Authors Subair, R. ; Tripathi, B. P. ; Formanek, P. ; Simon, F. ; Uhlmann, P. ; Stamm, M.
Title Polydopamine modified membranes with in situ synthesized gold nanoparticles for catalytic and environmental applications
Date 01.07.2016
Number 45485
Abstract The versatile ability of dopamine to modify and functionalize surfaces was utilized for the grafting of poly (ethyleneimine) (PEI) and preparation of catalytically active track-etched poly (ethylene terephthalate) membranes. Gold nanoparticles were synthesized by self-reduction of [AuCl4]- ions immobilized on DOPA, whereas for PEI-grafted membranes, the nanoparticles were obtained by in situ reduction using NaBH4. The morphological characterization indicated that the gold nanoparticles were synthesized on the surface as well as on the pore walls of the membrane. These membranes were used to fabricate a flow through membrane reactor for continuous flow catalysis and dye degradation. High reduction of p-nitrophenol (PNP) and degradation of Congo red and methylene blue dyes at different permeation rates showed promising use of the membranes for such applications. The maximum reduction (~99%) of the PNP to p-aminophenol (PAP) was obtained at the permeation rate ~40 L m-2 h-1, while for the Congo red and methylene blue it was ~95% and 98% at 947 and 473 L m-2 h-1, respectively. Furthermore the membrane showed sustained catalytic activities for a longer duration and maintained >99% activity after 11 cycles of dye degradation. These properties confirm the great potential of gold nanoparticle decorated membranes in catalysis and environmental remediation.
Publisher Chemical Engineering Journal
Citation Chemical Engineering Journal 295 (2016) 358-369
Tags flow through membrane reactor polydopamine gold nanoparticle catalysis dye degradation

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