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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013, Article ID 958586, 6 pages
Research Article

Photocatalytic Characterization of Fe- and Cu-Doped ZnO Nanorods Synthesized by Cohydrolysis

1Radioisotope Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), 989 Daedukdaero, Daejeon 305-353, Republic of Korea
2Miraenanotech, Cheongwon, Chungcheongbuk-do 363-911, Republic of Korea
3Nuclear Materials Development Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI), Daejeon 305-353, Republic of Korea

Received 10 July 2013; Revised 25 September 2013; Accepted 26 September 2013

Academic Editor: Huogen Yu

Copyright © 2013 Young Rang Uhm 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.


Fe- and Cu-doped ZnO nanorods have been synthesized by a novel process employing a hydrolysis of metal powders. Zn, Fe, and Cu nanopowders were used as starting materials and incorporated into distilled water. The solution was refluxed at 60°C for 24 h to obtain the precipitates from the hydrolysis of Zn and dopants (Cu and Fe). The TEM results for ZnO with and without metal doping showed that the produced powders had a rod-like shape. The rod shape was attributable to the zinc oxide from the hydrolysis of Zn. With an increasing doping content, the UV-vis spectra were shifted to a long wavelength and this result indicates that the band gap was changed by the metal doping. The values of phenol degrading Fe- and Cu-doped ZnO by a solar simulator were measured to be 60 and 75%, respectively.