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Facile fabrication of a noble metal-free photocatalyst: TiO2 nanotube arrays covered with reduced graphene oxide

Facile fabrication of a noble metal-free photocatalyst: TiO2 nanotube arrays covered with reduced graphene oxide
Razzaq, A[Razzaq, Abdul]Grimes, CA[Grimes, Craig A.]In, SI[In, Su-Il]
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Razzaq, A[Razzaq, Abdul]Grimes, CA[Grimes, Craig A.]In, SI[In, Su-Il]
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Absorption SpectroscopyCarbonCarbon DioxideCatalystsCharge TransferElectromagnetic Wave AbsorptionEnergy GapEnhanced Light AbsorptionsGrapheneLight AbsorptionLow-Band Gap SemiconductorsMetal NanoparticlesMetalsNano-StructuresNanotubesOne-Dimensional ArraysPhoto-Catalytic MaterialsPhotochemical ActivityPhotoelectrochemical PropertiesPrecious MetalsReduced-Graphene OxidesSemiconductor DopingSimulated Solar LightSynthesis (Chemical)Titanium DioxideYarn
One-dimensional TiO2 nanotubes arrays (TNT) are the subject of great current interest among the photocatalysis research community, however the relatively large bandgap that provides TiO2 with its excellent corrosion stability severely limits its absorption of solar spectrum energy. To increase the optical absorption of TiO2 while maintaining its otherwise commendable properties a number of approaches have been investigated including doping with non-metal or noble metal co-catalysts such as platinum, coupling with low band gap semiconductors, and the synthesis of carbon-based TiO2 composites. During the past few years graphene-based TiO2 nanostructures have been found to offer improved photoelectrochemical properties, with graphene enhancing light absorption as well as promoting rapid charge transfer. With the aim of replacing expensive noble metal co-catalysts, herein we report a noble metal-free novel nanostructured photocatalytic material fabricated using a facile synthesis approach, comprising a one-dimensional array of TNT covered with a reduced graphene oxide-TiO2 nanoparticles (rGO-TiO2 NP) composite. The novel nanostructure exhibits significantly improved photocurrent density and photochemical activity via conversion of CO2 into methane under simulated solar light irradiation. The improved performance appears due to the combined effect of enhanced light absorption and effective charge separation promoted by the rGO. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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  • 인수일 In, Su-Il 에너지공학과
  • Research Interests CO2 conversion to hydrocarbon fuels; Water splitting for hydrogen generation; Quantum dot devices; Dye sensitized solar cells; Environmental remediation; Synthesis of functional nanomaterials; CO2 연료전환; 수소생산을 위한 광전기화학적 물분해; 양자점 태양전지; 염료감응 태양전지; 공해물질 저감연구; 기능성 나노소재 개발
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