Effect of Porosity on Photocatalytic Activity of Plasma-Sprayed TiO2 Coating
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The effect of porosity on photocatalytic activity of plasma-sprayed TiO2 coating on steel substrate is studied by varying processing parameters viz. plasma power and powder feed rate. The relationship between porosity content and methylene blue (MB) dye decomposition rate was established to correlate coating microstructure and its photocatalytic activity. The coating with the highest porosity content exhibited best photocatalytic efficiency. The same processing parameters were used to deposit TiO2 coating on FTO glass. The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 coating on FTO was 2.5 times better than TiO2 coating on the steel substrate. TiO2 coating on FTO glass contains bimodal porosity distribution (micropores and submicron pores) which accelerated MB decomposition by accelerated diffusion of ionic species.
KeywordsFTO glass photocatalytic activity porosity TiO2 coating
The authors express their gratitude Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute (AMERI) at Florida International University for assistance with the materials characterization facilities. Authors also thank Dr. Anup Kumar Keshri for his suggestions on plasma spraying.
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