Intricate photocatalytic decomposition behavior of gaseous methanol with nanocrystalline tungsten trioxide films in high vacuum

Shivaji B. Sadale, Kei Noda, Kei Kobayashi, Kazumi Matsushige

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Abstract

Gas phase photocatalytic decomposition of methanol with nanocrystalline tungsten trioxide (WO3) thin films in high vacuum was investigated. WO3 thin films were prepared from a novel precursor prepared using peroxo-tungstic acid and polyethylene glycol (PEG300) in water. Uniform thin films of WO3 with different morphologies such as micro-sheets, platelets, nanorods and nanoparticles were fabricated by varying the concentration of PEG300 in the precursor solution and by optimizing other preparative parameters. Nanocrystalline thin films were obtained with 20% of PEG300 in the precursor solution and at a calcination temperature of 350 °C, followed by post annealing in air at 500 °C. Photocatalytic decomposition of gaseous methanol in high vacuum was examined with nanocrystalline WO 3 thin films using a quadrupole mass spectrometer at a real-time scale under visible (400-700 nm) and UVA (300-400 nm) illumination. Methanol was first decomposed to formaldehyde via direct hole transfer mechanism. Subsequently formaldehyde was decomposed to CO and finally to CO2. As a result, the partial pressures of CH2O, CO and CO2 showed a switching phenomenon according to the ON/OFF of light illumination. A rapid decrease in the photocatalytic activity was observed due to photo-induced desorption of methanol during the initial light pulse and gradual decrease at longer times was observed because of formation of tungsten bronze. Thus, the overall process of methanol decomposition over WO3 films is complex convolution of elementary steps that involve several intermediates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10300-10305
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Surface Science
Volume257
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sep 15
Externally publishedYes

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Methanol
Tungsten
Vacuum
Decomposition
Thin films
Carbon Monoxide
Formaldehyde
Lighting
Bronze
Mass spectrometers
Platelets
Nanorods
Convolution
Partial pressure
Calcination
Polyethylene glycols
Desorption
Gases
tungsten oxide
Annealing

Keywords

  • Drop casting
  • Gas phase
  • Methanol decomposition
  • Photo-induced desorption
  • Photocatalysis
  • Tungsten trioxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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Intricate photocatalytic decomposition behavior of gaseous methanol with nanocrystalline tungsten trioxide films in high vacuum. / Sadale, Shivaji B.; Noda, Kei; Kobayashi, Kei; Matsushige, Kazumi.

In: Applied Surface Science, Vol. 257, No. 23, 15.09.2011, p. 10300-10305.

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Sadale, Shivaji B. ; Noda, Kei ; Kobayashi, Kei ; Matsushige, Kazumi. / Intricate photocatalytic decomposition behavior of gaseous methanol with nanocrystalline tungsten trioxide films in high vacuum. In: Applied Surface Science. 2011 ; Vol. 257, No. 23. pp. 10300-10305.
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