Journal of Nanoparticle Research
January 2013, 15:1295 |Cite as
Multi-walled carbon nanotube-supported metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles and their photocatalytic property
C. S. Chen,T. G. Liu,L. W. Lin,X. D. Xie,X. H. Chen,Q. C. Liu,B. Liang,W. W. Yu,C. Y. Qiu
First Online:16 December 2012
A simple and versatile approach has been developed to synthesize multi-walled carbon nanotubes/metal-doped ZnO nanohybrid materials (MWNT/M-doped ZnO) by means of the co-deposition method. The experimental results illuminate that MWNTs can be modified by metal-doped ZnO nanoparticles at 450 °C, such as Mn, Mg, and Co elements. Furthermore, the MWNT/Mg-doped ZnO hybrids have been proven to have a high photocatalytic ability for methyl orange (MO), in which the degraded rate for MO reaches 100 % in 60 min. The enhancement in photocatalytic activity is attributed to the excellent electriconal property of MWNTs and Mg-doping. The resultant MWNT/Mg-doped ZnO nanohybrids have potential applications in photocatalysis and environmental protection.