Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, Vol.587, 334-346, 2021
Facile synthesis of easily separated and reusable silver nanoparticles/aminated alkaline lignin composite and its catalytic ability
Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) has received increasing attention. In this study, AgNPs were prepared through in-situ reduction by aminated alkaline lignin (AAL). Compared with alkaline lignin (AL), AAL exhibited stronger reduction capacity (increased by 36%) due to the introduced amine groups and better water solubility. Moreover, the coordination effect of amine groups on AAL improved the binding force between lignin and AgNPs. The content of AgNPs in AgNPs/AAL composite were 2.4 times higher than that in AgNPs/AL, such content could be further increased through increasing the reduction pH or prolonging the heating time. The results of XPS, XRD and TEM showed that the AgNPs were spherical and monodisperse with an average particle size about 17 nm. Additionally, the size of AgNPs was affected by the amination degree of lignin. AgNPs/AAL exhibited good catalytic performance for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol, and this compound could be easily recovered and reused for at least eight cycles. (c) 2020 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.