Direct Growth of Shape Controlled TiO2 Nanocrystals onto SWCNTs for Highly Active Photocatalytic Materials in the Visible

Francesca Petronella, M. Lucia Curri, Marinella Striccoli, Elisabetta Fanizza, Cintia Mateo-Mateo, Ramon A. Alvarez-Puebla, Teresa Sibillano, Cinzia Giannini, Miguel A. Correa-Duarte, and Roberto Comparelli
App. Catal., B.: Environmental 2015, 178, 9199


We report a very effective synthetic approach to achieve the in situ growth, directly at the surface of single walled carbon nanotubes, of shape controlled anatase TiO2 nanocrystals, either as nanorods or nanospheres, by simply tuning the ratio between reactants. Remarkably, the obtained SWCNTs/TiO2 heterostructures result dispersible in organic solvents, leading to optically clear dispersions. The photocatalytic activity of the SWCNTs/TiO2 heterostructures, compared with bare TiO2 nanorods or nanospheres demonstrates a significant enhancement. In particular, SWCNTs/TiO2 heterostructures demonstrates an enhancement of reaction rate up to 3 times with respect to the commercially available standard TiO2 powder (TiO2 P25) under UV light and up to 2 times under visible light.

Applied Catalysis B, 2014