Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 21, pp 21049–21057 | Cite as

The reactivity of Fe/Ni colloid stabilized by carboxymethylcellulose (CMC-Fe/Ni) toward chloroform

  • Xin Jin
  • Qun Li
  • Qi Yang
Research Article


The use of stabilizers can prevent the reactivity loss of nanoparticles due to aggregation. In this study, carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) was selected as the stabilizer to synthesize a highly stable CMC-stabilized Fe/Ni colloid (CMC-Fe/Ni) via pre-aggregation stabilization. The reactivity of CMC-Fe/Ni was evaluated via the reaction of chloroform (CF) degradation. The effect of background solution which composition was affected by the preparation of Fe/Ni (Fe/Ni precursors, NaBH4 dosage) and the addition of solute (common ions, sulfur compounds) on the reactivity of CMC-Fe/Ni was also investigated. Additionally, the dried CMC-Fe/Ni was used for characterization in terms of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The experimental results indicated that CMC stabilization greatly improved the reactivity of Fe/Ni bimetal and CF (10 mg/L) could be completely degraded by CMC-Fe/Ni (0.1 g/L) within 45 min. The use of different Fe/Ni precursors resulting in the variations of background solution seemed to have no obvious influence on the reactivity of CMC-Fe/Ni, whereas the dosage of NaBH4 in background solution showed a negative correlation with the reactivity of CMC-Fe/Ni. Besides, the individual addition of external solutes into background solution all had an adverse effect on the reactivity of CMC-Fe/Ni, of which the poisoning effect of sulfides (Na2S, Na2S2O4) was significant than common ions and sulfite.


Bimetal Fe/Ni Stabilization CF Dechlorination 


Funding information

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (50578151) and the National Science and Technology Major Project of China (2015ZX07406-005; 2016YFC0209205).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Beijing Key Laboratory of Water Resources & Environmental EngineeringChina University of Geosciences (Beijing)BeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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