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Title: A study of photocatalytic graphene–TiO{sub 2} synthesis via peroxo titanic acid refluxed sol

Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} synthesized via PTA as a precursor demonstrates exclusively anatase phase. • The TEM image of GR–TiO{sub 2} (PTA) demonstrates that TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles are successfully loaded onto graphene sheet. • The specific surface area seems to increase with increasing weight ratio of graphene oxide. It was observed that GR–TiO{sub 2} showed higher adsorption compared to bare TiO{sub 2} (PTA). • The GR–TiO{sub 2} (PTA, 1:50) catalyst showed higher photocatalytic activity than any other catalyst. - Abstract: In the present work, graphene–TiO{sub 2} (GR–TiO{sub 2}) photocatalyst with various weight ratios of graphene was synthesized using peroxo titanic acid solution (PTA) as a precursor for TiO{sub 2}. Graphene oxide prepared by Hummer's method was converted to graphene under ultraviolet (UV) irradiation in ethanol–water solvent for 48 h. The as-prepared GR–TiO{sub 2} composites were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV–vis spectrophotometry, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The automated potentiostat was applied to measure the photocurrent generations of prepared catalysts. The photocatalytic activities of GR–TiO{sub 2} (PTA) catalysts were determined by measuring the percentage methylene blue (MB) degradation. The results showed that TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles were successfully loaded onto graphene sheet andmore » the surface area of catalysts increased with increasing weight ratio of graphene. In addition, GR–TiO{sub 2} (PTA, 1:50) exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity among the catalysts under UV and visible light irradiation. The adsorption edge of GR–TiO{sub 2} was shifted to a longer wavelength of 400 nm in comparison with that of pure TiO{sub 2} (PTA). The increase in the photocatalytic performance of GR–TiO{sub 2} (PTA) catalyst may be attributed to the increase in surface area, the extension of light absorption in the visible light region, and prevention of charge recombination.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. The Joint Graduate School of Energy and Environment, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140 (Thailand)
  2. Department of Chemical Engineering, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Bangkok 10140 (Thailand)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22341720
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 48; Journal Issue: 8; 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; ABSORPTION; ADSORPTION; CATALYSTS; FOURIER TRANSFORMATION; GRAPHENE; INFRARED SPECTRA; IRRADIATION; METHYLENE BLUE; NANOPARTICLES; PHOTOCATALYSIS; SOLVENTS; SPECTROSCOPY; SURFACE AREA; SYNTHESIS; TITANIUM OXIDES; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; WAVELENGTHS; X-RAY DIFFRACTION