Sol gel graphene/TiO2 nanoparticles for the photocatalytic-assisted sensing and abatement of NO2

Giampiccolo, A, Tobaldi, D, Leonardi, S, Murdoch, B, Seabra, M, Ansell, M, Neri, G and Ball, R 2019, 'Sol gel graphene/TiO2 nanoparticles for the photocatalytic-assisted sensing and abatement of NO2', Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, vol. 243, pp. 183-194.


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Title Sol gel graphene/TiO2 nanoparticles for the photocatalytic-assisted sensing and abatement of NO2
Author(s) Giampiccolo, A
Tobaldi, D
Leonardi, S
Murdoch, B
Seabra, M
Ansell, M
Neri, G
Ball, R
Year 2019
Journal name Applied Catalysis B: Environmental
Volume number 243
Start page 183
End page 194
Total pages 12
Publisher Elsevier BV
Abstract Human exposure to volatile organic compounds and NO2 can lead to health problems, therefore strategies to mitigate against the risks are required. Abatement and sensing are approaches which could both neutralise and monitor these species thus providing a safer environment and warning occupants of harmful levels. This paper presents pure TiO2 and TiO2/graphene hybrids synthesized through a sol-gel route. Electron optical, helium ion microscopy, X-ray diffraction and spectroscopic methods have been applied to elucidate the physical and chemical behaviour. NO2 sensing properties of TiO2/graphene hybrids formed by the addition of graphene to the reaction vessel prior to initiating the sol gel reaction followed by annealing (GTiO2S), and an alternative manufacturing method involving the addition of graphene to TiO2 nanoparticles which had already been annealed (GTiO2M) were compared and evaluated. A conductometric sensor based on TiO2/graphene prepared using material GTiO2S showed a higher response to NO2 compared to sensors based on pure TiO2 and TiO2/graphene prepared with material GTiO2M. Under UV irradiation generated by a low power LED, the sensor showed a remarkably enhanced response to 1750 ppb NO2, about double the response in the dark, and a limit of detection of about 50 ppb of NO2 (Signal/Noise = 3). Photocatalytic tests to assess the degradation of NOx showed that TiO2/graphene hybrids using material GTiO2S were the most active amongst the whole series of TiO2-based materials. Our data highlights the unique characteristics of material GTiO2S TiO2/graphene and the suitability for multi-purpose applications in the field of environmental monitoring and remediation. The capability of the material for both sensing and abatement of NOx could be exploited to offer a safer environment through providing a warning of the presence of NOx whilst also reducing levels.
Subject Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Condensed Matter; Superconductivity
Keyword(s) Graphene
Photocatalysts
Sensor
TiO nanoparticles 2
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.apcatb.2018.10.032
Copyright notice © 2018 The Authors.
ISSN 0926-3373
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