Mn2+ ion influenced optical and photocatalytic behaviour of Mn-ZnS quantum dots prepared by a microwave assisted technique

Joicy, S.; Saravanan, R.; Prabhu, D.; Ponpandian, N.; Thangadurai, P.


Fluorescent zinc blende structured pure and Mn2+ ion doped ZnS (Mn-ZnS) quantum dots were prepared via a rapid microwave assisted technique without any surfactants and their photocatalytic activity was tested for the photodegradation of methyl orange dye under UV light irradiation. They were characterized by X-ray diffraction, FE-SEM, UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectroscopies, XRF and BET surface area analysis. The Mn-ZnS quantum dots possessed a cubic blende crystal structure without any impurity phases. The absorption maximum by UV-Vis spectroscopy showed a blue shift with increasing Mn2+ content. Photoluminescence of Mn-ZnS was obtained as a result of combined broad blue emission from sulfur vacancies existing in the ZnS host and orange emission from the 4T(1)-6A(1) transition of Mn2+. The relative intensity of blue to orange emissions was found to be quenched with increasing Mn2+ ion concentration. Methyl orange dye was photodegraded by Mn-ZnS quantum dots effectively up to a doping level of 4.28% Mn2+ and further increase in Mn2+ decreased the photocatalytic activity. Detailed mechanisms of photoluminescence and photocatalytic activity were proposed and discussed. The results suggested that the Mn-ZnS material is a potential candidate for photocatalytic applications.

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Título de la Revista: RSC ADVANCES
Volumen: 4
Número: 84
Fecha de publicación: 2014
Página de inicio: 44592
Página final: 44599


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