444086 Optimization of Layered Graphene Oxide Nanostructures through Controlling the Membrane Deposition Rate Towards Size-Sieving Separation

Monday, April 11, 2016
Exhibit Hall E (George R. Brown )
Weiwei Xu1, Zhuonan Song1 and Miao Yu2, (1)Department of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, (2)Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC

Single-layer graphene oxide (GO) flakes were coated on anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) substrate through a simple vacuum filtration process, the effect of the deposition rate on the nanostructures of obtained membrane was investigated though pure water flux and organic vapor diffusion, which indicated GO membrane assembled with slow deposition rate might have more ordered lamellar structure and, correspondingly, have smaller effective pore size. In contrast, under fast deposition rate, GO flakes assembled in a more random way. Therefore, through controlling the membrane deposition rate, the nanostructure of layered GO membrane could be optimized for size dependent separation. We found after thermal reduction, 100 nm GO membrane (prepared @ 0.02 nm/s) has effective pore size smaller than 6.1 Å, which exhibit great potential in n-hexane/2,2-dimethybutane (DMB) separation.  

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