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Facile Preparation of Ag-Coated TiO2 Nanobelts and Their Photocatalytic Activities

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This article describes facile preparation of Ag nanoparticles coated on TiO2 nanobelts and their visible-light photocatalysis activity toward the degradation of Rhodamine B. An Ag complex was adsorbed onto the TiO2 nanobelts by impregnation of the nanobelts into an [Ag(NH3)2]NO3 aqueous solution, and subsequently the Ag precursor was reduced at room temperature by a glucose solution to form Ag nanoparticle-coated TiO2 nanobelts. The visible-light photodegradation of Rhodamine B on such nanocomposite was studied and showed much higher photocatalytic activity than commercial P-25 TiO2 nanoparticles and pure TiO2 nanobelts. Using a seeding preparation procedure through dropwise addition of fresh aqueous solution of NH2NH2 and AgNO3 alternately, larger Ag particles on TiO2 nanobelts were obtained.
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Keywords: AG NANOPARTICLES; AG-COATED TIO2; NANOCOMPOSITE; TIO2 NANOBELTS; VISIBLE-LIGHT PHOTOCATALYSIS

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2011-05-01

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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