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Synthesis and characterization of polyacrylic acid- grafted-carboxylic graphene/titanium nanotube composite for the effective removal of enrofloxacin from aqueous solutions: Adsorption and photocatalytic degradation studies

Anirudhan, Thayyath S., Shainy, F., Christa, J.
Journal of hazardous materials 2017 v.324 pp. 117-130
Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, adsorbents, adsorption, antibiotics, aqueous solutions, enrofloxacin, graphene, kinetics, nanotubes, pH, photocatalysis, photocatalysts, photolysis, pollutants, scanning electron microscopy, solar radiation, surface area, titanium, transmission electron microscopy
Polyacrylic acid-grafted-carboxylic graphene/titanium nanotube (PAA-g-CGR/TNT) composite was synthesized. It was effectively used as adsorbent as well as photocatalyst. The composite was characterized by FTIR, XRD, SEM, TEM, Surface Area Analyzer, XPS and DRS. The photocatalytic activity of PAA-g-CGR/TNT composite was evaluated on the basis of the degradation of pollutants by using sunlight. The band gap of the prepared photocatalyst was found to be 2.6eV. The removal of the antibiotic enrofloxacin (ENR) was achieved by two step mechanism based on adsorption and photodegradation. The maximum adsorption was observed at pH 5.0. The best fitted kinetic model was found to be pseudo-second-order. The maximum adsorption was observed at 30°C. The maximum adsorption capacity was found to be 13.40mg/g. The kinetics of photodegradation of ENR onto PAA-g-CGR/TNT composite follow first-order kinetics and optimum pH was found to be 5.0. The regeneration and reuse of the adsorbent-cum-photocatalyst were also examined upto five cycles.