Rutile RuxTi1-xO2 nanobelts to enhance visible light photocatalytic activity
S. Mihai, D. L. Cursaru, D. Matei, A. M. Manta, R. Somoghi, G. Branoiu
We herein report on the synthesis by a facile sol-gel method without templates for preparing rutile RuxTi1-xO2 (x = 0.16; 0.07; 0.01) nanobelts with exposed (001) facets. The rutile nanobelts with exposure (001) facets, favor the separation photogenerated electron-hole pairs and inhibit the recombination of the electron-hole pairs resulting in the increase of the number of main superoxide and hydroxyl radicals. The photocatalytic properties of the rutile RuxTi1-xO2 nanobelts were evaluated by discoloring of MB (methylene blue) dye under sunlight irradiation at an intensity of 40000 lx. It was also done a thorough interface analysis to determine the band energy.
Absorption, Diffuse reflectance, Chemical stability, Nanostructures, Band gap, Materials