Carboxylcellulose hydrogel confined-Fe3O4 nanoparticles catalyst for Fenton-like degradation of Rhodamine B

Xianyi Zhu, Lihua Zhang, Guanglong Zou, Qin Chen, Yuanlong Guo, Songmiao Liang*, Lijie Hu, Michael North, Haibo Xie

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Facile preparation of functional hydrogel materials for environmental catalysis is a hot research topic of soft materials science and green catalysis. In this study, a carboxylcellulose hydrogel confined Fe3O4 nanoparticles composite catalyst (Fe3O4@CHC) with magnetic recyclability has been synthesized by taking the advantages of the newly developed cellulose solution in tetramethyl guanidine/DMSO/CO2 through in situ acylation using mixed cyclic anhydrides and ion exchange reaction. The achieved Fe3O4@CHC hydrogel catalyst was shown to be an more efficient and better Fenton-like catalyst for decomposition of the organic dye rhodamine B (RhB) in the presence of hydrogen peroxide, with almost complete decomposition occurring within 180 min, in comparison with Fe3O4@cellulose hydrogel (CH) with excellent recyclability. This work provided a facile strategy for the preparation of hydrogel-based functional composite green catalytic materials, which has potential applications in green catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)792-803
Number of pages12
JournalInternational journal of biological macromolecules
Early online date16 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021

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Funding Information:
This research was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China ( NSFC21774028 ; 21574030 ); the Science and Technology Department of Guizhou Province (Natural Science Key Fund Grant No. [2016] 1402 and [2017]5788 ), (Platform & Talents Grant No. [2019]5607 ); the innovation fund of Vontron Membrane Technology Co. Ltd. ( CG-YF-2020120401 ); and the Opening Project of State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering (Sichuan University; Grant No. sklpme 2019-4-21 ).

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  • Carboxylcellulose hydrogel
  • Fenton-like oxidation
  • Magnetic FeO@CHC

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