Low Temperature Synthesis of TiONanoparticles with Tuneable Phase Composition and their Photocatalytic Activity

Jeannie Z. Y. Tan, Natalita M. Nursam, Fang Xia, Xingdong Wang, Rachel A. Caruso

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The effect of TiCl4 concentration on the phase transformations among the TiO2 polymorphs was studied using in situ powder X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Interestingly, the primarily amorphous TiO2 solid obtained after thermolysis of TiCl4 at 80°C contained some anatase and rutile phases for low (≤18 mM) and high (≥27 mM) TiCl4 concentrations, respectively. These samples produced anatase or rutile dominated samples of TiO2 after hydrothermal treatment. The tricrystalline TiO2 sample fabricated with 18 mM TiCl4 solution showed the highest photocatalytic activity for the degradation of phenol, as a result of high surface area.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1020-1026
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Chemistry
Issue number10
Early online date16 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)


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