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Synthesis of Rectorite/Fe3O4/ZnO Composites and Their Application for the Removal of Methylene Blue Dye

School of Resources and Environmental Science, Hubei Biomass-Resource Chemistry and Environmental Biotechnology Key Laboratory, Eco-Environment Technology R&D and Service Center, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
Chemical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Department, Jingchu University of Technology, Jingmen 448000, China
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Catalysts 2018, 8(3), 107;
Received: 10 February 2018 / Revised: 2 March 2018 / Accepted: 6 March 2018 / Published: 9 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanomaterials for Environmental Purification and Energy Conversion)
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A novel series of rectorite-based magnetic zinc oxide (ZnO) photocatalysts (REC/Fe3O4/ZnO) was synthesized and characterized in the present work. The fabricated REC/Fe3O4/ZnO composite possessed a high specific surface area and high capacity of adsorption and photocatalysis toward methylene blue (MB) dye. The adsorption isotherm of the dye on the composite fitted well to the Langmuir model, with a maximum adsorption of 35.1 mg/g. The high adsorption capacity increased the interactions between the dye and the REC/Fe3O4/ZnO, which enabled efficient decomposition of the dye under simulated solar radiation using REC/Fe3O4/ZnO as the photocatalyst. The degradation kinetics of MB dye followed the Langmuir–Hinshelwood model. More importantly, the degradation of MB dye and the mass loss of REC/Fe3O4/ZnO after three repetitive experiments were quite small. This suggests that the magnetic composite has great potential as an effective, stable, and easily recovered catalyst. Four major intermediates were detected during the degradation of MB dye and the degradation pathway was proposed. View Full-Text
Keywords: adsorption; magnetic ZnO; methylene blue; photodegradation; rectorite adsorption; magnetic ZnO; methylene blue; photodegradation; rectorite

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Wang, H.; Zhou, P.; Guo, R.; Wang, Y.; Zhan, H.; Yuan, Y. Synthesis of Rectorite/Fe3O4/ZnO Composites and Their Application for the Removal of Methylene Blue Dye. Catalysts 2018, 8, 107.

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