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Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2019, 7(5), 176-181
DOI: 10.12691/aees-7-5-3
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Graphene-CuO nanocomposite for Efficient Photocatalytic Reduction of Pb (II) under Solar Light Irradiation

B. Prashanti1, , I. Sreevani2, B. Suresh1 and T. Damodharam1

1Department of Environmental Sciences, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, 517 502, A.P., India

2Department of H & S, KSRM College of Engineering, Kadapa – 516005, A.P. India

Pub. Date: November 05, 2019

Cite this paper:
B. Prashanti, I. Sreevani, B. Suresh and T. Damodharam. Graphene-CuO nanocomposite for Efficient Photocatalytic Reduction of Pb (II) under Solar Light Irradiation. Applied Ecology and Environmental Sciences. 2019; 7(5):176-181. doi: 10.12691/aees-7-5-3


A facile synthesis of Graphene oxide-copper oxide nanocomposite (GO-CuO) was performed by using a wet chemical method by using graphene oxide and copper acetate precursors. There is no any other polymer or seed involved for preparation of nanocomposite The as-synthesized materials structure and morphology was calibrated by Powdered X-ray diffraction (P-XRD), and intercalated with Raman spectroscopy. Morphology features of GO-CuO nanocomposites were explored by FE-SEM, the quantitative and elemental analyses of as-synthesized materials were measured by electron dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), the size, shape, and orientation of as-synthesized catalysts were examined by transmission electron microscopy TEM with selective area electron diffraction. The results reveal that the nanocomposite with a size range from 5-10 nm uniformly anchored onto GO sheets and photocatalytic degradation of lead ion was studied by using a UV-VIS spectrophotometer. Significant high-performance photocatalytic activity of GO-CuO nanocomposite was exhibited on lead ions degradation under solar light.

Reduced graphene GO-CuO nanocomposite TEM photocatalytic degradation

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