Effect of ZnO core electrodeposition conditions on electrochemical and photocatalytic properties of polypyrrole-graphene oxide shelled nanoarrays

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Author(s)

  • A. Pruna
  • Q. Shao
  • M. Kamruzzaman
  • D. Pullini
  • D. Busquets Mataix

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)801-809
Journal / PublicationApplied Surface Science
Volume392
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2017

Abstract

Novel hybrid core-shell nanoarchitectures were fabricated by a simple two-step electrochemical approach: first ZnO nanorod core was electrodeposited from Zn(NO3)2 solution; further, the core nanoarray was coated with a shell based on polypyrrole hybridized with graphene oxide by electropolymerization. The properties of the core/shell nanoarchitectures were studied as a function of the core properties induced by electrodeposition parameters. The ZnO nanostructures showed improved crystallinity and c-axis preferred orientation with increasing cathodic deposition potential while the increased deposition duration resulted in a morphology transition from nanorod to pyramidal shape. The electrochemical activity of the core/shell arrays was found to increase with the deposition potential of ZnO core but decreased when morphology changed from nanorod to pyramid shape. The photocatalytic results showed improved activity for the core/hybrid shell nanoarrays with respect to ZnO and ZnO/PPy ones. The degradation rate for methylene blue decreased with prolonged deposition duration of the core. The obtained results highlight the importance of electrochemical tuning of ZnO-based core/shell nanoarrays for improved performance in electrochemical and photocatalytic applications.

Research Area(s)

  • Core/shell, Graphene oxide, Nanorod, Polypyrrole, Pyramid, ZnO

Citation Format(s)

Effect of ZnO core electrodeposition conditions on electrochemical and photocatalytic properties of polypyrrole-graphene oxide shelled nanoarrays. / Pruna, A.; Shao, Q.; Kamruzzaman, M.; Li, Y. Y.; Zapien, J. A.; Pullini, D.; Busquets Mataix, D.; Ruotolo, A.

In: Applied Surface Science, Vol. 392, 15.01.2017, p. 801-809.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal