A magnetic γ-Fe2O3@PANI@TiO2core-shell nanocomposite for arsenic removalviaa coupled visible-light-induced photocatalytic oxidation-adsorption process

Yuan Wang, Ping Zhang, Tian C. Zhang, Gang Xiang, Xinlong Wang, Simo Pehkonen, Shaojun Yuan

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Arsenic polluted groundwater impairs human health and poses severe threats to drinking water supplies and ecosystems. Hence, an efficient method of simultaneous oxidation of As(iii) to As(v), and removal of As(v) from water has triggered increasing attention. In this study, a magnetic γ-Fe2O3core-shell heterojunction nanocomposite was synthesized by means of hydrothermal crystallization of TiO2on the surface of the magnetic core-shell loaded with polyaniline (γ-Fe2O3@PANI@TiO2). As an efficient photocatalyst coupled with adsorption, γ-Fe2O3@PANI@TiO2has a high light utilization and good adsorption capacity. Notably, the nanocomposite has excellent stability at various initial pH values with good reusability. Among the co-existing ions investigated, PO43−has the greatest competitive reaction. The photocatalytic oxidation of As(iii) on γ-Fe2O3@PANI@TiO2is dominated by the synergy of several active substances, with superoxide free radicals and photogenerated holes being the major players.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2018-2024
Number of pages7
JournalNanoscale Advances
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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