A Sustainable Method for Removal of the Full Range of Liquid and Solid Hydrocarbons from Water Including Up- and Recycling

Gaß H, Sarcletti M, Müller L, Hübner S, Yokosawa T, Park H, Przybilla T, Spiecker E, Halik M (2023)


Publication Type: Journal article, Original article

Publication year: 2023

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URI: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/advs.202302495

DOI: 10.1002/advs.202302495

Open Access Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/advs.202302495

Abstract

Beyond their CO2 emittance when burned as fuels, hydrocarbons (HCs) serve as omnipresent raw materials and commodities. No matter if as liquid oil spills or the endless amounts of plastic roaming the oceans, HCs behave as persistent pollutants with water as main carrier to distribute. Even if their general chemical structure [-(CH2)n-] is quite simple, the endless range of n leads to contaminations of different appearances and properties. A water remediation method based on superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) modified with self-assembled monolayers of alkyl phosphonic acid derivatives is presented. These molecules enable the SPIONs to non-covalently bind HCs, independently from the molecular weight, size and morphology. The attractive interaction is mainly based on hydrophobic and Coulomb interaction, which allows recycling of the SPIONs. The superparamagnetic core allows a simple magnetic collection and separation from the water phase which makes it a promising addition to wastewater treatment. Agglomerates of collected plastic “waste” even exhibit superior adsorption properties for crude oil, another hydrocarbon waste which gives these collected wastes a second life. This upcycling approach combined with presented recycling methods enables a complete recycling loop.

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APA:

Gaß, H., Sarcletti, M., Müller, L., Hübner, S., Yokosawa, T., Park, H.,... Halik, M. (2023). A Sustainable Method for Removal of the Full Range of Liquid and Solid Hydrocarbons from Water Including Up- and Recycling. Advanced Science. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/advs.202302495

MLA:

Gaß, Henrik, et al. "A Sustainable Method for Removal of the Full Range of Liquid and Solid Hydrocarbons from Water Including Up- and Recycling." Advanced Science (2023).

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