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Silica nanoparticles were modified with titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) via a
two-step sol-gel route. The modified silica nanoparticles were characterized using FTIR spectroscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and EDAX elemental analysis. Photocatalytic activity of the modified nanocomposites was evaluated by photo-activated degradation of Rhodamine B (Rh.B) dyestuff, as a colorant model, in distilled water. Reduction in Rh.B concentration in aqueous solution was evaluated by UV-visible spectroscopy and with the aid of visual observations. The FTIR spectroscopy results confirmed the formation of Ti-O-Si chemical bond on the surface
of silica nanoparticles. TGA test results showed that the weight loss of the modified sample is due to deterioration of the alkoxy groups of the SiO2 surface. According to the results of EDAX elemental analysis, the presence of carbon and titanium in the structure of the modified samples and also reduction in oxygen levels are attributed to the chemical interactions due to surface chemical modification. Carbon detection in the composition can be attributed to the presence of isopropoxide in titanium tetraisopropoxide compound. The results also revealed that, with TiO2 grafting on the silica nanoparticles surface, absorption in UV region is increased and that the silica nanoparticles modified with titanate compound show photocatalytic characteristics and degradation ability of Rh.B dyestuff under UV light irradiation. It became also evident that the photocatalytic activity of the modified nanoparticles is less than TiO2 nanoparticles. However, by inclusion of modified silica nanoparticles into the polymeric coating, the photocatalytic properties of the coating can be established. Although modified silica nanoparticles have less photocatalytic activity compared to TiO2 nanoparticles, but they cause less damage to the polymer matrix.