Visible light-active iron-doped anatase nanocrystallites and their self-cleaning property

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To extend and improve photocatalytic activity of TiO2in UV-visible region and reduce electron-hole recombination, Fe3+doped anatase nanocrystallites were synthesized by a sol-gel process in an aqueous solution at a temperature of 60 °C with the addition of Fe3+dopant. The Fe3+dopant with various doping level was investigated. Superior self-cleaning performance was achieved for the optimal doped anatase nanocrystals when compared to that of the pure TiO2through the evaluation of colorant decomposition, the degradation of a coffee stain, and a red wine stain under UV and visible light irradiation. The study demonstrated that it is feasible to apply Fe3+doped anatase nanocrystallites to materials with low thermal resistance, such as textiles and other biomaterials as the doped anatase nanocrystals were formed during the sol-gel process without the need of any post-thermal treatment and the use of aqueous based sol-gel process instead of previously reported solvent-based ones is more environmentally friendly and suitable for large-scale fabrication.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2438-2444
Number of pages7
JournalThin Solid Films
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2011


  • Iron doping
  • Self-cleaning
  • Textiles
  • Titanium dioxide
  • Visible light photocatalysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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