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Synthesis of Mesoporous TiO2-B Nanobelts with Highly Crystalized Walls toward Efficient H2 Evolution

Key Laboratory of Flexible Electronics (KLOFE) and Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), Jiangsu National Synergetic Innovation Center for Advanced Materials (SICAM), Nanjing Tech University (NanjingTech), 30 South Puzhu Road, Nanjing 211800, China
Key Laboratory of Eco-chemical Engineering, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Qingdao University of Science and Technology (QUST), Qingdao 266042, China
State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemicals, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
Department of Chemistry, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, P.O. Box. 80203, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
School of Chemical Engineering and Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN), The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
Department of Plant & Environmental New Resources, Kyung Hee University, 1732 Deogyeong-daero, Giheunggu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do 446-701, Korea
International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA) and International Center for Young Scientists (ICYS), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan
Institute of Molecular Plus, Tianjin University, No. 11 Building, No. 92 Weijin Road, Nankai District, Tianjin 300072, China
Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM), University of Wollongong, Squires Way, North Wollongong, NSW 2500, Australia
Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Nanomaterials 2019, 9(7), 919;
Received: 20 March 2019 / Revised: 11 June 2019 / Accepted: 22 June 2019 / Published: 26 June 2019
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Mesoporous TiO2 is attracting increasing interest due to properties suiting a broad range of photocatalytic applications. Here we report the facile synthesis of mesoporous crystalline TiO2-B nanobelts possessing a surface area as high as 80.9 m2 g−1 and uniformly-sized pores of 6–8 nm. Firstly, P25 powders are dissolved in NaOH solution under hydrothermal conditions, forming sodium titanate (Na2Ti3O7) intermediate precursor phase. Then, H2Ti3O7 is successfully obtained by ion exchange through acid washing from Na2Ti3O7 via an alkaline hydrothermal treatment. After calcination at 450 °C, the H2Ti3O7 is converted to a TiO2-B phase. At 600 °C, another anatase phase coexists with TiO2-B, which completely converts into anatase when annealed at 750 °C. Mesoporous TiO2-B nanobelts obtained after annealing at 450 °C are uniform with up to a few micrometers in length, 50–120 nm in width, and 5–15 nm in thickness. The resulting mesoporous TiO2-B nanobelts exhibit efficient H2 evolution capability, which is almost three times that of anatase TiO2 nanobelts. View Full-Text
Keywords: mesoporous materials; TiO2 photocatalyst; water splitting mesoporous materials; TiO2 photocatalyst; water splitting

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Li, P.; Cao, Q.; Zheng, D.; Alshehri, A.A.; Alghamidi, Y.G.; Alzahrani, K.A.; Kim, M.; Hou, J.; Lai, L.; Yamauchi, Y.; Ide, Y.; Bando, Y.; Kim, J.; Malgras, V.; Lin, J. Synthesis of Mesoporous TiO2-B Nanobelts with Highly Crystalized Walls toward Efficient H2 Evolution. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 919.

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