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New Materials Science Findings from Jilin University Discussed

February 11, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Research findings on Materials Science are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting originating from Changchun, People's Republic of China, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "Metal and metal-oxide nanoparticles (NPs) are promising catalysts for dye degradation in wastewater treatment despite the challenges of NP recovery and recycling. In this study, water-dispersible NP superstructures with spherical morphology were constructed from hydrophobic Pd and Fe3O4 NPs by virtue of the oil droplets in an oil-in-water microemulsion as templates."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Jilin University, "Control of the evaporation rate of organic solvents in the oil droplets produces solid, hollow, and bowl-like superstructures. The component Fe3O4 and in particular Pd NPs can catalyze H2O2 degradation to create hydroxyl radicals and therewith degrade various dyes, and the magnetic Fe3O4 NPs also permit recycling of the superstructures with a magnet. Because the hollow and bowl-like superstructures increase the contact area of the NPs with their surroundings in comparison to solid superstructures, the catalytic activity is greatly enhanced. To improve the structural stability, the superstructures were further enveloped with a thin polypyrrole (PPy) shell, which does not weaken the catalytic activity."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Because the current method is facile and feasible to create recyclable catalysts, it will promote the practicability of NP catalysts in treating industrial polluted water."

For more information on this research see: Polypyrrole-Enveloped Pd and Fe3O4 Nanoparticle Binary Hollow and Bowl-Like Superstructures as Recyclable Catalysts for Industrial Wastewater Treatment. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2014;6(1):450-458. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society - www.acs.org; ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces - www.pubs.acs.org/journal/aamick)

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting X. Zhang, Jilin University, Coll Chem, State Key Lab Supramol Struct & Mat, Changchun 130012, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include M. Lin, X.Y. Lin, C.T. Zhang, H.T. Wei, H. Zhang and B. Yang.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Changchun, Treatment, Materials Science, People's Republic of China

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