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Cyclodextrin-functionalized Fe3O4@TiO2: reusable, magnetic nanoparticles for photocatalytic degradation of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in water supplies

Chalasani, Rajesh and Vasudevan, Sukumaran (2013) Cyclodextrin-functionalized Fe3O4@TiO2: reusable, magnetic nanoparticles for photocatalytic degradation of endocrine-disrupting chemicals in water supplies. In: ACS Nano, 7 (5). pp. 4093-4104.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/nn400287k

Abstract

Water-dispersible, photocatalytic Fe3O4@TiO2 core shell magnetic nanoparticles have been prepared by anchoring cyclodextrin cavities to the TiO2 shell, and their ability to capture and photocatalytically destroy endocrine-disrupting chemicals, bisphenol A and dibutyl phthalate, present in water, has been demonstrated. The functionalized nanoparticles can be magnetically separated from the dispersion after photocatalysis and hence reused. Each component of the cyclodextrin-functionalized Fe3O4@TiO2 core shell nanoparticle has a crucial role in its functioning. The tethered cyclodextrins are responsible for the aqueous dispersibility of the nanoparticles and their hydrophobic cavities for the capture of the organic pollutants that may be present in water samples. The amorphous TiO2 shell is the photocatalyst for the degradation and mineralization of the organics, bisphenol A and dibutyl phthalate, under UV illumination, and the magnetism associated with the 9 nm crystalline Fe3O4 core allows for the magnetic separation from the dispersion once photocatalytic degradation is complete. An attractive feature of these ``capture and destroy'' nanomaterials is that they may be completely removed from the dispersion and reused with little or no loss of catalytic activity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to American Chemical Society.
Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
Depositing User: Francis Jayakanth
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2013 07:02
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2013 07:02
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/46872

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