Synthesis of Ag/ZnO Nanoparticles by a Pyrolytic Method: Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity Study

Tanmay Chattopadhyay*

*Department of Chemistry,
Diamond Harbour Women’s University,
Diamond Harbour Road, Sarisha, South 24 Pgs, 743368, INDIA.


Ag/ZnO nanoparticles have been prepared via simple thermal treatment of a hetero tri-nuclear precursor compound [Zn(Imdz)4(Ag(CN)2)2] (1) (Imdz = Imidazole) as precursors at 550 °C in air for 4 h. A variety of techniques such as UV-Vis spectroscopy, IR spectroscopy, XRPD, XPS, SEM, TEM and EDX were used for their characterization. These nanoparticles show optical band gap at 2.75 eV. Photocatalytic reactivity of these nanoparticles has been evaluated by studying the degradation of C. I. Reactive Yellow 84 (RY 84), a popular and widely used reactive dye in cotton industry.

Keywords :Pyrolytic technique, Ag/ZnO nanoparticles, Semiconductors, Photocatalytic reactivity, C. I. Reactive Yellow 84.