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For this study, we originally realized ZnO nanofibers (∼50 nm in mean radius) mixed with Pt nanoparticles (∼30 nm in mean radius), prepared by pulsed laser ablation in liquid, and investigated their photocatalytic performance. The material was synthesized by the simple electrospinning method coupled with subsequent thermal treatments. Methylene blue was employed as a representative dye pollutant to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of the nanofibers. It was found that the Pt-ZnO fibers exhibit a photodegradation reaction rate that is ∼40 % higher than the one obtained for reference ZnO fibers. These encouraging results demonstrate that Pt-ZnO nanofibers can be fruitfully applied for environmental applications.
Springer US
Publication date: 
1 Dec 2015

Alessandro Di Mauro, Massimo Zimbone, Mario Scuderi, Giuseppe Nicotra, Maria Elena Fragalà, Giuliana Impellizzeri

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Volume: 10 Issue: 1 Pages: 484
Nanoscale research letters