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Title: Characterization and photocatalytic activity of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites synthesized by two-solvent method

Schematic between charge genenration and transfer for methylene orange degradation simulated by light. - Highlights: • Two-solvent method is used to prepare ZnO–CuO particles embedded in porous SBA-15. • The absorption edge of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 composite is in the visible light regime. • The absorption intensity of the composite in visible light regime is enhanced. • The (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 composite has higher photocatalytic ability than Degussa P-25. - Abstract: Two-solvent method was employed to prepare ZnO–CuO nanoparticles embedded in mesoporous silica SBA-15 ((ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15). The as-obtained (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, N{sub 2} adsorption porosimetry, and diffusive reflective UV–vis spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites toward methylene orange was investigated under simulated solar light irradiation, and the measurement results indicated that (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites exhibit higher photodegradation activity toward methylene orange than commercial TiO{sub 2} P-25. The photocatalytic activity of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites were found to be dependent on both the adsorption ability of the nanocomposites and the loading dosage of ZnO–CuO nanoparticles in SBA-15. The optimal loading dosage of ZnO–CuO nanoparticles was determined. Too high or too low loading will lower the photodegradation ability of (ZnO–CuO)/SBA-15 nanocomposites.
Authors:
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  1. Key laboratory of Information Materials and Device, School of Physics and Materials Science, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China)
  2. Engineering Technology Research Center of Magnetic Materials, Hefei 230039 (China)
  3. (China)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22420535
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Research Bulletin; Journal Volume: 56; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; ADSORPTION; COPPER OXIDES; IRRADIATION; NANOCOMPOSITES; NANOPARTICLES; NANOSTRUCTURES; PHOTOCATALYSIS; POROUS MATERIALS; SYNTHESIS; TITANIUM OXIDES; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY; VISIBLE RADIATION; X-RAY DIFFRACTION; X-RAY PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY; ZINC OXIDES