Dual-porosity Mn2O3cubes for highly efficient dye adsorption

Yongjiu Shao, Bin Ren, Hanmei Jiang, Bingjie Zhou, Liping LV, Jingzheng Ren, Lichun Dong, Jing Li, Zhenfa Liu

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Dual-porosity materials containing both macropores and mesopores are highly desired in many fields. In this work, we prepared dual-porosity Mn2O3cube materials with large-pore mesopores, in which, macropores are made by using carbon spheres as the hard templates, while the mesopores are produced via a template-free route. The attained dual-porosity Mn2O3materials have 24 nm of large-pore mesopores and 700 nm of macropores. Besides, the achieved materials own cubic morphologies with particle sizes as large as 6.0 μm, making them separable in the solution by a facile natural sedimentation. Dye adsorption measurements reveal that the dual-porosity materials possess a very high maximum adsorption capacity of 125.6 mg/g, much larger than many reported materials. Particularly, the adsorbents can be recycled and the dye removal efficiency can be well maintained at 98% after four cycles. Adsorption isotherm and kinetics show that the Langmuir model and the pseudo-second-order kinetics model can well describe the adsorption process of Congo Red on the dual-porosity Mn2O3cube materials. In brief, the reported dual-porosity Mn2O3demonstrates a good example for controlled preparation of dual-porosity materials with large-pore mesopores, and the macropore-mesopore dual-porosity distribution is good for mass transfer in dye adsorption application.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-231
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Dual-porosity
  • Dye adsorption
  • Macropores
  • Mesopores
  • Mn O 2 3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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