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Nanosystems: Phys. Chem. Math., 2022, 13 (1), 78–86

Synthesis and characterization of zirconia nanorods as a photo catalyst for the degradation of methylene blue dye

R. Jeba – Research Scholar, Women’s Christian College, Tamilnadu, India; Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India; jeba170787@gmail.com
S. Radhika – Pioneer Kumaraswamy College, Tamilnadu, India; Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India
C. M. Padma – Department of Physics, Women’s Christian College, Tamilnadu, India; Manonmaniam Sundaranar University, Abishekapatti, Tirunelveli, Tamilnadu, India
X. Ascar Davix – Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, R.V.R. & J.C. College of Engineering, Andhra Pradesh, India

Corresponding author: R. Jeba, jeba170787@gmail.com

DOI 10.17586/2220-8054-2022-13-1-78-86

ABSTRACT t-ZrO2 nano crystalline photocatalyst have been synthesized by a simple co-precipitation method. The crystal structure, morphology, size, and elemental composition of ZrO2 nanorods were determined using XRD, SEM, EDX analysis. The optical properties and photocatalysis were analyzed using UV-Vis spectroscopy. The investigation of XRD pattern indicates tetragonal (t-ZrO2) and monoclinic phases (m-ZrO2) for the annealing temperatures 500 and 900 °C respectively. SEM images depicts rod like morphology. UV-Vis spectra illustrates that the synthesized samples have wide band gap. t-ZrO2 photocatalyst degrades methylene blue dye with 80 % removal efficiency in 180 minutes.

KEYWORDS zirconium oxide (ZrO2), co-precipitation, photocatalysis

FOR CITATION Jeba R., Radhika S., Padma C.M., Ascar Davix X. Synthesis and characterization of zirconia nanorods as a photo catalyst for the degradation of methylene blue dye. Nanosystems: Phys. Chem. Math., 2022, 13 (1), 78–86.

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