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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Fang JM, Huang XY, Ouyang X, Wang X
Article Title: Study of the preparation of γ-Al2O3 nano-structured hierarchical hollow microspheres with a simple hydrothermal synthesis using methylene blue as structure directing agent and their adsorption enhancement for the dye.
Publication date: 2015
Journal: Chemical Engineering Journal
Volume: 270
Page numbers: 309-319.
DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2015.02.020
Alternative URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S138589471500217X

Abstract: The γ-Al2O3 nano-structured hierarchical hollow microspheres were prepared with a simple hydrothermal synthesis using methylene blue as structure directing agent and the structure directing agent was removed after the γ-Al2O3 samples were calcinated at 600 -ŚC for 2 h. The microstructural and properties of the prepared γ-Al2O3 samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), TEM, BET, FT-IR. The static adsorption of γ-Al2O3 for methylene blue was conducted. The results showed that when 20 mg (the molar ratio of Al3+ to structure directing agent was 56:1) of structure directing agent was used, the γ-Al2O3 samples were prepared with that the specific surface area increased by 31% and the maximum adsorption capacity for methylene blue was 8.38 mg/g, increased by 61%. In addition, the adsorption equilibrium isotherms model and adsorption kinetics model were investigated. The adsorption of γ-Al2O3 for methylene blue is best fitted with Langmuir adsorption model, the kinetic process of adsorption can be described by the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. This study demonstrates the microstructure of γ-Al2O3 can be effectively controlled and the adsorption properties of it is improved using template synthesis with a proper amount of methylene blue as structure directing agent
Template and target information: methylene blue
Author keywords: γ-Al2O3, Structure directing agent, Methylene blue, adsorption property, hydrothermal synthesis


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