Titanium dioxide (TiO2) coatings possess high appeal due to self-cleaning properties that can accelerate decomposition of organic pollutants. The global objective is to develop a cold sprayable feedstock powder with an outer titanium dioxide shell that maximises anatase-rutile heterojunctions for enhanced photocatalytic activity under ultraviolet light and the development of cold spray process parameters for successful deposition of this powder into thin photocatalytic coatings. The objective of this reported first step of our global research effort to produce superior photocatalytic TiO2 coatings by cold spray is to successfully engineer anatase and rutile nanostructure heterojunction shells on pure titanium (CP-Ti) powder known to be easily sprayable by cold spray and then verify its photocatalytic properties through exposure to an organic pollutant, methylene blue (MB). Anatase and rutile heterojunctions are desired due to high activity, stability and broadened bandwidth as opposed to each singular nanostructure. The resulting powder coming out of this first step was characterized using Raman spectroscopy to verify the presence of the desired heterojunctions. The photocatalytic reactivity was tested and evaluated through the degradation of methylene blue upon contact with the TiO2 powder. Results of this first step showed growth of desired heterojunctions and high reactivity of the produced powder.

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