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Argondizzo, Adam (2017) MULTI-PHOTON PHOTOEMISSION STUDY OF TiO2 FOR PHOTOCATALYSIS. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Titanium Dioxide has been a material of interest for almost fifty years due to its ability to photocatalyze chemical reactions on its surface under UV excitation. This thesis discusses the properties of electrons in the conduction band of TiO2, which are probed by a variety of new experimental techniques as well as novel combinations of techniques. These measurements give insight into the electronic and photocatalytic properties of TiO2, as well as characterizing a number of new excitations that have not been detected until now. The discovery of a transition from an occupied Ti-3d defect band of t2g symmetry to an unoccupied eg symmetry d band (d-d transitions) in TiO2 gives a better understanding of the electronic structure in the surface region as well as providing a new method for probing the distribution of defect carriers in the bulk and surface. Additionally this newly discovered transition allowed for the identification and characterization of the polaron character of the initial state in photoemission process. A polaron state has been predicted by the theory, but experimental verification has been hard to achieve by spectroscopic means. Finally the interactions of molecules including CO2, CH3OH, and O2 with the defect states was characterized by observing the effect of molecular adsorption on the d-d transitions. By varying the temperature, surface preparation and coverage of the adsorbates, the electron dynamics and interactions of these molecules were studied and produced an increased understanding of the importance of molecular interactions in regards to photoactivity of the surface. This work advances the general knowledge of TiO2 and gives a solid framework for determining the complex electronic interactions that define its photocatalytic activity.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Argondizzo, AdamArgondizzoaj1@gmail.comaja31
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPetek,
Committee MemberSnoke,
Committee MemberFreitas,
Committee MemberBoyanovsky,
Committee MemberHaitao,
Date: 19 June 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 6 December 2016
Approval Date: 19 June 2017
Submission Date: 11 April 2017
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 150
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Physics
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Photocatalysis, TiO2, Two Photon Photoemission, Spectroscopy
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2017 00:43
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 00:43

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