Efficient catalytic reduction of nitroarenes and organic dyes in water by synthesized Ag/diatomite nanocomposite using Alocasia macrorrhiza leaf extract

  • Mahmoud NasrollahzadehEmail author
  • Ebrahim Mehdipour
  • Mahboobe Maryami


In this work, we reported preparation of the silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) supported on natural diatomite surface as a cheap support using Alocasia macrorrhiza leaf extract. The existing phytochemicals in the A. macrorrhiza leaf extract converts the silver ions to Ag NPs on diatomite as a natural support. The green synthesized Ag/diatomite nanocomposite was characterized by using various analytical techniques such as FT-IR, XRD, FESEM, TEM, EDS. The synthesized Ag NPs were identified using FT-IR and UV–visible spectrophotometry. The Ag/diatomite nanocomposite was used as an effective nanocatalyst for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP), 2,4-dinitrophenylhydrazine (2,4-DNPH), methyl orange (MO), Congo red (CR) and Nigrosin (NS) using sodium borohydride at ambient temperature. Furthermore, the Ag/diatomite nanocomposite can be recovered and reused five times without marked loss of its catalytic activity.



We gratefully acknowledge the Iranian Nano Council and the University of Qom for the support of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahmoud Nasrollahzadeh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ebrahim Mehdipour
    • 2
  • Mahboobe Maryami
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of QomQomIran
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceLorestan UniversityKhorramabadIran

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