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      Photocatalytic Degradation of Tetracycline by a Novel (CMC)/MIL-101(Fe)/β-CDP Composite Hydrogel

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          Herein, we report a novel carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC)/MIL-101 (Fe)/poly(β-cyclodextrin) (β-CDP) hydrogel with high photocatalytic activity. β-CDP can significantly enhance the photoactivity of MIL-101(Fe) in the hydrogel prepared by a simple solvothermal method. The structure and property of this composite hydrogel were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Tetracycline was selected as a model pharmaceutical antibiotic to evaluate the photocatalytic activity of the composite hydrogel under visible light irradiation and darkness, respectively. This composite hydrogel shows excellent activity for degrading pharmaceutical antibiotics under visible light irradiation. The increased photocatalytic activity can be attributed to β-CDP, which acts as a promoter and affords an efficient separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs of MIL-101(Fe). Moreover, the composite hydrogel is shown to have good water retainability. The hydrogel is inexpensive and shows high photocatalytic activity. Hence, it can be used as an efficient photocatalytic material.

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                Front Chem
                Front Chem
                Front. Chem.
                Frontiers in Chemistry
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                12 January 2021
                : 8
                School of Forestry and Landscape Architecture, Anhui Agricultural University , Hefei, China
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                Edited by: Yinan Wu, Tongji University, China

                Reviewed by: Khaled Mohammad Saoud, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Qatar; Cheng-an Tao, National University of Defense Technology, China

                *Correspondence: Shengquan Liu liusq@ 123456ahau.edu.cn

                This article was submitted to Nanoscience, a section of the journal Frontiers in Chemistry

                †These authors have contributed equally to this work

                Copyright © 2021 Zhang, Zhou, Li, Rong, Jiang and Liu.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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                Figures: 9, Tables: 0, Equations: 0, References: 26, Pages: 8, Words: 4015
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                photo-catalytic, mil-101(fe), β-cdp, tetracycline, hydrogel


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