Ken-ichi Katsumata

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Titanium dioxide thin films were prepared by using four water-soluble titanium complexes of titanium-lactate, tartalate, malate and salicylate complex solutions. The crystalline phases detected in the films were anatase. The surface microstructures of the four film samples were different in their grain sizes. Photocatalytic decomposition activity of the(More)
Self-cleaning glasses were prepared by coating niobia nanosheets and investigated on the performance. The coated glass heated at >450 degrees C had very low turbidity, high hardness, and excellent adhesion properties. Niobia nanosheets ([Nb(3)O(8)](-)) reacted with sodium ions (Na(+)) diffused from the glass into the films to form a crystalline phase of(More)
Porous ceramics with unidirectionally oriented pores have been prepared by various methods such as anodic oxidation, templating using wood, unidirectional solidification, extrusion, etc. The templating method directly replicates the porous microstructure of wood to prepare porous ceramics, whereas the extrusion method mimics the microstructures of tracheids(More)
NaNbO(3) thin films prepared by the sol-gel method had homogeneous microstructure with an average grain size of 15-25 nm and exhibited photoinduced hydrophilic conversion under UV irradiation. However, the films had little photocatalytic oxidation activity under UV irradiation. This is the first observation that NaNbO(3) undergoes photoinduced(More)
Brookite TiO(2) nanoparticles with amphiphilic properties were successfully synthesized with a water-soluble titanium glycolate complex precursor using an oleate-modified hydrothermal growth process. The ~20-40 nm TiO(2) nanoparticles were highly dispersible in both water and cyclohexane. The activity of the brookite nanoparticles for the degradation of(More)
Bacteriophage (denoted as phage) infection in the bacterial fermentation industry is a major problem, leading to the loss of fermented products such as alcohol and lactic acid. Currently, the prevention of phage infection is limited to biological approaches, which are difficult to apply in an industrial setting. Herein, we report an alternative chemical(More)
A novel photocatalyst consisting of an intercalated perovskite H(1-2x)Pt(x)LaNb2O7 was fabricated by ion exchange. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results confirmed that Pt(2+) exists within the interlayer space of the layered perovskite. H(1-2x)Pt(x)LaNb2O7 composed of layered niobate perovskite and intercalated Pt(2+)(More)
Solution-processed ZnO films with various structures have been fabricated and the influence of surface morphology and conductivity on photocatalytic performance, including improvement of conductivity, hydrogen production, and photodegradation of rhodamine B, has been investigated. Surface morphology was controlled by solution conditions, and as-fabricated(More)
Selection of the excitation wavelength at nonresonant and resonant Raman conditions provided detection selectivity in the tetragonal and cubic phases in CeO(2)-ZrO(2) nanocrystals, respectively. It was suggested that cubic-phase domains containing Ce(3+) deficiencies were involved in the tetragonal-phase matrix.
Competitive hydrogen evolution and multiple proton-coupled electron transfer reactions limit photoelectrochemical CO2 reduction in aqueous electrolyte. Here, oxygen-terminated lightly boron-doped diamond (BDDL) thin films were synthesized as a semiconductor electron source to accelerate CO2 reduction. However, BDDL alone could not stabilize the(More)