Introduction: The aim of the present work was to analyze the possibility of creating a light-storing photocatalyst material, a system that couples a phosphorescent substrate with a titania coating. The substrate could activate the titanium dioxide coating even in condition of darkness thanks to its light emission. This improvement of absorption can be achieved because the titania semiconductor is irradiated both by the direct light and by the luminescent substrate which is activated at the same time. Methods: TiO2-based sol-gel solutions were deposited on commercial borosilicate glasses containing 2 different phosphorescent pigments (emission peaks at 470 and 520 nm, respectively). Particular attention was paid to optimize the film-substrate adhesion by using a scratch test to evaluate the optimal temperature of the posttreatment step. Results and discussion: The main result is that when irradiated the photoluminescent pigments allow an increase in the photocatalytic acitivity of the coatings. The pigments are able to convert the ultraviolet component of light in order to increase the amount of energy that can be absorbed by titania. Moreover, the hydrophilicity test showed that in the absence of irradiation the phosphorescent samples are characterized by a lower loss of superhydrophilicity.
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|Data di pubblicazione:||2016|
|Titolo:||Light-storing photocatalyst: The possibility of activating titanium dioxide by photoluminescence|
|Autori:||Cattini, Stefano; Bondioli, Federica|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.5301/jabfm.5000284|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Articolo su rivista|
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