Enhanced photocatalytic activity of europium doped TiO2 under sunlight for the degradation of methyl orange
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Europium doped TiO2 nanomaterials were prepared by microwave assisted sol–gel method to enhance the photocatalytic activity. This method is eco-friendly and makes it possible for the preparation of low cost photocatalyst. The nanomaterials were characterized thoroughly by various techniques, such as XRD, EDS, FT-IR, FE-SEM, TEM, UV-DRS. The X-ray diffraction of Eu doped TiO2 shows a reduction in crystallite size compared to bare TiO2. The reduction in particle size was also observed from FE-SEM and TEM images. The photocatalytic activity of Eu doped TiO2 was estimated towards degradation of Methyl Orange (MO) under UV and sunlight. The photodegradation efficiencies of MO using Eu–TiO2 (0.025 mol%) and TiO2 observed are 98 and 81% respectively under UV light. An increment of 17% in degradation efficiency was observed due to higher absorption and 4f electron transition of rare earth ions. The effect of operational parameters such as pH of solution and catalyst loading on photodegradation of MO were also examined. Additionally influence of H2O2 on degradation of MO was checked and succeeded for complete degradation of MO within 60 min at optimal conditions under UV light. The antimicrobial testing was also carried out for the synthesized Eu–TiO2 which revealed that it has potential ability to inhibit the growth of Staphylococcus aureus (NCIM-2654) and Escherichia coli (NCIM-2832).
KeywordsTiO2 Photocatalytic Activity Methyl Orange TiO2 Nanoparticles Degradation Efficiency
One of the authors (KMG) is thankful to DST for providing the DST-FIST program. Authors also thankful to Director SAIF, NEHU Shillong for providing TEM Facility.
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