Light-Assisted Anodized TiO2 Nanotube Arrays

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Title: 

Light-Assisted Anodized TiO2 Nanotube Arrays

Abstract: 

Self-assembled arrays of titania nanotubes are synthesized via electrochemical anodization of Ti foils under the presence of UV-vis irradiation. Compared to control samples (anodized without light), the light-assisted anodized samples exhibit larger diameters as well as thicker nanotube walls, whereas the length of the nanotubes remains the same under otherwise similar synthesis conditions. Enhanced photoelectrochemical performance with light-assisted anodized samples under simulated AM 1.5 irradiation is observed by an increase in photocurrent density of 45-73% at 1.23 V (RHE). The enhanced photoelectrochemical performance is correlated to improved charge separation analyzed by Mott-Schottky. A mechanism on the photoeffect during anodization is presented. The morphology and improved properties obtained from the synthesis methodology may also find application in other fields such as sensing and catalysis

Authors: 

York R. Smith, Biplab Sarma, Swomitra K. Mohanty, Mano Misra

DOI: 

Journal: 

Acs Applied Materials & Interfaces

Year: 

2012

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