Urchin-like fluorinated covalent organic frameworks decorated fabric for effective self-cleaning and versatile oil/water separation

Yixin Yang, Jinghan Dong, Ran Wang, Zian Lin*, Zongwei Cai*

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Oil contamination and industrial organic pollutants emission have been a serious problem affecting the ecological and residential environment. Membrane-based separation shows great application prospect due to its low-cost, environmental-friendly and easy operation. Therefore, the development of efficient oil-water separation membranes is highly desirable. Herein, a fabric filter with superwettability was prepared by coating urchin-like fluorinated covalent organic frameworks (COFs) on fabric, which was well utilized in filtering immiscible oil-water mixture and surfactant-stabilized water-in-oil emulsion driven only by gravity for the first time. The as-prepared COF fabric filter (defined as fabric@u-FCOF) possessed many outstanding properties, including superhydrophobicity with the water contact angle of approximately 151.6°, satisfactory resistance for alkaline, acidic and saline environments, as well as superior mechanical durability under harsh conditions. Because of the super-micropore of fabric@u-FCOF and the nanopore in the COF coating, the obtained fabric@u-FCOF exhibited excellent performances in terms of separation efficiency and permeability, in which the oil flux was up to 16964 L·m−1·h−2 and separation efficiency for the mixed o-dichlorobenzene/water was higher than 99.4%. In addition, the fabric@u-FCOF also showed excellent self-cleaning performance due to the micro/nano hierarchical structure of its surface. These excellent properties make it an ideal candidate for applications of oil/water separation and water purification.

Original languageEnglish
Article number132149
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Early online date24 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

User-Defined Keywords

  • Fabric
  • Fluorinated covalent organic frameworks
  • Oil-water separation
  • Superhydrophobic fabric filter


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