Enhanced photocatalytic properties of graphene oxide/ZnO nanohybrid by Mg dopants

C. S. Chen, X. D. Xie, S. Y. Cao, T. G. Liu, Yuen Hong Tsang, Y. Xiao, Q. C. Liu, X. F. Yang, L. Gong

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� 2015 The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In this study, the enhancement of photocatalytic activity of a graphene oxide/ZnO (GO/ZnO) nanohybrid was achieved via introducing Mg as a co-dopant element by the co-precipitation method. The Mg-doped ZnO nanoparticles were adsorbed on GO sheets. Compared with the catalyses with GO/ZnO nanohybrids, GO/Zn1-xMgxO nanohybrids exhibited better photocatalytic activity, in which the decomposition rate of methyl orange (MO) reached 100% within 60 min. The enhancement is attributed to Mg-doping and efficient charge transfer of the photogenerated electrons in the conduction band of ZnO to graphene.
Original languageEnglish
Article number025806
JournalPhysica Scripta
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2015


  • graphene oxide
  • Mg-doped ZnO
  • nanohybrids
  • photocatalytic property

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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