A. Arunkumar, T. Chandrasekaran, K. Riaz Ahamed, ZnO/VNC Material for UV-Photodegradation of Methylene Blue, ILCPA Volume 67, International Letters of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy (Volume 67)
    ZnO materials act as a Photocatalytic reaction and it leads to partial or complete mineralization or decolorization of organic pollutants. Upon irradiation with UV/visible light, semiconductors catalyze undergoes redox reactions in presence of air/O<sub>2</sub> and water. In the present study Zinc oxide (ZnO) was doped with activated carbon prepared from the stem of the plant material by chemical activation namely, <i>Vitex</i> <i>negundo</i><i> stem</i> carbon (VNC). The decolourisation and degradation study of a dye namely, methylene blue (MB) was carried out to find out the efficiency of catalytic property of ZnO/VNC. The reaction was performed at 20, 40, 60 ppm of dye solution with ZnO/VNC material at 10 min interval of time. It found that the prepared ZnO / VNC composite exhibits an enhanced Photocatalytic activity for MB degradation under visible light irradiation and its photo catalysis efficiency was analyzed in specific 663 nm λ max using a UV–vis-spectrophotometer. The surface morphology and functional group present in the ZnO / VNC material was characterized by using FT-IR, SEM and XRD. The result reveals that the ZnO/VNC structure consists of irregular aggregates with rough surfaces and high photodegradation activities of ZnO/VNC on MB solutions are found to be at 20ppm. The ZnO/VNC may be used as an alternative adsorbent to remove MB from aqueous solutions.Keywords: Methylene blue (MB), ZnO / VNC, FT-IR, SEM, XRD
    FT-IR, Methylene Blue (MB), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), XRD, ZnO/VNC