EFFECT OF Ag NANOPARTICLE ON THE PHOTOCATALYTIC ACTIVITY OF TIO2 NANOTUBES
Keywords:TiO2, Ag, nanotubes, photocatalyst.
The TiO2 nanotubes were fabricated by the hydrothermal method. Then, Ag nanoparticles with the varying ratio were attached on the TiO2 nanotubes by photoreduction. The characteristics of structure, morphology, chemical composition and of TiO2 nanotubes modified Ag (Ag-TNTs) was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and the absorption spectral of Methylene blue (MB) solution. The results showed that Ag-TNTs have fairly uniform length with Ag particles immobilized on the tube. The photocatalysis TiO2 nanotubes (TNTs) is higher than Ag-TNTs in UV range and lower than Ag-TNTs in the visible light. And the photocatalytic activity of Ag-TNTs with 5 wt.% Ag is highest in the visible range.
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