Graphitic-carbon nitride support for the synthesis of shape-dependent ZnO and their application in visible light photocatalyst

Pragati , Fageria and Roshan, Nazir and Subhashis , Gangopadhyay and Barshilia, Harish C (2015) Graphitic-carbon nitride support for the synthesis of shape-dependent ZnO and their application in visible light photocatalyst. RSC Advances , 5 (98). pp. 80397-80409.

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Abstract

Shape-dependent synthesis of ZnO has been developed on the surface of g-C3N4 following a simple and reproducible strategy. Initially, graphitic-carbon nitride (g-C3N4) was synthesized by pyrolysis of urea which was further used to grow ZnO nanostructures via refluxing conditions. Different hydrolyzing agents, such as hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) and ammonia were used to synthesize dumbbell and cone structures, respectively. Apart from hydrolyzing agents, cetyltrimethylammoniumbromide (CTAB) was also used as a growth controlling agent. Structural, morphological and optical characterizations of the as-synthesized materials were performed by using FESEM, TEM, XRD, XPS, UV-vis etc. techniques. After successful synthesis, the as-synthesized heterostructures were explored as visible light driven photocatalysts towards organic pollutant (methylene blue and phenol) degradation. The photocatalytic performances of bare ZnO, dumbbell and cone structures of g-C3N4/ZnO as well as g-C3N4, have been examined thoroughly. Photocatalytic results revealed that g-C3N4/ZnO heterostructures exhibit a higher efficiency under the illumination of visible light as compared to pure g-C3N4. Superior photodegradation activity of the g-C3N4/ZnO heterostructure originated from the synergistic effect and high charge separation at the interface of g-C3N4 and ZnO has also been discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: PHYSICS
Depositing User: Dr. Harish C. Barshilia
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2015 03:25
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2015 03:25
URI: http://nal-ir.nal.res.in/id/eprint/12398

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