Characterization and activity of visible-light-driven TiO2 photocatalyst codoped with nitrogen and cerium

Chao Liu, Xinhu Tang, Cehui Mo*, Zhimin Qiang

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Nitrogen and cerium codoped TiO2 photocatalysts were prepared by a modified sol-gel process with doping precursors of cerium nitrate and urea, and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC), X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and ultraviolet-visible light diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-vis DRS). Results indicate that anatase TiO2 is the dominant crystalline type in as-prepared samples, and CeO2 crystallites appear as the doping ratio of Ce/Ti reaches to 3.0 at%. The TiO2 starts to transform from amorphous phase to anatase at 987.1 K during calcination, according to the TG-DSC curves. The XPS show that three major metal ions of Ce3+, Ce4+, Ti4+ and one minor metal ion of Ti3+ coexist on the surface. The codoped TiO2 exhibits significant absorption within the range of 400-500 nm compared to the non-doped and only nitrogen-doped TiO2. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of the codoped TiO2 is demonstrated through degradation of methyl orange under visible light irradiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)913-919
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Solid State Chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerium
  • Codoping
  • Nitrogen
  • TiO photocatalyst
  • Visible light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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