Document Type: Regular Article
Department of Physics, Varamin Pishva Branch, Islamis Azad University, Varamin, Iran
In this research, TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple wet chemical method. TiCl4 was used as precursor in hydrogen peroxideand ethanol. The TiO2 nanoparticles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The particle size of the as-synthesized TiO2 was estimated by XRD and TEM analyses in the range of 5-10 nm. The SEM images showed that the size of sphere-like shaped nanoparticles decrease with increasing annealing temperature. The prepared TiO2 nanoparticles were characterized for phase composition, using X-ray diffractometry. The crystal structure of the nanoparticles after annealing was measured by XRD analysis. It was realized that phase transition from anatase to rutile occurs after heat treatment at 600 °C. The particle size of the annealed sample was also calculated about 20 nm by XRD analysis. The EDS spectrum showed peaks of titanium and oxygen with fewer impurities. The UV-Vis spectrum showed anatase and rutile phase at wavelength about 375 nm (Eg = 3.30 eV) and 470 nm (Eg = 2.63 eV) for as-prepared TiO2 and annealed TiO2 nanoparticles respectively.