Faculty Advisor

Deskins, N Aaron

Abstract

Sunlight is ubiquitous and reliable. Photocatalysis is a promising use for it, with many environmental benefits. One issue with titanium dioxide, a desirable photocatalyst, is an inability to absorb visible light. Attaching organometallics to titanium dioxide may improve photoexcitation. We used density functional theory to model an anatase surface and adsorbates. Our results indicate that carbonyl, as in iron pentacarbonyl and chromium hexacarbonyl, binds poorly to anatase. Halides such as in iron(II) tricarbonyl dibromide improve bonding and reduce required photoexcitation energy. Cyanide, as in tetracyanonickelate and tetracyanopalladate, has greater potential, reducing required energy further. Our results also indicate photocatalysis can be fine-tuned through choice of metal center.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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