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Title: Co-electrospinning fabrication and photocatalytic performance of TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} core/sheath nanofibers with tunable sheath thickness

Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The core–sheath TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} nanofibers were fabricated by co-electrospinning technique. • The catalytic property of nanofibers with different sheath thickness was studied. • The potential methods of improving catalytic efficiency are suggested. - Abstract: In this paper, core/sheath TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} nanofibers with tunable sheath thickness were directly fabricated via a facile co-electrospinning technique with subsequent calcination at 500 °C. The morphologies and structures of core/sheath TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} nanofibers were characterized by TGA, FESEM, TEM, FTIR, XPS and BET. It was found that the 1D core/sheath nanofibers are made up of anatase–rutile TiO{sub 2} core and amorphous SiO{sub 2} sheath. The influences of SiO{sub 2} sheath and its thickness on the photoreactivity were evaluated by observing photo-degradation of methylene blue aqueous solution under the irradiation of UV light. Compared with pure TiO{sub 2} nanofibers, the core/sheath TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2} nanofibers performed a better catalytic performance. That was attributed to not only efficient separation of hole–electron pairs resulting from the formation of heterojunction but also larger surface area and surface silanol group which will be useful to provide higher capacity for oxygen adsorption to generate more hydroxyl radicals. And the optimized core/sheath TiO{sub 2}/SiO{submore » 2} nanofibers with a sheath thickness of 37 nm exhibited the best photocatalytic performance.« less
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OSTI Identifier:
22285203
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 48; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; HYDROXYL RADICALS; METHYLENE BLUE; NANOSTRUCTURES; PHOTOCATALYSIS; SILICA; SILICON OXIDES; SURFACE AREA; SURFACES; SYNTHESIS; THERMAL GRAVIMETRIC ANALYSIS; THICKNESS; TITANIUM OXIDES; ULTRAVIOLET RADIATION