Amino-functionalized multi-layer core-shell mesoporous organosilica nanospheres for Cr(VI) removal

Xin Lai, Dan Sun, Yi Hou, Yi Zuo, Yubao Li, Li Zhang

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Developing low‐cost and highly efficient adsorbents for the removal of toxic heavy metal ions is the subject of intensive research with the increasingly stringent water pollution control standards. In this paper, three types of amino‐functionalized multilayer core–shell mesoporous organosilica nanospheres (MCMONs) are synthesized using an indirect cocondensation method for Cr(VI) removal applications. Results show that amino groups are successfully immobilized on the nanospheres and these amino‐functionalized MCMONs exhibit unique organic–inorganic multilayer core–shell structures. When used as adsorbent for Cr(VI) removal, the N‐(3‐trimethoxysilylpropyl)diethylenetriamine functionalized MCMONs exhibit a maximum adsorption capacity of 279.92 mg g−1 at initial Cr(VI) concentration of 150 mg L−1. This is about 20% greater than the highest Cr(VI) adsorption capacity previously reported for other core–shell silica‐based adsorbents, demonstrating the great potential of MCMONs in Cr(VI) removal applications.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1800630
Number of pages32
JournalAdvanced Materials Interfaces
Issue number18
Early online date03 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2018


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