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Adv Mater. 2013 Aug 14;25(30):4192-8. doi: 10.1002/adma.201301480. Epub 2013 Jun 21.

Nanowire-haired inorganic membranes with superhydrophilicity and underwater ultralow adhesive superoleophobicity for high-efficiency oil/water separation.

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  • 1i-LAB and Nano-bionics Division, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Suzhou, P. R. China.


A novel all-inorganic Cu(OH)2 nanowire-haired membrane with superhydrophilicity and underwater ultralow adhesive superoleophobicity is fabricated by a facile surface oxidation of copper mesh that allows effective separation of both immiscible oil/water mixtures and oil-in-water emulsions solely driven by gravity, with extremely high separation efficiency. The all-inorganic membrane exhibits superior solvent and alkaline resistance and antifouling property compared to organic-based membranes.

Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.


nanowire-coated membrane; oil/water separation; superhydrophilic and underwater superoleophobic; ultralow adhesion

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