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New Insights into Sensitization Mechanism of the Doped Ce (IV) into Strontium Titanate

by Taiping Xie 1,2,*, Yuan Wang 3,4, Chenglun Liu 2,4 and Longjun Xu 2,*
Chongqing Key Laboratory of Extraordinary Bond Engineering and Advanced Materials Technology (EBEAM), Yangtze Normal University, Chongqing 408100, China
State Key Laboratory of Coal Mine Disaster Dynamics and Control, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
Environmental Monitoring Center Station of Suining City, Suining 629000, China
College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China
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Materials 2018, 11(4), 646;
Received: 17 March 2018 / Revised: 17 April 2018 / Accepted: 18 April 2018 / Published: 23 April 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Photocatalysis for Wastewater Treatment)
SrTiO3 and Ce4+ doped SrTiO3 were synthesized by a modified sol–gel process. The optimization synthesis parameters were obtained by a series of single factor experiments. Interesting phenomena are observable in Ce4+ doped SrTiO3 systems. Sr2+ in SrTiO3 system was replaced by Ce4+, which reduced the surface segregation of Ti4+, ameliorated agglomeration, increased specific surface area more than four times compared with pure SrTiO3, and enhanced quantum efficiency for SrTiO3. Results showed that Ce4+ doping increased the physical adsorption of H2O and adsorbed oxygen on the surface of SrTiO3, which produced additional catalytic active centers. Electrons on the 4f energy level for Ce4+ produced new energy states in the band gap of SrTiO3, which not only realized the use of visible light but also led to an easier separation between the photogenerated electrons and holes. Ce4+ repeatedly captured photoelectrons to produce Ce3+, which inhibited the recombination between photogenerated electrons and holes as well as prolonged their lifetime; it also enhanced quantum efficiency for SrTiO3. The methylene blue (MB) degradation efficiency reached 98.7% using 3 mol % Ce4+ doped SrTiO3 as a photocatalyst, indicating highly photocatalytic activity. View Full-Text
Keywords: strontium titanate; Ce(IV); doping modification; photocatalyst strontium titanate; Ce(IV); doping modification; photocatalyst
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Xie, T.; Wang, Y.; Liu, C.; Xu, L. New Insights into Sensitization Mechanism of the Doped Ce (IV) into Strontium Titanate. Materials 2018, 11, 646.

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