Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 58, Issue 1, pp 345–354

Preparation, photocatalytic activity and mechanism of nano-Titania/Nafion hybrid membrane

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10971-011-2399-6

Cite this article as:
Ding, X., Zhou, S., Jiang, L. et al. J Sol-Gel Sci Technol (2011) 58: 345. doi:10.1007/s10971-011-2399-6


Nano-Titania/Nafion (TiO2/Nafion) hybrid membranes were prepared by recasting, using Nafion solution and TiO2 anatase hydrosol as the raw materials. The microstructure of the hybrid membrane was characterized by X-ray diffraction, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR). The photocatalytic properties of TiO2/Nafion hybrid membranes were evaluated. Furthermore, endurance of photocatalytic activity of the hybrid membrane was investigated. The results indicate that the TiO2 Nanoparticles are bounded to Nafion molecule via Ti-O-S bonds and the formed flocculates are distributed homogeneously throughout the recasting Nafion membrane, while the initial pure anatase TiO2 nanoparticles remain intact in re-crystallized membrane. The hybrid membranes possessed excellent photocatalytic activities with and without H2O2. Moreover, the degradation of photocatalytic activities has been better controlled with the presence of H2O2.


Titania Nafion Hybrid membrane Microstructure Photocatalysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xingeng Ding
    • 1
  • Simin Zhou
    • 1
  • Lifang Jiang
    • 2
  • Hui Yang
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringMingjiang CollegeFuzhouChina

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