Polymer-coating of photocatalytic particles to prevent sintering in their calcination process

Hikaru Namigata, Kanako Watanabe, Saya Okubo, Daisuke Nagao

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A method to prevent sintering of photocatalytic particles in a calcination process is developed to allow their crystallization without a significant decrease in their specific surface area. A sacrificial layer of polymer to prevent the particle from sintering was employed for the crystallization of amorphous titania particles in the heat treatment at 500 °C. The heat treatment simultaneously removed the polymer layer by pyrolysis. The heat treatment using a sacrificial layer of polymer could suppress a decrease in the specific surface area of titania particles and also maintain colloidal stability in water, attaining a photocatalytic activity higher than that without using a sacrificial layer. These results indicate that the polymer-coating technique is effective for crystallization of photocatalytic particles without a loss of both colloidal stability and photocatalytic activity of the particles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number124782
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 20


  • Aggregation
  • Colloidal stability
  • Photocatalyst
  • Polymer coating
  • Sintering
  • Titanium dioxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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