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Yuanyuan Liu, Alexandre A S Gonçalves, Yang Zhou, Mietek Jaroniec
Application of zeolitic imidazolate framework-67 (ZIF-67) as an adsorbent has been greatly hindered by slow mass transfer of adsorbate molecules due to its inherent microporosity. To address this limitation, we have developed binary nanostructures composed of ZIF-67 and γ-alumina (GA) containing respectively micropores and large mesopores. The nanostructured composites were successfully prepared by coupling ZIF-67 and GA with and without surface modification with imidazole silane that mimics the building blocks of ZIF-67 to obtain GA-Im-ZIF-67 (with imidazole silane) and GA-ZIF-67 (without imidazole silane)...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Lingling Wang, Wenlin Wu, Xiaolan Xie, Hongbin Chen, Jianming Lin, Dionysios D Dionysiou
The removal of Escherichia coli (E. coli) from water by zinc oxide-coated zeolite (ZOCZ) and ZOCZ's antibacterial properties were examined in laboratory experiments using plate counting method and tests of cell apoptosis. Batch experiments showed that ZOCZ has a maximum removal capacity for E. coli of about 4.34 × 106  CFU g-1  at 25 °C. Element mappings confirm that zinc ions accumulate in the E. coli cells causing cell death. Pseudo-second-order kinetics and Freundlich isotherms were found to best describe the removal of E...
May 11, 2018: Water Research
Xiao Wang, Le Yu, Bu Yuan Guan, Shuyan Song, Xiong Wen David Lou
Rational design of complex metal-organic framework (MOF) hybrid precursors offers a great opportunity to construct various functional nanostructures. Here, a novel MOF-hybrid-assisted strategy to synthesize Co3 O4 /Co-Fe oxide double-shelled nanoboxes is reported. In the first step, zeolitic imidazolate framework-67 (ZIF-67, a Co-based MOF)/Co-Fe Prussian blue analogue (PBA) yolk-shell nanocubes are formed via a facile anion-exchange reaction between ZIF-67 nanocube precursors and [Fe(CN)6 ]3- ions at room temperature...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
Brian Pattengale, Jier Huang
Owing to their porous structure and tunable framework, zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) have garnered considerable attention as promising photocatalytic materials. However, little is known regarding their photophysical properties. In this work, we report the photoinduced charge separation dynamics in a ZIF-67 thin film through interfacial electron transfer (ET) to methylene blue (MB+) via ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy. We show that the ET process occurs through two distinct pathways, including an ultrafast (<200 fs) process from the [CoII(mim)2] units located on the surface of ZIF-67 film that are directly in contact with MB+ and a relatively slower ET process with a 101...
May 21, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Fuxin Wang, Yu Zheng, Junlang Qiu, Shuqin Liu, Yexiang Tong, Fang Zhu, Gangfeng Ouyang
Herein, a graphene-based metal and nitrogen-doped carbon (GNC-Co) composite, derived from zeolite imidazolate framework-67 (ZIF-67)-graphene oxide composites, was successfully developed and applied as an excellent fiber coating for solid phase microextraction (SPME) with enhanced performance. The fabricated carbon has a hierarchically micro/mesoporous structure with a high specific surface area of 123 m2 g-1. The study found that pyrolytic graphene (G) has good adsorption properties for anthracene, phenanthrene, fluoranthene and pyrene, while pyrolytic ZIF-67 (NC-Co) has good adsorption properties for naphthalene, acenaphthylene, acenaphthylene and fluorene...
May 21, 2018: Nanoscale
Natasha K Maddigan, Andrew Tarzia, David M Huang, Christopher J Sumby, Stephen G Bell, Paolo Falcaro, Christian J Doonan
The durability of enzymes in harsh conditions can be enhanced by encapsulation within metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) via a process called biomimetic mineralisation. Herein we show that the surface charge and chemistry of a protein determines its ability to seed MOF growth. We demonstrate that chemical modification of amino acids on the protein surface is an effective method for systematically controlling biomimetic mineralisation by zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8). Reaction of surface lysine residues with succinic (or acetic) anhydride facilitates biomimetic mineralisation by increasing the surface negative charge, whereas reaction of surface carboxylate moieties with ethylenediamine affords a more positively charged protein and hinders the process...
May 14, 2018: Chemical Science
Won-Tae Koo, Ji-Soo Jang, Shaopeng Qiao, Wontae Hwang, Gaurav Jha, Reginald M Penner, Il-Doo Kim
Here, we propose heterogeneous nucleation assisted hierarchical growth of metal-organic framework (MOF) for efficient particulate matter (PM) removal. The assembly of 2-dimensional (2D) Zn based zeolite imidazole framework (2D-ZIF-L) in deionized water over a period time produced hierarchical ZIF-L (H-ZIF-L) on hydrophilic substrates. During the assembly, the 2nd nucleation and growth of ZIF-L occurred on the surface of 1st ZIF-L, leading to the formation of flower-like H-ZIF-L on the substrate. The flower-like H-ZIF-L was easily synthesized on various substrates, including glass, polyurethane 3D foam, nylon microfibers, and non-woven fabrics...
May 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Cai-Jie Wei, Wei-Zhong Wu
Two kinds of hybrid two-step multi-soil-layering (MSL) systems loaded with different filter medias (zeolite-ceramsite MSL-1 and ceramsite-red clay MSL-2) were set-up for the low-(C/N)-ratio polluted river water treatment. A long-term pollutant removal performance of these two kinds of MSL systems was evaluated for 214 days. By-pass was employed in MSL systems to evaluate its effect on nitrogen removal enhancement. Zeolite-ceramsite single-pass MSL-1 system owns outstanding ammonia removal capability (24 g NH4 + -Nm-2 d-1 ), 3 times higher than MSL-2 without zeolite under low aeration rate condition (0...
May 7, 2018: Chemosphere
Liang Zhang, Tao Lyu, Carlos Andrés Ramírez Vargas, Carlos A Arias, Pedro N Carvalho, Hans Brix
Constructed wetlands (CWs) are an eco-friendly and cost-effective technology to remove organic micro-pollutants (OMPs) from wastewater. The support matrix is an important component in CWs as it has a primary role in the growth and development of plants and microbes. However, the roles of the support matrix in CWs in removing OMPs have not been systematically studied. Therefore, in this study, six common materials (sand, zeolite, blast iron slag, petcoke, polonite and crushed autoclaved aerated concrete (CAAC)) as support matrixes were firstly investigated by batch tests to explore their adsorption capacities to selected OMPs (ibuprofen, iohexol, tebuconazole and imazalil)...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Jan Mumme, Josephine Getz, Munoo Prasad, Ulf Lüder, Jürgen Kern, Ondřej Mašek, Wolfram Buss
This study assessed the properties and toxicity (water cress germination trials) of 38 waste-derived, novel biochar-mineral composites (BMCs) produced via slow pyrolysis and hydrothermal carbonization (hydrochars). The biochars were produced from sewage sludge and compost-like output (CLO) by varying the type of mineral additive (zeolite, wood ash and lignite fly ash), the mineral-to-feedstock ratio and the carbonization process. While pure hydrochars completely inhibited germination of water cress, this effect was ameliorated by mineral additives...
May 8, 2018: Chemosphere
Feng Chen, Liucan Wang, Yuxin Xing, Jixi Zhang
The photoluminescence stability of lanthanide complex in aqueous media is a prerequisite for diagnostics probes. The combination of building blocks working in concert to facilitate host-guest structures is now considered state of the art in surpassing this roadblock, yet there still remains a tremendous challenge. Here, a stable, highly-luminescent system was developed through trapping anionic complexes sensitized by tridentate pyridine-tetrazolate (pytz) ligands within the rigid framework of ZIF-8 (zeolitic imidazolate framework-8) particles (∼60 nm in size)...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Nicholas M Musyoka, Khavharendwe M Rambau, Ncholu Manyala, Jianwei Ren, Henrietta W Langmi, Mkhulu K Mathe
In this study, we investigated the potential for use of waste tyre pyrolysis oil vapour as a carbon precursor in the synthesis of zeolite templated carbons (ZTC). With Zeolite 13X as the template, the ZTCs were synthesised using two methods namely: 1-step process which involved the carbonization of gaseous carbon precursor in the zeolite template (in this case, ethylene and pyrolysis oil vapour) and the 2-step synthesis method involved the impregnation of zeolite pores with furfural alcohol prior to carbonization of the gaseous carbon precursor...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
Xiancheng Ma, Liqing Li, Ruofei Chen, Chunhao Wang, Haoyang Li, Hailong Li
CO2 adsorption capacity of nitrogen-doped porous carbon depends to a large nitrogen doping levels and high surface area in previous studies. However, it seems difficult to incorporate large amounts of nitrogen while maintaining a high surface area and pore structure. Here we have reported porous carbon having a nitrogen content of up to 25.52% and specific surface area of 948 m2 g-1, which is prepared by pyrolyzing the nitrogen-containing zeolite imidazole framework-8 and urea composite at 650 °C under a nitrogen atmosphere...
May 18, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Roberta Guzzinati, Elena Sarti, Martina Catani, Valentina Costa, Antonella Pagnoni, Annalisa Martucci, Elisa Rodeghero, Donatella Capitani, Massimiliana Pietrantonio, Alberto Cavazzini, Luisa Pasti
The adsorption behavior of neodymium (Nd3+) and yttrium (Y3+) cations on synthetic FAU zeolite 13X in its sodium form (Na13X) has been investigated by means of an approach based on both macroscopic (namely, adsorption isotherm determination and thermal analysis) and microscopic measurements (including solid-state NMR spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffraction). The multidisciplinary study has revealed some unexpected features. Firstly, adsorption constants of cations are not correlated to their ionic radii (or hydration enthalpy)...
May 18, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Shuang Peng, Huijie Li, Dan Song, Xiangui Lin, Yiming Wang
Factory-scale chicken manure composting added with zeolite (F), superphosphate (G), or zeolite and ferrous sulfate (FL) simultaneously, were evaluate for their effects on the behaviors of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and bacterial communities. After composting, ARGs in manure decreased by 67.3% in the control, whereas the reductions were 86.5%, 68.6% and 72.2% in F, G and FL, respectively. ARGs encoding ribosomal protection proteins (tetO, tetB(P), and tetM) were reduced to a greater extent than tetG, tetL, sul1 and sul2...
April 30, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Michiel De Prins, Elke Verheyen, Stef Kerkhofs, Andreas Hoffmann, Gina Vanbutsele, Sreeprasanth Pulinthanathu Sree, Sambhu Radhakrishnan, Leen Van Tendeloo, Eric Breynaert, Christine E A Kirschhock, Frank-Walter Schütze, Johan A Martens
EU-7 zeolite with Si/Al ratio of 15 is identified as a BIK type zeolite. The framework charge is compensated with Cs+ cations located in 8-ring channels at regular distances. Even partially exchanged, Cu-loaded EU-7 is active in NH3-SCR and withstands hydrothermal aging at 900 °C needed for application in diesel particulate filters.
May 17, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Jin-Young Hong, Yongju Jung, Kwang-Man Kim, Seok Kim
Zeolitic imidazolate framework-sulfur composites were synthesized by a simple solvothermal reaction. Furthermore, following thermal treatment enable electrochemical properties to be improved. In order to investigate optimal temperature, we conducted thermal treatment as a function of different temperature. The morphology of the composites was examined by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy and Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectroscopy. Electrochemical characterizations were also conducted by cyclic voltammetry and Galvanostatic charge-discharge tests...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Yusuke Naraki, Ko Ariga, Hideyuki Oka, Hirokazu Kurashige, Tsuneji Sano
An isomorphously substituted Al-free Fe-BEA zeolite with extremely high Fe content (~7 wt.%) was synthesized by a facile and industrially friendly method using an excess amount of NaOH. The obtained Fe-BEA zeolite was highly crystalline and showed a well-facetted bipyramidal morphology, similarly to beta zeolites synthesized in a fluoride medium. The chemical states of Fe in the above zeolite were investigated by diffuse reflectance ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, and X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Liucan Wang, Haidi Guan, Zhenqiang Wang, Yuxin Xing, Jixi Zhang, Kaiyong Cai
Combination chemotherapy with a modulator and a chemotherapeutic drug has become one of the most promising strategies for the treatment of multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer therapy. However, the development of nanocarriers with a high payload and sequential release of therapeutic agents poses a significant challenge. In this work, we report a type of hybrid nanocarriers prepared by polydopamine (PDA) mediated integration of the mesoporous MSN core and the microporous zeolite imidazolate frameworks-8 (ZIF-8) shell...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Anittha Prasertsab, Thana Maihom, Michael Probst, Chularat Wattanakit, Jumras Limtrakul
The hydrogen transfer of furfural to furfuryl alcohol with i-propanol as the hydrogen source over cation-exchanged Lewis acidic BEA zeolite has been investigated by means of density functional calculations. The reaction proceeds in three steps. First the O-H bond of i-propanol is broken to form a propoxide intermediate. After that, the furylmethoxy intermediate is formed via hydrogen transfer process, and finally furylmethoxy abstracts the proton to form the furfuryl alcohol product. The second step is rate-determining by requiring the highest activation energy (23...
May 16, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
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