Photocatalytic Degradation of Yellow-50 Using Zno/Polyorthoethylaniline Nanocomposites

Mirza Nadeem Ahmad, Sohail Nadeem, Mohsin Javed, Shahid Iqbal, Sadaf ul Hassan, Mazhar Khan, Hashem O. Alsaab, Nasser S. Awwad, Hala A. Ibrahium, Ayesha Mohyuddin

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Water pollution is the biggest concern among the scientific community due to the rapid increase in the industrial sector. The photocatalytic degradation of dyes using nanocomposites (NCs) has gained much attention for wastewater treatment. The NCs of polyorthoethylaniline (POEANI) with zinc oxide (ZnO) were fabricated through the chemical oxidative polymerization technique using orthoethylaniline monomer and nanoparticles of ZnO. The synthesized NCs were characterized by SEM, FT-IR, and XRD. The photocatalytic capability of ZnO/POEANI NCs was studied for the degradation of direct yellow 50 (DY50) in aqueous medium under sunlight. SEM analysis showed that the morphology of NCs as irregular clusters and zinc oxide was uniformly dispersed in the POEANI matrix. The maximum degradation of the dye DY50 was observed to be 68.8% after 110 min. The synthesized morphology of the materials can be confidently employed for the degradation of similar dyes in aqueous media.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2106-2112
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2022
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science (all)
  • Engineering (all)


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