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Molecules 2018, 23(2), 364;

High Catalytic Efficiency of Nanostructured β-CoMoO4 in the Reduction of the Ortho-, Meta- and Para-Nitrophenol Isomers

Chemistry Department, College of Science, Taibah University, Almadinah 30002, Saudi Arabia
Département Sciences de la Nature, Cégep de Drummondville, 960 Rue Saint-Georges, Drummondville, QC J2C 6A2, Canada
LMPHE, Département de Physique, Faculté des Sciences, Université Mohammed V, B.P. 1014 RP, Rabat 10000, Morocco
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Received: 8 January 2018 / Revised: 31 January 2018 / Accepted: 7 February 2018 / Published: 9 February 2018
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Nanostructured β-CoMoO4 catalysts have been prepared via the thermal decomposition of an oxalate precursor. The catalyst was characterized by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method (BET), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The efficiency of these nanoparticles in the reduction of ortho- and meta-nitrophenol isomers (2-NP, 3-NP, and 4-NP) to their corresponding aminophenols was tested using UV-visible spectroscopy measurements. It was found that, with a β-CoMoO4 catalyst, NaBH4 reduces 3-NP instantaneously, whilst the reduction of 2-NP and 4-NP is slower at 8 min. This difference is thought to arise from the lower acidity of 3-NP, where the negative charge of the phenolate could not be delocalized onto the oxygen atoms of the meta-nitro group. View Full-Text
Keywords: nanostructures; β-CoMoO4; nitrophenol reduction; nanoparticles nanostructures; β-CoMoO4; nitrophenol reduction; nanoparticles

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Al-Wadaani, F.; Omer, A.; Abboudi, M.; Oudghiri Hassani, H.; Rakass, S.; Messali, M.; Benaissa, M. High Catalytic Efficiency of Nanostructured β-CoMoO4 in the Reduction of the Ortho-, Meta- and Para-Nitrophenol Isomers. Molecules 2018, 23, 364.

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