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Photoactivity and hydrophilic property of SiO2 and SnO2 co-doped TiO2 nano-composite thin films

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Author(s): Lek Sikong | Kalayanee Kooptarnond | Sutham Niyomwas

Journal: Songklanakarin Journal of Science and Technology
ISSN 0125-3395

Volume: 32;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 413;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: TiO2 nano-composite film | SiO2/SnO2/TiO2 film | photocatalytic activity | hydrophilic property | sol-gel

ABSTRACT
SiO2 and SnO2 co-doped TiO2 nano-composite thin films were prepared by sol-gel method. The effects of film thicknessand amount of SiO2 and SnO2 co-doping into TiO2 nano-composite films on phase presence, crystallite size, photocatalyticreaction and hydrophilicity were investigated. Thickness of 3-coating layers (238 nm) seems to provide the highest photocatalyticactivity. The crystallinity of anatase phases, crystallite sizes and photocatalytic reactions of SiO2 and SnO2 co-dopedTiO2 films decrease with an increase in SiO2 content. It was found that more amount of SiO2 addition seems to inhibit graingrowth and the formation of anatase phase; especially when it was synthesized at temperature less than 600°C. The photocatalyticreaction seems to decrease with an increase in SiO2 doping when the concentrations of SnO2 in the composite films are fixed. It was apparent that 1SiO2/1SnO2/TiO2 composite film exhibits the highest photoactivity. Suitable amounts of SiO2and SnO2 doping into the TiO2 composite films tend to enhance the hydrophilic property of the films. It was also apparentthat the 3SiO2/3SnO2/TiO2, 5SiO2/5SnO2/TiO2 and 10SiO2/3SnO2/TiO2 composite films exhibit super hydrophilic characteristicsunder UV irradiation for 30 min.

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