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Photoelectrocatalytic activity of mesoporous TiO2 thin film electrodes

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Photoelectrocatalytic activity of mesoporous TiO2 thin film electrodes
Abstract

A serial thin-layer photoelectrocatalysis system was developed to study the relationships between the photoelectrocatalytic activity and the structural characteristics of the mesoporous TiO2 film electrodes prepared by an evaporation-induced self-assembly method. The structural characteristics of the mesoporous film electrodes were altered by using Pluronic F127 as the structural directing agent and by controlling the relative humidity and the temperature during coating and thermal treatment processes. Key structural characteristics of the resultant mesoporous TiO2 thin film electrodes were measured. For the mesoporous TiO2 film, the crystallinity can be introduced at a low thermal treatment temperature of 350 °C while at lest 450 °C thermal treatment temperature will be required to introduce the same degree of crystallinity to a TiO2 film prepared via a conventional sol–gel process. The effect of key structural parameters on the photoelectrocatalytic activity was investigated using glucose and succinic acid as the model organic compounds to represent weak and strong adsorbents, respectively. The reported key structural properties, such as porosity, surface area and crystallinity, that affect the photocatalytic activity were found to also critically affect the photoelectrocatalytic activity but in a different manner. This is because, for a photocatalysis application, the performance of a catalyst is mainly determined by the characteristics of individual catalyst particles, while for a photoelectrocatalysis application the performance of a catalyst also depends on the photoelectron transport process within the photocatalyst layer this in turn relies strongly on attributes such as photocatalyst particles’ interconnectivity and the contact to the conducting substrate.

Graphical abstractA serial thin-layer photoelectrocatalysis system was developed to study the relationships between the photoelectrocatalytic activity and the structural characteristics of the mesoporous TiO2 film electrodes prepared by an evaporation-induced self-assembly method. The structural characteristics of the mesoporous film electrodes were altered by using Pluronic F127 as the structural directing agent and by controlling relative humidity and temperature during the coating and thermal treatment processes.Figure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slide

Keywords
Titanium dioxide; Mesoporous; Photoelectrocatalytic activity
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Applied Catalysis A: General - Volume 354, Issues 1–2, 15 February 2009, Pages 8–16
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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