Core-Shell Structured Magnetic Covalent Organic Framework Nanocomposites for Triclosan and Triclocarban Adsorption

Yanxia Li, Hongna Zhang, Yiting Chen, Lu Huang, Zian Lin*, Zongwei Cai*

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Triclosan (TCS) and triclocarban (TCC) are widely used as bactericides in personal-care products. They are frequently found in environmental water and have the potential to cause a number of environmental and human health problems. In this study, we investigated adsorption and magnetic extraction for efficient removal of TCS and TCC from water and serum samples by core-shell structured magnetic covalent organic framework nanocomposites (Fe3O4@COFs). The as-prepared Fe3O4@COFs was fabricated on the Fe3O4 nanoparticles in situ growth strategy at room temperature via condensation reaction of 1,3,5-tris(4-aminophenyl) benzene (TAPB) and terephthaldicarbox-aldehyde (TPA) in the presence of dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). The whole process of adsorption was monitored by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) analysis with high sensitivity. The adsorption behaviors showed high adsorption capacity and fast adsorption. Furthermore, the adsorption performance through Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms showed multilayer adsorption through the interactions of space embedding effect, van der Waals forces, and benzene ring π-πstacking at a low concentration range and monolayer adsorption through strong π-πstacking at a high concentration range between the interface of TCS or TCC and Fe3O4@COFs at a high concentration range. Results indicated that the adsorption of TCS and TCC onto Fe3O4@COFs can be better represented by the pseudo-second-order model. Good removal efficiencies (82.3∼95.4%) and recoveries (92.9∼109.5%) of TCS and TCC in fetal bovine serum (FBS) and reusability at least 10 times were achieved. The Fe3O4@COFs exhibited high stability and excellent performance for the removal of TCS and TCC from water and biological samples. The results presented here thus reveal the exceptional potential of COFs for high-efficient environmental remediation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22492–22500
Number of pages9
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Issue number25
Early online date10 Jun 2019
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2019

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Materials Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • adsorption
  • covalent organic framework nanocomposites
  • Fe3O4
  • triclocarban
  • triclosan


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