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Photocatalytic H2O2 Production from Ethanol/O2 System Using TiO2 Loaded with Au–Ag Bimetallic Alloy Nanoparticles

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posted on 06.04.2012, 00:00 by Daijiro Tsukamoto, Akimitsu Shiro, Yasuhiro Shiraishi, Yoshitsune Sugano, Satoshi Ichikawa, Shunsuke Tanaka, Takayuki Hirai
TiO2 loaded with Au–Ag bimetallic alloy particles efficiently produces H2O2 from an O2-saturated ethanol/water mixture under UV irradiation. This is achieved via the double effects created by the alloy particles. One is the efficient photocatalytic reduction of O2 on the Au atoms promoting enhanced H2O2 formation, due to the efficient separation of photoformed electron–hole pairs at the alloy/TiO2 heterojunction. Second is the suppressed photocatalytic decomposition of formed H2O2 due to the decreased adsorption of H2O2 onto the Au atoms.