Applied Catalysis A: General, Vol.452, 214-221, 2013
Exploring anatase-TiO2 doped dilutely with transition metal ions as nano-catalyst for H2O2 decomposition: Spectroscopic and kinetic studies
Pure and dilutely doped nano anatase-TiO2 with 3 at% Nb, Cr, Fe, Ni, Mn, Co or Cu ions were prepared by sol-gel processing. The doping was found by X-ray diffractometry and laser Raman spectroscopy to reduce the average crystallite size of the titania (8 nm) down to <8-3 nm without formation of separate or mixed oxide phases and without deviation from the anatase structure of the titania. Ion scattering spectroscopy observed surface exposure of the dopant ions, but only Mn, Co or Cu dopant ions were found by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to form oxygen-mediated bonds with titanium ions. The likely facilitation of d-d electron exchange interactions via such dopant-O-Ti linkages is suggested to provide the necessary bulk and surface attributes for the observed rendering of the host anatase-TiO2 a visible light absorber (as revealed by UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy) and an active heterogeneous catalyst for H2O2 decomposition (as revealed by gravimetric gasometry of the decomposition reaction). These two dopant-mediated behaviors were exhibited uniquely by the anatase-TiO2 nanoparticles after doping with Mn, Co or Cu ions. (C) 2012 Published by Elsevier B.V.