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Issue 21, 2018
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Iodine-doped carbon fibers as an efficient metal-free catalyst to activate peroxymonosulfate for the removal of organic pollutants

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Developing efficient and metal-free catalytic oxidation systems based on PMS activation has become an increasingly important and challenging objective in the environmental catalysis field. In this study, iodine doped carbon fibers (I-CFs), as a low-cost and environmentally-friendly metal-free catalyst, were used for the activation of peroxymonosulfate (PMS), with the innovative construction of a simple and efficient I-CFs/PMS catalytic system. In this system, I-CFs exhibited extra-high catalytic activity to activate PMS for the removal of Acid Red 1 (AR1) over a wide pH range of 3–10, with a remarkably pH-tolerant performance. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) technology with various spin-trapping agents, such as ascorbic acid, methyl alcohol and L-histidine, was employed to confirm that singlet oxygen (1O2) was the key radical species contributing to AR1 removal in the catalytic oxidation system, which is different from the widely reported radical pathway for PMS. Furthermore, the I-CFs/PMS system showed excellent anti-interference performance for the removal of AR1 when dye auxiliaries, such as NaCl, were added into the system, distinct from previous reports where NaCl can capture radicals and severely inhibit the decomposition of organic pollutants. The findings of this study provide a novel catalytic oxidation system for the activation of PMS, which could be potentially applied to environmental remediation.

Graphical abstract: Iodine-doped carbon fibers as an efficient metal-free catalyst to activate peroxymonosulfate for the removal of organic pollutants

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The article was received on 26 Jul 2018, accepted on 19 Sep 2018 and first published on 25 Sep 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CY01537F
Citation: Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018,8, 5482-5489

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    Iodine-doped carbon fibers as an efficient metal-free catalyst to activate peroxymonosulfate for the removal of organic pollutants

    X. Liu, Y. Chen, Y. Yao, Q. Bai and Z. Wu, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2018, 8, 5482
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CY01537F

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