Hybrid matrices of ZnO nanofibers with silicone for high water flux photocatalytic degradation of dairy effluent

Muzafar Ahmad Kanjwal, Ali Qublan Shawabkeh, Martin Alm, Peter Thomsen, Nasser A. M. Barakat, Ioannis S. Chronakis

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Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanofibers were produced by electrospinning technique and surface coated on silicone elastomer substrate (diameter: 10.0 mm; thickness: 2.0 mm) by a dipcoating method. The obtained hybrid nanoporous matrices were investigated by scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transformation infrared techniques (FTIR). These characterizations reveal that the surface morphology of electrospun nanofibers remained intact by the dipcoating technique. The produced hybrid matrices showed high water flux of 9407 L/m(2)h, 38% removal rate of dairy effluent (DE) and 2298 ml/g h rate of hydrogen production. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Pages (from-to)495-500
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Ceramics
  • Composite materials
  • Nanostructures
  • Surface properties

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