Magnetic mesoporous materials for removal of environmental wastes

Byoung Chan Kim, Jinwoo Lee, Wooyong Um, Jaeyun Kim, Jin Joo, Jin Hyung Lee, Ja Hun Kwak, Jae Hyun Kim, Changha Lee, Hongshin Lee, R. Shane Addleman, Taeghwan Hyeon, Man Bock Gu, Jungbae Kim

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We have synthesized two different magnetic mesoporous materials that can be easily separated from aqueous solutions by applying a magnetic field. Synthesized magnetic mesoporous materials, Mag-SBA-15 (magnetic ordered mesoporous silica) and Mag-OMC (magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon), have a high loading capacity of contaminants due to high surface area of the supports and high magnetic activity due to the embedded iron oxide particles. Application of surface-modified Mag-SBA-15 was investigated for the collection of mercury from water. The mercury adsorption using Mag-SBA-15 was rapid during the initial contact time and reached a steady-state condition, with an uptake of approximately 97% after 7. h. Application of Mag-OMC for collection of organics from water, using fluorescein as an easily trackable model analyte, was explored. The fluorescein was absorbed into Mag-OMC within minutes and the fluorescent intensity of solution was completely disappeared after an hour. In another application, Mag-SBA-15 was used as a host of tyrosinase, and employed as recyclable catalytic scaffolds for tyrosinase-catalyzed biodegradation of catechol. Crosslinked tyrosinase in Mag-SBA-15, prepared in a two step process of tyrosinase adsorption and crosslinking, was stable enough for catechol degradation with no serious loss of enzyme activity. Considering these results of cleaning up water from toxic inorganic and organic contaminants, magnetic mesoporous materials have a great potential to be employed for the removal of environmental contaminants and potentially for the application in large-scale wastewater treatment plants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1140-1147
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of hazardous materials
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Sept 15

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Portions of this work were supported by grants from the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science & Technology (MEST) ( 2009-0082314, 2009-0084771 , and K20902001448-10E0100-03010), the Seoul R&BD Program (10920), and by grant from the Korea Institute of Science & Technology ( 2E22181 ). This work was also supported by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Directed Research Program. The research was performed in part at the W. R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific-user facility sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.


  • Adsorption
  • Catehcol degradation
  • Magnetic mesoporous materials
  • Mercury
  • Tyrosinase

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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