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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 517643, 6 pages
Research Article

Characterization of Newly Synthesized ZrFe2O5 Nanomaterial and Investigations of Its Tremendous Photocatalytic Properties under Visible Light Irradiation

1Department of Physics, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad 38040, Pakistan
2Department of Chemistry, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
3Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad 38040, Pakistan
4Catalysis Science and Technology Research Centre, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia
5Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET) Center, College of Engineering, King Saud University, Riyadh 11451, Saudi Arabia
6Department of Chemistry, University of Sargodha, Sargodha 40100, Pakistan
7Institute of Advanced Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Received 7 April 2013; Revised 29 June 2013; Accepted 30 June 2013

Academic Editor: Jiaguo Yu

Copyright © 2013 Shaukat Ali Shahid et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


High functional ZrFe2O5 nanoparticles were synthesized using coprecipitation technique. The chemical composition of nanomaterials was studied by energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX). To observe the morphology, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) was used. X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique was utilized to appraise the structure of the synthesized material. The photocatalytic behavior of ZrFe2O5 nano-particles was investigated by measuring the degradation rate of toluidine blue O (TBO) dye in aqueous solution in the presence of ZrFe2O5 nano-particles under visible light irradiation. A steady decrease in absorption peak under visible light irradiation was observed by increasing exposure time. The degradation efficiency was observed as 92% after 140 min of exposure to visible light. Besides, ZrFe2O5 nanophotocatalyst could be recovered and recycled easily. The rate of TBO and total organic carbon (TOC) removal under visible light irradiation decreased by only 5% and 10%, respectively, after seven cycles of use, demonstrating the high photostability of the synthesized nano-photocatalyst material.