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Line defect Ce3+ induced Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure for visible-light photocatalytic
R. Saravanana, Shilpi Agarwalb, Vinod Kumar Guptab, c, ⁎, Mohammad Mansoob Khand, F. Graciaa, E. Mosquerae,
V. Narayananf, A. Stepheng, ⁎
aDepartment of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Chile, Beauchef 850, Santiago, Chile
bDepartment of Applied Chemistry, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
cDepartment of Biological Sciences, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589, Saudi Arabia
dChemical Sciences, Faculty of Science, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Jalan Tungku Link, Gadong, BE 1410, Brunei Darussalam
eDepartamento de Física, Universidad del Valle, A.A. 25360, Cali, Colombia
fDepartment of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai, 600 025, India
gDepartment of Nuclear Physics, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai, 600 025, India
Received 27 October 2017
Received in revised form 7 December 2017
Accepted 8 December 2017
Available online xxx
Narrow band gap
This article reports, synthesis and characterization of the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure which was
tested for visible light photocatalytic degradation of industrial textile effluent. The HR-TEM and XPS results
confirms the presence of line dislocation linear defect induced oxygen vacancy in the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO
nanostructure. The oxygen vacancy creates narrow band gap (2.66 eV) was confirmed by DRS. The ternary
Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure showed superior photocatalytic activity compared with pure ZnO, ZnO/Ag and
ZnO/CeO2results because of the narrow band gap, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Ag nanoparticles,
synergistic effects, and defects (Ce3+ and oxygen vacancy) in CeO2and ZnO.
Advancement in nanostructure developments bring out wide range
of industrial, health and environmental applications. The nanomateri-
als acquired have novel properties in which the reactions are carried
out by altering the reaction conditions [1–3]. Currently environmental
hazard is one of the significant topics of scientific topics of research.
There are large number of polluting agents present in the atmosphere
due to exceeding world’s population which encourages huge number
of industries, vehicles and so on. Our day to day life of utilizing pol-
luted air and water does not provide good health benefits, because of
the presence of harmful chemicals . Practice of dumping waste wa-
ters into the fresh water sources like rivers, streams, lakes and oceans
brings about variety of health risks to human beings, plants and an-
imals . Hoffman et al. has reported that more than 70% of waste
disposal includes toxic chemicals, the primary cause for the conta-
mination of underground water resources . One of the major rea-
sons for water pollution is untreated industrial textile dyes, since it
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is being released into most of the water resources without any kind of
treatment processes. It creates harmful environment and hence several
diseases to human beings, plants and animals [4–8].
In recent decades, researchers are putting their efforts to utilize
various semiconductor nano metal oxides for photocatalytic degrada-
tion process in the waste water treatment [5–9]. Photocatalytic degra-
dation process is gaining much attention in degrading the pollutants
by the most inexpensive route, because it requires small amount of
catalysts, no need of special equipment and requires very less energy
for generation of electrons and holes [5,7]. Apart from various metal
oxides, zinc oxide (ZnO) is a cost effective large band gap semicon-
ductor used for versatile applications due to its fascinating proper-
ties like non-toxicity, chemical and physical stability [10–12]. One of
the disadvantage of ZnO is its large band gap that inhibits to make
electrons and holes during the photocatalytic processes under visi-
ble light illumination [13,14]. Recently, modification of ZnO by var-
ious methods to utilize the ZnO based photocatalyst under visible
light irradiation [13,14]. Earlier, we had described that in ZnO/CeO2
nanocomposite the synergetic effect between ZnO and CeO2semicon-
ductor stimulated the formation of more electrons and holes during
visible light irradiation, which promotes superior degradation of meth-
ylene blue in 150 min . In case of ZnO/Ag nanocomposite the
surface defect has induced to inhibit electron-hole pairs recombina
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tion during the photocatalytic process, which led to improve the effi-
ciency of the degradation of MB in 2 h under visible light irradiation
Therefore, the main objective of this work is to synthesize a novel
nanostructure which can be used to degrade dyes and industrial tex-
tile effluent (real samples) under visible light irradiation, enhance
the photocatalytic degradation efficiency and minimize the irradiation
time compared with previously reported photocatalysts [13,15]. The
ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanocomposite was synthesized by an inex-
pensive thermal decomposition method. The morphological, structural
and chemical composition of the photocatalyst was characterized by
various standard techniques. Furthermore, the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO
nanostructure was efficiently used to degrade the model dyes such as
MO, MB and Phenol as well as industrial textile effluent (real sample
analysis) under visible light irradiation.
2. Experimental procedure
Silver acetate, cerium (III) acetate hydrate, zinc acetate dehydrate,
methylene blue (MB) and methyl orange (MO) were purchased from
Sigma-Aldrich. All the aqueous solutions were prepared using double
2.2. Synthesis of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure as
The synthesis of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure was based
on the vapor to solid mechanism . Based on this mechanism, the
synthesis procedure of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure as fol-
lows: weight ratio (10:10:80) of silver acetate, cerium (III) acetate hy-
drate and zinc acetate dihydrate (raw materials) were mixed together
and grounded for ∼3 h using a mortar (agate). The grounded reac-
tants (raw materials) were reserved into an alumina crucible and cal-
cined with the use of muffle furnace at 350 °C for 3 h. At first, the
mixed reactants get dehydrated (∼100 °C to 150 °C) and gives an-
hydrous mixed acetates. Further, the temperature was slowly rising
(150 °C − 350 °C). In this duration, the mixed acetates was decom-
posed well along with vaporization gets started. Moreover, the muf-
fle furnace temperature was reduced slowly (4 °C per min), the vapor-
ized materials get condensed and settled in a crucible at room tem-
perature. Finally, we got ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure powder
which was used for characterization and photocatalytic degradation of
model dyes and industrial textile effluent (real sample analysis).
2.3. Photocatalytic experiment
In this work, we have preferred industrial textile (real sample) ef-
fluent and two azo dyes (MO and MB) and phenol solution for degra-
dation under visible light irradiation. The degradation of colorants
is extremely important since industrial textile waste water comprises
with a lot of colored and harmful substances . The preparation of
dyes solution and industrial textile effluent procedures were adopted
from previous report13.In short, initially, 500 mg of photocatalyst was
mixed with 500 mL of aqueous solutions of pollutants (MO, MB, Phe-
nol and industrial textile dye) in a 600 mL cylindrical vessel. The so-
lutions were again stirred in the dark for 30 min to complete the ad-
sorption and desorption equilibrium on the photocatalysts. The source
of the visible light was a solar simulator (SCIENCETECH, model No:
SF300B, along with AM 1.5G filter which is due to given standard
solar spectrum. The illumination intensity of a light irradiation at the
sample surface was ∼100 mW/cm2. Initial (without irradiation) and ir-
radiated samples were analyzed using UV–vis spectrophotometer for
dye degradation and TOC measurements for real textile effluent.
2.4. Characterization details
The structure and crystallite size of the prepared ternary Ag/
CeO2/ZnO nanostructure was determined by X-ray diffractometer
(Rich Seifert 3000, Germany) using Cu Kα1 radiation with
λ = 1.5406 Å. The presence of elements in the photocatalyst and their
oxidation states were examined using X-ray photoelectron spec-
troscopy (XPS, DRA 400–XM1000 OMICRON, ESCA+, Omicron
Nanotechnology, Germany). Specific surface area was calculated us-
ing Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET, Micromeritics ASAP 2020,
USA) equation. Surface morphology, elemental analysis and energy
dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analyses were carried out us-
ing field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM, HI-
TACHI-SU6600, Hitachi, Japan). The microstructure, interfaces and
elemental mapping was performed by high resolution transmission
electron microscope and scanning transmission electron microscope
(HR-TEM and STEM, Tecnai F20-FEI, USA). The optical band gap
of the photocatalyst was calculated from diffuse reflectance spectra
(DRS) by using a UV–VIS-NIR spectrophotometer (VARIAN CARY
5E, USA). The photocatalytic degradation activities were measured
using UV–vis spectrophotometer (RX1, Perkin − Elmer, USA).
3. Results and discussion
The X-ray diffraction pattern of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostruc-
ture is depicted in Fig. 1. All the characteristic peaks are indexed per-
fectly with the JCPDS files. From Fig. 1, it was identified that the
diffraction pattern consists of ZnO, Ag along with CeO2peaks. The
XRD pattern of ZnO shows (100), (002), (101), (102), (110), (103),
(112), (201) and (200) planes which describe the hexagonal structure
(JCDPS No. 79-0208) along with (111), (200), and (202) planes which
corresponds to the cubic structure of Ag (JCPDS No. 89–5899) which
are represented by ‘#’ in Fig. 1. In addition, the ‘*’ mark represented
the (111) and (200) planes for cubic structure of CeO2, which is in ac-
cordance with the JCPDS. No. 65–2975. No other impurities were de-
tected in the XRD pattern. Therefore, XRD result has confirmed the
synthesis of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure.
Fig. 1. XRD patterns of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure.
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The surface chemical composition and chemical states of the
ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure was examined by XPS and its
survey spectrum is shown in Fig. 2(a) which confirms that it con-
sists of Ag, Ce, Zn, O and C elements. The binding energy (BE)
values at 1021.1 eV and 1044.3 eV represents Zn 2p3/2 and Zn 2p1/
2peaks (Fig. 2(b)) for Zn in ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure
which indicates that Zn exists in +2 oxidation state . The high
resolution XPS spectrum of Ag is shown in Fig. 2(c) which shows
peaks of Ag 3d5/2 and Ag 3d3/2 at BE 366.1 eV and 372.1 eV, re-
spectively, which are core level Ag 3d spectra of the silver nanopar-
ticles (AgNPs) with ∼6.0 eV splitting between the two peaks, which
is attributed to the complete reduction of Ag+to Ag00 [13,18]. How-
ever, the BE of Ag 3d5/2 shifted to a lower BE compared to the
corresponding value of the synthesized pure metallic Ag (the BE
of Ag00 is ∼368.2 eV) . This is attributed to the formation of
AgNPs in the nanostructure18. The high resolution
scanning XPS spectrum of cerium along with the satellite peaks are
presented in Fig. 2(d). The binding energies are 881.7 eV and
905.8 eV for Ce 3d5/2 and Ce 3d3/2 peaks which confirm that cerium
exists in +4 oxidation state in the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure
In the XPS analysis also confirms the presence of both Ce4+ and
Ce3+ in ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure, which is due to the for-
mation of more defects and/or an amorphous phase of Ce2O3. As indi-
cated by XPS the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure contained Ce3+
and defects which might lead to the formation of a surface state en-
ergy band of oxygen. The oxygen adsorption, desorption and diffu-
sion processes may occur easily on the surface of the ternary Ag/
CeO2/ZnO nanostructure, that can greatly enhance their optical prop-
erties and imparts visible light photocatalytic activity8. Therefore, a
new Fermi energy level in ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure is
formed, indicating a strong interaction between Ag, CeO2and ZnO
Fig. 2. XPS spectra of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure (a) Survey spectrum, (b) HR-XPS spectrum of Zn 2p, (c) HR-XPS spectrum of Ag 3d, (d) HR-XPS spectrum of Ce 3d,
and, (e) HR-XPS spectrum of O 1s.
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nanoparticles18. Once the AgNPs are formed along with the CeO2,
and ZnO, electron transfer occurs from Ag to CeO2to ZnO because
the work function of silver (4.26 eV) is smaller than that of CeO2
(4.69 eV) and ZnO (5.20 eV) [13,18,20–21]. Fig. 2(e) shows three dif-
ferent kinds of oxygen (529.2, 530.8 and 531.9 eV) on the surface of
ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure which are associated with Zn2+,
Ce4+, and Ce3+ [6,8,22]. Hence, the XPS result has confirmed the syn-
thesis of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure and there was no any
other impurities found in the samples. Further, the determination of
particle size and morphology of the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostruc-
ture are the necessary parameters, because these parameters plays vital
role to get the effective efficiency during the photocatalytic activity.
The morphological analysis of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostruc-
ture was carried out by FE-SEM. For the comparison purpose, the pure
ZnO nanorods were synthesized by the same method at same reac-
tion condition and its FE-SEM and EDS are shown by Fig. 3a and
a’. The FE-SEM image of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure speci-
fies the presence of aggregated nanorods along with spherical shaped
nanoparticles which are shown in Fig. 3(b). From the FE-SEM im-
ages, it was clearly represented that when compared with pure ZnO
nanorods (Fig. 3(a)), the size of ZnO nanorods present in the ternary
Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure was smaller, which may be due to Ag
and CeO2nanoparticles which inhibits the growth of nanorods due to
its nucleation effect .
The EDS pattern (Fig. 3b’) confirms the presence and synthesis
of pure ZnO and ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure with their con-
stituent elements. Due to large amount of aggregation, we could not
find out the exact size of the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure from
the FE-SEM. Therefore, we performed TEM analysis to get the exact
size, morphology, interface and d-spacing of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO
The TEM image of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure is shown
in Fig. 4(a) which clearly represented the presence of ZnO nanorods
along with Ag and CeO2nanoparticles which are in accordance with
FE-SEM results. The length of the nanorods is around 100 to 150 nm
and the diameter is in the range of 20 − 35 nm. From the HR-TEM
(Fig. 4(b)), we determined d-spacing value of each elements.
The crystallites exhibited (111) plane of Ag showing cubic struc-
ture, (200) plane corresponds to cubic structure of CeO2and (101)
planes for hexagonal structure of ZnO. From the close observation
of HR-TEM (Fig. 4(b)) represents line dislocation linear defect (Fig.
4c) because of formation of very small amount of amorphous Ce2O3,
which promotes oxygen vacancies due to the nucleation effect
[8,13,24]. Amorphous regions are also observed (Fig. 4c) around the
crystalline particles, suggesting the presence of amorphous Ce2O3in
the samples. Hence, the results of FE-SEM and TEM analyses clearly
shows formation of the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure which
are smaller than the pure ZnO. The particles position in the ternary
nanocomposite is essential parameter to find the interfaces of the syn-
thesized ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure which were identified
by STEM; the parallel bright and dark field images which are shown
in Fig. S1. The elemental mapping (Fig. S2) were carried out based
on STEM image and their spread uniformly rather than being sep-
arated individually or edged. These observations confirm the effec-
tive interfaces which modified the electronic-structure and facilitate
charge-carrier transfer between Ag, CeO2and ZnO .
The BET measurement values also in agreement with the TEM
observation. The ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure (39.2 m2g−1)
shows 4.5 times greater surface area than the pure ZnO nanorods
(8.7 m2g−1), due to the nucleation effect between Ag, CeO2and ZnO
that promotes the smaller size of ternary system. Wang et al. observed
similar phenomenon for silver doped into ZnO/SnO2system .
The optical band gap of the prepared materials were analyzed by
using Kubelka-Munk function. It was clearly displayed in Fig. 5(a),
the nanocomposite materials indicate narrow bandgap (2.66 eV) when
compared with pure ZnO (3.31 eV). The absorbance band edge (Fig.
Fig. 3. The FE-SEM images and respective EDS spectra of (aand a’) ZnO, and, (band b’)ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure.
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Fig. 4. (a) TEM image, (b) HR-TEM image, and, (c) line dislocation pattern of ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure.
Fig. 5. (a) K-M function F(R)hν1/2 vs hνplot, and, (b) UV–vis absorbance of the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure and pure ZnO.
5(b)) of the nanocomposite is wider because it contains Ag, CeO2and
amorphous Ce2O3, whereas the pure ZnO has a very sharp band edge
. This wider band edge is due to oxygen vacancies which generate
intermediate states and so the bandgap is narrow [6,13]. The reflec-
tion of TEM image has evidently showed the oxygen vacancies pre-
sent in this nanocomposite system due to line defect This observation
is of good agreement with the previous reports [6,13,28]. On the other
hand, the improved photocatalytic activity mostly depends on the
prevention of electrons and holes combination [16,18]. The photolu-
minescence results (Fig. S3) were evidently indicated that the inten-
sity of Ag/CeO2/ZnO is suggestively low while compared with pure
ZnO, Ag/ZnO and CeO2/ZnO materials. The lowering intensity spec-
ified that the reduced recombination, which is highly favored for en-
hanced photocatalytic activity . Therefore the ternary material is
expected degrading the solution under visible light condition.
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3.1. Visible light photocatalytic degradation
Some of the earlier reports clearly showed that the ZnO have a
wide band gap, hence during the visible light irradiation, it was unable
to create sufficient electrons and holes for photocatalytic degradation
reaction. Therefore, these results show smaller amount of degradation
efficiency [13,15,29,30]. The objective of this work is to synthesize a
novel nanostructure which can be used to degrade dyes and indus-
trial textile effluent under visible light irradiation and minimize the
irradiation time compared with ZnO/Ag (degradation of MB within
120 min) and ZnO/CeO2(degradation of MB within 150 min) which
were previously reported [13,15]. The photocatalytic degradation of
initially mixed solution (dye + catalyst), and the uniform irradiation
time of MB, MO and industrial textile effluent and their correspond-
ing UV–vis absorption spectrum are shown in Fig. 6.
Fig. 6. UV–vis absorption spectra of photocatalytic degradation of (a) MB, (b) MO, (c) industrial textile effluent, and, (d) recycling process of industrial textile effluent using ternary
Fig. 7. Schematic diagram representing the electron flow and photocatalytic degradation mechanism of pollutants using ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure.
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The UV–vis absorption results evidently showed that when the ir-
radiation time increases, the concentration of dyes decrease and fi-
nally gets straight line which means that the MO and MB has been
degraded completely within 90 min. The nanostructure degraded MB
solution much faster when compared with binary ZnO/Ag and ZnO/
CeO2nanocomposites [13,15]. On the other hand, while compared
with CeO2/C3N4, ZnO/CeO2@HNTs, g-C3N4/CeO2/ZnO and
Ag3PO4/CeO2materials showing lowering rates [31–34]. The photo-
catalytic degradation rate depends on several parameters like method
of synthesis of catalyst, morphology, size, crystallinity, bandgap, par-
ticle size, surface area and the availability of surface hydroxyl groups
[13,15,31–34]. Furthermore, the colorless compound like phenol solu-
tion were carried for degradation process under visible light condition.
The results (Fig. S4) were clearly exhibited the prepared material de-
grade the 98% of phenol solution within 120 min.
For industrial textile effluent degradation, the rate of degradation
of MB and MO is better due to its simple structure and also the indus-
trial textile effluent contains lot of colored dyes, this statement was in
good agreement with the recent literatures . The recycling process
of industrial textile effluent (Fig. 6d) results indicates that the ternary
Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure have good stability. Thus, the nanostruc-
ture is usable for long term environmental remediation process.
Fig. 7 represents the photocatalytic pathway mechanism for the
ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure under visible light irradiation.
This ternary system have two semiconductors ZnO, and CeO2as well
as metallic Ag having different work functions i.e. 5.20 eV [13,20],
4.69 eV [18,21] and 4.26 eV [13,18,20]. respectively. In general,
when the semiconductor interacts with metal, Schottky barrier is
formed and induced the new fermi level [13,20,36]. Therefore, the
ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure forms new fermi energy level
and has lot of free electrons due to the presence of metallic Ag [13,20].
During the photocatalytic degradation, when the visible light falls on
the surface of the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure, free electrons
are excited due to surface plasmon resonance (SPR) mechanism, the
excited electrons are transferred into the conduction band of CeO2and
ZnO simultaneously [13,20]. The conduction band electrons and other
free electrons react with adsorbed oxygen molecules during the reac-
tion process and get converted into superoxide anion . This super-
oxide anion reacts with water molecules and finally forms hydroxide
radicals. These radicals effectively degrade the colored dyes and in-
dustrial textile effluents under visible light irradiation.
Moreover, Ag/CeO2/ZnO photocatalyst having oxygen vacancies
and Ce3+ due to line defect generates intermediate states which in-
duces narrowing of band gap which was confirmed by DRS and
HR-TEM results37−39. Thus, oxygen vacancies and Ce3+ lead to im-
prove the visible light induced photocatalytic degradation through har-
vesting maximum amount of visible light in short time. The simi-
lar statement has been reported by several other authors [6,8,37,38].
Therefore, we too assume that the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostruc-
ture shows excellent efficiency for the degradation of dyes as well as
industrial textile effluent owing to the Ag, Ce3+ and oxygen vacancies
present in this system, which would be helpful to improve the photo-
catalytic degradation activity of the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostruc-
ture under visible light irradiation [6,8,13,36,39,40–47].
The ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure was successfully synthe-
sized by thermal decomposition method, characterized by standard
techniques (DRS, XRD, XPS, STEM and HR-TEM) and tested for
visible light-induced photocatalytic degradation of colored dyes and
industrial textile effluent (real sample analysis) as well as recycling
process. The synthesized ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure showed
hexagonal and cubic phases which were confirmed by XRD whereas
XPS analysis confirms the presence of Ag, Ce4+, Ce3+, Zn2+ and O.
The XPS and HR-TEM results also confirms the line dislocation linear
defect induced oxygen vacancy in the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanos-
tructure. The oxygen vacancy creates narrow band gap (2.66 eV),
which was further confirmed by DRS. The oxygen vacancy promotes
intermediate states which induces narrow band gap. The narrow band
gap helps to excite the ternary Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure in visi-
ble light and produces sufficient electrons and holes for the photo-
catalytic degradation reactions. The intermediate state of the ternary
Ag/CeO2/ZnO nanostructure inhibited the electron-hole recombina-
tion, which results in superior photocatalytic activity. The ternary Ag/
CeO2/ZnO nanostructure showed outstanding photocatalytic activity
in short period of visible light irradiation because of the narrow band
gap, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of Ag nanoparticles, synergis-
tic effects, and defects (Ce3+ and oxygen vacancy) in CeO2and ZnO.
We acknowledge the Department of Nuclear Physics and National
Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, University of Madras,
India for XRD and XPS characterizations.
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