Development of reactive Pd/Fe bimetallic nanotubes for dechlorination reactions

Elsayed M. Zahran, Dibakar Bhattacharyya, Leonidas G. Bachas

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We described the synthesis and characterization of a new class of bimetallic nanotubes based on Pd/Fe and demonstrated their efficacy in the dechlorination of PCB 77, a polychlorinated biphenyl. One-dimensional iron metal nanotubes of different diameters were prepared by electroless deposition within the pores of PVP-coated polycarbonate membranes using a simple technique under ambient conditions. The longitudinal nucleation of the nanotubes along the pore walls was achieved by mounting the PC membrane between two halves of a U-shape reaction tube. The composition, morphology, and structure of the Pd/Fe nanotubes were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy, and X-ray powder diffraction spectroscopy. The as-prepared Pd/Fe bimetallic nanotubes were used in dechlorination of 3,3′,4,4′-tetrachlorobiphenyl (PCB 77). In comparison with Pd/Fe nanoparticles, the Pd/Fe nanotubes demonstrated higher efficiency and faster dechlorination of the PCB.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10454-10462
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials Chemistry
Issue number28
StatePublished - Jul 28 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (all)
  • Materials Chemistry


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