Discipline: Chemistry and Chemical Sciences
Edwin S. Lugo-Ruiz - University of Puerto Rico in Ponce
Co-Author(s): Alondra A. Lugo-Ruiz, University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, Ponce, PR. Sonia J. Bailon-Ruiz, University of Puerto Rico in Ponce, Ponce, PR.
Nickel Oxide (NiO) is a transition metal oxide with distinctive properties that make it the central subject in numerous literatures. It is characterized by its green crystalline solid structure, toxicity, and its unique electrical and magnetic properties. This nanoparticle has an impressive stable band gap and is one of the rarer semiconductors. Some of its applications are in electrochromic coatings, plastics, and textiles, as well as in nanofibers, nanowires and in catalyst functions. Based on these characteristics our focus in this research is to develop a protocol to synthesize NiO nanoparticles, produce it in an aqueous phase by precipitation methods, and characterize the nanoparticles by spectroscopic techniques. Our preliminary results of several synthesis of 2, 3 and 4 hours showed an absorption peak around 377 nm. As well as synthesis carried out at a higher temperature showed an agglomeration of the particles with no fluorescence. As future predictions, our hope is to reach a state where removal of organic dyes from our water sources is plausible.
Funder Acknowledgement(s): Institutional Funds Puerto Rico - Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PR-LSAMP)
Faculty Advisor: Sonia J. Bailón-Ruiz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Role: Synthesis of Nickel Oxide nanoparticles. Characterization techniques of Nickel Oxide nanoparticles.