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TiO2 nanowires (NWs) can improve the advantageous photocatalytic properties of TiO2 by increasing the active surface area. Here we investigate the synthesis of TiO2 NWs by thermal oxidation, studying the role of temperature, annealing time, and gas flow rates. The optimal thermal growth conditions were found to be 800 °C for 4 h in a mixed gas flow of Ar and O2. Morphological and structural characterizations, carried out by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction, indicated a TiO2 rutile monocrystalline structure of the nanowires. An in situ thermal growth analysis was performed by means of an environmental electron microscope, providing additional insights into the TiO2 NWs growth dynamics. The photocatalytic properties were studied by using the degradation rate of methylene blue under UV light. TiO2 NWs revealed a 70% improvement of the degradation rate compared to a …
The Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
7 Jun 2016

Enrica Arcadipane, Ruy Sanz, Guillaume Amiard, S Boninelli, G Impellizzeri, V Privitera, Julie Bonkerud, Chidanand Bhoodoo, Lasse Vines, Bengt Gunnar Svensson, L Romano

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Volume: 6 Issue: 60 Pages: 55490-55498
RSC Advances