Enhanced photocatalytic degradation rates at rutile TiO2 photocatalysts modified with redox co-catalysts

Susann Neubert, Petra Pulisova, Christian Wiktor, Philipp Weide, Bastian Mei, Dmitrii A. Guschin, Roland A. Fischer, Martin Muhler, Radim Beranek

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Nanocrystalline rutile TiO2 powders were modified with small amounts of CuOx and FeOx clusters by impregnation and drying. The modified rutile samples exhibited drastically enhanced photocatalytic degradation of 4-chlorophenol under UV + vis (λ > 320 nm) irradiation. The reaction rates were increased by the factor of 7 and 4 for the optimized TiO2(R)-CuOx and TiO2(R)-FeO x samples containing 0.12 wt.% Cu and 0.13 wt.% Fe, respectively. The visible light (λ > 455 nm) activity in 4-CP degradation was negligible. Photopotential transient measurements have confirmed that amorphous CuOx and FeOx clusters deposited at the surface of rutile TiO2 act as efficient co-catalysts for oxygen reduction by photogenerated electrons, which leads to improved charge separation and diminished recombination. This study shows that simple modification of TiO 2 photocatalysts with redox co-catalysts based on metal oxides is a promising strategy for enhancing the photocatalytic activity in degradation of aqueous pollutants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-103
Number of pages7
JournalCatalysis Today
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • 4-Chlorophenol
  • Co-catalyst
  • Keywords
  • Photocatalysis
  • Rutile
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Water


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