Turkish Journal of Chemistry




The present paper describes in situ green immobilization of silver nanoparticles on MnFe2O4@SiO2-Ag nanospheres using Epilobium parviflorum (EP) without using any other toxic chemicals and reducing or stabilizing agents. The morphology, composition, and magnetic properties of the resulting MnFe2O4@SiO2-Ag core-shell nanocatalyst were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), and attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). The catalytic performance of the synthesized MnFe2O4@SiO2-Ag was employed on the organic pollutants dyes such as rhodamine B (RhB) and methylene blue (MB). The results revealed significant reduction performances for the MB (116.28 s-1 g-1) and RhB (27.12 s-1 g-1) over the existing literature. Furthermore, the MnFe2O4@SiO2-Ag exhibited high stability for the completion of the reduction of RhB between the reaction times of 13.1 (first) and 19.8 min (final) with the 100% decolorization efficiency even after several cycles with an excellent magnetic separation. Overall, this work demonstrates a simple and practical green synthetic route for the preparation of magnetic recyclable core-shell nanocatalyst that can be a good candidate for the treatment of organic contaminants in wastewater adhering to green chemistry principles for the environmental pollution concerns.


Magnetic recyclable nanocatalyst, Epilobium parviflorum, silver nanoparticle, heterogeneous catalyst, reduction of organic dyes

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