Electrical behavior and enhanced photocatalytic activity of (Ag, Ni) co-doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized from co-precipitation technique.Water Sci Technol. 2020 Mar; 81(6):1296-1307.WS
Methylene blue (MB) dye is the most common harmful, toxic, and non-biodegradable effluent produced by the textile industries. The present study investigates the effect of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) and Ag-Ni doped ZnO NPs on the performance of photocatalytic degradation of MB dye. Pure ZnO and Ag-Ni doped ZnO NPs are synthesized using the co-precipitation method. The crystalline nature and surface morphology of the synthesized pure ZnO and Ag-Ni doped ZnO NPs was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analysis. The presence of spherical-like morphologies was confirmed from SEM and HRTEM analysis. The presence of Ni-O and Zn-O bands in the synthesized materials was found by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy analysis. The MB dye was degraded under UV-light exposure in various pH conditions. The Ag (0.02%)-Ni doped ZnO NPs exhibits highest photocatalytic activity of 77% under pH 4.