Title Microwave-assisted mild-temperature preparation of neodymium-doped titania for the improved photodegradation of water contaminants
Authors Gomez, Virginia , Balu, Alina Mariana , SERRANO RUIZ, JUAN CARLOS, Irusta, Silvia , Dionysiou, Dionysios D. , Luque, Rafael , Santamaria, Jesus
External publication Si
Means Appl. Catal. A-Gen.
Scope Article
Nature Científica
JCR Quartile 1
SJR Quartile 1
JCR Impact 3.41000
SJR Impact 1.57300
Publication date 28/10/2012
ISI 000308733200006
DOI 10.1016/j.apcata.2012.07.003
Abstract Nd-doped titania materials prepared using a mild microwave-assisted protocol have been found to possess excelling activities in the photodegradation of water contaminants including phenol and Rhodamine B. These materials were characterized by a number of techniques including N-2 adsorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The prepared materials showed high surface area, with the highest value for the catalyst containing a Nd/Ti ratio of 0.03 (341 m(2)/g). The dopant agent was found to be as Nd3+ ions located on the surface and in the inter-planar space of titanium oxide crystals. Effects of the surface area together with the Nd content and the adsorption ability of the material seem to be involved in the optimum photocatalytic activity found for 0.5%Nd (Nd0.005/TiO2) and 6%Nd (Nd0.06/TiO2) containing materials. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords Neodymium; Titania; Photocatalysis; Phenols; Band gap; Water treatment
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