Fabrication of Fe3O4/SiO2 core/shell nanoparticles attached to graphene oxide and its use as an adsorbent

Yunjin Yao, Shiding Miao, Shaoming Yu, Li Ping Ma, Hongqi Sun, Shaobin Wang
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 2012 August 1, 379 (1): 20-6
Amino-functionalized Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2) core/shell nanoparticles were synthesized by reacting Fe(3)O(4) nanoparticles with tetraethyl orthosilicate and (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane to introduce amino groups on the surface. The amino groups on the Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2) were reacted with the carboxylic groups of graphene oxide (GO) with the aid of 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl)carbodiimide and N-hydroxysuccinnimide to form Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2)GO nanoparticles. The structural, surface, and magnetic characteristics of the material were investigated by scanning and transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry, powder X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. Adsorption equilibrium and kinetics of methylene blue on the Fe(3)O(4)/SiO(2)GO were studied in a batch system. The maximum adsorption capacities were found to be 97.0, 102.6, and 111.1 mg g(-1) at 25, 45, and 60°C, respectively. A second-order kinetic equation could best describe the sorption kinetics. Thermodynamic parameters indicated that the adsorption of methylene blue onto the material was thermodynamically feasible and could occur spontaneously.

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