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Article

Crystal violet adsorption by oppositely twisted heat-treated halloysite and pecoraite nanoscrolls

Applied Clay Science. 2019. Vol. 173. P. 1-11.
Krasilin A., Danilovich D., Yudina E., Bruyere S., Ghanbaja J., Ivanov V.

Present study focuses on crystal violet adsorption by mineral halloysite and synthetic pecoraite nanoscrolls. Being scrolled in opposite directions, these two materials serve both as good adsorbents and model objects to understand the dye adsorption mechanism. Heat treatment of the nanoscrolls allowed us to track the adsorption process features by changing the structure and surface state of the particles. Structural transitions were observed by complementary techniques including X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, electron microscopy, N2 adsorption and ς-potential measurements. By a fast UV/VIS study of adsorption kinetics, it became possible to take a closer look at the very initial steps of the process. Intraparticle diffusion governs the overall adsorption kinetics of the dye by halloysite and pecoraite nanoscrolls. The presence of OH-groups on the nanoscrolls' surface strongly facilitates the initial stage of adsorption. Structural transition at around 600 °C increases adsorption rate and performance of synthetic pecoraite due to ς-potential sign change.