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Iron-doped zinc oxide for photocatalyzed degradation of humic acid from municipal wastewater

Muhammad Mohsin, Ijaz Ahmad Bhatti, Ambreen Ashar, Muhammad Waqas Khan, Muhammad Umer Farooq, Hareem Khan, Muhammad Tahir Hussain, Suraj Loomba, Md Mohiuddin, Ali Zavabeti, Muhammad Ahmad, Maryam Yousaf, Nasir Mahmood



Degradation of natural organic matter especially Humic acid is a big challenge, while its byproducts are carcinogenic, which is a threat to life. Here, Fe3+:ZnO has been deployed on ceramic plats (CP) using SILAR method for solar photocatalytic mineralization of HA in municipal wastewater. Structural results show that ZnO and Fe3+:ZnO deployed over CP have an average crystallite size of 47.43 nm and 29.54 nm, respectively. Further, Fe3+ doping increased the conductivity of ZnO due to enhanced photon capturing ability and effective surface area. Almost 90% HA photodegradation was achieved at the reaction parameters optimized by response surface methodology. Owing to the strong interaction bet..

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Awarded by Endowment fund Secteriate, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan

Awarded by Higher Education Commission Islamabad, Pakistan

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors are thankful to the Endowment fund Secteriate, University of Agriculture Faisalabad , Pakistan (Project No.:1553) , Higher Education Commission Islamabad, Pakistan (Project No: 21-1817) for providing research facilities to carry out the current research project. The authors also acknowledge National Natural Science Foundation China (Project No. 310 0 0215020 04) for providing support. The authors would like to acknowledge the ViceChancellor fellowship scheme at RMIT University , the RMIT Micro Nano Research Facility (MNRF) in the Victorian node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF) , the RMIT Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (RMMF) to support this work. We also acknowledge CSIRO (Dr Anthony Chesman) for the facilitation of the PESA measurements.