New Hybrid Properties of TiO2 Nanoparticles Surface Modified With Catecholate Type Ligands
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Surface modification of nanocrystalline TiO2 particles (45 ) with bidentate benzene derivatives (catechol, pyrogallol, and gallic acid) was found to alter optical properties of nanoparticles. The formation of the inner-sphere charge-transfer complexes results in a red shift of the semiconductor absorption compared to unmodified nanocrystallites. The binding structures were investigated by using FTIR spectroscopy. The investigated ligands have the optimal geometry for chelating surface Ti atoms, resulting in ring coordination complexes (catecholate type of binuclear bidentate binding-bridging) thus restoring in six-coordinated octahedral geometry of surface Ti atoms. From the Benesi-Hildebrand plot, the stability constants at pH 2 of the order 10(3) M-1 have been determined.
Keywords:TiO2 nanoparticles / Surface modification / Catechol / Pyrogallol / Gallic acid
Source:Nanoscale Research Letters, 2010, 5, 1, 81-88
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