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J. Korean Ceram. Soc. > Volume 49(2); 2012 > Article
Journal of the Korean Ceramic Society 2012;49(2): 135.
doi: https://doi.org/10.4191/kcers.2012.49.2.135
Enhanced Photocatalytic Efficiency of Nanoscale NiS2/TiO2 Catalysts Synthesized by Hydrothermal and Sol-gel Method
Lei Zhu, Ze-Da Meng, Trisha Ghosh, Won-Chun Oh
Department of Advanced Materials Science & Engineering, Hanseo University
To improve the visible-light induced photocatalytic application performances of $TiO_2$, in this study, the $NiS_2$ modied $TiO_2$ composites were prepared by two methods: hydrothermal method and sol-gel method. The composites were denoted as hs-$NiS_2$/$TiO_2$, and sg-$NiS_2$/$TiO_2$ and characterized by XRD, UV-vis absorbance spectra, SEM, TEM, EDX, and BET analysis. The photocatalytic activities under visible light were investigated by the degradation of methyl orange (MO). The photodegradation rate of methyl orange under visible light with $NiS_2$/$TiO_2$ composites was markedly higher than that of pure $TiO_2$, and the effect of hs-$NiS_2$/$TiO_2$ composites was better than that of sg-$NiS_2$/$TiO_2$. The results indicate that the hydrothermal process could partly inhibit the agglomeration of $NiS_2$/$TiO_2$. Thus, the dispersion of nanoparticles was improved, and that the promoting effect of $NiS_2$ could extend the light absorption spectrum toward the visible region.
Key words: Nickel disulfide, Titanium dioxide, Hydrothermal method, Visible-light photocatalytic activity
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