Nanostructured TiO2 is the most widely studied photocatalytic material and is used in self-cleaning coatings in buildings and for Cultural Heritage applications. To extend the photocatalytic activity of nanocrystalline titania into the visible spectral range, doping of titania by non-metal elements as N, C, F and S is currently widely investigated. Here we report tests on carbonatic Travertine stones coated with two self-cleaning coatings based on Ndoped TiO2 nanoparticles. The two coatings, both obtained by sol-gel synthesis, differ by their titanium precursors and nitrogen sources. The obtained nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV–VIS absorption, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies. The harmlessness of the coatings is demonstrated by colorimetric analysis and by capillary absorption measurements. The self-cleaning properties of the treated stones were evaluated by the measurement ofwater contact angle and of organic dyes degradation as a function of UV–VIS light irradiation time. The results confirm that the synthesized nanoparticles were successfully doped with nitrogen, allowing a photocatalytic activity, even in the visible range, comparable or better than that shown by P25 Evonik commercial product. A comparison between coatingwhere the dopants are introduced by an acidic process and coating doped using urea as the nitrogen source revealed higher activity for the former. The importance of the nature of the dye in the evaluation of the self cleaning properties is discussed.
Enhanced self-cleaning properties of N-doped TiO2 coating for Cultural Heritage / Bergamonti, Laura; Predieri, Giovanni; Paz, Y.; Fornasini, Laura; Lottici, Pier Paolo; Bondioli, Federica. - In: MICROCHEMICAL JOURNAL. - ISSN 0026-265X. - 133(2017), pp. 1-12.
|Titolo:||Enhanced self-cleaning properties of N-doped TiO2 coating for Cultural Heritage|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2017|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.microc.2017.03.003|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|
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