The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research, "This structure showed a higher adsorption capacity for methylene blue than bare mesoporous Si02. Moreover, the ZnO/Si02 saturated by methylene blue could be easily separated from the aqueous solution and regenerated upon UV exposure by the photocatalytic activity of ZnO for decomposing adsorbed methylene blue."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "This system can be used for efficiently removing organic pollutants from water by adsorption under dark conditions and photocatalytic regeneration, i.e., organic pollutants in water can steadily be removed under alternating dark-light conditions. ."
For more information on this research see: ZnO shell on mesoporous silica by atomic layer deposition: Removal of organic dye in water by an adsorbent and its photocatalytic regeneration. Applied Surface Science, 2014;307():468-474. Applied Surface Science can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae
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