Photocatalytic study of two-dimensional ZnO nanopellets in the decomposition of methylene blue

Huang, N.M. and Chiu, W.S. and Khiew, P.S. and Cloke, M. and Isa, D. and Tan, T.K. and Radiman, S. and Abd-Shukor, R. and Hamid, M.A. Abd and Lim, H.N. and Chia, C.H. (2010) Photocatalytic study of two-dimensional ZnO nanopellets in the decomposition of methylene blue. Chemical Engineering Journal, 158 (2). pp. 345-352. ISSN 13858947, DOI

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We report several significant photodecomposition rates of methylene blue (MB) obtained before and after the refluxing process of own-synthesized two-dimensional (2D) zinc oxide (ZnO) nanopellets. Each photodecomposition rate of MB was found highly dependent on the weight of photocatalyst. The existing photodecomposition rate has been successfully improved to a factor of 22.0 times through refluxing process in excessive pyridine where the surface capping ligand (oleic acid) is removed from the 2D ZnO nanopellets. On the other hand, the refluxed photocatalyst (0.04 g) in this study was found to exhibit excellent recyclability up to three cycles. Furthermore, X-ray powder diffraction spectrums for the refluxed photocatatalyst, respectively, before and after three cycles of photocatalytic reactions, has generated the same patterns showing that the photocatalyst is stable and feasible to be used as an efficient photocatalyst material. Hence, these 2D ZnO nanopellets would provide a new alternative route as a highly efficient photocatalyst for wastewater treatment. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Characterization Methylene blue Photocatalyst Pseudo-first-order Two-dimensional nanopellets Zinc oxide Alternative routes Before and after Photo-catalytic Photo-decomposition Photocatalyst materials Photocatalytic reactions Recyclability Refluxing Surface capping X-ray powder diffraction spectrum ZnO Oleic acid Wastewater Wastewater reclamation Wastewater treatment X ray powder diffraction Zinc Two dimensional
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Department of Physics
Depositing User: miss munirah saadom
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2013 08:31
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2014 06:49

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