Publications (2)3.98 Total impact
Article: Stereospecific growth of densely populated rutile mesoporous TiO2 nanoplate films: a facile low temperature chemical synthesis approach.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: We report for the first time, using a simple and environmentally benign chemical method, the low temperature synthesis of densely populated upright-standing rutile TiO(2) nanoplate films onto a glass substrate from a mixture of titanium trichloride, hydrogen peroxide and thiourea in triply distilled water. The rutile TiO(2) nanoplate films (the phase is confirmed from x-ray diffraction analysis, selected area electron diffraction, energy-dispersive x-ray analysis, and Raman shift) are 20-35 nm wide and 100-120 nm long. The chemical reaction kinetics for the growth of these upright-standing TiO(2) nanoplate films is also interpreted. Films of TiO(2) nanoplates are optically transparent in the visible region with a sharp absorption edge close to 350 nm, confirming an indirect band gap energy of 3.12 eV. The Brunauer-Emmet-Teller surface area, Barret-Joyner-Halenda pore volume and pore diameter, obtained from N(2) physisorption studies, are 82 m(2) g(-1), 0.0964 cm(3) g(-1) and 3.5 nm, respectively, confirming the mesoporosity of scratched rutile TiO(2) nanoplate powder that would be ideal for the direct fabrication of nanoscaled devices including upcoming dye-sensitized solar cells and gas sensors.Nanotechnology 02/2010; 21(10):105603. · 3.98 Impact Factor
Article: Large area (9×9cm2) electrostatically sprayed nanocrystalline zincite thin films for hydrogen production application[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Synthesis of single phase nanocrystalline zinc ferrite (zincite) thin films that provides high surface area for active redox reactions is reported. Electrostatic spray method is employed for obtaining these ferrite films onto a stainless steel substrate of 9 × 9 cm2 area using zinc acetate and iron nitrate precursor solutions, mixed in 1:1.5 proportions in triply-distilled water. Single zinc ferrite phase in films, confirmed from the X-ray diffraction pattern, reveals the aggregation of several nanometer-sized spherical grains. About 4 nm average roughness is obtained from the 3D AFM image. Zinc ferrite film deposited onto a glass substrate shows both direct (2.96 eV) and indirect (1.92 eV) band gap energies. Hydrophilic behavior that might facilitate easy reaction kinetics in a water splitting process is noticed. Finally, 450 mL/h hydrogen production rate is confirmed when zinc ferrite film electrode was used as an anode in presence of Pt mesh as a cathode.International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.