Facile synthesis of polyoxometalate-modified metal organic frameworks for eliminating tetrabromobisphenol-A from water

Xiang Li, Suresh C. Pillai, Lan Wei, Zhongzhen Liu, Lianxi Huang, Qing Huang, Xiaoshan Jia, Deyi Hou, Hocheol Song, Hailong Wang*

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Removal of tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA) from wastewater is of significance to protect the aquatic life. The present study reports the facile preparation of polyoxometalate-modified metal-organic framework (MOFs) materials for TBBPA removal from water. The polyoxometalate-modified MOFs exhibited significantly higher affinity towards TBBPA than the control MOFs. The experimental data were fitted with the Langmuir, Freundlich and Dubinin-Radushkevich models. The TBBPA adsorption onto modified MOFs fitted the pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The equilibrium adsorption isotherms showed that the adsorption of TBBPA can be fitted by the Langmuir model. The maximum adsorption capacity of adsorbent composites reached 3.65 mg/g, with 95 % removal of TBBPA. The thermodynamic parameters indicated that adsorption was spontaneous. A blue shift of phosphorus peaks obtained from XPS spectra implied the formation of intrinsic chemical bonding between TBBPA and MOFs composites. Moreover, response surface methodology was employed to characterize the TBBPA adsorption in the co-existence of different factors. BPA had strong competition for TBBPA adsorption in a wide range of pH, but not at the middle level of Ca2+ concentration. Polyoxometalate-modified MOFs can easily be recycled using a simple organic solvent washing. This study provides a novel strategy for developing cost effective adsorbents to remove TBBPA from contaminated water.

Original languageEnglish
Article number122946
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Publication statusPublished - Nov 15 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption
  • PWA modified Cu-BTC
  • Response surface methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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