Quasi-cube ZnFe2O4 nanocrystals: Hydrothermal synthesis and photocatalytic activity with TiO2 (Degussa P25) as nanocomposite

Autores: Zhang, G.-Y.|Sun, Y.-Q.|Gao, D.-Z.|Xu, Y.-Y.
Fuente: Mater. res. bull.
45 (7), 755-760

The fabrication and photocatalytic application of zinc ferrite nanocrystals were reported. Quasi-cube ZnFe2O4 nanocrystals with typical small sizes of 5-15 nm were successfully synthesized by a facile hydrothermal approach. ZnFe2O4/P25 nanocomposite was prepared by physically grinding the ZnFe2O4 nanocrystals with TiO2 (commercial Degussa P25) at ambient temperature, and it exhibited excellent photocatalytic activity for the mineralization of Rhodamine B. UV-vis measurement and photocatalytic test results showed that ZnFe2O 4 nanocrystals exhibited effective band-gap coupling to P25 nanopowders by simply physical grinding without any surface modification or high-energy balling, which is usually adopted in conventional mixture process. This phenomenon can be attributed to the high surface activities of the as-obtained tiny ZnFe2O4 nanocrystals and commercial P25 nanoparticles. It may imply that the mixing process of composite materials would be simplified by further lowering the grain sizes of their component particles.

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