Research on Chemical Intermediates

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 323–336 | Cite as

Preparation, characterization, and photocatalytic activity of polyaniline/ZnO nanocomposite

  • Ali Olad
  • Rahimeh Nosrati


Polyaniline (PANI)/zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocomposite was synthesized by in-situ polymerization. X-ray diffraction patterns, UV–visible spectroscopy, SEM, and TEM were used to characterize the composition and structure of the nanocomposite. Nanostructured PANI/ZnO composite was used as photocatalyst in the photodegradation of methylene blue dye molecules in aqueous solution. The photocatalytic activity of PANI/ZnO nanocomposite under UV and visible light irradiation was evaluated and was compared with that of ZnO nanoparticles. ZnO/PANI core–shell nanocomposite had greater photocatalytic activity than ZnO nanoparticles and pristine PANI under visible light irradiation. According to these results, application of PANI as a shell on the surface of ZnO nanoparticles causes the enhanced photocatalytic activity of the PANI/ZnO nanocomposite. Also UV–visible spectroscopy studies showed that the absorption peak for PANI/ZnO nanocomposite has a red shift toward visible wavelengths compared with the ZnO nanoparticles and pristine PANI. The effect of different operating conditions on the photocatalytic performance of PANI/ZnO nanocomposite in the photodegradation of methylene blue dye molecules was investigated in a bath experimental setup.


Conducting polymers Polyaniline ZnO Photocatalyst 



The financial support of this research by the University of Tabriz is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Polymer Composite Research Laboratory, Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of ChemistryUniversity of TabrizTabrizIran

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