Utilization of carbon nanospheres in photocatalyst production: From composites to highly active hollow structures

Tamás Gyulavári, Gábor Veréb, Zsolt Pap, Balázs Réti, Kornelia Baan, Milica Todea, Klára Magyari, Imre Miklós Szilágyi, Klara Hernadi

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Abstract

Titanium dioxide-carbon sphere (TiO2-CS) composites were constructed via using prefabricated carbon spheres as templates. By the removal of template from the TiO2-CS, TiO2 hollow structures (HS) were synthesized. The CS templates were prepared by the hydrothermal treatment of ordinary table sugar (sucrose). TiO2-HSs were obtained by removing CSs with calcination. Our own sensitized TiO2 was used for coating the CSs. The structure of the CSs, TiO2-CS composites, and TiO2-HSs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), infrared spectroscopy (IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). The effect of various synthesis parameters (purification method of CSs, precursor quantity, and applied furnace) on the morphology was investigated. The photocatalytic activity was investigated by phenol model pollutant degradation under visible light irradiation (Λ > 400 nm). It was established that the composite samples possess lower crystallinity and photocatalytic activity compared to TiO2 hollow structures. Based on XPS measurements, the carbon content on the surface of the TiO2-HS exerts an adverse effect on the photocatalytic performance. The synthesis parameters were optimized and the TiO2-HS specimen having the best absolute and surface normalized photocatalytic efficiency was identified. The superior properties were explained in terms of its unique morphology and surface properties. The stability of this TiO2-HS was investigated via XRD and SEM measurements after three consecutive phenol degradation tests, and it was found to be highly stable as it entirely retained its crystal phase composition, morphology and photocatalytic activity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2537
JournalMaterials
Volume12
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2019

Keywords

  • Carbon spheres
  • Composite
  • Hollow structures
  • Phenol
  • Photocatalysis
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Visible light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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    Gyulavári, T., Veréb, G., Pap, Z., Réti, B., Baan, K., Todea, M., Magyari, K., Szilágyi, I. M., & Hernadi, K. (2019). Utilization of carbon nanospheres in photocatalyst production: From composites to highly active hollow structures. Materials, 12(16), [2537]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma12162537