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TiO₂ Nanotube arrays: Influence of tube length on the photocatalytic degradation of Paraquat.

Marien, Cédric B. D.; Cottineau, Thomas; Robert, Didier; Drogui, Patrick (2016). TiO₂ Nanotube arrays: Influence of tube length on the photocatalytic degradation of Paraquat. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental , vol. 194 . p. 1-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.apcatb.2016.04.040.

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Highly ordered TiO₂ nanotubes have attracted a lot of attention for the photocatalytic removal of organic pollutants. A few studies demonstrated that the tube morphology plays a key role on the photocatalytic activity. However, no studies have been performed to explain the optimal photocatalytic activity observed for a precise tube length. Here we studied how the morphology of the tubes evolves during anodic growth and we evaluated the corresponding photocatalytic activity. In our conditions, the optimal activity was found for 7 μm long tubes. The SEM study reveals that short tubes have a small pore opening thus hindering pollutant diffusion into the tubes. On the other hand, tubes longer than 7 μm have thinner walls due to etching by the fluoride ions. Consequently the volume of TiO₂ decreases strongly in the upper part of the tubes as the tube length increase and light should travel a longer pathway before absorption and production of electron-hole pairs. Hence the organic species have to diffuse further and the photocatalytic activity decreases.

Type de document: Article
Mots-clés libres: photocatalysis; TiO₂ nanotubes; pollutant
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 03 mai 2018 18:55
Dernière modification: 03 mai 2018 18:55
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/4716

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