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dc.contributor.authorErdogan, D. A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorSolouki, T.en_US
dc.contributor.authorOzensoy, E.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2016-02-08T10:06:43Z
dc.date.available2016-02-08T10:06:43Z
dc.date.issued2015en_US
dc.identifier.issn2046-2069
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11693/22937
dc.description.abstractA simple sol-gel synthesis method is presented for the production of micron-sized buckyball-like TiO<inf>2</inf> architectures using naturally occurring Lycopodium clavatum (LC) spores as biotemplates. We demonstrate that by simply altering the calcination temperature and titanium(iv) isopropoxide : ethanol volume ratio, the crystal structure and surface composition of the buckyball-like TiO<inf>2</inf> overlayer can be readily fine-tuned. After the removal of the biological scaffold, the unique surface morphology and pore structure of the LC biotemplate can be successfully transferred to the inorganic TiO<inf>2</inf> overlayer. We also utilize photocatalytic degradation of Rhodamine B dye samples to demonstrate the photocatalytic functionality of these micron-sized buckyball-like TiO<inf>2</inf> architectures. Moreover, we show that the photocatalytic activity of TiO<inf>2</inf> overlayers can be modified in a controlled manner by varying the relative surface coverages of anatase and rutile domains. These results open a potential gateway for the synthesis of a variety of bio-inspired materials with unique surface properties and shapes comprised of reducible metal oxides, metal sulfides, mixed-metal oxides, and/or perovskites.en_US
dc.language.isoEnglishen_US
dc.source.titleRSC Advancesen_US
dc.relation.isversionofhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c5ra04171fen_US
dc.subjectOxide mineralsen_US
dc.subjectScaffoldsen_US
dc.subjectSol-gelsen_US
dc.subjectBio-inspired materialsen_US
dc.subjectBiological scaffoldsen_US
dc.subjectCalcination temperatureen_US
dc.subjectCatalytic applicationsen_US
dc.subjectLycopodium clavatumen_US
dc.subjectNaturally occurringen_US
dc.subjectPhoto catalytic degradationen_US
dc.subjectPhotocatalytic activitiesen_US
dc.subjectCrystal structureen_US
dc.titleA versatile bio-inspired material platform for catalytic applications: Micron-sized "buckyball-shaped" TiO<inf>2</inf> structuresen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.departmentDepartment of Chemistryen_US
dc.citation.spage47174en_US
dc.citation.epage47182en_US
dc.citation.volumeNumber5en_US
dc.citation.issueNumber58en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1039/c5ra04171fen_US
dc.publisherRoyal Society of Chemistryen_US


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