Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 41, Issue 8, pp 2187–2193 | Cite as

Photocatalytic properties of the SBA-15 mesoporous silica molecular sieve modified with titanium

  • A. Orlov
  • Q.-Z. Zhai
  • J. KlinowskiEmail author


We describe three methods of post-synthesis modification of the SBA-15 mesoporous molecular sieve with titanium: impregnation with Ti(OEt)4 in an ethanolic solution, grafting with titanocene dichloride, and modification with colloidal titania. The products were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and N2 adsorption as well as Fourier-transform infrared and 29Si NMR spectroscopies. All three methods yield materials containing 1.4--4.7 wt.% titanium and with high surface areas. The absorbance at 960 cm−1 in SBA-15 modified with colloidal titania and SBA-15 grafted with titanocene indicates the formation of Ti–O bonds. All products showed significant activity towards the degradation of p-chlorophenol. UV-vis absorption spectra of SBA-15 samples modified with titanium indicate that the variation in the photocatalytic activity is governed by isolated titanium sites.


Photocatalytic Activity Molecular Sieve Mesoporous Silica Dichloride Mesoporous Molecular Sieve 


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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeU.K.

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