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Hierarchical, Self-Healing and Superhydrophobic Zirconium Phosphate Hybrid Membrane Based on the Interfacial Crystal Growth of Lyotropic Two-Dimensional Nanoplatelets

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posted on 12.06.2018, 00:00 by Minxiang Zeng, Pingmei Wang, Jianhui Luo, Baoliang Peng, Bin Ding, Lecheng Zhang, Ling Wang, Dali Huang, Ian Echols, Ehab Abo Deeb, Eric Bordovsky, Chang-Hyun Choi, Carlos Ybanez, Patricia Meras, Evan Situ, M. Sam Mannan, Zhengdong Cheng
We demonstrate a facile route to in situ growth of lyotropic zirconium phosphate (ZrP) nanoplates on textiles via an interfacial crystal growing process. The as-prepared hybrid membrane shows a hierarchical architecture of textile fibers (porous platform for fluid transport), ZrP nanoplatelets (layered scaffolds for chemical barriers), and octadecylamine (organic species for superhydrophobic functionalization). Interestingly, such a hybrid membrane is able to separate the oily wastewater with a high separation efficiency of 99.9%, even at in harsh environments. After being chemically etched, the hybrid membrane is able to restore its hydrophobicity autonomously and repeatedly, owing to the hierarchical structure that enables facile loading of healing agent. We anticipate that the concept of implanting superhydrophobic self-healing features in anisotropic structure of lyotropic nanoparticles will open up new opportunities for developing advanced multifunctional materials for wastewater treatment, fuel purification, and oil spill mitigation.