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Furfuryl alcohol modified melamine sponge for highly efficient oil spill clean-up and recovery

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Abstract

Hydrophobic foam-like materials are attracting significant interest as promising absorbents for oil spill clean-up and recovery from water bodies. Many hydrophobic modification methods for sponges have been reported so far. In this work, we reported a relatively simple, low-cost and environmentally friendly method of hydrophobic modification of commercial melamine sponge (MS) via simply soaking MS in furfuryl alcohol solution, followed by polymerization in acid solution. The results indicate that furfuryl alcohol not only reacts with MS but also polymerizes onto the surface of MS, leading to the hydrophobic nature of the modified MS. The modified MS shows excellent sorption capacities for various oils and organic solvents (75ā€“160 g gāˆ’1) and can be utilized as an excellent oil absorbent or as an oil-collecting device with the assistance of a pump.

Graphical abstract: Furfuryl alcohol modified melamine sponge for highly efficient oil spill clean-up and recovery

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The article was received on 08 Aug 2017, accepted on 20 Sep 2017 and first published on 25 Sep 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7TA06966A
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Advance Article
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    Furfuryl alcohol modified melamine sponge for highly efficient oil spill clean-up and recovery

    Y. Feng, Y. Wang, Y. Wang and J. Yao, J. Mater. Chem. A, 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7TA06966A

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