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Title: Methylene blue dye photocatalytic degradation over synthesised Fe3O4/AC/TiO2 nano-catalyst: Degradation and reusability studies
Authors: Moosavi, Seyedehmaryam 
Dr. LI Yi Man, Rita 
Lai, Chin Wei 
Yusof, Yusliza 
Gan, Sinyee 
Akbarzadeh, Omid 
Chowhury, Zaira Zaman 
Yue, Xiao-Guang 
Johan, Mohd RafieBin 
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Nanomaterials, 2020, vol. 10(12), article no. 2360.
Journal: Nanomaterials 
Abstract: In this study, activated carbon (AC) from coconut shell, as a widely available agricultural waste, was synthesised in a simple one-step procedure and used to produce a magnetic Fe3O4/AC/TiO2 nano-catalyst for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye under UV light. Scanning electron microscopy revealed that TiO2 nanoparticles, with an average particle size of 45 to 62 nm, covered the surface of the AC porous structure without a reunion of its structure, which according to the TGA results enhanced the stability of the photocatalyst at high temperatures. The photocatalytic activities of synthesised AC, commercial TiO2, Fe3O4/AC, and Fe3O4/AC/TiO2 were compared, with Fe3O4/AC/TiO2 (1:2) exhibiting the highest catalytic activity (98%). Furthermore, evaluation of the recovery and reusability of the photocatalysts after treatment revealed that seven treatment cycles were possible without a significant reduction in the removal efficiency.
Type: Peer Reviewed Journal Article
ISSN: 2079-4991
DOI: 10.3390/nano10122360
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