Zinc oxide nanoflowers (ZnONFs) were prepared by employing the pod extract of Peltophorum pterocarpum as a green resource and characterized by various methods. UV–vis spectrum displayed a peak at 361 nm which confirmed the formation of ZnO nanoparticles. The optical band gap was calculated as 3.43 eV. FE-SEM images exposed the flower-like morphology and EDX portrayed strong signals for Zn and O. XRD studies substantiated signature peaks for the wurtzite phase of ZnONFs and the lattice parameters matched well with the literature. Mesoporous nature was confirmed by BET analysis which yielded a high specific surface area of 19.61 m2/g. FTIR bands at 420.48 and 462.92 cm−1affirmed the Zn and O bonding vibrations. The photocatalytic potential of the ZnONFs was successfully examined for the removal of methylene blue dye under natural solar light. The experimental data were fitted to Langmuir–Hinshelwood’s first-order equation and the kinetic constant was calculated as 0.0114 min–1.
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- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Materials Science (miscellaneous)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Cell Biology
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering