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Cellulose nanofibre aerogel filter with tuneable pore structure for oil/water separation and recovery

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Abstract

A cellulose nanofibre aerogel filter with tuneable pore structure exhibiting super-hydrophilic and underwater-super-oleophobic behaviours is synthesized by a facile method of cross-linking between cellulose nanofibres and polyamideamine-epichlorohydrin (PAE). The prepared aerogel filter showed excellent oil/water separation efficiency for both oil/water mixtures (100%, even after 10 cycles), and oil/water surfactant-free emulsion (98.6%), which is driven solely by gravity. In addition, the specific structure can de-emulsify oil/water emulsion. The results showed that the cellulose aerogel filter can be used for oil/water separation and recovery.

Graphical abstract: Cellulose nanofibre aerogel filter with tuneable pore structure for oil/water separation and recovery

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The article was received on 22 Dec 2015, accepted on 12 Feb 2016 and first published on 15 Feb 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C5RA27413C
Citation: RSC Adv., 2016,6, 21435-21438
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    Cellulose nanofibre aerogel filter with tuneable pore structure for oil/water separation and recovery

    Z. He, X. Zhang and W. Batchelor, RSC Adv., 2016, 6, 21435
    DOI: 10.1039/C5RA27413C

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