Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue with Fe doped ZnS nanoparticles.

Spectrochimica acta. Part A, Molecular and biomolecular spectroscopy

PubMedID: 23732620

Chauhan R, Kumar A, Chaudhary RP. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue with Fe doped ZnS nanoparticles. Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc. 2013;113250-6.
Fe doped ZnS nanoparticles (Zn1-xFexS; where x=0.00, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.10) were synthesized by a chemical precipitation method. The synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectrometer. The X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscope studies show that the size of crystallites is in the range of 2-5 nm. Photocatalytic activities of ZnS and 3, 5 and 10 mol% Fe doped ZnS were evaluated by decolorization of methylene blue in aqueous solution under ultraviolet and visible light irradiation. It was found that the Fe doped ZnS bleaches methylene blue much faster than the undoped ZnS upon its exposure to the visible light as compared to ultraviolet light. The optimal Fe/Zn ratio was observed to be 3 mol% for photocatalytic applications.