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MoS2 Nanoparticles Decorating Titanate-Nanotube Surfaces: Combined Microscopy, Spectroscopy, and Catalytic Studies.

Authors
  • Cravanzola, Sara
  • Muscuso, Lucia
  • Cesano, Federico
  • Agostini, Giovanni
  • Damin, Alessandro
  • Scarano, Domenica
  • Zecchina, Adriano
Type
Published Article
Journal
Langmuir
Publisher
American Chemical Society
Publication Date
May 19, 2015
Volume
31
Issue
19
Pages
5469–5478
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.5b00396
PMID: 25901632
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

MoS2/TNTs composites have been obtained by impregnation of titanate nanotubes (TNTs) with a centrifuged solution of nanosized MoS2 particles in isopropyl alcohol (IPA). The characterization has been performed by combining UV-vis-NIR, Raman, AFM, and HRTEM analyses, before and after impregnation. HRTEM images show that the contact between single-layer MoS2 nanoparticles and the support is efficient, so justifying the decoration concept. The volatility of IPA solvent allows the preparation of composites at low temperature and free of carbonaceous impurities. MoS2 nanoparticles have strong excitonic transitions, which are only slightly shifted with respect to the bulk because of quantum size effects. Concentrations of MoS2, less than 0.1 wt %, are enough to induce strong absorption in the visible. Photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) has been performed on TNTs and MoS2/TNTs to verify the effect of the presence of MoS2. The first layer of adsorbed MB is consumed first, followed by clustered MB in the second and more external layers. The presence of low concentrated MoS2 nanoparticles does not substantially alter the photocatalytic properties of TNTs. This result is due to poor overlapping between the high frequency of MoS2 C, D excitonic transitions and the TNTs band gap transition.

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