Raman evidence of the interaction between multiwalled carbon nanotubes and nanostructured TiO2

Authors

  • Fabiana Inoue,

    1. Laboratório de Espectroscopia Molecular, Departamento de Química Fundamental, Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo, HANS STAMMREICH, BR05508-000, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
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  • Rômulo Augusto Ando,

    Corresponding author
    1. Laboratório de Espectroscopia Molecular, Departamento de Química Fundamental, Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo, HANS STAMMREICH, BR05508-000, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
    • Laboratório de Espectroscopia Molecular, Departamento de Química Fundamental, Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo, HANS STAMMREICH, Av Prof. Lineu Prestes, 748, B4T, BR05508-000, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
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  • Paola Corio

    1. Laboratório de Espectroscopia Molecular, Departamento de Química Fundamental, Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo, HANS STAMMREICH, BR05508-000, São Paulo, SP, Brazil
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Abstract

Nanocomposites of carbon nanotubes and titanium dioxide (TiO2) have attracted much attention due to their photocatalytic properties. Although many examples in the literature have visualized these nanocomposites by electron microscopic images, spectroscopic characterization is still lacking with regard to the interaction between the carbon nanotube and TiO2. In this work, we show evidence of the attachment of nanostructured TiO2 to multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) by Raman spectroscopy. The nanostructured TiO2 was characterized by both full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) and the Raman shift of the TiO2 band at ca 144 cm−1, whereas the average diameter of the crystallite was estimated as approximately 7 nm. Comparison of the Raman spectra of the MWNTs and MWNTs/TiO2 shows a clear inversion of the relative intensities of the G and D bands, suggesting a substantial chemical modification of the outermost tubes due to the attachment of nanostructured TiO2. To complement the nanocomposite characterization, scanning electronic microscopy and X-ray diffraction were performed. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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