Applied Physics A

, 125:642 | Cite as

Structure and photoluminescence characteristics of mixed nickel–chromium oxides nanostructures

  • M. Sh. ZorombaEmail author
  • M. Bassyouni
  • M. H. Abdel-Aziz
  • Ahmed F. Al-HossainyEmail author
  • Numan Salah
  • A. A. Al-Ghamdi
  • Mohamed R. Eid


In this work, nickel–chromium-layered double hydroxide (Ni(II)–Cr(III)LDH) is prepared via co-precipitation method at room temperature with 1:2:3 molar ratio of CrCl3·6H2O: NiCl2·6H2O: NaCl using sodium hydroxide as a precipitating agent. Ni(II)–Cr(III) LDH is synthesized in the absence and in the presence of functionalized amino-organic compounds such as acetamide, glycine, and urea. The ratio between CrCl3·6H2O: NiCl2·6H2O: NaCl: acetamide, glycine or urea was 1:2:3:6. The mixed nickel–chromium oxide nanoparticles are prepared by the calcination of Ni(II)–Cr(III) LDHs at 600 ℃ for 2.5 h. Ni(II)–Cr(III) LDHs and mixed Ni(II)–Cr(III) oxides nanoparticles are characterized by several techniques including FTIR, TGA, XRD, FESEM, HRTEM, and PL. Functionalized amino-organic compounds improve the thermal stability in the order of glycine > urea > acetamide. Also, it affects photoluminescence PL intensity which indicates a marked reduction in electron–hole recombination with the highest photocatalytic activity compared to visible light-driven H2 and O2 evolution. The resulting mixed Ni(II)–Cr(III) oxides particles have an amorphous structure and a relatively uniform size of below 10 nm.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical and Materials EngineeringKing Abdulaziz UniversityRabighSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of SciencePort Said UniversityPort-SaidEgypt
  3. 3.Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringPort Said UniversityPort FouadEgypt
  4. 4.Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringAlexandria UniversityAlexandriaEgypt
  5. 5.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceNew Valley UniversityAl-Wadi Al-JadidEgypt
  6. 6.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceNorthern Border UniversityArarSaudi Arabia
  7. 7.Centre of NanotechnologyKing Abdulaziz UniversityJiddaSaudi Arabia
  8. 8.Department of Mathematics, Faculty of ScienceNew Valley UniversityAl-Wadi Al-JadidEgypt
  9. 9.Department of Basic Science, Deanship of Preparatory YearNorthern Border UniversityArarSaudi Arabia

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