Cairo University

MTPR Journal

 

Synthesis and Characterization of Graphene/zirconium oxide nanocomposite and its application in Photocatalysis

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Braj Raj Singh1*, Sneha Singh1, Mohd. Shoeb1, Wasi Khan1, H. B. Singh2 , Alim H. Naqvi1

In this study, we have synthesized Graphene/zirconium oxide nanocomposite (Gr@ZrO2-NC) by in-situ polymerization method. The structural, optical, thermal, electrical and photocatalytic properties of the as synthesized Gr@ZrO2-NC were studied. The XRD analysis ensures that zirconium nanoparticles (ZrO2-NPs) have a monoclinic structure. The characterization data confirmed that the ZrO2-NPs were successfully incorporated into the graphene sheets. TGA/DSC results exhibited an enhanced thermal stability of the ZrO2-NPs as compare with graphene owing to the strong interaction between the ZrO2-NPs and graphene. The energy band gap as calculated through the Tauc relation was found to be lower of synthesized Gr@ZrO2-NC. We have applied the synthesized Gr@ZrO2-NC for the efficient photocatalysis of a Rhodamine B (RhB) dye. The photocatalysis results exhibited the promising photo-degradation of the RhB dye under UV light irradiation through the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Thus, it is encouraging to conclude that Gr@ZrO2-NC has environmental significance.