The efficiency of photo-oxidation of pollutants catalysed by semiconductors is still limited for real-world applications due to several drawbacks, such as a) insufficient absorption of visible radiation, which predominates in solar spectrum, b) rapid free electron to hole recombination, c) small surface area, built from equilibrium crystallographic facets with low adsorption capacities and d) photo-corrosion. The present study disclosures new mesoporous heterostructures, built from exfoliated lepidocrocite-like ferrititanates and TiO2 (anatase)-acetylacetone charge transfer complex, capable of reducing free electron-to-hole recombination rate through a robust charge separation and sensitive to the visible light spectrum. The synthesis route is based on soft-chemistry and low temperature calcination at 300 °C. Two different partially pillarized heterostructures, denoted as HM-1 and HM-2, have been synthesized. It was observed that the heterostructure HM-1 was four times more active toward photocatalytic degradation of NO gas in comparison to the benchmark photocatalytic material P25. The lower activity of the heterostructure HM-2, comparable to that of P-25, was attributed to the high value of Urbach energy that indicates high number of defect sites within energy band-gap of the constituent semiconductor components. [Ti] anatase/[Ti] ferrititanate mol ratio might also play a role in photocatalytic efficiency.
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|Titolo:||Visible light sensitive mesoporous nanohybrids of lepidocrocite-like ferrititanate coupled to a charge transfer complex: Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic degradation of NO|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 - Articolo su rivista|