Ni-Pd-Incorporated Fe3O4 Yolk-Shelled Nanospheres as Efficient Magnetically Recyclable Catalysts for Reduction of N-Containing Unsaturated Compounds

Dong Wang, Yi Li, Liangsong Wen, Jiangbo Xi*, Pei Liu*, Thomas Willum Hansen, Ping Li*

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Abstract

The use of metal-based heterogeneous catalysts for the degradation of N-containing organic dyes has attracted much attention due to their excellent treatment efficiency and capability. Here, we report the synthesis of heterometals (Ni and Pd)-incorporated Fe3O4 (Ni-Pd/Fe3O4) yolk-shelled nanospheres for the catalytic reduction of N-containing organic dyes using a facile combination of solvothermal treatment and high-temperature annealing steps. Benefiting from the magnetic properties and the yolk-shelled structure of the Fe3O4 support, as well as the uniformly dispersed active heterometals incorporated in the shell and yolk of spherical Fe3O4 nanoparticles, the as-prepared Ni-Pd/Fe3O4 composite shows excellent recyclability and enhanced catalytic activity for three N-containing organic dyes (e.g., 4-nitrophenol, Congo red, and methyl orange) compared with its mono metal counterparts (e.g., Ni/Fe3O4 and Pd/Fe3O4). In the 4-nitrophenol reduction reaction, the catalytic activity of Ni-Pd/Fe3O4 was superior to many Fe3O4-supported nanocatalysts reported within the last five years. This work provides an effective strategy to boost the activity of iron oxide-based catalytic materials via dual or even multiple heterometallic incorporation strategy and sheds new light on environmental catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number190
JournalCatalysts
Volume13
Issue number1
Number of pages12
ISSN2073-4344
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Keywords

  • FeO nanospheres
  • Heterometal incorporation
  • Magnetic catalyst
  • N-containing unsaturated compound
  • Reduction reaction

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