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Home > Press > Iranian Researcher Applies Boron Nitride Nanocages to Eliminate Industrial Pollutants

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An Iranian researcher studied the algorithm to eliminate toxic pollutants from industrial wastewater by using boron nitride (B12N12) nanocage.

Iranian Researcher Applies Boron Nitride Nanocages to Eliminate Industrial Pollutants

Tehran, Iran | Posted on November 21st, 2013

Results of the research will lead to the production of high performance filters, and they can be used in various industries such as agriculture and pharmaceutics.

During the past decade, boron nitride attracted the attention of many scientists due to its stability at high temperature, low dielectric coefficient, high thermal conductivity, and resistance against oxidation. Taking into consideration the geometry and stability of nanostructures, boron nitride nanocage has recently been investigated. It was turned out that this geometry has the highest stability from the energy point of view among the various formations of boron nitride.

In this research, the adsorption of the toxic pyridine on boron nitride nanocage was investigated by using quantum theoretical methods. Therefore and in order to study the performance of pyridine adsorption, parameters, including energy, electron structure and the adsorption of the toxic pyridine on the desirable nanocage, were investigated by using density functional theory (DFT) calculations. To this end, boron nitride nanocage was selected as the adsorbent and pyridine molecule was placed near the nanocage in various directions. Then, adsorption calculations were carried out on the nanocage.

According to Dr. Mohammad Taqi Bayee, a member of the Scientific Board of Islamic Azad University, the results showed that boron nitride nanocages could be used as appropriate adsorbents to eliminate pyridine from environmental media. As a result, filters can be made of boron nitride nanocage according to the carried out calculations to be used for the elimination of pyridine in all chemical industries that produce this toxic material.

Results of the research have been published in details in March 2013 in Superlattices and Microstructures, vol. 58, pp. 31-37.

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