28 research outputs found

    A Facile Solvent-Manipulated Mesh for Reversible Oil/Water Separation

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    A controllable oil/water separation mesh has been successfully developed and easily manipulated by immersion in a stearic acid ethanol solution and tetrahydrofuran with a very short period of time. The superhydrophilic and underwater superoleophobic mesh is first obtained via a one-step chemical oxidation and subsequently converts to superhydrophobic after it is immersed in an ethanol solution of stearic acid for 5 min. The surface wettability is regained to superhydrophilic quickly by immersion in tetrahydrofuran for 5 min. More importantly, the reversible superhydrophobic-and-superhydrophilic switching can be repeated multiple times with almost no visible morphology variation. Therefore, this approach provides potential application in controllable oil/water separation and opens up new perspectives in manipulation of various metallic oxide substrates

    A Facile Solvent-Manipulated Mesh for Reversible Oil/Water Separation

    No full text
    A controllable oil/water separation mesh has been successfully developed and easily manipulated by immersion in a stearic acid ethanol solution and tetrahydrofuran with a very short period of time. The superhydrophilic and underwater superoleophobic mesh is first obtained via a one-step chemical oxidation and subsequently converts to superhydrophobic after it is immersed in an ethanol solution of stearic acid for 5 min. The surface wettability is regained to superhydrophilic quickly by immersion in tetrahydrofuran for 5 min. More importantly, the reversible superhydrophobic-and-superhydrophilic switching can be repeated multiple times with almost no visible morphology variation. Therefore, this approach provides potential application in controllable oil/water separation and opens up new perspectives in manipulation of various metallic oxide substrates

    Bio-Inspired Anti-Oil-Fouling Chitosan-Coated Mesh for Oil/Water Separation Suitable for Broad pH Range and Hyper-Saline Environments

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    Here, we report a bio-inspired chitosan (CS)-based mesh with high separation efficiency, oil-fouling repellency, and stability in a complex liquid environment. The surface of the CS coating maintains underwater superoleophobicity and low oil adhesion (<1 Ī¼N) in pure water and hyper-saline solutions, and it can keep stable special wettability in broad pH range environments after the CS mesh is fully cross-linked with glutaraldehyde and then reduced by sodium borohydride to form a stable carbonā€“nitrogen single bond. The separation process is solely gravity-driven, and the mesh can separate a range of different oil/water mixtures with >99% separation efficiency in hyper-saline and broad pH range conditions. We envision that such a separation method will be useful in oil spill cleanup and industrial oily wastewater treatment in extreme environments
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