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dc.contributor.authorNoukelag, S.K.
dc.contributor.authorNtwampe, S.K.O.
dc.contributor.authorMohamed, H.E.A.
dc.contributor.authorMoussa, B.
dc.contributor.authorRazanamahandry, L.C.
dc.identifier.citationNoukelag, S.K. et al. 2020. Investigation of structural and optical properties of biosynthesized Zincite (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) via an aqueous extract of Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaves. MRS advances, 5(45):2349-2358. []en_US
dc.description.abstractBiosynthesized Zincite nanoparticles have been successfully demonstrated by a completely green process mediated aqueous extract of rosemary leaves acting as both reducing and stabilizing agents and zinc nitrate hexahydrate as the precursor. The synthesis was free of solvents and surfactants to adhere to green chemistry principles and the impartation of environmental benignity. To achieve our objective, structural and optical investigations of ZnO annealed at 500°C for 2hrs were carried-out using complementary techniques. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) revealed the self-assembled, highly agglomerated quasi-hexagonal shaped NPs and the average particle size was found to peak at 15.62 ± 0.22 nm. Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) exhibited several diffraction rings with clear diffraction spots confirming their polycrystallinity and the purity of ZnO NPs with a wurtzite structure. Furthermore, the energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) substantiated the presence of Zn and O in the sample and attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) illustrated the Zn-O chemical bonds. From UV-Vis-NIR, the optical band gap was amounted to 3.2 eV and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectrum to 2.9eV with high surface defects and oxygen vacancies. Through these results, the use of rosemary leaves extract is hereby shown to be a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to synthesize Zincite nanoparticles (ZnO NPs)en_US
dc.publisherCambridge Univ Pressen_US
dc.subjectOptical propertiesen_US
dc.titleInvestigation of structural and optical properties of biosynthesized Zincite (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) via an aqueous extract of Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leavesen_US
dc.contributor.researchID31382312 - Ntwampe, Seteno Karabo Obed

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