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Zn-Assisted TiO2–x Photocatalyst with Efficient Charge Separation for Enhanced Photocatalytic Activities

Zn-Assisted TiO2–x Photocatalyst with Efficient Charge Separation for Enhanced Photocatalytic Activities
Shashank Mishra, Mingyang Xing, Wenzhang Fang, Yi Zhou, Jinlong Zhang, Stéphane Daniele, Frederic Dappozze, Chantal Guillard
A new Zn-assisted method has been employed to synthesize reduced TiO2(TiO2–x) photocatalyst via a one-step hydrothermal process. In order to prevent the oxidation of TiO2–x in air, hydrofluoric acid is introduced in the preparative process for the stabilization of the Ti3+ and oxygen vacancies, as confirmed by low-temperature electron paramagnetic resonance. The obtained reduced TiO2 presents a wide-spectrum solar light absorption, including the near-infrared region. In addition, {110}–{111} and {101}–(001) dual-facet exposures are generated by Cl- and F-based surface-terminated reagents, respectively. The generated {001} and {101} facets on reduced TiO2 samples act as hole and electron collectors, respectively, which contributes to the charge separation of the catalyst. Finally, the synergistic effect between Ti3+ doping and dual-facet exposure results in the high photocatalytic performance for degradation of Rhodamine B and formic acid.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b03724

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b03724

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