The Chemical Educator

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 1–14

Comparison of The Effectiveness of Sunscreen Lotions Using A TiO2-based UVA/UVB Dosimeter

  • MINHUA WANG
  • JIANSHENG HUANG
  • YUZHUO LI
  • WILLIAM F. BARNARD
Laboratories and Demonstrations

Abstract

This paper describes a simple method for the evaluation of the effectiveness of a sunscreen product. It illustrates the basic principle of semiconductor (such as TiO2) band gap, band-gap excitation, conduction-band electron trapping, and its application as an effective dosimeter in the UVB and UVA regions. The color change of the dosimeter, prepared from TiO2 sol, can be quantitatively determined with a UV-vis spectrometer or qualitatively by visual inspection. The experiment can be used as a freshman-chemistry laboratory exercise or performed as a classroom demonstration for high school students or nonchemistry-major college students.

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© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • MINHUA WANG
    • 1
  • JIANSHENG HUANG
    • 1
  • YUZHUO LI
    • 1
  • WILLIAM F. BARNARD
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryClarkson UniversityPotsdam
  2. 2.AREALUS-EPA Research Triangle Park

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