MWCNT-TiO2 hybrid nanostructures are prepared using sol-gel and electrospinning followed by post annealing of as-spun nanofibers at 450°C per 1 h in air. These hybrid nanostructures composed of MWCNTs varied from 0 to 20% (w/w) and are characterized by SEM, TEM, XRD, and FT-IR analysis. MWCNT-TiO2 hybrid structures are utilized in commercially available Methylene blue (MB) dye degradation and found that 2% of MWCNT exhibit superior kinetic constant 6.379 × 10-3 min-1 extracted. In addition, we demonstrate that the doping of MWCTs within TiO2 leads to a significant enhancement of the UV-vis light assisted photocatalytic activity is optimized in comparison with higher (5, 10 and 20%) compositions. UV-vis assisted photocatalytic hydrogen is evolved by photoelectrolytic splitting of water by using MWCNT-TiO2 hybrid nanostructures as electrode. © 2013, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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J. B. Veluru, Manippady, K. K., Rajendiren, M., K. Mya, M., Rayavarapu, P. R., Nair, S. A., and Seeram, R., “Photocatalytic hydrogen generation by splitting of water from electrospun hybrid nanostructures”, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, vol. 38, pp. 4324-4333, 2013.