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|Au-loaded TiO<inf>2</inf>and Ag-loaded TiO<inf>2</inf>synthesized by modified sol-gel/impregnation method as photocatalysts
|Engineering;Physics and Astronomy
|© 2016 The Japan Society of Applied Physics. In this work, Au-loaded TiO2and Ag-loaded TiO2nanoparticles were synthesized by modified sol-gel method together with impregnation method. The samples were characterized by their physicochemical properties using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in order to obtain the correlation between structure and photocatalytic properties. XRD results indicated unloaded TiO2, Au-loaded TiO2and Ag-loaded TiO2nanoparticles were all in the anatase phase with average crystallite size in the range of 10-13 nm. In addition, XPS analysis confirmed the presence of Au and Ag elements in Au-loaded TiO2and Ag-loaded TiO2nanoparticles, respectively. The photocatalytic activities of TiO2, Au-loaded TiO2and Ag-loaded TiO2nanoparticles were evaluated through the mineralization of formic acid under UV-light illumination. The results showed that Au-loading and Ag-loading could effectively improve the photocatalytic activities of TiO2. Furthermore, Au-loaded TiO2exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity than Ag-loaded TiO2.
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