Green nanosilicas for monoaromatic hydrocarbons removal from air

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dc.contributor.author Ewlad-Ahmed, Abdunaser M.
dc.contributor.author Morris, Michael A.
dc.contributor.author Holmes, Justin D.
dc.contributor.author Belton, David J.
dc.contributor.author Patwardhan, Siddharth V.
dc.contributor.author Gibson, Lorraine T.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-05-18T16:00:23Z
dc.date.available 2021-05-18T16:00:23Z
dc.date.issued 2021-01-22
dc.identifier.citation Ewlad-Ahmed, A. M., Morris, M., Holmes, J., Belton, D. J., Patwardhan, S. V. and Gibson, L. T. (2021) 'Green Nanosilicas for Monoaromatic Hydrocarbons Removal from Air', Silicon, doi: 10.1007/s12633-020-00924-1 en
dc.identifier.endpage 1 en
dc.identifier.issn 1876-990X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/11353
dc.identifier.doi 10.1007/s12633-020-00924-1 en
dc.description.abstract We demonstrate a novel application of green nanosilicas (GN), prepared via an environmentally friendly route, in removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Herein, we aim to establish GN as viable alternatives to traditional mesoporous silicas for the removal of monoaromatic hydrocarbons (MAHC). The results show that the GN have high extraction efficiencies comparable to those previously reported for mesoporous silicas. It was demonstrated that bespoke GN can be syntheised readily with the ability to tailor their physical properties and MAHC adsorption. In order to understand the MAHC adsorption by GN, their porosity, morphology and pore structure were characterised. It was observed that the combination of broad pore size distribution and, in particular, the presence of meso- and micro-porosity in GN contributed to high MAHC extraction efficiencies and selectivity. Although from a commercial viewpoint, further optimisation of GN is desirable in order to replace traditional sorbents, this work clearly highlights a new family of “green” sorbents, which can be prepared with a substantial reduction in secondary pollution with potential applications in selective gas separation. en
dc.description.sponsorship University of Strathclyde (‘Bridging the Gap’ Award); en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Springer en
dc.relation.uri https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12633-020-00924-1#citeas
dc.rights © The Author(s) 2021. Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ en
dc.subject Adsorbent en
dc.subject Air pollution en
dc.subject Biosilica en
dc.subject Mesosilica en
dc.subject Microporosity en
dc.subject VOC en
dc.title Green nanosilicas for monoaromatic hydrocarbons removal from air en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Justin D. Holmes, Chemistry, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: j.holmes@ucc.ie en
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dc.date.updated 2021-05-18T08:56:53Z
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dc.contributor.funder Al Marqab University, Libya en
dc.contributor.funder University of Strathclyde en
dc.contributor.funder Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Silicon en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress j.holmes@ucc.ie en
dc.identifier.articleid 8 en
dc.internal.bibliocheck In Press. Update citation, page numbers, add volume, en
dc.relation.project info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/RCUK/EPSRC/EP/R025983/1/GB/Design and green manufacturing of functional nanomaterials/ en


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