Commercial PC105 titanium dioxide nanoparticles were studied under mechanical milling process. The effect of milling time and speed on the structural and electronic properties of TiO$_2$ powder was then investigated using X-raypowder diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS), transmission electronic microscopy (TEM), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and UV–visible spectroscopy. The related photo-catalytic properties of the milled nanoparticleswere probed following the degradation rate of methylene orange (MO) under UV-light irradiation and through EPR spinscavenging approach. Comparison with pristine powder shows that milled nanoparticles are significantly less reactive upon illumination, despite decreased radius and hence, higher specific area. Such low yield of reactive species is attributed to the apparition of the amorphous TiO$_2$ and brookite phase upon milling, as well as increased charge carrier recombination as pointed out by the presence of sacrificial electron donor.
Volume 44, 2021
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Prof. Subi Jacob George — Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bengaluru
Chemical Sciences 2020
Prof. Surajit Dhara — School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Physical Sciences 2020
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