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Uniform carbon dots@TiO2 nanotube arrays with full spectrum wavelength light activation for efficient dye degradation and overall water splitting

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Abstract

This work presents a novel approach for preparing photocatalysts based on TiO2 nanotube arrays (TiO2 NTAs) anchored with carbon dots (CDs) by a facile two-step method which includes an electrochemical anodization technique followed by electrochemical deposition. The synthesized high quality graphitic carbon dots can act as sensitizers to extend the spectral range of light absorption towards the full solar spectrum. It is confirmed that TiO2 NTAs anchored with CDs (CDs/TiO2 NTAs) display greatly improved photocatalytic activity and excellent photocatalytic stability. By tuning the light absorption of the TiO2 NTAs, the utilization of light in charge generation and separation is well synergized with the CDs for enhanced photocatalytic pollutant degradation and water splitting, achieving significantly improved rates of photocatalytic degradation and H2 production in the visible and full spectra, respectively.

Graphical abstract: Uniform carbon dots@TiO2 nanotube arrays with full spectrum wavelength light activation for efficient dye degradation and overall water splitting

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The article was received on 12 Sep 2017, accepted on 29 Sep 2017 and first published on 02 Oct 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NR06809C
Citation: Nanoscale, 2017,9, 16046-16058
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    Uniform carbon dots@TiO2 nanotube arrays with full spectrum wavelength light activation for efficient dye degradation and overall water splitting

    Q. Wang, J. Huang, H. Sun, K. Zhang and Y. Lai, Nanoscale, 2017, 9, 16046
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NR06809C

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