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Title: A new insight into PAM/graphene-based adsorption of water-soluble aromatic pollutants
Authors: Hu, HW
Chang, ML
Zhang, M
Wang, XW 
Chen, DC
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Springer
Source: Journal of materials science, 2017, v. 52, no. 14, p. 8650-8664 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of materials science 
Abstract: Graphene materials have been extensively verified as a good adsorbent for tackling wastewater containing various aromatic pollutants; however, little attention has been paid to understanding the graphene-based adsorption mechanism. Here, a systematic work is performed to prepare a series of graphene oxide (GO)-incorporated polyacrylamide hydrogels, with a three-dimensional (3D) monolithic structure, followed by in situ conversion of GO to reduced graphene oxide. Such a method not only enables the prevention of irreversible aggregation of graphene sheets during the in situ reduction, but also facilitates the clarification of the relationship between the structure and adsorption properties of the graphene materials. This work presents two kinds of graphene-based 3D monolithic adsorbents for either selective separation of the cationic aromatic pollutant from anionic one or uptake both of them for the total purification purpose. More importantly, we effectively unravel that the sp(2)-conjugated carbon network of the graphene materials plays a pivotal role in purifying the aromatic organic pollutants through pi-pi stacking interactions that outstrip electrostatic attraction interactions. Therefore, the present work is expected to provide an impetus toward exploration of high-performance graphene-based materials for various applications, especially environmental remediation, on the basis of effectively impeding self-aggregation of graphene sheets and judiciously modulating their intrinsic structure.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/76280
ISSN: 0022-2461
EISSN: 1573-4803
DOI: 10.1007/s10853-017-1090-x
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