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Comparison between microwave and muffle annealing of self organized TiO2 nanotubes into crystalline anatase

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Aquino, Jose M. [1] ; Silva, Joao P. [1] ; Rocha-Filho, Romeu C. [1] ; Biaggio, Sonia R. [1] ; Bocchi, Nerilso [1]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, Dept Quim, CP 676, BR-13560970 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: Materials Letters; v. 167, p. 209-212, MAR 15 2016.
Web of Science Citations: 2

For the first time, the electrical and morphological properties of self-organized TiO2 nanotubular samples annealed (for only 2 min) in a microwave oven through hybrid thermal heating (MO-TiO2) are assessed comparatively to those of samples conventionally annealed (for 30 min) in a muffle furnace (MF-TiO2). This comparative assessment was carried out through scanning electron micrographs, cyclic voltammetry and photocurrent density curves, as well as determinations of band-gap energy, donor density, and flat-band potential values. No differences in bang-gap energy and morphology were observed; MO-TiO2 presented a small improvement in the donor density value, which, however, did not lead to higher photocurrent densities in comparison to MF-TiO2. Hence, considering that the morphological and electrical properties of the differently annealed TiO2 nanotubular samples are similar, clearly microwave annealing is an advantageous option to convert amorphous TiO2 nanotubes into the crystalline anatase phase, especially because this procedure is very rapid and facile. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 12/13587-7 - Use of metallic oxides deposited on planar and tridimensional substrates for the electrochemical and photochemical degradation of organic pollutants
Grantee:José Mario de Aquino
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate