Graphene sheets synthesized by ionic-liquid-assisted electrolysis for application in water purification

Chia Feng Chang, Quang Duc Truong, Jiann Ruey Chen

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    A facile and green synthesis of graphene sheets by ionic-liquid-assisted electrolysis was investigated in this work. The synthesized graphene sheets have been studied using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy (Raman) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis. The obtained graphene was used for the adsorption of Fe 2+ whose presence in the drinking water in wide areas of South Asia has been widely known. The result shows that the graphene could absorb Fe 2+ with a capacity of 299.3 mg/g which is 6 times higher than that of graphite oxide. The adsorption properties of metal ions on graphene and the effects of various factors on the adsorption capacity were also investigated in detail. The research results suggest a novel material for developing highly efficient water purification materials for the developing economies.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)329-334
    Number of pages6
    JournalApplied Surface Science
    Publication statusPublished - 2013 Jan 1


    • Graphene
    • Heavy metal
    • Ionic liquids-assisted electrolysis
    • Water purification

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Physics and Astronomy(all)
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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