FIERRO, V.; MATOS, J.; POON, P.S.; SANCHEZ-SANCHEZ, A.; CELZARD, A.:
CARBON 2019, JULY 14-19, LEXINGTON, KY.
Ordered mesoporous carbons (OMCs) are of great interest in various areas for the so-called XXI century’s sustainable society. Energy production/storage and environmental remediation are two of the main aplications of these materials. Our group has reported porous carbon-based photocatalytic membrane-reactors for the solar treatment of textile dyes such as methylene blue. Thus, the objective of the present work was to prepare OMCs by a sustainable and eco-friendly methodology and to verify the influence of surface chemistry and pore size distribution of OMCs materials on the mass diffusion of pollutant molecules and on the photocatalytic activity of these materials. Rhodamine B was selected as target pollutant because of the switterionic characteristics and the cross-sectional area of this molecule, which can be a representative example for the interaction with OMCs.