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Green Synthesis, Characterization of ZnO nanoparticles and Ceion doped ZnO nanoparticles assisted Sesbania Grandiflora for photocatalytic application

Author Affiliations

  • 11Department of Chemistry, V.O. Chidambaram College, Thoothukudi-628 008, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 22Department of Chemistry, A.P.C Mahalaxmi College for Women, Thoothukudi-628 008, Tamil Nadu, India

Res. J. Material Sci., Volume 4, Issue (2), Pages 1-6, March,16 (2016)


The synthesis of semiconductor nanoparticles is an expanding research area due to the potential applications in the development of nanotechnologies. The ZnO nanoparticles have been synthesized by adding a leaf extract of Sesbania Grandiflora into the aqueous solution of zinc nitrate. The aqueous Sesbania Grandifloraleaf extract acts as a solvent with multiple roles as promoter, capping agent and reductantfor the synthesis of undoped ZnO and Ce ion doped ZnO nanoparticles. Zinc oxide nanoparticles were characterized by using UV-Visiblespectrophotometer, XRD and TEM. The size of the ZnO nanoparticles and Ce ion doped ZnO nanoparticles were estimated to be 43.09 nm and 46.72 nm using Debye-Scherrer equation. Photocatalytic degradation was also investigated with Indigo carmine dye under UV-irradiation source. The ZnO and Ce ion doepd ZnO nanoparticles exhibited potential photocatalytic activity towards the degradation of Indigo carmine dye. Green synthesis using Sesbania Grandiflorais found to be the best capping agent for synthesizing nanoparticles.


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