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A Two-Step Sol–Gel Method for Synthesis of Nanoporous TiO2

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This article reports a study of the effects of synthesis parameters on the preparation and formation of mesoporous titania nanopowders by employing a two-step sol–gel method. These materials displayed crystalline domains characteristic of anatase. The first step of the process involved the hydrolysis of titanium isopropoxide in a basic aqueous solution mediated by neutral surfactant. The solid product obtained from step 1 was then treated in an acidified ethanol solution containing the same titanium precursor to thicken the pore walls. Low pH and higher loading of the Ti precursor in step 2 produced better mesoporosity and crystallinity of titanium dioxide polymorphs. The resultant powder exhibited a high surface area (73.8 m2/g) and large pore volume (0.17 cm3/g) with uniform mesopores. These materials are envisaged to be used as precursors for mesoporous titania films as a wide band gap semiconductor in dye-sensitized nanocrystalline TiO2 solar cells.
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Keywords: ANATASE DOMAINS; FILMS; MESOPOROUS TITANIA; SOL-GEL TECHNIQUE; TITANIA; WIDE BAND GAP SEMICONDUCTOR

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 March 2004

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