Synthesis and characterization of Tio2 thin films doped with copper to be used in photocatalysis
Díaz Uribe, Carlos Enrique; Ph. D. Grupo de Investigación en Fisicoquímica Aplicada y Estudios Ambientales, Laboratorio de Fotoquímica y Fotobiología, Universidad del Atlántico. Barranquilla.
Vallejo Lozada, William Andrés; Ph. D. Profesor Asociado, Universidad del Atlántico. Barranquilla
Martínez Ortega, Fernando; Ph. D. Centro de Investigaciones en Catálisis. Universidad Industrial de Santander. Bucaramanga
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In this work we studied the influence of incorporation of copper into TiO2 thin films on structural, optical and surface properties of TiO2 thin films. The as-grown TiO2 was synthesized by sol gel method using titanium isopropoxide, and the TiO2 thin films were deposited by spin coating method. TiO2 copper-doped (Cu:TiO2) was synthesized by impregnation method using Cu(NO3).H2O as source of Cu(II), the Cu:TiO2 thin films were deposited by spin coating method. The properties of the compounds obtained were evaluated by measurements of X-ray diffraction (XRD) and diffuse reflectance. The XRD results showed that Cu doping change the crystalline phase radio of the films, XRD pattern of TiO2 indicated that films grow with anatase structute, while Cu:TiO2 thin films presented a polycrystalline mixture of anatase/rutile. Reflectance analysis indicated that TiO2 presents an energy band gap of 3.25 eV and the Cu:TiO2 presents a shift-red of the band gap to 2,9 eV. The results suggest that doping with copper improved the harvesting of the TiO2 to visible radiation.