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Spectrochimica acta. Part A, Molecular and biomolecular spectroscopy

Bio-inspired route for the synthesis of spherical shaped MgO:Fe(3+) nanoparticles: Structural, photoluminescence and photocatalytic investigation.


PMID 25988816

Abstract

MgO:Fe(3+) (0.1-5 mol%) nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized via eco-friendly, inexpensive and simple low temperature solution combustion route using Aloe vera gel as fuel. The final products were characterized by SEM, TEM and HRTEM. PXRD data and Rietveld analysis revealed the formation of cubic system. The influence of Fe(3+) ion concentration on the structure morphology, UV absorption, PL emission and photocatalytic activity of MgO:Fe(3+) NPs were investigated. The yellow emission with CIE chromaticity coordinates (0.44, 0.52) and average correlated color temperature value was found to be 3540 K which corresponds to warm light of NPs. The control of Fe(3+) on MgO matrix influences the photocatalytic decolorization of methylene blue (MB) under UV light. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of MgO:Fe(3+) (4 mol%) was attributed to dopant concentration, effective crystallite size, textural properties, decreased band gap and capability for reducing the electron-hole pair recombination. Further, the trends of inhibitory effect in the presence of different radical scavengers were explored. These findings open up new avenues for the exploration of Fe-doped MgO in eco-friendly water applications and in the process of display devices.