Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal Synthesis of ZnFe2O4/TiO2 Composite and Photocatalytic Properties
In order to improve TiO2 photocatalytic activity ZnFe2O4/TiO2 nanocomposites with different ZnFe2O4 mass loading were produced. Obtained ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles were coupled with TiO2 via microwave-assisted hydrothermal method in order to improve photon absorption in a range of visible light. Prepared nanostructures were characterized with scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Photocatalytic activity of prepared samples was investigated by degradation of methylene blue under different light sources – LED, Hg and Osram Vitalux lamps. ZnFe2O4 consists of spherical nanoparticles with average size of 15 nm. TiO2 spherical nanoparticles size is in a range of 30÷45 nm. The results show that doping TiO2 with ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles increases photocatalytic activity. Photocatalytic activity increases as mass loading of ZnFe2O4 decreases.
Gundars Mežinskis, Līga Grase, Ruta Švinka, Ilona Pavlovska, Jānis Grabis, Kęstutis Baltakys and Irina Hussainova
P. Rodionovs et al., "Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal Synthesis of ZnFe2O4/TiO2 Composite and Photocatalytic Properties", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 788, pp. 102-107, 2018