Bimetallic AgCu/Cu2O hybrid for the synergetic adsorption of iodide from solution.

Author(s) Mao, P.; Liu, Y.; Liu, X.; Wang, Y.; Liang, J.; Zhou, Q.; Dai, Y.; Jiao, Y.; Chen, S.; Yang, Y.
Journal Chemosphere
Date Published 2017 Aug

To further improve the capacity of Cu2O to absorb I(-) anions from solution, and to understand the difference between the adsorption mechanisms of Ag/Cu2O and Cu/Cu2O adsorbents, bimetallic AgCu was doped into Cu2O through a facile solvothermal route. Samples were characterized and employed to adsorb I(-) anions under different experimental conditions. The results show that the Cu content can be tuned by adding different volumes of Ag sols. After doping bimetallic AgCu, the adsorption capacity of the samples can be increased from 0.02 mmol g(-1) to 0.52 mmol g(-1). Moreover, the optimal adsorption is reached within only 240 min. Meanwhile, the difference between the adsorption mechanisms of Ag/Cu2O and Cu/Cu2O adsorbents was verified, and the cooperative adsorption mechanism of the AgCu/Cu2O hybrid was proposed and verified. In addition, the AgCu/Cu2O hybrid showed excellent selectivity, e.g., its adsorption efficiencies are 85.1%, 81.9%, 85.9% and 85.7% in the presence of the Cl(-), CO3(2-), SO4(2-) and NO3(-) competitive anions, respectively. Furthermore, the AgCu/Cu2O hybrid can worked well in other harsh environments (e.g., acidic, alkaline and seawater environments). Therefore, this study is expected to promote the development of Cu2O into a highly efficient adsorbent for the removal of iodide from solution.

DOI 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.04.038
ISSN 1879-1298
Citation Chemosphere. 2017;180:317325.

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