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Nontronite mineral clay NAu-2 as support for hematite applied as catalyst for heterogeneous photo-Fenton processes

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Rojas-Mantilla, Hernan D. [1] ; Ayala-Duran, Saidy C. [1] ; Nogueira, Raquel F. Pupo [1]
Total Authors: 3
[1] Sao Paulo State Univ UNESP, Inst Chem, Av Prof Francisco Degni 55, BR-14800060 Araraquara, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: Chemosphere; v. 277, AUG 2021.
Web of Science Citations: 0

This study describes the characterization of Nontronite, a clay mineral with high content of structural iron, before and after iron incorporation and 600 degrees C heat treatment. The Nontronite was classified as a mesoporous material, with high absorption in the UV-Vis range and band gap energy of 1.9 eV, indicative of the presence of superficial hematite, also verified in XRD analysis. The heat treatment promoted a structure rearrangement and the conversion of other iron phases to hematite, allowing the formation of surface irregular sites on Nontronite and facilitating the access for the decomposition of H2O2 into HO center dot. Its catalytic activity in heterogeneous photo-Fenton process was evaluated during the degradation of the antibiotic sulfathiazole (STZ) and showed high activity achieving undetectable levels of STZ after 20 min under UV-LED irradiation and solar irradiation, and showing no iron leaching under controlled pH = 3. The degradation intermediates identified indicated hydroxylation as the main degradation route. (C) 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 18/12780-4 - Innovative decentralized and low cost treatment systems for optimal urban wastewater management
Grantee:Raquel Fernandes Pupo Nogueira
Support type: Regular Research Grants