A Surfactant-Free Synthesis Technique of Coral-Like Zno Hierarchical Structures for Photocatalytic Degradation of Resorcinol under UV Irradiation
Hierarchical coral-like ZnO structures were successfully prepared by a surfactant-free wet chemical method. Various characterization tests were carried out to analyze the as-prepared ZnO samples. The coral-like ZnO was used to degrade resorcinol at three different solution pH values (pH 5.0, pH 8.0 and pH 11.0). It was observed that the resorcinol adsorption onto the ZnO was strongly dependent on the electrical charge properties of both photocatalyst and resorcinol. Photocatalytic degradation of resorcinol reached the highest at pH 11.0 due to high concentration of hydroxyl ions for hydroxyl radicals generation.