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TiO2-SiO2 Coatings with a Low Content of AuNPs for Producing Self-Cleaning Building Materials

TEP-243 Nanomaterials Group, Department of Physical-Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Cadiz, 11510 Puerto Real, Spain
Department of Inorganic Chemistry, CASEM, University of Cadiz, 11510 Puerto Real, Spain
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Nanomaterials 2018, 8(3), 177;
Received: 7 February 2018 / Revised: 8 March 2018 / Accepted: 16 March 2018 / Published: 20 March 2018
The high pollution levels in our cities are producing a significant increase of dust on buildings. An application of photoactive coatings on building materials can produce buildings with self-cleaning surfaces. In this study, we have developed a simple sol-gel route for producing Au-TiO2/SiO2 photocatalysts with application on buildings. The gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) improved the TiO2 photoactivity under solar radiation because they promoted absorption in the visible range. We varied the content of AuNPs in the sols under study, in order to investigate their effect on self-cleaning properties. The sols obtained were sprayed on a common building stone, producing coatings which adhere firmly to the stone and preserve their aesthetic qualities. We studied the decolourization efficiency of the photocatalysts under study against methylene blue and against soot (a real staining agent for buildings). Finally, we established that the coating with an intermediate Au content presented the best self-cleaning performance, due to the role played by its structure and texture on its photoactivity. View Full-Text
Keywords: photocatalyst; self-cleaning; building; Au-TiO2/SiO2 photocatalyst; self-cleaning; building; Au-TiO2/SiO2
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Luna, M.; Delgado, J.J.; Gil, M.L.A.; Mosquera, M.J. TiO2-SiO2 Coatings with a Low Content of AuNPs for Producing Self-Cleaning Building Materials. Nanomaterials 2018, 8, 177.

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