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2012 | 10 | 6 | 1850-1858

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The radioactivity and the chemical nature of additives as factors determining the photocatalytic activity of TiO2


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Microcomposites consisting of TiO2 and ThF4 or UO3 (0.5–2% of the TiO2 mass) are produced by sol-gel synthesis of TiO2 in presence of the respective additives. X-ray diffraction study reveals small effect of the latter on TiO2 phase composition and cell parameters and significant influence on the crystallite size and UV/Vis reflectance spectra. The photocatalytic tests in presence of TiO2-ThF4 microcomposites under UV and solar irradiation show a non-monotonic increase of the Malachite Green degradation rate constant with the increase of ThF4-content. No changes in the photocatalytic activity are observed in the presence of UO3 but the latter composites exhibit activity in darkness. The results are compared with previously reported data on the performance of TiO2-ThO2 photocatalyst with the same radioactivity and suggest that both radioactivity and the chemical nature of the dopants are responsible for the photocatalytic performance of TiO2-based composites containing radioactive substances. [...]










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1 - 12 - 2012
21 - 9 - 2012


  • Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Sofia, Sofia, 1164, Bulgaria
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Sofia, Sofia, 1164, Bulgaria
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Sofia, Sofia, 1164, Bulgaria
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Sofia, Sofia, 1164, Bulgaria
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Sofia, Sofia, 1164, Bulgaria
  • Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Sofia, Sofia, 1164, Bulgaria


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