Efficient visible light-induced photoelectrocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B by polyaniline-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays
Self-organized anodic TiO2 nanotube arrays were sensitized with polyaniline by a simple electrodeposite method. The morphological and structural properties studied by scanning electron microscopy and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy reveal the successful deposition of polyaniline on the nanotube arrays. The polyaniline-sensitized TiO2 nanotube arrays exhibit a distinguishable red shift on the absorption spectrum. Electrochemical impedance investigation attested to a significant improvement of the interfacial electron-transfer kinetics for promoted electron–hole effective separation. The as-prepared samples showed a high efficiency for the photoelectrocatalytic degradation of rhodamine B under visible-light irradiation (λ > 400 nm). The enhanced photoelectrocatalytic activity could be attributed to the extended absorption in the visible-light region by the polyaniline and the effective separation of photogenerated carriers driven by the photoinduced potential difference generated at the polyaniline/TiO2 nanotube arrays interface.
KeywordsTiO2 nanotube arrays Polyaniline Electrodeposition Rhodamine B Photoelectrocatalysis
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