, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 157–167 | Cite as

Facile synthesis of magnetic hydroxyapatite-supported nickel oxide nanocomposite and its dye adsorption characteristics

  • Apakorn Phasuk
  • Suppachai Srisantitham
  • Thawatchai Tuntulani
  • Wipark Anutrasakda


A novel magnetic hydroxyapatite-supported nickel oxide nanocomposite (NiO–HAP@γ-Fe2O3) was successfully prepared using a combination of co-precipitation and wet impregnation methods and was applied to the adsorption of methylene blue from aqueous solution. The presence of HAP, γ-Fe2O3, NiO and all elements in NiO–HAP@γ-Fe2O3 was confirmed by XRD, SEM–EDX and ICP-AES. The structure of the resulting nanocomposite was shown by TEM and SEM–EDX to be rod-shaped, measuring 55.8 ± 16.5 nm in length and 27.1 ± 6.2 nm in width, and on the surface of which was uniformly interspersed with NiO nanoparticles (about 21.4 nm average crystallite size) and γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles (6.7 ± 2.6 nm in diameter). The novel NiO–HAP@γ-Fe2O3 exhibited a high adsorption rate during the first 20 min and reached an equilibrium within 3 h. The adsorption capacity of NiO–HAP@γ-Fe2O3 was significantly higher than that of its precursors (7.20 mg g−1 vs 0.79–1.31 mg g−1). The superior adsorption performance of the novel nanocomposite, which occurred despite its relatively low surface area, is likely attributable to the synergistic mechanisms facilitated by the presence of mixed metal oxides (NiO and γ-Fe2O3) on the adsorbent as well as by the Lewis acidity and basicity of the components of the adsorbent and the adsorbate. The adsorption kinetics and isotherms were well-fitted by the pseudo-second-order kinetic model and the Langmuir isotherm model, respectively.


Nickel oxide Hydroxyapatite Magnetic materials Nanocomposites Dye adsorption 



This work was supported by Grants for Development of New Faculty Staff, Ratchadaphiseksomphot Endowment Fund, Chulalongkorn University.

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  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand

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