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TiO2 microspheres (TMS) with perfect spherical morphology were synthesized by spray drying of a hydrothermally cured aqueous suspension of TiO2 nanoparticles. TiO2 powders (TP) obtained by drying the nanoparticle suspension were studied simultaneously to determine which was the most efficient photocatalyst. SEM images and laser granulometry on TMS show spherical morphology with the diameter ranging from 2 to 10 μm. TMS had high specific surface area after annealing as seen from BET analyses. XRD analyses show that TMS consist of anatase and rutile crystalline phases where the rutile fraction increases with annealing temperature and above 500 °C rutile dominates anatase. Raman spectroscopy shows several Raman bands from anatase and rutile phases and supports the XRD results of phase transformation with increasing annealing temperature. Photodegradation of organic pollutants in …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
14 May 2014

Sudipto Pal, Anna Maria Laera, Antonio Licciulli, Massimo Catalano, Antonietta Taurino

Biblio References: 
Volume: 53 Issue: 19 Pages: 7931-7938
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research