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Title: Reusable photocatalytic titanium dioxide-cellulose nanofiber films

Source: Journal of Colloid And Interface Science, Volume 399, 2013; pp. 92-98.

Author(s)Snyder, Alexandra; Bo, Zhenyu; Moon, Robert; Rochet, Jean-Christophe; Stanciu, Lia

Publication Year: 2013  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4707-3B

Abstract: Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is a well-studied photocatalyst that is known to break down organic molecules upon ultraviolet (UV) irradiation. Cellulose nanofibers (CNFs) act as an attractive matrix material for the suspension of photocatalytic particles due to their desirable mechanical and optical properties. In this work, TiO2–CNF composite films were fabricated and evaluated for photocatalytic activity under UV light and their potential to remove organic compounds from water. Subsequently, gold (Au) and silver (Ag) nanoclusters were formed on the film surfaces using simple reduction techniques. Au and Ag doped TiO2 films showed a wider spectral range for photocatalysis and enhanced mechanical properties. Scanning electron microscopy imaging and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy mapping were used to evaluate changes in microstructure of the films and monitor the dispersion of the TiO2, Au, and Ag particles. The ability of the films to degrade methylene blue (a model organic dye) in simulated sunlight has been demonstrated using UV–visible spectroscopy. Reusability and mechanical integrity of the films were also investigated.

Keywords: Titanium dioxide; Photocatalysis; Cellulose nanofiber films; Gold; Silver; Reusable

Publication Review Process: Formally Refereed

File size: 1,110 kb(s)

Date posted: 05/30/2013

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RITS Product ID: 64023
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Moon, Robert J.
Materials Research Engineer

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