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Changing width bandgap of TiO2 nanoparticles incorporating GO

  • Daniela K. Calvo-Ramos (a1), Marina Vega-González (a2), José Santos-Cruz (a1), Francisco Javier De Moure-Flores (a1) and Sandra A. Mayén-Hernández (a1)...

Abstract

Nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (TiO2), synthesized by the sonochemical technique, were mixed with different amounts of graphene oxide (GO), obtained by the improved method of Hummer, in order to modify their bandwidth. The TiO2/OG compounds were characterized using different techniques: X-ray Diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman and UV-Vis-NIR spectroscopy. TiO2 bandgap decreased, with GO incorporation, from 3.2 to 2.72 eV when GO was present at 20 weigh percentage (TiO2/GO-20%). Photodegradation experiments of methylene blue (MB) were performed with the materials to verify their photocatalytic activity. At 40 minutes, the pure TiO2 degraded 48% of MB, whereas the compound TiO2/GO-20% degraded 88%, showing a good incorporation of both compounds and the improvement of TiO2 photocatalitic properties.

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*E-mail: sandra.mayen@uaq.edu.mx (S.A. Mayén Hernández)

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Changing width bandgap of TiO2 nanoparticles incorporating GO

  • Daniela K. Calvo-Ramos (a1), Marina Vega-González (a2), José Santos-Cruz (a1), Francisco Javier De Moure-Flores (a1) and Sandra A. Mayén-Hernández (a1)...

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