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Peas in a pod: A highly aligned Au(np)@TiO2 photocatalyst was formed by self-organizing anodization of a Ti substrate followed by dewetting of a gold thin film. This leads to exactly one Au nanoparticle (np) per TiO2 nanocavity. Such arrays are highly efficient photocatalysts for hydrogen generation from ethanol.
The beneficial effect of a TiO2-based photocatalytic treatment on the indoor air purification of a swine farm has been evaluated in a trial performed in two identical mechanically ventilated traditional weaning units, with 391 animals lodged in each of them. One unit was used as reference, whereas the walls of the second unit (260 m2) were coated with ca.(More)
A two-compartment Plexiglas cell has been set up and tested for separate hydrogen and oxygen production from photocatalytic water splitting on a thin TiO2 layer deposited by magnetron sputtering on a flat Ti electrode inserted between the two cell compartments.
Electrochemical anodization of low-concentration (0.02-0.2 at% Au) TiAu alloys in a fluoride electrolyte leads to self-organized TiO2 nanotubes that show a controllable, regular in situ decoration with elemental Au nanoclusters of ≈5 nm in diameter. The degree of self-decoration can be adjusted by the Au concentration in the alloy and the anodization time.(More)
The effect of the crystalline phase of TiO(2) (anatase, rutile and brookite) on its photocatalytic activity in hydrogen production from methanol-water vapours has been investigated by testing a series of both home-made and commercial TiO(2) photocatalysts, either bare or surface-modified by deposition of a fixed amount, i.e. 1 wt%, of platinum as(More)
A little dopey: Ta-doped titania (TiO2) nanotube (NT) arrays can be grown by electrochemical anodization onto low-Ta-concentration (0.03-0.4 at % Ta) Ti-Ta alloys. Under optimized conditions (0.1 at % Ta, annealing at 650 °C and 7 μm thickness), Ta-doped TiO2 NT arrays show a significantly enhanced activity in photoelectrochemical water splitting under(More)
The time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence of a series of polycyclic aromatic compounds (PAHs) and mixtures of these latter in aqueous solution was measured by means of an apparatus equipped with optical fibers, which allows their real time in situ monitoring. The potential of such spectroscopic technique, yielding 4-way fluorescence data arrays, together(More)
The degradation of 2-chlorophenol in water was kinetically investigated using the following different techniques, employed either separately or simultaneously, always with the same experimental set-up: light irradiation (315-400 nm), sonication, photocatalysis with different types of TiO2, photocatalysis with sonication. The influence of the reaction volume(More)
The photocatalytic behaviour of a series of ammonium fluoride (NH(4)F)-doped titania (TiO(2)) photocatalysts was investigated in the decomposition of acetic acid in aqueous suspensions and in the gas phase mineralization of acetaldehyde. Very similar photocatalytic activity trends, usually increasing with increasing the calcination temperature for a given(More)
Two series of doped titanium dioxide samples (S-TiO(2) and F-TiO(2)) were prepared by the sol-gel method in the presence of different amounts of dopant source (thiourea and NH(4)F, respectively), followed by calcination at 500, 600 or 700 °C, and characterised by BET, UV-vis absorption, XPS, HRTEM, XRD and EPR analyses. Reference undoped materials were(More)