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|Title:||All that Glitters Is Not Gold: A Probe into Photocatalytic Nitrate Reduction Mechanism over Noble Metal Doped and Undoped TiO2|
|Citation:||Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2017, Vol.121, 49, pp.27406-27416|
|Abstract:||Photocatalytic reduction of aqueous nitrate has been thoroughly studied over noble metals doped and pristine TiO2 synthesized by a customized single step microwave assisted hydrothermal method. The synthesized catalysts are systematically characterized using XRD, Raman spectroscopy, FE-SEM, HR-TEM, XPS, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and PL measurements. The characterization reveals the successful synthesis of highly crystalline doped and undoped nano-TiO2. The photocatalytic rate of aqueous nitrate reduction over undoped TiO2 is found to be higher than that of noble metal doped TiO2. Mechanistic studies of the photocatalytic reduction are carried out with the help of different hole (oxalic acid, and methanol) and electron (sodium persulfate) scavengers, which reveal that the photogenerated electrons are the primary agents toward efficient nitrate photoreduction. Detailed studies have revealed that the noble metal doping in TiO2 helps in efficient photogeneration of H2 compared to the undoped analogue, however, the in situ produced H2 is found to be inefficient in reducing NO3-. The conduction band position from first principle calculations with respect to the nitrate and hydrogen reduction potentials derived from cyclic voltammetry provide insights to the electron transfer process in determining the reaction pathway. 2017 American Chemical Society.|
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