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One pot direct hydrothermal growth of photoactive TiO2 films on glass

Vernardou, D, Stratakisc, E, Kenanakis, G, Yates, HM, Couris, S, Pemble, ME, Koudoumas, E and Katsarakis, N 2009, 'One pot direct hydrothermal growth of photoactive TiO2 films on glass' , Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A Chemistry, 202 (2-3) , pp. 81-85.

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    We demonstrate that titanium (IV) oxide films may be deposited on Corning glass by a simple, one-pot, low temperature (95 ◦C) hydrothermal growth technique and that providing the correct conditions are employed, the films produced show clear photoactivity under UV illumination as evidenced by changes in water contact angle and the progressive photo-oxidation of stearic acid. It is further demonstrated that the growth, structure and photoactivity of the films depends critically upon the H2O concentration employed during growth. For H2O concentrations below 0.1 M, little or no growth was observed, while above 0.3 M, precipitation or even gelation rapidly occurred. Only at H2O concentrations of 0.1M and 0.2Mwas appreciable film growth observed, while photoactive titaniawas formed only via growth using a water concentration of 0.1M, the films grown using the higher concentration of water (0.2M) being essentially photo-inactive. The method developed is discussed in terms of the possible chemical steps involved and is proposed as a low-cost alternative to higher temperature, less environmentally friendly approaches to TiO2 film production.

    Item Type: Article
    Themes: Energy
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Materials & Physics Research Centre
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A Chemistry
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1010-6030
    Depositing User: HM Yates
    Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2011 09:39
    Last Modified: 19 Aug 2014 13:12

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