• NAVEEN KUMAR

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    • Study on thermodynamic, electronic and magnetic properties of RE$_2$Cu$_2$Cd (RE $=$ Dy $−$Tm) intermetallics: first-principle calculation

      NAVEEN KUMAR SACHIN KUMAR KAMNA YADAV ARVIND KUMAR PAWAN K SINGH NEELABH SRIVASTAVA RISHI P SINGH

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      RE$_2$Cu$_2$Cd (RE $=$ heavy rare earth elements: Dy, Ho, Er, Tm) intermetallics show the interesting physical, magnetic and chemical properties with reference to magnetocaloric effect. To explore the relevant complex performance of RE$_2$Cu$_2$Cd materials, which crystallizes in Mo$_2$B$_2$Fe-type structure with space group P4/$mbm$; electronic, magnetic and thermodynamic properties have been studied using first principle theory. Electronic properties, i.e. spin-polarized electron dispersion curves (band structure) and density of state calculations showthat (Dy/Ho/Er/Tm)$_2$Cu$_2$Cd compounds aremetallic with dominant character of Dy-f spin down channels. Whereas magnetic and electron spin-polarization calculations show that studied materials behave like metallic ferromagnet having nearly fully spin-polarized characteristics. The effect of temperature on bulk modulus, $B$, volume of unit cell, $V$, entropy, $S$ and specific heat, $C_{\rm v}$ has also been studied using quasi-harmonic Debye model.

    • New age monolithic design-based visible light responsive and reusable photocatalyst material using iron oxide-modified mesoporous titania framework

      S NAVEEN KUMAR VIVEK JAMES VINEETH JAMES M AKHILA MAHESWARI N SIVARAMAN C V S BRAHMANANDA RAO D PRABHAKARAN

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      In this work, we report a facile route for the synthesis of worm-like mesoporous Fe$_2$O$_3$-doped TiO$_2$ monolithic composites through a direct template sol–gel method, for the photocatalytic degradation of textile dye (acid blue 113) pollutants. The monolith surface morphology and structural properties have been characterized using p-XRD, HR-SEM–EDAX, HR-TEM–SAED, TGA, UV–Vis–DRS, PLS, FTIR, XPS and BET analyses. The stoichiometric doping of Fe$_2$O$_3$ unleashes visible light photocatalytic activity through a red shift in the light absorption character of TiO$_2$, thereby narrowing the energy band gap, and an eventual increase in e$^−$$/$h$^+$ separation centres. The monolithic photocatalyst exhibits better properties in terms of surface area, pore volume and diameter. The physico-chemical parameters, such as solution pH, dopant stoichiometry, catalyst quantity, dye concentration, photo-sensitizers and light intensity have been optimized to enhance the photocatalysis efficiency. The photocatalyst exhibits complete dye mineralization within 0.5 h, and also reusable for five continuous cycles.

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