The versatile properties of ZnO micro- and nano- structures have resulted in many applications in piezotronics, biosensors and photocatalysis. However, ZnO can easily dissolve in aqueous fluids, potentially resulting in the release of reactive oxygen species and zinc ions at toxic concentrations. Such an issue can be solved by dispersing ZnO within biocompatible polymeric matrices to reduce the direct exposure to the aqueous fluid and control the release of zinc ions. Herein, this work explores tailored ZnO flowers/cellulose acetate photocatalytic composites at different ZnO weight percentages (1-15 wt%). The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye under simulated solar light is studied, finding an optimal value of ZnO filler loading in the polymer (10 wt %), resulting from a compromise between the photodegradation efficiency and the hydrophobicity induced by ZnO flowers. The reusability of the composites is investigated, finding a surprising improvement in the photodegradation efficiency after the first cycle. Simulated solar light stimulation induces the controllable release of zinc ions in aqueous solution at ppm-levels from the composites at the optimal ZnO filler loading. Finally, the release of ionic species in the absence of light stimulation is found to be directly proportional to the ZnO-loading in the composite, as a result of its degradation in aqueous environments.

Giuseppe Arrabito, G.P. (2024). Freestanding Cellulose Acetate/ZnO Flowers Composites for Solar Photocatalysis and Controlled Zinc Ions Release. COLLOIDS AND SURFACES. A, PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS [10.1016/j.colsurfa.2024.134526].

Freestanding Cellulose Acetate/ZnO Flowers Composites for Solar Photocatalysis and Controlled Zinc Ions Release

Giuseppe Arrabito
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Vittorio Ferrara;Giuseppe Sancataldo;Giuseppe Cavallaro;Francesco Di Franco;Michelangelo Scopelliti;Bruno Pignataro
2024-06-12

Abstract

The versatile properties of ZnO micro- and nano- structures have resulted in many applications in piezotronics, biosensors and photocatalysis. However, ZnO can easily dissolve in aqueous fluids, potentially resulting in the release of reactive oxygen species and zinc ions at toxic concentrations. Such an issue can be solved by dispersing ZnO within biocompatible polymeric matrices to reduce the direct exposure to the aqueous fluid and control the release of zinc ions. Herein, this work explores tailored ZnO flowers/cellulose acetate photocatalytic composites at different ZnO weight percentages (1-15 wt%). The photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye under simulated solar light is studied, finding an optimal value of ZnO filler loading in the polymer (10 wt %), resulting from a compromise between the photodegradation efficiency and the hydrophobicity induced by ZnO flowers. The reusability of the composites is investigated, finding a surprising improvement in the photodegradation efficiency after the first cycle. Simulated solar light stimulation induces the controllable release of zinc ions in aqueous solution at ppm-levels from the composites at the optimal ZnO filler loading. Finally, the release of ionic species in the absence of light stimulation is found to be directly proportional to the ZnO-loading in the composite, as a result of its degradation in aqueous environments.
12-giu-2024
Settore CHIM/01 - Chimica Analitica
Settore CHIM/02 - Chimica Fisica
Giuseppe Arrabito, G.P. (2024). Freestanding Cellulose Acetate/ZnO Flowers Composites for Solar Photocatalysis and Controlled Zinc Ions Release. COLLOIDS AND SURFACES. A, PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND ENGINEERING ASPECTS [10.1016/j.colsurfa.2024.134526].
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