Self-assembling TiO2 nanorods on large graphene oxide sheets at a two-phase interface and their anti-recombination in photocatalytic applications
Sun, Darren Delai
Date of Issue2010
School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
TiO 2 nanorods are self-assembled on the graphene oxide (GO) sheets at the water/toluene interface. The self-assembled GO–TiO 2 nanorod composites (GO–TiO 2 NRCs) can be dispersed in water. The effective anchoring of TiO 2 nanorods on the whole GO sheets is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform IR spectroscopy (FTIR), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The significant increase of photocatalytic activity is confirmed by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV light irridiation. The large enhancement of photocatalytic activity is caused by the effective charge anti-recombination and the effective absorption of MB on GO. The effective charge transfer from TiO 2 to GO sheets is confirmed by the significant photoluminescence quenching of TiO 2 nanorods, which can effectively prevent the charge recombination during photocatalytic process. The effective absorption of MB on GO is confirmed by the UV-vis spectra. The degradation rate of MB in the second cycle is faster than that in the first cycle because of the reduction of GO under UV light irradiation.
DRNTU::Engineering::Environmental engineering::Water treatment
Advanced functional materials
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