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Nanomaterials 2015, 5(2), 1124-1135; doi:10.3390/nano5021124

A Sustainable Approach to Fabricating Ag Nanoparticles/PVA Hybrid Nanofiber and Its Catalytic Activity

Department of Chemistry, Hanshan Normal University, Chaozhou 521041, China
Academic Editor: Jiye Fang
Received: 13 May 2015 / Revised: 16 June 2015 / Accepted: 18 June 2015 / Published: 23 June 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanomaterials for Energy and Sustainability Applications)
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Abstract

Ag nanoparticles were synthesized by using Ficus altissima Blume leaf extract as a reducing agent at room temperature. The resulting Ag nanoparticles/PVA mixture was employed to create Ag nanoparticles/PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) hybrid nanofibers via an electrospinning technique. The obtained nanofibers were confirmed by means of UV-Vis spectroscopy, The X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and then tested to catalyze KBH4 reduction of methylene blue (MB). The catalytic results demonstrate that the MB can be reduced completely within 15 min. In addition, the Ag nanoparticles/PVA hybrid nanofibers show reusability for three cycles with no obvious losses in degradation ratio of the MB. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanofiber; catalytic activity nanofiber; catalytic activity
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Meng, Y. A Sustainable Approach to Fabricating Ag Nanoparticles/PVA Hybrid Nanofiber and Its Catalytic Activity. Nanomaterials 2015, 5, 1124-1135.

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