Elucidation of photocatalysis, photoluminescence and antibacterial studies of ZnO thin films by spin coating method

Kaviyarasu, K and Maria Magdalane, C and Kanimozhi, K and Kennedy, J and Siddhardha, B and Subba Reddy, E and Rotte, N K and Sharma, C S and Thema, F T and Letsholathebe, D and Mola, G T and Maaza, M (2017) Elucidation of photocatalysis, photoluminescence and antibacterial studies of ZnO thin films by spin coating method. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology, 173. pp. 466-475. ISSN 1011-1344

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Abstract

The ZnO thin films have been prepared by spin coating followed by annealing at different temperatures like 300 °C, 350 °C, 400 °C, 450 °C, 500 °C & 550 °C and ZnO nanoparticles have been used for photocatalytic and antibacterial applications. The morphological investigation and phase analysis of synthesized thin films well characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), Photoluminescence (PL), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Raman studies. The luminescence peaks detected in the noticeable region between 350 nm to 550 nm for all synthesized nanosamples are associated to the existence of defects of oxygen sites. The luminescence emission bands are observed at 487 nm (blue emission), and 530 nm (green emission) at the RT. It is observed that there are no modification positions of PL peaks in all ZnO nanoparticles. In the current attempt, the synthesized ZnO particles have been used photocatalytic and antibacterial applications. The antibacterial activity of characterized samples was regulated using different concentrations of synthesized ZnO particles (100 μg/ml, 200 μg/ml, 300 μg/ml, 400 μg/ml, 500 μg/ml and 600 μg/ml) against gram positive and gram negative bacteria (S. pnemoniae, S. aureus, E. coli and E. hermannii) using agar well diffusion assay. The increase in concentration, decrease in zone of inhibition. The prepared ZnO morphologies showed photocatalytic activity under the sunlight enhancing the degradation rate of Rhodamine-B (RhB), which is one of the common water pollutant released by textile and paper industries.

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Additional Information: The authors gratefully acknowledge research funding from UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences/Nanotechnology Laboratories, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa (UNISA), Muckleneuk Ridge, Pretoria, South Africa, (Research Grant Fellowship of framework Post-Doctoral Fellowship program under contract number Research Fund: 139000). One of the authors (Dr. K. Kaviyarasu) is grateful to Prof. M. Maaza, Nanosciences African network (NANOAFNET), Materials Research Department (MSD), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation (NRF), Somerset West, South Africa for his constant support, help and encouragement.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Zinc oxide; Thin films; Photoluminescence; Antibacterial studies; Photocatalytic
Subjects: Chemical Engineering
Divisions: Department of Chemical Engineering
Depositing User: Team Library
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2017 09:27
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2017 09:39
URI: http://raiith.iith.ac.in/id/eprint/3293
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2017.06.026
OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/1011-1344/
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