Recovery of poly sulfide anions in basic solution produced by the decomposition of H2S by fullerene

Tsugumi Hayashi, Yohei Baba, Toshiharu Taga, Akira Kishimoto, Hideyuki Takahashi, Kazuyuki Tohji

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To remove poly sulfide anions from basic solution, a fullerene/toluene solution was mixed with an aqueous solution containing S2 2- ions and agitated until the color of the aqueous phase changed from yellow to transparent. The treatment was repeated several times. During each treatment, white precipitates were produced in the aqueous phase and black crystals were formed after 4th treatment. XRD results indicated that former was elemental sulfur and the latter, fullerene-sulfur compounds. Thus, we succeed in extracting and separating poly sulfide ion from aqueous solution. By the fifth treatment, c.a. 675 S22- ions per one fullerene were successfully collected from the aqueous solution. This reaction can be applied to recovery of other anion species in basic solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)684-691
Number of pages8
JournalFullerenes Nanotubes and Carbon Nanostructures
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Nov


  • Fullerene
  • liquid-liquid interface
  • poly sulfide ion
  • recovery of anion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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