A facile green synthetic method is proposed for the synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) using the bio-template Cinnamomum tamala (C. tamala) leaves extract. The morphological, functional, and structural characterization of synthesized ZnO NPs were studied by adopting different techniques such as energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Visible spectroscopy, fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, raman spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The fabricated ZnO NPs exhibit an average size of 35 nm, with a hexagonal nanostructure. Further, the well-characterized ZnO NPs were employed for the photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue (MB) in an aqueous solution. The photocatalytic activity was analyzed by changing the various physicochemical factors such as reaction time, amount of photocatalyst, precursor concentration, and calcination temperature of the ZnO NPs. All the studies suggest that the ZnO synthesized through the green protocol exhibits excellent photocatalytic potency against the dye molecules.
Recommended CitationNarath, Sajina; Koroth, Supin Karonnan; Shankar, Sarojini Sharath; George, Bini; Mutta, Vasundhara; Waclawek, Stanislaw; Cernik, Miroslav; Padil, Vinod Vellora Theekae; and Varma, Rajender S., "Cinnamomum tamala leaf extract stabilized zinc oxide nanoparticles: A promising photocatalyst for methylene blue degradation" (2021). Department of Medicine Faculty Papers. Paper 301.
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