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Preparation and characterization of nano Zinc Oxide by sol-gel method

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  • Save Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2015, 5(1): 1-6 DOI: 10.5923/j.nn.20150501.01 Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles via Sol – Gel Route and Their Characterization Riyadh M. Alwan, Quraish A. Kadhim, Kassim M. Sahan, Rawaa A. Ali, Roaa J. Mahdi, Noor A. Kassim, Alwan N. Jassim* National Center for Packing and Packaging, Corporation of research and industrial development, Iraqi Ministry of industry and minerals Abstract In this work, zinc oxide nanoparticles were readily synthesized through sol-gel method using zinc acetate as a precursor. The crystalline structure, morphology of synthesized ZnO nanoparticles were observed using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), FTIR analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and their optical properties characterized using UV -visible spectroscopy.XRD results revealed that the prepared ZnO sample is highly crystalline, having wurtzite crystalstructure. FT-IR spectra peak at 417.52 cm-1 indicated characteristic absorption bands OF ZnO nanoparticles. UV-Vis absorption spectrum showed a typical spectrum for ZnO nanoparticles. The SEM image shows that ZnO nanoparticles prepared in this study are spherical in shape with smooth surface. Keywords ZnO nanoparticles, Sol-gel, SEM & XRD 1. Introduction Due to novel properties like high refractive index, binding energy, high thermal conductivity, antibacterial and UVprotection of ZnO, it could be used in many materials and products. The products include medicine, cosmetics, rubber, solar cells and foods [1]. Zinc oxide has high biocompatibility and fast electric transfer kinetics, such phenomena encourage the use of this material as a biomimic membrane to immobilize and modify the biomolecules [2]. In many literatures, it can be learned that nano ZnO offers better performance compared to that of bulk size [3]. Zinc is a necessary element to our health and ZnO nano particles also have good biocompatibility to human cells [4]. Recently ZnO is listed as generally documented as safe material by FDA (food and drug administration, (US A) [5, 6]. Ceramic powders like MgO, CaO, TiO2 and ZnO were found to inhibit strongly bacterial growth [7]. Many methods have been used to prepare ZnO nanoparticles like sol-gel method [8-15], thermal decomposition, chemical vapor decomposition (CVD) and alloy evaporation-deposition [16-22]. A simple, fast wet chemical route based on cyclohexyl amine for synthesizing zinc oxide nanoparticles in aqueous and ethanolic media was established by Abdul-Aziz (2013). * Corresponding author: (Alwan N. Jassim) Published online at Copyright © 2015 Scientific & Academic Publishing. All Rights Reserved Particles of polyhedra morphology were obtained for ZnO prepared in ethanol, while spherical and some chunky particles were obtained for zinc oxide prepared in water. [23]. Bari (2009) [24], has observed that when NH4OH is used as the solvent for zinc acetate to synthesis nano ZnO particles, the particles are spherical, while the particles are wire like when sodium hydroxide is used as solvent. Also, the results of Zaborski (2010) [25] revealed the morphology of ZnO which was prepared in the presence of the ionic liquids is spherical while it changes to plate-like without ionic liquids. It demonstrated that ZnO with different morphologies such as flowers and rods can be controllable obtained by simply varying the basicity in the solution. [26] Eric (1998), found that ZnO nanoparticles continue to grow after synthesis, even when stored at 0C°. The ability to obtain various particle sizes is based on this phenomenon. Also, it was found that the solution composition and temperature have a marked influence on the rate of the particle growth. [27] In brief, the solvents, temperature and media of experiment affect the particle size and particle morphology of synthesized ZnO nanoparticles. The aim of this research was to find a simple route to prepare nano ZnO particles viaSol- Gel method and characterize the final product using several techniques. 2. Experimental Section All the chemical reagents in this experiment were obtained from commercial sources as guaranteed – grade, and were used as received without further treatment. 2 Riyadh M. Alwan et al.: Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles via Sol – Gel Route and Their Characterization In our experiment, the sol - gel method was used for preparation of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs). In a typical procedure 12.6g of zinc acetate dihydrate was added to 400 ml of double distilled water with continuous stirring to dissolve zinc acetate completely. Then the solution was heated to 50℃ and 600 ml of absolute alcohol was added slowly with stirring. After this, 6ml of H2O2 (% 47) was added dropwise to the vessel and mixed it using a magnetic stirrer to get an almost clear solution. This solution was incubated for 24 hours and the solution was dried at 80℃ for several hours to obtainwhite nano zinc oxide. Nano zinc oxide was washed several times with double distilled water to remove the byproducts. After washing, the ZnO nanoparticles were dried at 80 ℃ in hot air oven. Complete conversion of zinc oxide will occur during the drying process. 3. Physical and Physico – chemical Characterization Morphology of the sample was investigated using scanning electron microscope (SEM). Specimens were prepared by dispersing ZnO nanoparticles in absolute ethanol under ultrasonic stirring, dropping some of the solution onto a glass slide, and evaporating the solvent naturally in air. Then these specimens were sputter coated with a thin gold layer of about 3 nm thick in vacuum. The crystallinity was determined by XRD powder diffraction. Analysis was performed by using an XRD SHIMADZU 6000 diffractometer equipped with a Cukα (K=1.54 A°) source, maintaining applied voltage of 40 kV and current at 30 mA. About 0.3 g of dried ZnO particles were deposited as a randomly oriented powder into a plexiglass sample container, and the XRD patterns were recorded between 5°and 50°angles, with speed of 5.0 deg /min. The crystalline domain diameter (D) was obtained from XRD peaks using the following Scherrer's equation [28]: D=K *  /β*cosθ Where  is the wavelength of the incident X-ray beam; Ɵ the Bragg's diffraction angle; β the width of the X-ray pattern line at half peak – height in radian and the dimensionless shape factor (K) has a typical value of 0.89, but varies with the actual shape of the crystalline [14]. Inductive coupled plasma (ICP-OES spectrometer 725 series-Agilent Technologies) was used to determine the concentration of Zn. The reaction yield was calculated by measuring the concentration of Zn in the solution before and after the completion of the reaction. The UV- Vis absorption of the samples was recorded using an automated spectrometer (Spectro UV-VIS Double beam UVD-3500) in the wavelength range 190nm -900nm. ZnO powder was analyzed using FTIR (model Jasco-4200). A disk of 1:3 ratio of KBr was prepared with a mixture of dried ZnO and then examined under IR Relative intensity Spectrometer. Infrared spectra were recorded in the region of 400to 4000 cm-1. 4. Results and Discussion X-ray diffraction analysis The phase purity and composition of the particles obtained by a sol - gel process examined by XRD. Figure (1) shows a typical XRD pattern of ZnO nanoparticles, prepared in this work. A number of Bragg reflections with 2θ values of 31.74°, 36.83°and 47.62°are observed corresponding to (100), (101) and (102) planes, shows a typical XRD pattern of ZnO nanoparticles in the range of 5°-50°at a scanning step of 0.01 (ICPDS card No.89.1397). Almost similar values have also been reported by Yadav 2006 [29]. Average size of the zinc oxide nanoparticles was determined as 58.3 nm from the width of dominate peaks (100) and (101) reflections according to the Debye - Scherrer equation. All diffraction peaks are indexed according to the hexagonal phase of ZnO. No characteristic peaks of impurity phases except ZnO are found which revealed that good crystalline in nature of the samples. The broadining of the peaks in the above XRD pattern can be atributed to the small particle size of the synthesized ZnO [30-31]. 2 θ Figure 1. Shows Typical XRD pattern of ZnO nanonanoparticls FT-IR FT-IR is an effective method to reveal the composition of products. Figure (2) is a typical FTIR spectrum of pure ZnO nanoparticls, the peak at 417.52 cm-1 is the characteristic absorption of Zn-O bond and the broad absorption peak at 3438 cm-1 can be attributed to the characteristic absorption of hydroxyl. These data are similar to the results observed by others [32-37]. Anyhow, the FTIR and XRD results show high purity of the obtained ZnO nanoparticles. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2015, 5(1): 1-6 3 SEM Figure 3 shows the SEM image of ZnO nanoparticles. The SEM image was taken at X25,000 magnification. The image shows ZnO particles are spherical in shape with smooth surface and the size of the particles around 100-200 nm. In another experiment, freshly prepared ZnO sol-gel was coatedonto polyethylene thin film and dried at 80℃. The particle size of ZnO nanoparticles prepared via this method was about 50-60 nm (image not shown here). We can clearly conclude that ZnO nanoparticles continue to grow after synthesis, even when stored at room temperature. These results agreed fairly well with those of Radyum Ikono (2012) [3] and Saptashi Ghosh (2014) [38]. ICP Inductively coupled plasma (ICP –OES) elemental analysis was carried out for the determination the concentration of Zn [39-45]. The yield of ZnO was about %98.2. This result consistent with other published work [23]. UV Figure 4 shows the UV-Vis optical obsorption spectrum of ZnO nano particles dried in air at 80℃. The absorption spectrum shows a sharp absorbance onset at 345 nm, which indicates an almost uniform size of the nanoparticles. However, upon change in particle size or particle shape, a slight shift in the absorption was observed. Our result is in agreement with those of other authors [46-50]. Figure 2. FTIR Transmition spectra of pure ZnO nanoparticls 4 Riyadh M. Alwan et al.: Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles via Sol – Gel Route and Their Characterization Figure 3. Shows the SEM image of ZnO nanoparticles Figure 4. UV-Vis optical absorption spectrum of ZnO nano particles Figure 5. DRS plot for finding the band gap of ZnO Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 2015, 5(1): 1-6 5 The optical band gap of sol samples is estimated from the UV-Vis Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopic (UV-Vis DRS) studies. Reflection and scattering produce a characteristic reflectance spectrum, providing information about the structure and composition of themedium. The direct band gap of ZnO is estimated from the plot of (αh‫)ט‬2 versus h‫ט‬, where h‫ ט‬is the photon energy and α is the ratio of the absorption coefficient to the scattering coefficient, and found to be 2.935 ev. As calculated from figure 5. concluctimetric assay; J.Microbial methods: vol,54:177-182. [7] Jin T., Sun D., Su J. Y and Sue H. J. 2009. 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