Highly efficient iodine capture by layered double hydroxides intercalated with polysulfides

Shulan Ma, Saiful M. Islam, Yurina Shim, Qingyang Gu, Pengli Wang, Hao Li, Genban Sun, Xiaojing Yang, Mercouri Kanatzidis*

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We demonstrate strong iodine (I2) vapor adsorption using Mg/Al layered double hydroxide (MgAl-LDH) nanocomposites intercalated with polysulfide (Sx 2-) groups (Sx-LDH, x = 2, 4, 6). The as-prepared LDH/polysulfide hybrid materials display highly efficient iodine capture resulting from the reducing property of the intercalated polysulfides. During adsorption, the I2 molecules are reduced to I3 - anions by the intercalated [Sx]2- groups that simultaneously are oxidized to form S8. In addition to the chemical adsorption, additional molecular I2 is physically captured by the LDH composites. As a result of these parallel processes, and despite their very low BET surface areas, the iodine capture capacities of S2-LDH, S4-LDH, and S6-LDH are 1.32, 1.52, and 1.43 g/g, respectively, with a maximum adsorption of 152% (wt %). Thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), and temperature-variable powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements show the resulting I3 - ions that intercalated into the LDH gallery have high thermal stability (¥350 °C). The excellent iodine adsorption performance combined with the facile preparation points to the Sx-LDH systems as potential superior materials for adsorption of radioactive iodine, a waste product of the nuclear power industry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7114-7123
Number of pages10
JournalChemistry of Materials
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 23 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Chemistry

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