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Title: Solar-assisted isotropically thermoconductive sponge for highly viscous crude oil spill remediation
Authors: Wu, Xingwang
Li, Shuhui
Huang, Jianying
Chen, Zhong
Cai, Weilong
Lai, Yuekun
Keywords: Engineering::Materials
Issue Date: 2021
Source: Wu, X., Li, S., Huang, J., Chen, Z., Cai, W. & Lai, Y. (2021). Solar-assisted isotropically thermoconductive sponge for highly viscous crude oil spill remediation. IScience, 24(6), 102665-.
Journal: iScience 
Abstract: Efficiently cleaning up high-viscosity crude oil spills is still a serious global problem. In this paper, a composite filler PPy-polydopamine/BN (PPB) with high photothermal effect and high thermal conductivity was first prepared. Then the polyurethane sponge is decorated with polydimethylsiloxane and PPB to obtain a solar-assisted isotropically thermoconductive adsorbent (PPB@PU), which exhibits remarkable stability and durable mechanical properties. Meanwhile, the PPB@PU sponge has good thermal conductivity, and its surface temperature rises to 91°C in just 1 min under irradiation (1 sun). Therefore, the PPB@PU sponge can quickly heat and adsorb the crude oil contacted by the surface, significantly speed up the crude oil recovery process, and the adsorption capacity is as high as about 45 g/g. Finally, the oil adsorption method of the three-dimensional adsorbent is demonstrated, which provides a new idea for the subsequent development of advanced oil spill adsorbent.
ISSN: 2589-0042
DOI: 10.1016/j.isci.2021.102665
Schools: School of Materials Science and Engineering 
Rights: © 2021 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
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