Verma, Rajni and Awasthi, Aditi and Singh, Punita and Srivastava, Ritu and Sheng, Huaping and Wen, Jianguo and Miller, Dean J. and Srivastava, Avanish K. (2016) Interactions of titania based nanoparticles with silica and green-tea: Photo-degradation and -luminescence. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 475. 82-95 . ISSN 0021-9797

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An effective way to modify the photocatalytic activity of both anatase and rutile TiO2 nanoparticles by coating the surface with either an inorganic (SiO2/silica) or organic (green-tea) layer using a chemical approach is demonstrated. Tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) was used to cover the surface of TiO2 with silica which facilitates the inhibition of photocatalytic activity, ensuring its application in sunscreens by blocking the reactive oxygen species (ROS). Green-tea extract, rich in epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), was used to coat/stabilize nano-sized TiO2. The morphology of these coatings was revealed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) mapping. These studies showed good coverage for both types of coating, but with somewhat better uniformity of the coating layer on rutile TiO2 compared to anatase due to its more uniform particle geometry. The effectiveness of each coating was evaluated by photodegradation of an organic dye (methyl orange). These studies showed rutile_polyphenol exhibits the highest photocatalytic activity among rutile forms which validates its feasibility to be used in photodegradation.

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Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to M/s Elsevier.
Subjects: Chemistry > Physical Chemistry
Depositing User: Dr. Rajpal Walke
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 08:25
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2018 08:25

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