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The functional properties of metal oxide semiconductors depend on intrinsic and extrinsic defects. The population of intrinsic defects is strongly affected by the synthesis method and subsequent treatments of the material, while extrinsic defects can originate from suitable doping. Stoichiometric ZrO2 is a nonreducible oxide with a large band gap. Therefore, controlling and modulating its defect profile to induce energy states in the band gap is the sole possibility to make it a photocatalyst responsive to visible light. We report a method, based on low temperature sol–gel synthesis coupled with treatments performed in mild conditions, to obtain undoped visible light-responsive ZrO2–x. The electronic structure of these materials is interpreted in relation to their oxygen vacancy defect population. On the basis of a wide set of experimental measurements (X-ray photoelectron, steady-state and time-resolved …
American Chemical Society
Publication date: 
24 Mar 2019

Claudio Imparato, Marzia Fantauzzi, Cristiana Passiu, Ilaria Rea, Chiara Ricca, Ulrich Aschauer, Filomena Sannino, Gerardino D’Errico, Luca De Stefano, Antonella Rossi, Antonio Aronne

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Volume: 123 Issue: 18 Pages: 11581-11590
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C