Journal of Electronic Materials

, Volume 48, Issue 5, pp 2978–2985 | Cite as

Photocatalytic Degradation of Methylene Blue (MB) over α-Fe2O3 Nanospindles Prepared by a Hydrothermal Route

  • Xuan Hoa Vu
  • Luong Huu Phuoc
  • Nguyen Dac DienEmail author
  • Thi Thu Ha Pham
  • Luong Duy Thanh


Well-crystalline iron oxide (α-Fe2O3) nanospindles have been prepared using a simple hydrothermal process at temperature of 240°C for different durations (24 h, 36 h, 48 h, and 60 h). The products were characterized by x-ray diffraction analysis, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and visible absorption measurements. Detailed characterization of their structure and composition confirmed formation of pure α-Fe2O3 with rhombohedral crystal structure. The photocatalytic activity of the obtained α-Fe2O3 for demineralization of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution under ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation was evaluated. Ultraviolet–visible (UV–Vis) spectroscopy indicated a decrease in the absorbance intensity and concentration of the dye. Mechanistic investigation revealed that \( \cdot {\hbox{OH}} \) and \( \cdot {\hbox{O}} \) radicals played a crucial role in the degradation process of methylene blue. The α-Fe2O3 nanospindles presented high photocatalytic activity towards MB with degradation efficiency of 78% within 6 h of irradiation. These results demonstrate that α-Fe2O3 nanospindles are suitable for treatment of wastewater.


α-Fe2O3 nanospindles photocatalytic degradation methylene blue hydrothermal treatment 


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This work was supported by the Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam via decision No. 5651/QÐ-BGDÐT-28/12/2018.

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The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xuan Hoa Vu
    • 1
  • Luong Huu Phuoc
    • 2
  • Nguyen Dac Dien
    • 3
    Email author
  • Thi Thu Ha Pham
    • 4
  • Luong Duy Thanh
    • 5
  1. 1.Faculty of Physics and TechnologyThai Nguyen University of ScienceThai Nguyen CityVietnam
  2. 2.School of Engineering PhysicsHanoi University of Science and TechnologyHanoiVietnam
  3. 3.Faculty of Labour ProtectionVietnam Trade Union UniversityHanoiVietnam
  4. 4.Faculty of ChemistryThai Nguyen University of ScienceThai Nguyen CityVietnam
  5. 5.Thuyloi UniversityHanoiVietnam

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