Preparation of siloxy focal dendron-protected TiO2 nanoparticles and their photocatalysis
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AbstractTiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized at ∼0 °C by hydrolyzing [(CH3)2CHO]4Ti in 1-propanol solutions of poly(amido amine) dendrons with a siloxy focal point and long alkyl chain spacers. Transmission electron microscopic photographs showed that TiO2 nanoparticle was 1–5 nm in size and protected by dendrons, when prepared at a mixing ratio 1:10 of Ti ion and dendron. At higher contents of Ti ion, TiO2 nanoparticles aggregated up to a maximum size of 90 nm, depending on the dendron generation (first to third). It was confirmed from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy that SiOTi covalent bond was formed in dendron-protected TiO2 nanoparticles. The ability of dendron-protected TiO2 nanoparticles as a photocatalyst for the photodegradation of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid was higher than that of nonprotected nanoparticle and superior at higher generation. It was suggested that the dendrons protecting TiO2 nanoparticle have enough void volume to conserve guest molecules and behave effectively as a reservoir of guest molecules.

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