Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2/AuNRs–SiO2 Nanocomposites Applied to Building Materials
AbstractIn this work, the self-cleaning and photocatalytic properties of mesoporous TiO2/AuNRs-SiO2 composites (namely UCA–TiO2Au) prepared by a simple and low-cost technique were investigated toward application in building materials. Mesoporous photocatalytic nanocomposites coating the surface of stone and other building materials are a very promising approach to address relevant questions connected with the increasing atmospheric pollution. We tested three types of preformed TiO2/AuNRs nanostructures in order to evaluate the effect of AuNRs on the photocatalytic activity of resulting coatings deposited on the surface of a popular building limestone. The resulting nanocomposites provide crack-free surface coatings on limestone, effective adhesion, improve the stone mechanical properties and impart hydrophobic and self-cleaning properties. Photocatalytic characterization involved the degradation of a target compound (Methylene blue; MB) under direct exposure to simulated solar light using TiO2 P25 Evonik (TiO2 P25) as a reference material. Moreover, these coatings upon irradiation by simulated solar light were successfully employed for the photocatalytic oxidation of carbon soot. The experimental results revealed that UCA–TiO2Au samples are the best performing coating in both MB bleaching and soot degradation. View Full-Text
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Truppi, A.; Luna, M.; Petronella, F.; Falcicchio, A.; Giannini, C.; Comparelli, R.; Mosquera, M.J. Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2/AuNRs–SiO2 Nanocomposites Applied to Building Materials. Coatings 2018, 8, 296.
Truppi A, Luna M, Petronella F, Falcicchio A, Giannini C, Comparelli R, Mosquera MJ. Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2/AuNRs–SiO2 Nanocomposites Applied to Building Materials. Coatings. 2018; 8(9):296.Chicago/Turabian Style
Truppi, Alessandra; Luna, Manuel; Petronella, Francesca; Falcicchio, Aurelia; Giannini, Cinzia; Comparelli, Roberto; Mosquera, Maria J. 2018. "Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2/AuNRs–SiO2 Nanocomposites Applied to Building Materials." Coatings 8, no. 9: 296.
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