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ACS Appl Mater Interfaces. 2014 Jul 23;6(14):11581-8. doi: 10.1021/am502313h. Epub 2014 Jul 3.

Superwetting double-layer polyester materials for effective removal of both insoluble oils and soluble dyes in water.

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Center of Eco-material and Green Chemistry, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences , Lanzhou, 730000, P. R. China.

Abstract

Inspired by the mussel adhesive protein and the lotus leaf, Ag-based double-layer polyester (DL-PET) textiles were fabricated for effective removal of organic pollutants in water. The DL-PET textiles are composed of a top superamphiphilic layer and a bottom superhydrophobic/superoleophilic layer. First, the PET textiles were modified with a layer of polydopamine (PDA) and deposited with Ag nanoparticles to form the PET@PDA@Ag textiles. The top superamphiphilic layer, formed by immobilizing Ag3PO4 nanoparticles on the PET@PDA@Ag textile, shows excellent visible-light photocatalytic activity. The bottom superhydrophobic/superoleophilic layer, formed by modifying the PET@PDA@Ag textile using dodecyl mercaptan, is mechanically, environmentally, and chemically very stable. The water-insoluble oils with low surface tension can penetrate both layers of the DL-PET textiles, while the water with soluble organic dyes can only selectively wet the top layer owing to their unique wettability. Consequently, the water-soluble organic contaminants in the collected water can be decomposed by the Ag3PO4 nanoparticles of the top layer under visible-light irradiation or even sunlight in room conditions. Thus, the DL-PET textiles can remove various kinds of organic pollutants in water including both insoluble oils and soluble dyes. The DL-PET textiles feature unique wettability, high oil/water separation efficiency, and visible-light photocatalytic activity.

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24956183
DOI:
10.1021/am502313h
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