Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 44, Issue 10, pp 6311–6326 | Cite as

Photoluminescence and enhanced visible light driven photocatalysis studies of MoO3·CuO·ZnO nanocomposite

  • Md. Abdus SubhanEmail author
  • Pallab Chandra Saha
  • Prosenjit Sarker
  • Mohammad Al-Mamun


A trimetallic, MoO3·CuO·ZnO nanocomposite was synthesized by co-precipitation method. The nanocomposite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy–energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM–EDS), atomic forcce microscopy (AFM) and photoluminescence (PL). Particle size was determined to be 40.34 nm by using Scherrer’s formula from XRD data. The SEM–EDS mapping shows that all the elements in this composite are not confined in a single site, rather they are distributed in a solid matrix. PL study of the MoO3·CuO·ZnO nanocomposite showed spectral variation through size and morphology with calcination temperature. Photocatalytic activity of the composite was studied under visible light irradiation. The composite showed excellent visible light dye degradation efficiency of 95.82% at pH 9.


Nanocomposite Photoluminescence Photocatalyst AFM surface EDS mapping 



TWAS research Grant 2015 (No. 15-164 RG/CHE/AS_I – FR3240287058) is gratefully acknowledged for funding. Md. A. Subhan acknowledged TWAS for travel grant. MOE (Ministry of Education, Bangladesh) Grant 2015–2016 (PS14290) and SUST research grant PS/2017/01 is also acknowledged for another funding.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Md. Abdus Subhan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Pallab Chandra Saha
    • 1
  • Prosenjit Sarker
    • 2
  • Mohammad Al-Mamun
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryShah Jalal University of Science and TechnologySylhetBangladesh
  2. 2.Square Pharmaceuticals Bangladesh Ltd.DhakaBangladesh
  3. 3.Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, Griffith School of EnvironmentGriffith UniversityGold CoastAustralia

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