Articles written in Bulletin of Materials Science
Volume 37 Issue 4 June 2014 pp 931-940
This paper presents results of a study on the structural and morphological properties of 2-mercaptoethanol (2-ME) capped ZnS nanoparticles (NPs). The photocatalytic and reusability study of the synthesized NPs to degrade dyes was also done. ZnS semiconductor NPs were synthesized via chemical precipitation route using 2-ME as a stabilizing agent. The as-prepared NPs were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique to confirm the nanometer sized particle formation. Morphological features of capped ZnS NPs were determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Dynamic light scattering (DLS) technique was used to determine the hydrodynamic size of capped ZnS NPs. UV–Vis studies were done to determine the absorption edge and bandgap of the capped ZnS NPs. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT–IR) studies were done to confirm the presence of 2-ME on the surface of NPs. Photocatalytic studies of the as-prepared ZnS NPs were done by taking Ponceau S and crystal violet dyes as model pollutants. Their comparative degradation behaviour has been discussed. Reusability study of ZnS NPs was done to ensure its applicability as recycled catalyst in photocatalysis. The result showed photocatalytic enhancement of reused catalyst. Possible reason has been discussed in this work.
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