• K RAVICHANDRAN

Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science

• Cost-effective and eco-friendly dye degradation by enzyme-powered ZnO nanomaterial: effect of process temperature

Employing enzymes as co-catalysts with semiconducting oxides is one of the cost-effective and nature-friendly ways for photocatalytic decomposition of toxic organic dye molecules. In the present study, enzymepowered zinc oxide nanomaterial was prepared using vermiwash derived from the earthworm (Endrilus eugeniae) culturing unit. Two sets of samples were prepared via a simple soft-chemical method by applying heat (i) during the stirring stage of synthesis and (ii) as post-synthesis heat treatment. The effect of this heat treatment on the photocatalytic efficiency of the synthesized nanoproduct has been studied. The study on the activity of enzymes present in the nanoproduct, structural studies through X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and photocatalytic degradation studies are fitly correlated among them to address the observed enhancement in the photocatalytic activity. The results provide strong evidence to support the potential use of vermiwash for synthesising nano-sized photocatalysts that can be used to treat toxic organic pollutants, such as methylene blue.

• Preparation and characterization of SbAs nanorods for opto-electronics applications

Polycrystalline SbAs nanorods were synthesized by the simple solvothermal method. X-ray diffraction analysis of prepared SbAs confirmed the formation of rhombohedral structure and the average crystallite size of ${\sim}$9 nm. Nanorods shaped morphology of SbAs polycrystalline was studied using high-resolution scanning electron microscopy analysis. The optical bandgap energy of 3.58 eV was determined from UV–visible spectrum with absorption maximum at 226 nm. An uncommon and fascinating potential-induced semiconductor to insulator-like transition is determined within the frequency-dependent real and imaginary part of impedance, dielectric plot and modulus plot. The direct bandgap of prepared SbAs nanorods made it applicable in opto-electronic devices.

• # Bulletin of Materials Science

Volume 46, 2023
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• # Dr Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar for Science and Technology

Posted on October 12, 2020

Prof. Subi Jacob George — Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, Jakkur, Bengaluru
Chemical Sciences 2020