Facile Oil Removal from Water-in-Oil Stable Emulsions Using PU Foams.

Materials (Basel, Switzerland) (2018-11-30)
Suset Barroso-Solares, Javier Pinto, Despina Fragouli, Athanassia Athanassiou

Superhydrophobic and oleophilic polyurethane foams were obtained by spray-coating their surfaces with solutions of thermoplastic polyurethane and hydrophobic silicon oxide nanoparticles. The developed functionalized foams were exploited as reusable oil absorbents from stable water-in-oil emulsions. These foams were able to remove oil efficiently from a wide range of emulsions with oil contents from 10 to 80 v.%, stabilized using Span80. The modified foams could reach oil absorption capacities up to 29 g/g, becoming a suitable candidate for water-in-oil stable emulsions separation.