EPR Evidence for Dynamic Rearrangements of Vanadium Paramagnetic Centers on the Surface of V-Doped Titanium Dioxide

  • Alexander I. KokorinEmail author
  • Vladimir I. Pergushov
  • Anatoly I. Kulak


Photocatalytic activity of vanadium modified Hombikat UV 100 TiO2 was investigated in of the Rhodamine B photodegradation in a wide range of vanadium content. Structure and properties of VO2+ paramagnetic centers (PCs) formed on TiO2 surface were studied by X-band electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR). Two types of PCs, aggregated and isolated ones, were revealed and described quantitatively. EPR results in comparison with photocatalytic data allowed conclude that the most probable catalytically active centers are the isolated vanadium centers on the V-doped TiO2 surface.

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EPR spectroscopy Photocatalyst Surface structure Vanadium doping Concentration Titanium dioxide 



Alexander I. Kokorin thanks Russian Foundation for Basic Research (Grant 18-53-00020-Bel-a) for the financial support. We are grateful to Dr. T. N. Galkova (Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry NANB, Minsk, Belarus Republic) for her help in the sanples preparation, to Prof. A. Kh. Vorob’ev (Faculty of Chemistry, Moscow State University) for providing us with the computer program for processing the experimental EPR spectra.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alexander I. Kokorin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vladimir I. Pergushov
    • 2
  • Anatoly I. Kulak
    • 3
  1. 1.Russian Academy of SciencesN. N. Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics RASMoscowRussian Federation
  2. 2.Chemistry DepartmentM. V. Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscowRussian Federation
  3. 3.National Academy of Sciences of BelarusInstitute of General and Inorganic Chemistry NASBMinskBelarus

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