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Low temperature synthesis and photocatalytic properties of highly oriented ZnO/TiO2−xNy coupled photocatalysts

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Low temperature synthesis and photocatalytic properties of highly oriented ZnO/TiO2−xNy coupled photocatalysts
Abstract

A novel photocatalysts, ZnO thin film with nanotube arrays was prepared via soft solution route without any polymer additives and subsequently using a facile chemical etching of ZnO nanorods arrays along the c-axis. The thin film of large-scale ZnO arrays could be produced directly on the glass substrates. Scanning electron microscopy, diffuse reflectance spectra and X-ray diffraction were systematically used to confirm the successful fabrication of the patterns and to characterize the structure and morphology. The possible mechanism to form the ZnO nanotube array via such a facile approach was also discussed. Moreover, nitrogen doped titania (TiO2−xNy) as sensitizers were coupled with the ZnO nanotube and nanotube arrays in order to give the visible-light responsiveness. The investigation of photocatalytic ability proved that the ZnO nanotube arrays/TiO2−xNy composites showed excellent photocatalytic activities for the decomposition of NOx gas under both visible-light and UV light irradiation, being superior to that of ZnO nanorods, ZnO nanotube, TiO2−xNy, commercial TiO2 (AEROXIDE® P25) powders and ZnO nanorod arrays/TiO2−xNy composites.

Graphical abstractFigure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload as PowerPoint slideHighlights▸ A large-scale ZnO arrays were prepared via soft solution process without any polymer additives. ▸ TiO2−xNy was coupled with the ZnO arrays in order to give the visible-light responsiveness. ▸ The ZnO nanotube arrays/TiO2−xNy composites showed excellent photocatalytic activities.

Keywords
ZnO; Photocatalytic activity; Coupled catalyst; Nanotube array
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Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental - Volumes 123–124, 23 July 2012, Pages 9–17
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Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis
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