• Structural, magnetic and photocatalytic characterization of Bi$_{1−x}$La$_x$FeO$_3$ nanoparticles synthesized by thermal decomposition method

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https://www.ias.ac.in/article/fulltext/boms/040/01/0093-0100

• Keywords

BiFeO$_3$; lanthanum; magnetic property; photocatalytic activity.

• Abstract

Single-phase La-substituted bismuth ferrite (Bi$_{1−x}$La$_x$FeO$_3$) nanoparticles have been synthesized by thermal decomposition of a glyoxylate precursor. The crystal structure transition of BiFeO3 from the rhombohedral(R3c) to the cubic $Pm\bar{3}m$ structure by La addition was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and infrared spectrometry methods. Furthermore, the Bi$_{1−x}$La$_x$FeO$_3$ nanoparticles showed a weak ferrimagnetism behaviour, while the magnetization increased from 0.18 to 0.48 emu g$^{−1}$ with La substitution. The Bi$_{1−x}$La$_x$FeO$_3$ nanoparticles exhibitedstrong absorption in the visible region with the optical band gap calculated from Tauc’s plot in the range of 2.19–2.15 eV. Furthermore, the effects of La substitution on the photodegradation of the methylene blue (MB) undervisible light were also studied. The photodegradation of MB dye was enhanced from 64 to $\sim$99% with increasing La substitution from $x = 0$ to 0.1 and then decreased to 8% for $x = 0.15$.

• Author Affiliations

1. School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran 13114-16846, Iran

• Bulletin of Materials Science

Volume 45, 2022
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Posted on October 12, 2020

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