Effect of size reduction on the magnetic and antibacterial properties of ZnO:Zr:Mn nanoparticles synthesized by a cost-effective chemical method

A. T. Ravichandran, K. Catherine Siriya Pushpa, K. Ravichandran, T. Arun, C. Ravidhas, B. Muralidharan

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Abstract

Zr and Zr + Mn doped ZnO nanopowders were synthesized using a simple soft chemical route keeping the Zr concentration in the precursor solution constant (3 at.%) and varying the Mn concentration (0, 1.5 and 9 at.%). From the X-ray diffraction studies, the crystallite size of ZnO:Zr nanopowder is found as 57 nm. The crystallite size decreases with the increase in the Mn doping level and attains a minimum of 23 nm at the maximum doping level examined in the present work (9 at.%). The Zr doped ZnO nanopowders found to have ferromagnetic property. The saturation magnetization increases with the increase in the Mn doping level and attains a maximum value at 7 at.% of Mn doping. The material shows superparamagnetic behavior at the doping level of 9 at.%. The antibacterial efficiency is found to be maximum at 9 at.% of Mn doping and at this doping level the grain size is minimum (20 nm) as evidenced from the SEM and TEM results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5825-5832
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2016
Externally publishedYes

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