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Title: Photocatalytic properties of TiO2: effect of niobium and oxygen activity on partial water oxidation
Authors: Li, W
Bak, T
Atanacio, AJ
Nowotny, J
Keywords: Solar energy
Semiconductor materials
Water chemistry
Issue Date: 5-Dec-2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Li, W., Bak, T., Atanacio, A. and Nowotny, J., 2016. Photocatalytic properties of TiO 2: Effect of niobium and oxygen activity on partial water oxidation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 198, pp.243-253. doi:10.1016/j.apcatb.2016.05.044
Abstract: This work reports the effect of niobium (0–1 at%) on photocatalytic activity and the band gap of TiO2 with controlled oxygen activity in the range 10−12 Pa < p(O2) < 105 Pa. It is shown that maximum of photocatalytic performance in partial water oxidation is observed for Nb-doped TiO2 containing 1 at% Nb that is processed at 1273 K in pure oxygen, p(O2) = 105 Pa. The mechanism of photocatalytic water oxidation is considered in terms of a predominant effect of photocatalytically active surface sites corresponding to titanium vacancies. It is shown that the niobium-induced increase of the band gap, surface potential and charge transport have a minor influence on photoreactivity of Nb-doped TiO2 with water. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.
Gov't Doc #: 8486
ISSN: 0926-3373
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