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Photoelectrochemical degradation of eosin yellowish dye on exfoliated graphite-ZnO nanocomposite electrode

Ntsendwana, B and Sampath, S and Mamba, BB and Oluwafemi, OS and Arotiba, OA (2016) Photoelectrochemical degradation of eosin yellowish dye on exfoliated graphite-ZnO nanocomposite electrode. In: JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE-MATERIALS IN ELECTRONICS, 27 (1). pp. 592-598.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10854-015-3793-6


In the quest for harnessing more power from the sun for water treatment by photoelectrochemical degradation, we prepared a novel photoanode of exfoliated graphite (EG)-ZnO nanocomposite. The nanocomposite was characterised by X-ray diffractometry, energy dispersive spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area analyser, thermal gravimetric analyser, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The EG-ZnO nanocomposite was fabricated into a photoanode and applied for the photoelectrochemical degradation of 0.1 x 10(-4) M eosin yellowish dye in 0.1 M Na2SO4 under visible light irradiation. The degradation was monitored with a visible spectrophotometer. The photoelectrochemical degradation process resulted in enhanced degradation efficiency of ca. 93 % with kinetic rate of 11.0 x 10(-3) min(-1) over photolysis and electrochemical oxidation processes which exhibited lower degradation efficiencies of 35 and 40 % respectively.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: SPRINGER
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the SPRINGER, VAN GODEWIJCKSTRAAT 30, 3311 GZ DORDRECHT, NETHERLANDS
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 05:28
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2016 05:28
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/53239

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