Ru–TiO2 semiconducting nanoparticles for the photo-catalytic degradation of bromothymol blue

Kulkarni, Suresh D (2016) Ru–TiO2 semiconducting nanoparticles for the photo-catalytic degradation of bromothymol blue. Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics, 27 (12). pp. 13065-13074. ISSN 0957-4522

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Photo-catalytic degradation of bromothymol blue (BTB) in an aqueous medium by Ru–TiO2 using UVC (254 nm) irradiation was investigated for a pH range of 4.0–8.0. The liquid impregnation method was used to synthesize 0.2, 0.4 and 0.8 % ruthenium doped TiO2 (Ru– TiO2) nanoparticles. The characterizations of resulting nanoparticles were done using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis. The crystallite sizes of doped and undoped nanoparticles were determined from X-ray diffraction spectra using Scherrer equation. The average crystallite size of undoped TiO2 was found to be 17.00 nm, whereas the crystallite sizes of 0.2, 0.4 and 0.8 % Ru–TiO2 were 16.67, 15.70 and 14.40 nm respectively. The TEM images confirm the particle sizes to be 10–40 nm. Pseudo-first order rate constants (kobs) determined were found to decrease with increase in pH. The effect of BTB Concentration, catalyst dosage, a percentage of doping of photo catalyst, pH and UV light intensity of BTB on the degradation rate were also examined.

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Subjects: Departments at MU > Atomic Molecular Physics
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2017 04:04
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2017 04:04

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