High-density single-crystalline TiO2 nanowires (∼50 nm diam) were successfully grown on Ti substrates by chemical vapor deposition at a low temperature of 700 °C and within a remarkably short time period of 5 min. They were combined with CdSe nanocrystals (°5 nm diam) to form TiO 2/CdSe heterotructured nanowires by overcoating the nanowires with the CdSe-containing solution and subsequent annealing at 600 °C. The TiO2/CdSe nanowires showed uniformly distributed CdSe nanocrystals, and high crystallinity of rutile and wurtzite from the TiO2 and the CdSe, respectively. Owing to the heterostructure of the TiO2/ CdSe, they demonstrate almost full visible-range light absorption and thus enhanced photocatalytic activity by charge separation via electron and hole transfer between the CdSe and the TiO2.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Condensed Matter Physics