Hyperporous magnetic catalyst foam for highly efficient and stable adsorption and reduction of aqueous organic contaminants

Yu Yang, Zhuangzhuang Chu, Qiyao Huang, Yongtao Li, Bin Zheng, Jian Chang, Zhuohong Yang

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The facile and low-cost fabrication of free-standing magnetic catalysts with high catalytic efficiency, rapid reaction rate and excellent recoverability has been pursued for various catalysis applications, e.g., treating aqueous organic 4-nitrophenol pollutants. Here, we design and fabricate a free-standing nickel-coated hyperporous polymer foam (Ni-HPF) with adjustable shapes and sizes, hierarchical multiscale porous structures, abundant catalytical interfaces and excellent super-paramagnetic properties. Due to the synergistical effect of abundant binding sites and highly catalytic reduction, the as-prepared Ni-HPF has demonstrated high conversion efficiency (> 90% at extremely low concentration of 7.5 μM) and rapid reaction rate (2.58 × 10−3 s−1) for the reduction of organic 4-nitrophenol. Moreover, the magnetic catalyst also holds excellent recoverability (>80% conversion rate even after 1000 cycles) and good reproducibility (>80% conversion rate after 3 months of storage). As such, this work with novel material design and working principle could provide a wide range of potential applications in water purification, chemical catalysis and energy storage devices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number126622
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2021


  • 4-nitrophenol reduction
  • Excellent reusability
  • Hyperporous polymer foam
  • Ni catalysis
  • Super-paramagnetic property

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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