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Structural, optical, physio-chemical properties and photodegradation study of methylene blue using pure and iron-doped anatase titania nanoparticles under solar-light irradiation

  • Amar KunduEmail author
  • Aparna Mondal
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Abstract

Pure and iron-doped titania nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized using inorganic salt titanium oxysulfate and ferrous sulfate. The nanoparticles are characterized by XRD, Raman, BET, UV/Vis/DRS, PL, HRTEM/EDAX, and XPS techniques. Formation of pure anatase framework is confirmed from the XRD and Raman analysis. The study shows decrease in crystallite size with the increase in iron concentration. N2 adsorption–desorption isotherms reveals an increase in specific surface area with iron concentration. Elemental analysis of selective nanoparticles confirms the presence of iron. Moreover, HRTEM micrographs show that, the particles are in nano-meter range. Red shifts are found in the absorption edge due to iron doping in titania nanoparticles. Presence of Fe3+ in the anatase lattice framework is observed from the XPS analysis. Pure titania nanoparticles have showed better performance for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue. Addition of H2O2 with iron-doped titania nanoparticles results in improved rate of photodegradation compared to pure titania nanoparticles (about 16-fold using 10 wt% iron doped titania and only fivefold using pure titania).

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Acknowledgements

The authors are thankful to RRCAT Indore for providing XPS facility. One of the author acknowledge MHRD, Government of India for the financial assistantship through NIT Rourkela.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryNational Institute of TechnologyRourkelaIndia

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