• Dhanya Chandran

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    • A re-look at critical factors influencing single-phase formation of Ba2Ti9O20 microwave dielectrics

      Unnikrishnan Gopinath Dhanya Chandran Seema Ansari Bindu Krishnan Rani Panicker Raghu Natarajan

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      The present study focuses on critical factors limiting single-phase formation of Ba2Ti9O20 (2 : 9). Apart from 2 : 9, other polytitanates that are richer in Ti or Ba could also be prepared as single-phase material without any stabilizing agent through chemical co-precipitation. 2 : 9 is found to be a stoichiometric compound and even 0.5% excess Ti or Ba leads to multiphase formation. Single-phase 2 : 9 could be achieved even through solid-state route without the addition of stabilizing agents using high purity raw materials. The present results do not agree with existing hypotheses viz. diffusion, high surface and nucleation energy, potential barrier, non-stoichiometry etc as critical factors limiting formation of 2 : 9 as single-phase material.

    • Band gap narrowing and photocatalytic studies of Nd3+ ion-doped SnO2 nanoparticles using solar energy

      Dhanya Chandran Lakshmi S Nair S Balachandran K Rajendra Babu M Deepa

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      Pure and Nd3+-doped tin oxide (SnO2) nanoparticles have been prepared by the sol–gel method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution TEM, energydispersive spectroscopy and UV–visible spectroscopy. The XRD patterns of all the samples are identified as tetragonal rutile-type SnO2 phase which is further confirmed by TEM analysis. Neodymium doping introduces band gap narrowing in the prepared samples and enhances their absorption towards the visible-light region. The photocatalytic activity of all the samples was evaluated by monitoring the degradation of methylene blue solution under day light illumination and it was found that the photocatalytic activity significantly increases for the samples calcined at 600 than 400°C, which is due to the effective charge separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs. The efficiency of photocatalysts was found to be related to neodymium doping percentage and calcination temperature.

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