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The modification of the surface reception properties of nanocrystalline structures is of great interest in environmental, catalysis and energy related applications. For instance, an oxide surface covered with a layer of another oxide opens the possibility of creating the nanosized counterparts of bulk catalytic systems. A relevant example is the TiO2-WO3, which is an active catalysts in a broad range of reactions. The chemical synthesis of the colloidal, nanocrystalline version of such system will first be exposed, by coupling suitable sol-gel chemistry with solvothermal processing. Then, the range of obtained structures will be discussed, ranging from WOx-surface modified TiO2 to TiO2-WO3 heterojunctions. The complex structural evolution of the materials will be discussed, depending on the W concentration. A summary of the acetone sensing properties of these systems will be shown. In particular, the surface activation …
International Society for Optics and Photonics
Publication date: 
13 Mar 2015

Mauro Epifani, Elisabetta Comini, Raül Díaz, Aziz Genç, Jordi Arbiol, Teresa Andreu, Pietro Siciliano, Guido Faglia, Joan R Morante

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Volume: 9364 Pages: 936415
Oxide-based Materials and Devices VI