Modifications of pure and Ag doped TiO2 by pre-sulphated and calcination temperature treatments
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Pre-sulphated pure and Ag doped TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by a modified low cost liquid impregnation method followed by acid (H2SO4) treatments. Surface and morphological characterizations of the prepared samples as well as their photocatalytic activity towards methyl orange (MO) were studied. The influence of sulphate pretreatment on the surface of pure TiO2, the dispersion of deposit metals and the particle size were analyzed for the samples exposed to different calcination temperature (i.e. 500, 600 and 700 °C) treatments. The physical characterizations of the photocatalysts were investigated using diffused reflectance spectroscopy (UV–Vis DRS), XRD, BET, TEM, SEM and EDX analyses. The Kubelka–Munk function was used to determine the band gap energy for all prepared samples, whereby the band gap energy of pre-sulphated 1% Ag doped TiO2 was found to be reduced to 2.95 eV. Photocatalytic activity towards the degradation of MO was found to be enhanced between 30 and 37% for the 1% Ag/TiO2-S compared to the undoped TiO2-S samples. The pre-sulphated sample of 1% Ag/TiO2-S calcined at 700 °C showed up to 80% degradation of MO under normal compact fluorescent light.
KeywordsTitanium dioxide Ag doping Sulphate treatment Photocatalysis
The authors would like to acknowledge the financial support by Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) under the RUI Grant No. 1001/PKIMIA/811333. NS is also thankful to The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and USM for awarding the TWAS–USM Fellowship to pursue this study.
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