Photocatalytic Degradation of Malachite Green Using Nano-sized cerium-iron Oxide

K. L. Ameta, Neema Papnai, Rakshit Ameta


Nano-sized cerium-iron oxide nanoparticles has been synthesized, characterized and explored as an efficient photocatalyst for the photocatalytic degradation of malachite green. The effects of different variables on degradation of dye were optimized such as the pH of the dye solution, dye concentration, amount of photocatalyst and light intensity. About 91% degradation of dye of 2×10-5 M concentration was observed after 2 hours at 8.5 pH and 600 Wm-2 light intensity. The reason for the high catalytic activity of the synthesized nanoparticles is ascribed to the high surface area which determines the active sites of the catalyst and accelerates the photocatalytic degradation.


cerium-iron oxide; nanoparticles; photocatalyst; photodegradation; malachite green

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