Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 41, Issue 12, pp 9967–9978 | Cite as

Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic studies of ZnSe and Ag:ZnSe nanoparticles

  • Kanta Yadav
  • Manoj Giri
  • Neena Jaggi


ZnSe and Ag:ZnSe nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by a solvothermal route using zinc nitrate and Se powder as precursors, silver nitrate for doping, and two types of solvents: (1) ethylene glycol and (2) hydrazine hydrate. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet–visible (UV–Vis) spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The cubic phase structures of the synthesized materials were confirmed by their X-ray diffraction patterns. Their optical properties were studied by UV–Vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The photoluminescence spectra showed that the emission peak appeared in the blue region and the emission intensity decreased for Ag:ZnSe nanoparticles. The photocatalytic degradation efficiency and rate constants have been determined, confirming the potential photocatalytic behaviour of the nanoparticles.


Zinc selenide Nanoparticles Optical properties Photocatalysis 



The authors are grateful to Dr. Inderpreet Kaur, Scientist Central Scientific Instrumentation Organisation, Chandigarh, for helping in recording Raman spectra and FE-SEM images of the samples.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNational Institute of TechnologyKurukshetraIndia
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsHaryana College of Technology and ManagementKaithalIndia

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