Magnetic nanocomposite hydrogel prepared by ZnO-initiated photopolymerization for La (III) adsorption.

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Here, we provide an effective method to fabricate magnetic ZnO clay nanocomposite hydrogel via the photopolymerization. The inorganic components endow the hydrogel with high mechanical strength, while the organic copolymers exhibit good adsorption capacity and separation selectivity to La (III) ions. An optimized hydrogel has the maximum compressive stress of 316.60±15.83 kPa, which still exhibits 138.98±7.32 kPa compressive strength after swelling. The maximum adsorption capacity of La ion is 58.8 mg/g. The adsorption matches the pseudo-second-order kinetics model. La (III) ions can be effectively separated from the mixtures of La/Ni, La/Co, La/Cu, and La/Nd in a broad pH range (2.0 to 8.0). After six adsorption-desorption cycles, the hydrogel can maintain its adsorption capacity. This work not only provides a new approach to the synthesis of tough hydrogels under irradiation, but also opens up enormous opportunities to make full use of magnetic nanocomposite hydrogels in environmental fields.





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Zheng, Xiangning, Dongbei Wu, Teng Su, Song Bao, Chuanan Liao and Qigang Wang (2014). Magnetic nanocomposite hydrogel prepared by ZnO-initiated photopolymerization for La (III) adsorption. ACS applied materials & interfaces, 6(22). pp. 19840–19849. 10.1021/am505177c Retrieved from

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Teng Su

Assistant Professor in Medicine

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