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Appl. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 353;

Oxygen Vacancy-Mediated ZnO Nanoparticle Photocatalyst for Degradation of Methylene Blue

Key Laboratory of Information Materials of Sichuan Province, School of Electrical and Information Engineering, Southwest University for Nationalities, Chengdu 610041, China
National Laboratory of Solid State Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093, China
Institute for Future Environments and School of Chemistry, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
CSIRO-QUT Joint Sustainable Processes and Devices Laboratory, P.O. Box 218, Lindfield, NSW 2070, Australia
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Received: 4 December 2017 / Revised: 9 January 2018 / Accepted: 14 January 2018 / Published: 28 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanostructured Photodetectors and Photovoltaic Devices)
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ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) are synthesized by deoxidizing ZnO powder in a vacuum drying process. This process reduces the size of the NPs and increases the concentration of oxygen vacancies on their surfaces. ZnO NPs with sufficient oxygen vacancies are highly effective for the photodecomposition of methylene blue (MB) dye in water under ultraviolet irradiation. The MB degradation efficiency exceeds 99 percent after 50 min of light irradiation, and the catalytic property of the NPs remains stable over several complete degradation cycles. It is revealed that the concentration of oxygen vacancies on the surface, and the photocatalytic activity, are both higher for smaller NPs. Oxygen vacancies reduce the recombination rate of photo-generated charge carriers by capturing the electrons and hence, improve the efficiency of redox reactions. In addition, a smaller particle size leads to a larger specific surface area and a higher photonic efficiency for the ZnO NPs. View Full-Text
Keywords: semiconductors; surfaces; microstructure; defects semiconductors; surfaces; microstructure; defects

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Zhang, Q.; Xu, M.; You, B.; Zhang, Q.; Yuan, H.; Ostrikov, K.K. Oxygen Vacancy-Mediated ZnO Nanoparticle Photocatalyst for Degradation of Methylene Blue. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 353.

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