Synthesis, Characterization, and Application of Zr,Ce-TiO2/SiO2 Nanocomposite Thin Film as Visible-light Active Photocatalyst

Document Type: Research Paper



A novel Zr,Ce-TiO2/SiO2 nanocomposite thin film was successfully prepared with various amounts of Zr4+ and Ce4+ as codopant ions for self-cleaning applications. A thin film was coated on a tile substrate by dip-coating and porous Zr,Ce-TiO2/SiO2 was obtained after heat treatment for 2 hours at 500 °C. The SEM images and XRD pattern showed that the optimum amount of doping ions in relation to Ti3+ is 0.1%. In this circumstance, the most monotony of film was seen and the main formed phase was anatase. The sample structures were characterized by infrared spectroscopy. The nanocomposite films were found to be active for photocatalytic decomposition of methyl orange as an organic pollutant.