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Preparation of 1D Hierarchical Material Mesosilica/Pal Composite and Its Performance in the Adsorption of Methyl Orange

Faculty of Chemical Engineering, Huaiyin Institute of Technology, Key Laboratory for Palygorskite Science and Applied Technology of Jiangsu Province, Huai’an 223003, China
Huai’an Research Center of Chemical and Advanced Materials, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No. 19 Meigao Road, Wisdom Valley, Huai’an 223005, China
Jiangsu HanbonSci. & Tech Co., Ltd., No. 1-9 Ji’xian Road, Economic Development Zone, Huai’an 223003, China
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Materials 2018, 11(1), 164;
Received: 25 December 2017 / Revised: 16 January 2018 / Accepted: 17 January 2018 / Published: 20 January 2018
This paper highlights the synthesis of a one-dimensional (1D) hierarchical material mesosilica/palygorskite (Pal) composite and evaluates its adsorption performance for anionic dye methyl orange (MO) in comparison with Pal and Mobile crystalline material-41 (MCM-41). The Mesosilica/Pal composite is consisted of mesosilica coated Pal nanorods and prepared through a dual template approach using cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and Pal as soft and hard templates, respectively. The composition and structure of the resultant material was characterized by a scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmissionelectron microscopy (TEM), N2 adsorption-desorption analysis, small-angle X-Ray powder diffraction (XRD), and zeta potential measurement. Adsorption experiments were carried out with different absorbents at different contact times and pH levels. Compared with Pal and MCM-41, the mesosilica/Pal composite exhibited the best efficiency for MO adsorption. Its adsorption ratio is as high as 70.4%. Its adsorption equilibrium time is as short as 30 min. Results testify that the MO retention is promoted for the micro-mesoporous hierarchical structure and positive surface charge electrostatic interactions of the mesosilica/Pal composite. The regenerability of the mesosilica/Pal composite absorbent was also assessed. 1D morphology makes it facile to separate from aqueous solutions. It can be effortlessly recovered and reused for up to nine cycles. View Full-Text
Keywords: adsorption; mesosilica; methyl orange; palygorskite adsorption; mesosilica; methyl orange; palygorskite
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Wu, M.; Han, H.; Ni, L.; Song, D.; Li, S.; Hu, T.; Jiang, J.; Chen, J. Preparation of 1D Hierarchical Material Mesosilica/Pal Composite and Its Performance in the Adsorption of Methyl Orange. Materials 2018, 11, 164.

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