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Synthesis and Stabilization of Blue-Black TiO_2 Nanotube Arrays for Electrochemical Oxidant Generation and Wastewater Treatment

Yang, Yang and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2016) Synthesis and Stabilization of Blue-Black TiO_2 Nanotube Arrays for Electrochemical Oxidant Generation and Wastewater Treatment. Environmental Science and Technology, 50 (21). pp. 11888-11894. ISSN 0013-936X.

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Efficient, inexpensive, and stable electrode materials are key components of commercially viable electrochemical wastewater treatment system. In this study, blue-black TiO_2 nanotube array (BNTA) electrodes are prepared by electrochemical self-doping. The 1-D structure, donor state density, and Fermi energy level position are critical for maintaining the semimetallic functionality of the BNTA. The structural strength of the BNTA is enhanced by surface crack minimization, reinforcement of the BNTA-Ti metal interface, and stabilized by a protective overcoating with nanoparticulate TiO_2 (Ti/EBNTA). Ti/EBNTA electrodes are employed as both anodes and cathodes with polarity switching at a set frequency. Oxidants are generated at the anode, while the doping levels are regenerated along with byproduct reduction at the cathode. The estimated maximum electrode lifetime is 16 895 h. Ti/EBNTA has comparable hydroxyl radical production activity (6.6 × 10^(–14) M) with boron-doped diamond (BDD, 7.4 × 10^(–14) M) electrodes. The chlorine production rate follows a trend with respective to electrode type of Ti/EBNTA > BDD > IrO_2. Ti/EBNTA electrodes operated in a bipolar mode have a minimum energy consumption of 62 kWh/kg COD, reduced foam formation due to less gas bubble production, minimum scale formation, and lower chlorate production levels (6 mM vs 18 mM for BDD) during electrolytic wastewater treatment.

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Additional Information:© 2016 American Chemical Society. Received: July 14, 2016; Revised: September 13, 2016; Accepted: September 20, 2016. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF-RTTC Grant, OPP1111246). The authors declare no competing financial interest.
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Official Citation:Synthesis and Stabilization of Blue-Black TiO2 Nanotube Arrays for Electrochemical Oxidant Generation and Wastewater Treatment Yang Yang and Michael R. Hoffmann Environmental Science & Technology 2016 50 (21), 11888-11894 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03540
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