Self-Organized TiO2 Nanotubes: Influence of the Ti Microstructure on the Nanotube Growth

Tuesday, 30 May 2017: 11:00
Grand Salon D - Section 22 (Hilton New Orleans Riverside)
H. Sopha and J. M. Macak (University of Pardubice)
The synthesis of highly-ordered nanostructures of valve metal oxides has recently attracted huge scientific and technological interest motivated by their possible use in many applications. The most established member of this group of materials is nanoporous Al2O3, which has been prepared two decades ago by anodic oxidation of Al into perfectly ordered, honeycomb-like porous structures employing suitable electrochemical conditions [1]. Owing to the flexibility of the pore diameter/length and the relative ease of the Al2O3 dissolution, its porous membranes have been since than widely used as template material of choice for a range of materials [2-4].

Recently, TiO2 has received the highest attention after Al2O3 motivated by its range of applications, including photocatalysis, water splitting, solar cells and biomedical uses. Very significant research efforts have led to reproducible synthesis of self-organized TiO2 nanotube layers by means of anodic oxidation, during which the starting Ti substrate is converted into a highly-ordered nanotubular layer by anodization in suitable electrolytes [5-7]. Although advancements in the anodic synthesis of self-organized TiO2 nanotube layers have been presented over the past years [8], the degree of ordering has not reached so far the level known from porous alumina [1]. Numerous factors influence the ordering and the homogeneity of the TiO2 nanotube layers.

In the presentation, we demonstrate significant advancements in the understanding of the influence of Ti substrates on the TiO2 nanotube growth compared to the recent state-of-art. Using SEM, AFM, GDOES and optical measurements we will show how to obtain a high degree of ordering, uniformity and homogeneity in the nanotube structure of TiO2 by tailoring the anodization protocol [9, 10]. Furthermore, based on SEM, EBSD and TEM measurements, we will demonstrate how the Ti grain structure influences the lateral uniformity of the nanotube layers [11].


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