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ZrO2-Modified Mesoporous Nanocrystalline TiO2-xNx as Efficient Visible Light Photocatalysts

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posted on 2006-04-01, 00:00 authored by Xinchen Wang, Jimmy C. Yu, Yilin Chen, Ling Wu, Xianzhi Fu
Mesoporous nanocrystalline TiO2-xNx and TiO2-xNx/ZrO2 visible-light photocatalysts have been prepared by a sol−gel method. The photocatalysts were characterized by XRD, N2 adsorption−desorption, TEM, XPS, UV/Vis, and IR spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by the decomposition of ethylene in air under visible light (λ > 450 nm) illumination. Results revealed that nitrogen was doped into the lattice of TiO2 by the thermal treatment of NH3-adsorbed TiO2 hydrous gels, converting the TiO2 into a visible-light responsive catalyst. The introduction of ZrO2 into TiO2-xNx considerably inhibits the undesirable crystal growth during calcination. Consequently, the ZrO2-modified TiO2-xNx displays higher porosity, higher specific surface area, and an improved thermal stability over the corresponding unmodified TiO2-xNx samples.