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Photocatalysis-based technologies are currently striving to find a methodology able to selectively catch, and degrade specific organic contaminants. To solve this problem, we propose molecularly imprinted ZnO nanonuts as new nanomaterial. In this work, ZnO have been imprinted, through a chemical method, with one of the most diffused analgesic-antipyretic drugs: acetaminophen (commonly called “paracetamol”), today considered as an emergent environmental pollutant. The molecularly imprinted nanonuts have been characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) adsorption-desorption of N2, X-ray diffraction analyses (XRD), high-resolution transmission scanning electron microscopy (HR-S/TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Thanks to the accurate performed characterization, the interaction between ZnO …
Publication date: 
15 Dec 2018
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Volume: 238 Pages: 509-517
Applied Catalysis B: Environmental