Topics in Catalysis

, Volume 54, Issue 8–9, pp 519–526 | Cite as

Effect of Gold Particle Size and Deposition Method on the Photodegradation of 4-Chlorophenol by Au/TiO2

  • S. Oros-Ruiz
  • J. A. Pedraza-Avella
  • C. Guzmán
  • M. Quintana
  • E. Moctezuma
  • G. del Angel
  • R. Gómez
  • E. Pérez
Original Paper


The photoactivity of TiO2 P25 modified by surface-deposition of gold nanoparticles was investigated trough the photocatalytic degradation of aqueous 4-Chlorophenol (4-CP). The Au/TiO2 materials were prepared by three methods: photodeposition, deposition–precipitation (D–P) and colloidal deposition. Each preparation yields to different particle size, distribution and properties of gold nanoparticles. However, the photoactivity of these systems depends mainly on the gold particle size. All the materials fit well to a pseudo first order rate model and a relationship between the kinetic rate and the resulting particle sizes was found, which shows the importance of the nanoparticle size in the photoactivity of the TiO2 modified by gold. The optimal load was found to be 0.5 wt% Au/TiO2 for the material prepared by D–P, since this material increased the photoactivity degradation of commercial TiO2 in 80%.


Titanium dioxide Gold nanoparticles Photocatalysis 4-chlorophenol 



This project was partially supported by PROMEP and CONACyT (Mexico) through grant No. 49482. S. Oros-Ruiz thanks to CONACyT for the fellowship 213621 Granted.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Oros-Ruiz
    • 1
  • J. A. Pedraza-Avella
    • 2
  • C. Guzmán
    • 3
  • M. Quintana
    • 4
  • E. Moctezuma
    • 5
  • G. del Angel
    • 3
  • R. Gómez
    • 3
  • E. Pérez
    • 4
  1. 1.Doctorado Institucional en Ingeniería y Ciencia de MaterialesUniversidad Autónoma de San Luis PotosíSan Luis PotosíMéxico
  2. 2.Centro de Investigaciones en Catálisis (CICAT)Universidad Industrial de Santander (UIS)Piedecuesta (Santander)Colombia
  3. 3.Departamento de Química, Área de CatálisisGrupo ECOCATAL, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa (UAM-I)MéxicoMéxico
  4. 4.Instituto de FísicaUniversidad Autónoma de San Luis PotosíSan Luis PotosíMéxico
  5. 5.Facultad de Ciencias QuímicasUniversidad Autónoma de San Luis PotosíSan Luis PotosíMéxico

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