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Research article2014Peer reviewed

General Facile Approach to Transition-Metal Oxides with Highly Uniform Mesoporosity and Their Application as Adsorbents for Heavy-Metal-Ion Sequestration

Seisenbaeva, Gulaim; Daniel, Geoffrey; Kessler, Vadim; Nedelec, Jean-Marie


Mesoporous powders of transition-metal oxides, TiO2, ZrO2, HfO2, Nb2O5, and Ta2O5, pure from organic impurities were produced by a rapid single-step thermohydrolytic approach. The obtained materials display an impressively large active surface area and sharp pore-size distribution, being composed of partially coalesced uniform nanoparticles with crystalline cores and amorphous shells. They reveal extremely high adsorption capacity in removal of Cr-VI anions from solutions (25.8 for TiO2, 73.0 for ZrO2, and 74.7 mg g(-1) for Nb2O5 in relation to the Cr2O72- anion), making them very attractive as adsorbents in water remediation applications. The difference in adsorption capacities for the studied oxides may be explained by variation in surface hydration and surface-charge distribution.


mesoporous oxides; nanostructures; sorption mechanism; thermohydrolysis; transition metals

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Chemistry - A European Journal
2014, Volume: 20, number: 34, pages: 10732-10736

      SLU Authors

    • Seisenbaeva, Gulaim

      • The Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
      • Daniel, Geoffrey

        • Department of Forest Products, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
        • Kessler, Vadim

          • The Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

        Sustainable Development Goals

        Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

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        Materials Chemistry
        Inorganic Chemistry
        Physical Chemistry

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