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Influence of precursor source on sol–gel deposited ZnO thin films properties

  • T. Saidani
  • M. Zaabat
  • M. S. Aida
  • R. Barille
  • M. Rasheed
  • Y. Almohamed
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Abstract

Zinc oxide thin films were deposited by sol gel technique on glass substrates using different precursors (zinc acetate, zinc nitrate and zinc chloride). In the present work we investigate the precursor nature influence on structural, morphological, optical, electrical properties and photocatalytic activity of ZnO thin films. For this purpose we have used X-rays diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), UV–visible spectroscopy and Hall effect measurements for films characterization. The obtained results indicated that ZnO films properties are strongly influenced by the nature of the used precursor as reactant. Films photocatalytic activity was evaluated by the photo-degradation of methylene blue (MB) dissolved in aqueous solution under UV-A light. The obtained results indicated that ZnO thin films prepared from zinc acetate are more efficient than those prepared from zinc nitrate and zinc chloride.

Keywords

Methylene Blue Methylene Blue Zinc Acetate Zinc Nitrate Zinc Chloride 
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Acknowledgements

This work has been supported by the Laboratory of active components and materials University Larbi Ben M’hidi Oum El Bouaghi.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Active Components and MaterialsUniversity of Oum El BouaghiOum El BouaghiAlgeria
  2. 2.Laboratory of Thin Films and InterfaceUniversity of ConstantineConstantineAlgeria
  3. 3.Laboratoire Moltech Anjou Universite d’AngersAngersFrance

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