N-Dimethylnitrosamine (NDMA) has aroused increasing concern among public health agencies. It is necessary to develop some effective methods to remove NDMA from drinking water. A reductive process has been investigated as an alternative treatment method for NDMA removal from water. In this manuscript, zero-valent iron nanoparticles (ZVINPs) were synthesized, and then supported on mesoporous silica materials with high surface area (MCM-41) to prepare a stable ZVINP/MCM-41 nanocomposite. X-ray diffraction measurements showed the stabilization of the ZVINPs upon their support on MCM-41, which enhanced their activity. The ZVINP/MCM-41 nanocomposite was used for the catalytic reduction of NDMA in the model solution, and the results showed the dependency of the removal process on the ZVINP/MCM-41 mass, time of removal, and solution pH. The mechanism of NDMA reduction by ZVINP/MCM-41 was studied, and the results showed the conversion of NDMA to unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine, dimethylamine (DMA) and NH4+. The product analysis found that in the process of removal, adsorption and reduction existed at the same time.

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