Nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanopowders prepared by chemical vapor synthesis: band structure and photocatalytic activity under visible light

Title
Nitrogen-doped TiO2 nanopowders prepared by chemical vapor synthesis: band structure and photocatalytic activity under visible light
Authors
지현석이호범채근화허무영Masaya Matsuoka조소혜박종구
Keywords
Nanoparticle; Titania; photocatalyst; Nitrogen doping; TiO2 nanopowders; Chemical vapor synthesis; Visible light photocatalysis; Methylene blue degradation
Issue Date
2012-04
Publisher
Research on chemical intermediates
Citation
VOL 38, NO 6, 1171-1180
Abstract
During chemical vapor synthesis of TiO2 nanopowders, nitrogen atoms were doped into the crystal lattice of TiO2. The nitrogen atoms were predominantly incorporated substitutionally in the crystal lattice of TiO2 nanopowders up to the doping level of 1.25 mol% nitrogen, whereas they were in both interstitial and substitutional sites over about 1.43 mol% nitrogen. From the photocatalytic activity of nitrogen-doped TiO2 estimated by decomposition of methylene blue under visible light, it was found that the substitutional nitrogen anions appearing at the low level doping was beneficial to its photocatalytic activity, whereas the interstitial ones appearing at the high level doping over 1.25 mol% nitrogen were not. The improved photocatalytic activity due to the substitutionally doped nitrogen was attributed to band gap narrowing which was confirmed by the studies of XPS, near edge X-ray absorption fine structure, and UV–Vis absorption.
URI
http://pubs.kist.re.kr/handle/201004/42780
ISSN
09226168
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