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Preparation of hydrophobic SiO2@(TiO2/MoS2) composite film and its self-cleaning properties

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TiO2/MoS2 composite was encapsulated by hydrophobic SiO2 nanoparticles using a sol–gel hydrothermal method with methyltriethoxysilane (MTES), titanium tetrachloride (TiCl4), and molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) as raw materials. Then, a novel dual functional composite film with hydrophobicity and photocatalytic activity was fabricated on a glass substrates via the combination of polydimethylsiloxane adhesives and hydrophobic SiO2@(TiO2/MoS2) composite particles. The influence of the mole ratios of MTES to TiO2/MoS2 (M:T) on the wettability and photocatalytic activity of the composite film was discussed. The surface morphology, chemical compositions, and hydrophobicity of the composite film on the glass substrate were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and water contact angle (water CA) measurements. The results indicated that the composite film exhibited stable superhydrophobicity and excellent photocatalytic activity for degradation of methyl orange (MO) even after five continuous cycles of photocatalytic reaction when M/T was 7:1. The water CA and degradation efficiency for MO remained at 154° and 94%, respectively. Further, the composite film showed a good non-sticking characteristic with the water sliding angle (SA) at about 4°. The SiO2@(TiO2/MoS2) composite consisting of hydrophobic SiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2/MoS2 heterostructure could provide synergistic effects for maintaining long-term self-cleaning performance.

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We are grateful for the financial support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 21076092, 21376099, 21546002).

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Xie, W., Xiao, X., Zhao, Y. et al. Preparation of hydrophobic SiO2@(TiO2/MoS2) composite film and its self-cleaning properties. J Coat Technol Res 14, 1147–1158 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11998-016-9907-0

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Keywords

  • TiO2
  • Modified TiO2/MoS2 composite
  • Superhydrophobicity
  • Self-cleaning
  • Photocatalysis