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|Title:||A two-step sol-gel method for synthesis of nanoporous TiO 2|
Diniz Da Costa, J.C.
Wide Band Gap Semiconductor
|Citation:||Kartini, I., Meredith, P., Zhao, X.S., Diniz Da Costa, J.C., Lu, G.Q. (2004-03). A two-step sol-gel method for synthesis of nanoporous TiO 2. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 4 (3) : 270-274. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.|
|Abstract:||This article reports a study of the effects of synthesis parameters on the preparation and formation of mesoporous titania nanopowders by employing a two-step sol-gel method. These materials displayed crystalline domains characteristic of anatase. The first step of the process involved the hydrolysis of titanium isopropoxide in a basic aqueous solution mediated by neutral surfactant. The solid product obtained from step 1 was then treated in an acidified ethanol solution containing the same titanium precursor to thicken the pore walls. Low pH and higher loading of the Ti precursor in step 2 produced better mesoporosity and crystallinity of titanium dioxide polymorphs. The resultant powder exhibited a high surface area (73.8 m 2/g) and large pore volume (0.17 cm 3/g) with uniform mesopores. These materials are envisaged to be used as precursors for mesoporous titania films as a wide band gap semiconductor in dye-sensitized nanocrystalline TiO 2 solar cells.|
|Source Title:||Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology|
|Appears in Collections:||Staff Publications|
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