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Light-induced photocatalytic degradation of stearic acid by c-axis oriented ZnO nanowires

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Title
Light-induced photocatalytic degradation of stearic acid by c-axis oriented ZnO nanowires
Abstract

The photocatalytic activity of highly c-axis oriented ZnO nanowires’ arrays grown on seeded glass substrates from aqueous solutions was investigated against the degradation of stearic acid under UV-A light illumination (365 nm). All chemically grown ZnO samples show very good crystallinity and high transmittance in the visible region. The nanowires’ diameter ranges from 35 ± 5 nm to 160 ± 10 nm depending on the grain size of the seed layer applied, while their length (1–1.2 μm) is mainly affected from growth time. It is demonstrated that ZnO nanowires’ arrays show superior photocatalytic activity compared with the stand-alone seed layers, probably due to their enhanced crystallinity and larger surface-to-volume ratio.

Graphical abstractThe photocatalytic activity of highly c-axis oriented ZnO nanowires’ arrays grown on sol–gel seeded glass substrates from aqueous solutions (ASG) was investigated against the degradation of stearic acid under UV-A light illumination. It is demonstrated that ZnO nanowires’ arrays show superior photocatalytic activity compared with the stand-alone seed layers, probably due to their large surface-to-volume ratio.Figure optionsDownload full-size imageDownload high-quality image (161 K)Download as PowerPoint slide

Keywords
Nanowires; Photocatalysis; Aqueous solution growth; Seed layer; ZnO; Stearic acid
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Light-induced photocatalytic degradation of stearic acid by c-axis oriented ZnO nanowires
Publisher
Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Applied Catalysis A: General - Volume 378, Issue 2, 30 April 2010, Pages 227–233
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Subjects
Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Catalysis