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Enhanced photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide thin films produced from the ac electric field assisted chemical vapor deposition of titanium (IV) chloride in toluene
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    Romero L, Jorge AB, McMillan PF, Binions R
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    ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology
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Titanium dioxide thin films were deposited from the aerosol assisted chemical vapor deposition reaction of TiCl4in toluene (1M) at 600°C and 5 L min-1. Electric fields were applied and increased in a range of 0 to 30 × 102V m-1during the reaction. Then, deposited films were annealed for 2 h at 600°C in atmospheric air in order to increase crystallinity. Changes in particle size, agglomeration and particle shape were observed for pre and post annealing samples. Raman spectroscopy analysis revealed different composition of anatase and rutile and crystal phase depending on the field strength applied. The photocatalytic activity was calculated from the half-life or time needed by the films to degrade 50% Resazurin dye-ink initial concentration. It was observed an optimum of titania photocatalytic activity (half-life values ~3.5 min) for anatase to rutile ratios close to 1:1 confirming that similarly to titania powders, a photocatalytic synergy is possible for TiO2 thin films. © 2014 The Electrochemical Society.
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