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Title: Exploiting Laser‐Induced Oxidation Phase Diagrams for Multifunctional Titania Thin Films

Local laser‐induced oxidation is an extremely valuable technique to perform high‐throughput optimization across multidimensional parameter sets. In this work, a versatile method is presented for the synthesis of titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin‐films with varying crystalline structures through the use of localized, visible, continuous‐wave laser‐processing. By controlling the laser intensity and the exposure time, the conversion of amorphous titanium disulfide (a‐TiS2) precursor films into distinct phases of TiO2is achieved and a laser‐induced oxidation phase diagram is constructed with the resulting material phases, including anatase, rutile, and black TiO2. By utilizing the dependence of phase formation on the rate and duration of laser energy input, mixtures of anatase and rutile phases are fabricated with controlled spatial arrangements. Photocatalytic properties of the synthesized films are evaluated using the degradation of nitrogen oxide (NOx) gas under UV illumination and an organic dye under white‐light illumination, revealing that mixtures of anatase and rutile phases demonstrate superior photocatalytic activity. The laser‐induced oxidation method highlighted showcases a strategy for precisely tailored phase composition for directly tunable properties, paving the way for in‐depth studies into structure‐property relationships in photocatalysis and other applications of metal oxide films.

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Publisher / Repository:
Wiley Blackwell (John Wiley & Sons)
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Journal Name:
Advanced Functional Materials
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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