Journal of East China Normal University(Natural Science) ›› 2020, Vol. 2020 ›› Issue (1): 93-102.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1000-5641.201922005

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Application of TiO2 nanotube arrays for bipolar photocatalytic fuel cells

WANG Jianqiao, LIU dong, ZHOU Jun, XI Qinghua, NIE Er, SUN Zhuo   

  1. Engineering Research Center for Nanophotonics and Advanced Instrument, Ministry of Education, School of Physics and Electronic Science, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200062, China
  • Received:2019-03-18 Published:2020-01-13

Abstract: Photocatalytic fuel cell (PFC) technology is a combination of photocatalytic technology and fuel cell technology, which can degrade wastewater and generate electricity at the same time. The influence of the preparation process for photoanodes of TiO2 Nanotube Arrays (TNAs) on its morphology and structure was explored; a positive correlation between the electrolysis time and the tube length of TNAs was confirmed by a Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FESEM). We can combine TNAs with Cu2O photoelectrodes to obtain a system with stronger photocatalytic activity, confirming the existence of a PFC synergistic effect. The optimal electrolysis process was 4 h, and the photocatalytic degradation rate of the electrode prepared by this process was more than 79% within 2 h. Analysis of the three standards showed an excellent linear correlation between the photocurrent of PFC and the chemical oxygen demand (COD); as the degradation proceeds, the mass transfer process is reduced and the correlation between the two is weakened.

Key words: photocatalytic fuel cell (PFC), TiO2 nanotubes arrays (TNAs), diclofenac(DCF), chemical oxygen demand (COD)

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