Enhanced photocatalytic performance of transition metal doped Bi 2O3 nanoparticles under visible light irradiation

P. Malathy, K. Vignesh, M. Rajarajan, A. Suganthi

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Abstract

Transition metal (M=Ni and Zn) doped Bi2O3 nanoparticles were prepared by the precipitation method to enhance the photocatalytic activity of Bi2O3. The as-prepared nanoparticles were characterized by different techniques such as powder-X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis-DRS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and photoluminescence (PL) techniques. The photocatalytic activity was evaluated by the degradation of malachite green (MG) dye under visible light irradiation. The results revealed that Ni doped Bi2O3 (Ni-Bi 2O3) exhibited higher photocatalytic activity when compared to that of other photocatalysts. A set of optimized conditions such as pH, catalyst concentration and initial dye concentration on the photodegradation of MG were investigated in detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-107
Number of pages7
JournalCeramics International
Volume40
Issue number1 PART A
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • BiO
  • Doping
  • Photodegradation
  • Visible light

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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