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Type: Journal article
Title: Synthesis and characterization of iron-nitrogen-doped biochar catalysts for organic pollutant removal and hexavalent chromium reduction
Author: Yao, Y.
Liu, X.
Hu, H.
Tang, Y.
Hu, H.
Ma, Z.
Wang, S.
Citation: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 2022; 610:334-346
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2022
ISSN: 0021-9797
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Yunjin Yao, Xiaoyan Liu, Huanhuan Hu, Yinghao Tang, Hongwei Hu, Zhenshan Ma, Shaobin Wang
Abstract: Fe, N atoms deposited on porous biochar (Fe-N@BC) composites were synthesized and employed as an efficient catalyst for organic pollutant removal and Cr(VI) reduction. Naturally abundant, renewable and N-rich pomelo peel as a carbon and nitrogen source and unsubstituted phthalocyanine/iron phthalocyanine complexes as a Fe and nitrogen resource were used to develop the Fe-N@BC via a carbonization process. It is found that Fe-N@BC hybrids have homogeneous dispersion of Fe and N atoms on 3D hierarchically porous biochar, which significantly improves the performance toward the detoxification of organic pollutants using peroxymonosulfate as an oxidant, as well as the reduction of hexavalent chromium by formic acid as a reductant. Furthermore, the effects of Fe loading and pyrolytic temperature on catalysis were comprehensively analyzed and optimized. The excellent activity of Fe-N@BC in acid media can be attributed to the high dispersion of Fe species, high content of doped nitrogen as well as hierarchical micro-mesopores, which induce to expose more active sites for catalysis. Owing to the structure-enabled acidic stability, Fe-N@BC efficiently retains its activity as well as its structural stability after several cycles of reactions. This work provides a new approach to construct Fe, N-doped biochar as an effective catalyst for the detoxification of organic and inorganic pollutants.
Keywords: Biomass; Fe, N doped biochar; organic pollutants; hexavalent chromium; heterogeneous catalysis
Rights: © 2021 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2021.11.187
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