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.

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