Self-assembling tio2 nanorods on large graphene oxide sheets at a two-phase interface and their anti-recombination in photocatalytic applications

Jincheng Liu, Hongwei Bai, Yinjie Wang, Zhaoyang Liu, Xiwang Zhang, Darren Delai Sun

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TiO2 nanorods are self-assembled on the graphene oxide (GO) sheets at the water/toluene interface. The self-assembled GO-TiO2 nanorod composites (GO-TiO2 NRCs) can be dispersed in water. The effective anchoring of TiO2 nanorods on the whole GO sheets is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform IR spectroscopy (FTIR), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The significant increase of photocatalytic activity is confirmed by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV light irridiation. The large enhancement of photocatalytic activity is caused by the effective charge anti-recombination and the effective absorption of MB on GO. The effective charge transfer from TiO2 to GO sheets is confirmed by the significant photoluminescence quenching of TiO2 nanorods, which can effectively prevent the charge recombination during photocatalytic process. The effective absorption of MB on GO is confirmed by the UV-vis spectra. The degradation rate of MB in the second cycle is faster than that in the first cycle because of the reduction of GO under UV light irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4175-4181
Number of pages7
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes



  • composite materials
  • graphene oxide
  • photocatalysis
  • recombination
  • self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomaterials
  • Electrochemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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