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Destructive Adsorption of Diazinon Pesticide by Activated Carbon Nanofibers Containing Al2O3 and MgO Nanoparticles


We report the destructive adsorption of Diazinon pesticide by porous webs of activated carbon nanofibers containing Al2O3 and MgO nanoparticles. The results show that, the presence of Al2O3 and MgO nanoparticles in the activated carbon nanofibers increases the amount of destructively adsorbed Diazinon pesticide by activated carbon nanofibers. Moreover, type, amount, and specific surface area of metal oxide nanoparticles affect the adsorption rate as well as the total destructively adsorbed Diazinon. Liquid chromatography proved the degradation of Diazinon by chemical reaction with Al2O3 and MgO nanoparticles. Liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry showed that the main product of reaction between Diazinon and the metal oxides is 2-isopropyl-6-methyl-4-pyrimidinol with less toxicity than Diazinon.

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Behnam, R., Morshed, M., Tavanai, H. et al. Destructive Adsorption of Diazinon Pesticide by Activated Carbon Nanofibers Containing Al2O3 and MgO Nanoparticles. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 91, 475–480 (2013).

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  • Pesticide
  • Diazinon
  • Adsorption
  • Activated carbon nanofibers
  • Al2O3 and MgO nanoparticles