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Electrodeposition of WO3 on Ti substrate and the influence of interfacial oxide layer generated in situ: A photoelectrocatalytic degradation of propyl paraben

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Martins, Alysson Stefan [1, 2] ; Marques Cordeiro-Junior, Paulo Jorge [1] ; Bessegato, Guilherme Garcia [2] ; Carneiro, Jussara Fernandes [1] ; Boldrin Zanoni, Maria Valnice [2] ; de Vasconcelos Lanza, Marcos Roberto [1, 2]
Total Authors: 6
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Sao Carlos Inst Chem, Ave Trabalhador Sao Carlense 400, BR-13566590 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Sao Paulo State Univ, Natl Inst Alternat Technol Detect Toxicol Evaluat, Inst Chem, BR-14800900 Sao Paulo - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Applied Surface Science; v. 464, p. 664-672, JAN 15 2019.
Web of Science Citations: 5

Ti/TiO2-WO3 photoanode composites were successfully synthesized through a simple electrochemical deposition of WO3 films on Ti substrate. The electrochemical deposition was evaluated in the following periods: 2.5; 5; 10; 20; 30; 45 and 60 min, and led to the generation of the electrodes denoted E2.5; E5; E10; E20; E30; E45 and E60, respectively. The performance of the electrodes was assessed by monitoring the photoelectrocatalytic oxidation of 50 mg L-1 of propyl paraben under UV-Vis light irradiation. Due to its autoxidation, the Ti substrate was found to exert a significant influence over the photoactivity, yielding a thin and photoactive interfacial layer of titanium oxide after heat treatment at 450 degrees C. More importantly, the photoactivity of the electrodes was strictly dependent on the content of WO3 as well as on its interaction with titanium oxide. In a good synergy of WO3-TiO2 semiconductors, lower amounts of electrodeposited W (< 0.8%), as in the case of E2.5 and E5 electrodes, operate as electron scavengers, leading to high photocurrent values. Conversely, larger amounts of W generate centers of charge recombination, resulting in a substantial decrease in photocurrent values. The photoelectrocatalytic application of the best electrode (E2.5) resulted in a complete removal and mineralization of propyl paraben in only 3 h of experiment under optimized conditions (pH 2 and E = + 0.5 V). This study is regarded an important step toward the development of photoanodes involving relatively fewer stages. Remarkably, apart from enabling the generation of TiO2 in situ, the method favors the synergy of the semiconductors as it helps to determine the ideal amount of WO3 deposited on the surface of the electrodes. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/13123-4 - Development of photoelectrocatalytic membranes based on TiO2 and Al2O3 modified and applied in the treatment of organic contaminants and microorganisms in aqueous solution
Grantee:Alysson Stefan Martins
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 17/10118-0 - Study and application of electrochemical technology for the analysis and degradation of endocrine interferents: materials, sensors, processes and scientific dissemination
Grantee:Marcos Roberto de Vasconcelos Lanza
Support type: Research Projects - Thematic Grants
FAPESP's process: 14/03679-7 - Degradation of hair dyes and salon wastewater by photoelectrocatalysis with modified TiO2 nanotube electrodes and combination with ozonation
Grantee:Guilherme Garcia Bessegato
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
FAPESP's process: 13/08543-3 - Development of modified TiO2 nanotubes for electrochemical treatment of endocrine disruptors: Bisphenol A and n-propylparaben.
Grantee:Alysson Stefan Martins
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate