INSTITUTO DE QUIMICA, FISICA DE LOS MATERIALES, MEDIOAMBIENTE Y ENERGIA
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Surface structure and reactivity study of phosphotungstic acidnitrogenated ormosils
FERREIRA-NETO, E.P.; . DE CARVALHO, F. L. S; ULLAH, S. ; . ZOLDAN, V. C; PASA, A.A.; BATTIROLA, L.C.; RUDOLF, P.; ALDABE BILMES, S; RODRIGUES-FILHO, U.P.
JOURNAL OF SOL-GEL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Lugar: Berlin; Año: 2013 vol. 66 p. 363 - 363
Supramolecular interactions between nitrogenated groups in hybrid ormosils bearing phosphotungstate nanocatalyst were used to tune the photocatalytical activity of these class-II hybrid materials obtained through solgel chemistry. Surface chemistry and morphology of the materials was studied by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and water contact angle measurements. The photocatalytic efficiency of these hybrid films, measured by the degradation of crystal violet over-layer deposited on ormosils films, is higher for ormosils bearing neutral, more polar and less H-bonding nitrile groups than those bearing alkylamine/alkylammonium functionalities, despite the lower W/Si atomic ratio on the surface and lower tungsten percentage of the pure nitrile bearing ormosils. Such higher surface reactivity of the nitrile bearing ormosils is due to weaker interaction with the phosphotungstate and the lower activity of amine bearing ormosils is attributed to the competition among reversible photochromism and photocatalysis pathways in these materials.