Labile graphitic monolayers as a partition phase for containment of organic chemicals by graphene-based nanomaterials

Jui Te Chen, Wen Che Hou, Tsair-Fuh Lin, Cary T. Chiou

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Graphene-based nanomaterials (GBNMs) (e.g., graphene oxides and carbon nanotubes) display superior electronic and thermal conductivities and varying abilities to contain organic substances. This study sheds light to the idea that GBNMs behave as a dual sorbent, rather than a sole adsorbent, to extract nonionic organic solutes from water by both (competitive) adsorption and (noncompetitive) partition because of the solute interactions with various GBNM nanostructures formed by atomically-thin graphitic monolayers. Essential solute-sorption data with three model GBNMs from this research and similar data from the literature lead to a coherent view that labile graphitic monolayers in GBNMs undergo a liquid-like motion at room temperature to retain nonionic organic solutes by partition while structurally rigid graphitic clusters behave as adsorbents. Because the partition is noncompetitive, the GBNMs possessing high levels of labile graphene layers, as reflected by high BET surface areas, are capable of sequestering vastly higher levels of multiple organic solutes (especially, those of liquids) than conventional adsorbents, e.g., activated carbon (AC). Moreover, the postulated dual functionality of GBNMs makes sense of many otherwise puzzling phenomena, such as the highly concentration-dependent solute competitive effect with certain GBNMs and highly variable “adsorbed capacities” per unit surface area for different organic solutes with a GBNM versus those by a conventional adsorbent (e.g., graphite or AC). Graphical Abstract: [Figure not available: see fulltext.].

期刊Sustainable Environment Research
出版狀態Published - 2023 12月

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 環境工程
  • 可再生能源、永續發展與環境
  • 水科學與技術
  • 廢物管理和處置
  • 污染


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