An electroactive single-atom copper anchored MXene nanohybrid filter for ultrafast water decontamination

Limin Jin, Shijie You, Yuan Yao, Hong Chen, Yi Wang, Yanbiao Liu

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Single-atom catalysts possess attractive electrocatalytic ability for degrading contaminants owing to their desirable characteristics compared with bulk counterparts. Herein, single Cu atoms anchored on Ti3C2Tx MXene (Cu-SA/Ti3C2Tx) have been demonstrated as a highly reactive and robust nanohybrid filter for ultrafast removal of micropollutants via electro-peroxymonosulfate (PMS) activation. Sulfamethoxazole, a typical antibiotic, is observed to fully degrade via a single-pass through the nanohybrid filter (<150 ms) at 1.5 mL min-1. Both experimental and theoretical studies verified that the Cu-O3 are the active sites for electro-PMS activation to produce 1O2 and induce electron transfer for SMX degradation. As a result of the size effects, the HO radicals dominate the SMX degradation process when anchoring Cu nanoparticles to the Ti3C2Tx nanosheets. This study provides a proof-in-concept demonstration of the free-standing Cu-SA/Ti3C2Tx nanohybrid filter that may find important applications in addressing the global problem of water pollution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25964-25973
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry A
Issue number46
StatePublished - Dec 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)


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