CoMn2O4 embedded hollow activated carbon nanofibers as a novel peroxymonosulfate activator

Sangmo Kang, Jungho Hwang

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Incorporation of cobalt-manganese oxide into the hollow carbonic framework is a prospective way to synthesize eco-friendly and efficient catalyst/adsorbent for advanced oxidation processes and wastewater treatments. Nonetheless, the complex fabrication process remains a major issue hindering the practical application of carbon-based bimetallic oxide catalyst. Herein, a facile and general method is developed to fabricate novel cobalt manganese oxide embedded hollow activated carbon nanofibers (CoxMn3−xO4/HACNFs, x = 0,1,3) by using coaxial electrospinning technique and subsequent thermal treatment. Among the three CoxMn3−xO4/HACNFs, CoMn2O4/HACNFs exhibited the best catalytic activity in PMS activation and Rhodamine B (RhB) degradation, due to the synergistic effect between spinel oxide and hybridized carbon network. Furthermore, HACNFs significantly improved the durability of CoMn2O4 by preventing metal leaching during PMS activation. A marginal decrease in the performance of used CoMn2O4/HACNFs was observed during five cycles, but the performance could be recovered by a simple calcination. A rational PMS activation mechanism of CoMn2O4/HACNFs was proposed. Benefiting from the unique structural features, CoMn2O4/HACNFs exhibited a superior adsorption and catalytic performance for RhB removal under continuous-flow reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number127158
JournalChemical Engineering Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Feb 15

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  • Chemistry(all)
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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