In this study, we report that nitrogen doped TiO2could be achieved via thermal treatment of Degussa P25 TiO2in NO atmosphere directly (P25-NO). The samples were characterized with XRD, XPS, and FT-IR. The characterization results suggested that nitrogen species were interstitially doped in P25-NO during the NO thermal treatment process. In comparison with P25, the P25-NO exhibited significantly enhanced photocatalytic activities under visible light irradiation (λ>420nm) for gaseous NO removal. On the basis of electronic band structure theory, we proposed a possible mechanism for the enhanced visible light driven photocatalytic oxidation process over the interstitial N doping P25-NO samples. This work could not only deepen understanding of the enhanced photoactivity originated from interstitial N doping in TiO2, but also provide a facile route to prepare nitrogen doped TiO2for environmental and energy applications.
- Nitrogen doped TiO 2
- Visible light
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Engineering
- Environmental Chemistry
- Waste Management and Disposal
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis