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Glutathione-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles with enhanced Fenton-like activity at neutral pH for degrading 2,4-dichlorophenol

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Abstract

Magnetic glutathione (GSH)-functionalized nanocomposites (Fe3O4@GSH) were synthesized via an oxidative polymerization method and characterized as a heterogeneous Fenton-like catalyst for 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) degradation at neutral pH (pH = 6.5). The performance of the composite was extensively investigated in terms of catalytic activity and factors (H2O2 dosage, catalyst loading, initial solution pH, and 2,4-DCP concentration) influencing 2,4-DCP degradation. Iron leaching, primary reactive oxidizing species, and catalyst reusability were also investigated. The results showed that the removal efficiency can reach up to 99% within 240 min in the presence of Fe3O4@GSH, whereas pure Fe3O4 cannot operate under the same circumstances. Hydroxyl radicals (˙OH) were found as the main reactive oxidizing species responsible for pollutant degradation, and the final removal efficiency still reached 94% after recycling three times. The role of GSH can be ascribed to the acceleration of iron leaching from the surface of Fe3O4 and collective action for H2O2. The Fe3O4@GSH catalyst may provide new insights into the Fenton-like process for enhancing contaminant degradation.

Graphical abstract: Glutathione-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles with enhanced Fenton-like activity at neutral pH for degrading 2,4-dichlorophenol

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The article was received on 03 Nov 2017, accepted on 14 Dec 2017 and first published on 14 Dec 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA09685B
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 1275-1283
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    Glutathione-coated Fe3O4 nanoparticles with enhanced Fenton-like activity at neutral pH for degrading 2,4-dichlorophenol

    R. Zhou, N. Shen, J. Zhao, Y. Su and H. Ren, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 1275
    DOI: 10.1039/C7TA09685B

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