Amphiphilic block copolymer for adsorption of organic contaminants

Title
Amphiphilic block copolymer for adsorption of organic contaminants
Authors
최재우백경열조계룡심나탈리이상협
Keywords
BTEX; Encapsulation; External Temperature Changing System; Polymeric Adsorbent; Van der Waals Force
Issue Date
2011-04
Publisher
Advances in Chemical Engineering and Science
Citation
VOL 1, NO 2, 77-82
Abstract
In this study, new polymeric adsorbents, 2 types of polystyrene-block-poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (PSN, structure of hydrophobic core and hydrophilic shell), were developed and applied for removal of organic pollutants from wastewater. Encapsulation of organic pollutants by the polystyrene-block-poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (PSN) resulted in increasing hydrophobicity of the polystyrene with abundant hydrophobic spaces within the amphiphilic block copolymer. The encapsulation mechanism of BTEX by PSN was investigated and found to be mainly attributable to the Van der Waals interactions between the aromatic ring of BTEX and the hydrophobic core of PSN. Polystyrene-block-poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) showed good potential as a novel and cost effective adsorbent for application to wastewater treatment, which can be simply regenerated and reused using an external temperature changing system.
URI
http://pubs.kist.re.kr/handle/201004/39609
ISSN
2160-0406
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