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Fe2O3/Al2O3 microboxes for efficient removal of heavy metal ions

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Abstract

Iron oxide/aluminum oxide microboxes (Fe2O3/Al2O3 MBs) with cubic structures (1 ± 0.09 μm) possessing large specific surface area (208.3 m2 g−1) and high adsorption capacity (216 mg g−1) were prepared and utilized for the removal of mercury (Hg2+) (100 ppm) from various samples, including tap water, lake water and tomato juice, with efficiencies of 98.2 ± 0.4, 98.5 ± 0.3 and 97.1 ± 0.5%, respectively. The Fe2O3/Al2O3 MBs are stable, allowing the adsorbed metal species to be removed from their surfaces with 2 M HCl. The Fe2O3/Al2O3 MBs can be reused up to five times after being treated with 2 M HCl. Furthermore, the Fe2O3/Al2O3 MBs are efficient adsorbents for the removal of four metal ions such as Hg2+, cadmium (Cd2+), copper (Cu2+), and lead (Pb2+) ions from soil samples, mainly because of a synergetic effect provided by the two metal oxides and high surface area. This low-cost, effective, and stable Fe2O3/Al2O3 adsorbent holds great potential for the removal of Hg2+ and other heavy metal ions from contaminated sources such as water and soil.

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The article was received on 06 Feb 2017, accepted on 08 Jun 2017 and first published on 08 Jun 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ00431A
Citation: New J. Chem., 2017,41, 7751-7757
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    Fe2O3/Al2O3 microboxes for efficient removal of heavy metal ions

    R. Ravindranath, P. Roy, A. P. Periasamy, Y. Chen, C. Liang and H. Chang, New J. Chem., 2017, 41, 7751
    DOI: 10.1039/C7NJ00431A

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