Electrochemical and photo-electrochemical behavior of self-organized TiO2 nanotubes formed in organic solvents have been studiedby taking into account the formation of new barrier layers beneath nanotubes either due to the anodic polarization in aqueoussolutions or air exposure during high temperature annealing. It has been shown that before annealing, electrochemical and photoelectrochemicalanswers are dominantly controlled by the physicochemical properties of the anodic barrier layer. Annealing in air atsufficiently high temperatures changes the initial amorphous structure of as-prepared nanotubes and forms a new oxide layer belowthem due to thermal oxidation of underneath titanium. Affixing tube bottoms to the substrate during annealing, which forms a betterelectrical contact, can play an important role in collecting a higher photoresponse from annealed nanotubes. In order to improve TiO2nanotubes performance the role of the new anodic or thermal layers, bridging nanotubes and metal substrate, has to be considered.
|Numero di pagine||8|
|Rivista||Journal of the Electrochemical Society|
|Volume||158 (11) K197-K204 (2011)|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2011|
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