Structure and photocatalytic properties of sintered TiO2 nanotube arrays
Pavlović, Vera P.
Pavlović, Vladimir B.
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One-dimensional (1D) TiO2 nanotubes perpendicular to the substrate were obtained by electrochemical oxidation of titanium foil in an acid electrolyte. In order to alter the crystallinity and the morphology of films the as-anodized amorphous TiO2 nanotube films were sintered at elevated temperatures. The evolution of the morphology was visualized via scanning electron microscopy (SEM), while the crystalline structure was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. The chemical composition was studied by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The effects of crystallinity and morphology of TiO2 nanotube (NTs) films on photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) in an aqueous solution under UV light irradiation were also investigated. The TiO2 nanotubes sintered at 650°C for 30 min had the highest degree of crystallinity and exhibited the best photocatalytic activity among the studied TiO2 nanotube films. [Project of the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and ...Technological Development, Grant no. OI 172057 and Grant no. III 45019]
Keywords:TiO2 / nanotubes / sintering
Source:Science of Sintering, 2018, 50, 1, 39-50
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