Visible-light photocatalytic decolorization of Orange II on Cu2O/ZnO nanocomposites

Jianfeng Ma, Kai Wang, Liangyin Li, Tianli Zhang, Yong Kong, Sridhar Komarneni

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Cu2O/ZnO nanocomposites were synthesized by a coprecipitation method and were applied to degrade dye wastewater. The prepared nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. The effects of initial Orange II (OII) dye concentration, pH and dosage of catalyst amount were investigated in the decomposition of OII dye by the nanocomposites. The best conditions for the dye decomposition by Cu2O/ZnO nanocomposites were found to be in the neutral solution when the dosage of catalyst was 200 mg/L with an OII concentration of 50 mg/L at room temperature. Under the above conditions, nearly 80% decolorization efficiency of OII was achieved by Cu2O/ZnO nanocomposites within 2 h of reaction time and this efficiency was much higher than that of either pure Cu2O or ZnO.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2050-2056
Number of pages7
JournalCeramics International
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry


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