TiO2 structures doped with noble metals and/or graphene oxide to improve the photocatalytic degradation of dichloroacetic acid

Abstract: Noble metals have been used to improve the photocatalytic activity of TiO2. Noble metal nanoparticles prevent charge recombination, facilitating electron transport due to the equilibration of the Fermi levels. Furthermore, noble metal nanoparticles show an absorption band in the visible region due to a high localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect, which contributes to additional electron movements. Moreover, systems based on graphene, titanium dioxide, and noble metals have been used, considering that graphene sheets can carry charges, thereby reducing electron-hole recombination, and can be used as substrates of atomic thickness. In this work, TiO2-based nanocomposites were prepared by blending TiO2 with noble metals (Pt and Ag) and/or graphene oxide (GO). The nanocomposites were mainly characterized via transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, and photocurrent analysis. Here, the photocatalytic performance of the composites was analyzed via oxidizing dichloroacetic acid (DCA) model solutions. The influence of the noble metal load on the composite and the ability of the graphene sheets to improve the photocatalytic activity were studied, and the composites doped with different noble metals were compared. The results indicated that the platinum structures show the best photocatalytic degradation, and, although the presence of graphene oxide in the composites is supposed to enhance their photocatalytic performance, graphene oxide does not always improve the photocatalytic process.

 Autoría: Ribao P., Rivero M., Ortiz I.,

 Fuente: Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 2017, 24(14), 12628-12637

Editorial: Springer Science + Business Media

 Fecha de publicación: 01/05/2017

Nº de páginas: 10

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

DOI: 10.1007/s11356-016-7714-x

ISSN: 0944-1344

Proyecto español: CTM2015-69845-R ; CTQ2015-66078-R

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11356-016-7714-x