Crystal Growth, Optical Properties, and Photocatalytic Performances of ZnO-CuAl2O4 Hybrid Compounds: Theoretical and Experimental Studies

Sanaz Naghibi, Ali Basravi, Youhong Tang

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Abstract

In this study, a two-step synthesis of the ZnO-CuAl2O4 nanocomposite with houseleek-like grains structures is developed for the first time. The proposed preparation procedure is led to an increase in bandgap energy (Eg) of the synthesized nanocomposite in comparison with the synthesized ZnO nanoparticles. Theoretically, based on a relation between Eg and the number of surface atoms, the increase in Eg value has been ascribed to the morphology of the synthesized samples. Experimentally, the photocatalytic performance of the synthesized composites, and pristine ZnO and CuAl2O4 are evaluated by comparing the degradation of methyl orange (MO) solution as a model of azo dye pollutants under UV irradiation. ZnO content and solution pH are selected as variables. Experimental results are showed that acidic pH (≈4) leads to the highest photodegradation performance due to the anionic nature of the MO solution. On the other hand, CuAl2O4-25%ZnO attained the highest degradation efficiency and high adsorption behavior of the composite is the main reason for this achievement.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2100128
Number of pages11
JournalCrystal Research and Technology
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

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Keywords

  • crystal growth mechanism
  • Optical properties
  • photocatalytic performance
  • ZnO-CuAl2O4 nanocomposite

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