Versatile and ecofriendly methods to perform oxidations at near-neutral pH are of crucial importance for processes aimed at purifying water. Chitosan, a deacetylated form of chitin, is a promising starting material owing to its biocompatibility and ability to form stable films and complexes with metals. Here, we report a novel chitosan-based organometallic complex that was tested both as homogeneous and heterogeneous catalyst in the degradation of contaminants of emerging concern in water. The stoichiometry of the complex was experimentally verified with different metals, namely, Cu(II), Fe(III), Fe(II), Co(II), Pd(II), and Mn(II), and we identified the chitosan-Fe(III) complex as the most efficient catalyst. This complex effectively degraded phenol, triclosan, and 3-chlorophenol in the presence of hydrogen peroxide. A putative ferryl-mediated reaction mechanism is proposed based on experimental data, density functional theory calculations, and kinetic modeling. Finally, a film of the chitosan-Fe(III) complex was synthesized and proven a promising supported heterogeneous catalyst for water purification.
Fe-chitosan complexes for oxidative degradation of emerging contaminants in water: Structure, activity, and reaction mechanism / Farinelli, G.; Di Luca, A.; Kaila, V. R. I.; MacLachlan, M. J.; Tiraferri, A.. - In: JOURNAL OF HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. - ISSN 0304-3894. - 408(2021), p. 124662.
|Titolo:||Fe-chitosan complexes for oxidative degradation of emerging contaminants in water: Structure, activity, and reaction mechanism|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2021|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.124662|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|