Nanomaterials 2013, 3(2), 289-302; doi:10.3390/nano3020289
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Desorption of 1,3,5-Trichlorobenzene from Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Impact of Solution Chemistry and Surface Chemistry

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
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Received: 28 March 2013; in revised form: 2 May 2013 / Accepted: 8 May 2013 / Published: 17 May 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue CNT based Nanomaterials)
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Abstract: The strong affinity of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to environmental contaminants has raised serious concern that CNTs may function as a carrier of environmental pollutants and lead to contamination in places where the environmental pollutants are not expected. However, this concern will not be realized until the contaminants are desorbed from CNTs. It is well recognized that the desorption of environmental pollutants from pre-laden CNTs varies with the environmental conditions, such as the solution pH and ionic strength. However, comprehensive investigation on the influence of solution chemistry on the desorption process has not been carried out, even though numerous investigations have been conducted to investigate the impact of solution chemistry on the adsorption of environmental pollutants on CNTs. The main objective of this study was to determine the influence of solution chemistry (e.g., pH, ionic strength) and surface functionalization on the desorption of preloaded 1,3,5-trichlorobenzene (1,3,5-TCB) from multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs). The results suggested that higher pH, ionic strength and natural organic matter in solution generally led to higher desorption of 1,3,5-TCB from MWNTs. However, the extent of change varied at different values of the tested parameters (e.g., pH < 7 vs. pH > 7). In addition, the impact of these parameters varied with MWNTs possessing different surface functional groups, suggesting that surface functionalization could considerably alter the environmental behaviors and impact of MWNTs.
Keywords: multi-walled carbon nanotubes; 1,3,5-trichlorobenzene; desorption; surface functionalization; solution chemistry

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Ma, X.; Uddin, S. Desorption of 1,3,5-Trichlorobenzene from Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Impact of Solution Chemistry and Surface Chemistry. Nanomaterials 2013, 3, 289-302.

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Ma X, Uddin S. Desorption of 1,3,5-Trichlorobenzene from Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Impact of Solution Chemistry and Surface Chemistry. Nanomaterials. 2013; 3(2):289-302.

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Ma, Xingmao; Uddin, Sheikh. 2013. "Desorption of 1,3,5-Trichlorobenzene from Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes: Impact of Solution Chemistry and Surface Chemistry." Nanomaterials 3, no. 2: 289-302.

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