Authors Bucatariu, F. ; Schwarz, D. ; Ghiorghita, C.-A. ; Schwarz, S. ; Zaharia, M. ; Steinbach, C. ; Mihai, M.
Title Nanostructured polymer composites for selective heavy metal ion sorption
Date 20.10.2020
Abstract The modification of silica microparticles surface with a high number of amino/carboxylic groups of polymer chains represent an interesting route to obtain nanostructured composite materials aiming different applications. Herein, four weak polycations (PC) [polyethyleneimine (PEI), polylysine (PLL), polyvinylamine (PVAm), polyallylamine hydrochloride (PAH)] and one weak polyanion [polyacrylic acid (PAA)] were layer-by-layer deposited onto spherical silica to form composite microparticles. A strategy where each deposited polycation layer was chemically cross-linked with glutaraldehyde (GA) prior to the deposition of PAA layer was used, forming at the end silica//(PCGA/PAA)n composite microparticles. Finally, we investigated the particles towards their adsorption properties on metal ions (Cu2+, Pb2+, Ni2+, and Fe2+) from simulated and real surface water, as a potential application for the composite particles.
Journal Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects (2020) 125211

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