Ultra porous nanocellulose aerogels as separation medium for mixtures of oil/water liquids
2012 (English)In: Cellulose (London), ISSN 0969-0239, E-ISSN 1572-882X, Vol. 19, no 2, 401-410 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A novel type of sponge-like material for the separation of mixed oil and water liquids has been prepared by the vapour deposition of hydrophobic silanes on ultra-porous nanocellulose aerogels. To achieve this, a highly porous (> 99%) nanocellulose aerogel with high structural flexibility and robustness is first formed by freeze-drying an aqueous dispersion of the nanocellulose. The density, pore size distribution and wetting properties of the aerogel can be tuned by selecting the concentration of the nanocellulose dispersion before freeze-drying. The hydrophobic light- weight aerogels are almost instantly filled with the oil phase when selectively absorbing oil from water, with a capacity to absorb up to 45 times their own weight in oil. The oil can also be drained from the aerogel and the aerogel can then be reused for a second absorption cycle.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 19, no 2, 401-410 p.
Absorption, Aerogel, Cellulose, Desorption, Oleophilic, Separation, Superhydrophobic
Paper, Pulp and Fiber Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-91596DOI: 10.1007/s10570-011-9629-5ISI: 000300518500009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84857356613OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-91596DiVA: diva2:513478
QC 201204022012-04-022012-03-192014-11-03Bibliographically approved