Hydrogen photo-production from glycerol on platinum, gold and silver-modified TiO2-USY62 catalysts
López Tenllado, Francisco Javier
López Fernández, Silvia
Urbano, Francisco J.
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In this work, photocatalysts consisting of TiO2 supported on zeolite (USY62) were synthesized by sol-gel method and, subsequently, a noble metal (Pt, Au, or Ag) was incorporated by impregnation or photodeposition. Zeolite-TiO2 composites were characterized by SEM, TEM, XRD, N2 adsorption-desorption, Raman and UV–vis spectroscopy, and well-dispersed anatase TiO2 particles (ca. 10 nm) that exhibited a blue-shift in the UV–vis absorption due to the size quantization effect were produced. The photocatalytic activity of all zeolite-TiO2 composites was examined by the photoreforming of aqueous glycerol solution (10% w/w) under UV and solar-simulated radiation. The activity of the zeolitic photocatalysts decreased in the order Pt > Au > Ag, being catalysts prepared by photodeposition more active than those prepared by impregnation. Moreover, Zeolite-supported TiO2, led to a TiO2 with smaller deactivation in H2 production than unsupported TiO2, which can be ascribed to the small TiO2 particle size or an interaction zeolite-TiO2. All in all, a photocatalyst (USY-Ti-PPt) with TiO2 up to four times more active than unsupported TiO2 under UV radiation was prepared.
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