Noncovalent magnetic control and reversible recovery of graphene oxide using iron oxide and magnetic surfactants

Thomas M McCoy, Paul Brown, Julian Eastoe, Richard Francis Tabor

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The unique charging properties of graphene oxide (GO) are exploited in the preparation of a range of noncovalent magnetic GO materials, using microparticles, nanoparticles, and magnetic surfactants. Adsorption and desorption are controlled by modification of pH within a narrow window of 5:1) cause overcharging of the surfaces resulting in restabilization. The effectiveness of the GO adsorption and magnetic capture process is demonstrated by separating traditionally difficult-to-recover gold nanoparticles (d ? 10 nm) from water. The fully recyclable nature of the assembly and capture process, combined with the vast adsorption capacity of GO, presents obvious and appealing advantages for applications in decontamination and water treatment
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2124 - 2133
Number of pages10
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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