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Bio-inspired route for the synthesis of spherical shaped MgO:Fe3+ nanoparticles: Structural, photoluminescence and photocatalytic investigation

Anilkumar, MR and Nagaswarupa, HP and Nagabhushana, H and Sharma, SC and Vidya, YS and Anantharaju, KS and Prashantha, SC and Shivakuamra, C and Gurushantha, K (2015) Bio-inspired route for the synthesis of spherical shaped MgO:Fe3+ nanoparticles: Structural, photoluminescence and photocatalytic investigation. In: SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART A-MOLECULAR AND BIOMOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY, 149 . pp. 703-713.

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MgO:Fe3+ (0.1-5 mol%) nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized via eco-friendly, inexpensive and simple low temperature solution combustion route using Aloe vera gel as fuel. The final products were characterized by SEM, TEM and HRTEM. PXRD data and Rietveld analysis revealed the formation of cubic system. The influence of Fe3+ ion concentration on the structure morphology, UV absorption, PL emission and photocatalytic activity of MgO:Fe3+ NPs were investigated. The yellow emission with CIE chromaticity coordinates (0.44, 0.52) and average correlated color temperature value was found to be 3540 K which corresponds to warm light of NPs. The control of Fe3+. on MgO matrix influences the photocatalytic decolorization of methylene blue (MB) under UV light. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of MgO:Fe3+ (4 mol%) was attributed to dopant concentration, effective crystallite size, textural properties, decreased band gap and capability for reducing the electron hole pair recombination. Further, the trends of inhibitory effect in the presence of different radical scavengers were explored. These findings open up new avenues for the exploration of Fe-doped MgO in eco-friendly water applications and in the process of display devices. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, THE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD OX5 1GB, ENGLAND
Keywords: Green synthesis; Aloe vera gel; MgO:Fe3+ NPs; Photocatalysis; Photoluminescence
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Solid State & Structural Chemistry Unit
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 06:54
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2015 06:54
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/52429

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