Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic behavior of Ag doped TiO2 thin film

F. Bensouici*, T. Souier, A. A. Dakhel, A. Iratni, R. Tala-Ighil, M. Bououdina

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Abstract In this study, structure, microstructure, optical properties and photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) have been investigated in an aqueous heterogeneous media containing pure and Ag doped TiO2 nanostructures thin films which were prepared by a simple sol-gel route. Thermal analysis demonstrated that Ag content decreased the temperature of anatase-to-rutile phase transformation. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed that the prepared nanostructures crystallize within anatase-type structure and that the dopant Ag ions were not fully incorporated within TiO2 host lattice, meanwhile both the refractive index and optical band gap were affected by Ag concentration. The photodegradation of Rhodamine B under UV-C radiation by using pure and Ag-doped TiO2 nanostructures showed that Ag played an important role in a significant improvement of the photodegradation efficiency and that the optimum content of Ag ions was found to be 0.5% molar ratio.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3787
Pages (from-to)255-265
Number of pages11
JournalSuperlattices and Microstructures
Publication statusPublished - Jun 4 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Microstructure
  • Photocatalyst
  • Sol-gel growth
  • Surface properties
  • Thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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