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Graphene Oxide/Chitosan Aerogel Microspheres with Honeycomb-Cobweb and Radially Oriented Microchannel Structures for Broad-Spectrum and Rapid Adsorption of Water Contaminants

Graphene Oxide/Chitosan Aerogel Microspheres with Honeycomb-Cobweb and Radially Oriented Microchannel Structures for Broad-Spectrum and Rapid Adsorption of Water Contaminants
Jin Qu, Ruomeng Yu, Yaxin Liu, Zhong-Zhen Yu, Dongzhi Yang, Yongzheng Shi
Multifunctional graphene oxide (GO)/chitosan (CS) aerogel microspheres (GCAMs) with honeycomb-cobweb and radially oriented microchannel structures are prepared by combining electrospraying with freeze-casting to optimize adsorption performances of heavy metal ions and soluble organic pollutants. The GCAMs exhibit superior adsorption capacities of heavy metal ions of Pb(II), Cu(II), and Cr(VI), cationic dyes of methylene blue (MB) and Rhodamine B, anionic dyes of methyl orange and Eosin Y, and phenol. It takes only 5 min to reach 82 and 89% of equilibrium adsorption capacities for Cr(VI) (292.8 mg g–1) and MB (584.6 mg g–1), respectively, much shorter than the adsorption equilibrium time (75 h) of a GO/CS monolith. More importantly, the GCAMs maintain excellent adsorption capacity for six cycles of adsorption–desorption. The broad-spectrum, rapid, and reusable adsorption performance makes the GCAMs promising for highly efficient water treatments.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b04655

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b04655

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