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Polymer Bulletin

, Volume 76, Issue 6, pp 3059–3071 | Cite as

High-performance poly(vinyl alcohol)–chitosan sponge modified with graphene oxide

  • Duanli Wei
  • Xiaofeng Luo
  • Lijun Xiong
  • Huabo Huang
  • Liang LiEmail author
  • Xianghua YuEmail author
  • Lai Wei
Original Paper
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Abstract

Three-dimensional porous sponge with good mechanical strength, high absorption capacity and recyclability is of scientific and technological interest. In this work, graphene oxide has been incorporated into poly(vinyl alcohol)–chitosan sponge during acetalization reaction of poly(vinyl alcohol) for the fabrication of macroporous and amphiphilic sponges. Mercury intrusion porosimetry and scanning electron microscopy indicate that the as-prepared sponges have interconnected open-cell structures. The incorporation of graphene oxide and the interconnected macroporous structures in the amphiphilic sponges endow them with improved absorption capacity for both water and organic liquids. Moreover, the absorbed liquids can be effectively collected through simple squeezing and the sponges can be used repeatedly while maintaining a relative high absorption capacity. The simple fabrication and improved performance of the resulting sponges suggest that they have potential industrial applications.

Keywords

Poly(vinyl alcohol) Chitosan Graphene oxide Sponge 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The work was supported by Outstanding Youth Scientific Innovation Team of Colleges and Universities in Hubei Province (T201406) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (51403167, 51602230).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory for Green Chemical Process of Ministry of Education, Hubei Key Laboratory of Plasma Chemistry and Advanced Materials, School of Materials Science and EngineeringWuhan Institute of TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.School of Physical Science and TechnologyYili Normal UniversityYiningPeople’s Republic of China

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