Mohanta, Ojaswini and Singhbabu, Y N and Giri, S K and Dadhich, D and Das, N N and Sahu, Ranjan K (2013) Degradation of Congo red pollutants using microwave derived SrFe12O19: An efficient magnetic photocatalyst under visible light. Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 564 (IF-2.390). pp. 78-83.
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The photocatalytic behavior of magnetic SrFe12O19 and SrFe11.4Al0.6O19 under visible and sun lights was evaluated using Congo red (CR) as a model dye. Synthesis of pure and Al substituted SrFe12O19 by microwave combustion method followed by calcination at 950 degrees C yielded single phase materials having particle sizes and surface areas in the ranges similar to 120-180 nm and 3.5-5.5 m(2)/g, respectively. The experimental band gaps (1.5-1.56 eV), derived from UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra, matched well with those calculated (1.86-1.91 eV) theoretically from electronic structure data using density functional theory. Both the samples efficiently degraded CR under visible/ sun lights and the low band gap of the materials was mainly responsible for the activity. Slightly higher (similar to 10%) activity of SrFe11.4Al0.6O19 was primarily attributed to Al doping which prevented the electron-hole recombination. Reasonably high values of magnetization (similar to 52 emu/g at 300 K) was beneficial in separating the catalysts from the reaction cell at a low strength magnetic field after the reaction. These magnetic photocatalysts may be exploited further for the degradation of other dyes for their possible use in remediation of wastewater. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Photocatalysis; Visible light; Congo red; Hexaferrite nanoparticles|
|Divisions:||Material Science and Technology|
|Deposited By:||Dr. A K Sahu|
|Deposited On:||12 Jul 2013 09:22|
|Last Modified:||27 Dec 2013 17:52|
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