Cobalt sulfide nanofilm-assembled cube as an efficient catalyst for activating monopersulfate to degrade UV filter, 4,4’-Dihydroxybenzophenone, in water

Yin, J.-Y., Oh, W. D., Kwon, E., Thanh, B. X., You, S. , Wang, H. and Lin, K.-Y. A. (2021) Cobalt sulfide nanofilm-assembled cube as an efficient catalyst for activating monopersulfate to degrade UV filter, 4,4’-Dihydroxybenzophenone, in water. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 625, 126891. (doi: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2021.126891)

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Abstract

As hydroxylated benzophenones (HBPs) represent most typical UV filters and UV stabilizers, increasing release of HBPs into the aquatic environment has caused serious threats to the aquatic ecology. Among various HBPs, 4,4’-Dihydroxybenzophenone (4HBP) receives growing attentions as an emerging contaminant due to its potential toxicity of endocrine disrupting effect. For establishing useful techniques to remove 4HBP from water, this study, as the first study, aims to develop cobalt sulfide as a heterogeneous catalyst to activate monopersulfate (MPS) for generating sulfate radical (SO4•−) to degrade 4HBP. Especially, a unique cubic assembly of cobalt sulfide nanofilms (CSNF) is developed through a simple sulfurization of Prussian Blue (PB) in the form of Co3[Co(CN)6]2 to transform this PB to CSNF. Such a resulting CSNF exhibits much higher catalytic activities than the pristine PB, and the reference catalyst, Co3O4, for activating MPS to degrade 4HBP in terms of degradation extents and kinetics. With very low dosages of CSNF = 50 mg/L and MPS = 100 mg/L, 5 mg/L of 4HBP could be fully eliminated in 15 min, validating that CSNF is a promising catalyst for activating MPS to 4HBP. Ea of 4HBP degradation by CSNF-activated MPS is also determined as 68 kJ/mol. The activation mechanism and degradation pathway of 4HBP degradation by CSNF-activated MPS is investigated using electro paramagnetic resonance and mass spectrometer, respectively, to further to provide insights into degradation behaviors for developing optimal sulfate-radical-based advanced oxidation processes of 4HBP degradation.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:You, Dr Siming
Creator Roles:
You, S.Writing – review and editing
Authors: Yin, J.-Y., Oh, W. D., Kwon, E., Thanh, B. X., You, S., Wang, H., and Lin, K.-Y. A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0927-7757
ISSN (Online):1873-4359
Published Online:26 May 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 Elsevier
First Published:First published in Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 625: 126891
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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