Photocatalytic Degradation of Vat Red 13 by Green Synthesized Copper Oxide Nanocatalyst

Author(s): Hemalatha S, Makeswari M

Copper oxide nanocatalyst was synthesized by green chemistry approach using Eichhornia crassipes leaf extract. The photocatalytic activities of copper oxide nanocatalyst was evaluated using the photocatalytic degradation of Vat Red 13 under the irradiation of UV light. The maximum photocatalytic activity of the copper oxide photocatalyst was observed at 60 min of irradiation for a catalyst dose of 4 mg at pH 6.6. The degradation of Vat Red 13 was confirmed by comparison of UV and FT-IR studies of the dye solution and copper oxide nanocatalyst treated dye solution.

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