Self-assembled gels of Fe-chitosan/montmorillonite nanosheets: Dye degradation by the synergistic effect of adsorption and photo-Fenton reaction

Yunliang Zhao, Shichang Kang, Lei Qin, Wei Wang, Tingting Zhang, Shaoxian Song, Sridhar Komarneni

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Self-assembled gel of Fe-chitosan/montmorillonite nanosheets (Fe-CS/MMTNS) was prepared for elimination of methylene blue (MB) under visible light in the presence of H2O2. The Fe-CS/MMTNS gel was characterized by FTIR, SEM-EDS, XPS and TG. The Fe-CS/MMTNS gel performed well in the removal of MB through the synergistic effect of adsorption and photo-Fenton reaction. Moreover, this gel worked efficiently under a wide range of pH conditions. This composite gel also showed effective reusability because the adsorption sites of the Fe-CS/MMTNS are continually reactivated through photo-Fenton degradation. Additionally, the Fe-CS/MMTNS gel was found to be stable and the iron ions were hardly leached out because of the complexation between iron and chitosan (CS). The MB degradation occurred by two pathways: a part of MB was directly attacked by reactive radicals and gradually converted into inorganic substances while another part of MB was firstly adsorbed by Fe-CS/MMTNS gel and then degraded by reactive radicals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number122322
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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