Photocatalytic reforming of renewable raw materials in aqueous solutions represents a valid possibility for the valorization of wastes from agricultural and industrial processes. In this study, we prepared TiO2 materials with different phase compositions by changing the urea/Ti molar ratio employed during the hydrothermal preparation method. After deposition of Pt nanoparticles, the photocatalytic H-2 production was investigated using ethanol and glycerol as sustainable sacrificial agent. While anatase/rutile nanocomposites showed poor catalytic activity, the anatase/brookite nanocomposites showed more promising performances. Specifically, the anatase-rich materials showed the best performances on mass bases. When normalized with respect to the surface area of the photocatalysts, the activity continuously increased with the brookite content, indicating that exposed facets of brookite possess an intrinsic higher activity than that of the other polymorphs.

Photocatalytic valorization of ethanol and glycerol over TiO2 polymorphs for sustainable hydrogen production

BELTRAM, ALESSANDRO;ROMERO OCAÑA, ISMAEL;MONTINI, TIZIANO
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FORNASIERO, Paolo
2016

Abstract

Photocatalytic reforming of renewable raw materials in aqueous solutions represents a valid possibility for the valorization of wastes from agricultural and industrial processes. In this study, we prepared TiO2 materials with different phase compositions by changing the urea/Ti molar ratio employed during the hydrothermal preparation method. After deposition of Pt nanoparticles, the photocatalytic H-2 production was investigated using ethanol and glycerol as sustainable sacrificial agent. While anatase/rutile nanocomposites showed poor catalytic activity, the anatase/brookite nanocomposites showed more promising performances. Specifically, the anatase-rich materials showed the best performances on mass bases. When normalized with respect to the surface area of the photocatalysts, the activity continuously increased with the brookite content, indicating that exposed facets of brookite possess an intrinsic higher activity than that of the other polymorphs.
21-set-2015
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