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Effect of SiO2 on Thermal Stability and Photocatalytic Activity of SiO2/TiO2 Films

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SiO2/TiO2 sols were prepared via a novel sol–gel process using TiCl4 and industrial SiO2 sol as starting material precursors. A series of SiO2/TiO2 composite films were formed via a dip-coating route on ceramic substrates precoated with 4 layers of Al2O3 films, and characterized using an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), a field-emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and a Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectrometer. The effect of SiO2 on the anatase-rutile phase transformation in the films was also examined. The results showed that the presence of SiO2 greatly retarded the anatase-rutile transformation and inhibited the grain growth of TiO2. The anatase-rutile transformation temperature increased from 700 °C (in the case of pure TiO2) to 1000 °C (in the case of using 10 mol% SiO2). The average crystalline size of TiO2 in the films after calcination at 1000 °C was about 28 nm. The photocatalytic activities of the films were evaluated based on degradation rates of a methylene blue solution under UV irradiation, and the results revealed that double layered SiO2/TiO2 composite films calcined at 700 °C exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity.
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Keywords: AL2O3 FILMS; PHASE TRANSFORMATION; PHOTOCATALYTIC ACTIVITY; SIO2/TIO2 FILMS; SOL–GEL

Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: April 1, 2015

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