Environmental catalysis and materials

Preparation, characterization, and photocatalytic activities of boron- and cerium-codoped TiO2

WEI Chao-hai , TANG Xin-hu , LIANG Jie-rong , TAN Shu-ying


Received December 30, 2005,Revised March 10, 2006, Accepted , Available online

Volume 19,2007,Pages 90-96

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Boron- and cerium-codoped TiO2 photocatalysts were synthesized using modified sol–gel reaction process and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), particle size distribution (PSD), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET). The photocatalytic activities were evaluated by monitoring the degradation of dye Acid Recd B (ARB). The results showed that the prepared photocatalysts were mixed oxides mainly consisting of titania, ceria, and boron oxide. The structure of TiO2 could be transformed from amorphous to anatase and then to rutile by increasing calcination temperature; the transformation being accompanied by the growth of particle size without any obvious change in phase structure of CeO2. The XPS of B1.6Ce1.0–TiO2 prepared at 500℃ showed that a few boron atoms incorporated into titania and ceria lattice, whereas others existed as B2O3. Cerium ions existed in two states, Ce3+ and Ce4+, and the atomic ratio of Ce3+/Ce4+ was 1.86. When boron and cerium were doped, the UV–Vis adsorption band wavelength showed an obvious shift toward the visible range (≤526 nm). As the atomic ratio of Ce/Ti increased to 1.0, the absorbance edge wavelength also increased to 481 nm. The absorbance edge wavelength decreased for higher cerium doping levels (Ce/Ti = 2.0),. The particles size ranged from 122 to 255 nm with a domain at 168 nm (39.4%). The degradation of ARB dye indicated that the photocatalytic activities of boron- and cerium-codoped TiO2 were much higher than those of P25 (a standard TiO2 powder). The activities increased as the boron doping increased, whereas decreased when the Ce/Ti atomic ratio was greater than 0.5. The optimum atomic ratio of B/Ti and Ce/Ti was 1.6 and 0.5, respectively.

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