Pal, Moumita and Bera, Susanta and Khan , Hasmat and Jana, Sunirmal (2015) Effect of Ga doping on Microstructural, Optical and Photocatalytic Properties of Nanostructured Zinc Oxide Thin Films. Kenkyu Journal of Nanotechnology & Nanoscience, 1 (2). pp. 1-17. ISSN 2455-183X

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Ga doped nanostructured zinc oxide thin films (thickness, 160-170 nm) on pure silica glass substrate were prepared from zinc acetate based precursor solutions by varying Ga doping level (0 to 6%). The presence of nanocrystalline hexagonal ZnO was confirmed by X-ray diffraction study whereas the field emission scanning and transmission electron microscopic analyses evidenced the existence of quasi-spherical ZnO with a decreased trend in crystallite/particle size vis-à-vis an enhancement of direct band gap energy of the films on increasing the doping level. Root means square (RMS) film surface roughness was determined by atomic force microscope and found maximum RMS roughness value in 1% doped film. Photoluminescence (PL) emission spectral study revealed the formation of various intrinsic/extrinsic defects along with the presence of characteristics band edge emission of ZnO at ~ 385 nm (UVPL). However, a lowest relative intensity of the UVPL emission was found in 1% doped film (G1ZO), indicating an appreciable decrease in the recombination rate of photogenerated charge carriers in the semiconductor. The photocatalytic activity of the films towards degradation of rhodamine 6G dye was performed under UV (254 nm) and obtained the maximum value of dye degradation rate constant (considering first order reaction kinetics) in 1% doped film (G1ZO). On increasing doping level, the trend in change of defect concentration (oxygen vacancies) as analyzed by Raman spectral study was found identical with the dye photodegradation activity of the films. The G1ZO film would expect to decompose micro-organisms even under exposure of visible light.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering Materials
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2015 10:01
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2015 10:01

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