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Chin. Phys. B, 2017, Vol. 26(5): 058202    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/26/5/058202

Removal of rhodamine B from aqueous solutions using vanadium pentoxide/titanium butyl oxide hybrid xerogels

Surayya Mukhtar, Mona Liu, Jie Han, Wei Gao
1. Department of Physics, Allama Iqbal Open University, H-8 sector, Islamabad, Pakistan;
2 Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, the University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Abstract  A stable and insoluble V2O5·nH2O/tetra-n-butyl titanate (TBO) hybrid xerogel was synthesized by the sol-gel method. This novel material proved to be an efficient absorbent with an absorption capacity of 179 mg·g-1 for Rhodamine B (RhB) in water due to its unique layered structure, which can effectively accommodate RhB molecules between its layers as demonstrated by XRD and FTIR spectroscopic analyses.
Keywords:  layered material      V2O5 xerogel      rhodamine B      absorption     
Received:  28 November 2016      Published:  05 May 2017
PACS:  82.70.Gg (Gels and sols)  
Corresponding Authors:  Surayya Mukhtar, Wei Gao     E-mail:;

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Surayya Mukhtar, Mona Liu, Jie Han, Wei Gao Removal of rhodamine B from aqueous solutions using vanadium pentoxide/titanium butyl oxide hybrid xerogels 2017 Chin. Phys. B 26 058202

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