Light-driven Ti3C2MXene micromotors: self-propelled autonomous machines for photodegradation of nitroaromatic explosives

Carmen C. Mayorga-Martinez, Jan Vyskočil, Filip Novotný, Martin Pumera

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Self-propelled artificial micro/nano machines performing targeted tasks have recently attracted the research attention of materials scientists. Here, we prepare sandwich-like TiO2@Ti3C2/Pt structures to serve as light-driven micromotors. A Pt layer is used to protect one side of the Ti3C2nanoflakes from oxidation and also enhances its photocatalytic activity. The other side of the Ti3C2nanoflakes is exposed and develops a TiO2layer by oxidation. Such 2D material-based micromotors allow light-driven motion and on-the-move photodegradation of 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene. This work represents a new proof-of-concept for the use of two-dimensional materials for fuel-free light-driven micromotors with enhanced photodegradation ability toward environmental pollutants and explosives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14904-14910
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul 14

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the project ?Advanced Functional Nanorobots? (reg. no. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000444 financed by the EFRR). Authors acknowledge support by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (Czech Republic) grant LL2002 under ERC CZ program.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Royal Society of Chemistry 2021.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


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