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Chloro-benquinone Modified on Graphene Oxide as Metal-free Catalyst: Strong Promotion of Hydroxyl Radical and Generation of Ultra-Small Graphene Oxide

  • Zhao, He
  • Wang, Juehua
  • Zhang, Di
  • Dai, Qin
  • Han, Qingzhen
  • Du, Penghui
  • Liu, Chenming
  • Xie, Yongbing
  • Zhang, Yi
  • Cao, Hongbin
  • Fan, Zhuangjun
Publication Date
Mar 28, 2017
Institutional Repository of Institute of Process Engineering, CAS (IPE-IR)
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<p>Carbon-based metal-free catalyst has attracted more and more attention. It is a big challenge to improve catalytic activity of metal-free catalyst for decomposition of H2O2 to produce hydroxyl radical (HO center dot). Here, we report chloro-benquinone (TCBQ) modified on graphene oxide (GO) as metal-free catalyst for strong promotion of HO center dot. By the incorporation of GO, the HO center dot production by H2O2 and TCBQ is significantly promoted. Based on density functional theory, TCBQ modified GO (GO-TCBQ) is more prone to be nucleophilic attacked by H2O2 to yield HO center dot via electron transfer acceleration. Furthermore, the generated HO center dot can cut GO nanosheets into uniform ultra-small graphene oxide (USGO) through the cleavage of epoxy and C-C bonds. Interestingly, the damaged GO and in situ formed GO fragments can further enhance decomposition of H2O2 to produce HO center dot. Different from other catalytic processes, the GO-TCBQ metal-free catalysis process can be enhanced by GO itself, producing more HO center dot, and uniform USGO also can be generated. Thus, the metal free catalysis will be considered a fabrication method for uniform USGO, and may be extended to other fields including detoxifying organic pollutants and the application as disinfectants.</p>

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