Imaging of Hydrophilicity and its Inhomogeneity on a Titanium Dioxide Film Exposed to Ultraviolet Irradiation Using a Newly Developed Near-Infrared Camera

Ichiro Tanabe, Daitaro Ishikawa, Daiki Furukawa, Mika Ishigaki, Takeyoshi Goto, Tetsu Morishima, Toshiaki Okuno, Yukihiro Ozaki

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Abstract

This study has investigated hydrophilicity changes and their inhomogeneity of TiO2 films on Pyrex glasses by near-infrared (NIR) spectral imaging. Near-infrared spectra of TiO2 films in the 9000-4000 cm-1 region were measured using a newly developed NIR camera named Compovision. A band in the 5400-4800 cm-1 region, which is assigned to a combination (m2+ m3) mode of bending (m2) and antisymmetric stretching (m3) modes of the H2O molecule, was clearly identified and its intensity increased with time in the air. It is interesting that the increased rate rose with ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation (300-400 nm, 1 mWcm-2) compared to without UV light irradiation. This result suggested that the hydrophilicity of TiO2 was enhanced about twice upon the UV light irradiation. Moreover, the NIR images clarified spatial distributions of the hydrophilicity on the TiO2 surface with a significantly wide area (206 40 mm) and a high speed (within 5 s for one image). This rapid imaging system enabled us to detect the hydrophilicity change during only 1 min. The potential of this camera is quite superior, not only for basic research, but also for diverse industrial applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1251-1256
Number of pages6
JournalApplied spectroscopy
Volume69
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Nov

Keywords

  • Compovision
  • High-speed NIR camera
  • Hydrophilicity
  • Imaging
  • NIR
  • Near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Superhydrophilicity
  • TiO2
  • Titanium dioxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy

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