Synthesis of TiO2 nanosheet photocatalysts from exfoliation of TiS2 and hydrothermal treatment

Hangkun Jing, Qian Cheng, J. Mark Weller, Ximo S. Chu, Qing Hua Wang, Candace Chan

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TiO2 nanomaterials with platelet or nanosheet morphologies can offer improved properties for photocatalytic applications, but established methods to produce them typically require structure-directing agents since anatase-phase TiO2 does not have a layered structure. In the present work, the preparation of TiO2 nanosheets by the chemical oxidation of TiS2 nanosheets is demonstrated. Electrochemical exfoliation of bulk TiS2 into TiS2 nanosheets, followed by the hydrothermal treatment at 180 °C for 14 h is performed. The results show that polycrystalline TiO2 nanosheets with the anatase structure are formed, and that the nanosheet morphology can still be maintained after the hydrothermal treatment. The TiO2 nanosheets show good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue, but the performance is negatively affected by the residual carbon black that was needed in the TiS2 electrode to enable electrochemical exfoliation. These results show that conversion of TiS2 nanosheets to TiO2 nanosheets is a promising synthetic strategy but highlights how the interfacial properties of the obtained materials could be affected by ancillary components in the preparation method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials Research
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jun 18 2018

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Nanosheets
Photocatalysts
anatase
preparation
methylene blue
synthesis
platelets
degradation
oxidation
electrodes
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Titanium dioxide
Soot
Methylene Blue
Platelets
Carbon black
Nanostructured materials
Degradation
Oxidation
Electrodes

Keywords

  • catalytic
  • nanostructure
  • photochemical

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  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Synthesis of TiO2 nanosheet photocatalysts from exfoliation of TiS2 and hydrothermal treatment. / Jing, Hangkun; Cheng, Qian; Weller, J. Mark; Chu, Ximo S.; Wang, Qing Hua; Chan, Candace.

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Jing, Hangkun ; Cheng, Qian ; Weller, J. Mark ; Chu, Ximo S. ; Wang, Qing Hua ; Chan, Candace. / Synthesis of TiO2 nanosheet photocatalysts from exfoliation of TiS2 and hydrothermal treatment. In: Journal of Materials Research. 2018 ; pp. 1-9.
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