Nanostructured low crystallized titanium dioxide thin films with good photocatalytic activity

Alcides López, Dwight Acosta, Arturo I. Martínez, Julio Santiago

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Transparent TiO2 thin films were deposited on soda lime glass at different substrate temperatures by a simple and reproducible spray pyrolysis technique from aqueous peroxo-polytitanic acid. Both the as-prepared and annealed films (3h thermal treatment in air at 500°C) were characterized by AFM, SEM, TEM, XRD, FT-IR and UV-visible spectroscopy. The as-prepared films present predominant low crystallized structure, low porosity, high surface roughness and grain agglomerates while the annealed films exhibit slightly better polycrystalline structure of brookite phase. The as-deposited TiO2 films prepared at low substrate temperatures (280°C) show the best photocatalytic activity, against methylene-blue, due principally to their small grain size and high surface area. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)111-117
Number of pages7
JournalPowder Technology
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2010


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