We report here the influence of citric acid concentration on the formation of sol-gel products ineach of Cu and Zn systems by using respective metal nitrate as precursor and citric acid as gelling agent. Thesynthesized sol-gel products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope(SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), Fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR) spectroscopy and UVVisiblediffused reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS). The influence of citric acid concentration on theformation of metal/metal oxide in each case was primarily investigated by varying the molar ratio of each metalnitrate (N) and citric (C) acid (N:C = 1:1, 1:2, 1:4, 1:6 and 1:8). It was observed that at low N:C molar ratios(1:1) and (1:2), the Cu system had only CuO and at high N:C molar ratio, lower oxidation state of copper(Cu2O and Cu) has resulted. Distinctly, irrespective of the N:C molar ratio, the sol-gel product of Zn systemwas only single phase of ZnO. The SEM observations confirmed that the grains of these two metal systemswere spherical in nature. In each metal system, at high N:C molar ratio, small grain size has resulted. At highN:C ratio, lower oxidation state of metal ion is resulted where the metal system is susceptible for reduction. Thesusceptibility of metal ions to undergo reduction controlled the formation of end products in the sol-gel process.
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