Titanium dioxide coatings were sprayed by a water stabilized plasma gun (WSP) to form robust self-supporting bodies with a photocatalytically active surface. Agglomerated nanometric powder was used as a feedstock. In one case argon was used as a powder-feeding as well as coating-cooling gas whereas in the other case nitrogen was used. Stainless steel was used as a substrate and the coatings were released after the cooling. Over one millimeter thick self-supporting bodies were studied by XRD, HR-TEM, XPS, Raman spectroscopy, UV-VIS spectrophotometry and photocatalytic tests. Majority of the tests was done at the surface as well as at the bottom side representing the contact surface with the substrate during the spray process. Porosity was studied by image analysis on polished cross sections where also microhardness was measured. Dominant phase present in the sprayed samples was rutile whereas anatase was the main minor component. Hydrogen content in the nitrogen assisted coating was higher, but the character of the optical absorption edge remained the same for both samples. Photoelectron spectroscopy revealed differences in the character of O 1s peak between both samples. The photocatalytic activity was tested by decomposition of acetone at UV illumination, whereas also the end products - CO and CO2 - were monitored. The nitrogen-assisted coating was revealed as more efficient photocatalyst.

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