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Thoroughly mesoporous TiO2 nanotubes prepared by a foaming agent-assisted electrospun template for photocatalytic applications

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Abstract

A thoroughly mesoporous long TiO2 nanotube with intact morphology was firstly prepared using a foaming agent-assisted electrospun template method in which an electrospun water-soluble PVA nanofiber was used as the template. The large volumes of vapors released from the introduced foaming agents are attributed to the production of mesopores with uniform spatial distribution on the whole TiO2 tube wall and these mesopores prevent damage to the TiO2 nanotubular morphology during the PVA template removal. The present work represents a critically important solution in advancing the electrospinning technique for generating mesoporous nanotubes in an effective and facile manner.

Graphical abstract: Thoroughly mesoporous TiO2 nanotubes prepared by a foaming agent-assisted electrospun template for photocatalytic applications

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The article was received on 05 Jan 2016, accepted on 15 Feb 2016 and first published on 16 Feb 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6RA00241B
RSC Adv., 2016,6, 21043-21047

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    Thoroughly mesoporous TiO2 nanotubes prepared by a foaming agent-assisted electrospun template for photocatalytic applications

    Y. Lv, Z. L. Xu, H. Asai, N. Shimada and K. Nakane, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 21043
    DOI: 10.1039/C6RA00241B

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