Y. Lavi, A. Burg, E. Maimon
Apr 26, 2011
An electron exchange column (analogous to ion exchange columns) was developed using the unique redox properties of the nickel-tetraazamacrocyclic complexes (nickel cyclam [Ni(II)L(1)](2+)) and nickel-trans-III-meso-5,7,7,12,14,14-hexamethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane, ([Ni(II)L(2)](2+)), and the physical and chemical stability of the ceramic materials using the sol-gel process to entrap the complexes. The entrapment by the biphasic sol-gel method is based on non-covalent bonds between the matrix and the complex; therefore the main problem was leaching. Parameters controlling the leaching were investigated. Redox cycles with the reducing agent ascorbic acid, and persulfate as the oxidizing agent were performed.