Preparation and enhanced adsorption properties for CO2 and dyes of amino-decorated hierarchical porous BCN aerogels

Liang Tian, Feng Liang, Longhao Dong, Junyi Li, Quanli Jia, Haijun Zhang, Sheng Yan, Shaowei Zhang

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Adsorption process is a cost-effective way to the dye removal and CO2 capture. Improvements of the adsorption performance and conformance to the practical application conditions are necessary steps to approach practicality. Herein, hierarchical porous carbon-doped boron nitride (BCN) aerogels with amino modification were synthesized for the first time by freeze drying and carbothermal reduction method. As-prepared BCN aerogels exhibited superior adsorption performance for CO2 and dyes. Compared with BN aerogel, notwithstanding the lower surface area, the as-prepared BCN aerogel exhibited 6-fold-enhanced CO2 capture and higher dyes adsorption capacity, delivering a more than 150 times adsorption rate with methylene blue (MB) as the adsorbent. The reinforced adsorption properties were demonstrated to be primarily from the synergistic effect of carbon doping and amino decoration on the obviously improved adsorption energy, hydrophilicity and mesopore volume, accelerating the kinetics of dye and gas molecules diffusion. This work provides a new way on the design of high-efficiency absorbent materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1110-1119
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • adsorption performance
  • aerogel
  • amino decoration
  • carbon doped BN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Materials Chemistry


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