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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2016

Magnetically separable mesoporous Fe3O4/silica catalysts with very low Fe3O4 content

Grau-Atienza, A.; Serrano, E.; Linares, N.; Svedlindh, Peter; Seisenbaeva, Gulaim; García-Martínez, Javier


Two magnetically separable Fe3O4/SiO2 (aerogel and MSU-X) composites with very low Fe3O4 content (< 1 wt%) have been successfully prepared at room temperature by co-condensation of MPTES-functionalized Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) with a silicon alkoxide. This procedure yields a homogeneous incorporation of the Fe3O4 NPs on silica supports, leading to magnetic composites that can be easily recovered using an external magnetic field, despite their very low Fe3O4 NPs content (ca. 1 wt%). These novel hybrid Fe3O4/SiO2 materials have been tested for the oxidation reaction of 3,3',5,5'-tetramethylbenzidine (TMB) with hydrogen peroxide showing an enhancement of the stability of the NPs in the Fe3O4/silica aerogel as compared to the Fe3O4 NPs alone, even after five catalytic cycles, no leaching or agglomeration of the Fe3O4/SiO2 systems. (C) 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Magnetic materials; Porous materials; Silica; Magnetite nanoparticles; Peroxidase-like activity

Published in

Journal of Solid State Chemistry
2016, volume: 237, pages: 138-143

Authors' information

Grau-Atienza, A.
University of Alicante
Serrano, E.
University of Alicante
Linares, N.
University of Alicante
Svedlindh, Peter
Uppsala University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, The Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology
García-Martínez, Javier
University of Alicante

UKÄ Subject classification

Materials Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry

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