Rhodamine (B) photocatalysis under solar light on high crystalline ZnO films grown by home-made DC sputtering

Roberto Macaluso, Andrea Zaffora, Zebbar, Boughelout, Bensouilah, Zohour, Kechouane, Aida, Trari

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Abstract

ZnO thin films were deposited by home-made DC sputtering of zinc target under mixed gases(Argon, Oxygen) plasma on glass substrates. Films were deposited by varying oxygen partialpressure (PO2) from 0.09 to 1.3 mbar in the deposition chamber, at a fixed substrate temperatureof 100 °C. The samples were characterized by photoluminescence (PL), X-ray diffraction (XRD),optical transmissions (UV–vis), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrical (Hall effect)measurements. The results indicate that by varying the oxygen pressure in the depositionchamber, the films show a precise and well defined photoluminescence emissions for each rangeof pressure covering almost the entire visible domain (UV, UV-Violet, Violet, Blue, and Red) withhigh intensities. Moreover, the deposited films have different defects levels. The XRD analysisindicates that the films are well grown along the c-axis peak, but with different crystallinequality. Optical measurements reveal a high transmission, up to 90%, in the spectral regionbetween 400 and 2500 nm and a large variation of the optical band gap (3.16–4.34 eV). As anapplication of the deposited ZnO films, the photo-catalytic degradation of a synthetic solution ofRhodamine B (RhB) poured on a ZnO thin film was successfully achieved and an elimination rateof 38% was obtained after exposing the film to solar light for 3 h.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)77-85
Numero di pagine9
RivistaOptik
Volume174
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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