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Fabrication of magnetic functionalized m-carboxyphenyl azo calix[4]arene amine oxime derivatives for highly efficient and selective adsorption of uranium (VI)

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A novel material called m-carboxyphenyl azo calix[4]arene amine oxime derivatives (M-CCAOD) was synthesized by diazotization-coupling reaction and substitution reaction. Then the composite consisting of Fe3O4 and M-CCAOD was prepared through a facile self-assembly method. The as-synthesized Fe3O4/M-CCAOD composite was used to remove U(VI) from aqueous solutions under different conditions. The calculated data indicate that the adsorption process of uranium by Fe3O4/M-CCAOD is an exothermic spontaneous process, which well fits with the pseudo-second-order and Freundlich model. More significantly, the composite showed high selectivity for uranium and excellent reusability, demonstrating that Fe3O4/M-CCAOD may be a potential uranium adsorbent material.

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We are grateful to acknowledge the support of this work from National Natural Science Foundation of China (CN) (NO.11705085), National Natural Science Foundation of China (NO.51574152).

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Xu, Y., Zhang, K., Wang, C. et al. Fabrication of magnetic functionalized m-carboxyphenyl azo calix[4]arene amine oxime derivatives for highly efficient and selective adsorption of uranium (VI). J Radioanal Nucl Chem 323, 1145–1155 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10967-020-07029-4

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  • Carboxylation
  • Amine oxime
  • Magnetic functionalization
  • Calix[4]arene
  • Uranium