Aiming at clarifying the interplay on TiO2 photoactivity between particle morphology and surface fluorination, the photocatalytic performance of anatase nanocrystals, characterized by a pseudo-spherical shape or a nanosheet structure, is investigated in both a reduction and an oxidation reaction, either in the absence or in the presence of added fluoride anions. Cr(VI) photocatalytic reduction is strongly favored by a large exposure of anatase {001} facets; however, surface fluorination leads in this case to a morphology-independent photoactivity decrease, due to the decreased adsorption of the reaction substrate. More interestingly, a beneficial synergistic effect between the platelet-like anatase morphology and TiO2 surface fluorination is clearly outlined in Rhodamine B photocatalytic degradation, possibly resulting from the intrinsic ability of fluorinated {001} anatase facets of boosting •OH radical mediated oxidation paths, due to their larger amount of surface –OH groups, as revealed using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy.

Effects of anatase TiO2 morphology and surface fluorination on environmentally relevant photocatalytic reduction and oxidation reactions

Mino L.;
2021

Abstract

Aiming at clarifying the interplay on TiO2 photoactivity between particle morphology and surface fluorination, the photocatalytic performance of anatase nanocrystals, characterized by a pseudo-spherical shape or a nanosheet structure, is investigated in both a reduction and an oxidation reaction, either in the absence or in the presence of added fluoride anions. Cr(VI) photocatalytic reduction is strongly favored by a large exposure of anatase {001} facets; however, surface fluorination leads in this case to a morphology-independent photoactivity decrease, due to the decreased adsorption of the reaction substrate. More interestingly, a beneficial synergistic effect between the platelet-like anatase morphology and TiO2 surface fluorination is clearly outlined in Rhodamine B photocatalytic degradation, possibly resulting from the intrinsic ability of fluorinated {001} anatase facets of boosting •OH radical mediated oxidation paths, due to their larger amount of surface –OH groups, as revealed using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy.
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Cr(VI) photocatalytic reduction; Platelet-like TiO; 2; Rhodamine B photocatalytic degradation; Surface fluorination; {001} Facets
Dozzi M.V.; Montalbano M.; Marra G.; Mino L.; Selli E.
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