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Green route for preparing extra-small TiO2 nanoparticles using aloe extracts and their application in degradation of methyl orange

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Fang Yin, Bo Jiang, Chunfeng Chen, Yongjun Chen, Xinghua Xue

Hainan University, College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, No. 58 Ren Min Street, Haikou, Hainan 570228, China

Yunzhi Fu

Hainan University, College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, No. 58 Ren Min Street, Haikou, Hainan 570228, China

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Chemistry, Key Laboratory of Colloids and Surfaces, Beijing 100081, China

Mohsen Mazidi

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Key Laboratory of Molecular Developmental Biology, Beijing 100081, China

J. Nanophoton. 9(1), 093056 (Sep 11, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.JNP.9.093056
History: Received May 27, 2015; Accepted July 21, 2015
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Abstract.  TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) with high-photocatalysis properties both in ultraviolet and visible-light regions were synthesized via a simple sol-gel method, and an aloe leaf extract (ALE) was used as the cap. When the Ti(OC4H9)4(CH3)2CHOHALE volume ratio was equal to 0.5840, the reaction time was 6 h, and crystallization occurred at 80°C for 2 h, the TiO2NPs had been synthesized. XRD analysis showed that the structure of TiO2NPs without thermal treatment was anatase. Transmission electron microscopy images confirmed their average size, which was around 5 nm. The products showed an excellent photocatalytic property for methyl orange in the presence of UV and sunlight with the characterization of UV-vis. The photocatalytic activity was optimized by adjusting the amount of TiO2, the pH value, and the calcination temperature. Results indicated that ALE acted as a cap and nano-TiO2 could be synthesized without calcination.

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Fang Yin ; Bo Jiang ; Chunfeng Chen ; Yunzhi Fu ; Yongjun Chen, et al.
"Green route for preparing extra-small TiO2 nanoparticles using aloe extracts and their application in degradation of methyl orange", J. Nanophoton. 9(1), 093056 (Sep 11, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JNP.9.093056


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