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Iron(III) oxyhydroxide and oxide monoliths with controlled multiscale porosity: synthesis and their adsorption performance

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Iron(III) oxyhydroxide and oxide monoliths with controlled multiscale porosity have been successfully fabricated via the sol–gel process accompanied by phase separation. The size of macropores was controlled by synthesis parameters such as starting compositions. The as-dried iron(III) oxyhydroxide monoliths were amorphous and possessed surface areas over 340 m2 g−1, of which mesostructures could be further controlled by a heat-treatment at 250–350 °C without collapse of macrostructures and monolithic forms. When the as-dried gel was heated at 300 °C, the resultant gel transformed to crystalline α-Fe2O3 and exhibited a specific surface area of 124 m2 g−1. Heat-treatment at 350 °C resulted in the broadened size distribution of mesopores. The adsorption behavior of Congo red has revealed that the interconnected macroporous structure contributed to faster diffusion and better accessibility in a continuous flow-through set up, and the crack-free monolithic forms accounted for an advantageous use of the flow-through adsorbents.

Graphical abstract: Iron(iii) oxyhydroxide and oxide monoliths with controlled multiscale porosity: synthesis and their adsorption performance

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The article was received on 21 Feb 2018, accepted on 10 Apr 2018 and first published on 10 Apr 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8TA01691G
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018,6, 9041-9048
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    Iron(III) oxyhydroxide and oxide monoliths with controlled multiscale porosity: synthesis and their adsorption performance

    Y. Hara, K. Kanamori, K. Morisato, R. Miyamoto and K. Nakanishi, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2018, 6, 9041
    DOI: 10.1039/C8TA01691G

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