Semiconductor photocatalysts, especially nickel molybdenum oxide with a monoclinic structure, have been frequently used to address environmental pollution issues. Many advantages have been discovered for photocatalytic applications using this material, so, in this study, we have studied the physical properties of NiMoO$_4$ thin film prepared using the spray approach. The structural properties have been characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The structural analysis shows a monoclinic structure with space group C$_2$/m and a grain size equal to 150 nm. In addition, the optical measurements show direct optical transitions with a bandgap equal to 3.56 eV, revealed by an ellipsometric spectroscopy study. Using a spectroscopy impedance analysis, we have also investigated the frequency relaxation phenomenon and determined the activation energy, which was equal to 1.16 eV. Finally, the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue was performed on this thin layer under sunlight irradiation. The monoclinic structure and possible defects in the lattices were used to discuss the effective photocatalytic activity.
Volume 45, 2022
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Prof. Subi Jacob George — Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bengaluru
Chemical Sciences 2020
Prof. Surajit Dhara — School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
Physical Sciences 2020
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