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Type: Journal article
Title: Insights into the oxidation of organic contaminants by iron nanoparticles encapsulated within boron and nitrogen co-doped carbon nanoshell: catalyzed Fenton-like reaction at natural pH
Author: Zhou, H.
Wu, S.
Zhou, Y.
Yang, Y.
Zhang, J.
Luo, L.
Duan, X.
Wang, S.
Wang, L.
Tsang, D.
Citation: Environment International, 2019; 128:77-88
Publisher: Elsevier
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 0160-4120
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Hao Zhou, Shikang Wu, Yaoyu Zhou, Yuan Yang, Jiachao Zhang, Lin Luo, Xiaoguang Duan, Shaobin Wang, Lei Wang, Daniel C.W. Tsang
Abstract: Iron nanoparticles encapsulated within boron and nitrogen co-doped carbon nanoshell (B/N-C@Fe) were synthesized through a novel and green pyrolysis process using melamine, boric acid, and ferric nitrate as the precursors. The surface morphology, structure, and composition of the B/N-C@Fe materials were thoroughly investigated. The materials were employed as novel catalysts for the activation of potassium monopersulfate triple salt (PMS) for the degradation of levofloxacin (LFX). Linear sweep voltammograms and quenching experiments were used to identify the mechanisms of PMS activation and LFX oxidation by B/N-C@Fe, where SO₄·⁻ as well as HO· were proved to be the main radicals for the reaction processes. This study also discussed how the fluvic acid and inorganic anions in the aqueous solutions affected the degradation of LFX and use this method to simulate the degradation in the real wastewater. The synthesized materials showed a high efficiency (85.5% of LFX was degraded), outstanding stability, and excellent reusability (77.7% of LFX was degraded in the 5th run) in the Fenton-like reaction of LFX. In view of these advantages, B/N-C@Fe have great potentials as novel strategic materials for environmental catalysis.
Keywords: Iron-based nanomaterials; potassium monopersulfate; Fenton-like reaction; antibiotics degradation; green/sustainable remediation; environmental catalysts
Rights: © 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (
RMID: 0030113573
DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2019.04.006
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