Functionalization of silicon nanowires by iron oxide and copper for degradation of phenol

  • Mansoor AnbiaEmail author
  • Fereshteh Aghadoukht


Iron oxide (Fe3O4) and copper-functionalized silicon nanowires (SiNWs) from silicon powder mesh < 500 with a spherical structure have been successfully synthesized as a heterogeneous catalyst for the degradation of phenol. This synthesized catalyst was prepared by nanosilicon wire powders. SiNWs have attracted much attention due their potential application in nanoscale devices such as field effect transistors, chemical or biological sensors, battery electrodes and photovoltaics. The SiNW properties were reinforced by functionalization. The synthesis of this catalyst was done by an in situ method for the decoration of SiNWs. Magnetic metal oxide compounds have been chosen not only to accelerate the catalyst recovery but also to improve the time duration of pollution elimination. Also, Cu nanoparticles were added in order to evaluate the catalytic property. In this work, the maximum amount of phenol degradation was obtained near 99.99%. Hybrid surface morphologies were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, the Brunauer–Emmette–Teller model and high-performance liquid chromatography.


Phenol degradation Fe3O4–Cu-SiNWs catalyst Mesoporous Sphere 



This work was supported by the research laboratory of nanoporous materials, Iran University of science and technology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Research Laboratory of Nanoporous Materials, Faculty of ChemistryIran University of Science and TechnologyTehranIran

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