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Title:Photocatalytic Activities of Tin (IV) Oxide Surface-Modified Titanium (IV) Dioxide Show a Strong Sensitivity to the TiO2 Crystal Form
Authors:Q. Jin, M. Fujishima, M. Nolan, A. Iwaszuk and H. Tada, 2012
Abstract: Surface modification of rutile TiO2 with extremely small SnO2 clusters gives rise to a great increase in its UV light activity for degradation of model organic water pollutants, while the effect is much smaller for anatase TiO2. This crystal form sensitivity is rationalized in terms of the difference in the electronic modification of TiO2 through the interfacial Sn–O–Ti bonds. The increase in the density of states near the conduction band minimum of rutile by hybridization with the SnO2 cluster levels intensifies the light absorption, but this is not seen with modified anatase. The electronic transition from the valence band to the conduction band causes the bulk-to-surface interfacial electron transfer to enhance charge separation. Further, electrons relaxed to the conduction minimum are smoothly transferred to O2 due to the action of the SnO2 species as an electron transfer promoter.
ICHEC Project:EMOIN: Engineering Metal Oxide Interfaces
Publication:The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2012, 116 (23), pp 12621–12626
URL: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jp302493f
Status: Published

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