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Utilization of ZnO Nanocones for the Photocatalytic Degradation of Acridine Orange

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A facile aqueous solution process was used to synthesize well-crystalline ZnO nanocones at 60 °C by using zinc nitrate hexahydrate and sodium hydroxide. The morphological, structural and optical properties of the synthesized ZnO nanocones were investigated by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) attached with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) equipped with high-resolution (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and UV-Vis. spectroscopy measurements. The structural and optical properties of the as-synthesized nanocones confirmed a pure and well crystalline product possessing wurtzite hexagonal phase. The as-synthesized ZnO nanocones were used as photocatalyst for the efficient photocatalytic degradation of acridine orange. The acridine orange was almost completely degraded within 105 minutes. This research demonstrates that the simply synthesized ZnO nanostructures could be efficient photocatalyst for the photocatalytic degradation of various organic dyes and chemicals.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2011.4166

Publication date: May 1, 2011

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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