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Functionalized magnetic mesoporous silica/poly(m-aminothiophenol) nanocomposite for Hg(II) rapid uptake and high catalytic activity of spent Hg(II) adsorbent.

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Summary of "Functionalized magnetic mesoporous silica/poly(m-aminothiophenol) nanocomposite for Hg(II) rapid uptake and high catalytic activity of spent Hg(II) adsorbent."

Currently, magnetic mesoporous silica nanospheres have been employed widely as adsorbents due to their large surface area and easy recovery. Herein, the functionalized magnetic mesoporous silica/organic polymers nanocomposite (MMSP) was fabricated by the grafted poly(m-aminothiophenol) embedded the aminated magnetic mesoporous silica nanocomposite based on FeO magnetic core, which was shelled by mesoporous silica and further modified by (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane. The adsorption properties of as-developed MMSP were systematically explored by altering the experimental parameters. The results indicated that the adsorption capacity and removal percentage of the MMSP could reach 243.83 mg/g and 97.53% within only 10 min at pH 4.0, and the coexisting ions had no significant effect on the selective Hg(II) ions removal from aqueous solutions, meanwhile, the adsorbent recovered by a magnet still exhibited good adsorption performance after recycled 5 times. In addition, by analyzing experimental data, the adsorption process of Hg(II) ions belonged to spontaneous exothermic adsorption, and the possible adsorption mechanisms were proposed based on the pseudo-second-order model and Langmuir model. After adsorption study, the waste material adsorbed Hg(II) was developed as an efficient catalyst for transformation of phenylacetylene to acetophenone with yield of 97.06%. In this study, we designed an efficient and selective material for Hg(II) ions remove and provided a treatment of the post-adsorbed mercury adsorbent by converting the waste into an excellent catalyst, which reduced the economic and environmental impact from conventional adsorption techniques.

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Name: The Science of the total environment
ISSN: 1879-1026
Pages: 664-674

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