Author(s) Lee, H.Kee; Talib, Z.Abidin; Nazira, M.Shuhazlly; Wang, E.Z.; Lim, H.Ngee; Mahdi, M.Adzir; Ng, E.Khoon; Yusoff, N.Mohd; Al-Jumaili, B.Eneaze; Liew, J.Ying Chyi
Journal Materials (Basel)
Date Published 2019 Jul 18

The effect of NaOH solution on the formation of nanoparticles has been the subject of ongoing debate in selenium-based material research. In this project, the robust correlation between the mechanistic growth of zinc selenide/graphene oxide (ZnSe/GO) composite and the concentration of NaOH are elucidated. The ZnSe/GO composite was synthesized via microwave-assisted hydrothermal method and the concentrations of NaOH are controlled at 2 M, 3 M, 4 M, 5 M and 6 M. The XRD spectra show that the crystal phases of the samples exhibited a 100% purity of ZnSe when the concentration of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) was set at 4 M. The further increase of NaOH concentration leads to the formation of impurities. This result reflects the essential role of hydroxyl ions in modifying the purity state of ZnSe/GO composite. The optical band gap energy of ZnSe/GO composite also decreased from 2.68 eV to 2.64 eV when the concentration of NaOH increased from 2 M to 4 M. Therefore, it can be concluded that the optimum concentration of NaOH used in synthesizing ZnSe/GO composite is 4 M. This project provides an alternative green method in the formation of a high purity ZnSe/GO composite.

DOI 10.3390/ma12142295
ISSN 1996-1944
Citation Materials (Basel). 2019;12(14).

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