Novel Green Micro-Synthesis of Graphene-Titanium Dioxide Nano-Composites with Photo-Electrochemical Properties

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Author(s): Nourwanda Mohamed Serour*, Ahmed Salah Eldin Hammad, Ahmed Hassan El-Shazly, Dina Ahmed El-Gayar, Shaaban Attia Nosier.

Journal Name: Current Nanoscience

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Background: Graphene-Titanium dioxide nano-composite forms a very promising material in the field of photo-electrochemical research.

Methods: In this study, a novel environment-friendly synthesis method was developed to produce well-distributed anatase nano-titanium dioxide spherical particles on the surfaces of graphene sheets, this novel method has great advantages over previously developed methods of producing graphene-titanium dioxide nanocomposites (GTNCs). High calcination temperature 650°C was used in the preparation nano titanium dioxide, chemical exfoliation for graphene synthesis and GTNC was produced by our novel method by depositing titanium dioxide nanoparticles on graphene sheets using a Y-shaped micro-reactor under a controlled pumping rate with minimal use of chemicals.

Results: The physiochemical and crystallographic properties of the GTNC were confirmed by TEM, XRD, FTIR and EDX measurements, confirmed process repeatability. Spherical nano-titanium dioxide was produced in the anatase phase with very high crystallinity and small particle diameters ranging from 9 nm to 25 nm, also the as prepared graphene (RGO) exhibited minimal flake folding and a high carbon content of 81.28% with a low oxygen-to-carbon atomic ratio of 0.172 and GTNCs produced by our novel method had a superior loading content, a homogeneous distribution and a 96.6% higher content of titanium dioxide particles on the graphene sheets compared with GTNCs prepared with the one-pot method.

Conclusion: For its photoelectrochemical properties, chronoamperometry showed that GTNC sample (2) had a higher peak current of 60 μA compared with that of GTNC sample (1), which indicates that the separation and transfer of electron-hole pairs are better in the case of GTNC sample (2) and according to the LSV results, the generation of photocurrent in the samples can be observed through multiple on-off cycles, which indicates that the electrodes are stable and that the photocurrent is quite reversible.

Keywords: Micro-synthesis, graphene-titanium dioxide nanocomposite, chemical exfoliation, sol-gel, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, chronoamperometry, linear sweep voltammetry

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DOI: 10.2174/1573413715666181212123137
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