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Optical, structural and semiconducting properties of Mn doped TiO2 nanoparticles for cosmetic applications

Bousiakou, Leda G.; Dobson, Peter J.; Jurkin, Tanja; Marić, Ivan; Aldossary, Omar; Ivanda, Mile (2022) Optical, structural and semiconducting properties of Mn doped TiO2 nanoparticles for cosmetic applications. Journal of King Saud University - Science, 34 . ISSN 1018-3647

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Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles, have been routinely used in cosmetic and sunscreen applications, due to their ability to absorb in the UV spectrum. Nevertheless, one of the main disadvantages has been the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), especially the hydroxyl radical, upon photoexcitation of titania. In this work, we investigate TiO2 nanoparticles doped with 0.6–0.7% manganese (Mn), based in the more stable rutile polymorph of titania. In particular, while the anatase crystal form has the ability to destroy almost any organic matter under UV illumination, rutile is less photoreactive, and with Mn doping its photoactivity is reduced further. In particular, we study its optical, structural and semiconducting properties via the Seebeck effect and show that the material displays p-type characteristics. This is very significant because it shifts the energy levels with respect to formation of hydroxyl free radicals. This ensures that for Mn doped p-type titania it is not energetically possible for the hole created in the valence band by photoexcitation to create an OH. free radical and this may explain its low photoreactivity. It also means that this material can act as a very effective scavenger for hydroxyl free radicals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Titania ; Manganese ; TiO2:Mn ; Doped ; Raman ; SEM ; TEM ; XRD ; Seebeck effect
Subjects: NATURAL SCIENCES > Chemistry
Divisions: Division of Electronics
Depositing User: Ivan Marić
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2022 09:36
DOI: 10.1016/j.jksus.2021.101818

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