Recycling and utilization of agro-food waste ashes: syntheses of the glasses for wide-band gap semiconductor applications

  • Gaurav Sharma
  • K. SinghEmail author


Present glasses are synthesized by the melt-quench method. The ashes of rice husk and sugarcane leaves are taken to synthesize the present samples. The eggshell powder is used to modify the glass-network and reduced the melting temperature of rice husk ash and sugarcane leaves ash. The as-quenched samples are characterized using different experimental techniques to study their structural and optical properties. The optical band gaps are found in the insulating range, i. e. 3.34–3.72 eV. The as-prepared glasses showed good luminescent properties due to some trace transition elements oxides present in the agro-food wastes. The agro-food wastes could be used as a resource and valuable materials to synthesize value-added engineering materials like glasses. The addition of eggshell powder into the main content showed the blue shift in photoluminescence spectra with enhanced intensity. This property may be exploited to develop UV–visible light-emitting diodes and some other non-linear optical devices.


Agro-food wastes Continuous and pulsed laser applications Glasses Luminescence Optical properties X-ray diffraction 



The authors are very grateful to Santhosh Kumar Mahadevan and Dr. Jayant Kolte for their valuable suggestion and SAI labs, TIET, Patiala for providing characterization facilities. Authors are thankful to Dr. Sanjay Sharma (Modi College, Patiala) for their help in FTIR results.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Physics and Materials ScienceThapar Institute of Engineering and TechnologyPatialaIndia

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