Civil and Environmental Engineering


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Nanoscale Adv., 2020, 2, 2018. DOI: 10.1039/d0na00171f


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Arsenic polluted groundwater impairs human health and poses severe threats to drinking water supplies and ecosystems. Hence, an efficient method of simultaneous oxidation of As(III) to As(V), and removal of As(V) from water has triggered increasing attention. In this study, a magnetic γ-Fe2O3 core–shell heterojunction nanocomposite was synthesized by means of hydrothermal crystallization of TiO2 on the surface of the magnetic core–shell loaded with polyaniline (γ-Fe2O3@PANI@TiO2). As an efficient photocatalyst coupled with adsorption, γ-Fe2O3@PANI@TiO2 has a high light utilization and good adsorption capacity. Notably, the nanocomposite has excellent stability at various initial pH values with good reusability. Among the co-existing ions investigated, PO43- has the greatest competitive reaction. The photocatalytic oxidation of As(III) on γ-Fe2O3@PANI@TiO2 is dominated by the synergy of several active substances, with superoxide free radicals and photogenerated holes being the major players.