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Sample records for tio2 photocatalysts synthesis

  1. Facile synthesis of porous TiO2 photocatalysts using waste sludge as the template

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    Wang, Xiaopeng; Huang, Shouqiang; Zhu, Nanwen; Lou, Ziyang; Yuan, Haiping

    2015-12-01

    A resource utilization method of waste sludge is present by the synthesis of waste sludge templated TiO2 photocatalysts. The organic materials in waste sludge are used as the pore-forming agents, and the transition metals included in the remaining waste sludge through calcination (WSC) can serve as the dopants for the WSC-TiO2 (WSCT) photocatalyst. The visible and UV-visible light driven photocatalytic activities of WSCT are much better compared to those of pure TiO2 and WSC, and it is originated from the higher light absorption property and the efficient electron-hole pair separation provided by waste sludge.

  2. Water-phase strategy for synthesis of TiO2-graphene composites with tunable structure for high performance photocatalysts

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    Hu, Changyuan; Chen, Fei; Lu, Tiewen; Lian, Chengjiang; Zheng, Shizheng; Hu, Quanhong; Duo, Shuwang; Zhang, Rongbin

    2014-10-01

    The controllable synthesis of strongly coupled TiO2/graphene composites has been a long-standing challenge for developing advanced photocatalysts. Here, we report a facile water-phase protocol for synthesis of TiO2-graphene composites using GO aqueous suspension and TiO2 aqueous nanosols as precursors. By controlling the ratio of GO to TiO2, both high-/low-dense TiO2 nanoparticles across graphene and graphene-TiO2-graphene sandwich structured composites are successfully achieved through electrostatic attraction between negatively charged GO nanosheets and positively charged TiO2nanosols. The TiO2-graphene composites show an enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV light. Interestingly, the sandwich structured TiO2-graphene composite exhibits the best photocatalytic activity and the highest photocurrent density, which is 12.2 and 35.46 times as that of pure TiO2, respectively. The outstanding photocatalytic activity of sandwich structured composite is likely due to the following two reasons, two-channel electron conduction path between TiO2 and graphene, as well as the better adsorption capability of MB molecule.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

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

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

    2006-11-01

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

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

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    Song, Liang; Zhao, Xueyuan; Cao, Lixin; ...

    2015-09-10

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

  7. Self-templated synthesis of TiO2 hierarchical structure photocatalyst with high efficiency and good sedimentation property

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    Wang, Xiaoning; Sang, Yuanhua; Yu, Xin; Liu, Baishan; Liu, Hong

    2016-10-01

    The balance between highly efficient photocatalysis and a good emulsion/water extraction property is crucial for the practical application of TiO2 photocatalysts. The TiO2 hierarchical structure was synthesized via a hydrothermal treatment of H2Ti3O7 nanobelts with TiF4. The hydrolysis of TiF4 supplies the TiO2 nucleus, and HF, which is derived from the hydrolysis process, acts as a corrosive to etch the H2Ti3O7 nanobelt, resulting in a dynamic dissolution and precipitation process. The etching process resulted in self-generated TiF4 and initiated hydrolysis to generate new TiO2 primary particles. Induced by F etching process, Ti3+ defects were formed in the hierarchical structures, which was beneficial to the photocatalytic property. This hydrolysis-etching-hydrolysis process allows for template dissolution and self-assembly of anatase TiO2 nanobelts to form the TiO2 hierarchical structures. This process balances the nanominiaturization and sedimentation property requirements by the photocatalytic and emulsion/water extraction properties. This simple hydrolysis-etching-hydrolysis process can be applied to the synthesis of many other hierarchical structures.

  8. Synthesis and Characterization of Magnetized Photocatalyst Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 by Heteroagglomeration Method

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    Hasnah Dewi, Sari; Sutanto; Fisli, A.; Wardiyati, S.

    2016-08-01

    Magnetic photocatalysts Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 have been prepared using heteroagglomeration method. Synthesis of magnetic photocatalyst Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 was carried out through four stages : (1) synthesis of photocatalyst TiO2 nanoparticles by TiCl4 coprecipitation in ammonia solution, (2) synthesis of Fe3O4 nanoparticles through precipitation method using a mixture of Fe (III) / Fe (II) (2: 1 mole ratio) in ammonia solution, (3) coating with SiO2 through hydrolysis of silicate ion, (4) in the final stage, Fe3O4/SiO2 was mixed with TiO2 in hetero-agglomeration manner. Structure and morphology of resultan composites have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were confirmed that composite Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 succefully synthesized. The functionality photocatalyst of the particles was tested by eliminating of methylene blue (MB) under UV light. The result showed the magnetite photocatalyst Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 has phototacalytic and absorbtion properties so that it has good performance at dyes removal in water higher than pure TiO2, and capable to perform repeatition process at least 4 times.

  9. Synthesis, photoelectric properties and photocatalytic activity of the Fe2O3/TiO2 heterogeneous photocatalysts.

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    Peng, Linlin; Xie, Tengfeng; Lu, Yongchun; Fan, Haimei; Wang, Dejun

    2010-07-28

    Fe(2)O(3)/TiO(2) heterogeneous photocatalysts with different mass ratios of Fe(2)O(3)vs. TiO(2) were synthesized by impregnation of Fe(3+) on the surface of TiO(2) microrods and calcination at 300 degrees C. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), photoluminescence spectra and X-ray diffraction (XRD) have been used to characterize the samples. The photocatalytic activities of Fe(2)O(3)/TiO(2) heterocomposites, pure Fe(2)O(3) and pure TiO(2) were evaluated by the photodegrading efficiency of Orange II under visible light (lambda > 420 nm). The experiments demonstrated that Orange II in aqueous solution was more efficiently photodegraded using Fe(2)O(3)/TiO(2) heterogeneous photocatalysts than either pure Fe(2)O(3) or TiO(2) under visible light irradiation. With an optimal mass ratio of 7:3 in Fe(2)O(3)/TiO(2) the highest rate of Orange II photodegradation was achieved under the experimental conditions. We have also compared the photoelectric properties of Fe(2)O(3)/TiO(2) heterogeneous photocatalysts with that of pure Fe(2)O(3) by surface photovoltage (SPV) and transient photovoltage (TPV) techniques. Based on the photovoltage responses, we discussed the influence of the hetero-interface between Fe(2)O(3) and TiO(2) on transfer characteristics of photogenerated charge carriers. We demonstrated that the formation of heterojunctions between Fe(2)O(3) and TiO(2) for Fe(2)O(3)/TiO(2) composites was pivotal for improving the separation and thus restraining the recombination of photogenerated electrons and holes, which accounts for the enhancement of photocatalytic activity.

  10. Synthesis of TiO2-N/SnO2 heterostructure photocatalyst and its photocatalytic mechanism.

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    Cao, Han; Huang, Shaolong; Yu, Yanlong; Yan, Yabin; Lv, Yuekai; Cao, Yaan

    2017-01-15

    A series of TiO2-N/SnO2X heterostructure photocatalysts were synthesized by a hydrolysis-deposition method. The structure, existing states of N and SnO2 heterostructure at the interface of TiO2-N/SnO2X were studied by EADX, XRD, Raman, FT-IR, XPS, and HRTEM. The band structure is investigated by both theoretical calculation and experiment characterization. It was found that the introduction of NOx surface species and SnO2 nanoparticles would enhance the absorption in visible region, increase reactive oxidative species and separate photogenerated electrons and holes efficiently. Therefore, the photocatalytic activity is improved significantly for TiO2-N/SnO2X, compared with TiO2-N and TiO2 under visible and UV light irradiation. This work may offer a new strategy to fabricate new photocatalyst with high photocatalytic performance.

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

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

    2012-02-15

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

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

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

  13. Synthesis and characterization of visible light driven mesoporous nano-photocatalyst MoO3/TiO2.

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    Kong, Fei; Huang, Li; Luo, Leilei; Chu, Sheng; Wang, Ying; Zou, Zhigang

    2012-03-01

    A novel mesoporous-structured photocatalyst MoO3/TiO2 was synthesized through a modified sol-gel method by using P123 as the template, and the resulting nano-photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption measurements, transmission electron microscope (TEM), UV-vis spectroscopy, XPS and Raman techniques. Low-angle XRD and TEM images show the lack of long-range order in the as-prepared MoO3/TiO2, but the Mo species are homogenously dispersed on the anatase matrix. According to the results of N2 ads-desorption, the calcined products possess the high surface area and the pore size distribution centered between 4-7 nm. The calcined meso-MoO3/TiO2 materials exhibit the high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of MB (methylene blue) under visible light radiation.

  14. Optimized nanostructured TiO2 photocatalysts

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    Topcu, Selda; Jodhani, Gagan; Gouma, Pelagia

    2016-07-01

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

  15. Facile one-step hydrothermal synthesis toward strongly coupled TiO2/graphene quantum dots photocatalysts for efficient hydrogen evolution

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    Min, Shixiong; Hou, Jianhua; Lei, Yonggang; Ma, Xiaohua; Lu, Gongxuan

    2017-02-01

    The coupling of semiconductor photocatalysts with graphene quantum dots (GQDs) has been proven to be an effective strategy to enhance the photocatalytic and photoelectrical conversion performances of the resulted composites; however, the preparation of semiconductor/GQDs composites usually involves several time-inefficient and tedious post-treatment steps. Herein, we present a facile one-step hydrothermal route for the preparation of GQDs coupled TiO2 (TiO2/GQDs) photocatalysts using 1,3,6-trinitropyrene (TNP) as the sole precursor of GQDs. During the hydrothermal process, TNP molecules undergo an intramolecular fusion to form GQDs, which simultaneously decorate on the surface of TiO2 nanoparticles, leading to a strong surface interaction between the two components. The effective coupling of GQDs on TiO2 can effectively extend the light absorption of the TiO2 to visible region and enhance the charge separation efficiency of TiO2/GQDs composites as a result of GQDs acting as a photosensitizer and an excellent electron acceptor. These key advances make the TiO2/GQDs photocatalyst highly active towards the H2 evolution reaction, resulting in 7 and 3 times higher H2 evolution rate and photocurrent response at optimal GQDs content than TiO2 alone, respectively. This study provides a new methodology for the development of high-performance GQDs modified semiconductor photocatalysts for energy conversion applications.

  16. Sol-gel synthesis of mesoporous mixed Fe2O3/TiO2 photocatalyst: application for degradation of 4-chlorophenol.

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    Palanisamy, B; Babu, C M; Sundaravel, B; Anandan, S; Murugesan, V

    2013-05-15

    Photosensitization of TiO2 with other transition metal oxides can extend its light absorption property in the visible region. Such materials could emerge as excellent catalysts for solar photocatalytic degradation. In the present study mesoporous Fe2O3/TiO2 (10, 30, 50, 70 and 90 wt% Fe2O3) photocatalysts were synthesized by sol-gel process and characterized using different techniques. The XRD patterns exhibited the presence of mesoporous structure and isomorphic substitution of Fe(3+) in TiO2 at low Fe(3+) loading and Ti(4+) in Fe2O3 at high Fe(3+) loading. The XPS results revealed the presence of Ti(4+) and Fe(3+) in Fe2O3/TiO2 materials. The DRS UV-vis spectra showed a shift in the band gap excitation of TiO2 to longer wavelength, thus illustrating incorporation of Fe(3+) in TiO2. In addition, free TiO2 and Fe2O3 particles were also present. Their photocatalytic activity was tested for the degradation of 4-chlorophenol in aqueous medium using sunlight. The activity of the catalysts followed the order: meso-30 wt% Fe2O3/TiO2>meso-10 wt% Fe2O3/TiO2>meso-50 wt% Fe2O3/TiO2>meso-70 Fe2O3/TiO2>meso-90 wt% Fe2O3/TiO2>meso-Fe2O3>meso-TiO2. This order concluded that mesoporous Fe2O3/TiO2 could be an active catalyst for pollutant degradation, as TiO2 with framework Fe(3+) and photosensitization with free Fe2O3 were involved in the activity.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of the N-doped TiO2 photocatalyst for the photodegradation of methylene blue and phenol.

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    Khang, Nguyen Cao; Van Minh, Nguyen; Yang, In-Sang

    2011-07-01

    To extend the light absorption of TiO2-based photocatalysts towards the visible-light range and to eliminate the rapid recombination of excited electrons/holes during photoreaction, a new type of photocatalyst (N-doped TiO2) powder was prepared through a simple sol-gel process. The crystal phase composition, structure, and light absorption of the new photocatalyst were comprehensively examined via X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy, and atomic-absorption spectroscopy. The photo-oxidation efficiency of the photocatalyst was also evaluated in the photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) and of phenol in aqueous solutions under visible-light irradiation from a neon lamp (lambda > 400 nm). The results of the analyses that were performed in this study indicated that the N-doped TiO2 could eliminate the electron/holes recombination and could increase the light absorption in the visible range. The results of the analysis of the UV-Vis diffuse reflection and optical-absorption spectra indicated that a new energy level below 3.2 eV generated in the N-doped TiO2 promoted the optical absorption in the visible-light region and made visible-light excitation possible (E < 3.2 eV). The experiment demonstrated that the photo-oxidation efficiency of MB when N-doped TiO2 powder was used was significantly higher than that when the conventional TiO2 powders were used. The development of such photocatalyst may be considered a breakthrough in the large-scale utilization of solar energy to address the current and future environmental needs.

  18. Synthesis of TiO2 photocatalysts in supercritical CO2 via a non-hydrolytic route.

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    Guo, Guangqing; Whitesell, James K; Fox, Marye Anne

    2005-10-13

    Nanoscaled TiO2 powders with narrow size dispersion were prepared in supercritical carbon dioxide via non-hydrolytic acylation/deacylation of titanium alkoxide precursors with or without tris-fluorination. The microstructures of these powders were characterized by spectroscopic (FTIR, TGA, and XRD), microscopic (SEM or TEM), and surface area (BET) measurements. Photocatalytic oxidation of 1-octanol on these calcined TiO2 powders and on commercial T805 TiO2 suspended in aerated supercritical carbon dioxide revealed relative reactivity controlled by the powder microstructures. Calcined TiO2 prepared from titanium(IV) isopropoxide and trifluoroacetic anhydride was effectively dispersed in aerated supercritical carbon dioxide under stirring and exhibited high photocatalytic oxidation activity.

  19. Biomolecule-controlled hydrothermal synthesis of C-N-S-tridoped TiO2 nanocrystalline photocatalysts for NO removal under simulated solar light irradiation.

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    Wang, Yawen; Huang, Yu; Ho, Wingkei; Zhang, Lizhi; Zou, Zhigang; Lee, Shuncheng

    2009-09-30

    In this study, C-N-S-tridoped titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) nanocrystals were synthesized by using a facile hydrothermal method in the presence of a biomolecule l-cysteine. This biomolecule could not only serve as the common source for the carbon, sulfur and nitrogen tridoping, but also could control the final crystal phases and morphology. The resulting materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), nitrogen adsorption and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. XPS analysis revealed that S was incorporated into the lattice of TiO(2) through substituting oxygen atoms, N might coexist in the forms of N-Ti-O and Ti-O-N in tridoped TiO(2) and most C could form a mixed layer of carbonate species deposited on the surface of TiO(2) nanoparticles. The photocatalytic activities of the samples were tested on the removal of NO at typical indoor air level in a flow system under simulated solar light irradiation. The tridoped TiO(2) samples showed much higher removal efficiency than commercial P25 and the undoped counterpart photocatalyst. The enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity of C-N-S-tridoped TiO(2) nanocrystals was explained on the basis of characterizations. The possible formation process of the monodispersed C-N-S-tridoped anatase TiO(2) nanocrystals was also proposed. This study provides a new method to prepare visible light active TiO(2) photocatalyst.

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

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

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

  2. Synthesis of surface molecular imprinted TiO2/graphene photocatalyst and its highly efficient photocatalytic degradation of target pollutant under visible light irradiation

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    Lai, Cui; Wang, Man-Man; Zeng, Guang-Ming; Liu, Yun-Guo; Huang, Dan-Lian; Zhang, Chen; Wang, Rong-Zhong; Xu, Piao; Cheng, Min; Huang, Chao; Wu, Hai-Peng; Qin, Lei

    2016-12-01

    The molecular imprinted TiO2/graphene photocatalyst (MIP-TiO2/GR) was successfully prepared with bisphenol A (BPA) as the template molecule (target pollutant) and o-phenylenediamine (OPDA) as functional monomers by the surface molecular imprinting method. The combination between BPA and OPDA led to the formation of the precursor, and the subsequent polymerization of OPDA initiated by ultraviolet radiation can ensure the realization of MIP-TiO2/GR. The samples were characterized by SEM, EDS, XRD, BET, UV-vis DRS and Zeta potential. In addition, adsorption capacities, adsorption selectivity and visible light photocatalytic performances of MIP-TiO2/GR and non-imprinted TiO2/graphene (NIP-TiO2/GR) were evaluated. Moreover, the effects of pH and initial BPA concentration on removal efficiency of BPA were also investigated. The results showed that MIP-TiO2/GR exhibited better adsorption capacity and adsorption selectivity towards the template molecule compared to NIP-TiO2/GR due to the imprinted cavities on the surface of MIP-TiO2/GR. Moreover, the photocatalytic activity of MIP-TiO2/GR toward the target molecules was stronger than that of NIP-TiO2/GR as a result of large adsorption capacity to target molecules and narrow band gap energy on MIP-TiO2/GR. Therefore, modifying the photocatalyst by the surface molecular imprinting is a promising method to improve the molecule recognition and photocatalytic efficiency of photocatalyst for target pollutant.

  3. Preparation of TiO2/MCM-41 photocatalyst using rice husk ash as silica source

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    Fatimah, Is; Sopia, Lusi

    2017-03-01

    This work aimed to prepare TiO2/MCM-41 from rice husk ash (RHA) agricultural waste and its application as photocatalyst in dye degradation. The preparation was conducted by two main steps; preparation of MCM-41 and titanium immobilization onto MCM-41. Sol gel method using CTMABr as templating agent was applied in MCM-41 synthesis and as TiO2 precursor, titanium isopropoxide was utilized. The study of physicochemical character change was performed by by X-ray diffraction, IR spectroscopy, BET method and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Photocatalytic activity of material was tested in methylene blue photodegradation system. According to the results, it is found that TiO2/MCM-41 has been successfully prepared and shows photocatalytic activity. Kinetic study of the reaction is discussed in this paper.

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

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

    2017-02-01

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

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

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

    2007-02-02

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

  6. TiO2 single crystal with four-truncated-bipyramid morphology as an efficient photocatalyst for hydrogen production.

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    Zhang, Kai; Liu, Qian; Wang, Hui; Zhang, Rubo; Wu, Chunhui; Gong, Jian Ru

    2013-07-22

    Diverse titanium dioxide (TiO2 ) nanostructures have attracted much attention recently due to their potential application in photocatalytic and photovoltaic fields. Here, the synthesis of a TiO2 single crystal with a novel four-truncated-bipyramid morphology is reported for the first time, produced by a simple hydrothermal method. Both peroxo titanic acid precursor and hydrofluoric acid capping agent are essential for the formation of this unique morphology. Moreover, the as-prepared TiO2 photocatalyst exhibits excellent hydrogen production activity from an ethanol-water solution, which is attributed to exposure of both high-energy {001} oxidative and low-energy {101} reductive facets in an optimal ratio. The current findings will contribute greatly to development of more novel photocatalysts with controllable microscopic structures for hydrogen production.

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

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

    2014-05-12

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

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

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

    2017-03-21

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

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

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

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    Yang, Huifen; Fu, Pingfeng

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

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

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

    2015-06-05

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  13. Characterization and photocatalytic activity of Zn 2+-TiO 2/AC composite photocatalyst

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    Lu, Xincheng; Jiang, Jianchun; Sun, Kang; Cui, Dandan

    2011-12-01

    Activated carbon (AC) supported Zn 2+-TiO 2 photocatalyst was prepared by sol-gel method. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron micrograph, nitrogen absorption, diffuse reflectance UV/VIS and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Using toluene as a pollution target, the photocatalytic activity of photocatalyst was evaluated. The results showed that prepared photocatalyst was obviously helpful for the removal of toluene in air. The photocatalytic degradation of toluene by Zn 2+-TiO 2/AC reached 100% for 40 min and remained 75% after 160 min, while degradation by TiO 2 was only 30%. It indicated that the photocatalytic activity of prepared photocatalyst was enhanced. It is due to Zn 2+-doping increased the oxidation and reduction of hole-electron pairs, which was the important factor in heterogeneous photocatalysis.

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

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

    2015-03-03

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-06

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

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

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

    2009-06-15

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

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

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

    2015-12-15

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

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

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

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

    2015-06-30

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

  1. Disinfection of water using Pt- and Ag-doped TiO2 photocatalysts.

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    Suri, Rominder P S; Thornton, Hilary M; Muruganandham, M

    2012-01-01

    In this article we have reported heterogeneous photocatalytic disinfection using pristine and Ag- and Pt-doped nano TiO2 under near-UV light and solar light irradiation. Disinfection experiments were conducted in slurry reactors with Escherichia coli, artificial light and sunlight. The influence of various amounts of Pt and Ag loading (0.5% to 5%) on the E. coli inactivation was examined and results indicated that 5% Pt-TiO2 and 0.5% Ag-TiO2 showed the highest photocatalytic E. coli inactivation. The Pt- and Ag-doped photocatalysts were characterized using XPS and TEM analysis. The influence of experimental parameters such as various photocatalysts, photocatalyst concentration, reactor geometry effect, pH and temperature on the photocatalytic disinfection was studied. The experimental results show that sunlight or near-UV light with TiO2 photocatalyst strongly inactivates E. coli. The Ag-TiO2 photocatalyst was the most efficient photocatalyst tested for bactericidal activity. A plausible mechanism ofphotocatalysed E. coli inactivation is discussed. In conclusion, the doped nano TiO2 photocatalysts is a potential candidate for E. coli inactivation.

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

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    Vilhunen, S H; Sillanpää, M E T

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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    Ogi, Hirotsugu; Hirao, Masahiko; Shimoyama, Masashi

    2002-05-01

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

  5. Improvement of Ultrasonic Disinfection Power Using TiO2 Photocatalyst

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

    2005-03-01

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

  6. Liquid-exfoliation of layered MoS2 for enhancing photocatalytic activity of TiO2/g-C3N4 photocatalyst and DFT study

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    Zhang, Weiping; Xiao, Xinyan; Li, Yang; Zeng, Xingye; Zheng, Lili; Wan, Caixia

    2016-12-01

    A new combined method of liquid-exfoliation and solvothermal process was employed for synthesizing TiO2/g-C3N4/MoS2 photocatalysts. In this typical process, the MoS2/g-C3N4 nano-sheets was prepared by liquid-exfoliation method from the bulk MoS2 and bulk carbon nitride in the alcohol system, and then the TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) were grown on the MoS2/g-C3N4 nano-sheets by in-situ synthesis technique. The evaluation of photocatalytic degradation reaction showed that the as-prepared TiO2/g-C3N4/MoS2 photocatalysts exhibited higher photocatalytic activity as compared to the pure TiO2, pure g-C3N4 and TiO2/g-C3N4 composite. The enhanced photocatalytic activities of TiO2/g-C3N4/MoS2 photocatalysts are attributed to positive synergetic effect of heterostructure between g-C3N4/MoS2 hybrid and TiO2 nano-structure, which not only enlarged spectral response and also enhanced the utilization rate of photons. Furthermore, DFT (Density Functional Theory) was employed to investigate the formation mechanism of the interfaces between TiO2 NPs and g-C3N4/MoS2 nano-sheets, which would be of great importance in revealing the electron-transfer at the interfaces of composites and the mechanism for the great improvement for the activity of TiO2/g-C3N4/MoS2 photocatalysts.

  7. Enhancement of stability of N-doped TiO2 photocatalysts with Ag loading

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    Gao, Yuanpeng; Fang, Pengfei; Chen, Feitai; Liu, Yang; Liu, Zhi; Wang, Dahai; Dai, Yiqun

    2013-01-01

    Various contents of Ag nanoparticles were successfully introduced into the N-doped TiO2 photocatalysts via a hydrothermal procedure in the silver-ammonia solutions with different Ag concentrations. Effects of Ag loading on the structure and properties of N-doped TiO2 photocatalysts were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, fluorescence spectroscopy (FL), UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and N2 physical adsorption analysis. The relationship between the stability of N dopants in TiO2 lattice and the Ag loading content was investigated for the first time. The results confirm that Ag nanoparticles loading on TiO2 surfaces significantly restrain the escape of the N dopants from the oxide during the hydrothermal process, and the escape rate of N dopants decreased gradually with the increase of Ag loading amount. The dependence of photocatalytic activity on Ag content was also investigated through degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation. It was found that the photocatalytic activity increases gradually with increasing Ag content first, and then decreases after exceeding the optimal Ag content. Therefore, the photocatalytic activity of Ag/N co-modified TiO2 photocatalysts can be adjusted by the Ag content.

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

  10. Synthesis of Metal Nanoclusters Doped in Porous Materials as Photocatalysts

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    2008-04-10

    Ito S. Deactivation of the TiO2 photocatalyst by coupling with WO3 and the electrochemically assisted high photocatalytic activity of WO3 . Langmuir...Synthesis of metal nanoclusters doped in porous materials as photocatalysts 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 5d. TASK NUMBER 6...will be performed: Task #1: The development of nanoclusters embedded in zeolites as potential photocatalysts . Task #2: Identify conditions

  11. Biomimetic TiO2 formation from interfacial sol-gel chemistry leading to new photocatalysts

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    Jaffer Al-Timimi, Iman A.; Onwukwe, Uche K.; Worsley, Myles P.; Sermon, Paul A.

    2016-09-01

    The surfaces of Portobello mushroom spores (PMS) have been used to produce Au and Ag nanoparticles, which are held thereon. They have then been overcoated with TiOx. These adsorbed more methyl orange (MO) pollutant from water than commercial P25 TiO2. After calcination they form biomimetic TiO2 (PMS) and removal of the biotemplate, they catalyse faster rates of MO from water (molecules/mg/s) than P25 anataserutile. Other biotemplates are now anticipated that will yield biomimetic photocatalysts with higher turnover number (s-1) removal of endocrine disrupters from water.

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

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    Samsudin, Emy Marlina; Abd Hamid, Sharifah Bee

    2017-01-01

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

  13. TiO2/activated carbon fibers photocatalyst: effects of coating procedures on the microstructure, adhesion property, and photocatalytic ability.

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    Shi, Jian-Wen; Cui, Hao-Jie; Chen, Jian-Wei; Fu, Ming-Lai; Xu, Bin; Luo, Hong-Yuan; Ye, Zhi-Long

    2012-12-15

    In order to more easily separate TiO(2) photocatalyst from the treated wastewater, TiO(2) film was immobilized on the surface of activated carbon fibers (ACFs) by employing two kinds of coating procedures, dip-coating, and hydrothermal treatment. The effects of coating procedures on microstructure of TiO(2)-coated ACFs (TiO(2)/ACFs), such as morphology, porous property, crystal structure, and light absorption characteristics were investigated in detail. The adhesion property between TiO(2) film and ACFs was evaluated by ultrasonic vibration, and the photocatalytic activity of TiO(2)/ACFs was tested by the photocatalytic decoloration of methylene blue solution. The results show that hydrothermal treatment presented many advantages to obtain high-performance TiO(2)/ACFs photocatalyst in comparison with dip-coating. Hydrothermal treatment could improve the binding property between TiO(2) films and ACFs, which endowed the as-obtained TiO(2)/ACFs photocatalyst with improved reusable performance, and TiO(2)/ACFs synthesized by hydrothermal treatment presented higher photocatalytic activity.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

    2016-02-24

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

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

  17. Ag-Si Co-doped TiO2 photocatalyst synthesized via a nonaqueous method.

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    Chen, Qifeng; Shi, Weimei; Xu, Yao; Wu, Dong; Sun, Yuhan

    2010-11-01

    Ag-Si/TiO2 photocatalysts were synthesized in a nonaqueous system at 140 degrees C, and then annealed at different temperatures. The obtained photocatalysts were characterized by XRD, TEM, BET, TG-DTA, XPS, as well as UV-vis DRS. The results showed that All Ag-Si/TiO2 held an anatase phase and high thermal stability and the phase transformation from anatase to rutile was retarded to about 900 degrees C. The Ag-Si/TiO2 particles were highly mono-dispersed and the particles size became smaller compared to TiO2. Additionally, UV-vis light absorption shifted to visible region after Ag doping. Si weaved into the matrix of TiO2, while Ag dispersed on the surface of TiO2 particles. The visible light photocatalytic activity was evaluated by Rhodamine B (RhB) degradation in an aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. It was found that the photccatalytic activities of the obtained Ag-Si/TiO2 samples were all higher than those of pure TiO2 and Ag/TiO2, reaching the maximum at the Ag and Si content of 0.5 mol% and 20.0 mol%, respectively. The enhanced visible photocatalytic activity may be attributed to the simultaneous effects of silver and silicon co-doping.

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

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    Meng, Zhaoxu; Zhang, Xu; Qin, Jianhua

    2013-06-07

    We present a novel microfluidic-based photocatalytic microreactor by using electrospun nanofibrous TiO2 as a photocatalyst for the first time. The microreactor exhibits not only a simple fabrication process, but also much higher photocatalytic activity than that achieved by a TiO2 film microreactor.

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

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

    2015-02-01

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

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

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    Zhang, Dongfang; Zeng, Fanbin

    2011-06-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-27

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

  2. PbO-modified TiO2 thin films: a route to visible light photocatalysts.

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    Bhachu, Davinder S; Sathasivam, Sanjayan; Carmalt, Claire J; Parkin, Ivan P

    2014-01-21

    PbO clusters were deposited onto polycrystalline titanium dioxide (anatase) films on glass substrates by aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition (AACVD). The as-deposited PbO/TiO2 films were then tested for visible light photocatalysis. This was monitored by the photodegradation of stearic acid under visible light conditions. PbO/TiO2 composite films were able to degrade stearic acid at a rate of 2.28 × 10(15) molecules cm(-2) h(-1), which is 2 orders of magnitude greater than what has previously been reported. The PbO/TiO2 composite film demonstrated UVA degradation of resazurin redox dye, with the formal quantum yield (FQY) and formal quantum efficiency (FQE) exceeding that of a TiO2 film grown under the same conditions and Pilkington Activ, a commercially available self-cleaning glass. This work correlates with computational studies that predicted PbO nanoclusters on TiO2 form active visible light photocatalysts through new electronic states through PbO/TiO2 interfacial bonds resulting in new electronic states above the valence band maximum in TiO2, shifting the valence band upward as well as more efficient electron/hole separation with hole localization on PbO particles and electron on the TiO2 surface.

  3. Hydrogenation of Nano-Structured TiO2 Photocatalyst Through an Electrochemical Method.

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    He, Ke Feng; Xu, En Ni; Liu, Yong; Chen, Wan Ping

    2015-01-01

    Nano-structured photocatalyst P25 was electrochemically hydrogenated through being immersed in 0.01 M NaOH solution to act as cathode to electrolyze water. With its color changed from white to bluish, its absorption in visible light range was obviously enhanced after the treatment, and its solar-driven photocatalytic activity was significantly improved for photo-degradation of methylene blue and rhodamine B. XPS spectra analyses were conducted and the photocurrent was measured, which indicate the formation of Ti3+ and oxygen vacancies, and increased separation efficiency of photoactivated electrons and holes in electrochemically hydrogenated P25. These changes are proposed responsible for the improved photocatalytic activity of P25. Electrochemical hydrogenation has been proven a facile and effective method for improving the photocatalytic activity of nano-structured TiO2 photocatalyst.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

  6. The preparation of nitrogen-doped TiO 2- xN x photocatalyst coated on hollow glass microbeads

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    Shifu, Chen; Xuqiang, Liu; Yunzhang, Liu; Gengyu, Cao

    2007-01-01

    In this paper, the effective method for nitrogen-doped TiO 2- xN x photocatalyst coated on hollow glass microbeads is described, which uses titanium tetraisopropoxide [Ti( iso-OC 3H 7) 4] as the raw materials and gaseous ammonia as a heat treatment atmosphere. The effects of heat treatment temperature and time on the photocatalytic activity of TiO 2- xN x/beads are studied. The photocatalyst is characterized by the UV-vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that when the TiO 2- xN x/beads is heated at 650 °C for 5 h, the photocatalytic activity of the TiO 2- xN x/beads is the best. Compared with TiO 2, the photoabsorption wavelength range of nitrogen-doped TiO 2- xN x red shifts of about 60 nm, and the photoabsorption intensity increases as well. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO 2- xN x/beads is higher than that of the TiO 2/beads under visible light irradiation. The presence of nitrogen neither influences on the transformation of anatase to rutile, nor creates new crystal phases. When the TiO 2- xN x/beads is heated at 650 °C for 5 h, the amount of nitrogen-doped is 0.53 wt.% in the TiO 2- xN x. As the density of TiO 2- xN x/beads prepared is lower than 1.0 g/cm 3, it may float on water surface and use broader sunlight spectrum directly.

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

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

    2005-02-01

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

  8. Atomic layer deposition of TiO2-nanomembrane-based photocatalysts with enhanced performance

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    Edy, Riyanto; Huang, Gaoshan; Zhao, Yuting; Zhang, Jing; Mei, Yongfeng; Shi, Jianjun

    2016-11-01

    In this study, TiO2 and TiO2-ZnO nanomembranes were fabricated by atomic layer deposition using the three-dimensionally porous template and their photocatalytic properties were investigated. The nanomembranes were firstly deposited onto the surface of polyurethane porous sponge templates (sacrificial templates), followed by a calcination at 500 or 800 °C. Three-dimensionally porous structures as a replica of the porous sponge templates were thus achieved. By a pulverizing process, the porous structures were broken into small pieces, which were then employed as photocatalyst. Experimental results show that the degree of crystallinity is raised by increasing of the nanomembrane thickness due to the increase of the grain size with minimizing the number of grain boundaries in the thicker nanomembrane, which is beneficial to enhance the photocatalysis efficiency. On the other hand, the photocatalytic activity can also be improved by TiO2-ZnO composite, due to lower electron-hole recombination possibility and better carrier conductivity.

  9. Controllable synthesis of TiO2 nanoflowers and their morphology-dependent photocatalytic activities

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    Ni, Jinbo; Gao, Juan; Geng, Xianya; He, Dandan; Guo, Xiaoning

    2017-03-01

    Different surface morphologies of TiO2 films were prepared through hydrothermal synthesis method on transparent fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by changing reaction temperatures. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED), and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS). As the hydrothermal temperatures increases, the surface morphologies of the TiO2 changes from nanorods (150 °C) to nanobuds (180 °C), and finally to nanoflowers (210 °C). Evolution of these structures are accompanied by great variations of optical properties and photocatalytic activities including a narrowing of band gap from 3.01 to 2.97 eV, increase of UV-visible absorption intensity and specific surface area, and photocatalytic degradation efficiencies from 88.18 to 95.56%. Under ultraviolet light (UV light) irradiation, the TiO2 nanoflowers exhibit significantly activity (95.56%) in degradation of methyl orange (MO) compared to commercial P25 (76.15%). The outstanding photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 nanoflowers can be attributed to the synergetic effect of much larger specific surface area, the larger content of oxygen vacancy, and higher intensity of absorption. These findings help to grow unique TiO2 films with desired structure and activities for photocatalyst applications.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  11. Quick and facile preparation of visible light-driven TiO2 photocatalyst with high absorption and photocatalytic activity.

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

    2014-11-13

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

  12. Low Temperature Synthesis of Rutile TiO2 Nanocrystals and Their Photovoltaic and Photocatalytic Properties.

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    Roy, Subhasis; Han, Gill Sang; Shin, Hyunjung; Lee, Jin Wook; Mun, Jinsoo; Shin, Hyunho; Jung, Hyun Suk

    2015-06-01

    We report a novel method of synthesizing rutile TiO2 nanocrystals at low temperature (200 degrees C) via a butanol rinsing process followed by heat treatment in an O2 atmosphere. The rutile nanocrystals show uniform size distribution of approximately 20 nm and good crystallinity confirmed by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. A mechanism for the low temperature synthesis of rutile nanocrystals is rationalized in terms of an explosive thermal decomposition reaction of butoxy groups on TiO2 powders with O2 gas. Characterizations of the photovoltaic and photocatalytic properties of rutile nanocrystals exhibited higher photoactivity than large-sized conventional rutile powder, which demonstrates that this novel synthesis technology could expand applications of rutile powders to various photoactive devices beyond solar cells and photocatalysts.

  13. Photocatalytic decomposition of N2O over TiO2/g-C3N4 photocatalysts heterojunction

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    Kočí, K.; Reli, M.; Troppová, I.; Šihor, M.; Kupková, J.; Kustrowski, P.; Praus, P.

    2017-02-01

    TiO2/g-C3N4 photocatalysts with the various TiO2/g-C3N4 weight ratios from 1:2 to 1:6 were fabricated by mechanical mixing in water suspension followed by calcination. Pure TiO2 was prepared by thermal hydrolysis and pure g-C3N4 was prepared from commercial melamine by thermal annealing at 620 °C. All the nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, photoelectrochemical measurements and nitrogen physisorption. The prepared mixtures along with pure TiO2 and g-C3N4 were tested for the photocatalytic decomposition of nitrous oxide under UVC (λ = 254 nm), UVA (λ = 365 nm) and Vis (λ > 400 nm) irradiation. The TiO2/g-C3N4 nanocomposites showed moderate improvement compared to pure g-C3N4 but pure TiO2 proved to be a better photocatalyst under UVC irradiation. However, under UVA irradiation conditions, the photocatalytic activity of TiO2/g-C3N4 (1:2) nanocomposite exhibited an increase compared to pure TiO2. Nevertheless, further increase of g-C3N4 amount leads/led to a decrease in reactivity. These results are suggesting the nanocomposite with the optimal weight ratio of TiO2 and g-C3N4 have shifted absorption edge energy towards longer wavelengths and decreased the recombination rate of charge carriers compared to pure g-C3N4. This is probably due to the generation of heterojunction on the TiO2/g-C3N4 interface.

  14. TiO2-V2O5 nanocomposites as alternative energy storage substances for photocatalysts.

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    Ngaotrakanwiwat, Pailin; Meeyoo, Vissanu

    2012-01-01

    TiO2-V2O5 was prepared and evaluated as an energy storage material for photocatalysts with high capacity and initial charging rate. The compound was successfully obtained by sol-gel technique and effects of compound composition and calcination temperature on the energy storage ability were investigated. The synthesized compounds were characterized by means of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (SEM-EDX) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results reveals that the compound of Ti:V molar ratio equal to 1:0.11 calcined at 550 degrees C exhibited superior energy storage ability than parent substances and 1.7-times higher capacity and 2.3-times higher initial charging rate compared to WO3, indicating that the compound is a remarkable alternative to conventional energy storage substances.

  15. Thickness dependent activity of nanostructured TiO 2/α-Fe 2O 3 photocatalyst thin films

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    Akhavan, O.

    2010-12-01

    The effect of thickness of TiO 2 coating on synergistic photocatalytic activity of TiO 2 (anatase)/α-Fe 2O 3/glass thin films as photocatalysts for degradation of Escherichia coli bacteria in a low-concentration H 2O 2 solution and under visible light irradiation was investigated. Nanograined α-Fe 2O 3 films with optical band-gap of 2.06 eV were fabricated by post-annealing of thermal evaporated iron oxide thin films at 400 °C in air. Increase in thickness of the Fe 2O 3 thin film (here, up to 200 nm) resulted in a slight reduction of the optical band-gap energy and an increase in the photoinactivation of the bacteria. Sol-gel TiO 2 coatings were deposited on the α-Fe 2O 3 (200 nm)/glass films, and then, they were annealed at 400 °C in air for crystallization of the TiO 2 and formation of TiO 2/Fe 2O 3 heterojunction. For the TiO 2 coatings with thicknesses ≤50 nm, the antibacterial activity of the TiO 2/α-Fe 2O 3 (200 nm) was found to be better than the activity of the bare α-Fe 2O 3 film. The optimum thickness of the TiO 2 coating was found to be 10 nm, resulting in about 70 and 250% improvement in visible light photo-induced antibacterial activity of the TiO 2/α-Fe 2O 3 thin film as compared to the corresponding activity of the bare α-Fe 2O 3 and TiO 2 thin films, respectively. The improvement in the photoinactivation of bacteria on surface of TiO 2/α-Fe 2O 3 was assigned to formation of Ti-O-Fe bond at the interface.

  16. Highly Active TiO2-Based Visible-Light Photocatalyst with Nonmetal Doping and Plasmonic Metal Decoration

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    Zhang, Qiao; Lima, Diana Q.; Chi, Miaofang; Yin, Yadong

    2011-01-01

    A sandwich-structured photocatalyst shows an excellent performance in degradation reactions of a number of organic compounds under UV, visible light, and direct sunlight (see picture). The catalyst was synthesized by a combination of nonmetal doping and plasmonic metal decoration of TiO2 nanocrystals, which improves visible-light activity and enhances light harvesting and charge separation, respectively.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  18. Preparation and characterization of visible-light-driven TiO2 photocatalyst Co-doped with nitrogen and erbium.

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    Chen, Guihua; Wang, Yong; Zhang, Juihui; Wu, Chenglin; Liang, Huading; Yang, Hui

    2012-05-01

    A series of nitrogen and erbium co-doped TiO2 photocatalyst was prepared by sol-hydrothermal method. The structure and properties of the photocatalyst were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS). The XRD and BET results showed that co-doping inhibited the increase of crystallite size and enlarged specific surface areas. XPS spectroscopy indicated nitrogen atoms were incorporated into TiO2 lattice, and erbium atoms mostly existed in the forms of Er2O3. A shift of the absorption edge to the lower energy and four absorption bands located at 654, 544, 524 and 489 nm attributed to the 4f transitions of 4I15/2 --> 4F2/9, 4I15/2 --> 4S3/2, 4I15/2 --> 2H11/2, 4I15/2 --> 4F7/2 of Er3+ were observed using DRS spectroscopy. The catalytic efficency was evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. The results showed that the photocatalytic performance of the co-doped TiO2 was related with the hydrothermal temperature and the molar ratio of N/Ti, and they showed higher acitivites than pure TiO2. Results determined by fluorescence technique revealed that irradiation (lambda > 400 nm) of TiO2 photocatalyst dispersed in MO solution induces the generation of the highly active hydroxyl radicals (OH). It indicated the photocatalytic activities of TiO2 photocatalyst were correlation with the formation rate of hydroxyl radicals (OH) and other active oxygen species.

  19. Photocatalysts of Cr Doped TiO2 Film Prepared by Micro Arc Oxidation

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    Wan, Li; Li, Jian-feng; Feng, Jia-you; Sun, Wei; Mao, Zong-qiang

    2008-10-01

    A series of Cr doped TiO2 films were prepared by micro arc oxidation (MAO) using an electrolyte of Na3PO4+K2Cr2O7. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy revealed that the films mainly consisted of anatase phase with a porous surface morphology. The films have an excellent photocatalytic effect for degradation of methylene blue and decomposition of water under visible light illumination. This arises from the formation of Cr3+/Cr4+ and oxygen vacancy energy levels owing to Cr doping. The former reduces the electron-hole recombination chance, while the latter generates a new gap between the conduction band (CB) and valence band (VB) of TiO2, which lowers the photo energy of the excited electron in the VB to the oxygen vacancy states. The mechanisms for film synthesis during the MAO process are also presented.

  20. Visible-light sensitization of TiO2 photocatalysts via wet chemical N-doping for the degradation of dissolved organic compounds in wastewater treatment: a review

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    Zhang, Wei; Jia, Baoping; Wang, Qiuze; Dionysiou, Dionysois

    2015-05-01

    Increased pollution of ground and surface water and emerging new micropollutants from a wide variety of industrial, municipal, and agricultural sources has increased demand on the development of innovative new technologies and materials whereby challenges associated with the provision of safe potable water can be addressed. Heterogeneous photocatalysis using visible-light sensitized TiO2 photocatalysts has attracted a lot of attention as it can effectively remove dissolved organic compound in water without generating harmful by-products. On this note, recent progress on visible-light sensitive TiO2 synthesis via wet chemical N-doping method is reviewed. In a typical visible-light sensitive TiO2 preparation via wet chemical methods, the chemical (e.g., N-doping content and states) and morphological properties (e.g., particle size, surface area, and crystal phase) of TiO2 in as-prepared resultants are sensitively dependent on many experimental variables during the synthesis. This has also made it very difficult to provide a universal guidance at this stage with a certainty for each variable of N-doping preparation. Instead of one-factor-at-a-time style investigation, a statistically valid parameter optimization investigation for general optima of photocatalytic activity will be certainly useful. Optimization of the preparation technique is envisaged to be beneficial to many environmental applications, i.e., dissolved organic compounds removal in wastewater treatment.

  1. Integrated ternary nanocomposite of TiO2/NiO/reduced graphene oxide as a visible light photocatalyst for efficient degradation of o-chlorophenol.

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    Sharma, Ajit; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2016-10-01

    This study investigated a novel approach for the synthesis of an integrated ternary nanocomposite which could act as a good photo-catalyst under visible light irradiation for the removal of organic pollutants from aqueous environments. The photo-catalyst included nickel oxide (NiO) as a dopant, and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) as a good carbon basal support for enhancement of the photo-catalytic activity of TiO2. Under irradiation with visible light, the ternary nanocomposite (TiO2/NiO-RGO) system generates e(-)/h(+) pairs, and then reacts with H2O and O2(-) molecules to produce oxy-radicals which can be used for the mineralization of o-chlorophenol from aqueous solution. The characteristic of all photo-catalysts were investigated by UV-Vis analysis, with surface area and pore size measurements by Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), crystallinity by X-ray diffraction (XRD), elemental composition by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and morphology by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX). The functional groups were measured by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy before and after o-chlorophenol degradation. TiO2/NiO-RGO was capable of achieving 88.4% photo-degradation of 100 mg/L o-chlorophenol (100 mL) within 8 h with addition of 0.01% H2O2 under visible light irradiation at pH 6.5. The photo-degradation followed a pseudo-first-order reaction. The TiO2/NiO-RGO nanocomposite retained its high removal efficiency, even after four photo-catalytic cycles.

  2. Alternative photocatalysts to TiO2 for the photocatalytic reduction of CO2

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    Nikokavoura, Aspasia; Trapalis, Christos

    2017-01-01

    The increased concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere, originating from the burning of fossil fuels in stationary and mobile sources, is referred as the "Anthropogenic Greenhouse Effect" and constitutes a major environmental concern. The scientific community is highly concerned about the resulting enhancement of the mean atmospheric temperature, so a vast diversity of methods has been applied. Thermochemical, electrochemical, photocatalytic, photoelectrochemical processes, as well as combination of solar electricity generation and water splitting processes have been performed in order to lower the CO2 atmospheric levels. Photocatalytic methods are environmental friendly and succeed in reducing the atmospheric CO2 concentration and producing fuels or/and useful organic compounds at the same time. The most common photocatalysts for the CO2 reduction are the inorganic, the carbon based semiconductors and the hybrids based on semiconductors, which combine stability, low cost and appropriate structure in order to accomplish redox reactions. In this review, inorganic semiconductors such as single-metal oxide, mixed-metal oxides, metal oxide composites, layered double hydroxides (LDHs), salt composites, carbon based semiconductors such as graphene based composites, CNT composites, g-C3N4 composites and hybrid organic-inorganic materials (ZIFs) were studied. TiO2 and Ti based photocatalysts are extensively studied and therefore in this review they are not mentioned.

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

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    Kim, Jihyun R; Kan, Eunsung

    2016-09-15

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

  4. TiO2 Processed by pressurized hot solvents as a novel photocatalyst for photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide

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    Reli, Martin; Kobielusz, Marcin; Matějová, Lenka; Daniš, Stanislav; Macyk, Wojciech; Obalová, Lucie; Kuśtrowski, Piotr; Rokicińska, Anna; Kočí, Kamila

    2017-01-01

    Anatase-brookite TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by the sol-gel process controlled within reverse micelles and processing by pressurized hot solvents-water/methanol/water (TiO2(M)) and water/ethanol/water (TiO2(E)), as an unconventional alternative to common calcination. The main goal of this work was to prepare anatase-brookite mixtures by processing by two different alcohols (methanol and ethanol) and evaluate the influence of the alcohol on the photocatalytic activity. Prepared photocatalysts were characterized by organic elemental analysis, nitrogen physisorption, XRD, UV-vis, photoelectrochemical and spectroelectrochemical measurements and XPS. The prepared photocatalysts efficiency was tested on the photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide and compared with commercial TiO2 Evonik P25. Both prepared nanocomposites were more efficient towards methane production but Evonik P25 was the most efficient towards hydrogen generated through water splitting. The higher performance of anatase-brookite mixture towards methane production can be explained by (i) a higher photocatalytic activity of brookite than rutile; (ii) a large surface area of anatase-brookite composites enabling better carbon dioxide adsorption; (iii) the photoinduced electron transfer from the brookite conduction band to the anatase conduction band. On the other hand, a higher production of hydrogen in the presence of Evonik P25 is caused by a better charge separation in anatase-rutile than anatase-brookite phase compositions. TiO2(M) appeared more active than TiO2(E) in the photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide due to a lower density of defects created in the crystal lattice.

  5. Coating of TiO 2 photocatalysts on super-hydrophobic porous teflon membrane by an ion assisted deposition method and their self-cleaning performance

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    Yamashita, H.; Nakao, H.; Takeuchi, M.; Nakatani, Y.; Anpo, M.

    2003-05-01

    By means of an ion assisted deposition method, a TiO 2 photocatalyst was prepared at relatively lower temperature on porous Teflon sheets (PTS) that are good candidates for the coating materials with super-hydrophobic surfaces. UV light irradiation of TiO 2 photocatalyst on PTS led to the photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants (self-cleaning), which wear off the water-repellent property of the original PTS surface. The PTS surface loading of a small amount of TiO 2 photocatalyst can keep the super-hydrophobic properties of PTS for a long time because of the photocatalytic degradation of the accumulated pollutants.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  7. Removal of NO by simultaneous action of dielectric-barrier discharge and TiO{2} photocatalyst

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    Jõgi, I.; Bichevin, V.; Laan, M.; Haljaste, A.; Käämbre, H.; Sabre, V.

    2009-08-01

    NO oxidation by simultaneous action of a dielectric barrier discharge and TiO{2} photocatalyst was investigated as a function of the inlet gas composition (NO, O{2}, N{2}) and the input energy. Concentrations of various NO{x} species and ozone in the outlet were detected by the optical absorption spectroscopy. Higher content of O{2} (10% and higher) increased the removal of NO and resulted in a higher output of N{2}O{5}. TiO{2} coating on a reactor electrode resulted in the time-depending oxidation of NO. Initially the concentration of untreated NO fell below the level achieved without TiO{2} but after few minutes the positive effect of TiO{2} diminished. The initial decrease in NO level due to the presence of TiO{2} coating is explainable by surface reactions of NO species and absorbed oxygen. After few minutes, the surface states responsible for the initial removal of NO saturated and the effect of TiO{2} vanished.

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

  9. Defective, Porous TiO2 Nanosheets with Pt Decoration as an Efficient Photocatalyst for Ethylene Oxidation Synthesized by a C3N4 Templating Method.

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    Pan, Xiaoyang; Chen, Xuxing; Yi, Zhiguo

    2016-04-27

    We report herein a C3N4 templating method for successfully synthesizing defective, porous TiO2 nanosheets with Pt decoration as an efficient photocatalyst for C2H4 oxidation. During the synthetic procedure, C3N4 not only acts as a 2D template to direct synthesize porous TiO2 nanosheets (TiO2-NS) but also facilitates oxygen vacancy formation on TiO2. The resultant TiO2-NS shows enhanced UV and visible-light photoactivities toward C2H4 oxidation as compared to blank TiO2 (TiO2-B) prepared without C3N4 template. Subsquently, Pt nanoparticles are homogeneously decorated onto the surface of TiO2-NS. The as-obtained Pt-TiO2-NS exhibits efficient photocatalytic activity and stability toward ethylene oxidation.

  10. Magnetically recoverable TiO2-WO3 photocatalyst to oxidize bisphenol A from model wastewater under simulated solar light.

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    Dominguez, S; Huebra, M; Han, C; Campo, P; Nadagouda, M N; Rivero, M J; Ortiz, I; Dionysiou, D D

    2016-09-27

    A novel magnetically recoverable, visible light active TiO2-WO3 composite (Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2-WO3) was prepared to enable the photocatalyst recovery after the degradation of bisphenol A (BPA) under simulated solar light. For comparison, the photocatalytic activity of other materials such as non-magnetic TiO2-WO3, Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2, TiO2, and the commercial TiO2 P25 was also evaluated under the studied experimental conditions. The structure and morphology of the synthesized materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), and electron dispersion spectroscopy (EDS). Moreover, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area and magnetic properties of the samples were determined. The Fe3O4@SiO2@TiO2-WO3 and TiO2-WO3 led to a BPA degradation of 17.50 and 27.92 %, respectively, after 2 h of the simulated solar light irradiation. Even though their activity was lower than that of P25, which degraded completely BPA after 1 h, our catalysts were magnetically separable for their further reuse in the treatment. Furthermore, the influence of the water matrix in the photocatalytic activity of the samples was studied in municipal wastewater. Finally, the identification of reaction intermediates was performed and a possible BPA degradation pathway was proposed to provide a better understanding of the degradation process. Graphical abstract ᅟ.

  11. Fe2O3/TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalyst prepared by supercritical fluid combination technique and its application in degradation of acrylic acid

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    Wei, J.; Zhang, J. C.

    2017-01-01

    Fe2O3/TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalysts were synthesized by supercritical fluid combination technique, consisting of sol-gel method and supercritical fluid drying. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by the degradation of acrylic acid. The results indicated that the Fe2O3/TiO2 nanocomposite catalysts prepared by this novel technique showed significant improvement in catalytic activity compared with pure TiO2 or Fe2O3/TiO2 catalysts prepared by traditional drying. Both infrared and ultraviolet spectrum of Fe2O3/TiO2 nanocomposite photocatalysts shift a little to lower wavelength indicating that the absorption threshold of Fe doped nanocomposite photocatalysts shift into the visible light region. This phenomenon was also attested by the photocatalytic degradation test under visible light.

  12. Efficient degradation of benzene over LaVO4/TiO2 nanocrystalline heterojunction photocatalyst under visible light irradiation.

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    Huang, Hanjie; Li, Danzhen; Lin, Qiang; Zhang, Wenjuan; Shao, Yu; Chen, Yibin; Sun, Meng; Fu, Xianzhi

    2009-06-01

    A nanocrystal heterojunction LaVO4TiO2 visible light photocatalyst has been successfully prepared by a simple coupled method. The catalyst was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, transmission electron microscopy, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectra, photoluminescence, and electrochemistry technology.The results showed that the prepared nanocomposite catalysts exhibited strong photocatalytic activity for decomposition of benzene under visible light irradiation with high photochemical stability. The enhanced photocatalytic performance of LaVO4/TiO2 may be attributed to not only the matched band potentials but also interconnected heterojunction of LaVO4 and TiO2 nanoparticles.

  13. Preparation, characterization and visible light photocatalytic activity of silver, nitrogen co-doped TiO2 photocatalyst

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    Khan, Matiullah; Ramin Gul, Sahar; Li, Jing; Cao, Wenbin; Mamalis, Athanasios G.

    2015-06-01

    TiO2 photocatalyst codoped with Silver (Ag) and Nitrogen (N) with different Ag doping concentrations is successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method. The as-synthesized samples are characterized through x-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis. absorption spectra and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The photocatalytic response is evaluated by the photodegradation of methylene blue under visible light irradiations. All synthesized samples are composed of pure anatase phase with good crystallinity. The absorption edge of codoped TiO2 is shifted towards visible light region. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed the existence of silver and nitrogen in the codoped samples. All the codoped samples demonstrated improved photocatalytic activity compared to pure TiO2. Among the different codoped samples, the one with silver doping concentration of 4 at. % exhibited the highest photoactivity.

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

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    Hong, Hyun-Guk; Kim, Young-Joo

    2008-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  17. Use of titanium dioxide (TiO2) photocatalysts as alternative means for Listeria monocytogenes biofilm disinfection in food processing.

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    Chorianopoulos, N G; Tsoukleris, D S; Panagou, E Z; Falaras, P; Nychas, G-J E

    2011-02-01

    The aim of this work was to study the photocatalytic activity of titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) against Listeria monocytogenes bacterial biofilm. Different TiO(2) nanostructured thin films were deposited on surfaces such as stainless steel and glass using the doctor-blade technique. All the surfaces were placed in test tubes containing Brain Heart (BH) broth and inoculated with L. monocytogenes. Test tubes were then incubated for 10 days at 16°C in order to allow biofilm development. After biofilm formation, the surfaces were illuminated by ultraviolet A light (UVA; wavelength of 315-400 nm). The quantification of biofilms was performed using the bead vortexing method, followed by agar plating and/or by conductance measurements (via the metabolic activity of biofilm cells). The presence of the TiO(2) nanoparticles resulted in a fastest log-reduction of bacterial biofilm compared to the control test. The biofilm of L. monocytogenes for the glass nanoparticle 1 (glass surface modified by 16% w/v TiO(2)) was found to have decreased by 3 log CFU/cm(2) after 90 min irradiation by UVA. The use of TiO(2) nanostructured photocatalysts as alternative means of disinfecting contaminated surfaces presents an intriguing case, which by further development may provide potent disinfecting solutions. Surface modification using nanostructured titania and UV irradiation is an innovative combination to enhance food safety and economizing time and money.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-04-15

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

  1. Preparation and characterization of C,N-codoped TiO2 photocatalyst for the degradation of diclofenac from wastewater.

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    Buda, Waldemar; Czech, Bożena

    2013-01-01

    Application of mesoporous C- and C,N-codoped TiO2 in the removal of diclofenac from water was studied. The sol-gel method was used for the preparation of the photocatalysts. The physicochemical properties of studied materials were characterized by BET (Brunauer, Emmett and Teller), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) methods. XPS confirmed the incorporation of nitrogen and carbon atoms into TiO2 lattice. The synthesized catalysts were effective in the removal of the studied pollutant from water and enabled reduction of the COD (chemical oxygen demand) value of the wastewater by at least 60%. The process of diclofenac photooxidation over the C,N-codoped and C-doped TiO2 photocatalysts proceeded similarly and was followed by pseudo-first order kinetics. The increase in calcination temperature resulted in the rutile fraction (5%) slightly lowering the effectiveness of treatment. The results over pure anatase structures confirmed that anatase has usually a better photocatalytic activity than rutile. The best changes in the water quality were observed during the first 50 min of treatment, but mineralization of pollutant did not lead to complete.

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

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    Liu, Yuanxu; Wang, Zhonglei; Huang, Weixin

    2016-12-01

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

  3. Silica decorated TiO2 for virus inactivation in drinking water--simple synthesis method and mechanisms of enhanced inactivation kinetics.

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    Liga, Michael V; Maguire-Boyle, Samuel J; Jafry, Huma R; Barron, Andrew R; Li, Qilin

    2013-06-18

    A new method of modifying TiO2 photocatalysts with SiO2 is developed in which SiO2 nanoparticles are simply mixed with TiO2 in water under ambient conditions. This method does not require the use of toxic solvents or significant energy input. Although the SiO2 modification slightly reduces hydroxyl free radical production, the composite SiO2-TiO2 nanomaterials have markedly higher photocatalytic inactivation rates for a common surrogate virus, bacteriophage MS2 (up to 270% compared to the unmodified TiO2), due to the greatly improved adsorptive density and dark inactivation of MS2. The Langmuir isotherm describes the adsorption data well and shows that the TiO2 modified with 5% SiO2 has a maximum adsorption density qmax 37 times that of the unmodified TiO2. The Langmuir-Hinshelwood model fits the photocatalytic inactivation kinetic data well. The SiO2-TiO2 material produces a greater maximum initial inactivation rate yet a lower intrinsic surface reaction rate constant, consistent with the reduced hydroxyl radical production and enhanced adsorption. These results suggest that modifying photocatalyst surface to increase contaminant adsorption is an important strategy to improve photocatalytic reaction efficiency. Simple and cheap synthesis methods such as that used in this study bring photocatalysis closer to being a viable water treatment option.

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

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

    2012-03-01

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

  5. The Use of Nanoscale Visible Light-Responsive Photocatalyst TiO2-Pt for the Elimination of Soil-Borne Pathogens

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    Chen, Ya-Lei; Chen, Yao-Shen; Chan, Hao; Tseng, Yao-Hsuan; Yang, Shu-Ru; Tsai, Hsin-Ying; Liu, Hong-Yi; Sun, Der-Shan; Chang, Hsin-Hou

    2012-01-01

    Exposure to the soil-borne pathogens Burkholderia pseudomallei and Burkholderia cenocepacia can lead to severe infections and even mortality. These pathogens exhibit a high resistance to antibiotic treatments. In addition, no licensed vaccine is currently available. A nanoscale platinum-containing titania photocatalyst (TiO2-Pt) has been shown to have a superior visible light-responsive photocatalytic ability to degrade chemical contaminants like nitrogen oxides. The antibacterial activity of the catalyst and its potential use in soil pathogen control were evaluated. Using the plating method, we found that TiO2-Pt exerts superior antibacterial performance against Escherichia coli compared to other commercially available and laboratory prepared ultraviolet/visible light-responsive titania photocatalysts. TiO2-Pt-mediated photocatalysis also affectively eliminates the soil-borne bacteria B. pseudomallei and B. cenocepacia. An air pouch infection mouse model further revealed that TiO2-Pt-mediated photocatalysis could reduce the pathogenicity of both strains of bacteria. Unexpectedly, water containing up to 10% w/v dissolved soil particles did not reduce the antibacterial potency of TiO2-Pt, suggesting that the TiO2-Pt photocatalyst is suitable for use in soil-contaminated environments. The TiO2-Pt photocatalyst exerted superior antibacterial activity against a broad spectrum of human pathogens, including B. pseudomallei and B. cenocepacia. Soil particles (<10% w/v) did not significantly reduce the antibacterial activity of TiO2-Pt in water. These findings suggest that the TiO2-Pt photocatalyst may have potential applications in the development of bactericides for soil-borne pathogens. PMID:22384003

  6. The use of nanoscale visible light-responsive photocatalyst TiO2-Pt for the elimination of soil-borne pathogens.

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    Chen, Ya-Lei; Chen, Yao-Shen; Chan, Hao; Tseng, Yao-Hsuan; Yang, Shu-Ru; Tsai, Hsin-Ying; Liu, Hong-Yi; Sun, Der-Shan; Chang, Hsin-Hou

    2012-01-01

    Exposure to the soil-borne pathogens Burkholderia pseudomallei and Burkholderia cenocepacia can lead to severe infections and even mortality. These pathogens exhibit a high resistance to antibiotic treatments. In addition, no licensed vaccine is currently available. A nanoscale platinum-containing titania photocatalyst (TiO(2)-Pt) has been shown to have a superior visible light-responsive photocatalytic ability to degrade chemical contaminants like nitrogen oxides. The antibacterial activity of the catalyst and its potential use in soil pathogen control were evaluated. Using the plating method, we found that TiO(2)-Pt exerts superior antibacterial performance against Escherichia coli compared to other commercially available and laboratory prepared ultraviolet/visible light-responsive titania photocatalysts. TiO(2)-Pt-mediated photocatalysis also affectively eliminates the soil-borne bacteria B. pseudomallei and B. cenocepacia. An air pouch infection mouse model further revealed that TiO(2)-Pt-mediated photocatalysis could reduce the pathogenicity of both strains of bacteria. Unexpectedly, water containing up to 10% w/v dissolved soil particles did not reduce the antibacterial potency of TiO(2)-Pt, suggesting that the TiO(2)-Pt photocatalyst is suitable for use in soil-contaminated environments. The TiO(2)-Pt photocatalyst exerted superior antibacterial activity against a broad spectrum of human pathogens, including B. pseudomallei and B. cenocepacia. Soil particles (<10% w/v) did not significantly reduce the antibacterial activity of TiO(2)-Pt in water. These findings suggest that the TiO(2)-Pt photocatalyst may have potential applications in the development of bactericides for soil-borne pathogens.

  7. Preparation and characterization of N-S-codoped TiO(2) photocatalyst and its photocatalytic activity.

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    Wei, Fengyu; Ni, Liangsuo; Cui, Peng

    2008-08-15

    N-S-codoped anatase nanosized TiO(2) photocatalyst (NSTO) was successfully prepared by one-step hydrothermal method from a mixed aqueous solution of Ti(SO(4))(2) and thiourea. The samples were characterized by XRD, UV-vis, XPS, FT-IR and EA. From results of UV-vis, a red shift of the absorption edge was brought out owing to N and S codoping, and the extension for photoabsorption range of NSTO occurred. XRD, XPS, EA and FT-IR studies revealed that N and S were in situ codoped in the lattice of TiO(2) and N concentration decreased from the surface to the center of NSTO. Especially, the photocatalytic tests indicated that NSTO exhibited a high activity for decompositions of methyl orange both under UV-light and vis-light irradiation comparing to S-doped TiO(2) (STO) and undoped TiO(2) (TO). The high activity of NSTO can be related to the results of the synergetic effects of strong absorption in the UV-vis region, red shift in adsorption edge, oxygen vacancies and the enhancement of surface acidity induced by N and S codoping.

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

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

    2016-04-21

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

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

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

    2017-03-15

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

  10. Preparation of TiO2 photocatalyst with the matrix of palm wood (Arenga pinnata) waste in the photodegradation of batik wastewater

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    Kresnadipayana, Dian; Wahyuni, Endang Tri; Juari Santosa, Sri; Mudasir

    2017-01-01

    The study aimed to the preparation of TiO2 photocatalyst with the matrix from palm wood waste whose has lignin and cellulose content. TiO2 photocatalyst with the matrix from the wastewater of palm wood waste (TiO2/pww) was used as photocatalyst in photodegradation of batik wastewater. TiO2 solid was dissolved in ethanol and aquadest, added with the powder of wood palm waste and stirred with a magnetic stirrer for 16 hours. Then separation was carried out using buchner and filtrate and residue were obtained. The filtrate was disposed and the residue was calcined with various temperatures for 3 hours. The temperatures in this research were 100 °C (TiO2/pww-100); 200°C (TiO2/pww-200); 300°C (TiO2/pww-300). Analysis and characterization of TiO2/wwp were conducted using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and spectrophotometer Fourier Transform Infra Red (FTIR) methods. Photocalalytic TiO2/wwp use the batch system in a reactor with UV light 40 watts, 220 volts and length wave 360 nm the plate magnetic stirrer. Liquid waste batik adds TiO2/wwp with time variation. At XRD analysis showed that the preparation of TiO2/pww could be done on the heating TiO2/pww temperature of 100°C and 200°C. At the temperature of 300°C, it was indicated that the lignocelluloses in palm wood waste were burned, meaning that few lignocelluloses remained. The result of FTIR analysis showed clearly that at the temperature of 300°C, a few spectrum of lignocelluloses remained in palm wood waste, while at a temperature of 100°C and 200°C, spectra of lignocelluloses of palm wood waste remained. The result of photocatalysis test indicated that TiO2/pww could reduce 40%, 72%, 81% and 64% COD for TiO2 (control), TiO2/pww-100, TiO2/pww-200 and TiO2/pww-300, respectively.

  11. Photoassisted NO reduction with NH3 over TiO2 photocatalyst.

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

    2002-11-21

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

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2011-02-01

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

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

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    Pham, Thanh-Dong; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2014-01-01

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

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

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    Pham, Thanh-Dong; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2014-03-20

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

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

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

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

    2015-11-15

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

  18. Preparation, characterization, and photocatalytic activity evaluation of Fe-N-codoped TiO2/fly ash cenospheres floating photocatalyst.

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    Song, Jingke; Wang, Xuejiang; Bu, Yunjie; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Xin; Huang, Jiayu; Chen, Jie; Zhao, Jianfu

    2016-11-01

    Nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) and Fe-N-codoped TiO2 layers on fly ash cenospheres (FAC) as floating photocatalyst were successfully prepared through sol-gel method. Photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet (UV)-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and nitrogen adsorption analyses for Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area. Photocatalytic efficiency of the prepared catalyst was evaluated through using the decomposition of Rhodamine B (RhB) as a model compound under visible light irradiation. Photocatalytic activity and kinetics of catalyst under visible light were detected in details from different Fe/Ti mole ratios by detecting photodegradation of RhB. Experimental results show that when the calcination temperature was 550 °C, the dosage of FAC was 3.0 g, and the mole ratio of Fe/Ti was 0.71 %; the synthesized Fe-N-TiO2/FAC photocatalyst presented as anatase phase and that N and Fe ions were doped into TiO2 lattice. The material's specific surface area was 34.027 m(2)/g, and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy shows that the edge of the photon absorption has been red shifted up to 400-500 nm. Fe-N-codoped titanium dioxide on FAC had excellent photocatalytic activity during the process of photodegradation of RhB under visible light irradiation.

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

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

    2015-11-15

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

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

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    Arikawati, Erlina; Pranoto; Endah Saraswati, Teguh

    2017-02-01

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

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  2. Photodegradation of phenanthrene by N-doped TiO2 photocatalyst.

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    Sirisaksoontorn, Weekit; Thachepan, Surachai; Songsasen, Apisit

    2009-07-15

    The photodegradation of phenanthrene has been catalyzed by nanostructures of TiO2 doped with nitrogen, N-doped TiO2. The N-doped TiO2 was prepared from the sol-gel reaction of Titanium(IV) bis(ethyl acetoacetato)diisopropoxide with 25% ammonia solution. The N-doped TiO2 was calcined at various temperatures from 300 to 700 degrees C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that N-doped TiO2 remained amorphous at 300 degrees C but anatase-to-rutile transformation started at 400 degrees C and was complete at 700 degrees C. The average particle size calculated from Scherrer's equation was in the range of 9-51 nm with surface area (S(BET)) of 253.7-4.8 m2/g. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results confirmed the incorporation of nitrogen atoms (Ti-N bond) in the N-doped catalyst. Moreover, the percentage of nitrogen determined by Elemental analysis was 0.236% of N-doped calcined at 400 degrees C. UV-Vis reflection spectra indicated that N-doped TiO2 calcined at 400 degrees C shifted to the higher absorption edge in the range of visible light. N-doped TiO2 calcined at 400 degrees C successfully catalyzed the photodegradation of phenanthrene (80% conversion) whereas N-doped TiO2 calcined at 500 degrees C and P25 TiO2 failed as catalysts.

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

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

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

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

    2007-07-16

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

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

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

    2010-03-01

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

  6. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue over nanosized TiO2 particles prepared using the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis method.

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    Park, Chul-Min; Seo, Hyeong-Seok; Cho, Jung-Ho; Choi, Da-Hye; Jeong, Young-Shin; Chung, Min-Chul; Jung, Sang-Chul; Jeong, Woon-Jo; Ban, Jae-Sam; Ahn, Ho-Geun

    2013-08-01

    In order to reutilize the spent metallic titanium chips, TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared using the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) method, and were characterized by N2 gas adsorption, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscope, particle size distribution. Also, their photocatalytic activities were evaluated using methylene blue as a model organic compound. It was confirmed that the crystal structure of TiO2 prepared by SHS method was relatively homogeneous powder of rutile type. Optimum conditions for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue under UV-C irradiation were methylene blue 9.5 ppm in solution and at amount of TiO2 added of 0.02 g/L. In addition, it was found that the photocatalytic activity for methylene blue degradation over the prepared TiO2 particles was positively related with BET specific surface area.

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

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    Dong, Yinmao; Tang, Dongyan; Li, Chensha

    2014-03-01

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

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

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    Weon, Seunghyun; Choi, Wonyong

    2016-03-01

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

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

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

    2011-05-15

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

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

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

    2014-02-10

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

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

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

    2015-09-21

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

  12. The Role of the Relative Dye/Photocatalyst Concentration in TiO2 Assisted Photodegradation Process.

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    de Mendonça, Vagner R; Mourão, Henrique A J L; Malagutti, Andréa R; Ribeiro, C

    2014-01-01

    Despite photocatalytic degradation is studied generally focusing the catalyst, its interaction with the contaminant molecule plays a fundamental role in the efficiency of that process. Then, we proposed a comparative study about the photodegradation of two well-known dyes, with different acidity/basicity - Methylene Blue (MB) and Rhodamine B (RhB), catalyzed by TiO2 nanoparticles, varying both dye and photocatalyst concentrations. The results showed that the amphoteric character of MB molecules, even in a range of concentration of 5.0-10.0 mg L(-1) , did not imply in pH variation in solution. Therefore, it did not affect the colloidal behavior of TiO2 nanoparticles, independent of the relative dye/catalyst concentration. The acid-base character of RhB influenced the resultant pH of the solution, implicating in different colloidal behavior of the nanoparticles and consequently, in different degradation conditions according to dye concentration. As the isoelectric point of TiO2 is between the pH range of the RhB solutions used in this study, from 1.0 to 7.5 mg L(-1) , the resultant pH was the key factor for degradation conditions, from a well dispersed to an agglomerated suspension.

  13. Enhanced performance of {0 0 1} facets dominated mesoporous TiO2 photocatalyst composed of high-reactive nanocrystals and mesoporous spheres

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    Wang, Wei; Lu, Chunhua; Ni, Yaru; Peng, Fengping; Xu, Zhongzi

    2013-01-01

    {0 0 1} facets dominated mesoporous anatase TiO2 sheets composed of mesoporous spheres and high reactive nanocrystals with exposed {0 0 1} facets were synthesized successfully with NH4F as the capping agent by the hydrothermal and heat treatment method. The photocatalyst exhibits a high specific surface area and a higher photocatalytic activity than Degussa P25 and pure TiO2 nanosheets in the degradation of organic dyes under UV irradiation.

  14. Plasmon-enhanced water splitting on TiO2-passivated GaP photocatalysts.

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    Qiu, Jing; Zeng, Guangtong; Pavaskar, Prathamesh; Li, Zhen; Cronin, Stephen B

    2014-02-21

    Integrating plasmon resonant nanostructures with photocatalytic semiconductors shows great promise for high efficiency photocatalytic water splitting. However, the electrochemical instability of most III-V semiconductors severely limits their applicability in photocatalysis. In this work, we passivate p-type GaP with a thin layer of n-type TiO2 using atomic layer deposition. The TiO2 passivation layer prevents corrosion of the GaP, as evidenced by atomic force microscopy and photoelectrochemical measurements. In addition, the TiO2 passivation layer provides an enhancement in photoconversion efficiency through the formation of a charge separating pn-region. Plasmonic Au nanoparticles deposited on top of the TiO2-passivated GaP further increases the photoconversion efficiency through local field enhancement. These two enhancement mechanisms are separated by systematically varying the thickness of the TiO2 layer. Because of the tradeoff between the quickly decaying plasmonic fields and the formation of the pn-charge separation region, an optimum performance is achieved for a TiO2 thickness of 0.5 nm. Finite difference time domain (FDTD) simulations of the electric field profiles in this photocatalytic heterostructure corroborate these results. The effects of plasmonic enhancement are distinguished from the natural catalytic properties of Au by evaluating similar photocatalytic TiO2/GaP structures with catalytic, non-plasmonic metals (i.e., Pt) instead of Au. This general approach of passivating narrower band gap semiconductors enables a wider range of materials to be considered for plasmon-enhanced photocatalysis for high efficiency water splitting.

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

  16. Novel three-dimensionally ordered macroporous Fe3+-doped TiO2 photocatalysts for H2 production and degradation applications

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    Yan, Xiaoqing; Xue, Chao; Yang, Bolun; Yang, Guidong

    2017-02-01

    Novel three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) Fe3+-doped TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared using a colloidal crystal template method with low-cost raw material including ferric trichloride, isopropanol, tetrabutyl titanate and polymethyl methacrylate. The as-prepared 3DOM Fe3+-doped TiO2 photocatalysts were characterized by various analytical techniques. TEM and SEM results showed that the obtained photocatalysts possess well-ordered macroporous structure in three dimensional orientations. As proved by XPS and EDX analysis that Fe3+ ions have been introduced TiO2 lattice and the doped Fe3+ ions can act as the electron acceptor/donor centers to significantly enhance the electron transfer from the bulk to surface of TiO2, resulting in more electrons could take part in the oxygen reduction process thereby decreasing the recombination rate of photogenerated charges. Meanwhile, the 3DOM architecture with the feature of interfacial chemical reaction active sites and optical absorption active sites is remarkably favorable for the reactant transfer and light trapping in the photoreaction process. As a result, the 3DOM Fe3+-doped TiO2 photocatalysts show the considerably higher photocatalytic activity for decomposition of the Rhodamine B (RhB) and the generation of hydrogen under visible light irradiation due to the synergistic effects of open, interconnected macroporous network and metal ion doping.

  17. Microporous Ni-doped TiO2 film photocatalyst by plasma electrolytic oxidation.

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    Yao, Zhongping; Jia, Fangzhou; Tian, Shujun; Li, ChunXiang; Jiang, Zhaohua; Bai, Xuefeng

    2010-09-01

    Ni-doped TiO2 film catalysts were prepared by a plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) method and were mainly characterized by means of SEM, EDS, XRD, XPS, and DRS, respectively. The effects of Ni doping on the structure, composition and optical absorption property of the film catalysts were investigated along with their inherent relationships. The results show that the film catalyst is composed of anatase and rutile TiO2 with microporous structure. Doping Ni changes the phase composition and the lattice parameters (interplanar crystal spacing and cell volume) of the films. The optical absorption range of TiO2 film gradually expands and shifts to the red with increasing dosages. Both direct and indirect transition band gaps of the TiO2 films are deduced consequently. Moreover, the photocatalytic activity of the film catalysts for splitting Na2S+Na2SO3 solution into H2 is enhanced by doping with an appropriate amount of Ni. The as-prepared TiO2 film catalyst doping with 10 g/L of Ni(Ac)2 presents the highest photocatalytic reducing activity.

  18. Transparent thin-film TiO2 photocatalysts with high activity.

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    Blount, M C; Kim, D H; Falconer, J L

    2001-07-15

    A transparent, thin-film TiO2 layer prepared by sol-gel deposition is shown to be more active for photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) of acetaldehyde, acetic acid, and toluene than Degussa P25 thin films. The sol-gel TiO2 adsorbs 30-70% less organic, but the PCO activity per adsorbed molecule is 3.5-8.5 times higher on the sol-gel TiO2 than on Degussa P25. In addition, less-reactive intermediates do not appear to form as readily on the sol-gel catalyst as they do on Degussa P25, and thus the sol-gel catalyst deactivates slower during toluene PCO. Rates were measured in transient experiments for a monolayer of adsorbed organic, and transient experiments are shown to be an effective way to measure rates, selectivities, surface coverages, and formation of less-reactive intermediates in the same set of experiments.

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

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

    2015-03-01

    To improve the solar light induced photocatalytic application performances of TiO2, in this study, the SeO2 modified TiO2 composite photocatalysts with various ratios of SeO2 to TiO2 were prepared by sol-gel method. The catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscope (HR-SEM), energy dispersive spectra (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence spectra (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurement methods. The photocatalytic activity of SeO2/TiO2 was investigated for the degradation of sunset yellow (SY) in aqueous solution using solar light. The SeO2/TiO2 is found to be more efficient than prepared TiO2 and TiO2-P25 at pH 7 for the mineralization of SY. The effects of operational parameters such as the amount of photocatalyst, dye concentration and initial pH on photo mineralization of SY have been analyzed. The degradation was strongly enhanced in the presence of electron acceptors such as oxone, KIO4 and KBrO3. The kinetics of SY photodegradation was found to follow the pseudo-first order rate law and could be described in terms of Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. The mineralization of SY has been confirmed by COD measurements. The catalyst is found to be reusable.

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

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    Rajamanickam, D; Dhatshanamurthi, P; Shanthi, M

    2015-03-05

    To improve the solar light induced photocatalytic application performances of TiO2, in this study, the SeO2 modified TiO2 composite photocatalysts with various ratios of SeO2 to TiO2 were prepared by sol-gel method. The catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution scanning electron microscope (HR-SEM), energy dispersive spectra (EDS), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), photoluminescence spectra (PL), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area measurement methods. The photocatalytic activity of SeO2/TiO2 was investigated for the degradation of sunset yellow (SY) in aqueous solution using solar light. The SeO2/TiO2 is found to be more efficient than prepared TiO2 and TiO2-P25 at pH 7 for the mineralization of SY. The effects of operational parameters such as the amount of photocatalyst, dye concentration and initial pH on photo mineralization of SY have been analyzed. The degradation was strongly enhanced in the presence of electron acceptors such as oxone, KIO4 and KBrO3. The kinetics of SY photodegradation was found to follow the pseudo-first order rate law and could be described in terms of Langmuir-Hinshelwood model. The mineralization of SY has been confirmed by COD measurements. The catalyst is found to be reusable.

  1. Sonochemical fabrication of mesoporous TiO2 inside diatom frustules for photocatalyst.

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    Mao, Lin; Liu, Jia; Zhu, Shenmin; Zhang, Di; Chen, Zhixin; Chen, Chenxin

    2014-03-01

    Mesoporous titanium dioxide (TiO2) has been assembled inside the macropores of diatom frustules by sonochemical condensation of titania precursor, and then thermal treated at an elevated temperature. The resulting hierarchical macro/mesoporous-structures of the TiO2 inside diatom were confirmed by characterizations of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The amount of TiO2 inside the periodic macropores of diatom was controlled by varying the sonication time. It was found that the resultant composite with only 30 wt% TiO2 loading delivered a high photocatalytic performance, even better than that of pure P25. This is attributed to its hierarchical macro/mesoporous structure as it provides a large number of accessible active sites for efficient transportations of guest species to framework binding sites. Other macro/mesoporous structures with a nearly endless variety of functional chemistries and shapes are expected to be produced, leading to a range of novel applications in remediation, molecular transportation and environmental field by using this facile strategy.

  2. Activated carbon-based magnetic TiO2 photocatalyst codoped with iodine and nitrogen for organic pollution degradation

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    Wang, Xuejiang; Song, Jingke; Huang, Jiayu; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Xin; Ma, RongRong; Wang, Jiayi; Zhao, Jianfu

    2016-12-01

    Magnetic photocatalyst - iodine and nitrogen codoped TiO2 based on chitosan decorated magnetic activated carbon (I-N-T/CMAC) was prepared via simple coprecipitation and sol-gel method. The characteristics of photocatalysts were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherm, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). It turned out that the prepared material had large surface area, enhanced absorption of visible light, and magnetically separable properties when mole ratio of I/Ti was 0.1. Iodine-nitrogen codoped magnetic photocatalyst was used for the removal of salicylic acid (SA), and the rate of adsorption reaction for SA by I0.1-N-T/CMAC followed the pseudo second-order kinetic. Under visible light irradiation, 89.71% SA with initial concentration = 30 mg/L could be removed by I0.1-N-T/CMAC, and photodegradation rate of SA on I0.1-N-T/CMAC composites was 0.0084 min-1 which is about 4 times higher than that of magnetic photocatalyst with nitrogen doped only. The effects of SA initial concentration, pH, coexisting anions and humic acid to the degradation of SA with the prepared material were also investigated. Main oxidative species in the photodegradation process are rad OH and h+.

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  4. Application of TiO2-organobentonite modified by cetyltrimethylammonium chloride photocatalyst and polyaluminum chloride coagulant for pretreatment of aging landfill leachate.

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    Zhang, Yi-Jie; Yang, Zhao-Hui; Song, Pei-Pei; Xu, Hai-Yin; Xu, Rui; Huang, Jing; Li, Juan; Zhou, Yan

    2016-09-01

    This study investigated the treatment performance for aging leachate containing refractory organic pollutants by TiO2-organobentonite photocatalyst combined with polyaluminum chloride (PAC) coagulant. TiO2 was immobilized on organobentonite granules as a supporter modified by cetyltrimethylammonium chloride (CTAC). The prepared catalysts were characterized by ESEM, FTIR, and XRD analysis, which showed that TiO2-organobentonite catalyst had uniform coating of TiO2 on support. Chemical oxygen demand (COD) and NH3-N removal rates by combination of TiO2-CTAC2.0 photocatalysis and PAC coagulation were evaluated, optimized, and compared to that by either treatment alone, with respect to TiO2-CTAC2.0 dose, photocatalytic contact time, pH, and PAC dose. Furthermore, higher removal rates (COD 80 %; NH3-N 46 %) were achieved by response surface methodology (RSM) when TiO2-CTAC2.0 photocatalysis was followed by PAC coagulation at optimized conditions. The optimized experimental conditions were TiO2-CTAC2.0 dosage of 5.09 g/L, at pH 5.53, photocatalytic contact time for 180 min, and PAC dosage of 1062 mg/L.

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

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

    2011-10-15

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

  6. Characterization of TiO(2)-chitosan/glass photocatalyst for the removal of a monoazo dye via photodegradation-adsorption process.

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    Zainal, Zulkarnain; Hui, Lee Kong; Hussein, Mohd Zobir; Abdullah, Abdul Halim; Hamadneh, Imad Moh'd Khair Rashid

    2009-05-15

    In this paper, the newly explored TiO(2)-Chitosan/Glass was suggested as a promising alternative material to conventional means of wastewater treatment. Characterization of TiO(2)-Chitosan/Glass photocatalyst was studied with SEM-EDX, XRD, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis. The combination effect of photodegradation-adsorption process for the removal of methyl orange (MO), an acid dye of the monoazo series occur promisingly when four layers of TiO(2)-Chitosan/Glass photocatalyst was used for MO removal. Approximately, 87.0% of total MO removal was achieved. The reactive -NH(2), -OH, and metal oxide contents in the prepared photocatalyst responsible for the photodegradation-adsorption effect were confirmed by FTIR study. Similarly, MO removal behavior was well supported by SEM-EDX and XRD analysis. Significant dependence of MO removal on the TiO(2)-Chitosan loading can be explained in terms of relationship between quantum yield of photocatalytic reactions and photocatalyst structure/activity. Hence, the research work done thus far suggests a new method, having both the advantages of photodegradation-adsorption process in the abatement of various wastewater pollutants.

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

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

    2012-05-01

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

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

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

    2013-04-01

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

  9. Highly efficient visible light TiO2 photocatalyst prepared by sol-gel method at temperatures lower than 300°C.

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    Wang, Desong; Xiao, Libin; Luo, Qingzhi; Li, Xueyan; An, Jing; Duan, Yandong

    2011-08-15

    Highly efficient visible light TiO(2) photocatalyst was prepared by the sol-gel method at lower temperature (≤ 300°C), and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry-thermogravimetric analysis (DSC-TGA). The effects of the heat treatment temperature and time of the as-prepared TiO(2) on its visible light photocatalytic activity were investigated by monitoring the degradation of methyl orange solution under visible light irradiation (wavelength ≥ 400 nm). Results show that the as-prepared TiO(2) nanoparticles possess an anatase phase and mesoporous structure with carbon self-doping and visible photosensitive organic groups. The visible light photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared TiO(2) is greatly higher than those of the commercial TiO(2) (P-25) and other visible photocatalysts reported in literature (such as PPy/TiO(2), P3HT/TiO(2), PANI/TiO(2), N-TiO(2) and Fe(3+)-TiO(2)) and its photocatalytic stability is excellent. The reasons for improving the visible light photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared TiO(2) can be explained by carbon self-doping and a large amount of visible photosensitive groups existing in the as-prepared TiO(2). The apparent optical thickness (τ(app)), local volumetric rate of photo absorption (LVRPA) and kinetic constant (k(T)) of the photodegradation system were calculated.

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

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    Yang, Juan; Dai, Jun; Li, Jiantong

    2013-04-01

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

  11. Nanostructured anatase TiO2 densified at high pressure as advanced visible light photocatalysts.

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    Carini, Giovanni; Parrino, Francesco; Palmisano, Giovanni; Scandura, Gabriele; Citro, Ilaria; Calogero, Giuseppe; Bartolotta, Antonino; Di Marco, Gaetano

    2015-09-26

    This study reports on characterization and photoactivity of nanostructured TiO2 samples, which have been permanently densified under high pressures, up to 2.1 GPa. Commercial Mirkat 211 anatase has been used as a benchmark sample, in order to investigate the effect of unidirectional high pressure on structural, optical and photocatalytic properties of TiO2. Vibrational Raman spectroscopy shows that the treatment does not cause transitions among the different crystalline phases of titanium dioxide. UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra reveal that increasing pressure gives rise to a shift of the absorption onset towards higher wavelength enhancing the photoactivity under visible radiation. Samples are also photo-electrochemically characterized and tested in the gas phase with partial oxidation of ethanol to acetaldehyde under visible irradiation. Compaction up to 0.8 GPa depresses both the alcohol conversion and the aldehyde yield, while samples treated under higher pressures show enhanced characteristics of conversion compared to the pristine material. Moreover, promising results in the reduction of CO2 are also obtained under UV-visible radiation.

  12. On sol-gel derived Au-enriched TiO2 and TiO2-ZrO2 photocatalysts and their investigation in photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide

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    Matějová, Lenka; Kočí, Kamila; Reli, Martin; Čapek, Libor; Matějka, Vlastimil; Šolcová, Olga; Obalová, Lucie

    2013-11-01

    Gold-enriched TiO2 and TiO2-ZrO2 and their parent counterparts were prepared by using the sol-gel process controlled within the reverse micelles environment, followed by impregnation in AuCl3 solution. Catalysts were characterized by organic elementary analysis (OEA), inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP MS), N2 physisorption, powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) combined with electron diffraction, UV-vis spectroscopy, and tested in CO2 photocatalytic reduction. The performance of photocatalysts iluminated by UV-lamp with the wavelenght maximum at 254 nm was decreasing in the order TiO2-ZrO2 > Au/TiO2-ZrO2 > TiO2 > Au/TiO2 > TiO2 Evonic P25. The photocatalytic performance decrease over Au/TiO2-ZrO2 and Au/TiO2, compared to their parent counterparts, can be explained by the presence of too large Au particles, which block the oxide surface and either reduce the light absorption capability of the catalysts, or serve as the recombination centres. Higher photocatalytic performance of the amorphous TiO2-ZrO2 than of the nanocrystalline TiO2 can be ascribed to the enlarged surface area and higher photoactivity of titania-zirconia oxide mixture under the UV lamp with the wavelenght maximum at 254 nm. With regard to crystalline materials the appropriate anatase crystallite-size plays a key role in performance of CO2 photocatalytic reduction. Moreover, correlation between the adsorption edge and the anatase crystallite-size was revealed.

  13. Novel TiO2/C3N4 Photocatalysts for Photocatalytic Reduction of CO2 and for Photocatalytic Decomposition of N2O.

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    Reli, Martin; Huo, Pengwei; Šihor, Marcel; Ambrožová, Nela; Troppová, Ivana; Matějová, Lenka; Lang, Jaroslav; Svoboda, Ladislav; Kuśtrowski, Piotr; Ritz, Michal; Praus, Petr; Kočí, Kamila

    2016-11-03

    TiO2/g-C3N4 photocatalysts with the ratio of TiO2 to g-C3N4 ranging from 0.3/1 to 2/1 were prepared by simple mechanical mixing of pure g-C3N4 and commercial TiO2 Evonik P25. All the nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, photoluminescence, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, photoelectrochemical measurements, and nitrogen physisorption. The prepared mixtures along with pure TiO2 and g-C3N4 were tested for the photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide and photocatalytic decomposition of nitrous oxide. The pure g-C3N4 exhibited the lowest photocatalytic activity in both cases, pointing to a very high recombination rate of charge carriers. On the other hand, the most active photocatalyst toward all the products was (0.3/1)TiO2/g-C3N4. The highest activity is achieved by combination of a number of factors: (i) specific surface area, (ii) adsorption edge energy, (iii) crystallite size, and (iv) efficient separation of the charge carriers, where the efficient charge separation is the most decisive parameter.

  14. 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.

  15. Utilization of Corn Cob and TiO2 Photocatalyst Thin Films for Dyes Removal.

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    Gan, Hui-Yee; Leow, Li-Eau; Ong, Siew-Teng

    The effectiveness of using TiO2 and corn cob films to remove Malachite Green oxalate (MG) and Acid Yellow 17 (AY 17) from binary dye solution was studied. The immobilization method in this study can avoid the filtration step which is not suited for practical applications. Batch studies were performed under different experimental conditions and the parameters studied involved initial pH of dye solution, initial dye concentration and contact time and reusability. The equilibrium data of MG and AY 17 conform to Freundlich and Langmuir isotherm model, respectively. The percentage removal of MG remained high after four sorption cycles, however for AY 17, a greater reduction was observed. The removal of both dyes were optimized and modeled via Plackett- Burman design (PB) and Response Surface Methodology (RSM). IR spectrum and surface conditions analyses were carried out using fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometer (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM), respectively.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  17. Synthesis of Br-doped TiO2 hollow spheres with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Wang, Qianqian; Zhu, Shengli; Liang, Yanqin; Cui, Zhenduo; Yang, Xianjin; Liang, Chunyong; Inoue, Akihisa

    2017-02-01

    The Br-doped hollow TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by a simple hydrothermal process on the carbon sphere template following with calcination at 400 °C. The structure and properties of photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectrum, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscopy, N2 desorption-adsorption, UV-Vis spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The TiO2 hollow spheres are in diameter of 500 nm with shell thickness of 50 nm. The shell is composed of small anatase nanoparticles with size of about 10 nm. The TiO2 hollow spheres exhibit high crystalline and high surface area of 89.208 m2/g. With increasing content of Br doping, the band gap of TiO2 hollow spheres decreased from 2.85 to 1.75 eV. The formation of impurity band in the band gap would narrow the band gap and result in the red shift of absorption edge from 395 to 517 nm, which further enhances the photocatalytic activity. The appropriate Br doping improves the photocatlytic activity significantly. The TiO2 hollow spheres with 1.55% Br doping (0.5Br-TiO2) exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity under full light. More than 98% of RhB, MO, and MB can be photodegraded using 0.5Br-TiO2 with concentration of 10 mg/L in 40, 30, and 30 min, respectively. The degradation rate of Br-doped photocatalysts was 40% faster than undoped ones.

  18. Solvothermal synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 nanostructures with tunable morphology and enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Fan, Zhenghua; Meng, Fanming; Zhang, Miao; Wu, Zhenyu; Sun, Zhaoqi; Li, Aixia

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents controllable growth and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 hierarchical nanostructures by solvothermal method at different temperatures. It is revealed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) that the morphology of TiO2 can be effectively controlled as rose-like, chrysanthemum-like and sea-urchin-like only changing solvothermal temperature. BET surface area analysis confirms the presence of a mesoporous network in all the nanostructures, and shows high surface area at relatively high temperature. The photocatalytic activities of the photocatalysts are evaluated by the photodegradation of RhB under UV light irradiation. The TiO2 samples exhibit high activity on the photodegradation of RhB, which is higher than that of the commercial P25. The enhancement in photocatalytic performance can be attributed to the synergetic effect of the surface area, crystallinity, band gap and crystalline size.

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

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

    2012-09-26

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

  20. Synthesis and characterization of Ag deposited TiO2 particles by laser ablation in water

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    Liu, C. H.; Hong, M. H.; Zhou, Y.; Chen, G. X.; Saw, M. M.; Hor, A. T. S.

    2007-12-01

    Ag deposited TiO2 (Ag/TiO2) particles were synthesized by laser ablation of silver and titanium targets in de-ionized (DI) water. Post-annealing makes the structure stable and the materials change to crystalline state. It is a new approach to form Ag/TiO2 particles with a simple system and non-toxic materials. TiO2 particles with size from 20 to 30 nm coated with silver nano-clusters were observed. The silver nano-clusters can enhance the absorption capability of TiO2 photocatalysts. UV-vis spectrum analysis shows that there is a strong absorption peak at around 400 nm. It is attributed to Ag nanoparticles surface plasmon resonance (SPR) effect. This effect helps to improve the spectral characteristics of TiO2 nanoparticles with its absorption spectra shifted to a longer wavelength region. From the above properties, Ag/TiO2 nanoparticles would have new potential applications in photocatalyst and photo-anode.

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

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    Sharotri, Nidhi; Sud, Dhiraj

    2015-08-01

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

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  3. Advanced Oxidation Processes in Triton X-100 and Wash-up Liquid Removal from Wastewater Using Modified TiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) Photocatalysts.

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    Czech, Bożena; Cwikła-Bundyra, Wiesława

    2012-09-01

    Photocatalytic methods were applied to remove the recalcitrant or toxic pollutants from the water. The two models of wastewater containing either non-ionic surfactant Triton X-100 or commercially available wash-up liquid were tested in a self-constructed band reactor during the laboratory studies. The photocatalyst, being typed TiO(2), was supported by porous Al(2)O(3) and modified by the addition of Cu, Fe, Zn, Ni, Mo or Co. The photocatalysts were characterised by N(2) adsorption-desorption, XRF, XRD, SEM-EDX, Raman and UV-Vis spectroscopy. All catalysts were efficient in the photocatalytic oxidation of surfactants, and they enabled at least 85 % COD reduction. TiO(2)/Al(2)O(3) photocatalysts modified by the transition metals were efficient only for more complicated compositions of surfactants. The effect of H(2)O(2) (0.01 vol.%) addition was also examined and compared with a type of compound and catalyst used-in this case a positive effect for Triton X-100 was only observed over the photocatalyst modified by Ni. When it comes to the wash-up liquid photoremoval, all studied photocatalysts seem to be slightly influenced by H(2)O(2) addition. It was also observed that it is not economically justified to conduct such treatment for more than 2 h.

  4. The Synthesis of Cadmium Doped Mesoporous TiO2

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

    2007-06-01

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

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

    2005-03-01

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

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

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

    2015-04-01

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

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

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    Yamamoto, Akira; Hosokawa, Saburo; Tanaka, Tsunehiro

    2015-01-01

    The effect of SO2 gas was investigated on the activity of the photo-assisted selective catalytic reduction of nitrogen monoxide (NO) with ammonia (NH3) over a TiO2 photocatalyst in the presence of excess oxygen (photo-SCR). The introduction of SO2 (300 ppm) greatly decreased the activity of the photo-SCR at 373 K. The increment of the reaction temperature enhanced the resistance to SO2 gas, and at 553 K the conversion of NO was stable for at least 300 min of the reaction. X-ray diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy, thermogravimetry and differential thermal analysis, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), elemental analysis and N2 adsorption measurement revealed that the ammonium sulfate species were generated after the reaction. There was a strong negative correlation between the deposition amount of the ammonium sulfate species and the specific surface area. Based on the above relationship, we concluded that the deposition of the ammonium sulfate species decreased the specific surface area by plugging the pore structure of the catalyst, and the decrease of the specific surface area resulted in the deactivation of the catalyst. PMID:27877768

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

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

    2015-04-01

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

  11. Preparation, characterization and performance of a novel visible light responsive spherical activated carbon-supported and Er3+:YFeO3-doped TiO2 photocatalyst.

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    Hou, Dianxun; Feng, Liang; Zhang, Jianbin; Dong, Shuangshi; Zhou, Dandan; Lim, Teik-Thye

    2012-01-15

    A novel spherical activated carbon (SAC) supported and Er(3+):YFeO(3)-doped TiO(2) visible-light responsive photocatalyst (Er(3+):YFeO(3)/TiO(2)-SAC) was synthesized by a modified sol-gel method with ultrasonic dispersion. It was characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscope (EDS), powder X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectrophotometer (DRS). The photocatalytic activity of Er(3+):YFeO(3)/TiO(2)-SAC was evaluated for degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. The effects of calcination temperature and irradiation time on its photocatalytic activity were examined. The experimental results indicated that Er(3+):YFeO(3) could function as an upconversion luminescence agent, enabling photocatalytic degradation of MO by TiO(2) under visible light. The Er(3+):YFeO(3)/TiO(2) calcinated at 700°C showed the highest photocatalytic capability compared to those calcinated at other temperatures. The photocatalytic degradation of MO followed the Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic model. Although the photocatalyst showed a good physical stability and could tolerate a shear force up to 25 × 10(-3)N/g, its photocatalytic activity decreased over a four-cycle of reuse in concentrated MO solution, indicating that the decreased activity was ascribed to the fouling of catalyst surface by MO during the degradation process. However, the fouled Er(3+):YFeO(3)/TiO(2)-SAC could be regenerated through water rinsing-calcination or acid rinsing-calcination treatment.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

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

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    Sharma, Ajit; Lee, Byeong-Kyu

    2015-09-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

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

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

    2008-05-15

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

  17. Mussel-Directed Synthesis of Nitrogen-Doped Anatase TiO2.

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    Xie, Jingjing; Xie, Hao; Su, Bao-Lian; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Du, Xiaodong; Zeng, Hui; Wang, Menghu; Wang, Weimin; Wang, Hao; Fu, Zhengyi

    2016-02-24

    Structure-forming processes leading to biominerals are well worth learning in pursuit of new synthetic techniques. Strategies that attempt to mimic nature in vitro cannot replace an entire complex natural organism, requiring ingenuity beyond chemists' hands. A "bioprocess-inspired synthesis" is demonstrated for fabrication of N-doped TiO2 materials at ambient temperature by direct implantation of precursor into living mussels. The amorphous precursor transforms into N-doped anatase TiO2 with a hierarchical nanostructure. Synthetic TiO2 exhibits high phase stability and enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity as a result of modifications to its band gap during in vivo mineralization. Intracellular proteins were found to be involved in TiO2 mineralization. Our findings may inspire material production by new synthetic techniques, especially under environmentally benign conditions.

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

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

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    Velmurugan, Rengasamy; Sreedhar, Bojja; Swaminathan, Meenakshisundaram

    2011-07-30

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

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

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

    2012-07-01

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

  2. Degradation of microcystin-LR by highly efficient AgBr/Ag3PO4/TiO2 heterojunction photocatalyst under simulated solar light irradiation

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    Wang, Xin; Utsumi, Motoo; Yang, Yingnan; Li, Dawei; Zhao, Yingxin; Zhang, Zhenya; Feng, Chuanping; Sugiura, Norio; Cheng, Jay Jiayang

    2015-01-01

    A novel photocatalyst AgBr/Ag3PO4/TiO2 was developed by a simple facile in situ deposition method and used for degradation of mirocystin-LR. TiO2 (P25) as a cost effective chemical was used to improve the stability of AgBr/Ag3PO4 under simulated solar light irradiation. The photocatalytic activity tests for this heterojunction were conducted under simulated solar light irradiation using methyl orange as targeted pollutant. The results indicated that the optimal Ag to Ti molar ratio for the photocatalytic activity of the resulting heterojunction AgBr/Ag3PO4/TiO2 was 1.5 (named as 1.5 BrPTi), which possessed higher photocatalytic capacity than AgBr/Ag3PO4. The 1.5 BrPTi heterojunction was also more stable than AgBr/Ag3PO4 in photocatalysis. This highly efficient and relatively stable photocatalyst was further tested for degradation of the hepatotoxin microcystin-LR (MC-LR). The results suggested that MC-LR was much more easily degraded by 1.5 BrPTi than by AgBr/Ag3PO4. The quenching effects of different scavengers proved that reactive h+ and •OH played important roles for MC-LR degradation.

  3. A visible light response TiO2 photocatalyst realized by cationic S-doping and its application for phenol degradation.

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    Liu, Shouxin; Chen, Xiaoyun

    2008-03-21

    S-doped TiO2 photocatalyst with high visible light activity was prepared by acid catalyzed hydrolysis method using thiourea (TU) as sulfur source. The catalyst was characterized by DRS, XPS, XRD, FTIR, SEM and N2 adsorption. It was found that cation S6+ was homogeneously incorporated into the bulk phase of TiO2 and substitutes for some of the lattice titanium (Ti4+). Doped S can form a new band above the valence band and narrow the band-gap of the photocatalyst, giving rise to a second absorption edge in the visible light region. The activity of the catalyst was examined by photodegradation of phenol in aqueous solution under both artificial visible light and solar light irradiation. The activity of catalyst was found to be dependent on the doping amount of S and the maximum activity was observed when the catalyst was obtained by calcinated at 600 degrees C with the mass ratio of TU/TiO2=1. Too much of new-generated band-gap structures due to higher S-doping could act as recombination centers for electron-hole pairs. Catalyst with optimum S-doping exhibited the highest activity under both artificial light and solar irradiation for phenol degradation. In addition, doped S also beneficial for the better dispersion, large S(BET) and phase transformation retardation of TiO2.

  4. Highly efficient and stable Au/CeO2-TiO2 photocatalyst for nitric oxide abatement: potential application in flue gas treatment.

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    Zhu, Wei; Xiao, Shuning; Zhang, Dieqing; Liu, Peijue; Zhou, Hongjun; Dai, Wenrui; Liu, Fanfan; Li, Hexing

    2015-10-06

    In the present work, highly efficient and stable Au/CeO2-TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by a microwave-assisted solution approach. The Au/CeO2-TiO2 composites with optimal molar ratio of Au/Ce/Ti of 0.004:0.1:1 delivered a remarkably high and stable NO conversion rate of 85% in a continuous flow reactor system under simulated solar light irradiation, which far exceeded the rate of 48% over pure TiO2. The tiny Au nanocrystals (∼1.1 nm) were well stabilized by CeO2 via strong metal-support bonding even it was subjected to calcinations at 550 °C for 6 h. These Au nanocrystals served as the very active sites for activating the molecule of nitric oxide and reducing the transmission time of the photogenerated electrons to accelerate O2 transforming to reactive oxygen species. Moreover, the Au-Ce(3+) interface formed and served as an anchoring site of O2 molecule. Then more adsorbed oxygen could react with photogenerated electrons on TiO2 surfaces to produce more superoxide radicals for NO oxidation, resulting in the improved efficiency. Meanwhile, O2 was also captured at the Au/TiO2 perimeter site and the NO molecules on TiO2 sites were initially delivered to the active perimeter site via diffusion on the TiO2 surface, where they assisted O-O bond dissociation and reacted with oxygen at these perimeter sites. Therefore, these finite Au nanocrystals can consecutively expose active sites for oxidizing NO. These synergistic effects created an efficient and stable system for breaking down NO pollutants. Furthermore, the excellent antisintering property of the catalyst will allow them for the potential application in photocatalytic treatment of high-temperature flue gas from power plant.

  5. TiO2 doped with nitrogen: synthesis and characterization.

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

    2008-02-01

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

  6. SiH/TiO2 and GeH/TiO2 heterojunctions: promising TiO2-based photocatalysts under visible light.

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    Niu, Mang; Cheng, Daojian; Cao, Dapeng

    2014-05-02

    We use hybrid density functional calculations to find that the monolayer silicane (SiH) and the anatase TiO2(101) composite (i.e. the SiH/TiO2 heterojunction) is a promising TiO2-based photocatalyst under visible light. The band gap of the SiH/TiO2(101) heterojunction is 2.082 eV, which is an ideal material for the visible-light photoexcitation of electron-hole pairs. Furthermore, the SiH/TiO2(101) heterojunction has a favorable type-II band alignment and thus the photoexcited electron can be injected to the conduction band of anatase TiO2 from that of silicane. Finally, the proper interface charge distribution facilitates the carrier separation in the SiH/TiO2(101) interface region. The electron injection and carrier separation can prevent the recombination of electron-hole pairs. Our calculation results suggest that such electronic structure of SiH/TiO2(101) heterojunction has significant advantages over these of doped TiO2 systems for visible-light photocatalysis.

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

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

    2015-08-14

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

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

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    Du, Fengwei; Yu, Shuyu

    2014-09-01

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

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

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

    2014-10-13

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

  10. Effect of rutile TiO2 on the photocatalytic performance of g-C3N4/brookite-TiO2-xNy photocatalyst for NO decomposition

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    Li, Huihui; Wu, Xiaoyong; Yin, Shu; Katsumata, Kenichi; Wang, Yuhua

    2017-01-01

    Novel g-C3N4/rutile-brookite TiO2-xNy composite photocatalysts were fabricated through a facile solvothermal approach. The effect of rutile phase TiO2 with brookite TiO2 and g-C3N4 on the photocatalytic activity of g-C3N4/nitrogen-doped TiO2 composite was studied. The photocatalytic performance of the photocatalyst was evaluated by measuring the degradation of NO gas under visible and UV light irradiation. It is suggested that g-C3N4/rutile-brookite TiO2-xNy forms a Z-scheme photocatalytic system, which shows improvement on the photocatalytic activity than that of g-C3N4/single brookite TiO2-xNy. By importing rutile phase TiO2-xNy, the photogenerated electrons can efficiently transfer from rutile TiO2 to g-C3N4, which results in the separation of electron and hole pairs, enhancing the photocatalytic ability. However, single brookite TiO2-xNy can not remove the photogenerated electrons efficiently and the photocatalytic performances of composites decrease with g-C3N4 amount increase.

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

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

    2011-11-30

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

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

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

    2015-03-01

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

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

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    Ragupathy, S; Raghu, K; Prabu, P

    2015-03-05

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

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-07

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

  16. Ag Nanoparticles Located on Three-Dimensional Pine Tree-Like Hierarchical TiO2 Nanotube Array Films as High-Efficiency Plasmonic Photocatalysts

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    Xu, Jinxia; Wang, Zhenhuan; Li, Wenqing; Zhang, Xingang; He, Dong; Xiao, Xiangheng

    2017-01-01

    High specific surface area three-dimensional pine tree-like hierarchical TiO2 nanotube array films loaded with Ag nanoparticles were successfully prepared by one-step hydrothermal reaction combining with simple and feasible magnetron sputtering. The composite Ag/TiO2-branched nanotube arrays show outstanding photocatalytic property, which is attributed to the boost of plasmonic enhancement carrier generation and separation, higher specific surface area, higher organic pollutant absorption, faster charge transport, and superior light-harvesting efficiency for efficient charge collection. The work provides a cost-effective and flexible pathway to develop high-performance photocatalyst or optoelectronic devices.

  17. Synthesis and photocatalytic redox properties of anatase TiO2 single crystals

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    Dong, Yeshuo; Fei, Xuening; Liu, Zhifeng; Zhou, Yongzhu; Cao, Lingyun

    2017-02-01

    The anatase TiO2 single crystals were synthesized through a solvothermal route and their morphology and structure were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometer (EDX). Characterization and photocatalytic activity experiments proposed that the simultaneous exposure of (001) and (101) facets could facilitate charge separation. While, due to the effect of surface substitution, the (001) facets were easier to be corroded with the increasing synthesis time. Moreover, the as-synthesized anatase TiO2 single crystals with (001) facets showed superior photocatalytic oxidation properties. Besides, the research on the plausible competitive mechanism of oxidation and reduction in the same reaction system suggested that the oxidation reaction was the predominant one with the increasing proportion of water on anatase TiO2 single crystals possessing the high reactivity of the (001) facets.

  18. 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.

  19. Controlled synthesis and facets-dependent photocatalysis of TiO2 nanocrystals

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    Roy, Nitish; Park, Yohan; Sohn, Youngku; Pradhan, Debabrata

    2015-04-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a wide band gap semiconductor that has been extensively used in several environmental applications including degradation of organic hazardous chemicals, water splitting to generate hydrogen, dye sensitized solar cells, self cleaning agents, and pigments. Herein we demonstrate the synthesis of TiO2 nanocrystals (NCs) with the shapes of ellipsoids, rods, cuboids, and sheets with different exposed facets using a noncorrosive and nontoxic chemical (i.e. diethanolamine) as the shape controlling agent, unlike hydrofluoric acid commonly used. The TiO2 NCs of diverse shapes with different exposed facets were tested for photocatalytic hydroxyl radical (OH•) formation, which determines their photocatalytic behavior and the results were compared with the standard P-25 Degussa. The formation rate of OH• per specific surface area was found to be >6 fold higher for rod-shaped TiO2 NCs than that of commercial Degussa P25 catalyst. The highest photocatalytic activity of rod-shaped TiO2 NCs is ascribed to the unique chemical environment of {010} exposed facets which facilitates the electron/hole separation in presence of {101} facets.

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

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

    2006-01-01

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

  1. Synthesis of Structured Macroporous TiO2 Thin Films and Investigation on Their Photocatalytic Activities

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    Kamegawa, Takashi; Suzuki, Norihiko; Yamashita, Hiromi

    2011-10-01

    Synthesis of structured macroporous TiO2 thin films on quartz substrate (macro-TiO2/Q) was performed by a dip-coating method using poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) microspheres as template. Obtained TiO2 thin films kept high transparency and had anatase crystalline structure. SEM observations revealed that the macropores were uniformly formed on the film surface. The size of macropores was quite similar to the diameter of PMMA microspheres as template. In comparison to the nonporous TiO2 thin films (TiO2/Q), macro-TiO2/Q exhibited twice higher photocatalytic activity for decolorization of methylene blue in water. Decomposition of acetaldehyde in gas phase also proceeded efficiently on macro-TiO2/Q. Moreover, the surface of macro-TiO2/Q was easily hydrophilized after a short period of UV light irradiation and maintained lower water contact angle in the dark for a long period as compared to those of TiO2/Q.

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

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

    2015-10-12

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

  3. Immobilization of TiO2 and Fe-C-TiO2 photocatalysts on the cotton material for application in a flow photocatalytic reactor for decomposition of phenol in water.

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    Tryba, Beata

    2008-03-01

    TiO2 and Fe-C-TiO2 photocatalysts have been immobilized on the cotton material and used in a flow photocatalytic reactor for phenol decomposition. The cotton material has been applied as a support for photocatalyst, because can be easily removed and replaced in a reactor, what facilitates the performance of the photocatalytic process. Fe-C-TiO2 photocatalyst has been prepared by modification of TiO2 fine particles of anatase structure with FeC2O4 through heating in Ar at 500 degrees C. The immobilized photocatalysts could efficiently decompose phenol in multiple use, Fe-C-TiO2 showed higher photocatalytic activity than TiO2, around 15-18 mg and 15-16 mg of phenol have been decomposed after 5 h of UV irradiation on Fe-C-TiO2 and TiO2, respectively. After addition of H2O2 the phenol decomposition and the mineralization degree have been accelerated, especially with immobilized Fe-C-TiO2 photocatalyst, in case of that the photo-Fenton reaction occurred. In the presence of H2O2 around 26-28 mg and 21-24 mg of phenol have been decomposed on Fe-C-TiO2 and TiO2 respectively, after 5 h of UV irradiation.

  4. Characterization of a Heterostructure TiO2/SnO2:F/SUBSTRATE with Two Different Geometries, Prepared by Spray Pyrolysis to BE Used as Photocatalyst

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    Velázquez-Cruz, E. I.; Anaya-Castillejos, K. M.; Martínez-Martínez, R.; Soto-Guzmán, A. B.; Falcony, C.

    2013-07-01

    Two TiO2/SnO2:F/substrate hetero-structures (HS) with different geometry were deposited by spray pyrolysis. The thickness for the TiO2 and SnO2:F films was 3.8 μm and 2.3 μm, and the band gap energy 3.3 eV and 3.6 eV, respectively. Both films have a transmittance greater than 70% in most of the visible spectrum. The electrical resistivity of the SnO2:F film was ρ = (1.7)×10-4Ω ṡ cm. The surface morphology of the TiO2 film shows hemispheric agglomerates formed by nano-metric needle/platy shaped particles that give them a porous texture much like a "ball of wool," the length of the needles is from 100 nm and its thickness close to 20 nm. The geometry of HS has an important influence on its efficiency as photocatalyst under low-powered UV radiation. One of the geometry for this HS, in which the TiO2/SnO2:F interface is exposed, showed greater efficiency than the TiO2 and SnO2:F films separately, or than the common "sandwich" type HS geometry. Specifically, a decrease by 62% of the initial concentration of a watery solution of methylene blue (mb) of 20 ppm in approximately 5 h of UV radiation is observed for the exposed interface HS compared with less than 30% reduction observed for the common sandwich type HS.

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

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

    2009-11-15

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

  6. Nanocrystal Cu2O-loaded TiO2 nanotube array films as high-performance visible-light bactericidal photocatalyst.

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    Zhang, Shengsen; Liu, Chang; Liu, Xiaolu; Zhang, Haimin; Liu, Porun; Zhang, Shanqing; Peng, Feng; Zhao, Huijun

    2012-12-01

    In this work, we report the use of a non-toxic nanocrystal Cu(2)O-loaded TiO(2) nanotube array (Cu(2)O/TNTs) film as high-performance visible-light bactericidal photocatalyst. The samples were characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and ultraviolet-visible diffusion reflection spectroscopy. This Cu(2)O/TNTs film photocatalyst is capable of complete inactivation of Escherichia coli in 5 × 10(7) colony-forming units/mL within a record short disinfection time of 20 min under visible-light irradiation. The average bactericidal percentage of the Cu(2)O/TNTs for E. coli under visible-light irradiation are 20 times and 6.6 times higher than those of TNTs under the same conditions and Cu(2)O/TNTs without light, respectively. This superior bactericidal performance is mainly attributed to the high ability to produce OH radicals by both photogenerated electron and hole of the prepared photocatalyst under visible light. The Cu(2)O/TNTs film photocatalyst makes it applicable to broad fields including drinking water disinfection.

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

  8. Fabrication of a TiO2@porphyrin nanofiber hybrid material: a highly efficient photocatalyst under simulated sunlight irradiation

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    La, Duong Duc; Rananaware, Anushri; Phuong Nguyen Thi, Hoai; Jones, Lathe; Bhosale, Sheshanath V.

    2017-03-01

    The solar spectrum consists of 8% UV radiation, while 45% of solar energy is from visible light. It is therefore desirable to fabricate a hybrid material which is able to harvest energy from a wide range of photons from the sun for applications such as solar cells, photovoltaics, and photocatalysis. In this study we report on the fabrication of a TiO2@porphyrin hybrid material by surfactant-assisted co-assembly of monomeric porphyrin molecules with TiO2 nanoparticles. The obtained TiO2@porphyrin composite shows excellent integration of TiO2 particles with diameters of 15–30 nm into aggregated porphyrin nanofibers, which have a width of 70–90 nm and are several µm long. SEM, XPS, XRD, FTIR, UV–Vis and fluorescence spectroscopy were employed to characterize the TiO2@TCPP hybrid material. This material exhibits efficient photocatalytic performance under simulated sunlight, due to synergistic photocatalytic activities of the porphyrin aggregates in visible light and TiO2 particles in the UV region. A plausible mechanism for photocatalytic degradation is also proposed and discussed.

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

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

    2015-11-20

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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

    2015-05-01

    An enzyme-like TiO(2)/reduced graphene oxide (enzyme-TiO(2)/rGO) nanocomposite with molecular recognition ability was fabricated by biomimicking the geometrical and chemical complementation of the enzyme and substrate. The anatase TiO(2) nanocrystals were densely dispersed on rGO nanosheets with close interfacial contacts. With geometrical and chemical matching of target molecules and memorized cavities, the adsorption capacity of enzyme-TiO(2)/rGO nanocomposites for 4-nitrophenol (4.71 mg g(-1)) is about six times that of control TiO(2)/rGO without the enzyme-like feature (0.79 mg g(-1)), and the enzyme-TiO(2)/rGO shows a relative selectivity coefficient of 7.24. Moreover, enzyme-TiO(2)/rGO exhibits molecular recognitive photocatalytic degradation for a particular contaminant. The results demonstrate that enzyme-substrate recognition provides a convenient and powerful basis on which to biomimic and construct efficient photocatalysts with high selectivity.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  14. Synthesis and growth mechanism of multilayer TiO2 nanotube arrays

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    Guan, Dongsheng; Wang, Ying

    2012-04-01

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

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

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    Zhang, Yanlin; Liu, Peihong; Wu, Honghai

    2015-02-01

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

  16. A study on the preparation of floating photocatalyst supported by hollow TiO2 and its performance

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    Wang, Jingang; He, Bin; Kong, Xiang Z.

    2015-02-01

    This research used hollow glass microspheres (HGMS) as carrier and polystyrene (PSt) as template. PSt was loaded on HGMS surface through the modification by silane coupler. Next, amorphous titanium dioxide (TiO2) produced through tetrabutyl titanate (TBT) hydrolysis precipitated on PSt surface, forming HGMS/PSt/TiO2 particles. Lastly, using the calcinations method, this research obtained anatase TiO2, eliminated PSt, and ultimately acquired composite particles with hollow TiO2 loaded on HGMS surface (HGMSHT). SEM results presented that hollow TiO2 was compact on HGMS surface and a multilayer network structure was formed. The specific surface area of HGMSHT particles was 26 m2/g, which was much larger than that of HGMS/TiO2 (HGMST) composite particles (5.6 m2/g) through direct TBT hydrolysis. Results of catalytic degradation experiment with Rhodamine B and phenol under UV light and sunlight demonstrated that due to larger TiO2 load capacity and specific surface area, the catalytic activity of HGMSHT composite particles was significantly more desirable than that of HGMST, and the catalyst presented satisfactory stability.

  17. Self‐Templated Synthesis of Ultrathin Nanosheets Constructed TiO2 Hollow Spheres with High Electrochemical Properties

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    Xie, Huiqi; Hu, Linfeng; Wu, Feilong; Chen, Min

    2016-01-01

    TiO2 is well‐known nanomaterials and mostly used as solid nanoparticles, and normal hollow spheres for photocatalysts or electrode materials. In this study, a novel self‐templated method is presented to successfully fabricate high‐surface‐area ultrathin nanosheets constructed TiO2 hollow spheres through the solvothermal treatment of the titanate–silicone composite particles combined with calcination. The uniquely structured hollow spheres exhibit excellent rate capability and good cycle stability even at a high current density of ≈10 C for the anode material of Li‐ion battery. PMID:27980991

  18. Self-Templated Synthesis of Ultrathin Nanosheets Constructed TiO2 Hollow Spheres with High Electrochemical Properties.

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    Xie, Huiqi; Hu, Linfeng; Wu, Feilong; Chen, Min; Wu, Limin

    2016-11-01

    TiO2 is well-known nanomaterials and mostly used as solid nanoparticles, and normal hollow spheres for photocatalysts or electrode materials. In this study, a novel self-templated method is presented to successfully fabricate high-surface-area ultrathin nanosheets constructed TiO2 hollow spheres through the solvothermal treatment of the titanate-silicone composite particles combined with calcination. The uniquely structured hollow spheres exhibit excellent rate capability and good cycle stability even at a high current density of ≈10 C for the anode material of Li-ion battery.

  19. Preparation, characterization and visible-light-driven photocatalytic activity of a novel Fe(III) porphyrin-sensitized TiO2 nanotube photocatalyst

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    Wei, Meng; Wan, Junmin; Hu, Zhiwen; Peng, Zhiqin; Wang, Bing; Wang, Huigang

    2017-01-01

    Iron(III) meso-tetra(4-carboxyphenyl) porphyrin (FeTCPP) loaded on the surface of TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) has been successfully prepared through improved hydrothermal and heating reflux process. The new photocatalyst has been characterized and analyzed by TEM/EDS, BET, XRD, FT-IR, DRS, PL, XPS and EPR. The photocatalytic activity of FeTCPP/TNT nanocomposite was evaluated by the photodegradation of MB under visible light irradiation. The degradation results showed a purification of more than 90% MB in simulating wastewater, and confirmed that the prepared FeTCPP/TNT nanocomposite has acquired superior photocatalytic activitiy. The 6 times cycled results suggested the great stability of the photocatalyst. These results confirmed the FeTCPP played an important role in capturing photons and expanding the absorption wavelength to the visible light region, and the FeTCPP/TNT photocatalyst is also beneficial for the electron transfer and long-distance transmission, and could efficiently increase the separation of the electron-hole pairs, and accelerate the decomposition of organic pollutants. In addition, nano-sized structures can increase adsorption capability.

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

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

    2014-02-21

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

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

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

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

    2007-01-01

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

  3. A Novel Green TiO2 Photocatalyst with a Surface Charge-Transfer Complex of Ti and Hydrazine Groups.

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    Tian, Lihong; Xu, Jilian; Alnafisah, Abrar; Wang, Ran; Tan, Xinyu; Oyler, Nathan A; Liu, Lei; Chen, Xiaobo

    2017-01-29

    The optical property of TiO2 plays an important role in its various and promising photocatalytic applications. Previous efforts in improving its optical properties include doping with various metal and/or non-metal elements, coupling with other colorful semiconductors or molecules, and hydrogenating to crystalline/disordered core/shell nanostructures. Here, we report a beautiful green TiO2 achieved by forming the charge-transfer complex of colorless hydrazine groups and surface Ti(4+) , which extends the optical absorption into the near infrared region (≈1100 nm, 1.05 eV). It shows an enhanced photocatalytic performance in hydrogen generation under simulated sunlight, and degradation of organic pollution under visible light due to an impurity state (about 0.28 eV) resulting in fast electron-hole separation and injection of electrons from the ligand to the conduction band of TiO2 . This study demonstrates an alternative approach to tune the optical, impurity state and photocatalytic properties of TiO2 nanoparticles and we believe this will spur a wide interest in related materials and applications.

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

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

    2012-03-01

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

  5. Synthesis of Cu Loaded TiO2 Nanoparticles for the Improved Photocatalytic Degradation of Rhodamine B

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    Kavitha, V.; Ramesh, P. S.; Geetha, D.

    2016-10-01

    Copper doped Titanium dioxide TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by sol-gel method using titanium tetraisopropoxide and copper sulfate as precursors. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-Visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), Photoluminesce spectroscopy (PL) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). XRD analysis confirms the formation of anatase titanium dioxide and average particle size was 35nm. Cu- TiO2 exhibits a shift in the absorption edge toward visible spectrum. The rate of recombination and transfer behavior of the photoexcited electron-hole pairs in the semiconductors was recorded by photoluminescence. From SEM spherical shaped nanoparticles was observed. Comparing with pure TiO2 nanoparticles, Cu doped TiO2 photocatalyst exhibited enhanced photocatalytic activity under natural sunlight irradiation in the decomposition of rhodamine B aqueous solution. The maximum 97% of degradation efficiency of Rhodamine B was observed at 0.6% Cu-TiO2 within 180min. The photocatalytic efficiency of Rhodamine B of Cu doped TiO2 nanoparticle was higher than the pure TiO2, which could be attributed to the small crystallinity intense light absorption in Sunlight and narrow bandgap energy of Copper.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  7. Modification of N-doped TiO2 photocatalysts using noble metals (Pt, Pd) - a combined XPS and DFT study.

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    Batalović, K; Bundaleski, N; Radaković, J; Abazović, N; Mitrić, M; Silva, R A; Savić, M; Belošević-Čavor, J; Rakočević, Z; Rangel, C M

    2017-03-08

    Nitrogen-doped TiO2 (N-TiO2) is considered as one of the most promising materials for various photocatalytic applications, while noble metals Pd and Pt are known as good catalysts for hydrogen evolution. This work focuses on the determination of structural and electronic modifications of N-TiO2, achieved by noble metal deposition at the surface, as a starting indicator for potential applications. We focus on the properties of easily synthesized nanocrystalline nitrogen-doped anatase TiO2, modified by depositing small amounts of Pd (0.05 wt%) and Pt (0.10 wt%), aiming to demonstrate efficient enhancement of optical properties. The chemical states of dopants are studied in detail, using X-ray photoemission spectroscopy, to address the potential of N-TiO2 to act as a support for metallic nanoparticles. DFT calculations are used to resolve substitutional from interstitial nitrogen doping of anatase TiO2, as well as to study the combined effect of nitrogen doping and oxygen vacancy formation. Based on the binding energies calculated using Slater's transition state theory, dominant contribution to the N 1s binding energy at 399.8 eV is ascribed to interstitially doped nitrogen in anatase TiO2. Given that both structure and photocatalytic properties depend greatly on the synthesis procedure, this work contributes further to establishing correlation between the structure and optical properties of the noble metal modified N-TiO2 system.

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

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    Ghows, Narjes; Entezari, Mohamad H

    2010-06-01

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

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

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

    2015-06-01

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

  10. Electronic structure of cation-codoped TiO2 for visible-light photocatalyst applications from hybrid density functional theory calculations

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    Long, Run; English, Niall J.

    2011-04-01

    The electronic structures of Mg/Ca- and/or Mo/W- (mono- and co-) doped anatase TiO2 have been investigated via generalized Kohn-Sham theory with the Heyd-Scuseria-Ernzerhof hybrid functional for exchange-correlation {J. Heyd et al., [J. Chem. Phys. 118, 8207 (2003)], J. Heyd et al., [J. Chem. Phys. 124, 219906 (2006)], and J. Paier et al., [J. Chem. Phys. 125, 249901 (2006)]}, in the context of density functional theory. Gap narrowing is small for monodoping, which also creates impuritiy bands in the "forbidden gap," either as acceptor or donor states, limiting possible utility as visible-light photocatalysts. However, codoping of Mg/Ca and Mo/W not only induces appreciable gap narrowing, but also serves to passivate the impurity bands, which can harvest visible-light to a greater extent. Considering ionic radii, Mg and Mo should constitute the best cation-pair.

  11. Low temperature synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 nanostructures for high performance perovskite solar cells by pulsed laser deposition

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    Yang, Bin; Mahjouri-Samani, Masoud; Rouleau, Christopher M.; ...

    2016-06-10

    A promising way to advance perovskite solar cells is to improve the quality of the electron transport material e.g., titanium dioxide (TiO2) in a direction that increases electron transport and extraction. Although dense TiO2 films are easily grown in solution, efficient electron extraction suffers due to a lack of interfacial contact area with the perovskite. Conversely, mesoporous films do offer high surface-area-to-volume ratios, thereby promoting efficient electron extraction, but their morphology is relatively difficult to control via conventional solution synthesis methods. Here, a pulsed laser deposition method was used to assemble TiO2 nanoparticles into TiO2 hierarchical nanoarchitectures having the anatasemore » crystal structure, and prototype solar cells employing these structures yielded power conversion efficiencies of ~ 14%. Our approach demonstrates a way to grow high aspect-ratio TiO2 nanostructures for improved interfacial contact between TiO2 and perovskite materials, leading to high electron-hole pair separation and electron extraction efficiencies for superior photovoltaic performance. In addition, compared to conventional solution-processed TiO2 films that require 500 °C to obtain a good crystallinity, our relatively low temperature (300 °C) TiO2 processing method may promote reduced energy-consumption during device fabrication as well as enable compatibility with various flexible polymer substrates.« less

  12. Low temperature synthesis of hierarchical TiO2 nanostructures for high performance perovskite solar cells by pulsed laser deposition.

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    Yang, Bin; Mahjouri-Samani, Masoud; Rouleau, Christopher M; Geohegan, David B; Xiao, Kai

    2016-10-21

    A promising way to advance perovskite solar cells is to improve the quality of the electron transport material -e.g., titanium dioxide (TiO2) - in a direction that increases electron transport and extraction. Although dense TiO2 films are easily grown in solution, efficient electron extraction suffers due to a lack of interfacial contact area with the perovskites. Conversely, mesoporous films do offer high surface-area-to-volume ratios, thereby promoting efficient electron extraction, but their morphology is relatively difficult to control via conventional solution synthesis methods. Here, a pulsed laser deposition method was used to assemble TiO2 nanoparticles into TiO2 hierarchical architectures exhibiting an anatase crystal structure, and prototype solar cells employing these structures yielded power conversion efficiencies of ∼14%. Our approach demonstrates a way to grow high aspect-ratio TiO2 nanostructures for improved interfacial contact between TiO2 and perovskite materials, leading to high electron-hole pair separation and electron extraction efficiencies for superior photovoltaic performance. Compared to previous pulsed laser deposition-synthesized TiO2 mesoporous crystalline networks that needed post-thermal annealing at 500 °C to form mesoporous crystalline networks, our relatively low temperature (300 °C) TiO2 processing method may promote reduced energy-consumption during device fabrication, as well as enable compatibility with flexible polymer substrates such as polyimide.

  13. Synthesis and Modification of Zn-doped TiO2 Nanoparticles for the Photocatalytic Degradation of Tetracycline.

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    Pang, Shuo; Huang, Ji-Guo; Su, Yun; Geng, Bo; Lei, Su-Yuan; Huang, Yu-Ting; Lyu, Cong; Liu, Xing-Juan

    2016-09-01

    The synthesis of Zn-doped TiO2 nanoparticles by solgel method was investigated in this study, as well as its modification by H2 O2 . The catalyst was characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller, UV-visible reflectance spectra and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicated that doping Zn into TiO2 nanoparticles could inhibit the transformation from anatase phase to rutile phase. Zn existed as the second valence oxidation state in the Zn-doped TiO2 . Zn-doped TiO2 that was synthesized by 5% Zn doping at 450°C exhibited the best photocatalytic activity. Then, the H2 O2 modification further enhanced the photocatalytic activity. Zn doping and H2 O2 modifying narrowed the band gap and efficiently increased the optical absorption in visible region. The optimal degradation rate of tetracycline by Zn-doped TiO2 and H2 O2 modified Zn-doped TiO2 was 85.27% and 88.14%. Peroxide groups were detected in XPS analysis of H2 O2 modified Zn-doped TiO2 , favoring the adsorption of visible light. Furthermore, Zn-doped TiO2 modified by H2 O2 had relatively good reusability, exhibiting a potential practical application for tetracycline's photocatalytic degradation.

  14. Recent progress in design, synthesis, and applications of one-dimensional TiO2 nanostructured surface heterostructures: a review.

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    Tian, Jian; Zhao, Zhenhuan; Kumar, Anil; Boughton, Robert I; Liu, Hong

    2014-01-01

    One-dimensional TiO2 nanostructured surface heterostructures (1D TiO2NSHs) have been comprehensively studied during the past two decades because of the possible practical applications in various fields, including photocatalysis, dye-sensitized solar cells, sensors, lithium batteries, biomedicine, catalysis, and supercapacitors. Combining extensive advancements in materials science and nanotechnology, a 1D TiO2NSH material with well-controlled size, morphology, and composition has been designed and synthesized. More importantly, its superior properties, including a high aspect ratio structure, chemical stability, large specific surface area, excellent electronic or ionic charge transfer, and a specific interface effect, have attracted a great deal of interest in improving current performance and exploring new applications. In this tutorial review, we introduce the characteristics of 1D TiO2 nanostructures, the design principles for the fabrication of 1D TiO2NSHs, and we also summarize the recent progress in developing synthesis methods and applications of 1D TiO2NSHs in different fields. The relationship between the secondary phase and the 1D TiO2 nanostructure and between the performance in applications and the excellent physical properties of 1D TiO2NSHs are also discussed.

  15. Heterogeneous photocatalysts in organic synthesis

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    Cherevatskaya, M.; König, B.

    2014-03-01

    The review deals with the application of inorganic semiconductors in organic synthesis. Although the majority of reported reactions still aim at the photocatalytic decomposition of organic compounds, the number of examples in synthetic applications is growing. The principal mechanisms of heterogeneous semiconductor photocatalysis are considered and examples illustrating the use of inorganic semiconductors in organic synthesis are given. The discussion is arranged according to the required excitation wavelength (UV or visible light) and to the new bond that is formed (carbon-carbon or carbon-heteroatom bond). The bibliography includes 47 references.

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

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    Zhao, Cong; Zhu, Dachuan; Cao, Shixiu

    2016-02-01

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

  17. Enhanced degradation of persistent pharmaceuticals found in wastewater treatment effluents using TiO2 nanobelt photocatalysts

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    Liang, Robert; Hu, Anming; Li, Wenjuan; Zhou, Y. Norman

    2013-10-01

    Pharmaceuticals in wastewater effluents are a current and emerging global problem and the development of cost-effective methods to facilitate their removal is needed to mitigate this issue. Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), in particular UV/TiO2, have potential for wastewater treatment. In this study, TiO2 anatase phase nanobelts (30-100 nm in width and 10 μm in length) have been synthesized using a high temperature hydrothermal method as a means to photocatalyze the oxidation of pharmaceutical contaminants. We have investigated a model dye (malachite green), three pharmaceuticals and personal care products—naproxen, carbamazepine, and theophylline—that are difficult to oxidize without AOP processes. TiO2 nanobelts were exposed to 365 nm UV illumination and the measured photocatalytic degradation rates and adsorption parameters of pharmaceuticals were explored using kinetic models. Furthermore we have determined the degree of pharmaceutical degradation as a function of solution pH, illumination time, temperature, and concentration of contaminant. In addition, the roles of active oxygen species—hydroxyl radial (OH·), positive holes (h+), and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)—involved were also investigated in the degradation process. These studies offer additional applications of hierarchical TiO2 nanobelt membranes, including those harnessing sunlight for water treatment.

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

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

    2012-03-01

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

  19. Design of N-doped anatase TiO2 photocatalyst with visible-light-response based on Ti-O bond weakening

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    Yin, L.-C.; Liu, G.; Cheng, H.-M.; Advanced Carbon Division Team

    2013-03-01

    Nitrogen bulk doping is an effective strategy to change the electronic structures of anatase TiO2 photocatalyst for visible light response improvement. Unfortunately, it is hard to achieve nitrogen bulk doping in practice, due to both limited thermodynamic solubility of substitutional nitrogen and N-induced recombination centers. It remains challenging yet highly desirable to develop new doping approach to increase nitrogen solubility in bulk. This challenge is originally stemmed from both strong Ti-O bond and charge difference (O2- versus N3-) between lattice oxygen and nitrogen dopant. In this work, we propose a new doping approach to promote the bulk substitution of lattice oxygen with nitrogen in bulk anatase TiO2, based on the Ti-O bond weakening by pre-implanted interstitial boron.1 By using the first-principles calculations, we study the interstitial boron induced Ti-O bonding weakening and the thermodynamics/kinetics changes for nitrogen bulk doping.2 In experiment, we realize to synthesize a bulk gradient B-N co-doping red anatase TiO2 microsphere which has an extended absorption edge up to ca. 700 nm covering the full visible light spectrum and has a bandgap varying from 1.94 eV on its surface to 3.22 eV in its core by gradually elevating VBM. This approach could be extended to modify other electronic materials that demand bulk substitutional doping. 1. G. Liu, J. Pan, L. C. Yin et al., Adv. Funct. Mater., 2012, 22, 3233. 2. G. Liu, L. C. Yin, J. Q. Wang et al., Energy Environ. Sci. 2012, 5, 9603. Financial support from Ministry of Science and Technology of China (no. 2009CB220001), NSFC (no. 50921004, 51002160, 21090343, 51172243, 51202255), CAS China (KJCX2-YW-H21-01).

  20. Synthesis of Nanoscale TiO2 and Study of the Effect of Their Crystal Structure on Single Cell Response

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    Ismagilov, Z. R.; Shikina, N. V.; Mazurkova, N. A.; Tsikoza, L. T.; Tuzikov, F. V.; Ushakov, V. A.; Ishchenko, A. V.; Rudina, N. A.; Korneev, D. V.; Ryabchikova, E. I.

    2012-01-01

    To study the effect of nanoscale titanium dioxide (TiO2) on cell responses, we synthesized four modifications of the TiO2 (amorphous, anatase, brookite, and rutile) capable of keeping their physicochemical characteristics in a cell culture medium. The modifications of nanoscale TiO2 were obtained by hydrolysis of TiCl4 and Ti(i-OC3H7)4 (TIP) upon variation of the synthesis conditions; their textural, morphological, structural, and dispersion characteristics were examined by a set of physicochemical methods: XRD, BET, SAXS, DLS, AFM, SEM, and HR-TEM. The effect of synthesis conditions (nature of precursor, pH, temperature, and addition of a complexing agent) on the structural-dispersion properties of TiO2 nanoparticles was studied. The hydrolysis methods providing the preparation of amorphous, anatase, brookite, and rutile modifications of TiO2 nanoparticles 3–5 nm in size were selected. Examination of different forms of TiO2 nanoparticles interaction with MDCK cells by transmission electron microscopy of ultrathin sections revealed different cell responses after treatment with different crystalline modifications and amorphous form of TiO2. The obtained results allowed us to conclude that direct contact of the nanoparticles with cell plasma membrane is the primary and critical step of their interaction and defines a subsequent response of the cell. PMID:22623903

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

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    Quiroz, Heiddy P.; Dussan, A.

    2016-08-01

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

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

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

    2011-10-01

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

  3. Metal-organic framework templated synthesis of Fe2O3/TiO2 nanocomposite for hydrogen production.

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    deKrafft, Kathryn E; Wang, Cheng; Lin, Wenbin

    2012-04-17

    A new metal-organic framework (MOF)-templated method has been developed for the synthesis of a metal oxide nanocomposite with interesting photophysical properties. Fe-containing nanoscale MOFs are coated with amorphous titania, then calcined to produce crystalline Fe(2)O(3)/TiO(2) composite nanoparticles. This material enables photocatalytic hydrogen production from water using visible light, which cannot be achieved by either Fe(2)O(3) or TiO(2) alone or a mixture of the two.

  4. A novel synthesis method for TiO2 particles with magnetic Fe3O4 cores.

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    Dong, Qi; Zhang, Keqiang; An, Yi

    2014-01-01

    TiO2@(AC/Fe3O4) (AC is activated carbon) was prepared by using AC and Fe3O4 as joint support. The morphological features, crystal structure, and magnetism of the final product were characterized. The results indicate that TiO2 particles formed on the surface of AC and Fe3O4; the sizes of TiO2 and Fe3O4 were 0.5 and 0.7 μm respectively, and that of AC fell within a wide range. The highly crystalline cubic structures of the TiO2 particles was in accord with the standard X-ray diffractometry spectrum of magnetite and anatase. The maximum saturation magnetization of TiO2@(AC/Fe3O4) was 75 emu g(-1), which was enough to support magnetic recovery. The rate of methylene blue (MB) removal photocatalyzed by TiO2@(AC/Fe3O4) was higher by 50% than that achieved with AC/Fe3O4 photocatalysis, and similar to that achieved with TiO2@AC. The removal rate (kobs) decreased drastically from 1.77 × 10(-2) to 9.36 × 10(-3)min(-1) when the initial concentration of MB solution increased from 2.0 to 5.0 mg L(-1). The kobs value increased from 9.41 × 10(-3) to 1.34 × 10(-2)min(-1) with increasing photocatalyst dosage from 0.2 to 1.0 g, then slightly decreased to 1.33 × 10(-2)min(-1) at 2.0 g dosage.

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

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    Krasae, Nalinee; Wantala, Kitirote

    2016-09-01

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

  6. Synthesis and characterization of low-cost g-C3N4/TiO2 composite with enhanced photocatalytic performance under visible-light irradiation

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    Senthil, R. A.; Theerthagiri, J.; Selvi, A.; Madhavan, J.

    2017-02-01

    The influence of g-C3N4 in TiO2 photocatalyst on photodegradation of organic pollutant in aqueous solution has been investigated in the present study. The g-C3N4 was synthesized from low cost urea and used as precursor to synthesize g-C3N4/TiO2 composite by wet impregnation method. The synthesized g-C3N4 and g-C3N4/TiO2 composite photocatalysts were thoroughly characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The photocatalytic performance of pure g-C3N4, pure TiO2 and g-C3N4/TiO2 composite photocatalysts were evaluated for the photodegradation of acid orange 7 (AO7) under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic experiments demonstrated that the g-C3N4/TiO2 composite photocatalyst showed much better photocatalytic degradability of AO7 than the pure TiO2 and g-C3N4. This may be due to the increased absorption of light in the visible region and also by a lower recombination of charge-carriers. Further, the photoelectrochemical measurements of g-C3N4/TiO2 revealed the faster migration of photo-induced charge-carriers. This study demonstrates that g-C3N4/TiO2 composite can be a good candidate for environmental remediation of polluted waters.

  7. Photocatalytic enhancement of floating photocatalyst: Layer-by-layer hybrid carbonized chitosan and Fe-N- codoped TiO2 on fly ash cenospheres

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    Song, Jingke; Wang, Xuejiang; Bu, Yunjie; Wang, Xin; Zhang, Jing; Huang, Jiayu; Ma, RongRong; Zhao, Jianfu

    2017-01-01

    Due to the advantage of floating on water surface, floating photocatalysts show higher rates of radical formation and collection efficiencies. And they were expected to be used for solar remediation of non-stirred and non-oxygenated reservoirs. In this research, floating fly ash cenospheres (FAC) supported layer-by- layer hybrid carbonized chitosan and Fe-N-codoped TiO2 was prepared by a simple sol-gel method. The catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy(FESEM), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy(DRS), nitrogen adsorption analyses for Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area. It is indicated that Fe-N codoped narrowed the material's band gap, and the layer of carbonized chitosan (Cts) increased the catalyst's adsorption capacity and the absorption ability of visible light. Comparing with Fe-N-TiO2/FAC and N-TiO2/FAC, the composite photocatalyst show excellent performance on the degradation of RhB. Photodegradation rate of RhB by Fe-N-TiO2/FAC-Cts was 0.01018 min-1, which is about 1.5 and 2.09 times higher than Fe-N-TiO2/FAC and N-TiO2/FAC under visible light irradiation in 240 min, respectively. The dye photosentization, capture of holes and electrons by Fe3+ ion, and synergistic effect of adsorption and photodegradation were attributed to the results for the improvement of photocatalytic performance. The floating photocatalyst can be reused for at least three consecutive times without any significant decrease on the degradation of Rhodamin B after each reuse.

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

  10. Synthesis of mesoporous nanoparticles of TiO2 from ilmenite

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    Rostami Gharakhlou, Amir; Nasiri Sarvi, Mehdi

    2017-02-01

    In this study, a surfactant assisted hydrometallurgical procedure was proposed for preparation of mesoporous nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (TiO2) from ilmenite concentrate. Initially, Fe was removed from ilmenite concentrate using HCl and then the titanium was dissolved from the remaining solid in an alkaline condition of NH3 or NaOH in assistance of H2O2 as oxidizing agent in order to prepare the titanium solution (Ti-sol). Afterwards, the prepared Ti-sol was used as titanium source for preparation of a mesoporous nanoparticles of TiO2 in assistance of hexadecyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (HDTMA-Br) as structure directing agent. Different methods were used to characterize the mesoporous nanoparticles of TiO2 structures such as XRD, SEM, and BET. The results showed that the HDTMA helps the formation of slit-shaped mesopores in the range of 1.5 nm when the synthesis was carried out at room temperature despite the media which Ti-sol was prepared, NH3 or NaOH. When a hydrothermal treatment was added to the synthesis process similar mesoporous structure was formed when the Ti-sol was prepared in NH3 with nitrogen sorption hysteresis of H3 type. However, when the NaOH prepared Ti-sol was used the nitrogen sorption hysteresis loop changed to H4 type showing existence of large mesopores (12 nm) in addition to smaller mesopores (2–5 nm). The HRTEM results showed mesoporous structure with nano-rod like particles with particle size around 30–60 nm.

  11. Recent advances in visible-light-responsive photocatalysts for hydrogen production and solar energy conversion--from semiconducting TiO2 to MOF/PCP photocatalysts.

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    Horiuchi, Yu; Toyao, Takashi; Takeuchi, Masato; Matsuoka, Masaya; Anpo, Masakazu

    2013-08-28

    The present perspective describes recent advances in visible-light-responsive photocatalysts intended to develop novel and efficient solar energy conversion technologies, including water splitting and photofuel cells. Water splitting is recognized as one of the most promising techniques to convert solar energy as a clean and abundant energy resource into chemical energy in the form of hydrogen. In recent years, increasing concern is directed to not only the development of new photocatalytic materials but also the importance of technologies to produce hydrogen and oxygen separately. Photofuel cells can convert solar energy into electrical energy by decomposing bio-related compounds and livestock waste as fuels. The advances of photocatalysts enabling these solar energy conversion technologies have been going on since the discovery of semiconducting titanium dioxide materials and have extended to organic-inorganic hybrid materials, such as metal-organic frameworks and porous coordination polymers (MOF/PCP).

  12. Synthesis of BiVO4/TiO2 composites and evaluation of their photocatalytic activity under indoor illumination.

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    Longo, Giulia; Fresno, Fernando; Gross, Silvia; Štangar, Urška Lavrenčič

    2014-10-01

    BiVO4/TiO2 composites with different weight ratios have been prepared by coprecipitation-based reactions followed by either thermal or hydrothermal treatment with the aim of evaluating the TiO2 photosensitization by BiVO4. The obtained materials present in all cases the desired monoclinic phase of BiVO4 and anatase phase of TiO2. Visible light absorption increased with increasing amount of bismuth vanadate. XPS results reveal the surface enrichment of Ti with respect to the bulk composition in samples characterised by a higher content of BiVO4. The photocatalytic activity of the prepared materials was tested for the degradation of isopropanol in the gas phase under indoor illumination conditions. Although none of the composites was able to improve the activity of TiO2, the low BiVO4 containing samples appear as more suitable for further synthesis tuning.

  13. Synthesis of TiO2 microspheres building on the etherification and its application for high efficiency solar cells

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    Liu, Shi-Dong; Ren, Ying-Ke; Zhou, Zheng; Chen, Wang-Chao; Li, Zhao-Qian; Guo, Fu-Ling; Mo, Li-E.; Wu, Ji-Huai; Hu, Lin-Hua; Dai, Song-Yuan

    2016-10-01

    This paper describes a facile solvothermal method to synthesize TiO2 microspheres by employing ethylene glycol monomethyl ether and ethylene glycol as solvent. By analyzing the resulted supernatant after reaction, it was proved that the etherification reaction of glycol monomethyl ether and the ligand exchange between ethylene glycol and tetra-n-butyl titanate played a key role in synthesis of TiO2 microspheres. These as-obtained TiO2 microspheres exhibited high specific surface area up to 113.24 m2 g-1 and have a narrow pore size distribution (6.94 nm). When applied to the photoanode, the TiO2 microsphere-based dye-sensitized solar cells achieved a high power conversion efficiency up to 10.25%.

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

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

    2006-10-01

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

  15. Mechanism and experimental study on the photocatalytic performance of Ag/AgCl @ chiral TiO2 nanofibers photocatalyst: the impact of wastewater components.

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    Wang, Dawei; Li, Yi; Li Puma, Gianluca; Wang, Chao; Wang, Peifang; Zhang, Wenlong; Wang, Qing

    2015-03-21

    The effect of the water matrix components of a secondary effluent of a urban wastewater treatment plant on the photocatalytic activity of Ag/AgCl @ chiral TiO2 nanofibers and the undergoing reaction mechanisms were investigated. These effects were evaluated through the water components-induced changes on the net rate of hydroxyl radical (˙OH) generation and modeled using a relative rate technique. Dissolved organic matter DOM (k=-2.8×10(8) M(-1) s(-1)) scavenged reactive oxygen species, Cl(-) (k=-5.3×10(8) M(-1) s(-1)) accelerated the transformation from Ag to AgCl (which is not photocatalytically active under visible-light irradiation), while Ca(2+) at concentrations higher than 50 mM (k=-1.3×10(9) M(-1) s(-1)) induced aggregation of Ag/AgCl and thus all of them revealed inhibitory effects. In contrast, NO3(-) (k=6.9×10(8) M(-1) s(-1)) and CO3(2-) (k=3.7×10(8) M(-1) s(-1)) improved the photocatalytic activity of Ag/AgCl slightly by improving the rate of HO˙ generation. Other ubiquitous secondary effluent components including SO4(2-) (k=3.9×10(5) M(-1) s(-1)), NH3(+) (k=3.5×10(5) M(-1) s(-1)) and Na(+) (k=2.6×10(4) M(-1) s(-1)) had negligible effects. 90% of 17-α-ethynylestradiol (EE2) spiked in the secondary effluent was removed within 12 min, while the structure and size of Ag/AgCl @ chiral TiO2 nanofibers remained stable. This work may be helpful not only to uncover the photocatalytic mechanism of Ag/AgCl based photocatalyst but also to elucidate the transformation and transportation of Ag and AgCl in natural water.

  16. Gold-copper nanoalloys supported on TiO2 as photocatalysts for CO2 reduction by water.

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

    2014-11-12

    Commercial P25 modified by Au-Cu alloy nanoparticles as thin film exhibits, for CO2 reduction by water under sun simulated light, a rate of methane production above 2000 μmol (g of photocatalyst)(-1) h(-1). Although evolution of hydrogen is observed and O2 and ethane detected, the selectivity of conduction band electrons for methane formation is almost complete, about 97%. This photocatalytic behavior is completely different from that measured for Au/P25 (hydrogen evolution) and Cu/P25 (lower activity, but similar methane selectivity). Characterization by TEM, XPS, and UV-vis spectroscopy shows that Au and Cu are alloyed in the nanoparticles. FT-IR spectroscopy and chemical analysis have allowed one to detect on the photocatalyst surface the presence of CO2(•-), Cu-CO, and elemental C. Accordingly, a mechanism in which the role of Au is to respond under visible light and Cu binds to CO and directs the reduction pathway is proposed.

  17. Synthesis of highly stable sub-8 nm TiO2 nanoparticles and their multilayer electrodes of TiO2/MWNT for electrochemical applications.

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    Hyder, Md Nasim; Gallant, Betar M; Shah, Nisarg J; Shao-Horn, Yang; Hammond, Paula T

    2013-10-09

    Next-generation electrochemical energy storage for integrated microsystems and consumer electronic devices requires novel electrode materials with engineered architectures to meet the requirements of high performance, low cost, and robustness. However, conventional electrode fabrication processes such as doctor blading afford limited control over the electrode thickness and structure at the nanoscale and require the incorporation of insulating binder and other additives, which can promote agglomeration and reduce active surface area, limiting the inherent advantages attainable from nanoscale materials. We have engineered a route for the synthesis of highly stable, sub-8 nm TiO2 nanoparticles and their subsequent incorporation with acid-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) into nanostructured electrodes using aqueous-based layer-by-layer electrostatic self-assembly. Using this approach, binder-free thin film electrodes with highly controllable thicknesses up to the micrometer scale were developed with well-dispersed, nonagglomerated TiO2 nanoparticles on MWNTs. Upon testing in an Li electrochemical half-cell, these electrodes demonstrate high capacity (>150 mAh/gel(ectrode) at 0.1 A/gel(ectrode)), good rate capability (>100 mAh/gel(ectrode) up to 1 A/g(electrode)) and nearly no capacity loss up to 200 cycles for electrodes with thicknesses up to 1480 nm, indicating their promise as thin-film negative electrodes for future Li storage applications.

  18. Synthesis of Ag-decorated porous TiO2 nanowires through a sunlight induced reduction method and its enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Yao, Yun-Chang; Dai, Xin-Rong; Hu, Xiao-Ye; Huang, Su-Zhen; Jin, Zhen

    2016-11-01

    In this work, Ag-decorated porous TiO2 nanowires were successfully synthesized via a facile and low-cost sunlight induced reduction method. The cooperation of sunlight irradiation and ethanol reduction results the formation and decoration of the Ag nanoparticles on the porous TiO2 nanowires. The structure of the Ag-decorated porous TiO2 nanowires were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) measurements. It can be seen that the Ag nanoparticles are well dispersed within the porous TiO2 nanowires. The as-prepared Ag-decorated porous TiO2 nanowires exhibits excellent photocatalytic properties. The photocatalytic tests show that 10 ppm methylene blue can be photodegraded within 60 min. And the photodegradation ratio of the Ag-decorated porous TiO2 nanowires much higher than that of P25 and porous TiO2 nanowires. Moreover, the Ag-decorated porous TiO2 nanowires also reveal good photocatalytic activity towards to other organic pollutions, such as phenol and R6G. Therefore, it is believed that the Ag-decorated porous TiO2 nanowires can be used as a potential high performance photocatalyst in wastewater treatment.

  19. Cost effective facile synthesis of TiO2 nanograins for flexible DSSC application using rose bengal dye

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    Jambure, Supriya Bapurao; Gund, Girish Sambhaji; Dubal, Deepak Prakash; Shinde, Sujata Sureshrao; Lokhande, Chandrakant Dnyandev

    2014-09-01

    Synthesis of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanograins using economical successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method has been carried out. TiO2 thin films are studied for their structural, compositional, optical and morphological properties. A layer by layer process leads to the formation of 2.4 μm thick nanocrystalline TiO2 film. The heat treated TiO2 thin films are hydrophilic in nature with contact angle of 67°. The interconnected nanograins are employed for dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) using inexpensive Rose Bengal (RB) dye. RB dye sensitization resulted into shifting of absorption peak from UV to visible region. The photoresponce of the dye sensitized solar cell is evaluated in the polyiodide electrolyte (0.1 M KI + 0.01 M I2) at 40 mWcm-2 illumination intensity. The TiO2 nanograins accompanied with RB sensitizer showed the conversion efficiency ( η) of 0.89%. These results depict the strong assurance of TiO2 nanograins for DSSC application.

  20. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of nitrogen doped TiO2 photocatalysts sensitized by metallo Co, Ni-porphyrins

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    Niu, Jinfen; Yao, Binghua; Chen, Yuanqing; Peng, Chao; Yu, Xiaojiao; Zhang, Jian; Bai, Guanghai

    2013-04-01

    Nitrogen doped anatase TiO2 powders (N-TiO2) were sensitized by four kinds of metalloporphyrins (CoTHPP, CoTPP, NiTHPP, and NiTPP). The resulting materials were characterized by XRD, TEM, XPS, DRS and N2 adsorption. The results showed that the crystal structure and morphology of N-TiO2 were not affected by the existence of porphyrin on its surface, but the surface area increased after the N-TiO2 sensitized by metalloporphyrins. The photocatalytic degradation of methyl blue (MB) experiments showed that the metalporphyrins sensitized N-TiO2 composite catalysts, especially the CoTHPP/N-TiO2 and CoTPP/N-TiO2, exhibited higher degradation efficiency than the unsentisized N-TiO2 powders. In addition, the photocatalytic degradations of MB using the composite catalysts were all demonstrated to follow first-order kinetic model. The composite catalysts can be recycled four times without significant loss of photocatalytic activity.

  1. Functionalized TiO2 nanoparticles by single-step hydrothermal synthesis: the role of the silane coupling agents

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    Dalod, Antoine R M; Henriksen, Lars; Grande, Tor

    2017-01-01

    A simple, robust and versatile hydrothermal synthesis route to in situ functionalized TiO2 nanoparticles was developed using titanium(IV) isopropoxide as Ti-precursor and selected silane coupling agents (3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES), 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyldimethoxymethylsilane (AEAPS), and n-decyltriethoxysilane (DTES)). Spherical nanoparticles (ca. 9 nm) with narrow size distribution were obtained by using DTES or by synthesis performed without silane coupling agents. Rod-like nanoparticles along with 9 nm spherical nanoparticles were formed using aminosilane coupling agents because of a combination of oriented attachment of nanoparticles and specific adsorption of the aminosilane on crystallographic faces of anatase nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were functionalized in situ and became hydrophobic as silanes reacted to form covalent bonds on the surface of TiO2. The versatility of the aqueous synthesis route was demonstrated, and by selecting the type of silane coupling agent the surface properties of the TiO2 nanoparticles could be tailored. This synthesis route has been further developed into a two-step synthesis to TiO2–SiO2 core–shell nanoparticles. Combustion of the silane coupling agents up to 700 °C leads to the formation of a nanometric amorphous SiO2 layer, preventing growth and phase transition of the in situ functionalized nanoparticles. PMID:28243569

  2. Development of solar-driven electrochemical and photocatalytic water treatment system using a boron-doped diamond electrode and TiO2 photocatalyst.

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    Ochiai, Tsuyoshi; Nakata, Kazuya; Murakami, Taketoshi; Fujishima, Akira; Yao, Yanyan; Tryk, Donald A; Kubota, Yoshinobu

    2010-02-01

    A high-performance, environmentally friendly water treatment system was developed. The system consists mainly of an electrochemical and a photocatalytic oxidation unit, with a boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrode and TiO(2) photocatalyst, respectively. All electric power for the mechanical systems and the electrolysis was able to be provided by photovoltaic cells. Thus, this system is totally driven by solar energy. The treatment ability of the electrolysis and photocatalysis units was investigated by phenol degradation kinetics. An observed rate constant of 5.1 x 10(-3)dm(3)cm(-2)h(-1) was calculated by pseudo-first-order kinetic analysis for the electrolysis, and a Langmuir-Hinshelwood rate constant of 5.6 microM(-1)min(-1) was calculated by kinetic analysis of the photocatalysis. According to previous reports, these values are sufficient for the mineralization of phenol. In a treatment test of river water samples, large amounts of chemical and biological contaminants were totally wet-incinerated by the system. This system could provide 12L/day of drinking water from the Tama River using only solar energy. Therefore, this system may be useful for supplying drinking water during a disaster.

  3. Microwave-assisted synthesis and photocatalytic properties of sulphur and platinum modified TiO2 nanofibers

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    Drunka, R.; Grabis, J.; Jankovica, Dz; Krumina, A.; Rasmane, Dz

    2015-03-01

    In the present work formation of active TiO2 nanofibers in microwave synthesis and their modification with platinum were studied. Mixture of anatase and rutile nanopowder and 10M KOH solution were used as raw materials. Microwave assisted synthesis method permitted to obtain TiO2 nanofibres with a diameter of 10nm and a specific surface area up to 40.2 m2/g. In order to modify TiO2 nanofibers with platinum it was stirred in H2PtCl6 solution and illuminated with UV irradiation or reduced with sodium boronhydride. To modify titania with sulphur and prepare co-doped nanofibers platinum doped samples were extra treated in hydrogen sulphide atmosphere. Photocatalytic activity was determined by degradation of the methylene blue (MB) solution under UV and visible light irradiation. The obtained samples showed higher photocatalytic activity with respect to pure TiO2 nanofibers. The doped TiO2 nanofibers were appropriate for degradation of harmful organic compounds.

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

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    Bakar, Shahzad Abu; Ribeiro, Caue

    2016-07-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

    A series of TiO2/vanadate (Sr10V6O25, Ni3V2O8, Zn2V2O7) heterostructured photocatalysts were prepared by a simple sol-gel method. The theoretical calculations imply the possible energy band match between TiO2 and vanadates. Characterized by XRD, Raman, TEM, EDX, XPS, absorption spectra, PL and time-resolved PL decay curves, it is revealed that the vanadates, which exist on the surface of TiO2, could suppress the recombination of charge carriers, prolong the life-time of photogenerated electrons and provide surface reactive hole sites, improving the photocatalytic activity for photo-reduction of CO2 into CH4.A series of TiO2/vanadate (Sr10V6O25, Ni3V2O8, Zn2V2O7) heterostructured photocatalysts were prepared by a simple sol-gel method. The theoretical calculations imply the possible energy band match between TiO2 and vanadates. Characterized by XRD, Raman, TEM, EDX, XPS, absorption spectra, PL and time-resolved PL decay curves, it is revealed that the vanadates, which exist on the surface of TiO2, could suppress the recombination of charge carriers, prolong the life-time of photogenerated electrons and provide surface reactive hole sites, improving the photocatalytic activity for photo-reduction of CO2 into CH4. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr05332c

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

  7. 10BaF2:NaF, Na3AlF6/TiO2 composite as a novel visible-light-driven photocatalyst based on upconversion emission

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    Liu, En-Zhou; Fan, Jun; Hu, Xiao-Yun; Hou, Wen-Qian; Dai, Hong-Zhe

    2012-04-01

    A rare-earth free upconversion luminescent material, 10BaF2:NaF, Na3AlF6, is synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The study of fluorescent spectrum indicates that it can convert visible light (550 nm—610 nm) into ultraviolet light (290 nm—350 nm), and two emission peaks at 304 nm and 324 nm are observed under the excitation of 583 nm at room temperature. Subsequently, 10BaF2:NaF, Na3AlF6/TiO2 composite photocatalyst is prepared and its catalytic activity is evaluated by the photocatalytic reduction of CO2 under visible light irradiation (λ > 515 nm). The results show that 10BaF2:NaF, Na3AlF6/TiO2 is a more effective photocatalyst for CO2 reduction than pure TiO2, their corresponding methanol yields are 179 and 0 μmol/g-cat under the same conditions. Additionally, the mechanism of photocatalytic reduction of CO2 on 10BaF2:NaF, Na3AlF6/TiO2 is proposed.

  8. Self-doped TiO2-x nanowires with enhanced photocatalytic activity: Facile synthesis and effects of the Ti3+

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    Wang, Junpeng; Yang, Ping; Huang, Baibiao

    2015-11-01

    Synthesis of Ti3+ self-doped TiO2 with high stability is very necessary to understand the role of Ti3+ defects in photocatalytic process. In this study, we report a simple strategy for preparing stable Ti3+ self-doped TiO2 nanowires with Ti2O3 as precursors. Raman and XPS spectrum confirmed the existence of Ti3+ and oxygen vacancies. Compared with the pure TiO2, the photocatalytic activity of the Ti3+ self-doped TiO2 enhanced under UV light irradiation, however, neither pure TiO2 nor the self-dope TiO2 samples exhibit photocatalytic activity while irradiated under visible light, though the self-doped TiO2 have an enhanced absorption in visible region. On the basis of the experimental results, the possible mechanism of Ti3+ in photocatalytic process is proposed.

  9. Synthesis and enhanced visible-light responsive of C,N,S-tridoped TiO2 hollow spheres.

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    Lin, Xiaoxia; Fu, Degang; Hao, Lingyun; Ding, Zhen

    2013-10-01

    C,N,S-tridoped TiO2 hollow spheres (labeled as C,N,S-THs) were synthesized using carbon spheres as template and C,N,S-tridoped TiO2 nanoparticles as building blocks. The structure and physicochemical properties of the catalysts were characterized by Xray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrum (DRS), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Photoluminescence emission spectroscopy (PL). The results showed that the hollow spheres had average diameter of about 200 nm and the shell thickness was about 20 nm. The tridoped TiO2 hollow spheres exhibited strong absorption in the visible-light region. C,N,S-tridoped could narrow the band gap of the THs by mixing the orbit O 2p with C 2p, N 2p and S 3p orbits and shift its optical response from ultraviolet (UV) to the visible-light region. PL analysis indicated that the electron-hole recombination rate of TiO2 hollow spheres had been effectively inhibited when doped with C, N and S elements. The photocatalytic activities of the samples were evaluated for the degradation of X-3B (Reactive Brilliant Red dye, C.I. Reactive Red 2) aqueous solution under visible-light (lambda > 420 nm) irradiation. It was found that the C,N,S-tridoped TiO2 hollow spheres indicated higher photocatalytic activity than commercial P25 and the undoped counterpart photocatalyst.

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

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

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-04

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

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

  15. Facile synthesis and enhanced magnetic, photocatalytic properties of one-dimensional Ag@Fe3O4-TiO2

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    Jia, Xiaohua; Dai, Rongrong; Lian, Dandan; Han, Song; Wu, Xiangyang; Song, Haojie

    2017-01-01

    Fe3O4-TiO2 heterostructures were synthesized through co-precipitation method based on TiO2 nanobelts. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), vibration sample magnetometry (VSM) were used to characterize the heterostructure nanocomposites. The results of XRD proved that the TiO2 nanobelt was anatase which was the most suitable crystal form for photocatalysis. SEM and TEM analysis indicated that Fe3O4 nanoparticles were adhere to TiO2 nanobelts which have one-dimensional structure with 100-200 nm in width. The VSM measurements showed that the photocatalyst can be easily recovered by an extemal magnetic field. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) of Ag@Fe3O4-TiO2 nanocomposites studies confirm that Ag is in Ag0 state. Finally, the photodegradation of rhodamine B (RhB) by the obtained magnetic photocatalyst was investigated via UV-vis absorption spectra. The photocatalytic activity of the composites was observed to be lower compared to bare TiO2 due to the higher degree of recombination reactions after combined with Fe3O4 nanoparticles. After coated the composite of 15% Fe3O4-TiO2 with Ag, the new nanocomposite of Ag@Fe3O4-TiO2 can be easily recovered after photocatalysis by an extemal magnetic field and showed enhanced photocatalytic activity. The mechanisms for the exhibited enhanced photocatalytic effect of Ag nanoparticle decorated Fe3O4-TiO2 nanocomposites with surface heterostructures are discussed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2013-02-01

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

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

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

    2014-05-14

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

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  1. Enhanced visible-light-driven photocatalytic inactivation of Escherichia coli using g-C3N4/TiO2 hybrid photocatalyst synthesized using a hydrothermal-calcination approach.

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    Li, Guiying; Nie, Xin; Chen, Jiangyao; Jiang, Qi; An, Taicheng; Wong, Po Keung; Zhang, Haimin; Zhao, Huijun; Yamashita, Hiromi

    2015-12-01

    Biohazards are widely present in wastewater, and contaminated water can arouse various waterborne diseases. Therefore, effectively removing biohazards from water is a worldwide need. In this study, a novel visible-light-driven (VLD) graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4)/TiO2 hybrid photocatalyst with high photocatalytic bacterial inactivation activity was successfully synthesized using a facile hydrothermal-calcination approach. The optimum synthesized hybrid photocatalyst is composed of micron-sized TiO2 spheres (average diameter: ca. 2 μm) and wrapped with lamellar g-C3N4 (thickness: ca. 2 nm), with narrowing bandgap (ca. 2.48 eV), leading to a significant improvement of visible light (VL) absorption and effective separation of photo-generated electron-hole pairs. This greatly enhances VL photocatalytic inactivation activity towards bacteria in water. Using this hybrid photocatalyst, 10(7) cfu mL(-1) of Escherichia coli K-12 could be completely inactivated within 180 min under VL irradiation. SEM images indicate that bacterial cells were greatly damaged, leading to a severe leakage of intracellular components during photocatalytic inactivation processes. The study concludes that bacterial cell destruction and water disinfection can be achieved using this newly fabricated VLD hybrid photocatalyst.

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

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

    2010-03-01

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

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

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    Yoo, Kye Sang

    2016-05-01

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

  4. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of stable nanocrystalline TiO(2) with high crystallinity and large surface area.

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    Tian, Guohui; Fu, Honggang; Jing, Liqiang; Tian, Chungui

    2009-01-30

    Superior photoactive TiO(2) nanopowders with high crystallinity and large surface area were synthesized by a hydrothermal process in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and a post-treatment with ammonia. The prepared photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, N(2) adsorption-desorption, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) and surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS). The prepared nanocrystallites were highly resistant to thermal sintering, and the calcinations up to 900 degrees C were shown to enhance the crystallinity of the anatase phase without any rutile phase and the separation rate of photoinduced charges of TiO(2) particles. It remained as large as 196 and 125 m(2)/g even after calcinations at 700 and 800 degrees C, respectively. The photocatalytic activity of prepared photocatalysts was obviously higher than that of commercial Degussa P25 on the photodegradation of methylene blue and phenol in water under ultraviolet-light irradiation, and the sample calcined at 800 degrees C afforded the highest photocatalytic activity.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2 from ilmenite by caustic fusion process for photocatalytic application

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    Mulyono, J. E.; Soepriyanto, S.

    2017-01-01

    In this research, the use of TiO2 from Indonesian ilmenite will be developed using caustic fusion process and made into photocatalyst product that will be applied for water treatment applications. The research procedures include caustic fusion process involving the mixing of NaOH and ilmenite with a ratio of 1 : 4 at 650°C for 120 minutes. The result from this caustic fusion process, i.e. frit, was then washed with water and followed by acid leaching using sulfuric acid 45% to obtain precursor TiOSO4. This precursor was then hydrolyzed to produce white precipitates in the form of sol TiO(OH)2 which was then condensed for 24 hours. The precipitate was washed and dried before calcined at a temperature of 500°C for 1 hour. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX) analysis is included to show the phases, morphology and the final composition of the synthesized TiO2 powder. UV-Vis Spectrometry was also used to calculate the band-gap energy and the photocatalytic ability of the synthesized TiO2 in the purification process of rhodamin-B.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-12-01

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

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

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

    2013-11-21

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  10. Characterization of the thin layer photocatalysts TiO2 and V2O5- and Fe2O3- doped TiO2 prepared by the sol-gel method

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    Loc Luu, Cam; Nguyen, Quoc Tuan; Thoang Ho, Si; Nguyen, Tri

    2013-09-01

    The catalysts TiO2 and TiO2 doped with Fe and V were prepared using the sol-gel method. TiO2-modified samples were obtained in the form of a thick film on pyrex glass sticks and tubes and were used as catalysts in the gas phase photo-oxidation of p-xylene. The physico-chemical characteristics of the catalysts were determined using the methods of Brunauer-Emmett-Teller adsorption, x-ray diffraction, and infrared, ultraviolet and visible and Raman spectroscopies. The experimental results show that the introduction of V did not expand the region of light absorption, but slightly reduced the size of the TiO2 particles, and reduced the number of OH-groups, which should decrease the photocatalytic activity and efficiency of the obtained catalysts compared to those of pure TiO2. The Fe-doped TiO2 samples, in contrast, are characterized by an extension of the spectrum of photon absorption to the visible region with wavenumbers λ up to 464 nm and the values of their band gap energy decreased to lower quantities (up to 2.67 eV), therefore they should have higher catalytic activity and conversion efficiency of p-xylene in the visible region than the original sample. For these catalysts, a combined utilization of radiation by ultraviolet (λ = 365 nm) and visible (λ = 470 nm) light increased the activity and the yield in p-xylene conversion by a factor of around 2-3, as well as making these quantities more stable in comparison with those of TiO2-P25 Degussa.

  11. Synthesis of TiO2 nanorod-decorated graphene sheets and their highly efficient photocatalytic activities under visible-light irradiation.

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    Lee, Eunwoo; Hong, Jin-Yong; Kang, Haeyoung; Jang, Jyongsik

    2012-06-15

    The titanium dioxide (TiO(2)) nanorod-decorated graphene sheets photocatalysts with different TiO(2) nanorods population have been synthesized by a simple non-hydrolytic sol-gel approach. Electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the TiO(2) nanorods are well-dispersed and successfully anchored on the graphene sheet surface through the formation of covalent bonds between Ti and C atoms. The photocatalytic activities are evaluated in terms of the efficiencies of photodecomposition and adsorption of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution under visible-light irradiation. The as-synthesized TiO(2) nanorod-decorated graphene sheets showed unprecedented photodecomposition efficiency compared to the pristine TiO(2) nanorods and the commercial TiO(2) (P-25, Degussa) under visible-light. It is believed that this predominant photocatalytic activity is due to the synergistic contribution of both a retarded charge recombination rate caused by a high electronic mobility of graphene and an increased surface area originated from nanometer-sized TiO(2) nanorods. Furthermore, photoelectrochemical study is performed to give deep insights into the primary roles of graphene that determines the photocatalytic activity.

  12. Self-doped Ti(3+)-TiO2 as a photocatalyst for the reduction of CO2 into a hydrocarbon fuel under visible light irradiation.

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    Sasan, Koroush; Zuo, Fan; Wang, Yuan; Feng, Pingyun

    2015-08-28

    Self-doped TiO2 shows visible light photocatalytic activity, while commercial TiO2 (P25) is only UV responsive. The incorporation of Ti(3+) into TiO2 structures narrows the band gap (2.90 eV), leading to significantly increased photocatalytic activity for the reduction of CO2 into a renewable hydrocarbon fuel (CH4) in the presence of water vapour under visible light irradiation.

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

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

    2013-05-01

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

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

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    Žunič, Vojka; Kurtjak, Mario; Suvorov, Danilo

    2016-11-01

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

  15. Hydrothermal synthesis of TiO2 nanostructure films and their photoelectrochemical properties

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    Miao, Hui; Hu, Xiaoyun; Fan, Jun; Li, Chaoben; Sun, Qian; Hao, Yuanyuan; Zhang, Guowei; Bai, Jintao; Hou, Xun

    2015-12-01

    In this study, anatase TiO2 nanostructured films were successfully prepared via Ti foil-assisted hydrothermal synthesis method without any surfactants. With the increase of hydrothermal time from 3 to 12 h, the surface morphologies of the films changed from nanotubes to nanoflowers and the thickness of the films increased from 2.5 to 4.2 μm. The nanoflowers were seated on a layer of oriented nanotubes and consisted of nanosheets. Both nanotubes and nanosheets were multi-walled, comprising interconnected [TiO6] octahedra. Ti foil and acid-treated Ti foil both formed pieces of thin films on the surface with nanotubes and nanoflowers, respectively. Photoelectrochemistry tests showed that the photocurrent response of the nanotube film was nearly 13.8 μA/cm2, which was approximately three times higher than that of nanoflowers film. This indicates that the nanotubes more successfully transferred electrons to the surface of the film as a result of nanotubes providing direct pathways for electrons from the point of injection to the Ti foil electrode. The ultraviolet (UV)-visible-near infrared (NIR) absorption spectra indicated that the nanotube film had a narrower band gap as compared to the nanoflower film. In other words, a relatively low hydrothermal treatment temperature or relatively short hydrothermal treatment time is better for preparing excellent photocurrent response films.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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    Banerjee, Arghya Narayan

    2011-01-01

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

  19. Optimal levels of oxygen deficiency in the visible light photocatalyst TiO2-x and long-term stability of catalytic performance

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    Nakano, Takuma; Ito, Ryosuke; Kogoshi, Sumio; Katayama, Noboru

    2016-11-01

    The dependence of the visible light-responsive photocatalytic activity of oxygen deficient TiO2 (TiO2-x) prepared by Ar/H2 plasma surface treatment on the degree of oxygen deficiency (x) was assessed to determine the deficiency region associated with highest performance. The highest activity was obtained at x=0.06 (TiO1.94). The maximum visible light activity for this material, estimated from the formaldehyde (HCHO) removal rate, was three times higher than that exhibited by nitrogen-doped TiO2 (TiO2-xNx). The catalytic ability was found to decrease over the first week after fabrication of the material, after which it became stable, and the performance of TiO2-x at this point was found to be nearly equal to that of TiO2-xNx. The results of ab initio calculations of density of states for TiO2-x suggest that new oxygen deficiency states emerge at almost the exact center between the valence and conduction bands when x>0.06, which increases the recombination rate between electrons and holes. Therefore the declining performance of TiO2-x at larger x values is attributed to the emergence of new oxygen deficient states.

  20. TiO2-graphene composites with exposed {001} facets produced by a one-pot solvothermal approach for high performance photocatalyst.

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    Lu, Tiewen; Zhang, Rongbin; Hu, Changyuan; Chen, Fei; Duo, Shuwang; Hu, Quanhong

    2013-08-21

    TiO2-graphene (TOG) composites with exposed TiO2 {001} facets were prepared by a solvothermal approach without any addition of surfactants or capping agents, only using titanium isopropoxide and graphene oxide ethanol suspension as the precursors. Graphene was covered uniformly and densely with anatase TiO2 nanoparticles, exposing the {001} facets. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and photocurrent measurements show the presence of electron transfer between TiO2 and graphene. The electron transfer between TiO2 and graphene will greatly retard the recombination of photoinduced charge carriers and prolong electron lifetime, which will contribute to the enhancement of photocatalytic performance. Accordingly, the TOG composites show high photocatalytic activity of methyl orange under UV light, likely due to the effective separation of photoinduced charge, exposure of highly reactive {001} facets and great adsorptivity of dyes.

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

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

    2012-09-01

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

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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

    2012-11-01

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

  4. Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic activity of TiO(2-x)N(x) nanocatalyst.

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    Wang, Y Q; Yu, X J; Sun, D Z

    2007-06-01

    Nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide powders were prepared by wet method, that is, the hydrolysis of acidic tetra-butyl titanate using aqueous ammonia solution, followed by calcination at temperatures about 350 degrees C. The catalysts exhibited photocatalytic activity in the visible light region owing to N-doping. The light absorption onset of TiO(2-x)N(x) was shifted to the visible region at 459 nm compared to 330 nm of pure TiO(2). An obvious decrease in the band gap was observed by the optical absorption spectroscopy, which resulted from N2p localized states above the valence band of TiO(2-x)N(x) (compared to TiO(2)). The TiO(2-x)N(x) catalyst was characterized to be anatase with oxygen-deficient stoichiometry by X-ray diffraction (XRD), surface photovoltage spectroscopy (SPS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The binding energy of N1s measured by XPS characterization was 396.6 eV (TiN bonds, beta-N) and 400.9 eV (NN bonds, gamma-N(2)), respectively. The photocatalytic activity of TiO(2-x)N(x) under visible light was induced by the formation of beta-N in the structure. Photocatalytic decomposition of benzoic acid solutions was carried out in the ultraviolet and visible (UV-vis) light region, and the TiO(2-x)N(x) catalyst showed higher activity than pure TiO(2).

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

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

    2013-05-10

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

  6. Rapid (∼10 min) synthesis of single-crystalline, nanorice TiO2 mesoparticles with a high photovoltaic efficiency of above 8%.

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    Parmar, K P S; Ramasamy, Easwaramoorthi; Lee, Jinwoo; Lee, Jae Sung

    2011-08-14

    A novel rapid (∼10 min) microwave-hydrothermal synthesis is demonstrated for nanorice TiO(2) mesoparticles as an anode of a dye-sensitized solar cell with an excellent photovoltaic efficiency of above 8%.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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    Retnaningsih, Lilis; Muliani, Lia

    2016-04-01

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

  9. Facile synthesis of GO@SnO2/TiO2 nanofibers and their behavior in photovoltaics.

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

    2017-03-15

    Chemical doping is a widely-used strategy to improve the performance of TiO2 for the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). However, the effect of two efficient dopants has been rarely investigated. We present the synthesis of GO@SnO2/TiO2 nanofibers (NFs) by a facile method using electrospinning and hydrothermal processes. The synthesized NFs are described in terms of morphology, crystallinity and chemistry through FESEM, TEM, HR-TEM, XRD, EDX, XPS, FT-IR and Raman spectra. As the results, the axial ratio and the average diameter of NFs decreased after the hydrothermal treatment and calcination process, respectively. The prepared Titania-based nanofibers have 81.82% anatase and 18.18% rutile-structure. The developed materials are applied as working electrodes of DSCs. The photovoltaic performances showed that the efficiency of the device employed GO@SnO2/TiO2 photoanode gave 5.41%, which was higher than those of cells fabricated with SnO2/TiO2 NFs (3.41%) and GO@TiO2 NFs (4.52%) photoanodes. The photovoltaic parameters such as Jsc, Voc, FF and Rct are calculated and found to be 11.19mAcm(-2), 0.72V, 0.67 and 9.26Ω, respectively. The high photovoltaic response of DSC based of GO@SnO2/TiO2 NFs may be attributed to the large surface area of the NFs, and the low electron recombination. Furthermore, the start-stop switches of the cell devices with the developed photoanode affirmed the stability and photovoltaic performance of the cell.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-08-10

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

  12. Facile flame thermal synthesis of SiOx-C/ TiO2 microspheres with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Li, Hui; Ma, Xiaoqing; Cui, Xiaoli

    2014-04-01

    We report a very simple and novel photocatalyst synthetic strategy for the preparation of SiO x modified TiO2 microspheres and demonstrate their enhanced photocatalytic properties. The as-prepared samples were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra. XRD results showed that anatase TiO2 was obtained directly without any post-heat treatment, and no obvious effect on the crystal structure was observed with the introduction of a small amount of SiO x . SEM images show microspherical morphology for the synthesized samples with a suitable amount of SiO x but irregular morphology was observed when higher content of SiO x was introduced. XPS results indicated that silicon existed in the forms of SiO2, SiO and Si2O3. Higher photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV-vis light illumination was demonstrated with SiO x modification. The results indicated that the feasibility of MB degradation was not only due to morphological properties but also to the SiO x modification. Significantly, SiO x facilitates effective photodegradation through the increasing surface hydroxyl groups as traced by the FT-IR spectra for the resulting samples.

  13. Photocatalytic degradation of industrial pulp and paper mill effluent using synthesized magnetic Fe2O3-TiO2: Treatment efficiency and characterizations of reused photocatalyst.

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    Subramonian, Wennie; Wu, Ta Yeong; Chai, Siang-Piao

    2017-02-01

    In this work, heterogeneous photocatalysis was used to treat pulp and paper mill effluent (PPME). Magnetically retrievable Fe2O3-TiO2 was fabricated by employing a solvent-free mechanochemical process under ambient conditions. Findings elucidated the successful incorporation of Fe2O3 into the TiO2 lattice. Fe2O3-TiO2 was found to be an irregular and slightly agglomerated surface morphology. In comparison to commercial P25, Fe2O3-TiO2 exhibited higher ferromagnetism and better catalyst properties with improvements in surface area (58.40 m(2)/g), pore volume (0.29 cm(3)/g), pore size (18.52 nm), and band gap (2.95 eV). Besides, reusability study revealed that Fe2O3-TiO2 was chemically stable and could be reused successively (five cycles) without significant changes in its photoactivity and intrinsic properties. Additionally, this study demonstrated the potential recovery of Fe2O3-TiO2 from an aqueous suspension by using an applied magnetic field or sedimentation. Interactive effects of photocatalytic conditions (initial effluent pH, Fe2O3-TiO2 dosage, and air flow-rate), reaction mechanism, and the presence of chemical oxidants (H2O2, BrO3(-), and HOCl) during the treatment process of PPME were also investigated. Under optimal conditions (initial effluent pH = 3.88, [Fe2O3-TiO2] = 1.3 g/L, and air flow-rate = 2.28 L/min), the treatment efficiency of Fe2O3-TiO2 was 98.5% higher than the P25. Based on Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetic model, apparent rate constants of Fe2O3-TiO2 and P25 were 9.2 × 10(-3) and 2.7 × 10(-3) min(-1), respectively. The present study revealed not only the potential of using magnetic Fe2O3-TiO2 in PPME treatment but also demonstrated high reusability and easy separation of Fe2O3-TiO2 from the wastewater.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  15. Synthesis and photocatalytic activities of Nd-doped TiO2 mesoporous microspheres

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    Liu, Xijian; Sun, Yangang; Wang, Yeying; Zhang, Lijuan; Lu, Jie

    2016-11-01

    Nd-doped TiO2 mesoporous microspheres with possessing regular micro/nanostructure were synthesized by a simple and facile method. The structure and optical properties of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms and UV-Visible absorbance spectroscopy. It was revealed that Nd-doped TiO2 mesoporous microspheres are composed of primary nanoparticles with a particle size of ˜25nm. The photocatalytic activities of all the samples were evaluated by degradation methyl orange (MO) in aqueous solution as a model reaction under xenon lamp light irradiation. The results showed that the doped samples demonstrated a higher photocatalytic activity than TiO2 mesoporous microspheres, and the MO of 10mg/mL almost could be completely degraded by the Nd-doped TiO2 mesoporous sample (the dosage of Nd salt to TiO2 is 6%) under xenon lamp light irradiation within 1h.

  16. Double-doped TiO2 nanoparticles as an efficient visible-light-active photocatalyst and antibacterial agent under solar simulated light

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    Ashkarran, Ali Akbar; Hamidinezhad, Habib; Haddadi, Hedayat; Mahmoudi, Morteza

    2014-05-01

    Silver and nitrogen doped TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized via sol-gel method. The physicochemical properties of the achieved NPs were characterized by various methods including X-Ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and ultra violet-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis). Both visible-light photocatalytic activity and antimicrobial properties were successfully demonstrated for the degradation of Rhodamine B (Rh. B.), as a model dye, and inactivation of Escherichia coli (E. coli), as a representative of microorganisms. The concentration of the employed dopant was optimized and the results revealed that the silver and nitrogen doped TiO2 NPs extended the light absorption spectrum toward the visible region and significantly enhanced the photodegradation of model dye and inactivation of bacteria under visible-light irradiation while double-doped TiO2 NPs exhibited highest photocatalytic and antibacterial activity compared with single doping. The significant enhancement in the photocatalytic activity and antibacterial properties of the double doped TiO2 NPs, under visible-light irradiation, can be attributed to the generation of two different electronic states acting as electron traps in TiO2 and responsible for narrowing the band gap of TiO2 and shifting its optical response from UV to the visible-light region.

  17. Self-doped Ti3+-TiO2 as a photocatalyst for the reduction of CO2 into a hydrocarbon fuel under visible light irradiation

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    Sasan, Koroush; Zuo, Fan; Wang, Yuan; Feng, Pingyun

    2015-08-01

    Self-doped TiO2 shows visible light photocatalytic activity, while commercial TiO2 (P25) is only UV responsive. The incorporation of Ti3+ into TiO2 structures narrows the band gap (2.90 eV), leading to significantly increased photocatalytic activity for the reduction of CO2 into a renewable hydrocarbon fuel (CH4) in the presence of water vapour under visible light irradiation.Self-doped TiO2 shows visible light photocatalytic activity, while commercial TiO2 (P25) is only UV responsive. The incorporation of Ti3+ into TiO2 structures narrows the band gap (2.90 eV), leading to significantly increased photocatalytic activity for the reduction of CO2 into a renewable hydrocarbon fuel (CH4) in the presence of water vapour under visible light irradiation. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Experimental details, XPS, XRD and SEM images. See DOI: 10.1039/c5nr02974k

  18. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic behavior of Ag doped TiO2 thin film

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    Bensouici, F.; Souier, T.; Dakhel, A. A.; Iratni, A.; Tala-Ighil, R.; Bououdina, M.

    2015-09-01

    In this study, structure, microstructure, optical properties and photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) have been investigated in an aqueous heterogeneous media containing pure and Ag doped TiO2 nanostructures thin films which were prepared by a simple sol-gel route. Thermal analysis demonstrated that Ag content decreased the temperature of anatase-to-rutile phase transformation. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed that the prepared nanostructures crystallize within anatase-type structure and that the dopant Ag ions were not fully incorporated within TiO2 host lattice, meanwhile both the refractive index and optical band gap were affected by Ag concentration. The photodegradation of Rhodamine B under UV-C radiation by using pure and Ag-doped TiO2 nanostructures showed that Ag played an important role in a significant improvement of the photodegradation efficiency and that the optimum content of Ag ions was found to be 0.5% molar ratio.

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

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    Li, Li; Zhang, Jianbo; Zhu, Qingshan

    2016-02-21

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

  20. Laser irradiation in water for the novel, scalable synthesis of black TiO x photocatalyst for environmental remediation.

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    Zimbone, Massimo; Cacciato, Giuseppe; Boutinguiza, Mohamed; Privitera, Vittorio; Grimaldi, Maria Grazia

    2017-01-01

    Since 1970, TiO2 photocatalysis has been considered a possible alternative for sustainable water treatment. This is due to its material stability, abundance, nontoxicity and high activity. Unfortunately, its wide band gap (≈3.2 eV) in the UV portion of the spectrum makes it inefficient under solar illumination. Recently, so-called "black TiO2" has been proposed as a candidate to overcome this issue. However, typical synthesis routes require high hydrogen pressure and long annealing treatments. In this work, we present an industrially scalable synthesis of TiO2-based material based on laser irradiation. The resulting black TiO x shows a high activity and adsorbs visible radiation, overcoming the main concerns related to the use of TiO2 under solar irradiation. We employed a commercial high repetition rate green laser in order to synthesize a black TiO x layer and we demonstrate the scalability of the present methodology. The photocatalyst is composed of a nanostructured titanate film (TiO x ) synthetized on a titanium foil, directly back-contacted to a layer of Pt nanoparticles (PtNps) deposited on the rear side of the same foil. The result is a monolithic photochemical diode with a stacked, layered structure (TiO x /Ti/PtNps). The resulting high photo-efficiency is ascribed to both the scavenging of electrons by Pt nanoparticles and the presence of trap surface states for holes in an amorphous hydrogenated TiO x layer.

  1. Laser irradiation in water for the novel, scalable synthesis of black TiOx photocatalyst for environmental remediation

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    Zimbone, Massimo; Boutinguiza, Mohamed; Privitera, Vittorio; Grimaldi, Maria Grazia

    2017-01-01

    Since 1970, TiO2 photocatalysis has been considered a possible alternative for sustainable water treatment. This is due to its material stability, abundance, nontoxicity and high activity. Unfortunately, its wide band gap (≈3.2 eV) in the UV portion of the spectrum makes it inefficient under solar illumination. Recently, so-called “black TiO2” has been proposed as a candidate to overcome this issue. However, typical synthesis routes require high hydrogen pressure and long annealing treatments. In this work, we present an industrially scalable synthesis of TiO2-based material based on laser irradiation. The resulting black TiOx shows a high activity and adsorbs visible radiation, overcoming the main concerns related to the use of TiO2 under solar irradiation. We employed a commercial high repetition rate green laser in order to synthesize a black TiOx layer and we demonstrate the scalability of the present methodology. The photocatalyst is composed of a nanostructured titanate film (TiOx) synthetized on a titanium foil, directly back-contacted to a layer of Pt nanoparticles (PtNps) deposited on the rear side of the same foil. The result is a monolithic photochemical diode with a stacked, layered structure (TiOx/Ti/PtNps). The resulting high photo-efficiency is ascribed to both the scavenging of electrons by Pt nanoparticles and the presence of trap surface states for holes in an amorphous hydrogenated TiOx layer. PMID:28243557

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

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

    2006-06-12

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

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

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

    2014-06-14

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

  4. The Synthesis of Ag-Doped Mesoporous TiO2

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

    2008-04-15

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

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

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

    2009-08-15

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

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

  7. Fabrication of TiO2 nanorod assembly grafted rGO (rGO@TiO2-NR) hybridized flake-like photocatalyst

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    Lv, Kangle; Fang, Shun; Si, Lingling; Xia, Yang; Ho, Wingkei; Li, Mei

    2017-01-01

    To efficiently separate the photo-generated electron-hole pairs of TiO2 hybrid, anatase TiO2 nanorod assembly grafted reduced graphene oxides (rGO@TiO2-NR) hybrid was successfully fabricated using potassium titanium oxalate (PTO) and graphene oxides (GO) as starting materials and diethylene glycol (DEG) as reductant. The effect of GO content on the structure and photocatalytic activity of rGO@TiO2-NR composite was systematically studied. Results show that, in the absence of GO, only TiO2 microsphere assembly is obtained from TiO2 nanorods. The presence of GO results in the formation of a flake-like TiO2-nanorod-assembled grafted rGO hybrid. The photocatalytic activity of rGO@TiO2-NR composite increases first and then decreases with increase in the amount of GO from 0 wt.% to 10 wt.%. The hybridized S4 sample prepared with 4 wt.% GO possesses the highest photocatalytic activity with a constant rate of 0.039 min-1 in the photocataytic degradation of Brilliant X-3B dye (X3B); this sample was enhanced more than three times when compared with pure TiO2 sample (0.012 min-1). The enhanced photocatalytic activity of the rGO@TiO2-NR hybrid was attributed to the strong interaction between TiO2 nanorods and rGO. The unique hierarchical structure of 1D nanorod assembly TiO2-rGO flakes facilitates the injection and transfer of photo-generated electrons from TiO2 to graphene, thus retarding the recombination of electron-hole pairs and enhancing the photocatalytic activity. The enlarged BET surface areas, not only increasing the number of active sites, but also facilitating the adsorption of the dye, and improved light-harvesting ability also contribute to the enhanced photoreactivity of rGO@TiO2-NR hybrid.

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  9. The effect of silver nanoparticles/graphene-coupled TiO2 beads photocatalyst on the photoconversion efficiency of photoelectrochemical hydrogen production.

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    Ke, Chun-Ren; Guo, Jyun-Sheng; Su, Yen-Hsun; Ting, Jyh-Ming

    2016-10-28

    In this work, a novel configuration of the photoelectrochemical hydrogen production device is demonstrated. It is based on TiO2 beads as the primary photoanode material with the addition of a heterostructure of silver nanoparticles/graphene. The heterostructure not only caters to a great improvement in light harvesting efficiency (LHE) but also enhances the charge collection efficiency. For LHE, the optimized cell based on TiO2 beads/Ag/graphene shows a 47% gain as compared to the cell having a photoanode of commercial P25 TiO2 powders. For the charge collection efficiency, there is a pronounced improvement of an impressive value of 856%. The reason for the improvement in light absorption is attributed to either the light scattering of TiO2 beads or the surface plasmonic resonance on the Ag nanoparticles/graphene. The photoconversion efficiency (PCE) of the resulting cells is also presented and discussed. The PCE of the TiO2 beads/Ag/graphene cell is approximately 2.5 times than that of pure P25 cell.

  10. Simultaneous phase- and size-controlled synthesis of TiO(2) nanorods via non-hydrolytic sol-gel reaction of syringe pump delivered precursors.

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    Koo, Bonil; Park, Jongnam; Kim, Yukyeong; Choi, Sang-Hyun; Sung, Yung-Eun; Hyeon, Taeghwan

    2006-12-07

    The simultaneous phase- and size-controlled synthesis of TiO(2) nanorods was achieved via the non-hydrolytic sol-gel reaction of continuously delivered two titanium precursors using two separate syringe pumps. As the injection rate was decreased, the length of the TiO(2) nanorods was increased and their crystalline phase was simultaneously transformed from anatase to rutile. When the reaction was performed by injecting titanium precursors contained in two separate syringes into a hot oleylamine surfactant solution with an injection rate of 30 mL/h, anatase TiO(2) nanorods with dimensions of 6 nm (thickness) x 50 nm (length) were produced. When the injection rate was decreased to 2.5 mL/h, star-shaped rutile TiO(2) nanorods with dimensions of 25 nm x 200 nm and a small fraction of rod-shaped anatase TiO(2) nanorods with dimensions of 9 nm x 100 nm were synthesized. Pure star-shaped rutile TiO(2) nanorods with dimensions of 25 nm x 450 nm were synthesized when the injection rate was further decreased to 1.25 mL/h. The simultaneous phase transformation and length elongation of the TiO(2) nanorods were achieved. Under optimized reaction conditions, as much as 3.5 g of TiO(2) nanorods were produced. The TiO(2) nanorods were used to produce dye-sensitized solar cells, and the photoconversion efficiency of the mixture composed of star-shaped rutile TiO(2) nanorods and a small fraction of anatase nanorods were comparable to that of Degussa P-25.

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

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

    2015-02-21

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

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

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

    2015-10-01

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

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

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

    2013-11-25

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

  14. Biogenesis of TiO2 nanoparticles using endophytic Bacillus cereus

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

    2014-11-01

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

  15. Synthesis and visible-light-induced catalytic activity of Ag2S-coupled TiO2 nanoparticles and nanowires

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    Xie, Yi; Heo, Sung Hwan; Kim, Yong Nam; Yoo, Seung Hwa; Cho, Sung Oh

    2010-01-01

    We present the synthesis and visible-light-induced catalytic activity of Ag2S-coupled TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) and TiO2 nanowires (NWs). Through a simple wet chemical process from a mixture of peroxo titanic acid (PTA) solution, thiourea and AgAc, a composite of Ag2S NPs and TiO2 NPs with sizes of less than 7 nm was formed. When the NP composite was further treated with NaOH solution followed by annealing at ambient conditions, a new nanocomposite material comprising Ag2S NPs on TiO2 NWs was created. Due to the coupling with such a low bandgap material as Ag2S, the TiO2 nanocomposites could have a visible-light absorption capability much higher than that of pure TiO2. As a result, the synthesized Ag2S/TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited much higher catalytic efficiency for the decomposition of methyl orange than commercial TiO2 (Degussa P25, Germany) under visible light.

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

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    Dwivedi, Charu; Dutta, V.

    2012-10-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

    A microwave-assisted sol-gel method was used to synthesize (N, Fe)-codoped activated carbon (AC)/TiO2 photocatalyst for enhanced optical absorption in the visible light region. The prepared samples were characterized via X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis, ultraviolet-visible light spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The results showed no significant difference in the surface area of AC/TiO2 (approximately 500 m(2)/g) after doping. TiO2 was uniformly distributed on the surface of AC, which exhibited coexisting anatase and rutile structures with a mean crystallite diameter of approximately 20 nm. N and Fe monodoping on AC/TiO2 reduced the energy band gap of TiO2 to 2.81 and 2.79 eV, respectively, which mainly attributed to the impurity energy formed in the energy gap of TiO2. In (N, Fe)-codoped AC/TiO2, N and Fe are incorporated into the TiO2 framework and narrow the band gap of TiO2 to 2.58 eV, thereby causing a large redshift. Codoping of N and Fe enhanced the production of hydroxyl radicals (⋅OH) and improved the photocatalytic activity of the resultant AC/TiO2 compared with those of undoped and N- or Fe-monodoped AC/TiO2. N-Fe-AC/TiO2 degraded 93 % of the formaldehyde under Xe-lamp irradiation. Moreover, the photocatalyst was easily recyclable. In summary, a novel and efficient method to mineralize low concentrations of HCHO in wastewater was discovered.

  18. Uniform TiO2-SiO2 hollow nanospheres: Synthesis, characterization and enhanced adsorption-photodegradation of azo dyes and phenol

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    Guo, Na; Liang, Yimai; Lan, Shi; Liu, Lu; Ji, Guijuan; Gan, Shucai; Zou, Haifeng; Xu, Xuechun

    2014-06-01

    TiO2-SiO2 hollow nanospheres with remarkable enhanced photocatalytic performance have been fabricated by sol-gel method. The hollow sphere possesses both high phototcatalytic activity and adsorption capability. The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, FTIR, XPS, BJH and TGA/DSC. The experiment results show that, the photocatalyst calcined at 500 °C with Ti/Si ratio of 5:1 (denoted as 5T/S-500) displayed superiorities in both textural and functional properties with the enhanced degradation efficiency on azo dyes (methylene blue, methyl orange) and phenol. The high adsorption capability of organic poisonous contaminants onto 5T/S-500 in aqueous solution demonstrated that the photocatalyst can remove the contaminants from water effectively even without illumination. The TEM and SEM morphologies demonstrated unique hollow and coarse structure of 5T/S-500. Structural analysis showed that Si was doped into the lattice of TiO2 and SiO2 nanoparticles can work as a surface modifier on TiO2. The surface area of 5T/S-500 is 1105 m2/g, 14.5 times as great as that of the pure hollow TiO2 nanosphere, confirms the effect of SiO2 on the improvement of specific surface area. The high photocatalytic activities and high adsorption ability for organic poisonous contaminants demonstrate that the nanocomposite of TiO2-SiO2 is a promising candidate material for future treatment of contaminated water.

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

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

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

    2013-11-01

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

  1. Low-temperature synthesis and characterization of TiO2 and TiO2-ZrO2 photocatalytically active thin films.

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    Maver, Ksenija; Stangar, Urska Lavrencic; Cernigoj, Urh; Gross, Silvia; Cerc Korosec, Romana

    2009-05-01

    Transparent TiO(2) and TiO(2)-ZrO(2) (molar ratio Zr/Ti = 0.1) thin films were produced by low-temperature sol-gel processing from nanocrystalline aqueous based solutions. The structural features and compositions of the films treated at room temperature, 100 degrees C and 500 degrees C were investigated by X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and thermal analysis. Addition of zirconia increased specific surface area (140-230 m(2) g(-1)) and hindered the growth of anatase crystallites, exhibiting a constant size of 6-7 nm in the whole temperature range. These significant changes with respect to pure TiO(2) in anatase crystalline form did not result in significantly and systematically different photocatalytic activity, which was evaluated in terms of aqueous pollutant degradation (azo-dye in water) and self-cleaning ability (fatty contaminant deposit). The films treated at only 100 degrees C showed excellent photocatalytic activity towards azo-dye degradation. Contact angle measurements of aged and contaminated surfaces revealed a fast or sharp hydrophilicity gain under UVA illumination. Accordingly, the results of this study confirmed the potential application of advantageous low-temperature films in water treatment as well as for self-cleaning surfaces.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-11-01

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

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

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

    2010-04-27

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

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

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    Jia, Changchao; Cao, Yongqiang; Yang, Ping

    2013-04-01

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

  6. Synthesis of iron-doped TiO2 for degradation of reactive Orange16.

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    Safari, Mojtaba; Talebi, Rasoul; Rostami, Mohammad Hossein; Nikazar, Manouchehr; Dadvar, Mitra

    2014-01-09

    In this study the optimum conditions for preparing the iron-doped TiO2 nanoparticles were investigated. Samples were synthesized by sol-gel impregnation method. Three effective parameters were optimized using Taguchi method, consisted of: (i) atomic ratios of Fe to Ti; (ii) sintering temperature; (iii) sintering time. The characterization of samples was determined using X-ray diffraction, BET- specific surface area, UV- Vis reflectance spectra (DRS) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The XRD patterns of the samples indicated the existence of anatase crystal phase in structure. UV- Vis reflectance spectra showed an enhancement in light absorbance in the visible region (wavelength > 400 nm) for iron-doped samples. The photocatalytic activity of samples was investigated by the degradation of RO 16 (RO 16) dye under UV irradiation. The results illustrated that the photocatalytic activity of iron-doped TiO2 was more than pure TiO2, because of the smaller crystal size, grater BET surface area and higher light absorption ability.

  7. Sol gel synthesis of SiC TiO2 nanoparticles for microwave processing

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    Cerneaux, Sophie; Xiong, Xiangyuan; Simon, George P.; Cheng, Yi-Bing; Spiccia, Leone

    2007-02-01

    A novel approach has been explored to facilitate microwave processing of anatase TiO2, a material that is normally inert in a microwave field. This involves production of core-shell silicon carbide (SiC)-titania (TiO2) structures in which the SiC exhibits significant microwave loss, and thus a susceptibility to heating via microwave radiation, as well as a high thermal conductivity. SiC nanoparticles were coated with TiO2 using a sol-gel process, involving the hydrolysis of titanium(IV) isopropoxide. Heat treatment of the novel core-shell nanostructure carried out in a conventional furnace and a microwave oven revealed that crystallization of the titania shell to anatase phase occurred at quite different temperatures, viz. 450 °C and 190 ± 10 °C, respectively. A range of microstructural and N2 adsorption/desorption techniques were used to characterize the different materials obtained from the two annealing methods. The relationship between structure and resultant physical properties of these core-shell materials and their behaviour in a microwave field is discussed.

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

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

    2009-04-01

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

  9. Deactivation of the TiO2 photocatalyst by coupling with WO3 and the electrochemically assisted high photocatalytic activity of WO3.

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    Tada, Hiroaki; Kokubu, Akio; Iwasaki, Mitsunobu; Ito, Seisihro

    2004-05-25

    Patterned TiO2 stripes were formed on a sol-gel crystalline WO3 film by using a chemically modified sol-gel method (pat-TiO2/WO3), and the coupling effect on the photocatalytic activity was studied. Although the photoinduced electron transfer from TiO2 to WO3 was confirmed by labeling and visualization of the reduction sites with Ag particles, the photocatalytic activities of TiO2 for both the gas-phase oxidation of CH3CHO and the liquid-phase oxidation of 2-naphthol decreased significantly with the coupling. This finding was rationalized in terms of the decrease in the rate of the electron transfer from the semiconductor-(s) to 02 with the coupling, which was estimated from the kinetic analysis of the photopotential relaxation. When the excited electrons were removed by a SnO2 underlayer, the WO3 film exhibited a high photocatalytic activity exceeding that of TiO2 for the oxidation of 2-naphthol.

  10. Role of Interparticle Charge Transfers in Agglomerated Photocatalyst Nanoparticles: Demonstration in Aqueous Suspension of Dye-Sensitized TiO2.

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    Park, Yiseul; Kim, Wooyul; Monllor-Satoca, Damián; Tachikawa, Takashi; Majima, Tetsuro; Choi, Wonyong

    2013-01-03

    The interparticle charge transfer within the agglomerates of TiO2 nanoparticles in slurries markedly enhanced the dye-sensitized production of H2 under visible light. By purposely decoupling the light absorbing part of Dye/TiO2 from the active catalytic center of Pt/TiO2, the role of bare TiO2 nanoparticles working as a mediator that connects the above two parts in the agglomerates was investigated systematically. The presence of mediator in the agglomerate facilitated the charge separation and the electron transfer from Dye/TiO2 to Pt/TiO2 through multiple grain boundaries and subsequently produced more hydrogen. The dye-sensitized reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) was also enhanced when Dye/TiO2 nanoparticles were agglomerated with bare TiO2 nanoparticles. The charge recombination between the oxidized dye and the injected electron was retarded in the presence of bare TiO2 nanoparticles, and this retarded recombination on Dye/TiO2 was confirmed by using transient laser spectroscopy. This phenomenon can be rationalized in terms of an interparticle Fermi level gradient within the agglomerates, which drives the charge separation.

  11. Light-induced efficient molecular oxygen activation on a Cu(II)-grafted TiO2/graphene photocatalyst for phenol degradation.

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    Zhang, Hui; Guo, Liang-Hong; Wang, Dabin; Zhao, Lixia; Wan, Bin

    2015-01-28

    An efficient photocatalytic process involves two closely related steps: charge separation and the subsequent surface redox reaction. Herein, a ternary hybrid photocatalytic system was designed and fabricated by anchoring Cu(II) clusters onto a TiO2/reduced graphene oxide (RGO) composite. Microscopic and spectroscopic characterization revealed that both TiO2 nanoparticles and Cu(II) clusters were highly dispersed on a graphene sheet with intimate interfacial contact. Compared with pristine TiO2, the TiO2/RGO/Cu(II) composite yielded an almost 3-fold enhancement in the photodegradation rate toward phenol degradation under UV irradiation. Electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra and electrochemical measurements demonstrated that the improved photocatalytic activity of this ternary system benefitted from the synergetic effect between RGO and Cu(II), which facilitates the interfacial charge transfer and simultaneously achieves in situ generation of H2O2 via two-electron reduction of O2. These results highlight the importance to harmonize the charge separation and surface reaction process in achieving high photocatalytic efficiency for practical application.

  12. Enhanced visible light activity on direct contact Z-scheme g-C3N4-TiO2 photocatalyst

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    Li, Juan; Zhang, Min; Li, Qiuye; Yang, Jianjun

    2017-01-01

    Direct contact Z-scheme g-C3N4-TiO2 nanocomposites without an electron mediator are prepared via simple annealing the mixture of bulk g-C3N4 and nanotube titanic acid (NTA) in air at 600 °C for 2 h. In the process of annealing, the bulk g-C3N4 transformed to ultra-thin g-C3N4 nanosheets, and NTA converted to a novel anatase TiO2, then the two components formed a close interaction. The XPS result reveals that some amount of nitrogen is doped into this novel-TiO2, and g-C3N4 nanosheets exist in the composites. The results of XRD, TEM and TG indicate that the thickness of g-C3N4 nanosheets is very thin. The ESR spectrum shows the existence of Ti3+ and single-electron-trapped oxygen vacancy in the 30%g-C3N4-TiO2 composites. In photocatalytic activity test, the 30%g-C3N4-TiO2 nanocomposites showed an excellent photo-oxidation activity of propylene under visible light irradiation (λ≥ 420 nm), and the removal efficiency of propylene reached as high as 56.6%, and the activity kept nearly 82% after four consecutive recycles. Photoluminescence (PL) result using terephthalic acid (TA) as a probe molecule indicated that the g-C3N4-TiO2 nanocomposites displayed a Z-sheme photocatalytic reaction system and this should be the main reason for the high photocatalytic activity. A possible photocatalytic mechanism was proposed on the basis of PL result and transient photocurrent-time curves.

  13. Electrorheological behaviour under oscillatory shear of TiO2 rod-like particles prepared via microwave-assisted molten-salt synthesis

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    Sedlacik, M.; Mrlik, M.; Pavlinek, V.; Kozakova, Z.; Saha, P.

    2013-02-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) rod-like particles were synthesized by a simple and rapid microwave-assisted molten-salt method. The X-ray diffraction analysis and electron microscopy provided information on particle composition and morphology, respectively. It was found that during the synthesis process the crystalline phase of TiO2 transformed from anatase into rutile while the morphology changed from nanospheres into micrometer sized rod-like particles. The electrorheological (ER) properties were investigated via oscillatory shear tests. It was found that TiO2 rod-like particles based silicone oil suspensions exhibited higher ER activity than those of original anatase TiO2 nanoparticles probably due to side-by-side solid friction between particles as well as shorter time of their polarization. The changes in ER properties of rod-like particle based suspensions as a function of the applied electric field strength and particles weight fraction were also investigated.

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

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    Vu, Thi Thuy Duong; Mighri, Frej; Do, Trong-On; Ajji, Abdellah

    2012-03-01

    The present study presents the synthesis details of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) of different morphologies using oleic acid (OA) and oleyl amine (OM) as capping agents. Different shapes of NPs, such as nanospheres, nanorods, and nanorhombics, were achieved. In order to develop nanocomposite thin films for photovoltaic cells, these TiO2 NPs were carefully dispersed in 2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylene vinylene (MEH-PPV) matrix. The properties of synthesized TiO2 NPs and MEH-PPV/TiO2 nanocomposites were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), UV-Visible spectroscopy, and Photoluminescence technique. Obtained results showed promising properties for photovoltaic devices, especially solar radiation absorption properties and charge transfer at the interface of the conjugated MEH-PPV matrix and TiO2 dispersed NPs.

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

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

    2016-02-01

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

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

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    He, Yuanyuan; Ford, Michael E.; Zhu, Minghui; ...

    2016-02-02

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

  17. One-step hydrothermal synthesis of N-doped TiO2/C nanocomposites with high visible light photocatalytic activity.

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    Wang, Dong-Hong; Jia, Li; Wu, Xi-Lin; Lu, Li-Qiang; Xu, An-Wu

    2012-01-21

    N-doped TiO(2) nanoparticles modified with carbon (denoted N-TiO(2)/C) were successfully prepared by a facile one-pot hydrothermal treatment in the presence of L-lysine, which acts as a ligand to control the nanocrystal growth and as a source of nitrogen and carbon. As-prepared nanocomposites were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Raman spectroscopy, ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra, and N(2) adsorption-desorption analysis. The photocatalytic activities of the as-prepared photocatalysts were measured by the degradation of methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation at λ≥ 400 nm. The results show that N-TiO(2)/C nanocomposites increase absorption in the visible light region and exhibit a higher photocatalytic activity than pure TiO(2), commercial P25 and previously reported N-doped TiO(2) photocatalysts. We have demonstrated that the nitrogen was doped into the lattice and the carbon species were modified on the surface of the photocatalysts. N-doping narrows the band gap and C-modification enhances the visible light harvesting and accelerates the separation of the photo-generated electrons and holes. As a consequence, the photocatalytic activity is significantly improved. The molar ratio of L-lysine/TiCl(4) and the pH of the hydrothermal reaction solution are important factors affecting the photocatalytic activity of the N-TiO(2)/C; the optimum molar ratio of L-lysine/TiCl(4) is 8 and the optimum pH is ca. 4, at which the catalyst exhibits the highest reactivity. Our findings demonstrate that the as-obtained N-TiO(2)/C photocatalyst is a better and more promising candidate than well studied N-doped TiO(2) alternatives as visible light photocatalysts for

  18. Synthesis, characterization, photocatalysis, and varied properties of TiO2 cosubstituted with nitrogen and fluorine.

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    Kumar, Nitesh; Maitra, Urmimala; Hegde, Vinay I; Waghmare, Umesh V; Sundaresan, A; Rao, C N R

    2013-09-16

    TiO2 (anatase) codoped with nitrogen and fluorine, synthesized by a simple solid state route, using urea and ammonium fluoride as sources of nitrogen and fluorine, respectively, as well as by decomposition of (NH4)2TiF6 for comparison, has been characterized by various techniques. XPS analysis shows the composition to be TiO1.7N0.18F0.12 for urea-based method (N, F-TiO2-urea) and TiO1.9N0.04F0.06 for complex decomposition method (N, F-TiO2-complex). Both the materials are defect-free as revealed by photoluminescence spectroscopy. Thus, N, F-TiO2-urea exhibits smaller defect-induced magnetization compared to the nitrogen-doped sample. Cosubstitution of N and F is accompanied with an enhancement of the absorption of light in the visible region giving rise to yellow color and with a band gap of ∼2.2 eV in the case of N, F-TiO2-urea. It exhibits enhanced photocatalytic activity and also significant hydrogen evolution (400 μmol/g) on interaction with visible light in the absence of any cocatalyst, which is much higher compared to N, F-TiO2-complex and N-TiO2. First-principles calculations show significant local distortions on codoping TiO2 with N and F and a lowering of energy by 1.93 eV per N, F pair. With virtual negative and positive charges on nitrogen and fluorine, respectively, the dopants prefer pairwise clustering. Our calculations predict a reduction in the band gap in TiO2 cosubstituted with nitrogen and fluorine. The calculated band structure shows that nitrogen 2p states form a separate subband just above the valence band which is enhanced on incorporation of fluorine. Our calculations also indicate anomalous Born effective charges in N, F-TiO2 and predict enhanced photocatalytic activity on codoping of TiO2 by N and F.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Rutile TiO2Nanopowders Doped with Iron Ions

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    2009-01-01

    Titanium dioxide nanopowders doped with different amounts of Fe ions were prepared by coprecipitation method. Obtained materials were characterized by structural (XRD), morphological (TEM and SEM), optical (UV/vis reflection and photoluminescence, and Raman), and analytical techniques (XPS and ICP-OES). XRD analysis revealed rutile crystalline phase for doped and undoped titanium dioxide obtained in the same manner. Diameter of the particles was 5–7 nm. The presence of iron ions was confirmed by XPS and ICP-OES. Doping process moved absorption threshold of TiO2into visible spectrum range. Photocatalytic activity was also checked. Doped nanopowders showed normal and up-converted photoluminescence. PMID:20596442

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

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

    2011-04-01

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

  1. Facile synthesis of flake-like TiO2/C nano-composites for photocatalytic H2 evolution under visible-light irradiation

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    Yan, Baolin; Zhou, Juan; Liang, Xiaoyu; Song, Kainan; Su, Xintai

    2017-01-01

    The production of H2 by photocatalytic water splitting has become a promising approach for clean, economical, and renewable evolution of H2 by using solar energy. In spite of tremendous efforts, the present challenge for materials scientists is to build a highly active photocatalytic system with high efficiency and low cost. Here we report a facile method for the preparation of TiO2/C nano-flakes, which was used as an efficient visible-light photocatalyst for H2 evolution. This composite material was prepared by using a phase-transfer strategy combined with salt-template calcination treatment. The results showed that anatase TiO2 nanoparticles with the diameter of ∼10 nm were uniformly dispersed on the carbon nano-flakes. In addition, the samples prepared at 600 °C (denoted as T600) endowed a larger surface area of 196 m2 g-1 and higher light absorption, resulting in enhanced photocatalytic activity. Further, the T600 product reached a high H2 production rate of 57.2 μmol h-1 under visible-light irradiation. This unusual photocatalytic activity arose from the positive synergetic effect between the TiO2 and carbon in this hybrid catalyst. This work highlights the potential of TiO2/C nano-flakes in the field of photocatalytic H2 evolution under visible-light irradiation.

  2. Synthesis of magnetically separable Ag3PO4/TiO2/Fe3O4 heterostructure with enhanced photocatalytic performance under visible light for photoinactivation of bacteria.

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    Xu, Jing-Wen; Gao, Zhi-Da; Han, Kun; Liu, Yongmin; Song, Yan-Yan

    2014-09-10

    Silver orthophosphate (Ag3PO4) is a low-band-gap photocatalyst that has received considerable research interest in recent years. In this work, the magnetic Ag3PO4/TiO2/Fe3O4 heterostructured nanocomposite was synthesized. The nanocomposite was found to exhibit markedly enhanced photocatalytic activity, cycling stability, and long-term durability in the photodegradation of acid orange 7 (AO7) under visible light. Moreover, the antibacterial film prepared from Ag3PO4/TiO2/Fe3O4 nanocomposite presented excellent bactericidal activity and recyclability toward Escherichia coli (E. coli) cells under visible-light irradiation. In addition to the intrinsic cytotoxicity of silver ions, the elevated bactericidal efficiency of Ag3PO4/TiO2/Fe3O4 can be largely attributed to its highly enhanced photocatalytic activity. The photogenerated hydroxyl radicals and superoxide ions on the formed Ag/Ag3PO4/TiO2 interfaces cause considerable morphological changes in the microorganism's cells and lead to the death of the bacteria.

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

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    Umadevi, M; Parimaladevi, R; Sangari, M

    2014-01-01

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

  4. Optimized photodegradation of Bisphenol A in water using ZnO, TiO2 and SnO2 photocatalysts under UV radiation as a decontamination procedure

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    Abo, Rudy; Kummer, Nicolai-Alexeji; Merkel, Broder J.

    2016-09-01

    Experiments on photodegradation of Bisphenol A (BPA) were carried out in water samples by means photocatalytic and photo-oxidation methods in the presence of ZnO, TiO2 and SnO2 catalysts. The objective of this study was to develop an improved technique that can be used as a remediation procedure for a BPA-contaminated surface water and groundwater based on the UV solar radiation. The photodegradation of BPA in water performed under a low-intensity UV source mimics the UVC and UVA spectrum of solar radiation between 254 and 365 nm. The archived results reveal higher degradation rates observed in the presence of ZnO than with TiO2 and SnO2 catalysts during 20 h of irradiation. The intervention of the advanced photocatalytic oxidation (PCO) reduces the time of degradation to less than 1 h to reach a degradation rate of 90 % for BPA in water. The study proposes the use of ZnO as a competitor catalyst to the traditional TiO2, providing the most effective treatment of contaminated water with phenolic products.

  5. The comparative photodegradation activities of pentachlorophenol (PCP) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) using UV alone and TiO2-derived photocatalysts in methanol soil washing solution.

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

    2014-01-01

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

  6. A systematic study on visible-light N-doped TiO2 photocatalyst obtained from ethylenediamine by sol-gel method

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    Li, Hui; Hao, Yubao; Lu, Haiqiang; Liang, Liping; Wang, Yuanyang; Qiu, Jianhao; Shi, Xianchao; Wang, Ying; Yao, Jianfeng

    2015-07-01

    N-doped titania is prepared using ethylenediamine as the nitrogen source by a sol-gel method. The preparation conditions, such as the volume ratio of ethylenediamine to sol, and the heat temperature on the nitrogen doping are systematically examined. UV results indicate the N-doped TiO2 catalysts have enhanced absorption in the visible light region, and exhibit high activities on the visible light photocatalytic reactions to the hydrogen production and methyl orange degradation. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and FT-IR results reveal that N species have been incorporated into the TiO2 lattice at a high N-doping level. N-doped titania prepared with an ethylenediamine to sol volume ratio of 1:1 and sintering temperature of 500 °C performed the highest hydrogen production rate (2.98 mmol g-1 h-1) and best methyl orange degradation performance. A conceivable structure change of N-doped TiO2 sintered at different temperature was proposed.

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  8. Highly dispersed platinum nanoparticles on TiO2 prepared by using the microwave-assisted deposition method: an efficient photocatalyst for the formation of H2 and N2 from aqueous NH3.

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    Fuku, Kojirou; Kamegawa, Takashi; Mori, Kohsuke; Yamashita, Hiromi

    2012-06-01

    A simple and practical technique to synthesize nanosized platinum particles loaded on TiO(2) (Pt-TiO(2)) by using a microwave (Mw)-assisted deposition method has been exploited in the development of a highly efficient photocatalyst for the formation of H(2) and N(2) gases from harmful nitrogen-containing chemical wastes, for example, aqueous ammonia (NH(3)). Upon Mw irradiation, a platinum precursor can be deposited quickly on the TiO(2) surface from an aqueous solution of platinum and subsequent reduction with H(2) affords the nanosized platinum metal particles with a narrow size distribution (Mw-Pt-TiO(2)). Characterization by CO adsorption, platinum L(III)-edge X-ray absorption fine structure analysis, and TEM analysis revealed that the size of the metal nanoparticles strongly depended on the preparation methods. Smaller platinum nanoparticles were obtained by the Mw heating method than those obtained by conventional preparation techniques, such as photoassisted deposition (PAD), impregnation (Imp), and equilibrium adsorption (EA) deposition by conventional convective heating. The H(2) and N(2) formation rates increased with increasing dispersity of platinum. Pt-TiO(2) prepared by the Mw heating method exhibited a specifically high H(2) formation activity in the photocatalytic decomposition of aqueous NH(3) in a nearly stoichiometric 3:1 (H(2)/N(2)) molar ratio under inert conditions. The present Mw heating method is applicable to a variety of anatase-type TiO(2) species possessing different specific surface areas to provide small and highly dispersed platinum nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution.

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

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

    2009-08-01

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

  10. Synthesis of fullerene-, carbon nanotube-, and graphene-TiO₂ nanocomposite photocatalysts for selective oxidation: a comparative study.

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    Yang, Min-Quan; Zhang, Nan; Xu, Yi-Jun

    2013-02-01

    A series of TiO(2)-graphene (GR), -carbon nanotube (CNT), and -fullerene (C(60)) nanocomposite photocatalysts with different weight addition ratios of carbon contents are synthesized via a combination of sol-gel and hydrothermal methods. Their structures and properties are determined by the X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption-desorption, and photoelectrochemical measurements. Photocatalytic selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde is employed as a model reaction to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of the TiO(2)-carbon (GR, CNT, and C(60)) nanocomposites under visible light irradiation. The results reveal that incorporating TiO(2) with carbon materials can extend the adsorption edge of all the TiO(2)-carbon nanocomposites to the visible light region. For TiO(2)-GR, TiO(2)-CNT, and TiO(2)-C(60) nanocomposites, the photocatalytic activities of the composites with optimum ratios, TiO(2)-0.1% GR, TiO(2)-0.5% CNT, and TiO(2)-1.0% C(60), are very close to each other along with the irradiation time. Furthermore, the underlying reaction mechanism for the photocatalytic selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde over TiO(2)-carbon nanocomposites has been explored using different radical scavenger techniques, suggesting that TiO(2)-carbon photocatalysts follow the analogous oxidation mechanism toward selective oxidation of benzyl alcohol. The addition of different carbon materials has no significant influence on the crystal phase, particle size, and the morphology of TiO(2). Therefore, it can be concluded, at least for nanocomposites of TiO(2)-carbon (GR, CNT, and C(60)) obtained by the present approach, that there is no much difference in essence on affecting the photocatalytic performance of semiconductor TiO(2) among these three different carbon allotropes, GR, CNT, and C(60). Our findings point to the importance of a comparative study of semiconductor

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

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

    2015-04-01

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

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

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

    2014-09-28

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

  13. A general nonaqueous sol-gel route to g-C3N4-coupling photocatalysts: the case of Z-scheme g-C3N4/TiO2 with enhanced photodegradation toward RhB under visible-light.

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    Liu, Xu; Chen, Nan; Li, Yuxiu; Deng, Dongyang; Xing, Xinxin; Wang, Yude

    2016-12-22

    The g-C3N4-coupling TiO2 photocatalysts with controllable particle size as well as the interface contact were prepared by a general nonaqueous sol-gel method. The structural and morphological features of g-C3N4/TiO2 were investigated through the X-ray diffraction, Fourier transformed infrared spectra, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. It is found the TiO2 nanoparticles with a size of 7.3 ± 1.6 nm are uniformly anchored on the surface of the g-C3N4 nanosheets in isolation. The photocatalytic properties of as-prepared g-C3N4/TiO2 were tested by degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light, and an enhanced activity is observed. The mechanism of the enhanced activity was further investigated through N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, UV-vis spectra, photoluminescence spectra, photoelectrochemical measurements, radical trapping experiments and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, the photocatalytic performances of obtained g-C3N4/TiO2 under sunlight were also evaluated in aspects of degradation efficiency and stability. The results indicate that the obtained g-C3N4/TiO2 is one promising photocatalyst for practical applications. The study of as-prepared g-C3N4/TiO2 also implies that the present method could be a general route of g-C3N4-coupling photocatalysts.

  14. A general nonaqueous sol-gel route to g-C3N4-coupling photocatalysts: the case of Z-scheme g-C3N4/TiO2 with enhanced photodegradation toward RhB under visible-light

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    Liu, Xu; Chen, Nan; Li, Yuxiu; Deng, Dongyang; Xing, Xinxin; Wang, Yude

    2016-01-01

    The g-C3N4-coupling TiO2 photocatalysts with controllable particle size as well as the interface contact were prepared by a general nonaqueous sol-gel method. The structural and morphological features of g-C3N4/TiO2 were investigated through the X-ray diffraction, Fourier transformed infrared spectra, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. It is found the TiO2 nanoparticles with a size of 7.3 ± 1.6 nm are uniformly anchored on the surface of the g-C3N4 nanosheets in isolation. The photocatalytic properties of as-prepared g-C3N4/TiO2 were tested by degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light, and an enhanced activity is observed. The mechanism of the enhanced activity was further investigated through N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, UV-vis spectra, photoluminescence spectra, photoelectrochemical measurements, radical trapping experiments and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, the photocatalytic performances of obtained g-C3N4/TiO2 under sunlight were also evaluated in aspects of degradation efficiency and stability. The results indicate that the obtained g-C3N4/TiO2 is one promising photocatalyst for practical applications. The study of as-prepared g-C3N4/TiO2 also implies that the present method could be a general route of g-C3N4-coupling photocatalysts. PMID:28004826

  15. A general nonaqueous sol-gel route to g-C3N4-coupling photocatalysts: the case of Z-scheme g-C3N4/TiO2 with enhanced photodegradation toward RhB under visible-light

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    Liu, Xu; Chen, Nan; Li, Yuxiu; Deng, Dongyang; Xing, Xinxin; Wang, Yude

    2016-12-01

    The g-C3N4-coupling TiO2 photocatalysts with controllable particle size as well as the interface contact were prepared by a general nonaqueous sol-gel method. The structural and morphological features of g-C3N4/TiO2 were investigated through the X-ray diffraction, Fourier transformed infrared spectra, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, respectively. It is found the TiO2 nanoparticles with a size of 7.3 ± 1.6 nm are uniformly anchored on the surface of the g-C3N4 nanosheets in isolation. The photocatalytic properties of as-prepared g-C3N4/TiO2 were tested by degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light, and an enhanced activity is observed. The mechanism of the enhanced activity was further investigated through N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, UV-vis spectra, photoluminescence spectra, photoelectrochemical measurements, radical trapping experiments and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Furthermore, the photocatalytic performances of obtained g-C3N4/TiO2 under sunlight were also evaluated in aspects of degradation efficiency and stability. The results indicate that the obtained g-C3N4/TiO2 is one promising photocatalyst for practical applications. The study of as-prepared g-C3N4/TiO2 also implies that the present method could be a general route of g-C3N4-coupling photocatalysts.

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

  17. Degradation of rhodamine B/phenol mixtures in water by sun-like excitation of a Bi2 WO6-TiO2 photocatalyst.

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    Murcia-López, Sebastián; Hidalgo, María C; Navío, José A

    2013-01-01

    Bi2 WO6 and Bi2 WO6-TiO2 (5% molar Ti) nano-heterostructures were synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The properties of the synthesized catalysts were characterized, having high photoactivity for Rhodamine B degradation under sun-like illumination, explained by a synergetic mechanism previously proposed through UV and visible induced processes, in which the photosensitization effect of Rhodamine B is considered. We now report that using Phenol, a molecule which does not lead the photosensitization process, the photoactivity decreased considerably, thus emphasizing how important is the model molecule selected as degradation substrate for evaluating the photoactivity. The photocatalytic properties of the synthesized catalysts have been evaluated by exposing a mixture of Rhodamine B and Phenol in water, to different illumination conditions. It can be confirmed that the photoinduced mechanism via the photosensitization of Rhodamine B is a key factor responsible for the increase on the photocatalytic activity showed by the Bi2 WO6-TiO2 compound and that the degradation mechanism of Rhodamine B is not changed by the simultaneous presence of other transparent substrate as Phenol.

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  19. Cytotoxicity of TiO2 nanoparticles to mussel hemocytes and gill cells in vitro: Influence of synthesis method, crystalline structure, size and additive.

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    Katsumiti, Alberto; Berhanu, Deborah; Howard, Kieren T; Arostegui, Inmaculada; Oron, Miriam; Reip, Paul; Valsami-Jones, Eugenia; Cajaraville, Miren P

    2015-01-01

    Increasing the production and applications of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) has led to grow concerns about the consequences for the environment. In this study, we investigated the effects of a set of TiO2 NPs on the viability of mussel hemocytes and gill cells using neutral red and thiazolyl tetrazolium bromide assays. For this, we compared the cytotoxicity of TiO2 NPs (0.1-100 mg Ti/L) produced by different techniques: rutile NPs (60 nm) produced by milling and containing disodium laureth sulfosuccinate (DSLS), rutile NPs (10, 40 and 60 nm) produced by wet chemistry and anatase/rutile NPs (∼100 nm) produced by plasma synthesis. The commercially available P25 anatase/rutile NPs (10-20 nm) were also tested. Exposures were performed in parallel with their respective bulk forms and the cytotoxicity of the additive DSLS was also tested. Z potential values in distilled water indicated different stabilities depending on the NP type and all NPs tested formed agglomerates/aggregates in cell culture media. In general, TiO2 NPs showed a relatively low and dose-dependent toxicity for both cell models with the two assays tested. NPs produced by milling showed the highest effects, probably due to the toxicity of DSLS. Size-dependent toxicity was found for NPs produced by wet chemistry (10 nm > 40 nm and 60 nm). All TiO2 NPs tested were more toxic than bulk forms excepting for plasma produced ones, which were the least toxic TiO2 tested. The mixture bulk anatase/rutile TiO2 was more toxic than bulk rutile TiO2. In conclusion, the toxicity of TiO2 NPs varied with the mode of synthesis, crystalline structure and size of NPs and can also be influenced by the presence of additives in the suspensions.

  20. Supercritical Propanol-Water Synthesis and Comprehensive Size Characterisation of Highly Crystalline anatase TiO 2 Nanoparticles

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    Hald, Peter; Becker, Jacob; Bremholm, Martin; Pedersen, Jan S.; Chevallier, Jacques; Iversen, Steen B.; Iversen, Bo B.

    2006-08-01

    Highly crystalline anatase TiO 2 nanoparticles have been synthesised in less than 1 min in a supercritical propanol-water mixture using a continuous flow reactor. The synthesis parameter space ( T, P, concentration) has been explored and the average particle size can be accurately controlled within 10-18 nm with narrow size distributions (2-3 nm). At subcritical conditions amorphous products are obtained, whereas a broad range of T and P in the supercritical regime gives 11-14 nm particles. At high temperature and pressure, the particles size increase to 18 nm. The nanoparticles have been extensively characterised with powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) with excellent agreement on size and size distribution parameters. The SAXS analysis suggests disk-shaped particles with diameters that are approximately double the height. For comparison, a series of conventional autoclave sol-gel syntheses have been carried out. These also produce phase-pure anatase nanoparticles, but with much broader size distributions and at much longer synthesis times (hours). The study demonstrates that synthesis in supercritical fluids is a very promising method for manipulating the size and size distribution of nanoparticles, thus removing one of the key limitations in many applications of nanomaterials.

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

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

    2017-04-01

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

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

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

    2004-03-16

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

  3. Synthesis and application of TiO2 single-crystal nanorod arrays grown by multicycle hydrothermal for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Zhu, Jian-Jing; Zhao, Yu-Long; Zhu, Lei; Gu, Xiu-Quan; Qiang, Ying-Huai

    2014-04-01

    TiO2 is a wide band gap semiconductor with important applications in photovoltaic cells. Vertically aligned TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRs) are grown on the fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates by a multicycle hydrothermal synthesis process. The samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and selected-area electron diffraction (SAED). It is found that dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) assembled by the as-prepared TiO2 single-crystal NRs exhibit different trends under the condition of different nucleation and growth concentrations. Optimum cell performance is obtained with high nucleation concentration and low growth cycle concentration. The efficiency enhancement is mainly attributed to the improved specific surface area of the nanorod.

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

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

    2014-05-01

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

  5. Catalytic and photocatalytic behavior of TiO2 based nanoparticles—their use in the synthesis of a novel TICT probe

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    Biswas, Abhijit; Prasad Mandal, Ranju; Dutta, Saheb; Nandi, Nilashis; De, Swati

    2015-06-01

    Biologically inspired synthesis of titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) and Au/TiO2 nanocomposites (NCs) using L-tryptophan is reported. Highly crystalline composite NPs are obtained by this totally ‘clean’ synthesis. The TiO2 NPs and Au/TiO2 NCs cause efficient photocatalytic degradation of the well-known dye pollutant malachite green. The surface area, pore volume and probability of dye reduction by photogenerated electrons and holes are important considerations for the photodegradation efficiency. Contrary to popular belief, the Au/TiO2 NCs show decreased photocatalytic efficiency. The TiO2 NPs and Au/TiO2 NCs also function as very efficient catalysts in a novel multi component reaction (MCR). In contrast to photocatalysis, Au/TiO2 NCs shows better catalytic efficiency. A comparison is made of the difference in photocatalytic and catalytic behaviors of the NPs. This is the first report of the catalysis of an MCR by TiO2-based NPs. The product of the MCR is a novel fluorescent probe which shows evidence for the existence of a twisted intramolecular charge transfer state. Thus this work shows promise for the development of new catalysts for synthesis of novel fluorescent probes.

  6. Facile synthesis of bird's nest-like TiO2 microstructure with exposed (001) facets for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue

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    Zhang, Guozhong; Zhang, Shuqu; Wang, Longlu; Liu, Ran; Zeng, Yunxiong; Xia, Xinnian; Liu, Yutang; Luo, Shenglian

    2017-01-01

    The scrupulous design of hierarchical structure and highly active crystal facets exposure is essential for the creation of photocatalytic system. However, it is still a big challenge for scrupulous design of TiO2 architectures. In this paper, bird's nest-like anatase TiO2 microstructure with exposed highly active (001) surface has been successfully synthesized by a facile one-step solvothermal method. Methylene blue (MB) is chosen as a model pollutant to evaluate photocatalytic activity of as-obtained TiO2 samples. The results show that the photocatalytic activity of the bird's nest-like sample is more excellent than P25 in the degradation of MB due to high specific surface area and highly active (001) crystal facets exposure when tested under simulated solar light. Besides, it can be readily separated from the photocatalytic system by sedimentation after photocatalytic reaction, which is a significant advantage against conventional powder photocatalyst. The bird's nest-like microspheres with novel structure may have potential application in photocatalysis and other fields.

  7. Surface-area-controlled synthesis of porous TiO2 thin films for gas-sensing applications.

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    Park, Jae Young; Kim, Ho-Hyoung; Rana, Dolly; Jamwal, Deepika; Katoch, Akash

    2017-03-03

    Surface-area-controlled porous TiO2 thin films were prepared via a simple sol-gel chemical route, and their gas-sensing properties were thoroughly investigated in the presence of typical oxidizing NO2 gas. The surface area of TiO2 thin films was controlled by developing porous TiO2 networked by means of controlling the TiO2-to-TTIP (titanium isopropoxide, C12H28O4Ti) molar ratio, where TiO2 nanoparticles of size ∼20 nm were used. The sensor's response was found to depend on the surface area of the TiO2 thin films. The porous TiO2 thin-film sensor with greater surface area was more sensitive than those of TiO2 thin films with lesser surface area. The improved sensing ability was ascribed to the porous network formed within the thin films by TiO2 sol. Our results show that surface area is a key parameter for obtaining superior gas-sensing performance; this provides important guidelines for preparing and using porous thin films for gas-sensing applications.

  8. Synthesis of Highly Photocatalytic TiO2 Microflowers Based on Solvothermal Approach Using N,N-Dimethylformamide.

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    Bastakoti, Bishnu Prasad; Sakka, Yoshio; Wu, Kevin C W; Yamauchi, Yusuke

    2015-06-01

    Crystallized anatase TiO2 microflowers with high surface area are synthesized by a simple template-free solvothermal method using N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF). Titanium sources undergo well-organized assembly in DMF to form flower-shaped TiO2 particles. After the calcination, the anatase frameworks are highly crystallized, and the surface area is increased up to 256 m2 x g(-1). The calcined TiO2 microflowers show superior photocatalytic performance over the commercially available TiO2 product (P25) in the degradation of methylene blue.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of zinc doped nano TiO2 for efficient photocatalytic degradation of Eriochrome Black T

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    Singla, Pooja; Sharma, Manoj; Singh, Kulvir; Pandey, O. P.

    2013-06-01

    Sol-gel method was used to synthesize undoped and zinc doped TiO2 with varied dopant concentrations using titanium tetraisopropoxide and zinc acetate as precursors. The synthesized catalyst samples were characterized by various techniques such as X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance (DRS). The photocatalytic activity was determined by means of degradation of azo dye Eriochrome Black T. The results revealed that Zn doped TiO2 nanoparticles exhibited better results as compared to undoped TiO2 nanoparticles. Zn doped TiO2 (0.7mol %) nanoparticles exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity.

  10. Surface-area-controlled synthesis of porous TiO2 thin films for gas-sensing applications

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    Park, Jae Young; Kim, Ho-hyoung; Rana, Dolly; Jamwal, Deepika; Katoch, Akash

    2017-03-01

    Surface-area-controlled porous TiO2 thin films were prepared via a simple sol–gel chemical route, and their gas-sensing properties were thoroughly investigated in the presence of typical oxidizing NO2 gas. The surface area of TiO2 thin films was controlled by developing porous TiO2 networked by means of controlling the TiO2-to-TTIP (titanium isopropoxide, C12H28O4Ti) molar ratio, where TiO2 nanoparticles of size ∼20 nm were used. The sensor’s response was found to depend on the surface area of the TiO2 thin films. The porous TiO2 thin-film sensor with greater surface area was more sensitive than those of TiO2 thin films with lesser surface area. The improved sensing ability was ascribed to the porous network formed within the thin films by TiO2 sol. Our results show that surface area is a key parameter for obtaining superior gas-sensing performance; this provides important guidelines for preparing and using porous thin films for gas-sensing applications.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of LaFeO3/TiO2 nanocomposites for visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Dhinesh Kumar, R.; Thangappan, R.; Jayavel, R.

    2017-02-01

    LaFeO3/TiO2 nanocomposites were successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method. The as-prepared nanoparticles were characterized by TGA, XRD, HRSEM, EDS, TEM, VSM and UV-Vis techniques. Thermal stability of the material was studied by thermal analysis. XRD studies confirm the orthorhombic and rutile phase for pure LaFeO3 and TiO2 nanoparticles. The LaFeO3/TiO2 composite shows the coexistence of LaFeO3 and TiO2 phases with no extra peaks. Morphological analysis shows the spherical nanoparticles and the average particle size of LaFeO3, TiO2 and LaFeO3/TiO2 was around 60 nm. The LaFeO3/TiO2 nanocomposites show a significant shift in the UV-vis absorption spectra in comparison with both TiO2 and LaFeO3 nanoparticles. The photocatalytic activity of the samples were tested for the degradation of methyl orange (MO) in aqueous solutions under visible light irradiations for 180 min. The LaFeO3/TiO2 composite exhibits enhanced visible light photocatalytic properties in comparison with that of LaFeO3 nanoparticles.

  12. Enhanced photoelectrochemical activity by nanostructured V2O5/TiO2 bilayer

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

    2016-11-01

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

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

  14. Effect of silica/titania ratio on enhanced photooxidation of industrial hazardous materials by microwave treated mesoporous SBA-15/TiO2 nanocomposites

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    Mehta, Akansha; Mishra, Amit; Sharma, Manisha; Singh, Satnam; Basu, Soumen

    2016-07-01

    In this study microwave assisted technique has been adopted for the synthesis of different weight ratios of TiO2 dispersed on Santa barbara amorphous-15 (SBA-15) support. Morphological study revealed TiO2 particles (4-10 nm) uniformly distributed on SBA-15 while increases in SBA-15 content results in higher specific surface area (524-237 m2/g). The diffraction intensity of 101 plane of anatase polymorph was seen increasing with increase in TiO2 ratio. All the photocatalysts were having a mesoporous nature and follow the Langmuir IV isotherm, SBA-15 posses the highest pore volume (0.93 cm3 g-1) which consistently decreased with TiO2 content and was lowest (0.50 cm3 g-1) in case of 5 wt% of TiO2 followed by P25 (0.45 cm3 g-1) while pore diameter increased after TiO2 incorporation due to pore strain. The photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposites were analysed for the photodegradation of alizarin dye and pentachlorophenol under UV light irradiation. The reaction kinetics suggested the highest efficiency (98 % for alizarin and 94 % for PCP) of 5 wt% TiO2 compared to other photocatalysts, these nanocomposites were reused for several cycles, which is most important for heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation reaction.

  15. CdS and CdTeS quantum dot decorated TiO2 nanowires. Synthesis and photoefficiency

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    Medina-Gonzalez, Yaocihuatl; Xu, William Z.; Chen, Bo; Farhanghi, Nasrin; Charpentier, Paul A.

    2011-02-01

    An easy process was developed to synthesize TiO2 nanowires sensitized with CdS and CdTeS quantum dots (QDs) requiring no pretreatment of the TiO2 nanowires prior to nanoparticle generation. CdS and CdTeS nanoparticles were firstly grown by an in situ colloidal method directly onto the TiO2 surface, hence not requiring subsequent functionalization of the QDs. The resulting nanostructure assembly and composition was confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. Successful decoration of the TiO2 nanowires by the QDs was observed by TEM, while XPS spectra provided clear evidence for the coexistence of CdS and CdTeS QDs and TiO2 nanowires. The electronic structure of the TiO2 nanowires was preserved as indicated by Raman spectroscopy. Preliminary photocurrent measurements showed that inclusion of Te in CdS QDs improved the photocurrent efficiency. Compared to bare TiO2 nanowires, CdS/TiO2 nanoassemblies showed an enhancement in photocurrent efficiency of 300% while CdTeS/TiO2 presented an improvement of 350%. This study indicates that the generation of strongly anchored CdS and CdTeS QDs on a TiO2 nanowire surface is achievable without introduction of a linker molecule, whose presence is known to decrease the electron injection efficiency.

  16. Synthesis, characterization and amoebicidal potential of locally synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles against pathogenic Acanthamoeba trophozoites in vitro.

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    Imran, Muhammad; Muazzam, Ambreen Gul; Habib, Amir; Matin, Abdul

    2016-06-01

    Acanthamoeba is an opportunistic protozoan pathogen that plays a pivotal role in the ecosystem. It may cause blinding keratitis and fatal encephalitis involving the central nervous system. Here we synthesized pure and Zn doped TiO2 nanoparticles (~10-30nm) via sol-gel and sol-hydrothermal methods and demonstrated its impact on the biological characteristics of pathogenic Acanthamoeba castellanii. Our results revealed that pure and Zn doped TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized by sol-hydrothermal methods (ranging 5, 10, 25 and 50μg/ml) exhibited amoebicidal effects i.e., >60% of trophozoites executed under normal light at maximum dose (50μg/ml) within 1h incubation. In contrast pure/doped TiO2 obtained via sol gel method showed ~40% amoeba damage. Furthermore, amoebae growth assay demonstrated that Zn doped TiO2 also inhibited Acanthamoeba numbers up to 7days in dose dependent manner. It was interesting to note that all the tested TiO2 nanoparticles have shown maximum amoebicidal effects at pH7 which is quite relevant to amoebic growth favorable conditions. Our results confirmed that TiO2 has inhibitory effects on Acanthamoeba growth and viability. Overall, we reported the amoebicidal and amoebic growth inhibition potential of pure and Zn doped TiO2 nanoparticles against Acanthamoeba due to attached OH(-) groups, reduced size and decreased band gap of sol hydrothermally synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles.

  17. Synthesis of TiO2 nanorods from titania and titanyl sulfate produced from ilmenite dissolution by hydrothermal method

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    Wahyuningsih, S.; Ramelan, A. H.; Munifa, R. M. I.; Saputri, L. N. M. Z.; Chasanah, U.

    2016-11-01

    TiO2 powder has been synthesized through hydrolysis-condensation of titanyl sulfate solution to a starting material of TiO2 nanorods formation. This processing was conducted by the solid separation of TiO2 from ilmenite by roasting ilmenite, acidic leaching (hydrolysis), and co-precipitation (condensation). Roasting of ilmenite was carried out by the addition of Na2S at a temperature of 800°C. While the acidic leaching process was conducted by sulfuric acid at a various concentrations of 3, 3.5, 4.5, 6, and 9 M. The result shown that the solubility optimum occurs in H2SO4 6 M condition. Separation of Fe impurities of TiO2 gel from titanyl sulfate (TiOSO4) solution was done through complexation using KCNS addition. The characteristic of TiO2 obtained using X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) showed good crystallinity and purity. Further treatment of the TiO2 is the formation of one-dimensional nano-size (1-D nanorods) through a hydrothermal method under basic condition NaOH 12M solution. TiO2 nanorods were confirmed by Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) which indicated that the diameter of TiO2 nanorods was about 7.02 nm in size.

  18. Synthesis of calcium-phosphorous doped TiO2 nanotubes by anodization and reverse polarization: A promising strategy for an efficient biofunctional implant surface

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    Alves, Sofia A.; Patel, Sweetu B.; Sukotjo, Cortino; Mathew, Mathew T.; Filho, Paulo N.; Celis, Jean-Pierre; Rocha, Luís A.; Shokuhfar, Tolou

    2017-03-01

    The modification of surface features such as nano-morphology/topography and chemistry have been employed in the attempt to design titanium oxide surfaces able to overcome the current dental implants failures. The main goal of this study is the synthesis of bone-like structured titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubes enriched with Calcium (Ca) and Phosphorous (P) able to enhance osteoblastic cell functions and, simultaneously, display an improved corrosion behavior. To achieve the main goal, TiO2 nanotubes were synthetized and doped with Ca and P by means of a novel methodology which relied, firstly, on the synthesis of TiO2 nanotubes by anodization of titanium in an organic electrolyte followed by reverse polarization and/or anodization, in an aqueous electrolyte. Results show that hydrophilic bone-like structured TiO2 nanotubes were successfully synthesized presenting a highly ordered nano-morphology characterized by non-uniform diameters. The chemical analysis of such nanotubes confirmed the presence of CaCO3, Ca3(PO4)2, CaHPO4 and CaO compounds. The nanotube surfaces submitted to reverse polarization, presented an improved cell adhesion and proliferation compared to smooth titanium. Furthermore, these surfaces displayed a significantly lower passive current in artificial saliva, and so, potential to minimize their bio-degradation through corrosion processes. This study addresses a very simple and promising multidisciplinary approach bringing new insights for the development of novel methodologies to improve the outcome of osseointegrated implants.

  19. Synthesis of nanosize MCM-41 loaded with TiO 2 and study of its photocatalytic activity

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    Sadjadi, M. S.; Farhadyar, N.; Zare, K.

    2009-07-01

    In recent years, nanosized mesoporous materials have received significant attention due to their impact in different processes. Several diverse applications of these materials, e.g. high density magnetic recording, magnetic fluids, magnetic refrigeration as well as in photocatalysis, solar cells, photosensors, have triggered considerable research activities in the area of nanotechnology. In this work, nanosize MCM-41 was synthesized and loaded then with TiO 2 using tetra butoxy titanium (TBT). As prepared TiO 2 loaded materials was investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The photocatalytic activity of the prepared TiO 2 loaded MCM-41 was finally evaluated by the degradation of methyl orange under irradiation of UV light. The result showed that TiO 2 loaded on nanosize MCM-41 has higher photocatalytic activity than that of TiO 2.

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

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

    2017-07-15

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

  1. Studies on photocatalytic activity of the synthesised TiO2 and Ag/TiO2 photocatalysts under UV and sunlight irradiations.

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    Vaithiyanathan, R; Sivakumar, T

    2011-01-01

    Photocatalytic decolorisation and degradation of Reactive Red 120 (RR 120) has been investigated under UV (365 nm) and solar light as radiation sources using synthesised nano titania catalyst prepared via sol-gel method. The study encompassed calcination of synthesised titania catalyst at a range of temperature up to 1,000°C. The effects of calcination temperature on titania catalyst have been evaluated on the decolorisation of RR 120. The analysis revealed complete decolorisation of dye solution in 100 min under UV light with the TiO2 catalyst calcined at 200°C. Only a maximum of 47% dye decolorisation was achieved under sunlight in 4 h with no improvement even after prolonged irradiation. In an endeavour to improve the catalytic activity, bare titania was modified with silver metal and a comprehensive study on the characteristics of silver modified catalyst was made. The result was an enhancement of the rate of decolorisation of dye under both UV and solar light sources. All the catalysts were characterised by XRD and BET analyses. Optimisation of the degradation of RR 120 has been carried out using the unmodified catalyst by varying the amount of catalyst, substrate concentration, pH of dye solution. Effects of addition of small amounts of various oxidants such as H2O2, KBrO3 and (NH4)2S2O8 have also been studied. Pseudo first order kinetics was observed in the photocatalytic decolorisation of dye. The mineralisation of RR 120 was monitored by TOC analysis.

  2. A facile in-situ hydrothermal synthesis of SrTiO3/TiO2 microsphere composite

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    Wang, Hongxing; Zhao, Wei; Zhang, Yubo; Zhang, Shimeng; Wang, Zihao; Zhao, Dan

    2016-06-01

    TiO2 was successfully used as sacrificed template to synthesise SrTiO3/TiO2 microsphere composite via an in-situ hydrothermal process. The diameter of SrTiO3/TiO2 microsphere was about 700 nm with the same size of the template, and all of the microspheres were in good dispersity. The optimized reaction parameters for the phase and morphology of the as-synthesized samples were investigated. The results showed the SrTiO3/TiO2 microsphere can be synthesized at 170 °C when the concentration of sodium hydroxide was 0.1 M. Lower hydrothermal temperature hampered the formation of the SrTiO3/TiO2 composite, the higher alkali concentration, however, will destroy the morphology of products. The formation mechanism of SrTiO3/TiO2 microsphere composite was proposed and the photocatalytic properties of the samples were characterized using methylene blue solution as the pollutant under the UV light irradiation. The results indicated the proper OH- concentration will provide a channel for Sr2+ to react with Ti4+ located in the template and form the SrTiO3/TiO2 composite, and those with micro-scaled spherical morphology exhibited good photocatalytic activities.

  3. Facile hydrothermal synthesis of TiO2-Bi2WO6 hollow superstructures with excellent photocatalysis and recycle properties.

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    Hou, Ya-Fei; Liu, Shu-Juan; Zhang, Jing-huai; Cheng, Xiao; Wang, You

    2014-01-21

    One-dimensional mesoporous TiO2-Bi2WO6 hollow superstructures are prepared using a hydrothermal method and their photocatalysis and recycle properties are investigated. Experimental results indicate that anatase TiO2 nanoparticles are coupled with hierarchical Bi2WO6 hollow tubes on their surfaces. The TiO2-Bi2WO6 structure has a mesoporous wall and the pores in the wall are on average 21 nm. The hierarchical TiO2-Bi2WO6 heterostructures exhibit the highest photocatalytic activity in comparison with P25, pure Bi2WO6 hollow tube and mechanical mixture of Bi2WO6 tube and TiO2 nanoparticle in the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) under simulated sunlight irradiation. The as-prepared TiO2-Bi2WO6 heterostructures can be easily recycled through sedimentation and they retains their high photocatalytic activity during the cycling use in the simulated sunlight-driving photodegradation process of RhB. The prepared mesoporous TiO2-Bi2WO6 with hollow superstructure is therefore a promising candidate material for water decontamination use.

  4. Influence of calcination parameters on the synthesis of N-doped TiO2 by the polymeric precursors method

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    Dawson, Margaret; Soares, Gabriela Byzynski; Ribeiro, Caue

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, the influence of calcination parameters on the synthesis of N:TiO2 catalysts obtained through the polymeric precursors method was evaluated. The powders were prepared by annealing Ti4+ precursor resins at different temperature-time conditions in air, resulting in powders with different degrees of crystallinity for N doping, which was done by adding urea to the as-prepared powders and calcining in N2 atmosphere. The N doping process resulted in band gap narrowing of TiO2 and, varying annealing temperature and time, can be an alternative method for preferential formation of substitutional N or interstitial N. It was found that the percentage of interstitial N increased with an increase in annealing temperature, resulting in the complete absence of substitutional N at 400 °C. The photocatalytic performance of the powders was evaluated using Rhodamine-B and Atrazine solutions under ultraviolet and visible irradiations. The coefficients revealed that interstitial N had a positive correlation to both ultraviolet and visible photoactivity. In contrast, substitutional N showed a negative correlation. Further, the ratio of substitutional N to interstitial N indicated a strong negative correlation to ultraviolet light photoactivity and no correlation to visible light photoactivity. However, substitutional N should be controlled for better photocatalytic properties.

  5. Enhanced photo-catalytic activity of Sr and Ag co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles for the degradation of Direct Green-6 and Reactive Blue-160 under UV & visible light.

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    Naraginti, Saraschandra; Thejaswini, T V L; Prabhakaran, D; Sivakumar, A; Satyanarayana, V S V; Arun Prasad, A S

    2015-10-05

    This work is focused on sol-gel synthesis of silver and strontium co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles and their utilization as photo-catalysts in degradation of two textile dyes. Effect of pH, intensity of light, amount of photo-catalyst, concentration of dye, sensitizers, etc., were studied to optimize conditions for obtaining enhanced photo-catalytic activity of synthesized nanoparticles. XRD, BET, HR-TEM, EDAX and UV-Vis (diffused reflectance mode) techniques were used to characterize the nanoparticles. Interestingly, band gap of Sr and Ag co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles showed considerable narrowing (2.6 eV) when compared to Ag doped TiO2 (2.7 eV) and undoped TiO2 (3.17 eV) nanoparticles. Incorporation of Ag and Sr in the lattice of TiO2 could bring isolated energy levels near conduction and valence bands thus narrowing band gap. The XRD analysis shows that both Ag and Sr nanoparticles are finely dispersed on the surface of titania framework, without disturbing its crystalline structure. TEM images indicate that representative grain sizes of Ag-doped TiO2 & Sr and Ag co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles are in the range of 8-20 nm and 11-25 nm, respectively. Effective degradation of Direct Green-6 (DG-6) and Reactive Blue-160 (RB-160) under UV and visible light has been achieved using the photo-catalysts. Sr and Ag co-doped TiO2 photo-catalysts showed higher catalytic activity during degradation process in visible region when compared to Ag-doped and undoped TiO2 nanoparticles which could be attributed to the interactive effect caused by band gap narrowing and enhancement in charge separation. For confirming degradation of the dyes, total organic carbon (TOC) content was monitored periodically.

  6. Synthesis and electrorheological effect of Cr doped TiO2 nanorods with nanocavities in silicone oil suspensions

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    Almajdalawi, S.; Pavlinek, V.; Mrlik, M.; Cheng, Q.; Sedlacik, M.

    2013-02-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanorods with nanocavities doped with chromium (Cr) were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The morphology of prepared nanorods was determined by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The electrorheological (ER) behaviour of suspensions based on TiO2 was investigated under the steady shear, and the yield stress was chosen as a suitable tool for a comparison of ER performance. Some optimum in level of Cr doping of TiO2 was found.

  7. Design and Synthesis of TiO2 Hollow Spheres with Spatially Separated Dual Cocatalysts for Efficient Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production

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    Jiang, Qianqian; Li, Li; Bi, Jinhong; Liang, Shijing; Liu, Minghua

    2017-01-01

    TiO2 hollow spheres modified with spatially separated Ag species and RuO2 cocatalysts have been prepared via an alkoxide hydrolysis–precipitation method and a facile impregnation method. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy studies indicate that Ag species and RuO2 co-located on the inner and outer surface of TiO2 hollow spheres, respectively. The resultant catalysts show significantly enhanced activity in photocatalytic hydrogen production under simulated sunlight attributed to spatially separated Ag species and RuO2 cocatalysts on TiO2 hollow spheres, which results in the efficient separation and transportation of photogenerated charge carriers. PMID:28336859

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  9. Influence of catalyst synthesis method on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NO by NH3 with V2O5-WO3/TiO2 catalysts

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    He, Yuanyuan; Ford, Michael E.; Zhu, Minghui; ...

    2016-04-14

    We compared the molecular structures, surface acidity and catalytic activity for NO/NH3/O2 SCR of V2O5-WO3/TiO2 catalysts for two different synthesis methods: co-precipitation of aqueous vanadium and tungsten oxide precursors with TiO(OH)2 and by incipient wetness impregnation of the aqueous precursors on a reference crystalline TiO2 support (P25; primarily anatase phase). Bulk analysis by XRD showed that co-precipitation results in small and/or poorly ordered TiO2(anatase) particles and that VOx and WOx do not form solid solutions with the bulk titania lattice. Surface analysis of the co-precipitated catalyst by High Sensitivity-Low Energy Ion Scattering (HS-LEIS) confirms that the VOx and WOx aremore » surface segregated for the co-precipitated catalysts. In situ Raman and IR spectroscopy revealed that the vanadium and tungsten oxide components are present as surface mono-oxo O = VO3 and O = WO4 sites on the TiO2 supports. Co-precipitation was shown for the first time to also form new mono-oxo surface VO4 and WO4 sites that appear to be anchored at surface defects of the TiO2 support. IR analysis of chemisorbed ammonia showed the presence of both surface NH3* on Lewis acid sites and surface NH4+* on Brønsted acid sites. TPSR spectroscopy demonstrated that the specific SCR kinetics was controlled by the redox surface VO4 species and that the surface kinetics was independent of TiO2 synthesis method or presence of surface WO5 sites. SCR reaction studies revealed that the surface WO5 sites possess minimal activity below ~325 °C and their primary function is to increase the adsorption capacity of ammonia. A relationship between the SCR activity and surface acidity was not found. The SCR reaction is controlled by the surface VO4 sites that initiate the reaction at ~200 °C. The co-precipitated catalysts were always more active than the corresponding impregnated catalysts. Finally, we ascribe the higher activity of the co-precipitated catalysts to the presence of

  10. Reverse micelles directed synthesis of TiO2-CeO2 mixed oxides and investigation of their crystal structure and morphology

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    Matějová, Lenka; Valeš, Václav; Fajgar, Radek; Matěj, Zdeněk; Holý, Václav; Šolcová, Olga

    2013-02-01

    The synthesis of TiO2-CeO2 mixed oxides based on the sol-gel process controlled within reverse micelles of non-ionic surfactant Triton X-114 in cyclohexane is reported. The crystallization, phase composition, trends in nanoparticles growth and porous structure properties are studied as a function of Ti:Ce molar composition and annealing temperature by in-situ X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and physisorption. The brannerite-type CeTi2O6 crystallizes as a single crystalline phase at Ti:Ce molar composition of 70:30 and in the mixture with cubic CeO2 and anatase TiO2 for composition 50:50. At Ti:Ce molar ratios 90:10 and 30:70 the mixtures of TiO2 anatase, rutile and cubic CeO2 appear. In these mixtures TiO2 rutile is formed at higher temperatures than conventionally. Additionally, the amount of a present amorphous phase in individual mixtures was estimated from diffraction data. The porous structure morphology depends both on molar composition and annealing temperature. This is correlated with the presence of carbon impurities of different character.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of TiO 2/Ag/polymer ternary nanoparticles via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization

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    Park, Jung Tae; Koh, Joo Hwan; Seo, Jin Ah; Cho, Yong Soo; Kim, Jong Hak

    2011-08-01

    We report on the novel ternary hybrid materials consisting of semiconductor (TiO 2), metal (Ag) and polymer (poly(oxyethylene methacrylate) (POEM)). First, a hydrophilic polymer, i.e. POEM, was grafted from TiO 2 nanoparticles via the surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) technique. These TiO 2-POEM brush nanoparticles were used to template the formation of Ag nanoparticles by introduction of a AgCF 3SO 3 precursor and a NaBH 4 aqueous solution for reduction process. Successful grafting of polymeric chains from the surface of TiO 2 nanoparticles and the in situ formation of Ag nanoparticles within the polymeric chains were confirmed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). FT-IR spectroscopy also revealed the specific interaction of Ag nanoparticles with the C dbnd O groups of POEM brushes. This study presents a simple route for the in situ synthesis of both metal and polymer confined within the semiconductor, producing ternary hybrid inorganic-organic nanomaterials.

  12. Effects of water parameters on the degradation of microcystin-LR under visible light-activated TiO2 photocatalyst.

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    Pelaez, Miguel; de la Cruz, Armah A; O'Shea, Kevin; Falaras, Polycarpos; Dionysiou, Dionysios D

    2011-06-01

    A study was performed to determine the effect of pH, alkalinity, natural organic matter (NOM) and dissolved oxygen in the performance of nitrogen and fluorine doped TiO(2) (NF-TiO(2)) for the degradation of hepatotoxin microcystin-LR (MC-LR) in synthetic and natural water under visible light irradiation. The initial degradation rate of MC-LR was fastest under acidic conditions (3.50 ± 0.02 × 10(-3) μM min(-1) at pH 3.0) and decreased to 2.29 ± 0.07 × 10(-3) and 0.54 ± 0.02 × 10(-3) μM min(-1) at pH 5.7 and 7.1, respectively. Attractive forces between the opposite charged MC-LR and NF-TiO(2) are likely responsible for the enhancement in the photocatalytic decomposition of MC-LR resulting from increased interfacial adsorption. For carbonate buffered solutions, the photocatalytic activity of NF-TiO(2) was reduced when increasing the carbonate concentration up to 150 mg CaCO(3) L(-1). The scavenging of radical species by the bicarbonate ion at pH 7.1 is discussed. In the presence of NOM, the degradation rates decreased as pH and initial concentration of the NOM increased. The inhibition was higher with fulvic acid than humic acid under alkaline conditions. Oxygenated solution yields higher NF-TiO(2) photocatalytic degradation of MC-LR compared to nitrogen sparged solution at pH 5.7. The involvement of specific reactive oxygen species implicated in the photodegradation is proposed. Finally, no significant degradation is observed with various natural waters spiked with MC-LR under visible light (λ > 420 nm) but high removal was achieved with simulated solar light. This study provides a better understanding of the interactions and photocatalytic processes initiated by NF-TiO(2) under visible and solar light. The results indicate solar photocatalytic oxidation is a promising technology for the treatment of water contaminated with cyanotoxins.

  13. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of N-doped TiO2 produced in a solid phase reaction

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    Xin, Gang; Pan, Hongfei; Chen, Dan; Zhang, Zhihua; Wen, Bin

    2013-02-01

    N-doped TiO2 was synthesized by calcining a mixture of titanic acid and graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) at temperatures above 500 °C. The final samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. The photocatalytic activity of N-doped TiO2 was studied by assessing the degradation of methylene blue in an aqueous solution, under visible light and UV light irradiation. It was found that the N-doped TiO2 displayed higher photocatalytic activity than pure TiO2, under both visible and UV light.

  14. Phosphorus-doped TiO2 catalysts with stable anatase-brookite biphase structure: synthesis and photocatalytic performance.

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    Feng, Huajun; Zhang, Min-Hong; Yu, Liya E

    2013-07-01

    Phosphorus-doped (P-doped) TiO2 catalysts with a stable anatase-brookite biphase structure were successfully synthesized by integrating ultrasonication with phosphorus doping and Pluronic P123 surfactant. The synthesized catalysts were characterized using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, Fourier transform infrared, and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra. Ultrasonication facilitates the appearance of brookite phase. Phosphorus doping was demonstrated an effective strategy to stabilize the anatase-brookite biphase structure and inhibits undesirable grain growth. Triblock copolymer Pluronic P123 used in the reaction facilitates the formation of catalyst particles with mesoporous structure and large surface area and prevents particles from agglomeration. The low band-gap of brookite phase enables the synthesized P-doped TiO2 catalysts outperform commercial P25 TiO2 and N-doped TiO2 in the degradation of methylene blue under both solar light and visible light irradiation.

  15. Modeling Geometric Arrangements of TiO2-Based Catalyst Substrates and Isotropic Light Sources to Enhance the Efficiency of a Photocatalystic Oxidation (PCO) Reactor

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    Richards, Jeffrey T.; Levine, Lanfang H.; Husk, Geoffrey K.

    2011-01-01

    The closed confined environments of the ISS, as well as in future spacecraft for exploration beyond LEO, provide many challenges to crew health. One such challenge is the availability of a robust, energy efficient, and re-generable air revitalization system that controls trace volatile organic contaminants (VOCs) to levels below a specified spacecraft maximum allowable concentration (SMAC). Photocatalytic oxidation (PCO), which is capable of mineralizing VOCs at room temperature and of accommodating a high volumetric flow, is being evaluated as an alternative trace contaminant control technology. In an architecture of a combined air and water management system, placing a PCO unit before a condensing heat exchanger for humidity control will greatly reduce the organic load into the humidity condensate loop ofthe water processing assembly (WPA) thereby enhancing the life cycle economics ofthe WPA. This targeted application dictates a single pass efficiency of greater than 90% for polar VOCs. Although this target was met in laboratory bench-scaled reactors, no commercial or SBIR-developed prototype PCO units examined to date have achieved this goal. Furthermore, the formation of partial oxidation products (e.g., acetaldehyde) was not eliminated. It is known that single pass efficiency and partial oxidation are strongly dependent upon the contact time and catalyst illumination, hence the requirement for an efficient reactor design. The objective of this study is to maximize the apparent contact time and illuminated catalyst surface area at a given reactor volume and volumetric flow. In this study, a Ti02-based photocatalyst is assumed to be immobilized on porous substrate panels and illumination derived from linear isotropic light sources. Mathematical modeling using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analyses were performed to investigate the effect of: 1) the geometry and configuration of catalyst-coated substrate panels, 2) porosity of the supporting substrate, and 3

  16. Graphene oxide based Pt-TiO2 photocatalyst: ultrasound assisted synthesis, characterization and catalytic efficiency.

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    Neppolian, Bernaurdshaw; Bruno, Andrea; Bianchi, Claudia L; Ashokkumar, Muthupandian

    2012-01-01

    An ultrasound-assisted method was used for synthesizing nanosized Pt-graphene oxide (GO)-TiO2 photocatalyst. The Pt-GO-TiO2 nanoparticles were characterized by diffused reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, N2 BET adsorption-desorption measurements, atomic force microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The photocatalytic and sonophotocatalytic degradation of a commonly used anionic surfactant, dodecylbenzenesulfonate (DBS), in aqueous solution was carried out using Pt-GO-TiO2 nanoparticles in order to evaluate the photocatalytic efficiency. For comparison purpose, sonolytic degradation of DBS was carried out. The Pt-GO-TiO2 catalyst degraded DBS at a higher rate than P-25 (TiO2), prepared TiO2 or GO-TiO2 photocatalysts. The mineralization of DBS was enhanced by a factor of 3 using Pt-GO-TiO2 compared to the P-25 (TiO2). In the presence of GO, an enhanced rate of DBS oxidation was observed and, when doped with platinum, mineralization of DBS was further enhanced. The Pt-GO-TiO2 catalyst also showed a considerable amount of degradation of DBS under visible light irradiation. The initial solution pH had an effect on the rate of photocatalytic oxidation of DBS, whereas no such effect of initial pH was observed in the sonochemical or sonophotocatalytic oxidation of DBS. The intermediate products formed during the degradation of DBS were monitored using electrospray mass spectrometry. The ability of GO to serve as a solid support to anchor platinum particles on GO-TiO2 is useful in developing new photocatalysts.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of TiO2/SiO2 nano composites for solar cell applications

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    Arun Kumar, D.; Merline Shyla, J.; Xavier, Francis P.

    2012-12-01

    The use of titania-silica in photocatalytic process has been proposed as an alternative to the conventional TiO2 catalysts. Mesoporous materials have been of great interest as catalysts because of their unique textural and structural properties. Mesoporous TiO2, SiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposites were successfully synthesized by sol-gel method using titanium (IV) isopropoxide, tetra-ethylorthosilicate as starting materials. The synthesized samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Brunauett-Emmett-Teller and field-dependent photoconductivity. The UV-Vis spectrum of as-synthesized samples shows similar absorption in the visible range. The crystallite size of the as-synthesized samples was calculated by Scherrer's formula. The BET surface area for TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposite is found to be 303 m2/g and pore size distribution has average pore diameter about 10 nm. It also confirms the absence of macropores and the presence of micro and mesopores. The field-dependent photoconductivity of TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposite shows nearly 300 folds more than that of TiO2 nanoparticle for a field of 800 V/cm.

  18. Electrochemical synthesis and characterization of TiO(2) nanoparticles and their use as a platform for flavin adenine dinucleotide immobilization and efficient electrocatalysis.

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    Ashok Kumar, S; Lo, Po-Hsun; Chen, Shen-Ming

    2008-06-25

    Here, we report the electrochemical synthesis of TiO(2) nanoparticles (NPs) using the potentiostat method. Synthesized particles have been characterized by using x-ray diffraction (XRD) studies, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results revealed that the TiO(2) film produced was mainly composed of rutile and that the particles are of a size in the range of 100 ± 50 nm. TiO(2) NPs were used for the modification of a screen printed carbon electrode (SPE). The resulting TiO(2) film coated SPE was used to immobilize flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD). The flavin enzyme firmly attached onto the metal oxide surface and this modified electrode showed promising electrocatalytic activities towards the reduction of hydrogen peroxide (H(2)O(2)) in physiological conditions. The electrochemistry of FAD confined in the oxide film was investigated. The immobilized FAD displayed a pair of redox peaks with a formal potential of -0.42 V in pH 7.0 oxygen-free phosphate buffers at a scan rate of 50 mV s(-1). The FAD in the nanostructured TiO(2) film retained its bioactivity and exhibited excellent electrocatalytic response to the reduction of H(2)O(2), based on which a mediated biosensor for H(2)O(2) was achieved. The linear range for the determination of H(2)O(2) was from 0.15 × 10(-6) to 3.0 × 10(-3) M with the detection limit of 0.1 × 10(-6) M at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. The stability and repeatability of the biosensor is also discussed.

  19. Enhanced photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic behaviors of MFe2O4 (M = Ni, Co, Zn and Sr) modified TiO2 nanorod arrays

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    Gao, Xin; Liu, Xiangxuan; Zhu, Zuoming; Wang, Xuanjun; Xie, Zheng

    2016-01-01

    Modified TiO2 nanomaterials are considered to be promising in energy conversion and ferrites modification may be one of the most efficient modifications. In this research, various ferrites, incorporated with various cations (MFe2O4, M = Ni, Co, Zn, and Sr), are utilized to modify the well aligned TiO2 nanorod arrays (NRAs), which is synthesized by hydrothermal method. It is found that all MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs show obvious red shift into the visible light region compared with the TiO2 NRAs. In particular, NiFe2O4 modification is demonstrated to be the best way to enhance the photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 NRAs. Furthermore, the separation and transfer of charge carriers after MFe2O4 modification are clarified by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Finally, the underlying mechanism accounting for the enhanced photocatalytic activity of MFe2O4/TiO2 NRAs is proposed. Through comparison among different transition metals modified TiO2 with the same synthesis process and under the same evaluating condition, this work may provide new insight in designing modified TiO2 nanomaterials as visible light active photocatalysts. PMID:27464888

  20. Synthesis, characterization and photoactivity of bi-crystalline mesoporous TiO2

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    Nguyen, Dongthanh; Wang, Wei; Long, Haibo; Ru, Hongqiang

    2016-03-01

    Mesoporous titania (meso-TiO2) has received extensive attention owing to its versatile potential applications. This paper reports a low-temperature templating approach for the fabrication of meso-TiO2 using the peroxo titanic acid (PTA) sol as precursor and Pluronic P123 as nonionic template. The TGA, XRD, N2 sorption, FE-SEM and HRTEM were used to characterize the obtained samples. The results showed that meso-TiO2 with high surface area up to 163 m2·g-1 and large pore volume of 0.65 cm3·g-1 can be obtained. The mesopore sizes can be varied between 13 and 20 nm via this synthesis approach. The amount of P123 and the calcination conditions were found to have great influence on the mesoporous and crystalline structures of meso-TiO2. The photocatalytic activity testing clearly shows that the high surface area and bi-crystallinity phases of meso-TiO2 play important roles in enhancing photocatalytic properties of meso-TiO2 in photo-decomposing Rhodamine B in water.

  1. Thermal conduction effects impacting morphology during synthesis of columnar nanostructured TiO2 thin films

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    An, Woo-Jin; Jiang, David D.; Matthews, James R.; Borrelli, Nicholas F.; Biswas, Pratim

    2011-01-01

    The aerosol chemical vapor deposition (ACVD) process allows for the synthesis of nanostructured films with well tuned morphologies that can be controlled based on the desired functionality and application. A robust understanding of the process parameters that result in desired features of the film is elucidated. One dimensional TiO₂ nanostructured columns that have superior properties for solar energy harvesting and conversion applications were deposited on tin doped indium oxide (ITO) substrates. The sintering of the deposited particles was a key factor in the growth of the 1D structure with desired crystal planes. By ensuring that the sintering rate is faster than the arrival rate of deposited particles; a 1D columnar structure could be obtained. The sintering rate was controlled by the temperature and depositing particle size. As the columns grew in length, the increased thermal conduction resistance resulted in a drop in temperature and subsequently a slowing of the sintering process in upper regions of the film. This led to growth of branched structures rather than continued growth in a preferred direction. The growth of the branched structure could be overcome by enhancing the sintering rate by increasing the substrate temperature or reducing the depositing particle size (by lowering the feed rate of the precursor). The phenomenon was also confirmed by using different deposition substrates, such as FTO and glass. Dye sensitized solar cell performance efficiencies with different column lengths of 2 and 7 µm were determined to be 1.8 and 2.7% respectively.

  2. Confined-space synthesis of single crystal TiO2 nanowires in atmospheric vessel at low temperature: a generalized approach

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    Wang, Xiaoyue; Wang, Hai; Zhou, Yu; Liu, Yong; Li, Baojun; Zhou, Xiang; Shen, Hui

    2015-01-01

    Extensive efforts have been devoted to develop innovative synthesis strategies for nanomaterials in order to exploit the true potential of nanotechnology. However, most approaches require high temperature or high pressure to favor crystallization. Here we highlight an unconventional approach for the confined-space synthesis of the single crystal TiO2 nanowires in the atmospheric vessel at low temperature by cleverly manipulating the unique physical properties of straight-chain saturated fatty acids. Our method also applys to icosane due to its straight-chain saturated hydrocarbon structure and similar physical properties to the saturated fatty acids. Interestingly, we also found that the unsaturated fatty acids can facilitate the crystal growth, but their bent chains lead to the formation of TiO2 particle aggregates. In addition, we demonstrate the growth of TiO2 nanowires on arbitrary substrates, which are of great importance for their wider applications. We thus anticipate our presented method to be a possible starting point for non-classical crystallization strategies and be easily adapted for the fabrication of all other inorganic materials.

  3. Confined-space synthesis of single crystal TiO2 nanowires in atmospheric vessel at low temperature: a generalized approach

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    Wang, Xiaoyue; Wang, Hai; Zhou, Yu; Liu, Yong; Li, Baojun; Zhou, Xiang; Shen, Hui

    2015-01-01

    Extensive efforts have been devoted to develop innovative synthesis strategies for nanomaterials in order to exploit the true potential of nanotechnology. However, most approaches require high temperature or high pressure to favor crystallization. Here we highlight an unconventional approach for the confined-space synthesis of the single crystal TiO2 nanowires in the atmospheric vessel at low temperature by cleverly manipulating the unique physical properties of straight-chain saturated fatty acids. Our method also applys to icosane due to its straight-chain saturated hydrocarbon structure and similar physical properties to the saturated fatty acids. Interestingly, we also found that the unsaturated fatty acids can facilitate the crystal growth, but their bent chains lead to the formation of TiO2 particle aggregates. In addition, we demonstrate the growth of TiO2 nanowires on arbitrary substrates, which are of great importance for their wider applications. We thus anticipate our presented method to be a possible starting point for non-classical crystallization strategies and be easily adapted for the fabrication of all other inorganic materials. PMID:25634804

  4. Immobilized TiO2 nanoparticles produced by flame spray for photocatalytic water remediation

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    Bettini, Luca Giacomo; Diamanti, Maria Vittoria; Sansotera, Maurizio; Pedeferri, Maria Pia; Navarrini, Walter; Milani, Paolo

    2016-08-01

    Anatase/rutile mixed-phase titanium dioxide (TiO2) photocatalysts in the form of nanostructured powders with different primary particle size, specific surface area, and rutile content were produced from the gas-phase by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) starting from an organic solution containing titanium (IV) isopropoxide as Ti precursor. Flame spray-produced TiO2 powders were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and BET measurements. As-prepared powders were mainly composed of anatase crystallites with size ranging from 7 to 15 nm according to the synthesis conditions. TiO2 powders were embedded in a multilayered fluoropolymeric matrix to immobilize the nanoparticles into freestanding photocatalytic membranes. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO2-embedded membranes toward the abatement of hydrosoluble organic pollutants was evaluated employing the photodegradation of rhodamine B in aqueous solution as test reaction. The photoabatement rate of best performing membranes significantly overcomes that of membranes produced by the same method and incorporating commercial P25-TiO2.

  5. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of N-doped TiO2 nanocrystals with exposed {001} facets

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    Li, Di; Chen, Fen; Jiang, Deli; Shi, Weidong; Zheng, Wenjun

    2016-12-01

    N-doped TiO2 nanocrystals with exposed {001} facets have been synthesized by a two-step method. Firstly, we synthesized anatase TiO2 nanocrystals with exposed {001} facets by an original hydrothermal method using HBF4 and n-BA to coordinated the regulation of size and morphology. Then, ethylenediamine has been used as N dopant source to dope with the as-prepared TiO2 nanocrystals. The effects of both HBF4 and n-BA in synthesis of anatase TiO2 nanocrystals with exposed {001} facets have been investigated. The enlarged localized profiles of the XRD pattern and XPS spectra demonstrate the existence of N element. The photocatalytic property studies showed that the N-doped TiO2 nanocrystals with exposed {001} facets exhibited much higher photocatalytic activity than that of the N-doped P25, which might be ascribed to the high percentage of exposed {001} facets. In addition, the stability study suggests that the as-synthesized photocatalyst is a promising material for the application of wastewater purification.

  6. Synthesis of tunable core-shell nanostructures based on TiO2-graphene architectures and their application in the photodegradation of rhodamine dyes

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    Biris, Alexandru R.; Toloman, Dana; Popa, Adriana; Lazar, Mihaela D.; Kannarpady, Ganesh K.; Saini, Viney; Watanabe, Fumiya; Chhetri, Bijay Paudel; Ghosh, Anindya; Biris, Alexandru S.

    2016-07-01

    We present the synthesis of core-shell nanostructural materials with multi-component architectures based on TiO2 and graphitic layers. The composites have been synthesized by chemical vapor deposition with methane as the carbon source, for 5, 10, 30 and 45 min. The final products were characterized by a combination of analytical approaches which include: electron microscopy, Raman, FT-IR and UV-vis spectroscopy as well as thermogravimetric analysis. The amount of graphene shells covering the TiO2 surfaces was found to vary linearly with the reaction time. Furthermore, the compounds were shown to have excellent stability and photocatalytic activity towards the UV degradation of rhodamine (RhB) dye solution at room temperature. These composites could have major applications in the area of environmental cleaning of various pollutants, electrochemistry or nanomedicine.

  7. Microwave assisted synthesis of a series of charge-transfer photosensitizers having quinoxaline-2(1H)-one as anchoring group onto TiO2 surface

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    Caicedo, Mauricio; Echeverry, Carlos A.; Guimarães, Robson R.; Ortiz, Alejandro; Araki, Koiti; Insuasty, Braulio

    2017-04-01

    In this work, we present the synthesis of novel donor-acceptor compounds based on 3-methylquinoxaline-2(1H)one which follow an easy synthetic route, involving Knoevenagel reaction with electron-donor groups such as N,N-dimethylaminobenzene, ferrocene, triphenylamine (TPA) and ((E)-4,4'-(ethene-1,2-diyl) bis (N,N-diphenylaniline). Additionally, the optical properties were measured by means of the absorption and emission spectroscopy suggesting a push-pull behavior which was further confirmed by electrochemical experiments. Finally, the quinoxaline-2(1H)one fragment not only bestow wide absorption, but also can chelate to titanium ions on the TiO2 surface, allowing a strong electron coupling between the excited-state energy level of the dyes and the conduction band of TiO2.

  8. A Simple Method for the Preparation of TiO2 /Ag-AgCl@Polypyrrole Composite and Its Enhanced Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity.

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    Yao, Tongjie; Shi, Lei; Wang, Hao; Wang, Fangxiao; Wu, Jie; Zhang, Xiao; Sun, Jianmin; Cui, Tieyu

    2016-01-01

    A novel and facile method was developed to prepare a visible-light driven TiO2 /Ag-AgCl@polypyrrole (PPy) photocatalyst with Ag-AgCl nanoparticles supported on TiO2 nanofibers and covered by a thin PPy shell. During the synthesis, the PPy shell and Ag-AgCl nanoparticles were prepared simultaneously onto TiO2 nanofibers, which simplified the preparation procedure. In addition, because Ag-AgCl aggregates were fabricated via partly etching the Ag nanoparticles, their size was well controlled at the nanoscale, which was beneficial for improvement of the contact surface area. Compared with reference photocatalysts, the TiO2 /Ag-AgCl@PPy composite exhibited an enhanced photodegradation activity towards rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation. The superior photocatalytic property originated from synergistic effects between TiO2 nanofibers, Ag-AgCl nanoparticles and the PPy shell. Furthermore, the TiO2 /Ag-AgCl@PPy composite could be easily separated and recycled without obvious reduction in activity.

  9. Synthesis of amorphous TiO2 modified ZnO nanorod film with enhanced photocatalytic properties

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    Xiao, Shanshan; Zhao, Lei; Leng, Xuning; Lang, Xingyou; Lian, Jianshe

    2014-04-01

    Amorphous TiO2 modified ZnO nanorod films were synthesized via multi-step processes: ZnO nanorod films were prepared by a wet chemical method. Amorphous TiO2 was then anchored on the tops and sides of the nanorods through immersion in tetrabutyltitanate solution for hydrolysis. The as-prepared samples were characterized for the phase structure, chemical state and surface morphology as well as optical absorption using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometer. The results showed that the nanorod films were covered by amorphous TiO2 layers, and their visible light absorption ability was strengthened. The photocatalytic studies revealed that TiO2 modified films exhibited enhanced photocatalytic efficiency for decomposition of methyl orange under ultraviolet-visible excitation, which might be attributed to the increased UV-vis light absorption and the separation of the charge carrier and prolonged electron lifetime due to the interface between TiO2 and ZnO.

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

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

    2017-03-01

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

  11. Facile one-pot synthesis of uniform TiO2-Ag hybrid hollow spheres with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Wang, Sunli; Qian, Huanhuan; Hu, Yong; Dai, Wei; Zhong, Yijun; Chen, Jiafu; Hu, Xiao

    2013-01-28

    TiO(2)-Ag hybrid hollow spheres (about 700 nm in diameter) with a highly uniform morphology and good structural stability were facilely prepared via a one-pot hydrothermal method, using carbon spheres as templates followed by an annealing treatment. Through this route, the as-prepared hybrid hollow spheres preserved the uniformity of the initial carbon sphere templates and the loading amount of the Ag nanocrystals can be conveniently varied or controlled by the concentration of the Ag precursor. The investigation of the photocatalytic ability demonstrated that the as-prepared TiO(2)-Ag hybrid hollow spheres possess excellent photocatalytic activity, superior to commercial TiO(2) nanoparticles (Degussa P25), for the degradation of rhodamine B (RhB) and methyl orange (MO) dyes under visible-light illumination. Furthermore, the ˙OH radicals formed during photocatalysis with different Ag content hybrids were revealed by means of a terephthalic acid fluorescence probe method, which uncovers that the Ag content in the TiO(2)-Ag hybrids was crucial to obtain an optimal synergistic effect between the Ag and TiO(2) for the degradation of organic pollutants. Accordingly, the optimum matching for the best photocatalytic activity was investigated thoroughly and a reasonable mechanism was also proposed.

  12. Low temperature synthesis and visible light driven photocatalytic activity of highly crystalline mesoporous TiO2 particles.

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    Gujar, Tanaji P; Anand, Chokkalingam; Shinde, Vaishali R; Ye, Jinhua; Ariga, Katsuhiko; Vinu, Ajayan

    2010-12-01

    Mesoporous TiO2 powder materials with a high crystallinity have been prepared by evaporation induced self assembly (EISA) process using titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and pluronic P123 surfactant (EO20PO70EO20) as titanium source and structure-directing reagent, respectively. The prepared materials were characterized by low and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), optical absorption, and N2 adsorption-desorption experiments. The crystallinity of the materials was controlled by varying the calcination temperature. The resulting TiO2 materials showed highly crystalline structure with uniform particle size which increases from 11.8 to 23.8 nm with increasing the calcination temperature from 400 to 600 degrees C, respectively, whereas the specific surface area decreases from 125 to 40 m2/g. TEM and XRD results revealed that the calcination temperature of 600 degrees C is the best condition to obtain highly crystalline mesoporous TiO2. The photocatalytic activity of the TiO2 mesoporous materials with different crystallinity and textural parameters has been studied in the decomposition of methylene blue (MB) dye molecules under visible light irradiation. Among the mesoporous TiO2 materials studied, the material with the highest crystallinity, prepared at 600 degrees C, showed the best photocatalytic performance in the decomposition of MB under visible light in a short time.

  13. Low-Temperature Synthesis of Anatase TiO2 Nanoparticles with Tunable Surface Charges for Enhancing Photocatalytic Activity

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    Li, Ye; Qin, Zhenping; Guo, Hongxia; Yang, Hanxiao; Zhang, Guojun; Ji, Shulan; Zeng, Tingying

    2014-01-01

    In this work, the positively or negatively charged anatase TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized via a low temperature precipitation-peptization process (LTPPP) in the presence of poly(ethyleneimine) (PEI) and poly(sodium4- styrenesulfonate) (PSS). X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) confirmed the anatase crystalline phase. The charges of the prepared TiO2, PEI-TiO2 and PSS-TiO2 nanoparticles were investigated by zeta potentials. The results showed that the zeta potentials of PEI-TiO2 nanoparticles can be tuned from +39.47 mV to +95.46 mV, and that of PSS-TiO2 nanoparticles can be adjusted from −56.63 mV to −119.32 mV. In comparison with TiO2, PSS-TiO2 exhibited dramatic adsorption and degradation of dye molecules, while the PEI modified TiO2 nanoparticles showed lower photocatalytic activity. The photocatalytic performances of these charged nanoparticles were elucidated by the results of UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) and the photoluminescence (PL) spectra, which indicated that the PSS-TiO2 nanoparticles showed a lower recombination rate of electron-hole pairs than TiO2 and PEI-TiO2. PMID:25506839

  14. Towards the development of a novel bioinspired functional material: synthesis and characterization of hybrid TiO2/DHICA-melanin nanoparticles.

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    Pezzella, Alessandro; Capelli, Luigia; Costantini, Aniello; Luciani, Giuseppina; Tescione, Fabiana; Silvestri, Brigida; Vitiello, Giuseppe; Branda, Francesco

    2013-01-01

    A large number of recent literature data focus on modification/modulation of surface chemistry of inorganic materials in order to improve their functional properties. Melanins, a wide class of natural pigments, are recently emerging as a powerful organic component for developing bioinspired active material for a large number of applications from organoelectronics to bioactive compounds. Here we report the use of the approach referred as "chimie douce", involving in situ formation of the hybrids through reactions of precursors under mild conditions, to prepare novel hybrid functional architectures based on eumelanin like 5,6 dihydroxyindole-2-carboxylic acid (DHICA) polymer and TiO2. Two synthesis procedures were carried out to get DHICA-melanin coated TiO2 nanoparticles as well as mixed DHICA/TiO2 hybrid nanostructures. Such systems were characterized through EPR, FT-IR and fluorescence spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and TEM microscopy in order to assess the effect of synthesis path as well as of DHICA content on structural, morphological and optical properties of TiO2 nanostructures. In particular, EPR, FT-IR spectra and TGA analysis confirmed the presence of DHICA-melanin in these samples. TEM measurements indicated the formation of the nanoparticles having relatively narrow size distribution with average particle size of about 10nm. DHICA-melanin does act as a morphological agent affecting morphology of hybrid nanostructures. XRD analysis proved that TiO2 hybrid nanoparticles kept anatase structures for DHICA-melanin contents within the range of investigated compositions, i.e. up to 50% wt/wt.

  15. Novel TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites with high photocatalytic activity

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    Wu, Hao-Shuai; Sun, Ling-Dong; Zhou, Huan-Ping; Yan, Chun-Huan

    2012-05-01

    This article reports a facile and controllable two-step method to construct TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites. TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), with small size and high surface energy, were synthesized by a solvothermal reaction process. The TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites were fabricated by a reverse micro-emulsion method. SiO2 shell coated NPs were adopted for further photocatalytic reaction. Because of their small size and high surface energy, TiO2@SiO2 and TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites show higher photocatalytic activity than commercial Degussa P25. Compared with TiO2@SiO2, TiO2-Pt@SiO2nanocomposites have improved photocatalytic activity due to the Pt induced spatial separation of electrons and holes. The silica shells not only maintain the structure of the nanocomposites but also prevent their aggregation during the photocatalytic reactions, which is highly important for the good durability of the photocatalyst. This strategy is simple, albeit efficient, and can be extended to the synthesis of other composites of noble metals. It has opened a new window for the construction of hetero-nanocomposites with high activity and durability, which would serve as excellent models in catalytic systems of both theoretical and practical interest.This article reports a facile and controllable two-step method to construct TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites. TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs), with small size and high surface energy, were synthesized by a solvothermal reaction process. The TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites were fabricated by a reverse micro-emulsion method. SiO2 shell coated NPs were adopted for further photocatalytic reaction. Because of their small size and high surface energy, TiO2@SiO2 and TiO2-Pt@SiO2 nanocomposites show higher photocatalytic activity than commercial Degussa P25. Compared with TiO2@SiO2, TiO2-Pt@SiO2nanocomposites have improved photocatalytic activity due to the Pt induced spatial separation of electrons and holes. The silica shells not only maintain the structure of the

  16. Photocatalytic efficiency of Fe2O3/TiO2 for the degradation of typical dyes in textile industries: Effects of calcination temperature and UV-assisted thermal synthesis.

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    Nasirian, Mohsen; Bustillo-Lecompte, Ciro Fernando; Mehrvar, Mehrab

    2017-03-23

    The inadequate management practices in industrial textile effluents have a considerable negative impact on the environment and human health due to the indiscriminate release of dyes. Photocatalysis is one of the diverse advance oxidation processes (AOPs) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) is recognized for its high oxidation and reduction power. A composite photocatalyst of Fe2O3/TiO2 is synthesized using different mass ratios of Fe:TiO2 to improve its photoactivity. The composite photocatalyst is calcined at 300-900 °C. Their photocatalytic activity for the degradation of Congo red (CR) and methyl orange (MO) is investigated by total organic carbon (TOC) analysis. The formation and characterization of the as-prepared composite are studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The effect of calcination temperature on the composite Fe2O3/TiO2 photocatalyst is investigated using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The photocatalytic activity and the phase conversion are studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The specific surface area of photocatalysts at different calcination temperatures is investigated based on Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area analysis. Results show that at an optimum calcination temperature of 300 °C for the photocatalyst preparation, the specific surface area is maximum and the photocatalyst has the highest photoactivity. Thus, the degradation of organic materials reaches 62.0% for MO and 46.8% for CR in the presence of Fe2O3/TiO2 (0.01 w:w Fe:TiO2) calcined at 300 °C with the highest specific surface area (98.73 m(2)/g). The transformation of TiO2 from anatase to rutile is facilitated by high temperature and high concentration of iron while high crystallization and particle size increase occur. An optimum calcination temperature of 300 °C is found at which the degradation of typical dyes in textile industries is maximum.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of pure anatase phase nanocrystalline TiO2 thin film by magnetron sputtering method

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    Pawar, Nimisha; Bhargava, Ankita; Dayal, Saurabh; Kumar, C. Sasi

    2016-05-01

    In present work, our focus is to deposit anatase phase nanocrystalline TiO2 thin films. In order to prepare Titanium oxide films we first deposited Titanium thin films using DC magnetron sputtering and then the substrates were annealed in a muffle furnace at different temperatures. Further the samples were characterized for analysis of phase, morphology and optical properties using XRD, SEM, AFM and photoluminescence spectroscopy respectively. XRD shows the formation of tetragonal phase TiO2 with lattice parameters values a= 3.8 Å and c=9.6 Å. The surface roughness value of the films were found to vary from 1.6 nm to 15.9 nm. The grain size as estimated from AFM varies from 48 nm to 125 nm at different temperatures. Thus, the results revealed the formation of ultra-smooth anatase phase pure nanocrystalline TiO2 spherical particles.

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

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

    2013-09-01

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

  19. Modified microwave method for the synthesis of visible light-responsive TiO2/MWCNTs nanocatalysts.

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    Alosfur, Firas K Mohamad; Jumali, Mohammad Hafizuddin Haji; Radiman, Shahidan; Ridha, Noor J; Yarmo, Mohd Ambar; Umar, Akrajas Ali

    2013-08-06

    Recently, TiO2/multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) hybrid nanocatalysts have been a subject of high interest due to their excellent structures, large surface areas and peculiar optical properties, which enhance their photocatalytic performance. In this work, a modified microwave technique was used to rapidly synthesise a TiO2/MWCNT nanocatalyst with a large surface area. X-ray powder diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller measurements were used to characterise the structure, morphology and the surface area of the sample. The photocatalytic activity of the hybrid nanocatalysts was evaluated through a comparison of the degradation of methylene blue dye under irradiation with ultraviolet and visible light. The results showed that the TiO2/MWCNT hybrid nanocatalysts degraded 34.9% of the methylene blue (MB) under irradiation with ultraviolet light, whereas 96.3% of the MB was degraded under irradiation with visible light.

  20. Modified microwave method for the synthesis of visible light-responsive TiO2/MWCNTs nanocatalysts

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    2013-01-01

    Recently, TiO2/multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) hybrid nanocatalysts have been a subject of high interest due to their excellent structures, large surface areas and peculiar optical properties, which enhance their photocatalytic performance. In this work, a modified microwave technique was used to rapidly synthesise a TiO2/MWCNT nanocatalyst with a large surface area. X-ray powder diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller measurements were used to characterise the structure, morphology and the surface area of the sample. The photocatalytic activity of the hybrid nanocatalysts was evaluated through a comparison of the degradation of methylene blue dye under irradiation with ultraviolet and visible light. The results showed that the TiO2/MWCNT hybrid nanocatalysts degraded 34.9% of the methylene blue (MB) under irradiation with ultraviolet light, whereas 96.3% of the MB was degraded under irradiation with visible light. PMID:23919496

  1. Hydrothermal synthesis and photoelectrochemical performance enhancement of TiO2/graphene composite in photo-generated cathodic protection

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    Zhang, Weiwei; Guo, Hanlin; Sun, Haiqing; Zeng, Rong-Chang

    2016-09-01

    TiO2/graphene composites were synthesized through one-step hydrothermal method. The composites show an enhancement in photo-generated cathodic protection as the time-dependent profiles of photocurrent responses has confirmed. XRD data show that a bicrystalline framework of anatase and brookite formed as graphene provided donor groups in the hydrothermal process. The transfer of photoinduced electrons in the biphasic TiO2 results in effective electron-hole separation. Moreover, graphene lead to a negative shift of the Fermi level as evidenced by Mott-Schottky analysis, which decreases the Schottky barrier formed in the TiO2 and 304 stainless steel interface and results in the enhancement of photo-generated cathodic protection.

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

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

    2014-12-07

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

  3. Flower-like TiO2 nanostructures with exposed {001} facets: Facile synthesis and enhanced photocatalysis

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    Liu, Min; Piao, Lingyu; Lu, Weiming; Ju, Siting; Zhao, Lei; Zhou, Chunlan; Li, Hailing; Wang, Wenjing

    2010-07-01

    Flower-like TiO2 nanostructures with exposed {001} facets were synthesized by a low-temperature hydrothermal process from Ti powders for the first time, and they exhibited enhanced photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye under ultraviolet light irradiation.Flower-like TiO2 nanostructures with exposed {001} facets were synthesized by a low-temperature hydrothermal process from Ti powders for the first time, and they exhibited enhanced photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye under ultraviolet light irradiation. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional FE-SEM images. See DOI: 10.1039/c0nr00050g

  4. 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.

  5. Study on the effect of hydrogen addition on the variation of plasma parameters of argon-oxygen magnetron glow discharge for synthesis of TiO2 films

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    Saikia, Partha; Saikia, Bipul Kumar; Bhuyan, Heman

    2016-04-01

    We report the effect of hydrogen addition on plasma parameters of argon-oxygen magnetron glow discharge plasma in the synthesis of H-doped TiO2 films. The parameters of the hydrogen-added Ar/O2 plasma influence the properties and the structural phases of the deposited TiO2 film. Therefore, the variation of plasma parameters such as electron temperature (Te), electron density (ne), ion density (ni), degree of ionization of Ar and degree of dissociation of H2 as a function of hydrogen content in the discharge is studied. Langmuir probe and Optical emission spectroscopy are used to characterize the plasma. On the basis of the different reactions in the gas phase of the magnetron discharge, the variation of plasma parameters and sputtering rate are explained. It is observed that the electron and heavy ion density decline with gradual addition of hydrogen in the discharge. Hydrogen addition significantly changes the degree of ionization of Ar which influences the structural phases of the TiO2 film.

  6. A site-holding effect of TiO2 surface hydroxyl in the photocatalytic direct synthesis of 1,1-diethoxyethane from ethanol.

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    Zhang, Hongxia; Zhang, Wenqin; Zhao, Min; Yang, Pengju; Zhu, Zhenping

    2017-01-26

    To understand the mechanism of the photocatalytic direct synthesis of 1,1-diethoxyethane (DEE) from ethanol is vital for enhancing the reaction efficiency. Based on photocatalytic data of different phase TiO2 and F-TiO2 catalysts, radical trapping data, and GC-MS data, we proposed a photocatalytic mechanism for the preparation of both DEE in neat ethanol and 2,3-butanediol (2,3-BD) in ethanol-H2O using photocatalytic methods. In neat ethanol, hydroxyl isn't involved in the catalytic cyclic process but hydroxyl has an indirect site-holding effect, thus leading to more hydroxyl groups with higher activity. In ethanol-H2O, although the strong oxidant ˙OH radical is involved, fewer OH groups lead to higher selectivity of 2,3-BD. The interaction of the reactant/solvent with the surface group of the catalyst is important in the activity and selectivity of photocatalytic reactions. This finding gives fundamental insight into the role of TiO2 surface hydroxyl in the photocatalytic dehydrogenation process of alcohols and opens a promising path to obtaining both high selectivity and high conversion in TiO2-based photocatalytic activity.

  7. Synthesis of Ag ion-implanted TiO2 thin films for antibacterial application and photocatalytic performance.

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    Hou, Xinggang; Ma, Huiyan; Liu, Feng; Deng, Jianhua; Ai, Yukai; Zhao, Xinlei; Mao, Dong; Li, Dejun; Liao, Bin

    2015-12-15

    TiO2 thin films were deposited by spin coating method. Silver ions were implanted into the films using a Metal Vapor Vacuum Arc implanter. The antibacterial ability of implanted films was tested using Escherichia coli removal under fluorescent irradiation and in the dark. The concentration of E. coli was evaluated by plating technique. The photocatalytic efficiency of the implanted films was studied by degradation of methyl orange under fluorescent illumination. The surface free energy of the implanted TiO2 films was calculated by contact angle testing. Vitamin C was used as radical scavengers to explore the antibacterial mechanism of the films. The results supported the model that both generation of reactive oxygen species and release of silver ions played critical roles in the toxic effect of implanted films against E. coli. XPS experimental results demonstrated that a portion of the Ag(Ag(3+)) ions were doped into the crystalline lattice of TiO2. As demonstrated by density functional theory calculations, the impurity energy level of subtitutional Ag was responsible for enhanced absorption of visible light. Ag ion-implanted TiO2 films with excellent antibacterial efficiency against bacteria and decomposed ability against organic pollutants could be potent bactericidal surface in moist environment.

  8. Synthesis, phase to phase deposition and characterization of rutile nanocrystalline titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films

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    Gupta, Sanjeev K.; Singh, Jitendra; Anbalagan, K.; Kothari, Prateek; Bhatia, Ravi Raj; Mishra, Pratima K.; Manjuladevi, V.; Gupta, Raj K.; Akhtar, J.

    2013-01-01

    In this work the preparation, deposition and structural properties of titanium oxide (TiO2) thin films were investigated. The films were deposited by means of the e-beam physical vapor deposition (EBPVD) method in high vacuum (10-7 Torr). A controlled deposition rate in the range of 0.1-0.3 Å/s was monitored in situ employing quartz crystal. The films were deposited on the oxidized Si (1 0 0) wafer, glass micro slides. These films were analyzed using Grazing Angle X-ray diffraction (GA-XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman Spectroscopy (RAMAN), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and UV-visible Spectroscopy (UV-vis). Structural characterization results showed mainly presence of the crystalline rutile phase, however an interfacial SiO2 layer between TiO2 and the substrate and the minor anatase crystalline phase of TiO2 was also identified in FTIR analysis. Grain size was found to be in the range of 100-125 nm while grain boundary was estimated to be 20 nm. Direct and indirect optical band gap was estimated to be 3.64 and 3.04 eV, respectively. A process induced self annealing of deposited film shows a strong effect on the structural, morphological and optical properties. Furthermore, low deposition rate and high vacuum allows rutile to rutile phase transformation from indigenously prepared TiO2 target to thin film.

  9. H2O-EG-assisted synthesis of uniform urchinlike rutile TiO2 with superior lithium storage properties.

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    Chen, Jun Song; Liang, Yen Nan; Li, Yongmei; Yan, Qingyu; Hu, Xiao

    2013-10-23

    A facile green method to synthesize uniform nanostructured urchinlike rutile TiO2 is demonstrated. Titanium trichloride was selected as the TiO2 precursor, and a mixed solvent containing H2O and ethylene glycol was used. By using this binary medium, the nucleation and crystal growth of rutile TiO2 can be regulated, giving rise to very uniform urchinlike structures with tailorable sizes. As confirmed by the SEM and TEM analysis, large particles with dense aggregation of needle-like building blocks or small ones with loosely packed subunits could be obtained at different reaction conditions. The as-prepared samples were applied as the anode material for lithium-ion batteries, and they were shown to have superior properties with a high reversible capacity of 140 mA h g(-1) at a high current rate of 10 C for up to 300 cycles, which is almost unmatched by other rutile TiO2-based electrodes. A stable capacity of 88 mA h g(-1) can also be delivered at an extremely high rate of 50 C, suggesting the great potential of the as-prepared product for high-rate lithium-ion batteries.

  10. Synthesis and visible light photoactivity of anatase Ag, and garlic loaded TiO2 nanocrystalline catalyst

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    An excellent visible light activated Ag and S doped TiO2 nanocatalyst was prepared by using AgNO3 and garlic (Allium sativum) as Ag+ and sulfur sources, respectively. The catalyst resisted the change from anatase to rutile phase even at calcination at 700 oC. The photocatalytic e...

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

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

    2013-08-01

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

  12. Synthesis of highly active thin film based on TiO2 nanomaterial for self-cleaning application.

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    Saif, M; El-Molla, S A; Aboul-Fotouh, S M K; Hafez, H; Ibrahim, M M; Abdel-Mottaleb, M S A; Ismail, L F M

    2013-08-01

    Highly active self-cleaning surfaces were prepared from hydrothermally treated TiO2 nanomaterials for different times (0, 12, 24 and 36 h) under acidic condition. TiO2 thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). TiO2 thin film (hydrothermal 24h) exhibited hybrid morphology from accumulated plates, clusters, rods and spheres. The photo self-cleaning activity in term of quantitative determination of the active oxidative species (OH) produced on the thin film surfaces was evaluated using fluorescent probe method. The results show that, the highly active thin film is the hydrothermally treated for 24 h at 200 °C. The structural, morphology and photoactivity properties of nano-TiO2 thin films make it promising surfaces for self-cleaning application. Mineralization of commercial textile dye (Remazol Red RB-133, RR) from highly active TiO2 thin film surface was applied. Moreover, the durability of this nano-TiO2 thin film (hydrothermal 24h) was studied.

  13. Synthesis of highly active thin film based on TiO2 nanomaterial for self-cleaning application

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    Saif, M.; El-Molla, S. A.; Aboul-Fotouh, S. M. K.; Hafez, H.; Ibrahim, M. M.; Abdel-Mottaleb, M. S. A.; Ismail, L. F. M.

    2013-08-01

    Highly active self-cleaning surfaces were prepared from hydrothermally treated TiO2 nanomaterials for different times (0, 12, 24 and 36 h) under acidic condition. TiO2 thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). TiO2 thin film (hydrothermal 24 h) exhibited hybrid morphology from accumulated plates, clusters, rods and spheres. The photo self-cleaning activity in term of quantitative determination of the active oxidative species (rad OH) produced on the thin film surfaces was evaluated using fluorescent probe method. The results show that, the highly active thin film is the hydrothermally treated for 24 h at 200 °C. The structural, morphology and photoactivity properties of nano-TiO2 thin films make it promising surfaces for self-cleaning application. Mineralization of commercial textile dye (Remazol Red RB-133, RR) from highly active TiO2 thin film surface was applied. Moreover, the durability of this nano-TiO2 thin film (hydrothermal 24 h) was studied.

  14. Synthesis of hybrid cellulose nanocomposite bonded with dopamine SiO2/TiO2 and its antimicrobial activity

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    Ramesh, Sivalingam; Kim, Gwang-Hoon; Kim, Jaehwan; Kim, Joo-Hyung

    2015-04-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid material based cellulose was synthesized by the sol-gel approach. The explosion of activity in this area in the past decade has made tremendous progress in industry or academic both fundamental understanding of sol-gel process and applications of new functionalized hybrid materials. In this present research work, we focused on cellulose-dopamine functionalized SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite by sol-gel process. The cellulose-dopamine hybrid nanocomposite was synthesized via γ-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (γ-APTES) coupling agent by in-situ sol-gel process. The chemical structure of cellulose-amine functionalized dopamine bonding to cellulose structure with covalent cross linking hybrids was confirmed by FTIR spectral analysis. The morphological analysis of cellulose-dopamine nanoSiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite materials was characterized by XRD, SEM and TEM. From this different analysis results indicate that the optical transparency, thermal stability, control morphology of cellulose-dopamine-SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite. Furthermore cellulose-dopamine-SiO2/TiO2 hybrid nanocomposite was tested against pathogenic bacteria for antimicrobial activity.

  15. Facile Aluminum Reduction Synthesis of Blue TiO2 with Oxygen Deficiency for Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Zheng, Jing; Ji, Guangbin; Zhang, Peng; Cao, Xingzhong; Wang, Baoyi; Yu, Linhui; Xu, Zhichuan

    2015-12-07

    An ultrafacile aluminum reduction method is reported herein for the preparation of blue TiO2 nanoparticles (donated as Al-TiO2 , anatase phase) with abundant oxygen deficiency for lithium-ion batteries. Under aluminum reduction, the morphology of the TiO2 nanosheets changes from well-defined rectangular into uniform round or oval nanoparticles and the particle size also decreases from 60 to 31 nm, which can aggressively accelerate the lithium-ion diffusion. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) results reveal that plentiful oxygen deficiencies relative to the Ti(3+) species were generated in blue Al-TiO2 ; this effectively enhances the electron conductivity of the TiO2 . X-ray photoelectron spectrometry (XPS) analysis indicates that a small peak is observed for the Al-O bond, which probably plays a very important role in the stabilization of the oxygen deficiencies/Ti(3+) species. As a result, the blue Al-TiO2 possesses significantly higher capacity, better rate performance, and a longer cycle life than the white pure TiO2 . Such improvements can be attributed to the decreased particle size, as well as the existence of the oxygen deficiencies/Ti(3+) species.

  16. Nanostructured nitrogen and carbon codoped TiO2 thin films: Synthesis, structural characterization and optoelectronic properties

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    Ruzybayev, Inci

    TiO2 is widely used in applications like photocatalysis, sensors, solar cells, and memory devices because it is inexpensive, abundant, nontoxic and stable in aqueous solution. Another exciting application where TiO 2 has the potential to be a very useful catalyst is the clean hydrogen generation using solar radiation. Energy consumption is increasing every year and, as a result, renewable and sustainable alternative energy sources are becoming increasingly important. Therefore, clean hydrogen generation research is becoming more and more important. This study aims at the preparation and characterization of nitrogen and carbon (N-C) codoped TiO2 photoanode material that could potentially be used in photoelectrochemical cells for hydrogen generation. The solar spectrum peaks around 500 nm (2.48 eV) which is in the visible part of the spectrum. The photoanode material to be used for solar hydrogen generation should absorb visible light photons to yield high efficiency. The challenge with TiO2 is that the wide band gap (3.00--3.20 eV) absorbs only ultra-violet (UV) photons and only a small percentage of the solar spectrum is in the UV range. There are various ways to overcome the challenge of sensitizing the material to visible light absorption and this study focuses on one of the most promising ways: band modification of TiO2 by N-C codoping. The role of pure oxygen pressure on pulsed laser deposited N-C codoped TiO2 films were investigated. At low pressures rutile phase of TiO2 was dominant and a microstructure with densely packed grains was obtained. However, at high pressures anatase phase became dominant and columnar structure was favored. Therefore, the anatase-rutile phase ratio as well as the microstructure of the films can be controlled by adjusting oxygen pressure and introducing N and C into the TiO2 matrix. Optimized oxygen pressure and higher doping concentrations yielded films with more effective absorption in the visible region. The preparation and characterization of pulsed laser deposited N-C codoped TiO2 thin films were investigated for dopant incorporation using N2 and CH4 gases. Polycrystalline anatase structured films were obtained. A 2 theta shift of the anatase (101) X-ray diffraction main peak towards lower values indicated carbon incorporation into the lattice. N incorporation was confirmed with observed Ti-N bonds using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Optical data showed significant reduction, approximately 1.00 eV, of the band gap. The reduction of the band gap allowed the photons in the visible part of the solar spectrum to be absorbed. Through a collaborative work with scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Yonsei University, precise modeling of the electronic structure of N-C codoped TiO2 films were carried out to reveal the underlying physics of band gap reduction. Experimental results were compared with first-principle density functional theory calculations. Hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed that O, N and C 2p states overlapped effectively and shifts in the valence band maximum towards the Fermi level were observed. Optical band gap results showed that N-C codoping is an effective route for band gap reduction in TiO2. Comparison of the measured valence band structure with theoretical photoemission density of states further revealed C substitution on the Ti site and N substitution on the O site. Finally, films grown using radio frequency (rf) magnetron sputtering were compared with the pulsed laser deposited films. Sputtered N-C codoped TiO2 films showed phase transformation from anatase to rutile at constant argon pressure with increasing doping concentration. Moreover, with slow-rate N-C codoping of TiO2, a texturing effect was observed in X-ray diffraction scans such that anatase (004) Bragg reflection plane became more favored over anatase (101). Optical band gap was reduced but the reduction was not as significant as in the films prepared with the pulsed laser deposition method. Electrochemical methods were applied in the photoelectrochemical cell and the sample prepared by using TiO2 target with 8% N and C atomic concentrations found to have slightly better photoactivity relative to the other N-C codoped samples. However, due to preferential anatase (004) plane, overall efficiency of N-C codoped films was low. In conclusion, pulsed laser deposition is preferred over rf magnetron deposition for the purpose of band gap reduction of TiO2 by N and C codoping. Pulsed laser deposited films showed continuum in C and N 2 p dopant states within the forbidden region and these states overlapped well with O 2p states. For this reason, optical band gap measurements showed significant reduction. Therefore, pulsed laser deposition of N-C codoped TiO2 films is a possible way of photoanode fabrication for solar hydrogen generation. (Abstract shortened by UMI.).

  17. Choline Chloride Assisted Synthesis of N and Metal Codoped TiO2 and their Photocatalytic Activity under Visible Light.

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    Kaur, Navneet; Shahi, Satwant Kaur; Singh, Vasundhara

    2016-01-01

    A few nanocrystalline N,metal codoped TiO2 (metal = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu and Zn) have been synthesized by a simple sol-gel method using choline chloride which is biodegradable, low cost, nontoxic ionic salt both as a structure directing agent and source of nitrogen. The prepared samples were well characterized by XRD, HRTEM, FTIR, DRS, EDX, XPS and BET techniques. The photocatalytic activity of all synthesized N, metal codoped TiO2 has been carried out for the degradation of Reactive Black 5 dye under visible light irradiation and among them, N, Fe codoped TiO2 was found to be the best for the degradation of Reactive Black 5 dye. The effect of incorporated metals on the photocatalytic activity of the various modified TiO2 has been discussed in detail based on the mechanism involved in the degradation of dye and their physico-chemical properties which includes surface area, particle size, defect sites, phase, band gap and electron-hole recombination effect.

  18. Biomimetic layer-by-layer deposition assisted synthesis of Cu, N co-doped TiO2 nanosheets with enhanced visible light photocatalytic performance.

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    Wang, Xiaobo; Yan, Yong; Hao, Bo; Chen, Ge

    2014-10-07

    In this paper, a Cu, N co-doped TiO2 nanosheet with increased visible light photocatalytic activity was successfully synthesized using a biomimetic layer-by-layer deposition process. The polymer, branched-polyethyleneimine (b-PEI) was used as an induction agent for the hydrolysis of titanium bis(ammonium lactato)-dihydroxide (Ti-BALDH) as well as for a nitrogen resource, and the graphene oxide (GO) was used as a two-dimensional nano-template. The positively charged b-PEI will bind to the negatively charged GO and titania. In a typical layer-by-layer deposition process, GO nanosheets are exposed in an alternating fashion to aqueous b-PEI, CuCl2 and Ti-BALDH solutions, thus, making the layer-by-layer deposition of a conformal b-PEI/Cu-Ti-O coating on the GO. Subsequent b-PEI and GO pyrolysis at 550 °C under air yielded Cu, N co-doped TiO2 nanosheets. The materials obtained were comprehensively investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, Raman spectra, photoluminescence spectra and electron paramagnetic resonance. The Cu, N co-doped TiO2 nanosheets showed obviously enhanced photocatalytic activity which was evaluated by degradation of methylene blue under visible light irradiation. This research might provide some new insights for the "green synthesis" of the simultaneous doping of two kinds of foreign atoms into TiO2 with controlled morphology and photocatalytic properties.

  19. Synthesis of Au/TiO2 Core-Shell Nanoparticles from Titanium Isopropoxide and Thermal Resistance Effect of TiO2 Shell

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    Kwon, Hyun-Woo; Lim, Young-Min; Tripathy, Suraj Kumar; Kim, Byoung-Gyu; Lee, Min-Sang; Yu, Yeon-Tae

    2007-04-01

    On the synthesis of Au/TiO2 core-shell structure nanoparticles, the effect of the concentration of Ti4+ on the morphology and optical property of Au/TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles was examined. A gold colloid was prepared by mixing HAuCl4\\cdot4H2O and C6H5Na3\\cdot2H2O. Titanium stock solution was prepared by mixing solutions of titanium(IV) isopropoxide (TTIP) and triethanolamine (TEOA). The concentration of the Ti4+ stock solution was adjusted to 0.01-0.3 mM, and then the gold colloid was added to the Ti4+ stock solution. Au/TiO2 core-shell structure nanoparticles could be prepared by the hydrolysis of the Ti4+ stock solution at 80 °C. The size of the as-prepared Au nanoparticles was 15 nm. The thickness of the TiO2 shell on the surface of gold particles was about 10 nm. The absorption peak of the Au/TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles shifted towards the red end of the spectrum by about 3 nm because of the formation of the TiO2 shell on the surface of the gold particles. The crystal structure of the TiO2 shell showed an anatase phase. The increase in the Au crystallite size of the Au/TiO2 nanoparticles with increasing heat treatment temperature is smaller than that in the pure Au nanoparticles. This may be due to the encapsulation of Au particles with the TiO2 shell that prevents the growth of the nanoparticle nucleation.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of a stable, label-free optical biosensor from TiO2-coated porous silicon.

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    Li, Jianlin; Sailor, Michael J

    2014-05-15

    A nanoscale layer of TiO2 is coated on the inner pore walls of a porous silicon (PSi) film by room-temperature infiltration of a TiO2 sol-gel precursor and firing at 500 °C. The PSi:TiO2 composite films are characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive X-ray spectral analysis (EDS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and reflective interferometric Fourier transform spectroscopy (RIFTS). The analysis indicates that TiO2 conformally coats the inner pore surfaces of the PSi film. The film displays greater aqueous stability in the pH range 2-12 relative to a PSi:SiO2 surface. A label-free optical interference immunosensor based on the TiO2-coated PSi film is demonstrated by real-time monitoring of the physical adsorption of protein A, followed by the specific binding of rabbit anti-sheep immunoglobulin (IgG) and then specific capture of sheep IgG. The time to achieve equilibrium for the physical adsorption of protein A on the surface of TiO2-coated PSi film is significantly greater than that of PSi film. The specificity of the protein A and rabbit anti-sheep IgG construct on the sensor is confirmed by tests with non-binding chicken IgG. The sensitivity of the immunosensor is shown to be 8210 ± 170 nm/refractive index unit (RIU).

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

  2. Instability of Hydrogenated TiO2

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    Nandasiri, Manjula I.; Shutthanandan, V.; Manandhar, Sandeep; Schwarz, Ashleigh M.; Oxenford, Lucas S.; Kennedy, John V.; Thevuthasan, Suntharampillai; Henderson, Michael A.

    2015-11-06

    Hydrogenated TiO2 (H-TiO2) is toted as a viable visible light photocatalyst. We report a systematic study on the thermal stability of H-implanted TiO2 using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS), Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). Protons (40 keV) implanted at a ~2 atom % level within a ~120 nm wide profile of rutile TiO2(110) were situated ~300 nm below the surface. NRA revealed that this H-profile broadened preferentially toward the surface after annealing at 373 K, dissipated out of the crystal into vacuum at 473 K, and was absent within the beam sampling depth (~800 nm) at 523 K. Photoemission showed that the surface was reduced in concert with these changes. Similar anneals had no effect on pristine TiO2(110). The facile bulk diffusivity of H in rutile, as well as its activity toward interfacial reduction, significantly limits the utilization of H-TiO2 as a photocatalyst. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a multiprogram national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle. The research was performed using the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

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

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    Khodadoust, Saeid; Sheini, Azarmidokht; Armand, Nezam

    2012-06-01

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

  4. Large scale fabrication of highly monodispersed rattle-type TiO2@void@SiO2 spheres via synthesis-cum-organization process.

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    Wu, Liangzhuan; Yu, Yuan; Zhang, Yuan; Li, Yuzhen; Zhang, Yang; Zhi, Jinfang

    2012-03-01

    Architected nanostructures with interior space have attracted enormous attention due to both their esthetic beauty and their potential applications. It is a current dream to develop a template-free, one-pot and low-temperature synthetic routes for hetero-architecture in liquid media. In this manuscript, we develop a kind of template-free, low-temperature, and one-pot total synthetic strategy for synthesis of inorganic multi-component hetero-architecture. This synthetic strategy analogous to standard organic reactions used in total synthesis is an important breakthrough in inorganic chemical synthesis. We can achieve 1 kilogram (kg) yield of the TiO(2)@void@SiO(2) core-shell sphere one time by using this synthetic strategy, which may lead to practical applications of the sample. By embodying the new reaction and concept into future investigation, a more mature research field in synthetic architecture of nanomaterials can be anticipated.

  5. Synthesis of nanocrystalline anatase TiO2 by one-pot two-phase separated hydrolysis-solvothermal processes and its high activity for photocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B.

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    Xie, Mingzheng; Jing, Liqiang; Zhou, Jia; Lin, Jingsheng; Fu, Honggang

    2010-04-15

    Si-doped and un-doped nanocrystalline TiO(2) samples have been synthesized by simple one-pot water-organic two-phase separated hydrolysis-solvothermal (HST) processes, and characterized by XRD, BET, TEM, FT-IR, DRS and surface photovoltage techniques. The effects of the solvothermal temperature and Si doping on the anatase thermal stability, and on the photocatalytic activity for degrading rhodamine B were investigated in detail. The results show that, as the solvothermal temperature rises, the crystallinity and thermal stability of the resulting nano-sized anatase TiO(2) gradually increase. Noticeably, the as-prepared TiO(2) obtained at appropriate solvothermal temperature (160 degrees C) exhibits high photocatalytic activity. Moreover, although Si doping does not improve the photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared anatase TiO(2), it greatly enhances the anatase thermal stability and inhibits crystallite growth during the process of post-thermal treatment. Interestingly, the Si-doped TiO(2) post-treated at high temperature displays much higher photocatalytic activity than commercial P25 TiO(2). It is clearly demonstrated that the joint effects of high anatase crystallinity and large surface area lead to high photocatalytic activity. This work provides a simple and effective strategy for the synthesis of high-performance TiO(2)-based functional nanomaterials.

  6. Microemulsion synthesis of nanosized TiO(2) particles doping with rare-earth and their photocatalytic activity.

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    Jian, Zicong; Pu, Yuying; Fang, Jianzhang; Ye, Zhiping

    2010-01-01

    Microemulsion is the easiest and cleanest of the popular methods of synthesizing nanomaterial. This work synthesized the nanosized La-TiO(2) and Ce-TiO(2) particles through the hydrolyzation of tetrabutyl titanate in a Triton X-100/n-hexanol/cyclohexane/water reverse microemulsion. The particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and thermogravimetry (TG). The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) under ultraviolet light and visible light irradiation. The results showed that reverse microemulsion produced the nanosized and well-separated particles, which are obviously in degrading MO. Comparing the pure TiO(2) with doping TiO(2) , the doping ones are smaller and have better photocatalytic activity, which was best at the molar content of 0.1% for La, whereas for Ce it was 0.5%.

  7. TiO2-catalyzed synthesis of sugars from formaldehyde in extraterrestrial impacts on the early Earth

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    Civiš, Svatopluk; Szabla, Rafał; Szyja, Bartłomiej M.; Smykowski, Daniel; Ivanek, Ondřej; Knížek, Antonín; Kubelík, Petr; Šponer, Jiří; Ferus, Martin; Šponer, Judit E.

    2016-01-01

    Recent synthetic efforts aimed at reconstructing the beginning of life on our planet point at the plausibility of scenarios fueled by extraterrestrial energy sources. In the current work we show that beyond nucleobases the sugar components of the first informational polymers can be synthesized in this way. We demonstrate that a laser-induced high-energy chemistry combined with TiO2 catalysis readily produces a mixture of pentoses, among them ribose, arabinose and xylose. This chemistry might be highly relevant to the Late Heavy Bombardment period of Earth’s history about 4–3.85 billion years ago. In addition, we present an in-depth theoretical analysis of the most challenging step of the reaction pathway, i.e., the TiO2-catalyzed dimerization of formaldehyde leading to glycolaldehyde. PMID:26979666

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  9. Synthesis of a CNT-grafted TiO(2) nanocatalyst and its activity triggered by a DC voltage.

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    Kuo, Chien-Sheng; Tseng, Yao-Hsuan; Lin, Hong-Ying; Huang, Chia-Hung; Shen, Chih-Yen; Li, Yuan-Yao; Ismat Shah, S; Huang, Chin-Pao

    2007-11-21

    Carbon nanotube (CNT)-grafted TiO(2) (CNT/TiO(2)) was synthesized as an electrically conductive catalyst that exhibits redox ability under electrical excitation besides ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. The CNT/TiO(2) material was synthesized by a two-step process. Ni nanoparticles were photodeposited onto TiO(2) first. The Ni nanoparticles then served as seeds for the growth of CNTs using the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) of C(2)H(2). The CNT/TiO(2) nanocomposite exhibits strong oxidation activity toward NO gas molecules via both photocatalysis under UV irradiation and electrocatalysis under a DC voltage of 500 V in dark conditions.

  10. TiO2-catalyzed synthesis of sugars from formaldehyde in extraterrestrial impacts on the early Earth

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    Civiš, Svatopluk; Szabla, Rafał; Szyja, Bartłomiej M.; Smykowski, Daniel; Ivanek, Ondřej; Knížek, Antonín; Kubelík, Petr; Šponer, Jiří; Ferus, Martin; Šponer, Judit E.

    2016-03-01

    Recent synthetic efforts aimed at reconstructing the beginning of life on our planet point at the plausibility of scenarios fueled by extraterrestrial energy sources. In the current work we show that beyond nucleobases the sugar components of the first informational polymers can be synthesized in this way. We demonstrate that a laser-induced high-energy chemistry combined with TiO2 catalysis readily produces a mixture of pentoses, among them ribose, arabinose and xylose. This chemistry might be highly relevant to the Late Heavy Bombardment period of Earth’s history about 4–3.85 billion years ago. In addition, we present an in-depth theoretical analysis of the most challenging step of the reaction pathway, i.e., the TiO2-catalyzed dimerization of formaldehyde leading to glycolaldehyde.

  11. TiO2-catalyzed synthesis of sugars from formaldehyde in extraterrestrial impacts on the early Earth.

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    Civiš, Svatopluk; Szabla, Rafał; Szyja, Bartłomiej M; Smykowski, Daniel; Ivanek, Ondřej; Knížek, Antonín; Kubelík, Petr; Šponer, Jiří; Ferus, Martin; Šponer, Judit E

    2016-03-16

    Recent synthetic efforts aimed at reconstructing the beginning of life on our planet point at the plausibility of scenarios fueled by extraterrestrial energy sources. In the current work we show that beyond nucleobases the sugar components of the first informational polymers can be synthesized in this way. We demonstrate that a laser-induced high-energy chemistry combined with TiO2 catalysis readily produces a mixture of pentoses, among them ribose, arabinose and xylose. This chemistry might be highly relevant to the Late Heavy Bombardment period of Earth's history about 4-3.85 billion years ago. In addition, we present an in-depth theoretical analysis of the most challenging step of the reaction pathway, i.e., the TiO2-catalyzed dimerization of formaldehyde leading to glycolaldehyde.

  12. Large-Scale Synthesis of Transition-Metal-Doped TiO2 Nanowires with Controllable Overpotential

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    Liu, Bin; Chen, HaoMing; Liu, Chong; Andrews, Sean; Han, Chris; Yang, Peidong

    2013-03-13

    Practical implementation of one-dimensional semiconductors into devices capable of exploiting their novel properties is often hindered by low product yields, poor material quality, high production cost, or overall lack of synthetic control. Here, we show that a molten-salt flux scheme can be used to synthesize large quantities of high-quality, single-crystalline TiO2 nanowires with controllable dimensions. Furthermore, in situ dopant incorporation of various transition metals allows for the tuning of optical, electrical, and catalytic properties. With this combination of control, robustness, and scalability, the molten-salt flux scheme can provide high-quality TiO2 nanowires to satisfy a broad range of application needs from photovoltaics to photocatalysis.

  13. Hydrothermal synthesis of a crystalline rutile TiO2 nanorod based network for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Yu, Hua; Pan, Jian; Bai, Yang; Zong, Xu; Li, Xinyong; Wang, Lianzhou

    2013-09-27

    One-dimensional (1D) TiO2 nanostructures are desirable as photoanodes in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) due to their superior electron-transport capability. However, making use of the DSSC performance of 1D rutile TiO2 photoanodes remains challenging, mainly due to the small surface area and consequently low dye loading. Herein, a new type of photoanode with a three-dimensional (3D) rutile-nanorod-based network structure directly grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates was developed by using a facile two-step hydrothermal process. The resultant photoanode possesses oriented rutile nanorod arrays for fast electron transport as the bottom layer and radially packed rutile head-caps with an improved large surface area for efficient dye adsorption. The diffuse reflectance spectra showed that with the radially packed top layer, the light-harvesting efficiency was increased due to an enhanced light-scattering effect. A combination of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), dark current, and open-circuit voltage decay (OCVD) analyses confirmed that the electron-recombiantion rate was reduced on formation of the nanorod-based 3D network for fast electron transport. As a resut, a light-to-electricity conversion efficiency of 6.31% was achieved with this photoanode in DSSCs, which is comparable to the best DSSC efficiencies that have been reported to date for 1D rutile TiO2 .

  14. CuInS2 quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes: synthesis and performance optimization.

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    Zhou, Zhengji; Yuan, Shengjie; Fan, Junqi; Hou, Zeliang; Zhou, Wenhui; Du, Zuliang; Wu, Sixin

    2012-11-27

    CuInS2 quantum dots (QDs) were deposited onto TiO2 nanorod arrays for different cycles by using successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The effect of SILAR cycles on the light absorption and photoelectrochemical properties of the sensitized photoelectrodes was studied. With optimization of CuInS2 SILAR cycles and introduction of In2S3 buffer layer, quantum dot-sensitized solar cells assembled with 3-μm thick TiO2 nanorod film exhibited a short-circuit current density (Isc) of 4.51 mA cm-2, an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.56 V, a fill factor (FF) of 0.41, and a power conversion efficiency (η) of 1.06%, respectively. This study indicates that SILAR process is a very promising strategy for preparing directly anchored semiconductor QDs on TiO2 nanorod surface in a straightforward but controllable way without any complicated fabrication procedures and introduction of a linker molecule.

  15. Synthesis and characterisations of Au-nanoparticle-doped TiO2 and CdO thin films

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    Gültekin, Aytaç; Karanfil, Gamze; Özel, Faruk; Kuş, Mahmut; Say, Ridvan; Sönmezoğlu, Savaş

    2014-06-01

    In the present study, pure and gold nanoparticle (Au NP)-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2) and cadmium oxide (CdO) thin film were prepared by the sol-gel method, and the effect of Au NP doping on the optical, structural and morphological properties of these thin films was investigated. The prepared thin films were characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and ultraviolet-visible-near infrared (UV-Vis-NIR) spectra. While the optical band increases from 3.62 to 3.73 for TiO2 thin films, it decreases from 2.20 to 1.55 for CdO thin films with increasing Au doping concentration. Analysis of XRD indicates that the intensities of peaks of the crystalline phase have increased with the increasing Au NP concentrations in all thin films. SEM images demonstrate that the surface morphologies of the samples were affected by the incorporation of Au NPs. Consequently, the most significant results of the present study are that the Au NPs can be used to modify the optical, structural and morphological properties of TiO2 and CdO thin films.

  16. Biodiesel synthesis by TiO2-ZnO mixed oxide nanocatalyst catalyzed palm oil transesterification process.

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    Madhuvilakku, Rajesh; Piraman, Shakkthivel

    2013-12-01

    Biodiesel is a promising alternating environmentally benign fuel to mineral diesel. For the development of easier transesterification process, stable and active heterogeneous mixed metal oxide of TiO2-ZnO and ZnO nanocatalysts were synthesized and exploited for the palm oil transesterification process. The synthesized catalysts were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, and FE-SEM studies for their structural and morphological characteristics. It was found that TiO2-ZnO nanocatalyst exhibits good catalytic activity and the catalytic performance was greatly depends on (i) catalyst concentration (ii) methanol to oil molar ratio (iii) reaction temperature and (iv) reaction time. A highest 98% of conversion was obtained at the optimum reaction parameters with 200 mg of catalyst loading and the biodiesel was analyzed by TLC and (1)H NMR techniques. The TiO2-ZnO nanocatalyst shows good catalytic performance over the ZnO catalyst, which could be a potential candidate for the large-scale biodiesel production from palm oil at the reduced temperature and time.

  17. Hydrothermal synthesis of fluorinated anatase TiO2/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites and their photocatalytic degradation of bisphenol A

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    Luo, Lijun; Yang, Ye; Zhang, Ali; Wang, Min; Liu, Yongjun; Bian, Longchun; Jiang, Fengzhi; Pan, Xuejun

    2015-10-01

    The surface fluorinated TiO2/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites (denoted as F-TiO2-RGO) were synthesized via hydrothermal method. The as-prepared materials were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared spectra (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF). The results showed that pure anatase TiO2 particles were anchored on the surface of reduced graphene oxide. And the HF added during the preparation process can not only prevent phase transformation from anatase to rutile, but also the F- ion adsorbed on the surface of TiO2-RGO surface can enhance photocatalytic activity of F-TiO2-RGO. The photocatalytic activities of F-TiO2-RGO nanocomposites were evaluated by decomposing bisphenol A under UV light illumination. Under optimal degradation condition, the degradation rate constant of BPA over F-TiO2-10RGO (0.01501 min-1) was 3.41 times than that over P25 (0.00440 min-1). The result indicated that the enhanced photocatalytic activity of F-TiO2-10RGO was ascribed to the adsorbed F ion and RGO in F-TiO2-RGO composite, which can reduce the recombination rate of the photo-generated electrons and holes synergistically.

  18. Synthesis and photoelectrochemical response of CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes

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    2013-01-01

    A continuous and compact CdS quantum dot-sensitive layer was synthesized on TiO2 nanorods by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) and subsequent thermal annealing. The thickness of the CdS quantum dot layer was tuned by SILAR cycles, which was found to be closely related to light absorption and carrier transformation. The CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet–visible absorption spectroscopy, and photoelectrochemical property measurement. The optimum sample was fabricated by SILAR in 70 cycles and then annealed at 400°C for 1 h in air atmosphere. A TiO2/CdS core-shell structure was formed with a diameter of 35 nm, which presented an improvement in light harvesting. Finally, a saturated photocurrent of 3.6 mA/cm2 was produced under the irradiation of AM1.5G simulated sunlight at 100 mW/cm2. In particular, the saturated current density maintained a fixed value of approximately 3 mA/cm2 without decadence as time passed under the light conditions, indicating the steady photoelectronic property of the photoanode. PMID:23663590

  19. Synthesis and photoelectrochemical response of CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes.

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    Hu, Yunxia; Wang, Baoyuan; Zhang, Jieqiong; Wang, Tian; Liu, Rong; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Xina; Wang, Hao

    2013-05-10

    A continuous and compact CdS quantum dot-sensitive layer was synthesized on TiO2 nanorods by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) and subsequent thermal annealing. The thickness of the CdS quantum dot layer was tuned by SILAR cycles, which was found to be closely related to light absorption and carrier transformation. The CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, and photoelectrochemical property measurement. The optimum sample was fabricated by SILAR in 70 cycles and then annealed at 400°C for 1 h in air atmosphere. A TiO2/CdS core-shell structure was formed with a diameter of 35 nm, which presented an improvement in light harvesting. Finally, a saturated photocurrent of 3.6 mA/cm2 was produced under the irradiation of AM1.5G simulated sunlight at 100 mW/cm2. In particular, the saturated current density maintained a fixed value of approximately 3 mA/cm2 without decadence as time passed under the light conditions, indicating the steady photoelectronic property of the photoanode.

  20. Synthesis and photoelectrochemical response of CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes

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    Hu, Yunxia; Wang, Baoyuan; Zhang, Jieqiong; Wang, Tian; Liu, Rong; Zhang, Jun; Wang, Xina; Wang, Hao

    2013-05-01

    A continuous and compact CdS quantum dot-sensitive layer was synthesized on TiO2 nanorods by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) and subsequent thermal annealing. The thickness of the CdS quantum dot layer was tuned by SILAR cycles, which was found to be closely related to light absorption and carrier transformation. The CdS quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, and photoelectrochemical property measurement. The optimum sample was fabricated by SILAR in 70 cycles and then annealed at 400°C for 1 h in air atmosphere. A TiO2/CdS core-shell structure was formed with a diameter of 35 nm, which presented an improvement in light harvesting. Finally, a saturated photocurrent of 3.6 mA/cm2 was produced under the irradiation of AM1.5G simulated sunlight at 100 mW/cm2. In particular, the saturated current density maintained a fixed value of approximately 3 mA/cm2 without decadence as time passed under the light conditions, indicating the steady photoelectronic property of the photoanode.

  1. Highly Ordered Vertical Arrays of TiO2/ZnO Hybrid Nanowires: Synthesis and Electrochemical Characterization.

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    Gujarati, Tanvi P; Ashish, Ajithan G; Rai, Maniratnam; Shaijumon, Manikoth M

    2015-08-01

    We report the fabrication of vertically aligned hierarchical arrays of TiO2/ZnO hybrid nanowires, consisting of ZnO nanowires grown directly from within the pores of TiO2 nanotubes, through a combination of electrochemical anodization and hydrothermal techniques. These novel nano-architectured hybrid nanowires with its unique properties show promise as high performance supercapacitor electrodes. The electrochemical behaviour of these hybrid nanowires has been studied using Cyclic voltammetry, Galvanostatic charge-discharge and Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements using 1.5 M tetraethylammoniumtetrafluoroborate in acetonitrile as the electrolyte. Excellent electrochemical performances with a maximum specific capacitance of 2.6 mF cm-2 at a current density of 10 µA cm-2, along with exceptional cyclic stability, have been obtained for TiO2/ZnO-1 h hybrid material. The obtained results demonstrate the possibility of fabricating new geometrical architectures of inorganic hybrid nanowires with well adhered interfaces for the development of hybrid energy devices.

  2. CuInS2 quantum dot-sensitized TiO2 nanorod array photoelectrodes: synthesis and performance optimization

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    2012-01-01

    CuInS2 quantum dots (QDs) were deposited onto TiO2 nanorod arrays for different cycles by using successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The effect of SILAR cycles on the light absorption and photoelectrochemical properties of the sensitized photoelectrodes was studied. With optimization of CuInS2 SILAR cycles and introduction of In2S3 buffer layer, quantum dot-sensitized solar cells assembled with 3-μm thick TiO2 nanorod film exhibited a short-circuit current density (Isc) of 4.51 mA cm−2, an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.56 V, a fill factor (FF) of 0.41, and a power conversion efficiency (η) of 1.06%, respectively. This study indicates that SILAR process is a very promising strategy for preparing directly anchored semiconductor QDs on TiO2 nanorod surface in a straightforward but controllable way without any complicated fabrication procedures and introduction of a linker molecule. PMID:23181940

  3. Solvothermal synthesis of TiO2 nanocrystals with {001} facets using titanic acid nanobelts for superior photocatalytic activity

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    Cao, Yuhui; Zong, Lanlan; Li, Qiuye; Li, Chen; Li, Junli; Yang, Jianjun

    2017-01-01

    Anatase TiO2 nanocrystals exposed with {001} facets were fabricated by solvothermal strategy in HF-C4H9OH mixed solution, using titanic acid nanobelts (TAN) as a precursor. The shape of TAN is a long flat plane with a high aspect ratio, and F- is easily adsorbed on the surface of the nanobelts, inducing a higher exposure of {001} facet of TiO2 nanoparticles during the structure reorganization. The exposed percentage of {001} facets could vary from 40 to 77% by adjusting the amount of HF. The as-prepared samples were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope. The photocatalytic measurement showed that TiO2 nanocrystals with 77% {001} facets exhibited much superior photocatalytic activity for photodegradation of methyl orange, methylene blue, and rhodamine B. And what's more, the mineralization rate of methyl orange was as high as 96% within 60 min. The photocatalytic enhancement is due to a large amount of the high energetic {001} facets exposing, the special truncated octahedral morphology and a stronger ability for dyes adsorption.

  4. 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.

  5. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic study of graphene oxide and cerium co-doped in TiO2

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    Li, Jia; Zhang, Quan; Zeng, Liping; He, Deliang

    2016-02-01

    The nanocomposite of titanium dioxide (TiO2) combined with graphene oxide (GO) and cerium (Ce) was successfully synthesized via sol-gel method followed by calcining at 300 °C for 2 h. The composite was characterized by X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) under the irradiation of xenon lamp. This study demonstrated that GO and Ce co-doped in TiO2 could broaden absorption edge to the visible light and increase surface area of samples. SEM observation showed that addition of Ce could solve the problem of the agglomeration of GO under the same experimental conditions. Moreover, the MB photocatalytic degradation rate of the composite with GO doped for 0.2 % and Ce doped for 0.6 % (mass ratio) was up to 97.7 %, which was largely attributed to the synergistic effects in the GO, Ce and TiO2 system.

  6. Synthesis of β-NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+ @ TiO2 and β-NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+ @ TiO2 @ Au nanocomposites and effective upconversion-driven photocatalytic properties

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    Duo, Shuwang; Zhang, JieJun; Zhang, Hao; Chen, Zhong; Zhong, Cuiping; Liu, Tingzhi

    2016-12-01

    The β-NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+ @ TiO2 nanocomposite has been prepared by a facile hydrothermal method followed by the hydrolysis of TBOT, and then NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+ @ TiO2, HAuCl4 and sodium citrate were put into an oil bath for reaction to obtain the β-NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+ @ TiO2 @ Au core-shell nanocomposite. XRD and HRTEM show that the samples exhibit the hexagonal phase NaYF4, anatase TiO2 and cubic Au, indicating that the core-shell phases of NaYF4-TiO2 or NaYF4-TiO2-Au coexist in these samples. EDS and XPS results show the presence of Na, Y, F, Ti, O and Au elements. When TiO2 was coated on the surface of upconversion nanomaterials of NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+, the photocatalytic activity was improved significantly, and the β-NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+ @ TiO2 nanocomposite gives the highest photodegradation efficiency for MB and RhB, and decomposes about 73% of MB or 80% of RhB within 4.5 h under simulated solar light irradiation respectively. When the ultraviolet light from simulated sunlight irradiation was removed by the addition of a UV filter, the β-NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+ @ TiO2 nanocomposite decomposes about 42% of MB or 48% of RhB within 4.5 h. It means that the upconversion-driven photocatalytic performance (decomposes 42% of MB or 48% of RhB) is more effective than UV light-driven photocatalytic performance (31% of MB or 32% of RhB) in the photodegradation process. In addition, the β-NaYF4: Yb3+, Tm3+ @ TiO2 @ Au core-shell nanocomposite does not exhibit the better photocatalytic activity, and the optimal research will be carried out in the future.

  7. Low-frequency ultrasound induces oxygen vacancies formation and visible light absorption in TiO2 P-25 nanoparticles.

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    Osorio-Vargas, Paula A; Pulgarin, Cesar; Sienkiewicz, Andrzej; Pizzio, Luis R; Blanco, Mirta N; Torres-Palma, Ricardo A; Pétrier, Christian; Rengifo-Herrera, Julián A

    2012-05-01

    Low-frequency ultrasound (LFUS) irradiation induces morphological, optical and surface changes in the commercial nano-TiO(2)-based photocatalyst, Evonik-Degussa P-25. Low-temperature electron spin resonance (ESR) measurements performed on this material provided the first experimental evidence for the formation of oxygen vacancies (V(o)), which were also found responsible for the visible-light absorption. The V(o) surface defects might result from high-speed inter-particle collisions and shock waves generated by LFUS sonication impacting the TiO(2) particles. This is in contrast to a number of well-established technologies, where the formation of oxygen vacancies on the TiO(2) surface often requires harsh technological conditions and complicated procedures, such as annealing at high temperatures, radio-frequency-induced plasma or ion sputtering. Thus, this study reports for the first time the preparation of visible-light responsive TiO(2)-based photocatalysts by using a simple LFUS-based approach to induce oxygen vacancies at the nano-TiO(2) surface. These findings might open new avenues for synthesis of novel nano-TiO(2)-based photocatalysts capable of destroying water or airborne pollutants and microorganisms under visible light illumination.

  8. A study on the band gap and the doping level of V-doped TiO2 with respect to the visible-light photocatalytic activity.

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    Choi, Ah Young; Han, Chul-Hee

    2014-10-01

    The visible-light response is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for semiconductor photocatalyst to function as a visible-light active photocatalyst. To shed more light on the issue of visible-light response of semiconductor photocatalysts, the band-gaps and the doping levels of multivalency vanadium-doped TiO2 were investigated from sonochemically prepared samples. Sonochemical doping, which relies on acoustic cavitation phenomena, is a one step process excluding chemical synthesis, and three types of vanadium doped TiO2 nanopowder were prepared using such vanadium oxides as V2O3, V2O4, and V2O5. The band-gaps of as-prepared samples were obtained from the diffuse reflectance measurement, and the doping levels of vanadium in these samples were measured using electron probe micro analyzer. In addition, X-ray photoelectron spectrometer was introduced to complement electron probe micro analyzer. Furthermore, quantum-chemical calculations on simple cluster models for TiO2 and V-doped TiO2 were performed, and the resulting computational results in conjunction with experimental findings provided valuable information on oxygen vacancy and doping mechanism.

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

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

    2012-06-01

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

  10. Facile decoration of TiO2 nanoparticles on graphene for solar degradation of organic dye

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    Salem, Shiva; Salem, Amin; Rezaei, Mostafa

    2016-11-01

    The reduced graphene oxide is interesting material for the synthesis of TiO2-based photocatalyst. In the present investigation, blackberry fruit, which contains high levels of anthocyanins and other phenolic compounds, was employed as a reducing agent mainly due to its high antioxidant capacity. The nano-crystalline TiO2 was decorated on different amounts of graphene oxide with sol-gel method and then the photocatalytic activity for degradation of cationic dye was evaluated by UV spectroscopy to achieve the optimum content of graphene oxide. The decoration of anatase nanoparticles on prepared reduced graphene oxide was investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy techniques. The new composite gives significantly higher activity when is compared to the compositions fabricated by graphene oxide. The compact layer provides a large TiO2-graphene contact area and reduces the electron recombination. The decoration of TiO2 nanoparticles, 5-10 nm, on the graphene oxide reduced by blackberry juice further improves the dye removal. The results imply that the nanoparticle decoration is the key strategy to increase the degradation capacity.

  11. Soft chemical synthesis of carbon-modified Ti3+ self-doped hierarchical porous TiO2 with enhanced photocatalysis

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    Zhao, Chunxia; Wang, Zongsheng; Chen, Wen; Song, Yanbao; Chen, Xuehua; Xie, Tao

    2016-03-01

    Carbon-modified Ti3+ self-doped hierarchical porous titanium dioxides were synthesized by one-step soft chemical method. The contents of carbon and Ti3+ of the catalysts were tuned through a facile heat treatment. The prepared photocatalysts possess well-packed uniform macropores with the size of ˜200nm, mesoporous structure with the pore size of 5.9-6.8nm, and the specific surface area of 50-200m2/g. The results illustrate the carbon combined with TiO2 via the interfacial C-O-Ti bonds and the rich existence of Ti3+. The catalyst with 18wt.% carbon content exhibits a degradation ratio of crystal violet up to 97.5%. The enhanced photocatalysis is ascribed to the synergistic effect of carbon and Ti3+. The interfacial C-O-Ti bonds act as the pathway to transfer excited electrons and the Ti3+ can trap the electrons to hinder the recombination of electrons and holes.

  12. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic evaluation of visible light activated C-doped TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Liu, Guanglong; Han, Changseok; Pelaez, Miguel; Zhu, Duanwei; Liao, Shuijiao; Likodimos, Vlassis; Ioannidis, Nikolaos; Kontos, Athanassios G.; Falaras, Polycarpos; Dunlop, Patrick S. M.; Byrne, J. Anthony; Dionysiou, Dionysios D.

    2012-07-01

    We have demonstrated heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of microcystin-LR (MC-LR) by visible light activated carbon doped TiO2 (C-TiO2) nanoparticles, synthesized by a modified sol-gel route based on the self-assembly technique exploiting oleic acid as a pore directing agent and carbon source. The C-TiO2 nanoparticles crystallize in anatase phase despite the low calcination temperature of 350 °C and exhibit a highly porous structure that can be optimized by tuning the concentration of the oleic acid surfactant. The carbon modified nanomaterials exhibited enhanced absorption in the broad visible light region together with an apparent red shift in the optical absorption edge by 0.5 eV (2.69 eV), compared to the 3.18 eV of reference anatase TiO2. Carbon species were identified by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis through the formation of both Ti-C and C-O bonds, indicative of substitution of carbon for oxygen atoms and the formation of carbonates, respectively. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy revealed the formation of two carbon related paramagnetic centers in C-TiO2, whose intensity was markedly enhanced under visible light illumination, pointing to the formation of localized states within the anatase band gap, following carbon doping. The photocatalytic activity of C-TiO2 nanomaterials was evaluated for the degradation of MC-LR at pH 3.0 under visible light (λ > 420 nm) irradiation. The doped materials showed a higher MC-LR degradation rate than reference TiO2, behavior that is attributed to the incorporation of carbon into the titania lattice.

  13. Glutaraldehyde assisted synthesis of collagen derivative modified Fe3+/TiO2 nanocomposite and their enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Li, Chongyi; Xue, Feng; Ding, Enyong; He, Xiaoling

    2015-11-01

    A unique organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposite was designed and synthesized by chemically anchoring the cationic collagen-based derivatives onto the surface of Fe3+/TiO2 nanospheres for the significant enhancement in photocatalytic activity under the visible light irradiation. The NMR analysis suggested the successful fabrication of cationic collagen-g-PDMC as grafted materials. In addition, the chemical structures, morphologies and properties of these samples were systematically characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectrum, ultra violet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and photoluminescence (PL). And obtained results clearly demonstrated that Fe3+ ions diffusing into TiO2 lattice could be responsible for slightly reducing the average diameter of nanospheres to about 125 nm, promoting phase transition from anatase to rutile to some extent and extending the light harvesting range into visible region markedly. Meanwhile, the achievement that collagen-g-PDMC molecules had been covalently immobilized onto the surface of Fe3+/TiO2 nanoparticles was also well supported by the information acquired. Furthermore, the photocatalytic activities of all the as-prepared products were carefully evaluated by adopting photocatalytic decoloration of methyl orange (MO) solution under the solar direct irradiation, and the sample CFT-3 performed the best in the photocatalytic degradation process, which was mainly attributed to the energetic synergistic effect brought about by Fe3+ ions doping and collagen-g-PDMC molecules immobilized on the surface.

  14. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic evaluation of visible light activated C-doped TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Liu, Guanglong; Han, Changseok; Pelaez, Miguel; Zhu, Duanwei; Liao, Shuijiao; Likodimos, Vlassis; Ioannidis, Nikolaos; Kontos, Athanassios G; Falaras, Polycarpos; Dunlop, Patrick S M; Byrne, J Anthony; Dionysiou, Dionysios D

    2012-07-27

    We have demonstrated heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of microcystin-LR (MC-LR) by visible light activated carbon doped TiO(2) (C-TiO(2)) nanoparticles, synthesized by a modified sol-gel route based on the self-assembly technique exploiting oleic acid as a pore directing agent and carbon source. The C-TiO(2) nanoparticles crystallize in anatase phase despite the low calcination temperature of 350 °C and exhibit a highly porous structure that can be optimized by tuning the concentration of the oleic acid surfactant. The carbon modified nanomaterials exhibited enhanced absorption in the broad visible light region together with an apparent red shift in the optical absorption edge by 0.5 eV (2.69 eV), compared to the 3.18 eV of reference anatase TiO(2). Carbon species were identified by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis through the formation of both Ti-C and C-O bonds, indicative of substitution of carbon for oxygen atoms and the formation of carbonates, respectively. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy revealed the formation of two carbon related paramagnetic centers in C-TiO(2), whose intensity was markedly enhanced under visible light illumination, pointing to the formation of localized states within the anatase band gap, following carbon doping. The photocatalytic activity of C-TiO(2) nanomaterials was evaluated for the degradation of MC-LR at pH 3.0 under visible light (λ > 420 nm) irradiation. The doped materials showed a higher MC-LR degradation rate than reference TiO(2), behavior that is attributed to the incorporation of carbon into the titania lattice.

  15. 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

  16. Zr-doped TiO2 supported on delaminated clay materials for solar photocatalytic treatment of emerging pollutants.

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    Belver, C; Bedia, J; Rodriguez, J J

    2017-01-15

    Solar light-active Zr-doped TiO2 nanoparticles were successfully immobilized on delaminated clay materials by a one-step sol-gel route. Fixing the amount of TiO2 at 65wt.%, this work studies the influence of Zr loading (up to 2%) on the photocatalytic activity of the resulting Zr-doped TiO2/clay materials. The structural characterization demonstrates that all samples were formed by a delaminated clay with nanostructured anatase assembled on its surface. The Zr dopant was successfully incorporated into the anatase lattice, resulting in a slight deformation of the anatase crystal and the reduction of the band gap. These materials exhibit high surface area with a disordered mesoporous structure formed by TiO2 particles (15-20nm) supported on a delaminated clay. They were tested in the solar photodegradation of antipyrine, usually used as an analgesic drug and selected as an example of emerging pollutant. High degradation rates have been obtained at low antipyrine concentrations and high solar irradiation intensities with the Zr-doped TiO2/clay catalyst, more effective than the undoped one. This work demonstrates the potential application of the synthesis method for preparing novel and efficient solar-light photocatalysts based on metal-doped anatase and a delaminated clay.

  17. Synthesis, characterization and binding interactions of amino acids coupled perylene diimides with colloidal doped and undoped TiO2

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    Kavery, E.; Nagarajan, N.; Paramaguru, G.; Renganathan, R.

    2015-07-01

    Two sensitizers based on amino acids coupled with perylene moiety having absorption in the visible region have been designed and their interaction with doped and undoped TiO2 for the application of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) has been studied. The synthesized compounds PDI-PA and PDI-AA were characterized using 1H and 13C NMR, Mass and FT-IR spectroscopic techniques. The optical properties and lifetime measurements of the sensitizers were analyzed using various solvents with different polarity. The solvatochromism effect was studied using Lippert-Mataga plot. The electrochemical studies of both dyes were investigated in DMF with various scan rate ranging from 200 to 1000 mV s-1. Colloidal doped and undoped TiO2 was prepared and characterized by using absorption measurements. Binding ability of the sensitizers with the nanoparticles was studied through absorption, fluorescence quenching, cyclic voltammetry and FT-IR measurements. Results obtained from all the above analysis suggest the mode of quenching may be static. The binding constant values were calculated using Kamat-Fox equation indicates the binding behavior of the sensitizers with the nanoparticles. The fluorescence quenching was mainly attributed to electron transfer from the excited state of PDI's to the conduction band of colloidal semiconductors. The electron transfer mechanism was explained based on the Rehm-Weller equation as well as the energy level diagram.

  18. Synthesis and Photocatalytic Properties of Ce-Doped TiO2 Nanotube Arrays via Anodic Oxidation

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    Kong, Junhan; Wang, Yongqian; Sun, Qimeng; Meng, Dawei

    2017-03-01

    Ce-doped TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNAs) were prepared successfully through one-step anodic oxidation methods. The structural and morphological features of the TNAs were monitored by x-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy. Ultraviolet-visible light absorption spectra showed the light absorption performances of TiO2 nanotubes in both ultraviolet (UV) and visible light regions. Also, the photocatalytic activities of these samples were measured by the photodegradation rate of methylene blue (MB). The result indicated that doping a moderate amount of cerium ions into TNAs increased the absorption of both ultraviolet light and visible light obviously. However, the excess amount of doping ions would destroy the tubular structure severely and decrease the specific surface area of TNAs sharply. It could directly lead to the decreasing of photocatalytic activitity of TNAs. Furthermore, the best photodegradation rate of the Ce-doped TNAs on MB reached to 95.6%, which had a huge improvement comparing with pure TNAs.

  19. Low-temperature synthesis of soluble and processable organic-capped anatase TiO2 nanorods.

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    Cozzoli, P Davide; Kornowski, Andreas; Weller, Horst

    2003-11-26

    We demonstrate the controlled growth of high aspect ratio anatase TiO2 nanorods by hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) in oleic acid (OLEA) as surfactant at a temperature as low as 80 degrees C. Chemical modification of TTIP by OLEA is proven to be a rational strategy to tune the reactivity of the precursor toward water. The most influential factors in shape control of the nanoparticles are investigated by simply manipulating their growth kinetics. The presence of tertiary amines or quaternary ammonium hydroxides as catalysts is essential to promote fast crystallization under mild conditions. The novelty of the present approach relies on the large-scale production of organic-capped TiO2 nanocrystals to which standard processing of colloidal nanocrystals, such as surface ligand exchange, can be applied for the first time. Concentrated colloidal titania dispersions can be prepared for a number of fundamental studies in homogeneous solutions and represent a new source of easily processable oxide material for many technological applications.

  20. Solvothermal synthesis of hedgehog-like mesoporous rutile TiO2 with improved lithium storage properties

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    Wang, Dongdong; Shan, Zhongqiang; Na, Ren; Huang, Wenlong; Tian, Jianhua

    2017-01-01

    Hedgehog-like mesoporous rutile TiO2 (HLR-TiO2) composed of well-defined nanoneedles is fabricated in a solvothermal system containing tetrabutyl titanate, hydrochloric acid aqueous solution and diethylene glycol with a proper volume ratio. A possible formation mechanism of the HLR-TiO2 is proposed on the basis of different experimental results and three different morphologies are obtained by changing the solvent with other conditions unchanged. Given its unique hierarchical mesoporous nanostructures, the HLR-TiO2 shows superior lithium storage properties with excellent discharge specific capacity of 243.3 mA h g-1 obtained after 100 cycles at a current rate of 1 C among the three samples, which is almost unparalleled to other rutile TiO2-based electrodes. In particular, a specific capacity of 80.2 mA h g-1 is still maintained after 2000 cycles even at a high current rate of 20 C, indicating that great potential of HLR-TiO2 as an electrode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs).