Anatase nanocrystal-dispersed thin films via sol-gel process with hot water treatment: effects of poly(ethylene glycol) addition on photocatalytic activities of the films

Citation
Y. Kotani et al., Anatase nanocrystal-dispersed thin films via sol-gel process with hot water treatment: effects of poly(ethylene glycol) addition on photocatalytic activities of the films, J MAT CHEM, 11(8), 2001, pp. 2045-2048
Citations number
11
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Apllied Physucs/Condensed Matter/Materiales Science","Material Science & Engineering
Journal title
JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
ISSN journal
0959-9428 → ACNP
Volume
11
Issue
8
Year of publication
2001
Pages
2045 - 2048
Database
ISI
SICI code
0959-9428(2001)11:8<2045:ANTFVS>2.0.ZU;2-R
Abstract
Anatase nanocrystals were formed throughout the whole of poly(ethylene glyc ol) (PEG)-containing silica-titania films after a hot water treatment of th e films, whereas in the films without PEG, anatase nanocrystals were formed only on the surface of the films. The photocatalytic activities of the ana tase nanocrystal-dispersed silica films obtained with and without PEG were examined from the decomposition of methylene blue, MB. Both anatase nanocry stal-dispersed silica films with and without PEG showed slightly higher pho tocatalytic activities than pure anatase films in spite of their lower tita nia contents. The amounts of MB photocatalytically decomposed by the films with PEG increased with an increase in the film thickness. On the other han d, the amounts of MB decomposed by the films without PEG were almost indepe ndent of the film thickness. These results indicate that the effective phot ocatalytic decomposition of MB occurs not only at the surface but also in t he inside of the films obtained with PEG, and that it occurs mainly at the surface of the films obtained without PEG.