Facile synthesis of ZnO/Zn2TiO4core/shell nanowires for photocatalytic oxidation of acetone

Liyuan Wan, Xinyong Li, Zhenping Qu, Yong Shi, Hong Li, Qidong Zhao, Guohua Chen

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ZnO/Zn2TiO4core/shell nanowires were synthesized for the first time based on a solid-solid reaction of ZnO nanowires with a conformal shell of TiO2, which was deposited by a sol-gel method. The as-prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, transmission electron microscope (TEM) and environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). The surface photovoltage (SPV) spectra indicated that the as-synthesized ZnO/Zn2TiO4core/shell nanowires exhibited more excellent photovoltaic activity than single ZnO nanowires. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of the ZnO/Zn2TiO4core/shell nanowires was demonstrated by the degradation of acetone under UV light irradiation. As monitored by the in situ FTIR, a sequence of chemical steps could be extracted during the photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous acetone, which was firstly degraded into formate, and subsequently converted into CO and CO2. CO2was partially converted to carbonate further.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864-868
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Acetone
  • In situ FTIR
  • Photocatalytic oxidation
  • ZnO/Zn TiO core/shell nanowires 2 4

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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