Synthesis of three-dimensional AgI@TiO2 nanoparticles with improved photocatalytic performance.

TitleSynthesis of three-dimensional AgI@TiO2 nanoparticles with improved photocatalytic performance.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsAn C, Jiang W, Wang J, Wang S, Ma Z, Li Y
JournalDalton transactions (Cambridge, England : 2003)
Volume42
Issue24
Pagination8796-801
Date Published2013 Jun 28
Abstract

Three-dimensional (3D) TiO2 with an acanthosphere-like morphology composed of nanothorns has been used as a suitable support to fabricate a visible-light-induced 3D AgI@TiO2 nanophotocatalyst. The structural characterization revealed that the size of the obtained AgI@TiO2 nanocomposite was close to that of pristine TiO2 particles, where AgI nanoparticles were evenly dispersed on the surfaces of "thorns" of TiO2. The as-achieved 3D AgI@TiO2 nanophotocatalyst exhibited enhanced photocatalytic performance towards photodegradation of organic pollutants, e.g., rhodamine B (RhB), in comparison with TiO2, P25, AgI and AgI@P25 with the same quantity. The enhanced photocatalytic performance is attributed to the strong visible light absorption and the defined interfaces between AgI nanoparticles and TiO2 nanothorns with efficient separation of photogenerated carriers. The excellent performance of the 3D AgI@TiO2 nanophotocatalyst suggests its promising applications in water treatment and environmental remediation.

DOI10.3290/j.qi.a30177
Alternate JournalDalton Trans