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Photocatalytic Properties of Doped TiO2 Coatings Deposited Using Reactive Magnetron Sputtering

Miba Coating Group, Teer Coatings Ltd., West Stone House, Berry Hill Industrial Estate, Droitwich WR9 9AS, UK
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Academic Editor: Joaquim Carneiro
Coatings 2017, 7(1), 10;
Received: 29 November 2016 / Revised: 5 January 2017 / Accepted: 12 January 2017 / Published: 17 January 2017
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Mechanically robust photocatalytic titanium oxide coatings can be deposited using reactive magnetron sputtering. In this article, we investigate the effect of doping on the activity of reactively sputtered TiO2. Silver, copper and stainless steel targets were used to co-deposit the dopants. The films were characterised using XRD, SEM and EDX. Adhesion and mechanical properties were evaluated using scratch testing and nano-indentation, respectively, and confirmed that the coatings had excellent adhesion to the stainless steel substrate. All coatings showed superhydrophilicity under UV irradiation. A methylene blue degradation test was used to assess their photocatalytic activity and showed all coatings to be photoactive to varying degrees, dependent upon the dopant, its concentration and the resulting coating structure. The results demonstrated that copper doping at low concentrations resulted in the coatings with the highest photocatalytic activity under both UV and fluorescent light irradiation. View Full-Text
Keywords: photocatalytic; TiO2; magnetron sputtering photocatalytic; TiO2; magnetron sputtering

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Navabpour, P.; Cooke, K.; Sun, H. Photocatalytic Properties of Doped TiO2 Coatings Deposited Using Reactive Magnetron Sputtering. Coatings 2017, 7, 10.

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