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Ecocompatible Halloysite/Cucurbit[8]uril Hybrid as Efficient Nanosponge for Pollutants Removal

  • Autori: Massaro, M.; Riela, S.; Cavallaro, G.; Colletti, C.; Milioto, S.; Noto, R.; Lazzara, G.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2016
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Parole Chiave: cucurbituril; halloysite nanotubes; pollutant removal; pyrene; toluene;
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Hybrid materials based on halloysite nanotubes (HNT) and cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8]) were prepared with the aim to obtain efficient nanosponges towards hydrocarbons both in liquid and vapor phases. The loading on both HNT surfaces and the hybrid morphology were evidenced by FTIR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and scanning electron microscopy. In order to highlight the interactions in the hybrid 13C {1H} CP-MAS NMR experiments were performed. The aqueous colloidal stability of HNT/CB[8] was highlighted through ζ potential and dynamic light scattering measurements. The HNT/CB[8] composite was employed as nanosponge to capture aromatic oils in aqueous phase as evidenced by fluorescence emission spectra of pyrene. These results were correlated with the adsorption capacity of the hybrid toward toluene in vapor phase. This paper provides an efficient way to prepare a biocompatible hybrid material that could be used as a potential multi-pockets nano-container for decontamination of polluted water and/or air.