RSC Adv. 2023 Aug 16;13(35):24554-24564. doi: 10.1039/d3ra02950f. eCollection 2023 Aug 11.
In this investigation, cobalt ferrite nanoparticles (CFO NPs) were synthesized using a hydrothermal method. Then, silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were decorated on CFO NPs to form Ag/CFO NPs using jasmine extract as a reducing agent of Ag+ ions. The properties of Ag/CFO NPs were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, vibrating sample magnetometry, and catalytic tests in non-radiation conditions. The catalytic results indicated that the Ag/CFO NPs could activate peroxymonosulfate to generate sulfate radicals for the decomposition of different dyes such as methylene blue, methyl orange, and rhodamine B. For the Ag/CFO sample, Ag NPs validated the roles in dye adsorption, reduction of 4-nitrophenol, and improvement of antibacterial behavior. The growth inhibition activity of Ag/CFO NPs was observed against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (18.18 ± 2.48 mm) and Staphylococcus aureus (10.14 ± 0.72 mm). Furthermore, Ag/CFO NPs displayed good reusability after three consecutive runs. Therefore, Ag/CFO material is shown to be a potential multifunctional catalyst in wastewater treatment.