Synthesis and study of the structure, magnetic, optical and methane gas sensing properties of cobalt doped zinc oxide microstructures
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Undoped and Cobalt (Co) doped zinc oxide (ZnO & CZx) nanoparticles were synthesized by Solvothermal method. The samples were studied by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), UV–Vis spectroscopy and Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy (SEM & TEM). Moreover the gas sensing properties of the nanoparticles for methane gas took place. Purity of the samples and Co concentration was investigated by EDS and ICP spectroscopy respectively. XRD results described the hexagonal wurtzite structure for all the samples in which crystallinity and the crystallites size decreased with increase of Co doping level. Using UV–Vis spectroscopy the band gap energy was evaluated and redshift of band gap energy was observed by increasing of Co concentration. SEM images demonstrated that nanoparticles were agglomerated with increase of Co doping level. TEM images revealed the nanoparticles size in the range 11–44 nm. Methane sensing properties was enhanced after Co doping of the ZnO nanoparticles for Co concentration up to 4%.
This work was supported by the Research Council of Damghan University in I. R. Iran; the authors thanks Mr. A. Daryani and Mr. H. Azimi Jouybari for assisting during this project, Dr. M. Amiri for ICP and Dr. A. Gholizadeh for his helpful discussing about XRD results.
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