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Synthesis and characterization of CeO2 supported ZSM-5 zeolite for organic dye degradation


ZSM-5:CeO2 nanocomposites were prepared by two-step hydrothermal method in combination with the wet impregnation method. The synthesized nanocomposites were characterized by XRD, FESEM, TEM, EDX, elemental mapping, FTIR and UV–vis analysis. The bandgap investigations were done using tauc plot and the bandgap of ZSM-5 has been reduced from 3.90 to 3.15 eV upon CeO2 loading. The synthesized nanocomposites were tested for photocatalytic activity under a halogen lamp and the effect of CeO2 loading on ZSM5 has been examined. Among the various nanocomposites synthesized, ZSM-5:CeO2 25 wt% exhibited better methyl orange degradation of about 95.6% with an initial dye concentration of 10 mg/l, pH 7, 100 mg of photocatalyst under halogen lamp for 75 min. Additionally, the effect of various reaction parameters like dye concentration (10–25 mg/l), photocatalyst dosage (25–125 mg), and pH (3–9) was probed to get better performance. Tapping experiments were conducted with various radical scavengers to get insight into the key active species responsible for the photodegradation of methyl orange. The result portrays the importance of hydroxyl radical for the degradation of methyl orange dye. Cycle test and stability studies showed that the photocatalyst was stable even after four cycles. In summary, ZSM-5:CeO2 nanocomposites can be a suitable photocatalyst for numerous applications in the field of photodegradation of organic contaminants.

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The authors extend their appreciation to the Deanship of Scientific Research at King Khalid University for funding this study through the Small Research Group Project under grant number R.G.P. 1/306/1442.

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Prabhu, S., Elumalai, N., Selvaraj, M. et al. Synthesis and characterization of CeO2 supported ZSM-5 zeolite for organic dye degradation. J Mater Sci: Mater Electron (2021).

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