High performance magnetically separable graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite

Vijay Kumar, S. and Huang , N.M. and Yusoff, N. and Lim, H.N. (2012) High performance magnetically separable graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite. Materials Letters, 93. ISSN 0167-577X

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Abstract

Magnetically separable graphene-Fe2O3/ZnO (G-Fe2O3/ZnO) nanocomposites were prepared by a simple hydrothermal method, using graphene oxide (GO) and Zn(OH)2 as the precursors of graphene and ZnO, respectively and commercially available iron oxide (Fe2O3) as a magnetic material. The nanocomposite materials were characterised by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), Ultraviolet�visible spectroscopy (UV�vis) and Raman spectroscopy. Under natural sunlight, the nanocomposite exhibited excellent photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB). Photoluminescence spectra proved that the high photocatalytic performance of the nanocomposite resulted from the prevention of electron�hole recombination by the effective transfer of electrons between the semiconductors and the graphene. The nanocomposite maintained its ability to degrade MB efficiently, even after 5 cycles of photocatalysis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Graphene; Nanocomposites; Carbon materials; Photocatalysis; Magnetic
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Dept of Physics
Depositing User: miss munirah saadom
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2013 01:57
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 01:57
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/6317

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