Influence of atmospheric plasma spraying on the solar photoelectro-catalytic properties of TiO2 coatings

Sergi Dosta, Marco Robotti, Sergi Garcia-Segura, Enric Brillas, Irene Garcia Cano, Josep Maria Guilemany

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Titanium dioxide is a widely available material which possesses outstanding properties, chemical stability and low cost. This paper reports the synthesis of nine TiO2 coating from three commercial TiO2 rutile and anatase and TiO2 − x sub-oxide powders onto Inconel alloy substrates by means of atmospheric plasma spray (APS). The influence of this thermally-activating technique on TiO2 powder feedstocks, the role of its spraying conditions as well as the importance of the final active behavior of the coatings were studied. The performance of the coatings as photoanodes in the solar photoelectrocatalysis (SPEC) treatment of a model azo dye was explored. APS spraying parameters were selected in order to achieve a well-bonded coating, a determined thickness and a specific surface roughness. Moreover, Argon feeding gas of plasma torch played an important role in the quick melting process, particularly related to the heat transferred to the TiO2 particles and the achievement of non-stoichiometric TiO2. The prepared coatings were coupled to an air-diffusion cathode inside a photoelectrochemical cell and directly exposed to sunlight irradiation. Through XRD, SEM and surface characterization of the different coatings, the properties of the best TiO2 material for the dye degradation by SPEC were elucidated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-159
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Catalysis B: Environmental
StatePublished - Jul 15 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Acid orange 7
  • Athmospheric plasma spray
  • Solar photoelectrocatalysis
  • Titanium dioxide coatings
  • Water treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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