SnTCPP-modified ZnO nanorods prepared via a simple co-precipitation method: application as a new photocatalyst for photodegradation and photoreduction processes

SnTCPP-modified ZnO nanorods prepared via a simple co-precipitation method: application as a new... In this paper, ZnO nanorods were synthesized after optimizing the parameters of pH and the concentration of raw materials, reflux temperature, reflux time and annealing temperature through the co-precipitation method. The resulting nanorods with 90 nm average diameters have a wurtzite hexagonal crystalline structure. To improve the photocatalytic efficiency of the prepared photocatalyst in the visible light region, ZnO nanorods were functionalized with a tin porphyrin (SnTCPP) photosensitizer. The prepared photocatalysts were characterized through FT-IR, DRS, XRD and SEM analysis. The photoactivity of the prepared samples was investigated via photodegradation of a colored pollutant of methyl orange and photoreduction of graphene oxide. The results showed that ZnO photosensitized with SnTCPP is able to destroy 85 % of methyl orange in 240 min under visible light radiation. The investigation of the photocatalytic mechanism determined that $${\text{O}}_{2}^{ - }$$ O 2 - is the major species in the photodegradation of methyl orange over the SnTCPP/ZnO compound. In addition, the photoreduction process was suitably carried out using SnTCPP/ZnO compound. The reduced graphene oxide was obtained during 2 h of the photoreduction process over the prepared SnTCPP/ZnO compound. Thus, porphyrin photosensitizer can be very helpful in activating the ZnO photocatalyst in the visible region. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research on Chemical Intermediates Springer Journals

SnTCPP-modified ZnO nanorods prepared via a simple co-precipitation method: application as a new photocatalyst for photodegradation and photoreduction processes

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Springer Netherlands
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Copyright © 2015 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Chemistry; Catalysis; Physical Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry
ISSN
0922-6168
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1568-5675
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11164-015-2309-6
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Abstract

In this paper, ZnO nanorods were synthesized after optimizing the parameters of pH and the concentration of raw materials, reflux temperature, reflux time and annealing temperature through the co-precipitation method. The resulting nanorods with 90 nm average diameters have a wurtzite hexagonal crystalline structure. To improve the photocatalytic efficiency of the prepared photocatalyst in the visible light region, ZnO nanorods were functionalized with a tin porphyrin (SnTCPP) photosensitizer. The prepared photocatalysts were characterized through FT-IR, DRS, XRD and SEM analysis. The photoactivity of the prepared samples was investigated via photodegradation of a colored pollutant of methyl orange and photoreduction of graphene oxide. The results showed that ZnO photosensitized with SnTCPP is able to destroy 85 % of methyl orange in 240 min under visible light radiation. The investigation of the photocatalytic mechanism determined that $${\text{O}}_{2}^{ - }$$ O 2 - is the major species in the photodegradation of methyl orange over the SnTCPP/ZnO compound. In addition, the photoreduction process was suitably carried out using SnTCPP/ZnO compound. The reduced graphene oxide was obtained during 2 h of the photoreduction process over the prepared SnTCPP/ZnO compound. Thus, porphyrin photosensitizer can be very helpful in activating the ZnO photocatalyst in the visible region.

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Research on Chemical IntermediatesSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 4, 2015

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