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Factors tuning the functional performances of the various TiO2-based materials in the wide range of their possible applications are poorly understood. Here the electronic structure of TiO2-based materials characterized by Ti3+ self-doping, obtained by a sol–gel route wholly performed in air at room temperature, is reported. In the amorphous hybrid TiO2–acetylacetonate (HSGT) material the formation of the Ti(IV)–acac complex makes it photoresponsive to visible light and allows us to obtain by means of a simple annealing in air at 400 °C a very stable black Ti3+ self-doped anatase TiO2 nanomaterial (HSGT-400), characterized by an extraordinary high concentration of Ti atoms with oxidation states lower than IV (about 26%), which absorbs light in the entire visible range. The very high stability of HSGT-400 is mainly related to the process, which does not require the use of harsh conditions nor external reducing …
Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2017

Antonio Aronne, Marzia Fantauzzi, Claudio Imparato, Davide Atzei, Luca De Stefano, Gerardino D'Errico, Filomena Sannino, Ilaria Rea, Domenico Pirozzi, Bernhard Elsener, Pasquale Pernice, Antonella Rossi

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Volume: 7 Issue: 4 Pages: 2373-2381
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