Aerogels are highly porous materials whose interesting chemico-physical properties can be exploited in several advanced applications. Ceramic aerogels based on titanium oxides, allow coupling the physical properties with the photocatalytic role of TiO2 in promoting pollutant photodegradation, selective organic photosynthesis, and antibacterial activity. Here, we prepared hybrid organic-ceramic aerogels via one-pot approach by mixing aqueous hydrogels of cellulose nanofibres with TiO2 or TiO2/SiO2 sols and subsequent freeze-drying of the obtained mixtures. The further calcination of the hybrid materials at suitable temperatures allowed achieving ceramic aerogels able to combine a pronounced adsorption efficiency of organic molecules with photocatalytic activity. The new materials have been characterized in terms of morphology, structure, and heterogeneous photo-degradation ability of potential pollutants. A possible explanation for the different behavior in adsorption affinity and photocatalytic efficiency is reported on the basis of the experimental evidences.

Ceramic aerogels from TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibre templates: Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic properties

MELONE, LUCIO;
2013

Abstract

Aerogels are highly porous materials whose interesting chemico-physical properties can be exploited in several advanced applications. Ceramic aerogels based on titanium oxides, allow coupling the physical properties with the photocatalytic role of TiO2 in promoting pollutant photodegradation, selective organic photosynthesis, and antibacterial activity. Here, we prepared hybrid organic-ceramic aerogels via one-pot approach by mixing aqueous hydrogels of cellulose nanofibres with TiO2 or TiO2/SiO2 sols and subsequent freeze-drying of the obtained mixtures. The further calcination of the hybrid materials at suitable temperatures allowed achieving ceramic aerogels able to combine a pronounced adsorption efficiency of organic molecules with photocatalytic activity. The new materials have been characterized in terms of morphology, structure, and heterogeneous photo-degradation ability of potential pollutants. A possible explanation for the different behavior in adsorption affinity and photocatalytic efficiency is reported on the basis of the experimental evidences.
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