In the past several years, surface-disordered TiO2, which is referred to as black TiO2 and can absorb both visible and near-infrared solar light, has triggered an explosion of interest for many important applications. Despite the excellent optical and electrical features of black TiO2 for various photoelectrochemical (PEC) and photochemical reactions, the current understanding of the photocatalytic mechanism is unsatisfactory and incomplete. On the basis of previous studies, we present new insight into the surface localization of defects and perspectives on the liquid/solid interface. The future prospects for understanding black TiO2 from this perspective suggest that defect engineering at the liquid/solid interface is a potential method of guiding nanomaterial design.
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This work was supported by the NRF of Korea Grant funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (NRF-2013R1A2A1A09014038 2015M1A2A2074663, 2016M3D3A1A01913254 (C1 Gas Refinery Program)). This work was supported in part by the Yonsei University Future-Leading Research Initiative of 2015 (2015-22-0067).
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry