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Information Sciences Letters

Information Sciences Letters

Abstract

SrMnO3 was prepared by solid-state reaction method to obtain powder then thin films by a thermal evaporation method. XRD diffraction, Optical and electrical properties were investigated. Photocatalysis process was implemented as an interesting application of SrMnO3. XRD diffraction results were used to study the compound structure and to calculate some other parameters such as crystallite size, D, microstrain, e, and dislocation density, d. XRD results revealed that SrMnO3 has a polycrystalline structure such as hexagonal structure for SrMnO3 phase and tetragonal structure for MnO2 phase. The optical energy band for the powder and thin film were equal to 2.28 eV and 2.92 eV respectively, which candidates this compound to be a solar cell transparent window, especially for deposited thin films. The electrical resistivity behaved as semiconductor-like where it decreases with the temperature with electrical activation energy equal 0.960 eV when heating and 0.663 eV when cooling. The result of the Methylene blue absorption showed that the SrMnO3 powder does work very well as a Photocatalyst. The efficiency of the powder of SrMnO3 as a Photocatalyst increases with the illumination time and its best value is about 56% at 120 min.

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