We report a facile method to produce a magnetically separable graphene oxide--magnetite nanocomposite (GO--Fe_3O_4) and its adsorption performance in methylene blue (MB) removal from aqueous solution. The GO--Fe_3O_4 nanocomposite was synthesized by a solution-phase self-assembly method including the incorporation of monodisperse Fe_3O_4 nanoparticles (NPs) and GO in a dimethylformamide/chloroform mixture under sonication. The successfully decorating GO sheet with monodisperse Fe_3O_4 NPs was proved by TEM study. ICP--OES data of the GO--Fe_3O_4 nanocomposite show that the GO--Fe_3O_4 nanocomposite consists of 21 wt% Fe_3O_4 NPs, which is sufficient for its magnetic separation from aqueous solution. The spectroscopic studies reveal that the GO--Fe_3O_4 nanocomposite is a highly efficient adsorbent for MB removal from aqueous solution, providing an adsorption capacity of 172.6 mg/g, and the equilibrium for MB adsorption is attained in \sim 70 min. Moreover, it is a magnetically separable and reusable material for MB removal from water, preserving 87% of its initial efficiency after 5 successive runs.
MERAL, KADEM and METİN, ÖNDER
"Graphene oxide--magnetite nanocomposite as an efficient and magnetically separable adsorbent for methylene blue removal from aqueous solution,"
Turkish Journal of Chemistry: Vol. 38:
5, Article 9.
Available at: https://journals.tubitak.gov.tr/chem/vol38/iss5/9