The effects of gold nanoparticles deposited on titanium dioxide on the photocatalytic oxidative degradation of two organic substrates, i.e. formic acid and the azo dye Acid Red 1, and on the parallel O2 reduction yielding hydrogen peroxide have been investigated under visible light irradiation. The method employed to reduce Au(III) to metallic gold in the preparation of Au/TiO2 photocatalysts was found to affect their photoactivity, also by modifying the properties of TiO2. The presence of gold on TiO2 facilitates both the electron transfer to O2 and the mineralization of formic acid, which mainly proceeds through direct interaction with photoproduced valence band holes. The so-formed highly reductant CO2 intermediate species may contribute in maintaining gold in metallic form. The controversial results obtained in the photocatalytic degradation of the dye were rationalised by taking into account that with this substrate, which mainly undergoes oxidation through a hydroxyl radical mediated mechanism, the photogenerated holes may partly oxidise gold nanoparticles, which consequently act as recombination centres of photoproduced charge carriers.
Effects of gold nanoparticles deposition on the photocatalytic activity of titanium dioxide under visible light / M. V. Dozzi, L. Prati, P. Canton, E. Selli. - In: PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS. - ISSN 1463-9076. - 11:33(2009), pp. 7171-7180.
|Titolo:||Effects of gold nanoparticles deposition on the photocatalytic activity of titanium dioxide under visible light|
DOZZI, MARIA VITTORIA (Primo)
PRATI, LAURA (Secondo)
SELLI, ELENA (Ultimo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore CHIM/02 - Chimica Fisica|
Settore CHIM/03 - Chimica Generale e Inorganica
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b907317e|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|