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Thin films containing oxalate-capped iron oxide nanomaterials deposited on glass substrate for fast Fenton degradation of some micropollutants
- Rambu, AliciaPetronela, Nadejde, Claudia, Schneider, RudolfJ., Neamtu, Mariana
- Environmental science and pollution research international 2018 v.25 no.7 pp. 6802-6813
- Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, ambient temperature, azo dyes, bisphenol A, catalysts, catalytic activity, chitosan, films (materials), glass, hydrogen peroxide, iron oxides, nanoparticles, oxalates, oxidation, pH, pollutants, polyethylene glycol, scanning electron microscopy, wastewater
- The main goal of the study was to evaluate the catalytic activity of two hybrid nanocatalysts consisting in Fe₃O₄ nanoparticles modified with either chitosan (CS) or polyethylene glycol (PEG)/ferrous oxalate (FO), and further deposited on solid substrate as thin films. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were employed for the structural and morphological characterizations of the heterogeneous catalysts. The degradation kinetic studies of two reactive azo dye (Reactive Black 5 (RB5) and Reactive Yellow 84 (RY84)) as well as Bisphenol A (BPA) solutions were carried out using Fenton-like oxidation, in the presence of different concentrations of H₂O₂, at initial near-neutral pH and room temperature. The results indicated that a low amount of catalytic material (0.15 g/L), deposited as thin film, was able to efficiently trigger dye degradation in solution in the presence of 6.5 mmol/L H₂O₂ for RB5 and of only 1.6 mmol/L H₂O₂ in the case of BPA and RY84. In the presence of complex matrices such as WWTP waters, the removal of BPA was low (only 24% for effluent samples). Our findings recommend the studied immobilized nanocatalysts as promising economical tools for the pre-treatment of wastewaters using advanced oxidation processes (AOPs).