Fan Liu

Huazhong Agricultural University, Wu-han-shih, Hubei, China

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    ABSTRACT: The effects of particle size (5, 35 and 70nm) on the sorption of myo-inositol hexakisphosphate (IHP) and inorganic phosphate (KH2PO4, Pi) on γ-Al2O3 nanoparticles were investigated using batch sorption experiments, zeta potential measurements and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR). The results show that the maximum sorption densities (μmolm(-2)) for IHP and Pi increase with decreasing γ-Al2O3 particle size. The sorption affinity of γ-Al2O3 for IHP and Pi generally increases with decreasing particle size, and the sorption affinity for IHP is approximately one order of magnitude greater than that for Pi. In our experimental time scale, surface complexation is the main mechanism for IHP and Pi sorption on large size γ-Al2O3. While an additional surface precipitation mechanism, indicated by solid-state (31)P and (27)Al NMR data, is partly responsible for the greater sorption density on very small size γ-Al2O3. Compared with Pi, the effect of particle size on the sorption of IHP is more pronounced. The results suggest a size-dependent surface reactivity of Al2O3 nanoparticles with Pi/IHP. The underlying mechanism will also be relevant for other small nanosize (hydr)oxide particles and is important for our understanding of the role of small nanoparticles in controlling the mobility and fate of organic and inorganic phosphates in the environment. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 08/2015; 451. DOI:10.1016/j.jcis.2015.03.045 · 3.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The relationships between the basic properties and trace elements in soil argillans and corresponding matrix soils were studied by sampling from the B horizons of 26 Alfisols in croplands of the subtropical area in Central China. The soil elements (K, Na, Ca, Mg, Mn, Co, Cu, Cr, Cd, Li, Mo, Ni, Pb, Ti, V, and Zn) were extracted by acid digestion and their contents were measured using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). The mean contents of clay and organic matter in the argillans were approximately 1.1 and 1.3 times greater than those in the matrix soils, respectively. The pH values and the contents of P2O5 and bases (K2O, Na2O, CaO, and MgO) in the argillans were higher than those in the corresponding matrix soils. Cu, Cd, Ti, and V were enriched in the argillans. Correlation coefficients and factor analyses showed that Co, Cu, Li, and Zn were bound with phyllosilicates and manganese oxides (Mn-oxides) in the argillans. Cr and Pb were mainly associated with iron oxides (Fe-oxides), while Ni was bound with Mn-oxides. Cd, Ti, and V were chiefly associated with phyllosilicates, but Cr and Mo were rarely enriched in the argillans. In contrast, in the matrix soils, Co and Zn were associated with organic matter and Fe-oxides, Cr existed in phyllosilicates, and Mo was bound to Fe-oxides. Cd, Ti, and V were associated with organic matter. The results of this study suggest that clays, organic matter, and minerals in the argillans dominate the illuviation of trace elements in Alfisols. Argillans might be the active interfaces of elemental exchange and nutrient supply in cropland soils in Central China.
    Pedosphere 06/2015; 25(3). DOI:10.1016/S1002-0160(15)30009-6 · 1.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Todorokite, formed from Mn(II) in supergene environments, can affect the transformation and migration of dissolvable sulfides in soils and water. In this work, todorokite was synthesized with different degrees of crystallinity, and the redox mechanism of dissolvable sulfide and todorokite was studied in both closed and open aqueous systems. The influences of pH, temperature, crystallinity, the amount of manganese oxides, and oxygen gas on S(2-) oxidation process were investigated. It is found that S(2-) was oxidized to S(0), SO3(2-), S2O3(2-) and SO4(2-), and about 90% of S(2-) was converted into S(0) in closed systems. The participation of oxygen facilitated the further oxidation of S(0) to S2O3(2-). S(0) and S2O3(2-) were formed with the conversion rates of S(2-) about 45.3% and 38.4% after 1h of reaction, respectively, and the conversion rate for S2O3(2-) increased as reaction prolonged for a longer period. In addition, todorokite was reduced to Mn(OH)2 in the presence of nitrogen gas, and its chemical stability increased when oxygen gas was admitted into the reaction system during the process. The oxidation rate of dissolvable sulfide followed a pseudo-first-order kinetic law in the initial stage (within 10min), and the initial oxidation rate constant of S(2-) increased with elevating temperature, increasing the quantity and decreasing crystallinity of todorokite. The initial oxidation rate of dissolvable sulfide decreased with continuous feeding of O2 into the test solution, possibly due to a decrease in active Mn(III) content in todorokite. The present work demonstrates the redox behaviors and kinetics of dissolvable sulfide and todorokite in aquatic environments. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Hazardous Materials 06/2015; 290. DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.02.018 · 4.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although most reported biogenic Mn oxides are hexagonal birnessites, other types of biogenic Mn oxides also commonly occur in the environment. However, sorption characteristics and underlying mechanisms of the adsorption of heavy-metal ions on these biogenic Mn oxides are still rarely addressed. In this study, the sorption mechanisms of Cu(II) on a low valence biogenic Mn oxide, poorly crystallized bixbyite-like Mn2O3 (α-Mn2O3), were investigated. The maximum adsorption capacity of Cu(II) onto this biogenic Mn oxide at pH 6.00 was 796 mmol/kg (0.45 mol Cu mol(-1) Mn). The complex structure of adsorbed Cu(II) was constrained using Cu extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis, combined with structural parameters of the biogenic Mn oxide with alternately arranged regular and distorted MnO6 octahedra obtained through multiple-FEFF fitting of Mn EXAFS data. The sorbed Cu(II) was found to coordinate with the biogenic Mn oxide particle edges as inner-sphere complexes. At a relatively low Cu(2+) loading (233 mmol/kg, pH 6.00), Cu(II) adsorbed onto the biogenic Mn oxide with two types of coordinated complexes, i.e., (1) coordinated with one regular/distorted MnO6 octahedron as a monodentate-mononuclear complex and (2) with two adjacent MnO6 octahedra as a bidentate-binuclear complex. While, at a relatively high Cu(2+) loading (787 mmol/kg, pH 6.00), only one type of coordinated complex was constrained, the adsorbed Cu(II) coordinated with one regular/distorted MnO6 octahedron as a monodentate-mononuclear complex. This research extends further insight into the bacterial Mn(II) oxidation in the environment and serves as a good reference for understanding the interactions between metal ions and biogenic low valence Mn oxides, which are still poorly explored either theoretically or practically.
    Geochemical Transactions 05/2015; 16. DOI:10.1186/s12932-015-0020-6 · 2.65 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Fe-doped cryptomelanes were synthesized by refluxing at ambient pressure, followed by characterization with multiple techniques and test in photocatalytic degradation of phenol. The introduction of Fe(III) into the structure of cryptomelane results in a decrease in particle size and the contents of Mn and K(+), and an increase in the Mn average oxidation state (AOS), specific surface area and UV-vis light absorption ability. Mn and Fe K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy analysis indicates that some Fe(III) is incorporated into the framework of cryptomelane by replacing Mn(III) while the remaining Fe(3+) is adsorbed in the tunnel cavity. These Fe-doped cryptomelanes have significantly improved the photocatalytic degradation rate of phenol, with the sample of ∼3.04wt.% Fe doping being the most reactive and achieving a degradation rate of 36% higher than that of the un-doped one. The enhanced reactivity can be ascribed to the increase in the coherent scattering domain size of the crystals, Mn AOS and light absorption, as well as the presence of sufficient K(+) in the tunnel. The results imply that metal doping is an effective way to improve the performance of cryptomelane in pollutants removal and has the potential for modification of Mn oxide materials. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.
    Journal of hazardous materials 04/2015; 296:221-229. DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.04.055 · 4.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Nanostructured birnessite, promising candidate for supercapacitor electrode materials, shows greatly improved discharge capacity and cyclic stability with vanadium doping. The influence of vanadium doping on the physicochemical properties and supercapacitance performance of birnessite-type manganese oxides is investigated. Crystal structures, micromorphologies, bond lengths and chemical compositions of vanadium doped birnessites are characterized by XRD, SEM, XPS, TGA, and titration. The electrochemical properties are analyzed using galvanostatic charge-discharge test, cyclic voltammetry, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results exhibit that V/Mn molar ratio can reach 0.16:1 when Mn(IV) and K+ are partially substituted by V(V) in birnessite. The thickness of disk-shaped crystal, bond length of Mn-O1 and manganese average oxidation state decreases first and then increases with an increase in V/Mn molar ratio in synthesis system. Charge-transfer resistance decreases after doping vanadium, and increases with an increase in the content of vanadium in birnessite. Diffusion resistance increases first and then decreases due to the change of particle size and pore size distribution. The highest specific capacitance of 245 F g-1 is obtained with excellent cyclic stability for doped birnessite with V/Mn molar ratio of 0.14:1. Our study indicates that vanadium remarkably affects micromorphology, substructure, and electrochemical properties of manganese dioxides.
    Journal of Power Sources 02/2015; 277. DOI:10.1016/j.jpowsour.2014.12.004 · 5.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Vanadium(V)-doped hexagonal turbostratic birnessites were synthesized and characterized by multiple techniques and were used to remove Pb(2+) from aqueous solutions. With increasing V content, the V(V)-doped birnessites have significantly decreased crystallinity, i.e., the thickness of crystals in the c axis decreases from 9.8nm to ∼0.7nm, and the amount of vacancies slightly increases from 0.063 to 0.089. The specific surface areas of these samples increase after doping while the Mn average oxidation sates are almost constant. V has a valence of +5 and tetrahedral symmetry, and exists as oxyanions, including V6O16(2-), and VO4(3-) on birnessite edge sites by forming monodentate corning-sharing complexes. Pb LIII-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectra analysis shows that, at low V contents (V/Mn≤0.07) Pb(2+) mainly binds with birnessite on octahedral vacancy and especially edge sites whereas at higher V contents (V/Mn>0.07) more Pb(2+) associates with V oxyanions and form vanadinite [Pb5(VO4)3Cl]-like precipitates. With increasing V(V) content, the Pb(2+) binding affinity on the V-doped birnessites significantly increases, ascribing to both the formation of the vanadinite precipitates and decreased particle sizes of birnessite. These results are useful to design environmentally benign materials for treatment of metal-polluted water. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
    Journal of Hazardous Materials 02/2015; 288C. DOI:10.1016/j.jhazmat.2015.01.068 · 4.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Graphene-modified nanosized Ag3PO4 photocatalyst, fabricated by in situ growth strategy in an organic solvent, exhibits enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity and stability compared with bare nanosized Ag3PO4 particles and conventional large-sized Ag3PO4 particles–graphene composite.
    Applied Catalysis B Environmental 01/2015; 162:196–203. DOI:10.1016/j.apcatb.2014.06.051 · 6.01 Impact Factor
  • Annals of Microbiology 12/2014; 64(4):1-4. DOI:10.1007/s13213-014-0825-z · 1.04 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although most reported biogenic Mn oxides are hexagonal birnessites, other types of biogenic Mn oxides also commonly occur in the environment. Compared to hexagonal birnessites, the sorption characteristics and the underlying mechanism of adsorption of heavy-metal ions to those of the other biogenic Mn oxides are still rarely addressed. A strain of Mn-oxidizing bacteria isolated from Claypani-Udic Argosols was identified as Bacillus with 16S rRNA sequencing analysis. The bacterial Mn(II) oxidation product is a poorly crystallized bixbyite-like Mn2O3 (α-Mn2O3). The maximum adsorption capacities of Zn(II) onto the biogenic Mn oxide at pH 6.00 and pH 4.00 were 663 mmol/kg and 629 mmol/kg, respectively. The complex structure of adsorbed Zn2 + was constrained using Zn EXAFS analysis, combined with structural parameters of the biogenic Mn oxide with alternately arranged regular and distorted MnO6 octahedra obtained through multiple-FEFF fitting of Mn EXAFS data. At a relatively low Zn2 + loading (100 mmol/kg, pH 6.00), Zn2 + adsorbed onto the biogenic Mn oxide with two types of tetrahedrally coordinated complexes, i.e. (1) coordinated with one regular/distorted MnO6 octahedron as a monodentate–mononuclear complex and (2) with two MnO6 octahedra (two regular, two distorted or a regular and a distorted) as a bidentate–binuclear complex. While, at a relatively high Zn2 + loading (556 mmol/kg, pH 4.00; 635 mmol/kg, pH 6.00), two types of octahedrally coordinated complexes are constrained, i.e. (1) coordinated with one regular/distorted MnO6 octahedron as a monodentate–mononuclear complex and (2) with one regular MnO6 octahedron as a bidentate mononuclear complex. This research extends further understanding on the formation of biogenic Mn oxides in the environment and the adsorption mechanism of heavy metals onto low-valence Mn oxides with distorted structures. The application of low valence biogenic Mn oxides to efficiently remove heavy metals from water is also shown to be promising.
    Chemical Geology 12/2014; 389:82–90. DOI:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.09.017 · 3.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cryptomelane exhibits excellent photocatalytic activity for the degradation of organic pollutants. Incorporation of transition metals (TMs) into the structure of Mn oxides will cause changes to their substructure and physicochemical properties. However, the synergetic effects of incorporation of two kinds of metals have yet to be investigated. Here, cobalt and nickel co-doped cryptomelanes were synthesized with different molar ratios of Co/Ni, and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, elemental analysis, N-2 physical adsorption and UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and their photocatalytic performance for the degradation of phenol was investigated. These studies demonstrate that, doping of Co and Ni did not change the crystal structure of cryptomelane, but resulted in decreased crystallinity, and generally increased the specific surface area. Co(III) and Ni(II) were incorporated into cryptomelane and substituted for Mn(IV) and Mn(III), respectively, leading to a change in Mn average oxidation state. Compared with non-doped and singly doped samples, Co and Ni co-doped cryptomelanes have large increase in optical absorption properties and increase the rate of phenol degradation, i.e. the TOC removal rate was increased by 28-38%. Co and Ni co-doped cryptomelane has potential applications in the remediation of natural waters contaminated by organic pollutants.
    Materials Chemistry and Physics 12/2014; 148(3):783-789. DOI:10.1016/j.matchemphys.2014.08.049 · 2.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Cadmium sulfide and oxide hexagonal nanoplates were prepared by a facile ion-exchange strategy and crystal transformation process by using morphology-analogous cadmium oxyhydroxide as a precursor. The precursors of uniform Cd(OH)2 hexagonal nanoplates was first synthesized by a simple ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium salt assisted hydrothermal method. Then, through ion-exchange reactions of the as-prepared Cd(OH)2 precursors with S2− anions, cubic-phase CdS was formed immediately on the surface of Cd(OH)2 nanoplates. The above intermediates could be further completely converted into CdS and CdO nanoplates without morphology changes through thermal treatment at 280 °C for 4 h under a sulfur atmosphere and under air, respectively. The photocatalytic activity of all samples was evaluated by the photocatalytic decolorization of an aqueous solution of methylene blue and photocatalytic hydrogen production under visible-light irradiation. The results show that the CdS hexagonal nanoplates exhibit high visible-light photocatalytic degradation properties and photocatalytic hydrogen production activity. The enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity can be related to several factors, including a suitable band gap, phase structure, and morphology of the hexagonal nanoplates.
    ChemPlusChem 09/2014; DOI:10.1002/cplu.201402220 · 3.24 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Natural hexagonal birnessites are enriched in various transition metals (TMs). Many studies have examined the effects of single metal doping on the structures and properties of birnessites, but none focused on the simultaneous interaction mechanism of coprecipitation of two different TMs with birnessite. In this work Co and Ni co-doped hexagonal birnessites were synthesized and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), elemental analysis, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy to investigate the effects of co-doping on the structure and reactivity of birnessite and the crystal chemistry of Co and Ni. These co-doped birnessites have lower crystallinity, i.e., fewer manganese layers stacking in the c* direction, larger specific surface areas (SSAs) and increased Mn average oxidation states (AOSs) than the undoped birnessite, and Co exists in a valence of + 3. Co, Ni and Mn K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS) spectra demonstrate an increase in edge-sharing Ni-Me (Me = Ni, Co and Mn) distances in birnessite layers with the increase of the contents of dopants while Mn-Me distances first decrease and then increase while those of Co-Me pairs are nearly constant, coupled with first a decrease and then increase of the in-plane unit-cell parameter b. The effect of co-doping on the amounts of structural Mn and K+, numbers of [MnO6] layers stacked in c* axis, and SSAs, are larger than the effects of doping with Co alone, but less than singly Ni doping. In birnessites doped with both Co and Ni, ~ 74-79% of the total Co and ~ 23-39% of the total Ni are present within the manganese layers. Compared with the spatial distribution of TM in singly doped birnessites, the coexistence of Ni hinders incorporation of Co into the layers during birnessite crystallization; however, coprecipitation with Co has little effects, neither hindrance nor promotion, on the insertion of Ni into the layers. These results provide insight into the interaction mechanism between coexisting Co, Ni within layered Mn oxides. It further helps us to interpret the geochemical characteristics of multi metals incorporation into natural Mn oxides and their effects on the structures and physicochemical properties of these minerals.
    Chemical Geology 08/2014; 381. DOI:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2014.05.017 · 3.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The bacterial abundance and community composition in four types of soils and their associated Fe-Mn nodules from Queyu (QY) in Shandong Province, Zaoyang (ZY), Wuhan (WH) in Hubei Province and Guiyang (GY) in Hunan Province, China were investigated using real-time PCR, cloning and sequencing approaches. It was found that the bacterial 16S rRNA gene copy numbers in the soils were almost 3 magnitudes greater than those in their corresponding nodules and positively correlated with OM. The bacterial diversity as indicated by Simpson and Shannon indices, were significantly lower in the nodules than in the soils. Remarkable divergence in bacterial community structure was observed between the soils and the nodules, and the difference was the mainly explained by OM. In contrast, the differences within the soils and within the nodules were minor, suggesting significant habitat filtering for the bacterial community composition in the nodules. Acidobacteria was the most abundant group (accounting for 28.6%–51.6%) in soil bacterial community while nodule bacterial community was predominated by Proteobacteria (accounting for 62.8%– 90.5%). A number of clones closely related to well-known Mn-oxidizing, Fe-oxidizing and Fe-reducing bacteria within Proteobacteria were retrieved mainly from nodules.
    Geomicrobiology 08/2014; 31(7). DOI:10.1080/01490451.2013.854428 · 1.80 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: LiMn2O4 cathode materials with high discharge capacity and good cyclic stability were prepared by a simple one-step hydrothermal treatment of KMnO4, aniline and LiOH solutions at 120-180 °C for 24 h. The aniline/KMnO4 molar ratio (R) and hydrothermal temperature exhibited an obvious influence on the component and phase structures of the resulting product. The precursor KMnO4 was firstly reduced to birnessite when R was less than 0.2:1 at 120-150 °C. Pure-phased LiMn2O4 was formed when R was 0.2:1, and the LiMn2O4 was further reduced to Mn3O4 when R was kept in the range of 0.2-0.3 at 120-150 °C. Moreover, LiMn2O4 was fabricated when R was 0.15:1 at 180 °C. Octahedron-like LiMn2O4 about 300 nm was prepared at 120 °C, and particle size decreased with an increase in hydrothermal temperature. Especially, LiMn2O4 synthesized at 150 °C exhibited the best electrochemical performance with the highest initial discharge capacity of 127.4 mAh g-1 and cycling capacity of 106.1 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles. The high discharge capacity and cycling stability of the as-prepared LiMn2O4 cathode for rechargeable lithium batteries were ascribed to the appropriate particle size and larger cell volume.
    ChemInform 07/2014; 31. DOI:10.1016/j.solidstatesciences.2014.02.015
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    ABSTRACT: Inositol hexakisphosphates are the most abundant organic phosphates (OPs) in most soils and sediments. Adsorption, desorption, and precipitation reactions at environmental interfaces govern the reactivity, speciation, mobility, and bioavailability of inositol hexakisphosphates in terrestrial and aquatic environments. However, surface complexation and precipitation reactions of inositol hexakisphosphates on soil minerals have not been well understood. Here we investigate the surface complexation-precipitation process and mechanism of myo-inositol hexakisphosphate (IHP, phytate) on amorphous aluminum hydroxide (AAH) using macroscopic sorption experiments and multiple spectroscopic tools. The AAH (16.01 μmol m(-2)) exhibits much higher sorption density than boehmite (0.73 μmol m(-2)) and α-Al2O3 (1.13 μmol m(-2)). Kinetics of IHP sorption and accompanying OH(-) release, as well as zeta potential measurements, indicate that IHP is initially adsorbed on AAH through inner-sphere complexation via ligand exchange, followed by AAH dissolution and ternary complex formation; last, the ternary complexes rapidly transform to surface precipitates and bulk phase analogous to aluminum phytate (Al-IHP). The pH level, reaction time, and initial IHP loading evidently affect the interaction of IHP on AAH. In situ ATR-FTIR and solid-state NMR spectra further demonstrate that IHP sorbs on AAH and transforms to surface precipitates analogous to Al-IHP, consistent with the results of XRD analysis. This study indicates that active metal oxides such as AAH strongly mediate the speciation and behavior of IHP via rapid surface complexation-precipitation reactions, thus controlling the mobility and bioavailability of inositol phosphates in the environment.
    Environmental Science and Technology 05/2014; 48(12). DOI:10.1021/es500996p · 5.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Visible light photocatalytic H2-production from aqueous solutions is of great importance for its potential application in converting solar energy into chemical energy. In this study, a series of CdS nanostructures with different contents of wurtzite (WZ) and zinc blende (ZB) phases were successfully synthesized by a simple solvothermal route in an ethylenediamine and ethylene glycol mixed solution. The solvent volume ratio of ethylenediamine in the mixed solution (R) exhibited an obvious influence on the crystalline phase and morphology of the resulting CdS products. With increasing R, the percentage of wurtzite first increased and then decreased, whilst the morphology changed from nanoparticles to multi-armed nanorods, and finally to long rods and sheets. The prepared multi-armed CdS nanorod samples showed especially high and stable photocatalytic H2-production activity with Pt (0.25 wt%) as a co-catalyst and lactic acid aqueous solution as a sacrificial reagent under visible light irradiation. The optimized CdS nanorods with the highest percentage (64%) of the WZ phase exhibited a high H2-production rate of 231.4 μmol h(-1) (about 16.6 times higher than that of CdS nanoparticles with a low percentage (38.4%) of WZ CdS) and with a quantum efficiency (QE) of 28% at 420 nm. This high photocatalytic H2-production activity could be attributed to the results of the positive synergistic effects of the hexagonal WZ phase and morphology of multi-armed nanorods.
    Dalton Transactions 03/2014; 43(19). DOI:10.1039/c3dt53601g · 4.10 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Manganese(II) contamination is naturally occurring in many groundwater and surface water sources. Moreover, industrial wastewater is also responsible for much of the Mn(II) contamination. Nowadays, Mn(II) contamination has become a serious environmental problem in some regions of the world. To explore a biological approach for removing excessive amounts of aqueous Mn(II) from water, we found a new biocatalyst multicopper oxidase CueO, which was firstly proved to catalyze the oxidation of Mn(II) both in vitro and in vivo. Subsequently, we established a CueO-mediated catalysis system to prepare biogenic Mn oxide (BioMnOx), which was confirmed to be γ-Mn3O4 by X-ray diffraction. This newly prepared BioMnOx consisted of 53.6% Mn(II), 18.4% Mn(III) and 28.0% Mn(IV) characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It exhibited distinct polyhedral structure with nanoparticles of 150-350 nm diameters observed by transmission electron microscopy. Importantly, CueO could remove 35.7% of Mn(II) after a seven-day reaction, and on the other hand, the cueO-overexpressing Escherichia coli strain (ECueO) could also oxidize 58.1% dissolved Mn(II), and simultaneously remove 97.7% Mn(II). Based on these results, we suggest that ECueO strain and CueO enzyme have potential applications on Mn(II) decontamination in water treatment.
    Water Research 03/2014; 56C:304-313. DOI:10.1016/j.watres.2014.03.013 · 5.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this work, two novel crown ether functionalized ionic liquid (FIL)-based solid phase microextraction (SPME) fibers were prepared by sol-gel technology using the synthesized 1-(trimethoxysily)propyl 3-(6'-oxo-benzo-15-crown-5 hexyl) imidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulphonyl)imide ([TMSP(Benzo15C5)HIM][N(SO2CF3)2]) and 1-allyl-3-(6'-oxo-benzo-15-crown-5 hexyl) imidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulphonyl)imide ([A(Benzo15C5)HIM][N(SO2CF3)2]) as selective stationary phases. Owing to the introduction of trimethoxysilypropyl to the imidazole cation, the [TMSP(Benzo15C5)HIM][N(SO2CF3)2] could be chemically bonded to the formed sol-gel silica substrate through the hydrolysis and polycondensation reaction. Similarly, the [A(Benzo15C5)HIM][N(SO2CF3)2] was able to participate in the formation of the organic-inorganic copolymer coatings through the free radical crosslinking reaction. These two fibers were determined to have "bubble-like" surface characteristics analogous to a previously prepared [A(Benzo15C5)HIM][PF6]-based fiber. Their thermal stabilities were much higher than that of the [A(Benzo15C5)HIM][PF6]-based coating. They were capable of withstanding temperatures as high as 400°C without evident loss of the crown ether FILs. They also had strong solvent, acid and alkali resistance, good coating preparation reproducibility and high selectivity for medium polar to polar compounds. The high selectivity of these two fibers could be attributed to the strong ion-dipole, hydrogen bonding and π-π interactions provided by the synergetic effect of ILs and benzo-15-crown-5 functionalities. Moreover, the selectivity of these two fibers was rather different although the structures of these two crown ether FILs were very similar. This is maybe because the relative contents of the crown ether FILs chemically bonded to the organic-inorganic copolymer coatings were quite different when prepared by different sol-gel reaction approaches.
    Analytica chimica acta 01/2014; 806C:152-164. DOI:10.1016/j.aca.2013.11.006 · 4.52 Impact Factor