Surface-modified mesoporous silicas as recyclable adsorbents of an endocrine disrupter, bisphenol A

Aritomo Yamaguchi, Terumasa Awano, Kenichi Oyaizu, Makoto Yuasa*

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Surface-modified mesoporous silicas (MSs) were investigated for recyclable adsorption of an endocrine disrupter, bisphenol A (BPA). Surface-modified MSs were prepared by (i) post-synthesis surface modification of MSs using surface hydroxyl groups and organosilanes (m-MS) and by (ii) co-condensation of tetraethoxysilane and the corresponding organosilanes (d-MS). Infrared measurements indicated that organic groups mainly existed on the surface of m-MS, which resulted in a surface characterized by high hydrophobicity. Both organic groups and isolated hydroxyl groups existed on the surface of d-MS, resulting in both hydrophobicity and hydrophilicity on the surface. The amount of BPA adsorbed on surface-modified MSs per organic group was similar for m-MS and d-MS, however, the d-MS established equilibrium for BPA adsorption faster than m-MS, as measured by UV-vis spectra. A larger amount of BPA per surface area could be adsorbed on carbon materials than on the surface-modified MSs, however, the regeneration of carbon materials by washing could not be done easily. The surface-modified MSs retain adsorption capacity for BPA after several regeneration cycles, demonstrating that the surface-modified MSs are effective recyclable adsorbents of the endocrine disrupter, bisphenol A.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1689-1694
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jun
Externally publishedYes


  • Adsorption Property
  • Bisphenol A
  • Endocrine Disrupter
  • Recyclable Adsorbent
  • Surface-Modified Mesoporous Silica

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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