Synthesis and characterization of novel poly(1-naphthylamine)/zinc oxide nanocomposites: Application in catalytic degradation of methylene blue dye
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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.
Keywords1-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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