One pot direct hydrothermal growth of photoactive TiO2 films on glass

Vernardou, D, Stratakisc, E, Kenanakis, G, Yates, HM ORCID:, 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: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation 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 08:39
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 13:15

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