Highly-dispersed nickel nanoparticles decorated titanium dioxide nanotube array for enhanced solar light absorption

Chen, Jian and Zhou, Yingke and Li, Ruizhi and Wang, Xi and Chen, George Z. (2019) Highly-dispersed nickel nanoparticles decorated titanium dioxide nanotube array for enhanced solar light absorption. Applied Surface Science, 464 . pp. 716-724. ISSN 0169-4332

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Abstract

Honeycomb titanium dioxide nanotube array (TiO2-NTA) decorated by highly-dispersed nickel nanoparticles (Ni-NPs) has been grown under control on Ti foil by anodization and subsequent electrodeposition. The pore diameter and length of TiO2-NTA, and the size and quantity of Ni-NPs can be controlled via modulating the variables of the electrochemical processes. It has been found that the pretreatment of TiO2-NTA in the Cu(NO3)2 solution and further annealing at 450 °C in air could greatly improve the dispersion of the electrodeposited Ni-NPs. Absorption of the light in the solar spectrum from 300 to 2500 nm by the Ni-NPs@TiO2-NTA is as high as 96.83%, thanks to the co-effect of the light-trapping of TiO2-NTA and the plasmonic resonance of Ni-NPs. In the water heating experiment performed under an illuminating solar power density of ∼1 kW m−2 (AM 1.5), the ultimate temperature over 66 °C and an overall efficiency of 78.9% within 30 min were obtained, promising for applications in photothermal conversion and solar energy harvest.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Titanium dioxide nanotube array; Nickel nanoparticles; Plasmonic resonance; Light absorption; Photothermal conversion
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Science and Engineering > Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.09.091
Depositing User: Zhou, Elsie
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2018 08:43
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2018 01:45
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/55308

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