Adsorption and surface reactions of N(C2H5) 3 on powdered TiO2

Chen Fu Lien, Yu Feng Lin, Yi Shiue Lin, Meng Tso Chen, Jong Liang Lin

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The adsorption, thermal stability, and photochemical reactions of N(C 2H5)3 on powdered TiO2 have been studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). N(C2H 5)2 molecules are adsorbed molecularly on TiO2 at 35°C and can be removed from the surface at 300°C in a vacuum. In the presence of O2, N(C2H2)3 starts to decompose on TiO2 at a temperature of ∼215°C. N(C 2H5)3 on TiO2 is desorbed from the surface upon photoirradiation, In the presence of O2, the photodesorption process is suppressed and photoreactions of N(C 2H5)3 are promoted. CO2(g), H 2O(a), NCO(a), HCOO(a), CH3COO(a), and surface species containing MMx, C=0, C-N, or C-N-C groups are detected during N(C2H5)3 photodecomposition on TiO2. As H2O is added to the photoreaction system of N(C2H 5)3 on TiO2 in O2, the amounts of NCO(a) and NHx detected during photoirradiation decrease, but with appearance of C=N groups. Most importantly, it is found that H2O participates in the HCOO(a) and CH3COO(a) formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18261-18268
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Issue number47
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Nov 25

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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