Synthesis of spinel CuCo2O4 nanoparticles and its application in p-nitrophenol reduction

Abstract

CuCo2O4 spinel nanoparticles were successfully preparedvia a sol–gel method, which were firstly employed in catalytic reduction of p-nitrophenol to produce p-aminophenol. CuCo2O4 morphologies can be controlled in this paper. It can be found that the sintering temperature has an important impact on their phase structure and microstructure. Especially the treatment temperature above 700 °C can induce a rapid growth for CuCo2O4 nanoparticles. The catalytic test proved that CuCo2O4 nanoparticles exhibit excellent catalytic activity towards the reduction of p-nitrophenol. Comparative experiments indicated that CuO and CuCoOx nanoparticlesalso exhibit certain catalytic activity in the p-nitrophenol reduction but no any catalytic activity can be observed for Co3O4. Meanwhile, it can be found that the catalytic activity of CuCo2O4 is slightly higher than CuFe2O4 under the same synthesis condition.

Graphical Abstract

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

Fig. 1
Fig. 2
Fig. 3
Fig. 4
Fig. 5
Fig. 6
Fig. 7
Fig. 8
Fig. 9
Fig. 10

References

  1. 1.

    Lal J, Gupta SK, Agarwal DD (2012) Chitosan: an efficient biodegradable and recyclable green catalyst for one-pot synthesis of 3,4-dihydropyrimidinones of curcumin in aqueous media. Catal Commun 27:38–43

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. 2.

    Agirrezabal-Telleria I, Gandarias I, Arias PL (2014) Heterogeneous acid-catalysts for the production of furan-derived compounds (furfural and hydroxymethylfurfural) from renewable carbohydrates: a review. Catal Today 234:42–58

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. 3.

    Choudhary VR, Patil VP, Jana P, Uphade BS (2008) Nano-gold supported on Fe2O3: a highly active catalyst for low temperature oxidative destruction of methane green house gas from exhaust/waste gases. Appl Catal A 350:186–190

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. 4.

    Kuruppathparambil RR, Jose T, Babu R, Hwang GY, Kathalikkattil AC, Kim DW (2016) A room temperature synthesizable and environmental friendly heterogeneous ZIF-67 catalyst for the solvent less and co-catalyst free synthesis of cyclic carbonates. Appl Catal B 182:562–569

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. 5.

    Facchin G, Cartura G, Campostrini R, Gialanella S, Lutterotti L, Armelao L, Marcì G, Palmisano L, Sclafani A (2013) Sol-gel synthesis and characterisation of TiO2-anatase powders containing nanometric platinum particles employed as catalysts for 4-nitrophenol photodegradation. J Sol–Gel Sci Technol 1:29–59

    Google Scholar 

  6. 6.

    Yasin AS, Obaid M, El-Newehy MH, Al-Deyab SS, Barakat NAM (2015) Influence of TixZr(1−x)O2 nanofibers composition on the photocatalytic activity toward organic pollutants degradation and water splitting. Ceram Int 41:11876–11885

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. 7.

    Pan L, Li L, Chen YH (2012) Synthesis of NiO nanomaterials with various morphologies and their electrocatalytic performances for p-nitrophenolreduction. J Sol-Gel Sci Technol 62:364–369

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. 8.

    Sun Y, Zhou J, Cai W, Zhao R, Yuan J (2015) Hierarchically porous NiAl-LDH nanoparticles as highly efficient adsorbent for p-nitrophenol from water. Appl Surf Sci 349:897–903

    Article  Google Scholar 

  9. 9.

    Wang C, Zhang H, Feng C, Gao S, Shang N, Wang Z (2015) Multifunctional Pd@MOF core–shell nanocomposite as highly active catalyst for p-nitrophenol reduction. Catal Commun 72:29–32

    Article  Google Scholar 

  10. 10.

    Yang P, Xu AD, Xia J, He J, Xing HL, Zhang XM (2014) Facile synthesis of highly catalytic activity Ni–Co–Pd–P composite for reduction of the p-Nitrophenol. Appl Catal A 470:89–96

    Article  Google Scholar 

  11. 11.

    Kang H, Kim M, Park KH (2015) Effective immobilization of gold nanoparticles on core–shell thiol-functionalized GO coated TiO2 and their catalytic application in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol. Appl Catal A 502:239–245

    Article  Google Scholar 

  12. 12.

    Fang Y, Wang E (2013) Simple and direct synthesis of oxygenous carbon supported palladium nanoparticles with high catalytic activity. Nanoscale 5:1843–1848

    Article  Google Scholar 

  13. 13.

    Khodaveisi J, Dadfarnia S, Haji Shabani AM, Rohani Moghadam M, Hormozi-Nezhad MR (2015) Artificial neural network assisted kinetic spectrophotometric technique for simultaneous determination of paracetamol and p-aminophenol in pharmaceutical samples using localized surface plasmon resonance band of silver nanoparticles. Spectrochim Acta Part A 138:474–480

    Article  Google Scholar 

  14. 14.

    Wang N, Wang Z, Niu X, Yang X (2015) Synthesis, characterization and anti-diabetic therapeutic potential of novel aminophenol-derivatized nitrilotriacetic acid vanadyl complexes. J Inorg Biochem 152:104–113

    Article  Google Scholar 

  15. 15.

    Deng P, Xu Z, Feng Y, Li J (2012) Electrocatalytic reduction and determination of p-nitrophenol on acetylene black paste electrode coated with salicylaldehyde-modified chitosan. Sens Actuator B 168:381–389

    Article  Google Scholar 

  16. 16.

    Wang F, Ren J, Cai Y, Sun L, Chen C, Liang S (2016) Palladium nanoparticles confined within ZSM-5 zeolite with enhanced stability for hydrogenation of p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol. Chem Eng J 283:922–928. 2016

    Article  Google Scholar 

  17. 17.

    El-Bahy ZM (2013) Preparation and characterization of Pt-promoted NiY and CoY catalysts employed for 4-nitrophenol reduction. Appl Catal A 468:175–183

    Article  Google Scholar 

  18. 18.

    Ismail AA, Hakki A, Bahnemann DW (2012) Mesostructure Au/TiO2 nanocomposites for highly efficient catalytic reduction of p-nitrophenol. J Mol Catal A Chem 358:145–151

    Article  Google Scholar 

  19. 19.

    Liu Y, Fan Y, Yuan Y, Chen Y, Cheng F, Jiang SC (2012) Amphiphilic hyperbranched copolymers bearing a hyperbranched core and a dendritic shell as novel stabilizers rendering gold nanoparticles with an unprecedentedly long lifetime in the catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol. J Mater Chem 22:21173–21182

    Article  Google Scholar 

  20. 20.

    Gupta VK, Yola ML, Eren T, Kartal F, Çağlayan MO, Atar N (2014) Catalytic activity of Fe@Ag nanocrystal involved calcium alginate beads for the reduction of nitrophenols. J Mol Liq 190:133–138

    Article  Google Scholar 

  21. 21.

    Ji T, Chen L, Schmitz M, Bao FS, Zhu J (2015) Hierarchical macrotube/mesopore carbon decorated with mono-dispersed Ag nanoparticles as a highly active catalyst. Green Chem 17:2515–2523

    Article  Google Scholar 

  22. 22.

    Noh JH, Meijboom R (2015) Synthesis and catalytic evaluation of dendrimer-templated and reverse microemulsion Pd and Pt nanoparticles in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol: The effect of size and synthetic methodologies. Appl Catal A 497:107–120

    Article  Google Scholar 

  23. 23.

    Ji T, Li L, Wang M, Yang Z, Lu X (2004) Carbon-protected Au nanoparticles supported on mesoporous TiO2 for catalytic reduction of p-nitrophenol. RSC Adv 4:29591–29594

    Article  Google Scholar 

  24. 24.

    Kaloti M, Kumar A, Navani NK (2015) Synthesis of glucose-mediated Ag-[gamma]-Fe2O3 multifunctional nanocomposites in aqueous medium - a kinetic analysis of their catalytic activity for 4-nitrophenol reduction. Green Chem 17:4786–4799

    Article  Google Scholar 

  25. 25.

    Zhang Y, Yan W, Sun Z, Li X, Gao J (2014) Fabrication of magnetically recyclable Ag/Cu@Fe3O4 nanoparticles with excellent catalytic activity for p-nitrophenol reduction. RSC Adv 4:38040–38047

    Article  Google Scholar 

  26. 26.

    Goyal A, Bansal S, Singhal S (2014) Facile reduction of nitrophenols: Comparative catalytic efficiency of MFe2O4 (M=Ni, Cu, Zn) nano ferrites. Int J Hydrogen Energy 39:4895–4908

    Article  Google Scholar 

  27. 27.

    Ibrahim I, Ali IO, Salama TM, Bahgat AA, Mohamed MM (2014) Synthesis of magnetically recyclable spinel ferrite (MFe2O4, M = Zn, Co, Mn) nanoparticles engineered by sol gel-hydrothermal technology: High catalytic performances for nitroarenes reduction. Appl Catal B 181:389–402. 2016

    Article  Google Scholar 

  28. 28.

    Li Q, Zhu X, He Y, Yang W (2010) Partial oxidation of methane in BaCe0.1Co0.4Fe0.5O3−δ membrane reactor. Catal Today 149:185–190

    Article  Google Scholar 

  29. 29.

    Panayotov D, Mehandjiev D (1987) Surface state and activity of CuCo2O4 during the reduction of nitric oxide with carbon monoxide. Appl Catal 34:65–76

    Article  Google Scholar 

  30. 30.

    Feng J, Su L, Ma Y, Ren C, Guo Q, Chen X (2013) CuFe2O4 magnetic nanoparticles: A simple and efficient catalyst for the reduction of nitrophenol. Chem Eng J 221:16–24

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation (21201096) and the education department of Liaoning Province, China (L2010242, LZ2015050). The authors are also grateful for the financial supports from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21103077), program for New Century Excellent Talents in University (No. NCET-11-1011) and the support from Key Laboratory of Coal to Ethylene Glycol and Its Related Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Qiming Li.

Ethics declarations

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Zhao, S., Li, Q., Li, F. et al. Synthesis of spinel CuCo2O4 nanoparticles and its application in p-nitrophenol reduction. J Sol-Gel Sci Technol 81, 544–555 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10971-016-4200-3

Download citation

Keywords

  • CuCo2O4
  • Spinel
  • Nanoparticles
  • p-nitrophenol
  • Catalytic reduction