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The problem of water purification is one of the most urgent issues in developing countries, where large infrastructures and energy resources are limited. Among the possibilities for a cheap route to clean water, photocatalytic materials in the form of coatings or nanostructures are among the most promising. The most widely studied photocatalytic material is titanium dioxide (TiO2). Here, we investigate the photocatalytic properties of 1.5% Sb-doped TiO2 and laser-irradiated Sb-doped TiOx. Calcined Sb-doped TiO2 was found to adopt the rutile structure, but it turned amorphous after laser irradiation. Photocatalytic tests for Sb-doped TiO2 showed an activity 1 order of magnitude higher than that of an undoped TiO2 control sample under both ultraviolet and visible irradiation. A further sizeable enhancement resulted from laser irradiation. The increased photocatalytic activity is ascribed to both enhanced visible region …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
17 Sep 2018

Massimo Zimbone, Giuseppe Cacciato, Luca Spitaleri, Russell G Egdell, Maria Grazia Grimaldi, Antonino Gulino

Biblio References: 
Volume: 3 Issue: 9 Pages: 11270-11277
ACS Omega