SI-ARGET-ATRP grafting of block copolymers with amphiphilic properties on lignocellulosic materials
May 20-25, 2018
Oil is the most significant pollutant in water, since it is released inadvertently from various sources in great quantities. As traditional oil separation methods are plagued with various shortcomings, research for novel membrane materials is ongoing. Wood, as a highly abundant material with a unique anisotropic porous microstructure designed for fluid transport, offers an ideal scaffold for oil-water separation applications. We have recently reported on native wood membranes, which were capable of separating free oil-water mixtures with high efficiency, low oil fouling, and high flux . However, in order to separate oil-in-water emulsions, changes in wood surface wettability through chemical modification are needed.
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Marta Vidiella del Blanco, Tobias Keplinger, and Etienne Cabane, "SI-ARGET-ATRP grafting of block copolymers with amphiphilic properties on lignocellulosic materials" in "Polymer Reaction Engineering X (PRE 10)", John Tsavalas, University of New Hampshire, USA Fouad Teymour, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA Jeffrey Stubbs, HP Inc., USA Jose R. Leiza, University of the Basque Country, Spain Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2018). http://dc.engconfintl.org/prex/73