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TiO2/ZnLDH as a Self-Assembled Nanocomposite with Photoresponsive Properties

Domenii publicaţii > Chimie + Tipuri publicaţii > Articol în revistã ştiinţificã

Autori: Gabriela Carja, Akira Nakajima, Sofronia Dranca, Cristian Dranca, Kiyoshi Okada

Editorial: ACS, ACS, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 114, p.14722-1472, 2010.


A novel bicomponent photoresponsive nanocomposite consisting of zinc-based anionic clay (ZnLDH)-supported anatase TiO2 nanoparticles was obtained by the structural reconstruction of the zinc-containing clay in a TiOSO4 aqueous solution and was characterized by X-ray diffraction, IR spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and N2 adsorption at 77 K. The reconstruction process of the Zn-based clay in a TiOSO4 aqueous medium at room temperature produced significant effects on the structure, texture, surface, and morphology features as opposed to the parent ZnLDH, giving rise to a complex nanoarchitecture consisting of nanoparticles of TiO2 (average size = 7 nm) deposited on the larger nanoparticles (100 nm) of the zinc-substituted anionic clay. The photoresponsive properties of TiO2/ZnLDH were analyzed by the evaluation of the optical characteristics and the catalytic behavior in the process of phenol photodegradation. The photocatalytic performances might arise from the specific nanotexture of the obtained titania−zinc-based nanocomposite self-assembly that can enhance the light harvesting and the ability of generating photoinduced electron−hole pairs of the active sites and the favorable electron-transfer properties of the heterojunctions of the TiO2/ZnLDH semiconductor.

Cuvinte cheie: nanocompozit auto-asamblare // nanocomposite self-asembles