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Iron Oxide/Phosphatic Materials Composites with Potential Applications in Environmental Protection

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National Institute for Research & Development in Chemistry and Petrochemistry–ICECHIM Bucharest, 060021 Bucharest, Romania
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Department of Bioresources and Polymer Science, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 011061 Bucharest, Romania
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Department of Science and Engineering of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, University Politehnica of Bucharest, 011061 Bucharest, Romania
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Materials 2020, 13(21), 5034; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13215034
Received: 20 September 2020 / Revised: 2 November 2020 / Accepted: 6 November 2020 / Published: 8 November 2020
Currently, hydroxyapatite is probably the most researched material, due to its multiple applications in medical, environmental, or cultural heritage, when the classical structure is modified and calcium is displaced partially or totally with different metals. By changing the classical structure of the hydroxyapatite, new morphologies can be obtained, thus allowing final applications different from those of the initial hydroxyapatite material. However, their properties should be tuned for the desired application. In this context, the present paper describes the synthesis and characterization (through energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, FTIR, thermal analysis, and transmission electron microscopy) of iron oxide/manganese-containing phosphatic phase composite materials, developed in order to obtain the enhancement of final environmental applications (photodegradation of dyes, adsorption of organic compounds). The composite material was tested for photocatalytic properties, after embedding in hydrosoluble film-forming materials. Photocatalytic coatings show different activity during the photodecomposition of Methylene Blue, used as a model of a contaminant. The photocatalytic activities of the materials were discussed in relationship with both the phosphatic materials and the magnetic components. Finally, other environmental applications were studied for the developed materials (adsorption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs—paracetamol and ibuprofen), revealing an enhancement of the adsorption capacity of the phosphatic material upon addition of the magnetic phase. View Full-Text
Keywords: iron oxide/phosphatic materials; analytical characterization; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs removal; photodegradation of dyes; environmental protection iron oxide/phosphatic materials; analytical characterization; non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs removal; photodegradation of dyes; environmental protection
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Ispas, G.C.; Manea, R.; Brazdis, R.I.; Baroi, A.M.; Fistos, T.; Fierascu, R.C.; Raduly, M.F. Iron Oxide/Phosphatic Materials Composites with Potential Applications in Environmental Protection. Materials 2020, 13, 5034. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13215034

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Ispas GC, Manea R, Brazdis RI, Baroi AM, Fistos T, Fierascu RC, Raduly MF. Iron Oxide/Phosphatic Materials Composites with Potential Applications in Environmental Protection. Materials. 2020; 13(21):5034. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13215034

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Ispas, Georgiana C.; Manea, Raluca; Brazdis, Roxana I.; Baroi, Anda M.; Fistos, Toma; Fierascu, Radu C.; Raduly, Monica F. 2020. "Iron Oxide/Phosphatic Materials Composites with Potential Applications in Environmental Protection" Materials 13, no. 21: 5034. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma13215034

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