CuO nanoparticles have been extensively used as a photocatalyst because of their superior activity, selectivity and stability properties. The catalytic efficiency of these oxide nanoparticles can be improved by varying the size and shape of nanoparticles. Here, we report the synthesis
of different shaped CuO nanoparticles and their impregnation on TiO2. Optical analysis revealed that a considerable red shift (420 nm to 550 nm) in absorption spectra of CuO–TiO2 nanocomposites was observed compared to bare CuO nanoparticles. DLS measurements showed
that the average hydrodynamic size of CuO nanostars was increased from 160 nm to 584 nm after deposition on TiO2. These nanocomposites were examined for photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange under sunlight radiation. It was observed that CuO–TiO2 nanostars
exhibited superior photocatalytic efficiency compared to CuO-nanoneedles, nanocrumbles and bare CuO nanoparticles. The CuO nanoparticles act as co-catalyst on the surface of TiO2 and alter the physicochemical properties of TiO2. The higher activity arises due to the fact
that the doping of CuO reduces the recombination of charge carries (e
+) and creates the intra-gap states which result in higher absorption of light radiations. Therefore, CuO nanoparticles impregnated on TiO2 found to be an effective
and ideal catalyst for the photodegradation of methyl orange dye.
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Photodegradation of Methyl Orange;
Document Type: Research Article
School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, Patiala 147004, India
Department of Civil and Environment Engineering, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, 999077, China
May 1, 2020
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