One-Pot Synthesis of Magnesium Aminoclay-Iron Oxide Nanocomposites for Improved Photo-Fenton Catalytic Performance.

Author(s) Bui, V.Khac Hoang; Pham, T.Nhung; Lee, Y.C.
Journal J Nanosci Nanotechnol
Date Published 2019 Feb 01

Fe₃O₄ nanoparticles (NPs) have been widely used in photo-Fenton catalysis applications for water/waste water treatment. Their drawbacks, however, continue to limit their potential. In the present study, we synthesized magnesium aminoclay-iron oxide [MgAC-Fe₃O₄] nanocomposites in DI water solution by treated them under 4% H2/Ar for 3 hours in a 500 °C furnace. Obtained X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns confirmed that the growth of the Fe₃O₄ NPs in the amorphous MgAC; also, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images indicated that the MgAC-Fe₃O₄ nanocomposites were in an aggregated form of 170±117 nm average-diameter. MgAC[0.7 g]-Fe₃O₄ nanocomposite exhibited the best photo-Fenton catalysis with methylene blue (MB) was completely removed from the treatment solution at a constant rate of 0.0083 (min) on the batch scale. This performance was 13.83 times better than that of commercial Fe₃O₄. On the pilot scale (100 L), MgAC[0.7 g]- Fe₃O₄ nanocomposite took 12 hours to completely removed MB from tap water. The mechanism of the high photo-Fenton catalysis was attributed to the higher rate adsorption of MgAC as well as Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area.

DOI 10.1166/jnn.2019.15942
ISSN 1533-4880
Citation J Nanosci Nanotechnol. 2019;19(2):10691073.

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