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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 9 (2012), Issue 2, Pages 705-715

An Efficient Photocatalytic Degradation of Methyl Blue Dye by using Synthesised PbO Nanoparticles

Chemistry Research Center, HPT Arts and RYK Science College, Nasik 422005, India

Received 31 August 2011; Accepted 8 November 2011

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We report here the synthesis of visible light sensitive PbO and Ni doped PbO nanoparticles by hydrothermal method and characterized by UV-DRS, photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), FTIR, X-ray diffraction (XRD), SEM, EDAX and TGA. Further an efficient approach has been developed for degradation of methyl blue (MB) in aqueous medium. The photodegradation of dye was monitored as a function of dye concentration, pH and catalyst amount has been determined. The reduction in the chemical oxygen demand (COD) revealed the mineralization of dye along with colour removal.