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Reduced graphene oxide hybridized polymeric high internal phase emulsions for highly efficient removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from water matrix.

Research paper by Yipeng Y Huang, Wenjuan W Zhang, Guihua G Ruan, Xianxian X Li, Yongzheng Y Cong, Fuyou F Du

Indexed on: 06 Mar '18Published on: 06 Mar '18Published in: Langmuir



Abstract

Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) hybridized polymeric high internal phase emulsions (RGO/polyHIPEs) with open-cell structure and hydrophobicity have been successfully prepared using 2-ethylhexyl acrylate and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate as monomer and crosslinker. The adsorption mechanism and performance of this RGO/polyHIPEs to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were investigated. Adsorption isotherms of PAHs on RGO/polyHIPEs show that the saturated adsorption capacity is 47.5 mg/g and the equilibrium time is 8 h. Cycling tests show that adsorption capacity of RGO/polyHIPEs remains stable in 10 adsorption-desorption cycles without observable structure change in RGO/polyHIPEs. Moreover, the PAH residues in water samples after purified by RGO/polyHIPEs are lower than the limit values in drinking water set by European Food Safety Authority. These results demonstrate that the RGO/polyHIPEs have great potentiality in PAH removal and water purification.