Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 41, Issue 18, pp 5845–5850 | Cite as

Preparation and properties of composite particles made by nano zinc oxide coated with titanium dioxide

  • W. WuEmail author
  • Y-W. Cai
  • J-F. Chen
  • S-L. Shen
  • A. Martin
  • L-X. Wen


In this paper, composite particles of nano zinc oxide coated with titanium dioxide were prepared and characterized by TEM, XRD, XPS and FT-IR, and the properties of the composite particles for photo catalysis and light absorption were studied. Tetrabutyl titanate (TBT) was hydrolyzed in an alcoholic suspension of nano zinc oxide with diethanolamine (DEA) as an additive, resulting in a film with a thickness of 20–30 nm being coated on the surface of nano zinc oxide, and the composite particles contained ZnTiO3 after drying and calcination. Photocatalysis capabilities of the composite particles for the degradation of phenol in an aqueous solution were greatly improved as compared with nano zinc oxide particles before coating, with pure nano ZnO and nano TiO2 with similar average sizes, or with the mixture of nano ZnO and TiO2 with the similar composition as the composite particles. The light absorption scope of the composite particles was enlarged when compared to nano titanium dioxide with same average size.


Composite Particle Zinc Oxide Diethanolamine Polyacrylic Acid Tetrabutyl Titanate 



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 20236020, 20325621), the National R & D Program of China (No. 2001BA310A01) and Beijing Municipal Commission of Education (No. JD100100403).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Wu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Y-W. Cai
    • 1
  • J-F. Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • S-L. Shen
    • 1
  • A. Martin
    • 3
  • L-X. Wen
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Lab for Nanomaterials, Ministry of EducationBeijing University of Chemical TechnologyBeijingPR China
  2. 2.Research Center of the Ministry of Education for High Gravity Engineering and TechnologyBeijing University of Chemical TechnologyBeijingPR China
  3. 3.Advanced Materials Research InstituteUniversity of New OrleansNew OrleansUSA

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