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Title: TiO{sub 2}/N-graphene nanocomposite via a facile in-situ hydrothermal sol–gel strategy for visible light photodegradation of eosin Y

Highlights: • TiO{sub 2}/N-graphene is synthesized via in-situ hydrothermal sol–gel strategy. • TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles are chemically anchored on N-graphene nanosheets. • The band gap of TiO{sub 2}/N-graphene is red-shifted from neat TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. • 5-NGT nanocomposite has the best visible light photodegradation performance. - Abstract: TiO{sub 2}/N-graphene nanocomposites are synthesized via a facile in-situ hydrothermal sol–gel strategy in order to improve the photocatalytic efficiency for pollutant photodegradation under visible light irradiation. The as-prepared nanocomposites are respectively characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. Results indicated that neat TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles have an average diameter about 6.70 nm while TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles in TiO{sub 2}/N-graphene nanocomposites synthesized through in-situ hydrothermal sol–gel strategy bear an average diameter of ∼1 nm and are anchored on N-graphene nanosheets via chemical bonding. Both neat TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and chemically anchored TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles in TiO{sub 2}/N-graphene nanocomposites take on the crystal type of anatase. The band gap of TiO{sub 2}/N-graphene nanocomposites is red-shifted compared with neat TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. The evaluation of photodegradation performance under visible light irradiation suggested that the nanocomposite with 5 wt% N-graphene content has the best visible lightmore » photodegradation performance.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22420666
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 60; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 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; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; CHEMICAL BONDS; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; CRYSTALS; EOSIN; GRAPHENE; IRRADIATION; NANOCOMPOSITES; NANOPARTICLES; NANOSTRUCTURES; PHOTOCATALYSIS; RED SHIFT; SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS; SOL-GEL PROCESS; TITANIUM OXIDES; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; VISIBLE RADIATION; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; X-RAY PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY