Catalysis Letters

, Volume 149, Issue 3, pp 823–830 | Cite as

Hydrodechlorination of p-Chlorophenol on Pd-Coated Fe3O4@polypyrrole Catalyst with Ammonia Borane as Hydrogen Donor

  • Xuefeng WeiEmail author
  • Xiaoyang Wan
  • Juan Miao
  • Ruichang Zhang
  • Jun Zhang
  • Qingshan Jason Niu


Ammonia borane (AB) (hydrogen donor), was used for the hydrodechlorination of p-chlorophenol on Fe3O4@PPY@Pd at room temperature and pressure. Fe3O4@PPY@Pd was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The high-performance liquid chromatography and carbon balance results showed that p-chlorophenol was efficiently and quantitatively transformed into phenol. At the AB and catalyst contents of 2.5 mmol and 60 mg, respectively, the dechlorination of p-chlorophenol (100 mg/L) followed pseudo-first-order kinetics (rate constant = 0.023 min−1), and removal efficiency up to 92.5% was obtained in 120 min. The apparent activation energy was 31.6 kJ/mol. The Fe3O4@PPY@Pd composite catalyst could be reused without a significant loss in activity. This confirms the good stability of the catalyst. Here, a reductive approach for the dechlorination of organic compounds in water is provided. It is also useful for the fabrication of Pd-based nanocatalysts with easy accessibility, superior activity, and convenient recovery.

Graphical Abstract


Hydrodechlorination Chlorophenol Ammonia borane Polypyrrole Pd nanoparticles Fe3O4 



This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (21403058, 21576073, and 41601520), the Scientific and Technological Project in Henan Province of China (172102310673), and Research Foundation for the Young Core Instructor Program of Henan Province, China (2016GGJS-058).

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The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Chemical Engineering & PharmaceuticsHenan University of Science and TechnologyLuoyangPeople’s Republic of China

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