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Опубликовано 2018-07-08 Опубликовано на SciPeople2018-07-09 11:56:50 ЖурналSunlight-Induced Photocatalytic Degradation of Pollutant Dye by Highly Fluorescent Red-Emitting Mg-N-Embedded Carbon Dots

ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering
Anshu Bhati, Satyesh Raj Anand, Gunture, Anjali Kumari Garg, Prateek Khare, and Sumit Kumar Sonkar / Satyesh Anand
The present finding describes here discusses the possibilities for fabricating low-cost, high-quantum-yield, red-emitting r-Mg-NCD in an environment-friendly (without using any externally added chemical reagent). Red-emitting r-Mg-N-CD was used as a novel photocatalytic material for the aqueous phase photodegradation of MB under the presence sunlight. The vast potential of sunlight explored was compared with an artificial tungsten bulb by the use of r-Mg-N-CD, which showed many folds of increase in the rate of photodegradation under the influence of sunlight. Higher in value of quantum yield, solubility in aqueous media, and emission in the red wavelength region along with the ability to photodegrade the pollutant dyes within the ∼120 min of sunlight irradiation, makes r-Mg-N-CD a potential nanomaterial for its applications in the field of aqueous-phase photodegradation. As well, the embedded Mg can also been replaced from some other metal for enhancing its optical properties.
Аннотация A straightforward and simpler use of an age-old technique was utilized for the fabrication of “red-emitting magnesium-nitrogen-embedded carbon dots” (r-Mg-N-CD) from the leaves extract of Bougainvillea plant as a natural source of carbon. This technique is similar to the solvent-based technique, which is used for the extraction of fragrances and essential oils from flowers and leaves. The as-derived leaves extract was further carbonized using a simple domestic microwave to obtain the small-sized red-emitting carbonaceous material as r-Mg-N-CD. The r-Mg-N-CD showed excitation independent emissions at ∼678 nm with excellent photostability and a high quantum yield value (∼40%). Moreover,the important perspective of the present finding is to use this r-Mg-N-CD as a potential photocatalyst material for the degradation of pollutant dye (methylene blue) under the presence of sunlight. To infer the significant influence of using natural sunlight in the process of dye degradation, a comparative analysis was performed, demonstrating the higher rate of photo degradation (∼6 times faster) under the influence of sunlight compared to the artificial visible-light from a 100 W tungsten bulb.
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