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HypothesisIf nanocrystals of such semiconductor as SnO2 and TiO2, which are not known as powerful adsorbents, have their surface modified by layer of V2O5, how will the adsorption properties be affected? Answering this question would provide a new set of surface properties to be designed by surface engineering of oxide nanocrystals.ExperimentsSnO2 and TiO2 colloidal nanocrystals were prepared by coupling sol-gel and solvothermal synthesis. By co-processing with V chloroalkoxide and subsequent heat-treatment at 400–500 °C, surface deposition of V2O5 layers was obtained. The methylene blue adsorption onto the prepared materials was tested and compared with the pure oxide supports. Cycling of the materials and analysis of the adsorption process was also investigated.FindingsThe V-modified nanocrystals extracted ∼80% methylene blue from 1.5 × 10−5 M aqueous solution after 15 min only …
Academic Press
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2019

Alessandro Di Mauro, Anton Landström, Isabella Concina, Giuliana Impellizzeri, Vittorio Privitera, Mauro Epifani

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Volume: 533 Pages: 369-374
Journal of colloid and interface science