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Au/TiO2-CeO2 Catalysts for Photocatalytic Water Splitting and VOCs Oxidation Reactions

Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, Università di Catania, Viale A. Doria 6, 95125 Catania, Italy
Dipartimento di Energia, Ingegneria dell’Informazione e modelli Matematici (DEIM), Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze 90128, Palermo, Italy
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Academic Editor: Leonarda F. Liotta
Catalysts 2016, 6(8), 121;
Received: 1 July 2016 / Revised: 3 August 2016 / Accepted: 4 August 2016 / Published: 10 August 2016
(This article belongs to the Collection Gold Catalysts)
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Photocatalytic water splitting for H2 production and photocatalytic oxidation of 2-propanol, an example of volatile organic compounds, were investigated over TiO2 catalysts loaded with gold and/or ceria. In the water splitting reaction the presence of gold only slightly affected the performance of TiO2 whereas the presence of CeO2 had a more remarkable positive effect. In the 2-propanol oxidation Au/TiO2 was the most active sample in terms of alcohol conversion whereas Au/TiO2-CeO2 exhibited the highest CO2 yield. On the basis of characterization experiments (X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis EDX, surface area measurements, Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy (DRS) and Raman spectroscopy), it was suggested that the interaction of Au with TiO2 causes an increase in the charge separation between the photo-excited electron/hole pairs, leading to an enhanced photocatalytic activity (to acetone over Au/TiO2 and to CO2 over Au/TiO2-CeO2), whereas the presence of ceria, acting as a hole trap, positively mainly affects the formation of hydrogen by water splitting. View Full-Text
Keywords: photocatalysis; gold; titanium dioxide; cerium oxide; H2 production photocatalysis; gold; titanium dioxide; cerium oxide; H2 production

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Fiorenza, R.; Bellardita, M.; D’Urso, L.; Compagnini, G.; Palmisano, L.; Scirè, S. Au/TiO2-CeO2 Catalysts for Photocatalytic Water Splitting and VOCs Oxidation Reactions. Catalysts 2016, 6, 121.

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