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Title: Green Synthesis of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-cellulose nanofibril (CNF) hybrid aerogels and their use as superabsorbents

Author: Zheng, Qifeng; Cai, Zhiyong; Gong, Shaoqin;

Date: 2014

Source: J Mater Chem A, Volume 2, 2014. pp. 3110-3118.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Cross-linked polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)–cellulose nanofibril (CNF) hybrid organic aerogels were prepared using an environmentally friendly freeze-drying process. The resulting PVA/CNF aerogel was rendered both superhydrophobic and superoleophilic after being treated with methyltrichlorosilane via a simple thermal chemical vapor deposition process. Successful silanization on the surface of the porous aerogel was confirmed by various techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and contact angle measurements. The silane-treated, cross-linked PVA/CNF aerogels not only exhibited excellent absorption performance for various types of oils (e.g., crude oil) or organic solvents (with a typical weight gain ranging from 44 to 96 times of their own dry weight), but also showed a remarkable scavenging capability for several types of heavy metal ions tested (e.g., Pb2+, Hg2+), making them versatile absorbents for various potential applications including water purification. Furthermore, these PVA/CNF aerogels demonstrated excellent elasticity and mechanical durability after silane-treatment as evidenced by the cyclic compression tests.

Keywords: cellulose nanofibril, aerogel, superabsorbent, freeze-drying. And saline treatment

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Zheng, Qifeng; Cai, Zhiyong; Gong, Shaoqin 2014. Green Synthesis of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)-cellulose nanofibril (CNF) hybrid aerogels and their use as superabsorbents. J Mater Chem A, Volume 2, 2014. pp. 3110-3118.

 


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