2nd International Nanotechnology Conference & Expo
April 3-5, 2017 Dubai, UAE
Green synthesis of BiVO4 using plant extracts
1UNESCO-UNISA Africa Chair in Nanosciences-Nanotechnology, College of Graduate Studies, University of South Africa, South Africa
2Nanosciences African Network (NANOAFNET), iThemba LABS-National Research Foundation, South Africa
Nowadays, the development of efficient green chemistry methods for synthesis of metal oxides nanoparticles has become a major focus of researchers. These methods are being investigated in order to find an eco-friendly technique for production of well-characterized nanoparticles. In this contribution we report for the first time, the synthesis and structural characterization of n-type Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4 ) nanoparticles using aqueous extracts of Callistemon viminalis as a chelating agent. To ascertain the formation of BiVO4, XRD, SEM, HRTEM, SAED, EDS were carried out.
Hamza Mohamed, 26 years old is pursing MSc studies in Physics with the University South Africa. He is the recipient of the award from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – South Africa, (AIMS-SA). His current research is focused on investigating the use of natural plant extracts for the synthesis of nanoscaled multi functional metal oxides.