Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 288, Issue 16–17, pp 1633–1638 | Cite as

Synthesis and characterization of novel poly(1-naphthylamine)/zinc oxide nanocomposites: Application in catalytic degradation of methylene blue dye

  • Sadia Ameen
  • M. Shaheer Akhtar
  • Young Soon Kim
  • O-Bong Yang
  • Hyung-Shik ShinEmail author
Short Communication


The organic–inorganic poly(1-naphthylamine)/ZnO (PNA/ZnO) nanocomposites were synthesized by in situ chemical oxidative polymerization of 1-naphthylamine monomer and ZnO nanomaterials for the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye under visible light. The surface properties of PNA molecules were altered by adding the ZnO nanomaterials. The crystalline and the optical properties of PNA/ZnO nanocomposites were improved with the increased contents of ZnO nanomaterials in PNA molecules due to the effective interaction of PNA to the surface of ZnO nanomaterials. The prepared PNA/ZnO nanocomposites presented moderate photocatalytic MB dye degradation of ~22% under visible light. The occurrence of dye degradation under visible light might attribute to high-charge separation of ē-h+ pairs at the interfaces of PNA and ZnO nanomaterials in its excited state under light irradiation.


1-naphthylamine ZnO Organic–inorganic nanocomposites Methylene blue Dye degradation 



The grant of 20093020010090-12-3-010 is fully acknowledged. We also acknowledge the Korea Basic Science Institute, Jeonju branch, for utilizing their FESEM facility.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sadia Ameen
    • 1
  • M. Shaheer Akhtar
    • 2
    • 3
  • Young Soon Kim
    • 1
  • O-Bong Yang
    • 2
  • Hyung-Shik Shin
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Energy Materials and Surface Science Laboratory, Solar Energy Research Center, School of Chemical EngineeringChonbuk National UniversityJeonjuRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.School of Semiconductor and Chemical Engineering and Solar Energy Research CenterChonbuk National UniversityJeonjuRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.New & Renewable Energy Material Development Center (NewREC)Chonbuk National UniversityJeonbukRepublic of Korea

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