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The Role of Small Nanoparticles on the Formation of Hot Spots under Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal Heating

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Cabello, Gema [1, 2] ; Davoglio, Rogerio A. [1] ; Cuadrado, Luis G. [1]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, Dept Chem, BR-13565905 Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Aberdeen, Sch Med Med Sci & Nutr, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD - Scotland
Total Affiliations: 2
Document type: Journal article
Source: Inorganic Chemistry; v. 57, n. 12, p. 7252-7258, JUN 18 2018.
Web of Science Citations: 0

Herein, we report a detailed study of microwave-matter interaction focused on the role of small nanoparticles and the effects on microwave thermal heating. We have used a model reaction (degradation of methylene blue) to study the influence of temperature, size, and catalytic properties of the nanoparticles in the potential formation of hot spots. Total mineralization was achieved after 3 h microwave heating at 200 degrees C in the presence of 2 nm TiO2 nanoparticles (92% calculated TOC decay), but the reaction resulted in a mixture of intermediates (52% TOC decay) in the absence of TiO2. The effect of temperature was evaluated by carrying out the reaction at 120 degrees C, and the results were similar to those obtained in the absence of TiO2, but with lower TOC removal efficiencies (12-14%). For comparison, the degradation of MB was also followed using (noncatalytic) SiO2 and MnO2 nanoparticles of comparable size. Differences in the degradation efficiency may be ascribed to the formation of hot spots at the particles surface, as a result of large heat accumulation liable to provide enough energy to the system to accomplish C-C bond break and to achieve total mineralization. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 13/07296-2 - CDMF - Center for the Development of Functional Materials
Grantee:Elson Longo da Silva
Support type: Research Grants - Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers - RIDC