Surfactant-assisted synthesis of ZIF-8 nanocrystals for phthalic acid adsorption

Xinlong Yan, Yingli Yang, Chao Wang, Xiaoyan Hu, Min Zhou, Sridhar Komarneni

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Abstract: Phthalic acid (H2-PA) is the main degradation product of phthalic acid esters, which have been classified as priority pollutants in wastewater. The separation of H2-PA from waste water is thus of urgent importance for environmental protection. Here, zeolitic imidazole framework (ZIF-8) nanoparticles with different pore structures were prepared by a surfactant mediated method in aqueous solution and the effects of their pore structures on H2-PA removal were studied. The results showed that the ZIF-8 samples with high mesoporosity exhibited much faster adsorption rate than the pristine ZIF-8. The adsorption equilibrium data were well described by Freundlich isotherm model and the kinetics followed a pseudo-second-order kinetic equation/mechanism. Graphical Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.]

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)523-530
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomaterials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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