Solar light can be used by semiconductor nanocrystals as a free and largely available source of energy to transform air pollutants into non-volatile less harmful chemicals. The efficiency of this process can be enhanced by doping the semiconductor with carbon-based materials, such as graphene. Nevertheless, such an increased activity has been reported (i) for nanocomposite photocatalysts produced on the research laboratory scale, (ii) analyzing their performance as self-standing photocatalysts and not after incorporation into “real” matrixes (e.g. building materials) and (iii) typically using model target pollutants instead of “real” hazardous ones. Here we describe the large-scale preparation of two series of carbon based photocatalysts starting from commercial materials and we demonstrate their superior photocatalytic activity in degrading important air pollutants as nitrogen oxides, compared to undoped photocatalysts. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by NOx abatement adopting the continuous flow procedure and the apparatus reported in the Italian standard UNI 11,247. Best performing materials were incorporated into two different inorganic matrixes (cement and lime). In both cases, the superior photocatalytic performances were maintained. An improvement up to 42±7% of the photocatalytic activity was measured in the case of a cement sample for a carbon-doped photocatalyst with respect to bare TiO2 . The materials were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, high resolution powder X-ray diffraction (HR-PXRD), high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM) energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and micro-Raman.

Effect of the embedment of carbon doped nanocomposites in a real matrix on the enhanced photocatalytic activity / Menichetti, Arianna; Guernelli, Moreno; Guidetti, Gloria; Cacciatore, Andrea; De Notarpietro, Giampiero; Molfetta, Marcello; Capone, Claudia; Calvaresi, Matteo; Falini, Giuseppe; Zerbetto, Francesco; Polishchuk, Iryna; Pokroy, Boaz; Goisis, Marco; Montalti, Marco. - In: JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ADVANCES. - ISSN 2772-4166. - ELETTRONICO. - 7:(2022), pp. 100133.1-100133.8. [10.1016/j.hazadv.2022.100133]

Effect of the embedment of carbon doped nanocomposites in a real matrix on the enhanced photocatalytic activity

Menichetti, Arianna;Guernelli, Moreno;Guidetti, Gloria;Calvaresi, Matteo;Falini, Giuseppe;Zerbetto, Francesco;Montalti, Marco
2022

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Solar light can be used by semiconductor nanocrystals as a free and largely available source of energy to transform air pollutants into non-volatile less harmful chemicals. The efficiency of this process can be enhanced by doping the semiconductor with carbon-based materials, such as graphene. Nevertheless, such an increased activity has been reported (i) for nanocomposite photocatalysts produced on the research laboratory scale, (ii) analyzing their performance as self-standing photocatalysts and not after incorporation into “real” matrixes (e.g. building materials) and (iii) typically using model target pollutants instead of “real” hazardous ones. Here we describe the large-scale preparation of two series of carbon based photocatalysts starting from commercial materials and we demonstrate their superior photocatalytic activity in degrading important air pollutants as nitrogen oxides, compared to undoped photocatalysts. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by NOx abatement adopting the continuous flow procedure and the apparatus reported in the Italian standard UNI 11,247. Best performing materials were incorporated into two different inorganic matrixes (cement and lime). In both cases, the superior photocatalytic performances were maintained. An improvement up to 42±7% of the photocatalytic activity was measured in the case of a cement sample for a carbon-doped photocatalyst with respect to bare TiO2 . The materials were characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy, high resolution powder X-ray diffraction (HR-PXRD), high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM) energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and micro-Raman.
2022
Effect of the embedment of carbon doped nanocomposites in a real matrix on the enhanced photocatalytic activity / Menichetti, Arianna; Guernelli, Moreno; Guidetti, Gloria; Cacciatore, Andrea; De Notarpietro, Giampiero; Molfetta, Marcello; Capone, Claudia; Calvaresi, Matteo; Falini, Giuseppe; Zerbetto, Francesco; Polishchuk, Iryna; Pokroy, Boaz; Goisis, Marco; Montalti, Marco. - In: JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ADVANCES. - ISSN 2772-4166. - ELETTRONICO. - 7:(2022), pp. 100133.1-100133.8. [10.1016/j.hazadv.2022.100133]
Menichetti, Arianna; Guernelli, Moreno; Guidetti, Gloria; Cacciatore, Andrea; De Notarpietro, Giampiero; Molfetta, Marcello; Capone, Claudia; Calvaresi, Matteo; Falini, Giuseppe; Zerbetto, Francesco; Polishchuk, Iryna; Pokroy, Boaz; Goisis, Marco; Montalti, Marco
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