Construction and photoelectrocatalytic properties of TiO2 nanotubes arrays on titanium substrates

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2411-2413
Journal / PublicationGaodeng Xuexiao Huaxue Xuebao/Chemical Journal of Chinese Universities
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes


In this paper, vertically aligned nanotubes arrays of titanium oxide were fabricated on the surface of titanium substrate by direct anode oxidation with HF being the supporting electrolyte. Under the condition of applying the same bias on the electrodes, a higher anodic photocurrent of the TiO2 nanotubes electrode was obtained than that of TiO2 film electrode, which is due to the larger specific surface area, novel microstructure and higher efficient surface-interface electron migration of nanotube electrode. The degradation of a textile azo dye, Acid Orange 7 (AO7), in aqueous solution with TiO2 nanotubes electrode was carried out using photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) process, comparing with electrochemical process (EP) and photocatalytic (PC). A significant photo-electrochemical synergetic effect was observed. The reason is attributed to the surface state characteristics and higher separation efficiency of photo-generated charge carrier of nanotube system.

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  • Azo dye, Degradation, Photoelectrocatalysis, TiO2 nanotube electrode

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