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Template‐Free Synthesis of Porous Fe3O4/SiOC(H) Nanocomposites with Enhanced Catalytic Activity

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We present a template‐free synthesis of Fe3O4/SiOC(H) nanocomposites with in situ formed Fe3O4 nanoparticles with a size of about 50 nm embedded in a nanoporous SiOC(H) matrix obtained via a polymer‐derived ceramic route. Firstly, a single‐source precursor (SSP) was synthesized by the reaction of allylhydridopolycarbosilane (AHPCS) with Fe‐acetylacetonate [Fe(acac)3] at 140°C. The SSP was heat‐treated at 170°C to generate Fe3O4 nanocrystals in the cross‐linked polymeric matrix. Subsequently, the SSP was pyrolyzed at 600°C–700°C in argon atmosphere to yield porous Fe3O4/SiOC(H) nanocomposites with the high BET surface area up to 390 m2/g, a high micropore surface area of 301 m2/g, and a high micropore volume of 0.142 cm3/g. The Fe‐free SiOC(H) ceramic matrix derived from original AHPCS is nonporous. The in situ formation of Fe3O4 nanoparticles embedded homogeneously within a nanoporous SiOC(H) matrix shows significantly enhanced catalytic degradation of xylene orange in aqueous solution with H2O2 as oxidant as compared with pure commercial Fe3O4 nanoparticles.
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Keywords: catalysts/catalysis; magnetic materials/properties; polymer precursor; porous materials

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2016

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