CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO EN CIENCIAS APLICADAS "DR. JORGE J. RONCO"
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Low-frequency ultrasound induces oxygen vacancies formation and visible light absorption in TiO2 P-25 nanoparticles
P. OSORIO-VARGAS; C. PULGARIN; A. SIENKIEWICZ; L. PIZZIO; M. BLANCO; R. TORRES PALMA; C. PÉTRIER; J. RENGIFO-HERRERA
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Lugar: Amsterdam; Año: 2012 vol. 19 p. 383 - 383
Low-frequency ultrasound (LFUS) irradiation induces morphological, optical and surface changes in the commercial nano-TiO2-based photocatalyst, Evonik?Degussa P-25. Low-temperature electron spin resonance (ESR) measurements performed on this material provided the first experimental evidence for the formation of oxygen vacancies (Vo), which were also found responsible for the visible-light absorption. The Vo surface defects might result from high-speed inter-particle collisions and shock waves generated by LFUS sonication impacting the TiO2 particles. This is in contrast to a number of well-established technologies, where the formation of oxygen vacancies on the TiO2 surface often requires harsh technological conditions and complicated procedures, such as annealing at high temperatures, radio-frequency-induced plasma or ion sputtering. Thus, this study reports for the first time the preparation of visible-light responsive TiO2-based photocatalysts by using a simple LFUS-based approach to induce oxygen vacancies at the nano-TiO2 surface. These findings might open new avenues for synthesis of novel nano-TiO2-based photocatalysts capable of destroying water or airborne pollutants and microorganisms under visible light illumination.