Characterization of Cr(III)-grafted TiO2 for photocatalytic reaction under visible light
We investigated the chemical state and environment of Cr ions in a Cr ion-grafted TiO2 photocatalyst by means of X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements. The XAFS results indicated that the Cr ions exist on TiO2 as Cr(III) in an amorphous Cr2O3-like structure. The Cr2O3-like structure formed clusters and attached to the TiO2 surface. The activity (CO2 generation rate and QE value) was evaluated by 2-propanol decomposition under visible light (1 mW cm−2, 450–580 nm) and was highest with a weight fraction of Cr/TiO2 equaling 1.0 × 10−3. In addition, the activity of the Cr(III)-grafted TiO2 photocatalyst was highly reproducible.
Journal: Applied Catalysis B: Environmental - Volume 96, Issues 1–2, 26 April 2010, Pages 142–147