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|Title:||Use of Natural Rubber Membranes as Support for Powder TiO2and Ag/TiO2 Photocatalysts|
Jusinei M.; Herrero
Aline S.; Oliveira
Silvio C.; Cavalheiro
Alberto A.; Dantas
Renato F.; Oliveira
Samuel L.; Machulek Jr.
Lincoln C. S.
|Abstract:||The purpose of this study was to synthesize TiO2-polymer composites able to act as photocatalyst membranes. TiO2 catalysts were prepared using the sol-gel method to contain 0.0, 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0 wt.% of embedded Ag particles, subsequently incorporated into natural rubber latex at a weight fraction of 15%. Samples of these ceramic powders were suspended in a latex emulsion (natural rubber), cast in Petri dishes and slowly dried in an oven. The resulting materials were evaluated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray, diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetry, and photocatalytic assaying using methylene blue as an organic pollutant reference. All composite membranes exhibited good photoactivity conferred by TiO2 powder, with 98% dye fading after 300 min of ultraviolet irradiation.|
|Appears in Collections:||Unicamp - Artigos e Outros Documentos|
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