In the present study, we investigated the effect of cerium doping in zinc oxide matrix, used as photoactive material. Cerium ions into the matrix of ZnO can act like a 'trap' for the electrons, lowering the e(-)/h+ recombination rate and so increasing the photocatalytic efficiency of the ZnO.We synthesised doped samples using a simple precipitation route. The amount of dopant used was, 1 and 10% molar. The samples have been studied via x-ray diffraction measurements for the structural characterisation; UV-visible diffuse reflectance was used for the optical analysis; Branauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) model for the measurement of the surface area. Finally, the samples have been analysed via electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy for the electronic characterisation and for testing their photoactivity. The spin trapping technique was also use to measure the amount of stable radical adducts formed via reaction of OH. radicals with molecules of the DMPO ( 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide) spin probe.

Photoactivity properties of ZnO doped with cerium ions: an EPR study / Cerrato, Erik; Gionco, Chiara; Paganini, Maria Cristina; Giamello, Elio. - In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS. CONDENSED MATTER. - ISSN 0953-8984. - 29:44(2017), p. 444001. [10.1088/1361-648X/aa88f7]

Photoactivity properties of ZnO doped with cerium ions: an EPR study

Gionco, Chiara;
2017

Abstract

In the present study, we investigated the effect of cerium doping in zinc oxide matrix, used as photoactive material. Cerium ions into the matrix of ZnO can act like a 'trap' for the electrons, lowering the e(-)/h+ recombination rate and so increasing the photocatalytic efficiency of the ZnO.We synthesised doped samples using a simple precipitation route. The amount of dopant used was, 1 and 10% molar. The samples have been studied via x-ray diffraction measurements for the structural characterisation; UV-visible diffuse reflectance was used for the optical analysis; Branauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) model for the measurement of the surface area. Finally, the samples have been analysed via electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy for the electronic characterisation and for testing their photoactivity. The spin trapping technique was also use to measure the amount of stable radical adducts formed via reaction of OH. radicals with molecules of the DMPO ( 5,5-dimethyl-1-pyrroline-N-oxide) spin probe.
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