Chemical and Materials Engineering Vol. 5(2), pp. 43 - 54
DOI: 10.13189/cme.2017.050204
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Synthesis, FTIR Studies and Optical Properties of Aluminium Doped Chromium Oxide Nanoparticles by Microwave Irradiation at Different Concentrations


J. T. Anandhi 1,*, S. L. Rayer 2, T. Chithambarathanu 3
1 Department of Physics, St. Jerome's College, India
2 Department of Physics, St. Jude's College, India
3 Department of Physics, S.T. Hindu College, India

ABSTRACT

In this exposure, pure and aluminium (Al)doped chromium (III) oxide (Cr2O3) nanoparticles are synthesized by simple solvothermal microwave irradiation (SMI) technique. SMI technique is simple and low cost; it has the future to be produced on a huge scale. The effect of dopant (Al) concentration on the structural behavior of Cr2O3 nanoparticles was examined by X-ray diffraction. The average crystallite size of the synthesized nanoparticles was measured from XRD patterns using Scherrer equation and was decreased from 14.56 nm 10.86 nm with the increasing Al concentration in Cr2O3 from 0 to 5% (in steps of 0, 1, 2, 3, 5). Morphologies and compositional elements of the synthesized nanoparticles were observed by the field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, respectively. The optical property of the samples was measured by ultraviolet - visible (UV-Vis.) absorption spectroscopy. The observed optical band gap value ranges from 2.12 eV to 1.90 eV for Al doped nanoparticles and was red shifted in comparison with that of the pure Cr2O3 (3.483 eV).

KEYWORDS
Cr2O3 Nanoparticles, SMI Method, Structural Properties, Optical Properties

Cite this paper
J. T. Anandhi , S. L. Rayer , T. Chithambarathanu (2017). Synthesis, FTIR Studies and Optical Properties of Aluminium Doped Chromium Oxide Nanoparticles by Microwave Irradiation at Different Concentrations. Chemical and Materials Engineering, 5 , 43 - 54. doi: 10.13189/cme.2017.050204.