Publication by Laetitia Rapenne

The article entitled "The role of CNT in surface defect passivation and UV emission intensification of ZnO nanoparticles" has been published in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology.
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Here you can find the article by Laetitia Rapenne:
"We report on the controlled enhancement of the UV emission from ZnO nanoparticles synthesized via hydrothermal sol-gel routes. Various characterization techniques were used in this study to determine the crystal structure, defect formation, morphology and size of the ZnO nanoparticles. Firstly, the crystallinity of the ZnO nanoparticles was assessed by X-ray diffraction. The role of the precursor quantities on their morphology and bandgap states was investigated via transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy, respectively. Subsequently, the impurity content and related bonds were evaluated by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. In this work, the ZnO nanoparticles manifest a sharp UV emission along with a subdued green emission in the visible region. Conjoining ZnO with carbon nanotubes (CNT) suppressed the visible emission, as well as blueshifted and intensified the UV emission by ∼5-fold. These results suggest that CNT are effective in passivating the surface states of ZnO nanoparticles."