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The effects of atmosphere and calcined temperature on photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanofibers prepared by electrospinning

MeiLing Hu, MingHao Fang*, Chao Tang, Tao Yang, ZhaoHui Huang, YanGai Liu, XiaoWen Wu and Xin Min

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School of Materials Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences Beijing (CUGB), 29 Xueyuan Rd. Haidian district, Beijing 100083, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2013, 8:548  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-8-548

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Published: 30 December 2013


TiO2-based nanofibers were synthesized using a sol–gel method and electrospinning technique. The as-spun composite fibers were heat-treated at different temperatures (500°C, 550°C, 600°C, and 650°C) and atmospheres (ammonia and nitrogen) for 4 h. The fibers had diameters of 50 to 200 nm and mainly featured anatase and rutile phases. The anatase phase decreased and the rutile phase increased with increasing temperature. Different nitrogen conditions exerted minimal effects on the TiO2 crystalline phase. Different nitriding atmospheres during preservation heating yielded various effects on fibers. The effect of nitrogen in ammonia atmosphere is better than that in nitrogen atmosphere. The fibers heat-treated at 600°C and subjected to preservation heating in NH3 showed high photocatalytic activity.

TiO2 nanofibers; Electrospinning; Sol–gel; Photocatalytic activity