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Visible-light photocatalytic activity of NH4NO3 ion-exchanged nitrogen-doped titanate and TiO2 nanotubes

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Souza, Juliana S. [1] ; Krambrock, Klaus [2] ; Pinheiro, Mauricio V. B. [2] ; Ando, Romulo A. [3] ; Guha, Suchismita [4] ; Alves, Wendel A. [1]
Número total de Autores: 6
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] Univ Fed ABC, Ctr Ciencias Nat & Humanas, BR-09210170 Santo Andre, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Fed Minas Gerais, ICEx, Dept Fis, BR-31270901 Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Quim, BR-05513970 Sao Paulo - Brazil
[4] Univ Missouri, Dept Phys & Astron, Columbia, MO 65211 - USA
Número total de Afiliações: 4
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR CATALYSIS A-CHEMICAL; v. 394, p. 48-56, NOV 15 2014.
Citações Web of Science: 9

Titanium dioxide and titanate nanotubes (TiNTs) have attracted much attention because of their unique properties, which allow their application in energy conversion and storage devices, magnetic materials, electrocatalysis, and photocatalysis. However, these materials can only absorb UV radiation, which is approximately 5% of the incident solar radiation on Earth. The doping of TiNTs with metals or nonmetals, such as nitrogen, is one strategy that is used to make these materials sensitive to visible light. Here, we obtained TiNTs by hydrothermally treating anatase powder in a NaOH aqueous solution. The TiNTs were subsequently doped with nitrogen via an ion exchange process using different concentrations of NH4NO3 (1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, or 3.0 mol L-1) as the nitrogen source. After the ion-exchange process, the samples were calcined at 200 and 400 degrees, which produced nitrogen-doped titanate nanotubes (NTiNTs) and nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanotubes (NTiO2NTs), respectively. All of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy, and various spectroscopic techniques. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) was used to identify and quantify the defects created in the nanotube structures from doping and the calcination process. Our analysis revealed that the number of defects in the NTiO2NTs depended on the nominal NH4NO3 concentration, which formed paramagnetic NO species and single electron-trapped oxygen vacancies (SETOVs). As proof of this concept, the nanotubes were used as photocatalysts with visible light for the degradation of methylene blue (MB). The degradation rate significantly improved depending on the NH4NO3 concentration when the NTiO2NTs were used as the photocatalyst. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 08/57805-2 - Instituto de Bioanalítica
Beneficiário:Lauro Tatsuo Kubota
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Temático
Processo FAPESP: 08/53576-9 - Síntese, caracterização e estudo das propriedades eletrônicas dos nanotubos de peptídeos e óxido de titânio
Beneficiário:Wendel Andrade Alves
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Apoio a Jovens Pesquisadores
Processo FAPESP: 13/12997-0 - Auto-organização hierárquica de peptídeos anfifílicos: mecanismos fundamentais e potenciais aplicações
Beneficiário:Wendel Andrade Alves
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Regular