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Synthesis and Characterization of Photoreactive TiO2–Carbon Nanosheet Composites

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posted on 11.09.2014, 00:00 by Mert Kurttepeli, Shaoren Deng, Sammy W. Verbruggen, Giulio Guzzinati, Daire J. Cott, Silvia Lenaerts, Jo Verbeeck, Gustaaf Van Tendeloo, Christophe Detavernier, Sara Bals
We report the atomic layer deposition of titanium dioxide on carbon nanosheet templates and investigate the effects of postdeposition annealing in a helium environment using different characterization techniques. The crystallization of the titanium dioxide coating upon annealing is observed using in situ X-ray diffraction. The (micro)­structural characterization of the films is carried out by scanning electron microscopy and advanced transmission electron microscopy techniques. Our study shows that the annealing of the atomic layer deposition processed and carbon nanosheets templated titanium dioxide layers in helium environment resulting in the formation of a porous, nanocrystalline and photocatalytically active titanium dioxide-carbon nanosheet composite film. Such composites are suitable for photocatalysis and dye-sensitized solar cells applications.

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