Riaz Ahmad, Sami Ul Haq, Sohail Muhammad, Gulzar Khan, Said Karim Shah, Khizar Hayat, Rashid Khan, Tahirzeb Khan, Ateeq Ur Rehman, Muhammad Uzair, Aurangzeb Khan, Majid Khan
August 10, 2020
Worldwide water pollution is a serious issue, which needs special attention. Among these pollutants, methylene blue (MB) is dangerous for aquatic life as well as for human beings. Researchers are trying their best to degrade the various pollutants found in water. In the present work, we synthesized ZnO nanorods (NRDs) by one-step hydrothermal method. The synthesized samples were then characterized with the help of X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). ZnO nanostructures were composed of rod-shaped NRDs with flat edges and were highly crystalline with hexagonal shaped morphology. UV/Visible spectroscopy was carried out to investigate the optical properties, which shows the absorption in UV range and highly transmittance in the visible range. Finally, the photocatalytic activity was performed for the degradation of MB. The results show that MB was not fully degraded by bare ZnO NRDs. After all, we coated Ag NPs on the surfaces of ZnO NRDs through the simple solution-based method. The UV/Visible data reveal absorption in the UV as well as in the visible range due to the surface plasmonic effect of Ag NPs. Hybrid Ag-coated ZnO NRDs successfully degraded MB within 60 min. Therefore, we found that Ag-coated ZnO NRDs show good photocatalytic properties as compared to uncoated ZnO NRDs.