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Findings from Gachon University Reveals New Findings on Photocatalytics

May 16, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Fresh data on Photocatalytics are presented in a new report. According to news reporting from Gyeonggi Do, South Korea, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Composite materials of Sn-doped TiO2 nanoparticles (4-6 nm) uniformly anchored onto reduced graphene oxide (RGO) sheets were fabricated by a hydrothermal process. When compared with an undoped TiO2/RGO composite material, the partial substitution of Sn4+ for Ti4+ in TiO2/RGO in different doping concentrations not only increased the specific surface area, but also narrowed the band gap energy of the material."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from Gachon University, "It also resulted in a shift in the photoresponse of the material into the visible light region, an increase in the relative intensity of its Raman (DIG) band, and changes in its X-ray photoelectron spectra; these results implied strong interactions between the Sn species and nanosized TiO2 as well as between the TiO2 and RGO layers. The presence of RGO led to enhanced adsorptivity of methyl orange onto the material compared with that of either pure TiO2 or Sn-doped TiO2. Increasing the Sn dopant content to optimal value facilitated photoactivity under both UV and visible light irradiation."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The incorporation of both RGO and Sn dopants significantly modified the electronic structure of TiO2, altering the electron transfer direction and efficiently prohibiting the recombination of photo-induced charge carriers."

For more information on this research see: Photocatalytic performance of Sn-doped TiO2/reduced graphene oxide composite materials. Applied Catalysis A-General, 2014;473():21-30. Applied Catalysis A-General can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands (see also Photocatalytics).

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T.D. Nguyen-Phan, Gachon Univ, Dept. of Chem & Environm Engn, Songnam 461701, Gyeonggi Do, South Korea. Additional authors for this research include V.H. Pham, J.S. Chung, M. Chhowalla, T. Asefa, W.J. Kim and E.W. Shin.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Gyeonggi Do, South Korea, Photocatalyst, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies

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