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Facile Fabrication of Superhydrophobic Copper- Foam and Electrospinning Polystyrene Fiber for Combinational Oil–Water Separation

Henan Institute of Science and Technology, Xinxiang 453000, China
Hunan Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Changsha 410128, China
College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Henan 450001, China
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Polymers 2019, 11(1), 97;
Received: 25 November 2018 / Revised: 2 January 2019 / Accepted: 3 January 2019 / Published: 8 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Superwetting Polymeric Composites)
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Membrane-based metal substrates with special surface wettability have been applied widely for oil/water separation. In this work, a series of copper foams with superhydrophobicity and superoleophilicity were chemically etched using 10 mg mL−1 FeCl3/HCl solution with consequent ultrasonication, followed by the subsequent modification of four sulfhydryl compounds. A water contact angle of 158° and a sliding angle lower than 5° were achieved for the copper foam modified using 10 mM n-octadecanethiol solution in ethanol. In addition, the interaction mechanism was initially investigated, indicating the coordination between copper atoms with vacant orbital and sulfur atoms with lone pair electrons. In addition, the polymeric fibers were electrospun through the dissolution of polystyrene in a good solvent of chlorobenzene, and a nonsolvent of dimethyl sulfoxide. Oil absorption and collection over the water surface were carried out by the miniature boat made out of copper foam, a string bag of as-spun PS fibers with high oil absorption capacity, or the porous boat embedded with the as-spun fibers, respectively. The findings might provide a simple and practical combinational method for the solution of oil spill. View Full-Text
Keywords: copper foam; superhydrophobicity; polystyrene; electrospinning; oil–water separation copper foam; superhydrophobicity; polystyrene; electrospinning; oil–water separation

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Zhang, Y.-P.; Yang, J.-H.; Li, L.-L.; Cui, C.-X.; Li, Y.; Liu, S.-Q.; Zhou, X.-M.; Qu, L.-B. Facile Fabrication of Superhydrophobic Copper- Foam and Electrospinning Polystyrene Fiber for Combinational Oil–Water Separation. Polymers 2019, 11, 97.

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