alexa Investigation on UV-A light photocatalytic degradation of an azo dye in the presence of CdO TiO2 coupled semiconductor.
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Materials Science

Research & Reviews: Journal of Material Sciences

Author(s): P Dhatshanamurthi, B Subash, M Shanthi

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CdO/TiO2 composites were prepared by sonochemically assisted sol–gel method. Initially, CdO was prepared by precipitation-thermal decomposition method and used for composites preparation. The prepared catalysts were used for the degradation of an azo dye, Reactive Orange 4 (RO 4) under UV-A light. 5 wt% CdO/TiO2 composite was found to be very efficient towards RO 4 degradation, this catalyst was characterized by different characterization techniques (XRD, SEM, EDS, TEM, PL and BET surface area measurements) besides bare TiO2 was also characterized for comparison. 5 wt% CdO/TiO2 showed the best photocatalytic activity in the degradation of RO 4 compared with the bare TiO2, TiO2-P25 and CdO. The effects of operational parameters such as the amount of photocatalyst, initial pH and dye concentration have been analyzed. The mineralization of RO 4 has been confirmed by chemical oxygen demand (COD) measurements. A mechanism has been proposed for the degradation of RO 4 under UV-A light. This catalyst is found to be more stable and reusable.

This article was published in Mater Sci Semiconductor Process and referenced in Research & Reviews: Journal of Material Sciences

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