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TitleFunctionalization of cotton by RGO/TiO2 to enhance photodegradation of rhodamine B under simulated solar irradiation
Author(s)Landi, S., Jr.
Carneiro, Joaquim A. O.
Fernandes, F.
Parpot, Pier
Molina, J.
Cases, F.
Fernandez, J.
Santos, Jorge Gomes
Soares, Graça M. B.
Teixeira, V.
Samantilleke, A. P.
KeywordsRhodamine B
Reduced graphene oxide
Titanium dioxide
Issue date1-Sep-2017
JournalWater, Air, and Soil Pollution
Abstract(s)Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles were immobilized on cotton textile substrates to produce self-cleaning textiles. Varying number of layers of RGO andTiO(2) nanoparticles were coated by a facile method, and their photocatalytic potential was evaluated by measuring the degradation rate of rhodamine B (Rh-B) in an aqueous solution in a photoreactor under simulated solar irradiation. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and zeta potential measurements of starting materials were studied as they are crucial for innovative methods of functionalization. The study confirms that it is possible to ensure a good adhesion of nanoparticles on textile samples without the use of a resin. The application of varying number of RGO and TiO2 coatings has influence on photocatalytic properties of functionalized cotton textile substrates. The energy band gap of the samples reduces from 3.25 to -3.20 eV with the number of RGO coatings. All five de-ethylated intermediates of Rh-B during the photocatalytic degradation were identified using a high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry method. The experimental results show that, in general, the higher the number of RGO coatings is, the higher the photocatalytic efficiency (eta) of the functionalized substrate is (eta= 87% for three RGO coatings on TiO2).
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