Fabrication of Pt-Pd@ITO grown heterogeneous nanocatalyst as efficient remediator for toxic methyl parathion in aqueous media

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In this study, nano-sized ITO supported Pt-Pd bimetallic catalyst was synthesized for the degradation of methyl parathion pesticide, a common extremely toxic contaminant in aqueous solution. On the characterization with different techniques, a beautiful scenario of honeycomb architecture composed of ultra-small nanoneedles or fine hairs was found. Average size of nanocatalyst also confirmed which was in the range of 3–5 nm. High percent degradation (94%) was obtained in 30 s using 1.5 × 10− 1 mg of synthesized nanocatalyst, 0.5 mM NaBH4, and 110 W microwave radiations power. Recyclability of nanocatalyst was efficient till 4th cycle observed during study of reusability. The supported Pt-Pd bimetallic nanocatalyst on ITO displayed many advantages over conventional methods for degradation of methyl parathion pesticide, such as high percent degradation, short reaction time, small amount of nanocatalyst, and multitime reusability.

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Mahar, A.M., Balouch, A., Talpur, F.N. et al. Fabrication of Pt-Pd@ITO grown heterogeneous nanocatalyst as efficient remediator for toxic methyl parathion in aqueous media. Environ Sci Pollut Res (2020).

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  • Pt-Pd@ITO
  • Bimetallic heterogeneous nanocatalyst
  • Degradation and methyl parathion