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Title: Preparation and characterization of Si0 2/TiO 2-Pt Core/Shell nanostructures and evaluation of their photocatalytic activity
Authors: Li, G.
Wang, L.
Lv, L. 
Zhao, X.S. 
Keywords: Core/Shell nanostructure
Silica spheres
Titanium dioxide photocatalyst
Issue Date: Jan-2009
Citation: Li, G., Wang, L., Lv, L., Zhao, X.S. (2009-01). Preparation and characterization of Si0 2/TiO 2-Pt Core/Shell nanostructures and evaluation of their photocatalytic activity. Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 9 (1) : 177-184. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: SiO 2/TiO 2-Pt core/shell nanostructures with Pt nanoparticles well dispersed in the TiO 2 shell were prepared and characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated using the reaction of decomposition of orange II in liquid phase. While the SiO 2/TiO 2-Pt nanostructure displayed a similar photocatalytic activity to that of Degussa P25, the former can be easily separated from the reaction medium by sedimentation. Interestingly, the photocatalytic activity of the core/shell nanostructures was observed to be improved upon catalyst recycling. It was also observed that the presence of Pt can indeed enhance the photocatalytic performance of TiO 2 catalyst. The photocatalyst described in this work represents a potential catalyst system for practical applications in water treatment. Copyright © 2009 American Scientific Publishers All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
ISSN: 15334880
DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2009.J021
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