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Molecular Hydrogen Formation from Photocatalysis of Methanol on Anatase-TiO2(101)

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posted on 2014-01-15, 00:00 authored by Chenbiao Xu, Wenshao Yang, Qing Guo, Dongxu Dai, Maodu Chen, Xueming Yang
Photocatalysis of methanol (CH3OH) on anatase (A)-TiO2(101) has been investigated using temperature programmed desorption (TPD) method with 266 nm light at low surface temperatures. Experimental results show that CH3OH adsorbs on the A-TiO2(101) surface predominantly in molecular form, with only a small amount of CH3OH in dissociated form. Photocatalytic products, formaldehyde (CH2O) and methyl formate (HCOOCH3), have been detected under 266 nm light irradiation. In addition to H2O formation, H2 product is also observed by TPD spectroscopy. Experimental results indicate that H2 product is formed via thermal recombination of H-atoms on the BBO sites from photocatalysis of CH3OH on the A-TiO2(101) surface, and H2 production on the A-TiO2(101) surface is significantly more efficient than that on the rutile (R)-TiO2(110) surface.

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