Excellent photocatalytic degradation activities of ordered mesoporous anatase TiO2-SiO2 nanocomposites to various organic contaminants

Weiyang Dong, Yaojun Sun, Qingwei Ma, Li Zhu, Weiming Hua, Xinchun Lu, Guoshun Zhuang, Shicheng Zhang, Zhigang Guo, Dongyuan Zhao
Journal of Hazardous Materials 2012 August 30, 229-230: 307-20
Ordered 2-D hexagonal mesoporous TiO(2)-SiO(2) nanocomposites consisted of anatase TiO(2) nanocrystals and amorphous SiO(2) nanoparticles, with large mesochannels and high specific surface areas, have been extensively and detailedly evaluated using various cationic dyes (methylene blue, safranin O, crystal violet, brilliant green, basic fuchsin and rhodamine-6G), anionic dyes (acid fuchsin, orange II, reactive brilliant red X3B and acid red 1) and microcystin-LR. We use mesoporous 80TiO(2)-20SiO(2)-900 for the degradation of cationic dyes and MC-LR, due to the dominant adsorption of SiOH groups and synergistic role of coupled adsorption and photocatalytic oxidation. For anionic dyes, due to the adsorption results predominantly from TiOH groups, our strategy realizes the enhanced photocatalytic oxidation by strong surface acids and larger available specific surface area. Based on this, we prepared 90TiO(2)-10SiO(2)-700 to degrade them. The results show that our samples exhibit excellent degradation activities to all the contaminants, which are much higher than that of P25 photocatalyst. The dyes are not only decolorized promptly but degraded readily as well. It is strongly indicated that our mesoporous nanocomposites are considerably stable and reusable. These results demonstrate that our mesoporous TiO(2)-SiO(2) nanocomposites present extensive and promising application in the fast and highly efficient degradation of various organic pollutants.

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