Facile preparation of Nd 2 Zr 2 O 7 –ZrO 2 nanocomposites as an effective photocatalyst via a new route

Zinatloo-Ajabshir, S. and Zinatloo-Ajabshir, Z. and Salavati-Niasari, M. and Bagheri, Samira and Hamid, Sharifah Bee Abd (2017) Facile preparation of Nd 2 Zr 2 O 7 –ZrO 2 nanocomposites as an effective photocatalyst via a new route. Journal of Energy Chemistry, 26 (2). pp. 315-323. ISSN 2095-4956

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jechem.2016.11.005

Abstract

Nd2Zr2O7–ZrO2 nanocomposites were prepared via a facile process with propylene glycol as novel connecting agent and benzene tricarboxylic acid as a new complexing agent. The as-obtained Nd2Zr2O7–ZrO2 nanocomposites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis (EDX), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). According to the morphological studies of the as-synthesized nanocomposites, it was found that the shape and particle size of Nd2Zr2O7–ZrO2 nanocomposites depended on the space-filling template type, dosage of space-filling template and tricarboxylic acid as complexing agent. Nd2Zr2O7–ZrO2 nanocomposites with different shapes and grain sizes have been synthesized. The photocatalytic behavior of as-produced Nd2Zr2O7–ZrO2 nanocomposites was also investigated through photodegradation of methylene blue dye and 2-naphthol as water pollutants.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Photocatalyst; Nanomaterials; Photodegradation; Nanocomposites; Electron microscopy
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
R Medicine
Divisions: Nanotechnology & Catalysis Research Centre
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2018 08:30
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2018 04:07
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/18805

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