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Zhong-Ning Chen, Aiying Pang, Deli Shen, Mingdeng Wei
Developing ternary metal oxides as electron transporting layers (ETL) for perovskite solar cell is highly challenging in the field of third-generation photovoltaics. In this study, highly mesoporous zinc titanate oxide (Zn2Ti3O8) scaffold synthesized by ion-exchange method has been successfully used as ETL for the fabrication of methyl ammonium lead halide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite solar cells. The optimized devices exhibit 17.21% power conversion efficiency (PCE) with open circuit voltage (Voc) of 1.02 V, short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 21...
November 21, 2017: ChemSusChem
Xinjian Feng, Ke Li, Xia Sheng, Liping Chen, Tao Xu, Kai Zhu, Jie Liu
Mesoporous semiconductor films are of considerable interest for applications in photoelectrochemical devices, however, despite intensive research till now, their charge transport properties remain significantly lower than their single-crystal counterparts. Herein, we report a novel low-temperature template-free technique for growing high surface area mesoporous anatase TiO2 films with a preferred [001] crystalline-orientation on FTO-coated glass substrate. Compared to mesoporous films that comprised of randomly oriented crystallites, the uniaxial orientation enables a 100-fold increase in the rate of electron transport...
November 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Jin Hyok Ri, Shufang Wu, Jingpeng Jin, Tianyou Peng
A sea urchin-like rutile TiO2 microsphere (RMS) film was fabricated on Ti foil via a hydrothermal process. The resulting rutile TiO2 hierarchical microspheres with a diameter of 5-6 μm are composed of nanorods with a diameter of ∼200 nm and a length of 1-2 μm. The sea urchin-like hierarchical structure leads to the Ti foil-based RMS film possessing much better light-scattering capability in the visible region than the bare Ti foil. By using it as an underlayer of a nanosized anatase TiO2 film (bTPP3) derived from a commercially available paste (TPP3), the corresponding bilayer Ti foil-based quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) only gives a conversion efficiency of 4...
November 21, 2017: Nanoscale
Ana Paula Jambers Scandelai, Eliane Sloboda Rigobello, Beatriz Lopes Corso de Oliveira, Célia Regina Granhen Tavares
Landfill leachates are considered to be complex effluents of a variable composition containing many compounds which are difficult to biodegrade and is highly toxic both to the environment and to human health.For this purpose and considering the shortage of studies concerning the treatment of landfill leachates using ozone, as well as its combination with catalysts, the aim of this paper was to identify the organic compounds in the landfill leachate of Maringá, Paraná, Brazil treated with advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) of ozonation (O3), heterogeneous catalytic ozonation with TiO2 (O3/TiO2), and heterogeneous catalytic ozonation with ZnO (O3/ZnO)...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Technology
Qian Li, Ti Li, Chengmei Liu, Glen DeLoid, Georgios Pyrgiotakis, Philip Demokritou, Ruojie Zhang, Hang Xiao, David Julian McClements
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles are used in some food products to alter their optical properties, such as whiteness or brightness. These additives typically contain a population of TiO2 nanoparticles (d < 100 nm), which has led to concern about their potential toxicity. The objective of this study was to examine the impact of TiO2 particles on the gastrointestinal fate of oil-in-water emulsions using a simulated gastrointestinal tract (GIT) that includes mouth, stomach, and small intestine phases...
November 21, 2017: Nanotoxicology
Ahmad Sodagar, Mohamad Sadegh Ahmad Akhoundi, Abbas Bahador, Yasamin Farajzadeh Jalali, Zahra Behzadi, Farideh Elhaminejad, Amir Hossein Mirhashemi
INTRODUCTION: Plaque accumulation and bond failure are drawbacks of orthodontic treatment, which requires composite for bonding of brackets. As the antimicrobial properties of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) have been proven, the aim of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial and mechanical properties of composite resins modified by the addition of TiO2 NPs. METHODS: Orthodontics composite containing 0%, 1%, 5% and 10% NPs were prepared. 180 composite disks were prepared for elution test, disk agar diffusion test and biofilm inhibition test to collect the counts of microorganisms on three days, measure the inhibition diameter and quantify the viable counts of colonies consequently...
September 2017: Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
T Cottineau, H Cachet, V Keller, E M M Sutter
The modification of photo-generated charge transport properties in aligned titanium dioxide nanotubes (TiO2-NTs) regarding the anatase/rutile ratio was studied by photo-electrochemical methods. TiO2-NTs obtained by anodization were thermally treated under air flux at different temperatures to significantly modify the proportion of TiO2 anatase and rutile phases in the tubular structure. Material characterisation methods (XRD, SEM, UV-visible spectroscopy) were used to determine the characteristics of the different TiO2-NT electrodes in terms of dimensions, proportion of each phase and optical properties...
November 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Qianyu Wang, Peng Yu, Lu Bai, Ruiying Bao, Ning Wang, Chuanbing Cheng, Zhengying Liu, Mingbo Yang, Wei Yang, Zhanhu Guo
Inspired by the leaf/vein structure of leaves which effectively supports the photosynthesis of green plants, a nano-leaf/vein bionic structure of self-assembled TiO2/MoS2 composites is applied to induce the reversible photochromic reactions of methylene blue (MB) for the first time. This reversible photochromic phenomenon gives a novel performance for the TiO2/MoS2 composites and expands their applications. Similar to the case where the natural vein network in leaves ensures the efficient material transfer and energy exchange for photosynthesis, the bionic internal MoS2 vein network in the composites ensures the efficient separation and directional transfer of photo-generated carriers to restrain the photocatalytic degradation reactions and to enhance the reversible photochromic reactions...
November 21, 2017: Nanoscale
Kun-Che Kao, Yoshinori Kuroiwa, Hiroyasu Nishi, Tetsu Tatsuma
Metal-semiconductor plasmonic nanostructures are capable of converting light energy through plasmon-induced charge separation (PICS), providing fruitful new strategies to utilize solar energy in various fields, including photocatalysis. Here, we enhance the PICS efficiencies for hydrogen evolution from water at a Pt cathode coupled with a TiO2/Au photoanode by coating the TiO2/Au with a p-type NiO layer on which a Pt co-catalyst is deposited. PICS occurs at the Au-TiO2 interface under visible light. The electrons injected from the Au nanoparticles into TiO2 are transported to the Pt cathode and cause hydrogen evolution from water, the action spectrum of which matches the plasmonic extinction spectrum of the Au nanoparticles...
November 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Sai Phani Kumar V, Rahul Arya, Parag A Deshpande
Geometry optimizations of anion (C and N) doped anatase TiO2 were carried out by using DFT+U calculations. Various anion vacancy sites were examined to study the synergistic effects of anion doping accompanied with anion vacancy formation on lattice oxygen activation. Two non-identical crystal planes (0 0 1) and (1 0 0) were chosen for C and N substitutions. Energetically favoured N-vacancy pairs were identified on TiO2 surfaces. Substitution of N along with anion vacancies at various sites was energetically more favoured than that of C-doping in bulk TiO2 while the energies were comparable for surface substitutions...
November 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Andrew Williams, Sabina Halappanavar
This article contains data related to the research article 'Application of bi-clustering of gene expression data and gene set enrichment analysis methods to identify potentially disease causing nanomaterials' (Williams and Halappanavar, 2015) [1]. The presence of diverse types of nanomaterials (NMs) in commerce has grown significantly in the past decade and as a result, human exposure to these materials in the environment is inevitable. The traditional toxicity testing approaches that are reliant on animals are both time- and cost- intensive; employing which, it is not possible to complete the challenging task of safety assessment of NMs currently on the market in a timely manner...
December 2017: Data in Brief
Ying Chen, Yu Li, Dongmei Deng, Haibo He, Xiaoxia Yan, Zhenxin Wang, Chunhai Fan, Liqiang Luo
A novel and sensitive sandwich immunosensor for amperometric determination of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) was designed using Au nanoparticles-titanium dioxide-graphene (AuNPs-TiO2-graphene) nanocomposites. Dopamine-functionalized graphene was firstly prepared by π-stacking interaction, and TiO2 was then attached to the surface of dopamine-graphene by the specificity and high affinity of enediol ligands to Ti (IV). Afterwards, AuNPs-TiO2-graphene nanocomposites were synthesized with photo-reduction approach under ultraviolet irradiation...
November 17, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Lingzhan Miao, Peifang Wang, Chao Wang, Jun Hou, Yu Yao, Jun Liu, Bowen Lv, Yangyang Yang, Guoxiang You, Yi Xu, Zhilin Liu, Songqi Liu
Environmental concerns regarding the potential ecological risks of metallic oxide nanoparticles (MNPs) in aquatic ecosystems are increasing; sediment is considered a sink for these MNPs. Although several studies have studied the potential impact of MNPs on microbial communities in freshwater and estuarine sediments, limited information is available regarding the influence of MNPs on the metabolic activity of surficial sediment microbial communities and related biogeochemical conditions. To address these issues, a microcosm approach was established to study the metabolic response of surficial sediment microbial communities to a single addition of TiO2 or CeO2 NPs (5 mg/L) using oxygen microelectrodes, enzyme activity measurements, and high-throughput sequencing...
November 7, 2017: Water Research
Wanheng Lu, Lai-Mun Wong, Shijie Wang, Kaiyang Zeng
Resistive switching on the nanoscale is an emerging research field and Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM) is a powerful tool for studies in this area. Under the SPM tip, the electrical field is very high due to the small tip radius on the order of tens of nanometers, and this can enable a range of ionic/electrochemical phenomena during the resistive switching of the materials under the SPM tip. Although the ionic/electrochemical phenomena have long been considered vital for the resistive switching of materials, a few pieces of experimental evidence, as well as the decoupling of the effects of the electrochemical processes at different stages, are still needed...
November 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Xiaoyu Mu, Xiaoyu Liu, Xiaohu Wang, Hai Tao Dai, Changlong Liu
TiO2 in nanoscale exhibits unique physicochemical and optoelectronic properties and has attracted much more interest of the researchers. In this work, TiO2 nanostructures are synthesized in amorphous SiO2 slices by implanting Ti ions, or sequentially implanting Ti and Cu ions combined with annealing at high temperature. The morphology, structure, spatial distribution and optical properties of the formed nanostructures have been investigated in detail. Our results clearly show that the thermal growth of TiO2 nanostructures in SiO2 substrate is significantly enhanced by presence of post Cu ion implantation, which depends strongly on the applied Cu ion fluence, as well as the annealing atmosphere...
November 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
Antoni Sureda, Xavier Capó, Carla Busquets-Cortés, Silvia Tejada
The use of sunscreens to protect against ultraviolet radiation exposure progressively increases as result of a greater awareness of the people and the greater arrival of tourists. The components of these creams can end up in the waters affecting coastal species. Mediterranean mussels (Mytillus galloprovincialis) were subjected to an acute exposure of a sunscreen with TiO2 in their composition during 24h. The low and medium concentrations used in the assays contained a concentration of TiO2 in the range of values found in coastal waters of the Balearic Islands...
November 15, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Peng Zhang, Xiao-Yan Xu, You-Peng Chen, Meng-Qian Xiao, Bo Feng, Kai-Xun Tian, Yue-Hui Chen, You-Zhi Dai
In this work, the protein coronas of activated sludge proteins on TiO2 nanoparticles (TNPs) and ZnO nanoparticles (ZNPs) were characterized. The proteins with high affinity to TNPs and ZNPs were identified by shotgun proteomics, and their effects of on the distributions of TNPs and ZNPs in activated sludge were concluded. In addition, the effects of protein coronas on the aggregations of TNPs and ZNPs were evaluated. Thirty and nine proteins with high affinities to TNPs and ZNPs were identified, respectively...
November 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
Andrew Mellor, David Humphrey, Chi M Yim, Chi L Pang, Hicham Idriss, Geoff Thornton
Au nanoparticles supported on reducible metal oxide surfaces are known to be active catalysts for a number of reactions including CO oxidation and hydrogen production. The exact choice of a metal oxide support has been shown to have a marked impact on activity, suggesting that interactions between Au and the support play a key role in catalysis. For TiO2, a model substrate for Au catalysis, it had been thought that bridging oxygen vacancies are involved in binding Au atoms to the (110) surface based on indirect evidence...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
Sarah Bouhadoun, Chantal Guillard, Sébastien Sorgues, Alexandre Hérissan, Christophe Colbeau-Justin, Frederic Dapozze, Aurélie Habert, Vincent Maurel, Nathalie Herlin-Boime
Titanium dioxide nanoparticles were synthesized by laser pyrolysis, their surface and electronic properties were modified by gold and/or nitrogen. These materials were characterized by different techniques like X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). Time resolved conductivity (TRMC) was used to study the charge separation of electron/hole pairs. Altogether (XPS, EPR, TRMC), the physicochemical characterizations are well correlated with chemical photoactivity of the different samples...
2017: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
Josune Olabarrieta, Oihane Monzón, Yolanda Belaustegui, Jon-Iñaki Alvarez, Saioa Zorita
Rising use of nanoparticles in manufacturing as well as in commercial products bring issues related to environmental release and human exposure. A large amount of TiO2 nanoparticles will eventually reach wastewater treatment plants. Low pressure membrane filtration has been suggested as a feasible treatment of water streams. This study investigated first at laboratory scale the influence of: i) membrane material, ii) pore size and iii) water chemistry on nTiO2 removal. TiO2 retention was governed by the cake layer formation mechanism and significant retention of nanoparticles was observed even for filters having considerably larger pores than nTiO2...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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