Hydrothermal synthesis of brookite type TiO2 photocatalysts using a water-soluble Ti-complex coordinated by ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid

Yusuke Morishima, Makoto Kobayashi, Valery Petrykin, Shu Yin, Tsugio Sato, Masato Kakihana, Koji Tomita

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    Nanocrystalline brookite titanium oxide was prepared by hydrothermal treatment of a water-soluble titanium complex with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). In this work, we examined the effect of synthesis conditions such as reaction time, titanium concentration and solution pH on the brookite phase formation and its photocatalyitic performance. It was found that hydrothermal treatment of the titanium complex may yield anatase and brookite phases, and their ratio can be varied depending on titanium concentration. Single phase brookite could be prepared when titanium concentration in the starting solution was higher than 0.25 mol/dm3, while lower concentration favors formation of anatase. Remarkably, brookite could be synthesized from the Ti-EDTA complex in the wide range of pH including both acidic and basic media. The samples prepared from Ti-EDTA complex demonstrated higher photocatalytic activity in terms of NO gas decomposition than the brookite powders synthesized from Ti-glycolate complex or commercial TiO2 photocatalyst P25. Higher photocatalytic activity of powders obtained from Ti-EDTA complex aqueous solution is explained by higher surface area of smaller but well-crystallized brookite particles that can be achieved when this new titanium complex is employed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)320-325
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of the Ceramic Society of Japan
    Issue number1363
    Publication statusPublished - 2009 Mar


    • Brookite
    • Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid
    • Hydrothermal method
    • Photocatalyst
    • Titanium oxide
    • Water-soluble titanium complex

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Ceramics and Composites
    • Chemistry(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Materials Chemistry


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