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Langmuir. 2019 Jan 9. doi: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b04167. [Epub ahead of print]

Synthesis of Mesoporous/Macroporous Microparticles Using Three-Dimensional Assembly of Chitosan-Functionalized Halloysite Nanotubes and Their Performance in the Adsorptive Removal of Oil Droplets from Water.


Halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) were assembled into mesoporous/macroporous microparticles (c-g-HNTs MPs) using Pickering template-assisted approach. To unravel the stabilization mechanism in Pickering emulsion form, several emulsions and microparticles were prepared at various conditions and visualized using confocal laser scanning microscopy. The prepared c-g-HNTs MPs were used to treat emulsified oil solutions resulting in a maximum removal efficiency of 94.47%. The kinetics data of oil adsorption onto c-g-HNTs MPs was best fitted by the pseudo second order kinetic model (R2 = 0.9983). The maximum monolayer adsorption capacity of oil onto c-g-HNTs MPs as predicted by the multilayer BET model was found to be 788 mg/g. Compared with pristine HNTs, c-g-HNTs MPs exhibited higher self-settleability rates in aqueous solutions as well as in emulsified oil solutions demonstrating their candidacy for practical water treatment applications. The c-g-HNTs MPs were repeatedly used for five adsorption-desorption cycles with minimal losses noticed in their performance.

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