Induction heating consolidation of TiO2 sol-gel coating on stainless steel support for photocatalysis applications

Dreidy Vásquez, Oscar Jerez, Rodrigo Schrebler, Carlos Carlesi, Danilo Carvajal, Nelson Cáceres, Ricardo Schrebler

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Abstract

A high-frequency induction heater was used to sinter titanium dioxide thin film on stainless steel plates with the aim of being used as photo-electrodes in wastewaters treatment. To validate the use of this sintering technique, the electrodes were prepared using sol-gel and dip-coating, followed by two different annealing processes for comparison: a conventional furnace and a high-frequency induction heating. To characterize the electrodes, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical and photocatalysis tests were performed. Anatase and rutile phases were obtained for both annealing techniques. A more regular surface morphology was achieved via the induction heating (IH) treatment at 300 ºC. The impedance study showed a lower resistance of IH samples, representing an improvement in the charge carrier separation and its fast transfer to the surface of the electrode. The photooxidation of methylene blue exhibited a higher degradation compared with the conventional furnace samples prepared in this study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-151
Number of pages11
JournalPeriodica Polytechnica Chemical Engineering
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Azo dye
  • Coatings
  • Electrochemical techniques
  • Induction heating sintering
  • Photocatalysis
  • Titanium dioxide

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