Fabrication and photocatalytic performance of C, N, F-tridoped TiO 2 nanotubes

Xue Wang, Li Li Wang, Dan Guo, Lu Lu Ma, Bao Lin Zhu, Ping Wang, Gui Chang Wang, Shou Min Zhang, Wei Ping Huang

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By impregnating the thermal stable TiO 2 nanotubes (C/TiO 2 NTs) in NH 4 F solution with different concentrations and subsequent calcination treatment at different temperatures, C, N, F-tridoped TiO 2 nanotubes (C, N, F/TiO 2 NTs) were prepared. XRD, XPS, TEM, TG-DTG, UV–vis and nitrogen adsorption were used to and characterize the prepared materials. The influences of dopants, calcination temperature and NH 4 F concentration on the catalytic performances of C, N, F/TiO 2 NTs under UV light and simulated sunlight were investigated by using methyl orange solution as simulant wastewater. Obtained results indicated that the C, N, F/TiO 2 NTs exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than the C-doped or N, F-codoped ones, and the C, N, F/TiO 2 NTs showed the best photocatalytic performance when they were calcinated at 300 °C and impregnated by 1 wt.% NH 4 F solution. The electronic density of states (DOS) analysis results implied that the C, N, F-tridoping could improve the electronic transition and narrow the band gap of anatase TiO 2 , and resulted in improved photocatalytic performance. The synergistic effects of the three dopants were also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)182-189
Number of pages8
JournalCatalysis Today
StatePublished - May 1 2019

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Funding Information:
Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China ( 21373120 , 21301098 , 21406120 ).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Elsevier B.V.


  • C, N, F-tridoping
  • DOS analysis
  • Photocatalytic performance
  • Synergistic effect
  • TiO nanotubes


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