Magnetic graphene nanoplatelet composites toward arsenic removal

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Magnetic graphene nanoplatelet composites (MGNCs) decorated with core-shell Fe-Fe2O3 nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthesized using a facile one-pot thermal decomposition method. The graphene nanoplatelets (GNPs) decorated with uniformly dispersed NPs are observed to exhibit a strong magnetization and can be magnetically separated from the liquid mixture by a permanent magnet. These MGNCs demonstrate an effective and efficient adsorption of arsenic(III) in the polluted water due to the increased adsorption sites in the presence of magnetic NPs. The adsorption behavior is well fitted with both Langmuir and Freundlich models, which show a significantly higher adsorption capacity (11.34 mg/g) than the other adsorption values reported on the conventional iron oxide based adsorbents (∼1 mg/g). The results show a nearly complete As(III) removal within 1 ppb. © 2012 The Electrochemical Society.

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ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology

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