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Langmuir. 2010 Jun 15;26(12):9539-46. doi: 10.1021/la100121n.

Chemically binding carboxylic acids onto TiO2 nanoparticles with adjustable coverage by solvothermal strategy.

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Institute of Plasma Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031, PR China.

Abstract

This paper presents a solvothermal strategy for chemical modification of TiO(2) nanoparticles with carboxylic acids. Solvothermal reaction between the TiO(2) nanoparticles and carboxylic acid molecules in an autoclave at 100 degrees C provides carboxylic acid-modified TiO(2) particles with a modification efficiency much higher than the conventional immersion method. TiO(2) nanoparticles were prepared by hydrolysis of titanium isopropoxide in nitric acid solution; the modified nanoparticles were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction pattern, scanning electron microscopy, absorption and Fourier transform infrared spectra, and thermogravimetric analysis. Results show that the binding form of the modifier molecules on TiO(2) surface is in a bidentate chelating mode, the crystalline phase composition and morphological structure of the preformed TiO(2) nanoparticles are not affected by the solvothermal reaction, and the surface coverage of the modifier molecules can be adjusted by the weight ratio of modifier/TiO(2) during feeding. It is evident that the reaction processes in the solvothermal strategy involve the formation of double hydrogen bondings between carboxylic acid molecule and TiO(2) at the same Ti site and the coordination at solvothermal temperature by dehydration from the hydrogen bondings. The solvothermal strategy for modifying TiO(2) nanoparticles is expected to find potential applications in many fields; for example, our results demonstrate that the photovoltaic performance of the TiO(2) nanoparticles can be improved by the solvothermal modification even with an insulating modifier and controlled by the modifier coverage.

PMID:
20345108
DOI:
10.1021/la100121n

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