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Superhydrophobic and Superoleophilic Boron Nitride Nanotube-Coated Stainless Steel Meshes for Oil and Water Separation
journal contributionposted on 13.02.2014, 00:00 authored by Y Yu, H Chen, Y Liu, V Craig, Luhua LiLuhua Li, Ying (Ian) ChenYing (Ian) Chen
Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) that can directly grow on the surface of stainless steel mesh via a vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth process are developed by a simple, cheap and scalable approach. The resultant superhydrophobic and superoleophilic BNNT-coated meshes can efficiently separate insoluble oil from water. Most importantly, such BNNT-coated meshes are stable and durable making it a promising candidate for oil-polluted water treatments.