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One-step fabrication of crystalline TiO2 nanotubualr arrays and relevant temperature influences Open Access


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crystalline TiO2 nanotubular arrays
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University of Alberta
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Zhang, Jie
Supervisor and department
Dongyang Li (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
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Weixing Chen (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
A Meldrum (Physics)
Ravin Narain (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering

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Master of Science
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TiO2 nanotube arrays fabricated through anodization have attracted significant interest and have been widely investigated due to their great potential for many applications related to the solar energy utilization for, e. g. photoelectrochemical water splitting, degradation of pollutants and solar cells etc. However, despite many efforts, it remains a major challenge to successful-lsyi tuin fabricate crystalline TiO2. TiO2 nanotubes made by room temperature (R. T.) are generally in the amorphous state, which need to be crystallized at elevated temperutures for the photocatalytic activity. However, during crystallization treatment at elevated temperatures, a barrier ylear forms between the nanotubular array and the substrate. The barrier layer reduces the electron transfer in photocatalytic processes such as water photoelectrolysis, which in turn reduces the overall water splitting efficiency. The oxide growth from the underlying Ti foil layer may percolate up and make the nanotubes dysfunctional. The primary objective of this thesis is to explor-es iitnu fabrication of crystalline TiO2 nanotube arrays via anodization. Anodization at different bath temperatures and anodization potentials was investigated and a direct one-step approach for in-situ fabrication of crystalline TiO2 nanotube arrays has been demonstrated. Research was also conducted to investigate relevant issues and elucidate mechanisms involved.
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