Photocatalytic activities of rutile and anatase nanoparticles selectively prepared from an aqueous solution

Munehiro Sakanoue, Yasuhiro Kinoshita, Yuichi Otsuka, Hiroaki Imai

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Nanoscale particles of rutile- and anatase-type titanium dioxides were selectively grown in acidic solutions of titanyl sulfate. The variation of photocatalytic activity as a function of UV light intensity was investigated using rutile and anatase powders having almost the same size (20-30 nm) and shape for a clear comparison of the performance depending on the crystal structure. Whereas the performance of anatase evaluated with the decomposition of methylene blue and the reduction of Cr (VI) under UV light was proportional to the square root of the UV light intensity, rutile showed a saturation of the activity in the high-intensity region regardless of the light sources and photochemical reactions. The saturating tendency of rutile weakened with an electron-withdrawing reaction or a decrease in the grain size. Then, the performance of rutile could be superior to that of anatase under illumination at a low-light-intensity. The difference in the photocatalytic performance between rutile and anatase is tentatively ascribed to a high recombination rate of generated electrons and holes associated with a low mobility of carriers in rutile.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)821-825
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Ceramic Society of Japan
Issue number1348
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Dec


  • Nanoparticle
  • Optical property
  • Photocatalysis
  • Polymorph
  • Titania

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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