BIOTEMPLATED SYNTHESIS OF NANOSTRUCTURED ZNO WITH ENHANCED VISIBLE LIGHT PHOTOCATALYTIC ACTIVITY

1 MASAŘ Milan
Co-authors:
1 MACHOVSKÝ Michal 1 URBÁNEK Pavel 1 URBÁNEK Michal 1 KUŘITKA Ivo
Institution:
1 Centre of Polymer Systems, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, trida Tomase Bati 5678, 760 01 Zlin, Czech Republic
Conference:
9th International Conference on Nanomaterials - Research & Application, Hotel Voronez I, Brno, Czech Republic, EU, October 18th - 20th 2017
Proceedings:
Proceedings 9th International Conference on Nanomaterials - Research & Application
Pages:
321-326
ISBN:
978-80-87294-81-9
ISSN:
2694-930X
Published:
8th March 2018
Proceedings of the conference were published in Web of Science and Scopus.
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Abstract

Cotton wool was used as a biotemplate for the synthesis of nanostructured ZnO with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity. Zn(II+) complexes were introduced into the structure of cotton fibers via evaporation of ammonia solution containing dissolved ZnO powder. Thermal decomposition of Zn(II+) impregnated biotemplate at 500 °C, 600 °C and 700 °C provides yellowish ZnO fine powder which retains the morphology of cotton wool fibers. The photocatalytic activities of both starting and biotemplated ZnO powders were evaluated from the time dependency of degradation of Methyl Violet 2B under the UV (λ~ 365 nm) and visible light (λ~ 400 nm and λ~ 425 nm) irradiation. Measurements were carried out online in UV-Vis spectrometer using a homemade cuvette holder housing equipped with an LED diode The degradation rate constant for biotemplated ZnO under visible light irradiation was 8 times higher than that of the starting ZnO. The significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity of biotemplated ZnO under visible light irradiation can be attributed to the intimate contact of the ZnO crystalline phase with residual carbonaceous species.

Keywords: Photocatalysis, semiconductor, LED diode, photocatalytic reactor, powder material
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