Integrated Au/TiO2 Nanostructured Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Organics Degradation
AbstractIn this work, hierarchical Au/TiO2 nanostructures were studied as possible photoanodes for water splitting and bisphenol A (BPA) oxidation. TiO2 samples were synthetized by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD), while Au nanoparticles (NPs) were differently dispersed (i.e., NPs at the bottom or at the top of the TiO2, as well as integrated TiO2/Au-NPs assemblies). Voltammetric scans and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analysis were used to correlate the morphology of samples with their electrochemical properties; the working mechanism was investigated in the dark and in the presence of a light radiation, under neutral pH conditions towards the possible oxidation of both bisphenol A (BPA) and water molecules. Different behavior of the samples was observed, which may be attributed mainly to the distributions of Au NPs and to their dimension as well. In particular, the presence of NPs at the bottom seems to be the crucial point for the working mechanism of the structure, thanks to scattering effects that likely allow to better exploit the radiation. View Full-Text
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Matarrese, R.; Mascia, M.; Vacca, A.; Mais, L.; Usai, E.M.; Ghidelli, M.; Mascaretti, L.; Bricchi, B.R.; Russo, V.; Casari, C.S.; Li Bassi, A.; Nova, I.; Palmas, S. Integrated Au/TiO2 Nanostructured Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Organics Degradation. Catalysts 2019, 9, 340.
Matarrese R, Mascia M, Vacca A, Mais L, Usai EM, Ghidelli M, Mascaretti L, Bricchi BR, Russo V, Casari CS, Li Bassi A, Nova I, Palmas S. Integrated Au/TiO2 Nanostructured Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Organics Degradation. Catalysts. 2019; 9(4):340.Chicago/Turabian Style
Matarrese, Roberto; Mascia, Michele; Vacca, Annalisa; Mais, Laura; Usai, Elisabetta M.; Ghidelli, Matteo; Mascaretti, Luca; Bricchi, Beatrice R.; Russo, Valeria; Casari, Carlo S.; Li Bassi, Andrea; Nova, Isabella; Palmas, Simonetta. 2019. "Integrated Au/TiO2 Nanostructured Photoanodes for Photoelectrochemical Organics Degradation." Catalysts 9, no. 4: 340.
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