Optical, Magnetic and Photocatalytic Activity Studies of Li, Mg and Sr Doped and Undoped Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles.

Author(s) Shanthi, S.I.; Poovaragan, S.; Arularasu, M.V.; Nithya, S.; Sundaram, R.; Magdalane, M.; Kaviyarasu, K.; Maaza, M.
Journal J Nanosci Nanotechnol
Date Published 2018 Aug 01

Nanoparticles of Li, Mg and Sr doped and undoped zinc oxide was prepared by simple precipitation method. The structural, optical, and magnetic properties of the samples were investigated by the Powder X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Ultra-violet Visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) spectra, Photoluminescence (PL) and Vibrational Sample Magnetometer (VSM). The Powder X-ray diffraction data confirm the formation of hexagonal wurtzite structure of all doped and undoped ZnO. The SEM photograph reveals that the pores availability and particles size in the range of 10 nm-50 nm. FTIR and UV-Visible spectra results confirm the incorporation of the dopant into the ZnO lattice nanostructure. The UV-Visible spectra indicate that the shift of blue region (lower wavelength) due to bandgap widening. Photoluminescence intensity varies with doping due to the increase of oxygen vacancies in prepared ZnO. The pure ZnO exist paramagnetic while doped (Li, Mg and Sr) ZnO exist ferromagnetic property. The photocatalytic activity of the prepared sample also carried out in detail.

DOI 10.1166/jnn.2018.15442
ISSN 1533-4880
Citation J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 2018;18(8):54415447.

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