Pulsed laser deposition of Co3O4 nanoparticles assembled coating: Role of substrate temperature to tailor disordered to crystalline phase and related photocatalytic activity in degradation of methylene blue
Cobalt oxide (Co3O4) nanoparticles (NPs) assembled coating have been prepared by reactive pulsed laser deposition of Co, in O2 atmosphere, on Si or glass substrate ranging from room temperature to 250 °C. The NPs, having narrow size distribution with average values of around 25–50 nm, were characterized by Raman, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The Co3O4 NPs synthesized at 150 °C comprise a mixed amorphous–nanocrystalline phase (that is unique property for catalysis) while complete crystallization of Co3O4 occurs at 250 °C with formation of spinel structure. Photocatalytic properties of Co3O4 NPs assembled coating for degradation of methylene blue solution under visible light irradiation are reported. The effect of H2O2 concentration and effect of pH variation on dye degradation rate has been reported. The reusability of the Co3O4 NPs assembled thin coating catalyst was further evaluated in several recycling runs. The activity of heterogeneous Co3O4 NPs assembled thin coating catalyst was compared with homogenous catalyst producing Co+2 ions in methylene blue solution.
Graphical abstract.Figure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload high-quality image (472 K)Download as PowerPoint slideHighlights► Co3O4 NPs assembled coating synthesized by PLD at low temperature (150 °C). ► Complete degradation of MB over Co3O4 NPs heterogeneous catalyst by Photo-Fenton reaction. ► Photo-degradation activity obtained by Co3O4 NPs heterogeneous catalyst is significantly higher than homogenous Co+2 ions. ► Co3O4 NPs assembled coating is recovered and reused easily.
Journal: Applied Catalysis A: General - Volumes 423–424, 7 May 2012, Pages 21–27