Preparation, Characterisation and Photocatalytic Applications of TiO2-MWCNTs Composite
The nanocomposite of TiO2-MWCNTs has been synthesised by simple hydrothermal route showing significant enhancement in the photocatalytic activity for the degradation of methyl orange dye (MO). Several characterisations employed were X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy.XRD pattern shows the formation of anatase phase in prepared TiO2 which was retained in TiO2-MWCNTs composite as well. The Raman spectrum of prepared TiO2-MWCNT shows the interface integration of TiO2 and MWCNTs which is further supported by TEM data. Complete decolorisation and degradation of dye using TiO2-MWCNTs nanocomposite has been observed only in 45 minutes of UV irradiation. 65 per cent reduction in chemical oxygen demand (COD) value of treated dye shows substantial mineralisation of dye by composite catalyst. Dye degradation reactions were found to follow first order kinetics.
Defence Science Journal, 2013, 63(4), pp.435-441, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.63.4870
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