Maiti, Debabrata and Mukhopadhyay, Soumita and Sujatha Devi, P (2017) Evaluation of Mechanism on Selective, Rapid, and Superior Adsorption of Congo Red by Reusable Mesoporous alpha-Fe2O3 Nanorods. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering , 5 (12). pp. 11255-11267. ISSN 2168-0485

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A large scale synthesis of mesoporous hematite (alpha-Fe2O3) nanorods with a high surface area of 98 m(2)/g and an average pore size of similar to 26 nm was used for adsorption studies for pollutant dye removal. The nanorods exhibited rapid, superior, and selective adsorption efficiency toward Congo red, an organic dye present in wastewater. Highly selective adsorption capability of the mesoporous alpha-Fe2O3 nanorods has been attributed to the presence of abundant surface active sites with porous networks which make it highly water dispersible facilitating the formation of H -bonding and coordination effect between the -NH2 group of Congo red with its surface -OH groups and Fe3+, respectively. Adsorption studies concerning the effect of contact time, initial dye concentration, dosage of adsorbent, and effect of pH on adsorption kinetics were explored in addition to the desorption process investigation regarding the effect of solution pH from acidic to alkaline. To unravel the unresolved phenomenon toward selective adsorption of Congo red by mesoporous alpha-Fe2O3 nanorods beyond conventional factors (viz., surface area/porosity, electrostatic interaction, and so on), investigation was also carried out by varying the nature of the different dye molecules as well as the phase and morphology of the alpha-Fe2O3 nanomaterials.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering Materials
Divisions: Sensor and Actuator
Depositing User: Bidhan Chaudhuri
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2018 10:14
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2018 10:14

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