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Title: Nanocomposite film of TiO{sub 2} nanotube and polyoxometalate towards photocatalytic degradation of nitrobenzene

Highlights: • The film of POMs and TiO{sub 2} nanotubes was prepared by electrodeposition. • The photocatalytic activity of the composite film for nitrobenzene was investigated. • The composite film showed higher photocatalytic activity than pure TiO{sub 2} nanotubes. • The introduction of POMs into TiO{sub 2} could retard electron–hole recombination. - Abstract: The composite film based on polyoxometalates (POMs)-modified TiO{sub 2} nanotubes was prepared by electrodeposition method for the photocatalytic degradation of nitrobenzene. The composite film was characterized by field-emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, which indicated that the POMs were well introduced into the TiO{sub 2} nanotubes. Furthermore, the photocatalytic properties of the TiO{sub 2} nanotubes and POMs-modified TiO{sub 2} nanotubes were evaluated by the decomposition of nitrobenzene. POMs-modified TiO{sub 2} nanotubes showed much higher photocatalytic activity than pure TiO{sub 2} nanotubes. These results provide a promising route to effectively photocatalytic degradation of nitrobenzene by POMs-modified TiO{sub 2} nanotubes.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22420694
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; DECOMPOSITION; ELECTRODEPOSITION; ELECTRONS; FIELD EMISSION; FILMS; HOLES; NANOCOMPOSITES; NANOTUBES; NITROBENZENE; PHOTOCATALYSIS; RECOMBINATION; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; TITANIUM OXIDES; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; X-RAY PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY; X-RAY SPECTROSCOPY