Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2017, Volume: 10, Issue: 15, Pages: 1-5
Elangbam Chitra Devi* and Ibetombi Soibam
*Author for correspondence
Elangbam Chitra Devi
Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology Manipur, Langol – 795004, Manipur, India; [email protected]
Objectives: The presented work investigates the optical properties of Mn-Ni mixed nanoferrites prepared by a low temperature synthesis method. Methods: A series of manganese nickel (Mn-Ni) mixed spinel nanoferrites having chemical formula Mn1-xNix Fe2 O4 (x=0.1, 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, 0.5) have been synthesized by a simple chemical co-precipitation method. The spinel phase formation of the prepared nanoferrites was confirmed using x-ray diffraction (XRD). Optical properties were investigated using UV-visible absorption spectroscopy recorded in the range 200 to 900 nm. Using the absorption spectra and Tauc’s relation, the band gap was estimated. Findings: The prepared nanoferrites possess narrow band gap. It was observed that concentration of nickel has profound effect on the optical band gap. A remarkable decrease in the optical band gap was observed with increasing nickel concentration revealing the tunability of the optical band gap by compositional variation of the nanoferrites. Application: The prepared magnetic nanoparticles owing to its large surface to volume ratio with tunable narrow band gap may find applications in photocatalysis, dye degradation, waste water treatment technology etc.
Keywords: Low Temperature Synthesis, Nanoparticles, Optical Band Gap, Spinel Ferrites
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