NiO/nanoporous carbon heterogeneous Fenton catalyst for aqueous microcystine-LR decomposition

Wan-Kuen Jo, S. Karthikeyan, Mark A. Isaacs, Adam F. Lee, Karen Wilson, Seung Ho Shin, Jun Ho Lee, Mo Keun Kim, Byung Sik Park, G. Sekaran*

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The efficacy of NiO nanoparticles dispersed on a nanoporous carbon matrix (NiO/NPC) for microcystine-LR degradation in aqueous media is reported. The NiO/NPC catalyst was characterized by porosimetry, scanning electron microscopy, elemental analysis, powder X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and applied to the oxidative degradation of microcystine-LR contaminated water in the presence of hydrogen peroxide as a function of pH under ambient conditions. Optimal MC-LR removal efficiency was 86% at neutral pH catalyzed by this heterogeneous Fenton-like (NiO/NPC with H2O2) process, which has the added benefit of avoiding secondary metal pollution during microcystine-LR degradation. NiO/NPC represents an earth abundant catalyst for generating hydroxyl radicals to facilitate environmental depollution of organic pollutants from wastewater.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)289–295
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers
Early online date18 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

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Funding: EPSRC (EP/K021796/1, EP/K029525/2); Royal Society and Science and Engineering Research Board for the award of a Royal Society- SERB “Newton International Fellowship”; National Research Foundation of Korea grant funded by the Korea Government (MSIP) (No. 2016R1A2B4009122).


  • carbon
  • heterogeneous catalyst
  • microcystine-LR
  • nickel
  • oxidation


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