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Photocatalytic performance of Sn-doped TiO2/reduced graphene oxide composite materials

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Photocatalytic performance of Sn-doped TiO2/reduced graphene oxide composite materials
Abstract

•Sn-doped TiO2 nanoparticles are uniformly decorated on reduced graphene oxide sheet.•Sn doping significantly increases specific surface area and narrows band gap energy.•Sn-doped TiO2/RGOs exhibits good photocatalytic activity under UV/visible irradiation.

Composite materials of Sn-doped TiO2 nanoparticles (4–6 nm) uniformly anchored onto reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheets were fabricated by a hydrothermal process. When compared with an undoped TiO2/RGO composite material, the partial substitution of Sn4+ for Ti4+ in TiO2/RGO in different doping concentrations not only increased the specific surface area, but also narrowed the band gap energy of the material. It also resulted in a shift in the photoresponse of the material into the visible light region, an increase in the relative intensity of its Raman (D/G) band, and changes in its X-ray photoelectron spectra; these results implied strong interactions between the Sn species and nanosized TiO2 as well as between the TiO2 and RGO layers. The presence of RGO led to enhanced adsorptivity of methyl orange onto the material compared with that of either pure TiO2 or Sn-doped TiO2. Increasing the Sn dopant content to optimal value facilitated photoactivity under both UV and visible light irradiation. The incorporation of both RGO and Sn dopants significantly modified the electronic structure of TiO2, altering the electron transfer direction and efficiently prohibiting the recombination of photo-induced charge carriers.

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Keywords
TiO2; Sn doping; Graphene; Nanocomposite; Photocatalysis
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Applied Catalysis A: General - Volume 473, 5 March 2014, Pages 21–30
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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