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Amphiphobic nanocellulose-modified paper: fabrication and evaluation

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Amphiphobic nanocellulose-modified paper with high durability is successfully fabricated using a facile two-step method. Firstly, nanocellulose-modified paper is prepared through dipping filter paper, i.e., glass microfiber (GM) filter paper and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) filter paper in a dilute nanocellulose dispersed solution. Subsequently, the nanocellulose-coated paper is treated with trichloro(1H,1H,2H,2H-tridecafluoro-n-octyl)silane (FOTS) via chemical vapor deposition. The obtained paper is found to have superhydrophobicity and oleophobicity, repelling both polar and non-polar liquids, on which the drops of water and non-polar liquids with high molecular weight become marble shaped, and the contact angles of water and n-hexadecane reach 156° and 144°, respectively. Furthermore, such amphiphobic nanocellulose-modified papers exhibit excellent surface durability in several environments including at various temperatures, and in acid and alkaline solutions, salt solutions and seawater. In addition, such amphiphobic nanocellulose-modified papers show good repellant properties for several kinds of liquids from our daily life. With outstanding protection to a diverse range of liquids, the amphiphobic nanocellulose-modified paper can be applied in the fields of self-cleaning, anti-bacterial, and anti-corrosion materials.

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The article was received on 25 Nov 2015, accepted on 20 Jan 2016 and first published on 25 Jan 2016

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA24986D
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Citation: RSC Adv., 2016,6, 13328-13334
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    Amphiphobic nanocellulose-modified paper: fabrication and evaluation

    P. Phanthong, G. Guan, S. Karnjanakom, X. Hao, Z. Wang, K. Kusakabe and A. Abudula, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 13328
    DOI: 10.1039/C5RA24986D

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