a different source of a possibility of abiotic oxygen in atmospheres of exoplanets from previously considered photodissociation of water vapor in upper atmospheres by extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light. Our order-of-magnitude estimation shows that possible amounts of oxygen produced by this abiotic mechanism can be comparable with or even more than that in the atmosphere of the current Earth, depending on the amount of active surface area for this mechanism. We conclude that titania may act as a potential source of false signs of life on habitable exoplanets.

  17. Titania may produce abiotic oxygen atmospheres on habitable exoplanets.

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    Narita, Norio; Enomoto, Takafumi; Masaoka, Shigeyuki; Kusakabe, Nobuhiko

    2015-09-10

    The search for habitable exoplanets in the Universe is actively ongoing in the field of astronomy. The biggest future milestone is to determine whether life exists on such habitable exoplanets. In that context, oxygen in the atmosphere has been considered strong evidence for the presence of photosynthetic organisms. In this paper, we show that a previously unconsidered photochemical mechanism by titanium (IV) oxide (titania) can produce abiotic oxygen from liquid water under near ultraviolet (NUV) lights on the surface of exoplanets. Titania works as a photocatalyst to dissociate liquid water in this process. This mechanism offers a different source of a possibility of abiotic oxygen in atmospheres of exoplanets from previously considered photodissociation of water vapor in upper atmospheres by extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light. Our order-of-magnitude estimation shows that possible amounts of oxygen produced by this abiotic mechanism can be comparable with or even more than that in the atmosphere of the current Earth, depending on the amount of active surface area for this mechanism. We conclude that titania may act as a potential source of false signs of life on habitable exoplanets.

  18. Fabrication and structural characterization of highly ordered titania nanotube arrays

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    Shi, Hongtao; Ordonez, Rosita

    Titanium (Ti) dioxide nanotubes have drawn much attention in the past decade due to the fact that titania is an extremely versatile material with a variety of technological applications. Anodizing Ti in different electrolytes has proved to be quite successful so far in creating the nanotubes, however, their degree of order is still not nearly as good as nanoporous anodic alumina. In this work, we first deposit a thin layer of aluminum (Al) onto electropolished Ti substrates, using thermal evaporation. Such an Al layer is then anodized in 0.3 M oxalic acid, forming an ordered nanoporous alumina mask on top of Ti. Afterwards, the anodization of Ti is accomplished at 20 V in solutions containing 1 M NaH2PO4 and 0.5% HF or H2SO4, which results in the creation of ordered titania nanotube arrays. The inner pore diameter of the nanotubes can be tuned from ~50 nm to ~75 nm, depending on the anodization voltage applied to Al or Ti. X-ray diffractometry shows the as-grown titania nanotubes are amorphous. Samples annealed at different temperatures in ambient atmosphere will be also reported.

  19. Titania may produce abiotic oxygen atmospheres on habitable exoplanets.

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    Narita, Norio; Enomoto, Takafumi; Masaoka, Shigeyuki; Kusakabe, Nobuhiko

    2015-01-01

    The search for habitable exoplanets in the Universe is actively ongoing in the field of astronomy. The biggest future milestone is to determine whether life exists on such habitable exoplanets. In that context, oxygen in the atmosphere has been considered strong evidence for the presence of photosynthetic organisms. In this paper, we show that a previously unconsidered photochemical mechanism by titanium (IV) oxide (titania) can produce abiotic oxygen from liquid water under near ultraviolet (NUV) lights on the surface of exoplanets. Titania works as a photocatalyst to dissociate liquid water in this process. This mechanism offers a different source of a possibility of abiotic oxygen in atmospheres of exoplanets from previously considered photodissociation of water vapor in upper atmospheres by extreme ultraviolet (XUV) light. Our order-of-magnitude estimation shows that possible amounts of oxygen produced by this abiotic mechanism can be comparable with or even more than that in the atmosphere of the current Earth, depending on the amount of active surface area for this mechanism. We conclude that titania may act as a potential source of false signs of life on habitable exoplanets. PMID:26354078

  20. Dispersion and surface functionalization of oxide nanoparticles for transparent photocatalytic and UV-protecting coatings and sunscreens

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    Faure, Bertrand; Salazar-Alvarez, German; Ahniyaz, Anwar; Villaluenga, Irune; Berriozabal, Gemma; De Miguel, Yolanda R.; Bergström, Lennart

    2013-04-01

    This review describes recent efforts on the synthesis, dispersion and surface functionalization of the three dominating oxide nanoparticles used for photocatalytic, UV-blocking and sunscreen applications: titania, zinc oxide, and ceria. The gas phase and liquid phase synthesis is described briefly and examples are given of how weakly aggregated photocatalytic or UV-absorbing oxide nanoparticles with different composition, morphology and size can be generated. The principles of deagglomeration are reviewed and the specific challenges for nanoparticles highlighted. The stabilization of oxide nanoparticles in both aqueous and non-aqueous media requires a good understanding of the magnitude of the interparticle forces and the surface chemistry of the materials. Quantitative estimates of the Hamaker constants in various media and measurements of the isoelectric points for the different oxide nanoparticles are presented together with an overview of different additives used to prepare stable dispersions. The structural and chemical requirements and the various routes to produce transparent photocatalytic and nanoparticle-based UV-protecting coatings, and UV-blocking sunscreens are described and discussed.

  1. Role of active oxidative species on TiO2 photocatalysis of tetracycline and optimization of photocatalytic degradation conditions.

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    Luo, Zhaohui; Li, Lu; Wei, Chuanlin; Li, Huixin; Chen, Dan

    2015-07-01

    The optimum operating conditions for TiO2 photocatalytic degradation of tetracycline antibiotic (TC) in aqueous solution and the role of active oxidative species (AOS) from UV/TiO2 in its degradation were investigated. Response surface methodology (RSM) and central composite design (CCD) were adopted to optimize three parameters: TiO2 concentration, initial pH and UV irradiation time. Radical scavengers were added to reaction solution to assess the photocatalytic reaction mechanism of TC. The results showed that 93.1% degradation efficiency was obtained under optimum conditions established during experimentation (TiO2 concentration = 2.09 g l(-1), pH = 5.56 and t = 20.95 min). These results agree with the prediction made by the proposed model. Photocatalytic degradation of TC followed a pseudo first-order reaction rate. Photogenerated holes (h+(VB)) with minor participation from superoxide anions (O2*), were responsible for TC oxidation on TiO2, while hydroxyl radicals (*OH) played a negligible role in titania-TC oxidation.

  2. Enhancement of photocatalytic performance of TiO{sub 2} produced by an alcohothermal approach through inclusion of water

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    Hu, Changyuan; Lu, Tiewen; Chen, Fei; Zhang, Rongbin; Lian, Chengjiang; Zheng, Shizheng; Hu, Quanhong; Duo, Shuwang

    2014-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • High crystallinity of TiO{sub 2} with exposed (0 0 1) facets was prepared by an alcohothermal approach through inclusion of water. • Water played an important role in conducting the size, shape, crystallinity, microstructure and photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2}. • High crystallinity of TiO{sub 2} could retard the recombination and promote the separation of electron–hole pairs. - Abstract: High crystallinity of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles (NPs) with exposed (0 0 1) facets was prepared by an alcohothermal method without the addition of any specific organic reagents, in which titanium isopropoxide was used as the titania precursor, water and ethanol (0.6/90–5/90, v/v) as the reaction medium. The X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) measurements showed that water played an important role in conducting the size, shape, crystallinity and microstructure of TiO{sub 2} NPs. The photoluminescence spectroscopy and photocurrent measurements indicated that enhanced crystallinity could hinder effectively the recombination and promote significantly the separation of electron–hole pairs in TiO{sub 2} NPs. These will contribute to the enhancement of photocatalytic performance. Methyl orange photodegradation under UV light confirmed that high crystallinity of TiO{sub 2} NPs did exhibit a high photocatalytic activity due to the effective separation of photoinduced charges and exposure of highly reactive (0 0 1) facets.

  3. Study on enhanced photocatalytic activity of magnetically recoverable Fe3O4@C@TiO2 nanocomposites with core-shell nanostructure

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    Zhang, Qi; Meng, Guihua; Wu, Jianning; Li, Deqiang; Liu, Zhiyong

    2015-08-01

    A novel and simple approach for the fabrication of Fe3O4@C@TiO2 nanocomposites with a good core-shell structure has been successfully constructed. The as-synthesized core-shell structure is composed of a magnetic core, an interlayer of carbon, and an outer TiO2 shell. In this method, the carbon middle layer could provide negatively charged for the TiO2 coating without the surfactants. The as-obtained core-shell structure composites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), thermogravimetric analysis (TG), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm analyses and the magnetization measurement (SQUID). The TEM images showed that the thickness of TiO2 shell could be controlled by varying tertrabutyl titanate (TBOT) content in the ethanol/acetonitrile mixed solvents. Photocatalytic property of Fe3O4@C@TiO2 nanocomposites were evaluated by photodegradation methylene blue (MB). The results showed that the well-designed nanocomposites exhibited a higher photoactivity than Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites. Moreover, this photocatalyst can be easily recovered by an external magnetic field and remain stable photocatalytic activity after five cycles. The presence of carbon interlayer can avoid the occurrence of photodissolution. Therefore, the photocatalytic activity of titania would not deteriorate seriously, which played key role for the enhanced photocatalytic activity.

  4. Nonlinear optical properties and supercontinuum spectrum of titania-modified carbon quantum dots

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    Kulchin, Yu N.; Mayor, A. Yu; Proschenko, D. Yu; Postnova, I. V.; Shchipunov, Yu A.

    2016-04-01

    We have studied the nonlinear optical properties and supercontinuum spectrum of solutions of carbon quantum dots prepared by a hydrothermal process from chitin and then coated with titania. The titania coating has been shown to have an activating effect on the carbon quantum dots, enhancing supercontinuum generation in the blue-violet spectral region and enabling their nonlinear optical characteristics to be varied.

  5. CHARACTERIZATION OF FLAME-SYNTHESIZED FE, CO, OR MN-DOPED TITANIA NANOSTRUCTURED PARTICLES

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    The flame-synthesized catalysts have higher surface areas than commercial-grade titania and are composed of nanometer-sized primary particles with low internal porosity. Preliminary studies suggest that flame-synthesized iron-doped titania may be photoactivated in the visible lig...

  6. Design of polyoxometallate-titania composite film (H3PW12O40/TiO2) for the degradation of an aqueous dye Rhodamine B under the simulated sunlight irradiation.

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    Lu, Nan; Zhao, Yahui; Liu, Hongbo; Guo, Yihang; Yuan, Xing; Xu, Hui; Peng, Huifang; Qin, Hongwei

    2012-01-15

    A series of polyoxometallate/titania (H(3)PW(12)O(40)/TiO(2)) composite films with different H(3)PW(12)O(40) loadings (6.3%, 7.7%, 14.7% and 16.7%) were prepared by a modified sol-gel-hydrothermal route followed by a spin-coating method. The smooth films are constructed by the well-distributed H(3)PW(12)O(40)/TiO(2) sphere with particle size in the range from 80 to 100 nm, and the bandgap of the composite films is somewhat narrower compared with as-prepared pure TiO(2) film. As a novel photocatalytic material, the photocatalytic performances of the H(3)PW(12)O(40)/TiO(2) composite films were evaluated by the degradation and mineralization of an aqueous dye Rhodamine B (RB) under solar simulating Xe lamp irradiation (320 nm<λ<780 nm), and the enhanced photocatalytic activity in comparison to pure TiO(2) film as well as the H(3)PW(12)O(40)/TiO(2) and Degussa P25 TiO(2) powder was obtained. Additionally, the composite films can be reused at least for three times without losing their catalytic activity.

  7. Photocatalytical nanocomposites: a review.

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    Matejka, Vlastimil; Tokarský, Jonás

    2014-02-01

    This review focuses on photocatalytically active nanocomposites that are based on the photoactive nanoparticles, or nanostructured particles captured on the surface of the different powderized carriers. Nanosized and nanostructured oxides and sulfides with selected metal cations (Ti, Zn, Cd, Fe, etc.) are intensively studied as the photocatalysts for different purposes. The nanodimension of these particles brings several disadvantages, among them being the negative impact on human health, which is a widely discussed topic nowadays. The nanoparticles can permeate through living tissue and enter living cells and thus a strong effort focused on diminishing this problem is the subject of research activities by many groups. One possible way to achieve control of the nanoparticles' mobility is capturing them on the surface of suitable particulate carriers with dimensions on the order of tenths and hundredths of microns whereas this approach leads to formation of new composite material. Clay minerals, silicates, carbonaceous materials, and other particulate matter are intensively studied for these purposes and proper selection of the substrate can bring additional functionality to the final composite. Very often the photoactivity, antibacterial properties, electrical conductivity, and other properties are significantly enhanced in the case of this kind of composite materials. Strong adhesion between the nanoparticles and the surface of the selected substrate is essential for the stability of the final composites. Characterization of the adhesion energies using laboratory experiments is quite difficult and molecular modeling can bring valuable information about the character of interactions at the interface of nanoparticles and substrate. PMID:24749444

  8. Porphyrin-based Photocatalytic Nanolithography

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    Bearinger, Jane P.; Stone, Gary; Dugan, Lawrence C.; El Dasher, Bassem; Stockton, Cheryl; Conway, James W.; Kuenzler, Tobias; Hubbell, Jeffrey A.

    2009-01-01

    Nanoarray fabrication is a multidisciplinary endeavor encompassing materials science, chemical engineering, and biology. We formed nanoarrays via a new technique, porphyrin-based photocatalytic nanolithography. The nanoarrays, with controlled features as small as 200 nm, exhibited regularly ordered patterns and may be appropriate for (a) rapid and parallel proteomics screening of immobilized biomolecules, (b) protein-protein interactions, and/or (c) biophysical and molecular biology studies involving spatially dictated ligand placement. We demonstrated protein immobilization utilizing nanoarrays fabricated via photocatalytic nanolithography on silicon substrates where the immobilized proteins are surrounded by a non-fouling polymer background. PMID:19406753

  9. Photocatalytic characteristics of single phase Fe-doped anatase TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles sensitized with vitamin B{sub 12}

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    Gharagozlou, Mehrnaz; Bayati, R.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Anatase TiO{sub 2}/B{sub 12} hybrid nanostructured catalyst was successfully synthesized by sol–gel technique. • The nanoparticle catalyst was doped with iron at several concentrations. • Nanoparticles were characterized in detail by XRD, Raman, TEM, EDS, and spectroscopy techniques. • The formation mechanism and role of point defects on photocatalytic properties were discussed. • A structure-property-processing correlation was established. - Abstract: We report a processing-structure-property correlation in B{sub 12}-anatase titania hybrid catalysts doped with several concentrations of iron. Our results clearly show that low-level iron doping alters structure, defect content, and photocatalytic characteristics of TiO{sub 2}. XRD and Raman studies revealed formation of a single-phase anatase TiO{sub 2} where no iron based segregation in particular iron oxide, was detected. FT-IR spectra clearly confirmed sensitization of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles with vitamin B{sub 12}. TEM micrographs and diffraction patterns confirmed crystallization of anatase nanoparticles with a radius of 15–20 nm. Both XRD and Raman signals showed a peak shift and a peak broadening which are surmised to originate from creation of point defects, namely oxygen vacancy and titanium interstitial. The doped samples revealed a narrower band gap as compared to undoped samples. Photocatalytic activity of the samples was assessed through measuring the decomposition rate of rhodamine B. It was found that sensitization with vitamin B{sub 12} and Fe-doping significantly enhances the photocatalytic efficiency of the anatase nanoparticles. We also showed that there is an optimum Fe-doping level where the maximum photocatalytic activity is achieved. The boost of photocatalytic activity was qualitatively understood to originate from a more effective use of the light photons, formation of point defects, which enhance the charge separation, higher carrier mobility.

  10. Effect of calcination temperature on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 powders prepared by co-precipitation of TiCl3

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    Yudoyono, Gatut; Ichzan, Nur; Zharvan, Vicran; Daniyati, Rizqa; Santoso, Hadi; Indarto, Bachtera; Pramono, Yono Hadi; Zainuri, Mochamad; Darminto

    2016-04-01

    The adsorption of basic dye methylene blue (MB) onto titanium dioxide (titania) powder that were prepared by coprecipitation method of TiCl3 and NH4OH as iniatial material with different calcination temperature was studied to examine the photocatalytic activity. Synthesis process carried out by the solution pH was adjusted to be 8. Effect of calcination temperature on the titania powder were characterized with Differential Scanning Calorimetry/Thermogravimetry (DSC/TG), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The result of TG and XRD showed that the NH4Cl decomposed between 235-372°C. The XRD result showed that the anatase TiO2 only contained a single phase when the calcination temperature of the precursor at 800°C, and over which it began to grow rutile phase. The influence of synthesis condition on the photocatalytic activity of TiO2 powder was determined by the photodegradation of MB dye under UV light.

  11. The preparation, surface structure, zeta potential, surface charge density and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanostructures of different shapes

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    Grover, Inderpreet Singh; Singh, Satnam; Pal, Bonamali

    2013-09-01

    Titania based nanocatalysts such as sodium titanates of different morphology having superior surface properties are getting wide importance in photocatalysis research. Despite having sodium (Na) contents and its high temperature synthesis (that generally deteriorate the photoreactivity), these Na-titanates often exhibit better photoactivity than P25-TiO2 catalyst. Hence, this work demonstrated the influence of crystal structure, BET surface area, surface charge, zeta potential (ζ) and metal loading on the photocatalytic activity of as-prepared sodium titanate nanotube (TNT) and titania nanorod (TNR). Straw like hollow orthorhombic-TNT (Na2Ti2O5·H2O) particles (W = 9-12 nm and L = 82-115 nm) and rice like pure anatase-TNR particles (W = 8-13 nm and L = 81-134 nm) are obtained by the hydrothermal treatment of P25-TiO2 with NaOH, which in fact, altered the net surface charge of TNT and TNR particles. The observed ζ = -2.82 (P25-TiO2), -13.5 (TNT) and -22.5 mV (TNR) are significantly altered by the Ag and Cu deposition. It has been found here that TNT displayed best photocatalytic activity for the imidacloprid insecticide (C9H10ClN5O2) degradation to CO2 formation under UV irradiation because of its largest surface area 176 m2 g-1 among the catalysts studied.

  12. Multistep impregnation method for incorporation of high amount of titania into SBA-15

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    Wang Wei; Song Mo . E-mail: m.song@lboro.ac.uk

    2006-02-02

    A multistep impregnation method was employed to incorporate high amount of titania into the mesoporous SBA-15 silica. No damage to the SBA-15 silica mesostructures was caused by the loading of titania in every cycle. The existence of titania small nanodomains were confirmed to be present by Raman spectra and UV-vis DRS measurements. High dispersion of them was realized via this method according to the results of low-angle X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and N{sub 2} sorption measurements. Importantly, no blockage of mesostructures was acknowledged with titania content up to 24.4 wt.%. In comparison, normally used one-step impregnation method led to serious blockage of mesopores as the results of formation of bulk titania particles in the mesochannels. Photo-activity test for the removal of oestrogen showed the superiority of the materials synthesized by multistep impregnation method to one-step impregnation method.

  13. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on nanocrystalline titania electrodes made at various sintering temperatures.

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    Stathatos, Elias; Lianos, Panagiotis

    2007-02-01

    Dye-sensitized solar cells were made by using nanocrystalline titania deposited on Fluorine-doped SnO2 (FTO) electrodes. Nanocrystalline titania deposition was made by the sol-gel method using reverse micelles of bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate sodium salt (AOT) in cyclohexane as reaction medium. This surfactant could be easily removed from the deposited nanocomposite organic-inorganic film by simple rinsing with distilled water, without affecting titania adherence on FTO electrode. These nanocrystalline titania electrodes were used to make solar cells either without sintering or after sintering at various temperatures. Sintering extensively affected short circuit current but had small effect on device open-circuit voltage. Thus satisfactory photovoltaic response could be obtained even with devices made of non-sintered (room-temperature) titania.

  14. Methods of making non-covalently bonded carbon-titania nanocomposite thin films and applications of the same

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    Liang, Yu Teng; Vijayan, Baiju K.; Gray, Kimberly A.; Hersam, Mark C.

    2016-07-19

    In one aspect, a method of making non-covalently bonded carbon-titania nanocomposite thin films includes: forming a carbon-based ink; forming a titania (TiO.sub.2) solution; blade-coating a mechanical mixture of the carbon-based ink and the titania solution onto a substrate; and annealing the blade-coated substrate at a first temperature for a first period of time to obtain the carbon-based titania nanocomposite thin films. In certain embodiments, the carbon-based titania nanocomposite thin films may include solvent-exfoliated graphene titania (SEG-TiO.sub.2) nanocomposite thin films, or single walled carbon nanotube titania (SWCNT-TiO.sub.2) nanocomposite thin films.

  15. Biomolecular Patterning via Photocatalytic Lithography

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    Bearinger, J P; Hiddessen, A L; Wu, K J; Christian, A T; Dugan, L C; Stone, G; Camarero, J; Hinz, A K; Hubbell, J A

    2005-02-18

    We have developed a novel method for patterning surface chemistry: Photocatalytic Lithography. This technique relies on inexpensive stamp materials and light; it does not necessitate mass transport or specified substrates, and the wavelength of light should not limit feature resolution. We have demonstrated the utility of this technique through the patterning of proteins, single cells and bacteria.

  16. Nano-crystalline P/M aluminium for automotive applications

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    Hummert, K.; Schattevoy, R.; Broda, M.; Knappe, M.; Beiss, P.; Klubberg, F.; Schubert, T. H.; Leuschner, R.

    2009-01-01

    The reduction of total vehicle weight and lowering of moving masses within the engine are key elements to overcome future emission challenges of the automotive industry. Within a German BMBF funded project the melt spinning technology will be driven to a series production status. The very fast cooling condition of the melt leads to a nano-structure of the aluminium material. This results in new material properties of known alloys. The strength increases dramatically without lowered forming behaviour. With this process the freedom of designing complex alloys is very flexible. Different alloys have been investigated for several applications, where high strength at room and elevated temperatures and/or high wear resistance is required. This paper presents some results regarding the processing, microstructure and mechanical properties of a developed Al-Ni-Fe alloy. This joined research project with partners from the automotive industry as well as automotive suppliers and universities is funded by the German BMBF "NanoMobile" Program under Project number 03X3008.

  17. Thick Nano-Crystalline Diamond films for fusion applications

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    Dawedeit, Christoph

    2010-06-30

    This Diplomarbeit deals with the characterization of 9 differently grown diamond samples. Several techniques were used to determine the quality of these specimens for inertial confinement fusion targets. The quality of chemical vapor deposition diamond is usually considered in terms of the proportion of sp3-bonded carbon to sp2-bonded carbon in the sample. For fusion targets smoothness, Hydrogen content and density of the diamonds are further important characteristics. These characteristics are analyzed in this thesis. The research for thesis was done at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institut für angewandte Festkörperphysik Freiburg, Germany. Additionally the Lehrstuhl fuer Nukleartechnik at Technical University of Germany supported the work.

  18. Synthesis of nano-crystalline multifibrous zirconia needle

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    Biswas, Mridula; Bandyopadhyay, Siddhartha

    2013-06-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Zirconia needles have been successfully prepared by simple inorganic sol–gel route. • The shape of the needles was retained after firing with aspect ratio > 400. • Needles are composed of multiple fibres. • Fibres are composed of nano crystals. - Abstract: Zirconia needles have been successfully synthesized using a simple inorganic sol–gel process without using any template. The method employs mixture of zirconium oxychloride octahydrate and sulphuric acid in aqueous medium. This process requires heat treatment at 40 °C for 2 h in an oven for nucleus formation. Complete formation of needle occurs after 17 days. The green needle retained its original shape after calcination at 1200 °C. Fired needles were of 1–2 cm in length and 5–50 μm in diameter and possess monoclinic phase. Needles are composed of multiple fibres. Depending on the heat treatment temperature, crystallite size varies in the range of 8 to around 300 nm.

  19. Green synthesis of biphasic TiO₂-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites with highly enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Sher Shah, Md Selim Arif; Park, A Reum; Zhang, Kan; Park, Jong Hyeok; Yoo, Pil J

    2012-08-01

    A series of TiO(2)-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanocomposites were prepared by simple one-step hydrothermal reactions using the titania precursor, TiCl(4) and graphene oxide (GO) without reducing agents. Hydrolysis of TiCl(4) and mild reduction of GO were simultaneously carried out under hydrothermal conditions. While conventional approaches mostly utilize multistep chemical methods wherein strong reducing agents, such as hydrazine, hydroquinone, and sodium borohydride are employed, our method provides the notable advantages of a single step reaction without employing toxic solvents or reducing agents, thereby providing a novel green synthetic route to produce the nanocomposites of RGO and TiO(2). The as-synthesized nanocomposites were characterized by several crystallographic, microscopic, and spectroscopic characterization methods, which enabled confrimation of the robustness of the suggested reaction scheme. Notably, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron micrograph proved that TiO(2) contained both anatase and rutile phases. In addition, the photocatalytic activities of the synthesized composites were measured for the degradation of rhodamine B dye. The catalyst also can degrade a colorless dye such as benzoic acid under visible light. The synthesized nanocomposites of biphasic TiO(2) with RGO showed enhanced catalytic activity compared to conventional TiO(2) photocatalyst, P25. The photocatalytic activity is strongly affected by the concentration of RGO in the nanocomposites, with the best photocatalytic activity observed for the composite of 2.0 wt % RGO. Since the synthesized biphasic TiO(2)-RGO nanocomposites have been shown to effectively reduce the electron-hole recombination rate, it is anticipated that they will be utilized as anode materials in lithium ion batteries. PMID:22788800

  20. Water-splitting using photocatalytic porphyrin-nanotube composite devices

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    Shelnutt, John A.; Miller, James E.; Wang, Zhongchun; Medforth, Craig J.

    2008-03-04

    A method for generating hydrogen by photocatalytic decomposition of water using porphyrin nanotube composites. In some embodiments, both hydrogen and oxygen are generated by photocatalytic decomposition of water.

  1. The surface segregation of titania in magnesium oxide

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    Mackrodt, W. C.; Tasker, P. W.; Colbourn, E. A.

    1985-04-01

    A theoretical study of the segregation of titania (TiO 2) at the (001) surface of magnesium oxide (MgO) based on atomistic simulation methods is reported. It is suggested that titanium ions in MgO exist almost exclusively as neutral impurity-vacancy pairs. The stability of those at the surface relative to the bulk is estimated, and from this the effective enthalpy of segregation is deduced. Finally the segregation behaviour of TiO 2 in MgO is compared with that of CaO.

  2. Heats of immersion of titania powders in primer solutions

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    Siriwardane, R.; Wightman, J. P.

    1983-01-01

    The oxide layer present on titanium alloys can play an important role in determining the strength and durability of adhesive bonds. Here, three titania powders in different crystalline phases, rutile-R1, anatase-A1, and anatase-A2, are characterized by several techniques. These include microelectrophoresis, X-ray diffractometry, surface area pore volume analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and measurements of the heats of immersion. Of the three powders, R1 has the highest heat of immersion in water, while the interaction between water and A1 powder is low. Experimental data also suggest a specific preferential interaction of polyphenylquinoxaline with anatase.

  3. Preparation of Ag nanoparticles on PAN/TiO2 nanofibers and their photocatalytic and antibacterial properties

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    Jeun, Joon-Pyo; Seo, Dong-Kwon; Kim, Hyun-Bin; Kang, Phil-Hyun

    2010-06-01

    Polyacrylonitrile/titania (PAN/TiO2) nanofibrous mats were prepared by an electrospinning method and silver nanoparticles were deposited by electron beam (e-beam) irradiation of silver ions in aqueous solutions. The morphology of the electrospun fibers was characterized by SEM analysis. The deposition of silver particles was not of a uniform coverage on the PAN/TiO2 surface, but of a heterogeneous growth of the silver particles on the PAN/TiO2 surface. The photocatalytic efficiency of the composites against methylene blue dye in an aqueous solution improved and the actibacterial activity against E. coli and S. aureus was found to increase with the silver nanoparticles being induced.

  4. Fabrication and apatite inducing ability of different porous titania structures by PEO treatment.

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    Rao, X; Chu, C L; Sun, Q; Zheng, Y Y

    2016-09-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) was employed to grow different porous titania structures on Ti6Al4V alloy (TC4) substrate using various parameters. It was found that the PEO voltage and working frequency could affect the morphology, the pore size, the pore density, the thickness and the phase composition of titania structures. Thereafter, three typical porous titania structures with nanosize pores, microsize pores and microsize grooves were respectively selected to estimate their bioactivity using SBF immersion test. After soaking at different durations (3-28d), the surface morphology, the chemical composition as well as the phase structure of deposited apatite layers on porous titania were evaluated using SEM, EDS, and XRD. The formation of various biomimetic apatite layers indicated the different influence due to the characteristics of porous titania structures. The porous titania structure with nanosize pores could induce a fast apatite growth at the early immersion stage (~7d), while the one with microsize pores exhibited the best apatite inducing ability at long term immersion (~28d). Based on the experimental results, the formation mechanism of biomimetic apatite affected by the pore structure of titania was discussed as well.

  5. Enhanced dielectric polarization and electro-responsive characteristic of graphene oxide-wrapped titania microspheres

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    Yin, Jianbo; Shui, Yongjun; Dong, Yuezhen; Zhao, Xiaopeng

    2014-01-01

    Electric field-induced particle polarization is essential to the electro-responsive electrorheological (ER) effect of particle suspensions. In this work, we use graphene oxide (GO) as a soft and polar coating shell to prepare GO-wrapped titania dielectric microspheres for use as the dispersal phase of an ER suspension. Under a DC electric field, the ER characteristic of GO-wrapped titania microspheres dispersed in silicone oil is investigated by rheological tests, and then compared with that of a suspension of bare titania microspheres. The results show that the suspension of GO-wrapped titania microspheres possesses an enhanced ER characteristic. Its field-induced shear yield stress and storage modulus are much higher than those of the suspension of bare titania microspheres. The soft and polar GO shell is regarded as the origin of the ER enhancement. Dielectric analysis indicates that wrapping GO can enhance the interfacial polarization and thus improve the ER characteristics of titania microspheres. Wrapping GO onto the surface of titania microspheres can also reduce the particle sedimentation velocity of the suspension.

  6. Recycling of fly ash for preparing porous mullite membrane supports with titania addition.

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    Dong, Yingchao; Hampshire, Stuart; Zhou, Jian-er; Lin, Bin; Ji, Zhanlin; Zhang, Xiaozhen; Meng, Guangyao

    2010-08-15

    In order to effectively utilize industrial waste fly ash, porous mullite ceramic membrane supports were prepared from fly ash and calcined bauxite with chemically pure titania as sintering additive. The effects of TiO(2) on the sintering behaviors and main properties of porous mullite were studied in detail. Due to the addition of titania, the sintering of the flyash-based mullite was inhibited at low temperatures, but effectively improved at high temperatures, the latter is suitable for preparing porous mullite membrane supports by incomplete sintering. Titania entered into liquid glassy phase with low high-temperature viscosity during sintering, resulting in the improvement of sintering activity, as well as the lowering of secondary mullitization temperature (where 2.0% titania). Between 1300 and 1500 degrees C, with increasing titania content, the samples exhibit increased trends in both linear shrinkage percent and bulk density, but a slightly decreased trend in open porosity, at all sintering temperatures. At 1300-1500 degrees C, the samples sintered at 1450 degrees C for 2h exhibit the lowest shrinkage and bulk density, as well as the highest open porosities in the investigated titania content range of 0-6.0 wt.%. Also, with increasing titania content, the pore size decreases slightly but the three-point flexural strength increases gradually at 1450 degrees C.

  7. Rapid photocatalytic destruction of pentachlorophenol in F-Si-comodified TiO(2) suspensions under microwave irradiation.

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    Yang, Shaogui; Fu, Hongbo; Sun, Cheng; Gao, Zhanqi

    2009-01-30

    A novel photocatalysis material, F-Si-comodified TiO(2) (FST) powder, was synthesized by ultrasound-assisted hydrolysis. The prepared material was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, respectively. XRD analysis indicated that the phase of FST was pure anatase and Si atoms suppressed the growth of titania crystalline, XPS spectra showed that FST was composed of Ti, O, Si and F element, the band gap energy of FST calculated according to the spectrum of UV-vis absorption was 3.26 eV. The electron spin resonance (ESR) spin-trapping technique using 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide (DMPO) as the spin-trap reagent has been applied to detect free radical intermediates generated from FST. ESR results showed the concentration of the active species (OH) on FST is higher than those on F-doping TiO(2) (FT), Si-modifying TiO(2) (ST) and P25 titania. The degradation of pentachlorophenol (PCP) in the microwave-assisted photocatalysis (MAPC) process was faster than other processes including microwave-assisted direct photolysis (MADP), microwave process alone (MP) and dark process (DP). The photocatalytic activity of FST is much higher than that of ST, FT and P25 titania. It may be attributed to its strong capacity of absorption to the UV-vis irradiation and more hydroxyl radical on surface of FST. In MPAC process, 40 mg L(-1) PCP was completely degraded in 20 min and its corresponding mineralization efficiency was 71%, the pH of solutions decreased from 10.3 to 6.47 and the dechlorination was completed in 12 min. The intermediates products of PCP in MAPC process identified by GC/MS were trichlorophenols (TCP), tetrachlorophenols (TTCP) and tetrachlorocatechol (TTCC) and the possible mechanism of PCP degradation is proposed.

  8. Novel three-dimensional dandelion-like TiO{sub 2} structure with high photocatalytic activity

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    Bai Xuelian; Xie Bin; Pan Nan; Wang Xiaoping; Wang Haiqian

    2008-03-15

    Pure rutile phase crystalline TiO{sub 2} powder with novel 3D dandelion-like structure was synthesized by using a facile hydrothermal method with TiCl{sub 3} as the main starting material. In such a 3D structure, the nanometer-scale construction elements aggregate together and form a micrometer-scale artificial unit. The typical 3D dandelion structure has an average diameter of 1.5-2 {mu}m and is packed radially by nanorods with [001] preference growth direction. Each individual nanorod is hundreds of nanometers in length, and tens of nanometers in diameter. The obtained 3D dandelion-like TiO{sub 2} powder has a high photocatalytic activity, which is equivalent to that of the commercial available P25 titania powder. Mechanisms of the formation of the dandelion-like structure were also discussed. A different oxidation process of Ti(III) to Ti(IV) during hydrothermal was suggested. - Graphical abstract: Rutile-phase TiO{sub 2} powders with novel 3D dandelion-like structures were synthesized. This kind of 3D artificial hierarchical titania structure has the advantage of reserving the novel nanometer-scale properties while providing us the easiness of storing and handling as we routinely enjoyed for the micrometer-scale materials. A different oxidation process of Ti(III) to Ti(IV) during hydrothermal process was suggested.

  9. Molecular scale characterization of the titania-dye-solvent interface in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Marquet, Philip; Andersson, Gunther; Snedden, Alan; Kloo, Lars; Atkin, Rob

    2010-06-15

    Charge separation at the dye/titania interface in dye sensitized solar cells is strongly influenced by the thickness and homogeneity of the sensitizing dye layer, as this controls the potential drop across the interface, and the probability of an excited electron being transferred from the dye to the titania. In this study we use atomic force microscopy and the depth profiling method neutral impact collision ion scattering spectroscopy (NICISS) to investigate the thickness and homogeneity of N719 dye adsorbed to titania before and after rinsing with pure acetonitrile. Both experimental methods show that the dye layers are closed but inhomogeneous. Inhomogeneity is more pronounced for unrinsed samples. PMID:20297833

  10. Resolving dynamic parameters of the August 2007 Titania and Ariel occultations by Umbriel

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    Miller, C.; Chanover, N. J.

    2009-03-01

    We observed the 15 August 2007 occultation of the uranian satellite Titania and the 19 August 2007 occultation of Ariel by Umbriel using the Agile high-speed photometer on the APO 3.5 m telescope. We find that the Titania event midpoint occurred at 09:16:39.20 UT and the Ariel event midpoint at 07:59:49.4 UT, which was 26.2 s and 37.4 s later than predicted, respectively. Our best fit impact parameter was 71.0 km for the Titania occultation and 476.9 km for the Ariel event, both of which were less than predicted.

  11. Synthesis of continuous mesoporous Ga-doped titania films with anatase crystallized framework.

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    Oveisi, Hamid; Beitollahi, Ali; Jiang, Xiangfen; Sato, Keisuke; Nemoto, Yoshihiro; Fukata, Naoki; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2011-08-01

    Here we report synthesis of ordered mesoporous titania films with various amounts of Ga content. The influence of Ga contents on mesostructural ordering, surface morphology, thermal stability, and anatase crystallinity is carefully investigated, by using grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering (GISAXS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), and Raman spectroscopy. The presence of highly dispersed Ga contents in the titania frameworks can promote the thermal stability of mesoporous titania structures, resulting that the anatase crystallization successfully proceeds without collapse of mesostructures.

  12. Physical adsorption of anisotropic titania nanoparticles onto poly(2-vinylpyridine) latex and characterisation of the resulting nanocomposite particles.

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    Fielding, Lee A; Armes, Steven P; Staniland, Paul; Sayer, Robert; Tooley, Ian

    2014-07-15

    Four poly(2-vinylpyridine) latexes with intensity-average mean diameters ranging between 246 and 955nm were prepared by aqueous emulsion polymerisation. These latexes were characterised by transmission electron microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, aqueous electrophoresis, disc centrifuge photosedimentometry and thermogravimetry. The adsorption of rice grain-shaped nano-sized titania particles onto the surface of these latex particles from aqueous solution was investigated. It was found that the titania particles adsorb strongly at pH 10 and the optimal loading and packing density of titania was investigated for each latex. The resulting core-shell P2VP-titania nanocomposite particles were characterised in terms of their titania contents, surface coverages and colloidal stabilities. UV-Vis spectra were recorded for the titania nanoparticles, the original P2VP latexes and the poly(2-vinylpyridine)-titania nanocomposite particles. It was found that, for the larger nanocomposite particles, UV-Vis absorption was dominated by the latex core, whereas the smaller P2VP-titania nanocomposite particles exhibited UV attenuation to longer wavelengths compared to both the bare latex and the titania particles. The poly(2-vinylpyridine) cores were selectively removed by calcination of the nanocomposite particles and the resulting hollow titania structures were investigated by transmission electron microscopy. PMID:24863780

  13. Titania nanotube arrays as potential interfaces for neurological prostheses

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    Sorkin, Jonathan Andrew

    Neural prostheses can make a dramatic improvement for those suffering from visual and auditory, cognitive, and motor control disabilities, allowing them regained functionality by the use of stimulating or recording electrical signaling. However, the longevity of these devices is limited due to the neural tissue response to the implanted device. In response to the implant penetrating the blood brain barrier and causing trauma to the tissue, the body forms a to scar to isolate the implant in order to protect the nearby tissue. The scar tissue is a result of reactive gliosis and produces an insulated sheath, encapsulating the implant. The glial sheath limits the stimulating or recording capabilities of the implant, reducing its effectiveness over the long term. A favorable interaction with this tissue would be the direct adhesion of neurons onto the contacts of the implant, and the prevention of glial encapsulation. With direct neuronal adhesion the effectiveness and longevity of the device would be significantly improved. Titania nanotube arrays, fabricated using electrochemical anodization, provide a conductive architecture capable of altering cellular response. This work focuses on the fabrication of different titania nanotube array architectures to determine how their structures and properties influence the response of neural tissue, modeled using the C17.2 murine neural stem cell subclone, and if glial encapsulation can be reduced while neuronal adhesion is promoted.

  14. Organically modified titania nanoparticles for sustained drug release applications.

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    Sethi, Komal; Roy, Indrajit

    2015-10-15

    In this paper, we report the synthesis, characterization of drug-doped organically modified titania nanoparticles, and their applications in sustained drug release. The drug-doped nanoparticles were synthesized in the hydrophobic core of oil-in-water microemulsion medium. Structural aspects obtained through TEM and FESEM depicted that organically modified titania nanoparticles are monodispersed with spherical morphology, with an average size of around 200 nm. Their polymorphic forms and porosity were determined using powder XRD and BET, respectively, which showed that they are present in the anatase form, with a surface area of 136.5 m(2)/g and pore-diameter of 5.23 nm. After synthesis and basic structural characterizations, optical properties were studied for both fluorophore and drug encapsulated nanoparticles. The results showed that though the optical properties of the fluorophore are partially diminished upon nanoencapsulation, it became more stable against chemical quenching. The nanoparticles showed pH-dependent drug release pattern. In vitro studies showed that the nanoparticles were efficiently uptaken by cells. Cell viability assay results showed that though the placebo nanoparticles are non-cytotoxic, the drug-doped nanoparticles show drug-induced toxicity. Therefore, such porous nanoparticles can be used in non-toxic drug delivery applications.

  15. Phosphopeptide separation using radially aligned titania nanotubes on titanium wire.

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    Wijeratne, Aruna B; Wijesundera, Dharshana N; Paulose, Maggie; Ahiabu, Ivy Belinda; Chu, Wei-Kan; Varghese, Oomman K; Greis, Kenneth D

    2015-06-01

    Phosphoproteomic analysis offers a unique view of cellular function and regulation in biological systems by providing global measures of a key cellular regulator in the form of protein phosphorylation. Understanding the phosphorylation changes between normal and diseased cells or tissues offers a window into the mechanism of disease and thus potential targets for therapeutic intervention. A key step in these studies is the enrichment of phosphorylated peptides that are typically separated and analyzed by using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry. The mesoporous titania beads/particles (e.g., Titansphere TiO2 beads from GL Sciences Inc., Japan) that are widely used for phosphopeptide enrichment are expensive and offer very limited opportunities for further performance improvement. Titiania nanotube arrays have shown promising characteristics for phosphopeptide separation. Here we report a proof-of-concept study to evaluate the efficacy of nanotubes on Ti-wire for phosphoproteomics research. We used titania nanotubes radially grown on titanium wires as well as the commercial beads to separate phosphopeptides generated from mouse liver complex tissue extracts. Our studies revealed that the nanotubes on metal wire provide comparable efficacy for enrichment of phophopeptides and offer an ease of use advantage versus mesoporous beads, thus having the potential to become a low cost and more practical material/methodology for phosphopeptide enrichment in biological studies.

  16. Preparation and Characterization of Titania-Pillared Montmorillonite

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    Zhang, Yimin; Song, Shaoxian; Zhang, Min; Tuo, Biyang

    In this work, a Ti-pillared montmorillonite with high thermal stability has been prepared by using a Na-montmorillonite as the host clay and polyhydroxy-titania ions as the pillaring precursor. The formation of Ti-pillared montmorillonite has been confirmed from the characterizations through X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric-differential scanning calorimeter, and specific surface area analyses. In the preparation of Ti-pillared montmorillonite several parameters, such as the type of solvent in which the synthesis is realized, the ratio of polyhydroxy-titania ions and montmorillonite, the intercalation time, the calcining temperature, and calcining time, were tested to understand their effects on the basal spacing. It was shown that this method could produce a Ti-pillared montmorillonite with the basal spacing of 3.74 nm, specific surface area of 409 m2/g, and mean pore size of 2.94 nm, as well as a high thermal stability up to 900°C.

  17. Increased osteoblast function on PLGA composites containing nanophase titania.

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    Webster, Thomas J; Smith, Tyler A

    2005-09-15

    Nanotechnology creates materials that potentially outperform, at several boundaries, existing materials in terms of mechanical, electrical, catalytic, and optical properties. However, despite their promise to mimic the surface roughness cells experience in vivo, the use of nanophase materials in biological applications remains to date largely unexplored. The objective of the present in vitro study was, therefore, to determine whether when added to a polymer scaffold, nanophase compared to conventional ceramics enhance functions of osteoblasts (or bone-forming cells). Results from this study provided the first evidence that functions (specifically, adhesion, synthesis of alkaline phosphatase, and deposition of calcium-containing mineral) of osteoblasts increased on poly-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) scaffolds containing nanophase compared to conventional grain size titania with greater weight percentage (from 10-30 wt %). Because the chemistry, material phase, porosity (%), and pore size of the composites were similar, this study implies that the surface features created by adding nanophase compared to conventional titania was a key parameter that enhanced functions of osteoblasts. In this manner, the study adds another novel property of nanophase ceramics: their ability to promote osteoblast functions in vitro when added to a polymer scaffold. For this reason, nanophase ceramics (and nanomaterials in general) deserve further attention as orthopedic tissue engineering materials.

  18. Microscopic observation of dye molecules for solar cells on a titania surface

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    Koshiya, Shogo; Yamashita, Shunsuke; Kimoto, Koji

    2016-01-01

    The lateral distribution and coverage of Ru-based dye molecules, which are used for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), were directly examined on a titania surface using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The clean surface of a free-standing titania nanosheet was first confirmed with atomic resolution, and then, the nanosheet was used as a substrate. A single dye molecule on the titania nanosheet was visualized for the first time. The quantitative STEM images revealed an inhomogeneous dye-molecule distribution at the early stage of its absorption, i.e., the aggregation of the dye molecules. The majority of the titania surface was not covered by dye molecules, suggesting that optimization of the dye molecule distribution could yield further improvement of the DSC conversion efficiencies. PMID:27087005

  19. Investigations of mechanical and wear properties of alumina/titania/fire-clay reinforced epoxy composites

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    Patel, Vinay Kumar; Chauhan, Shivani; Sharma, Aarushi

    2016-05-01

    In this work, the effect of various particulates (alumina, titania, fire clay) reinforcements on mechanical and wear properties of epoxy composites have been studied with a prime motive of replacing the costly alumina and titania by much economical fire clay for high mechanical strength and/or wear resistant materials. Fire clay based epoxy composites delivered better mechanical (both tensile and impact) properties than the alumina filled or neat epoxy composites and slightly lower than titania reinforced composites, which qualified the fire clay a very suitable cost effective alternatives of both alumina and titania for high mechanical strength based applications. However, the poor wear behavior of fire clay reinforced composites revealed its poor candidacy for wear and tear applications.

  20. Microscopic observation of dye molecules for solar cells on a titania surface

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    Koshiya, Shogo; Yamashita, Shunsuke; Kimoto, Koji

    2016-04-01

    The lateral distribution and coverage of Ru-based dye molecules, which are used for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), were directly examined on a titania surface using high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The clean surface of a free-standing titania nanosheet was first confirmed with atomic resolution, and then, the nanosheet was used as a substrate. A single dye molecule on the titania nanosheet was visualized for the first time. The quantitative STEM images revealed an inhomogeneous dye-molecule distribution at the early stage of its absorption, i.e., the aggregation of the dye molecules. The majority of the titania surface was not covered by dye molecules, suggesting that optimization of the dye molecule distribution could yield further improvement of the DSC conversion efficiencies.

  1. Titania sol-gel coatings with silver on non-porous titanium and titanium alloys

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    Horkavcova, D.; Cerny, M.; Sanda, L.; Novak, P.; Jablonska, E.; Zlamalova-Cflova, Z.; Helebrant, A.

    2016-04-01

    The objective of the work was to prepare and characterize titania sol-gel coatings on non-porous titanium and newly developed titanium alloys. Basic titania sol contained two forms of silver. Titania sol without silver was used as a reference sample. Coatings were prepared by dip-coating technique during stirring and fired. Coatings after firing were characterized by scanning electron microscopy. All titania coatings were measured to determine their adhesive and bactericidal properties. Adhesion of the coatings to the substrate was measured by tape test. Gram-negative bacteria E. coli was used for the bactericidal test. Coated substrates were immersed into suspension of E. coli in physiological solution for 24 hours. The in vitro cytotoxicity test was performed after one day. The bactericidal effect without toxicity was confirmed for selected coatings.

  2. Preparation of highly dispersed core/shell-type titania nanocapsules containing a single Ag nanoparticle.

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    Sakai, Hideki; Kanda, Takashi; Shibata, Hirobumi; Ohkubo, Takahiro; Abe, Masahiko

    2006-04-19

    Core/shell-type titania nanocapsules containing a single Ag nanoparticle were prepared. Ag nanoparticles were prepared using the reduction of silver nitrate with hydrazine in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as protective agent. The sol-gel reaction of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) was used to prepare core/shell-type titania nanocapsules with CTAB-coated Ag nanoparticles as the core. TEM observations revealed that the size of the core (Ag particle) and the thickness of the shell (titania) of the core/shell particles obtained are about 10 nm and 5-10 nm, respectively. In addition, the nanocapsules were found to be dispersed in the medium as individual particles without aggregation. Moreover, titania coating caused the surface plasmon absorption of Ag nanoparticles to shift toward the longer wavelength side. PMID:16608315

  3. A multi-drug delivery system with sequential release using titania nanotube arrays.

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    Aw, Moom Sinn; Addai-Mensah, Jonas; Losic, Dusan

    2012-04-01

    A multi-drug delivery system with sequential release based on titania nanotube arrays and polymer micelles as drug carriers is presented. Delivery of multiple water insoluble and soluble drugs required for combined local therapy is demonstrated.

  4. The Role of Silica in Precious Metal Supported Titania Hybrid Mesoporous Materials for Remediation and Energy Production

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    Kibombo, Harrison S.

    Semiconductor photocatalysis is an advanced oxidation process (AOP) that continues to show promise for the concomitant mineralization of non--biodegradable noxious and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) to environmentally benign products, and the splitting of water. This work examined the use of sol--gel chemistry as a viable approach for the incorporation of transparent silica (SiO2) matrix and/or platinum onto titania (TiO2) so as to optimize physico-chemical properties such as charge separation, crystallinity, surface area, and particle size. It was determined that crystallinity of anatase in the mixed oxide photocatalyst can be improved by the addition of simple non-polar aromatic co-solvents in the sol-gel route, and subsequently enhance the photocatalytic degradation of phenol under UV--light irradiation. The Pt of smaller particle sizes in Pt--TiO2--SiO 2 resulted in higher phenol degradation efficiencies under solar simulated conditions, irrespective of the synthesis method employed. The presence of Pt in the lowest oxidation state, Pt0, is crucial for enhanced phenol degradation whereas PtO2 (Pt4+) serves as a mild recombination center for photogenerated charge carriers rather than demonstrating total inactivity. The production of ·OH radicals was shown to be imperative for sustaining the degradation process. In the water splitting reaction for hydrogen production, the role of the crystallinity of anatase is reaffirmed when TiO2--SiO2 is used, as the surface defects present in the silica phase seem to serve as recombination centers. However, in Pt--TiO2 photocatalysts, the presence of Pt 0 or PtO2 in close contact with TiO2 (heterojunction) allows for more efficient electron propagation and facilitates minimization of electron--hole recombination, hence improved solar simulated photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. Extensive characterization of the photocatalysts were carried out by powder X--ray Diffraction (XRD), Nitrogen Physisorption Studies, Diffuse

  5. The sonochemical synthesis and characterization of mesoporous chiral titania using a chiral inorganic precursor.

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    Gabashvili, Alexandra; Major, Dan T; Perkas, Nina; Gedanken, Aharon

    2010-03-01

    The paper presents a successful sonochemical attempt to synthesize mesoporous chiral titania using a chiral inorganic precursor and dodecylamine, as the surfactant template. The resulting porous structure was characterized by nitrogen sorption experiments, transmission electron microscopy, and small-angle XRD. The enantioselectivity of this mesoporous titania after the extraction of the amine was examined by selective adsorption of enantiomers and racemic aqueous solution of camphor. The selective adsorption was measured by circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy. PMID:19942471

  6. F-T process using an iron on mixed zirconia-titania supported catalyst

    DOEpatents

    Dyer, Paul N.; Nordquist, Andrew F.; Pierantozzi, Ronald

    1987-01-01

    A Fischer-Tropsch catalyst comprising iron co-deposited with or deposited on particles comprising a mixture of zirconia and titania, preferably formed by co-precipitation of compounds convertible to zirconia and titania, such as zirconium and titanium alkoxide. The invention also comprises the method of making this catalyst and an improved Fischer-Tropsch reaction process in which the catalyst is utilized.

  7. Iron on mixed zirconia-titania substrate Fischer-Tropsch catalyst and method of making same

    DOEpatents

    Dyer, Paul N.; Nordquist, Andrew F.; Pierantozzi, Ronald

    1986-01-01

    A Fischer-Tropsch catalyst comprising iron co-deposited with or deposited on particles comprising a mixture of zirconia and titania, preferably formed by co-precipitation of compounds convertible to zirconia and titania, such as zirconium and titanium alkoxide. The invention also comprises the method of making this catalyst and an improved Fischer-Tropsch reaction process in which the catalyst is utilized.

  8. Deposition and characterization of alumina-titania coating by multi-chamber gas-dynamic sprayer

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    Kovaleva, M.; Prozorova, M.; Arseenko, M.; Tyurin, Yu.; Kolisnichenko, O.; Vasilik, N.; Sirota, V.; Pavlenko, I.

    In this paper, alumina-titania coatings have been formed on aluminium substrate by multi-chamber detonation sprayer. The coatings were investigated using SEM, EDS, XRD and Vickers microhardness tester. The results show that the alumina-titania coatings consist of both fully melted regions and partially melted regions, and the fully melted region has a lamellar-like structure. The multi-chamber detonation sprayer produced the dense layers of coating with a high hardness.

  9. Preparation of porous nickel-titania cermets and their application to anode materials

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    Taimatsu, H.; Kudo, K.; Kaneko, H.; Matsukaze, N.; Iwata, T.

    1995-12-31

    Porous nickel-titania cermets have been prepared as new-type anode materials for solid oxide fuel cells using the solid-state displacement reaction method. The microstructures of the cermets were interwoven aggregate-type, differently from those of conventional nickel-YSZ cermets: nickel and titania phases three-dimensionally entangled each other. These cermets revealed good properties in compatibility of thermal expansion with YSZ, strength, gas permeation and electrical conduction.

  10. Titania-functionalized graphene oxide for an efficient adsorptive removal of phosphate ions.

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    Sakulpaisan, Samita; Vongsetskul, Thammasit; Reamouppaturm, Sakultip; Luangkachao, Jakkrawut; Tantirungrotechai, Jonggol; Tangboriboonrat, Pramuan

    2016-02-01

    Titania-functionalized graphene oxide (T-F GO), synthesized by a sol-gel process, was used as a highly efficient material to remove phosphate ions from the simulated wastewater. X-ray diffraction spectra, Fourier transform infrared spectra and scanning electron micrographs of T-F GO confirmed that titania particles were successfully grown on graphene oxide (GO) surface. The phosphate ion adsorption capacities of GO, titania and T-F GO as a function of the contact time and the pH were investigated by a UV-visible spectrophotometer. Results showed that T-F GO could absorb phosphate ions better than titania and GO could. This indicated the synergistic effect between titania and GO in the phosphate ion adsorption. The pH increment lowered the absorption capacities due to increasing the repulsion between phosphate anions and the charges on the T-F GO surface, whereas the addition of sodium ions increased the adsorption capacities. Also, phosphate ions were absorbed by specific sites of T-F GO and formed a monolayer on its surface. Finally, the maximum adsorption capacity of T-F GO was 33.11 mg/g at pH 6, much higher than those of GO and titania. Therefore, T-F GO could be a promising material to remove phosphate ions from wastewater in the future.

  11. Molecularly imprinted titania nanoparticles for selective recognition and assay of uric acid

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    Mujahid, Adnan; Khan, Aimen Idrees; Afzal, Adeel; Hussain, Tajamal; Raza, Muhammad Hamid; Shah, Asma Tufail; uz Zaman, Waheed

    2015-06-01

    Molecularly imprinted titania nanoparticles are su ccessfully synthesized by sol-gel method for the selective recognition of uric acid. Atomic force microscopy is used to study the morphology of uric acid imprinted titania nanoparticles with diameter in the range of 100-150 nm. Scanning electron microscopy images of thick titania layer indicate the formation of fine network of titania nanoparticles with uniform distribution. Molecular imprinting of uric acid as well as its subsequent washing is confirmed by Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy measurements. Uric acid rebinding studies reveal the recognition capability of imprinted particles in the range of 0.01-0.095 mmol, which is applicable in monitoring normal to elevated levels of uric acid in human blood. The optical shift (signal) of imprinted particles is six times higher in comparison with non-imprinted particles for the same concentration of uric acid. Imprinted titania particles have shown substantially reduced binding affinity toward interfering and structurally related substances, e.g. ascorbic acid and guanine. These results suggest the possible application of titania nanoparticles in uric acid recognition and quantification in blood serum.

  12. Titania-functionalized graphene oxide for an efficient adsorptive removal of phosphate ions.

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    Sakulpaisan, Samita; Vongsetskul, Thammasit; Reamouppaturm, Sakultip; Luangkachao, Jakkrawut; Tantirungrotechai, Jonggol; Tangboriboonrat, Pramuan

    2016-02-01

    Titania-functionalized graphene oxide (T-F GO), synthesized by a sol-gel process, was used as a highly efficient material to remove phosphate ions from the simulated wastewater. X-ray diffraction spectra, Fourier transform infrared spectra and scanning electron micrographs of T-F GO confirmed that titania particles were successfully grown on graphene oxide (GO) surface. The phosphate ion adsorption capacities of GO, titania and T-F GO as a function of the contact time and the pH were investigated by a UV-visible spectrophotometer. Results showed that T-F GO could absorb phosphate ions better than titania and GO could. This indicated the synergistic effect between titania and GO in the phosphate ion adsorption. The pH increment lowered the absorption capacities due to increasing the repulsion between phosphate anions and the charges on the T-F GO surface, whereas the addition of sodium ions increased the adsorption capacities. Also, phosphate ions were absorbed by specific sites of T-F GO and formed a monolayer on its surface. Finally, the maximum adsorption capacity of T-F GO was 33.11 mg/g at pH 6, much higher than those of GO and titania. Therefore, T-F GO could be a promising material to remove phosphate ions from wastewater in the future. PMID:26615142

  13. Altered responses of chondrocytes to nanophase PLGA/nanophase titania composites.

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    Savaiano, Jennifer K; Webster, Thomas J

    2004-01-01

    Chondrocyte (cartilage-synthesizing cells) cell density and synthesis of select intracellular proteins by chondrocytes were investigated on novel nanophase poly-lactic/glycolic acid (PLGA) and titania composites in the present in vitro study. Nanophase PLGA films were created by chemically treating conventional (or micron-structured) PLGA films with 10N NaOH for 1h. Titania particle dimensions in ceramic compacts were controlled by utilizing either conventional (i.e., micron) or nanometer grain size titania. Composites of either conventional or nanophase PLGA with either conventional or nanophase titania at 70/30wt% were also created. Compared to surfaces with a conventional or micron topography, results provided the first evidence of stagnant confluent cell densities on nanostructured surfaces at time points between 1 and 7 days. Moreover, compared to surfaces with a conventional topography, increased chondrocyte intracellular synthesis of alkaline phosphatase and chondrocyte expressed protein-68 (proteins that have been correlated with the functions of chondrocytes) were observed on nanophase PLGA/nanophase titania composites. The present study, thus, provided the first evidence of different chondrocyte responses to nanostructured PLGA/nanophase titania composites; in light of other reports demonstrating increased functions of bone cells on the same materials, such data indicates that further investigation of these materials at the bone-cartilage interface should be conducted.

  14. Synthesis of Metal Ion-Doped TiO2 Nanoparticles Using Two-Phase Method and Their Photocatalytic Activity Under Visible Light Irradiation.

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    Nguyen, Duy-Trinh; Hong, Seong-Soo

    2016-02-01

    In this study, TiO2 and metal ion-doped TiO2 nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by solvothermal reaction of titanium butoxide precursor in the presence of oleic acid, oleylamine and vapor water and they were characterized by XRD, Raman, TEM and DRS. We also investigated the photocatalytic activity of these oxides for the decomposition of Rhodamine B. From XRD and Raman results, doping of the metal ion in the crystal lattice did not change the high crystallinity of the TiO2 structure, and all the metal ions were incorporated into the structures of titania as well as replaced titanium ion or located at interstitial site. The absorption band shifted to a higher wavelength on the metal ion-doped TiO2 samples compared to the pure TiO2 sample. The Ce ion- doped TiO2 catalysts showed the higher photocatalytic activity compared to the pure TiO2 and a commercial P-25 catalysts and 1% Ce-doped TiO2 showed the highest photocatalytic activity.

  15. Synthesis of Metal Ion-Doped TiO2 Nanoparticles Using Two-Phase Method and Their Photocatalytic Activity Under Visible Light Irradiation.

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    Nguyen, Duy-Trinh; Hong, Seong-Soo

    2016-02-01

    In this study, TiO2 and metal ion-doped TiO2 nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by solvothermal reaction of titanium butoxide precursor in the presence of oleic acid, oleylamine and vapor water and they were characterized by XRD, Raman, TEM and DRS. We also investigated the photocatalytic activity of these oxides for the decomposition of Rhodamine B. From XRD and Raman results, doping of the metal ion in the crystal lattice did not change the high crystallinity of the TiO2 structure, and all the metal ions were incorporated into the structures of titania as well as replaced titanium ion or located at interstitial site. The absorption band shifted to a higher wavelength on the metal ion-doped TiO2 samples compared to the pure TiO2 sample. The Ce ion- doped TiO2 catalysts showed the higher photocatalytic activity compared to the pure TiO2 and a commercial P-25 catalysts and 1% Ce-doped TiO2 showed the highest photocatalytic activity. PMID:27433699

  16. Pore architecture of nanoporous gold and titania by hydrogen thermoporometry

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    Johnston, L. T.; Biener, M. M.; Ye, J. C.; Baumann, T. F.; Kucheyev, S. O.

    2015-07-01

    Nanoporous gold (NPG) and materials derived from it by templating have complex pore architecture that determines their technologically relevant physical properties. Here, we apply high-resolution hydrogen thermoporometry to study the pore structure of NPG and NPG-derived titania nanofoam (TNF). Results reveal complex multimodal pore size distributions for NPG and TNF. The freezing-melting hysteresis is pronounced, with freezing and melting scans having entirely different shapes. Experiments involving partial freeze-melt cycles reveal the lack of direct correlation between individual freezing and melting peaks, pointing to phenomena that are beyond the Gibbs-Thomson formalism. The depression of the average freezing temperature scales linearly with the ratio of the internal surface area (measured by gas sorption) and the total pore volume derived from the density of monoliths. Thermoporometry yields total pore volumes in good agreement with those derived from monolith densities for both NPG and TNF.

  17. Preparation and characterization of titania/silicone nanocomposite material

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    Shen, Y.; Wang, L.; Zhang, H.; Wu, T.; Pan, H. Y.

    2015-07-01

    The preparation and properties of high refractive index nanocomposite material were studied. The TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method using acetic acid as a chelating ligand. The nanoparticles were dispersed directly into the polymer matrix to prepare transparent high refractive index nanocomposite thin films. The refractive index of films will be enhanced with the increase of titania contents. The particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), respectively. The results showed that all samples with different amounts of TiO2 exhibit good optical transparency. Furthermore, the pattern of the TiO2 NPs shows a pure anatase phases. From TEM image, the TiO2 has little agglomeration. The FT-IR spectrum indicated that acetate ions and titanium ions show good chelation.

  18. Mussel foot protein-1 (mcfp-1) interaction with titania surfaces†

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    Harrington, Matthew J.; Lu, Qingye; Masic, Admir

    2012-01-01

    Marine mussels utilize a variety of DOPA-rich proteins for purposes of underwater adhesion, as well as for creating hard and flexible surface coatings for their tough and stretchy byssal fibers. In the present study, moderately strong, yet reversible wet adhesion between the protective mussel coating protein, mcfp-1, and amorphous titania was measured with a surface force apparatus (SFA). In parallel, resonance Raman spectroscopy was employed to identify the presence of bidentate DOPA–Ti coordination bonds at the TiO2–protein interface, suggesting that catechol–TiO2 complexation contributes to the observed reversible wet adhesion. These results have important implications for the design of protective coatings on TiO2. PMID:23100857

  19. Hydrogen generation under visible light using nitrogen doped titania anodes

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    Lin, H.; Rumaiz, A.; Schulz, M.; Huang, C.P.; Sha, S. I.

    2010-06-16

    Hydrogen is among several energy sources that will be needed to replace the quickly diminishing fossil fuels. Free hydrogen is not available naturally on earth and the current processes require a fossil fuel, methane, to generate hydrogen. Electrochemical splitting of water on titania proposed by Fujishima suffers from low efficiency. The efficiency could be enhanced if full sun spectrum can be utilized. Using pulsed laser deposition technique we synthesized nitrogen doped titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2-x}N{sub x}) thin films with improved visible light sensitivity. The photoactivity was found to be N concentration dependent. Hydrogen evolution was observed under visible light irradiation (wavelength > 390 nm) without the presence of any organic electron donor.

  20. Influence of nanophase titania topography on bacterial attachment and metabolism.

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    Park, Margaret R; Banks, Michelle K; Applegate, Bruce; Webster, Thomas J

    2008-01-01

    Surfaces with nanophase compared to conventional (or nanometer smooth) topographies are known to have different properties of area, charge, and reactivity. Previously published research indicates that the attachment of certain bacteria (such as Pseudomonas fluorescens 5RL) is higher on surfaces with nanophase compared to conventional topographies, however, their effect on bacterial metabolism is unclear. Results presented here show that the adhesion of Pseudomonas fluorescens 5RL and Pseudomonas putida TVA8 was higher on nanophase than conventional titania. Importantly, in terms of metabolism, bacteria attached to the nanophase surfaces had higher bioluminescence rates than on the conventional surfaces under all nutrient conditions. Thus, the results from this study show greater select bacterial metabolism on nanometer than conventional topographies, critical results with strong consequences for the design of improved biosensors for bacteria detection.

  1. Titania nanobundle networks as dye-sensitized solar cell photoanodes

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    Dong, Cunku; Xiang, Wanchun; Huang, Fuzhi; Fu, Dongchuan; Huang, Wenchao; Bach, Udo; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Li, Xin; Spiccia, Leone

    2014-03-01

    Quasi-one-dimensional (1D) titania nanobundles were synthesized via a hydrothermal method and used to print random network nanostructured films. These films are shown to be ideally suited for application as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) as they have a higher porosity compared to the traditional 1D nanostructured TiO2 materials. Devices constructed using the N719 dye and iodide/triiodide as the redox mediator in the electrolyte yielded energy conversion efficiencies (η = 6.1 +/- 0.2%), which were marginally lower than for devices made with the commonly used P25 titania films (η = 6.3 +/- 0.1%) under one sun simulated solar radiation. Application of an electrolyte based on the [Co(bpy)3]2+/3+ redox couple and the MK2 organic sensitizer resulted in higher efficiencies (η = 7.70 +/- 0.1%) than for the P25 devices (η = 6.3 +/- 0.3%). Each performance parameter (short circuit current density, open circuit voltage and fill factor) was higher for the TiO2 nanobundle devices than those for the P25-based devices. The results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), intensity-modulated photovoltage spectroscopy (IMVS), and dye-loading measurements indicated that the better performance of TiO2 nanobundle devices with cobalt electrolytes correlates with higher porosity, relatively fast electron transport and more efficient suppression of electron recombination. A faster rate of diffusion of the cobalt complexes through the highly porous TiO2 nanobundle network is proposed to contribute to the enhanced device efficiency.Quasi-one-dimensional (1D) titania nanobundles were synthesized via a hydrothermal method and used to print random network nanostructured films. These films are shown to be ideally suited for application as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) as they have a higher porosity compared to the traditional 1D nanostructured TiO2 materials. Devices constructed using the N719 dye and iodide/triiodide as the redox mediator in

  2. ``Crystallographic'' holes: new insights for a beneficial structural feature for photocatalytic applications

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    Vajda, Krisztina; Kása, Zsolt; Dombi, András; Németh, Zoltán; Kovács, Gábor; Danciu, Virginia; Radu, Teodora; Ghica, Corneliu; Baia, Lucian; Hernádi, Klára; Pap, Zsolt

    2015-03-01

    One of the most fundamental aspects of the heterogeneous catalysis field is the manipulation of the catalysts' activity. In photocatalysis this is carried out by maximizing the right crystal plane of a semiconductor oxide. Until now, most of the papers have achieved this by a combination of different oxides, with noble metals and sometimes with carbon nanomaterials. In this work MWCNTs (multiwalled carbon nanotubes) were applied as ``crystallization promoters'' in a very simple, safe, one-step hydrothermal method. By this method TiO2 nano/micro crystals with exposed {001} facets were obtained in the first step. The next episode in the crystal manipulation ``saga'' was the modification of the (001) crystallographic plane's structure by creating ordered/own faceted ``crystallographic holes''. These elements are capable of further enhancing the obtained activity of titania microcrystals to a higher extent, as shown by the UV driven photocatalytic phenol degradation experiments. The appearance of the holes was ``provoked'' by simple calcination and their presence and influence were demonstrated by XPS and HRTEM.One of the most fundamental aspects of the heterogeneous catalysis field is the manipulation of the catalysts' activity. In photocatalysis this is carried out by maximizing the right crystal plane of a semiconductor oxide. Until now, most of the papers have achieved this by a combination of different oxides, with noble metals and sometimes with carbon nanomaterials. In this work MWCNTs (multiwalled carbon nanotubes) were applied as ``crystallization promoters'' in a very simple, safe, one-step hydrothermal method. By this method TiO2 nano/micro crystals with exposed {001} facets were obtained in the first step. The next episode in the crystal manipulation ``saga'' was the modification of the (001) crystallographic plane's structure by creating ordered/own faceted ``crystallographic holes''. These elements are capable of further enhancing the obtained activity of

  3. Plasma sprayed rutile titania-nanosilver antibacterial coatings

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    Gao, Jinjin; Zhao, Chengjian; Zhou, Jingfang; Li, Chunxia; Shao, Yiran; Shi, Chao; Zhu, Yingchun

    2015-11-01

    Rutile titania (TiO2) coatings have superior mechanical properties and excellent stability that make them preferential candidates for various applications. In order to prevent infection arising from bacteria, significant efforts have been focused on antibacterial TiO2 coatings. In the study, titania-nanosilver (TiO2/Ag) coatings with five different kinds of weight percentages of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were prepared by plasma spray. The feedstock powders, which had a composition of rutile TiO2 powders containing 1-10,000 ppm AgNPs, were double sintered and deposited on stainless steel substrates with optimized spraying parameters. X-Ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were used to analysize the phase composition and surface morphology of TiO2/Ag powders and coatings. Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) were employed to examine the antibacterial activity of the as-prepared coatings by bacterial counting method. The results showed that silver existed homogeneously in the TiO2/Ag coatings and no crystalline changed happened in the TiO2 structure. The reduction ratios on the TiO2/Ag coatings with 10 ppm AgNPs were as high as 94.8% and 95.6% for E. coli and S. aureus, respectively, and the TiO2/Ag coatings with 100-1000 ppm AgNPs exhibited 100% bactericidal activity against E. coli and S. aureus, which indicated the TiO2/Ag coatings with more than 10 ppm AgNPs had strong antibacterial activity. Moreover, the main factors influencing the antibacterial properties of TiO2/Ag coatings were discussed with grain size and the content of silver as well as the microstructure of the coatings.

  4. Efficient photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants by magnetically recoverable nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalysts under visible light irradiation.

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    Hamzezadeh-Nakhjavani, Sahar; Tavakoli, Omid; Akhlaghi, Seyed Parham; Salehi, Zeinab; Esmailnejad-Ahranjani, Parvaneh; Arpanaei, Ayyoob

    2015-12-01

    Preparation of novel nanocomposite particles (NCPs) with high visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity and possessing recovery potential after advanced oxidation process (AOP) is much desired. In this study, pure anatase phase titania (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) as well as three types of NCPs including nitrogen-doped titania (TiO2-N), titania-coated magnetic silica (Fe3O4 cluster@SiO2@TiO2 (FST)), and a novel magnetically recoverable TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalyst containing nitrogen element (Fe3O4 cluster@SiO2@TiO2-N (FST-N)) were successfully synthesized via a sol-gel process. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) with an energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared samples was further investigated and compared with each other by degradation of phenol, as a model for the organic pollutants, in deionized (DI) water under visible light irradiation. The TiO2-N (55 ± 1.5%) and FST-N (46 ± 1.5%) samples exhibited efficient photocatalytic activity in terms of phenol degradation under visible light irradiation, while undoped samples were almost inactive under same operating conditions. Moreover, the effects of key operational parameters, the optimum sample calcination temperature, and reusability of FST-N NCPs were evaluated. Under optimum conditions (calcination temperature of 400 °C and near-neutral reaction medium), the obtained results revealed efficient degradation of phenol for FST-N NCPs under visible light irradiation (46 ± 1.5%), high yield magnetic separation and efficient reusability of FST-N NCPs (88.88% of its initial value) over 10 times reuse.

  5. Efficient photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants by magnetically recoverable nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalysts under visible light irradiation.

    PubMed

    Hamzezadeh-Nakhjavani, Sahar; Tavakoli, Omid; Akhlaghi, Seyed Parham; Salehi, Zeinab; Esmailnejad-Ahranjani, Parvaneh; Arpanaei, Ayyoob

    2015-12-01

    Preparation of novel nanocomposite particles (NCPs) with high visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity and possessing recovery potential after advanced oxidation process (AOP) is much desired. In this study, pure anatase phase titania (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) as well as three types of NCPs including nitrogen-doped titania (TiO2-N), titania-coated magnetic silica (Fe3O4 cluster@SiO2@TiO2 (FST)), and a novel magnetically recoverable TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalyst containing nitrogen element (Fe3O4 cluster@SiO2@TiO2-N (FST-N)) were successfully synthesized via a sol-gel process. The photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) with an energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared samples was further investigated and compared with each other by degradation of phenol, as a model for the organic pollutants, in deionized (DI) water under visible light irradiation. The TiO2-N (55 ± 1.5%) and FST-N (46 ± 1.5%) samples exhibited efficient photocatalytic activity in terms of phenol degradation under visible light irradiation, while undoped samples were almost inactive under same operating conditions. Moreover, the effects of key operational parameters, the optimum sample calcination temperature, and reusability of FST-N NCPs were evaluated. Under optimum conditions (calcination temperature of 400 °C and near-neutral reaction medium), the obtained results revealed efficient degradation of phenol for FST-N NCPs under visible light irradiation (46 ± 1.5%), high yield magnetic separation and efficient reusability of FST-N NCPs (88.88% of its initial value) over 10 times reuse. PMID:26206125

  6. Solvent-controlled preparation and photocatalytic properties of nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films with different morphologies

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    Ao, Yanhui Gao, Yinyin; Wang, Peifang; Wang, Chao; Hou, Jun; Qian, Jin

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: Low-temperature growth of nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films was presented by a solvent-controlled method. Nanoparticle structured films in anatase phase have been successfully fabricated with some adjustment. The effects of the solvent were investigated and the formation mechanism was proposed. - Highlights: • Nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films with different morphologies were obtained at low temperature. • The effects of the solvent on the morphologies of the products were investigated. • The effects of the solvent on the phtocatalytic activity were investigated. - Abstract: A low-temperature growth method of nanostructured TiO{sub 2} thin films with different morphologies was reported. Rod-like, grass-like and nanosheet structured films have been successfully fabricated just by adjusting the ratio of different solvents. The effects of the solvent on the morphologies of the TiO{sub 2} nanostructures were investigated. The formation mechanism of different morphologies was proposed based on the experiment results. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared samples for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) in water was evaluated under UV illumination. Results showed that the solvents exhibited important effect on the morphologies and photocatalytic activity of as-prepared nanostructured titania films.

  7. Porphyrin-based Photocatalytic Nanolithography

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    Bearinger, J P; Stone, G; Dugan, L C; Dasher, B E; Stockton, C; Conway, J W; Kuenzler, T; Hubbell, J A

    2009-06-08

    Nanoarray fabrication is a multidisciplinary endeavor encompassing materials science, chemical engineering and biology. We form nanoarrays via a new technique, porphyrin-based photocatalytic nanolithography (PCNL). The nanoarrays, with controlled features as small as 200 nm, exhibit regularly ordered patterns and may be appropriate for (a) rapid and parallel proteomic screening of immobilized biomolecules, (b) protein-protein interactions and/or (c) biophysical and molecular biology studies involving spatially dictated ligand placement. We demonstrate protein immobilization utilizing nanoarrays fabricated via PCNL on silicon substrates, where the immobilized proteins are surrounded by a non-fouling polymer background.

  8. Parallelization of photocatalytic gas-producing reactions

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    Khnayzer, Rony S.; Martin, Douglas R.; Codding, Charles L.; Castellano, Felix N.

    2015-03-01

    High-throughput screening has been widely utilized in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industry targeting the development of new molecules and materials for numerous applications. To enable more rapid progress in photocatalytic water-splitting reactions, the construction of high-throughput combinatorial photoreactors enabling the parallel optimization of relevant compositions under varieties of experimental conditions seems appropriate. This contribution describes a 16-photoreactor apparatus permitting the kinetic evaluation of photocatalytic gas-producing reactions using head-space pressure, gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry operating in parallel, illustrated with molecular-based homogeneous photocatalytic H2-generating compositions.

  9. Graphene oxide as a photocatalytic material

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    Krishnamoorthy, Karthikeyan; Mohan, Rajneesh; Kim, S.-J.

    2011-06-13

    The photocatalytic characteristics of graphene oxide (GO) nanostructures synthesized by modified Hummer's method were investigated by measuring reduction rate of resazurin (RZ) into resorufin (RF) as a function of UV irradiation time. The progress of the photocatalytic reaction was monitored by change in color from blue (RZ) into pink (RF) followed by absorption spectra. It exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity, leading to the reduction of RZ in UV irradiation. The fitting of absorbance maximum versus time suggests that the reduction of RZ follow the pseudo first-order reaction kinetics. These results indicate that GO have great potential for use as a photocatalyst.

  10. Structural Characterization and Corrosion Behavior of Stainless Steel Coated With Sol-Gel Titania

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    Vasconcelos, Daniela C. L.; Nunes, Eduardo H. M.; Sabioni, Antônio Claret S.; da Costa, João C. Diniz; Vasconcelos, Wander L.

    2012-03-01

    Sol-gel titania films were prepared from hydrolysis and condensation of titanium (IV) isopropoxide. Diethanolamine was used as chelant agent in titania synthesis. 316L stainless steel substrates were dip-coated at three different withdrawal speeds (6, 30, and 60 mm/min) and heated up to 400 °C. Thermogravimetry and differential thermal analyses of the titania gel solution evinced a continuous mass loss for temperatures up to 800 °C. The transition of anatase to the rutile phase begins at 610-650 °C, being the rutile transformation completed at 900 °C. The thicknesses of the films were determined as a function of the heat treatment and withdrawal speed. It was observed that their thicknesses varied from 130 to 770 nm. Scanning electron microscopy images of the composites revealed the glass-like microstructure of the films. The obtained sol-gel films were also characterized by energy dispersive spectroscopy. The chemical evolution of the films as a function of the heating temperature was evaluated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (specular reflectance method). After performing the adhesion tests, the adherence of the titania films to the stainless steel substrate was excellent, rated 5B according to ASTM 3359. The hardness of the ceramic films obtained was measured by the Knoop microindentation hardness test with a 10 g load. We observed that the titania film became harder than the steel substrate when it was heated above 400 °C. The corrosion rates of the titania/steel composites, determined from potentiodynamic curves, were two orders of magnitude lower than that of the bare stainless steel. The presence of the sol-gel titania film contributed to the increase of the corrosion potential in ca. 650 mV and the passivation potential in ca. 720 mV.

  11. Silver decorated titanate/titania nanostructures for efficient solar driven photocatalysis

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    Gong, Dangguo; Ho, Weng Chye Jeffrey; Tang Yuxin; Tay Qiuling; Lai Yuekun; Highfield, James George; Chen Zhong

    2012-05-15

    Photocatalysis has attracted significant interest to solve both the energy crisis and effectively combat environmental contamination. However, as the most widely used photocatalyst, titania (TiO{sub 2}) suffers from inefficient utilization of solar energy due to its wide band gap. In the present paper, we describe a method to extend the absorption edge of photocatalyst to visible region by the surface plasmon effect of silver. Silver ions are photo-reduced onto the surface of titanate nanotubes, which are synthesized by a conventional hydrothermal method. The as-synthesized Ag/titanate composite is transformed into Ag/titania nanoparticles by annealing at different temperatures. It is found that the interaction of Ag nanoparticles with the supports (titanate/titania) plays a key role for the visible light activity. The samples annealed at low temperature (<350 Degree-Sign C) do not show significant activity under our conditions, while the one annealed at 450 Degree-Sign C shows fast-degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. The detailed mechanisms are also discussed. - Graphical abstract: Silver nanoparticles decorated titanate/titania as visible light active photocatalysts: silver nanoparticles could be excited by visible light due to its surface plasmon effect and excited electrons could be transferred to the conduction band of the semiconductor, where the reduction process occurs. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Uniform Ag nanoparticles are photo-reduced onto titanate and titania nanostructures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Titania crystal is formed by annealing hydrogen titanate at different temperatures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Best visible-light activity is achieved by Ag-loaded titania annealed at 450 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The visible light activity is attributed to the surface plasmonic resonance effect.

  12. High surface area platinum-titania aerogels: Preparation, structural properties, and hydrogenation activity

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    Schneider, M.; Duff, D.G.; Mallat, T.; Wildberger, M.; Baiker, A. )

    1994-06-01

    High surface area platinum-titania aerogels with marked meso-to macroporosity have been synthesized via the sol-gel-aerogel route. An acid-catalyzed titania gel was prepared from tetrabutoxy-titanium(IV) with methanol as solvent. The platinum precursor solutions added after the redispersion of the titania gel were either PtCl[sub 4], (NH[sub 4])[sub 2]PtCl[sub 6] or Pt(acac)[sub 2] dissolved in protic solvents. Platinum metal particles formed upon high-temperature supercritical drying. The platinum-titania aerogels have a BET surface area of 150 to 190 m[sup 2] g[sup [minus]1] after thermal pretreatments up to 673 K and the titania matrix consists of well-developed anatase crystallites of about 8-9 nm mean size. Depending on the platinum precursor used, the volume-weighted-mean particle size, determined by TEM, varies in the range 3.6 to 68 nm, consistent with XRD results for the platinum component. All aerogel samples showed a pronounced stability of both the titania matrix and the platinum particles towards air or hydrogen at temperatures up to 673 K. Thermal analysis, combined with mass spectroscopy, revealed that the untreated catalysts contain a considerable amount of entrapped organic impurities after the high-temperature supercritical drying. For the characterization of the activity and the accessibility of platinum particles the liquid phase hydrogenations of trans-stilbene and benzophenone were used as test reactions. Compared to a commercial alumina-supported platinum catalyst, the untreated 2-5 wt% platinum-titania catalysts derived from (NH[sub 4])[sub 2]PtCl[sub 6]- and especially PtCl[sub 4]-precursor solutions exhibit a markedly higher catalytic activity. In general, air pretreatments at 573 K or above had either no or promoting influence on activity. In contrast, pretreatments in hydrogen produced either no or detrimental activity change. 50 refs., 9 figs., 3 tabs.

  13. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of neodymium, nitrogen and neodymium–nitrogen doped TiO{sub 2}

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    Kralchevska, R.; Milanova, M.; Hristov, D.; Pintar, A.; Todorovsky, D.

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: ► The influence of Nd/N-doping on the sol–gel prepared TiO{sub 2} characteristics is described. ► The photocatalytic activity of the materials for dye degradation is established. ► The activity depends on the catalysts composition and synthetic conditions. ► The doping has a positive under UV and no or negative effect at solar irradiation. ► Degussa P25 TiO{sub 2} reveals high activity at sunlight illumination. -- Abstract: TiO{sub 2} doped with 0.1–10% Nd{sup 3+} or 1.8% nitrogen or co-doped with both dopants as well as Nd{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} are synthesized by a sol–gel. The phase composition, crystal structure, morphology, optical properties and binding energies of the doped titania were investigated. The photocatalytic activity was tested for malachite green dye degradation and compared with the results obtained by dopant-free TiO{sub 2} synthesized using the same procedure and with the commercial Degussa P25 product. The influence of the dopant type and relative content, temperature of ignition in the course of the synthesis, pH of the reaction medium and the type of the illumination light on the efficiency of the prepared catalysts were determined. A positive effect of Nd- and N-doping on the apparent degradation rate constant under UV irradiation and negative one of Nd-presence at solar illumination is found. Nd–N-codoping has a negative effect on the photocatalytic activity.

  14. Solar photocatalytic treatment of groundwater

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    Goswami, D.Y.; Klausner, J.F.; Viera, A.; Moghadam, N.

    1995-12-31

    This paper will describe solar photocatalytic process and the design of an efficient and cost-effective commercial-scale, solar-driven photocatalytic oxidation facility for destroying BTEX compounds in groundwater. The State of Florida commits millions of dollars annually to remedy BTEX contaminated aquifers, and Environmental Consulting Technology, Inc. (ECT) is a prime contractor to Florida for handling this problem. The University of Florida and ECT have formed a partnership to fabricate a cost-effective solar-driven photocatalysis facility to destroy the BTEX compounds in the groundwater. The approach which will be taken to make the facility cost-effective when compared with alternate technologies is to optimize the photoreactor design. The proposed facility will be thoroughly tested at a remediation site which has already been selected and is in close proximity to the University of Florida. A successful outcome from the research will allow ECT to replace less desirable technologies (i.e. air stripping) with solar-driven photocatalysis in addition to utilizing an energy-efficient remediation technology which is driven by a renewable energy source, solar radiation.

  15. Photocatalytic oxidation of pesticide rinsate.

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    Kuo, Wen S

    2002-01-01

    Pesticide rinsate has been considered as one of the major threats for the environment. In this study, photocatalysts such as TiO2 and O3 were used to promote the efficiency of direct UV photolysis to prevent such wastewater pollution. Carbofuran (a carbamate pesticide) and mevinphos (an organophosphate pesticide) with a concentration of 100 mg/L were selected as the test pesticide rinsates. Parent pesticide compound, COD, and microtoxicity analysis were employed to investigate the effect of photocatalyst on the degradation efficiency of pesticide in rinsate. It was found that the photocatalytic oxidation process (UV/O3, UV/TiO2) showed much higher COD removal and microtoxicity reduction efficiency for pesticide rinsate than did direct UV photolysis under the imposed conditions, suggesting that photocatalytic oxidation processes such as UV/O3 and UV/TiO2 could be a better alternative to treat pesticide rinsate. In addition, it was noted that increasing the initial pH of mevinphos rinsate to a basic level was required to reach higher COD removal efficiency and positive microtoxicity reduction efficiency while it was not necessary for the treatment of carbofuran rinsate.

  16. Heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of atmospheric trace contaminants

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    Ollis, David F.

    1993-01-01

    Work performed during the period 1 May - 31 Oct. 1992 on heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation of atmospheric trace contaminants is presented. Topics discussed include photoreactor monolith fundamental studies and monolith reactor operation: batch recirculation system.

  17. Photocatalytic silver enhancement reaction for gravimetric immunosensors

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    Seo, Hyejung; Joo, Jinmyoung; Ko, Wooree; Jung, Namchul; Jeon, Sangmin

    2010-12-01

    A novel microgravimetric immunosensor has been developed using TiO2 nanoparticle-modified immunoassay and silver enhancement reaction. An antibody-conjugated TiO2 nanoparticle is bound to the AFP antigen immobilized on a quartz resonator. When the nanoparticles are exposed to UV light in a silver nitrate solution, the photocatalytic reduction of silver ions results in the formation of metallic silver onto the nanoparticles and induces a decrease in the resonance frequency. The frequency change by this photocatalytic reduction reaction is three orders of magnitude larger than the change by antigen binding alone. The efficiency of the photocatalytic reaction has been found to increase with the fraction of anatase crystallites in the nanoparticles and the concentration of the AgNO3 solution. The results highlight the potential of the photocatalytic nanoparticles for the detection of low concentrations of target molecules using gravimetric sensors.

  18. Photocatalytic silver enhancement reaction for gravimetric immunosensors.

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    Seo, Hyejung; Joo, Jinmyoung; Ko, Wooree; Jung, Namchul; Jeon, Sangmin

    2010-12-17

    A novel microgravimetric immunosensor has been developed using TiO(2) nanoparticle-modified immunoassay and silver enhancement reaction. An antibody-conjugated TiO(2) nanoparticle is bound to the AFP antigen immobilized on a quartz resonator. When the nanoparticles are exposed to UV light in a silver nitrate solution, the photocatalytic reduction of silver ions results in the formation of metallic silver onto the nanoparticles and induces a decrease in the resonance frequency. The frequency change by this photocatalytic reduction reaction is three orders of magnitude larger than the change by antigen binding alone. The efficiency of the photocatalytic reaction has been found to increase with the fraction of anatase crystallites in the nanoparticles and the concentration of the AgNO(3) solution. The results highlight the potential of the photocatalytic nanoparticles for the detection of low concentrations of target molecules using gravimetric sensors.

  19. Photocatalytic Degradation of Organic Contaminants in Water

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    Photocatalytic treatment of organics, including regulated and contaminants of emerging concern, has been an important area of this field. Details are provided on the mechanism of degradation, reaction intermediates, kinetics, and nanointerfacial adsorption phenomena. The degradat...

  20. Photocatalytic Active Radiation Measurements and Use

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    Davis, Bruce A.; Underwood, Lauren W.

    2011-01-01

    Photocatalytic materials are being used to purify air, to kill microbes, and to keep surfaces clean. A wide variety of materials are being developed, many of which have different abilities to absorb various wavelengths of light. Material variability, combined with both spectral illumination intensity and spectral distribution variability, will produce a wide range of performance results. The proposed technology estimates photocatalytic active radiation (PcAR), a unit of radiation that normalizes the amount of light based on its spectral distribution and on the ability of the material to absorb that radiation. Photocatalytic reactions depend upon the number of electron-hole pairs generated at the photocatalytic surface. The number of electron-hole pairs produced depends on the number of photons per unit area per second striking the surface that can be absorbed and whose energy exceeds the bandgap of the photocatalytic material. A convenient parameter to describe the number of useful photons is the number of moles of photons striking the surface per unit area per second. The unit of micro-einsteins (or micromoles) of photons per m2 per sec is commonly used for photochemical and photoelectric-like phenomena. This type of parameter is used in photochemistry, such as in the conversion of light energy for photosynthesis. Photosynthetic response correlates with the number of photons rather than by energy because, in this photochemical process, each molecule is activated by the absorption of one photon. In photosynthesis, the number of photons absorbed in the 400 700 nm spectral range is estimated and is referred to as photosynthetic active radiation (PAR). PAR is defined in terms of the photosynthetic photon flux density measured in micro-einsteins of photons per m2 per sec. PcAR is an equivalent, similarly modeled parameter that has been defined for the photocatalytic processes. Two methods to measure the PcAR level are being proposed. In the first method, a calibrated

  1. Synthesis and Microstructure Evolution of Nano-Titania Doped Silicon Coatings

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    Moroz, N. A.; Umapathy, H.; Mohanty, P.

    2010-01-01

    The Anatase phase of Titania (TiO2) in nanocrystalline form is a well known photocatalyst. Photocatalysts are commercially used to accelerate photoreactions and increase photovoltaic efficiency such as in solar cells. This study investigates the in-flight synthesis of Titania and its doping into a Silicon matrix resulting in a catalyst-dispersed coating. A liquid precursor of Titanium Isopropoxide and ethanol was coaxially fed into the plasma gun to form Titania nanoparticles, while Silicon powder was externally injected downstream. Coatings of 75-150 μm thick were deposited onto flat coupons. Further, Silicon powder was alloyed with aluminum to promote crystallization and reduce the amorphous phase in the Silicon matrix. Dense coatings containing nano-Titania particles were observed under electron microscope. X-ray diffraction showed that both the Rutile and Anatase phases of the Titania exist. The influence of process parameters and aluminum alloying on the microstructure evolution of the doped coatings is analyzed and presented.

  2. New method to synthesize mesoporous titania by photodegradation of surfactant template

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    Zi, Shamsuddin Chik; Chandren, Sheela; Yuan, Lai Sin; Razali, Rasidah; Ho, Chin Siong; Hartanto, Djoko; Indra Mahlia, Teuku Meurah; Nur, Hadi

    2016-02-01

    Mesoporous titania has been successfully synthesized by photodegradation removal of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide as the surfactant, after slow hydrolyzation of titanium(IV) isopropoxide. Fourier transform infrared spectra proved that photodegradation has successfully decreased the peak areas of the alkyl groups from the template. The nitrogen adsorption analysis showed that the pore size and the specific surface area of the mesoporous titania were 3.7 nm and 203 m2 g-1, respectively, proving the mesoporosity of the titania obtained with the existence of the interparticle mesoporosity which was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. Based on X-ray diffraction results, the mesoporous titania obtained was in the form of crystalline anatase phase. Furthermore, results from the diffuse reflectance ultra violet-visible spectra showed that the composition of tetrahedral titanium(IV) was more than the octahedral titanium(IV). When the mesoporous titania obtained was used as a catalyst in the oxidation of styrene, an improvement in the conversion of styrene (38%) was observed when compared to those obtained using Degussa P25 TiO2 (14%) as the catalyst.

  3. Porous titania films fabricated via sol gel rout - Optical and AFM characterization

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    Karasiński, Paweł; Gondek, Ewa; Drewniak, Sabina; Kajzer, Anita; Waczyńska-Niemiec, Natalia; Basiaga, Marcin; Izydorczyk, Weronika; Kouari, Youssef E. L.

    2016-06-01

    Mesoporous titania films of low refractive index ∼1.72 and thickness within the range of 57-96 nm were fabricated via sol-gel rout and dip-coating technique on a soda-lime glass substrate. Tetrabutylorthotitanate Ti(OBu)4 was used as a titania precursor. High porosity and consequently low refractive index were achieved using the polyethylene glycol (PEG 1100) as a template. Based on transmittance, using Tauc's relations, the optical energy band gaps and the Urbach energy were determined. The research shows that in the fabricated titania films there are two types of optical energy band gaps, connected with direct and indirect electron transitions and brought about by the presence of amorphous and crystalline phase respectively. Based on the quantum size effect, the diameters of nanocrystals versus film thickness were determined. AFM studies of the titania films have demonstrated that there are changes of surface morphology taking place with the change of thickness. We have demonstrated that the surface morphology of titania films has influence on wettability.

  4. Preparation of antibacterial composite material of natural rubber particles coated with silica and titania

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    Wisutiratanamanee, Apisit; Poompradub, Sirilux; Poochinda, Kunakorn

    2014-06-01

    Silica coating, followed by titania coating, was performed over spray-dried natural rubber (NR) compound for physical and anti-bacterial characterizations. Titania has a strong photo-oxidative catalytic property, which can disinfect bacteria, but may degrade NR. Therefore, silica coating was intended to form a barrier between NR and titania. First, NR particles were prepared by spray-drying of NR compound latex, formulated for household glove products, mixed with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) to reduce particle agglomeration. The factorial experimental design was employed to investigate the effects of nozzle flow rate (500-700 Lh-1), inlet air temperature (110-150 °C), SDS content (35-55 phr) and mass flow rate (1.2-1.7 g rubber/min) on NR yield and moisture content. Then, the NR compound particles prepared at the optimum condition were coated with silica, using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as the precursor, by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) at 60 °C for 2-48 hours. Next, the particles were coated with titania using titanium tetrafluoride (TiF4) by liquid phase deposition (LPD) at 60 ºC for 4-8 hours. The NR composites were characterized for surface morphology by SEM, silica and titania content by TGA and EDX. The NR composites were found to cause more than 99% reduction of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus under 1-hour exposure to natural light.

  5. Influence of acid precursors on physicochemical properties of nanosized titania synthesized by thermal-hydrolysis method

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    Rajesh, B.; Sasirekha, N.R.; Chen, Y.-W.

    2008-03-04

    The influence of nature and concentration of acid species on surface morphology and physicochemical properties of titania particles synthesized by direct thermal hydrolysis of titanium tetrachloride was investigated. The acids used were hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, sulfuric acid, and perchloric acid with a concentration of 3 M. Thermal hydrolysis of titanium tetrachloride in hydrochloric acid and perchloric acid with molar ratios of [H{sup +}]/[Ti{sup 4+}] = 0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2.0, respectively, was used to study the effect of acid concentration. The synthesized materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering, and thermogravimetric analysis. Characterization of the samples by X-ray diffraction studies revealed the influence of acid species on the phase transformation of titania. Samples prepared by hydrochloric acid, nitric acid, and perchloric acid formed rutile phase with rhombus primary particles, while sulfuric acid resulted in anatase phase with flake-shaped primary particles. Transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering results confirmed the nanosized titania particles and the agglomeration of primary particles to form secondary particles in spherical shape. The particle size of titania prepared using perchloric acid was smaller than those prepared with other acid sources. A direct correlation between [H{sup +}]/[Ti{sup 4+}] ratio and particle size of titania was observed.

  6. Photocatalytic, highly hydrophilic porcelain stoneware slabs

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    Raimondo, M.; Guarini, G.; Zanelli, C.; Marani, F.; Fossa, L.; Dondi, M.

    2011-10-01

    Photocatalytic, highly hydrophilic industrial porcelain stoneware large slabs were realized by deposition of nanostructured TiO2 coatings. Different surface finishing and experimental conditions were considered in order to assess the industrial feasibility. Photocatalytic and wetting behaviour of functionalized slabs mainly depends on surface phase composition in terms of anatase/rutile ratio, this involving - as a key issue - the deposition of TiO2 on industrially sintered products with an additional annealing step to strengthen coatings' performances and durability.

  7. Improved Thermoelectric Performances of SrTiO3 Ceramic Doped with Nb by Surface Modification of Nanosized Titania.

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    Li, Enzhu; Wang, Ning; He, Hongcai; Chen, Haijun

    2016-12-01

    Nb-doped SrTiO3 ceramics doped with the surface modification of nanosized titania was prepared via liquid phase deposition approach and subsequent sintered in an Ar atmosphere. The surface modification of nanosized titania significantly improved the ratio of the electrical conductivity to thermal conductivity of SrTiO3 ceramic doped with Nb, and has little impact on the Seebeck coefficient, thus obviously improving the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT value). The surface modification of nanosized titania is a much better method to lower the thermal conductivity and to enhance the electrical conductivity than the mechanical mixing process of nanosized titania. The highest ZT value of 0.33 at 900 K was obtained. The reason for the improved thermoelectric performances by the surface modification of nano-sized titania was preliminary investigated.

  8. "Crystallographic" holes: new insights for a beneficial structural feature for photocatalytic applications.

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    Vajda, Krisztina; Kása, Zsolt; Dombi, András; Németh, Zoltán; Kovács, Gábor; Danciu, Virginia; Radu, Teodora; Ghica, Corneliu; Baia, Lucian; Hernádi, Klára; Pap, Zsolt

    2015-03-19

    One of the most fundamental aspects of the heterogeneous catalysis field is the manipulation of the catalysts' activity. In photocatalysis this is carried out by maximizing the right crystal plane of a semiconductor oxide. Until now, most of the papers have achieved this by a combination of different oxides, with noble metals and sometimes with carbon nanomaterials. In this work MWCNTs (multiwalled carbon nanotubes) were applied as "crystallization promoters" in a very simple, safe, one-step hydrothermal method. By this method TiO₂ nano/micro crystals with exposed {001} facets were obtained in the first step. The next episode in the crystal manipulation "saga" was the modification of the (001) crystallographic plane's structure by creating ordered/own faceted "crystallographic holes". These elements are capable of further enhancing the obtained activity of titania microcrystals to a higher extent, as shown by the UV driven photocatalytic phenol degradation experiments. The appearance of the holes was "provoked" by simple calcination and their presence and influence were demonstrated by XPS and HRTEM.

  9. Photocatalytic self-cleaning TiO2 coatings on carbonatic stones

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    Bergamonti, Laura; Bondioli, Federica; Alfieri, Ilaria; Lorenzi, Andrea; Mattarozzi, Monica; Predieri, Giovanni; Lottici, Pier Paolo

    2016-02-01

    A self-cleaning coating based on TiO2 nanoparticles obtained by sol-gel method in an alkaline environment has been tested on different types of carbonatic stones: Botticino, Carrara and Pietra Dorata, frequently used in historic buildings. XRD and Raman measurements confirmed the nanocrystalline nature of titania in anatase form, with 5-10 nm crystal size, and evidenced a small amount of brookite. A fast photocatalytic oxidation by TiO2 coatings of the stained stones with methyl orange and methylene blue under UV lamp irradiation has been assessed. The enhancement of surface wettability due to UV-induced TiO2 hydrophilicity has been evidenced by contact angle measurements. ESEM/EDS showed a surface distribution of the coating fairly homogeneous. The coating does not introduce significant colorimetric changes of the stones and does not alter the water capillarity absorption. Thus, the alkaline nanocrystalline TiO2 is promising for self-cleaning coatings on carbonatic stones.

  10. Competitive removal of pharmaceuticals from environmental waters by adsorption and photocatalytic degradation.

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    Rioja, N; Benguria, P; Peñas, F J; Zorita, S

    2014-10-01

    This work explores the competitive removal of pharmaceuticals from synthetic and environmental waters by combined adsorption-photolysis treatment. Five drugs usually present in waterways have been used as target compounds, some are pseudo-persistent pollutants (carbamazepine, clofibric acid, and sulfamethoxazole) and others are largely consumed (diclofenac and ibuprofen). The effect of the light source on adsorption of drugs onto activated carbons followed by photolysis with TiO2 was assessed, being UV-C light the most effective for drug removal in both deionized water and river water. Different composites prepared from titania nanoparticles and powdered activated carbons were tested in several combined adsorption-photocatalysis assays. The composites prepared by calcination at 400 °C exhibited much better performance than those synthesized at 500 °C, being the C400 composite the most effective one. Furthermore, some synthetic waters containing dissolved species and environmental waters were used to investigate the effect of the aqueous matrix on each drug removal. In general, photocatalyst deactivation was found in synthetic and environmental waters. This was particularly evident in the experiments performed with bicarbonate ions as well as with wastewater effluent. In contrast, tests conducted in seawater showed adsorption and photocatalytic degradation yields comparable to those obtained in deionized water. Considering the peculiarities of substrate competition in each aqueous matrix, the combined adsorption-photolysis treatment generally increased the overall elimination of drugs in water. PMID:24532206

  11. Competitive removal of pharmaceuticals from environmental waters by adsorption and photocatalytic degradation.

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    Rioja, N; Benguria, P; Peñas, F J; Zorita, S

    2014-10-01

    This work explores the competitive removal of pharmaceuticals from synthetic and environmental waters by combined adsorption-photolysis treatment. Five drugs usually present in waterways have been used as target compounds, some are pseudo-persistent pollutants (carbamazepine, clofibric acid, and sulfamethoxazole) and others are largely consumed (diclofenac and ibuprofen). The effect of the light source on adsorption of drugs onto activated carbons followed by photolysis with TiO2 was assessed, being UV-C light the most effective for drug removal in both deionized water and river water. Different composites prepared from titania nanoparticles and powdered activated carbons were tested in several combined adsorption-photocatalysis assays. The composites prepared by calcination at 400 °C exhibited much better performance than those synthesized at 500 °C, being the C400 composite the most effective one. Furthermore, some synthetic waters containing dissolved species and environmental waters were used to investigate the effect of the aqueous matrix on each drug removal. In general, photocatalyst deactivation was found in synthetic and environmental waters. This was particularly evident in the experiments performed with bicarbonate ions as well as with wastewater effluent. In contrast, tests conducted in seawater showed adsorption and photocatalytic degradation yields comparable to those obtained in deionized water. Considering the peculiarities of substrate competition in each aqueous matrix, the combined adsorption-photolysis treatment generally increased the overall elimination of drugs in water.

  12. Monte Carlo simulation of the radiation field in a reticulated foam photocatalytic reactor

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    Changrani, R.; Raupp, G.B.

    1999-05-01

    The 3-D polychromatic radiation field for an annular packed-bed photocatalytic reactor using alumina reticulated foams as a monolithic catalyst support was simulated using Monte Carlo methodology. Two distinct methods were used for simulating photon transport: (1) a spatial approach that tracks the flight of a photon in a predetermined reticulate structure; (2) a temporal approach that generates the random porous structure of the reticulate as the photon flies into it. The two approaches yield almost identical results, although the temporal approach that generates the random porous structure of the reticulate as the photon flies into it. The two approaches yield almost identical results, although the temporal approach is far more efficient computationally. Simulations for the integral axially-averaged radial ultraviolet (UV) light profiles agree closely with experimental measurements for titania-coated 10, 20 and 30 PPI alumina reticulates and near UV lamps. The simulations reveal that the local volumetric rate of energy absorption (LVREA) in the reticulate and the magnitude of the LVREA gradient both increase with decreasing reticulate pore size.

  13. The rate of photocatalytic oxidation of aromatic volatile organic compounds in the gas-phase

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    Boulamanti, Aikaterini K.; Korologos, Christos A.; Philippopoulos, Constantine J.

    In the present study, the gas-solid heterogeneous photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) of six aromatic species of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, m-, o- and p-xylene over illuminated titania was carried out at ambient temperature in a continuous stirring-tank reactor. Initial VOC concentrations were in the low parts per million (ppm) range. Maximum conversions were over 90% for all compounds except from benzene, ethylbenzene and o-xylene, while the residence time varied from 50 to 210 s. Intermediates were detected only in the case of the xylenes, but catalyst deactivation occurred for all six compounds. The PCO kinetics were well fit by a Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H) model for monomolecular surface reaction and it was proved that the reaction rate is related to both constants. The rate constants ranged from 0.147 ppm s -1 g cat-1 for benzene to 1.067 ppm s -1 g cat-1 for m-xylene, while the adsorption constants from 0.424 ppm -1 for ethylbenzene to 0.69 ppm -1 for toluene. The molecular structure of the compounds was found to play an important role in the reaction. Finally the efficiency of the procedure in the case of a mixture of these aromatic substances was tested.

  14. "Crystallographic" holes: new insights for a beneficial structural feature for photocatalytic applications.

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    Vajda, Krisztina; Kása, Zsolt; Dombi, András; Németh, Zoltán; Kovács, Gábor; Danciu, Virginia; Radu, Teodora; Ghica, Corneliu; Baia, Lucian; Hernádi, Klára; Pap, Zsolt

    2015-03-19

    One of the most fundamental aspects of the heterogeneous catalysis field is the manipulation of the catalysts' activity. In photocatalysis this is carried out by maximizing the right crystal plane of a semiconductor oxide. Until now, most of the papers have achieved this by a combination of different oxides, with noble metals and sometimes with carbon nanomaterials. In this work MWCNTs (multiwalled carbon nanotubes) were applied as "crystallization promoters" in a very simple, safe, one-step hydrothermal method. By this method TiO₂ nano/micro crystals with exposed {001} facets were obtained in the first step. The next episode in the crystal manipulation "saga" was the modification of the (001) crystallographic plane's structure by creating ordered/own faceted "crystallographic holes". These elements are capable of further enhancing the obtained activity of titania microcrystals to a higher extent, as shown by the UV driven photocatalytic phenol degradation experiments. The appearance of the holes was "provoked" by simple calcination and their presence and influence were demonstrated by XPS and HRTEM. PMID:25757557

  15. Enhanced photocatalytic, electrochemical and photoelectrochemical properties of TiO2 nanotubes arrays modified with Cu, AgCu and Bi nanoparticles obtained via radiolytic reduction

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    Nischk, Michał; Mazierski, Paweł; Wei, Zhishun; Siuzdak, Katarzyna; Kouame, Natalie Amoin; Kowalska, Ewa; Remita, Hynd; Zaleska-Medynska, Adriana

    2016-11-01

    TiO2 nanotubes arrays (NTs), obtained via electrochemical anodization of Ti foil, were modified with monometallic (Cu, Bi) and bimetallic (AgCu) nanoparticles. Different amounts of metals' precursors were deposited on the surface of NTs by the spin-coating technique, and the reduction of metals was performed via gamma radiolysis. Surface modification of titania was studied by EDS and XPS analysis. The results show that AgCu nanoparticles exist in a Agcore-Cushell form. Photocatalytic activity was examined under UV irradiation and phenol was used as a model pollutant of water. Over 95% of phenol degradation was achieved after 60 min of irradiation for almost all examined samples, but only slight difference in degradation efficiency (about 3%) between modified and bare NTs was observed. However, the initial phenol degradation rate and TOC removal efficiency was significantly enhanced for the samples modified with 0.31 and 0.63 mol% of Bi as well as for all the samples modified with Cu and AgCu nanoparticles in comparison with bare titania nanotubes. The saturated photocurrent, under the influence of simulated solar light irradiation, for the most active Bi- and AgCu-modified samples, was over two times higher than for pristine NTs. All the examined materials were resistant towards photocorrosion processes that enables their application for long term processes induced by light.

  16. Effect of the composition of Ti alloy on the photocatalytic activities of Ti-based oxide nanotube arrays prepared by anodic oxidation

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    Tang, Dingding; Wang, Yixin; Zhao, Yuwei; Yang, Yijia; Zhang, Lieyu; Mao, Xuhui

    2014-11-01

    Three types of Ti-based oxide nanotube arrays are prepared by anodic oxidation of pure Ti and Ti alloys (Ti-0.2Pd and Ti-6Al-4V) in the glycol-2 wt% H2O-0.3 wt% NH4F solution. The nanotube arrays are characterized by a series of techniques, including SEM, TEM, EIS, XRD, EDS, ICP, XPS and UV-vis DRS, to elucidate the effect of alloying elements on the properties of titania nanotube arrays. The results suggest that aluminium and vanadium elements greatly slow down the growth rate and therefore decrease the yield of nanotube arrays. Al and V deteriorate the photoreactivity of the resultant nanotube arrays. The palladium inside the Ti-0.2Pd alloy-derived nanotube arrays cannot be detected by EDS or XPS, but is quantitatively determined by ICP analysis. Incorporation of Pd significantly improves the photocatalytic activity of the resultant titania nanotube arrays powder. The presence of Pd element not only enhances the light absorption, but also facilitates the separation of photogenerated charge carriers. The uniform doping of Pd into the microstructure endows nanotube arrays with resistance to sulphur poison and preferable stability for organic degradation. This study suggests that anodization of Ti alloys, rather than pure Ti metal, allows to produce micron-sized high-performance photocatalysts for environmental and energy applications.

  17. Photocatalytic degradation of the diazo dye naphthol blue black in water using MWCNT/Gd,N,S-TiO2 nanocomposites under simulated solar light.

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    Mamba, Gcina; Mbianda, Xavier Yangkou; Mishra, Ajay Kumar

    2015-07-01

    A simple sol-gel method was employed to prepare gadolinium, nitrogen and sulphur tridoped titania decorated on oxidised multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT/Gd,N,S-TiO2), using titanium (IV) butoxide and thiourea as titanium and nitrogen and sulphur source, respectively. Samples of varying gadolinium loadings (0.2%, 0.6%, 1.0% and 3.0% Gd3+) relative to titania were prepared to investigate the effect of gadolinium loading and the amounts of carbon nanotubes, nitrogen and sulphur were kept constant for all the samples. Furthermore, the prepared nanocomposites were evaluated for the degradation of naphthol blue black (NBB) in water under simulated solar light irradiation. Higher degradation efficiency (95.7%) was recorded for the MWCNT/Gd,N,S-TiO2 (0.6% Gd) nanocomposites. The higher photocatalytic activity is attributed to the combined effect of improved visible light absorption and charge separation due to the synergistic effect of Gd, MWCNTs, N, S and TiO2. Total organic carbon (TOC) analysis revealed a higher degree of complete mineralisation of naphthol blue black (78.0% TOC removal) which minimises the possible formation of toxic degradation by-products such as the aromatic amines. The MWCNT/Gd,N,S-TiO2 (0.6% Gd) was fairly stable and could be re-used for five times, reaching a maximum degradation efficiency of 91.8% after the five cycles.

  18. [Low-temperature preparation of TiO2/PS/Fe3O4, and its photocatalytic activity and magnetic recovery].

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    Wang, Xue-jiao; Ren, Xue-chang; Nian, Juan-ni; Xiao, Ju-qian; Wang, Gang; Chang, Qing

    2012-08-01

    This study reports the fabrication of magnetically responsive titania catalyst, which consisted of a magnetic core surrounded by a titania shell. The magnetic core (oleic acid-modified Fe3O4 nanoparticles) was modified with polystyrene as inert isolating layer. The magnetic photocatalyst was prepared at low temperature (90 degrees C) and a neutral pH (about 7). The phase composition, morphology, surface properties and magnetic properties of the composite particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), fourier infrared photometer (FT-IR) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The photocatalytic activity of the samples were determined by degradation of phenol and their recovery characteristics were determined by a self-regulating magnetic recycling equipment. The results illustrated that the mean diameter of anatase titanium dioxide synthesized at low temperature was 2-5 nm, the catalyst TiO2/PS/Fe3O4 [the molar ratio of the magnetic photocatalyst was n(TiO2): n(St): n(Fe3O4) = 60:2.5:1] had the structural integrity of shell/shell/core, and titanium dioxide was loaded firmly on the PS/FeO4 surface. The photocatalytic degradation of phenol followed first-order reaction kinetics and the reaction rate constant K of the TiO2/PS/Fe3O4 [n(TiO2): n(St): n (Fe3O4) = 60:2.5:1] was 0.0258, which was close to that of pure TiO2 (K = 0.0262). After 5 times recycling, the K value reduced only by 0.0034. The catalyst had a strong magnetic induction, and the average recovery rate reached 92%. The magnetic TiO2 photocatalyst prepared by this low-temperature hydrolysis method has a good application prospect. PMID:23213901

  19. [Low-temperature preparation of TiO2/PS/Fe3O4, and its photocatalytic activity and magnetic recovery].

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    Wang, Xue-jiao; Ren, Xue-chang; Nian, Juan-ni; Xiao, Ju-qian; Wang, Gang; Chang, Qing

    2012-08-01

    This study reports the fabrication of magnetically responsive titania catalyst, which consisted of a magnetic core surrounded by a titania shell. The magnetic core (oleic acid-modified Fe3O4 nanoparticles) was modified with polystyrene as inert isolating layer. The magnetic photocatalyst was prepared at low temperature (90 degrees C) and a neutral pH (about 7). The phase composition, morphology, surface properties and magnetic properties of the composite particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), fourier infrared photometer (FT-IR) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The photocatalytic activity of the samples were determined by degradation of phenol and their recovery characteristics were determined by a self-regulating magnetic recycling equipment. The results illustrated that the mean diameter of anatase titanium dioxide synthesized at low temperature was 2-5 nm, the catalyst TiO2/PS/Fe3O4 [the molar ratio of the magnetic photocatalyst was n(TiO2): n(St): n(Fe3O4) = 60:2.5:1] had the structural integrity of shell/shell/core, and titanium dioxide was loaded firmly on the PS/FeO4 surface. The photocatalytic degradation of phenol followed first-order reaction kinetics and the reaction rate constant K of the TiO2/PS/Fe3O4 [n(TiO2): n(St): n (Fe3O4) = 60:2.5:1] was 0.0258, which was close to that of pure TiO2 (K = 0.0262). After 5 times recycling, the K value reduced only by 0.0034. The catalyst had a strong magnetic induction, and the average recovery rate reached 92%. The magnetic TiO2 photocatalyst prepared by this low-temperature hydrolysis method has a good application prospect.

  20. Synthesis of cytocompatible luminescent titania/fluorescein hybrid nanoparticles.

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    Shiba, Kota; Tagaya, Motohiro; Hanagata, Nobutaka

    2014-05-14

    Luminescent titania-fluorescein (FS) hybrid nanoparticles (NPs) were successfully synthesized by a sol-gel reaction of titanium alkoxide in the presence of octadecylamine using a fluidic reactor with a Y-type channel. The molar ratio of FS/Ti ratio was varied in the range from 1/1000 to 1/100 in order to obtain the hybrid NPs with the different luminescent behavior. The shape of the NPs is spherical and their sizes are 400 nm which is almost the same irrespective of the FS content, suggesting the different FS molecular states in one NP. We also demonstrated that the hybrid NPs exhibited a characteristic luminescence; the NPs with the higher and lower FS contents exhibited an enhanced luminescence in PBS and air, respectively, indicating that the FS states responded to the molecular environment. Through cytocompatible experiments using the NPs, it turned out that they had a high compatibility for fibroblasts. Therefore, the preparation of a series of the luminescent NPs with a tunable luminescence property was achieved. The results will lead to a guideline to determine a proper combination between material composition and an environment where they are used, being useful for biomedical applications.

  1. Highly efficient hydrophobic titania ceramic membranes for water desalination.

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    Kujawa, Joanna; Cerneaux, Sophie; Koter, Stanisław; Kujawski, Wojciech

    2014-08-27

    Hydrophobic titania ceramic membranes (300 kD) were prepared by grafting of C6F13C2H4Si(OC2H5)3 and C12F25C2H4Si(OC2H5)3 molecules and thus applied in membrane distillation (MD) process of NaCl solutions. Grafting efficiency and hydrophobicity were evaluated by contact angle measurement, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption/desorption, and liquid entry pressure measurement of water. Desalination of NaCl solutions was performed using the modified hydrophobic membranes in air gap MD (AGMD) and direct contact MD (DCMD) processes in various operating conditions. High values of NaCl retention coefficient (>99%) were reached. The permeate fluxes were in the range 231-3692 g·h(-1)·m(-2), depending on applied experimental conditions. AGMD mode appeared to be more efficient showing higher fluxes and selectivity in desalination. Overall mass transfer coefficients (K) for membranes tested in AGMD were constant over the investigated temperature range. However, K values in DCMD increased at elevated temperature. The hydrophobic layer was also stable after 4 years of exposure to open air. PMID:25084346

  2. Infection Mitigation Efficacy of Photoactive Titania on Orthopedic Implant Materials

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

    2011-01-01

    In order to impede infection and achieve accelerated wound healing in the postorthopaedic surgery patients, a simple and benign procedure for creating nanotubular or nanofibrillar structure of photoactive TiO2 on the surface of Ti plates and wires is described. The nanoscale TiO2 films on titanium were grown by hydrothermal processing in one case and by anodization in the presence of dilute mineral acids under mild and benign conditions in the other. Confocal microscopy results demonstrated at least 50% reduction in the population of E. coli colonies (concentration 2.15 × 107 cells/mL) on TiO2-coated implants upon an IR exposure of up to 30 s; it required ∼20 min of exposure to UV beam for the same effect. These findings suggest the probability of eliminating wound infection during and after orthopedic surgical procedures by brief illumination of photoactive titania films on the implants with an IR beam. PMID:21994891

  3. Titania nanotube arrays as interfaces for neural prostheses.

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    Sorkin, Jonathan A; Hughes, Stephen; Soares, Paulo; Popat, Ketul C

    2015-04-01

    Neural prostheses have become ever more acceptable treatments for many different types of neurological damage and disease. Here we investigate the use of two different morphologies of titania nanotube arrays as interfaces to advance the longevity and effectiveness of these prostheses. The nanotube arrays were characterized for their nanotopography, crystallinity, conductivity, wettability, surface mechanical properties and adsorption of key proteins: fibrinogen, albumin and laminin. The loosely packed nanotube arrays fabricated using a diethylene glycol based electrolyte, contained a higher presence of the anatase crystal phase and were subsequently more conductive. These arrays yielded surfaces with higher wettability and lower modulus than the densely packed nanotube arrays fabricated using water based electrolyte. Further the adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of the C17.2 neural stem cell line was investigated on the nanotube arrays. The proliferation ratio of the cells as well as the level of neuronal differentiation was seen to increase on the loosely packed arrays. The results indicate that loosely packed nanotube arrays similar to the ones produced here with a DEG based electrolyte, may provide a favorable template for growth and maintenance of C17.2 neural stem cell line.

  4. Titania nanotube arrays as interfaces for neural prostheses

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    Sorkin, Jonathan A.; Hughes, Stephen; Soares, Paulo; Popat, Ketul C.

    2015-01-01

    Neural prostheses have become ever more acceptable treatments for many different types of neurological damage and disease. Here we investigate the use of two different morphologies of titania nanotube arrays as interfaces to advance the longevity and effectiveness of these prostheses. The nanotube arrays were characterized for their nanotopography, crystallinity, conductivity, wettability, surface mechanical properties and adsorption of key proteins: fibrinogen, albumin and laminin. The loosely packed nanotube arrays fabricated using a diethylene glycol based electrolyte, contained a higher presence of the anatase crystal phase and were subsequently more conductive. These arrays yielded surfaces with higher wettability and lower modulus than the densely packed nanotube arrays fabricated using water based electrolyte. Further the adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of the C17.2 neural stem cell line was investigated on the nanotube arrays. The proliferation ratio of the cells as well as the level of neuronal differentiation was seen to increase on the loosely packed arrays. The results indicate that loosely packed nanotube arrays similar to the ones produced here with a DEG based electrolyte, may provide a favorable template for growth and maintenance of C17.2 neural stem cell line. PMID:25687003

  5. Fate and transport of titania nanoparticles in freshwater mesocosms

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    Miracle, Ann L.; Bunn, Amoret L.; Brandenberger, Jill M.; Gaspar, Daniel J.; Ward, Jeffrey A.

    2008-10-01

    Titania nanoparticles are currently associated with air, soil, and water and with numerous products directed at human use and consumption (e.g., sunscreen, cosmetics, and food coatings). The environmental fate and transport of TiO2, or any nanomaterials entering dynamic aquatic environments are largely unknown. Because the physical and chemical properties of TiO2 are variable (size, surface chemistry, and composition), the movement, bioaccumulation, and toxicity of these materials are difficult to study in a complex ecosystem. Many metal oxide materials are durable and recalcitrant, and the accumulation of TiO2 in the environment could be significant over time and cause unforeseen impacts on ecosystems. Fate and transport of TiO2 nanomaterials in a bench-scale mesocosm system was assessed through nanomaterial partitioning and complexation in water, sediment, and tissue media characterized using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, respectively. Research data sets like these will build the foundation for future use in fate and transport of other nanomaterials in different water systems (fresh, estuarine, and marine) and in building empirical and process models that investigate environmental fate and transport and relevant freshwater ecological impacts of nanomaterials.

  6. The structure and activity of titania supported cobalt catalysts

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    Ho Suiwen; Houalla, M.; Hercules, D.M. ); Cruz, J.M. )

    1992-05-01

    A series of titania supported cobalt catalysts (0.5-6%) were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation, and were characterized by ESCA, XRD, and hydrogen chemisorption. After calcination at 400 C, a surface CoTiO[sub 3]-like phase was the main species present in the 0.5 and 1% cobalt catalysts. For higher cobalt loadings, discrete Co[sub 3]O[sub 4] particles were formed in addition to surface CoTiO[sub 3]. ESCA indicates that after reduction the cobalt metal particle size (6-13 nm) increases with increasing cobalt loadings, but does not vary with reduction temperature (400-500 C). Hydrogen chemisorption was found to be activated and suppressed. The extent of hydrogen chemisorption suppression increases with increasing reduction temperature and decreasing cobalt particle size. The turnover frequency (based on cobalt dispersion derived from ESCA) for benzene and CO hydrogenation decreases with increasing reduction temperature and decreasing cobalt particle size. The decline in activity correlates with the extent of suppression of H[sub 2] chemisorption. The results were interpreted in terms of a decrease in the fraction of exposed surface cobalt due to site blocking by reduced TiO[sub 3] moieties.

  7. A surface functionalized nanoporous titania integrated microfluidic biochip.

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    Ali, Md Azahar; Srivastava, Saurabh; Mondal, Kunal; Chavhan, Pandurang M; Agrawal, Ved V; John, Renu; Sharma, Ashutosh; Malhotra, Bansi D

    2014-11-21

    We present a novel and efficient nanoporous microfluidic biochip consisting of a functionalized chitosan/anatase titanium dioxide nanoparticles (antTiO2-CH) electrode integrated in a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microchannel assembly. The electrode surface can be enzyme functionalized depending on the application. We studied in detail cholesterol sensing using the cholesterol esterase (ChEt) and cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) functionalized chitosan supported mesoporous antTiO2-CH microfluidic electrode. The available functional groups present in the nanoporous antTiO2-CH surface in this microfluidic biochip can play an important role for enzyme functionalization, which has been quantified by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic technique. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) studies are used to quantify the specific surface area and nanopore size distribution of titania nanoparticles with and without chitosan. Point defects in antTiO2 can increase the heterogeneous electron transfer constant between the electrode and enzyme active sites, resulting in improved electrochemical behaviour of the microfluidic biochip. The impedimetric response of the nanoporous microfluidic biochip (ChEt-ChOx/antTiO2-CH) shows a high sensitivity of 6.77 kΩ (mg dl(-1))(-1) in the range of 2-500 mg dl(-1), a low detection limit of 0.2 mg dl(-1), a low Michaelis-Menten constant of 1.3 mg dl(-1) and a high selectivity. This impedimetric microsystem has enormous potential for clinical diagnostics applications. PMID:25316118

  8. Titania nanotube arrays as interfaces for neural prostheses.

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    Sorkin, Jonathan A; Hughes, Stephen; Soares, Paulo; Popat, Ketul C

    2015-04-01

    Neural prostheses have become ever more acceptable treatments for many different types of neurological damage and disease. Here we investigate the use of two different morphologies of titania nanotube arrays as interfaces to advance the longevity and effectiveness of these prostheses. The nanotube arrays were characterized for their nanotopography, crystallinity, conductivity, wettability, surface mechanical properties and adsorption of key proteins: fibrinogen, albumin and laminin. The loosely packed nanotube arrays fabricated using a diethylene glycol based electrolyte, contained a higher presence of the anatase crystal phase and were subsequently more conductive. These arrays yielded surfaces with higher wettability and lower modulus than the densely packed nanotube arrays fabricated using water based electrolyte. Further the adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of the C17.2 neural stem cell line was investigated on the nanotube arrays. The proliferation ratio of the cells as well as the level of neuronal differentiation was seen to increase on the loosely packed arrays. The results indicate that loosely packed nanotube arrays similar to the ones produced here with a DEG based electrolyte, may provide a favorable template for growth and maintenance of C17.2 neural stem cell line. PMID:25687003

  9. Highly efficient hydrophobic titania ceramic membranes for water desalination.

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    Kujawa, Joanna; Cerneaux, Sophie; Koter, Stanisław; Kujawski, Wojciech

    2014-08-27

    Hydrophobic titania ceramic membranes (300 kD) were prepared by grafting of C6F13C2H4Si(OC2H5)3 and C12F25C2H4Si(OC2H5)3 molecules and thus applied in membrane distillation (MD) process of NaCl solutions. Grafting efficiency and hydrophobicity were evaluated by contact angle measurement, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption/desorption, and liquid entry pressure measurement of water. Desalination of NaCl solutions was performed using the modified hydrophobic membranes in air gap MD (AGMD) and direct contact MD (DCMD) processes in various operating conditions. High values of NaCl retention coefficient (>99%) were reached. The permeate fluxes were in the range 231-3692 g·h(-1)·m(-2), depending on applied experimental conditions. AGMD mode appeared to be more efficient showing higher fluxes and selectivity in desalination. Overall mass transfer coefficients (K) for membranes tested in AGMD were constant over the investigated temperature range. However, K values in DCMD increased at elevated temperature. The hydrophobic layer was also stable after 4 years of exposure to open air.

  10. Photocatalytic disinfection of indoor air

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    Goswami, D.Y.; Trivedi, D.M.; Block, S.S.

    1997-02-01

    The present study demonstrated the antibacterial effect of photocatalytic oxidation in indoor air using titanium dioxide as the catalyst. Through a series of experiments, it was determined that titanium dioxide did enhance the inactivation rate of the microorganisms under certain conditions. In these experiments the air velocity, relative humidity, and UV (350 nm) intensity were varied. It was found that higher velocities retarded the destruction rate due to the low retention time in the reactor. TiO{sub 2} also did not accelerate the reaction at low humidities (30%). At a relative humidity of 50%, there was complete inactivation of the organisms, but at higher humidities (85%), 10% of the organisms were still viable. The experiments showed that at higher UV intensities, most of the activation was done by the UV photons. However, the photons were not able to completely inactivate the microorganisms. In the photocatalysis experiments there was complete inactivation of the bacteria.

  11. Preparation, structural properties, and hydrogenation activity of highly porous palladium-titania aerogels

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    Schneider, M.; Wildberger, M.; Maciejewski, M.; Duff, D.G.; Mallat, T.; Baiker, A. )

    1994-08-01

    Mesoporous to macroporous palladium-titania aerogels with high surface area have been synthesized by the sol-gel-aerogel route. A titania gel was prepared by the addition of an acidic hydrolysant to tetrabutoxytitanium(IV) in methanol. The palladium precursor solutions, added after the redispersion of the titania gel, were either Na[sub 2]PdCl[sub 4], (NH[sub 4])[sub 2]PdCl[sub 4], Pd(acac)[sub 2], or Pd(OAc)[sub 2] dissolved in protic or aprotic solvents. The palladium-titania aerogels have a BET surface area of 170-190 m[sup 2]g[sup [minus]1] after a thermal treatment up to 673 K and contain well-developed anatase crystallites of about 7-8 nm mean size. Depending on the palladium precursor used, the volume-weighted-mean particle size, determined by TEM, varies significantly in the range 21-224 nm, this being independently consistent with XRD line-broadening results. All aerogel samples showed pronounced structural stability of both the titania matrix and the palladium particles towards the pretreatment media used (air or hydrogen) at temperatures up to 773 K. Thermal analysis, combined with mass spectrometry, revealed that the untreated catalysts contain a considerable amount of entrapped organic impurities after high-temperature supercritical drying. Liquid-phase hydrogenations of tras-stilbene and benzophenone were used as test reactions for characterizing the activity and accessibility of the palladium particles. A comparison of the best dispersed Pd(OAc)[sub 2]-derived aerogel catalysts with conventionally impregnated titania-supported palladium catalysts in the liquid-phase hydrogenation of 4-methylbenzaldehyde reveals superior activity and selectivity for the aerogel catalysts. 32 refs., 10 figs., 4 tabs.

  12. Surface layer composition of titania produced by various methods. The change of layer state under illumination

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    Zakharenko, V.; Daibova, E.; Kosova, N.; Zmeeva, O.

    2016-01-01

    The comparative analysis of experimental data over titanium dioxide powders prepared by various ways under ambient air is carried out. The results over TiO2 prepared by high-temperature heating of anatase, produced by burning of titanium micro particles and grinding of rutile crystal are used for that comparison. Water and carbon dioxide were the main products released from the surface of the titania powders. It was found that under UV irradiation absorbed by titania, in absent oxygen, water effectively reacts with lattice oxygen of titanium dioxide.

  13. Design of titania nanotube structures by focused laser beam direct writing

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    Enachi, Mihai; Stevens-Kalceff, Marion A.; Sarua, Andrei; Ursaki, Veaceslav; Tiginyanu, Ion

    2013-12-21

    In this work, we report on electrochemical fabrication of titania films consisting of nanotubes (NTs) and their treatment by focused laser beam. The results of sample characterization by optical and scanning electron microscopy, cathodoluminescence imaging, and Raman scattering scanning spectroscopy are compared to those inherent to specimens subjected to thermal treatment in a furnace. The obtained data demonstrate possibilities for controlling crystallographic structure of TiO{sub 2} NTs by focused laser beam direct writing. These findings open new prospects for the design and fabrication of spatial architectures based on titania nanotubes.

  14. Experimental and analytical study of ionic self-assembly of silica and titania nanoparticles

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    Simpson, Brian; Banks, Will; Kim, Vincent; Seredinski, Andrew; Wilson, Katy; Mazilu, Irina; Mazilu, Dan

    2013-03-01

    Using the ionically self-assembled monolayers (ISAM) technique we investigate the time dependence of the surface coverage of thin films that consist of alternating layers of silica or titania nanoparticles deposited on polymer substrates. We conduct experiments in order to investigate the significant observable factors that affected the quality of the coatings including the dipping time, pH, and the molarity of the silica, titania, and PDDA solutions. Using SEM micrographs, we analyzed the surface coverage and compared it to analytical results obtained using a cooperative sequential adsorption model.

  15. Some alkali and titania analyses of tektites before and after G-1 precision monitoring

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    Tatlock, D.B.

    1966-01-01

    A comparison of 55 older analyses of Australasian tektites with 110 modern precisely monitored analyses suggests that more than half of the older alkali and titania determinations are decidedly inaccurate and misleading. Deviations of the older analyses from the restricted values of the modern analyses are comparable to the imprecisions shown by early analyses of G-1 granite and W-1 diabase. This suggests that a high percentage of older alkali and titania analyses, such as those of Washington's tables, are of questionable quality. ?? 1966.

  16. Photo-effects on the viscosity of titania nanoparticle suspensions in conducting and insulating medium

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    Smith, York R.; Heermance, David; Smith, Ryan N.

    2016-02-01

    The effect of illumination on the viscosity of titania suspensions in silicone oil (insulating medium) and an aqueous buffer (conducting medium) was investigated. Commercially available P25 anatase titania was suspended at a volume fraction of 0.5%. A 12.3% increase in viscosity was observed when silicone oil suspension was used as the medium, while a 2.47% decrease in viscosity was observed for the aqueous buffer suspension after exposure to UV-vis irradiation. The capability of the suspension medium to scavenge photoinduced charges results in the observed photorheological effects. The results presented here demonstrate a new method for influencing the rheological properties of nanoparticle suspensions.

  17. Flow-directed assembly of non-spherical titania nanoparticles into superhydrophilic thin films

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    Ojha, Abhijeet; Thakker, Manish; Shah, Dinesh O.; Thareja, Prachi

    2016-03-01

    Superhydrophilic thin films of 21 nm sized non-spherical titania nanoparticles are fabricated from a colloidal suspension by fixed blade flow coating without UV illumination. At a blade angle of a = 36° and a gap of d = 300 µm, hierarchically structured films with increasing surface roughness along with microscopic voids are formed depending on the substrate velocity and the titania volume fraction. Increasing the roughness is shown to be concomitant to an increase in the hydrophilicity, eventually leading to superhydrophilicity or water contact angle less than 5°.

  18. The effects of UV irradiation on titania deposition from titanium tetra-isopropoxide

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    Egashira, Yasuyuki; Sugimachi, Masato; Nishizawa, Kouichi; Saito, Kazunobu; Osawa, Toshio; Komiyama, Hiroshi

    1994-05-01

    The influence of UV irradiation on the deposition of titania from titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP) under reduced pressure was studied. It was found that UV irradiation accelerates the titania growth rate by a factor of 2-3 in the temperature range of 573 to 623 K. The coverage quality of micron-size trenches in the cases with and without UV irradiation indicates the role of the photo-enhanced surface reaction. The threshold wavelength of 380 nm which is equivalent to the energy gap of anatase indicates strongly that band-to-band excitation is responsible for the photo-enhanced surface reaction.

  19. Tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane photooxidation on titania based photoanodes and its implication for photoelectrochemical biofuel cells

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    Filipiak, Marcin S.; Zloczewska, Adrianna; Grzeskowiak, Piotr; Lynch, Robert; Jönsson-Niedziolka, Martin

    2015-09-01

    In many photoelectrochemical biofuel cells tris(hydroxymethyl)aminomethane (TRIS) is used a buffer. We show that TRIS can be readily photooxidised on titania electrodes. Combining a titania nanotube photoanode in a TRIS buffer with an air-breathing enzymatic biocathode we construct a relatively efficient photoelectrochemical biofuel cell using the TRIS buffer as fuel. This shows both the prospect of using air-breathing bio-cathodes in this kind of cells, but more importantly, shows the need for caution when using TRIS as buffer in photoelectrochemical applications.

  20. Giant humidity dependence of conductivity in a single exfoliated titania nanosheet

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    Tanaka, Ayaka; Hatakeyama, Kazuto; Oku, Azusa; Matsuzaki, Koji; Saitou, Natsumi; Yokoi, Hiroyuki; Taniguchi, Takaaki; Matsumoto, Yasumichi; Hara, Masahiro

    2014-04-21

    We have investigated an in-plane electrical transport in an individual titania nanosheet, which forms a lepidocrocite structure with a few atomic layer thickness. The conductivity in the titania nanosheet varied five orders for the change of the relative humidity from 45% to 95%. The drastic change in the conductivity is due to a sensitive response with respect to water molecules adsorbed on the surface of the two-dimensional nanosheet. The results may open an avenue for nanodevices built from various oxide nanosheets.

  1. Interaction of carbon monoxide and oxygen at the surface of inverse titania/Au model catalyst

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    Magkoev, Tamerlan T.

    2007-07-01

    Interaction of carbon monoxide and oxygen on the surface of titania/Au(1 1 1) inverse model catalyst held at 200 K has been studied by reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy. It was found that CO adsorbs on the oxide/Au perimeter interface, whereas no or very weak adsorption was observed on Au(1 1 1) or titania surface, respectively. Exposing of such species to oxygen results in their decay possibly due to carbon dioxide formation. Efficiency of this effect is higher at lower CO initial concentration which points at the importance of free surface sites for the reaction process.

  2. Photoinduced Charge Transfer from Titania to Surface Doping Site.

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    Inerbaev, Talgat; Hoefelmeyer, James D; Kilin, Dmitri S

    2013-05-16

    We evaluate a theoretical model in which Ru is substituting for Ti at the (100) surface of anatase TiO2. Charge transfer from the photo-excited TiO2 substrate to the catalytic site triggers the photo-catalytic event (such as water oxidation or reduction half-reaction). We perform ab-initio computational modeling of the charge transfer dynamics on the interface of TiO2 nanorod and catalytic site. A slab of TiO2 represents a fragment of TiO2 nanorod in the anatase phase. Titanium to ruthenium replacement is performed in a way to match the symmetry of TiO2 substrate. One molecular layer of adsorbed water is taken into consideration to mimic the experimental conditions. It is found that these adsorbed water molecules saturate dangling surface bonds and drastically affect the electronic properties of systems investigated. The modeling is performed by reduced density matrix method in the basis of Kohn-Sham orbitals. A nano-catalyst modeled through replacement defect contributes energy levels near the bottom of the conduction band of TiO2 nano-structure. An exciton in the nano-rod is dissipating due to interaction with lattice vibrations, treated through non-adiabatic coupling. The electron relaxes to conduction band edge and then to the Ru cite with faster rate than hole relaxes to the Ru cite. These results are of the importance for an optimal design of nano-materials for photo-catalytic water splitting and solar energy harvesting. PMID:23795229

  3. Photoinduced Charge Transfer from Titania to Surface Doping Site

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    Inerbaev, Talgat; Hoefelmeyer, James D.; Kilin, Dmitri S.

    2013-01-01

    We evaluate a theoretical model in which Ru is substituting for Ti at the (100) surface of anatase TiO2. Charge transfer from the photo-excited TiO2 substrate to the catalytic site triggers the photo-catalytic event (such as water oxidation or reduction half-reaction). We perform ab-initio computational modeling of the charge transfer dynamics on the interface of TiO2 nanorod and catalytic site. A slab of TiO2 represents a fragment of TiO2 nanorod in the anatase phase. Titanium to ruthenium replacement is performed in a way to match the symmetry of TiO2 substrate. One molecular layer of adsorbed water is taken into consideration to mimic the experimental conditions. It is found that these adsorbed water molecules saturate dangling surface bonds and drastically affect the electronic properties of systems investigated. The modeling is performed by reduced density matrix method in the basis of Kohn-Sham orbitals. A nano-catalyst modeled through replacement defect contributes energy levels near the bottom of the conduction band of TiO2 nano-structure. An exciton in the nano-rod is dissipating due to interaction with lattice vibrations, treated through non-adiabatic coupling. The electron relaxes to conduction band edge and then to the Ru cite with faster rate than hole relaxes to the Ru cite. These results are of the importance for an optimal design of nano-materials for photo-catalytic water splitting and solar energy harvesting. PMID:23795229

  4. A study on flash sintering and related phenomena in titania and its composite with alumina

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    Shikhar

    In 2010, Cologna et. al. [1] reported that with a help of small electric field 120 Vcm-1, the sintering temperature of 3 mol % yittria stabilized zirconia could be brought down to 850°C from 1450°C. On top of reducing the temperature requirements, the green sample could be sintered from starting density of 50% to near full density in mere 5 seconds, a sintering rate three orders of magnitude higher than conventional methods. This discovery led to the emergence of a new field of enhanced sintering with electric field, named "Flash Sintering". The objective of this thesis is to understand the phenomenological behavior of flash-sintering and related phenomena on titania and its composites with alumina at elevated temperature. The possible mechanisms to explain flash sintering are discussed: Joule heating and the avalanche of defect generation [2], both induced by the rapid rise in conductivity just before the onset of the flash. Apparently, both mechanisms play a role. The thesis covers the response of pure titania and composites of titania-alumina under flash and compared with conventional sintering. We start with the sintering behavior of pure titania and observe lowering of sintering temperature requirements with higher applied electric field. The conductivity of titania during flash is also measured, and compared with the nominal conductivity of titania at equivalent temperatures. The conductivity during flash is determined to be have a different activation energy. For the composites of titania-alumina, effect of flash on the constrained sintering was studied. It is a known fact that sintering of one component of composite slows down when the other component of a different densification rate is added to it, called constrained sintering. In our case, large inclusions of alumina particles were added to nano-grained titania green compact that hindered its densification. Flash sintering was found to be overcoming this problem and near full densification was achieved

  5. Photocatalytic degradation of contaminants of concern with composite NF-TiO2 films under visible and solar light.

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    Barndõk, H; Peláez, M; Han, C; Platten, W E; Campo, P; Hermosilla, D; Blanco, A; Dionysiou, D D

    2013-06-01

    This study reports the synthesis and characterization of composite nitrogen and fluorine co-doped titanium dioxide (NF-TiO(2)) for the removal of contaminants of concern in wastewater under visible and solar light. Monodisperse anatase TiO(2) nanoparticles of different sizes and Evonik P25 were assembled to immobilized NF-TiO(2) by direct incorporation into the sol-gel or by the layer-by-layer technique. The composite films were characterized with X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, environmental scanning electron microscopy, and porosimetry analysis. The photocatalytic degradation of atrazine, carbamazepine, and caffeine was evaluated in a synthetic water solution and in an effluent from a hybrid biological concentrator reactor (BCR). Minor aggregation and improved distribution of monodisperse titania particles was obtained with NF-TiO(2)-monodisperse (10 and 50 nm) from the layer-by-layer technique than with NF-TiO(2) +monodisperse TiO(2) (300 nm) directly incorporated into the sol. The photocatalysts synthesized with the layer-by-layer method achieved significantly higher degradation rates in contrast with NF-TiO(2)-monodisperse titania (300 nm) and slightly faster values when compared with NF-TiO(2)-P25. Using NF-TiO(2) layer-by-layer with monodisperse TiO(2) (50 nm) under solar light irradiation, the respective degradation rates in synthetic water and BCR effluent were 14.6 and 9.5 × 10(-3) min(-1) for caffeine, 12.5 and 9.0 × 10(-3) min(-1) for carbamazepine, and 10.9 and 5.8 × 10(-3) min(-1) for atrazine. These results suggest that the layer-by-layer technique is a promising method for the synthesis of composite TiO(2)-based films compared to the direct addition of nanoparticles into the sol.

  6. Photocatalytic degradation of contaminants of concern with composite NF-TiO2 films under visible and solar light.

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    Barndõk, H; Peláez, M; Han, C; Platten, W E; Campo, P; Hermosilla, D; Blanco, A; Dionysiou, D D

    2013-06-01

    This study reports the synthesis and characterization of composite nitrogen and fluorine co-doped titanium dioxide (NF-TiO(2)) for the removal of contaminants of concern in wastewater under visible and solar light. Monodisperse anatase TiO(2) nanoparticles of different sizes and Evonik P25 were assembled to immobilized NF-TiO(2) by direct incorporation into the sol-gel or by the layer-by-layer technique. The composite films were characterized with X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, environmental scanning electron microscopy, and porosimetry analysis. The photocatalytic degradation of atrazine, carbamazepine, and caffeine was evaluated in a synthetic water solution and in an effluent from a hybrid biological concentrator reactor (BCR). Minor aggregation and improved distribution of monodisperse titania particles was obtained with NF-TiO(2)-monodisperse (10 and 50 nm) from the layer-by-layer technique than with NF-TiO(2) +monodisperse TiO(2) (300 nm) directly incorporated into the sol. The photocatalysts synthesized with the layer-by-layer method achieved significantly higher degradation rates in contrast with NF-TiO(2)-monodisperse titania (300 nm) and slightly faster values when compared with NF-TiO(2)-P25. Using NF-TiO(2) layer-by-layer with monodisperse TiO(2) (50 nm) under solar light irradiation, the respective degradation rates in synthetic water and BCR effluent were 14.6 and 9.5 × 10(-3) min(-1) for caffeine, 12.5 and 9.0 × 10(-3) min(-1) for carbamazepine, and 10.9 and 5.8 × 10(-3) min(-1) for atrazine. These results suggest that the layer-by-layer technique is a promising method for the synthesis of composite TiO(2)-based films compared to the direct addition of nanoparticles into the sol. PMID:23436122

  7. Porous titania surfaces on titanium with hierarchical macro- and mesoporosities for enhancing cell adhesion, proliferation and mineralization.

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    Han, Guang; Müller, Werner E G; Wang, Xiaohong; Lilja, Louise; Shen, Zhijian

    2015-02-01

    Titanium received a macroporous titania surface layer by anodization, which contains open pores with average pore diameter around 5 μm. An additional mesoporous titania top layer following the contour of the macropores, of 100-200 nm thickness and with a pore diameter of 10nm, was formed by using the evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) method with titanium (IV) tetraethoxide as the precursor. A coherent laminar titania surface layer was thus obtained, creating a hierarchical macro- and mesoporous surface that was characterized by high-resolution electron microscopy. The interfacial bonding between the surface layers and the titanium matrix was characterized by the scratch test that confirmed a stable and strong bonding of titania surface layers on titanium. The wettability to water and the effects on the osteosarcoma cell line (SaOS-2) proliferation and mineralization of the formed titania surface layers were studied systematically by cell culture and scanning electron microscopy. The results proved that the porous titania surface with hierarchical macro- and mesoporosities was hydrophilic that significantly promoted cell attachment and spreading. A synergistic role of the hierarchical macro- and mesoporosities was revealed in terms of enhancing cell adhesion, proliferation and mineralization, compared with the titania surface with solo scale topography.

  8. Evaluation of concrete containing photocatalytic titanium dioxide

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    Hanson, Shannon

    The air pollution inversions in the mountain west are a societal problem that require a large-scale solution. With the more stringent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations established in 2010, and the recent discovery of the photocatalytic pollution reduction capabilities of titanium dioxide (TiO2), interest has developed to create pollution-reducing construction materials. Over the last decade, a number of laboratory studies have been performed and a few field studies have occurred around the world. There are commercially available photocatalytic materials that can be used in concrete construction; however, the materials are often cost prohibitive. This study investigated both practical application techniques and the effects of the climatic environment around the specimens. When concrete specimens were exposed to the weather for 120-days, the specimen's photocatalytic efficiency decreased significantly. Rejuvenation methods were investigated; however, no methods tested were able to increase the photocatalytic efficiency of the specimens to preweathered condition. The final element of this study focused on identifying practical and cost-effective methods of adding TiO2 to current production methods by working with a local precast manufacturer. This research is a stepping stone to develop methodologies to minimize the decline of photocatalytic efficiency due to the exposure to the environment. This element is critical in understanding this complex technology and identifying problems that need to be addressed before products are ready for widespread use.

  9. A surface functionalized nanoporous titania integrated microfluidic biochip

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    Ali, Md. Azahar; Srivastava, Saurabh; Mondal, Kunal; Chavhan, Pandurang M.; Agrawal, Ved V.; John, Renu; Sharma, Ashutosh; Malhotra, Bansi D.

    2014-10-01

    We present a novel and efficient nanoporous microfluidic biochip consisting of a functionalized chitosan/anatase titanium dioxide nanoparticles (antTiO2-CH) electrode integrated in a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microchannel assembly. The electrode surface can be enzyme functionalized depending on the application. We studied in detail cholesterol sensing using the cholesterol esterase (ChEt) and cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) functionalized chitosan supported mesoporous antTiO2-CH microfluidic electrode. The available functional groups present in the nanoporous antTiO2-CH surface in this microfluidic biochip can play an important role for enzyme functionalization, which has been quantified by the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic technique. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) studies are used to quantify the specific surface area and nanopore size distribution of titania nanoparticles with and without chitosan. Point defects in antTiO2 can increase the heterogeneous electron transfer constant between the electrode and enzyme active sites, resulting in improved electrochemical behaviour of the microfluidic biochip. The impedimetric response of the nanoporous microfluidic biochip (ChEt-ChOx/antTiO2-CH) shows a high sensitivity of 6.77 kΩ (mg dl-1)-1 in the range of 2-500 mg dl-1, a low detection limit of 0.2 mg dl-1, a low Michaelis-Menten constant of 1.3 mg dl-1 and a high selectivity. This impedimetric microsystem has enormous potential for clinical diagnostics applications.We present a novel and efficient nanoporous microfluidic biochip consisting of a functionalized chitosan/anatase titanium dioxide nanoparticles (antTiO2-CH) electrode integrated in a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microchannel assembly. The electrode surface can be enzyme functionalized depending on the application. We studied in detail cholesterol sensing using the cholesterol esterase (ChEt) and cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) functionalized chitosan supported mesoporous antTiO2-CH microfluidic electrode

  10. [Photocatalytic functional ceramic and its speciality of photodecomposition].

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    Liu, Ping; Dai, Wen-xin; Shao, Yu; Lin, Hua-xiang; Zheng, Hua-rong; Fu, Xian-zhi

    2004-07-01

    Photocatalytic ceramic was prepared by coating photocatalytic membrane on ceramic matrix. The photocatalytic behavior of the TiO2 coated ceramic for degradation of oleic acid, ethylene, SO2, NOx and sterilization was studied by using XRD, chromatogram, in-situ IR and spectrophotometer. The results showed that the photocatalytic ceramic prepared by special conditions have the function of environmental conservation such as the photodegradating organic contaminants, removing inorganic baleful gas and killing bacteria. Degradation ratio of ethylene, oleic acid, SO2 and NOx reached 95%-100% respectively for the photocatalytic functional ceramic.

  11. [Photocatalytic functional ceramic and its speciality of photodecomposition].

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    Liu, Ping; Dai, Wen-xin; Shao, Yu; Lin, Hua-xiang; Zheng, Hua-rong; Fu, Xian-zhi

    2004-07-01

    Photocatalytic ceramic was prepared by coating photocatalytic membrane on ceramic matrix. The photocatalytic behavior of the TiO2 coated ceramic for degradation of oleic acid, ethylene, SO2, NOx and sterilization was studied by using XRD, chromatogram, in-situ IR and spectrophotometer. The results showed that the photocatalytic ceramic prepared by special conditions have the function of environmental conservation such as the photodegradating organic contaminants, removing inorganic baleful gas and killing bacteria. Degradation ratio of ethylene, oleic acid, SO2 and NOx reached 95%-100% respectively for the photocatalytic functional ceramic. PMID:15515948

  12. Thermal-structural relationship of individual titania nanotubes

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    Brahmi, Hatem; Katwal, Giwan; Khodadadi, Mohammad; Chen, Shuo; Paulose, Maggie; Varghese, Oomman K.; Mavrokefalos, Anastassios

    2015-11-01

    The thermal properties of nano-scale materials are largely influenced by their geometry. The zero, one and quasi one dimensional forms of the same material could exhibit unique thermal transport properties depending upon the shape and nano-scale feature size. In order to gain a clear understanding of the contributions from geometrical scattering effects on thermal transport, it is required to study these nano-materials in a single isolated form rather than in clusters or films. In the past decade, titanium dioxide nanotube arrays fabricated by anodic oxidation of titanium emerged as a useful semiconductor architecture for a variety of applications, particularly for solar energy conversion. Nonetheless, the thermal properties of individual nanotubes that are important for their use in high temperature applications have not been clearly understood. Here we report the thermal transport properties of individual titania nanotubes as revealed by our preliminary study using a suspended microdevice that facilitates the thermal conductivity measurements and crystal structure investigation on the same nanotube. The nanotubes were prepared by anodic oxidation of a titanium foil in HF-DMSO electrolyte at 60 V, having outer diameters in the range of 200 to 300 nm and wall thicknesses of ~30 to 70 nm in either amorphous or polycrystalline anatase phase. The thermal conductivity of single nanotubes was found to be very close to that of the amorphous phase (1.5 W mK-1 and 0.85 W mK-1 respectively) and it was only half of the thermal conductivity of the nanotube arrays in the film form. The thermal conductivity of bulk TiO2 is known to be almost six times higher. The observed thermal conductivity suppression in single nanotubes was explained using a transport model developed by considering diffuse phonon-surface scattering and scattering of phonons by ionized impurities of concentrations in the order of 1018-1019 cm-3.

  13. The Synthesis and Characterization of Multifunctional Titania-based Materials for the Photo/Thermal Catalytic Reduction of CO2

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    Schwartzenberg, Kevin

    The work presented in this dissertation is aimed at improving our understanding of the fundamental processes required for the photocatalytic reduction of CO2. A QCM reactor system for measuring CO2 adsorption under a range of conditions was designed, constructed, and characterized. Measurements on catalyst films revealed sufficient sensitivity to detect CO2 adsorption on the order of 0.1 molecules/nm2. Adsorption experiments were repeatable across multiple measurements for the same film. However, variation across multiple films prepared using the same mass of catalyst highlights the large contribution of surface roughness to frequency response and the importance of uniform, reproducible film preparation. The design of a multifunctional photo/thermal catalyst was explored through the concept of MnOx-TiO2 composites with thermally generated oxygen vacancies as the active sites for CO2 activation. MnOx-TiO 2 were prepared by incipient wetness impregnation of titania supports with one of two Mn precursors, and were characterized and screened for catalytic activity. The results were compared with predictions from theoretical modeling studies. Through TPR, UV-vis spectroscopy, and XANES, it was observed that a Mn(NO 3)2•4H2O precursor led to bulk-like domains of MnOx whereas a Mn(CH3COO)2•4H2O precursor led to a dispersed surface oxide. This precursor effect was less pronounced on rutile than on anatase support. As predicted by theory, the MnOx-TiO 2 exhibited the reversible generation of oxygen vacancies at mild temperatures (< 300°C) and a red shift in the band gap for anatase-supported composites. A similar red shift was not observed for rutile-supported materials. In screening reactions, however, neither CO nor other products were detected by GC. In-situ FTIR experiments also failed to show evidence of nonvolatile CO2 reduction products. However, several carbonate, bicarbonate, and carboxylate species were observed, confirming the interaction of CO 2 with oxygen

  14. Simple method for the rapid simultaneous screening of photocatalytic activity over multiple positions of self-cleaning films.

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    Kafizas, Andreas; Adriaens, Davy; Mills, Andrew; Parkin, Ivan P

    2009-10-01

    An intelligent ink, previously shown to be capable of rapidly assessing photocatalytic activity, was simply applied via a felt-pen onto a commercially available piece of Activ self-cleaning glass. The ink, comprising of redox dye resazurin and the sacrificial electron donor glycerol within an aqueous hydroxy ethyl cellulose (HEC) polymer media, was photocatalytically degraded in a two-step process. The key initial stage was the photo-reductive conversion of resazurin to resorufin, whereby a colour change from blue to pink occurred. The latter stage was the subsequent photo-reduction of the resorufin, where a slower change from pink to colourless was seen. Red and green components of red-green-blue colour extracted from flat-bed scanner digital images of resazurin ink coated photocatalytic films at intervals during the photocatalysis reaction were inversely proportional to the changes seen via UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and indicative of reaction kinetics. A 3 x 3 grid of intelligent ink was drawn onto a piece of Activ and a glass blank. The photocatalysis reaction was monitored solely by flat-bed digital scanning. Red-green-blue values of respective positions on the grid were extracted using a custom-built program entitled RGB Extractor. The program was capable of extracting a number of 5 x 5 pixel averages of red-green-blue components simultaneously. Allocation of merely three coordinates allowed for the automatic generation of a grid, with scroll-bars controlling the number of positions to be extracted on the grid formed. No significant change in red and green components for any position on the glass blank was observed; however, the Activ film displayed a homogenous photo-reduction of the dye, reaching maxima in red and minima in green components in 23 +/- 3 and 14 +/- 2 min, respectively. A compositionally graded N-doped titania film synthesised in house via a combinatorial APCVD reaction was also photocatalytically tested by this method where 247

  15. Photocatalytic paper using zinc oxide nanorods

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    Baruah, Sunandan; Jaisai, Mayuree; Imani, Reza; Nazhad, Mousa M.; Dutta, Joydeep

    2010-10-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods were grown on a paper support prepared from soft wood pulp. The photocatalytic activity of a sheet of paper with ZnO nanorods embedded in its porous matrix has been studied. ZnO nanorods were firmly attached to cellulose fibers and the photocatalytic paper samples were reused several times with nominal decrease in efficiency. Photodegradation of up to 93% was observed for methylene blue in the presence of paper filled with ZnO nanorods upon irradiation with visible light at 963 Wm-2 for 120 min. Under similar conditions, photodegradation of approximately 35% was observed for methyl orange. Antibacterial tests revealed that the photocatalytic paper inhibits the growth of Escherichia coli under room lighting conditions.

  16. SiC nanowires: A photocatalytic nanomaterial

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    Zhou Weimin; Yan Lijun; Wang Ying; Zhang Yafei

    2006-07-03

    Single-crystal {beta}-SiC nanowires coated with amorphous SiO{sub 2} were synthesized by a simple thermal evaporation technique. The photocatalytic activity of the SiC nanowires was characterized by measuring the photodegradation rate of acetaldehyde catalyzed by SiC as a function of UV irradiation time. It exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity, leading to the efficient decomposition of acetaldehyde by irradiation with UV light. The progress of the photocatalytic reaction can be monitored by the evolution of one of the products, CO{sub 2}. It has been observed that the as-synthesized SiC nanowires (with the SiO{sub 2} coating) have higher catalytic activity than the HF-etched, oxide-free SiC nanowires.

  17. The hydrolysis of COS and CS{sub 2} on titania in Claus plants

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    Huisman, H.M.; Van Dillen, A.J.; Geus, J.W.

    1993-12-31

    COS and CS{sup 2} are adding considerably to the emission of SO{sub 2} from Claus plants. The carbon sulfides can be catalytically hydrolyzed to H{sub 2}S and CO{sub 2} by using {gamma}-alumina or titania. Titania catalysts have proved to be better oxygen resistant, though titanium sulfate is quite stable and raises the acidity. The formation of sulfates appeared to decrease the activity of titania, but due to the easy reduction of the sulfates by H{sub 2}S, the titania catalyst remains active under Claus operating conditions. Subsequently discussed, is the influence of the water pressure of the COS and CS{sub 2} hydrolysis rate, The water pressure is varying throughout the Claus plant, as the temperature of operation, and those factors appeared to be of major importance on the hydrolysis rate. Finally, the possibility of improving the catalyst with promoters will be discussed in relation with the mechanism involved in the hydrolysis reaction.

  18. An investigation of phase transformation of titania slag using microwave heating

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    Chen, Guo; Chen, Jin; Peng, Jinhui

    2016-09-01

    The influences of microwave heating on the phase transformation of titania slag were systematically investigated. The thermal stability, surface chemical functional groups and microstructure of the titania slag before and after microwave heating, at a temperature of 950 °C for 60 min, were also analyzed using thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis (TG-DSC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) spectrum and scanning electron microscope (SEM), respectively. The TG-DSC analysis revealed that the phase transformation of the titania slag from anatase TiO2 to rutile TiO2 occurred between 750 and 1000 °C. The FT-IR rustles demonstrate that the banding form of Ti4+, Ti3+ and Ti2+ ions and the methyl groups on the surface of the titania slag has changed and a new chemical bond Ti-OH was formed. The results of SEM showed that a large number of regulation rutile TiO2 crystals were found on the surface of the microwave-treated samples and the synthetic rutile has been synthesized successfully using microwave heating.

  19. Climatic impacts of stratospheric geoengineering with sulfate, black carbon and titania injection

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    Jones, Anthony C.; Haywood, James M.; Jones, Andy

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we examine the potential climatic effects of geoengineering by sulfate, black carbon and titania injection against a baseline RCP8.5 scenario. We use the HadGEM2-CCS model to simulate scenarios in which the top-of-the-atmosphere radiative imbalance due to rising greenhouse gas concentrations is offset by sufficient aerosol injection throughout the 2020-2100 period. We find that the global-mean temperature is effectively maintained at historical levels for the entirety of the period for all three aerosol-injection scenarios, though there is a wide range of side-effects which are discussed in detail. The most prominent conclusion is that although the BC injection rate necessary to produce an equivalent global mean temperature response is much lower, the severity of stratospheric temperature changes (> +70 °C) and precipitation impacts effectively exclude BC from being a viable option for geoengineering. Additionally, while it has been suggested that titania would be an effective particle because of its high scattering efficiency, it also efficiently absorbs solar ultraviolet radiation producing a significant stratospheric warming (> +20 °C). As injection rates and climatic impacts for titania are close to those for sulfate, there appears to be little benefit in terms of climatic influence of using titania when compared to the injection of sulfur dioxide, which has the added benefit of being well-modeled through extensive research that has been carried out on naturally occurring explosive volcanic eruptions.

  20. Climatic impacts of stratospheric geoengineering with sulfate, black carbon and titania injection

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    Jones, A. C.; Haywood, J. M.; Jones, A.

    2015-11-01

    In this paper, we examine the potential climatic effects of geoengineering by sulfate, black carbon and titania injection against a baseline RCP8.5 scenario. We use the HadGEM2-CCS model to simulate scenarios in which the top-of-the-atmosphere radiative imbalance due to rising greenhouse gas concentrations is offset by sufficient aerosol injection throughout the 2020-2100 period. We find that the global-mean temperature is effectively maintained at historical levels for the entirety of the period for all 3 aerosol-injection scenarios, though there are a wide range of side-effects which are discussed in detail. The most prominent conclusion is that although the BC injection rate necessary to produce an equivalent global mean temperature-response is much lower, the severity of stratospheric temperature changes (> +70 °C) and precipitation impacts effectively exclude BC from being a viable option for geoengineering. Additionally, while it has been suggested that titania would be an effective particle because of its high scattering efficiency, it also efficiently absorbs solar ultraviolet radiation producing a significant stratospheric warming (> +20 °C). As injection rates for titania are close to those for sulfate, there appears little benefit of using titania when compared to injection of sulfur dioxide, which has the added benefit of being well modelled through extensive research that has been carried out on naturally occurring explosive volcanic eruptions.

  1. HOT ELUENT CAPILLARY LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY USING ZIRCONIA AND TITANIA BASED STATIONARY PHASES. (R825344)

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    High speed capillary liquid chromatographic separations using a simple home made system constructed from readily available inexpensive components have been studied. Using thermally stable zirconia and titania based packing, the separation of eight alkylbenzene...

  2. Immobilization in cement mortar of chromium removed from water using titania nanoparticles.

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    Husnain, Ahmed; Qazi, Ishtiaq Ahmed; Khaliq, Wasim; Arshad, Muhammad

    2016-05-01

    Because of the high toxicity of chromium, particularly as Cr (VI), it is removed from industrial effluents before their discharge into water bodies by a variety of techniques, including adsorption. Ultimate disposal of the sludge or the adsorbate, however, is a serious problem. While titania, in nanoparticle form, serves as a very good adsorbent for chromium, as an additive, it also helps to increase the compressive strength of mortar and concrete. Combining these two properties of the material, titania nanoparticles were used to adsorb chromium and then added to mortar up to a concentration of 20% by weight. The compressive strength of the resulting mortar specimens that replaced 15% of cement with chromium laden titania showed an improved strength than that without titania, thus confirming that this material had positive effect on the mortar strength. Leachate tests using the Toxicity Characteristics Leaching Procedure (TCLP) confirmed that the mortar sample chromium leachate was well within the permissible limits. The proposed technique thus offers a safe and viable method for the ultimate disposal of toxic metal wastes, in general, and those laden waste chromium, in particular.

  3. As(V) adsorption onto nanoporous titania adsorbents (NTAs): effects of solution composition.

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    Han, Dong Suk; Batchelor, Bill; Park, Sung Hyuk; Abdel-Wahab, Ahmed

    2012-08-30

    This study has focused on developing two nanoporous titania adsorbents (NTA) to enhance removal efficiency of adsorption process for As(V) by characterizing the effects of pH and phosphate concentration on their sorption capacities and behaviors. One type of adsorbent is a mesoporous titania (MT) solid phase and the other is group of a highly ordered mesoporous silica solids (SBA-15) that can incorporate different levels of reactive titania sorption sites. Microscopic analysis showed that Ti((25))-SBA-15 (Ti/SBA=0.25 g/g) had titania nanostructured mesopores that do not rupture the highly ordered hexagonal silica framework. However, MT has disordered, wormhole-like mesopores that are caused by interparticle porosity. Adsorption experiments showed that Ti((25))-SBA-15 had a greater sorption capacity for As(V) than did Ti((15))-SBA-15 or Ti((35))-SBA-15 and the amount of As(V) adsorbed generally decreased as pH increased. Higher removal of As(V) was observed with Ti((25))-SBA-15 than with MT at pH 4, but MT had higher removals at higher pH (7, 9.5), even though MT has a lower specific surface area. However, in the presence of phosphate, MT showed higher removal of As(V) at low pH rather than did Ti((25))-SBA-15. As expected, the NTAs showed very fast sorption kinetics, but they followed a bi-phasic sorption pattern.

  4. Adsorption of polar and nonpolar compounds onto complex nanooxides with silica, alumina, and titania.

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    Gun'ko, V M; Yurchenko, G R; Turov, V V; Goncharuk, E V; Zarko, V I; Zabuga, A G; Matkovsky, A K; Oranska, O I; Leboda, R; Skubiszewska-Zieba, J; Janusz, W; Phillips, G J; Mikhalovsky, S V

    2010-08-15

    Adsorption of low-molecular adsorbates (nonpolar hexane, nitrogen, weakly polar acetonitrile, and polar diethylamine, triethylamine, and water) onto individual (silica, alumina, titania), binary (silica/alumina (SA), silica/titania (ST)), and ternary (alumina/silica/titania, AST) fumed oxides was studied to analyse the effects of morphology and surface composition of the materials. Certain aspects of the interfacial phenomena dependent on the structural characteristics of oxides were analysed using calorimetry, (1)H NMR, and Raman spectroscopies, XRD, and ab initio quantum-chemical calculations. The specific surface area S(BET,X)-to-S(BET,N(2)) ratio (X is an organic adsorbate) changes from 0.68 for hexane adsorbed onto amorphous SA8 (degassed at 200 degrees C) to 1.85 for acetonitrile adsorbed onto crystalline alumina (degassed at 900 degrees C). These changes are relatively large because of variations in orientation, lateral interactions, and adsorption compressing of molecules adsorbed onto oxide surfaces. Larger S(BET,X)/S(BET,N(2)) values are observed for mixed oxides with higher crystallinity of titania or/and alumina phases in larger primary nanoparticles with greater surface roughness and hydrophilicity. Polar adsorbates can change the structure of aggregates of oxide nanoparticles that can, in turn, affect the results of adsorption measurements.

  5. NANOSIZE TITANIA STIMULATES REACTIVE OXYGEN SPECIES IN BRAIN MICROGLIA AND DAMAGES NEURONS.

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    Research that addresses the environmental impact and biological consequences of widely distributed, commonly used nanoparticles is needed. Nanosize titanium dioxide (i.e., titania, TiO2) is used in air and water remediation and in numerous products designed for direct human us...

  6. Modulation of pore sizes of titanium dioxide photocatalysts by a facile template free hydrothermal synthesis method: implications for photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B.

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

    2015-02-25

    Mesoporous TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared in ethanol media by using relatively green, template free sol-gel technique. A mild hydrothermal treatment procedure was employed to tune the pore sizes of the materials. Comprehensive techniques that include powder X-ray diffraction, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, specific surface area analysis, electron microscopy, FT-IR, TGA, and ζ-potential measurements were used to characterize the titania materials. Porosity (pore size and pore volume) of the materials were found to be key factors for the variation in the rate of photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B; in addition to specific surface area, and surface hydroxyl groups. An increase in porosity permits effective transport of the dye molecules resulting in an increase in the rate of the degradation in materials having larger pores. A detailed electrospray ionization-mass spectrometric (ESI-MS) study was carried out for selected materials to identify photodegraded intermediates and products formed during the degradation of rhodamine B. In addition, experiments were also carried out to understand the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS). In summary, this work provides a simple way to tune pore sizes without the use of any template and an insight into the influence of pore size for the photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B. PMID:25633643

  7. Influence of pH on the formulation of TiO2 powder prepared by co-precipitation of TiCl3 and photocatalytic activity

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    Yudoyono, Gatut; Zharvan, Vicran; Ichzan, Nur; Daniyati, Rizqa; Indarto, Bachtera; Pramono, Yono Hadi; Zainuri, Mochamad; Darminto

    2016-02-01

    Titanium dioxide (titania) nanoparticle were synthesized by coprecipitation process of titanium trichloride (TiCl3) in aqueous medium, with NH4OH as pH regulator. The pH solution was varied during the synthesis process between pH 3-8.4, and all samples were calcined temperature at 400°C for 3 hours. Characteristics and properties of the TiO2 powder were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). XRD results show that the single-phase rutile formed when the pH is less than 5, anatase single phase formed began pH 8, and the pH of the solution between 5-8 formed mixed phase rutile-anatase-brookite, rutile-brookite or anatase-brookite. Methylene Blue (MB) photodegradation test were performed in order to evaluate photocatalytic activity. Nanoparticles TiO2 rutile, anatase phase, and mixed phase rutile-brookite, anatase-brookite used to test the photocatalytic activity by measuring the absorbance spectrum photodegradation using UV-Vis spectrometer. The test results showed that the mixture phase of rutile-brookite provide the greatest photodegradation than other phases.

  8. Preparation of magnetic photocatalyst nanoparticles—TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Mn–Zn ferrite—and its photocatalytic activity influenced by silica interlayer

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    Laohhasurayotin, Kritapas; Pookboonmee, Sudarat; Viboonratanasri, Duangkamon; Kangwansupamonkon, Wiyong

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: ► TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Mn–Zn ferrite acts as magnetic photocatalyst nanoparticle. ► SiO{sub 2} interlayer is used to prevent electron migration between photocatalyst and magnetic core. ► TiO{sub 2}/Mn–Zn ferrite without SiO{sub 2} interlayer shows poor magnetic and photocatalytic property. -- Abstract: A magnetic photocatalyst, TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Mn–Zn ferrite, was prepared by stepwise synthesis involving the co-precipitation of Mn–Zn ferrite as a magnetic core, followed by a coating of silica as the interlayer, and titania as the top layer. The particle size and distribution of magnetic nanoparticles were found to depend on the addition rate of reagent and dispersing rate of reaction. The X-ray diffractometer and transmission electron microscope were used to examine the crystal structures and the morphologies of the prepared composites. Vibrating sample magnetometer was also used to reveal their superparamagnetic property. The UV–Vis spectrophotometer was employed to monitor the decomposition of methylene blue in the photocatalytic efficient study. It was found that at least a minimum thickness of the silica interlayer around 20 nm was necessary for the inhibition of electron transference initiated by TiO{sub 2} and Mn–Zn ferrite.

  9. Modulation of pore sizes of titanium dioxide photocatalysts by a facile template free hydrothermal synthesis method: implications for photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B.

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

    2015-02-25

    Mesoporous TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared in ethanol media by using relatively green, template free sol-gel technique. A mild hydrothermal treatment procedure was employed to tune the pore sizes of the materials. Comprehensive techniques that include powder X-ray diffraction, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, specific surface area analysis, electron microscopy, FT-IR, TGA, and ζ-potential measurements were used to characterize the titania materials. Porosity (pore size and pore volume) of the materials were found to be key factors for the variation in the rate of photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B; in addition to specific surface area, and surface hydroxyl groups. An increase in porosity permits effective transport of the dye molecules resulting in an increase in the rate of the degradation in materials having larger pores. A detailed electrospray ionization-mass spectrometric (ESI-MS) study was carried out for selected materials to identify photodegraded intermediates and products formed during the degradation of rhodamine B. In addition, experiments were also carried out to understand the role of reactive oxygen species (ROS). In summary, this work provides a simple way to tune pore sizes without the use of any template and an insight into the influence of pore size for the photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B.

  10. Photocatalytic degradation of an azo dye Sunset Yellow under UV-A light using TiO2/CAC composite catalysts.

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    Rajamanickam, D; Shanthi, M

    2014-07-15

    The photocatalytic activity and the promoting effect of titania (TiO2) by commercial activated carbon (CAC) for removing the pollutant in wastewater were investigated. The TiO2/CAC composite photocatalysts with various ratios of CAC to TiO2 were prepared by sol-gel method. The catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscope (HR-SEM), energy dispersive spectra (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence spectra (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurement methods. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2/CAC was investigated for the degradation of Sunset Yellow (SY) in aqueous solution using UV-A light. The TiO2/CAC is found to be more efficient than prepared TiO2 and TiO2-P25 at pH 7 for the mineralization of SY. The synergism between TiO2 and CAC may increase the catalytic activity. The effects of operational parameters such as the amount of photocatalyst, dye concentration and initial pH on photo mineralization of SY have been analyzed. The mineralization of SY has been confirmed by COD measurements. The catalyst is found to be reusable.

  11. Photocatalytic degradation of an azo dye Sunset Yellow under UV-A light using TiO2/CAC composite catalysts

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    Rajamanickam, D.; Shanthi, M.

    2014-07-01

    The photocatalytic activity and the promoting effect of titania (TiO2) by commercial activated carbon (CAC) for removing the pollutant in wastewater were investigated. The TiO2/CAC composite photocatalysts with various ratios of CAC to TiO2 were prepared by sol-gel method. The catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscope (HR-SEM), energy dispersive spectra (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence spectra (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurement methods. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2/CAC was investigated for the degradation of Sunset Yellow (SY) in aqueous solution using UV-A light. The TiO2/CAC is found to be more efficient than prepared TiO2 and TiO2-P25 at pH 7 for the mineralization of SY. The synergism between TiO2 and CAC may increase the catalytic activity. The effects of operational parameters such as the amount of photocatalyst, dye concentration and initial pH on photo mineralization of SY have been analyzed. The mineralization of SY has been confirmed by COD measurements. The catalyst is found to be reusable.

  12. Palladium nanoparticles anchored to anatase TiO2 for enhanced surface plasmon resonance-stimulated, visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity

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    Leong, Kah Hon; Chu, Hong Ye; Ibrahim, Shaliza

    2015-01-01

    Summary Freely assembled palladium nanoparticles (Pd NPs) on titania (TiO2) nano photocatalysts were successfully synthesized through a photodeposition method using natural sunlight. This synthesized heterogeneous photocatalyst (Pd/TiO2) was characterized through field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), BET surface area, UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-DRS), Raman and photoluminescence (PL) analyses. The simple and smart synthesis anchored well the deposition with controlled Pd NPs size ranging between 17 and 29 nm onto the surface of TiO2. Thus, it gives the characteristic for Pd NPs to absorb light in the visible region obtained through localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPRs). Apparently, the photocatalytic activity of the prepared photocatalysts was evaluated by degrading the endocrine disrupting compound (EDC) amoxicillin (AMX) excited under an artificial visible light source. In the preliminary run, almost complete degradation (97.5%) was achieved in 5 h with 0.5 wt % Pd loading and the degradation followed pseudo-first-order kinetics. The reusability trend proved the photostability of the prepared photocatalysts. Hence, the study provides a new insight about the modification of TiO2 with noble metals in order to enhance the absorption in the visible-light region for superior photocatalytic performance. PMID:25821683

  13. Iron Polypyridyl Complexes for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Generation.

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    Hartley, Carolyn L; DiRisio, Ryan J; Screen, Megan E; Mayer, Kathryn J; McNamara, William R

    2016-09-01

    A series of Fe(III) complexes were recently reported that are stable and active electrocatalysts for reducing protons into hydrogen gas. Herein, we report the incorporation of these electrocatalysts into a photocatalytic system for hydrogen production. Hydrogen evolution is observed when these catalysts are paired with fluorescein (chromophore) and triethylamine (sacrificial electron source) in a 1:1 ethanol:water mixture. The photocatalytic system is highly active and stable, achieving TONs > 2100 (with respect to catalyst) after 24 h. Catalysis proceeds through a reductive quenching pathway with a quantum yield of over 3%. PMID:27548389

  14. Study of the Photocatalytic Property of Titanium

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    Lee, Wan In.

    TiO_2 samples were prepared by the two techniques, namely, the ultrasonic nebulization and flame hydrolysis, and the ultrasonic nebulization and furnace pyrolysis. TiCl_4 and diisopropoxy -titanium(IV)-bis-(acetylacetonate) were employed for the preparation of TiO_2 samples. The photocatalytic activities of the prepared samples were evaluated by measuring the degradation of 1,4-dichlorobenzene (DCB), and compared with that of Degussa P25 TiO _2. The ultrasonic nebulization and flame hydrolysis technique was more efficient than nebulization and furnace pyrolysis. Products obtained using this method gave photocatalytic activities similar to that of P25. TiO_2 samples were prepared by two procedures and their catalytic activities were compared to samples of commercial TiO_2 (P25). The addition of gold to all of these samples increased their photocatalytic activity. Samples of gold decomposed on TiO_2 powder were prepared by two methods: the dispersion of a gold chloride solution followed by thermal decomposition, and the photodecomposition of gold chloride. The addition of gold to all samples increased their photocatalytic activity. Silver was deposited on TiO_2 powders (Degussa P25) by the photodecomposition of two different silver salts, AgF and AgNO_3. The photocatalytic activity of TiO_2 powder samples was evaluated by the degradation of 1,4-dichlorobenzene (DCB). Photodecomposition of AgF on TiO_2 gave higher photocatalytic activity than that of AgNO_3. The optimum catalytic activity found by the deposition of Ag was comparable to that obtained from Au. It was also observed that the photocatalytic activity of Ag-loaded TiO _2 films was much greater than that obtained for pure TiO_2 films. Samples of MoO_3/TiO _2 mixed oxide powders were prepared by two methods: (i) the incipient wetness impregnation of ammonium paramolybdate onto TiO_2 (P25), followed by a heat treatment and (ii) the ultrasonic nebulization and flame hydrolysis of a mixed ethanol solution of

  15. Correlation of lattice defects and thermal processing in the crystallization of titania nanotube arrays

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    Hosseinpour, Pegah M.; Yung, Daniel; Panaitescu, Eugen; Heiman, Don; Menon, Latika; Budil, David; Lewis, Laura H.

    2014-12-01

    Titania nanotubes have the potential to be employed in a wide range of energy-related applications such as solar energy-harvesting devices and hydrogen production. As the functionality of titania nanostructures is critically affected by their morphology and crystallinity, it is necessary to understand and control these factors in order to engineer useful materials for green applications. In this study, electrochemically-synthesized titania nanotube arrays were thermally processed in inert and reducing environments to isolate the role of post-synthesis processing conditions on the crystallization behavior, electronic structure and morphology development in titania nanotubes, correlated with the nanotube functionality. Structural and calorimetric studies revealed that as-synthesized amorphous nanotubes crystallize to form the anatase structure in a three-stage process that is facilitated by the creation of structural defects. It is concluded that processing in a reducing gas atmosphere versus in an inert environment provides a larger unit cell volume and a higher concentration of Ti3+ associated with oxygen vacancies, thereby reducing the activation energy of crystallization. Further, post-synthesis annealing in either reducing or inert atmospheres produces pronounced morphological changes, confirming that the nanotube arrays thermally transform into a porous morphology consisting of a fragmented tubular architecture surrounded by a network of connected nanoparticles. This study links explicit data concerning morphology, crystallization and defects, and shows that the annealing gas environment determines the details of the crystal structure, the electronic structure and the morphology of titania nanotubes. These factors, in turn, impact the charge transport and consequently the functionality of these nanotubes as photocatalysts.

  16. Titania-silica mixed oxides. II. Catalytic behaviour in olefin epoxidation

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    Hutter, R.; Mallat, T.; Baiker, A.

    1995-04-15

    Various titania-silica aerogels prepared by an alkoxide-sol-gel route have been tested in the epoxidation of bulky olefins using cumene hydroperoxide as oxidant. The drying method, the titanium content between 2 and 20 wt%, and the calcination temperature between 473 and 1073 K were the most important preparation parameters, influencing the catalytic behaviour of the aerogels. The aerogels dried by semicontinuous extraction with supercritical CO{sub 2} at low temperature (LT aerogel) were found to be much more efficient epoxidation catalysts than aerogels prepared by high-temperature supercritical drying and conventionally dried xerogels. The reaction rate of cyclohexene epoxidation over LT aerogels increased monotonically with increasing Ti content. In the range of 333-363 K the catalysts containing 20 wt% TiO{sub 2} (20LT) showed high activity and selectivity (79-93% to peroxide and 87-100% to epoxide) in the oxidation of various cyclic olefins, including cyclododecene, norbornene, cyclohexene, and limonene. Catalytic experiments, FTIR, and UV-vis spectroscopy indicated that the LT aerogels consist of two different types of active species: titanium well-dispersed in the silica matrix and titania nanodomains. The key factors determining the activity and selectivity of sol-gel titania-silica catalysts are the morphology (surface area and pore size) and the relative proportions of Ti-O-Si and Ti-O-Ti structural parts. A comparative study of the epoxidation of cyclohexene, cyclododecene, and norbornene over structurally different titania-silica catalysts, indicates that 20LT shows better catalytic behaviour in these reactions than Ti zeolites and silica-supported titania. 46 refs., 12 figs., 3 tabs.

  17. Hafnia-rich mixed oxide ceramics of the system HfO2-ZrO2-TiO2 for heaters and heat exchangers in electrothermal thrusters: The effects of titania on selected electrical and mechanical properties of Hafnia-rich mixed oxides in the system Hafnia-Zirconia-Titania, volume 1

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    Staszak, Paul Russell; Wirtz, G. P.; Berg, M.; Brown, S. D.

    1988-01-01

    A study of the effects of titania on selected properties of hafnia-rich mixed oxides in the system hafnia-zirconia-titania (HZT) was made in the region 5 to 20 mol percent titania. The studied properties included electrical conductivity, thermal expansion, and fracture strength and toughness. The effects of titania on the properties were studied for the reduced state as well as the oxidized state of the sintered mixed oxides. X-ray analysis showed that the materials were not always single phase. The oxidized compositions went from being monoclinic solid solutions at low titania additions to having three phases (two monoclinic and a titanate phase) at high additions of titania. The reduced compositions showed an increasing cubic phase presence mixed with the monoclinic phase as titania was added. The electrical conductivity increased with temperature at approximately 0.1 mhos/cm at 1700 C for all compositions. The thermal expansion coefficient decreased with increasing titania as did the monoclinic to tetragonal transformation temperature. The fracture strength of the oxidized bars tended to decrease with the addition of titania owing to the presence of the second phase titania. The fracture strength of the reduced bars exhibited a minimum corresponding to a two-phase region of monoclinic and cubic phases. When the second phases were suppressed, the titania tended to increase the fracture strength slightly in both the oxidized and reduced states. The fracture toughness followed similar trends.

  18. Photocatalytic reduction synthesis of SrTiO3-graphene nanocomposites and their enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    2014-01-01

    SrTiO3-graphene nanocomposites were prepared via photocatalytic reduction of graphene oxide by UV light-irradiated SrTiO3 nanoparticles. Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy analysis indicates that graphene oxide is reduced into graphene. Transmission electron microscope observation shows that SrTiO3 nanoparticles are well assembled onto graphene sheets. The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared SrTiO3-graphene composites was evaluated by the degradation of acid orange 7 (AO7) under a 254-nm UV irradiation, revealing that the composites exhibit significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity compared to the bare SrTiO3 nanoparticles. This can be explained by the fact that photogenerated electrons are captured by graphene, leading to an increased separation and availability of electrons and holes for the photocatalytic reaction. Hydroxyl (·OH) radicals were detected by the photoluminescence technique using terephthalic acid as a probe molecule and were found to be produced over the irradiated SrTiO3 nanoparticles and SrTiO3-graphene composites; especially, an enhanced yield is observed for the latter. The influence of ethanol, KI, and N2 on the photocatalytic efficiency was also investigated. Based on the experimental results, ·OH, h+, and H2O2 are suggested to be the main active species in the photocatalytic degradation of AO7 by SrTiO3-graphene composites. PACS 61.46. + w; 78.67.Bf; 78.66.Sq PMID:25050089

  19. Photocatalytic cementitious materials: influence of the microstructure of cement paste on photocatalytic pollution degradation.

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    Chen, Jun; Poon, Chi-Sun

    2009-12-01

    Incorporation of nanophotocatalysts into cementitious materials is an important development in the field of photocatalytic pollution mitigation. In this study, the photocatalytic nitrogen oxides (NO(x)) conversion by titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) blended cement pastes was used as a standard process to evaluate the internal factors that may influence the depollution performance. The chemical composition and microstructure of the TiO(2) modified cement pastes were characterized and analyzed. The active photocatalytic sites related to the surface area of TiO(2) are the key factor in determining the photocatalytic activity. Ordinary Portland cement pastes showed lower photocatalytic activity than white cement pastes probably due to the influence of minor metallic components. X-ray diffraction and thermal gravity analysis demonstrated that TiO(2) was chemically stable in the hydrated cement matrix. The NO(x) removal ability decreased with the increase of curing age. This could be attributed to the cement hydration products which filled up capillary pores forming diffusion barriers to both reactants and photons. It was also proved that surface carbonation could reduce the photocatalytic pollution removal efficiency after the hydration of cement.

  20. Hierarchical Heterogeneity at the CeO x –TiO 2 Interface: Electronic and Geometric Structural Influence on the Photocatalytic Activity of Oxide on Oxide Nanostructures

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    Luo, Si; Nguyen-Phan, Thuy-Duong; Johnston-Peck, Aaron C.; Barrio, Laura; Sallis, Shawn; Arena, Dario A.; Kundu, Shankhamala; Xu, Wenqian; Piper, Louis F. J.; Stach, Eric A.; et al

    2015-01-13

    Mixed oxide interfaces are critical for delivering active components of demanding catalytic processes such as the photo-catalytic splitting of water. We have studied CeOxTiO₂ catalysts with low ceria loadings of 1 wt%, 3 wt% and 6 wt% that were prepared with wet impregnation methods to favor a strong interaction between CeOx and TiO₂. In these materials the interfaces between CeOx-TiO₂ have been sequentially loaded (1%, 3% and 6%), with and without Pt (0.5 wt%). The structure and properties of the catalysts were characterized using several X-ray and electron based techniques including XRD, XPS, UPS, NEXAFS, UV-Vis and HR-STEM/STEM-EELS, to unravelmore » the local morphology, bulk structure, surface states and electronic structure. The combination of all these techniques allow us to analyze in a systematic way the complete structural and electronic properties that prevail at the CeOx-TiO₂ interface. Fluorite structured nano crystallites of ceria on anatase-structured titania were identified by both XRD and NEXAFS. A sequential increasing of the CeOx loading led to the formation of clusters, then plates and finally nano particles in a hierarchical manner on the TiO₂ support. The electronic structures of these catalysts indicate that the interaction between TiO₂ and CeO₂ is closely related to the local morphology of nanostructured CeO₂. Ce³⁺ cations were detected at the surface of CeO₂ and at the interface of the two oxides. In addition, the titania is perturbed by the interaction with ceria and also with Pt. The photocatalytic activity for the splitting of H₂O using UV light was measured for these materials and correlated with our understanding of the electronic and structural properties. Optimal catalytic performance and photo response results were found for the 1 wt% CeOx-TiO₂ catalyst where low dimensional geometry of the ceria provided ideal electronic and geometrical properties. The structural and electronic properties of the interface