Evaluation of Sr-Ce-ZnO/HAp Nanocomposite in Photocatalytic Degradation of Rhodamine B Pollutant in the Presence of Visible Light

Document Type : Research Article


Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, P.O. Box 16315-1618, Tehran 15418, Iran.


In this study, the synthesis and characterization of Sr-Ce-ZnO/HAp nanocomposite in the degradation of rhodamine B under visible light was investigated. Structure of Sr-Ce-ZnO/HAp nanocomposite identified by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy diffraction (EDX) spectroscopy (visible-spectrophotometer) UV-Vis and adsorption/desorption porosimetry were confirmed by BET analysis. Evaluations showed that adopted with metal cations and the presence of hydroxyapatite reduced energy gap, increased surface area, increased adsorption and decreased electron-hole recombination. As a result, it significantly increases the photocatalytic activity of Sr-Ce-ZnO/HAp nanocomposite compared to other prepared nanoparticles. The results also showed that more than 91% of rhodamine B was removed within 90 minutes after the start of the reaction. The first-order reaction constant and the rate constant of 0.023 min-1 were obtained.


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