Deposition of copper indium sulfide on TiO2 nanotube arrays and its application for photocatalytic decomposition of gaseous IPA

Young Ku, Pei-Yu Lin, Yu-Cheng Liu
2016 Sustainable Environment Research  
Keywords: TiO 2 nanotube arrays Copper indium sulfide Successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) Photocatalysis a b s t r a c t TiO 2 nanotube arrays (TNTs) were modified with copper indium sulfide (Cu/In/S) by successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) method. The field-emission scanning electron microscopy and Xray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis demonstrated the presence of copper indium sulfide nanoparticles on the surface of the modified TNTs. The
more » ... d TNTs exhibited higher photocurrent density and photocatalytic activity than plain TNTs. The concentration of sulfur precursor was found to be an important factor on the composition of modified Cu/In/S films by SILAR. Some composition deviations were observed on the stoichiometry of the Cu/In/S-modified TNTs, which evidently affected the electrochemical characteristics of the modified TNTs. Experiments using the modified TNTs of composition close to the stoichiometric ratio of CuInS 2 usually delivered higher photocatalytic decomposition of gaseous isopropyl alcohol in air streams and exhibited better stability during operation.
doi:10.1016/j.serj.2016.04.016 fatcat:xzwxh3tohbfzjorkwxsawsapge