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Effects of Solvent Diols on the Synthesis of ZnFe2O4 Particles and Their Use as Heterogeneous Photo-Fenton Catalysts

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Department of Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Santa Maria, 97105-900 Santa Maria, Brazil
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Department of Physics, Federal University of Pampa, 96413-170 Bagé, Brazil
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Department of Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, 59066-800 Natal, Brazil
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Materials 2014, 7(9), 6281-6290; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma7096281
Received: 10 July 2014 / Revised: 15 August 2014 / Accepted: 18 August 2014 / Published: 3 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Porous Materials)
A solvothermal method was used to prepare zinc ferrite spinel oxide (ZnFe2O4) using ethylene glycol and 1,4 butanediol as solvent diols, and the influence of diols on the physical properties of ZnFe2O4 particles was investigated. The produced particles were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and nitrogen adsorption isotherms, and the catalytic activity for the organic pollutant decomposition by heterogeneous photo-Fenton reaction was investigated. Both solvents produced particles with cubic spinel structure. Microporous and mesoporous structures were obtained when ethylene glycol and 1,4 butanediol were used as diols, respectively. A higher pore volume and surface area, as well as a higher catalytic activity for the pollutant degradation were found when 1,4 butanediol was used as solvent. View Full-Text
Keywords: zinc ferrite; ZnFe2O4; synthesis; solvothermal; photo-Fenton zinc ferrite; ZnFe2O4; synthesis; solvothermal; photo-Fenton
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Anchieta, C.G.; Cancelier, A.; Mazutti, M.A.; Jahn, S.L.; Kuhn, R.C.; Gündel, A.; Chiavone-Filho, O.; Foletto, E.L. Effects of Solvent Diols on the Synthesis of ZnFe2O4 Particles and Their Use as Heterogeneous Photo-Fenton Catalysts. Materials 2014, 7, 6281-6290.

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