Author(s): Dai K, Peng T, Ke D, Wei B
Abstract Share this page
Abstract Nanocomposite catalysts (MWNT-TiO(2)) were prepared hydrothermally from multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) and titanium sulfate as the titanium source, and then systematically analyzed using electron microscopy, Raman, FT-IR, and UV-vis spectroscopy. Pt-loaded nanocomposites, pristine TiO(2) and MWNTs were examined for their photocatalytic activity on splitting water with triethanolamine as an electron donor. Under visible light irradiation (lambda>420 nm), hydrogen was successfully produced over the Pt/MWNT-TiO(2), while no capacity to split water showed on the Pt-loaded pristine TiO(2) and MWNTs. Under full spectral irradiation of a Xe-lamp, a hydrogen generation rate of up to 8 mmol g(-1) h(-1) or more was achieved. The significant photocatalytic activity of the nanocomposites was attributed to the synergetic effect of the intrinsic properties of its components such as an excellent light absorption and charge separation on the interfaces between the modified MWNTs and TiO(2), resulting from direct growth of TiO(2) nanoparticles on the surface of the MWNTs during the hydrothermal process.
This article was published in Nanotechnology
and referenced in Biochemistry & Analytical Biochemistry