High performance graphene-melamine sponge prepared via eco-friendly and cost-effective process

  • Wenlu Liu
  • Mochen Li
  • Haibin Jiang
  • Xiaohong Zhang
  • Jinliang QiaoEmail author
Research Paper


An eco-friendly and cost-effective preparation process for high performance graphene-melamine sponge is reported in this article. Different from traditional preparation process through two steps including dip-coating graphene oxide on sponge skeletons and reducing graphene oxide to graphene, a new process has been developed in this work that the coating and reducing of graphene oxide can be carried out simultaneously in a one-pot hydrothermal reaction with suitable concentration of graphene oxide aqueous dispersion. The eco-friendly reduction agent water-soluble ascorbic acid instead of toxic hydrazine hydrate works efficiently in this process. The as prepared superhydrophobic and superoleophilic graphene-melamine sponge exhibits high adsorption capacity for various oils and organic solvents and excellent selective adsorption performance for pump oil and chloroform. Therefore, the prepared graphene-melamine sponge is a cost-effective and environmental friendly material which certainly can find applications in polluted water treatment.

Graphical abstract

Superhydrophobic graphene-melamine sponge shows high absorption capacity and excellent selectivity in removing oils and organic solvents from water.


Graphene-melamine sponge Eco-friendly Superhydrophobic Oil and water separation Flame retardancy Nanomaterials 


Funding information

This work was financially supported by the Ph.D. Programs Foundation of SINOPEC Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Industry.

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Competing interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Materials Science and EngineeringBeijing University of Chemical TechnologyBeijingChina
  2. 2.SINOPEC Beijing Research Institute of Chemical IndustryBeijingChina

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