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Title: Synthesis and characterization of BiFeO{sub 3} for photocatalytic degradation of azo dye

A novel approach is reported to synthesize single phase BiFeO{sub 3} via. sol-gel auto combustion method using glycine as fuel. Synthesized powder was subjected to annealing at different temperatures, i.e. 400 °C, 450 °C, 500 °C, 550 °C, and 600°C. Crystal structure of BiFeO{sub 3} samples examined by X-ray diffraction indicates that the samples were single-phased with different particle sizes, as particle sizes are temperature dependent and crystallized in rhombohedral structure. As the temperature was increased, the diffraction peak intensity of BiFeO3 in the XRD spectra gradually enhanced and the diffraction peaks became sharper. The optical properties of the resultant BiFeO{sub 3} were characterized using UV-Vis spectrophotometer over the range of 350-800 nm. UV-vis spectra of all the samples indicate that optical band gap lies in the visible region in the range of 2.2-2.07 eV at all temperatures. Moreover, photocatalytic properties of the BiFeO{sub 3} powders were investigated by the photodegradation of Reactive Black-5 (RB-5)
Authors:
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  1. School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University, Patiala-147 004, Punjab (India)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22488830
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: AIP Conference Proceedings; Journal Volume: 1675; Journal Issue: 1; Conference: AMRP-2015: 4. national conference on advanced materials and radiation physics, Longowal (India), 13-14 Mar 2015; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; ANNEALING; AZO DYES; BISMUTH COMPOUNDS; EV RANGE; FERRITES; GLYCINE; OPTICAL PROPERTIES; PARTICLE SIZE; PHOTOCATALYSIS; POWDERS; SOL-GEL PROCESS; SYNTHESIS; TEMPERATURE DEPENDENCE; TRIGONAL LATTICES; ULTRAVIOLET SPECTRA; VISIBLE SPECTRA; X-RAY DIFFRACTION