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Issue 38, 2012
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Graphene sponge for efficient and repeatable adsorption and desorption of water contaminations

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Abstract

Seeking highly-efficient, low-cost and robust methods to disinfect and decontaminate water from source to point-of-use is very much in demand. Here, we developed a new material, graphene sponge (GS), for water treatment, which was assembled with graphene oxide sheets by hydrothermal treatment with the assistance of thiourea. These GSs show a tunable pore structure and surface properties, and are mechanically strong. They show high adsorption ability for various water contaminations such as dyes, oils and many other organic solvents. The adsorption capacity of methylene blue and diesel oil in GSs can reach 184 mg g−1 and 129 g g−1, respectively. Moreover, the GSs can be repeatedly used by simple treatment without obvious structure and performance degradation. Additionally, we studied the relationship between the structure and contamination adsorption performance of GSs. It was found that the dye adsorption performance of GSs strongly depends on their surface charge concentration and specific surface area, but the oil adsorption capacity is mainly related to their specific surface area, indicating the different adsorption mechanism. These findings open up many possibilities for the use of graphene in water cleaning, including disinfection, decontamination, re-use, reclamation and desalination.

Graphical abstract: Graphene sponge for efficient and repeatable adsorption and desorption of water contaminations

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Submitted
26 Jun 2012
Accepted
10 Aug 2012
First published
13 Aug 2012

J. Mater. Chem., 2012,22, 20197-20202
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Graphene sponge for efficient and repeatable adsorption and desorption of water contaminations

J. Zhao, W. Ren and H. Cheng, J. Mater. Chem., 2012, 22, 20197
DOI: 10.1039/C2JM34128J

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