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Enhanced Photocatalytic and Antimicrobial Performance of Cuprous Oxide/Titania: The Effect of Titania Matrix

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Title: Enhanced Photocatalytic and Antimicrobial Performance of Cuprous Oxide/Titania: The Effect of Titania Matrix
Authors: Janczarek, Marcin Browse this author
Endo, Maya Browse this author
Zhang, Dong Browse this author
Wang, Kunlei Browse this author
Kowalska, Ewa Browse this author →ORCID
Keywords: photocatalysis
antimicrobial properties
Issue Date: Nov-2018
Publisher: MDPI
Journal Title: Materials
Volume: 11
Issue: 11
Start Page: 2069
Publisher DOI: 10.3390/ma11112069
Abstract: A simple, low-cost method was applied to prepare hybrid photocatalysts of copper (I) oxide/titania. Five different TiO2 powders were used to perform the study of the effect of titania matrix on the photocatalytic and antimicrobial properties of prepared nanocomposites. The photocatalytic efficiency of such a dual heterojunction system was tested in three reaction systems: ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis)-induced methanol dehydrogenation and oxidation of acetic acid, and 2-propanol oxidation under visible light irradiation. In all the reaction systems considered, the crucial enhancement of photocatalytic activity in relation to corresponding bare titania was observed. The reaction mechanism for a specific reaction and the influence of titania matrix were discussed. Furthermore, antimicrobial (bactericidal and fungicidal) properties of Cu2O/TiO2 materials were analyzed. The antimicrobial activity was found under UV, visible and solar irradiation, and even for dark conditions. The origin of antimicrobial properties with emphasis on the role of titania matrix was also discussed.
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Submitter: Ewa Kowalska

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