Nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanotube array films with enhanced photocatalytic activity under various light sources
Date of Issue2010
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Highly ordered nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide (N-doped TiO2) nanotube array films with enhanced photocatalytic activity were fabricated by electrochemical anodization, followed by a wet immersion and annealing post-treatment. The morphology, structure and compostition of the N-doped TiO2 nanotube array films were investigated by FESEM, XPS, UV-vis and XRD. The effect of annealing temperature on the morphology, structures, photoelectrochemical property and photo-absorption of the N-doped TiO2 nanotube array films was investigated. Liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry were applied to the analysis of the intermediates coming from the photocatalytic degradation of MO. The experimental results showed that there were four primary intermediates existing in the photocatalytic reaction. Compared with the pure TiO2 nanotube array film, the N-doped TiO2 nanotubes exhibited higher photocatalytic activity in degradating methyl orange into non-toxic inorganic products under both UV and simulated sunlight irradiation.
Journal of hazardous materials
© 2010 Elsevier B.V. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Journal of Hazardous Materials, Elsevier B.V. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2010.08.121].