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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2012, Article ID 127326, 16 pages
Research Article

Preparation and Characterization of Ni-Doped T i O 2 Materials for Photocurrent and Photocatalytic Applications

Laboratory for Photoelectrochemical (PEC) Cells and Advanced Ceramics, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Balapur PO, Hyderabad 500005, India

Received 9 October 2011; Accepted 21 December 2011

Academic Editors: I. Shibata, R. Zakrzewski, and M. Zhu

Copyright © 2012 Ibram Ganesh et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Different amounts of Ni-doped TiO2 ( N i = 0 . 1 to 10%) powders and thin films were prepared by following a conventional coprecipitation and sol-gel dip coating techniques, respectively, at 400 to 800°C, and were thoroughly characterized by means of XRD, FT-IR, FT-Raman, DRS, UV-visible, BET surface area, zeta potential, flat band potential, and photocurrent measurement techniques. Photocatalytic abilities of Ni-doped TiO2 powders were evaluated by means of methylene blue (MB) degradation reaction under simulated solar light. Characterization results suggest that as a dopant, Ni stabilizes TiO2 in the form of anatase phase, reduces its bandgap energy, and adjusts its flat band potentials such that this material can be employed for photoelectrochemical (PEC) oxidation of water reaction. The photocatalytic activity and photocurrent ability of TiO2 have been enhanced by doping of Ni in TiO2. The kinetic studies revealed that the MB degradation reaction follows the Langmuir-Hinshelwood first-order reaction relationship.